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Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) announced today that its launch customer Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong has formally accepted the first two production K-MAX® aircraft built on Kaman’s re-opened production line.  The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to Guangdong Juxiang General Aviation Co. Ltd, in China, who will operate… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 01-Aug-17

Continental Motors Group announces new Diesel helicopter engine

Continental Motors Group announces new Diesel helicopter engine

Continental Motors Group™, Ltd of Hong Kong, Alabama, USA and St. Egidien, Germany, announced that its family of Diesel engines is expanding with the CD-265 and CDR-285 engines. The CD-265 is intended for fix-winged applications while the CDR-285 is designed for rotary wing applications. As the other members of the CD-200 family, the CD-265 and… Read more »

Source: Continental Motors Group, 01-Aug-17

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MD takes MD6XX concept helicopter to ALEA Convention

MD takes MD6XX concept helicopter to ALEA Convention

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 26 – 28, 2017 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada. With a display anchored by the MD 6XX Concept Helicopter in a custom law-enforcement configuration, the MD Helicopters team will also celebrate new aircraft sales, the MDHI-exclusive FAA-approved E-to-F… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Aug-17

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of… Read more »

Source: DLR, 01-Aug-17

Canada approves Donaldson IBF for AS350 and EC130

Canada approves Donaldson IBF for AS350 and EC130

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that Transport Canada has certified its Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) for installation on Airbus AS350 B3, EC130 B4, and EC130 T2 helicopters. The IBFs keep contamination, including dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects, from degrading the performance and reliability of helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 01-Aug-17

CHC Australia Recognized for Advancement and Safety of NVG Technology

CHC Australia Recognized for Advancement and Safety of NVG Technology

CHC Australia, part of CHC Group, was selected to receive the International Advancement Award as part of the 2017 Night Visions Awards Show. The event, held in Reno, Nevada at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference, awards flight operations that are driving new technology and safety through night vision systems within their operation. “For… Read more »

Source: CHC, 01-Aug-17

DRF reports mission stats for first half if 2017

DRF reports mission stats for first half if 2017

DRF Luftrettung operates helicopters for emergency rescue and transporting intensive care patients between clinics at 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria, with eight of these HEMS bases running 24/7. In addition, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircraft with specialized crews for worldwide repatriations. DRF Luftrettung was called out to rescue missions 19,558 times from January… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 01-Aug-17

Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new H130 to Hospital Wing, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit air medical transport service, which will join three H130s already in service. The acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s long-term strategy to transition its entire fleet to this helicopter model. The nonprofit also currently operates three EC130B4s, which is an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jul-17

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Phoenix Ranger-LR at the ALEA Expo

Phoenix Ranger-LR at the ALEA Expo

Helinet Aviation, a provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement and public safety markets, announced today the acquisition of a Phoenix Ranger-LR unit for airborne applications. The company will be showcasing the device at the ALEA Expo in Reno, Nevada this week. Designed for the most advanced mapping, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

It is said that a group doesn’t necessarily constitute a team. At Mission Health, there are more than 12,000 of us who are far more than just a group of employees, we are a team, a family. We are people who strive together in various capacities in the common purpose of caring for the residents… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing to Modernize next-Generation Chinook

Boeing to Modernize next-Generation Chinook

Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build and test three U.S. Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as part of a modernization effort that will likely bring another two decades of work to the company’s Philadelphia site. A recent $276 million Army contract will fund those helicopters, which will validate technology advancements that will increase the iconic helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 31-Jul-17

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10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

In a ground-breaking new deal, Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD $63 million to bring 10 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia, with options for an additional 10 aircraft. In a world-first refurbishment program to be undertaken in Brisbane, the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Jul-17

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Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation, one of the most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today the purchase of an Airbus AS350 B2 for its ENG and Production groups. The aircraft has been specially outfitted by EuroTec, a leading helicopter sales and support company. Dedicated to the memory of Alan Purwin, the B2 features a digitized… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Lifeteam 68 Awarded Air Evac Regional Service Award

Lifeteam 68 Awarded Air Evac Regional Service Award

Wise County Lifeteam 68 was awarded the Air Evac Regional Service Award this year for their outstanding community outreach programmes. Lisa Ponce, Programme Director, has stated that they wish to be there for the community during the good times too, not just the bad. Some of the events they attend include school career days, awareness… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC International, a Metro Aviation Company, recently completed maintenance and exterior refurbishments on the first of two Bell UH1-H aircraft for the Michigan State Police. PAC utilized their state-of-the-art soft media blast booth to remove the majority of the aircraft’s original paint. “This aircraft had the original military CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) paint which… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jul-17

