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September 24, 2008
M7 Aerospace and San Antonio Aircraft Support (SAAS) will combine their resources to provide custom corporate interior work or avionics upgrades for helicopters. “The new venture will fall under M7’s roof,” said an M7...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Houston was the site of the 38th Annual ALEA Conference and Exposition. The two-day event drew 1,143 law enforcement aviators from around the globe, many of whom come every year for classes, workshops and access to the industry’s leading manufactures of aircraft, aviation products and support services. In addition to...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Chief Pilot Jack Reichert of the Texas Dept of Public Safety accepted the keys to the police agency’s 10th Eurocopter AS350 police helicopter at the annual ALEA Conference in Houston in July. The white, black and gold B2 variant was presented by Larry Roberts, VP of commercial affairs for American...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 ALEA has embarked on a two-part initiative to promote airborne law enforcement to Congress. The first part is to encourage lawmakers to "support the funding efforts needed to keep aviation units active," according...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Texas Aviation Services has delivered a Bell Helicopter Model 407 to the Volusia County, Fla. Sheriff’s Dept. This new 407 is one of three to be used in the sheriff’s emergency medical service and law enforcement air support missions for the county on Florida’s east-central coast. More than 500,000 people live in the county...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Axsys Technologies of Grass Valley, Calif. used the 38th annual ALEA Conference as a backdrop to introduce its new, military-grade applications that it said would "significantly enhance" its’ high-definition V14HD MSII video system. Specifically, the applications are designed to reduce cockpit workload by simplifying the user/system interface. The first application, dubbed the...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Sheriff Sidney Causey of New Hanover County, N.C. and several of his deputies traveled to the ALEA Conference in Houston to take delivery of a new R44 Raven 2 police helicopter from Kurt Robinson of Robinson Helicopter. The shiny, all-black aircraft is the Sheriff’s Office’s first, and came equipped with a forward-looking infrared sensor, searchlight and...
September 1, 2008
Perhaps it was the economic troubles, the weak dollar, the fair weather or competition from other international aerospace exhibitions. But nearly every exhibitor, attendee and fellow journalist that Rotor & Wing queried during July’s Farnborough Air Show and since described this year’s event in the same way: slow. Farnborough organizers betrayed no worries, claiming new orders worth about...
September 1, 2008
Spurred by big operators, and some small ones, manufacturers are pursuing new tools to reduce maintenance burdens and costs for helicopter fleets. AOG is a term that raises temperatures and blood pressures. The abbreviation for aircraft on ground implies interrupted service and lost revenue for an operator and challenges to the reliability of and support for a manufacturer’s products. "A lot of...
September 1, 2008
Compelled by current and anticipated customer demands for lower operating costs, Turbomeca is working on eliminating the need for TBOs for its engines. Turbomeca is developing a system to provide near real-time tracking of engine performance and configuration for its entire range of products within a decade. The engine maker has been working on means of tracking and recording the performance of critical...
September 1, 2008
With change and challenges aplenty in Europe’s helicopter marketplace, organizers of Helitech bring their all rotary-wing trade show to the Continent for the first time this year. Helitech’s first show outside of the United Kingdom will highlight aerial firefighting and the VIP markets. This year’s event will be held in Estoril, Portugal Oct. 14-16. During the first day of the show, an...
August 18, 2008
Brazilian-based Sierra Aeronáutica and U.S.-based Texas Aviation Services (TAS), formed a partnership to support Brazilian helicopter clients, unveiling it at LABACE in Brazil. The companies are trying to catch up with the...
August 1, 2008
SERVICES Citing Europe’s growing need for aerial firefighting skills and resources, the organizers of October’s Helitech 2008 are hosting a conference on that subject on the trade show’s first day. Helitech 2008, an offshoot of the...
August 1, 2008
Well thought-out requirements and good planning are essential to getting an end product that is a pleasing, perfect helicopter, whether the aircraft is new or used. Primer Definitions: Completions and Refurbishments or Refurbs: While not defined in Webster’s dictionary, typically a helicopter completion involves making a factory-new helicopter meet a customer’s prescribed specifications. A...
August 1, 2008
Paul Schaaf has been through several aircraft completions, and has learned some lessons through them. The chief pilot for the Fairfax County, Va. Police Dept’s Helicopter Div was project manager for the recent upgrade of its two Bell Helicopter Model 407s to what is called the Mission Enhanced configuration. He also participated in past completions of the division’s old 206 LongRanger and the...
August 1, 2008
There are about 2,000 MD Helicopters in service around the world, and Phoenix Heliparts and its parent company aim to be the "go-to" vendor to complete, refurbish and support them. "The helicopters are getting older. They need refinement. They need repairs more. They need all kinds of work," said Don Nichols, president of Heli-Mart, which bought an 80-percent stake in Mesa, Ariz.-based...
August 1, 2008
ODA is an abbreviation that promises to transform the completions business. It stands for Organizational Delegation Authorization and is the U.S. FAA’s effort to streamline certification of equipment and its installations as safe and compliant with aviation regulations. It also marks a recognition by that agency that it doesn’t have the staffing or budget to keep up with the demand for civil...
August 1, 2008
As you see from this month’s report, there is a great deal going on in the completions and refurbishments business. Just as evident is the fact that there is a great deal to consider and decide, if you are an owner or operator and want to be assured of getting the most out of your revamped aircraft. As you begin the process of nailing down just what it is that you want done to your aircraft to make...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
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