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AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

McCormick’s impact on the department, its faculty, students, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of numerous engineers at work today in the helicopter/vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry. “We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the most influential individuals our department has ever… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Dec-17

Russian Helicopters are preparing digital production of helicopters in Ulan-Ude

Russian Helicopters are preparing digital production of helicopters in Ulan-Ude

The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation)  is creating the technological production model of the Ka-226T helicopters at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The digital construction documentation received from JSC Kamov through the online channel is used to create programs for the production equipment. Besides, U-UAZ is completing the first stage of production modernization… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

Thales upgrades Swiss Air Force AS532 simulators

Thales upgrades Swiss Air Force AS532 simulators

The Swiss Air Force has used Thales to upgrade their simulators. They upgraded their AS532, Super-Puma, EC635 simulators. The upgrades will enable pilots to train in a realistic environment, reports Airforce Technology.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

Sikorsky Workers Vote for new Contract

Sikorsky Workers Vote for new Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft workers voted this past Sunday on a new contract that will enable raises that add up to over 15% over the next five years. Both unions and Sikorsky worked together to reach an agreement that benefited both sides, reports Courant.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad

Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse has set plans to build a helipad on the premises. The hospital specializes in cardiac issues, so many of the patients have time sensitive cases. The construction is set to begin in spring, 2018, reports WWNY TV.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

STARS seeks emergency helipad at High Prairie

STARS seeks emergency helipad at High Prairie

STARS has made a temporary landing area at the new High Prairie Health Complex. They are looking to make it something more permanent. The need of air ambulance services has grown in the Big Lakes County area and STARS is looking to join with First Nations communities, reports South Peace News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

Fort McMurray hospital needs helipad urgently, says report

Fort McMurray hospital needs helipad urgently, says report

The construction of a helipad at Fort McMurray Hospital has been urged by judges after a fatality inquiry report. The report looked into the death of an oilsands worker that died while on the way to the hospital. Emergency helicopters are forced to fly past the hospital and land at the airport, where patients are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Night Vision for Helijet EMS S76s at Prince Rupert

Night Vision for Helijet EMS S76s at Prince Rupert

Helijet at Prince Rupert has now equipped their S76 with night vision goggles. Flying at night poses a lot of dangers, with the proper training, the use of night vision goggles will allow them to fly faster routes as well as fly safer. Training will take up to four months until the crew are ready… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Canada – stolen helicopter parts found

Canada – stolen helicopter parts found

Port Hardy RCMP have found the missing helicopter parts that were stolen earlier in November. The parts, valued at $100,000 were turned into Stryker Electronics. The unknown man who turned them thought they might belong to company. Police hope to find the man who turned them in, in order to thank him, reports Chek News…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

A Kentucky jury has awarded the three families of the victims of the 6 June 2013 crash over $21 million. The families sued Bell on the terms that they knew of potential defects with the craft. The three victims killed in the Bell 206 L-1 crash are Eddy Sizemore, Herman “Lee” Dobbs and Jesse Jones,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial… Read more »

Source: Remote GeoSystems, 04-Dec-17

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EDA Helicopter Tactics Symposium 2017

EDA Helicopter Tactics Symposium 2017

50 helicopter tactics specialists from twelve EDA participating Member States, as well as representatives of the Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) met recently in Rijen, the Netherlands, for the 8th Helicopter Tactics Symposium, organised under the… Read more »

Source: EDA, 04-Dec-17

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Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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NZ CAA approves Oceania Bell 429 Cargo Pod

NZ CAA approves Oceania Bell 429 Cargo Pod

Oceania Aviation has achieved approval of a Cargo Pod System for the Bell 429, and they are looking to further expand their role equipment range. Head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania Aviation’s Part 145 Manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has worked with a private owner to gain New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) approval for its Bell… Read more »

30-Nov-17

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2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Shares Acquisition

Russian Helicopters Shares Acquisition

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Arab investors are considering buying more stakes in Russian Helicopters. A total of 25% of the company is on the market, for a total of $6 million, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-17

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NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

The National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) has recently introduced two new helicopters to their operations; an AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus H135. The two new aircraft will go into service by December 1 2017, reports Newsday.

