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New report – Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market 2016-2020

New report – Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market 2016-2020

Helicopter FCS is an integral part of a helicopter, and it is used to operate, control, and monitor the flight without the continuous supervision of the pilot. They can be mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems that automate a wide variety of in-flight tasks. They also reduce the aircraft weight and information-management workload, save power,… Read more »

Source: Research & Markets, 26-May-16

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on June 29, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 14, 2016 (the “Record Date”). There were 34,978,397 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding as… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-May-16

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Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation Co., Ltd. The aircraft will be outfitted for VIP transportation and helicopter tours. Sichuan Xiangyun joined Bell Helicopter in their chalet at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) to sign for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-May-16

FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) announced today they have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering the air traffic control specialists assigned to the terminal and en route options, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 25-May-16

Falcon Aviation takes delivery of AW169 in UAE for offshore work

Falcon Aviation takes delivery of AW169 in UAE for offshore work

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has taken delivery of a new generation AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin helicopter this month. The handover makes Falcon Aviation the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to use the aircraft for offshore oil and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair has received the last H130 of a contract for six units signed in September 2015. Like the previous five aircraft, the new helicopter will join the regular scheduled flight service that Monacair has set up between Monaco Heliport and Nice International airport. Monacair started this shuttle service in January this year after taking delivery… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 25-May-16

SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

UK based operator SaxonAir Charter announces at EBACE Geneva the addition of another helicopter to their fleet through the signing of a brand new Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109SP Grand New.  The helicopter will be operated through SaxonAir’s rotary division SaxonAir Helicopters. As well as the operation of a mixed fleet of aircraft from Mustangs to the Gulfstream G550, the… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 25-May-16

First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

Safran has changed the name of every company in the group in the latest re-branding attempt in the helicopter industry. Given the mileage built up with an existing name, it is always a surprise when a company wishes to abandon its history and identity in an attempt to create a new one.  Plus they will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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HeliOffshore launches global online community using Jive Software

HeliOffshore launches global online community using Jive Software

Jive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: JIVE), today announced that HeliOffshore, the global safety association for the offshore helicopter industry, selected Jive to connect helicopter operators, global manufacturers, aviation regulators, academics and other stakeholders across the expansive rotary-wing ecosystem.HeliOffshore Space, the new Jive-powered community, helps bring the industry together to collaborate on safety initiatives that will benefit… Read more »

Source: Jive, 24-May-16

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Airbus reveals H160 VIP interior at EBACE 2016

Airbus reveals H160 VIP interior at EBACE 2016

​Airbus Helicopters presents an exclusive first glimpse of the H160 VIP version at this year’s EBACE meeting in Geneva, which is being held from May 24-26. Customers will have the ​​opportunity to experience some of its features like its exclusive cabin interior, electrical footstep and hinged doors thanks to a virtual reality immersion tool. “After… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-May-16

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UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are to add two AgustaWestland AW169s to their fleet, and both will be dedicated to their pediatric operation, known as The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).  One will be based in North and one in the South of England in order to provide a national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) is pleased to announce its Search and Rescue (SAR) Program has successfully completed 1,000 missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, Era pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering in… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 24-May-16

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Leonardo and NTU Singapore sign research agreement

Leonardo and NTU Singapore sign research agreement

Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), signed an agreement today in Rome. Under the agreement, NTU and Leonardo-Finmeccanica will start a research collaboration in integrated and innovative composites helicopter structure and helicopter aerodynamics. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February in Singapore and establishes a partnership to contribute to the aerospace… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-May-16

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Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will once again be returning as the diamond sponsor at Rotortech 2016 to be held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 27th – 29th May. Hawker Pacific will feature a strong presence during this year’s event, again highlighting… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 24-May-16

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Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Certification for the integration of Universal Avionics EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 is on track for mid-2016. Preparations for certification are currently underway with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One. The AS332 installation package includes dual EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays (PFD) (one pilot-side and one copilot side), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) with… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-May-16

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P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started broad customer roll-out of MyP&WC Power, a flexible new service portal that makes conducting business with the company more convenient than ever through its advanced e-commerce functionality. The company expects the number of users on the new portal to grow from about 3,000 currently to as high as… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 24-May-16

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JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its new Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the MD 500 and 600 series helicopters. Providing the only program of its kind to the MD Helicopter market, JSSI can also include coverage for the Rolls-Royce 250 series engines… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 24-May-16

