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February 27, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.14

Enstrom Introduces a New Trainer…

The Citation Latitude Reaches Max Performance…

HAI Launches “Land and Live”…


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LCI Orders Six Airbus Helicopters EC175s, Becomes EC225e Launch Customer

New Airbus Helicopters Customer Places First Order Valued At $645 Million For Up To 21 Rotorcraft

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly-unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016.

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Bell Helicopter Updates Bell 525 Program During HELI-EXPO 2014

Outlines Milestones Reached Towards Certification Of The New Aircraft

Bell Helicopter provided an update on its 525 Relentless program during a press event at HELI-EXPO 2014. Bell shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions.

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Cessna Citation Latitude Prototype Reaches Maximum Performance Envelope

Milestones Reached In The Aircraft's Third Test Flight

Cessna's Citation Latitude has reached another testing milestone. In only the aircraft’s third flight, the Latitude prototype has successfully achieved full envelope performance for maximum speed (440 KTAS, 506 mph), Mach speed (0.80) and altitude (45,000 ft). The aircraft was cleared for a direct climb to 45,000 ft with a gross takeoff weight of 29,000 pounds.

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Display Cursor Control Unveiled For Next Generation MD Explorer

First Light-Twin Helicopter In Market To Offer 'Point And Click' Display Control From The Collective

Universal Avionics has introduced one of its flagship features of the new avionics package in the redesigned Next Generation MD Explorer, a cursor control for the advanced display system as an integrated part of the collective. This "point and click" philosophy brings some of the most advanced technology in the market into the flight deck of the redesigned Explorer, which is set to be the first helicopter in the light-twin market to feature such a system.

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AHS International Celebrates 70 Years Of Advancing Vertical Flight

Society's 70th Annual Forum And Technology Display To Be Held In May

Vertical flight technical society AHS International is celebrating 70 years of advancing the state of the art of rotary wing technology and promoting its application around the globe in 2014.

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Kaman Aerospace Soliciting Interest In New K-MAX Production

Aircraft Suitable For A Variety Of Commercial And Military Missions

Kaman Aerospace Group has been soliciting interest in new K-MAX orders at HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, CA.

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Metro Aviation Takes Safety To The Next Level

Attains Level IV In FAA's SMS Pilot Project

Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project. Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone. The Program provides a four level system to acknowledge development of a formal SMS that meets FAA expectations and ICAO international standards. 

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FAA Certifies First Rule-Compliant ADS-B Transceiver For Helicopters

FreeFlight Systems & UND Granted STC For Installation In Bell 206B

The FAA has awarded an STC to FreeFlight Systems and the University of North Dakota (UND) for the first rule–compliant 978 MHz ADS-B In/Out Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) for rotorcraft. Certified in the Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, the FreeFlight System RANGR FDL-978-XVR ADS-B integrates ADS-B In and Out capabilities with a high-integrity WAAS/GPS and Mode A/C transponder integration in a single unit.

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Waypoint Leasing To Acquire 37 Rotorcraft From Airbus Helicopters

Deal Includes 12 EC225 and 25 EC145 T2 Helicopters, Emphasizes The Growing Role Of Lessors In Helicopter Fleet Deployment

Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced Tuesday as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft.

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Erickson Expands MRO Capabilities Beyond The S-64

Putting Unique Set Of Capabilities And Experience To Use Supporting A Variety Of Legacy Products

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated said at HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, CA that it is further expanding its MRO services with a focus on legacy platforms.

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FAA Certifies True Blue Power TB17 Battery

First Ever TSO-Certified Lithium-Ion Engine Start, Main Ship Battery

The FAA has granted a Technical Standard Order (TSO) C179a  and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) certification of the TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery. The TB17 is the first lithium-ion engine start battery for business and commercial aviation to receive either certification.

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Phoenix Heliparts To Deliver Highly Customized MD530F To California Customer

Arizona Company Nearly Fully Booked For 2014

Modification and Integration specialist, Phoenix Heliparts has contracted with a California pilot for a total refurbishment and upgrade of an MD530F helicopter, including a complete digital avionics package and modern interior.  It will then be populated, painted and made ready for delivery in September.

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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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Enstrom Introduces New Two-Seat Trainer – The TH180

New Helicopter ‘Designed With The Student In Mind’

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to introduce the newest member of its family, the TH180. Designed as a training helicopter, the TH180 is based on Enstrom’s solid reputation for safety and customer support with additional focus on low operating costs and ease of learning.

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AW109 Trekker Unveiled At Heli Expo

A New Addition To AgustaWestland’s Light Twin Engine Helicopter Line

AgustaWestland has unveiled a new addition to its range of class leading light twin-engine helicopters, the AW109 Trekker, the first AgustaWestland light twin to offer skid landing gear. The aircraft was unveiled during a ceremony at Heli Expo 2014 Wednesday in Anaheim, California.

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MD Helicopters Marks First MD 500E Sale In China

Receives Order For New MD 500E From China-Bases Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation

Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation Ltd (Qi Xiang GA) and Avion Pacific Ltd (Avion), MD Helicopters’ sales distributer in China, has reached an agreement on an order for a new 500E helicopter. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery the second quarter of this year and will be used for agricultural spraying and utility work in the Shandong province, south of Beijing.

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HAI Launches 'Land And Live' Program

Extols The Value Of The 'Precautionary Landing' To Save Lives

HAI has set up a website to emphasize a safety tool in every helicopter pilot’s toolbox capable of breaking almost every accident chain. Too often, HAI says, this tool remains tucked away, hidden in the dark recesses of the bottom corner of the toolbox. It’s the Precautionary Landing.

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Aspen Glass Now Factory Option On Robinson Helicopters

Robinson Helicopter Operators Now Have Affordable, Feature-Rich Glass Cockpit Options

Aspen Avionics' EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) system is now available as a factory option on the Robinson R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66 helicopters. The EFD500H Multi-function Display (MFD) system will be available as a factory option on the R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66.

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Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft Market Slowing, But Still Lucrative

Forecast International Projects Production Of Over Five Thousand Aircraft In The Next 10 Years

Market research firm Forecast International projects that 5,213 meadium/heavy military rotorcraft will be produced between 2014 and 2023, according to the company's “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft.” The value of this production is $127 billion in constant FY14 U.S. dollars. The firm defines a medium/heavy military rotorcraft as one having a gross weight of 15,000 pounds or greater.

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Milestone Aviation Group To Purchase Eight Additional S-92 Helicopters

Company's S-92 Order Book Now At 37 Units Valued At More Than $1.2 Billion

Milestone Aviation Group and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that Milestone has increased its S-92 order book by eight units, increasing its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The forward orders are scheduled to deliver over the next five years with 15 scheduled for completed delivery in 2014 and 2015; more than half of which are already on lease or under letter of intent.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.27.14)

"Even though it will decline in size over the next 10 years, the medium/heavy military rotorcraft market is where rotorcraft manufacturers will play for the biggest stakes and hope for the biggest payoffs." Source: Forecast International's senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.14): Lee Wave

The wavelike effect, characterized by severe updrafts and downdrafts, that occurs in the lee of a mountain range when rapidly flowing air is lifted up the steep front of a mountain range.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.27.14)

Scott Crossfield Foundation: Update

In memory of one of the great aviators of our time, The Scott Crossfield Foundation commemorates his accomplishments and recounts the impact he had on so many of us.

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