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Marenco confirms order backlog of 34 for unflown SKYe SH09

Marenco confirms order backlog of 34 for unflown SKYe SH09

For the second participation of the SKYe SH09 at the Heli-Expo, Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd. confirms the booking of 23x helicopters by various customers. The first year of introduction and presentation to the worldwide markets now brings the total orders to 34x units. With these orders, the SKYe SH09 helicopter will join the fleets of commercial… Read more »

Source: Marenco, 28-Feb-12

Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath announces winners of $15,000 Heli-Expo Prizes

Cadorath Aerospace announce the winners of their “Win $5,000 of Bell Helicopter Repairs” contest held during HELI-EXPO 2012. The three lucky winners selected from the 46 eligible people who booked appointments at the show were: 1) Rotorcraft Support Inc. – Phil Difiore 2) Helicopters Inc. – Jule Boyer 3) Logic Aviation – Duane Bodette “On… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 23-Feb-12

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SkyTrac Systems launches ISAT-200A full featured SatCom transceiver

SkyTrac Systems launches ISAT-200A full featured SatCom transceiver

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce the addition of the ISAT-200A to its product line.  The enhanced full featured SatCom transceiver will be launched at Heli Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  The ISAT-200A provides automatic, global, real time flight following, SMS text messaging and RUDICS data transfer using Iridium’s next generation modem (9523).  Its expanded… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 21-Feb-12

SkyTrac Systems announces continued technology advances for aviation

SkyTrac Systems announces continued technology advances for aviation

SkyTrac Systems is proud to announce another combined integration project with EuroAvionics GmbH & Co. SkyTrac Systems has been selected by EuroAvionics to provide a SkyTrac programmed Iridium 9523 modem that can be embedded in the EuroNav 7 Situational Awareness System, the latest product development from EuroAvionics.  The EuroNav 7 is a moving map and… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 21-Feb-12

Canada approves MD902 for VFR flight

Canada approves MD902 for VFR flight

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, is pleased to announce Transport Canada’s approval of the MD900) for day/night, VFR operation in Canada. With this Canadian approval, the MD900 has now been certified for operation in fifty countries, since its introduction in 1994. The certification t is a significant step… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the City of Columbus, Ohio has ordered an MD 500E for delivery in 2012 and an option for a second aircraft to be delivered in 2013. This purchase represents the thirteenth and fourteenth MD 500E in active service in accordance… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners has approved the purchase of three MD 500E helicopters for use by the Police Patrol Support Unit for airborne law enforcement. The selection of MD Helicopters was made after a six month RFP… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

FAA approvse Garmin G500H in MD500E, MD530F, MD520N

FAA approvse Garmin G500H in MD500E, MD530F, MD520N

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of the Garmin G500H electronic flat panel displays. The G500H system, approved under the Type Certificate of the MD 500, is available for production and for retrofit installation for the MD 500E, MD 530F and MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

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HFI has another successful Heli-Expo

HFI has another successful Heli-Expo

Helicopter Foundation International was very busy at HELI-EXPO 2012. The foundation held its annual golf tournament, hosted mentoring panels, and shared a great deal of information with attendees about our mission and goals. New additions to our plans for the show this year were a silent auction, heritage helicopter display and historical interviews. The third… Read more »

Source: HFI, 20-Feb-12

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Honeywell deploys Zing Test Elite diagnostic system to MD Helicopters

Honeywell deploys Zing Test Elite diagnostic system to MD Helicopters

Honeywell will provide the Zing® Test Elite rotor track and balance maintenance technology to MD Helicopters to support the entire fleet of current and new MD500 series helicopters. Zing® Test Elite provides precision rotor track and balance measurements to operators. Based on the Zing HUMS 1134 on-board system, Zing Test Elite is a carry-on system… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 20-Feb-12

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Russian Helicopters displayed Mi-171A2 at HeliExpo

Russian Helicopters displayed Mi-171A2 at HeliExpo

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian industry giant Oboronprom, presented its Mi-171A2 model at HeliExpo 2012 in Dallas, TX. The helicopter was displayed at booth number 3422. This is a heavily modernised and revamped version of the Mi-8/17, the Russian bestseller that ranks among the most popular helicopters in the world. “Russian Helicopters have become… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-12

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Outerlink chosen as comms provider for Maverick EC130T2 fleet

