It’s been three months since Sikorsky announced that its S-92 rig approach system has gone into operation in the Gulf of Mexico with oil and gas transport provider PHI, and here at the show, the airframer is providing demonstrations of the safety enhancement.
Sikorsky and PHI Helicopters, co-developers of the new rig approach software for the S-92’s flight control computer, said they have recently gained new customers for the approach automation product. Half of PHI’s 28 S-92s already has the rig approach installed, and the remainder of the U.S. operator’s fleet is scheduled for the upgrade.
A cargo loader beneath a Moroccan Boeing 767 caught fire November 5 shortly after the aircraft’s arrival at Montreal Pierre Trudeau International Airport last week. Ground crews had just begun unloading passenger bags when a conveyor belt pushed against the aircraft’s cargo door overheated, igniting the blaze. Two of the 250 passengers aboard were treated for smoke inhalation while five others were transported to hospital with varying injuries. A phone camera video recorded some of the efforts to evacuate passengers.
A five-month-old boy was killed in an accident at Alicante Airport (LEAL) in southeast Spain after his mother left him alone on a baggage conveyor belt that she apparently believed to be inactive at the time. An initial review of airport security-camera footage suggested the conveyor was activated by the weight of the baby being placed upon it.
The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has expressed concern about the lack of an international agreement on tackling the cybersecurity threat to commercial aviation around the world. The group gave the warning in a new white paper published on August 13 called A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity.
Rod Machado, a prolific aviation author and educator, is a voice of reason when it comes to how we can improve aviation safety, and his recent comments in response to an FAA notice on new training standards put a fresh spin on an old problem.
Today at EBACE, Nextant announced the sale of a second 400XT to Prague-based business jet operator Time Air, which was the first European customer for the remanufactured Beechjet 400A. Time Air managing director Martin Prazsky praised its 400XT, which has flown 600 hours in the first nine months, for having low operating cost and high dispatch reliability. In taking a second aircraft Time Air also becomes the first European fleet operator of the Nextant.
Robinson Helicopter founder Frank Robinson will receive the 2013 Daniel Guggenheim Medal on May 22 at the Grand Awards Banquet of the American Helicopter Society International’s Annual Forum in Phoenix. The Medal recognizes notable achievements in aeronautics and is awarded jointly by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.
First-time Heli-Expo exhibitor Archangel Systems is demonstrating tiny FAA-approved attitude heading reference systems (AHRS) designed for helicopter avionics upgrades at Booth No. N5532. The company also announced a major win yesterday, the selection of its AHR150A ADAHRS by MD Helicopters for the OEM’s new Universal Avionics integrated flight deck in the MD Explorer. “This is a brand new integrated cockpit system, and this is a first for Archangel,” said CEO Michael Greene.
Aviation insurance underwriter USAIG (Booth No. N1916) is highlighting additions and improvements to its Performance Vector aircraft operator safety initiative, which focuses on human factors elements that may lead to aviation accidents.