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January 29, 2007, 5:47 AM

Three Columbia Helicopters Chinooks have recently entered service in South America. One is in Ecuador working for AGIP and two are in Peru supporting Occidental Peru and Repsol.

January 29, 2007, 5:46 AM

San Diego’s city council voted unanimously to extend the lease on its fire helicopter for six months. The Bell 212HP is operated by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, but paid for by the county.

January 29, 2007, 5:45 AM

Bell plans to add about 200 jobs at its Amarillo assembly plant this year, as it gears up to meet expected demand for the V-22 Osprey.

January 29, 2007, 5:43 AM

The head of Bell’s new X-Worx center in Arlington, Texas, told AIN that his team is working on a new type of anti-torque device that is “unlike anything you have seen before.”

January 29, 2007, 5:41 AM

A newly formed regional airline division of Hong Kong commuter helicopter operator Helicopters Hong Kong has signed a deal with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease four new 76-seat Embraer 170s.

January 29, 2007, 5:40 AM

US Airways may resume taking deliveries of Embraer and Bombardier regional jets if the airline’s employee unions accept more cost-cutting measures, thanks to a tentative agreement by GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease another thirty-one 70- and 90-seat jets over the next three years.

January 29, 2007, 5:37 AM

Regional traffic throughout China has increased significantly since 2000, the year the country saw the introduction of the first Western regional jet into its domestic network. Since that time passenger numbers have increased by nearly 17 percent a year.

January 29, 2007, 5:37 AM

Stage III Technologies, which has been developing a Stage 3 hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs for more than five years, has received an STC for the Gulfstream IISP (the GII special performance model equipped with winglets). The La Jolla, Calif.

January 29, 2007, 5:36 AM

China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft (ACAC) continues its march toward a 2008 introduction of the 85-seat ARJ21-700, finishing more or less on schedule some 90 percent of the aircraft’s structural design and 50 percent of its systems design by the end of last year.

January 29, 2007, 5:34 AM

Although the political crisis in Ukraine kept Antonov engineers guessing about the timing of the first flight of the 52-seat An-148, the airplane took to the air on December 17 from Kiev’s Svyatoshin Aerodrome.

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