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Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro Aviation recently delivered the first EC145e from one of its largest commercial helicopter orders to the University of Utah Health AirMed program. Metro’s completion center, located in Shreveport, Louisiana, outfitted the lightweight helicopter with mission-specific gear tailored to hot environments, high altitude conditions and avalanche rescues.  Additionally, the aircraft features standard air ambulance equipment,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Sep-18

Boeing and PGZ Partner for KRUK Attack Helicopter Program

Boeing and PGZ Partner for KRUK Attack Helicopter Program

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) have signed an agreement to partner on a range of business opportunities for the AH-64 Apache in support of the KRUK Attack Helicopter Program. The AH-64 Apache is under consideration by the Government of Poland for its attack helicopter requirement. As part of this effort, Boeing and… Read more »

Source: PGZ, 11-Sep-18

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Aramco to acquire five Airbus H145s via Milestone

Aramco to acquire five Airbus H145s via Milestone

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Airbus Helicopters announced today they will provide five H145s to Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. The five aircraft are sourced from Milestone’s orderbook with Airbus and are expected… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) today welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal to their air base. During the visit he met with representatives from GWAAC to find out more about their new air base, which is currently under construction in Almondsbury. The HELP Appeal is the only… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Sep-18

Redmond Announces New Helipad

Redmond Announces New Helipad

Members of the community and Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce joined Redmond Regional on Thursday, August 23 for a ribbon cutting celebration of the hospital’s new helipad. In addition to the new construction, Redmond also announced an agreement with AirLife Georgia to base a full-time helicopter and flight crew at the hospital. Redmond’s decision to… Read more »

Source: Redmond Regional Medical Center, 11-Sep-18

T625 Multirole completes first flight

T625 Multirole completes first flight

T625 Multirole Helicopter of Turkish Aerospace Industries has successfully performed its first flight on 6th of September 2018, at its facilities in Ankara, Turkey. The first prototype of new generation, 6 tone, light intermediate, T625 Helicopter which is completely designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace, completed its maiden flight after several ground tests. During its… Read more »

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 11-Sep-18

Garmin acquires FltPlan.com

Garmin acquires FltPlan.com

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) today announced that it has acquired Flight Plan LLC (FltPlan), a privately held provider of electronic flight planning, scheduling, and trip support services, including the popular website FltPlan.com and mobile application FltPlan Go. FltPlan is one of the largest flight planning companies in the world, creating more than 6.3 million flight plans… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Sep-18

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiaratagakuen has welcomed its second H145//BK117D-2, following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December 2017. Currently operating 14 H135s and one H145//BK117D-2, this new H145//BK117D-2 will join Hiratagakuen’s growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions, and serves as a passenger and material transport. The first H145//BK117D-2 already entered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

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Avialift Vladivostok orders Kamov Ka32

Avialift Vladivostok orders Kamov Ka32

Russian Helicopters and Avialift Vladivostok have signed a contract for the delivery of the medium-sized multipurpose Ka-32A11BC helicopter in cargo performance as part of the Gidroaviasalon-2018 international exhibition. The deputy director general of the holding “Russian Helicopters” on sales of civil helicopter equipment Dmitry Danilov and the general director of Avialift Vladivostok JSC Sergey Gutsaluk… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

A pedestal assembly receives a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes inboard and outboard tip ribs that extend above the wing and respectively define inboard and outboard slots. The pedestal assembly also includes inboard and outboard bearing cartridges. The inboard bearing cartridge… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 10-Sep-18

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Investment Firms Battle for Great Slave Helicopters Assets

Investment Firms Battle for Great Slave Helicopters Assets

Investment firms are currently fighting over the assets of Great Slave Helicopters. The company, a subsidiary of Discovery Air, was given creditor protection until 4 October 2018. The company has lost $13.7M in the last two years, reports CBC News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Sep-18

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Helicopter Valuations in Turbulent Times

Helicopter Valuations in Turbulent Times

The dangers and uncertainties of an unstable market are plentiful. Businesses struggle to find their footing and make all possible adjustments to survive the storm. We are seeing some recovery, but it’s no secret that the helicopter industry is still trying to cope with a depressed market. We’ve seen almost every possible situation play out… Read more »

