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November 8, 2006, 7:23 AM

Sky Connect has obtained STCs for its equipment on the Bell 206 (B and L-1/3/4) and Sikorsky S-76 (A through C). The STCs include Sky Connect’s newest control head, called the mission-management unit. It provides flight crews with two-way text messaging and unlimited phone calls.

November 8, 2006, 7:15 AM

China is expected to require 2,763 civil helicopters of all types in the next 20 years, Zhang Hongbiao, general manager of AVIC II, said recently. Zhang also said that his company would take about 15 years to grapple with the core technologies in helicopter design and production.

November 8, 2006, 7:12 AM

Pratt & Whitney Canada on October 18 successfully completed the first run of its 1,000-shp-class PW210 turboshaft. According to the manufacturer, the engine met all of the engineers’ performance expectations.

November 8, 2006, 7:09 AM

The Polish government has launched a call for tenders for 23 EMS light-twin helicopters. The contract is worth $160 million, Polish Web site pb.pl reported. AgustaWestland, Eurocopter and PZL Swidnik are competing.

November 8, 2006, 7:01 AM

E-A-R Specialty Composites (Booth No.

November 8, 2006, 7:00 AM

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule.

November 8, 2006, 6:57 AM

The union representing some 760 Flight Options pilots is charging that the Raytheon-owned fractional share company is engaging in a pattern of harassing and hostile behavior as both sides continue negotiations toward an initial contract.

November 8, 2006, 6:55 AM

AirCell (Both No. 2085) is displaying the newly certified wireless function of its Axxess flagship satcom system. Axxess was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems in service that will allow a software field upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode.

November 8, 2006, 6:53 AM

Arnoni Aviation Services in Houston has appointed Yoel Arnoni as president, APPH Group North America, managing the Arnoni Aviation facilities in Houston and Airtight Inc. in Wichita.

November 8, 2006, 6:49 AM

Continued vigorous growth in business jet deliveries, particularly among midsize and large jets, will generate $70 billion worth of revenue for the engine industry over the next 20 years, according to a new market forecast released by Rolls-Royce here at the show.

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