After receiving net orders for 715 helicopters last year–its second best year ever–Eurocopter expects to sell only 450 helicopters this year, CEO Lutz Bertling predicted today at the company’s annual press conference in Paris. The forecast was shaped by luxury yacht sales and the used rotorcraft market.
AINalerts » January 20, 2009
NBAA’s 20th Annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, held in Long Beach, Calif., last week, attracted fewer attendees and exhibitors than last year’s meeting, but many who were there agreed that a high-quality crowd made participation well worthwhile. Total attendance was 2,027, down from 2,612 last year, and exhibitors numbered 335, 14 percent off last year’s 391.
Not surprisingly, there is no “magic bullet” solution to the spate of fatal helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) crashes over the last two years. Rather, investigation documents, released by the NTSB late last week, reveal a complex mosaic of multi-level human and technology failures behind nine of these crashes in the past two years.
In a letter sent to all pilots and flight attendants last Wednesday, Flight Options vice president of flight operations Bob Tyler announced furloughs that took effect yesterday “due to reduced demand due to the ongoing national recession.” The furloughs affect 63 crewmembers, including “13 Beechjet PICs, 11 Beechjet SICs, 28 Hawker SICs and 11 Citation X SICs,” according to the letter.
Dassault is slowing the planned production ramp-up this year for its Falcon business jets due to the economic downturn. The target production rate of 10 Falcons per month that was to be reached late this year is thus being reviewed. Last year, the rate was close to eight airplanes per month.