Russian Helicopters delivered 303 civil and military rotorcraft last year, a slight increase on the previous year’s 290. The backlog, as of December 11, stood at 772 helicopters worth RUB370 billion ($11 billion). The order book is full for this year, 73 percent for next year and 25 percent for 2016. The company has undertaken a modernization project, installing “more than 800 new pieces of machinery” in its factories last year. Output per employee increased by 12.4 percent, to RUB3.4 million ($100,000).
Aviation International News » February 2014
The Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association has chosen operator Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. The contract took effect January 1 and has a minimum duration of six months. NHV will operate from Den Helder Airport with two Airbus Helicopters AS365N Dauphins. The supplemental availability of AS365Ns from the Botlek area means that in emergencies at least three helicopters can be operational simultaneously, providing the capacity to rescue crews operating in the Dutch continental shelf area.
Inaer Spain has won the tender issued by the Emergency Medical Service of Madrid for a four-year air ambulance contract with an option for a two-year extension. For the service, Inaer will operate an AgustaWestland AW109 and a Bell 412EP. It will provide four pilots, four copilots and four technicians. Both the crews and the helicopters will be based at Las Rozas and Lozoyuela heliports.
In response to an RFP issued last year, the city council of Livermore, Calif., has signed an agreement with Hayward, Calif.-based Five Rivers Aviation to establish a new FBO at the San Francisco airport and take over fueling operations from the municipality. The proposed plan calls initially for a 25,000-sq-ft facility that would include the terminal and hangar space for transient aircraft, as well as for tenant businesses such as aircraft maintenance (which is not currently available). Two subsequent construction phases would each add another 25,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Bell Helicopter announced last month that it has reached a deal with Air Medical Group Holdings, the parent of helicopter EMS company Air Evac EMS, for 20 new Bell 206L-4 singles to be delivered between this year and 2017. The helicopters will be used to refresh and expand the fleet, according to Air Evac president Seth Myers. Air Evac’s Lifeteam currently operates more than 130 Bell 206 LongRangers and is the second-largest helicopter EMS provider in the U.S., behind Air Methods, with 115 bases in 15 states.
Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Bizjet International is expanding its FBO services at Tulsa International Airport with the refurbishment of one of its hangars into a new terminal. Expected to open this month, the relocated FBO in Hangar 29 on the north side of the airport will have more than 33,000 sq ft of heated aircraft storage space along with a 2,500-sq-ft terminal that will include a passenger lounge, onsite car rental, pilot lounge, kitchen, a large A/V-equipped conference room, snooze rooms, showers and crew courtesy cars.
W Aviation, already operating at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) since last fall from the former Execuport facility, expects to break ground this spring on a new FBO. Its current, temporary facility recently underwent a $250,000 refurbishment and is base for 16 turbine aircraft ranging from the first G650 in southern Florida to a King Air 90, as well as the 12-jet fleet of sister charter provider Windsor Jet. The company has acquired an additional seven acres of airport land to combine with its existing three-acre leasehold.
Avjet expects to break ground this month on a new FBO at Seoul Gimpo International Airport. According to the company, plans for the facility call for enough hangar space to accommodate four BBJ-sized aircraft, along with four large-cabin business jets such as the Bombardier Global. The project is a partnership between the California-based aviation services provider and Korea Airport Corp. Avjet Asia was awarded a 10-year contract to manage the facility, which is expected to be completed in October next year.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency can now process non-U.S. citizen general aviation flight arrivals at New York’s Long Island MacArthur Airport. Arrivals are processed through the agency’s newly renovated facility at the airport’s main terminal between Gates B14 and B15. In operation from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. seven days a week, the facility can clear a combined maximum of 20 passengers and crew per general aviation flight.
Volo Aviation has been awarded the contract to manage the FBO at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield, a joint public- and military-use airport located within Fort Stewart, 35 miles from Savannah. In 2007, several local agencies partnered to build a 13,825-sq-ft terminal to house both the military and civilian operations at the airport.
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