There is plenty of news brewing at the biennial aerospace exposition outside Paris. For more rotorcraft-related news from the 47th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget
Look for a New Schweizer Model
Schweizer Aircraft will unveil a new product “in the very near future,” said Jeff Pino, president of Schweizer parent Sikorsky Aircraft.
Boeing Flies Turbine Hummingbird
Boeing has completed the first flight of its A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle. Reporting at the Paris Air Show, the company said the first flight occurred June 15 from an airport near Victorville, Calif. The 12-min flight hovering in ground effect was aimed at verifying vehicle and subsystem operation of the turbine-powered version of the piston-powered aircraft. Boeing intends to demonstrate endurance levels greater than 18 hr.
Jordan Takes Three UH-60L Black Hawks, Expects Five More
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered three UH-60L versions of its Black Hawk to the kingdom of Jordan’s Special Operations Aviation Brigade, which the company said would use the aircraft for special ops and border security. Sikorsky is to deliver five more this year under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales agreement.
Air Methods Orders 10 More AS350B2s
Air Methods Corp. has boosted its orders for Eurocopter AS350s, adding a batch of 10 AStars to the 20 already purchased in 2007 in a deal signed at the Paris Air Show. The additional ones are to be delivered next year, and will be used in Air Methods’ expanding air medical transportation operations in the United States.
New Zealand’s Taranaki Rescue Takes A119 Koala
Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust of New Zealand has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland A119 Koala, marking the entrance of the single turbine helicopter in the New Zealand market. The trust has evolved from small beginnings to become the pre-eminent provider of emergency medical services in New Zealand.
Super Lynx 300 Stops Paris En Route to South Africa
An AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 of the South African Air Force made its debut at the Paris Air Show prior to being delivered to Air Force Base Ysterplaat in South Africa next month. The aircraft is one of four ordered by South Africa in 2003. They will be operated by the Air Force for the Navy. Pilot and ground crew conversion training was completed in May at AgustaWestland’s customer training center in Yeovil, England. South Africa will become the forth operator of the Super Lynx 300, following Malaysia, Thailand, and Oman.