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Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, extends its MRO capabilities by adding HC120, HC135 and HC140 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its affiliate company, McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine), has received certification from Honeywell International, Inc., for an approved correlated test cell for the Honeywell T53 series engine.

Eagle Copters Ltd. announces Stephane Arsenault will join the organization as its VP Sales and Marketing, effective April 4, 2016. Arsenault is an experienced sales and commercial financing professional who has spent the past 16 years in commercial banking, focused on financing in the helicopter, aviation, transportation and manufacturing sectors.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that the company has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its HeliSAS® stability augmentation system and two-axis autopilot on Robinson R66 turbine helicopters.

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation Inc. and Textron Systems, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), announce their plans for the 19th edition of the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2016) in Santiago, Chile, held March 29 - April 3, 2016. Textron will be displaying in Chalet C2-C6.

The Aircraft Electronics Association unveils its new responsive website at The refreshed design offers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region.

Baker Aviation, a full-service aircraft maintenance, management and charter company in North Texas, and exclusive distributor for the HOT-STOP® ‘L’ Fire Containment Kits is introducing the new HOT-STOP® ‘L’ Evolution with an added zipper closure that was inspired by the commercial airline market.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, announces two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression.

Raj Helweg, chief pilot of Air Methods, is named the new industry co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team ( The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team ( to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and work to reduce civil helicopter accidents and fatalities.

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 is back in Asia to showcase its performance and capabilities through a series of demo flights in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first H145 demo tour was held in Southeast Asia in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand. Since then, there has been an increasing interest in this rotorcraft, especially in the emergency medical services (EMS) and commercial/business aviation segments.

Titan Tool Supply, Inc., of Buffalo, NY, announces the introduction of its new line of TVT Series videoscopes to provide high-quality remote visual inspections for quality control. Lower in cost than comparable videoscopes, the new TVT line includes five different models with working lengths from 1m (40”) to 3m (118”) and three diameters (2.8mm, 4.5mm and 6mm). Titan Tool states that the 2.8mm diameter model enables inspections through extremely small openings. The videoscopes are designed for use in aviation maintenance, casting inspection, cavity inspection, diesel engine repair, gasoline engine repair, locomotive maintenance, ship maintenance, and other areas and application where remote visual inspection is needed.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, KY.

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, completes the 9,000-hour G check on an H225 for a major operator in the North Sea. The maintenance was performed at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway and marks the first major H225 inspection for that operator.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces that Petroleum Air Services has been appointed as the first Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility in North Africa.

Kaeser Compressors, Inc. expands their award-winning air treatment product line with new compressed air filters available in flows from 20 – 500 scfm. These rugged filters deliver reliable compressed air quality with exceptionally low pressure drop for energy savings year after year.

Conklin & de Decker opens registration for its Exploring Aircraft Operating Costs Seminar. The program will be presented on April 6-7, 2016, in Irving, TX, near the DFW International airport. As a National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) accepted program, attendees can receive CAM credit for participating in this seminar.

Conklin & de Decker is offering special savings on their most popular products during the HAI Heli-Expo 2016 Convention. Visitors to the Conklin & de Decker exhibit Booth #5935 will see live demos of the entire family of helicopter operating cost and life cycle programs, the 2016 State Tax Guide, and the next generation MxManager, as well as enter to win a GoPro Hero4 action camera.

Conklin & de Decker announces the latest generation of MxManager (MxM) is now available. An industry leading aviation maintenance software, MxM enables users to track, organize, and control various maintenance activities and expenses.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, is contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project.

Pratt & Whitney Canada announces the latest entry into service of a full authority digital electronic control (FADEC)-equipped turboshaft engine. The newest engine to feature the system is the PW210A powering Finmeccanica’s AW169, which joins the PW210S on Sikorsky’s S-76D™ and the PT6C-67E on Airbus Helicopters’ H175 – the first PT6 engine to be equipped with FADEC. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, increases its support of legacy aircraft with several key project updates.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces it has a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it will be performing an Airbus Helicopters AS350 BA to B2 conversion for humanitarian aid aviation service provider Mercy Air South Africa. The conversion will be undertaken by Vector at its facility in Andalusia, AL.