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Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

Historic FAA decision approves night drone ops

In the past week the FAA quietly issued a historic decision, approving commercial drone flights at night. See full story

Source: On The Radar, 28-Apr-16

Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

Polish helicopter factory at Swidnik celebrates 60 years of production

The Special Rotorcraft Conference, which was held today in the Aviation Institute in Warsaw, inaugurated the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the launch of helicopter production in PZL-Świdnik. The event was attended among others by Jarosław Gowin, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and Higher Education and representatives of the Armament… Read more »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 28-Apr-16

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Era Group announces FY 2016 Q1 earnings release call

Era Group announces FY 2016 Q1 earnings release call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced it will release financial results for its first quarter 2016 after the market closes on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 4, 2016, to begin… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 28-Apr-16

Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink get FAA STC approval for integrated broadband satcom system on Bell 206L and 407

Outerlink Global Solutions is proud to announce FAA STC approval of their fully integrated IRIS voice, video, flight data and broadband satcom system in the Bell model 206L and 407 series helicopters. The IRIS solution not only promotes safer operations, but also delivers immediate cost savings and reduced downtime. IRIS combines multiple features currently available… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 28-Apr-16

JetSmarter offers heli service from NYC to the Hamptons

JetSmarter offers heli service from NYC to the Hamptons

JetSmarter, the fastest growing private jet company across the globe, has announced the launch of its Helicopter Service, which will offer free helicopter rides to its members traveling betweenManhattan and the Hamptons starting on May 6, 2016. The service will offer transfers to East Hampton, with Southamptonservice starting Memorial Day Weekend. The Helicopter Service Schedule is… Read more »

Source: JetSmarter, 28-Apr-16

True Blue Power Announces Series of High-Powered USB Charging Ports

True Blue Power Announces Series of High-Powered USB Charging Ports

True Blue Power today announced the TA202 Series High Power USB Charging Port, the latest addition to the company’s popular line of USB chargers. The TA202 Series simultaneously provides 3 amps of power per charging port. Available in single and dual USB Type-A and Type-C configurations, the high-powered units charge current and next-generation personal electronic… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 27-Apr-16

MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

MediCopter gets new HEMS contract in Stockholm

Stockholm’s County Council has publicly announced that it has awarded a new contract for airborne emergency medical services in the Stockholm region to Scandinavian MediCopter. The new contract will be valid from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2022, with an option to extend the period by two additional years. The decision comes after a… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 27-Apr-16

Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

Bristow Flies Farewell Flight for Decommissioned Platform

On March 31, 2016, Bristow Helicopters Limited flew the last scheduled flight to and from the Murchison platform in the North Sea before its decommissioning. The flight crew wanted to make the journey especially memorable for the oil workers onboard, and after Bristow’s chief pilot liaised with the teams both onshore and offshore to ensure… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 27-Apr-16

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Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Third Bell 525 Relentless joins the flight test program

Bell has flown the third 525 Relentless in recent days, according to a posting they made on Facebook without any other marketing effort. The maiden flight was made at Bell’s plant in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday 22nd April, the location where the company also builds military models including the UH-1Y Yankee, AH-1Z Talon and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Apr-16

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Dina Gorby launches SAFE Structure Designs LLC

Dina Gorby launches SAFE Structure Designs LLC

Dina  Gorby announced today the  launch  of  S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a  fully woman-owned company specializing in the custom design, engineering, and manufacturing of SAFE aircraft access platforms, fall protection platforms and maintenance support equipment.   “S.A.F.E.”  represents the industry’s SAFEST ACCESS & FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT. With a world-class design and engineering team, along with close relationships at… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 27-Apr-16

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Satcom Direct introduces new WiFi Hub for small to mid-size aircraft

Satcom Direct introduces new WiFi Hub for small to mid-size aircraft

Functioning as both a router and a wireless access point, the SD WiFi Hub packs big technology into a small, easily-installed package. AEA attendees can view product demonstrations at exhibit 410. The SD WiFi Hub is more than a wireless access point; it is the gateway for all voice and data communications on the aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Satcom Direct, 27-Apr-16

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FAA approves Aspen Avionics Evolution Backup Display

FAA approves Aspen Avionics Evolution Backup Display

Aspen Avionics (Booth #526) announced today it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its Evolution Backup Display.  It is a fully digital, independent primary flight display (PFD) designed to replace mechanical backup instruments and the associated vacuum system supporting those instruments in Part 23 electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) installations. The… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 27-Apr-16