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-17

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East Anglian Air Ambulance founder wins lifetime achievement award

East Anglian Air Ambulance founder wins lifetime achievement award

One of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA’s) founding members and aviation consultant, Gerry Hermer, received the Eric Brown Award at the British Helicopter Association (BHA) annual dinner this month. Gerry’s drive and passion were behind the establishment of the air ambulance in East Anglia, and in the early years of EAAA his company Sterling Aviation… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 27-Nov-17

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VNH South completes Indonesian fire fighting contract

VNH South completes Indonesian fire fighting contract

  On 15th November 2017, two Mi-172 helicopters of VNH South were safely ferried from Dumai and Pekanbaru – Indonesia back to Vung Tau Airport, successfully completing Fire Fighting Contract for Indonesian Government. This is the 2nd  consecutive year that VNH South provides the package services including aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance for fire-fighting, passenger… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 27-Nov-17

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Helicentre to Award Additional Scholarship Funding

Helicentre to Award Additional Scholarship Funding

With the selection process for the 2017 Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship Programme underway, UK-based Helicentre Aviation Academy have introduced a further prize fund of £60,000, consisting of three part-funded Scholarships (worth £10,000 each) and £30,000 of Awards to be given to promising applicants to complete their training and further their careers. Currently, Helicentre Aviation… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 27-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Demonstrated Ansat to Pakistani Representatives

Russian Helicopters Demonstrated Ansat to Pakistani Representatives

The Russian Helicopters holding company, a member of the Rostec State Corporation, have successfully demonstrated the Ansat’s capability to operate at extremely high ambient air temperatures. The vehicle is being tested in Pakistan. Besides, Russian Helicopters held a presentation of Ansat for potential Pakistani customers. The guests learned about the competitive advantages of Ansat and… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 27-Nov-17

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IBAC Welcomes the African Business Aviation Association

IBAC Welcomes the African Business Aviation Association

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), announced today that the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) is now a member of the Council. The 15 member associations from around the world represent a coordinated voice for business aviation and the international standards, policies, and best safety practices that are at the core of IBAC’s mission. “We… Read more »

Source: IBAC, 23-Nov-17

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Evolux partners with IEX Helicopters in Southern California

Evolux partners with IEX Helicopters in Southern California

IEX Helicopters, best known for their twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopters for executive charters, as well as their exclusive Catalina Island flight excursions, wants to help make helicopter travel more common and in-reach as the ultimate alternative to distance and traffic congestion. “If Uber, AirBnB, and Expedia merged to focus on helicopter travel, they would have… Read more »

Source: Evolux, 23-Nov-17

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Garmin delivers one-millionth certified avionics product

Garmin delivers one-millionth certified avionics product

Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today celebrated the delivery of the one-millionth certified avionics product from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product was a GTX™ 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder, which enables ADS-B Out transmissions and features TCAS II/ACAS II compatibility for a… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 23-Nov-17

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CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the delivery of a newly converted MD 902 Explorer to Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth. Previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard as an MD 900, the aircraft was upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center via the company’s exclusive MD 900-to-902 Upgrade program, and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Nov-17

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UTair Helicopter Services launches electronic flight bags

UTair Helicopter Services launches electronic flight bags

UTair Helicopter Services is now Russia’s first operator to use tablet-based electronic flight bags. The switch from paper to electronic helps with updates of aeronautical data, helps pilots work more efficiently and safely and also lowers operating costs, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

23-Nov-17

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Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

Police Scotland to support EC135 with two drones

Police Scotland is looking to purchase two drones to support their EC135. The drones, which will cost around £125,000, will have cameras, a tracking device and have a protective casing against the Scottish climate. They hope to use the drones for crowd monitoring, missing persons searches and for terrains or inclement weather where their helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHUb.com, 23-Nov-17

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HAI suggest ten reasons to attend Heli-Expo 2018

HAI suggest ten reasons to attend Heli-Expo 2018

We know there are 100 reasons why you should attend HAI HELI-EXPO, but here’s our Top 10: 1. CONNECT with 730 industry suppliers on our comprehensive show floor. 2. DEVELOP strategic connections with 20,000 industry professionals from more than 90 countries. 3. BUILD partnerships with industry peers through 14 HAI committee meetings and other member… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Nov-17

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Collier County Florida buys firefighter UH-1

Collier County Florida buys firefighter UH-1

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has just bought a firefighting UH-1. The purchase came to a cost of $750,000, reports NBC. The new helicopter will help East Naples residents faster than the Miami based helicopter they were using.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Nov-17

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Leonardo delivers first Norwegian SAR AW101

Leonardo delivers first Norwegian SAR AW101

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the first of 16 AW101 allweather search and rescue helicopters has been delivered to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test &… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Nov-17

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AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

AVIC AC312E completes altitude test flights

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) new AC312E helicopter has passed its plateau test flights. The test flight was done at Ningland Luguhu Airport at an altitude of 3,293 meters. The passing of the test now qualifies the helicopter to meet the demands of EMS work in plateau regions, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-17

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Airwork delists following Chinese buyout

