“Learning To Fly Helicopters” Second Edition is not your typical dry, droll aviation text. Author and AIN Publications chief operating officer R. Randall Padfield is an Air Force Academy graduate and a 9,000-hour commercially rated helicopter pilot who flew to offshore platforms in the North Sea. He succeeds in melding his personal experiences with engineering knowledge in an easy-to-understand narrative that is clear, concise and entertaining and delivered in chapters that are mercifully short and well-organized.
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.
SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 108) recently completed a specialized training contract with Canadian operator Great Slave Helicopters, allowing the Northern Territories operator to conduct hoist and human external load (Class D) operations in Peru.
“We were very impressed with how quickly we were able to put the schedule together, and with SRT’s help in ensuring that we had the right equipment and the right mix of pilots and hoist operators,” Great Slave general manager Corey Taylor said.
Sikorsky Aircraft launched iFly Sikorsky, its first iPad flight calculator application for the company’s commercial S-92 helicopter platform, here at Heli-Expo 2014. The application replicates common performance calculations described in the S-92 Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) and also has a weight-and-balance calculator.
Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA; Booth No. 7129) of Tempe, Ariz. is showcasing the company’s Bell 206 main rotor blade development project. This program is aimed at creating a replacement for the metal blades in legacy 206 models, starting with the 206B3 JetRanger. The JetRanger that will serve as the program’s test bed is on display at the company’s booth. “Our goal is to have the 206B3 blade certified by the end of this year,” VHA president James Van Horn told AIN.
Enstrom Helicopters (Booth No. 8842) may not attract the attention of its higher-profile competitors in the civil rotorcraft segment, but the company has proven impressively resilient throughout its long history and many difficult times. Today, the Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturer has found success in overseas markets, a trend that newly named company president Tracy Biegler says began with delivery of the first of 18 turbine-powered 480B helicopters to the Indonesian National Police in 2004.
Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 4536) CEO John Garrison said there was never any doubt what the company really planned to call its new light single.
“There’s so much brand equity in the Jet Ranger. It’s phenomenal. It brings tears to people’s eyes. We knew we wanted Jet Ranger. X is the next generation of Jet Ranger.”
Yesterday was a banner day for French helicopter manufacturer Guimbal as it marked its entry to the U.S. helicopter market, with the delivery of its first Cabri G2 light single to Newberg, Ore.-based operator and training provider Precision Helicopters.
Amid swirling dancers and projected rocky landscapes, AgustaWestland drew a crowd on the exhibit floor yesterday afternoon with the formal unveiling of the latest addition to its lineup, the AW109 Trekker, its first light twin to offer skid landing gear. Expected to receive certification and begin deliveries next year, the helicopter wore the colors of launch customer Dallas-based aeromedical transport provider SevenBar, which has also ordered another AW109 and a pair of AW119s as part of its first foray into rotorcraft operation.
Europe had the highest market share of commercial helicopters in 2013, and more growth is expected this year in offshore oil and gas, EMS and SAR services. HeliTech (Booth No. 4123) has picked up a new and powerful partner to help promote participation in its USA Pavilion during the European Helicopter Association’s Helitech International show, taking place from October 14 to 16 in Amsterdam.