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Hexcel celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the art manufacturing facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone in Casablanca on Wendesday. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy; Nick Stanage, Hexcel Chairman, CEO and President; and Thierry Merlot, President, Aerospace – Europe/Asia Pacific/MEA.
DART Aerospace and Drallim Industries signed an agreement to perform Repair & Overhaul on DART remote cargo hooks, swivels and long lines at the Drallim Industries facility located in Hastings, United Kingdom.
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation has announced that Elbit Systems Ltd.is in the process of completing the acquisition of Universal Avionics through an asset acquisition agreement.
Drone Delivery Canada has announced that it has commenced development of its newest cargo delivery drone, ‘The Condor’ with a lifting capability estimated at 400 pounds of payload.
The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion completed an external lift of a 36,000-pound payload at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center, achieving a maximum weight on the single center point cargo hook. This milestone marks completion of critical flight envelope expansion activities for the CH-53K as Sikorsky prepares to deliver the first aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps this year.
Bell has announced the signed purchase agreement for the sale of the first law enforcement configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department.
Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for four ACH160s with an undisclosed, North American customer. The launch customer, a major U.S. business entity with extensive experience in corporate aviation, has opted for one aircraft to be delivered in Stylence by ACH configuration, the in-house, private and business design product line; with the remaining three aircraft to be delivered in ACH Exclusive configuration, the select design product line which allows the highest level of customisation and bespoke craftsmanship.
Bell Helicopter has announced it has rebranded to be known as simply “Bell.” The new brand strategy and modernized logo are rooted in the company’s focus on innovation and customer experience. Bell will roll out the rebrand over the next year.
A Canada-wide aviation fuel shortage may ground some small planes and helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters has wrapped up Heli Expo 2018 in Las Vegas with orders for over 50 of the company’s wide range of helicopters for customers worldwide. The most anticipated sales include the H160’s launch customer as well as the first orders placed for this new-generation helicopter in the North American market. In addition, the H145 and H125 families received solid bookings, showcasing their impressive performance and continual popularity.
CAE has announced that CAE USA has been awarded a contract by the United States Navy under a U.S. foreign military sale (FMS) program to provide the Brazilian Navy with a comprehensive S-70B Seahawk helicopter training system.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Leah Murphy has been awarded the 2018 MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship by MD Helicopters, Inc. This unique training opportunity has a value of approximately $12,000.
StandardAero Component Services has announced a significant investment and expansion at three of the company’s U.S. sites during 2018 and will increase shop capacity by a total of 260,000 square feet (sq. ft.) collectively, with expansion of facilities in Cincinnati & Hillsboro, Ohio, and Miami, Florida locations.
The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, has announced that Thai Aviation Services has begun Sikorsky S-92 helicopter simulator training at the CAE Brunei MPTC.
TRAXXALL Technologies has announced a partnership with Airbus Helicopters.

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