Eurocopter has appointed Jean-Brice Dumont as its new chief technical officer and head of engineering. He will report to CEO Lutz Bertling and will be a member of the executive committee. Until recently head of the EC225 program, Dumont will succeed Jean-Michel Billig, who is to leave the company for a similar position at car manufacturer Renault.
Aviation International News » June 2012
At the delivery of its first Eurocopter EC225s from an initial contract for four, Brazil’s Omni Helicopter International placed an order for six more. They will be operated in oil and gas missions. Deliveries will be spread until 2015.
Pilots at the offshore helicopter transport company ratified a three-year deal that provides for 4 percent annual wage increases retroactive to March 26, 2012. The new contract covers 235 helicopter pilots flying in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
Russian Helicopters is redeveloping the Kazan Ansat light twin with conventional flight controls, rather than the fly-by-wire (FBW) system with which it has been flying thus far in military applications. “No FBW civil helicopter had been certified before and no standard requirements existed,” Russian Helicopters explained. Certification is expected in the second half of this year.
The manufacturer and operator of the S-64 Air-Crane raised $31.9 million from its long-awaited April initial public stock offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq exchange and narrowed its latest quarterly operating loss to $1.7 million. Erickson said its backlog is $207.9 million, and it expects to make deliveries representing $84 million of that total this year.
The Eurocopter EC175 is making progress toward certification. Transport Canada has certified Pratt & Whitney Canada’s 1,775-shp PT6C-67E turboshaft. Meanwhile, the airframer has revealed the precise mtow for the helicopter: 16,535 pounds, for a useful load of 7,271 pounds. The radius of action, for two pilots and up to 16 passengers, is given as 135 nm (oil and gas configuration, JAR OPS 3, fuel reserves 30 minutes plus 10-percent contingency fuel, ISA conditions).
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210 turboshaft has been selected to power the Eurocopter X4, which is slated to replace the AS365/EC155 Dauphin series. Entry into service is pegged for 2017. AIN understands the X4 will be offered with two engine options, the other choice coming from Turbomeca.
The American Helicopter Society bestowed its Howard Hughes Award on Eurocopter’s experimental X3 hybrid demonstrator for helicopter technology improvement. The X3 has been in flight test since 2010 and has achieved 232 knots in level flight using 80 percent of available power. It is expected to arrive at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie, Texas campus on June 20 as part of its U.S. tour.
As Congress considers a bill that would extend new Part 121 pilot rest rules to air cargo operations, the FAA has asked a federal court to put a pilot-union lawsuit on hold so the agency can re-examine its position. When the FAA issued the new regulations in December, it covered only passenger-carrying flights. But a bill introduced by Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) would broaden the fatigue regulations to include cargo pilots. The FAA initially suggested that cargo operators could voluntarily adopt the new flight, duty and rest regulations.
The GippsAero GA10 turboprop single flew last month from the company’s base at Latrobe Regional Airport in Victoria, Australia. The 10-seat airplane circled the airport several times for approximately 20 minutes and performed a low approach before coming in to land, according to GippsAero. Australian certification of the Rolls-Royce 250-powered aircraft is expected in the first half of next year, with deliveries planned to start by mid-2013. GippsAero said it will soon to announce details of a deposit program that will allow customers to secure a purchase position.