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Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, is leading the Canadian delegation at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. In 2016, orders and commitments made at the airshow totalled more than US$124 billion.
Deepak Chopra has joined Drone Delivery Canada as strategic advisor, commercialization, as the Vaughan, Ont., company focuses on the national and international roll out of its drone delivery business and looks toward revenue generation.
Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The deal comes after an Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on June 8, 2018.

Didier Nicoud, age 55, becomes executive vice-president, engineering, for Safran Helicopter Engines. He succeeds Eric Massé who has been appointed to another position within the group.

Magpas Air Ambulance selected the Leonardo AW169 as its new generation helicopter, which will have its interior customized for medical purposes by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Magpas is the oldest emergency medical charity of its kind in the UK, operating 24/7 throughout the year.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, announced that Canada will expand its leadership role by assuming command of a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq for its first year. Canada is currently contributing mobile training teams to NATO's counter-improvised explosive device capacity building efforts for Iraq.
Textron Inc. completed the sale of its Tools & Test businesses and brands to Emerson, a global technology and engineering company, for approximately US$810 million in cash.
The Bell Training Academy (BTA) on July 9 opened the Floyd Carlson Airfield in Texas for commercial helicopter pilot training. The airfield is named in honour of Floyd Carlson, who Bell describes as its most notable pilot and its first training pilot. For over 40 years, Bell explains Carlson flew every first flight of a Bell aircraft.
Hudson Bay Railway has issued an RFP, through its engineering firm AECOM, for six unnamed contractors who will have the opportunity to conduct an inspection of a railway line via helicopter. The RFP is based on Hudson Bay Railway (HBR) selling its assets to a consortium of parties.
L3 Technologies has completed the previously announced sale of its Vertex Aerospace businesses to the private equity firm American Industrial Partners for US$540 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The sale included the Crestview Aerospace and TCS business units, which were part of L3’s Aerospace Systems business segment.
Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa signed a Letter of Intent that will see the two companies collaborate on the AW249, a new combat helicopter currently being developed to meet the needs of the Polish Armed Forces. With this agreement, Leonardo and PGZ are to explore collaboration in areas like design, manufacturing, final assembly, marketing and aftersales support for the AW249 helicopter.
Boeing received a US$139.8 million contract to provide four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. This news follows a recent announcement that the Block II program loaded the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) helicopter into final assembly on June 27, 2018.
Technicians with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 2 Air Movements Squadron and 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron on Tuesday, July 3, loaded a CH-147F Chinook onto a CC-177 Globemaster at the 8 Wing Trenton base in Southern. Ont. The Chinook is one of two such helicopters, in addition to four Griffons, headed to Mali where it will be part of Operation PRESENCE-Mali. This is the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), where a Canadian Air Task Force (ATF) is to participate for a period of 12 months.
More than a month ago, DART’s new firefighting bucket – as its first such entry into this sector – was delivered to Guardian Helicopters for a second phase of testing, described by the company as real-life testing. DART states this testing phase exceeded expectations as its team of engineers put the bucket through a variety of rugged flight conditions.
AirSuite of Thunder Bay, Ont., reports subscriptions to its Cirro Flight Management software suite have doubled in the past two quarters. In this time, Cirro software was onboarded onto 280 aircraft, both civil and military.

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