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Postby goldenflyingdragons » Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:35 pm

Qantas wins design award for A380 economy seat
Qantas has won the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year for its A380 economy seat, designed by the company's creative director, Marc Newson and manufactured by Recaro Aircraft Seating.

New compression software from TriaGnoSys enables cheaper calls
TriaGnoSys has launched VoCeM, which it claims is the world’s most efficient satellite communications compression software.

JetAmerica tickets on sale for July start
New low-fare carrier JetAmerica is selling $9 non-stop one-way seats on its new flights between six US cities. The first fights take off on 13 July.

Penang becomes new AirAsia international hub
AirAsia has inaugurated its newest international route from Penang to Singapore. The route opened for sale on 27 April.

New Riga–Tartu service by airBaltic
On 3 July, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch nonstop flights between Riga and the second largest city in Estonia, Tartu.

AviateQ Opens New Aviation Safety Centre in Aberdeen
Aviation safety specialists, AviateQ International, are expanding by opening a new aviation safety centre in Aberdeen, Scotland to more closely support North Sea customers.

CAA International wins helideck design oversight business
CAA International (CI) has secured a major new contract to review the design of helidecks for Aluminium Offshore, a Singapore based specialist manufacturer.

CAA research paves the way for more people with colour vision deficiency to become pilots
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published research, co-sponsored by the CAA and the US Federal Aviation Administration, on the minimum colour vision requirements for professional flight crew. The research was conducted by the Applied Vision Research Centre, City University London, UK.

Cobham Arrow Aviation recieve helicopter IFR approval for glass cockpit
Cobham’s synthetic vision glass cockpit has been approved for single-pilot IFR operation of the Bell 412 helicopter by the Federal Aviation Administration with the granting of a supplemental type certificate to Arrow Aviation.

ATK and Elbit Systems Conduct Successful Flight Test of GATR from Helicopter
Elbit Systems and Alliant Techsystems announced today that they have successfully conducted flight tests of the Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR).

HAL and CAE lay foundation stone for helicopter training centre in Bangalore
CAE and HAL held a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for a new helicopter training centre in Bangalore on Monday.

-- Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:01 pm --

FAA STC for EMS Sky Connect's Forté phone
EMS Sky Connect, a division of EMS Technologies, reports that its Forté inflight phone has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the US Federal Aviation Administration. The STC authorises installation of the phone system on Gulfstream G-IV aircraft.

PrivatAir selects Ink to produce magazine for clientele
Ink Publishing has been appointed the publisher for 'PrivatAir – the magazine'. The luxury lifestyle title is read by some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential individuals interested in the very best in art, fashion, food and travel.

Exceptionals take Ryanair operating profit into first annual loss
Ryanair has reported a full year net profit of €105 million before exceptional items for the year ended 31 March 2009. Inclusion of the exceptional items leaves an annual loss of €169.2 million, a first for the carrier.

Northrop Grumman wins FAA contract to improve airport ground safety
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract for the Low-Cost Ground Surveillance (LCGS) program to heighten situational awareness of airport surface traffic.

Hickok & Associates' first seven helicopter WAAS LPV Instrument flight procedures approved by FAA
On April 1, 2009, FAA AFS-400 approved the first Helicopter Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Instrument Flight Procedures (IFPs) (WAAS LPV).

Night Flight Concepts awarded NVG contract for Atlanta Police Department
The City of Atlanta Police Department awarded a comprehensive night vision solution contract to Night Flight Concepts (NFC) of Port St. Lucie, FL.

Navy terminates contract for VH-71 Presidential helicopter
The United States Navy has announced that it will terminate the VH-71 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) program contract.

Caracal carries out first maritime rescue mission
A French Air Force EC725 Caracal carried out its first maritime rescue mission on May 29.

FLIR Systems experiencing high demand for airborne imaging systems around the world
FLIR Systems announced today that it is experiencing a strong demand around the world for the company's Star SAFIRE and Talon classes of stabilised, multi-sensor airborne systems.

GE awarded NAVAIR engine overhaul contract
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded GE Aviation a contract to overhaul up to 757 T700-401/401C engines, cold section modules and power turbine modules for the SH-60 helicopter over the next five years.

-- Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:05 pm --

Game for a challenge: Virgin America teams with Google Apps
With its entire fleet now kitted out to offer Gogo In-flight Internet service, Virgin America is teaming up with Google to take cloud computing to new heights with the Day in the Cloud Challenge.

ICG integrates NxtMail server with Cobham SDUs for Swift airborne Wi-Fi access
International Communications Group (ICG) has successfully developed an interface between its NxtMail server and the SDU-7300 Swift 64 and SDU-7320 Swift Broadband Satcom systems that enables up to eight onboard Wi-Fi devices to simultaneously access the services provided by the Inmarsat high speed data channel.

AirTran reports May traffic figures
AirTran Airways has announced its traffic statistics for May 2009, with its load factor still in the high 70s.

JetBlue's May traffic stats announced
JetBlue Airways reports that its traffic in May decreased by 3.3% from May 2008, on a capacity decrease of 1.1%.

May 2009 traffic figures released by Republic Airways
Republic Airways Holdings has reported preliminary passenger traffic results for May 2009, showing a 1 percentage point drop in load factor.

NTSB investigating CRJ/PC-12 runway incursion at Charlotte
The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion that occurred on the morning of 29 May at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving Pilatus PC-12 and a Bombardier CRJ200 bound for New Bern, NC (EWN).

Southwest Airlines announces May traffic
Southwest Airlines has reported its traffic figures for May 2009, which show that the airline's control over its capacity has resuled in almost the same load factor as in May 2008.

WestJet reports May traffic with 74.1% load factor
WestJet has announced its May 2009 traffic results, featuring a load factor of 74.1%.

Jamaica Air Shuttle selects SkyVantage Airline Management System
SkyVantage, a new airline software solutions provider, has announced a first-time agreement with start-up carrier Jamaica Air Shuttle to provide the carrier with a complete reservation and airline management system.

May traffic released US Airways' regional subsidiaries
US Airways has reported May 2009 combined traffic figures for Piedmont Airlines and PSA Airlines, its two wholly-owned subsidiaries which operate under the US Airways Express brand.