Outerlink chosen as comms provider for Maverick EC130T2 fleet

Outerlink Global Solutions is pleased to announce its selection as the satellite tracking and communications provider for Maverick Aviation Group’s new fleet of Eurocopter EC130 T2 aircraft. “Outerlink Global Solutions prides itself on providing innovative communication technology solutions. Maverick Aviation Group has been a long standing customer and we are pleased that they will continue… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 17-Feb-12

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Military Appreciation Day at Heli-Expo

Military Appreciation Day at Heli-Expo

HAI President Matt Zuccaro, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, and a large number of active service, reserve, and veteran members of the military gathered on Tuesday for a special appreciation at the Helicopter Foundation International’s Heritage of Helicopters display at HELI-EXPO 2012. The call went out throughout the morning for any current or former member… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Feb-12

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Honeywell issues 14th annual Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook

Honeywell issues 14th annual Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook

In its 14th Turbine-Powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook report, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) expects global deliveries of new civilian-use helicopters will increase to 4,700 – 5,200 over the five-year period 2012 – 2016.  The forecast shows slower near term economic growth prospects in key markets have added uncertainty to operator purchase plans this year, however, recent… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 17-Feb-12

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BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight controls for Bell 525

Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class helicopter. BAE Systems flight control computers provide the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably, with decreased pilot workload. “BAE Systems has more than five decades of experience developing and producing flight control and… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 17-Feb-12

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PAI named Authorized Repair Center by American Eurocopter

PAI named Authorized Repair Center by American Eurocopter

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, subsidiary Precision Accessories & Instruments (PAI) has been approved as an Authorized Repair Center (ARC) for the Eurocopter Group. Under an agreement with American Eurocopter Corporation (AEC), PAI is authorized to provide MRO Services on… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 17-Feb-12

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Composite Technology opens bi-directional whirl tower for rotor blade balancing

Composite Technology opens bi-directional whirl tower for rotor blade balancing

Composite Technology Inc. (CTI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, today opened one of the world’s most powerful structures to dynamically balance helicopter main rotor blades. Designed by Sikorsky to test main rotor blades that rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise, the bi-directional whirl tower will enable helicopter operators and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Feb-12

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Eurocopter rounds up Heli-Expo with 191 orders announced

Eurocopter rounds up Heli-Expo with 191 orders announced

Eurocopter has wrapped up a highly successful 2012 Heli-Expo exposition, marking 20 years of helicopter excellence announcing orders and commitments for 191 rotary-wing aircraft, as well as spotlighting the latest innovation in production, safety and services. The high point of Eurocopter’s activity at Heli-Expo – the world’s largest helicopter industry event – was its rollout… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Feb-12

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Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance orders four EC145T2 for Finland EMS contract

Scandinavian Air Ambulance is acquiring four Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters for emergency medical transportation services in the north of Finland, with these rotary-wing aircraft performing demanding day/night operations over land and water in temperatures ranging from – 45°C to +35°C. The newly-ordered helicopters are to be flown from three northern bases – Oulu, Kuopio and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Eurocopter provides update on environmental action plans

Eurocopter provides update on environmental action plans

Eurocopter is pledging continued support of open and clear communications on helicopter environmental issues, with plans to publish updated emissions and sound-level ratings for its fleet while also extending the environment-related dialog with operators worldwide. The Eurocopter ratings result from the company’s industry-leading efforts to propose the use of standardized environmental performance indicators to rate… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Eurocopter recognises Heliflight Panama’s maintenance center

Eurocopter recognises Heliflight Panama’s maintenance center

Heliflight Maintenance Center’s first year of operations as a Eurocopter-certified maintenance operation in Panama was marked today during a ceremony held at the Heli-Expo 2012 exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Located at Albrook Airport on the Panama Canal Zone, Heliflight Maintenance Center was the first such facility certified in Central America by the Eurocopter de Mexico… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Germany’s HTM Helicopter Travel Munich orders an EC145T2

Germany’s HTM Helicopter Travel Munich orders an EC145T2

HTM Helicopter Travel Munich today signed a letter of intent to acquire an EC145 T2, adding this enhanced version of Eurocopter’s popular EC145 rotary-wing aircraft to its fleet for the servicing of offshore wind farms. The EC145 T2 was selected for its outstanding operational performance, including the capability to support offshore wind farm missions by… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Corail Hélicoptères orders two Eurocopter EC130s

Corail Hélicoptères orders two Eurocopter EC130s

Corail Hélicoptères – which operates an all-Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft fleet – has ordered two new EC130 B4s, bringing this helicopter of reference for worldwide tourism operations into service with the Réunion island operator during 2012. Factors in Corail Hélicoptères’ selection of the EC130 B4 include its low operational sound levels, which is within the regulations… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

DRF signs 10-year full-fleet power-by-the-hour Eurocopter service agreement

Germany’s DRF Luftrettung today signed a power-by-the-hour service agreement with Eurocopter, ensuring optimized technical support with fixed maintenance costs and minimized downtime for this air rescue organization’s large helicopter fleet. DRF Luftrettung currently operates 45 Eurocopter helicopters for emergency medical services, composed of the EC145, EC135 and BK117 versions. In 2011, the company agreed to… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Mexico’s Pegaso recognized for flying an EC135 for over 2000 hours in one year

Mexico’s Pegaso recognized for flying an EC135 for over 2000 hours in one year

Eurocopter presented yesterday an award of excellence to Transportes Aereos Pegaso for the more than 2,000 flight hours logged in 2011 by one of this operator’s EC135 P2 helicopters during oil and gas industry transportation missions in the Gulf of Mexico. The milestone aircraft, which carries Mexican registration number XA-UDN, accumulated a total of 2,014… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Air Greenland orders the AS350B3e

Air Greenland orders the AS350B3e

Eurocopter signed yesterday a contract to supply Air Greenland with one enhanced AS350 B3e version, marking the latest expansion of this European operator’s Ecureuil single-engine family fleet. Air Greenland currently operates 12 Ecureuil helicopters: 10 of the AS350 B3+ variant and two AS350 B2s. The new agreement was inked on Eurocopter’s exhibit stand at the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter to open sales office in Manhattan

American Eurocopter to open sales office in Manhattan

American Eurocopter announced today that it will open a dedicated helicopter sales office in New York City next month. This will be the only OEM sales office opened in the area and will be located in midtown Manhattan at the Atlantic Aviation Metroportâ„¢. “New York City and the northeast region is a burgeoning market for… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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Era Helicopters orders seven EC135s

Era Helicopters orders seven EC135s

From Eurocopter booth #1917 at the 2012 Heli-Expo, Era Helicopters and American Eurocopter announced Era’s acquisition of seven EC135® helicopters. With this purchase, Era’s fleet will include 17 EC135s. “Era and American Eurocopter are committed to aviation excellence by incorporating the latest technology aircraft and training in order to provide the highest levels of safety… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator added to Metro Aviation’s training program

Metro Aviation has signed an agreement with American Eurocopter to use the AS350 Flight Simulator as part of the operator’s pilot training program. American Eurocopter owns the only AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator in the world. “We are strong advocates of simulator training for EMS pilots,” said Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-Feb-12

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New UK training centre dedicated to Robinson helicopters and their engines

New UK training centre dedicated to Robinson helicopters and their engines

Mornington Sanford Aviation and Sloane Helicopters have embarked on a joint venture to establish a training centre dedicated to supporting the Robinson Helicopter Company’s products and their associated power plants. This “centre of excellence” will be established at Sloane Helicopters’ facilities at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton and will offer: EASA Part 147 type training and Robinson… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 14-Feb-12

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Garmin G500H approved for installation in R44

Garmin G500H approved for installation in R44

Walking through Heli-Expo, you’re sure to see several helicopters equipped with Garmin’s G500H flight display. Models ranging from the EC 130 and AS 350 to the Bell 206 and 407 are all eligible for this glass cockpit upgrade. And now, one more helicopter model joins that list: The Robinson R44. Garmin announced this week that the G500H… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 14-Feb-12

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Leading Edge first to offer flight training in G500H equipped R44

Leading Edge first to offer flight training in G500H equipped R44

With STC in hand, Leading Edge Aviation is the first flight school in the US to offer instruction in a Garmin G500H equipped R44 helicopter. The glass cockpit installation offers higher level of safety, reliability and is a powerful tool in preparing students for success in the industry. Leading Edge now offers instruction using traditional… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Aviation, 14-Feb-12

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AKV sells new ETM1000 Exceedence and Trend Monitoring System to Angel City Air

AKV sells new ETM1000 Exceedence and Trend Monitoring System to Angel City Air

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner AKV Inc. has received the first system order of the newly FAA STC’d ETM1000 Exceedence and Trend Monitoring System at HAI 2012. This first order with the option of 5 additional systems has been placed by Los Angles based Angel City Air serving… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 14-Feb-12

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Enstrom rep in Thailand receives award from US Commercial Service

Enstrom rep in Thailand receives award from US Commercial Service

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation’s representative in Thailand, M-Landarch Inc., recently received a prestigious award from the US Commercial Service.  The “Excellence in Trade Platinum” award was given for outstanding achievement in promoting trade between the United States and Thailand in 2011.  M-Landarch was instrumental in securing Enstrom’s contract to supply 16 model 480B turbine training helicopters… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 14-Feb-12

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Successful test phase for the Microturbo e-APU60 on AW189

Successful test phase for the Microturbo e-APU60 on AW189

Further to a successful installation of the first e-APU60 on the helicopter last October, Microturbo (Safran group) has delivered two other systems to AgustaWestland as part of the AW189 test campaign. The e-APU60 is a new-concept auxiliary power unit specifically designed to meet the demands of new-generation more-electric aircraft. It is capable of providing up… Read more »

Source: Microturbo, 14-Feb-12

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Cobham Announces HeliSAS® Special for Heli-Expo

Cobham Announces HeliSAS® Special for Heli-Expo

Cobham Commercial Systems has announced an exciting promotion for Heli-Expo 2012: Between February 1, 2012 and March 16, 2012, operators who purchase a HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System will qualify for a discount of up to $10,500, based upon the type of system purchased.  Discount does not apply to installation costs. HeliSAS reduces pilot… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 14-Feb-12

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Priority 1 Air Rescue signs agreement with AW on Rear Crew Training Courses

Priority 1 Air Rescue signs agreement with AW on Rear Crew Training Courses

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Priority 1 Air Rescue for the delivery of helicopter rear crew training courses to AgustaWestland customers. The agreement was signed today at Heli Expo 2012 in Dallas by John Ponsonby, Senior VP Training, AgustaWestland and Brad Matheson, President of Priority… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Feb-12

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Bond Aviation Group orders ten AW helicopters, plus options for five

Bond Aviation Group orders ten AW helicopters, plus options for five

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Bond Aviation Group, are pleased to announce that they have signed a Framework Agreement for 15 helicopters comprising ten firm orders and five options. The Framework Agreement, which includes AW169, AW139 and AW189 aircraft, was signed by James Drummond, Chief Executive Officer, Inaer Group, and Emilio Dalmasso, Senior VP Commercial… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Feb-12

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Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of contracts for four additional AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan through its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. Two of the AW139s will be designated for the civil market and two will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Feb-12

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Wood Buffalo Helicopters buys Eurocopter AS350B3e

Wood Buffalo Helicopters buys Eurocopter AS350B3e

The delivery of an AS350 B3e by Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) marks Wood Buffalo Helicopters’ sixth purchase of Eurocopter aircraft for its growing fleet. The AS350 B3e will assist Wood Buffalo with a range of missions alongside 4 AS350 B2 and 2 EC120 aircraft. “We are continuously impressed by Eurocopter products and support,” said Michael… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 14-Feb-12

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Eurocopter Canada sells AS350B3e to Lakeshore Helicopters

Eurocopter Canada sells AS350B3e to Lakeshore Helicopters

Lakeshore Helicopters Limited has finalized its purchase of one AS350 B3e helicopter from Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL). This will be the fourth Eurocopter aircraft to join Lakeshore Helicopters’ fleet, including one AS350 B2 and two AS350 B3 aircraft. “The AS350 B3e demonstrates a lot of potential in regards to extra power and lifting capacity,” said… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 14-Feb-12

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Hélicoptères Hélicarrier selects AS350B3e

Hélicoptères Hélicarrier selects AS350B3e

Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc. will enhance its capabilities in mining and external load operations with its recent purchase of an AS350 B3e from Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL). Hélicoptères Hélicarrier currently operates 2 AS350 B3 aircraft for its diverse customer base. “We have been very impressed with the performance of the AS350 B3 for our wide range… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 14-Feb-12

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Capitale Hélicoptère selects EC130 to support utility missions in Quebec

Capitale Hélicoptère selects EC130 to support utility missions in Quebec

Capitale Hélicoptère has chosen its fourth EC130 B4 aircraft to assist with utility missions throughout Quebec. The sale was confirmed today with Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas. “The EC130 B4 is a versatile aircraft that is suitable for a variety of missions,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “We… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 14-Feb-12