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Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall.  Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north. The particular aircraft only departed Aberdeen on 23rd March and ferried… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 22 May 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 22 May 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, 24-May-16

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Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has been providing support to on-going humanitarian relief efforts following the earthquake that hit the Manabi and Esmeraldas regions in Ecuador on 16 April 2016. According to national authorities, this disaster has left more than 20,500 people homeless, and many without water and food supplies. This earthquake is the worst natural disaster… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-May-16

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Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding.  The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork.  Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre are pleased to announce a joint venture agreement with Gama Aviation which will create a new base at Fairoaks Airport.  This airfield on the south-west outskirts of London is very well placed for easy road access to Central London as well as the UK capitals two key airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.  This… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 23-May-16

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FlightSafety newly enhanced courseware app for iPad

FlightSafety newly enhanced courseware app for iPad

FlightSafety International introduces FlightBag, a newly enhanced courseware delivery and presentation application for iPad as well as a web-based version for Android and Windows based tablets and desktop computers. “Our Customers will appreciate the efficiency and ease of use FlightBag offers,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “This next generation full-featured interactive courseware app… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 23-May-16

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Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters have started a new set of numbers MSN (Manufacturer’s Serial Number) for the H135 series. From the first production unit at 0001, the production line is currently at around 1230 and continuing.  HeliHub.com has recently noticed that there are aircraft on the production line in a new series starting at 2001 – a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

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Air BP launches Environmental Solutions offer at EBACE

Air BP launches Environmental Solutions offer at EBACE

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is launching its new Environmental Solutions offering at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva this week (Booth 131).The comprehensive service is made up of a number of elements supporting a best practice carbon reduction framework. It aims to help mitigate carbon… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 23-May-16

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AHS announces 2016 Lichten Award Winners

AHS announces 2016 Lichten Award Winners

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards. The overall winner and the runner-up will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, during AHS International’s 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA…. Read more »

Source: AHS, 23-May-16

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Russian Helicopters take Ka32 to Asia Pacific China Police 2016

Russian Helicopters take Ka32 to Asia Pacific China Police 2016

Russian Helicopters will take part in the eighth Asia Pacific China Police 2016 (CIEPE) exhibition of police equipment and munition, which will take place in Beijing from May 17 to 29. At the exhibition, the holding is going to demonstrate current and new models of helicopters. The product range of the holding’s helicopters will be represented… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-May-16

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21-May-16 C-GSHX Bell 206L4 North West Territories, Canada

A Great Slave Helicopter Bell 206L-4 (C-GSHX) rolled over when pilot exited helicopter to unhook sling load. The pilot contacted Ektaki, NT (CYOA) radio. CADORS 2016C1746

21-May-16

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Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

In an announcement yesterday, Bell has announced that the work for the cabin sub-assembly for the 525 Relentless will relocate from its planned location in Amarillo to the new plant being built at Lafayette, Louisiana.  At the same time they announced the 505 JetRanger X line will move to Mirabel in Canada. At the start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying service in the U.S. The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, a leading vineyard management company. During its debut the RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control… Read more »

Source: Yamaha, 20-May-16

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Toledo Police may quit air ops after failing to budget for R44 overhaul

Toledo Police may quit air ops after failing to budget for R44 overhaul

Police in the Ohio city of Toledo are considering getting out of air operations as the mandatory overhaul on their Robinson R44 registered N135WB approaches, and they are without the budget to achieve it.  The city took delivery of their police-equipped R44 in 2001, with finance coming from a federal grant and department funds. Local… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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Bristow launches S92 operations in Trinidad and Tobago

Bristow launches S92 operations in Trinidad and Tobago

Bristow Area Manager Paul Doxey joined government officials and representatives from BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago in a ceremony at Trinidad May 18, 2016, to mark the inaugural use of the Sikorsky S-92 aircraft in the country which will be used in support of BHP Billiton’s new deepwater drilling campaign. The ceremony was held at… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 20-May-16

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British Columbia operator Ascent Helicopters adds new H125

British Columbia operator Ascent Helicopters adds new H125

Ascent Helicopters expands their fleet with a new H125 and the aircraft will be operated in Fernie, B.C. Known for its performance, versatility and low maintenance costs, the H125 is the ideal choice to expand and compliment the working fleet of Ascent Helicopters. “Because the work we do varies and can change at any moment,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada., 20-May-16

