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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...
February 10, 2012
Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital audio system was recently selected by OSF Aviation, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. The four EC145s are part of a fleet replacement...
February 8, 2012
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...
February 8, 2012
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...
February 6, 2012
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. The awards are given...
February 3, 2012
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Tanis Aircraft Products has partnered with Bruce’s Customer Covers out of Sunnyvale, Calif. to design and...
February 2, 2012
Social helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds has announced their annual meeting to be held in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, 12 FEB during the 2012 HAI Heli-Expo. The reception will begin at 5:00pm immediately followed by a membership meeting at 6:00pm in Ballroom A, Section 1 in the Dallas Convention Center. Steve Sullivan, Twirly Birds President, along with Vice President Jim Kettles and Treasurer...
February 1, 2012
As we head into Heli-Expo, it’s important to again bring up the subjects of training and safety. Learning lessons from the mistakes of others is one of the most basic ways of improving. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings on January 19 involving two helicopter EMS crashes where pilots flew into storms at night. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near...
February 1, 2012
Cobham Beacon Solutions today announced they have received 24 Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Artex Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) product line. The FAA has allowed transition of the previous approval from Cobham Avionics in Prescott, AZ...
February 1, 2012
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Reach Air Medical has teamed with Methodist Healthcare of Houston to establish...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings in late January involving two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) crashes involving pilots who flew into localized storms. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near Georgetown, S.C., involved a Carolina Life Care Eurocopter AS350B2 operated by Omniflight Helicopters. Three people died in the crash, the pilot, a flight...
February 1, 2012
This Sikorsky S-92 replaces an S-61. Sikorsky Sikorsky has finished production on an S-92 for CHC Helicopter. CHC will operate the search and...
February 1, 2012
Eurocopter has designated its U.S. subsidiary as a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for EC135s and EC145s in North and Latin America. With this...
February 1, 2012
Doctor Heli files the first EMS-equipped AgustaWestland GrandNew in Japan. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has completed...
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