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Customer Rollout of Innovative MyP&WC Power

Customer Rollout of Innovative MyP&WC Power

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced that MyP&WC Power, the company’s new online customer service portal, featuring an easy-to-use shopping cart and advanced transactional and search capabilities, now has more than 14,000 users and will complete its progressive rollout to all customers in a matter of weeks. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp…. Read more »

Source: P&WC, 02-Sep-16

HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet Restrictions for British Columbia

HeliJet, the air ambulance company, has been restricted in their use of helipads and is no longer allowed to land at seven hospitals in the province of British Columbia. Although they have temporary exemptions for five of these hospitals, they still cannot land at Surrey Memorial and Royal Columbian and are not allowed to land… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

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New Helipad at Vaughan, Canada

New Helipad at Vaughan, Canada

The Southwest Hants Fire Station in Vaughan, Canada, celebrated the first use of it’s new helipad as The Life Flight helicopter touched ground. It was a joyous occasion met by the community and firefighters from Southwest Hants Fire Station, Wolfville, Brooklyn and Hansport. This new helipad serves as a midway between Vaughan and Chester, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

Register Update – Canada – August 2016

Register Update – Canada – August 2016

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

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 02-Sep-16

Register Update – Switzerland – August 2016

Register Update – Switzerland – August 2016

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

Register Update – Austria – August 2016

Register Update – Austria – August 2016

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

Register Update – Austria – July 2016

Register Update – Austria – July 2016

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-16

Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

Leonardo adds second aircraft to Trekker development

Leonardo Helicopters has recently added a second airframe to the development effort for their AW109 Trekker model. In simple terms this is a skid variant of the successful AW109 model The aircraft was bought in from Italian operator Esperia Aviation Services, and then converted to Trekker standard and repainted in a red version of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Sep-16

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Two more Guimbal Cabri G2s arrive in US

Two more Guimbal Cabri G2s arrive in US

Midwest Helicopter Academy has taken delivery of another Guimbal Helicopteres Cabri G2 bringing their Cabri fleet to 3 in the USA to support their demand within the 141 Flight School. Helicopteres Guimbal’s United States distributor, Precision Helicopters of Newberg Oregon, joined Midwest Helicopters this week for the assembly of their new delivery along with one… Read more »

Source: Precision Hc, 01-Sep-16

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AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

Leaders of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. accepted delivery Monday of the first of three Airbus Helicopters H130s, which the companies will use to launch the first affordable single-engine helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. Dallas-based AMGH, a leading U.S. air medical transport and EMS provider with hundreds of… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 01-Sep-16

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JSSI increases helicopter coverage

JSSI increases helicopter coverage

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has introduced engine coverage for the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S that powers the Sikorsky S-76D. JSSI is also introducing Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the MD Explorer. Neil Book, President and CEO for JSSI stated, “Our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 01-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters strengthening cooperation with Iran

Russian Helicopters strengthening cooperation with Iran

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, for the first time will hold a seminar for Iranian operators and potential customers of Russian helicopters. During the event, which will be held in Tehran from 23 to 25 August, Russian experts will demonstrate current models of civilian helicopters and talk about plans for setting up a… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Sep-16

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Waypoint leases AS350B3 to Calquin Helicopters in Chile

Waypoint leases AS350B3 to Calquin Helicopters in Chile

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with Calquin Helicopters S.A. (“Calquin”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo FAASA (“FAASA”), for one Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter, which will transition from firefighting operations in Europe to high altitude utility missions in the… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Aug-16

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Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

Argentina certifies simulators at Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil (ANAC) Argentina has certified three simulators at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana. Two inspectors recently spent time at the HFTC and certified the EC135 Level D full motion simulator, AS350 Level 7 flight training device and BH407 Level 7 flight training device for Argentinian pilots…. Read more »

Source: HFTC, 30-Aug-16

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Vector Aerospace exhibiting at LABACE 2016

Vector Aerospace exhibiting at LABACE 2016

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), being held at the Congonhas Airport (CGH) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, between August 30th and September 1st. Vector’s broad… Read more »

Source: Vector, 30-Aug-16

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Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell takes three helicopters to LABACE 2016

