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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Saab to supply self-protection system for H225M

Saab to supply self-protection system for H225M

Defence and security company Saab has received a contract from Airbus Helicopters for the IDAS integrated electronic warfare self-protection systems for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters. Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects the crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. The system provides timely warning against radar, laser and… Read more »

Source: Saab, 05-Jul-17

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Black Hills Life Flight First Anniversary

Black Hills Life Flight First Anniversary

Black Hills Life Flight celebrated their first year of service this past Saturday. Air Methods, Black Hills Life Flight’s parent company, ensures that there are four pilots, four paramedics and four nurses available around the clock. They have been operating since 1980 and are researching options of regional coverage for the Black Hills and Nebraska… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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Australia – new helipad opens at Hervey Bay Hospital

Australia – new helipad opens at Hervey Bay Hospital

Hervery Bay Hospital is opening their newly constructed helipad this week. Along with the helipad opening, they are also announcing the completion of their new 125-space parking lot. The upgrades are all part of a $44.2 million project to renovate the emergency department. They will also be building six new ambulance bays and are looking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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Bristow cuts jobs at Aberdeen

Bristow cuts jobs at Aberdeen

Bristow has had to let go of 15 employees due to “continued challenges” in their Aberdeen and Surrey bases. Their financial report shows that within the first three months of the fiscal year 2017, they suffered a £60 million loss. They state that the oil and gas sector began in fiscal year 2015 and continued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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Safran signs new production contract for Strix sights on Tiger helicopters

Safran signs new production contract for Strix sights on Tiger helicopters

Safran Electronics & Defense has signed a contract with the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) to supply 18 more Strix optronic sights for the Tiger helicopter program. This latest tranche is part of France’s revised 2014–19 defense spending plan, which calls for a homogenous fleet of 67 Tiger HAD (multi-role attack) helicopters. Strix is… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Jul-17

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German CH-53 retrofit program to feature Esterline avionics

German CH-53 retrofit program to feature Esterline avionics

Esterline Corporation (www.esterline.com) (NYSE Symbol: ESL), a leading global specialty manufacturer primarily serving the aerospace and defense markets, is pleased to announce the award of a contract from Airbus Helicopters to supply its CMC Electronics brand Integrated Helicopter Solution for the upgrade of the German Armed Forces’ CH-53GS/GE Sea Stallion helicopters. The upgrade features the… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 04-Jul-17

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ACSS to supply TCAS for Airbus H160

ACSS to supply TCAS for Airbus H160

ACSS, an L3 and Thales Company, announced today that its T3CAS® Integrated Surveillance System has been selected by Airbus Helicopters as standard equipment for its new H160 medium-lift, multi-role commercial transport helicopter. ACSS’s T3CAS provides situational awareness and collision avoidance protection to more than 15,000 aircraft worldwide. This marks the first time T3CAS has been selected… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 04-Jul-17

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Police Aviation News – July 2017 Edition

The July 2017 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jul-17

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FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA approves Dart Aerospace R66 utility baskets

FAA has issued an STC for the DART R66 Heli-Utility-Basket™ as a validation of the previously issued Transport Canada approval. “The R66 Helicopter Utility-Basket from DART Aerospace has added great operational flexibility to Valley B Aviation’s Robinson R66 aircraft.  The initial installation of the provisions was seamless and straight forward, and the field installation is… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 03-Jul-17

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St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital Opens New Helipad

St. David’s Georgetown Hospital announced today the opening of a new helipad and the completion of its parking lot expansion, which includes 81 additional spaces. A new helipad will save time in transporting critical patients to and from St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. The additional parking spaces are necessary to meet the growth in volume of… Read more »

Source: St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, 03-Jul-17

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Honeywell Powers First Connected Helicopter Flight Around The World

Honeywell Powers First Connected Helicopter Flight Around The World

The C150 Global Odyssey team of Bob and Steven Dengler will embark on their trip July 1, 2017, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. The tour will kick off at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa before making more than 100 stops in 14 countries. The Aspire 200 system, with its… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 03-Jul-17

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CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC bows out of UK SAR

CHC is now bowing out of Portland search and rescue work. Starting in 1995, the base provided 12-hour emergency rescue services. The Portland team have served the western end of Hampshire through to South Wales, reports ITV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

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First Canadian helicopter circumnavigation bid takes off

