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Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

Rolls-Royce and Enstrom Helicopter Corporation have signed a new agreement to provideRolls-Royce M250 engines for the versatile 480B helicopter. The 480B is Enstrom’s flagship turbine helicopter, known for its combination of safety, stability, comfort and value. The five-seat aircraft serves as a military trainer, and is well suited for law enforcement, emergency medical and commercial, agricultural… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 02-Mar-16

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (exhibiting at Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) has now added the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter to its Transport Canada – Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate. With this addition, VIH Aerospace is now approved by the regulatory body to perform specific… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 02-Mar-16

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Aeronautical Accessories expands Product Line Up with Hoffman, Airglas and Van Horn

Aeronautical Accessories expands Product Line Up with Hoffman, Airglas and Van Horn

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it is now a distributor of several new product offerings, under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, including  the new LED Super™ Nightscanner®, Bell 206 series Van Horn rotor blades and multiple products from the Airglas product line. “We continually look for innovative products to add to our product line… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company today announced that it has been once again voted number one in customer support by Professional Pilot magazine. Ranking at the top in each of the seven categories, Bell Helicopter has won the top honor for the helicopter industry for its 22nd consecutive year. “Our goal is… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Able Aerospace Services, located in Mesa, Arizona, as Bell Helicopter’s newest Service Center. Recently acquired by Textron Aviation, Able provides component repairs, component exchanges and replacement parts, among other support and service offerings for commercial rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft customers around the world. This industry… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a Commercial Development and Real Estate Investor. “After learning more about the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-16

LCI touches down at HAI Heli-Expo 201

LCI touches down at HAI Heli-Expo 201

LCI, the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, touches down at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo with a fleet of 21 helicopters in service, and expects to double this number before the end of 2016. LCI grew extensively in 2015, introducing the AW189 into service in its fleet alongside the AW139. Throughout the year, it… Read more »

Source: LCI, 02-Mar-16

Garmin unveils the aera 660 aviation portable navigator

Garmin unveils the aera 660 aviation portable navigator

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the aera 660, a new cost-effective, feature-rich, purpose-built aviation portable. The compact 5-inch capacitive touchscreen boasts a bright, sunlight readable display complete with rich, interactive maps and a built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver that can be viewed in portrait or landscape modes for optimum customization…. Read more »

Source: Garmin, 02-Mar-16

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Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus Helicopters has designated CAE’s Olso helicopter training centre an Airbus Helicopters Approved Simulation Centre for H225 recurrent training. This is the culmination of a process that included a rigorous evaluation of the centre’s H225 simulator verifying its fidelity based on Airbus Helicopter’s simulation package, and completion of an Airbus-led training program for CAE instructors…. Read more »

Source: CAE, 02-Mar-16

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Donaldson gets STC for S-61 inlet barrier filters

Donaldson gets STC for S-61 inlet barrier filters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced today that its Universal Filter Module (UFM) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for installation and use on Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 and H-3 helicopters. The FAA issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter System (IBF)… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 02-Mar-16

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VIH Aerospace Signs Support Agreement With Precision Aviation Group

VIH Aerospace Signs Support Agreement With Precision Aviation Group

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services is pleased to announce it has entered into an exclusive Inventory Management and Supply Chain Support Agreement with Precision Heliparts Canada ULC (PHP), effective up to December 31st, 2019. VIHA is exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2016 – Booth… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 02-Mar-16

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Era becomes first operator of S-92 with Gross Weight Expansion

Era becomes first operator of S-92 with Gross Weight Expansion

Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. today as the first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display. Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 02-Mar-16

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Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Adding to their portfolio of customers, Meridian Helicopters LLC has executed a three year lease agreement with option to extend for an additional two years with Chopper Charter, LLC of Branson, MO. Chopper Charter is a Part 135 operator and has the aircraft destined for one of its operations catering to charter flights and tourism… Read more »

Source: Chopper Charter, 02-Mar-16

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight picks Armor SMS

Memorial Hermann Life Flight picks Armor SMS

Professional Resources in System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to announce that Memorial Hermann Life Flight® has selected Aviation Risk Management Online Resource (ARMOR) as its aviation Safety Management System software. Life Flight is a critical care air medical transport service based in Houston, Texas. They serve the community within a 150-mile radius of the… Read more »

