At Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, American Eurocopter announced
Monday that it reached a corporate milestone with the delivery of
its 3,000th aircraft at the end of 2011 - an EC130 delivered to Air
Methods Corporation, the world's largest air medical transportation
Little Information Gleaned From Initial Inspection Of Wreckage,
The NTSB's preliminary report in the February 3rd accident which
fatally injured Micron CEO Steve Appleton offers little in the way
of insight as to what may have occurred during the flight. It will
apparently take some time for the board's investigators to sort
through this one to arrive at a probable cause.
The first Bell 407GX has been delivered to a long-time
Bell 407 customer, AVEMEX, S.A. de C.V., located in Toluca, Mexico.
AVEMEX has been operating Bell 407 helicopters for nine years. "The
delivery of the first Bell 407GX is the culmination of the promise
that Bell Helicopter made at last year’s Heli-Expo when we
introduced it to our customers,” said Larry D. Roberts,
senior vice president, Bell Helicopter’s Commercial
AgustaWestland says it is moving forward with the development of
the AW609 tiltrotor program following the completion of its
acquisition in November 2011. The company will continue the
certification process with the FAA targeting AW609 certification in
the first half of 2016 and deliveries following immediately
Integrated Flight Deck With Touchscreen Capabilities For Rotary
Garmin has taken the wraps off the G5000H at Heli-Expo 2012. The
integrated flight deck is specifically designed for twin turbine,
medium lift helicopters. The G5000H combines widescreen displays
with touchscreen controls for this class of helicopters.
Aircraft Embarking On A Three-Week Demonstration Tour Through
The Singapore International Air Show marks the delivery of the
first of two new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft sold to Ok Tedi
Development Foundation of Papua, New Guinea. Despite a fleet of
legacy Twin Otters operating within the country, this delivery will
see Ok Tedi as the first Series 400 operator in the region.
Med-Trans Corporation Of Dallas Takes The Milestone
American Eurocopter said Monday at Heli-Expo that it has
delivered its 250th EC135. The milestone helicopter was recently
delivered to Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas. “It has been a
year of milestones for American Eurocopter,” said Marc
Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This
250th delivery of an EC135 showcases the popularity of the platform
in the United States and how much our market has grown in the last
Dublin, Ireland-Based Leasing Company Works Extensively With
Milestone Aviation Group and Eurocopter announced an order for
16 EC225 aircraft at Heli-Expo in Dallas. These aircraft are valued
at $480 million, and will be delivered over five years, starting in
L-3 Communications Will Integrate The Units In SAR
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has been selected by L-3
Communications to supply the CMC TacView Portable Mission Display
to provide a Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL) solution for
U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
Next Stops Are Thailand And India
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s S-92 "Legacy of Heroes" (LOH)
demonstration helicopter will be shown on static display at the
Singapore Air Show beginning February 14. The tour's stop in
Singapore follows a series of successful visits in Malaysia where
customers and community residents welcomed the aircraft and
celebrated the exemplary and heroic actions of those who fly and
maintain Sikorsky products around the world.
Extends Calendar Life To 36 Months, Price Remains Steady
Bell Helicopter has approved a new tension torsion (TT) strap
for the Bell 206 series of helicopters. The TT strap, developed in
collaboration with its long term supplier partner LORD Corporation,
carries a calendar life of 36 months with anticipated calendar life
extension following a Lead the Fleet program. This is an
improvement over the current 24 months calendar life.
Every Now And Then, Life (And Aviation) -- Holds You Up -- R9 Makes
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at
the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass
panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more
knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than
Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
The budget released by President Obama Monday contains dismal
news for airline passengers, business aviation, and many larger
airports. The budget calls for increases in airline passenger fees,
and resurrects the $100 per flight fee on GA in an effort to
raise $32 billion over the next ten years. The budget also calls
for cuts in Airport Improvement Grants, suggesting that airlines
should pay a higher portion of the cost of improving the airports
Association Looks To Members, Congress To Help Stop The
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today
denounced the latest attempt from the White House to impose a
per-flight user fee on general aviation, and said industry would
need to engage Congress to stop the renewed threat. Per-flight user
fees are included in President Obama's fiscal year 2013 federal
spending proposal, released today, which sets budgets for
Selected $100-Per-Flight Fees In 'Controlled Airspace' Intended
To Generate Revenue
GA organizations are gearing up for yet another user fee battle
after the Obama administration released is federal budget proposal
today that included a $100-per-flight surcharge for aircraft that
use federal air traffic services.
Fully-Integrated Glass Panel Coupled To Fly-By-Wire
Bell's new 525 Relentless – unveiled at the 2012 Heli-Expo
in Dallas, Texas – will feature a state-of-the-art flight
deck, ARC Horizon. “One of the most compelling elements of
the new Bell 525 Relentless is the new ARC Horizon flight
deck,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell
Helicopter’s Commercial Business.
Association Says New Taxes And Fees Will Stifle Manufacturing,
The White House released their blueprint for the Fiscal Year
2013 budget, which sets the Administration's spending parameters.
General aviation manufacturers remain confounded by the inclusion
of proposals that would hurt the economic recovery of the general
aviation manufacturing industry and cost jobs.
The Airbus A380 is already upside-down on its development costs.
Now, a German magazine reports the company may incur additional
costs of $132 million to check and repair cracks found in wing rib
feet on the fleet. Just repairing the planes already flying may
cost over $92 million.
Aspen Avionics' major announcement at Heli-Expo in Dallas is
that its Evolution Primary Flight Display (PFD) system will be made
available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44, and R66
series helicopters. The option is currently being evaluated and is
expected to be available in late 2012.
Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International
With more than 2,100 member organizations from 60 allied
countries, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International is the world's largest non-profit organization
devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics