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Continuity of Samoa Helicopters

Continuity of Samoa Helicopters

Questions are rising about whether Samoa Helicopters has a future. Their single helicopter has not moved from Mulinu’u. It was in use for months after the March general election when the company received an endorsement from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, reports Samoa Observer. The helicopter had been in frequent use, giving tours, a SAR… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

Hangar for Brandywine Hospital

Hangar for Brandywine Hospital

JeffSTAT was happy to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of their new helicopter hangar on Brandywine Hospital grounds. The hangar, which took thousands of dollars to renovate and upgrade, will be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The renovations included furnished meetings rooms and overnight accommodation for flight crews. JeffSTAT… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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Helitune goes on board AW109

Helitune goes on board AW109

Helitune’s Vehicle Health Monitoring System (HT-VHM) recently completed three very successful 45 minute flight trials on an AgustaWestland AW109 with Castle Air in the UK.  HT-VHM was used to continuously collect and store vibration inputs, speed references, RT-TipTrak blade tracking data, GPS and Inertial data.  All 3 flights were a total success and without any… Read more »

Source: Helitune, 21-Oct-16

Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that it has signed Agreements with Toll Helicopters of Australia (Toll Group) for the support of their new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator and to establish Toll Helicopters as an Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE and installed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Oct-16

70th Anniversary of First Frigate Landing

70th Anniversary of First Frigate Landing

The 70th anniversary of the first helicopter landing on deck of the River-Class HMS Helmsdale frigate was celebrated at Yeovilton with a fly in of historic naval helicopters. Alan Bristow was the pilot of the Sikorsky Hoverfly K969 that made the first landing. He would never have realised the importance of that flight as it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Helicopter marketing company Avinco has been asked to recover, manage and remarket a fleet of EC225s previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11.  Avinco report that they have already completed a “lengthy and complex” initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location.  HeliHub.com research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

Elbit Systems Awarded Title by Airbus Helicopters

Elbit Systems Awarded Title by Airbus Helicopters

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded by Airbus Helicopters the title of “Industrial Best Performer Supplier” for the year 2015. Elbit was selected by Airbus for its “quality and on-time delivery performances and customer protection” With over 4,000 electronic units delivered to Airbus Helicopters over the last decade, 1,400 out of them during… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 20-Oct-16

New Helipad for Wayne Memorial Hospital

New Helipad for Wayne Memorial Hospital

Two hundred people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s new helipad, on Fair Avenue. The Times Tribune reported that the helipad cost up to $124 000. A large amount of that cost was paid through the fundraising of Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The new helipad helps bring Wayne Memorial to an IV trauma… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

John Funnell, 65, is one of the most well-known SAR pilot’s in New Zealand. Although today he spends his time managing a hotel, a cattle farm and even a bit of bee keeping, back in the day he saved thousands of lives with 19 000 hours of flight time under his belt. Some of his… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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New Pilot for Cayman Police

New Pilot for Cayman Police

Richard Morcombe has joined the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) in September this year. He joined the RCIPS after working with the UK National Police Air Service. He brings with him 7000 hours of flight time, having completed 26 years with the UK Army. His experience ranges from Gazelle and Lynx combat helicopters, pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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Leonardo at Helitech International 2016

Leonardo at Helitech International 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica is attending Helitech International  2016 (October 11-13, Stand No. 10B50), the most important helicopter exhibition in Europe, showing a range of solutions in the commercial and public utility rotorcraft sector demonstrating integrated capabilities, from platform and customized configuration through to support and training services. The company is displaying an AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate helicopter… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Oct-16

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Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell Develops Next Generation Precision Navigation Technology

Honeywell has signed an agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop the next generation of precision inertial technology. As a legacy supplier of this navigation technology for commercial and military applications, Honeywell is working to improve the accuracy of inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology by three orders of magnitude compared… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 19-Oct-16

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FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

BLR Aerospace are looking to gain approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next month for the FastFin modification on Airbus Helicopter’s H125. The FastFin modification combines vortex generators and an aerodynamic cowling on the left side of the tail boom, opposite a strake. This creates a “lateral lift” reports Flight Global. The one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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LifeFlight limps on after Tallahassee base closure

