CAE is relocating its Sikorsky S-76 and Gulfstream IV simulators from its SimuFlite facility in Dallas, to its new business aviation training center near Morristown, N.J. to have them closer to the high concentration of these aircraft in the Northeast.
The Small Airplane Transportation System (SATS) demonstration came to what most consider a successful conclusion last summer with demonstration flights and exhibits in Danville, Va., but where the technology goes from here is anybody’s guess.
At a briefing at February’s Heli-Expo in Dallas, members of the industry’s newly formed International Helicopter Safety Team briefed delegates on their strategy to drive an 80-percent improvement in rotorcraft safety statistics in the next 10 years.
Late last month Sikorsky said it remained “open for business” as a strike by production workers entered its second month. At press time the Teamsters union members had rejected a revised offer from management.
Bell’s new high-performance main rotor system flew for the first time at Mirabel, Canada, at the end of February. By flying the system, the OEM met a 2005 commitment to demonstrate seven key features of the 429 light twin within 12 months.
Sikorsky is to open a third engineering design center to support its aftermarket, commercial and U.S. government business. By the end of the year the facility in Bozeman, Mont., will employ 40 engineers and have room for growth.
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