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Police Aviation News – October 2018 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 05-Oct-18

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

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

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

Source: Leonardo, 05-Oct-18

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HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

HSIP Programme is Driving Life-Saving Action

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

Source: HeliOffshore, 05-Oct-18

H225M surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone

H225M surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-18

Airbus introduces new visio-assistance tool for Tech Reps

Airbus introduces new visio-assistance tool for Tech Reps

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-18

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

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

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

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

Heli-One Canada hosts local Member of Parliament

Heli-One Canada hosts local Member of Parliament

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

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-18

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

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

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

Source: Aviation Nepal, 04-Oct-18

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Babcock renews Australian marine pilot contract

Babcock renews Australian marine pilot contract

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus Fully Operational as UK MFTS Aircraft Service Provider

Airbus Fully Operational as UK MFTS Aircraft Service Provider

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

Bell and Garmin sign teaming agreement

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

Source: Bell Flight, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus Helicopters improves superceded parts process

Airbus Helicopters improves superceded parts process

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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HFI launches 2019 Scholarships

HFI launches  2019 Scholarships

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

Source: HFI, 03-Oct-18

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CPI Aero wins UH-60 Hover Infrared Suppression System order

CPI Aero wins UH-60 Hover Infrared Suppression System order

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

Source: CPI Aero, 03-Oct-18

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Airbus delivers the 1st of 100 H135s for China

Airbus delivers the 1st of 100 H135s for China

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

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

Source: MD Helicopters, 03-Oct-18

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Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

Bristow Caribbean marks 30,000 hour milestone in AW139 fleet

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-18

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Bell Delivers Three B429s

Bell Delivers Three B429s

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

Source: Bell Flight, 02-Oct-18

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Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

Red Arrows Support Handover of First ACH135 for charter ops

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-18

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Schiebel establishes Australian base

Schiebel establishes Australian base

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

Source: Schiebel, 02-Oct-18

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PHI Provides Update on Its Refinancing and Strategic Plans

PHI Provides Update on Its Refinancing and Strategic Plans

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

Source: PHI, 02-Oct-18

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Improved fuel sensor for H135 now available

Improved fuel sensor for H135 now available

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-18

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Safran celebrates its 80th anniversary

Safran celebrates its 80th anniversary

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

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-18

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

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

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

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

Bell Awarded Patent for Autorotative Enhancement System

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

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

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

Source: USPTO, 01-Oct-18

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LifeFlight Maine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

LifeFlight Maine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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The Columbian profiles Life Flight Network to mark 40 years

The Columbian profiles Life Flight Network to mark 40 years

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-18

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WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

WAI Receives $10,000 Grant from Bell

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

Source: WAI, 01-Oct-18

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Airbus adds features to 24×7 eRequest service

Airbus adds features to 24×7 eRequest service

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Oct-18

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CHC implements real-time HUMS

CHC implements real-time HUMS

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

Source: CHC, 01-Oct-18

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NPAS moves out of police helicopter at Boreham

NPAS moves out of police helicopter at Boreham

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

Source: NPAS, 01-Oct-18

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Swimming event raises $500K for Lifeflight of Maine

Swimming event raises $500K for Lifeflight of Maine

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

Source: Lifeflight of Maine, 01-Oct-18

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PHI extends tender offer and consent solicitation

PHI extends tender offer and consent solicitation

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

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

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Step Change in Safety makes two new appointments

Step Change in Safety makes two new appointments

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

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

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

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

30-Sep-18

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

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

29-Sep-18

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ACE Training Centre adds new AW139 and B412 approvals

ACE Training Centre adds new AW139 and B412 approvals

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

Source: ACE Training Centre, 28-Sep-18

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Tetcott Community Landing Site operational

Tetcott Community Landing Site operational

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

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 28-Sep-18

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

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

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

Source: Airservices Australia, 28-Sep-18

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AAMS supports FAA Reauthorization Bill

AAMS supports FAA Reauthorization Bill

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

Source: AAMS, 28-Sep-18

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Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

Bristow upgrades St Athan SAR base to AW189

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

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Sep-18

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New 480B to South Africa

New 480B to South Africa

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

Source: Enstrom Helicopter, 28-Sep-18

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SAFE engine stand for Med-Trans

SAFE engine stand for Med-Trans

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a lean manufacturer in custom access platforms, fall protection platforms, maintenance stands, and hangar equipment is the preferred and supplier of equipment to the civilian and military sectors. SAFE is exclusively dedicated to designing, engineering, and manufacturing of custom OSHA/ANSI compliant ergonomic SAFETY FIRST maintenance stand and hangar equipment. S.A.F.E. announces it… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 28-Sep-18

