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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.
The NHV Group was awarded a five-year contract with Dana Petroleum to provide helicopter services to its central and northern North Sea assets. This deal comes a week after NHV reached a new contract with Nautical Petroleum to provide helicopter services in support of its upcoming drilling project at the Ekland Field.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) has acquired Conklin & de Decker Associates. An industry leader in aviation research, Conklin & de Decker has provided a wide range of aircraft cost and performance data to the business aviation industry for nearly 35 years.
Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, announced the delivery of the first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter during a ceremony held at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton on May 25. The event marks a major milestone for Leonardo’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to convert 25 former Royal Air Force Merlin helicopters to fully marinised amphibious support Commando Merlin helicopters for use by the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force.
At CANSEC in Ottawa yesterday, UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems announced a partnership for the Royal Canadian Navy UAV program. The partnership between UMS and QinetiQ has been formed to enable both organizations to provide the platforms and solutions for a joint Canadian maritime program, including the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) UAV contract.
Leonardo on May 29 announced it welcomes the Government of Canada’s intention to proceed with the CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Program (CMLU). While an exact timetable has not yet been set, Leonardo explains it will deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Canada’s AW101 primary search and rescue helicopter fleet and expand the current fleet of 14 AW101s by up to seven additional AW101s.
Since launching its new entity Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) in mid-2017, as a new brand for high-end corporate and VIP helicopters, Airbus made its first delivery and public display of an aircraft at EBACE in Geneva. The ACH130 helicopter is described by the company as a high-quality yet lightweight completion, suitable for high intensity flights and transport in extreme comfort.

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