HAI Convention News - 2014

HAI Convention News
Australia boasts the sixth largest helicopter fleet in the world and the industry is seeing strong growth.

The Australia Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) has announced that the new Rotortech 2014 show will be held from May 24 to 25 at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort in Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Space is available for 20 small helicopters or 15 medium helicopters at the show site, according to the organizers, and there are 25 display booths for exhibitors in the main conference area, many of which have already been booked.

An integrated Universal Avionics flight deck will modernize the MD Helicopters MD 902 Explorer.

Helicopter manufacturers aren’t immune to the pressure to update their machines with modern avionics, and last year MD Helicopters and Universal Avionics Systems unveiled a new NextGen flight deck mockup for the MD 902 Explorer. The new avionics replace aging Bendix/King EFIS 40 cathode-ray-tube displays with high-resolution 10.4-inch Universal LCDs in landscape orientation.

Robinson Helicopter’s newest, the turbine-single R66, was recently certified in Canada and Russia.

CEO Kurt Robinson said he is focusing on keeping his family’s helicopter company “lean and mean to provide a good product at a competitive price” to bring value to its customers. “We’re going to keep our pencils sharpened,” he told AIN. Robinson Helicopter posted another strong year in 2013, producing 523 helicopters, up from 517 in 2012 and a long climb from the 2010 rate of 162. As was the case in 2012, the piston-powered R44 continues to be the top seller, with 289 produced in 2013; but the $839,000 turbine-single R66, with 192 already delivered, remains the company cash cow.

In a choreographed display of lights and music, Bell Helicopter unveiled not one but three full-scale mockups of what the company had been calling its short light single helicopter and now calls the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Bell CEO John Garrison  said that the new model will be priced at about $1 million to make it price competitive with the Robinson Helicopter R66.  Photo by Barry Ambrose.

The economic health of the rotorcraft industry can be measured by numerous factors, not the least the number of aircraft orders announced at Heli-Expo. This year’s event had several blockbusters and some other commercial surprises. On the whole, business is definitely looking up.

The Heli-Expo 2014 exhibit halls saw a steady stream of visitors during the first two days of the show, a clear indication that HAI’s forecast for an attendence close to last year’s record in Las Vegas is within reach. Meanwhile, the manufacturers continue to announce new helicopters, refinements to current models and signed purchase agreements. It doesn’t get better than that. Hey, heaven can wait.

Helicopters make Heli-Expo go around and nothing catches the attendees fancy like aircraft they have never seen before, ones with cool new features and even ones with just really great paint jobs… except for classic models that get gray-haired vets reminiscing about the olden days. Here are 15 of the showstoppers at Heli-Expo 2014.

For more than 50 years, HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in the helicopter industry. The nine award categories reflect the diverse range of people who work in the rotorcraft industry, from pilots and safety practitioners, to flight instructors and those who use helicopters to serve their communities and save lives.

Conventions are both a big business in themselves and often provide an indication of the health of the industry being convened. If this is true, then Heli-Expo 2014, February 25 to 28, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California promises good news for the rotary-wing industry.

Helicopter Association International (HAI) officials expect to have more than 60 helicopters on display at Heli-Expo 2014. Here are just a few of them on their arrival at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is just across Harbor Boulevard from Disneyland.

Photos by Mariano Rosales.

More Stories from HAI 2014

February 28, 2014, 10:00 PM

The economic health of the rotorcraft industry can be measured by numerous factors, not the least the number of aircraft orders announced at Heli-Expo. This year’s event had several blockbusters and some other commercial surprises. On the whole, business is definitely looking up.

February 27, 2014, 3:30 PM

RedViking Engineering (Booth No. 2811) is at Heli-Expo 2014 with a little extra flair, now that it has merged with SuperiorControls. The merger seems to be a good deal for both companies.

The former designs, builds, installs and supports helicopter powertrain test systems in both the military and commercial venues, while the latter provides manufacturing execution systems that include custom machines, software, automation and conveyance solutions.

February 27, 2014, 3:21 PM

Barfield, a Sabena Technics company (Booth No. 7603), is celebrating the renewal of its Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) certification at Heli-Expo 2014. Barfield offers FAA- and EASA-certified AOG maintenance services to customers in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Barfield is also a manufacturer of air-data/pitot-static testers, RVSM air-data testers, APU testers, cable tensiometer testers, fuel quantity testers, pressure testers, nav/com and transponder test sets, pitot/static adapters and turbine temperature testers.

