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Erickson makes series of new appointments

Erickson makes series of new appointments

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, continues to expand its expertise and talent with the appointment of leadership and sales personnel across its enterprise. The new appointments include: Rob Lewis, Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Business Unit; Andy Mills, Vice President of Global Business Development; Gary Starr, Vice… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 23-Feb-16

Bristow leadership programs win awards

Bristow leadership programs win awards

Bristow’s Management Development Training (MDT) and Leadership Development Training (LDT) programs ranked fourth in HR.Com’s Leadership 500 Award Best Global/International Leadership Program category. This category recognizes leadership programs that have been deployed globally (defined as three or more countries) and have consistently impacted leadership skill on a global scale within a given year. Bristow received… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 23-Feb-16

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Castle Air picks new cloud software package Total AOC

Castle Air picks new cloud software package Total AOC

Helicopter charter and sales business Castle Air has found that cloud-based software from Total AOC is making it easy to audit and manage the business in multiple locations. Castle Air uses Centrik to handle its documents, safety management, risk management, training and administration tasks, with its web-based interface ensuring all processes are robustly documented in… Read more »

Source: Total AOC, 23-Feb-16

Reiser details Heli-Expo display

Reiser details Heli-Expo display

Reiser Simulation and Training (RST), a leading supplier of simulation systems and training services for the rotorcraft industry, announced today that it has joined the Helicopter Association International (HAI) and will participate in this year’s HAI-organized HeliExpo 2016, the world’s largest helicopter event. Reiser will showcase its range of offerings for enhancing the safety and… Read more »

Source: Reiser, 23-Feb-16

Aerlex Law Group President and CEO to both speak at Heli-Expo conference

Aerlex Law Group President and CEO to both speak at Heli-Expo conference

Aerlex Law Group President Stephen Hofer and Aerlex Tax Services CEO Vicky Boladian will both be speaking at an educational seminar being held on Monday, February 29, in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Heli-Expo, the world’s largest helicopter exhibition and trade show, runs from February 29th through March 3rd… Read more »

Source: Aerlex, 23-Feb-16

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance says the doctors will assess patients and make sure they are taken to the most appropriate treatment centre. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 23-Feb-16

New chairman at East Anglian Air Ambulance

New chairman at East Anglian Air Ambulance

TThe East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has announced Major General Sir William Cubitt as its new chairman. See Full Story

Source: Bury Free Press, 23-Feb-16

Nigerian CAA orders S76C inspections

Nigerian CAA orders S76C inspections

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered all airlines operating the Sikorsky S76C series to carry out safety inspections on the helicopter  type with immediate effect. See Full Story

Source: Leadership, 23-Feb-16

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Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, was selected by South Korea’s National 119 to provide a 12-month inspection for their Airbus H225 helicopter. National 119 is the primary provider of firefighting and rescue services in South Korea, flying a fleet of Airbus aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 23-Feb-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 21 February 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 21 February 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-16

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AHS Board nominations due this week

AHS Board nominations due this week

AHS International is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors for the term July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018 for the following regions: Mideast U.S. Region (including the Philadelphia and Erie Chapters, and all surrounding areas) Southeast U.S. Region (including the Federal City, Patuxent River, Hampton Roads and Cherry Point Chapters, and all surrounding areas) Southwest U.S. Region (including the… Read more »

Source: AHS, 22-Feb-16

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre delivers Cabri to Helicentre Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre delivers Cabri to Helicentre Aviation

The 15th Guimbal G2 Cabri for a UK customer has arrived in the UK after a delivery flight from the factory in France.  This aircraft is the third purchased by Helicentre Aviation, who also have two other examples leased from Cotswold Helicopter Centre – the distributor for UK and Ireland. Serial 1131 is the first… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 22-Feb-16

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Twirly Birds Announce the 2016 Les Morris Award Recipient

Twirly Birds Announce the 2016 Les Morris Award Recipient

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, has announced the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Les Morris award as Mr. Anthony Melvin “Mel” O’Reilly, founder of Eagle Copters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mr. O’Reilly began his long aviation career in eastern Canada in 1955 with the Royal Canadian Air Force in field helicopter maintenance and later… Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 22-Feb-16

