Rotorcraft

News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.

February 27, 2014 - 1:55pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:51pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:50pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:40pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:35pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:26pm

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.

February 27, 2014 - 1:17pm
Sikorsky iPad app

Sikorsky Aircraft launched iFly Sikorsky, its first iPad flight calculator application for the company’s commercial S-92 helicopter platform, here at Heli-Expo 2014. The application replicates common performance calculations described in the S-92 Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) and also has a weight-and-balance calculator.

February 27, 2014 - 1:05pm

It’s been three months since Sikorsky announced that its S-92 rig approach system has gone into operation in the Gulf of Mexico with oil and gas transport provider PHI, and here at the show, the airframer is providing demonstrations of the safety enhancement.

February 27, 2014 - 12:55pm

It might not be your main focus for Heli-Expo 2014, but bringing home a little swag to assuage the home crowd is always a wise proposition. Becker Avionics (Booth No. 4911), a privately held company that develops, manufactures and distributes communications, navigation, surveillance and SAR equipment for airborne and ground applications, knows this and is offering some choice REI sports gear and cool shirts for those willing to stop by the booth and toss a business card into the contest pile.

February 27, 2014 - 11:15am
Chris Horton

Chris Horton, the recipient of the 2014 AgustaWestland Safety Award, is on a mission to “make safety sexy,” primarily to better reach his generation of pilots. “We’re pretty much glued to our iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Twitter,” he told AIN. “We get our news from social media. Safety education can be done that same way.” At 27, Horton is likely the youngest person to ever receive the HAI safety award.

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