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USATS announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

USATS  announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

U.S. Aviation Training Solutions Inc. (USATS – formerly the Bristow Academy), today announced a major forthcoming rotary wing training course, reaffirmed its commitment to its core energy sector clients and spoke of innovative future course offerings with a drive into the fixed wing training sector. “We’re proud of our 30-year heritage, leading standards for commercial… Read more »

Source: USATS, 29-Aug-18

Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker, a leader in aviation research, consulting and education, has announced Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Release 18.2 is now available with even more aircraft and the latest operating cost data. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget and financial analysis tool in the industry, LCC provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers,… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 28-Aug-18

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I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

A mobile helicopter landing pad comprises a platform with one or more elongate, concave guiding channels for aligning a helicopter on the landing pad by forcing the helicopter’s skates into a specific alignment upon landing. The guiding channels may have laterally disposed rollers or else be made of slick material to allow the helicopter to slide towards the base of the guiding channel… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 27-Aug-18

Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

A sensing orifice for an aircraft, an aircraft with such a sensing orifice and a method for assembling a sensing orifice for an aircraft are provided. The aircraft may be an airplane, a helicopter, a UAV, a drone or similar. The static sensing orifice includes a passage through an outer skin of the aircraft and a moisture… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 24-Aug-18

Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has certified Appareo’s Vision 1000 in the Enstrom 480B turbine helicopter.  FAA certification for the Vision 1000 was granted in June followed by EASA and the Brazilian ANAC.  Approval is in process with the Chinese CAAC and the CAA of Argentina. The Vision 1000 is Appareo’s FAA-certified cockpit recording device that captures attitude data,… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 24-Aug-18

Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Each year the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce hosts the J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year awards, with the support of our sponsors, the Forum, Chase Bank and the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund. “The Chamber is proud to announce that our Industry of the Year Award recipient this year will… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

MedFlight to fly into new facility

MedFlight to fly into new facility

Visitors to Troy have been watching the progress as the new Kettering hospital Troy location has been rising from the former Hobart property at the corners of West Main, Elm, and Water streets. As construction progresses, Kettering Health Network is excited to let residents know of some of the services that will be available at… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have given an iconic aircraft sculpture a new lease of life as its gate guardian. The full-size sculpture of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 who had previously used it as promotional tool at new housing developments. During the 1970s Barratts… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Aug-18

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CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), aviation regulatory authority has planned to set charter flights’ fare for the helicopter company. Due to lack of government standards, Nepali helicopter companies had been charging irregular helicopter fare. Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of the Authority stated that the authority received report on the Fake rescue investigation conducted by the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Aug-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

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Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

A helicopter-hoist system is described. The system may include: hoist equipment, illumination systems, range-measuring equipment, camera(s), communication systems, display devices, processing/control systems including image-processing systems, and power-management systems. The system may also include a smart-hook for measuring a load on the hook. Based on the measured load on the cable, the lighting may be illuminated in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 22-Aug-18

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FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

If you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed. That’s the stern warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. wildland fire agencies have for pilots of unmanned aircraft (“UAS,” or more popularly “drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires. When firefighting aircraft have to be grounded due to an unauthorized drone flight, there are… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Aug-18

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VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of the 35th Annual Student Design Competition: the team comprised of the University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics took top honors in the graduate category, while the University of Maryland’s undergraduate team took first place in the undergraduate competition. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) sponsored the competition… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 22-Aug-18

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USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be participating on Oct. 23-25 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Hurst, TX. The free conference (www.faahelisafety.org) gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad. Experts… Read more »

Source: USHST, 22-Aug-18

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Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Elastomeric bearings exhibit a reactive positive spring effect, i.e., they produce an opposing torque or force when angular displacement or translation is applied upon them, due to shear stress developed within their elastomer parts. The present invention incorporates a device that exhibits an increasingly strong torque or force in the same direction as the displacement,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 21-Aug-18

