Sikorsky has delivered 3 VIP-configured S92AE helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force. They are the first such craft equipped with the high-end LifePort medical system.

Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency has ordered an Agusta­Westland AW139 medium twin helicopter for use in fire fighting, EMS, air rescue and transport missions. Delivery is due late this year. This is the 30th AW139 AgustaWestland has sold in Japan.

Scott's–Bell 47 (SB47) has moved into its newly upgraded 8000 sq ft customer service facility in Le Sueur MN. Parts warehousing remains at SB47's original home—now considered a satellite facility—adjacent to Scott's Helicopter Services at 12Y (Le Sueur MN). The company has hired 5 new designers, a QA manager and an office manager, and plans to continue expanding over the next 18 months.

Eurocopter broke ground for its new high-tech integrated development center in Donauwörth, Germany, on May 6. Part of the company's System­haus project, the 323,000 sq ft complex will bring all the resources, skills and equipment required to develop, manufacture, certify and maintain helicopters into a single location. Completion is scheduled for late next year.

American Eurocopter has delivered a 4th EC145 to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA. It will be used for air medical services in northeastern Pennsylvania. Geisinger is standardizing its fleet on the EC145 platform.

AgustaWestland has won a $37.8-million contract to provide 2 AW­139 search-and-rescue helicopters to the Egyptian Air Force. The deal, inked with the US Army Aviation and Missile Command Contracting Center for Foreign Military Sales, also covers aircrew training support and spare parts. In other news from AgustaWestland, Turkish business aviation operator Genel Havaçilik has bought its first GrandNew light twin helicopter, for delivery in June, and Burbank Group has ordered an AW109 Power light twin for corporate transport.

FAA says it will soon begin special emphasis inspections of lighting equipment used with night vision imaging systems (NVIS) maintained under OpSpec D093. According to Notice 8900.152—available at fsims.faa.gov—reviews of several air carriers' OpSpec D093 found that operators did not understand the term "night vision device." This applies to all equipment installed or modified as part of the NVIS, not only the night vision goggles (NVGs). Inspections will examine the NVIS lighting installation and review aircraft records. Details are attached to Notice 8900.152.

Turbomeca reports that its Arriel 2D turboshaft engine has been certified by EASA. The modular engine delivers takeoff power of 950 shp, with 4000 hrs TBO when new, then up to 6000 hrs at maturity. The Ariel 2D will be used in the Eurocopter AS350 B3e, entering service later this year.

UTair Aviation of Tyumen, Russia, has received certification as a Russian-language training center for Eurocopter pilots and mechanics. It is the 20th training center in Eurocopter's network and the 1st in which Eurocopter is not a shareholder. UTair Aviation is one of the world's largest helicopter operators, mostly for the oil and gas industry.

Pro Star Aviation of Londonderry NH has received an STC for equipment that will allow a Sikorsky S76A to fly single-pilot IFR and approaches up to a 6.5° glidepath angle, coupled or uncoupled. The STC covers the multimission management system version of the Universal Avionics UNS1Fw and UNS1Lw navigation computer units on S76As equipped with a Honeywell SPZ­7000 digital flight control system.