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Leonardo JV in Russia adjusted as Rosneft confirms order for another 20 AW189s

Leonardo JV in Russia adjusted as Rosneft confirms order for another 20 AW189s

Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Rostec and Rosneft have announced the signing of an agreement for the future sale of additional twenty AgustaWestland AW189 commercial helicopters to RNAircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft. The new helicopters will be used for transportation purposes. Aircraft deliveries are expected to start in 2018 with three units to be assembled in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-16

Tokyo Metropolitan Police orders two AW109 Trekkers

Tokyo Metropolitan Police orders two AW109 Trekkers

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s range of helicopters show continued success in the Japanese market with the selection of two brand new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police law-enforcement fleet. The two helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, making this customer the first Asian law enforcement operator of the type. Civil certification of the AW109… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-16

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UK CAA to open EASA Part 66 exam centre in Istanbul

UK CAA to open EASA Part 66 exam centre in Istanbul

On behalf of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi) is set to open a brand new EASA Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) electronic examination centre in Istanbul, Turkey. The first exams will be delivered on Thursday 22nd September 2016 at British Side Language School, in Besiktas, Istanbul. This new exam service… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 21-Jun-16

Universal Avionics confirms role in upgrade of S-76Bs for Sultan of Johor

Universal Avionics confirms role in upgrade of S-76Bs for Sultan of Johor

Universal Avionics is providing advanced avionics for two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters operated by His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Royal Flight. The upgraded, modern glass cockpit includes the installation of three EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays (PFD-MFD-PFD) with Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and a UNS-1Fw Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS). The Universal Avionics… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 21-Jun-16

Helicentre Aviation launches 2017 Scholarship Programme

Helicentre Aviation launches 2017 Scholarship Programme

With just over three months remaining until Helicentre Aviation Academy’s 2016 Scholarship applications close, the company has announced that its Scholarship programme will run for a fifth year. Since the programme started in 2012, eleven pilots have been awarded professional training scholarships totalling over £300k (GBP), with two more awards due to be made towards… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 21-Jun-16

Register Update – USA – week to 19 June 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 19 June 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-16

Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today with its distributor Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Kagoshima Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the autumn of 2016. This latest purchase is part of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-16

AEM MCP02 Master Caution Panel approved by Transport Canada

AEM MCP02 Master Caution Panel approved by Transport Canada

The MCP02 Master Caution Panel system, which has been designed for the S-61/Sea King series of helicopters, has been awarded STC SH16-25 by Transport Canada. The plug & play replacement for the Grimes units offer reduced weight (5.8lbs vs 3.57lbs combined), high reliability, an integrated state recorder and LED technology with customizable legends. NVG lighting option is also available. AEM worked in collaboration with… Read more »

Source: AEM, 19-Jun-16

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UK agent appointed for Mototok ground handling tugs

UK agent appointed for Mototok ground handling tugs

Mototok have appointed British company 247GT Ltd as their agents for UK and Ireland.   Mototok aircraft tugs and helicopter tugs are electric remotely controlled and manoeuvrable, enabling one man operation, smart hanger parking with zero emissions. Mototok aim to leverage the latest technology available as their underlying philosophy in their product design.  The Mototok aircraft… Read more »

Source: 247GT, 19-Jun-16

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Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Two helicopters from Helinet Aviation Services will participate in the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 18, at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. The show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation event designed to demonstrate to the public, media and community officials the vital and diverse roles of rotary aviation. American… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 19-Jun-16

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Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

Bell demonstrates 412EPI to Nepalese Army

The mountainous kingdom of Nepal is well known for Mount Everest, but last year became the focus point of a significant relief effort after a massive earthquake.  After that natural disaster, the Nepalese Army added two Mil Mi-17s to the one they already had, but that exacerbates a problem of having a small fleet spread… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-16

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California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (“CALSTAR”), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement, REACH… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Jun-16

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Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance has moved into the charity’s first owned home, after a 12-month project to build a new headquarters and airbase for its South Wales operation.  The service has transferred the EC135 from its previous southern base at Swansea Airport and fundraising staff to a purpose-built facility at Llanelli Gate, Dafen and aircrews have… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 17-Jun-16

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EASA Safety Conference focuses on technologies and business models

