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Vector awarded Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award

Vector awarded Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize top-performing suppliers who share its focus on first-time quality and on-time delivery.  Vector’s component services team, based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-Jul-17

New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

Dan Elwell was sworn in this week as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Elwell is the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring aviation safety and air traffic control services for the nation. Elwell returns to the FAA during a historic period of safety and change… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Jul-17

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Idaho Governor Gives ASU Valued Partner Awards to HeliAir and LFE

Idaho Governor Gives ASU Valued Partner Awards to HeliAir and LFE

From the International Paris Air Show trade show floor in the United States Pavilion along with the state of Idaho delegation, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter awarded Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) valued partner awards to Austria-based Helikopter Air Transport GmbH (HeliAir) and Paris, France-based LFE. The Valued Partner Awards are given out by the State… Read more »

Source: ASU, 24-Jul-17

Safran announces first ground run of Arriel 2L2 engine

Safran announces first ground run of Arriel 2L2 engine

Safran announces the first ground run of the Arriel 2L2 engine at its Bordes facility, beginning of June. The Arriel family was selected in 2016 to power the new Korean civil and military helicopters, known as the LCH (Light Civil Helicopter) and LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). The Arriel 2L2 is co-developed by Safran Helicopter Engines… Read more »

Source: Safran, 24-Jul-17

Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced signed purchase agreements for three VIP-configured aircraft in Europe for the sale of a Bell 429 to both Helix Av. in the United Kingdom and King’s Casino in the Czech Republic and the sale of a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Italy. “Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 24-Jul-17

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

On 14 July 2017, Robinson Helicopter Company added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R66 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance and longer life. At 16 lb., the TB17 is significantly lighter than the R66’s standard battery which weighs 42 lb. and the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Jul-17

Kaman Signs Multi-Year Contract with Sikorsky

Kaman Signs Multi-Year Contract with Sikorsky

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) has entered into a new multi-year (MY) contract with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) company, which outlines the pricing and conditions for the manufacture of H-60 cockpits under the Department of Defense MY IX H-60 procurement authorization. The term of the MY agreement… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 20-Jul-17

ForeFlight Introduces New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight Introduces New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight, creator of the most innovative and widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for Apple iPad and iPhone, today announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in the smallest, most elegant form-factor on the market. Retailing at… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 20-Jul-17

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CHC Group Announces New Board of Managers

CHC Group Announces New Board of Managers

CHC Group has announced a finalized Board of Managers after completing its financial restructuring earlier this year. “We’re are pleased to establish CHC Group’s new Board of Managers as we move past our restructuring and into a new era of serving our customers as a streamlined, more efficient partner,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO… Read more »

Source: CHC, 20-Jul-17

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Canada certifies airbus H145

Canada certifies airbus H145

Airbus announced certification of the H145 by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With its extensive versatility and operational flexibility, the H145’s compact size and large cabin make it the perfect choice for a variety of civil missions, particularly in high-and-hot conditions. “We are pleased to enhance our customers’ aircraft portfolios, through the availability of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-17

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Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

Horizon International Flight Academy is delighted to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wallan Aviation. Wallan Aviation is the exclusive dealer for Cessna Aircraft Company in the Middle East and Bell helicopters in Saudi Arabia and has been serving the Middle East aviation for the past 20 years including flight training…. Read more »

Source: Horizon, 20-Jul-17

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Moscow Zhukovsky Airport adds helicopter facility

Moscow Zhukovsky Airport adds helicopter facility

A new helipad was put in operation near an airport located in the Moscow regional town of Zhukovsky, Russia. “The opening of a helipad is the first step in the creation of a full-fledged area of business aviation in Zhukovsky airfield. The demand for such services is not in doubt,” the General Director of Ramport… Read more »

Source: Zhukovsky International Airport, 19-Jul-17

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Babcock and RACQ CQ Rescue renew contract

Babcock and RACQ CQ Rescue renew contract

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan has announced that Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia will continue to provide critical helicopter services support to the Australian community-funded organisation until at least 2024. The seven-year contract renewal is a reflection of RACQ CQ Rescue’s ongoing commitment to providing a highly efficient and world-class helicopter emergency medical service… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Jul-17

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Erickson achieves 100% effectiveness in Chilean firefighting

