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May 4, 2015
Erickson Incorporated will release its earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Monday, May 11, 2015 after the market closes. Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the...
May 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd. has announced today that as of midnight New York City time on May 1, 2015, the expiration date, $20,755,150 aggregate principal amount of outstanding 9.375% Senior Notes due 2021 of CHC Helicopter S.A., its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, had been tendered and not withdrawn in the previously...
May 4, 2015
Aerospace and professional services provider Nova Systems is expanding its European business (Nova Systems UK) with the purchase of an Airbus Helicopter H135. The fully-instrumented aircraft will be used to test the latest sensors...
May 1, 2015
At AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015, Rockwell Collins (Booth 701) will showcase a range of avionics solutions - including certified flight controls, data links and navigation technologies - all aimed at addressing the integration challenges facing the UAS community.   Photo courtesy...
May 1, 2015
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA, aimed at providing a new strategy for...
May 1, 2015
The global aerospace and defense company AAR has earned Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards at two of its operating units — Aircraft Component Repair (ACS) in Amsterdam and Defense Systems Logistics (DSL) in Havelock, N.C. — for the fifth straight year. Boeing issues the awards annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance for each...
April 30, 2015
On March 26, Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation, using the UAS Control Segment (UCS) Architecture and K-MAX® cargo helicopter.   Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin During the demonstration, ground operators responded to a distress call by sending an unmanned ground vehicle to assess the area and...
April 30, 2015
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a significant NextGen milestone with the completion of En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a highly advanced computer system used by air traffic controllers to safely manage high-altitude traffic. The first ERAM system went online at Salt Lake City Center in March 2012. The final installation was completed last month at New York Center. ERAM...
April 30, 2015
MRO provider Vector Aerospace UK has announced that one of its apprentices has been presented with a prestigious Silver Star at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. 23-year-old James Clement of Havant was among three other contestants to achieve this recognition. James secured his place in the final after winning the South East Regional award in February.   Final Year Apprentice Rising Stars 2014...
April 30, 2015
AHS International Chair of the Board Ed Birtwell, General Manager and VP of Turboshaft Engines at GE Aviation, have announced the results of the general elections for the AHS Board of Directors. The 2015-2016 Executive Committee members, beginning their one-year term on July 1, are as follows: Mick Maurer, previously the President of AHS International, is the incoming Chair of the Board of AHS...
April 29, 2015
DMA-Aero recently released a new reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliant MPS49 Air Data Test Set, which is applicable for all types of civil and extended range, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. The MPS49 has three independent channels for Altitude, Airspeed and Angle of Attack, and is RVSM compliant with a...
April 29, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved an increased maximum gross weight for the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 900/902 Explorer, following previous approval by the FAA in March 2013. The new max gross weight is 6,770 pounds, a 270-pound increase from the previous limit of 6,500 pounds. MDHI’s twin-engine MD...
April 29, 2015
Aviation and aerospace insurance provider USAIG has announced that, effective April 28, Michael Barrett has rejoined the USAIG team as Senior Vice President, Claims Attorney. Mr. Barrett will be based out of USAIG’s Atlanta, Ga. office...
April 29, 2015
The top priority this year for the U.S. Army’s aviation programs is to spend money allocated to them before funds get snatched back in mid-year budget shuffling, according to the service’s head of those programs. “When we have committed dollars, we have to be able to obligate and disburse them,” the service’s program executive officer (PEO) for aviation programs, Brig. Gen...
April 28, 2015
International insurance provider Global Aerospace has published a white paper discussing the necessity of managing safety and insuring against risk to promote the success of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market. The paper, entitled Unmanned Aviation Risk Management, offers a comprehensive view of crucial risk management topics related to unmanned aviation, including: The integration of...
April 28, 2015
FlightSafety International has appointed Robert McGahan as Director, Business Development, Government Training and Simulation. Bob will work with a cross-functional team to identify and pursue new business opportunities for government and military training services and flight simulation equipment. Together they will ensure that FlightSafety offers products and services that are in accordance with current...
April 28, 2015
Tradewind International, LLC, a world-wide buyer and supplier of helicopter parts, announced today that two SA365N Dauphin helicopters accepted last year from CHC Helicopter, where they last saw service in Norway, have been stripped clean. EI-MIP C/N 6119 built in 1984...
April 27, 2015
The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a world-class facility for pilot and maintenance training, recently introduced CommLab - a simulation lab providing scenario-based training and evaluation for air medical communication specialist. CommLab is the first and only of its kind for seasoned communication...
April 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 412EPI to Chongqing General Aviation (CQGA). The helicopter is the first certified Bell 412 type aircraft to operate in China and will be used for fire-fighting missions.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter A delivery ceremony was held at Bell Helicopter’s customization and delivery center in Piney...
April 27, 2015
North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry.   Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland This...
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