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CH-53K King Stallion Flight Testing Begins Transition to Patuxent River Naval Air Station

The CH-53K King Stallion program has successfully completed its first extended “cross country” flight from Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida, facility to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. This is the first of several such flights that will occur during 2017 and 2018 as the CH-53K flight test program transitions to the flight test facilities […]

Vector Aerospace receives Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award for Chinook support

Vector Aerospace Corporation, has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize top-performing suppliers who share its focus on first-time quality and on-time delivery.

Vector’s component services team, based in Almondbank, Perth, received the award for maintaining a Gold performance rating for […]

Leonardo Helicopters and Sino-US Intercontinental sign contract for 17 helicopters and renewal of Distributor Agreement

Paris Airshow 2017 News Update by Ian Williamson

2 x AW119Kx Helicopters

The AW119Kx is the most spacious and powerful light single-engine helicopter for a wide range of missions.

10 x AW109 Trekker Helicopters

The AW109 Trekker is the newest light twin-engine helicopter in the 3-tonne class; ideally suited to training, utility and aerial work operations which require best-in-class […]

South Korea’s LCH/LAH Safran engine makes first ground run

Paris Airshow 2017 News Update by Ian Williamson

Safran the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines, today announced the first ground run of the Arriel 2L2 engine at its Bordes facility, beginning of June. The Arriel family was selected in 2016 to power the new Korean civil and military helicopters, known as the LCH (Light Civil Helicopter) […]

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces helicopter engines

Paris Airshow 2017 News Update by Ian Williamson

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during International Paris Air Show to support helicopter engines operated by Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Royal Tai Armed Forces are operating Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleet of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155 in […]

LCI delivers AW139 to Heli-Union

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has delivered the first Leonardo AW139 helicopter to Héli-Union SA.

The brand-new AW139 will be leased from LCI to support Héli-Union’s growing activities in Asia.

France-based Héli-Union is a world-renowned helicopter operator, specialising in the support of oil & gas activities across five continents. The company […]

Safrans Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification

Paris Airshow 2017 News Update by Ian Williamson

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters’ Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017. Since its first ground test, the Ardiden 3 maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 8500 hours […]

FAA Approves New Inlet Barrier Filter for Robinson R66

US manufacturer Robinson Helicopter has announced FAA approval of a new Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for use in R66 Turbine helicopters. Developed specifically for the R66 by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, the optional IBF provides added protection for engines operating in dusty environments.

A standard air filter uses a foam filter element while the recently-approved IBF […]

PZL Mielec Celebrates 10 Years as a Privatised Company

More than 1,700 employees at PZL Mielec are celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary as a privatised company operated by helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company.

Since privatisation and a US$150 million investment to improve production facilities and tooling, PZL Mielec sales have increase five-fold. Cabins, pylons and tail cones produced at PZL Mielec are shipped […]

Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Corporation has announced today that its Aerosystems
division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX®
heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX®
production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial
commitment to build at least ten new aircraft.

“Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX®
have provided us the confidence to extend […]