HAI Heli-Expo 2022 … Dallas, TX


PRESS RELEASE – Dallas, TX (March 9, 2022)

Safran Helicopter Engines and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a collaboration initiative to explore technical performance and economic impacts of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on the Arrius 2R-powered Bell 505.

A single, dedicated Bell 505 aircraft will conduct flights solely with the use of blended SAF. Both Bell and Safran Helicopter Engines will evaluate engine and aircraft performance data to better assess the collateral benefits associated with the incorporation of SAF, a significant tool being used to reach industry carbon reduction objectives.

Bruno Bellanger, executive vice president, Programs, Safran Helicopter Engines said: “We strongly believe in SAF, as it contributes to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. As all our helicopter engines, the Arrius 2R, is already certified to operate on up to 50% SAF, and we are fully ready to assist all Bell 505 operators worldwide in their transition from conventional fossil fuels to SAF”.

“Bell has championed the usage of SAF as one of our many critical efforts in achieving carbon emission reductions in our rotorcraft operations,” said Doug May, vice president of Customer Experience. “We look forward to working with Safran Helicopter Engines to gain a comprehensive understanding of SAF incorporation that will inform future aircraft technology and operations and ultimately support greener aviation practices.”

With all its engine range already certified to operate on up to 50% SAF, Safran objective is to certify in the coming years the use of 100% SAF, which can potentially result in carbon lifecycle emissions reductions by up to 80%. In 2021, Safran conducted ground test campaign for a Makila 2 running on 100% SAF, and followed this with successful flight tests.

Safran Helicopter Engines is strongly committed to reducing carbon emissions at its sites worldwide by incorporating SAF at all its test benches. Since last June, the manufacturer has been using it at every site in France, initially at a level of 10% of total aviation fuel usage, with a target of 50% by 2025. It has also recently deployed SAF to its UK facility at Fareham.

PRESS RELEASE – Dallas, 10 March 2022

The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered nine five-bladed Airbus H145s to replace its current four-bladed versions. Rega’s new H145s will come equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system that will enhance the mission capabilities and the safety of operations.

“We are very grateful to open another chapter in the relationship between our two organisations with this order for our five-bladed H145,” says Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “We are always looking at ways to evolve our helicopters by taking into account the feedback of those who operate them each and every day.”

“The H145 has fully proven itself in our operations since entering into service in 2018,” says Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega. “We look forward to operating the five-bladed version on our HEMS bases in Switzerland. The helicopters will allow us to further boost our mission capabilities and safety of our operations.”

The new integrated navigation system will use new capabilities of the Flight Management System GTN750 Xi by Garmin. It will integrate and control a multi-sensor system that provides highly accurate and reliable navigation capacities. Even in the event of GPS signal loss, the helicopter will navigate safely thanks to Thales’ inertial navigation system. This solution will further boost the navigation performance in low IFR conditions and allows the helicopter to be certified as navigation procedure RNP-AR 0.1, which is the most accurate navigation procedure in the helicopter environment. The configuration also includes a new hoist by Vincorion that is being certified on the five-bladed H145.

Rega operates 13 HEMS stations in Switzerland. In 2021, the helicopter crews carried out 14,330 missions, including transporting 471 COVID patients. Rega’s current fleet includes seven H145s and one H125 used for pilot training.

The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission aircraft, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design also eases maintenance operations, further improving the benchmark serviceability and reliability of the H145, while improving ride comfort for both passengers and crew. The new H145 introduces on-board connectivity to customers and operators through the integration of the next step of the wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS), allowing seamless and secure transmission of data generated by the helicopter.

In total, there are more than 1,500 H145 family helicopters in service, logging a total of more than six million flight hours. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. It includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot, increasing safety and reducing pilot workload. Its particularly low acoustic footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

PRESS RELEASE – 09 March 2022

The companies will be pioners in providing this type of service in Latin America, known globally as a highly efficient prevention and maintenance method, becoming a milestone for both the electricity industry and the national aeronautical sector.

