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CAMTS raises standards with increasing IIMC requirements

CAMTS raises standards with increasing IIMC requirements

In keeping with CAMT’s values of continuously improving accreditation standards to improve patient care and safety of transport, the next revision to the CAMTS Standards will encourage additional helicopter Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training requirements.  The draft of the recommendation, to be incorporated into the 11th Edition of the CAMTS Standards, will require quarterly Inadvertent… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 18-Apr-17

Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus Helicopters will showcase its comprehensive range of rotary wing products and technologies at next week’s Rotorcraft Asia.  The inaugural tradeshow dedicated to the growing Asia Pacific helicopter market, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 April 2017. Taking centre stage as the largest exhibitor at this regional event, Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-17

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CHC Group Emerges from Court-Supervised Restructuring

CHC Group Emerges from Court-Supervised Restructuring

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced that it has successfully concluded its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as its court-confirmed Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) went into effect on March 24, 2017. With the support of its creditors and stakeholders, CHC completed its court-supervised financial restructuring process and emerged as a… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 18-Apr-17

Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently completed Airbus AS332 dynamic component exchanges with a customer in Puerto Rico. The aircraft’s main gearbox and main rotorhead were also recently overhauled at Heli-One’s facilities. The availability of the components allowed the customer to continue to provide services for… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 18-Apr-17

Sundance Helicopters and Exotic Driving Experiences Launch ’Heli & Horsepower’

Sundance Helicopters and Exotic Driving Experiences Launch ’Heli & Horsepower’

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, has partnered with Exotic Driving Experiences for the “Sundance Heli & Horsepower Experiences” tours geared towards those looking for a thrilling adventure during their Las Vegas vacation. “Visitors from all over the world can now experience something unique,” said Jim Greiner,… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, Inc., 18-Apr-17

PhilJets Confirms Addition of Airbus H130, H145, and Bell 407 Helicopters in Its Fleet

In line with its plans of holding a stronger position in the aviation industry here in Asia, PhilJets Group confirms during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), happening on April 11 to 13, 2017, the delivery of its latest addition of Bell 407 GXP Helicopter to its fleet this month. In addition, PhilJets… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 18-Apr-17

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Los Angeles-based helicopter charter service Brand X Aviation to offer luxury VIP helicopter service to and from this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA in its twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are thrilled to be back this year offering this luxury experience to the faithful Coachella goers.  Starting the festival off… Read more »

Source: Brand X Aviation, 18-Apr-17

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo announced at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 18-Apr-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 17-Apr-17

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Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department has recently received the approval from City Council to purchase a 2006 Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter for $538,750. They already have two of the same models, which are based at Fullerton Municipal Airport that are operated by the Air Support Division Patrol. $260,000 has been allocated to the helicopter in order for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Apr-17

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Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions in China. “We are proud to partner with United Rotorcraft to deliver the first HEMS Bell 429 to… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Apr-17

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Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone. This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 12-Apr-17

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KF Aerospace awarded contract to deliver and operate Bell 206 for CFTS

KF Aerospace awarded contract to deliver and operate Bell 206 for CFTS

In early January, KF Aerospace, through its subsidiary KF Aerospace Defence Programs, received a contract award from Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to provide a new Bell 206 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program located in Southport, Manitoba. This new capability, representing a capital investment… Read more »

Source: KF Aerospace, 12-Apr-17

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Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Mikikanko Company, a real estate firm based in Chiba, Japan, has enjoyed multiple successes venturing into various businesses such as amusement and recreation services. To support its existing and expanding businesses, Mikikanko has selected the Airbus light single H125 helicopter to perform any mission it requires. The reason why the H125 was selected is simple…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Apr-17

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FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization Applications

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Apr-17

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Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

Onboard Systems contracted for AW169 and AW101 HEC Secondary Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup HEC (Human External Cargo) hook systems for the Agusta Westland AW169 and AW101 aircraft. The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems International, 11-Apr-17

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SAFE Structure completes USCG MH-60 hangar equipment contract

SAFE Structure completes USCG MH-60 hangar equipment contract

SAFE Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today that they successfully satisfied their contract to design, engineer and manufacture safety first ergonomic hangar equipment outfitting USCG Clearwater, FL fleet of Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 11-Apr-17

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AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-Apr-17

