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TURBOMECA Arrius 2B2 Selected by Gazpromavia

In the frame of the contract signed with Eurocopter- Gazpromavia selected the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engine to power their eight EC135T2i helicopters. These aircraft will be operated in challenging weather conditions throughout Russia.

'Our decision to choose Turbomeca's Arrius 2B2 engine was notably based on engine performance and reliability. Furthermore- the Arrius 2B2 engine is designed and certified for extreme conditions down to -45°C. In addition- the engine can be operated with Russian fuel.' said Andrei Ovtcharenko- Gazpromavia CEO.

The Turbomeca fleet in Russia comprises currently 75 Arrius and Arriel engines installed in 49 helicopters for civil operators- based mainly in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. In 2006- Turbomeca was the first western helicopter engine manufacturer to create a maintenance centre in Russia with Gazpromavia- certified to European standards. The centre is based in the Ostafievo airport near Moscow.

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High Note in Portugal

Helitech’s second outing to Portugal attracted 1-274 visitors and received visits from VIPs such as the Mayor of Cascais- Mr António d'Orey Capucho.

Exhibiting for the first time in Portugal- AgustaWestland was able to tie in its presence at the show with the delivery of two GrandNew light twin helicopters to Vinair Aeroserviços- which is located at Airport Cascais.

A leading provider of VIP/corporate transport services- Vinair Aeroserviços is the first customer to take delivery of AgustaWestland’s GrandNew- which is an evolution of its Grand helicopter. The ceremony took place at Vinair Aeroserviços’s facilities at the airport.

George DeCock- Director at L-3 Wescam- said: “We returned to Helitech Cascais in 2010 because it was a good show in 2008. 60% of the visitors to our stand were invited customers- while another 20% were new potential customers. We will be back!”

Helitech Portugal’s first conference proved popular with both visitors and exhibitors. Delegates heard from a variety of Speakers focusing on four key topics: simulation- training- safety and aerial firefighting. The final conference session detailed the aerial firefighting process from contract tendering through to operation.

EMA’s Carlos Santos described how his company’s aerial firefighting contract schedule works with new tenders being developed immediately after each year’s main forest fires season; new tenders have to take a range of issues into account includingforecasts for where aircraft will be required- the type of aircraft and equipment needed as well as anticipated flying hours.

Proposals then undergo a strict evaluation process which looks at everything from safety and efficiency to operational support and aircrew qualification requirements. After a contract award EMA supervises contract service management areas such as performance reports and audit commission visits.

When the session closed delegates moved outside to watch the aerial firefighting display- organised by Helibravo. “There’s no doubt that the last 18 months have been challenging for the southern European helicopter market so it is quite an achievement to have had 134 exhibiting companies representing 20 countries at the event this year-” said Sue Bradshaw- Helitech’s Exhibition Director.

“We had excellent feedback on the event this year from the major exhibitors who all expressed interest in returning to Portugal in 2012. Now we have run two shows in Portugal we are going to analyse all the feedback from both exhibitors and visitors over the next few months- regarding our plans for 2012- before making an announcement.”

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New Plans for UK National Police Air Service

A new National Police Air Service (NPAS) is set to provide a more efficient and accessible air support service throughout England and Wales that offers better value for money.

Responding to the findings of a comprehensive review commissioned in 2009- ACPO members have approved the central recommendation to replace the current air support system with a service organised nationally- but delivered locally. The government has expressed a commitment to establishing NPAS by April 2012.

Proposed Saving of £15.27m (Euros18.7m) The proposed model predicts a saving of an estimated £15.27 million (22.8%) over current provision. Head of the NPAS- Chief Constable Alex Marshall said- “This is not merely a cost saving exercise. While the current service is capable of doing its day job- artificial boundaries have meant that helicopters are restricted to operating within their own force area.

A national- borderless service will ensure effective coverage of urban and rural areas. Deputy Chief Constable- Nick Gargan- Acting Chief Executive of the NPIA said- “This will be a truly national policing service that will be at the heart of improving public safety. The NPIA has played a substantial role in helping to set up the service which will bring operational efficiencies and allow for the introduction of innovative contracts that offer better value for money for the service and the tax payer.” The following is a breakdown of proposed base sites:

• Western Counties (currently serving Avon and Somerset and Gloucester) and Wiltshire (Consortium with Great Western Air Ambulance) will reduce to one aircraft- combine and relocate to a new base at RAF Colerne;
• Sussex and Surrey will reduce to one aircraft- combine and relocate to a new base at Dunsfold;
• Norfolk and Suffolk will reduce to one aircraft- combine and relocate to a new base at RAF Honington;
•Merseyside aircraft will be withdrawn from service with provision continuing from other bases in the area;
• South Yorkshire aircraft will be withdrawn from service with provision continuing from other bases in the area;
• Cambridge aircraft will be withdrawn from service with provision continuing from other bases in the area;
• Dyfed-Powys aircraft will be withdrawn from service with provision continuing from other bases in the area;
• Chiltern Air Support Unit (Thames Valley- Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) based at RAF Henlow. Aircraft will be withdrawn from service with provision continuing from other bases in the area;
• Essex aircraft will relocate to Southend Airport;
• Dorset aircraft will relocate to Bournemouth Airport;
• West Midlands aircraft will relocate to work from Wolverhampton Airport creating a two aircraft unit with Central Counties (West Mercia and Staffordshire). Both aircraft currently work under the Central Motorway Police Group banner.



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