02-Mar-16

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Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung has selected Turbomeca’s (Safran) Arrius 2B2Plus engine to power its three new Airbus Helicopters H135. With these new Turbomeca-powered H135 fleet DRF Luftrettung will perform HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions in Germany. Franck Saudo, Turbomeca EVP Support & Services, said: “This is a further step that strengthens our relationship with DRF Luftrettung,… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 02-Mar-16

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Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation Inc. will become the Airbus Helicopters exclusive commercial aircraft sales agent for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska under an agreement announced Tuesday by officials of Airbus Helicopters Inc. The exclusive sales agent agreement is the first authorized by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in the company’s 47-year history. Based in Hillsboro, Ore. since 1980, Hillsboro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Mar-16

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Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

Dallas Avionics, Jupiter Avionics and Maxcraft Avionics, Ltd., announced today from the Helicopter Association International (HAI) annual HELI EXPO convention that Phoenix Heli-Flight, Inc., (Phoenix) has chosen to equip their entire fleet of Airbus helicopters with the JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller. Phoenix’s recently acquired H130 with the JA94 installed is showcased at Airbus booth 9651…. Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 02-Mar-16

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Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

Today at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Conference in Louisville, KY, Life Flight Network (LFN) received recognition for earning two distinguished safety accreditations. LFN is the first air medical operator in the world to receive the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) designation for helicopter air ambulance operations. Simultaneously, LFN received International Standard for Business… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 02-Mar-16

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Cadorath earns RR M250 Customer Satisfaction award

Cadorath earns RR M250 Customer Satisfaction award

Rolls Royce handed out the yearly first network awards today in Louisville, Kentucky at a ceremony with the entire First Network. Cadorath received the 2016 award for Customer Satisfaction. The award is presented to the organization that maintains the highest level of customer satisfaction among all of the M250 First Network facilities. The First network… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 02-Mar-16

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Marenco signs first Launch Customer contract

Marenco signs first Launch Customer contract

Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine helicopter. Air Zermatt enjoys through its versatile activities in high mountainous regions as well as their constant innovation a worldwide recognition. In order to be prepared for the future, Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine… Read more »

Source: Marenco, 02-Mar-16

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Bell approves VIH Aerospace Bell-Medium Tailboom Fixture

Bell approves VIH Aerospace Bell-Medium Tailboom Fixture

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) has received Bell Helicopter approval for use of its Structural Repair Fixture for 3rd party repairs on the Bell Helicopter 205A-1, 212, and 412 tail boom assemblies. ‘Receipt of Bell Helicopter certification of… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Lockheed Martin appoints VP and Treasurer

Lockheed Martin appoints VP and Treasurer

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) today announced that its board of directors has appointed John Mollard as vice president and treasurer, and elected Mollard as a corporate officer. His appointment is effective April 4. Mollard will succeed Ken Possenriede, who has served as corporate treasurer since July 2011. Possenriede will become vice president, Finance and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 01-Mar-16

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Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today introduced its new comprehensive aftermarket service plans and announced CareFlite, a fully-integrated medical transport company, as its launch customer. Named “Customer Advantage Plans,” the new aftermarket plans provide customers with holistic coverage solutions for their daily operations. The plans offer a fixed cost per flight hour… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

NASA picks Erickson for Mid-Air Retrieval Program

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project. The project is focused on mid-air retrieval of NASA vessels upon re-entry to the atmosphere. Erickson is contracted to study the concept of operations for proposed NASA missions that employ mid-air retrieval using a single… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 01-Mar-16

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Garmin Shows Off Latest Technology At HAI Heli-Expo

Garmin Shows Off Latest Technology At HAI Heli-Expo

We’re heading to the Bluegrass state this week for the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. This annual convention runs March 1-3, in Louisville, and shows off all the latest products the industry has to offer. We’ll be on hand displaying everything from our popular G500H glass flight display, featuring dual 6.5-inch screens and Helicopter Terrain… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 01-Mar-16

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Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Rockwell Collins’ latest solutions for helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico as Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, has taken delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters. “We congratulate Era – the first operator of the AW189 in the Americas… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 01-Mar-16

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Terma Asia Pacific – new VP and General Manager appointed

Terma Asia Pacific – new VP and General Manager appointed

Mr. Anupam Narain Mathur has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Terma Asia Pacific including Terma India. This appointment takes effect today. Mr. Mathur will succeed Mr. Jannik Termansen, who has recently accepted a new position outside the company. Jointly, effective today, Terma’s regional offices in Singapore and India will merge into one… Read more »

Source: Terma, 01-Mar-16

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Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

