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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MD Helicopters’ Customers Gain Access to ATP’s Aviation Hub

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has worked with MD Helicopters (MDHI)  to bring the manufacturer’s customers the online Single Sign On (SSO) feature through ATP’s Aviation Hub. The online portal will assist MD Helicopters’ customers to manage their end-to-end maintenance processes from a unified platform. ATP states that changes to the portal, launched at HAI Heli-Expo […]

First Fleet Sale for BLR’s FastFin

BLR Aerospace has completed its first fleet sale of its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system to Brainerd Aviation. The company has purchased four systems for its fleet of Airbus H125 helicopters. FastFin uses advanced airflow management to increase the effectiveness of the H125 anti-torque system allowing for increased load carrying and improved aircraft stability. “Cost […]

Firehawk Helicopters Opts for Flightdocs

Heli-Expo Dallas: Firehawk helicopters will use maintenance management software provider Flightdocs to help it improve its maintenance tracking, inventory and forecasting between its two bases in Leesburg, Florida and Boise, Idaho. Firehawk operates nine Sikorsky Black Hawks, both the S-70 and UH-60, and five Airbus H125 Astar helicopters. In addition to aerial firefighting, it also engages in heavy lift, […]

Ansell Claims Thinnest Disposable Chemical Gloves

The Microflex 93-260 chemical resistant, single use glove has been brought to the MRO market by protection solutions company Ansell. The company claims it to be the thinnest available offering protection against a broad range of chemicals. The new Microflex 93-260 is a thin, disposable glove designed to offer higher levels of protection against chemicals […]