Bell announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil. Leadership from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available in chalet 5112 to discuss their state-of-the-art product lineup,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Aug-16

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Russian Helicopters approves Iranian service centre

Russian Helicopters approves Iranian service centre

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has conducted a technical examination of the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC).  The audit has resulted in a certificate for a temporary authorization of IHSRC as the only Mi- series aircraft and components repair enterprise in Iran. Russian experts carried out technical examination of the Iranian… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Aug-16

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Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint leases pre-owned AW139 to Canadian EMS operator

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has acquired a pre-owned AW139 in EMS configuration on the open market and placed it on long-term lease to Ornge in support of EMS operations in Ontario, Canada. The aircraft is additional to Waypoint’s current AW139 fleet and order… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Aug-16

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UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

UK – New Scilly Isles helicopter service proposed with AW139s

Plans are underway for the reinstatement of the popular scheduled helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. The helicopter flights will play a vital role in a multi-modal transport service for the islands.   A planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way, Penzance, is expected to be submitted this autumn following a… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport Ltd, 25-Aug-16

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Airbus delivers first H175 to Americas

Airbus delivers first H175 to Americas

The new 7-ton class helicopter has now arrived in Mexico, where it has joined the fleet of Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, a company specialized in air transport services for the energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico. This makes Transportes Aéreos Pegaso the first company to operate this new helicopter on the American continent. A second… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 25-Aug-16

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FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

FAA certifies 407GX Flight Training Device at Metro Aviation training centre

The Frasca Bell 407 Level 7 flight training device at the Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) is now FAA-certified as a B407GX with NVG capabilities.  The new certification allows the training center to take the cockpit from analog to glass, a change that will occur about once a month for students flying Bell 407GX aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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Oceania Aviation earns EASA Part 145 certification

Oceania Aviation earns EASA Part 145 certification

Oceania Aviation is pleased to announce that it has been approved for Part 145 EASA certification following intensive audits conducted in 2015 and 2016. The Part 145 EASA Certification covers a range of Oceania Aviation’s services including: •    Blade and Composite Repair •    Component Service and Overhaul •    Turbine Service and Overhaul •    Eddy Current… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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AAG donates flights to Patient AirLift Services

AAG donates flights to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky announced today that its Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has partnered with Patient AirLift Services (PALS), a nonprofit organization that arranges for free volunteer aircraft flights for needy medical patients including military veterans throughout the Northeast. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT). AAG joined with PALS to donate free helicopter transportation to medical treatment… Read more »

Source: AAG, 24-Aug-16

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Collaboration for Safety Wins Award

Collaboration for Safety Wins Award

We are thrilled to share that the global collaboration of HeliOffshore members was recognised yesterday at an award ceremony in Aberdeen. Russ Gould from Bristow Group and Malcolm Garrington from CHC Helicopter took the ‘Sharing & Learning’ award for the Health & Usage Monitoring System Best Practice Guidance. They accepted the award on behalf of… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 24-Aug-16

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Precision Aviation Group announces four key appointments

Precision Aviation Group announces four key appointments

Atlanta based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, announces the addition of four industry leaders to its growing sales team. Christian Medina joins as MRO Sales Executive, supporting the Precision Heliparts – Latin America (PHP-BR) office in São Paulo, Brazil, Robert Lanier… Read more »

Source: PAG, 24-Aug-16

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NHV starts H175 operations out of Denmark

NHV starts H175 operations out of Denmark

NHV has successfully started H175 helicopter operations in Denmark for our customer Maersk Oil, an international oil and gas company with whom we have a long-standing relationship. The contract entails provision of passenger and freight transport services to Maersk Oil installations in the North Sea from Esbjerg. NHV will provide a dedicated crew, technicians and… Read more »

Source: NHV, 23-Aug-16

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Life Force One Has New Base In Tennessee

Life Force One Has New Base In Tennessee

Life Force One was officially welcomed to its new base in Cleveland on Wednesday. An open house will be held Saturday for the public, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Life Force hangar and crew quarters at the Cleveland Regional Jetport. Many Cleveland and Bradley County officials attended… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 23-Aug-16

