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A recent survey by Accenture finds approximately 86 per cent of all aerospace executives expect to employ blockchain technology in the next two years. This technology, coupled with drivers like artificial intelligence, are affecting industries with complex supply chains and significant aftermarkets, including both the fixed- and rotary-wing sectors.
In mid-2017, the Government of Canada challenged Canadian businesses to collaborate with post-secondary and research institutions to propose what it described as bold and ambitious strategies that would transform regional economies and create jobs. Led by Navdeep Bains, federal minister of innovation, science and economic development, the goal of this collaboration is to create superclusters of industrial innovation.
Airbus Helicopters Canada opened up nominations for its 2018 Innovation in Safety Award program, which provides one or more recipients with a cash prize of $10,000. The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2018.
The Government of Luxembourg ordered two Airbus H145M multipurpose helicopters, which are to be delivered before the end of 2019. Scheduled to enter service at the beginning of 2020, the helicopters will be used for defence and security missions, operating out of Luxembourg Findel Airport.
In honour of the upcoming retirement of the CH-124 Sea King fleet, Royal Canadian Air Force had one of its Sea King painted in its original Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) colours. The project was initiated in December 2017 by Major Trevor Cadeau, an aircraft maintenance engineering officer with 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, in cooperation with staff at Director Aerospace Equipment Program Management (Maritime) and 1 Canadian Air Division.
Every once in a while you meet someone who you think is really cool. And that’s what I thought shortly after meeting Alexia Hannam, a helicopter pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force. I fully expected she would be a strong and intelligent woman, carrying traits befitting a military leader, but I was also quickly struck by her fun, friendly and passionate nature.
Depending on the size of your business, scope of services, number of bases in operation, and available resources, managing an efficient stores room and tracking inventory can be somewhat of a challenge. Regardless of business size and stock on hand, however, if you are not accurately maintaining proper inventory control, you are negatively impacting the company’s bottom line.
Waypoint Leasing Limited of Ireland, self-described as the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, has completed a lease transaction for three new AW169 aircraft to Emerald Pacific Airlines in Taiwan. The three helicopters are to be used in EMS operations and other missions. This transaction marks Waypoint’s third, fourth, and fifth AW169 deliveries globally, as well as its first helicopter lease in Taiwan.
The helicopter division of Airbus is developing a new system called EAGLE to serve as the eyes of autonomous aircraft. It is not yet applied on fully autonomous vehicles, explains the company, but it describes EAGLE as an important step in making the aircraft commercially viable.
DART Aerospace has made an improvement to the Rotorcraft Flight Manual Supplement (RFMS) for its PA100 PUREair engine protection system for Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 and H130/EC130.
Safran states it passed a major milestone in its hybrid electric propulsion roadmap with the first ground test of a distributed propulsion system. The test run took place at a Safran Helicopter Engines test facility near Pau-Pyrenees Airport in France. Safran’s hybrid electric propulsion roadmap is focused on bringing these technologies to market by 2025.
Urban Aeronautics launched what it describes as full-scale development for the CityHawk hybrid-power, eVTOL Flying Car, with Canadian partner Cert Center Canada on board to ultimately provide a transition to hydrogen propulsion after initial FAA certification.


Boeing released its 2018 Pilot & Technician Outlook, projecting demand for 790,000 pilots over the next 20 years. This represents double the current workforce, explains the company, and what it describes as the most significant demand in the report’s nine-year history.
Aéro Montréal, self described as a think tank for Québec’s aerospace cluster, held the 6th edition of its Aerospace Innovation Forum under the theme of Aerospace in the Era of Disruptive Technologies. This even, held in collaboration with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), appears to be the largest gathering of aerospace professionals in the country.
Sun Metals Corp. completed a 1,103 km helicopter-borne Versatile Time Domain Electro Magnetic (VTEM) and Magnetic Geophysical Survey at the Stardust project in north-central British Columbia. VTEM surveys, explains Sun Metals, are recognized as a successful methodology for exploration in other Carbonate Replacement Deposit (CRD) systems around the globe.

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