Donaldson IBFs Certified by Transport Canada

Transport Canada has certified Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense for installation on Airbus AS350 B3, EC130 B4, and EC130 T2 helicopters.  The IBFs keep contamination, including dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects, from degrading the performance and reliability of helicopter engines. According to Donaldson turbine engine components are life-limited parts, but…

Airbus Unveils Racer Next Gen High Speed Helo Prototype

PARIS AIRSHOW, Le Bourget: Rotorcraft maintainers take note! Airbus Helicopter’s revealed the Racer this morning. Airbus Helicopters has revealed the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Codenamed Racer, for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft, this demonstrator will incorporate a host of innovative features and will be…

Ontic Expands Manufacturing and MRO Services for Legacy Rotorcraft

PARIS AIRSHOW, Le Bourget: Ontic, a BBA Aviation company and provider of extended life solutions for OEM legacy products, has announced a significant increased in its manufacturing capabilities and MRO services for the rotorcraft market. Over the last four years, Ontic has signed several licenses with aerospace’s top OEMs that has expanded the breadth of…

BLR’s FastFin Gains Government Approval in Canada

Transport Canada has approved BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for installation on Canadian registered Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters. The H125 FastFin System was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It is available to the aftermarket and as…

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,…