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Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation Successfully Test Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressors

Montreal, Canada - Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation today announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters. The demonstration was part of an effort to address the challenge of crew fatigue and reduced equipment reliability and readiness that are caused by helicopter vibration. Sikor

Russian Helicopters supplies Mi-171Sh helicopters  to Kazakh Border Service

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Kazakhstan Border Service under a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012. One of the helicopters’ main tasks will be securing Kazakhstan’s state border. They will be used for routine patrols (including at night-time), and to land Special Forces troops to detain illegal border-crossers, and to return the troops to base.

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik and Airbus Helicopters sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145 T2 fleet

BERLIN – Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The ten-year service agreement with a volume of some 25 million euros covers a comprehensive range of services for the new aircraft.

Sikorsky and United Technologies Pledge $1 Million to UMD’s Clark School of Engineering

The University of Maryland (UMD)  announced that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., along with its parent company, United Technologies Corp., have pledged one million dollars to endow a fund to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sikorsky Aircraft (NYSE:UTX), is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service, headquartered in Connecticut, and is a subsidiary of United Technologies.

Airbus Helicopters introduces more personalization to its Hermès designed EC135 aircraft

Marignane, France – Airbus Helicopters – the rotorcraft market leader in business and private aviation – is bringing an EC135 T2e l’Hélicoptère par Hermès, in new colors, to Geneva, Switzerland as part of the company’s participation at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE).

KAMAN TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF NEW TOOLING FACILITY IN UNITED KINGDOM

BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut - A recent visit by Rt. Hon. Vince Cable, the U.K. Secretary of State for Business, is the first in a series of high-profile events at Kaman’s new $4.2M (£2.5M) U.K.-based tooling and manufacturing facility.  “Kaman’s expansion and continued success is one of the encouraging signs of growth in Burnley,” said Business Secretary Cable after touring the facility. “We are now seeing businesses having the confidence to invest and create highly skilled jobs from the local workforce. We'll continue to work in partnership with business as part of the government’s industrial strategy.”

Bell Helicopter Announces First Bell 407GX Sale in the Czech Republic

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with King’s Casino for a Bell 407GX. This is the first Bell 407GX to be sold into the Czech Republic.

Russian Helicopters to supply Mi-171E for Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has signed an agreement with the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry for a Mi-171E helicopter, with delivery planned for 2015.

Reliable service worldwide for over 40 years - BO105 helicopters clock up a total of 8 million flight hours

BERLIN – BO105 have been a fixture of helicopter fleets around the globe for over 40 years. They reliably carry out their missions and prove their worth day after day under tough conditions. Collectively, they have now completed a total of 8 million flight hours.

Airlift is awarded with Super Puma NVIS STC from EASA

Airlift's EASA Part-21 Design Organization (DOA) has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO specialist Heli-One, Norway (CHC Group).

Russian Helicopters and KRET to establish Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), also part of Rostec, have signed an agreement to establish a Helicopter Avionics Integration Centre (HAIC) to help boost the competitiveness of Russia’s helicopter industry on the global market. The agreement was signed at HeliRussia 2014 by KRET CEO Nikolay Kolesov and Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev.

Euro. Safety Team Releases Mountain Safety Advice

The European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) recently published a safety booklet on flying in hilly or mountainous terrain. The booklet explains weather phenomena unique to that type of terrain and offers mitigation techniques for operating in those areas.

Important to Notify FAA of Planned Communication Service Changes

FAA Equipment installed under the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) program to enhance aviation safety in the Gulf of Mexico consists of the following major systems: Remote Air/Ground Communications (RCAG), ADS-B, and Automated Weather Observation Stations (AWOS). On April 25, 2014, at an offshore platform with an FAA RCAG, the new communication service provider performed an equipment/service cut-over without the knowledge of the FAA. The result was a complete loss of VHF communication between FAA’s Houston Center and helicopters operating in the vicinity of the platform.

AAR Expands Support of Boeing’s U.S. Army CH-47 Helicopter Recapitalization Program

GARDEN CITY, New York– AAR (NYSE: AIR) has won a contract that expands its component repair support of The Boeing Company’s Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. This is a significant increase over AAR’s portion of Boeing’s initial Multi Year I program.

Life Flight Network - Opening New Air Medical Base

Aurora, Oregon… Life Flight Network (LFN) announced plans today to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho beginning May 23rd, 2014.

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