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Entries for April 2014

LORD Corporation Receives Improved Vibration Control System Contract with Boeing

(Cary, NC) - LORD Corporation<http://www.lord.com>, a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control<http://www.lord.com/products-and-solutions/vibration-and-motion-control.xml>, has announced the award of a two-year contract with The Boeing Company to integrate and qualify an Improved Vibration Control System (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The purchase order was delivered and accepted in September of 2013 and a Preliminary Design Review was completed in January of 2014. Production is planned to start in 2016.

According to Stuart Hartwell, business development manager for LORD Global Aerospace & Defense, this contract expands the breadth of LORD product offerings that are focused on reducing vibration in the helicopter fuselage generated by the rotor system. "This IVCS equipment provides state-of-the-art performance and represents a major upgrade to the legacy vibration suppression system on this aircraft," said Hartwell. "As a leader in active vibration control technology, LORD is expanding our business footprint at a critical time in the aviation industry."

Metro delivers two EC135 aircraft to Mercy Life Line

Shreveport, Louisiana – Metro Aviation recently delivered the last two of five EC135’s to Mercy Life Line in Springfield, Missouri.  Mercy’s transition to all EC135P2+ Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) aircraft began in 2012 with the delivery of three aircraft.  With the addition of the final EC135’s, Mercy opened new bases in Joplin, MO and Rogers, AR. 

The five-base operation has provided safe, rapid air transport since 1984 and has partnered with Metro Aviation since 2001.  “We share a common vision and mission, and there is never a time when I can’t pick up the phone and talk to the number one guy,” said Mercy Director DJ Satterfield.  “It is nice knowing we work with a company that wants us to succeed just as much as we do and we could not be happier with our completions.”

LAHAD DATU: A rescued rare Sumatran rhino was successfully translocated late afternoon on Friday from a very remote area in Danum Valley.

She will join two other rhinos – Tam (male) and Puntung (female) at the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary (BRS) facilities in Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Named Iman, after a small river near where she was caught, her rescue was a result of a year of intense efforts to make every last rhino in Malaysia count towards efforts to prevent the extinction of one of the world’s most critically endangered species.

Sandel’s First All-Digital Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), the SG102/D

VISTA, CA– Sandel Avionics Inc, a manufacturer of leading retrofit avionics, has announced its first all-digital AHRS, the SG102/D, which is identical to the SG102 (MOD2) without the analog interfaces.

The Sandel SG102/D is lighter in weight, and initializes in one minute which is 3X faster than the original SG102. It also comes with a selectable low- and high-speed ARINC 429 output, which allows for additional interface options such as radar systems, satellite communication antennas and FLIR stabilization.

From Zawya (registration)
GAMA is the international trade association representing more than 85 of the world's leading manufacturers of general aviation aircraft, rotorcraft, engines, avionics and related equipment. GAMA's members also operate fleets of aircraft, fixed based ...
From Flightglobal
In addition to medical evacuation tasks, the rotorcraft will also be used for tactical transport and logistical support. The nation's defence ministry says the cost of committing the additional aircraft is estimated at about ???45 million ($62 million ...
Sandel Avionics launches all-digital attitude heading reference system
Avionics Intelligence
From Avionics Intelligence
Sandel Avionics Inc. engineers and manufactures advanced avionics for fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft and provides embedded software for OEM applications. Its compact integrated display systems for the military and commercial markets include 3-ATI ...
From Flightglobal
Bond Offshore Helicopters has taken delivery of its second Sikorsky S-92. Destined for service in the North Sea oilfields, the rotorcraft was flown from the USA to Prestwick airport, Scotland, aboard a Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov An-124. The aircraft ...
From Dallas Business Journal
Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter has begun moving into its newly-completed $40 million headquarters building as key part of a larger consolidation that will bring 5,000 Dallas-Fort Worth employees -- and ultimately its iconic helicopters -- to its ...
New Sensor Package Turns Any Helicopter Into Delivery Robot
National Defense Magazine (blog)
From National Defense Magazine (blog)
The third and final phase involves testing the system on various aircraft in the Marine Corps inventory, including cargo and utility rotorcraft, he said. The entire program is scheduled to last five years, with a finalized autonomy retrofit kit ...
Helicopter industry figures compared for 2013
From defenceWeb
Regarding deliveries, Airbus Helicopters remains second in numbers behind Robinson Helicopter, but first in our rating (as in their own one as they only count helicopters above 1.3 tons), with 497 helicopters delivered in 2013 (up from 475). Number 2 ...
From Sulphur Southwest Daily News
Families are invited to see the best flyers in the world fly their radio-controlled model helicopters for two days free of charge. There will also be a scale display, oldtimer helicopters, and helicopter drag racing. Face painting, free giveaways and ...
Navy to fly full sized unmanned helicopters by APP on a tablet in ...
Daily Mail
From Daily Mail
He said it will let a Marine with no flight experience issue landing instructions to a cargo helicopter via tablet computer after just a few minutes of training. Klunder, who will preview the technology for industry and military leaders at a conference ...
Bristow Helicopters, a major oil and gas offshore service provider, recently lost a Super Puma helicopter worth $18 million (N3 billion) and a hangar facility to fire at the Nigeria Air Force Base in Port Harcourt. THISDAY learnt that the fire wreaked ...
From Sulphur Southwest Daily News
Families are invited to see the best flyers in the world fly their radio-controlled model helicopters for two days free of charge. There will also be a scale display, oldtimer helicopters, and helicopter drag racing. Face painting, free giveaways and ...
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