Helicopter operators and manufacturers are seeing offshore wind turbine maintenance as the next growth opportunity, as wind farms are developing quickly around Northern Europe countries.
Aviation International News » November 2011
Much of the discussion of the United Technologies (UTC) planned $18.4 billion acquisition of Goodrich has focused on the companies’ combined content on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and future prospects in the airliner industry.
Equipment manufacturer Sagem, which is developing the fly-by-wire (FBW) controls that will be installed on the Eurocopter X4 medium twin, is pledging they will improve safety, reduce pilot workload and enhance flying precision.
The British Isles, Eurocopter’s first market for civil helicopters, presents significant opportunity for the helicopter manufacturer, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke.
StarPort, an Orlando Sanford International Airport FBO known for its avionics capability, has teamed with Rotortech Services. Under the terms of the agreement, StarPort will establish an avionics repair and installation shop at Rotortech Services’s helicopter service center at Palm Beach International Airport.
Sikorsky is to cut 540 jobs–about 3 percent of its global workforce–in the U.S. and Poland, the company said late in September, citing as the reasons, “U.S. and international economies and their impact on customers.”
At Helitech 2011, two French companies, Hélicoptères Guimbal and Heli Air Design, exhibited light two-seaters they claim bring new technology to a market dominated by the Robinson R22.
Dodson International recently acquired the only Falcon 900 in the world currently being dismantled for parts and spares.” This aircraft was the one that Dassault used for its 900EX EASy brochure. She was a beauty until she got crushed at Dulles during the snowstorm.
During the China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin, Turbomeca announced its Arriel 2B1A engine is to power the Avicopter AC311.
Offshore oil and gas operator CHC Helicopter has ordered 20 Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma medium twins and taken options on four more, with deliveries scheduled for 2012 to 2016.