Curtiss-Wright (Booth No. 1855) of Parsippany, N.J., announced yesterday at Heli-Expo 2011 that it has received a contract from Sikorsky Aircraft to develop and supply blade-fold distributor units and digital air-data computers for the OEM’s CH-53K Super Stallion, a heavy-lift redesign and upgrade of the CH-53E for the U.S. Marine Corps.
HAI Convention News » 2011
StandardAero marked the launch of its 100th anniversary year here with the donation of $1,750 to Denver-based non-profit Copters for a Cause. In a brief ceremony at the StandardAero booth (No. 1928) yesterday, v-p of helicopter programs Tom Roche (left) made the presentation to Copters for a Cause founder and chairman Cayce Batterson.
Bell Helicopter gave expectations a boost on the opening day of Heli-Expo 2011 by bagging 13 orders from five customers, followed by an additional 10 orders on day two of the show. “These orders signify the continuing involvement of the helicopter industry and the relevance of [Heli-Expo] as a venue to conduct commercial helicopter business,” said Larry Roberts, Bell senior v-p of commercial business.
Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) has announced development of new composite main- and tailrotor blades for the MD369, 500 and 600 helicopter series.
As we zip over I-4 at 500 feet agl, Bell Helicopter test pilot Randall Parent discusses the helicopter terrain alerting and warning system (HTaws) and helicopter traffic collision avoidance systems (HTcas), which are part of the new Garmin G1000H panel inside the Bell 407GX. “For a helicopter pilot, these are the kinds of things that are going to keep you alive,” Parent tells me.
Buoyed by steady and solid U.S. government and international work, Sikorsky is demonstrating strong hover performance in challenging economic conditions, and president Jeff Pino’s press conference yesterday morning was one of the more information-rich sessions here at Heli-Expo.
Sikorsky president Jeff Pino, himself the owner of an Eclipse 500, continues to decline to reveal how much Sikorsky paid when it invested in Eclipse Aerospace last year. On the prospects for restarting production of the small twinjet, Pino said: “If we can make a case for production, that’s something we do really well. And no, despite the rumors, we didn’t invest in Eclipse so I could get parts.”
The leadership team at Dart Helicopter Services has changed. Mike O’Reilly, president of Eagle Copters, Calgary, Alberta, has succeeded Jeff Shapiro as president and CEO. O’Reilly will remain in his post at Eagle. Shapiro will continue at Dart in an advisory capacity while Steve Joseph continues as COO.
Engine maker Rolls-Royce released its annual turbine helicopter sales forecast at Heli-Expo 2011. The company predicts 16,900 new turbine helicopters will be delivered between now and 2020 with a value of $140 billion.
Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. 1017) announced that the Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB) recently certified the Oregon-based company for Department of Defense (DOD) passenger and cargo operations.
With this and prior certifications, Columbia is now eligible to bid on a more comprehensive variety of contracts for heavy-lift helicopters for all U.S. government agencies.