Flightman EFB gets carbon emission monitoring application
AMT has announced the release of the new Flightman Carbon Emission Monitoring application as an optional extension to the Flightman Fuel Performance Analysis module.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited completes Second Sikorsky S-76C++ for Petroleum Helicopters
ASU has completed their second night vision modification for a Sikorsky S-76C++ aircraft owned and operated by PHI, Inc, headquartered in Lafayette, LA.

Senior Taliban leader killed in British Apache strike
One of the most dangerous Taliban leaders in Helmand, believed to be behind suicide attacks that have killed British and Afghan troops, was killed during a planned UK Apache helicopter strike.

Lynx Mk9s receive enhanced protection package from Vector Aerospace
The Lynx Business Unit at Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Fleetlands in Gosport has recently completed an important modification upgrade across the UK MoD’s entire fleet of Mk9 Lynx helicopters.

-- Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:31 pm --

Eastern adds to Southampton–Newcastle service
A new early morning year-round flight is being introduced by Eastern Airways from Southampton International Airport to Newcastle, offering greater convenience for south of England business travellers.

An-148 begins commercial services
Ukrainian airline, Aerosvit has launched commercial services with the Antonov An-148-100B.

Germanwings reduces fuel costs with IT from Lufthansa Systems
Lufthansa Systems today announced that Germanwings recently signed a five-year agreement for the use of the market-leading Lido Operations Center (Lido OC) flight planning solution.

Southwest pilots reject tentative agreement
Southwest Airlines Pilots Association members have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the company.

easyJet releases May 2009 passenger stats
easyjet has announced its passenger numbers and load factor for May 2009.

Air Berlin's May passenger figures down, but RASK improves
Air Berlin has announced its passenger and yield figures for May 2009.

First ‘ASEAN’ graduation celebrated by AirAsia
AirAsia has held its first-ever Asean Crew Complement Graduation ceremony at the AirAsia Academy, which saw 68 trainees proudly graduating as the first group of ‘Asean’ flight attendants.

Afrijet Airlines signs agreement for four ATR 72-500s
Nigerian carrier Afrijet Airlines and ATR have signed a HoA (Heads of Agreement) for the carrier to purchase four ATR 72-500s, in a deal worth $80 million.

JetBlue announces new common stock shares and convertible debentures
JetBlue Airways has announced that it is to offer 23,000,000 shares of common stock at a price of $4.25 per share. Of those 23,000,000 shares, it is expected that Lufthansa will purchase 3,578,800 shares in the public offering.

Navitaire New Skies for Virgin Blue
Virgin Blue has chosen Navitaire’s New Skies distribution, reservation, travel commerce and departure control solutions to support its long-term business plans.

Porter upgrades seating with Spectrum
To enhance customer experience, Porter Airlines has upgraded its aircraft interiors with new B/E Aerospace Spectrum seats across its entire 12-aircraft Bombardier Q400 fleet.

Virgin America to interline with V Australia
Virgin America and Virgin Blue's international airline, V Australia, have negotiated and signed an Australia-US interline agreement offering seamless travel on the networks of each carrier across their United States and trans-Pacific routes.

Horizon Air's May 2009 traffic reported
Horizon Air reported a decrease in load factor to 71.7% in May 2009, compared to 73.6% in May 2008, on a 12.9% decline in capacity compared to the prior-year period.

Magnificent Seven Flying High
Seven young men have got their careers off to a flying start with Bristow Helicopters.

Australia releases indicative helicopter charter data for 2001-2006
Commercial helicopter charters in Australia have remained relatively stable in flight hours across the bulk of the current decade and have in fact declined since a peak period between 2003 and 2004 according to new data released by the Australian Air Transport Safety Bureau.

Hunting the hunters: HMCS Winnipeg continues to disrupt piracy
The approaching monsoon season, with its promise of high winds and rolling seas, has yet to discourage pirates from attacking merchant ships, or HMCS Winnipeg from pursuing the pirates.

General Cites Importance of Air Power for Afghanistan
The Afghan National Army Air Corps is a vital and rapidly growing component of Afghanistan’s security forces and is building air power to deny terrorists a safe haven in Afghanistan, a US Air Force general here said.

-- Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:01 am --

Lynx to fly Denver–Tulsa for Frontier
Frontier Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service to Tulsa International Airport (TUL) from its hub at Denver International Airport (DEN) on 2 August. Frontier's wholly-owned subsidiary Lynx Aviation will provide service for the route with Bombardier Q400s.

May 2009 traffic reported for Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air reported preliminary passenger traffic results for May 2009 including a 25.8% increase in passengers carried.

Rolls-Royce creates North American HQ for On-Wing Care services
Rolls-Royce has formally opened its new North American headquarters for On-Wing Care. It is the latest facility to open in a global Rolls-Royce network of aero repair and overhaul service centres.

May traffic released for American Eagle and subsidiary Executive Airlines
American Eagle Airlines has reported May 2009 traffic figures for itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary Executive Airlines.

Frontier and Lynx traffic for May 2009 announced
Frontier Airlines Holdings has reported preliminary traffic results for May 2009 for both its mainline operation and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lynx Aviation.

Air Berlin completes €38.8m capital increase
Air Berlin has successfully completed a capital increase, raising a total of €23 million as a result of issuing new shares.

GOL traffic figures released for May 2009
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes has announced its preliminary traffic figures for May 2009 showing a year-on-year 7.5 percentage point decrease in load factor.

Aer Lingus facing most difficult period in its history, chairman tells AGM
Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington believes the airline is facing the toughest period in its history and cannot currently provide guidance on its 2009 financial outcome.

-- Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:54 am --

328 Support Services and EMTEQ providing joint Do328 VIP completions
328 Support Services has selected EMTEQ as a partner for completion of several Dornier 328 aircraft for VIP operations.

Vueling increases May load factor
Vueling Airlines, soon to merge with clickair, has announced its traffic statistics for May 2009.

Flybe selects Jeppesen for critical flight services
Flybe has signed with Jeppesen for a broad complement of services including flight planning, charts and Airside Services.

Reducing maintenance time is goal for Bombardier eServices' portal
Bombardier has announced the launch of, an interactive customer portal aimed at assisting CRJ Series and Q Series aircraft operators boost their operational efficiency.

