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Propelling the helicopter firefighting and aerial application industries into 2012 inside this edition: SimpHill Helicopters introduces new flight simulator Blue Aero Dynamix delivers Bell 412 NVG cockpit upgrades Isolair continues to propel the helicopter industry

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American Eurocopter receives maintenance and repair hub certificate from Eurocopter Becomes Eurocopter’s regional MRO hub for EC135 and EC145 customers in North and Latin America Grand Prairie, TX – American Eurocopter announced today that it has been officially recognized as the regional hub for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for Eurocopter EC135 and EC145 customers in North and Latin America. The company was presented with a certificate from Eurocopter that covers D-level MRO activities for all EC135 and EC145 airframes, blades and dynamic components. “We continually strive to enhance our repair and overhaul programs to meet the needs and demands of our customers,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This designation reflects our substantial investment in support & services in recent years and our close cooperation with Eurocopter.”

The Eurocopter Group has an ongoing initiative to bring its world class service and support closer to its customers. The Eurocopter Group has an ongoing initiative to bring its world class service and support closer to its customers located across the globe by utilizing its expansive subsidiary base. American Eurocopter is the largest subsidiary and, as an MRO regional hub, will offer customers improved service and access to shorter turnaround times. “In addition to being in line with Eurocopter’s global MRO strategy, this is part of the growth strategy for American Eurocopter and our own goal

to increase service and support to our customers,” continued Paganini. “Now we are able to bring industry leading service and support to Eurocopter customers throughout the western hemisphere.” While this certification highlights the company’s capabilities for the EC135 and EC145 airframes, blades and dynamic components, American Eurocopter also provides a full line of service and support capabilities for Eurocopter helicopters including the AS350, EC120, EC130, EC155 and the AS365 models. For more information about the types of repairs and services offered by American Eurocopter’s MRO department, contact Rod Lutz, Director of MRO, or Mike Richardson, Director, After Market Sales, at (800) 8730001, or visit the website atwww.

about American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most costeffective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.

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calendar of events February 2012 February 8-9, 2012 Joseph Cribbins Aviation Symposium Huntsville, AL February 11-14, 2012 Heli-Expo 2012 Dallas, TX

March 2012 March 7-9, 2012 Cygnus Aviation Expo Las Vegas, NV

April 2012 April 1-4, 2012 2012 AAAA Professional Forum & Expo Nashville, TN April 22-27, 2012 MTLI Wheeling, WV


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June 2012 June 4-6, 2012 St. Petersburg Int’l Conference on Intergrated Navigation Systems St. Petersburg, Russia June 11-15, 2012 Eurosatory 2012 Paris, France

July 2012 July 9-15, 2012 Farnborough International United Kingdom

July 11-14, 2012 ALEA - 42nd Annual Conference Reno, NV July 23-29, 2012 EAA Airventure Oshkosh, WI

October 2012 October 28, 2012 Wings, Wheels and Rotors Los Alamitos, OC California October 30 - November 1, 2012 65th Annual NBAA Convention Orlando, FL

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Blue Hill Helicopters introduces new FLYIT flight simulator It’s not unusual for technology to give a business a lift. For Norwood’s Blue Hill Helicopters, the lift meant not needing a lift. Based at Norwood Memorial Airport, the five-year-old company has seen a boost in its pilot training business by use of a computerized simulator, based on Microsoft Corp. Flight Simulator, that lets student pilots log a portion of their flight training by never leaving the ground. The simulator, housed in an 19-foot trailer on the tarmac, features a mocked up cockpit, a six-by-six-foot rear-projection display screen, all the relevant dials, and the basic stick controls found in a helicopter, including vibrations that give students a tactile feel as the helicopter responds to their commands. A separate control panel allows an instructor to challenge students with elements such as rain, clouds and changing wind directions. According to owner and chief pilot Stephen Boatwright, technology enables the company to trim some prices and

attract new students, as well as iron out safety issues and the scheduling challenges presented by weather that grounds his three helicopters.“The reason we chose to get it is that the industry is really changing. Everyone who is doing training wants to reduce risk. The simulator allows us to reduce risk and speed up pilots’ ability to get their license. Also, people who want to stay current on their licenses get to jump into the simulator for about one third the price,” said Boatwright, who emigrated from England, where he was an electrician, to Florida, where he learned to fly helicopters, and then to Massachusetts to train pilots. Taxiing across the runway at a simulated Norwood Airport, Boatwright explained how the Federal Aviation Administration allows pilots seeking the various levels of helicopter licenses — private license, instrument rating, commercial rating and instructor — to log varying numbers

of hours in a simulator rather than the actual helicopter.

simulator is the only one in the area. Blue Hill Helicopters, which also operates a four-seat Robinson R44 for business such as charters and aerial photography, bought the simulator a month ago from FLYIT Simulators Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif. FLYIT, which charges $139,000 for a new simulator, also sells airplane simulators. “Realistic helicopter simulators have only come on the market in the last few years. We wanted to offer something different to people. They can save quite a lot of aircraft time,” said Boatwright, citing the example of the entry-level helicopter license — a private license — for which the FAA allows students to log 7.5 hours of simulator time as part of their minimum of 40 hours of flighttime training. Blue Hills trains about 25 students per year, although he sees business growing given the number of flight schools that folded during the recession.

