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Mecaer Aviation Group Signs First VIP Bell 505

Mecaer Aviation Group Signs First VIP Bell 505

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) signed a VIP interior in the first commercially operated Bell 505 today at Heli-Expo. Montreal, QC based, Helite Aviation has ordered the first Bell 505 MAGnificent to be operated as a commercial, for hire aircraft in the North American region. Helite’s Bell 505 will be customized by Mecaer  and will… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 03-Mar-18

Aviall enters global supply chain agreement with CHC

Aviall enters global supply chain agreement with CHC

Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its subsidiary Aviall, today announced it signed a global supply chain management agreement with CHC Helicopter. Under this agreement, Aviall will collaborate with CHC to provide Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) to improve efficiency and streamline supply chain costs for CHC’s global operations. The workflow tools included will provide CHC with integration… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 03-Mar-18

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Schiebel wins CAMCOPTER® S-100 contract

Schiebel wins CAMCOPTER® S-100 contract

A fleet of Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) were commissioned by MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, to fulfill a contract with an international customer. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was chosen by MDA for its impressive track record of providing critical support in sea- and land-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. As a… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Mar-18

Manufacturing & New STC Development Signals Growth for VIH Aerospace

Manufacturing & New STC Development Signals Growth for VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – (Booth # C4045), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services continued to experience growth in demand for its manufacturing services throughout 2017 and into 2018. “For last year’s Heli-Expo, we announced a full offering of manufacturing services for fixed and rotary-wing operators and frankly, we… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

Metro makes progress with FOQA program

Metro makes progress with FOQA program

The Metro Aviation leadership team continues proving its commitment to safety with the investment of time and resources into training, data mining and operational oversight.  Since receiving approval for its Flight Operations Quality Assurance program in the summer of 2017, Metro has increased its flight data monitoring-equipped aircraft to reflect nearly 65 percent of its… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Mar-18

Able Services Rolls out B505 Capabilities

Able Services Rolls out B505 Capabilities

Preparing for the next generation of modern rotor-wing maintenance requirements, Able Aerospace Services has rolled out comprehensive component assembly-level support for the Bell 505 helicopter. In conjunction with its full Bell 429 capabilities, this further bolsters Able as the go-to source for cutting-edge helicopter component repair, overhaul, parts and completion solutions. The new Bell 505 capabilities include… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Mar-18

Hughes and AMGH Form Strategic Partnership

Hughes and AMGH Form Strategic Partnership

Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. (AMGH) has signed a multi-year contract with Hughes Aerospace for COPTER Instrument Procedures, COPTER RNP Routes, Procedure Maintenance and Heliport services. Hughes is providing AMGH and its subsidiaries with the latest in COPTER LPV, LP and LNAV Instrument approaches, departures and RNP 0.3 COPTER Routes depicted on all digital geo-referenced… Read more »

Source: Air Medical Group, 03-Mar-18

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Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

On Day 2 of HeliExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kopter Group AG is proud to announce that Safomar Aviation (PTY) LTD of South Africa has signed an order of two (2) units of the SH09 single turbine helicopter. Safomar is currently in advanced stage discussions with Kopter of a representation agreement for its products… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 03-Mar-18

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Sikorsky delivers 300th S92

Sikorsky delivers 300th S92

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today delivered the 300th S-92® helicopter. Era Group Inc. signed for the aircraft, configured for offshore oil worker transportation, in a ceremony at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. This aircraft, assembled in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, will join Era Group’s fleet of eight Sikorsky helicopters and enter service in March in… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-18

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Era Group Announces Fiscal Year and Q4 2017 Earnings

Era Group Announces Fiscal Year and Q4 2017 Earnings

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, March 8, 2018. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Friday, March 9, 2018, to… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 03-Mar-18

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Becker Announces Certification of BXT6500 Family

Becker Announces Certification of BXT6500 Family

Becker Avionics innovator and digital technology provider Becker Avionics has received certification for the company’s BXT6500 family Mode S transponder, designed specifically for the rigorous flying environment characteristic of helicopter operations. Paired with a FreeFlight Systems’ 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor, these remote-mounted solutions provide helicopter operators a complete and cost-effective way to equip with ADS-B Out for… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 03-Mar-18

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Able Expands in Latin America

