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Heli-Expo 2016 News

February 19, 2016  By Helicopters Magazine



Heli-Expo 2016 News

  Up to the minute coverage from the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville


P&WC increases time between overhauls for PW210 family
Pratt & Whitney Canada has announced that it has extended the basic time between overhaul (TBO) for its PW210 turboshaft engines from 3,500 to 4,000 hours. This will increase time-on-wing and reduce maintenance costs by over 10 percent for operators. The extension applies to all PW210 engines currently in service and those to be produced in the future. | READ MORE

Greenwich completes LiveAero install on an AW139
Greenwich AeroGroup has announced that it has successfully installed its LiveAero system on an AW139 at its Summit Aviation facility in Middletown, Del. | READ MORE


Heli-One joins forces with Avion Pacific
Heli-One has entered into an agreement with Avion Pacific Limited to jointly explore developing helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services as well as helicopter product services in China. | READ MORE

LPR expands H135P3 fleet
LPR (SP ZOZ Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) has added four more aircraft to its fleet of Airbus H135P3 helicopters powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PW206B3 turboshaft engines – bringing the size of the fleet to 27 aircraft. An emergency medical services (EMS) customer in Poland, LPR started operating these new aircraft in early 2016. | READ MORE

SKYTRAC partners with Flight Data Services
SKYTRAC has partnered with Flight Data Services. Under the terms of the agreement, the sophisticated flight data graphing, visualization and analysis features of the Flight Data Services’ POLARIS FDM platform will be directly embedded in SKYTRAC’s renowned SkyWeb online data management portal. | READ MORE

Whirly-Girls International announces 2016 scholarship winners
Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the winners of the 2016 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. | READ MORE

VIH Aerospace reveals brand evolution
VIH Aerospace has officially launched its revised brand at Heli-Expo 2016 – highlighted by a revised logo that distinguishes it from its parent. The new look also incorporates a bold visual identity that clearly identifies VIH Aerospace as a world-class maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) provider, serving the global helicopter market. VIHA is exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2016-Booth #1209. | READ MORE

Hartzell releases new how-to video series, field repair manual for composite propellers
Hartzell Propeller has released a series of how-to videos and a new field repair manual describing how to evaluate and repair Hartzell’s structural composite propeller blades when they suffer minor damage. | READ MORE

StandardAero launches new M250 compressor case life extension program
StandardAero’s Helicopter business unit has launched a new engine compressor case life extension program to help Rolls-Royce M250 engine operators reduce maintenance service intervals and keep their helicopters in the air for longer  periods of time, reducing overall operating costs. | READ MORE

AAR to showcase expanded airlift and service capabilities
AAR will showcase the expansion of its expeditionary airlift capabilities, supply chain services and composites manufacturing to potential partners and helicopter operators at Heli Expo 2016 March 1-3. | READ MORE

Annual Honeywell report paints a cautious industry outlook
In the face of a slower global economic growth environment and increased volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 18th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2016 to 2020, roughly 400 helicopters lower than the 2015 five-year forecast. | READ MORE

Vector introduces innovative ADS-B Out solution for AW139
Vector Aerospace has announced that it is in the process of developing a new FAA-certified ADS-B Out solution for the popular Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 medium twin rotorcraft. | READ MORE

BLR working to certify FastFin for H125s
BLR Aerospace is working with Airbus Helicopters to certify the FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System on an H125 helicopter, the company has announced. | READ MORE

Robertson and Firehawk to certify S-70 auxilary fuel system
Robertson Fuel Systems is working with Firehawk Helicopters to test and certify a Conformal Auxiliary Fuel System (CAFS) for installation on commercial Sikorsky S-70 helicopters.  Firehawk is currently flight testing the aircraft, and certification is expected by the end of 2016. | READ MORE

Tampa Police Department selects Becker Avionics
Becker Avionics has announced the Tampa Police Department has selected the Becker DVCS Digital Audio System for use by their airborne law enforcement operation. | READ MORE

Airbus Helicopters updates executive committee
Ben Bridge has been appointed executive vice president Global Business while Matthieu Louvot becomes executive vice president customer support and services, in a move aimed at consolidating Airbus Helicopters’ leading position while remaining as close as possible to its customers. | READ MORE