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Nigeria – Caverton expects H1 profit to be substantially down

Nigeria – Caverton expects H1 profit to be substantially down

Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc (Bloomberg: Caverton NL) the leading provider of marine, aviation and logistics services to local and international oil and gas companies in Nigeria expects to report materially lower earnings for the period ending 30th June 2016 largely due to the unavoidable impact of the recent Naira devaluation which took place within the second quarter of… Read more »

Source: Caverton, 23-Aug-16

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Life Link III expanding with new Minnesota base

Life Link III expanding with new Minnesota base

Life Link III is pleased to announce the establishment of a new base of operations in Brainerd, Minnesota, to serve the increasing health care needs of this rapidly growing region. The new base will provide critically needed additional air medical service to the Brainerd Lakes region which is currently underserved in relation to call demands…. Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 23-Aug-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 21 August 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 21 August 2016

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-16

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Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

It’s official. Southern California based Coastal Helicopters is set to provide luxury VIP helicopter charter flights to Burning Man 2016 aboard its large twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are incredibly excited to be a contributing part of the Burner Express Air family for Burning Man 2016. We will be offering service primarily between Reno/Tahoe,” says Coastal… Read more »

Source: Coastal Helicopters, 23-Aug-16

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Air Evac Lifeteam earns full accreditation from CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam earns full accreditation from CAMTS

Air Evac Lifeteam is proud to announce that it recently earned full accreditation from CAMTS – the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. CAMTS is comprised of nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. CAMTS-appointed surveyors visited 25 air medical bases within the Air Evac Lifeteam system in… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 22-Aug-16

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Tohoku Air Service becomes first H135 operator in Japan

Tohoku Air Service becomes first H135 operator in Japan

Airbus Helicopters in Japan has handed over a brand-new H135 to Tohoku Air Service (TAS). The H135 (formerly known as EC135 P3) is the latest version of the EC135 family of helicopters and TAS will be the first operator to introduce this variant in Japan. Currently, TAS is operating two EC135 P2+s, which are used… Read more »

Source: Airbus Japan, 22-Aug-16

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AHS seeks nominations for 2017 Nikolsky Lectureship

AHS seeks nominations for 2017 Nikolsky Lectureship

The Nikolsky Lectureship is bestowed upon an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development, and is skilled at communicating his or her technical knowledge and experience. The selected lecturer will give the one hour plenary presentation to the 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas… Read more »

Source: AHS, 22-Aug-16

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Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

Bristow ships two S92s from Gulf of Mexico to North Sea

On August 15, 2016, an Antonov 124, one of the largest aircraft in the world, arrived at Bristow’s New Iberia base to transport two Sikorsky S-92s to Norway. In preparation of the aircraft movement, Bristow’s maintenance crew in Galliano completed the Bristow Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program tasks on one of the S-92s and also ensured… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-Aug-16

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BHA President Calls for Post-Brexit Reassurances

BHA President Calls for Post-Brexit Reassurances

The President of the British Helicopter Association, The Lord Glenarthur, has called on the Government to do all in its power to Ensure the voice of the UK’s aviation expertise is not wasted, as the country withdraws from the EU. Speaking During a House of Lords Debate on Tuesday 5thJuly, The Lord Glenarthur said: “A… Read more »

Source: BHA, 22-Aug-16

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The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 19-Aug-16

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Air ambulance service inaugurated in Gozo with Bell 412

Air ambulance service inaugurated in Gozo with Bell 412

An air ambulance service was inaugurated earlier this morning at Xewkija Heliport in Gozo. This inauguration follows the initiation of works at Gozo General Hospital a few weeks ago as part of a multimillion project to overhaul the health services in Gozo, including the rebuilding of the hospital. The helicopter forms part of Vitals Global… Read more »

Source: Maltese Government, 19-Aug-16

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Helipaddy app flies past 10,000 location milestone

Helipaddy app flies past 10,000 location milestone

Helipaddy, the helicopter landing site app, has flown past the 10,000 location milestone with little sign of stopping as coverage expands in Africa, Australia and the USA.  Helipaddy has remained very focussed on data quality which becomes a real challenge with this many locations.  Thanks to their core moderation system, they are able to scale… Read more »

