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AHS International has announced that the Society is rebranding to be a more accurate reflection of our membership and our role in the world.
Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, will produce a light utility helicopter prototype, called the VRT500, by the end of 2019. The prototype is being designed by VR-Technologies design bureau. Rostec explains the helicopter’s rotor system strength tests are now underway and VR-Technologies will soon begin aerodynamic tests, which it specializes in.
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has achieved Canadian certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new S-92 helicopters. The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability was first certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015.
On April 28 at the Jazz Aviation Hangar in Mississauga, ON, more than 200 students and aviation professionals will take part in a one-day conference, called Careers in Aviation. The day, hosted by both Wings and Helicopters magazines will include six unique, engaging sessions focused on the future workforce and entrepreneurship of Canadian aviation.
The Government of Canada is investing in Canada’s aerospace sector to advance innovation and create well-paying middle-class jobs.
CHC Group has announced they have signed a 30-month contract continuation with Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to provide search and rescue services at five bases around Australia.
Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces.
Universal Avionics has announced the appointment of Mr. Curtis Thelen to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Mr. Thelen transitions into this new role as predecessor, Mr. Michael Delgado retires after 20 years with the company.
Safran Helicopter Engines signed Support-By-Hour (SBH) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Papillon and Rainier Heli are both owned by the Halvorson family, which holds six other aviation companies.
Curti Aerospace on April 18 at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany will unveil its new Zefhir helicopter. The Italian company has primarily been making mechanical components for the defense and aeronautic industries for more than 40 years.
Drone deliveries, drone inspections and even autonomous flying taxis are near term realities, and to make these services safe and efficient ICAO has begun the consultative work needed to establish low-altitude traffic management guidance for domestic unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation has announced the completion of its acquisition by Elbit Systems Ltd. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, the company will lead commercial sales in North America for Elbit Systems’ Aerospace Division’s Commercial Aviation Business Line.
CHC Helicopter has unveiled the Ngarluma names of their two new AW189 helicopters in Karratha, Australia.
On the 12th of April 1968, the first Fenestron took to the skies on the second prototype of the Gazelle. It has since become emblematic of Sud Aviation, Aerospatiale, Eurocopter and now Airbus helicopters with the H160 carrying this sound-reducing, safety-enhancing technology into the next generation of rotorcraft.
Coptersafety, an independent helicopter flight training service provider, updated its H145 helicopter simulator avionics software with Helionix Step 2. The company explains this makes it the first in the world to offer Helionix STEP 2 with H145 avionics software, as Coptersafety pairs its simulator tools with the latest software put into the service.

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