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Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters, situated on Highway 10, celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. To commemorate this occasion, Fort Worth and its 4 100 employees received a new commercial helicopter, expanded their training centre and purchased a tilt-rotor drone. This make over comes to a cost of $235 million, despite the challenging economic times. Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore Aviation, Ltd. and Unical Defense, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly market their combined services for the sale, modification, operations, maintenance, training and parts for UH-60A aircraft to international customers worldwide. In this important collaboration, Unical will provide UH-60A aircraft and parts while Skycore will deliver phase maintenance, mission equipment and navigation/communication modification services,… Read more »

Source: Skycore Aviation, 10-Oct-16

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Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

After more than a year in the planning, our new state-of-the-art helicopter, an AgustaWestland 169 is one step closer to becoming operational in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The helicopter was flown to the UK from Italy on Friday and is now secure in a hangar at Staverton, where our helicopter provider is based. It will remain… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 10-Oct-16

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies has been awarded the contract to upgrade an EC135 of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, with state-of the art surveillance technology. This customized solution includes not only a removable tactical workstation, made out of carbon fibre, but also a leading-edge Airborne LINX package. It also boasts the new… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 10-Oct-16

Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation GmbH, the Mission Critical Services helicopter operator, has changed its name to Babcock MCS Germany. The brand change is the final step in the process of the company’s acquisition by Babcock International Group (Babcock). Going forward, Heli Aviation will be referred to simply as Babcock, a business with the stability and financial strength… Read more »

Source: Babcock MCS Germany, 10-Oct-16

Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Avionics announced today that it has received certification to interface its Evolution 1000 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) with the System 55X autopilot by Genesys Aerosystems. The STC will cover hundreds of light single and twin piston aircraft platforms. “Aspen’s Pro PFD with the Genesys System 55X autopilot enhances the basic 55X autopilot function… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 10-Oct-16

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

The FAA has approved the integration of Garmin 335 and 345 Mode S transponders in the Robinson R22, R44 and R66 range. The newly approved transponders meet the ADS-B Out requirements without the need for an independent GPS system. Estimated at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to respect current regulations and at… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Oct-16

Prince County Hospital helipad to be upgraded

Prince County Hospital helipad to be upgraded

Prince Country Hospital will receive $200 000 in upgrades to their heliport. Health PEI’s Capital Repairs and Maintenance Fund is providing the money for the upgrade. Journal Pioneer reports that new perimeter lighting will be installed, as well as obstruction lights, replacing the fence line, repainting the helipad markings, increasing the size of the helipad… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

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Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights… Read more »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

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Airbus Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Airbus Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Airbus Helicopters will be taking part in Helitech Airshow in Amsterdam from 11-13 October with two of its most successful aircraft on display: one H130 in passenger configuration and one H145 for EMS missions. New to the Helitech stand this year is the H160 experience—an interactive, virtual opportunity to discover our next-generation helicopter from the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Oct-16

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Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation is pleased to announce the award of an EASA STC (10058141) for installation of the Garmin G500H EFIS into the Bell 206B and Bell 407 helicopters.    The G500H system is certified for Day/Night VFR operations and brings substantial improvements in situational awareness with a large multi-function colour moving map, H.S.I, full-time wind vector… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 07-Oct-16

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Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

The Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 will be held at the Oncenter, Syracuse, on November 8th, 9th and 10th, hosting over 500 air traffic professionals. The convention will showcase the latest advances in unmanned aircrafts such as drones and how they will be integrated into the nation’s airspace. The convention will showcase discussions on unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Choppair has been issued to pay Emma Bobridge, the pilot of the Bell Helicopter that crashed in 2013, a sum of over $200 000. Emma Bobridge reported negligence by Choppair, she claimed that it felt that her right skid was stuck on the landing mat during take-off. Company Director Micheal Van Der Zypp countered her… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell Helicopter aims to finish production and be able to delivery and get certification for its new 505 Jet Ranger X. The approval for the craft was set to be done by November by Transport Canada, reports Flight Global, but Bell declined to give an exact date. Most of the flight tests have been done…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announced today that Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), has chosen its proprietary vibration absorption technology to outfit the newly designed LIVE™ units on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The LIVE unit, featuring ITT Enidine’s multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings, was the result of close… Read more »

