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DHART expands its reach

DHART expands its reach

The University of Vermont Medical Center is taking to the sky thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART helicopter. “It could often take three or four hours to get a sick patient from upstate rural New York to the UVM Medical Center, so the capabilities of flight really will help,” said… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. Earlier this year, the Bell 525 completed cold weather testing at temperatures down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit in North Manitoba, Canada.  The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 15-Aug-18

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have flown to their 8,000th mission. The crew who responded to the milestone mission on Wednesday evening (1st August) were Dr Liz Shewry, Specialist Critical Care paramedics, Mike Funge and Oliver Saddler and Pilot Marcus Doyle. Since the first flight 11 years ago, our Critical Care Teams have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-18

Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

The Nepalese Government has had to launch an investigation into the tourism sector as there has been a wide raise in fraudulent insurance activities. The investigation revealed that the trekking and mountaineering agencies, who deal with the customer and rescue organisations, have been adding larger claims and fake bills to helicopter rescues. The 700-page probe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday for their new helicopter, Henry 1. For the ceremony they held a demonstration of a rescue, carrying Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano. The new helicopter, which has “Sonoma County Sheriff” written in gold on the side, came to a cost of $5.5 million…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore (Babcock MCSO) has added a Sikorsky S-92 to its fleet. Their fleet consists of AS365 helicopters, H175s, AW139s and S-92s. They also have 9 grounded Super Pumas, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s AC312E helicopter recently passed its stability flight test, moving it one step closer to becoming a new helicopter model. It has so far completed 18 hours of light tests, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

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Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

The expansion comes after three years of successful operations on Maui and will be the sixth permanent location. The breathtaking flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located along the southern shore of Kauai, minutes away from Poipu, Hawaii. “With the Garden Isle’s awe-inspiring geographical wonders only accessible by air,… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 10-Aug-18

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CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter, along with long-standing Summit sponsor and supporter Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, have selected the winners of two grants for aviation students to attend the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit this October in Dallas. Each year, CHC Helicopter, with support from Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann of HFACS Inc. provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Aug-18

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Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aftermarket civil and military aircraft parts manufacturer and engine Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) innovator Aerometals has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for Airbus Helicopters H130 (EC130T2) IBF System. Utilizing the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling software, Aerometals’ engineers have created the most effective and efficient next generation IBF design available on the market… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 10-Aug-18

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Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air Private Limited, founded in 1997, sets a pace for the industry and expands the scope of operating helicopters and training’s in commercial air transportation within the Nepalese territory. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the sole aviation regulatory body of Nepal’s, Flight Safety Standard Division of Nepal (FSSD) had patent Manang Air Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Aug-18

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FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

The FAA is requesting public comment on the agency’s proposal to discontinue the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS). Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS) is a continuous broadcast of weather advisories over a limited nationwide network of VORs that provide pilots with meteorological information relating to hazardous weather. Since the early 1980s, the broadcast,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Aug-18

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VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec State Corporation. The new helicopter’s 1:4 scale model was tested in the institute… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 09-Aug-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft.The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 09-Aug-18

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Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations. “We are proud of the growth and service we’ve been… Read more »

Source: Lifestar Air Medical, 09-Aug-18

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Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Rural Municipality has implemented a ban on helicopter operations in the area. The decision was made as a way of protecting the wildlife and vegetation in the area, after it was found that the helicopter noise and vibrations were scaring off wildlife, reports The Himalayan News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari recently returned from a 6500km trip across Australia. They brought with them 41 people to their fundraising auction. This year, Helibiz has raised $25K for the Dolly’s Dream campaign, a charity to help raise awareness of bullying and suicide, reports Whitsunday Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year…. Read more »

Source: Wandsworth Council, 08-Aug-18

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HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV) here in the presence of its Board of Directors, recently.  The RUAV is of a 2-stroke petrol engine, twin blade main rotor and tail rotor, payload capability of 2.5Kg including live stream video camera and range of the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 08-Aug-18

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SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 08-Aug-18

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Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday 19 August and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a special Family Fun Day which includes opening some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 08-Aug-18

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Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo informs that the number of Helicopter delivered from the beginning of the year to the 31st of July 2018 is equal to 93 units, up from 85 delivered in the first seven months of 2017.

