BAE Systems has its helmet/headset mounted Q-Sight head-up display (HUD) in its booth here (No. 110) and will start making customer deliveries later this year. Initial deliveries will be made to military customers, who are expected to comprise the bulk of demand, but the company will be making the system available to civil operators as well. BAE sees a significant market for Q-Sight with HEMS operators and law enforcement agencies.
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Russia is a ripe market for Western helicopters, and at least one company, AgustaWestland, plans to establish manufacturing there. Overall there is considerable potential for more Western rotorcraft penetration in the Russian market especially in the civil, law enforcement and oil-and-gas sectors, with a demand that could grow to 450 to 500 helicopters by 2015.
ew 406-MHz personal locator beacon (PLB) aimed at military and public-service users. It is to be available in the second half of this year. Designed for the professional market, the MR 510 is housed in a rugged metal casing. It features manual or automatic actuation via water immersion or lanyard connected to the ejection seat.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 2754) has endorsed Canadian Helicopters Ltd.’s mountain flight training program with a memorandum of understanding. “This endorsement is a significant step and part of the Eurocopter strategy to further develop advanced helicopter mountain training for pilots in Canada and around the world,” said Lutz Bertling, president and CEO of Eurocopter Group.
RotorWay International, which aired plans on Sunday to build and certify a two-place turbine helicopter, on Monday announced the addition of an infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) as a standard factory option for both RotorWay’s A600 Talon kit-built helicopter and the new unnamed Rolls-Royce 300-powered model.
Emphasizing Metro Aviation’s “zeal for safety,” the Shreveport, La.-based company announced at Heli-Expo’09 yesterday that FlightSafety International received FAA approval on Friday for an EC 135/145 level-7 flight simulator that Metro Aviation and FSI jointly developed. The new simulator is expected to go into service this September at FSI’s facility in Lafayette, La.
Airborne Law Enforcement Services (ABLE) of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, Calif., will be the first customer for FLIR Systems’ Ultra 9HD airborne thermal imaging system. An Ultra 9HD mounted on one of ABLE’s EC 120s is on display at FLIR’s Heli-Expo booth (No. 3928).
Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 3975) has launched a Web site for its Helicopter Professional Pilots Safety Program (Heliprops). In addition to information about the program, which provides training and industry news, the Web site (www.heliprops.com) also offers access to the manufacturer’s online newsletter, Human AD. The Web site is a free resource for pilots, mechanics, owners, operators and enthusiasts.
Simulator manufacturer Frasca International’s current projects include two full-flight simulators for Bristow Helicopters (a Sikorsky S-92 and a Eurocopter EC 225) and three level-7 helicopter flight-training devices for FlightSafety International (an AS 350 B2, a Bell 206B/206L and a Bell 407). “The helicopter training sector has become a very important market for Frasca,” said John Frasca, vice president.
Aviation safety provider SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 3955) has launched a Web site that contains “exhaustive information on our capabilities, resources and staff,” according to SRT president Christian Gadbois. The Web site allows users to find the specific information they need, such as the company’s flight training curricula, risk management training or the company’s commercial services.