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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.
The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded an approximate US$144M firm-fixed-price requirements contract for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.
The following article was originally published in January 2019 by Canadian Security, a property of Annex Business Media.
After five years of work, the restoration team at the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum rolled the forward and rear fuselage sections of a Piasecki/Vertol H-21/H-44 twin-rotor helicopter out of the workshop, bolted them together and moved it onto its newly poured display pad this October.
With today’s technologically advanced airports, there are basically no areas or functions that do not rely on some type of digital network, Tampa International Airport general counsel Michael Stephens told a joint hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Cyber security and Transportation Security subcommittees in September.
Airbus Helicopters delivered 356 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 413 helicopters (net: 381) in 2018, which is up from up from 350 gross orders in 2017. The company states these numbers maintain its lead in the civil and parapublic market, while reinforcing its position in the military market based on key international campaigns.
Boeing yesterday completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, leveraged Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
On December 12, 2018, after a long and acrimonious debate with industry, Transport Canada published new Flight and Duty Time Regulations in Canada Gazette II. They come into force for airline operators on December 12, 2020; and for Air Taxi and Commuter operators on December 12, 2022.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters has delivered India’s first customized ACH145 aircraft to Adar Poonawalla, CEO and executive director of Serum Institute of India, described as the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by doses. Expected to fly by the end of January, this marks the entry of the twin-engine helicopter into India’s private and business aviation market.

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