Helicopter training simulator provider X-Copter is on hand at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis., to demonstrate its recently certified primary flight simulator. Located at AirVenture’s HAI Heli-Center, the Arizona-based company is offering show specials of more than $7,500 in incentives for the lease or purchase of the new training device, which has a base price of $88,000.
Robinson Helicopter received EASA certification for its R66 on Wednesday, four years after the FAA approved the turbine helicopter. With this latest approval, Robinson said it is now able to begin delivering R66s in its current backlog of European orders and focus on strengthening its presence in this market. Two-thirds of the company’s sales typically come from non-U.S.
Robinson Helicopter has delivered its 500th R66 five-seat turbine single three-a-and-a-half years after receiving FAA certification.
The 500th helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia, and will be on display at the Heli-Russia Exhibition in Moscow from May 22 to 24. In April last year Aviamarket pilots landed R66 S/N 0040 at the North Pole and in September the company organized a successful, six-week around-the-world expedition using two R66s.
There were some surprises in the new-helicopter department at the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo show, held during the last week of February, but the big news this year was the crop of orders, especially from helicopter leasing companies.
In a brief ceremony Wednesday afternoon on the Heli-Expo show floor, Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 5222) signed a multi-engine contract to deliver its RR300 light turboshaft powerplant for installation on the Scott’s-Bell 47GT-6 light utility helicopter.
“We have the commitment to ship them their first flight-test engine by June,” Rolls-Royce helicopters senior vice president Greg Fedele told AIN. “We’re really excited about this next step on the path toward production of the Scott’s-Bell 47.”
BBA Aviation subsidiaries Premier Turbines and H+S Aviation inked an agreement yesterday with Rolls-Royce, acknowledging them as authorized repair and overhaul centers for the RR300 engine, which currently powers the Robinson R66. The deal, which runs through 2021, provides engine operators with major MRO providers on both sides of the Atlantic. “We’re pleased to add the RR300 to the list of engines we support for Rolls-Royce,” said Doug Meador (left), president of Premier Turbines parent company Dallas Airmotive.
Building on its Rolls-Royce M250 maintenance program, StandardAero announced during Heli-Expo 2014 that it has seen growth in its nascent Rolls-Royce RR300 program, having recently released its first engine back into service. The RR300 powers the Robinson R66 helicopter. As of yesterday StandardAero showed five recent engines coming into MRO at its Winnipeg, Canada location, and 50 scheduled globally.
Kurt Robinson was generally upbeat about the prospects for his family’s iconic helicopter company, Robinson Helicopter, during a press conference yesterday at Heli-Expo. Last year, the company delivered its 11,000th helicopter and it will soon deliver its 500th R66 single-engine turbine ship. Production currently stands at two to three R66s, five R44s and one R22 per week.
Kurt Robinson was generally upbeat about the prospects for his family’s iconic helicopter company, during yesterday’s Heli-Expo press conference. Last year the company delivered its 11,000th helicopter and it will soon deliver its 500th R66 single-engine turbine ship. Production currently stands at two to three R66s, five R44s and one R22 per week.
In a choreographed display of lights and music, Bell Helicopter unveiled three refined mock-ups of its new, five-seat “short light single” (SLS) helicopter–now officially renamed the “505 Jet Ranger X”–this morning at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. The company previewed the SLS concept with an announcement and renderings last year at the Paris Air Show.
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