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Great Slave Helicopters Ltd. on September 4 entered bankruptcy protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) through an order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The parent company, and two affiliates in Air Tindi Ltd. and Discovery Mining Services Ltd., have not filed for CCAA protection.
Universal Helicopters of Goose Bay, Labrador, today announced it has closed an agreement to invest in South Coast Helicopters, headquartered in Fullerton, California. Universal will own a 49 per cent share of South Coast, the maximum investment allowed by a foreign aviation operator under United States law.
Boeing will build the U.S. Navy’s first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft, the MQ-25 Stingray aerial refueler, through an US$805 million ($1.1 billion) contract. Boeing was awarded the engineering and manufacturing development contract to provide four aircraft. It plans to perform the MQ-25 work in St. Louis.
As part of Homewood’s 100-year celebrations, the small Manitoba town paid tribute to the first flight of a Canadian helicopter, developed by the Froebe brothers Douglas, Theodore and Nicholas, which took place in 1937.
Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Bell Helicopter met in June 2018 to focus on the development of micro unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The project surrounds what Bell describes as miniature, lightweight reconnaissance vehicles that soldiers can carry onto the battlefield and deploy in a confined space.
FlightSafety International has been awarded a contract for Bell TH-57 aircrew-training services, in addition a contract for Boeing C-17 aircrew training.
Rotortrade Services, an independent helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, released financial results for its first half of 2018.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) published its latest Annual Report to Parliament, highlighting some of the annual statistics on reported occurrences in the aviation, marine, rail and pipeline modes of transportation. The report also focuses on TSB’s investigative caseload, safety communications and outcomes in 2017/18.
Alliance Magnesium signed a financing agreement with Investissement Québec and the Government of Quebec's Economic Development Fund in the amount of $30.9 million for the construction of its First Commercial Phase at its facility in Danville, Quebec. This investment is part of a $104.9 million financial package that includes other institutional partners. The financing is in the form of a $17.5 million loan and a $13.4 million equity interest.
Louisiana Economic Development has cancelled its contract with Bell Helicopter, according to various U.S. news sources, and the two parties are now engaged in legal action concerning earlier economic development deals around an aircraft assembly centre in Lafayette.

Rotortrade Services, an international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, reached an exclusive distribution agreement with Gualter Helicópteros, which focuses on executive aviation in Brazil.
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has certified Appareo’s Vision 1000 in the Enstrom 480B turbine helicopter. FAA certification for the Vision 1000 was granted in June 2018 followed by EASA and the Brazilian DAC. Approval is in process with the Chinese CAAC and the CAA of Argentina.
The National Research Council of Canada and Advanced Powders & Coatings, a GE Additive company, have developed a new way to test the quality of powders used in 3D printing. The two development partners explain this leads to stronger, cleaner, safer and more reliable 3D printed parts for aviation, aerospace and medical devices.
During LABACE 2018 in São Paulo, Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda.
Destination Canada, a Crown corporation wholly owned by the Government of Canada to promote tourism in the country, added four new members to its Canadian Signature Experiences collection. This new group includes 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours based in Tamworth, Ont., and operated by Kouri’s Kopters.

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