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First Canadian helicopter circumnavigation bid takes off

First Canadian helicopter circumnavigation bid takes off

The Denglers, a father and son duo from Canada, are planning their trip to fly around the world in a helicopter. Bob Dengler, 77, and his son Steve, 48, are both engineers and will be joined on board with retired Canadian astronaut Dave Williams. They plan to travel from their home base in Vaughan, touching… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, has signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs, with deliveries starting this year, in connection with the framework agreement entered into with SHC in 2016. During a special signing ceremony in Xi’an, China,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 30-Jun-17

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CAMTS warns on LifePort Clip Decks

CAMTS warns on LifePort Clip Decks

CAMTS has received several calls on this safety issue.  We have been made aware of incidents as a result of the LifePort Clip Decks.  We have been told that not all parties have received the following notice from LifePort.  Please heed this urgent warning! Re: LifePort, Inc.’s Clip Decks – All Models/Part Numbers It has… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 29-Jun-17

NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

The National EMS Pilots Association is now accepting nominations for the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year and the NEMSPA Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Both awards will be presented at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas October 2017. Nominees should embody the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-17

Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) will extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters by supplying composite materials for the new H160 helicopter. Hexcel’s reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials have been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades. The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in… Read more »

Source: Hexcel, 29-Jun-17

FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

As the public might be aware, effective April 25th, 2017, to conduct operations under FAR Part 135 using a Robinson R44, an operator had to get the aircraft equipped with a “Radio Altimeter”. On June 5th, 2017 the FAA published Change 527 to 8900.1 (Part A Operations Specification) this change effectively extended the compliance date… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Jun-17

Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second S-92® helicopter for search and rescue following a ceremony today. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014.  To date, that aircraft has flown more than 850 flight hours, saving… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jun-17

Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Health System officials announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a sixth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in August. The new LIFE FORCE air ambulance, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will be based in Andrews, North Carolina at the Western Carolina Regional Airport outside of Murphy, North Carolina. Erlanger Health System also… Read more »

Source: LIFE FORCE Air Medical, 28-Jun-17

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First-ever helicopter-based firing of High Energy Laser

First-ever helicopter-based firing of High Energy Laser

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 28-Jun-17

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Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow U.S. LLC (“Bristow”) today announced an alliance with Fly Blade, Inc. (“Blade”) within the greater New York area. Under the agreement, Bristow is providing the aircraft, crew and maintenance for Blade’s new cabin service, with Blade providing the ground support, passenger booking, on-the-ground experience and marketing. “Bristow remains a proven leader for aviation services… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-17

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Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters has recently donated their old Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T turboshaft engine to Aviation High School in Brisbane after upgrading their Bell 212’s engine. The donation will be used to support hands on learning at the school, giving kids the opportunity to take apart and reassemble the engine to gain a greater understanding,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Edmonton news helicopter celebrates 10 years

Edmonton news helicopter celebrates 10 years

Global Edmonton’s news helicopter is celebrating 10 years of service this month. The helicopter, used first in June 2007, covers breaking news events and current traffic news in the city. Many say it gave a new spin to how people saw the news, reports Global News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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OSS wins two year AW109 EMS contract in Tamil Nadu

OSS wins two year AW109 EMS contract in Tamil Nadu

Ganga Hospital will soon be operating the first air ambulance service from a private hospital in Tamil Nadu. Ganga Air Ambulance will be working together with OSS Air Management in a two-year contract. Their EMS services will be performed out of an AW109C twin-engine helicopter. A helipad for the service has been constructed at Ganga… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Ontario City looks at EMS helipad location options

Ontario City looks at EMS helipad location options

The helipad on Wellington Street South, in downtown Kitchener, has had to be closed down due to a construction crane being erected in front of it. The crane, helping to build two towers, 15 and 19 feet high, is directly in any helicopters flight path, reports The Record. Ornge, who runs air ambulance services in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

The community group, Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono (HICoP) have sent in a contested case hearing about the approval of a parking permit for Paradise Helicopters at Hilo International Airport. Paradise Helicopters has had to request a parking permit due to the airport wanting to construct an access road through one of Paradise’s parking spots… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow has started construction on their new HM Coastguard SAR helicopter base at the Lydd Airport. The project, costing £7.8 million, is hoped to be finished by February 2018. Bristow has been operating out of a temporary base at Lydd Airport for two years now, reports Bristow Group. The location of the new base means… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Volocopter to carry out test flights in Dubai in Q4

