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RN-Aircraft orders AW189 commercial helicopters for oil & gas application

RN-Aircraft orders AW189 commercial helicopters for oil & gas application

SAMARATE, Italy, 23 July 2015. Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland officials signed a contract for the sale of 10 AW189 commercial helicopters to RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of oil company Rosneft.

Lockheed Martin to strengthen helicopter portfolio with Sikorsky Aircraft acquisition

Lockheed Martin to strengthen helicopter portfolio with Sikorsky Aircraft acquisition

BETHESDA, Md., 22 July 2015. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft, maker of military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft based in Stratford, Conn., for $9.0 billion from United Technologies Corp. (UTC).

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

Canada expands Blue Sky air transport agreements, adding Nigeria, Mali, and Oman

OTTAWA, 21 July 2015. Government officials in Canada are proactively establishing air transport agreements with other nations under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which enables Canadian airlines to better serve passengers travelling between Canada and these countries. This week, officials announced agreements with Nigeria, Mali, and Oman. 

Flexible rugged cabling for motion-control in avionics offered by Cicoil

VALENCIA, Calif., 20 July 2015. Cicoil Corp. in Valencia, Calif., is introducing the EZ-Flexx Motion Series Plus rugged cabling for high-performance motion-control in aerospace and defense applications.

XMC computer for mission- and safety-critical avionics applications offered by CES

GENEVA, Switzerland, 13 July 2015. Creative Electronic Systems (CES) in Geneva, Switzerland, is introducing the MFCC-8557 XMC single-board computer based on the Freescale QorIQ P3041 processor for mission-critical and safety-critical aerospace and defense applications.

Bell 525 Relentless commercial fly-by-wire helicopter achieves first flight

Bell 525 Relentless commercial fly-by-wire helicopter achieves first flight

AMARILLO, Texas, 7 July 2015. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the maiden flight of its Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopter at the company’s aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas.

Low-profile MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminal for avionics uses offered by Holt

MISSION VIEJO, Calif., 6 July 2015. Holt Integrated Circuits in Mission Viejo, Calif., is introducing the HI-2130 low-profile MIL-STD-1553 integrated terminal for military and commercial avionics applications. The device contains MIL-STD-1553 protocol logic, dual transceivers, and dual transformers in a low-profile compact package.

Era Group Inc. opens Super Base, adopts Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for oil-and-gas applications

Era Group Inc. opens Super Base, adopts Sikorsky S-92 helicopter for oil-and-gas applications

STRATFORD, Conn., 26 June 2015. Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), a helicopter transport operator, opened its Super Base, a 35-acre passenger terminal and climate-controlled hangar in Houma, La., and took delivery of a S-92 helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Line driver to convert TL/CMOS input to ARINC amplitudes introduced by DDC

BOHEMIA, N.Y., 22 June 2015. Data Device Corp. (DDC) in Bohemia, N.Y., is introducing the DD-4107X ARINC 429 line driver to convert TL/CMOS serial input data to ARINC-specified amplitudes in avionics applications.

Avionics sales exceed $587 million in Q1 2015, declining nearly 10 percent year over year

General aviation, bizjet avionics sales exceed $587 million in Q1 2015, declining nearly 10 percent year over year

PARIS, 19 June 2015. In the first three months of 2015, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales exceeded $587 million ($587,100,212.92), according to the Aircraft Electronics Association first-quarter 2015 Avionics Market Report. The figure represents a 9.9 percent decrease in sales compared to the first-quarter 2014 ($651,748,994.12, or more than $651 million); this year's first-quarter sales are more in line with the first-quarter sales of 2013 ($586,006,894.49, or more than $586 million).

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

GE and joint ventures win $19B in orders, commitments at Paris Air Show

PARIS, 19 June 2015. GE Aviation and its joint venture companies, including CFM International (joint company between GE and Snecma/Safran), won more than $19 billion (USD) in orders and commitments for nearly 1,000 GE and CFM engines as well as OnPoint agreements for engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).

Alenia Aermacchi engineers opt for Honeywell environmental, cabin press controls

Alenia Aermacchi engineers opt for Honeywell environmental, cabin press controls

PARIS, 18 June 2015. Engineers at Alenia Aermacchi needed an environmental control system for the company’s new, lightweight M-345 High Efficiency Trainer jets, due to enter service in 2018. They found their solution at Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON), and signed a contract for Honeywell’s Environmental Control Systems and Cabin Pressure Control Systems, designed for aircraft cooling, cockpit pressurization, and temperature control.  

Paris Air Show

Gore aerospace presents materials, cables, microwave assemblies modern airborne digital networks

PARIS, June 2015. W. L. Gore & Associates officials are on hand at Paris Air Show 2015 this week demonstrating new advances in aerospace and avionics technology in the areas of aerospace materials, Ethernet cables, and microwave assemblies for commercial and defense applications. 

Paris Air Show

Parker to provide wheels and brakes on multiple general aviation aircraft programs

PARIS, 15 June 2015. Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division — also known in the industry as Cleveland Wheels & Brakes — has been selected to provide FAA TSO-approved, caliper-style wheels, brakes, and brake system hydraulics on several aircraft programs, including: Diamond Aircraft’s DA62, Discovery Aviation’s Model 201 and XL-2, and Piper Aircraft’s Meridian M600.

Paris Air Show

Parker taps 3D printing for general and business aviation wheels and brakes

PARIS, June 2015. Parker Aerospace’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division, also known in the industry as Cleveland Wheels & Brakes, is drawing attention at Paris Air Show for its use of precision tooling and 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) in the production of its wheels and brakes for general aviation, business aircraft, and helicopter.

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