Agusta Westland Tilt Rotor Co. (AWTR) demoed the VTOL AW609 (nee BA609) at Arlington Municipal Airport yesterday, and provided an update on program status in the aftermath of AgustaWestland taking sole ownership of the 609 project from former partner Bell Helicopter last November.
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Scott’s-Bell 47 (Booth No. 5309) will launch a Model 47 upgrade program here at Heli-Expo and is also developing composite replacement main rotor blades with IAC Ltd.
The upgrade gives customers the choice of having their existing Model 47 refurbished or purchasing a completed refurbished/upgraded 47G-2A (narrow body) or 47G-2A-1 directly from Scott’s.
The program covers all Lycoming-powered 47G helicopters. Included are new main rotor blades as well as a new instrument panel, new interior and Texas Helicopter STCs, such as No-Bar, Sprag, and Muffler.
Generally speaking, helicopters don’t fly across the Pacific Ocean–and rarely even the Atlantic. For that reason, manufacturers and dealers alike rely on shipping companies, such as Victor Bruzzone’s Helicopter International Shipping Services (HISS), to move the rotorcraft safely and efficiently from one side of the globe to the other.
The U.S. Army has extended its contract with Rockwell Collins for additional Transportable Black Hawk [helicopter] Operations Simulators (T-BOS) to meet a growing need for bringing training to where soldiers are operating.
The $35 million extension calls for deliveries through 2015. LeAnn Ridgeway, Rockwell Collins v-p and general manager for simulation and training, said, “T-BOS’s mobile nature saves time and resources by taking training to pilots in the field. It is the only U.S. Army-accredited flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft.”
Enstrom Helicopter (Booth No. 4800) recently signed the Zuhai Business Aviation Center as its authorized dealer in China. Located in Guandong Province, Zuhai will sell, service and operate Entroms along with their fixed-wing businessZuhai has ordered one 480B turbine single and a 280FX piston helicopter to serve as demonstrators. The helicopters will be delivered soon. Enstrom first sold helicopters into China in the 1990s, delivering a trio of Model 480s for powerline patrol and agricultural spraying and two Model 280FX helicopters for police duty.
It is most definitely a social event, and one that every pilot who has soloed a helicopter at least 20 years ago is eligible to attend. The Twirly Birds annual meeting kicks off with a reception at 5 p.m. Sunday, February 12, in Ballroom A, Section 1 of the Dallas Convention Center. The membership meeting follows, including an awards ceremony and silent auction. The group, founded more than 60 years ago, welcomes pilots and helicopter industry notables (associate memberships do exist for non-pilots) willing to share their stories and camaraderie.
A high-definition (HD) camera system deserves an HD display and DVR to fully achieve the sensor’s full capability. So says Atlanta-area-based Flight Displays Systems, at Booth No. 2811 to demonstrate its line of HD cockpit monitors. They function with FLIR, L-3 Wescam, Axsys and other camera systems.
Cobham Commercial Systems, at Booth No. 3122, is offering a discount of up to $10,500 to Bell 206/407 and Eurocopter AS350/EC130 operators who purchase a HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system before March 16, 2012. For more information visit the Cobham booth.
Marenco SwissHelicopter announced a new high-visibility cockpit (HVC) for its SKYe SH09 helicopter at Heli-Expo. The new cockpit is highly modified from the original prototype, and includes new avionics.
Analyst Brian Foley predicts new and used helicopter sales will continue their upward trend. But he also said the purchase justification process will require more detailed research as various market segments exercise increasing cost scrutiny.