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Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR (NYSE: AIR) plans to showcase the expansion of its expeditionary airlift capabilities, supply chain services and composites manufacturing to potential partners and helicopter operators at Heli-Expo 2016 from March 1-3.

Vector Aerospace (, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is highlighting its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2016 helicopter trade show and exposition being held in Louisville, KY, this week (March 1-3).

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to aerospace and defense industries worldwide, announces Kansas-based Aviation Controls, Inc. (ACI) has changed its name to Precision Aviation Controls (PAC). The change was made to identify the business as a member of the Precision Aviation Group of companies and to better reflect the expanding capabilities of PAC.

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) receives a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The new VHA 206B main rotor blades have been approved with an 18,000-hour service life, which is more than triple the life of the current OEM metal blades.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has shipped its 600th Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and autopilot system. The milestone system was shipped to Robinson Helicopter for installation on a new R66 turbine.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters.

Ideal for exterior painting on general aviation aircraft and helicopters that require expedited production times, Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings presents the SKYscapes General Aviation (GA) Basecoat 855 Series: SG, SGE, SGM and SGP colors. It is designed to deliver the maximum in appearance and productivity by delivering a consistent and colorful solid, mica or metallic finish. 

HELIFAB receives EASA approval for its S76 auxiliary fuel tank, which was already FAA and ANAC approved. The auxiliary fuel tank installs in the baggage compartment and provides 62 gallons of additional fuel. The design allows the kit to be installed in combination with an Air Comm air conditioning system and still leaves 13 cubic feet of baggage space. If additional storage space is required, HELIFAB also offers a certified aft cabin area storage net solution.

Tradewind International, LLC, of Janesville, WI, a world-wide supplier of aircraft parts and accessories, is now an official dealer for Chopper Spotter©, considered by many helicopter operators to be the best machine for safely moving light and medium helicopters on the ground. In production since 1989, the Chopper Spotter has become the industry standard for being the safest in powered helicopter ground handling, and the best value for most ground handling needs.

Robinson Helicopter Company announces an optional 43-gallon auxiliary fuel tank for its R66 Turbine helicopter, extending the helicopter’s range by as much as 200 nautical miles (230 statute miles). The fuel tank mounts on a fiberglass tray that installs in the forward section of the baggage compartment. The tank occupies two-thirds of the compartment, leaving space for up to 100 pounds of cargo. Both the tray and tank can be removed when not needed.

Industry stakeholders are invited to see the world of Airbus Helicopters’ from a new perspective at the Heli-Expo trade show from March 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services with a lineup of five aircraft, including the H125 in law enforcement configuration; the H130 in utility configuration; the H135 and the H145 in Corporate/VIP configuration and the H215 in utility configuration.

The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system is to be featured at HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 in Louisville, KY, where visitors can “fly” the rotary wing solution (Booth #9544).

Spectrum Aeromed announces that the company is celebrating its 25th year in business and will showcase new medical equipment designed for the Bell 429 Helicopter at the Helicopter Association International HELI EXPO convention in Louisville, KY from March 1-3, in booth 4745. 

DART’s new Approved Maintenance Center network will make its official debut at Heli-Expo 2016. DART will showcase its success stories on landing gear, emergency flotation equipment and repair & overhaul services, reinforcing DART’s dedication to innovation, technology and efficiency.

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the first Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) in the Philippines to PhilJets Group. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. This signing is testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI count to more than 350 worldwide.

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a global provider of aviation services, partners with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers in the challenging terrain of the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are constructed utilizing a precision heavy lift helicopter in India.

Heli-One, the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has completed its first proprietary repair in its Poland facility of an AgustaWestland AW139 first generation duct. Heli-One’s facility in Rzeszow completed the repair for a third party customer, making it mission ready in just 10 days.

APG Avionics (APG) – a supplier of avionics and aviation equipment for para-military and military applications – will present Controp Precision Technologies Ltd’s (Controp) new line of S.I.T.E. (Surveillance, Infrared, Thermal and Electro-optical ) systems in booth 11535 at Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) HELI-EXPO on March 1 - 3, 2016 in Louisville, KY.

Enstrom’s experimental helicopter model, the TH-180, experiences an emergency hard-landing in Menominee, MI, shortly before noon on Friday, Feb. 12. 

Spectronics Corporation has its pulse on the latest and most advanced leak detection solutions in the aviation industry, and the Spectroline® MDE-2000NC Marksman™II ultrasonic diagnostic tool is one such notable achievement.

GKN Aerospace plans to display rotary wing developments from across its global business at Booth #11743 at HELI-EXPO, from Feb. 29 - March 3, 2016. The company is an established supplier of major sections of fuselage, ice protection systems, transparencies and fuel and flotation equipment for many civil and military helicopter programmes globally. With the integration of Fokker Technologies into the GKN Aerospace operation, new capabilities are added, including advanced landing gear and mission computing.

For the first time at Heli-Expo, Machida Borescopes will showcase its latest addition to the Machida Videoscope family, the VSC-4-140-NLT in its hands-on engine display. The new 4mm Video Borescope fitted with a threaded removable side view adapter is used by engine manufactures and approved for use in helicopter engines.

Baldwin Aviation, a global provider of customized safety management and operational efficiency systems for aviation, ground and airport operations, announces an alliance with one of the industry’s major aviation safety consultancies, Safety Operating Systems (SOS). The new collaborative program, BaldwinSOS™, provides clients of both firms with a suite of additional a la carte services that further enhances and supports safety.