The Kazan-based Mil Design Bureau has gained Russian certification of a version of the Mi-17 helicopter equipped with a glass cockpit supplied by the Lahav division of Israel Aerospace Industries.


AgustaWestland has begun legal proceedings to contest the award to Eurocopter in August 2006 of a contract to supply seven helicopters to the French police. The manufacturer claims the tender was written too tightly around the specification of the EC145. In 2005 the European Commission rejected the Italian government's justification for awarding contracts directly to AgustaWestland and failing to open procurements to tender.


Hartzell Propeller has received supplemental type certification to install new three-bladed propellers on Beech 58, 58A and G58 Barons that are equipped with Teledyne Continental IO-520 and IO-550 engines.


AirShares Elite, the world's largest Cirrus fleet operator and the largest shared ownership programme for light aircraft, has launched Cirrus-Squared, which allows Cirrus owners to buy a 25h annual share in a Cirrus SR22 and gain access to the Atlanta, Georgia-based company's 50-strong nationwide fleet.

Source: Flight International