LifeFlight limps on after Tallahassee base closure

Despite having closed its Tallahassee branch earlier this month, LifeFlight is continuing with its medical air ambulance services in the area by using their other branches in Marianna, Georgia and Live Oak. The branch was initially closed due to a lack of demand. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Hospital is currently looking into the impact that the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

The NSW Government will provide $2.3 million for a new Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical base at Belmont.        Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport will be a key emergency service facility for northern NSW with aircraft hangar facilities; day maintenance and training facilities; and accommodation for… Read more »

Source: Rescue Helicopters, 19-Oct-16

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Kobe-based Hiratagakuen signs contract for two H145s

Kobe-based Hiratagakuen signs contract for two H145s

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract with Hiratagakuen for two H145//BK117D-2s as a sales agent in Japan for Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the helicopter. A signing ceremony was held today at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016, in the presence of Mitsuhiro Hirata, Vice President, Aviation Operation Division of Hiratagakuen and Guillaume Leprince, Head… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Oct-16

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IMT Airborne Video Downlink System Prepares for Takeoff

IMT Airborne Video Downlink System Prepares for Takeoff

Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the law enforcement, broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, is showcasing its Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS), including the Mini Mobile CMDR, CIRAS-x6, CRx6, DR3 IP Diversity Receiver and the new VNS Video Streaming Server, at East Coast Helicopter Operations 2016 (E.C.H.O.), an event… Read more »

Source: IMT, 19-Oct-16

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Bristow announces date for Q2 results

Bristow announces date for Q2 results

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended September 30, 2016, after the market closes on Thursday, November 3, 2016.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 19-Oct-16

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Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

Duties Lifted For Light Helicopters in Eurasian Economic Union

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission has lifted the customs duties on helicopters with empty weight of up to 1 ton. The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, such as Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan will be affected by this temporary lift, which will run until the end of 2017. The decision was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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Rotorcraft Support Group relocates

Rotorcraft Support Group relocates

Rotorcraft have been given the green light to relocate from Van Nuys Airport to Fillmore. The Fillmore City Council had a unanimous vote to allow development for a new hangar to begin in the 10 acres bought by Rotorcraft. The Guardian, a firefighting helicopter agency hopes to share the plot. These two companies will bring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco was recently awarded the largest contract of its kind, in charge of recovering, managing and remarketing a fleet of H 225 superpumas previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11. Further to the lengthy and complex initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location,… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 19-Oct-16

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Indian HEMS service leases three H130s from LCI

Indian HEMS service leases three H130s from LCI

Aviators Air Rescue Pvt Ltd has leased three Airbus H130 helicopters from Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group. Based in Bangalore, India, Aviators Air Rescue stakes its claim as the country’s first civil helicopter emergency service with advanced life support capabilities. The aircraft will be used for emergency medical service… Read more »

Source: Air Med and Rescue, 19-Oct-16

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LCI to lease 3 H130s to Aviators Air Rescue

LCI to lease 3 H130s to Aviators Air Rescue

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has leased three Airbus Helicopters H130 aircraft to Aviators Air Rescue Pvt Ltd. The company, which is India’s first civil helicopter emergency service with advanced life support capability, is based in Bangalore and will use the aircraft for emergency medical services (EMS) missions. Michael… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Oct-16

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JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

JMSDF signs Performance-based Logistics contract

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract with Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) for Performance-based Logistics (PBL) benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ new customer fleet availability service offer called HCare. The PBL is a contract method that involves payment of compensation according to the level of equipment performance achieved in terms of availability ratio and stable… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Toho Air Service takes delivery of H125

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered a brand-new H125 to Toho Air Service Co., Ltd. It is the 10th H125 delivered to the Japanese customer and this Ecureuil family aircraft will be used for various services, including passenger and cargo transport. Toho Air Service is the very first customer of Airbus Helicopters in Japan, currently operating… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Russia and India sign Ka226 production agreement

Russia and India sign Ka226 production agreement

The signing of the agreement on creation of the joint venture is part of the Russian-Indian summit, which is taking place in the Indian state of Goa today.  For Russia, the agreement was signed by Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev and the head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin. Both Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport are part of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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AMRG Accepts Delivery of Upgrade from Aero Dynamix

