Robinson Helicopter has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ fastest-growing private companies. At a November city reception, Frank Robinson was given an award to mark his company’s year-on-year increase in 2004 and 2005. Robinson rated the highest among other private businesses.
Aviation International News » January 2006
Chevron has awarded a five-year contract to Bristow Helicopters for services in the North Sea and West of Shetland.
The contract is for an initial five-year term starting this month with extension options. It involves the use of a new Eurocopter EC 225, with further provision from Bristow’s pool of AS 332L Tigers (Super Pumas).
Aviation Industries of China (AVIC II) and Eurocopter have agreed to the joint development of a new six-ton twin-engine helicopter–the EC 175–to fill the niche between the AS 365 Dauphin (Dolphin) and the Super Puma. A five-year development phase is expected to start soon. The new civil type is expected to make its first flight in 2009, with European and Chinese certification (and production) set for 2011.
The Republic of Georgia’s “Airclub of Georgia” has taken delivery of a searchlight-equipped Enstrom 280FX for police surveillance missions. The police force wants to broaden its airborne presence and may acquire a whole fleet of Enstroms to serve throughout the southeastern European country.
Enstrom has also received an order for a 480B turbine helicopter from Slovenia, for use as a private business aircraft.
After several years of precarious business relations, MD Helicopters (MDHI) has reached a multi-year agreement with Kaman Aerospace for the Connecticut company to once more provide components for its production lines. Kaman will now supply rotor blades, pitch cases and flex beams for the MD 902 and other types.
Air Canada became the first North American airline to take delivery of two different models of Embraer’s new E-Jet series, when on December 12 its first 93-seat Embraer 190 arrived at its Montreal base. By then the airline had already taken delivery of 13 of 15 Embraer 175s, the last of which it expects this month. All told, it has placed firm orders for 60 E-Jets, including 45 Embraer 190s.
Sukhoi would have loved to announce an RRJ launch order from Aeroflot last month out from under the shadow of intrigue that seems to hang over every Russian aerospace project. But as so often happens in Russia, internal conflicts have a way of rising to the surface at the most inopportune moments.
Lufthansa signed a firm order last month for 12 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets. Once it accepts delivery, the German flag carrier plans to use the airplanes to replace 50-seat CRJ200s flown by Lufthansa CityLine. However, Lufthansa’s pilot union has yet to agree to a new scope clause that would allow the 86-seat jets within the CityLine fleet.
A 48-seat Embraer ERJ 145 leased by Turkey’s Fly Air on December 9 opened twice-weekly scheduled service to Erbil, the administrative capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Fly Air became the first Turkish carrier to fly regular service into Kurdistan, long at odds with Ankara over its treatment of the Kurdish minority in Turkey.