As Sikorsky prepares to deliver its 100th medium-lift, twin-engine S-92A, the role main rotor vibration and other past problems with the helicopter’s main rotor gearbox (MGB) played in the fatal crash of a Cougar Helicopters S-92 off Newfoundland on March 12 remains under study by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
Aviation International News » May 2009
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, AgustaWestland’s distributor for the AW139 medium twin in Japan, plans to deliver the first of two AW139s to All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) in the middle of the year. ANH will conduct electronic newsgathering missions for Nippon Housou Kyoukai, Japan’s national broadcasting corporation.
Eurocopter last month announced the acquisition of 80 percent of the shares in Japan-based distributor Euroheli, bringing the helicopter manufacturer’s stake to 90 percent. The organization has subsequently been merged with subsidiary Eurocopter Japan. Itochu, the former majority shareholder, keeps 10 percent of the company’s shares. Stéphane Ginoux, CEO of Eurocopter Japan, retains that position at Euroheli.
American Eurocopter has signed the first long-term commercial customer for the full-motion EC 135/EC 145 training device at its Grand Prairie, Texas campus. Stat MedEvac will use the simulator to train EC 135 and EC 145 air medical service crews operating in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Army began using the simulator last December to train crews for the UH-72A Lakota, an EC 145 variant.
What was initially feared to be a widespread problem that temporarily grounded 2,800 Bell 206s, 407s and 427s on March 12 now appears to be confined to about 100 newer-production helicopters. The Emergency AD (2009-07-51) was quickly modified to apply only to helicopters with fewer than 50 hours in service or those that have cyclic control lever assemblies that have less than 50 hours time in service. The
All 16 people aboard a Eurocopter AS 332L2 Super Puma operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters died when the medium twin hit the surface of the North Sea on April 1, after what the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) called a catastrophic failure of the main gearbox.
American Capital today sold its entire stake in Vero Beach, Fla.-based Piper Aircraft to Imprimis, a corporate finance and investment management firm that operates from offices in Bangkok, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. The new owners have pledged to keep Piper’s headquarters, production and product development facilities in Vero Beach.
Despite some stiff economic headwinds, avionics manufacturers attending last month’s Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Convention in Grapevine, Texas, showed their resilience by introducing more than 30 new products for the cockpit
Satcom Direct last month became a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service, giving the Melbourne, Fla. satcom data reseller access to live troubleshooting and diagnostic information. The designation will help Satcom Direct engineers alleviate congestion and other network issues for business jet customers flying anywhere in the world.
Avidyne used last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., to announce FAA certification of the Entegra Release 9 avionics system. Avidyne said TSO approval for the Entegra Release 9 suite opens the door for retrofits of the cockpit into existing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.