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Heli-One to Install Search and Rescue Cabin Configuration for H225s

Heli-One to Install Search and Rescue Cabin Configuration for H225s

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, will be installing Search and Rescue (SAR) cabin modifications for two Airbus H225s owned by Knut Axel Ugland Holding (KAUH). The modifications include a stretcher with base plate and a medical equipment wall. The aircraft will also be undergoing Return-to-Service maintenance and a… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 17-Oct-18

Waypoint Leasing Increases Customer Count

Waypoint Leasing Increases Customer Count

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo that it has so far this year signed 33 leases, expanded Waypoint’s customer base to 35, and delivered its first aircraft to Colombia and Taiwan. Within the last two months Waypoint has executed twelve leases for S-92, AW139’s,… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 17-Oct-18

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HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup is today launching their newly-delivered Airbus ACH135 Helionix into the charter market from their UK base at Wycombe Air Park.  The latest generation twin engine luxury aircraft will serve the high-end charter market. HeliGroup is based close to all of the key London corporate jet airports at Luton, Stansted, Oxford, Biggin Hill and Farnborough, as… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 16-Oct-18

Rotortrade paves the way for greater value in the pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade paves the way for greater value in the pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade delivers the first nose-to-tail Certified Pre-Owned helicopter to a private operator thanks to the successful partnership and collaboration between Rotortrade, Leonardo and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Rotortrade delivered a pre-owned AW109SP for private use in Europe last week. The helicopter featured warranty from Leonardo on the airframe, and was the first pre-owned helicopter to… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 16-Oct-18

StandardAero renews Air Methods AS350 and EC130 Components contract

StandardAero renews Air Methods AS350 and EC130 Components contract

StandardAero announced today the signing of a three year agreement with Air Methods to support their fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 dynamic components. Over the course of this agreement, StandardAero will provide expert-level repair, light and major overhaul, testing, and modification of dynamic components for Air Methods’ fleet of more than 120 AS350… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 16-Oct-18

EASA starts process for certification of small VTOL aircraft

EASA starts process for certification of small VTOL aircraft

On 15th October, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) opened a public consultation on its proposal of airworthiness standards which will enable the certification of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. This is to develop the first component of the regulatory framework to enable the safe operation of air taxi and electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft in Europe…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 16-Oct-18

Deadline Approaches for 2019 WAI Scholarships

Deadline Approaches for 2019 WAI Scholarships

Nearly $650,000 in scholarships will be awarded at WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, and the time to apply is now. To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2018, and submit the application by November 12, 2018. WAI has recently added seven new scholarships,… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 16-Oct-18

Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

Bell attended the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

Bell recently attended the VR/AR Global Summit to discuss the practical use of incorporating Virtual Reality (VR) into future product concepts and customer experiences. Their panel, “Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight,” drew a large crowd of industry innovators and thrillists drawn to the business case use of VR production. Using VIVE,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 16-Oct-18

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Airbus Turns to RepRap x400 3D Printer

Airbus Turns to RepRap x400 3D Printer

In order to validate the design of an important new component, while also saving on development costs, Airbus Helicopters is yet again turning to industrial 3D printer manufacturer German RepRap for 3D printing assistance, continuing their long partnership. The part is actually a helicopter step, made on the x400 3D printer that was purchased by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-18

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Heli-One Develops End-User Oriented Solutions

Heli-One Develops End-User Oriented Solutions

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has seen continued success working directly with end-users to develop customized solutions based on their specific mission needs. The design teams in Norway and Canada working directly with crews to highlight key priorities, identify efficiencies, and maximize operational benefits. The teams collaborate and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 15-Oct-18

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Coptersafety to provide EASA Maintenance Check Flight simulator course

Coptersafety to provide EASA Maintenance Check Flight simulator course

European Aviation Safety Agency EASA will introduce new requirements and regulations concerning Maintenance Check Flight (MCF) operations in 2019. To help helicopter operators meet the new EASA regulations, training service provider Coptersafety announced at Helitech International 2018 it will expand its training offering with a two-day Maintenance Check Flight course. The first Coptersafety MCF course… Read more »

Source: CopterSafety, 15-Oct-18

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HCare services at Helitech 2018​

HCare services at Helitech 2018​

Airbus Helicopters welcomes you to join us at Helitech 2018 from 16 – 18 October in Amsterdam Over the course of the show we’ll be making several announcements at the Airbus booth. The H160 and H145 in emergency medical service (EMS) configuration will be on display, along with innovations such as the high-speed Racer demonstrator… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-18

