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Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit due to his conservation and aviation services he has performed. He ran his own company, Peter Garden Helicopters Ltd, for 25 years in Otago and Southland doing agriculture work. This line of work introduced him to working for the Wildlife Services… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

The Nagaland State Helicopter service will be taken over by Global Vectra Helicorp Limited (GVHL) for the next two years. The service was flagged off on January 2 by the Nagaland Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, IT & C and Paiwang Konvak, Border Affairs. Paiwang insured that GVHL knew the importance of adapting to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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Top 5 Vendors in the Global Heliports Market from 2016-2020

Top 5 Vendors in the Global Heliports Market from 2016-2020

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global heliports market report until 2020. This research report also lists five other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period. Technavio announces top five leading vendors in the global heliports market until 2020.   Some key factors driving… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 04-Jan-17

Uber partners with Maverick Helicopters for Consumer Electronic Show

Uber partners with Maverick Helicopters for Consumer Electronic Show

Uber Technologies partners with Maverick Helicopters during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas to help attendees experience the Las Vegas Strip in a way they never have before. The exclusive, limited-time offer allows CES attendees to request an UberCHOPPER on their smart phone right from the Las Vegas Strip for $99 per person… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 04-Jan-17

Chinese Tilt Rotor Development

Chinese Tilt Rotor Development

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) are developing a tilt-rotor, called the Blue Whale, which will be able to fly at speeds of 500 km/h. The Blue Whale will be the equivalent of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, reports IHS Jane.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-17

Donate to the HFI Scholarship Auction today!

Donate to the HFI Scholarship Auction today!

As part of HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) will hold its annual Online Silent Auction of merchandise, services, and experiences donated by individuals and companies. This year’s auction, hosted online by BiddingForGood, promises to be bigger and better, reaching thousands of potential aviation enthusiasts and bidders! Auction proceeds will help support… Read more »

Source: HFI, 03-Jan-17

New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots. The turbulent air flows near oil rigs, ships, cliffs and tall buildings can throw a helicopter off balance and cause a crash. To provide pilots with optimal preparation for these challenging conditions, engineers at the Technical University of Munich… Read more »

Source: Technical University of Munich, 03-Jan-17

China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

During Zhuai Air Show in Shanghai, on November 2nd, 2016, Skyway General Aviation Co. Ltd signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters, Bucher Leichtbau AG and Waypoint Leasing Co. Ltd for one H135 HEMS. After extensive research, Skyway decided to develop the air rescue market together with local government, insurance companies and hospitals starting operation first… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 03-Jan-17

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FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

FAA Certifies FastFin System for Installation on H125 Helicopters

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation on H125 helicopters, the company announced today. The system is now available to the aftermarket and as a factory-installed STC option on new Airbus H125 helicopters. Mathilde Royer-Germain, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President, Light Helicopters Program, congratulated… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 03-Jan-17

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UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

Everett Aviation has announced the award of a major new contract to provide helicopter medevac services to the UK Ministry of Defence for the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). At peak periods the contract will engage three of Everett’s BK117 helicopters in medevac configuration. The contract is for three (3) years, with an… Read more »

02-Jan-17

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The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

The First Uruguayan Helicopter Will Fly in 2017

Cloud Stat aims to build the first ultra-light Uruguayan helicopter. Max Patissier, one of the co-founders of Cloud Stat states that the idea was formed due to the high demand of passenger transport and drones that are able to transport loads of up to 200kg. Their plan is to have two models, the first being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

The lack of implementation of the 2015 Directorate General of Civil Aviation proposal of increasing the height at which helicopters are allowed to fly over Mumbai and Navi Mumbai has helicopter pilots and operators very upset. They met on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The increase from 500 to 1000 feet was scheduled in August… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

Former Finmeccanica CEO, Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and former AgustaWestland Chief, Bruno Spagnolini were arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices and were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court. A retrial has been ordered by Italy’s top court as the two executives launched an appeal. The retrial causes serious implications… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

Airlie Beach Helipad’s helicopter operations will now be taken over by GSL Aviation. GSL offers more variety for guests to choose from with new helicopter tour products for the company. Working together they aim to provide service “at the highest professional standard” reports Daily Mercury. GSL is keeping the existing staff, where they will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

Adelaide entrepreneur, Shane Yeend, has been fighting for eight years to get a 10m x 10m helipad in the South Australian CBD. Yeend has targeted Adelaide City Council and Mayor Martin Haese in an angry Facebook post. He made points such as “No money needed, no park-lands needed, just a pontoon in the river paid… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

