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March 2, 2015
This year at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Bell Helicopter plans to showcase several updated aircraft and programs, including its progress on its newest products, the Bell 525 Relentless and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Bell Helicopter invites attendees to its opening event in booth 337 on March 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST where it will introduce new...
March 2, 2015
HAI President Matt Zuccaro has joined the leaders of other general aviation associations in Washington, D.C., calling for the U.S. Congress to pass the new Pilot's Bill of Rights legislation. Legislation introduced in both the House and Senate, H.R. 1062 and S. 571, aims to make improvements to the Pilot's Bill of Rights (Public Law 112-153) to address several issues of significant importance to general...
March 2, 2015
DART Aerospace designs, manufactures and certifies helicopter systems and equipment. This year, DART will be showcasing a full AW139 aircraft featuring its Emergency Float System with Integrated Liferafts as well as its AW139 Lightweight Interior...
March 1, 2015
Many of you are reading these words at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, the annual focal point of excitement, change and new product rollouts within our market, and that is entirely fitting on a number of levels. On Feb. 15, the FAA finally issued the long-anticipated NPRM on commercial use of UAV’s within U.S. airspace. I did not have a great deal of time to dig into the details of the NPRM. But rest...
March 1, 2015
Mike Stanberry. Just three months into 2015, the commercial rotorcraft industry has already seen a revolution in satellite communication systems. Bristow’s search and rescue (SAR) flight crews in the UK use simultaneous voice channels and transmit uninterrupted Wi-Fi data thanks to Iridium Communications’ OpenPort service. Appareo Systems has partnered with Iridium to offer satellite-based...
February 27, 2015
If you’ve already planned to attend the HAI Safety Symposium (NTSB – Managing Risk in Public Helicopter Operations) from 8:00–10:00 in room S310 on Monday, March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, be sure to also add to your diary, and attend, the Safety Directors Forum (Your Helicopter Crashed – Now What?) right after, from...
February 27, 2015
Breeze Eastern Corporation plans to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue for customer training. Under the terms of the 36-month service agreement, Breeze-Eastern’s commercial and military customers have the option to choose Priority 1 for operational...
February 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter's Aeronautical Accessories brand has been issued new Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for multiple aftermarket product offerings for the Bell 429 and a portable crane for the Bell 407. The Bell 429 expanded offerings include: Helicopter Emergency Egress Lighting System (HEELS), which identifies exits and provides general illumination in the...
February 26, 2015
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a leading global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions for land mobile, maritime and aviation assets, has made significant upgrades to SkyRouter’s extensive Alert Notification system.   SkyRouter is Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based web portal and mapping solution, which communicates with remote devices over the Iridium Satellite Network. It...
February 26, 2015
Honeywell will be showcasing several systems at next week's Heli-Expo, and will also make several significant announcements about how the company is helping customers achieve performance improvements. The annual Honeywell Helicopter Industry Forecast, which provides an authoritative look at industry trends from the unique perspective of helicopter operators worldwide, will also be released at the...
February 26, 2015
The newest addition to the Turbomeca (Safran) Arrien 2+ family, the Arriel 2N Turboshaft, has received EASA type-certification. The engine first ran in September 2011, and offers low operating costs, increased reliability and superior performance.  “The certification of the Arriel 2N in December 2014 has roused a clear interest in the airframer community,” Jean-François Sauer, vice...
February 26, 2015
HAI will recognize the winners of its Salute to Excellence Awards at a dinner on Wednesday, March 4. These awards recognize achievements and merit of both individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community. This year’s winners are: • Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications...
February 26, 2015
Robinson R44 helicopters have returned to the air in Australia and New Zealand after a temporary grounding of the type following concerns over cracked rotor blades. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority grounded all R44s on the Australian register fitted with C016-7 main rotor blades on Feb...
February 26, 2015
Aspen Avionics, Booth 3164, will be hosting an autograph session with Living Legend of Aviation Chuck Aaron at  Heli-Expo on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Aaron is the only pilot licensed by the FAA to perform aerobatics in a helicopter in the United States, and one of...
February 26, 2015
"MoreUPtime" is set to be the focus for current and prospective customers’ of the Cadorath Group of Companies when they unveil a new exhibit this March at the upcoming Heli-Expo 2015 convention and trade show by Helicopter Association International in Orlando, Fla. This exhibit, produced by...
February 26, 2015
Breeze-Eastern Corporation has reduced commercial spare parts delivery times from 90 days to less than 30, and the most commonly ordered spares are now reaching customers in just 14 days. Commercial overhaul and repair turn times have also steadily declined and have been cut in half over the last two years. President and CEO Brad Pedersen said the company’s investment in staff and inventory —...
February 26, 2015
Essex Industries is proud to showcase their wide range of engineered products in booth #1848 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. The cyclic and collective grips designed for the Bell 525 Relentless program will be featured, along with other platform controls, a...
February 26, 2015
At the beginning of next month, RF System Lab borescope experts Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki will trade the frigid temperatures of Traverse City, Mich., for the warmer weather in Orlando, Fla., to attend HAI Heli-Expo 2015. This will be RF System Lab’s fourth year at Heli-Expo, which is...
February 26, 2015
Phoenix Heliparts (PHP) has partnered with True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc., to pursue a series of FAA Part 27 STCs for the installation of the True Blue Power TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into many of the airframes PHP supports. Initial STC certification plans for the...
February 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has sold and delivered 16 new Bell 407GXs to BBM Inc. of Reno, Nev. The aircraft will be operated in the Middle East, and configured to suit a changing variety of urgent mission profiles, ranging from casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) to reconnaissance. The aircraft were presented to Fred Hees...
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