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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

H175 fleet demonstrates its reliability and exceeds 3,000 flight hours in operation with NHV.

·         Now in operation with NHV Group in Den Helder and Aberdeen, with more than 3.000 flight hours since December 2014

·         First VIP aircraft to be delivered this year; Public Services version on track for 2017 delivery

·         Virtual reality experience available at HAI

Louisville, Kentucky, 1 March 2015 – After little more than one year of operations, NHV have reached 3,000 flight hours with their H175 fleet, demonstrating the aircraft’s mission capability and reliability in oil and gas offshore transportation. Early February, the first H175 that entered service in December 2014, reached the 1,000 flight-hour milestone.

“This milestone was easily achieved thanks to the exceptional availability of the aircraft, which is close to 95%” said Eric Van Hal, CEO of NHV Group. “The H175 has proven to be a highly reliable aircraft. I am happy to say that the helicopter really keeps its promises, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers”.

NHV was the launch customer for the new super medium helicopter and has since taken delivery of six aircraft out of 16 on order. The H175 is currently in operation at two of NHV’s bases in the demanding North Sea environment: Den Helder in the Netherlands and Aberdeen in northern Scotland. So far, the NHV fleet of H175s has completed 1,500 flights and carried approximately 22,000 passengers.

“Since its entry into service, the H175 has been proving its value and high availability every day with our launch customer NHV, which generated a lot of attention for this helicopter” said Guillaume Faury, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Thanks to its endurance, flexibility, high level of safety, excellent payload and cost-effectiveness, we are shaping the future of the market with the H175”.

Despite the challenging market environment, 2015 proved to be a successful year for the H175 which registered 36 orders and was endorsed by key oil and gas players such as Milestone and Bristow. During the last 12 months, the capabilities of the aircraft have also been expanded through a flight envelope extension in hot and high conditions. The Public Services version was also launched last year thanks to a 7-unit order from Hong Kong operator GFS, with deliveries planned in 2017.

In 2016, the H175 will be deployed in the Gulf of Mexico for Oil and Gas operations by the Mexican customer Pegaso. This year will also see the entry into service of the VIP variant introducing new mission capabilities, as well as the certification of SAR modes. The maximum take-off weight (MTOW) extension will be increased to 7800 kg, offering customers a 300 kg payload gain or an increased radius of action of 40 nautical miles.

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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions today announced that its Avionics & Electronics business unit, in collaboration with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems, has developed Fortress HUMS, a new compact and lightweight ED-112A compliant Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder with integral Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) capability designed for use on rotorcraft platforms. Fortress HUMS uniquely combines flight data recording and HUMS capabilities in an easy to install and affordable single box solution weighing only a fraction of alternative systems. In a typical installation, overall weight is reduced from 70 lbs. to 13 lbs. (32 kg to 6 kg) versus currently available alternatives.

Fortress HUMS can be quickly and easily retrofitted onto a helicopter to provide a SWaP-optimized single box solution for mandatory flight recording combined with a HUMS solution for maintenance, safety, fleet management and supply chain interface. Its innovative serial communications network of intelligent sensors, connected via a single cable routed throughout the aircraft, enables rapid integration, significantly reduces system complexity, and reduces the amount of time the aircraft needs to be grounded for installation. Fortress HUMS is ideal for use in helicopter applications where operators are seeking to extend aircraft operational life and implement predictive maintenance programs. It can be deployed on both existing aircraft and new builds, deployed as a permanent installed combined HUMS and recorder system for new aircraft construction, or deployed as an upgrade path for customers who implement an initial Fortress Recorder only installation.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems to deliver the unprecedented size and weight reduction provided by the Fortress HUMS recorder to the rotorcraft market,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “Fortress HUMS significantly reduces the time and cost of aircraft installation and through-life operational costs thanks to its network-based approach and extremely low installed system weight.”

“Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems is excited to be teamed with Curtiss-Wright to bring this next generation and game changing technology to market,” said Marc Brodeur, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems. “The Fortress HUMS will provide the end user with a significant fleet management capability that enables them to reduce operational costs by making better decisions about maintenance analysis, safety, training and interface to the supply system. This system will provide transformational ability to the customer from crew chief to design engineer.”

About Fortress HUMS
Fortress HUMS is a non-invasive, fault tolerant, and compact solution that combines Curtiss-Wright’s next generation Fortress crash recorder with the revolutionary integrated Health and Usage Monitoring System developed by Ultra Electronics. The resultant product will offer full crash recorder capability coupled with a state-of-the-art HUM system that will offer users a powerful yet light weight and affordable prognostic and diagnostic health monitoring system. Fortress HUMS’ algorithms calculate the remaining useful life of components, enabling significant maintenance cost savingsand increasing aircraft availability by reducing or extending maintenance beyond conservative periodic routines.

Fortress HUMS has a scalable and composable architecture that can accommodate up to 60 smart sensor channels (e.g. accelerometers, tachometers, communications interfaces, and auxiliary data acquisition modules). The distributed sensor network acquires all data parameters required for both HUMS and FDR functions. This includes vibration data for mechanical diagnostics, engine monitoring, and airframe monitoring; platform dynamics for rotor track and balance; analog and digital signals for HUMS usage monitoring, exceedance monitoring and regime recognition; and ARINC 429, analog, and digital signals for flight data recording. Fortress HUMS can operate with the cockpit area microphone, HD Color camera, Recorder Independent Power Supply and ground replay software to provide a complete cockpit voice, video and flight data recording capability. What’s more, Fortress HUMS is easy to reconfigure because sensors can be repurposed, added or removed, and then reprogramed without the need to remove hardware from the aircraft.

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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

H160 ready to take on the market at Heli-Expo.

·         Airbus Helicopters ready to sign letters of intent for the H160

·         Development, industrialization and customer support on track for 2018 entry into service

Louisville, Kentucky, 1 March 2016 – After its worldwide debut at Heli-Expo in 2015, Airbus Helicopters is now launching the commercialisation of the H160 with letters of intent available for potential customers.

“The public response to the H160 has been fantastic and we have started discussions with customers for different mission configurations for the H160” explained Guillaume Faury, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “Development is now moving forward with two prototypes flying and a third one being built, meaning that we will soon be able to confirm the aircraft’s performance details that are essential to our customers,” he added.

Carrying out twenty percent more flight hours per month than previous developments at the same stage thanks to the System Helicopter 0 & Dynamic Helicopter 0 ground test facilities, the first prototype (PT1) has logged around 100 hours. The second prototype (PT2), that took off on 27 January, has started performance flight tests with Turbomeca’s Arrano engine. The third prototype (PT3) will join its fellow aircraft in 2017 and will essentially be employed to develop the different mission configurations, testing cabin interiors and optionals that will be available to customers.

At this year’s Heli-Expo, Airbus Helicopters is showing the H160 in a digital format, highlighting its inherent multi-role capacities. A dedicated virtual reality corner will allow future customers to visualize the H160 in different seating configurations for oil and gas missions, public services operations (such as medevac and law enforcement) and emergency medical services.

The H160 will pioneer a brand new industrial model, improving competitiveness and customer satisfaction with the final assembly being performed in 18 weeks instead of 36 for the previous generation. Having partnered with Latécoère Services for a state of the art integrated final assembly line for which the first station will be implemented at the end of 2016, the H160 is gearing up to its serial production. This automated moving flow line will be comprised of two production lines, each equipped with several workstations capable of assembling the different H160 configurations.

Airbus Helicopters associated key operators to the EASA-led MSG-3 process so that all inspection or maintenance requirements have been questioned, all intervals have been challenged, and the resulting maintenance schedule will significantly reduce the maintenance burden and improves aircraft availability. The H160 will be as simple to maintain as a light twin helicopter.

The H160 support and services strategy relies on the digital continuity development process implemented from the beginning of the program. Digital servicing enables a seamless management of operators’ evolving business whether it is airworthiness, maintenance, material management, or training. The H160 will implement a paperless multi-support philosophy, enabling a quick and accurate information exchange and allowing our customers to make decisions faster.  With the recent signature of the full-flight simulator partnership with Thales and Helisim, Airbus Helicopters also wants to ensure best in class safety from entry into service for its future customers.

 

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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation orders another Grandnew EMS helicopter for new Niigata Prefecture Doctor-Heli base.

  • Aircraft to enter service in fall this year, expanding the presence of GrandNew in Japan for emergency medical service
  • More than 80 AgustaWestland AW109 legacy of helicopters sold to Japanese customer so far for various roles
  • Over 150 helicopters of various types sold by the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in Japan to date for a range of roles

Rome – 1 MARCH 2016 – Finmeccanica announced today through its Helicopter Division and Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation has placed an order for an additional AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Niigata Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the Fall of 2016.

This latest purchase is part of the Doctor-Heli system programme which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all prefectures in Japan. The order further expands the presence of EMS-configured GrandNew helicopters in the Japanese market and continues the growing success of the GrandNew and AgustaWestland’s range of AW109 legacy of helicopters in Japan, with more than 80 aircraft sold to perform a number of missions including EMS, law enforcement, executive/corporate transport and electronic newsgathering.

Note to editors on Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation

Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation, in joint venture with Kagoshima International Aviation, was awarded a Doctor Heli contract from Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital in Niigata Prefecture offering the GrandNew after a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, demonstrating its ability to meet the demanding mission and safety requirements. Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation’s GrandNew features a comprehensive EMS configuration with a cabin layout able to accommodate one litter plus four medical attendants or two litters plus two medical attendants. The aircraft is also fitted with skis and ice detector. Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation, a subsidiary of Suzuyo & Co., is an aircraft operating company located at Shizuoka Heliport. Established in 1991, it provides a variety of operational services, such as disaster relief support for Shizuoka Prefecture, electronic news gathering for local broadcasting companies and charter transport. Its capabilities also include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification services.

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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

Sino-US Signs contract for 25 AW119Kx helicopters in EMS configuration in China.

  • The contract is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft
  • Establishing the largest emergency medical service helicopter programme ever launched in China with deliveries starting by June 2016
  • More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of commercial and public services.

Finmeccanica announced today a major step forward in the expansion of its presence in the global emergency medical service (EMS) market with the signing of a contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters with Sino-US in China through its Helicopter Division. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through to 2017.  Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016 and the helicopters will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd (Kingwing), a prime helicopter operator in China which has established a dedicated EMS project designated the CHAA (China Helicopter Air Ambulance) to provide a strong contribution to the Chinese EMS sector.

The framework agreement and the 25 helicopters contract pave the path for the establishment of the largest EMS helicopter programme across China’s provinces and significantly strengthens the presence of Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in the commercial and public services market, where its products have demonstrated greatly successful for a range of missions such as law enforcement, rescue, disaster relief, firefighting and passenger transport. More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters have been sold to Chinese customers to date.

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HELI-EXPO 2016 PRESS RELEASE

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, March 1, 2016 – Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. today as the
first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with
Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association
International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display.
Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).
Era’s first Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with GWE entered into revenue service in the Gulf of
Mexico in October 2015. The GWE increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to
27,700 pounds. Era recently accepted delivery of its second S-92 helicopter with the GWE
option, and now operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky aircraft.
“Our customers are greatly benefitting from the extra payload offered by this S-92
helicopter,” said Chris Bradshaw, President and Chief Executive Officer, Era Group, Inc.
“The safety, reliability and performance of the S-92 helicopter makes it an optimal platform
for those we serve.”
Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world.
The fleet has flown more than 950,000 flight hours. S-92 helicopters perform a variety of
missions including oil & gas worker transportation, search and rescue, and a variety of
transportation missions for head of state, utility and airline passengers.
For additional information, visit our website: www.sikorsky.com.

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