The simulator speeds up pilots’ ability to get their license. A training session in Blue Hill’s two-seat Schweizer training helicopter costs $340 per hour, compared with $125 per hour for simulator time. On the safety side, new students become familiar with the feel of controls and the response of the helicopter in the simulator before putting air between them and the very hard ground. In addition, if a student shows up for a lesson when bad weather has grounded the Schweizer, Boatwright can steer them into the simulator rather than cancelling the lesson. He said the

Helicopter Technology Company is certified AS9001:2008 + AS9100C Helicopter Technology Company (HTC), Los Angeles, California, announced that it is now certified and operates an ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C Quality Management System. The registration covers all aspects of the design and manufacturing of helicopter components. ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C sets the

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absorb this kind of loss. Most people can’t. If, over the years, this dealer had systematically set aside assets as a contingency fund for this very scenario, then the decision to “self insure” could be a prudent one. If he didn’t, this type of loss in today’s economy could prove disastrous. The second scenario concerns an owner-pilot who purchases his first turbine aircraft to use in his business as well a personal travel. He is a private multi-engine instrument rated pilot with a reasonable amount of multi-engine piston time. However he has no turbine experience. He has been flying a cabin class piston twin aircraft for several years, choosing to act as PIC himself rather than employ a professional pilot. He usually takes a “safety pilot” along when weather is less than optimal.

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After obtaining his type rating and logging about 50 hours in the aircraft, the owner-pilot decides that he wants to fly the aircraft on a clear day with an FAA qualified “SIC/safety pilot” as he had before in his piston aircraft. He knows this would violate the Open Pilot Warranty of his insurance policy as well as the agreement he had made personally with his broker and the underwriter. His rationalization is simple. He understands that if there is a loss, the insurance company would not be obligated to pay—a risk he is willing to take. However, it is a little more complicated than that. First, the insurance company would take a very dim view of this activity, and rightfully so. Depending on the circumstances of the loss, even if they prove the owner has knowingly and willfully violated the terms, conditions, and limitations of the policy, the insurance company may have a moral obligation to pay a liability claim. In addition, even if they fight it, they may lose in court. Besides the loss of insurance coverage, there is a very big downside for the owner. If he actually went through with this plan, the insurance company

would be in their rights to cancel the insurance policy or at least issue a letter of non-renewal forcing the owner to find insurance elsewhere. While there are likely other markets, on every questionnaire and application from every insurance company they ask whether the applicant has ever had his insurance cancelled or non-renewed, and if so, explain the circumstances. Imagine the insurance companies’ response to a cancellation or non-renewal for this scenario. And remember, if an applicant willingly withholds or falsifies critical information which defines the risk, it can void the policy. An aircraft owner could quickly become uninsurable. Lastly, if the owner follows through with a plan to fly the aircraft outside the policy provisions, he would be doing his broker a great disservice—the equivalent of throwing him under the bus. The broker has negotiated the terms and condition of the policy “in good faith” with both the underwriter and his client. To knowingly violate a policy condition could destroy the years of trust the broker has built with the underwriters as well as expose him to an Errors and Omissions claim, both of which could harm his career.


Tanis Aircraft Products offers preheat systems for AgustaWestland Helicopters EDEN PRAIRIE, MN—Tanis Aircraft Products announced the availability of its helicopter preheat systems for the AgustaWestland AW119. Tanis is the technology and innovation leader in aircraft preheat systems and has been developing preheat systems for a variety of rotary wing aircraft for more than 20 years. AgustaWestland manufactures the AW119 Koala helicopter, a civilian eightseat turbine-powered utility helicopter, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Collaborating with the AgustaWestland team, representatives from Tanis reviewed the installation of a Tanis preheat system on a customer specified AW119. The new system comprises a simple plug-in design for preheating critical components of the Koala during cold weather operations, prior to flight. Tanis develops preheat systems for new helicopter models and offers retrofit systems for older models. A complete Tanis preheat system for

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The Human Factors Zone New AMT Handbook Chapter Helps Unlock the Mystery of Human Factors Imagine yourself traveling through another dimension; a dimension not only of sight and sound, but — especially — of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. A journey into the curious land of the human condition. You’ve just crossed over into…the Human Factors Zone! Okay, so that’s not really how the new human factors chapter of the Aviation Maintenance Technician’s (AMT) Handbook starts off, but I think Rod Serling may be on to something.

For years, human factors issues have plagued the aviation industry, presenting more twists, turns, and mind-bending complexities than even the best episode of Twilight Zone could deliver. And, while much of the attention has been focused on the pilot community, human factors can be linked to 80 percent of maintenance errors, which in turn cause or contribute to many aircraft accidents. In addition, these errors also affect productivity and cause worker injuries. What’s an AMT to do? For starters, check out the newly minted human factors addendum to the AMT Handbook. Recognizing this topic’s growing importance, the FAA

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these potentially deadly accident precursors.” Johnson adds that the new handbook chapter is “a great primer for AMTs in training,” especially as human factors becomes integrated with the AMT certification process. Beginning in mid-February 2012, AMT candidates taking the General Knowledge Test will be asked questions regarding human factors in aviation maintenance. Samples of these questions are available on the FAA website. Part 147 AMT schools are integrating human factors topics into their training curriculums to prepare students for the change. In the near future, the FAA is also planning to integrate human factors related content to the Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the General oral/practical exam. Check the PTS section of the FAA website ( testing/testing/airmen/test_standards) for updates. Although the warning signs in aviation maintenance can be small and subtle, errors can easily interconnect like links in a chain. To learn how to break that error chain, I invite you to explore…the Human Factors Zone! Human factors and how they affect people are very important to aviation maintenance.

