Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.
Aviation International News » February 2006
Norsk Helikopter’s third Sikorsky S-92 entered revenue service last month. The helicopter is under contract to BP Norge and Talisman Energy Norge, flying their employees to and from oil platforms in the North Sea.
Sikorsky has been awarded FAA certification for its S-76C++ variant. Two airframes have already been delivered, the first to PHI (formerly Petroleum Helicopters) and a second to an unidentified private owner. More than 60 S-76C++ helicopters are currently on order.
A UK CAA study says the risk of a helicopter capsizing during a controlled ditching is “considerably higher” than it should be. A report on helicopter ditching and crashworthiness research recommends new tests to establish a reliable computer model of the motion of a helicopter as it is affected by waves and swell.
As the helicopter industry once again prepares to hold its annual roundup in Dallas later this month, it is riding the crest of a wave that includes the highest U.S. rotary-wing production figures in more than a decade.
The experiment in discount-fare, 50-seat RJ flying known as Independence Air (formerly Atlantic Coast Airlines) ended once and for all when the company transported its last passenger on January 5, a year and a half after it severed ties with former mainline partner United Airlines.
Chalk’s Ocean Airways remained grounded at press time as maintenance crews peeled apart the wing skins and inspected the wing structures of its four remaining turboprop Mallard seaplanes in search of cracking or corrosion as ordered by an emergency AD.
Anchorage, Alaska-based regional airline Era Aviation in late December filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after its main source of capital decided to restrict its funding in a dispute over cash-flow targets.
The pilots of Northwest Airlines have threatened to strike if management proceeds with plans to launch a new regional airline as proposed in a newsletter distributed to the company’s 34,000 employees last month. Tentatively named NewCo, the new unit would replace Northwest’s DC-9s with one hundred five 77- to 100-seat jets flying as a Northwest Airlink affiliate.
The province of Western Australia has granted two airlines monopoly rights over air service to some 10 small communities surrounding Perth. The $45 million contract awards Skywest Airlines coastal routes as far north as Exmouth and southeast to Esperane, and gives Skippers Aviation the rights to inland destinations, namely the gold-mining towns of Meekatharra, Wiluna, Leinster, Laverton, Leonora and Mount Magnet.