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AeroBrigham seals Deal to Represent Serastar

AeroBrigham seals Deal to Represent Serastar

Aircraft customizing, maintenance and support provider, AeroBrigham has announced the company will provide integration, distribution and support services for a revolutionary and cost-effective means to send encrypted video and audio from aerial platforms anywhere in the world.  Serastar Technologies Corporation’s Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Recon System (STARS) equipment allows streaming video in a compact ISR video transmission and recording… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 28-Jul-17

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NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the AW119Kx helicopter has been selected by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police for operations in support of water supply protection. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2018. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jul-17

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Arista awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Arista awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Arista Aviation Services LLC has been awarded a five year IDIQ contract with a value of over $111,000,000 to perform UH-1 Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Aviation. This is a follow on contract, and Arista Aviation is the current incumbent. The contract will allow for the accomplishment of… Read more »

Source: Arista Aviation Services, 28-Jul-17

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FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Redbird VTO full motion helicopter trainer as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). This approval will allow pilots to credit a portion of the time spent training in the VTO towards the aeronautical experience requirements for the pilot certificate or rating being sought. For example, private pilot applicants will… Read more »

Source: Redbird Flight, 28-Jul-17

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San Bernandino Sherriff Acquires H125

San Bernandino Sherriff  Acquires H125

San Bernandino County Sheriff’s Department in California has strengthened its public safety capabilities with the acquisition of two new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the best-selling law enforcement helicopter in the country. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting one of San Bernandino’s H125s at the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo this week… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jul-17

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Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

 Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)  signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate on the UH-1Y. This signing is in addition to the LOI signed for the AH-1Z in 2016 – further expanding business relationships between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Bell Helicopter. Based on this LOI, Polska Grupa… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Jul-17

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NEMSPA opens nominations for two awards

NEMSPA opens nominations for two awards

Air Medical Pilot of the Year The NEMSPA Pilot of the Year Award is presented to an air medical pilot that stands out in terms of professionalism and skill, and an uncompromising attitude toward operational safety. In short, we want to recognize pilots who have made exceptional contributions to the quality and safety of air… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 27-Jul-17

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AeroBrigham to represent Swiss Rotor Solutions in US

AeroBrigham to represent Swiss Rotor Solutions in US

Helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul specialty company, AeroBrigham has announced the company will now represent Swiss Rotor Solutions as the exclusive North American distributor of the Max Pilot View Kit (MPVK) for the AS350 series helicopter. The MPVK will not only significantly improve pilot visibility but will also improve operational safety and decrease pilot fatigue… Read more »

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 27-Jul-17

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Heli-One USA Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Heli-One USA Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is proud to celebrate the 10- year anniversary of servicing Arriel engines at their American facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. As one of only three level 4 facilities in North America, Heli-One USA is qualified to perform full repair and overhaul on… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 26-Jul-17

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Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia has been a proud sponsor of the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter for the past 5 years. Each year the community’s own Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is on standby 24 hours a day to help save lives across the Northern Rivers and beyond.  The Northern Region fleet carry out an… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Jul-17

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Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

Sikorsky sets up EMS championship in Poland with Black Hawks

19 crews from all over the country competed in the first Subcarpathian Regional Polish Championships in medical rescue. The main goals of the championships are the acquisition of professional experience, the consolidation of knowledge, exercises, the integration of the medical community, the exchange of experience. The three-day event was the first time in our region…. Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 26-Jul-17

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Robertson testing AS350 crash resistant fuel tank

Robertson testing AS350 crash resistant fuel tank

Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company, and Vector Aerospace have completed a major milestone toward Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 light single helicopter family. Following the successful completion of a 50-foot drop test that demonstrated the tank’s ability to withstand impact without any leakage,… Read more »

Source: Robertson Fuel Systems, 26-Jul-17

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Kaman announces date for FY2017Q2 earnings

Kaman announces date for FY2017Q2 earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its second quarter 2017 results after the stock market closes on Monday, July 31, 2017, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (844) 473-0975 and… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 26-Jul-17

