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FLIR Systems appoints President/CEO

FLIR Systems appoints President/CEO

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced that James J. (“Jim”) Cannon has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 19, 2017. Mr. Cannon will succeed Andy Teich, whose retirement after 33 years of service was previously announced on February 14, 2017. Mr. Cannon’s extensive and varied leadership experience, together with his proven… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 30-May-17

Russian Helicopters seeks service centre in Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters seeks service centre in Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has held talks on setting up a helicopter service center in Azerbaijan with Azerbaijan Airlines and Silk Way Group at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky, president of ZAO Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Askerov, president of Silk Way Group Zaur Akhundov, and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters is moving forward with the expansion of its global footprint and its strategic partnership with China, as construction is now underway for its H135 Final Assembly Line (FAL) – the first of its kind not only for Airbus Helicopters, but also for the Western helicopter industry in China. The FAL will be located… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-May-17

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is featuring a prototype of an unmanned tiltrotor created by VR-Technologies design bureau, at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2017. The prototype of the UAV was first shown at the Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum in September 2016, after subsequently the tiltrotor was retrofitted with a control… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

Roger Williams, one of the original employees of Bell Helicopters passed away last Friday in Dallas at the age of 65. Well loved by his community, Williams was seen as the face of Bell, always smartly dressed. His duties within the company ranged from site manager, executive director, to director of admin and head of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

Fundraising for New Air Evac Helipad for Perry County

Fundraising for New Air Evac Helipad for Perry County

Last year, Perry County held a benefit cookout in order to raise funds to build a helipad in Frohna and Altenburg. They achieved this and were able to build the two helipads, which roughly costed between $6,000 and $8,000. This year, along with Air Evac, they plan to hold another benefit cookout, this time hoping… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics Corporation of America’s newest display product—the AFI 4700 RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI)—flew onboard a Bell 212 helicopter yesterday during a demonstration flight with the Colombian National Police. The RoadRunner EFI will remain installed in the helicopter’s cockpit and be available for viewing on static display during the Feria de la Industria Aerospacial Colombiana… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 29-May-17

Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

On the heels of maiden flight of HTT-40 (PT-2), HAL carried out first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22, 2017 at its facility in Bengaluru. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr(Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani.  The flight duration was about 22… Read more »

Source: HAL, 29-May-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers first medevac Ansat to State Transport Leasing Company

Russian Helicopters delivers first medevac Ansat to State Transport Leasing Company

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered the first of six Ansat medevac helicopters to State Transport Leasing Company at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. The contract to supply six multirole Ansats in medevac mode to State Transport Leasing Company was signed at the end of 2016.  The agreement additionally provides… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-May-17

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L3 WESCAM Launches MatriX™ ISR System Solutions Kits

L3 WESCAM Launches MatriX™ ISR System Solutions Kits

L3 WESCAM announced today the launch of its MatriX™ ISR system solutions kits for fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. L3’s MatriX kits combine a series of best-in-class Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies that provide an advanced level of ISR mission capabilities in airborne platforms that have traditionally conducted missions without them. The kits offer a low-cost, low-risk… Read more »

Source: L3 WESCAM, 29-May-17

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Sundance Helicopters plans to break World Record

Sundance Helicopters plans to break World Record

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, plans to break the Guinness World Record® for most helicopter weddings in the air on July 7, 2017. The Lucky in Love Wedding Experience will be held simultaneously inside 12 state-of-the-art helicopters while flying 800 feet over the Las Vegas Strip…. Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 29-May-17

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Northstar Provides New Corporate Headquarters for Air Methods

Northstar Provides New Corporate Headquarters for Air Methods

Northstar Commercial Partners announced that a 62,124 sq. ft. long term lease with Air Methods has been fully executed, securing the company’s new corporate headquarters in Greenwood Village, Colorado; a suburb of Denver. Air Methods, an air medical transport organization, will move their offices and employees to Northstar Commercial Partner’s 5500 S. Quebec Street building… Read more »

Source: Northstar, 29-May-17

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The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia gathered a record exhibition – 237 companies from 21 countries will participate in the expo, 22 helicopters, 2 gyroplanes and 15 UAVs to be displayed, the business program includes 60 events. Venue of the event is 12.4 thousand square meters. All of these sets an absolute record… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 29-May-17

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28-May-17 XB-CCP Robinson R44 II Chiconquiaco, Mexico

Crashed and destroyed by fire.  3 POB seriously injured.  Passengers named as Carlos Marcelo Ruiz Sánchez and Juan Domínguez were transferred to a hospital in Naolinco, while the pilot was taken to a hospital in Xalapa.

