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Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway AS commenced helicopter operations on three new five-year contracts out of Florø, Norway, on May 1, 2017, supporting Statoil ASA, ENGIE E&P and A/S Norske Shell (previously BG Norge Limited). On the same day, Bristow Norway also commenced a new five-year contract at its well-established base in Bergen, Norway, supporting Statoil ASA. These… Read more »

Source: Bristow Norway, 23-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Replacement Seat Kit. With this FAA STC on hand, RAMM Aerospace now offers the most beneficial R44 Replacement Interior Kit on the market. The RAMM Aerospace R44 Replacement Interior Kit includes precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kit, Leather… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 23-May-17

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Texas-based, Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC. will provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services to Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc., a U.S. affiliate of the global aerospace and defense company Airbus, was awarded a 5-year CLS contract by the U.S. Army in mid-December 2016.  Airbus… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-May-17

Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrated its expanding aviation parts manufacturing operations today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Summit’s Somerset operations started in 2007 as a labor-only supplier to Schweizer Aircraft, today Summit Aviation’s manufacturing facility provides full-service support to build aerostructure product assemblies for a variety of military and commercial helicopters and fixed… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 23-May-17

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province. At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS… Read more »

23-May-17

HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

On May 6th & 7th, the Alaska Airmen’s Association celebrated their 20th year of the Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering. This is the largest free-entry aviation trade show in America and this must-see aviation event has over 23,000 attendees, including pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Alaska is the “flyingest” state in the union with more pilots and aircraft per capita… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-May-17

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LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has been selected to receive the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International Supplier Excellence Award. The award is given by AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, to a supplier who, through the quality, innovativeness and cost-effective technology of its products, has made a notable contribution… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 23-May-17

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Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre has been given the go ahead to start construction on their new helipad. Members of Alberta Health Service met up recently to discuss the design of the helipad with the Wood Buffalo Health Advisory Council. The helipad will be 60ft x 60ft and will match the height of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

The city of Toledo is going forward with their plans to sell their Robinson R44 helicopter that was purchased in 2001. The Toledo City Council is currently reviewing legislation, reports Toledo Blade, which gives Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson authority to go forward with the sale. The original cost was $504,000 and has been in use for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters has launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), its high-end, bespoke brand, at EBACE 2017.  The brand, which will be identified by the ACH logo, will build on the company’s leadership in the Private and Business Aviation market, offering a unique level of quality finish, craftsmanship and bespoke service matching the most demanding requirements. ACH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-May-17

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Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation introduced its Leadership Education, Advancement and Development (LEAD) conference in 2016 to help its partners navigate the business side of air medical operations.  Realizing that many program directors are clinicians and not business majors, Metro’s management team developed the event to help fill the gaps between medical knowledge and business management, and equip… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-May-17

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Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Most foreign operators want the utility of being able to use aircraft assets for more than one purpose. This allows investments and costs to be spread over a number of value uses. To be successful with this strategy, the special equipment required for each role needs to be installable quickly, the aircraft is capable of… Read more »

Source: Rogerson Kratos, 22-May-17

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VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

On 5th May 2017, Southern Vietnam Helicopter company (VNH South) successfully performed a test flight for Times Square building which owned by Times Square Vietnam Investment Joint Stock Company by EC-155B1 helicopter. This is the first test flight to evaluate specifications of the helipad and determine flying procedures in order for the helicopter to take off and… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 22-May-17

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UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

United Engine Corporation (a part of Rostec Corporation) will present engines for aircraft and helicopters at SITDEF 2017 exhibition in Peru, as well as negotiate with partners from Latin American countries. The international defense technology exhibition SITDEF takes place on the territory of the headquarters of Ground Forces in Lima, the capital of the Republic… Read more »

Source: United Engine Corporation, 22-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program. Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service worldwide,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 22-May-17

