Bell unit Aeronautical Accessories is offering four new kits for preflight, courtesy and baggage compartment lighting as well as a rotor camera kit. The preflight kit is designed to make inspection of the four fluid levels (hydraulic reservoir, oil tank, tail-rotor gearbox and transmission) easier during pilot walk-around inspection or anytime fluid levels need to be checked. Each light has its own switch and battery.
Aviation International News » October 2011
Bristow is offering a new six-day course, “Wildland Fire Orientation for Rotary Wing Pilots,” covering “basic knowledge of fire behavior, wildland fire operations and the role of helicopters in fire suppression and prescribed burning.” Students will participate in two modules developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG): S-190 Introduction to Fire Behavior and S-130 Firefighter Training.
A new helicopter-dedicated airshow, dubbed “The Helicopter Show,” is scheduled for September 26 to 27, 2012 in Silverstone, UK. It will include both “military and commercial suppliers,” organizers have announced, and will not be open to the general public. Another helicopter show in western Europe, Helitech, takes place in Duxford (odd years) and Cascais, Portugal (even years).
The first China Helicopter Exposition was scheduled to be held in Tianjin from September 15 to 18. Organizers expected approximately 200 exhibitors, including all major helicopter manufacturers. AOPA China’s helicopter fly-in, scheduled for September 22 through 24, was postponed after the fatal crash of a Beijing City Police Department helicopter raised questions about airspace accessibility.
The largest privately held offshore oil and gas helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico announced a sweeping restructuring last month that includes refinancing, rebranding and the appointment of a new CEO. Rotorcraft Leasing will now be known as RLC. The company announced that it has secured a “strategic investment” of an undisclosed amount from Sankaty Advisors.
Last year, Russian Helicopters delivered 214 aircraft to its customers, up from 183 in 2009. In two years, revenues have doubled, reaching a record $2.7 billion. Production output is expected to total 267 rotorcraft this year. As part of its strategy, Russian Helicopters wants to “create a modern global support system,” by opening new support centers in “China, South America and other regions.”
The refurbishment of a government Airbus A330-200 (used mainly for the president) ran €33.2 million (about $46 million) over budget, according to a recent report from the “Cour des comptes,” the French equivalent of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Replacement of the engines and interior upgrades are listed as the primary reasons for the cost overrun.
Offshore operator Bristow’s Sikorsky S-92s have started flying in the North Sea with a second-generation traffic alert collision avoidance system (Tcas2). The first of seven medium twins to be equipped entered service in August, following EASA approval. The company had been studying S-92 Tcas2 since 2008, when it started operating the in-house-developed system on a Eurocopter Super Puma.
Business aviation will once again have a strong presence in Dubai this year. This is despite the fact that Dubai also has its own biennial bizav event, the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show to be staged by Fairs & Exhibitions next year (from December 11 to 13).
As the next biennial Dubai Air Show approaches, all eyes are on the Middle East, but not entirely for the usual reasons. Even after being dented by the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the region still holds huge potential for the air transport and aerospace industries.