Isolair continues to propel the helicopter application industry GRESHAM, OR —Harsh winter weather in the Pacific Northwest has not stopped Isolair from meeting the demands of their hardworking customers. Just as operators must remain ready to satisfy the farming, firefighting, forestry and vector control communities, Isolair, too, remains poised to handle anything that might fly its way. Owner and President Michael Powell recognizes the vast needs in the ever-changing aerial firefighting and application industries. “Isolair has always been open to change in order to help fulfill the customer’s needs.” Powell and the team at Isolair continue to do just that, placing customer satisfaction at the top of the list of priorities right along with manufacturing quality products at the most competitive prices. With several new projects in the works, Isolair continues to evolve,

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“Isolair has always been open to change in order to help fulfill the customer’s needs.” said Powell

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Every aircraft walk-around inspection subsequent to the first inspection of the day should be just as thorough as that first preflight. But, as this BK-117 pilot discovered, even with a number of thorough inspections, sometimes the lighting has to be just right to bring a problem to light. I conducted a pre-flight in the morning upon reporting for my shift and no aircraft deficiencies were noted. I received a request for a patient pick-up at one hospital for transport to another hospital. I conducted a pre-start walk around with no deficiencies noted

and flew to the [first] hospital. After shutdown, I conducted a post-flight walk around with no deficiencies noted. I loaded the patient, conducted another pre-start walk around with no problems noted and flew to the receiving hospital. After shutdown at the receiving hospital, I conducted a post-flight walk around and serviced the helicopter. During my pre-start walk around prior to returning to base, I noted a shadow on one of the tail rotor blades that “didn’t look right.” Upon close-up visual examination and moving the blades to just the right position in relation to

the sun, I noted a dent in the blade that, when touched, felt to me like a delamination in the fiberglass outer shell from the inner foam core of the blade itself. If something does not look right, feel right or smell right; stop, assess the situation and determine a course of action. On this day, I personally looked at the tail rotor on five separate occasions and did not notice any deficiencies. During the execution of the sixth walk around of the day, the sun was at just the right angle to create a shadow that allowed me to discover what could have been a catastrophic flaw in the tail rotor. Interestingly, one hour later, it took three of us to find the dent again since the sun had moved enough to create a different lighting angle on the blade.


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student pilot certificate in 1988 and they have no record of him holding any additional pilot certificate. He does hold a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings and inspection authorization. An acquaintance of the accident pilot reported that he observed the pilot flying on several previous occasions for personal reasons. Passengers were carried during these “joy rides.” NTSB Identification: *WPR12FA066* Date: December 14, 2011 Location: Tucson, AZ Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22 Injuries: 1 Serious. A Robinson R22 Beta operating using call sign “Velocity One,” experienced a loss of engine power while maneuvering about 1.5 miles southwest of Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, Arizona. The pilot entered an autorotative descent that terminated in a hard touchdown. The pilot was seriously injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. A participant in the test reported to the NTSB investigator that he was in radio contact with the pilot during the flight. Following prescribed procedures, the

pilot was tasked to perform a series of specific maneuvers. Seconds prior to the crash, the pilot was directed to descend to within several hundred feet agl. While performing this maneuver, the pilot broadcast the following statement to the local air traffic controller at TUS: “Engine failure, Velocity One engine failure.” There were no further communications from the pilot. The helicopter wreckage was found in an open field resting on its right side. The helicopter’s bubble and skids were broken, the belly was crushed upward, the main rotor blades were bent and the tail boom was severed. There was no fire. The helicopter has been recovered from the accident site. FAA personnel examined the helicopter on scene. Follow-up examinations of its engine and structure are pending. NTSB Identification: *ERA12MA122* Date: December 26, 2011 Location: Green Cove Springs, FL Aircraft: BELL 206B Injuries: 3 Fatal. A Bell 206B collided with terrain while maneuvering near Green Cove Springs, Florida. The pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured.

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Manufacturer/Model: AgustaWestland AW119Ke (Koala Enhanced) Total production (all variants): >140 Comments: Fast cruise speed with large multi-purpose cabin. Engine(s): (1) Pratt & Whitney PT6B-37A HP (takeoff) 1002 shp/747 kw Dimensions: main rotor–35.53 ft/10.83 m Tail rotor: 6.36 ft/1.94 m Height: 12.73 ft/3.77 m Length: 42.70 ft/13.02 m (rotors turning) Width: 5.28 ft/1.6 m (M/R blade at 45 degrees) Empty weight: 3,208 lbs/1,455 kg Max gross weight (internal): 6,283 lb/2,850 kg (ext) 6,945 lb/3,150 kg Useful load: (internal) 3,075 lbs/1,395 kg (external) 3,737 lbs/1,695 kg, Vne: 152 kts/281 kmh Max cruise: 139 kts/257 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,789 fpm/9.1 ms HIGE: 11,400 ft/3,475 m HOGE: 7,600 ft/2,316 m Service ceiling: 15,000 ft/4,572 m S/E service ceiling N/A Std fuel: 160 gal/605 lit Max fuel: 230 gal/870 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 374 nm/692 km Max range aux fuel (no reserve): 547 nm/1,013 km VFR Crew: 1 Pilot Passengers 7


Manufacturer/Model: MD Helicopters, Inc. MD 530F Total production (all variants): 145 First flight 1982 Comments: Hot day/high altitude version of Model 500 Series incorporates all features of 500E plus larger rotors, high gross weight. Engine(s): (1) Rolls-Royce 250-C30 HP (takeoff) 650 shp Dimensions: main rotor 27.4 ft/8.3 m Tail rotor: 4.8 ft/1.5 m Height: 9.2 ft/2.8 m Length: 32.6 ft/9.8 m Width 6.3 ft/1.9 m Empty weight: 1,591 lbs/722 kg Gross weight: 3,100 lbs/1,406 kg Useful load: 1,509 lbs/684 kg External: 2,159 lbs/979 kg Vne: 175 mph/282 kmh Max cruise: 154 mph/248 kmh Max rate of climb: 2,069 fpm/10.5 m/sec HIGE: 16,000 ft/4,877 m HOGE: 14,400 ft/4,389 m Service ceiling: 18,700 ft/5,700 m Std fuel: 64 gal/242 lit Max fuel: 102 gal/386 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 232 mi/430 km Range with opt fuel: 370 st mi/685 km VFR: Crew 1 Passengers 4

Manufacturer/Model: Enstrom F28F-P Sentinel (police) Total production (all variants): 13 First flight 1987 Comments: Includes 24 volt electrical system, annunciator warning panel, night, map, position, anticollision & landing lights and numerous police options furnished upon request. Engine(s): Lycoming H10-360-F1AD w/turbo HP (takeoff) 225 shp Dimensions: main rotor: 32 ft/9.75 m Tail rotor: 4.7 ft/1.43 m Height: 9 ft/2.74 m Length: 29.3 ft/8.9 m Width: 7.3 ft/2.23 m Empty weight: 1,640 lbs/744 kg Gross weight: 2,600 lbs/1,180 kg Useful load: 960 lbs/435 kg External: 1,000 lbs/454 kg Vne: 97 kts/180 kmh (SL to 915 m) Max cruise: 100 kts/185 kg Max rate of climb: 1,450 fpm/442 mpm HIGE: 13,200 ft/4,023 m 7,700 ft/2,347 m @ 2,600 lbs HOGE: 8,700 ft/2,652 m @ 2,350 lbs Service ceiling: 12,000 ft/3,658 (max. op. alt.) S/E service ceiling N/A Std fuel: 40 gal/159 lit Max fuel: 53 gal/201 lit Max range: std fuel (no reserve) 229 nm/424 km VFR: Crew 1 Passengers 2

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Manufacturer/Model: Schweizer 300CB/CBi Total production (all variants): 270 First flight 1993/2001 Comments: The 300CB was developed for the flight training market. The 300CBi, a fuel injected version of the 300CB, was first delivered in 2002. The 300CB/300CBi have the same flight characteristics as the 300C, but with the lowest life-cycle cost of any current production helicopter. Engine(s): (1) Lycoming HO-360-C1A/HIO-360-G1A HP (takeoff) 180 shp Dimensions: main rotor: 26.83 ft/8.18 m Tail rotor: 4.25 ft/1.30 m Height: 8.72 ft/2.66 m Length: 30.83 ft/9.4 m Width: 6.54 ft/1.99 m Empty weight: 1,088 lbs/493.5 kg Gross weight: 1,750 lbs/794 kg Useful load: 662 lbs/300.3 kg Vne: 108 mph/94 kts/174 kmh Max cruise: 98 mph/85 kts/157 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,250 fpm/6.35 mps HIGE: 7,000 ft/2,133 m HOGE: 4,800 ft/1,463 m (@ 1600 lbs) Service ceiling: 10,000 S/E, service ceiling N/A Std fuel: 32.5 gal/147 lit Max fuel: 64 gal/290 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 3.1 hr. Endurance Range with opt fuel: N/A VFR: Crew 1 Passengers 1-2

Manufacturer/Model: Bell Helicopter 412EP Total Production (all variants): 800+ Comments: Proven, versatile utility helicopter with Category “A” certification, excellent hot-high performance, and single and dual pilot IFR. Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T-3D HP (Takeoff): 1,800 SHP/1,342 kw Dimensions: Main Rotor: 46 ft/14 m, Tail Rotor: 8.6 ft/2.6 m Height: 14.9 ft/4.5 m Length: 56.2 ft/17.1 m Width: 9.5 ft/2.9 m Empty Weight: 6,903 lb/3,131 kg Max Gross Weight Std: 11,900 lb/5,398 kg Max Gross Weight Alt: n/a Useful Load: Std 4,997 lb/2,267 kg Useful Load Alt: n/a External: 4,500 lb/2,041 kg Vne: 140 kn/ 259 km/h Max Cruise: 122 kn/ 223 km/h Max Rate of Climb: 1,780 fpm 9 mps HIGE: 10,200 ft/3110 m HOGE: 5,200 ft/1,585 m Service Ceiling: 16,300 ft/4,970 m S/E Service Ceiling: 7,600 ft/2,316 m Std Fuel: 330.5 gal/1,251 L Max Fuel: 494.5 gal/1,872 L IFR Crew: 1 or 2 VFR Crew: 1 Passengers 14

Manufacturer/Model: Eurocopter EC 130B4 Total production (all variants): 183 Engine(s): Arriel 2B1 (takeoff) 847 shp ea. Dimensions: main rotor: 35.07 ft/10.69 m Tail rotor: 9.97 ft/3.04 m Height: 11.84 ft/3.61 m Length: 41.47 ft/12.64 m Width: 8.95 ft/2.73 m Empty weight: 3,034 lbs/1,376 kg Gross weight: 5,351 lbs/2,427 kg Useful internal load: 2,316 lbs/1,051 kg External: 2,557 lbs/1,160 kg Vne: 155 kts/287 kmh Max cruise: 130 kts/240 kmh Max rate of climb: 1,770 fpm/9.0 ms HIGE: 10,165 ft/3,100 m HOGE: 8,325 ft/2,535 m Service ceiling: 15,655 ft/4,770 m Std fuel: 143 gal/540 lit Max fuel: 193 gal/590 lit Max range std fuel (no reserve): 329 nm/610 km VFR Crew: 1 Passengers 7

