New This Week


AVweb‘s search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Bell Helicopter, USAIG, Pathways to Aviation and Thrush Aircraft. Bell Helicopter announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at So Paulo, Brazil. Instatic display, Bell Helicopter will feature the Bell 429 MAGnificient, the Bell 407GXP and the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. USAIG introduced Performance Vector Unmanned, created specifically for policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems. It serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft.

Pathways to Aviation announced an Aviation Learning Center expansion during the Reno National Championship Air Races to accommodate over 5000 elementary, middle, high school and college students for five days of hands-on learning, exhibits, classes and presentations. This year they are expanding the Aviation Learning Center from 4800 square feet to over 104,000 square feet, over 2 acres, for students to attend during the Air Races. Thrush Aircraft continued its strong commitment to expansion of its factory authorized service center network with the addition of Charles Chalking S.A. to its growing worldwide presence. Located in Paysand, Uruguay, Charles Chalking S.A. is the country’s oldest and well-respected aerial application company, providing a wide range of services to the agricultural aviation community from extensive aircraft maintenance – including a propeller shop and full aircraft rebuilds – to spray work and even flight training for new ag pilots.