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Entries for February 2014

   Bell Helicopter Unveils the Game Changing Bell 505 Jet Ranger X during HELI-EXPO 2014

Anaheim, CA  –  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed today at HELI-Expo 2014 the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM – designed to redefine the short light single(SLS) class. Hundreds of attendees gathered at booth 4536 to witness the unveiling of the newest generation of Bell helicopters. 

Metro Aviation welcomes Cook Children’s Teddy Bear Transport to the   family

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Airbus Helicopters Inc. now offers “pay as you fly” Component Support Programs (CSP) for operators of new and in service helicopters, with flat rate charges that enable aircraft operators to better manage and predict maintenance and operational costs.

Custom “pay-as-you-fly” support plans offered by Airbus Helicopters Inc

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Airbus Helicopters Inc. now offers “pay as you fly” Component Support Programs (CSP) for operators of new and in service helicopters, with flat rate charges that enable aircraft operators to better manage and predict maintenance and operational costs.

ASU Completes 800th   FAA Approved NVIS Modification on an  AW139 for Construction Helicopters, Inc.

Boise, Idaho — Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 800th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification prior to HELI EXPO. The modification was completed on an AW139 for Construction Helicopters, Inc., (CHI Aviation).

 

“Reaching 800 modifications is a significant milestone,” said ASU President James Winkel. “ASU from day one has committed to enhancing aircraft for NVG use that translates into safer missions for our customers.  We will continue to build upon our past success and aid operations around the world with ASU.”

 

From Aviation International News
Aviation industry data provider JetNet has released its year-end statistics for the pre-owned helicopter market, which show that retail sales for used turbine and piston rotorcraft experienced double-digit declines of 11.8 percent and 13.5 percent ...
LCI orders six Airbus Helicopters EC175s; becomes an EC225e launch customer, ordering 15

Anaheim, CA – Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly-unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around US$645 million with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016.

The major commitment was announced today at the 2014 Heli-Expo convention in Anaheim, California, marking LCI’s initial transaction with Airbus Helicopters. It involves up to six orders for the EC175, along with as many as 15 of the Super Puma family’s EC225e version when it becomes available.

Gulf Helicopters Orders An AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H)  Level C Full Flight Simulator From AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce an order for an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C Simulator by Gulf Helicopters, supporting the company’s pilot development training needs for the recently announced purchase of 15 AW189 medium twin-engine helicopters.

AgustaWestland Launches New Leonardo Customer Portal

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Leonardo secure customer portal. Superseding the MyFleet web application, the Leonardo web interface has been designed by AgustaWestland with input from a number of its customers, who have participated in defining the functionality of the portal to ensure a user-friendly interface.

 Vector Signs Agreement with Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc. at Heli-Expo 2014  for Repair of CT7-2A 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 Canada”), to provide repair, testing, modification and reduce to spares for HTS Canada’s CT7-2A engines.

Yamagata Prefecture Orders the AW139 Helicopter for Firefighting

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Yamagata Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has chosen the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an ageing model.  

Tottori Prefecture Orders the AW139 Helicopter for Firefighting

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Tottori Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has chosen the AW139 medium twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. This order further confirms the AW139 outstanding versatility for public utility missions in Japan and Northeast Asia. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter operational service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an ageing model.

True Blue Power® TB17 is First Ever TSO-Certified Lithium-ion Engine Start, Main Ship Battery

ANAHEIM, Calif. —  True Blue Power®, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co., Inc., has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Technical Standard Order (TSO) C179a and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) certification of the TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery. The TB17 is the first lithium-ion engine start battery for business and commercial aviation to receive either certification.

MD HELICOPTERS RECEIVES ORDER FOR NEW MD 500E FROM CHINA-BASED SHANDONG QI XIANG GENERAL AVIATION

MESA, AZ– MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced today that Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation Ltd (Qi Xiang GA) and Avion Pacific Ltd (Avion), MD Helicopters’  sales distributer in China,  reached an agreement on an order for a new 500E helicopter. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery the second quarter of this year and will be used for agricultural spraying and utility work in the Shandong province, south of Beijing. 

SENER group participates in FIDAE 2014

Madrid - The engineering and technology group SENER participates for thefirst time in FIDAE, in Chile's most important exhibition in the aeronautical field to be held in Santiago between March 25 and 30. Present at this meeting, a benchmark event throughout Latin America, will be both the group's Engineering and Construction area, represented by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas, and the Aeronautical area, represented by ITP In Service Support (ITP ISS).

Metro Aviation becomes first to STC new Garmin GTN System for rotorcraft   Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR)

Shreveport, Louisiana –Metro Aviation is known for staying ahead of the curve and recently completed a year-long process to STC the new Garmin GTN 650/750 for the EC135 helicopter. Metro is the first to STC the equipment for Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) rotorcraft and has already installed the equipment on two experimental aircraft with plans to install more this summer.

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