Category: Helicopters

Increasing Your Helicopters’ Efficiency – Mission (im)Possible?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Growing number of organizations seems to put increasingly more attention on business process optimization (BPO) these days. Despite that, recent research shows almost half (48%) of these companies have no clue what BPO is and how to employ it. Among those are also helicopter operators, who lose millions if the supply chain or maintenance processes […]

Boeing and US Army Sign $3.4B Contract for 268 AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Reading Time: < 1 minute Boeing and the U.S. government recently signed a five-year, $3.4 billion contract through which the Army, and a customer outside the U.S., will acquire the latest Apache attack helicopter at a significant savings to taxpayers. This is the first multi-year agreement for the Apache “E” variant. The Army will receive 244 remanufactured Apaches while 24 […]

Bell Helicopter Continues to Shape the Future of Vertical Lift

Reading Time: 2 minutes Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, unveiled its vision for the future of rotorcraft – the FCX-001. This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and presents a 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions. “For the past 80 years, Bell Helicopter has imagined the art of the possible and brought those […]

Vector Aerospace Leases 5 Super Puma Helicopters to Starlite Aviation

Reading Time: < 1 minute Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently supplied five extensively modified AS332L Super Puma helicopters on lease to Starlite Aviation. The multi-year lease arrangement was undertaken through Vector Financial Services, based in Dublin, Ireland, in partnership with Airbus Helicopters. Based in Ireland and South Africa, […]

India, Russia Have Finalised Agreement To Produce Ka-226T Helicopters

Reading Time: < 1 minute India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Russian defence firms have finalised the Joint Venture agreement to produce light weight multi-role ‘Kamov 226T’ helicopters in India. The document is awaiting formal registration with relevant bodies in the respective countries which is likely to take another “month or two”, a top Russian defence executive was quoted as saying […]

U.S. Helo Accident Rate Down for Third Straight Year

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S. helicopter accident and fatal accident rates have fallen for the third consecutive year, according to data released by the FAA. In fact, the overall accident rate fell to 3.19 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2016, compared with 3.67 in 2015. The fatal accident rate fell slightly to 0.51 accidents per 100,000 flight […]

Airbus Helicopters Maintains Market Leadership in 2016

Reading Time: 2 minutes Marignane, Airbus Helicopters delivered 418 rotorcraft in 2016, a five percent increase compared with 2015, against a challenging market backdrop. The company strengthened its lead on the civil and parapublic helicopter market while maintaining its position on the military market. Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 388 helicopters in 2016, a stable performance compared to […]

Kazakhstan Orders Russian Mi-35M Helicopters

Reading Time: < 1 minute Russia’s state-owned Rostec subsidiary Russian Helicopters plans to supply Kazakhstan with four Mi-35M combat helicopters in 2018. According to the company, the sale is part of a military modernization effort for both countries, and strengthens strategic cooperation between their respective armed forces. The new rotorcraft will be used to replace Kazakhstan’s aging fleet of Mi-24 […]

Helicopter Industry Battling Back

Reading Time: 5 minutes The helicopter industry is having a torrid time with sales and deliveries down, mainly because of the low oil price stifling demand from the energy sector.  There has also been a spate of crashes, with three major manufacturers all affected. But, despite the issues, helicopter original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are all pushing ahead with new […]

China’s AC352 Completes First Flight With WZ16 Engine

Reading Time: < 1 minute The first flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place December 21, in Harbin. The AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters. The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine […]