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India’s first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

India’s first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

India’s first dedicated heliport built at a cost of Rs 100 crore for flying in and out of Delhi to nearby areas in choppers became operational here today. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the state-of-the-art heliport at Rohini in north Delhi, saying this is the first such integrated facility in South Asia. The… Read more »

Source: PTI, 05-Mar-17

Sikorsky transfers S-70i to Aselsan for Turkish development program

Sikorsky transfers S-70i to Aselsan for Turkish development program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has transferred to defense electronics firm Aselsan an S-70i Black Hawk helicopter for use as the prototype aircraft for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). The aircraft will enable Sikorsky to integrate an Aselsan-developed avionics suite into the Republic of Turkey’s new T70 utility helicopter, and later into Turkish-built Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 05-Mar-17

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Schiebel picks Leonardo radar for African Camcopter operator

Schiebel picks Leonardo radar for African Camcopter operator

Leonardo has announced, at the Avalon airshow in Geelong, Australia, that the company has been selected by Austrian-based Schiebel to deliver its active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar technology for the Camcopter® S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) being provided to the armed forces of a North African nation. The radar, Leonardo’s PicoSAR, will be used to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Mar-17

Cobham Helicopter Academy to be launched at Heli-Expo 2017

Cobham Helicopter Academy to be launched at Heli-Expo 2017

Cobham will be attending HAI Heli-Expo this year and launching its new Helicopter Academy for the first time as well as displaying some of its newest and most popular technology. Cobham is a global organisation with a wide range of aerospace and defence capabilities. With more than 80 years in business, Cobham is a market… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 04-Mar-17

Vector Aerospace to showcase a range of customer-focused MRO solutions at HAI Heli-Expo

Vector Aerospace to showcase a range of customer-focused MRO solutions at HAI Heli-Expo

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will be highlighting its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 helicopter trade show & exposition being held in Dallas, TX next week (March 7-9). A major highlight on Vector’s booth (# 1612) will be its Airbus Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 03-Mar-17

PAG Invests in additional MRO Capabilities at Australia Facility

PAG Invests in additional MRO Capabilities at Australia Facility

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry has completed the third expansion in four years at the Brisbane, Australia based EASA, CASA & FAA Approved Repair Station. The expansion will accommodate the growth of the company’s wheel and brake, starter generator and… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 03-Mar-17

Waypoint Leasing Places Two H135s with Mackay Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing Places Two H135s with Mackay Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it will deliver two Airbus Helicopters H135s from its order book on lease to Mackay Helicopters Pty Ltd (“Mackay”), a leading Australian helicopter operator.  Waypoint’s H135s will operate out of Mackay’s North Queensland Base on specialist helicopter marine pilot transfer operations. Ian… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 03-Mar-17

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

FAA approves Donaldson IBF for R66

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has developed the first Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Feb. 24 as an addition to Robinson’s R66 Type Certificate, the IBF will be available as a factory option from Robinson Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 03-Mar-17

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Precision Aviation Group to Support AW139

Precision Aviation Group to Support AW139

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce they have increased their available inventory by $4.1 million, raising the cost of their total inventory to over $39.4 million with over 100,000 line items. “The additional inventory will specifically support… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 03-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters showcases H135, H145, H130 Helionix at Heli-Expo

Airbus Helicopters showcases H135, H145, H130 Helionix at Heli-Expo

Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services at this year’s Heli-Expo, 7- 9 March at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX, with a lineup of three of its best-selling aircraft, including the H130 in a VIP configuration; the H145 in a public services configuration and the recently… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-17

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Precise Flight, Inc. to Debut LED PAR 36 Light for Rotorcraft at Heli-Expo 2017

Precise Flight, Inc. to Debut LED PAR 36 Light for Rotorcraft at Heli-Expo 2017

Precise Flight, Inc. will debut its new Helaku Series PAR 36 LED Light, the brightest PAR 36 LED lighting available for rotorcraft, at the 2017 HAI Heli Expo in Dallas. The Helaku, derived from the Native American name for “full of sun,” is the brightest PAR 36 LED light available for aviation. Fully IP68 certified… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 03-Mar-17

