The FAA approves Robinson’s R66 cargo-hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 pounds and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 pounds to 2900 pounds.
At Helicopter Maintenance magazine, we remain optimistic about the future of the helicopter industry. So much so that we are ending the year with our first ever attendance at a European helicopter trade show!
TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, announces that Robert Brega has joined the TRAXXALL team as regional sales director, Northeast.
Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team ( www.USHST.org ) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Las Vegas at 13 different workshops in a wide variety of topics.
Erickson Incorporated, an aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, returns to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en route to Victoria, South Australia; New South Wales; and Perth, Western Australia. The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) extended a contract to supply Aircranes for 2017-2018, through Australian partner Kestrel Aviation.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. The milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter one step closer to creating the next generation of vertical lift aircraft for the U.S. military.
The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel.
National air medical transport provider Med-Trans Corporation moves its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500-square-foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations.
Airbus Helicopters celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. A ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover certificate for two H215s to the Spanish Air Force’s 802 Squadron/RCC Canarias as well as two HAD/E Tigers and an NH90 for the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET).