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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.
Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of 36% since 2013. As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the company’s long-term commitment, made in 2015, to invest in increasing its industrialisation in the UK; an Airbus home country.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) says a 2016 helicopter crash near Smithers was caused by a known issue with the helicopter’s hydraulic system, triggered by the pilot.
A CH-53K heavy lift helicopter built by Sikorsky has arrived in Holzdorf, Germany, ahead of its international debut at the ILA Berlin Air Show next month.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program.
Qatar has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines. They will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled, and to the Leonardo Venice-Tessera facility in Northern Italy for integration with the naval (NFH) configuration. Safran Helicopter Engines now powers 80 % of the worldwide NH90 fleet.
The National Transportatio​n Safety Board Monday called on the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit commercial flights that use passenger harness systems that do not allow for easy release during emergencies.
Hexcel celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the art manufacturing facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone in Casablanca on Wendesday. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister for Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy; Nick Stanage, Hexcel Chairman, CEO and President; and Thierry Merlot, President, Aerospace – Europe/Asia Pacific/MEA.
DART Aerospace and Drallim Industries signed an agreement to perform Repair & Overhaul on DART remote cargo hooks, swivels and long lines at the Drallim Industries facility located in Hastings, United Kingdom.
Universal Avionics Systems Corporation has announced that Elbit Systems in the process of completing the acquisition of Universal Avionics through an asset acquisition agreement.

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