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ASU, Inc., Reveals improved NVG Mount, Battery Pack Helmet Combination at Heli-Expo 2017

ASU, Inc., Reveals improved NVG Mount, Battery Pack Helmet Combination at Heli-Expo 2017

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) Inc., announced the company will display a new product combination designed for a more rugged, lighter, comfortable mission experience with the new ASU aviation night vision helmet mount and battery pack known as the Aeronox® along with the Aspida™ carbon Paraclete Aviation Life Support helmet with the Kairos™ Retention Assembly, and… Read more »

Source: ASU, 03-Mar-17

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ETPS awarded Approved Training Organisation status

ETPS awarded Approved Training Organisation status

The Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) has been recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), certified to train test pilots to civil standards. The accreditation means ETPS is one of three schools in the world, and the first in the UK, able to provide test pilots with course… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 03-Mar-17

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HeliRussia 2017 to hold the Drone Racing Cup

HeliRussia 2017 to hold the Drone Racing Cup

The 10th International helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia, that will be held from May 25 to 27 in Moscow, continues to expand its program. The recent addition is the Drone Racing Cup. This spectacular and exciting event is an evolution from the Drone Racing held at the expo in 2016 –  it attracted considerable interest among… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 03-Mar-17

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Tyabb Aero Club Seeks Council Backing for Helipad

Tyabb Aero Club Seeks Council Backing for Helipad

The TYABB Aero Club hopes to build a helipad at the Stuart Rd airfield. They have $25,000 that they can contribute to the project but have sent in a grant application to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for $100,000. The proposed helipad will be used by air ambulances, police and firefighters reports The News. A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

The residents of Napa County have sent in dozens of letters and complaints about the construction of a helipad at Palmaz Vineyards. The Napa County Planning Commission has to go through these complaints before a discussion can occur. A popular suggestion is that the helipad be built a mile northeast from the vineyards, on the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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Prince County Hospital Helipad Repaired

Prince County Hospital Helipad Repaired

The helipad at Prince County Hospital has been under repairs and upgrades since 2016 and is finally complete, coming to a cost of $200,000. The overall landing surface was enlarged, with perimeter lighting and obstruction lights installed, as well as the helipad markings being repainted. They also replaced the fence lines and allocated a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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Australia certifies Bell 505

Australia certifies Bell 505

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 02-Mar-17

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EASA certifies the Robinson R44 Cadet

EASA certifies the Robinson R44 Cadet

European regulators EASA have this week certified the Robinson R44 Cadet.  This model retains the same basic airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming O-540-F1B5 engine as the R44 Raven I, but with the rear seats have been removed and the aft compartment reconfigured for cargo. Maximum gross weight is 2200 lb (200 lb less than the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours

NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours

NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters are pleased to announce that NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 10,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s… Read more »

Source: NHV, 02-Mar-17

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Elbit Systems to Showcase in Heli-Expo 2017

Elbit Systems to Showcase in Heli-Expo 2017

At the upcoming Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO 2017 exhibition, set to take place in Dallas, Texas on March 7-9, Elbit Systems will showcase its Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Heli-ClearVision suite, which was developed based on its experience with numerous rotary-wing platforms worldwide. Heli-ClearVision, the rotary-wing version of the unique Clearvision™ fixed-wing suite, has been… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 02-Mar-17

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Bell to showcase the past, present and future of vertical lift

Bell to showcase the past, present and future of vertical lift

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its show plans for the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, HELI-EXPO 2017. The annual trade show, hosted by the Helicopter Association International (HAI), will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Be sure to follow along the week of… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 02-Mar-17

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QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

