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February 26, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.26.14

Helicopter Safety Now Among the NTSB’s “Most Wanted”

Wisconsin Moves to Protect Private Airport Owners…

Boeing’s St.

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Airborne 02.26.14: New Bell Jet Ranger, ABQ To Host World Champs?, MV22 at OSH!

Also: AW609 Readying For Cert, Aero-TV On A PPC, WI Protects Airports, ALPA Wants One Level of Safety

The new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter. With a cruise speed of 125 knots, range of 360 nautical miles and useful load of 1,500 pounds, the Bell 505 is designed to be a multi-mission helicopter, designed to meet a wide variety of missions with a fully flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors. The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Balloon Federation of America is inviting the world’s hot air ballooning community to return to the Land of Enchantment for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Cham

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Airborne 02.26.14: Bell's New Jet Ranger, ABQ To Host World Championships?, MV22 At OSH14!

Also: AW609 Readying For Cert, Aero-TV On A PPC, WI Protects Airports, ALPA Wants One Level of Safety

The new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X is a five-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter. With a cruise speed of 125 knots, range of 360 nautical miles and useful load of 1,500 pounds, the Bell 505 is designed to be a multi-mission helicopter, designed to meet a wide variety of missions with a fully flat floor, increased cabin volume and clam shell doors. The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Balloon Federation of America is inviting the world’s hot air ballooning community to return to the Land of Enchantment for the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Championship. The Duke City is one of two sites bidding for the host role, the other is Saga, Japan. AgustaWestland announce that it

Analyst: Helicopter And Systems Market Thrives In Emerging Countries

Frost & Sullivan Says New Market Investment Opportunities Add Up To Over $46 billion In Emerging Economies

The helicopter industry has been marked with notable ups and downs in 2013, both requested orders in transitioning economies and terminations in the West, such as in North America, the largest helicopter market in the world. The dialogue between industry and customers is therefore becoming increasingly challenging, blurring potential opportunities for OEMs on the short and medium term.

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Bill To Protect Private Airport Owners Passes Wisconsin Legislature

EAA Supported The Legislation That Limits Liability Exposure

An EAA-supported bill to limit liability exposure for owners of private airports passed the both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature last week and is awaiting signature by Gov. Scott Walker.

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NHV Orders Six Additional EC175s From Airbus Helicopters

Company Provides B To B Aviation Services From Belgium Headquarters

Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has ordered six more Airbus Helicopters EC175s, increasing its acquisitions of the new-generation rotorcraft to 16. NHV is an EC175 launch customer, booking its first contract for 10 of the mid-sized, twin-engine helicopters in 2012.

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Yamagata Prefecture Orders An AW139 Helicopter For Firefighting

Will Enter Service In 2015, Replace Older Aircraft

Yamagata Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency in Japan has chosen the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an aging model.

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Gulf Helicopters Orders An AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) Level C FFS

Will Be Configured For Offshore Oil And Gas Industry Training

AgustaWestland has announced an order for an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C Simulator by Gulf Helicopters, supporting the company’s pilot development training needs for the recently announced purchase of 15 AW189 medium twin-engine helicopters.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Some Narco ELTs

Warns Of Potential Maintenance Oversight For Installed Batteries

The FAA had published a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Narco Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), that there is a potential maintenance oversight related to inspection requirements. This maintenance oversight could lead to undetected battery leakage and subsequent corrosion that could result in the ELT becoming inoperable.

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Sikorsky Training Academy Graduates First S-70i Aircraft Pilots, Maintainers

Team From Brunei Completes Coursework At Florida Facility

Sikorsky has graduated its first class from the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA). A team of Brunei pilots and maintainers recently completed in-depth flight and maintenance training in Stuart, FL.

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Erickson Announces Corporate Rebranding

New Logo And Design Reflect Diversified Aerial Operations

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, a provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced Monday that the company will now do business under the brand name of “Erickson.”

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Rolls-Royce Enhances Support For Helicopter Engine Operators

Will Align Helicopter Support With Existing Successful Model

Rolls-Royce has launched a 24/7 Operations Center for its civil helicopter engines to deliver round-the-clock support for its global customer base. The new Center is the focal point of a series of improvements to the customer experience for helicopter engine operators and fleets, aimed at further enhancing mission success.

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Waypoint Leasing To Acquire Assets From Helicopter Transportation Group

Deal Includes 23 Aircraft And Affiliated Contracts

Helicopter leasing company Waypoint Leasing has reached an agreement with Helicopter Transportation Group AS (“HTG”), a helicopter lessor based in Oslo, Norway, to acquire certain assets of HTG, including 23 aircraft and affiliated contracts. Waypoint has already taken delivery of 7 of the 23 aircraft and expects to take delivery of the remaining aircraft within 60 days.

