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March 1, 2012
Maritime Coastguard Agency AW139 that is currently operated by CHC from Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent in the south of England. The Department for Transport (DfT) is contemplating that the future of the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service in the United Kingdom could be given to a single operator or pair of operators rather than to a consortium of companies as happened in the last SAR-H...
March 1, 2012
Jeff Pino addresses the press at Heli-Expo 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own...
February 29, 2012
American Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Metro Aviation to supply AS350 flight simulator training for Metro pilots. The U.S. arm of the helicopter maker has an AS350 Level B-approved simulator at its facility in Grand...
February 27, 2012
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting 23 new SKYe SH09 orders received during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, a year after introducing at the 2011 convention in Orlando...
February 23, 2012
This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a gathering of rotorcraft giants challenging each other over issues of the day. Is this really too much to hope for—or expect—at such an...
February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 22, 2012
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) hosted its 2nd Annual Night Vision Awards ceremony during Heli-Expo 2012. The night vision goggle (NVG) supplier recognized EMS, law enforcement, public safety and transport...
February 14, 2012
Sikorsky (Booth 6150) has signed with Brazilian operator Lider Aviacao to provide three S-92s. Lider will use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transport for Petrobras. The purchase adds to Lider’s fleet of four S-92s and 42 S-76s. Sikorsky expects deliveries to begin later this year. Mexican operator Aeroservicios Especializados (ASESA) has reached...
February 13, 2012
A new upgrade kit is available for the Rolls-Royce M250, which powers the Bell 407 and MD600. The value improvement program (VIP) will lower fuel burn by 2 percent and raise...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 12, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW189 hovers over the ground in Italy during its maiden flight. AgustaWestland uncovered the AW189 during the 2011 Paris Air Show. It will be making its first Heli-Expo appearance in Dallas.  Photos courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland (Booth 5602) comes to Heli-Expo 2012 fresh off the recent first flight of its prototype AW189. A full-size mock-up is on display at the...
February 12, 2012
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during a press conference in early January. Eurocopter photo by Lorette Sabre. During his now legendary confident performance at Eurocopter’s annual start of the year address to the European aviation press in Paris, President & CEO Lutz Bertling dropped the bombshell that the value of the global civil verses military helicopter markets will have attained parity...
February 12, 2012
Fairfax County Police Department’s new Bell 429 will be on display at the exhibition.  Photos courtesy of Becker Avionics and Bell The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) in Virginia recently took delivery of a new Bell 429 equipped for law enforcement, SAR and emergency medical transport services. Its twin is nearing completion at PAC International in Mount Pleasant, Pa. The county’s...
February 12, 2012
Rotor & Wing flew the Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000H late last year (See October 2011, page 38). The manufacturer plans to unveil its G5000H during this year’s Heli-Expo. On the left, the G1000H uses a solid green circle to depict the distance before all usable fuel has been consumed. Just inside of that is a dotted green circle that shows where the aircraft will begin to use its allotted fuel...
February 12, 2012
Two dramatic launches—mood music, helicopters behind screens and clever audio visual presentations—accompanied the launches of the Bell 525 Relentless super medium transport (SMT) and the Eurocopter EC130T2. While you can find the full specifications elsewhere in this news section, Bell President & CEO John Garrison told a packed audience that this was “Bell on a mission to revitalize...
February 12, 2012
During Heli-Expo 2012, Russian Helicopters (Booth 3422) will have on display what it considers to be “the most suitable and attractive” helicopters for the North American market. Russian Helicopters is bringing a group of four helicopters that are well-suited for the North American market...
February 12, 2012
Metro Aviation has completed and delivered the first of three Eurocopter EC145s for Sanford Health’s base in Sioux Falls, S.D. The other two EC145s will be delivered in late 2012 and be stationed out of Fargo, N.D.  Photos courtesy of Metro Aviation Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation (Booth 2110) has acquired Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC International) Helicopter Support Services. Based...
February 11, 2012
Attendees await the opening of Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando. This year’s convention and exhibition in Dallas is projected to top last year’s estimated 20,000 visitors.  Photos by Ernie Stephens This year’s version of Heli-Expo, the annual convention and exposition hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI), kicks off on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas, running through...
February 11, 2012
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth 9258) has handed over a pair of MD500s with upgraded night vision goggle (NVG)-certified cockpits to the U.S. government. The company...
February 11, 2012
February 10—The first AS350B3e in Africa is flying with the first Donaldson AS350B3e Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the continent. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., delivered the advanced filtration system via...
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