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December 19, 2014
On Dec. 18, DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), a Montreal-based designer and manufacturer of flight management, navigation and other high-tech avionics systems. Under the...
December 19, 2014
North Flight Data Systems (NORTH FDS) has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Heli-Flight to equip their EC130 and AS350B3 helicopters with their integrated flight data system. NORTH FDS has applied to Transport Canada for validation of their AS350/EC130B4 FAA STC, which will cover AS350B3 and EC130B4 installations. The first Canadian installations will be performed on Phoenix Heli-Flight’s...
December 19, 2014
AgustaWestland has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on offset contracts with four major companies in the Polish industrial sector representing various regions and areas of expertise. The official signing ceremony was held on Dec. 18, 2014 at the headquarters of...
December 18, 2014
The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received renewal for Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Part 147 certification and approval to conduct six new technical training courses at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center. The CAAS approval expands the BTA’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia Pacific region. The certification...
December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 18, 2014
Rockwell Collins has received a $420 million, four-year contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for continued deliveries of the ARC-210 advanced airborne software defined radio (SDR) system. The system is...
December 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016. The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with...
December 17, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), Dec. 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, Calif. The MQ-8B Fire Scout was operated...
December 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has won a support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years.   Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Colonel Uwe Klein, commander of the German...
December 16, 2014
AgustaWestland has congratulated the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard for promoting two pilots to Command Officers in the country’s first search and rescue (SAR) helicopter unit, and for recognizing licensure of five engineers by the Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority. These...
December 15, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated Airbus Helicopters China’s flight training and support services as part of the COHC (CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company) general aviation maintenance and engineering company (CGAMEC).  EASA has awarded Part 145 certification to the CGAMEC’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities in Shenzhen. This allows the overhaul...
December 15, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced today that its fleet of Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has recently passed the milestone of 250,000 flight hours. Since entering service in 2007, the V-22 has seen extensive service within the US Military. It was used heavily in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of...
December 12, 2014
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will begin the production of Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) in a new facility located near Bangalore, India in three and a half years according to reports in the Indian media. The Hindu online reported that HAL received documents for 610 acres of land around the town...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 11, 2014
Adrian Board, president and CEO of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, has announced that three of the company’s pilots are the recipients of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Paul Edwards, Pietro Venanzi and Dan Wells were selected on Sept. 27 for their work with AW609 program. SEPT established the Iven C. Kincheloe award in 1958...
December 11, 2014
AgustaWestland is under contract to deliver four new helicopters to customers in Italy, Vietnam and Japan. The first helicopter, an AW169, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2015 to the Italian transport company HoverFly Srl. The helicopter will perform passenger transport missions from the company’s base near Rome. The new AW169 will replace HoverFly’s aging AS365, providing greater...
December 11, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to the French Army, following its Nov. 21 qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament. The new Tigers will join those already in service, which have been deployed to Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Somalia, Libya and Mali. Photo courtesy Airbus...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
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