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 On Wednesday, January 28, HAI hosted a gathering of industry and government leaders to discuss several critical issues facing the vertical lift industry, including the proliferation and safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system, the recent helicopter safety rule, and ADS-B and air ambulance equipage concerns, among others. Videos of the individual presentations are now available on HAI’s YouTube page.

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(Dublin, Ireland) – GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aircraft leasing unit of GE (NYSE: GE), today on Friday, January 30, announced it completed and closed its acquisition of Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775 billion plus the assumption or payoff of Milestone’s existing debt. "The acquisition of Milestone is a key part of our growth strategy for 2015 and beyond as we add an experienced team and expand into a natural adjacency for us, helicopters," said Norman Liu, president and chief executive officer.

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All Metal MS successfully delivered their Safety First "Pegasus Series" Helicopter Landing Platform to Calstar. These dollies are the newest products in All Metal's line of hangar equipment.

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Garmin announces expanded pilot training opportunities for 2015 to include additional live classes and eLearning courses. Garmin is offering scheduled classes for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series and G500/G600 glass flight display systems, in addition to on demand classes for the G1000, G3000, and G5000 Integrated Flight Decks.

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Markham, ON, Canada - Shimco announces their debut attendance at Aero India 2015, to be held February 18-22. Canadian Trade Commissioner D.P. Vittal Nath, based in Bangalore, was instrumental in organizing Shimco's visit to Aero India.

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Sterling, Va. - New research conducted by Government Business Council, and commissioned by Rockwell Collins, concludes that increasing levels of virtual training - the integration of virtual simulation into training regimens - can help the U.S. military better prepare for new challenges while potentially reducing costs by more than $1.7 billion over five years.

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A new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) alerts operators to recent incidents involving e-cigarettes in checked baggage and recommends carriage of such devices in the passenger cabin only.

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President Obama's budget is due out Feb. 2, and it could alienate moderate swing voters who still worry about debt and deficits, generally oppose higher taxes, and fear the U.S. economy isn't really worth celebrating.

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Coming up with $1 trillion in extra dollars is a heavy lift for the U.S. Congress. Lawmakers could barely find the roughly $11 billion needed for a 10-month Highway Trust Fund extension that runs through May 2015.

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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-Ohio), announced this week he is putting a lawsuit together to challenge President Obama's executive orders on immigration, concurrent with the House contemplating legislation that would construct hundreds of miles of new roads and fence, while many on Capitol Hill say that no one knows for sure exactly how safe the border is.

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