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Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

Unveiling of the First Oil and Gas AW169

The Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi saw the first ever new generation offshore-configured Leonardo AW169 helicopter. The aircraft was presented to the Oil & Gas Community, with Falcon Aviation being the first to purchase the aircraft. It will be used for offshore oil and gas transportation, reports Arabian Aerospace.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Northern HeliCopter (NHC) has entered into a contract with GeoSea to provide medical services to the Merkur offshore wind farm in the German Bight during their commissioning and installation phase. They will provide offshore paramedics for the installation vessels as well as providing telemedicine services. The wind farm is hoped to be done by 2018… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

CHC Helicopter Closes Norwegian Base

CHC Helicopter Closes Norwegian Base

CHC has had to close down their base in Bergen, Norway after losing the contract with Statoil to Bristow. The resulting closure will leave 100 workers unemployed, reports Offshore Energy Today. Statoil has stated that after April last year, when a CHC-operated Super Puma crashed and killed all on board, they would never use Super… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

The Toll Rescue Helicopter Service is airborne for communities of NSW

Toll Group has officially launched the Toll Rescue Helicopter Service in partnership with NSW Ambulance to provide greater aeromedical services to communities of NSW in the Southern Zone. Patient rescue, retrieval and treatment services are now operating from the new Toll & NSW Ambulance Rescue Helicopter Base in Sydney. The new Southern Zone contract operated… Read more »

Source: Toll Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

Héli-Union and Turbomeca Announce the Signature of a Partnership Contract

Héli-Union and Turbomeca Announce the Signature of a Partnership Contract

Héli-Union and Turbomeca (Safran) announce the signature of a partnership contract for helicopter equipment distribution within the African market dedicated to Turbomeca’s engines, parts and tools. The contract covers from classic engines up to MAKILA model. The distribution area focuses mainly on African countries such as Burkina-Faso, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Congo,… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 17-Jan-17

Eagle 407HP trials in Papua New Guinea produce increase across all tasked loads

Eagle 407HP trials in Papua New Guinea produce increase across all tasked loads

The first Eagle Copters 407HP in the region, VH-EPU, has been operating in the hot and high environment of Papua New Guinea with outstanding results At high altitude testing above 10,000 feet, the aircraft is lifting more than a standard Bell 212 and close to double the standard Bell 407 helicopter. Shortly after its May 2016… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 17-Jan-17

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Airbus has delivered a brand new H135 to Hiratagakuen. Upon delivery, the helicopter will be deployed for emergency medical service (EMS) operations for the Nara Prefecture from February onwards. It will be the first time that the H135 is used for such EMS operations in Japan. “We have been operating an earlier version of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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Conservation Fund launches $500K helicopter crowdfunding campaign

Conservation Fund launches $500K helicopter crowdfunding campaign

GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to Support Anti-Poaching Helicopter Operations in Africa. Donors can contribute by going to the Indiegogo Website link at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anti-poaching-helicopter-protect-african-rhinos – / GACF is sponsoring a critically needed quick reaction Anti-Poaching Helicopter which will support all anti-poaching operations in the Kruger Park area of South… Read more »

Source: GACF, 17-Jan-17

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Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that its search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 17-Jan-17

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Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search and rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on 1 January 2016, and since then the crews have responded to over 300 taskings from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

HELP part-funds Devon Community Helipad

East Prawle will have a helipad for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) to use thanks to the HELP appeal and local fundraising. The Appeal donated £5,600 towards the East Prawle site, contributing to the £8,000 raised by the local community. This donation means that more of the money raised by the Prowl Fair, private donations and… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 17-Jan-17

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EASA approves FastFin System for AB412

EASA approves FastFin System for AB412

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on AB412 helicopters, the company announced today. “We are pleased to further expand the reach of this remarkable technology and make it available for more aircraft,” said company President Mike Carpenter. “With FastFin… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 16-Jan-17

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FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

FAA Issues General Aviation Medical Rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule (PDF) that allows general aviation pilots to fly without holding an FAA medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements outlined in Congressional legislation. “The United States has the world’s most robust general aviation community, and we’re committed to continuing to make it safer and… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Jan-17

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HAI announces Aerospace Safety and Humanitarian Service awardees

