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March 5, 2012
La Jolla, Calif.-based Blue Sky Network launched its HawkEyeLink for Bluetooth messaging during Heli-Expo. The Iridium voice and messaging service debuted for Android smartphones and tablets. The system, which is “aircraft manufacturer agnostic,” comes with an 8130 form for easy installation and field approvals from Blue Sky’s FAA/PMA facilities. Once the modem is installed in the...
March 5, 2012
The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has awarded charter and pipeline surveillance operator, Heli Air, with IS-BAO registration. Heli Air marks the first operator to receive the registration under...
March 1, 2012
Writing this while on a plane back from Dallas after a busy and eventful Heli-Expo, I’m finally getting the chance to finish a thought that struck me early on during the non-stop four-day event. Let’s be honest—the world’s largest rotorcraft event is about people. As much as “the blitz” of new helicopters, equipment, upgrades, technology developments, STC programs and...
March 1, 2012
A new upgrade kit is available for the Rolls-Royce M250, which supplies power for the Bell 407 and MD600. The value improvement program (VIP) will lower fuel burn by 2 percent and raise hot/high performance by up to 5 percent, without increasing the weight of the...
March 1, 2012
Jeff Pino addresses the press at Heli-Expo 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own...
March 1, 2012
Eurocopter’s EC130T2 will feature Turbomeca Arriel 2D engines. 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...
March 1, 2012
Tech-Tool Plastics: Reinforced and Ready to Install EC120, EC130 Windows Tech-Tool Plastics is pleased to offer the ultimate in quality replacement windows for your Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 helicopters. Currently FAA, EASA, Transport Canada and ANAC approved, these windows offer reinforced edging which helps prevent cracking during extreme temperature changes. Plus, these replacement windows are...
March 1, 2012
Sikorsky 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...
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
AgustaWestland’s AW609 during a Feb. 11 demo from its new facility in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ernie Stephens As the biting sub-zero wind blew across Arlington Airport Municipal, the gathered members of the press waited for the AW609 to take off and begin its pre-Heli-Expo demonstration flight. The occasion centered around AgustaWestland’s invite to the press to visit its new facility at...
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
Summit Aviation parent company, Greenwich AeroGroup, 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, executive vice...
March 1, 2012
While the future is inherently hard to predict (especially when it comes to the economy), the more than 1,000 chief pilots and flight department managers who were questioned for Honeywell’s 14th annual Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Outlook plan to buy “strong” in 2012, but are uncertain about 2013 and beyond. The survey, which represents a pool of operators flying almost 2,500...
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
Eurocopter’s Helibras subsidiary recently reached an agreement to provide spare parts and support for the Brazilian Armed Forces fleet of 50 EC725s (example shown here). Three have already entered service, with the remaining 47 set for delivery starting this year. Eurocopter The helicopter transportation business in South America is a highly competitive business like in many other areas throughout...
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...
March 1, 2012
Flying helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico can give one a sense of ownership of our low-level airspace. I mean like when we cross the beach outbound in our helicopters for distant oil rigs, why would you think of airplanes cluttering up the sky at 1,500 feet or less? We share those altitude levels around airports of course, and some utility patrols and perhaps weekend recreational flying. But over the ocean...
March 1, 2012
Eurocopter has received an order for seven EC135s from Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters. The...
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