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Brighton Helipad receives first installment of £500,000

Brighton Helipad receives first installment of £500,000

The 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, has received its first donation – an instalment of £500,000 of its £1m pledge – from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the UK dedicated to providing this essential funding. The new helipad, which will be situated on the roof of the Thomas… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Apr-17

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EASA at Aero 2017 – GA strategy takes a big step forward

EASA at Aero 2017 – GA strategy takes a big step forward

EASA presents practical results of smart regulation and risk-based approach – many waypoints of the EASA GA Roadmap have been reached – other highlights include BlackShape certification At AERO 2017, EASA has presented a number of tangible results of its GA strategy based on minimum necessary rules and a flexible, risk-based approach. The strategy’s key… Read more »

Source: EASA, 10-Apr-17

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Kawasaki receives first H145 order

Kawasaki receives first H145 order

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its new H145//BK117 D-2 helicopter (BK117 D-2) by Central Helicopter Service Ltd. This is the first order Kawasaki has received for the BK117 D-2, and the customer plans to use the helicopter in a range of applications, including emergency medical service and personnel… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 10-Apr-17

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Waypoint places two AW139s with Heliconia in NW Africa

Waypoint places two AW139s with Heliconia in NW Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has delivered two additional AW139 helicopters to Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”), a regional provider of helicopter transportation and related support services. These two aircraft join a third AW139 leased from Waypoint, all in support of oil and gas operations in… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 10-Apr-17

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CHC Announces New Contract with Faroe Petroleum

CHC Announces New Contract with Faroe Petroleum

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced it has been awarded a new contract with Faroe Petroleum to provide helicopter services in support of their exploration drilling program at the Brasse Field in the North Sea. “We are excited to work with Faroe Petroleum as their aviation partner in this project,” said Arne Roland,… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Apr-17

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The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 is exactly 50 days away

The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 is exactly 50 days away

The 10th anniversary International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia is exactly 50 away. By this time, about 200 industry companies from 17 countries have signed up to showcase their products at the expo. With this result, the anniversary event has already surpassed the marks of the same period of time for previous expos. Every year, HeliRussia… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 10-Apr-17

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45 years in the making: HMLA-369 celebrates anniversary

45 years in the making: HMLA-369 celebrates anniversary

Family and friends sat in awe as AH-1Z Vipers and UH-1Y Hueys ripped through the sky with the sound of rotors and machine gun fire. Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 369 “Gunfighters” held a family day in celebration of their 45th Anniversary at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 1. The… Read more »

Source: default, 10-Apr-17

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EASA’s re-written CS-23 revolutionary, paves the way for a new era in general aviation

EASA’s re-written CS-23 revolutionary, paves the way for a new era in general aviation

EASA Certification Director Trevor Woods presented EASA’s re-written CS-23 certification rules for small aircraft at AERO today, pointing out that the ‘EASA CS-23 are new, smart and flexible rules, prepared with and for a safe innovative GA industry’. The reorganised CS-23 remove design limitations for manufacturers and thus open the way to innovation. Also GA… Read more »

Source: EASA, 10-Apr-17

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DEA and RotorSchmiede celebrate successful first flight of VA115

DEA and RotorSchmiede celebrate successful first flight of VA115

DEA General Aviation company, Germany’s RotorSchmiede returns to AERO Friedrichshafen, the global show for general aviation this week (5th to 8th April) hard on the heels of the first flight of its single-seat, ultra light Co-axial VA115 helicopter.   On March 27th, 2017 the fully insrumented VA115 prototype (D-MPVA) successfully demonstrated its  agility and precision during… Read more »

Source: DEA, 10-Apr-17

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AAROI-EMAC and Leonardo sign agreement on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

AAROI-EMAC and Leonardo sign agreement on Helicopter Emergency Medical Service

A cooperation agreement between Leonardo, the main Italian industrial company and a world leader in the helicopter field, and AAROI-EMAC, association representing over 10,000 Physicians Anaesthetists of Critical Care, was recently signed in Vergiate, in Italy. Among its objectives there is the implementation of scientific, technical and organizational developments in the delicate and fundamental healthcare… Read more »

Source: AAROI-EMAC, 10-Apr-17

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Onboard Systems Receives 2016 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Onboard Systems Receives 2016 Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced it has received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA) for quality and on-time delivery for the eighth consecutive year. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Onboard Systems maintained a Gold composite… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 10-Apr-17

