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Sundance Helicopters remodels terminal, polishes image

Airbus Helicopters’ customer Sundance Helicopter recently appeared in a feature article for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   The article discusses the massive rebranding going on for Sundance Helicopter and how, with the help of Airbus Helicopters, they are transistioning their entire fleet to the new EC130 T2.   The EC130 T2 is the latest from the the popular EC130 light ...


SAR in the Arctic; the Cruise Ship Challenge

With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens then many lives will be in grave danger. The point was being made by several speakers at the start of ...


Marenco: SKYe SH09 Orders Up to 59

With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest from operators and positive response from the worldwide helicopter market. A total of 11 additional letters of intent were signed in the time-frame of Heli-Expo, which places the company’s book-order at a level of 59 aircraft for ...


Australia’s Helicopter Industry Readies to Tackle Issues

Australia’s helicopter industry will meet at Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in May for its first major gathering since the sector’s new representative body – the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) – was formed in late 2012. The Rotortech 2014 event comes as the Australian helicopter sector continues its enviable growth, although slightly slowed compared with previous years. ...


Legendary Bell 47 Gets New Pair of Boots

One announcement during Heli-Expo 2014 that brought the past right up to the present was that which saw engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce signing a multi-engine contract with Scott’s Bell 47, the owner of the Bell 47 type certificate since 2009.   Scott’s Bell 47 on display at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega   This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft ...


Vector, Sunshine Helicopters Ink MRO Agreement

Vector Aerospace subsidiary Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has signed a five-year, exclusive MRO support contract with Sunshine Helicopters of Kahulu, Maui. This agreement will cover Sunshine Helicopters’ Arriel 1 and Arriel 2 engines, and Airbus Helicopters AS350, AS355 and EC130 dynamic components.   Vector, Sunshine agreement signed at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo courtesy of Vector Aerospace Related: Maintenance ...


Jeff Pino Leads Macquarie Into Leasing

Jeff Pino, the ex-Sikorsky Aircraft President who "retired" in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the pinnacle of one of the world major helicopter manufacturers, his ...


Lord AVCS Gains Traction with Helicopter Platforms

With the increasing demand for greater comfort in helicopter operations, manufacturers are increasingly turning to active vibration control systems (AVCS) to reduce the vibrations being produced by the rotor and transmission systems within the aircraft. Sikorsky has already put active vibration control on its S-76D, and Bell Helicopter will add Lord Corporation’s AVCS on the next-generation ...


SevenBar Orders AgustaWestland GrandNew

AgustaWestland has received an order from SevenBar for an EMS configured GrandNew to operate in an air medical transport capacity. Additionally, the SevenBar paint scheme was displayed on the newly-unveiled AW109 Trekker at last week’s Heli-Expo in anticipation of future fleet additions across the light twin and light single categories of aircraft.  The GrandNew will ...


AS350 Duo Enters Service with Liberty Helicopters

New York City-based charter and tour operator Liberty Helicopters has taken delivery of two AS350B2 AStars purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The first went into service in December and the second will enter service by March. Part of a planned fleet upgrade, the two new B2s bring Liberty’s fleet to 15 Airbus Helicopters aircraft owned ...


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