First Canadian helicopter circumnavigation bid takes off

The Denglers, a father and son duo from Canada, are planning their trip to fly around the world in a helicopter. Bob Dengler, 77, and his son Steve, 48, are both engineers and will be joined on board with retired Canadian astronaut Dave Williams. They plan to travel from their home base in Vaughan, touching… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jun-17

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Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Shaanxi Helicopter signs for 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), a subsidiary of Shaanxi Energy Group, has signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs, with deliveries starting this year, in connection with the framework agreement entered into with SHC in 2016. During a special signing ceremony in Xi’an, China,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 30-Jun-17

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CAMTS warns on LifePort Clip Decks

CAMTS warns on LifePort Clip Decks

CAMTS has received several calls on this safety issue.  We have been made aware of incidents as a result of the LifePort Clip Decks.  We have been told that not all parties have received the following notice from LifePort.  Please heed this urgent warning! Re: LifePort, Inc.’s Clip Decks – All Models/Part Numbers It has… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 29-Jun-17

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NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year Award & Lifetime Achievement Award

The National EMS Pilots Association is now accepting nominations for the NEMSPA EMS Pilot of the Year and the NEMSPA Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Both awards will be presented at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas October 2017. Nominees should embody the best that the air ambulance industry has to offer… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 29-Jun-17

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Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) will extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters by supplying composite materials for the new H160 helicopter. Hexcel’s reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials have been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades. The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in… Read more »

Source: Hexcel, 29-Jun-17

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FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

FAA warns FAR Part 135 R44 operators

As the public might be aware, effective April 25th, 2017, to conduct operations under FAR Part 135 using a Robinson R44, an operator had to get the aircraft equipped with a “Radio Altimeter”. On June 5th, 2017 the FAA published Change 527 to 8900.1 (Part A Operations Specification) this change effectively extended the compliance date… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Jun-17

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Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

Sikorsky delivers second Coast Guard S92 to South Korea

The South Korea Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its second S-92® helicopter for search and rescue following a ceremony today. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014.  To date, that aircraft has flown more than 850 flight hours, saving… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jun-17

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Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Life Force to add sixth helicopter

Erlanger Health System officials announced today that LIFE FORCE plans to add a sixth helicopter to its fleet of air ambulances in August. The new LIFE FORCE air ambulance, operated by Med-Trans Corporation, will be based in Andrews, North Carolina at the Western Carolina Regional Airport outside of Murphy, North Carolina. Erlanger Health System also… Read more »

Source: LIFE FORCE Air Medical, 28-Jun-17

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First-ever helicopter-based firing of High Energy Laser

First-ever helicopter-based firing of High Energy Laser

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with U.S. Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 28-Jun-17

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Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow teams with Blade to provide cabin class service

Bristow U.S. LLC (“Bristow”) today announced an alliance with Fly Blade, Inc. (“Blade”) within the greater New York area. Under the agreement, Bristow is providing the aircraft, crew and maintenance for Blade’s new cabin service, with Blade providing the ground support, passenger booking, on-the-ground experience and marketing. “Bristow remains a proven leader for aviation services… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-17

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Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters has recently donated their old Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T turboshaft engine to Aviation High School in Brisbane after upgrading their Bell 212’s engine. The donation will be used to support hands on learning at the school, giving kids the opportunity to take apart and reassemble the engine to gain a greater understanding,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Edmonton news helicopter celebrates 10 years

Edmonton news helicopter celebrates 10 years

Global Edmonton’s news helicopter is celebrating 10 years of service this month. The helicopter, used first in June 2007, covers breaking news events and current traffic news in the city. Many say it gave a new spin to how people saw the news, reports Global News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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OSS wins two year AW109 EMS contract in Tamil Nadu

OSS wins two year AW109 EMS contract in Tamil Nadu

Ganga Hospital will soon be operating the first air ambulance service from a private hospital in Tamil Nadu. Ganga Air Ambulance will be working together with OSS Air Management in a two-year contract. Their EMS services will be performed out of an AW109C twin-engine helicopter. A helipad for the service has been constructed at Ganga… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Ontario City looks at EMS helipad location options

Ontario City looks at EMS helipad location options

The helipad on Wellington Street South, in downtown Kitchener, has had to be closed down due to a construction crane being erected in front of it. The crane, helping to build two towers, 15 and 19 feet high, is directly in any helicopters flight path, reports The Record. Ornge, who runs air ambulance services in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