28-May-17

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27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Chilov Island, Azerbaijan

Successful emergency landing after reported engine failure.  Helicopter was en route to the Oil Rocks field with 15 pax and 3 crew.  No damage, no injuries

27-May-17

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27-May-17 VT-ENX Airbus AS365N Ahmedabad, India

Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up.  Successful safe emergency landing made.  VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board.  The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with… Read more »

27-May-17

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27-May-17 Mil Mi-8 Maritime Territory, Russia

One of 7 POB injured in a rough landing of a Mil Mi-8 helicopter in the Far East’s Maritime Territory

27-May-17

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Lower Operating Temperature for H135

Lower Operating Temperature for H135

The Russian Aviation Register has lowered the minimum operating temperature of the Airbus H135’s new modification EC135 T3 and EC135 P3 from -25°С to -35°С. This change has ensured that the Russian airworthiness certificate has been amended as well as matching the EASA certificate. this announcement was made at HeliRussia 2017. The H135 model is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-17

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Boulder Transport Starts Helicopter Flights up Front Range

Boulder Transport Starts Helicopter Flights up Front Range

Boulder Transport will soon be offering helicopter flights throughout the Front Range area. They plan to officially begin this service 15 June and hope to be fully operational by ski season, reports Daily Camera. The founder of Boulder Transport, Carlos Alvarez has stated that with the arrival of Google and the success of other tech… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-17

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Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Hélicoptère are announcing today a new partnership which will bring a seamless private helicopter and jet experience to clients visiting the South of France. Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group (EBACE booth number T70), will work together with Azur Hélicoptère to provide helicopter transfers to clients’ end destinations in the… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Group, 26-May-17

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Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B helicopter. Newly registered in the Czech Republic as OK-AMS the helicopter will be engaged in the private air transportation to perfectly fit into the wide range of the Company’s services. The helicopter will often provide a quick shuttle between Prague Int’l Airport and remote heli spots offering… Read more »

Source: Aeropartner, 26-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

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Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on June 22, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 7, 2017 (the “Record Date”).  There were 35,217,652 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-May-17

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HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the registration of drones deemed to be “model aircraft.” Helicopters routinely operate at the same low altitudes as drones, and we in the helicopter industry are deeply concerned about our ability to fly safely in air space where… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-May-17

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Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Leonardo announced today that Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland has taken delivery of its AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The handover was celebrated during an official ceremony held at EBACE 2017 in Geneva. This specially-configured aircraft anticipating safety enhancing requirement like ADS-B Out, will be operated by Mountainflyers for heli taxi services from Bern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-17

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Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification. The internationally recognized AS9110 Standard focuses on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and is a derivative of the AS9100 Standard that addresses the aviation industry. Additionally, Summit holds ISO 9001:2008 certification which confirms that the organization… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 26-May-17

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Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

The Swiss manufacturer Marenco Swisshelicopter announces today the official signature of a Launch Customer contract with Norwegian Tronrud Engineering AS for a single-turbine SH09 helicopter. The aircraft will be based in the Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, 60 kilometers north-west of Oslo. Tronrud Engineering AS will operate the helicopter as a utility and logistics vehicle that will support the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 25-May-17

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Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

From their vantage point high atop the Oregon Coast Range, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck and two researchers from Oregon State University can see almost forever as the first rays of sunlight peek over the top of Saddle Mountain in the distance to the east. Below is the Young’s River basin… Read more »

Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 25-May-17

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SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs LLC, the global leader specializing in the custom design, engineering, and manufacturing of safety first ergonomic aircraft access platforms, fall protection platforms, and maintenance support equipment, is excited to announce its agreement with Eidos Ergonomics to offer seating products to the aviation industry under the S.A.F.E. Structure brand name. Eidos is the… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 25-May-17

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Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department Aviation Section to include a third (3rd) MD 520N helicopter. Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) currently operates two (2) MD 520N helicopters, in service with PGPD since 2000. “We are honored Lt. Cline… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-May-17

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Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Schiebel’s sophisticated Unmanned Air System (UAS) was presented to the Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Airforce, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Police Directorate as well as other Norwegian authorities during demanding trials at Andøya Test Center (ATC). During the event held in Northern Norway, approximately 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the CAMCOPTER® S-100… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 25-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the  9 Passenger High Density Seating. Providing lightweight seating in the cabin whilst maximising the number of passengers that can be carried. The nine place high density seats give the flexibility that multi‐role aircraft operators demand.  They are lightweight, can be configured as 3,… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 25-May-17

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Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products. “Now that we… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-May-17

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25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy

25-May-17

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25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries.  The helicopter did not… Read more »

25-May-17

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25-May-17 N11FX Bell UH-1 Höfen, Austria

While landing after an aerobatic demo flight, the rotor blades came into contact with a building and the tail rotor gearbox separated from the aircraft.  Subsequent small fire was put out and helicopter written off on the helipad.  Pilot Siegfried Schwarz

25-May-17

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Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