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Professionally built landing dolly. Wood 2”x10” slats in metal frame. 12’x14’x18” high, 10” pneumatic wheels, 4 dual full swivel front, 6 dual wheels rear, 16,000 lb. capacity. Nice ride for any helo. $4,500.00

1997 MD600 Great Exec or Utility Notar quiet, Strong RR-C47 Engine, Fadec start, All forward seating or club seats. Custom paint. Mid time components. Reduced to$895k for quick sale. Check all our helicopters at or Call Mark at 717-309-3100 or email at

2007 Schweizer 300C N355SD; 810 TT; VFR; 2007 Paint; 2007 Int; 3 Seats; $279,000, Blue Hill Helicopters Phone: 781-688-0263

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Highlight your helicopter for sale with a 2008 Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV S/N 52387, 35 TT, High Altitude Tail Rotor, High Skids with FliteSteps, Dual Controls, Rotor Brake, High Visibility M/R Blades, Cargo Hook Provisions, WSPS, 7-Place Blue Vinyl Interior, New Base White Paint. Take it as is and do your own completion or we can offer full customizing to your specifications. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088



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Factory Authorized Sales and Service. R22 & R44 Sales and Brokerage. Low Commissions. Buy/Sell. New/Used. Large Selection. Call Andres L. Kerllenevich at 904-342-0630 or visit (02-12)

Several UH-1H helicopters available for sale. Certified, restricted category ready to go right now or have project helicopters.Call Gary @ 406-252-6937 or 406-671-2789 for additional information! (02-12)

2000 Bell 407; S/N:53404; N57HK; Aircraft TT 3610; Engine TT 3478; Corporate Leather; Air; Heat; Low Skids; Wire Strikes; Aux Fuel Tank; Barrior Filter; Etc. Asking $1,550,000.00 Call Helicopter Flite Inc. 570-233-5958 (02-12)

1994 Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV S/N 52075, 8193 TT, Dual Controls, Rotor Brake, High Skids, Float Provisions, Heater, WSPS, Cargo Hook Provisions, Bambi Bucket Provisions, Pulse Light, Maintenance Step/Handles, Baggage Extender, Flight Instruments, HSI, Garmin GNC 430 VHF/ GPS, King KY-196A VHF COMM, Garmin GTX 330 Transponder, NAT VHF/FM COMM, Sky Connect Tracker System, Digital Clock, ELT. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 (02-12)

2000 Bell 427 S/N 56010, 2000 TT, VIP Corporate, Dual Controls, Rotor Brake, Particle Separator, Air Conditioner, Heater, 28 AMP Battery, Engine Fire System, Pneumatic Door Openers, Preflight Kit, Engine Wash Kit, Sliding Windows, Flight Instruments, HSI Heading System, Dual Garmin 530, NAT FM, Garmin GMA 340 Audio Panel, Garmin GXT 327 Transponder, ELT, 7-Place VOX ICS, Leather Interior. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 ( 0 2 -12 ) (4) Bell Hiller 12E’s each with Simplex 4500 spray system; Satloc Lightstar; flagger and dual controls. Components mid time or Better. time Sheets Available. Call Mike 612-751-0864 or 0 2 - 1 2

2007 Bell 407 S/N 53791, 995 TT, One Corporate Owner Since New, Leather Interior, Dual Controls, High Skids, Particle Separator, Rotor Brake, Air Conditioner, Aux Fuel Tank, Baggage Extender, High Visibility M/R Blades, King KCS-55A HSI, KLN-94 GPS, KX-165 NAV/COMM, KY-196A COMM, KT-76C Transponder, Avidyne TAS610 Traffic Advisory System, PSE PMA-7000B Audio Panel, 7-Place VOX ICS, Stereo, ELT. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 ( 0 2 -12 )

Bell UH-1B. Very nice example. Long tail boom and 48 foot rotor system. Low time blades, high skids forest service equipped. Low Time. 13B Engine $650,000. Call Gary @ 406-252-6937 or 406671-2789 for additional information! ( 0 2 -12 )

2006 R44 Raven II, 363 TT, NDH. Volcano red with gold trim. Tan leather interior, bubble windows, new ALUMINUM BLADES and Bladders. Contact: Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Bill Cooper, 941355-1259 t f n 2012 R66, 0TT, Available immedately! A/C vert compass, digital clock, 9 hole panel, art horiz, D/G, turn coord dual coms, Garmin 500 pilot side console, ELT, radar altimeter. Contact: Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Bill Cooper, 941-355-1259 (02-12)

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1980 Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II - Canadian Registered! S/N 45439, 13198 TT, Bell 206L-4 Tailboom, High Skids with FliteSteps, Dual Controls, Bleed Air Heater, Cargo Hook, Fuel Range Extender, Litter Provisions w/Folding Stretcher, Bear Paws, Snow Baffles, Float Provisions, Flight Instruments, Garmin Aera 500 GPS (New), NAV/COMM, VHF/ FM, Transponder, Audio Panel, Wulfsberg FM, Avionics Master Switch, ELT. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 ( 0 2 -12 ) Get your helicopter sold today Advertise in The Helicopter Newspaper Today Only $35

2008 Bell 206L-4 LongRanger IV S/N 52387, 35 TT, High Altitude Tail Rotor, High Skids with FliteSteps, Dual Controls, Rotor Brake, High Visibility M/R Blades, Cargo Hook Provisions, WSPS, 7-Place Blue Vinyl Interior, New Base White Paint. Take it as is and do your own completion or we can offer full customizing to your specifications. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 ( 0 2 -12 )

