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During a ceremony held at Garrison Petawawa, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) formally graduated its first class of CH-147F Chinook helicopter aircrews who took part in the new, comprehensive Field Trials Course.
Global members of the International Helicopter Safety Team will gather at Heli-Expo next month for a worldwide summit focused on civil helicopter safety and to share knowledge and advice about reducing accidents.
Airbus Helicopters has partnered with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160. In line with the “born ready” strategy implemented by the H160 since the beginning of its development, the FFS will be available to support the H160’s entry into service.
The twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully proved its operational capabilities for challenging offshore missions. During a two-day flight trial in late January the established offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore were able to test the H145 in all the relevant fields of offshore operations. Both aviation companies collaborate closely to offer their customers a wide range of offshore services involving light and heavy helicopters. This concept is very appreciated in the offshore-wind-branch.
A former president of a major aircraft manufacturer was one of the two people killed after their World War II-era plane crashed and burned near the town of Maricopa.
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.
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