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Conklin & de Decker announces the 16.1 release of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the industry’s #1 tool for benchmarking the operating and ownership costs for more than 585 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. As the flagship product from the Conklin & de Decker family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products, this aircraft cost evaluator (ACE) release includes access to ACE Online at no additional fee.

Malaysia-based offshore oil and gas helicopter operator Sazma Aviation selects SKYTRAC's helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM) services to monitor engine health and safety parameters on its Sikorsky S-76 aircraft.

Rancho High School’s aviation maintenance students were given the experience of a lifetime on Friday, April 8, as they received an all-access look at Maverick Aviation Group’s corporate headquarters, as well as interacted with pilots and maintenance technicians.

The United States Helicopter Safety Team ( focuses major attention during the next four years on reducing fatal accidents within the U.S. civil helicopter community.

Robinson Helicopter Company Inc. announces a collective-activated hour meter along with an updated hub and redesigned main rotor spindles are standard on all new R22 Beta II helicopters. Previously, the R22 used an oil pressure-activated meter which records all engine run time. The new collective-activated meter records collective uptime (flight time) and does not include engine warm up and cool down time.

Dallas Avionics is now a distributor of Avion Power’s Voyager Power Source. The Voyager is designed to start aircraft engines and provide auxiliary power. On a single charge, a Voyager provides 10 or more turbine engine starts, powers on-board electronics for an hour, or provides a combination of auxiliary power and starting power. Voyager is available in 10Ah and 20Ah capacities that weigh 9 or 15 pounds, respectively; they can be stowed on-board and recharged in-flight. Voyager’s useful life is approximately ten years or 2000 charge cycles; self-discharge is less than 3% per month; it has no memory; and it is maintenance-free.

Bio-Circle, a division of Walter Surface Technologies, a leader in surface treatment technologies, announces the launch of three new bio-renewable parts cleaning systems to its portfolio of products: CleanBox Compact S, CleanBox Maxi, and the CleanBox Mega. These new systems bring Bio-Circle’s eco-innovation to larger industrial parts washing processes.

Finmeccanica announces that the fleet of 26 AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters, in service with customers across four continents, has exceeded 10,000 flight hours. The milestone, achieved less than two years after the first aircraft delivery, marks a major commercial and operational milestone for the most successful helicopter in the all-new super medium category, aimed at meeting long range, large capacity requirements with unprecedented levels of cost-effectiveness compared to larger and heavier helicopter models in the market.

Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, extends its MRO capabilities by adding HC120, HC135 and HC140 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its affiliate company, McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine), has received certification from Honeywell International, Inc., for an approved correlated test cell for the Honeywell T53 series engine.

Eagle Copters Ltd. announces Stephane Arsenault will join the organization as its VP Sales and Marketing, effective April 4, 2016. Arsenault is an experienced sales and commercial financing professional who has spent the past 16 years in commercial banking, focused on financing in the helicopter, aviation, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that the company has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its HeliSAS® stability augmentation system and two-axis autopilot on Robinson R66 turbine helicopters.

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation Inc. and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announce their plans for the 19th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2016) in Santiago, Chile, held March 29 - April 3, 2016. Textron will be displaying in Chalet C2-C6.

The Aircraft Electronics Association unveils its new responsive website at The refreshed design offers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region.

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, and exclusive distributor for the HOT-STOP® ‘L’ Fire Containment Kits is introducing the new HOT-STOP® ‘L’ Evolution with an added zipper closure that was inspired by the commercial airline market.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, announces two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression.

Raj Helweg, chief pilot of Air Methods, is named the new industry co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team ( The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team ( to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and work to reduce civil helicopter accidents and fatalities.

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 is back in Asia to showcase its performance and capabilities through a series of demo flights in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first H145 demo tour was held in Southeast Asia in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand. Since then, there has been an increasing interest in this rotorcraft, especially in the emergency medical services (EMS) and commercial/business aviation segments.

Titan Tool Supply, Inc., of Buffalo, NY, announces the introduction of its new line of TVT Series videoscopes to provide high-quality remote visual inspections for quality control. Lower in cost than comparable videoscopes, the new TVT line includes five different models with working lengths from 1m (40”) to 3m (118”) and three diameters (2.8mm, 4.5mm and 6mm). Titan Tool states that the 2.8mm diameter model enables inspections through extremely small openings. The videoscopes are designed for use in aviation maintenance, casting inspection, cavity inspection, diesel engine repair, gasoline engine repair, locomotive maintenance, ship maintenance, and other areas and application where remote visual inspection is needed.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, KY.

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, completes the 9,000-hour G check on an H225 for a major operator in the North Sea. The maintenance was performed at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway and marks the first major H225 inspection for that operator.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces that Petroleum Air Services has been appointed as the first Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility in North Africa.

Kaeser Compressors, Inc. expands their award-winning air treatment product line with new compressed air filters available in flows from 20 – 500 scfm. These rugged filters deliver reliable compressed air quality with exceptionally low pressure drop for energy savings year after year.