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March 19, 2007, 10:50 AM

World banking giant Bank of America (Booth No. 700), a long-time player in fixed-wing financing, announced yesterday its entrance into the rotorcraft market.

March 19, 2007, 10:22 AM

The second prototype of the Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor is now flying in airplane mode, after starting its flight test regimen in helicopter mode on November 9 last year. It operates from Cameri, an Italian Air Force airfield near Milan.

March 19, 2007, 10:05 AM

While the S-76 and S-92 will remain Sikorsky’s bread and butter for some time to come, the company is also launching a new age of vertical lift technology, which it is calling the X2.

March 19, 2007, 8:25 AM

The FAA’s plans to update certification rules to reflect the improved capabilities and performance of modern helicopters appears to be moving ahead with few hurdles, according to officials with knowledge of the changes proposed last August.

March 19, 2007, 8:17 AM

Stephen Hickok of Hickok & Associates, Orange Beach, Ala., announced on Thursday that the FAA performed a successful flight inspection on February 23 of the company’s design for the first helicopter simultaneous noninterfering (SNI) instrument approach in a complex airspace system.

March 19, 2007, 8:15 AM

Blue Sky Network (Booth No. 3405), a La Jolla, Calif.-based provider of Iridium satellite communication services and equipment, is at Heli-Expo’07 introducing a portable flight-tracking device that it says installs in less than a minute.

March 19, 2007, 8:13 AM

Vertical Aviation Technologies has given its four-place kit helicopter, the Hummingbird, a new look for 2007: a composite carbon-fiber upper fairing that encloses the pylon structure.

March 19, 2007, 8:12 AM

AgustaWestland announced that it has delivered an A119 Koala to the Royal Bafokeng nation in South Africa. The small, nearly 800-sq-mi country has a population of around 300,000 people.

March 19, 2007, 8:11 AM

Donaldson Co. announced yesterday that it has acquired Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) of St. Louis, Mo. The deal, which was inked on Tuesday, calls for AFS to become a wholly owned subsidiary of the worldwide supplier of filters and support.

March 19, 2007, 8:10 AM

Goodrich Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., announced yesterday that it has developed DC starter-generator brushes to extend the time between overhaul required on a helicopter’s starter or generator.

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