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VHA Achieves First Flight of 206L Main Blades

VHA Achieves First Flight of 206L Main Blades

The VHA engineering and test staff celebrated first flight of our composite 206L main rotor blades on February 8, 2017, completing ground tests, hover flight, forward flight reaching speeds of more than 100 knots, and turns with up to 45 degrees of banking during the test session at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz. The tests mark… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Feb-17

US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office today successfully completed the initial test flight of its Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter. The test flight lasted a little more than an hour and included a variety of exercises including take off, hover, track and balance and a brief local area flight before… Read more »

Source: US Army, 01-Feb-17

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Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Digital cockpit upgrade makes first flight

Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Digital cockpit upgrade makes first flight

The aircraft design upgrade replaces the factory analog gauges with electronic instrument flat panel displays and offers greater situational awareness, reduced pilot workload, and improved mission safety. Experienced Black Hawk pilots Terence Reeves and Travis Hack flew the helicopter from Dallas Meacham field for a 45 minute flight, performing normal operations for the newly installed… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 09-Jan-17

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

Achieving yet another significant milestone, HAL conducted a technical flight of indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru, today.  The helicopter lifted at 1210 hours and was in the air for 15 minutes at HAL facilities.  The flawless flight was carried out by HAL test pilots. This event marks an important and significant beginning for… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Sep-16

Kamov Ka62 makes first flight

Kamov Ka62 makes first flight

The first prototype (OP-1) of the medium multirole Ka-62 helicopter took off at Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) on April 28.  The lift in a hover mode was part of the factory flight testing and was completed successfully. The OP-1 Ka-62 was launched to evaluate its overall performance and… Read more »

Source: Russian Hc, 03-May-16

Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Bell has flown the third 525 Relentless in recent days, according to a posting they made on Facebook without any other marketing effort. The maiden flight was made at Bell’s plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday 22nd April, the location where the company also builds military models including the UH-1Y Yankee, AH-1Z Talon and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Apr-16

Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

The premiere of manned flights with the world’s first certified multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks the beginning of a new era in urban mobility. The Volocopter is a personal aerial vehicle that is so easy and safe to fly, literally anyone can command it. Due to its electric propulsion, it has no exhaust emissions and… Read more »

Source: e-volo, 08-Apr-16

First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

Finmeccanica has today announced that the first of 16 helicopters AgustaWestland AW101 from search and rescue to Norway made ​​its maiden flight last March 21, at the factory of helicopters division of Yeovil , UK. The event, a key step in the development of the program for which proceeds on schedule, confirms the launch of… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 24-Mar-16

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Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), today announced the second CH-53K helicopter has joined the flight test program and achieved first flight. In addition the first aircraft into the test program has achieved flight envelope expansion to 120 knots for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program. “Adding a second aircraft… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Mar-16

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First flight of AW109 Trekker announced

First flight of AW109 Trekker announced

Finmeccanica Helicopters has announced the first flight of its AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker, the skid version of the AW109 light twin helicopter.  The aircraft took off from the company facility at Cascina Costa in Italy, flown by pilots Giuseppe Afruni and Giuseppe Segreto.  The development aircraft is was previously an AW109S Grand model, EASA (European Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-16

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Marenco flies second SKYe SH09 prototype

Marenco flies second SKYe SH09 prototype

The First flight of P2 was performed on Friday 26th February at 17:24 (5:24PM) with Richard Trueman, Chief Test Pilot, at the controls and Peter Wittwer as Flight-Test Engineer. The key event was witnessed and celebrated by the whole team on the Mollis airport facilities of Marenco Swisshelicopter in Switzerland. A rewarding moment for the… Read more »

Source: Marenco, 29-Feb-16

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First flight for second H160

First flight for second H160

The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes. The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 29-Jan-16

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Second Mi-171A2 prototype now flying

Second Mi-171A2 prototype now flying

Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has started flight testing of a second prototype of the medium multirole Mi-171A2 at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The new Mi-171A2 prototype includes all the unique features typical of this type of helicopter, making it competitive with its global peers. Pre-flight and certification testing are also currently underway…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Nov-15