Able Expands in Latin America

Guatemala-based Aeroservicios Ave, S.A. (AVESA) has selected Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as its exclusive provider for component repair, overhaul and exchange services. The relationship establishes AVESA as Able’s newest global customer, creating improved in-country product availability and cost savings for AVESA customers operating light and medium Bell Helicopter platforms in Guatemala… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

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NBAA Welcomes Removal of ATC Privatization Provision

NBAA Welcomes Removal of ATC Privatization Provision

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today issued the following statement in response to the Feb. 27 announcement from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) to set aside his proposal for removing air traffic control (ATC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposal was part of House legislation (H.R. 2997) to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Mar-18

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Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters announce collaboration

Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters announce collaboration

Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters are very happy to announce they are joining forces to better support customers in Northern and Eastern Europe. Rotortrade is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters with 6 offices across the world and Savback Helicopters headquartered in Sweden, is a respected brand whose… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 03-Mar-18

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Latitude Launches Iridium Push-to-Talk SATCOM

Latitude Launches Iridium Push-to-Talk SATCOM

Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and satcom solutions for fleet operators will be showcasing the new S200-012P Iridium Satellite Push-to-Talk (PTT) device for air medical and first responder organizations at HELI EXPO, Helicopter Association International’s annual convention, in Las Vegas. About the New S200-012P Iridium Satellite Push-to-Talk Device… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 03-Mar-18

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Waypoint Completes Purchase and Lease-Back of AW139

Waypoint Completes Purchase and Lease-Back of AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a purchase and lease-back for one AW139 helicopter to Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”) in Morocco to be used in support of the offshore oil and gas sector.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s fourth lease with Heliconia. Con Barber, Waypoint’s… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 03-Mar-18

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Heli-One Signs Service Center Agreement with Safran

Heli-One Signs Service Center Agreement with Safran

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a service center agreement with Safran Helicopter Engines for Makila MRO services. Makila services are performed at Heli-One Norway’s engine shop in Stavanger, as well as through mobile support. The agreement allows Makila 1 operators worldwide to benefit from Heli-One’s expertise… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-18

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Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Leonardo announced today that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for additional 26 helicopters, including 7 AW119Kx single engine, 15 AW109 Trekker light twins and 4 AW139 intermediate twins with deliveries expected to start this year through to 2019. The contracts are valued in excess of 120 million euro. The orders… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Mar-18

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HTM orders 4 new H125s

HTM orders 4 new H125s

Airbus Helicopters and Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) have signed an agreement at Heli-Expo for the purchase of four H125s, completing a fleet of 25 Airbus helicopters. “We have selected the H125 for its superior performance especially in mountainous areas and hot climates” said Hans Ostler, CEO of HTM. “We are excited to put this helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-18

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HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

Safran Helicopter Engines is proud to introduce HeliDax as new customer of its Health Monitoring service. The French company, who was involved in its elaboration, has opted for the Premium level of this service, launched last October at Helitech International. Health Monitoring allows customers to track engine life parameters and implement predictive maintenance actions to… Read more »

Source: Safran, 03-Mar-18

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RoadRunner EFI on display at HAI Heli-Expo

RoadRunner EFI on display at HAI Heli-Expo

Astronautics Corporation of America’s RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI), AFI 4700, has been installed, flown, and demonstrated on a variety of helicopter platforms—including Bell 212, Bell 214ST, and AW109—validating its ease of installation and integration into existing avionics suites. With additional flight demonstrations planned for mid-March, the drop-in replacement EFI displays attitude direction and horizontal… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 03-Mar-18

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P&WC Introduces a Certified Pre-Owned Engine Program

P&WC Introduces a Certified Pre-Owned Engine Program

Operators thinking of buying a pre-owned AW139 or AW109 helicopter will now have the option of a 500-hour/one-year engine warranty under P&WC’s new Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) engine program for PT6C-67C, PW206C and PW207C engines. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Initially being launched in collaboration with global helicopter dealer Rotortrade, aircraft dealers… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 03-Mar-18

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P&WC unveils six new services for helicopter operators

P&WC unveils six new services for helicopter operators

At HAI HELI-EXPO, Pratt & Whitney Canada announced six new helicopter engine services as part of its ongoing transformation of the company’s customer service organization and the way in which it designs and delivers programs to match the evolving needs of operators of its worldwide engine fleet. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 02-Mar-18

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AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

A helicopter tail rotor gearbox including a housing, an output shaft for connection to a tail rotor rotatably supported in the housing and having an open end therein, an input member rotatably supported in the housing, gearing providing a power transmitting connection between the input member and output shaft, a pitch control shaft for effecting a change… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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Phoenix Products awarded patent for Helicopter drip pan

