FH1100 Manufacturing will offer all-turbine pilot training in the Florida panhandle beginning in May. Course content will range from ab initio through commercial and CFI-I. The commercial pilot curriculum can be tailored to individual pilot needs, will include training in elevated platform operations for potential offshore pilots and–at advanced levels–external load training might also be offered.
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Simplex Manufacturing has launched a new fire attack system for the Kamov Ka-32. The first system will soon be handed over to the Daego Fire Department in South Korea.
The Model 328 features a new computer-controlled door mechanism and a single six-inch AC electric hover pump with a refill rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. These features will also be included on kits as they are updated for other types.
Columbia Helicopters will send a second Boeing Vertol 234 Chinook to Papua New Guinea, to work on heli-rig contracts with local exploration company Oil Search.
Both aircraft will be used to lift components of oil and gas drilling rigs and ancillary equipment above areas of dense jungle to remote drilling locations that are inaccessible by road.
AgustaWestland is to supply 10 A109 Powers for border patrol duties in Libya, as part of an $87 million (U80 million) program intended to establish a domestic aerospace industry. The first two helicopters are planned for delivery at the end of this year and the beginning of next, with the remainder to follow between three and four years afterwards.
Robinson Helicopter and Rolls-Royce are making progress with their partnership on the Robinson R66. Rolls-Royce expects certification of the new engine, the RR300, early next year. There is an outside chance that the helicopter could be certified next year as well.
In a major deal announced at the Dubai Air Show last month, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior ordered 40 Sikorskys. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March.
Sikorsky subsidiary Schweizer is developing a derivative of the existing Schweizer 333 light single. The 434 will offer improved payload and performance, a Schweizer marketing executive told AIN. The launch customer is Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior, which has ordered nine.
VIP and government flight specialist Dubai Air Wing has ordered two AW139s in executive configuration. In Qatar, Gulf Helicopters has ordered 10 AW139s for offshore-oil passenger transport.
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) last month gave an update on its fleet expansion. A second Eurocopter EC 130B4 will be delivered in April, with a third to follow in July. Two AS 365N3 Dauphins are pegged for delivery in January and October. A second AgustaWestland Grand will be introduced in July. In addition, a Bell 206L3 LongRanger will join the fleet under a two-year lease agreement.
McAlpine Helicopters is now owned entirely by Eurocopter, which has renamed the company Eurocopter UK. Eurocopter previously held 10 percent of the Oxford-based distributor. Eurocopter UK provides various services, including maintenance, repair and overhaul, to civil and military customers in the UK