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FAA and Transport Canada approve R44 hook from Onboard Systems

FAA and Transport Canada approve R44 hook from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its new Remote Hook Electrical Release Kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been STC certified by the FAA and Transport Canada. Onboard has also submitted this kit to EASA for certification in Europe. Onboard’s Remote Hook… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 27-Apr-16

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Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III awarded re-accreditation by CAMTS

Life Link III is pleased to announce that it has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for both its rotor wing and fixed wing services. The CAMTS accreditation status is one of the most prestigious industry designations that may be achieved and extends across the entire Life Link… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 26-Apr-16

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Erickson Announces Date for FY2016 Q1 Results

Erickson Announces Date for FY2016 Q1 Results

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that it will release its earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call at… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 26-Apr-16

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Japan certifies Able Aerospace Services as an Approved Maintenance Organization

Japan certifies Able Aerospace Services as an Approved Maintenance Organization

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has earned certification by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). The recognition expands Able’s broad certification platform that includes airworthiness recognition from across the globe. The JCAB-AMO certification, which is issued by Japan’s Minister… Read more »

Source: Able, 26-Apr-16

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STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

In a post on its Facebook page, STARS says a number of Albertans have received calls from someone claiming to be a STARS lottery representative telling the would-be victim they have won a prize, but in order to have it shipped to them they must first transfer a certain amount of money  See full story

Source: Global News, 26-Apr-16

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MD Helicopters sells sixth MD600N in over six years

MD Helicopters sells sixth MD600N in over six years

Yesterday, we ran the press release to say that Sapura Aero in Malasyia have been appointed by MD Helicopters  as an authorized representative serving Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Further down the text of the manufacturer’s press release, it was revealed that part of the agreement was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-16

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Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair to hold hangar groundbreaking ceremony at Audubon

Midwest Medair has announced their groundbreaking ceremony for the MedAir 1 helicopter hanger at Audubon County Airport, Audubon, Iowa, this Friday. Everyone welcome for pictures, meet & greet, and a small informational session. Midwest Medical Transport Company is also having an open house that day on Friday, April 29, from 9-11 and you are welcome… Read more »

Source: Midwest Medair, 26-Apr-16

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Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

On May 21 the IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016 in will host a unique event – Drone Racing. This is a new and exciting sport for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) pilots, who compete in precision and speed. A special drone racing track will be opened at the “Crocus Expo” IEC where the expo… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 26-Apr-16

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Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

Bell axes another 60 at Mirabel – additional to the 200 in February

The axe is falling again at Bell’s Canadian plant in Mirabel, where at least sixty people will lose their jobs – these being addition to 200 layoffs announced by management in February.  See full story

25-Apr-16

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HeliHub report from Aero 2016 at Friedrichshafen

HeliHub report from Aero 2016 at Friedrichshafen

Germany is one of the few European countries where no ultralight helicopters operate. In this strongly aviation-minded country, this is an anomaly which enthusiasts have sought to rectify for many years. Finally, a couple of years ago, the two (yes, two) certification authorities for ultralight aircraft, the German Aero Club (DAeC) and the German Ultralight… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 25-Apr-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 24 April 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 24 April 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, 25-Apr-16

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Register Update – Norway – March 2016

Register Update – Norway – March 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, 25-Apr-16

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All Metal MS President and CEO quits with extraordinary email

All Metal MS President and CEO quits with extraordinary email

After 5 years of serving as President & CEO of All Metal M.S. Inc., and much success, Johnny Buscema has ended his involvement with this company that has been besieged by internal struggles from its onset. In 2003, All Metal was incorporated and launched itself into the helicopter industry to provide for the maintenance needs… Read more »

Source: Johnny Buscema, 25-Apr-16

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Wind River avionics system enables Airbus Helicopters

Wind River avionics system enables Airbus Helicopters

Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced that Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, is utilizing Wind River VxWorks® 653 Platform for its new Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system, Helionix (pictured). Helionix represents the latest technological evolution from the European helicopter manufacturer offering an unrivaled… Read more »

Source: Wind River, 25-Apr-16

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Bond re-brands to Babcock today

