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Leonardo announces that the AW119Kx helicopter has been selected by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police for operations in support of water supply protection. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2018.

Allan Noble joins StandardAero. Noble will serve as the company’s M250 and RR300 helicopter engine MRO sales manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the Bell 525 Relentless program has resumed flight test activity after receiving experimental certificate renewal from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Shadin Avionics announces the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the Shadin Avionics supplemental type certificates (STC) for the Robinson R66 fuel flow management system. The certification covers the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine.

StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) announce they have entered into exclusive negotiations with respect to an acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus.

Ontic, a BBA Aviation company and provider of ‘Extended Life Solutions’ for OEM legacy products, announces that the company has significantly increased its manufacturing capabilities and MRO services for the rotorcraft market.

Following the Senate markup of the FAA reauthorization bill, Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the Senate Commerce Committee on pursuing a commonsense approach to FAA funding.

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, receives a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize top-performing suppliers that share its focus on first-time quality and on-time delivery.

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.

Representatives of Teledyne Battery Products, Gill Batteries, a division of Teledyne Technologies, announces that the company has received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) permitting the installation of its new-generation 7000 Series (7638-44) sealed lead-acid battery on Airbus (Eurocopter) EC135/145 helicopters.

S.A.F.E Structure Designs announces that it has successfully satisfied its contract to supply hangar equipment outfitting the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawks in Mobile, Alabama.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Heliosta has published the following white paper discussing items to consider regarding hiring internal maintenance technicians for helicopter operations: 3-Helicopter Fleet—Is It Optimal to Hire Internal Technicians?

Vector Aerospace, a global, independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, prepares to highlight its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE 2017), being held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 22-24. EBACE is Europe's premier business and general aviation trade show held annually.

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, announces a new client, Starlite Aviation Group. Starlite is a leading provider of helicopter services with a specialization in complex missions, including: relief work, helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and on/offshore oil and gas support.

Airbus Helicopters celebrates a major milestone with the roll-out of the 700th H130 light single-engine helicopter, which will be operated by a private customer.

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. announces it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its CH-47 Chinook transmission repair efforts. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. 

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support its steel production operations. Tata Steel Group has been in operation for over a century and is among the world’s top steel companies with operations in 26 countries. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Able Engineering & Component Services, Inc., and Able Aerospace, Inc., merge into a single entity named Able Aerospace Services, Inc. The change caps off a progression that began with the company’s early 2016 acquisition by Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.