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Entries for March 2011

Blackcomb Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer, Sacha McLean, today announced that Steve Wright has been appointed Vice President.  This appointment coincides with the expansion of Blackcomb Aviation’s fleet and executive travel services in response to renewed interest from the public and private sector in jet and helicopter charters, and aircraft management services.

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing S-61 market

Richmond, BC - Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector - www.vectoraerospace.com) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is working hard to ensure it remains ahead of the curve in relation to its ability to offer comprehensive engine; dynamic component; airframe and electrical and avionics support for S-61 and Sea King fleets operating throughout the world.

Vector Aerospace offers customizable UH-1 Upgrade Program

Richmond, BC - Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector - www.vectoraerospace.com) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has launched a unique UH-1H helicopter upgrade program; ready for delivery to operators around the globe.

Vector Aerospace receives Federal Aviation Administration approval for AS355 glass cockpit installations

Langley, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector - www.vectoraerospace.com), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has recently been granted a Federal Aviation Administration amendment to its existing Supplemental Type Certificate (STC); #SR02341AK, to provide an Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS, or “glass cockpit installation”) and Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Eurocopter AS355F1 and AS355F2 series helicopters.

Becker Avionics announces ETSO Certification for new Audio Control Panel ACU6101 8TX

HeliExpo2011, Orlando, FL, March 7, 2011 – Becker Avionics announced the receipt of ETSO certification for the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6101, 8TX panel. The ACU6101, 8TX panel version has been specifically designed to meet the operator requirements for a dedicated Cabin Audio Control Panel.

Metro Aviation, Inc Develops First Air Medical EC155B1 Interior for US based Customer

As the result of a recent competitive bid award, Metro Aviation, Inc. will finish three Eurocopter EC155B1 critical care transport helicopters for The University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight program.  Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Survival Flight will enter service with their first EC155B1 in September 2011 and will replace the current fleet of Bell 430s with the three new helicopters.  Survival Flight initiated service as the first air medical program in the state of Michigan in 1983 and will be the first to operate civil air medical EC155s in the United States

Professional Aviation Associates Enters the Rotorcraft Business

Atlanta, Ga., March 3, 2011 – Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has formed a Global Helicopter Support Parts Group and is now serving rotorcraft operators.

Wichita, Kan., March 3, 2011 – Greenwich AeroGroup is headed into next week’s Heli Expo in Orlando, Fla., with one thing in mind – to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer

CAE closes acquisition of CHC Helicopter's training operations and becomes CHC Helicopter's training provider

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) and CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter services, announced today, at the eve of Heli-Expo 2011, the closing of the acquisition by CAE of CHC Helicopter's helicopter flight training operations. They also announced the execution of the agreement that will see CAE become CHC's long-term training partner, responsible for training more than 2,000 helicopter pilots and maintenance engineers as well as providing general training, pilot provisioning and certain types of search and rescue training in support of CHC's global fleet.

CAE and Lider Aviacao announce joint venture to provide helicopter training in South America

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2011) - (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) CAE and Lider Aviacao, the largest helicopter operator in Brazil, announced today on the eve of Heli Expo 2011, an agreement to form a joint venture company that will provide advanced, simulation-based, helicopter pilot training in South America in early 2012. The new joint venture company will purchase the first full-motion Level D CAE 3000 Series full-flight simulator (FFS), which will replicate the Sikorsky S-76C++ aircraft. This brings the total number of FFS sales that CAE has announced so far during fiscal year 2011 to 23.

For decades, ATL’s Petro-Flex® Pillow Bladders have been industry’s mainstay for safely carrying 25 to 250 gallons of auxiliary fuel in planes, boats, trailers and off-road equipment.  Now, with a footprint only half that of a “pillow-bladder”, the new collapsible “FueLocker”™ becomes even more ideal for ships, yachts, trucks, defense vehicles , first-responders and refuel-depots.

Rich Gross joins Metro Aviation as assistant director of operations

March 6, 2011 - Shreveport, LA  -- Metro Aviation, Inc. has announced that Richard E. “Rich” Gross has recently been hired as the Assistant Director of Operations for the company

Becker Avionics Signs Service Center and Dealer Agreement with JAMCO for Japan

HeliExpo 2011, Orlando, FL, March 6, 2011 – Becker Avionics, a leading provider of communication, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications, announced today that it has entered into a service center and dealer agreement with JAMCO.

Thales enhances its TopDeck avionics suite on board Sikorsky S-76DTM helicopter

Thales announced today that it has been working on significant functional enhancements on its TopDeck avionics suite in order to anticipate operators requests, which will contribute to further improving the helicopter’s performance.

Sandel Debuts In-flight Comparison Video of HeliTAWS and HTAWS Systems at HAI

Vista, CA, (March 5, 2011)—Sandel Avionics has revealed dramatic side-by-side comparison video footage of its advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system and the HTAWS software option for the Garmin® GNS™ 430W that points out the difference in performance between HeliTAWS and a MOPS (minimum operating performance standard) unit.

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