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March 1, 2008
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE (www.honeywell.com and www.honeywell.com/missionready) is displaying its new AgustaWestland AW139 corporate helicopter, which is fitted with Honeywell’s Primus Epic cockpit and cabin systems...
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
ROTOR LEASING IS DISPLAYING ITS NEWLY RESTORED EUROCOPTER AS365SH Dauphin at Booth 435. The eight-year-old twin was grounded and decommissioned by the Irish Air Corps in 2005 with 3,600 hr total time. Three other AS365s operated by the Irish Air Corps...
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...
March 1, 2008
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF helicopter operations get the spotlight at Heli-Expo this week. Leaders of the International Helicopter Safety Team are coming to Houston to brief operators on the progress of their efforts to reduce the helicopter accident rate 80 by 2016. They also are soliciting interest in and support for those efforts from more operators. That last point is a critical one. Launched in...
March 1, 2008
HELICOPTER PARTS PROVIDER HELI-Mart is banking on a turnaround for MD Helicopters and investing in its newly acquired completions center to support that change. Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Heli-Mart last year bought a majority interest in Phoenix Heliparts, a completions center that specializes in MD products. Heli-Mart burst into the spotlight in late 2005 when it bought...
March 1, 2008
LOOK FOR MAJOR NEWS FROM Rolls-Royce today on the RR300 as well as its stalwart Model 250 engine. The engine maker (Booth 1917) has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today, at which it also will release its annual helicopter engine market forecast and update attendees on improvements to the Model 250 and its production and test facilities in Indianapolis. Launched as a development program in January...
March 1, 2008
WHELEN ENGINEERING HAS BROADened its line of LED (light-emitting diode) navigation and landing lights with several new aircraft products, all of which will be on display here. In 2007, Whelen’s...
March 1, 2008
FRANK ROBINSON IS STRUGGLING TO BEEF UP HIS ALready-record production and prodding his engineers to accelerate development and certification of his first turbine-powered helicopter. His efforts to boost production and meet steady and strong demand for his aircraft wasn’t helped by President Bush’s visit to the Torrance, Calif. factory last month, which bogged production lines down for a week or...
March 1, 2008
BELL HELICOPTER AND AGUSTAWESTLAND OFFICIALS remain committed to gaining certification of and fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor. But they may be doing so for a smaller market. The partner companies are working toward certification of the BA609 by late 2010 or early 2011. However, the aircraft’s protracted development appears to be costing it market share by allowing competitors to gain ground...
March 1, 2008
TURBOMECA EXECUTIVES ARE confident that 2008 will be the year when their investments in improving customer support begin to pay off. "I think you will see us turn the corner in 2008," said Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles. Toward the end of this year, the engine maker will conduct the next in its series of biennial customer-satisfaction surveys, which executives described as a...
March 1, 2008
CHELTON FLIGHT SYSTEMS COMES to Heli-Expo with new certification for its popular glass cockpit configuration and updates on its effort to field a new stability augmentation system. Boise, Idaho-based Chelton (Booth 2819) late last year gained technical standard order (TSO) approval for the latest software upgrade for its electronic flight instrumentation system (EFIS). The company said the 6.0B features a...
March 1, 2008
PRESIDENT BUSH’S CHOICE TO BE the next head of the FAA is slated to visit Heli-Expo. Robert Sturgell, nominated last October by Bush to succeed Administrator Marion Blakey, is to head up the contingent of FAA officials coming to Houston to discuss topics ranging from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast to user fees. Sturgell had...
March 1, 2008
THE FAA IS TAKING STEPS TO SPEED implementation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and elsewhere in the United States. The agency’s program office in charge of that innovative, satellite-based communications and navigation technology has won approval to hire implementation specialists and dispatch them to major air traffic control (ATC)...
March 1, 2008
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA IS building on what it sees as "a key competitive advantage" over other helicopter engine makers by enhancing its customer support services. "We take the whole aftermarket very seriously because we feel it is a key competitive advantage for us," said John Saabas, executive vice president of the Longueuil, Quebec-based firm. In the past year, P&WC (Booth...
March 1, 2008
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT FELT AN APPEARANCE BY its X2 technology demonstrator at Heli-Expo today was important enough to interrupt the novel aircraft’s development test program. A small development team based at subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft (designated Sikorsky’s Hawk Works rapid-prototyping center of excellence) has been striving to get the coaxial main-rotor, fly-by-wire demonstrator in the air for...
March 1, 2008
AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF manufacturers, regulators, operators, and customers aims to convince the helicopter world to embrace safety management systems as critical tools for both improving the industry’s reputation and managing businesses more effectively. The coalition, the International Helicopter Safety Team, formed in late 2005 with the goal of slashing the helicopter accident rate 80...
March 1, 2008
EUROCOPTER IS DEVELOPING A new protocol for avionics displays aimed at helping pilots better focus on flying aircraft and further reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. The effort seeks to consolidate and simplify the display of critical systems and performance data so a pilot "can concentrate on his environment 90 percent of the time and on his helicopter 10 percent of the time,"...
March 1, 2008
SCHWEIZER AIRCRAFT IS OFFERING delivery positions for its newest helicopter model, the 434, and briefing Heli-Expo attendees on its plans for certification of the four-bladed, turbine-powered aircraft. In addition, the Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth 2040) subsidiary will update attendees on its X2 technology demonstrator work and other aircraft programs at its annual Heli-Expo press conference this afternoon...
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