With 75,000 dead confirmed so far, relief efforts following October’s earthquake in Pakistan are moving into a new and more hazardous phase. Thierry Lakahinsky of Belgium’s Skytech said that with winter setting in, the death toll will probably rise.
Russia’s Kamov Holding Company plans to export more of its Ka-32 workhorses to the West, said Igor Pshenichny, the company’s sales director and deputy director general, during an exclusive interview in Moscow.
Sikorsky has introduced a software fix for its S-92 that it says will address a 4R vibration some pilots have experienced at high cruise speeds. The company has already retrofitted new active vibration control software to some of the fleet.
Robinson Helicopter has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ fastest-growing private companies. At a November city reception, Frank Robinson was given an award to mark his company’s year-on-year increase in 2004 and 2005. Robinson rated the highest among other private businesses.
Aviation Industries of China (AVIC II) and Eurocopter have agreed to the joint development of a new six-ton twin-engine helicopter–the EC 175–to fill the niche between the AS 365 Dauphin (Dolphin) and the Super Puma. A five-year development phase is expected to start soon.
The Republic of Georgia’s “Airclub of Georgia” has taken delivery of a searchlight-equipped Enstrom 280FX for police surveillance missions. The police force wants to broaden its airborne presence and may acquire a whole fleet of Enstroms to serve throughout the southeastern European country.
After several years of precarious business relations, MD Helicopters (MDHI) has reached a multi-year agreement with Kaman Aerospace for the Connecticut company to once more provide components for its production lines.
Air Canada became the first North American airline to take delivery of two different models of Embraer’s new E-Jet series, when on December 12 its first 93-seat Embraer 190 arrived at its Montreal base.
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