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Wednesday, May 22, 2024 - 08:48
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has the distinct honor of taking part in a general-aviation flyover of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The flyover was in commemoration of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)’s 85th anniversary.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 12:16

For those of you that work on or support helicopters or have ever been to the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) main event — Heli-Expo, you know that it is undoubtedly the largest helicopter tradeshow in the world. This year’s Heli-Expo 2024 was no exception.

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Life Flight Network Adds Four Bell 407GXis to Helicopter Air Ambulance Fleet
Life Flight Network Adds Four Bell 407GXis to Helicopter Air Ambulance Fleet

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces that Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air-medical program in the country, will add four additional Bell 407GXi helicopters. These aircraft will bring Life Flight Network’s current operating fleet to seven Bell 407GXis, remaining the largest air-medical operator of the Bell 407GXi in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.

Device Technologies, Inc. (DTi), designer and manufacturer of specialty wire protection, cable management and sealing solutions, announces it has applied for FAA Design Approval for a PMA (Parts Manufacturer Approval) for Spring-Fast® Wire Protection Grommets. Once approved, aerospace engineers and techs can take advantage of the superior M22529 grommet technology and replace old legacy MS21266 glued nylon grommets. This PMA will apply to three variants of Spring-Fast: M22529/1, M22529/2, and M22529/3.

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Names FAA’s Wayne Fry as Government Co-Chair
U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Names FAA’s Wayne Fry as Government Co-Chair

Wayne Fry, FAA Flight Standards division manager for General Aviation Safety Assurance, is named the new government co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org). The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team (now the Vertical Aviation Safety Team, VAST, https://vast.aero/) to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and work to reduce civil helicopter accidents and fatalities.

Hartzell Engine Tech Achieves FAA PMA for Robinson Helicopter Sky-Tec Starters
Hartzell Engine Tech Achieves FAA PMA for Robinson Helicopter Sky-Tec Starters

Hartzell Engine Tech receives FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its Sky-Tec HT (High Torque) starters for Robinson two-place R22 and four-place R44 light utility helicopters. The company’s Sky-Tec HT starter for Lycoming engines features an integrated self-resetting Kickback Protection System (KPS) to protect the powerplant and starter from an engine kickback. The PMA for the plug-and-play starters was obtained through the company’s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program.

Enstrom Helicopter First Flight

Enstrom Helicopter First Flight

Enstrom Helicopter First Flight

Enstrom announces the flight of the first new 480B helicopter after reopening just eight months ago. The turbine-powered 480B is the 1317th Enstrom helicopter built and the 255th 480-series helicopter. This aircraft was not built from an unfinished, leftover airframe but by using components procured, machined, fabricated and assembled onsite.

Mike Atwood Inducted into Association of United States Night Vision Manufactures Hall of Fame
Mike Atwood Inducted into Association of United States Night Vision Manufactures Hall of Fame

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) announces that ASU founder and CEO, Mike Atwood, has been inducted into the Association of United States Night Vision Manufacturers (ANVM) Hall of Fame, established in 1995 to honor those individuals who have made a major contribution to night-vision technology.

David Ellis Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award
David Ellis Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces David Ellis, executive director of Haiti Air Ambulance, is the 2023 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters or UAS aircraft in air medical transport.

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