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Lider receives two new H135s

Lider receives two new H135s

Helibras announced the delivery of two H135 helicopters to Líder Aviação. The contract was signed at the beginning of the second half of this year and includes the provision of helicopters configured for offshore operations such as passenger transport and medical evacuation missions in the Oil & Gas market. “Flexibility, reduced maintenance and lower operating… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-18

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Airbus details NBAA display

Airbus details NBAA display

With close to 30% of the private and business helicopter market in North America, Airbus Helicopters remains the leader in this segment. Airbus is gearing up to demonstrate what sets it apart from the competition and will be showcasing its dedicated corporate brand – Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) – in North America at this year’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-18

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Airbus delivers new H125 to Newfoundland

Airbus delivers new H125 to Newfoundland

Newfoundland Helicopters Limited has taken delivery of a light single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada’s Fort Erie, ON facility. The passenger transport and utility company, with bases in Appleton, Clarenville and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, will utilize the newly delivered aircraft for a variety of operations, including forestry, hydroelectricity, mining and tourism. “The H125 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-18

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Kopter SH09 displayed in new customer livery at Helitech 2018

Kopter SH09 displayed in new customer livery at Helitech 2018

Kopter Group is pleased to present its SH09 single-turbine helicopter on the occasion of the 2018 Helitech Exhibition in Amsterdam, to be held from 16th to 18th October. For the event, P1 (Prototype #1) will be showcased with the livery of a new customer to be discovered on the first day of the event. P1… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 12-Oct-18

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Airbus showcases EMS capabilities at Helitech 2018

Airbus showcases EMS capabilities at Helitech 2018

Airbus Helicopters will highlight a wide range of products and digital services at this year’s Helitech International air show, taking place October 16-18 in Amsterdam. Special focus will be given to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) missions, a segment the company leads with 60% of the in-service fleet, thanks to its long expertise and wide range of dedicated solutions. On… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-18

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CareFlight Celebrates 35th Anniversary

CareFlight Celebrates 35th Anniversary

CareFlight is celebrating their 35th anniversary in Miami Valley this year. They begun in 1983 with a single helicopter that could only carry one patient. Today, they are able to carry up to two patients as well as a response team and crew, reports WDTN.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-18

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Final Extension for Salute to Excellence Awards

Final Extension for Salute to Excellence Awards

Due to an extremely active summer flying-season, HAI is extending the deadline for the 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards to October 19. There are many deserving people in our industry, but someone needs to take the time to honor them with a nomination. The nine categories of Salute awards cover the variety of work that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Oct-18

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Avicopter AC311A completes plateau landing tests

Avicopter AC311A completes plateau landing tests

The new AC311A light utility helicopter from Avicopter has completed its plateau flight tests. The tests were carried out at three separate plateau airports, Gonghe, Yushu and Yuzhong Airport. The aircraft completed 41 test hours in 91 flights, reports Xinhau Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-18

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NH90 User Conference 2018

NH90 User Conference 2018

This 7th edition of the NH90 User Conference will be hosted by the Commander of the Fuerzas Aeromóviles des Ejército de Tierra. Notably, this is the first time that the conference is taking place outside one of the countries who founded the NH90 program. The first edition of this conference took place in 2011. NHI… Read more »

Source: NHI, 10-Oct-18

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Heli-Union creates new partnership in Angola

Heli-Union creates new partnership in Angola

Heli-Union and Bestfly held a demonstration show in Bestfly premises, located in Luanda Airport, Angola, gathering both the local authorities and Oil and Gas companies operating in the country. The participants showed great interests in this latest industrial revolution in Angola. The demonstration was with an aim to present the strong business partnership between Heli-Union… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 10-Oct-18

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HeliRussia grows in exhibition space and participants

HeliRussia grows in exhibition space and participants

From May 16 to 18, 2019, the 12th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia will be held in Moscow. The expo continues yearly since 2008 and constantly displays growth of the exhibition space and number of participants. It gathers both leading industry companies and new enterprises. Expo’s coverage allows the HeliRussia to showcase the full range… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 10-Oct-18

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Installation of SLANT-console in Airbus EC135

Installation of SLANT-console in Airbus EC135

For a customer in aviation industry SPAES GmbH & Co. KG installed with Intercopter a SLANT-console in a helicopter Airbus EC135. Various devices can be mounted cleary in the cockpit. For a better overview of navigation systems in the cockpit SPAES installed with Intercopter a SLANT-console in a helicopter Airbus EC 135. Two Garmin devices… Read more »

