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Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

Leading global helicopter offshore hoist operator Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) has signed for one H145 today at Helitech International. The new aircraft – to be delivered in December 2017- will be operated from HTM’s bases at Emden, Norden, Borkum and Helgoland, serving offshore windfarms in the German Bight. The H145 joins HTM’s already-extensive inventory of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus Helicopters is celebrating two decades of operations with the H135 light twin, multi-mission helicopter at the Helitech show. Twenty years after its entry into service and thanks to continuous evolution, the H135 has significantly extended its performance and mission capabilities. Today, more than 300 customers in 75 countries operate the H135 for a wide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Orange County commissioners are arguing the proposal of helicopter tours near The Orlando Eye. The objections were based around the safety issues of flying near the 400 ft. wheel, near theme parks and the noise it would make around the neighbouring residential area, reports Orlando Sentinel. A counter argument is being made over how measures… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced new updates in their continued progress with their training center in Valencia, Spain – continuing to meet commitments to bring a regional training solution to Europe. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training is designed… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 17-Oct-16

Russian Helicopters promotes Mi-26 fire safety

Russian Helicopters promotes Mi-26 fire safety

Mi-26TS was bought by the Chinese company, Lectern Aviation Supplies, for the needs of Shandong, where there an active program aimed at the forest area preservation and increase is being implemented. After being delivered to China, the helicopter proceeded to complete operations involving fire fighting and the transportation of equipment and large-scale cargoes; it was… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

IMT receives $200K police order

IMT receives $200K police order

Integrated Microwave Technology (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the law enforcement, broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, announced it has received a $200,000 order from a prominent state police agency located in the Mid-Atlantic region for an Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS). The system consists of video communications equipment and related services that extend the efficacy of tactical operations… Read more »

Source: IMT, 17-Oct-16

Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

I met up with Mark Kelly at Helitech 2016. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Lobo Leasing in January 2016. Mark worked in his family’s engineering business in Ireland for ten years, self-sponsored his way to a pilot’s license and then joined CHC as a co-pilot on the Puma fleet in… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 14-Oct-16

Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the North American sales leader in law enforcement helicopters for more than a decade, will exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 16-18, Booth #4927. The California Highway Patrol operates 11 H125/AS350-series AStar aircraft to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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Safran marks 20th anniversary of Airbus Helicopters H135

Safran marks 20th anniversary of Airbus Helicopters H135

Safran congratulates Airbus Helicopters on the 20th anniversary of the entry-into-service of its H135 light twin. The first EC135, powered by Safran engines, was delivered in 1996. Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said: “I wish Airbus Helicopters a happy anniversary for its H135 family. It is a great aircraft that over the years has… Read more »

Source: Safran, 14-Oct-16

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Corail Helicopters becomes launch customer for Fleet Keeper service offering

Corail Helicopters becomes launch customer for Fleet Keeper service offering

Corail Helicopters, operator of a 7 Airbus Helicopters fleet, has become the launch customer of Fleet KeeperTM thanks to a contract agreement signed today at the Helitech exhibition in Amsterdam. Developed by Airbus Helicopters as part of its HCare Connected Services offering, Fleet KeeperTM has recently been validated by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s TB17 (17-amp hour) lithium-ion batteries on Robinson R44 helicopters. This is the first STC granted by the FAA for lithium-ion battery use as a primary electrical power source, including engine start. True Blue Power partnered with… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 14-Oct-16

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Fukuoka City places order for AS365N3+

Fukuoka City places order for AS365N3+

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one AS365N3+ with the Fukuoka City. The twin-engine Dauphin family aircraft will replace the currently operated AS365N2. The delivery is scheduled in spring 2018. The Fukuoka City Fire Department currently operates a fleet of one AS365N2 and one AS365N3+ for firefighting missions. Fukuoka City first introduced the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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Mikikanko places order for H125

Mikikanko places order for H125

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one H125 with Mikikanko Co., ltd. This is a milestone deal, with the company purchasing a helicopter for the very first time. The real estate company will use the proven Ecureuil family aircraft mainly for its existing and new businesses. The delivery is scheduled in 2017. A… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Japan, 14-Oct-16

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Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica shows continued strength in all civil helicopter markets. The company announced today the signing of a contract with Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Helitech, Amsterdam. This aircraft is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017 and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Oct-16

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Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

LifeFlight Tallahassee has closed its Gadsden County base, giving no notice to its 15 employees. They were merely told to attend a meeting on Tuesday, where the situation was explained to them. They may be reassigned to other employment opportunities within the company. The base was closed due to a declining revenue and the strain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Nguyen Bui Hien, a 62 year old mechanical engineer in Southern Vietnam, has recently successfully flight tested his homemade helicopter. Mr. Hien runs his own automobile shop and has built a helicopter before in 2012, which weighed 250kg, was 2.95m x 1.2m x 2.4m and had an engine of 106 horsepower. His new helicopter though,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

In my article, Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry, I stated that a change in the offshore helicopter market was inevitable and success for the offshore helicopter companies depended upon how quick and able they were at: 1.    Diversifying their business; 2.    Providing a “Personnel Only” option for oil and gas clients;… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

I met up with Jakub Hoda at Helitech, the Managing Director for Bell in Europe and Asia. Jakub is the one in the middle in the photograph at the Bell stand, accompanied by his Customer Support colleagues from the USA (Ray Lamas and Michael Reagan).  The immediate thing that strikes you during the meeting is… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

To be frank Helitech 2016 has been a bit quiet – only four helicopters on display and well…there is only so much chalet coffee and biscuits you can manage in a day. However, this does give this commentator the opportunity to explore areas that are are bit “shaky”. A company that relies on passengers having… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus Helicopters has kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded last week after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out last week with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS), who became launch customer for this new variant… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Oct-16