Bombardier LRU service contract for Aerosource
Bombardier Aerospace has awarded a five-year LRU service contract to Aerosource covering the repair and overhaul of the air driven generator, used on the worldwide fleet of Challenger and CRJ aircraft.

-- Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:41 am --

IATA AGM: ‘Business as usual is over,’ says Bisignani
The air transport industry will never be the same again, according to IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani in his state-of-the-industry address to the 65th IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur.

IATA AGM: Carbon neutral air transport growth by 2020 is IATA target
The IATA board of directors has passed a motion for the industry to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020, announced the Association’s director general Giovanni Bisignani at the IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur today.

IATA AGM: Constant reinvention is key, say CEOs
The CEO Forum at the IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur focussed on flexibility, innovation, fuel prices and capacity.

-- Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:28 pm --

IATA AGM: Crisis is an "opportunity to win"
“The current downturn is not just an opportunity to survive, but to win.” So declared JetBlue Airways’ president and CEO Dave Barger leading off the debate on “Managing Through the Crisis” at the World Air Transport Summit, alongside the IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur.

IATA AGM: ‘Simplifying the Business’ savings becoming reality
Airlines are realising considerable savings as a result of IATA’s ‘Simplifying the Business’ (StB) programme. So declared programme director Philippe Bruyere during the IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur.

WheelTug drives green aviation
WheelTug plc reported today that new analysis shows that its on-board electric drive system for aircraft will provide greater environmental benefits than previously expected.

IATA AGM: Carbon neutral goal ‘achievable’
Using the four pillars of operations, technology, infrastructure and economic measures, the IATA target of carbon-neutral growth by 2020 can be met by aviation, according to an industry panel at the IATA AGM in Kuala Lumpur.

Summer return for Lufthansa CRJs at Newquay Cornwall
Lufthansa will return to Newquay Cornwall Airport on 20 June with the return of its seasonal service to Düsseldorf in Germany, operated by Lufthansa Regional franchise partner Eurowings using a Bombardier CRJ200.

London Police fly 5,000 hours with Skyquest
London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit is celebrating the landmark of 5,000 hours flown on its fleet of three EC145 helicopters, with a ringing endorsement of the contribution made by Skyquest Aviation’s video management system.

FLIR Systems expands global presence on Sikorsky Black Hawks
FLIR Systems has announced today that a number of recent orders are expanding the company's presence on Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.

Eurocopter to present the EC175, for the first time in Europe at the Paris Air Show
Eurocopter is presenting the EC175 for the first time in Europe at the 48th Paris Air Show. A full-scale mock-up of the 16-seat civil helicopter in its corporate version is on display at the EADS stand (Hall 2A, no. 151).

The Billy Deacon Search and Rescue Memorial Trophy 2009
The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy was presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday 4th June 2009 by HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters Delivers Another S-300C Helicopter to All American Helicopters
Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a Sikorsky company, announced today that it has delivered another S-300C helicopter to All American Helicopters, a flight school in Denton, Texas.

LA Helicopters Snorkel Training
Los Angeles Helicopters (LAH) of Long Beach, California is excited to announce the addition of Snorkel Training to its existing Vertical Reference/Long Line Course.

Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue announce SAR/Medevac operations
Era Helicopters LLC (Era) and Priority 1 Air Rescue Inc. (P1AR) announced today the implementation of a teaming arrangement to jointly provide Search and Rescue and Medical Evacuation (SAR/Medevac) operations in the Gulf of Mexico and abroad.

Rockwell Collins introduces CORE simulation architecture
Rockwell Collins today introduced a next-generation simulation architecture that leverages advanced technologies and a modular design to maximize life cycle value and enhance training effectiveness across military and civil training platforms.

Tigre gets called up
The French Army has been given the final green light to deploy its Eurocopter Tigres to Afghanistan.

Air Methods Expands Community-Based Operations Into Eastern Oklahoma
Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical transportation company in the world, announced today an agreement with Saint Francis Health System and St. John Health System in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to assume full operation of the Tulsa Life Flight air medical program.

Sloane Helicopters marks a Triple Celebration 1969 to 2009
On Saturday 6th June 2009, Sloane Helicopters hosted a triple celebration at Sywell Aerodrome.

-- Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:36 pm --

Aircell High Speed Internet selected for Cessna Citation family
Cessna is to offer Aircell’s new High Speed Internet system as a factory option aboard its Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X business jets.

Manx2 adds to Blackpool–Belfast service is strengthening the link between Blackpool and Belfast City by commencing a twice daily commuter service on 6 July.

4,000th V2500 completed by IAE
IAE International Aero Engines has celebrated the completion of the 4,000th V2500 engine at a ceremony in Middletown, Connecticut, USA.

Augsburg Airways receives first Embraer 195
The first Embraer 195 for Lufthansa Regional carrier Augsburg Airways has been handed over during a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

AirAsia to fly KL–Colombo from 15 August
AirAsia is to boost its international connectivity by adding a route between Colombo and Kuala Lumpur.

airBaltic increases load factor in May
Latvian airline airBaltic has reported its passenger figures for May 2009, featuring a 4 percentage point increase in load factor.

Department of Commerce Removes Export License Requirements
Effective May 22nd, 2009, The US Department of Commerce has issued a major revision to licensing requirements in Thermal Imaging Camera and Sensor Technology.

Helicopter Support Services Division Awarded FAA Diamond Award for a Third Year in a Row
Helicopter Support, Inc. (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, today announced that its Services Division has won the FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence award for the third year in a row.

Lockheed Martin Delivers 200th Cockpit to US Navy MH-60 Helicopter Programs
Lockheed Martin has delivered the 200th Common Cockpit avionics suite to the U.S. Navy's MH-60R and MH-60S multimission helicopter programs.

Air France Flight 447 recovery assisted by US Coast Guard and Advanced Search and Rescue Technology
US Coast Guard search and rescue (SAR) experts based in the Portsmouth Virginia Rescue Coordination Center assisted officials at the Rescue Coordination Center in Gris Nez, France, with the search for Air France Flight 447 by providing information and advanced technology to help locate the plane's fuselage as well as recover passengers and crew who were lost in the crash.

Police pursuing helicopter arsonists
West Midlands Police in the UK are hunting an arsonist who destroyed the constabulary's £4.3 million EC135 helicopter this week.

