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January 30, 2015
Iridium Communications Inc. and Appareo Systems, LLC have announced a partnership to provide advanced telematics solutions enabled with global connectivity to a number of key industries. Appareo, a recognized leader in providing innovative electronic and software solutions for original equipment manufacturers in the agriculture, general aviation and aerospace, and construction industries will extend global...
January 29, 2015
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a leading global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions for land mobile, maritime and aviation assets, has made significant upgrades to SkyRouter’s extensive Alert Notification system.   Photo courtesy Blue Sky Network SkyRouter is Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based web portal and mapping solution, which communicates with remote devices over the...
January 28, 2015
Turbomeca has received EASA type-certification for its Ariel 2N turboshaft engine, the newest addition to the Arriel 2+ family. The engine first ran in September of 2011, and it offers lower operating costs along with increased reliability and performance compared to its predecessors. It features a new axial compressor, new high-pressure compressor diffuser, new high-pressure turbine material and...
January 28, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine...
January 28, 2015
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma, a global product development and manufacturing company, to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft...
January 27, 2015
The first Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize approximately 15 EC135 T2+ trainers, along with...
January 26, 2015
Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The...
January 26, 2015
Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide new-generation avionics upgrades for select piston aircraft and turbine helicopters operating in the Agency’s fleet. The contract covers the installation of Garmin EFIS and touchscreen avionics along with...
January 23, 2015
Metro Aviation subsidiary PAC International completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter, and also received certification for the...
January 23, 2015
SAE International is searching for a team of rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and hoist manufacturers to serve on the newly formed...
January 22, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments and is approved for year-round operations. EC130T2 operators can now benefit from reduced operating costs via...
January 21, 2015
Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System and the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot as options on new 2015 R66 Turbine helicopters. The G500H is a combination Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) that provides flight instrument, moving map navigation, and situational awareness information on dual screens. Garmin’s Helicopter...
January 16, 2015
After years of maturation and prototype testing, helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing, or 3D printing process at its Bordes facility in France. The facility is one of the first of its kind to serial produce additive components for France's aerospace propulsion industry.   Photo courtesy Turbomeca Arrano test and...
January 16, 2015
Helicopter pilot training school Guidance Aviation has installed Garmin G500H glass panels on its helicopter fleet. Last year, the organization, with flight operations in Prescott, Ariz. and Baton Rouge, La., announced its decision to upgrade its aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations complete.   Photo courtesy of Guidance...
January 14, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus' AS350 B3 helicopter with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA's 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able to...
January 13, 2015
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. Army to provide two Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainer (MBRAT) Virtual Immersive Environment (VIE) training systems with the CH-47F Chinook Avionics configuration. The order is valued at approximately $1.4 million, including life cycle support services...
January 12, 2015
AgustaWestland’s new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-metric ton class helicopter has entered full-scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first customers scheduled to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The AW169 flight test program, using...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
January 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Able Aerospace with the parts manufacturer approval (PMA) of a new tail rotor fan shaft replacement part for the Bell 407...
January 8, 2015
Originally designed for use by military forces, SEI Industries’ High-Pressure Aviation Refueling System (HPARS) is now available for civilian commercial use.   Photo courtesy SEI Industries   Best defined as a durable, portable method of fueling and de-fueling jet fuel to and from aircraft and fuel tanker trucks, the HPARS uses a self-priming centrifugal pump...
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