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Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters took home its eighth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during the Choice Awards Gala on Sunday, April 30 at Omnia Nightclub. The SNHCA is an association of professional hotel concierges dedicated to providing the highest level of… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 19-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 7-year support contract with BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the German Army (Heer) and German Navy (Marine). This contract will support a total fleet of around 100 NH90 (82 TTH and 18 NTH). Formerly supported by previous… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-May-17

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Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and top-rated experiential tour company in Las Vegas, will be the only tour company to offer helicopter tours over the Las Vegas Strip for a front row seat of the Fourth of July fireworks. An exclusive picnic option is also available where views of the fireworks shows throughout the… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 19-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the MBB BK117‐B2 BK117 Cargo Hook and Mirror Kit. The BK117 Cargo Hook has a carrying capacity of up to 1200kg.  It utilizes the Onboard Systems Cargo Hook with the option of either hydraulic or manual release and can be mounted to either an… Read more »

Source: Airwork (NZ), 19-May-17

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Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

The latest Guimbal Cabri G2 has been sold by UK distributor, HeliGroup and is the first delivered from their Guimbal Centre of Excellence, Oxford. The helicopter has been bought by Darren Robson. An experienced private pilot who has owned a number of helicopters, most recently, an Airbus H120. H120 and the Cabri G2 synergies meant… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 18-May-17

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Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

On the 26th of April Airlift AS has been awarded from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority of both Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisation Approvals on Leonardo AW169 helicopter in accordance with EU 1321/2014 (Annex I EASA Part-M and Annex II EASA Part-145). Airlift, first Norwegian organisation to add the AW169 to its approvals, is willing… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 18-May-17

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15% growth in Greater China’s civil helicopters is good news

15% growth in Greater China’s civil helicopters is good news

The number of civil turbine helicopters in Greater China is expected to grow to 621 aircraft in 2017, up 15% from 540 in 2016, according to a report by Asian Sky Group. Mainland China’s civil helicopter fleet is arguably the fastest-growing in the Asia Pacific region. Over 60% of its existing civil helicopter fleets are… Read more »

Source: Aerochine Aviation, 18-May-17

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Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

[Electronic Translation] The test phase, which took place from late 2016 to early 2017, involved two Ka-52K helicopters. According to Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for sales Vladislav Savelyev, the helicopters performed well in difficult marine conditions and will now move on to further testing on aircraft carriers. The Ka-52K, which is being developed for the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-May-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 18-May-17

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Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

CHC has been Shell’s aviation partner for five years, initially serving Shell Central North Sea assets. As part of a joint initiative to improve supply chain efficiencies over the contract period, CHC service now also extends to Shell’s Northern North Sea activities. “We are delighted with this contract extension” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters celebrated a major milestone last week with the roll-out of the 700th H130 light single-engine helicopter, which will be operated by a private customer. The H130 fleet has so far accumulated more than 1.8M flight hours with 340 operators worldwide. Since entry into service of the first EC130 in 2001, this light single… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-May-17

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Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. has announced that it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its CH-47 Chinook transmission repair efforts. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters received the award for maintaining a Gold performance rating for each month of the… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 17-May-17

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Night Vision Award Committee Announces Final Call for Entries

Night Vision Award Committee Announces Final Call for Entries

The Night Vision Awards selection committee has announced a June 30th deadline for nominations for the 2017 Night Vision Awards Show to be held in Reno, Nevada at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference. The awards will be presented to recipients on Thursday, July 27th at an awards reception in Edge Nightclub at… Read more »

Source: The Night Vision Awards, 17-May-17

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HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

Five French manufacturers of components for helicopters will take part in the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017, taking place from 25 to 27 May at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow. Esterline, Hutchinson, Nicomatic, Permaswage and Sela will exhibit at the National Pavilion of France, organized by the Business France national agency: Trade… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 17-May-17

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The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

The National Security Act of 1947, signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947, is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States military and the security of our nation. This Act created the National Military Establishment (later renamed the Department of Defense) and gave it civilian leadership… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 17-May-17