Source: ITT, 06-Oct-16

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Vector Aerospace details Helitech showcase

Vector Aerospace details Helitech showcase

Vector Aerospace a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will be showcasing its latest rotorcraft support capabilities at Helitech International, Europe’s leading rotorcraft trade show, which runs from 11-13th October, 2016 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Netherlands. Simon Jones, Vice President – Business Development at Vector Aerospace,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-Oct-16

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Life Flight Network Wins Oregon award

Life Flight Network Wins Oregon award

Life Flight Network was recognized last week by Oregon Business as the best large nonprofit to work for in Oregon. For the seventh year in a row, Life Flight Network has been ranked in the top 15 best large nonprofit employers to work for in Oregon. This is the second time Life Flight Network has… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 06-Oct-16

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Enstrom 180 resumes Flight Testing

Enstrom 180 resumes Flight Testing

An Enstrom Helicopter N180TH had a problematic landing in February. The main rotor was destroyed when a rotor struck a utility pole, forcing an emergency landing. After investigation it as found that flight test equipment in the main drive was faulty, causing the engine to be disconnected from the drive train. Aviation Today reports that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-16

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Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group today announced the appointment of William “Bill” Collins to senior vice president global operations, responsible for overseeing safe and reliable helicopter and airplane operations across Bristow’s business. In his new role, Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for clients, reporting directly to Bristow Group President and Chief Executive Officer… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Oct-16

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New Helipad for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

New Helipad for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Maine has recently opened their new helipad. This is now the 32nd helipad LifeFlight can use. As reported by WABI TV, the new helipad can cut a half an hour wait down to 14 minutes for patients. LifeFlight sees the new helipad as an achievement of their goal for a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-16

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Sikorsky union proposes 25% pay cut

Sikorsky union proposes 25% pay cut

Sikorsky’s worker union, the Teamsters, is asking for approval of its members for a 25% pay cut for new employees who are hired after 1 July 2017. These concessions include the new two-tier wage system, a pension change where the company pays into a savings plan, a change in the hours of a working week…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Oct-16

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Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo LLC recently completed the development of a customized weight & balance and performance iPad application for a new fleet of seven Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopters for the Swedish National Police. This fleet, received in the winter of 2015/2016, is being used by law enforcement for search and rescue, including mountain rescue, and is now… Read more »

Source: Gyronimo, 05-Oct-16

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Skye Avionics Receives Award

Skye Avionics Receives Award

We are pleased to announce that Skye Avionics received the International Export Award, given out by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce at the 2016 Business Awards of Distinction on Oct 1, 2016. Our team was honored to receive this award which honors a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in exporting products or services… Read more »

Source: Skye Avionics, 05-Oct-16

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AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

Jim Kagdis, 59, passed away on Sept. 15, 2016, after a 20-year battle against pheochromocytoma (PCC), a rare tumor of the adrenal glands. Raised in Edison, New Jersey, James Ayoub Kagdis graduated from St. Pius X High School and earned his BA in History from Wagner College on Staten Island, New York; he was a… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Oct-16

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L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has launched its smallest and lightest electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system, the MX™-8. The MX-8 is designed for small tactical UAVs, light manned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions. The MX-8 will be on display and available for demonstration… Read more »

Source: L-3 Communications, 05-Oct-16

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Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has announced its CEO Alexander Mikheev’s contract extension until 2021. The decision was made on September 27, 2016 at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Russian Helicopters. “During the three years under Alexander Mikheev’s guidance, Russian Helicopters has shown constant growth of all key financial indicators.  In 2015,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Oct-16

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Air Methods closes Sheridan base

Air Methods closes Sheridan base

Air Methods Corporation, which operates Wyoming LifeFlight, has ended operations in Sheridan. Mike McCafferty, who is Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO, announced the end of LifeFlight services here in an email to hospital employees. The hospital had provided space for the LifeFlight helicopter on the hospital campus. McCafferty said Wyoming LifeFlight’s decision to close the base… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Oct-16

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Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

