FreeFlight Systems (Booth No. 4513) and the University of North Dakota (Booth No. 3440) received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval in the Bell 206B for the FreeFlight RANGR FDL-978-XVR. This installation is now the first rule-compliant 978 MHz ADS-B IN/OUT universal access transceiver (UAT) for rotorcraft. The company and the school jointly developed the technology with contributions from the FAA’s Center for General Aviation Research (CGAR), as well as a consortium of universities.
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Canadian aviation services provider Cadorath Group has completed a nearly $1 million renovation to its chrome-plating facility. Among the upgrades are new plating tanks, the latest rectifiers, improved pollution control and a modern air scrubber to meet current and future environmental standards. Chrome plating is used to repair and protect areas of components that are prone to wear. “Chrome plating is what started our aerospace companies,” said CEO Gerry Cadorath.
Avpro (Booth No. 1411) is pleased with the business the company is transacting at this year’s Heli-Expo. In just the first day of the show the company said it signed an agreement to purchase a new Airbus Helicopters EC145T2 for an undisclosed customer. By day two of Heli-Expo the company announced that it reached an agreement to purchase three Bell 505 X helicopters; one of those will go to its management partner L.J. Aviation in Latrobe, Pa.
SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 108) recently completed a specialized training contract with Canadian operator Great Slave Helicopters, allowing the Northern Territories operator to conduct hoist and human external load (Class D) operations in Peru.
“We were very impressed with how quickly we were able to put the schedule together, and with SRT’s help in ensuring that we had the right equipment and the right mix of pilots and hoist operators,” Great Slave general manager Corey Taylor said.
Oxnard, Calif.-based AeroComputers (Booth No. 4813) took advantage of Heli-Expo 2014 to highlight the work it is doing with Aeromot Aeronaves e Motores to coordinate a 12-state, 36-helicopter mission to provide airborne security for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held this summer in Brazil.
AgustaWestland (Booth No. 6937) picked Heli-Expo 2014 as the place for signing an OEM agreement with Trakka (Booth No. 3528). The latter will supply AgustaWestland with its successful Trakkabeam A800 searchlight for factory installation as the primary searchlight available on all new AgustaWestland platforms (AW169, AW189) as well as on the company’s established helicopters.
Designed to DO-160 standards, the Applied Video Imaging (Booth No. 3406) DVI/HDMI to 3G-SDI converter unit is a rugged box plumbed to make it quick and simple for crew to bring mission-critical portable devices onboard helicopters for airborne surveillance and SAR missions. The converter is designed for use in airborne, ground and marine law-enforcement and defense surveillance applications. Based on industry standards, it can be used with any SDI display or system.
GE Aviation (Booth No. 7202) joined with Bristow Group on Wednesday to sign the first engine service agreement for the CT7-2E1 turboshaft engine powering the AW189 helicopter.
Avionics manufacturer Sandel Avionics (Booth No. 1417) announced here at Heli-Expo introduction of the MOD2, the new version of its SG102 AHRS, a solid-state, three-axis instrument.
The new unit includes a three-times faster initialization time (now one minute) over the MOD1 and adds selectable low-and high-speed Arinc 429 output, allowing additional interface options with radar systems, satellite communicator antennas and other avionics.
Houston-based ForeFlight (Booth No. 3603), creator of ForeFlight Mobile iPad app, is here at Heli-Expo showcasing features in the app it claims helicopter pilots “can’t live without.”
These features include subscription-free ADS-B weather; hazard overlays; and a color-coded flight rules feature that provides basic weather conditions information at a glance. The information can be used for pre-flight preparation or en route, when ADS-B IN weather is available or using an inflight Internet connection.