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AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) new AC312E helicopter has passed its plateau test flights. The test flight was done at Ningland Luguhu Airport at an altitude of 3,293 meters. The passing of the test now qualifies the helicopter to meet the demands of EMS work in plateau regions, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-17

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russia’s Defence Ministry recently accepted a delivery of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters went through strict testing before they were accepted. The build and assembly quality, as well as component manufacturing was tested during a pre-acceptance and acceptance procedure. Once they were fully assembled, they were tested once more at the workshop… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Aug-16

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham signs 18-month military test flight contract with QinetiQ

Cobham have announced the signing of a contract with QinetiQ for the provision of helicopter support to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).  Both of these organisations are are jointly operated by QinetiQ and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Long-Term Partnering Agreement. Cobham will… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 06-Jun-16

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

On Thursday May 26th, Enstrom resumed flight testing of the TH-180 with the second prototype – N181TH, seen in photos here. The aircraft was flown by Enstrom test pilot and Senior Technical Fellow, William Taylor.  Taylor took the aircraft through a standard production-type acceptance, including all the hover and forward flight checks such as tracking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

A local news outlet – Big Bear Grizzly – has reported that AgustaWestland were testing the AW169 at Big Bear City Airport last week.  This is located at Big Bear Lake, a mountain community 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Altitude ranges from the airport at 6,752… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-15

Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

Nova Systems buys Airbus H135 to enhance its Flight Test capability

Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135 – providing the option of low cost and reliable flight trials for governments and manufacturers alike. The aircraft will be fully instrumented and will be used to test the latest sensors, avionics and… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 30-Apr-15

AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

AW609 Test Pilots Receive Iven C. Kincheloe Award

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that three of its AW609 test pilots have received from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots the prestigious Iven C. Kincheloe award and were recognized at the Society’s annual gala. The Kincheloe Award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight-testing by a test pilot member of the Society… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Oct-14

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Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

Airbus takes EC175 to Northern Canada for cold weather trials

Airbus Helicopters have shipped one of their EC175 development aircraft to Canada, ready for cold weather trials. The helicopter was shipped by Volga-Dnepr Airlines in one of their Antonov AN124 freighters (RA-82074, should anyone be asking!) to Edmonton last Friday evening. It then moved north 900 odd miles to Yellowknife, arriving Sunday 26th – captured… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

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Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

Interview with Russian Helicopters test pilot

Gurgen Karapetyan worked as a Soviet and Russian helicopter test pilot, a senior lieutenant in the reserve and Hero of the Soviet Union. During his career he mastered 39 types of helicopters, gliders and aeroplanes, or more than 100 if you count all the different modifications. He spent more than 5,500 hours in the air… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-Dec-13

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Eurocopter are cold-weather testing EC145T2 in Inuvik

Eurocopter are cold-weather testing EC145T2 in Inuvik

The crews wanted cold weather, and they got plenty of it. Temperatures in the town have been well below –40 for the past few weeks and there have even been record blizzards. Winds gusting up to 100 km/hr get the crew grounded for three days. (see full story) Eurocopter photos are not from Inuvik!!  

Source: CBC, 01-Feb-12

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Third prototype joins S76D test program

Third prototype joins S76D test program

Enhanced performance, more power, and a “Grand Canyon” standard of quiet that delivers substantially reduced external noise are all proving to be the new standard in the S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter as the program introduces its third prototype into testing , Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. said today. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “D3,” the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Sep-11

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China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

Recent test flights of China’s heavy-lift AC313 helicopters have pushed the altitude envelope to 8,000m (26,247 feet).  This will enable it to fulfil mission on mountainous plateaus according to manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).  The new altitude record was achieved on a September 2nd test flight from Gonghe Airport in northwest China’s Qinghai… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-11

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Carter PAV completes Phase I flight-testing

Carter PAV completes Phase I flight-testing

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aerospace Development, LLC (Carter Aerospace), a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is announcing that they have completed the first phase of flight-testing of their new Personal Air Vehicle (PAV). The PAV began flight-testing in October 2010 with the goal of testing and… Read more »

Source: Carter Aerospace, 29-Jan-11

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Carter PAV completes first milestone flight

Carter PAV completes first milestone flight

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aviation Technologies (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is pleased to announce that their new Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) has completed its first milestone in flight-testing. The PAV is Carter’s second generation, proof-of-concept aircraft set to demonstrate their revolutionary SR/CTM technology – a combination of rotorcraft and fixed-wing aerodynamics. The milestone… Read more »

Source: Carter Aviation Technologies, 18-Jan-11

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Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

Flight Test – Robinson R66 Turbine

by Richard Mornington-Sanford Not so long ago, if I had asked Frank Robinson whether there would be a turbine-engine powered Robinson helicopter, Frank would have said: “You know, Dick, that turbine engine is just too damned expensive.” The phrase ‘never say never’ comes to mind as I start a pre-flight inspection with Doug Tompkins, Robinson… Read more »

Source: Mornington Sandford Aviation, 08-Nov-10

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Carter PAV heads to flight test

Carter PAV heads to flight test

Wichita Falls, TX – Carter Aerospace Development, LLC (Carter Aerospace), a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX is announcing that they have received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA for their Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) to begin flight-testing. The PAV is Carter’s second generation, proof-of-concept (POC), air… Read more »

Source: Carter Aerospace, 27-Oct-10

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First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

First S-70i Black Hawk completes test flight program

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – The first S-70iTM BLACK HAWK helicopter has successfully completed production flight testing and will begin development and flight testing of options that will be made available to international customers. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The aircraft has flown more than 50 hours in its production… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Oct-10

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Testing of Ka226T insured for over $5½M

Testing of Ka226T insured for over $5½M

nsurance company “Innogarant has provided insurance protection Ka-226T Kamov during trials in India. The total sum insured under the contract amounted to more than 169.8 million rubles – $5.55 Million at today’s rates

Source: AVE, 01-Oct-10

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DLR tests new helicopter control system: successful first flight with two active sidesticks

DLR tests new helicopter control system: successful first flight with two active sidesticks

The use of two active sidesticks and the resulting total replacement of the conventional helicopter control system are new. In 2007, DLR tested the right-hand sidestick in flight and is now setting new benchmarks with the first flight to use two sidesticks.

Source: DLR, 05-Nov-09

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Envelope Expansion Continues as Sikorsky X2 Tops 100-Knot Speed Milestone

Envelope Expansion Continues as Sikorsky X2 Tops 100-Knot Speed Milestone

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s X2 TechnologyTM demonstrator achieved a maximum speed of 106 knots in a recent test flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center.

Source: Sikorsky, 19-Oct-09

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Flight Test – MD902 Explorer

Source: Vertical, 26-May-09

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First diesel-powered helicopter to begin flight tests

Source: Rotorhub, 21-Apr-09

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Sikorsky’s X2 TECHNOLOGY™ Demonstrator Achieves First Flight

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Aug-08

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