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Airbus Helicopters wins tender for two medical helicopters in Russia

Moscow  – As recently announced by the Moscow Health Department, following an open tender, Airbus Helicopters Vostok was awarded a contract to supply two medical helicopters for the Health Department’s Scientific and Practical Centre of Emergency Medicine. The preferred rotorcraft among two other bidders was the proven EC145.

Genesys Aerosystems Surpasses 1,500 Autopilot Certifications

Mineral Wells, TX – Genesys Aerosystems announced today that it has
surpassed 1,500 FAA and international Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for its STEC line of autopilot systems, covering nearly every make and model of General Aviation (GA) airplanes and helicopters and about half of all US autopilot certifications issued.

With more than 1,040 certifications issued for its autopilot systems since its first Model 60 single-axis system was certified on a V-35 V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza in 1980, Genesys autopilots are the clear market leader with 49% of all FAA autopilot certifications. Genesys also holds nearly 490 autopilot certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and other regulatory bodies worldwide.


Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) of Wichita Falls, TX, is pleased to announce that they will showcase their newest, most refined, Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) at the HAI-HELI-CENTER® on the AirVenture grounds.

Aspen Avionics Expands ADS-B Product Line

EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh, WI -  Aspen Avionics announced today it has expanded its ADS-B product line to include more options to meet the NextGen ADS-B mandate.

Air Methods Completes Successful Demonstration of Jupiter Avionics wiJAC Wireless Intercom System

El PASO, Texas- Priority One Air Rescue and Air Methods Corporation - the global leader in air medical transportation, successfully demonstrated the potential of the Jupiter Avionics Corporation (JAC) wiJAC Wireless Intercom system near El Paso, Texas.

One member of the group was fitted with the hands-free JA68 while the other half of the system, JA69, was installed in a rear cabin of the helicopter.  In addition, a second wiJAC system was installed to establish a link between the helicopter and the ground.  Hands-free, full duplex communication between the rescue operative and the helicopter, and between the helicopter and the ground, was quickly and easily established.

Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

PHOENIX, Ariz. —  The Night Vision Awards were presented at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Annual Trade Show and Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. at the Phoenix Convention Center July 17 honoring six units.

 “The Night Vision Awards are something we look forward to every year,” said Co-Sponsor Aviation Specialties Unlimited Marketing Director, Alisha Allen.  “The law enforcement community has been very receptive of the awards and endorsing of the NVG technology. It was great to award and recognize units who use them in life-saving situations,” said Allen.


MESA, Ariz.– MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).  The acceptance took place at the MD Helicopters booth, where the aircraft was proudly displayed at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) exposition, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Garmin® Team X Introduces New G3X™ Touch 7-Inch Touchscreen Display Option And Connext™ Cockpit Connectivity for Experimental Aircraft

OLATHE, Kan.— Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. The new high-resolution infrared touchscreen display compliments the existing 10.6-inch G3X Touch system, offering new panel design options and redundancy. All G3X Touch displays support Connext cockpit connectivity between avionics and mobile devices featuring wireless flight plan transfer capabilities and more.

Bell Helicopter Delivers First Two of Six Bell 407GXs to the Pennsylvania State Police

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first two of six Bell 407GX helicopters to the Pennsylvania State Police. They will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol and will serve citizens throughout the Commonwealth.

“We operate six aviation patrol units across the state and provide aerial support to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. “It is very important that we have modern, reliable and mission-ready helicopters to patrol and serve the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

REACH Air Medical Services Opening Air Ambulance Base in Rancho Cordova, CA

SANTA ROSA, CA - REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announces the expansion of their Northern California operations with a new base in Rancho Cordova, California providing life‐saving 24/7 emergency medical services to the Sacramento area. This base will have a new Eurocopter EC135 aircraft dedicated to the emergency services market as well as the hospital partnerships we currently service from our existing bases in outlying areas. REACH chose this location to better serve the needs of one of the fastest growing areas in the Sacramento region.

Metro Aviation delivers EC135 to HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc.

Shreveport, Louisiana – Metro Aviation, a worldwide provider of air medical completion services, recently delivered an Airbus EC135 to HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Inc.  Metro is the largest air medical completion center in the world and specializes in EC135 and EC145 aircraft. 

Aspen STC, Inc. Receives Supplemental Type Certificate for Installation of Aspen Avionics’ Evolution Flight Displays on Enstrom Helicopters

Albuquerque, NM - Aspen STC, Inc. and Aspen Avionics today announced that several Enstrom helicopters are now approved for retrofit with Aspen Avionics’ Evolution EFD 1000H Pro primary flight display, and EFD 500H/1000H multi-function display through a Supplemental Type Certificate issued to Aspen, STC, Inc. Aspen Avionics and Aspen STC, Inc. are independent and unaffiliated organizations.

DART’s new interference-proof Tail Rotor Pedal Lockout

Another safety-enhancing product from DART, the Tail Rotor Pedal Lockout Kit locks the co-pilot pedals in place to prevent accidental interference with pedal function. This kit is ideal for any operation that requires passengers or uncertified personnel to be seated in the co-pilot position.

Russian Helicopters to train Mongolian pilots at Ulan-Ude Aviation Training Centre

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will this month host pilots from Mongolyn Alt Corporation (MAK) at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant's Aviation Training Centre, under an agreement on training of flight and engineering personnel. The Mongolian company operates two Mi-8/17 series helicopters – a Mi-171 and a Mi-8AMT – both produced at the Ulan-Ude plant and delivered to the customer in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

Bell Helicopter Announces First Two HEMS Bell 429s in the Middle East

Fort Worth, TX  – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement for the first two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in the Middle East. The aircraft will be equipped with a fully customized EMS interior and state-of-the-art avionics. The aircraft will be delivered in 2015 and will support medical rescue missions throughout the region.

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