Source: SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, 10-Oct-18

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Uber Elevate to deliver speech at NBAA-BACE Keynote

Uber Elevate to deliver speech at NBAA-BACE Keynote

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomes Eric Allison, head of Aviation Programs at Uber, leading the Elevate initiative to re-imagine urban transportation through the air. Eric will speak about the developing industry for electrically powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft during the Day 1 Keynote at the 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Convention &… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 10-Oct-18

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Helitrades Inc. launches new website

Helitrades Inc. launches new website

Helitrades Inc invites customers to explore its new website. The new website includes up to date information regarding Helitrades’ growing aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, including structural repairs and field maintenance on selected Bell models. In addition, Helitrades was recently appointed an Approved Robinson Helicopter Services Center for R22 and R44 aircraft. Extensive lists… Read more »

Source: Helitrades, 10-Oct-18

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London Oxford Airport welcomes newest tenant

London Oxford Airport welcomes newest tenant

London Oxford Airport has welcomed The Children’s Air Ambulance and its Leonardo AW169 intensive care-equipped helicopter as a new tenant. Citing its convenient location, enabling the charity to work with its NHS partners across the south of the country, London Oxford Airport was determined as its ideal southern base. TCAA will from hereon in be… Read more »

Source: London Oxford Airport, 09-Oct-18

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider exceeds 200 knots

Sikorsky S-97 Raider exceeds 200 knots

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider light tactical prototype helicopter is advancing rapidly through its flight test schedule, recently exceeding 200 knots at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center. Raider, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, is based on the company’s proven X2 Technology, enabling speeds twice that of conventional helicopters. Flight testing of the Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 09-Oct-18

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Meggitt awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Meggitt awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, has been awarded a five year Indefinite Demand/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement with U.S. Defence Logistics Agency to supply wheels, brakes and related spare parts. The contract, worth $323m over the life of the award, covers… Read more »

Source: Meggitt PLC, 09-Oct-18

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Life Flight Network’s Medical Director Honored

Life Flight Network’s Medical Director Honored

Life Flight Network’s Medical Director, Dr. Jim Bryan, has been honored as Medical Director of the Year by the Oregon Health Authority for his commitment to excellence and education in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The Oregon EMS Awards Banquet, held Friday in Salem, honors those who stand out among the thousands of EMS professionals helping to save… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 09-Oct-18

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Amstat to demo new Salesforce link at NBAA Convention

Amstat to demo new Salesforce link at NBAA Convention

AMSTAT, for 35 years the leading provider of business aircraft market, fleet and operator information, will be demonstrating new services and running two breakout sessions at this year’s National Business Aviation Association – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). Of note this year is the AMSTAT for Salesforce® app which enables subscribers using both the… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 08-Oct-18

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Flight Data Monitoring Technology Gets US Patent

Flight Data Monitoring Technology Gets US Patent

Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data monitoring, flight following, and satcom solutions has received United States Patent No. 10075228, “Aircraft Flight Data Monitoring and Reporting System and Use Thereof”. First filed in 2013, the newly issued Patent recognizes the unique system and advanced methods invented by Latitude’s engineers and programmers used for… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 08-Oct-18

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Police Aviation News – October 2018 Edition

The October 2018 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 05-Oct-18

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Leonardo test pilot named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Leonardo test pilot named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Leonardo announced that test pilot Dan Wells has been named Fellow by The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), an honor that recognizes Wells’ more than three decades of piloting and 7,200 flight hours.  The award was announced on Saturday, September 29 at SETP’s 62nd Annual Symposium & Banquet in Anaheim, California. An international organization… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Oct-18

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HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is giving the offshore helicopter industry a clear picture of its safety performance, delivering a growing volume of frontline data that supports all aspects of HeliOffshore’s collaborative work to avoid accidents. Data is already being submitted by operators accounting for more than 80% of aircraft in the combined… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 05-Oct-18

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H225M surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone

H225M surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone

The H225M, with 88 aircraft currently in service in six countries across the globe, has surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone, following its first delivery to the French Air Force in 2006. The aircraft was rapidly deployed by the French Air Force in Lebanon in 2006 where the H225M, also known as the Caracal, successfully… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-18

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Airbus introduces new visio-assistance tool for Tech Reps

