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February 12, 2012 - 7:15am
Harry Weisberger

Four industry operator organizations have written comprehensive amendments to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), to facilitate implementation of the safety standard by helicopter operators.

International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) representatives are offering two seminars during Heli-Expo to introduce operators to IS-BAO parameters. The seminars–Introduction to IS-BAO and the IS-BAO Auditor Accreditation Workshop–are available at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Booth (No. 8632).

February 12, 2012 - 7:10am
R. Randall Padfield
Eurocopter EC175

Eurocopter launched its new EC175 helicopter four years ago at the Heli-Expo show in Houston, Texas, showing a fuselage mockup of the new helicopter. Last month, AIN editor-in-chief Randy Padfield had the opportunity to fly one of the EC175 prototypes at Eurocopter’s main facility on Marseille-Provence Airport in France. This is his report of that flight.

February 12, 2012 - 7:00am
Thierry Dubois

Sikorsky Innovations has completed wind-tunnel testing of an active rotor system equipped with “high-authority” flaps, thus paving the way for improvements in noise, vibration–and, marginally, efficiency–on future rotorcraft.

February 12, 2012 - 7:00am
James Wynbrandt

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) of Tempe, Arizona (Booth No. 9651) is unveiling a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail-rotor blade here at Heli-Expo. Designed by VHA in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron, the new tail-rotor blade is predicted to increase tail-rotor authority while reducing pilot workload and eliminating inspections required by the current blade’s airworthiness directive (AD).

February 12, 2012 - 6:45am
Matt Thurber

Aero Dynamix delivered certified NVG cockpit upgrades for two Toll Remote Logistics Bell 412s. Aero Dynamix (Booth No. 9258) modified the 412s with “internal NVIS [night vision imaging system] avionics modifications, edge-lit panels, overlays and all other aircraft illuminated components,” according to the company. “These upgrades are designed to achieve a balanced cockpit that is optimized for both NVIS and daylight readability performance.”

February 12, 2012 - 6:45am
Thierry Dubois
X3 compound helicopter

The X3 compound helicopter demonstrator is to resume flights this month. Data analysis from the first two flight-test campaigns has prompted new questions, chief technology officer Jean-Michel Billig told AIN, and the launch of a third test campaign has been scheduled. The testing will explore the behavior of the main rotor at high speed. Some other goals relate to the Fadec and the link between rotor rpm and aircraft speed.

February 12, 2012 - 6:45am
Thierry Dubois

Eurocopter unveiled record revenues, with growing service activity offseting sagging helicopter deliveries. The Marignane, France-based company is once again claiming to be the number one in the civil and parapublic market, thanks to a calculated 43-percent market share. Several development programs are under way, notably in the medium-twin segment, including the X4 Dauphin replacement, the EC175 and a shorter version of the AS332 Super Puma, for which performance numbers have just been announced.

February 12, 2012 - 6:15am
Thierry Dubois

Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 9040) has almost completed development of the 475-shp RR500 turboshaft but is still waiting for an aircraft manufacturer or modifier to specify the engine for a new project. Meanwhile, the Indianapolis-based engine manufacturer has moved into full-rate production with the 300-shp RR300 turboshaft, which powers the Robinson R66 light single. Improvements are also underway on the M250, to which both of the newer engines trace their roots.

February 11, 2012 - 9:40pm
Amy Laboda

All Metal Maintenance Stands (MS, Booth No. 4406) has been providing its products to the aviation industry for more than a decade.

“We specialize in the design and manufacturing of Safety First maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment for all helicopter applications,” John Buscena, president and CEO, told AIN here at Heli-Expo 2012. “We focus on working with customers to design customized products that enhance and improve aircraft maintenance,” he said.

February 11, 2012 - 9:30pm
James Wynbrandt

It’s another landmark for Heli-Expo. “For the fourth year running, we’ve broken the record of every preceding year [in attendance and exhibitor count]”, HAI President Matthew Zuccaro told AIN.

More than 650 exhibitors (up from last year’s 625) have registered, and attendance is expected to top last year’s 20,000-plus attendees, with more than 18,000 pre-registered. Yet the industry faces significant challenges, and HAI and Heli-Expo will tackle them head on, Zuccaro said.