HAI Convention News - 2014
More Stories from HAI 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.