Aeronautical Accessories gets STC for Bell 206 Polycarbonate Windshield

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its polycarbonate windshields on Bell 206A, Bell 206B, and Bell 206L series aircraft, which will be distributed exclusively under its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Developed by Bell Helicopter, the new 206 polycarbonate windshield is impact… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

British operator orders first Bell 407GXP in country

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)  is delighted to announce that Topflight has selected the Bell 407GXP to carry out sightseeing missions for their customers in the United Kingdom. “We are really looking forward to operating the first 407GXP in the United Kingdom,” said Mark Prior, Top Flight. “The aircraft will be used for corporate… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Mar-16

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Vector to perform AS350BA to B2 conversion for Mercy Air South Africa

Vector to perform AS350BA to B2 conversion for Mercy Air South Africa

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it will be performing an Airbus Helicopters AS350 BA to B2 conversion for humanitarian aid aviation service provider Mercy Air South Africa. The conversion will be undertaken by Vector at its facility in Andalusia, AL. “Upgrading… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern to Showcase New Products at Heli-Expo

Breeze-Eastern LLC will display its largest-ever array of leading-edge and legacy products in Exhibit 11944 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016. The company will introduce and display a new DC brushless motor and controller for new and legacy 20200 Series rescue hoists. The upgraded hoist, known as BL-20200-440, features unlimited duty cycle, a 60 percent increase in… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 01-Mar-16

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ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

ARGUS Announces Intent to Acquire Unmanned Safety Institute

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce their intent to acquire Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) of Orlando, Florida, a privately held business that has carved out a recognized and respected position in the safety training, certification and management of unmanned aerial vehicles. The acquisition couples nicely with ARGUS’ global presence in the aviation safety… Read more »

Source: Argus, 01-Mar-16

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Bristow sells three AW139s to Waypoint on leaseback

Bristow sells three AW139s to Waypoint on leaseback

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) for the purchase and leaseback of three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. All three helicopters will operate offshore in crew change and limited Search and Rescue roles, on long-term contract in… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 01-Mar-16

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Heli UK Expo 2016 – visiting pilots in line for prizes

Heli UK Expo 2016 – visiting pilots in line for prizes

At HELI UK- the UK’s only fly in Helicopter event, pilots will enjoy the pleasure of flying into the event in the comfort of their own aircraft and by doing so the possibility of wining up to three different prizes. The Bose A20 Aviation Headset is engineered to be more comfortable and provide more noise… Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 01-Mar-16

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Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

Thai Aviation Services has informed Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), of the decision to renew its existing fleet of commercial helicopters with five S-76D™ medium lift and two S-92® heavy lift aircraft. Selection of an all-new Sikorsky aircraft fleet will enable the Bangkok-based operator to continue its track record of providing safe, reliable… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Mar-16

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Airbus pick Donaldson for H160 Inlet Barrier Filter

Airbus pick Donaldson for H160 Inlet Barrier Filter

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has received a contract from Airbus Helicopters to produce its innovative Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) element for the new Airbus Helicopters flagship H160 medium twin-engine helicopter. Selection of the IBF element for the H160 represents a decision by Airbus Helicopters to offer… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 01-Mar-16

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Airbus Customer and Technical Support teams to demo Keycopter at Heli-Expo 2016

Airbus Customer and Technical Support teams to demo Keycopter at Heli-Expo 2016

Customer Support team members from Airbus Helicopters Inc. will be at Heli-Expo 2016 to meet with customers and update them on key service and support issues and tools. The Airbus Helicopters exhibit is located at Booth #9651. Mike Muniz, Director of Customer Support, and John Byus, Sales Manager for HCare, will be on hand during… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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Lightnin Production Rentals orders H130

Lightnin Production Rentals orders H130

Lightnin’ Production Rentals, a movie and television production rental company based in the Atlanta area, has ordered an Airbus Helicopters H130 to provide transportation to its clients. Lightnin’ Production Rentals is scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft in June. Acquiring a helicopter will allow the company to dramatically reduce its commuting time around the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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Universal Avionics flies MD902 with InSight Integrated Flight Deck

Universal Avionics flies MD902 with InSight Integrated Flight Deck

Universal Avionics announces accomplishment of the first flight of MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 902 Explorer with the InSight Integrated Flight Deck. The successful testing was achieved at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona (USA) facility in multiple phases and concluded on February 17th. “This is an important step in the development of the new avionics suite for… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Helisul signs LOI for ten Marenco SKYe SH09