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UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

UK Cabri G2 fleet is largest in the world

The UK fleet of the French two-seater Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter continues to be the largest in the world. With 25 aircraft, one seventh of the total production of the Cabri G2 flies in British airspace. This success is attributed to both the aircraft and the marketing efforts of distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre. To ensure… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 21-Dec-16

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CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC: Rising from the ashes of Chapter 11

CHC Group Ltd and 42 affiliated companies petitioned to enter the US Chapter 11 process on 5th May 2016, with outstanding debt obligations of approximately $1.6 billion. The Chapter 11 process has many of the features present in bankruptcy proceedings both in the US and other jurisdictions. However, it also provides additional benefits for debtors… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 21-Dec-16

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Big Mountain Heli Tour partners with Leading Edge Aviation

Big Mountain Heli Tour partners with Leading Edge Aviation

Big Mountain Heli Tours is partnering with Leading Edge Aviation Inc. to bring helicopter tours to Central Oregon. Well-known landscapes such as Smith Rock State Park, Cascade Range and Lava Lands will now be available for helicopter tours. Big Mountain Heli Tours CEO, Patric Douglas hopes to transport resort guests to and from sceneries such… Read more »

Source: Helihub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Goderich Council Considers Helipad Proposal

Doctor Paul Gill, from Alexandra Marine & General Hospital has gone before the local council saying that the hospital wastes too much time transferring emergency cases to the airport in order for them to have access to a larger hospital. He suggested that a helipad be built in the field opposite Cambria Road, next to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine

China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine

The first flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place today in Harbin. The AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters. The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight.  Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine has… Read more »

Source: Safran, 21-Dec-16

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CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

CommLab announces 2017 class schedule

The CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center provides a hands-on environment for communication specialists.  Training includes both inter-facility and scene transfers, multiple aircraft requests, map reading, flight following and more.  Several communication centers have realized the immense benefits of the CommLab and are planning to send their communication specialists to classes in 2017. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-16

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Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Takes a Knock

Companies such as Caverton and Bristow have taken a knock in the Nigerian oil and gas sector, due to the price decline of crude oil. Many clients have cancelled contracts or reduced them, causing the companies to struggle to stay afloat. The economic recession has caused many grievances for the employees of these two companies…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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New Helipad Plans for Boston

New Helipad Plans for Boston

South Boston’s waterfront has been chosen as the local for the first new helipad in over 16 years. The new location, a pier owned by the city lies behind Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, was announced at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Centre. As reported by Boston Globe, officials are considering the helipad be on either… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

New Legislation for Enhanced Flight Vision Systems

The FAA has issued a new rule regarding the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS). Only pilots flying parts 121, 125 or 135 are permitted to use EFVS if their vision is impaired, when descending from 100 feet over a Touchdown Zone Elevation to the runway. They have to land on a straight-in IAP… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

Ferrari Donated to East Anglia Air Ambulance

East Anglia Air Ambulance is the recipient of a rare Ferrari donation. They will sell the car at the Imperial War Museum on March 29 2017 in Duxford. It will be part of the H&H Classics sales, which consists of historic motorcycles and cars. EAAA hopes to use the proceeds from the sale to fund… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital will soon begin construction of the overhaul of their helipad so that it can handle the new larger capacity helicopters. The new helicopters that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will implement in 2018 will weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. The WA Government has gathered $7 million for the new helipad, reports ABC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Helicopter Tours for Waco

Helicopter Tours for Waco

Night Flight Concepts has begun BlueSky Helicopter Tours in Waco, Texas. Adam Aldous, Night Flight President, is excited about the tours and what it can offer for tourism in Waco. “This is a chance to expose them to a different view, literally, of where they are,” reports Aldous. A six month permit was unanimously granted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County Looking into Third Trauma Star

Monroe County is looking into purchasing a third Trauma Star helicopter as the continuity of business with LifeNet is being questioned. The privately operated air ambulance has a contract with Monroe County’s Lower Keys Hospital, which started in 2007 but ends March 1 2017. LifeNet has received pressure to lower their prices of $50, 000… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell and Truth Data Monitor Helicopter Health to Improve Safety

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Truth Data, a cloud-based flight data monitoring company, are helping helicopter operators improve the safety, performance and efficiency of their helicopters through the use of data. A recently signed memorandum of understanding allows Truth Data to sell Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III system for improved helicopter communications and tracking, and for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 20-Dec-16

