Following a successful inaugural display at last year’s Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, the “Heli-Center” will return to WAI’s 24th Annual Conference, to be held from March 14 to 16 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
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“We come to the show every year to connect and network with our customers, as well as to discover new customers,” explained Leigh Cheyne, director and co-owner of Miami- and Brisbane, Australia-based Mavana Air Support, who traveled here with his business partner, co-owner and director Rhys Chamberlain. Cheyne handles sales and marketing, while Chamberlain, a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, rounds out the team.
Spectrum Aeromed is displaying one of its medical interiors in a Lloyd Helicopters Sikorsky S-76 with Spectrum’s 2200 “short box” life support system at the Lloyd exhibit (Static No. C35). In addition, the Lloyd machine is equipped with a 1461 Med Wall, SLA locks and a 1203 stretcher. “The S-76 install from Lloyd Helicopters is only one of many configurations and customizable options we offer,” said Spectrum v-p Ricky Reno.
Avincis Group, provider of aerial services worldwide (Booth No. C7211), announced that in Latin America it has appointed Ian Kummerlin as regional CEO, based in Santiago, Chile. He will directly supervise the expansion of Avincis Group subsidiaries Inaer Chile and Inaer Peru. “My focus is to allow both Inaer and Avincis to become lead players in mission-critical services in the region,” Said Kummerlin.
When someone says Gill, most aviators and mechanics think “battery.”
“That’s definitely the way we want to be associated,” said Thomas Jones, sales manager in Redlands, Calif. for Teledyne Battery Products, manufacturer of the Gill line. That said, the line of products at the Gill booth (No. C2407) in the Heli-Expo exhibit hall sports a new device that, despite its diminutive size, is designed to keep aircraft in the field “start-ready” at all times.
Avinco founder and CEO Francois Gautier said that the company expects a more favorable market for pre-owned helicopters in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. Monaco and Dublin-based Avinco specializes in rapid procurement and retrofit of pre-owned helicopters in a worldwide market. The company (Booth No. C4114) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Heli-Expo.
Aircraft painting company Straube’s Aircraft Service (Booth No. N3317) recently announced it expects to receive Part 145 repair station certification for its paint shop at the AgustaWestland parts and repair facility in Philadelphia shortly.
“The 145 repair certification encompasses a five-part process, [and] we are currently finishing up phase three,” explained Straube’s chief inspector Kevin Darabant. The company expects to receive certification by this summer, he added.
Portland, Ore.-based Simplex (Booth No. N2511), known for its unique, easily convertible aerial firefighting spray booms, announced that it is teaming with Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques (AH+RT), also Portland-based, to provide rotary-wing aerial firefighting and technical rescue training, including turnkey solutions for customers.
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth No. N6001) a division of Donaldson Company, had plenty of news at Heli-Expo ’13.
On the hardware side, the company announced that its oil filter assemblies have been selected for the Rolls-Royce M250-C30 and -C47 650 to 700-shp engines, powering helicopters such as the Bell 407 and MD600N.
“We believe that our scavenger oil filter assemblies’ design optimizes performance, minimizes weight and provides a balance of operating life and efficiency for aircraft components,” said Mike Trevino, director of sales for Donaldson.
Bell Helicopter delivered the 100th copy of a planned total of 349 H-1 helicopters during a ceremony at its Amarillo Assembly Center earlier this year. The U.S. Marine Corps H-1 helicopter program comprises both the UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopters.