Uniflight, a Bell Helicopter customer service facility and American Eurocopter customer service center, has launched a new operation to serve fleet operators in the Northeastern U.S. from its location at Reading Regional Airport, Pa. A division of Uniflight, the new operations will do business as Uniflight Northeast.
Eurocopter EC 145
Uniflight, (Booth No. 1117) of Reading, Pa., an authorized Bell Helicopter (Booth No. 628) and American Eurocopter MRO provider, announced at Heli-Expo the launch of Uniflight Northeast, established to serve fleet operators in this region of the U.S.
AgustaWestland has begun delivering a tailored version of the AW109S Grand to Swiss air rescue organization Rega. The Da Vinci, the result of a set of specifications issued by Rega to replace its A109 K2s, is thus not offered to other customers.
The French helicopter industry is endeavoring to catch up with the U.S. in satellite-aided precision approaches, as it strives to enable landings and takeoffs at hospitals in IMC. The ultimate aim is to build a solid network of inter-hospital low-altitude IFR routes, according to participants at a forum held by the Toulouse-based air and space academy late last year.
The reformed European Helicopter Association–operating under the acronym newEHA–publicly touched down for the first time at the 2009 Helitech show at Duxford, UK, albeit having had to adopt a slightly revised flight plan. At the 11th hour, the European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC) opted not to merge with newEHA.
London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit in June flew its 5,000th hour (in almost two years) with its fleet of three Eurocopter EC 145s equipped with Skyquest Aviation’s video-management system. The aircraft feature five mission-management screens and several recording devices. The crew can view multiple sensors at once.
Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth, Texas, expects Transport Canada to issue the type certificate for the company’s twin-turbine Bell 429 light helicopter by the end of this month. Approval from U.S. and European authorities should follow just a few weeks after that.
Eurocopter’s EC 145 light twin-engine helicopter has received a makeover in the form of the Stylence (a play on “style” and “silence”) interior upgrade. The refreshed model features sleek leather seating.
A Eurocopter EC 145 operated by France’s emergency preparedness organization, Sécurité Civile, crashed on April 25 on the French island of Corsica, killing all five occupants–both flight crewmembers, one doctor, one young mother and the baby she had given birth to in flight. The twin-turbine helicopter was flying above rugged terrain in bad weather.
Eurocopter’s EC 145 light twin-engine helicopter has received a makeover in the form of the Stylence (a play on “style” and “silence”) interior upgrade. The refreshed model, featuring sleek, red-leather seating, is on public display for the first time here at the Eurocopter booth (No. 7015).