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StandardAero Announces Plans Expansion

StandardAero Announces Plans Expansion

StandardAero Component Services has announced a significant investment and expansion at three of the company’s U.S. sites during 2018 and will increase shop capacity by a total of 260,000 square feet (sq. ft.) collectively, with expansion of facilities in Cincinnati & Hillsboro, Ohio, and Miami, Florida locations. Overall investment to fund the expansions exceeds $16… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 15-Mar-18

Voom’s helicopter commuting service launches in Mexico City

Voom’s helicopter commuting service launches in Mexico City

Voom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters that was launched in 2016 as an on-demand helicopter booking platform allowing passengers to request a seat on a helicopter within minutes. By providing a more efficient transportation option to daily commuters, it aims to address challenges associated with rush-hour traffic by offering an alternative form of transportation in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Mar-18

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Leonardo boosts international growth

Leonardo boosts international growth

The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has announced a contract today for the purchase of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters. The deal was announced during the DIMDEX Exhibition in Doha in the presence of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti and Leonardo Chief Executive Officer Alessandro Profumo. The overall programme is valued… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Mar-18

PHI Announces Appointment of new Director to Board of Directors

PHI Announces Appointment of new Director to Board of Directors

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) announced the appointment of Alan W. Brass to its Board of Directors effective March 7, 2018. Mr. Brass has been a member of the PHI Air Medical Board of Managers since 2016, leveraging his 42 years of experience working in the healthcare industry. A… Read more »

Source: PHI, 15-Mar-18

AAMS Board of Directors – Open Call for Region 1 Director

AAMS Board of Directors – Open Call for Region 1 Director

AAMS Region 1 Director, Scott Kirby, has accepted a position in another region; therefore he can no longer represent Region 1. We are very sorry to say good-bye to Scott, but wish him all the best in his new endeavors. Article V, Section 13 of the AAMS Bylaws stipulates how Vacancy seat may be filled:… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 15-Mar-18

Dallas Airmotive reduces PW206C Engine Overhaul TAT

Dallas Airmotive reduces PW206C Engine Overhaul TAT

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today they now offer operators a quick-turn 35-day overhaul service option for select PW206C engines onboard the AW109 Power helicopter. The quick-turn service for PW206C engines is available at Dallas Airmotive’s Dallas, TX facility through the smart-sourcing of specific engine component parts, cutting the engine’s… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 15-Mar-18

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters announced as new Penzance Heliport operator

Sloane Helicopters is one of the most respected operators in the UK and the family-owned business already enjoys strong Cornish connections Penzance Heliport Ltd will team with one of the UK’s leading helicopter companies to operate the new helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Flights between Penzance and the islands of Tresco… Read more »

Source: Penzance Heliport, 14-Mar-18

Enstrom 280FXs accepted by the Global Services and Solutions of Pakistan

Enstrom 280FXs accepted by the Global Services and Solutions of Pakistan

During the week of February 5th, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation completed a successful acceptance of 4 piston 280FX helicopters to Global Services and Solutions of Pakistan. A team of inspectors from Global Services & Solutions led by co-owner Mr. Abdul Khaliq Awan and Mr. Ali Muhammad led the acceptance after a week-long inspection process at the… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 14-Mar-18

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Airbus appoints new Distributor and Service Center in Turkey

Airbus appoints new Distributor and Service Center in Turkey

Airbus Helicopters has appointed SB Havacılık A.Ş. (SBAIR) as its new distributor and Service Center in Turkey. The Istanbul based company will represent the European manufacturer in Turkey and promote its civil product line. SBAIR was established in 2017 by Mr. Ercüment Bayegan (Bayegan Group) and Mr. Mehmet Yüksel Hocaoğlu (Swan Aviation). Bayegan Group was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Mar-18

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FX Helicopters Offers New Training Opportunities

