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The Mexican Navy takes delivery of the first of ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, becoming the first customer in the world to receive the new version of the multi-role, medium-class, military rotorcraft. The Navy will receive three other units before the end of the year and the remaining six by 2018.

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation announces its latest delivery to Sharkey’s Helicopters. The F28F is the fourth ship to be sold to Sharkey’s in the past nine months. Sharkey's has also had a delivery of a 480B, a 280FX and an F28F for its customers.

Spectrum Aeromed announces that the company’s articulating stretcher and medical interior has been installed in four Bell 407 helicopters for Arkansas-based Survival Flight, with two more installations planned.

FlightSafety International announces that Willy Vargas has been promoted to director of Sales for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is responsible for FlightSafety’s training sales and business development activities in the region.

Spectrum Aeromed announces the company’s equipment was installed on a new Bell 407GXP helicopter for Boise, ID-based Idaho Helicopters. The new aircraft is equipped with a single-patient pivot system and will fly helicopter air ambulance for St. Luke’s Hospital.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Signature S.R.L. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft will be used for corporate transport in Paraguay.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announces it has completed its 1000th FAA-approved night vision cockpit modification. This modification was completed on a Bell 407GXP at Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) in Blountville, TN, for MED TRANS Air Medical Transport ( Med-Trans Corp).

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team ( plan to participate on Oct. 25-27 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Fort Worth, TX. The free conference ( gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad.

 Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting a Seminole County (FL) Sheriff’s Office H125 AStar at the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, GA, July 18-23. announces that job seekers can now view the list of companies participating in EAA's week-long job fair at

Conklin & de Decker announces the release of its 2016 Aircraft Performance Comparator, the most comprehensive aircraft comparison data available to the industry. Part of a family of innovative software products created by Conklin & de Decker, the Aircraft Performance Comparator is a must-have tool for anyone who is acquiring a business jet, turboprop or piston-engine aircraft or helicopter and needs to compare aircraft performance data, quickly and easily.

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announces the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AW189’s Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), clearing the way for the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded.

Safran is selected to supply engines for the rotary wing training aircraft under the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. Safran Helicopter Engines will provide Arrius 2B2Plus and Arriel 2E turbines for the fleet of Airbus Helicopters H135 and H145.

As part of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s international repair and overhaul success, it expands its Support and Services department at its main facility in Fort Erie, ON. The 5,000-square-foot space is an increase of 65% for the company’s Repair and Overhaul department.

HABCO Industries and Aircontact Services AS (ACS) enter into distribution partnership for HABCO’s PinPoint™ tool control system and support equipment product lines. The Pinpoint™ Tool Control System, powered by IDZ Technologies, is a comprehensive tool control product offering designed and developed by aviation professionals for use by military operations, airlines, maintenance depots and industry OEMs to allow for the ultimate 100% solution in tracking and providing accountability of tools, ground support and other devices.

Alpine Aerotech is now an authorized Garmin dealership and offers the most comprehensive lineup of avionics solutions in the aviation industry. 

Universal Avionics is providing advanced avionics for two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters operated by His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Royal Flight. The upgraded, modern glass cockpit includes the installation of three EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays (PFD-MFD-PFD) with Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and a UNS-1Fw satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS)-flight management system (FMS). The Universal Avionics upgrade features the latest in avionics technologies—technologies which are often not available on new aircraft.

Dallas Avionics announces that the company plans to demonstrate a PowerSonix PS-SPK-300 and PS-AMP 800 public address system at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) annual convention in Savannah, GA, from 16:10 to 16:30, prior to the Pig Picking, on July 21, 2016.

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s range of helicopters show continued success in the Japanese market with the selection of two brand new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police law-enforcement fleet. The two helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, making the customer the first Asian law enforcement operator of the type. Civil certification of the AW109 Trekker is expected by the end of this year.

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announces with its distributor, Kaigai Corporation of Japan, that Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Kagoshima Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the fall of 2016.

Australian Heliponents Pty Ltd of Queensland, Australia, announces it has been appointed by Rural Fire Service of New Zealand to be its exclusive Australian distributor of the full range of collapsible HELiFIRE™ Monsoon Buckets and HELiFOAM™ Class-A Foam Direct Injection Systems.

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (“CALSTAR”), two air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, enter into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”).

The MCP02 Master Caution Panel system, which has been designed for the S-61/Sea King series of helicopters, is awarded STC SH16-25 by Transport Canada.

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings announces that its SKYscapes® General Aviation (GA) Basecoat Polyurethane Enamel has been added to the QPL (qualified products list) for Bell Helicopter's Procurement Specification 299-947-117, for use on several of its Bell Helicopter commercial aircraft.