Volocopter to carry out test flights in Dubai in Q4

A vision becomes reality: Dubai’s government “Roads and Transport Authority” (RTA) has signed an agreement with the German company Volocopter regarding the regular test mode of autonomous air taxis in the emirate. “The test will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the project has been scheduled to run for five years,” Alexander Zosel,… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 27-Jun-17

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FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who ensure the safety of the National Airspace System and the aircraft that use it, rejected the 21st Century AIRR Act introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster… Read more »

Source: PASS, 27-Jun-17

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Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled today at the Paris air show the aerodynamic configuration of the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Codenamed Racer, for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft, this demonstrator will incorporate a host of innovative features and will be optimised for a cruise speed… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-17

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Marenco adds non-executive Director

Marenco adds non-executive Director

The Board of Directors of MSH (Marenco Swisshelicopter AG) welcomes André Borschberg as new Member. André will join the Board as a non-executive Director with immediate effect, subject to confirmation at MSH’s next shareholders’ meeting in July. The former Swiss Air Force jet and helicopter pilot and cofounder of the Solar Impulse project, the first… Read more »

Source: MSH, 27-Jun-17

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Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that Airbus (EPA: AIR)—one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world with more than 130,000 employees—will deploy Salesforce Sales Cloud Einstein and Service Cloud Einstein as part of its global digital transformation strategy. “Airbus is a terrific example of a company that’s putting the customer… Read more »

Source: Salesforce, 27-Jun-17

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CHC Announces New Contract with Quadrant Energy

CHC Announces New Contract with Quadrant Energy

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded a two-year contract to support one of Australia’s largest oil and gas companies, Quadrant Energy, starting July 1, 2017. CHC will provide passenger transfer services to Quadrant’s oil and gas installations on the North West Shelf using two AW 139s flying out of CHC’s base in Karratha…. Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 27-Jun-17

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Spectrum Health celebrates 30 years of Aero Med

Spectrum Health celebrates 30 years of Aero Med

Spectrum Health proudly celebrates 30 years of Aero Med this year. With their maiden flight in March, 1987, the service has helped over 19,374 patients. They currently operate out of two Sikorsky helicopters, reports Spectrum Health.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of bidding for a new police helicopter. They have two helicopters, but the current one in use is costing a large amount of money simply due to maintenance costs. Funding for a new helicopter has been approved by the Manatee County Commissioners, reports My Sun… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Idaho operator Timberline Helicopters moving to new base

Idaho operator Timberline Helicopters moving to new base

Timberline Helicopters have recently received approval for a conditional-use permit for helicopter pads and an airstrip. Chief Operating Officer, Travis Storro, has commented that they plan to build office buildings, painting areas and maintenance shops on the 93 acres, accumulating to a cost of $3 million. Storro guesses that it might take up to three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

During their new budget announcement, the Mount Isa LifeFlight base revealed that they had a year’s funding package of $2.4 million that will enable them to purchase a newer model helicopter. They will be replacing their Bell 230 with a BK117. The new helicopter will enable them to transport two patients at a time, along… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during International Paris Air Show to support helicopter engines operated by Royal Thai Armed Forces. Royal Tai Armed Forces are operating Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleet of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155 in operation within the Royal Thai Air Force, Army,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 26-Jun-17

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SaxonAir adds two AW109SP GrandNew helicopters to charter fleet

SaxonAir adds two AW109SP GrandNew helicopters to charter fleet

Air charter operator and aviation service provider SaxonAir has continued its expansion by doubling their helicopter charter fleet with the addition of two new AW109SP Grand New helicopters. Both helicopters are operated through new managed aircraft contracts and will be based in the London Area to serve SaxonAir’s increasing client demand. SaxonAir’s helicopter business now… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 26-Jun-17

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Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Under… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jun-17

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Bristow Group To Present At The 2017 J.P. Morgan Energy Equity Conference

Bristow Group To Present At The 2017 J.P. Morgan Energy Equity Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that it will be presenting at the 2017 J.P. Morgan Energy Equity Conference to be held in New York City on June 26 – 28, 2017. Don Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, June 28, at 9:20 a.m. Eastern Time… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 26-Jun-17

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TAI Reveals the New T625 Mutli-Role