Bond re-brands to Babcock today

British based operator Bond is finally rebranding its operations to the corporate image of parent company Babcock today.  This is just short of two years since the announcement mid May 2014 that engineering support services company Babcock International Group PLC officially completed its acquisition of the Avincis Group. All aspects of Bond in the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-16

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MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Aero as an authorized representative serving the South East Asian countries (ASEAN) of Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an authorized independent sales representative within the ASEAN region, Sapura Aero will offer the full range of MDHI’s commercial helicopter… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

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Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents

Fly Safe: Prevention of Loss of Control Accidents

The FAA and general aviation (GA) group’s #FlySafe national safety campaign aims to educate the GA community on best practices in calculating and predicting aircraft performance, and on operating within established aircraft limitations. What is Loss of Control? A Loss of Control (LOC) accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. LOC… Read more »

Source: FAA, 25-Apr-16

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Helicopter Services adds new AW109SP GrandNew to its charter fleet

Helicopter Services adds new AW109SP GrandNew to its charter fleet

Helicopter Services Ltd, based at Wycombe Air Park has added a second new aircraft to its fleet, a factory new Finmeccanica AW109 SP ‘GrandNew’, G-PIFZ, hot on the heels of the Guimbal Cabri G2 also delivered this week. The new AW109SP brings the tally of Agusta 109’s operated by Helicopter Services to four, alongside three… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Services, 25-Apr-16

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Airbus Helicopters takes H175 on demo tour in West Africa

Airbus Helicopters takes H175 on demo tour in West Africa

Airbus Helicopters is very busy with demonstration tours.  In addition to the recently reported H145 in Asia and H215 in South America, we can add that they have an H175 in Nigeria targeting the African offshore support industry.  The helicopter made its maiden flight demonstration yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, the main airport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-16

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Columbia Helicopters wins US Forest Service contracts

Columbia Helicopters wins US Forest Service contracts

With fire season rapidly approaching in the Western United States, Columbia Helicopters is prepared once again to assist in battling wildland fires. The Oregon-based company has five aircraft under contract with the U.S. Forest Service this season, and more helicopters could be made available if needed. “We have a long history of supporting Forest Service… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 22-Apr-16

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XTI Aircraft passes $1M in Equity Crowdfunding Investments

XTI Aircraft passes $1M in Equity Crowdfunding Investments

After capturing the imagination of the public with its TriFan 600 vertical takeoff airplane, XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) is accelerating its development program and redoubling efforts to translate excitement about the aircraft into $3 million in actual investments. The $3 million milestone is essential to fund important next steps in an accelerated development program that… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft, 22-Apr-16

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VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

VIP Jets becomes launch customer for Bell 505 in Cambodia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with VIP Jets Ltd. for the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Cambodia. This is also the first Bell Helicopter aircraft signed for in Cambodia. The aircraft will be used for VIP and tourist transport from… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Apr-16

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London Heliport achieves best year since 2008, and marks landmark 500,000th movement

London Heliport achieves best year since 2008, and marks landmark 500,000th movement

The London Heliport at Battersea, the capital city’s only commercially licensed heliport, achieved its best year for activity since 2008 with over 10,500 movements recorded for the year ending 31st March, 2016. A high proportion of growth was attributable to business movements.  There was an uptick especially, in private users during 2015, including the prolific… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 22-Apr-16

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FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

FAA Urges Non-hobby UAS Registration Via New System

What’s not to like about an automated government system that’s faster, simpler and more user-friendly than the paper-based system it supplements? In a Federal Register notice (PDF), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officially notified owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations they may now use the FAA’s… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Apr-16

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Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

The widow of Helinet boss Al Purwin has raied a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages and against Cross Creek Pictures LLC, Imagine Entertainment LLC, Vendian Entertinament LLC, Quadrant Pictures and the estate of pilot Carlos Berl, who also died in the accident – See full story

Source: Report CA, 22-Apr-16

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New appointment to HeliOffshore board

New appointment to HeliOffshore board

HeliOffshore, the global association for safety in the offshore helicopter industry, announced today the appointment of Mr. Andrea Cicero to its board. Mr. Cicero, chief operating officer for Babcock Mission Critical Services Division, replaces Mr. Bill Tame, chief executive officer, International Division, Babcock International PLC. HeliOffshore Board chairman, Mr. Bill Chiles, welcomed Mr Cicero: “Our… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 21-Apr-16

