Denver-based Air Methods Corp. (Booth No. 856), which claims the title of “largest air medical transportation company in the world,” announced yesterday the acquisition by its Products Division of United Rotorcraft Solutions.
Sikorsky Aircraft and Milestone Aviation Group of Dublin, Ireland, announced jointly yesterday Milestone’s order for five Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters, for delivery to Milestone in the second half of this year. Milestone (Booth No. 4042) plans to offer the new helicopters for lease to helicopter operators anywhere in the world.
Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) has announced development of new composite main- and tailrotor blades for the MD369, 500 and 600 helicopter series.
Aviall will supply helicopter parts to Broussard, La.-based Rotorcraft Leasing’s 12 bases in Louisiana, Texas, Florida and California. Founded in 1990, Rotorcraft Leasing lays claim to being the largest privately held Part 135 operator in the Gulf of Mexico.
Eurocopter’s new North Sea Service Centre at Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland is the blueprint for the manufacturer’s concerted effort to locate product support and training infrastructure as close as possible to operators of its aircraft. The new facility was officially opened on February 1 and the company is advancing plans for similar developments in the U.S., Asia and South America.
Canadaπs Transportation Safety Board (TSB) issued its final report February 9 on the fatal 2009 accident of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92A off Newfoundland that killed 17. The helicopter crashed while attempting to ditch after its main gearbox lubrication system failed due to two cracked oil filter bowl mounting studs.
Overblown oil prices are far from good news for most of the aviation industry, but the world’s insatiable thirst for fuel is spurring fresh demand for helicopters to serve offshore exploration and production activity. So it was a logical choice for Eurocopter to select Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland as its first major initiative to bring rotorcraft product support and training infrastructure closer to its operators.
As the annual Heli-Expo convention prepares to open on March 6, analyst Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates is predicting that the civil helicopter market has hit bottom and should resume growing again this year. The helicopter market is unique, with distinct government/military and civil markets, and these segments tend to balance one another, he explained.
Helicopter pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charles Huron Kaman died Monday at the age of 91. Kaman earned an aeronautical engineering degree in 1940 and later was employed at United Aircraft’s Hamilton Standard division, where he worked with Igor Sikorsky. In 1945, at age 26, he founded Kaman Aircraft and served as its CEO until 1999 and chairman until 2001.