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October 28, 2008
Los Angeles Helicopters has moved from its previous base of operation at Long Beach Airport (LGB) into a two-story, 12,000-sq-ft facility also on the airport. LAH’s new home...
October 13, 2008
Effective Oct. 16, 2008, FAA Airworthiness Directive AD 2008-19-02, regarding Bell model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters, will require repetitive inspections of the main rotor hydraulic actuator supports to verify the presence...
October 1, 2008
Honeywell entered into a teaming agreement with LOM PRAHA s.p. of the Czech Republic to provide platform logistics-helicopter overhaul and maintenance, inspections, parts supply chain management, pilot training, and aftermarket services. More than 12,000 Mi-8/Mi-17 turboshaft multi-mission helicopters have been delivered throughout the world. DART Helicopter Services acquired Canam Aerospace Inc and...
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 16, 2008
Turbine helicopter manufacturer MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) of Mesa, Ariz. has added Rotorcraft Support, Inc (RSI) as its newest authorized repair center for the MD-500 and...
September 1, 2008
Heli-Snipers Here to Stay Giovanni de Briganti calls on the U.S. military to consider employing a technique he explained is being used by several other forces, particularly the British and French (“Heli-Snipers Prove Effective” June 2008, page 54). He writes “...if the Pentagon can afford to spend $22 billion to buy 22,500 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles to protect troops from...
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 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
TRAINING Rotorsim, the consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, has signed contracts with the Netherlands defense ministry to provide comprehensive NH90 helicopter training systems and services. The total value of the...
September 1, 2008
SERVICES Thunder City plans to launch a new modernization program for the Eurocopter SA330 Puma at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2008 show, scheduled for Sept. 17-21 at Ysterplaat Air Force Base in Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town-based...
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
COMMERCIAL Australian regulators in late June launched a first-ever, month-long review of the safety of helicopter and other operations in the northern part of that country. Two teams of Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors, investigators and safety advisors planned to carry out...
August 1, 2008
SERVICES The idea for the non-profit, non-union Helicopter Engineers and Pilots Assn, Canada (HEPAC) "has been fermenting for the past few years," said Interim President Lee Johnson. A core of volunteers has been advocating the creation of a group that represents both pilots and maintenance engineers. Transport Canada is gearing up to transform from a regulatory auditor into a...
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
Australia Seeks to Stem Pilot, Mechanic Shortages The Australian government has set up a new aviation-training regime to clarify national standards and encourage more people to pursue careers flying and fixing aircraft. The new setup aims to provide trainees with a set of qualifications to make it easier for them to find jobs. It also looks to lure more...
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...
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