Esperia Aviation Services, based at Rome Urbe downtown airport, has ordered one AgustaWestland AW109E Grand. Configured with six seats in the cabin, the helicopter will be used for executive passenger transport. Last year, AgustaWestland and Esperia signed an agreement to establish “the first helicopter hub in Italy” at Rome Urbe. AgustaWestland is also building a maintenance center there. Meanwhile,
Aviation International News » June 2009
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has opened a regional parts facility with Times Aerospace Korea (TAK) at the Gimpo Aerospace Complex in Gimpo City, Gyongg-Do, Republic of Korea. The facility will stock parts for Sikorsky helicopters and may also stock fixed-wing aircraft parts for customers of Derco Aerospace, a SAS company. TAK is an authorized Sikorsky S-76 service center and owns and operates Sikorsky S-92s and S-61s.
Rega, the Swiss not-for-profit air rescue organization, last year for the first time surpassed 10,000 annual helicopter missions, at 10,425. This equates
to an average of 29 missions per day. The 4.8-percent increase was attributed to good weather, which favored outdoor leisure activities in Switzerland last year, according to Rega. The organization was funded by 2.14 million donors in 2008.
Columbia Helicopters has dispatched one of its Boeing 234 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to assist with wildfire suppression. The helicopter is based in Cancun on a 30-day contract in partnership with Vertical Aviation of San Antonio and Scala Helicopters in Mexico City. It is Columbia’s first firefighting assignment in Mexico.
Sikorsky Global Helicopters has delivered six more S-300CBi trainers to Bristow Academy’s existing fleet of 48 of the models. The helicopters will operate at Bristow’s locations in California, Florida and Louisiana. Bristow has been operating S-300CB-series helicopters since 1995 and has more than 100 in service.
Despite plummeting revenues and profits at parent company Textron, Bell Helicopter posted significantly improved first-quarter results compared with the same period last year. Revenue increased from $574 million to $742 million and pre-tax profits soared from $16 million to $69 million.
So here’s a pop quiz (true or false) for all you aviation enthusiasts:
1. All employees in safety-sensitive positions at U.S. airlines must be drug and alcohol tested.
2. These same employees need 10-year background checks before being hired.
3. Mechanics are considered as occupying safety-sensitive positions.
While the FAA develops new rules to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), the ranking Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee and its aviation subcommittee called for congressional action.
It might surprise some to hear this, but the state of the economy was not on the minds of everyone at last month’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).
EADS, mas to create regional MRO MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System (MAS), and EADS SECA, a Pratt & Whitney-designated aircraft engine repair and overhaul unit of the EADS Group, plan to establish a joint venture company just outside Kuala Lumpur to support and maintain regional airplanes powered by PW100-series turboprops, the companies announced last month.