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Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and its Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF), Agrarflug Helilift, announce today that Agrarflug Helilift is in the process of obtaining an expanded capability to support medium tailbooms for the Bell 212 and 412 aircraft– continuing to strengthen aircraft support for European customers. As a Bell Helicopter Authorized CSF,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the signing of the first VIP customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Europe. The private customer operates a Bell 407GXP and is located in Belgium. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for daily operations. The plans offer a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is proud to formally announce that the first Bell 412EPI in Japan delivered first quarter 2016 to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has entered into service. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at the start of its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

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AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

Five AW169 orders from Lease Corporation International and Helikorea that will be delivered in 2016 and 2017 Specialist Aviation Services signed a Framework Agreement for a further six AW169s with deliveries expected between 2017 and 2019 Agreements for nearly 150 AW169s, including firm orders, framework contracts and options, signed to date by customers worldwide The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

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Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2016 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, October 27, 2016, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Source: Kaman, 13-Oct-16

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IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and HeliOffshore, the global offshore helicopter industry association, strengthened today their cooperation with the aim of increasing helicopter safety, a top priority for both industries. The two organizations signed a reciprocal membership agreement today which formalises a collaboration that began in October 2014, when offshore helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 13-Oct-16

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DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace is proud to announce the opening of its new UK based office.  In the last year DART has invested in building a regional team for the European territory.  DART’s focus is to offer exceptional customer service and to have qualified regional representatives located in the same time zone as our European customers.  DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 13-Oct-16

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JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its new Parts-Only Program is now available for the Airbus H130, formerly known as the EC130 helicopter. Kevin Thomas, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning for JSSI remarked, “We continue to expand our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Oct-16

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Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Faith Hospital held their opening ceremony on October 3rd of their new helipad. This new helipad provides the Cayman Islands with a sorely needed emergency landing area. As reported by Cayman Compass, the use of a helipad will greatly reduce the response time and the time it takes for critical patients to receive care. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program. “We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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ITT showcases rotorcraft solutions at Helitech 2016

ITT showcases rotorcraft solutions at Helitech 2016

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand will showcase its portfolio of rotorcraft solutions at Helitech International 2016, Oct. 11-13, in Amsterdam. Enidine’s vibration isolation and energy absorption products, including its multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings, pylon isolation system and cabin interior vibration isolators, allow for a more comfortable passenger experience and longer lifespan of rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: ITT, 12-Oct-16

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Milestone gets in bed with CHC

Milestone gets in bed with CHC

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) today announced that it has entered into a plan support agreement (the “PSA”) with respect to the terms of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). The PSA contemplates a comprehensive recapitalization of the Company that will provide $300 million in new capital from… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Oct-16

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Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

The 66 page Statoil Report into helicopter safety following the Norwegian H225 accident in April 2016 makes some telling comments on the retrenchment by oil and gas operators and the impact on helicopter operators. The investigation team of eight internal Statoil staff and one external member of the Norwegian military met with and interviewed 80… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 11-Oct-16

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Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its participation at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016 (JA2016) held October 12 through October 15 at Tokyo Big Sight. Leadership from Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation and Textron Systems will be available in booth #W3-018 to discuss their innovative product lines, customizable aircraft offerings, as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 11-Oct-16

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CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions, the international leader in mission system software, will be demonstrating their very latest products at Helitech International in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in booth 12A41. This will be the first major international tradeshow for CarteNav since the company was acquired by Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (PAL Aerospace) and became part of the Exchange… Read more »

Source: CarteNav Solutions, 11-Oct-16

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LCI announces delivery of Leonardo AW169

LCI announces delivery of Leonardo AW169

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, announces the delivery of the first Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana SpA. The AW169 is the first of three such aircraft that will be leased from LCI to support to support Elitaliana’s emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) operations in… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Oct-16

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Able Aerospace adds Agusta-Bell 412 to capabilities

Able Aerospace adds Agusta-Bell 412 to capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of Agusta Bell 412 component repairs and overhauls to its broad menu of rotor wing MRO capabilities. The announcement expands Able’s trademark cost savings and repair benefits to the Agusta-branded 412 platform, which is located largely in Europe and South America. “Able… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 11-Oct-16

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Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its Flight Management System (FMS) upgrade for the Airbus AS332L and AS332L1 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). This STC is a part of the AS332L/L1 modernisation program currently… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 11-Oct-16

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Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

50 in Connecticut and Florida today overwhelmingly ratified the company proposal, ensuring that Teamsters will build the CH-53K helicopters. MEMBERS VOTING TO ACCEPT: 2104 MEMBERS VOTING TO REJECT: 140 Below are details of the agreement: COMPANY PROPOSAL TO LOCAL 1150 I. Two Tier Wage Scale – effective 7/1/2017 Introduce a two-tier wage system for all… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 11-Oct-16

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LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, is experiencing its busiest and most successful year to date in 2016, with its fleet, customer base and operation all rapidly expanding. The leading helicopter lessor now has 35 helicopters in its own lease portfolio, and expects to have a total of 40 in… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Oct-16

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Helitech gets smaller with just four airframes on display

Helitech gets smaller with just four airframes on display

In the past, we have noted that the move of Helitech in the UK from Duxford to London was not supported by many in the industry. In 2015, organisers Reed told HeliHub.com that the move was being made at the request of four named manufacturers – a statement which Sikorsky denied, saying they preferred the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-16

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Russian Helicopters to Sell Shares

Russian Helicopters to Sell Shares

Moscow plans to sell up to 25% of shares of the Russian Helicopters holding by the end of the year to either an abroad investor or a Russian strategic investor. A pool of Middle Eastern buyers has been mentioned by Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, reports Sputnik. Russian Helicopters is made of five factories,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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