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April 1, 2012
Traveling the floor at the 2012 Heli-Expo, I had to make a second and third visit to many a helicopter on display in order to absorb more of what my eyes were taking in, beyond the glitz of the latest gee-whiz cockpits. Many waited for their turn to sit in the driver’s seat. I slowly circled each aircraft from tip to tail, trying to pick up on as many ingenious design points as I could. One of the...
March 28, 2012
The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) has selected its National Award winners for 2011. The winning individuals and units will be recognized during the AAAA Annual Professional Forum & Exposition (Quad-A), held in Nashville next week. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of civilians, soldiers and units. This year...
March 28, 2012
Sten Gustafson has joined Seacor subsidiary Era Group as chief executive officer, effective April 1. He was previously managing director and head of energy for the Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities...
March 28, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca plans to establish a series of online services to help operators streamline maintenance, trend monitoring and other engine support tasks. Known as Bank of Online Service and Technologies (Boost), the service—part of a major Safran effort—is being developed in partnership with IBM. Bruno Even, executive VP of operations for Turbomeca, introduces Boost at...
March 28, 2012
Fargo, N.D.-based Appareo Systems has launched Stratus, a wireless weather receiver for the iPad. The unit pairs automatic...
March 23, 2012
Under an action approved by the government's Federal Financial Markets Service, Russian Helicopters has initiated a "squeeze out" procedure to purchase the minority shares of Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) and assume a 100 percent stake in the Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-171 producer. Russian Helicopters began consolidating all of the country's manufacturing and service entities in 2008, a process that...
March 7, 2012
On Feb. 12, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), the Frederick, Md.-based organization that represents law enforcement aviators worldwide, granted accreditation—the first in the U.S.—to two of its member organizations during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Police Aircrews from the...
March 5, 2012
La Jolla, Calif.-based Blue Sky Network launched its HawkEyeLink for Bluetooth messaging during Heli-Expo. The Iridium voice and messaging service debuted for Android smartphones and tablets. The system, which is “aircraft manufacturer agnostic,” comes with an 8130 form for easy installation and field approvals from Blue Sky’s FAA/PMA facilities. Once the modem is installed in the...
March 1, 2012
Back in 1971, Harry Reasoner eloquently discussed why helicopter and airplane pilots can display such differences in outlook. There is one thing that pilots, regardless of category aircraft flown, will always have a keen interest in. That one thing is “numbers.” From the moment a person decides to pursue flying, the numbers are always at play. As a student pilot the number of flight hours...
February 27, 2012
During a Feb. 13 press conference at the company’s Heli-Expo booth, Becker Avionics President Markus Schmitz uncovered two new avionics units—the AR6204 VHF transceiver and the BX6404 Mode S transponder. “The AR6204 is a single-box-mounted VHF transceiver which provides 8.33 or 25-kHz spacing,” Schmitz explained. “It has an integrated digital intercommunications system and...
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 13, 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...
February 10, 2012
The Korea Forest Service has accepted a FAA Level 7-approved Eurocopter AS350B2 helicopter flight training device (FTD) from...
February 7, 2012
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (Booth 7425) has granted scholarships to two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth 1417) students who are graduating in May 2012 with a degree from the Aeronautical Science Rotary-Wing program. The...
February 7, 2012
Precision Aviation Group (Booth 4110) has reached an agreement with Las Vegas, Nev.-based All Metal Maintenance Stands (Booth 5217) to distribute a full line of maintenance...
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...
January 18, 2012
Helicopter Association International (HAI), the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) have combined forces to present a two-day seminar, "SOCAL Professional Helicopter...
January 5, 2012
Era Group Inc., one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and a wholly owned...
January 1, 2012
Balanced Cockpit Design for Bell 429 Founded in 1994, Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) is the industry leader and principle innovator of “INTEGRATED” Night Vision Instrument Systems (NVIS) solutions for both commercial and military aircraft. Focused on quality, service and customer satisfaction, ADI specializes in complete cockpit modifications designed to achieve a “BALANCED SOLUTION” that...
December 29, 2011
It is two years since the UK sent the first Merlin helicopters nearly 4,000 miles (6,400km) to Afghanistan. It is too far to fly the RAF...
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