EASA Safety Conference focuses on technologies and business models

The 2016 European Aviation Safety Agency’s Annual Conference takes place 25 & 26 October 2016in Bratislava, Slovakia, coinciding with the country’s Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference focuses on the topics of future technologies and innovative business models, covering all aviation domains, including aircraft manufacturing, aircraft operations and Air Traffic Management. Among… Read more »

Source: EASA, 17-Jun-16

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Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters delivers two 407HP back to Yellowhead after conversion

Eagle Copters announced the delivery of two Eagle 407HP’s to industry veteran Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. just in time for the upcoming season.  Yellowhead plans to take full advantage of the 407HP’s additional power and payload during the warm summer months for various missions including cone harvesting, aerial seeding, power and pipe line patrols and fire… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 17-Jun-16

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FAA and Transport Canada approve Onboard hook for AS350 series

FAA and Transport Canada approve Onboard hook for AS350 series

Onboard Systems International, Inc., today announced that its Surefire™ hydraulic cargo hook swing system kits for the Airbus AS350 (H125) helicopter have been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. Onboard has also submitted these systems to EASA for certification in Europe. These cargo hook kits are the first to offer Onboard’s new Surefire… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 17-Jun-16

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CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero appoints new North America Sales Director

CybAero has selected Mr. Brian Lawrence to be the new Sales Director, North America. He assumed the position on June 7th, 2016. “With his broad expertise and experience within the aerospace industry, especially within the industry of selling unmanned systems, we are confident that Mr. Lawrence will contribute to future sales and marketing of the… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 17-Jun-16

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Global S92 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hour landmark

Global S92 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hour landmark

The global fleet of Sikorsky S-92® helicopters recently surpassed one million flight hours, in an impressively short time of less than 12 years. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). “We are incredibly thankful to our customers, suppliers and employees for reaching this milestone, and we are tremendously proud of the S-92 helicopter’s industry-leading… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-16

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Erickson agrees to pay $18.5M to settle shareholder suit

Erickson agrees to pay $18.5M to settle shareholder suit

Erickson Inc. and the private equity company that controls it, have reportedly agreed to pay $18.5 million to settle a shareholder’s class-action lawsuit, according to court documents researched by the Oregonian newspaper. The lawsuit was led by Edward Montgomery, an Erickson pilot and shareholder, after a significant drop in the Erickson share price after the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River and Ochsner bring EMS EC135 to Gulf Coast

Singing River Health System and Ochsner Health System today announced a new partnership that will bring lifesaving helicopter transportation to the Gulf Coast area. Effective today, the Ochsner Flight Care Program, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will base a helicopter at Ocean Springs Hospital and will be available to provide emergency air transport for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Ochsner, 15-Jun-16

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UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

UK – The Air Ambulance Service marks 25,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) has recently confirmed the completion of its 25,000th mission, a massive achievement.  In reaching this total, it has three AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters and night support by road.  No figure has been released for how many of the 25,000 missions were by road, and how many by air. The landmark call… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 12 June 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 12 June 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-16

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Helicopters excluded from FAA ADS-B rebate offer

Helicopters excluded from FAA ADS-B rebate offer

HAI President and CEO Matthew S. Zuccaro has expressed disappointment at helicopters’ exclusion from a new FAA incentive for general aviation (GA) aircraft owners to equip aircraft with ADS-B technology. He called the exclusion “counter to the reality that the helicopter industry is the GA segment to first embrace ADS-B technology and continues to support… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Jun-16

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MD Helicopters VP Engineering leaves for HeliTrak

MD Helicopters VP Engineering leaves for HeliTrak

HeliTrak is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Nehls as President of the company, effective May 9, 2016.  Mr. Nehls joins HeliTrak with more than 25 years of leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry, including extensive experience in aircraft/avionics design and regulatory certification. Most recently, Mr. Nehls served as VP of Engineering… Read more »

Source: HeliTrak, 14-Jun-16

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DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

After the successful commissioning of the first five H145 helicopters with HEMS equipment from Bucher, DRF Luftrettung has now placed an order for two more AC70 HEMS kits. The innovative equipment has been designed and developed in close cooperation with users. The ergonomic and flexible design of the equipment is very popular in the market…. Read more »

Source: Bucher, 14-Jun-16

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HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

