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March 5, 2015
FRASCA International, Inc, of Urbana, Ill. has contracted with international helicopter transportation operator HNZ Group Inc. of Montreal, Canada for the supply of an AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD). The AS350B FTD will be installed inside the airport terminal at Edmonton International Airport and will be used for initial and recurrent training for pilots flying demanding missions in remote...
March 5, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The agreement compliments Bell Helicopter’s Mission Critical Support (MCS) program for the Bell 505 – a pay-as-you-fly program designed to provide a predictable monthly cost, help...
March 5, 2015
Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system on Sikorsky S-76 Series helicopters. The...
March 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Airbus Helicopters’ unveiling of its H160 at Heli Expo 2015 this week launched a new era in rotorcraft technology and performance for the French airframe manufacturer. The announcement also marked the culmination of three years of close collaboration between Airbus and Esterline CMC in building the Helionix structured avionics package to power the new X4. Airbus...
March 5, 2015
Inmarsat headquarters. Photo: Clive Darra via flickr [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Inmarsat Government announced that its new L-band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service has completed successful customer airborne testing and will be available for U.S. government customers by June. This new LAISR service will meet the high-speed, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)...
March 5, 2015
Ryanair next generation 737-800. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Boeing and Ryanair have announced an order for three next-generation 737-800s. The previously unidentified order is valued at $280...
March 5, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Erickson Incorporated's President and CEO Udo Rieder announced his intentions to retire from the company (including from his membership in the board) effective March 31, 2015. The board of directors has appointed Jeff Roberts as new President and CEO of Erickson effective April 1, 2015. Both the outgoing and incoming CEOs were available at the expo to answer questions, and Rotor...
March 5, 2015
Passengers using Gogo. Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Gogo and Spafax are partnering to bolster the management and development of content for the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) provider’s wireless In-Flight...
March 5, 2015
Quadcopter. Photo: pixabay [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comment on a new multistakeholder process aimed at developing privacy best practices for the commercial and private use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The...
March 5, 2015
Embraer saw fairly flat revenues in 2014. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Embraer saw fairly flat revenues in its 2014 earnings report at just under a 1 percent bump over 2013 earnings. The $6.3...
March 5, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Gogo is gearing up for the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize the sale of Air-to-Ground (ATG) mobile broadband in the 14 – 14.5 Ghz range on a secondary license basis, an auction that could ultimately bring more than just spectrum to their business. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference Wednesday...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Turbomeca (Safran) companies across the world have finalized Support By the Hour (SBH) contracts with numerous operators flying a wide range of missions. At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Canadian operator Coast to Coast signed an SBH contract with Turbomeca Canada covering the Arrius 1A engines in its AS 355...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Airbus Helicopters Inc., U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, is collaborating with Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems, of Victor, N.Y. to evaluate the first comprehensive and integrated Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) system to evaluate the potential to make these systems standard equipment on Part 27 and light Part 29...
March 5, 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) will provide the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) with modification, repair and overhaul services for their Bell 212 helicopter...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Cadorath Distribution announced it has solidified their long-term commitment towards their support of Bell Helicopter light and medium helicopters by making significant investments into their spares support inventory in early 2015. In addition, with a combined investment into the Rolls-Royce M250 line of engines, Cadorath Distribution looks to provide nose-to-tail...
March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
March 4, 2015
You’re sitting in the hangar “fat, dumb and happy,” as my boss used to say, when you hear the sound that sends chills through your entire body every single time. It’s that terrified cry for back-up coming over the radio that signals something is so wrong, the officer on the other end can’t even pretend to be calm. Within minutes, you’re en route with the collective...
March 4, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX airframes to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican Armed Forces, the FAM covers the entire country, with 18 military air bases located across...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - The North American CEOs of two helicopter contractors told Rotor & Wing they believe the Army's controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is here to stay. "It seems like, considering the actions the Army's taking, that it's a done deal," AgustaWestland North America CEO Robert LaBelle said Monday here on the eve of the Helicopter Association...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - On Tuesday, March 3 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson declared 2014 a successful year for the company. Though overall production and decreased from 523 helicopters in 2013 to 329 helicopters in 2014, Robinson believes that this was due in part to the company catching up on the back line of R66 Turbine airframes it had been trying to...
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