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Ornge, Ontario's air ambulance service, was cleared Friday of negligence in a 2013 crash that killed a Sudbury pilot and three others.
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) has received notice from Transport Canada (TC) that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight. The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally.
Bell Helicopter has announced the certification of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) approved the Offshore and Utility Type Certificate for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. The certificate enables the operation of S-92 helicopters in Mexico, in all production configurations including offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue, as well as regional airline passenger service and VIP transportation.
Milestone Aviation Group and Leonardo have announced that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will expand its AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter fleet with the addition of a further three aircraft.
Peter Murray, founder and operations manager of Talon Helicopters has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety, for activities in the SAR community including; rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the safety of human external cargo operations.
Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam(MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by Thales (Scorpion). All planned and required tests were performed in a tight and demanding time schedule.
With the second largest commercial helicopter fleet globally (2,800 helicopters), Canadian operators know the importance of efficient, effective flight operations in one of the most diverse, high utilization environments worldwide. And for more than 13 years, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has helped improve Canadian helicopter operations by reducing engine damage costs through installation of the company’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Systems.
The Aerospace Industry of Canada’s 2017 Aerospace Summit took place Nov. 7-8 in downtown Ottawa and this year’s event more than lived up to its billing as one of Canada’s must-attend events.
The Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) operations team, led by Benoit Beaudoin, Vice President, Operations, received the James C. Floyd Award by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) for their exceptional contributions to Canadian aerospace innovation and leadership in advanced manufacturing and workforce development.
Bell Helicopter has signed an agreement with Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd. (Reignwood) under which Reignwood has agreed to purchase an additional 50 Bell 505s, act as the exclusive reseller for the Bell 505 in China and establish a Bell 505 delivery and maintenance centre. The new contract follows previous purchase agreements signed earlier this year with Reignwood for 60 Bell 505s, totalling 110 Bell 505 aircraft.
Waypoint Leasing has announced that it has completed a lease transaction for one H145 helicopter to Ecocopter in Chile to be used in support of the operator’s wide range of utility work. The lease transaction marks Waypoint’s 14th H145 delivery and the entry of the aircraft into Chile.
After rebranding earlier this year, Eagle Copters is proud to launch a new, overhauled website at, developed to be user friendly, perform optimally for users on any device, and fully share the talent, scope, and global reach of the organization.
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC)  has announced the election of Cynthia Garneau, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Garneau succeeds David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the last year.
StandardAero Aviation and Airbus SE have announced that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS from Airbus.

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