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Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Massive turnround as Bell moves 505 JRX line to Canada

Bell has announced that the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly will relocate from Louisiana to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada. No clues were given as to why this move was made, but as recently as four weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette recorded the latest reduction of 60 employees at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training expands EASA distance learning options

Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training expands EASA distance learning options

Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training is pleased to announce the latest expansion in its range of services to students interested in EASA modular distance learning theoretical knowledge courses for pilots. In addition to our satellite bases at Leicester, High Wycombe, Lelystad and Florida (where EASA flight testing can be done), we have teamed up with Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAPT, 20-May-16

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Chinese police forces order ten helicopters

Chinese police forces order ten helicopters

Ten helicopters are being bought for the police under the largest agreement of its kind in China, signed on Tuesday, the opening day of the Eighth China International Exhibition on Police Equipment. On Tuesday this week, the Ministry of Public Security signed an order with local manufacturer AVIC for ten helicopters. The first four, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI aims to prevent US states setting local aviation rules

HAI and five other general aviation associations yesterday wrote to key congressional committee leaders to prevent a move to amend a federal bar to states issuing laws or regulations related to air carrier prices, routes, or services. The move was contained in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochrane (R-Miss.) and the panel’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-May-16

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Hawker Pacific creates new General Manager role for Helicopter Sales and Support

Hawker Pacific creates new General Manager role for Helicopter Sales and Support

Hawker Pacific has announced a significant investment in resources and technologies to support the growing demand for cost effective helicopter sales and support in the region, with Mathew Hardy appointed to the new position of General Manager, Helicopter Sales and Support. In this role Mathew is responsible for overseeing and developing Hawker Pacific’s integrated helicopter… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 19-May-16

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Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

Statoil launches internal investigation into CHC EC225 accident

The mandate for Statoil’s in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoil’s work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident…. Read more »

Source: Statoil, 19-May-16

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British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

British pilot union welcomes promise of new drone laws

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has welcomed the announcement in the Queen’s Speech that the Government will introduce new regulations on drones in a forthcoming Modern Transport Bill.  Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the Government is planning to bring forward drone legislation in a new bill. The number of… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 19-May-16

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Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

Aero Precision to supply LORD products for Korean MD500s

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today an agreement of a territory-specific distribution agreement with LORD Corporation, a leading Aerospace and Defense supplier of vibration control systems. In the agreement, Aero Precision will supply LORD Dampers, Bearings and Tail Rotor Assemblies in South Korea to support MD-500 operations. “We are excited about LORD Corporation’s… Read more »

Source: Aero Precision, 19-May-16

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Sikorsky and AHS issue challenge with $50K prize

Sikorsky and AHS issue challenge with $50K prize

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, (NYSE: LMT) and the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International today announced the Sikorsky-AHS “Hover for a Day” Challenge, a new competition to demonstrate a game-changing level of efficiency in rotorcraft with a $50,000 prize at stake. Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development team within Sikorsky’s Engineering & Technology group, is working… Read more »

Source: AHS, 19-May-16

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FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today posted a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA is not… Read more »

Source: FAA, 19-May-16

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Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company is delighted to announce the delivery and entry into service of the Swedish National Police’s seven Bell 429 helicopters. The fleet is being used for law enforcement and search and rescue, including mountain rescue, across Sweden. “This is now the largest Bell 429 fleet in operation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-May-16

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Sikorsky supplier CPI Aero to Participate at in B. Riley Investor Conference

Sikorsky supplier CPI Aero to Participate at in B. Riley Investor Conference

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero®) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced, that its Chief Financial Officer, Vincent Palazzolo will present at the 17th Annual B. Riley Investor Conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Mr. Palazzolo is scheduled to present at 11:00 AM PT and will hold one-on-one meetings at the conference throughout the… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 18-May-16

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Law firm Wilson Elser launches Helicopter Defense practice

Law firm Wilson Elser launches Helicopter Defense practice

National law firm Wilson Elser announced the official launch of a national Helicopter Defense practice. The firm has practiced in this area for years, but decided to codify a specific sub group to address the distinct risks that helicopters present and the needs of our clients. Led by William Katt, regional managing partner of the… Read more »

Source: Wilson Elser, 17-May-16

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FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

