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March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – In one of the industry’s most anticipated events, Airbus Helicopters today presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark. As the first product introduced with the Airbus Helicopters corporate identity and its new numbering...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has announced that numerous California law enforcement agencies have recently purchased or taken delivery of new AS350 B3e AStars, continuing Airbus Helicopters leadership in law enforcement helicopter sales. Recent AS350 B3e customers include the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Riverside...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Maverick Helicopters, based in Las Vegas, Nev., continues to expand its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. Maverick Helicopters took delivery of five H130 T2s (previously EC130 T2s) in 2014 and has ordered eight for delivery in 2015. The H130 fleet serves Maverick Helicopters Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour business. In February the company became the first to achieve...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Robinson Helicopter Company have signed a new, 10-year agreement to supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines to power R66 aircraft. The Rolls-Royce RR300 has been the exclusive engine on Robinson’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter since it entered service in 2010. Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 800 RR300 engines to meet the growing global demand for...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter have signed a long-term agreement to install upgraded M250 engines in new Bell 407GXP helicopters, boosting power and fuel efficiency. Deliveries of M250-C47B/8 engines for Bell 407GXP helicopters will include a factory installed Value Improvement Package (VIP) kit, which will increase “hot and high” power by up to 8...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo2015 Orlando, Fla. - Turbomeca (Safran) is developing a new strategy to further improve the proximity service it offers to its customers. Taking advantage of the planned introduction of new light helicopters, Turbomeca will enlarge its support network to offer a best-in-class service tailored to small fleet operators. To offer the most comprehensive and reliable support network, Turbomeca...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Turbomeca (Safran) is scheduled to obtain type-certification for its new Arrius 2R engine by the end of 2015. Selected to power Bell Helicopter’s Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, Arrius 2R is the only engine in the 500 shp range to feature a dual-channel FADEC. With seven million flight hours already logged by Arrius models, the 2R will also offer an unmatched level of...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has been selected as the primary supplier to Air Methods Corporation for all AS350 and EC130 dynamic components. This agreement will continue for a...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. – The helicopter industry will be introduced to the newest edition of the Airbus Helicopters EC145 platform, the EC145e, at Heli-Expo 2015. Metro Aviation recently configured what they call the “e-lite” for display at the largest helicopter exhibition in the world.  Combining the well-known features of the EC145, such as the large cabin and...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Bristow announced today the signing of a platform development agreement for the AW609 TiltRotor program. The announcement was made at Heli-Expo (Orlando, FL) on the occasion of the ‘on static’ public premiere of a real AW609 aircraft at the US exhibition, featuring a dedicated Bristow/Eastern Airways paint scheme...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), introduced today at Heli-Expo 2015 the new Bell 407GXP. The new aircraft incorporates the reliability and advanced technology of the Bell 407GX platform, and introduces performance improvement, payload increase and pilot workload reduction. “The Bell 407GXP enhances customer value with improvements in...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. – DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently completed vibration testing of its popular GDC64 iPad Tablet Interface Unit with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The GDC64 iPad Tablet Interface Unit transfers information from Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopter to the Flight Calculator Application iPad Function. Sikorsky...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s (NYSE: CW) Defense Solutions division today announced a new family of ultra-lightweight recorders for cockpit image, voice and flight data. At only 5.7 lbs., the new Fortress recorders weigh ~50% less than early generation solid state recorders alternatives, which helps to significantly reduce fuel cost savings (for example...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector Aerospace), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) with the assistance of their local representatives, Naher Trading, has signed a contract to provide the Colombian Air Force with...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector Aerospace), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has partnered with Turbomeca (Safran) to provide Airbus Helicopters AS350BA to AS350B2 conversions to customers across the globe. As...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and will soon begin completion for delivery. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. at the end of December, meeting a schedule set nearly two...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Aerolite will be highlighting the newest aeromedical interior designs for the Airbus EC145 T2, EC135 T3 and Bell 429 during the 2015 Heli-Expo.  EC145 T2   Aerolite received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for a modular aeromedical EMS Interior. The interior allows an operator various configuration set up...
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