Ian Williamson, Editor

/Ian Williamson, Editor

About Ian Williamson, Editor

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Erickson Selected as Vendor for Special Operations Transport in Northwest Africa

Erickson to Support SOCAF in Five Year, $13M Contract

Erickson Inc, a leading global provider of aviation services, has announced that it has been awarded a five year, $13 million Blanket Purchase Agreement by the United States Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAF). Erickson is one of a few select vendors that will be providing “on demand” […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

FINMECCANICA signs contract worth over €100m with Philippine Navy for AgustaWestland AW159 Helicopters

The helicopters will be delivered in 2018 and will perform anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare primary missions
The contract also includes support and training package
The Philippine order adds to those in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea, bringing the total orders for AW159s to 72
The most advanced helicopter today available for maritime and naval operations […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

Boeing, U.S. Army to Remanufacture 117 Apache Helicopters

Agreement provides for upgrading AH-64D Apaches to new AH-64E, training, support and spares

Boeing, continues its role as the United States’ leading provider of attack helicopters with a contract to remanufacture 117 AH-64D Apaches to the new, more capable AH-64E model. The agreement, which also includes the acquisition of Longbow Crew Trainers, logistical support and spares, […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

HAI 2016 Latest : AgustaWestland displays Its First Light Twin Helicopter with Skids

AgustaWestland unveiled its latest addition to its lineup, the AW109 Trekker, on Tuesday at Heli-Expo. Notably, the helicopter is the Italy-based company’s first light twin to offer skid landing gear. It is expected to receive certification and begin deliveries next year.

Read more in Helicopter Monthly Magazine.

By |March 23rd, 2016|Breaking News, Industry News|0 Comments

HAI 2016 Latest : Finmeccanica’s AW Trekker light twin makes its first flight

Finmeccanica’s AW Trekker light twin made its first flight Wednesday at the company’s Cascina Costa, Italy helicopter division. The nominal flight included an assessment of general handling and basic systems. Two prototypes will be used for the flight test program, and EASA certification is expected by year-end.

By |March 23rd, 2016|Industry News|0 Comments

AgustaWestland AW609 tilt-rotor crashes in Italy killing two test pilots

The AW609 Tiltrotor , a hybrid between an airplane and helicopter, capable of taking off vertically was on a test flight in Northern Italy , when it crashed between the areas of  Santhia and Tronzano, 30 miles from AgustaWestland’s Cascina Costa site and nearby Vergiate production facility.

Flight-tracking suggests the tiltrotor departed from Milan’s Malpensa […]

By |November 1st, 2015|Breaking News, Industry News|0 Comments

UK MoD confirms Puma crash was an accident

The UK MoD confirms the crash of a Puma MK2 on sunday 11th October 2015, in Afghanistan was a result of an accident and not of hostile enemy action.

The helicopter crashed while landing at the Headquarters of Resolute Support, the NATO train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan. The incident is currently under investigation.

The two […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Industry News|0 Comments

Helitech 2015 latest news in brief Day 2

Helitech Highlights (read more in Helicopter Monthly Magazine)

Wednesday 7th October

Waypoint leasing confirmed two major orders for 20 Airbus Helicopter H135s, plus 18 aircraft order for AgustaWestland, helicopter type is waiting to be confirmed.
AgustaWestland has an order for 1 AW169 for offshore missions and has a further order for 10 AW139s for the asian market 8 […]

By |October 12th, 2015|Industry News|0 Comments

Helitech 2015 Latest News in brief Day 1

Helitech Highlights (read more in Helicopter Monthly Magazine)

Tuesday 6th October

Aerospace and Design Facilities Ltd – Displays an airbus AS350B3e Helicopter, fitted with a VIP Interior and a ‘factory green’ colour scheme.
Air Covers Ltd – Display there Thermal, Ice, Sand and humidity protection products.
Air Harrods Ltd – S76c Helicopter which will be used as a presentation […]

By |October 7th, 2015|Industry News|0 Comments

FRASCA Helicopter FTD Gets Level 5 Approval in China

Frasca, has announced that Xilin Fengteng GA Corporation,  China,has received CAAC Level 5 approval for their FRASCA TruFlite™ R44/S300 convertible Flight Training Device (FTD). This is the first Level 5 Helicopter Simulator delivered and approved in China.

The FRASCA TruFlite™ R44/S300 FTD is a high fidelity simulator for the Robinson R44 & Schweizer S300 helicopters. The cockpit accurately […]

By |September 27th, 2015|Helicopter Simulation, Industry News|0 Comments