FX Helicopters Offers New Training Opportunities

After more than a year of putting pilots through its unparalleled upset recovery course, FX Helicopters is now expanding its focus to bring an additional margin of safety to operators that has not been previously offered elsewhere. “We are looking for new ways to bring the skills and knowledge we have gained over the past… Read more »

Source: FX Helicopters, 14-Mar-18

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Dallas Airmotive celebrates two new Authorized Service Centers

Dallas Airmotive celebrates two new Authorized Service Centers

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announces the recent approvals of both Florida Suncoast Helicopters and Helicopter Engine Service S.A. (HESSA) as Rolls-Royce RR300 Authorized Service Centers under Dallas Airmotive’s current RR300 AMROC agreement. Through this agreement, Dallas Airmotive extends its ability to provide regional support, such as field services, to RR300… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 14-Mar-18

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UNC helicopter now based at Nash UNC Health Care

UNC helicopter now based at Nash UNC Health Care

UNC Health Care has established Nash UNC Health Care as the permanent base site for one of its medical transport helicopters.  Hospital staff celebrated the helicopter’s first landing on Thursday. “Having the helicopter and flight crew based on our Nash campus provides time-saving advantages for our patients as well as all emergency transfer patients in… Read more »

Source: UNC Health Care, 14-Mar-18

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Kailash Helicopter acquires first Airbus helicopter for commercial operation

Kailash Helicopter acquires first Airbus helicopter for commercial operation

The Kailash Helicopter Service Pvt Ltd has said that the company brought its first Airbus helicopter for commercial operations in the country today. According to Company officials, the six-seater AS 350(H125) B3E chopper has been added to its fleet. The chopper with a call sign ‘9N-AML’ has landed at Tribhuvan International Airport at 2:20 PM… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 13-Mar-18

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Classic Air Medical undergoes Upgrades

Classic Air Medical undergoes Upgrades

Classic Air Medical has upgraded their helicopter features and interior, as well as changing their look from red and white to black and grey. The upgrades include a sliding patient loading system as well as airway seating for the flight nurse and paramedic, reports Post Independent.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-18

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New Base for Airlift Northwest

New Base for Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest now has a new base at the Bremerton National Airport. The new base was opened in December, due to the growing population and need thereof, reports Kitsap Daily News. They will be providing emergency medical services with their Augusta A109E.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-18

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Kaman appoints new AVMRO VP and General Manager

Kaman appoints new AVMRO VP and General Manager

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that Darlene Smith has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Kaman’s Air Vehicles and MRO (AVMRO) division effective April 2, 2018. In this role, Smith will lead Kaman’s aircraft OEM operations including sales, production and support of the… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 13-Mar-18

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Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Sterling Aviation Expands Offerings

Due to the growing need for helicopters in critical emergency and business situations, Sterling Global Aviation Logistics has expanded its global service capabilities to provide additional logistics support to the Helicopter industry worldwide. Helicopters provide vital transport services for search and rescue, emergency medical services, military, law enforcement and firefighting missions, as well as critical… Read more »

Source: Sterling Global Aviation Logistics, 13-Mar-18

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Spectrum Aeromed has STC Amendment for AW109SP

Spectrum Aeromed has STC Amendment for AW109SP

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that they have completed production on their newest Amendment: the AgustaWestland AW109SP STC with a light weight air ambulance interior. Per the request of an industry-leading air ambulance customer operating in the Northeast, Spectrum designed and manufactured a new interior for their new AW109SP. Working closely with the medical crew… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 13-Mar-18

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Southeast offers part 29 ADS-B AML-STC Solution

Southeast offers part 29 ADS-B AML-STC Solution

Southeast Aerospace, the first company to have partnered to achieve the first ADS-B STC, has announced it’s latest ADS-B solution for the Part 29 market. Southeast Aerospace has partnered with Peregrine and Air Methods (as the ODA) to provide a panel and remote mount fully integrated ADS-B solution for a variety of Part 29 airframes…. Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 13-Mar-18