TAI Reveals the New T625 Mutli-Role

TAI-Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc., is proud to reveal “T625 Multi-Role Helicopter” at Paris Air Show 2017, a new generation, twin engine, 6 ton class helicopter developed in response to the growing market demand for higher mission flexibility in this class. T625 is designed and optimized to meet and exceed the multi-mission requirements for hot &… Read more »

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 26-Jun-17

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Poison risk at Alaska helipad

Poison risk at Alaska helipad

The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program office took samples of shellfish from around the Shoemaker Bay Helipad on June 12. The readings revealed that the shellfish were positive for saxitoxin, which can cause paralytic poisoning. Locals have been advised to avoid the shellfish, reports Wrangell’s Sentinel.

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Conservationists oppose Alberta helipad for mountain tours

Conservationists oppose Alberta helipad for mountain tours

Rockies Heli Canada has sent in a proposal for the construction of a helipad for commercial helicopter tour flights at the base of Mount Yamnuska. The proposal has been met with much opposition from hikers, conservationists and guides. Many argue that a helicopter constantly touring Mount Yamnuska will have a negative effect on the ecology,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-17

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Joint Venture for the production of Ka-226T in India

Joint Venture for the production of Ka-226T in India

“Russian Helicopters” Holding Company, JSC “Rosoboronexport” (part of Rostec State Corporation) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) registered a joint venture for the production of Ka-226T light helicopters in India.  The agreement between the RF and India on the cooperation in the helicopter industry was signed in 2015. In accordance with the document, “Russian Helicopters” together… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Jun-17

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Safran acquires ISEI

Safran acquires ISEI

Safran Electronics & Defense has purchased the French company ISEI, specialized in flight data acquisition systems and associated services for helicopters and light airplanes. The agreement for the sale was signed today at the Paris Air Show by Jean-Claude Marcellet, President of ISEI, and Martin Sion, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Electronics & Defense. With… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-Jun-17

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ViaSat Secures Multi-Year Contract

ViaSat Secures Multi-Year Contract

The collaboration between ViaSat and Boeing on the integration of Link 16 and Soldier Radio Waveform capability for the Apache continues to be a great success. The degree to which these capabilities will improve Apache’s lethality and survivability, and enhance the operator’s situational awareness and ability to directly communicate with soldiers on the ground, are… Read more »

Source: ViaSat, 23-Jun-17

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CONTROP Launches Compact Payload for UAS

CONTROP Launches Compact Payload for UAS

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a company specializing in the field of electro-optics and IR defense and homeland security solutions – launches T-STAMP-XR, its unique, compact payload for UAS with exceptional thermal sensor optics, at the Paris Air Show 2017. According to Mr. Dror Sharon, CEO and President of CONTROP, “We developed the T-STAMP-XR in… Read more »

Source: CONTROP, 23-Jun-17

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17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. announced today a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. During an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the parties announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising 2 AW119Kx single engine, 10 AW109 Trekker… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Jun-17

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Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed a contract for one H215, making it the first operator in Japan to operate the rotorcraft when it is delivered in 2020.  Currently operating a fleet of 14 helicopters, the largest police air corps in Japan plans to enhance its law enforcement activities with this new H215…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-17

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Petronas cancels MHS EC225 contract citing safety concerns

Petronas cancels MHS EC225 contract citing safety concerns

Petronus has decided to cancel their helicopter services contract with MHS Aviation. The termination is due to the suspension of the EC225 since April last year, after a fatal accident in Norway of the same make. Many safety concerns have arisen since then. It is noted that many other oil and gas companies have elected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-17

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New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

The Metropolitan Methodist Hospital has unveiled their new helipad after eight months of construction. The new helipad will increase the access to care that critical cases need. The furthest they can receive patients from is Del Rio, reports KTSA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-17

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LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, have today announced an order for an additional nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters – the AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries will commence this year and continue into… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-17

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Canada certifies DAC for Esterline CMA-6800 Display in S76

Canada certifies DAC for Esterline CMA-6800 Display in S76

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today that it has received Canadian Acceptance of Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Sikorsky S76B/C Helicopter. The STC includes the S76C+ and S76C++ models. “The product provides many benefits as a form fit function replacement for the Honeywell… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 21-Jun-17

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Safran Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification

Safran Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters’ Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017. Since its first ground test, the Ardiden 3 maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 8500 hours of test. Thanks to this extensive test… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 21-Jun-17