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First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX),  today announced the successful first flight of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter protoype, known as Engineering Development Model-1 (EDM-1). The 30-minute flight signals the beginning of a 2,000-hour flight test program using four test aircraft. “EDM-1’s first flight signifies another major milestone… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Oct-15

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GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell on first flight of 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell on first flight of 525 Relentless

GKN Aerospace congratulates Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, on the recent successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. This is a key milestone in the test program to achieve FAA certification. The Bell 525 brings cutting edge capability to the new super-medium class by combining best-in-class performance characteristics and passenger amenities,… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 13-Jul-15

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Bell 525 Relentless Makes Successful First Flight

Bell 525 Relentless Makes Successful First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the successful first flight of the Bell 525 Relentless. The maiden flight of the super-medium helicopter took place at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas. “The Bell 525 was announced at Heli-Expo in 2012, and we are proud to have achieved this milestone. … Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jul-15

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KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

KAI flies Marines variant of Surion

Korea Aerospace Industries announced Friday 23rd January that its Korean Utility Helicopter for Korean Marines Corps has completed a first test flight successfully on January 19 in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.  The flight – with two pilots and two technicians – was about 30 minutes, and was mainly concerned with low-level activities including forward and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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Russian Helicopters launches flight testing on Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters launches flight testing on Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1st class Salavat Sadriev. The first prototype of the Mi-171A2 was designed… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 26-Nov-14

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HAL flies third LCH prototype

HAL flies third LCH prototype

The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Technology Demonstrator TD-3 made the successful maiden flight here today. “Escorted by a Dhruv helicopter, the entire flight was flawless. It will be an effective weapon platform to deliver precision strikes at high altitude and we are confident it will meet the requirements of the IAF”, says Dr. R.K. Tyagi,… Read more »

Source: HAL, 17-Nov-14

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Marenco completes first flight of SKYe SH09

Marenco completes first flight of SKYe SH09

From the heart of Switzerland, on the airport of Mollis, Marenco Swhisshelicopter AG is proud to announce the completion of the First flight of the SKYe SH09. The SKYe SH09, the latest generation of high performance light single-engine helicopter has successfully achieved its’ First Flight with Chief Test Pilot Dwayne Williams at the controls, manoeuvring… Read more »

Source: Marenco, 02-Oct-14

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Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing flies production configuration AH-6i for first time

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter’s close air support and attack capabilities. Boeing pilots flew the aircraft for less than 20-minutes at low speeds in forward, rearward and sideward… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-May-14

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Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015. The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 22-Apr-14

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First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

First Flight for Italian Air Force AW101

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today at the presence of the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Pasquale Preziosa, the Italian Ambassador Domenico Terracciano, the Director of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Mar-14

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Modernized S-61T launches First Flight

Modernized S-61T launches First Flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the successful maiden test flight of the modernized S-61T™ helicopter with an integrated glass cockpit and enhanced performance capabilities. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140106/NE40848) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO) In 2010, Sikorsky began a program to upgrade S-61™ aircraft and return them to productive service. An industry workhorse,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Jan-14

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Mi-38 with Russian TV7-117V engines makes first flight

Mi-38 with Russian TV7-117V engines makes first flight

Russian Helicopters and United Engine Corporation (UEC), subsidiaries of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, announce the successful start of testing of the third prototype Mi-38 helicopter fitted with Russian-built TV7-117V engines. The new engines have been specially developed for the new transport and passenger helicopter by Klimov, a UEC company. The third prototype of the Mi-38… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Dec-13

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Successful maiden flight of the world’s first green helicopter

Successful maiden flight of the world’s first green helicopter

E-volo’s Volocopter is a revolution in aviation Made in Germany. Safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters, it has a unique way of moving – a groundbreaking innovation. The Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel it. The maiden flight and first test… Read more »

Source: E-volo, 08-Dec-13

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Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

[electronic translation]  Helibras held, on Thursday (21) at its factory in Itajubá (MG), the first flight of a unit of EC725 completely produced in the company in Brazil. The flight took place two months before the deadline for the schedule of activities of the EC725 project. The BRA 17 inaugurates the third stage of the program… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Nov-13

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Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman and US Navy Complete First Flight of MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first flight of the next-generation MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Calif. At 12:05 p.m. the MQ-8C Fire Scout took off and flew for seven minutes in restricted airspace to validate the autonomous control systems. A second flight that took… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 01-Nov-13

