Kamov Helicopters continues to seek increased cooperation with the U.S. and other Western helicopter and engine manufacturers. In late January, the Russian firm hosted a Western delegation with representatives from Rolls-Royce at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency also met with top management of OPK Oboronprom, Kamov and Kamov-Holding.
What is the current position regarding the U.S. Coast Guard re-engining contract for the Dolphin?
The S-92 had a good year, primarily offshore, but most recently in the search-and-rescue sector. How did you convince CHC to become the SAR launch customer?
The need for helicopters and their crews to aid disaster victims in 2005 was palpable, beginning with the devastating Southeast Asia tsunami at the end of 2004, peaking–in the U.S.–with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September and culminating with the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan in October.
The U.S. Navy has selected Safe Flight’s exceedance warning system for more than 100 of its Bell TH57 trainers.
Engine temperature and power exceedances cost the Navy millions of dollars in maintenance, according to Safe Flight, which added the exceedances can also cause premature component failure, higher operating costs and even lead to accidents.
London’s metropolitan police force has ordered three new Eurocopter EC 145s to supplement, and one day replace, a pair of AS 355 Twin Stars. The helicopters are already in the UK, about to be role-equipped and completed by UK Eurocopter distributor McAlpine Helicopters.
DynCorp International and Temsco Helicopters have scheduled a 12:30 p.m. press conference today to announce their partnership to install and certify the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67D turboshaft engine on the Bell 205A-1.
Bell Helicopter Textron (Booth No. 3131) has chosen Mecaer for the design, development, manufacturing, qualification testing and support of the wheeled landing gear system for its 429 helicopter. “We have enlarged our North American customer base to a point where it now includes major helicopter and very light jet OEMs,” said Mecaer America president and CEO Armando Sassoli. Mecaer (Booth No.
Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore. manufacturer of infrared enhanced vision systems (EVS), is at Heli-Expo 2006 with a recent order for its EVS-1000 system to equip the Canadian Helicopters fleet.
Mary Raub, Whirly-Girl No. 56, received the 17th annual Livingston Award, honoring helicopter pioneer J. Arlo Livingston.