HeliExpo 2005 is turning out to be a "big money" show.
Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company made a justifiably big deal out of an
agreement with SEACOR Holdings Inc. SEACOR placed an order for 20
AB139 medium-twin helicopters. The ceremony took place at
Bell/Agusta's booth and is reportedly the largest order received
for the AB139 to date.
By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien
How does a trade show wind up kicking off on Super Bowl Sunday
-- and how does a schedule like that work out? Scheduling a major
event is always a matter of compromises. The event sponsor needs to
consider the likely schedules of attendees, and the desires of
exhibitors. Then there is a whole other factor -- availability, and
suitability, of exhibit halls. Some are too small, some too large,
some booked. The city counts -- you don't want to schedule a
convention in Buffalo in the Winter Then there's the exhibit
This week the Iraqi Air Force at Taji, Iraq, took delivery of
two freshly refurbished UH-1H Huey helicopters. The helicopters are
the first of sixteen that will equip two reconstituted IAF
squadrons. They have been donated by Iraq's neighbor, the Kingdom
These are exciting times in Norway. The first of the Norsk
helicopter's new Sikorsky S-92A helicopters has arrived at Sola
head office. A total of two new Sikorsky S-92A helicopters
will be used for fixed helicopter services between Flesland and
Statoil’s installations in the Tampen area.
A 51-year old Pakistani pilot was arrested in Britain over the
weekend when he boarded a Pakistan International Airlines 747 to
fly it from Manchester to Lahore. British authorities say the man
will be held "pending further tests" until at least March 24th.
Enola Gay Pilot Flies Allied Re-Enactment On 90th
Retired Air Force General Paul Tibbets, who commanded history's
first atomic bombing mission over Hiroshima, Japan, at the twilight
of World War II, plans to be back in the air this spring. On his
90th birthday, he'll be in a Boeing B-17 commemorating "Mission
As previously noted on ANN, Honeywell has been selected to
provide its new HTS900 turboshaft engine for future integration for
Bell's Model 407 helicopter. The HTS900 incorporates and features
new compressor technology for improved performance, producing more
than 925 Shaft horsepower at Takeoff Power rating at sea level on a
AgustaWestland has congratulated the U.S. Coast Guard HITRON
aircrew of Lt. Craig Neubecker, Pilot, Lt. Shawn Koch, Co-Pilot,
and Avionics Electronics Tech, 1st Class, William Greer for winning
Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2004 MD
Helicopters Law Enforcement Award.
Call For Papers For First International Helicopter Safety
"Safety comes from the knowledge of our craft," say the
organizers of the International Helicopter Safety Symposium 2005
(IHSS),which will take place September 26-29 at the Omni Mont-Royal
Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.
The last of the MV-22 Osprey's that will take part in an
upcoming operational evaluation was recently flown from Amarillo,
TX, to Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron-22(VMX-22) in
During the 2005 Annual Convention and in accordance with Article
VI, Section 3 of the NATA Bylaws, at 1100 on Wednesday, March 9,
2005, in meeting room 107 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center,
Las Vegas, NV, NATA will hold an election of officers. The election
is open to all NATA Regular Member Company Representatives.
Becomes First Iridium-based Satcom Certified To RTCA’s
Helicopter Vibration Standard
AirCell's satcom system, the ST 3100, has been certified to meet
the highest level of vibration standard for helicopters –
meeting the requirements of Category U in Section 8 of the
RTCA/DO-160E environmental test standards. Vibration certification
in Category U gives AirCell customers the highest confidence that
the ST 3100 will perform flawlessly in the rotorcraft environment.
AirCell is the first airborne telecom provider to offer an Iridium
satcom system certified at this level.
As a clarification of the Babcock and Brown announcement made
last week by Utilicraft Aerospace Industries, Inc., Babcock &
Brown has confirmed with Utilicraft that it had not signed an
engagement letter with Global Air Group or Afra Airlines at that
time, and has not to date.
“Their daring nighttime mission demonstrated the
flexibility and capabilities of the HITRON squadron and its MH-68A
Source: Stephen C. Moss, president of
AgustaWestland Inc., congratulating the USCG's Hitron Squadron on
their HAI’s 2004 MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award. The
crew received the award at the 2005 HELI-EXPO, held in Anaheim,
BRS Chute May Have Been Deployed Too Late-- May Have Been
Brought Down by Icing
Partial wreckage of a general aviation plane missing since
Sunday evening was reported found Monday in the Sugar Bowl Ski Area
of California, after its pilot reported he was taking on ice and
going down. The Private Pilot was the sole person on board and
reportedly received his IFR ticket a year ago. The aircraft was a
new SR22, picked up at the factory just before this most recent
Christmas, December 23rd.