Phoenix Products awarded patent for Helicopter drip pan

A drip pan apparatus for use in a helicopter includes a drip pan and a frame having a plurality of frame sides and a plurality of frame corners that define an inwardly-facing peripheral surface. A first frame angle is formed between a first inwardly-facing surface and a second inwardly-facing surface. The first frame angle is an acute… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

A system for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a central head or hub of a helicopter. At least one sensor is arranged to continuously measure vertical angular movement of a rotor blade and/or the flapping hinge. Also a method for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Air Ambulance North Ireland (AANI) have had to be called out a total of 222 times within their first six months of operating. 60 % were for traffic collisions, 26% were for severe injuries involving drowning, explosions and burns and 14% were for falls. They have opened an AANI Club, where members can donate £2… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-18

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Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters has secured new contracts for three helicopters from Japanese operators, following its successful start to the New Year with recent contract announcements for one new H135 and an AS365 N3+.  With this new stream of orders, Airbus Helicopters has received orders for a total of five helicopters in the first quarter of 2018,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-18

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HAI reports successful year at annual membership meeting

HAI reports successful year at annual membership meeting

HAI members and HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 attendees gathered in Las Vegas today for the HAI Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast. During the meeting, members of the HAI Board of Directors updated the crowd on the work of the association since the last meeting in Dallas. The meeting began with a call to order by HAI… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-18

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SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

  The aircraft flew for 45 minutes and all systems performed as expected with excellent controllability and handling qualities. Tests included, among others, remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and acceleration to forward flight, automatic way point navigation to and from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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New plug and play caution/warning panel for BK117

New plug and play caution/warning panel for BK117

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) and Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) are pleased to announce they will be proceeding with the development, qualification, certification and sale of a new generation, “plug and play” replacement caution/warning panel for the BK117 series helicopter. The MCP117 will be night vision goggle (NVG) compatible, DO-160G qualified, feature LED lighting… Read more »

Source: ASU, 01-Mar-18

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Astronautics upgrades MFDS software for AB-212

Astronautics upgrades MFDS software for AB-212

Astronautics Corporation of America is completing a software update to its multifunction display system (MFDS) for customer SENER, a multinational engineering and technology group, and Babcock MCS España (formerly INAER) on the Spanish Navy’s AB-212 fleet. Astronautics’ MFDS is a key part of the avionics that have been upgraded for the Spanish Navy as part… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 01-Mar-18

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Kopter signed with Rainier International Inc. for 10 SH09

Kopter signed with Rainier International Inc. for 10 SH09

Kopter Group signed a memorandum of Agreement with Rainier International Inc, a subsidiary of Elling Halverson Inc, for the purchase of five (5) SH09 helicopters with options for as many as five (5) additional aircraft for delivery within the next three (3) years. This order was announced during Heli-Expo in Las Vegas in the presence… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 01-Mar-18

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Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

At Heli-Expo Leonardo is announcing a range of both new and further enhanced training and flight operation services aimed at a continued increase of safety, missions effectiveness and customer service quality. Leveraging its well established capability for the design of training devices including VIPT (Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer), FTD (Flight Training Device) and FFS (Full… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to celebrate the delivery of a new, custom-configured MD 530F with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). Officially accepted into operation in February, it is an honor to deliver EAGLE 1 to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office fleet, Sheriff Margaret Mims, and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. With… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Mar-18

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Safran Launches new e-Spares service

Safran Launches new e-Spares service

Safran Helicopter Engines introduces e-Spares, a new service that allows customers to order new spare parts and tools on-line. With its user-friendly interface, e-Spares helps users identify and select the right spare parts and tools easily and efficiently. Prices are instantly displayed, and availability statuses are calculated in real time so that an order can… Read more »

Source: Safran, 01-Mar-18

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StandardAero receives two awards from Rolls-Royce

StandardAero receives two awards from Rolls-Royce

StandardAero was the recipient of two awards at the prestigious Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, an annual event held as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 01-Mar-18

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​VIH Aerospace competes NV installs for EMS operations

​VIH Aerospace competes NV installs for EMS operations

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – (Booth # C4045), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services; announces it has completed installations of three Supplemental Type Certified, Night Vision systems for Helijet International, Incorporated. Danny Sitnam, president-CEO at Helijet, explains that VIH Aerospace and its development partner, Rebtech Technologies (Rebtech) were selected… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 01-Mar-18