Source: HeliValue$, 10-Sep-18

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HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

With over 500 flights each year it’s quite common to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and this much used facility is about to undergo an upgrade. The upgrade to the current landing site will allow the helipad to meet the increasing demands due to larger… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Sep-18

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Garmin announces availability of software upgrades

Garmin announces availability of software upgrades

Garmin is pleased to announce the availability of multiple software upgrades and approvals across several products including the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is approved for use as a standby instrument… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 10-Sep-18

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Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods, a global leader in emergency air medical services, and Anthem today announced that the companies are partnering to provide Anthem consumers with access to Air Methods’ emergency medical services as part of their in-network health coverage benefits. The new partnership covers consumers who are enrolled in Anthem affiliated health plans in Indiana, Kentucky,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Sep-18

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SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI Industries is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a US patent for the internal baffling systems within our flexible liquid transport tanks, including our Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT). The BATT is constructed of two tanks: an outer tank, which provides secondary containment, secures the BATT to the aircraft, and protects the… Read more »

Source: SEI Industries, 10-Sep-18

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Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a cooperative agreement with NASA for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight demonstration in the National Airspace System (NAS) expected to be conducted in 2020. The cooperative agreement outlines the goal of progressing toward routine commercial UAS operations in the NAS. Bell and our collaborative teammates… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the purchase of a new MD 530F by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The proven MD 530F, single-engine helicopter is configured to support powerline utility, inspections, and construction operations throughout TVA’s multi-state service area, as well as increase safety and reduce costs. This will be the third MDHI… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 10-Sep-18

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Whirly-Girls Opens 2019 Scholarship Season

Whirly-Girls Opens 2019 Scholarship Season

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2019 scholarship season. Deserving female aviators can apply for over $150,000 of helicopter flight training and educational scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity. Applications are due October 15. This year, scholarship sponsors include… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 10-Sep-18

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Bell 505 lands in Africa

Bell 505 lands in Africa

With more than 100 Bell 505s already delivered around the world already being used for many different missions, the aircraft has now officially made it to Kenya. Earlier this month, Bell Independent Representative, Africair, delivered the first Bell 505 to KIDL Operations in Kenya, one of the fastest growing operators in East Africa specializing in executive transport. The… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Rotortrade partners with Indocopters

Rotortrade partners with Indocopters

Rotortrade and Indocopters (Vectra Group) announce the signing of a Network Partnership Agreement to offer nose to tail pre-owned helicopter sales, retrofit and support solutions in India. Rotortrade a leading international helicopter dealer and distributor with 6 offices around the world and Indocopters the largest specialist helicopter MRO provider in India based in Greater Noida… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 07-Sep-18

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Sale of 4 Patriot Fire Units from Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands

Sale of 4 Patriot Fire Units from Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of four (4) Netherlands Patriot Fire Units for an estimated cost of $105 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Netherlands has requested Recapitalization (RECAP) of four (4)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 07-Sep-18

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ForeFlight introduces Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS

ForeFlight introduces Mobile Pre-Departure Clearance and Digital ATIS

ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, now offers customers mobile Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) and Digital Automated Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS). The PDC service, in partnership with Satcom Direct, automatically delivers, via text and email, departure clearance information at over 70 of the busiest airports in North America, simplifying operations and… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 07-Sep-18

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The future of GA – safer, simpler, more affordable

The future of GA – safer, simpler, more affordable

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference ‘A Vision for the Future of General Aviation’ (6-8 Nov 2018 in Vienna/Austria) on safer, simpler and more affordable flying introduces the new era of innovation and sharing of airspace, flights in General Aviation The conference will launch a new European GA strategy focusing on safer, simpler and more affordable flying,… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Sep-18

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Heli-Union announces new partnership

Heli-Union announces new partnership

On 29th-30th August 2018, Heli-Union and Bestfly held a demonstration show in Bestfly premises, located in Luanda Airport, Angola, gathering both the local authorities and Oil and Gas companies operating in the country. The participants showed great interests in this latest industrial revolution in Angola. The demonstration was with an aim to present the strong… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 07-Sep-18