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UK – Heli Air prepare to close another base

UK – Heli Air prepare to close another base

British operator Heli Air is to close their base at Fairoaks on the south-west borders of London at the end of February.  This comes a few months after they also moved out of Silverstone, where they had an office within the boundaries of the racing circuit that hosts the annual Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Brian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-16

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Robinson taking non-refundable deposits on new R44 Cadet

Robinson taking non-refundable deposits on new R44 Cadet

Robinson is officially accepting orders for its new two-place R44 Cadet. The introductory price with standard equipment is $339,000 USD, the float equipped version is $367,000 USD, and the required non-refundable deposit is $40,000 USD. Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be confirmed until FAA certification is complete. The R44… Read more »

Source: RHC, 22-Feb-16

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First H135 upgrade completed by customer

First H135 upgrade completed by customer

wiss operator Air Zermatt became the first company to entirely retrofit their H135 helicopter in-house using the operator’s own technicians. The process, employing a kit shipped from Airbus Helicopters in Germany, brought the former T2 aircraft to current T3 performance, and opens the door to other operator-led upgrades. When Airbus Helicopters launched its H135 helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Feb-16

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HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Southern Illinois Division is pleased to announce the launch of HSHS Rescue Flight, the new helicopter serving HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Belleville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese. Service began last Thursday, January 21. Ribbon cutting events will held the week of February 8 at each of the three hospitals served. HSHS… Read more »

Source: HSHS, 22-Feb-16

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VJ-Advance Video Borescope at Heli-Expo

VJ-Advance Video Borescope at Heli-Expo

RF System Lab borescope experts Casey O’Tool and Jess Kuznicki are heading to the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo from February 29th to March 3rd. The Heli Expo is the world’s largest trade show dedicated to the international helicopter community featuring 1.2 million square feet of space with 700+… Read more »

Source: RF System Lab, 22-Feb-16

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Voce Capital Management is REALLY unhappy with Air Methods

Voce Capital Management is REALLY unhappy with Air Methods

Voce Capital Management LLC (“Voce”) today sent a letter to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Air Methods Corporation (“Air Methods” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:AIRM), announcing that it has nominated the following highly-qualified candidates for election at the 2016 Annual Meeting: 1) Joseph E. Whitters, Executive Partner of investment firm Frazier Healthcare Partners and,… Read more »

Source: Voce Capital Management, 22-Feb-16

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Air Methods responds to Voce Capital Management

Air Methods responds to Voce Capital Management

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM) (“Air Methods” or the “Company”) today confirmed that it has received notice from Voce Capital Management, LLC of its intent to nominate two director candidates to stand for election to the Air Methods Board of Directors and has submitted a proposal for consideration at the Company’s 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders…. Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 22-Feb-16

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Finmeccanica Helicopters partners with Nanyang Technological University

Finmeccanica Helicopters partners with Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division manufacturing AgustaWestland products, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today at the Singapore Airshow 2016. The agreement confirms the intent of both parties to partner on helicopter production and technologies with the final aim to establish a collaborative technology research centre to be set up… Read more »

Source: Nanyang Technological University, 22-Feb-16

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Turkish operator GDH launches heliski flights in Georgia

Turkish operator GDH launches heliski flights in Georgia

AA Turkish helicopter company is the latest aviation firm to come to Georgia and offer heli-skiing in the country’s high-mountain winter resort Mestia. See Full Story

Source: Agenda.ge, 22-Feb-16

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Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 22-Feb-16

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Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Enthusiasts can have a bird’s eye view of the city with the Telangana government giving permission to two aviation companies  ‘Atom Aviation Services and Indwell Aviation Private Limited’ to offer helicopter rides. See Full Story

Source: Deccan Chronicle, 22-Feb-16

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Pawan Hans plans four regional MRO centres ahead of IPO

Pawan Hans plans four regional MRO centres ahead of IPO

State-run Pawan Hans Ltd is planning to set up four maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) firms as a part of its diversification plan, even as India’s largest helicopter operating firm is exploring an initial public offer (IPO). See Full Story