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German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has succeeded in winning the contract issued by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for the German Federal Police for the fleet-wide replacement of all mission equipment in the AS332L1 “Super Puma”, EC155  and EC135 helicopters. The new mission systems will extend the wide range of capability options of the German… Read more »

Source: ESG, 01-Mar-18

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NHV signs master FMP agreement with P&WC

NHV signs master FMP agreement with P&WC

NHV NV, the launch customer and fleet leader of the Airbus H175 helicopter powered by PT6C-67E engines, has signed a Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) for these and other P&WC engines in its fleet. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). “Our relationship with P&WC started in the very early days of NHV and… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 01-Mar-18

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Honeywell Forecasts 4000+ New Civil Helicopter Deliveries Over Next 5 Years

Honeywell Forecasts 4000+ New Civil Helicopter Deliveries Over Next 5 Years

With a better long-term global economic outlook this year, customers are holding firm in their intentions to invest in new helicopter purchases over the next five years. In its 20th annual “Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook,” Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,000 to 4,200 new civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2018 to 2022, aligning with… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 01-Mar-18

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Training Begins with FlightSafety’s New Airbus Simulator

Training Begins with FlightSafety’s New Airbus Simulator

FlightSafety International announces that training has begun using  the new Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 full flight simulator located at its Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. The Center is also equipped with Level D qualified simulators for the Bell 407GXP, Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 and EC135. “We are pleased with the response to our Level D qualified… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 01-Mar-18

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Heli-One Design Team Highlights

Heli-One Design Team Highlights

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is announcing a lineup of new modifications and products developed by their two Design & Engineering teams in Norway and Canada. These new offerings appeal to a wide variety of operators and include: medical equipment wall, stretcher installation, hooks, external cameras, and awareness… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Feb-18

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European Investment Bank signs cooperation agreement with EDA

European Investment Bank signs cooperation agreement with EDA

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation between the two institutions. The European Council of 19 October 2017 encouraged the EIB to examine further steps with a view to supporting investments in… Read more »

Source: EDA, 28-Feb-18

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Kaman to deliver three K-Max helicopters in March

Kaman to deliver three K-Max helicopters in March

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today at HAI Heli-Expo that a record number of K-MAX® production deliveries are planned for March 2018. “We are pleased that new production K-MAX aircraft from Lot 1 are expected to be delivered to Helicopter Express and Columbia Basin Helicopters next month,”… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 28-Feb-18

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Curtiss-Wright to Provide Sikorsky with ADC and WAIC

Curtiss-Wright to Provide Sikorsky with ADC and WAIC

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was awarded a contract by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (lockheedmartin.com) company, to provide its Air Data Computer (ADC) and Windshield Anti-Ice Controller (WAIC) technology for use on multiple variants of the Black Hawk helicopter delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. “We are… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 28-Feb-18

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MD Helicopters details Heli-Expo display

MD Helicopters details Heli-Expo display

At the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will proudly display two of its most beloved single-engine helicopter models, each featuring an advanced all-glass cockpit. The cornerstones of MDHI’s booth (N5505) will be the Virginia Beach Police Department’s new MD 530F alongside one of six (6) MD 530G Attack Helicopters… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Feb-18

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Appareo to Expand Stratus ADS-B Transponder AML-STC

Appareo to Expand Stratus ADS-B Transponder AML-STC

Appareo today announced plans to expand the AML-STC for the company’s Stratus ADS-B “out” transponders to include Part 27 helicopters. The company will exhibit its ADS-B products this week at the annual HAI HELI-EXPO convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Appareo has built a reputation for providing cost-effective, easily-installed certified avionics for fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Appareo, 28-Feb-18

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Sterling Helicopter to Exhibit at the HAI Heli-Expo

Sterling Helicopter to Exhibit at the HAI Heli-Expo

As one of the leading helicopter repair centers on the East Coast, Sterling Helicopter is proud to announce that they will be an exhibitor at the HAI HELI-EXPO2 2018, the world’s largest annual helicopter trade show and exposition. Held in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the exhibit opens Feb. 27 and wraps… Read more »

Source: Sterling Helicopter, 28-Feb-18

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Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade Services, a leading independent helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters announces record results for 2017 and several industry firsts. Rotortrade through its six offices and various partners around the world has reported the sale of 26 aircraft in 2017 with close to double the number of transactions made in over… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Feb-18

