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Bell 505 Cargo Hook Receives FAA Certification

Bell 505 Cargo Hook Receives FAA Certification

The Bell 505 cargo hook has been approved by the FAA to carry up to 2,000 lbs.  Northwest Helicopters will use the cargo hook capabilities for lifting air conditioning units, building materials and carrying water cargo for firefighting operations.

Source: Bell Flight, 25-May-18

Magellan Jet launches 10-hour S76 card with AAG

Magellan Jet launches 10-hour S76 card with AAG

After a busy summer travel season in 2017, Magellan Jets has already seen an increase in bookings for 2018 throughout the Northeast. Short hops between popular locations like Nantucket, New York City, Boston, and The Hamptons have become a mainstay of private fliers in recent years. In direct response to the high-demand for these routings… Read more »

Source: Magellan Jets, 25-May-18

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Kopter receives Aerosuisse Award

Kopter receives Aerosuisse Award

Kopter has been granted this year’s Aerosuisse Award for its pioneering role in the construction of the first new and innovative light helicopter in Switzerland. Aerosuisse president Thomas Hurter gave this recognition to Andreas Loewenstein, Kopter CEO, at the 50th General Assembly of the Swiss Aerospace Association, which took place on 18 May. M. Hurter… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 25-May-18

Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network Launches New App for Hospitals and Emergency Responders

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States has released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. The tool, developed in partnership with dispatch software creator Flight Vector, saves valuable time when… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 25-May-18

Bell and Dart deliver first 505 floats to Japan Coast Guard

Bell and Dart deliver first 505 floats to Japan Coast Guard

A little over a month ago, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) equipped its fleet of four Bell 505 Jet Ranger X with the DART Aerospace Emergency Flotation System and the aircraft have now been accepted by the JCG. Installation of the kits took place in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan, where the JCG’s 10th Regional Coast Guard… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 25-May-18

VIH Aerospace Renews its CSF With Bell Helicopters

VIH Aerospace Renews its CSF With Bell Helicopters

VIH Aerospace (VIHA) www.vihaerospace.com a leading provider of helicopter manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services has qualified and renewed its Customer Service Facility (CSF) agreement with Bell Helicopters (Bell) effective 1 May 2018.Arne Arneson, VIHA General Manager, stated. “Since 2004, VIHA has held a CSF with Bell and if you consider our long company history to… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 25-May-18

Leonardo Congratulates Royal Canadian Air Force

Leonardo Congratulates Royal Canadian Air Force

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Canadian Air Force crew of search and rescue helicopter “Rescue 901” for winning this year’s Cormorant Trophy for the rescue of five crewmen forced to abandon a fishing vessel 250 km offshore in fierce weather and rough seas. The recipients from 103 Squadron at CFB Gander are:  Major Jim Pinhorn,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-18

Garmin® introduces the G3000H integrated flight deck

Garmin® introduces the G3000H integrated flight deck

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the G3000H, an IFR-capable integrated flight deck specifically designed for Part 27 turbine helicopters. The forward-fit G3000H offers a number of features, including WAAS/SBAS, ILS approach capability, VFR and IFR helicopter charts and Connext® wireless integration. It’s also equipped for ADS-B In/Out, offers visual approach… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 24-May-18

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HeliRussia 2018 Update

HeliRussia 2018 Update

[electronic translation] The HeliRussia Helicopter Industry International Exhibition, organized in Russia and the largest industry exhibition in Europe, annually demonstrates the trends and trends of the modern helicopter industry. This year the event will be held from 24 to 26 May in Moscow, Crocus Expo IEC. HeliRussia traditionally gathers the world’s leading manufacturers of helicopter equipment: the holding company Helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 24-May-18

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Collier County FL to buy new helicopter

Collier County FL to buy new helicopter

Collier County has had gained approval for the purchase of a new Airbus helicopter. The request for a new helicopter was sent after their only EMS helicopter had to make an emergency landing at Naples airport, as there is an issue with the engine. The new helicopter will cost around $10 million but will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-18

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Norwegian operator Heli-Team celebrates 30 years

Norwegian operator Heli-Team celebrates 30 years

Heli-Team are happy to celebrate their 30 year anniversary this year. The Norwegian operator has solely used Airbus helicopters since their formation and has commented that they have and will ensure that they have the correct aircraft type, reports Eban Magazine.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-18

