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June 6, 2014
The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.   Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked...
June 6, 2014
Heli-One has opened a new hangar in Rzeszow, Poland which will benefit customers in the Europe and the Middle East and who operate “heavy” helicopters. Heli-One, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopter, is an independent provider of...
June 6, 2014
Sikorsky Innovations, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, has crowned a team from Danbury High School as the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge. Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of education and Connecticut businesses, and Connecticut Innovations, an organization...
June 6, 2014
[Avionics Today June 6, 2014] Within the next 10-20 years, aerospace technology is going to evolve even more than it has during the first century of commercial aviation which is being commemorated in 2014, according to a speech given by Honeywell Aerospace Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Carl Esposito, during the 2014 RTCA Global Aviation Symposium.   Avionics Magazine...
June 5, 2014
Shadin has delivered its DO-178 Level A custom AIS-360 data converter less than 30 days after initial contact by customer Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Enabled by the Avionics Interface...
June 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered a new EC155 to ShandsCair Flight Program, the air medical transport service of UF Health. The helicopter is customized for transporting critically ill patients and will be operated by Med-Trans Corp. The new helicopter was recently delivered from Metro Aviation in Shreveport, which designed and...
June 5, 2014
Robinson Helicopter Company has received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place...
June 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Prague, Czech Republic facility has delivered two commercially registered Bell 429 aircraft to Turkey. The aircraft were delivered to Saran Aviation and were customized in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) configuration. The modification also included...
June 5, 2014
[Aviation Today June 5, 2014] Boeing has released its annual environmental report, and its major rival--French airframe manufacturer Airbus--released highlights of its own goals with reducing its environmental impact.     The report from Boeing sets a goal of keeping its greenhouse gas emissions, water intake and solid waste to landfills at the same level by the end of 2017 as it was in...
June 4, 2014
Cochise County, located in the southeast corner of Arizona, has taken delivery of its first-ever law enforcement helicopter. The aircraft, a Bell 206L4, is part of a one-year lease program between Airwest Helicopters of Glendale, Ariz., the Cochise County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and the Sierra Vista Police Department (SVPD). The $1.5-million program is being funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, a...
June 4, 2014
[Avionics Today June 4, 2014] Aviation industry leaders are in Washington D.C. this week for the annual RTCA global aviation symposium to discuss the challenges of completing the FAA's modernization of its air traffic system.  From Left: Air Wisconsin CEO James Rankin, Lilian Ryals, senior vice president and general manager, CAASD at the Mitre Corp., Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, John...
June 4, 2014
[Aviation Today June 4, 2104] Airbus has completed the first two flights involving passengers with its A350 XWB MSN 2 flight testing aircraft.   Air France and Lufthansa completed two flights with passengers and cabin crews.  Airbus said the...
June 4, 2014
[Avionics Today June 4, 2014] EASA has issued a Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the navAero Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) system on the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Under the STC, dual aircraft mounting structures are approved for...
June 4, 2014
[Avionics Today June 4, 2014] Boeing announced the opening of the Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil (BR&T-Brazil) center, which will focus on aerospace technology and research in aviation biofuel development, remote sensing...
June 3, 2014
Staverton-based Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to install the next generation of missions system equipment into the National Police Air Service (NPAS) fleet. The work, valued at between $8 million and $16 million, will see...
June 3, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has updated its EC145 T2 in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. To increase the EC145 T2’s adaptability in HEMS missions, Airbus Helicopters will introduce new cabin installation features that include the latest equipment definitions. Airbus Helicopters has also developed an outfitting option called EMS Fixed Provisions for this 4-metricton-category...
June 3, 2014
The Canadian Press, a news organization based in Toronto, is reporting that government documents recently obtained under the Canadian equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S., show that the FAA and EASA made "strenuous objections" over Transport Canada's (TC) handling of a special weight exemption for the Bell 429. The exemption, which was granted in 2012, allows the aircraft to...
June 3, 2014
[Avionics Today June 3, 2014] The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has confirmed that it's Aircraft Tracking Task Force (ATTF) will propose a solution for enhancing global aircraft tracking to the aviation industry before "year-end."   IATA formed the ATTF following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in an effort to bring together aviation industry...
June 3, 2014
[Avionics Today June 3, 2014] The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory issued a $4 million contract to Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) to develop an inlet and exhaust damage registration sensor for high...
June 2, 2014
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its final report into a near miss involving a Bell 412 Westpac rescue helicopter and an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), highlighting the dangers of UAVs operating above 400 feet without approval. The incident occurred in late March at 2200 hours (10:00 pm) when the Westpac helicopter took off from John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, New...
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