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Power Aviation exclusive agent for SEI, Bambi Bucket Division for Sweden and Finland

Power Aviation exclusive agent for SEI, Bambi Bucket Division for Sweden and Finland

Power Aviation Sweden AB is proud to announce that it is now the sole and exclusive agent for SEI International Sales Inc, Bambi Bucket Division for the territories of Sweden and Finland. Power Aviation is also the agent for SEI in the territories of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since several years. “We are proud to… Read more »

Source: Power Aviation, 20-Dec-16

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NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH Industries is proud to announce the delivery of the 300th NH90 production helicopter to the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, December 15. Assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete, the aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). “Delivering the 300th… Read more »

Source: NHI, 20-Dec-16

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Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade

Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its new ADS-B solution, which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo Helicopters AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters.  Vector’s retrofittable ADS-B solution has… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Dec-16

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ASU, Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

ASU, Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) Inc., sponsored the first ever MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award that was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, NC., during a donor reception. “This new award is just one way for us to continually honor the Helicopter Air Ambulance operators and the numerous men and women that save… Read more »

Source: ASU, 20-Dec-16

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Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, is pleased to announce that Air Methods Corp. has acquired three new helicopters of the Airbus H145-family that will replace older aircraft now in service. Two of the aircraft will be used by St. Louis Children’s Hospital and one will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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Classic Helicopters to deliver a new level of safety and service to their community partners

Classic Helicopters to deliver a new level of safety and service to their community partners

Classic Air Medical and Part 135 service provider Classic Helicopters has signed a Letter Of Intent with Outerlink Corp to equip their fleet with the next generation IRIS system.  The IRIS system will add voice, video and flight data recording along with a satellite based broadband Push To Talk (PTT) Voice Over IP (VOIP) radio… Read more »

Source: Classic Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized leaders of the air medical transport industry Tuesday for their efforts to improve safety and quality of service. BJ Miles, Director of Safety and Risk Management for Life Flight Network in Aurora, Ore., received the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical has been awarded the 2016 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award for its development of a unique and innovative safety initiative designed to address the workings of the human brain and improve mindfulness among employees. Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented the award and a $10,000 check to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will continue flight operations today. “We have conducted a thorough, careful and exhaustive review of MV-22 aviation safety procedures and briefed Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials,” said U.S. Forces, Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez. “While the investigation is… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-Dec-16

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Sikorsky Establishes Scholarship through the MedEvac International Foundation

Sikorsky Establishes Scholarship through the MedEvac International Foundation

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) presented a $5,000 donation for the first annual Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship for award by the MedEvac International Foundation.  The scholarship donation was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Dr. Wedel was a recognized expert and true leader, pioneering flight solutions for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Dec-16

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Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

November 19, 2016, marked the 19th anniversary of the passing of Bristow winchman Billy Deacon. Deacon was tragically lost while carrying out his duties on a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, operating on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from the Sumburgh base in the Shetland Islands in 1997. The incident raised the bar in search… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 20-Dec-16

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CPI Aero appoints former Sikorsky Corporate President to Board

CPI Aero appoints former Sikorsky Corporate President to Board

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced that Carey E. Bond, former corporate president at Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Mr. Bond brings more than three decades of experience in corporate development, strategic planning and international business development in complex… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 19-Dec-16

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CHC Norway announces contract with Wintershall

CHC Norway announces contract with Wintershall

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced it has signed a new contract with Wintershall Norge AS (“Wintershall”), to provide helicopter services in support of their drilling program at the Maria Field in the Norwegian Sea on the Halten Terrace in blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3. “We are excited to work… Read more »

Source: CHC, 19-Dec-16

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Bell Helicopter and PGZ sign Letter of Intent on AH-1Z Cooperation

Bell Helicopter and PGZ sign Letter of Intent on AH-1Z Cooperation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), a Polish leader in defense technologies, recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the Bell Helicopter world headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The two companies will cooperate in identifying specific industrial resources required in the support of the “Kruk” Program, an effort… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-16

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New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second B412EPI

New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second  B412EPI

The New South Wales Police Force is the primary law enforcement agency of the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is one of the oldest and largest law enforcement agencies in the world. The agency received its first Bell 412EPI in 2014, which was the first Bell 412EPI for operation in Australia. “The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Airbus Helicopters signs first HCare Smart contract in Brazil