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Dallas Airmotive welcomes new Rotorcraft Regional Engine Manager

Dallas Airmotive welcomes new Rotorcraft Regional Engine Manager

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today that rotorcraft industry veteran, Keith Moreland, has joined the company as a Rotorcraft Regional Engine Manager to provide technical and sales support for helicopter operators in the Eastern United States region. Moreland brings more than 18 years of rotorcraft industry experience to the role,… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 13-Mar-18

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Milestone Aviation sponsors HeliOffshore key safety programmes

Milestone Aviation sponsors HeliOffshore key safety programmes

HeliOffshore’s highly collaborative approach to enhancing the safety of offshore helicopter operations received a significant boost with a total of $60,000 raised at Milestone Aviation’s annual poker tournament. The event, held on 26th February in Las Vegas, was the fifth no-stakes poker tournament hosted by Milestone at HAI’s annual show HeliExpo. Milestone is a global… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 13-Mar-18

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Airbus comes out of Heli-Expo 2018 with more than 50 orders

Airbus comes out of Heli-Expo 2018 with more than 50 orders

Airbus Helicopters, the leader in the civil and parapublic helicopter market, has wrapped up Heli Expo 2018 in Las Vegas with orders for over 50 of the company’s wide range of helicopters for customers worldwide. The most anticipated sales include the H160’s launch customer as well as the first orders placed for this new-generation helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-18

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Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Bell are in early development stages for their new civil helicopter. It is currently in the pre-launch stage, with little information regarding what it looks like being known. Chief executive, Mitch Snyder has commented that they do not want to “reveal it until it achieves what we want it to achieve,” reports Flight Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Norway Region Says No to Heli-Tourism

Norway Region Says No to Heli-Tourism

Public concerns over the potential helicopter flyovers have managed to change the Eidfjord politicians’ minds. A Statkraft hydro-power company applied to use the Eidfjord helipad for tourism flights. The initial consensus was that the residents did not agree but the Eidfjord Municipality wanted to encourage tourism. However, they received a large opposition to the idea…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance to use virtual reality as awareness-raising tool

Yorkshire Air Ambulance to use virtual reality as awareness-raising tool

The award-winning charity is believed to be one of the first air ambulance services in the country to use fully immersive, 360-degree virtual reality (VR) as a fundraising and awareness-raising tool. Using special VR headsets, viewers can become a paramedic setting off on a mission, a patient being transferred from the helicopter to hospital, and… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 12-Mar-18

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CASA approves our AW139 OJT journals

CASA approves our AW139 OJT journals

Our AW139 OJT journals are now CASA approved, providing a first of type solution for maintenance engineers. With the changes in Part 66 licensing in recent years and the discontinuation of SOE journals for type-rated licenses, there has been no method for attaining the first of type rating on your CASA licence. After speaking with… Read more »

Source: Helitsa, 12-Mar-18

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Schiebel wins Camcompter S-100 Contract

Schiebel wins Camcompter 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, 12-Mar-18

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Thales awarded contract to test H145M mission capability

Thales awarded contract to test H145M mission capability

In ever more urban environments, the priority of armed forces is to reduce the risk of collateral damage, and in this ambition they can rely on Thales. The Group has been recently awarded a contract from Airbus Helicopters for the test of its rocket systems to boost the H145M mission capability. This contract follows the… Read more »

Source: Thales, 12-Mar-18

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Pentagon Needs Speedier Acquisition to Stay Competitive

Pentagon Needs Speedier Acquisition to Stay Competitive

The Defense Department needs to speed its acquisition processes and allow decisions at a lower level if it wants to stay competitive, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said today. “The Chinese love our acquisition system, they are the biggest fans of our acquisition system that there could possibly be; they certainly don’t… Read more »

Source: Defense Aerospace, 12-Mar-18

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Vector wins UK MoD Gazelle support contract

