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Airbus Canada Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Innovation in Safety Award

Airbus Canada Now Accepting Nominations for the 2018 Innovation in Safety Award

As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 3rd  in Vancouver, BC.  The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to recognition… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jul-18

UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health reveals new helicopter design

UT Health East Texas Air 1 revealed their new helicopter design and uniforms today, during a celebration at UT Health Tyler, along with new state-of-the-art technology that enables flight paramedics to transmit patient data to the hospital and a safety tracking system. “The Outerlink Iris System is a next generation satellite communications system that will… Read more »

Source: UT Health East Texas Air 1, 25-Jul-18

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Honeywell International awarded $8M contract for V-22 Shaft Compressors Repairs

Honeywell International awarded $8M contract for V-22 Shaft Compressors Repairs

Honeywell International Inc., Torrance, California, is awarded $8,414,872 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N00383-18-F-FQ2D under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-14-G-001D for the repair of shaft driven compressors in support of the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Torrance, California, and work is expected to be completed by November 2021. Fiscal 2018 working capital funds… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jul-18

Aspen Avionics to release Evolution E5 EFI in August

Aspen Avionics to release Evolution E5 EFI in August

Aspen Avionics announced it is in the final stages of receiving FAA approval for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). Upon approval, the Evolution E5 will to be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and by aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d,… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Jul-18

HAI President Message – Get a Cardboard Box

HAI President Message – Get a Cardboard Box

We will get to why aviation professionals need a cardboard box in a minute. But first, did you ever think you would see our industry move away from the word helicopter? It appears we are morphing into the vertical-lift industry, unmanned vertical industry, or the vertical urban air-taxi industry, take your pick. I don’t disagree… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Jul-18

Aspen Avionics Introduces Evolution MAX flight displays

Aspen Avionics Introduces Evolution MAX flight displays

Aspen Avionics introduced the latest generation of Evolution Flight Displays, the Evolution MAX series of primary flight (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD). With redesigned electronics and new glass, the Evolution MAX series displays offers a bolder and brighter display with higher reliability and several customer-requested functions such as font and window enlargement and increased processing… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 24-Jul-18

AirLife Denver chooses the Eagle 407HP

AirLife Denver chooses the Eagle 407HP

Eagle Copters announced today the first air medical conversion of a Bell 407 to the Eagle 407HP. This conversion is the first of its kind within the air medical space and brings the Eagle 407HP’s proven success on utility missions to new markets. AirLife Denver and their FAA part 135 operator, Air Methods, have partnered… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 24-Jul-18

HAL pick L3 FDR for ALH and FCH programs

HAL pick L3 FDR for ALH and FCH programs

L3 Aviation Products has been selected by aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to provide the FA2300 Modular Airborne Data Recorder/Acquisition System (MADRAS) for its Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter production programs. “L3 is pleased to build on our long-standing relationship with HAL to deliver the versatile MADRAS flight data and audio recorder… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 24-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters Has Demonstrated Advanced Flight Security Systems

Russian Helicopters Has Demonstrated Advanced Flight Security Systems

Experts of the Kazan Helicopters (KVZ), an affiliate of the Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation, has showcased a demonstration stand with an installed system for active dampening of vibrations, an energy-attenuating seat and a floor covering fragment at the Innoprom-2018 international industrial fair. The system will be installed in the Ansat… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 24-Jul-18

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Helicopters help power high-speed broadband in rural Alaska

Helicopters help power high-speed broadband in rural Alaska

This summer, GCI-deployed specialty helicopters will make approximately 220 trips to remote towers in Western Alaska to ensure GCI’s TERRA network can deliver high-speed broadband to rural communities in the region for the next 18 months. The specialized helicopters only have a narrow window of time to deliver the fuel, and delivery is critical in… Read more »

Source: GCI, 24-Jul-18

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Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Priducts welcomes new Bell parts policy

Aero Products, a Bell CSF, is pleased with Bell’s latest policy changes regarding the sale of new Bell parts. Beginning July 1, 2018, Customer Service Facilities, like Aero Products, will be permitted to sell Bell parts to certified Part 145, or Civil Aviation Authority equivalent repair stations if the following conditions apply: Repair station purchasing… Read more »

