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UK – Change of control at Cardiff Heliport

UK – Change of control at Cardiff Heliport

The BBC is today reporting that Cardiff Heliport has new operators, with Roy Steptoe and Hugh Evans having signed a 50-year lease.  Mr Steptoe is the owner of Caernarfon Airport at the opposite end of Wales, and also owns fixed wing operator Air Caernarfon and North Wales Air Academy.  Mr Evans owns an Agusta-Bell JetRanger… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-16

ICAO rethinks global sleep standards for helicopter pilots

ICAO rethinks global sleep standards for helicopter pilots

ICAO is working to bring sleep standards for helicopter pilots in line with existing recommended practices for commercial airline crew, said Michelle Millar, ICAO’s technical specialist, human performance  See full story

Source: ICAO, 11-Apr-16

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Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

The second series of Air Ambulance ER will broadcast at 9pm on Monday nights on Sky One. The show features the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which operates across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. Filming took place last summer at both the charity’s bases, at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington and at Langwathby,… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 11-Apr-16

UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

Surrey and Sussex Police have acquired four new state-of-the-art drones.  The Aeryon SkyRangers will add to the existing one which has been used to support policing operations at Gatwick since March 2014. The drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – are designed to be used to safeguard people and to assist with… Read more »

Source: Surrey Police, 11-Apr-16

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that it has delivered two EC145 helicopters to the National Police Agency in its native Japan. These will be the first EC145s to be used by the National Police Agency, and are replacements of existing helicopters deployed by the Police in the prefectures of Kanagawa and Chiba. The EC145 is,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-16

StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

Two iconic aviation organisations have joined forces to officially launch Australia’s latest aviation company, StarFlight Australia, which features access to factory new, fully equipped and compliant Russian Kamov Ka-32A11BC helicopters for firefighting and AgustaWestland (Finmecannica Helicopters) range of helicopters for emergency medical service and search and rescue missions in Australasia. The joint venture company was… Read more »

Source: StarFlight Australia, 11-Apr-16

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

Former AgustaWestland directors given jail sentences in bribery case

An Italian appeals court sentenced former AgustaWestland director Giuseppe Orsi [pictured] to 4½ years in prison on Thursday for corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower court ruling. while another former director Bruno Spagnolini was sentenced to 4 years in jail.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 08-Apr-16

Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

The premiere of manned flights with the world’s first certified multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks the beginning of a new era in urban mobility. The Volocopter is a personal aerial vehicle that is so easy and safe to fly, literally anyone can command it. Due to its electric propulsion, it has no exhaust emissions and… Read more »

Source: e-volo, 08-Apr-16

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UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

In a contract awarded by DONG Energy (DE), SeaPlanner was confirmed as the system provider for their Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC), acting as a centralised hub for their UK offshore wind farm construction and a number of regional Operations MHCCs. The MHCC project utilises SeaPlanner’s latest enhancements that set out to centralise, standardise,… Read more »

Source: SeaPlanner, 08-Apr-16

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Bell takes 429 with Mecaer interior on tour of South America

Bell takes 429 with Mecaer interior on tour of South America

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces plans to showcase the performance capabilities and luxury interior of the Bell 429 MAGnificent through a series of customer demo flights in South America. Bell Helicopter last demonstrated the Bell 429’s capability in a five-month demo tour in 2014, and customers continue to respond. To date,… Read more »

08-Apr-16

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Helipaddy forges expansion link with Good Hotel Guide

Helipaddy forges expansion link with Good Hotel Guide

Helipaddy, the world’s largest moderated database of helicopter landing sites and points of interest, is expanding through a new collaboration with the Good Hotel Guide.  This will increase the already-impressive Helipaddy database with helipads at every relevant hotel in the Good Hotel Guide worldwide. The Helipaddy smartphone apps and website are being updated with around… Read more »

Source: Helipaddy, 08-Apr-16

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Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell Training Academy responds to noise complaints

Bell plans to ask the FAA to let pilots at its training academy fly at a higher altitude, after noise complaints from residents and cities in Tarrant County close to where the manufacturer moved its training HQ last year.  See full story

Source: CBS DFW, 08-Apr-16

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FAA Reviewing Micro UAS Report

FAA Reviewing Micro UAS Report

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently reviewing the report and recommendations of the Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee. The agency had tasked the group to develop recommendations for performance-based regulations that would let certain unmanned aircraft operate over people not directly involved in the flight of the aircraft. The rulemaking committee,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 08-Apr-16

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Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources takes delivery of new MD500E

Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources takes delivery of new MD500E

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 500E to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Enforcement. Announced in November 2015, the custom-built MD 500E was welcomed by Chief Pilot Tom Buker and Pilot Brad Maas on March 29 at MD Helicopters’ Mesa, Arizona headquarters. The new 500E… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Apr-16

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USHST targets 20% reduction in fatal accidents within 5 years

USHST targets 20% reduction in fatal accidents within 5 years

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org) will focus major attention during the next four years on reducing fatal accidents within the U.S. civil helicopter community. The industry-government partnership is targeting a reduction to 0.61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours, which is 20 percent less than the average since 2009.  For a baseline comparison,… Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-16

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Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Whitesky Aviation signs LOI for 30 Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with PT Whitesky Aviation for 30 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The aircraft will be used for air taxi operations throughout Indonesia and its more than 14,000 islands. Our vision is to provide air transportation services… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Apr-16

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Atlantic Airways latest AW139 delivered today

Atlantic Airways latest AW139 delivered today

Faroe Islands operator Atlantic Airways is today taking delivery of the second of the pair of AgustaWestland AW139s they ordered.  The aircraft will be used to perform Search and Rescue missions and scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters replace two Bell 412s. OY-HIL – serial number 31722 – was ferried this morning… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-16

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Pluspetrol contracts Erickson for one S-64 in Peru

Pluspetrol contracts Erickson for one S-64 in Peru

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has been selected for the transport and precision placement of oil and gas equipment by helicopter over the Amazon region in Peru. “We are pleased to be providing heavy lift services for Pluspetrol amidst the current headwinds in the oil market. This new contract is… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 07-Apr-16

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Register Update – Austria – March 2016

Register Update – Austria – March 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-16

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Register Update – Canada – March 2016

Register Update – Canada – March 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 07-Apr-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 3 April 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 3 April 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, 07-Apr-16

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Register Update – Switzerland – March 2016

Register Update – Switzerland – March 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 weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-16

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Northumbria Helicopters becomes tenth UK Guimbal Cabri School

Northumbria Helicopters becomes tenth UK Guimbal Cabri School

Northumbria Helicopters, based at Newcastle Airport, have become the tenth training school to offer the Guimbal G2 Cabri in the UK.  The company, now Britain’s notherlymost Cabri operator, has taken a helicopter on lease from Cotswold Helicopter Centre.  This will add to the Robinson R44s operated by Northumbria Helicopters, of which they have two at… Read more »

Source: Cotswold Helicopter Centre, 06-Apr-16

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Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Following the Heli-Expo trade show in Kentucky in early March, Airbus Helicopters took their H215 demonstrator from there on a tour across the US.  The series of flights naturally visited both current and prospective customers, and has concluded with the aircraft on static display at the Aerial Firefighting International in Sacramento, California. The three week… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-16

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Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow Helicopters Limited, the market leading helicopter logistics company, has commenced flights for Petrofac in the Central North Sea. The contract, which sees Bristow flying Petrofac passengers to the Central North Sea for the first time, commenced in March and will continue for three years, with two additional one year options. Alan Corbett, Managing Director… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 06-Apr-16

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Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

On the expiration of a three year agreement to operate from Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Health Systems Corp is instead requesting Hawaii Life Flight move its aircraft to the Hilo International Airport.  See full story

Source: West Hawaii Today, 06-Apr-16

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United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

Local company United Aero Group have donated a Sikorsky S-76A to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum that currently occupies buildings 6 and 53 at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the early ‘A” model aircraft and a sister ship from a Lider Air Taxi in Brazil and… Read more »

