Mike Redenbaugh took over the CEO’s office at Bell Helicopter’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters in May and now faces some formidable challenges–including getting the military V-22 tiltrotor program on track and completing certification of the BA609 civil tiltrotor in cooperation with partner Agusta Aerospace of Italy.
Bell Helicopter Textron announced the recent deliveries of three helicopters–a Bell 412, 206B-3 and 430–to customers in vastly different industries and took orders for two 407s in September. The Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer also inked a deal at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month on the sale of an AB139, jointly developed with AgustaWestland.
In separate ceremonies at last month’s NBAA Convention, Bell/Agusta announced the sale of a corporate AB139 to American International Group and Eurocopter revealed that the EC 120 on display was bought. The buyer of the EC 120 wasn’t disclosed, but the seller, insurance broker Lance Toland, immediately ordered a new EC 120, this one with air conditioning.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the longtime preferred interiors provider for AgustaWestland helicopters in Italy, has opened its new U.S. facility at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. According to Massimo Isidori, operations at the 12,000-sq-ft hangar are currently focused on helicopter maintenance but interior completions on executive, EMS and law enforcement helicopters are expected to begin “full force” this summer.
Italy-based manufacturer AgustaWestland held its first Italian Corporate Pilot Conference in January. Almost all of the 50 pilot attendees fly AgustaWestland helicopters, the company said. Operational, regulatory, product and safety matters were among the topics under discussion. An immediate follow-on to the event was the formation of the AgustaWestland Italian Corporate Pilot Club.
Scott Kasprowicz (center), the AgustaWestland A109S Grand owner-pilot who broke the U.S. transcontinental record a week and a half ago, announced his next record attempt yesterday here at Heli-Expo–an around-the-world flight in his AgustaWestland helicopter, N1US.
Visiting Honeywell’s new corporate AW139 medium-twin helicopter at the AgustaWestland booth (No. 3039) is a great way to see the clean and uncluttered instrument panel offered by Honeywell’s Primus Epic avionics suite.
Here at Heli-Expo’08, Aerospace Filtration Systems (Booth No. 4013) is marking the delivery of more than 3,000 inlet barrier filters (IBFs) for helicopters. The engine protection systems are in use worldwide on a wide array of commercial and military helicopters, with more than one million total flight hours combined.
Air Concepts International is a small company with great expectations. Tucked away with a half-dozen other businesses in a nondescript building across the street from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, it is slowly but surely expanding its market presence as a helicopter completion and refurbishment specialist.
AgustaWestland (Booth No. 3039) unveiled its exclusive AW139 Versace interior Sunday, but the Italian OEM was quick to point out that it did not expand its line of exclusive interiors and layouts for money or profit.