An Australian company has developed a new searchlight that can illuminate a greater area from a longer distance, yet which is claimed to offer significant weight and cost advantages over the current industry standard. It is being launched here at Heli-Expo (Booth 4002).
A very sore-throated EMS pilot named Mark Graveline, who flies a Bell 206 equipped with the Chelton Flight Systems FlightLogic EFIS for Air Methods of San Antonio, talked about the cockpit system with HAI Convention News at the show yesterday.
The Phoenix Police Department took possession of a new AgustaWestland A119 Koala helicopter in ceremonies yesterday at the AgustaWestland booth (No. 1141). It is the first of three A119s that will be configured with new, high-tech mission-specific equipment.
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.
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