QinetiQ has signed a deal for four Airbus H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Worth approximately £15 million, the deal will see Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team upgrade the Garmin G500-equipped aircraft with, among other capabilities, a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-17

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ESG at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas

ESG at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH will be presenting a selection of its broad service portfolio as well as the helicopter modular mission operator workstation. With this workstation external sensors and different communication devices can be controlled in order to provide all mission-critical information. The console allows the aircraft mission operator to perform demanding missions in an… Read more »

Source: ESG, 01-Mar-17

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Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Announces Two New Executive Hires

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), America’s leader in air medicine, today announced the appointment of two key executives, David Stratton and Chris Myers. David Stratton joins Air Methods as senior vice president of Payer Strategy, and Chris Myers as senior vice president of Patient Business Services (PBS). David Stratton most recently served as national vice president of Payer Strategy… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 01-Mar-17

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Turkish Aerospace Industries Signs Sikorsky Deal

Turkish Aerospace Industries Signs Sikorsky Deal

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has entered into a cooperation agreement with Sikorsky for various helicopter parts. The agreement will finish in 2044, with the target project volume of $500 million. They hope to have $270 million worth of components made between now and 2027, reports Reuters.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-17

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Coast Guard Budgets for New Hangar

Coast Guard Budgets for New Hangar

The Coast Guard are allocating $31 million to the construction of a new hangar at Naval Base Ventura County. Capt. Kent Everingham has said that the US Navy have finished their environmental report and designs will soon be done for the hangar. The new hangar was needed after the closure of Air Station Los Angeles… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-17

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National Grid moves to Robinson R44s for UK gas pipeline contract

National Grid moves to Robinson R44s for UK gas pipeline contract

For at least the last 35 years, the UK gas pipelines have been surveyed by single turbine helicopters, mainly Bell 206 JetRangers, but there was a interlude of a few years when the task was completed using Hughes 500Cs as well as a short-lived attempt using Schweizer 333s.  In a break with this tradition, NationalGrid… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Feb-17

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VNH Training Center receive the third Cabri G2 Helicopter

VNH Training Center receive the third Cabri G2 Helicopter

An anniversary of 5-year establishment of VNH Training Center (VNHT), dated 6 January 2017, was marked with the great successful acceptance, assembly and flight testing of its 3rd Cabri G2. Cabri G2, manufactured by Guimbal, France based on European standards, is a light piston-engine helicopter specialized for pilot training. Cabri G2, equipped with modernized cockpit… Read more »

Source: VNH, 28-Feb-17

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Announcing M International’s $125,000.00 Accessory Cash Giveaway

Announcing M International’s $125,000.00 Accessory Cash Giveaway

M International is pleased to announce the giveaway of at least $125,000.00 in total value of Accessory Cash coupons. To receive your share of this promotion, stop by Booth #10837 during Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas beginning March 7th to the 9th.  Representatives from all M International subsidiaries including Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS), Airborne Engines… Read more »

Source: M International, 28-Feb-17

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Able Debuts Virtual Tours, Touchscreens at New Heli-Expo Booth

Able Debuts Virtual Tours, Touchscreens at New Heli-Expo Booth

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company will debut a new booth at Heli-Expo 2017, using virtual reality and touch-screen technology to deliver a closer-than-ever look into the fast-evolving aerospace company. “We realize not everyone has the time or resources to physically visit our facility, but when they do, we usually hear… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 28-Feb-17

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FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Kenya complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. A Category 1 rating means Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. With the Category 1… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Feb-17

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Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts. This retrofit will guarantee the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-17

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Ukrainian LCH KT122 – UOP Premiere at Idex 2017

Ukrainian LCH KT122 – UOP Premiere at Idex 2017

In the framework of international exhibition IDEX- 2017 – held in the United Arab Emirates – UKROBORONPROM (UOP) SE STIF “Ukrinmash” introduced the light combat helicopter KT112UD or KT112 “Combat”. KT112 “Combat” was developed by DB “Vertical”, it is equipped with Rotax-914 engine, allowing  to gain speed up to 200 km / h. This combat helicopter can… Read more »

