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June 10, 2014
[Avionics Today June 10, 2014] Thales has completed its acquisition of In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) provider LiveTV from JetBlue Airways for $399 million in cash, the New York-based airline said.    JetBlue first began offering LiveTV with DirecTV programming in 2000, and then acquired 100 percent...
June 10, 2014
[Avionics Today June 10, 2014] Canadian air cargo transportation airline Cargojet has signed a $100 million financing agreement with Element Financial Corp. to add three new Boeing 767-300ER freighter aircraft. The airline is looking to...
June 9, 2014
Quebec Provincial Police have confirmed that three prisoners used a helicopter to escape from the Orsainville detention center in Quebec City. The breakout occurred during the evening hours of June 7, launching a manhunt that covers a wide swath of eastern Canada and the United States. “A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three...
June 9, 2014
AgustaWestland and Havelsan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and jointly market and sell their complementary training products and capabilities. Witnessed by the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense...
June 9, 2014
UTair Group has restructured the insurance program for its helicopter fleet, covering and expanding the number and types of insurance risks. The new policy provides hull coverage on helicopters of the Mil family, including Russian-built Mi-8AMT/MTV, Mi-171 and Mi-26 helicopters and the Kamov...
June 9, 2014
[Avionics Today June 9, 2014] The FAA has approved the opening of its third congressionally mandated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) testing site at Desert Rock Airport in Nevada.    Researchers at the Nevada location will fly the ScanEagle UAS at or below 3,000 feet, and will use site operations to evaluate the ability for unmanned aircraft to fly safely at an airport. Upon authorizing the...
June 9, 2014
[Aviation Today June 9, 2014] The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued an operating permit to NetJets China to begin operations.  China will be...
June 9, 2014
[Avionics Today June 9, 2014] The Swiss Armed Forces has selected Elbit Systems' Hermes 900 HFE as the replacement for its current Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Under a...
June 9, 2014
[Avionics Today June 9, 2014] American Airlines has signed an agreement with Gogo to add Air to Ground (ATG) in-flight connectivity on a fleet of 30 new Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGen...
June 6, 2014
EuroTec Canada and SkyTrac Systems have successfully captured and transmitted data from a helicopter vehicle engine monitoring device (VEMD) into engineering units...
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...
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