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Hel-Expo 2010 and 2011 were among largest US trade shows

Hel-Expo 2010 and 2011 were among largest US trade shows

The Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) two most recent conventions and trade shows, HELI-EXPO 2010 and HELI-EXPO 2011, were honored recently as being among the largest trade shows in any industry in the United States. And HELI-EXPO 2012 is on track to be even larger. “The trend we are seeing is continued expansion of our industry,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Nov-11

Sandel Shows More Capable Production HeliTAWSâ„¢

Sandel Avionics displayed the production version of its new HeliTAWS HTAWS/Mission Safety System at HELI-EXPO 2010. Both a Class A HTAWS (helicopter terrain avoidance warning system) and a Mission Safety System with special operations enhancements, the Sandel HeliTAWS uses a range of unique pilot- able functions to provide unequaled operational and safety benefits. Designed to… Read more »

Source: Sandel Avionics, 01-Mar-10

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Appareo Systems Launches GAU 3000 Flight Data Monitoring Device

Appareo Systems Launches GAU 3000 Flight Data Monitoring Device

Appareo Systems, LLC is pleased to announce the newest product in its award-winning ALERTS Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system, the GAU 3000. The GAU 3000 extends the capabilities of Appareo’s other innovative FDM equipment by adding a modular infrastructure that enables operators to choose the right hardware package for their needs. The GAU 3000 continues… Read more »

Source: Appareo Systems, 28-Feb-10

Appareo Systems and Guardian Mobility Team to Provide Real-Time Alerts

Appareo Systems and Guardian Mobility Team to Provide Real-Time Alerts

Appareo Systems, LLC and Guardian Mobility are pleased to announce an agreement to integrate Appareo Systems Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) Equipment with Guardian’s latest satellite flight-following products. This combination will provide aircraft operators with a streamlined system that provides the long-term safety benefits of a complete FDM program along with the immediate feedback of a… Read more »

Source: Appareo Systems, 28-Feb-10

Esterline CMC Electronics Displays its Leading Edge Avionics

Esterline CMC Electronics Displays its Leading Edge Avionics

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is displaying its advanced avionics systems at this year’s Heli-Expo in Booth # 3001. Show attendees are invited to drop by and find out more about the company’s industry leading flight management systems (FMS), Wide Area Augmentation System Global Positioning System (WAAS GPS) receivers, electronic flight bags (EFB) and tactical mission… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 27-Feb-10

TrueNorth Introduces Improved Stand-Alone Intercom Handset for Sikorsky

TrueNorth Introduces Improved Stand-Alone Intercom Handset for Sikorsky

TrueNorth Avionics, Inc., has introduced an updated Intercom Handset that provides onboard communications for Sikorsky helicopters not equipped with an airborne telecom system. Available on S-76 and S-92 models, the TrueNorth Intercom Handset is a compact unit based on the company’s popular Simphone¯ handset, but with a simplified user interface designed to resemble that of… Read more »

Source: TrueNorth Avionics, 26-Feb-10

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ’s FC exterior lighting

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ’s FC exterior lighting

MD Helicopters has selected EMTEQ to develop and supply exterior lighting provisions for the MD900, MD500, and MD600 series helicopters production lines including Dual Mode Anti-Collision Lights, Position Lights, and Tail Lights. While selected for the production programs, EMTEQ FC Exterior Lighting products specific to these platforms will also be available for aftermarket installations designed… Read more »

Source: EMTEQ, 26-Feb-10

OuterLink And PHI Lead the Industry with Lightweight Flight Data System

OuterLink And PHI Lead the Industry with Lightweight Flight Data System

OuterLink Corporation, a leading provider of satellite-based mobile asset management solutions, today announced the development and certification of a new, lightweight Flight Data System in conjunction with PHI, Inc. OuterLink and PHI have taken the lead in addressing recent NTSB safety recommendations by jointly developing and certifying a comprehensive Flight Data System that collects and… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 26-Feb-10

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Enstrom Wins Royal Thai Army Training Program