Erickson achieves 100% effectiveness in Chilean firefighting

The National Forest Corporation (Conaf) revealed that the B-747 Supertanker had less than 14 percent overall effectiveness in combating forest fires earlier this year, while the Ilyushin-76 earned more than 35 percent. The evaluation, which was carried out after the emergency ended, calculated the total effectiveness considering the percentage of rainfall water that effectively reaches… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 19-Jul-17

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Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a research project to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters. The study is designed to develop a basis for possible application of enhanced vision systems in helicopters flying… Read more »

Source: Astronics Corporation, 19-Jul-17

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Air BP appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Air BP appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Leading international aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air BP, today announced the appointment of Matt Elliott as Chief Commercial Officer. Matt will be based at Air BP’s global headquarters in Sunbury on Thames, UK and starts his new role today, 17 July 2017.  He will be responsible for Air BP’s global sales and marketing… Read more »

Source: AirBP, 19-Jul-17

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HAI opens nominations for Salute to Excellence for Heli-Expo 2018

HAI opens nominations for Salute to Excellence  for Heli-Expo 2018

Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in vertical aviation. Go to rotor.org/salute and nominate an exceptional individual… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Jul-17

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Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit. The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the respective forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created; the first of its kind in… Read more »

Source: Devon & Cornwall Police, 19-Jul-17

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Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours has expanded. The premium sky tour and experience company is now offering private charter services within Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The Iconic Viper Red Helicopter, that soars high above the skies of beautiful Newport, Rhode Island; now has a twin. The new 2017 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: Bird's Eye View Helicopters, 18-Jul-17

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More than 103 WAI Scholarships Now Ready for Applications

More than 103 WAI Scholarships Now Ready for Applications

At WAI’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, 103 individual scholarships equaling $569,965 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community.   The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference,… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 18-Jul-17

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CSAGA chooses Ramco

CSAGA chooses Ramco

Ramco Systems, leading provider of Aviation & Maintenance software on Cloud and Mobile today announced an order win from China Southern Airlines General Aviation Ltd. (CSAGA), the 2nd largest offshore helicopter operator in China for integrating its organization-wide maintenance and engineering operations. The Zhuhai-based company, which operates Asia’s largest fleet of Sikorsky helicopters will implement… Read more »

Source: CSAGA, 18-Jul-17

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HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal Visits Bristow

HRH The Princess Royal visited the Bristow-operated HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) base at Lee-on-Solent on July 13, 2017, and the Coastguard’s technical training centre at Daedalus to mark 100 years of flying at the site. Her Royal Highness was welcomed to the helicopter base by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lindsay Fox and taken on a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Jul-17

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HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore operators are working with UK and Norwegian authorities to release the technical data used to justify their decision on 7 July to lift operating restrictions on Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters. The offshore helicopter industry’s global safety association says that without having all available data its members cannot determine whether or… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Jul-17

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DynCorp announces new CEO

DynCorp announces new CEO

DynCorp International has announced that George Krivo has taken over the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Below is a copy of his internal company announcement. As you may have heard, I have been named chief executive officer of DynCorp International (DI), effective immediately. I am honored to step into this new role after… Read more »

Source: DynCorp International, 18-Jul-17

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Bristow announces FY2018Q1 earnings and concall schedule

Bristow announces FY2018Q1 earnings and concall schedule

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended June 30, 2017, after the market closes on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Jul-17

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CareFlite Plans New North Texas Medical Centre Base

CareFlite Plans New North Texas Medical Centre Base

CareFlite, one of the oldest joint use air medical transportation service in the nation has decided to open a base at the North Texas Medical Centre, and is basing their Bell 407GX there by the end of this July. The placement of their air medical helicopter in Gainesville is the “next logical step in CareFlite’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jul-17

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Airbus short-lists two locations for Indian Panther base

Airbus short-lists two locations for Indian Panther base

Airbus is currently looking at Dholera and Mundra as prospective sites for their new base to manufacture Panther helicopters. Airbus’s Vice President, Ashish Saraf has commented how the Gujarat state is key in implementing their “India strategy.” They plan to build an aerospace ecosystem at Dholera and Mundra is seeming to be the ideal location… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jul-17

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United Rotorcraft Contracted for Black Hawk Medical Interior

