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Friday, August 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Civil Contracts

The East Bay Regional Park District, based in Oakland, Calif., plans to award Turbomeca a Service-by-the-Hour contract for the support, repair and overhaul of its new Arriel 2B1 engine, which was delivered in May. The East Bay Regional Park District’s Air Support Unit operates two Eurocopter AS350s around the clock for police patrol, initial attack fire suppression, emergency medical transports and search and rescue.

Video Display Corp.’s BEAR Power Supplies division has received a design contract to create a custom 420-w AC/DC power supply for L-3 Communications’ Cincinnati Electronics Div. Among other custom features, the rugged power supply is to feature an RS-232 interface for controlling on/off and monitoring temperature and performance. Phelps, N.Y.-based BEAR Power Supplies makes rugged power supplies for commercial, industrial, and medical systems.

Imperial Metal Products has secured a four-year contract from a major-tier supplier to produce millions of fasteners in more than 200 styles for both military and commercial aircraft. Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Imperial provides precision machining, assembly and just-in-time warehousing services to a variety of industries.

Pattonair Americas has begun providing turnkey warehouse management services for Turbomeca USA. Part of the UMECO Group, Pattonair will perform all warehousing functions for products within Turbomeca’s Grand Prairie, Texas facility.

REB Technologies has won a contract from the Texas Public Safety Dept to modify the five Eurocopter AS350B2s and one EC145 with the latest generation night-vision technology. REBTECH is based in Bedford, Texas.

Onboard Systems has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to design and develop a new 6,600-lb (3,000-kg) external cargo hook system for the AW101. Vancouver, Wash.-based Onboard Systems has already designed and developed a 10,000-lb (4,536-kg), AW1010 heavy-lift cargo hook. The contract calls for delivery of prototype and production units for coast guard, search and rescue, offshore, police and other public safety operations, in addition to military use.

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