A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned time frame. When the assignment is completed, you exit that area with the equipment and the initial investment intact ready to be deployed time and again. Installation of the PORTAPAD is quick, with little or no site preparation required after which the PORTAPAD provides a strong, safe, reusable helicopter landing platform. The PORTAPAD is currently in use internationally within the private helicopter owners sector and logging industry in North America, Oil and Gas industry in Australia, and in Papua New Guinea there are multiple portapads used for remote location work within the Mining industry. Learn more about the PORTAPAD @ www.heliportsequipment.com
Swiss Kopter Technology (SKT) brought its new Skyrider 06 to this year’s Dubai Airshow. The light, two-person sport helicopter had its first flight last year, and the company has now sold three aircraft, according to Aldo Dinelli, SKT marketing manager. He said that the original 130 hp engine has now been replaced by a more powerful 150 hp engine, going from a 2.2-liter engine to 2.5 liters, giving the aircraft a 100-knot maximum Vne air speed and 80-knot cruise speed. Maximum gross weight is 650 lbs. Maximum altitude is 10,000 feet, with HIGE at 7,000 feet and HOGE at 2,000 feet. Cost of the new SKT helicopter is £150,000 (around $202,900). —By Douglas Nelms
Christie Digital Systems has obtained a contract from Aero Simulation to provide 12 Matrix StIM WQ LED projectors as part of an upgrade for the U.S. Marine Corps Bell AH-1W weapons system trainer (WST). Six projectors will enter service in 2015 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and another half-dozen at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in New River, N.C. Christie is a subsidiary of Japan-based Ushio, Inc.