Erickson Air-Crane will hand over a “new” S-64 Helitanker to Italy’s Corpo Forestale dello Stato (state forestry corps, or CFS) this morning at Booth No. 2829. The aircraft is the second of four for the CFS to be upgraded by the Central Point, Ore. company, which has owned the helicopter’s type certificate since 1992.
News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.
While small piston helicopters continue to dominate the initial training scene with their relatively simple designs and low cost of operation, pilots seeking recurrent or advanced training in larger and more expensive turbine helicopters are more likely than ever to be flying a simulator instead of the real thing, according to industry experts.
CJ Systems Aviation Group and Fidelity Flight Simulation have released details on the new simulator flight training center that they will open in Pittsburgh this fall.
More than 20 students from the Helicopter Flight program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz. campus are on an extended field trip here at Heli-Expo.
American Eurocopter opened its new production facility near Columbus, Miss., in October. Once the commotion had died down, HAI Convention News paid a visit to interview president and CEO Marc Paganini, right, to discuss the progress Eurocopter has made in getting the operation up and running. Eurocopter’s activity in the last year was a main thrust of the interview.
Keystone Helicopter is introducing its new Silencer airframe at Heli-Expo, along with expanded Rolls-Royce 250 and Honeywell LTS 101 engine services.
Soloy is back.
Cineflex (Booth No. 1644), the Helinet Aviation Services subsidiary that specializes in electromechanical motion control systems, made the trip to Heli-Expo this year to demonstrate its flagship product–the HiDEF gyro-stabilized aerial camera platform. Used primarily for television broadcasts, movie production and law enforcement, the Helinet/Cineflex system can steady an image through a zoom lens as long as 40X.
If ever there was a time for rotorcraft to prove their worth, it was during these past five weeks assisting in the relief effort for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami.