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Airbus Helicopters plans to add a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019.
The first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft with a medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations). Pilatus presented the key to PC-24 serial number 105 to RFDS CEO Rebecca Tomkinson on November 26 in Stans, Switzerland.
United Technologies Corp. on November 26 announced the completion of its Rockwell Collins acquisition and plans to separate into three independent companies. By completing the Rockwell Collins acquisition, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) creates one of the world’s largest aerospace systems suppliers, Collins Aerospace Systems. The businesses of Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney are to comprise a new UTC entity.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, received a $2.76 million interest-free WINN repayable loan by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Two Airbus H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior this December as part of an order for nine such aircraft, earmarked for the country’s Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of Serbia's Air Force aircraft will be equipped with Airbus' HForce weapon management system.
Wayne Cave of Chinook Helicopters, fixed-wing division, based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, received the 2018 David Charles Abramson Memorial (DCAM) Flight Instructor Safety Award. The presentation was made on November 14 by Adam Wright at Air Transport Association of Canada’s conference and tradeshow in Vancouver, BC.

Airbus reports the NH90 Sea Lion recently achieved two important milestones ahead of the first delivery at the end of 2019. This includes the electrical power-on of the first serial German Navy aircraft and then completion of the German Navy Sea Lion qualification tests.
The Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure for Canadian Coast Guard operations, which includes 15-year leases of a new Integrated Services Centre and a new helicopter hangar for the Canadian Coast Guard in Saint John, New Brunswick. The project falls under the portfolio of Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Risking lives to save lives is what firefighters do but LAFD Air Operations Pilots David Nordquist and Joel Smith took it to new heights at the Woolsey Fire on Friday, November 9, 2018. The approach to the rescue begins at the mark 3:29 of the video.
Boeing and SparkCognition today announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a company that will focus on the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to help provide safe, secure integration of autonomous cargo and passenger air vehicles in the global airspace. This will include working with regulatory agencies to streamline the flight plan approval process for UAVs in a SkyGrid ecosystem.
An independent jury formed by MPC and PRIME Research selected Airbus for the Innovation Award presented at the AIRTEC 2018 conference, held November 20 to 22, in Munich, Germany. The jury, consisting of experts from both the automotive and aviation industries, concluded that the future of urban air mobility can only be addressed by comprehensive concepts rather than by individual aircraft.
The Canadian Press reports that the pilot of a helicopter was found dead Tuesday after crashing a day earlier in the Laurentians. An article by the Montreal Gazette explains Sûreté de Quebec and army helicopters were used to search for the pilot after not arriving Monday afternoon as planned at his destination in Mirabel, Quebec.
Eric Dalbiès (51) becomes a senior executive vice president with Safran Helicopter Engines and CEO of Safran Power Units. At Safran Power Units, he succeeds François Tarel, who has been appointed to another position within the Group.
Bristow Group Inc., focusing on industrial aviation services, signed a definitive agreement to combine with privately held Columbia Helicopters Inc. for US$560 million ($740.8 million). Columbia will be designated as an unrestricted subsidiary under the Columbia name and air operating certificate (AOC).
The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited has selected Airbus’ H145 to enhance its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry.

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