Oregon-based helicopter ground movement specialist Tiger Tugs is here at Heli-Expo to show off its latest tug, designed specifically to handle the MD Helicopters 500 series, which due to its springy support struts has in the past made ground movement problematic. The new scissor lift transport on display at the Oregon-based company's booth utilizes a dense neoprene rubber-coated support saddle molded to match the rotorcraft's contours, which lifts it from its belly, avoiding the skids and struts entirely. The unit features a wireless remote control allowing for precise maneuvering in tight spaces.
Aviation research and data provider Conklin & de Decker is on hand at Heli-Expo 2015 to demonstrate how the information it provides can help customers make financial sense of aircraft operations.
The Aircraft Cost Evaluator assists aircraft owners and operators with side-by-side operating cost comparisons between models. The Life Cycle Cost tool evaluates acquisition costs, operating costs, taxes, final residual values and revenues from commercial operations. It also helps users determine budgets, decide whether to retain or replace aircraft and weigh the costs between new and used aircraft. Conklin & de Decker's Aircraft Performance Comparator is an impartial source of data that allows users to quickly contrast different types of helicopters and airplanes.
Here at the show, visitors to the company's exhibit can receive a show discount of 10 percent off the cost of any of its databases, including its newly-released 2015 State Tax Guide for General Aviation, as well as a chance to win and iPad mini or a Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Esterline CMC Electronics will provide the primary navigation systems for the new Airbus Helicopters X4 helicopter. The new twin, for which Airbus Helicopters will announce a new designation here at Heli-Expo 2015, will serve multiple applications, including oil-and-gas exploration, search-and-rescue, public services and private operations.
The Canadian company will supply its CMA-9000 flight management system (FMS) and Interflight CMA-5024 GPS for the X4. The FMS provides flight management and multi-sensor navigation, radio management and specialized functions to reduce pilot workload during critical operations. The unit, which supports civil and military navigation modes, complies with the latest standards for required navigation performance (RNP) and satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) approaches.
The CMA-5024 meets the X4's requirement for IFR flight using a civil-certified global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and provides Waas SBAS GPS capability from departure to a non-precision approach. Waas/SBAS augments GPS to support X4 operations from en route through a CAT-1 equivalent precision approach using GNSS and Waas/SBAS localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV).
Aspen Avionics has reached a record of 500 installations of its Evolution Flight Display system for helicopters, through a combination of sales to OEMs and used aircraft panel refurbishments. The Aspen Evolution is modular and designed to fit into the round holes left by analog flight instruments, making for a simpler and lower cost way to upgrade to glass displays.
The displays are now a factory option on Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters. The most recent FAA STCs include the R44, Airbus Helicopters EC120, MD Helicopters MD 369, 530F, 530FF, 520N and 500 and the Bell 206.
To celebrate the milestone Albuquerque, N.M.-based Aspen has invited noted Red Bull helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron to be at its booth on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. to meet and mingle with Heli-Expo attendees. Aaron is the only helicopter pilot certified by the FAA for helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. He's one of only three performing helicopter aerobatic pilots worldwide.
Phoenix Heliparts now has an STC for installing the Evolution displays, including the Pilot, Pro 1000, Pro 1500 and Pro 2000 in various MD helicopter models including the 369, 530F, 530FF and 520N. The installed package includes an integral air data computer and an attitude heading reference system.