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Jet Support Services Inc., which provides maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry, released its JSSI Business Aviation Index for the third quarter of 2018 and found the sector continues its positive utilization trend. This includes significant traction for helicopter usage.
Boeing and Safran received regulatory approvals for a joint venture so they can begin designing, building and servicing aircraft Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) — onboard engines primarily used to start the main engines and power aircraft systems while on the ground and, if necessary, in flight.
Pat Mann, president of Patlon Aircraft & Industries, was elected as chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. He succeeds Cynthia Garneau, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the past year.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project. The engines will be installed on specially configured Airbus C295 aircraft, which will be designated as the CC-295 in Canada.
Leonardo reached a deal with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza – a law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance – for 22 AW169M twin engine helicopters. The AW169M is the military variant of Leonardo’s new generation AW169 4.8t twin-engine helicopter.
Helijet International and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) have created a partnership to generate donations to help the PSF fund wild salmon restoration projects in the Strait of Georgia and on Vancouver Island.
Quebec-based HelicoStore becomes the first independent representative for Bell in Canada. There are currently more than 100 Bell 505s in operation around the world. Led by president and CEO Jean-Charles Emter, HelicoStore has been operating a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X for more than a year.
During the Zhuhai Air Show in China, Avicopter and Thales sign memorandum of understanding for strategic cooperation on the establishment of a helicopter pilot training centre.
CHC Group continues a 50-year relationship reaching a three-year deal with Point Resources AS, providing aviation services to the company’s operated Balder, Ringhorne og Jotun fields in the Norwegian North Sea, located 100 nautical miles offshore.
StandardAero Component Services celebrated and dedicated the company’s 30,0000-square-foot expansion of its component repair facility, located in Miami, Florida.
Niagara Helicopters is the 2018 recipient of Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Innovation in Safety Award. Flying close to 100,000 passengers annually, as part of the company's more than 2,800 flight hours accumulated per year, Niagara Helicopters primarily provides charter flights and also works with local authorities in search and rescue efforts.
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) masquerading as a peregrine falcon was the star flyer in a successful three-month trial last year of its effectiveness in bird scaring at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA).
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation was granted New Zealand Type Acceptance for its Enstrom F-28/280/480 Series helicopters by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in September.
Airbus Helicopters’ Brazilian customer centre, Helibras, has delivered the world’s first ACH145 Line to a Brazilian company, Bodepan Empreendimentos Agropecuários e Imobiliários. This is the fourth Airbus aircraft acquired over the last 26 years by Bodepan, which has operated several models, including the EC135.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace opened a new AW101 and NH90 helicopter transmissions MRO and test facility in Kongsberg, Norway. In conjunction with the facility, Kongsberg reached a new 25-year agreement with Leonardo to satisfy its commitments for in Norway for the NH90.

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