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EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has today publically launched our new First Aid Training Programme. Our mission is simple, we want to save more lives and minimise the impact of trauma and medical emergencies in the future by forming the chain of survival and delivering first aid training to workplaces and community organisations across East… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 06-Sep-18

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CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

The training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi), has announced a brand new, two-day training course on risk-based oversight and surveillance. Risk-Based Oversight, or Performance-Based Regulation as it is commonly known in the UK, is an oversight system which compliments compliance-based auditing. A risk-based approach allows regulators to fully… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 06-Sep-18

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Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

The organisers of Helitech have finally listened to what their customers want and moved the UK venue out of London to as location which will allow proper demo flights.  Way back on 21st September 2012, HeliHub.com announced that Helitech was to move from its Duxford location to an indoor exhibition centre in central London –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-18

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RS Helicopter set to start H125 operations in Nepal

RS Helicopter set to start H125 operations in Nepal

R.S Helicopter Pvt. Ltd, a new operator in Nepal, was awarded License for operating Charter Helicopter services from Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) dated July 21st, 2018. According to the highly placed source, the helicopter company has been awarded License No. 161|075|76 from MoCTCA to operate 3 AS350B3e (H125) Helicopter with base outside… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 30-Aug-18

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Bristow Group To Present At The 2018 Barclays CEO Energy

Bristow Group To Present At The 2018 Barclays CEO Energy

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE : BRS ) announced today that it will be presenting at the Barclays CEO Energy – Power Conference to be held in New York City on September 4 – 6, 2018. Jonathan Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Don Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present on Wednesday, September 5, at 9:05 a.m. Eastern… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 30-Aug-18

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CHC Completes First Flight for Neptune Energy

CHC Completes First Flight for Neptune Energy

Earlier this month Neptune Energy and CHC Helicopter celebrated the inaugural flight from Norwich, with the H175 to the Cygnus A and Cygnus B installations in the Southern North Sea as part of a new 22-month contract with multiple extension options. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our 17 year aviation partnership… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Aug-18

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Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355

Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355

Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355 Twin Turbine Helicopter trainer to a new dedicated classroom. The impressive space is located in Aurora, OR, where Columbia Helicopters operates the ELITE Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) in order to keep their pilots current and proficient. Accomplishing training using the AATD is much more cost effective and beneficial… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 30-Aug-18

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Phi Helipass Awarded Patent for Kiosk for Energy Industry Logistics

Phi Helipass Awarded Patent for Kiosk for Energy Industry Logistics

An automated kiosk and related apparatus provide check-in and boarding services to energy sector passengers, such as helicopter passengers. Preferably, the kiosk and related apparatus can take and store a picture of the passenger, calculate and/or measure the weight of the passenger and the passenger’s luggage, print luggage tags and boarding printouts, check third parties’ databases (such… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 29-Aug-18

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TAI completes ground testing of new T625 prototype

TAI completes ground testing of new T625 prototype

TAI’s newest T625 prototype has recently completed ground tests. The next step will be for the aircraft to perform it’s first test flight later this year. They hope to begin production on a large scale after 2021, reports Daily Sabah.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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Russian helicopter maker ready to cooperate with China

Russian helicopter maker ready to cooperate with China

Russian Helicopters is currently working with Chinese aviation companies to create a heavy helicopter. They are looking to finish negotiations this year. A future of joint ventures is becoming a possibility, reports Xinhua Net.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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United Rotorcraft receives contract for Ventura County Firehawks

United Rotorcraft receives contract for Ventura County Firehawks

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce the receipt of a contract with Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) to convert two surplus U.S. Army aircraft into FIREHAWK® helicopters. VCFD purchased two U.S. Army HH-60L aircraft, originally configured as dedicated MEDEVAC helicopters.  These aircraft were outfitted with the United Rotorcraft medical equipment and patient litter systems, some… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 29-Aug-18

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JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

JETcopter – VTOL aviation startup , today announced launch of tests of a new type propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts . 2 centrifugal air turbines in enclosed housings , each 200 cm diameter (6.6 feet ) , will rotate in opposite directions at high RPM to create thrust similar to 11 meters ( 36 feet… Read more »