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Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced Tuesday that Metro Aviation Inc. had ordered an unprecedented 25 EC145e helicopters that it will place into service providing air medical transport and other aerial services. It is one of the larger commercial helicopter orders ever booked by the U.S. based company. Metro was the first customer in the world for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-18

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Willis Towers Watson launches tailored cyberinsurance for GA world

Willis Towers Watson launches tailored cyberinsurance for GA world

Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ:WLTW), a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company, today launched Willis Towers Watson Aerospace Cyber Guard, a tailored cyberinsurance solution for the general aviation industry. The company introduced the product at the Helicopter Association International’s 2018 HAI Heli-Expo, February 26 to March 1, in Las Vegas. As a market leader in aviation,… Read more »

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Aneto selected to power Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed demonstrator

Aneto selected to power Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters has selected Safran’s new Aneto engine to power its Racer (Rapid and Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) high-speed demonstrator. Twin Aneto-1X engines will contribute significantly to the new rotorcraft’s cruise speed performance of up to 400 kph. Unveiled in June 2017 at the Paris Airshow, Racer is a technology demonstrator funded by the European Commission’s H2020… Read more »

Source: Safran, 28-Feb-18

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LCI expands CHC partnership with second H175

LCI expands CHC partnership with second H175

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today announced that it is expanding its partnership with CHC through the placement of a second Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft with the operator. The helicopter is due to enter service in December 2018 and will be supporting CHC’s operations in the UK. This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 28-Feb-18

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Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft Market Stabilizing

Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft Market Stabilizing

Data from Forecast International’s unique Platinum Forecast System underscores the importance of the medium/heavy military rotorcraft segment to the world’s rotorcraft manufacturers.  Over the next 15 years, from 2018 to 2032, the medium/heavy military sector will be the largest segment of the world rotorcraft market in terms of monetary value, and second only to the… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 28-Feb-18

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Honeywell Enables The Connected Helicopter

Honeywell Enables The Connected Helicopter

Whether it’s for a military mission or a supply delivery to an oil rig, Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) latest Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) technology will help civil and defense helicopter operators ensure aircraft availability while increasing safety and reducing operational and maintenance costs. RECONTM is a new solution built on the legacy of Honeywell’s… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 28-Feb-18

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Specialist Aviation Servcies sign PW210A fleet managment program withi P&WC

Specialist Aviation Servcies sign PW210A fleet managment program withi P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a 12-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) agreement with Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for 24 PW210A engines powering 12 Leonardo AW169 helicopters. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “As an extension of our ‘personalized,’ ‘performance,’ and ‘guaranteed’ approach, we are creating value-packed services and support tailored… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 28-Feb-18

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Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

Robinson Production Picked up Steam in 2017

Robinson Helicopter Company produced 305 helicopters in 2017. The R44 led the way with 174, ranking as the world’s best-selling helicopter according to GAMA’s* General Aviation Aircraft Shipment 2017 Year End Report. Seventy-seven R66s came off the line and, according to data supplied by Rolls Royce, the R66 fleet logged approximately 185,000 hours in 2017,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 28-Feb-18

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Ground Testing Complete for S76B with Universal Avionics Upgrade

Ground Testing Complete for S76B with Universal Avionics Upgrade

Ground testing for Heli-One’s Sikorsky S-76B helicopter upgrade program featuring a Universal Avionics flight deck is now complete, with flight testing imminent. The aircraft is operated by a VVIP operator in Asia. The upgraded, modern glass cockpit includes the installation of three EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays with Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System and a UNS-1Fw Satellite-Based… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Feb-18

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Heli-One Launches Online Modifications Catalogue

Heli-One Launches Online Modifications Catalogue

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the launch of their online modifications catalogue. This online resource showcases the deep capability of the MRO’s two Design teams with modifications ranging from small equipment adjustments to major display upgrades. Users can look for modifications using the search… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Feb-18

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VIH offers ADS-B Installations for Helicopter Operators

VIH offers ADS-B Installations for Helicopter Operators

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – Booth # C4045), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services; is ready to provide ADS-B installation support to Canadian and US-based helicopter and fixed-wing operators. As of January 1, 2020, all aircraft operating in the airspace designated in 14 CFR 91.225 must be equipped with… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 28-Feb-18