The organisers of Heli UK Expo are pleased to announce the event will be relocating to Wycombe Air Park next year, taking place with a new date format 1st – 3rd June 2017 (Thurs-Fri-Sat). This will enable a host of opportunities to further develop and expand the UK’s Only Fly-in Helicopter event for future years…. Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 04-Oct-16

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London Air Ambulance boss quits

London Air Ambulance boss quits

After a tenure of nearly five years, CEO Graham Hodgkin has left London’s Air Ambulance and started a new role at Wavelength – a leadership and networking organisation which issued a very complimentary welcoming press release. Prior to joining LAA, Hodgkin completed over ten years with Deutsche Bank. His LinkedIn profile shows he left the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Electric R44 takes flight

Electric R44 takes flight

Tier 1 Engineering announced today that its battery-powered manned helicopter program achieved a successful first hover on Tuesday, September 13th, a first hover taxi on Wednesday, September 14th and a record five minute cruise flight to 400 feet altitude with a peak speed of 80 knots on Wednesday, September 21st.   The helicopter was a… Read more »

Source: Tier 1 Engineering, 04-Oct-16

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Bell 525 VIP interior proposed by Mecaer

Bell 525 VIP interior proposed by Mecaer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, today unveiled the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 525 Relentless. As part of Bell Helicopter’s luxury helicopter line, this new innovative interior is designed with enhanced bespoke amenities for Bell 525 Relentless… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Switzerland – September 2016

Register Update – Switzerland – September 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 weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Austria – September 2016

Register Update – Austria – September 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 2 October 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 2 October 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, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Canada – September 2016

Register Update – Canada – September 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 04-Oct-16

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Safe Flight Instrument Corp Receives a Safety Award

Safe Flight Instrument Corp Receives a Safety Award

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY received the Safety Award from the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) for its Powerline Detection System for helicopters. The award is in recognition of Safe Flight’s innovative life-saving products and for its 70-year commitment to making flying safer. “ERHC salutes Safe Flight for developing innovative safety products,… Read more »

Source: Safe Flight, 03-Oct-16

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Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation announced Lee Johnston as the new Regional Aviation Manager for the Midwest region.  Lee has been an EMS Pilot since 2001, joining Metro Aviation in 2011 as a lead pilot and then site manager for MedFlight of Ohio.  He has over 4,200 hours of flight experience, holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Oct-16

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Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has a long-term helicopter support contract with Chugach Electric Association (CEA), which has been extended for two additional years as permitted in the original contract award. The extension will retain Erickson through December 31, 2018. The assigned mission will be to fly essential crew and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 03-Oct-16

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ForeFlight and SiriusXM Introduce Satellite Aviation Weather Service

ForeFlight and SiriusXM Introduce Satellite Aviation Weather Service

Today ForeFlight and SiriusXM introduced SiriusXM Aviation weather service on the newest version of ForeFlight Mobile. ForeFlight’s latest release (version 8.1) is now available on the iTunes App Store. Pilots using the ForeFlight app with the SXAR1 portable receiver can now access SiriusXM’s superior Aviation weather service, which will provide them with access to satellite… Read more »

Source: SiriusXM, 03-Oct-16

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CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC Helicopter is proud to announce that it has signed a 21-month contract with Australian Army to provide aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response support for deployments throughout Australia. The contract will commence on 1 October 2016 and run through to 30 June 2018. CHC currently provides search and rescue services to the Royal Australian… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Oct-16

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Wärtsilä introduces Helicopter Guidance software

Wärtsilä introduces Helicopter Guidance software

Wärtsilä announces the launch of its helicopter guidance software technology for marine market applications. Originally developed for military applications, the technology is based on the company’s well known Nacos Platinum navigation system. Following increasing demand from the market, Helicopter Guidance has been further developed to suit marine applications, notably in the mega yacht and cruise… Read more »

Source: Wärtsilä, 03-Oct-16

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UPS begins testing drones

UPS begins testing drones

UPS® (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works. Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three… Read more »

Source: CyPhy, 03-Oct-16

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Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

