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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...
February 7, 2012
Helicopter Industry Association of Russia and Oboronprom’s Russian Helicopters (Booth 3422) is bringing back what has become an annual ritual at Heli-Expo—Russian Hour. The manufacturer is displaying four variants at the trade show intended for the...
February 6, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI) President Matt Zuccaro is weighing in on recent developments to pass FAA reauthorization in Congress. In a statement released Feb. 1, Zuccaro notes that after five years and 23 funding...
February 3, 2012
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Tanis Aircraft Products has partnered with Bruce’s Customer Covers out of Sunnyvale, Calif. to design and...
February 2, 2012
Social helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds has announced their annual meeting to be held in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, 12 FEB during the 2012 HAI Heli-Expo. The reception will begin at 5:00pm immediately followed by a membership meeting at 6:00pm in Ballroom A, Section 1 in the Dallas Convention Center. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds President, along with Vice President Jim Kettles and Treasurer...
February 1, 2012
With onlookers witnessing the landmark event, AgustaWestland’s newest variant—the AW189—went airborne for the first time Dec. 21 at its plant in...
February 1, 2012
Cobham Beacon Solutions today announced they have received 24 Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Artex Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) product line. The FAA has allowed transition of the previous approval from Cobham Avionics in Prescott, AZ...
February 1, 2012
Eurocopter has designated its U.S. subsidiary as a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for EC135s and EC145s in North and Latin America. With this...
February 1, 2012
With onlookers witnessing the landmark event, AgustaWestland’s newest variant—the AW189—went airborne for the first time Dec. 21 at its plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. AgustaWestland...
February 1, 2012
Blue Sky Network has earned a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its communication and tracking systems on the Sikorsky S-92. La...
February 1, 2012
From left to right: CNN CEO Patrick Molis, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and Heli-Union CEO Jean-Christophe Schmitt. Eurocopter Eurocopter has delivered two EC225s to French air transport operator, Heli-Union. The new helicopters will be used for offshore oil and gas transport missions. Heli-Union has also purchased four...
February 1, 2012
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix has incorporated night vision goggle (NVG) cockpit upgrades into two...
February 1, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives...
February 1, 2012
The EADS board of directors has elected Sean O’Keefe as chair- man of the board. The EADS North America CEO will replace the retiring Ralph Crosby. O’Keefe served as vice president of the technology infrastructure sector of General Electric before being appointed CEO of EADS in 2009. Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has hired Michael Gallagher as vice president and project manager. He will...
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