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NBAA Urges Members to Conduct Careful Tax-Reform Planning

NBAA Urges Members to Conduct Careful Tax-Reform Planning

With passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, NBAA is urging members to carefully review provisions that impact business aviation as they conduct tax planning. Last year, as Congress debated tax reform, NBAA successfully advocated for several provisions that are having a positive impact, such as the extension of 100-percent bonus depreciation to used… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 02-Jul-18

Air Ambulance Aeromedical conference a success

Air Ambulance Aeromedical conference a success

Delegates have travelled from across the UK to attend the annual Aeromedical Conference organised by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). The theme for the event, sponsored by Specialist Aviation Services, Leonardo Helicopters and Anglia Ruskin University was `Paediatrics – Our Care, Their Future’. Speakers focussed on the causes, prevalence and changing face of paediatric… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 02-Jul-18

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Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

Boeing Chinook Block II Program Moves to Final Assembly

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army celebrated a major CH-47F Block II program milestone with the loading of the first engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) helicopter into final assembly on June 27. “The CH-47F Block II represents tomorrow’s heavy lift readiness for the United States Army and her allied partners,” said Col. Greg Fortier,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 02-Jul-18

Armenian Helicopters Certified to start Operations

Armenian Helicopters Certified to start Operations

Armenian Helicopters was given the green light to start operations after it was certified by the Main Civil Aviation Administration. The MCAA has said that Armenian Helicopters will also be operating charter flights with an Airbus EC130T2 as well as a Robinson R66 in the future, reports ARKA.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

New Vanderbilt LifeFlight Base

New Vanderbilt LifeFlight Base

Vanderbilt LifeFlight had a ribbon cutting ceremony at Humboldt’s Municipal Airport to celebrate their new base. The new emergency helicopter base, costing around $10 million, is now the second in West Tennessee, with the other situated in Henry County, reports Jackson Sun.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

FAR Gambia Ltd have recently awarded offshore operator NHV a contract for the Provision of Helicopter Transport Services out of Banjul (Gambia).  The Belgian based operator has said that they will be using two H155s to cover the work required. Australian-owned FAR expanded its West African exploration portfolio in March 2017 in the offshore Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-18

Dart firefighting bucket enters test phase

Dart firefighting bucket enters test phase

Towards the end of February, at the 2018 Heli-Expo show, DART launched its new firefighting bucket. The bucket, in its red, black and white colors, hung proudly at DART’s booth for everyone to get a first glimpse at DART’s entry into the firefighting market. To no one’s surprise, the unveiling of the bucket made a… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 29-Jun-18

Airbus Delivers Four H125s to Nova Scotia

Airbus Delivers Four H125s to Nova Scotia

Airbus has delivered four H125 helicopters to Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR), completing the province’s air fleet renewal, following a competitive bid in 2016. Airbus delivers four H125 helicopters to Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR). The aircraft will increase service capacity for NSDNR missions including search and rescue, forestry programs, wildlife… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jun-18

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China approves BLR FastFin for H125

China approves BLR FastFin for H125

BLR Aerospace today announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has validated the Supplemental Type Certificate for the H125 FastFin® System, clearing the way for installation of FastFin on Airbus H125 helicopters in China. It is the first FastFin System to be validated in China, according to BLR President Mike Carpenter.“We are pleased to continually… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 29-Jun-18

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Guardian Flight Names New Safety Director

Guardian Flight Names New Safety Director

Guardian Flight Inc. appointed Steve Kelly Director of Safety for the leading air medical transport company. As a member of the Executive Management Team, Kelly reports to Fred Buttrell, Guardian Flight President and President and CEO of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which is Guardian Flight’s parent company.   Kelly is based in the company’s… Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 29-Jun-18

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CybAero Files for Bankruptcy

CybAero Files for Bankruptcy

CybAero, a Swedish UAV manufacturer has had to file for bankruptcy after their deal with China to sell 20 drones fell through. The deal was expected to bring in a large amount of money to help the struggling company. The deal fell through as the Swedish government blocked the sale, retracting CybAero’s clearance to export… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-18

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CareFlight Celebrates 35 Years in Miami Valley

