The Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) tail rotors first flew on the light, twin-engined 429 helicopter in May 2019. The aircraft is being tested at the company’s Mirabel, Canada facility and has about 25h of flight time.
One of the UK’s big three offshore helicopter providers – which can trace its presence in the North Sea region back almost 50 years – appears ready to exit the segment once current contracts have run their course.
France is to acquire four Airbus Helicopters H160s for offshore search and rescue missions under a three-way partnership designed as a stop-gap measure to allow the speedy retirement of its navy’s Aerospatiale Alouette IIIs.
Viewers of the film Crazy Rich Asians may get the sense that civilian helicopter operations in Southeast Asia are simple matter of ‘get in and go’. One scene depicts a trio of three (clearly digitized) VIP helicopters fly in close formation from Singapore to a container ship sailing in the ...
If the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the organiser of Heli-Expo – the world’s largest rotorcraft trade event – was hoping for a quiet few days focussed on the industry’s positive aspects then they will have been sorely disappointed.
European regulators have highlighted to helicopter operators the potential safety enhancement of carrying a flight recorder, even if their rotorcraft type does not meet the criteria for mandatory carriage.
Airbus says that Metro Aviation, an operator of medical aircraft for healthcare providers, has ordered 12 more twin-engined EC145e helicopters, bringing the Louisiana-based company’s order book total for the aircraft type to 43.
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