Source: Helipaddy, 19-Aug-16

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AVIC reports first flight of AC312E

AVIC reports first flight of AC312E

On July 27th, the AC312E, a helicopter developed by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), successfully completed its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province. Based on the techniques from the civilian helicopter AC312A, as well as both domestic and foreign market demands, AVIC HAIG’s AC312E is a light twin-engine helicopter. Its high-power, yet fuel… Read more »

Source: AVIC, 18-Aug-16

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Erickson wins estimated $18 million two-year contract in Malaysia

Erickson wins estimated $18 million two-year contract in Malaysia

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected to provide timber harvesting aerial services to Asiatic Heli-Logging SDN BHD and Hormat Jadi SDN BHD in Sabah, Malaysia, beginning September 2016 for an annual $9 million a year total combined contract value. Asiatic Heli-Logging is a previous customer and the minimum… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 18-Aug-16

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Swedish aviation museum puts Vertol 107 on civil register

Swedish aviation museum puts Vertol 107 on civil register

The Swedish aviation museum Aeroseum has obtained the formal civil registration for its soon-to-be-flying Kawasaki Vertol 107. The helicopter, which previously served with the Swedish Armed Forces, has been waiting for this since its last landing on 1 March 2011. This touchdown was also the very last landing of a Vertol 107 in the Swedish… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 18-Aug-16

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Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters partners with Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to introduce the Natural Wonders Experience, an exclusive, luxury helicopter flight and culinary experience featuring remote Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire landings. “We are thrilled to provide this exclusive helicopter experience to guests at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas,” said Bryan Kroten, vice president of… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 18-Aug-16

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HAI meets USHST to discuss fatal accident data

HAI meets USHST to discuss fatal accident data

HAI Chief Operating Officer Edward F. DiCampli met with the the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Executive Committee and more than 50 other team members in Denver July 10-11. The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team has an impressive cross-section of industry professionals from the government, helicopter operators, educators, manufacturers, and associations dedicated to improving safety. The highlight… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Aug-16

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UK CAA suspends heli pilot licence for infringing Red Arrows display

UK CAA suspends heli pilot licence for infringing Red Arrows display

A pilot has pleaded guilty to flying his helicopter through a Red Arrows display, causing the world famous aerobatic team to abandon their routine. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard Andrew Kane (62) from Leighton Buzzard, flew his Gazelle helicopter into restricted airspace, put in place to protect the Red Arrows’ display, at an air show at… Read more »

Source: CAA, 18-Aug-16

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Conservator fund-raising $500K to support anti-poaching heli ops

Conservator fund-raising $500K to support anti-poaching heli ops

The GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) today announced the launch of a $500,000 fund raise to support anti-poaching helicopter operations in South Africa. GACF is sponsored by the GES Group, which operates the leading Wildlife Management operation in South Africa and protects the largest private Rhino population in the world with over 1,500 Rhinos under… Read more »

Source: GES, 18-Aug-16

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7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

7-Eleven starts FAA-approved drone deliveries

“This delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis, and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated,” said Chris Walach, Director of Operations for NIAS. At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven® store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise – including hot and cold food items – were loaded into a unique Flirtey… Read more »

Source: Flirtey, 18-Aug-16

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New CEO for Cobham plc

New CEO for Cobham plc

Cobham plc announces that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Bob Murphy, is to step down from his role and from the Board no later than the end of 2016 to pursue other opportunities.  The Board thanks Bob for his leadership during challenging times, including: the development of a clear strategy with a focus on connectivity;… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 17-Aug-16

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Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital opens helipad

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital opens helipad

Recently, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital made fast transport to its emergency services easier, opening a new helipad just outside its hospital-based emergency department. “One of our goals is to provide easy access to the care that our community needs, especially in areas of the Blue Ridge region that need access to emergency care,” noted Jonathan… Read more »

Source: SMJH, 17-Aug-16

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EASA approves Bell 429 Bear Paw from Alpine Aerotech