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoint new trustee

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoint new trustee

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Holden to the Board of Trustees. Roger was appointed at the Trustee’s annual meeting held at Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, near Norwich, on 13 December 2016. Roger is the managing partner of Hansells Solicitors and Financial Advisers, where he has worked for over… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 10-Apr-17

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RocketRoute launches RocketRoute Rewards at Aero 2017

RocketRoute launches RocketRoute Rewards at Aero 2017

RocketRoute, the expanding global flight planning business returns to AERO Friedrichshafen during April 5-8 (Booth No A5-305, co-located with Air BP) with the launch of a revolutionary new loyalty programme called RocketRoute Rewards. RocketRoute Rewards are available immediately. From Ground Handling and Fuel to Ground Transportation and Flight Concierge Services (trip support by RocketRoute), customers can… Read more »

Source: RocketRoute, 10-Apr-17

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EASA issues safety recommendations for the transport of Portable Electronic Devices containing lithium batteries

EASA issues safety recommendations for the transport of Portable Electronic Devices containing lithium batteries

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued today a Safety Information Bulletin to remind airlines and aircraft operators of important principles for the safe transport of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) containing lithium batteries. These principles should be taken into account by the airlines when they perform their safety risk assessment. PEDs containing lithium batteries are… Read more »

Source: EASA, 10-Apr-17

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Russian Helicopters and the IDRO of Iran sign memorandum of understanding

Russian Helicopters and the IDRO of Iran sign memorandum of understanding

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, and the Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) of Iran have announced new cooperation in potential JV to assemble Russian light civilian helicopters in Iran. A memorandum of understanding was signed by Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky and the chairman of the Board of Directors of IDRO Mansour… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Apr-17

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AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

AW119Kx demo tour with Simone Moro in Nepal

Leonardo has just started a demo tour with its AW119Kx single engine helicopter together with Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meter peaks in winter. Initial flying activities have been accomplished between March 24th and 28th and the tour is expected to be completed by mid-April. The goal of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Apr-17

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Simhawk simulator marketing network now accesses over 1000 full-flight simulators

Simhawk simulator marketing network now accesses over 1000 full-flight simulators

Simhawk Inc., the global flight simulator marketplace, now provides access to over 1,000 Full Flight Simulators and announced that it is eliminating fees for its buyers. Simhawk now provides customers with access to over 60% of the civilian flight simulators in the world, making it easier than ever for companies and individuals that need simulator… Read more »

Source: Simhawk, 10-Apr-17

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Turtle-Pac to showcase innovative exhibits at HeliRussia 2017

Turtle-Pac to showcase innovative exhibits at HeliRussia 2017

Less than two months are left before the opening of the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. Along with the growing number of participants, more and more interesting exhibits are announced which will be available to see from 25 to 27 May at Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow. For example, the Australian company Turtle-Pac… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia 2017, 10-Apr-17

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Kaman Corporation Appoints Two Officers

Kaman Corporation Appoints Two Officers

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that Eric B. Remington will become Vice President, Government Relations and Communications and James G. Coogan will become Vice President, Investor Relations effective April 1, 2017. Both officers will report to Robert D. Starr, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Starr said, “Eric has an extensive understanding of the… Read more »

Source: Kaman Corporation, 10-Apr-17

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Alpha Unmanned Systems release its improved unmanned helicopter the ALPHA 800

Alpha Unmanned Systems release its improved unmanned helicopter the ALPHA 800

The ALPHA 800 is the evolution of the SNIPER and includes all the developments and improvements of the last year and a half of extensive work of research, development and innovation. Improvements apply to all the systems in the helicopter from the mechanics to the electronics on board or available payloads. In the airframe, the… Read more »

Source: Alpha Unmanned Systems, 10-Apr-17

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

As of this year, the Air Ambulances of Essex and Hertfordshire have been partnered for a decade. With 2017 representing the tenth anniversary of Herts Air Ambulance, the twentieth year of Essex Air Ambulance and the arrival of the Charity’s first purchased helicopter this summer, EHAAT felt it was time to solidify the partnership of… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Apr-17