More than 18 years of experience in the aeronautical industry, a company that has the largest and most modern fleet of helicopters in the southern cone, add to the trajectory of bbosch, a company that has more than 60 years of excellence in the industry metalworking and development and electrical infrastructure, in order to launch in the region the air washing service of insulators by helicopter.
The development of this new system in Chile has been carried out a few years ago in Europe, Africa and North America, and it has the highest electrical and aeronautical safety standards in the market, achieving, moreover, making washing operations more efficient in time and resources.The Ecocopter-bbosch alliance seeks to positively impact the country in the electrical maintenance market with insulation washes that improve the sustainability and reliability of energy systems. The washing of insulators by helicopters allows access to high and medium voltage power transmission lines in all types of geographical areas, faster washing and the use of less water.

Regarding the washing procedure, once the system has been installed in the helicopter and the transfer to the work area has been carried out, the system tank is filled with demineralized water, to then take off and fly to the line according to planning. Once on site, the aircraft is positioned to one side of the tower and the washing of the chains begins from a turret that expels pressurized water, all controlled by an operator who is located next to the helicopter. In this way, it is possible to eliminate the dirt and waste generated by pollution, salinity and the passing of time in these conditions, which occur especially in the northern part of the country.

The characteristics of this advanced washing system allow you to work quickly and efficiently, since approximately 30 to 90 seconds are used for each washed chain (depending on the size). Added to this, given the characteristics of the equipment, significant savings in water management are
expected, since, compared to traditional land-based methods, the helicopter washing system uses 84% less demineralized water.

Definitely, it is estimated that, with this system, the insulation chain washing works are up to 500% more efficient compared to the traditional land method.

The objective of these works is to keep the insulation chains in an optimal state of cleanliness, in order to avoid possible cuts in the line that could affect citizens. The National Electric System (SEN) includes electricity generation, transmission and distribution facilities, which encompass range from the Arica Parinacota region to the Los Lagos region. This system is the largest nationwide, since it has 35,501 km of transmission lines in 3,100 km of territory, providing electricity to a large part of the country. An electrical system of this magnitude requires arobust maintenance in all its phases and areas “For us it is a great milestone to incorporate this technology in Chile. We acquired a washing system with international and exclusive certification to install them on any helicopter in our AS350 fleet, in addition to training our crews with experts from Europe. With this we aim to have a worldwide technical and human capacity, in order to carry out a job of excellence in terms of productivity, efficiency and prevention of occupational risks, responding to the needs of our clients safely and in the expected times”, says José Tomás Díaz, Business Development at Ecocopter. The alliance with Ecocopter reinforces our vision of innovation and exploration of new businesses in order to be more competent with our clients. We are specialists in the industry and we incorporate into our processes solutions that integrate quality, compliance and innovation to respond in a sustainable way to the needs of a connected, competitive and dynamic world. We will carry out the washing of high voltage line insulators with the highest electrical and aeronautical safety standards in the market”, highlights Pablo Bosch Kreis, Manager of Planning, Development and New Businesses at bbosch.
With regard to safety in this type of aeronautical activity, Ecocopter has International BARS Certification (International Operational Safety), FDM System (real-time tracking), safety management system (SMS), in addition to an intense training program for the crews.

PRESS RELEASE – 9 March 2022

One of the most modern helicopters in the world, -in the twin-engine category-, begins its operations in Chile.

This is the second Airbus H145, which will overfly the country, joining the Ecocopter fleet, thus consolidating its leadership in the Southern Cone of America.

Santiago de Chile. In Chile, there was only one aircraft of this type acquired by Ecocopter, the first national firm to incorporate this “colossus of the air” into its modern fleet. Nevertheless, the Chilean company, the only operator of this helicopter in the country, added a second H145 that began operations to provide multipurpose services.

This twin-turbine aircraft, manufactured in Germany, with a capacity for 8 passengers, state-of-the-art helionix avionics that reduces pilot load, increases safety and operational efficiency in flight, in addition to having power and versatility, will be available to develop the most various aerial works, including high-precision flights, in the high mountains, transfers, hanging cargo, aeromedical emergencies (HEMS), among others.

Because of its safety and power characteristics in high-altitude conditions, the H145 became the first new-generation twin-engine helicopter for the utility market in Chile, consolidating air services with in high safety standards for this type of mission, especially in the mining sector. Where today it is present in about 95% of its operation. He will also work in the areas of energy, telecommunications and forestry, among others.

