By the end of this month the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) is expected to finish letting three to five contracts valued at $3 to $4 million aimed at kick-starting the next generation of military helicopter, the Joint Multi-Role(JMR), that would be used by all branches of the armed forces.
Aviation International News » June 2011
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general aviation manager Brian Delauter, a former airline pilot with impeccable general aviation credentials, resigned last month after less than two years in the post to return to the private sector.
Offshore helicopter services company Bristow announced increased earnings and revenues for its fiscal year ended March 31 of $121.3 million and $1.233 billion, respectively. The company reported that revenue increased across all primary business units
“Fiscal 2011 turned out to be a strong year, distinguished by record revenue, operating income and net income,” said CEO Bill Chiles.
Geisinger Medical’s recent delivery of its fourth EC145 is part of an overall fleet replenishment program for the Pennsylvania-based helicopter EMS provider, which operates as Geisinger Life Flight. Geisinger has been operating Eurocopters since 1983 and was the first customer for a hospital-based BK117. Air Methods is completing the medical interior for the helicopter, which is to be based in Danville, Pa.
SkyBook’s electronic maintenance and flight records system is now available for both the Russian Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters.
FlightSafety’s new Vital X simulation’s enhanced visual scenes include moving models, 3-D sea states, environmental conditions, time of day, weather effects and an oil rig “complete with lighting and articulation of the model and sea-state animations designed to enhance training realism.”
A pair of Columbia Vertol II tandem-rotor helicopters have been fighting record Texas wildfires at Alpine, Sonora and Brownwood. One aircraft joined the firefighting efforts on March 3 and a second was called in April 22. The Texas wildfires have consumed more than 1.4 million acres since January, with related smoke reaching major metropolitan areas.
Groups as diverse as the three largest general aviation organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are calling on Congress to maintain the current FAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program in pending FAA reauthorization legislation.
Talco Aviation and DRB Aviation have formed a “strategic partnership” that will provide a broad range of completions and refurbishment project supervisory and management services.
In cooperation with DRB Aviation Consultants, Talco will cater to owners and operators of single- and twin-aisle Boeing and Airbus aircraft being converted to executive/VIP use.
Innotech Aviation has awarded California-based wireless technology specialist Esoteric of Irvine, Calif. an order for 35 ship sets of its SkyPad wireless in-flight entertainment system for Bombardier and Cessna business jets.
According to Innotech, SkyPad is the industry’s first wireless in-flight entertainment and cabin control system integrated with the iPad and Innotech’s I-Ku system through Ku-band Internet.