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February 08, 2005

HeliExpo '05: Seacor Orders 20 AB139s

Purchase Intended to Support Gulf Of Mexico Ops

HeliExpo 2005 is turning out to be a "big money" show. Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company made a justifiably big deal out of an agreement with SEACOR Holdings Inc. SEACOR placed an order for 20 AB139 medium-twin helicopters. The ceremony took place at Bell/Agusta's booth and is reportedly the largest order received for the AB139 to date.

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HeliExpo '05: When Not To Have A Heli-Expo

Sometimes The Best Efforts At Scheduling Go Awry

By ANN Senior Correspondent Kevin "Hognose" O'Brien How does a trade show wind up kicking off on Super Bowl Sunday -- and how does a schedule like that work out? Scheduling a major event is always a matter of compromises. The event sponsor needs to consider the likely schedules of attendees, and the desires of exhibitors. Then there is a whole other factor -- availability, and suitability, of exhibit halls. Some are too small, some too large, some booked. The city counts -- you don't want to schedule a convention in Buffalo in the Winter Then there's the exhibit hall.

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HeliExpo '05: Iraqi Air Force Gets Hueys

Troop Airlift Capability A Jordanian Donation

This week the Iraqi Air Force at Taji, Iraq, took delivery of two freshly refurbished UH-1H Huey helicopters. The helicopters are the first of sixteen that will equip two reconstituted IAF squadrons. They have been donated by Iraq's neighbor, the Kingdom of Jordan.

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HeliExpo '05: Norway’s Norsk Helicopter Receives Its First S-92

These are exciting times in Norway. The first of the Norsk helicopter's new Sikorsky S-92A helicopters has arrived at Sola head office. A total of two new Sikorsky S-92A helicopters will be used for fixed helicopter services between Flesland and Statoil’s installations in the Tampen area.

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Another Commercial Pilot Accused Of Trying To Fly While Intoxicated

Pakistani Pilot Removed From London-Lahore Flight

A 51-year old Pakistani pilot was arrested in Britain over the weekend when he boarded a Pakistan International Airlines 747 to fly it from Manchester to Lahore. British authorities say the man will be held "pending further tests" until at least March 24th.

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Tibbets Returns To The Sky

Enola Gay Pilot Flies Allied Re-Enactment On 90th Birthday

Retired Air Force General Paul Tibbets, who commanded history's first atomic bombing mission over Hiroshima, Japan, at the twilight of World War II, plans to be back in the air this spring. On his 90th birthday, he'll be in a Boeing B-17 commemorating "Mission Bolero."

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HeliExpo '05: Honeywell Building New Turboshaft Engine For Bell 407

As previously noted on ANN, Honeywell has been selected to provide its new HTS900 turboshaft engine for future integration for Bell's Model 407 helicopter. The HTS900 incorporates and features new compressor technology for improved performance, producing more than 925 Shaft horsepower at Takeoff Power rating at sea level on a standard day. 

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Washington Wants Commercial Planes To Watch The Seas

They'll Help Track Ships Up To 2,000 Miles Off Coast

If some security officials in Washington have their way, crew members aboard trans-oceanic flights will be asked to keep an eye pealed for seaborne terror threats.

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HeliExpo '05: AgustaWestland Congratulates Coast Guard Hitron Squadron

AgustaWestland has congratulated the U.S. Coast Guard HITRON aircrew of Lt. Craig Neubecker, Pilot, Lt. Shawn Koch, Co-Pilot, and Avionics Electronics Tech, 1st Class, William Greer for winning Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) 2004 MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award.

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HeliExpo '05: Air Evac Lifeteam Picks Skytrac Iridium Satellite Systems

To Be Used For Flight-Following And Satcom Needs

SkyTrac Systems (STS) has announced an agreement with Air Evac Lifeteam to equip its medevac helicopter fleet with the Iridium-based SkyTrac flight-following satcom system.

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HeliExpo '05: Elastomeric Dampers Approved For Enstrom 480B

Enstrom Helicopter Corp. has received certification for the newly designed elastomeric dampers for the 480 turbine rotor head. FAA certification for the dampers was announced in January.

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HeliExpo '05: Safety Symposium Seeks Presenters

Call For Papers For First International Helicopter Safety Symposium

"Safety comes from the knowledge of our craft," say the organizers of the International Helicopter Safety Symposium 2005 (IHSS),which will take place September 26-29 at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

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HeliExpo '05: Up And Away... VMX-22 Resumes Flights

Ospreys To Take Part In Operational Evaluation

The last of the MV-22 Osprey's that will take part in an upcoming operational evaluation was recently flown from Amarillo, TX, to Marine Tiltrotor Test and Evaluation Squadron-22(VMX-22) in North Carolina.

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NATA Issues Special Notice To Members

NATA Special Notice Issued Monday...

During the 2005 Annual Convention and in accordance with Article VI, Section 3 of the NATA Bylaws, at 1100 on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, in meeting room 107 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, NATA will hold an election of officers. The election is open to all NATA Regular Member Company Representatives.

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HeliExpo '05: AirCell Satcom Receives Helicopter Vibration Approval

Becomes First Iridium-based Satcom Certified To RTCA’s Helicopter Vibration Standard

AirCell's satcom system, the ST 3100, has been certified to meet the highest level of vibration standard for helicopters – meeting the requirements of Category U in Section 8 of the RTCA/DO-160E environmental test standards. Vibration certification in Category U gives AirCell customers the highest confidence that the ST 3100 will perform flawlessly in the rotorcraft environment. AirCell is the first airborne telecom provider to offer an Iridium satcom system certified at this level.

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Update and Clarification of Utilicraft - Babcock Brown Announcement

No, No Deal... Yet

From Utilicraft... As a clarification of the Babcock and Brown announcement made last week by Utilicraft Aerospace Industries, Inc., Babcock & Brown has confirmed with Utilicraft that it had not signed an engagement letter with Global Air Group or Afra Airlines at that time, and has not to date.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.08.05)

“Their daring nighttime mission demonstrated the flexibility and capabilities of the HITRON squadron and its MH-68A helicopters.” Source: Stephen C. Moss, president of AgustaWestland Inc., congratulating the USCG's Hitron Squadron on their HAI’s 2004 MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award. The crew received the award at the 2005 HELI-EXPO, held in Anaheim, CA.

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Arizona TFR: Until Further Notice

NOTAM: 5/1083 Issued: 02/07/2005 18:10 Effective: 02/08/2005 15:00 - 02/08/2005 17:00 State: AZ Facility: ZAB - ALBUQUERQUE (ARTCC),NM. Type: HAZARDS Description: APACHE GROVE AZ.

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Michigan TFR: 02.08.05

NOTAM: 5/1077 Issued: 02/07/2005 14:50 Effective: 02/08/2005 16:00 - 02/08/2005 19:00 State: MI Facility: ZOB - CLEVELAND (ARTCC),OH. Type: VIP Description: DETROIT, MICHIGAN, FEBRUARY 8 2005 LOCAL.

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Icing Downs Cirrus In California Mountains

BRS Chute May Have Been Deployed Too Late-- May Have Been Brought Down by Icing

Partial wreckage of a general aviation plane missing since Sunday evening was reported found Monday in the Sugar Bowl Ski Area of California, after its pilot reported he was taking on ice and going down. The Private Pilot was the sole person on board and reportedly received his IFR ticket a year ago. The aircraft was a new SR22, picked up at the factory just before this most recent Christmas, December 23rd.

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