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March 26, 2015
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group is producing the transparencies for the S-97 RAIDER™ rotorcraft prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. PPG designs and manufactures the transparencies at its Sylmar, Calif., facility, and has delivered ship sets to Sikorsky for two S-97 prototypes. The 14-square-foot windshields are constructed with polycarbonate laminates for high-impact...
March 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced multiple letters of intent (LOIs) with three Middle Eastern operators. The company received a LOI from BBM Inc. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a Bell 525 Relentless, from K Aircraft Leasing for two Bell 525s, and...
March 26, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) covering the third five-year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The latest contract, valued at approximately £580 million (approximately €790 million), provides a comprehensive availability-based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period of...
March 25, 2015
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has chosen Vector Aerospace to to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the department's three Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Pumas. The inspection will also include...
March 25, 2015
Avionica, a satellite communications equipment manufacturer known for its multiple safety certifications for airliners, has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, and most are streaming data over the company’s 3G/4G cellular module.      Avionica miniQAR III installed on an EC635. Photo courtesy of...
March 25, 2015
On March 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., officials from the International Paris Air Show said that a sizeable presence was expected from helicopter industry companies at this year’s event. Addressing the press were four officials from the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), which organizes the show, including: Emeric d’Arcimoles, chairman and chief...
March 24, 2015
This month, at the 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD), Airbus Helicopters will discuss its commitment to international peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. The company will emphasize its helicopter solutions that can provide air transport efficiency to...
March 24, 2015
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee has released its third annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight (LOCI) and runway excursions – which, according to the committee’s research, shows should be primary risk-mitigation targets for all operators. The committee also identified the following safety...
March 24, 2015
Northrop Grumman has selected the Wind River 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter. As a part of the Wind River product portfolio of safe and secure operating systems, VxWorks 653 is a commercial...
March 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has initiated a month-long customer tour in Brazil of its H145. During visits to the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the H145 will be presented to civilian and offshore operators, along with governmental and military agencies.   Photo by Jay Miller, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The H145 – previously known as the EC145...
March 23, 2015
Sikorsky’s newest commercial aircraft, the S-76D helicopter, arrived in Malaysia, beginning the Southeast Asia leg of its demonstration tour. The international demonstration began at the SkyPark Aviation Center in Subang, Malaysia, and was to be on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) ‘15 until March 21. Sikorsky...
March 23, 2015
Hooman Yazhari has started with CHC Helicopter as general counsel and chief administrative officer. Mr. Yazhari is succeeding Michael O’Neill as general counsel. Mr. Yazhari has more than a decade of experience as an executive in the aviation sector, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel of International Lease Finance Corporation. He served in leadership roles at Gategroup, an...
March 20, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology...
March 20, 2015
Bell Helicopter has officially opened its new Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. office in Tokyo, Japan.  Located in Ebisu Garden Place Tower, the new office is within walking distance of the headquarters of long-standing business partner, Fuji Heavy Industries. In celebration of the company’s rich history in the market and commitment to expanding its offerings in Japan, a series of events were...
March 20, 2015
Erickson Incorporated, a global provider of aviation services, today announced changes to the composition of its board of directors that it believes strengthen its governance and reinforce its commitment to independence. Gary Scott, a director...
March 19, 2015
Semco Maritime, a global project engineering company focusing on the offshore energy sector, has selected Becker Avionics' new ADS-B Traffic Localization And Surveillance System (ATLASS) for offshore flight tracking. ADS-B technology makes flying...
March 19, 2015
Malaysia’s MHS Aviation Berhad today received an Award of Appreciation that acknowledged its world-class achievements in operations for the oil and gas sector using Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft. This award was presented by Airbus Helicopters Vice President Christopher Grainger, the head of Oil & Gas Sales, to MHS Aviation Executive Director Mohsein bin Ma’som, during the...
March 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced its show plans for the 12th edition of the International Aviation Tradeshow and Convention, 2015 AeroExpo in Toluca, Mexico, March 19-21. The company will showcase the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X full-size aircraft mockup will...
March 19, 2015
Weststar Group has signed a contract for three helicopters from AgustaWestland: one AW119Kx, one GrandNew and one AW169. This latest contract brings Weststar Group's total number of AgustaWestland helicopters to 40. With this order, subsidiary Weststar General Aviation Sdn Bhd will begin using AgustaWestland helicopters for executive transport services, after years of successful offshore missions using the AW139...
March 18, 2015
Rusada, a global provider of fleet and MRO software, has renewed their partnership with Airbus Helicopters to provide the backbone of Airbus Helicopters’ connected services to the rotorcraft market. The partnership will focus on the development, delivery and support of modular, scalable and connected solutions for maintainers and operators of helicopters around the world.  Identifying the...
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