Vector wins UK MoD Gazelle support contract

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a StandardAero company, has been awarded a contract to provide maintenance support for the UK Army Air Corps’ (AAC) Gazelle AH Mk1 helicopter fleet at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hants, UK.  Work under the contract is expected to commence in April 2018, and – with Contract Extension Options – continue until… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 12-Mar-18

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Midlands Air Ambulance Makes A Flying Visit To Cheltenham Festival

Midlands Air Ambulance Makes A Flying Visit To Cheltenham Festival

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity will be operational from Cheltenham Racecourse during Cheltenham Festival between 13th and 16th March. The organisation’s H135 air ambulance will be situated on the infield during the four-day event. This is the first time an air ambulance will be located at The Festival and is part of the charity’s ongoing partnership… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 12-Mar-18

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New Helicopter Business is ready for launch

New Helicopter Business is ready for launch

For Andrew Busse, the distinct sound of a helicopter rotor and the thrill of fighting fires have been lifelong interests. Today, more than 30 years later, Busse is proud to say his interests, turned passions, are now becoming a business venture. “I suppose it’s my earliest memories that started it all,” Busse recalled. “In 1988,… Read more »

Source: Black Hills Helicopters, 12-Mar-18

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CPI Aero Receives $3.8M Contract

CPI Aero Receives $3.8M Contract

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE American:CVU) announced today that it has received an amendment to an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, for the manufacture of engine cowl assemblies and support assemblies for the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. The contract amendment extends the period of performance by one… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 12-Mar-18

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Bristow UK Secures Contract to Support TAQA’s UK Operations

Bristow UK Secures Contract to Support TAQA’s UK Operations

Bristow has extended its partnership with TAQA and secured a new contract to provide helicopter offshore crew change services to support their operations to the PARAGON MSS1 in the East Shetland basin. The work began on March 2, 2018, and supports an initial estimated 18-month campaign. Bristow is working in partnership with Eastern Airways to… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 12-Mar-18

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New training capabilities launched for Airbus helicopters

New training capabilities launched for Airbus helicopters

Building world-class helicopters is only the first part of the Airbus mission; what follows is a commitment to supporting the worldwide operators who fly the company’s rotorcraft. The commitment has been further strengthened with the launch of an optimised training and flight operations service, which was announced at last week’s Heli-Expo trade show in Las… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-18

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Helicopter engine building in focus at HeliRussia 2018

Helicopter engine building in focus at HeliRussia 2018

Aircraft engine building is one of the most innovative and complex areas of helicopter industry and aerospace in general. New aircraft engines tech R&D can sometimes be a stimulus for general technologies progress. Considering this, the HeliRussia 2018 expo to turn special attention to helicopter engines. The business program of the expo will be featuring… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 12-Mar-18

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HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

HeliOffshore Meetings at Heli-Expo 2018 create positive results

Senior offshore helicopter industry leaders met during the HAI HeliExpo show in Las Vegas last week to add momentum to their collaborative efforts to enhance safety through HeliOffshore. A meeting of the global offshore helicopter safety association’s Safety Strategy Panel on 26th February agreed to increase the degree of governance exercised by key stakeholders, with… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Mar-18

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Belgian Minister of Defence visits EDA

Belgian Minister of Defence visits EDA

Steven Vandeput, the Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, visited the European Defence Agency today where he was welcomed by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq. A wide range of topics related to European defence cooperation were discussed, including the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the European Defence Fund… Read more »

Source: EDA, 08-Mar-18

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Airbus Partners with TRAXXALL

Airbus Partners with TRAXXALL

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of a highly innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, today announced a partnership with Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer. All new Airbus Helicopters delivered in the US and Canada will include the TRAXXALL aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system for one year. Additionally, TRAXXALL and Airbus Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-18

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Thumby Aviation launches new scheduled service from Bengaluru

