AgustaWestland has made its first AW169 sale to a Canadian customer. Capitale Hélicoptère, based at YQB (Intl, Québec City QC, Canada), will use 3 AW169s for charter, VIP transport, utility and medevac operations. First flight of the twin-engine light/intermediate AW169 is scheduled for 2012, with certification due in 2015. Deliveries are expected to begin immediately thereafter.
Corporate Helicopters, based in San Diego CA, has ordered 2 Eurocopter AS350B2s and 2 AS350B3es. Corporate Helicopters performs VIP/corporate transport, tourism, aerial photography, EMS and firefighting. Pres Ivor Shier says the company chose the AStars for their versatility. One of each model will be delivered in September, with the remaining 2 due in 2012. The AS350B3e is the newest member of the AStar line, with a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft, upgraded FADEC, modified tail rotor and other improvements.
AgustaWestland has delivered the first 5 GrandNew helicopters to a US customer. Configured for EMS duties, they will be operated by Intermountain Life Flight in Utah and northern Nevada. They are equipped with SVS, highway-in-the-sky and H-TAWS for obstacle awareness in low visibility and challenging terrain. The GrandNews join 2 A109K2s already in service.
Aeronautical Accessories, a spinoff from Bell Helicopter, has contracted to sell infrared (IR) EVS from TrueView Enhanced Vision Systems under its own Aeronautical Accessories brand. TrueView's IR thermal imaging system is STC'd in the US and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L series. The imaging system, composed of the camera assembly, prefabricated wiring harness and LCD monitor, takes about 6 hrs to install. Models are under development for the Bell 407, 429 and other types.
American Eurocopter has sold 5 AS350B3e aircraft to Papillon Helicopters of LAS (McCarran, Las Vegas NV) with options for 3 more. The helicopters will expand Papillon's fleet of nearly 70 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and will permit replacement of some older models. Papillon Helicopters and its sister company, Grand Canyon Helicopters, provides sightseeing tours in the American southwest.
The City of Ontario (CA) has chosen an integrated microwave downlink system for helicopters operated by its police and fire departments as well as those of surrounding counties. The multiship system provides all-weather surveillance, feeding video images to fixed and portable receiving sites on the ground. Ontario authorities hope that the new information sharing system will make it easier to coordinate multiagency operations during regional emergencies. Signals can be encrypted, protecting them from would-be eavesdroppers.
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has received an STC from Transport Canada for an inlet barrier filter (IBF) for the AgustaWestland AW139. The IBF is designed to help reduce engine damage and maintain operating performance on the ramp and in adverse environments. It is compatible with the AW139 full ice protection system. Donaldson provides IBFs for various models built by AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and MD Helicopters, and is developing the first IBF for the AW109E/S/SP.
United Rotorcraft Solutions of Decatur TX has received a US STC for its Aspen Avionics Evolution flight display system in the Eurocopter AS350B2/B3. The first unit was installed in an AS350B3 delivered recently to Hospital Wing, a Memphis TN-based air ambulance service.