Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an instrument flight rules (IFR) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the U.S. Navy's training helicopter.
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!
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) sees an increased demand for its HTS900 turboshaft engine and is anticipating an additional six to eight new engines to be operating on Eagle Copters’ Eagle 407HP model by the end of the year. Eagle Copters has delivered 16 HTS900 engines to date and currently has 15 in service on three continents.
GlobalParts.aero is exhibiting for the first time at the 2018 Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV, on Feb. 27-March 1. Working to further develop its parts business within the rotor-wing market, GlobalParts.aero continues to grow as a Kansas-based company from its inception in 2003.
At the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) displays two of its single-engine helicopter models, each featuring an advanced all-glass cockpit. The cornerstones of MDHI’s booth (#N5505) will be the Virginia Beach Police Department’s new MD 530F alongside one of six (6) MD 530G attack helicopters ordered by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence. The glass cockpit solutions featured in these aircraft will be FAA-certified and available to all MD 530 airframe operators.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) celebrates the delivery of a new, custom-configured MD 530F with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). Officially accepted into operation in February, EAGLE 1 is now delivered to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office fleet, Sheriff Margaret Mims, and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. With this delivery, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit becomes the first airborne law enforcement unit in the country to fly MD Helicopters’ advanced, FAA-certified all-glass cockpit.
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, announces it is expanding its partnership with CHC through the placement of a second Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft with the operator. The helicopter is due to enter service in December 2018 and will be supporting CHC’s operations in the UK.
Appareo announces plans to expand the AML-STC for the company’s Stratus ADS-B “out” transponders to include Part 27 helicopters. The company will exhibit its ADS-B products at the annual HAI HELI-EXPO convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Straube's Aircraft Services announces the grand opening of its new completions center at Falcon Field Airport [KFFC] in Peachtree City, GA. The facility at Falcon Field will offer aircraft painting and will specialize in interior, maintenance, repair and avionics capabilities by local service providers in the near future.
StandardAero is the recipient of two awards at the prestigious Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, an annual event held as part of Rolls-Royce's attendance at the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. 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.
Dakota Air Parts Intl., Inc., a specialist in the buying, selling and support of a variety of rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft, turbine engines and parts, announces it is displaying a new-to-market composite tail rotor blade for the Bell 206A and 206B helicopters during Heli-Expo 2018, Feb. 27-March 1 in Las Vegas, NV. Dakota Air Parts is exhibiting at Booth #N3025.