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PHi to supply six S-76C++ to Helijet

PHi to supply six S-76C++ to Helijet

Helijet International Inc. (“Helijet”) based in Richmond, B.C. Canada has entered into a Letter of Intent for the procurement and supply of up to six (6) newer model Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) based in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. The companies have signed definitive agreements for the delivery and acceptance of the first three… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 15-Jan-18

IHST Partner Releases New Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

IHST Partner Releases New Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

The European partner of the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) has updated and released a comprehensive 168-page guide for helicopter flight instructors based on extensive feedback from the helicopter training community.  The goal of the guide, which was developed in coordination with the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority, is to provide a primary resource… Read more »

Source: IHST, 15-Jan-18

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich first passenger of Volocopter

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich first passenger of Volocopter

During the Intel keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, German Air Taxi company Volocopter today announced that it has taken Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as the very first passenger of a Volocopter. “That was fantastic. That was the best flight I have ever had. Everybody will fly one… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 15-Jan-18

ADAC HEMS Academy receives EASA / LBA approval

ADAC HEMS Academy receives EASA / LBA approval

With the H145 Level D FFS at the ADAC HEMS Academy, a mission experienced flight training source is getting available for international H145 operators. The new H145 Level D simulator, developed and produced in close cooperation by Reiser Simulation & Training GmbH in Germany completes the portfolio of EC135 and EC45 FFS at the Academy… Read more »

Source: ADAC HEMS Academy, 15-Jan-18

72% of Rockwell Collins shareholders support UTC acquisition

72% of Rockwell Collins shareholders support UTC acquisition

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) (“Rockwell Collins”) announced that today its shareowners overwhelmingly approved the proposed acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) (“UTC”). More than 96 percent of all votes cast, representing more than 72 percent of all shares of common stock outstanding on the record date for the special meeting, were… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 15-Jan-18

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK.  Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January.  Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich. Wiking Helikopter Service will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-18

Winnipeg Police loan helicopter for film shoot

Winnipeg Police loan helicopter for film shoot

The Winnipeg Police Service is receiving backlash from local helicopter charter companies and the mayor after they leant their police helicopter to Hollywood movie shoot. Many are disgruntled at the fact that the taxpayer-funded helicopter was used, reports CTV News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

Aero Med Lost during EMS

Aero Med Lost during EMS

Aero Med got lost last Thursday, arriving 22 miles northwest of the incident scene. 20-year old Joel Kinsey died on scene, while the two other passengers were transported to the nearest hospital. Oakfield Township Fire Chief Sam Peterson explained that the error in their landing must have been due to an error in their software… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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Lakewood Police Approved for Drone Usage

Lakewood Police Approved for Drone Usage

The Lakewood Police Department have been given approval to have a drone accompany their first response helicopter by the FAA. The drone can be used for SAR, deployment, traffic collisions, crime scene investigation and search warrants, reports City of Lakewood.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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MedEvac Completes Developing HEMS Capacity Study

MedEvac Completes Developing HEMS Capacity Study

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce the completion of theDeveloping HEMS Capacity study.  Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) are a vital link to the healthcare systems of many countries around the world, however, these critical services do not exist, even in many of the world’s most economically developed nations and regions.  The MedEvac Foundation,… Read more »

Source: MedEvac, 10-Jan-18

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Safran Helicopter Engines appoints new Support VP

Safran Helicopter Engines appoints new Support VP

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Olivier Le Merrer as Executive Vice-President, Support and & Services. Olivier succeeds Franck Saudo who has been appointed CEO of Safran Transmissions Systems.   Olivier Le Merrer (57) joined Safran Aircraft Engines in 1982, fulfilling various roles in Engineering, Program Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Business Unit Management.   In 2009… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 10-Jan-18

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15th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

15th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

John Travolta, the “Official Ambassador of Aviation,” will host the 15th annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” Friday Jan. 19, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California. The event honors those who have made significant contributions to aviation. Legendary actor Harrison Ford will present the “Aviation Legacy Award,” and this year’s ceremony is dedicated… Read more »

Source: Living Legends of Aviation, 10-Jan-18

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Bell Makes Debut Exhibit at CES

Bell Makes Debut Exhibit at CES

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and major global helicopter manufacturer, revealed today at CES 2018 its air taxi cabin design and fully integrated user experience. The four-passenger cabin demonstrates Bell’s view of an on-demand mobility aircraft that focuses on a people-first engineered user experience tailored with an urban air taxi ride. “Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-Jan-18

