Air Methods, one of the nation’s largest air medical transportation providers, yes-terday signed a memorandum of under-standing with American Eurocopter to buy 15 EC 135s. Deliveries are expected to begin next year.
Robinson Helicopter president and CEO Frank Robinson said yesterday that he is planning within the next few weeks to flight test an R44 Raven equipped with a two-axis autopilot, possibly paving the way for IFR certification of the four-place piston helicopter.
Honeywell (Booth No. 1907) and Soloy (Booth No. 2207) have obtained an STC to install Honeywell’s latest version of the LTS101 turboshaft engine on the Eurocopter AS 350B2 AStar, and have delivered the first two converted helicopters.
Dramatically reducing the helicopter accident rate, dealing with the looming pilot and technician shortage and building a geographical database of civil helicopters capable of assisting emergency responses to terrorism and national disasters were the top three goals articulated by HAI’s executiv
At the AgustaWestland breakfast yesterday, company president Giuseppe Orsi emphasized the continued integration of the two companies– Agusta and Westland–and the importance of a single corporate face in the marketplace.
It will come as no surprise to industry watchers that Eurocopter had another good year last year. Its $4 billion order book was its best in the last five years. The total included $1.7 billion worth of new helicopters–equivalent to 401 airframes–and 70 percent of that sum was for export.
In what was probably the loudest, most athletic and most well-attended unveiling of a helicopter at a Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter took the wraps off its newest offering–the Bell 417–yesterday morning. How loud was it?
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