Helisul signs LOI for ten Marenco SKYe SH09

Reputable and renowned Helisul Táxi Aéreo from Brazil confirmed strong interest to operate the SKYe SH09 and signs a letter of intent for ten units of the Swiss made single-engine. Marenco Swisshelicopter is really proud to be a part of the vision of Cmte Eloy Biesuz and Helisul Táxi Aéreo especially when considering the pioneering… Read more »

Source: Marenco, 01-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters offers Inadvertent IMC simulator training

Inadvertently flying into poor weather and visibility conditions remains one of the biggest hazards facing helicopter flight crews, but it’s a situation that Airbus Helicopters Inc. trains pilots to avoid and escape from. Airbus Helicopters Inc. offers highly realistic Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IIMC) training at its facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. The training is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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X-Copter and ForeFlight demo EFB integration with R22 simulator

X-Copter and ForeFlight demo EFB integration with R22 simulator

X-Copter and ForeFlight invite attendees of Heli-Expo 2016 to a demonstration of the integration of the ForeFlight Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) with the X-Copter Robinson Helicopter Simulator. The demonstration will take place on Wednesday afternoon at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, KY from 2:00 to 3:00 in the X-Copter’s Booth #8231. Please join us and Prepare… Read more »

Source: X-Copter, 01-Mar-16

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Honeywell approves Precision Aviation Controls for PT6 MRO work

Honeywell approves Precision Aviation Controls for PT6 MRO work

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industry, is pleased to announce formal approval from Honeywell to provide Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for various PT6A and PT6T Engine Accessories through its subsidiary Precision Aviation Controls (PAC). The capabilities have been added… Read more »

Source: Precision, 01-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters working with Ultra Electronics on H145 HUMS

Airbus Helicopters working with Ultra Electronics on H145 HUMS

Airbus Helicopters Inc. plans to seek Federal Aviation Administration certification in 2016 of the first comprehensive and integrated Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) system for light helicopters. The system, developed in collaboration with Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems, of Victor, N.Y., was tested at Airbus Helicopters Inc. over a period of several… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TLX searchlight with dual sensor TV/Thermal Imaging camera option which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016. Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyro-stabilized… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 01-Mar-16

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Becker Announces First Secure Wireless Intercom System Customer

Becker Announces First Secure Wireless Intercom System Customer

Becker Avionics is proud to announce the sale of the first secure wireless intercom system (ICS) to Exploration Services LLC, a US customer.  The PNG system by Axnes is capable of providing secure wireless intercom access to crew members.  The elimination of the ICS chord allows crew members to move about the cabin without entangling… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation make engine MRO offers at Heli-Expo

Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation make engine MRO offers at  Heli-Expo

To celebrate the expansion of their global rotorcraft network to include the PW200, PW210, PT6C-67, and PT6T series engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), BBA Aviation companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation announced today that they are offering exclusive savings on qualifying Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to rotorcraft customers who commit to… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 01-Mar-16

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Axnes to Release Gen-2 PNG Wireless Intercom System

Axnes to Release Gen-2 PNG Wireless Intercom System

For over 15 years, Axnes Aviation AS (Norway) has produced the popular and successful Polycon wireless intercom system. Axnes is now excited to announce they will start deliveries of their PNG (Polycon New Generation) wireless communication technology in the 2nd quarter of 2016. After 3 years of development, the new PNG secure wireless radio system… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 01-Mar-16

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Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Initial flight testing for the integration of EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma AS332L/L1 with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is now complete. This well-proven, reliable solution is customized for Super Pumas and includes hover indication, vertical speed scale, vertical speed setting and desired airspeed among others. According to Grady Dees, Director of… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Enstrom confident they can keep TH-180 on schedule

Enstrom confident they can keep TH-180 on schedule

On February 12th, Enstrom Helicopter N180TH, the prototype TH-180 experienced a mechanical problem and made a forced landing.  During the landing, the rotor struck a wooden utility pole, cutting off the pole and destroying the main rotor blades.  The pilot, the only person on board, was uninjured.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a piece of flight… Read more »

Source: TH180, 01-Mar-16

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Technisonic releases industry-first NIFOG code plug

Technisonic releases industry-first NIFOG code plug

At Heli-Expo 2016, Technisonic Industries Ltd., an industry leader in the development, manufacture and support of special-mission airborne communications systems, announces the availability of a new common NIFOG code plug for the nations airborne first responders. Recognizing a disconnect in the communications of our country’s first responders,  Technisonic, working with its partners has developed a… Read more »