Source: Leonardo, 06-Aug-18

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US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Latvia has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Aug-18

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Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in vertical aviation. Go… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-18

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San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

On Friday, July 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Chief Eddie Garcia will unveil “Air3,” a new Airbus H125 helicopter to replace the current Air2 helicopter. Air3 will provide greater safety for officers and the community with its modern capabilities. The Airbus H125 helicopter is one of the most commonly operated single engine helicopters in law enforcement… Read more »

Source: San Jose Police Department, 02-Aug-18

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FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor has been selected to provide ADS-B position source information as a part of an upcoming ADS-B modification and compliance program for the United States Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet. Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Corp. (SESC, www.sescorp.org) of Warner Robins, Georgia was recently awarded… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 02-Aug-18

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EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) is pleased to announce that we have received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certification (STC). This will provide our Mexican customers with the ability to install a flexible and affordable ADS-B solution to meet the January 1st 2020 FAA mandate. Southeast Aerospace’s STC# ST00835DE, now DGAC approved,… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 02-Aug-18

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Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare MedFlight, an air medical transport operator serving Dare County North Carolina, has completed installation of SKYTRAC’s high resolution aviation camera on their H145. “As an air ambulance operator, we have a mission to deliver safe, efficient and reliable service. We look to the latest technologies to support us in this mission. Adding a high… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 02-Aug-18

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Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardo today announce they have been selected to renew the medium helicopter fleet of Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (“Aramco”) – a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. Leonardo and Milestone have signed a contract… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 02-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters broke ground on Friday for their new hangar that is being built at Anchorage International Airport. The new hangar, coming to a cost of $2.2million will house six ROTAK helicopters and be used as their main base, reports KTVA.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

The Shenyang Institute of Automation has just completed test flights on their new unmanned helicopter, the Xiangying-200. The aircraft can carry up to 200kg and is 8.7m long. The Xiangying-200 is the first unmanned aircraft to be tested for autonomous take-off as well as landing on a ship, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Helicopters will be an increasingly comfortable means of transport; by reducing noise and vibration inside the helicopter, pilot workload can be reduced, search and rescue tasks are easier and the quality of medical treatment in air ambulances is improved. It is the reason Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) are developing new technologies for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Aug-18

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Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Chicago’s only hospital-based medical flight program began flying a more advanced helicopter this month. The Airbus EC145 replaces the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)’s Dauphin N model helicopter, which has been in use since 1990. The retiring helicopter has transported more than 13,000 patients across the region during its tenure at the University of Chicago Medicine…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Aug-18

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PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two heavy-lift helicopters as part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E do day-to-day work in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area. “We want to be sure we are… Read more »

Source: PG&E, 01-Aug-18

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EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

EASA approves United Rotorcraft EMS interior STC for AW139 and AW169

United Rotorcraft has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its modular emergency medical services (EMS) interiors for both the AW169 and AW139 helicopters. United Rotorcraft’s AW139 and AW169 EMS interiors include configurations for medical or passenger transport. The EMS configuration includes a freestanding equipment rack; a Medical Transport Module… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Aug-18

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Forced Landing for Ghana Gold Delivery

Forced Landing for Ghana Gold Delivery

A helicopter carrying a consignment of gold was forced to landed on a maize farm in Asamankese. The helicopter was said to have a mechanical fault. The crew of four and the gold were soon collected by a different helicopter to continue their delivery. The faulty aircraft has been left in the maize field under… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-18

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2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Sessions and Schedule Announced

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Sessions and Schedule Announced

CHC Helicopter today officially released the completed schedule and lineup of speakers for the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit taking place this October 2-4 at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center. For more than a decade, CHC has brought together hundreds of delegates and industry professionals from around the world to discuss… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Jul-18

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Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

