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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.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has signed a multi-year agreement with Eagle Copters Ltd. to provide repair, overhaul, testing, modification, and other services as required on Eagle Copter’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T power sections and combining gearboxes.

Ben Bridge (44) is appointed executive vice president of Global Business while Matthieu Louvot (41) becomes executive vice president of Customer Support & Services, in a move aimed at consolidating Airbus Helicopters’ leading position while remaining as close as possible to its customers. Both Global Business and Support & Services functions are now sitting at the company’s executive committee. These appointments are effective April 1, 2016.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it is in the process of developing a new FAA-certified ADS-B Out solution for the popular Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 medium twin rotorcraft.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces the celebration of its 40th year as a registered overhaul facility for the General Electric (GE) Aviation T58 and CT58 turboshaft engines.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is celebrating its 10th anniversary servicing Rolls-Royce M250® engines in the USA. Vector supports this popular family of turboshaft engines from its OEM-authorized M250 repair and overhaul facility in Grapevine, Dallas, TX.

Genesys Aerosystems (Heli-Expo booth #806) announces that it has entered into an agreement with Aspen Avionics (Heli-Expo booth #9235) to obtain an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to use the Aspen Evolution Pro 1000H glass display as the primary attitude source for its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS).

StandardAero Helicopter's business unit launches a new engine compressor case life extension program to help Rolls-Royce M250 engine operators reduce maintenance service intervals and keep their helicopters in the air for longer periods of time, reducing overall operating costs.

Pratt & Whitney Canada launches several innovative solutions and offerings to deliver high value to its turboshaft customers around the world. These innovations provide real-time savings, reduce costs, create stable maintenance environments and enhance aircraft availability for the company’s growing customer base in this segment. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

P&WC, a global leader in the turboshaft civil segment, aims to expand its portfolio and improve its products and services through a variety of cutting-edge technological developments, allowing it to deliver proven, reliable turboshaft power to all segments of the aerospace industry. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR (NYSE: AIR) plans to showcase the expansion of its expeditionary airlift capabilities, supply chain services and composites manufacturing to potential partners and helicopter operators at Heli-Expo 2016 from March 1-3.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is highlighting its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2016 helicopter trade show and exposition being held in Louisville, KY, this week (March 1-3).

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to aerospace and defense industries worldwide, announces Kansas-based Aviation Controls, Inc. (ACI) has changed its name to Precision Aviation Controls (PAC). The change was made to identify the business as a member of the Precision Aviation Group of companies and to better reflect the expanding capabilities of PAC.

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) receives a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The new VHA 206B main rotor blades have been approved with an 18,000-hour service life, which is more than triple the life of the current OEM metal blades.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has shipped its 600th Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and autopilot system. The milestone system was shipped to Robinson Helicopter for installation on a new R66 turbine.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters.