HAI Convention News

HAI 2010 News Clips

 - February 15, 2010, 4:45 AM

Component Control Software Saves Time
Rotorcraft Leasing, a provider of helicopter services to the oil and gas industry, credits business-management software from Component Control for slashing inventory time and costs. San Diego-based Component Control (Booth No.1306) is at Heli-Expo to acquaint companies ranging from OEMs to FBOs and completion centers with its Quantum Control software for barcode scanning and physical inventory management. Joyce Cornett of Rotorcraft Leasing noted that with the Quantum Control software, “To our surprise we completed the physical inventory of 10 bases and our parts distribution center by the third week in December [2009]. Prior to 2009 we couldn’t complete the physical inventory by year’s end.”  The Quantum Control program combines manufacturing, shop-floor control, inventory, accounting, sales and invoicing into an integrated software suite.

Paradise Selects SkyBooks for Record Keeping
Paradise Helicopters, a Hawaiian air-tour and utility-services provider, announced at Heli-Expo it has selected SkyBooks (Booth No. 132), a Textron company and Bell Helicopter affiliate, to help with record-keeping. Paradise, which operates three Bell 407s and three MD 500Es, chose SkyBooks after a 90-day free trial of its online flight-operations and maintenance-tracking program.

“We had been searching for the right product to enhance the company’s growing maintenance department,” said Calvin Dorn, Paradise Helicopters president. “The first competing product we tried was so hard to manage and integrate services with, that after a year and a half we resorted to rebuilding spreadsheets to track aircraft components.” That led Paradise to try the 90-day offer and ultimately choose the SkyBooks online record-keeping solution.

Heavy-duty Eurocopters Tally 4 Million Hours
Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma/AS532 Cougar and their latest-generation derivatives, the EC225/EC725, have accumulated a total of four million flight hours in service. To date, 740 civil and military variants of the Super Puma product line are in service with customers in more than 20 countries, mostly serving in offshore oil and gas services in the harsh conditions of the North Sea, search and rescue (SAR) and VIP transport, as well as demanding military missions such as combat SAR and troop transport in hostile environments. The operational availability of the Super Puma family exceeds an average of 98 percent. Eurocopter sold a total of 81 Super Pumas last year.

Evergreen Teams with Avtrak
Evergreen Helicopters, a division of Evergreen International Aviation, and Avtrak announced at Heli-Expo a multiyear agreement that provides Evergreen with Avtrak’s suite of maintenance tracking, work-order management and inventory-control services. Evergreen, based in McMinnville, Ore., operates a fleet of more than 16 types of rotorcraft.

The agreement follows Avtrak’s investments in developing its products specifically to support the rotorcraft industry. Based in Littleton, Colo., Avtrak (Booth No. 3517) provides maintenance-tracking, consulting and logbook-preservation services that currently support more than 4,000 corporate aircraft worldwide.

“We are excited to be selected by Evergreen as a partner in the support of their fleet,” said Avtrak president Glenn Hertzler.

MATS Gets T53, RR250-C20 Overhaul OK
Magellan Aerospace Turbine Services (Booth No. 2344), a Part 145 repair station in Glendale, Ariz., announced it has received FAA/EASA approval to overhaul Honeywell T53 and Rolls-Royce 250-C20 series engines.

“We’ve been repairing engine components for quite some time and it only made sense to become an engine-overhaul facility,” said Dan Gac, Magellan’s technical sales manager. “We conducted a market study and concluded that the Honeywell T53 and the Rolls-Royce 250-C20 series were the engines to overhaul.”

Magellan Aerospace will be showcasing both its new and legacy capabilities at this year’s convention, including conventional and CNC machining, gas tungsten-arc welding, thermal spray, thermal-barrier coating, vacuum brazing and proprietary silicon-modified aluminum diffusion coatings.