Source: JETcopter, 29-Aug-18

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USATS announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

USATS  announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

U.S. Aviation Training Solutions Inc. (USATS – formerly the Bristow Academy), today announced a major forthcoming rotary wing training course, reaffirmed its commitment to its core energy sector clients and spoke of innovative future course offerings with a drive into the fixed wing training sector. “We’re proud of our 30-year heritage, leading standards for commercial… Read more »

Source: USATS, 29-Aug-18

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Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker, a leader in aviation research, consulting and education, has announced Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Release 18.2 is now available with even more aircraft and the latest operating cost data. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget and financial analysis tool in the industry, LCC provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers,… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 28-Aug-18

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I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

A mobile helicopter landing pad comprises a platform with one or more elongate, concave guiding channels for aligning a helicopter on the landing pad by forcing the helicopter’s skates into a specific alignment upon landing. The guiding channels may have laterally disposed rollers or else be made of slick material to allow the helicopter to slide towards the base of the guiding channel… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 27-Aug-18

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Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

A sensing orifice for an aircraft, an aircraft with such a sensing orifice and a method for assembling a sensing orifice for an aircraft are provided. The aircraft may be an airplane, a helicopter, a UAV, a drone or similar. The static sensing orifice includes a passage through an outer skin of the aircraft and a moisture… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 24-Aug-18

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Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has certified Appareo’s Vision 1000 in the Enstrom 480B turbine helicopter.  FAA certification for the Vision 1000 was granted in June followed by EASA and the Brazilian ANAC.  Approval is in process with the Chinese CAAC and the CAA of Argentina. The Vision 1000 is Appareo’s FAA-certified cockpit recording device that captures attitude data,… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 24-Aug-18

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Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Each year the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce hosts the J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year awards, with the support of our sponsors, the Forum, Chase Bank and the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund. “The Chamber is proud to announce that our Industry of the Year Award recipient this year will… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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MedFlight to fly into new facility

MedFlight to fly into new facility

Visitors to Troy have been watching the progress as the new Kettering hospital Troy location has been rising from the former Hobart property at the corners of West Main, Elm, and Water streets. As construction progresses, Kettering Health Network is excited to let residents know of some of the services that will be available at… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have given an iconic aircraft sculpture a new lease of life as its gate guardian. The full-size sculpture of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 who had previously used it as promotional tool at new housing developments. During the 1970s Barratts… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Aug-18

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CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), aviation regulatory authority has planned to set charter flights’ fare for the helicopter company. Due to lack of government standards, Nepali helicopter companies had been charging irregular helicopter fare. Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of the Authority stated that the authority received report on the Fake rescue investigation conducted by the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Aug-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

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Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

A helicopter-hoist system is described. The system may include: hoist equipment, illumination systems, range-measuring equipment, camera(s), communication systems, display devices, processing/control systems including image-processing systems, and power-management systems. The system may also include a smart-hook for measuring a load on the hook. Based on the measured load on the cable, the lighting may be illuminated in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 22-Aug-18

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FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

If you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed. That’s the stern warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. wildland fire agencies have for pilots of unmanned aircraft (“UAS,” or more popularly “drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires. When firefighting aircraft have to be grounded due to an unauthorized drone flight, there are… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Aug-18

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VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of the 35th Annual Student Design Competition: the team comprised of the University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics took top honors in the graduate category, while the University of Maryland’s undergraduate team took first place in the undergraduate competition. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) sponsored the competition… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 22-Aug-18

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USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be participating on Oct. 23-25 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Hurst, TX. The free conference (www.faahelisafety.org) gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad. Experts… Read more »

Source: USHST, 22-Aug-18

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Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Elastomeric bearings exhibit a reactive positive spring effect, i.e., they produce an opposing torque or force when angular displacement or translation is applied upon them, due to shear stress developed within their elastomer parts. The present invention incorporates a device that exhibits an increasingly strong torque or force in the same direction as the displacement,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 21-Aug-18

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VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

Van Horn Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 21-Aug-18

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Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-18

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FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 21-Aug-18

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Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gualter Helicopter as exclusive distributor in Brazil. Rotortrade Services is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters and Gualter Helicopter is a company that specializes in the sale of aircraft with focus on executive aviation in Brazil. Rotortrade Services continues… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 21-Aug-18