Paradise Helicopters under threat from neighbours

The community group, Hawaii Island Coalition Malama Pono (HICoP) have sent in a contested case hearing about the approval of a parking permit for Paradise Helicopters at Hilo International Airport. Paradise Helicopters has had to request a parking permit due to the airport wanting to construct an access road through one of Paradise’s parking spots… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow starts construction of new facility at Lydd SAR base

Bristow has started construction on their new HM Coastguard SAR helicopter base at the Lydd Airport. The project, costing £7.8 million, is hoped to be finished by February 2018. Bristow has been operating out of a temporary base at Lydd Airport for two years now, reports Bristow Group. The location of the new base means… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Volocopter to carry out test flights in Dubai in Q4

Volocopter to carry out test flights in Dubai in Q4

A vision becomes reality: Dubai’s government “Roads and Transport Authority” (RTA) has signed an agreement with the German company Volocopter regarding the regular test mode of autonomous air taxis in the emirate. “The test will start in the fourth quarter of 2017, and the project has been scheduled to run for five years,” Alexander Zosel,… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 27-Jun-17

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FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

FAA employee union opposes ATC privatisation

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), the union that represents 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who ensure the safety of the National Airspace System and the aircraft that use it, rejected the 21st Century AIRR Act introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster… Read more »

Source: PASS, 27-Jun-17

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Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled today at the Paris air show the aerodynamic configuration of the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Codenamed Racer, for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft, this demonstrator will incorporate a host of innovative features and will be optimised for a cruise speed… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-17

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Marenco adds non-executive Director

Marenco adds non-executive Director

The Board of Directors of MSH (Marenco Swisshelicopter AG) welcomes André Borschberg as new Member. André will join the Board as a non-executive Director with immediate effect, subject to confirmation at MSH’s next shareholders’ meeting in July. The former Swiss Air Force jet and helicopter pilot and cofounder of the Solar Impulse project, the first… Read more »

Source: MSH, 27-Jun-17

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Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that Airbus (EPA: AIR)—one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world with more than 130,000 employees—will deploy Salesforce Sales Cloud Einstein and Service Cloud Einstein as part of its global digital transformation strategy. “Airbus is a terrific example of a company that’s putting the customer… Read more »

Source: Salesforce, 27-Jun-17

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CHC Announces New Contract with Quadrant Energy

CHC Announces New Contract with Quadrant Energy

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded a two-year contract to support one of Australia’s largest oil and gas companies, Quadrant Energy, starting July 1, 2017. CHC will provide passenger transfer services to Quadrant’s oil and gas installations on the North West Shelf using two AW 139s flying out of CHC’s base in Karratha…. Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 27-Jun-17

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Spectrum Health celebrates 30 years of Aero Med

Spectrum Health celebrates 30 years of Aero Med

Spectrum Health proudly celebrates 30 years of Aero Med this year. With their maiden flight in March, 1987, the service has helped over 19,374 patients. They currently operate out of two Sikorsky helicopters, reports Spectrum Health.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of bidding for a new police helicopter. They have two helicopters, but the current one in use is costing a large amount of money simply due to maintenance costs. Funding for a new helicopter has been approved by the Manatee County Commissioners, reports My Sun… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Idaho operator Timberline Helicopters moving to new base

Idaho operator Timberline Helicopters moving to new base

Timberline Helicopters have recently received approval for a conditional-use permit for helicopter pads and an airstrip. Chief Operating Officer, Travis Storro, has commented that they plan to build office buildings, painting areas and maintenance shops on the 93 acres, accumulating to a cost of $3 million. Storro guesses that it might take up to three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

During their new budget announcement, the Mount Isa LifeFlight base revealed that they had a year’s funding package of $2.4 million that will enable them to purchase a newer model helicopter. They will be replacing their Bell 230 with a BK117. The new helicopter will enable them to transport two patients at a time, along… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during International Paris Air Show to support helicopter engines operated by Royal Thai Armed Forces. Royal Tai Armed Forces are operating Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleet of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155 in operation within the Royal Thai Air Force, Army,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 26-Jun-17

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SaxonAir adds two AW109SP GrandNew helicopters to charter fleet

SaxonAir adds two AW109SP GrandNew helicopters to charter fleet

Air charter operator and aviation service provider SaxonAir has continued its expansion by doubling their helicopter charter fleet with the addition of two new AW109SP Grand New helicopters. Both helicopters are operated through new managed aircraft contracts and will be based in the London Area to serve SaxonAir’s increasing client demand. SaxonAir’s helicopter business now… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 26-Jun-17

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