Before starting operations, the new H145 had to go through an exhaustive scheduled maintenance process as indicated in the manufacturer’s manual, besides getting the certification issued by the DGAC.
“For us it is a new milestone to introduce the H145 in Chile, where we have established ourselves in highly complex services, permanently renewing our fleet and incorporating new technologies with first-rate crews. With the start of operations, our company maintains its leadership in the helicopter industry with an eye on the safety, innovation and efficiency that we make available to our customers”, says Francisco Arriagada, Commercial Manager of Ecocopter.

The H145 not only has remarkable capabilities for different operations, but also has great performance at high altitudes, allowing it to carry out high-tonnage precision loads. Its four-bladed main rotor has a low noise level, it is optimal for missions of all kinds, especially in harsh environments and congested areas, such as large cities. It also has the FDM system to provide even greater safety throughout the flight process.

Another advantage of the H145 is its great versatility and the possibility of being quickly reconfigured for other missions, such as emergency medical transport. With its spacious cabin, flat floor and the ease of loading offered by sliding side doors and double rear doors, the H145 is the best helicopter in its class for this type of operation.

It is a full helicopter that offers technology, safety and performance; autonomy of 3 hours, a cruising speed of 235 km/h, and a flight ceiling of 20 thousand feet. All this added to an elegance and style that is appreciated from takeoff to landing.

PRESS RELEASE – Dallas, TX, March 8, 2022

MidTex Aviation, LLC (“MidTex”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (“Enstrom”), and plans to reopen the factory in Menominee, MI. 

The asset purchase agreement was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan as part of The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy process.

Kevin Griffin, MidTex’s Principal, said, “We are extremely excited about acquiring these assets, restarting the former Enstrom facility, and expanding the scope of the business.  We already have a number of former Enstrom employees working with us on a contract basis.  After closing, we expect to make job offers to a substantial number of former Enstrom employees.”  

MidTex expects to operate through a new entity, to be named Enstrom Aerospace Industries.  The new business will providee parts and support to existing owners, as well as new helicopters.  In addition, the new company plans to expand into providing engineering services and component manufacturing for other OEM’s.  Upon closing, MidTex will acquire all of the former Enstrom parts, owned aircraft, tooling, materials, drawings, intellectual property, factory buildings and airport lease.

“This was just too good of an opportunity to pass up,” said Michael Dixon, Aviation Manager for MidTex.  “Not only will we get a turn-key helicopter manufacturer with a great brand and an established customer base, we will also get an excellent springboard to launch an aerostructures and component manufacturing business.  Most people don’t realize that Enstrom was vertically integrated, building nearly 90% of the helicopters under one roof.  They had the facilities to build almost anything.”  Dixon is also excited about the company’s engineering capabilities. “Enstrom had a great relationship with the FAA, and a proven track record of getting certifications quickly and efficiently.  Likewise, we look forward to working with the FAA to expand to other aerospace projects, including eVTOL’s, fixed wing, military equipment, and other advanced air mobility products,” said Dixon.

According to Matt Francour, former President of Enstrom, “The former employees and management team couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work for a new company operating the facility.  This was the best possible outcome.  There are a lot of Enstrom helicopter owners out there who have been holding their breath, and now they can breathe a sigh of relief.”  Francour’s sentiments were echoed by Dennis Martin, former Director of Sales and Marketing for Enstrom.  Martin said, “Not only will MidTex bring financial backing to operate the facilities and expand the business, it has a real vision for the future that goes beyond just building helicopters.  MidTex plans to invest and grow the company in a meaningful way.  It’s incredibly exciting.”

With the expected new ownership structure after closing the sale, the question for many customers shifts to when they can order parts and new aircraft.  “Soon,” says Francour.  “It’s going to take a little time to close the sale transaction, get the employees back, and get production ramped up.  But, MidTex understands that the immediate priority is restoring support to the fleet.”

Kevin Griffin of MidTex said, “This is a unique opportunity to acquire unique assets and put capable people back to work in an exciting industry.  After closing, we look forward to working with customers, suppliers, and other parties to make this business a success.”


BLR Aerospace has received FAA and EASA approval of its H125 FastFin® System incorporating the H125 Arriel 2D engine Power Upgrade certified by Airbus Helicopter in October of 2021.

