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March 1, 2012
Viktor Ruklinski announces the CIS’ intent to partner with IHST. Photo by Chris Sheppard During Heli-Expo, the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) held a town hall meeting open to all pilots, safety managers and anyone interested in helicopter safety issues. Attendees raised a number of concerns, including the lighting on wind towers and heliports that is currently invisible to night vision...
March 1, 2012
NVG award winners at Heli-Expo. ASU hosted its 2nd annual Night Vision Awards ceremony on February 12, recognizing law enforcement, EMS, public safety and transport...
March 1, 2012
A technician inspects a blade mounted on CTI’s new whirl tower. The system uses computers and lasers to compare test blades to a perfect “master” at operational rotation speeds. Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary Composite Technology Inc. (CTI) invited local officials to its Dallas-Fort Worth rotor blade repair facility on February 14 for the opening of its new whirl tower. The $15-million...
March 1, 2012
UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Glasspool is the head of flight operations for the European business unit at Bristow and is a member of the British Helicopter Association (BHA)’s Council of Management. He also represents the European Helicopter Association (EHA) as a member of the...
March 1, 2012
Entrsom’s Jerry Mullins (shown here at the 2011 Forum) and MD Helicopters’ Lynn Tilton were the only two CEOs at the CEO Forum. This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a...
March 1, 2012
Bell uncovered its 525 Relentless during Heli-Expo 2012 with a production that resembled a rock concert. Photo by Andrew Parker 2011 was supposed to be the year of recovery for rotorcraft manufacturing, but volatility in the financial markets plus ongoing debt woes for some European countries prompted buyers of all stripes to wait and forecasters to rethink their initial prognostications. Even with...
March 1, 2012
Maritime Coastguard Agency AW139 that is currently operated by CHC from Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent in the south of England. The Department for Transport (DfT) is contemplating that the future of the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service in the United Kingdom could be given to a single operator or pair of operators rather than to a consortium of companies as happened in the last SAR-H...
March 1, 2012
In my last Public Service column (“Orphan Treatment,” January 2012, page 64), I wrote about the NTSB Public Aircraft Safety meeting on December 1 in Washington, D.C. To recap, this meeting was held to discuss the proposed efforts by some that may lead to the elimination of public aircraft operations. Some may think that statement a little beyond politically correct. After all, it’s all...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
February 29, 2012
American Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Metro Aviation to supply AS350 flight simulator training for Metro pilots. The U.S. arm of the helicopter maker has an AS350 Level B-approved simulator at its facility in Grand...
February 27, 2012
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting 23 new SKYe SH09 orders received during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, a year after introducing at the 2011 convention in Orlando...
February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 23, 2012
Eurocopter has made its first sale in the country of Bangladesh to R&R Aviation involving two...
February 22, 2012
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) hosted its 2nd Annual Night Vision Awards ceremony during Heli-Expo 2012. The night vision goggle (NVG) supplier recognized EMS, law enforcement, public safety and transport...
February 14, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s S-92 “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) demonstration helicopter will be shown on static display at the Singapore Air Show beginning Feb. 14. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The tour’s stop in Singapore follows a series of successful visits in...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 12, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW189 hovers over the ground in Italy during its maiden flight. AgustaWestland uncovered the AW189 during the 2011 Paris Air Show. It will be making its first Heli-Expo appearance in Dallas.  Photos courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland (Booth 5602) comes to Heli-Expo 2012 fresh off the recent first flight of its prototype AW189. A full-size mock-up is on display at the...
February 12, 2012
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during a press conference in early January. Eurocopter photo by Lorette Sabre. During his now legendary confident performance at Eurocopter’s annual start of the year address to the European aviation press in Paris, President & CEO Lutz Bertling dropped the bombshell that the value of the global civil verses military helicopter markets will have attained parity...
February 12, 2012
Metro Aviation has completed and delivered the first of three Eurocopter EC145s for Sanford Health’s base in Sioux Falls, S.D. The other two EC145s will be delivered in late 2012 and be stationed out of Fargo, N.D.  Photos courtesy of Metro Aviation Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation (Booth 2110) has acquired Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC International) Helicopter Support Services. Based...
February 12, 2012
Fairfax County Police Department’s new Bell 429 will be on display at the exhibition.  Photos courtesy of Becker Avionics and Bell The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) in Virginia recently took delivery of a new Bell 429 equipped for law enforcement, SAR and emergency medical transport services. Its twin is nearing completion at PAC International in Mount Pleasant, Pa. The county’s...
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