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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Donate to the HFI Scholarship Auction today!

Donate to the HFI Scholarship Auction today!

As part of HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) will hold its annual Online Silent Auction of merchandise, services, and experiences donated by individuals and companies. This year’s auction, hosted online by BiddingForGood, promises to be bigger and better, reaching thousands of potential aviation enthusiasts and bidders! Auction proceeds will help support… Read more »

Source: HFI, 03-Jan-17

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New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots. The turbulent air flows near oil rigs, ships, cliffs and tall buildings can throw a helicopter off balance and cause a crash. To provide pilots with optimal preparation for these challenging conditions, engineers at the Technical University of Munich… Read more »

Source: Technical University of Munich, 03-Jan-17

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China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

During Zhuai Air Show in Shanghai, on November 2nd, 2016, Skyway General Aviation Co. Ltd signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters, Bucher Leichtbau AG and Waypoint Leasing Co. Ltd for one H135 HEMS. After extensive research, Skyway decided to develop the air rescue market together with local government, insurance companies and hospitals starting operation first… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 03-Jan-17

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FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation on H125 helicopters, the company announced today. The system is now available to the aftermarket and as a factory-installed STC option on new Airbus H125 helicopters. Mathilde Royer-Germain, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President, Light Helicopters Program, congratulated… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 03-Jan-17

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UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

Everett Aviation has announced the award of a major new contract to provide helicopter medevac services to the UK Ministry of Defence for the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). At peak periods the contract will engage three of Everett’s BK117 helicopters in medevac configuration. The contract is for three (3) years, with an… Read more »

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The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

Cloud Stat aims to build the first ultra-light Uruguayan helicopter. Max Patissier, one of the co-founders of Cloud Stat states that the idea was formed due to the high demand of passenger transport and drones that are able to transport loads of up to 200kg. Their plan is to have two models, the first being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

The lack of implementation of the 2015 Directorate General of Civil Aviation proposal of increasing the height at which helicopters are allowed to fly over Mumbai and Navi Mumbai has helicopter pilots and operators very upset. They met on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The increase from 500 to 1000 feet was scheduled in August… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

Former Finmeccanica CEO, Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and former AgustaWestland Chief, Bruno Spagnolini were arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices and were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court. A retrial has been ordered by Italy’s top court as the two executives launched an appeal. The retrial causes serious implications… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

Airlie Beach Helipad’s helicopter operations will now be taken over by GSL Aviation. GSL offers more variety for guests to choose from with new helicopter tour products for the company. Working together they aim to provide service “at the highest professional standard” reports Daily Mercury. GSL is keeping the existing staff, where they will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

Adelaide entrepreneur, Shane Yeend, has been fighting for eight years to get a 10m x 10m helipad in the South Australian CBD. Yeend has targeted Adelaide City Council and Mayor Martin Haese in an angry Facebook post. He made points such as “No money needed, no park-lands needed, just a pontoon in the river paid… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

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UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

The UK fleet of the French two-seater Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter continues to be the largest in the world. With 25 aircraft, one seventh of the total production of the Cabri G2 flies in British airspace. This success is attributed to both the aircraft and the marketing efforts of distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre. To ensure… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 21-Dec-16

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CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC Group Ltd and 42 affiliated companies petitioned to enter the US Chapter 11 process on 5th May 2016, with outstanding debt obligations of approximately $1.6 billion. The Chapter 11 process has many of the features present in bankruptcy proceedings both in the US and other jurisdictions. However, it also provides additional benefits for debtors… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 21-Dec-16

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Big Mountain Heli Tour partners with Leading Edge Aviation

Big Mountain Heli Tour partners with Leading Edge Aviation

Big Mountain Heli Tours is partnering with Leading Edge Aviation Inc. to bring helicopter tours to Central Oregon. Well-known landscapes such as Smith Rock State Park, Cascade Range and Lava Lands will now be available for helicopter tours. Big Mountain Heli Tours CEO, Patric Douglas hopes to transport resort guests to and from sceneries such… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Doctor Paul Gill, from Alexandra Marine & General Hospital has gone before the local council saying that the hospital wastes too much time transferring emergency cases to the airport in order for them to have access to a larger hospital. He suggested that a helipad be built in the field opposite Cambria Road, next to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine

China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine

The first flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place today in Harbin. The AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters. The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight.  Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine has… Read more »

Source: Safran, 21-Dec-16

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CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center provides a hands-on environment for communication specialists.  Training includes both inter-facility and scene transfers, multiple aircraft requests, map reading, flight following and more.  Several communication centers have realized the immense benefits of the CommLab and are planning to send their communication specialists to classes in 2017. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-16

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Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Companies such as Caverton and Bristow have taken a knock in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, due to the price decline of crude oil. Many clients have cancelled contracts or reduced them, causing the companies to struggle to stay afloat. The economic recession has caused many grievances for the employees of these two companies…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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New Helipad Plans for Boston