Hughes Hughes 300 C: Zero time on the engine Zero time on the transmission New 4200 hour tail boom Low time on the main rotor blades Fresh annual This aircraft is ready to go. $145,000. Call Gary @ 406-252-6937 or 406671-2789 for additional information! (02-12)



Hummingbird Helicopter-Order positions available in our next production run. Contact Vertical Aviation Technologies, Inc., 407-322-9488,, 02-12 1990 Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III - New to the Market! S/N 51335, 6245 TT, Dual Controls, Rotor Brake, High Skids, Heater, WSPS, Increased Horsepower Kit, Cargo Hook, Load Cell, Mirror, Bambi Bucket Provisions, Particle Separator, Litter Provisions, Maintenance Step/Handles, Facet Oil Filter, Baggage Extender, Flight Instruments, King: KX-165 NAV/COMM, KY-196A COMM, KT-76A Transponder, Air Comm Audio Panel, King KFM-985 FM, Digital Clock, ELT. For more info. visit or call 512-292-7088 (02-12)

1997 MD600 Great Exec or Utility Notar quiet, Strong RR-C47 Engine, Fadec start, All forward seating or club seats. Custom paint. Mid time components. HAI Special $849K w/Fresh Annual. Check all our helicopters at or Call Mark at 717-309-3100 or email at 0 2-12

For SALE or LEASE 1965 Sikorsky S-62 Fully Amphibious Turbine. Rare one of a kind workhorse with huge spares and tooling package. The helicopter also comes with 9 extra airframes. Set up for fire, lift and SAR. Chip 808-854-7571 ( 0 2 -12 )


Robinson NEW 2010 RAVEN II, Dark blue blue leather interior, ac bubble windows, Garmin 430, vertical compass, 406elt $423000 Contact: Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Bill Cooper, 800-391-2397 ( T F N ) ROBINSON R22 BETA II with Garmin G400 GPS available for lease to flight school. Call 323-3761969 or email, Visit our website (02-12)

2007 Schweizer 300C N355SD; 810 TT; VFR; 2007 Paint; 2007 Int; 3 Seats; $279,000, Blue Hill Helicopters Phone: 781-688-0263 T F N

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FOR SALE: 2008 Schweizer 269C with TT 681.8 Instrument Trainer Asking $290K Pls. call: Ken Thrasher/ Heli-Tech: 850-763-9000 email: ana@ t f n

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ag related Everything for the Ag Operator. Satloc Level III Sales & Service, Spray Systems, CP Nozzles, Dry Breaks, AgTex, Avtex Airforce/Navy Flight Suits Helmets. Light Weight, Noise Attentuated. MidContinent Aircraft, Hayti, MO, 573-359-0500, email to: (02-12)

engines Allison/RR250-C20J, This engine has a fresh mini with new number one and two turbine wheels. Specs and photos are available at or contact us at tfn 250C20B/C28/ C30 Engines Modules and Accessories for Sale, Exchange or Lease. Extensive stock of New, Overhauled and Serviceable parts. Contact John Peacocke, Sunrise Helicopter Tel: 281 251 4005 Fax: 281 251 8848 email (04-12) UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. Stocking Supplier of Pratt & Whitney PT6A & PT6T Parts, Engines & Accessories. New, Overhauled & Serviceable. We Buy Turbine Aircraft, Engines, & Inventory. All Conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote Call USA +1 334-361-7853, FAX USA +1 334-3610290 E-MAIL: TFN Lycoming VO/TVO-435 & 540, many new parts, 50% off! Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12)

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PT-6, Allison and Turbomeca parts. We have a small inventory of new parts, including consumables. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12) Action Aircraft is a full-service overhaul/repair facility for Rolls -Royce 250 series engines located in Dallas, Texas. We offer superior service and pricing in addition to free technical assistance. Engines, modules and parts available on outright and exchange basis. When you need RR250 engine overhaul and repair - “Take Action”. Please call phone 214-351-1284 or 1-800-909-7616, fax: 214351-1286, email:, website: tfn



Helicopter Dolly, manufactured by Mohawk Northwest Inc. This dolly is set up to fit Multiple aircraft and can be viewed at tradewindinternational. com, just click on specials or contact us at info@ tfn Bubble covers, Engine covers, Blade tie-downs, engine plugs & blade covers at Bruce’s Custom Covers, 408-738-3959, bruce@aircraftcovers. com tfn New & Serviceable helicopter floats and fuel cells in stock includes all Bell models. We also repair and certify floats and fuel cells for most helicopters. Call 337-839-0500 or email tjkling@ (02-12)

insurance Falcon Insurance is spreading the wings of insurance protection to helicopter owners and operators with the largest independantly owned insurance specialists in the country. We are dedicated to serving you. TFN Specializing in placing aviation/helicopter insurance. We have access to all markets, domestic and overseas. Your inquiries are appreciated. Phone: 562-492-1217 Fax: 562-492-1147 Cell Phone 562756-8685 E-mail: Clemens Meuleman/CFM Aviation Insurance (02-12) Mid-Continent Aircraft Insurance Brokers - Over 61 years Risk Management Experience for Professional Operators. 800-325-0885, e-mail: Sharon/Laura (02-12)

miscellaneous LOT FOR SALE: One-acre-square house lot, Plane Living Sky Park, 2,000 s.f., all-brick, covenants, 5 miles west of I-75, Exit 142, Public water, septic sewer. paved streets, curb and gutter, street lights. Lot is one of 13 directly on new sod runway, Google It! (Google photo before development). South side of Hwy 96 at 50 Lane Rd., Fort Valley, Georgia 31030, Save thousands and buy from owner. 478.987.2250 (tfn) Beautiful 2.73 ac wooded lot in upscale Pine Ridge Equestrian Estates, located in Citrus County, Florida only five miles from Crystal River. Covenants, 27 miles of horse trails, community center, pool and golf course. Nicer homes and mini-ranchettes. Zoning allows up to three horses and stables permitted on lot with your house. Horse trail borders back end of lot that is 298’ wide and 400’ deep on 3620 Stirrup Drive, Beverly Hills, Florida (Google it!). Public water and septic sewer. $64,900 Contact Bill Lavender 888-987-2250 (tfn)