Source: Ukrianian Defense Industry, 28-Feb-17

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Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches superyacht support vessel with helipad and hangar

Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches superyacht support vessel with helipad and hangar

Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN has launched GAME CHANGER, its latest 70-metre DAMEN Yacht Support vessel (227 ft) with helicopter hangar. Available in time for the 2017 summer season, GAME CHANGER is a fantastic showcase of the Yacht Support solution for owners who want to have more fun off the beaten track, but with a significantly lower… Read more »

Source: Damen, 28-Feb-17

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Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

Traverse City Coast Guard to Receive Fleet Upgrade

The Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City will soon receive three new MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters for their air rescues and emergency services on Lake Superior. They currently have four MH-65 Dolphin helicopters that have been in service since 1990, which will be sent to other air stations in the country. The Jayhawk has anti-icing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-17

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Satellite Tracking for UTair Helicopter Services

Satellite Tracking for UTair Helicopter Services

UTair Helicopter Services, the largest helicopter operator in Russia has recently installed satellite tracking over their fleet. The new instalment was required by the United Nations, UTair’s biggest client since 1991. The trackers, made by British Rock Seven, are called RockSTAR trackers and can monitor the whereabouts of the entire fleet. This is done by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Feb-17

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Los Angeles Police Dept order four airbus H125

Los Angeles Police Dept order four airbus H125

The Los Angeles Police Department will strengthen its Air Support Division this year with the addition of four new Airbus H125 AStars as part of a long-term plan to upgrade its entire patrol helicopter fleet. LAPD Capt. Sean Parker said the H125 proved to be the most suitable replacement for the division’s fleet of AS350… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-17

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New Helicopter Tours Announced in Costa Rica

New Helicopter Tours Announced in Costa Rica

Nature Air was established in 1986 when the small regional airline was purchased by Alex Khajavi and this year celebrated thirty years of service. Now Nature Air Vacations, a division of Nature Air announce new heli tours of Costa Rica. Several options are available, all departing from Tobias Bolaños Airport in San Jose offering a… Read more »

Source: Nature Air Vacations, 27-Feb-17

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KABC-TV Unveils State-of-the-art AIR7HD

KABC-TV Unveils State-of-the-art AIR7HD

KABC-TV, the most watched television station in Southern California, is live with Air7 HD with XTREME Vision and SkyMap7 powered by the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE, a major breakthrough in aerial news coverage that delivers unprecedented clarity and detail from the Air 7 HD news helicopter. “By utilizing the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE as the centerpiece of… Read more »

Source: Shotover, 27-Feb-17

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Twirly Birds Announce Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas

Twirly Birds Announce Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, will again hold their annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday 7 March 2017 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Wedgwood Room.  General membership qualification requirements are to have flown solo in a helicopter or vertical… Read more »

Source: Twirly Birds, 27-Feb-17

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Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell delivers first fully customized aircraft from Prague Facility

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the completion of the first fully customized aircraft from its new European state-of-the-art Customization and Delivery Center located in Prague. The customer, Air Transport Europe of Slovakia, recently accepted three newly customized Bell 429 EMS configured aircraft at Bell Helicopter’s delivery center in Prague. The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

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Huangling Turns into a Golden Field of Seasonal Wonder as Spring Arrives

Huangling Turns into a Golden Field of Seasonal Wonder as Spring Arrives

Visitors to the exquisite Chinese countryside village of Huangling in Wuyuan County, Jiangxi Province are in for an extra-special treat this year as its famous rapeseed flower has bloomed 20 days early. Spring weather has arrived earlier than expected in the Year of Rooster, so the rapeseed flowers that usually blossom in late March are… Read more »

Source: Wuyuan Rural Culture Development, 27-Feb-17

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U.S. based Air Evac Lifeteam deploys Ramco Aviation Suite V5.7

