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The Northern Lights Aero Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 10th Annual Awards Program.
In a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao, six general aviation leaders have called for reopening the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) United States Aircraft Registry. Despite the current government shutdown, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and fellow GA groups argued that the U.S. Registry performs essential functions for safety, security and fulfilling international aviation treaties.
Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market segments. Bookings also included 168 orders for light-single engine helicopters and 105 orders for the H135/H145 light-twins. At the end of 2017, the overall backlog stood at 692 helicopters.
Boeing has unveiled a new unmanned electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) cargo air vehicle (CAV) prototype that will be used to test and evolve Boeing's autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. It is designed to transport a payload up to 500 pounds for possible future cargo and logistics applications.
The European partner of the International Helicopter Safety Team ( has updated and released a comprehensive 168-page guide for helicopter flight instructors based on extensive feedback from the helicopter training community. The goal of the guide, which was developed in coordination with the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority, is to provide a primary resource for instructors and a strong foundation for safe helicopter operations.
Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Olivier Le Merrer as Executive Vice-President, Support and & Services. Olivier succeeds Franck Saudo who has been appointed CEO of Safran Transmissions Systems.
Erickson Incorporated continues to build its leadership team under CEO and Director Douglas Kitani. Effective immediately, Kevin Cochie will serve as Vice President and General Manager of Defense and National Security where he will lead and manage sales, operations and growth for the business as well as manage Erickson’s Washington D.C. office. Hayden Olson will serve as Vice President of Safety and Human Capital, assuming a vital role that ensures a focus on Erickson’s most valuable asset, its people. Chris Schuldt will assume the role of Chief of Staff and Senior Director of DNS Special Programs.
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen has commended Michael Huerta, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), for his dedicated service and commitment to aviation safety.
Mayor Brian Bowman has raised concerns after police flew the Air-1 helicopter to La Salle for use in a movie shoot.
U.S. Marines have rescued one of their helicopters after it made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa, Japan. The aircraft was airlifted back to base using an even bigger helicopter.
Leonardo has announced that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transport, firefighting and disaster relief; replacing two ageing AB206B JetRangers.
HNZ Group and PHI, Inc. have announced that they have completed the previously announced statutory plan of arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act involving the acquisition by Don Wall, the Corporation's President and CEO, through a beneficially wholly-owned acquisition company of all of the issued and outstanding common shares and variable voting shares of HNZ and subsequent acquisition by PHI of HNZ's offshore business conducted in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
The S-92 helicopter produced by Sikorsky takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.”
Airbus has delivered an H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited. The aircraft will be based out of Toronto, ON and will be the second H125 to join TransCanada PipeLines’ fleet. With one of North Americas largest infrastructure portfolios, TransCanada has built and maintains a 91,500 km network of natural gas pipelines, which supplies more than 25 per cent of the natural gas consumed daily across North America. In addition, TransCanada has built and currently maintains a network of 4,800 km of oil & liquids pipelines.
Fred Jones, president/CEO of the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) took some time to chat with Helicopters leading up to the HAC convention and trade show and discuss some of the issues facing the industry, what to expect at the big event, future market outlook and more.

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