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Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell buying Fort Worth land to build training airfield

Bell is looking into purchasing 139 acres of land in east Fort Worth so that they can build a facility for pilot training. The new land will also ensure that Alliance Airport sees less air traffic, greatly reducing the amount of noise pollution. They have received many noise complaints by residents around Alliance Airport, who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-May-17

Power Aviation becomes first European distributor for Lord Corp TT straps

Power Aviation becomes first European distributor for Lord Corp TT straps

Lord is the industry leader in the design and manufacture of Tension Torsion (TT) straps – is now selling direct through authorized distributor in Europe. As the trusted source for TT straps for more than three decades, LORD fully understands the critical operating requirements for the TT strap, which attaches the rotor blade to the… Read more »

Source: Lord Corporation, 15-May-17

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Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network Achieves IS-BAO Level 2 Accreditation

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, has been awarded Level 2 of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).  Level 1, earned just 15 months ago, ensured Life Flight Network’s safety infrastructure was established and activities were appropriately targeted. Achieving IS-BAO Level 2 confirms safety risks… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 15-May-17

CHC Brazil Opens New Hangar in Macaé

CHC Brazil Opens New Hangar in Macaé

CHC Brazil, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopter (CHC), today officially opened its new hangar at Benedito Lacerda Airport, in Macaé. The new 1,270 square meter facility is designed to fit up to three aircraft internally and will support flying of the S-76, S-92 and AW139 aircraft for customers in the region. The company invested three… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-May-17

Waypoint Delivers 2 helicopters to Omni

Waypoint Delivers 2 helicopters to Omni

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has delivered a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76C++ to Omni Taxi Aero (OTA) to be used in support of charter contracts within the offshore oil and gas sector in Brazil.  Both aircraft were previously operated by CHC and returned as… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 15-May-17

Keystone Turbine Services Receives Rolls-Royce® Approval

Keystone Turbine Services Receives Rolls-Royce® Approval

M International Inc., is pleased to announce subsidiary Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (Coatesville, Pennsylvania – KTS) has received Rolls-Royce approval to modify Outer Combustion Case (OCC) p/n M250- 10404 to the M250-10896 configuration. “Keystone now has an approved repair procedure to address the potential of the M250-10404 OCC to unexpectedly crack in some locations,” stated… Read more »

Source: M International, 15-May-17

Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Receives Delivery of B429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Beijing Jinyu General Aviation Co., Ltd. (Beijing Jinyu). The customer’s Bell 429 is outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Beijing Jinyu accepted the delivery at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel, Canada.  “The Bell 429… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-May-17

CAMTS Awarded Accreditation by the ANSI

CAMTS Awarded Accreditation by the ANSI

CAMTS has received coveted accreditation as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer. ANSI accreditation provides assurance that standards, goods, and services meet essential requirements throughout the global supply chain – engendering consumer trust and fostering competitiveness. Through accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations like CAMTS, ANSI, through accreditation, signifies the techniques… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 15-May-17

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Vislink Receives Orders Worth Over $600,000 for HD Airborne Video Downlink Systems

Vislink Receives Orders Worth Over $600,000 for HD Airborne Video Downlink Systems

xG® Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced that its Vislink business has received orders valued at over $600,000 for HD airborne video downlink systems from county law enforcement agencies… Read more »

Source: Vislink, 15-May-17

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HAI President’s Message – Whirly Girls: Mentoring, the Way It Should Be

HAI President’s Message – Whirly Girls: Mentoring, the Way It Should Be

The issue of mentoring from one generation of helicopter professionals to the next has been on my radar for a very long time. We must do everything we can to avoid the lack of qualified individuals being the obstacle that prevents us from growing and sustaining our industry. In an effort to address this issue,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-May-17

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DAC Renews Distribution Agreement with Esterline

DAC Renews Distribution Agreement with Esterline

DAC International Inc. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today the renewal of its worldwide partnership agreement for the distribution of the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display. Esterline Avionics Systems is a major supplier of cockpit avionics systems and advanced displays to the aerospace market, including airframe manufacturers, airlines, military agencies and government… Read more »

Source: DAC Intentional, 15-May-17

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HNZ to disclose first quarter results

HNZ to disclose first quarter results

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”) will release its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 on Thursday, May 11, 2017, after market close. The HNZ Group Inc. conference call will take place Friday, May 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm (ET) to review the financial results. To participate in this conference call,… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 15-May-17

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14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead…. Read more »

14-May-17

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13-May-17 HB-ZTM Airbus AS350B2 Kandersteg, Switzerland (1F)

During landing phase, helicopter fell on its port side, killing the pilot.  3 of the 5 passengers were slightly injured.  Pilot named in prelim accident report as Schweizer Bürger

13-May-17

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13-May-17 D-HHFW Bell 206B Hirtshals, Denmark

While being transported, the trailer carrying the helicopter started to fishtail from the towing vehicle – causing the helicopter to work free of the straps/cables holding it in place, and the trailer finally turned over, causing significant damage to the helicopter

13-May-17

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15 Year Anniversary for Great North Air Ambulance Service

15 Year Anniversary for Great North Air Ambulance Service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is celebrating their 15th anniversary as an independent registered charity by hosting their annual ball. They have invited over 350 supporters to their celebration. As reported by Cumbria Crack, they will hold an auction o help raise funds.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-17

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HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has been awarded contracts by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (“INPEX”) and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (“Shell”), to provide offshore search and rescue services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project and the Shell-led Prelude… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 12-May-17

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Police Aviation News – March 2017 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 11-May-17

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Police Aviation News – February 2017 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 11-May-17

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Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

As French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal continues to find success with their composite two-seater Cabri G2, so their distributor network increases.  The company has confirmed to HeliHub.com that BC Helicopters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, have been appointed the distributor for the province of British Columbia in Canada.  BC Helicopters were the first operator of the type… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial’s initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-May-17

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AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

Ten years ago, the smartphone burst onto the scene. Nothing – including our network – has been the same. “The popularity of the smartphone caught everybody off guard. We had to scale our network capabilities to support that overnight.  We are taking an early position for drones and taking action,” said Matt Walsh, director of… Read more »

Source: AT&T, 11-May-17

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Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace, the premier developer of helicopter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms in the United States, has publicly announced the release of two new rotorcraft UAS, the petroleum powered Radius 65™  and electric Vapor 15™.  By expanding beyond the company’s current Vapor 35™ Vapor 55™ offerings, Pulse covers the broadest application range of any Helicopter UAS… Read more »

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 11-May-17

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Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-May-17

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H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

BLR Aerospace today announced that its FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System has been approved by Transport Canada for installation on Canadian registered Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters. The H125 FastFin System was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The System… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 10-May-17

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UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

SKYTRAC Systems, in partnership with Eastern European distributor Depicon, expands automated flight tracking services to UTair-Helicopter Services’ fleet of 46 Mil-8 Helicopters. SKYTRAC supports the company’s international peace-keeping missions with contractually-compliant high precision flight tracking, real-time automated event notifications, and air-to-ground voice and text messaging. The UTair-Helicopter Services package includes SKYTRAC’s ISAT-200A satellite air asset… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 10-May-17

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Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-May-17

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Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

[Electronic Translation] The combined holding company “Russian Electronics” creates a new generation of avionics for civil helicopters. Modern equipment will significantly reduce the dependence of producers and consumers of helicopters from foreign components and services. Within import critical elements avionics specialists Rybinsk CB “beam”, in particular, small-size helicopter created Doppler velocity meter and demolition, combined with… Read more »

Source: Ruselectronika, 10-May-17

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10-May-17 OM-BYM Bell 429 Vyšnej Šebastová, Slovakia (2F)

4POB – two firefighters, who were fatally injured, and two police.  The fatalities were named as Peter Toďor, who died at the scene, and Radoslava Lacka, who died a little time later in hospital.  Reported as a training flight and helicopter spiralled down from 100-200m altitude to a very heavy landing.

10-May-17

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10-May-17 D-HAFB Westland-Bell 47 Pertisau, Austria (2F)

Crashed and burnt out killing both on board, after reportedly hitting the cables of a material cableway.  According to a report in the Tyrolean edition of the “Kronen Zeitung”, Peter H. (55) from Tulfes and Richard G. (52) from Hall.