Source: Live Mint, 22-Feb-16

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister plans rooftop helipad

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister plans rooftop helipad

N. Chandrababu Naidu, who long ago had made his mark in politics as one who ‘means business’, is poised to set yet another example to his counterparts in other States as a ‘high-flying Chief Minister’. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 22-Feb-16

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Legendary pilot Eric Brown dies aged 97

Legendary pilot Eric Brown dies aged 97

British pilot Eric “Winkle” Brown has died at the age of 97.  A pioneer in every sense of the word, Brown holds the record for having flown 487 different aircraft types, a world record that is unlikely to ever be matched – and only includes basic types (he flew 14 different marks of Spitfire/Seafire, for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-16

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21-Feb-16 Airbus AS350 Uritorco, Argentina

Crashed during the rescue of a paraglider who had suffered multiple fractures

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20-Feb-16 VH-LYW Robinson R22 Roma, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a wirestrike and collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22 helicopter, VH-LYW, 88 km northeast of Roma, Queensland, on 20 February 2016. During aerial mustering operations, the helicopter struck powerlines and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed.

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FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

FAA, DHS, CACI, UMD Perform UAS Detection Work

Each month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) receives more than 100 reports from pilots and others who spot what appears to be an unmanned aircraft (UAS) flying close to an airport or a manned airplane. It’s become a serious safety concern for the agency, and a potential security issue for the Department of Homeland Security… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-Feb-16

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Vector detail what they are showing in Singapore

Vector detail what they are showing in Singapore

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it will highlight its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the Singapore Airshow taking place at the Changi Exhibition Centre from February 16 – 21, 2016. “Vector’s inaugural presence at the Singapore Airshow two… Read more »

Source: Vector, 19-Feb-16

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Vector add AS350 capabilities in Scotland

Vector add AS350 capabilities in Scotland

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new dynamic component repair (DCR) capability for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil family at its Almondbank site in Perth, Scotland. The new capability, which was officially opened by Deputy First Minister for… Read more »

Source: Vector, 19-Feb-16

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Bell 429 wins flight calibration role in Indonesia

Bell 429 wins flight calibration role in Indonesia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signed a contract with PT. Carpediem Mandiri for the supply of two Bell 429s to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. The aircraft will be used for flight calibration operations throughout the region, performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument Landing and Departing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-16

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Silverstone Helicopters awarded prestigious contract by Silverstone Circuits

Silverstone Helicopters awarded prestigious contract by Silverstone Circuits

Silverstone Helicopters, a joint venture between Sloane Helicopters and Fresh Air, has been awarded the contract by Silverstone Circuits to provide aviation services at the Northamptonshire race circuit. In addition to general aviation support at the circuit, Silverstone Helicopters will be providing a full range of flight training, pleasure flying and charter operations throughout 2016… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 18-Feb-16

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Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Whitesky Aviation signs Bell Parts Service Plan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and PT Whitesky Aviation today signed an agreement for a new aftermarket parts service plan. PT Whitesky Aviation, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a progressively emerging aviation company, specialized in non scheduled (charter) flight. The company operates a fleet of six Bell Helicopter aircraft, including three Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Feb-16

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Airbus Helicopters signs MoU to fly drone Proof-of-Concept Trials in Singapore

Airbus Helicopters signs MoU to fly drone Proof-of-Concept Trials in Singapore

Airbus Helicopters (Airbus) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Proof-of-Concept Trials, named the Skyways Project, in Singapore. The MOU was signed between Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Airbus Helicopters and Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS at the side lines of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Feb-16

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AAR signs Electronically Dimmable Window Solutions MoU

AAR signs Electronically Dimmable Window Solutions MoU

AAR, an industry-leading provider of aviation aftermarket services and nose-to-tail solutions for commercial airlines, original equipment manufacturers and governments, announces Wednesday at the Singapore Airshow it has been selected by Vision Systems, a market leader in solar protection solutions, to integrate Electronically Dimmable Windows (EDW) solutions for retrofit programs in Asia, Middle East, Africa and… Read more »

Source: AAR, 18-Feb-16

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters wins FAA Diamond award for 17th time

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters today announced it received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Award of Excellence ‘Diamond Award’ for the 17th time. The Hawaii-based helicopter tour operator was presented this accolade in recognition of its maintenance technicians and advanced training. “We are incredibly proud of our maintainers’ dedication to safety and quality,” said Gregg Lundberg, president… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian, 18-Feb-16

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Bristow to present at Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow to present at Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that it will be presenting at the 2016 Credit Suisse Energy Summit to be held in Vail, Colorado on February 22 – 25, 2016. L. Don Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bristow Group,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Feb-16

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UK CAA and IATA join to support civil aviation in Suriname

UK CAA and IATA join to support civil aviation in Suriname

CAA International (CAAi), the overseas advisory arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has been awarded a new capacity building project in Suriname. The project, led by CAAi, will be delivered in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The 13-month contract will see  the UK CAA support the Ministry of Transport, Communication and… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 18-Feb-16

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Power Systems Corp appoint Sales VP

Power Systems Corp appoint Sales VP

Owners Corey Steinberg and Kelly Loewen are pleased to announce the highly anticipated hire of Brent Young in the role of Vice President, Sales. An aerospace professional with a focus in Sales, Service and Customer Support, Brent has been in the industry for 20 years. With strong relationships and considerable experience in the Asian and… Read more »

Source: Power Systems, 18-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

Russian Helicopters flies unmanned tilt-rotor

A unique unmanned tiltrotor has successfully completed a new testing stage by performing its first flight.  The aircraft was created by VR-Technologies, an innovative design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters. A number of oil and gas companies and various government agencies are already showing interest in the unique project. “The development of the unique aircraft started… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-16

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Sikorsky announces new Customer Support Center in Korea

Sikorsky announces new Customer Support Center in Korea

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd to become a Sikorsky-authorized Customer Support Center in the Republic of Korea. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the CSC will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76® and S-92® commercial helicopters to source repair and overhaul services within the country’s borders. “UI Helicopter has more… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Feb-16

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Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell sell first 407GXP into Nepal

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today an agreement for the purchase of the first Bell 407GXP in Nepal. This will be the customer’s first Bell helicopter and will be outfitted for multi-mission capabilities including travel and tourism. Chairman of Simrik Air Pvt Ltd., Capt. Rameshwar Thapa, joined Bell Helicopter’s leadership team… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Feb-16

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FlightSafety ready to open simulator in Singapore for S76C+ and S76C++

FlightSafety ready to open simulator in Singapore for S76C+ and S76C++

FlightSafety International and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, announce that training for Sikorsky S-76C+™ and S-76C++™ helicopters will be offered in Singapore starting in March 2016. A wide variety of training services will be provided using a new FlightSafety FS1000™ simulator. It will be qualified to Level D by the United States Federal Aviation Administration… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety International, 17-Feb-16

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Outline permission granted for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ

Outline permission granted for new Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ

AN Outline Planning Application to build a new home for Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) has been granted by Wiltshire Council. The new home, on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, will bring together WAA’s helicopter, aircrew and charity team onto one site for the first time. The Outline Planning Application received no objections. The… Read more »

Source: WAA, 17-Feb-16

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FAA Administrator to meet with ASEAN aviation leaders

FAA Administrator to meet with ASEAN aviation leaders

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today signed a milestone Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP) agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). He is visiting the Singapore Air Show and meeting with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aviation leaders this week as part of his commitment to further U.S. global leadership in… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-Feb-16

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Twirly Birds to hold annual meeting at Heli-Expo 2016

Twirly Birds to hold annual meeting at Heli-Expo 2016

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, will again hold their annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Marriott Downtown Hotel, Kentucky Ballroom Salon E. General membership qualification requirements are to have flown solo in a helicopter… Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 17-Feb-16

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Erickson to help build 160 transmission towers in India

Erickson to help build 160 transmission towers in India

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is partnering with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers in the challenging terrain of the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are constructed utilizing a precision heavy lift… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 17-Feb-16

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RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

RCAF participates in international SAR training in Iceland

Members of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland, are returning home after training with the Icelandic Coast Guard and local Search and Rescue teams from February 9-12, 2016. Nine Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel along with a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter took part in multiple exercise scenarios, including training with the… Read more »

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Curtiss-Wright and Ultra Electronics develop CVR/FDR with built-in HUMS

