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Helicopter Maintenance Magazine News

Air Methods Corporation has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire OF Air Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries including Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. (together, Omniflight). 

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division for integration into their new Bell 429 helicopter. 

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Rolls-Royce announces it is proud to be a member of the team that was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-powered Sikorsky X2 Technology demonstrator won the award given annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America. LHTEC is a 50:50 partnership between Rolls-Royce and Honeywell.

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announces the launch of the annual OGP Aviation Safety Advisors Training Program. This new initiative will provide aviation safety advisors from the Oil & Gas industries with a high-level technical overview of the AW139 helicopter, training and support infrastructure, with the first event planned for September 2011 in Northern Italy at the AgustaWestland Training Academy.

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) announces its acceptance as an Approved Vendor for Sikorsky Helicopters.

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the Enstrom 480B model helicopter.

Tiger Tugs announces the introduction of their new model 5.5 helicopter transporter.  The new Tiger Tug makes moving helicopters safer and easier.  With a unique wireless remote control system you can maneuver your helicopter in tight hangar spaces effortlessly while controlling it from any vantage point. 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), #SA1230AK-R STC; for an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS or “glass cockpit”) installation and Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Sikorsky S-61L and S-61N series helicopters. The system is certified for Dual Pilot Instrument Flight Rules; Category A and B operations.

Borescopes-R-Us has added two new Portable Videoscopes to their visual inspection products the company reported during HELI-EXPO 2011.  The ECO 6 and The ECO 5 are the newest in the low cost options for aviation and rotorcraft professionals.

HAI encourages its members to file comments. The FAA has proposed modifications of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for Industry Access to Aircraft Situation Display (ASDI) and National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI) data. The proposal would prohibit direct and indirect subscribers from publicizing the registration number of any general aviation aircraft for which the FAA has received a certified security concern. 

Wichita, Kan., March 3, 2011 – Greenwich AeroGroup is headed into next week’s Heli Expo in Orlando, Fla., with one thing in mind – to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer.

Atlanta, Ga., March 3, 2011 – Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has formed a Global Helicopter Support Parts Group and is now serving rotorcraft operators.

Wichita, Kan., March 3, 2011 – Greenwich AeroGroup is headed into next week’s Heli Expo in Orlando, Fla., with one thing in mind – to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer.

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Andover, Kan. – Today’s aerospace coatings painting professionals are constantly required to stay current on the most up-to-date products and application methods available in the maintenance repair operation industry.  So when they participate in the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings 2011 training program they will expand all their skill sets from applying new chrome and lead hazard free surface treatments and primer systems to spraying the latest in technology-driven high-quality topcoats.

PHOENIX, Ariz., February 28, 2011 – Able Aerospace Services, a Component Overhaul, Repair and Replacement Parts (PMA) Manufacturer, will host a seminar at Heli-Expo to discuss strategies for reducing aircraft operating costs. The 45-minute presentation will be held on Monday, March 7, at 1 p.m. in Room S.230-F of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Banyan’s avionics team recently completed work on a Sikorsky S76, Agusta 109, and an American Eurocopter AS-350.  Upgrades included Garmin GNS-430W, GMX-200, Avidyne EX600 and Honeywell MK-22 EGPWS Safety Package installations.

Boresocopes R us now offers the PWC34910-108. This Pratt & Whitney Canada approved borescope provides a compact, complete, and cost effective inspection kit for the PT6 Community. The unit Features a 4mm x 1000mm 2-way articulating flexible fiberscope, light guide, and high intensity lightsource, your choice of PT6 guide tube, an insertion tube gripper with three different length rigid sleeves, and a custom fitted pelican case. The Kit Price is $5,995.00.

Oceanside, CA, January 4, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services, a global leader in design, development and distribution of helicopter components and accessories that enhance flight safety, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, has completed an exclusive distribution agreement with Heli-Enterprise, Inc.  The new agreement enables DART to globally distribute Heli-Enterprise’s comprehensive line of custom and purpose-built maintenance and work stands as well as other specialty tools for the helicopter industry.

February 2, 2011, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Eclipse Aerospace Inc. announced today the completion of a minority equity investment by Sikorsky in Eclipse Aerospace. The companies also entered into a Service Level Agreement pursuant to which Sikorsky will provide global supply chain support and certain production restart services, which will aid Eclipse Aerospace in its efforts to reintroduce production of the Eclipse 500® very light twin engine jet. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eclipse Aerospace provides engineering, service, and support for the fleet of roughly 260 Eclipse 500 twin-engine jets. Sikorsky Aircraft, manufacturer of the BLACK HAWK helicopter and other iconic aircraft, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Jan 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS:KAMN) released the following statement today from Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Oceanside, CA, January 31, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation have completed an agreement with Flightcell® International, Ltd., that will enable commercial helicopter operators to install satellite telephone capabilities quickly and easily in rotorcraft.