The helicopter division of Kaman Aerospace (Booth No. 2447) announced that it is offering a second water tank option for K-Max helicopter operators. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company will continue to offer the Kawak Aviation Technologies 700-gallon fixed-tank system, but operators can now also opt for an FAA-certified fixed-tank system from Isolair Helicopter Systems.
HAI Convention News » February 25, 2008
Texas Aviation Services, a helicopter completions specialist with a 140,000-sq-ft facility in Fort Worth, Texas, said it has completed and delivered an executive Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri to a private customer.
The FAA last month approved GPS wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) LPV instrument approach criteria for helicopters, opening the floodgates for the new lateral precision/vertical guidance procedures at heliports and landing pads across the country.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has awarded a competitive bid for completion of six Eurocopters to Metro Aviation, working from a new main facility near the Shreveport Downtown Airport in Louisiana. Metro Aviation, in its first work for the state of Texas, beginning this month will complete five “green” AS 350B2s and one new EC 145.
UK-based helicopter charter specialist PremiAir has added another Eurocopter EC 155 to its fleet, bringing its total to 17 executive helicopters under management, including Sikorsky S-76s, Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrels and a Bell 222. In addition, the company is in the midst of a major redevelopment of its heliport at Battersea, London’s only such CAA-licensed public facility.
Sky Connect at Booth No. 1935 is showcasing its Iridium-based satellite communication capabilities while highlighting its expansion into the marine, land-mobile and indoor markets. Based in part on its success penetrating the rotorcraft market, the company has hired Joel Goron, former Cygnus Business Media publisher and sales director, to oversee expansion of Sky Connect’s distribution network into non-aviation markets.
Air Methods (Booth No. 1043) has delivered to Mayo Medical Transport of Rochester, Minn., a “comprehensively equipped” EC 145 EMS helicopter, the first of that model completed for an operator other than Air Methods’ own aeromedical transport divisions. The new EC 145 is the first of two for the Mayo Clinic. The air medical interior by Denver-based Air Methods can accommodate two critical care patients and three medical attendants.
Airwolf Aerospace has been issued an FAA STC for its permanent fix for main rotor blade delamination on the Robinson R22 and R44, an issue covered by Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-12. According to the AD, the blade skins begin to debond at the skin-to-spar bond line near the blade tip, and can separate when the bond line is exposed due to excessive erosion of the blade finish or when corrosion occurs on the internal aluminum tip cap.
AgustaWestland announced an order from the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of China for two AW109 Powers, with an option for another two expected to be exercised next year. The MSA is responsible for patrolling all of China’s inland and coastal waterways. The light twin-turbine helicopters will be dedicated to controlling and fighting water pollution. They will operate aboard the MSA ships in the Guangdong province in southern China.
Despite delays that have slowed progress on the Bell/Agusta BA609, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi insisted the program remains on track for certification and first customer deliveries in 2011.