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March 06, 2013

Bell Helicopter Will Be In Army's JMR/FVL Competition

Plans To Propose A Third-Generation Tilt-Rotor For The Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift Program

While Bell's partner on the V-22 Osprey program has plans to work with another helicopter manufacturer in the Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) program, the company plans to move forward with a proposal to the Army for a third-generation tilt-rotor design. That word came from Bell Helicopter president and CEO John Garrison speaking Monday at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

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AW189 Passes 50 Minute 'Run Dry' Test

New Safety Benchmark For Helicopter Gearboxes

AgustaWestland has successfully demonstrated a 50-minute loss of oil ... or “run dry” ... capability for the AW189 main gearbox to EASA. The AW189 will be the first helicopter ever to enter service with such a capability, which is 20-minutes more than any other currently certified helicopter.

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Bell Helicopter Introduces 407GT Mission Capability Boost

Unveils Armed Version Of The 407GX At Heli-Expo

An armed version of Bell's 407GX helicopter was unveiled Tuesday at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV, The Bell 407GT is a commercially-qualified aircraft that incorporates the performance and reliability of the Bell 407 platform with the Garmin G1000H flight deck. The 407GX can be equipped with infrared cameras, light munitions and precision weapons systems, including laser-guided rockets and missiles.

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CAE Customizes Helicopter Pilot Training Curricula For Offshore Operations

Subject Matter Experts Have Integrated SOPs, Checklists, Other Requirements For The Oil And Gas Markets

CAE says it has significantly enhanced pilot training for helicopter operators serving the oil and gas market, customizing aircraft training curricula for offshore operations. The announcement came Tuesday at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

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StandardAero Named Rolls-Royce AMRO On RR300 Engine

One Of Six Authorized Repair Maintenance And Overhaul Centers Planned

StandardAero has been selected by Rolls-Royce to become an Authorized Repair Maintenance and Overhaul Center (AMROC) in support of the RR300 engine, both at its Winnipeg (Helicopters headquarters) and Singapore locations. Currently, the two companies are working to finalize the agreement details.

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Milestone Aviation Group Surpasses $1 Billion In Leased Helicopters

Helicopter Industry Appears To Embrace 100% Operating Lease Financing

Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group said Monday at HAI’s Heli-Expo its portfolio of leased helicopters has surpassed $1 billion. Milestone is the first company ever to achieve this landmark. Since the company’s launch in August 2010, Milestone has closed more than 75 helicopter leases with 21 world-class operators in 20 countries, establishing itself as the world’s number one provider of helicopter leasing solutions.

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Era Training Center Giving Away AW139 Pilot Familiarization Course

Includes 60 Hours Of Ground School And 12 Hours Sim Time

Visitors to the Era Training Center booth at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV, will have an opportunity to register to win an AW139 pilot familiarization training course. The course includes sixty (60) hours of ground school and twelve (12) hours of flight simulator training device time; equivalent to the hours required for the AW139 initial pilot course, excluding the in-aircraft flight training.

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AgustaWestland Unveils Revolutionary 'Project Zero'

Electric-Powered Tilt Rotor Technology Demonstrator Is Already Flying

AgustaWestland has unveiled its “Project Zero” tilt rotor technology demonstrator, giving an insight into what advanced rotorcraft of the future may look like. This, however, is no paper study. The technology demonstrator was designed and built in less than 6 months and has already secretly flown several times in 2011 and 2012, demonstrating AgustaWestland’s advanced rotorcraft technology.

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Sikorsky Announces Sale Of 30 Helicopters To Milestone Aviation Group

Another 26 Going To The Bristow Group

Sikorsky announced two major deals at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV Tuesday. The company inked agreements for 30 aircraft with Milestone Aviation Group, and 26 to be delivered to The Bristow Group.

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Rolls-Royce Launches Latest M250 Engine Variant

Commercial, Military Helicopters Early Adopters For New Powerplant

Rolls-Royce has launched the latest variant of its M250 engine – the M250-C47E at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas this week. The company has secured a commercial launch commitment for one new and two current aircraft applications, with a customer announcement expected at Heli-Expo.

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First New Citation Sovereign Rolls Out Of Cessna Assembly

One Of Six New Cessnas That Will Become Available This Year

The first production New Citation Sovereign rolled off Cessna's production line in the company's Wichita, KS, manufacturing facility Monday. The New Citation Sovereign is one of six new Cessna aircraft expected to hit the market this year.

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Bell Helicopter Introduces The 412EPI

Company Claims New Variant Boosts Performance And Reliability

An upgrade to one of the Bell Helicopter's best-known aircraft has been unveiled at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas ... the new Bell 412EPI. In rolling out the new variant, the company says the upgrade improves the Bell 412EP platform with the Bell BasiX Pro fully integrated glass flight deck, which provides critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety.

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