March 7, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
As Heli-Expo 2013 winds down, here’s a look at some of the numbers generated during the convention, held March 5 through 7 in Las Vegas.
3,200 pounds: max gross weight of the new Bell Helicopter 47GT-6
$750,000: list price of new Bell Helicopter’s 47GT-6
$4.3 billion: Bell Helicopter sales in 2012
188: Bell Helicopter deliveries in 2012
Up to 5,600: number of global deliveries of new civilian-use helicopters between 2013 and 2017 predicted in Honeywell forecast
27 percent: percentage of global demand for helicopters in the United States and Canada, according to Honeywell forecast
80-by-120 feet: size of the two-story Heli-Center at AirVenture 2013
1,100-horsepower: power of Turbomeca’s newest engine, the Arrano
30 Sikorsky helicopters: Order placed by Milestone Aviation Group 10: number of Vertol 107-II heavy-lift tandem-rotor helicopter being bought by Columbia Helicopters from the Swedish Department of Defense
More than 6.2 million: hours flown by Sikorsky S-76 helicopters since the model was introduced in 1977
30: order placed by Air Medical Group Holdings for Bell 206L4 and 407GX helicopters More than 3 million: flight hours achieved by the Eurocopter EC145/BK117 family
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Helicopter Association International,
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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