Enstrom Wins Royal Thai Army Training Program

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that they will be providing 16 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army. The 480B was selected in a competitive bidding process that included aircraft from 7 different major manufacturers. In October Enstrom hosted a delegation of officials from the Royal Thai Army led by… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 26-Feb-10

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Aviall and Bristow sign parts supply agreement

Aviall and Bristow sign parts supply agreement

Aviall Services, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has reached an agreement to provide a global parts supply program for the helicopter divisions and bases of Bristow Group, a leading global provider of helicopter services. The agreement gives Bristow access to Aviall’s LIFT (Logistics and Inventory Flight Team) program, thus providing Bristow with… Read more »

Source: Aviall, 26-Feb-10

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L-3 Avionics Systems’ Trilogy™ Electronic Standby Instrument Approved for Helo Ops

L-3 Avionics Systems’ Trilogy™ Electronic Standby Instrument Approved for Helo Ops

L-3 Avionics Systems announced today that it has received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval from the FAA for the Trilogyâ„¢ ESI-1000 Electronic Standby Instrument on Part 27 and Part 29 rotary-wing aircraft. This all-in-one glass standby instrument is the first system of its type certified for light helicopter operations. The Trilogy ESI will be on… Read more »

Source: L-3 Avionics Systems, 26-Feb-10

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New Helicopter Deliveries Expected to Reach 3,750-4,250 Between 2010-2014

New Helicopter Deliveries Expected to Reach 3,750-4,250 Between 2010-2014

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its 12th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook projects flat overall deliveries of new civil use helicopters during the five-year period 2010 – 2014 compared to the 2005 – 2009 period. Continued soft economic growth prospects in key markets, lingering tight credit conditions, high inventories of used current production models… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 26-Feb-10

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LA County Fire Dept selects Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio and Intercom System

LA County Fire Dept selects Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio and Intercom System

Becker Avionics Inc., the leader in Digital Audio and Intercom Systems is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Section has selected its DVCS6100 Digital Audio and Intercom System to complete their Fleet Audio/Intercom System Retrofit Program. The additional DVCS6100 systems will be installed in their three Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 25-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Aerospace Services Teams with Lord Corp for Worldwide Distribution Agreement

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Teams with Lord Corp for Worldwide Distribution Agreement

Sikorsky Aerospace Services at Heli-Expo today announced the signing of a worldwide supply agreement with LORD Corporation of Cary, N.C., to distribute the LORD high-capacity laminate (HCL) elastomeric bearings for aftermarket aerospace applications. Sikorsky Aerospace Services is the aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Helicopter Support, Inc…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Feb-10

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Aviation Specialties Unlimited Completes STC on B214ST for Evergreen Helicopters

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Completes STC on B214ST for Evergreen Helicopters

Aviation Specialties Unlimited announced that it completed a supplemental type certificate (STC) on a B214ST for Evergreen Helicopters. The STC was the first of its kind in the industry for the B214ST. “This modification was a high-level NVG conversion and modernization,” said Bruce Currier, vice president of avionics for Evergreen Helicopters. “ASU is a flexible… Read more »

Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 25-Feb-10

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Avidyne Extends Helicopter Market Reach of EX600 MFD with Addition of RDR-1400 Radar and HTAWS Interfaces

Avidyne Extends Helicopter Market Reach of EX600 MFD with Addition of RDR-1400 Radar and HTAWS Interfaces

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated flight decks, displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced that new helicopter-specific interfaces uniquely position their EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD) as the MFD solution of choice for helicopter operators. The EX600 is now approved as a display replacement for the Telephonics’ (née Bendix)RDR-1400-Series Color Weather and… Read more »

Source: Avidyne, 25-Feb-10

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Turbomeca working on alternative engine for Chinese EC175

Turbomeca working on alternative engine for Chinese EC175

CEO Pierre Fabre told reporters at Heli-Expo that the company was working with the Chinese on a development of its Ardiden engine, called the WZ-16.

