Aviaxess, a company that has been offering helicopter and business jet charter since early 2002, is trying to create a market for FBO-type services at Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux Heliport. The firm focuses on selling 25-hour blocks of charter that can be used in a number of European locations, either on helicopters or business airplanes. Aviaxess is also a sales representative for Bombardier’s Flexjet fractional ownership program.
Aviation International News » November 2004
Turbomeca’s subsidiary CGTM, known primarily as the engine manufacturer’s flight-test center, plans to offer a new air filter for the Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil. Developed jointly with filtration specialist Pall Aerospace, the air filter should be certified by early next year. Pau, southwest-France-based CGTM plans to certify the new air filter even for inadvertent flight into icing conditions.
Swiss start-up company Helips is striving to raise funds that would allow full program launch for a family of three- to five-seat, diesel-powered helicopters.
Erickson Air-Crane is giving its star heavy lifter, the S-64 Aircrane, a makeover. The company is gradually retrofitting the 19 aircraft in its fleet with new-generation cockpit displays, attitude/heading reference systems (AHRS) and three-axis autopilots.
Swiss-based simulation specialist Elite is now offering a helicopter flight-training device (FTD). Elite exhibited the S623, based on the Eurocopter AS 350, for the first time at the Heli Trade show in Geneva.
The first edition of the International Heli Trade helicopter show in Geneva last month seems to have met exhibitors’ expectations. Visitors and organizers alike, however, may have been disappointed by the absence of such major manufacturers as Robinson and Eurocopter. But the conference program was rich and, from the first roundtable, it proved a good opportunity for operators to express their needs and concerns.
As AIN was going to press, the first of four S-64 Aircranes arrived in Italy (see 'Vintage heavy lifter gets new-generation avionics'). It was due to make its inaugural flight on October 15.
Bell/Agusta has delivered a second AB139 to the government of Namibia. The aircraft will fly on utility, emergency medical service and transportation missions as part of the country’s Government Air Transportation Services. Additional deliveries are expected by year-end. The company currently has orders for about 80 aircraft.
Washington MedStar is to equip its fleet of EC 135s and a BK 117 with the Sky Connect Tracker system, which will allow its operations center to monitor the location and status of its fleet anywhere, continuously and under virtually any conditions.
The maiden flight of the US101 took place at Westland’s plant at Yeovil, England, last month. The configuration was the same as that proposed by Team US101 for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement (VXX) program.