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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.

Latitude Technologies announces that industry veteran Brad Smith has been appointed as Latitude COO. Brad’s first priority has been to expand Latitude’s sales team to further strengthen Latitude’s highly respected customer-first sales and service program. Joining Brad at Latitude are newly appointed vice president of Air Transportation Sales, Carlos Monsalve, and newly appointed director of Business Aviation Sales, Wayne Hundsdorfer. Carlos and Wayne join David Thomas, now director of Helicopter/General Aviation Sales, and Jeff Taberner, now director of Military/Government Sales, to round out the Latitude sales team. 

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.