Rotorcraft

October 18, 2013 - 11:33am
Sikorsky-Boeing JMR proposal

Companies proposing either tiltrotor or compound helicopter designs have won contracts from the U.S. Army for its joint multi-role technology demonstration (JMR TD) Phase 1 program to develop a next-generation vertical-lift aircraft.

October 10, 2013 - 3:20pm

Bell Helicopter announced an upgrade program for its 412EPI that will increase the helicopter’s operational flexibility to meet future regulatory and mission needs. The program will focus on further testing and improvements of the rotorcraft’s Category A certification to provide increased operational flexibility for Cat A Part B procedures with respect to elevated heliports, as well as the use of circular and rectangular elevated heliports. The upgrade program will start next month and conclude early next year, allowing for deliveries of upgraded Bell 412EPIs to begin next year.

October 7, 2013 - 2:05am

Chinese media recently reported that Avic officials have ambitions of entering the high-speed rotorcraft market. The airframer’s helicopter subsidiary is developing helicopters that will be able to reach 270 knots, said president Lin Zuoming. Meanwhile, Avicopter general manager Cai Yi stated, “Avicopter civil helicopters can join the ranks of the world’s most advanced,” adding that his company has mastered core technologies in key areas such as rotors, flight controls and avionics.

October 2, 2013 - 5:10am
As part of its investigation into helicopter crashworthiness and accident survivability, NASA swung a Navy CH-46E like a pendulum before releasing it and allowing it to drop 30 feet to the ground. Onboard sensors and cameras recorded the deformation of the aircraft and the seat structures. Data from the experiment will be used to establish a baseline to test energy-absorbing floor structures to improve passengers’ chances of surviving a similar crash.

If you fly in a helicopter, NASA is interested in saving your posterior.

October 2, 2013 - 1:55am
With its light twin Ansat certified (seen here at MAKS), Russian Helicopters has five helicopters in development.

In a bid to establish an equal footing with Western helicopter manufacturers, Russian Helicopters recently made multiple announcements about sales, programs and joint ventures.

September 26, 2013 - 3:23pm

Helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation Group announced yesterday at HeliTech a multi-year framework agreement to purchase an unspecified, but “significant,” number of AgustaWestland AW139s, AW169s and AW189s.

These aircraft will enter service worldwide in support of Milestone’s lessees serving offshore oil and gas transportation services, aeromedical transport, search-and-rescue operations, para-public and other utility missions.

September 24, 2013 - 3:18pm

Eurocopter announced yesterday that it will upgrade the American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss., to accommodate final assembly of the AS350, which it said is the top-selling civil helicopter in the U.S. market. AS350 production is expected to start at the plant in the fourth quarter of next year and will ramp up to 60 of the light single-engine helicopters annually by 2016.

September 9, 2013 - 1:10pm

NASA researchers recently conducted drop tests of a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight to test improved seats and seat belts. They recorded the crash from more than 350 data channels as the helicopter, suspended by cables, was dropped into a bed of soil from 30 feet up. Just before impact, pyrotechnic devices released the suspension cables from the helicopter to allow free flight toward impact with a forward speed of approximately 30 mph.

September 5, 2013 - 11:10am

In the wake of a recent accident, three stakeholders in the Eurocopter Super Puma arena have rallied to support the aircraft’s safety record and image. “We do not believe that the accident was caused by an airworthiness or technical problem,” the UK CAA said in a statement.

September 4, 2013 - 4:30am

Greenwich AeroGroup is in the process of forming a dealer network for installation and certification of LiveAero systems.

LiveAero is a development of LiveTV of Melbourne, Fla. According to the company, it is the only fixed-wing and rotorcraft data broadband solution that works everywhere in the world, including remote oceanic and polar regions, for passengers requiring smartphone, tablet or laptop connectivity.

 
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