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New EMS Helipad being built at Columbus TX

New EMS Helipad being built at Columbus TX

The construction of a helipad at Columbus TX has begun and is expected to be finished within the year. PHI Air Medical will be stationed at Robert G. Wells Airport during the construction. The work includes living areas for the staff and walkways and connections from the helipad to the hangar, reports Colorado County Citizen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

Wiltshire Air Ambulance starts work on new base

A newch apter in the history of Wiltshire Air Ambulance began on Thursday 10th May 2018 when  the charity starts working from its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. The move to the new airbase co-incides with the successful conclusion of the charity’s major fundraising Airbase Appeal. The custom-built airbase, at Outmarsh, will bring together… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 23-May-18

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BRS Aerospace Addressing Urban eVTOL Parachute Recovery Systems

BRS Aerospace Addressing Urban eVTOL Parachute Recovery Systems

BRS Aerospace is developing vehicle recovery systems technology that will allow electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft to reach safety levels equivalent to standards established in the automotive industry.    BRS Aerospace shared its existing whole aircraft recovery parachute technology with participants at the urban aviation summit, which discussed the future of air mobility in largely… Read more »

Source: BRS Aerospace, 23-May-18

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IMT Vislink and K2 Unmanned Systems launch law enforcement drone

IMT Vislink and K2 Unmanned Systems launch law enforcement drone

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose IMT Vislink brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, today announced the collaboration between IMT Vislink and K2 Unmanned Systems, LLC (K2) on the launch of K2’s new law enforcement tactical drone, the Knight Hawk. IMT… Read more »

Source: IMT Vislink, 23-May-18

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Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Med-Trans Opens New AeroCare Base

Leading air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation has opened a new AeroCare medical helicopter base in Plainview, Texas, joining a ground ambulance already operating there. A medically-equipped Bell 407 helicopter is now available at Hale County Airport to serve patients in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding areas.   “Med-Trans Corporation is pleased to be able… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 23-May-18

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LA Tour Company Announces New Tour Packages For Summer

LA Tour Company Announces New Tour Packages For Summer

Adventure Helicopter Tours announces new helicopter tours and packages in the Los Angeles area. The helicopter tours over Los Angeles are one of the best ways to see everything without the hustle and bustle of everyday traffic, and cramped tour buses. There are multiple package variances to choose from, including everything from daily flights overlooking the… Read more »

Source: Adventure Helicopter Tours, 23-May-18

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Sikorsky and Canada’s DND Receive AHS International Award

Sikorsky and Canada’s DND Receive AHS International Award

AHS International has recognized Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, for “conducting an extraordinary international effort” to demonstrate flight and shipboard operation of the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter from a Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate. The award cites successful expansion of the flight envelop to Sea State 6 conditions, where waves… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-May-18

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AACUS Makes First Operational Cargo Delivery to US Marines

AACUS Makes First Operational Cargo Delivery to US Marines

Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) achieved a major milestone last week when it successfully delivered cargo to US Marines in the Integrated Training Exercise at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California. AACUS completed its first closed loop mission from takeoff to landing for its intended purpose: actual cargo resupply… Read more »

Source: AACUS, 22-May-18

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Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III Opens New 24/7 Air Medical Helicopter Base in Wisconsin

Life Link III has announced the opening of its new air medical helicopter base in Marshfield, Wisconsin. This new base is a 24-hour operation located at the Marshfield Clinic Medical Center campus, establishing Life Link III’s eighth base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 22-May-18

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CareFlight appoints new CEO

CareFlight appoints new CEO

The Chairman of CareFlight, Dr Andrew Refshauge, has formally announced the appointment of Mick Frewen to the role of Chief Executive Officer of CareFlight, following the retirement of Derek Colenbrander after nearly 14 years in the role. Mr Frewen was appointed by the Board in February after an extensive executive search, and formally took over… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 22-May-18

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Spirit Delivers 5th CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article

Spirit Delivers 5th CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article

Spirit AeroSystems announced it has successfully delivered the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter fuselage for the U.S. Marine Corps from Spirit’s Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on the fuselage for SDTA six, the final SDTA helicopter, is underway. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 22-May-18

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HeliOffshore appoints Executive Assistant

