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April 1, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has obtained a U.S. Army contract to modify the last 30 OH-58D helicopters that are involved in the Kiowa Warrior safety enhancement program...
April 1, 2010
Columbia Helicopters has a new chairman who understands the goals and aspirations its late founder, Wes Lematta—his wife Nancy. He passed away in December at age 82, but Lematta’s succession plan was in place long before that. “The leadership won’t change because I’ve taken cues from Wes, and having been married for 47 years, I pretty much know how he wants it,” Nancy...
April 1, 2010
IESI Picked for Eurocopters Thales has secured an agreement to provide Eurocopter with its integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI) for the Ecureuil family and the EC175. The program includes the EC135, EC145, EC155 and the military versions of those helicopters. In other news, Thales will equip its 160-amp starter generators on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters fleet of Eurocopter AS350B2s and...
April 1, 2010
The Rolls-Royce Model 250 on a Bell 430. Rolls-Royce StandardAero recently joined forces with three equally long-established companies—Landmark Aviation’s MRO services (formerly Garrett Aviation), Associated Air Center and TSS Aviation. To solidify the corporate culture under one quality banner, the leadership team then set its focus on enhancing the company’s reputation for technical...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
Initiatives from various parts of the world were discussed at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s third rotorcraft symposium in Cologne, Germany in December. Offshore operations are still a major focus, but some speakers warned that real problems may be somewhat below the radar—at small operators and/or in remote areas. Vittorio Morassi, chairman of newEHA, gave an updated picture of...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
Training| Instruments For helicopter pilots and CFIIs, the use and maintenance of our instrument ratings in the helicopter world is very different than for fixed-wing pilots. It is common for helicopter pilots to obtain their commercial rating without obtaining an instrument rating first, and those of use who have an instrument, ATP or CFII rating do not always have the same opportunities to fly in actual...
February 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance  Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems has inked a memorandum of understanding with Helicopter Support Inc., the support and distribution company of Sikorsky, to jointly promote a health and usage management system (HUMS) for the rotorcraft market, including for Black Hawk operators. Integrating HUMS data with Sikorsky’s OEM installation and support capabilities...
February 1, 2010
Services | Product Support Bell is transferring the Model 47 type certificate to one of its customer service facilities—Scott’s Helicopter Services of Le Sueur, Minn. The transition means that...
February 1, 2010
Public Service | Heli-Expo Awards Bob Peterson Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced a slate of award winners for its annual Salute to Excellence program, which will recognize key contributors to the rotorcraft industry at a Feb. 22 banquet during Heli-Expo in Houston. Among the winners are Evergreen Helicopters Chairman Tim Wahlberg and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) President John...
February 1, 2010
The U.S. Army may put new engines and a new drive train on its workhorse OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters to give them “increased power margins to meet the high and hot demands of 6,000 feet and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which are some of the conditions we’re flying in Afghanistan today,” the service’s top operations officer told the Association of the United States...
January 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance Under a partnership with One Sky Aviation, Russell, Pa.-based Forward Vision Systems has received a supplemental type...
January 1, 2010
The Egyptian Air Force, with an assist from American taxpayers, is providing new work for two U.S. helicopter facilities under separate contracts. A foreign aid grant will pay for a $17.35-million contract awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command on November 12 to AgustaWestland North America Inc. to do depot level maintenance on three Egyptian Air Force Mk-2 variant H-3 transport helicopters. NAVAIR is...
January 1, 2010
Military | Airframes AgustaWestland has delivered the first AW139 to the Qatar Armed Forces as part of an 18-unit order...
January 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems “Corporate Backbone & Global Footprint” Nothing has shown to be more true in the last year than a need for a strong corporate backbone and a global footprint to weather today’s economy. As we have all seen businesses struggling from small to large, those that survive and thrive are able to quickly mitigate market shifts and pullbacks. After a year of...
January 1, 2010
Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft and turboprop engine families available, with a power range of 300 shp to more than 7,000 shp. This broad product range powers more than 100 different aircraft models including helicopters, light fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles in both civil and military markets. Rolls-Royce supports this installed fleet of 18,000 engines via a global...
January 1, 2010
Established in 1996, Alpine Air Support is an aftermarket helicopter parts supplier stocking the most widely utilized rotable, avionics and instrument parts for the AS365 Dauphin series of mid-size helicopters, including the EC155. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, in the heart of Europe, the company is focused on serving customer needs quickly and efficiently. To achieve this goal, Alpine Air Support’s...
January 1, 2010
Precision Heliparts (PHP) Precision Heliparts-Canada (PHP-C) Precision Avionics & Instruments (PAI) Precision Accessories & Instruments (PAI-C) Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With sales/service facilities in the U.S. and Canada, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer focused...
January 1, 2010
In 1977, Aviation Instrument Services, Inc. (AIS) was founded with one goal in mind: to build a reputation of excellence in service. Just ask AIS’ customers and they’ll tell you that this company meets this goal—time and time again. “When AIS’s experience is joined with their buying power, their customer receives a level of value that is unbeatable,” says Dave Vorsas...
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