TC Repair Station No. 137-96 · EASA Repair Station No. 145.7112 Fulfilling our customer’s needs with the best service and most superior products.

Hydra Super Mile with very little use. This item has a very competive price and is ready to ship. It may be viewed at, click on the specials or contact us at info@ tfn

Professionally built landing dolly. Wood 2”x10” slats in metal frame. 12’x14’x18” high, 10” pneumatic wheels, 4 dual full swivel front, 6 dual wheels rear, 16,000 lb. capacity. Nice ride for any helo. $4,500.00 (02-12)

The only FAA-PMA certified TT Straps for all JetRanger; LongRanger, & OH-58 . $ave thousands over factory prices. In stock. Call today for overnight shipping. 440-632-1687 0 2-12 Parting out Bell 212 and 206 Fuselages, many parts available. Please phone or Fax your requests. CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604533-1517, E-mail: TFN

UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. Stocking Supplier of Pratt & Whitney PT6A & PT6T Parts, Accessories. Overhauled & Serviceable. We Buy Turbine Aircraft, Engines, & Inventory. All Conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote Call USA +1 334-361-7853, FAX USA +1 334-361-0290 E-MAIL: tfn Fuel cell repair or replacement for all makes & models–FAA approved commercial crash resistant construction, flexible bladder nitrile rubber construction, all construction TSO-C80 certified, 2-year warranty. Contact Floats & Fuel Cells at 901-842-7110, tfn Bell Helicopter Tailbooms For Sale. 205/212/412 to 206B/L series and 407. Sold with Transport Canada Form 1 Certification, overhauled using Bell CSF Approved Jigs to ensure Structural Compliance for alignment. CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN UH-1H Composite main rotor blades for sale P/N 205-015-150-101 and main rotor blades B model P/N 204-011-001-015. Tail rotor blades Van Horn Aviation P/N 2042200-101 for the H and B models and for the 206 P/N 2062200-101. Call Pablo at HeliBlade, Inc. 530-365-1278 TFN

Accessories & Parts! 100’s of new and OHC accessories, accessory parts for just about everything. Big discounts! 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12) Sikorsky parts. We have a growing stock of new Sikorsky parts. We can often save you time and money. Contact us or check stock on our web site. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/ Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12) MD Helicopter parts. We have a few new MD Helicopter parts. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12) Hughes parts. We have some new Hughes parts at big discounts. Preferred Airparts, 800-4330814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-12) Hiller parts. We have a small stock of new Hiller parts. Check with us often. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-12)

NEW Tail Rotor Blades for UH-1H–FAA STC/PMA SR02051LA, Carbon Fiber construction, 2400 hr service life, competitive pricing. Van Horn Aviation LLC, 480-483-4202, tfh

Eurocopter parts. We have purchased several inventories of new parts and are ready to serve you. Contact us, or search our web site for the parts you need. Preferred Airparts, 800-4330814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-12)

Parting out a 1995 Schweizer 300CB, drive train/ power train & many more parts. Pls. contact Ken 850-763-9000 Fax 850-763-8712 or email tfn

Enstrom parts. We have a small stock of new Enstrom parts. Check with us often. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at (02-12)

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2002 Robinson R44 Clipper I REGISTRATION: N442EK SERIAL NUMBER: 1146 TOTAL TIME: 2,200, 3 HRS SMOH ASKING PRICE: $315,000 CONTACT: 805-512-1371, More about this helicopter on page 20

INSIDE THIS EDITION: Come fly with Loudoun Aviation, British team challenges for World Helicopter Championships, Tim McAdam’s Protecting your much more! June 2009


Bell UH-1H Plus REGISTRATION: N703PH SERIAL NUMBER: 69-15602 TOTAL TIME: 4749.5 ASKING PRIcE: cALL fOR PRIcE cONTAcT:, 360-754-7200 More about this helicopter on page 20

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2 Eurocopter AS350BAs REGISTRATION: PENdING SERIAL NUMBER: 1873 & 1087 TOTAL TIME: 9881, 7702 ASKING PRIcE: OPTIONS STARTING AT $850,000 cONTAcT: More about this helicopter on page 20, more on Helisupport NZ on page 4

Formally Universal Helicopter INSIDE: Heli-Expo 2009 review, Helisupport NZ services, Letters to the Editor April 2009