Airwork delists following Chinese buyout

New Zealand operator Airwork was last week de-listed from the NZX stock market.  The company, well known for its BK117 upgrades, has been subject of a gradual take-over by Zhejiang Rifa Holding from China.  The new owner has gradually built up their percentage holding over a year, and has now reach a point where they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-17

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Helipad opens on Skye in Scotland

Helipad opens on Skye in Scotland

Emergency response helipad opens on Skye after funding from the HELP Appeal Portree helipad has been officially opened in Skye this weekend, following an extensive refurbishment programme, to provide a base for two rapid emergency response helicopters on the island to treat patients in urgent trauma cases. The new helipad capability will save vital minutes… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 21-Nov-17

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Simhawk Adds Direct Buyer and Seller Chat Functionality to its Platform

Simhawk Adds Direct Buyer and Seller Chat Functionality to its Platform

Simhawk Inc., announced the addition of new chat functionality to its global flight simulator marketplace and also extended the deadline for its Annual Simulator Training Survey. New Chat Functionality The new chat functionality allows buyers and sellers to communicate directly via Simhawk in order to seek additional details regarding requests and proposals that are submitted… Read more »

Source: Simhawk, 21-Nov-17

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HAI and AHS co-host quiet flying seminar

HAI and AHS co-host quiet flying seminar

On 16 November, Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the American Helicopter Society International (AHS) co-hosted a Flying Quiet webinar, held at HAI headquarters in Alexandria, VA. This event featured members from the FAA’s Noise Division within the Office of Environment and Energy, as well as presentations from NASA, the Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, helicopter… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Nov-17

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Helicopter Museum recognised for education value

Helicopter Museum recognised for education value

This week the Helicopter Museum was recognised as a ‘Recommended Venue of Education’ by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The Museum is the first in England to receive the award and joins a list of only 17 other venues around the world which are recognised for educating the public in the history and practice of air… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 21-Nov-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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Australian association AHIA appoints new CEO

Australian association AHIA appoints new CEO

AHIA Board announced the appointment of Mr Paul Tyrrell to the position of CEO of the AHIA. This appointment will enable the AHIA to progress to the next level in its development as one of the proactive associations in the Australian aviation industry. Paul comes with a wealth of experience as a manager of companies… Read more »

Source: AHIA, 20-Nov-17

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JSSI Appoints Specialist to Focus on Expanding Parts and Consulting Services

JSSI Appoints Specialist to Focus on Expanding Parts and Consulting Services

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has announced the appointment of Brendan Lodge as aircraft acquisitions specialist. An experienced aircraft sales broker and financier, Lodge will provide support to JSSI’s growing Advisory Services and JSSI Parts divisions. “We are excited to… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 20-Nov-17

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AHS selects 2018 Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship recipient

AHS selects 2018 Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship recipient

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — announced today that Dr. Inderjit Chopra — Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering, Distinguished University Professor, and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland — has been selected for the prestigious 2018 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded… Read more »

Source: AHS, 20-Nov-17

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HAI President Message – They Love Us When They Need Us

HAI President Message – They Love Us When They Need Us

As many of you know, I have been in the helicopter industry for 50 years and have loved every minute of it. I must admit that at times I have lost my sense of humor with some of the disingenuous and hypocritical criticism of helicopters I have heard. One of my favorite examples is an… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Nov-17

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Construction starts on Eemshaven Heliport

Construction starts on Eemshaven Heliport

[electronic translation] On 13 November 2017, the first stone was laid in the Eemshaven for the second offshore service base of EMS Maritime Offshore BV (EMO). When the construction is complete, the base is let to Merkur Offshore GmbH. The contractor for this project is Kooi Bouwbedrijf from Appingedam. EMO’s logistic concept with connection to the… Read more »

Source: Groningen Seaports, 20-Nov-17

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UK – Leeds General Infirmary adds fire equipment to allow 24×7 ops

UK – Leeds General Infirmary adds fire equipment to allow 24×7 ops

Seriously ill or injured patients from across Yorkshire are benefitting from extended air ambulance flying hours thanks to a generous donation to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Over £123,000 was donated by the HELP Appeal, a national charity set up to help provide Major Trauma Centres like Leeds with the necessary new or upgraded… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 20-Nov-17

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NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

NYPD Aviation Unit Increases Coverage on Illegally Flown Drones

The NYPD’s Aviation Unit has had to increase its monitoring systems for illegally flown drones. The recreational drones pose a threat as they are operated in air space for helicopters and commercial aircraft. The NYPD is now tracking rogue drones through technology in their helicopter and following the drones until they land. Penalties include fines… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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HFI Scholarship Applications Now Open