Source: United Aero Group, 06-Apr-16

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Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that Heli Charter UK will be its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) launch customer for the European region – choosing the support solution on their existing Bell 429. The company additionally secured an order for a 407GXP through Heli Charter UK, for a private customer. Heli… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Apr-16

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Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

Dallas Avionics is now a distributor of Avion Power’s Voyager Power Source. The Voyager is designed to start aircraft engines and provide auxiliary power. On a single charge, a Voyager provides 10 or more turbine engine starts, powers on-board electronics for an hour, or provides a combination of auxiliary power and starting power. Voyager is… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 06-Apr-16

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Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Four year old Ethan from Hornchurch is one of the lucky winners to name one of our helicopters. The winning name is ‘Rowan’ after his two year old sister. On a visit to our helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel last week, Ethan and his sister got to see the chosen name. The… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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Universal Avionics tests data-link Departure Clearance Functionality with FAA

Universal Avionics tests data-link Departure Clearance Functionality with FAA

Universal Avionics announces successful testing of departure clearances (DCL) using Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tech Center. The company’s Cessna Citation VII equipped for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ completed the live test of the system in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (KSDF). When equipped and properly trained for CPDLC-DCL,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 06-Apr-16

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Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

DART Aerospace representatives will highlight the company’s comprehensive aviation safety equipment capabilities at the 23rd SAFE Europe Symposium at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor, UK on April 11-13, 2016 where it will display its’ Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 Quick Release Emergency Float System With Integrated Liferafts. This system is ideal for multi-mission operators looking to… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Apr-16

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Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson has announced that a collective-activated hour meter along with an updated hub and redesigned main rotor spindles are now standard on all new R22s.  This supercedes an oil-pressure-activated meter which records all engine run time. The new collective activated meter records collective-up (flight) time and does not include engine warm up and cool down… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

The downturn in the energy industry has idled millions of dollars of oil and gas equipment worldwide, including the nearly a fifth of the helicopters used to ferry workers and equipment to offshore rigs, according to The Wall Street Journal.  [Other sources give nearer to one third.  Ed] Dallas-based Protective Packaging Corporation recently helped a… Read more »

Source: PPC, 04-Apr-16

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Rotorway cuts A600 Talon price for April

Rotorway cuts A600 Talon price for April

Without any further explanation, Rotorway International has reduced the price of their A600 Talon from $99,700 to $84,495.00 ex-factory until the 30th April. This includes “everything needed to fly”, in their words – Engine, leather seats, MGL Discovery Lite EFIS are all included. They advise that you need to add paint and radios, and we… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

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PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association is troubled with the LAAHNC’s ongoing efforts to solicit helicopter complaints from Los Angeles residents.  Although we encourage people to utilize the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated helicopter noise complaint system when they are bothered by helicopter noise, it appears the LAAHNC may be encouraging people to “game” the system and… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 04-Apr-16

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Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider, Becker Avionics GmbH, is pleased to announce Forrest Colliver has accepted the position of Managing Director.  In this role, Mr. Colliver is responsible for leading corporate strategy for evolution and growth of the Becker Avionics Group, and for operational management activities related to the supply of avionics and ground-based… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 04-Apr-16

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Police Aviation News – April 2016 Edition

  The April 2016 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

In honor of Maverick Helicopters’ first anniversary in Maui, Hawaii, the award-winning aviation company will launch two new flights on Friday, April 1. The unique excursions, one that offers a breathtaking sunset flight over Maui, Molokai and Lanai and another that allows locals and visitors alike to adventure over the North Shore of Maui, are… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 01-Apr-16

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Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced two Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) signings in Chile to two corporate customers. Both aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. These signings are a testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Apr-16

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FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Apr-16

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Garmin launches G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft

Garmin launches G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA). The compact and cost-effective G5 delivers exceptional performance and reliability serving as either a back-up instrument to G3X™ or other EFIS systems or as a standalone primary flight instrument,… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 01-Apr-16