Thumby Aviation launches new scheduled service from Bengaluru

Thumby Aviation is the first helicopter service to provide heli-taxi services to in Bengaluru. They now offer a flight between Electronic City to the airport, cutting the usual 2-hour commute down to 15 minutes. Tickets cost around Rs. 4,130 per seat. The helicopter, a Bell 407, can seat up to 6 passengers, who are only… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Mar-18

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Esterline Exhibited Latest Integrated Helicopter Avionics Solutions and Advanced Displays

Esterline Exhibited Latest Integrated Helicopter Avionics Solutions and Advanced Displays

Esterline Avionics Systems is showcasing its advanced displays and CMC Electronics brand integrated helicopter avionics solutions at this year’s Heli-Expo in Booth #6327. Esterline’s helicopter demonstrator will feature an extensive range of the company’s core capabilities and products. Don Paolucci, Vice President, Navigation and Integrated Systems, Esterline CMC Electronics, said: “Our integrated helicopter solutions are… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 07-Mar-18

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Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

Argus to host Flight Safety Foundation Bars Auditor Accreditation Course

ARGUS PROS, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, is pleased to announce it will host the Flight Safety Foundation BARS Auditor Accreditation Course in Denver March 19-21. The three-day course introduces participants to the elements of the Basic Aviation Risk Standard (BARS) Program. The course requires a good level of knowledge and experience of aviation audits… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 07-Mar-18

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HeliLadder debuted the new Field-Deployable Modular Maintenance Platform System

HeliLadder debuted the new Field-Deployable Modular Maintenance Platform System

HeliLadder is debuting the new Field-Deployable Modular Maintenance Platform System in booth C 2538. The MX5+ system is the only modular ladder-stand on the market. Consisting of a 5’ cantilevered base unit, the Patent-Pending design quickly converts into a 7’, 8’, or 9’ ladder-stand: complete with safety handrails and tool trays. Also on display is… Read more »

Source: HeliLadder, 07-Mar-18

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CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2018

CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2018

CHC Helicopter has issued a formal call for papers for the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit, focusing on this year’s theme: Building Safety at Every Level: Does this start at the top or with front line employees? The 14th Summit will once again take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, located… Read more »

Source: CHC, 07-Mar-18

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Appareo to expand ADS-B STC to include Part 27 helicopters

Appareo to expand ADS-B STC to include Part 27 helicopters

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, 07-Mar-18

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Trakka announces FAA STC for the MD500

Trakka announces FAA STC for the MD500

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that they have received an FAA STC SR02657LA for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the MD500 helicopter variants. The Certification covers the integration of the Trakka A800 searchlight, Pilot Control Interface Unit (PCIU), Control Interface Unit (CIU) or Trakka Control Panel (TCP). The pilot or co-pilot can… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 07-Mar-18

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Airbus partners with Blade to boost Urban Air Mobility business

Airbus partners with Blade to boost Urban Air Mobility business

Airbus Helicopters and Fly Blade, Inc. (“Blade”), a digitally-powered aviation leader servicing 22 core routes in 7 U.S. states, have signed a strategic partnership to develop new premium on-demand helicopter flight experiences, paving the way for enhanced urban air mobility solutions to benefit the future of vertical flight. “Airbus continues to develop the future of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-18

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Savback Heli and Rotortrade in new partnership

Savback Heli and Rotortrade in new partnership

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: Nordic Rotors, 05-Mar-18

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Trakka annonces FAA approval for Bell series

Trakka annonces FAA approval for Bell series

Moorabbin, Aust – Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that they have received an FAA STC SR02657LA for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the Bell 206B/206L and B407 helicopter variants. The Certification covers the integration of the Trakka A800 searchlight, Pilot Control Interface Unit (PCIU), Control Interface Unit (CIU) and Trakka Control Pane;… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 05-Mar-18

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FlightSafety appoints new Senior Director of Operations