From advanced oil rig inspection to aerial search and rescue missions, the rise of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use is allowing businesses to utilise new technology across a range of industries on a scale not previously possible. With the UAV market estimated to be worth $5.5bn by 2020[1] there are many opportunities available to rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 03-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016 in Amsterdam, October 11-13, is taking place at a critical moment for the offshore helicopter industry: •    The industry has been shocked by a series of accidents including the second and continuing grounding within three years of about 180 large offshore helicopters (H225 and AS332L2) following the tragic H225 accident in Norway; •  … Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Oct-16

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Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Urban Aeronautics to study new market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the development of an entirely new platform family of internal rotor aircraft. The Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is already flying powered by an Arriel 1D driving two ducted-fans. Under the… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-16

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Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world’s most capable VTOL UAS, the CAMCOPTER® S-100, and the German company Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently. “Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Sep-16

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Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski has announced the opening of their new heli ski/board lodge and summer adventure resort for the upcoming 2017 winter season. Located on 8 acres (3.2, hectares), the new 9,500 sq ft (882, m2) lodge is nestled in the Monashee Mountains, only 8 kilometres (5 miles) from downtown Revelstoke—the birthplace and mecca of… Read more »

Source: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, 30-Sep-16

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L-3 Wescam Appoints President

L-3 Wescam Appoints President

L-3 WESCAM announced today that Mike Greenley has been appointed president, reporting to Jeff Miller, president of L-3’s Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector. Mr. Greenley joins L-3 from CAE Inc., where he served as vice president and general manager of CAE Canada. He will be based out of L-3 WESCAM’s head office located in Burlington,… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 30-Sep-16

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Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters will attend Helitech International 11-13th October in Amsterdam. The event is the largest helicopter exhibition in Europe dedicated to helicopter products, parts, accessories and services. The show brings together leading manufacturers, suppliers, operators, buyers and engineers in the industry. Patria Helicopters will showcase at the event its services – Sales, Engineering, Production and… Read more »

Source: Patria Helicopters, 30-Sep-16

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Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing over the weekend of my predecessor as CEO, Paul Kuhn. Paul, who joined Kaman in 1999, served as Chairman, President and CEO, retiring in February 2008. He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his fifty-five years as CEO. Paul led… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Sep-16

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Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

Women in Aviation International received an $8,000 grant from Bell Helicopter which will be used to provide instructional materials about helicopters to use as a hands-on teaching activity for girls ages 8 to 16 for the September 24, 2016, youth outreach. “We are delighted with this grant which will enable us to present another fascinating… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation International, 30-Sep-16

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Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has entered into a new contract with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for an initial term… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 30-Sep-16

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Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Seventy years ago, on September 24, 1946, pioneering helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Alan Bristow Royal Navy, became the first Briton to land a helicopter on the deck of a naval frigate at sea. Few would have seen in the flimsy Sikorsky Hoverfly KK969 of those pioneering days the forerunner of the sophisticated naval helicopters of today,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 30-Sep-16

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Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has recently bought a second hand Airbus Helicopters EC25LP Super Puma Mk. It was originally used by the Spanish Police in 2010 for the National Police Corps Special Operations Group and returned to Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as part payment for their new EC135s. It was in storage up… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber has recently shared that they are looking into a new form of transportation; flight. Jeff Holden – head of Uber, reports CNBC, has looked into VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing). Many companies such as Boeing, Sikorsky and Airbus are also currently doing research and development of such a craft. VTOL would allow an aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

The development application to install a floating helipad on Perth’s Swan River has been approved by the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. An Expression of Interest (EOI) was released in 2013 for a new helipad in the CBD to aid tourism, but was later retracted as the costs could not be met. Brett… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures, a South Westland helicopter company that has been grounded since May, has been given permission to fly again by Civil Aviation. Alpine Adventures will be operating under the new name Fox-Franz Heliservices and a new board. Their initial grounding was only to last 10 days, but James Scott, the director and individual shareholder,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopter Market in Trouble

Russian Helicopter Market in Trouble

The Russian Helicopter Market is facing difficult times. In 2015-2016, Russia has faced a severe economic crisis, low oil prices and weak currency, which is affecting the demand for domestic and commercial helicopter flights. This, coupled with the competition of unmanned flights, is causing major problems for the helicopter market. As reported by Russian Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Health Service Centre (HSC) is eager to see the opening of a long delayed rooftop helipad. HSC and the City of Winnipeg are doing final safety tests to prove that all systems are operational and up to standard, once these tests are done they will receive an occupancy permit, reports Global News. The helipad… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-16