Source: Rotorhub, 24-Feb-10

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Erickson Air-Crane Continues Aggressive Development Path

Erickson Air-Crane Continues Aggressive Development Path

In a continuing effort to remain at the forefront of the industry and lead innovation, Erickson Air-Crane (EAC) today announced three major program initiatives that are currently underway: a composite blade program, vacuum lift technology and water usage tracking system. “In 2009 we made a commitment to drive innovation within the industry and expand the… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 24-Feb-10

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US Customs and Border Protection orders six AS350B3s

US Customs and Border Protection orders six AS350B3s

From the Eurocopter booth at Heli-Expo, American Eurocopter announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has entered into the first option year on the Light Enforcement Helicopter (LEH) contract and placed an order for six AS350B3s. This is the second order on the LEH contract that was awarded to American Eurocopter by the Department of… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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Eurocopter enhances Cabin Comfort for a smoother Ride

Eurocopter enhances Cabin Comfort for a smoother Ride

Eurocopter’s R&D teams are working on several programs to enhance cabin comfort providing customers with a smoother ride. Five-blade main rotors as on the EC155 and EC225 have led to a significant reduction of vibrations.  Advanced rotor systems such as a piezo active rotor, designated Blue Pulseâ„¢ and currently under development, are designed to minimize… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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Era Group Signs Purchase Agreement For 10 AW139s

Era Group Signs Purchase Agreement For 10 AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Era Group Inc. has agreed to purchase 10 AW139 medium twin helicopters. These helicopters will be used to perform offshore transport missions. Era Group boasts a large AgustaWestland fleet today including 22 AW119Ke single engine, 7 AW109 Power light twin and 17 AW139 helicopters. Primarily operating… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-10

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Aviation Record Breaker Scott Kasprowicz Orders an AgustaWestland Grand New Helicopter

Aviation Record Breaker Scott Kasprowicz Orders an AgustaWestland Grand New Helicopter

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that business man and pilot Scott Kasprowicz has signed a contract for a Grand New Helicopter. Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik set a new world speed record in 2008 in an AgustaWestland Grand helicopter having flown around the world in only 11 days 7 hours and 5… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-10

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AgustaWestland And Grupo INAER Sign MoU For Training Services

AgustaWestland And Grupo INAER Sign MoU For Training Services

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Grupo INAER of Spain for the provision of training services for its AgustaWestland light twin and medium twin models fleet. INAER helicopter fleet boasts a large number of AgustaWestland models including more than 40 units of single… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-10

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Spain’s FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

Spain’s FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that FAASA Group of Spain has taken delivery of an additional four AW119Ke single engine helicopters for fire-fighting missions. The handover brings the number of AW119Kes in service with this operator to twenty units making FAASA Group one of the largest operators of this model in the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-10

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Kaigai Aviotech Orders An AW109 Power

Kaigai Aviotech Orders An AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Kaigai Aviotech Corporation has placed an order for an AW109 Power light twin helicopter. The helicopter is expected to be delivered by 2012. This latest order further expands the exceptional success achieved by the AW109 Power in the Japanese helicopter market, particularly for VIP/corporate transport and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Global Helicopters Sees Strong Sales in 2010

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Sees Strong Sales in 2010

Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., is seeing a resurgence of interest in its S-300Câ„¢ and S-300CBiâ„¢ helicopters, with sales activity for the beginning of 2010 showing a 50 percent increase over the same time period in 2009. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). All… Read more »

24-Feb-10

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Eurocopter – Applying innovation for increased flight safety and more eco-friendly helicopters

Eurocopter – Applying innovation for increased flight safety and more eco-friendly helicopters

The Heli-Expo 2010 trade show is spotlighting a range of innovations that will help keep American Eurocopter at the forefront of the U.S. rotary-wing marketplace with helicopters that are even safer and more environmentally friendly. Technologies displayed at Heli-Expo 2010 by parent company Eurocopter (stand #3128) include revolutionary main rotor blade designs that reduce noise… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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Professional Pilot magazine’s customer survey recognizes improvements in Eurocopter’s product support

Professional Pilot magazine’s customer survey recognizes improvements in Eurocopter’s product support

