Lord and Sikorsky are developing a lightweight, self-contained hub-mounted vibration system (HMVS) for the Connecticut manufacturer’s future medium and heavy-lift helicopters as part of Sikorsky’s “High Performance, Low Vibration and Low Noise Enabling Technologies Program” in cooperation with the U.S. Army. The HMVS system features motorized imbalanced rotors that rotate at the blade-pass frequency to create centrifugal forces.
Aviation International News » March 2009
Unlimited (ASU) has completed a cockpit modification for night-vision-goggle compatibility in a Eurocopter AS 365N3 Dauphin, the first helicopter to get such equipment in the Gyeon Buk fire aviation department in South Korea. Following the installation of ITT goggles, the Boise, Idaho-based company trained the department’s aircrews. The aircraft will be used for night search-and-rescue missions.
Eurocopter will break ground next month on a new helicopter service and simulator facility in Kirkhill Commercial Park near Aberdeen Airport, Scotland, a major hub for offshore oil and gas operations. Construction is to be completed by December. Knight Property Group will design and build the facility. It will consist of a 10,000-sq-ft logistics warehouse and 5,000 sq ft of offices.
A trio of helicopter trade associations–the Association of Air Medical Services, the Helicopter Association International and the Air Medical Operators Association–is recommending the FAA mandate night vision goggles, enhanced vision systems, or IFR-only operations for all night flights of EMS helicopters. The recommendations overlap many key advisories the NTSB made in 2006.
Russia’s Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant delivered two civil Mi-171 heavy helicopters to Iran last month. They will be operated by the Red Crescent Society, a nongovernmental humanitarian organization, and used for search-and-rescue missions and transporting victims of natural disasters. Another three Mi-171s are planned for delivery this month.
Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has agreed to design and build the composite flaps, belly fairings, rudders and elevators and the metal slats for the Mitsubishi MRJ, the Japanese company announced in late January.
A new regional airline subsidiary of Mexicana Airlines will start service from Guadalajara on March 15 with used Bombardier CRJ200s, the company announced last month.
Bombardier Aerospace plans to raise production of its commercial aircraft by about 10 percent this year, the manufacturer announced last month. The increase comes as the company continues to enjoy relatively strong demand for its Q400 turboprop, while the backlog for its CRJ line of regional jets dwindles.
All 125 turboprops in Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL)’s portfolio had found homes by the end of last year, leaving the company with not one of its aircraft available for lease or purchase. SAL executed 17 aircraft transactions during a period of limited availability.
Costa Rican regional airline NatureAir has entered talks with the government of the Central American republic for permission to sell biodiesel fuel to other companies. Despite the fact that its fleet of six de Havilland Canada Twin Otter turboprops runs on jet-A, serving 17 destinations in Costa Rica and Panama, NatureAir calls itself the world’s first carbon-neutral airline.