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March 05, 2013

Senator: White House 'Political Gimmicks' Put Thousands Of Jobs At Risk

Remarks From The Senate Floor Shed Light On So-Called 'Loophole'

As rhetoric from Washington, DC mischaracterizing business aviation continues to heat up, a Kansas lawmaker has lent his voice to the growing chorus of support for the industry. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) responded last week from the Senate floor to what he termed "a relentless focus on political gimmicks" from the White House when it comes to the administration's rhetoric about business aircraft taxes when discussing deficit reduction, and specifically President Obama's repeated calls to adjust the tax "depreciation" schedule for general aviation aircraft.

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New TBO Program Announced For PW206, PW207 Engines

Time-Between-Overhaul Interval Increases To 4,000 Hours

The time between overhaul (TBO) for all new PW206 and PW207 engines has been extended to 4,000 hours. The announcement was made during the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

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Universal Avionics’ Airborne Datalink System Approved for Helicopters

Company's Radio Control Unit Also Greenlighted For Installation

Universal Avionics recently completed helicopter vibration testing and approval for its airborne datalink system, UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). UniLink UL-800/801 CMU adds to Universal’s expanding line of products designed for the unique requirements of the helicopter market.

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Heli-Mart President Steps Down After 40 Years At The Helm

Company Founder Don Nichols Retiring, Succeeded By Ed Brown

Don Nichols, founder of the 40-year-old company, Heli-Mart, Inc., a helicopter parts distribution supplier and MD Helicopter Authorized Service Center, has retired in advance of this year’s Heli-Expo convention in Las Vegas. Nichols had operated the company with Ed Brown, who assumed full ownership and presidency of the service company on January 1 of this year.

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Bristow Academy Announces Agreement With Aero Dynamix

Bristow Academy To Train With NVIS Lighting Systems; Offer NVG Pilot Training

Bristow Academy has announced an agreement with Aero Dynamix to use Aero Dynamix night vision systems to enhance its night vision training program, as well as offer the installation of Aero Dynamix night vision systems to its customers worldwide. Both companies are industry leaders in night vision applications – Bristow Academy in rotary pilot training for NVG operations and Aero Dynamix as a provider of NVIS lighting systems for aircraft.

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PAC International Featuring AMS EC135 At Heli-Expo

One Of Three Aircraft Recently Configured By The Company

Paradigm Aerospace Corporation, International (PAC) is showcasing a recently reconfigured EC135P2+ on exhibit during the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning on Tuesday. The featured aircraft is one of three EC135s recently reconfigured by PAC and was previously operated as an offshore support helicopter. 

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Bell Helicopter To Introduce Product Upgrades This Week

Showcasing A Number Of Aircraft At Heli-Expo 2013

Bell Helicopter plans to introduce new product upgrades designed using continued customer input and engagement at an event being held Tuesday morning at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The company will also be hosting "Mission Theater" – a series of thought-leadership presentations. Each thirty-minute briefing will highlight how Bell Helicopter plans to continue to lead the industry in adding value for customers and industry partners alike.

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Eurocopter’s EC175 On Display At Heli-Expo

One Stop On A National Awareness Tour

The next-generation Eurocopter EC175 is on a two-week U.S. visit which includes a stop at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas this week. The tour is designed to underscore Eurocopter’s development of the EC175 through extensive consultation with operators and end-users, ensuring their needs and requirements were incorporated into the design at an early stage – resulting in an optimized rotary-wing aircraft with the latest state-of-the-art technology.

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Sequestration Not Expected To Affect Heli-Expo

HAI Working With Other Associations To Ensure Safety

In a briefing in advance of HAI's Heli-Expo from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari, the two said their clear mandate is to minimize effects on the "traveling public" — meaning airline passengers. This was good news for anyone traveling to Las Vegas to the association's 2013 trade show. In addition, the mandatory notification period required before laying off or furloughing federal workers means there will be some lag time before lack of staffing affects domestic aviation.

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Garmin Optimizes GTN Series For Helicopter Operations

New Features And Capabilities Introduced On Touch-Screen Interface

Garmin is introducing new features and capabilities of the GTN series touchscreen GPS/NAV/COM that address the specific needs of helicopter operations. Enhancements include environmental qualification meeting stringent helicopter vibration and temperature testing standards, optional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatibility, optional built-in Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) and more.

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