Eurocopter’s best rating increase in Professional Pilot magazine’s highly respected Helicopter Product Support Survey is a confirmation of the company’s efforts to enhance its customer support. American Eurocopter’s investments to improve customer support include upgrading one of the multi-function dynamic component test benches at its Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters to perform EC135 main gear box… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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Travis County STAR Flight confirms order for an EC145 at Heli-Expo

Travis County STAR Flight confirms order for an EC145 at Heli-Expo

American Eurocopter announced that Travis County STAR Flight has ordered another EC145 for its public safety air rescue program based in Austin, Texas. This will be the third EC145 in its fleet providing service and support for more than 19 counties in the central Texas area. “STAR Flight is a premiere program in the United… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Feb-10

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PHI and Sikorsky Develop New Technology for Improved Air Traffic Efficiency and Safety

PHI and Sikorsky Develop New Technology for Improved Air Traffic Efficiency and Safety

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today commended PHI Inc. for taking the lead on developing technology that improves air traffic control safety and efficiency for S-92® helicopters serving PHI’s Gulf of Mexico oil customers. Sikorsky collaborated on developing the technology and announced the advances at the Heli-Expo aerospace show in Houston, Texas. PHI (Nasdaq: PHII and PHIIK)… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Feb-10

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Bell Helicopter Recognizes Top Customer Service Facilities

Bell Helicopter Recognizes Top Customer Service Facilities

Representatives from across the helicopter industry’s customer support and service sector are expected to turn out on Monday, Feb. 22 at Heli-Expo as Bell Helicopter honors 12 worldwide customer service facilities (CSFs) with Platinum-level rankings. The awards ceremony will recognize leaders in the customer service arena and highlight the commitment of Bell operators around the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-10

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Certificate transfer boosts support of Model 47

Certificate transfer boosts support of Model 47

Bell Helicopter today recognized Scott’s Helicopter Services in a formal ceremony to initiate the transfer of ownership of the Model 47 type certificates. “We are continuously looking for ways to improve support, increase capabilities and lower operating cost of our legacy aircraft,” said Danny Maldonado, senior vice president Customer Support and chief services officer at… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-10

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Metro Aviation delivers new Massachusetts State Police EC135

Metro Aviation delivers new Massachusetts State Police EC135

After receiving a competitive bid award last year, north Louisiana based Metro Aviation, Inc. has delivered the first new law enforcement equipped Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) EC135T2+ to the Massachusetts State Police Aviation Section. The comprehensively equipped aircraft was delivered in new “green” condition from the manufacturer to Shreveport, Louisiana where it underwent the extensive… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Feb-10

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Metro Aviation launches offshore IFR, NVG, air medical EC135P2+ for Acadian Ambulance, Air Med Services

Metro Aviation launches offshore IFR, NVG, air medical EC135P2+ for Acadian Ambulance, Air Med Services

Nationwide air medical transportation service provider, Metro Aviation, Inc. recently announced the completion and delivery of an air medically equipped, dual pilot IFR offshore EC135 with NVG capability. The aircraft was finished at the Metro Aviation main facility in Shreveport, Louisiana and delivered to Acadian Ambulance, Air Med Services in Lafayette, Louisiana. The new addition… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Feb-10

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Bell Academy Receives EASA Training Approval for the Bell 429

Bell Academy Receives EASA Training Approval for the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Training Approval for Bell’s newest product, the 429. The Bell Training Academy is approved to provide Bell 429 Maintenance Training Courses—Part 66 B1.3 (Maintenance Course) and B2 (combination of Electrical Maintenance and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-10

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Honeywell Sentinelâ„¢ Display Enhanced With Approach Plates And Airport Diagrams

Honeywell Sentinelâ„¢ Display Enhanced With Approach Plates And Airport Diagrams

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its Sentinel Multi-Function Display and Navigation System has been upgraded to include a new display for improved cockpit flexibility and new software features to improve the system capability, as well as approach plates and airport diagrams. “Helicopter pilots appreciate the safety and situational awareness the Sentinel brings to their… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 23-Feb-10