New Helipad Plans for Boston

South Boston’s waterfront has been chosen as the local for the first new helipad in over 16 years. The new location, a pier owned by the city lies behind Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, was announced at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre. As reported by Boston Globe, officials are considering the helipad be on either… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

The FAA has issued a new rule regarding the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS). Only pilots flying parts 121, 125 or 135 are permitted to use EFVS if their vision is impaired, when descending from 100 feet over a Touchdown Zone Elevation to the runway. They have to land on a straight-in IAP… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

East Anglia Air Ambulance is the recipient of a rare Ferrari donation. They will sell the car at the Imperial War Museum on March 29 2017 in Duxford. It will be part of the H&H Classics sales, which consists of historic motorcycles and cars. EAAA hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to fund… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital will soon begin construction of the overhaul of their helipad so that it can handle the new larger capacity helicopters. The new helicopters that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will implement in 2018 will weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. The WA Government has gathered $7 million for the new helipad, reports ABC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Helicopter Tours for Waco

Helicopter Tours for Waco

Night Flight Concepts has begun BlueSky Helicopter Tours in Waco, Texas. Adam Aldous, Night Flight President, is excited about the tours and what it can offer for tourism in Waco. “This is a chance to expose them to a different view, literally, of where they are,” reports Aldous. A six month permit was unanimously granted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County is looking into purchasing a third Trauma Star helicopter as the continuity of business with LifeNet is being questioned. The privately operated air ambulance has a contract with Monroe County’s Lower Keys Hospital, which started in 2007 but ends March 1 2017. LifeNet has received pressure to lower their prices of $50, 000… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Truth Data, a cloud-based flight data monitoring company, are helping helicopter operators improve the safety, performance and efficiency of their helicopters through the use of data. A recently signed memorandum of understanding allows Truth Data to sell Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III system for improved helicopter communications and tracking, and for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 20-Dec-16

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Power Aviation exclusive agent for SEI, Bambi Bucket Division for Sweden and Finland

Power Aviation exclusive agent for SEI, Bambi Bucket Division for Sweden and Finland

Power Aviation Sweden AB is proud to announce that it is now the sole and exclusive agent for SEI International Sales Inc, Bambi Bucket Division for the territories of Sweden and Finland. Power Aviation is also the agent for SEI in the territories of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since several years. “We are proud to… Read more »

Source: Power Aviation, 20-Dec-16

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NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH Industries is proud to announce the delivery of the 300th NH90 production helicopter to the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, December 15. Assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete, the aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). “Delivering the 300th… Read more »

Source: NHI, 20-Dec-16

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Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade

Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its new ADS-B solution, which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo Helicopters AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters.  Vector’s retrofittable ADS-B solution has… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Dec-16

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ASU, Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

ASU, Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) Inc., sponsored the first ever MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award that was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, NC., during a donor reception. “This new award is just one way for us to continually honor the Helicopter Air Ambulance operators and the numerous men and women that save… Read more »

Source: ASU, 20-Dec-16

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Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, is pleased to announce that Air Methods Corp. has acquired three new helicopters of the Airbus H145-family that will replace older aircraft now in service. Two of the aircraft will be used by St. Louis Children’s Hospital and one will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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Classic Helicopters to deliver a new level of safety and service to their community partners

Classic Helicopters to deliver a new level of safety and service to their community partners

Classic Air Medical and Part 135 service provider Classic Helicopters has signed a Letter Of Intent with Outerlink Corp to equip their fleet with the next generation IRIS system.  The IRIS system will add voice, video and flight data recording along with a satellite based broadband Push To Talk (PTT) Voice Over IP (VOIP) radio… Read more »

Source: Classic Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized leaders of the air medical transport industry Tuesday for their efforts to improve safety and quality of service. BJ Miles, Director of Safety and Risk Management for Life Flight Network in Aurora, Ore., received the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical has been awarded the 2016 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award for its development of a unique and innovative safety initiative designed to address the workings of the human brain and improve mindfulness among employees. Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented the award and a $10,000 check to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will continue flight operations today. “We have conducted a thorough, careful and exhaustive review of MV-22 aviation safety procedures and briefed Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials,” said U.S. Forces, Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez. “While the investigation is… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-Dec-16

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Sikorsky Establishes Scholarship through the MedEvac International Foundation

Sikorsky Establishes Scholarship through the MedEvac International Foundation

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) presented a $5,000 donation for the first annual Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship for award by the MedEvac International Foundation.  The scholarship donation was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Dr. Wedel was a recognized expert and true leader, pioneering flight solutions for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Dec-16

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Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

November 19, 2016, marked the 19th anniversary of the passing of Bristow winchman Billy Deacon. Deacon was tragically lost while carrying out his duties on a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, operating on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from the Sumburgh base in the Shetland Islands in 1997. The incident raised the bar in search… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 20-Dec-16

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