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December 17, 2013
Hawke Aerospace Holdings has hired Jim Fisher as president of its Uniflight subsidiary in Grand Prairie, Texas, which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for...
December 17, 2013
Germany's Landespoliz Baden Württemberg is the first law enforcement operator to order the Eurocopter EC145 T2 twin-engine helicopter. The German state police force...
December 16, 2013
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has reached an agreement with Avstar Media to provide a computer-based training program for Metro operators. The...
December 16, 2013
Waypoint Leasing has secured an agreement to provide new technology medium and heavy rotorcraft, including the Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW139, to oil and gas operator...
December 13, 2013
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts has completed a night vision goggle (NVG)...
December 13, 2013
An immediate inspection of the gearboxes of the United Kingdom’s fleet of Westland Sea King helicopters was initiated at the end of November after the emergency landing on October 13 by a search and rescue (SAR) Sea King helicopter in Scotland. The Royal Navy Sea King Mk5 (ZA130) helicopter, based at HMS Gannet, at Prestwick airport in Scotland, developed a gearbox problem...
December 12, 2013
Robinson has received an order from Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Universal Helicopters for four R44s...
December 12, 2013
Christie Digital Systems has obtained a contract from Aero Simulation to provide 12 Matrix StIM WQ LED projectors as part of an upgrade for the...
December 11, 2013
The Italian Police have added a fifth AgustaWestland AW139 to their aerial law enforcement fleet. The...
December 11, 2013
Bell Helicopter has announced it will install the final assembly line for the new five-seat short light single (SLS) at Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) in Louisiana. There, the company plans to create 115 direct jobs and an estimated 136 indirect jobs. The investment in equipment and tooling is valued at $11.4 million. “We considered several sites for this new facility, and Louisiana’s...
December 11, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted a $33-million contract to the Bell-Boeing Joint Project in Amarillo, Texas. The agreement covers engineering and technical support for...
December 10, 2013
Quest Aviation Services has expanded its international sales representation for MD Helicopters by announcing that it will now sell the OEM’s multi-mission range (500, 600 and 902 Explorer) into India and China. This was predicted by Quest’s commercial director Mike Creed at the Dubai...
December 9, 2013
Eurocopter is bringing two of the newest members of its twin-engine rotorcraft line, the next-generation EC175 and upgraded EC145 T2, to Asia for a three-week tour demonstrating the helicopters to oil and gas, charter, law...
December 9, 2013
Predictions of the worst storm surge along Britain’s eastern seaboard since 1957 came true late last week, the UK’s Environment Agency has confirmed. More than 50 severe flood warnings were...
December 6, 2013
The National Aerial Firefighting Center has selected Australian Helicopters to support its aerial firefighting efforts over the...
December 6, 2013
Russian Helicopters has handed over a second commercial multirole Mi-171 to Airfast Indonesia. The company will use the Mi-171 to...
December 5, 2013
Rockwell Collins will continue to supply its image generators for Boeing’s Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) through the provision of its EP-8000.  LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said...
December 5, 2013
Bell Helicopter parent company Textron has reached agreements to purchase two flight simulation and training providers, Mechtronix and OPINICUS. Combined with the training and simulation business of Textron Systems, the two...
December 4, 2013
AgustaWestland secured orders for a total of 23 AW169s and AW189s during the recent Dubai Air Show, including configurations for the offshore, law enforcement and VIP/corporate markets. The largest order involves 15 AW189s going to Gulf Helicopters for offshore operations, making it the first Middle East operator to fly the AW189. The Qatar-based operator currently has a fleet of 15 AW139s, with three more...
December 4, 2013
The U.S. Army’s 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion has transitioned the first Boeing AH-64E Apache into initial operating capability (IOC) status. The battalion, referred...
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