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The latest Enstrom 480B to fly away from the factory is delivered to Sharkey’s Helicopters. The aircraft is the fourth ship to be sold through Sharkey’s in the past 12 months.

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, receives approval from the European and United States airworthiness authorities for its ADS-B solutions offered for Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft.

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a global leader in helicopter leasing, announces a €200 million firm order with Airbus Helicopters, including H145, H135 and H175 helicopters. Delivery of the aircraft on order is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 with deployment into emergency medical service and other parapublic segments.

Eastman Aviation Solutions announces it is exhibiting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI-EXPO 2017, Booth #7244, March 6-9, 2017. Eastman is returning to HAI to showcase Eastman Turbo Oil products and the benefits of HPC oils on rotorcraft engine.

Cadorath adds to its extensive list of OEM-approved and extended repairs currently offered with the addition of the Honeywell T53 engine line, granted under license authorization by Honeywell Aerospace. This authorization’s territorial coverage is world-wide excluding Japan.

Hawker Pacific, an aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, confirms the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type certificate being issued in Canada.

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), develops the first inlet barrier filter (IBF) for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Feb. 24 as an addition to Robinson’s R66 type certificate, the IBF will be available as a factory option from Robinson Helicopter Company, authorized Robinson Service Centers, or Donaldson.

Spectrum Aeromed announces the company plans to celebrate the completion of its 25th year in business with a contest at HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas from March 7-9. 

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, announces it has increased its available inventory by $4.1 million, raising the cost of its total inventory to over $39.4 million with over 100,000 line items.

Precise Flight, Inc., is debuting its new Helaku Series PAR36 LED Light, the brightest PAR 36 LED lighting available for rotorcraft, at the 2017 HAI Heli Expo in Dallas.

NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters announce NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours. The significant milestone proves the super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms.

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is prepared to highlight its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 helicopter trade show and exposition being held in Dallas, TX, March 7-9.

Airbus Helicopters receives an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts.

Eagle Copters Ltd. is ready to deliver a second Eagle 407HP helicopter to Helicopter Express. The Atlanta‐based operator will use the helicopter to support firefighting missions throughout the United States. The formal delivery of the aircraft will made during the Helicopter Association International Heli‐Expo show in Dallas, March 6‐9.

Alpine Aerotech announces the continued and evolving support of the Bell 429.

“We provide a complete solution that is specifically designed to satisfy the needs of each customer,” explains Dirk van Ulden, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering manager at Alpine Aerotech. 

Two AgustaWestland AW189 super-medium, twin-engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark exceed 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long-range, offshore, transport missions in the North Sea. The result was possible through the cooperation of the operator and Leonardo’s customer support team. 

Alpine Aerotech announces that it has officially secured Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STCs for its Tailboom Baggage Protection Kit, specifically designed for Bell 205, 212, and 412 helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. announce approval of the amended supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System. This approval comes as an amendment to STC SH3319NM, bringing the total number of Airbus rotorcraft models certified for the Pulselite® System to 67. This includes all EC135, H-135, EC145, H145, and AS350 models.

Aircraft Propeller Service, LLC (APS, www.aircraftpropeller.com, Lake Zurich, IL), a commercial propeller maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service, is now repairing helicopter servo actuators. The announcement comes after APS was selected as a licensee for the components’ OEM in a recent competition.

Shaw Aerox® Aviation Oxygen Systems is planning on showcasing the latest in medical aviation oxygen system products and technologies during the 2017 Heli-Expo Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX, March 7-9 , 2017, at Booth #7021.

Representatives of Gill Batteries, a division of Teledyne Technologies (Heli-EXPO Booth #5517), announce the company has received an FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to install its new-generation 7407-28 sealed lead-acid battery on all models of the Bell 407 helicopter.

Continuum Applied Technology releases Version 11.4 of its CORRIDOR Aviation Service Software. The new version introduces features and updates aligned with Continuum’s mission to provide a system that facilitates a smooth workflow process across all areas of its clients’ aviation maintenance service operations.

2017 marks the 20th anniversary for ALTO Aviation as suppliers of high-end custom cabin audio and entertainment systems for all aircraft platforms in business aviation. In 1997, ALTO Aviation started in Massachusetts as the dream of founders Don Hamilton and Steve Scarlata to wow each customer by providing the most powerful listening experience available at 40,000 feet.

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) is taking several steps to minimize downtime due to overhauls on the company’s composite 206B main rotor blades. In addition to working with several composite rotor blade repair stations around the world to provide authorization for main blade overhauls, VHA is also conducting fatigue tests to increase the time between overhauls (TBO) to 5,000 hours.