British authorities are expected to decide by mid-February how and when to apply new operating rules to business aircraft registered in the UK’s overseas territories. These new rules will likely be based on the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) drawn up and administered by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).
Aviation International News » November 2006
Industry lobbying group the Union Française de l’Hélicoptère (UFH) is stepping up its efforts to improve public acceptance of helicopter operations in France.
The FAA is about to change helicopter certification rules to align them with the current performance levels of the aircraft they regulate. The rules, in effect, are catching up with the improved capabilities of modern rotorcraft.
The agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) last August, and the comment period was to end on October 23.
Bell Helicopter recently issued new information letters expressing concern about BLR Aerospace tailboom strakes. Bell issued a similar letter in 1995 when BLR obtained certification for use of tailboom strakes on Bell’s line of medium helicopters.
The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. impact) has ordered a single-turbine Enstrom 480B Guardian. The helicopter, which will be based in Pasadena, is expected to be delivered next month.
Bristow Group last month announced that it had received an extension of an existing contract with Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC) in the North Sea for helicopter transportation services to offshore facilities east and west of the Shetland Islands. In response, the company has exercised options for four more Sikorsky S-92s.
AgustaWestland recently announced several orders from African countries and Switzerland. The Nigerian government has signed a contract for four AW139s configured for search-and-rescue missions. Separately, the South African National Port Authority has selected the A109 Power for its harbor pilot shuttle in Richards Bay. In addition, a South African entrepreneur ordered a Grand.
Sky Connect has obtained STCs for its equipment on the Bell 206 (B and L-1/3/4) and Sikorsky S-76 (A through C). The STCs include Sky Connect’s newest control head, called the mission-management unit. It provides flight crews with two-way text messaging and unlimited phone calls.
China is expected to require 2,763 civil helicopters of all types in the next 20 years, Zhang Hongbiao, general manager of AVIC II, said recently. Zhang also said that his company would take about 15 years to grapple with the core technologies in helicopter design and production. He wants to make China one of the world’s top helicopter producers by 2020.
Pratt & Whitney Canada on October 18 successfully completed the first run of its 1,000-shp-class PW210 turboshaft. According to the manufacturer, the engine met all of the engineers’ performance expectations. The first application for the new engine (in PW210S form) will be the Sikorsky S-76D.