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Timken Expands Helicopter Portfolio with Addition of 77 FAA-Certified Components

Timken Expands Helicopter Portfolio with Addition of 77 FAA-Certified Components

Over the past few years, The Timken Company’s (NYSE: TKR) Aerospace and Defense business has been steadily increasing its offering of FAA-approved replacement parts, now available for a wider variety of platforms. With the 2010 Heli Expo this week in Houston, the company announced it has received FAA approval on 77 new additions to its… Read more »

Source: Timken, 23-Feb-10

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Guardian Mobility Launches Gryphon

Guardian Mobility Launches Gryphon

Guardian Mobility announced today at Heli Expo 2010 (booth # 3040) a new product for aircraft operators and partners, Guardian Gryphonâ„¢. Guardian Gryphon is a breakthrough product that combines aircraft tracking and messaging in a unique way, to automate and streamline routine operations, and to improve data in operational systems. The product is built with… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 23-Feb-10

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Suffolk County Police Department Orders Another AS350B2

Suffolk County Police Department Orders Another AS350B2

American Eurocopter announced today that the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) has ordered another AS350 B2 helicopter that will join the department’s existing fleet of two AS350 B2s and one EC145. The aircraft will replace another helicopter and with this addition, the SCPD’s Aviation Section will become an all-Eurocopter fleet operator. “Due to their outstanding… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Feb-10

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Paradise Helicopters Selects SkyBOOKS to Track Maintenance

Paradise Helicopters Selects SkyBOOKS to Track Maintenance

SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, has been selected as the online electronic record-keeping program by Paradise Helicopters. Paradise Helicopters, a Hawaiian air tour and utility services provider with a record of over 10 years of industry excellence, recently completed a SkyBOOKS 90-day free trial offering for… Read more »

Source: Skybooks, 23-Feb-10

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Temsco Helicopters Begins Fleet Upgrade Program with AS350B3 Purchase

Temsco Helicopters Begins Fleet Upgrade Program with AS350B3 Purchase

From the Eurocopter booth at Heli-Expo, American Eurocopter announced that TEMSCO Helicopters has signed for an AS350 B3 helicopter as it begins a fleet upgrade program. TEMSCO’s fleet includes 56 helicopters and 39 of those are Eurocopter aircraft. “TEMSCO was one of the launch customers for the AStar in North America and they played an… Read more »

23-Feb-10

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S-92 Enters into Service in Brazil’s Offshore Oil Market

S-92 Enters into Service in Brazil’s Offshore Oil Market

The S-92® helicopter has entered into the offshore oil market in Brazil, following the well established work of another Sikorsky Aircraft product already serving that industry in the region. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Petrobras, one of the largest oil companies in the world, has been using Sikorsky helicopters through their… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Global Helicopters Honors UND Aerospace at Heli-Expo 2010

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Honors UND Aerospace at Heli-Expo 2010

Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., today at Heli-Expo honored the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences for its exemplary training efforts with S-300â„¢ helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). UND Aerospace has operated S-300 series helicopters in its… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Feb-10

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Second Prototype in Sikorsky S-76Dâ„¢ Helicopter Program

Second Prototype in Sikorsky S-76Dâ„¢ Helicopter Program

The second prototype aircraft in the S-76Dâ„¢ helicopter program has entered the test flight program, with a third soon to follow, as the program that is producing the next generation model of the popular S-76® helicopter nears completion of its first fuselage for a production aircraft. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. Kuwait… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Feb-10

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Bell STC Taps Available Power to Boost 407 Performance

Bell STC Taps Available Power to Boost 407 Performance

Operators of Bell Helicopter’s 407 can use a new supplemental type certificate to increase the hot-and-high performance of that light, single-engine helicopter. Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, on Feb. 18 gained approval of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No. SR095531RC-D, which allows an increase of the 407’s useful load by more than 400 pounds…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Feb-10

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Vector Aerospace receives OEM quality award

