As part of a broader customer support initiative, Breeze-Eastern says it has made significant (54-percent) reductions in overhaul and repair turnaround times over the past year. It is now expanding its customer support organization with new leadership, an expanded team and a new 24-hour support line. Breeze-Eastern designs and manufactures lifting and pulling devices for helicopters and military cargo aircraft, including rescue hoists, winches, cargo hooks and weapon-lifting systems.
Eurocontrol is warning helicopter operators, especially offshore oil operators, of a potential threat posed by “skysails,” giant kites that help propel some large ships such as oil tankers and container carriers. On September 15 a helicopter was descending over the southern North Sea to a nearby oil or gas platform when the crew saw such a skysail. It was flying ahead of a vessel, at around 1,000 feet, just below the clouds.
AgustaWestland announced an order from the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of China for two AW109 Powers, with an option for another two expected to be exercised next year. The MSA is responsible for patrolling all of China’s inland and coastal waterways. The light twin-turbine helicopters will be dedicated to controlling and fighting water pollution. They will operate aboard the MSA ships in the Guangdong province in southern China.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has opened an 8,000-sq-ft facility about 10 miles from London Luton Airport. It is dedicated to servicing, repairing and conducting hot-section inspections on PW300s, PW500s and JT15s. The facility will act as the base for a mobile team for field repairs.