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Airbus Helicopters Foundation is providing support to ongoing humanitarian relief efforts following the earthquake that hit the Manabi and Esmeraldas regions in Ecuador on April 16. According to national authorities, the disaster has left more than 20,500 people homeless and many without water and food supplies. The earthquake is the worst natural disaster that has happened in the country since 1979.

Ralph Rosenbrock, senior technical advisor of HeliValue$, is presented with the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, the most prestigious award presented by the Federal Aviation Administration to an aviation maintenance technician.

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas and master distributor for the HOT-STOP® 'L' fire containment kits, in affiliation with Industrial Energy Products (IEP), the manufacturer of the HOT-STOP ® 'L' product line, have designated as the first domestic stocking dealer.

Heli-One, the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, secures a contract to upgrade two Sikorsky S-76 aircraft for His Majesty, the Sultan of Johor of Malaysia. This contract features the design, certification, and installation of a new glass cockpit. This upgrade will prolong the lifespan of His Majesty’s aircraft in addition to expanding operational capability and enhancing the safety and situational awareness of the flight crew.

FEC Heliports Worldwide Ltd. announces the launch of its MIL-Star portable, battery-powered LED helipad lighting system, designed primarily for rapid deployment and use by advancing military forces in temporary and emergency situations to provide safe and effective marking at designated or ad-hoc helicopter landing areas and for tactical airborne and air drop operations.

Airbus Helicopters is ready to participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. 

HeliOffshore chief executive officer, Gretchen Haskins, describes how recent helicopter tragedies have strengthened the industry’s resolve to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations.

VIH Aerospace (VIHA –, a provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) receives European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval (STC#: #100577794) for its aftermarket replacement MCP01 Master Caution Panel (Model #: MCP-001) for the Bell 212 and 412 series helicopters., an aviation job website, announces a partnership with EAA in which will help promote EAA's week-long job fair to aviation job seekers. The event will take place during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration.

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2016 Maintenance Management Conference (MMC2016), held this year in Kansas City, MO, boasts a record 190 exhibit booths, representing more than a 20 percent growth over the 2015 event. More than 900 attendees represented 41 states and the District of Columbia, as well as six foreign countries.

Flightdocs, Inc., global provider of aircraft maintenance tracking services, announces the release of Flightdocs Enterprise. Incorporating the best features of the powerful Flightdocs Maintenance Tracking system, Flightdocs Enterprise provides full fleet capabilities, maintenance-inventory-flightlog integration, comprehensive work order management and API integration to customer business systems.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Fairway Holdings for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka. The aircraft will be used for private travel and tourism across multiple destinations around the island. 

The Flirtey drone used to make the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the United States has been accepted into the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, where the space shuttle, Discovery, the SR-71 Blackbird and the first aircraft operated by FedEx are also displayed.

HeliOffshore, the global association for safety in the offshore helicopter industry, announces the appointment of Mr. Andrea Cicero to its board. Cicero, chief operating officer for Babcock Mission Critical Services Division, replaces Mr. Bill Tame, chief executive officer, International Division, Babcock International PLC.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) held last week. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, which continues to be a strong market segment throughout China.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Abu Dhabi Aviation announce reaching 1 million hours of successfully operating their Bell Helicopter fleet.

Latitude Technologies announces that industry veteran Brad Smith has been appointed as Latitude COO. Brad’s first priority has been to expand Latitude’s sales team to further strengthen Latitude’s highly respected customer-first sales and service program. Joining Brad at Latitude are newly appointed vice president of Air Transportation Sales, Carlos Monsalve, and newly appointed director of Business Aviation Sales, Wayne Hundsdorfer. Carlos and Wayne join David Thomas, now director of Helicopter/General Aviation Sales, and Jeff Taberner, now director of Military/Government Sales, to round out the Latitude sales team. 

Conklin & de Decker announces the 16.1 release of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the industry’s #1 tool for benchmarking the operating and ownership costs for more than 585 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. As the flagship product from the Conklin & de Decker family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products, this aircraft cost evaluator (ACE) release includes access to ACE Online at no additional fee.

Malaysia-based offshore oil and gas helicopter operator Sazma Aviation selects SKYTRAC's helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM) services to monitor engine health and safety parameters on its Sikorsky S-76 aircraft.

Rancho High School’s aviation maintenance students were given the experience of a lifetime on Friday, April 8, as they received an all-access look at Maverick Aviation Group’s corporate headquarters, as well as interacted with pilots and maintenance technicians.

The United States Helicopter Safety Team ( focuses major attention during the next four years on reducing fatal accidents within the U.S. civil helicopter community.

Robinson Helicopter Company Inc. announces a collective-activated hour meter along with an updated hub and redesigned main rotor spindles are standard on all new R22 Beta II helicopters. Previously, the R22 used an oil pressure-activated meter which records all engine run time. The new collective-activated meter records collective uptime (flight time) and does not include engine warm up and cool down time.

Dallas Avionics is now a distributor of Avion Power’s Voyager Power Source. The Voyager is designed to start aircraft engines and provide auxiliary power. On a single charge, a Voyager provides 10 or more turbine engine starts, powers on-board electronics for an hour, or provides a combination of auxiliary power and starting power. Voyager is available in 10Ah and 20Ah capacities that weigh 9 or 15 pounds, respectively; they can be stowed on-board and recharged in-flight. Voyager’s useful life is approximately ten years or 2000 charge cycles; self-discharge is less than 3% per month; it has no memory; and it is maintenance-free.

Bio-Circle, a division of Walter Surface Technologies, a leader in surface treatment technologies, announces the launch of three new bio-renewable parts cleaning systems to its portfolio of products: CleanBox Compact S, CleanBox Maxi, and the CleanBox Mega. These new systems bring Bio-Circle’s eco-innovation to larger industrial parts washing processes.