Met Police EC145s preparing for new roles
London's Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit is hoping to begin fast roping and winching towards the end of this year.

First production MH-60T Medium Range Recovery Helicopter delivered to US Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard's Acquisition Directorate’s H-60 Conversion and Sustainment Project, in conjunction with the Aviation Logistics Center’s H-60 Product Line, delivered the first production MH-60T “Jayhawk” Medium Range Recovery helicopter (tail number CG 6028) to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. on June 3, 2009.

CAE awarded military contracts valued at more than C$80 million
CAE has announced a series of military contracts valued at more than C$80 million. Key customers include the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, United States Navy and other global militaries.

French CEV puts new rotary-wing technologies to the test
The French Centre d'Essais en Vol (CEV) is testing new systems to improve the safety of helicopter flight.

-- Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:47 pm --

AirTran adds service at major bases
AirTran Airways has begun a series of new routes, both year-round and seasonal.

SkyWest operations for Midwest to end
SkyWest, Inc, says it has reached a mutual understanding with Midwest Airlines to wind-down the service SkyWest Airlines currently provides under an Airline Services Agreement.

Great Lakes Aviation May 2009 traffic announced
Great Lakes Aviation has released its preliminary passenger traffic results for May 2009.

Combined May traffic released for SkyWest and ASA
SkyWest, Inc, has reported combined traffic statistics achieved in May 2009 by its subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA).

Open rotor systems to be windtunnel tested by GE and NASA
With the refurbishment of a special NASA test rig, GE Aviation and NASA will begin a windtunnel test programme this summer to evaluate counter-rotating fan-blade systems for "open rotor" jet engine designs.

Bangkok Airways ups Phuket frequency, introduces pre-reserved seating
Bangkok Airways is to launch extra flights between Bangkok and Phuket and also offer a new seat reservation service.

ExpressJet announces May 2009 performance
ExpressJet Holdings has reported traffic and capacity results for May 2009 for its ExpressJet Airlines subsidiary.

ERJ 145 family passes 15m flight-hour milestone
Embraer reports that the worldwide fleet of its ERJ 145 family has flown more than 15 million flight-hours, with an average mission completion rate of 99.7%.

Low-cost modernisation for airborne navigation systems announced
Fokker Services and FreeFlight Systems have announced a partnership to provide a low-cost update to airborne navigation systems without replacing existing equipment or making extensive changes to the aircraft.

RAA sets out strategic safety initiative
Testifying before the US House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee, Regional Airline Association president Roger Cohen told Congress that the industry has embarked upon a strategic safety initiative to push for new advances in aviation safety.

Colgan Air stresses commitment to safety, training, continuous improvement
Speaking at a hearing before the US House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee, Colgan Air's vice-president of safet, Dan Morgan has reaffirmed his airline's strong commitment to safety, training and continuous improvement.

American Eagle begins service to five new cities from DFW
American Eagle Airlines has begun nonstop jet service to five new cities from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): Santa Fe, NM; Tallahassee, FL; Montgomery, AL; Brownsville, TX; and Lake Charles, LA.

EADS North America selects supplier team to outfit UH-72A Lakota for Security and Support missions
EADS North America and its subsidiary, American Eurocopter, have selected the industry team that will provide components and sub-systems for the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter Security and Support (S&S) mission equipment package (MEP).

Heli-Lynx Delivers 355FX2R to Catalyst Aviation
Catalyst Aviation has taken delivery of the first of five planned 355FX2R helicopters from Heli-Lynx Helicopters.

FLIR Systems Announces Acquisition of Salvador Imaging
FLIR Systems has announced that it has acquired the stock of Salvador Imaging, a leading provider of high-performance visible and low light imaging systems, for $13 million cash.

ANA to sell helicopter maintenance operation to Eurocopter
All Nippon Airways said Thursday it will sell its subsidiary ANA Aircraft Maintenance Co.'s helicopter maintenance division to major European helicopter maker Eurocopter.

US Delivers Helicopters to Support Pakistani Military
The United States has delivered four Mi-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani army to support Pakistan’s counterinsurgency as well as humanitarian efforts, officials at the US Embassy in Islamabad announced.

Defendant sentenced in conspiracy to export aircraft parts to Iran
Man found guilty for supplying CH-53 and AH-1 Cobra parts to Iran.

Oil and gas industry aims to bring back personal locator beacons for offshore flights from July
The UK offshore oil and gas industry is planning to reintroduce the use of personal locator beacons or PLBs on offshore helicopter flights from July.

Tata Group and Sikorsky seal agreement to manufacture S-92 helicopter cabins in India
The Tata Group and Sikorsky have completed an agreement for Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) to manufacture Sikorsky S-92 helicopter cabins in India.

Barco secures substantial order for avionics-grade mission displays
Avionics display provider Barco has won a sizable order from Highland Integrated Surveillance Systems Inc. (HISS), Toronto, Canada, for the supply of MDU-268 avionics-grade mission display units.

-- Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:50 pm --

Focus sells 15 Fokker 100s for KLM
Focus Aviation has announced the sale of fifteen Fokker 100s on behalf of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to The Evsen Group.

AirTran starts Orlando–Knoxville service
AirTran Airways has begun nonstop flights from Knoxville, TN, to Orlando, FL. The service is operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

J-AIR signs 10-Year OnPoint deal with GE
Japan Air Lines' subsidiary, J-AIR, has signed a 10-year OnPoint agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new CF34-8E engines powering 10 Embraer 170s.

Virgin America announces 1Q09 financial results
Virgin America has reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2009, declaring steady year-over-year growth in unit revenue that exceeded the airline's projections.

PARIS 2009: New order plus conversions means 35 CRJ1000s for Air Nostrum
With a new firm order for 15 aircraft announced in Paris, Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that Air Nostrum has now placed firm orders for a total of 35 CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft.

PARIS 2009: New Commercial Aircraft sales VP for Bombardier in Europe
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott has announced the appointment of Steven Aliment to the newly-created position of regional vice-president sales–Europe.

PARIS 2009: Bombardier updates CRJ1000 progress
Following its announcement of new orders for the CRJ1000 from Air Nostrum, Bombardier has reported the latest on the testing and production of the aircraft.

PARIS 2009: First LEAP-X core in testing as MASCOT progresses at Peebles
CFM International’s first core for the LEAP-X engine (known as eCore 1) has begun testing.