Penzance Heliport Project Recommended for Approval

Plans for a replacement Penzance Heliport to serve the Isles of Scilly have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planning officers. The Planning Report recommends Councillors grant permission for the heliport, citing the “significant social and economic benefit to the businesses, residents and visitors of the Scillies and wider economic benefits to West Cornwall.” The report… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 30-Jul-18

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EASA welcomes new rules on mental fitness of air crew

EASA welcomes new rules on mental fitness of air crew

The European Union published new safety rules on air operations, including new provisions to better support the mental fitness of air crew. The Regulation includes the following safety measures: Support programme: all pilots working for European airlines will have access to a support programme that will assist and support pilots in recognising, coping with, and… Read more »

Source: EASA, 30-Jul-18

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Kaman annonces new K-Max Leasing Partnership

Kaman annonces new K-Max Leasing Partnership

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Rainier Heli International Inc. (Rainier), of Kirkland, Washington, under which Rainier will offer K-MAX® leasing solutions to customers. Rainier specializes in providing lease and lease-to-purchase programs tailored to meet the specific needs of helicopter operators around the world. “Rainier… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 30-Jul-18

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CALSTAR to add base in Santa Cruz County

CALSTAR to add base in Santa Cruz County

CALSTAR Air Medical Services, a subsidiary of REACH Air Medical Holdings, has announced that it will open a new air medical transport base in Santa Cruz County California. The base will provide emergency air medical transport services to the communities of Santa Cruz County and the surrounding regions. “We are incredibly proud of this expansion,”… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR Air Medical Services, 30-Jul-18

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S.A.F.E. Structure Designs collaborates with Blue Sky Network

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs collaborates with Blue Sky Network

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of ergonomic safety first OSHA compliant solution driven maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment, steel structures, and specialty tooling for all aircraft announces that it has collaborated with Blue Sky Network to include their SmartOne C Satellite-Managed Asset-Ready Tracking… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 30-Jul-18

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Airbus Canada Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Innovation in Safety Award

Airbus Canada Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Innovation in Safety Award

As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 3rd  in Vancouver, BC.  The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to recognition… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jul-18

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UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health East Texas Air 1 revealed their new helicopter design and uniforms today, during a celebration at UT Health Tyler, along with new state-of-the-art technology that enables flight paramedics to transmit patient data to the hospital and a safety tracking system. “The Outerlink Iris System is a next generation satellite communications system that will… Read more »

Source: UT Health East Texas Air 1, 25-Jul-18

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Honeywell International awarded $8M contract for V-22 Shaft Compressors Repairs

Honeywell International awarded $8M contract for V-22 Shaft Compressors Repairs

Honeywell International Inc., Torrance, California, is awarded $8,414,872 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-18-F-FQ2D under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-14-G-001D for the repair of shaft driven compressors in support of the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Torrance, California, and work is expected to be completed by November 2021. Fiscal 2018 working capital funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jul-18

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Aspen Avionics to release Evolution E5 EFI in August

Aspen Avionics to release Evolution E5 EFI in August

Aspen Avionics announced it is in the final stages of receiving FAA approval for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). Upon approval, the Evolution E5 will to be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and by aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d,… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Jul-18

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HAI President Message – Get a Cardboard Box

HAI President Message – Get a Cardboard Box

We will get to why aviation professionals need a cardboard box in a minute. But first, did you ever think you would see our industry move away from the word helicopter? It appears we are morphing into the vertical-lift industry, unmanned vertical industry, or the vertical urban air-taxi industry, take your pick. I don’t disagree… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Jul-18

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Aspen Avionics Introduces Evolution MAX flight displays

Aspen Avionics Introduces Evolution MAX flight displays

Aspen Avionics introduced the latest generation of Evolution Flight Displays, the Evolution MAX series of primary flight (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD). With redesigned electronics and new glass, the Evolution MAX series displays offers a bolder and brighter display with higher reliability and several customer-requested functions such as font and window enlargement and increased processing… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Jul-18

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AirLife Denver chooses the Eagle 407HP

