SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 4239) of Bakersfield, Calif., provides helicopter training that ranges from private to flight instructor certificates, but it also has curriculums for much more specialized flight instruction in such areas as special operations, law enforcement, and crew and incident management that address real-life scenarios.
HAI Convention News » February 23, 2010
The annual Russian Hour at Heli-Expo yesterday played to a full house. It is the third year that Russian exhibitors at the show have joined to offer a presentation profiling their nation’s helicopter industry and market activity, and there was plenty
to talk about.
In the wake of a tail-boom failure on a Gulf Airways AW139 in August last year, AgustaWestland (Booth No. 1629) is assuring customers with helicopters on order that it will deliver them with a newly designed boom starting in April. The tail boom on the Gulf AW139 failed several months after the tail boom had struck an oil rig and while the helicopter was taxiing on the ground in Doha, Qatar. There were no injuries.
Cobham Avionics, specifically the former S-Tec autopilot house in Mineral Wells, Texas, yesterday described the functions, features and financial benefits of its HeliSAS digital two-axis, stability-augmentation and autopilot system (SAS) for light helicopters.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 3128) brought back its full-scale, medium twin EC175 mockup to Heli-Expo–with a twist: it is reconfigured for search-and-rescue (SAR) operations.
Potomac Aviation Technology (Booth No. 2203) is showcasing SuperAWOS, its proprietary approach to supplying automated pilot weather information, at Heli-Expo. Contained in a single compact unit, SuperAWOS operates on CTAF frequencies, eliminating the need for a discrete AWOS frequency.
Helicopter completion center and air medical operator Metro Aviation (Booth No. 3528) announced developments in both its core businesses and a strong 2009 during a press conference yesterday. On the completions side, the company, which specializes in the Eurocopter AS350 series, is teaming with Cobham Avionics (Booth No.
Iran appears determined to not only maintain its enormous fleet of hundreds of Bell helicopters in the wake of the ongoing U.S. arms embargo against it, but also to make indigenous and unauthorized copies of them. In 2006, Bell filed suit against Iran for making unauthorized knock-offs of several models including 206s and 205s.
Larry Alexandre, recently named CEO of Sagem Avionics after five years as COO for Turbomeca USA, acknowledges that he has much to learn about avionics but he insists that the engines and instrumentation businesses have one vital common element–concern for the customer.
A Sikorsky panel yesterday painted a positive picture of the company’s Sikorsky Global Helicopters division, basking in the warmth of 136 large and 79 light helicopter sales in 2008-2009, and a year that ended with a backlog valued at $12 billion.
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