Curtiss-Wright and Ultra Electronics develop CVR/FDR with built-in HUMS

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions today announced that its Avionics & Electronics business unit, in collaboration with Ultra Electronics Flightline Systems, has developed Fortress HUMS, a new compact and lightweight ED-112A compliant Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder with integral Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) capability designed for use on rotorcraft platforms. Fortress HUMS uniquely combines… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 17-Feb-16

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EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

EDA launches new project to integrate UAVs into European airspace

A contract for the Enhanced RPAS Automation (ERA) project was signed between the EDA and a multinational industrial consortium in mid-December 2015. The project will support the widespread use of both civil and military RPAS in non-segregated airspace in Europe in general and their integration in airport operations in particular, addressing several capability gaps identified… Read more »

Source: EDA, 17-Feb-16

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Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell to integrate synthetic vision system under DARPA contract

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue improving three-dimensional visibility and safety for U.S. military helicopter pilots experiencing inclement weather and harsh environments. Among the visual challenges faced by pilots are issues with rain, snow, dust, fog and other elements that reduce the ability to… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 17-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters sells to four customers in China

Russian Helicopters sells to four customers in China

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed a number of contracts to supply seven Ka-32A11BC and two Mi-171 helicopters to China. The Fire Department of the Department of Public Safety, Qingdao, China, will receive two Ka-31A11BC helicopters in firefighting version in 2016. Four more multirole Ka-32A11BCs will be supplied to Chinese company Jiangsu Baoli… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Feb-16

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Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

WA Police are looking at buying “more nimble” and “manoeuvrable” helicopters better suited to high-speed chases. See Full Story

Source: Yahoo News, 17-Feb-16

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Skytrac Systems outline presence at Singapore Airshow

Skytrac Systems outline presence at Singapore Airshow

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. will be present at the Singapore Airshow February 16-21, 2016 as the last stop in a regional tour to unveil SKYTRAC 2 to the Asia/Pacific aviation market. SKYTRAC 2 offers a complete line-up of fleet performance trending, quality assurance and real time aircraft connectivity solutions for the aviation industry. Long trusted for… Read more »

Source: Skytrac Systems, 17-Feb-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 14 February 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 14 February 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-16

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Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Researchers size up helicopter escape potential of North Sea workers

Charting their body dimensions has also cast valuable light on their ability to escape through a helicopter window. Bigger individuals are less likely to be able to do so than smaller individuals, but the study has shown that size isn’t everything. The new findings from a joint research project into the size and shape of… Read more »

Source: RGU, 16-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters and HAL working on new Ka226 external design

Russian Helicopters and HAL working on new Ka226 external design

The agreement on the joint work in helicopter engineering between the two countries’ governments was signed during the official visit of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Moscow last December. Around 200 Ka-226T helicopters and derivative models are to be built under the agreement. Sixty machines are to be manufactured in Russia and the remainder… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 16-Feb-16

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Russian Helicopters details Singapore display

Russian Helicopters details Singapore display

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in the Singapore Airshow 2016 at the Changi Exhibition Center from 16 to 21 February 2016.  The holding company will be showing its Mi-171A2 helicopter for the first time in Singapore.  The display of the newest helicopters will boost presence of Russian Helicopters in the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Feb-16

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Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

Rockwell Collins delivers weather radar for Korean Utility Helicopter

Rockwell Collins has delivered its first RTA-4100 MultiScanTM Weather Radar to KAI for the medevac variant of the Korean Utility Helicopter. This is the first selection of the new RTA-4100 Weather Radar with enhanced surface search modes in the Asia-Pacific region. “Our RTA-4100 MultiScan Weather Radar will provide enhanced safety and mission capability during the… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 16-Feb-16

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ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

Joseph “Woody” Woodard grew up in Kettering, Ohio, and like many high school seniors he was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life. He became interested in becoming a helicopter pilot after seeing an Army recruiting poster. “I went to flight school at Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker, Ala., in… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 16-Feb-16

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GKN Aerospace details Heli-Expo offering

