HAI Convention News - 2012

HAI Convention News

Speaking of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract MD Helicopters signed last year, Lynn Tilton, CEO of Mesa, Arizona-based company, said, “That’s the highlight [of 2011], to serve those who serve for love of country. And it goes back to our roots of 1964, when Hughes Helicopter [predecessor of MD Helicopters] first won a military contract.” She made the comments at a Heli-Expo 2012 press conference in Dallas yesterday.

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FOCUS on…TRAINING With safety the key focus of rotor operations, Heli-Expo is showcasing a wide range of training products and programs, and training providers have announced major news here in Dallas.

Simplex Aerial Cleaning System

Simplex Aerospace recently received FAA STC approval for its third-generation, high-pressure Aerial Cleaning System (ACS), used in the cleaning of power-line insulators and windmill blades. ACS, which consists of a belly water tank and a side-mounted nozzle boom, is certified for use on Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 helicopters. (A 120-gallon, second-generation power-wash system is also certified for the Bell 407.)

Eurocopter EC130 T2

Eurocopter unveiled the EC130 T2, the updated version of its single-engine EC130 at Heli-Expo yesterday, and announced orders for 105 of the aircraft from seven launch customers. They include: Maverick Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Scandinavian Helicopter Group, Air Commander, Europavia and Enloe FlightCare.

NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman

NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, keynote speaker at today’s HAI Membership breakfast and meeting here at Heli-Expo 2011, praised HAI for its creation of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its new Safety Accreditation Program. And she also challenged the HAI membership to continue its efforts to promote Safety Management Systems (SMS) through IHST’s SMS Toolkit.

MD Helicopters  369 on display at their booth. (Photo Andrew Zaback)

A photo gallery of Law Enforcement Helicopters and their specialized equipment from Heli-Expo 2012.

Metro Aviation in partnertship with University of Michigan med-evac helicopter. (Photo Andrew Zaback)

A photo gallery of Air Medical Helicopters and their interiors from Heli-Expo 2012.

HAI Convention News photagraphers roamed the Heli-Expo show floor on Friday and Saturday and captured these exhibitors assembling their booths.

AgustaWestland AW609 on display

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.

Thirty-nine helicopters arrived at the Dallas Convention Center loading dock on Wednesday and Thursday before the show opened.

Kaman K-Max Umanned Aerial Truck

Kaman Aerospace is more diversified organization than many realize, offering what it calls a “total OEM solution.” Over the past year, it has acquired several different companies, the majority of which are composites specialists. To learn more about the company and its current projects, including the K-Max unmanned aerial truck, AIN caught up with Kaman Helicopters president Sal Bordonaro at Heli-Expo.

Mark Rosekind

NTSB Member Mark Rosekind opened the first HAI 2012 education seminar with a discussion about how rotorcraft pilots can fight fatigue. We spoke to him after his talk.

Simplex Aerospace is highlighting its third-generation powerwash system for helicopters at this year’s Heli-Expo. The system, which holds 180 gallons of water and can be used to wash windmills and power lines, just received STC approval for the Eurocopter AS350B3. AIN sat down with Simplex vice president of sales and marketing Larry Lichtenberger at the helicopter show to find out more about the company’s new product.

Marenco SKYe SH109 helicopter

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.

Heli-Expo 2012 landings

Some 40 helicopters winged their way into the Dallas Convention Center parking in the days just before Heli-Expo 2012 starts. To learn more about this, AIN talked with HAI director of flight ops Harold Summers and v-p of regulations Dave York.

More Stories from HAI 2012

February 14, 2012, 4:51 PM

FOCUS on…LAW ENFORCEMENT This year at Heli-Expo there were plenty of examples of helicopters dressed up with law enforcement credentials of every flavor, but it took a keen eye to spot what was new equipment on these hard-working machines. For 2012, companies brought avionics, airborne computer location equipment, air-to-ground microwave receivers and sophisticated, high-power searchlights.

February 14, 2012, 1:16 PM

Marignane, France-based Eurocopter (Booth No. 1917) turned its annual Heli-Expo press conference on Sunday into a 20th anniversary celebration.