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ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) based in the German city of Bonn have won a contract to supply EC135 helicopters to train German military pilots.  The contract was awarded to ALT on 19th December after a competitive tender, and targets a total of 6,500 flying hours over a three year period.  This tender included not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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ARMA Aviation delivers one millionth part

ARMA Aviation delivers one millionth part

After more than nine years of support to operations in Afghanistan, ARMA Aviation (ARMA) completed delivery of the one millionth Mi-series aircraft spare part for the Afghanistan Special Mission Wing (SMW) and the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF). ARMA Aviation is a sub-contractor under the Future Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (F2AST) Contractor Logistic Support (CLS)… Read more »

Source: ARMA Aviation, 09-Jan-18

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Waypoint Places H145 with CAF in Brazil

Waypoint Places H145 with CAF in Brazil

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a lease transaction for one H145 helicopter to CAF Táxi Aéreo (“CAF”) in Brazil to be used in private charter transportation within São Paulo.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s 15th H145 delivery, and the first lease Waypoint has… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 09-Jan-18

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FAA permits test flights of Surefly electric hybrid helicopter

FAA permits test flights of Surefly electric hybrid helicopter

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric mobility solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced it has received an Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will allow the company to conduct test flights of its SureFly™ electric hybrid helicopter. The first test flight… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group, 09-Jan-18

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LA County to approve new Firehawk maintenance contract

LA County to approve new Firehawk maintenance contract

Los Angeles County and Helicopter Support Inc. have agreed on a $4.2 million contract for the maintenance and repair of the county’s firefighting Sikorsky Firehawk helicopters. The contract will ensure that the county has readily available emergency response, reports Signals CV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-18

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FAA approves AMS ambulance interior for AW119 and AW109

FAA approves AMS ambulance interior for AW119 and AW109

AMS Heli Design, LLC is proud to announce receipt of a FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight,quickly removable emergency medical services Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW119 andAW109 helicopters. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli Design said, the ALSS interior has been developed with doctors’,nurses’, and paramedics’… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 09-Jan-18

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Netherlands police order another AW139

Netherlands police order another AW139

The Netherlands Police force have announced that they have ordered an AW139 helicopter by issuing a document through the EU TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) system. The announcement was made on 4th January, and refers to a contract signed with manufacturer Leonardo on 15th December. Document reference number is 2018/S 004-004742. This will be the third… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-18

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ARGUS International Launches Flight Department Best Practices Assessment

ARGUS International Launches Flight Department Best Practices Assessment

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce the launch of the Flight Department Best Practices Assessment for business aviation flight departments who wish to operate at a higher standard of safety. “ARGUS is proud to add the Flight Department Best Practices Assessment to our list of products and services to fill the gap for flight departments… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 09-Jan-18

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VNH South wins safety award

VNH South wins safety award

On 4th January 2018, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) honorably received Safety Excellent Award given by Korea National Oil Ltd. Company (KNOC) for Recognition of 10 Years Lost Time Injury Free. The award is granted to VNH South for exceptional performance for 10 continuous years of safe operations. From 2007 to now, VNH South… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 09-Jan-18

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Gwinnett County Police Department purchase MD530F

Gwinnett County Police Department purchase MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the purchase of a new MD 530F helicopter by the Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit. Approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in December, the new MD 530F will replace one of the Department’s two helicopters that was involved in an accident earlier this year. The Gwinnett County Aviation… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Jan-18

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Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

Bristow hires decontamination team for SAR helicopters and bases

The UK’s Search and Rescue Service operated by Bristow Group has commissioned an emergency cleaning specialist to provide de-contamination services for its helicopters and bases. CleanSafe Services teams are now available 24 hours a day to respond to any urgent cleaning task the search and rescue service needs their help with. Bristow operates a fleet… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Jan-18

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Honeywell expands datalink Services

Honeywell expands datalink Services

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) launched a new Future Air Navigation System testing capability as part of its GoDirect™ Datalink services. The new built-in tool will give operators using GoDirect Datalink the ability to test the system on their aircraft after installation, thus verifying that the system is installed and correctly working. This helps operators and pilots… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Jan-18

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NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

A police officer, working at the National Police Air Service is to be awarded a MBE for his services to policing. Sergeant Scott Gallagher has worked in Police Air Support for over ten years and for the National Police Air Service since its formation in 2012. Joining North Wales Police in 1994, Scott managed the… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 08-Jan-18

