Erickson Air-Crane has executed a binding term sheet to acquire the Air Amazonia aerial services business from Brazilian oil and gas exploration and production firm HRT Partcipacoes em Petroleo. The move supersedes a non-binding letter of intent Erickson submitted in September 2012.
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Following seven years of supplying airfoil vanes for Rolls-Royce and its RR250 turboshaft, India’s Kwality Products (Booth No. C3508) is gauging interest in producing whole turbine disks. “We are looking at the reaction at Heli-Expo ’13, and thinking of approaching Rolls-Royce to do the entire assembly,” Kwality Products CEO Anand Uttarkar told AIN. “I think there’s a huge cost benefit to moving production of the entire vane assembly to India.” Uttarkar added that the company has produced approximately 300,000 airfoil vanes for Rolls-Royce’s vendors on the RR250.
Bell Helicopters (Booth No. N5612) and BAE Systems announced the successful qualification of BAE’s Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) on the Bell 407GT. The APKWS technology transforms a standard 2.75-inch rocket Hydra-type unguided rocket into a laser-guided precision weapon able to strike soft and lightly armored targets in built-up and confined areas. BAE Systems designed the APKWS technology to fill the gap between the Hellfire missile and unguided rockets. The company is the prime contractor for the program, which is managed by the Navy.
Eurocopter Canada (ECL) has launched the first phase of its new online technical publications service, giving customers access to the company’s latest aircraft publications.
The first phase–being rolled out now–posts Eurocopter’s latest technical documents in pdf format on the ECL Keycopter portal. Customers will be able to consult this online library for reference and download and print the desired manuals (or individual documents) for offline use.
Gordon Jiroux, president of Universal Helicopters (Booth No. C1211) and Adam Aldous, CEO of Night Flight Concepts, awarded their first Vision Award, a full scholarship valued at up to $12,000 for night vision certification in the Robinson R44 in conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Night Flight Concepts. The scholarship includes transportation and lodging, as well as up to eight hours of flight training and 10 hours of ground training in Prescott, Ariz. The winner of the scholarship was determined from a random drawing of candidates who were attending Heli-Expo ‘13.
American Helicopter Society International (AHS International, Booth No. N6304) is marking its 70th anniversary here at Heli-Expo. With 6,100 members from 44 countries, AHS International is dedicated to finding technical solutions for vertical lift, including solving the challenge of human-powered vertical flight. AHS International is offering a $250,000 prize, funded by Sikorsky Aircraft (founded by one of the organization’s charter members, Igor Sikorsky) to the designer(s) of a helicopter that can hover for at least one minute at least 9.84 feet over a 32.8-foot-sided square.
Helitowcart unveiled its new dual-wheel assembly for the Robinson R44 and R66 at Heli-Expo ’13, adding to its line of helicopter handling devices and accessories. Like the company’s other dual-wheel assemblies, the Robinson kit caters to personnel operating on rugged terrain, or who wish to distribute aircraft weight on four tires. The wheel assembly offers two possible heights, is constructed from heavy-duty materials and offers long-arm control to ease rotation. The assembly is also designed to maintain solid contact with the helicopter skid.
“The Russian Hour,” sponsored by the Russia-based Helicopter Industry Association, featured the introduction of two of Russian Helicopters’ newest machines.
The Mi-171A2 is a follow-on upgrade to the venerable Mi-8/17 family and represents what program manager Dmitri Zuykov described as the next chapter in looking at broader global markets.
Vector Financial Services Ireland announced at Heli-Expo ’13 availability of a fleet of customized Super Puma AS332Ls, including new leasing and hourly support options, aimed at utility operators in the European Union, UN and NATO countries.
“Our lease program gives customers the ability to operate a Super Puma AS332L helicopter…without the large capital investment associated with outright purchase of either a second-hand aircraft or the associated typical aircraft financial lease type obligations,” said Vector UK managing director Michael Tyrell.
UK-based Spectro and its U.S. sister company Jet-Care (Booth No. C3516), providers of equipment condition monitoring services, announced their appointment by AgustaWestland as approved suppliers for debris and oil analysis services for all AW139s. Spectro and Jet-Care utilize the advanced analytical capabilities of scanning electron microscopes for in-depth examination of debris recovered from oil samples, filters or chip detectors, allowing detailed investigation into the metallic and non-metallic debris, helping to pinpoint the component generating the debris.