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  • Hong Kong helicopter in 'frozen blades' landing

    An Airbus Helicopter lands with its main rotor blocked at a heliport in Hong Kong. Is it a new machine? No, it’s an optical illusion spinning us a surreal scene. We'll explain.

  • Bell Helicopter creates a buzz with FCX concept

    Bell Helicopters stirred things up at the Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas, on March 7th, as it unveiled the FCX helicopter – its vision for the future.

  • FAA certification: Leonardo's AW169 helicopter eyeing new US horizons

    Italian group Leonardo’s AW169 helicopter has achieved FAA validation, and can expect to begin deliveries to the US later this year. The news comes 18 months after the 4.6 metric tons machine, capable of carrying up to ten passengers, obtained its European certification.

  • BO105 Helicopter celebrates 50 years of loops

    The BO105 light helicopter took off for the first time on February 16th, 1967. Developed by the German manufacturer MBB, precursor to Airbus Helicopters, this twin-engine is extremely maneuverable and capable of performing acrobatic loops.

  • The Swiss light helicopter SKYe SH09 lives up to its ambitions

    The SKYe SH09 helicopter was launched ten years ago by Swiss company Marenco Swisshelicopter. With its sleek design, this full carbon, single-turbine light helicopter has been undergoing full flight testing since late 2014. European deliveries are expected in 2018.

  • What’s the speed record for a helicopter?

    Airbus Helicopters’ X3 demonstrator reached a top speed of 293 mph (472 km/h) in 2013. But it’s not officially the fastest helicopter in history. The Westland Lynx has held the record since 1986.

  • Airbus Helicopters: why voluntary redundancies are a risk

    Poland's last-minute decision to ditch an order for 50 Caracal comes as a blow to Airbus Helicopters. It's just the latest in a series of setbacks suffered by the division over the last few months. "Further measures" are under review. Read the article.

  • Bell Helicopter brings out the big guns: The V-280 Valor

    Safely stored in a hangar at the Farnborough Air Show is Bell’s future V-280: a cross between a plane and a helicopter. Right from the first glance, the machine is an impressive beast with its 36-foot wide tiltable rotors.

  • Airbus Helicopters to produce the H135 in China

    Within two years’ time, Airbus Helicopters will have a final assembly line in China; a strategic move because the Chinese civil helicopter market will literally take off.

  • Mil Mi-12: biggest ever helicopter

    The Mil Mi-12 is the biggest helicopter ever built. Developed by the Russian manufacturer, Mil Helicopters, it made its first test flight in 1967. Officially, there were two manufactured prototypes.

  • The Super Puma family tree

    After the crash of a Super Puma H225 in Norway late April, we found it not easy to differentiate the various helicopters that make up the Airbus Helicopters' Super Puma family; Here’s the history.

  • Bell Helicopter’s deluxe 525 Relentless

    After its maiden flight last July, the Bell 525 Relentless test flight programme is well under way, with a third prototype due to enter the scene within the coming weeks.

  • H160 helicopter flight test programme moves up a notch

    A little more than seven months after the first flight of the Airbus Helicopters H160, a second prototype has just taken to the air. The flight test campaign for this new helicopter is now on target for its 2018 deadline.

  • Volta: the all electric helicopter’s first flight in view

    Volta, the first all electrically powered and manned conventional helicopter, should make its first test flight in less than a fortnight. In an ENAC (French National School of Civil Aviation) workshop we went to watch the final adjustments being carried out.

  • Cabri G2: the two-seater helicopter "made in France"

    Ever since it came onto the market, the Guimbal Cabri G2 (Hélicoptères Guimbal) has been truly successful. The light helicopter is today exported to Europe, the US, China and Brazil. A true French "success story".

  • Mexico, the new aeronautical Eldorado ?

    On the occasion of the Mexican President’s state visit to France, we take a closer look at Mexico’s aviation industry. Since 2000, there are more and more companies that are setting up shop there. More details follow.

  • Bell’s 525, like the NH90, also has fly-by-wire flight controls

    Bell’s 525 Relentless is the first civilian helicopter equipped with fly-by-wire controls, and has just completed its first flight, making this another milestone in the industry, twenty years after the NH90.

  • Airbus Helicopters’ test H160’s elegant lines

    The Airbus Helicopters’ H160 flight test programme has begun. The first test helicopter has already carried out several flights and reached 240 km/h (150 mph). Two other aircraft will join the programme during the coming months.

  • Sikorsky for sale in two months’ time ?

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) may well divest themselves of Sikorsky, their helicopter manufacturer specialist subsidiary. A decision is expected within two months.


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