FBI Drone Detection System being tested at New York JFK Airport

The FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government, industry and academia partners have joined forces to evaluate drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has… Read more »

Source: FAA, 17-May-16

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NetJets London Heliport – the new name for Battersea

NetJets London Heliport – the new name for Battersea

NetJets Europe  today unveiled a key investment in the London private aviation market, through a partnership with The London Heliport – the only Heliport in the city certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Heliport will be known as NetJets London Heliport and will feature extensive branding for both NetJets and its sister company,… Read more »

Source: Netjets, 17-May-16

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HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that it has signed a three-year contract with HeliSpeed Ltd. for the supply of civil pilots to assist the growth of Vector’s UK facilities. The contract, which will see HeliSpeed supply pilots in support of Vector’s growing… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-May-16

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Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus Helicopters will participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. “Airbus Helicopters, as a leader with over 50% of the market share in the EMS segment, is ready to contribute to the development of the emerging market of emergency medical services in Russia,” said Emeric Lhomme, CEO… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-May-16

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Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow starts S92 ops from Norwich

Bristow Helicopters are today starting operations from Norwich using a Sikorsky S92.  This is the first time the S92 has been used by any operator out of Norwich, one of two key bases for the southern sector of the North Sea and supporting offshore rigs involved in gas production. The move has come around following… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

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Top Five Vendors in the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market

Top Five Vendors in the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market report. The report also presents the market landscape and a detailed analysis of the key vendors in the market. Competitive vendor landscape The global helicopter FCS market is highly competitive, and vendors compete based on cost, product… Read more »

Source: Technavio, 17-May-16

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Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

Presagis Introduces New UAV and Helicopter Reference Platforms at ITEC 2016

Presagis™ is demonstrating its latest modeling and simulation (M&S) software portfolio, M&S Suite 15, at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, taking place May 17 to 19 at the ExCel Centre. At the conference, Presagis (Booth D-132) will introduce new commercial offerings based on reference platforms… Read more »

Source: Presagis, 17-May-16

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Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian news agency TASS is saying that Airbus Helicopters expects that H135 helicopters will start to be produced in Russia in 2017. Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) has signed a license agreement with Airbus to assemble the H135, and the Russian factory expects this will start with the delivery of kits for four helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 15 May 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 15 May 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, 16-May-16

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Mumbai relaxes planning requirements for rooftop helipads

Mumbai relaxes planning requirements for rooftop helipads

In a surprise move, city planners in the Indian city of Mumbai have proposed to allow helipads on rooftops of buildings over 200 metres in height without any planning application or approval.  The proposal allows the helipad to project out by 1.2 metres from the building line too. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation – the local authority… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

British operator London Helicopter Charters Ltd has been issued their own Air Operator Certificate (AOC number 2441), to support the operation of sightseeing tours in and around the UK’s capital city. The company operates under three different guises using the same two AS350 helicopters which are based at Redhill Aerodrome. * The London Helicopter –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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EASA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel

EASA approves VIH Aerospace MCP01 Master Caution Panel

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval (STC#: #100577794) for its aftermarket replacement MCP01 Master Caution Panel (Model #: MCP-001) for the Bell 212 and 412 series helicopters. The MCP01 has held both Transport Canada and a… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 16-May-16

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HeliOffshore calls for root-and-branch review of offshore safety

HeliOffshore calls for root-and-branch review of offshore safety

HeliOffshore Chief Executive Officer Gretchen Haskins, in closing remarks yesterday, described how recent helicopter tragedies had strengthened the industry’s resolve to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations. “We owe it to those who lost loved ones in Norway – and in other accidents – to do everything to continue our collaboration and deliver safety breakthroughs,”… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 16-May-16

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

A lawsuit has been filed against tour operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters following a hard landing on Kauai in January of this year.  The preliminary NTSB report of the accident of Airbus EC130T2 N11VQ on 17th January stated “On January 17, 2016, about 1430 Hawaii standard time, an Airbus EC130 T2, N11VQ, landed hard on a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

AAMS responds to high-cost accusation aimed at air medical operators

Mr. Jesse Laslovich, candidate for Montana state auditor, recently distributed an article, “Air ambulance flights add insult to injury,” suggesting air medical providers are the primary cause for the high cost of transporting critically ill patients. That position overlooks the insurance industry’s responsibility to cover their beneficiaries’ emergency medical needs. Simply put, some insurance companies… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 16-May-16