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Rockwell Collins Signs Landmark MoU With Russia-Based Transas Aviation

Company Becomes First Major Global Avionics Manufacturer To Sign Agreement With A Russian Aviation Solutions Provider

Rockwell Collins has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with St. Petersburg, Russia-based Transas Aviation—a division of Transas Group—to address forward-fit and retrofit avionics opportunities for Russian aircraft platforms. The combined strengths of Rockwell Collins and Transas Aviation, which provides aviation solutions for Russian and international fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter operators, marks a major milestone in the region.

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FLY Leasing Acquires Two Boeing 737s

Brings Total Fleet To 115 Aircraft

FLY Leasing Limited has purchased two more aircraft, a Boeing B737-700 and a B737-800. The aircraft, which were manufactured in 2002 and in 2008 respectively, are leased to airlines in South America and in Europe. The acquisitions will be financed from the Company's free cash and its Term Loan, which was upsized in November 2013.

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Aero-TV: Pilots With A Mission -- IMC Clubs Focuses on Practical Knowledge

The IFR World Now Has A Group Dedicated To Its Interests

IMC Clubs strive to increase aviation safety. While at the Redbird Migration 2013 ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell talked with Radek Wyrzykowski, the founder and president of IMC Club. Sometimes good things start very simply, and such is the case with IMC club. The concept started when a few pilots joined together in a restaurant and talked about instrument flying. That humble beginning has now grown into 85 chapters and 2,000 IMC Club members.

Aero-TV: Pilots With A Mission -- IMC Clubs Focuses on Practical Knowledge

The IFR World Now Has A Group Dedicated To Its Interests

IMC Clubs strive to increase aviation safety. While at the Redbird Migration 2013 ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell talked with Radek Wyrzykowski, the founder and president of IMC Club. Sometimes good things start very simply, and such is the case with IMC club. The concept started when a few pilots joined together in a restaurant and talked about instrument flying. That humble beginning has now grown into 85 chapters and 2,000 IMC Club members.

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Hi Ho.... A New Jet Ranger!

Bell Unveils Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

The details have been rumored for months, but there is now a new Jet Ranger in the world... and it wants its share of the light single-engine turbine heli market captured by Robinson's highly successful R66. "Bell Helicopter changed the face of the industry nearly 50 years ago with the introduction of the legendary JetRanger," said John Garrison, CEO of Bell Helicopter. "Today we reveal the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, the high-performance, high-value aircraft our customers have been asking for in this category. Not only is the Bell 505 competitively priced, it offers a combination of features, capabilities and support customers have come to expect from Bell Helicopter."

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NTSB Issues Two Safety Alerts Focusing On Improving Helicopter Safety

Videos That Accompany The Documents Produced By HAI

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday issued two Safety Alerts highlighting the importance of proper maintenance and simulator training as critical ways to improve helicopter safety.

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MD Unveils New MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter

Aircraft Is Latest In Company's Line Of Armed Aerial Scout Helicopters

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) has released details of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution.

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Sikorsky Announces S-76D Aircraft Entry Into Service Program

Includes Customer Training, Service, Support

Sikorsky has outlined its Entry Into Service program for the S-76D line of aircraft. The S-76D Entry into Service program includes customer training, service, support and focused customer communication, as well as the tracking of customer fleet analytics.

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Hartzell’s TBM Composite 5-Blade Swept Prop Earns STC

Deliveries Set To Begin 'Shortly'

The FAA has granted an STC to Hartzell Propeller Inc. for the company’s advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propeller to be installed on TBM 700/850 aircraft. Hartzell already has taken orders for the advanced propellers and deliveries to TBM owners are expected to begin shortly.

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Metro Aviation Receives Garmin GTN Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) STC

Becomes First To STC New System For Rotorcraft

Metro Aviation recently completed a year-long process to STC the new Garmin GTN 650/750 for the EC135 helicopter. Metro is the first to STC the equipment for Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) rotorcraft and has already installed the equipment on two experimental aircraft with plans to install more this summer.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $90.1 Million Contract For V-22 Engines

Modification Of Prior Agreement For USMC

The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $90.1 million production contract to Rolls Royce for engines to power MV-22 aircraft operated by the Corps.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.26.14)

"At this week's Heli-Expo, we are working with HAI to increase awareness and identify voluntary action taken by key stakeholders to improve the safety of helicopter operations." Source: NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.26.14): Longitudinal Stability

The tendency for an aircraft nose to pitch up or pitch down, rotating around the lateral axis (wingtip to wingtip).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.26.14)

First Flight

Information on the Wright Brothers and Sir George Cayley. Includes simulators of several early aircraft, including the 1903 Wright Flyer I.

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