Lease Corporation International (LCI), which signed a large helicopter order with AgustaWestland at last year’s Heli-Expo show, has announced an agreement with aerial services group Avincis (Booth No. C7211), which is leasing a new AW139. This will be operated for offshore crew changes in North Sea oil and gas fields by Avincis’s Aberdeen-based subsidiary Bond Offshore Helicopters.
Taking into account both civil and military markets, the yearly delivery value of rotorcraft is comparable to the $18 billion business jet industry, according to aviation analyst Brian Foley. In fact, he is forecasting some 24,000 rotorcraft deliveries over the next 10 years, including 12,000 civil turbines, 6,000 military turbines and 6,000 piston helicopters valued at roughly $250 billion–roughly the same outlook for business jet billings.
Rolls-Royce launched the latest version of its M250 turboshaft engine, the M250-C47E, today on the eve of Heli-Expo. The new variant replaces the -47B and -47M and incorporates the value improvement package upgrade kit that Rolls Royce introduced last year, as well as a dual-channel Fadec. As a result, the 700-shp engine boasts a 5-percent improvement in high and hot performance over its predecessor, an almost 8-percent improvement in takeoff power, to 700 shp, and reduced specific fuel consumption.
Phoenix Heliparts, with 1st Source Bank and Southwest Aviation Insurance Group, plans to offer financing and insurance options on its future MD 500 helicopter sales. The company aims to become the one-stop shop for MD 500 purchases by “providing a total service experience and simplifying the process of restoring and upgrading MD 500s.” This week at Heli-Expo, Phoenix Heliparts is offering a $10,000 credit to anyone who signs a purchase offer for one or both MD 500s currently undergoing complete refurbishment and places a deposit at the show.
Dart Aerospace is using the 2013 Heli-Expo show as a springboard for not only its new black and red logo, but also as the debut for the reorganization of all Dart sub-brands. These include Apical Industries, DAS, Dart Helicopter Services, Geneva Aviation and Red Barn Machine. According to Dart, it has more than 600 STCs and offers 5,000 products for sale across these subsidiaries.
The aircraft modification segment of Butler National’s wholly owned subsidiary Avcon (Booth No. C3004) is exhibiting at Heli-Expo for the first time. Avcon is armed with a novel concept design for a skid-mount portable system for Lidar system operations in rotorcraft. Avcon modifies business and cargo aircraft, both fixed-wing and rotorcraft, in Newton, Kansas, and provides many FAA-approved solutions to a variety of operators.
Steve Hickok is understandably proud of the work his company has done to bring safe and reliable GPS-enabled lateral navigation (LNAV) and localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches to helicopter operators across the U.S. In fact, every helicopter Waas LPV approach approved since 2008 has been developed by Hickok & Associates (Booth No. N6204.)
Air Comm Corporation (Booth N5015) announced Monday that the thermal management and environmental systems company recently selected Component Control’s Quantum Control logistics software solution to manage its manufacturing, business systems and inventory control operations.
Greenwich AeroGroup (Booth No. C4711) hired aviation veteran John Fenton as its new president of Greenwich AeroGroup of Brazil.
In his new role, said the company, “Fenton will lead the revitalization and restructuring of Helivia,” a Greenwich company providing offshore helicopter charter services for the rapidly expanding oil and gas industry in Brazil.
Bell Helicopter is on a mission, to diversify its business model. CEO John Garrison wants to increase the company’s share of revenues from the civil sector, now estimated at 40 percent of its overall 2012 results of $4.2 billion.