Bell Helicopter is on a mission, to diversify its business model. CEO John Garrison wants to increase the company’s share of revenues from the civil sector, now estimated at 40 percent of its overall 2012 results of $4.2 billion.
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Global helicopter lessor Milestone Aviation Group of Columbus, Ohio, and Eurocopter announced at Heli-Expo ‘13 this morning purchase orders with options for up to 15 EC225 Super Puma and five EC175 helicopters, contracts worth as much as $540 million (€415 million). The valuation is based on a price of €22.5 million each for the EC225 and €14 million each for the EC175s.
HEMS Academy, the simulator training arm of German air ambulance specialist ADAC, has announced that it will add a new Eurocopter EC145T2 full-flight simulator in 2015. This follows ADAC’s order last September for 14 new EC145T2 helicopters to replace its aging BK117 B2 fleet. The new helicopters will be equipped with the EuroAvionics EuroNav7 navigation system upgrades, which will also be included in the simulator. Meanwhile an EC145T2 systems training device will be brought online in mid-2014, allowing for web-based training on the type.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3718) plans to offer its flight data acquisition storage and transmission system (FAST) for helicopter engines. In addition, it has launched an automatic power assurance check project to run on the system. A power assurance check is a test run to determine the way the engine performance compares with its output when it was new.
For many aviation companies, the rotorcraft segment has provided some welcome stability against an uncertain economic environment. Global parts supplier Aviall is no exception and is responding to market conditions by focusing on end-customer support, and in particular reducing turnaround times for urgently needed parts and maintenance services.
Garmin’s touchscreen GTN series GPS/navcoms have been optimized for helicopters, with new features that eliminate the need for operators to install the fixed-wing GTN version in helicopters. The new helicopter-optimized GTN comes in five configurations that meet vibration and temperature testing standards and offer optional NVG compatibility and optional H-Taws.
Sandel Avionics is demonstrating its HeliTaws WireWatch helicopter wire-strike avoidance full-color display at Booth No. 6008. The Vista, Calif. avionics manufacturer has expanded the portfolio of national and regional powerline databases to all of North America and New Zealand, and it is assembling transmission line obstruction databases for South Korea and Japan.
When Brad Pedersen assumed the title of president and CEO of hoist and winch manufacturer Breeze-Eastern (Booth C4016) last June, he found a company that–despite celebrating a record sales year in fiscal year 2012–needed some guidance about how to properly assist customers in the field.
Sydney, Australia-based Aerosafe, which specializes in aviation risk-management, is introducing three new accredited training courses at Heli-Expo’13. The courses focus on safety-management systems, risk management and regulatory oversight and, according to the company, provide training that is not currently available anywhere else.
Helicopter appraisal firm HeliValue$ has laid bare the market so that visitors to this year’s Heli-Expo can get an idea of what is actually going on in the market, based on prices. “At HeliValue$, our most-asked question of the past quarter has been ‘What’s going on with the helicopter market?’” said Sharon Desfor, president of the Wauconda, Ill.-based company.