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Grant Opportunity for Aviation Students to Attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Grant Opportunity for Aviation Students to Attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

For the seventh year in a row, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit, in collaboration with Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann, developers of the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), is providing aviation students from around the world with the opportunity to apply to attend the CHC Safety & Quality Summit at… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Apr-17

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Helipad scheduled for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Helipad scheduled for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is planning for a new heliport with direct access to the emergency department at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Construction on the heliport – to be located on land at the rear of the hospital near the emergency department, operating room and intensive care unit – is expected to begin late… Read more »

Source: Alberta Health Services, 10-Apr-17

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Twirly Birds Announce the 2017 Les Morris Award Recipient

Twirly Birds Announce the 2017 Les Morris Award Recipient

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, has announced the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Les Morris award as Mr. Carl Milko, helicopter pioneer and founder of Summit Helicopters. Mr. Milko began his distinguished aviation career in 1963 and was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1965-1966. Following his military service, Milko received a Master’s Degree… Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 10-Apr-17

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BC Hydro came donate to the Queen Victoria Hospital Helipad Project

BC Hydro came donate to the Queen Victoria Hospital Helipad Project

The Queen Victoria Helipad Project have been fundraising since May last year to build a new helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital. BC Hydro presented them with a cheque of $20,000 this past Saturday. They held a ceremony in the foyer of the hospital, as this donation meant they had successfully gained their goal of $465,000,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to Remain at Redhill

Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance to Remain at Redhill

The Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has just signed a new 25-year lease to remain at the Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey. Many locals feared that the air ambulance would have to leave due to development at Redhill. The Argus reports that the decision to stay at Redhill was “essential.”  

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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New Helicopter for Baylor Scott and White

New Helicopter for Baylor Scott and White

Baylor Scott & White have recently gotten a new EC-135 helicopter, after PHI Air Medical, who they use for emergency medical services, had to retire their BK-117. The new helicopter will expand emergency care from adults to paediatric or even to neonatal care. It has an enhanced navigation system and the newest medical technology on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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Helicopter Service Proposed from Taj Mahal to Fatehpur Sikri

Helicopter Service Proposed from Taj Mahal to Fatehpur Sikri

The District Administration is looking into the proposal of a helicopter service that would connect the Taj Mahal and the Fatehpur Sikri. This flight would cut down an hour and 10 minutes of travel between the two world heritage sites. The District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal ordered a meeting this past week, asking officials of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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Able signs exclusive service agreement with Eagle

Able signs exclusive service agreement with Eagle

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. company, has been selected by Eagle Australasia to be its exclusive provider for component repair, overhaul and exchange services for helicopter installations in Australia and neighboring countries. It will also assist in the expansion of existing Bell Helicopters Certified Service Facility rating to continue providing solutions to the Australian… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

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Royal Aeronautical Society announces rotorcraft summer conference

Royal Aeronautical Society announces rotorcraft summer conference

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) rotorcraft summer conference Technology Friend or Foe – Operations in an increasingly complex environment builds on previous automation conferences, to consider the impact of technological changes to onshore rotorcraft operations. Cockpit automation in onshore operations are more likely to be affected by the changes in airspace management that are that are being… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 06-Apr-17

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CH-53K King Stallion Program Achieves Milestone C

CH-53K King Stallion Program Achieves Milestone C

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the CH-53K King Stallion program successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review and achieved a Milestone C decision that enables low rate initial production funding. “This affirmative Milestone C decision validates the maturity and the robust capability of the King Stallion in meeting the United States Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 06-Apr-17

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Entries open for Night Vision Awards

Entries open for Night Vision Awards

The Night Vision Awards selection committee announced today they are now taking nominations for the 2017 Night Vision Awards Show to be held in Reno, NV at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference. Entries will be accepted until June 30.  The awards will be presented to recipients on Thursday, July 27 at an… Read more »

Source: Night Vision, 06-Apr-17

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Kaman Receives Orders for Two Additional K-MAX® Aircraft

Kaman Receives Orders for Two Additional K-MAX® Aircraft

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska has placed orders for two K-MAX® helicopters with deliveries expected in 2018. Ely Woods, Owner and Director of Maintenance for ROTAK explains, “We are looking forward to adding the capabilities of the K-MAX® to our growing fleet of… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerospace, 06-Apr-17

