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Watch te first A330neo make its maiden flight over south-western France. The aircraft took off at 9:57am local time on 19 October from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and was powered by state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.

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Valor begins ground-constrained testing

The Bell V280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully begun its restrained ground run test operations. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight.

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Testing completed for new helicopter ‘Transition to Hover’ feature

Successful integration and testing of the new ‘Transition to Hover’ feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics flight management system (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter must be brought to a specific position to allow for winch operations.

Transition to Hover allows pilots to mark a target and the FMS provides an automatic downwind leg with a course reversal, positioning the helicopter at a point where the CDV-155 can perform the transition downward and deceleration to a stable hover downwind of the target. Transition to Hover allows a hands-free operation for the crew, allowing them to focus on other mission-critical tactics.

“This is an important addition to the FMS/Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) SAR capabilities,” said Grady Dees, Universal Avionics’ director of technical sales. “The Mark-on-Target can be activated during any MMMS operation, including during automatic search patterns,” he added. “Just a single pilot action after Mark-on-Target allows the automatic procedure to be executed.”

The flight testing in Stavanger, Norway, was accomplished on a military helicopter with Heli-One as part of an AS332L/L1 modernization program currently underway.

Edited by Michael Jones


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