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Helicopter Services adds Guimbal Cabri G2 to training fleet

Helicopter Services adds Guimbal Cabri G2 to training fleet

Helicopter Services, a very active training school based at Wycombe Air Park, have become the eleventh training school to offer the Guimbal Cabri G2 in the UK.  Serial number 1140 arrived today in the UK after a two day delivery flight from the factory in southern France. Helicopter Services, run by Leon Smith, has been… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 20-Apr-16

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Silk Way Helicopter Services starts S92 offshore long-line operations

Silk Way Helicopter Services starts S92 offshore long-line operations

Commercial helicopter company “Silk Way Helicopter Services” LLC (SWHS LLC) received a status of the official service provider for external cargo sling on offshore and onshore oil and gas platforms according to Oil & Gas Producers Standard (OGP). The main direction of these services is focused on flare tip change outs on oil and gas… Read more »

Source: SWHS, 20-Apr-16

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Japan – TKK order Frasca EC135 Flight Training Device

Japan – TKK order Frasca EC135 Flight Training Device

Frasca International, Inc. has received and order for a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the EC135 helicopter from TKK, Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd. The FTD will feature a three channel flat screen visual system, single pilot instrumentation and controls, Garmin GPS and Electric Control Loading. TKK is a repeat customer of Frasca’s… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 20-Apr-16

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Dynali H3 Sport on its way to EASA Certification

Dynali H3 Sport on its way to EASA Certification

Two years ago, the H3 Sport has ben certified as UL helicopter in France. In two years, it has become the bestseller side-by-side UL helicopter in that country, thanks to its interesting operating cost and advantage for ab-initio training of UL pilots. Last year, first H3 Sport was sold to the new Dynali distributor in… Read more »

Source: Dynali, 20-Apr-16

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Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

David Sale, who heads the company’s regional sales for the Middle East and C.I.S., said though the region has a proliferation of helipads on major buildings, particularly in the five-star hotel and resort segment, helicopter travel is held back by a lack of dedicated infrastructure and operating systems. – See full story

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 20-Apr-16

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Show Observer selected as HeliRussia 2016 official newsletter

Show Observer selected as HeliRussia 2016 official newsletter

The official daily newsletter of Russia’s premier helicopter exhibition will be published, in Russian and English, on the first and second days of the event. Exhibitors and visitors to the 9th international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016, to be held at Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center on May 19–21, 2016, will learn about the most important… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 20-Apr-16

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Garmin Pilot Enhanced For Europe

Garmin Pilot Enhanced For Europe

We’re excited to announce new enhancements now available within the Garmin Pilot app for iOS mobile devices. Now pilots flying around the globe, including Europe, have the option of filing VFR flight plans for free directly with the country Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) with a Garmin Pilot subscription. Additional features for iOS include a flight profile view, new… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 20-Apr-16

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Heli-One names new GM of Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Heli-One names new GM of Sales, Marketing and Business Development

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently promoted Carolyn Forsyth to General Manager of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Her prior role was Regional Sales Director for Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.  She will now oversee global Sales, Business Development, Marketing as well as… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 20-Apr-16

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Becker Avionics announces new Director of Sales & Marketing

Becker Avionics announces new Director of Sales & Marketing

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider, Becker Avionics GmbH, is pleased to announce Thomas Terschlusen has accepted the position of Director of Sales & Marketing.  In this role, he is responsible for leading Becker’s European-based sales and marketing teams and for coordinating commercial activities with Becker Avionics Group companies worldwide. He most recently held the… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 20-Apr-16

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Conklin & de Decker release updated version of Aircraft Cost Evaluator

Conklin & de Decker release updated version of Aircraft Cost Evaluator

Conklin & de Decker has announced the 16.1 release of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the industry’s #1 tool for benchmarking the operating and ownership costs for more than 585 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft. As the flagship product from the Conklin & de Decker family of aircraft operating and acquisition data products, this Aircraft… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 19-Apr-16

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Castle Air buys Bristow Academy base in UK

Castle Air buys Bristow Academy base in UK

Castle Air has bought the UK branch of Bristow Academy at Gloucestershire Airport, which has up to now focused on providing IR courses in a purpose built facility which includes FNPT II Simulators. The new facility, which will trade as Castle Air Academy, will bring together all of Castle Air’s training work, and their simulator… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-16

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Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Aerochine Aviation buys a Bell 407GXP

