The Canadian government has issued a request for proposals to replace its aging fleet of Coast Guard helicopters. The Canadian Coast Guard has a requirement for up to 16 light helicopters, with the option of an additional four.
The Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans, the umbrella agency for the Coast Guard, issued a tender for the aircraft on April 3. It is looking for procurement proposals by June.
Helicopter operator Bristow Group is making long-term plans to extend its U.K. Search and Rescue contract beyond its initial multiyear length.
The Houston-based company signed a £1.6 billion ($2.46 billion) deal with the U.K. Department for Transport to provide a search-and-rescue helicopter service from 10 U.K. bases for up to 12 years beginning in 2016. But company officials say they are looking beyond the basic contract and believe they may be able to extend the deal.
Gearbox tests on the EC225 helicopter have recreated the fault that engineers believe forced the ditchings of two of the aircraft into the North Sea last year, Eurocopter says.
In an April 3 statement, Eurocopter said engineers have been carrying out a third round of testing on the main gearbox of the EC225. They reported to operators that they not only reproduced the scenario which caused the cracking in the bevel gear vertical shaft – part of the aircraft’s main gearbox (MGB) – on the test bench, but also believe they have found the “most probable cause.”
Gearbox tests on the EC225 helicopter have recreated the fault that engineers believe forced the ditchings of two of the aircraft into the North Sea last year, Eurocopter says. (EC225 photo: Eurocopter)
Finmeccanica has named Daniele Romiti the new head of AgustaWestland following bribery allegations surrounding the sale of 12 helicopters to India in 2010. Romiti, who is currently the helicopter company’s chief operating officer, was named to the post on Feb. 21 as part of a wide-ranging reorganization.
Eurocopter is planning to retrofit the worldwide AS350B3e fleet with a modification to solve a tail rotor issue by August.
The manufacturer, owned by EADS, says the retrofit, which involves the removal of chin weights fitted to the tail rotor assembly and the installation of a load compensator, will fix issues suffered by operators of the B3e variant of the Ecureuil single-engined light helicopter that was launched by the manufacturer at the 2011 Heli-Expo event.