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VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

Van Horn Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 21-Aug-18

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Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-18

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FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 21-Aug-18

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Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gualter Helicopter as exclusive distributor in Brazil. Rotortrade Services is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters and Gualter Helicopter is a company that specializes in the sale of aircraft with focus on executive aviation in Brazil. Rotortrade Services continues… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 21-Aug-18

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CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

On August 9 and 10, CHC Brasil held its fourth CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s event was attended by more than 150 attendees and featured nine presentations around the theme: “Consistent Level of Safety: Continuous Monitoring of Systems and Human Performance.” The event began with opening remarks from CHC’s… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Aug-18

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DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART Aerospace has recently received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new Cable Cutter System for the H130/EC130 family of aircraft. In today’s helicopter world, a significant proportion of helicopter incidents relate to wire strikes with aircraft operating in urban areas and close to populated regions being most at risk; for this… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Aug-18

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Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development is just about to be taken, with the purchase of a new state of the art Airbus H145 helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Aug-18

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Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

A meeting was held at Flight Safety Standards Department (FSSD), Sinamangal Kathmandu among all the helicopter operators of Nepal including flight safety chief, operational directors, chief pilots and safety directors. FSSD Chief Mr. Raju Shrestha highlighted safety enhancement in context of Nepalese helicopter operation. Captain GM Lama discussed the requirement of Ground Safety such as… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 20-Aug-18

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Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhouse recently showcased their new electrical pickup truck and their SureFly, an octocopter drone. The hybrid helicopter has eight propellers that ensure balance, giving it more of a drone design than that of a helicopter. Workhouse is looking to bring out the aircraft in 2020, reports Mashable.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

We’re pleased to confirm that the precautionary testing of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter and airbase have confirmed no contamination has been identified. The Air Ambulance Airbase, located in Semington, was closed temporarily and the Air Ambulance was grounded on August 1 for testing to take place, as part of the ongoing operation into the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-18

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Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus continues to strengthen its investments in education in Brazil. The company announced the renewal of its partnership with the School of Engineering of São Carlos of the University of São Paulo (EESC – USP) at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held at Congonhas Airport (SP) . For 10 years, Airbus has supported… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand. “We genuinely value the trust… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Aug-18

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AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) would like to respond to the National Association of State EMS Officials press release, dated Aug 3, “NASEMSO Responds to Borders in the Sky.” NASEMSO and AAMS, as well as a host of other organizations, support the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). That compact, according… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Aug-18

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Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras participates in the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), scheduled from August 14 to 16, at Congonhas Airport (SP). In the year it celebrates 40 years, the company will present the first H145 model helicopter in operation in the Brazilian market, as well as the recent investments in its wide range of products… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

HeliOffshore  SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is already delivering significant volumes of operational data from frontline offshore helicopter operations around the world. As the scope of the programme is expanded, it has the potential to generate a wide range of data that supports and validates multiple aspects of HeliOffshore’s work to enhance safety. To… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Aug-18

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New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

Construction of modern helipad has been completed in Rasuwa. Nepalese Army preserving Langtang National Park, working on construction of helipad that can even help to land helicopters in night, has been successfully completed. The helipad is constructed at the old helipad site. The construction of helipad located at Dhunche was estimated to cost around 1.5… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Aug-18

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ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that ICON Aviation has been appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter in Brazil. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at LABACE exhibition. The distribution agreement, which follows established charter services provided by ICON Aviation in the country with other AW109 variants and the AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Aug-18

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Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today at LABACE 2018 that it has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda. Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 16-Aug-18

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MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

Morten Beyer & Agnew (“mba”) announced updates to their leading online valuation tool, REDBOOK, with the release of the new Helicopter Module. The new section provides vintage specific Half Time and Full Life helicopter values with the option to adjust for configuration, allowing industry players quick and easy access to data. This platform will allow those… Read more »

