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The Bell 407GXi light, single helicopter has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The helicopter is outfitted with a Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck and dual-channel FADEC Rolls Royce M250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine.
DART Aerospace Hawkesbury, Ont., received STC approval from TCCA, FAA and EASA in the last three months of 2018 for its Replacement Crosstubes for Airbus EC/H135 helicopters. The Crosstubes are available in Standard Low and Mid Height models with factory-installed supports.
After a positive vote by the citizens of Glarus North at a municipal assembly last November, the Kopter Group is ready to begin its next expansion step in Switzerland. It has commissioned architect Dima & Partner based in Glarus with the design, planning and construction of a new building measuring more than 20,000 m2 for its pre-assembly activities at the Mollis airfield.

Associated Aircraft Group, a subsidiary of Sikorsky, and Fly Blade Inc. reached an agreement to provide what the companies describe as a new on-demand urban mobility option in the New York City metro area. Established more than 25 years ago to serve as an executive helicopter company in the northeastern United States, AAG has more than 58,000 flying hours and operates S-76 helicopters exclusively.
Stewart Corbin joins Metro Aviation in a new role as training manager for the company’s Customer Communication Center (CCC). The CCC operates as a value-added service much like Metro’s Transport Business Services and Customer Revenue Cycle Support.
Following a planned maintenance period in Victoria, BC, Asterix, Canada’s only naval support ship on February 6 departed for a year-long tour. Federal Fleet Services owns and operates the Asterix, which was built by its sister company Davie Shipbuilding. It will take part in a series of international exercises and security operations throughout the Pacific Ocean, Asia, Middle East and East Africa.
SPAES GmbH & Co. KG has installed a Spidertracks on the instrument panel of the helicopter BK 117. The device is a satellite-supported tracking system that allows for flight paths to be tracked worldwide via the Internet in real time. 
Alain Flourens, 61, currently head of engineering for Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed head of industry for the operation, following Christian Cornille’s departure from Airbus.
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation received Transport Canada validation of its model 480B helicopter on January 25, 2019.
The Bell V-280 Valor achieved its namesake optimal cruise speed of 280 knots on January 23, 2019, at the company’s Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX. This achievement comes after a full year’s worth of testing and more than 85 hours of flight time, as Bell continues too expand the aircraft’s flight envelope. 

Drone Delivery Canada has commenced testing of its newest cargo delivery drone, The Falcon with a lifting capability of 50 pounds of payload and a travel range of 60 km.
Universal Helicopters of Arizona reached an agreement to purchase a fleet of 10 initial aircraft from Tecnam for two fixed-wing flight training locations. The purchase consists of four P2008 LSA, four P2010 standard category 4 place, and two P2006T twins.
Three Sikorsky S-92 helicopters have been selected by a major oil company to provide deep-water transportation to rigs off the shores of Mexico. The fielded S-92 aircraft will provide support for crew change and search and rescue operations. Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics approved the offshore and utility type certificate for the Sikorsky S-92A helicopter in November of 2017.
The Government of Canada will leverage Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. for newly assigned design work to extend the life of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of 85 CH-146 Griffon helicopters to at least 2031. Canada’s fleet of CH-146 Griffons entered service between 1995 and 1997. The Griffon Limited Life-Extension (GLLE) project will extend the life of the fleet to at least 2031, while the project for the acquisition of the next generation of tactical utility helicopters is developed and implemented.
Leonardo has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter fleet with what it describes as comprehensive support and maintenance services. The Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract is valued at approximately £293 million (approximately $444 million in Canadian funds) and will continue to support the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter fleet from April 1, 2019, until the aircraft goes out of service in 2024.
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