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Maiden flight of first production AW189

Maiden flight of first production AW189

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first production AW189 8 tonne class twin engine helicopter performed its maiden flight at Vergiate plant (Italy) today. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. by year end to carry out offshore transport missions in the North Sea, with operational readiness… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Oct-13

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Scion UAS completes first flight of SA-400 optionally piloted helicopter

Scion UAS completes first flight of SA-400 optionally piloted helicopter

Scion UAS completed the first test flights of the production SA-400 Jackal. The first flight comes after extensive flight tests of the prototype helicopter and shortly after receiving a special airworthiness certificate for experimental research and development for the optionally piloted SA-400 helicopter. The SA-400 Jackal is a turbine powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)… Read more »

Source: Scion UAS, 07-Aug-13

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First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

This is an important achievement for both the Tiger program and for Eurocopter Spain,” said Juan Luis Cordero, the Eurocopter Tiger program manager in Spain. “The assembly of this helicopter was made possible thanks to a significant investment in both industrial and human resources and also to the close coordination with other entities in the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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First Italian Army ICH-47F Chinook performs maiden flight

First Italian Army ICH-47F Chinook performs maiden flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first ICH-47F Chinook for the Italian Army successfully accomplished its maiden flight on June 24th at Vergiate in Italy. The aircraft took to the air for 15 minutes, performing as expected carrying out basic handling tests and main systems checks. This ICH-47F Chinook is the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Jun-13

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Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation Pilot Recognized for Safety

Metro Aviation conducted annual training for 34 lead pilots last week.  Pilots gathered at the company’s new training facility at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters.  During the culminating dinner, Metro recognized Joseph “Woody” Woodard, Lead Pilot for the First Flight program in Melbourne, Florida. Woodard was honored for his quick thinking and commendable actions during a… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-May-13

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Belgian NH90 NFH makes first flight

Belgian NH90 NFH makes first flight

NHI is proud to announce the first flight of the first NH90 NFH Nato Frigate Helicopter ordered by the Belgian armed forces. For this first 45 minutes flight performed on april 5th at Eurocopter facility Donauwörth in Germany, the crew successfully tested the basic systems of this new generation aircraft. After landing, the pilot expressed… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 10-Apr-13

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Fourth AW169 – First flight

Fourth AW169 – First flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the fourth prototype of the new generation 4.5 tonne class light intermediate AW169 helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy yesterday. During its flight, the aircraft performed as expected with an assessment of the helicopter’s general handling and basic systems being made. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Feb-13

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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt. Ronald Benton… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Jan-13

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First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

23rd January – This morning a ceremony was held for the maiden flight of the first NH90 to be assembled by Eurocopter España at its facility in Albacete. The event was attended by María Dolores de Cospedal, President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenés, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-13

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First flight of Russian-built AW139

First flight of Russian-built AW139

HeliVert, a Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, is pleased to announce the first AW139 helicopter assembled in Russia has successfully performed its maiden flight. On December 18, 2012, the first AW139 built in Russia, with the tail number 60001, was rolled out at the Helivert assembly plant to perform ground testing. On the following… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Jan-13

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AW169 – Third prototype makes its Maiden Flight

AW169 – Third prototype makes its Maiden Flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the third prototype of the new generation 4.5 tonne light intermediate AW169 helicopter recently successfully completed its maiden flight at Cascina Costa in Italy. During its 35 minutes flight, the aircraft performed as expected with an assessment of the helicopter’s general handling and basic systems. A… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Nov-12

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First flight of Belgian NH90 TTH

First flight of Belgian NH90 TTH

NHI is proud to announce the first flight of the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter ordered by the Belgian armed forces. For this first flight performed on sept 18th from Marignane, the crew tested all the main systems of this new generation aircraft such as the engines and the flight controls. After landing, the crew… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 23-Sep-12

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Boeing CH-147F Chinook for Canada completes first flight

