Sikorsky announces weight increase and new engine development for S-92


Sikorsky provided more details about the newly-announced 1,200-pound (544 kilogram) gross weight expansion (GWE) for the S-92 at a program update at Heli-Expo 2015 on Wednesday — and revealed that test flights have begun on a new variant of the General Electric CT7-8A engines used to power the aircraft.

AW609 Tiltrotor Making Strides Toward Certification


AgustaWestland test pilots Dan Wells and Paul Edwards gave an update on the progress of the AW609’s flight test program Thursday at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

Tracking a New Spider


It may not look much different, but the Spider s6 real-time tracking unit is anything but the same old Spider.

Eagle Copters announces launch customer for 407HP


Air Resources Helicopters Inc. will be the launch customer for the newly certified Eagle 407HP, Eagle Copters announced on Wednesday.

Bristow signs for 17 H175s with 'comprehensive' support agreement


Bristow Group registered the largest order to date for the Airbus Helicopters H175 (formerly known as the EC175) at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, as it signed up for 17 aircraft along with a “comprehensive support services” agreement from the manufacturer.

Turbomeca Care Program enhances engine warranties


Turbomeca launched a new customer care program at Heli-Expo 2015 that delivers additional warranty solutions for its engines throughout their lifecycle.

Rolls-Royce highlights C47B/8 Bell 407 Upgrade


New variant is part of a long-range strategy to expand the Model 250 C47E into civil aircraft applications.

Pushing the Limits of Possible


In just five short years, Sikorsky Innovations has redefined the boundaries of vertical flight. There’s more where that came from.

Arrano Powers Ahead


Development continues apace on Turbomeca’s new Arrano powerplant — the 1,100- to 1,300-shaft-horsepower (s.h.p.) engine selected by Airbus Helicopters to power the newly-unveiled H160 aircraft (previously known as the X4).

Airbus Helicopters unveils H160


Airbus Helicopters took the wraps off the highly-anticipated end product of the X4 program at Heli-Expo 2015, revealing the highly-stylized H160.

North Slope Borough Signs for S-92 Helicopter


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced that North Slope Borough (NSB), Alaska, has signed for its first-ever S-92 helicopter.

Airbus Helicopters introduces the H generation and reinforces customer satisfaction


Airbus Helicopters’ presence at this year’s Heli-Expo showcased the company’s customer-focused transformation, with the unveiling its all-new H160 mid-sized rotorcraft, the introduction of the company’s enhanced customer services offer, and the announcement of new orders for operators in the U.S. and Europe.

Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER Team Begins Final Assembly of Second Aircraft


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the start of final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center.

Sikorsky Awarded $8M Contract for Phase 1 ALIAS Program from DARPA


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program.

Sino-US signs contract for four AgustaWestland helicopters


Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China have announced they’ve signed a contract for four helicopters comprising one AW119Kx single engine, one GrandNew light twin and two AW189 super-medium helicopters in executive/corporate transport configuration.

Bell Helicopter announces the sale of ten Bell 505s to SECO International in Japan


Bell Helicopter has announced that SECO International in Japan, has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters.

Columbia Helicopters appoints new president and CEO


Jim Rankin is poised to soar to new heights as the new president and CEO of Columbia Helicopters.

Talon Helicopters performs three HETS rescues in three days


The Greater Vancouver area has been hit with sunny days recently, but with cold temperatures, the back country terrain of the North Shore Mountains can still be unforgiving.

Bell Helicopter and Turbomeca to Offer Service by the Hour Program on Bell 505


Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.

Metro Aviation unveils new Operational Control Center


Metro Aviation recently upgraded and expanded its Operational Control Center (OCC) at its headquarters in Shreveport, La.