Having assumed total responsibility for the AB139, how do you plan to deal with the growing backlog of orders?
Bond Offshore Helicopters will use two Super Pumas for dedicated 24-hour search and rescue (SAR) in support of BP’s North Sea exploration in UK waters. The Eurocopter Super Puma AS 332L Mk IIs are part of an integrated “Jigsaw” concept that employs regional support vessels, autonomous fast rescue craft, platform radar and personal locator beacons in place of the traditional standby vessel support.
Getting a giant helicopter like the Sikorsky S-61 from one continent to another offers a special challenge. Last year the helicopter shipping division of Panalpina had not one but five such tasks. The first three S-61s were shipped on RORO (roll on/roll off) ships between Halifax and Liverpool, England. The fourth, however, an S-61N, was headed to South Africa and no RORO vessels were available.
Air Comm Corp. (ACC) is displaying its new air-conditioning system for the Eurocopter EC 145 in Booth No. 1846. The system has dual cockpit evaporators and a dedicated cabin evaporator with an electrical load of 31 amps.
Keystone Helicopter Corp. (Booth No. 2645), which was acquired by Sikorsky Aircraft last year, announced the selection of Patty Ryan as chief financial officer. Her background includes 22 years at Sikorsky, where most recently she served as manager of the integration team for Sikorsky at Keystone. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y., and is a certified managerial accountant.
Ilovene Potter, a long-time member of the Whirly-Girls and Ninety-Nines, died February 14 in Puyallup, Wash. She was 87. Potter earned her private-pilot license in 1941 and was the first woman in Washington state to receive a helicopter rating.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Eurocopter Mexico are just two of the clients worldwide for whom Jet-Care International (Booth No. 1859) provides oil and debris analysis for turbine engines and gearboxes. Today, Jet-Care monitors the health of more than 13,000 engines, in more than 72 countries, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
Rolls-Royce’s annual 10-year global turbine helicopter demand outlook is again forecasting steady growth, with total 2006-2015 deliveries of civil and military rotorcraft predicted to reach 10,915 units valued at $103.9 billion.
Twenty Japanese offices and homes were raided late last month by more than 200 investigators on suspicion that Yamaha was attempting to unlawfully export its R-Max unmanned helicopters to China.
The Phoenix Police Department took possession of a new AgustaWestland A119 Koala helicopter in ceremonies yesterday at the AgustaWestland booth (No. 1141). It is the first of three A119s that will be configured with new, high-tech mission-specific equipment.