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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.  

WICHITA, Kan. — Mid-Continent Instruments announces the addition of weather radar capabilities, including calibration, overhaul, repair and exchange. The instruments leader is expanding its equipment and employees to incorporate the additional services. 

Fort Worth, Texas  (January 5, 2011) - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has completed the integration of six of its support and service subsidiaries, officially merging them into Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

The FAA has issued several revisions over the last couple of weeks regarding Bell 212 rotor hub inboard strap fittings. Initial Emergency ADs (EAD) required inspection of specific part number and manufacturer strap fittings. After continuing to find additional cracks, the FAA now requires additional inspections.

GEORGETOWN, TX– Enflite, Inc., the interior and galley products division of LifePort, Inc., has achieved AS9100B certification and in the process received a perfect score from third party registrar Intertek. The audit also evaluated Enflite’s compliance with ISO 9001: 2008 quality standards. Meeting the complex and unique demands of the aerospace industry, this new certification ensures Enflite’s conformity with process, service safety, quality and reliability for aerospace products. LifePort is a unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) – the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Aero Detail and Ship It AOG today announce the winner of two $100 Gift Cards just in time for the Holidays!

Fern Campos, Aviation Director of Maintenance with KACALP Flight Operations in Van Nuys, CA, and Jeremiah Meyer, Director of Maintenance for Life Air, Inc. in Portsmouth, OH each win a $100 gift card!

Congratulations Fern and Jeremiah!

For more information on Aero Detail or Ship It AOG, Click Here.

A new, “glow-in-the-dark” safety coating system is now available for the first time in the civilian aviation market. AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Paint Kit AG110, a photoluminescent coating system, makes the tips of aircraft propeller blades and helicopter main and tail rotors visible in dark and low-light operations, increasing the awareness and safety of nearby personnel in hangars, airstrips, helipads and repair facilities.

According to Borescopes R Us, these Pratt & Whitney Canada approved borescopes provides a compact, complete, and cost effective inspection kit for the PT6 Community.

Click here, or on document image below to comment on NPRM FAA-2010-1060

Numerous industry groups including the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) are appealing to their members to respond to a recent FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM FAA-2010-1060) that threatens to invalidate the Authorized Inspection ratings of thousands of aircraft mechanics.

Mid-Continent Instruments proudly announces the 20th anniversary of its West Coast facility. The full-service repair station, including overhaul, repair, exchange and distribution, has been strategically located at the Van Nuys Airport for two decades.

First Sandel HeliTAWS Fleet Installation

Sandel Avionics has delivered its first HeliTAWS helicopter terrain safety system to MSP Aero of Minneapolis, for installation in a fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters operated by North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale, Minnesota.  Incorporating Sandel’s TrueAlert nuisance-alert elimination technology, off-airport landing capability, high-resolution 3-D terrain display and Class A HTAWS functions, HeliTAWS is expected to significantly increase the safety margins of the operator’s HEMS operations.  HeliTAWS is also ideally suited to other demanding helicopter missions such as offshore oil rig support, tactical military operations, search and rescue operations and airborne law enforcement.