Source: Aero Products, 24-Jul-18

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Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Enters Taiwanese Market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a lease transaction for three new AW169 helicopters to Emerald Pacific Airlines (“Emerald Pacific”) in Taiwan to be used in EMS operations and other missions.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s third, fourth, and fifth AW169 deliveries globally, as… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 24-Jul-18

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TAL Reveals New AW139s

TAL Reveals New AW139s

Tropical Arctic Logistics (TAL) revealed their new six AW139 helicopters as well as their new Challenger Executive Jet. The new aircraft came to a total of over $150 million, reports Daily Trust.

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jul-18

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Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Airbus and the Ukrainian sign for 55 helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The 55 aircraft include 21 repurposed H225s,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jul-18

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Netherlands signs combined Apache and Chinook sustainment contract with Boeing

Netherlands signs combined Apache and Chinook sustainment contract with Boeing

Boeing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed a Combined Helicopter Support services agreement at the Royal International Air Tattoo on Saturday, July 14 that will provide maintenance, services and spare parts to the RNLAF’s fleet of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The performance based logistics contract, called COHESU, is designed to drive… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Jul-18

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ASU Obtains EASA NVIS STC on AW139

ASU Obtains EASA NVIS STC on AW139

Aviation Specialties Unlimited obtained an European Aviation Safety Agency supplemental type certificate on the Augusta Westland AW139/AB139 helicopter to install night vision imaging system lighting. The AW139 is widely used in numerous operations around the world. It has been configured for air ambulance operations frequently because of its size. ASU obtained the STC for Airgreen… Read more »

Source: ASU, 23-Jul-18

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Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced the sale of an S-76D™ aircraft to the Government of Maharashtra in India. The announcement came during the Farnborough International Airshow. This contract marks the first sale of an S-76D helicopter in India. Delivery is scheduled in 2019. “The S-76D helicopter introduction has been quite successful in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 23-Jul-18

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First Helicopter Degree Graduates

First Helicopter Degree Graduates

Three helicopter pilots graduated yesterday with the UK’s only operator-supported BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) degree – delivered in partnership between Helicentre Aviation Ltd and Middlesex University London. The graduates, Barry Wilmott, Russell Sheriff and Andrew Thompson, are the first students in the UK to graduate with this degree that is unique to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 23-Jul-18

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First ground test of Safran hybrid electric propulsion system

First ground test of Safran hybrid electric propulsion system

Safran has passed a major milestone in its hybrid electric propulsion roadmap with the first ground test of a distributed propulsion system. The test run took place at a Safran Helicopter Engines test facility near Pau-Pyrenees Airport, in France. In a distributed hybrid electric propulsion system for aircraft, a turbo-generator (a gas turbine driving an… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-Jul-18

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Meggitt awarded five year fuel cell contract

Meggitt awarded five year fuel cell contract

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, today announces a $21m contract with Defense Logistics Agency (‘DLA’) Richmond, Virginia to supply fuel cell equipment for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter until 2022. Meggitt’s crashworthy, self-seal fuel tanks, which meet the ultra-rigorous standards… Read more »

Source: Meggitt PLC, 23-Jul-18

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Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

Bell and SUBARU announce their collaboration

At a ceremony held at Farnborough Air Show today, BELL HELICOPTER, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company and SUBARU Corporation announced their collaboration on a commercial enhancement of the BELL 412 EPI, which was type-certified this month as the 412 EPX, in support of the Japan UH-X program. In 2015, Bell’s long-term partner, SUBARU (formerly known as Fuji… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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First H160 pre-assembled rear fuselage is plug and play ready

First H160 pre-assembled rear fuselage is plug and play ready

The first pre-serial H160 has been fitted with its rear fuselage, the first major component assembly having been pre-assembled in Albacete, Spain according to the site specialisation strategy implemented in Airbus Helicopters. The main fuselage of the first pre-serial aircraft arrived from the company’s facilities in Donauworth, Germany earlier in the year. A total of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Safran renews Pattonair contract