U.S. based Air Evac Lifeteam deploys Ramco Aviation Suite V5.7

The United States’  largest independently owned and operated, membership-supported air medical service, Air Evac EMS, Inc., announced the successful implementation of Ramco Systems’ aviation software, Ramco Aviation V5.7, for its maintenance and engineering operations across 135 air bases. Air Evac is a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, the world’s largest independent provider of air… Read more »

Source: Ramco, 27-Feb-17

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Columbia Helicopters Selects SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring

Columbia Helicopters Selects SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring

Columbia Helicopters, a leader in heavy-lift helicopter operations for commercial and government services, has selected SKYTRAC Flight Data Monitoring to improve real time awareness on their Chinook 234 missions. The SKYTRAC solution features real-time analysis of engine exceedances and operational deviations. The system also uses SKYTRAC’s Satellite Data Download feature to offload full flight logs… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 27-Feb-17

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Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

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Safe Flight and Vector Aerospace to Showcase New Partnership at Heli-Expo

Safe Flight and Vector Aerospace to Showcase New Partnership at Heli-Expo

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation and Vector Aerospace have entered into an agreement to jointly pursue safety and performance products for the helicopter market. Under the arrangement, Vector will provide experience and knowledge in structures, aircraft maintenance and the development of Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) to expand the reach of Safe Flight’s rotorcraft systems. The two… Read more »

Source: Safe Flight, 27-Feb-17

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DART Aerospace starts the new year with its presence at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017

DART Aerospace starts the new year with its presence at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017

DART is proud to announce their presence yet again at the world’s largest helicopter trade show and exposition, the HAI Heli-Expo Show 2017 that will be held in Dallas, Texas from March 7th to 9th. DART’S 2017 BOOTH This year, DART will be featuring an impressive fully-mounted booth, where its team of experts will have… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 27-Feb-17

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Wysong deliveres two B407GX’s to PHI Air Medica

Wysong deliveres two B407GX’s to PHI Air Medica

Wysong Enterprises, Inc. has delivered two Bell Helicopter 407GX’s to PHI Air Medical. These are the first two 407GX EMS aircraft in PHI’s extensive fleet across the United States. PHI is one of the world’s largest helicopter operators with approximately 260 aircraft in their fleet. “We have worked on numerous aircraft for PHI Air Medical… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 24-Feb-17

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Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

The oil and gas sector has been under strain the last two years, causing the values of many large and medium helicopters to decrease. Although, things might take a turn for the better, reports Flight Global, and within the next year. Sector analyst, Ben Chapman has said it might take up to 18 months for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-17

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Entrepreneur David MacNeil takes delivery of new, customized Airbus H145 helicopter

Entrepreneur David MacNeil takes delivery of new, customized Airbus H145 helicopter

Leading American entrepreneur David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., has taken delivery of a new customized Airbus H145 helicopter for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil flew away from Airbus Helicopters Inc.’s Grand Prairie headquarters after a final inspection and acceptance flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Feb-17

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Worldwide Helicopter Safety Teams Will Release Accident Data at Heli-Expo 2017

Worldwide Helicopter Safety Teams Will Release Accident Data at Heli-Expo 2017

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) will gather its worldwide partners in a safety briefing and discussion in Dallas at Heli-Expo 2017.  International teams representing 50 countries will present and summarize 2016 accident data, discuss industry strengths and weaknesses, and highlight actions being taken to improve safety and reduce accidents.  WHAT: Media briefing to release 2016… Read more »

Source: IHST, 23-Feb-17

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LifeFlight Requests New Toowoomba Base

LifeFlight Requests New Toowoomba Base

The Toowoomba Regional Council has unanimously agreed on the proposal to build a new LifeFlight base or expand the existing one at the Toowoomba Aerodrome. The proposal was last minute, reports The Chronicle. They have applied for funding through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-17

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Rostec and RDIF attract leading international funds to invest in Russian Helicopters

