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Fort Lauderdale, FL – Banyan’s avionics team recently completed work on a Sikorsky S76, Agusta 109, and an American Eurocopter AS-350.  Upgrades included Garmin GNS-430W, GMX-200, Avidyne EX600 and Honeywell MK-22 EGPWS Safety Package installations.

Boresocopes R us now offers the PWC34910-108. This Pratt & Whitney Canada approved borescope provides a compact, complete, and cost effective inspection kit for the PT6 Community. The unit Features a 4mm x 1000mm 2-way articulating flexible fiberscope, light guide, and high intensity lightsource, your choice of PT6 guide tube, an insertion tube gripper with three different length rigid sleeves, and a custom fitted pelican case. The Kit Price is $5,995.00.

Oceanside, CA, January 4, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services, a global leader in design, development and distribution of helicopter components and accessories that enhance flight safety, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, has completed an exclusive distribution agreement with Heli-Enterprise, Inc.  The new agreement enables DART to globally distribute Heli-Enterprise’s comprehensive line of custom and purpose-built maintenance and work stands as well as other specialty tools for the helicopter industry.

February 2, 2011, ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Eclipse Aerospace Inc. announced today the completion of a minority equity investment by Sikorsky in Eclipse Aerospace. The companies also entered into a Service Level Agreement pursuant to which Sikorsky will provide global supply chain support and certain production restart services, which will aid Eclipse Aerospace in its efforts to reintroduce production of the Eclipse 500® very light twin engine jet. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eclipse Aerospace provides engineering, service, and support for the fleet of roughly 260 Eclipse 500 twin-engine jets. Sikorsky Aircraft, manufacturer of the BLACK HAWK helicopter and other iconic aircraft, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

BLOOMFIELD, Conn., Jan 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS:KAMN) released the following statement today from Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Oceanside, CA, January 31, 2011 — DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation have completed an agreement with Flightcell® International, Ltd., that will enable commercial helicopter operators to install satellite telephone capabilities quickly and easily in rotorcraft.  

WICHITA, Kan. — Mid-Continent Instruments announces the addition of weather radar capabilities, including calibration, overhaul, repair and exchange. The instruments leader is expanding its equipment and employees to incorporate the additional services. 

Fort Worth, Texas  (January 5, 2011) - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has completed the integration of six of its support and service subsidiaries, officially merging them into Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

The FAA has issued several revisions over the last couple of weeks regarding Bell 212 rotor hub inboard strap fittings. Initial Emergency ADs (EAD) required inspection of specific part number and manufacturer strap fittings. After continuing to find additional cracks, the FAA now requires additional inspections.

GEORGETOWN, TX– Enflite, Inc., the interior and galley products division of LifePort, Inc., has achieved AS9100B certification and in the process received a perfect score from third party registrar Intertek. The audit also evaluated Enflite’s compliance with ISO 9001: 2008 quality standards. Meeting the complex and unique demands of the aerospace industry, this new certification ensures Enflite’s conformity with process, service safety, quality and reliability for aerospace products. LifePort is a unit of Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) – the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Aero Detail and Ship It AOG today announce the winner of two $100 Gift Cards just in time for the Holidays!

Fern Campos, Aviation Director of Maintenance with KACALP Flight Operations in Van Nuys, CA, and Jeremiah Meyer, Director of Maintenance for Life Air, Inc. in Portsmouth, OH each win a $100 gift card!

Congratulations Fern and Jeremiah!

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A new, “glow-in-the-dark” safety coating system is now available for the first time in the civilian aviation market. AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Paint Kit AG110, a photoluminescent coating system, makes the tips of aircraft propeller blades and helicopter main and tail rotors visible in dark and low-light operations, increasing the awareness and safety of nearby personnel in hangars, airstrips, helipads and repair facilities.

According to Borescopes R Us, these Pratt & Whitney Canada approved borescopes provides a compact, complete, and cost effective inspection kit for the PT6 Community.

Click here, or on document image below to comment on NPRM FAA-2010-1060

Numerous industry groups including the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) are appealing to their members to respond to a recent FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM FAA-2010-1060) that threatens to invalidate the Authorized Inspection ratings of thousands of aircraft mechanics.

Mid-Continent Instruments proudly announces the 20th anniversary of its West Coast facility. The full-service repair station, including overhaul, repair, exchange and distribution, has been strategically located at the Van Nuys Airport for two decades.

First Sandel HeliTAWS Fleet Installation

Sandel Avionics has delivered its first HeliTAWS helicopter terrain safety system to MSP Aero of Minneapolis, for installation in a fleet of Agusta A109 helicopters operated by North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale, Minnesota.  Incorporating Sandel’s TrueAlert nuisance-alert elimination technology, off-airport landing capability, high-resolution 3-D terrain display and Class A HTAWS functions, HeliTAWS is expected to significantly increase the safety margins of the operator’s HEMS operations.  HeliTAWS is also ideally suited to other demanding helicopter missions such as offshore oil rig support, tactical military operations, search and rescue operations and airborne law enforcement.

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter, the nation’s leading provider of helicopters for the U.S. emergency medical services industry, announced today that it will again be exhibiting at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from October 11-13. According to American Eurocopter, "The company’s industry leading helicopters account for a significant portion of the helicopters providing emergency medical service (EMS) support throughout the United States."

Monday, November 1, 2010 - Shadin Avionics - Shadin Avionics, a global leader in aircraft fuel management solutions, announces the approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of a Shadin Fuel Management Kit into Bell 212 and 412 model helicopters.

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St Louis, MO., September 27, 2010 – Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) and a division of the Aerospace & Defense group, sponsored its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament and raised nearly $30,000 for the St. Louis Metro Airborne Law Enforcement Foundation and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship Foundation.     

These ACs are associated with the proposed rule - Damage Tolerance and Fatigue Evaluation of COMPOSITE Rotorcraft Structures. This advisory material provides an acceptable means of compliance with the provisions of §§ 27.573 and 29.573, Amendment XX, Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) dealing with the damage tolerance and fatigue evaluation of normal category composite rotorcraft structures.

Eurocopter is working on a concept aircraft that's a hybrid of a helicopter and a fixed-wing plane, the company announced today.

Called the X3, the concept rotorcraft has a rotor system and airplane propellers at either side and is designed to offer "the speed of a turboprop-powered aircraft" while boasting the hovering and vertical take-off and landing capabilities of a helicopter.

Glendale, ARIZONA – September 16, 2010 - SFS Aviation Co. Ltd., has selected Worldwide Helicopter Solutions of Glendale, Arizona to provide on-site DDAFCS, EFIS and WX avionics systems training at their base in Songkhla, Thailand.