Murray takes Innovation in Safety Award Peter Murray, founder and operations manager of Talon Helicopters, has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 Innovation in Safety Award. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety and for activities in the SAR community including rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the safety of human external cargo operations. “Safety is fundamental to everything we do at Airbus. To foster a culture of aviation safety we must recognize those whose innovations and exceptional dedication to safe flying practices keep our industry moving forward,” said Romain Trapp, president of Airbus Helicopters Canada and COO of Airbus Helicopters North America. In addition to specializing in aerial film work, utility work, tour operations and electronic news-gathering, Murray ensures Talon Helicopters maintains a 24/7 SAR response position answering the call to assist with more than 100 rescue operations annually throughout the Lower Mainland of British Colombia. Murray is an expert in safe longline rescue operations and has carried out many successful rescues in hard-toreach remote areas. Furthermore, Murray has worked with Vancouver-based Boost Systems, developing its new Human External Cargo (HEC) System. “I am honoured to have been chosen to receive this award,” said Murray. “I accept this award on behalf of our entire Talon Team. I’m extremely proud of our crew for making safety the primary focus of all of vour operations, without compromise. To lead such a tight, dynamic and professional group has been very rewarding for me. It’s due to our teams absolute dedication to safety that Talon Helicopters has maintained an accident- and incident-free 20 years of flight operations.” This award is presented yearly. The winner, determined by an award selection committee, receives a $10,000 prize. Members of the Innovation and Safety Award selection committee include Robert Erdos, chief experimental test pilot for the National Research Council of Canada; Fred Jones, president and CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada; Matt Nicholls, editor of Helicopters and Wings magazines; and Mike Reyno, photojournalist and group publisher at MHM Publishing. A new tune to HUM HeliOffshore has published an updated version of its Best Practice Guidelines for Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS). The latest version includes two new annexes developed by the association’s HUMS working group, which consists of representatives from operators, OEMs and other industry experts. A subgroup under the leadership of Jason Alamond, HUMS program manager with Era Helicopters, has produced an annex defining the ideal HUM system. The group drew up a list of features that it considered to be useful in a HUM system, as well as those it felt should be eliminated or modified because they are unnecessary or burdensome to users. The first three sections of the report describe features that the subgroup felt should be included in modern HUM systems. The fourth section of the report turned its attention to ideas for developing a future HUM system, without what the group called “the constraints of current terminology, architecture or technology.” Meanwhile, another subgroup has developed a framework of key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the effectiveness of inservice HUMS. This new annex gives operators a proposed framework for assessing the performance of systems. The list of 16 KPIs includes different levels of alert and alarm, as well as false alarms, close monitoring initiated events, failures, diagnostic and support system requests and HUMS deferred defects. The HUMS KPI subgroup was led by Andy Evans, a director with Aerossurance. He and others on the subgroup envision the HUMS KPI document as laying the groundwork for operators to be able to share and benchmark HUMS data. The HUMS working group is part of HeliOffshore’s System Reliability and Resilience work stream. Airbus hits 150 deliveries of the H145 Airbus Helicopters recently celebrated the 150th delivery of the H145, the newest member of the BK117/ EC145 family. In October 2017, Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) received the 150th H145 helicopter from Airbus, to be used for offshore hoist operations and the transfer of service personnel working in the wind turbine industry. The H145 (formerly EC145 T2) is a member of the EC145 and BK117 family, more than 1,400 aircraft of which have been delivered to date, notching up over 4.8 million flight hours in some 21 countries worldwide. Used mainly for EMS, air rescue, law enforcement and aerial work, the BK117/EC145 family has also been successful with military utility operations and training, with over 400 Lakota UH-72s delivered to the U.S. Army. The H145 version was conceived as a platform with unparalleled mission abilities, a high level of flight safety, economic operating costs, and a tailored support and service package, while incorporating Airbus innovations. In 2014, the first H145 entered operation with the German air rescue company, DRF Luftrettung. Its enhancements included two powerful Safran Arriel 2E engines with dual-channel full authority digital engine control, an upgraded main gearbox and a new antitorque system with Fenestron. The cockpit, too, underwent changes, incorporating Airbus’ innovative Helionix avionics suite with a 4-axis autopilot. The result: a helicopter able to deliver exceptional performance in a diverse range of roles. In law enforcement, customers like the police of Baden-Württemberg have dedicated their H145 fleet to their most challenging missions. The H145 does duty both day and night with a night vision goggle- compatible cockpit, while its advanced mission management system, together with high-end police equipment, defines a new standard in airborne law enforcement. While the H145 has become a mainstay with police forces, it also made its mark in the offshore industry. In March 2017, the European Airworthiness Safety Agency certified Airbus’ upgrade of the H145’s singleengine performance, increasing its hover power in