Rostec and RDIF attract leading international funds to invest in Russian Helicopters

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has formed a consortium comprising leading Middle Eastern funds and finalized a deal to acquire a minority stake in Russian Helicopters (part of the Rostec State Corporation). Russian Helicopters valuation was estimated at $2.35 billion. The transaction consists of two stages. The first stage involves the sale of a… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 22-Feb-17

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NHV awarded with offshore contract by Seaway Heavy Lifting

NHV awarded with offshore contract by Seaway Heavy Lifting

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming wind farm construction project at the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm. The 588MW, 84 turbine wind farm, will be situated in the Outer Moray Firth and is expected to power approximately 450,000 homes. The… Read more »

Source: NHV, 22-Feb-17

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Sweden rejects Chinese export request for CybAero UAV for fisheries work

Sweden rejects Chinese export request for CybAero UAV for fisheries work

First North listed CybAero AB, which develops and manufactures remote-controlled helicopter systems, October 21, 2016 applied to the ISP, Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products, for export authorization of demonstration flight UAS in China. The application concerns one helicopter system and the demonstration is addressed to the Administration of Fishery and Fishing Supervision. The deal’s representative… Read more »

Source: CybAero, 22-Feb-17

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UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

The UK distributor for the French-built composite two-seat Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter is expanding into new facilities. HeliGroup is establishing a Centre of Excellence at Oxford Airport, to include a new sales office and training centre. The company is launching a new sales office within the Airbus Helicopters UK complex, as well as a dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 21-Feb-17

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives £250,000 donation for new airbase

Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives £250,000 donation for new airbase

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance’s major fundraising appeal for its new airbase is to receive a significant donation of £250,000. The funding is for the helipad and associated costs at the charity’s new airbase at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham, and has been given by the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal. The HELP Appeal is the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 21-Feb-17

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Russian Helicopters to participate in IDEX 2017

Russian Helicopters to participate in IDEX 2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in IDEX-2017 international exhibition, which will take place February 19-23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Russian Helicopters will not only showcase most promising models, but will also conduct negotiations with current operators and potential buyers of helicopters from North African, Near and Middle Eastern… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Feb-17

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Guardian Mobility Inc. appoints new Business Development Manager

Guardian Mobility Inc. appoints new Business Development Manager

In December of 2016, Stephane Momy – Chief Operating Officer of Guardian Mobility, took great pleasure in announcing that Ken Stewart has re-joined the firm in the role of Business Development Manager. In this new role Ken will be responsible for developing new markets as well as support and growth with existing customer base. He… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 21-Feb-17

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Discovery Air Defence and Inzpire Join Forces to Deliver Air Support to the British Armed Forces

Discovery Air Defence and Inzpire Join Forces to Deliver Air Support to the British Armed Forces

Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (“DA Defence”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc., and Inzpire Ltd. have joined forces to bid for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (“ASDOT”) programme. The two companies will combine their unique capabilities in the live air training environment to deliver the most… Read more »

Source: Discovery Air Defence, 21-Feb-17

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Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live

Registration for 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live

The FAA and AUVSI are co-sponsoring this year’s event, which will bring together representatives from government, industry and academia to discuss topics of high interest to the fast-growing unmanned aircraft (UAS) community. It will focus on industry partnerships as well as how to overcome technical challenges to safe UAS operations. Last year’s first UAS Symposium… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Feb-17

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Hungarian Police introduce MD902 fleet bought pre-owned from Germany

Hungarian Police introduce MD902 fleet bought pre-owned from Germany

In late January, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and the Hungarian National Police celebrated the addition of five (5) MD902 Explorer helicopters to their fleet at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest. The five MD 902s join a historically robust air support unit that also includes three (3) MD 500E helicopters. The MD902s have been acquired to replace… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Feb-17