FlightSafety appoints new Senior Director of Operations

FlightSafety International announces that Suren Meras has been promoted to Senior Director, Operations. Suren oversees FlightSafety’s pilot, dispatch and instructor training. He is also responsible for Customer Support, & Media Technology Management Operations. “Suren is a valued and respected member of our management team, and most deserving of this promotion,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 05-Mar-18

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Anodyne and Airbus Collaborate on STC for 600W Loud Speaker System

Anodyne and Airbus Collaborate on STC for 600W Loud Speaker System

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has received a Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp.‘s (AEM) 600W Loud Speaker system on Airbus H125/ AS350B3 series helicopters. The STC represents the culmination of more than 10 months of effort by the two companies to install, integrate, and certify the loudspeaker system… Read more »

Source: AEM, 05-Mar-18

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Dallas Airmotive reduces PW206C Engine Overhaul TAT to 35 days

Dallas Airmotive reduces PW206C Engine Overhaul TAT to 35 days

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today they now offer operators a quick-turn 35-day overhaul service option for select PW206C engines onboard the AW109 Power helicopter. The quick-turn service for PW206C engines is available at Dallas Airmotive’s Dallas, TX facility through the smart-sourcing of specific engine component parts, cutting the engine’s… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 05-Mar-18

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Demand for Honeywell HTS900 increases

Demand for Honeywell HTS900 increases

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is seeing increased demand for its HTS900 turboshaft engine and is anticipating an additional six to eight new engines to be operating on Eagle Copters’ Eagle 407HP model by the end of the year. Eagle Copters has delivered 16 HTS900 engines to date and currently has 15 in service on three continents. Honeywell’s HTS900 supports… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 05-Mar-18

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Sikorsky to Deliver S-70i FIREHAWK® to San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations

Sikorsky to Deliver S-70i FIREHAWK® to San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, signed to deliver one S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopter in a baseline configuration to the city of San Diego at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. Wildland fires have spread more rapidly than ever observed in the past resulting in a year-round fire season in San Diego.  “The FIREHAWK® configuration of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

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Airbus and Safran to develop new helicopter data monitoring systems

Airbus and Safran to develop new helicopter data monitoring systems

Airbus Helicopters and Safran Electronic and Defense have signed a letter of intent for the distribution of helicopter data monitoring systems. The systems can be integrated on all Airbus helicopters not already equipped with the Helionix avionics suite or a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS). “Our goal is always to offer our more modern,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Mexican Oil&Gas operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has signed for an additional H175, bringing to four the number of orders it has placed for this super-medium. Delivered in the summer of 2016, the first aircraft has been performing crew change missions for geo-seismic vessels. A second H175 will be delivered in the spring of 2018 to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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Sikorsky Authorizes Thai Aviation Services

Sikorsky Authorizes Thai Aviation Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has authorized Thai Aviation Services to operate as the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand. The announcement came at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo Trade Show & Exposition. This new Customer Support Center comes soon after Thai Aviation Services completed upgrading its fleet following the delivery… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-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, 05-Mar-18

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FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

Airbus Helicopters’ light-twin helicopter H135 has received the type certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardised features and is available on the H175, H145 and soon on the H160. The… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

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 prevent unplanned events. The service is available at an Essential level, where the customer is responsible for… Read more »

Source: Safran, 05-Mar-18

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Sikorsky Salutes LA County Fire Department Air Services

Sikorsky Salutes LA County Fire Department Air Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), today honored the Los Angeles County Fire Department for its search and rescue efforts and superior helicopter maintenance while battling numerous wildfires during the 2017-2018 fire season. The recognition occurred at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, where Sikorsky also presented a $15,000 donation to the Firefighter’s Cancer Support Network. In December 2000,… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

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LifePort Unveils Machined Sled Upgrade at Heli-Expo

LifePort Unveils Machined Sled Upgrade at Heli-Expo

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced a newly certified Machined Sled today at the annual Heli-Expo aerospace show.  Designed based on feedback from the operator community, the new sled has a wider backrest and is certified in the Leonardo AW139, Bell 212, Bell 412, Sikorsky S-76®A, B, C and D variants, and the Airbus H-130 airframe. … Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

