Aviation International News » December 2004

February 6, 2007 - 5:47am

A Danish flight-test engineer has developed a camera nose mount for the EC 120 that, he says, is stronger and lighter than the only current alternative. It can also pan 135 degrees to either side of the nose without obstructing the shot with the skids.
Morten Bang, whose day job is with the Royal Danish Air Force Air Material Command at Zeeland, north of Copenhagen, said that Eurocopter approved his device earlier this year.

February 6, 2007 - 5:42am

Development of AgustaWestland’s new A109S Grand is on schedule, with two test aircraft already achieving their performance targets, according to the Italian manufacturer. AgustaWestland has received deposits for more than 20 copies of the growth version of the A109 Power, with certification and first deliveries scheduled for the second half of next year.

February 6, 2007 - 5:39am

Eurocopter wasn’t the only OEM to strike it rich with a multiple-ship order from the U.S. government. Bell also picked up a deal for between 25 and thirty 430s, which will meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s requirements for medium twin-turbine helicopters. The helicopters will be built at Bell Canada in Montreal and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2006.

February 6, 2007 - 5:36am

The city of Hamburg, Germany, has accepted two new EC 135s for police duties. Christened Libelle (Dragonfly) One and Two, the Eurocopter twins replace older BO 105s.

The deliveries coincide with the 40th anniversary of the police air unit, which is based at the Lufthansa Repair Center in Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel. Missions cover northeast Lower Saxony, the western part of Mecklenburg-Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein.

February 6, 2007 - 5:33am

Chinese operator COHC has ordered two Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Pumas, with an option to acquire one EC 225 and an EC 155 B1. The order is worth $24.3 million (E24.7 million).

February 6, 2007 - 5:31am

American Eurocopter opened its manufacturing, assembly and customization plant in Columbus, Miss., in October. The 85,500-sq-ft plant at Golden Triangle Regional Airport will employ a staff of 100 including technicians, manufacturing and support personnel.

February 6, 2007 - 5:26am

Embraer has signed a five-year distribution and logistics agreement with Sydney-based Hawker Pacific covering the supply of EMB-110 Bandeirante and EMB-120 Brasilia spare parts in Australia and the Pacific Rim.

February 6, 2007 - 5:22am

Raytheon Airline Aviation Services and Pratt & Whitney Canada have announced the availability of a 9,000-hour overhaul interval for the PT6A-67D engines installed on the Beechcraft 1900D. Most 1900s must undergo overhauls at between 6,000 and 8,000 hours.

February 6, 2007 - 5:18am

For those in the U.S. who fail to appreciate fully how the rest of the world has suffered from the effects of 9/11, consider this: since that infamous day no fewer than 18 air transport operators have disappeared in France alone. So how can a small airline born during this volatile period survive? Twin Jet, based in Aix-en-Provence, France, thinks it has found the answer.

February 6, 2007 - 5:13am

The technical board composed of Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, Boeing and associate member Snecma officially launched the Russian Regional Jet program last month following the completion of a full review of the project’s fourth development phase. The decision arose from meetings between Sukhoi and Boeing executives, who discussed details related to marketing and sales, design and development, production, certification and customer support issues.