AgustaWestland has unveiled the newest development of its AW119 single-engine helicopter—the AW119Kx. It retains the same performance characteristics, cabin space and payload as the popular AW119Ke but features the Garmin G1000H integrated flightdeck system as well as synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky, and obstacle/terrain avoidance system. First customer for the AW119Kx is Pacific Northwest-based Life Flight Net­work, which is set to take delivery of 15 units during 2013.

Bell broke ground on a new global headquarters in Fort Worth TX on Oct 15. The company says it plans to invest $230 million in new and upgraded facilities as part of a comprehensive revitalization effort that will provide more than 6000 employees based in north Texas with a safer and improved work environment. The effort is designed to consolidate more than 1.2 million sq ft of excess space, reduce building maintenance costs, and reduce the company's waste and energy use by 20%. Pictured above at the groundbreaking ceremony are (L–R) Bell Helicopter Pres & CEO John Garrison, City of Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (obscured behind Garrison), Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Pres & CEO Bill Thornton, Bell Helicopter Senior VP Communications & Government Affairs Robert Hastings, and US Representative Kay Granger (R-TX).

Sikorsky has received FAA approv­al to grant life extensions for the S92's main rotor hub. Through the company's aftermarket business, it will have the ability to use health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) data to determine a one-time life adjustment for specific serial number main rotor hubs in accordance with a methodology accepted by FAA.

The UK is set to award government funding for civil rotorcraft projects. AgustaWestland announced that it had been selected to go forward to the contracting phase for its bid of up to £46 million from Round 3 of the government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Combined investment by the RGF and AgustaWestland is more than £100 million and is said to create a brand new industry sector in the UK through the establishment of a civil helicopter hub. Funding will also support UK design and development in the field of advanced tiltrotor technologies.

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 certification. AAG, a Sikorsky subsidiary, is the largest executive S76 op­erator in the northeast US. The Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) awarded certification to AAG in Oct 2012. IS-BAO Stage 1 certification is achiev­ed when the operator's SMS has been documented, ap­prov­ed and resourced, and is im­ple­mented at the time of the audit.

Rockwell Collins' Pro Line Fusion has been selected for the AW609 tiltrotor, making AgustaWestland the 1st European customer for Fusion. The integrated avionics system will include a 14-in touch-control PFD, advance communication, navigation, and surveillance systems, TCAS II and ADS-B. The AW­609 tiltrotor is expected to be certified in 2016.