Safran renews Pattonair contract

World leading rotorcraft turbine manufacturer, Safran Helicopter Engines (SHE), has awarded a global OEM and MRO parts support contract to Pattonair until 2025, the leading aerospace and defence supply chain service provider.   The contract was signed today, Tuesday 17th July at the Farnborough Airshow by Franck Saudo, President – Safran helicopter engines, and Wayne Hollinshead,… Read more »

Source: Pattonair, 20-Jul-18

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Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has signed with Airbus Helicopters for an HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material management contract, for a period of five years. Beginning in July, the contract will cover comprehensive maintenance support, including parts-bythe-hour for JCG’s H225 fleet. With the provision of all the parts needed for the maintenance of the rotorcraft in one… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Aeronautical Accessories Focused on Expanding Bell 505 Accessory Offerings

Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand continues to expand its offering of new accessories in support of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Since before the Bell 505 was introduced in 2013, Aeronautical Accessories has worked on product development and key partnerships to ensure Bell 505 customers’ needs are met. The Aeronautical Accessories catalog presently features more… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 20-Jul-18

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CAAS, EASA and Airbus collaborate

CAAS, EASA and Airbus collaborate

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus have agreed to collaborate in the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban environments. The tripartite Project Document, which lays out the areas of collaboration, was signed by representatives from CAAS, EASA and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-18

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Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Magpas Air Ambulance selects AW169 to replace MD Explorer

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Magpas Air Ambulance has selected the AW169 as its new generation helicopter. Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) will customise the aircraft with an advanced medical interior and will operate the helicopter on behalf of Magpas Air Ambulance, providing pilots and maintenance services. The announcement was made during the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Sloane Helicopters opens up Irish corporate market with AW109 GrandNew sale

Leonardo and official distributor in UK Sloane Helicopters (Sloane) has announced that QME Mining Equipment Ltd (QME) of Ireland, a leading company in the supply of complete solutions to the Mining and Tunnelling industries worldwide, has signed a contract for an AW109 GrandNew helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP/corporate transport operations with delivery… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jul-18

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Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell 429 Celebrates over 330 000 hours of operation

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is excited to announce that the Bell 429 global fleet has exceeded 330,000 hours of operation. With 325 aircraft in operation configured for various mission sets, the Bell 429 footprint continues to grow, with recent new orders and deliveries: The Swedish Police Authority has purchased two additional Bell 429 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 19-Jul-18

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CAE launches CAE 700MR Series flight training device

CAE launches CAE 700MR Series flight training device

At the Farnborough International Airshow, CAE announced the launch of the CAE 700MR Series flight training device (FTD), a next-generation FTD designed specifically for military helicopter flight and mission training. “We listened to our customers to design and develop a high-end flight training device that addresses the highest priorities for military helicopter mission training, such… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Jul-18

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NH90 Sea Lion starts Qualification phase

NH90 Sea Lion starts Qualification phase

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion has performed its first flight in serial configuration on July 10. This event marks the beginning of the helicopter’s qualification phase together with the customer’s official authorities. When the qualification phase is finished, the German customer will release the military type certificate to allow the first serial… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jul-18

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Airbus hands over Empire Test Pilot School H125 to QinetiQ

Airbus hands over Empire Test Pilot School H125 to QinetiQ

Colin James, Airbus Helicopters’ UK Managing Director, formally handed over the latest Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) H125 helicopter to Nic Anderson, Managing Director Air and Space, QinetiQ.  Under the current modernisation programme, the world-renown test pilot flight school will receive four H125s, which will make up ETPS’ new generation, single-engine helicopter fleet.  Minister of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jul-18

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MD Helicopters creates MDHI Flight Training Academy

MD Helicopters creates MDHI Flight Training Academy

As part of a growing commitment to deliver full-service, full life-cycle support programs for its growing global fleet, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the formation of the MDHI Flight Training Academy. Established to provide industry-leading maintenance and pilot training to all customers in a professional learning environment, MD Helicopters has expanded its current training offerings to include a… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Jul-18

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GVH awarded EASA STC for H135 Aeromedical System

