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.
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.
Soloy is back.
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.
The air-medical market just keeps on reaping benefits for the world’s No. 1 producer of civil helicopters.
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.
European-funded research project Helisafe, led by Marignane, France-based Eurocopter, is studying airbags and harnesses as a possible means of enhancing the safety of helicopter occupants. A Helisafe engineer emphasized that the project is still in the research stage, so practical applications of the airbags and harnesses are probably several years away.
A Danish flight-test engineer has developed a camera nose mount for the EC 120 that, he says, is stronger and lighter than the only current alternative. It can also pan 135 degrees to either side of the nose without obstructing the shot with the skids.
Morten Bang, whose day job is with the Royal Danish Air Force Air Material Command at Zeeland, north of Copenhagen, said that Eurocopter approved his device earlier this year.
Eurocopter wasn’t the only OEM to strike it rich with a multiple-ship order from the U.S. government. Bell also picked up a deal for between 25 and thirty 430s, which will meet the U.S. Border Patrol’s requirements for medium twin-turbine helicopters. The helicopters will be built at Bell Canada in Montreal and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2006.
Chinese operator COHC has ordered two Eurocopter AS 332L1 Super Pumas, with an option to acquire one EC 225 and an EC 155 B1. The order is worth $24.3 million (E24.7 million).