Corey Wilkinson Joins Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Latin America

Robert Clare, director of Sales for Universal Avionics, announces that Mr. Corey Wilkinson has been appointed to the newly created position of sales manager for the Latin America sales region.

Wilkinson’s extensive aviation background includes various roles at L-3 Communications and Monarch Aviation including Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He holds a dual B.S in Aeronautical Science / Professional Pilot and Business Management, while currently working on an MBA with focus in international business. Wilkinson is a multi-rated pilot with commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratings, and holds a Flight Instructor Certification.

In this new role, Wilkinson will be responsible for developing the business aviation market for the company in Latin America, including Mexico. He will be based out of St. Louis, MO USA.

 “We continue to look for opportunities to strategically advance our sales channels. This milestone establishes the importance of Universal’s commitment in the development and support of this emergent market,” says Clare. “Corey’s extensive aviation experience, as well as his familiarity with the Latin America region, will greatly benefit his execution of the company’s vision,” he adds.

Bell Helicopter Utilizes AEM Audio Systems in B505 JRX Show Vehicles

AEM announces that Bell Helicopter has selected its line of audio equipment for the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ Short Light Single (SLS) helicopter program’s show vehicle build. The new Bell 505 program aims to build the successor to the venerable Bell 206 Jet Ranger.

AEM was approached by Bell Helicopter to supply audio systems for two of the three builds; the Utility and the Law Enforcement Helicopters. AEM has supplied the AMS42U Dual Channel Controller for the Utility configuration and two AA95-982 Custom Single Channel Controllers for the Airborne Law Enforcement configuration. These audio controllers are supplied with a Transport Canada Form 1 (equivalent to the FAA 8130-3) and are the industry standard for many special role helicopters.

AEM has also offered its new LSA400 PA Amplifier and LS300 Speaker to Bell Helicopter as an option for the B505 Airborne Law Enforcement helicopter.

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman Aerospace announces that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, CT facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.

“This milestone is significant for the program and our continued commitment to the New Zealand Maritime Helicopter Capability project,” says Drake Klotzman, Kaman’s Director, AVMRO Programs.

Peter Lowen, New Zealand Defense Force Project Manager, states, “This flight of a NZ SH-2G(I) with a ‘Kiwi’ roundel represents a major milestone. The effort invested by the Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Force in cooperation with Kaman is now paying off.”

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