Tony Osborne (anthony_osborne@aviationweek.com)

Tony Osborne (anthony_osborne@aviationweek.com)
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Multiple Bird Strikes Caused Pave Hawk Crash 
Multiple bird strikes caused the fatal crash of a U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in Norfolk U.K. earlier this year, investigators have concluded.
Canada Issues RFP To Replace Coast Guard Helicopters 

The Canadian government has issued a request for proposals to replace its aging fleet of Coast Guard helicopters. The Canadian Coast Guard has a requirement for up to 16 light helicopters, with the option of an additional four.

The Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans, the umbrella agency for the Coast Guard, issued a tender for the aircraft on April 3. It is looking for procurement proposals by June.

Bristow Eyes Long-Term U.K. SAR Business 

Helicopter operator Bristow Group is making long-term plans to extend its U.K. Search and Rescue contract beyond its initial multiyear length.

The Houston-based company signed a £1.6 billion ($2.46 billion) deal with the U.K. Department for Transport to provide a search-and-rescue helicopter service from 10 U.K. bases for up to 12 years beginning in 2016. But company officials say they are looking beyond the basic contract and believe they may be able to extend the deal.

Bristow To Launch AgustaWestland’s AW189 

With the signing of the U.K. government’s search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter deal on March 26, Bristow is set to become the launch customer of the AgustaWestland AW189 medium helicopter.

Latest EC225 Tests Recreate Gearbox Failures 

Gearbox tests on the EC225 helicopter have recreated the fault that engineers believe forced the ditchings of two of the aircraft into the North Sea last year, Eurocopter says.

In an April 3 statement, Eurocopter said engineers have been carrying out a third round of testing on the main gearbox of the EC225. They reported to operators that they not only reproduced the scenario which caused the cracking in the bevel gear vertical shaft – part of the aircraft’s main gearbox (MGB) – on the test bench, but also believe they have found the “most probable cause.”

New EC225 Tests Recreate Gearbox Failures 
Gearbox tests on the EC225 helicopter have recreated the fault that engineers believe forced the ditchings of two of the aircraft into the North Sea last year, Eurocopter says. (EC225 photo: Eurocopter)
North Sea Operators Concerned EC225 Grounding Could Last Into 2014 
North Sea helicopter operators fear the enforced grounding of the Eurocopter EC225 could last into 2014. (EC225 photo: Eurocopter)
Chinese Invest To Expand Enstrom Production 

The Chinese parent of U.S. light helicopter company Enstrom is plowing $10 million into new infrastructure to help the manufacturer boost production levels.

Sikorsky Rationalizing Schweizer Lines 

Sikorsky is insisting it has not abandoned its product line of Schweizer light helicopters, but is working to rationalize it in a bid to reduce costs.

Eurocopter Pushes Avionics With EC135 Variant
Eurocopter is pushing for a higher level of avionics maturity as it certifies its new EC175 medium twin helicopter. (EC175 photo: Eurocopter)
Sikorsky Rationalizing Commercial Helicopter Line 
Sikorsky is insisting it has not abandoned its product line of Schweizer light helicopters, but is working to rationalize it in a bid to reduce costs.
Chinese Begin Enstrom Investment 
The Chinese parent of U.S. light helicopter company Enstrom is plowing $10 million into new infrastructure to help the manufacturer boost production levels.
Romiti To Lead AgustaWestland 

Finmeccanica has named Daniele Romiti the new head of AgustaWestland following bribery allegations surrounding the sale of 12 helicopters to India in 2010. Romiti, who is currently the helicopter company’s chief operating officer, was named to the post on Feb. 21 as part of a wide-ranging reorganization.

Piaggio Unveils Unmanned Variant Of Avanti 

Italian business aircraft manufacturer Piaggio and Selex Electronic Systems are working together to produce an unmanned variant of the P-180 Avanti executive turboprop aircraft.

EASA Approves Fix For AS350B3e Tail Rotor Problem 

Eurocopter is planning to retrofit the worldwide AS350B3e fleet with a modification to solve a tail rotor issue by August.

The manufacturer, owned by EADS, says the retrofit, which involves the removal of chin weights fitted to the tail rotor assembly and the installation of a load compensator, will fix issues suffered by operators of the B3e variant of the Ecureuil single-engined light helicopter that was launched by the manufacturer at the 2011 Heli-Expo event.

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