HFI Scholarship Applications Now Open

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s helicopter industry. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, HFI encourages you to apply at rotor.org/scholarships. We are here to help you achieve your dream! Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarship:… Read more »

Source: HFI, 20-Nov-17

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Georgia Hospital to add helipad

Georgia Hospital to add helipad

The Coliseum Medical Centres and Coliseum Northside Hospital are currently under construction to add more emergency rooms as well as a new helipad. The new helipad will be located across the ambulance entrance, reports Macon. Construction is expected to last until May 2018.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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RCMP Investigate Helicopter Parts Theft

RCMP Investigate Helicopter Parts Theft

An investigation is underway by the RCMP after helicopter parts to the value of $100,000 were stolen from a pickup truck in Port Hardy. The parts were small enough to be carried away. Police say that they were made for a specific helicopter and that the whoever stole them would have difficulty selling them, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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FAA and GA national #FlySafe Campaign

FAA and GA national #FlySafe Campaign

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Surviving a CrashEvery pilot needs to prepare for the unexpected. Although surviving a crash is one of those… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Nov-17

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Workhorse Announces First Manned Flight of SureFly

Workhorse Announces First Manned Flight of SureFly

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced it will conduct the first manned flight of its SureFly™ personal hybrid octocopter on January 8 in Las Vegas prior to the start of the 2018 CES.  The date is dependent… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group, 20-Nov-17

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German supplier wins five year Chinook parts contract from Boeing

German supplier wins five year Chinook parts contract from Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Aircraft Philipp Group GmbH today signed a five-year contract to manufacture machine parts for the global fleet of the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at its facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. This is the first Boeing contract with Aircraft Philipp Group, which joins Boeing’s significant supplier base of more than 35 companies… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Nov-17

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Bell appoints Abu Dhabi Aviation as CSF for 212s and 412s

Bell appoints Abu Dhabi Aviation as CSF for 212s and 412s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed Abu Dhabi Aviation as an authorized Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) for Bell 412s and Bell 212s to support continued customer growth in the Middle East. “The Middle East is an extremely important market for Bell Helicopter. As our operator network grows it is important we provide… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Nov-17

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Sundance Helicopters voted Best in Las Vegas

Sundance Helicopters voted Best in Las Vegas

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated tour company in Las Vegas, continues to win awards by having been named the gold winner of Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” Reader’s Poll for “Best Helicopter Tours,” and bronze winner for both “Best Family Attraction” and “Best Extreme Adventure.” To thank Las Vegas locals,… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 20-Nov-17

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Esterline Showcases Latest Avionics Capabilities

Esterline Showcases Latest Avionics Capabilities

Esterline Avionics Systems is promoting its advanced displays and CMC Electronics brand Integrated Helicopter Solutions at this year’s Dubai Airshow in Booth #1440.  On show for the first time at Dubai is Esterline’s helicopter demonstrator featuring an extensive range of the company’s core avionics capabilities. Don Paolucci, Vice President, Navigation and Integrated Systems, Esterline CMC… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 20-Nov-17

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Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have signed a new MoU at the Dubai airshow expanding their commitment to the H160 adding three additional helicopters to the original Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed in May 2016. “We took the decision to increase our request following a flight demonstration where we got the opportunity to test the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Concluded the First Export of Mi-171А2

Russian Helicopters Concluded the First Export of Mi-171А2

The Russian Helicopters holding within the framework of the international exhibition Dubai Airshow 2017 concluded the first export contract for the supply of the civil helicopter Mi-171А2. The agreement is signed with the Indian Vectra Group company. According to the document the medium, multi-purpose helicopter Mi-171А2 will be handed over to the Client in 2018…. Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 20-Nov-17

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Kong awarded patent for suspended load stabilisation system

Kong awarded patent for suspended load stabilisation system

The present invention relates to an automatic system suitable for reducing the speed of rotation of one or more suspended loads, preferably where said rotation is originated by the flow tube located downstream preferably of the blades of the helicopter whereto said loads are attached, or by any other cause, and whose mechanical operation is based on the… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 20-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers first batch of Mi-8AMTSh

Russian Helicopters delivers first batch of Mi-8AMTSh

[electronic translation] The Helicopters of Russia (part of the Rostekh State Corporation) delivered the first batch of multipurpose military transport helicopters Mi-8AMTSh produced by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to the newly created Federal Service of the Russian National Guard. Machines have already arrived at their home base and proceeded to carry out combat duty. “Holding”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Nov-17

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Bell awarded patent for Tiltrotor aircraft having spherical bearing mounted pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for Tiltrotor aircraft having spherical bearing mounted pylon assemblies

