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Entries for February 2014

Latitude Technologies and AKV Announce Development Partnership

Victoria, BC and Camarillo, CA — Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight following, and Satcom solutions for regional fleet operators, and AKV Inc., a leading manufacturer of helicopter engine cycle counters, have jointly announced a technical and business development partnership between the companies. 

AKV and Latitude will share in development of technical interfaces between AKV’s ETM1000 Exceedance and Trend Monitor and Latitude’s award-winning IONode ION100 lightweight flight data recorder.  This will enable the engine condition data captured by the ETM1000 to be recorded and automatically forwarded by the IONode ION100 to multiple stakeholders of the operator of the aircraft.  Operators will benefit from much quicker access to engine condition data, enabling more timely engine trend analysis and engine maintenance planning.  

Sea Dragon helicopter: Troubled past, uncertain future
The Virginian-Pilot
From The Virginian-Pilot
The Navy started making plans in the late 1990s to retire the most powerful and crash-prone helicopters in its fleet. By then, several of the service's MH-53E Sea Dragons ??? the only U.S. helicopter capable of towing a specialized sled through water to ...
Universal Avionics Sees Increased Interest from Super Puma Operators to Support Offshore Operations

TUCSON, AZ – Requests for Flight Management Systems (FMS) with mission support have increased in 2013, most notably among offshore and SAR operators of Airbus Helicopters’ AS332L and AS332L1 Super Puma models. Universal Avionics’ Multi-Mission Management System (MMMS) is the company’s flagship Special Mission FMS for installation in these helicopter models.

Twirly Birds announce Les Morris Award Recipient for 2014

Dallas, TX - Social helicopter pilot group, Twirly Birds has announced the 2014 Les Morris Award Recipient as Mr. Roy Simmons.  Mr. Simmons' contributions to the helicopter business began over fifty years ago as a U.S. Marine Corp aviator and later extended to a prestigious career with Columbia Helicopters that lasted 33 years after retiring as president of the company in 1999.  The Les Morris Award signifies the pioneering spirit of Twirly Birds and the award is reserved for members that have made an exemplary contribution to the helicopter community over their lifetime. 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America Expands AS350, AS355 and EC130B4   MRO Capability

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”), one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul offers a full range of AS350, AS355 and EC130B4 capabilities. 

Wysong Enterprises, Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary Milestone at HELI EXPO

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wyson) announced today the company is celebrating its 25th year in business this month. In addition to celebrating 25 successful years of business, Wysong will be giving away a Garmin D2 Pilot watch every day at Booth 1523.

Rotortech 2014 Signals Strong Growth of Australian Helicopter Industry
Aviation International News
From Aviation International News
Notices of proposed rulemaking are due this year for two key areas, CASR Part 133 (Australian Air Operations???Rotorcraft) and CASR Part 138 (Aerial Work Operations???Rotorcraft). The AHIA is concerned about carriage of aero-medical patients being moved  ...
Safety clampdown for North Sea helicopter flights
Scotsman
From Scotsman
... the big three North Sea helicopter firms. Pending further safety improvements to helicopters, oil rig workers will only be able to fly if they are seated next to an emergency window exit and aircraft will not be allowed to take off when waves are ...
Offshore helicopter safety measures announced by CAA
BBC News
From BBC News
This measure is aimed at making it easier for those on board to get out of a helicopter in an emergency. The restriction will apply unless helicopters are fitted with extra flotation devices or passengers are provided with better emergency breathing ...
From Reuters
Last August four oil rig contractors were killed when a helicopter, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, crashed in the sea off Scotland's Shetland Islands, prompting Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch a review of helicopter operations ...
FAA May Bless TCAS II for Helicopters
Aviation International News
From Aviation International News
???Over the past few years, we have received numerous applications for certification of TCAS II installations in rotorcraft,??? Stephen Barbini, flight analyst, aircraft certification at the FAA's rotorcraft directorate, told attendees at the EASA ...
Turkey, Sikorsky Sign $3.5 Billion Helicopter Deal
www.worldbulletin.net
From DefenseNews.com
ANKARA ??? Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday that his government and US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft had signed a long-dormant contract to co-produce an initial batch of 109 utility helicopters. ???We signed the  ...
North Sea helicopters ban in severe weather
Express.co.uk
From Express.co.uk
The changes are the result of a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations in conjunction with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency. A size limit for offshore workers will be introduced in April 2015, aimed at making  ...
From OCRegister (subscription)
Ford piloted the first helicopter to the Anaheim Convention Center in preparation of the Heli-Expo 2014, the world's largest helicopter show set to draw 20,000 people next week. On Friday and into today, about 45 helicopters are landing in the back lot ...
UK Imposes Tougher Safety Measures on Offshore Helicopters
The Maritime Executive
From The Maritime Executive
Last August four oil rig contractors were killed when a helicopter, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters, crashed in the sea off Scotland's Shetland Islands, prompting Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch a review of helicopter operations ...
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