HAI announces Aerospace Safety and Humanitarian Service awardees

HAI announced that Bryan Smith, pilot for the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office and safety program manager for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Safety Award. This award honors those who have excelled in promoting safety in the helicopter industry. In addition, the Trinidad… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Jan-17

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SAE International Tasked by FAA to Develop Technical Standards for Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters

SAE International Tasked by FAA to Develop Technical Standards for Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has requested that SAE International develop two new aerospace recommended practice (ARP) standards dealing with Rotorcraft Inlet Barrier Filters. The first request is to provide alternate means to substantiate that engine inlet distortion limits have not been exceeded by the modification of the rotorcraft to include an airframe-mounted engine inlet… Read more »

Source: SAE International, 16-Jan-17

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Night-Lit Emergency Helicopter Landing Sites Programme Reaches Phase II

Night-Lit Emergency Helicopter Landing Sites Programme Reaches Phase II

Following the successful operation of four temporary night-lit emergency helipads across Herefordshire and Shropshire, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has announced it is now rolling out further temporary night-lit sites in the counties, to enable a greater number of patients in urgent need of medical attention reach the hospitals best suited for their specific injuries. The… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 16-Jan-17

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Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Department of Health of Puerto Rico Selects the Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 to the Department of Health, Puerto Rico. The aircraft is configured for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and equipped to conduct medical rescue missions throughout the region. “The Bell 429 has proven its capabilities in a number of mission… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 16-Jan-17

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Prince William to Resign from East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William to Resign from East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William will reportedly resign from his role as an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance in order to take on more “royal duties.” His contract was supposed to end in March, but apparently he has extended it before his family moves to London. The family is relocating while they look for schools… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-17

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NYPD Win Approval for S-76D to Fly State Governor

NYPD Win Approval for S-76D to Fly State Governor

Governor Cuomo has been allowed a $12.5 million helicopter to use for transportation across the state. Cuomo had requested in November last year for a new helicopter, but the request was denied by comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on the grounds that the interior couldn’t be changed for police needs and that there wasn’t enough information to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-17

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Arrow Aviation Restores Iconic Eagle One Helicopter

Arrow Aviation Restores Iconic Eagle One Helicopter

Mid-2018 sees the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum, with a special tribute to the 1982 Air Florida 90 rescue mission, where the airline crashed into the Potomac River. Hanging above the lower level will be the restored “Eagle One” Bell 206L-1 helicopter, the aircraft that played a vital role in the rescue operation…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-17

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CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017 calls for papers

CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017 calls for papers

The formal call for papers is officially out for the 2017 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, focusing on the theme “Can we truly manage all of the risk: what if the barriers are not as robust as we think?” In its 12 year history, the Summit has grown to become an industry-leading aviation safety event…. Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Jan-17

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Wirestrike warning for pilots

Wirestrike warning for pilots

A recent accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter highlights the ongoing dangers wirestrikes pose to pilots flying at low levels in a high workload environment. On 18 December 2016, the pilot was flying a Bell 206 helicopter from Bathurst to Wagga Wagga, NSW for maintenance, in wet and cloudy weather conditions. While flying at low… Read more »

Source: ATBS, 16-Jan-17

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Russian Northern Fleet Starts Ka27M Training

Russian Northern Fleet Starts Ka27M Training

The Russian Northern Fleet has been the first to receive the new Kamov Ka-27M shipborne helicopter. They received 6 of these helicopters and their pilots are ready to practice in them. They will be used for naval aviation training as well as anti-submarine and SAR missions, reports Defence Aerospace.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

First Flight for New Simrik Air 407 GXP

Simrik Air’s new Bell 407 GXP with the call sign of 9N-ALT completed its first flight. It took off from Kathmandu and landed at Langtang, with 5 passengers and piloted by Capt. Siddhartha Jung Gurung. This first flight commences its commercial use. The helicopter fits up to six passengers and with a glass flight deck… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

UK – Heli Charter is no longer a Bell CSF

Heli Charter, based at Manston UK, have recently relinquished the title of Customer Service Facility for Bell Helicopter.  While we are not clear what prompted this move, or which party instigated the change, Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that  “While Heli Charter is no longer a Bell authorized customer service facility, we continue to maintain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Bell training centre in Spain now certified and open for business

Bell training centre in Spain now certified and open for business

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was designed to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Jan-17

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Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has won a contract from windfarm operator Dong Energy for helicopter support. This has resulted in an order for Airbus Helicopters for two Turbomeca-powered H135s, which will be fitted with a hoist. The aircraft will support the 660 MegaWatt Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea between Britain’s Lancashire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed to lease one Airbus H225 helicopter to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), a German operator with a strong presence in Africa, for utility and humanitarian support missions. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Jan-17

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AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

AHRT completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques completes Initial Hoist Training with Blackcomb Helicopters. The training was performed in Squamish, British Columbia and provided Ground Training as well as Technical Ground and Flight Training. Blackcomb Helicopters Chief Pilot, Geoff Doran commented, “We are very grateful to AH+RT for the comprehensive and professional Hoist Training Course.   They did a great… Read more »

Source: Advanced Helicopter + Rescue Techniques LLC, 13-Jan-17

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Héli-Union receives Appreciation Certificate

Héli-Union receives Appreciation Certificate

Héli-Union received an Appreciation Certificate to acknowledge its safe and efficient services for Woodside’s initial exploration campaign in Myanmar. The certificate was presented by Woodside’s Company Representative to Héli-Union in February 2016, with a presence of an Airbus helicopter delegate. The campaign remarks Myanmar’s first offshore operation utilising H225 (formally known as the EC225). The… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 13-Jan-17

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Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay and the base at Prestwick Airport. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on Jan. 1, 2016, and since then the crews have responded to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 13-Jan-17

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Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Leonardo rolls out AW609 in Philadelphia

Photos taken yesterday have emerged on the internet of prototype AC3 on the ramp at the Leonardo facility in Philadalphia, Pennsylvania.  Registered N609PA and all white with huge AW609 titles, the aircraft is clearly being prepared for a flight in the near future. In May 2016, Leonardo announced that AC3 had started ground runs at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-17

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Japanese Police orders two H135s

Japanese Police orders two H135s

The National Police Agency of Japan has placed an order for two H135 light-twin helicopters, making it the first in Japan to operate the Helionix-equipped helicopters, when these are delivered in 2019. The H135 will be deployed by the Wakayama Prefectural Police and the Kumamoto Prefectural Police for law enforcement missions. At the same time,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Jan-17

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HAI announces pilot and flight instructor of the year awardees

HAI announces pilot and flight instructor of the year awardees

HAI has announced that Robert Fournier and Trent Vick are the 2017 winners of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. In addition, Nick Mayhew, senior program manager, L3 Link Simulation and Training, is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 12-Jan-17

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Bristow announces FY2017 Q3 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule

Bristow announces FY2017 Q3 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule

Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended , after the market closes on , 2017.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the internet on ,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 12-Jan-17

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Town Council Decide on Helicopter Prohibition for Carolina Beach

Town Council Decide on Helicopter Prohibition for Carolina Beach

The Carolina Beach Town Council passed a unanimous vote to prohibit the take-off and landing of helicopters in the town. The public commentary lasted two and a half hours, with a large attendance. WECT reports that many people had to stand in the hall, due to the large turnout. Many voiced their concerns over issues… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jan-17

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Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

Robinson’s R66 Turbine Marine Receives EASA Approval

On December 20, 2016 EASA issued final approval for the R66 Turbine Marine pop-out float installation. After tests conducted in July demonstrated the pop-out float installation meets Sea State 4 requirements, EASA officially approved the Marine to be used in emergency situations and for commercial operations. Sea State refers to the height, period, and character… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 11-Jan-17

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M International appoints new Vice President Sales & Marketing

M International appoints new Vice President Sales & Marketing

M International is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Chuck Hurdleston into the role of Vice President Sales and Marketing. In his new role, Mr. Hurdleston is responsible for further developing and implementing strategic sales plans plus set performance expectations for his entire sales team that coincide with customers’ expectations of our company. Earning… Read more »

Source: M International, 11-Jan-17

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First Time Aerospace and Operational Physiology Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2017

First Time Aerospace and Operational Physiology Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2017

A vital, one of a kind lifesaving course on flight physiology for helicopter operators to be offered at this year’s Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The course, taught by one of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, Dr. Dudley Crosson, will focus on the latest research and developments on some old, some not-so-old, and in many… Read more »

Source: Delta P, 11-Jan-17

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Midlands Air Ambulance trial taking blood products on scene

Midlands Air Ambulance trial taking blood products on scene

Birmingham-based researchers are conducting a ground-breaking new study to investigate the effectiveness of giving patients blood products immediately after a major injury – before they reach hospital. Currently when patients have been injured and are bleeding, either clear fluids or blood products may be used to replace lost blood en-route to hospital – but the… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 11-Jan-17

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Avmax partners with True Blue Power to certify lithium-ion main ship battery

Avmax partners with True Blue Power to certify lithium-ion main ship battery

True Blue Power and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics are proud to announce that the True Blue Power TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery and Mid-Continent’s MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM®) are standard equipment on the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X™. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, confirmed the aircraft’s Transport Canada Type… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 11-Jan-17

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Jonathan Jenkins appointed new CEO of London’s Air Ambulance

Jonathan Jenkins appointed new CEO of London’s Air Ambulance

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Jenkins as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, Jonathan will provide strategic leadership and direction for our charity, continuing to ensure it is well administered and builds on growth in both operational capability and revenue. Jonathan will join us in April from… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 11-Jan-17

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Record Year for Monroe County Trauma Star Program

Record Year for Monroe County Trauma Star Program

Trauma Star ended 2016 by transporting four critically injured people from a collision at Mile Marker 16 to Miami. This marked the end of a record year. They were able to fly 528 patients in 2016 alone, breaking the old record of 397 a year. 114 of the flights were trauma related, 18 were heart… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Cost Split

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Cost Split

Northern Ireland’s annual cost of their air ambulance, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), will be split in half. Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has said that the health service will cover £1 million and Air Ambulance NI, the service’s official charity partner, will cover the remaining £1 million, reports The Irish News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Perfect storm – Sikorsky grounds S92

Follow a recent landing incident on a North Sea rig, the BBC is reporting that Sikorsky has grounded the S92 pending certain checks.  A British CHC machine, registered G-WNSR, had a problem when landing on the West Franklin helideck on 28th December, resulting in large gouges out of the helideck surface as shown in photos… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-17

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HAI’s Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient announced

HAI’s Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient announced

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Dr. John Leverton is the 2017 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime of service dedicated to the aviation industry. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas. Since 1958, Dr…. Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 10-Jan-17

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DAC International receives STC approval for CMA-6800 display

DAC International receives STC approval for CMA-6800 display

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Sikorsky S76B/C Helicopter. The STC includes the S76C+ and S76C++ models. “The product provides many benefits as a form fit function replacement for the Honeywell ED-800 product… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 10-Jan-17

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Airbus Malaysia overhauls VNH South AS332L2

Airbus Malaysia overhauls VNH South AS332L2

On December 9th 2016, one Super Puma AS332L2 (SP L2) of Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) safely landed at Vung Tau airport after completion of its overhaul at Airbus Helicopter Malaysia’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre (MRO) in Subang, Malaysia. This aircraft will resume its commercial flights since 2007. The overhaul included basic overhaul… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 10-Jan-17

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Gudauri Resort Launches Heli Skiing

Gudauri Resort Launches Heli Skiing

The Georgian Civil Aviation Agency has announced that they will be allowing the Austrian company, Wucher Helikopter and the German company, Helicopter Travel Munich, to offer flights for heli-skiing at Gudauri winter resort. The permits only allow flight under the Visual Flight Rules. The advantage of heli-skiing is that it offers extreme snowboarders and skiers… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-17

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DynCorp to pursue legal recourse after GAO denies protest of contract awarded to AAR

DynCorp to pursue legal recourse after GAO denies protest of contract awarded to AAR

DynCorp International (DI) is disappointed that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has denied its protest of a Department of State (DOS) award of the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) contract to AAR Airlift Group (AAR). DI will immediately pursue legal recourse before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Additionally, two separate but related proceedings continue…. Read more »

Source: DynCorp International, 09-Jan-17

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HAI helps host annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down

