Dean Borgman, president of Sikorsky Aircraft since 1998, has been appointed chairman of the company. Named to succeed him as president is Stephen Finger, who previously served as president of Pratt & Whitney’s military engines business. Both appointments took effect last month.
Aviation International News » August 2003
Thanks to the many miracles of modern optics, modern aerial surveillance crews can zoom in their lenses from improbable distances and get razor-sharp images. But those images do little additional good if they can’t be downloaded to ground-based controllers. For that you need to begin with a good, solid sensor mount.
Just a few years ago Eurocopter scored a major coup at an HAI Heli-Expo show, amazing the crowds by introducing a new helicopter as a completely certified aircraft instead of a promise-laden prototype encumbered with the usual waits for first flight, inflated claims of launch customers and delays in FAA approval. Instead, Eurocopter presented its EC 130 as a done deal.
The light at the end of the tunnel is not a train bearing down on MD Helicopters Inc., said chairman and CEO Henk Schaeken. Rather, it illuminates a return to profitability for the Mesa, Ariz. helicopter manufacturer. Problems with three major programs put strains on operations and finances last year.
“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”–Sir Winston Churchill, radio speech, 1939.
Eurocopter now hopes to obtain certification for its EC 225 by early next year instead of in the third quarter of this year, as previously stated. According to the Franco-German helicopter manufacturer, the civil EC 225 is planned to be certified before qualification of its military sister, the EC 725, both of which are upgraded variants of the AS 332L2 Super Puma.
PMA parts maker Extex is finding current business so good it has embarked on an ambitious new expansion program. Newly appointed personnel include a broader marketing team anchored by industry veteran Dave Daniels from Honeywell, where he held key positions in marketing and product support. As vice president of sales and marketing, Daniels also joins division newcomers Claudia Becker, Dwayne Brittingham and Mike McNabb.
Keystone Helicopter’s engine services division announced that it won Rolls-Royce’s program investment award. This award recognizes Keystone for making the largest investment to improve its contribution to the Model 250 program. Speaking at the awards event, Steve Townes, CEO of Keystone Helicopter and founder of parent company Ranger Aerospace, said, “We are very proud to receive this award.
It’s a story right out of the Wild West. A helicopter delivering cash to the Kendal power station near Ogies in South Africa in June was robbed of one million South African rand (roughly $130,000) in a Western-style shootout, according to police. In a statement filed by local law-enforcement officials, a helicopter landed at the power station to deliver seven bags of cash.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. has announced that Aeronautical Accessories, an affiliate of Bell Helicopter Textron, has obtained an STC allowing installation of Safe Flight’s Exceedence Warning System for the Bell 206B JetRanger. Safe Flight’s Exceedence Warning System continually monitors torque and exhaust gas temperature and provides pilots with a tactile annunciation when limits are being reached or exceeded.