CareFlight Celebrates 35 Years in Miami Valley

CareFlight celebrates their 35th anniversary at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The company has helped save the lives of many in Miami Valley, with their four Dauphin helicopters available 24/7, reports WDTN.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-18

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H125 and H130 benefit from 25% engine TBO extension

H125 and H130 benefit from 25% engine TBO extension

Airbus H125 and H130 helicopter customers will get a boost in their operations thanks to a significant reduction in direct maintenance costs for the Safran Arriel 2D engine, which equips both single engines. The two main improvements provided by Safran are the extension of 25 % of the time between overhaul (TBO) to 5,000 hours… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-18

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Airbus and Safran roll out major competitiveness boost to H125 and H130

Airbus and Safran roll out major competitiveness boost to H125 and H130

Safran has significantly reduced direct maintenance costs of its Arriel 2D engine, which equips both Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters. This competitiveness boost will benefit to customers who operates those single engines. The two main improvements provided by Safran are the extension of 25 % the time between overhaul (TBO) to 5,000 hours for new… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 28-Jun-18

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Plans Underway for WAI Girls in Aviation Day 2018

Plans Underway for WAI Girls in Aviation Day 2018

Women in Aviation International’s network of more than 115 chapters, corporate members, and partners, are making their plans for individual events for Girls in Aviation Day 2018. Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is now in its fourth year as a global event and is designed to introduce and educate girls 8 to 17 years… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation International, 28-Jun-18

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EASA Certified AS350 Retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

EASA Certified AS350 Retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero announced today the attainment of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) system for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  The newly approved CRFT was developed in partnership with Robertson Fuel Systems, the leader in the design and manufacture of fuel containment systems. … Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 28-Jun-18

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Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Following our detailed analysis of the H225/AS332L2 fleet movements yesterday there is one other key contract for H225s which we can now provide more details to. In late May, the French Government announced that Airbus signed a €555 million ($643M) deal with Ukraine for 55 helicopters.  The Ukraine Government have said that this covers 24… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

It is a widely held view that the H225 (and AS332L2) has no future in the offshore oil and gas market after a “perfect storm” of two key factors which grounded the type from civilian operations worldwide.  HeliHub.com estimates 126 H225s and AS332L2s are currently in storage around the world, as well as eight Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-18

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Vertical Flight Society, aka AHS celebrates 75th Birthday

Vertical Flight Society, aka AHS celebrates 75th Birthday

Seventy-five years ago today, the pioneers of the helicopter industry joined together and established a non-profit to advance vertical flight technology: the American Helicopter Society (AHS) was incorporated on June 25, 1943.  For 75 years, the organization has been working to advance vertical flight aircraft of all types and recently announced its name change to… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 26-Jun-18

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Arista Aviation Installs Becker DVCS6100 on UH-60

Arista Aviation Installs Becker DVCS6100 on UH-60

Becker Avionics is pleased to announce that Arista Aviation has installed the Becker Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS) 6100 Digital Audio System into one of their UH-60A demonstration medium lift helicopters.  “We selected the Becker Avionics DVCS for our digital communications needs in the cockpit and cabin. The proven reliability, reputation for excellent customer service… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Jun-18

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Air Medic wins 18 month contract with Quebec Government

Air Medic wins 18 month contract with Quebec Government

[electronic translation] Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, today announced that a helicopter medical transportation pilot project between some of the network’s facilities will be put in place for a period of 18 months. The announcement was attended by the Executive Vice President of Airmedic Inc., Ms.Sophie Larochelle . The Sacré-Cœur Hospital of the Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal… Read more »

Source: Office of the Minister of Health and Social Services, 26-Jun-18

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NIAS and NIAS jointly issued a Spring Review Report of HEMS

NIAS and NIAS jointly issued a Spring Review Report of HEMS

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and the charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI), have jointly issued a Spring Review Report of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, revealing positive progress in meeting the objective to deliver a doctor/ paramedic service as a partnership. The report reviews the performance of the service against agreed objectives, service… Read more »

Source: AANI, 26-Jun-18

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Airbus delivers first H145s to Rega

