Rotor & Wing Heli-Expo 2012 Coverage

Compiled by Rotor & Wing staff


Bell Takes Wraps Off 525 Relentless  (Video by Editor-in-Chief Andrew Parker)

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Honeywell Forecast: Asia, Latin America Emergence Continues
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. Read More

PAG Introduces Rotorcraft Services Division
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (Booth 4110) has established a new company from its Gardner Aviation Services subsidiary. Rotorcraft Services Division (RSD) will offer helicopter avionics upgrades, airframe maintenance and repair/overhaul services at the 35,000-square-foot Gardner facility at Peachtree City Airport. Read More

Cadorath Expands on Multiple Fronts
Cadorath Aerospace (Booth 5024) will highlight a number of recent developments during Heli-Expo. The company is introducing its new AeroParts website, which serves as a resource for parts repairs, exchanges and sales. Read More

Rolls-Royce Powers Up M250 for Bell 407, MD600
A new upgrade kit is available for the Rolls-Royce M250, which powers 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 engine, according to the company. Read More

Frasca Delivers AS350 Sim to Korea Forest Service
The Korea Forest Service has accepted a FAA Level 7-approved Eurocopter AS350B2 helicopter flight training device (FTD) from Frasca International (Booth 4021). The trainer will enter service in late February. Read More

Kaman Features Unmanned K-MAX at Heli-Expo (Source: Kaman Helicopters)
The Kaman Helicopters Division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Booth 5222) continues to develop the unmanned K-MAX and plans to showcase its subcontract manufacturing and rotor blade production business segments during Heli-Expo. Read More

Able Aerospace Kicks Off Expansion (Source: Able Aerospace)
Officials from Able Aerospace Services (Booth 2106) and the City of Mesa, Ariz., held a groundbreaking ceremony on February 8 to start construction on its new on-airport company headquarters. Read More

Summit, Sikorsky Team on Transmission Overhauls (Source: Summit Aviation)
Summit Aviation (Booth 8151), a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, has announced a long-term agreement with Sikorsky Global Helicopters to manufacture, assemble and test transmissions for new production Schweizer 300 CTM aircraft and aftermarket support. Read More

EASA Certifies Geneva Completions (Source: DART Helicopter Services)
DART Helicopter Services (DHS) has received EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and law enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Read More

OSF Picks Becker Audio for EC145 Fleet (Source: Becker Avionics)
Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital audio system was recently selected by OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. Read More

Kenya Police Choose Donaldson Filter
(Source: Donaldson)
The first AS350B3e in Africa is flying with the first Donaldson AS350B3e Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the continent. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., delivered the advanced filtration system via Eurocopter South Africa for installation on the Kenya Police Air-Wing’s new aircraft. Read More

Night Flight Concepts Expands NVG Services (Source: Night Flight Concepts)
At Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2012, Night Flight Concepts (NFC), a leading provider of comprehensive night vision goggle solutions, will showcase new night vision solution options that deliver greater safety and performance. Read More

FlightSafety Expands Helicopter Offerings (Source: FlightSafety International)
FlightSafety International continues to expand its support for the helicopter industry with investments in new simulators, training programs and visual systems. Read More

Mecaer Uncovers AW169 VIP Interior (Source: MAG)
Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), the Italian aircraft interior specialist, is bringing a full-scale mock-up of its new VIP interior for the AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter to this year’s HAI Annual Meeting and Convention in Dallas. Read More


Garmin Obtains Robinson R44 Approval
Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin (Booth 29) has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its G500H installation on the R44 from Robinson Helicopter (Booths 7/8 and 9840). Read More

United Rotorcraft Uncovers MTM
Air Methods division United Rotorcraft (Booth 8063) is launching its medical transport module (MTM) in Dallas. The module will be featured as part of an AgustaWestland AW169 mock-up. Read More

High-Visibility Cockpit Advances SKYe SH09
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth 4417) is introducing a high-visibility cockpit for the SKYe SH09, which was unveiled during last year’s Heli-Expo. The cockpit will feature 10-inch Sagem displays and an efficient air conditioning system.