Source: Technisonic, 01-Mar-16

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Night Vision Awards Committee Announces New Biennial Format

Night Vision Awards Committee Announces New Biennial Format

The Night Vision Awards Committee announced today a new biennial format. The next Night Vision Awards will take place at the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association Expo in Reno, Nevada. The awards ceremony will feature light hors d’oeuvres and libations and honor various departments and organizations on their accomplishments using night vision goggle equipment. During… Read more »

Source: Night Vision Awards, 01-Mar-16

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team orders an H135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team orders an H135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), an air medical transport services provider for Northern New England, has contracted with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the purchase of one H135-series helicopter. With bases in Lebanon and Manchester, N.H., DHART provides air ambulance services throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. DHART operates more than 1,400… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-16

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Jenoptik presents new prototype of a civilian rescue winch

Jenoptik presents new prototype of a civilian rescue winch

Jenoptik is exhibiting its prototype of a new civilian electric rescue winch at the specialist exhibition for rotary-wing aircraft  at Heli-Expo. The “SkyHoist 800” is developed in collaboration with ZF Aviation Technology, and can be viewed on stand 8761 of the globally operating specialist for the development, manufacture and maintenance of gearbox applications and aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-16

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Cadorath exceeds OEM standards and plans next regulatory step

Cadorath exceeds OEM standards and plans next regulatory step

Six months ago, Cadorath earned Design Approval Organization (DAO) status with Transport Canada. Now, the company has distinguished themselves within the DAO group by defining their advantage: top-level system controls. Newly-appointed DAOs must document and control their processes with the same level of specificity as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This regulation inspired Cadorath to move… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 29-Feb-16

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Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Meridian Helicopters to lease Bell 206L4 to Nicaraguan operator

Looking to international markets for additional lease customers, Meridian Helicopters provided a Bell 206L4 to a Nicaraguan private operator in the first quarter of 2016. Terms include an option to purchase the aircraft or renew after two years. “Our entrance into international leasing markets has been a long thought out approach” comments Michael Bashlor –… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 29-Feb-16

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StandardAero Launches M250 compressor case life extension program

StandardAero Launches M250 compressor case life extension program

StandardAero’s Helicopter business unit has launched a new engine compressor case life extension program to help Rolls-Royce M250 engine operators reduce maintenance service intervals and keep their helicopters in the air for longer periods of time, reducing overall operating costs. StandardAero developed the EnduroCoat 3500, a Rolls-Royce approved, advanced technology patent-pending coating system, which reduces… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 29-Feb-16

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VIH Aerospace delivers 22 S-92 auxiliary fuel tank systems to Bristow

VIH Aerospace delivers 22 S-92 auxiliary fuel tank systems to Bristow

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services; and a specialist in designing Supplemental Type Certified solutions for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter has reached a delivery milestone of 22 auxiliary fuel tank systems to Bristow Group (Bristow). VIHA is exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2016 — Booth # 1209…. Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Avion Pacific and Heli-One explore helicopter MRO in China together

Avion Pacific and Heli-One explore helicopter MRO in China together

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services company, has entered an agreement with Avion Pacific Limited to jointly explore developing helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services as well as helicopter product services in China. Avion Pacific is the leader in China’s general and business aviation service industry. They… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Feb-16

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Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company, has been awarded a contract by the Korean Defence Acquisition Program (DAPA) to complete the Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) camera installation on the President of the Republic of Korea’s VH-92 aircraft. The VH-92 is the VIP transport variant of the Sikorsky S-92. “We are honoured… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Feb-16

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Vector to support Eagle Copter PT6T Engines

Vector to support Eagle Copter PT6T Engines

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement with Eagle Copters Ltd. to provide repair, overhaul, testing, modification, and other services as required on Eagle Copter’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T power sections and combining gearboxes. “We are… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Vector celebrates 40 years of supporting T58 engines

Vector celebrates 40 years of supporting T58 engines

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the celebration of its 40th year as a registered overhaul facility for the General Electric (GE) Aviation T58 and CT58 turboshaft engines. “Many of the T58 and CT58 engines we have overhauled to date are supporting… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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EASA approves Trakka A800 searchlight on AW139

EASA approves Trakka A800 searchlight on AW139

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that they have received an EASA STC data package for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 helicopter short and long nose variants. The Certification covers the integration of the TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight, Pilot Control Interface Unit (PCIU) and Trakka Control Panel (TCP). The pilot… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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Vector celebrates 25th year servicing Turbomeca Arriel engines