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AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), is delivering turnkey SAR and Support Helicopter services to the British… Read more »

Source: AAR, 01-Apr-16

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Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, has extended its MRO capabilities by adding H120, H135 and H145 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate. Following the successful certification, Helisota is now eligible to provide both base and line maintenance support for private and governmental H120, H135, H145 operators…. Read more »

Source: Helisota, 01-Apr-16

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FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

Thursday, March 31 – Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Apr-16

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Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters has been awarded a new contract to provide offshore crew transport on behalf of Premier Oil. The three year deal, awarded after a competitive tender, will see the helicopter operator transport thousands of men and women to and from Premier’s offshore platforms in the North Sea. Bond’s helicopters will serve areas including… Read more »

Source: Bond, 31-Mar-16

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FAA progresses target of unleaded fuel for GA community

FAA progresses target of unleaded fuel for GA community

As part of its ongoing efforts to develop an acceptable unleaded fuel for small airplanes, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected two unleaded fuels for further testing. This will move the general aviation (GA) community a step closer to having new fuels that eliminate their reliance on… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Mar-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Thanks to the support of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) has reached a milestone in its fundraising – enabling the charity to purchase its own helicopter for the first time in its 20 year history. Today (30 March 2016) Rob Forsyth, Chair of Trustees… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 30-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Group will showcase its full portfolio of products, from across commercial aviation, helicopters and defence and space, and be present with its dedicated Latin American team at the nineteenth edition of the show. Airbus Helicopters will showcase two aircraft from its light helicopter range: an H125 in its utility version, an H130 with an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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McTurbine expands Honeywell T53 engine capabilities

McTurbine expands Honeywell T53 engine capabilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its affiliate company, McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine), has received certification from Honeywell International, Inc., for an approved correlated test cell for the Honeywell T53 series engine. “We continue to make enhancements to our business in order to meet customers’ growing needs,” said Chad Nimrick, general manager of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-16

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Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to the Chihuahua State Government. The Bell 429 is configured for corporate transport for the State of Chihuahua. “The performance capabilities that the Bell 429 offers, combined with a high level of comfort and flexibility, continue to be a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-16

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Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge rejects North Dakota air ambulance law

Judge Daniel Hovland of U.S. District Court in Bismarck ruled in favor of Valley Med Flight, which argued that the state was trying to usurp federal law in creating a primary air ambulance carrier list.  See full story

Source: WDAZ, 30-Mar-16

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Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Local news outlets in Nevada are reporting that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have approval to buy a new Airbus H145, with delivery targeted for March 2017.  The new helicopter will operate in the SAR role and replace one of two HH-1H helicopers which date back to the early 1970s.  The Metropolitan Police Committee on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-16

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FlightSafety celebrates 65th birthday

FlightSafety celebrates 65th birthday

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that today marks the 65th anniversary of its founding. “Today we commemorate and celebrate FlightSafety’s 65th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have focused on our mission to enhance aviation safety while providing outstanding Customer service and the highest quality training and equipment,” said Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO…. Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 30-Mar-16

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Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (better known as Cal Fire) has issued a solicitation to buy nine helicopters — about three a year for three years, with an option to spring for an even dozen.  See full story

Source: Fire Aviation, 30-Mar-16

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NATA Announces New Member Programs for College Students

NATA Announces New Member Programs for College Students

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce new Student and College Chapter membership programs dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field, and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. “NATA’s Student and College Chapter memberships provide significant opportunities for college students to build upon their… Read more »

Source: NATA, 30-Mar-16

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FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Mar-16

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Bruce Webb, Chief Pilot of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and the company were honored Monday for their support of an employee now deployed in military service overseas. Employer Support for the Reserve and Guard, a component of the Department of Defense, presented awards to Webb and to Jeff Trang, AHI’s Vice President of Technology and Flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-16

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Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Finmeccanica announced today that the fleet of 26 AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters, in service with customers across four continents, has exceeded 10,000 flight hours. The milestone, achieved less than two years after the first aircraft delivery, marks a major commercial and operational milestone for the most successful helicopter in the all-new super… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 30-Mar-16

