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Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero have announced the milestone attainment of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters. Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being taken from operators worldwide.
The Ka-226T light helicopter, developed by the holding Russian Helicopters (which is part of the Rostec State Corporation), has become a pilot project on the creation and production of helicopters through information technology. Digital manufacturing will greatly simplify the development of new modifications as well as upgrades and design changes according to the customer’s requirements. All new models and modifications of existing helicopters will be created on the same principle.
The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France.
Helimax Aviation has successfully completed the development, installation and testing of its underslung bucket Additional Telemetry Unit (ATU) on board tracking system on its CH47D aircraft, currently deployed near Sydney, Australia.
Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters have announced the successful deployment of a geoDVR Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions.
The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on Nov. 24.
Airbus Helicopters recently celebrated the 150th delivery of the H145, the newest member of the BK117/EC145 family.
StandardAero is proud to announce that four of its employees, Matt Ackroyd, Steve Barrett, Katie Gray and Daniel Walker, have been selected as recipients of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine’s 2017 AMT Next Gen ‘40 under 40’ award.
Funding commitments from the province and oil companies will help ease the financial burden on the company running air medevac services in the Wood Buffalo region during the next two years.
Between Prince Rupert and Vancouver, there are three helicopters suited for transporting patients under the B.C. Ambulance Service requirements. This month, a North Coast-based helicopter is the latest to be converted for compatibility with night vision goggles.
MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) has announced the delivery of a newly converted MD 902 Explorer to Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth. Previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard as an MD 900, the aircraft was upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center via the company’s exclusive MD 900-902 Upgrade program, and delivered as a certified MD 902 with full factory warranty. The purchase of this helicopter, the second to join the CoxHealth family, was announced in April of this year.
Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory on Wednesday, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover certificate for two H215s to the Spanish Air Force’s 802 Squadron/RCC Canarias as well as two HAD/E Tigers and an NH90 for the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET).
Helicopter operators looking to spruce up their fleets may be interested in a new Bell 412EP available for auction from Myron Bowling Auctioneers Inc. 
WinAir has announced that Thai Aviation Services Ltd. (TAS) has fully implemented the latest release of its industry acclaimed software solution, WinAir Verison 7, and is now live with the system.
Police are investigating after someone walked off with $100,000 worth of helicopter parts in Port Hardy.

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