HeliOffshore appoints Executive Assistant

HeliOffshore, the offshore helicopter industry’s global safety association, today announced the appointment of Kim Stoby as an executive assistant. Kim (pictured right) will mainly be supporting HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins, while also working closely with Operations Director François Lassale and the rest of the HeliOffshore team. She also acts as the main point of contact… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 22-May-18

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Merlin Technology awarded patent for helicopter emergency collective actuator

Merlin Technology awarded patent for helicopter emergency collective actuator

An emergency collective actuator includes an actuator motor to produce an actuation force and an actuator linkage that directly engages a friction control lever that is pivotally supported on the collective stick of a helicopter to apply the actuation force directly to the friction control lever such that the actuation force initially disengages the friction control and… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 21-May-18

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920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

920th Rescue Wing receives Power and Vigilance Award

Maj. Gen. Ronald B. “Bruce” Miller, 10th Air Force commander, awarded Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, with the Power and Vigilance Award May 8, during the Combat Planning Council social at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. The Power and Vigilance Award is presented to the 10th Air Force unit… Read more »

Source: 920th Rescue Wing, 21-May-18

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Metro delivers H125 to Jujuy Province

Metro delivers H125 to Jujuy Province

Metro Aviation recently delivered a completed H125 to the Government of Jujuy Province in Argentina.  The multi-mission aircraft will be utilized for firefighting, air medical transportation and various civil patrol and ground support activities. Jujuy’s H125 is equipped with a cargo swing, quick release cargo basket, Bambi bucket, rescue hoist, removable litter kit and law… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-May-18

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Air Zermatt celebrates 50 years of operations with B429 delivery

Air Zermatt celebrates 50 years of operations with B429 delivery

Notable transportation and rescue company, Air Zermatt, commemorates 50 years of high mountain operations in the Swiss Alps and celebrates the delivery of a new Bell 429 aircraft. The aviation organization maintains a close relationship with Bell. “There is no better way for us to celebrate such a significant milestone than with an exciting addition… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-May-18

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Safran made two senior management appointments

Safran made two senior management appointments

Florent Chauvancy (41) has been appointed Executive Vice-President, OEM Sales, succeeding Maxime Faribault who is retiring. Florent joined Safran Landing Systems in 1998, fulfilling various positions in production, supply chain and purchasing within its Landing Gear & Systems Integration division in Gloucester, Bidos and Toronto. In 2005, he joined the Wheels & Brakes division and took… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 21-May-18

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Autonomous Helicopter Technology Wins Another Major Award

Autonomous Helicopter Technology Wins Another Major Award

A revolutionary advance in autonomous flight capability was recognized with one of the nation’s top innovation awards.The Howard Hughes Award—given by the American Helicopter Society—was presented to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Aurora Flight Sciences for their joint work on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System, or AACUS.AACUS allows any rotary-wing aircraft to… Read more »

Source: Autonomous Helicopter Technology, 18-May-18

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The Bell Air Taxi Takes Uber Elevate Attendees For A Ride

The Bell Air Taxi Takes Uber Elevate Attendees For A Ride

Bell arrived in Los Angeles and showed innovators – big and small – the future of on-demand mobility. From other industry partners to curious students, the #BellAirTaxi virtual reality experience gave everyone a glimpse into the future of flight. To start off a successful week, the Bell team went to the KIPP Academy of Innovation. The students experienced… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Bell V-280 makes first cruise mode flight

Source: Bell Flight, 18-May-18

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Honeywell Introduces New Flight Data Monitoring App

Honeywell Introduces New Flight Data Monitoring App

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has introduced a new flight data monitoring iPad application for helicopter operators equipped with Sky Connect Tracker III systems. Operators can use the Sky Connect® Flight Data Monitoring app to configure the Tracker III flight data alerting and recording systems, which support safety programs aligned with new helicopter air ambulance regulations. Sky Connect Flight… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 18-May-18

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Lee County acquires six Airbus H125s

Lee County acquires six Airbus H125s

Lee County Mosquito Control District in Florida is operating six new Airbus H125 helicopters as part of a major upgrade of its aircraft fleet. The new aircraft are being used to support aerial spraying to control the mosquito population in the roughly 1,000 square-mile district in southwest Florida, which includes the city of Fort Myers…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-May-18

