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March 7, 2008
The helicopter industry may be booming, with many segments appearing to be recession-proof, but it's not getting any easier to land our aircraft. Take the New York City market. Operators there are operating under new restrictions that they accepted to fend off political and community over...
March 6, 2008
Becker Avionics Systems plans to add LoJack’s proven stolen-vehicle tracking and recovery software to its search and rescue SAR-DF 517 radio-direction finder for law enforcement aviation units in...
March 5, 2008
The union representing more than 5,000 staff at the United Nations’ headquarters is calling for a review of that organization’s helicopter operations and “a full account of the causes” of its latest crash, according...
March 1, 2008
The balance of the Middle East helicopter market is gradually shifting, as Russian manufacturers and Sikorsky Aircraft make significant gains in the military arena while AgustaWestland and Eurocopter get most of their new business on the fast-expanding civil market. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Saudi Arabia, which in mid-September signed a wide-ranging agreement to buy more than 150 Mi-35M...
March 1, 2008
SRT HELICOPTERS AIMS TO PROVIDE cost-effective, high-risk operational training and services. Its staff are working professionals in the helicopter industry, and the company offers training...
March 1, 2008
GOODRICH HAS REORGANIZED FOUR HELICOPTER-RElated business units into a single one to give operators a one-stop shop for outfitting their aircraft. The Charlotte, N.C.-based global supplier of aerospace, defense and homeland security systems and services (Booth 4413) has placed under one umbrella organization the units that deal with de-icing and heating systems, fuel and health management systems, hoists...
March 1, 2008
HELICOPTER PARTS PROVIDER HELI-Mart is banking on a turnaround for MD Helicopters and investing in its newly acquired completions center to support that change. Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Heli-Mart last year bought a majority interest in Phoenix Heliparts, a completions center that specializes in MD products. Heli-Mart burst into the spotlight in late 2005 when it bought...
March 1, 2008
FRANK ROBINSON IS STRUGGLING TO BEEF UP HIS ALready-record production and prodding his engineers to accelerate development and certification of his first turbine-powered helicopter. His efforts to boost production and meet steady and strong demand for his aircraft wasn’t helped by President Bush’s visit to the Torrance, Calif. factory last month, which bogged production lines down for a week or...
March 1, 2008
TURBOMECA EXECUTIVES ARE confident that 2008 will be the year when their investments in improving customer support begin to pay off. "I think you will see us turn the corner in 2008," said Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles. Toward the end of this year, the engine maker will conduct the next in its series of biennial customer-satisfaction surveys, which executives described as a...
March 1, 2008
AEROSPACE FILTRATION SYSTEMS IS displaying its newly certified inlet barrier filters at Booth 4013. Designed for the Eurocopter AS350 powered by either Turbomeca Arriel or Honeywell LTS1010 engines, the inlet barrier filter can be installed without modification to the engine cowl and without downloads to calculate, according to the manufacturer. The system features a sealed engine intake plenum that...
March 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I direct your attention Rotor & Wing’s November 2007 issue, page 56, where you will find my views on the direction administrative support for law enforcement aviation is headed. I wrote that the prevailing attitude toward helicopter units, at least from what I could tell, has gone from positive to lukewarm (if not cold), even where money...
March 1, 2008
Over 50 years after it was founded in 1954, the air wing of France’s Gendarmerie Nationale – a national police force belonging to the Defense Ministry and primarily tasked with policing outside cities and large towns – is partway through an ambitious renewal of its helicopter force. That gradual process by 2013 would see the Groupement des Formations Aériennes de la Gendarmerie...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Soloy Aviation Solutions has obtained approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its Honeywell engine conversion for the Eurocopter AS350BA and B2. The company already had supplemental type certificates from the U.S...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is betting a drive by major operators to cut their aircraft operating costs will translate into a greater industry appetite for common sets of helicopters. The manufacturer is embarking on a new product development plan that calls for creating families of aircraft around single aircraft types, said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and...
March 1, 2008
In a shocking move that was weeks in the making, Silver State Helicopters shut its more than 40 facilities last month and sought a court-supervised liquidation. The North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company said it shut down all operations at 1733 PST Feb. 3 due to a "rapid, unprecedented downturn in the U.S. credit markets, which severely curtailed the availability of student loans." Silver State...
March 1, 2008
Hellenic Aerospace Industry has won a 7 million euro contract from AgustaWestland to manufacture 52 composite rear-ramp door assemblies for the NH90. Vought Aircraft Industries is to make cabin structures for UH-60L, M and MH-60S variants of the Black Hawk under a $600 million, five-year contract with Sikorsky Aircraft. The contract is Vought’s second with Sikorsky. Pilot Shop Co. of South Korea has...
March 1, 2008
If you’re involved in any part of the U.S. civil industry, that headline got your attention. "Fed," as in a federal government employee — in this case, one for the FAA, is a term that can engender warm feelings among holders of airman, operator, and other certificates. Not warm and friendly feelings, but ones ranging from indigestion to steam blowing out your ears. Such feelings...
March 1, 2008
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE (www.honeywell.com and www.honeywell.com/missionready) is displaying its new AgustaWestland AW139 corporate helicopter, which is fitted with Honeywell’s Primus Epic cockpit and cabin systems...
March 1, 2008
CHC SCOTIA HAS ACHIEVED A breakthrough with a major rescue off the northwest coast of Scotland during the worst storm of 2008 so far. The company has been operating a Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 for the U.K. Maritime and Coast Guard Agency from Stornoway, an island base northwest of Scotland, since October. During the early hours of Feb. 1, the crew was sent to...
March 1, 2008
PRESIDENT BUSH’S CHOICE TO BE the next head of the FAA is slated to visit Heli-Expo. Robert Sturgell, nominated last October by Bush to succeed Administrator Marion Blakey, is to head up the contingent of FAA officials coming to Houston to discuss topics ranging from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast to user fees. Sturgell had...
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