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Bell and EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy during the MEBAA show in United Arab Emirates celebrated the delivery of two Bell 429s. Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon provides flight training with an exclusive Bell fleet comprised of 206s, 407s and now the 429s.
Seven Airbus H145 helicopters have been ordered to replace the German Armed Forces’ Bell UH-1D search-and-rescue fleet, which first entered into service in the early 1970s. The new aircraft, ordered through the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, will be delivered to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) in 2020.
Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa Airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research program. This program is designed to test the Falco EVO’s ability to monitor the European Union’s external borders.
The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. Airbus reports the contract extension follows a 3-year HCare Infinite contract between the two, which helped to generate a 97 per cent average fleet availability over that period.
Robinson Helicopter Company delivered two R44 Raven IIs to long-time Robinson dealer, PHU Polinar of Poland. PHU Polinar then delivered the aircraft to the Polish Air Force University, marking the first acquisition of American helicopters to be used for military training in Poland.
Pratt & Whitney celebrated the inauguration of a newly renovated engineering centre in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The celebration also included a US$500,000 donation by Pratt & Whitney to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and representatives from the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) attended the ceremony alongside several Pratt & Whitney executives, including members from parent company United Technologies.
Genaire Limited of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, has expanded its fuel cell repair capabilities to now include Bell Helicopters models 412 and 214. The company has been servicing tanks for military and civilian customers for more than 50 years.
Safran Helicopter Engines signed a contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) to support 11 Arriel 1D1-powered AS550C2 Fennec operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF).
Bell Helicopter delivered the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department.
Drone Delivery Canada reached a commercial agreement with the Moose Cree First Nation to deploy DDC’s drone delivery technology platform with the Moose Cree First Nation communities.
Leonardo, at its Philadelphia facility on December 3, hosted ASESA to celebrate the Mexican helicopter operator’s fourth AW139 purchase. The AW119, AW139 and AW609 aircraft are assembled in the Philadelphia facility, which also serves as Leonardo’s North America headquarters.
Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with what the company describes as a high-performance, low-cost solution. The suggested retail price of the technology is US$28,000.
The Dynali Helicopter Company has introduced a higher-powered engine configuration featuring the newest engine control unit (ECU) from MoTeC.
Heli-One reached an agreement to support Air Center Helicopters’ Airbus H225 helicopters through a multi-year, parts-by-the-hour (PBH) contract. The deal covers airframe and a combination of dynamics, small components and avionics.
Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd. released a statement that it has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Waypoint describes itself as the largest independent global helicopter leasing company.

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