February 27, 2014, 3:20 PM

HeliWagon (Booth No. 1428) announced in conjunction with Heli-Expo 2014 this week the first deliveries of its mobile landing dollies to U.S. Army National Guard (ANG) units in New Jersey and Maryland.

Company president Brad Seibold said the New Jersey ANG purchased four 14- by 16-foot dollies, equipped with lights and custom logos, with the Maryland unit taking one. All HeliWagons feature wireless remote control, an onboard charger and powder-coated frames.

February 27, 2014, 3:15 PM

Precision Fuel Components (Booth No. 5722) is holding a pedometer challenge here at Heli-Expo with an Apple iPad mini as the grand prize for the Heli-Expo attendee who logs the most steps on the shoe leather. More details and your pedometer are available at Precision’s booth. Precision offers a variety of fuel pump overhaul services. In June the company began offering full overhauls on Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T fuel pump series 025277-300 dash 07 and dash 08.

February 27, 2014, 3:15 PM

Helicopters make Heli-Expo go around and nothing catches the attendees fancy like aircraft they have never seen before, ones with cool new features and even ones with just really great paint jobs… except for classic models that get gray-haired vets reminiscing about the olden days. Here are 15 of the showstoppers at Heli-Expo 2014.

February 27, 2014, 3:10 PM

Naasco Northeast (Booth No. 1433) emphasized the availability of its Mercury Mod-Phase Two starter generator upgrade at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim.

“A higher-flow fan brings the cooling air down about 70 degrees lower than the original Mercury Mod, introduced 19 years ago,” Naasco vice president Jim Leslie told AIN. Work began two years ago on Mercury Mod 2, with Naasco working with engineers at Sikorsky on the S-76.

February 27, 2014, 3:08 PM

Honeywell has received FAA supplemental type certificate approval for installation of its Sky Connect Tracker III in S-76, AW139 and AS350 helicopters. Sky Connect Tracker III uses the Iridium satellite network to provide all-in-one voice, text and tracking services. Honeywell said its dual-redundant servers currently handle more than 5 million tracking, text and telemetry messages each month.

February 27, 2014, 3:08 PM

The merging of glass cockpit technology to legacy Enstrom (Booth No. 8822) helicopters moved closer to reality this week, with Aspen STC announcing the completion of flight testing toward FAA supplemental type certificate approval to install the Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000H primary flight display (PFD) and EFD500H/1000H multifunction display (MFD) on current and future Enstrom models.

February 27, 2014, 3:03 PM

Flight data monitoring provider Latitude Technologies (Booth No. 411) and AKV (Booth No. 1624), maker of engine cycle counters for helicopters, announced a jointly developed technical interface between the companies’ products. The new interface is designed to provide fleet operators with valuable engine condition and performance data.

February 27, 2014, 3:00 PM

Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.

February 27, 2014, 2:55 PM

Owner/operators of Bell 206L series helicopters can install a new cylinder extension assembly from Tactair Fluid Controls, a subsidiary of Young & Franklin. The new cylinder extension assembly is detailed in a Tactair service bulletin (SB42C42642-67-04) and a Bell Helicopter information letter (206L-14-97), and its replacement is recommended for accomplishment during repair or overhaul of the hydraulic servo actuator. The improvement replaces the existing cylinder extension assembly with an upgraded component that is designed to increase the reliability and service life of the entire hydraulic servo actuator.

February 27, 2014, 2:55 PM

Aeronautical radio and audio communications systems manufacturer Technisonic Industries (Booth No. 3433) of Ontario, Canada, is launching the TDFM-9100, the latest addition to its line of P25 Phase I- and Phase II-compliant radios. Technisonic introduced its TDFM 9000 series–anchored by the TDFM-9000 and -9300–at Heli-Expo last year.

February 27, 2014, 2:51 PM

It takes the right tooling to make a helicopter come together, and sometimes it takes teamwork to create that tooling. Professional Aviation Associates (Booth No. 4006), a subsidiary of Greenwich AeroGroup, worked in tandem with Aerosync Engineering & Consulting recently to deliver two UH60 Black Hawk fuselage and tailcone alignment fixtures to the Colombian air force.

February 27, 2014, 2:50 PM

New HAI member Rusada (Booth No. 3209) is exhibiting at Heli-Expo for the first time. A global aviation software solutions company established in 1987 and headquartered in Switzerland, with operations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, Rusada currently serves 50 major customers worldwide with software that manages more than 1,500 aircraft in 20 countries.

 
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