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February 23, 2012
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 gathering of rotorcraft giants challenging each other over issues of the day. Is this really too much to hope for—or expect—at such an...
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 (Booth 6150) has signed with Brazilian operator Lider Aviacao to provide three S-92s. Lider will use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transport for Petrobras. The purchase adds to Lider’s fleet of four S-92s and 42 S-76s. Sikorsky expects deliveries to begin later this year. Mexican operator Aeroservicios Especializados (ASESA) has reached...
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
During the opening day of Heli-Expo 2012, Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) unveiled its new software system for Sikorsky’s commercial helicopters, Helotrac 2X. The new web-based software is an upgrade of Helotrac RL and allows operators to...
February 13, 2012
Milestone Aviation Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has inked an agreement for 16 EC225s—adding a sizable order to Eurocopter’s frenetic first day activities at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Milestone is a new company, just established in August 2010, but already with a fleet of 50 helicopters before the EC225 order and...
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 13, 2012
Summit Aviation parent company, Greenwich AeroGroup, (Booth 8051) has acquired an economic interest in Rio de Janerio-based Helivia Aero Taxi, marking the company’s entrance into the Brazilian market. Helivia services the oil and gas industry, flying missions to rigs as far out as 120-160 miles offshore, with a safety record that caught Greenwich’s attention, according to Gerry Goguen...
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
During Heli-Expo 2012, Russian Helicopters (Booth 3422) will have on display what it considers to be “the most suitable and attractive” helicopters for the North American market. Russian Helicopters is bringing a group of four helicopters that are well-suited for the North American market...
February 12, 2012
The Legacy of Heroes S-92 will be showing in Singapore.  Representatives of Sikorsky (Booths 6148, 6150, 6152 and 6154) are pointing to the company’s Twitter feed, @SikorskyAircrft, for updates about the company’s announcements at Heli-Expo. One of the tweets that appeared as...
February 12, 2012
Rotor & Wing flew the Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000H late last year (See October 2011, page 38). The manufacturer plans to unveil its G5000H during this year’s Heli-Expo. On the left, the G1000H uses a solid green circle to depict the distance before all usable fuel has been consumed. Just inside of that is a dotted green circle that shows where the aircraft will begin to use its allotted fuel...
February 12, 2012
BLR Aerospace’s FastFin upgrade on a Bell 412. BLR can be found at Booth 8846 during Heli-Expo.  Photo courtesy of BLR Aerospace Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has become the first offshore oil and gas operator to use BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor...
February 12, 2012
Two dramatic launches—mood music, helicopters behind screens and clever audio visual presentations—accompanied the launches of the Bell 525 Relentless super medium transport (SMT) and the Eurocopter EC130T2. While you can find the full specifications elsewhere in this news section, Bell President & CEO John Garrison told a packed audience that this was “Bell on a mission to revitalize...
February 11, 2012
Attendees await the opening of Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando. This year’s convention and exhibition in Dallas is projected to top last year’s estimated 20,000 visitors.  Photos by Ernie Stephens This year’s version of Heli-Expo, the annual convention and exposition hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI), kicks off on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas, running through...
February 10, 2012
UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Formed in 2010, Step Change in Safety aims to improve the safety...
February 10, 2012
At Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2012, Night Flight Concepts (NFC), a leading provider of comprehensive night vision goggle...
February 9, 2012
Utica, N.Y.-based JETNET has expanded its piston and turbine helicopter offerings to include a customer relationship management system for the aviation industry, known as CRM...
February 8, 2012
Becker Avionics (Booth 9058) is reporting an increase in demand for its DVCS6100 among OEMs and operators, with more than 900 systems currently in service. The digital audio system is available for...
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