Vector celebrates 25th year servicing Turbomeca Arriel engines

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an authorized Turbomeca Arriel repair and overhaul (R&O) center. Vector’s Richmond, BC location is authorized as a Turbomeca Level 4 R&O center for the Arriel 1 and Arriel 2 families, and has to date… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Robertson Develops Crash-Resistant AS350 Primary Fuel System

Robertson Develops Crash-Resistant AS350 Primary Fuel System

Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company and renowned provider of military-grade fuel systems, is finalizing development of its first fuel system for civil rotorcraft. The company, which has been developing the system with Vector Aerospace, will begin flight testing its Crash-Resistant Primary Fuel System (CRPFS) for AS350 helicopters this summer. Production would begin this… Read more »

Source: Robertson, 29-Feb-16

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Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke plans Can$465K helipad upgrade

Queen Victoria Hospital in Revelstoke plans Can$465K helipad upgrade

Emergency patients will get to hospital quicker if fundraising efforts for an upgraded helipad facility at the Queen Victoria Hospital make it to the projected cost of $465,000.  See more details

Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer, 29-Feb-16

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FAA Unveils Effort to Expand the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft

FAA Unveils Effort to Expand the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee  (PDF)with industry stakeholders to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework that would allow certain UAS to be operated over people who are not directly involved in the operation of the aircraft. The FAA is taking this action to provide a more flexible,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Feb-16

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Garmin Pilot Adds Connectivity and Features on iOS Devices

Garmin Pilot Adds Connectivity and Features on iOS Devices

Our latest Garmin Pilot release, iOS version 8.1, incorporates new product connectivity and features to make our popular aviation app even better! With expanded trip planning capabilities and features designed to improve cockpit situational awareness, Garmin pilot has never been a more valuable cockpit asset. Garmin Pilot now has the ability to pair with the GTX 345, our latest… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 29-Feb-16

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Vector introduces ADS-B Out solution for AW139

Vector introduces ADS-B Out solution for AW139

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it is in the process of developing a new FAA-certified ADS-B Out solution for the popular Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 medium twin rotorcraft. Vector’s ADS-B Out solution for the AW139 utilizes an L-3 Avionics Systems Lynx… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Trakka launches TC-300LE compact multi-sensor surveillance system

Trakka launches TC-300LE compact multi-sensor surveillance system

Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TC-300 LE system which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016. Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyro-stabilized camera systems.   Leveraging the Trakka Group’s… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 29-Feb-16

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Bell report 2015 production data

Bell report 2015 production data

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces global deliveries as part of its 2015 performance results. In 2015, Bell Helicopter delivered 175 aircraft, a combination of its current production products as follows: 52 x Bell 429 12 x Bell 412 (EP/EPI) 99 x Bell 407 (GX/GXP) 12 x Bell 206L4 Regional deliveries include: 28… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Feb-16

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Pall Aerospace debuts PA100 PUREair Engine Protection at Heli-Expo

Pall Aerospace debuts PA100 PUREair Engine Protection at Heli-Expo

Pall Aerospace has partnered with Liberty Helicopters to demonstrate the capability of the PA100 PUREair engine protection system for Airbus Helicopters’ H125/AS350, and EC130 families of helicopters. The fully certified PA100 will be on display in the Pall Aerospace booth #8536 at Heli-Expo 2016 March 1-3.   Liberty Helicopters, the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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Southwest Fuel Systems Exhibiting at Heli-Expo

Southwest Fuel Systems Exhibiting at Heli-Expo

M International is pleased to announce representatives from their industry leading Accessory MRO facility Southwest Fuel Systems (SWF) will be in full-force from February 29th through March 3rd during the annual Heli-Expo Helicopter Trade Show & Exposition to be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky (USA). During the world’s largest 100% dedicated… Read more »

Source: M International, 29-Feb-16

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FEC Heliports HEMS-Star Portable Helipad Lights achieve CE Conformity

FEC Heliports HEMS-Star Portable Helipad Lights achieve CE Conformity

FEC Heliports Worldwide Ltd is pleased to announce that their HEMS-Star portable battery powered LED helipad lighting system has achieved CE certification for the European Union with FCC certification for operation in the USA pending. The HEMS-Star® Helipad Light is a battery powered, microprocessor controlled light designed for rapid deployment in temporary and emergency situations… Read more »

Source: FEC Heliports, 29-Feb-16

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