United Rotorcraft Contracted for Black Hawk Medical Interior

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, today announced it signed a contract to provide Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, 75 shipsets of the United Rotorcraft Black Hawk Medical Interior system over the next five years.  This multi-year contract is the fifth of its kind with Sikorsky since 1997, and includes the installation… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Jul-17

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Sikorsky signs contract to build 257 Black Hawks over 5 years

Sikorsky signs contract to build 257 Black Hawks over 5 years

The U.S. government and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today signed a five-year contract for 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The multi-year contract will yield significant savings for the U.S. government compared with purchasing the same quantity across five separate… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Jul-17

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Helinet adds Black Hawk as specialist filming platform

Helinet adds Black Hawk as specialist filming platform

Helinet Aviation, one of the most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today, in partnership with BrownandFirehawk Helicopters, the addition of a Sikorsky UH-60A ESSS (External Stores Support System) Black Hawk to its fleet. The ship, which Helinet will market as Movie Hawk™, is the first UH-60 based in Los Angeles that is specially… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 17-Jul-17

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CHC names Gala Dinner Speaker for Safety and Quality Summit

CHC names Gala Dinner Speaker for Safety and Quality Summit

John Foley, former lead solo pilot for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, will join aviation and energy industry professionals the featured speaker for the gala dinner at the 13th annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit later this year. The gala dinner, a highlight of the Summit, draws several hundred attendees each year. Mr. Foley will… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Jul-17

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Airbus Canada Is Accepting Nominations for 2017 Safety Award

Airbus Canada Is Accepting Nominations for 2017 Safety Award

As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 9th – 11th in Ottawa, ON.  The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jul-17

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Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

Belmont Rescue Helicopter Base Opened

SW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan today officially opened the new $5.5 million NSW Ambulance & Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Belmont. Located at Lake Macquarie Airport, 864 Pacific Highway, Marks Point, Mr Morgan said the 24/7 base enables the NSW Ambulance and Hunter New England Health medical team on board to deliver faster and further… Read more »

Source: NSW Ambulance, 17-Jul-17

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Planners approve second helipad at Fort Mohave hospital

Planners approve second helipad at Fort Mohave hospital

A permit for a second helipad at Fort Mohave Hospital was approved this past week by the planning and zoning commission. The new helipad will be at the corner of Highway 95 and Wagon Wheel Lane, roughly 100 yards from the existing helipad and will have fences surrounding its 60-foot by 60-foot perimeter. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-17

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Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

Fuel Consumption Figure Drops for AW189

Leonardo will soon be able to boast an official fuel consumption figure drop of their AgustaWestland AW189. Monitoring systems and flight recorders have shown that the super-medium-twin helicopter has had an improvement of 4-7%. This figure has also been validated via test flights by GE Aviation, who is the supplier of the CT7 engines reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-17

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HeliRussia organisers report on successful 2017 Expo

HeliRussia organisers report on successful 2017 Expo

HeliRussia, the International helicopter industry exhibition, has been making history since 2008 and has demonstrated the entire spectrum of production and services of the helicopter industry. HeliRussia is held in accordance with Russian Government order; the organizer of the expo is the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. The main sponsor of the event is… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 14-Jul-17

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Japan approves R44 cargo hook from Onboard Systems

Japan approves R44 cargo hook from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been certified for use in Japan by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). This featherweight cargo hook kit is built around Onboard’s TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 14-Jul-17

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Global Jeppesen Charts Now Available on ForeFlight

Global Jeppesen Charts Now Available on ForeFlight

ForeFlight, creator of the essential and widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for Apple iPad and iPhone, today announced that Jeppesen’s world-class library of standard chart coverages are now available as an option with the current release of ForeFlight Mobile, making it the premier all-in-one mobile solution for planning, briefing, filing, flying,… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 14-Jul-17

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Aspen Avionics name Sales Manager for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah

Aspen Avionics name Sales Manager for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah

Aspen Avionics announced that retired Marine Corps aviator and Aspen’s director of flight operations, James Buck is expanding his roles and responsibilities to include the position of regional sales manager for Aspen’s growing sales team. In his sales role, he will be responsible for the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. As the… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 14-Jul-17

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XTI Aircraft Company Expands Board

