The National EMS Pilots Association and Aerosafe Risk Management Group are launching www.lzcheck.com to increase safety by providing information to pilots about conditions and potential hazards at helipads, helistops and landing zones in the local area.
HAI Convention News » February 22, 2010
Calling 2009 a “rough year,” MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton admitted during a press conference yesterday at Heli-Expo that the company had fallen down on customer support, left some vendors unpaid and sold about 40 helicopters rather than the 70 projected.
Turbine-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce predicted robust growth for the global helicopter market over the next decade at a Heli-Expo press conference yesterday, with total deliveries of more than 16,400 turbine helicopters valued at $146 billion in its 2010 to 2019 forecast horizon. The helicopters will require approximately 26,000 new turbine engines valued at about $12 billion, according to the company.
Winslow LifeRaft (Booth No. 209) has introduced a new lightweight reversible life raft called ReversaSmart. The company says the new raft dramatically increases survival odds because its canopy is fully erected at deployment, thanks to two features it calls RightUp and SmartArch.
Absolute Fire Solutions (AFS) is introducing expanded versions of its FastTrack event-logging hardware platform and its PCTrac software at Heli-Expo 2010.
VIH Aviation Group (Booth No. 3728) ordered a pair of Eurocopter EC225s to support its oil and gas offshore activities in Australia. The helicopters will be flown by HNZ Cougar Helicopters, a new joint venture. VIH is the only Canadian-controlled helicopter company to operate the EC225, according to VIH CEO Ken Norie. The EC225 is powered by two Fadec-controlled Turbomeca Makila 2A1 engines.
Simplex Manufacturing of Portland, Ore. (Booth No. 1547), announced it has received the single largest order in the company’s 64-year history. The order, from the air force of the Republic of Korea, consists of seven model 328 “Fire Attack” helicopter fire-fighting systems, including spares and training. Simplex has delivered more than 55 of these systems to Korea and Russia during the past 15 years.
The trend toward “plug and play” replacement of legacy electromechanical instrumentation with electronic glass displays continues into the rotorcraft market with an STC won by Aspen Avionics authorizing installation of its EFD1000H flight display system in Bell 206 and 407 panels. A full-function simulator at the Aspen booth (No. 2304) demonstrates the system’s versatility, ease of installation and user-friendly pilot-machine interface.
Naaco’s ‘Mercury Mod’ Turns 15
Naasco, the starter-generator MRO specialist, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Mercury Mod,” its improvement program for starter-generators.
Sikorsky Aircraft plans to invest $1 billion over the next 10 years in research and development to redefine the future of vertical flight, the Stratford, Conn.-based helicopter manufacturer announced earlier this month.