PARIS 2009: CFM reports deferrals rather than cancellations
CFM has only had four engine orders cancelled in 2009, reported president and CEO, Eric Bachelet, at the company’s Paris Air Show press conference.

PARIS 2009: CFM continues biofuel evaluations
CFM is to take part in the evaluation of a new biofuel test in 2010 in collaboration with Airbus and Mexican low-fare airline Interjet.

PARIS 2009: More benefits added to CFM TRUEngine programme
Airlines in CFM’s TRUEngine programme will soon get more from their membership with addition of new benefits.

Mistral signs MoU with Eurocopter
Mistral Solutions, a leading product realisation company specialising in real-time embedded solutions and Eurocopter a Germany-based helicopter manufacturing company have signed an MoU to jointly collaborate and execute activities in the aerospace and defense.

-- Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:29 pm --

PARIS 2009: XASC awards Rockwell Collins MA-60 and MA-600 simulator programmes
Rockwell Collins has been awarded a programme to develop simulation and training solutions for the MA-60 and MA-600 flight platforms by Xian Aviation Science and Technology Company (XASC), an AVIC subsidiary.

PARIS 2009: Vietnam Airlines orders two more ATR 72-500s
ATR has received a third order in 18 months from Vietnam Airlines for ATR 72-500s, this time for two aircraft.

PARIS 2009: ATR approaches 1,000th sale
With 28 new orders so far this year, ATR has arrived at Le Bourget with 998 orders since the beginning of the turboprop programme. Customers for 14 of these orders remain undisclosed, though four signing ceremonies over Monday and Tuesday will reveal at least two buyers.

PARIS 2009: 12,400 aircraft needed in 20- to 149-seat market between 2009-2028 says Bombardier
Bombardier Aerospace has announced its commercial aircraft market forecast from 2009 to 2028 and expects 12,400 deliveries in 20- to 149-seat market.

PARIS 2009: No urgency for Q400-X but “part of our future,” says Bombardier’s Scott
Bombardier Aerospace does not feel any urgency to launch a stretched version of its Q400 turboprop, according to Gary Scott, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

FLIR Systems announces second-generation Star SAFIRE HD at Paris Air Show
FLIR Systems marked the 100th anniversary of the Paris Air Show by announcing the second-generation Star SAFIRE HD.

Sikorsky’s Armed Black Hawk (ABH) Demonstrator Completes Weapons Test Phase
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Elbit Systems announced today successful completion of the test phase for the Armed Black Hawk (ABH) demonstrator helicopter, also known as the Battlehawk helicopter.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters to Deliver First Two S-434 Military Helicopters
Sikorsky Global Helicopters today announced preparations for delivery of the first two military S-434 helicopters to the Saudi Ministry of Interior (MOI).

Sikorsky Aerospace Services Introduces SAS Avionics Center of Excellence
Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today that it has opened a rotary and fixed wing Avionics Center of Excellence at its Derco Aerospace campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Sikorsky Aircraft Delivers First UH-60M Helicopter to Federal Bureau of Investigation
Sikorsky Aircraft announced today that it has delivered the first UH-60M helicopter to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

First S-70i Helicopter Joined at PZL Mielec; Milestone Marks Historic Moment for Sikorsky Aircraft
The major components of the first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter have been joined at PZL Mielec in Poland, marking the first time a Black Hawk helicopter has been assembled outside the United States and signaling a major step forward in producing Black Hawk helicopters internationally, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today.

Eurocopter and ATE team up on Stand-alone Weapon System for Helicopters
Eurocopter and French airborne systems integrator, ATE, have teamed up to design, develop, manufacture and sustain a modern Stand-Alone Weapon System (SAWS) for any of Eurocopter’s light and medium helicopter products.

Elbit Systems introduces TARGO helmet-mounted avionics
Elbit Systems recently unveiled its TARGO helmet-mounted avionics (HMA) technology. TARGO offers new and wider markets access to advanced helmet-mounted technologies. It is showcased at the 2009 Paris Air Show.

Bell Helicopter provides update on its 429 Model
Bell Helicopter today provided an update on the 429 helicopter programme and expected certification date.

Bell Boeing team awarded contract for next phase of V-22 Osprey support
The Bell Boeing Programme Office announced today that it has been awarded phase 1.5 of a two-phase joint performance based logistics (PBL) contract from the US Department of Defense to support the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft for the Marine Corps (MV-22), and Air Force Special Operations Command (CV-22).

Bell selects first service centre provider in Russia
Bell Helicopter today announced the selection of its first customer service facility (CSF) provider in Russia. Kazan Aviation Enterprise was appointed as a CSF offering field maintenance for the Bell model 407 helicopter.

Bell announces new eco-innovation initiative
Bell Helicopter today announced the creation of a new enterprise-wide eco-innovation initiative aimed at evaluating its products using a lifecycle assessment.

Bell 412s to fly for NYPD
Bell Helicopter today announced the sale of two model 412EP helicopters to the New York Police Department (NYPD) for use as air sea rescue helicopters.

DCMA approves Bell Helicopter’s EVMS certification
Bell Helicopter today announced that its Earned Value Management System has been approved by the Defense Contract Management Agency.

L-3 WESCAM launches MX-10 EO/IR imaging turret
L-3 WESCAM announced today the launch of its MX-10 EO/IR turret. The flight-proven MX-10 incorporates the company’s multi-spectral MX-series technology into a smaller turret to give defence, homeland security, and airborne law enforcement customers a modern option for a lighter, lower clearance EO/IR product.

L-3 WESCAM receives AS 9100 certification
L-3 WESCAM announced today that the company has received AS9100 certification. AS9100 expands on the ISO 9100:2000 quality management system and incorporates more demanding requirements that are necessary in the aerospace industry to ensure quality processes.

Latest variant of AW101 makes Paris debut
The latest variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 medium lift helicopter is making its debut at the Paris Air Show. The latest variant of the AW101 features new more efficient main rotor blades, new more powerful engines, a new cockpit display system and a new uprated tail rotor.