AMRG Accepts Delivery of Upgrade from Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) is very proud to announce their selection by Air Medical Resources Group (AMRG) as the preferred NVIS solution provider on their EMS rotorcraft. “We are extremely pleased to be working with AMRG and to be a part of their known excellence and contributions in the EMS community” said ADI’s Chief Operating… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 18-Oct-16

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Yuhi Airlines Signs for Bell 505

Yuhi Airlines Signs for Bell 505

“We are pleased to sign for the Bell 505 and look forward to integrating the aircraft into our operations,” said Mr. Toma. “Yuhi Airlines provides world class air transportation services throughout Japan, and the Bell 505 will provide customers with efficient transportation and high levels of visibility to enjoy the views.” Yuhi Airlines was founded… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Oct-16

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Approval for Heliport in Greater Noida

Approval for Heliport in Greater Noida

The Director General of Civil Aviation and the Indian Government have approved plans for a heliport to be built in Greater Noida, near the Gautam Budh University. The heliport will be built over a 22-acre plot, with an additional 15 acres for future expansions. It is expected to take up to two years to complete…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-16

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Bell lauches Customer Advatage Plan in Japan

Bell lauches Customer Advatage Plan in Japan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the first customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Japan. SECO International signed a letter of intent (LOI) for CAP coverage of their two future Bell 505’s while at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Oct-16

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WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

The first baby to be transported in the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) Charity’s new fourth aircraft has been flown home with the help of the neonatal team at Glan Clwyd Hospital. Baby Noah Griffiths, from Carmarthen, was born thirteen weeks prematurely at the unit in Bodelwyddan, but as soon as he was deemed well enough… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 18-Oct-16

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RAC Rescue Helicopter reaches 5000 milestone​

RAC Rescue Helicopter reaches 5000 milestone​

Western Australia’s RAC Rescue notched up its 5,000th mission this week, with the service playing a pivotal role over the past 13 years to provide life-saving medical treatment. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford said one of the most common tasks RAC Rescue has attended over the years is road… Read more »

Source: DFES, 18-Oct-16

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Abrupt Closure for Air Evac Lifeteam Base

Abrupt Closure for Air Evac Lifeteam Base

Air Evac Lifeteam is abruptly closing their Martins Ferry medical base. Seth Myers, the President of Air Evac Lifeteam has reported that the reason for closing is due to low reimbursement and a low demand for transportation. The employees have been offered severance packages or other company positions, reports WTOV 9.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-16

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Shimco Completes Move to Cambridge

Shimco Completes Move to Cambridge

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts, specialized coatings and gap-management solutions has completed its move from Markham, Ontario to a new 25,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cambridge, Ontario with increased capacity and advancements in manufacturing processes. The new facility has received full AS9100C recertification, as well as updated customer… Read more »

Source: Shimco, 18-Oct-16

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Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

Waypoint tries to scupper CHC marriage to Milestone

In Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business I commented that: “some lessors are definitely not welcoming the recently announced Milestone (part of GE) relationship with CHC…have no doubt that the position is pretty dire for those lessors focused on heavy aircraft in the offshore oil and gas market and those with CHC exposure… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 17-Oct-16

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Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

Leading global helicopter offshore hoist operator Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) has signed for one H145 today at Helitech International. The new aircraft – to be delivered in December 2017- will be operated from HTM’s bases at Emden, Norden, Borkum and Helgoland, serving offshore windfarms in the German Bight. The H145 joins HTM’s already-extensive inventory of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus Helicopters is celebrating two decades of operations with the H135 light twin, multi-mission helicopter at the Helitech show. Twenty years after its entry into service and thanks to continuous evolution, the H135 has significantly extended its performance and mission capabilities. Today, more than 300 customers in 75 countries operate the H135 for a wide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Orange County commissioners are arguing the proposal of helicopter tours near The Orlando Eye. The objections were based around the safety issues of flying near the 400 ft. wheel, near theme parks and the noise it would make around the neighbouring residential area, reports Orlando Sentinel. A counter argument is being made over how measures… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced new updates in their continued progress with their training center in Valencia, Spain – continuing to meet commitments to bring a regional training solution to Europe. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training is designed… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 17-Oct-16

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Russian Helicopters promotes Mi-26 fire safety

