Twenty-five consecutive years is a long time to be in the aviation parts and servicing business, if your principal customers operate helicopters. The first practical helicopters have been around for less than 60 years. But it takes more than just endurance to become a Gold Seal Bell Helicopter customer service facility.
Visitors to Conklin & de Decker’s Booth No. 6928 can enter a drawing to win one of three iPhone/iPad remotely controlled miniature helicopters. The company is also offering a 15 percent discount on its most popular aircraft acquisition and management data products during Heli-Expo 2012. Those receiving a product demonstration will receive the first in a series of posters illustrating today’s most popular helicopters.
Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Lease Corporation International (LCI) of Dublin, Ireland, have signed an agreement covering purchase of a fleet of AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters, a deal which, including options, is valued at more than $398 million.
Spun off from European aircraft broker Regourd Aviation in June 2011 to focus exclusively on helicopter sales and acquisition transactions, Paris-based Heli Asset (Booth No. 4605) is making its debut at this year’s Heli-Expo. Initially created to focus on the utility helicopter segment, Heli Asset has already brokered five deals, four involving VIP Eurocopters.
Appareo and CHC Helicopter are developing an electronic flight bag (EFB) app for the iPad. The app will help standardize CHC’s flight operations around the world, shorten accounts receivable cycles, provide more complete information for crew scheduling and maintenance and eliminate inflight paperwork. It will also provide flight crews with tools for routing, fuel planning and weight-and-balance calculations.
Strom Aviation has launched a staffing division to help match companies with employees. “The aviation industry is on the rebound, and hiring will become a critical issue in 2012. It actually could become very difficult for businesses to fill key positions,” said Raymond Stebler, director of operations for Strom Direct Aviation Staffing.
Dallas-based Strom Aviation is a first-time Heli-Expo exhibitor and representatives are on hand at the show (Booth No. 8447) to discuss its services.
Four industry operator organizations have written comprehensive amendments to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), to facilitate implementation of the safety standard by helicopter operators.
International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) representatives are offering two seminars during Heli-Expo to introduce operators to IS-BAO parameters. The seminars–Introduction to IS-BAO and the IS-BAO Auditor Accreditation Workshop–are available at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Booth (No. 8632).
Eurocopter launched its new EC175 helicopter four years ago at the Heli-Expo show in Houston, Texas, showing a fuselage mockup of the new helicopter. Last month, AIN editor-in-chief Randy Padfield had the opportunity to fly one of the EC175 prototypes at Eurocopter’s main facility on Marseille-Provence Airport in France. This is his report of that flight.
Eurocopter unveiled record revenues, with growing service activity offseting sagging helicopter deliveries. The Marignane, France-based company is once again claiming to be the number one in the civil and parapublic market, thanks to a calculated 43-percent market share. Several development programs are under way, notably in the medium-twin segment, including the X4 Dauphin replacement, the EC175 and a shorter version of the AS332 Super Puma, for which performance numbers have just been announced.
Just what is behind the curtain? Nearly a decade of speculation surrounding trademark and patent filings, leaked inter-company memos, and rumors concerning a major new model may be coming to an end for Bell Helicopter. The company is set to make a big announcement at its booth (No. 9846) at 11:30 this morning here at Heli-Expo.