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Able Engineering & Component Services, Inc., and Able Aerospace, Inc., merge into a single entity named Able Aerospace Services, Inc. The change caps off a progression that began with the company’s early 2016 acquisition by Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.

Heli-One, a global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, completes Airbus AS332 dynamic component exchanges with a customer in Puerto Rico. The aircraft’s main gearbox and main rotorhead were also recently overhauled at Heli-One’s facilities. The availability of the components allowed the customer to continue to provide services for their utility-based missions with minimal interruption.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Beijing Yugao Aviation Group (YGA), announce a signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This is the customer’s first aircraft and will be used for helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) and search-and-rescue transport.

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), announces the addition of McMahon Helicopter Services to its U.S. network of authorized sales representatives. Canton, Michigan-based McMahon provides customers with a wide range of helicopter charter services as well as sales and maintenance support. Authorized as a distributor for the full range of MD Helicopters’ single- and twin-engine aircraft, McMahon will focus primarily on the VIP and personal-use market.

Airbus Helicopters prepares to showcase its comprehensive range of rotary-wing products and technologies at next week’s Rotorcraft Asia. The inaugural tradeshow, dedicated to the growing Asia-Pacific helicopter market, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre April 18-20, 2017.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announce the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for emergency medical service (HEMS) missions in China.

With an ongoing focus on worldwide fleet management and customer-focused support, Eagle announces the appointment of Wesley (Wes) Semeniuk to the role of customer service manager (CSM). With over 10 years’ experience at Eagle, Semeniuk has advanced his career from an apprentice aircraft maintenance engineer to maintenance lead hand. His tenure, extensive knowledge of Bell Medium aircraft, and natural ability to professionally interface with customers make him the ideal choice to fill the important CSM role.

IAC Ltd. moves its operations to a 53,000+ square-foot facility in northwest Fort Worth, TX. IAC specializes in helicopter main- and tail-rotor blade inspection, repair, engineering and materials testing.

Columbia Helicopters earns its fifth consecutive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AMT Employer Diamond Award of Excellence for its aviation maintenance technician (AMT) training program. Portland, OR-based Columbia Helicopters has received the annual award 14 times in the past 21 years.

DART Aerospace, a privately owned international aerospace company, officially releases the first utility basket STC on the market designed for the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter. 

Twelve new AW139 air medical helicopters—all equipped with Donaldson AW139 Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs)—enter service in Australia, joining numerous other air operators that already use the advanced filter to keep their aircraft flying at peak performance.

Concorde Battery Corporation, established in 1977, is celebrating 40 years in business. Concorde has been providing quality batteries to the general aviation community for four decades out of its West Covina, CA, facility.

The latest Enstrom 480B to fly away from the factory is delivered to Sharkey’s Helicopters. The aircraft is the fourth ship to be sold through Sharkey’s in the past 12 months.

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, receives approval from the European and United States airworthiness authorities for its ADS-B solutions offered for Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft.

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a global leader in helicopter leasing, announces a €200 million firm order with Airbus Helicopters, including H145, H135 and H175 helicopters. Delivery of the aircraft on order is scheduled to begin in mid-2017 with deployment into emergency medical service and other parapublic segments.

Eastman Aviation Solutions announces it is exhibiting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI-EXPO 2017, Booth #7244, March 6-9, 2017. Eastman is returning to HAI to showcase Eastman Turbo Oil products and the benefits of HPC oils on rotorcraft engine.

Cadorath adds to its extensive list of OEM-approved and extended repairs currently offered with the addition of the Honeywell T53 engine line, granted under license authorization by Honeywell Aerospace. This authorization’s territorial coverage is world-wide excluding Japan.

Hawker Pacific, an aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, confirms the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type certificate being issued in Canada.

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), develops the first inlet barrier filter (IBF) for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Feb. 24 as an addition to Robinson’s R66 type certificate, the IBF will be available as a factory option from Robinson Helicopter Company, authorized Robinson Service Centers, or Donaldson.

Spectrum Aeromed announces the company plans to celebrate the completion of its 25th year in business with a contest at HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas from March 7-9. 

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, announces it has increased its available inventory by $4.1 million, raising the cost of its total inventory to over $39.4 million with over 100,000 line items.

Precise Flight, Inc., is debuting its new Helaku Series PAR36 LED Light, the brightest PAR 36 LED lighting available for rotorcraft, at the 2017 HAI Heli Expo in Dallas.

NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters announce NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours. The significant milestone proves the super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms.

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is prepared to highlight its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 helicopter trade show and exposition being held in Dallas, TX, March 7-9.