EASA approves Bell 429 Bear Paw from Alpine Aerotech

Alpine Aerotech announced that it has officially secured European Aviation Safety Agency approval for its robust Bell 429 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration. Alpine Aerotech has incorporated several intelligent design features, which ultimately reduce installation time and enhance overall aircraft performance. Including an innovative clamping system, the… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 17-Aug-16

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

These consultants are committed to working a day a week for the Charity, but will also spend time overseeing EAAA’s governance. This will involve developing the Charity’s standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, future direction, training, and of course, will provide on-call consultant advice. The four permanent consultants are, Dr Pam Chrispin and Dr Jeremy Mauger,… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 16-Aug-16

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Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design is very excited to announce a new addition to the Aero Design Extreme Line.   The Quick Release Bicycle Racks for the Airbus AS350/355 utilize the existing Aero Design quick release mounts for their line of cargo baskets. The system allows an operator to swap from basket to bike rack in less time than… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 16-Aug-16

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Helitech International releases seminar programme

Helitech International releases seminar programme

Europe’s leading event for the rotorcraft community is now less than three months away and the organisers of Helitech International have released the first glimpse of its new seminar and workshop programme for the 2016 event. Taking place in Amsterdam from 11-13 October, Helitech International – run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA)… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 16-Aug-16

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Air Methods picks Truth Data for Flight Operations and Quality Assurance

Air Methods picks Truth Data for Flight Operations and Quality Assurance

Air Methods announces selection of Truth Data to provide flight operations and quality assurance (FOQA) and flight data monitoring (FDM). Truth Data provides FOQA and FDM capabilities through local and cloud capabilities for data analytics, information visualization and reporting. “We’re thrilled to partner with the largest emergency air medical operator in the world,” said Pete… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 16-Aug-16

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US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

The US Dept of Homeland Security has sold their two AgustaWestland AW139s, as confirmed in recent days by an updated entry on the FAA register. The purchaser is listed as Guardian Helicopters of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The operator’s website says that Guardian Helicopters was formed in 1995 in Fort Nelson B.C…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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EASA strengthens medical requirements for pilots

EASA strengthens medical requirements for pilots

EASA published a set of proposals to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. These rules are contained in so-called Part-MED, which covers aviation safety rules related to the medical aspect and fitness of aircrews. Released in… Read more »

Source: EASA, 16-Aug-16

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Nordam to supply H160 cockpit windows

Nordam to supply H160 cockpit windows

Nordam Transparency Group COO T. Hastings Siegfried today announced a new $10 million, 15-year contract as the exclusive supplier of front and lower cockpit windows for the recently unveiled Airbus Helicopters H160. Under the agreement, Nordam’s U.S. Transparency facility, 7018 N. Lakewood Ave., will manufacture 50 shipsets to contain four rotorcraft transparencies: two lateral and… Read more »

Source: Nordam, 16-Aug-16

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Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

Univ Texas professor receives grant to research novel rotor system

In summer 2015 a research team led by Jayant Sirohi, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, tested an experimental helicopter rotor design in a wind tunnel, generating the first publicly available performance data on a cutting-edge, dual-rotor design. This spring Sirohi received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the U.S. Army, U.S…. Read more »

Source: Univ Texas Austin, 16-Aug-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

Yorkshire Air Ambulance prepare to launch first H145 in early September

The final countdown has begun at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as they look forward to welcoming their new Airbus H145 helicopter in to operations next month. The rapid response emergency service Charity unveiled the new helicopter back in June, and now after having its medical fit completed, the team have entered into the final stages… Read more »

Source: YAA, 16-Aug-16

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Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

Valair sells tenth R66 into Swiss market

Valair, the distributor for Robinson Helicopter Co in Switzerland, has recently delivered the tenth R66 now flying in the mountainous European country. Eight of these ten delivered new by Valair, with the other two bought pre-owned from the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The latest example is serial 0728 and is the first R66… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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FAA announces new Center of Excellence

FAA announces new Center of Excellence

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the agency has selected the University of Oklahoma and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University teams to lead the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Technical Training and Human Performance (COE TTHP). The COE will conduct research and development on technical training for air traffic controllers, aviation… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Aug-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 14 August 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 14 August 2016