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VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

Airbus Helicopters recently started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, paving the way for a first flight of the actual VSR700 prototype in 2018. A light military rotary-wing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, the VSR700 is being developed jointly by Airbus Helicopters and Helicopteres Guimbal, the original manufacturer of the civil-certified… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-17

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Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics Corporation of America announced that it will provide its newest connectivity platform, the Astronautics Air Ground Communications System (AGCS), to Airbus Helicopters as a connectivity solution for the original equipment manufacturer’s production helicopters. Airbus Helicopters is the largest supplier of turbine helicopters to the rotorcraft market. Astronautics is providing Airbus Helicopters with its newest… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 20-Jun-17

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Russian Helicopters at Paris Air Show 2017

Russian Helicopters at Paris Air Show 2017

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, expects a heightened interest of foreign customers in Russian aircraft and AD systems at the International Paris Air Show 2017. This largest aviation show in the world is to take place in Le Bourget, France, on June 19-25. “Rosoboronexport witnesses heightened interest in modern aviation equipment on the world market…. Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 20-Jun-17

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HAI Heli-Expo 2018 Application for Space Available

HAI Heli-Expo 2018 Application for Space Available

HAI offers ways to positively impact your booth space assignment for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 by advancing to Lottery 1, Stage 1 or Stage 2. Take advantage of advertising or sponsorship opportunities by June 23rd and dramatically increase the likelihood of securing your preferred booth space for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. For details of how to potentially… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Jun-17

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Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has submitted a proposal authorising the use of drones or UAVs to record aerial surveys. These surveys will be able to identify unauthorised constructions of buildings or encroachment. This information can greatly help the Special Planning Authority. They currently use Google Maps to research this data, but it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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Russian Helicopters moves forward on Chinese JV heavy-lift helicopter

Russian Helicopters moves forward on Chinese JV heavy-lift helicopter

Rostec may sign the contract with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL), a heavy-lift helicopter to be developed jointly by Russia and China, before the end of this year. This was announced by Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec, at the Fourth China-Russia… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 19-Jun-17

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Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus Helicopters has signed its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail in Nepal. Under the contract, two H125 helicopters operated by Fishtail Air will be covered by Airbus’ HCare program for a period of five years. The contract covers both scheduled and un-scheduled events providing all necessary support to the operator to carry out its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-17

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Era Group Appoints Jennifer Whalen as Acting Chief Financial Officer

Era Group Appoints Jennifer Whalen as Acting Chief Financial Officer

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today announced that Jennifer Whalen has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Acting Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Whalen, who had served as Era’s Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, will continue to serve as Era’s principal accounting officer. This leadership change was implemented in connection with the… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 19-Jun-17

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HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

The São Paulo Campo de Marte Airport, home to Helibras, held Brazil’s first Airbus Aeromedical Transport Symposium this past week. The symposium, held over two days, had speakers such as Élcio Alves Barbosa, the national civil defence disaster director; Ralph Setz, Airbus HEMS specialist; Col. Carlos Eduardo Falconi from the São Paulo police and Thomas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to Boost Competitiveness

Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to Boost Competitiveness

Boeing [NYSE: BA] is taking the next step in making its Defense, Space & Security (BDS) unit more globally competitive by eliminating a layer of executive oversight. “We need to be an agile organization that is more responsive to customers’ needs and committed to continually improving productivity,” said Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Jun-17

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The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Jun-17

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Waypoint Leasing extends Revolving Credit Facility Commitments

Waypoint Leasing extends Revolving Credit Facility Commitments

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has extended the maturity on two of its existing revolving credit facilities.  In aggregate over $390m of revolving credit commitments extended across seven lenders, with over $100 million now maturing in late 2019 and over $280 million in late 2020.  The… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 16-Jun-17

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New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

A new Clinical Best Practice Guidance document has been issued by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) on ‘Advanced analgesia and sedation’ to promote best practice in advanced prehospital care, delivered by UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The new Best Practice Guide joined three other Guides being republished following updates; ‘Defibrillation and Pacing during… Read more »

Source: AAA, 16-Jun-17

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New Facility Plans for Boston MedFlight

New Facility Plans for Boston MedFlight

Boston MedFlight has planned to move into their new facility on the civilian side of Hanscom by June 2018. The proposals for the move started in 2015, as the current base is on the military side, making it difficult to operate. The new base will include a hangar, simulation lab for medical emergencies and training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Bell delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

