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Entries for October 2013

SkyTrac to Introduce Latest Product Advancements at NBAA in Las Vegas

Kelowna, BC, Canada – SkyTrac, the world’s trusted supplier of SatCom, Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) and flight following solutions, is pleased to announce they will be exhibiting at the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas October 22 to 24. The event, held by the National Business Aviation Association brings together key operators and industry leaders to discuss current industry topics and share product and technical information. SkyTrac is especially excited to share their latest innovations with the industry, including their High Resolution Data (HRD), Wi-Fi and Crash Hardened Memory Module (CHM). 

Russian Helicopters to supply new helicopters to Almaty Rescue Service

Almaty, Kazakhstan - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, and Almaty Rescue Service have signed a cooperation memorandum to supply multi-role Mi-8AMT and new light Ka-226T helicopters.

“We confirm that we can supply Almaty Rescue Service with the required quantity of helicopters within the time period required,” said Mikhail Dubrovin, Russian Helicopters’ Director of Marketing. “The helicopters will be equipped for everything that Almaty Rescue Service has to deal with.”

Branding Iron Completes Skyplan Website for NBAA

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. - Branding Iron Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations announced today that they successfully completed a website design in conjunction with members of the IT team for Skyplan Services Limited. Customers attending the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual convention in Las Vegas will be able to see the site demonstration at Skyplan's booth C10021.
"Branding Iron has provided Skyplan with a new look and design for our website with both company's teams working closely on the enhancement of our site navigation," said Executive Vice President Jim Ives.

Latitude Launches New Website within Comprehensive Web Strategy

Victoria, BC Canada - Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight following, and Satcom solutions for regional fleet operators, has launched a new public website at www.latitudetech.com.  The new website was designed and developed by US-based Branding Iron Advertising, Latitude's marketing, promotion, and publicity agency.
The new website is part of a comprehensive web strategy currently being rolled out by Latitude, which has also included installing a powerful new back-end for WebSentinel, Latitude's web-based flight following and mapping platform, and launching Latitude Flight Data Analytics, Latitude's recently announced web-based flight data analysis dashboard for the company's end-to-end FDM program.  In 2014, Latitude will be introducing myLatitude, a web-based portal for customers to manage aircraft configurations and service levels for Latitude products and services deployed in the customer's fleet.

Metro Aviation announces new Simulator Technician

Shreveport, Louisiana -- Metro Aviation and FlightSafety International (FSI) recently announced the arrival of FSI simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Metro is pleased to welcome John Forsythe as the primary Simulator Technician.  Forsythe's primary focus is to provide technical support of the simulators on a daily basis.
Forsythe retired from the United States Air Force in October of 2013 at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  As an EC130 avionics technician he supported Operations Just Cause, Desert Shield and Provide Comfort.  Forsythe moved up the ranks as an avionics quality assurance inspector, avionics lead technician and finally Production Superintendent and Maintenance Operations Center Superintendent.

PennSTAR adds American Eurocopter EC145 to air medical fleet

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) has updated its PennSTAR air medical services fleet with the addition of a new American Eurocopter EC145.            
Purchased in 2012, the EC145 was completed by Metro Aviation and placed into service over the summer, replacing a PennSTAR BK117. The all Eurocopter PennSTAR fleet consists seven aircraft: five EC135s, one BK117 and the new EC145. 

Russian Helicopters company to supply helicopter with water cannon to Belarus
Vertical Magazine (press release)
From News of Belarus
MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) ???The holding company Russian Helicopters and the Minsk Division of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry have signed a contract to deliver ????-32??11???? firefighting helicopter to Belarus. The helicopter can be employed in a wide  ...
From Fox News
Within the next two decades, the JMR helicopter program will replace the popular current Apaches and Black Hawks helicopters. On Oct. 2, the Army announced it plans to invest $217 million in the first phase of the Future Vertical Lift initiative that ...
From EON: Enhanced Online News (pres
DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has financed the delivery of an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew to Sloane Helicopters. Sloane, a UK-based provider of helicopter  ...
Skyplan Showcases Aurora Flight Planning Solutions at NBAA Booth C10021

CALGARY, AB  - Skyplan Services Limited, announced at the NBAA annual convention in Las Vegas the soft launch of their new Aurora Flight Planning Solutions.  The Aurora Flight Planning Solutions offers customers the same great features of the Skyplan CTO product, but now it also includes a new integrated mapping capability and advanced features that enhance the user experience.

Latitude Announces Development of FANS 1A+ Data Link Transceiver

Victoria, BC Canada  — Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight following, and Satcom solutions for regional fleet operators, announced that the company has begun the certification process of Latitude’s FANS (Future Air Navigation System) data link transceiver for real-time Satcom transmission of FANS 1/A+ Safety Services data over the Iridium satellite network.  Latitude’s FANS data link unit will support long-range business jets and transoceanic fleet operators for more easily qualifying their aircraft as FANS compliant and thereby gain access to dynamic route planning and en route flight path optimization available to aircraft with FANS on-board.  FANS-based “smart” routing allows FANS-compliant aircraft to achieve decreased flight times and decreased fuel consumption.


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Boston MedFlight Wins American Eurocopter  Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Boston MedFlight has been awarded the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, after being chosen from a record-tying list of 25 nominees.

Boston MedFlight Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Wedel was presented the award and $10,000 check by Jennifer Hardcastle, American Eurocopter Sales Manager, Air Medical Specialist, during the AMTC Annual Community Awards banquet Monday, Oct. 21.

Life Flight Network Signs Firm Orders for Three AW119Kx

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce Life Flight Network has signed firm orders for three AW119Kx single engine helicopters, completing the 15 helicopter acquisition plan, to meet its future air medical helicopter transport requirements.

The contract was signed today by Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO, and Robert Brant, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America during a ceremony held at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Deliveries based on the initial order have begun, with 10 aircraft already in service and operating from bases in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Uniflight, LLC Appointed AgustaWestland Service Center

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, has named Uniflight an Authorized Service Center for AgustaWestland aircraft operating in the United States.

With this agreement, Uniflight becomes AgustaWestland’s newest service center in the United States and is authorized to perform periodic airframe maintenance inspections on all AW119 single engine and GrandNew light twins. This authorization also allows Uniflight to perform after-market airframe services and administer warranty support on behalf of AgustaWestland.

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