New Airbus Helicopters Customer Places First Order Valued At $645 Million For Up To 21 Rotorcraft
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly-unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016.
Outlines Milestones Reached Towards Certification Of The New Aircraft
Bell Helicopter provided an update on its 525 Relentless program during a press event at HELI-EXPO 2014. Bell shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions.
Milestones Reached In The Aircraft's Third Test Flight
Cessna's Citation Latitude has reached another testing milestone. In only the aircraft’s third flight, the Latitude prototype has successfully achieved full envelope performance for maximum speed (440 KTAS, 506 mph), Mach speed (0.80) and altitude (45,000 ft). The aircraft was cleared for a direct climb to 45,000 ft with a gross takeoff weight of 29,000 pounds.
First Light-Twin Helicopter In Market To Offer 'Point And Click' Display Control From The Collective
Universal Avionics has introduced one of its flagship features of the new avionics package in the redesigned Next Generation MD Explorer, a cursor control for the advanced display system as an integrated part of the collective. This "point and click" philosophy brings some of the most advanced technology in the market into the flight deck of the redesigned Explorer, which is set to be the first helicopter in the light-twin market to feature such a system.
Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project. Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone. The Program provides a four level system to acknowledge development of a formal SMS that meets FAA expectations and ICAO international standards.
FreeFlight Systems & UND Granted STC For Installation In Bell 206B
The FAA has awarded an STC to FreeFlight Systems and the University of North Dakota (UND) for the first rule–compliant 978 MHz ADS-B In/Out Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) for rotorcraft. Certified in the Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, the FreeFlight System RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B integrates ADS-B In and Out capabilities with a high-integrity WAAS/GPS and Mode A/C transponder integration in a single unit.
First Ever TSO-Certified Lithium-Ion Engine Start, Main Ship Battery
The FAA has granted a Technical Standard Order (TSO) C179a and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) certification of the TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery. The TB17 is the first lithium-ion engine start battery for business and commercial aviation to receive either certification.
Modification and Integration specialist, Phoenix Heliparts has contracted with a California pilot for a total refurbishment and upgrade of an MD530F helicopter, including a complete digital avionics package and modern interior. It will then be populated, painted and made ready for delivery in September.
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The new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter. With a cruise speed of 125 knots, range of 360 nautical miles and useful load of 1,500 pounds, the Bell 505 is designed to be a multi-mission helicopter, designed to meet a wide variety of missions with a fully flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors. The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Balloon Federation of America is inviting the world’s hot air ballooning community to return to the Land of Enchantment for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Cham
New Helicopter ‘Designed With The Student In Mind’
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to introduce the newest member of its family, the TH180. Designed as a training helicopter, the TH180 is based on Enstrom’s solid reputation for safety and customer support with additional focus on low operating costs and ease of learning.
A New Addition To AgustaWestland’s Light Twin Engine Helicopter Line
AgustaWestland has unveiled a new addition to its range of class leading light twin-engine helicopters, the AW109 Trekker, the first AgustaWestland light twin to offer skid landing gear. The aircraft was unveiled during a ceremony at Heli Expo 2014 Wednesday in Anaheim, California.
Receives Order For New MD 500E From China-Bases Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation
Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation Ltd (Qi Xiang GA) and Avion Pacific Ltd (Avion), MD Helicopters’ sales distributer in China, has reached an agreement on an order for a new 500E helicopter. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery the second quarter of this year and will be used for agricultural spraying and utility work in the Shandong province, south of Beijing.
Extols The Value Of The 'Precautionary Landing' To Save Lives
HAI has set up a website to emphasize a safety tool in every helicopter pilot’s toolbox capable of breaking almost every accident chain. Too often, HAI says, this tool remains tucked away, hidden in the dark recesses of the bottom corner of the toolbox. It’s the Precautionary Landing.
Robinson Helicopter Operators Now Have Affordable, Feature-Rich Glass Cockpit Options
Aspen Avionics' EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) system is now available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66 helicopters. The EFD500H Multi-function Display (MFD) system will be available as a factory option on the R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66.
Forecast International Projects Production Of Over Five Thousand Aircraft In The Next 10 Years
Market research firm Forecast International projects that 5,213 meadium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2014 and 2023, according to the company's “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft.” The value of this production is $127 billion in constant FY14 U.S. dollars. The firm defines a medium/heavy military rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 15,000 pounds or greater.
Company's S-92 Order Book Now At 37 Units Valued At More Than $1.2 Billion
Milestone Aviation Group and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that Milestone has increased its S-92 order book by eight units, increasing its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The forward orders are scheduled to deliver over the next five years with 15 scheduled for completed delivery in 2014 and 2015; more than half of which are already on lease or under letter of intent.
"Even though it will decline in size over the next 10 years, the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market is where rotorcraft manufacturers will play for the biggest stakes and hope for the biggest payoffs." Source: Forecast International's senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski.