Worldwide deliveries of new civil helicopters will total between 4,900 and 5,600 units over the next five years, according to the results of Honeywell’s 15 annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook survey, which was released this week at Heli-Expo 2013. The forecast shows strong demand focused in the first three years of the period and reflected in every region of the world. This means that demand in 2016 and 2017 will determine whether the low or high-range of the forecast is realized.
News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.
State-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) brought its Avicopter rotorcraft unit to Heli-Expo for the first time.
Bell Helicopter signed a memorandum of understanding with Van Horn Aviation to develop a composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 212 and Bell 412. Under the agreement, Van Horn will design, certify and manufacture the rotor blades, with Bell Helicopter Engineering participating in the design and certification processes. When certified, the blades will be distributed under Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) held a meeting Tuesday at Heli-Expo to share its experience with the government/industry working group designed to rewrite the certification rules for Part 23 fixed-wing aircraft and encourage the helicopter industry to apply the model for possible revision of the helicopter certification standards under Parts 27 and 29.
“An organized attack by the administration on business aviation,” was among the topics under discussion at the General Aviation Association CEO Town Hall moderated by HAI president Matt Zuccaro yesterday. Panelists–the leaders of AOPA, GAMA, NBAA, NASAO and NATA–also discussed topics ranging from the effects of sequestration to efforts to revisit aircraft certification standards.
Two years after its purchase of CHC Helicopter’s pilot training operation, flight and maintenance training provider CAE said that the model of partnerships between operators and training companies is gaining momentum in the industry. “We’re seeing more interest in a CHC-type level of partnership,” said Rob Lewis, CAE’s recently named v-p and general manager for business aviation, helicopter and maintenance training. “We are in the middle of training outsourcing discussions with three of the large helicopter operators around the world right now.”
Helicopters and airplanes can fly virtually anywhere in the world, but sometimes the most reasonable way to move them across oceans is by ship. That’s part of what Bruzzone Shipping does and the reason the company is here at Heli-Expo’13, but it’s not all it does.
In business for 44 years, the company started as a U.S. Customs House broker and international freight forwarder, which it still does, along with warehousing and international shipping by surface vessels and cargo airplanes.
Following a successful inaugural display at last year’s Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference, the “Heli-Center” will return to WAI’s 24th Annual Conference, to be held from March 14 to 16 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Sparrow Aviation has become Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS, Booth No. C3407) and is exhibiting for the first time at Heli-Expo’13.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve our services and support with new innovations and ideas,” said company founder Sparrow Tang. AHS is also continually looking for motivated, talented A&P mechanics with previous experience on Bell, Agusta, and Eurocopter helicopters.
The NTSB is faulting the pilot of a Bell 206 that crashed into New York’s East River in 2011, killing three of the four passengers after it experienced an apparent loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE).