Aircraft

February 11, 2012 - 4:30pm
Mecaer AW169 cabin mockup

Borgomanero, Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) introduced a new cabin design for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters this morning at Heli-Expo.

The six-seat cabin mockup on display at the Mecaer booth (No. 5924) was developed, with a vision toward passenger comfort, noise reduction and inclusion of a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system. The design allows for a variety of cabin layouts, including one that accommodates an additional passenger.

February 11, 2012 - 1:50pm

Kaman Helicopters continues to write new chapters in its history, including the un-manned K-Max, subcontract manufacturing and rotor-blade development and production.

At Heli-Expo’12, Kaman is showcasing its products and services at Booth No. 5222 with executives and technical experts available for the duration of the show.

February 11, 2012 - 11:50am
A Eurocopter EC135 approaches the landing zone behind the Dallas Convention Center.

Highlighting the 20th anniversary of the founding of Eurocopter, Marignane, France-based Eurocopter is introducing the latest evolution in its product line here at Heli-Expo’12. Eurocopter evolved from the 1992 merger of the helicopter divisions of Aerospatiale of France and Daimler-Benz Aerospatiale Aerospace of Germany.

February 11, 2012 - 10:40am

Just down the road from the Dallas Convention Center is the Arlington home of the long-awaited AW609 tiltrotor program. Following AgustaWestland’s move late last year to complete the full takeover of the program from former partner Bell Helicopters, the tiltrotor is a full-blown Italian now. While work on the program will continue in the Lone Star state, all roads lead not so much to Rome, as to Agusta’s headquarters at Cascina Costa, just north of Milan.

February 11, 2012 - 10:30am
At AgustaWestland’s main training facility in Sesto Calende, Italy, a major expansion will house nine full-flight simulators and six training devices.

With service entry for its new AW189 and AW169 models looming large over the next couple of years, AgustaWestland is scrambling to ensure that operators can get their flight crew type rated in good time. At its main training academy in Sesto Calende, Italy, a major extension is under construction to house no fewer than nine full-flight simulators and six training devices for the new aircraft.

February 11, 2012 - 10:20am
AgustaWestland’s logistics center near Milan can analyze problems and launch a response plan anywhere in the world. The new facility went live in mid-2010 as part of the company’s drive to be more involved with customers.

A helicopter operating in the North Sea suffers a lightning strike which damages a critical part, forcing the pilots to take refuge on an oil platform, blocking the only landing pad from other movements. Within seconds of the engines shutting down, staff at AgustaWestland’s logistics center at Lonate Pozzolo near Milan are aware of the problem and a response plan is swinging into action. Technicians assess the extent of the damage and dispatch a replacement part within a few hours so that the aircraft can return to base.

February 11, 2012 - 10:20am

AgustaWestland and Honeywell are introducing a new “Phase 7” version of the Primus Epic avionics suite for the AW139 rotorcraft. The upgrade, which will be available soon for new-build aircraft as well as for retrofit, is about more than modernizing the operating procedures of the avionics, it marks a step-change in the manufacturer’s approach to developing the cockpits of its growing family of aircraft.

February 11, 2012 - 10:10am
AW139

AgustaWestland has introduced some impressive new aircraft in recent Heli-Expo shows. But its presence at this year’s event here in Dallas is all about the collective strength of its growing family of products. The company is showcasing its New Generation Helicopter Family, consisting of the existing A109 Grand New and AW139 flagships and the in-development AW169 and AW189 models.

February 10, 2012 - 10:00pm
Aeroflot Superjet SSJ100-95

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) plans to develop a stretched version of the recently certified Superjet 100 designed to seat 130 passengers. The airplane is dubbed the Superjet 130NG, and Sukhoi estimates its development costs will total $1 billion.

February 10, 2012 - 9:20pm
Singapore Airlines A380

Boeing and Airbus have each progressed in their efforts to settle manufacturing defects with their respective high-profile airliners.

 
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