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,
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
Ice protection and a gross weight increase are improving the utility of the Lancair Evolution turboprop, according to Doug Meyer, CEO of the Oregon aircraft kit manufacturer.
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