The San Bernardino International Airport is now the official Aviation Unit for the County Sheriff and County Fire Department. The new hangar measures 51,000-square feet and is able to hold all 15 aircraft. It also means that mutual operations between the Sheriff and Fire Department can be carried out, reports Daily Press.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history this month, operating MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) from Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island utilizing a Mobile Mission Control Station (MMCS). Teams of pilots, aircrewmen, maintenance personnel and civilian specialists functioned organically to complete integrated missions with various surface… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-17

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Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute, the European based aviation services company, underlined their commitment to the business and general aviation market with the launch of a new and enhanced RocketRoute app that takes the service offering beyond fuel and flight planning.  The new RocketRoute app will enable pilots to connect directly with thousands of ground handlers,… Read more »

Source: RocketRoute, 24-May-17

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Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received authorization from Safran Helicopter Engines to support the latest Arriel 2D model as a certified Repair Centre.  This new approval, which extends Vector’s service capabilities on the Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 platforms, continues Vector’s long-running support of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-May-17

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Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Today the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 24-May-17

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Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that Andrew Mills will serve as the interim president and CEO for the Company.  Erickson exited bankruptcy on Friday, April 28th 2017 under new ownership comprised of a diverse shareholder group. Jeff Roberts resigned his position as president and CEO for the Company effective Friday,… Read more »

Source: Erickson Incorporated, 24-May-17

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2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

For four days, attendees took part in exclusive discussions and sessions that gave them a greater view into working with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in support of SOF. Here, attendees could discuss priorities, business opportunities, and desired capabilities. The conference included panels made up of USSOCOM’s component commanders and one of the sub-unified command… Read more »

Source: NDIA, 24-May-17

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AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global corporate aviation fleet and operator information, will be exhibiting at EBACE 2017 at Booth #O104, Geneva, Switzerland – May 22 – 24, 2017. EBAA Membership & EBACE “AMSTAT has been a member of EBAA for over 5 years and exhibiting at EBACE for 17 years” said Chris Skurat, AMSTAT… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 24-May-17

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Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators. The ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program has several package options. Each package contains valuable operational and safety tools as well as the globally respected ARGUS… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 24-May-17

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Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Kaman Aerosystems (“Kaman”) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that a successful first flight of a K-MAX® helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks…. Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 24-May-17

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HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

Last week, in the Anchorage Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), the FAA held an annual renewal class for designated pilot examiners (DPEs). There were over 40 attendees in the room, and participants were eager to learn about the latest FAA requirements. Taking advantage of the fact that Helicopter Association International (HAI) Director of Safety Outreach… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-May-17

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Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway AS commenced helicopter operations on three new five-year contracts out of Florø, Norway, on May 1, 2017, supporting Statoil ASA, ENGIE E&P and A/S Norske Shell (previously BG Norge Limited). On the same day, Bristow Norway also commenced a new five-year contract at its well-established base in Bergen, Norway, supporting Statoil ASA. These… Read more »

Source: Bristow Norway, 23-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

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RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM offers FAA Approved Replacement Interior Kits for R44

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Replacement Seat Kit. With this FAA STC on hand, RAMM Aerospace now offers the most beneficial R44 Replacement Interior Kit on the market. The RAMM Aerospace R44 Replacement Interior Kit includes precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kit, Leather… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 23-May-17

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Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Texas-based, Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC. will provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services to Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc., a U.S. affiliate of the global aerospace and defense company Airbus, was awarded a 5-year CLS contract by the U.S. Army in mid-December 2016.  Airbus… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-May-17

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Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation Celebrates New Manufacturing Location

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrated its expanding aviation parts manufacturing operations today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Summit’s Somerset operations started in 2007 as a labor-only supplier to Schweizer Aircraft, today Summit Aviation’s manufacturing facility provides full-service support to build aerostructure product assemblies for a variety of military and commercial helicopters and fixed… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 23-May-17

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Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Canadian potash miner gives $1M gift to STARS air ambulance

Saskatchewan’s newest solution potash mine may draw its product from underground, but the company that built it is already looking to the sky to give back to its employees and the people of the province. At the grand opening of their Legacy mine today, K+S Potash Canada (KSPC) announced a $1 million gift to STARS… Read more »

23-May-17

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HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

HAI attends Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering

On May 6th & 7th, the Alaska Airmen’s Association celebrated their 20th year of the Great Alaskan Aviation Gathering. This is the largest free-entry aviation trade show in America and this must-see aviation event has over 23,000 attendees, including pilots and aviation enthusiasts. Alaska is the “flyingest” state in the union with more pilots and aircraft per capita… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-May-17

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LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation Selected for AHS International Supplier Excellence Award

LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has been selected to receive the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International Supplier Excellence Award. The award is given by AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, to a supplier who, through the quality, innovativeness and cost-effective technology of its products, has made a notable contribution… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 23-May-17