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Airbus Tiger to get a new set of claws

Airbus Tiger to get a new set of claws

OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) has commissioned Airbus Helicopters, on behalf of the French, German and Spanish Armament agencies DGA, BAAINBw and DGAM, to perform de-risking studies aimed at providing the Tiger with next generation battlefield capabilities. Their main objective is to prepare the development and retrofit phases of the new avionics, mission, and weapon… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Sep-18

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28-Sep-18 N907PL Airbus AS350B3 Lituya Bay, US-Alaska (3F)

One passenger rescued, other three occupants not found – presumed drowned – after helicopter went down in the water.  Reuters reported the survivor as 12-year-old Aiden Peppard, and missing were the boy’s father Josh Pepperd, 42, the man’s other son, Andrew Pepperd, 11, and the pilot, David King, 53, owner of Last Frontier Air Ventures. … Read more »

28-Sep-18

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Kopter appoints SH09 distributor for South Africa

Kopter appoints SH09 distributor for South Africa

Kopter is proud to announce the deepening of its partnership with Safomar Aviation (PTY) LTD of South Africa, which has placed an order of two SH09 helicopters earlier this year. Safomar Aviation has been appointed distributor of the single engine SH09 helicopter for South Africa during an event that took place at the AAD (Africa… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 27-Sep-18

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Rosaviation approves BARK-6V control systems on Klimov engines

Rosaviation approves BARK-6V control systems on Klimov engines

[electronic translation] JSC “ODK-Klimov” received a certificate from Rosaviatsia about the suitability of the newest BARK-6V In the certificate of the Federal Air Transport Agency, it is certified that the type of component parts is approved for the installation of aviation equipment and meets the requirements of the qualification basis. BARK-6V successfully passed the necessary amount… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 27-Sep-18

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Coast Guard becomes first Philippine parapublic H145 operator

Coast Guard becomes first Philippine parapublic H145 operator

Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-18

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First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

As the first aerial operator in the UK to use a SD2 for underslung lifting, we quickly saw the advantages of using this model of helicopter. So the decision was taken to purchase our own SD2 helicopter to join our ever expanding fleet of AS350B2’s and AS350B3’s. The SD2 has more power then the standard… Read more »

Source: Airbourne Solutions, 26-Sep-18

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JETNET celebrates 30 years with new features launched at NBAA-BACE 2018

JETNET celebrates 30 years with new features launched at NBAA-BACE 2018

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate and commercial aviation intelligence, will demonstrate new products and features at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). Of particular note is a collaboration with aircraft valuation specialists Asset Insight, LLC, and enhanced flight activity and route analysis reporting capabilities added to JETNET’s popular Marketplace… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 26-Sep-18

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Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 impresses with flight display

Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 impresses with flight display

Schiebel’s market-leading CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) entertained an international audience with a flight display at the prestigious Red Bull Air Race in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Red Bull Air Race returned to its Austrian roots for the sixth race of the season and teamed up with Schiebel in Wiener Neustadt, a city with… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 25-Sep-18

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Two Wichita EMS operators partner with hospital for pediatric patient transfer

Two Wichita EMS operators partner with hospital for pediatric patient transfer

Wesley Healthcare has made an agreement with EagleMed and LifeSave Transport to provide better training for medical crews who transport ill children. The hospital will be offering the two air ambulances’ nurses and paramedics an advanced training and certification in pediatric fundamental critical care support, reports The Wichita Eagle.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Sep-18

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Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately €9 billion. Airbus Helicopters will present its supply, maintenance and crew transport solutions at the WindEnergy expo, which will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine… Read more »

Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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Airbus to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft. Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth is manufacturing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

Air Evac Lifeteam proudly celebrated their 20th anniversary at Paragould this past week. The company, started in 1985, has grown so much that they now cover 15 states, with 142 bases. Their Paragould facility has four pilots, four paramedics, four flight nurses, as well as a maintenance technician to crew their Bell 206 L4, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Sep-18

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Bell enters Southern African market

Bell enters Southern African market

This week, National Airways Corporation (NAC) celebrated the entry into market of Bell’s newest commercial aircraft, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Guests were invited to attend an exclusive unveiling event organized at the NAC Lanseria airport facility in South Africa showcasing a pair of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters recently delivered to a couple, who are… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-Sep-18

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NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