HAI helps host annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down

Last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stan Rose, HAI director of safety outreach, joined Bob Martin from KRQE-TV and two members of the FAA Safety Team, John Dewitt and Richard Hammer, to host the annual New Mexico Helicopter Safety Stand Down. This was an opportunity for the public and private helicopter operators to get together… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Jan-17

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Helicopter blades market forecast launched

Helicopter blades market forecast launched

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020” report to their offering. The global helicopter blades market to grow at a CAGR of 5% during the period 2016-2020. Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 09-Jan-17

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Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Digital cockpit upgrade makes first flight

Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Digital cockpit upgrade makes first flight

The aircraft design upgrade replaces the factory analog gauges with electronic instrument flat panel displays and offers greater situational awareness, reduced pilot workload, and improved mission safety. Experienced Black Hawk pilots Terence Reeves and Travis Hack flew the helicopter from Dallas Meacham field for a 45 minute flight, performing normal operations for the newly installed… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 09-Jan-17

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Aspen Displays Integration with Garmin’s GTX 345 ADS-B

Aspen Displays Integration with Garmin’s GTX 345 ADS-B

Aspen Avionics announced today it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to interface its Evolution primary and multi-function displays with the Garmin GTX 345 all-in-one transponder. Installing the GTX 345 with an Aspen EFD1000 primary flight display will allow aircraft owners to take full advantage of viewing ADS-B weather and traffic information directly in… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 09-Jan-17

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EAAA hits 20,000 mission milestone

EAAA hits 20,000 mission milestone

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) flew its 20,000th mission and it almost went by without being noticed. The mission took place on Tuesday 29 November 2016, in Saffron Walden, Essex at 10:57pm. The incident was a road traffic collision and in attendance were Doctor Marcel Rigaud, Critical-Care Paramedic Gary Spitzer with pilots Captain Gavin Blake… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 09-Jan-17

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Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Aircraft operators and organisations involved in aviation safety will soon have access to a new method of submitting written notifications to the ATSB of aviation safety matters. This method will allow operators and organisations to report out of their own safety management systems or reporting software and directly transfer accident and incident notifications to the… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 09-Jan-17

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Helijet now flies weekend flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver

Helijet now flies weekend flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver

Effective December 24, Helijet International will expand its service to include weekend flights between Nanaimo and Vancouver. Helijet currently offers six roundtrips each day between its Nanaimo Harbour Heliport and Vancouver Harbour locations. The expanded service will see Helijet offer three roundtrips a day on Saturdays and Sundays. “Since starting service to Nanaimo and the… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 09-Jan-17

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Maverick launch early bird offers for Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR weekend

Maverick launch early bird offers for Las Vegas Motor Speedway NASCAR weekend

Maverick Helicopters offers 2017 NASCAR Weekend attendees transfers to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. Guests who book before Friday, Jan. 27 will save $50 per person, per day. “Each year, we aim to increase the success of NASCAR by offering unparalleled, luxury transportation for its guests,” said John Buch, president of Maverick Helicopters. “We… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 08-Jan-17

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Rockwell Collins and Taqnia Defense sign agreement to collaborate

Rockwell Collins and Taqnia Defense sign agreement to collaborate

Rockwell Collins signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics and defense and security technology Taqnia subsidiaries, to collaborate on military rotary and fixed wing avionics opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work under the agreement will focus on aircraft manufactured, assembled and upgraded in country. “Rockwell Collins is expanding its presence in the Kingdom of… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 08-Jan-17

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Civil Military Integration to Boost Chinese Helicopter Industry

Civil Military Integration to Boost Chinese Helicopter Industry

China has adopted the strategy of civil-military integration in order to grow and strengthen their helicopter industry. Avicopter, the state-owned company, stated that China has an “independent development capacity in key technologies.” They are able to produce heavy lifting, high-speed attack and stealth helicopters. Currently they are planning on the development of a high-speed tilt… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-17

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FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

FAA Issues Final Rule on Small Airplane Safety Certification Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that overhauls the airworthiness standards for small general aviation airplanes. This innovative rule will reduce the time it takes to move safety enhancing technologies for small airplanes into the marketplace and will also reduce costs for the aviation industry. “Aviation manufacturing… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Jan-17