XTI Aircraft Company Expands Board

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today that Silicon Valley investor and serial entrepreneur Paul Willard has joined XTI’s board of directors for a three-year term, effective June 15, 2017. Paul Willard, Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur, joins XTI Aircraft Board “Paul spent seven years as a Boeing aerodynamics engineer,” said David Brody, founder and Chairman… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft Company, 13-Jul-17

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Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Bristow SAR base at Stornoway joins national contract

Stornoway’s Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has officially transferred into the UK SAR contract, becoming the 10th and final base to enter the nationwide Coastguard SAR helicopter network operated by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). For the past four years the Stornoway base has been part of… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Jul-17

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SureFly concept helicopter will be at EAA AirVenture

SureFly concept helicopter will be at EAA AirVenture

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the transportation sector, today announced that it will display the SureFly™ helicopter concept for the first time in the U.S. at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 (BOOTH #IC-9 in the EAA Innovation Center).  The booth will also display the Workhorse… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group Inc., 13-Jul-17

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Professional Aircraft Accessories awarded AS9110B certification

Professional Aircraft Accessories awarded AS9110B certification

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification. The internationally recognized AS9110 standard is focused on the control of repair schemes and maintenance plans, configuration management and the skills and qualifications necessary to perform MRO tasks within the aerospace community. “This accreditation validates our… Read more »

Source: Professional Aircraft Accessories, 13-Jul-17

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Last HKP 14 delivered

Last HKP 14 delivered

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announces that it has taken delivery of the last aircraft of the 18 NH90s ordered from NHIndustries back in September 2001. In total, 15 NH90s, locally designated HKP 14, are now in service with the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing. Five of these are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) versions. Adding… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Jul-17

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STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

STARS turns 5 in Saskatchewan

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is celebrating its 5th anniversary of saving lives in Saskatchewan. Since 2012, STARS has carried out more than 4,000 missions to more than 500 locations across the province, and today Health Minister Jim Reiter, Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit and Crown Investments Corporation Minister Joe Hargrave… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 12-Jul-17

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EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

EASA Approves Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management

Shadin Avionics recently announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved the Shadin Avionics Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for the Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Management System. The certification covers the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The RemoteFlo offers R66 pilots access to… Read more »

Source: EASA, 12-Jul-17

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France – DCNS Changes Its Name to Naval Group

France – DCNS Changes Its Name to Naval Group

This new identity is a natural step in the Group’s history, aimed at supporting our ambitions to guarantee our exposure and credibility in international markets. Naval Group CEO Hervé Guillou said: “The creation of a strong, unifying brand, that embodies both our heritage and our expertise will enable us to meet two major objectives: continue… Read more »

Source: Naval Group, 12-Jul-17

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12 European nations join for Personnel Recovery training

12 European nations join for Personnel Recovery training

The APROC was conducted from 14 to 28 June 2017 at Rivolto Air Base, ITA.  Some 600 personnel from 12 nations employed 13 Rotary Wing and 4 Fixed Wing aircraft in order to train ‘Personnel Recovery’ operations in an international environment.  Furthermore, a NATO and French AWACS in addition to an Italian Command and Control… Read more »

Source: EPRC, 12-Jul-17

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MD close to FAA approval for MD600 glass cockpit

MD close to FAA approval for MD600 glass cockpit

MD Helicopters, Inc.  (MDHI) announces successful completion of all FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) requirements for certification of its first all-glass cockpit for the MD 600N. The MD 600N is the first of the company’s four (4) single-engine models to feature the Block 1 cockpit upgrade and complete TIA. With the successful completion of the TIA… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jul-17

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RFP for HAI education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions

RFP for HAI education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions

HAI is currently developing the education program for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas, and we are seeking proposals for HAI Professional Education courses and Rotor Safety Challenge sessions from qualified individuals or vendors. Professional Education Courses To provide a high-quality education program for helicopter professionals, HAI continuously strives to enhance, expand, and adjust course… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jul-17

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BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

BP parks decision on allowing offshore workers to fly on EC225

Oil company BP is being reported by Energy Voice as saying it will not consider allowing its offshore workforce using Airbus EC225 or AS332L2 helicopters until the Norwegian investigation authority AIBN has completed and reported on its work regarding the CHC accident of April 2016. This news comes after the UK and Norwegian CAAs both… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jul-17

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Helitowcart adapts solutions for B505