Source: Morten Beyer & Agnew, 16-Aug-18

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UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Indonesian operator Jhonlin Air Transport (JAT )will soon take delivery of a new Airbus H145.  The aircraft has been noted recently test flying at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany and is in a yellow and black colour scheme. JAT is based at Syamsudin Noor International Airport and was formed in late 2011…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

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Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper University Health Care has expanded its life-saving air medical transport service to the South Jersey community with the addition of a new helicopter. Cooper has been providing this vital service to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties since 2010. The new helicopter, Cooper 2, is based out of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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DHART expands its reach

DHART expands its reach

The University of Vermont Medical Center is taking to the sky thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART helicopter. “It could often take three or four hours to get a sick patient from upstate rural New York to the UVM Medical Center, so the capabilities of flight really will help,” said… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. Earlier this year, the Bell 525 completed cold weather testing at temperatures down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit in North Manitoba, Canada.  The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 15-Aug-18

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have flown to their 8,000th mission. The crew who responded to the milestone mission on Wednesday evening (1st August) were Dr Liz Shewry, Specialist Critical Care paramedics, Mike Funge and Oliver Saddler and Pilot Marcus Doyle. Since the first flight 11 years ago, our Critical Care Teams have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-18

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Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

The Nepalese Government has had to launch an investigation into the tourism sector as there has been a wide raise in fraudulent insurance activities. The investigation revealed that the trekking and mountaineering agencies, who deal with the customer and rescue organisations, have been adding larger claims and fake bills to helicopter rescues. The 700-page probe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday for their new helicopter, Henry 1. For the ceremony they held a demonstration of a rescue, carrying Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano. The new helicopter, which has “Sonoma County Sheriff” written in gold on the side, came to a cost of $5.5 million…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore (Babcock MCSO) has added a Sikorsky S-92 to its fleet. Their fleet consists of AS365 helicopters, H175s, AW139s and S-92s. They also have 9 grounded Super Pumas, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s AC312E helicopter recently passed its stability flight test, moving it one step closer to becoming a new helicopter model. It has so far completed 18 hours of light tests, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

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Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

The expansion comes after three years of successful operations on Maui and will be the sixth permanent location. The breathtaking flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located along the southern shore of Kauai, minutes away from Poipu, Hawaii. “With the Garden Isle’s awe-inspiring geographical wonders only accessible by air,… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 10-Aug-18

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CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter, along with long-standing Summit sponsor and supporter Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, have selected the winners of two grants for aviation students to attend the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit this October in Dallas. Each year, CHC Helicopter, with support from Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann of HFACS Inc. provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Aug-18

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Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aftermarket civil and military aircraft parts manufacturer and engine Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) innovator Aerometals has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for Airbus Helicopters H130 (EC130T2) IBF System. Utilizing the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling software, Aerometals’ engineers have created the most effective and efficient next generation IBF design available on the market… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 10-Aug-18

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Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air Private Limited, founded in 1997, sets a pace for the industry and expands the scope of operating helicopters and training’s in commercial air transportation within the Nepalese territory. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the sole aviation regulatory body of Nepal’s, Flight Safety Standard Division of Nepal (FSSD) had patent Manang Air Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Aug-18

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FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

The FAA is requesting public comment on the agency’s proposal to discontinue the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS). Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS) is a continuous broadcast of weather advisories over a limited nationwide network of VORs that provide pilots with meteorological information relating to hazardous weather. Since the early 1980s, the broadcast,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Aug-18

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VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec State Corporation. The new helicopter’s 1:4 scale model was tested in the institute… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 09-Aug-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft.The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 09-Aug-18

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Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations. “We are proud of the growth and service we’ve been… Read more »