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VNH South announces new appointments

VNH South announces new appointments

Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) is pleased in announcing that with effect from May 11th, 2017, Capt. Le Trong Dong, our Director will be promoted as Deputy General Director of Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH) based in Hanoi. Capt. Kieu Dang Hung, presently Deputy General Director of VNH shall take one more title as Director… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 17-May-17

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Ornge Air Ambulance Granted Helipad Access

Ornge Air Ambulance Granted Helipad Access

Ornge Air Ambulance has been granted access to the Health Science Centre’s newly opened helipad in Winnipeg after two months of negotiations. This impacts their response time significantly. Before they had to land at Winnipeg International Airport and then transfer the patient into a driven ambulance. This process was essentially doubling their response time. Being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-17

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Ansat Helicopter Delivered to Russian Helicopter Systems

Ansat Helicopter Delivered to Russian Helicopter Systems

Russian Helicopter Systems (RHS) has recently receive an Ansat helicopter. The contract for the helicopter, complete with medevac unit, was signed during Hydroaviasalon-2016. It will be used for emergency rescue missions and patient transportation in Moscow, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-17

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Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, today officially announced new client Starlite Aviation Group. Starlite is a leading provider of helicopter services with a specialization in complex missions, including: relief work, helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and on/offshore oil and gas support. Starlite operates in… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL Technologies, 16-May-17

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HNZ Announces Stock Option Plan Changes based on Shareholder Feedback

HNZ Announces Stock Option Plan Changes based on Shareholder Feedback

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”) announced today that the board of directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) has approved amendments to its stock option plan (the “Option Plan”). The amendments have been proposed to address issues raised by certain shareholders in the course of their review of the matters to be voted on… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 16-May-17

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Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

Last Friday saw an end of era as second in Command at RNAS Culdrose, the Executive Officer, Commander Ian Fitter handed over to long term Culdrose aviator Commander Paul ‘Rex’ Harrison. Commander Fitter joined Culdrose as the Executive officer in April 2015. He thoroughly enjoyed being back home, both professionally, as he spent much of… Read more »

Source: RNAS Culdrose, 16-May-17

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emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, and STAT MedEvac, one of the largest single operated and dispatched air medical transport programs within the United States, are proud to announce a 5-year contract extension for STAT MedEvac to continue to utilize the emsCharts ePCR for clinical… Read more »

Source: emsCharts, 16-May-17

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Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell is looking into purchasing 139 acres of land in east Fort Worth so that they can build a facility for pilot training. The new land will also ensure that Alliance Airport sees less air traffic, greatly reducing the amount of noise pollution. They have received many noise complaints by residents around Alliance Airport, who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-17

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Power Aviation becomes first European distributor for Lord Corp TT straps

Power Aviation becomes first European distributor for Lord Corp TT straps

Lord is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of Tension Torsion (TT) straps – is now selling direct through authorized distributor in Europe. As the trusted source for TT straps for more than three decades, LORD fully understands the critical operating requirements for the TT strap, which attaches the rotor blade to the… Read more »

Source: Lord Corporation, 15-May-17

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Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has been awarded Level 2 of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).  Level 1, earned just 15 months ago, ensured Life Flight Network’s safety infrastructure was established and activities were appropriately targeted. Achieving IS-BAO Level 2 confirms safety risks… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-May-17

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CHC Brazil Opens New Hangar in Macaé

CHC Brazil Opens New Hangar in Macaé

CHC Brazil, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopter (CHC), today officially opened its new hangar at Benedito Lacerda Airport, in Macaé. The new 1,270 square meter facility is designed to fit up to three aircraft internally and will support flying of the S-76, S-92 and AW139 aircraft for customers in the region. The company invested three… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-May-17

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Waypoint Delivers 2 helicopters to Omni

