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BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S.A.- Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility.  After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training.  The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.

More STC Approvals for DART Aerospace’s EC145 Skidtubes and  BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

Hawkesbury – DART Aerospace has announced that it has received a EuropeanAviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. DART has also recently received FAA approval for its BK117 Heli-Utility-Basket.


Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has appointed Cory Theriot to the post of Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance. As part of Era’s senior management team, Theriot brings nearly two decades of experience in aviation safety and risk assessment to this critical position of overseeing Era’s commitment to the highest safety standards and practices.

Bell Helicopter Sells Five Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Aircraft to Aerochine Aviation

SHANGHAI, CHINABell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT) announced a signed purchase agreement for five Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM aircraft to Aerochine Aviation during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE).

 Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military models at Defence Services Asia 2014

Moscow - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition and conference, which runs from 14-17 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company's display will be on show at stand 3034 in pavilion 3.

Russian Helicopters sees the Asia-Pacific region as a key market and one with huge potential. Today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, including multirole models such as the Mi-8/17 series and Ka-32, as well as Mi-26T heavy transport helicopters and military helicopters.

Armed Forces of Malta Acquire a Second AW139 Helicopter

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Armed Forces of Malta has taken up the option for a second AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The helicopter will be used to conduct mainly maritime border control missions. The delivery of the second AW139 is scheduled for June 2015, while the first helicopter will be delivered in June 2014.

Japan National Police Agency Orders Another AW139 for Law Enforcement in Kagoshima Prefecture

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter which will be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The AW139 helicopter will replace an ageing Bell 412 model and will enter service in 2015.

The Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

EL SEGUNDO, California – Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a number of future aircraft designs that leverage Advanced Tactics’ patented and patent-pending technologies.

 The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests in March 2014. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb.

Frasca First to Integrate Garmin's GTN 650 into Flight Simulators

Frasca International, Inc. Urbana, IL has recently delivered flight training devices (FTDs) with Garmin GTN 650 avionics, making them the first simulator manufacturer to integrate these new avionics into FTDs.

Garmin's GTN 650/750 series is the long-awaited replacement for the incredibly popular GNS 430/530 series. It features the latest WAAS GPS features, electronic charts, integrated NAV/COM radio, traffic displays, and full Class B TAWS terrain alerting - all controlled by an intuitive touch screen interface.

Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Denver, Colo. – Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announce the appointment of two key executives, Kevin Campbell and Allison Farish. Kevin Campbell joins Air Methods as Senior Vice President of Process Improvement, and Allison Farish as Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

Fort Collins, CO Company Offers Field Experience in Pipeline Patrols and Wildlife Inventories

Rookies and professionals who perform wildlife inventories or pipeline patrols are invited to a hands-on workshop sponsored by Red Hen Systems in Fort Collins, Colorado on May 7-9, 2014.
"We want to help our clients and those interested in our products and solutions get the most out of their inventories and patrols as the season kicks off," said Red Hen Systems CEO and Founder Neil Havermale. "We are offering field training, one-on-one consultation, and instruction on using our video mapping system with compatible products."

AgustaWestland Announces the Winner of the “Flydeas For the City” Helicopter Interior Design Contest

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the winner of the creative contest "Flydeas for the City", during the opening conference at Fuorisalone 2014, the most important design event of the year that is held in Milan, Italy. The contest was held as part of the exhibition event "New Ideas for Feeding the City”.


The contest, a collaboration between AgustaWestland and the interior and contemporary design magazine “Interni”, involved teams of designers, selected according to various professional backgrounds, not directly related to the aviation industry.

AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental Celebrate Regional Business Headquarters Grand Opening in China

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Sino-US Intercontinental of China are pleased to announce the opening of a joint regional business headquarters in Shanghai. The grand opening was celebrated during an official ceremony held today in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from both partners as well as helicopter operators and authorities.

AgustaWestland China’s objective is to further expand the presence of AgustaWestand in China’s civil helicopter market by promoting its full range of state-of-the-art, cost effective products and services covering a wide spectrum of commercial applications. 


MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Summit Aviation has played a vital role in saving a piece of military history by restoring the oldest surviving CH-47A Chinook helicopter for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va.

The restored Chinook, aircraft 59-94984, will be unveiled April 11 at the museum, less than a year after it was delivered to Summit’s facility in Middletown, Del. Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has extensive experience in the assembly and modification of Chinooks.

Kallax Flyg of Sweden To Order PA100 PUREair Filtration Systems

Hawkesbury – DART Aerospace announced that Kallax Flyg of Sweden has provided a letter of intent to order two PA100 PUREair engine protection systems for their AS350 family of helicopters once the system has received EASA certification.

The PA100 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally redesigned, reengineered, and retested engine air protection system that takes the capabilities of its EAPS predecessors to the next level. Featuring Pall’s latest PUREair technology, the new system is self-cleaning and virtually maintenance-free, unlike other filtration systems qualified for this aircraft. The PA100 PUREair system will provide the highest level of helicopter engine protection while offering a 2% gain in engine power over conventional inlet barrier filters.

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