Boeing CH-147F Chinook for Canada completes first flight

The new Boeing [NYSE: BA] CH-147F Medium-to-Heavy-Lift Helicopter for Canada is progressing ahead of schedule after making its first flight on June 24. “Boeing and the Canadian Department of National Defence are focused on delivering the next generation of advanced vertical-lift aircraft to meet the needs of the Canadian military today and well into the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 13-Jul-12

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First flight of second AW169

First flight of second AW169

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the second prototype of the AW169, a new generation 4.5 tonne light intermediate helicopter, successfully completed its maiden flight today at Cascina Costa in Italy. Meanwhile the first AW169 prototype arrived at Farnborough in the UK yesterday in preparation for its public premiere at the Farnborough… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Jul-12

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First flight of AgustaWestland AW169

First flight of AgustaWestland AW169

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the AW169, a new generation 4.5 ton light intermediate helicopter, successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. The AW169 programme is on schedule to achieve basic civil certification in 2014. The AW169 was flown by AgustaWestland’s Chief Test Pilot, Giuseppe Lo Coco, Test… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-May-12

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First flight of AgustaWestland’s AW189

First flight of AgustaWestland’s AW189

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the AW189 twin engine 8-tonne class helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft was launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year and this first prototype made its maiden flight ahead of schedule. AgustaWestland aims to achieve civil certification… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Dec-11

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Youngcopter’s NEO takes to the air

Youngcopter’s NEO takes to the air

On October 31, 2011, NEO left the ground taking off to its first test flight at Mainz Airfield, Germany. After more than ten years of development a dream became reality. With this first flight we have reached the most significant milestone and our NEO project is now entering a new phase. Watch our first flight… Read more »

Source: Youngcopter, 11-Nov-11

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First Turkish-built AW129 flies

First Turkish-built AW129 flies

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) is pleased to announce the successful first flight of the first T129 prototype, produced at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey. The first flight, conducted by TAI’s test pilots, of T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı (Ankara). The ATAK Program was initiated… Read more »

Source: TAI, 26-Aug-11

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Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Bell completes first flight of Block II Kiowa

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT) announces the first flight of its OH-58 Block II demonstrator at its Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, Texas on April 14, 2011. “The flight was flawless and completed according to plan,” said Cathy Ferrie, Director of Bell Helicopter’s Xworx facility. “The Block II is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Apr-11

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First flight of new Chinese military transport helicopter

First flight of new Chinese military transport helicopter

According to Nanjing Military Area Command’s deputy commander, Shan Yifu, the regiment is the first troop unit to be organically equipped with the new-type transport helicopters.

27-Feb-11

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First flight of Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47F (NL) Chinook

First flight of Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47F (NL) Chinook

Representatives of Boeing [NYSE: BA], its suppliers and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence marked the first flight of the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) CH-47F (NL) Chinook heavy-lift helicopter in a ceremony Jan. 25 at Summit Aviation in Middletown, Del. The aircraft made its first flight on Dec. 8 and is scheduled to complete its… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 27-Jan-11

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Boeing begins flight testing UK Chinook Mk4

Boeing begins flight testing UK Chinook Mk4

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and its Boeing Defence UK subsidiary today announced that the Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support team has begun flight testing the first Chinook Mk4 helicopter for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The first flight took place on Dec. 9 in Hampshire, England. “Project JULIUS, as the Mk4 program is known, will modernize the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 24-Jan-11

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Second Mi-38 prototype flies

Second Mi-38 prototype flies

Kazan/2 December 2010 – OP-2, the second prototype of the new Mi-38 helicopter built by Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant JSC and Kazan Helicopters JSC, the subsidiaries of the Russian Helicopters holding company, has achieved its first flight. The test program that was started is proceeding well according to Kazan Helicopters specialists: the helicopter has already… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Dec-10

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S-70iâ„¢ Black Hawk makes historic first flight in Poland

S-70iâ„¢ Black Hawk makes historic first flight in Poland

MIELEC, Poland – An S-70iâ„¢ BLACK HAWK helicopter has flown in Poland for the first time, marking an historic milestone for the helicopter line being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft’s company in Poland, PZL Mielec. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). PZL Mielec is the final assembly center for the S-70i helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Nov-10

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First flight of AC311 – China’s first domestic-made light civilian helicopter

