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Erickson Incorporated has renewed a longstanding contract for aerial timber harvesting with Vancouver-based Western Forest Products (WFP), one of the largest lumber producers in Canada. This is Erickson’s second timber harvesting contract renewal this year. Last month, the company renewed a separate timber harvesting contract with Helifor in Western Canada.
A Bristow helicopter ditched in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday. There were, however, no fatalities as all 11 people on board, comprising nine passengers and two crew members were rescued.
The Trudeau government has promised to get Canada back into the peacekeeping business, but a new report from two independent think tanks says the military is ill-prepared for the task.
Heli-One has announced it has completed its first proprietary repair in its Poland facility of an AgustaWestland AW139 first generation duct.  Heli-One’s facility in Rzeszow completed the repair for a third party customer, making it mission ready in just 10 days.
Trace elements of DNA have been discovered from U.S. Marines who died when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii last month, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday, although no bodies have been found.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has been awarded  $7,89 million by the U,S. Department of Defence against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) to incorporate Nacelles physical configuration audit support and 36 total production kits in support of the MH-53 and CH-53 in-service program.
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Tex., has been awarded a $20.8 million-fixed-fee modification by the U.S. Department of Defence to a previously issued delivery order (0122) placed against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.
Erickson Inc. has renewed a contract with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters, to continue providing aerial timber harvesting services in British Columbia and western Canada.
In both its Arizona and Louisiana locations, Guidance Aviation is offering helicopter charter services utilizing the Robinson R66. Applications range from construction deliveries, airport shuttles, executive transportation, scenic tours, pipeline/power line assessment, and external loads.
CHC Group, the parent company of CHC Helicopter, has announced it received written notice from the NYSE Regulation, Inc. that the NYSE has delisted the company’s ordinary shares, pursuant to Section 802.01B of the NYSE’s Listed Company Manual requiring NYSE-listed companies to maintain an average market capitalization of $15 million or more over the preceding 30 trading days. The NYSE also suspended trading of the company’s ordinary shares effective immediately.
Avinco closed 2015 with a record 31 helicopter transactions worldwide, moving more than 38 million Euros worth of assets. Eight of the sales came from Avinco’s own portfolio, and three came with Avinco financing attached.
VIH Aerospace will take part in a Canadian trade delegation to Asia February 7-20 as part of a contingent of leading aerospace companies operating in British Columbia.
Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first H145 Mercedes Benz Style to KörfezAviation in Turkey. This is the first of two helicopters acquired by Körfez Aviation to expand its fleet dedicated to business and private aviation, as well as charter flights in the region.
As part of the 6th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is offering Apple Watches, iPad Minis, custom jackets and custom silk scarves to girls and women who dare to step out of bounds and try flying in a small aircraft (maximum 6 seats) from March 7 to March 13, 2016 anywhere in the world.
This year's HeliRussia-2016 International Helicopter Industry Exhibition will be extensively expanded, with displays of different pilotless "drone" craft, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. One of the most interesting exhibits will be the Sunic-H2M – a helicopter-type UAV. Visitors to the HeliRussia 2016 exhibition will get a chance to see a fully operational unit and to learn about its features from May 19-21, 2016, at the Crocus City International Exhibition Centre in Moscow.
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