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150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

150 feared dead in Airbus 320 crash in French Alps

TOULOUSE, France, 24 March 2015. Airbus officials today confirmed that an A320 short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliner operated by Germanwings, a German low-cost airline based in Cologne that is wholly owned by Lufthansa, was involved in an accident around 11:00 a.m. (local time) near Prads-Haute-Bléone in the French Alps. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 4U 9525, from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany.

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

Rockwell Collins to provide oceanic data link services to FAA for increased safety, fuel savings

ANNAPOLIS, Md., 18 March 2015. Rockwell Collins won a seven-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract to provide its oceanic data link (ODL) service to enable real-time, data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, the goal of which is to have aircraft fly more efficient routes to save fuel and enhance safety.

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

Robinson Helicopter enters into 10-year contract, continues powering R66 helicopter with Rolls-Royce RR300 engines

ORLANDO, 5 March 2015. Officials at Robinson Helicopter Company in Torrance, Calif., have elected to power the company’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter with RR300 engines from Rolls-Royce in London. The company’s signed a 10-year agreement whereby Rolls-Royce will supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines for Robinson Helicopter’s R66 aircraft.

Airbus Helicopters unveils X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

Airbus Helicopters reveals X4 medium-sized aircraft, new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters officials delivered on their promise of one year ago, providing Heli-Expo 2015 attendees a glimpse of the company’s all-new X4 rotorcraft.

AgustaWestland debuts 7 Tonne AW139 with payload and range increase, reduced weight

AgustaWestland debuts 7 Tonne AW139 with payload and range increase, reduced weight

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. AgustaWestland unveiled at Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando an optional kit for the company’s AW139 twin-engine helicopter.

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