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Aspen Avionics takes $1,000 off VFR Primary Flight Display

Aspen Avionics takes $1,000 off VFR Primary Flight Display

Aspen Avionics (Hangar C, booth 10-12) announced today it is offering Aspen’s industry leading FAA-TSO and STC certified VFR primary flight display (PFD) for $3,995 for the month of April, a $1,000 discount off list pricing. Developed and certified in accordance with FAA TSO standards, the VFR PFD offers a long list of robust features… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 06-Apr-17

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Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration and repurpose program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas,… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

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ForeFlight adds series of new features to popular flight planning app

ForeFlight adds series of new features to popular flight planning app

ForeFlight, creator of the most widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for Apple iPad and iPhone, announced this week the availability of ForeFlight 9, the company’s latest software release that includes innovative features to enhance every phase of flight. Integrated ForeFlight Checklist ForeFlight has integrated one of the most important aviation tools… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 06-Apr-17

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PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited Performs First Flight

On April 3, 2017 PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited performed its first flight for the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG Project, based out of Broome, Western Australia. The PHI HNZ joint venture supplies up to four Sikorsky S-92 heavy helicopters providing transportation services for the Ichthys LNG Project’s massive offshore facilities in Australia. This new contract builds… Read more »

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Universal Avionics appoints Regional Sales Manager for Central U.S.

Universal Avionics appoints Regional Sales Manager for Central U.S.

Robert Randall, Sr. Sales Manager U.S. for Universal Avionics, announces that Mr. Mike Marie has been appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Central United States. Mike is based in the Columbus, Ohio area and joins Universal Avionics with over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. Before joining Universal, Mike was… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 06-Apr-17

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SBI Caps Involved in Pawan Hans Disinvestment

SBI Caps Involved in Pawan Hans Disinvestment

The Indian government has called on SBI Caps to ready the documents for disinvestment for Pawan Hans as well as act as a transaction advisor. The disinvestment looks to be complete by March 2018. Also working on the matter is RBSA who is the “asset valuer” and Crawford Baylay & Co who is supervising legal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-17

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High Tide Helicopters Expands into Charter Market

High Tide Helicopters Expands into Charter Market

High Tide Helicopters recently announced their expansion plan. They now offer private helicopter charters weekly, at hourly or daily rates. These trips, which can accommodate up to three people, will be flown with High Tide’s Robinson R44 Raven II and can go anywhere in the Eastern United States. As reported by WWay3, it took the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-17

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Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Plans Appeal Against $8.8 million Lawsuit

Bell Helicopters is going to launch an appeal against the decision of a Texas jury. The trial was held this week regarding the case of former Bell employee, Billy Dickson, whose attorney has sued the company for $8.8 million on the grounds of unsafe exposure to asbestos. Bell hopes to reveal more information in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

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Finalization of Amarnath Yatra Heli-Services

Finalization of Amarnath Yatra Heli-Services

Amarnath Shrine Board’s CEO, Umang Narula has revealed that plans for helicopter services for Amarnath Yatra 2017 are officially finalized. The service should be up and running by 29 June 2017, reports Greater Kashmir. Fare prices have dropped significantly in the different sectors. The Neelgrath-Panjtarni sector is now Rs. 1715 per person compared to last… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

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XTI receives key patent for TriFan 600

XTI receives key patent for TriFan 600

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today that it received a written Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, stating that the USPTO will issue a utility patent for the TriFan 600 vertical takeoff airplane. “This is another important milestone for the company,” said Robert LaBelle, XTI’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Issuance of this… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft, 04-Apr-17

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AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

AgustaWestland AW119Kx goes on demo tour in Nepal

Two successful characters for a two-week demo tour in Nepal: the Leonardo AW119Kx helicopter and Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meters peaks in winter. The goal of the demo tour is to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the AW119Kx at 24,000 feet, in order to carry out helicopter rescue missions at hitherto unimaginable… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-17V-5 to Kenyan Police

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-17V-5 to Kenyan Police

A ceremonial transfer of the helicopter has been performed in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, in the presence of the Minister of the Interior of Kenya. In accordance with the contract, “Russian Helicopters” has also performed training of the Customer’s specialists in addition to the delivery of the helicopter.  The helicopter will serve the needs… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Apr-17