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Russia and Ukraine compete for selling helicopter to Nepal Army

Russia and Ukraine compete for selling helicopter to Nepal Army

Nepal Army (NA) has already started the groundwork for procuring two more Russian made Mi-17 V5 helicopter however, the Ukraine based company has been lobbying NA via political and business agents. At present, NA and the Government of Nepal have been discussing about the procurement of appropriate helicopter after the Ukrainian company approached with MI-8… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 08-Jan-18

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Erickson makes three senior appointments

Erickson makes three senior appointments

Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and aerial services company, continues to build its leadership team under CEO and Director Douglas Kitani. Effective immediately, Kevin Cochie will serve as Vice President and General Manager of Defense and National Security where he will lead and manage sales, operations and growth for the business as well as… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Jan-18

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Royal Columbian Hospital Opens Upgraded Helipad

Royal Columbian Hospital Opens Upgraded Helipad

Royal Columbian Hospital how has a new helipad. The helipad was part of a $1.35 billion redevelopment program. A new helipad was an essential upgrade, as RCH is the only hospital in the province with trauma, cardiac, neurosciences, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care units, reports BC Local News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-18

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Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

The operational arm of Heliports of Russia has ordered two H130 helicopters from Airbus for 2018 delivery.  The company’s short press release states that the aircraft will help “expand the list of services provided and increase the market share” of the company Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus Helicopters Japan (AHJ) has successfully handed over the first H145//BK117D-2 to Hiratagakuen, at a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe facility today. The aircraft will enter into service for the emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki prefecture in June 2018. This new delivery reinforces the partnership between Hiratagakuen and AHJ. Hiratagakuen signed the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus has delivered an H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited. The aircraft will be based out of Toronto, ON and will be the second H125 to join TransCanada PipeLines’ fleet. With one of North Americas largest infrastructure portfolios, TransCanada has built and maintains a 91,500 km network of natural gas pipelines, which supplies more than 25… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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NBAA Launching New Business Aviation Mentoring Program

NBAA Launching New Business Aviation Mentoring Program

NBAA is implementing the first phase of a mentoring program this month, matching experienced industry veterans with individuals wanting to explore opportunities in business aviation. The “beta” version of the program matches 20 sets of people who were paired based on the specific interests and goals of both the mentees and the mentors, but Brian… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 05-Jan-18

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Optima Aero and UI helicopter CO enter into agreement

Optima Aero and UI helicopter CO enter into agreement

Optima Aero inc and UI helicopter CO Ltd have entered into a long term agreement in which Optima Aero will lease PT6T-3B engines to UI Helicopters CO Ltd in the context of a long term contract with South Korean Forestry Services to support Bell 412. This new long term engine leasing service by Optima Aero,… Read more »

Source: Optima Aero, 05-Jan-18

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NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

A police officer, working at the National Police Air Service is to be awarded a MBE for his services to policing. Sergeant Scott Gallagher has worked in Police Air Support for over ten years and for the National Police Air Service since its formation in 2012. Joining North Wales Police in 1994, Scott managed the… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 05-Jan-18

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Don Wall and PHI, Inc complete acquisition of HNZ Group

Don Wall and PHI, Inc complete acquisition of HNZ Group

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (“HNZ” or the “Corporation”) and PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced today that they have completed the previously announced statutory plan of arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Arrangement”) involving the acquisition by Don Wall, the Corporation’s President… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 05-Jan-18

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USHST safety experts to offer 13 workshops at Heli-Expo 2018

USHST safety experts to offer 13 workshops at Heli-Expo 2018

Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 participants in Las Vegas at 13 different workshops in a wide variety of topics. The USHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through a government and industry cooperative effort that has resulted in a decrease… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Jan-18

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NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

Business aviation is finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain talent, in part because the airlines are offering what is perceived to be a better deal, and in part because of an overall decline in the number of people choosing aviation careers. Why do some business aircraft pilots believe that the airlines are a… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 05-Jan-18

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UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair Helicopters has recently ordered four H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, states a local press source quoting commercial director Oleg Semenov.  The first will be delivered in April/May 2018 with all four arriving by mid-summer.  They will replace four Robinson R44s which are no longer being used operationally, but are leased out by UTair to other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-18

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Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot dies in fixed wing accident

Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot dies in fixed wing accident

