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Bell Helicopter Announces Purchase Agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a New Bell 407GX

Fort Worth, TX Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it has signed a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a new Bell 407GX, further increasing Bell Helicopter’s presence in China. The aircraft will be used for sightseeing tours, VIP transport and agriculture support.

Bell Helicopter Expands Maintenance Training Offerings in Singapore

FORT WORTH, TX Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell  412EP/Bell 412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center.

DART Aerospace’s R66 Cargo Mirror and Bearpaws receive FAA and Transport Canada STC Approvals

Hawkesbury– DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for its R66 Cargo Mirror and R66 Bearpaws; EASA approval should follow shortly.

Bell Helicopter Offers New Bell 407 Polycarbonate Windshield

FORT WORTH, TX  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new Bell 407 polycarbonate windshield, which will be distributed exclusively through its Aeronautical Accessories brand.

Helicopter Museum Passes 100!!

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare now has more than 100 aircraft in its diverse collection gathered from around the world, including a number of unique one-off helicopters and autogyros.

Garmin Pilot for Android Adds Interactive Map Features, Including Track-Up

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app for Android adds new interactive features that make it easier for pilots to navigate and read charts throughout their flight. New features include track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map display.

Robert Kline Joins Universal Avionics as Airline Sales Manager for US and Latin America

TUCSON, AZ – Scott Campbell, Director of Airline and Military Sales, announced that Mr. Robert Kline has been appointed to the newly created position of Airline Sales Manager for the US and Latin American sales regions. Robert will be responsible for maintaining Universal Avionics’ existing programs and relationships within the Airline market segment, as well as seeking out and developing new programs in those regions. He will be based in Virginia.

KAMAN NEW ZEALAND SH-2G(I) ACHIEVES FIRST FLIGHT

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., U.S.A.- Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility.  After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training.  The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015.

More STC Approvals for DART Aerospace’s EC145 Skidtubes and  BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

Hawkesbury – DART Aerospace has announced that it has received a EuropeanAviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. DART has also recently received FAA approval for its BK117 Heli-Utility-Basket.

CORY THERIOT JOINS ERA GROUP INC. AS VICE PRESIDENT   OF SAFETY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has appointed Cory Theriot to the post of Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance. As part of Era’s senior management team, Theriot brings nearly two decades of experience in aviation safety and risk assessment to this critical position of overseeing Era’s commitment to the highest safety standards and practices.

Bell Helicopter Sells Five Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Aircraft to Aerochine Aviation

SHANGHAI, CHINABell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT) announced a signed purchase agreement for five Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM aircraft to Aerochine Aviation during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE).

 Russian Helicopters to showcase commercial and military models at Defence Services Asia 2014

Moscow - Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition and conference, which runs from 14-17 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The company's display will be on show at stand 3034 in pavilion 3.

Russian Helicopters sees the Asia-Pacific region as a key market and one with huge potential. Today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, including multirole models such as the Mi-8/17 series and Ka-32, as well as Mi-26T heavy transport helicopters and military helicopters.

Armed Forces of Malta Acquire a Second AW139 Helicopter

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Armed Forces of Malta has taken up the option for a second AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The helicopter will be used to conduct mainly maritime border control missions. The delivery of the second AW139 is scheduled for June 2015, while the first helicopter will be delivered in June 2014.

Japan National Police Agency Orders Another AW139 for Law Enforcement in Kagoshima Prefecture

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another AW139 intermediate twin helicopter which will be operated in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The AW139 helicopter will replace an ageing Bell 412 model and will enter service in 2015.

The Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer Successfully Completes First Flights

EL SEGUNDO, California – Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a number of future aircraft designs that leverage Advanced Tactics’ patented and patent-pending technologies.

 The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests in March 2014. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb.

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