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March 6, 2013 - 12:10pm
Mark Huber
David Marone, BLR v-p  of marketing

BLR Aerospace (Booth No. N3724) is marking the delivery of its 600th FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for medium models of Bell helicopters including the 212, UH-1H, UH-1N, Huey II and 412.

March 6, 2013 - 12:00pm
Mark Huber

The NTSB is faulting the pilot of a Bell 206 that crashed into New York’s East River in 2011, killing three of the four passengers after it experienced an apparent loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE).

March 5, 2013 - 9:30pm
Rob Finfrock
 AIS fuel flow signal converter

Shadin Avionics (Booth No. C7027) announced its new AIS fuel flow “behind the glass” system for the new Bell 412EPi at Heli-Expo ’13.

“Shadin continues to invest in our fuel management systems with an emphasis on new products that bring value to the modern cockpit,” said Shadin Avionics project manager Trevor Lund. “We look forward to working with Bell Helicopter owners to improve flight performance and safety.”

March 5, 2013 - 9:26pm
James Wynbrandt
Eurocopter EC135T3/P3

At Heli-Expo yesterday, Eurocopter introduced a new model intended to help maintain its market position, the EC135T3/P3, which is making its debut here. The company reported a 15-percent growth in revenues in 2012 despite a decrease in deliveries over 2011.

March 5, 2013 - 9:10pm
Amy Laboda
Model 510 system

Simplex Aerospace (Booth No. N2511) announced EASA certification of its aerial cleaning and de-icing system for power lines and windmills during Heli-Expo ‘13. Portland, Ore.-based Simplex received EASA certification for installation of the Model 510 system on the Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 on Feb. 8, 2013, according to Michael Finnegan, regional manager for the company.

March 5, 2013 - 8:35pm
Kirby J. Harrison
Sikorsky S-76D

Buoyed by several years of steady growth and a healthy $6.8 billion in sales recorded in 2012, Sikorsky is on the right track and gaining momentum, president Mick Maurer said yesterday.

With a multi-year, multi-service Black Hawk and Seahawk contract in hand valued at $89.5 billion and an S-76D backlog valued at around $700 million, the Stratford, Conn. manufacturer is anticipating a bright 2013.

March 5, 2013 - 8:20pm
Rob Finfrock
Heli-Expo 2013 ribbon cutting

Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Matt Zuccaro joined with staff members Tuesday at the show center to formally open the 2013 edition of Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.

“This is the biggest show we’ve ever had,” Zuccaro told the crowd before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “All the numbers exceed anything we’ve ever had previously…I think we have a show that will probably take you all three days to walk through here and meet everybody.

“And remember, this is Las Vegas…so whatever you do here, stays here,” Zuccaro quipped.

March 5, 2013 - 7:40pm
Kirby J. Harrison

In an expanded display for Heli-Expo ’13, LifeBlanket (Booth No. C2313) is showing its original Pocket Rescue Bivy ultralight emergency shelter, Tech Tarp Personal Survival Equipment and original Cowboy Blankets, along with its updated +LifeBlanket patient-packaging systems and modular FR ANSI safety vests.

LifeBlanket manufactures all-weather patient packaging for EMS medical transport, disaster response, personal emergency and search-and-rescue gear.

March 5, 2013 - 7:40pm
James Wynbrandt

Esterline CMC Electronics (Booth No. C4117) is demonstrating its flight management systems (FMS), wide area augmentation system (Waas) GPS receivers, electronic flight bags (EFBs) and portable mission displays here at Heli-Expo ‘13.

Among the avionics solutions the company is highlighting for the rotor market: its CMA-4000 single box flight management and display system, a night vision goggle-compatible system, is capable of managing radios, driving external MFDs and integrating with any set of navigation and mission sensors.

March 5, 2013 - 7:35pm
Rob Finfrock
Olivier Andriès, chairman and CEO of Turbomeca Safran, introduced the Arrano turboshaft engine to the Heli-Expo crowd.

Turbomeca Safran chairman and CEO Olivier Andriès employed a team of limber acrobats Tuesday afternoon to lend a dash of showbiz to the introduction of its new Arrano 1,100-shp turboshaft engine, designed to power the next generation of four- to six-ton helicopters.