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Garmin Pilot Adds Features for Android and Apple App

Garmin Pilot Adds Features for Android and Apple App

We’ve added several new enhancements and an expanded feature set for the Garmin Pilot application on Apple and Android mobile devices. New for Android, Garmin Pilot customers can now access synthetic vision (SVX), as well as pilot-configurable checklists within the app. Customers using Garmin Pilot on an Apple mobile device can take advantage of weight and… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 26-Jul-17

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Bell Helicopter’s booth at ALEA 2017

Bell Helicopter’s booth at ALEA 2017

Bell Helicopter would like to announce its presence at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) exposition July 26th – July 28th in Reno, NV. At the Bell Helicopter booth #172, Bell will display the Bell 407GX and feature one of our loyal customers, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. Come stop by and meet with our regional sales… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 26-Jul-17

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Russian Helicopters sell 10 aircraft to China

Russian Helicopters sell 10 aircraft to China

Russian Helicopters and United Helicopters signed contracts on delivery of 10 helicopters to China Within the framework of the MAKS-2017 International Aerospace Show “Russian Helicopters” holding (part of the Rostec state corporation) concluded three contracts with United Helicopters International Group on supply of 10 helicopters to Chinese operators in 2017-2018. In particular, according to the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 26-Jul-17

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Airbus awarded patent for connection joint for attaching an airfoil blade to a helicopter’s bearingless main rotor

Airbus awarded patent for connection joint for attaching an airfoil blade to a helicopter’s bearingless main rotor

An airfoil blade (2) of a bearingless rotor of a helicopter. Said airfoil blade (2) has a pitch axis from a tip end to a root end and said root end is provided with junction means for a separable junction arrangement of said airfoil blade (2) with a flexbeam head (13), and a control cuff (4,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 25-Jul-17

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Bristow returns two EC225s to leasing company

Bristow returns two EC225s to leasing company

The flight restrictions on the Super Puma EC225s was lifted earlier this month, after being grounded since the fatal crash last year that killed 13 people. The public has voiced their anger however. Unions have requested a public inquiry into the accidents involving the Super Pumas. They state that the workers are getting by with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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NZ – Northland seeking to upgrade to two Sikorsky S76C from S76A models

NZ – Northland seeking to upgrade to two Sikorsky S76C from S76A models

The Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) is looking to loaning $10 million from the Northland Regional Council in order to replace their two rescue helicopters. The loan from the council will have better interest rates than any bank, ultimately saving them $200,000 a year, reports NZ Herald. They would have to pay the loan back… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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Eagle Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Australasia

Eagle Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Australasia

At Eagle Australasia, we continually strive to expand our capabilities and intern our ability to provide expert support and service to the industry. We are excited to announce BLR Aerospace has recognised Eagle Australasia as an industry expert in the world of Bell Helicopters by appointing us BLR Distributors for Australia, Papua New Guinea and… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 25-Jul-17

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CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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Erlanger Health System adds 6th helicopter

Erlanger Health System adds 6th helicopter

The aircraft arrived at Erlanger Baroness Hospital Wednesday afternoon to be equipped for its inaugural medical flight set for August 15. The LIFE FORCE 6 helicopter will be based at Western Carolina Regional Airport in Andrews, North Carolina. The new aircraft is a H135 with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). In mountainous regions, like where LIFE FORCE… Read more »

Source: Erlanger Health System, 25-Jul-17

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37 Wescam MX-15 systems sold for two foreign H725 orders

37 Wescam MX-15 systems sold for two foreign H725 orders

L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has received an order from Airbus Helicopters to provide 37 MX™-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for installation on multiple fleets of H225M Caracal helicopters. The systems will be installed in France before being delivered to two foreign governments for military deployment. “This order expands… Read more »

Source: L3 Technologies, 25-Jul-17

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Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

Two Ansat and one Mi-171 ordered for EMS work at 2022 Winter Olympics

United Helicopters International Group, the authorized distributor of Russian Helicopters holding in China has signed an agreement to supply 3 medical helicopters to Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center. Due to agreement signed on 17 July in Beijing, the Emergency Rescue Center, that is a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, will receive two Ansat helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Jul-17

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CHC names gala dinner speaker for Safety and Quality Summit