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Sikorsky signs MOU with ASESA of Mexico

Sikorsky signs MOU with ASESA of Mexico

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexican helicopter service provider ASESA (Aeroservicios Especializados, S.A. de C.V.) to jointly explore assembly and service opportunities in support of BLACK HAWK helicopters. “The MOU marks another step in our commitment to support BLACK HAWK aircraft operated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Feb-12

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Japan Coast Guard selects S-76D for SAR

Japan Coast Guard selects S-76D for SAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Mitsubishi Corporation have announced a contract with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for four S-76Dâ„¢ helicopters, which will replace several JCG helicopters that were damaged in the tsunami of 2011. The Japan Coast Guard has flown various legacy models of the Sikorsky S-76® helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Feb-12

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Helijet operates highest time S76 at 37,025 airframe hours

Helijet operates highest time S76 at 37,025 airframe hours

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today recognized Helijet International as operator of the world’s highest airtime Sikorsky S-76® airframe — an S-76A helicopter (serial number 760074) with 37,025 flight hours. Vancouver-based Helijet operates North America’s largest scheduled helicopter service. Since 1986, aircraft 760074, an S-76A helicopter operating in Helijet’s airline… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Feb-12

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Bond Offshore Helicopters orders 16 Sikorsky S92s

Bond Offshore Helicopters orders 16 Sikorsky S92s

Sikorsky Aircraft today announced that Bond Aviation Group, the British helicopter operator and subsidiary company of the World Helicopters Group, has signed a contract to buy 16 S-92® helicopters. The purchase is the largest one-time acquisition of S-92 aircraft ever received by Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are deeply honored by… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Feb-12

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StandardAero Receives Rolls-Royce Customer Service Award

StandardAero Receives Rolls-Royce Customer Service Award

StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company, received the Rolls-Royce Customer Satisfaction Award last night at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception. “StandardAero is proud of its long-standing relationship with Rolls-Royce and being recognized for our achievements in customer service by such a well-respected market leader is something we’re very proud of and honored to… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 14-Feb-12

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StandardAero Advocates Industry MRO Excellence with M250® Customer Training Programs

StandardAero Advocates Industry MRO Excellence with M250® Customer Training Programs

StandardAero’s Helicopter Programs business announced today that 2011 was another successful year for its M250 industry training efforts, certifying 130 students from 38 different companies/agencies in ten different countries. Course participants came from across the globe, including Canada, U.S., France, Australia, Singapore, New Guinea, Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Bangladesh. The one-to-two week courses provided… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 14-Feb-12

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StandardAero Signs Three FBOs as Rolls-Royce Support Centers

StandardAero Signs Three FBOs as Rolls-Royce Support Centers

StandardAero announced today that it has signed three 6-year agreements with Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) in Brazil, Mexico, and Guatemala. Helipark Taxi Aereo E Manutencao Aeronautica Ltda. (Helipark) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Servicio Tecnico Aereo De Mexico (STAM) of Mexico City, Mexico, and Aeroservicios AVE, S.A. (AVESA) of Guatemala City, Guatemala have signed with StandardAero… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 14-Feb-12

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StandardAero appoints new head of Helicopter Programs Business Unit

StandardAero appoints new head of Helicopter Programs Business Unit

StandardAero has appointed Manny Atwal as Vice President of StandardAero’s Helicopter Programs business. Atwal previously served as Vice President of StandardAero’s Turboprops business. “Contributing to StandardAero’s market leadership is its diverse balance in multiple aviation markets,” said Kim Olson, Senior Vice President, Helicopters, Energy & Engineering, StandardAero. “Having business leaders who understand the broader context… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 14-Feb-12

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StandardAero’s Helicopter Programs Business Achieves Top Marks in Customer Satisfaction

StandardAero’s Helicopter Programs Business Achieves Top Marks in Customer Satisfaction

StandardAero Helicopter Programs checks in to Heli-Expo 2012 with a newly coined moniker: #1 in Customer Satisfaction. The ranking is based on customer feedback data acquired by independent market research firm, Ducker Worldwide. Complementary to the positive results from the Ducker surveys, in 2010 and 2011, StandardAero also received the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network’s Customer Satisfaction… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 14-Feb-12

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Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods and American Eurocopter enter pilot training agreement