HELP charity donates £40K to upgrade Scottish EMS helipad

The emergency helicopter landing pad at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway has had a state-of-the-art upgrade thanks to a £40,000 donation from the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal – the only charity in the UK dedicated to funding the construction of hospital helipads. NHS Western Isles received the surprise cash injection from the HELP… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Jun-16

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Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore launches website for civil market Black Hawk customers

Skycore Aviation has launched its Blackhawk 360 Solution, www.blackhawk360.com, providing customers the capability to acquire, upgrade and support Blackhawks. Leveraging the U.S. Army Best program, the Blackhawk 360 Solution provides customers a cost-effective medium lift capability. With refurbished UH-60A Blackhawks in stock, Skycore can provide its 360 Solution immediately. “Until now, sourcing, executing and sustaining… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-16

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Garmin supports Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

Garmin supports Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that Garmin Aviation Training has committed to providing two scholarships to Whirly-Girls to receive training in Garmin GTN and G500/G600 equipment for 2016. [G500H shown in image] Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1800 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 14-Jun-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 5 June 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 5 June 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-16

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WAI mourns pioneer Mary Feik

WAI mourns pioneer Mary Feik

We are deeply saddened to learn of WAI Pioneer Mary Feik’s passing June 10, 2016. Mary, WAI #53, was a maintenance instructor for the US Army Air Corps, and later became the first woman engineer in R&D for the USAF Air Technical Service Command. She was a renowned ambassador for the Civil Air Patrol, the… Read more »

Source: WAI, 14-Jun-16

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Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell 505 shown for first time in Japan

Bell unveiled a mockup of their 505 JetRanger X at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. This is the first time the Bell 505 has been on display in Japan and marks the beginning of a four-month demonstration tour across the region, including various customer sites and events in Japan, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-16

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Order for 100 confirms Airbus H135 assembly line in China

Order for 100 confirms Airbus H135 assembly line in China

A Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Company (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co. Ltd (COHC) has ordered 100 H135 light-twin helicopters, becoming China’s first customer to form an industrial partnership to launch a H135 final assembly line in Qingdao, Shandong province. This… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Jun-16

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AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 13-Jun-16

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AHS Mourns the Loss of Glid Doman

AHS Mourns the Loss of Glid Doman

Glidden (Glid) Sweet Doman, 95, a pioneer in the American helicopter industry, died Monday, June 6, 2016. He was an Emeritus Member of AHS International, having joined the then-American Helicopter Society in 1945. Doman was born in Syracuse, NY on January 28, 1921 and grew up in nearby Elbridge. In his teens, he built motorized… Read more »

Source: AHS, 12-Jun-16

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FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

FAA and unions target pilot mental health issues

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues. An Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) comprised of aviation and medical experts has made several recommendations about pilot medical fitness. “Safety is always our first… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Jun-16

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Erickson says it is exploring strategic alternatives

Erickson says it is exploring strategic alternatives

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today the hiring of Imperial Capital, LLC, a full-service investment bank to explore strategic alternatives for the Company.  In addition to Imperial’s capital markets expertise, it specializes in Aerospace, Defense and Government Services, and Airline and Transportation industries among others. President and CEO Jeff… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 09-Jun-16

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CHC confirms redundancies

CHC confirms redundancies

As CHC shrinks its global fleet by 90 over 60 days, it is inevitable that headcount will also be reduced.  The Aberdeen office of CHC have provided HeliHub.com with the following statement today:- “We have commenced formal consultation discussions with employees, who may be affected by redundancy, and their trade unions at our Aberdeen base…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-16

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HeliGroup UK opens for business

HeliGroup UK opens for business

HeliGroup (www.heligroup.co.uk), a subsidiary of Helicopter Services, has today opened for business. Heligroup has been formed to focus on the UK helicopter charter and management market and to build upon the advanced training that Helicopter Services currently provide. HeliGroup, created by entrepreneur Matthew Munson, aims to differentiate itself in the market by providing exceptional customer… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 09-Jun-16

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NATA Members Convene Amidst Strong Association and Conference Growth

NATA Members Convene Amidst Strong Association and Conference Growth

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) convenes its second annual Aviation Business Conference at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on June 8-10. NATA’s members, representing aviation business from across the country, are gathering in Washington, D.C., to participate in the association’s annual congressional fly-in, interact with key aviation policy makers including TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger… Read more »