Airbus delivers first H145s to Rega

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of a total of six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. These will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019. The first H145 helicopter is expected to be deployed at the Bern base in October. Over a period of 15 years, the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-18

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Maverick Helicopters joins air program for Burning Man 2018

Maverick Helicopters joins air program for Burning Man 2018

Maverick Helicopters has announced it will be joining the Burner Express Air program to provide helicopter transfers from Atlantic Aviation RNO at Reno-Tahoe International Airport direct to Burning Man at Black Rock City Municipal Airport from Sunday, August 26 through Monday, September 3. “We have been coordinating with Burner Express Air to provide Burning Man attendees with more transportation options,”… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 25-Jun-18

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Biggin Hill Airport sets up Heli shuttle in New York

Biggin Hill Airport sets up Heli shuttle in New York

London Biggin Hill and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), the premier executive helicopter company, are announcing the launch of the New York Heli Shuttle, establishing even closer links between the US and UK business capitals. Industry-leading AAG, which has been operating for more than 25 years, has the largest fleet of Sikorsky S-76® helicopters in the northeast… Read more »

Source: AAG, 25-Jun-18

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Offshore Helicopter Industry Leaders Speak On Next Steps to Enhance Safety

Offshore Helicopter Industry Leaders Speak On Next Steps to Enhance Safety

Leading companies and stakeholders in the offshore oil industry are more united than ever before in their resolve to enhance safety. In a new video filmed at HeliOffshore’s recent annual conference, senior leaders from operators, oil companies, manufacturers and leasing companies explain how the path is clear to implementing safety improvements that can save lives. The… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 25-Jun-18

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Eagle Australasia appointed Garmin Authorised Dealer

Eagle Australasia appointed Garmin Authorised Dealer

Eagle Australasia are bringing the Garmin product range direct from the factory to their customers after the internationally renowned manufacturer named Eagle an Authorised Dealer in the Asia Pacific.  Operators in the region will have greater access to local technical parts and support for the Garmin product range, thereby reducing operator costs and AOG time. “With… Read more »

Source: Eagle Australasia, 22-Jun-18

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CopterSafety upgrades AW139 simulator with Phase 7 avionics

CopterSafety upgrades AW139 simulator with Phase 7 avionics

Since our launch four years ago, we have been working to improve the safety of helicopter operations globally. This represents one more step towards our goal, strengthening our offering to our customers. We are continuing to improve our operational effectiveness according to our growth strategy. We are happy to now serve our AW139 customers with… Read more »

Source: CopterSafety, 22-Jun-18

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CHC announce keynote speaker for Safety & Quality Summit

CHC announce keynote speaker for Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter has announced that Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, will join hundreds of delegates and speakers at the 14th annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit as the keynote speaker at the event’s gala dinner evening. The gala dinner, a memorable highlight of the Summit, brings together a significant portion… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Jun-18

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Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On-Demand Mobility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today at the Future of Transportation World Conference a newly formed collaboration with Safran (Euronext Paris: SAF) on the development of innovative hybrid electric power system solutions to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft concept. “Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility – ushering a new… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-Jun-18

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Mi-171A2 is Planned to be Certified in India

Mi-171A2 is Planned to be Certified in India

Russian Helicopters has initiated work on recognition (validation) of the type certificate of the latest Mi-171A2 helicopter in India. At present, negotiations with the aviation authorities of the country (DGCA) on the certification procedure are underway. “Taking into account high potential of cooperation with India in the field of civil aviation, we consider further development… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 21-Jun-18

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Rampart Helicopter Services aims to correct Colorado zoning violation

Rampart Helicopter Services aims to correct Colorado zoning violation

County commissioners and Rampart Helicopter services have still not reached an agreement after their mitigation meeting on June 12. Rampart works as a fire fighting service in the county, owned by Jeff Armstrong. The operation is based on unincorporated land, which is zoned as Agriculture One. Armstrong has a permit which allowed him to build… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jun-18

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Helipad Ceremony for Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation

Helipad Ceremony for Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation

The Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation held a ground-breaking ceremony recently for a new helipad. The helipad has been made possible by donations and funding by the community, and they only have $150,000 left to raise of their $616,000 goal, reports DL Online.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jun-18