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Changes at the top of Russian Helicopters

Changes at the top of Russian Helicopters

[electronic translation] Alexander Mikheyev, previously head of Russian Helicopters, has become CEO of “Rosoboronexport” . His place at the head of “Russian Helicopters” will be taken by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Andrei Boginsky. Personnel changes will take effect from January 2017. Anatoly Isaikin resigns “Rosoboronexport” director general. For nine years… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 05-Jan-17

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GAO denies DynCorp appeal over AAR winning US Dept of State helicopter contract

GAO denies DynCorp appeal over AAR winning US Dept of State helicopter contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) today learned that the United States Government Accountability Office denied DynCorp’s protest of the contract award to AAR Airlift, a subsidiary of AAR, for the United States Department of State’s Global Aviation Support Services program. Under the program, AAR Airlift will provide maintenance, operations, and logistical support to the fixed and rotary-wing aircraft… Read more »

Source: AAR, 05-Jan-17

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Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

Leonardo and CNSAS partner in mountain rescue R&D

With the challenge of further improving of the technologies that are already saving many human lives today and the development of new operative and training solutions to make helicopter rescue more efficient and the deployment of rescue personnel safer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica together with the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-Jan-17

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SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

SW-4 ‘Solo’ remotely piloted helicopter begins test campaign

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions. Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo-Finmeccanica, 05-Jan-17

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AEA Connect Conferences – Dates and Locations 2017

AEA Connect Conferences – Dates and Locations 2017

The AEA annually hosts conferences in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific. The AEA Connect conferences offer a forum to see, hear and learn about all the new technology on the market, network with industry peers and discover best practices for the aviation repair station industry. Attendees and exhibitors gather for… Read more »

Source: AEA Connect, 05-Jan-17

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Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Thomas Vorstman was arrested in August after flying an Orlando HeliTours helicopter only a few feet above traffic. Formal charges will not be filed, but Vorstman was fired from his position in the company. Deputies who saw the scene stated that the helicopter was so low that if a semitruck was on the road, there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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Maharashtra Tourism to Increase Subsidies to Get Helicopter Flying Again

Maharashtra Tourism to Increase Subsidies to Get Helicopter Flying Again

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) services, together with Pawan Hans hopes to bring their tourism business back after a fatal crash in December. The crash killed the pilot and the two passengers on board. Since the crash, the number of clients has dropped almost to a standstill. In order to remedy this, they are going… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

Rogers Helicopters has a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them after a fatal crash in December 2015. Kathryn Ann Brown, 40, was on her way to a nearby hospital for head, shoulder and arm pain when the helicopter crashed, killing Kathryn, the pilot, the nurse and the paramedic on board. The Brown’s family attorney hopes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit due to his conservation and aviation services he has performed. He ran his own company, Peter Garden Helicopters Ltd, for 25 years in Otago and Southland doing agriculture work. This line of work introduced him to working for the Wildlife Services… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

The Nagaland State Helicopter service will be taken over by Global Vectra Helicorp Limited (GVHL) for the next two years. The service was flagged off on January 2 by the Nagaland Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, IT & C and Paiwang Konvak, Border Affairs. Paiwang insured that GVHL knew the importance of adapting to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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Top 5 Vendors in the Global Heliports Market from 2016-2020

Top 5 Vendors in the Global Heliports Market from 2016-2020

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global heliports market report until 2020. This research report also lists five other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period. Technavio announces top five leading vendors in the global heliports market until 2020.   Some key factors driving… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 04-Jan-17

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Uber partners with Maverick Helicopters for Consumer Electronic Show

Uber partners with Maverick Helicopters for Consumer Electronic Show

Uber Technologies partners with Maverick Helicopters during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas to help attendees experience the Las Vegas Strip in a way they never have before. The exclusive, limited-time offer allows CES attendees to request an UberCHOPPER on their smart phone right from the Las Vegas Strip for $99 per person… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 04-Jan-17

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Chinese Tilt Rotor Development

Chinese Tilt Rotor Development

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) are developing a tilt-rotor, called the Blue Whale, which will be able to fly at speeds of 500 km/h. The Blue Whale will be the equivalent of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, reports IHS Jane.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-17

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