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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...
March 1, 2008
THE FAA IS TAKING STEPS TO SPEED implementation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and elsewhere in the United States. The agency’s program office in charge of that innovative, satellite-based communications and navigation technology has won approval to hire implementation specialists and dispatch them to major air traffic control (ATC)...
March 1, 2008
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA IS building on what it sees as "a key competitive advantage" over other helicopter engine makers by enhancing its customer support services. "We take the whole aftermarket very seriously because we feel it is a key competitive advantage for us," said John Saabas, executive vice president of the Longueuil, Quebec-based firm. In the past year, P&WC (Booth...
March 1, 2008
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT FELT AN APPEARANCE BY its X2 technology demonstrator at Heli-Expo today was important enough to interrupt the novel aircraft’s development test program. A small development team based at subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft (designated Sikorsky’s Hawk Works rapid-prototyping center of excellence) has been striving to get the coaxial main-rotor, fly-by-wire demonstrator in the air for...
March 1, 2008
AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF manufacturers, regulators, operators, and customers aims to convince the helicopter world to embrace safety management systems as critical tools for both improving the industry’s reputation and managing businesses more effectively. The coalition, the International Helicopter Safety Team, formed in late 2005 with the goal of slashing the helicopter accident rate 80...
March 1, 2008
EUROCOPTER IS DEVELOPING A new protocol for avionics displays aimed at helping pilots better focus on flying aircraft and further reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. The effort seeks to consolidate and simplify the display of critical systems and performance data so a pilot "can concentrate on his environment 90 percent of the time and on his helicopter 10 percent of the time,"...
March 1, 2008
THE QUESTION ON MANY MINDS IS what will Bell Helicopter do this year? For the last several years, Heli-Expo has marked turning points for Bell, with most proving less than favorable. In 2004, for instance, it launched the IFR version of the Model 427, only to cancel that a year later in favor of the 429. In 2006, it unveiled the Model 417, which lasted until Heli-Expo 2007, when both it and Bell chief Mike...
March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL India’s government will now allow foreign investors to own 100 percent of the stock in helicopter operators in that nation. The Indian...
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 | ENGINES Rolls-Royce won FAA type certification of its 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft engine in late 2007, the manufacturer revealed at Heli-Expo last month. The engine maker launched development of the RR300 in January 2006 and received the type certificate in late December. "So we were able to do the design, development, and complete certification — through receipt of the type...
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...
February 29, 2008
AgustaWestland is working to certify an 882-lb (400-kg) increase in the max gross weight for its AW139 by the end of this year or early next. The medium twin's current certified MGW is 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). The move...
February 28, 2008
Eurocopter reports collecting "intentions to buy" for 111 orders for its new EC175 from 13 different customers and 120 bookings for the rest of its product line during the three days of Heli-Expo 2008...
February 27, 2008
AgustaWestland Grand owner Scott Kasprowicz plans to attempt a new speed record for an around-the-world helicopter flight. Kasparowicz in February set a record for a transcontinental U.S. flight from New...
February 25, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft is seizing Heli-Expo as an opportunity to size up potential commercial and other applications for its X2 technology. The company interrupted development of the X2 program, and the march toward first flight, to bring the prototype aircraft to the show in Houston. Team leaders said it is one thing to describe the aircraft, aimed at achieving 250-kt-plus...
February 25, 2008
Rolls-Royce in late December won FAA type certification of its new 300-shp-class RR300, which will power Robinson Helicopter's first turbine, the five-seat...
February 25, 2008
Here's a round-up of other news from Heli-Expo 2008's first day in Houston. Check back occasionally for additional news: On Jan. 30, the EC225 received its type certification from the FAA. The way is now cleared for the commercial operation in the...
February 22, 2008
Eurocopter plans a couple of product debuts at Heli-Expo in Houston next week. The company on the show’s opening day, Feb. 24, at 11:30 am, will unveil "a new member of its comprehensive...
February 19, 2008
AgustaWestland today is cutting the ribbon on the second major expansion of its factory at Philadelphia's Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The added, 250,000-sq-ft...
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