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Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

Airbus Helicopters unveils all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft, formerly called X4

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Airbus Helicopters at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 today revealed its all-new H160 medium-class rotorcraft – the first product introduced under the transformed Airbus Helicopters corporate identity. The 5.5-6-ton-class, twin-engine H160 rotorcraft integrates up to 68 different Airbus Helicopters-patented technologies.

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.

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

HAI Heli-Expo 2015 opens in Orlando with 725 vendors, more than 50 aircraft, roughly 20,000 attendees

ORLANDO, Fla., 3 March 2015. Helicopter Association International (HAI) opened Heli-Expo 2015, the annual trade show and exposition dedicated to vertical aviation, in Orlando, Fla.

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

Aerospace company SNC acquires 328 Support Services GmbH aircraft business

LONDON, 27 Feb. 2015. Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has acquired a United Kingdom- and Germany-based aircraft company, 328 Support Services GmbH. The company 328 owns the type certificate and intellectual property (IP) rights for design, manufacturing, maintenance, and certification of the 200 existing Dornier 328 (D328) prop and jet aircraft.

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

Engility acquires TASC, expands into analysis of space systems architectures, data, geospatial intelligence

CHANTILLY, Va., 26 Feb. 2015. Engility Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EGL) has completed its acquisition of TASC Inc. for approximately $1.3 billion, creating “a leading government services provider with a customer footprint that spans the federal services market,” officials say.

Saab Aeronautics selects Exelis pneumatic missile eject launchers

Saab Aeronautics selects Exelis pneumatic missile eject launchers

BRIGHTON, England, 25 Feb. 2015. Saab Aeronautics officials in Stockholm, Sweden, have selected Exelis (NYSE:XLS), with headquarters in McLean, Va., to develop, supply, and support Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher pylons (PMEL) for use on Saab’s next-generation Gripen E multirole fighter aircraft.

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Marion C. Blakey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), is leaving her post of the past seven years to assume the position of president and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.

Marion Blakey leaves Aerospace Industries Association

ARLINGTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Marion C. Blakey, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), is leaving her post of the past seven years to assume the position of president and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

AIA’s Blakey named president and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America

RESTON, Va., 24 Feb. 2015. Rolls-Royce officials have appointed Marion C. Blakey as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Rolls-Royce North America and chair of the Rolls-Royce North America Board of Directors, replacing James M. Guyette who will be retiring in May.

Egypt to equip forces with Dassault Rafale combat aircraft with Thales systems

Egypt to equip forces with Dassault Rafale combat aircraft with Thales systems

CAIRO, 19 Feb. 2015. Egyptian authorities have selected 24 Dassault Rafale omnirole combat aircraft and one FREMM multi-mission frigate to equip the Egyptian forces.

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

Heroux-Devtek and C&L partner to enhance in-service support for Saab 340 aircraft operators

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, 18 Feb. 2015. Héroux-Devtek UK, a subsidiary of Héroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX), an international manufacturer of aerospace products in Canada, has entered into a strategic alliance with C&L Aviation Group in the United States to enhance the global maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and support available to operators of all variants of the Saab 340 aircraft family.

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

FAA achieves critical milestone with proposed rule on commercial UAV use, AUVSI's Wynne says

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Brian Wynne, calls the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA’s) proposed rule for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) "a good first step" to allow commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

FAA small UAS rule is important first step in airspace integration, says AIA’s Blakey

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 Feb. 2015. The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) draft regulations for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, is “an important step towards the integration of UAS into civil airspace,” says Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.

Rising passenger travel, fuel-efficient aircraft grow global aerospace and defense industry

Rising passenger travel, fuel-efficient aircraft grow global aerospace and defense industry

NEW YORK, 13 Feb. 2015. Revenue and earnings growth in the commercial aerospace sector will be a driving force behind the global aerospace and defense industry performance in 2015, according to a new report from Deloitte Global.

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X ultra-long range trijet takes to the air

Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X ultra-long range trijet takes to the air

BORDEAUX, France, 12 Feb. 2015. The ultra-long range Falcon 8X from Dassault Aviation has completed its first flight roughly one month after rollout.

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