GVH awarded EASA STC for H135 Aeromedical System

GVH Aerospace has been awarded the EASA STC for the installation of its AeroStretcher Mk IV Modular Aeromedical System on the Airbus H135 helicopter. The AeroStretcher Mk IV system is an evolution of the previous Mk III product which was very well received by the helicopter transport operators and provided them with the capability to rapidly reconfigure their aircraft to… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 18-Jul-18

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FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces FAA-approval of its advanced, all-glass cockpit for the MD 530F (type certificate 369FF). Approved for production and as a type design option, this is the third glass cockpit certification MDHI has received in the last year. “My commitment to delivering next generation technologies that are both design and function-forward is unwavering,”… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Jul-18

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CNC Technologies selected to Deploy Airborne Mission Suites for Agency’s New Airbus H125

CNC Technologies selected to Deploy Airborne Mission Suites for Agency’s New Airbus H125

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced today its selection by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) to develop and support two airborne mission suites for the agency’s recently-acquired Airbus H125 helicopters. CNC has lead all aspects of the assignment, with responsibility for design,… Read more »

18-Jul-18

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Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

The last purpose-built HM Coastguard helicopter base at Lydd, Kent, was opened today, marking a major milestone in the UK’s national search and rescue helicopter service. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the base and witnessed the duty search and rescue helicopter crew returning from a training sortie, in a… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-18

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GVH selected to design hoist light for Boeing

GVH selected to design hoist light for Boeing

GVH Aerospace has been selected to design, manufacture and supply a hoist light for Boeing Defence Australia’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The selection concludes the competitive tender process and the hoist light product will be used for night hoisting training to provide the aircrewman with adequate illumination to carry out hoisting operations safely. “We… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 18-Jul-18

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Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro Aviation is attending the Airborne Public Safety Aviation Conference (APSCON) July 11-13 and exhibiting the first of two new H125 aircraft the company recently completed for Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO). The NVG-compatible aircraft is equipped with the Garmin G500H electronic flight display system, Cobham RT-7000 airborne tactical radio, special operations platform with external… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Jul-18

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Safran Appoints Executive Vice-President of Engineering

Safran Appoints Executive Vice-President of Engineering

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Didier Nicoud as Executive Vice-President, Engineering. Didier succeeds Eric Massé who has been appointed to another position within the Group. Didier Nicoud joined Safran Aircraft Engines in 1987 as an aerodynamics engineer in charge of numerical methods development. In 1992, he fulfilled roles such as Head of the aerodynamics department… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 18-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters transfers repaired Mi-17s to Laos

Russian Helicopters transfers repaired Mi-17s to Laos

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) fulfilled the first service contract in the interests of the Lao Ministry of Defense, having transferred a batch of four Mi-17 helicopters at the official ceremony. The helicopters were repaired by a mobile group of specialists of JSC “356 ARP”, which is part of the Holding Company…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Jul-18

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Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police has taken delivery of its AW119Kx single engine helicopter during an official ceremony held at APSCON 2018 exhibition today. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is protected on the ground… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-18

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EASA – A vision for the future of GA

EASA – A vision for the future of GA

Register now for the upcoming 2018 EASA Annual Safety Conference on General Aviation in Vienna (Austria), 6 – 7 November 2018 Since the last Annual Safety Conference on the topic of General Aviation which took place in Rome 4 years ago, EASA and the GA community have made a lot of progress in working towards lighter, simpler and better rules.Now… Read more »

Source: EASA, 13-Jul-18

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Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu Helicopter had successfully completed its Proving Flight (Test Flight) of two brand new turbine helicopter bought from USA named as Robinson R66 on July 09, 2018. Prabhu Officials stated that that proving flight was conducted on Pokhara – Local- Pokhara sector on July 09 under the command of Prabhu’s Instructor Pilot after the assembly… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 12-Jul-18

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First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

Hospital Wing, a Memphis-based air ambulance company, has become the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator in the U.S. to take its operation fully paperless. Utilizing the Flightdocs HMX platform, Hospital Wing has been able to eliminate all paper-based forms and reports from its operation, significantly increasing efficiency across maintenance and operational processes. Operating… Read more »

Source: Hospital Wing, 12-Jul-18

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Meeker-Airfilm receives EASA STC for AFSP-V2