Helitowcart adapts solutions for B505

Helitowcart is proud to announce that it’s popular V900 and V1000 series have been adapted to fit with the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Both solutions allow to lift the helicopter effortlessly and can be operated by just a single person. The Heli Carrier is already known for it’s flexibility, it’s tight radius turns and… Read more »

Source: Helitowcart, 11-Jul-17

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Hamilton County Sheriff to upgrade MD500E to 530F standard

Hamilton County Sheriff to upgrade MD500E to 530F standard

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce a new agreement with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati, Ohio, to upgrade its MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model helicopter. The E-model aircraft will be overhauled and re-certified as an F-model (Type Certificate 369FF) in just a period of a few weeks. The FAA-approved… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 11-Jul-17

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Vector Aerospace to be acquired by Veritas Capital

Vector Aerospace to be acquired by Veritas Capital

Veritas Capital Fund Management LLC (“Veritas”) has entered into an agreement to acquire Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com). New York-based Veritas is a leading private equity firm, whose current portfolio includes StandardAero. The acquisition is subject to customary conditions, including securing regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the fourth quarter of 2017 or early… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 11-Jul-17

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Fishtail Air moves AS350B3 to Simikot for summer season

Fishtail Air moves AS350B3 to Simikot for summer season

Fishtail Air is now operating one of its B3 helicopter in Far western region of Nepal called Simikot. Simikot is the gateway to Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake. Fishtail is operating since May 27 and has done more than 250 shuttles up to now and sending more than 1000 passengers up to Hilsa (Nepal Border)… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 10-Jul-17

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Two students win grants to attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Two students win grants to attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Today, CHC Helicopter and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, announced two winners have been selected to receive funding to attend the 2017 CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The winning students were selected for the Peter Gardiner Grant and the Sikorsky Safety Scholarship, and will join delegates and professionals from around the world as they gather… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 10-Jul-17

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StandardAero to buy Vector Aerospace from Airbus

StandardAero to buy Vector Aerospace from Airbus

Amsterdam, 5 July 2017 – StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations with respect to an acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company, providing responsive, quality support for turbine engines,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-17

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Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

Bristow transitions Prestwick SAR base from S92 to AW189

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Prestwick started flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations on Saturday 1st July. The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and are operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard. The Coastguard base… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Jul-17

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The H160 leads the way in the industrial transformation at Airbus

The H160 leads the way in the industrial transformation at Airbus

Along with the “H Generation” of products comes an industrial “revolution” in helicopter manufacturing. The intent is to bring more agility, quality, standardization and competitiveness to the way helicopters are manufactured at Airbus, for the benefit of our customers. Just months away from the beginning of initial operations of the brand new H160 final assembly… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-17

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Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

Nepal – Prabhu Helicopter orders R66

According to the Prabhu Helicopter official website, it had placed an order with Robinson Helicopter Company, CA, USA to procure brand new Turbine Robinson R66 on May, 2017 and the new helicopter is expected to arrive in Nepal by this September. The company is planning to initiate its operation from Kathmandu to the near and… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Jul-17

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EXENS awarded patent for Multi-stage tilting and multi-rotor flying car

EXENS awarded patent for Multi-stage tilting and multi-rotor flying car

The present invention provides a multi-stage tilting and multi-rotor flying car including: a main frame externally shaped like a rectangle and internally partitioned to have a grid structure; a body mounted at a center of the main frame in consideration of balance; a plurality of rotors mounted to the main frame to face upward; a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 09-Jul-17

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Dzyne Technologies awarded patent for Long endurance VTOL aircraft

Dzyne Technologies awarded patent for Long endurance VTOL aircraft

An aircraft for use in fixed wing flight mode and rotor flight mode is provided. The aircraft can include a fuselage, wings, and a plurality of engines. The fuselage can comprise a wing attachment region further comprising a rotating support. A rotating section can comprise a rotating support and the wings, with a plurality of… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 09-Jul-17

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HNZ Group Reports on Norsk Helikopterservice AS

HNZ Group Reports on Norsk Helikopterservice AS

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation” or “HNZ”) announced today that the operations carried out by Norsk Helikopterservice AS (“Norsk”), a Norwegian entity in which the Corporation holds a 49.9% interest, ceased on June 30, 2017. “Norsk has encountered various challenges in the Norwegian market, and our investment in Norsk has not performed as… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 07-Jul-17

