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EC135 Simulator Receives FAA Stamp of Approval

Shreveport, Louisiana – Since installing the EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator at the Helicopter Flight Training Center this spring, pilots and technicians were busy testing the system and preparing it for certification.  Although the simulator was certified at its previous location, FlightSafety International’s DFW facility, it had to receive FAA certification once again at its new base in Shreveport, Louisiana.  

Bell Helicopter Selected by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office for a Bell 407GX

Phoenix, AZ – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that, pending successful final negotiations, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department intends to award a contract for a Bell 407GX. The aircraft will be used for parapublic missions, including: search and rescue, fire suppression, and law enforcement air support to public safety agencies throughout San Diego County. 

Georgia State Patrol Expands Bell Helicopter Fleet at ALEA 2014

PHOENIX, AZ – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced a signed purchase agreement with Georgia State Patrol for a Bell 429 at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) exposition today, in Phoenix, Ariz. The signing ceremony took place in front of the aircraft on display at the Bell Helicopter booth #209.

Advanced Helicopter Services Announces Maintenance Service Agreement

Woodland, CA -- Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS) has announced a service agreement to provide helicopter maintenance services for the City of Sacramento, California.  AHS will support the Sacramento fleet of three Bell OH-58A helicopters by providing dynamic component inspection, maintenance and overhaul services.  AHS will provide the services from their comprehensive helicopter service center located at the Watts-Woodlands airport in Woodland, California.

AgustaWestland Introduces SW-4 to Law Enforcement Community at ALEA

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is taking the opportunity to introduce the law enforcement community to the SW-4 light-single engine helicopter and its range of customer support and training offerings at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual meeting, taking place this week in Phoenix, Arizona.

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at £90 million to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract award was announced today at the Farnborough International Air Show by Philip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.

Metro Aviation features Texas DPS completion during ALEA show in Phoenix, AZ

Shreveport, Louisiana – Metro Aviation is a trusted partner for airborne law enforcement units, completing aircraft for some of the country’s most notable agencies.  The worldwide completion leader will be exhibiting at this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference and exposition at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ from July 16-19.  

PeaceHealth to use Life Flight Network for all Critical Care Transports in Oregon

Aurora, Oregon—Officials at Life Flight Network (LFN) and PeaceHealth announced that the two organizations have entered into an agreement to utilize LFN aircraft for all critical care air medical transports on behalf of PeaceHealth hospitals in Oregon.
Michael Griffiths, CEO of LFN, said, “We have an exceptional relationship with PeaceHealth. This agreement represents a deepening commitment by both of our organizations to continue to work together to best serve PeaceHealth’s critical care transportation needs throughout Oregon.”

Curtiss-Wright Launches Enhanced Family of Rugged LCD Touchscreen Displays at ALEA 2014

ALEA 2014 (Booth #228), PHOENIX, Ariz. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced an improved and enhanced family of high reliability, feature-rich, rugged touchscreen LCD displays specially designed for use aboard airborne surveillance platforms. The displays speed and simplify the integration of HD video for use by airborne surveillance crew members. The AVDU3000 is a 12.1" LCD display and the larger AVDU3600 is a 14.1” LCD display. Both displays feature sophisticated control and video handling capabilities designed specifically for the unique demands of airborne law enforcement applications such as surveillance, patrol and search & rescue. Use of these user-configurable touchscreen displays enables flight crewmembers to control the aircraft’s video recorders and video switches without having to divert their eyes from the screen.

Night Flight Concepts Unveils NVIOTM 2.0 Night Vision Computer-Based Training at ALEA 2014 Conference and Exhibition

PHOENIX, Arizona, —Night Flight Concepts, the industry authority on Night Vision Imaging Systems, announced today that they are showcasing NVIO TM 2.0 Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Computer-Based Training (CBT) program –at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 44th Annual Conference and Exposition this week. This new product release, NVIO 2.0, delivers a powerful NVG training platform with enriched interactive content for NVG operators and maintainers for a flexible, optimized learning experience.

KONGSBERG and AgustaWestland Sign Agreement for Increased Co-operation

Kongsberg Defence Systems (KONGSBERG) and Finmeccanica - AgustaWestland today signed a protocol for extending and increasing co-operation relating to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH90 helicopter and a range of AgustaWestland helicopters. The protocol is an overarching agreement outlining the intentions of making KONGSBERG a Centre of Excellence for MRO of dynamic components in Northern Europe. Key elements of the agreement are related to the transfer of technology that includes the establishment of advanced test equipment that will enable the full functional testing of gear boxes at KONGSBERG in Norway.


PHOENIX, AZ., July 15, 2014 – Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has delivered its 700th Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell Helicopter 407. Wysong Enterprises took delivery of the advanced filtration system, and will install it in the popular, single-engine helicopter for one of its customers.

San Antonio Police Department puts two new Airbus Helicopters EC120’s into service, now operates all-Airbus Helicopters fleet

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that the San Antonio Police Department has placed two new EC120’s into service, giving them an all-Airbus Helicopters helicopter fleet for patrol and search-and-rescue missions.

Deployment the new EC120’s marks the beginning of a fleet upgrade project that will likely result in the purchase of at least one more EC120 over the next few years. The agency also operates an Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions.

AgustaWestland Successfully Completes  Unmanned/Optionally Piloted Helicopter  Demonstration for the Italian Ministry of Defence

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the completion of a demonstration of its Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System / Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The trials were conducted to evaluate modern remote controlled rotorcraft technology and its potential to provide enhanced capabilities for the Italian armed forces in the future.

Airbus Helicopters 12-year inspections provide law enforcement operators with factory-backed protection for helicopter investments

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – Law enforcement operators across the United States and Canada continue to rely on Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) and Airbus Helicopters Canada (AHC) for 12-year Inspections on the popular AS350-series and EC120 helicopters.

The 12-Year Inspection effectively resets the inspection cycles to zero (0) and allows the aircraft to be completely updated by incorporating all existing factory configuration changes and FAA or Transport Canada requirements, thus extending the value of the operator’s investment in the helicopter.

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