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Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Airbus Helicopters in Japan has secured a contract extension with Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) for its H225 (previously known as EC-225 LP) fleet over the next five years, benefitting from Airbus’ new customer fleet availability service offer ‘HCare Infinite’. “We are delighted with the contract renewal by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Feb-17

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Rockwell Collins announces new leadership for its expanding Middle East region

Rockwell Collins announces new leadership for its expanding Middle East region

Rockwell Collins today announced it is increasing its local presence in the Middle East region and appointing new leadership. Although the company has a 20-year presence in the Middle East, it is expanding operations as part of its commitment to help strengthen the industrial capabilities of the regional defense and aerospace industry in this strategic… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 21-Feb-17

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Helipad Plans for Ramada Hotel

Helipad Plans for Ramada Hotel

The Ramada Hotel in Kingman has announced that they are currently procuring the relevant approvals to build a helipad. Sultan Abbas, the General Manager of the hotel has stated that they have submitted their application to the City Council and now wait for a Conditional Use Permit. If all goes to plan, reports Digital Journal,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-17

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New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

This week saw the opening of Life Star’s new hangar at MidState Medical Centre in Meriden. The new hangar allows patients to be transported directly to Hartford Hospital. The new hangar has offices, quarters for the crew, a heated helipad, a maintenance lift, a fuel tank that can hold up to 12, 000 gallons and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-17

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Lao Skyway takes delivery of first Airbus H125

Lao Skyway takes delivery of first Airbus H125

Lao Skyway received its first Airbus H125 helicopter, becoming the first of its kind to fly in the Laotian skies. Lao Skyway acquired two Airbus H125 helicopters in August 2016, for civil and parapublic missions, including domestic charter flights and search-and-locate missions. The second H125 is expected to be delivered in May 2017. “We are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Feb-17

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Helicopter Express updates Bell 407 to Eagle 407HP standard

Helicopter Express is the latest operator to convert its Bell 407 helicopter to an Eagle 407HP by replacing the standard engine with Honeywell’s next-generation HTS900 propulsion engine. The company took delivery of its Eagle 407HP in early November and plans to use the helicopter for firefighting missions throughout the U.S. “Upgrading our Bell 407 to… Read more »

20-Feb-17

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Skye Avionics Releases New Product SAL-7000

Skye Avionics Releases New Product SAL-7000

The SAL-7000 provides a solution to interfacing handheld portable radios into an aircraft audio system which is critical for any operator utilizing portable radios and especially for tactical and inter-agency operations. This is accomplished by providing a standardized quick disconnect connection to over 20 different popular handheld radios. Engineered harnesses for Motorola APX, XTS, XPR,… Read more »

Source: Sky Avionics, 20-Feb-17

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Latitude Technologies Exhibiting at HAI Heli-Expo 2017

Latitude Technologies Exhibiting at HAI Heli-Expo 2017

Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for helicopter operators, will be showcasing Latitude’s complete product family at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 Convention in Dallas, Texas, March 7-9, at Booth #6511. Led by President Mark Insley, the Latitude sales team will be at the Latitude booth meeting… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 20-Feb-17

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Newest AMCON Acquisition in Lagos

Newest AMCON Acquisition in Lagos

Odengene Air-Shuttle Services (OAS) was taken over on Valentine’s Day by The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). OAS was receiving funds from the federal government, but has not commented on whether they were in debt, reports Leadership.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-17

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Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-17

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Saab and HAL sign technology transfer agreement

Saab and HAL sign technology transfer agreement

Announced at Aero India 2017, the contract – valued at ZAR112 million (USD8.5 million) – will see the transfer of technology for in-country maintenance of Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) system in India. IDAS has been selected as the electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system for Indian Air Force and Indian Army Aviation Corps variants… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Feb-17

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Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) recently demonstrated a 360 degree Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) SATCOM capability transmitting HD video through rotating blades on a NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Attack Helicopter. This new advancement in SATCOM technology integrates the… Read more »

Source: Hughes Network Systems, 17-Feb-17

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