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Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Hélicoptère are announcing today a new partnership which will bring a seamless private helicopter and jet experience to clients visiting the South of France. Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group (EBACE booth number T70), will work together with Azur Hélicoptère to provide helicopter transfers to clients’ end destinations in the… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Group, 26-May-17

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B helicopter. Newly registered in the Czech Republic as OK-AMS the helicopter will be engaged in the private air transportation to perfectly fit into the wide range of the Company’s services. The helicopter will often provide a quick shuttle between Prague Int’l Airport and remote heli spots offering… Read more »

Source: Aeropartner, 26-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on June 22, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 7, 2017 (the “Record Date”).  There were 35,217,652 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-May-17

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the registration of drones deemed to be “model aircraft.” Helicopters routinely operate at the same low altitudes as drones, and we in the helicopter industry are deeply concerned about our ability to fly safely in air space where… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-May-17

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Leonardo announced today that Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland has taken delivery of its AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The handover was celebrated during an official ceremony held at EBACE 2017 in Geneva. This specially-configured aircraft anticipating safety enhancing requirement like ADS-B Out, will be operated by Mountainflyers for heli taxi services from Bern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-17

Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification. The internationally recognized AS9110 Standard focuses on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and is a derivative of the AS9100 Standard that addresses the aviation industry. Additionally, Summit holds ISO 9001:2008 certification which confirms that the organization… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 26-May-17

Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

The Swiss manufacturer Marenco Swisshelicopter announces today the official signature of a Launch Customer contract with Norwegian Tronrud Engineering AS for a single-turbine SH09 helicopter. The aircraft will be based in the Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, 60 kilometers north-west of Oslo. Tronrud Engineering AS will operate the helicopter as a utility and logistics vehicle that will support the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 25-May-17

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Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

From their vantage point high atop the Oregon Coast Range, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck and two researchers from Oregon State University can see almost forever as the first rays of sunlight peek over the top of Saddle Mountain in the distance to the east. Below is the Young’s River basin… Read more »

Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 25-May-17

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SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs LLC, the global leader specializing in the custom design, engineering, and manufacturing of safety first ergonomic aircraft access platforms, fall protection platforms, and maintenance support equipment, is excited to announce its agreement with Eidos Ergonomics to offer seating products to the aviation industry under the S.A.F.E. Structure brand name. Eidos is the… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 25-May-17

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Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department Aviation Section to include a third (3rd) MD 520N helicopter. Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) currently operates two (2) MD 520N helicopters, in service with PGPD since 2000. “We are honored Lt. Cline… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-May-17

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Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Schiebel’s sophisticated Unmanned Air System (UAS) was presented to the Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Airforce, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Police Directorate as well as other Norwegian authorities during demanding trials at Andøya Test Center (ATC). During the event held in Northern Norway, approximately 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the CAMCOPTER® S-100… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 25-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the  9 Passenger High Density Seating. Providing lightweight seating in the cabin whilst maximising the number of passengers that can be carried. The nine place high density seats give the flexibility that multi‐role aircraft operators demand.  They are lightweight, can be configured as 3,… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 25-May-17

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Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products. “Now that we… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-May-17

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25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy

25-May-17

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25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries. Thge official line from… Read more »

25-May-17

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25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz

25-May-17

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Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

The San Bernardino International Airport is now the official Aviation Unit for the County Sheriff and County Fire Department. The new hangar measures 51,000-square feet and is able to hold all 15 aircraft. It also means that mutual operations between the Sheriff and Fire Department can be carried out, reports Daily Press.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history this month, operating MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) from Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island utilizing a Mobile Mission Control Station (MMCS). Teams of pilots, aircrewmen, maintenance personnel and civilian specialists functioned organically to complete integrated missions with various surface… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-17

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Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute, the European based aviation services company, underlined their commitment to the business and general aviation market with the launch of a new and enhanced RocketRoute app that takes the service offering beyond fuel and flight planning.  The new RocketRoute app will enable pilots to connect directly with thousands of ground handlers,… Read more »

Source: RocketRoute, 24-May-17

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Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received authorization from Safran Helicopter Engines to support the latest Arriel 2D model as a certified Repair Centre.  This new approval, which extends Vector’s service capabilities on the Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 platforms, continues Vector’s long-running support of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-May-17

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Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Today the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 24-May-17

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Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that Andrew Mills will serve as the interim president and CEO for the Company.  Erickson exited bankruptcy on Friday, April 28th 2017 under new ownership comprised of a diverse shareholder group. Jeff Roberts resigned his position as president and CEO for the Company effective Friday,… Read more »

Source: Erickson Incorporated, 24-May-17

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2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

For four days, attendees took part in exclusive discussions and sessions that gave them a greater view into working with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in support of SOF. Here, attendees could discuss priorities, business opportunities, and desired capabilities. The conference included panels made up of USSOCOM’s component commanders and one of the sub-unified command… Read more »

Source: NDIA, 24-May-17

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AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global corporate aviation fleet and operator information, will be exhibiting at EBACE 2017 at Booth #O104, Geneva, Switzerland – May 22 – 24, 2017. EBAA Membership & EBACE “AMSTAT has been a member of EBAA for over 5 years and exhibiting at EBACE for 17 years” said Chris Skurat, AMSTAT… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 24-May-17

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Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators. The ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program has several package options. Each package contains valuable operational and safety tools as well as the globally respected ARGUS… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 24-May-17

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Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Kaman Aerosystems (“Kaman”) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that a successful first flight of a K-MAX® helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks…. Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 24-May-17

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HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

Last week, in the Anchorage Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), the FAA held an annual renewal class for designated pilot examiners (DPEs). There were over 40 attendees in the room, and participants were eager to learn about the latest FAA requirements. Taking advantage of the fact that Helicopter Association International (HAI) Director of Safety Outreach… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-May-17

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Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway AS commenced helicopter operations on three new five-year contracts out of Florø, Norway, on May 1, 2017, supporting Statoil ASA, ENGIE E&P and A/S Norske Shell (previously BG Norge Limited). On the same day, Bristow Norway also commenced a new five-year contract at its well-established base in Bergen, Norway, supporting Statoil ASA. These… Read more »

Source: Bristow Norway, 23-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

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RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Replacement Seat Kit. With this FAA STC on hand, RAMM Aerospace now offers the most beneficial R44 Replacement Interior Kit on the market. The RAMM Aerospace R44 Replacement Interior Kit includes precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kit, Leather… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 23-May-17

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Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Texas-based, Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC. will provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services to Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc., a U.S. affiliate of the global aerospace and defense company Airbus, was awarded a 5-year CLS contract by the U.S. Army in mid-December 2016.  Airbus… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-May-17

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Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrated its expanding aviation parts manufacturing operations today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Summit’s Somerset operations started in 2007 as a labor-only supplier to Schweizer Aircraft, today Summit Aviation’s manufacturing facility provides full-service support to build aerostructure product assemblies for a variety of military and commercial helicopters and fixed… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 23-May-17

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Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province. At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS… Read more »

23-May-17

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HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

On May 6th & 7th, the Alaska Airmen’s Association celebrated their 20th year of the Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering. This is the largest free-entry aviation trade show in America and this must-see aviation event has over 23,000 attendees, including pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Alaska is the “flyingest” state in the union with more pilots and aircraft per capita… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-May-17

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LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has been selected to receive the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International Supplier Excellence Award. The award is given by AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, to a supplier who, through the quality, innovativeness and cost-effective technology of its products, has made a notable contribution… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 23-May-17

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Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre has been given the go ahead to start construction on their new helipad. Members of Alberta Health Service met up recently to discuss the design of the helipad with the Wood Buffalo Health Advisory Council. The helipad will be 60ft x 60ft and will match the height of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

The city of Toledo is going forward with their plans to sell their Robinson R44 helicopter that was purchased in 2001. The Toledo City Council is currently reviewing legislation, reports Toledo Blade, which gives Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson authority to go forward with the sale. The original cost was $504,000 and has been in use for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters has launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), its high-end, bespoke brand, at EBACE 2017.  The brand, which will be identified by the ACH logo, will build on the company’s leadership in the Private and Business Aviation market, offering a unique level of quality finish, craftsmanship and bespoke service matching the most demanding requirements. ACH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-May-17

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Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation introduced its Leadership Education, Advancement and Development (LEAD) conference in 2016 to help its partners navigate the business side of air medical operations.  Realizing that many program directors are clinicians and not business majors, Metro’s management team developed the event to help fill the gaps between medical knowledge and business management, and equip… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-May-17

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Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Most foreign operators want the utility of being able to use aircraft assets for more than one purpose. This allows investments and costs to be spread over a number of value uses. To be successful with this strategy, the special equipment required for each role needs to be installable quickly, the aircraft is capable of… Read more »