PARIS 2009: Boeing's CEO Albaugh Says Rotorcraft R&D Needs Investment Focus
With Boeing’s IDS business expecting to generate $33-34 billion in revenue during 2009, Jim Albaugh president and chief executive officer of Integrated Defence System (IDS) said that a good part of the international revenue growth will come from Asia and the Middle East, where the company expects 5-6% compound annual growth in the coming years, with a window of between two and three years to secure the business.

PARIS 2009: Bell Boeing V-22: Affordability Issues Made Worse by Economic Crisis for Foreign Buyers
The economic crisis has done nothing to assist international sales of the V-22. According to Bob Fitzpatrick, senior VP business development and commercial programmes, there is still the oft discussed foreign interest in the V-22 – but it is still an issue of cost, and acquisition budgets are tighter than ever.

PARIS 2009: A Bluecopter with 'green' ambitions
EADS and Eurocopter have used the Paris Air Show to reveal their ideas for 'greener' rotary wing flight.

-- Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:50 pm --

PARIS 2009: Thales and Diehl team to offer complete cabin systems
Thales Aerospace and Diehl Aerospace are combining to offer an integrated solution for cabin systems, ranging from inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity to lighting and cabin structures.

Iridium moves toward full certification for air safety communication on transoceanic flights
Iridium recently passed an important milestone toward international certification for air safety communication services for commercial aircraft on transoceanic routes.

Cobham to provide Airbus production line with satellite antennas
Cobham has received an initial contract from Airbus to supply high-gain satellite antennas for use on single-aisle and long-range passenger jets.

PARIS 2009: Malév signs LoI for up to 30 SSJ100s
Malév Hungarian Airlines and SuperJet International have signed a Letter of Intent aimed at leading to 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100 firm orders and 15 options.

PARIS 2009: Boeing hopes to 'bounce off the bottom'
Boeing's Scott Carson believes an economic recovery may be sight.

PARIS 2009: Atlantic Airways chooses CFM to power its A319
Faroe Islands-based Atlantic Airways has selected the CFM56-5B engine to power the Airbus A319 it ordered in 2008.

PARIS 2009: AirTran and Macquarie AirFinance attain CFM TRUEngine status
AirTran Airways has achieved TRUEngine status for 102 of the CFM56-7B engines powering the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-700s, while Macquarie AirFinance has become the first leasing company to achieve the TRUEngine designation for the CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B engines in its portfolio.

PARIS 2009: Messier-Dowty and LAMC propose landing gear system for the C919
Pascal Sénéchal, chairman & CEO, Messier-Dowty, representing also Messier-Bugatti (both SAFRAN Group companies), and Xu Jun, president of LAMC (Landing Gear Advanced Manufacturing Corp), representing also Xian Aviation Brake Technology and First Aircraft Institute, have signed a Letter Of Intent preparing a co-operation between these companies for the Chinese single aisle COMAC C919 programme.

Embraer confirms seven E-Jet options for KLM Cityhopper
KLM’s regional subsidiary increases its orders for the EMBRAER 190

Nantes Atlantique Airport wins the Civil Defence Award 2009 in the Vital Infrastructure Operator category
Nantes Atlantique Airport is this year’s unanimous winner of the Vital Infrastructure Operator award, a trophy for which various vital infrastructure operators compete - for example, certain hospitals or nuclear plants.

Bombardier sells eight Q400 aircraft for operation by Olympic Air
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that MIG Aviation 3 Ltd, a subsidiary of Marfin Investment Group Holdings of Greece, has signed a firm order for eight Q400 aircraft, including five Q400 NextGen airliners, and has taken options on an additional eight Q400 NextGen airliners.

PARIS 2009: The Caracal's new line of defence
Crews flying the EC725 Caracal in Afghanistan have long-desired a new heavier self-defence weapon deter ground fire.

AgustaWestland starts work on new customer support centre in Brazil
AgustaWestland's Brazilian subsidiary AgustaWestland Do Brasil Ltda has started building an all new customer support centre in Sao Paulo to support its rapidly growing fleet of commercial helicopters in Brazil and surrounding countries.

Susi Air orders AW119 Ke and Grand
Susi Air (Pudjiastuti Aviation), of Indonesia, has signed a contract with AgustaWestland for two helicopters comprising one AW119 Ke single engine and one Grand light twin engine helicopter.

Fittipaldi Aircraft signs dealership agreement for ten AgustaWestland helicopters
Fittipaldi Aircraft has signed a dealership agreement for ten AgustaWestland helicopters including nine Grand light twins and one AW139 medium twin for VIP transport applications.

Eurocopter South East Asia to move to Seletar Aerospace Park
Eurocopter South East Asia, a 75% subsidiary of Eurocopter and 25% subsidiary of ST Aerospace, will move in the third quarter of 2010 to the newly redeveloped 300 hectare Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore.

German Police Frasca EC135 sim gets dual certification
The German Bundespolizei have received dual certification for their Frasca-built EC135 helicopter device as a JAR-FTD H FTD 2 and FNPT III MCC.

UH-60 aviators thank Air Comm for heating their helicopters in Afghanistan
The effectiveness of Air Comm's UH-60 cabin heaters inspired a group of grateful Army aviators to publicly thank the company recently at the Army Aviation Association of America annual convention.

Metro Aviation receives Bell 407 FAA repair station authorisation
Metro Aviation has announced the receipt of FAR Part 145 repair station authorisation to perform maintenance and repair on the Bell 407 type helicopter.

Blue Sky Network to supply Iridium satcoms to Belgian helicopter transport company
Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV), a Belgian helicopter transport company, has selected Blue Sky Networks’ Iridium satellite tracking and communication solution for its fleet of Dauphin, Explorer and Calibri helicopters.

Sagem's Euroflir 350 chosen for French special forces Caracal helicopters
The new Euroflir 350 optronic observation system made by Sagem (SAFRAN group) has been selected by Eurocopter for the EC725 Caracal helicopters deployed by French armed forces.

Spidertracks supplies Iridium tracking solutions to Nevada helicopter fleet
Sundance Helicopters, based in Southern Nevada, is installing Iridium-based satellite tracking systems from Spidertracks throughout its fleet of 18 helicopters.

UK SAR S-92 achieves 1,000 flight hour milestone
A SAR Sikorsky S-92 helicopter operating in the UK has reached the operational milestone of 1,000 flight hours as the SAR services provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and under the operation of CHC Helicopter Corp. continue to operate at availability levels of 98%.

