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February 10, 2005

HeliExpo '05: Sikorsky Lays Out Its S-76 Roadmap

Flagship Civil Helo To Get Updates

Sikorsky's Jeff Pino, Senior VP of Sales, faced a crowd of curious newsmen. "I know we're pretty brave calling a meeting at three o'clock," (Pacific time, on Super Bowl Sunday), he said, "so I'll be brief..." but he thought it was important to communicate the future of the S-76 line. "Really, we've set out about a ten year path here," he said, referring to the S-76C++ and S-76D that were introduced a few hours earlier in a presentation remarkably thin on detail. Now it was time to share the details.

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HeliExpo '05: Pilot Career Foundation Offers Health Care To Students

Popular Program Benefits Instructors, GA Pilots, Professionals Alike; Fixed and R/W PCF's Tracy Thomason (right) explained the PCF's new announcement: the Total Health Care plan. It's a self-funded PPO-based health care insurance program for the student, professional or GA pilot, which has no aviation exclusion, and thanks to PCF's non-profit status, is quite affordable.

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It's The Money Talking: Charter Sales Taking Off

Despite Bad Press Over Recent Mishaps

Forget, for a moment, the Montrose, CO, accident involving ABC executive Dick Ebersol. Forget last week's mishap at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The demand for charter air services is soaring nationwide and accidents like those simply don't seem to be making a dent in the psyche of the charter-flying public.

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HeliExpo '05: Eurocopter EC175 -- One Big Helicopter

China Likes It

Is anything safe from Eurocopter? Not if they can help it. Makers of helicopter weightlifting champions might have been looking on smugly as the European maker chased smaller fry to the fringes of the marketplace, but they're now in the sights of the EADS subsidiary, and that has to be a heck of a spot to be on.

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HeliExpo '05: PWC Launches New PW210

During the just concluded HeliExpo 2005 convention, Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) launched a new generation turboshaft engine, the PW210, offering "best-in-class" performance in the 1,000 SHP class for large single and intermediate/medium twin helicopters.

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Pierre Touboul Wins Marcel Dassault Prize

Awarded For Excellence In Aerospace Science

The tenth Marcel Dassault Acad�mie des Sciences Prize awarded the research engineer Pierre Touboul, head of the ONERA Physical Measurements Department.

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Upgraded: Nicolas Chabbert

New Vice President For Customer Services At EADS-Socata

EADS Socata has recently named Nicolas Chabbert, 38, Vice-President Customer Support. He replaces Bernard Veyssi�re who served this position for the last five years before joining another business unit of EADS.

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