Helicopters

GE Aviation’s CT7-2F1 turboshaft engine received Federal Aviation Administration type certification. The engine is a variant of the CT7 family of turboshafts and is to power the forthcoming Bell 525 Relentless, a twin-engined, medium-lift helicopter. The CT7 family of turboshafts also power the Leonardo AW189 and Sikorsky S-92. Bell 525 flight test The Bell 525…

Rolls-Royce has agreed to develop turboshaft engine options for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by GE Aviation’s T64-GE-419 engine, though future variants of the aircraft will feature the option to install a Rolls-Royce power plant, says Bell. Bell V-280 Valor Bell “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end…

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant compound helicopter made its first flight at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site on 21 March. The Defiant flew without its rear propeller engaged; moving slowly forward, rotating around its centre axis and hovering not far above the tarmac in a video released by Sikorsky and Boeing. The flight lasted more…

Troubled US oil and gas specialist Bristow Group has secured from two finance providers a vital grace period giving it another month in which to file an overdue set of quarterly accounts. Had the lenders – PK AirFinance and Macquarie Leasing – not agreed to the extension until 15 April, Bristow would have been in…

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey first flew 30 years ago today on 19 March 1989. Since, the Bell-Boeing joint venture behind the tiltrotor has produced more than 375 examples, which have accumulated more than 450,000 flight hours, the manufacturers say. The transport is flown by all American military services except the US Army. The US…

By Igor Bozinovski Serbia intends to acquire three Airbus Helicopters H215 heavy-twins for operation by its interior ministry. Deliveries will begin in 2021, running until the following year, says interior minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. Airbus Helicopters Belgrade has existing commitments for nine H145M light-twins, split between its air force (five) and interior ministry (four); an initial…

Increased sales at Leonardo’s helicopter division and its electronics, defence and security systems business were the main drivers behind a 4.3% rise in the Italian aerospace group’s revenue in 2018, to €12.2 billion ($13.8 billion). The manufacturer says it delivered 177 rotorcraft during the year ended 31 December – up from 149 units in 2017…

US helicopter operator PHI has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of continued weakness in the offshore oil and gas market and other financial pressures. Louisiana-based PHI says it has been working since last spring to address the company’s problems, including its matured debt, and to strengthen its balance sheet. PHI had…

The US Army launched a manned-unmanned aircraft teaming demonstration programme on 14 March which is intended to help rotorcraft pilots better coordinate with autonomous drones in combat. Called the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Programme (A-Team), manned-unmanned teaming systems that are engineered could be installed on the service’s new Future Vertical Lift aircraft. Those aircraft include the…

Leonardo Helicopters has secured US certification for its skid-equipped AW109 Trekker, having gained European approval for the light-twin in June 2018. Designed to appeal to the emergency medical services segment, the new variant builds on the success of the AW109 Grand New and is the first light-twin in the company’s portfolio to be fitted with…