Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces, is holding a public event Thursday, June 28, running from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm to promote the aerospace industry in Quebec. The event, taking place at Grand Quai in the Port of Montréal, will include a free Snowbirds air show at 5:30 pm. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are officially known as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.
Aero Gear in Windsor, CT, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the facility’s 24,000-square-foot addition. Company founder Doug Rose welcomed suppliers, local leaders, and customers to tour the facility and have a behind-the-scenes look at the process of manufacturing precision gearboxes for jet engines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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