London Oxford airport-based operator Capital Air Services has taken delivery of a second-hand Eurocopter EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès.” Managing director Michael Hampton said, “We are sure that the immaculate presentation and elegance of this particular aircraft will be popular with our clients.” Eurocopter designed this luxury version of the light twin jointly with the exclusive French brand and unveiled it in 2007, but sales have been slow.
Aviation International News » February 2012
A Eurocopter EC225, operated by CHC for Statoil from the Deepsea Bergen drilling rig to Kristiansund, made a controlled emergency landing at another Norwegian sea platform, Åsgard B, on January 12. The pilots had been alerted to a pressure loss in the left hydraulic system. The helicopter remained in motion after landing due to the lack of wheel braking power but was stabilized. The 19 passengers evacuated through the emergency exit.
The Helicopter Show (THS), the new trade show scheduled to premiere on September 26 at Silverstone, UK, is upping the ante against its rival, long-established Helitech. THS organizers emphasize that their event will take place in new, roomy, permanent buildings. They claim 25-percent lower costs. Moreover, free storage is offered to those exhibitors who attend the Farnborough airshow that takes place two months earlier.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the country’s “new” home-grown heavy-lift helicopter on January 9. Built at state-owned Avic, the AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people and has a maximum ferry range of 485 nm and a service ceiling near 28,000 feet. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.
The RAA has yet to formulate an opinion on the FAA’s recently published rule governing flight and duty time scheduled to take effect in two years. The new rule, in large part instigated by the February 2009 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400, requires that pilots get at least 10 hours rest before each flight duty period–a two-hour increase over existing rules.
US Airways announced last month that it finished installing first-class sections on 110 US Airways Express Embraer E170/175s and Bombardier CRJ700/900s. With the addition of first-class sections on regional partners PSA, Mesa Air Group and Republic Airways, US Airways now offers same-class service to more than 85 destinations. The company began installing the two-by-one seating configurations on its Express aircraft in September and completed all aircraft in mid-December.
GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) announced last month that it placed an order for another two ATR 72-600s, along with options for a further two, from the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer. The order follows Gecas’ first-ever ATR order placed in June at the Paris Air Show and brings the total number of ATRs ordered by the leasing company to 17, along with options on another 17. Gecas expects to begin taking delivery of the new airplanes late this year.
Bombardier Aerospace last month named Michele (Mike) Arcamone president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, effective Feb. 1, 2012. Arcamone succeeds Gary Scott, who retired on Oct. 1, 2011.
Bombardier president and COO Guy Hachey served as interim president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft following Scott’s retirement. “Mike comes to us with a brilliant track record throughout his 30-year career in the automotive industry,” said Hachey. “He brings a unique background of international experience to our team.”
Roku recently unveiled a new solution to a better smart TV–the Roku Streaming Stick. The wireless device is about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into MHL-enabled HDMI television ports, allowing it to deliver power and other critical elements for the streaming experience.
Dassault Aviation has selected Nordam to provide cabin window assemblies for its Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000.
The Tulsa, Okla.-based aviation products supplier also provides Dassault with contoured cabin interior liners for the Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000. The company has been a Dassault vendor for 30 years and is a major supplier of transparency products for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.