At a news conference in Paris in late January, Eurocopter disclosed its results for last year–an all-time high in sales that surpassed the previous record set in 2006. Lutz Bertling, the CEO of the Franco-German-Spanish helicopter manufacturer, also outlined his strategy for expanding the company’s influence in the coming years.
Aviation International News » March 2008
Italy-based manufacturer AgustaWestland held its first Italian Corporate Pilot Conference in January. Almost all of the 50 pilot attendees fly AgustaWestland helicopters, the company said. Operational, regulatory, product and safety matters were among the topics under discussion. An immediate follow-on to the event was the formation of the AgustaWestland Italian Corporate Pilot Club.
Engine maker Turbomeca, project coordinator of the system for mobile maintenance accessible in real time European research program, late in January staged a demonstration of the advantages integrated information systems can offer in maintenance. The $37 million program aims to collect, over long distance and in real time, engine fleet data.
Princely Air Ambulance will be Pakistan’s first privately operated air ambulance company, UK-based Medical Aviation Services (MAS), which has entered a technical support agreement with Princely, announced last month. Medical Aviation Services in December sold a used Eurocopter BO 105 to the new firm. MAS is providing training in the UK on the BO 105 before it is exported.
As these pages went to press, Spanish-based operator Inaer was about to close its acquisition of Italian counterpart Elilario. Inaer operates 136 helicopters for EMS, offshore support, aerial work, surveillance, firefighting, scheduled air transport and executive charter. It has bases in Spain, Chile, Portugal and Italy. It is known under several brands, including Helisureste in Spain and Elidolomiti in Italy.
Boeing has named Ralph Boyce president of Boeing Southeast Asia. Boyce succeeds Douglas Miller, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems vice president and leader of the Boeing Singapore office, and Paul Walters, who led Boeing’s business activities in Southeast Asia. Miller and Walters are retiring. Boyce previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Thailand as a member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service.
For more than 38 years, AIN contributor Jack Elliott, an award-winning journalist and member of the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame, chronicled aviation in New Jersey and beyond through his weekly column in the Sunday Star-Ledger. Now he has compiled a collection of his favorite columns in book form.
Teterboro Airport (TEB) has adopted a training tool developed by Raleigh, N.C.-based Noverant to help pilots prepare for flights into and out of the busy northern New Jersey airport. Noverant’s system distributes and tracks training that is delivered electronically, and the company helped Teterboro Airport distribute materials for its noise-abatement compliance training in electronic format.
Viking Air’s relaunch of the fabled Twin Otter is progressing on schedule, and the first modified airplane incorporating all the planned new features of the production airplane should fly in the fourth quarter. Delivery of the first newly manufactured and recertified Twin Otter to Swiss customer Zimex Aviation is planned for next year’s first quarter.
Last month I participated in a panel discussion about maintenance of the airline fleet. For a long time the airlines have depended on certified repair stations to make repairs they couldn’t tackle because of a lack of facilities or required tooling.