Las Vegas heli-tour operator Maverick Helicopters has taken delivery of the first Eurocopter EC130T2. Maverick was a launch customer for the upgraded and redesigned EcoStar, signing an agreement earlier this year to purchase up to 50. Maverick operates EC130s exclusively and currently has the world’s largest fleet. It took delivery of its first EC130B4 in 2003.
Aviation International News » November 2012
The Helitech show, which has long been held every odd-numbered year in Duxford, UK, and mounted a Portuguese spinoff in 2008 and 2010, is moving to become “a truly international helicopter show.” Next year it will take place at the Excel London exhibition and convention center from September 24 to 26. Henceforward it will be an annual event, and Berlin will host the 2014 event.
Sikorsky delivered two baseline S-92s to Bond Aviation Group, the first of 16 medium twins to be delivered under “the largest one-time acquisition of S-92s,” the manufacturer said. Sikorsky will now customize the helicopters for offshore oil operations. They will be operated by Norsk Helikopter Service in Norway. Sikorsky says the S-92’s backlog extends “well into 2016” and that the fleet will reach 500,000 hours early next year.
Bombardier delivered the first of six CRJ1000 regional jets ordered by Asia-Pacific launch customer Garuda Indonesia during an October handover ceremony at the manufacturer’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec. The Indonesian flag carrier also plans to fly 12 more CRJ1000s through a third-party lease agreement and holds options on 18 more aircraft of the same type.
Air Canada announced plans last month to transfer its fifteen 73-seat Embraer E175s to regional affiliate Sky Regional Airlines under the two companies’ existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA). Air Canada plans to start the transition in February and deliver the last airplane to Toronto-based Sky Regional in June.
Lease Corporation International (LCI) has assigned several of the new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters that it ordered in February this year and expects initial deliveries to begin early next year. The company, which already has a diverse airliner leasing portofolio, is planning to place fresh orders with other rotorcraft manufacturers, according to CEO Mike Platt.
A new Japanese regional airline called Link plans to place the first of three new 70-seat ATR 72-600s into service during next year’s fourth quarter, marking the introduction of the Franco-Italian turboprops into a market until recently held captive by rival manufacturer Bombardier.
Appearing at the Japan Aerospace Exhibition, held in Nagoya from October 9 to 14, Link said it plans to lease the airplanes, but as of press time it remained unclear whether or not they would come from an existing ATR customer.
The flyTab team, consisting of Avionics Systems & Integration Group (ASIG), Shadin Avionics and AppOrchard, is developing a software development kit that will deliver real-time flight data to iPad apps. The flyTab team’s work will enable delivery of data from aircraft systems to iPad tablets via a wired interface. Data will include various Arinc standards “and other forms of digital and discrete data,” according to ASIG. “Tethering iPads to flight data systems provides a rich stream of data with almost unlimited possible uses,” said ASIG managing director Luke Ribich.
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has been manufacturing standby instruments and backup power supplies for many years and has applied all that knowledge and experience to develop the MD302 standby attitude module. The MD302 is self-contained and provides attitude, altitude, airspeed and slip information in a small package measuring just two inches by five inches and weighing 1.6 pounds. The unit’s small dimensions make it easy to squeeze into just about any instrument panel, and the MD302 can be mounted horizontally or vertically.
Garmin has introduced two new avionics products targeting the Part 25 transport category market, the new GTS 8000 Tcas II unit and GTX 3000 mode-S transponder. Both new products received FAA TSO certification on August 7 and will be fitted on upcoming new jets featuring Garmin G5000 avionics suites, including the Cessna Citation Ten, Latitude and Longitude and Bombardier Learjet 70 and 75. Both also can interface with any Garmin G1000 through G5000 system and so will be available for retrofit programs, according to avionics product manager Bill Stone.