Vector Aerospace receives OEM quality award

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services was awarded the Rolls-Royce Model 250 Total Quality Award for 2009 during the Rolls Royce AMC Awards banquet held on February 20th; held in conjunction with Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston, Texas. Vector… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 23-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Announces Continuing Upgrades for the S-92

Sikorsky Announces Continuing Upgrades for the S-92

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the ontinuation of upgrades for the S-92® helicopter, which has already received more than 60 enhancements since entering service in 2004. These upgrades, combined with the aircraft’s rugged and flaw-tolerant design, have enabled the S-92 helicopter to become a leader in the highly demanding offshore oil, Head of State, and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Feb-10

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Rotorcraft Leasing Completes 635 Million Part Inventory With Quantum Control Aviation ERP Software

Rotorcraft Leasing Completes 635 Million Part Inventory With Quantum Control Aviation ERP Software

Rotorcraft Leasing Company (RLC), the largest privately-held FAA-certified provider of helicopter transportation services in the Gulf of Mexico, recently credited Component Control’s Quantum Control aviation enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for completing a physical count of more than 635 million parts in seven weeks. “Since we had doubled our inventory value from $12 million in… Read more »

Source: Component Control, 22-Feb-10

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AW139 Full Ice Protection System Achieves EASA Certification

AW139 Full Ice Protection System Achieves EASA Certification

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) for the AW139 medium twin helicopter has achieved EASA Certification. This allows the AW139 to fly into known icing conditions with unprecedented all weather capabilities no other helicopters in its category can claim. FIPS Certification, achieved following an intense series… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Feb-10

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Attractive financing available to Bell Helicopter customers

Attractive financing available to Bell Helicopter customers

Bell Helicopter Finance Group, is pleased to offer Bell Helicopter customers new, attractive financing of their helicopter acquisitions that are completed in the first half of 2010. “Restrictions on the availability of credit in the last year have made it difficult for customers throughout aviation to complete the acquisition of ordered aircraft and to place… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-10

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MD Helicopters’ NOTAR fleet clocks 1,000,000 flight hours

MD Helicopters’ NOTAR fleet clocks 1,000,000 flight hours

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) today announced its fleet of NOTAR helicopters have clocked more than 1,000,000 flight hours since MDHI’s exclusive NOTAR anti-torque technology was introduced in 1991. MD Helicopters’ MD 520N, MD 600N and MD Explorer helicopters use and validate this technology. “NOTAR continues to perform to expectation and this is a significant milestone,”… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 22-Feb-10

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Bell 429 launch customer does not want any more

Bell 429 launch customer does not want any more

Air Methods will not be taking any more Bell 429s beyond the single unit it received in October, according to CEO Aaron Todd

Source: AIN, 22-Feb-10

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Thales signs Aviation Avionics & Instrument Corp as a Licensed Service Center

Thales signs Aviation Avionics & Instrument Corp as a Licensed Service Center

Aviation Avionics & Instrument Corporation (AAIC) today announced the signing of a License Service Agreement with Thales Avionics, Inc. This multi-year agreement involves servicing of rotorcraft products within the Thales Avionics family. Under this agreement AAIC will receive technical support, including spare parts, along with all revision upgrades. “This brings two companies with long established… Read more »

Source: Aviation Avionics & Instrument Corp, 22-Feb-10

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AgustaWestland positive about ‘new’ VXX

AgustaWestland positive about ‘new’ VXX

AgustaWestland’s Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe Orsi, has welcomed the issuing of the US Presidential helicopter request for information (RfI)

Source: Key Aero, 22-Feb-10

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Bell’s Garrison Calls 2009 “Challenging”

Bell’s Garrison Calls 2009 “Challenging”

During his address to the media Saturday afternoon, John L. Garrison, president and CEO, Bell Helicopter said that the company enjoyed record operating earnings and cash generation under a “very challenging environment.”