The increase in directional control that BLR’s FastFin® System provides combined with the additional engine power now available results in useful load increases up to 485 pounds (220 Kg), while the OGE hover ceiling at maximum take-off weight is higher by 2,750 ft (up to 13,900 ft vs 11,150 ft previously).

ANAC certification is in work along with certifications and validations with several other Civil Aviation Authorities around the world. “Once again Airbus Helicopters has increased the capability of one of its helicopter platforms. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to collaborate with Airbus on this exciting upgrade making an already great helicopter even better” Says BLR Aerospace President, Mike Carpenter.

BLR Aerospace invites attendees of HAI HELI-EXPO 2022 to visit their booth #8653, to learn more about their products and to meet our team.

Saudi Arabian operator The Helicopter Company (THC) has signed blockbuster deals with Airbus and Leonardo for at least 43 aircraft, with options for a further 20, as it seeks to quickly build a comprehensive rotary-wing transport and air medical industry in the Kingdom.

VERTICAL MAG ARTICLE BY OLIVER JOHNSON | MARCH 8, 2022 [direct link to the online article at the end of the page]

The orders, announced on the first day of HAI Heli-Expo 2022, in Dallas, Texas, include 20 Airbus H145s and six H160s, with options for a further 10 H145s and four H160s; and 16 Leonardo AW139s and an AW109 Trekker, with options for another six AW139s.

All of the H145s and 10 of the AW139s are destined for the ambitious and unprecedented project of building a comprehensive nationwide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) sector from scratch within the space of three years.

The HEMS program — to be known as Saudi Air Ambulance — is being developed together with Saudi Red Crescent, and will see 23 bases used (requiring 20 to be established). This will allow Saudi Air Ambulance to cover 90 percent of the population, according to Arnaud Martinez, THC’s chief executive officer.

“We’ll be starting with 12/7 operations in the daytime conducting inter-hospital transfers, then moving up to primary mission, and then to nighttime [with] NVGs [night vision goggles]” said Martinez. “That requires a dedicated focus in terms of training equipment, platform, SOPs [standard operating procedures] and crew resourcing, but on the medical side, we are not just a service provider, we are partner with the Red Crescent, which brings great depth of capability to the program.”

The two types were the clear choices for launching the service, said Martinez. “When we did the full study on what was the scope of this: ‘What’s the mission? What’s the best platform? What’s the most economic scale?’ We always came back to these two platforms,” he said.

A.J. Baker, THC’s chief commercial officer, said the H145 was chosen as it had excelled in the EMS role around the world, while the AW139 was a “proven platform” with THC.

“The AW139 is very reliable, [and] they’ve got that little bit extra range that we’re looking for, as some of the bases that we’re going to have are pretty remote,” he said.

The first AW139s will enter service in May and the first H145 is set to be delivered in July, with the rest of the fleet arriving at regular intervals over the next two years. The completions are being handled by the OEMs, using Air Ambulance Technology interiors.

At Heli-Expo, THC also announced that it has purchased a 51-percent stake in global helicopter distributor Rotortrade. Having worked together on an earlier acquisition, Martinez said Rotortrade was “a great fit” for THC’s operations. In addition to being a successful business, Rotortrade provides THC with a new capability, offering resale options if needed — and it is also handling the full 43-aircraft acquisition and entry into service for THC. This will allow the operator to focus on its existing fleet, which will be growing at a rate of two aircraft a month.

“We have 17 aircraft in day-to-day operations,” said Martinez. “I couldn’t have my technical and operations team focusing on a two-aircraft-a-month ramp up.  It was a clear choice to outsource that part of the program.”

Within 24 months, THC will also receive the world’s first H145 full flight simulator (FFS) and an AW139 phase 8 FFS. Both will be provided by the airframe OEMs.

To support the growing fleet, a whole ecosystem will also need to ultimately be created in Saudi Arabia — training centers; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centers; completions centers, and support centers.

The creation of the EMS bases — requiring the construction of everything from helipads to hangars — will be similarly rapid. Five EMS bases will be completed this year, eight in 2023, and seven in 2024.