CHC names gala dinner speaker for Safety and Quality Summit

John Foley, former lead solo pilot for the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, will join aviation and energy industry professionals as the featured speaker for the gala dinner at the 13th annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit later this year. The gala dinner, a highlight of the Summit, draws several hundred attendees each year. Mr. Foley… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Jul-17

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Museum adds two hydrogen peroxide powered helicopters

Museum adds two hydrogen peroxide powered helicopters

Two unique helicopters, developed to use high grade hydrogen peroxide and a silver catalyst chemical reaction to create high pressure steam driving the rotor system, arrived at the Helicopter Museum on 19th July for restoration and display. The aircraft, a single seat Dragonfly DF.1 and two seat Atlas, had their origins in a 1950-60s US military… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jul-17

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Safran launches online technical publications service

Safran launches online technical publications service

Safran Helicopter Engines has launched a new online technical publications service for its entire engine range. Known as Web IETP (Interactive Electronic Technical Publications), the service is available 24/7 on all PCs and tablets, via iOS, Windows and Android device, through its Customer Portal (tools.safran-helicopter-engines.com). It has been developed to improve both access to technical… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 25-Jul-17

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Londons Air Ambulance appoints 11 medical consultants

Londons Air Ambulance appoints 11 medical consultants

London’s Air Ambulance charity and Barts Health NHS Trust have appointed 11 consultants to join the service.  This large investment to move to a consultant delivered service will ensure we are ready to deliver the future of advanced trauma care to London. We are continually innovating ways to prevent unnecessary deaths from trauma, and procedures… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 25-Jul-17

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AAMS announces new Board members

AAMS announces new Board members

As the Chair of the AAMS Nominations Committee, I’m pleased to announce that the election for the 2017 – 2019 term on the AAMS board has come to a close.  I would like to welcome and congratulate the following new and re-elected AAMS Board Members! Regions 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 were up for… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 25-Jul-17

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Swiss Rotor Solutions takes AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit to ALEA 2017

Swiss Rotor Solutions takes AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit to ALEA 2017

Swiss Rotor Solutions Ltd, in cooperation with AeroBrigham LLC (booth #106) is presenting the MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT (MPVK), the next generation safety and visibility solution for the Airbus H125 / AS350 helicopter family during the upcoming ALEA Convention in Reno NV. Visit AeroBrigham at booth #106 and preserve a technical briefing about the Maximum… Read more »

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 25-Jul-17

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Russian leasing company GTLK orders 30 helicopters

Russian leasing company GTLK orders 30 helicopters

State Transport Leasing Corporation (GTLK) and Russian Helicopters have signed an contract at the MAKS 2017 exhibition for 30 helicopters. The deliveries include 12 Mi-8AMTs, 12 Kazan Helicopters Ansats and 6 Mi-8MTVs. They plan to use all of the aforementioned helicopters in the government’s plan to develop air ambulance services in 34 different regions, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jul-17

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Voom app – Uber for helicopters in Sao Paulo

Voom app – Uber for helicopters in Sao Paulo

A3, an outpost of Airbus in Brazil, has come out with a new transportation app, Voom. Using the same concept as Uber, one would be able to hail a helicopter flight by using a smartphone. Many know that the streets of Sao Paulo are heavily laden with traffic, and getting from A to B can… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jul-17

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Last Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL

Last Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL

Russia’s SKOL Airlines has recently received a delivery of two Mil Mi-8MTV-1 medium helicopters. Based in Surgut, SKOL will be using these crafts as both a passenger and cargo helicopter. The two helicopters marked the end of a 2016 contract. They now currently have a fleet of two Mi-171s, five Mi-8Ts, four Mi-8AMTs, five Mi-26T… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jul-17

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Mexico approves Apollo spray systems for R22 and R44

Mexico approves Apollo spray systems for R22 and R44

Mexico’s aviation authority (DGAC) has issued STC IA-428/2017 and IA- 415/2017 for Apollo Spray’s DTM-4 and DTM-3 agricultural spray system for Robinson R44, R44 II and R22 helicopters. Agricultural Spray Operators in Mexico can now benefit from Apollo Spray’s superior spray systems. Apollo spray systems are the lightest most cost effective systems available for Robinson… Read more »

Source: Apollo Spray System, 24-Jul-17

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CPI Aero Signs Supply Agreement with Sikorsky

