March 6, 2013
By Sarah Brown
A dance routine including props, lifts, and gymnastics introduced the world to Turbomeca’s newest engine offering, the 1,100-horsepower turboshaft Arrano, at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.
The Arrano will have up to 15 percent lower fuel consumption than today’s models, said Turbomeca, part of the Safran group. It recently ran on a test bed for the first time, the company said, and its first platform application will be on the Eurocopter X4.
Eleven dancers concluded the routine, an homage to the expo’s location in the “entertainment capital of the world,” by forming the shape of a helicopter with their bodies around the covered engine, extending main and tail rotors to complete the image. “Arrano” is the Basque word for eagle and continues the French company’s tradition of tying its engine names to the Pyrenees.
Around the World Flight,
A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.
Public-use heliports aren't very plentiful, but those that are offer unique capabilities and a fun challenge.
Dinners at Waypoint Café at California's Camarillo Airport will have an outside dining option to watch airplanes and helicopters take off and land, and learn more about general aviation in the process.
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