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23-May-17 XB-LUB Bel 47D Amacuzac, Mexico (1F)

Helicopter crashed during mosquito control operations, and burnt out in the following fire.  Sole occupant pilot died in the accident

23-May-17

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Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

Northern Lights Regional Health Centre to Start Helipad Construction

The Northern Lights Regional Health Centre has been given the go ahead to start construction on their new helipad. Members of Alberta Health Service met up recently to discuss the design of the helipad with the Wood Buffalo Health Advisory Council. The helipad will be 60ft x 60ft and will match the height of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

Toledo Police to sell Robinson R44

The city of Toledo is going forward with their plans to sell their Robinson R44 helicopter that was purchased in 2001. The Toledo City Council is currently reviewing legislation, reports Toledo Blade, which gives Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson authority to go forward with the sale. The original cost was $504,000 and has been in use for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters has launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), its high-end, bespoke brand, at EBACE 2017.  The brand, which will be identified by the ACH logo, will build on the company’s leadership in the Private and Business Aviation market, offering a unique level of quality finish, craftsmanship and bespoke service matching the most demanding requirements. ACH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-May-17

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Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation hosts Leadership Conference

Metro Aviation introduced its Leadership Education, Advancement and Development (LEAD) conference in 2016 to help its partners navigate the business side of air medical operations.  Realizing that many program directors are clinicians and not business majors, Metro’s management team developed the event to help fill the gaps between medical knowledge and business management, and equip… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-May-17

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Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Rogerson Kratos UH-60A Upgrades with Cockpit Modernization

Most foreign operators want the utility of being able to use aircraft assets for more than one purpose. This allows investments and costs to be spread over a number of value uses. To be successful with this strategy, the special equipment required for each role needs to be installable quickly, the aircraft is capable of… Read more »

Source: Rogerson Kratos, 22-May-17

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VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

VNH South completes test flight to Times Square rooftop pad in Ho Chi Minh City

On 5th May 2017, Southern Vietnam Helicopter company (VNH South) successfully performed a test flight for Times Square building which owned by Times Square Vietnam Investment Joint Stock Company by EC-155B1 helicopter. This is the first test flight to evaluate specifications of the helipad and determine flying procedures in order for the helicopter to take off and… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 22-May-17

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UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

UEC Presents Newest Russian Engines for Aircraft and Helicopters at SITDEF in Peru

United Engine Corporation (a part of Rostec Corporation) will present engines for aircraft and helicopters at SITDEF 2017 exhibition in Peru, as well as negotiate with partners from Latin American countries. The international defense technology exhibition SITDEF takes place on the territory of the headquarters of Ground Forces in Lima, the capital of the Republic… Read more »

Source: United Engine Corporation, 22-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace enhances UH-1H hot, high and heavy performance

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program. Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service worldwide,… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 22-May-17

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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

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22-May-17 N2032S Schweizer 300CBi Eden Prairie, US-Minnesota

Fell onto starboard side during training accident.  Two POB not seriously injured

22-May-17

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20-May-17 N2322Z Robinson R22 Linden, US-New Jersey

Fell onto starboard side in training accident.

20-May-17

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20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

20-May-17 N778TL Robinson R66 Canon City, US-Colorado

Close to company base, helicopter landed upright, but with main blades slicing the tail boom off close to the tail rotor

20-May-17

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Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters wins eight consecutive Best Air Tour award

Maverick Helicopters took home its eighth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during the Choice Awards Gala on Sunday, April 30 at Omnia Nightclub. The SNHCA is an association of professional hotel concierges dedicated to providing the highest level of… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 19-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 7-year support contract with BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the German Army (Heer) and German Navy (Marine). This contract will support a total fleet of around 100 NH90 (82 TTH and 18 NTH). Formerly supported by previous… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-May-17

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Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters Celebrates Independence Day With Two Unique Helicopter Tours

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and top-rated experiential tour company in Las Vegas, will be the only tour company to offer helicopter tours over the Las Vegas Strip for a front row seat of the Fourth of July fireworks. An exclusive picnic option is also available where views of the fireworks shows throughout the… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 19-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the MBB BK117‐B2 BK117 Cargo Hook and Mirror Kit. The BK117 Cargo Hook has a carrying capacity of up to 1200kg.  It utilizes the Onboard Systems Cargo Hook with the option of either hydraulic or manual release and can be mounted to either an… Read more »

Source: Airwork (NZ), 19-May-17

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19-May-17 Robinson R44 Heilbron, South Africa (2F)

two farmers and their sons were returning home from the Nampo Harvest Day on Bothaville in the Free State when the accident occurred.  One farmer, Douw Wentzel Snr, and the other farmer’s son Andre Deale suffered fatal injuries.

19-May-17

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