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Entries for March 2013

Turbomeca (Safran) and CHC Helicopter sign a major Support by the Hour Contract

Las Vegas, 5 March 2013 - At Heli Expo, Turbomeca announced the Support By the Hour (SBH®) contract signed with CHC Helicopter. This contract covers 60 Makila 2 engines powering CHC EC 225 helicopters used for offshore missions, notably in North Sea and Black Sea regions, Nigeria and Australia.

Garmin® Optimizes GTN™ Series for Helicopter Operations

OLATHE, Kan./March 4, 2013/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.`(NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced new features and capabilities of the GTN series touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM that address the specific needs of helicopter operations. Enhancements include environmental qualification meeting stringent
helicopter vibration and temperature testing standards, optional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatibility, optional built-in Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) and more.

Milestone Aviation Group and Turbomeca (Safran) Launch Groundbreaking Comprehensive Partnership

Las Vegas, 5 March 2013 - Leading helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Safran) and Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today at Heli-Expo a first-of-its-kind partnership, offering unique services to Milestone customers while expanding Turbomeca’s customer base.

Russian Helicopters to showcase latest Russian developments at Heli Expo 2013

Las Vegas / 4 March 2013 – Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Russian Technologies State Corporation and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, will showcase the Ka-62, Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at Heli Expo 2013, taking place in Las Vegas from 5-7 March.

The second day of the exhibition, 6 March, will see the traditional Russian Hour organised and run by Russian participants in the Las Vegas helicopter forum. At this year’s Russian Hour, Russian Helicopters will present the medium multi-role Ka-62, a transport and passenger helicopter being developed using the latest aviation technologies and composite materials in the construction of the fuselage and rotor system.

Sacramento Metro Fire Chooses Becker Digital Airborne Audio Control System for UH-1

5 MARCH 2013 - Miramar, Florida --
The Sacramento Metro Fire Air Operations unit recently received a grant to upgrade its avionics and selected the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system for one of its UH-1 multi-mission helicopters.

PAC International, Metro Aviation Enters  Brasilian Helicopter Completions Market

5 MARCH 2013 - Shreveport, LA --    
Metro Aviation, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, PAC International, a market leader in helicopter technical services, announces a marketing partnership with Sierra Aeronautica of Sao Paulo, Brasil.  Under the marketing agreement, Sierra Aeronautica, through its CEO, Marcos Braga, will provide marketing and sales leadership for customization of helicopters entering Brasil.

Metro Aviation debuts new training center

5 MARCH 2013 - Shreveport, LA --    
Air medical transportation and helicopter completions leader, Metro Aviation has announced the completion of a new comprehensive training center co-located at the company's main offices in Shreveport, Louisiana.  The 12,000 square foot facility is complete with the latest generation learning tools dedicated to safety and efficiency through training.  The company will provide advanced training presentations and techniques to its staff of over 700 maintenance technicians and pilots located around the United States.  Engine manufacturer Turbomeca will also provide customer training at the facility in northern Louisiana in addition to FAA pilot and maintenance testing authorization expected later this year. 

REACH Air Medical Services’ A109A Passes 10,000 Hour Milestone

During a ceremony at Heli-Expo today AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, recognized REACH Air Medical Services for passing the 10,000 flight hour milestone with one of its Agusta A109A helicopters. The 10,000 flight hour milestone was recently passed by aircraft N21RX during a flight training mission with pilots Tim Karwal, Jason Dykstra and Director of Operations Vicky Spediacci onboard.

AgustaWestland Unveils Revolutionary “Project Zero” Tilt Rotor Technology Demonstrator

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, today unveiled its “Project Zero” tilt rotor technology demonstrator, giving an insight into what advanced rotorcraft of the future may look like. This, however, is no paper study. The technology demonstrator was designed and built in less than 6 months and has already secretly flown several times in 2011 and 2012, demonstrating AgustaWestland’s advanced rotorcraft technology.

Universal Avionics’ Radio Control Unit Approved for Helicopters

TUCSON, AZ – Universal Avionics recently completed the required testing to successfully approve its Radio Control Unit (RCU) for helicopter installation. The RCU is a mature product, and has successfully been installed in 28 fixed wing aircraft platforms. Now, the unit is approved for helicopter-specific vibration profiles, signifying a new installation platform for the product.

Universal Avionics’ Airborne Datalink System  Approved for Helicopters

TUCSON, AZ – Universal Avionics recently completed helicopter vibration testing and approval for its airborne datalink system, UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). UniLink UL-800/801 CMU adds to Universal’s expanding line of products designed for the unique requirements of the helicopter market.

Under RTCA DO-160F, “Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment,” specific vibration testing for rotorcraft is required above and beyond those for fixed-wing aircraft. Universal Avionics’ UniLink UL-800/801 CMU was successfully tested to this standard, therefore allowing installation and certification of the unit in the high-vibration environment of rotorcraft platforms.


Quantum Control showcases market leading MRO and logistics software at Heli-Expo 2013

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, March 05, 2013 - Exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2013, Component Control will demonstrate how their market leading MRO and logistics software, Quantum ControlTM, is the ideal solution to streamline helicopter service operations and increase business wide efficiency and effectiveness.

Quantum ControlTM already has a strong track record within the Helicopter sector, with a number of high profile customers using the software to manage their day-to-day operations. Component Control has many rotor wing customers including RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, and Air Comm Corporation, market leaders in the design, development, production and certification of Environmental Control, Air Management and Thermal Management Systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft.


Heli-Expo 2013, Las Vegas – Tuesday 5 March 2013: Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of Libra Group, the international business group, announces that it has entered into a long-term lease with the Avincis Group (Avincis), the world’s leading provider of mission critical services, for a new AW139 helicopter.


LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 5, 2013 – Able Aerospace Services, an MRO service and PMA parts provider, and one of the world’s largest helicopter repair facilities, today announced expanded repair and overhaul capabilities and numerous new PMA parts available for Agusta AW139, Bell 206, Bell 407 and Sikorsky S76 helicopter fleets. Able Aerospace Services will display an array of rotorcraft components in exhibit C1223 during Heli-Expo 2013, March 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 5, 2013 – Able Aerospace Services, an MRO service and PMA parts provider, and one of the largest helicopter repair and PMA facilities, today announced that industry veteran George Powell has joined the company as the Safety Management System (SMS) Program Advisor and will be working as the Assistant to Able Aerospace President Anthony Saenz.
Powell brings decades of diverse and in-depth experience from The Boeing Company and Bell Helicopter. While at Boeing he held positions as a Stress Engineer, Chief Material and Process Engineer, FAA DER and finally as the Assistant Director of Quality. At Bell Helicopter, he continued in executive management roles as the Director of Quality and Commercial Support. Powell is also experienced with TC/PC Holders and is recognized as an expert in FAA regulatory rules and regulations.

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