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.
All HAI 2012 News
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.
The SkymasterTX digital video downlink transmitter from Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) should be interesting to military and government purchasers who require secure real-time downloading of video imagery.
IMT, a business unit of the Vitec Group, is at Booth No. 7317 to display and explain the lightweight, full-featured digital video transmitter built to address aircraft secure encryption downlink requirements. The transmitter features ARINC mounting, which allows easy moving of units from one aircraft to another.
Borgomanero, Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) introduced a new cabin design for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters this morning at Heli-Expo.
The six-seat cabin mockup on display at the Mecaer booth (No. 5924) was developed, with a vision toward passenger comfort, noise reduction and inclusion of a state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system. The design allows for a variety of cabin layouts, including one that accommodates an additional passenger.
After making its debut at Heli-Expo last year, Swiss startup helicopter manufacturer Marenco is back with its SKYe SH09 light single mockup at this year’s show. The company has made several improvements to the design since then, so we stopped by its booth on the eve of Heli-Expo to get an update on the budding project from Marenco commercial director Mathias Sénès.
Donaldson Aerospace presentation “Engine Protection–Realizing Return on Investment Quickly” today at 10 a.m. in Room C-145 plans to cover the care and preservation of your helicopter investments, highlighting the benefits of keeping your engine’s internal systems clean.
Kaman Helicopters continues to write new chapters in its history, including the un-manned K-Max, subcontract manufacturing and rotor-blade development and production.
At Heli-Expo’12, Kaman is showcasing its products and services at Booth No. 5222 with executives and technical experts available for the duration of the show.