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April 1, 2008
Eurocopter is adding training capabilities in the United States to respond to long-term market needs and shorter-term opportunities. In the latter category, the manufacturer’s American Eurocopter unit in Grand Prairie, Texas is developing a turbine-transition course targeted at the hundreds of flight instructors thrown out of work by the February shutdown of Silver State Helicopters and its network...
April 1, 2008
Sorting Out Silver State’s Impact Flight schools, former students and employees, and lawyers are trying to sort out the implications of Silver State Helicopters’ shutdown. Some former staffers are seizing the opportunity created by the Feb. 3 shutdown to open their own flight schools. One group of former Silver State instructors has started Veracity Aviation at New Braunfels, Texas Municipal...
April 1, 2008
That India is a big lure for helicopter makers was reaffirmed by strategic deals struck this year by key rotorcraft players. In February, Sikorsky Aircraft signed a memo of understanding with a unit of India’s Tata Group on the production of cabins for the S-92. That was followed in short order by Eurocopter’s move to expand its manufacturing capability in India in league with a key long-time...
April 1, 2008
The question of whether your aircraft is safe must be answered before every flight. Do you really know if it is airworthy and if not, what do you do about it? Maintenance has been in the public spotlight recently, and not for laudable reasons. Back in January, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a probable cause for the March 27, 2007 crash of a Robinson Helicopter R22 at Ponte Vedra...
April 1, 2008
SERVICES Aviation Research Group/U.S. has written a series of standards for on-site safety audits that are specific to helicopter operators, according to the company. ARG/US provides real-time information, advice, and proprietary data products focused primarily on safety reports for Part 135 charter companies...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Intelligent Automation Corp. is making headway in persuading helicopter operators of the value of its aircraft monitoring and diagnostics systems. Much of Poway, Calif.-based IAC’s success has come with military operators. Its health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) are...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Heli-Expo 2008 wrapped up its visit to Houston on Feb. 26 by providing another sign of the strength of the current helicopter market. The Helicopter Assn International’s annual show broke all attendance and exhibitor records, the group reported. It said 17,373 people attended this year’s show and were presented with the products and services of 523 exhibitors. On the exhibit floor were...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL A new venue for the helicopter industry will be opening its doors May 15 in Moscow. HeliRussia 2008 is supported by the Helicopter Assn International and the Russian Federal Agency of Industry. This new trade show, open to both industry...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS The FAA plans to begin testing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) communications, navigation, and surveillance system this year. The tests are be carried out are on a system of transponders placed on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. If implementation in...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is reorganizing its engineering shop and going outside for managers. Among its new hires is long-time tilt-rotor critic Nick Lappos. In a March 19 e-mail to employees, Bell President and CEO Richard Millman said Lappos, a 32-year veteran of Sikorsky Aircraft and most recently a Gulfstream executive, will head Bell’s XworX R&D shop...
March 31, 2008
India’s civil aviation department is seeking bids for a contract to offer subsidized, daily helicopter service between Guwahati and Tawang in northeastern India...
March 28, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International is planning safety forums focusing on the U.S. emergency medical service and offshore oil and gas support segments of the industry. HAI...
March 24, 2008
Aviation Today will host a webinar examining ongoing opportunities presented by the current helicopter boom and the potential impact of global economic turmoil on the industry. The webinar...
March 20, 2008
Nick Lappos has spent a lot of  time and energy in recent years critiquing  the promise and performance of Bell Helicopter and its vaunted tilt-rotor technology. Now he is going to work for Bell and, presumably...
March 17, 2008
Rolls-Royce has completed assembly, test, and delivery of its first production RR300 engine, following receipt of its production certificate for the engine from the U.S. FAA. The 300-shp-class powerplant was completed at Rolls' newly-commissioned small engine...
March 7, 2008
The helicopter industry may be booming, with many segments appearing to be recession-proof, but it's not getting any easier to land our aircraft. Take the New York City market. Operators there are operating under new restrictions that they accepted to fend off political and community over...
March 1, 2008
If you’re involved in any part of the U.S. civil industry, that headline got your attention. "Fed," as in a federal government employee — in this case, one for the FAA, is a term that can engender warm feelings among holders of airman, operator, and other certificates. Not warm and friendly feelings, but ones ranging from indigestion to steam blowing out your ears. Such feelings...
March 1, 2008
RISING USE OF DISTRESS BEACONS is driving increased interest in the Techtest range of homer-decoders, with particular interest coming from East Asia and southern Europe. Search and rescue aircraft manufacturers are increasingly seeing the benefits of reasonably priced homer-decoder systems, according to Techtest. Those systems make use of the latest technology in distress beacons. Techtest is one of the HR...
March 1, 2008
BARCO PROVIDES HIGH-PERFORMANCE DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND IMAGE processing subsystems for high-integrity aerospace applications. At Booth 2201, it is demonstrating its lineup of cockpit display products, ranging...
March 1, 2008
SAGEM AVIONICS BRINGS FOUR BOOTHS WORTH OF NEW products to Heli-Expo, including glass-cockpit solutions for the Bell, Eurocopter, Robinson and Sikorsky families of helicopters. Each system replaces standard "steam" gauges with flat-panel, multi-function display screens designed to provide critical flight and systems information in colorful, easy-to-read formats. Other examples of their flight...
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