Bell delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

announced the delivery of three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada. The three Canadian customers accepted delivery of their aircraft last week at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel. The aircraft are configured for corporate and utility missions to support the business operations of the customers. “It has been a particularly significant week for Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jun-17

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New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered into service. This becomes the first AW169 to enter air ambulance operational service in the UK and is the culmination of years of planning and development.   The aircraft was selected following an extensive evaluation process.  Its outstanding characteristics,… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 15-Jun-17

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Maldives CAA launches a review to restart helicopter operations

Maldives CAA launches a review to restart helicopter operations

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority has appointed the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) to provide an in-depth review of Maldives CAA’s helicopter regulatory oversight capability. In December 2016, the Maldives government revealed their intentions to re-introduce commercial helicopter operations in the archipelago, more than 15 years since the island nation ceased using helicopters. The… Read more »

Source: Maldives CAA, 15-Jun-17

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BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 15-Jun-17

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Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX® production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft. “Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX® have provided us the… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 15-Jun-17

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Terma takes CH-47 and AH-64 protection systems to Paris

Terma takes CH-47 and AH-64 protection systems to Paris

Terma is looking very much forward to welcoming partners and customers at our stand on Paris Air Show one of Europe’s most important well attended events within aerospace and defense”, said Jørn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Senior Vice President, Market Development. “The air show at le Bourget enables Terma to showcase our key technologies and products… Read more »

Source: Terma, 15-Jun-17

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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL has bagged Raksha Mantri’s awards under the categories of ‘Excellence in Performance’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Indigenisation and Design Efforts’ and ‘Best Performing Division’. The award for ‘Excellence in Performance for the year 2015-16’ was received by Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL along with Mr V M Chamola, Dir (HR) and Mr C V Ramana Rao Dir(Fin)-HAL… Read more »

Source: HAL, 14-Jun-17

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Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC is a recipient of a $5,000 grant and a semi-finalist in the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC), a grant competition supported by JPMorgan Chase, UPS and Partnership Gwinnett, which boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs. Nearly 100 companies, ranging in… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp LLC, 14-Jun-17

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has secured funding and taken delivery of a new airfield lighting system that will assist its helicopter whilst taking off and landing safely at its airbase in Devizes at night. The purchase of the new lighting, a HEMS-Star portable helipad lighting system, has been funded by a donation of £6,950 from the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-17

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New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight, one of the nation’s preeminent air-medical transport programs, is partnering with Clarion Hospital to provide enhanced emergency care services to the Clarion region. LifeFlight has opened its fifth medical helicopter base at Clarion Hospital, joining LifeFlight bases at Canonsburg Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Butler Airport and Rostraver Airport. An EC-145 helicopter will… Read more »

Source: Allegheny Health Network, 14-Jun-17

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S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of OSHA compliant ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, and hangar equipment announced that it has successfully satisfied its contract to supply hangar equipment outfitting the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawks in Mobile, Alabama. By… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 14-Jun-17

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Big changes at Bristow

Big changes at Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today announced structural and leadership changes to create a strategically realigned and profitable company in an unprecedented downturn. In this downturn, Bristow’s clients are focused on safety and increasingly, regional efficiency, and the company must respond. The new Bristow will have two primary geographical hubs in key areas of business,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jun-17

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New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

Mike Campbell is looking to open a new heli-tourism company in Buffalo, called Fly Buffalo. He is currently waiting for approval of setting up the operation at the Outer Harbor. He has planned for two packages when the business is up and running. One that covers all of Buffalo will be $70 to $100 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Lesley Taylor has filed a lawsuit against her helicopter pilot, John B. Kjekstad. She claims that Kjekstad has used her company as a “personal piggy bank.” Lesley Taylor paid Kjekstad $500,000 annually to run the operations of her helicopter tour company, Helicopter Flight Services, based in Lower Manhattan. The lawsuit includes a claim that Kjekstad used over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

Today, the Trump Administration released additional details about its proposal to corporatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is the voice of general aviation business, representing fixed base operators, on-demand air charter, aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities, and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management. NATA members range in… Read more »

Source: NATA, 13-Jun-17

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NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s continuing calls for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. The president’s renewed call for ATC privatization was included in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending “principles” advanced by the president today at the White… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 13-Jun-17

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