The NHV Group announced a new contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Rentel Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start in October 2018. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Ostend to the Rentel offshore wind farm located approximately 40 km from Ostend, in front… Read more »

Source: NHV, 20-Sep-18

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HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards – Deadline Extended to Oct. 15 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… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Sep-18

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Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

David Rodriguez, Donald Kowalski, Nathan Carrion and George Karcher, a crew from Cal Fire have been awarded with the California State Firefighters Association’s Medal of Valor. This was after they performed a dangerous rescue on September 6, rescuing a badly hurt climber who was stuck, upside down, 2,682m off the ground on Mount San Jacinto,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

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Russian Helicopters to display at Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters to display at  Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) shall participate in the international expo of defense & aerospace industry and security technologies Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018 which is to take place from 19 to 23 September in Pretoria (Republic of South Africa). At the forthcoming exhibition the Holding’s specialists shall describe the unique capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Sep-18

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Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to offer a TCCA and FAA approved Replacement AS350 Heater Line Kit with several unique features. The RAMM Aerospace Replacement AS350 Stainless Steel Heater Line Kit was developed with an operator that saw a need in the industry for a replacement kit that reduced maintenance costs and aircraft downtime. “The majority… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 19-Sep-18

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Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

The Gozo General Hospital’s helicopter was under scrutiny after the death of a heart patient. Allegations were made that the helicopter was faulty, and the elderly patient could not be transferred to Malta due to this. An inquiry into this revealed that “No difficulties were encountered during the transfer of the patient from GGH to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft  produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region’s aerospace economy. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point facility is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s newest autonomous… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Sep-18

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CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a ground-breaking helicopter services contract by Woodside and other operators in the North West Shelf and North West Cape regions, providing passenger transfer flights, medical evacuation and search and rescue services for four customers from bases in Australia’s Pilbara region. The contract will commence in July 2019 and will provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Sep-18

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Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 to Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Transport program. The hospital partnered with Metro Aviation to customize the aircraft at Metro’s completion center in Shreveport, La. The H135 features a standard medical interior including various specialty add-ons including a Cardiosave mount for hemodynamic support and Outerlink’s IRIS – a system for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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First Flight turns 30

First Flight turns 30

In 1988, Ronald Reagan was President, shuttle Discovery led the space program back into flight nearly three years after the Challenger disaster, and, on the local front, Brevard County’s first and only air ambulance program debuted. This year marks 30 years of Health First’s First Flight — the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) mobile medical unit… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

During the Tracheal Reconstruction, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeries workshop, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said that they are planning on introducing helicopter ambulance services to the Tamil Nadu area. Specifically, to transport hearts to transplant centres that lack nearby airports, reports The Hindu.

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-18

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Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has kicked off its campaign marking the 40th anniversary of the Black Hawk helicopter, an iconic aircraft that is poised to continue to support military and search and rescue efforts around the world for decades to come with ongoing technology enhancements. Sikorsky launched the #MyBlackHawkStory social media campaign and is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Sep-18

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CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

In less than a month, delegates and speakers from across the aviation, safety, energy, insurance and legal will gather in Texas to discuss the latest in safety best practices and knowledge at the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Summit will take place October 2-4 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. More than 40… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Sep-18

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Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo announced another major milestone in the certification process of the TH-119 single engine helicopter with the first ‘power on’ of the new Genesys Aerosystems avionics. The all new avionics and cockpit allowing unique IFR operations is being integrated at Leonardo Philadelphia facility, home to the AW119 single engine final assembly line for the US… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Sep-18

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Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Atlanta-based Rotorcorp LLC today announced its newly-formed strategic partnership with MAK Heliservices LLC based in Baton Rouge. Work performed as part of the joint venture will be delivered under the newly formed ‘Rotorcorp Helicopter Services LLC’, which received its official Service Center authorization from Robinson Helicopter Company in August 2018. Rotorcorp Helicopter Services will focus exclusively… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp Helicopter Services, 17-Sep-18

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PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets Group has appointed a new CEO in the person of Ms. Willyn Villarica. Thierry Tea, founder of the company, steps down from the CEO position and will assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Established in 2013, PhilJets has experienced rapid growth for the last 5 years under the management of Thierry Tea, growing… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 14-Sep-18

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Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced multiple validations for the VIP MAGnificent interior in the Bell 505. The VIP interior for the Bell 505, branded as the MAGnificent, received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation with EASA, FAA and ANAC authorities this past week.  The STC is an optional upgrade to the existing Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 14-Sep-18

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