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July 8, 2014, Marignane, Fra. - The first Level D full-flight simulator for Airbus Helicopters’ EC175 rotorcraft has received airworthiness certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), enabling launch pilots to be trained with this high-fidelity system.
July 4, 2014, Ottawa - Transport Canada has given its seal of approval to Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new PW206B3 engine, selected to power the new Airbus Helicopters EC135P3 light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. The updated EC135P3, announced at Heli-Expo 2013, is scheduled to enter service in the first quarter of 2015.
June 19, 2014, Kelowna, B.C. - SkyTrac Systems has added a Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) feature to their asset management program, SkyWeb. The feature, which allows users to view time critical aeronautical information within the same system they use to monitor other flight data, is available for use by SkyWeb customers.
June 11, 2014, Stratford, Conn. - For the fourth consecutive year, Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is giving kids, ages nine to 16, a chance to compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge.
May 22, 2014, Montreal - Sikorsky Aircraft and LORD Corporation have announced the successful completion of flight demonstration testing of the Hub Mounted Vibration Suppressor (HMVS), a new technology aimed to reduce vibration on helicopters.
April 22, 2014, Marignane, France – The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced.
April 21, 2014, Fort Worth, Texas – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new Bell 407 polycarbonate windshield, which will be distributed exclusively through its Aeronautical Accessories brand.
April 16, 2014 – KELOWNA, BC – Bell Helicopter has selected AEM's trusted line of audio equipment for its new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ Short Light Single (SLS) helicopter program's show vehicle build. The new Bell 505 program aims to build the successor to the venerable Bell 206 Jet Ranger.
April 14, 2014, Tokyo, Japan - Airbus Helicopters Japan today inaugurated Japan’s first full flight simulator (FFS) for helicopters, with this high-fidelity training system now ready for service at its facilities located in the Kobe Airport vicinity.
April 9, 2014, Kelowna, B.C. - SkyTrac Systems has introduced Duty Hours to their product offerings to enhance the risk management capabilities of their clients and streamline business operations. This new service allows operators the ability to monitor pilot and crew flight hours to ensure compliance with regulations while mitigating the risk of aircrew fatigue.
March 28, 2014, Kelowna, B.C. - Recent media focus on aircraft tracking technology underscores significant gaps in traditional approaches (radar, transponder, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), and radio communication). These technologies, or combinations of them, are typically used by the scheduled commercial air transport sector. The gaps are particularly relevant when tracking aircraft in remote areas where traditional tracking infrastructure can be limited, for instance outside radar coverage.
March 20, 2014, Kelowna, B.C. - SkyTrac Systems has announced the introduction of world-wide weather overlays to their web-based tracking and mapping tool, SkyWeb. This feature, previously only available for maps in Canada, the United States and Europe, will allow operators to track weather changes across the continents alongside the location and status of fleet, all from one interface.
Tom Tessier appears to be the very antithesis of an inventor, looking nothing like the public perception of the mad scientist.
March 4, 2014, Moscow, Rus. - Russian Helicopters is continuing to modernize its production capacity under the Federal Targeted Programme Developing the Military Industrial Complex in the Russian Federation 2011-2020.
Feb. 25, 2014, Anaheim, Ca. - Sky Connect Tracker III is the first system that enables simultaneous worldwide automated tracking, text messaging and voice capabilities to improve crew and passenger safety and increase aircraft availability. The all-in-one voice, text and tracking system from Honeywell Aerospace has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76, AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus AS350 rotorcraft platforms.

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