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Brand reputation begins with the company name, and the mouthful that was Marenco Swisshelicopter (aka MSH) was too long. It was also too associated with company founder Martin Stucki — the name Marenco is derived from Martin Engineering and Consulting — who started the venture in 2007 in his family’s farmhouse.
The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel.
March 26, 2015, Denver, Co. - United Rotorcraft has announced a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Feb. 26, 2015, Fort Worth, Tx. -  Bell Helicopter has announced the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s second flight test vehicle has successfully achieved its first flight. The Bell 505’s flight test vehicle one completed its first flight in November of last year, and the program has quickly progressed, performing additional flight tests and numerous practice autorotations.
Feb. 25, 2015, Fort Worth, Tx. -  Bell Helicopter has announced it has made the first delivery of the Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) in North America. The aircraft has been delivered to professional NASCAR driver and founder and CEO of SunEnergy1, Kenny Habul.
Feb. 6, 2015, Shanghai, China - Bell Helicopter has announced the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was awarded “best light single engine helicopter” according to the Hurun Report’s survey of China’s luxury consumers.
Jan. 14, 2015, Samarate, Italy - AgustaWestland has announced that the new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-tonne class helicopter has entered full scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy.
When Bell Helicopter president and CEO John Garrison took the podium and introduced the new 505 Jet Ranger X amid much pomp and circumstance at last year’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., the stately Bell chief executive enthused about the light-single helicopter’s technological advancements and versatile place in the marketplace.
Dec. 16, 2014, Fort Worth, Tx. - Bell Helicopter has announced that the revolutionary Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft has recently passed the 250,000 flight hour milestone.
Dec. 10, 2014, Pontives, Italy - The world’s newest light-weight twin-engine rotorcraft is now in service with the operational start-up of Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 of Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service.
Nov. 27, 2014, Donauworth, Ger. - Airbus Helicopters’ newest lightweight military multi-role helicopter, the EC645 T2 (LUH SOF), has successfully completed its first flight. In the presence of representatives of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), which has ordered the first of this new helicopter type, the EC645 T2 demonstrated its capacities at the company’s Donauwörth location in Bavaria.
Nov. 27, 2014, Moscow, Rus. - Russian Helicopters has launched flight tests on the first prototype of the multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. During its first flight its main systems were tested and found to be in excellent working order, according to commander and test pilot 1st class Salavat Sadriev.
Nov. 13, 2014, Moscow, Rus. - Russian Helicopters has launched the final stage of certification testing on the Mi-38 multirole helicopter. Testing is being carried out on two prototype models of the helicopter fitted with Russian TV7-117V engines.
Nov. 11, 2014, Zhuhai, China - Bell Helicopter has announced the successful first flight of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The maiden flight took place at the company’s Mirabel, Que. manufacturing facility.
Oct. 16, 2014, Marignane, Fra. - Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year.
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