Source: Rotor & Wing, 22-Feb-10

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AgustaWestland to learn BA609 fate by end of June

AgustaWestland to learn BA609 fate by end of June

AgustaWestland says the long-delayed decision on whether Bell Helicopter will cede its majority share in the BA609 program to AgustaWestland will be made by the end of June

22-Feb-10

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Rolls-Royce forecasts global demand for 16,400 new turbine helicopters in next 10 years

Rolls-Royce forecasts global demand for 16,400 new turbine helicopters in next 10 years

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, which offers one of the broadest power ranges of helicopter turboshaft engines in the world, today forecast a market characterized by emerging near-term recovery followed by long-term growth. Over the ten year period, total helicopter deliveries are predicted to be more than 16,400 units as the market responds to… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 22-Feb-10

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Asia orders boost Enstrom business

Asia orders boost Enstrom business

Enstrom is finalising an order for 16 480Bs to the Royal Thai Army, and up to 30 to Japan’s Self Defense Force

Source: AIN, 22-Feb-10

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Robert Molsbergen Named President of MD Helicopters

Robert Molsbergen Named President of MD Helicopters

Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer, MD Helicopters, Inc. has announced the appointment of Robert Molsbergen to President of MD Helicopters, Inc., reporting directly to her. Mr. Molsbergen has held senior C-level positions within the marine, aerospace, industrial and power generation markets. He provides MD Helicopters with proven global leadership experience managing high growth companies where… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 22-Feb-10

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Turbomeca announces Arriel 1D1 “Plus” – a technical upgrade with 3600 hour TBO

Turbomeca announces Arriel 1D1 “Plus” – a technical upgrade with 3600 hour TBO

The time between overhaul (T.B.O.) of the Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine will be increased from 3,000 to 3,600 hours. This extension of the T.B.O. is possible, first, thanks to customers’ feedback and enhanced customer communication which included the exchange of valuable experience from the field. Secondly, this extension is also due to engineering efforts engaged… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 22-Feb-10

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Rolls-Royce recognizes excellence with Model 250 FIRST networkâ„¢ awards

Rolls-Royce recognizes excellence with Model 250 FIRST networkâ„¢ awards

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today announced winners for awards recognizing excellence in the Model 250 Full-service Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team (FIRST) network.  The Model 250 FIRST network, consisting of thirty-three full-service engine and component repair and overhaul (R&O) facilities, offers full-capability R&O support to 4,000 operators of Model 250 turboshaft and turboprop engines… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 22-Feb-10

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Brazil’s Líder Signs for Three S-76C++ Helicopters

Brazil’s Líder Signs for Three S-76C++ Helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Líder Taxi Aéreo S.A. Air Brasil today announced the signing of a contract for three S-76C++TM aircraft in a ceremony held at Heli-Expo. This contract continues the more than 30-year relationship between the companies. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The aircraft will operate in Brazil in support… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Feb-10

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Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

Pall Teams with Carson Helicopters on S-61 Modernization Program

Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL), a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Carson Helicopters, Inc. Pall will supply its Centrisep® engine advanced protection systems (EAPSs) to support a joint modernization program for the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter. With approximately 620 aircraft in service today, the S-61 model is… Read more »

Source: Pall Corp, 22-Feb-10

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Rolls-Royce selects Hamilton Sundstrand as exclusive provider for new small gas turbine FADEC

Rolls-Royce selects Hamilton Sundstrand as exclusive provider for new small gas turbine FADEC

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has selected Hamilton Sundstrand as the exclusive provider for a new small gas turbine FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) system. The FADEC is being developed for use on Rolls-Royce engines under 2000 shaft horsepower (shp). Ken Roberts, President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter Engine business, said: “This new FADEC… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 22-Feb-10

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Eurocopter offers new Inlet Barrier Filter for EC135P2

Eurocopter offers new Inlet Barrier Filter for EC135P2

Eurocopter displays an EC135 P2i with a newly developed inlet barrier filter (IBF) at Heli-Expo. During the show, the aircraft was handed over to ADAC Air Rescue of Germany, the first operator to put the new system into service. It is ADAC’s 30th EC135 in total and its first to be equipped with this filter… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-Feb-10

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Eurocopter presents new EC225 Fire-Fighting System