FLIR Systems' Talon selected for US Army HH-60M Black Hawks
FLIR Systems has announced that Sikorsky, with US Army concurrence, selected the Talon for its HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.

Sikorsky adapts business model to enhance customer experience and advance growth
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp has completed the realignment of its business into three distinct divisions to provide greater clarity for customers and respond to market demand.

Sikorsky and L-3 Link join forces on UH-60M simulation and training
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement with L-3 Link Simulation & Training to explore teaming on simulation and training services for the US Army on the UH-60M helicopter and for international customers on international variants of the type.

New infrared decoys for French military helicopters
As part of the French economic recovery plan, on 18 May 2009, the DGA awarded a contract to Etienne Lacroix Tous Artifices SA, for enhancing the self-protection of helicopters from all three French services with infrared decoys.

Alliance opens up new markets for Scots helideck company
A Scottish company that inspects and certifies helicopter landing areas has forged an alliance that will see it enter the Australian and southeast Asian offshore markets for the first time.

US Army H-60 fleet nears 1 million flight hours in Iraq, Afghanistan
Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters flown by the US Army in the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres of war have accumulated more than 900,000 flight hours without a single material failure with the aircraft and are expected to break the 1 million fleet flight hour mark this autumn, Sikorsky Aircraft reports.

Turkey's Kocoglu Aviation to receive new EC135 EMS helicopters
Eurocopter has announced the deliveries of new EC135s to Turkish operator Koçoğlu Aviation, which has ordered a total of 12 helicopters.

Eurocopter and NRC Canada sign co-operation agreement
Eurocopter and the National Research Council Canada (NRC) have signed a 10-year agreement to work together to develop innovative research, development and technology solutions for the aerospace industry.

Eurocopter signs contract for three Ecureuils with India's Pawan Hans
Eurocopter has announced the signing of a Eur 7 million contract for three AS350 B3 Ecureuils with Pawan Hans, India's leading helicopter operator in the civil and parapublic market.

Helibras delivers first EC145 Stylence for Brazilian VIP customer
Eurocopter's subsidiary Helibras has delivered the first EC145 Stylence to a customer in Brazil. The new aircraft will transport VIP passengers between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Lockheed Martin's DAGR system successful in Apache helicopter testing
Lockheed Martin has successfully fired the DAGR rocket system from an AH-64D Apache helicopter. The testing marked the first airborne platform tests for DAGR, demonstrating its ability to engage targets in both day and night conditions.

Egyptian government orders three AW109 Power helicopters
The government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, through the Ministry of Defence has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW109 Power light twin helicopters.

Maritime Safety Administration of China orders two AgustaWestland Grand helicopters
The Maritime Safety Administration of China has signed a contract for two AgustaWestland Grand light twin helicopters, with an option for an additional two to be exercised next year.

Bel Air takes delivery of its first AW139 helicopter
Bel Air of Denmark has taken delivery of the first of several AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin turbine helicopters. This 12-seat configured aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport operations.

-- Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:24 pm --

ARINC and Rockwell Collins equip first Bombardier Challenger with inflight broadband; STC available
ARINC Direct and Rockwell Collins today announced the successful integration of their broadband solution for business jets — eXchange with Service by SKYLink — on a customer’s Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet.

PARIS 2009: Snecma and Superjet International join ALTA
ALTA, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association, has welcomed two new affiliates to its membership at the Paris Air Show: Snecma and Superjet International.

PARIS 2009: AirAsia X orders 10 Airbus A350s
AirAsia X has placed firm orders for ten Airbus A350-900s, with options option for a further five A350 aircraft.

Fuji Dream Airlines confirms third E-Jet
Embraer has sold a third E-Jet, an E-175, to Japan’s Fuji Dream Airlines, a company of the Suzuyo Group.

PARIS 2009: 'We are all in this together,' says Enders
Airbus wants to repeat its record deliveries in 2008 but isn't ramping up production as originally planned.

PARIS 2009: Air Nostrum orders 10 ATR 72-600s
ATR and Air Nostrum have signed a contract for the airline to purchase of 10 ATR 72-600s, plus take options for 10 additional aircraft.

PARIS 2009: Royal Air Maroc firms up agreement for 8 ATR -600 series aircraft
Royal Air Maroc and ATR have signed a firm contract for the airline to buy four ATR 72-600s and two ATR 42-600s aircraft, plus options for two additional ATR 72-600s. This contract follows an agreement announced in March 2009.

PARIS 2009: AirKnight opens the SAR-H door
The sealed door closing off the UK's SAR-H procurement programme from prying eyes was left slightly ajar after the AirKnight consortium made its first 'official' public statements about the bid.

Becker Avionics announces plan to establish US manufacturing capabilities for Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS 6100
Becker Avionics announced its plan today to establish manufacturing capabilities for its state-of-the-art Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS 6100 at its North American subsidiary, Becker Avionics, Inc in Miramar, FL.

TAM offers courtesy airport transfers by Helicopter in São Paulo
TAM is offering its business class passengers a free 20-minute helicopter transfer service between São Paulo's international airport at Guarulhos and the mid-town airport of Congonhas.

S-76D flight test programme enters high gear
Two more prototypes are poised to join the S-76D test programme as Sikorsky Aircraft continues envelope expansion on the newest version of the S-76 helicopter.

Sikorsky Global Helicopters inaugurates state-of-the-art delivery centre
Sikorsky Global Helicopters has opened a world-class facility custom-designed for customers as they take final delivery of their helicopters.

-- Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:32 pm --

PARIS 2009: Bombardier adds suppliers for CSeries
Bombardier Aerospace has announced another 17 suppliers for the CSeries aircraft programme.

PARIS 2009: Cebu Pacific orders 5 more A320s
Cebu Pacific Air has increased its outstanding A320 orders to 15, with a new firm order for five aircraft.

Norwegian to use Galileo’s direct connect solution.
Travelport GDS has signed a new direct connect content agreement with Scandinavian low-fare airline, Norwegian.

PARIS 2009: Japan's IBEX to operate CRJ700 NextGens
Bombardier Aerospace revealed at Le Bourget that IBEX Airlines of Japan is to receive four NextGen CRJ700s.