Airbus introduces new visio-assistance tool for Tech Reps

This new tool facilitates the troubleshooting and boosts the efficiency of Airbus Helicopters Technical Representatives The Highly Qualified technicians with recurrent training certified by relevant civil aviation authorities are dedicated to daily improving customer’s satisfaction, the flight operation safety and availability. While the troubleshooting is one of their main missions, they provide in addition On-Job… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-18

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Mornington-Sanford Aviation run world-first R66 Part 147 B2 Course

Mornington-Sanford Aviation run world-first R66 Part 147 B2 Course

Taking a year to organise and obtain the necessary approvals from the authority, Richard Mornington-Sanford successfully conducted a Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh Part 147. B2 type training course on the Robinson R66 & (Corp 300) engine for Bashundhara Airways Ltd Dhaka. The course consisted of 72 hours of theoretical training and 18 hours of practical… Read more »

Source: Mornington-Sanford Aviation, 05-Oct-18

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Heli-One Canada hosts local Member of Parliament

Heli-One Canada hosts local Member of Parliament

On Friday September 28th 2018 the Heli-One Canada team hosted a special guest at their River Road (Delta, BC) facilities. Local Member of Parliament (MP) Carla Qualtrough (Delta) toured the facility, met with staff, and took questions during a brief visit. The MP is also the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and the Minister of… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-18

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Simrik Air adds new H125 ‘9N-AKD’ chopper to its fleet

Simrik Air adds new H125 ‘9N-AKD’ chopper to its fleet

In a bid to set a new benchmark in Nepal’s aviation sector, Simrik Air Pvt Ltd expanded its fleet number by four with the addition of the Airbus H125s helicopter to its fleet. Simrik Air new H125 (former AS350 B3e)-MSN 8482 is planned to be introduced by the third week of October this year and… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 04-Oct-18

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Babcock renews Australian marine pilot contract

Babcock renews Australian marine pilot contract

Babcock has been awarded a three-year contract for renewed marine pilot transfer services at the Newcastle Port. They will be providing pilots, helicopters, engineering staff and maintenance staff. This will ensure that the marine pilots will be transported to ships at sea safely, reports Marine Link.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus Fully Operational as UK MFTS Aircraft Service Provider

Airbus Fully Operational as UK MFTS Aircraft Service Provider

Airbus Helicopters completion of delivery of 29 Helionix-equipped H135s and three Helionix, hoist-equipped H145s earlier this year, marked the end of the delivery phase of the MFTS contract. Today, the company has completed its service provision build up and is fully embedded at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley, supporting Ascent’s Training delivery from newly modernised facilities. On 1st April 18, the precise… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. At Bell, we believe a convergence of technological advancements is enabling the industry to drive solutions that… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus Helicopters improves superceded parts process

Airbus Helicopters improves superceded parts process

Airbus Helicopters is glad to announce the new, improved process and communication flow concerning the superseded parts – the replacing parts which are not yet referenced in Airbus Helicopters IPC. The new process will help Customers demonstrate more quickly to the authorities that the new part is airworthy and can be fitted on the helicopter…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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HFI launches 2019 Scholarships

HFI launches  2019 Scholarships

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s helicopter industry.   If you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, HFI encourages you to apply at helicopterfoundation.org/scholarships. We are here to help you achieve your dream!   All applications must be… Read more »

Source: HFI, 03-Oct-18

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CPI Aero wins UH-60 Hover Infrared Suppression System order

CPI Aero wins UH-60 Hover Infrared Suppression System order

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced that it has received purchase orders from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), totaling approximately $8 million for Hover Infrared Suppression System (HIRSS) module assemblies for use as spares on older variants of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The HIRSS is a defensive countermeasures system… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus delivers the 1st of 100 H135s for China

Airbus delivers the 1st of 100 H135s for China

Airbus Helicopters has delivered one H135 to Health Commission of Qingdao in China’s Shandong Province, making this helicopter the first of 100 H135s to be delivered to China per a framework agreement signed in June 2016. The H135 was delivered in HEMS configuration, fully equipped with the latest medical interior, and will perform life-saving EMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today receipt of the second Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six (6) armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), and includes initial logistics support (ILS) for the aircraft, aircraft systems and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean, based out of Port of Spain in Trinidad & Tobago, has recently marked the milestone of 30,000 hours on AW139 operations.  Manufacturer Leonardo provided the banner in the image below, which Bristow posted on social media.  No press release was issued. Bristow has seven AW139s currently registered in Trinidad & Tobago of which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-18

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Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of three Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “The Bell 429 delivers exceptional speed and aircraft readiness when minutes matter,” said Jay Ortiz, vice president, Commercial Business, Americas. “Bell is incredibly proud to provide aircraft to support the men and women of Mercy… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 02-Oct-18