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Oceania Aviation appointed distributor for H125 maximum view kit

Oceania Aviation appointed distributor for H125 maximum view kit

Oceania Aviation’s Sales, Marketing and Communications team met with the CEO and CMO of Swiss Rotor Solutions at Rotortech to discuss the distribution and installation opportunities for their Maximum Pilot View Kit. We are now pleased to announce our new partnership with Swiss Rotor Solutions as their authorised distributor for their H125/AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 20-Jun-18

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Air Ambulance Chief Executive receives top honour

Air Ambulance Chief Executive receives top honour

Jane Gurney, Chief Executive of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, has today been named Director of the Year in the ‘Public/Third Sector’ category by the Institute of Directors (IoD) for the East of England. Mrs Gurney received her award from IoD Director General Stephen Martin at a celebratory lunch held in the Jockey Club Rooms… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 20-Jun-18

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WomenVenture Begins its Second Decade

WomenVenture Begins its Second Decade

Now in its 11thyear, WomenVenture, a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation International, will take place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh all week long. Starting on Monday, July 23, 2018, AirVenture’s opening day, is a WomenVenture ice cream social, sponsored by Endeavor Air. Registration is requested (at eaa.org) for this event, held in Forum Building 9… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 20-Jun-18

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HAI expresses concerns about Ligado proposal

HAI expresses concerns about Ligado proposal

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has joined a coalition of ten other aviation-related associations in delivering a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the Ligado Networks Proposal. The Ligado Networks Proposal seeks to establish a cellular network within a satellite frequency band adjacent to the band used by aviation global positioning systems. The aviation… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Jun-18

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Donaldson to develop AW169 IBF for Leonardo

Donaldson to develop AW169 IBF for Leonardo

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has signed an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new Inlet Barrier Filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter. After development and testing, the dry and oiled media IBFs will be approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an addition to the Type… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 20-Jun-18

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ASESA Selects Able as Exclusive Provider

ASESA Selects Able as Exclusive Provider

Mexico-based Aeroservicios Especializados S.A. de C.V. (ASESA) and Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, have signed an agreement making Able the exclusive provider of component repairs, overhauls and exchanges for ASESA helicopters in Mexico – a fleet that includes a significant contingent of Bell 412 aircraft. The agreement also provides ASESA with preferred… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 20-Jun-18

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Meron Awarded Patent for Helicopter Transmission Test Rigs

Meron Awarded Patent for Helicopter Transmission Test Rigs

A test rig of the closed loop type for testing power transmission units of any geometry, in particular helicopter transmissions, comprising drives with friction belts, flat belts in particular. The belt drives have pulleys with diameters that compensate for the creep in the belts. In some embodiments, the test rig comprises `slave` transmissions. In some embodiments the… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 19-Jun-18

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Hong Kong Government Flying Service receive first H175s

Hong Kong Government Flying Service receive first H175s

Hong Kong based Government Flying Service (GFS) has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations. In 2015, GFS became the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-18

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PHI Announces Offering of Senior Secured Notes Due 2023

PHI Announces Offering of Senior Secured Notes Due 2023

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced today that it is proposing, subject to market and other conditions, to privately place (the “Debt Offering”) up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”). Each of PHI’s existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries… Read more »

Source: PHI, 19-Jun-18

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HeliOffshore Consults Flight Instructors and Examiners

HeliOffshore Consults Flight Instructors and Examiners

Having completed two phases of research to track the eye movements of helicopter pilots, HeliOffshore is consulting with Type Rating Instructors (TRIs) and Type Rating Examiners (TREs) to advise on how the findings from this unprecedented programme can be applied to enhance safety in the front line. The association is now seeking direct input from… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 19-Jun-18

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Prabhu added two new Robinson R66 to its fleet; chopper arrives Birgunj Custom

Prabhu added two new Robinson R66 to its fleet; chopper arrives Birgunj Custom

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt Ltd, only Robinson operator of the country has brought two brand new Turbine Robinson R66 helicopter, designed and built by Robinson Helicopter Company in CA, USA for commercial operations, a statement issued by the company said today. According to the officials from Prabhu Helicopter, the aircraft cargo has already arrived Birgunj customs… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 18-Jun-18

