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Airbus Helicopters receives EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225, it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160.

Tradewind International, LLC, of Janesville, WI, accepts two inventories of large parts from Erickson, Inc., and Toll Remote Logistics. The combined inventories account for more than 2000 parts that are being added to the inventory of Tradewind International. Inventory additions include parts for the Bell 204, 205, 206 and 212, in new, overhauled, serviceable and as-removed condition.

RAMM Aerospace now offers frameless seat cushions for the Bell 206/407 aircraft. The HeliFab FAA supplemental type certificate SR09522RC eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all forward-facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. TCCA/EASA approvals are pending.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awards the certification of the increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the H145. With this enhancement, the helicopter can carry an extra 50 kg, raising the MTOW to a total of 3.7 metric tons. It will be available for customers in early 2016. As the improvement does not require any structural modifications or additional equipment, it will not cause extra costs for the operators.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the delivery of the Bell 407GXP configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services to Air Methods (Nasdaq: AIRM). As revealed in March 2015, this is the first of many Bell 407GXPs expected over the next ten years. Bell Helicopter and Air Methods commemorate the delivery at a special ceremony at Air Methods headquarters in Englewood, CO.

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EAA encourages everyone to contact their House members and urge them to protest ATC fees at GA events!

Litigation extortion. That is how I like to characterize the crazy litigious society we live in here in the United States.