Business

March 5, 2013 - 12:45pm

Air Services International and strategic partner Dakota Air Parts International are sharing an exhibit at Heli-Expo ’13 (Booth No. C2106).

ASI has seen an expanded pool of exchange and lease Rolls-Royce M250 engines and modules over the past year, said general manager Steven Van Hemert, and as a result, “We are looking forward to engaging Bell 407 and MD600N operators during Heli-Expo.”

March 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3718) announced that the time between overhaul (TBO) for PW206 and PW207 engines has been extended to 4,000 hours, from the original 3,500 hours. The TBO extension is applicable to engines incorporating certain service bulletins and to all new PW206 and PW207 engines. Alternatively, an engine upgrade is available to operators wanting to take advantage of the increased TBO interval. “This TBO extension will help operators derive more value from their engines,” said vice president of customer service Raffaele Virgili.

March 5, 2013 - 12:20pm

Stan Wilson has been promoted to president of Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. C811). A member of the Columbia team since 1986, Wilson was vice president of finance for the past 13 years. The move has long been planned, according to Columbia. “Our company’s current global economic outlook has finally offered us the opportunity to implement some changes we have been planning for some time,” said former president and CEO Mike Fahey, who will remain as CEO.

March 5, 2013 - 12:15pm

GKN Aerospace is showcasing emergency flotation and fuel system technologies here at its Heli-Expo booth (No. N2608).

March 5, 2013 - 12:00pm
afran USA president Peter Lengyel said 2012 was a strong year for the company, and this year it plans on focusing on innovation, R&D investment and strengthening partnerships across all sectors.

While the looming threat of budget sequestration kept more than a few aerospace executives up at night, Safran USA president Peter Lengyel spent most of his waking hours preparing his company for any eventuality. That doesn’t mean he welcomed the prospect of drastic spending cuts to medevac services, law enforcement and border patrol. After all, the U.S. federal government is, in effect, Safran’s biggest customer.

March 5, 2013 - 10:00am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is spreading the safety recommendations contained in a government/industry rewrite of Part 23 certification rules here at Heli-Expo’13. “One of the primary focuses that we have had over the past year is to try to look at how we are regulated and how those regulations just strangle our abilities to get safety-enhancing technologies into the cockpit,” GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce said during the association’s release of 2012 year-end shipments last month.

March 5, 2013 - 9:43am

The UK’s Thomson Airways has switched customer bookings for flights aboard Boeing 787s in May and June to Boeing 767 service and promised customers refunds of the premiums they paid to fly aboard the Dreamliner, the airline announced Tuesday. 

March 5, 2013 - 9:30am

Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland signed a memorandum of understanding in late January to establish a joint venture with Brazilian aircraft company Embraer. The plans calls for the two companies to manufacture AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both the domestic and regional military and civilian markets.

March 5, 2013 - 9:30am

Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland signed a memorandum of understanding in late January to establish a joint venture with Brazilian aircraft company Embraer. The plans calls for the two companies to manufacture AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both the domestic and regional military and civilian markets.

March 5, 2013 - 9:00am

Cobham Aerospace Communication’s Digital Audio Control System (DACS) has been selected for Life Flight Network’s 15 new AgustaWestland AW119Kx helicopters. The Aurora, Ore.-based aeromedical transport provider is the launch customer for the AW119Kx and will be taking delivery of its first aircraft this year. According to Cobham, the DACS is a compact and lightweight unit that “distributes and controls aircraft audio to/from all transceivers, receivers and audio warning systems.” Software in the DACS allows customization of the system to fit customer needs.

 
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