Eurocopter presents new EC225 Fire-Fighting System

Eurocopter displays its new fire-fighting system developed for the EC225 at this year’s Heli-Expo.  The system, which has been extensively tested during forest fires on the island of Corsica (France), is one of the most effective and powerful helicopter-borne fire-fighting systems available in the market. The first operator to utilize this system is South Korea’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-Feb-10

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LHTEC CTS800 reaches 50,000 in-service hours powering trio of first flights in 2009

LHTEC CTS800 reaches 50,000 in-service hours powering trio of first flights in 2009

The CTS800 engine, produced by Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC), a 50:50 joint venture between Honeywell and Rolls-Royce, has surpassed 50,000 in-service flight hours primarily powering the AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 and ShinMaywa US-2 aircraft.  This significant milestone also includes time achieved while powering first flights on three different helicopter types in 2009. The… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 22-Feb-10

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Portugal’s Vinair Orders Two New AgustaWestland Grands

Portugal’s Vinair Orders Two New AgustaWestland Grands

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. of Portugal has signed a contract for two Grand New light twin engine helicopters. Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. is the launching customer for the Grand New, an evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter, and these two aircraft will be used for corporate transport… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Innovations Expected to Develop Mission-Adaptive Rotorcraft Under Prospective DARPA Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that its Sikorsky Innovations group has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a contract to develop active rotor technologies that will allow aircraft to adapt to a changing environment and dynamically enhance performance. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Once… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Feb-10

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Timken Expands Aerospace Aftermarket Capabilities for Enhanced Customer Support

Timken Expands Aerospace Aftermarket Capabilities for Enhanced Customer Support

As the aerospace industry continues to make its way through a difficult economic cycle, The Timken Company’s Aerospace and Defense business announced plans to expand its Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions organization to enhance its overhaul and repair operations, including: Staff and organizational enhancements to bolster its engine overhaul and repair capabilities; The addition of 100 new… Read more »

Source: Timken, 22-Feb-10

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Guardian Mobility receives STC for Eurocopter AS350, AS355

Guardian Mobility receives STC for Eurocopter AS350, AS355

Guardian 3 tracking devices have been granted FAA certification Guardian Mobility announced that its Guardian 3 tracking devices have been granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval by the FAA for installation in Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 model aircraft. Guardian GPS tracking devices are used in thousands of aircraft worldwide to report on their status and… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 22-Feb-10

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Bell Named #1 in Customer Service for 16th consecutive year

Bell Named #1 in Customer Service for 16th consecutive year

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, once again was voted number one in customer service by the readers of Professional Pilot magazine. Ranking at the top in each of the seven categories, Bell has won this honor for the helicopter industry for the 16th consecutive year. “For the past several years we have… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-10

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Bell Academy Awarded Multi-Year Contract With the U.S. Government Service Administration

Bell Academy Awarded Multi-Year Contract With the U.S. Government Service Administration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has been awarded a five (5)-year contract with the U.S. Government Service Administration’s (GSA) Acquisition schedule. The academy’s entire course catalog has been added to the GSA schedule at Bell’s Fort Worth/Alliance location. The GSA program streamlines the purchasing process… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-10

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12 Bell Customer Service Facilities Achieve Platinum Rating

12 Bell Customer Service Facilities Achieve Platinum Rating

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today recognized 12 Customer Service Facilities (CSFs) as achieving Platinum-level ratings for 2010. “We are extremely pleased to announce the 2010 Platinum-level Customer Service Facilities,” said Danny Maldonado, senior vice president of customer support and chief services officer at Bell Helicopter. “We are proud to call these… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Feb-10

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Honeywell Authorizes M International As T53 Distributor

Honeywell Authorizes M International As T53 Distributor

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that M International has joined Honeywell’s worldwide network of authorized distributors for the T53 engine. “As an authorized distributor, M International will be able to provide genuine Honeywell T53 parts to their customers,” said Doug Kult, sales director, Commercial Helicopters, Honeywell Aerospace. “Newer versions of the T53 can increase their… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 22-Feb-10

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