Air Methods has entered into a lease agreement with American Eurocopter to use its AS350 Level B full motion flight simulator for the operator’s pilot training program. Pending final FAA approval of the training course, the program is anticipated to begin simulator training in the second quarter of this year. “Full motion simulation has not… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter delivers 250th EC135 in the US

American Eurocopter today announced the delivery of its 250th EC135®. The milestone helicopter was recently delivered to Med-Trans Corporation of Dallas. “It has been a year of milestones for American Eurocopter,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This 250th delivery of an EC135 showcases the popularity of the platform in the United… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 14-Feb-12

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American Eurocopter delivers 3,000th aircraft

American Eurocopter delivers 3,000th aircraft

From Heli-Expo 2012, American Eurocopter today announced that it reached a corporate milestone with the delivery of its 3,000th aircraft at the end of 2011: an EC130 delivered to Air Methods Corporation, the world’s largest air medical transportation provider. “This is yet another distinguished milestone in our company’s history in the United States,” said Marc… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Feb-12

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Belgian operator NHV orders ten EC175s

Belgian operator NHV orders ten EC175s

Eurocopter has expanded its EC175 order book with Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen’s 10-aircraft acquisition of this new seven metric ton-category helicopter. Deliveries of the EC175s will begin next year for Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) and are to continue through 2015, with the rotary-wing aircraft equipped for missions that include transportation flights for the oil and gas… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Feb-12

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Aspen Evolution Flight Displays now a Robinson Factory Option

Aspen Evolution Flight Displays now a Robinson Factory Option

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display system, announced today that the Evolution Primary Flight Display (PFD) system will be made available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44, and R66 series helicopters. The option is currently being evaluated and is expected to be available in late 2012. Aspen’s Evolution Flight… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 13-Feb-12

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Turbomeca creates partnership to provide unique benefits for Milestone’s leasing customers

Turbomeca creates partnership to provide unique benefits for Milestone’s leasing customers

Leading helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca (Safran group), and Milestone Aviation Group, the world’s pre-eminent helicopter lessor, announced at Heli-Expo today the beginning of an expansive partnership between the two companies. Through the Global Support Partnership, Turbomeca and Milestone are jointly developing new engine support solutions and services for Milestone’s lease customers around the world. The… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 13-Feb-12

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Japan signs for another 28 Enstrom TH-480s

Japan signs for another 28 Enstrom TH-480s

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a contract today for the follow on 28 aircraft contract with their Representative, Aero Facility Co. Ltd., of Japan, at the HAI convention.   This signing, which took place on Feb. 13, 2012 at the Enstrom display, follows a contract awarding the aircraft between the Japanese government and Enstrom’s Japanese representative.  The… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 13-Feb-12

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AW609 Tiltrotor Programme Update

AW609 Tiltrotor Programme Update

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is moving forward with the development of the AW609 tiltrotor programme following the completion of its acquisition in November 2011. The company will continue the certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration targeting AW609 certification in the first half of 2016 and deliveries following immediately afterwards. To do so AgustaWestland has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Sloane Helicopters signs distribution agreement for GrandNew helicopters

Sloane Helicopters signs distribution agreement for GrandNew helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Sloane Helicopters Ltd of the United Kingdom has signed a multiyear distribution agreement covering a significant number of GrandNew light twin helicopters through to 2014. On signing the distribution agreement Sloane Helicopters has also signed a firm order for the first two helicopters. Sloane Helicopters has… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Synergy Aerospace renews Distributor Agreement for AW in Brazil

Synergy Aerospace renews Distributor Agreement for AW in Brazil

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Synergy Aerospace, a division of Synergy Group, has renewed its distribution agreement for the sale of AW119, AW109 Power and GrandNew helicopters in the Brazilian corporate and VIP transport market. AgustaWestland and Synergy Aerospace first signed a distributor agreement in 2006 and have seen strong growth… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing delivers Bell 206L-3 to PJ Helicopters

Cadorath Leasing announced today it has delivered a Bell 206L-3 aircraft to PJ Helicopters of Red Bluff, California. To enhance its fleet, PJ Helicopters approached Cadorath Aerospace to fill the requirements of its Part 135 operation. Cadorath fits aircraft with new interiors, new paint, new wiring, new avionics packages and mid-time to new components. PJ… Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 13-Feb-12

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Sikorsky launches web-based HELOTRAC 2Xâ„¢ maintenance management software