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Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

UK operator HeliGroup has taken delivery of the first ever ACH135 Helionix for VIP charter operations from Airbus Corporate Helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Club during the annual yacht show in the Principality. The handover event was attended by representatives of global aviation and yachting industries and supported by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-18

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Schiebel establishes Australian base

Schiebel establishes Australian base

Schiebel, the market leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), has founded Schiebel Pacific Pty Ltd (SPL) to provide the Pacific region with a permanent and comprehensive programme, logistics and sales hub. The Schiebel Group, with already established Defence contracts in the region, sees considerable further potential in Australia and in… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 02-Oct-18

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PHI Provides Update on Its Refinancing and Strategic Plans

PHI Provides Update on Its Refinancing and Strategic Plans

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) announced today several steps related to its long-term financial and strategic positioning, including the refinancing of its senior secured revolving credit facility and a review of the Company’s potential strategic alternatives. Refinancing of Secured Debt On September 28, 2018, the Company borrowed $130 million… Read more »

Source: PHI, 02-Oct-18

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Improved fuel sensor for H135 now available

Improved fuel sensor for H135 now available

In line with its continuous efforts to pursue products optimization, Airbus Helicopters is pleased to inform you that the new fuel sensors are now available for H135. The benefits of these sensors are: • New design with high quality electronic components to avoid probe drift and prevent trapping of water in probe if fuel contaminated… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-18

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Safran celebrates its 80th anniversary

Safran celebrates its 80th anniversary

Set up in 1938, Turbomeca, now Safran Helicopter Engines, is celebrating its 80th anniversary on September 20, 2018! In its early days when the company manufactured compressors for piston engines, it has enjoyed significant growth and become the world leader in helicopter engines. We take a look back at the saga of the company’s founder,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-18

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Orbital Research Inc Awarded Patent for Electrically Driven Blade Control For Rotorcraft

Orbital Research Inc Awarded Patent for Electrically Driven Blade Control For Rotorcraft

Multiple redundant harmonic drive motors on a rotor head actuate the angle of attack of rotor blades at the rotor blade roots, providing collective control that, in combination with a system for providing cyclic control on the rotor blades, eliminates the need for a swashplate, thereby advantageously reducing the weight and maintenance cost of a helicopter, increasing… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Embodiments refer generally to systems and methods for providing autorotative enhancement for helicopters using an autorotative assist unit coupled to the transmission of the helicopter. Methods of utilizing an autorotative assist unit as well as retrofitting an autorotative assist unit to an existing helicopter are also disclosed. By employing an autorotative assist unit, improved autorotation can be achieved… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

A helicopter search light comprises a lighting arrangement comprising at least one light source and having an adjustable light output; a light detector, which is configured for detecting light reflected by the ground and/or at least one item on the ground and for providing a detection signal which is correlated to an amount of light detected; and… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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LifeFlight Maine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

LifeFlight Maine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

LifeFlight is celebrating 20 years of service in Maine this year. They have had over 25,000 patients since opening in 1998. To celebrate this milestone, they will be holding a service on October 8 where they will hold a series of dedication ceremonies. They are welcoming the public to join them in touring their three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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The Columbian profiles Life Flight Network to mark 40 years

The Columbian profiles Life Flight Network to mark 40 years

Life Flight Network will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. They currently have 25 bases across the Pacific Northwest and employ over 550 employees, reports The Columbian. Their first year of service was done with only one helicopter, with a total of 150 flights.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has received a $10,000 grant from Bell to help fund educational activities for WAI’s Girls in Aviation Day. Specifically, this grant is used to provide helicopter-oriented editorial content in WAI’s annual magazine Aviation for Girls and to provide hands-on educational activities including understanding rotary flight by experimenting with and flying… Read more »

Source: WAI, 01-Oct-18

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Airbus adds features to 24×7 eRequest service

Airbus adds features to 24×7 eRequest service

As a part of its digital strategy, since 2015 Airbus Helicopters offers a 24/7 online technical request (eRequest) service to its Customers, through its Keycopter customer portal. With more than 2,500 monthly eRequests – Airbus Helicopters facilitates Customer interaction and provides: • A reactive AOG and routine request management service for a large scope of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Oct-18

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CHC implements real-time HUMS