A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard pedestals are supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard pedestals. The pylon assembly includes a spindle… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 17-Nov-17

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Honeywell International awarded patent for surveillance system using micro mobile drones and IP cameras

Honeywell International awarded patent for surveillance system using micro mobile drones and IP cameras

A system is provided that includes a security system that protects a secured geographic area including at least a building, a wireless helicopter drone, a camera carried by the drone and a processor of the security system that controls a geographic location of the drone based upon threats detected within the secured area and that records video… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 17-Nov-17

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North Island Hospital opens new campus

North Island Hospital opens new campus

North Island Hospital proudly opened their new Comox Valley campus this past Tuesday. Upgrades and improvements have been made to the facilities and patient care, with the campus supporting up to 153 beds. The Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District and the provincial government split the project cost of $606.2 million 60/40, reports Comox Valley Record…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Concluded the First Export Contract for the Supply of Mi-171А2

Russian Helicopters Concluded the First Export Contract for the Supply of Mi-171А2

The Russian Helicopters holding within the framework of the international exhibition Dubai Airshow 2017 concluded the first export contract for the supply of the civil helicopter Mi-171А2. The agreement is signed with the Indian Vectra Group company. According to the document the medium, multi-purpose helicopter Mi-171А2 will be handed over to the Client in 2018…. Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 16-Nov-17

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150th H145 delivered to HTM

150th H145 delivered to HTM

Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-17

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Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2017

Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2017

The nation’s finest clinicians, aviators and fundraisers are celebrated at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence Almost 300 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2017. Awards hosts, BBC News reporter and presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 16-Nov-17

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Safran celebrates 40 years in Brazil

Safran celebrates 40 years in Brazil

In 1977 Safran Helicopter Engines opened its first office in Rio de Janeiro. Aligned to the Arriel program, Turbomeca Do Brasil was established to coordinate support of the Arriel-powered Ecureuils built by Helibras for the Brazilian navy. However further opportunities soon opened up and, in 1983, a Customer Support Center was built at Jacarepaguá Airport,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 15-Nov-17

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ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) received notice from Transport Canada that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight.  The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally. “HNZ Topflight provides advanced helicopter training that supports their company operations across Canada as well as military,… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Nov-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands Leonardo AW139 fleet

Abu Dhabi Aviation expands Leonardo AW139 fleet

Leonardo announced today that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport mission with deliveries expected in 2017, further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet which today… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Nov-17

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New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags

New FAA Guidance for Electronic Flight Bags

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment. The AC includes significant changes from the last guidance in May 2014 that offer industry new EFB applications and the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Nov-17

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Tops 400,000 Flight Hours

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Tops 400,000 Flight Hours

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company announced today the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has surpassed the 400,000 flight hour milestone. The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Nov-17

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S92 Helicopters Certified to Operate in Mexico

S92 Helicopters Certified to Operate in Mexico

Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) approved the Offshore and Utility Type Certificate for the Sikorsky S-92® helicopter. The certificate enables the operation of S-92 helicopters in Mexico, in all production configurations including offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue, as well as regional airline passenger service and VIP transportation. DGAC signed the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Nov-17

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Nova Scotia customer orders Bell 407GXP

Nova Scotia customer orders Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Nova Scotia, Canada. “At Bell Helicopter, we are committed to providing our customers with the most reliable, capable and innovative aircraft to support their mission,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North America. “This customer required integrated avionics, technology capabilities and… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Nov-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation sign new PWC support agreement

Abu Dhabi Aviation sign new PWC support agreement

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today it has signed a 20-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) contract with Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) for 22 PT6C-67C engines that will power the airline’s fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters which primarily serve the offshore oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India. The FMP… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 15-Nov-17

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Helicopters of Russia handed over Mi-28UBs to the Russian Defense Ministry

Helicopters of Russia handed over Mi-28UBs to the Russian Defense Ministry

Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation) has completed the procedure for transferring the first eight military-combat helicopters Mi-28UB to the Russian Defense Ministry. Some of the vehicles were sent to the 344th Combat Training and Retraining Center of the Air Force, and the rest will be transferred to the military units. Two… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Nov-17

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Conklin & de Decker Release Aircraft Cost Evaluator 17.2

Conklin & de Decker Release Aircraft Cost Evaluator 17.2

Conklin & de Decker announced the latest 17.2 release of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator (ACE), is available and now includes access to the new Conklin & de Decker Report version 1.0. As the industry standard for benchmarking operating and ownership costs for more than 550 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, ACE is the flagship… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 15-Nov-17

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FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018.  From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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