CPI Aero Signs Supply Agreement with Sikorsky

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT:CVU) announced today that it has signed a long-term supply agreement with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT), to manufacture fuel panel assemblies for the UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. This long-term agreement is valued at up to approximately $21 million for a period of five years, beginning in 2018… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 24-Jul-17

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RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

RACQ Lifeflight welcomes Queensland Government funding

Minister for Emergency Services Mark Ryan announced today the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.4 million allocation in its 2017/18 State Budget to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in Mount Isa flying to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the north-west. “The LifeFlight operations are an important emergency service for Queenslanders and in particular for… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 24-Jul-17

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AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

AW189 to support Oil&Gas operations in Russia

Leonardo announced today that an AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018. This latest result confirms the competitiveness of Leonardo’s modern solutions… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Jul-17

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Kaman confident of extending K-Max production to 2019 at least

Kaman confident of extending K-Max production to 2019 at least

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced that its Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX® production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft. “Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX® have provided us the confidence… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 24-Jul-17

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LA County Fire Dept orders two new Fire Hawks

LA County Fire Dept orders two new Fire Hawks

A Los Angeles County Fire Department Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopter makes a water drop in support of firefighters on the ground. Photo by Douglas Morrison. At its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized the Internal Services Department to proceed with the acquisition of two Sikorsky S70i… Read more »

Source: LA County Fire Department, 24-Jul-17

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First Norwegen Operator installs Maximum Pilot View Kit

First Norwegen Operator installs Maximum Pilot View Kit

Nord Helikopter sign contract for two Maximum Pilot View Kits at HAI-EXPO in Dallas. First Kit is already installed and operational now. “Customers are impressed about the Maximum Pilot View Kit”, Erlend Folstad says, CEO Nord Helikopter.

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 24-Jul-17

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First MPVK installation on brand new H125 of Heli Austria

First MPVK installation on brand new H125 of Heli Austria

Heli Austria installs the Maximum Pilot View Kit on two of their brand new H125 helicopters. “The visibility and the comfortable pilot position while operating is amazing. Without the MPVK we would have decided to purchase Bell 407s”, Roy Knaus says, CEO of Heli Austria.

Source: Heli Austria, 24-Jul-17

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Vector awarded Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award

Vector awarded Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize top-performing suppliers who share its focus on first-time quality and on-time delivery.  Vector’s component services team, based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-Jul-17

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New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

New Deputy Administrator appointed at FAA

Dan Elwell was sworn in this week as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Deputy Administrator. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump, Elwell is the second highest-ranking official at the agency responsible for ensuring aviation safety and air traffic control services for the nation. Elwell returns to the FAA during a historic period of safety and change… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Jul-17

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Idaho Governor Gives ASU Valued Partner Awards to HeliAir and LFE

Idaho Governor Gives ASU Valued Partner Awards to HeliAir and LFE

From the International Paris Air Show trade show floor in the United States Pavilion along with the state of Idaho delegation, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter awarded Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) valued partner awards to Austria-based Helikopter Air Transport GmbH (HeliAir) and Paris, France-based LFE. The Valued Partner Awards are given out by the State… Read more »

Source: ASU, 24-Jul-17

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Safran announces first ground run of Arriel 2L2 engine

Safran announces first ground run of Arriel 2L2 engine

Safran announces the first ground run of the Arriel 2L2 engine at its Bordes facility, beginning of June. The Arriel family was selected in 2016 to power the new Korean civil and military helicopters, known as the LCH (Light Civil Helicopter) and LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). The Arriel 2L2 is co-developed by Safran Helicopter Engines… Read more »

Source: Safran, 24-Jul-17

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Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell announces corporate sales of 407GXP and 429 helicopters in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced signed purchase agreements for three VIP-configured aircraft in Europe for the sale of a Bell 429 to both Helix Av. in the United Kingdom and King’s Casino in the Czech Republic and the sale of a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Italy. “Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 24-Jul-17

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R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

R66 now has lithium-ion battery option

On 14 July 2017, Robinson Helicopter Company added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R66 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance and longer life. At 16 lb., the TB17 is significantly lighter than the R66’s standard battery which weighs 42 lb. and the… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Jul-17

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Kaman Signs Multi-Year Contract with Sikorsky

Kaman Signs Multi-Year Contract with Sikorsky

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) has entered into a new multi-year (MY) contract with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) company, which outlines the pricing and conditions for the manufacture of H-60 cockpits under the Department of Defense MY IX H-60 procurement authorization. The term of the MY agreement… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 20-Jul-17