Source: Rogerson Kratos, 22-May-17

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VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

On 5th May 2017, Southern Vietnam Helicopter company (VNH South) successfully performed a test flight for Times Square building which owned by Times Square Vietnam Investment Joint Stock Company by EC-155B1 helicopter. This is the first test flight to evaluate specifications of the helipad and determine flying procedures in order for the helicopter to take off and… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 22-May-17

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UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

United Engine Corporation (a part of Rostec Corporation) will present engines for aircraft and helicopters at SITDEF 2017 exhibition in Peru, as well as negotiate with partners from Latin American countries. The international defense technology exhibition SITDEF takes place on the territory of the headquarters of Ground Forces in Lima, the capital of the Republic… Read more »

Source: United Engine Corporation, 22-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program. Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service worldwide,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 22-May-17

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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

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22-May-17 N2032S Schweizer 300CBi Eden Prairie, US-Minnesota

Fell onto starboard side during training accident.  Two POB not seriously injured

22-May-17

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20-May-17 N2322Z Robinson R22 Linden, US-New Jersey

Fell onto starboard side in training accident.

20-May-17

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20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

Close to company base, helicopter landed upright, but with main blades slicing the tail boom off close to the tail rotor

20-May-17

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Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters took home its eighth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during the Choice Awards Gala on Sunday, April 30 at Omnia Nightclub. The SNHCA is an association of professional hotel concierges dedicated to providing the highest level of… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 19-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 7-year support contract with BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the German Army (Heer) and German Navy (Marine). This contract will support a total fleet of around 100 NH90 (82 TTH and 18 NTH). Formerly supported by previous… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-May-17

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Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and top-rated experiential tour company in Las Vegas, will be the only tour company to offer helicopter tours over the Las Vegas Strip for a front row seat of the Fourth of July fireworks. An exclusive picnic option is also available where views of the fireworks shows throughout the… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 19-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the MBB BK117‐B2 BK117 Cargo Hook and Mirror Kit. The BK117 Cargo Hook has a carrying capacity of up to 1200kg.  It utilizes the Onboard Systems Cargo Hook with the option of either hydraulic or manual release and can be mounted to either an… Read more »

Source: Airwork (NZ), 19-May-17

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19-May-17 Robinson R44 Heilbron, South Africa (2F)

two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred.  One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.

19-May-17

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Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

Cabri G2 delivered by new UK distributor HeliGroup

The latest Guimbal Cabri G2 has been sold by UK distributor, HeliGroup and is the first delivered from their Guimbal Centre of Excellence, Oxford. The helicopter has been bought by Darren Robson. An experienced private pilot who has owned a number of helicopters, most recently, an Airbus H120. H120 and the Cabri G2 synergies meant… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 18-May-17

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Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

Technical Approvals for Airlift AW169

On the 26th of April Airlift AS has been awarded from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority of both Continuing Airworthiness and Maintenance Organisation Approvals on Leonardo AW169 helicopter in accordance with EU 1321/2014 (Annex I EASA Part-M and Annex II EASA Part-145). Airlift, first Norwegian organisation to add the AW169 to its approvals, is willing… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 18-May-17

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15% growth in Greater China’s civil helicopters is good news

15% growth in Greater China’s civil helicopters is good news

The number of civil turbine helicopters in Greater China is expected to grow to 621 aircraft in 2017, up 15% from 540 in 2016, according to a report by Asian Sky Group. Mainland China’s civil helicopter fleet is arguably the fastest-growing in the Asia Pacific region. Over 60% of its existing civil helicopter fleets are… Read more »

Source: Aerochine Aviation, 18-May-17

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Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

Ka-52K completes initial marine testing

[Electronic Translation] The test phase, which took place from late 2016 to early 2017, involved two Ka-52K helicopters. According to Russian Helicopters deputy CEO for sales Vladislav Savelyev, the helicopters performed well in difficult marine conditions and will now move on to further testing on aircraft carriers. The Ka-52K, which is being developed for the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-May-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – May 2017

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 18-May-17

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18-May-17 N6040Y Bell 407 Fort Worth, US-Texas

FAA reported substantially damaged after hard landing on training flight – aircraft operated by Bell Helicopter Training Academy

18-May-17

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Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

