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Entries for August 2013

Super Puma helicopters: What do offshore workers think?
BBC News
From BBC News
All Super Puma helicopter flights to UK oil installations remain temporarily suspended following a crash off Shetland in the North Sea on Friday that left four people dead. So what are the views of some of those workers who travel in the helicopters to ...
Vector Aerospace has Four Eurocopter AS332L Helicopters Picked up by World’s Second Largest Antonov Aircraft

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service is loading four upgraded Eurocopter AS332L helicopters onto an An-124 Antonov at Vancouver International Airport - YVR today. Two of these helicopters are Australia-bound for use in offshore oil rig servicing contracts; the other two are being sent to Afghanistan for utility operations. Vector Aerospace has worked closely with Panalpina Inc's air freight division to charter the Antonov and coordinate this event.

From Wall Street Journal
More than half the helicopter fleet used to supply oil and gas platforms in British North Sea waters remained grounded Tuesday as operators imposed a voluntary freeze on using Super Puma helicopters, following a fatal crash on Friday. U.K. air-safety  ...
From 4-traders (press release)
Kazan Helicopters, the Russian Helicopters company that designed and produces the Ansat, began work on certification of the commercial hydro-mechanical version of the helicopter in 2011. Previously Kazan Helicopters produced a fly-by-wire version of ...

Cary, NC ––LORD Corporation – a global leader in the management of vibration, motion and noise control – has announced that Conor Marr, Senior Engineer, Mechanical Technology Development, will present at the 2013 European Rotorcraft Forum.

The presentation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Moscow Marriott Grand Hotel in Moscow, Russia. The topic is entitled “Development of a Multi-State Fluidlastic Lead-Lag Damper.” The paper is co-authored by Haris Halilovic, Manager, Mechanical Technology Development at LORD Corporation.

Bell Helicopter Announces New Members to Executive Leadership Team

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today new additions to its Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Effective immediately, Gunnar Kleveland will assume the role of senior vice president, Integrated Operations, Dr. Cathy Ferrie will serve as senior vice president, Engineering and Matt Hasik will take on the position of senior vice president, Commercial Programs. Kleveland, Ferrie and Hasik will succeed Pete Riley and Jeff Lowinger in their respective roles as executive vice president, Integrated Operations, and executive vice president, Engineering and Commercial Programs.

Rescuers were scrambled at just after 7.30pm on Friday August 23 when a fishing boat piloted by three men was washed onto rocks by high seas off the coast of Blyth, in Northumberland.

It is understood that the men were trying to get out of the River Wansbeck on a fishing trip when the boat's engine failed.

Exciting Changes at Aero Design

Aero Design Ltd. Helicopter Cargo Baskets and Accessories is excited and proud to announce the change of ownership to Jeff Clarke in addition to Jason and Wanda Rekve. Along with the change of ownership are the relocation of the company to our new world headquarters and the introduction of our new and ever expanding distribution network.

Pilot and Maintenance Students - Apply Now for an HFI Scholarship!

Alexandria, Va. – Helicopter Foundation International is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship program.

HFI offers up to four Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships, up to six Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships, one Michelle North Scholarship for Safety, and up to eight Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarships.

Recognize Those Who Strive to Keep Us Safe

Alexandria, Va. – Safety is at the heart of HAI's mission. If you know a rotorcraft professional who has gone above and beyond in promoting aviation safety best practices, consider submitting a nomination for HAI's Salute to Excellence AgustaWestland Safety Award.

For more than 50 years, the Salute to Excellence Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the helicopter industry. The awards dinner is one of the most prestigious and eagerly anticipated events at HAI HELI-EXPO® each year.


SkyTrac Systems to Exhibit at AFAC’s 20th Emergency Management Conference in Melbourne, Australia

Kelowna, BC, Canada – SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Bushfire CRC conference in Melbourne, Australia September 2 – 5, 2013. The event is Australasia’s premier emergency management conference and this year’s theme, ‘Shaping Tomorrow Together’, reflects the importance of collaboration in shaping the future of this industry. International Sales Manager, Kim Bagnall, will be at booth 143 to demonstrate how SkyTrac’s solutions can benefit the emergency response industry.

Mass State Police Air Wing Completes NVG Maintenance Training with Night Flight Concepts®

Bedford, Texas – Night Flight Concepts® recently completed Night Vision Goggle (NVG) repair and maintenance training with the Massachusetts State Police Department (MSP). The addition of Night Flight Concept’s FAA Certified repair and maintenance training services, which include NVG inspections, will streamline MSP’s process and positively affect equipment sustainability, allowing MSP to focus on performance and safety. 

Kamov 62 - Ardiden -  new international success

Bordes / Moscow - Turbomeca (Safran) unveils for the first time the Ardiden 3G engine installed on a prototype of the Russian helicopter Kamov 62 at the MAKS air show. The maiden flight is scheduled for the next few weeks.

The Colombian operator Vertical de Aviacion ordered five Kamov 62 helicopters on the opening day of the air show. Safran / Turbomeca welcomes this new international contract which confirms the success of the strategic partnership set up between Safran and the Russian high-tech industry.

Super Puma helicopter flights suspended
The Guardian
From The Guardian
Debris from the crashed Super Puma helicopter being collected by RNLI. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images. All Super Puma flights to and from UK offshore installations have been suspended after Friday's incident when a helicopter flying oil workers plunged ...
Helicopter firm 'dismissed fears'
ITV News
From ITV News
Helicopter firm 'dismissed fears'. Oil workers who expressed concerns about their helicopters were reportedly told to put on "big boy pants" in the weeks before the crash off Shetland that killed four people. Share. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter ...
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