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Coptersafety appoints Head of Development and Test Pilot

Coptersafety appoints Head of Development and Test Pilot

In line with Coptersafety’s mission to make a helicopter industry safer for all parties and to provide world-class training, the company has appointed Mikko Kallio as a Head of Development and Test Pilot. Mikko will take a responsibility for various development projects and he will support the introduction of the new FSTD’s and development of… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 18-May-18

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NASA to Send Helicopter to Mars

NASA to Send Helicopter to Mars

NASA will be sending not only a rover to Mars in 2020, but a small coaxial helicopter too. The helicopter will fly ahead of the rover, producing images before the rover can reach the destination. NASA has commented that the helicopter will only fly two to three minutes per day. It has a solar panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-18

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Sikorsky Begins Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps

Sikorsky Begins Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet. The CH-53K is the new build replacement for the U.S. Marine Corps’ aging CH-53E Super Stallion fleet. The CH-53E first flew… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-May-18

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Reignwood Star to receive Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 Support from StandardAero

Reignwood Star to receive Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 Support from StandardAero

StandardAero recently signed an agreement with Beijing Reignwood Star General Aviation Company Limited to provide support to its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines powering the company’s Bell 407GX, 206L4, 206B3 and Robinson R66 helicopters. Over the course of this one-year agreement, StandardAero, as a Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certificated maintenance organization,… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 17-May-18

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Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Appointed

Dr Louisa Chan has been appointed as the Medical Lead for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). As Medical Lead, Dr Chan will join the Charity’s Programme Management Team tasked with overseeing HIOWAA’s transition to a new Clinical Services Operating Model in 2018. Transition planning began in 2017 and the building blocks have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 17-May-18

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HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Proceedings

HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Proceedings

HeliOffshore’s 2018 Conference highlighted how collaboration among our members and key industry stakeholders has positioned the association to deliver the key safety priorities that have the most potential to save lives. The conference featured an exceptional line up of speakers and experts from operators, OEMs, oil companies and regulators. You can find all the main presentations,… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-May-18

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Whirly-Girls Mid-Year Scholarship Cycle Enters Last Week

Whirly-Girls Mid-Year Scholarship Cycle Enters Last Week

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that they are entering the last week of applications for the 2018 mid-year scholarship season.  This mid-year scholarship cycle focuses on providing five women with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 17-May-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Aeromedical Conference confirm speakers

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Aeromedical Conference confirm speakers

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is delighted to announce the speakers for its award-winning Aeromedical Conference on June 27th at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. This year’s event, sponsored by Specialist Aviation Services, is again free to attend. The theme is `Paediatrics – Our Care, Their Future’, focussing on the causes, prevalence and changing face of… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 17-May-18

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Bell 505 receives certification in China

Bell 505 receives certification in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has received certification for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This is a major milestone for the international expansion of the Bell 505, as anticipation is growing in country to receive the deliveries of over 110 aircraft. “We are thrilled to… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 17-May-18

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Helicentre 2019 Scholarship Programme Now Open

Helicentre 2019 Scholarship Programme Now Open

Helicentre announced their 2019 Commercial Pilot Licence and Flight Instructor Certificate Scholarship Programmes. It’s the seventh year Helicentre have been running the highly successful programmes, which were first created to meet the company’s growing demand for suitably qualified helicopter pilots for both Commercial Air Transport and Flight Training roles. Previous Scholarship winners have been fully… Read more »

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HAI Matt Zuccaro testifies before Senate committee on UAS integration

HAI Matt Zuccaro testifies before Senate committee on UAS integration

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security for their leadership in engaging stakeholders on the important issue of safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). “We commend Chairman Blunt and Ranking Member Cantwell for… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-May-18

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2018 SMTA Scholarship Winners

2018 SMTA Scholarship Winners

The MedEvac Foundation International has awarded the 2018 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship to Steve Docekal, Director of Maintenance for Health Care District of Palm Beach County and Amanda Ball, Safety Officer and Outreach Coordinator for MedFlight of Ohio.  SMTA provides formal continuing education for individuals (and their organizations) interested in improving their understanding… Read more »

Source: MedEvac, 14-May-18

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Coast Guard Cadets Redesign Helicopter Rescue Basket