PARIS 2009: WestJet signs $850m engine MRO deal with GE and StandardAero
WestJet has signed a 12-year OnPoint agreement with GE Aviation for the MRO of its fleet of CFM56-7 engines, with the work to be performed by GE's partner StandardAero.

PARIS 2009: First direct order for A320 from Zest Air
Zest Air of the Philippines has placed a firm order with Airbus for one A320, its first purchase directly from the manufacturer.

Embraer signs Pool Flight Hour programme contract with Fuji Dream
Company will support the airline’s Embraer 170 and Embraer 175 jets.

Embraer signs service contracts with three customers in Europe
The company’s ERJ 145 Flight Hour Pool programme will support 17 jets in the continent.

Pinnacle Airlines, Inc releases April, May performance data
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation has released capacity and operational results for its Pinnacle Airlines, Inc subsidiary for April and May 2009.

Colgan Air, Inc releases April, May performance data
Pinnacle Airlines Corporation has released capacity and operational results for its Colgan Air, Inc subsidiary for April and May 2009.

Embraer signs service contract with Austria's NIKI
Pool Flight Hour programme will support the airline’s Embraer 190 jets.

Embraer improves Pool Maintenance Support programme
Engine LRU option broadens customer services in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Airbus MoU with IAI to explore eco-efficient ‘engines-off’ taxiing
“Taxibot” concept aims to remove the need to turn on the aircraft’s engines during taxi phase, reducing environmental impact of ground operations.

Eastern Airways introduces more services from Southampton to Aberdeen
Business and leisure travellers are set to be offered even more choice to Aberdeen as Eastern Airways introduces five flights each weekday from Southampton International Airport.

PARIS 2009: Dauphin: 900 and not out
Danish helicopter operator, DanCopter today became the proud owner of the 900th Dauphin and 100th EC155 to be built by Eurocopter.

PARIS 2009: Brazil to become 'domestic market' for Eurocopter
Eurocopter CEO, Lutz Bertling has taken his 'multi-local' business plan to the next step by signalling an intention to make Brazil the company's fourth domestic customer.

Former Presidential helicopter redelivered to Egyptian government
The Presidential helicopter presented by former President Richard Nixon to Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat in 1974 has been redelivered to the Egyptian government in a ceremony held 14 May 14 at Clayton International in Peachtree, GA.

AgustaWestland’s Logistic Centre doubles in size to serve growing customer base
The AgustaWestland customer support Logistic Centre at Lonate Pozzolo, Italy, is being expanded with the current 10,000 m2 (107,000 ft2) facility being doubled in size.

Sagem signs support contract for STRIX sights on Australian Tiger helicopters
Australian Aerospace and Sagem have signed a contract for support services for the STRIX sights deployed on the Australian Army’s 22 EC665 Tiger combat helicopters.

Marubeni and AgustaWestland sign AW101 spares support agreement
AgustaWestland has signed an agreement with Marubeni Aerospace to establish a spare parts depot in Japan to support the MCH-101 and CH-101 helicopters operated by the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force.

RTE renews part of helicopter fleet
Power line company RTE has extended its commitment to France's economic stimulus plan by signing a Eur 9 million contract with Eurocopter for four helicopters.

FAASA Aviación starts 2009 fire-fighting season in Spain with 16 AW119 helicopters
FAASA Aviación has started the 2009 fire-fighting season in Spain operating 16 AugustaWestland AW119 helicopters. FAASA has ordered a total of 20 AW119s so far.

American Eurocopter deliveries to US Customs and Border Patrol continue on schedule
The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has taken delivery of its fifth AS350 B3 since the beginning of the year. The delivery is part of the Light Enforcement Helicopter contract signed with American Eurocopter in July 2008.

TransCanada orders three AW119 Ke helicopters
TransCanada’s ANR Pipeline Company has ordered a total of three AgustaWestland AW119s plus options to support offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

PremiAir launches London Heliport Shuttle, joins Aurion Network
PremiAir, provider of executive helicopter charters and management, has introduced a shuttle service between key business airports around the UK and the London Heliport at Battersea.

Omniflight HEMS crews to be honoured in Alabama
Omniflight Helicopters announced today that 20 flight team members of its Alabama Life Saver programme will be recognised at the upcoming 'Honoring our Heroes' special event.

INAER to add 10 AgustaWestland helicopters to its fleet in 2009
INAER of Spain will add ten new AgustaWestland helicopters to its fleet in 2009, valued at approximately Eur 62 million. These latest aircraft include units from the entire AgustaWestland commercial product range.

Becker Avionics serves American markets
Becker Avionics has provided full-service avionics repairs and overhaul services since 1997 and continues to serve the avionics markets of North and South America at its facility in Miramar, FL.

Kocoglu Aviation to operate six AW109 Powers
Koçoğlu Aviation of Turkey will operate a batch of six emergency medical service-configured AgustaWestland AW109 Power light twin helicopters.

Eurocopter delivers first EC155 B1 to Northern Service Flight Company in Vietnam
Eurocopter has announced the delivery of the first EC155 B1 to Northern Service Flight Company based in Hanoi. Founded in 1989, NSFC belongs to the Service Flight Corporation, a long-standing partner of Eurocopter.

Eurocopter to refit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53s for personnel recovery missions
Eurocopter Deutschland has signed a contract to refit 26 of the German Army’s CH-53GS/GE transport helicopters with the capability to perform personnel recovery missions.

SELEX Galileo EOST 46 turrets selected for six different platforms
Less than one year after its launch in the market, SELEX Galileo's EOST 46 turret has added six new orders to its book to reach a total of 25 systems.

DAHER to build new-generation airframes for Eurocopter
DAHER, the European integrated equipment and services supplier, has cemented its position as one of Eurocopter’s leading partners.

Bristow Academy implements Appareo ALERTS system
Bristow Academy has begun implementation of Appareo Systems' award-winning ALERTS flight data management system in its training fleet at Titusville, FL.

PARIS 2009 Opinion: Eurocopter sees light at the end of the recession tunnel
Eurocopter's CEO Dr Lutz Bertling holds - and delivers - a press conference unmatched by his peers.

PARIS 2009: Grand plans for the Enara
Spanish engineering firm, Aeris Naviter has been displaying its latest new product, a tiny, single engined coaxial helicopter called the AN-2 Enara.
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