February 14, 2012, 12:39 PM

Evergreen International Aviation (Booth No. 4920) is looking to expand its roots. Evergreen began as a commercial helicopter service business in the 1960s but quickly grew into a diversified aviation company that included aircraft charter, salvage, and modification.

February 14, 2012, 10:50 AM

Speaking of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract MD Helicopters signed last year, Lynn Tilton, CEO of Mesa, Arizona-based company, said, “That’s the highlight [of 2011], to serve those who serve for love of country. And it goes back to our roots of 1964, when Hughes Helicopter [predecessor of MD Helicopters] first won a military contract.” She made the comments at a Heli-Expo 2012 press conference in Dallas yesterday.

February 14, 2012, 10:39 AM

After a moment of silence in respect for members lost in the past year, Jim Kettles, vice president of the venerable Twirly Birds brought to order the association’s annual meeting. It’s tradition, he explained, for the Twirly Birds to convene their meeting during Heli-Expo.

February 14, 2012, 10:20 AM

Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. 9740) is showing how its TacView portable mission display brings numerous capabilities to the helicopter cockpit here at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas.

February 14, 2012, 10:12 AM

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has reached a tentative agreement of cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to enhance the safety of helicopter operations in nine countries that make up the commonwealth.

February 13, 2012, 11:40 PM

FOCUS on…AUTOROTATION TRAINING “Infrequent autorotation training is dangerous,” said Chad Oakley, chief pilot at the Bell Academy, yesterday at a Heli-Expo training session called, “Autorotations, Reality Exposed.” Other participants at the one-hour session–pilots, instructors, and representatives from the FAA, NTSB, OEMs, and several fleet operators–agreed.

February 13, 2012, 11:40 PM

Jeffrey Pino, CEO of Sikorsky Aircraft was all smiles as he delivered the State of Sikorsky Briefing at Heli-Expo 2012. Orders are up overall, as of December 2011, and with the worldwide fleet of large helicopters now averaging 30 years old, or older, he expects more helicopter orders are imminent. Here are a few of the highlights from Pino’s briefing.

* Sikorsky sold $7.4 billion in helicopters in 2011.

February 13, 2012, 11:35 PM

Bond Aviation Group signed a contract to purchase 16 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2012, the largest single order for S-92s ever recorded. Sikorsky will begin delivering the aircraft in groups of four-to-five a year starting in the second quarter of 2013.

Carey Bond, chief marketing officer for Sikorsky, welcomed the Bond (no relation) aviation group to the Sikorsky family with a celebratory contract signing and a toast at the Sikorsky exhibit booth (No. 6148).

February 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has signed a deal for 10 new Eurocopter EC175 medium helicopters. The deal was announced here yesterday at Heli-Expo. Deliveries will begin this year and continue into 2015. NHV currently operates a fleet that includes 17 Eurocopter Dauphins and one EC145.

February 13, 2012, 11:30 PM

Milestone Aviation Group (Booth No 7010), a helicopter financing company, made a splash at Heli-Expo this year, announcing a $480 million deal with Eurocopter (Booth No. 1917) for 16 EC225s, a contract with Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 6148) for three S-92s (terms not disclosed), and a $125-135 million leasing agreement with major operator Bristow Group for five large helicopters.

February 13, 2012, 11:00 PM

Greenwich AeroGroup announced at Heli-Expo 2012 that it now owns 60 percent of Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which services offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industries with a diverse fleet of helicopters.

February 13, 2012, 10:26 PM

FOCUS on…GADGETS If Harry Potter’s was a world of wizardry, Heli-Expo 2012 is a world of gadgetry. Hundreds of them. Some lesser, some greater. Some serious, and some downright amusing. In the interest of ensuring items both serious and amusing, we use the term “gadget” loosely.

February 13, 2012, 10:22 PM

FOCUS on…TRAINING With safety the key focus of rotor operations, Heli-Expo is showcasing a wide range of training products and programs, and training providers have announced major news here in Dallas.

 
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