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Fishtail Air gets new official name ‘Summit Helicopters’

Fishtail Air gets new official name ‘Summit Helicopters’

Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd., one of the prominent helicopter operators in Nepal has officially changed its name to Summit Helicopters. As per the information from company’s official, it has been a month that the Fishtail Air got a new name as Summit Helicopters. Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd. and Summit Air are the sister companies so,… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 18-Jun-18

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PHI Announces Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation

PHI Announces Cash Tender Offer and Consent Solicitation

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced today that it plans to commence a cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”), subject to the terms and conditions to be described in PHI’s Offer to Purchase and Consent Solicitation Statement to be dated June 18, 2018 (the “Offer to Purchase”), to purchase… Read more »

Source: PHI, 18-Jun-18

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NBAA Requests Guidance on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

NBAA Requests Guidance on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is requesting guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of the Treasury on several provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that directly affect business aviation. In a June 13 letter to the IRS and Treasury Department, NBAA focused its guidance requests on two main areas:… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 18-Jun-18

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HeliOffshore – HUMS Best Practice Guidelines

HeliOffshore – HUMS  Best Practice Guidelines

The European Union’s new Commission Regulation 2016/1119, which takes effect from 1st July, 2018, formally recognises the safety benefits of Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) by requiring European operators to install approved equipment and adopt approved procedures for using it. These specific requirements take effect from 1st January, 2019. In fact, many operators are already using HUMS… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Jun-18

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Bristol Sycamore Flies Home After 60 Years

Bristol Sycamore Flies Home After 60 Years

The world’s last flying ‘Bristol 171 Sycamore’ helicopter returned home to Weston-superMare this week when it flew to the Helicopter Museum; 60 years after it was built. The historic aircraft landed at the museum on Monday and will now be displayed in its Duke of Edinburgh Hangar until Weston Air Show on 24 & 25… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Jun-18

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Heliport of Russia delivers R44 with autopilot

Heliport of Russia delivers R44 with autopilot

The Heliports group of companies supplied the private owner with the next Robinson R44 helicopter. This is one of the first helicopters of this type in Russia, equipped with the Garmin G500H flight navigation system and the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot system. Currently, the aircraft is being assembled at the aviation-technical base of the Heliport of… Read more »

Source: Vertolet, 18-Jun-18

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Airbus delivers fifth and final H135 for Bundeswehr training

Airbus delivers fifth and final H135 for Bundeswehr training

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fifth and final H135 that will be used by the German Armed Forces in Bückeburg to train their pilots. The German Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) is leasing these helicopters – all delivered on time by Airbus – for initial and recurrent pilot training…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-18

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Helicopter tree extraction relies on innovative wireless load sensing

Helicopter tree extraction relies on innovative wireless load sensing

Innovative wireless load sensing and monitoring technology from Sensor Technology is playing a key role in helping a helicopter services company to pluck trees from forests where there is no access by tractor. Based in Oxford, Heli-Lift Services provides a unique helicopter-based extraction service in forests where the ground is wet or boggy, or in… Read more »

Source: Sensor Technologies, 18-Jun-18

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New hydrant for firefighting helicopters may cut response time

New hydrant for firefighting helicopters may cut response time

The Orange County Fire Authority are in a test period with their new technology that can save response time during a fire fighting operation. Together with Anaheim Fire and Rescue, they are field testing in Anaheim Hills. On top of a 1,700 gallon water tank, the Remotely Activated Snorkel Site opens the water valves to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-18

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Kawak receives STC for new CH-47 Chinook Internal firefighting tank system

Kawak receives STC for new CH-47 Chinook Internal firefighting tank system

Kawak Aviation has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its CH-47D Chinook aerial liquid delivery system (ALDS) and auxiliary hydraulic system. Working with customer Billings Flying Service of Billings, Montana, Kawak has achieved a more effective internal tank firefighting system. The 2,500-US gallon (9,463-liter) tank fills in under 40 seconds and can release a… Read more »

Source: Kawak Aviation, 15-Jun-18

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RUAG accomplishes first overhaul of PW206 engine

