Heavy Lift Helicopters is close to finalizing the design of the tank system for its ex-U.S. Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion conversion. However, the U.S. Navy has withdrawn from an agreement to supply up to six airframes that would have provided components to keep the two “Fire Stallions” operational.
Aviation International News » October 2005
Brazilian executive aviation company TAM (Táxi Aéreo Marília) has selected Helipark as its authorized maintenance provider for Bells. Bell currently has about 30 percent of the non-military helicopter market in Brazil, with 216 of the nation’s 786 helicopters.
Airlift Northwest, based in Seattle, has taken delivery of two A109 Power EMS helicopters, with four Agusta Grands to follow.
Airlift Northwest provides medical transport to one of the largest and most geographically varied service areas in the world, from coastal and island communities in western Washington to high desert communities in the east.
Helicopteros del Sureste (HSE) has ordered a cueSim Bell 412 flight training device (FTD). The contract with UK manufacturer cueSim includes a comprehensive spares and support package.
The HSE FTD, which is to be qualified to JAR-STD 2H Level 3, the highest standard of type-specific training device, will be housed in a purpose-built installation at HSE’s headquarters in Alicante.
A new landing-aid sensor under development in Australia may enable helicopters to land in conditions that cannot currently be attempted.
Bell Helicopter has selected Chelton Flight Systems to provide a synthetic-vision EFIS cockpit for the 407 program. The contract has a potential value of more than $100 million.
Bell claims to be the first OEM to offer synthetic vision for all its light and medium single-engine models. Plans call for Chelton equipment to become the “preferred” system offered for the 206B JetRanger, 206L LongRanger and the new 210.
Although the desperate situation in New Orleans has garnered most of the media attention, Hurricane Katrina cut a swath of destruction far to the north of the Gulf Coast.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has appealed to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to further collaborate with the industry to improve communications and weather information for flight operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
The TV news might have focused on the contributions of military rotary-wing aircraft– notably hoist-fitted UH-60 Black Hawks from the National Guard and Jayhawks from the U.S. Coast Guard–in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but commercial helicopters also played an influential and in many cases heroic role in the unfolding drama.
Rockwell Collins avionics upgrades are now available for Citation 501s, including the Williams International FJ44-powered Eagle II Citation 501s. Garrett Piedmont Hawthorne has completed supplemental type certification for the optional three-LCD system, and an STC is in the works for the standard two-display system.