BLR delivers 1,000th FastFin
From Alaska to Antarctica,1,000 FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability Systems are now flying on helicopters in 35 countries on all seven continents. The milestone 1,000th FastFin System was delivered to Agrarflug in Ahlen, Germany for installation on a Fumigacion Aerea Andaluza S.A (FAASA) Bell 212 on Jan. 29. | READ MORE

Elbit Systems’ HeliEVS performs successful test flights
Elbit Systems’ recently performed several flight tests with the Helicopter Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS), HeliEVS in its operational configuration, combining the EVS sensor, HUD and fused image display processor. | READ MORE

Helisul Taxi Aereo signs LOI for 10 SKYe SH09s

Helisul Táxi Aéreo from Brazil has confirmed strong interest to operate the SKYe SH09 and signed a letter of intent for ten units of the Swiss made single-engine. | READ MORE

Enstrom issues update on TH180 incident

On February 12th, Enstrom Helicopter N180TH, the prototype TH-180 experienced a mechanical problem and made a forced landing. During the landing, the rotor struck a wooden utility pole, cutting off the pole and destroying the main rotor blades. The pilot, the only person on board, was uninjured. | READ MORE

Becker announces sale of first secure wireless intercom

Becker Avionics has announced the sale of the first secure wireless intercom system (ICS) to Exploration Services LLC, a U.S. customer. | READ MORE

Vector celebrates 10 years servicing M250 engines in the U.S.
Vector Aerospace is celebrating its 10th anniversary servicing Rolls-Royce M250 engines in the U.S.  Vector supports this popular family of turboshaft engines from its OEM-authorized M250 repair and overhaul facility in Grapevine, Dallas, Tex. | READ MORE

Tradewind becomes an official Chopper Spotter dealer

Tradewind Internationalis now an official dealer for Chopper Spotter©, considered by many helicopter operators to be the best machine for safely moving light and medium helicopters on the ground. In production since 1989, the Chopper Spotter has become the industry standard for the being the safest in powered helicopter ground handling, and the best value for most ground handling needs. | READ MORE

DART Aerospace launches two new AW139 accessories
DART Aerospace continues to lead in product development with the launch of high quality accessories for the AW139: The Heavy Duty Heli-Access-Step and the Quick Release Maintenance Step. | READ MORE

ITT showcases rotorcraft solutions at Heli-Expo
ITT Corporation’s Enidine brand will showcase its energy absorption and vibration isolation rotorcraft solutions at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016, March 1-3, in Louisville, KY. | READ MORE

Aura Aviation appoints Stephen Mitchell to lead rotary sales
Feb. 26, 2016 – Aura Aviation, the UK-headquartered aviation consultancy and transaction business, has stepped into the New Year with an expanded team. Stephen Mitchell has been appointed as Sales Director for Aura Aviation’s new rotary division, bolstering its existing fixed wing sales division, which operates under the JetBrokers name. | READ MORE

ASG to release civil helicopter year end report at Heli-Expo
Feb. 24, 2016 – Asian Sky Group (ASG) has announced it will release its highly anticipated Asia-Pacific Civic Helicopter Year End 2015 Fleet Report at the HAI Heli-Expo Show in Louisville, Kentucky. | READ MORE

Airbus Helicopters to highlight wide range of products at Heli-Expo
Feb. 24, 2016 – Industry stakeholders will be invited to see the world of Airbus Helicopters’ from a new perspective at the Heli Expo trade show from March 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services with a strong lineup of five aircraft, including the H125 in law enforcement configuration; the H130 in utility configuration; the H135 and the H145 in Corporate/VIP configuration and the H215 in utility configuration. | READ MORE

DART Aerospace debuts new Approved Maintenance Center network

Feb. 24, 2016 – DART’s new Approved Maintenance Center network will make its official debut at Heli-Expo 2016. DART will showcase its success stories on landing gear, emergency flotation equipment and repair & overhaul services, reinforcing DART’s dedication to innovation, technology and efficiency. | READ MORE


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