From the ground up

THC — the first national commercial helicopter operator in Saudi Arabia — is no stranger to unprecedented ramp-ups. Backed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, THC was only established in 2018, with the aim of contributing to Saudi Vision 2030 — the Kingdom’s plan to diversify its economy and develop public service sectors.

The company’s first helicopter arrived at the end of 2019, and in just over two years the fleet grew to 17 aircraft (10 Airbus H125s, one H130, and six AW139s) and 150 employees. This is projected to swell to about 800 over the next two-and-a-half years, while THC will also add a small fixed-wing fleet.

THC’s operations cover the spectrum, from oil-and-gas to tourism, aerial work, search-and-rescue, medevac and VVIP transportation. “We said instead of focusing on one sector, the needs of the Kingdom are everywhere, so we must be everywhere,” said Martinez.

Aerial filming projects have quickly raised THC’s profile — and shown its capacity to perform challenging work. The company has been providing the aerial support for the famous Dakar Rally for the last three years, covered the first Saudi Arabian Formula One Grand Prix last year, and has been working on National Geographic documentaries and a Hollywood movie filmed in the country.

Enabling this is a core group of hugely experienced personnel who have been tasked with building the company and infrastructure, while building up the local expertise. The latter, known as “Saudization” is a national requirement within the Kingdom.

“People think that the main challenge is the fleet onboarding, but the main challenge is the people,” said Martinez. “You have a double challenge to ramp up and to maintain our planned Saudization rate.”

Pilots and maintenance engineers are sourced from around the world, and have the option of either moving to Saudi Arabia, or going there on their working rotation.

“In the meantime, we have invested in a cadet program and that will be a two-phased approach,” said Martinez. “[Saudi Arabia] is a fixed-wing world, so the first wave are [local] fixed-wing pilots that we convert to rotary within a 10-month program. And the second phase of the cadet program is ab initio — and that is a two-year program.”

A major source of work for the company is the support of three “Giga” projects under construction in the Kingdom: The Red Sea Development Company, NEOM, and the Royal Commission for Al-Ula. All are massive development programs to help build the Saudi Arabia of the future.

“Just a client like NEOM is the size of Belgium, but with all kinds of topography — you have the mountains, you have the Red Sea, you have the desert . . .  so you need all kinds of operations [to service it]: search-and-rescue, EMS, [and] VVIP tourism,” said Martinez.

Deliveries of the H160s will begin in October. These are destined for VVIP operations, supporting The Red Sea program, where they will take guests from the region’s airports out to resorts.

Baker said the type’s reduced environmental footprint — Airbus claims 15 percent reduced fuel burn compared to similar sized aircraft — low noise signature, and new technology helped guide its selection.

The remaining six AW139s from the firm order will also be used for corporate transport, with the options for further aircraft providing flexibility as THC decides where best to use them.

Other sectors in Saudi Arabia will soon require a similar ramp-up. Martinez predicts that once mature, the NEOM and Red Sea projects will require about 50 helicopters alone to support them.

PRESS RELEASE – Dallas, 8 March 2022

Airbus and The Helicopter Company (THC) have signed an agreement in order to continue expanding helicopter activities as well as to introduce urban air mobility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This comes as an additional step toward the co-creation of an Urban Air Mobility ecosystem in the Kingdom.

The signing of this agreement is a testimony to the strong partnership between Airbus and THC, as the company already operates 10 H125s, recently added 20 five-bladed H145s (with an option for an additional ten aircraft) and six ACH160 helicopters (with an option for an additional four) to its fleet.

The agreement foresees the decarbonisation of flight operations for Airbus’ products in THC’s fleet. This includes the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels for conventional helicopters, as well as the introduction of urban air mobility (UAM) services in the country. The agreed cooperation between the parties and the aviation regulatory authorities of the kingdom will enable the safe application of these solutions to a variety of mission segments, such as Emergency Medical Services, Eco tourism or Private and Business Aviation.

Captain Arnaud Martinez, CEO of THC, said: “This is a significant move toward the introduction and efficient operations of cleaner helicopters and advanced technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are pleased to be a part of this unique opportunity to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the urban transportation market together with Airbus.”

“We are looking forward to working closely with THC to further develop our strong commitment to the decarbonisation of our customers’ missions”, said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “This agreement with one of our major partners is an important step towards pioneering sustainable air transportation services around the world”.

