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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
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
AEROSPACE FILTRATION SYSTEMS IS displaying its newly certified inlet barrier filters at Booth 4013. Designed for the Eurocopter AS350 powered by either Turbomeca Arriel or Honeywell LTS1010 engines, the inlet barrier filter can be installed without modification to the engine cowl and without downloads to calculate, according to the manufacturer. The system features a sealed engine intake plenum that...
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
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...
March 1, 2008
THE QUESTION ON MANY MINDS IS what will Bell Helicopter do this year? For the last several years, Heli-Expo has marked turning points for Bell, with most proving less than favorable. In 2004, for instance, it launched the IFR version of the Model 427, only to cancel that a year later in favor of the 429. In 2006, it unveiled the Model 417, which lasted until Heli-Expo 2007, when both it and Bell chief Mike...
March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Soloy Aviation Solutions has obtained approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its Honeywell engine conversion for the Eurocopter AS350BA and B2. The company already had supplemental type certificates from the U.S...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Rolls-Royce won FAA type certification of its 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft engine in late 2007, the manufacturer revealed at Heli-Expo last month. The engine maker launched development of the RR300 in January 2006 and received the type certificate in late December. "So we were able to do the design, development, and complete certification — through receipt of the type...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS The U.S. state of Alaska is launching a comprehensive aviation safety initiative that would establish a low-interest loan program for acquiring advanced, satellite-based avionics for general aviation aircraft and improve terrain mapping of the state. The initiative is tied to FAA efforts to implement automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) air traffic...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is betting a drive by major operators to cut their aircraft operating costs will translate into a greater industry appetite for common sets of helicopters. The manufacturer is embarking on a new product development plan that calls for creating families of aircraft around single aircraft types, said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and...
February 27, 2008
AgustaWestland Grand owner Scott Kasprowicz plans to attempt a new speed record for an around-the-world helicopter flight. Kasparowicz in February set a record for a transcontinental U.S. flight from New...
February 27, 2008
MD Helicopters Chairman and CEO Lynn Tilton is still considering moving the manufacturer from its Mesa, Ariz. home because of a rent increase there, The Fort Worth...
February 25, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft is seizing Heli-Expo as an opportunity to size up potential commercial and other applications for its X2 technology. The company interrupted development of the X2 program, and the march toward first flight, to bring the prototype aircraft to the show in Houston. Team leaders said it is one thing to describe the aircraft, aimed at achieving 250-kt-plus...
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