RUAG accomplishes first overhaul of PW206 engine

For the first time, RUAG Aviation has overhauled a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206 engine. The maintenance of the engine that is used in the Airbus H135 and H135M helicopters was carried out in the engine maintenance. The Swiss Air Force has more than 20 of these helicopters, which are still listed under their former… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aerospace, 15-Jun-18

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First flight lands at Ipswich helipad

First flight lands at Ipswich helipad

A life-saving helipad which will allow medics to transfer critically-ill patients into Ipswich Hospital’s emergency department (ED) quickly and smoothly has welcomed its first air ambulance. The £250,000 facility has been constructed next to the ED and opened today (11 June). It has been paid for by the HELP Appeal, which is the only charity… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 15-Jun-18

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Life Flight Network Celebrates 40 Years

Life Flight Network Celebrates 40 Years

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and offering $40 new memberships in honor of its 40 years of service to communities across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. “Since 1978, Life Flight Network has provided air medical transport service to people in the Pacific Northwest, saving lives and saving valuable time… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-Jun-18

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Milestone announces two key appointments

Milestone announces two key appointments

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced new appointments to its executive team. Jeremy Akel, formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Bristow Group, has been named Executive Vice President, Commercial effective July 2, 2018. Jeremy will relocate to Dublin,… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 15-Jun-18

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Babcock wins BP Sheltand operations from Bristow

Babcock wins BP Sheltand operations from Bristow

BP has announced that they are moving their entire Shetland operations from Scatsta Airport to Babcock at the Sumburgh Airport in November. They have notified the Integrated Aviation Consortium about their move and have announced that their focus still remains on providing safe transportation to clients in the North Sea, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-18

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Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Sloane Helicopters wins Irish EMS contract with AW109

Ireland’s first community Air Ambulance will shortly be propelling its way to Ireland, after a contract signing this weekend. Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) – a charity dedicated to pre-hospital care – has signed a contract with UK based Sloane Helicopters. The helicopter will be operated by ICRR and is due in Ireland at the… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 14-Jun-18

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Universities Order More R44 Cadets

Universities Order More R44 Cadets

Robinson Helicopter Company received orders for additional R44 Cadets from the universities of North Dakota (UND) and Southern Utah (SUU). This will be UND’s second Cadet and SUU’s third.    UND’s Chief Helicopter Instructor Wes Van Dell said, “We are very excited to add a second R44 Cadet to our fleet. Having evaluated the Cadet… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 14-Jun-18

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Airwork customers hit 300,000 customer flight milestone

Airwork customers hit 300,000 customer flight milestone

Airwork’s range of maintenance support plans has reached the major milestone of supporting customers who have flown collectively in excess of 300,000 flight hours with their Honeywell LTS101 series engines. With customers located across five continents, Airwork has proved that location is no barrier to providing professional and superior service. Their extensive pool of rental… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 13-Jun-18

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EASA and FAA approve Alpine Aerotech bear paws for Bell 505

EASA and FAA approve Alpine Aerotech bear paws for Bell 505

ALPINE AEROTECH LP announced today that they have officially secured FAA and EASA STC’s for their new Bell 505 Bear Paw Kit. Aerotech has gained traction in the market by developing superior Bear Paws that are easier to install, more attractive and ultimately more durable then the alternatives. Aerotech has established an outstanding reputation for… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 13-Jun-18

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Helicopter-based electricity pylon delivery relies on wireless load sensing

Helicopter-based electricity pylon delivery relies on wireless load sensing

Demonstrating that the electricity supply infrastructure can be developed more quickly and cost-effectively, Heli-Lift Services has pioneered the use of helicopters to remove and deliver poles and pylons in remote locations. An enabling technology in this enterprise is an innovative load sensing and monitoring technology from Sensor Technology. The pressures on the National Grid to… Read more »

Source: Sensor Technologies, 13-Jun-18

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uAvionix says skyBeacon nearing certification

uAvionix says skyBeacon nearing certification

Avionics manufacturer uAvionix believes it will have FAA technical standard order (TSO) approval for its innovative skyBeacon wingtip position light and integrated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transmitter before EAA AirVenture, or someone will walk the plank-figuratively, anyway. “We will either bring skyBeacon to sell and install on your aircraft, or a dunk tank for… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 13-Jun-18

