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Mecaer Aviation Group Validates Additional AW139 FAA STCs

Mecaer Aviation Group Inc. (MAG) recently validated additional supplemental type certifcates (STCs) with the FAA for the AW139 in VIP configuration. Previously the STCs were validated with EASA.

MAG responded to the growing demand for additional options in the United States for VIP-configured AW139s containing a higher level of technology while reducing noise levels in the cabin. MAG has customized nearly 200 VIP AW139s around the world, mostly in Europe. The new STCs with the FAA will assist in a more even distribution of interiors by MAG.

The two additional STCs provide combinations for more than eight different layouts and configurations. VIP seating arrangements range from four seats with multiple cabinets and consoles to eight-seat configurations. The layouts are interchangeable with other layouts, allowing executive flight departments to quickly change from a four-seat to six- seat configuration, for example.

MAG’s proprietary technologies, including Speech Interference Level Enhanced Noise System (SILENS) and In-Flight Entertainment Enhanced Lounge (I-FEEL), are options in all of the new STCs. MAG’s SILENS technology provides passengers with the quietest interiors in the world while maintaining payload and range. I-FEEL provides passengers with customizable infotainment, resulting in a flying boardroom environment or a relaxing private flight experience.

“We are listening to our U.S. clients,” said Armando Sassoli, co-general manager of Mecaer Aviation Group. “The market in the U.S., and specifically the operators near our Philadelphia facility, wanted a quieter and lighter weight option. We have responded.”

Tennessee Nonprofit Takes Delivery of Second Airbus Helicopters H130 for Critical Air Medical Transport Missions

Hospital Wing, a nonprofit air medical transport service based in Memphis, Tennessee, has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters H130, which will augment the service’s fleet of seven other Airbus Helicopters aircraft. The H130 acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s strategy to transition its entire fleet to that model helicopter. Hospital Wing also operates three earlier model H130-series helicopters and three AS350 B3 AStars.

Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, and Kentucky. Six of the eight helicopters are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “The Wing” transports an average of 250 patients per month, 35 percent of them trauma related cases.

“All of us at Airbus Helicopters Inc. are honored and grateful that Hospital Wing has again chosen one of our aircraft to add to and modernize their fleet,” said Treg Manning, vice president of sales and marketing. “We understand the critical services that Hospital Wing provides by transporting critically ill and injured patients to hospitals for life-saving care, and we pledge to provide world-class support to make sure your aircraft are available to perform these vital missions.”

Pynco Introduces Multi-Color 100mil ‘Polymeric’ NVIS Flat Filter

Historically known as a manufacturer of glass optical filter products, Pynco Inc. has added their first polymeric filter to their product offerings. A 100mil NVIS flat filter will be the first of several new forthcoming polymeric optical filter products that will include polymeric LED NVIS cap filters. Pynco also manufactures polymeric panel blanks, acrylic optical domes, and windows.

“We’re transitioning to the H130 because of the large cabin size and the service record,” said John Butora, CEO of Hospital Wing. “The H130 is an excellent aircraft. It has fewer maintenance requirements and has an added safety margin, which is important. This helicopter just works for us.”

Hospital Wing serves a consortium of Memphis-area hospitals. It operates from five bases in the mid-south, serving 27 hospitals and provides service to residents in a 200-nautical-mile circle, including West Tennessee, and parts of

Pynco’s new flat filter offers a powerful alternative for customers who require night vision compatibility with multi-color LCD and LED displays. With exceptional quality and performance that adheres to both MIL-L-85762 and MIL-STD-3009 military standards, Pynco NVIS filters are the standard for mission-critical night vision applications. Pynco polymeric flat filters include anti-reflection properties, are scratch resistant, and will meet or exceed a variety of safety and

environmental standards.


Sept/Oct 2016

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