Two Bond Offshore Helicopters search-and-rescue crewmen, winch operators Paul Walters and Andrew Cowx, have been awarded the 2012 Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy, in recognition of their role in a dramatic North Sea rescue last December. Their Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma was first to reach the rig standby vessel Vos Sailor, which had lost power in darkness and poor sea conditions. Despite an injured foot, Cowx volunteered to remain on the deck of the stricken vessel for an hour. There, he managed the rescue of three remaining members of the ship’s crew.
Aviation International News » April 2013
London-based Andrew Winch Designs has created an interior for super-yacht owners who want their AW189 to have the same “level of detail and entertainment technology” as their ships. The cabin features six full seats enhanced with built-in “whisper-dish” noise-cancellation systems. A glass dividing bulkhead, situated between the cabin and cockpit, displays flight information and entertainment.
CHC maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiary Heli-One has opened a facility in Rzeszow, Poland. Work has begun on Heli-One Poland’s first project: the major overhaul (G-Check), repaint and modification of a CHC AS322L Super Puma. By year-end “a new, customized hangar” will replace the current temporary facility. The company plans to invest “more than $15 million in building costs, purchasing, training and other expenses related to the operation.” Heli-One’s fourth major workshop location, the new site is expected to employ more than 100 people by 2015.
Universal Avionics has completed helicopter vibration testing and approval for its UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit (CMU), expanding the company’s line of products designed for the helicopter market. The UniLink UL-800/801 is an ACARS-compatible CMU that includes digital ATIS, pre-departure clearance, aircraft tracking, messaging, weather information and graphics. The system is also provisioned for the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network, providing a platform for future compliance with emerging datalink requirements.
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Bombardier Aerospace business aircraft operators in Brazil and Mexico will have regional customer briefings in 2013. The Support Team will host operators in Toluca, Mexico (April 16 and 17) and in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 15.
London Gatwick-based Air Partner played a leading role in a major logistics operation when Land Rover chose Marrakech, Morocco, to present its new, fourth-generation Range Rover to some 7,000 dealers from 53 countries. The operation was carried out in conjunction with the UK car manufacturer and marketing agency P&MM.
Air Partner wet-leased two Airbus A319s from Adria Airways of Slovenia to make 126 dedicated charter flights over 60 flying days covering a period between September and mid-December last year. Air Partner has not advertised its involvement until now.
MRO Exchange has launched MROmarketplace.com, an online site that facilitates the procurement of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul projects by maintenance repair organizations and other aircraft service providers.
The site “provides MROs and aircraft owner-operators with an online platform to expedite the RFP/RFQ/RFT process, enabling them more quickly to identify the most suitable worldwide transactional partners for maintenance, repair and overhaul work required on aircraft,” said Vince Mariano, CIO.
Bell Helicopter is growing its own. The Textron subsidiary is using its innovative “boot camp” for college engineering majors to keep its talent pipeline full and to promote aerospace careers.
The offices of startup Surf Air look more like those of a new software developer, with laptop-wielding engineers tapping away on keyboards, whiteboards sprawling with multi-colored to-do lists and, of course, surf boards hanging on a back wall. These are not decorations, according to co-founder Wade Eyerly; employees are welcome to grab a board and haul it to the nearby beach in Santa Monica, Calif., for some relaxing and perhaps inspiring wave-riding action.