one-engineinoperative mode within the two-minute power rating by adding 230 kg useful load in operations with human external cargo. Today, the H145 has achieved 80,000 flight hours since entry-into-service. Among customers of the “ready for duty” four-tonne helicopter, the Babcock Group is its largest operator, with a fleet of 27 H145s, while Germany – where the H145 found its first and now, its 150th, home – is its largest market, with 30 H145s in operation. AIAC reaches Summit T he Aerospace Industry of Canada’s 2017 Aerospace Summit took place Nov. 7 and 8 in downtown Ottawa, and this year’s event more than lived up to its billing as one of Canada’s must-attend events. Highlights from the first day included an eye-opening discussion from retired major general Robert E. Wheeler on cyber terrorism and its potential negative impacts in the aerospace industry. Another key session detailed how Canadian OEM CAE has transformed its business model from being solely a simulation developer to becoming a leading training partner in global commercial aviation. There was also a lively panel from small business leaders in Canadian aerospace highlighting the challenges they face in growing their businesses both here and abroad. At the annual aerospace dinner that evening, Pratt and Whitney Canada’s Benoit Beaudoin and its operations team were named the 2017 recipient of the James C. Floyd Award for aerospace achievement. Day Two of the program highlighted overcoming challenges in the face of a potential downturn – a return-to-strategy emphasis for corporations having to deal with issues such as geopolitical conflict, digitization and keeping up with the “deliver, deliver, deliver” realities of the business. Highlights included an excellent leadership panel with Jonathan Lee Obst, managing director of Rockwell Collins; Charles Bouchard, chief executive at Lockheed Martin Canada; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada president Cynthia Garneau; and David Curtis, president and CEO of Viking Air. Earlier in the conference, Garneau was named the new AIAC chair succeeding IMP Aerospace and Defence president David Gossen, and she encouraged industry to leverage the talents of all Canadians to overcome future challenges. As Garneau says, “it's all about being fearless – failing fast and fixing fast” in all realms. Show favourite, Manfred Hader, senior partner at Roland Berger, was back by popular demand and he shared his perspectives on the future of the market, detailing how the reversal of globalization will present challenging times ahead for all OEMs in the global aerospace industry. The event wrapped up with a TSNsports- desk-style interview by AIAC president and CEO Jim Quick of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development. Airbus sells Vector to StandardAero StandardAero Aviation and Airbus SE have announced that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company, providing responsive, quality support for turbine engines, components, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. It generated revenues of over US$700 million in 2016 and employs approximately 2,200 people in 22 locations. The newly combined company, which will maintain the name of StandardAero, expects annual revenues of approximately US$3 billion. SkyTrac joins ACR ACR Electronics has confirmed Drew Marine UK Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire SkyTrac, a full-service, data-driven solutions provider for the global aviation industry. SkyTrac will report into ACR Electronics. The alignment of these two leading companies will create a comprehensive product line and service offering for the aviation marketplace, to include the ACR Electronics Artex portfolio of survival products and the SkyTrac range of innovative business solutions from data acquisition hardware and analytics software through program design and support. Headquartered in Canada, SkyTrac offers a one-stop response for reliable and secure data management solutions. Its data acquisition hardware is installed by fixed and rotary wing clients worldwide and its SkyWeb data management system has been selected by thousands of users. SkyTrac will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary, retaining existing products, brand, locations, engineering capabilities and sales. The entire team, including executive management, will continue on with the new ownership. “We are excited to join forces with SkyTrac because it will expand our aviation footprint and add a proven solutions-based team into our organization,” said Gerry Angeli, president of ACR Electronics. “Our complementary products and technology can provide our customers with an expanded and comprehensive suite of aviation data, tracking, distress alerting, communications and operational integrations.” ACR Electronics is a leading provider of safety and survival equipment to the aviation market for general, business, commercial and military applications. Suitable for every type of fixed wing and rotorcraft aircraft, the Artex brand of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) are selected by the majority of aircraft manufacturers around the world. ACR and Artex design and manufacture a complete portfolio of survival products for the aviation industry including ELTs, personal locator beacons, iridium tracking and communication distress beacons, megaphones and distress lighting. SkyTrac president Malachi Nordine said, "SkyTrac and ACR share a mission to help aviation operators improve safety and efficiency. Supported by ACR, SkyTrac will continue with the strong customer support and technology leadership that is in our DNA and that has cemented our position in the aviation industry. I am excited to work with our new ACR partners through SkyTrac's next growth phase as we continue to execute our strategy and find cooperative commercial opportunities like GADSS." SkyTrac is a Transport Canada certified DAO, AMO and an Approved Manufacturing Organization, with management systems registered to ISO 9001/AS9100C. Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.
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