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EuroTec Canada, located in the Greater Toronto Area, is highlighting its sales and service of MicroVib II vibration analysis products, developed by Dynamic Solutions Systems (DSS), at the 2018 Helicopter Association of Canada conference, running from November 1 to 4 in Vancouver, BC.
The Bell 407GXi has been validated by the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States after receiving certification from Transport Canada earlier this year.

KADEX Aero Supply of Peterborough, Ont., is now distributing Donaldson filters, which includes an extensive range of filters for rotorcraft, general aviation and regional airlines.
Fig Air, a Toronto-based VIP helicopter charter operator, becomes the first Canadian customer of Web Manuals Inc., which develops digital documentation tools for the aviation industry. Fig Air plans to use Web Manuals to digitally edit and review its technical manuals, before distributing them to its staff.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its Watchlist 2018 safety report. Looking at the most pressing issues facing the country’s air, marine and rail sectors, the organization identified seven key issues requiring attention by both industry and government to make Canada's transportation system safer. Canada holds one of the world’s safest aviation industries, in large part because of TSB’s independent analysis.
Airmedic, described as the only privately-owned air medical provider in Quebec, has committed to purchasing three Airbus EC145e aircraft from Metro Aviation. These will be the first EC145e models in Canada.  
The Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Leonardo’s AW119Kx as its new multirole single-engine helicopter. The country’s air force is set to take delivery of five aircraft, with an option for a further two units, starting in late-2018 from Leonardo’s plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The five aircraft order is expected to be complete by early 2020.The contract awarded by the Portuguese MoD is valued in excess of €20 million ($29.9 million). The AW119Kx helicopters will be used to perform a range of roles, including training, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short-range maritime search and rescue (SAR), and may also be used for firefighting.Leonardo explains this selection marks a reinforcement of the long-standing partnership between itself and the Portuguese MoD in the helicopter sector following the supply to the Air Force of AW101s for long-range SAR, utility, personnel recovery and fishery protection missions, as well as Super Lynx aircraft (including a Mid Life Upgrade) provided to the Portuguese Navy for maritime duties. Leonardo explains the AW119Kx will provide greater versatility and performance compared to the current Portuguese Air Force fleet of aging single-engine, rotary-wing aircraft, as well as strong training capabilities for military crews before moving to the AW101, Super Lynx and other frontline types.
Lee McCammon is joining the sales team of Kopter North America as an air medical specialist. Kopter North America was recently formed as an LLC and the company is in the process of assessing potential sites in the United States that qualify to meet its requirements for establishing a helicopter manufacturing and assembly facility.
The Airbus H145 was selected as the fleet replacement aircraft for STARS’ aging air-ambulance fleet, which will be the first H145s in HEMS configuration to enter Canada. STARS’ initial H145s are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 and will be based in Calgary, Alberta.
Building on its long-standing presence in Ireland, CHC Helicopters opened a new search and rescue (SAR) base in Dublin, Ireland, which was officially celebrated on October 18 at the city’s main airport.
Two years in a row British Columbia has dealt with devastating wildfire seasons with the Provincial government twice declaring a state of emergency due to these fires. I thought it would be interesting to seek out a couple of women who have helicopter fire-fighting experience to share their stories.
Wind turbines are largely seen as having a dangerous relationship with the fixed-wing community in Canada, because the country’s available landmass allows for placing these farms on the ground, as opposed to the many offshore energy projects in Europe.
Spezialflug Berlin on October 10 took delivery of the first Mi-8MSB with European certification. The Ukraine built helicopter is the most powerful variant of the proven Mi-8 series. It is powered by two modern Motor Sich TV3‐117VMA‐SBM1V 4E engines with 2.100 kW (2,800 hp) each.
Panalpina, the Swiss logistics and freight forwarding company, is celebrating 25 years of its Heliship operation based in Vancouver, BC. In September, Heliship introduced Ryan Hecht as its new head of service, with the retirement of Juerg Boschung, who had been with the operation from its inception.
With the fall upon us and winter beckoning, it is a good time to pause and reflect on the industry accident stats for 2018 to date. It is premature to summarize the year with three full months still to play out, but so far the accident profiles, as gleaned from Transport Canada’s CADORS database, have been pretty good for the industry – even in a down year of activity.  

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