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Nigeria – Bristow matches staff donations to childrens home

Nigeria – Bristow matches staff donations to childrens home

Bristow employees in Nigeria continue their support of Ijamido Children’s Home with a recent visit to bring donations of clothes, shoes and toys. During the visit, employees met and took pictures with the children, and encouraged them to keep working hard and doing well in school. “It was truly a heart-warming experience, and we are… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 29-Mar-16

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Initial intake graduates Bond S92 engineering course

Initial intake graduates Bond S92 engineering course

The first class of graduates from Bond’s new Aberdeen-based training programme for helicopter engineers has graduated with flying colours. Bond, a Babcock International Group company,  established its first CAA approved training scheme for licensed helicopter engineers in December and the first class of five students has now graduated. Each is now qualified to sign off… Read more »

Source: Bond, 29-Mar-16

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Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

Kaman Corporation is aggressively pursuing sales of the K-MAX® helicopter to firefighting operators worldwide, and will be assessing the firefighting market in Latin America during the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) (Stand C44) in Santiago, Chile, March 29 through April 1, 2016. “The K-MAX is extremely well regarded for aerial firefighting, and market indicators… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 29-Mar-16

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P&WC approves H+S Aviation PW200 and PT6C-67 test cells in Abu Dhabi

H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today that the test cell at its facility in Abu Dhabi has been successfully correlated by Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) for the PW200 and PT6C-67 series engines. “This correlation by P&WC, the OEM, is great news for our rotorcraft customers in the Middle East,”… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 29-Mar-16

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Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest, a Pacific Northwest air medical transport provider, announces the expansion of its services and capabilities in Eastern Washington with the addition of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane and a new helicopter to its Yakima base at McAllister Field. The plane goes into service today, March 21, 2016, and replaces Airlift Northwest’s AeroCommander… Read more »

Source: Airlift Northwest, 29-Mar-16

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Bristow UK donates £78K to reopen disabled centre

Bristow UK donates £78K to reopen disabled centre

Employees from Bristow Helicopters’ Redhill office recently visited The Orpheus Centre, an independent specialist college for disabled young adults, for the official re-opening of Baseline. Baseline is a vital teaching space on the Orpheus campus that was recently refurbished using a generous donation of £78,000 from Bristow. The funding has allowed Orpheus to create a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 29-Mar-16

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Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

Helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has become one of the essential practices to ensure that fleets have optimal airworthiness and an extended service life. MRO companies perform functions such as repairs, inspections, routine checks, and overhaul. The operators and OEMs are strictly governed by national and international aviation regulatory bodies, such as Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: Research & Markets, 29-Mar-16

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FAA Releases 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast

FAA Releases 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast

The FAA has released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036 that finds a sustained increase in overall air travel and the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). A key portion of the forecast focuses on projections for the growth in the use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. The FAA… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Mar-16

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Dart Aerospace displaying at FIDAE 2016

Dart Aerospace displaying at FIDAE 2016

DART Aerospace will be exhibiting with Eagle Copters South America, its official distributor for Latin America, at the International Air & Space Fair, FIDAE 2016 in Santiago, Chile from March 29 to April 3 2016. “The helicopter plays a very important transportation role in the rural and urban economy of most Latin American countries,” says… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 29-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair, from 29 March to 3 April, in Santiago, Chile. The holding company will showcase its newest Mi-171A2 helicopter for the first time; together with Rosoboronexport it will also demonstrate Mi-28NE and Mi-35M military helicopters. Presently, more than… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Mar-16

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NARA adds eight new members

NARA adds eight new members

The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) recently voted to accept eight new members into the Association as they continue to expand the membership. New Broker/Dealer Members include Avpro, Inc., headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and Meisner Aircraft of Burlington, Wisconsin. The new NARA Products & Services Members include Aerlex Law Group, Aero-Space Reports, Inc., BB&T Corporate… Read more »

Source: NARA, 28-Mar-16

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