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** HAI Heli-Expo '99 Edition **


Industry Forecasts Future For Helicopter Sales

As the helicopter industry gathered at the Heli-Expo '99 show, Rolls-Royce and AlliedSignal released their windows on the future.

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Eurocopter Tops Rivals, Looks To Expand
Eurocopter declares itself the world's leader among helicopter manufacturers.

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Sikorsky To Foray Into Fractional Ownership With Buy
Fractional ownership has been a shot in the arm to the biz jet industry. Now a helicopter OEM is trying to give the concept a life in the rotorcraft industry.

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Bell Textron Plans for Success in 1999
Bell has big plans for its new and existing models this year, after sales fell slightly in 1998.

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Robinson Tops 1998 Heli Sales
The Robinson R22 and R44 weren't the most expensive helicopters in the world last year, but they were sure the most popular.

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Helipro Bought By Vector
Helipro brought its S-61 Short to the Heli-Expo '99 show, and the news that it is being bought.

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Kamov Helicopter Certified By Canada
This is news. The first Russian helicopter certified in the West. Credit Canada's VIH Logging for persistence.

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Sikorsky Helibus Moving Through Flight Tests
The S-92 HELIBUS is the latest effort in the long line of helicopters from the legendary Sikorsky. The company continues to make progress as its first flying prototype



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Enstrom Helicopter Order

Enstrom Helicopter Corp announced a new Enstrom 480 sale from a UK customer at the Heli Expo '99. Enstrom says Paul Bundy, CEO of Metafin Group Holdings, after seeing the new 480 on display at the show decided to trade in his current 480 for a new one. The new aircraft will be Bundy's third Enstrom buy. Three years ago he acquired a piston-powered Enstrom 280FX.

Enstrom delivered a new Enstrom 280FX to a Pennsylvania-based customer. Steve Macanga took delivery of the new aircraft at the show. He currently operates an older 280FX.

Rockwell Collins Displays BA 609 Avionics

Rockwell Collins delivered the first Pro Line 21 integrated avionics system for the Bell Agusta 609. The avionics for the BA 609 incorporates three 10x8-inch active matrix liquid crystal flat panel flight displays. Two are configured as primary flight displays, and the third as an engine indication and crew alerting system. The system will support TCAS II, Satcom and other enhancements.