Meeker-Airfilm receives EASA STC for AFSP-V2

Meeker-Airfilm are pleased to announce we have received EASA STC for our upgraded AFSP-V2 single and dual pole mount for the AS-350/355/ H125 series of helicopters. The AFSP-V2 offers greater ground clearance for payloads and greater rigidity from the double box I-beam design. In addition the mount joined left and right for very large center… Read more »

Source: Meeker-Airfilm, 12-Jul-18

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Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point holds change of command

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point holds change of command

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point held a change of command ceremony bidding farewell to Capt. Frederick Reidlin and welcomed Capt. Andrew Eriks, at the unit, Friday. Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony. Eriks served most recently as the program manager for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management Service Improvement Initiative… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 12-Jul-18

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Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) that will see the two companies collaborate on the AW249, the only new combat helicopter currently being designed, aiming to meet the Polish Army’s requirement for a new combat helicopter. With this LoI, Leonardo and PGZ will explore collaboration in a number… Read more »

Source: Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), 12-Jul-18

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AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that AertoTex UK has licensed its powerful VABS software for the simulation of composite propellers, rotor blades, and other slender structures. Located in the United Kingdom, AeroTex UK has extensive experience in the area of structural dynamics, including… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 12-Jul-18

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Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

This year, Bell will be attending the Advancing Public Safety Conference (APSCON) July 9-14, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. At booth #108, Bell will display the Bell 429 and feature one of our loyal customers, Nassau County Police Department. Come stop by and meet with our regional sales managers and our customer support and service representatives. Nassau County’s… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 12-Jul-18

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NHV win Siemens Gamesa wind farm contract with H175 at Aberdeen

NHV win Siemens Gamesa wind farm contract with H175 at Aberdeen

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Siemens Gamesa to provide helicopter services in support of the construction of the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start mid-summer until spring 2019. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. NHV… Read more »

Source: NHV, 11-Jul-18

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Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

As a world-renowned helicopter training academy, we share our vast aviation knowledge with customers from all corners of the globe. And now, we’re bringing our operations a little bit closer to home. On Monday, July 9, the Bell Training Academy (BTA) opened the Floyd Carlson Airfield located on the corner of Trinity Boulevard and Greenbelt Road to… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 11-Jul-18

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Airbus delivers law enforcement H125s in North America faster than one per month

Airbus delivers law enforcement H125s in North America faster than one per month

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will be exhibiting its role as the North American market leader for new law enforcement helicopters at the Airborne Public Safety Association Conference (APSCON) Expo July 11-13, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. at Booth #809. An H125, the best-selling, high-performance helicopter for airborne law enforcement, owned by Seminole County… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Jul-18

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EASA issues STC for AS350/AS355 automatically deployable ELT built by SPAES

EASA issues STC for AS350/AS355 automatically deployable ELT built by SPAES

SPAES GmbH & Co. KG installed with KMN Koopmann Helicopter GmbH a releasable Emergency Locator Transmitter (automatic deployable-ELT) in helicopter airbus AS355 and AS350.   According to the new requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for offshore operation, which are realised by the German Federal Aviation Authority (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt LBA), SPAES installed with KMN… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 11-Jul-18

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, June 29.Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms.During the IOT&E,… Read more »

Source: USS Coronado, 11-Jul-18

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IMT Vislink Launches New TSM-2020 Transport Management System

IMT Vislink Launches New TSM-2020 Transport Management System

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, announced today that its IMT Vislink business is launching the new TSM-2020 Transport Stream Management System for its Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS) at APSCON 2018 (July 9-14, Booth 400) and NATIA 2018 (July 17-29, Booth 638).  … Read more »

Source: IMT Vislink, 11-Jul-18

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Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter Group AG is pleased to announce that it has formed a fully owned subsidiary in the US: Kopter North America LLC. The establishment of this subsidiary is a key first step for Kopter in developing its presence in the US, which represents a significant market for the company. Kopter North America LLC will be… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 11-Jul-18

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LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today delivered a third new Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy, fully equipped for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. The helicopter enters service with Elitaliana on a long term operating lease from LCI, and joins two other AW169s delivered by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters reveals 2017 production data

