With the recent sale of a 480B turbine single to Wuhan Helicopters, Enstrom has returned to the Chinese market. It was in the early 1990s that the Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturer first sold helicopters into China when Wuhan Helicopters imported some of the first civil certified helicopters–Enstrom 280FXs used by the Wuhan Police and Enstrom 480s for agricultural spraying.
HAI Convention News » March 7, 2011
One day Sikorsky (Booth No. 2737) may be here at a Heli-Expo with an electrically powered helicopter. The U.S. manufacturer is getting closer to the first flight of the Firefly, a modified S-300C light single where the piston engine has been replaced with an electric motor and batteries. The proof-of-concept rotorcraft is expected to have limited endurance but is seen as a stepping stone toward a commercially viable electric helicopter.
Anyone who knows me well can verify that I married a great-looking lady; the fairest in all the land, in my eyes. But as pretty as she is, Lourdes is not the loveliest thing I have ever seen. That special feast-for-eyeballs came about during my very last Huey flight in the U.S. Army.
Cobham will provide synthetic vision-based EFIS to retrofit the Eurocopter and Bell fleets of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LAPD operates 14 Eurocopter AS350-B2 and five Bell B206 helicopters, while LASD has 14 AS350s.
Two U.S. Senators have inserted language into the FAA Reauthorization bill that circumvents the normal channels governing airspace regulation for specific areas in their home states.
The Australian Army has chosen Sandel Avionics’ four-inch flat-panel primary flight and navigation displays to upgrade its fleet of Bell 206B/OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. Redesign of the legacy OH-58 instrument panel and installation work was accomplished by Sikorsky Helitech in Brisbane, Queensland.
Timken Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions’ $400 million in annual revenues represents a relatively small portion of parent Timken Company’s $4 billion total, but the Mesa, Ariz.-based aftermarket specialist is aiming higher as it moves into the new decade.
Eurocopter (Booth No. 4637) and Sikorsky (Booth No. 2737) have successfully demonstrated the feasibility of a high-speed compound helicopter, but using different configurations. Sikorsky’s X2 reached its target of 250 knots last September in West Palm Beach, Fla., and also met vibration and workload targets, according to the U.S. manufacturer.
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