FlightSafety International (Booth No. 834) is providing simulator training for Sikorsky helicopter pilots at its learning center in Lafayette, La. The 70,000-sq-ft center features a level-D Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ simulator and is equipped to accommodate up to eight simulators in total.
HAI Convention News » February 22, 2009
Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. 3323) is offering educational workshops at this year’s Heli-Expo. Bill de Decker, company president and co-founder, will lead a course on Advanced Helicopter Operations and Management, February 25 to 27. Vice president Brandon Battles will host the Defining Direct Operating Costs course February 25 and 26.
Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) of St. Louis announced recently it received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada for its engine inlet barrier filter systems for the Eurocopter EC 130 B4 and AS 350 B3 helicopters with dual hydraulic systems. European (EASA) approval is in process.
Survivors of an accident in which a Eurocopter Super Puma ditched into the North Sea last Wednesday have praised the skills of the pilots and also the successful first operation of a new automated rescue system just introduced by oil company BP. All 18 people on board the Eurocopter AS 332 Mark II Super Puma were quickly rescued and only three of them required hospital treatment for minor injuries.
In response to “rapid sales growth” overseas, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 1740) late last month named Stephen Estill vice president of strategic partnerships. In his new position, he will “provide the focus, expertise and dedicated resources we need to continue our global growth by capturing opportunities emerging in key markets worldwide,” said Sikorsky president Jeffrey Pino.
January was a good month for Texas Aviation Services (Booth No. 3935), with the award of a multi-ship upgrade contract and delivery of yet another executive helicopter completion to Brazil as part of its partnership with in-country sales, customization and consulting specialist Sierra Aeronautica.
Lynn Tilton runs Patriarch Partners, a New York equity company that specializes in buying and turning around distressed companies. In 2005 Patriarch acquired MD Helicopters. Tilton described MD as “long broken” when she personally took charge of it, bringing suppliers current, reestablishing customer support and restarting aircraft production.
Eurocopter had its second best year ever in 2008 but is anticipating more than a 30-percent fall in sales for this year. Speaking at the manufacturer’s annual press conference in Paris last month, CEO Lutz Bertling insisted the firm’s strategy is not affected by the downturn, and he outlined plans for further international expansion.
Buying activity on the corporate side of the market has come to an abrupt and unwelcome stop at Sikorsky in the last six months as companies seek to conserve cash and ride out the economy’s troubles. Still, massive contracts for Sikorsky’s military helicopters are helping to keep the black ink flowing, even as some governments scale back spending.
Last April 18 was a warm and blustery day in Chicago. Winds were blowing out of the west at better than 20 knots and the air temperature was headed for the low 70s. Shortly after 2 p.m., Stanko Bojanovic, 65, a Serbian immigrant who spoke little English, decided to take his two- year-old grandson, Lazar Ognjenovic, for a walk in Belmont Harbor on Lake Michigan. He pushed the boy in a stroller, along the pedestrian path atop the seawall.