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AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, has announced the election results for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The following members of the board's executive committee were elected for the one-year term of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018:
Helijet has extended its existing helicopter air service contracts with six of B.C.’s world-renowned fishing resort lodge clients located on the Haida Gwaii Islands and Bella Bella, along the Central-West coast of British Columbia.
Sikorsky has recognized Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for 50 years of continuous service with Sikorsky helicopters. The recognition event took place at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company has announced plans to expand its S-92 and S-76 helicopter support services in the Asia-Pacific region. Thai Aviation Services is scheduled to become the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of 2017. The announcement was made at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced the purchase agreement signing of a Bell 429 to Meghna Aviation Ltd. (Meghna) in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bangladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, has announced  the delivery of two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri for supply to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. The delivery marks the first two Bell 429s to be used for flight calibration operations throughout Indonesia, performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument Landing and Departing Systems at airports, heliports and helipads.
Aeryon Labs Inc. has announced that Bill McHale has been appointed as chief executive officer. McHale assumes responsibility as CEO from Dave Kroetsch, who is taking on the critical role as the company’s first chief technology officer. 
CHC Group has announced it has signed a new contract with Providence Resources plc to provide helicopter services in support of its Exploration well program on the Druid/Drombeg prospect in Frontier Exploration Licence 2/14 of the southern Porcupine Basin, Offshore Ireland, some 215 kilometres off the southwest coast of Ireland. The contract will see a dedicated Sikorsky S-92 flying out of Cork Airport beginning this June and will once again see CHC work in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register as the wells project management company.
Onboard Systems International has announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the Agustawestland AW169 and AW101 aircraft. The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for new and existing AW169 and AW101 aircraft to enable HEC operations in utility, search and rescue, personnel insertion and extraction, and other missions.
Leonardo announced at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in Argentina and Brazil, respectively.
CHC Group (CHC) has announced that it has successfully concluded its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as its court-confirmed Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) went into effect on March 24, 2017.
Bell Helicopter has announced Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support its steel production operations.
About 60 members of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, based at 3rd Canadian Division Support Base in Edmonton, Alberta, departed on April 17, 2017, for northern Iraq. There, they will assume the duties of the Tactical Aviation Detachment of Air Task Force–Iraq as part of Operation Impact, the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to the fight against Daesh.
Most current squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force can trace their origins to the Second World War, when the nation’s call to service was answered by thousands of Canadians throughout the country. 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, currently based at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, is just one of the squadrons celebrating 75 years since its formation in 1942.
With a renewed focus on developing safety enhancements to reduce the number of fatal accidents, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has restructured its front line work groups.
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