Airbus Helicopters signs first HCare Smart contract in Brazil

This first contract of the Smart line of HCare shows the potential of the Brazilian market for these services in light and medium aircraft. HCare Smart offers maintenance services with payment per flight hour, allowing greater budget control by the customer, and optimized spare parts availability via direct access to Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide stock. “We… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Honeywell And Air Methods Sign Agreement For Sky Connect Tracker

Honeywell And Air Methods Sign Agreement For Sky Connect Tracker

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Air Methods, America’s largest emergency air medical provider and helicopter operator, to provide its fleet with Honeywell’s Sky Connect Tracker III satellite communications and helicopter tracking system. This will give Air Methods helicopter operators and fleet managers a full suite of products in… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Dec-16

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New Air Evac Base in Decatur County

New Air Evac Base in Decatur County

Air-Evac has opened up a new base in Decatur County in the old Parson’s airport. The county only has one hospital and travelling to a larger city can take up to an hour by road. They can now transport patients in an air ambulance to Nashville or Memphis in half the time, reports WBBJ Eyewitness… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Sikorsky Agrees to Fatal Crash Settlement

Sikorsky Agrees to Fatal Crash Settlement

Sikorsky was sued on the terms of wrongful death and negligence in 2014 and has recently agreed to a “settlement in principle” reports My San Antonio. The MH-53E Sea Dragon crashed on January 8th 2014 off the Virginia Beach Coast and killed three of its crew members; Lt.  Sean Snyder, 39, Lt. Wesley Van Dorn,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Honeywell Implements Mandarin for EGPWS

Honeywell Implements Mandarin for EGPWS

Honeywell Aerospace has just received FAA approval for the implementation of Mandarin into their EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System). The system helps pilots know of potential collisions by being an independent monitor of the aircraft’s position in relation to the immediate environment. The approval means Honeywell will be the first company to use a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

The powerful twin-engine Airbus Helicopters H135 deftly navigated the heat and high altitude of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains after it was put into service last summer. California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR), the first U.S. air medical transport service to operate the H135, reports the aircraft has exceeded expectations. Based in Sacramento, Calif., CALSTAR took… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Long Standing Bell Customer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Long Standing Bell Customer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

We had the honor of celebrating the 50th anniversary of our long-time customer FAASA. FAASA has been a Bell Helicopter customer since the early 1980s operating a fleet comprised of a variety of Bell helicopters. The current fleet conducts a variety of missions including, aerial work, external loading, fire fighting, passenger transport and medical evacuation…. Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters has expanded its fleet of quiet technology helicopters at its Maui, Hawaii location. The fourth EC130 ECO-Star helicopter was transported from Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas terminal and has been transitioned into the Maui fleet. Maverick Helicopters operates the world’s largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star aircraft out of four locations: Las… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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H225s Approved by US FAA

H225s Approved by US FAA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Airbus to continue with their Super Puma line. Their H225s and AS332 L2s have been grounded in Norway and the UK after a fatal crash on the Norwegian coast. Investigators have suggested a second-stage planet gear in the epicyclic module may have disintegrated, causing the crash. In… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) will showcase its popular Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) solutions during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Dec. 13-15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will display its certified IBF for the Airbus Helicopters H130 in Exhibit No. 1622 during the conference. In addition, Wysong… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 15-Dec-16

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ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa is announcing the arrival of its first charter helicopter, a VIP configured Bell 407 helicopter, available for charter from today, 12 December 2016, from ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO facility. ExecuJet will offer commercial helicopter charters for various scenic flights to surrounding vineyards and other tourist attractions. While ExecuJet’s focus for helicopters charters will… Read more »

Source: Execujet, 15-Dec-16

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Airbus H130 enables high performance while improving economic factors

Airbus H130 enables high performance while improving economic factors

Air medical transport operators are finding the Airbus Helicopters H130 to be an economical, high-performance aircraft that also allows them to provide higher quality care to critically ill and injured patients. With nearly 25 percent more cabin space than other single engine helicopters, the H130 is giving operators the cabin space and patient access of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-16

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FltCtrl launches organisational tools to enhance productivity for aviation companies

FltCtrl launches organisational tools to enhance productivity for aviation companies

FltCtrl, the London-based aviation IT solutions company has officially launched two powerful new cloud-based tools to enhance efficiency and productivity for aviation companies – FltCtrl and FltCheck. Both tools have been designed to help streamline work flow. FltCtrl has been designed specifically for business aviation flight operations teams to make the complexity of the flight… Read more »

Source: FltCtrl, 15-Dec-16

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South Pacific aircrew opts for new flight suit design