Bell has announced the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the ABACE convention held last week in Shanghai. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport.   Aerochine Aviation is an Independent Representative of Bell for China, Hong Kong and Macau. Chris Jaran, Bell VP for China said “Customers continue to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-16

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Airbus takes H215 on South America demo tour

Airbus takes H215 on South America demo tour

The H215 heavy helicopter, a member of the Super Puma family, will be demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities and performance for aerial work in high & hot conditions during a demo tour of Latin America. The demo flights will begin tomorrow in Argentina and will then continue in Chile before finishing in Peru. During this three-week… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Apr-16

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Waypoint closes $100 million term loan facility

Waypoint closes $100 million term loan facility

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited has closed on a $100 million term loan facility led by Lombard North Central Plc. The facility has a maturity of approximately six years and provides for USD, EUR and GBP funding capacity on a delayed draw basis. The company will use the proceeds of this transaction to refinance certain aircraft… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 19-Apr-16

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Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Sheriff Deryl Loar said the department will build a 9,628-square-foot aviation hangar, 4,989 square feet of office space and a lighted heliport near the Indian River County Jail.  See full story

Source: TC Palm, 19-Apr-16

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Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Health bureaucrats in charge of the new Byron Central Hospital have confirmed that the new $88m facility will not have a helipad.  See full story

Source: Echo Net Daily, 19-Apr-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 17 April 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 17 April 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, 19-Apr-16

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Latitude Technologies expands sales team

Latitude Technologies expands sales team

Latitude Technologies is very pleased to announce that industry veteran Brad Smith has been appointed as Latitude COO. Brad’s first priority has been to expand Latitude’s sales team to further strengthen Latitude’s highly-respected customer-first sales and service program. Joining Brad at Latitude are newly appointed Vice President, Air Transportation Sales, Carlos Monsalve, and newly appointed… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 19-Apr-16

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Three high level departures at Bristow Group

Three high level departures at Bristow Group

Bristow Group today announced the strengthening of its operational structure by centralizing, simplifying and standardizing its business operations to improve safety performance, effectiveness and efficiency for clients. This new structure will enable the company to continue to reduce costs, while improving its leading competitive position. As part of these operational changes, Bristow will also continue… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Apr-16

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Helipaddy creates WW1 Memorial tour to demonstrate trip planning capabilities

Helipaddy creates WW1 Memorial tour to demonstrate trip planning capabilities

Helipaddy, the world’s largest moderated database of helicopter landing sites and points of interest, has started to create suggested helicopter tours as a way of demonstrating the capabilities and value of their system. The first itinerary around the significant First World War (WW1) locations of Northern France has been well received.  The suggested route will… Read more »

Source: Helipaddy, 18-Apr-16

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Abu Dhabi Aviation reaches 1,000,000 hours on Bell fleet

Abu Dhabi Aviation reaches 1,000,000 hours on Bell fleet

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Abu Dhabi Aviation, are proud to announce reaching 1 million hours of successfully operating of their Bell Helicopter Fleet. “We have been operating Bell Helicopter aircraft since the 1976,” said Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim Al Mazrouei, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Aviation. “Our Bell Helicopter fleet has grown… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Apr-16

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Airspace alert after UK airliner hit by drone on approach to Heathrow

Airspace alert after UK airliner hit by drone on approach to Heathrow

Police in London were last night investigating after an object – reported to be a drone – struck the nose of a British Airways jet over Heathrow in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.  The pilot of flight BA727 from Geneva, carrying 132 passengers and five crew members, reported the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-16

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Lydd Airport made permanent base for UK SAR

Lydd Airport made permanent base for UK SAR

The Department for Transport has announced that Lydd Airport will be the permanent base for the UK Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter services in the south-east. The UK Search and Rescue Helicopter Service has operated out of Lydd Airport on a temporary basis since August 2015. The decision to make this arrangement permanent will enable… Read more »

Source: UK DoT, 18-Apr-16

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center helipad dedicated

Even though AirEvac has been using its helicopter base adjacent to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center on Main Street for about three months, it’s officially open now.  See full story

Source: Harrison Daily, 18-Apr-16

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Whirlybird Helicopters faces $55,000 court judgement

Whirlybird Helicopters faces $55,000 court judgement

The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked a federal judge Friday to order a default judgment of $55,000 against Whirlybird Helicopters in a case that stemmed from allegations the company did not adequately screen employees for drug use.  See full story

