Summer in the Swiss Alps is short, and construction companies have to work fast in the mountains and valleys. Many of them come to Berne-based Heliswiss having learned that, when it comes to building structures such as ski-lift towers, the Ka-32 can deliver the accuracy and, thus, the speed of progress that they need.
Carson Helicopters and Sagem Avionics’ U.S. arm have teamed to introduce a new upgrade package for the venerable Sikorsky S-61N. The package includes new composite main rotor blades on the outside and flat-panel cockpit displays, autopilot and attitude heading reference systems in the office.
Spanish operator Helisureste has taken delivery of an Agusta- Westland 139. The new helicopter will be used on the company’s scheduled service flying between Malaga and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the north African coast.
With North Sea competition investing in the EC 225, Super Puma Mk 2 and S-92, is there still a role for the Sikorsky S-61N? The workhorse has been providing sterling service for more than 40 years, but the oil majors regard it–as a people-carrier at least–as obsolescent hardware.
In 1999, in a wide-ranging re-alignment of North Sea helicopter assets, Canadian Helicopter (CHC) bought Norway’s Helikopter Service, together with Brintel and Bond in the UK. The company was soon relaunched as CHC Scotia.
It was bound to happen eventually. British International (BI), the company that rose from the ashes of what was once North Sea operator British International Helicopters, is back on the energy-support map. This month it will start flying Shell workers out to an economically promising but politically controversial gas field known as Corrib, 62 miles off the northwestern coast of the county of Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.
A Eurocopter EC 145 will be introduced to Gulf of Mexico operations by Taylor Energy, a New Orleans-based independent oil and gas production company. One helicopter was delivered in March, and Taylor placed an option on a second, to be delivered next year.
Keystone Helicopter is seeking an FAA production certificate to manufacture the S-76 and S-92 at its Coatesville, Pa. facility. Keystone is building a new facility known as the Heliplex at Coatesville. When complete it will cover 173,000 sq ft.
The southern African state of Botswana wants to acquire four helicopters for a new law-enforcement unit. Its national police force is currently looking for staff, and by the beginning of next year will be awaiting funds for the purchase of aircraft.
The NTSB has asked the FAA to require MD Helicopters to conduct tests to “enable the full analysis” of all critical loads for tension-torsion (T-T) straps installed in the Notar anti-torque fan of MD 500Ns, 600Ns and 900s. The recommendations stem from the Safety Board’s ongoing investigations into two nonfatal accidents involving MD 900s in 2004.