Heli-Expo 2016

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Sino-US Signs contract for 25 AW119Kx helicopters in EMS configuration in China.

  • The contract is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft
  • Establishing the largest emergency medical service helicopter programme ever launched in China with deliveries starting by June 2016
  • More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of commercial and public services.

Finmeccanica announced today a major step forward in the expansion of its presence in the global emergency medical service (EMS) market with the signing of a contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters with Sino-US in China through its Helicopter Division. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through to 2017.  Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016 and the helicopters will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd (Kingwing), a prime helicopter operator in China which has established a dedicated EMS project designated the CHAA (China Helicopter Air Ambulance) to provide a strong contribution to the Chinese EMS sector.

The framework agreement and the 25 helicopters contract pave the path for the establishment of the largest EMS helicopter programme across China’s provinces and significantly strengthens the presence of Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in the commercial and public services market, where its products have demonstrated greatly successful for a range of missions such as law enforcement, rescue, disaster relief, firefighting and passenger transport. More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters have been sold to Chinese customers to date.

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, March 1, 2016 – Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. today as the
first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with
Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association
International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display.
Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).
Era’s first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with GWE entered into revenue service in the Gulf of
Mexico in October 2015. The GWE increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to
27,700 pounds. Era recently accepted delivery of its second S-92 helicopter with the GWE
option, and now operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky aircraft.
“Our customers are greatly benefitting from the extra payload offered by this S-92
helicopter,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group, Inc.
“The safety, reliability and performance of the S-92 helicopter makes it an optimal platform
for those we serve.”
Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world.
The fleet has flown more than 950,000 flight hours. S-92 helicopters perform a variety of
missions including oil & gas worker transportation, search and rescue, and a variety of
transportation missions for head of state, utility and airline passengers.
For additional information, visit our website: www.sikorsky.com.



AW009 introduced as competitive commercial light single helicopter.

  • Market-driven upgrades to the SW-4 1.8 tonne light single engine helicopter will better meet the needs of  training, law enforcement, EMS and passenger transport operators
  • Customers will find an increase in time between overhaul on dynamic components, reducing direct maintenance costs and making the aircraft more competitive in terms of price
  • Strong interest from airborne law enforcement units, with Riverside Police Department of California signing a Letter of Interest for the aircraft
  • Anticipated FAA certification in 2Q 2017, through third-party U.S. partner, AAL USA

Finmeccanica presented today the AW009 helicopter, a commercial evolution of the SW-4, as a competitive solution into the light single-turbine segment market. During an official ceremony at Heli Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, prospective customers were able to evaluate the potential of integration of the AW009 into their training, law enforcement, emergency medical, and passenger transport fleets.

The AW009 now features a mass vibration absorber for a smoother and more comfortable ride, as well as improvements to the hydraulic system. Integrated into the cockpit is an advanced Genesys avionics display, ensuring excellent situational awareness and a user friendly interface, while maintaining pilot visibility. An optional Rolls-Royce M250-C30P engine will provide enhanced power handling for the most demanding missions. The Rolls-Royce M250-C20R (SP) engine still remains standard on the AW009 and has shown reliably high performance for existing operators.

Through attractive pricing and an increase in the time between overhaul on dynamic components, new customers will find the aircraft to be a competitive and cost-effective replacement to their existing fleet.

With strong interest from airborne law enforcement operators during demonstrations and advisory board reviews, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division has received an initial Letter of Interest from the Riverside Police Department of California, as it anticipates a near-term fleet replacement.

Finmeccanica Helicopter Division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AAL USA of Huntsville, Alabama, to facilitate avionics integration and FAA certification, expected by year end. Completion, prior to deliveries of the AW009, would begin from AAL USA, in 2017.



Thanks to Massimo PIRALLA for this image from HAI Heli-Expo 2016 Event.



LOUISVILLE, Feb. 29, 2016 – Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company and renowned provider of military-grade fuel systems, is finalizing development of its first fuel system for civil rotorcraft. The company, which has been developing the system with Vector Aerospace, will begin flight testing its Crash-Resistant Primary Fuel System (CRPFS) for AS350 helicopters this summer. Production would begin this fall.
“Robertson Fuel Systems has spent more than 40 years developing and perfecting military-grade auxiliary fuel systems for a variety of combat vertical-lift aircraft,” said Chief Executive Officer Newman Shufflebarger. “Our expertise as a global leader is enabling Robertson to transfer that knowledge to the civil market, where superior crash-resistant fuel tanks will make meaningful contributions to enhanced safety.”
The company will showcase its AS350 CRPFS at Heli-Expo Exhibit 8739, where RFS experts will be available to discuss the next-generation of safer crash-resistant civil fuel tanks for primary and auxiliary use. A second AS350 system will be shown at Vector Aerospace (Exhibit 7556). RFS products will also be displayed on two UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopters in Exhibits 10760 and 12636.
The CRPFS is designed as a direct replacement for legacy systems in the AS350/EC130 series aircraft. The unique system features magneto resistive fuel quality transmitters and other innovations to keep the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) tank from being compromised in the event of an accident.
“Civil aviation isn’t concerned with ballistic tolerance, but preventing damage caused by accidents or other conditions concerns everyone,” Shufflebarger said. “We’re trying to make flying safer for everyone and our goal is within reach.”  


BLR Moves to Certify FastFin System for H125 Helicopters in 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Feb. 29, 2016 – BLR Aerospace is working with Airbus Helicopters to certify the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System on an H125 helicopter, the company announced today.
Proof of concept flight tests were successfully completed in 2015. BLR is nearing the end of its certification flight test program and is on track for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of its new H125 system later this year. Approvals from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) are expected to follow.
Once certified, the system will be offered to the aftermarket and as an option on new H125s, according to Dave Marone, BLR’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
“We have been fortunate to work cooperatively with a world-class technical team from Airbus Helicopters in exploring the applicability of FastFin to the H125,” Marone said. “Their support has been instrumental in reaching this important milestone.”
BLR’s flight test program demonstrated that FastFin is well suited for the H125 and delivers important operating benefits, including improved wind azimuth tolerance and additional useful load in hover. Detailed performance data will be available once certification occurs, Marone said.
The FastFin system includes patented airflow modifiers at strategic locations on the tailboom, optimizing airflow around the tailboom to create an advantageous pressure differential between the left and right sides of the tailboom, dramatically improving tail rotor authority.
 “FastFin is a proven power, performance and revenue-enhancing technology,” Marone said. “We look forward to introducing it to the H125 operating community.”
One-thousand of BLR’s performance-enhancing FastFin systems have been installed on an assortment of commercial and military helicopters since the first system was certified more than a decade ago. The system is also standard, factory-installed equipment on all new Bell 412EP and EPI helicopters.