Helicopter

February 25, 2014 - 4:25pm

Aviation industry data provider JetNet released its year-end statistics for the pre-owned helicopter market, which shows that retail sales for used turbine and piston rotorcraft experienced double-digit year-over-year declines of 11.8 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively, in 2013.

Turbine helicopters saw an 11.4-percent increase in the number listed for sale year-over-year, with the percentage of the available in-service fleet increasing from 6.1 percent to 6.4 percent, while the average number of days on market declined by 18 days over the previous year, to 414.

February 25, 2014 - 3:15pm
Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopter

Finding new life for military surplus helicopters is the ultimate in recycling, and Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. 4706) has everything it needs to recycle the three rugged Boeing CH-47D Chinooks it purchased recently from the U.S. government.

February 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

At Heli-Expo 2014 Kaman Aerospace Group (Booth No. 4922) announced that it is expanding its reach. The OEM supplier of helicopters, rotor blades and rotary-wing UAVs and other aerospace components has opened new offices at Clemson University’s graduate campus in Charleston, S.C. The plan is to recruit talent and put a team of Kaman engineers at the nearby Boeing facility in North Charleston. The team is part of the company’s participation in the stress analysis work on Boeing 787 Dreamliner production.

February 25, 2014 - 11:15am
Chuck Aaron flying a loop in the modified Red Bull MBB Bo105 in Atlantic City, N.J.

It’s a chicken-and-egg sort of question: did helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron make Red Bull’s aerobatic MBB Bo105 famous or did Red Bull make Chuck Aaron famous for his helicopter aerobatics? The short answer is “yes.”

February 25, 2014 - 10:30am

Bell Helicopter has chosen Texstars (Booth No. 507) to provide birdstrike-resistant windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless. These windshields will feature other safety improvements including enhanced pilot’s field-of-vision and a wrap-around windshield that eliminates the need for lower-view chin bubble windows and overhead skylights. The improved pilot’s view will enable direct sighting of mission objectives and landing zones.

February 25, 2014 - 9:40am
Archie Gray, Air Methods senior vice president of aviation services, will be honored at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards with Bell’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In his position as senior vice president of aviation services of Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods, a job that covers flight operations, technical services and training, Archie Gray is responsible for managing about half of the company’s approximately 4,000 employees.

February 25, 2014 - 9:05am

Find out more about your MD Helicopters 369, 500 or 600 helicopter’s rotor track and balance, vibration troubleshooting and ride quality assessment during Heli-Expo 2014 by joining Helicopter Technology Company (Booth No. 4526) experts in Room 207-A from 1:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. today. Los Angeles-based HTC is known for its main rotors and tail rotors, which are designed and built in its California facilities.

February 25, 2014 - 8:40am
The crew of Rescue 912, Jonathon Groten, Aaron Noble, Mark Vokey, Bradley Hiscock and Jeffrey Warden, rescued three seabird hunters from Indian Bay near Gander and for their extraordinary efforts in adverse conditions are being honored with Sikorsky’s Humanitarian Award.

A Sikorsky RH-4 made the first documented rescue by helicopter on Nov. 29, 1945, so it’s not surprising that Sikorsky sponsors the HAI Humanitarian Award. This year’s award goes to the Gander, Newfoundland-based flight crew of a Royal Canadian Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter for a successful rescue accomplished under extreme weather conditions on Feb. 9, 2013.

February 25, 2014 - 8:30am
Elan Head, special projects editor for Vertical Magazine and Canadian Skies

Elan Head, recipient of the Helicopter Association International’s 2014 Excellence in Communications Award, had her first helicopter ride in a Bell JetRanger in 2004, while working on a story about a high-end fishing lodge in British Columbia. “It was hands-down the coolest thing I’d ever done,” she told AIN.

February 25, 2014 - 7:15am

Among the many services that Rotor F/X offers from its Van Nuys, Calif., headquarters, the company’s helicopter shipping service is probably of most interest for Heli-Expo attendees. Rotor F/X (Booth No. 3105) also provides helicopter and fixed-wing flight training, helicopter maintenance, air tours, aerial photography and even assembly of kit helicopters such as the Mosquito ultralight and other kit-built rotorcraft.

 
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