Residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y., are flooding officials with noise complaints in the days since helicopter tour flights relocated to the South Street Seaport heliport after they were banned from the West Side Heliport effective April 1. South Street is owned by New York’s Economic Development Corporation.
Aviation International News » May 2010
India has introduced dedicated visual flight route (VFR) corridors for helicopters at the Delhi and Mumbai airports to enhance capacity and efficiency of rotorcraft operations. Helicopter operators, which have been delayed by congestion at the nation’s large airports, have been demanding this change for some time.
Eurocopter recently announced the success of the flights it conducted in November with an EC145 light twin to test Galileo satellite navigation. Galileo, Europe’s GPS counterpart, is expected to offer higher reliability than current augmented GPS. But
the helicopter manufacturer does not expect the tested applications to be operational until 2015.
Business aircraft manufacturers Gulfstream, Dassault, Hawker Beechcraft and Cessna will be exhibiting at the new Asian Business Aviation (ABA) show, to be held at the Macau Business Aviation Centre (MBAC) from June 9 to 11. The event at Macau International Airport will co-locate chalets and exhibit stands, as well as a static display of aircraft.
Robinson Helicopter is expected to announce factory-authorized dealers for the new turbine R66 this month. Robinson vice president Kurt Robinson said he does not expect all dealers of the company’s existing piston-engine R22 and R44 helicopters to become R66 dealers, in part due to a new Robinson-mandated requirement that R66 dealers hold a valid FAA Part 145 repair station certificate.
China is expected to modify its low-altitude airspace restrictions over the
next few years, a move that could trigger demand for more than 1,000 new civil helicopters there over the next two decades. Part of its strategy for meeting that demand appears to be leveraging current and future relations with established Western helicopter manufacturers to build its own helicopter industry.
The anticipated escalation in civil aviation night-vision-goggle (NVG) use might still be several years away as end-users await financing, according to industry experts, as opposed to waiting for continuing refinement of the Federal Aviation Regulations regarding standards for their use.
MD Helicopters is expected to begin offering a glass cockpit for new MD500 series beginning next month. United Rotorcraft Solutions is finishing flight testing on the STC it is developing for MD. United president David Brigham said the STC will also be offered as a retrofit for existing 500s through MD’s repair station in Mesa and through his company. He estimates installation time to be two to three weeks.
A self-described “brotherhood” of three small but interrelated companies has moved in to shore up maintenance, modification, support, overhaul and parts availability for the approximately 450 MD500 series helicopters in the U.S. and abroad flown by its clients.
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is challenging legislators and politicians to cooperate more with carriers when formulating regulations rather than “continue persecuting” operators and risk reducing global competitiveness.