AirLife Denver chooses the Eagle 407HP

Eagle Copters announced today the first air medical conversion of a Bell 407 to the Eagle 407HP. This conversion is the first of its kind within the air medical space and brings the Eagle 407HP’s proven success on utility missions to new markets. AirLife Denver and their FAA part 135 operator, Air Methods, have partnered… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 24-Jul-18

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HAL pick L3 FDR for ALH and FCH programs

HAL pick L3 FDR for ALH and FCH programs

L3 Aviation Products has been selected by aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to provide the FA2300 Modular Airborne Data Recorder/Acquisition System (MADRAS) for its Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter production programs. “L3 is pleased to build on our long-standing relationship with HAL to deliver the versatile MADRAS flight data and audio recorder… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 24-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters Has Demonstrated Advanced Flight Security Systems

Russian Helicopters Has Demonstrated Advanced Flight Security Systems

Experts of the Kazan Helicopters (KVZ), an affiliate of the Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation, has showcased a demonstration stand with an installed system for active dampening of vibrations, an energy-attenuating seat and a floor covering fragment at the Innoprom-2018 international industrial fair. The system will be installed in the Ansat… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 24-Jul-18

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Helicopters help power high-speed broadband in rural Alaska

Helicopters help power high-speed broadband in rural Alaska

This summer, GCI-deployed specialty helicopters will make approximately 220 trips to remote towers in Western Alaska to ensure GCI’s TERRA network can deliver high-speed broadband to rural communities in the region for the next 18 months. The specialized helicopters only have a narrow window of time to deliver the fuel, and delivery is critical in… Read more »

Source: GCI, 24-Jul-18

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Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Products, a Bell CSF, is pleased with Bell’s latest policy changes regarding the sale of new Bell parts. Beginning July 1, 2018, Customer Service Facilities, like Aero Products, will be permitted to sell Bell parts to certified Part 145, or Civil Aviation Authority equivalent repair stations if the following conditions apply: Repair station purchasing… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 24-Jul-18

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Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a lease transaction for three new AW169 helicopters to Emerald Pacific Airlines (“Emerald Pacific”) in Taiwan to be used in EMS operations and other missions.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s third, fourth, and fifth AW169 deliveries globally, as… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 24-Jul-18

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TAL Reveals New AW139s

TAL Reveals New AW139s

Tropical Arctic Logistics (TAL) revealed their new six AW139 helicopters as well as their new Challenger Executive Jet. The new aircraft came to a total of over $150 million, reports Daily Trust.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jul-18

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Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The 55 aircraft include 21 repurposed H225s,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jul-18

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Netherlands signs combined Apache and Chinook sustainment contract with Boeing

Netherlands signs combined Apache and Chinook sustainment contract with Boeing

Boeing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed a Combined Helicopter Support services agreement at the Royal International Air Tattoo on Saturday, July 14 that will provide maintenance, services and spare parts to the RNLAF’s fleet of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The performance based logistics contract, called COHESU, is designed to drive… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Jul-18

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ASU Obtains EASA NVIS STC on AW139

ASU Obtains EASA NVIS STC on AW139

Aviation Specialties Unlimited obtained an European Aviation Safety Agency supplemental type certificate on the Augusta Westland AW139/AB139 helicopter to install night vision imaging system lighting. The AW139 is widely used in numerous operations around the world. It has been configured for air ambulance operations frequently because of its size. ASU obtained the STC for Airgreen… Read more »

Source: ASU, 23-Jul-18

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Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced the sale of an S-76D™ aircraft to the Government of Maharashtra in India. The announcement came during the Farnborough International Airshow. This contract marks the first sale of an S-76D helicopter in India. Delivery is scheduled in 2019. “The S-76D helicopter introduction has been quite successful in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 23-Jul-18

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First Helicopter Degree Graduates

First Helicopter Degree Graduates

Three helicopter pilots graduated yesterday with the UK’s only operator-supported BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) degree – delivered in partnership between Helicentre Aviation Ltd and Middlesex University London. The graduates, Barry Wilmott, Russell Sheriff and Andrew Thompson, are the first students in the UK to graduate with this degree that is unique to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 23-Jul-18