10-May-17

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10-May-17 N480W Enstrom 480 Pfunders, Italy (1F)

Helicopter had started the day in Pisa, flying north and refuelling at Bolzano.  On next leg to Salzburg it encountered some difficulties and one report suggests it was on fire before reaching the ground and burning out in a ravine.  Sole occupant pilot fatally injured – reported as a 75 year old Austrian national

10-May-17

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10-May-17 G-HKCN Airbus H125 Bergen, Norway

Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside.  Three POB, one seriously… Read more »

10-May-17

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10-May-17 N428JG Robinson R44 Vevay, US-Indiana

Struck powerline during agricultural work and force landed in the field below

10-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen, a Boeing Company and a leader in aviation navigation and operational efficiency solutions, and ForeFlight, the innovative provider of mobile and web aviation applications, today announced that the companies have entered into in a long-term strategic alliance to combine their industry-leading capabilities and worldwide content. Together, Jeppesen and ForeFlight will build on their common… Read more »

Source: Jeppesen, 09-May-17

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JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, will demonstrate a series of new releases and features in their aircraft research service lineup at EBACE2017 at the Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Highlights this year include: Aerodex Elite, a new product that combines owner/operator data with the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management System in near… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 09-May-17

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Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has revealed consolidated audited financial statements for 2016 under IFRS.  Main results for 2016: – Revenues decreased by 2.5% and amounted to 214.3 billion rubles; – EBITDA amounted to 40.9 billion rubles; – EBITDA margin was 19%; – Profit amounted to 16.2 billion rubles; – 189 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-May-17

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-May-17

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EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published today a proposal to regulate the operation of small drones in Europe. All interested parties are welcome to comment this proposal from 12 May until 12 August 2017. The proposal provides a framework to safely operate drones while allowing this industry to remain agile, to innovate and continue… Read more »

Source: EASA, 09-May-17

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IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its LiveAero dealer, IDG Europe AB recently certified and installed a LiveAero system on a Mi-172 helicopter in St. Petersburg, Russia. The LiveAero system on this aircraft provides passengers with voice and internet connectivity at all times as well as added operational safety with a brand new real-time flight tracking… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 09-May-17

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Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center (Beijing 999), a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed an agreement today with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of one H145, the first of its kind to be configured with a hoist for medical and search and rescue (SAR) in China. The rotorcraft is scheduled for delivery by 2019…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-May-17

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Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide its cockpit voice and flight recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multi-role utility helicopters. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 09-May-17

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Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

[High Wycombe] An AS 350 was involved in an accident today at Wycombe Air Park, located about 15 km west of London. According to local news media three pilots were onboard at the time of the accident. One of the pilots suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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Police Aviation News – May 2017 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 08-May-17

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Police Aviation News – April 2017 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 08-May-17

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First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

This weekend Sweden’s first Leonardo AW169 arrived in Östersund. This aircraft is the first in a batch of four AW169s ordered by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance for its HEMS operations in northern Sweden. The new helicopters will replace the current AS365 Dauphin helicopters in Gällivare, Östersund and Lycksele this year. The forth one will be used… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Starting today, those interested in attending the CHC Safety & Quality Summit this year can purchase tickets at a discount during the early registration period. Early registration for the 13th CHC Safety & Quality Summit is available through May 31, 2017, during which time reserving your place at the Summit is reduced to $1085.00, compared… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-May-17

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SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

Airbus Helicopters has completed deliveries of three H135s, the latest version of its family, for emergency medical services (EMS) operations by SAF Group. The first aircraft is in service in Toulouse while the second and third helicopters are destined to perform EMS missions in Alençon and Besançon. These helicopters are the very first H135s to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-May-17

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HAI President visits lawmakers, warns against ATC privatization

HAI President visits lawmakers, warns against ATC privatization

On May 2, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on Oversight of U.S. Airline Customer Service. Representatives from United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines testified at the well-attended hearing. Addressing the airlines in his opening remarks, Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) commented, “As a general rule, I don’t believe in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-May-17

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Bristow Group Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Fourth Quarter Earnings

Bristow Group Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Fourth Quarter Earnings

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2017, after the market closes on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017 (FB17) will take place at Papa Airbase in Hungary from 1-12 May 2017 with around 500 personnel and 16 aircraft taking part from 5 Member States. This is the 11th Helicopter exercise to be conducted under the umbrella of EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP). The European Defence Agency continues to offer… Read more »

Source: EDA, 08-May-17

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HeliRussia 2017 – details of helicopter engines being showcased

HeliRussia 2017 – details of helicopter engines being showcased

Engine building is one of the most complex areas of the helicopter industry. Even fewer countries that are able to produce helicopters have the potential to build modern helicopter engines. Modern line-up of rotorcraft engines, their systems and aftersales programs to be showcased at the 10th anniversary HeliRussia 2017 expo to highlight new developments in… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia 2017, 08-May-17

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FLIR Systems appoints new Chief HR Officer