Waypoint Delivers 2 helicopters to Omni

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has delivered a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76C++ to Omni Taxi Aero (OTA) to be used in support of charter contracts within the offshore oil and gas sector in Brazil.  Both aircraft were previously operated by CHC and returned as… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 15-May-17

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Keystone Turbine Services Receives Rolls-Royce® Approval

Keystone Turbine Services Receives Rolls-Royce® Approval

M International Inc., is pleased to announce subsidiary Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (Coatesville, Pennsylvania – KTS) has received Rolls-Royce approval to modify Outer Combustion Case (OCC) p/n M250- 10404 to the M250-10896 configuration. “Keystone now has an approved repair procedure to address the potential of the M250-10404 OCC to unexpectedly crack in some locations,” stated… Read more »

Source: M International, 15-May-17

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Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Co., Ltd. (Beijing Jinyu). The customer’s Bell 429 is outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Beijing Jinyu accepted the delivery at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, Canada.  “The Bell 429… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-May-17

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CAMTS Awarded Accreditation by the ANSI

CAMTS Awarded Accreditation by the ANSI

CAMTS has received coveted accreditation as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer. ANSI accreditation provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain – engendering consumer trust and fostering competitiveness. Through accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations like CAMTS, ANSI, through accreditation, signifies the techniques… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 15-May-17

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Vislink Receives Orders Worth Over $600,000 for HD Airborne Video Downlink Systems

Vislink Receives Orders Worth Over $600,000 for HD Airborne Video Downlink Systems

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced that its Vislink business has received orders valued at over $600,000 for HD airborne video downlink systems from county law enforcement agencies… Read more »

Source: Vislink, 15-May-17

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HAI President’s Message – Whirly Girls: Mentoring, the Way It Should Be

HAI President’s Message – Whirly Girls: Mentoring, the Way It Should Be

The issue of mentoring from one generation of helicopter professionals to the next has been on my radar for a very long time. We must do everything we can to avoid the lack of qualified individuals being the obstacle that prevents us from growing and sustaining our industry. In an effort to address this issue,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-May-17

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DAC Renews Distribution Agreement with Esterline

DAC Renews Distribution Agreement with Esterline

DAC International Inc. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today the renewal of its worldwide partnership agreement for the distribution of the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display. Esterline Avionics Systems is a major supplier of cockpit avionics systems and advanced displays to the aerospace market, including airframe manufacturers, airlines, military agencies and government… Read more »

Source: DAC Intentional, 15-May-17

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HNZ to disclose first quarter results

HNZ to disclose first quarter results

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”) will release its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 on Thursday, May 11, 2017, after market close. The HNZ Group Inc. conference call will take place Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET) to review the financial results. To participate in this conference call,… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 15-May-17

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15 Year Anniversary for Great North Air Ambulance Service

15 Year Anniversary for Great North Air Ambulance Service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is celebrating their 15th anniversary as an independent registered charity by hosting their annual ball. They have invited over 350 supporters to their celebration. As reported by Cumbria Crack, they will hold an auction o help raise funds.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-17

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HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has been awarded contracts by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (“INPEX”) and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (“Shell”), to provide offshore search and rescue services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project and the Shell-led Prelude… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 12-May-17

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Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

As French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal continues to find success with their composite two-seater Cabri G2, so their distributor network increases.  The company has confirmed to HeliHub.com that BC Helicopters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, have been appointed the distributor for the province of British Columbia in Canada.  BC Helicopters were the first operator of the type… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial’s initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-May-17

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AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

Ten years ago, the smartphone burst onto the scene. Nothing – including our network – has been the same. “The popularity of the smartphone caught everybody off guard. We had to scale our network capabilities to support that overnight.  We are taking an early position for drones and taking action,” said Matt Walsh, director of… Read more »

