Eurocopter

February 21, 2007 - 3:50am

Eurocopter last year took orders for a record 615 new helicopters, 47 percent of them civil. In the U.S., civil and parapublic customers ordered 153 aircraft. Worldwide, the best seller is the Ecureuil/EC 130 line, with 257 on order, including military versions. The European manufacturer’s backlog now stands at about $14 billion. Eurocopter delivered 381 rotorcraft last year. Revenues increased by 18 percent, to $4.9 billion.

February 20, 2007 - 11:11am

During a Sunday morning press conference here at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter president Fabrice Bregier quietly announced a pending agreement with China to codevelop a new helicopter. Called the EC 175, the new 22,000-pound-gross-weight helicopter will be positioned between the EC 155 and the Super Puma to compete in the heavy-lift market.

February 20, 2007 - 11:04am

Honeywell dove back into the civil helicopter business here at Heli-Expo with a series of initiatives it hopes will land it squarely among the major players in the turboshaft propulsion business. Of course, the biggest news came during a Saturday afternoon press conference, when Honeywell revealed that its new HTS900 turboshaft will power the Bell 407X.

February 20, 2007 - 8:13am

CJ Systems Aviation Group and Fidelity Flight Simulation have released details on the new simulator flight training center that they will open in Pittsburgh this fall.

February 20, 2007 - 5:43am

Since diversifying into a sales dealership last year, HelicopterBuyer (Booth No. 2056) has found a new customer base that prefers to deal with a rotorcraft’s owner rather than a succession of sales brokers. President Mark Clancy said that buying aircraft into inventory pays off for both parties.

February 20, 2007 - 5:25am

American Eurocopter opened its new production facility near Columbus, Miss., in October. Once the commotion had died down, HAI Convention News paid a visit to interview president and CEO Marc Paganini, right, to discuss the progress Eurocopter has made in getting the operation up and running. Eurocopter’s activity in the last year was a main thrust of the interview.

February 20, 2007 - 5:16am

Soloy is back.

February 19, 2007 - 9:07am

Max-Viz is at Heli-Expo Booth No. 1469 to spread the word about its eight recently completed or in-progress enhanced vision system (EVS) STC programs for helicopters.

February 19, 2007 - 6:30am

The air-medical market just keeps on reaping benefits for the world’s No. 1 producer of civil helicopters.

February 8, 2007 - 5:04am

EUROCOPTER BO 105S, SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLA., OCT. 20, 2004. An EMS flight of a Eurocopter BO 105S, callsign Airheart One, crashed in Choctawhatchee Bay at 12:43 a.m. two minutes after takeoff from Santa Rosa in IMC. No flight plan was filed. The helicopter, operated by Metro Aviation as a Part 135 emergency medical services flight, was destroyed and the commercial-rated pilot, a paramedic and a flight nurse were killed.

 
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