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-16

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FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

FAA raises safety rating of Indonesia

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The FAA first assessed Indonesia’s civil aviation authority in September 1997 and found it in compliance with ICAO standards and then lowered the rating from… Read more »

Source: FAA, 15-Aug-16

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AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

AW609 prototype moves from Arlington to Philadelphia to resume flight tests

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the first flying AW609 prototype has arrived in Philadelphia following a recent resumption of flight testing. Departing from Arlington, Texas, the aircraft’s flight plan included an overnight stop in Huntsville, Ala, before arriving in Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 10. With industrialization underway, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Aug-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan gives away over $4 Million in prizes

Celebrations are taking place across the province today following the announcement of the 2016 STARS Lottery Saskatchewan winners. The fifth annual lottery was the most successful to date in terms of revenue generated, and organizers are grateful to supporters for helping the fundraiser do so well, despite recent economic constraints in the province. “The people… Read more »

Source: STARS, 14-Aug-16

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Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

Experience in Syria leads Russian Helicopters to prioritise composite blades

The experience from the Russian Airforce’s helicopter operations in Syria showed that the full metal blades of lift rotors should be replaced with new ones made of composite materials. Viktor Bondarev, the Colonel General, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces, shared with Izvestia that the Mi-28NM upgraded military helicopter will be the first to… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 14-Aug-16

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Russian Helicopters order backlog reaches 500 aircraft

Russian Helicopters order backlog reaches 500 aircraft

Currently, Russian Helicopters boasts a firm order portfolio of over 500 units. The company says that it will seek to strengthen its global positions via light and off-shore helicopters. According to Alexander Mikheev, the Holding’s CEO, notwithstanding the sanctions and unstable markets, Russian Helicopters is still among the top players on the worldwide helicopters market…. Read more »

Source: Rostec, 14-Aug-16

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Hospital Wing of Memphis takes delivery of second Airbus H130

Hospital Wing of Memphis takes delivery of second Airbus H130

Hospital Wing, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit air medical transport service, has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters H130, which will augment the service’s fleet of seven other Airbus Helicopters aircraft. The H130 acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s strategy to transition its entire fleet to that model helicopter. Hospital Wing also operates three earlier… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Aug-16

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NEMSPA appoints President Elect

NEMSPA appoints President Elect

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) is pleased to announce that Miles Dunagan has been appointed as their next President Elect and will be taking over the duties of President for NEMSPA at the 2016 Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dunagan is a veteran fixed wing and rotary wing commercial pilot of… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 14-Aug-16

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ELITE Debuts Motion Helicopter Simulator

ELITE Debuts Motion Helicopter Simulator

ELITE Simulation Solutions debuted Their new single-seat, motion-based, piston helicopter trainer called the TH22SM at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo in Savannah, GA. The Th22 series of Advanced Aviation Training Device is based on the Robinson helicopter piston 22/44. The ELITE TH22SM features a 3 DOF (pitch, roll and heave) motion system. According… Read more »

Source: ELITE, 14-Aug-16

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New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-16

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90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

A fleet of 90 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft has been deployed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for use in surveillance, airspace defense, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, command/control/communication, air medical rescue and electronic image capture during the month of August in Rio de Janeiro and other states where competitions are taking place. This fleet is comprised of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Aug-16

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Helitech International reveals seminar line up

Helitech International reveals seminar line up

Europe’s leading event for the rotorcraft community is now less than three months away and the organisers of Helitech International have released the first glimpse of its new seminar and workshop programme for the 2016 event. Taking place in Amsterdam from 11-13 October, Helitech International – run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA)… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 12-Aug-16

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Comanche test director to launch Rotorcraft Technology Summit

Comanche test director to launch Rotorcraft Technology Summit

NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander Tim Kopra will launch the ​​Rotorcraft Technology Summit with a Sep. 19 keynote address at the day-and-a-half event in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Kopra returned to Earth June 18 after 186 days (109 as commander) on the orbiting research laboratory. Combined with his past NASA missions, the retired… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Summit, 12-Aug-16

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