Russian Helicopters promotes Mi-26 fire safety

Mi-26TS was bought by the Chinese company, Lectern Aviation Supplies, for the needs of Shandong, where there an active program aimed at the forest area preservation and increase is being implemented. After being delivered to China, the helicopter proceeded to complete operations involving fire fighting and the transportation of equipment and large-scale cargoes; it was… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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IMT receives $200K police order

IMT receives $200K police order

Integrated Microwave Technology (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the law enforcement, broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, announced it has received a $200,000 order from a prominent state police agency located in the Mid-Atlantic region for an Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS). The system consists of video communications equipment and related services that extend the efficacy of tactical operations… Read more »

Source: IMT, 17-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

Helitech 2016: From Offshore Pilot to Lobo MD – an interview with Mark Kelly

I met up with Mark Kelly at Helitech 2016. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Lobo Leasing in January 2016. Mark worked in his family’s engineering business in Ireland for ten years, self-sponsored his way to a pilot’s license and then joined CHC as a co-pilot on the Puma fleet in… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 14-Oct-16

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Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the North American sales leader in law enforcement helicopters for more than a decade, will exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 16-18, Booth #4927. The California Highway Patrol operates 11 H125/AS350-series AStar aircraft to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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Safran marks 20th anniversary of Airbus Helicopters H135

Safran marks 20th anniversary of Airbus Helicopters H135

Safran congratulates Airbus Helicopters on the 20th anniversary of the entry-into-service of its H135 light twin. The first EC135, powered by Safran engines, was delivered in 1996. Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, said: “I wish Airbus Helicopters a happy anniversary for its H135 family. It is a great aircraft that over the years has… Read more »

Source: Safran, 14-Oct-16

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Corail Helicopters becomes launch customer for Fleet Keeper service offering

Corail Helicopters becomes launch customer for Fleet Keeper service offering

Corail Helicopters, operator of a 7 Airbus Helicopters fleet, has become the launch customer of Fleet KeeperTM thanks to a contract agreement signed today at the Helitech exhibition in Amsterdam. Developed by Airbus Helicopters as part of its HCare Connected Services offering, Fleet KeeperTM has recently been validated by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power receives FAA approval for TB17 batteries on R44

True Blue Power announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s TB17 (17-amp hour) lithium-ion batteries on Robinson R44 helicopters. This is the first STC granted by the FAA for lithium-ion battery use as a primary electrical power source, including engine start. True Blue Power partnered with… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 14-Oct-16

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Fukuoka City places order for AS365N3+

Fukuoka City places order for AS365N3+

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one AS365N3+ with the Fukuoka City. The twin-engine Dauphin family aircraft will replace the currently operated AS365N2. The delivery is scheduled in spring 2018. The Fukuoka City Fire Department currently operates a fleet of one AS365N2 and one AS365N3+ for firefighting missions. Fukuoka City first introduced the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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Mikikanko places order for H125

Mikikanko places order for H125

Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one H125 with Mikikanko Co., ltd. This is a milestone deal, with the company purchasing a helicopter for the very first time. The real estate company will use the proven Ecureuil family aircraft mainly for its existing and new businesses. The delivery is scheduled in 2017. A… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Japan, 14-Oct-16

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Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica shows continued strength in all civil helicopter markets. The company announced today the signing of a contract with Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Helitech, Amsterdam. This aircraft is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017 and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Oct-16

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Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

LifeFlight Tallahassee has closed its Gadsden County base, giving no notice to its 15 employees. They were merely told to attend a meeting on Tuesday, where the situation was explained to them. They may be reassigned to other employment opportunities within the company. The base was closed due to a declining revenue and the strain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Nguyen Bui Hien, a 62 year old mechanical engineer in Southern Vietnam, has recently successfully flight tested his homemade helicopter. Mr. Hien runs his own automobile shop and has built a helicopter before in 2012, which weighed 250kg, was 2.95m x 1.2m x 2.4m and had an engine of 106 horsepower. His new helicopter though,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

In my article, Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry, I stated that a change in the offshore helicopter market was inevitable and success for the offshore helicopter companies depended upon how quick and able they were at: 1.    Diversifying their business; 2.    Providing a “Personnel Only” option for oil and gas clients;… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

