Kurt Robinson was generally upbeat about the prospects for his family’s iconic helicopter company, during yesterday’s Heli-Expo press conference. Last year the company delivered its 11,000th helicopter and it will soon deliver its 500th R66 single-engine turbine ship. Production currently stands at two to three R66s, five R44s and one R22 per week.
News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.
Aviation industry data provider Conklin & de Decker is celebrating its 30th year in business, and in honor of that milestone is offering special discounts on its products here at Heli-Expo. During the three days of the show, attendees visiting the company’s booth (No. 3002) can see live demonstrations of the company’s family of helicopter operating cost programs and life cycle budgeting tools.
Northrop Grumman (Booth No. 502) will supply its latest flight information equipment for the AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor, the company announced at Heli-Expo 2014.
Developed by Northrop Grumman Litef in Germany, the LCR-110 inertial reference system and LCR-300A air data attitude heading reference system will be standard equipment on the AW609, which is now undergoing FAA certification testing. The combined avionics suite will allow AW609 pilots to perform precision required navigation performance (RNP) flight operations.
North Flight Data Systems (Booth No. 413) of Shreveport, La., announced here at Heli-Expo that it has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) that adds the Bell 407GX to the list of model 407 series helicopters certified for its CVR/FDR (cockpit voice recorder/flight data recorder) system. It also received STC approval for installation in the Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 and the EC130B4 models.
Dallas Avionics (Booth No. 6706) announced the completion of training for Tampa General Hospital pilots and crew on the medical center’s Bell 407 equipped with the Technisonic Industries TDFM-7000 transceiver.
Canadian helicopter accessory provider Dart Aerospace (Booth No. 6814) announced that in cooperation with Pall Aerospace it has installed and flight-tested the PA100 PureAir engine protection system developed for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 family of rotorcraft. The system features Pall’s latest PureAir technology and is self-cleaning and virtually maintenance free, according to the manufacturers.
DawnWolf Technologies founder Wolf Zon applied lessons learned from his experiences as a charter pilot, operations director and A&P mechanic to develop the 135 Air Carrier Management electronic record keeping software. Just before Heli-Expo 2014, the software earned FAA approval for 135ACM’s use by operators.
Ramco Aviation (Booth No. 326) announced Tuesday at Heli-Expo 2014 that longtime customer Columbia Helicopters (Booth 4706) recently began the transition to Ramco’s Solution 5.6 integrated suite of maintenance, finance, human resources and payroll tracking software.
Hoping to encourage more operators to add its S-76D twin-turbine commercial helicopter their fleets, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. 2822) announced a new entry into service (EIS) program Tuesday at Heli-Expo 2014.
Sikorsky Aircraft highlighted its past achievements, and their influence on the company’s current direction, in introducing its theme of “Technology Meets Tradition” at Heli-Expo 2014 on Tuesday.