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March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that Clark McGinn, Global Head of Aviation Financing at CHC Leasing, will join Waypoint as Senior Vice President of Sales in the second quarter of 2015. McGinn will be responsible for leading the Company’s origination, sales and business development...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Alpine Helicopters have agreed to renew a Fleet Operator Agreement supporting the Canadian company’s M250-powered fleet. Alpine Helicopters, based in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, has been providing year-round world class helicopter services since 1961. Alpine specializes in tourism sightseeing, helicopter skiing and commercial...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrengthTM technology. Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - FreeFlight Systems announced today that they are extending the Radar Altimeter product line to add a Level B capable system to meet the stringent design safety requirements for Part 29 rotorcraft.  The FreeFlight Systems FRA-5500 Radar Altimeter maintains the same form, fit, and functionality of the popular RA-4X00 series line of TSO’d Radar Altimeters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has been selected by Miami Dade County to provide dynamic component MRO support for the Miami Dade Police Air Support Unit for their fleet of Airbus Helicopters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - It has been 16 years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight. Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age.  Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility in Shreveport, La. for a total...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has started final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center.  Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight...
March 4, 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 Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has signed an accordance to provide Rolls-Royce M250 engine overhaul support to Helisul Taxi Aereo Ltda. Vector Aerospace will provide Helisul...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. - Microturbo (Safran) and Bel Air Aviation A/S are pleased to announce the signature of a Support By the Hour (SBH) agreement for the e-APU60 on the AW189 helicopter. Bel Air operates a fleet of two AW189 in the Oil & Gas sector. This five-year SBH agreement will provide Bel Air a fixed amount per flight hour used service with a full maintenance for the e-APU60...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received a FAA STC for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode FDM system on Sikorsky S-76...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – North Flight Data Systems, LLC (NORTH), now a department of Outerlink Global Solutions, has received Transport Canada approval of their AS350/EC130 FAA STC for the installation of their lightweight flight data recorders.  The first Canadian installations of the integrated flight data system will be performed on the EC130 and AS350, owned and operated by...
March 3, 2015
One of the cardinal rules of engineering says that anything made by man can be broken. And one of the cardinal rules of man is that when something is broken, you should try to fix it. But if it can’t be fixed, you’ll just have to get a brand new one. In the aviation world, virtually everything that makes a machine fly can break, so there must be ways to replace those items once they fail, or...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
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...
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