The Department of Homeland Security has awarded American Eurocopter a contract to supply no fewer than 56 EC 120s to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. The value of the award, over the five-year term of the contract, is potentially $75 million.
Aviation International News » November 2004
With more exhibitor space reserved at this stage than ever before, the 11th biennial Helitech, due to take place at England’s historic Imperial War Museum in Duxford next September 27 to 29, could soon be a sellout.
London’s docklands area, located east of the capital, has a new helipad– just 15 minutes from the Excel exhibition center and London City Airport (which bans rotorcraft) and 20 minutes from the Canary Wharf business district.
After several last-minute delays, Sikorsky delivered the first production S-92 to Petroleum Helicopters, which will use it for offshore service over the Gulf of Mexico. A second was due to be dispatched at press time and further arrivals are scheduled before year-end. Sikorsky plans to deliver an additional 18 aircraft next year. Including options, Sikorsky has orders for 60 S-92s.
After 30 years of operation, German Air Rescue DRF (Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht) has logged its 300,000th air rescue mission.
A BK 117 stationed at Stuttgart Airport flew the milestone mission. The crew transported a six-month-old who was born prematurely from a hospital in Göppingen to a children’s hospital in Munich, a trip of 40 minutes.
Engine maker General Electric may have inadvertently exposed the identity of the Embraer 190 program’s second customer when it told an audience gathered at an ERA press conference that Panama’s Copa Airlines will acquire at least twenty 18,500-pound-thrust CF34-10Es–variants specifically developed to power the 98-seat regional jet.
Antonov plans to fly the first An-148 regional jet this month, marking the culmination of three years of preparation and the dawn of a new era in Ukrainian civil aviation.
Franco-Italian aircraft maker ATR and engine supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) have begun studies on higher-weight applications of the 48-seat ATR 42-500 and 68-seat ATR 72-500 turboprops.
A steady rise in traffic and load factors might seem like good news for the airline delegates gathered at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Vienna from September 29 to October 1. But as airlines turn to “fierce cost cutting” to attract passengers, reality muted any calls for celebration during the three-day event.
At face value, the big orders from Air Canada in late September for Bombardier and Embraer jets augur well for the Western hemisphere’s last two regional jet builders. The orders added significantly to the companies’ delivery backlogs. Embraer received a firm order for 45 of its 98-seat 190s and Bombardier logged a contract for 15 CRJ200s and 15 CRJ700 Series 705s.