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Safran announces the first ground run of the Arriel 2L2 engine at its Bordes facility, beginning of June. The Arriel family was selected in 2016 to power the new Korean civil and military helicopters, known as the LCH (light civil helicopter) and LAH (light armed helicopter). The Arriel 2L2 is co-developed by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin, which will license-produce units in its Changwon plant, South Korea. Hanwha Techwin will also be responsible for the engine’s MRO.

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. announce a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. During an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the parties announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising two AW119Kx single-engine, ten AW109 Trekker light twin and five AW139 intermediate twin-engine models. The order is valued in excess of €100 million, with deliveries starting later this year.

Concorde Battery Corporation announces receipt of TSO-C173a, Technical Standard Order Authorization for the RG24-15, RG24-15M and RG24-16 13.6 Ah family of sealed lead-acid batteries. TSO-C173a authorization confirms that the batteries meet the minimum operational performance standards (MOPS) set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) in DO-293A.

From the International Paris Air Show trade show floor in the United States Pavilion, along with the state of Idaho delegation, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter awards Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) Valued Partner Awards to Austria-based Helikopter Air Transport GmbH (HeliAir) and Paris, France-based LFE.

PPG (NYSE:PPG) introduces a new, battery-powered, aerospace-sealant dispensing tool that is easier to use than traditional manual and pneumatic applicators and dispenses at faster rates. The SEMCO® model 1250 sealant tool weighs less than three pounds and is ergonomically designed with cordless and hoseless operation, compared with a standard Semco 250A dispensing tool that weighs about two pounds and is typically tethered to a 10-foot hose.

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EAA encourages everyone to contact their House members and urge them to protest ATC fees at GA events!

Litigation extortion. That is how I like to characterize the crazy litigious society we live in here in the United States.