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Bell parts. We have a nice stock of new parts for Bell 47, 206 and others. It’s worth the effort to check with us, or search our web site for your part numbers. Preferred Airparts, 800-433-0814 US/Canada; 330-698-0280. Check stock at www. (02-12) New STC Tail Rotor Blades, Part No. 204-2200101 for 204 UH-1 heliopters from Van Horn Aviaiton LLC. Contact HeliBlade Inc. Distributor & Service Center for these new and improved composite tail rotors 530-365-1278 TFN ENSTROM PARTS, SALES & SERVICE Huge parts inventory, 20 yrs exp., loaner tools. AOG same day shipping a specialty, full time factory trained A&P parts man on staff. Get service advice with your parts. A.O.G. and Exports Sales New Garden Aviation, Ask for Tom 610-268-2048 Fax 610268-0342 (02-12) UH-1 Overhauled Components available exchange or outright; 204-012-101-141 M/R hub, 204040-016-5 Transmission, 204-011-400-11 Swashplate & Support assy., 204-011-401-11 Scissors & Sleeve assy, 205-040-263-111 Input Quill, 205-040-200-1 gen. Offset Quill, (4) 204040-600-11 Hanger assy., 204-040-003-37 gear box 42, 204-040-012-13 gear box 90. Pac West Helicopters CRS PW6R1161J Tel/530-241-2402 “e” (02-12)

services Floats & Fuel Cells–your N. American Eurocopter authorized repair facility with comprehensive repair capabilities for all makes & models, available for 24/7 shipping. FAA repair staion no. TH4R544M. 901-842-7110, tfn

HELICOPTER EXPORT / IMPORT, Transport Anywhere, Pre-Buys and Recovery Service. Contact Tom at Sterling Helicopter 215-271-2510 /Fax 215788-7319 > (02-12) Penderson Powder coating. Custom Colors and two tone available. For more information Call 706-604-4934 02-12 UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. Stocking Supplier of Pratt & Whitney PT6A & PT6T Engines & Accessories. We Buy Turbine Aircraft, Engines, & Inventory. All Conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote Call USA +1 334-361-7853, FAX USA +1 334-3610290 E-MAIL: TFN COMPONENT OVERHAULS / PART SALES, Approved Bell 206,407, 429,430. Eurocopter EC120,AS350/355. Agusta A109,A119,AW139. MD369,500N,MD900 CSF’s. Discounts on Parts, Dedicated Quality Customer Service. Contact Tom Sullivan @ Sterling Helicopter 215-271-2510/ Fax 215-788-7319 & tom@sterlinghelicopter. com (02-12 Bell Helicopter Importations and Exports, Pre Buy Inspections, as well as Helicopter Appraisals. . Contact: CHS. Mike Duck, Phone: 604533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, E-mail: mike@ TFN CHS - your complete Bell Helicopter Repair and Overhaul Facility, supporting only Bell Helicopter Products from Component Overhauls to Major Inspections. CHS puts quality first. CHS #9-5225 216th Street Langley, B.C. V2Y 2N3 Transport Canada AMO#.137-96 and EASA.145.7112 604-533-1148 Fax: 604-533-1517 TFN

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Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Component Overhauls. 205/212/412/206B/L Series and 407. Quality Services, Competitive Pricing with Technical staff, specializing only in Bell Products. Contact: CHS, Mike Duck, Phone: 604-533-1148, Fax: 604533-1517, E-mail: TFN

BLUE HILL HELICOPTERS, Norwood MA. Part 141 approved Flight Training, Photo Flights, Helicopter Sales/Services, Helicopter Tours. For more details, please visit our website: www.bluehillhelicopters. com, Contact us at, (800)-670-4162 Come Fly With Us! T F N

Specializing in Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Tailboom Overhauls. 205/212/412 Tailbooms, 206B/L and 407 overhauled using Bell Approved Jigs. Tailbooms overhauled to Bell Specifications. Certification provided Transport Canada Form 1. Mike Duck, 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN

Helicopter Instruction: Training in R-44 Raven for private, instrument, commercial and solo time building. Block rates start at $299 wet. Kissimmee Airport near Orlando attractions. Call Thom at 407-973-9347 or visit t f n

Specializing in Bell Helicopter Commercial and UH-1 Air Frame Completions/Refurbishments. Authorized Bell Helicopter Textron Customer Service Facility, specializing in Models 205/212/412, 206 Series, 407s. Quality Services, Competitive Pricing with Technical staff specializing only in Bell Products. CHS, Mike Duck, 604-533-1148, Fax: 604-533-1517, TFN Rotor blade repairs by HeliBlade, Inc. a FAA Repair Station. Contact Pablo Martinez at 530365-1278 TFN Support the helicopter industry...Become a member of HAI! Call 800-435-4976 or 703-683-4646, Email, or visit (tfn))

schools / training Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Sarasota and Lakeland. Come fly with us - we offer training & tours. Authorized Robinson sales & service. Call: Sarasota: 941-335-1258 or Lakeland: 941-355-1259 TFN

Helicopter Training in Hawaii. Excellence in Flight Training at Mauna Loa Helicopters on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. Come fly with us in the best weather in the US. MLH offers: PVT, COM, IFR, CFI, CFII, ATP, FAA certified FLY-IT simulator, mountain course, external load training, and now offering fixed wing training. MLH is 141 certified, and VA approved. Student financing / student housing / college degree programs / International flight training / accelerated programs available. Call (808) 334-0234 or email info@ TFN

wanted UNIVERSAL TURBINE PARTS, INC. We buy Turbine Aircraft Engines & Inventory. All conditions. Call or Fax for a Quote 334-361-7853; fax 334-361-0290 E-MAIL: TFN Get your helicopter sold today Advertise in The Helicopter Newspaper

Parts Wanted Bell 206 B&L, 204, 205, 212, 214 , MD, Eurocopter, & Allison. Looking for R/B, W/S, Duals etc. kits and parts. We buy inventories or By The Piece. Call Tradewind Int’l. 800-585-7004, 608-756-3632. info@ TFN

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