Two helicopters, understood to be a Eurocopter EC155 and a Eurocopter Super Puma, crashed after a midair during windy snowfall today near the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. One pilot was killed and four people were severely injured, according to local news reports. The two helicopters, along with a third that was not involved in the accident, were participating in a crowd-control training exercise. Accident investigators were on scene at press time.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America has been named a Eurocopter service center for the AS332 Super Puma. The certification includes O&I and I+ airframe servicing and allows Vector to perform major inspections, upgrades and retrofits.
Less than a week after touting his company’s accomplishments at Heli-Expo 2013, Eurocopter CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling, 50, has resigned effective April 30, parent company EADS announced this morning. He joined Eurocopter in 2003 and became CEO in 2006. During his tenure, Eurocopter’s sales nearly doubled to $8.3 billion.
Metro Aviation (Booth No. C3511), further advancing its single-pilot IFR STC approval for the Eurocopter EC135 series, has added to it a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-Taws). The company will also add Garmin’s GTN series navcom/GPS to both the EC135 and EC145 single-pilot IFR STCs later this year. The new GTNs offer touchscreen controls and seamless cockpit integration, as well as multifunction display capabilities that include ADS-B traffic and weather.
Becker Avionics (Both No. N5801) will supply its DVCS6100 digital audio and intercommunication system for the Brazilian Army Aviation AS550 A2 Fennec and AS350 Squirrel helicopter modernization program.
The selection means Becker Avionics of Miramar, Fla., and Becker do Brazil are the new partners of Helibras, Eurocopter’s Brazilian subsidiary and the Brazilian Army.
Part of the allure of a helicopter is the incredible visibility from inside the cockpit and cabin. Fort-Worth, Texas based Tech-Tool Plastics (Booth No. C3601) introduced a new version of its Cabin Comfort window for the Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 T2 during Heli-Expo ’13.
“The added visibility and room provided by our windows is ideal for the tourist industry,” said Johnny Wilson, founder and president of the company.
Eurocopter Canada announced two new STC approvals at Heli-Expo ’13. The company was recently approved to install a second battery for the EC130B4, providing operators with improved cold-weather starting, increased battery capacity and an optimized center of gravity range with the eight-seat configuration. Eurocopter Canada has also been approved to install a cable-cutting kit on the AS350. ECL president and CEO Guy Joannes noted his company is “is one of the only helicopter manufacturers worldwide to have a portfolio of kitted STCs developed in-house.”
Latitude Technologies (Booth No. C2222) used Heli-Expo ‘13 as the venue to announce that the company’s IONode ION100 advanced data acquisition unit has been certified by both the FAA and Transport Canada for installation on the Bell 206/207 series and Eurocopter AS350/355 equipped with the Latitude SkyNode S100 transceivers. According to Latitude president Mark Insley the company will be announcing additional STCs in the coming weeks.
Eurocopter Canada (ECL) has launched the first phase of its new online technical publications service, giving customers access to the company’s latest aircraft publications.
The first phase–being rolled out now–posts Eurocopter’s latest technical documents in pdf format on the ECL Keycopter portal. Customers will be able to consult this online library for reference and download and print the desired manuals (or individual documents) for offline use.
Eurocopter promised to bring its next-generation Dauphin–the X4 medium twin helicopter–to the Heli-Expo show next year in Anaheim, Calif. The new helicopter, which will include straked rotor blades and a fly-by-wire system, will be offered with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210 or Turbomeca TM800 turboshaft engine. First flight is scheduled for 2016, with certification planned for 2017. Meanwhile, the company said yesterday at Heli-Expo that it is working on X6 and X9 helicopters, but it would not release any details on these future designs.