PHI has already logged 23,000 hours on its fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s, and on Monday at Heli-Expo it signed an options contract for six more of the model to be delivered in 2009 and 2010, as well as six copies of the S-76C++ to support deepwater oil industry missions in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Norwegian operator Norsk Helikopter yesterday celebrated the 5,000th fleet hour of its Sikorsky S-92(R) (Serial No. 11) helicopter. The aircraft reached the milestone on February 5, a little more than two months after the Norsk S-92 fleet reached its 20,000th flight hour.
American Eurocopter president and CEO Marc Paganini recognized aerial tour-operator Maverick Helicopters for logging 60,000 hours on its fleet of 27 EC 130s, the largest in the world.
During a ceremony yesterday afternoon at Heli-Expo Booth No. 631, Greg Rochna, CEO of Maverick Aviation Group, accepted Maverick’s 28th copy of the EC 130. Paganini said the EC 130 is an aircraft designed for and with the tour operators in mind.
CybAero president Peter Muhlrad said users can pack the Vantage unmanned helicopter in a Chevy Suburban and have it aloft in 20 minutes with no specialized pilot training. Swing open its detachable nose and swap out the payload, and the three-blade unmanned helicopter can accept hardware for missions ranging from aerial mapping to search and rescue.
News-gathering service Helicopters, Inc., announced this week that it acquired the assets of Los Angeles-based Helinet Aviation, including 14 Eurocopter AS 350s and two Bell 206B3s.
The police helicopter unit of Columbus, Ohio, has accepted delivery of its 10th MD 500E; the ninth was delivered in December. The aircraft is on display at the MD Helicopters booth (No. 143).
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.
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.