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Entries for February 2014

China rising in the ranks of helicopter fleet operators worldwide
Aviation International News
From Aviation International News
Last year the entire fleet (465 helicopters, 424 based in mainland China) grew by 20 percent, according to the Asian Sky Group Greater China Civil Helicopter Fleet Report, released during Heli-Expo 2014. The Group's projection for 2014 growth is 20 ...
Safe Flight’s Powerline Detector Now Digital

Anaheim, CA — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced today a digital upgrade to the analog Powerline Detection System.  The new Digital Powerline Detection System (DPDS) is based on a state of the art Digital Signal Processor based receiver that detects both 60Hz (US) and 50 Hz (International) versions, the DPDS is a dual-frequency unit.


ANAHEIM, CA — Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY announced today at the HAI Heli-Expo Convention in Anaheim, California their new Icing Conditions Detector (ICD).

Ice accretion is a serious hazard to all aircraft.  Even miniscule amounts of frost, snow, ice, or slush on the aerodynamic and/or control surfaces of the aircraft can cause significant loss in lift and flight control capability.  “By utilizing independent moisture and temperature transducers to recognize conditions where ice will form, the patented optical ICD system is able to provide a warning before ice accretion has an opportunity to reduce vehicle performance and controllability” said Randall Greene, President and CEO of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation.  The lightweight safety enhancing equipment is ideal for night and IFR helicopter operations in icing conditions.

Rotorsim to continue expansion with world’s first AW169 full-flight simulator and addition of an AW189 simulator in UK

Anaheim, CA – Today at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show, Rotorsim, owned equally by CAE (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced that it is continuing to expand with the purchase of two CAE 3000 Series Level D helicopter simulators.

Rotorsim will add the world’s first-ever AW169 full-flight simulator to the Rotorsim Training Centre, which is part of the AgustaWestland ‘A. Marchetti’ Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.  The CAE 3000 Series AW169 simulator will be ready-for-training in mid-2015.

AW609 TiltRotor to Perform First Ever Customer Demonstration Flights at Heli-Expo Demonstrating Its Game Changing Capabilities

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW609 TiltRotor has flown 1100nm (2000km) from its base in Arlington, Texas, to Long Beach Airport, California to perform the first ever customer demonstration flights at Heli-Expo 2014. The AW609 will highlight its game changing capabilities and performance that will soon be available to the commercial marketplace.

AgustaWestland Introduces Its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System (OPLSTM) for Enhanced Safety

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the certification of its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System (OPLSTM) which will help enhance safety during hovering flight whilst conducting SAR and emergency medical service (EMS) missions. Hovering flight during these type of  missions has been identified as one of the most dangerous flight conditions as a result of perceptual judgment errors, wrong decision making, bad crew resource management, poor visibility and self induced pressure.



Sloane Helicopters Signs Contract for Two GrandNew Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the order by Sloane Helicopters for two GrandNew light twin helicopters. The helicopters are expected to be delivered in 2015 and will be operated for VVIP and passenger transport missions.


This latest order by Sloane Helicopters further expands the already successful presence of AgustaWestland helicopter models in the light twin category in UK and Ireland, where Sloane has sold a total of 66 units from the AW109 legacy and Grand/GrandNew helicopters performing a range of roles including VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement and EMS.

H.W. Farren Aircraft Transportation Goes the Long Haul for Columbia Helicopters

Randolph, NJ - H.W. Farren, a division of Farren International, has been contracted by Columbia Helicopters to transport an undisclosed numbers of CH-47 Chinook Helicopters.  The move originates on March 3, in Meridianville, AL.   The first three helicopters will be shrink wrapped, padded and tarped to insure a fully protected package and then shipped to their final destination in Aurora, OR.  Each move will take place over several days and will cover over 2,600 miles. 

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145 T2 rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters

Anaheim, CA – Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus
Helicopters were announced today as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft.

These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry convention in Anaheim, California, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed Washecka jointly announced the bookings.

Vector Signs Agreement with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc.   for Repair of CT-2A Engines

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a two-year agreement with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc. (“HTS”), to provide repair, testing, modification and reduce to spares for HTS’s CT7-2A engines.

Airbus Helicopters will locate a full-flight simulator in the U.S. and   enhance its support resources for EC175 operators

Anaheim, California – Airbus Helicopters today announced its plans toprovide a new level of support for the EC175 rotorcraft in North America, with a Level D full-flight simulator located in the United States as part of a commitment to operators serving the offshore oil and gas industry.

Airbus Helicopters brings a new vision, enhanced product line and  innovative service solutions to Heli-Expo 2014

Anaheim, California – Heli-Expo 2014 will mark Airbus Helicopters’ first major rotorcraft industry event in its new identity, with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes.


"Under our new name, Airbus Helicopters, we have redefined our priorities. We are committed to new standards with respect to customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness," said Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury. “We’re implementingthese priorities by placing our efforts on product reliability and availability, the reduction oflead times and production costs, and integrating the Airbus Group’s standards of quality – allwhile setting new standards in the helicopter industry in the key domain of aviation safety.”

LORD Corporation’s Active Vibration Control System Selected by  Bell Helicopter for the Bell 525 Relentless Helicopter

Cary, NC – LORD Corporation, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control, has announced the award of an Active Vibration Control System (AVCS) contract with Bell Helicopter for the Bell 525 Relentless program. 


LORD will qualify its AVCS system design and manufacture the AVCS system for the new aircraft.  The technology operates through the use of accelerometers that measure aircraft vibration levels. Signals are sent to a centralized computer that runs a software algorithm that interprets the data and sends commands to force generators located throughout the aircraft. These force generators create “anti-vibration” that stops the progression of vibration due to the main rotor.

Bell Helicopter Reveals the Latest in the Bell 525 Program During HELI-EXPO 2014

Anaheim, CA –  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, continued to set itself apart from the competition at HELI-EXPO 2014 with the latest news of the Bell 525 RelentlessTM, the world’s first fly-by-wire helicopter.  As hundreds of attendees gathered at booth 4536 at HELI-EXPO, Bell Helicopter shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions.

Bell Helicopter Opens HELI-EXPO 2014 with a Customer-Driven Focus

Anaheim, CA - February 25, 2014 Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), opened HELI-EXPO 2014 today at booth 4536 with a number of new announcements and models, headlined by the official introduction of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X TM, the newly named aircraft designed for the short light single market. Three different aircraft mockups are on display at the booth and a new online ordering system was also launched to the public. In addition, the booth included a new mockup of the Bell 525 RelentlessTM configured for search and rescue missions, a Bell 407GX, and a Bell 429WLG. Key program and segment leaders will provide customer presentations in Mission Theater Wednesday and Thursday at the booth, and Bell Helicopter will also conduct flight demonstrations at the show.

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