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Helicopter Services Malta launches superyacht service package

Helicopter Services Malta launches superyacht service package

Helicopter Services Malta Limited (HSML) have started on the project of a helicopter on board a superyacht. The project includes pricing, model builds that will resist to corrosion due to sea air, tax, on-board operations as well as the build of a helipad, reports Superyacht News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-18

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Sikorsky relocates and expands parts stock in Brazil

Sikorsky relocates and expands parts stock in Brazil

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and further bolsters the company’s dedication to maximizing customers’ fleet availability. The new… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jun-18

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Dallas Avionics to Pre-Sale Certified uAvionix skyBeacon

Dallas Avionics to Pre-Sale Certified uAvionix skyBeacon

Dallas Avionics, Inc. announced today that the company is now taking pre-orders on the soon-to-be-certified uAvionix skyBeacon. The skyBeacon is the first in the series of uAvionix’s revolutionary ADS-B solutions for the certified aircraft market. The skyBeacon offers wing-tip mounted ADS-B OUT with WAAS GPS and LED position and anti-collision strobe lights that meets the… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 12-Jun-18

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Multiflight to exhibit at Heli UK Expo

Multiflight to exhibit at Heli UK Expo

Multiflight is a leading aircraft engineering, maintenance and design provider specialising in the support of turbine helicopters and piston and turbine fixed wing aircraft. Multiflight has invested in its on ground facilities on the South Side of Leeds Bradford Airport, Yorkshire, in the North of England, to create a dedicated modern aircraft maintenance centre covering… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 12-Jun-18

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United Rotorcraft receives China CAAC Validation for Bell 407

United Rotorcraft receives China CAAC Validation for Bell 407

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce they have received  CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) validations of Supplemental Type Certificates (VSTC) for the United Rotorcraft 407 EMS kit, their Articulating Litter Loading System (ALLS), and their controllable Search Light kit. The validation supports the delivery of the first three Chinese EMS Bell 407s. United Rotorcraft’s… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 11-Jun-18

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Mercyhealth REACT Has New Helicopter in Service

Mercyhealth REACT Has New Helicopter in Service

Mercyhealth REACT has a new Airbus EC145 helicopter, which will replace the air medical program’s Airbus EC135 aircraft. With the Airbus EC145, REACT will be able to support a wider variety of missions and deliver specialized care to women and children. Air Methods, based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, provides the helicopter and aviation services to Mercyhealth… Read more »

Source: Mercyhealth REACT, 11-Jun-18

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SureFly Hybrid Electric Multi-Copter Enters FAA Type Certification Process

SureFly Hybrid Electric Multi-Copter Enters FAA Type Certification Process

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted their application for Type Certification for their SureFly eVTOL aircraft. The June 1st application is an important step forward, as the SureFly design appears to be the first hybrid-electric… Read more »

Source: SureFly, 11-Jun-18

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Dallas Avionics Enables Cross-Band Communications

Dallas Avionics Enables Cross-Band Communications

Years after 9/11, first responders still remember the coordination problems they experienced due to a lack of interoperable radio communications. Even today, interoperability between different first responder agencies is not a given – which is why the Technisonic cross-band radio solution being offered by Texas’ Dallas Avionics is worthy of note. Based upon the Technisonic… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 11-Jun-18

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Air Methods will expand air medical services into Spearfish

Air Methods will expand air medical services into Spearfish

Black Hills Life Flight, an Air Methods program, will open its Spearfish community air medical base this summer. On Monday, the mayor of the City of Spearfish, Dana Boke, signed the contract that approved the base move. “Air Methods has been a pleasure to work with,” said Mayor Boke.  “Their presence in Spearfish will provide… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 08-Jun-18

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Bell delivers first 3 B505s to China

Bell delivers first 3 B505s to China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company delivered the first three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters destined for the Chinese market during a ceremony held at Bell’s facility in Mirabel, Canada. These are the first three aircraft of 110 ordered in 2017 by Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd, launch operator and exclusive… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 08-Jun-18

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