Coast Guard Cadets Redesign Helicopter Rescue Basket

Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering here have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the Coast Guard conducts search and rescue missions with MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering test out their new rescue basket design at a simulator facility in New London, Conn.,… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 14-May-18

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Schiebel wins contract with MDA

Schiebel wins contract with MDA

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was chosen by MDA for its impressive track record of providing critical support in sea- and land-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. As a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the S-100 has a relatively small logistical footprint, which allows for flexible and rapid deployment. By day and night, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-May-18

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AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is greatly concerned about the unintended negative consequences that can result from the recent Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act, reported to be introduced today by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  While it is the position of AAMS that all our members advocate on behalf of their patients and work… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-May-18

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Lockheed Indago 3 upgraded with infrared sensors capability

Lockheed Indago 3 upgraded with infrared sensors capability

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Indago 3, a small quadrotor unmanned aerial system has been upgraded with high resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations. “Providing an infrared capability for Indago further enhances the uses for this small but powerful system,” said Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager with Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies. “With its endurance… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-May-18

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Triumph Geared Solutions Recognized by Sikorsky

Triumph Geared Solutions Recognized by Sikorsky

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) announced today that for the second time in the last three years, its Geared Solutions business has been recognized by Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) as Supplier of the Year for exceptional performance and contributions to its Sikorsky helicopter company. The Park City, Utah based Geared Solutions business took this year’s… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 11-May-18

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Mountain Air adds Airbus H125

Mountain Air adds Airbus H125

 The Mountain Helicopters Pvt. Ltd, pioneering helicopter service company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and which has been in operation since 2009 has announced that the company has added another H125 also known as AS-350B3e Helicopter manufactured by Airbus helicopter for commercial operations in the country. The addition of H125 chopper of Mountain Helicopter ‘9N-ALD’  is… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 10-May-18

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Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

The PT-8 Oceanwatch delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area and makes the CAMCOPTER® S-100 an even more powerful naval patrol solution. Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-May-18

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2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

 CHC Helicopter today announced the official opening of early bird registration for its signature aviation safety event, the annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit. From May 1 through May 31, interested delegates will have the opportunity to register for this year’s event at a discounted early bird rate of $1085 (USD). After May 31, the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-18

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HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

Senior leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry have reconfirmed their commitment to driving up safety performance, agreeing to press hard for comprehensive implementation of safety priorities that will have the most potential to save lives in helicopter operations. These safety priorities include activities such as sharing and jointly analysing operational data through the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 10-May-18

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Hot Blade 2018 kicks off with focus on interoperability

Hot Blade 2018 kicks off with focus on interoperability

HOT BLADE 2018, the 12th helicopter exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), kicked off yesterday 7th May at Beja airbase in Portugal. It will run until 24 May and involve a total of 29 air assets and crews from six countries: Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-May-18

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Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

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First show of New Turboshaft Aneto

First show of New Turboshaft Aneto

For the first time in Russia, the new helicopter turboshaft engine Anteo family to be introduced at HeliRussia 2018. The full-scale mock-up of the new powerplant will be displayed by its developer –  Safran Helicopter Engines, the world leading manufacturer of rotorcraft turbines. Aneto engine family features significant benefits: thanks to an exceptional power-to-volume ratio, it offers 25% greater… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 10-May-18

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RUAG holds first Swiss-based helicopter crew training ahead of 2019 EASA regulation

RUAG holds first Swiss-based helicopter crew training ahead of 2019 EASA regulation

RUAG Aviation flight test pilots applied their significant knowledge and experience in helicopter Maintenance Check Flights (MCF) to train fellow Swiss pilots and other interested parties in the first-ever training of… “Maintenance Check Flights are a critical aspect of the safety process for all aircraft. As a Center of Excellence in this specific area, we have considerable… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 10-May-18

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Airbus celebrates 25 years of Parts By the Hour with DRF Luftrettung

Airbus celebrates 25 years of Parts By the Hour with DRF Luftrettung

For 25 years, Airbus support and services has been making a significant contribution to the operational readiness of DRF Luftrettung’s rescue helicopters, thanks to the security and rate of aircraft availability provided by its HCare Smart contract. DRF Luftrettung operates over 50 Airbus helicopters for emergency operations at 31 bases in Germany and Austria. Each year the crews… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-May-18

