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Panalpina, the Swiss logistics and freight forwarding company, is celebrating 25 years of its Heliship service based in Vancouver, BC. The Vancouver operation also introduced Ryan Hecht as its new head of service beginning this September when Juerg Boschung, the current leader of Heliship, plans to retire.
Boeing through its HorizonX Ventures arm made an investment in Digital Alloys Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications. Additive manufacturing is quickly moving beyond the early adoption phase in several industries, including aerospace. Today, Boeing has more than 60,000 3D-printed parts flying on space, commercial and defense products.
Leonardo appointed ICON Aviation as an official distributor of the AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter in Brazil. With five main bases in Brazil, ICON is a primary national player for business aircraft and helicopter sales and services.
Anthony Norejko becomes president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), effective August 20, 2018. He joined the CBAA board in 2014 and most recently served as its vice president, member relations and development.  
Bell Helicopter delivered two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), with a third 429 scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training.
CHC Helicopter is teaming up with Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky company to sent two aviation students, including one Canadian, to the 14th annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit running this October in Dallas, TX.
CAE has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device.
CAE and government partners unveiled plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years to innovate aviation training platforms. This includes primary funding for CAE’s new Project Digital Intelligence initiative, described by the company as a digital transformation project to develop next-generation training solutions for aviation, defence and security and healthcare.
Drone operator and developer The Sky Guys, with operations in Toronto and Vancouver, received a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for its DX-3 Vanguard, which the company describes as a landmark development project.
Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D fleet in what Sikorsky describes as a record time of less than two years. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, continues to explain this milestone was achieved just a few months after Thai Aviation Services (TAS) began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand.
Leonardo released financial results for the first half of 2018, noting the number of helicopters delivered to July 31, 2018, is equal to 93 units. This is an increase from 85 helicopters delivered in the first seven months of 2017, representing an 8.6 per cent increase.
Boeing today announced plans to open the Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Mass., focusing on the development of autonomous aircraft, becoming the first major tenant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square. The facility is scheduled to open in 2020.
Leonardo expanded a 2016 partnership agreement it made with Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy, to collaborate on the development of future technologies for helicopters. The new expanded efforts will focus on exploring the use of new materials for mechanical components, research for predictive maintenance, and the development of geo-information tools.
A recent survey by Accenture finds approximately 86 per cent of all aerospace executives expect to employ blockchain technology in the next two years. This technology, coupled with drivers like artificial intelligence, are affecting industries with complex supply chains and significant aftermarkets, including both the fixed- and rotary-wing sectors.
In mid-2017, the Government of Canada challenged Canadian businesses to collaborate with post-secondary and research institutions to propose what it described as bold and ambitious strategies that would transform regional economies and create jobs. Led by Navdeep Bains, federal minister of innovation, science and economic development, the goal of this collaboration is to create superclusters of industrial innovation.

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