CHC implements real-time HUMS

CHC Helicopter, in collaboration with Leonardo and SKYTRAC, has completed testing and is introducing a real-time aircraft data solution on the AW139. The ground-breaking technology monitors over 500 Heliwise Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) indicators in real-time, alerts ground crew as soon as an in-flight exceedance is detected, and streamlines the HUMS and Flight… Read more »

Source: CHC, 01-Oct-18

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NPAS moves out of police helicopter at Boreham

NPAS moves out of police helicopter at Boreham

Chief Superintendent Tyron Joyce, Chief Operating Officer for the National Police Air Service said: “The National Police Air Service provide air support to the police forces of England and Wales from a national network of 15 bases. “From time to time, staff and aircraft are required to relocate operations from one base to another within… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 01-Oct-18

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Swimming event raises $500K for Lifeflight of Maine

Swimming event raises $500K for Lifeflight of Maine

A half a million dollars is an impressive amount of money by almost any measure. Even more impressive, most of it was collected one $10, $50 or $100 donation at a time thanks to the dedication of this year’s Islesboro Crossing swimmers, paddlers and volunteers. Open water swimmers and LifeFlight supporters from across Maine and… Read more »

Source: Lifeflight of Maine, 01-Oct-18

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PHI extends tender offer and consent solicitation

PHI extends tender offer and consent solicitation

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced that it is further extending the expiration time of its previously-announced cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase any and all of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) and its… Read more »

Source: PHI, Inc., 01-Oct-18

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Step Change in Safety makes two new appointments

Step Change in Safety makes two new appointments

Step Change in Safety is pleased to announce the appointment of Tamsin Lishman, Asset Director at Spirit Energy, and Rob Dyas, Director of Babcock’s UK offshore aviation business, to its Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is responsible for planning and monitoring the activities of Step Change in Safety, the not-for-profit body which works to raise… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 01-Oct-18

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30-Sep-18 N440SH Robinson R44 Westminster, US-Maryland

Helicopter was trying to take off from the top level of a parking garage when the operator lost control, striking a parked car

30-Sep-18

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29-Sep-18 N849NA Airbus AS350B2 Alto, US-New Mexico

Heavy landing with some forward momentum, then pitched up on the front of its skids, slid forward, then down a slope, moving round as it did, but still ending on its skids (see video) Aircraft operated by Trans Aero, part of Roberts Aircraft – and operated under “Trans Aero Medevac” titles from a base at… Read more »

29-Sep-18

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ACE Training Centre adds new AW139 and B412 approvals

ACE Training Centre adds new AW139 and B412 approvals

Toll continues to break new ground and set new standards within the aviation industry with confirmation of its recent Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 141 and 142 approvals. The ACE Training Centre is now positioned for the broader industry to take full advantage of the world-class facility as the only provider of these services… Read more »

Source: ACE Training Centre, 28-Sep-18

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Tetcott Community Landing Site operational

Tetcott Community Landing Site operational

A night landing site for Devon Air Ambulance is now operational at Tetcott Village Hall. The open grass area by the Hall has recently had new lighting installed, which consists of a new lighting column and LED lights, and a remote switching system, so the lights can be activated by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 28-Sep-18

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Airservices waives service fees for not-for-profit aeromedical operators

Airservices waives service fees for not-for-profit aeromedical operators

As part of Airservices Aeromedical Services Charity Support Program, Airservices Australia has waived an additional $52,000 in annual service charges for two not-for-profit aeromedical operators – CQ Rescue and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue. Airservices CEO Jason Harfield said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to foster Australia’s civil aviation industry, we look forward to supporting CQ… Read more »

Source: Airservices Australia, 28-Sep-18

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AAMS supports FAA Reauthorization Bill

AAMS supports FAA Reauthorization Bill

Following weeks of negotiations between the leadership of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 302) was passed yesterday by the House and is currently before the Senate. AAMS fully supports the language included in the FAA Reauthorization bill establishing an Advisory Committee to engage… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 28-Sep-18

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Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

St Athan’s HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has rung the changes with the arrival of two brand-new Leonardo AW189 helicopters, which flew into service for the first time yesterday. The new aircraft replace two smaller Leonardo AW139 aircraft, which have been a familiar sight in the skies above South Wales and North… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Sep-18

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New 480B to South Africa

New 480B to South Africa

Enstrom Helicopter is exhibiting with Safomar Aviation, Enstrom’s African distributor based in Johannesburg in the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD).   AAD is a bi-annual show taking place at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria.  Dennis Martin, Enstrom Director of Sales and Marketing, is joining the Safomar sales team at the show. On display are… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter, 28-Sep-18

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