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Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) now has night vision imaging technology aboard three of its air ambulance helicopters, to safely reach more patients at night. The helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. A fourth BCEHS air ambulance helicopter is based in Kamloops, and it will be equipped to provide night vision flight operations… Read more »

Source: BCEHS, 09-May-18

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AAMS Board of Directors adds new member

AAMS Board of Directors adds new member

Mike Griffiths has been appointed to fill the open Region 1 Director position on the AAMS Board. Mr. Griffiths fills the vacated seat of previous Region 1 Director, Scott Kirby, who accepted a position in another region. Mr. Griffiths’ term will end at AMTC 2019 in Atlanta, at which point the seat will be up for re-election. Mr. Griffiths serves as the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 09-May-18

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Employee Boom for Erickson

Employee Boom for Erickson

Erickson has had to add over 100 new employees to their Willow Springs Road facility, due to their surge in business. The company has known struggles in the past decade, but are happy that things are moving forward. Erickson is known for their production of Sikorsky S-64 aircrane helicopters, reports Mail Tribune.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-May-18

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Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

Hawaiian air ambulance services Air Medical Group Holdings and AMR Holdco will be merging soon. This is due to a settlement approve by the Federal Trade Commission. They will also have to sell the air ambulance service AIRMD, reports  Miami Herald.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-18

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NHV expands Executive Team

NHV expands Executive Team

NHV, the provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced the appointment of Mr Brieuc Spindler to the role of Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee. With extensive management experience spanning nearly three decades, Spindler brings valuable leadership to NHV as the company is poised for international expansion. As COO, Brieuc Spindler will… Read more »

Source: NHV, 04-May-18

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Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced a signature from EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport,EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide unparalleled flight training to a variety of international students. “We are thrilled to add… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 03-May-18

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Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-18

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Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

 Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform and a CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), thus becoming the first European helicopter manufacturers to demonstrate this technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI°5). The companies carried out test flights with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-May-18

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Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

[electronic translation] Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been… Read more »

Source: Barco, 02-May-18

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Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt. Ltd., one of the progressive airline companies of Nepal is preparing to add two new Robinson R66 helicopters to its fleet. Currently, the airline owns two R66 and one R44 series helicopter and with the addition of two more R66 the fleet size will be 5. As per the information from the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 01-May-18

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Multiflight adds H155 to charter fleet

Multiflight adds H155 to charter fleet

Multiflight has expanded its helicopter charter fleet with a VIP Airbus H155 helicopter to meet the increasing demand for its charter services.The new charter aircraft, an Airbus H155 with VIP configuration, joins Multiflight’s existing fleet, which includes two luxury eight seat AS365 Dauphin helicopters.“The VIP Airbus H155 helicopter is a fabulous new addition to the… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 01-May-18

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Four agencies order IMT Vislink HD downlink equipment

Four agencies order IMT Vislink HD downlink equipment

  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 IMT Vislink business has received orders valued at over $750,000 for high-definition (HD) Airborne Video Downlink System (“AVDS”) equipment and related services from law enforcement… Read more »

Source: IMT, 01-May-18

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Lockheed to Announce Jupiter Facility Lay-Offs

Lockheed to Announce Jupiter Facility Lay-Offs

Lockheed has announced that up to 200 employees are potentially going to be affected by lay-offs in their Jupiter facility. Teamsters Local 1150 is currently looking for replacement positions within the company for those affected. The names of those to be laid-off are not yet finalized, reports wptv.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-18

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Boeing, Rohde & Schwarz Sign Agreement

Boeing, Rohde & Schwarz Sign Agreement

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Rohde & Schwarz have reached an agreement to offer Rohde & Schwarz’s next-generation software-defined airborne radio (SDAR) into the flight systems of H-47 Chinook helicopters. The R&S SDAR will give operators of the Boeing-built Chinook significant communications capabilities. “This is yet another example of how we can accommodate unique customer requirements,”… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 27-Apr-18

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CAE opens new office in Canberra, Australia

CAE opens new office in Canberra, Australia

CAE today announced that its Defence and Security business unit has expanded operations in Australia by opening a new office in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The new office was inaugurated yesterday during a visit from the Honourable Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, and Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle… Read more »

Source: CAE, 27-Apr-18

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Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Apr-18

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