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Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, announced the delivery of the first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter during a ceremony held at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton on May 25. The event marks a major milestone for Leonardo’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to convert 25 former Royal Air Force Merlin helicopters to fully marinised amphibious support Commando Merlin helicopters for use by the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force.
At CANSEC in Ottawa yesterday, UMS SKELDAR and QinetiQ Target Systems announced a partnership for the Royal Canadian Navy UAV program. The partnership between UMS and QinetiQ has been formed to enable both organizations to provide the platforms and solutions for a joint Canadian maritime program, including the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) UAV contract.
Leonardo on May 29 announced it welcomes the Government of Canada’s intention to proceed with the CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Program (CMLU). While an exact timetable has not yet been set, Leonardo explains it will deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Canada’s AW101 primary search and rescue helicopter fleet and expand the current fleet of 14 AW101s by up to seven additional AW101s.
Since launching its new entity Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) in mid-2017, as a new brand for high-end corporate and VIP helicopters, Airbus made its first delivery and public display of an aircraft at EBACE in Geneva. The ACH130 helicopter is described by the company as a high-quality yet lightweight completion, suitable for high intensity flights and transport in extreme comfort.
StandardAero, over the next 12 to 18 months, will restructure its primary Canadian MRO facilities to create three different Centers of Excellence (COEs), which will also result in the closure of its facility in Richmond, BC. The company explains the three COEs will be structured for supporting Helicopter Airframe/Component MRO services; Helicopter Engine MRO services; and Turboprop Engine MRO services at its facilities located in Langley, BC, Winnipeg, MB, and Summerside PEI, respectively.
Air Zermatt, one of the world’s most recognized transportation and rescue companies, commemorated 50 years of high mountain operations in the Swiss Alps with the delivery of a new Bell 429 aircraft. Air Zermatt’s fleet includes two Bell 429 aircraft.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, opened its new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC) in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The company explains this office provides a unique setting for Bell’s military customers, partners and policy makers to interact with technology that is defining the future of vertical lift (FVL). Bell continues to explain it is increasing its presence in the region to offer opportunities for leaders to understand how advanced aviation technology, such as the V-280 Valor, can meet the needs of the warfighter. 
The Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 901” won this year’s Cormorant Trophy for the rescue of five crewmen forced to abandon a fishing vessel 250 km offshore in fierce weather and rough seas. The Cormorant Trophy was commissioned by Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) in 2002 as an award to be presented annually to a Canadian civilian, government or military helicopter crew performing the most demanding helicopter rescue of the year.

DART, a privately held aerospace company based in Hawkesbury, Ontario, received Federal Aviation Association (FAA) approval on its Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System. The company explains this is the first and only such system available on the market.
StandardAero recently signed an agreement with Beijing Reignwood Star General Aviation Company Limited to provide support to its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines powering the company’s Bell 407GX, 206L4, 206B3 and Robinson R66 helicopters.
Sikorsky delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) on Wednesday. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps' fleet.
Bell Helicopter has received certification for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This is a major milestone for the international expansion of the Bell 505, as anticipation is growing in country to receive the deliveries of over 110 aircraft.
More than 75 students from across Western Canada and 120 people in total turned out for an inspiring Careers in Aviation Expo in Edmonton, Alberta, held within the recently built – 2012 – hangar and facility of Aurora Jet Partners. Following a record-breaking Careers in Aviation (CIA) Expo held three weeks earlier in Toronto, this was the first time the daylong conference took place in Edmonton, thanks in large part to the support and location provided Morningstar Group, which includes Aurora Jet as well as Morningstar Air Express and Signature Flight Support.
Drone Delivery Canada has announced the appointment of James (Jim) Williams to the newly created position of Director of Regulatory Affairs, USA, as the Company grows its management team advancing its Drone Delivery technology into the United States of America.
Harald Wilhelm, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Airbus, has decided to leave the Company in 2019 in agreement with the Board of Directors.

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