March 4, 2013 - 5:45pm
WX-500 Stormscope

Upgrading the panelware on its H-60 and S-70i helicopter platforms, Sikorsky Aircraft (Booth No. C5028) has selected a trio of L-3 Aviation Products (Booth No. C5901) as standard equipment: the GH-3001 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), Stormscope WX-500 lightning detection system and PS-855 emergency power supply (EPS).

March 4, 2013 - 4:50pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 3718) plans to offer its flight data acquisition storage and transmission system (FAST) for helicopter engines. In addition, it has launched an automatic power assurance check project to run on the system. A power assurance check is a test run to determine the way the engine performance compares with its output when it was new.

March 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

Helicopter appraisal firm HeliValue$ has laid bare the market so that visitors to this year’s Heli-Expo can get an idea of what is actually going on in the market, based on prices. “At HeliValue$, our most-asked question of the past quarter has been ‘What’s going on with the helicopter market?’” said Sharon Desfor, president of the Wauconda, Ill.-based company.

March 4, 2013 - 3:45pm
Bell engineers are continuing to develop the fly-by-wire flight controls for the Bell 525 through a system integration lab cockpit simulator in Fort Worth. The helicopter will feature a low-slung instrument panel with four Garmin G5000H screens, futuristic sidesticks and  plunging cockpit side windows for excellent visibility.

The Bell 525 is flying off the coast of California en route to the main runway at Camp Pendleton. I beep the fingertip switch on the sidestick collective to slow for a smooth landing, thanks to the new helicopter’s coupled fly-by-wire (FBW) controls.

March 4, 2013 - 2:45pm
An Army Chinook (left) sprays de-icing fluid on an AgustaWestland AW139 while in flight. Pilots are urged to land immediately after icing occurs, since most helicopters are not equipped or approved for flying in icing conditions.

Following recent crashes of EMS helicopters in Illinois and Iowa in December last year and this January, the FAA issued a revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin covering recommendations for rotorcraft flying into snowy or icy conditions.

March 4, 2013 - 2:30pm
Following two fatal EMS crashes that possibly were weather-related, the FAA has issued recommendations for turboshaft-powered rotorcraft flying into snowy or icy conditions and urges precautions to prevent icing.

Less than two months after two possible weather-related fatal crashes of EMS helicopters in Illinois and Iowa, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SW-08-03R3) covering recommendations for rotorcraft powered by turboshaft engines flying into snowy or icy conditions. The SAIB describes procedures to reduce the probability of an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown due to snow and/or ice ingestion and reminds operators that most helicopters are not approved/equipped for flight-into-icing conditions.

March 4, 2013 - 2:30pm

In a market forecast released this week in Shanghai, consulting firm Avia-Tek is predicting 65 civil helicopter deliveries in China this year, which should bring the fleet to 435. The growth in 2012 was “ 3.7 percent higher than the most-probable scenario of the previous year’s edition.” As a result, the fleet stood at 370 as of Dec. 31, 2012, compared to 305 one year earlier. The most urgent need to be filled is now for “intermediate, twin-turbine, and heavy lift helicopters,” Matthieu Devoisselle, one of Avia-Tek’s founding partners, added.

March 4, 2013 - 2:15pm
Hillsboro Aviation has grown into a full-service operation offering training, charter, maintenance, aircraft sales, tour operations and FBO services.

Hillsboro Aviation has come a long way since it opened in 1980 as a helicopter training school. Today, the Oregon-based company offers aviation services ranging from charter and maintenance to aircraft sales and FBO operations. Headquartered at Portland-Hillsboro Airport, the company, which has a staff of 225 employees, operates a satellite facility in Portland as well as two flight-training centers–one in Troutdale and another in Prineville, Ore., as well as a seasonal helicopter tour operation at Mount St.

March 4, 2013 - 1:05pm

New data released by the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) shows that the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. has declined since 2009. During the three-year period from 2007 to 2009, there were 466 helicopter accidents in the country. For the past three years, from 2010 through 2012, there were 411 U.S. accidents. However, the data also shows that the number of helicopter accidents involving personal/private flying increased during the same time period. Within the 2007-09 span, 21 percent of total U.S.

March 4, 2013 - 12:50pm
Bell 429

Bell Helicopter (Booth No. N5612) comes to Heli-Expo ’13 bolstered by additional shipments and certifications for the Bell 429 program, as well as two new deliveries for the Bell 407GX.