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He’s the biggest advocate for the helicopter industry in this country and when you have the opportunity to stop by and meet up with Fred Jones, the energetic president and CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC), you certainly must capitalize on the chance – especially when you are in the Capital Region.
I was thinking this past summer about the pain the industry has experienced as a result of the broad downturn in the economy. Across the board, from east to west, flying hours were reduced in mining and exploration, and in the oil patch, with the added pain of a reduction in “ad-hoc” work. If not for the dozens of large wildfires in Western Canada, the industry may well have experienced a major retrenchment, (something that in my opinion is long overdue).
Carter Aviation Technologies is ramping down its developmental flight test program and refocusing on moving the CarterCopter into production.
Peter Voss, president, CEO and owner of Shimco, has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in specialty product design and manufacturing. Shimco is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of precision parts, laminated and edge-bonded shims, tapers and spacers, in materials ranging from aluminum and titanium through to synthetics and composites.
Erickson Incorporated has announced the appointment of Glenn Johnson to the Company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Johnson will serve as a Director and will replace Gary Scott as Audit Committee Chairman.
May 11, 2015, Victoria, B.C. - VIH Aerospace has announced an introductory pricing program for its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TC) approved and Supplemental Type Certificated (STC) replacement Master Caution Panel (#:MCP001) for the Bell 212 series helicopter.
May 7, 2015, Subury, Ont. - In an apparent cost-cutting move, the province is moving its OPP search and rescue helicopter from the Greater Sudbury Airport to Orillia.
March 25, 2015, Vancouver - CHC President and Chief Executive Officer Karl Fessenden, in keynote remarks today, urged “inclusion, engagement and accountability” to about 750 people attending an internationally recognized aviation-safety event. 
March 12, 2015, Roanoke, Tx. - Aviation Search Group has announced after a global search that  Jeff Denomme was named President of Alpine Aerotech. Denomme will succeed Jim Campbell who is retiring after four years in the role.
Having just attended the RoundUp mining show in Vancouver, and confirmed the dearth of upbeat news from the marketplace, I have been pondering the question, “Are things getting better”?
Feb. 19, 2015, Victoria, B.C. -  VIH Aerospace (VIHA) a leading provider of global helicopter and fixed-wing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services announces the hiring of Dave McGrath as the company’s Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, effective February 15.
Feb. 6, 2015 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE: HELI), the parent company of CHC Helicopter, announced that the board of directors has appointed Karl Fessenden chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective Feb. 9, replacing William Amelio, who will be leaving the company. Mr. Fessenden joins CHC from GE, where over his 20-year career at the company he successfully led multiple global service business units, at GE Energy and GE Aviation.
March 4, 2015, Orlando, Fla. - Maverick Helicopters continues to expand its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. Maverick Helicopters took delivery of five EC130 T2s in 2014 and has ordered eight for delivery in 2015.
In a business environment where global operations have become a necessary fact of life, how does a helicopter operator survive in an environment where costs are high and margins can be frustratingly slim? It takes the support of a remarkably small core of professionals, who take on challenges others decline, to move helicopters around the world from where they are today to where they will be needed tomorrow – keeping them flying while they are on the job and bringing them back when it’s all over.
Establishing your brand and rising to a position of influence in a competitive marketplace is challenging indeed and for helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland (AW), the journey to make its mark in the Canadian marketplace can best be described as a solid work in progress – with definite successes along the way.

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