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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.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 4, 2018, ruled that Discovery Air, headquartered in Toronto, ON, must complete any transactions under its earlier assigned creditor protection, under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), no later than July 31, 2018.
Boeing and the Canadian government have agreed to an amendment to an existing performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. Under the $313 million fixed-price amendment, Boeing will continue to provide full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics and training services to the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks through 2023.
DART Aerospace has announced it has received EASA certification for its Bell 505 Bearpaws.
Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for one H160 with an undisclosed customer in Brazil for private and business aviation operations.
AAR has announced its OEM Aftermarket Solutions group has signed an exclusive agreement with Power and Data Systems (PDS) of AMETEK Aerospace & Defense to be its exclusive global aftermarket distributor supporting commercial, regional transport and helicopter markets.
Leonardo has announced that Aerocardal Limitada has been appointed an Authorised Service Centre for its helicopters in Chile. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at FIDAE 2018. Under the agreement, Aerocardal Limitada will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services from its base at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez international Airport, for Chilean owners and operators of AW109 light twin-engine and AW119 single-engine helicopters.
The first helicopter flew in Canada in Homewood, Man., (40 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg) in the 1930s. Last fall, a group of aviation enthusiasts formed a committee to arrange to erect a granite cairn in Homewood. The goal was to raise $9,000, which included the cost of a 48-inch granite cairn and two "Historic site ahead" signs on Highway 3. The purpose was to recognize the three Froebe brothers for designing, building and flying Canada;s first helicopter, an event recognized by all relevant Canadian government agencies.

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