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Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 12:08
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.

Helicopter Maintenance Blogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 11:09

On January 11, the FAA published a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) titled Safety Management Systems. 

The summary of this NPRM states:

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Hill Helicopters Reveals Innovative New Engine Design for the HX50
Hill Helicopters Reveals Innovative New Engine Design for the HX50
Hill Helicopters unveils its Hill GT50 light turbine engine, designed specifically for the new Hill HX50 luxury personal helicopter. An elegant and intellectual combination of time-tested, proven engine technologies and today’s turbine engine advancements, the GT50 is a compact, light, reliable and innovative solution that defines the future of the light turbine helicopter.
VHA Receives Transport Canada Acceptance for Composite 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades
VHA Receives Transport Canada Acceptance for Composite 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades
Arizona-based rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) receives a letter of acceptance from Transport Canada for the company’s updated composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. Approved by the FAA in August 2020, the new VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades may now be installed for use on Bell 206B JetRangers in Canada.
Concorde Battery Corporation Receives New STC for RG-641 Battery Installation on Enstrom 480/480B Models
Concorde Battery Corporation Receives New STC for RG-641 Battery Installation on Enstrom 480/480B Models
Concorde Battery receives FAA STC SR01067DE, approving installation of RG-641, a lead-acid main battery, on Enstrom 480/480B models. RG-641 is designed as a drop-in replacement for the original equipment lead-acid battery on the helicopter. No kit or hardware is required to convert.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is extending the deadline to submit nominations for the annual Salute to Excellence awards that recognize superior achievement across nine categories of the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry. Salute nomination packages must be submitted to HAI by Nov. 20, 2020, to be considered.
ASU Announces Leadership Changes

ASU Announces Leadership Changes

ASU Announces Leadership Changes
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announces that Joe Estrera, PhD., will be the new president of ASU and Hannah Gordon will be promoted as the new chief operating officer upon the retirement of ASU president, Jim Winkle, at the end of the year. In partnership, Estrera will lead strategy and outward operations while Gordon will direct internal operations.
Savback Helicopters Becomes Exclusive Zefhir Distributor in South East Asia
Savback Helicopters Becomes Exclusive Zefhir Distributor in South East Asia
Distributor Savback Helicopters and helicopter manufacturer CURTI Industries extend their cooperation, making Savback Helicopters the sole exclusive distributor for the Zefhir helicopter in South East Asia. Savback has been the distributor of the Zefhir in Northern Europe and the CIS since the fall of 2019, and through this extension of the companies’ partnership, the distribution area now also includes Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei and Cambodia.

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