Milestone Aviation Group signed a purchase contract today at Heli-Expo for eight AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the companies’ framework agreement, which was initially announced in September last year. The latest contract is for five AW139s and three AW189s for delivery by year-end. The framework agreement–which covers firm orders and options for 44 aircraft delivering over the next four years, when fully executed–represents the largest civilian helicopter sale in AgustaWestland history.
News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently topped $1 billion in support of American-made business airplane and helicopter financings since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2012. In a deal that drove it past this milestone, the bank approved a guarantee of a $300 million loan extended by Apple Bank for Savings to Minsheng Financial Leasing Co. of Tianjin, China, to finance the purchase of eight business jets from Gulfstream Aerospace. At EBACE 2012, the Ex-Im Bank announced it would provide support for at least $1 billion in business airplane and helicopter financings by the end of 2014.
RedViking Engineering (Booth No. 2811) is at Heli-Expo 2014 with a little extra flair, now that it has merged with SuperiorControls. The merger seems to be a good deal for both companies.
The former designs, builds, installs and supports helicopter powertrain test systems in both the military and commercial venues, while the latter provides manufacturing execution systems that include custom machines, software, automation and conveyance solutions.
Barfield, a Sabena Technics company (Booth No. 7603), is celebrating the renewal of its Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) certification at Heli-Expo 2014. Barfield offers FAA- and EASA-certified AOG maintenance services to customers in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Barfield is also a manufacturer of air-data/pitot-static testers, RVSM air-data testers, APU testers, cable tensiometer testers, fuel quantity testers, pressure testers, nav/com and transponder test sets, pitot/static adapters and turbine temperature testers.
HeliWagon (Booth No. 1428) announced in conjunction with Heli-Expo 2014 this week the first deliveries of its mobile landing dollies to U.S. Army National Guard (ANG) units in New Jersey and Maryland.
Company president Brad Seibold said the New Jersey ANG purchased four 14- by 16-foot dollies, equipped with lights and custom logos, with the Maryland unit taking one. All HeliWagons feature wireless remote control, an onboard charger and powder-coated frames.
The merging of glass cockpit technology to legacy Enstrom (Booth No. 8822) helicopters moved closer to reality this week, with Aspen STC announcing the completion of flight testing toward FAA supplemental type certificate approval to install the Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000H primary flight display (PFD) and EFD500H/1000H multifunction display (MFD) on current and future Enstrom models.
Flight data monitoring provider Latitude Technologies (Booth No. 411) and AKV (Booth No. 1624), maker of engine cycle counters for helicopters, announced a jointly developed technical interface between the companies’ products. The new interface is designed to provide fleet operators with valuable engine condition and performance data.
Heli-Expo 2014 brings big news for Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (Booth No. 802). On the heels of its announcement that the company has completed its 800th night vision cockpit modification, including exterior high intensity LED navigation lights and aft cabin lighting just before the show (an AW139 for Construction Helicopters), it also announced that it has a new v-p and chief technology officer, Dr. Joseph Estrera.
Owner/operators of Bell 206L series helicopters can install a new cylinder extension assembly from Tactair Fluid Controls, a subsidiary of Young & Franklin. The new cylinder extension assembly is detailed in a Tactair service bulletin (SB42C42642-67-04) and a Bell Helicopter information letter (206L-14-97), and its replacement is recommended for accomplishment during repair or overhaul of the hydraulic servo actuator. The improvement replaces the existing cylinder extension assembly with an upgraded component that is designed to increase the reliability and service life of the entire hydraulic servo actuator.
Aeronautical radio and audio communications systems manufacturer Technisonic Industries (Booth No. 3433) of Ontario, Canada, is launching the TDFM-9100, the latest addition to its line of P25 Phase I- and Phase II-compliant radios. Technisonic introduced its TDFM 9000 series–anchored by the TDFM-9000 and -9300–at Heli-Expo last year.