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CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

On August 9 and 10, CHC Brasil held its fourth CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s event was attended by more than 150 attendees and featured nine presentations around the theme: “Consistent Level of Safety: Continuous Monitoring of Systems and Human Performance.” The event began with opening remarks from CHC’s… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Aug-18

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DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART Aerospace has recently received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new Cable Cutter System for the H130/EC130 family of aircraft. In today’s helicopter world, a significant proportion of helicopter incidents relate to wire strikes with aircraft operating in urban areas and close to populated regions being most at risk; for this… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Aug-18

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Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development is just about to be taken, with the purchase of a new state of the art Airbus H145 helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Aug-18

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Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

A meeting was held at Flight Safety Standards Department (FSSD), Sinamangal Kathmandu among all the helicopter operators of Nepal including flight safety chief, operational directors, chief pilots and safety directors. FSSD Chief Mr. Raju Shrestha highlighted safety enhancement in context of Nepalese helicopter operation. Captain GM Lama discussed the requirement of Ground Safety such as… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 20-Aug-18

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Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhouse recently showcased their new electrical pickup truck and their SureFly, an octocopter drone. The hybrid helicopter has eight propellers that ensure balance, giving it more of a drone design than that of a helicopter. Workhouse is looking to bring out the aircraft in 2020, reports Mashable.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

We’re pleased to confirm that the precautionary testing of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter and airbase have confirmed no contamination has been identified. The Air Ambulance Airbase, located in Semington, was closed temporarily and the Air Ambulance was grounded on August 1 for testing to take place, as part of the ongoing operation into the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-18

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Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus continues to strengthen its investments in education in Brazil. The company announced the renewal of its partnership with the School of Engineering of São Carlos of the University of São Paulo (EESC – USP) at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held at Congonhas Airport (SP) . For 10 years, Airbus has supported… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand. “We genuinely value the trust… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Aug-18

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AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) would like to respond to the National Association of State EMS Officials press release, dated Aug 3, “NASEMSO Responds to Borders in the Sky.” NASEMSO and AAMS, as well as a host of other organizations, support the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). That compact, according… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Aug-18

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Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras participates in the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), scheduled from August 14 to 16, at Congonhas Airport (SP). In the year it celebrates 40 years, the company will present the first H145 model helicopter in operation in the Brazilian market, as well as the recent investments in its wide range of products… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

HeliOffshore  SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is already delivering significant volumes of operational data from frontline offshore helicopter operations around the world. As the scope of the programme is expanded, it has the potential to generate a wide range of data that supports and validates multiple aspects of HeliOffshore’s work to enhance safety. To… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Aug-18

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New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

Construction of modern helipad has been completed in Rasuwa. Nepalese Army preserving Langtang National Park, working on construction of helipad that can even help to land helicopters in night, has been successfully completed. The helipad is constructed at the old helipad site. The construction of helipad located at Dhunche was estimated to cost around 1.5… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Aug-18

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ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that ICON Aviation has been appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter in Brazil. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at LABACE exhibition. The distribution agreement, which follows established charter services provided by ICON Aviation in the country with other AW109 variants and the AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Aug-18

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Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today at LABACE 2018 that it has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda. Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 16-Aug-18

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MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

Morten Beyer & Agnew (“mba”) announced updates to their leading online valuation tool, REDBOOK, with the release of the new Helicopter Module. The new section provides vintage specific Half Time and Full Life helicopter values with the option to adjust for configuration, allowing industry players quick and easy access to data. This platform will allow those… Read more »

Source: Morten Beyer & Agnew, 16-Aug-18

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UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Indonesian operator Jhonlin Air Transport (JAT )will soon take delivery of a new Airbus H145.  The aircraft has been noted recently test flying at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany and is in a yellow and black colour scheme. JAT is based at Syamsudin Noor International Airport and was formed in late 2011…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

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Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper University Health Care has expanded its life-saving air medical transport service to the South Jersey community with the addition of a new helicopter. Cooper has been providing this vital service to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties since 2010. The new helicopter, Cooper 2, is based out of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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