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Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Airbus’ fleet of helicopters equipped with the Helionix avionics system have surpassed the symbolic milestone of 100.000 flight hours, just three years after customer operations started. Initially in service with the H145 and H175, this digital avionics suite was later certified in the H135 and in the future will equip the H160 as well as… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

Christchurch Hospital has started a campaign to raise $1 million in order to build a helipad on top of their west tower. It takes patients 13 minutes to get to the hospital in a ground ambulance from the helipad in Hagley Park. The Rātā Foundation has proposed to put forward $500,000 if the Māia Health Foundation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-18

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Kopter signs with Paradise Helicopters

Kopter signs with Paradise Helicopters

Kopter Group AG announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Agreement with Paradise Helicopters for the purchase of four (4) SH09 helicopters to be delivered after the helicopter is awarded FAA certification expected around end of 2019. This signature took place at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas between the Chief Executive Officer of Kopter, Andreas… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 04-Mar-18

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LifePort Awarded Contract for Ballistic Protection Systems

LifePort Awarded Contract for Ballistic Protection Systems

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today a contract award for 25 customized Black Hawk Ballistic Protection Systems (BPS) to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. These systems will provide both crew and passengers protection from ground-based ballistic threats.  LifePort’s unique design allows the customer to easily re-configure the cabin to support various mission profiles,… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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Sikorsky Advances iFly Sikorsky™

Sikorsky Advances iFly Sikorsky™

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today unveiled the latest version of its iPad flight calculator application for S-92® and S-76D™ helicopters. In addition to replicating common performance calculations and performing as weight-and-balance calculator, iFly Sikorsky v2.0 now connects to internet based weather data (METAR) and offers an entirely new graphical interface. The iFly… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization that provides critical care air medical transport for Boston-area and other Eastern Massachusetts hospitals, has ordered three new versatile Airbus H145 helicopters as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade its fleet with more modern and more capable aircraft. “The H145 platform suits our needs because of its versatility, safety,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

On his first day at Metro Aviation, Kenny Morrow began his morning by getting kicked out of the Managing Director’s office.  Nearly 23 years later, Kenny is celebrating his promotion to Chief Operating Officer. “Metro has always sought to promote from within so that people with the desire and ability to advance and excel can… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-18

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Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Safran introduces Expert link

Safran introduces Expert link

At HAI Heli-Expo, Safran Helicopter Engines is launching Expert link, a new video assistance service, and announcing the first customers: Heli Austria, Rotortech Services Inc and Heligo. This new service allows the customer to connect, through a secure, live video feed, with Safran Helicopter Engines experts to facilitate technical diagnosis or guide them through a… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Mar-18

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Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo announced further combined orders for helicopters at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas today for a total of 17 aircraft valued at almost 140 million euro for several customers in various countries and for a range of commercial and public service applications. Contracts include a mix of AW119Kx single engine, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a 13-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) agreement with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Weststar Aviation Services that covers its fleet of 44 PT6C-67C engines that power 22 Leonardo AW139 helicopters. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The FMP includes tailored Main Base Parts kitting to allow for… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 04-Mar-18

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PAC International completes EC145 refurbishment

PAC International completes EC145 refurbishment

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, will display the Cleveland Metro Life Flight Airbus EC145 at the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO February 26 – March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The aircraft was originally completed by Metro Aviation, but recently underwent a routine refurbishment and upgrade at PAC’s completion center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-18

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Kopter Group announces new order for 18 SH09

Kopter Group announces new order for 18 SH09

Kopter is proud to announce the signature of a firm contract for twelve units plus six options with Helitrans AS, one of Norway’s largest helicopter operators. This major contract further demonstrates the growing interest the SH09 is generating in the market. Helitrans AS is the last operator to complete our Launch Customer group. The Launch… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 04-Mar-18

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