Sikorsky launches web-based HELOTRAC 2Xâ„¢ maintenance management software

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the launch of its new HELOTRAC 2X software system supporting Sikorsky’s commercial rotary platforms. Offering advanced features over Sikorsky’s legacy HELOTRAC RL® system, this new web-based program records, manages and reports essential information for enhanced fleet management operations. SAS is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Feb-12

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Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce announces new M250 upgrade kit for Bell 407 and MD600

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will deliver a new Value Improvement Program (VIP) upgrade kit for M250 engines, which power Bell 407 and MD600 helicopters. The upgrade will offer increased power in “hot and high” operations and reduced fuel burn. During rigorous engine tests, the VIP upgrade kit reduced fuel burn by 2 percent… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Feb-12

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GrandNew enters Japan’s Corporate/VIP market

GrandNew enters Japan’s Corporate/VIP market

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kaigai Aviotech Corporation are pleased to announce the first sale of a GrandNew light twin helicopter for corporate/VIP transport in the Japanese market. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to its customer in late 2012. The GrandNew in addition to having now been selected for VIP/corporate transport role in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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AgustaWestland Commences Major Training Academy Expansion

AgustaWestland Commences Major Training Academy Expansion

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has commenced construction work on a new simulator hall at its “A. Marchetti” Training Academy located in Sesto Calende, Italy. The new simulator hall will be able to house up to nine full-flight simulators (FFSs) and six flight training devices (FTDs). The new facility will accommodate FFSs for various aircraft including… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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First AW189 Full Flight Simulator to enter service in 2013 with Rotorsim

First AW189 Full Flight Simulator to enter service in 2013 with Rotorsim

Rotorsim, a consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, will operate the world’s first AgustaWestland AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS). The CAE 3000 Series simulator will be installed at AgustaWestland’s “A. Marchetti” Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy and will be available for training from the third quarter 2013. John Ponsonby, AgustaWestland’s Senior… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Life Flight Network orders 15 AW119Ke Helicopters

Life Flight Network orders 15 AW119Ke Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce Life Flight Network has signed a contract for 15 AW119Ke helicopters to meet its future air medical helicopter transport requirements. The contract was signed today by Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO, and Bruno Spagnolini, AgustaWestland’s CEO during a ceremony held at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Aircraft… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Arrow Aviation appointed Authorized Service Centre for AW119 and AW139

Arrow Aviation appointed Authorized Service Centre for AW119 and AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Arrow Aviation has been appointed as an AgustaWestland Service Centre in the USA for the AW119 single engine and the AW139 medium twin helicopters. Headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, Arrow Aviation will provide maintenance and repair services as well as maintaining a spare parts inventory for these… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Gulf Helicopters orders fifteen AW189s

Gulf Helicopters orders fifteen AW189s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed a preliminary sale contract for fifteen AW189 helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport missions. Bruno Spagnolini, Chief Executive Officer, AgustaWestland, said “It gives us great pleasure to add Gulf Helicopters to the list of customers who… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12

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Brazil certifies Donaldson inlet barrier filters for AW109E/S/SP

Brazil certifies Donaldson inlet barrier filters for AW109E/S/SP

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system for the AgustaWestland AW109 Power, Grand and Grand New (E/S/SP) helicopters. Donaldson produces the only IBF available for these aircraft. With… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 13-Feb-12

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Innovation – significant reduction in rotor blade tip noise

Innovation – significant reduction in rotor blade tip noise

HELIOS Hubschraubertransport GmbH presents the patented new SilentEcoWing – System to producers and experts at Heli Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The project was inspired by nature: A bird gliding almost  soundlessly. „We reflected how to minimize the noise generated at the rotor blade tips“, said Mr. Walter Enthammer, the General Manager. The result of… Read more »

Source: Helios, 13-Feb-12

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Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Van Horn Aviation Unveils Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor Blade Prototype

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will display a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail rotor blade here at Heli-Expo Booth No. 9651. Designed by VHA engineers in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron representatives, the new tail rotor blade is predicted to increase tail rotor authority while reducing pilot workload and eliminating inspections… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Feb-12

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Lease Corporation International buys AW helicopters to start leasing business

Lease Corporation International buys AW helicopters to start leasing business

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of global conglomerate the Libra Group, and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have signed an agreement covering the purchase of a fleet of AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters for a new division being set up by the lessor. The related contract, which also includes options, is valued in excess… Read more »

Source: Libra Group, 13-Feb-12

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