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Pawan Hans works with Mumbai University to launch Aeronautical Engineering degree

Pawan Hans works with Mumbai University to launch Aeronautical Engineering degree

Mumbai University has teamed up with Pawan Hans, a state-run helicopter services operator on March 23, 2017, to launch Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Aeronautical Engineering. The varsity is also taking steps to launch a course in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from the coming academic session. Students enrolled for this programme will be trained by professionals… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 04-Apr-17

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Minister for Health approves EC135 for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Minister for Health approves EC135 for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) is delighted that the Minister for Health, Michelle O’Neill, has approved Northern Ireland’s first ever Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). The primary helicopter will be based at Maze Long Kesh, following an announcement by First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on November 17th, 2016, making land… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, 04-Apr-17

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Elbit reams with FAA to Research Helicopter Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

Elbit reams with FAA to Research Helicopter Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

Elbit Systems has teamed with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a research partner to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters. The study will help lay the foundation for the future implementation of EFVS in rotorcraft. While EFVS rules currently exist for approaches to runways at… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 04-Apr-17

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Modifications Needed for AW189 Bubble Windows

Modifications Needed for AW189 Bubble Windows

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered that changed be made to the “bubble windows” of AW189 helicopters. This was issued after the windows fell off during flight on two separate occurrences. They were designed so that in the event of emergency, they could be easily ejected. The European Aviation Safety Agency has said that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-17

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Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 heading towards manned-unmanned teaming operations

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 heading towards manned-unmanned teaming operations

  Schiebel and Patria have been working together to integrate Patria’s sophisticated Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) communication network onto the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). The two European companies’ joint effort is the first step of an ongoing program of work examining how the CAMCOPTER® S-100 can be deployed to directly support… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Apr-17

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HAI comments on Senator Inhofe’s Fairness for Pilots Act

HAI comments on Senator Inhofe’s Fairness for Pilots Act

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced S.755 (the Fairness for Pilots Act) on March 29, 2017, calling for improved legal protections of pilots facing FAA investigation or enforcement. The bill would allow pilots “to appeal an FAA decision through a new, merit-based trial in Federal Court;” and require the FAA to increase investigation transparency, expedite the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Apr-17

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DART Aerospace first to release R66 basket

DART Aerospace first to release R66 basket

DART Aerospace, a privately owned international aerospace company, has officially released the first utility basket STC on the market designed for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. The DART Heli-Utility-Basket™ is built from corrosion-resistant stainless steel and features a simple, safety improving, self-locking handle that assures lid closure and secures cargo during flight. The installation of… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 31-Mar-17

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Dallas Jury Awards $8.8M to Family of Bell Helicopter Engineer

Dallas Jury Awards $8.8M to Family of Bell Helicopter Engineer

A Dallas County jury has awarded nearly $9 million to the survivors of a longtime Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) employee who died of complications from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs and is primarily caused by asbestos exposure. Billy Dickson, a mechanical engineer at the Texas aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 31-Mar-17

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Guidance Air to fly for UberChopper at NCAA Finals

Guidance Air to fly for UberChopper at NCAA Finals

Uber Technologies partners with Guidance Air during the NCAA Finals to offer rides over Phoenix and Glendale. The exclusive, limited-time offer allows NCAA Finals’ attendees to request an UberCHOPPER on their smart phone for $99 per person (normally $124 per person) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31st through Monday, April 3rd…. Read more »

Source: Uber, 31-Mar-17

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Helisota and Cobham Helicopter Academy to partner on maintenance and training

Helisota and Cobham Helicopter Academy to partner on maintenance and training

Helisota, an international provider of integrated MRO and training services for rotorcraft aviation, has signed a cooperation agreement with a UK-based Cobham Helicopter Academy. The two companies will partner on developing and providing joint training programs for helicopter maintenance personnel and other specialists. Starting the cooperation, Helisota’s customers will receive access to a wider range… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 31-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters and PTDI expand long-standing industrial co-operation

Airbus Helicopters and PTDI expand long-standing industrial co-operation

Riding on a 40-year long established partnership, Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) bolstered their industrial co-operation to include support and services dedicated for the helicopter fleet of the Indonesian government. Witnessed by French Minister of State for Industry Christophe Sirugue this morning, the agreement was signed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Mar-17

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