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More Operators Pick Becker DVCS6100

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 the Bell 206, 407, 412, 429 and 430, as well as the Eurocopter AS350, BK117, BO105 and EC134/145, MD900, Russian Helicopters Mi-17 and Mi-8, and the Sikorsky S-70A. Read More

Absolute Fire Sells Rights to Fast Bucket
Calgary, Canada-based Absolute Fire Solutions (Booth 609) has reached an agreement to sell its Fast Bucket line of products to an unnamed buyer. The transaction, which is scheduled to close March 1, includes Fast Fill, Fast Foam and Fast Cockpit Controller accessories. The company plans to continue developing its FAST Trac line of helicopter and fixed-wing event logging products. Read More


Uniflight Installs AS350 VIP Interior
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight (Booth 4805) has agreed to complete a Eurocopter AS350B2 for Saul Maia, a partner with Liam Kenneth of Miami, Fla. Maia selected a VIP interior for the new helicopter after researching various completion houses. American Eurocopter sent the aircraft directly to Uniflight’s completions facility, which also provides installations for helicopters used in EMS, law enforcement and utility operations. Read More


Russian Hour Returns to Heli-Expo
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. Representatives from Russian Helicopters and two large operators, PANH Helicopters and UTair, will provide updates on various topics. Read More

NORTH Flight to Develop Bell 407 LARS

Under an agreement that involves PHI and Rolls-Royce (Booth 9040), NORTH Flight Data Systems (Booth 3105) has agreed to integrate and certify its lightweight aircraft recording system (LARS) on the Bell 407. Read More

PAG Becomes All Metal Distributor
Precision Aviation Group (Booth 4110) has reached an agreement with Las Vegas, Nev.-based All Metal Maintenance Stands (Booth 5217) to distribute a full line of maintenance stands, support equipment and hangar equipment. Read More

MD Awards Students With Scholarships
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (Booth 7425) has granted scholarships to two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth 1417) students who are graduating in May 2012 with a degree from the Aeronautical Science Rotary-Wing program. Read More

Report: Pre-Owned Helicopter Market Down
According to a report from JETNET (Booth 9763), sales for the pre-owned turbine and piston helicopter market segments experienced a decline in 2011 when compared against 2010. Turbine sales were down 11.9 percent, while the piston market experienced a sharper decrease, at 17.7 percent. Read More

IHST Hosts Safety Workshops in Dallas
The International Helicopter Safety Team is sponsoring four workshops on Saturday, February 11 during Heli-Expo 2012. The first session, IHST Infrastructure Workshop with Thomas Judge, CCTP, runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Read More


ASU Hosts Night Vision Awards Ceremony
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth 9451) has announced the winners of its second annual Night Vision awards, which will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Ballroom A2 of the Dallas Convention Center. Read More


SilentEcoWing Makes Dallas Debut
Austria-based Helios Hubschrauber is introducing its SilentEcoWing rotor blade system at Heli-Expo. Marking the culmination of a project that got its start in 1998 and traces back to 1995, the SilentEcoWing underwent wind tunnel tests in 2009 at the Technical University of Munich, which showed that the blade tips lowered noise and increased efficiency over the typical blade.

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Vector Showcases Upgrades at Heli-Expo
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Booth 7139) is displaying a number of its services during Heli-Expo. Operators will be able to speak with Vector support teams on a number of topics, including some of its newer services like a UH1 upgrade program, Turbomeca Arriel 2 and GE CT7 engine repairs and glass cockpit updated for Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky variants. Read More


Tanis Partners With Bruce on Helicopter Covers
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Tanis Aircraft Products (Booth 7523) has partnered with Bruce’s Customer Covers out of Sunnyvale, Calif. to design and produce aircraft covers developed specifically for helicopters. Read More


FAA Reauthorization to Provide ‘Long-Term Stability’
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 extensions, “we are gratified and relieved to see such a major step forward.” Read More


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