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Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell 407 helicopter. Although Donaldson dry media filters have years of front line experience on U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, this is the company’s first commercially certified dry media solution.
n June of 1996, Airbus Helicopters opened a new chapter in the helicopter aviation industry when the now iconic H135 aircraft entered into service. From its inception, the H135 played a tremendous role in the development and growth of a number of critical applications, including Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement. The majority of H135 helicopters manufactured to date have been powered by P&WC’s PW206B engines.
Robinson Helicopter Company has delivered its first two (serial numbers 30002 and 30003) production R44 Cadet helicopters to Heliflite Australia, a longtime Robinson dealer.
Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc. have announced the official name of their training center in Valencia, Spain: “Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training.”
FlightSafety International has announced that it will offer Part 142 approved Night Vision Goggle training using Level D qualified simulators in Dallas. The courses provide in-depth instruction on the equipment and focus on the efficient and effective use of the goggles through scenario based and mission specific exercises.
VIH Aerospace is in the process of delivering two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to a leading offshore oil and gas operator, in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225 helicopters pending the investigation of a fatal H225 helicopter crash of the coast of Norway on April 29th, 2016.
Women in Aviation International has announced the launch of its new, fully-featured website at The website has extensive content including information on scholarships, history, events, mentorships, chapter information, and aviation careers. It was designed with the member in mind – to make navigation and information access as simple as possible to WAI’s 12,000 members worldwide.
Women in Aviation International has announced it will be offering 98 scholarships valued at $499,000 in 2017. Scholarships are available for nearly every interest in aviation and aerospace and include academic scholarships, flight training scholarships, aviation maintenance centered scholarships, advanced flight ratings and type ratings, and a wide variety of other options. The majority of these scholarships will be awarded at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort March 2-4, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming months, and the total value of awarded scholarships typically reaches more than $600,000 annually.
Women in Aviation International has declared September 24, 2016, as the annual Girls in Aviation Day. On this day, WAI chapters around the globe will host their own one-day event to attract more young women to the aviation and aerospace communities with a day of activities appealing to girls ages 8 to 16 years of age. This program is an outgrowth of the successful Girls in Aviation Day events held during International Women in Aviation Conferences since 2012.
Please make plans to join Women in Aerospace Canada at the very historic (and well-hidden) Armour Heights Officers Mess at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.  It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to connect with old friends, meet new friends, and network.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AW189’s Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) clearing the way for the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded.
RAMM Aerospace has announced the Transport Canada appointment of Michael Petsche, Vice-President of Engineering, as a Design Approval Representative (DAR).
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (rbhsl) has received its second H130 on June 21, after the first has entered the Kingdom end of October last year. The new helicopter will join the first to perform similar missions.
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, the company’s new medium class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation. Combining unparalleled elements of style and comfort with the largest cabin in its class, the VIP version of the H175 offers a superior level of cabin interior provided by Pegasus Design, who has built a worldwide reputation on business jets and super yachts.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced the sale of three GrandNew helicopters in EMS configuration to long-time US customer, LifeFlight of Maine. The new helicopters will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver advanced in-flight patient care and transport to critically injured patients across the state of Maine. Equipped with a modern, comprehensive EMS interior featuring a single stretcher, all three GrandNew helicopters will feature NVG compatibility. The first one is expected to enter into service in 2016, with the additional two in 2017, and 2018, respectively.
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