Chelton Flight Systems of Boise, Idaho, has received FAA approval for installation of its FlightLogic synthetic-vision EFIS in helicopters. The approval was accomplished as part of the FAA’s Alaska Capstone program with support from the agency’s rotorcraft directorate in Fort Worth, Texas. The initial STC installation was performed by Hillsboro Aviation in Hillsboro, Ore., in a Bell JetRanger operated by the company in charter service.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. has announced that Aeronautical Accessories, an affiliate of Bell Helicopter Textron, has obtained an STC allowing installation of Safe Flight’s Exceedence Warning System for the Bell 206B JetRanger. Safe Flight’s Exceedence Warning System continually monitors torque and exhaust gas temperature and provides pilots with a tactile annunciation when limits are being reached or exceeded.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Muanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 9, 2008–The pilot of the Petroleum Helicopters LongRanger was killed when it crashed into the water near Muanda. It was flying from one tanker ship to another. The helicopter wreckage sank into 7,500 feet of water. The DRC Civil Aviation Authority is investigating, aided by an NTSB representative.
Look for a new helicopter variant of a tried-and-true veteran design to bow in at next month’s HAI HeliExpo ’02. Bearing the temporary cognomen of JRX, the expanded variant of the basic Bell 206 will boast a roomier cabin and wider windows. It is hoped both changes will attract orders from air-tour operators.
BELL 206L-1, NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA., FEB. 16, 2002–A pilot and his revenue passenger died while trying to land at the Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), a residential air park six miles south of Daytona Beach (Fla.) International Airport. The Part 135 air-taxi flight, operated by Universal Air Service, originated from Orlando, Fla., at 0550.
The chartered Bell JetRanger that crashed into the ice-covered slopes of Mount Rainier last June has slid into a crevasse and seems to be beyond recovery. In so doing, the chartered helicopter joins a half-dozen other out-of-reach aircraft that festoon the slopes of the 14,410-ft peak.
Featuring a modified nose, upgraded avionics and simplified construction, a modernized FH-1100 helicopter should be in production by 2004. Georges Van Nevel, president of the FH-1100 Manufacturing Corp., recently told AIN that he anticipates FAA certification for the upgraded helo by the end of this year, with first deliveries expected within 18 months of production startup.
When the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., opened last month to tell the tale of news gathering, publication and broadcast and to champion the concept of a free press, it did not ignore the role of aviation in the news-gathering and -broadcasting process.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Venice, La., Dec. 29, 2007–One of the passengers of the Air Logistics LongRanger was killed and the pilot and the two other passengers injured when the helicopter crashed after a loss of control in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Zuzenhausen, Germany, Jan. 7, 2008–The German-registered JetRanger, on a pipeline patrol flight, was destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances in IMC. The pilot had minor injuries and a passenger was killed. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation is investigating.