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Newfoundland Helicopters Ltd. has taken delivery of a light, single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Fort Erie, Ont. facility. The passenger transport and utility company, with bases in Appleton, Clarenville and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, will utilize the aircraft for a range of operations, including forestry, hydroelectricity, mining and tourism.
Boeing completed its US$4.25 billion acquisition of KLX Aerospace Solutions to expand its services business, which the company describes as a US$2.8 trillion, 10-year aerospace services market.
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada introduced Vision 2025, Beyond our Imagination, to help chart a course for growth and investment in the country's aerospace sector. The initiative will be led by former Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault.
Bell Helicopter signed what it describes as a teaming agreement with Garmin International on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

The board of directors of Airbus SE selected Guillaume Faury as the future chief executive officer of Airbus. Faury, 50, who currently serves as president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders, 59, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the board will be submitted to shareholders.
Test pilot Dan Wells has been named as a Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), recognizing Wells’ more than three decades of piloting and 7,200 flight hours. He continues to fly in Leonardo’s AW-609 TiltRotor program.
Ex-Change Parts AB signed an agreement to acquire six Super Puma helicopters from the Swedish Armed Forces. The deal includes what Ex-Change Parts describes as a large support inventory of engines, components, spare parts, GSE and special tools. The transaction was approved by Swedish and French authorities in July 2018 with delivery to Ex-Change Parts to be completed in October.
High winds spin the basket stretcher and rescue specialist as he struggles in driving rain to switch from the dead hoist to the backup. Above him, the hoist operator crouches in the doorway of a Sikorsky S-92, buffeted by prop wash. In the water a sodden victim gulps some air and disappears again under two-metre waves.
Sure, HAC’s convention has been growing, but it has also been changing in other ways. This year’s convention in Vancouver is the largest-ever trade show hosted by the Helicopter Association of Canada, featuring a growing number of international exhibitors and international delegates who are discovering that Canada has the world’s second largest fleet of commercial helicopters; that Canada holds a vibrant helicopter industry where more and more of our domestic operators are looking to expand their businesses outside Canada. But we still have work to do here at home.
Airbus Helicopters delivered one H135 to the Health Commission of Qingdao in China’s Shandong Province, which is the first of 100 Airbus H135s to be delivered to China based on a framework agreement signed in June 2016.  
Lockheed Martin reports the Sikorsky S-97 Raider light tactical prototype helicopter is advancing rapidly through its flight test schedule, recently exceeding 200 knots at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center. Raider, developed by Sikorsky, is based on the company’s X2 Technology, which, according to the company, enables speeds twice that of conventional helicopters.
Michael Rodyniuk becomes chief executive officer, president and accountable executive of the West Wind Aviation Group of Companies, which is First Nations and employee-owned, in addition to significant shareholders Athabasca Basin Development and Prince Albert Development Corp. West Wind Aviation (WWA) is a Certified Aboriginal Business designated by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.  
Helicopter Association International of Alexandria, Virginia, released a statement applauding Congress for passing a long-term FAA reauthorization bill, noting this five-year bill provides long-term stability to the FAA and advances important priorities for general aviation.
Zunum Aero, which operates in the electric aviation sector, selected Safran Helicopter Engines to provide a prime power source of its hybrid-to-electric commercial aircraft, currently called the ZA10, which is scheduled to be available in the early 2020s.
The Airbus H225M, with 88 such aircraft currently in service in six countries across the globe, surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone. The rotorcraft, also known as the Caracal, was first delivery to the French Air Force in 2006, when it was deployed in Lebanon to evacuate around 300 people.
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