Source: Lifestar Air Medical, 09-Aug-18

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Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Rural Municipality has implemented a ban on helicopter operations in the area. The decision was made as a way of protecting the wildlife and vegetation in the area, after it was found that the helicopter noise and vibrations were scaring off wildlife, reports The Himalayan News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari recently returned from a 6500km trip across Australia. They brought with them 41 people to their fundraising auction. This year, Helibiz has raised $25K for the Dolly’s Dream campaign, a charity to help raise awareness of bullying and suicide, reports Whitsunday Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year…. Read more »

Source: Wandsworth Council, 08-Aug-18

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HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV) here in the presence of its Board of Directors, recently.  The RUAV is of a 2-stroke petrol engine, twin blade main rotor and tail rotor, payload capability of 2.5Kg including live stream video camera and range of the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 08-Aug-18

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SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 08-Aug-18

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Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday 19 August and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a special Family Fun Day which includes opening some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 08-Aug-18

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Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo informs that the number of Helicopter delivered from the beginning of the year to the 31st of July 2018 is equal to 93 units, up from 85 delivered in the first seven months of 2017.

Source: Leonardo, 06-Aug-18

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US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Latvia has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Aug-18

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Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in vertical aviation. Go… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-18

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San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

On Friday, July 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Chief Eddie Garcia will unveil “Air3,” a new Airbus H125 helicopter to replace the current Air2 helicopter. Air3 will provide greater safety for officers and the community with its modern capabilities. The Airbus H125 helicopter is one of the most commonly operated single engine helicopters in law enforcement… Read more »

Source: San Jose Police Department, 02-Aug-18

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FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor has been selected to provide ADS-B position source information as a part of an upcoming ADS-B modification and compliance program for the United States Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet. Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Corp. (SESC, www.sescorp.org) of Warner Robins, Georgia was recently awarded… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 02-Aug-18

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EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) is pleased to announce that we have received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certification (STC). This will provide our Mexican customers with the ability to install a flexible and affordable ADS-B solution to meet the January 1st 2020 FAA mandate. Southeast Aerospace’s STC# ST00835DE, now DGAC approved,… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 02-Aug-18

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Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare MedFlight, an air medical transport operator serving Dare County North Carolina, has completed installation of SKYTRAC’s high resolution aviation camera on their H145. “As an air ambulance operator, we have a mission to deliver safe, efficient and reliable service. We look to the latest technologies to support us in this mission. Adding a high… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 02-Aug-18

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Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardo today announce they have been selected to renew the medium helicopter fleet of Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (“Aramco”) – a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. Leonardo and Milestone have signed a contract… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 02-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters broke ground on Friday for their new hangar that is being built at Anchorage International Airport. The new hangar, coming to a cost of $2.2million will house six ROTAK helicopters and be used as their main base, reports KTVA.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

The Shenyang Institute of Automation has just completed test flights on their new unmanned helicopter, the Xiangying-200. The aircraft can carry up to 200kg and is 8.7m long. The Xiangying-200 is the first unmanned aircraft to be tested for autonomous take-off as well as landing on a ship, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Helicopters will be an increasingly comfortable means of transport; by reducing noise and vibration inside the helicopter, pilot workload can be reduced, search and rescue tasks are easier and the quality of medical treatment in air ambulances is improved. It is the reason Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) are developing new technologies for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Aug-18

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Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Chicago’s only hospital-based medical flight program began flying a more advanced helicopter this month. The Airbus EC145 replaces the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)’s Dauphin N model helicopter, which has been in use since 1990. The retiring helicopter has transported more than 13,000 patients across the region during its tenure at the University of Chicago Medicine…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Aug-18

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PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two heavy-lift helicopters as part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E do day-to-day work in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area. “We want to be sure we are… Read more »

Source: PG&E, 01-Aug-18

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EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

United Rotorcraft has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its modular emergency medical services (EMS) interiors for both the AW169 and AW139 helicopters. United Rotorcraft’s AW139 and AW169 EMS interiors include configurations for medical or passenger transport. The EMS configuration includes a freestanding equipment rack; a Medical Transport Module… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Aug-18

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