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UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

UK – helipad opens at Aintree University Hospital

A new £1m helicopter landing pad at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool received its first visitors as part of an inaugural test flight by the North West Air Ambulance. Medics say the helipad – which is operational from Monday 3rd July – will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients from air ambulance into the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jul-17

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VNH to open Hanoi to Halong Bay route in October

VNH to open Hanoi to Halong Bay route in October

The Northern Vietnam Helicopters (VNH) Company has planned to open two Scheduled Helicopter Flights to Halong Bay From Hanoi on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday every week, starting from 10 October 2017. With this new plan involved in the helicopter service of EC155 B1, 12 seats, and 2 engines, travel to the “Bay of Descending Dragon” becomes… Read more »

Source: Northern Vietnam Helicopters, 07-Jul-17

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UK MoD Announces £48M Apache Training Contract

UK MoD Announces £48M Apache Training Contract

The Defence Secretary announced a £48m contract extension to train air and ground crew on the Apache AH64-D at the RUSI Landwarfare Conference. The contract will support around 70 jobs, and the reorganisation of the Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps to better meet current and future challenges. Coverage is carried in the Daily Mail, which reflects that the… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 07-Jul-17

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EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules €377 million of French and German support to develop the innovative Airbus X6 heavy helicopter. The project will significantly contribute to research and innovation in the EU without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The French and… Read more »

Source: The European Commission, 07-Jul-17

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Sikorsky announces 160 layoffs

Sikorsky announces 160 layoffs

Sikorsky’s Troy facility will soon be laying off roughly 160 employees due to a decline in the production of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. The Seahawk is the primary source of work for the facility and after meeting their customer’s requirements, production has slowed down. They have had to make the decision to let go employees to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-17

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Airbus takes H215 on Chinese demo tour

Airbus takes H215 on Chinese demo tour

The heavy twin H215 helicopter, a member of the world-renowned Super Puma family, is demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities for firefighting, power line missions, law enforcement, and passenger transportation as well as its excellent performance in high and hot conditions during its debut demo tour in China. Kicking off the two-week long tour with demo flights… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jul-17

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Vector gains Bell Gold award for Chinook support

Vector gains Bell Gold award for Chinook support

Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, , has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize top-performing suppliers who share its focus on first-time quality and on-time delivery. Vector’s component services team,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 06-Jul-17

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Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network to open new base in Montana

Life Flight Network today announced it is opening a new helicopter base in Bozeman, Montana by September 1, 2017. Located at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, the base will make ICU-level care provided by flight nurses, paramedics or respiratory therapists accessible to people anywhere in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. “Whether a person has suffered… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 06-Jul-17

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Airbus offers H145 with Alternate Gross Weight of 3,800 kg

Airbus offers H145 with Alternate Gross Weight of 3,800 kg

The optional increase of the Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) allows H145 operators to take off with up to 100 kg more useful load. It brings additional benefit especially for law enforcement, para-public or military missions offering the possibility to carry for example more fuel, mission equipment or passengers. Axel Humpert, Airbus Helicopters Head of H145… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jul-17

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Public submission date passes for Adelaide heliport proposals

Public submission date passes for Adelaide heliport proposals

Adelaide City Council has announced a proposal to lease a piece of land near Morphett St Bridge for a helipad that will be used for “joy flights.” The proposal has been met with much enthusiasm from commercial providers. The proposal will be reviewed by councillors and a decision will be made in the near future,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-17

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New President appointed at Columbia Helicopters

New President appointed at Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters Inc. announced today that Jim Rankin, President and CEO, has resigned, effective June 30. The company has promoted Steve Bandy, Senior Vice President of Operations to President of the Aurora-based, global provider of heavy-lift helicopters services and MRO operator. The company is retiring the CEO position. Rankin led Columbia during a downturn in… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 05-Jul-17

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CHC Helicopter Launch New Reconciliation Action Plan

CHC Helicopter Launch New Reconciliation Action Plan

CHC Australia is proud to launch its 2017 – 2019 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) after receiving final endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. The RAP launched by CHC will help inform and drive existing initiatives, in addition to building long-term relationships and collaborative practices with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups in areas where they, and… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Jul-17

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