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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published its Annual Safety Review for 2010. The review shows a high level of safety for commercial air transport operations in EASA Member States*.

Alexandria, VA, July 1, 2011- A coalition of fixed-based operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors who sell leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) in California have sued the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the Attorney General of the State of California in response to a notice of an intended lawsuit against coalition members for supplying and using leaded aviation gasoline, allegedly in violation of the California Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act (Prop 65). The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), which has engaged common counsel with the coalition to protect the interests of all NATA members, is supporting this group with facilitation and administrative services.

Leiden, The Netherlands and Toronto, Canada –Eurocopter Holding, a subsidiary of EADS (EUR:EAD), and Vector Aerospace Corporation (TSX:RNO), a Canadian corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, announced today that all of the terms and conditions of the offer by 762798 Canada Inc. (the “Offeror”), to acquire at a price of C$13.00 in cash per share, all of the outstanding Common Shares of Vector Aerospace, including all shares that may be issued on the exercise of options granted under Vector Aerospace’s share option plan (the “Offer”), have been satisfied prior to the expiry of the Offer at 2:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on June 30, 2011.

Update features expanded searchable manufacturer and airframe OEM part numbers, additional resource references, updated specials and new marketing opportunities.

AvidAir International has recently been granted Federal Aviation Administration approval to provide its new patent pending carbon fiber composite lining for the RR 250 engine.

The award, also known as the Golden Wrench, is presented to the squadron that has demonstrated the dynamic leadership, exceptional professionalism and unsurpassed management effectiveness required to safely fly and operate aircraft involved in Navy Adversary Flight Operations.

HeliFlite, a provider of helicopter transportation in the New York area, celebrates its 20,000th accident-free flight hour in 12 year history.

Air Methods Corporation has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire OF Air Holdings Corporation and its subsidiaries including Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. (together, Omniflight). 

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division for integration into their new Bell 429 helicopter. 

AMT Day is today, May 24th! Want to learn more about AMT day an the founding father of aircraft maintenance? Visit

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Rolls-Royce announces it is proud to be a member of the team that was recently awarded the prestigious 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy.

The Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-powered Sikorsky X2 Technology demonstrator won the award given annually to recognize the greatest achievements in aeronautics or astronautics in America. LHTEC is a 50:50 partnership between Rolls-Royce and Honeywell.

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announces the launch of the annual OGP Aviation Safety Advisors Training Program. This new initiative will provide aviation safety advisors from the Oil & Gas industries with a high-level technical overview of the AW139 helicopter, training and support infrastructure, with the first event planned for September 2011 in Northern Italy at the AgustaWestland Training Academy.

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) announces its acceptance as an Approved Vendor for Sikorsky Helicopters.

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation’s Powerline Detection System (PDS) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the Enstrom 480B model helicopter.

Tiger Tugs announces the introduction of their new model 5.5 helicopter transporter.  The new Tiger Tug makes moving helicopters safer and easier.  With a unique wireless remote control system you can maneuver your helicopter in tight hangar spaces effortlessly while controlling it from any vantage point. 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration Amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), #SA1230AK-R STC; for an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS or “glass cockpit”) installation and Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Sikorsky S-61L and S-61N series helicopters. The system is certified for Dual Pilot Instrument Flight Rules; Category A and B operations.

Borescopes-R-Us has added two new Portable Videoscopes to their visual inspection products the company reported during HELI-EXPO 2011.  The ECO 6 and The ECO 5 are the newest in the low cost options for aviation and rotorcraft professionals.

HAI encourages its members to file comments. The FAA has proposed modifications of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for Industry Access to Aircraft Situation Display (ASDI) and National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI) data. The proposal would prohibit direct and indirect subscribers from publicizing the registration number of any general aviation aircraft for which the FAA has received a certified security concern. 

Wichita, Kan., March 3, 2011 – Greenwich AeroGroup is headed into next week’s Heli Expo in Orlando, Fla., with one thing in mind – to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer.

Atlanta, Ga., March 3, 2011 – Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has formed a Global Helicopter Support Parts Group and is now serving rotorcraft operators.

Wichita, Kan., March 3, 2011 – Greenwich AeroGroup is headed into next week’s Heli Expo in Orlando, Fla., with one thing in mind – to inform operators regarding the multitude of capabilities and services their companies have to offer.

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Andover, Kan. – Today’s aerospace coatings painting professionals are constantly required to stay current on the most up-to-date products and application methods available in the maintenance repair operation industry.  So when they participate in the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings 2011 training program they will expand all their skill sets from applying new chrome and lead hazard free surface treatments and primer systems to spraying the latest in technology-driven high-quality topcoats.