First flight of AC311 – China’s first domestic-made light civilian helicopter

It looks suspiciously like a cross between an AS350 and an EC120! The helicopter performing the first flight carries registration B-1209L

Source: Xinhua, 08-Nov-10

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First flight of Merlin Mk2 signifies major milestone

First flight of Merlin Mk2 signifies major milestone

Lockheed Martin UK – Integrated Systems and strategic partner, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that MCSP01, the first upgraded Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 helicopter has performed a successful maiden flight at the AgustaWestland facility in Yeovil. The 35 minute first flight went as planned and the initial flight test phase will focus on testing… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Oct-10

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Second AW159 Lynx Wildcat makes its first flight

Second AW159 Lynx Wildcat makes its first flight

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the second AW159 multi-role military helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility yesterday. During its maiden flight a range of general handling checks were completed and it performed as expected. The aircraft, designated TI2, is the second of three test aircraft that will… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Oct-10

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HAL Light Combat Helicopter first flight deemed a success

The maiden test flight of the 5.5-tonne attack chopper, a derivative version of Banagalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) flagship product Dhruv– on March 29 was termed by pilots who flew it as “very good”.

Source: Tribune India, 05-Apr-10

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Sikorsky second S76D prototype achieves first flight

Sikorsky second S76D prototype achieves first flight

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, March 22, 2010 – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has successfully completed the first flight of its second S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter. The prototype aircraft successfully completed its initial test card during a flight on March 19 that lasted approximately 30 minutes. The S-76D helicopter is the latest version of the S-76® helicopter. Sikorsky is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Mar-10

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AC313 flies – China’s first indigenous helicopter takes to the air

AC313 flies – China’s first indigenous helicopter takes to the air

The AC313, China’s first independently developed civilian helicopter, makes its first flight Thursday in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province.  The AC313 has a maximum takeoff weight of 13.8 tons and can carry 27 passengers

Source: Global Times, 18-Mar-10

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Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

Korean Utility Helicopter takes first flight

The first prototype of the Surion utility helicopter, co-developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Eurocopter, successfully completed its first flight March 10, about seven months after its rollou

Source: Defense News, 12-Mar-10

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New Zealand A109LUH makes its first flight

New Zealand A109LUH makes its first flight

The first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s five new A109 helicopters has taken to the air in Italy.

Source: Scoop, 17-Feb-10

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Eurocopter EC175 makes its first flight

Eurocopter EC175 makes its first flight

Eurocopter has joined the fray of first flights this month, by finally taking the wraps off its latest product, the EC175.

Source: Rotorhub, 18-Dec-09

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EC175 makes first flight amid silence from Eurocopter

EC175 makes first flight amid silence from Eurocopter

The Eurocopter EC 175 medium twin helicopter made its first flight on Friday 7th December at the company’s headquarters in Marignane, France, according to a source close to Eurocopter.

Source: AIN, 09-Dec-09

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Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III Structures Test Aircraft Makes 1st Flight

Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III Structures Test Aircraft Makes 1st Flight

The Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III program has completed the first flight of its structures test aircraft. The test, conducted Nov. 23 in Mesa, demonstrated flight characteristics and handling maneuvers

Source: Boeing, 07-Dec-09

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Hindustan Aeronautics to fly light combat chopper soon

Hindustan Aeronautics to fly light combat chopper soon

A prototype of the light combat helicopter (LCH), designed and developed by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), is set for its maiden flight soon, a top company official said Friday

Source: trak.in, 21-Nov-09

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New AgustaWestland AW149 Performs Its First Flight in Italy

New AgustaWestland AW149 Performs Its First Flight in Italy

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the first prototype of the AW149 multi-role military medium twin helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight on November 13th at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant. The aircraft was flown by AgustaWestland Chief Test Pilot Giuseppe Lo Coco

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Nov-09

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New AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat Takes To The Air in UK

New AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat Takes To The Air in UK

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the first AW159 multi-role military helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility with Chief Test Pilot Donald Maclaine at the controls

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Nov-09

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Rostverstol expect to fly glass-cockpit Mi-26T2 upgrade 2010

Source: Aviaport, 29-Apr-09

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Sikorsky flies the S-76D

Source: Sikorsky, 09-Feb-09

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