The Wescam division of L-3 Communications is here with the first installation of its new MX-15i imaging turret installed on a UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency S-92 located at the Sikorsky booth. The S-92 installation was done by Sikorsky’s Keystone Helicopter division. The UK Coastguard purchased another MX-15i, and AgustaWestland has ordered two.
HAI Convention News
The FAA made a hard sell yesterday to offshore oil operators that will soon have the opportunity to receive unprecedented traffic and weather information in the cockpit via ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) technology–if they equip their helicopters with special equipment that can receive and display
Helitowcart (Booth No. 3501) introduced its HeliCushion kit for “instant refurbishing” of Eurocopter AS 350 and AS 355 seats. The “ready-to-go” kit consists of molded foam buildup and cover and is designed to slide into place in seconds and fit all seating positions.
Metro Aviation is celebrating 25 years in the helicopter completion, maintenance services and commercial flight operations business with the announcement at Heli-Expo of a move to a new facility it describes as “one of the largest of its kind in the United States.” Scheduled to open in June this year in Shreveport, La., the new digs will total 160,000 sq ft.
Barco introduced its MDU-2000 line of mission display units at Booth No. 441 here at Heli-Expo. The Belgian company said the MDU-2000 displays deliver high-performance cockpit technology yet are cost-effective as displays for a cabin-grade airborne mission.
Under pressure from its competitors, Eurocopter–still the number-one manufacturer in the civil helicopter market–is working hard to cope with a rapid production ramp-up of its own helicopters at a time when rivals are introducing a dizzying array of new models.
Max-Viz, has expanded the list of helicopters on which its EVS-1000 thermal imaging system has been certified since Heli-Expo 2006, announcing the addition of the Bell 206 and LongRanger series, the 407, 412 and 412EP.
HAI’s first-responder database is up and running with more than 250 helicopters registered since it became operational last July. The association formed the database in response to communications gaps that came to light after 9/11 and rescue missions flown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Intelligent Automation Corp. (IAC) launched its so-called SuperHUMS (health and usage monitoring system) here at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 1032).
Honeywell’s small heavy fuel engine (SHFE), in development since 2003, “will change the game for turboshaft engines in the future,” predicted Ron Rich, the company’s director of advanced aerospace technology.