New HAI member Rusada (Booth No. 3209) is exhibiting at Heli-Expo for the first time. A global aviation software solutions company established in 1987 and headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Rusada currently serves 50 major customers worldwide with software that manages more than 1,500 aircraft in 20 countries.
News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.
Airbus Helicopters and Esterline CMC (Booth No. 1414) have spent more than a decade collaborating on helicopter avionics, culminating in new certifications of avionics and airframes announced at Heli-Expo 2014. On display for the announcement were examples of Esterline’s CMA-9000 flight management system and CMA-5024 GPS landing system sensor in the Airbus EC175.
“Well over 1,000 CMC flight management systems are in service on Airbus helicopters,” said Greg Yeldon, president of Esterline CMC. “The navigation system on the EC175 is the latest example of this collaboration.”
“Implementing recommended safety improvements that address helicopter operations can mitigate risk for thousands of pilots and passengers each year,” said NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman, referring to the recently released NTSB Safety Alert SA-031. “At this week’s Heli-Expo, we are working with HAI to increase awareness and identify voluntary action taken by key stakeholders to improve the safety of helicopter operations.”
Premium sunglasses and luggage retailer Scheyden Precision Eyewear (Booth No. 3408) is highlighting its aviation-themed product line and recent partnership with civil aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron, throughout its appearance at Heli-Expo 2014. Scheyden is a first-time exhibitor at Heli-Expo.
Eric Wolff is pleased with his company Airwolf’s timeline for delivering on its promise of aftermarket life-limited PMA parts for Bell 204, 205, 212, UH-1 and Enstrom 480 helicopters by the end of the summer. But Airwolf (Booth No. 3513) had a bit more news at this year’s Heli-Expo. According to Wolff, the company will be the OEM supplier of TT straps for the Enstrom 480 by year-end, as well.
The first formal agreement between a major global avionics manufacturer and a Russian-based aviation solutions provider was enacted via a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 8040) and St. Petersburg, Russia-based Transas Aviation.
Airbus Helicopters (Booth No. 523) is introducing a “pay as you fly” component support program (CSP) for operators of new and used helicopters. The program features “aggressive” flat per-flight-hour charges billed monthly and has a flexible buy-in. It includes customized customer maintenance forecasting. The Airbus CSP will initially be available for all EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355, EC135, EC145, EC155, AS365, AS332 and EC225 models.
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation (Booth No. 415), owner of the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, announced at Heli-Expo that Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) is its launch customer for simulator training. AMGH and Metro signed a four-year training agreement using the EC135 level-D full-motion simulator as well as the AS350 and Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device.
Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 8040) opened Heli-Expo 2014 with announcements that its new MFD-268P2B multifunction displays are now standard equipment on Sikorsky S-92 medium-lift helicopters.
Available on new S-92s delivered this year, the MFD-268P2B offers improved color stability and readability for high-angle, cross-cockpit viewing. The displays may also be upgraded, with provisions for installation of synthetic vision, H-TAWS terrain awareness and the company’s MultiScan weather radar systems.
Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Aerospace (Booth No. 4402) announced at Heli-Expo 2014 that it will be the only MRO to stock and distribute Northwest Dynamics’s soon-to-be PMA’d line of Bell rotor brake components and assemblies. These parts fit the Bell 206 and 207 helicopters.
“Adding NDI’s rotor brake parts to our more than 8,000 other PMA parts means tens of thousands of dollars in savings on parts that are the same fit and function as new OEM parts,” said Anthony Saenz, president of Able Aerospace.