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Helicopter Specialties, Inc. Announces Jason Shrier as General Manager

Helicopter Specialties, Inc. (HSI) of Janesville, WI, has promoted Jason Shrier to General Manager.

Jason came to HSI in December, 2001 as an avionics technician and has been Director of Maintenance since  2007. He is a graduate of Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and an A&P technician with over 15 years of extensive aviation experience. As General Manager, he will be responsible for the business management of HSI and all Repair Station operations.

Brazilian Navy Signs Contract for Lynx Mk21A Upgrade

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation has signed a contract for a major midlife upgrade of eight Lynx Mk21A helicopters. The contract, valued in excess of US$160 million (€117 million), includes replacement of the aircraft’s engines with the CTS800-4N product from LHTEC, navigation, displays suite and mission avionics. A comprehensive support and training package that includes a Flight Training Device is also included in the contract

Flight and   Duty Tracker™ Launches New Website and Continues To Expand Customer Base

Softtech LLC, the maker of the Flight Vector™ family of products, is proud to announce the launching of our newly redesigned website dedicated to our Flight & Duty Tracker flight department management system. Please take a moment to stop by and see why nearly 600 pilots are already utilizing our system! www.flightdutytracker.com.

The International Bureau of Aviation’s most recent publication reveals IBA’s value opinion on over 40 helicopters.

The first quarter of the financial year has been a busy one for IBA’s helicopter team, as more and more lenders, investors and lessors get involved in the helicopter leasing and finance market. As a result of this increase in demand for helicopter valuations and associated consultancy, IBA have developed a free handbook as a guide for those in the industry.

Russian Helicopters delivers two Ka-32A11BC helicopters to China

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation
Rostec, has delivered two multirole commercial Ka-32A11BC helicopters to
Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company, based in Qingdao, China. The
Ka-32A11BCs were built by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise, part of
Russian Helicopters.

Paradigm Aerospace Corporation improves timeline with new paint booth

Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania – Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, a Metro Aviation Company, is now utilizing its second paint booth, which means more room to paint and faster completion times.   The new Garmat booth utilizes improved airflow, fresh air recovery and increased lighting. 

“Not only is this a second area to paint in, but it is also brighter and cleaner due to the increased air filtration,” said PAC Paint Manager, Bryan Fisher.  “We are seeing faster dry times and an even higher quality finished product.”

Frasca Awarded Contract for R44/S300 Level 5 FTD

Urbana, IL. - Frasca International, Inc. Urbana, IL,  has been awarded a contract to supply a Robinson R44/S300 convertible TruFlite™ CAAC Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) to Sichuan Xilin Fengteng General Aviation Co. Ltd, located in Guanhan,  Sichuan Province, China. The company  is the biggest helicopter corporation in the Southwest of China. There are  12 helicopters and 35 pilots including EC120, EC135, R44 and S300. It offers helicopter medical, business  and training for PPL and CPL. The FTD will be used primarily for training in emergency situations.

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America Welcomes Craig Pluim on board as Regional Sales Director

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to welcome Craig Pluim on board as Regional Sales Director.

M International's Keystone Turbine Services, Airborne Engines Limited & MINT Turbines Exhibiting at 2014 Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) 44th Annual Conference and Exposition

MCLEAN, VA  - M International's Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL) and MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) will be exhibiting at booth #126 from July 16th  to the 19th during the 2014 Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) 44th Annual Conference and Exposition taking place at the Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Helicopter Specialties, Inc. Announces Rob Leidholdt as Director of Maintenance

Rob came to HSI with over 25 years of military and civilian aircraft maintenance experience and has been a Lead Maintenance technician at HSI for the past 4 years. As an A&P technician, Rob brings his technical skills and leadership abilities to the Director of Maintenance position at HSI.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Accelerates European Success

Fort Worth, TX – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), is showcasing the VIP mockup of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom, from June 26 to 29. The Bell Helicopter stand is #2 in the Aviation Exhibition Area and will also feature a Bell 407.

We have a long history in Europe with the Jet Ranger family of aircraft since the first one began flying in Europe in 1967 and customers are excited to see this legacy continue,” said Patrick Moulay, Bell Helicopter’s managing director of Europe. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event for many of the biggest longtime aviation enthusiasts in the region and provides a wonderful opportunity to exhibit this high performance, high value aircraft.”

 Sikorsky Awarded U.S. Air Force Contract to Develop New Combat Rescue Helicopter

Stratford, Connecticut - Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has been awarded a U.S. Air Force contract to develop new combat search and rescue helicopters. Sikorsky will develop a derivative of the UH-60M BLACK HAWK model for the Air Force’s rescue mission.

ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team set up to improve safety in civil helicopter operations

Singapore - With Asia poised to be the fastest growing helicopter market in the coming years, key industry players from the ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) held the inaugural steering committee meeting this month to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in this region.

Russian Helicopters to showcase series-produced and new models of civilian helicopters in China

Moscow - Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the Harbin International Economic and Trade Fair 2014 (Harbin Trade Fair,  now known as China-Russia Expo), which will run from 30 June to 4 July in Harbin, China. The holding will showcase series and new models of helicopters at the event.

“China is Russia’s key strategic partner in all aviation technology supply issues,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We look forward to showcasing current models of Russian-made helicopter, which are already operated in China, and introducing our colleagues to some of our newest developments. In particular – the unrivalled Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter, and medium multirole Mi-171A2, which can be operated by both commercial and state helicopter operators in China alike.”

 NEMSPA “EMS Pilot of the Year” Nominations Now Being Accepted

NEMSPA “EMS Pilot of the Year” Nominations Now Being Accepted at www.poy.nemspa.org

Do you know a phenomenal hardworking pilot in the EMS industry that should be recognized for their professionalism, achievements and contributions to the safety of the air medical industry?  Now’s your chance to say thank you!

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