The newly established airborne law enforcement unit of the Plaquemines Parish, La. sheriff’s office received the keys to a Model 480B Guardian from Enstrom president and CEO Jerry Mullins on Sunday at Heli-Expo. Plaquemines Parish is Enstrom’s third U.S. customer for the 480B and its 25th worldwide.
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CBOSS, a Russian information technology company, signed a deal to buy two Bell 407s, which will complement the firm’s previous order for 14 Bell helicopters–a mix of 407s and 429s, as well as a VIP 430 delivered last year. According to CBOSS president Andrey Morozov, “Bell helicopters…are helping us successfully develop a new line
Schweizer Aircraft (Booth No. 2040) yesterday unveiled the Sikorsky Schweizer 434, the company’s first new product since Sikorsky purchased the New York-based OEM in 2004. The Model 434 is a single-turbine helicopter designed primarily for flight training, law enforcement and light utility missions.
Sikorsky Aircraft yesterday unveiled its X2 technology demonstrator here at Heli-Expo, with hordes of attendees surrounding the black-shrouded helicopter before it was revealed in a cloud of smoke and lights at the company’s booth (No. 1641). What emerged was a sleek-looking, two-pilot ship with a contra-rotating coaxial main rotor and an “aero propeller” in place of the tail rotor.
It was much ado about something as Eurocopter unveiled its new EC 175 medium twin yesterday at its booth (No. 631) in the main Heli-Expo hall. As the curtain dropped and the spotlights came up, the full-scale mockup was revealed in shades of gray and carrying 16 passengers dressed as offshore oil workers.
Evergreen Helicopters and Sikorsky concluded an agreement for the purchase of four S-76C++ helicopters for use in Evergreen’s offshore oil, utility and EMS missions, with deliveries to begin before the end of this year. Participating in a signing ceremony on Sunday at Sikorsky’s Heli-Expo booth (No.
Robinson Helicopter dealers who attended yesterday’s press conference said they are ready to place orders for the turbine-powered R66 currently under development at the Torrance, Calif. company’s headquarters.
AgustaWestland celebrated the opening of a new AW139 medium-twin helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia last week, just days before the company announced here at Heli-Expo 2008 new orders worth an estimated $163 million. More than half the orders were for AW139s.
At a press conference yesterday here at Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter executive vice president of customer solutions Mike Blake further explained the Fort Worth, Texas helicopter manufacturer’s recent decision to “streamline” its production line. The rationalization will see the Bell 206B3, 210, 427 and 430 helicopters phased out of production by 2010, though the company promises to continue product support for these models indefinitely.
Sure, you can fly, but you can’t travel. That was the case with Bell Helicopter Textron’s new Model 429, still in the test-flight phase. The speedy light twin intended for display at Heli-Expo 2008 was in Canada and flight-ready, but it had less than the 25 flight hours needed before it could legally be flown across the border into the U.S.