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Panalpina, the Swiss logistics and freight forwarding company, is celebrating 25 years of its Heliship operation based in Vancouver, BC. In September, Heliship introduced Ryan Hecht as its new head of service, with the retirement of Juerg Boschung, who had been with the operation from its inception.
With the fall upon us and winter beckoning, it is a good time to pause and reflect on the industry accident stats for 2018 to date. It is premature to summarize the year with three full months still to play out, but so far the accident profiles, as gleaned from Transport Canada’s CADORS database, have been pretty good for the industry – even in a down year of activity.  
Luxaviation Group formed a strategic partnership between its dedicated VVIP helicopter service Luxaviation Helicopters and Icon Aviation, a business aviation and rotorcraft operator in Brazil, which also includes the use of Icon Aviation’s 12 VIP facilities.
Bell Helicopter is launching a Certified Training Facilities (CTF) program to expand its global training footprint. Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, is to becoming the first CTF offering initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the Bell Training Academy.
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. signed a contract at Helitech International to deliver a new 280FX into France. The deal is being completed by its dealer, François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor & Aircraft Sarl. 

When the 1980s began, Mike Stanberry was running a construction company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with a business partner. Both had their private pilot’s licenses – Stanberry since 1973 – and, operating as subcontractors across Louisiana and into Arkansas and Texas, they decided to use airplanes to check on job sites and make sure the prime contractors were truly ready for them.
Newfoundland Helicopters Ltd. has taken delivery of a light, single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Fort Erie, Ont. facility. The passenger transport and utility company, with bases in Appleton, Clarenville and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, will utilize the aircraft for a range of operations, including forestry, hydroelectricity, mining and tourism.
Boeing completed its US$4.25 billion acquisition of KLX Aerospace Solutions to expand its services business, which the company describes as a US$2.8 trillion, 10-year aerospace services market.
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada introduced Vision 2025, Beyond our Imagination, to help chart a course for growth and investment in the country's aerospace sector. The initiative will be led by former Premier of Quebec Jean Charest, currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault.
Bell Helicopter signed what it describes as a teaming agreement with Garmin International on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

The board of directors of Airbus SE selected Guillaume Faury as the future chief executive officer of Airbus. Faury, 50, who currently serves as president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, will succeed Tom Enders, 59, who remains CEO until the Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2019, when the appointment of Faury as executive member of the board will be submitted to shareholders.
Test pilot Dan Wells has been named as a Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), recognizing Wells’ more than three decades of piloting and 7,200 flight hours. He continues to fly in Leonardo’s AW-609 TiltRotor program.
Ex-Change Parts AB signed an agreement to acquire six Super Puma helicopters from the Swedish Armed Forces. The deal includes what Ex-Change Parts describes as a large support inventory of engines, components, spare parts, GSE and special tools. The transaction was approved by Swedish and French authorities in July 2018 with delivery to Ex-Change Parts to be completed in October.
High winds spin the basket stretcher and rescue specialist as he struggles in driving rain to switch from the dead hoist to the backup. Above him, the hoist operator crouches in the doorway of a Sikorsky S-92, buffeted by prop wash. In the water a sodden victim gulps some air and disappears again under two-metre waves.
Sure, HAC’s convention has been growing, but it has also been changing in other ways. This year’s convention in Vancouver is the largest-ever trade show hosted by the Helicopter Association of Canada, featuring a growing number of international exhibitors and international delegates who are discovering that Canada has the world’s second largest fleet of commercial helicopters; that Canada holds a vibrant helicopter industry where more and more of our domestic operators are looking to expand their businesses outside Canada. But we still have work to do here at home.

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