An FAA Repair Station certificate has been awarded to Enterprise Jet Center on Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. Loyd Turner, president, said, adding that the repair station was an integral part of the company’s growth strategy.
Aviation International News » August 2005
NTSB member Richard Healing last month announced his retirement from the agency, effective August 1. During his two-year tenure at the Safety Board, Healing actively advocated enhanced aviation safety for helicopters in aeromedical and offshore operations, corporate aviation as well as unmanned aircraft. He also championed human causal factors and aircraft rescue and firefighting.
Carol Carmody left the NTSB in April after nearly five years as a member, two of them as vice chairman. During that time she served twice as the Safety Board’s acting chairman.
Canadian Helicopter (CHC) has won a new five-year contract, and possible extensions, to support Nexen Petroleum UK’s central and northern North Sea operations.
The service, which includes servicing the Buzzard field’s hookup and commissioning, will involve a dedicated Super Puma AS 332L, with additional flight hours by the CHC pool of AS 332Ls. It represents new work for CHC and is scheduled to start next month.
Kaman Aerospace has launched the Firemax, a K-Max medium-lifter equipped with a 700-gallon fixed-tank aerial firefighting rig. Program director Roger Wassmuth said that a U-shaped tank system, designed for quick installation, comes with a hydraulic refill pump that can deliver a 25-second refill time and a dense water column for effective drop patterns.
Heli-Invest of Poland has signed a deal with Eurocopter to carry out light maintenance on the EC 120 and EC 130, and to act as its customer services agent in Poland. Heli-Invest signed a three-year contract with Eurocopter in June to create a base that can offer its customers an OEM-approved “all-inclusive” maintenance package. The company expects to obtain Part 145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency soon.
Bristow Helicopters subsidiary Aviashelf has achieved the first certification of a HUMS (health and usage monitoring system) fitted to a Mil Mi-8, by the Russian Federal Aviation Authority.
The United Nations sprays a synthetic compound on its helicopter landing sites that apparently reduces the threat of “brown-outs” in dusty conditions.
Heli-Dyne Systems has sold a new Bell 206BIII JetRanger to Duke University for use as an environmental observation platform.
Dr. Roni Avissar, chairman of the university’sdepartment of civil and environmental engineering, plans to use the helicopter to study air pollution and climate change.
American Eurocopter’s training center at Grand Prairie, Texas, has won FAA Part 141 approval to offer training on night vision goggles (NVGs). The package provides initial and recurrent training, including lessons in unusual attitude recovery and how to deal with spatial disorientation, during both NVG and night urban flying.