In the third quarter, the FAA is expected to begin awarding supplemental type certificates for installation of AmSafe inflatable seatbelts in dozens of models of general aviation aircraft. AmSafe helped write special conditions, which the FAA published in April, to help make the STC process more efficient.
Aviation International News » August 2006
Last month the Helicopter Association International (HAI) rolled out its First Responder program–an online database of helicopter operators who, in the event
of future natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, are willing to put their assets at the disposal of U.S. government organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
If a city is to be considered friendly to helicopters, by what criteria would this friendliness be measured? The number of heliports? Heliports per capita? Heliports per helicopter? The number of helicopters based in that city?
After a competitive tender, San Diego County has approved a sheriff’s department request to buy a new Bell 407. The $1.9 million cost will be funded by an urban initiative grant and state homeland security equipment funds.
Hillsboro Aviation has won a contract from the Chicago Police Department to complete a new Bell 206B-3 JetRanger. The JetRanger will complement an existing LongRanger IV that was acquired from the Chicago Fire Department earlier this year and is currently being retrofitted by Hillsboro.
As part of a modernization program for its helicopter fleet, AgustaWestland will supply four A109 Powers to Japan’s National Police Agency. Earlier this year, three A109 Powers and an AW139 were delivered to the same organization. This order will bring the total number of A109s in service with the Japanese Police to 11, and the OEM says that the figure is set to “grow significantly” over the coming years.
Venezuela’s National Institute of Civil Aviation has taken delivery of three Russian Mil Mi-172s to improve national search-and-rescue capabilities. The helicopters, provided by IAI of Israel and Kazan of Russia, are fitted with night infrared search cameras and digital cockpits, with cabin space for 14 stretchers.
The award of the U.S. Army’s LUH (light utility helicopter) contract to American Eurocopter will mean significant expansion at its assembly plant at Columbus, Miss. Production of the UH-145–a customized version of Eurocopter’s EC 145 (originally the BK 117), which is currently built in Germany–will be transferred to Columbus in a series of steps beginning with partial assembly, followed by full assembly and the subsequent U.S.
Raytheon Company will pay a $12 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle an investigation into its financial disclosures and accounting practices, primarily related to its commuter aircraft business from 1997 to 2001.
Goodrich Aerospace has devised a solution to the wiring harness problems that led to a number of nose-gear retraction failures in Bombardier Q400 turboprops flying with Japan Air Commuter (JAC) and two regional units of All Nippon Airways (ANA). A Bombardier spokesman said Goodrich would also apply a permanent fix to all future Q400s.