A shiny red-and-white Eurocopter AS350B2, newly converted to Honeywell LTS-101-700D2 turbine power, dominates Soloy Aviation’s exhibit here at Heli-Expo2011 (Booth No. 1628). Inside is an operating example of a new electronic engine display soon to be added as an option to the already STC’d Soloy conversion kit for replacing the original Turbomeca Arriel B2 with the Honeywell engine.
Cobham will provide synthetic vision-based EFIS to retrofit the Eurocopter and Bell fleets of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. LAPD operates 14 Eurocopter AS350-B2 and five Bell B206 helicopters, while LASD has 14 AS350s.
It’s Heli-Expo, and that means it’s also Honeywell forecast time. The 13th edition of the diversified aerospace manufacturer’s best estimate on what the rotorcraft industry can expect in the next five years predicts that global deliveries of new civilian-use turbine-powered helicopters will lie somewhere between 4,200 and 4,400 through 2015, and that represents a 5-percent gain over the delivery tally from 2006 to 2010.
CAE’s new 3000-series helicopter simulator brings an extraordinary amount of realism into what is essentially a computer-driven replica of a Eurocopter AS350B2 cockpit capable of simulating a variety of real-world training experiences. With the Tropos-6000 visual display projecting the view outside the cockpit onto screens that wrap around the cockpit’s chin windows, flying the simulator seems extremely close to a real helicopter.
Heli-Expo returns to Orlando, Fla., March 5 to 8, bringing together more than 17,000 participants, 600 exhibitors and 65 helicopters in the spacious Orange County Convention Center.
The Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau is the first customer to use American Eurocopter’s new integrated AS350 Level B crew simulator for structured training. Capt. Steve Rugg called the new simulator “an excellent training tool” that allows the practice of “actual mission scenarios” with pilots and crew.
American Eurocopter recently unveiled a new full-motion flight and mission simulator for AS350 crew training tailored to EMS and law-enforcement applications. The simulator is based at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas campus.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department will outfit its new fleet of 14 American Eurocopter AS350B2s with the DZM2 system, which packages all-in-one satellite and cellular voice and data communications in a single control head that can be mounted on the center console. The satphone can be quickly removed for off-aircraft communication.
Eurocopter AS350B2, Kingfisher, Okla., July 22, 2010–While en route to a patient pickup, the AStar crashed near Kingfisher, Okla., killing the pilot and one of two flight nurses on board, while seriously injuring the other. The helicopter was destroyed. The Part 91 positioning flight was operating in VMC on a VFR flight plan at the time of the accident.
British Columbia-based Associated Aviation has acquired Timber Wolf Aviation of Ottawa, Canada. Timber Wolf, an MRO specializing in helicopter maintenance, holds approvals for Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC120. “The company is well positioned to support our European and South American markets,” Rod Youngberg, Associated Aviation’s president, told AIN.