The Helicopter Company, established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is the first and only helicopter services provider licensed to operate commercial flights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Since 2014, Airbus has been exploring how electric propulsion can help drive the development of new kinds of aerial vehicles. In September 2021, the Company unveiled its fully electric eVTOL prototype, CityAirbus NextGen. Airbus is developing a UAM solution with eVTOLs not only to offer a new mobility service in urban areas and beyond but also as an important step in its quest to reduce emissions in aviation all over its product range.

PRESS RELEASE – Dallas, March 8, 2022

STAT MedEvac, an Airbus customer for nearly 40 years, has committed to ordering 10 new H135 helicopters as part of a fleet renewal initiative for its air medical operations.

STAT’s total Airbus fleet, a mix of H135 and H145 family aircraft, operates out of 18 bases.

“We’ve been flying Airbus products since we began our operations, and couldn’t imagine it any other way,” said Jim Houser, CEO of STAT Medevac.  “Going back to the first North American EC135, we’ve been a key operator of the H135 throughout its upgrades and evolutions, and the H135 has continuously met our mission requirements, helping us provide high-quality care in the safest and most efficient way possible. We look forward to renewing our fleet with these 10 new aircraft and we thank Airbus for being such a supportive and fantastic partner all these years.”

STAT MedEvac has flown Airbus helicopters since commencing operations in 1985 and has a longstanding history with the H135 family – it was the first air ambulance program in North America to operate the EC135 in 1997, the first single-pilot IFR program with an EC135 in U.S. Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), the launch customer of the latest H135 variant in North America and the launch customer of the Helionix-equipped version in 2019.  The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport provider is the clinical arm for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, and is also the largest single branded, non-profit medical transport system in the Eastern United States.

“STAT MedEvac has become a key part of the H135’s success in the air medical market, and Airbus is extremely proud to support the life-saving missions they carry out every single day,” said Romain Trapp, President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of the North American region. “With the latest evolution of this proven platform, Airbus aims to continue to meet our EMS customers’ evolving needs to use their helicopters as flying hospitals, and to be able to do so with the latest technologies that reduce pilot workload and increase safety all around. Thank you to the entire team at STAT for your trust in Airbus, and for the incredible work that you do.”

The H135 is the market leader in emergency medical services (EMS) worldwide and can be fitted with a wide range of EMS configurations, providing direct access and ample room for patient care. With the lowest operating and maintenance costs of any twin-engine, the proven H135 family of aircraft include Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite and has recently received an alternate gross weight increase for an additional 265lbs of useful load.  

Airbus Helicopters is the leading provider of helicopters to the air medical transport industry, providing some 55% of the 2,600 EMS helicopters flying in the world today and more than half of all new air medical helicopters sold in the last decade in the U.S.

PRESS RELEASE – Torrance, CA – 7 March 2022

Robinson Helicopter Company will display an R66 Turbine, R44 Raven II, R44 Cadet, and R66 Newscopter at this year’s Heli Expo in Dallas.

All four aircraft are sold and will be delivered immediately following the exhibit. SKY Helicopters, Robinson’s longtime dealer in Garland, Texas will take delivery of three of the four aircraft.

The R66 and the R44 Raven II, displayed in the main hall (booth 8743), are optimally equipped with impact resistant windshields, cockpit cabin cameras, Garmin avionics, Genesys HeliSAS autopilots, and Robinson’s latest options, a long step and cyclic guard.

The R66 ENG (electric news gathering), to be displayed in the static hall, will be SKY’s sixteenth Robinson Newscopter. According to Ken Pyatt, SKY’s president, their Newscopters fly daily in major cities across the U.S. with plans to add two more markets in the next twelve months.

The R44 Cadet will be delivered to the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace. This is UND’s sixth Cadet since its first acquisition in 2016. “The Cadet has proven to be an outstanding trainer. The continued innovation of the R44, including Garmin’s G500H 1060TXi, Robinson’s cockpit camera and engine monitoring unit will allow us to instruct the next generation of helicopter pilots using the latest tools and technologies,” said Wes Van DeIl, UND’s Chief Flight Instructor-Helicopter. Founded in 1973,

Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. For additional information, visit www.robinsonheli.com.