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The Canadian helicopter industry is on the cutting edge of new processes, products and technologies that continue to enhance the safety envelope from coast-to-coast.
Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, recently had the honour of hosting a Texas Trade Mission roundtable discussion at its Grapevine, Tx., facility involving participants from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, local businesses and media.
The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. has announced the opening of its 2018 scholarship season. Sixteen scholarships will be awarded to deserving female aviators in 2018, setting the bar for the entire helicopter industry. Applications are due by October 1st.
Aerospace supplier United Technologies Corp has struck a $30 billion agreement to buy avionics and interiors maker Rockwell Collins Inc., the companies said on Monday, in a deal that bulks up UTC’s power with plane makers by creating one of the world’s largest makers of civilian and defense aircraft components.
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has completed its comprehensive analysis of the root causes of fatal accidents and has developed 22 measurable safety enhancements aimed at reducing fatalities.
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston presented the Royal Canadian Air Force with new Colours during a military parade and ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, on Fri., Sept. 1.
A computer-controlled hybrid flying machine that lifts off vertically like a helicopter, leans to a 90-degree angle and flies horizontally like an airplane – developed at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – has garnered international research support.
Bristow Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Timothy Knapp to senior vice president, general counsel, responsible for all legal aspects of the business, corporate compliance and insurance, effective September 26. In his new role, Knapp will report directly to Bristow group president and chief executive officer Jonathan Baliff.
Discovery Air Inc. has announced the appointment of Alan Torrie as chief executive officer effective August 29. Torrie is an accomplished and experienced business leader and was most recently the president and chief executive officer of Morneau Shepell.
VIH Aerospace (VIHA), a global provider of helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services, has announced it has been selected to develop and install three Supplemental Type Certified Night Vision system installations for Helijet International Incorporated.
For the third time in its history the Royal Canadian Air Force will receive new colours on Sept. 1, a “once-in-a-generation event” the RCAF plans to celebrate on land and in the air.
Erickson Inc., a leading aerospace OEM and provider of global aviation services, has announced the appointment of government services veteran, Doug Kitani as chief executive officer and director effective August 31.
Helijet International Inc., the helicopter air medical contract service provider for the B.C Ambulance Service will develop and install Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) into all three of its dedicated air ambulance helicopters.
Jan Nowacki has been named the new COO of Marenco Swiss Helicopter. He begins his new role Sept. 1.
Erickson Incorporated, a leading global aerial firefighting company for more than 30 years, owns the world’s largest S-64 Aircrane fleet, and the Aircrane Helitanker is recognized throughout the industry as one of the most effective and efficient firefighting aircraft in the world.

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