Shell extends CHC North Sea contract by two years

CHC has been Shell’s aviation partner for five years, initially serving Shell Central North Sea assets. As part of a joint initiative to improve supply chain efficiencies over the contract period, CHC service now also extends to Shell’s Northern North Sea activities. “We are delighted with this contract extension” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters celebrated a major milestone last week with the roll-out of the 700th H130 light single-engine helicopter, which will be operated by a private customer. The H130 fleet has so far accumulated more than 1.8M flight hours with 340 operators worldwide. Since entry into service of the first EC130 in 2001, this light single… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-May-17

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Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters receives Boeing Gold Award

Columbia Helicopters, Inc. has announced that it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its CH-47 Chinook transmission repair efforts. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters received the award for maintaining a Gold performance rating for each month of the… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 17-May-17

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Night Vision Award Committee Announces Final Call for Entries

Night Vision Award Committee Announces Final Call for Entries

The Night Vision Awards selection committee has announced a June 30th deadline for nominations for the 2017 Night Vision Awards Show to be held in Reno, Nevada at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference. The awards will be presented to recipients on Thursday, July 27th at an awards reception in Edge Nightclub at… Read more »

Source: The Night Vision Awards, 17-May-17

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HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

HeliRussia 2017 to feature the National French Pavilion

Five French manufacturers of components for helicopters will take part in the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017, taking place from 25 to 27 May at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow. Esterline, Hutchinson, Nicomatic, Permaswage and Sela will exhibit at the National Pavilion of France, organized by the Business France national agency: Trade… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 17-May-17

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The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

The story of how HMX-1 squadron started flying US Presidents

The National Security Act of 1947, signed by President Harry S. Truman on July 26, 1947, is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States military and the security of our nation. This Act created the National Military Establishment (later renamed the Department of Defense) and gave it civilian leadership… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 17-May-17

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VNH South announces new appointments

VNH South announces new appointments

Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) is pleased in announcing that with effect from May 11th, 2017, Capt. Le Trong Dong, our Director will be promoted as Deputy General Director of Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH) based in Hanoi. Capt. Kieu Dang Hung, presently Deputy General Director of VNH shall take one more title as Director… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 17-May-17

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17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

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Ornge Air Ambulance Granted Helipad Access

Ornge Air Ambulance Granted Helipad Access

Ornge Air Ambulance has been granted access to the Health Science Centre’s newly opened helipad in Winnipeg after two months of negotiations. This impacts their response time significantly. Before they had to land at Winnipeg International Airport and then transfer the patient into a driven ambulance. This process was essentially doubling their response time. Being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-17

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Ansat Helicopter Delivered to Russian Helicopter Systems

Ansat Helicopter Delivered to Russian Helicopter Systems

Russian Helicopter Systems (RHS) has recently receive an Ansat helicopter. The contract for the helicopter, complete with medevac unit, was signed during Hydroaviasalon-2016. It will be used for emergency rescue missions and patient transportation in Moscow, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-17

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Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

Starlite Aviation Group picks Traxxall maintenance and inventory software

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, today officially announced new client Starlite Aviation Group. Starlite is a leading provider of helicopter services with a specialization in complex missions, including: relief work, helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and on/offshore oil and gas support. Starlite operates in… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL Technologies, 16-May-17

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HNZ Announces Stock Option Plan Changes based on Shareholder Feedback

HNZ Announces Stock Option Plan Changes based on Shareholder Feedback

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”) announced today that the board of directors of the Corporation (the “Board”) has approved amendments to its stock option plan (the “Option Plan”). The amendments have been proposed to address issues raised by certain shareholders in the course of their review of the matters to be voted on… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 16-May-17

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Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

Last Friday saw an end of era as second in Command at RNAS Culdrose, the Executive Officer, Commander Ian Fitter handed over to long term Culdrose aviator Commander Paul ‘Rex’ Harrison. Commander Fitter joined Culdrose as the Executive officer in April 2015. He thoroughly enjoyed being back home, both professionally, as he spent much of… Read more »

Source: RNAS Culdrose, 16-May-17

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emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts and STAT MedEvac Announce Contract Extension

emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, and STAT MedEvac, one of the largest single operated and dispatched air medical transport programs within the United States, are proud to announce a 5-year contract extension for STAT MedEvac to continue to utilize the emsCharts ePCR for clinical… Read more »

Source: emsCharts, 16-May-17

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