Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies, recognized Vancouver-based Helijet International as operator of the world’s highest time Sikorsky S-76 airframe. Helijet’s S-76A (serial number 760074) has logged 37,025 flight hours. It entered service in July 1980, and then flew 2,287 hours during nine years’ service as a corporate transport in the northeastern U.S.. Helijet acquired the aircraft in January 1990. In scheduled service, it has carried more than 500,000 passengers 3 million miles between Helijet’s passenger terminals in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
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It was a good year for the helicopter shipping business in 2011, according to Panalpina’s Juerg Boschung, business unit manager, and head of its helicopter shipping division. The Vancouver-based company handled a record number of air charters and flight diversions related to moving helicopters via air-freight around the world.
Panalpina uses Antonov An-124s and Boeing 747 freighters in several configurations to solve customers’ equipment logistics problems worldwide.
At a Sunday morning press event, Turbomeca chairman and CEO Olivier Andriès listed the French turbine engine manufacturer’s 2011 successes, including a recovery in production numbers from the 2010 low of 800. Turbomeca delivered 950 turboshaft engines last year, and expects to produce approximately 1,100 before the end of 2012.
FOCUS on…SAFETY “Fatigue in the aviation industry has been on the NTSB’s Top 10 Most-Wanted list for two decades,” Mark Rosekind told a Heli-Expo audience on Saturday morning. “It still makes up six of our top 10 fears today.”
Given how critical the tail rotor is to basic helicopter flight, it is difficult to believe that ground-breaking NASA research on tail-rotor effectiveness (and the loss thereof) could languish in a filing cabinet at the Langley research center for nearly two decades. But it happened.
Aircraft consulting and data firm Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 6928) is releasing a revised version of its Aircraft Performance Comparator software. It contains a simplified Help section on performance data as well as new data on the Eagle 212 conversion and updated Bell 429 images.
This year’s military new helicopter market has been estimated to be worth $19.4 billion, according to London-based analysis firm Visiongain. The firm said here at Heli-Expo 2012 that Western countries, due to budget constraints, will focus on maintaining current fleets while emerging military powers, including South Korea, India, and China will significantly increase acquisitions and be “prominent players” over the next decade.
Hillsboro Aviation (Booth No. 9246) has purchased the assets of Heli-Trade, including tooling, equipment, fuselages, and parts for the Bell 205 and related STCs. Heli-Trade specialized in the Bell 205/UH-1 and related models including repairs, service, and aftermarket upgrades.
Component repair services provider Able Aerospace Services of Phoenix, Arizona (Booth No. 2106) is here at Heli-Expo 2012 celebrating the recent groundbreaking of its new headquarters at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. With a 191,000-square-foot complex including offices and a purpose-built hangar, Able will become the airport’s largest tenant among a roster that includes Boeing, Cessna, Embraer and Hawker Beechcraft.
Becker Avionics is in Dallas celebrating several new contracts. The first is to provide DVCS 6100 digital audio and intercom systems to OSF HealthCare, Peoria, Ill. for its four new EC145 air medical helicopters. The German avionics maker will also serve the U.S. Army as part of the UH-72A Lakota mission equipment package (MEP), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) with their new PC-12s.