Dean Voelkerling, Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot and operations manager at Northland Emergency Services Trust, as well as a yet unknown passenger were killed in a light plane accident. Farm workers in Northland reported seeing debris fall from the plane before it crashed, reports New Zealand Herald.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Coast Guard Helicopters, provided by CHC Ireland, are proud to review the year of 2017. They conducted 750 missions, assisted 316 and were able to save 175 people, reports Flying in Ireland.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

The A.L.E.R.T air ambulance program for Kalispell Regional Medical Center has upgraded their helicopter with the newest B407 model. Their old helicopter will now be used as a back up and for pilot training after 17 years in service and a total of 6,500 flight hours. The new B407 came to a total of $4… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Sonar problem stops Canadian S92 deck landings

Sonar problem stops Canadian S92 deck landings

The Canadian Forces are having troubles with their S92 deck landings. The sonar systems used by the Cyclones protrude from the bottom of the helicopter, where it risks being bumped by a landing system. Once the sonars are removed, the helicopters will still be able to be used for testing and training, reports Global News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Belgian Police to add fifth MD Explorer

Belgian Police to add fifth MD Explorer

The Belgian Federal Police are to acquire a fifth MD Explorer after buying a pre-owned aircraft from a local operator. The force started their journey with MD Helicopters in 1997 when they put three MD900 Explorers to work, supplementing these two years later with a pair of two single engine MD520s.  They then added a fourth… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Canadian Helicopters receives $8.0 Million Term Loan

Canadian Helicopters receives $8.0 Million  Term Loan

Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or “the Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced the closing of a $8.0 million term loan (the “Agreement”) with Canadian Helicopters Limited (“Canadian Helicopters”), which is part of the HNZ Group of Companies (“HNZ”) (TSX: HNZ), an international provider of helicopter transportation and… Read more »

Source: Crown Capital Partners, 03-Jan-18

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Science Channel to feature S92 in new Mega Machines series

Science Channel to feature S92 in new Mega Machines series

The S-92® helicopter produced by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.” This debut episode airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on the Science Channel.  The engineering-focused show highlights the robust design and reliability of the S-92 and features… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Jan-18

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Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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AW139 fleet reaches milestone 2,000,000 flight hours

AW139 fleet reaches milestone 2,000,000 flight hours

The AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter global fleet has reached an outstanding milestone of two million flight hours, across all operational scenarios on five continents, while performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government and military operators. This accomplishment was reached just three years after the achievement of the first million showing impressive reliability,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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AHS International Awards open for nominees

AHS International Awards open for nominees

The AHS Awards Program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the world’s outstanding leaders in industry, government and academia. The number of awards presented annually has grown steadily, as has the prestige and importance associated with them. The AHS Awards Program acts as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances… Read more »

Source: AHS, 03-Jan-18

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First dual hook jettison demonstrated by CH-53K

First dual hook jettison demonstrated by CH-53K

For the first time, a CH-53K King Stallion performed a dual point external load and successfully demonstrated the auto-jettison capability of the aircraft, using a 5,000 lb. load. The test took place Dec. 5 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Currently, there are four Engineering Development and Manufacturing Model… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 03-Jan-18

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First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

After almost 35 years of service, Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Weitzman of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit announced he will retire early in the new year. Sgt. Weitzman’s first introduction to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was as a reserve deputy while attending UCSB.  Even at age 21, he knew he wanted… Read more »

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff, 03-Jan-18

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EASA certifies AW109 Trekker

EASA certifies AW109 Trekker

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the AW109 Trekker helicopter was issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yesterday. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2018. The milestone marks the entry into the market of the newest light twin-engine helicopter designed by Leonardo, further strengthening its leading position in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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Erickson fights Australian fires for 20th season

Erickson fights Australian fires for 20th season

Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en… Read more »

Source: Erickson Incorporated, 03-Jan-18

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HAI to honour 2017 Disaster Response by the Helicopter Industry

HAI to honour 2017 Disaster Response by the Helicopter Industry

2017 was a year of natural disasters, and each time, helicopter crews responded. Fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake — unfortunately our industry had many opportunities to demonstrate the unique abilities of helicopters to conduct rescue, relief, and recovery missions. Helicopter Association International proudly salutes the men, women, companies, agencies, units, and squadrons who answered the calls… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Jan-18

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Babcock secures new air ambulance contract in Gothenburg