GKN Aerospace details Heli-Expo offering

GKN Aerospace will display rotary wing developments from across its global business on stand 11743, at HELI-EXPO, from February 29th to the March 3rd, 2016. The company is an established supplier of major sections of fuselage, ice protection systems, transparencies and fuel and flotation equipment for many civil and military helicopter programmes globally. With the… Read more »

Source: GKN, 16-Feb-16

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Waypoint to open offices in Australia and South Africa

Waypoint to open offices in Australia and South Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced the opening of two new regional offices, covering the company’s operations in Australia and Africa/The Middle East, respectively. Waypoint’s Australia office, located in Brisbane, will be launched in April 2016 and led by Waypoint executive Chris Wakefield. Establishing the office will… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 16-Feb-16

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FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices selling three ex-UK military Bell 212s

FB Heliservices have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are progressing with a sale of three Bell 212 helicopters to an as-yet-unidentified customer.  The helicopters had previously been operated by FBH under contract to the British Army in Kenya, and arrived back to their base at Middle Wallop in the UK in November and December 2015. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

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Guimbal G2 Cabri overtakes Robinson R22, says GAMA

Guimbal G2 Cabri overtakes Robinson R22, says GAMA

The annual factory production review has been released by GAMA, and confirms the Robinson R44 remains the dominant piston-engined helicopter type in the world.  However, looking at the detailed numbers, it confirms that French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal produced more of their G2 Cabri model in 2015 than Robinson produced R22s.  Guimbal produced 44 Cabris, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

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Bell sells first 407GXP into India

Bell sells first 407GXP into India

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the first Bell 407GXP purchase in India by Premair, an air charter management company. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport throughout the region and delivered to the customer later this year. The Bell 407GXP was signed for at Bell Helicopter’s India office… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-16

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Bell delivers 412EP to Government of Uttar Pradesh

Bell delivers 412EP to Government of Uttar Pradesh

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first Bell 412EP with STC SR09600RC (Bell 412EPI) to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in India. The aircraft will be used for VIP transportation throughout the region. The Bell Helicopter team delivered the Bell 412EP in early December at the State… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-16

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Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

Enstrom TH-180 prototype has test flight accident

The sole Enstrom TH-180 development aircraft N180TH [pictured] had an accident on Friday, coming down in a residential area close to Marinette Twin County Airport in Menominee, Michigan where the manufacturer is based.  The helicopter hit a power pole and some tree branches on 14th Avenue and crashed right-side up at 18th Street and 15th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-16

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HAI President seeks help from membership

HAI President seeks help from membership

As most of you know, HAI exists to serve the needs of you, our members, and to advocate on your behalf. We want to ensure you do not have to operate in an environment of over burdensome regulations and legislation that restrict your ability to conduct your activities and remain economically viable. This philosophy applies… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-16

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Global Civil Helicopter MRO Market 2016-2020

Global Civil Helicopter MRO Market 2016-2020

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/gv4qnz/global_civil) has announced the addition of the “Global Civil Helicopter MRO Market 2016-2020” report to their offering. The global civil helicopter MRO market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.93% during the period 2016-2020. Helicopters play a key role in remote area connectivity, intra-city movement, law enforcement, disaster relief, search… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 15-Feb-16

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Air Methods makes military appointment to the Board of Directors

Air Methods makes military appointment to the Board of Directors

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ:AIRM) (“Air Methods” or the “Company”), the global leader in air medical transportation, today announced that the Honorable Jessica Garfola Wright, Major General (Ret.) has been appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.  She will serve as a Class I director and will stand for re-election to the Board at… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 15-Feb-16

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Air Methods sets date for December 2015 quarter results

Air Methods sets date for December 2015 quarter results

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq: AIRM) will report financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 after the close of the market on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The Company has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss these results. Interested parties can access the call by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 15-Feb-16

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Blue Sky Network announces big Heli-Expo giveaway

Blue Sky Network announces big Heli-Expo giveaway

Blue Sky Network has announced that it will be holding an exclusive giveaway at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo tradeshow. One lucky aircraft operator will win a HawkEye 7200 (HE7200), Blue Sky Network’s versatile and portable aircraft tracking device. The HawkEye 7200 The HE7200, an Iridium based satellite tracking device, offers advanced features that make it… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 15-Feb-16

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