Universal Avionics announced at Heli-Expo ‘13 the recent completion of helicopter vibration testing and approval for its airborne datalink system, the UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit (CMU), expanding the company’s line of products designed for the helicopter market. Attendees can view and operate the unit at the company’s exhibit (Booth No. C2401).
Turboshaft engine manufacturer Turbomeca, a Safran company, reported at Heli-Expo yesterday that it delivered more than 1,000 engines in 2012, a 7-percent increase over the previous year. In addition it posted strong growth (12 percent) in engines under its Support By the Hour (SBH) contracts, yielding $1.5 billion revenue for the year.
Two years after its purchase of CHC Helicopter’s pilot training operation, flight and maintenance training provider CAE said that the model of partnerships between operators and training companies is gaining momentum in the industry. “We’re seeing more interest in a CHC-type level of partnership,” said Rob Lewis, CAE’s recently named v-p and general manager for business aviation, helicopter and maintenance training. “We are in the middle of training outsourcing discussions with three of the large helicopter operators around the world right now.”
Robinson Helicopter announced Tuesday at Heli-Expo that it is working with Lycoming and the FAA to have unleaded fuels approved for use in piston engines installed in its R22 and R44 models.
CEO Kurt Robinson said the FAA had issued the company a project code for the effort and made it a priority. He said he hoped to have all the necessary approvals from engine maker Lycoming in the first half of this year. “It’s environmentally the right thing to do and it bothers me that it hasn’t been done,” Robinson said.
“We come to the show every year to connect and network with our customers, as well as to discover new customers,” explained Leigh Cheyne, director and co-owner of Miami- and Brisbane, Australia-based Mavana Air Support, who traveled here with his business partner, co-owner and director Rhys Chamberlain. Cheyne handles sales and marketing, while Chamberlain, a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, rounds out the team.
Avincis Group, provider of aerial services worldwide (Booth No. C7211), announced that in Latin America it has appointed Ian Kummerlin as regional CEO, based in Santiago, Chile. He will directly supervise the expansion of Avincis Group subsidiaries Inaer Chile and Inaer Peru. “My focus is to allow both Inaer and Avincis to become lead players in mission-critical services in the region,” Said Kummerlin.
Avinco founder and CEO Francois Gautier said that the company expects a more favorable market for pre-owned helicopters in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. Monaco and Dublin-based Avinco specializes in rapid procurement and retrofit of pre-owned helicopters in a worldwide market. The company (Booth No. C4114) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at Heli-Expo.
Aircraft painting company Straube’s Aircraft Service (Booth No. N3317) recently announced it expects to receive Part 145 repair station certification for its paint shop at the AgustaWestland parts and repair facility in Philadelphia shortly.
“The 145 repair certification encompasses a five-part process, [and] we are currently finishing up phase three,” explained Straube’s chief inspector Kevin Darabant. The company expects to receive certification by this summer, he added.
Portland, Ore.-based Simplex (Booth No. N2511), known for its unique, easily convertible aerial firefighting spray booms, announced that it is teaming with Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques (AH+RT), also Portland-based, to provide rotary-wing aerial firefighting and technical rescue training, including turnkey solutions for customers.
Last week Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), newly appointed chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. HouseTransportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a round-table sessionin Washington, D.C., with some of the major aviation trade associations.