AgustaWestland says that UTair of Russia is now certified as an AW139 operator and is set to operate 10 for passenger, corporate and VIP transport missions in Russia. The first aircraft is due to be handed over this summer with deliveries planned to be completed by next summer. The aircraft will be deployed in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and additional bases in Siberia. In addition, UTair is set to become an authorized AW139 service center. Initial training of UTair staff has started with plans for approximately 60 pilots and 40 technicians to be qualified to fly and maintain the AW139.

Eurocopter's EC135 simulator at its training academy in Germany has obtained full flight simulator (FFS) Level B certification from German aviation authorities. The simulator is the first EC135 FFS in Europe to obtain this certification. The FFS allows operators to perform initial and recurrent type training as well as specific training on emergency procedures, IFR, offshore, night flights, NVG and Cat A operations.

Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding with Guanchen Aviation to open the first Bell authorized flight training school in China. After the initial internal training cycle is complete, the Anyang-based school will be certified to provide factory-approved initial and recurrent type training for Bell 206L and 407 pilots.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has received Transport Canada approval for NVG cockpit modifications on the MD900. ASU completed a cockpit modification for Yukon Territory-based Horizon Helicopters. The MD900 will be used for EMS and SAR missions.

Eurocopter has inaugurated 2 new simulators. The first, for the AS365 N3/N3+ Dauphin, developed and built in partnership with Thalès, is operational at Héli-Union's training center in Angoulême, in the Charente region of France. The other is Africa's first full-motion helicopter flight simulator. Designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Super Puma and similarly compatible helicopters, including the South African Air Force's Atlas Oryx—a Puma development—is located at the Sim­Aero training center JNB (Intl, Johannesburg, South Africa).

Sandel Avionics has signed a long-term supply agreement with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to supply its HeliTAWS ST3453H for KAI's new helicopter production in Korea. Sandel notes that its HeliTAWS is the industry's first multihazard avoidance system for helicopters that alerts against terrain, obstacles and wires, and is the only certified panel-mount solution. Initially, HeliTAWS will be installed into a fleet of new Korea National Police KAI Surion medium transport helicopters currently in production. (L) Sandel ST3400H series.