Bell 430, Kurnoon, India, Sept. 2, 2009–Operated by the Government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the helicopter crashed en route to Chitoor, India, from Hyderabad, India. The two crewmembers and three passengers–including the Secretariat of Hyderabad–were killed and the helicopter was destroyed.
Already a well-known brand in the Caribbean for the past 12 years, Odyssey Aviation (Booth No. 268) plans to open three new FBOs in the Bahamas on November 1. An island-friendly atmosphere will soon be seen at Treasure Cay, Abaco; Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera; and Exuma International, Great Exuma. The FBOs will offer Texaco-branded fuel through Chevron Global Aviation.
The General Dynamics Aviation Services facility at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., has been approved to perform maintenance on business jets registered in Argentina and the Cayman Islands. The approvals came from the Dirección Nacional de Aeronavegabilidad in Argentina and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands.
Embraer started construction of a factory in Portugal and is due to open it before the end of 2011. The 161,000-sq-ft facility at Evora will manufacture complex composite airframe structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners. A ground-breaking event held in late July was attended by Portugal’s prime minister, José Socrates, and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in June said Brazil is to become his company’s “fourth domestic country,” after France, Germany and Spain. Pointing out the country wants to build its helicopter industry into a major player–like Embraer in regional jets–he said Helibras, a 70-percent-owned local subsidiary, will expand. Over the coming years, it will double in size and staff (workforce currently stands at 300).
Organizers of next year’s Singapore Airshow are here in Paris (Chalet D226) pressing for a sell out for the Feb. 2-7, 2010 event. So far, 90 percent of its exhibit space has been sold. They anticipate more than 700 exhibitors will attend, including 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace firms.
Mexico’s fast-growing aerospace sector is here at the Paris Air Show in strength once again (Hall 3 Stand D24), and the latest projections for its future suggest it is set to get bigger still in the next six years or so. Much of the growth in the past few years has come from foreign OEMs opening new facilities and expanding existing properties in their increasingly urgent pursuit of lower production costs and access to markets.
The only Cayman Islands-certified Aviation Maintenance Organization (AMO) approval in the U.S. has been granted to Midcoast Aviation’s Teterboro facility.
“Obtaining the approval allows us to serve our existing Cayman Islands operators more efficiently, and we hope additional operators will now choose us as well,” said David Smith, vice president of MRO satellite operations for the Cahokia, Ill.-based operation.
Hughes 369, Honiara, Solomon Islands, Dec. 27, 2008–The Oceanside Helicopters 369 crashed into the Pacific Ocean and sank after the pilot lost control while taking off from a fishing boat on the Solomon Sea, about 350 miles west of Honiara. The pilot was not found and is presumed dead; the passenger was seriously injured. The helicopter was not recovered.
Temsco Helicopters, one of Alaska’s largest operators, has chosen British Columbia-based Latitude Technologies (Booth No. 3235) to provide voice and flight-following satcom equipment and services for its fleet of more than 50 helicopters. The Latitude SkyNode S220-021 device, with two-way Iridium data communication capability, will support Temsco’s construction, pipeline, exploration, SAR and EMS operations from five Alaska bases.