Predictions for the number of civil helicopter deliveries over the next decade differ somewhat, according to forecasts released at Heli-Expo in Dallas in late February by engine manufacturers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce. According to Rolls-Royce, 5,191 civil turbine rotorcraft will be delivered during the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015, equating to an annual average of about 520 machines.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Cleveland, Ohio, June 25, 2005–A failure of the main drive shaft for undetermined reasons, the NTSB concluded, caused the total loss of engine power in the Bell 206B JetRanger. A factor in the accident was the pilot’s improper flare.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 18, 2005–The NTSB concluded that the pilot’s improper fuel calculations caused the Air Logistics JetRanger to crash into the Gulf of Mexico because of fuel exhaustion. The pilot had enough fuel for approximately one hour and 50 minutes with no reserve when he flew to an oil platform, where oil was spotted on the side of the fuselage.
A new program that offers value-added solutions to the business jet aircraft sales marketplace is being offered by Duncan Aviation. Enhancements by Duncan Aviation bundle the company’s glass box installations, Duncan Design creations and airframe inspections on model-specific aircraft and subsequently brands those aircraft as Enhanced by Duncan Aviation.
“We’re trying to do a better job of getting the word out about Tracs scholarships for 2007. We had a number of the 2006 opportunities go unused for lack of applicants,” Mark Dietrich of NBAA’s Maintenance Committee told AIN. “The deadline for next year’s awards is January 15, 2007, so we’re giving plenty of notice.”
A lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of family members killed in a June 15, 2003, helicopter crash began taking depositions from defendant Rolls-Royce in March. Attorney Richard Genter of Jenkintown, Pa., filed the lawsuit on May 12 last year in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii. Genter is representing the families of the three passengers killed during a sightseeing flight in an MD 500D over Volcanoes National Park near Hilo, Hawaii.
Raytheon Aircraft joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the only major business aircraft OEMs to elevate the head of product support to the presidential level. The Wichita-based manufacturer named Randy Groom president of global customer service and support. Ed Dolanski, who had handled aftermarket services as v-p of customer support for the past five years, joined another Raytheon subsidiary.
Airservices Australia has awarded a contract to Honeywell for the development of satellite-based precision landing systems that could eventually find a ready market in countries around the world. Honeywell will supply Airservices Australia with the GBAS (ground-based augmentation system) at large airports and GRAS (ground-based regional automation system) at smaller fields.
Described by some Honeywell engineers as “son of Primus Epic,” the Phoenix company’s Apex integrated avionics system is undergoing a makeover that aims to make that moniker more appropriate than ever. The enhanced version of Apex now under development for Grob’s SPn “utility jet” will feature better integration of TCAS II, weather radar and other functions thanks to greater software processing power.
Avionics dealers were treated to sneak previews of the latest must-have airborne hardware at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention in late April, held at the Wyndham Palm Springs in (very) sunny Southern California.