Source: Standard Examiner, 18-Apr-16

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CHC misses interest payment – all options open

CHC misses interest payment – all options open

Offshore and SAR operator CHC must be under significant pressure to not make an interest payment.  The company has announced that $46 million was due Friday on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing October 15, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  The small print governing the 2020 Notes allows CHC a 30-day grace period after the interest… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-16

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Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canada does a U-Turn on SAR privatisation

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced last week that his Government would be launching a spending review across all aspects of the military, making it clear that there was nothing off limits.  A 36 page document was issued, inviting feedback on what the military should – or should not – be involved in. One section… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Apr-16

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STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

Many Albertans have cause to celebrate, following the announcement of the 2016 STARS lottery grand prize winners today. The lottery raised more than $11.5 million net for the non-profit, with 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. Lethbridge residents and Edmonton show home winners Ed and Marlene Grinnell were thrilled to learn they had… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-Apr-16

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More time to comment on FAA maintenance draft advisory circular

More time to comment on FAA maintenance draft advisory circular

The FAA has extended the comment period for a draft advisory circular (AC) on establishing a fatigue risk management program for aircraft maintainers. Comments are now due Monday, May 2, 2016. The agency in recent years has recognized that fatigue among maintenance technicians is as significant a risk factor as it is among pilots. In… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Apr-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AAR 1/2016 AS332 L2 Super Puma, G-WNSB struck the sea on approach to Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands, 23 August 2013 Agusta Bell 206B Jet Ranger III (G-OMDR), loss of control in flight, near Gamston… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 15-Apr-16

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Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved for Med-Trans hangar at Greene County Municipal Airport

Plans approved by the local planning commission on Tuesday call for the helicopter hangar and helipad to lie as close to the existing runway and taxiway as possible, limiting the need for the aircraft to fly over parked cars while landing at the airport.  See full story

Source: Greenville Sun, 14-Apr-16

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Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

The western border of Concession Golf Club with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is 3,350 feet away from homes to the south, and 994 feet away from homes to the east in Panther Ridge Foxwood – and an acoustics evaluation found the likely impact to be negligible – but the neighbours still complained.  See full story

Source: Herald Tribune, 14-Apr-16

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Finmeccanica takes GrandNew to LAAD Security event in Brazil

Finmeccanica takes GrandNew to LAAD Security event in Brazil

Finmeccanica will be showcasing the company’s expertise in aerospace and security sectors and its footprint in the key Brazilian market through this week’s LAAD Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poised for growth in the region, the company will display solutions from the sectors of security, helicopters, airborne, space, and naval defence electronics that… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 14-Apr-16

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VNH South leases out two Mi-172s for operations in Indonesia

VNH South leases out two Mi-172s for operations in Indonesia

On 1st March 2016, at Vungtau airport, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) signed two Mi-172 helicopters wet lease contract with Komala Indonesia for passenger, cargo transport and fire fighting in Indonesia. The contract lasts 6 months, starting from 15th April 2016. This is the first time VNH South provides a full package including aircraft,… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 14-Apr-16

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RotorWay provides update on new RW7 model

RotorWay provides update on new RW7 model

Spring is here and at RotorWay we are gearing up for what will be a busy spring and summer season. We have been doing some spring cleaning and going through over 40 years of accumulation. Amazing how much there was and finding many parts and components and archive material. We also have been going through… Read more »

Source: RotorWay, 14-Apr-16

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Carter Aviation develops configuration to break rotorcraft world records

Carter Aviation develops configuration to break rotorcraft world records

Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC (Carter) is moving forward with securing partners to begin production of CarterCopters at a variety of size classes. In the meantime, Carter has developed a configuration that can break the rotorcraft world records for speed, range, and altitude – records that have been unbroken for half a century. “We had this… Read more »

Source: Carter, 14-Apr-16

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Garmin adds helicopter market updates to GTN 650/750 touchscreen series

Garmin adds helicopter market updates to GTN 650/750 touchscreen series

Garmin is pleased to announce new features and capabilities are now available within the GTN 650/750 touchscreen series for select helicopters on the market. New and existing customers can receive these features by contacting an authorized Garmin dealer. WireAware WireAware graphically overlays power line location and relative altitude information on the moving map and terrain… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 14-Apr-16

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