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Embraer X, an Embraer organization dedicated to developing disruptive businesses, has unveiled its first electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. The unveiling was made during Uber Elevate 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Embraer X is engaged in several projects, including the development of eVTOL concepts through a cooperation with Uber and other companies to explore business opportunities within the Uber Elevate ecosystem.
Curtis Nadon, chief flight instructor at Mountain View Helicopters, will present a session at Careers in Aviation Expo Edmonton, May 12, describing the opportunities and challenges of developing a career in rotorcraft. The one-day expo will feature seven unique sessions led by a range of professionals describing their careers and trends in Canadian aviation.
Boeing, through its subsidiary Aviall, signed a multi-year parts distribution agreement with GE Aviation to support the T700 turboshaft engine. Under the agreement, Aviall will market and distribute components needed to support the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the GE T700 engine models that power civil and international military helicopters for customers in more than 30 countries.
Last week, Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun expanding an automated system that will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide.
Just months after a contract to sell military helicopters to the Philippines was cancelled, a Canadian firm is hoping it can revive the controversial deal.
Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more.
Last February, DART Aerospace was proud to announce the delivery of the first unit of its H145(EC145) Quick Release, Heli-Utility-Basket to the lead AHI Customer, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). To best serve the end user, this project was completed with oversight from the FAA, with EASA validation expected shortly thereafter.
Waypoint Leasing has announced that it recently completed a lease transaction for one H135 helicopter to ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (“ALT”) in Germany to be used for pilot training. The lease transaction marks Waypoint’s seventh H135 delivery, as well as its first transaction with ALT.
Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of one H225 helicopter from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), bringing JCG’s H225 fleet to ten units. JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family. With this new order, the customer’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, becoming the largest Super Puma operator in Japan.
Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA ( European Aviation Safety Agency ) engine type certification for its Arriel 2H engine, installed in the Avicopter AC312E . This Arriel variant was selected in 201 5 to power this helicopter developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, a subsidiary of Avic (A viation Industry Corporation of China). The AC312E made its maiden flight in July 2016 .
AHS International has announced that the Society is rebranding to be a more accurate reflection of our membership and our role in the world.
Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, will produce a light utility helicopter prototype, called the VRT500, by the end of 2019. The prototype is being designed by VR-Technologies design bureau. Rostec explains the helicopter’s rotor system strength tests are now underway and VR-Technologies will soon begin aerodynamic tests, which it specializes in.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has achieved Canadian certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new S-92 helicopters. The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability was first certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015.
On April 28 at the Jazz Aviation Hangar in Mississauga, ON, more than 200 students and aviation professionals will take part in a one-day conference, called Careers in Aviation. The day, hosted by both Wings and Helicopters magazines will include six unique, engaging sessions focused on the future workforce and entrepreneurship of Canadian aviation.

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