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Conklin & de Decker is offering special savings on their most popular products during the HAI Heli-Expo 2016 Convention. Visitors to the Conklin & de Decker exhibit Booth #5935 will see live demos of the entire family of helicopter operating cost and life cycle programs, the 2016 State Tax Guide, and the next generation MxManager, as well as enter to win a GoPro Hero4 action camera.

Conklin & de Decker announces the latest generation of MxManager (MxM) is now available. An industry leading aviation maintenance software, MxM enables users to track, organize, and control various maintenance activities and expenses.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, is contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project.

Pratt & Whitney Canada announces the latest entry into service of a full authority digital electronic control (FADEC)-equipped turboshaft engine. The newest engine to feature the system is the PW210A powering Finmeccanica’s AW169, which joins the PW210S on Sikorsky’s S-76D™ and the PT6C-67E on Airbus Helicopters’ H175 – the first PT6 engine to be equipped with FADEC. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, increases its support of legacy aircraft with several key project updates.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it will be performing an Airbus Helicopters AS350 BA to B2 conversion for humanitarian aid aviation service provider Mercy Air South Africa. The conversion will be undertaken by Vector at its facility in Andalusia, AL.

StandardAero receives both Customer Satisfaction and Program Investment awards at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, held on February 29 as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at this year’s HAI HELI-EXPO in Louisville, KY. The awards recognize authorized maintenance service centers that provide MRO services for M250 helicopter engines. This is the unprecedented seventh year in a row that StandardAero has received the Customer Satisfaction award at the annual Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception.

Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom® datalink and Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.’s online flight planning and weather services are now available in an integrated and bundled offering, pairing the industry’s premier business aviation connectivity provider with the global resources and expertise of Universal. 

Airbus Helicopters’ H215—the twin-engine, versatile, economic and robust helicopter designed to meet a wide range of utility missions—is about to embark on a US-wide demo tour following its appearance on static display at the 2016 Heli Expo international trade show.

Spidertracks, an aircraft tracking provider, announces four new features at HAI Heli-Expo in Kentucky. The new features are centered on delivering more data to the operator in a more useful and meaningful way to optimize their business. Benefits include enhanced safety management capabilities, some basic flight data monitoring, operational messaging, and the ability to better utilize resources and ultimately put dollars on their bottom line. 

ACES Systems introduces a new analyzer to its legendary balancing equipment line: the COBRA II. This new product promises to increase job efficiency by providing a larger, high-resolution screen, wireless capabilities and PDF reporting solutions.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a commercial development and real estate investor.

Enstrom believes a Feb. 12 accident demonstrates the ruggedness of its N180TH's design and the ability of the aircraft to protect the occupants. While flying, the prototype TH-180 experienced a mechanical problem and made a forced landing. During the landing, the rotor struck a wooden utility pole, cutting off the pole and destroying the main rotor blades. Preliminary investigation indicates that a piece of flight test instrumentation in the main drive system failed, disconnecting the engine from the drive train. The pilot, the only person on board, was uninjured.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley, BC, Canada over the next two years. In addition to the AS350 B3 airframe inspections and subsequent aircraft repaint, Vector will also overhaul two Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 turboshafts for the SBCSD at its facility in Richmond, BC, Canada.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces the addition of the Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130 T2) and EC130 B4 tail rotor gearbox (TGB) to its existing range of rotorcraft repair and overhaul (R&O) capabilities.

Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, takes delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters from Rockwell Collins.  The helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico.

After its worldwide debut at Heli-Expo in 2015, Airbus Helicopters is now launching the commercialization of the H160 with letters of intent available for potential customers.

Turbomeca announces the entry of BOOST into service, its new online engine maintenance management service. BOOST (Bank Of Online Services & Technologies) is a highly secured, web-based application developed in association with IBM. With BOOST, Turbomeca-powered helicopter operators will access real-time, personalized engine data to enrich their own fleet maintenance management, with the direct support of Turbomeca teams, 24/7.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announces the aera 660, a new cost-effective, feature-rich, purpose-built aviation portable. The compact 5-inch capacitive touchscreen boasts a bright, sunlight readable display complete with rich, interactive maps and a built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver that can be viewed in portrait or landscape modes for optimum customization. The aera 660 encompasses many of the features of the renowned aera® and GPSMAP® aviation portable series, adding new Connext™ wireless capabilities, WireAware™ wire-strike avoidance technology and more. New cost-effective database options along with built-in Wi-Fi® database updating capabilities allow customers to more easily access the most up-to-date data, including daily U.S. fuel prices. Bluetooth® supports the display of ADS-B In traffic and weather1 from a variety of sources, including the GDL® 39/GDL 39 3D, Flight Stream and the GTX 345 ADS-B transponder. Availability of the aera 660 is expected later this month at an anticipated street price of $849.

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, announces formal approval from Honeywell to provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for various PT6A and PT6T engine accessories through its subsidiary Precision Aviation Controls (PAC).

Technisonic Industries Ltd., an industry leader in the development, manufacture and support of special-mission airborne communications systems, announces at Heli-Expo 2016 the availability of a new common NIFOG code plug for the nation's airborne first responders.

Helitowcart introduces remote control technology to its line-up of ground handling equipment, delivering two radio control projects: one for its heavy duty V1000 hydraulic carriers and one for its light duty V900 electrical carriers.

SKYTRAC partners with Flight Data Services, a global leader in outsourced flight data monitoring (FDM) solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, the flight data graphing, visualization and analysis features of the Flight Data Services' POLARIS FDM platform will be directly embedded in SKYTRAC's renowned SkyWeb online data management portal. In addition, SKYTRAC will be supported by Flight Data Services' experienced team of flight data analysts. SKYTRAC fixed and rotary wing customers will benefit from a unique combination of one-stop access to self-serve reports, coupled with personalized analysis from professionally trained FDM experts.