Source: AT&T, 11-May-17

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Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace, the premier developer of helicopter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms in the United States, has publicly announced the release of two new rotorcraft UAS, the petroleum powered Radius 65™  and electric Vapor 15™.  By expanding beyond the company’s current Vapor 35™ Vapor 55™ offerings, Pulse covers the broadest application range of any Helicopter UAS… Read more »

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 11-May-17

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Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-May-17

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H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

BLR Aerospace today announced that its FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System has been approved by Transport Canada for installation on Canadian registered Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters. The H125 FastFin System was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The System… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 10-May-17

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UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

SKYTRAC Systems, in partnership with Eastern European distributor Depicon, expands automated flight tracking services to UTair-Helicopter Services’ fleet of 46 Mil-8 Helicopters. SKYTRAC supports the company’s international peace-keeping missions with contractually-compliant high precision flight tracking, real-time automated event notifications, and air-to-ground voice and text messaging. The UTair-Helicopter Services package includes SKYTRAC’s ISAT-200A satellite air asset… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 10-May-17

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Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-May-17

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Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

[Electronic Translation] The combined holding company “Russian Electronics” creates a new generation of avionics for civil helicopters. Modern equipment will significantly reduce the dependence of producers and consumers of helicopters from foreign components and services. Within import critical elements avionics specialists Rybinsk CB “beam”, in particular, small-size helicopter created Doppler velocity meter and demolition, combined with… Read more »

Source: Ruselectronika, 10-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen, a Boeing Company and a leader in aviation navigation and operational efficiency solutions, and ForeFlight, the innovative provider of mobile and web aviation applications, today announced that the companies have entered into in a long-term strategic alliance to combine their industry-leading capabilities and worldwide content. Together, Jeppesen and ForeFlight will build on their common… Read more »

Source: Jeppesen, 09-May-17

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JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, will demonstrate a series of new releases and features in their aircraft research service lineup at EBACE2017 at the Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Highlights this year include: Aerodex Elite, a new product that combines owner/operator data with the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management System in near… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 09-May-17

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Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has revealed consolidated audited financial statements for 2016 under IFRS.  Main results for 2016: – Revenues decreased by 2.5% and amounted to 214.3 billion rubles; – EBITDA amounted to 40.9 billion rubles; – EBITDA margin was 19%; – Profit amounted to 16.2 billion rubles; – 189 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-May-17

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-May-17

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EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published today a proposal to regulate the operation of small drones in Europe. All interested parties are welcome to comment this proposal from 12 May until 12 August 2017. The proposal provides a framework to safely operate drones while allowing this industry to remain agile, to innovate and continue… Read more »

Source: EASA, 09-May-17

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IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its LiveAero dealer, IDG Europe AB recently certified and installed a LiveAero system on a Mi-172 helicopter in St. Petersburg, Russia. The LiveAero system on this aircraft provides passengers with voice and internet connectivity at all times as well as added operational safety with a brand new real-time flight tracking… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 09-May-17

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Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center (Beijing 999), a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed an agreement today with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of one H145, the first of its kind to be configured with a hoist for medical and search and rescue (SAR) in China. The rotorcraft is scheduled for delivery by 2019…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-May-17

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Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide its cockpit voice and flight recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multi-role utility helicopters. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 09-May-17

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Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

[High Wycombe] An AS 350 was involved in an accident today at Wycombe Air Park, located about 15 km west of London. According to local news media three pilots were onboard at the time of the accident. One of the pilots suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

This weekend Sweden’s first Leonardo AW169 arrived in Östersund. This aircraft is the first in a batch of four AW169s ordered by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance for its HEMS operations in northern Sweden. The new helicopters will replace the current AS365 Dauphin helicopters in Gällivare, Östersund and Lycksele this year. The forth one will be used… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Starting today, those interested in attending the CHC Safety & Quality Summit this year can purchase tickets at a discount during the early registration period. Early registration for the 13th CHC Safety & Quality Summit is available through May 31, 2017, during which time reserving your place at the Summit is reduced to $1085.00, compared… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-May-17

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