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March 08, 2017

Bell Helicopter Continues To Shape The Future Of Vertical Lift

Unveils Its Vision For The Future Of Rotorcraft At Heli-Expo 2017

Bell Helicopter has unveiled its vision for the future of rotorcraft – the FCX-001. This is Bell Helicopter’s first concept aircraft and presents a 3-D roadmap for delivering safer, smarter and more efficient rotorcraft solutions.

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Garmin Announces Enhancements For G500H In R44 Helicopters

Improved Situational Awareness Among The Benefits Of The Upgrades, Garmin Says

Garmin International has announced a series of enhancements and an expanded feature set for Garmin’s G500H glass flight display STC in Robinson R44 helicopters. Pilots flying behind the G500H in the R44 will experience a faster, more responsive and modernized flight display, alongside a number of additional features that improve situational awareness and bring new capabilities to this system using a Garmin-held STC.

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Flight Test Complete For New Transition To Hover Feature In The AS332 Helicopter

New Feature Provides More Opportunity For Hands-Free Operations

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter must be brought to a position to allow for winch operations.

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FlightSafety Expands Initial NVG Training To Bell 212/412 And Airbus H135

Launches Online Recurrent Training

FlightSafety International now offers FAA-approved Part 142 Night Vision Goggle initial training for the Airbus Helicopters H135, Bell 212, and Bell 412EP using Level D qualified simulators. FlightSafety also introduces an NVG eLearning recurrent course.

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GE, HeliOffshore Provide Safety Data Management System For Offshore Helicopters

Partnership Will Maximize Opportunities To Further Enhance The Safety Of Offshore Helicopter Operations

HeliOffshore and GE Aviation have signed an agreement to develop and implement digital solutions for a global safety data management system for the offshore helicopter industry.  The system will be deployed in phases beginning this year.

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Sikorsky Announces Ab Initio Pilot Training With Bristow Group

Will Offer Sikorsky-Certified Curriculum To Military And Commercial Customers

Sikorsky and Bristow Group have announced that they are working to enter into a long-term agreement that establishes Bristow as Sikorsky's preferred supplier for ab initio pilot training for Sikorsky aircraft customers at Bristow Academy. The announcement came at the 2017 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show.

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Elbit's Heli-ClearVision Suite Now Offered On Leonardo’s Commercial Helicopters

Long-Term Agreement Signed Between The Two Companies

Elbit Systems has signed a long-term agreement with Leonardo Helicopters to jointly market and equip Leonardo’s line of commercial helicopters with the latest Heli-ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS).

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Waypoint Leasing To Bolster Fleet With 16 New Airbus Helicopters

Comprising H145, H135, And For The First Time, The H175

Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, an independent global helicopter leasing company, have announced that Waypoint has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by  Airbus Helicopters.

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Aireon And Thales Begin Validation Of Space-Based ADS-B Data

Thales Will Integrate Aireon Data With TopSky-ATC To Advance Space-Based ADS-B Deployment

Aireon has announced that Thales has officially begun the testing and validation of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data. Initially signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June of 2015, the start of data validation marks a major milestone for Aireon and Thales' efforts to ensure the successful integration of space-based ADS-B into the TopSky–ATC automation platform.

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Fuller: Privatizing ATC Is An Unnecessary Exercise

Calls The Idea 'A Solution Looking For A Problem'

Former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now an aviation consultant, says that the debate over the privatization of Air Traffic Control is nothing more than an solution in search of a problem to solve.

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No Relief From TFRs For Aviation Businesses In South Florida

Secret Service Will Not Ease Rules When Trump Visits Mar-A-Lago

Two members of Congress from South Florida says the U.S. Secret Service has no plans to ease TFR restrictions during visits by President Trump to his Mar-a-Lago home in the region.

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XTI Aircraft Company, Bye Aerospace Form Alliance

Will Collaborate On Hybrid/Electric Vertical Takeoff Airplane

XTI Aircraft Company and Bye Aerospace have jointly announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement to develop a hybrid/electric prototype of XTI's revolutionary TriFan vertical takeoff airplane.

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Honeywell Forecasts 3,900 To 4,400 Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

Slow Global Economic Growth, Volatility In Oil And Gas Sector Influencing Orders

Impacted by a slow global economic growth environment and volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 19th annual "Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook," Honeywell forecasts 3,900 to 4,400 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2017 to 2021, roughly 400 helicopters lower than the 2016 five-year forecast.

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Oklahoma Bill Would Protect Property Owners Who Destroy Drones

To Be Debated Soon In The State Senate

A bill just sent to the full Oklahoma Senate for consideration would protect property owners from civil liability if they destroy a drone that is over their property without permission.

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Airlander Prepares For Return To Flight

Structural Damage Sustained On The Flight Deck During Second Test Flight Last August Now Repaired

The Airlander team is pleased to announce that the structural damage sustained to the Flight Deck during its second Test Flight last August has now been repaired.  Following this successful repair of the Flight Deck structure, Airlander is now structurally complete ahead of Hangar Exit and resuming the Flight Test Program.

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