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Airwolf Aerospace’s tension-torsion (TT) straps for Bell 204, 205, 210, 212 and UH-1 helicopters receive FAA approval for a life extension to 36 months/1,200 hours. Airwolf has designed and implemented a proprietary coating for the new TT Straps to achieve the 50 percent calendar-life extension.

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is named by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation, as an approved supplier for maintenance, repairs, overhaul and testing for AgustaWestland products’ components.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Design Organisation Approval (DOA) to its UK division, Vector Aerospace International Ltd.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces the completion of a 7,500-hour major inspection (“G-check”) and a 12-year major inspection for an Airbus AS332 L1 Super Puma helicopter operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

Vector Aerospace (, a global, independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has secured a contract from Aero Asahi to perform an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 12-year major inspection, including wiring, refurbishment and exterior paint. This will be the latest of several AS355 refurbishments that Vector has performed for Aero Asahi over the past two years.

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announces the AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR helicopter has been unveilled by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, during a rollout ceremony held at Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in south-west England.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces a signed letter of intent (LOI) with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) for three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters while at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016. PHS will be the first helicopter training school in the region to operate the Bell 505.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that its facility in Singapore successfully completed 5,000 hour inspections and customization for two Bell 412EPs for a private customer located in Australia.

Airbus Helicopters Foundation is providing support to ongoing humanitarian relief efforts following the earthquake that hit the Manabi and Esmeraldas regions in Ecuador on April 16. According to national authorities, the disaster has left more than 20,500 people homeless and many without water and food supplies. The earthquake is the worst natural disaster that has happened in the country since 1979.

Ralph Rosenbrock, senior technical advisor of HeliValue$, is presented with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, the most prestigious award presented by the Federal Aviation Administration to an aviation maintenance technician.

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas and master distributor for the HOT-STOP® 'L' fire containment kits, in affiliation with Industrial Energy Products (IEP), the manufacturer of the HOT-STOP ® 'L' product line, have designated as the first domestic stocking dealer.

Heli-One, the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, secures a contract to upgrade two Sikorsky S-76 aircraft for His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor of Malaysia. This contract features the design, certification, and installation of a new glass cockpit. This upgrade will prolong the lifespan of His Majesty’s aircraft in addition to expanding operational capability and enhancing the safety and situational awareness of the flight crew.

FEC Heliports Worldwide Ltd. announces the launch of its MIL-Star portable, battery-powered LED helipad lighting system, designed primarily for rapid deployment and use by advancing military forces in temporary and emergency situations to provide safe and effective marking at designated or ad-hoc helicopter landing areas and for tactical airborne and air drop operations.

Airbus Helicopters is ready to participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. 

HeliOffshore chief executive officer, Gretchen Haskins, describes how recent helicopter tragedies have strengthened the industry’s resolve to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations.

VIH Aerospace (VIHA –, a provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) receives European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval (STC#: #100577794) for its aftermarket replacement MCP01 Master Caution Panel (Model #: MCP-001) for the Bell 212 and 412 series helicopters., an aviation job website, announces a partnership with EAA in which will help promote EAA's week-long job fair to aviation job seekers. The event will take place during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2016 Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2016), held this year in Kansas City, MO, boasts a record 190 exhibit booths, representing more than a 20 percent growth over the 2015 event. More than 900 attendees represented 41 states and the District of Columbia, as well as six foreign countries.

Flightdocs, Inc., global provider of aircraft maintenance tracking services, announces the release of Flightdocs Enterprise. Incorporating the best features of the powerful Flightdocs Maintenance Tracking system, Flightdocs Enterprise provides full fleet capabilities, maintenance-inventory-flightlog integration, comprehensive work order management and API integration to customer business systems.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Fairway Holdings for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka. The aircraft will be used for private travel and tourism across multiple destinations around the island. 

The Flirtey drone used to make the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the United States has been accepted into the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where the space shuttle, Discovery, the SR-71 Blackbird and the first aircraft operated by FedEx are also displayed.

HeliOffshore, the global association for safety in the offshore helicopter industry, announces the appointment of Mr. Andrea Cicero to its board. Cicero, chief operating officer for Babcock Mission Critical Services Division, replaces Mr. Bill Tame, chief executive officer, International Division, Babcock International PLC.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) held last week. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, which continues to be a strong market segment throughout China.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Abu Dhabi Aviation announce reaching 1 million hours of successfully operating their Bell Helicopter fleet.