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March 1, 2012
UK-based Step Change in Safety has appointed Bristow Helicopters Capt. Tim Glasspool as co-chairman of its Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG). Glasspool is the head of flight operations for the European business unit at Bristow and is a member of the British Helicopter Association (BHA)’s Council of Management. He also represents the European Helicopter Association (EHA) as a member of the...
March 1, 2012
Entrsom’s Jerry Mullins (shown here at the 2011 Forum) and MD Helicopters’ Lynn Tilton were the only two CEOs at the CEO Forum. This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a...
March 1, 2012
Enstrom has started delivering 30 TH-480B, single-engine, turbine helicopters to the JGSDF. The aircraft will be used primarily for helicopter training. Enstrom Heli-Expo 2012 served as the backdrop for showing off one of 30 Enstrom...
March 1, 2012
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. The survey, which represents a pool of operators flying almost 2,500...
March 1, 2012
If you’re looking for a bright spot in any sector of aviation, the best place to start is the helicopter segment. The rising price of oil along with the continued growth of EMS and SAR have helped helicopter manufacturers maintain rather healthy production numbers. In fact, at last year’s Heli-Expo, Honeywell’s annual Turbine-powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook predicted that...
March 1, 2012
In my last Public Service column (“Orphan Treatment,” January 2012, page 64), I wrote about the NTSB Public Aircraft Safety meeting on December 1 in Washington, D.C. To recap, this meeting was held to discuss the proposed efforts by some that may lead to the elimination of public aircraft operations. Some may think that statement a little beyond politically correct. After all, it’s all...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
February 29, 2012
American Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Metro Aviation to supply AS350 flight simulator training for Metro pilots. The U.S. arm of the helicopter maker has an AS350 Level B-approved simulator at its facility in Grand...
February 27, 2012
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting 23 new SKYe SH09 orders received during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, a year after introducing at the 2011 convention in Orlando...
February 23, 2012
This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a gathering of rotorcraft giants challenging each other over issues of the day. Is this really too much to hope for—or expect—at such an...
February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 22, 2012
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) hosted its 2nd Annual Night Vision Awards ceremony during Heli-Expo 2012. The night vision goggle (NVG) supplier recognized EMS, law enforcement, public safety and transport...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 12, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW189 hovers over the ground in Italy during its maiden flight. AgustaWestland uncovered the AW189 during the 2011 Paris Air Show. It will be making its first Heli-Expo appearance in Dallas.  Photos courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland (Booth 5602) comes to Heli-Expo 2012 fresh off the recent first flight of its prototype AW189. A full-size mock-up is on display at the...
February 12, 2012
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during a press conference in early January. Eurocopter photo by Lorette Sabre. During his now legendary confident performance at Eurocopter’s annual start of the year address to the European aviation press in Paris, President & CEO Lutz Bertling dropped the bombshell that the value of the global civil verses military helicopter markets will have attained parity...
February 12, 2012
Metro Aviation has completed and delivered the first of three Eurocopter EC145s for Sanford Health’s base in Sioux Falls, S.D. The other two EC145s will be delivered in late 2012 and be stationed out of Fargo, N.D.  Photos courtesy of Metro Aviation Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation (Booth 2110) has acquired Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC International) Helicopter Support Services. Based...
February 12, 2012
During Heli-Expo 2012, Russian Helicopters (Booth 3422) will have on display what it considers to be “the most suitable and attractive” helicopters for the North American market. Russian Helicopters is bringing a group of four helicopters that are well-suited for the North American market...
February 12, 2012
Rotor & Wing flew the Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000H late last year (See October 2011, page 38). The manufacturer plans to unveil its G5000H during this year’s Heli-Expo. On the left, the G1000H uses a solid green circle to depict the distance before all usable fuel has been consumed. Just inside of that is a dotted green circle that shows where the aircraft will begin to use its allotted fuel...
February 12, 2012
Two dramatic launches—mood music, helicopters behind screens and clever audio visual presentations—accompanied the launches of the Bell 525 Relentless super medium transport (SMT) and the Eurocopter EC130T2. While you can find the full specifications elsewhere in this news section, Bell President & CEO John Garrison told a packed audience that this was “Bell on a mission to revitalize...
February 11, 2012
Attendees await the opening of Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando. This year’s convention and exhibition in Dallas is projected to top last year’s estimated 20,000 visitors.  Photos by Ernie Stephens This year’s version of Heli-Expo, the annual convention and exposition hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI), kicks off on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas, running through...
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