I met up with Jakub Hoda at Helitech, the Managing Director for Bell in Europe and Asia. Jakub is the one in the middle in the photograph at the Bell stand, accompanied by his Customer Support colleagues from the USA (Ray Lamas and Michael Reagan).  The immediate thing that strikes you during the meeting is… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

To be frank Helitech 2016 has been a bit quiet – only four helicopters on display and well…there is only so much chalet coffee and biscuits you can manage in a day. However, this does give this commentator the opportunity to explore areas that are are bit “shaky”. A company that relies on passengers having… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

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Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus Helicopters has kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded last week after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out last week with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS), who became launch customer for this new variant… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Oct-16

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Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and its Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF), Agrarflug Helilift, announce today that Agrarflug Helilift is in the process of obtaining an expanded capability to support medium tailbooms for the Bell 212 and 412 aircraft– continuing to strengthen aircraft support for European customers. As a Bell Helicopter Authorized CSF,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the signing of the first VIP customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Europe. The private customer operates a Bell 407GXP and is located in Belgium. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for daily operations. The plans offer a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is proud to formally announce that the first Bell 412EPI in Japan delivered first quarter 2016 to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has entered into service. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at the start of its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

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AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

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AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

Five AW169 orders from Lease Corporation International and Helikorea that will be delivered in 2016 and 2017 Specialist Aviation Services signed a Framework Agreement for a further six AW169s with deliveries expected between 2017 and 2019 Agreements for nearly 150 AW169s, including firm orders, framework contracts and options, signed to date by customers worldwide The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

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Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2016 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, October 27, 2016, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Source: Kaman, 13-Oct-16

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IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and HeliOffshore, the global offshore helicopter industry association, strengthened today their cooperation with the aim of increasing helicopter safety, a top priority for both industries. The two organizations signed a reciprocal membership agreement today which formalises a collaboration that began in October 2014, when offshore helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 13-Oct-16

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DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace is proud to announce the opening of its new UK based office.  In the last year DART has invested in building a regional team for the European territory.  DART’s focus is to offer exceptional customer service and to have qualified regional representatives located in the same time zone as our European customers.  DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 13-Oct-16

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JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its new Parts-Only Program is now available for the Airbus H130, formerly known as the EC130 helicopter. Kevin Thomas, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning for JSSI remarked, “We continue to expand our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Oct-16

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Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Faith Hospital held their opening ceremony on October 3rd of their new helipad. This new helipad provides the Cayman Islands with a sorely needed emergency landing area. As reported by Cayman Compass, the use of a helipad will greatly reduce the response time and the time it takes for critical patients to receive care. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program. “We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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ITT showcases rotorcraft solutions at Helitech 2016

ITT showcases rotorcraft solutions at Helitech 2016

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand will showcase its portfolio of rotorcraft solutions at Helitech International 2016, Oct. 11-13, in Amsterdam. Enidine’s vibration isolation and energy absorption products, including its multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings, pylon isolation system and cabin interior vibration isolators, allow for a more comfortable passenger experience and longer lifespan of rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: ITT, 12-Oct-16

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Milestone gets in bed with CHC

Milestone gets in bed with CHC

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) today announced that it has entered into a plan support agreement (the “PSA”) with respect to the terms of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). The PSA contemplates a comprehensive recapitalization of the Company that will provide $300 million in new capital from… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Oct-16

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Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

The 66 page Statoil Report into helicopter safety following the Norwegian H225 accident in April 2016 makes some telling comments on the retrenchment by oil and gas operators and the impact on helicopter operators. The investigation team of eight internal Statoil staff and one external member of the Norwegian military met with and interviewed 80… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 11-Oct-16

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Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its participation at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016 (JA2016) held October 12 through October 15 at Tokyo Big Sight. Leadership from Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation and Textron Systems will be available in booth #W3-018 to discuss their innovative product lines, customizable aircraft offerings, as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 11-Oct-16

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CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions, the international leader in mission system software, will be demonstrating their very latest products at Helitech International in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in booth 12A41. This will be the first major international tradeshow for CarteNav since the company was acquired by Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (PAL Aerospace) and became part of the Exchange… Read more »

Source: CarteNav Solutions, 11-Oct-16

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