FLIR Systems appoints new Chief HR Officer

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced that Paul Sale will join the company in the newly-created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Reporting to CEO Andy Teich, Sale will be charged with leading FLIR’s organizational strategy, talent acquisition and development, compensation, benefits, and corporate culture initiatives. Mr. Sale most recently… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 08-May-17

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Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it was awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. This is Bristow’s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are honored to provide this critical lifesaving service on behalf of Hess,”… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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Able Honored as Top Exporter

Able Honored as Top Exporter

What do aerospace, peanut butter and athletic conditioning have in common? In Arizona, they represent companies being honored for exporting success by the Sun Corridor Recognition Program. Within this shortlist of winners, Able Aerospace Services, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, was named as the Top Scoring Export Business and an exporting “expert” among all companies… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 08-May-17

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08-May-17 HL9414 Kamov Ka32 Samcheok, Korea (1F)

Helicopter struck wires and made an emergency landing into shallow water – but ended upright with little apparent damage from available press images.  However, one crew member knocked unconscious in the manoeuvre and later died in hospital from his injuries Civil registration HL9414, and also carries Korea Forest Service fleet code FP 608

08-May-17

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07-May-17 9N-AKG Airbus AS350B3e Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Helicopter was hit by an object while flying and damage was sustained to the boom (picture).

07-May-17

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07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work, clipped wires and came down into the field.  Pilot walked away

07-May-17

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Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

A group of Connecticut and New England lawmakers are trying to persuade Israel to buy Stratford-based Sikorsky helicopters as they work to modernize their military. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter… Read more »

Source: US Senate, 05-May-17

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Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce a new agreement with the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade its two (2) remaining MD 500E helicopters. The two E models will be overhauled and re-certified as F-models (Type Certificate 369FF) with zero-time engines in a period of just a few weeks. The FAA-approved… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro.  Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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New helicopter goes live with Flight For Life Colorado

New helicopter goes live with Flight For Life Colorado

Thanks to the collaboration between Flight For Life® Colorado (FFLC), Centura Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado), the organizations announced today that the new, state-of-the-art helicopter will take flight and begin serving neonatal and pediatric patients who need to be transported beginning May 1. The Children’s Colorado and FFLC-branded helicopter is the first-of-its-kind and will serve… Read more »

Source: Centura Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado, 05-May-17

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Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan’s fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support. Under the M-TADS/PNVS contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 14 laser designation kits through 2020 to upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) M-TADS systems. The Modernized… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-17

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New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

From early May, the south-west coast of Scotland will see a new Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in the skies. The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter is the first of two AW189s that will operate from the Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport. It will spend the next few months flying in the area on training missions… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-May-17

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Patria wins contract for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters

Patria wins contract for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters

Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has selected Patria to supply on-aircraft maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters. The scope of the contract covers phase and calendar inspections, associated repairs and maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 NFH Helicopters. The agreement is for two years with option for additional two years and its value is estimated to… Read more »

Source: Patria, 05-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, with its UH-1H3 upgrade

Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, with its UH-1H3 upgrade

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

Source: Vector Aerospace, 05-May-17

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AC311A flew over the Qilian Mountains for the first time

AC311A flew over the Qilian Mountains for the first time

China Aviation Industry Helicopter Miles trip activities in the third station in Qinghai Province Haixi Mongolian Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture state Delhi city held. Delingha is located in the northern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with an average elevation of 2980 meters, belonging to the typical plateau region. This natural condition poses a very high demand… Read more »

Source: Aviation Industry Corporation of China, 05-May-17

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Bell Continues Longstanding Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Longstanding Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963 to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 05-May-17

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05-May-17 N981RR Robinson R44 Santa Barbara, US-California

Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made.  The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out. Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from… Read more »

05-May-17

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05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

05-May-17

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$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 million has been awarded to the family of Stacey Cernadas, a flight nurse who was killed in a Haynes LifeFlight helicopter crash in South Alabama. Metro Aviation has not admitted to any wrongdoing, as part of the settlement, reports AL. The crash occurred on 26 March, 2016. Three others that were killed were Pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

Northern British Columbia Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society, or H.E.R.O.S, is trying to convince groups that pre-hospital care and transportation that EMS helicopters provide should be a priority, before the BC 2017 election. H.E.R.O.S Vice President, Ted Clarke has been advocating the necessity of EMS helicopters. He points out that patients in need of critical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

A month ago was the official opening of the new North-West Regional Hospital’s helipad, but it has still not been used. Helicopters are still having to land at Burnie High School and have their patients transported by ground ambulances. Questions have been raised over the issue, such as why have an opening if it isn’t… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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