Safran Helicopter Engines and CHC Helicopter Sign MRO Support Contract
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a four-year MRO support contract with CHC Helicopter, which covers roughly 70 engines for CHC’s Sikorsky S-76 and Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin fleets. The Arriel 1S, 2S1, 2S2 and 2C engines will be repaired at Safran’s centers in Tarnos, France; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Xerem, Brazil.
StandardAero and CMC Electronics Partner on Rotorcraft Retrofits
StandardAero and Esterline subsidiary CMC Electronics have signed an agreement to jointly pursue business opportunities for rotorcraft upgrades and modernization. The agreement will include CMC avionics products along with integration and engineering solutions from StandardAero. According to StandardAero, the partnership will focus on providing cost-effective, modernized solutions to address legacy helicopter obsolescence.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Enhances Engine Maintenance Programs
Pratt & Whitney Canada
Pratt & Whitney Canada announced new enhancements to its helicopter engine maintenance and warranty programs. The service offerings—which include a Certified Pre-Owned engine program for used aircraft, the Eagle Service Plan for single-helicopter operators and a new Fleet Service Plan for smaller helicopter fleets—cover various options for engine MRO, parts and replacement.
Universal Avionics Receives STC Approval for Sikorsky Flight Deck Upgrade
Universal Avionics (UA) announced that is has received supplemental type certificate (STC) approval from Transport Canada and the Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation for its Sikorsky S-76 VVIP helicopter flight deck upgrade. The STC covers three UA EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays and a UA UNS-1Lw Flight Management System with Vision-1 Synthetic Vision System. The new displays replace legacy analog electronic flight instrument systems, which UA says will increase operational capability while reducing maintenance costs of dealing with aging instruments.
First Customer for Safran’s Helicopter Engine Health Monitoring Service
Philippe Stroppa, Safran
German emergency medical helicopter operator DRF Luftrettung has become the first major customer to use Safran’s Premium Health Monitoring service through Airbus’ Helionix avionics system. The service allows customers to track engine life data to reduce unplanned events, which Safran says improves engine life through early detection of low signals, prognosis analysis and maintenance plan customization.
StandardAero Certifies Bell 212 Glass Cockpit Upgrade
StandardAero announced that it has achieved FAA certification of a new glass cockpit upgrade for the Bell 212 helicopter, which features Universal Avionics EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays that can be integrated with legacy Honeywell and Bell autopilot systems. In addition, the upgrade includes incorporation of dual, large format Garmin GTN 750 touchscreen navigators and the replacement of aging and heavy gyros with the compact Rockwell Collins AHC-1000 Attitude and Heading Reference System. The first installation of this upgrade was completed with Alpine Aerotech and its launch customer, and StandardAero says the solution will be made available to other Bell 212 operators seeking to economically update their aircraft.
BBA Aviation Announces New MRO Developments
BBA Aviation has announced a slew of new developments through its H+S Aviation, Dallas Airmotive and International Goernor Services (IGS) subsidiaries. H+S Aviation has renewed a CT7 turboshaft engine MRO contract with General Electric and become an authorized MRO service provider for Rolls-Royce M250-C47/M250-C40 hydromechanical units. H+S Aviation’s authorized Rolls-Royce Authorized MRO Certificate agreement was recently extended to IGS and Dallas Airmotive, and H+S Aviation and IGS have been authorized as MRO providers for Honeywell-manufactured fuel controls. Meanwhile, Dallas Airmotive announced a new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C pricing program, which gives operators three new maintenance package options for engine overhaul.