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HELIFAB receives EASA approval for its S76 auxiliary fuel tank, which was already FAA and ANAC approved. The auxiliary fuel tank installs in the baggage compartment and provides 62 gallons of additional fuel. The design allows the kit to be installed in combination with an Air Comm air conditioning system and still leaves 13 cubic feet of baggage space. If additional storage space is required, HELIFAB also offers a certified aft cabin area storage net solution.

Tradewind International, LLC, of Janesville, WI, a world-wide supplier of aircraft parts and accessories, is now an official dealer for Chopper Spotter©, considered by many helicopter operators to be the best machine for safely moving light and medium helicopters on the ground. In production since 1989, the Chopper Spotter has become the industry standard for being the safest in powered helicopter ground handling, and the best value for most ground handling needs.

Robinson Helicopter Company announces an optional 43-gallon auxiliary fuel tank for its R66 Turbine helicopter, extending the helicopter’s range by as much as 200 nautical miles (230 statute miles). The fuel tank mounts on a fiberglass tray that installs in the forward section of the baggage compartment. The tank occupies two-thirds of the compartment, leaving space for up to 100 pounds of cargo. Both the tray and tank can be removed when not needed.

Industry stakeholders are invited to see the world of Airbus Helicopters’ from a new perspective at the Heli-Expo trade show from March 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services with a lineup of five aircraft, including the H125 in law enforcement configuration; the H130 in utility configuration; the H135 and the H145 in Corporate/VIP configuration and the H215 in utility configuration.

The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system is to be featured at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 in Louisville, KY, where visitors can “fly” the rotary wing solution (Booth #9544).

Spectrum Aeromed announces that the company is celebrating its 25th year in business and will showcase new medical equipment designed for the Bell 429 Helicopter at the Helicopter Association International HELI EXPO convention in Louisville, KY from March 1-3, in booth 4745. 

DART’s new Approved Maintenance Center network will make its official debut at Heli-Expo 2016. DART will showcase its success stories on landing gear, emergency flotation equipment and repair & overhaul services, reinforcing DART’s dedication to innovation, technology and efficiency.

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the first Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) in the Philippines to PhilJets Group. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. This signing is testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI count to more than 350 worldwide.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, partners with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers in the challenging terrain of the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are constructed utilizing a precision heavy lift helicopter in India.

Heli-One, the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has completed its first proprietary repair in its Poland facility of an AgustaWestland AW139 first generation duct. Heli-One’s facility in Rzeszow completed the repair for a third party customer, making it mission ready in just 10 days.

APG Avionics (APG) – a supplier of avionics and aviation equipment for para-military and military applications – will present Controp Precision Technologies Ltd’s (Controp) new line of S.I.T.E. (Surveillance, Infrared, Thermal and Electro-optical ) systems in booth 11535 at Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) HELI-EXPO on March 1 - 3, 2016 in Louisville, KY.

Enstrom’s experimental helicopter model, the TH-180, experiences an emergency hard-landing in Menominee, MI, shortly before noon on Friday, Feb. 12. 

Spectronics Corporation has its pulse on the latest and most advanced leak detection solutions in the aviation industry, and the Spectroline® MDE-2000NC Marksman™II ultrasonic diagnostic tool is one such notable achievement.

GKN Aerospace plans to display rotary wing developments from across its global business at Booth #11743 at HELI-EXPO, from Feb. 29 - March 3, 2016. The company is an established supplier of major sections of fuselage, ice protection systems, transparencies and fuel and flotation equipment for many civil and military helicopter programmes globally. With the integration of Fokker Technologies into the GKN Aerospace operation, new capabilities are added, including advanced landing gear and mission computing.

For the first time at Heli-Expo, Machida Borescopes will showcase its latest addition to the Machida Videoscope family, the VSC-4-140-NLT in its hands-on engine display. The new 4mm Video Borescope fitted with a threaded removable side view adapter is used by engine manufactures and approved for use in helicopter engines.

Baldwin Aviation, a global provider of customized safety management and operational efficiency systems for aviation, ground and airport operations, announces an alliance with one of the industry’s major aviation safety consultancies, Safety Operating Systems (SOS). The new collaborative program, BaldwinSOS™, provides clients of both firms with a suite of additional a la carte services that further enhances and supports safety.

Finmeccanica, through its helicopter division, hands over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is also the first to be delivered to a UK customer and will enter service with Kent, Surrey, & Sussex Air Ambulance following installation of an advanced medical interior by Specialist Aviation Services.

Airbus Helicopters partners with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160. In line with the “born ready” strategy implemented by the H160 since the beginning of its development, the FFS will be available to support the H160’s entry into service.

Global members of the International Helicopter Safety Team plan to gather at Heli-Expo next month for a worldwide summit to focus on civil helicopter safety and to share knowledge and advice about reducing accidents.

Robb Williams, executive director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, announces that the third annual SUN 'n FUN Career Fair will take place in Lakeland, FL, during the fly-in on April 6 from 9 am-2 pm.

Airbus Helicopters receives EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225, it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160.

Tradewind International, LLC, of Janesville, WI, accepts two inventories of large parts from Erickson, Inc., and Toll Remote Logistics. The combined inventories account for more than 2000 parts that are being added to the inventory of Tradewind International. Inventory additions include parts for the Bell 204, 205, 206 and 212, in new, overhauled, serviceable and as-removed condition.

RAMM Aerospace now offers frameless seat cushions for the Bell 206/407 aircraft. The HeliFab FAA supplemental type certificate SR09522RC eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all forward-facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. TCCA/EASA approvals are pending.