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HAC Convention 2016 Keynote Luncheon Speaker announced

HAC Convention 2016 Keynote Luncheon Speaker announced

HAC is Pleased to Announce “Chickenhawk” Author to be HAC’s Convention 2016 Keynote Luncheon Speaker As you may know, Robert Mason has agreed to be HAC’s Keynote Luncheon speaker in 2016, at our Edmonton Convention, November 11-13 at the Shaw Convention Centre and the Westin Edmonton. We are delighted to have Robert and his wife,… Read more »

Source: HAC, 16-May-16

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HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

Coming on the heels of HAI’s expansion to include UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operators and owners, HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro told ROTOR Daily that he was able to use his participation in a recent meeting on UAS issues to explain the helicopter industry’s concerns and positions to the UAS community. Zuccaro was one… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-May-16

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Night Flight Concepts donate NVG course place to Whirly-Girls

Night Flight Concepts donate NVG course place to Whirly-Girls

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce that Night Flight Concepts has committed to providing a deserving Whirly-Girl a Night Vision Goggles (NVG) Flight Training Scholarship for the 2016 scholarship season. Whirly-Girls is an organization of over 1800 female helicopter pilots in 45 countries and continues to grow as women are becoming increasingly active… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 16-May-16

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Kazakhstan operator SkyTech picks PA100 PUREair System for new Airbus H130

Kazakhstan operator SkyTech picks PA100 PUREair System for new Airbus H130

DART Aerospace and its Russian distributor Heliatica LLC announce that SkyTech LLC (SkyService), located in Almaty region in the Republic of Kazakhstan, installed the PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System on their new H130 helicopter. The aircraft completion was performed by Heliswiss Ibérica in Barcelona. SkyTech LLC (SkyService) is a multi-mission operator performing high altitude flights… Read more »

Source: Dart, 16-May-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS has flown more than 3,000 missions to more than 400 communities across Saskatchewan since it established operations in the province in 2012. The missions have been made possible with the help of STARS Lottery, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. The lottery officially kicked off today with 2019 prizes valued at more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-May-16

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HNZ to combine trading symbols on Toronto Stock Exchange

HNZ to combine trading symbols on Toronto Stock Exchange

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ.A, HNZ.B) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it is taking steps to improve the liquidity for its variable voting shares by aggregating the trading of its common and variable voting shares under a single ticker on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 13-May-16

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-May-16

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Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

We have launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of our helicopters and rapid response car fleet to fill our 2017 Charity Calendar. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help us to deliver our advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, and continue saving lives in… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 13-May-16

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Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Located in a rural area, Clay County Hospital is located in a less easiliy accessible area.  As a critical access hospital, it focuses on common conditions and outpatient care, and frequently needs to refer patients with other conditions to other hospitals. In turn this means more than 100 Clay County helicopter transports per year, mostly… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

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Bell opens new paint facility and delivery centre in Prague

Bell opens new paint facility and delivery centre in Prague

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that its Prague location officially opened a new paint facility and delivery center –providing full aircraft completion and delivery capabilities to its European customers. “Bell Helicopter’s continued investment in the region reinforces our commitment to our European customers to provide an in-region facility that offers the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-May-16

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High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters battle residents to start tours at Carolina Beach

High Tide Helicopters would like to start helicopter rides in a Robinson R44 from Carolina Beach in North Carolina, and believe they have sufficient business from visitors to the area to substantiate one mid-week day of flying per week between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.  So that’s 16 days flying per year. High… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-May-16

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RTE pilot celebrates 30,000 helicopter hours as operator receives new H125

RTE pilot celebrates 30,000 helicopter hours as operator receives new H125

On April 21st, Airbus Helicopters delivered an H125 to RTE at a ceremony at its headquarters in Marignane, France. At this occasion, the company also celebrated a major milestone of one of RTE’s pilots who recently clocked in more than 30,000 flight hours, the majority of which on Airbus Helicopters Ecureuil aircraft. On February 4th,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-May-16

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NHV start operating two H175s out of Ghana

NHV start operating two H175s out of Ghana

Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken two Airbus H175 helicopters out to Western Africa, and will be operating them from Ghana.  They will be based at Takoradi under contract to Tullow Oil, which has had interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana since 2006. NHV now has two H175s based at Aberdeen in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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