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Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Sloane Helicopters signs for AW109 Trekker and another GrandNew

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo (Las Vegas) today the signing of a contract with Sloane Helicopters of the UK for the purchase of one GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine. The aircraft are expected to be delivered over the period 2018/2019 under the framework of the Distributorship Agreement, further… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Feb-18

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Universal Avionics Receives TSOA for New FMS Software

Universal Avionics Receives TSOA for New FMS Software

Universal Avionics has received FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization for the company’s new Flight Management System (FMS)/Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) software version SCN 1002.0/1102.0. With the introduction of this software, helicopter operators can now take advantage of Localizer Performance (LP) Level of Service (LOS) approaches and a Transition to Hover search pattern. “We are… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Feb-18

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FlightSafety Expands Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawk Training

FlightSafety Expands Sikorsky S-70A Black Hawk Training

FlightSafety International announces that it now offers a new series of Sikorsky S-70A courses at its West Palm Beach Learning Center. They are designed to provide a path for FAA type certification and recurrent training in the S-70A Black Hawk. FlightSafety also announces that a simulator for the Sikorsky S-76B has entered service at its… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Feb-18

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Axnes Wireless to expand into a new market segment

Axnes Wireless to expand into a new market segment

Axnes, the leader in airborne and special mission wireless intercom systems, has announced expansion into a new market segment. Several customers in the aerial firefighting and utility industries including US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Norwegian Air Ambulance and Norwegian Police and the Turkish Air Force, have recently selected Axnes PNG wireless ICS products. Over the… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 28-Feb-18

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Donaldson to celebrate 9000th IBF delivery at HAI Heli-Expo

Donaldson to celebrate 9000th IBF delivery at HAI Heli-Expo

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) will commemorate delivery of its 9,000th Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) in a special ceremony at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with Robinson Helicopter Company Chairman and President Kurt Robinson. During the event, set for 2 p.m. in exhibit C1736, Robinson will… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 28-Feb-18

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East/West Receives 3rd Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award

East/West Receives 3rd Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award

East/West Industries, Inc. today announced that it has received a 2017 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. East/West Industries maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. This… Read more »

Source: East/West Industries, 28-Feb-18

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Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Aviation Safety Experts Focus on Heliport Safety, Altitude Integration, Weather Gathering

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit. The Summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement… Read more »

Source: USHST, 28-Feb-18

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Fresno County Sheriff’s Office MD 530F Purchase

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office MD 530F Purchase

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has recently purchased a new helicopter, Eagle One. Coming to a cost of $3.8 million, the MD 530F was partly paid for by federal asset forfeiture money. They currently have two older 530E helicopters, that they hope to sell in the near future, reports Fox26.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-18

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Era to launch AW609 into US with two aircraft in 2020

Era to launch AW609 into US with two aircraft in 2020

Leonardo and Era Group (Era) have announced today the signing of a landmark agreement that would launch the AW609 into service in the US commercial market and demonstrate its capabilities on a wider scale. Building upon their previous efforts in helping to mature the design, development and supportability of the AW609, Era will take delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Feb-18

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Bell launches new B407GXi at HAI Heli-Expo

Bell launches new B407GXi at HAI Heli-Expo

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the introduction of the Bell 407GXi at Heli-Expo 2018. The Bell 407GXi incorporates new avionics, an upgraded engine, and new executive interior design options. “We are always looking at ways to innovate our current product line to provide our customers with the most capable, dependable,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-18

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BLR Aerospace Announces First H125 FastFin System Factory Installation

BLR Aerospace Announces First H125 FastFin System Factory Installation

BLR Aerospace today announced that the first factory installation of an Airbus Helicopters H125 FastFin® System has been completed and the aircraft will be delivered in June to Heli-Austria. The company also announced that 25 Airbus Helicopters Customer Centers worldwide have been authorized to sell and install the FastFin System. Heli-Austria is a long-time FastFin… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 27-Feb-18

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Whirly-Girls International Reveal 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International Reveal 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the recipients of the 2018 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.  The scholarships were awarded February 25 at the Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 21 scholarships… Read more »

Source: Whirly Girls, 27-Feb-18

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Donaldson IBFs Approved for MD900

Donaldson IBFs Approved for MD900

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department has validated the MD 900 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificate, clearing the way for installation of IBFs on MD 900 Series helicopters in Hong Kong. Heliservices (HK) LTD operates a fleet of… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 27-Feb-18

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