Source: NATA, 09-Jun-16

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Erickson appoints CFO

Erickson appoints CFO

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today the appointment of airline finance veteran, David W. Lancelot, as Chief Financial Officer effective Monday, June 13, 2016. “Erickson is committed to improving the company’s financial position and increasing revenue,” said Jeff Roberts, President and CEO of Erickson Incorporated. “We will accomplish these… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 09-Jun-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky SK92A (G-VINL), landed on the incorrect oil rig, Golden Eagle Complex, North Sea, 22 August 2014 Bell 206B (G-RAMY), loss of control in flight and rotor/fuselage contact, near Creg-Ny-Baa public house, Isle of Man, 6… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 09-Jun-16

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CHC puts future EC225 operations in customer hands

CHC puts future EC225 operations in customer hands

As everyone across the industry, and certainly the offshore helicopter industry, knows, CHC suffered a fatal accident with an Airbus EC225 off Bergen in Norway on 29th April.  As a result both the UK and Norwegian authorities grounded the EC225/H225 and AS332L2, and subsequently NHV/Dancopter voluntarily followed suit with their three Danish-based EC225s.  EASA later… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-16

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Four CHC engineers become first to be approved in East Timor

Four CHC engineers become first to be approved in East Timor

Four aircraft engineers working for CHC Helicopter in Dili have become the first Timorese to earn their Diploma of Aeroskills and meet stringent Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) license accreditation requirements. The four engineers work at CHC’s operations in Dili, Timor-Leste which provide passenger transfer services to oil and gas operations in the Timor Sea… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-Jun-16

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Adelaide launches city-centre helipad plan

Adelaide launches city-centre helipad plan

The Council in the South Australian state capital of Adelaide has today launched a plan to build a helipad in the central business district.  While the Council is not committing any funding, there is the possibility of either some land being leased by them for use as a heliport, or a floating heliport in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Canada – Ornge wins medical challenge

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, took first place at the 2016 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Simulation Olympiad. This is the first time Ornge has participated in the competition. The team consisted of two Ornge Critical Care Flight Paramedics and two Physicians. “I was extremely proud to see the Ornge… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-16

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Vector UK gains EASA Design Organisational Approval

Vector UK gains EASA Design Organisational Approval

Vector Aerospace has announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Design Organisation Approval (DOA) to its UK division, Vector Aerospace International Ltd. The addition of this DOA, number EASA.21J.516, represents a significant addition to Vector Aerospace’s commercial aerospace approvals, enabling the company to design and certify changes and repairs, including supplemental type… Read more »

Source: Vector, 08-Jun-16

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Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

Grant-funded helipad at Derriford Hospital completes first year with 280 landings

There have been over 280 air ambulance and search and rescue helicopter landings at Derriford Hospital since the helipad was opened in June 2015. Many of the patients have been involved in vehicle incidents or sustained falls. Before the helipad was built, the hospital had to settle for a grassy set-down area for air ambulances… Read more »

Source: HELP, 08-Jun-16

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Portuguese town council refuses heliport use for offshore work

Portuguese town council refuses heliport use for offshore work

The Portuguese town of Loulé has rejected a request for their municipal heliport to be used as a gateway to support oil and gas exploration off the country’s Algarve coastline. The request was to use the heliport for night flights from a period of at least 45 days starting in September and at times when… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance takes delivery of AW169

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has taken delivery of their new AgustaWestland AW169, supplied under contract by Specialist Aviation Services.  The helicopter will replace one of the two older MD902 helicopters currently in service and greatly increases the operational capacity of the life-saving service.  Every year the specialist doctors and paramedics treat nearly… Read more »

Source: AW169, 07-Jun-16

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Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock adds two factory-new S92s to North Sea fleet

Babcock MCS have imported two brand new Sikorky S92 helicopters in recent days, with the pair arriving airfreight in an Antonov An-124 to Prestwick Airport and then transported by road to the company base at Aberdeen.  They have been registered G-MCSA (serial 920273) and G-MCSB (serial 920281), the first use of a new series of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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CAP437 compliant helideck friction tests now available in Middle East

