Thales has secured an agreement to provide Eurocopter with its integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI) for the Ecureuil family and the EC175. The program includes the EC135, EC145, EC155 and the military versions of those helicopters. In other news, Thales will equip its 160-amp starter generators on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters fleet of Eurocopter AS350B2s and EC130B4s. The French company also displayed its TopDeck helicopter avionics suite on a Sikorsky S-76D during Heli-Expo 2010.
A delegation from the Russian helicopter industry held a press conference during Heli-Expo to detail developments in the country’s rotorcraft sector. Representatives from Kamov, the Mil Moscow helicopter plant, Oboronprom United Industrial Corp., Progress Arseniev Aircraft Co., Russian Helicopters, Ulan-Ude Helicopter Plant and UTair hosted a “Russian Hour,” along with the Helicopter Association of Russia and International Helicopter Industry Exhibition (HeliRussia 2010). Models of the Kamov Ka-32A11BC and Mil Mi-171 were available at the booth.
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rotortech Services has joined the Turbomeca service center network. Fixed-base operator (FBO) and on-wing support, repairs, maintenance, parts and tooling are among the services available at the Part 145 repair station. Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group, is planning to establish additional service centers in North America.
Air Comm Corp. has launched its digital climate control system for helicopters. The Boulder, Colo.-based company is developing the system, which features Air Comm software, for the Bell 429. FAA certification of the climate control system is expected in late 2010.
FAA has granted STC approval to Albuquerque, N.M.-based Aspen Avionics for installation of its EFD1000H in the Bell 206 and 407. The unit is part of Aspen’s Evolution flight display systems. The company also announced a partnership with Chippewa Aerospace on an STC to equip the Eurocopter AS350/355 and Robinson R22/R44 with the EFD1000H. Certification for the Robinson models is expected in second quarter 2010, with AS350/355 approval in third quarter 2010.
Mavana Air Support is the newest authorized dealer for Vector Aerospace Corp. The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shop will represent Vector’s Helicopter Services-North America and Engine Service-Atlantic divisions in Australia and New Zealand.
Paradise Helicopters has chosen Textron subsidiary SkyBOOKS of Jacksonville, Fla. to supply its flight operations and maintenance tracking program, which includes an electronic record-keeping system. The SkyBOOKS coverage will apply to the Paradise fleet of three Bell 407s and three MD-500Es.