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Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) received three Airbus H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant. Airbus explains the delivery enlarges the H175 mission capacity to include search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement and firefighting, as well as land and maritime border control operations.
Helicopter Association International (HAI), based in Alexandria, VA, joined what it describes as a coalition of 10 other aviation-related associations in delivering a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the Ligado Networks Proposal.
Arista Aviation installed the Becker Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS) 6100 for digital audio into one of its UH-60A demonstration medium-lift helicopters. Rich Enderle, president of Arista, explains the technology will be used in the cockpit and cabin.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, announced the reappointment of Kathy Fox to the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board (TSB). A Member of the board since July 2007, Fox will continue to serve as board chair (with the new term beginning August 21, 2018), a position to which she was first appointed in 2014.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) broke ground on a number of capital construction projects to improve its competitive position as a world-class connecting hub. The projects are part of YVR's multi-year expansion plans that will see the airport complete 75 major projects, totaling $9.1 billion over the next 20 years. 

Some of the key projects include building one of the largest GeoExchange systems in Canada, significant terminal expansions, new parking options, and improved vehicle rental facilities.
Bell Helicopter, at the Future of Transportation World Conference in Cologne, Germany, announced a new collaboration with Safran on the development of hybrid electric power systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept.

Canada has awarded Thales Canada the second phase of its Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) ground segment contract. The contract includes the procurement of two MEOLUTs and maintenance services for five years with options for an additional five years.
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fifth and final H135 that will be used by the German Armed Forces in Bückeburg to train its pilots. The German Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) is leasing these helicopters for initial and recurrent pilot training.
Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Australian Army to provide extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters through a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract.
The U.S. State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of US$930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification.
Irish Community Rapid Response, a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care, signed a contract with UK-based Sloane Helicopters to deliver Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance. The deal will see Irish Community Rapid Response’s (ICRR) successful land service take to the air. The Air Ambulance service is expected to respond to some 500 calls per year.

Bell Helicopter in early June delivered the first three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters destined for the Chinese market during a ceremony held at Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Quebec.
Tracy Biegler of Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is stepping down as CEO and president of the company to pursue other opportunities. Biegler leaves the company on a high note, explains Enstrom, with large sales contracts in Pakistan and the Czech Republic.
In late May, Airbus Helicopters Canada held its annual Family Day celebration, attended by more than 700 employees, family members and friends, at its manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, Ontario.
Boeing, through its HorizonX Ventures division, made an investment in Kittyhawk, a startup company based in San Francisco that provides air traffic management systems for drones. Kittyhawk's technology is designed to support the development of a UAS Traffic Management System (UTM) that enables piloted and autonomous air vehicles to safely coexist.
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