CAP437 compliant helideck friction tests now available in Middle East

Since October last year Oryx Aviation Consulting (OAC) have been establishing themselves as the preferred provider of Helideck and Helipad inspection services and consultancy, according to both local Regulations and the UK CAP 437, in the UAE and wider MENA region.  The company is now offering CAP 437 compliant helideck friction tests utilizing the recognized… Read more »

Source: Oryx, 07-Jun-16

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CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

CHC transfers two S92s from Canada to North Sea

Embattled offshore operator CHC, in the midst of reducing their fleet by 90 helicopters over 60 days, is taking steps to ensure current contract commitments can be met following the grounding of EC225 and AS332L2 helicopters.  In common with other operators on the North Sea, CHC have brought in two Sikorsky S92s from Canada to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-16

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Erickson confirms two US Navy Military Sealift Command contracts

Erickson confirms two US Navy Military Sealift Command contracts

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce the award of two, five year term agreements with one firm-fixed year and four follow on annual option years, to provide vertical replenishment and other rotary-wing logistic services to Military Sealift Command for support of the United States Navy’s 5th and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Jun-16

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FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

FAA incentivises GA owners to equip with ADS-B

Today on a national press call, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker announced a $500 rebate incentive for General Aviation (GA) aircraft owners who equip their aircraft with required avionics technology.  Accelerating compliance is critical to ensuring that pilots, manufacturers, and retail facilities have adequate time and capacity to equip… Read more »

Source: FAA, 07-Jun-16

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Maverick prepares for three busiest days of the year

Maverick prepares for three busiest days of the year

Maverick Helicopters, the exclusive company to provide helicopter travel to and from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, heightens the 20th annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), Las Vegas experience with VIP flight transfers on June 17, 18 and 19, 2016. “Since partnering with EDC during its first year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, helicopter demand to the… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 06-Jun-16

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Vector completes 12-year inspection and G-check on LA County Sheriff AS332L1

Vector completes 12-year inspection and G-check on LA County Sheriff AS332L1

Vector Aerospace is pleased to announce the completion of a 7,500 hour major inspection (“G-check”) and 12-year major inspection for an Airbus Helicopters AS332 L1 Super Puma helicopter operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The Super Puma was successfully delivered back to the LASD from Vector’s hangar in Langley, BC on June… Read more »

Source: Vector, 06-Jun-16

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Able Aerospace Services joins Leonardo Helicopters service network

Able Aerospace Services joins Leonardo Helicopters service network

Able Aerospace Services has been named by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp, as an approved supplier for maintenance, repairs, overhaul and testing for AgustaWestland products’ components.  HeliHub.com can confirm that all models of AgustaWestland helicopter are included, although Able will initially be concentrating on AW109, AW119 and AW139. Able joins the Leonardo Helicopters’ worldwide service network… Read more »

Source: Able, 06-Jun-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team which will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year. The team will carry additional drugs as… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Jun-16

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Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

Gazelle Squadron Display Team cleared to fly for 2016

On Tuesday 31 May 2016, the Gazelle Squadron Display Team flew to RAF Abingdon in Oxfordshire with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Display Authorisation Evaluator. The CAA display authorisation is a mandatory process for any pilot that wishes to perform a flying display in the UK, and involves many months of planning, practicing and evaluating… Read more »

Source: Gazelle Squadron, 06-Jun-16

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Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow moves one S92 from Brazil to UK

Bristow Group has moved an offshore-equipped Sikorsky S92 from Brazil to the UK.  Owned in the name of their own Brilog Leasing division, the aircraft was previously operated in Brazil by Lider Taxi Aereo as PR-JBH from new in spring 2012. The helicopter is now registered G-CIYD and is serial 920159.  I was operated by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-16

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Pawan Hans diversifies further ahead of IPO

Pawan Hans diversifies further ahead of IPO

Prior to its intended stock offering, Indian operator Pawan Hans is under some pressure to diversify and be less dependant on offshore helicopter operations.  The company has already announced four regional helicopter maintenance centres and plans to manage heliports. The local Economic Times news points to the new civil aviation policy proposed by the Indian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-16

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has expanded its humanitarian outreach by signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which coordinates and carries out operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. The agreement was signed during the International Aeronautics and Space exhibition ILA by… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

