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AVINCO expands its commercial presence in North America with the appointment of former Airbus Helicopters Director MIKE RICHARDSON as Commercial Director.

Mike Richardson has over 42 years of total aircraft industry experience. He was formerly Director, After Market Sales at American Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters)  responsible for the secondary market in the US.

He also  held management positions in technical support, Aircraft  sales and leasing as well as the financial and administrative management of the used and lease Aircraft business element for American Eurocopter.

Bell Helicopter Introduces New Bell 407GX Autopilot  Integrates Seamlessly with Garmin G1000H Avionics

Farnborough, England – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), has announced a new autopilot kit designed specifically to integrate with the Garmin G1000H avionics suite in the Bell 407GX. The option is currently available as a kit for the Bell 407GX in the U.S. and Canadian markets directly through Bell Helicopter and has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for VFR (visual flight rule) operations. It features two-axis functionality with cyclic force trim and a Stability and Command Augmentation System (SCAS) available at all speeds with altitude and heading preselects. It can also be commanded to maintain either heading and altitude or navigation course and altitude. Additionally, a Go-Around mode can be activated by a single switch to provide automatic attitude leveling and transition to climb.

AW149 Achieves Military Certification

Finmeccanica - AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the new generation AW149 multirole military helicopter has been issued with military certification by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO). The Type Certificate was signed and delivered to Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland during an official ceremony held at the Farnborough International Air Show today, in the presence of Finmeccanica Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Mauro Moretti, and several dignitaries and representatives from the Italian military authorities.

L-3 Link Awarded Contract to Build UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers for Royal Saudi Land Forces

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom – L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation to build three UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and associated training systems for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command. Delivery of these high-fidelity trainers marks the first time L-3 Link’s RealitySeven™ full flight simulator technology solution will be used in support of a military training program.

Western Helicopters Moves Ahead with New Facility, Training, and Fleet

Phoenix, Ariz. — A new facility, more instructors and aircraft, and new AS350 training course are the first in a series of improvements and expanded offerings at Western Helicopters Inc., a helicopter service and specialty training provider.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety new AS350B3e helicopter to be featured by Airbus Helicopters Inc. at ALEA conference

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) will feature the recently-delivered Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) AS350B3e helicopter at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19 at Booth 811. 

NEMSPA Announces New President

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) is pleased to announce that Kurt Williams has been appointed as their next acting President.  Williams is a former military aviator with nearly 30 years of aviation experience, a Lead Pilot and Air Medical Resource Management Instructor currently employed with PHI Air Medical Group and holds an MBA from The University of Missouri.  Williams formerly served on the NEMSPA board of directors for over 2 years.


FARNBOROUGH, U.K. – Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has been selected to provide air filtration systems for  CH-53 transport helicopters that Airbus Helicopters is upgrading for the German military.

L-3 WESCAM Experiences Ongoing Strong Demand for Electro-Optical and Infrared Sensors in Airborne Law Enforcement Market

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom – L-3 WESCAM announced today that the demand for its MX™-10 and MX™-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems within the Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) market continues to grow in support of critical surveillance missions worldwide, with recent sales to customers in Algeria, Australia, Canada, Korea and the United States, including Puerto Rico. The two systems will be demonstrated at the Farnborough International Airshow, July 14–18, and at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) EXPO, July 16–19 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Bell Helicopter Announces Sale of the First Bell 429 in France INAER France to operate Bell 429 in EMS Configuration

Farnborough, England  – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with INAER France an Avincis Group operator for a Bell 429 in Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) configuration. The aircraft, the first Bell 429 sold in France, will be equipped with a fully customized EMS interior and state-of-the-art avionics. INAER will take delivery of the aircraft in 2014, which will support medical rescue missions in the West region of France.

Sikorsky Delivers First SAR Configured S-76D™ Helicopter

Farnborough Air Show, United Kingdom - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the delivery of the first S-76D™ aircraft equipped for search-and-rescue (SAR) services. The aircraft was delivered to Mitsubishi Corporation for use by the Japan Coast Guard. The announcement was made at the 2014 Farnborough Air Show in Farnborough, United Kingdom. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military models at Farnborough International Airshow

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase the latest Russian-built commercial and military helicopters at the Farnborough International Airshow from 14-20 July. The Company's display can be found at stand 1/E10.

At the airshow, Russian Helicopters will present the medium coaxial Ka-32A11BC, which can fly a range of special missions and is an effective tool in fighting fires, including in high-rise buildings, and rescue missions. The Ka-32A11BC holds EASA type certificatе and operates successfully in Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Canada, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, South Korea and Japan.

L-3 WESCAM to Demonstrate the Electro-Optical and Infrared Imaging Capabilities of Three Different System Models at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom – L-3 WESCAM announced today that it will be providing a series of live product demonstrations of its MX™-10, MX™-15 and MX™-25 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The demonstrations will take place July 14–18 and will showcase a wide range of advanced sensor capabilities in support of military, homeland security and airborne law enforcement agency ISR missions.

Rotorcraft Support, Inc- FAA STC approval for Garmin G500H

Rotorcraft Support, Inc .(RSI) has received FAA STC approval for installation of the Garmin G500H Display system into the Bell 427. Owners and operators of the 427 can now take of an increased level of situational awareness with the approved installation of the Garmin G500H dual screen multi-function display. This enhancement to the 427 allows operators to take full advantage of the custom configurations of the G500H to suit the operational requirements. “There was a need for leveraging this technology into the 427 to bring additional information into the cockpit to reduce pilot workload, increase safety and provide a fully integrated display” adds Pete Boeller, Avionics Manager at RSI.


Night Vision Awards Committee Announces Winners and Venue for ALEA 2014

BOISE, IDAHO- The Night Vision Awards Committee has selected the Phoenix Convention Center for the Night Vision Awards on July 17th from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The event will be held in North 124 A and B meeting rooms in conjunction with the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Convention.


 The awards ceremony will feature light hors d'oeuvres and libations and honor various departments and organizations on their accomplishments using night vision goggle equipment.

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