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First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

The first Sikorsky S76D helicopter has arrived in Europe and is currently engaged in pilot training.  Registered in the tax-efficient Isle of Man, the aircraft is likely destined for a corporate operation but the end customer has not been announced.  The aircraft was shipped through Southampton docks into the UK, and is now flying from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Sep-16

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Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

The 24th Guimbal G2 Cabri delivered via British distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre has arrived in the UK in the last week.  Serial 1164 as been delivered to HeliGroup at Wycombe Air Park, their second example of the type – a fleet expansion due to the high utilisation of their first G2. The helicopter – finished… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 27-Sep-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 25 September 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 25 September 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, 27-Sep-16

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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Santo Domingo Heliport Expansion

Santo Domingo Heliport Expansion

Plans for the expansion and modernization or the Santo Domingo Heliport have been completed. The heliport will be able to receive 6 helicopters and will be operational 24 hours a day, all week. The heliport will provide access to medical treatment to people across the country and the islands near the Dominican Republic, reports Dominican… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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GNAAS seeks funding for base project

GNAAS seeks funding for base project

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has applied for £1.9m of funding to create a centre of medical excellence in the North-East. Several sites in the Darlington and Tees Valley area are under consideration for the new base, which would bring the charity’s operational crew and its fundraising and administrative staff under one roof…. Read more »

Source: The Great North Air Ambulance Service, 26-Sep-16

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Aircraft Structural Repair to sponsor UH1OPS.com

Aircraft Structural Repair to sponsor UH1OPS.com

The UH1 Operators website at www.uh1ops.com is pleased to announce Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc as a new site sponsor.  Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc. of Stevensville Montana currently sells STC SR02475SE for the installation of the tailboom motion detection system for UH-1H helicopters. The Tailboom Motion Detection System consists of a rod incased in tubing to… Read more »

Source: Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc., 26-Sep-16

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Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

The National Police Air Service and the Police Service of Northern Ireland conducted a formation fly past over St. Paul’s Cathedral this afternoon as part of the service of remembrance for National Police Memorial Day 2016. A fitting tribute to honour almost 4,000 fallen colleagues, police air support crews flew in a diamond formation with… Read more »

Source: National Police Air Service, 26-Sep-16

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Apply for an HFI Scholarship

Apply for an HFI Scholarship

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) annually offers scholarships for students preparing for careers in rotorcraft aviation. Apply today and become part of the industry of tomorrow! The Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship promotes the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career. Bill Sanderson Scholarship winners attend a course from a selection offered by airframe and… Read more »

Source: HFI, 26-Sep-16

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M International Exhibiting at Helitech 2016

M International Exhibiting at Helitech 2016

M International is pleased to announce representatives from their world-class portfolio company’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC  (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL), MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) and Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) will be exhibiting at stand #12F20 from 11th to 13th October during the 2016 Helitech International Expo & Conference held at the RAI Center in… Read more »

Source: M International, 26-Sep-16

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CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) has announced that the fifth edition of CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser has been one of their biggest years yet, raising $387,675. Since it started in 2011, the fundraiser has seen the Alberta community come together and raise more than $4.1 million for STARS. This morning, STARS… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Sep-16

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American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

AHMEC’s history dates to 1993 when “spurred by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Helicopter Society, a number of rotary wing aviation pioneers and industry leaders discussed how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Helicopter Society and recognize the Delaware Valley as the cradle of rotary wing aviation in the United States,” explained… Read more »

Source: AHMEC, 26-Sep-16

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Bristow Rescues Louisiana Residents from Flooding

Bristow Rescues Louisiana Residents from Flooding

Bristow supported helicopter rescue efforts for Louisiana residents affected by historic flooding in the parishes around Livingston and East Baton Rouge in August 2016. Working in close coordination with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish, Bristow teams based at Galliano and New Iberia quickly mobilized the company’s response to provide… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 26-Sep-16

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