The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently topped $1 billion in support of American-made business airplane and helicopter financings since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2012. In a deal that drove it past this milestone, the bank approved a guarantee of a $300 million loan extended by Apple Bank for Savings to Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. of Tianjin, China, to finance the purchase of eight business jets from Gulfstream Aerospace. At EBACE 2012, the Ex-Im Bank announced it would provide support for at least $1 billion in business airplane and helicopter financings by the end of 2014.
Barfield, a Sabena Technics company (Booth No. 7603), is celebrating the renewal of its Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) certification at Heli-Expo 2014. Barfield offers FAA- and EASA-certified AOG maintenance services to customers in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Barfield is also a manufacturer of air-data/pitot-static testers, RVSM air-data testers, APU testers, cable tensiometer testers, fuel quantity testers, pressure testers, nav/com and transponder test sets, pitot/static adapters and turbine temperature testers.
Flight data monitoring provider Latitude Technologies (Booth No. 411) and AKV (Booth No. 1624), maker of engine cycle counters for helicopters, announced a jointly developed technical interface between the companies’ products. The new interface is designed to provide fleet operators with valuable engine condition and performance data.
Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.
Aeronautical radio and audio communications systems manufacturer Technisonic Industries (Booth No. 3433) of Ontario, Canada, is launching the TDFM-9100, the latest addition to its line of P25 Phase I- and Phase II-compliant radios. Technisonic introduced its TDFM 9000 series–anchored by the TDFM-9000 and -9300–at Heli-Expo last year.
New HAI member Rusada (Booth No. 3209) is exhibiting at Heli-Expo for the first time. A global aviation software solutions company established in 1987 and headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Rusada currently serves 50 major customers worldwide with software that manages more than 1,500 aircraft in 20 countries.
The first formal agreement between a major global avionics manufacturer and a Russian-based aviation solutions provider was enacted via a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 8040) and St. Petersburg, Russia-based Transas Aviation.
Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Aerospace (Booth No. 4402) announced at Heli-Expo 2014 that it will be the only MRO to stock and distribute Northwest Dynamics’s soon-to-be PMA’d line of Bell rotor brake components and assemblies. These parts fit the Bell 206 and 207 helicopters.
“Adding NDI’s rotor brake parts to our more than 8,000 other PMA parts means tens of thousands of dollars in savings on parts that are the same fit and function as new OEM parts,” said Anthony Saenz, president of Able Aerospace.
Avpro (Booth No. 1411) is pleased with the business the company is transacting at this year’s Heli-Expo. In just the first day of the show the company said it signed an agreement to purchase a new Airbus Helicopters EC145T2 for an undisclosed customer. By day two of Heli-Expo the company announced that it reached an agreement to purchase three Bell 505 X helicopters; one of those will go to its management partner L.J. Aviation in Latrobe, Pa.
Paul Ratté, insurance underwriter USAIG’s director of aviation safety programs and a former Coast Guard helicopter pilot and station commander, called for additional layers of organizational support for first-responder missions during his HAI safety challenge presentation here yesterday.