Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters signed an order for seven Eurocopter EC135s today at Heli-Expo. With this purchase, Era’s fleet will include 17 EC135s. Era has one of the largest fleets of Eurocopter helicopters, ranging from the AS350 to the EC225. It is also the largest user of the EC135 in the Gulf of Mexico, where it uses the light twin for offshore oil missions.
Dassault Falcon has developed a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out (ADS-B Out) on the out-of-production Falcon 50EX business jet. The STC is available for those aircraft equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. List price for the STC data package is $9,995, which does not include the cost of labor, GPS receiver or transponder.
Speaking to the Chinese media during his visit to Beijing last October, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia and China have much to gain from jointly developing a widebody airliner. He called for more joint Sino-Russian projects in space and aeronautics, as well as other high-technology spheres, stating that these may produce “huge economic effect for development of both countries.”
Marignane, France-based Eurocopter (Booth No. 1917) turned its annual Heli-Expo press conference on Sunday into a 20th anniversary celebration.
Frasca International (Booth R71) has announced that the Korea Forest Service has “completed factory acceptance” of its Eurocopter AS350 B2 Ecureuil/AStar helicopter simulator, a U.S. FAA Level-7 flight training device.
The Urbana, Illinois-based training equipment manufacturer has supplied a 120- by 80-deg spherical visual display. The customized database includes eight scenarios covering forestry flying work and night-vision-goggle capability. A “mirror view” channel provides visual scenes in the mirror including water dump from the belly tank and sling bucket operations.
The first M-346 advanced trainer for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is on schedule to be delivered by the end of the year, according to manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi (Booth J39), which is currently producing the first batch.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced the signing of a “blanket ordering agreement” with the Brunei ministry of defense for the support of recently ordered S-70i Black Hawk helicopters. The five-year agreement covers those aircraft that will be delivered next year to the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) as well as those that are currently in service.
Embraer is at the show with five aircraft–a record number for the Brazilian manufacturer’s presence here at the Singapore Airshow. On the static display are the E190 narrowbody airliner (in the 100-seat category), the Lineage 1000 large-cabin business jet (derived from the E190) and the Legacy 650 super-midsize business jet, as well as the Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 light jets (four and six seats, respectively).
Speaking of the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract MD Helicopters signed last year, Lynn Tilton, CEO of Mesa, Arizona-based company, said, “That’s the highlight [of 2011], to serve those who serve for love of country. And it goes back to our roots of 1964, when Hughes Helicopter [predecessor of MD Helicopters] first won a military contract.” She made the comments at a Heli-Expo 2012 press conference in Dallas yesterday.
Gulfstream Aerospace comes to Singapore with, among other things, a G450 demonstrator aircraft fitted with its new Elite interior. The all-new optional package features elements from the company’s flagship G650, and is also available for G550 aircraft as well. AIN got a taste of the new cabin during a pre-show demo flight, courtesy of the U.S. manufacturer.