At Helicopter Maintenance magazine, we remain optimistic about the future of the helicopter industry. So much so that we are ending the year with our first ever attendance at a European helicopter trade show!
With four different jaw-size widths, the new WV1700 Series vises from Snap-on Industrial are a perfect addition to any work bench in the aviation, wind power, natural resources or manufacturing industries. The vises come with features that make them durable for demanding applications, including an oversized anvil that provides a larger surface designed to take a beating in forming and shaping materials.
Concorde Battery Corporation announces that it has trained more than 2,500 airmen so far this year with its new Virtual IA (Inspection Authorization) Renewal Series. Rather than cancel Concorde’s IA recurrent training events in 2021 due to the pandemic, Concorde has pivoted and created Concorde’s Virtual IA Renewal Series that provides the opportunity for airmen to complete the training necessary to renew their IA certificate through virtual classes provided free of charge.
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the sale of one Bell 429 helicopter to Cambodia’s Chip Mong Group Co., Ltd. It is the first Bell 429 sale in Cambodia. Chip Mong, a real estate, hospitality, beverages, retail and banking conglomerate, intends to use the Bell 429 for corporate transport and chartering purposes.
GPMS announces it has received an FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health-monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform. The Foresight MX brings 21st century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform.
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, celebrates the start of operations at its state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) with a small gathering and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Bell leaders and employees, as well as local North Texas community leaders including Fort Worth mayor, Betsy Price, were in attendance. The event marks the next milestone in the center’s development before its grand opening, targeted for this summer.
True Blue Power, the first company to receive FAA TSO certification for lithium-ion batteries, announces the company’s TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion main ship battery is a standard option on Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44. Weighing only 16 pounds, the TB17 gives R44 operators an additional 13 pounds of useful load compared to the helicopter’s standard lead-acid battery.
StandardAero is recognized by Rolls-Royce during its annual FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) Network™ Recognition event with the 2021 “Trusted to Deliver Excellence” award. The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated by thousands of customers worldwide.
In partnership with Talon Helicopters, DART Aerospace receives Transport Canada approval for Talon to perform night hover refill operations with its DART AS365 Fire Attack System (FAS). The approval is the first step in pursuing a full FAA STC update to allow night vision goggles (NVG) aided and unaided night hover refill operations on all DART AS365 Fire Attack Systems.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that the organization’s members elected two new members to the HAI board of directors on Mon., Mar. 22, 2021. Both new members will serve a three-year term beginning Jul. 1, 2021.
AeroParts Now™, developer of the aviation industry’s most advanced parts inventory management and sales software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, announces that Michael Busby has been named vice president of sales. Busby’s position with AeroParts Now will commence immediately.