When we last talked you estimated you were about one-third of the way along a journey to changing Bell’s culture and implementing new tools and techniques. Is the company where you want it to be yet?
HAI Convention News » February 27, 2006
Last year, representatives for Aero Products Component Services (Booth No. 1223) realized that the company was running out of warehouse and overhaul space. That’s not necessarily bad news, and the helicopter support company has since expanded with a 10,500-sq-ft addition at its Tempe, Ariz. corporate headquarters.
A fleet totaling 600 helicopters equipped with dual tailboom strakes from BLR Aerospace has reached the one-million flight-hour milestone, all the while earning accolades from operators, according to the Everett, Wash. company, which manufacturers aerodynamic enhancements.
There are more than 35,000 people living and working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, supported by nearly 650 helicopters flying as many as 9,000 flights each day. HAI worries about limited radio contact with air traffic controllers below 5,000 feet in areas where the minimum en route altitude is 1,500 feet. Also of concern is a lack of access to current weather data, which prevents IFR operations to several major Gulf oil platforms.
Aviation Maintenance Technical Award
Robert Jones of Air Logistics in Fairbanks, Alaska, has contributed to the helicopter industry for four decades by performing exemplary work behind the scenes, regardless of the environment. He has served on the North Slope of Alaska, on tuna boats in the Pacific, in the jungles of Indonesia and in the Australian desert.
In an unusual tribute for an unprecedented rescue mission, HAI has chosen to bestow the 2005 Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service to all the companies, organizations and individuals who took part in the monumental rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. of White Plains, N.Y., announced that Trans Helicopter Service of Paris plans to install its powerline detection system in a Eurocopter AS 355. The French operator has already filed a request for certification with the European Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne, Germany. EASA certification would apply to 25 European countries.
Honeywell has chosen Heli-Expo’06 to announce plans to manufacture an FAA-certified 1,800-shp version of the military T53 turboshaft engine for the Bell 210.
Eurocopter test pilot Didier Delsalle (center) and president and CEO Fabrice Brégier (right) yesterday accepted the world record verification from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale representative Jacques Escaffe (left) for landing the first helicopter on top of Mount Everest (elevation 29,035 feet). The feat was accomplished by Delsalle last May in a Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil/AStar.
Having assumed total responsibility for the AB139, how do you plan to deal with the growing backlog of orders?
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