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ForeFlight Introduces New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight Introduces New Dual-Band ADS-B Receiver

ForeFlight, creator of the most innovative and widely used flight planning and electronic flight bag app for Apple iPad and iPhone, today announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in the smallest, most elegant form-factor on the market. Retailing at… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 20-Jul-17

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CHC Group Announces New Board of Managers

CHC Group Announces New Board of Managers

CHC Group has announced a finalized Board of Managers after completing its financial restructuring earlier this year. “We’re are pleased to establish CHC Group’s new Board of Managers as we move past our restructuring and into a new era of serving our customers as a streamlined, more efficient partner,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO… Read more »

Source: CHC, 20-Jul-17

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Canada certifies airbus H145

Canada certifies airbus H145

Airbus announced certification of the H145 by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With its extensive versatility and operational flexibility, the H145’s compact size and large cabin make it the perfect choice for a variety of civil missions, particularly in high-and-hot conditions. “We are pleased to enhance our customers’ aircraft portfolios, through the availability of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-17

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Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

Horizon signs training agreement with Saudi Bell dealer

Horizon International Flight Academy is delighted to announce the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wallan Aviation. Wallan Aviation is the exclusive dealer for Cessna Aircraft Company in the Middle East and Bell helicopters in Saudi Arabia and has been serving the Middle East aviation for the past 20 years including flight training…. Read more »

Source: Horizon, 20-Jul-17

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Moscow Zhukovsky Airport adds helicopter facility

Moscow Zhukovsky Airport adds helicopter facility

A new helipad was put in operation near an airport located in the Moscow regional town of Zhukovsky, Russia. “The opening of a helipad is the first step in the creation of a full-fledged area of business aviation in Zhukovsky airfield. The demand for such services is not in doubt,” the General Director of Ramport… Read more »

Source: Zhukovsky International Airport, 19-Jul-17

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Babcock and RACQ CQ Rescue renew contract

Babcock and RACQ CQ Rescue renew contract

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan has announced that Babcock Mission Critical Services Australasia will continue to provide critical helicopter services support to the Australian community-funded organisation until at least 2024. The seven-year contract renewal is a reflection of RACQ CQ Rescue’s ongoing commitment to providing a highly efficient and world-class helicopter emergency medical service… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Jul-17

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Erickson achieves 100% effectiveness in Chilean firefighting

Erickson achieves 100% effectiveness in Chilean firefighting

The National Forest Corporation (Conaf) revealed that the B-747 Supertanker had less than 14 percent overall effectiveness in combating forest fires earlier this year, while the Ilyushin-76 earned more than 35 percent. The evaluation, which was carried out after the emergency ended, calculated the total effectiveness considering the percentage of rainfall water that effectively reaches… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 19-Jul-17

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Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Max-Viz Systems collaborating with FAA for a research study

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), through its wholly owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, is collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a research project to study operational concepts for the use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) in helicopters. The study is designed to develop a basis for possible application of enhanced vision systems in helicopters flying… Read more »

Source: Astronics Corporation, 19-Jul-17

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Air BP appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Air BP appoints Chief Commercial Officer

Leading international aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air BP, today announced the appointment of Matt Elliott as Chief Commercial Officer. Matt will be based at Air BP’s global headquarters in Sunbury on Thames, UK and starts his new role today, 17 July 2017.  He will be responsible for Air BP’s global sales and marketing… Read more »

Source: AirBP, 19-Jul-17

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HAI opens nominations for Salute to Excellence for Heli-Expo 2018

HAI opens nominations for Salute to Excellence  for Heli-Expo 2018

Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in vertical aviation. Go to rotor.org/salute and nominate an exceptional individual… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Jul-17

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Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Two UK police forces join to form operational drone unit

Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit. The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the respective forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created; the first of its kind in… Read more »

Source: Devon & Cornwall Police, 19-Jul-17

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Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopters Launches NE & NY Charter Services

Bird’s Eye View Helicopter Tours has expanded. The premium sky tour and experience company is now offering private charter services within Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The Iconic Viper Red Helicopter, that soars high above the skies of beautiful Newport, Rhode Island; now has a twin. The new 2017 Robinson R44… Read more »

Source: Bird's Eye View Helicopters, 18-Jul-17

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