American Eurocopter chose Heli-Expo ’13 as the venue to announce the appointment of Brian K. Reid as director of support and service sales. As such Reid will oversee and grow the marketing efforts of American Eurocopter’s customer support and service division, which focuses on the aftermarket segment. Reid has a background in helicopter manufacturing, having held positions in business development, sales, marketing and management.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Kaman Aerospace, perhaps best known for its iconic K-Max heavy-lift helicopter, is at Heli-Expo emphasizing its newly reorganized identity as “One Kaman.”
“We’re a company that can handle anything from metal and composite structures to complete systems design, as well as manufacture of tooling–our own and that of our customers,” said Gary Tenison, Kaman Aerospace v-p of business development and marketing.
A live helicopter rescue demonstration organized by UTC Aerospace (Booth No. C2425) was abruptly cancelled Sunday morning when, moments before the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police crew began to lower the fast-line, they received an emergency call for the real thing.
With an audience of more than 70 and two television crews watching from the roof of the Wynn Encore parking garage, the UH-1H main door closed and the helicopter banked abruptly away, headed for Red Rock Canyon, a rugged area about 20 miles west of Las Vegas, to assist an injured hiker.
Air Services International and strategic partner Dakota Air Parts International are sharing an exhibit at Heli-Expo ’13 (Booth No. C2106).
ASI has seen an expanded pool of exchange and lease Rolls-Royce M250 engines and modules over the past year, said general manager Steven Van Hemert, and as a result, “We are looking forward to engaging Bell 407 and MD600N operators during Heli-Expo.”
GKN Aerospace is showcasing emergency flotation and fuel system technologies here at its Heli-Expo booth (No. N2608).
Heli-Mart’s venerable president and founder Don Nichols is stepping down from the company after 40 years. The announcement came March 4, during Heli-Expo ‘13. Heli-Mart (Booth No. C5111), located at the Orange County Airport in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a worldwide helicopter parts distributor and MD Helicopter authorized service center, with a special emphasis on AOG services.
Nichols said, “It’s tough to quit something you’ve been doing well, and happily, for 50 years. I am confident I’ve left Heli-Mart in good hands with Ed Brown.”
BBA Aviation continues to advance its available helicopter services. Here at Heli-Expo ‘13 the company unveiled a new website for its International Governor Services unit, which features its various services including maintenance, repair, overhaul and exchange of engine control products such as fuel controls, torque limiters and power turbine governors for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T (Twin Pac) and Rolls-Royce M250 engines.
Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services firm Vector Aerospace (Booth No. C4332) renewed its engine services agreement with Air Greenland, based in Nuuk, Greenland. Under this two-year extension, Vector provides Air Greenland with fixed- and rotary-wing engine repair and overhaul support from its two facilities in Canada–Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America in Richmond, British Columbia.
Dart Aerospace is using the 2013 Heli-Expo show as a springboard for not only its new black and red logo, but also as the debut for the reorganization of all Dart sub-brands. These include Apical Industries, DAS, Dart Helicopter Services, Geneva Aviation and Red Barn Machine. According to Dart, it has more than 600 STCs and offers 5,000 products for sale across these subsidiaries.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI, Booth No. N5704), provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its new airframe programs for the Eurocopter EC135 and EC145 series at Heli-Expo ’13.
“We are excited about providing the option for additional airframe coverage this year, just two years after providing engine coverage for the Eurocopters,” said Walter Given, 16-year JSSI veteran and helicopter program manager for the company.