The main reveal at Heli-Expo was Bell Helicopter's FCX001 Future Concept helicopter. Features would include morphing main rotor blade tips, multiple fans in the tail-boom for anti-torque, and augmented reality cockpit.. (Photo: ATP)

OEMs Turn to MRO as Rotorcraft Sales Stall

Andrew Drwiega reports from this year’s Heli-Expo in Dallas where the downturn in the energy sector resulted in a subdued atmosphere. Business minds are turning to MRO to claw back revenues. The very obvious downturn in new orders being experience by the helicopter industry globally has seen an increased focus on customer support and service […]

Avtrade Secures Omani Contract for Component Support

Avtrade has added an Omani low cost airline to its component support solutions portfolio. Avtrade will provide component support including part pool access, core repair management and a main base kit on site for AOG and critical requirements. Avtrade will support the airline’s entire A320 fleet 24/7 from its stock based at both UK headquarters […]

UTC Aerospace Systems Business Selects Quantum Control MRO

UTC Aerospace Systems has selected Component Control’s Quantum Control MRO and Logistics software to support on-time delivery and on-cost execution. UTC’s Aerostructures business unites a global network of aftermarket support services, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), asset lease/exchange, spare parts, training, logistics and technical support. “Quantum Control will help us manage and track an […]

LKQ Corporation Acquires AeroVision

AeroVision International has been acquired by LKQ Corporation, a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. “This transaction will enable AeroVision to continue its growth as a premier supplier of business and regional aircraft, engine and component solutions,” stated Jeff Barnes, president of AeroVision. “With the operational […]

Sikorsky Hires a Hundred to Turn Around AOG Issues

By Andrew Drwiega, Editor-in-chief. Heli-Expo, Dallas: Sikorsky president Dan Schultz, speaking to the media on the first day of the expo, said that his company was now completely ‘severed’ from previous owner, UTC. Schultz was keen to highlight the improvements Sikorsky had made in customer support. “One year ago was disappointed in customer support,” he […]

Vector Secures Certification for Rotorcraft ADS-B

Vector Aerospace has received approval from the European and United States airworthiness authorities for its ADS-B solutions offered for Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft. In December 2016, Vector received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its Part 29 rotorcraft ADS-B solution for the Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Puma, […]

Bell Helicopter Unveils FCX-001 Concept Rotorcraft

By Andrew Drwiega, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Maintenance Heli-Expo, Dallas: Bell Helicopter’s stole the opening morning of Heli-Expo with its ultra-high profile unveil of the concept rotorcraft – the FCX‐001. “Six months ago we created a dedicated team to focus on emerging technologies and how we could incorporate them into our products. Among that team’s first tasks […]

Angkor Air Appoints AFI KLM E&M for A320 Support

AFI KLM E&M has won a long-term contract covering component support for Cambodia Angkor Air’s fleet of A320s. The fleet currently comprises three aircraft, rising to ten over the next few years. The agreement includes full component support services, repairs and maintenance, pool access, and the provision of a Main Base Kit with local services. […]

Safran Shows MRO and Engine Assembly Plant at Heli-Expo

By Andrew Drwiega, Editor-in-Chief Heli-Expo, Dallas: AVM magazine was invited to tour Safran Helicopter Engines USA and Safran Electronics & Defense Avionics facilities in Grand Prairie on Monday 6 March, the day before Heli-Expo officially opened. The facility provides engine assembly, engine MRO and customer support to North and South America. Doug Dupont, USCG/USCBP key […]