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First ground test of Safran hybrid electric propulsion system

First ground test of Safran hybrid electric propulsion system

Safran has passed a major milestone in its hybrid electric propulsion roadmap with the first ground test of a distributed propulsion system. The test run took place at a Safran Helicopter Engines test facility near Pau-Pyrenees Airport, in France. In a distributed hybrid electric propulsion system for aircraft, a turbo-generator (a gas turbine driving an… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-Jul-18

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Meggitt awarded five year fuel cell contract

Meggitt awarded five year fuel cell contract

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, today announces a $21m contract with Defense Logistics Agency (‘DLA’) Richmond, Virginia to supply fuel cell equipment for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter until 2022. Meggitt’s crashworthy, self-seal fuel tanks, which meet the ultra-rigorous standards… Read more »

Source: Meggitt PLC, 23-Jul-18

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Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

At a ceremony held at Farnborough Air Show today, BELL HELICOPTER, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company and SUBARU Corporation announced their collaboration on a commercial enhancement of the BELL 412 EPI, which was type-certified this month as the 412 EPX, in support of the Japan UH-X program. In 2015, Bell’s long-term partner, SUBARU (formerly known as Fuji… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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First H160 pre-assembled rear fuselage is plug and play ready

First H160 pre-assembled rear fuselage is plug and play ready

The first pre-serial H160 has been fitted with its rear fuselage, the first major component assembly having been pre-assembled in Albacete, Spain according to the site specialisation strategy implemented in Airbus Helicopters. The main fuselage of the first pre-serial aircraft arrived from the company’s facilities in Donauworth, Germany earlier in the year. A total of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Safran renews Pattonair contract

Safran renews Pattonair contract

World leading rotorcraft turbine manufacturer, Safran Helicopter Engines (SHE), has awarded a global OEM and MRO parts support contract to Pattonair until 2025, the leading aerospace and defence supply chain service provider.   The contract was signed today, Tuesday 17th July at the Farnborough Airshow by Franck Saudo, President – Safran helicopter engines, and Wayne Hollinshead,… Read more »

Source: Pattonair, 20-Jul-18

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Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has signed with Airbus Helicopters for an HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material management contract, for a period of five years. Beginning in July, the contract will cover comprehensive maintenance support, including parts-bythe-hour for JCG’s H225 fleet. With the provision of all the parts needed for the maintenance of the rotorcraft in one… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand continues to expand its offering of new accessories in support of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Since before the Bell 505 was introduced in 2013, Aeronautical Accessories has worked on product development and key partnerships to ensure Bell 505 customers’ needs are met. The Aeronautical Accessories catalog presently features more… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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CAAS, EASA and Airbus collaborate

CAAS, EASA and Airbus collaborate

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus have agreed to collaborate in the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban environments. The tripartite Project Document, which lays out the areas of collaboration, was signed by representatives from CAAS, EASA and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is excited to announce that the Bell 429 global fleet has exceeded 330,000 hours of operation. With 325 aircraft in operation configured for various mission sets, the Bell 429 footprint continues to grow, with recent new orders and deliveries: The Swedish Police Authority has purchased two additional Bell 429 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 19-Jul-18

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CAE launches CAE 700MR Series flight training device

CAE launches CAE 700MR Series flight training device

At the Farnborough International Airshow, CAE announced the launch of the CAE 700MR Series flight training device (FTD), a next-generation FTD designed specifically for military helicopter flight and mission training. “We listened to our customers to design and develop a high-end flight training device that addresses the highest priorities for military helicopter mission training, such… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Jul-18

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NH90 Sea Lion starts Qualification phase

NH90 Sea Lion starts Qualification phase

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion has performed its first flight in serial configuration on July 10. This event marks the beginning of the helicopter’s qualification phase together with the customer’s official authorities. When the qualification phase is finished, the German customer will release the military type certificate to allow the first serial… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jul-18

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