Babcock secures new air ambulance contract in Gothenburg

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) has been selected to operate a patient transfer service for the people of Gothenburg, Sweden. The new contract will see Babcock operate a specially-configured  AW169 helicopter from a new base in Gothenburg. Flights will start in 2018 when the operation transfers to Babcock from the current in-house provider. The contract… Read more »

Source: Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance, 03-Jan-18

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Helijet fined for 2016 EMS helipad violations

Helijet fined for 2016 EMS helipad violations

HeliJet has been fined a total of $26,250 for aviation violations in B.C. This is the biggest fine from Transport Canada for 2016, reports Vancouver Sun. They also have been fined for landing night flights onto H1 category helipads.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

Gwinnett County Police Department is currently looking to replace their crashed MD 530F helicopter. Insurance from the crash will cover $2.25 million, with the Police Tax Contingency Fund covering the remaining $1.7 million, reports Gwinnett Daily Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Lawsuit filed over 2016 AS350 accident in Antarctica

Lawsuit filed over 2016 AS350 accident in Antarctica

Charges against the Department of the Environment and Energy, and Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd have been laid following the death of 62-year-old pilot, David Wood. Mr Wood fell down a crevasse while delivering fuel drums. He died of hypothermia the following day. Comcare, federal work health and safety regulator, has said that the department has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

(Electronic translation) The Governing Council has authorized the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning an expense of 14.57 million euros for the extension , for one year, of the hiring of helicopters for the fight against forest fires , with the company Faasa aviation . This lot, whose validity ends next December 31, is one… Read more »

Source: Andalucia Government, 02-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell is excited to work on a flying taxi project. They have joined with Embraer, Mooney, Aurora Flight Sciences and Pipistrel Aircraft in order to develop the aircraft. They hope to be the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) when the project gets underway, beating all the other competitors to the Uber name, reports Biz Journals.

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs. DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades. This emergency flotation system… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 21-Dec-17

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Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

LifeFlight helicopters have not been authorized to land at Nova Scotia hospital helipads since April 2016, due to changing regulations by Transport Canada. Now, however, two new Sikorsky S-76 C+ helicopters are ready to go into service. Nova Scotians have commented how the new helicopters will help save lives as they will be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-17

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Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

With little advance notice, aerial firefighting companies demonstrated their rapid response capability to post-season fires throughout southern California, which have destroyed thousands of structures, and hundreds of thousands of acres across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. As the fires, driven by the dry Santa Ana winds, spread, aircrews, mechanics and fuel truck drivers, who thought they would see no further… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association, 20-Dec-17

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Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Mountain Wilderness Switzerland is against helicopters dropping cyclists on the canton Valais mountain peaks. They commented that the cyclists will have a negative impact on the alpine environment. The nature protection organisation has also commented on the carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution from the helicopters themselves, reports Swiss Info.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Trade union Unite has asked its members if they would join in a strike, should the Super Puma helicopter return to North Sea operations. Many oil and gas companies including Statoil ASA, Shell UK and BP plc have severed links with the Super Pumas, after the fatal crash in Norway in April 2016, reports Rigzone.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

SKOL Airlines have received three new Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters were delivered by GTLK State Transport Leasing Company, reports, Russian Aviation Insider. The helicopters are equipped for medical evacuation and assistance.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

The Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) 2018 was launched at a press conference last week with to an audience of Defence Attachés, representatives of the Egyptian Armed Forces, members of the media and the defence industry. Attendees were addressed by a panel which included Major General Doctor Mohamed Al Assar, Minister of State for Military Production,… Read more »

Source: The Egypt Defence Expo, 20-Dec-17

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San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, received notice that the City of San Diego intends to award a contract for one S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopter in a baseline configuration. The San Diego City Council voted last Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to approve the purchase. Rendering of the Firehawk™ that will provide the City of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Dec-17

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Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 20-Dec-17

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CityAirbus reaches next milestone

CityAirbus reaches next milestone

The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation is celebrating the completion of its first anniversary at its FBO in the VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai South) with the news that it has been awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification. The accreditation was received by the company on 30th November following a third-party audit by… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 20-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

On 29th November, Leaders from across the UK Helicopter Industry gathered in Henley for a Round Table meeting the aim of which was to bring together front-runners representing the whole gamut of onshore business for an afternoon and evening of informal discussions on areas of mutual interest.  BHA member, Mike O’Donoghue chaired the Round Table… Read more »

Source: Buyer Europe Magazine, 19-Dec-17

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