Simplex Manufacturing of Portland, Ore. (Booth No. 1547) announced here yesterday it has delivered one of its next-generation fire-fighting systems to Hafei Aviation Industry, a subsidiary of Harbin Aircraft Industry Group in the People’s Republic of China.
HAI Convention News » February 21, 2010
Universal Avionics Systems, long known primarily for innovation in fixed-wing flight management systems (FMS) and electronic displays, is in Houston this week seeking to expand an already growing presence in the world of rotorcraft.
New technology is a main focus of Eurocopter at Heli-Expo 2010. At its booth (No. 3128) the company is showing rotor blade technologies designed to reduce noise and vibration, and an avionics technology that promises to improve pilot situational awareness and safety.
Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison told a press conference here yesterday that he did not expect an uptick in the company’s civil helicopter sales until 2012 and called the company’s 2009 “quite a year in a very challenging environment.”
The first flying turbine-powered Robinson helicopter arrived on Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention Center for Heli-Expo 2010 with Robinson Helicopter vice president Kurt Robinson and chief test pilot Doug Tompkins at the controls of the experimental R66.
Good news for job hunters–and the helicopter industry. A survey of 500 aviation companies by JSfirm (Booth No. 3611), an employment Web site dedicated to the aviation industry, finds 80 percent of employers in the helicopter industry expect to hire employees this year. Major areas of job growth will be in production (assembly and maintenance) and flight-crew positions, followed by sales, engineering and management positions.
Alberta, Canada-based Eagle Copters has an impressive engine modification to show Bell 407 pilots, operators and owners at Heli-Expo 2010. Dubbed the “Eagle 407 HP,” the popular, single-turbine helicopter sports a 1,021-shp Honeywell HTS900 engine. Though still to be flight tested and certified, the engine upgrade has the promise of providing the popular model with the power it needs for improved operations at higher altitudes.
Cobham Audio Control Featured on Bell 429
The Whirly-Girls International presented its 2010 scholarships to seven women at its annual scholarships luncheon yesterday at Heli-Expo 2010.
Together, the scholarships are valued at more than $25,000 in helicopter flight and ground training. Most of the awards were in the form of donations by training facilities, while $12,000 in cash gifts were also added to the fund.
With some 200 AW109S Grands now in service, AgustaWestland (Booth No. 1629) is introducing the next evolution in its popular, light twin, the AW109 Grand New, at Heli-Expo.
The next-generation Grand New was announced here in Houston at an AgustaWestland media event last night, along with news that it has already received EASA certification and that FAA approval is expected by mid-2010.
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