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Aireon on January 11 completed the eighth and final payload deployment within the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which holds Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. This final Aireon satellite payload was carried into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Placing the final 10 satellites into LEO brings the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and nine spares) and passes one of the last remaining milestones before Aireon can begin a new era of global air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking.
Helijet International and Power To Be formed a new partnership that expands upon Helijet’s continuing support of the non-profit organization. This includes new financial assistance and an in-kind sponsorship program.
Whenever a search and rescue operation is initiated, time is of the essence. This is especially true of maritime SAR where a difference of minutes can mean a life is spared or lost. Bordered by three oceans, Canada has one of the world’s most-challenging marine SAR regions.
Ian Bergeron gives a thumbs-up as the Sikorsky S58T lifted off from a Brampton, Ont. hangar that Sprint Mechanical shares through a partnership with Four Seasons Aviation. Were it not for their radio communication headsets, the eight crew members would have relied fully on hand signals and yelling as the twin-engine helicopter whirred deafeningly towards Cambridge Centre shopping mall in Cambridge, Ont.
A week after naming Temsco Helicopters’ Andreas Hermansky as the recipient of its 2019 Pilot of the Year Award, Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced Thomas Hall, airbase lead mechanic for Air Methods, as the 2019 recipient of its 2019 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. HAI then introduced DeWitte Binkley, general manager at SureFlight in Coatesville, PA, as the 2019 recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. All three awards are part of HAI’s annual Salute to Excellence Awards program.
Most people in the aviation community have a good grasp of what Aircraft Maintenance Engineers do. To put it simply, we maintain and repair aircraft to keep the flying public safe. The pilots may get all the glory but the quiet tech with the wrench must still sign on the dotted line to verify every aircraft as airworthy.
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, introduced Canada’s new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems. Scheduled to come into effect on June 1, 2019, the regulations set out by Transport Canada apply to all pilots flying drones between 250 grams and 25 kg that are operated within the drone pilot’s Visual Line of Sight (VLOS), regardless of whether the drone is flown for recreation, work or research.
The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters as part of the country’s fleet-strengthening initiative for a combat search and rescue-capable fleet.
Canadian aviation industry stalwart Amy Foy passed away on December 26 after a battle with cancer. Amy Foy most recently directed her passion for aviation by serving as Administrator of the annual Webster Memorial Trophy Competition, a position she held for 10 years. Her passing closely follows the August 2018 death of Wayne Foy, who volunteered his time to advance the Webster Competition.
NovAtel of Calgary, Alberta, won a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety of life WAAS navigation service. The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s portfolio of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) products deployed by the FAA, including the WAAS G-III reference receiver platform.
Maxar Technologies Inc., formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, has completed its statutory plan of arrangement, pursuant to which the ultimate parent company of Maxar Technologies Ltd. (Maxar Canada) became an entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in the United States.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) has named Andreas Hermansky, a pilot for Temsco Helicopters in Alaska, as the 2019 recipient of the Pilot of the Year Award. This award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. Nominees must be active helicopter pilots. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards luncheon at HAI HELI-EXPO 2019 in Atlanta.
Bell Helicopter during CES 2019 revealed the configuration and full-scale design of an air taxi called Bell Nexus. The VTOL vehicle is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s powered lift concept, incorporating six tilting ducted fans.
Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 demonstrator in December took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France.
DART Aerospace of Hawkesbury, Ontario, received certification from EASA for its Emergency Float System (EFS), designed exclusively for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. With STC approvals granted by FAA, TCCA, and JCAB last year, the six-pod EFS is available as a factory installation or retrofit option.

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