Russian Helicopters ready to supply to CSTO countries

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase its current model range of military helicopters at the International exhibition of weaponry and munitions KADEX-2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Along with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will feature the multirole Mi-35M and the Mi-28NE attack helicopters. As part of the business program, Russian Helicopters will hold a briefing… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters features Mi-8MTV1 Simulator at KADEX-2016

Russian Helicopters features Mi-8MTV1 Simulator at KADEX-2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a mobile training simulator of the Mi-8MTV1 helicopter, which was developed by the VR-Technologies Design Bureau and premiered at the MAKS 2015 international airshow.  The cutting-edge technology allows pilots to simulate flights in an environment close to reality. The Mi-8MTV1 mobile special training simulator that will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Russian Helicopters considers Kazakhstan a prospective customer

Russian Helicopters considers Kazakhstan a prospective customer

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed memorandums of understanding with the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and with other government structures of the Republic of Kazakhstan during KADEX-2016 defense expo. According to the documents, Kazakhstan ‘authorities are interested in Russian-made helicopters while Russian Helicopters are ready to supply… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jun-16

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Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

Safran engines picked for Korean LCH and LAH helicopters

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier for its Light Civil Helicopter (LCH). It will be powered with the existing Arriel 2C2 engine. On the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), Safran has been selected by Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), KAI and Hanwha Techwin. The LAH will feature a new engine… Read more »

Source: Safran, 06-Jun-16

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EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2016-0104-E which prohibits any flights of Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 helicopters with the exception of a single flight without passengers to ferry such a helicopter to a maintenance base.  This follows earlier groundings from the national Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway and the UK, with the exception of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-16

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HNZ reports on new offshore AW139 contract in New Zealand

HNZ reports on new offshore AW139 contract in New Zealand

HNZ Group has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with a consortium of customers which includes Shell Todd Oil Services Limited, AWE Taranaki Limited, OMV New Zealand Limited and Origin Energy Resources (Kupe) Limited, New Plymouth. The contract commenced on April… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 02-Jun-16

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Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras has delivered the first of two new EC145s to the Secretariat of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro. These will form part of the intelligence system supporting the Olympic Games, which opens in the city on 5th August 2016.  Following production in Germany, the aircraft have gone through a long completion period in Brazil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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Erickson wins five-year contract with US Dept of Agricultural and US Forest Service

Erickson wins five-year contract with US Dept of Agricultural and US Forest Service

Erickson has been contracted to provide helicopter transport in support of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Inventory Analysis project. Under the five-year contract, Erickson will deliver one exclusive-use, light lift helicopter for charter services to an interagency field crew led by the Alaska DNR Division of Forestry, United States Department of Agricultural… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 02-Jun-16

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Shell Philippines extends HNZ AW139 contract by five years

Shell Philippines extends HNZ AW139 contract by five years

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with Shell Philippines Exploration, BV (“SPEX”).  Shell has awarded HNZ a five year extension to its existing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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New CFO joins Air Methods

New CFO joins Air Methods

Air Methods announced that Peter Csapo will join America’s largest air medical provider and helicopter operator as chief financial officer (CFO). Csapo will begin his new role effective June 6, succeeding Trent Carman who will be stepping down from his role of more than 13 years. Csapo most recently served as chief financial officer and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 02-Jun-16

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USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

USHST Supports FAA Revisions to Autorotation Testing

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) is offering a supportive voice to recent changes made by the Federal Aviation Administration in its Practical Test Standards (PTS) for helicopter instructors.  (https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/test_standards/media/FAA-S-8081-7B.pdf) “The revision provides examiners a path to mitigate some risks associated with the Flight Instructor PTS requirements to demonstrate proficiency in the touchdown portion… Read more »

Source: USHST, 02-Jun-16

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Arena Aviation expands into passenger ops with two AW109s

Arena Aviation expands into passenger ops with two AW109s

British operator Arena Aviation is well-known for its aerial filming work, and currently operates a fleet of six Airbus AS355s and one Robinson R44. Their customer list includes BBC, ITV, BT and Sky and they have full-livery AS355s for both BBC and Sky. Operations are based at Redhill Aerodrome, close to London’s Gatwick Airport. Arena… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and we… Read more »

Source: REACH, 02-Jun-16

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