Business

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.

March 5, 2013 - 6:00am

Global demand for helicopters is expected to increase over the next five years, according to the results of Honeywell’s Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook survey, released here at Heli-Expo ‘13. Deliveries of new civilian-use helicopters will total between 4,900 and 5,600 units during 2013-2017 according to the survey, with strong demand focused in the first three years of the period and reflected in every region of the world. This is 35 percent higher for this three-year period than was recorded in last year’s survey.

 
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