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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.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces a name change and rebranding of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Edwards Rotorcraft Solutions Inc., strengthening the Bell Helicopter brand in the Americas. 

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.