Three Eurocopter AS 322 Super Pumas, which Bristow Helicopters (Booth No. 1835) operates from Aberdeen, Scotland, to offshore installations in the North Sea, now carry TCAS II traffic collision avoidance systems, and the operator expects to similarly equip its entire Super Puma fleet by 2010. Bristow announced on Friday that it has designated the Sikorsky S-92 as its next type for TCAS II certification.
HAI Convention News » February 22, 2009
Bristol, Tenn.-based Edwards & Associates (Booth No. 3981), an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, is delivering a second new Bell 412 to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) at Heli-Expo’09. The company delivered the first 412 last November. The two 412s are replacements for the two 1966 UH-1s that Orange County put in service in 1995.
The second Robinson R66 made its first flight on February 18 and a third is under construction at the company’s headquarters in nearby Torrance, Calif. All Heli-Expo’09 attendees are invited to the Robinson factory on Tuesday for facility tours beginning at noon followed by a preview of the R66 at 3 p.m.
Nivisys Industries received the first FAA TSO-C164 approval for its NVAG-6 night-vision aviator goggle. According to Nivisys, it is the first night-vision goggle (NVG) manufacturer to apply for and also first to receive FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval. “Nivisys decided two years ago that aviation safety hinged on FAA-approved NVGs,” said Gary Higman, manager of law enforcement and homeland security programs for Nivisys.
Air Methods purchased Omniflight’s Rescue Air operations in Atlanta and North Georgia and plans to consolidate the current operating bases of Air Methods and Rescue Air 1 into six locations in Covington, Gainesville, Griffin, Kennesaw, Newnan and a sixth yet-undetermined base serving the I-75 and I-575 corridors.
An innovative coating system that is extending the life of U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter main rotor blades may soon be available for commercial use courtesy of Kaman Helicopters (Booth No. 1719) and partner Hontek of South Windsor, Conn. The coating helps improve blade life, thus increasing helicopter availability and lowering maintenance costs.
Aviation information provider JetNet (Booth No. 1428) has launched a helicopter market summary report and is showcasing the new product here at Heli-Expo’09. The report includes “extensive data” on the number of airframes for sale within the industry, high and low average prices, average airframe and engine time, and average days on the market.
Honeywell and Sagem have teamed to offer integrated cockpits for helicopter upgrade programs combining the Sagem Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) with Honeywell communication, navigation and enhanced safety/surveillance systems. They are focusing on helicopter fleet upgrades and retrofit opportunities for U.S. military training, drug interdiction in Latin America, EMS, law enforcement and electronic newsgathering.
Improved hover performance in high and hot conditions for the Bell Huey and its derivatives is the promise of the FastFin tail-rotor enhancement and stability system from Boundary Layer Research (Booth No. 2970) of Everett, Wash. The company recently delivered its 100th UH-1 FastFin and announced that Wildcat Helicopters, Kelowna, British Columbia, will become the first fleet customer to install the system on the Bell 212.
Honeywell Aerospace (Booth No. 1310) announced the selection of its LTS101-700D2 turboshaft to replace the existing engine in the Chinese Z-11 helicopter. New production engines will begin leaving the Honeywell Engines Phoenix plant for China in the first quarter of next year, said Doug Kult, director of helicopter and surface systems sales.