South Pacific aircrew opts for new flight suit design

“New Caledonia is a really exciting workplace, and I’ve done a few”, says Franklin Eck. “Our base is on a scarcely populated island 70 km wide and 410 km long, studded with green peaks and surrounded by turquoise water. The main challenge is the wind which is pretty much constant, so it gets exciting up… Read more »

Source: AUK Protection, 15-Dec-16

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Airbus to feature industry leading H135 and H130 air medical transport helicopters at AMTC

Airbus to feature industry leading H135 and H130 air medical transport helicopters at AMTC

Industry leader Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit the most efficient helicopters for air medical transport solutions at the Air Medical Transport Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, N.C. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit an H135-series light twin-engine helicopter operated by STAT MedEvac at the Air Medical Transport… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-16

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Universal Avionics Announces 2016 Top Dealers

Universal Avionics Announces 2016 Top Dealers

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2016 to be Field Aviation for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year…. Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 14-Dec-16

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Rega purchases six new rescue helicopters

Rega purchases six new rescue helicopters

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega today signed a contract to purchase six new rescue helicopters of the type, Airbus Helicopters H145. These new helicopters are to replace the current EC 145 lowland fleet and will already go into operation in 2018. “With this decision in favour of the H145, we are continuing to renew the Rega fleet… Read more »

Source: REGA, 14-Dec-16

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Erickson opens DIP purchase option to Second Priority Note Holders

Erickson opens DIP purchase option to Second Priority Note Holders

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (the “Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services, today announced the commencement of a process to syndicate participation in a debtor-in-possession term loan facility (the “DIP Term Facility”) by eligible beneficial holders of Erickson’s 8.25% Second Priority Senior Secured Promissory Notes due 2020 (“Second Priority Notes”) as of December 2, 2016. … Read more »

Source: Erickson, 14-Dec-16

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CMIG Leasing takes delivery of China’s 100th helicopter from the Ecureuil family

CMIG Leasing takes delivery of China’s 100th helicopter from the Ecureuil family

CMIG Leasing received a brand new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, making it the 100th Ecureuil family helicopter to operate in China’s skies. This helicopter will be operated by the Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company (Skyway GAC), one of the pioneers in China general aviation, with a fleet of seven H125. Skyway… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-16

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CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced that three new Sikorsky S-92 aircraft will begin serving Shell for the company’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (“FLNG”) project from its base in Broome, Australia. These new aircraft will join a fourth S-92 already in use as part of a two-year extension… Read more »

Source: CHC, 14-Dec-16

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AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

North Texas based professional aircraft maintenance, repair and support provider, AeroBrigham, has announced the recent delivery of an air medical mission configured Bell 407 to Mesa, Arizona, based Survival Flight, Inc. The recent delivery marks the fourth aircraft that AeroBrigham has performed extensive paint, interior, avionics, airframe improvements, maintenance and component overhauls for Survival Flight,… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 14-Dec-16

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Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. These are the first of seven new medium-lift helicopters being constructed by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The acquisition of… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 13-Dec-16

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New Bell Assembly Line in China

New Bell Assembly Line in China

Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province, will be home to a new Bell assembly line at their national civil aerospace industrial base. The $767 million project will include a helicopter training centre, assembly line for Bell 407GXP, emergency response and rescue and the development of drones. The new assembly line will help boost the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation has trained hundreds of professional helicopter pilots since 1998. Guidance is now approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to issue I-20s for an M-1 visa for qualifying students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 13-Dec-16

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German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

The German federal police (Bundespolizei) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 multi-role rotorcraft via the purchasing administration of the German Federal Ministry of Interior . The aircraft will be tasked with a number of challenging roles, among them maritime emergencies and police missions. The helicopters are scheduled for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-16

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Latitude and Ornge sign contract to supply Flight Data Analytics services

Latitude and Ornge sign contract to supply Flight Data Analytics services

Latitude Technologies is pleased to announce the company has signed a three-year contract to provide flight data analytics services to Ornge for their fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters.  Utilizing existing onboard SSQARs, Latitude will assist in developing an HFDM program whereby digital flight data generated during line operations is collected and analyzed to provide greater… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 13-Dec-16

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Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Heliservicio as the launch customer in Latin America for its Customer Advantage Plan – signing its large fleet of 20 Bell 412EPs for the innovative support solution. Heliservicio is an oil and gas company in the Gulf of Mexico, based at Ciudad Del Carmen. Since its founding… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Dec-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-CDMG), loss of control during practice autorotation, Manston Airport, Kent, 25 July 2016 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), heavy landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 6 August 2016

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-16

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