Russian Helicopters reveals 2017 production data

Russian Helicopters revealed that they manufactured 205 helicopters and delivered 213 in their 2017 annual report. They also increased their number of local deliveries five times since implementing new state support systems, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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SLRD blocks Sky Helicopters tour flight plans

SLRD blocks Sky Helicopters tour flight plans

The Squamish-Lillooet Region District voted against a permit for SKY Helicopters. The tour company applied for a temporary use permit that would allow them to provide tours of the Sea to Sky Corridor. The request was denied due to noise complaints, reports The Squamish Chief.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

The Royal Thai Air Force is threatening to sue PPTV TV Station for flying a drone dangerously close to their MI-17 helicopter during an air evacuation. The helicopter was taking one of four rescued soccer players who had been trapped in the Tham Luang cave, reports Nation Multimedia. The owner of the drone had not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 10-Jul-18

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AeroBrigham to Exhibit Marion County 407 at APSCON

AeroBrigham to Exhibit Marion County 407 at APSCON

Texas-based helicopter and airplane MRO provider, AeroBrigham will showcase the recently completed Marion County Sheriff’s Bell 407 at the upcoming Airborne Public Service Association (APSA) APSCON in Louisville, KY. The comprehensively equipped public service helicopter underwent an extensive avionics integration as well as paint and interior refurbishment at the AeroBrigham facilities in Decatur, Texas. Outfitted with… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 10-Jul-18

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Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Special Purpose Operator (Part-SPO) status has been achieved by Nova Systems UK, an arm of the Australian Nova Group.   Using its EC135 helicopter G-NSYS, the Nova team has worked hard to deliver the safety systems and organisational structures required by the Agency. Nova now adds this important operating declaration… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 10-Jul-18

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Heli Union wins Spanish Civil Guard training contract

Heli Union wins Spanish Civil Guard training contract

The Spanish Civil Guard has awarded Heli Union Training Center a 24 month contract to train 30 pilots. The contract requires training with FFS (Full Flight Simulator) corresponding to the aircraft type Dauphin AS365N3. HUTC provides the utilisation of its FFS which is located in Angouleme Airport along with its highly qualified instructors based on… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 10-Jul-18

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Whirly-Girls Announces 2018 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls Announces 2018 Conference Scholarship Recipients

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that six women have been chosen as recipients for the 2018 mid-year scholarships. Helicopter pilots Melissa Hanthorn, Samantha Hansen, Amy Hartt, Heather Dingman, Kelly Murphy, and Tosha Cypher each received a scholarship to attend one of three industry-leading conferences: The HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, The CHC Safety & Quality… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 10-Jul-18

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Rostec Started Aerodynamic Tests of VRT500 Copter

Rostec Started Aerodynamic Tests of VRT500 Copter

Specialists of the VR-Technologies construction bureau owned by Russian Helicopters affiliated to Rostec State Corporation started aerodynamic tests of the light utility helicopter VRT500 at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. The copter was for the first time introduced to public at the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2018 that took place at the end of May in… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 10-Jul-18

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Celebrate Hovering Flight this World Helicopter Day

Celebrate Hovering Flight this World Helicopter Day

On 19 August 2018 join in this global celebration of one of the world’s greatest engineering inventions. World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them. The day is held on the 3rd Sunday of… Read more »

Source: World Helicopter Day, 10-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; one CV-22B for… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Jul-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-JKAT), heavy landing, Shobdon Aerodrome, Herefordshire, 20 April 2018

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-18

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Mountain Helicopter conducts successful test flight from Bajhang to Hilsa

Mountain Helicopter conducts successful test flight from Bajhang to Hilsa

Helicopter test flight from Bajhang, Talkot to Hilsa has been successfully conducted on June 06,2018. Kailash Seti Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd. Official Sudeep Shahi informed that Mountain Air helicopter which had arrived Bajhang on half an hour from Simikot because of adverse weather had reached Hilsa in 18 minutes from Talkot. Though Travel company… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Jul-18

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EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

Patria’s Aviation Business Unit has been granted two Supplementary Type Certificates (STC’s) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These major changes are developed and certified to the Finnish Border Guard helicopter Agusta Bell 412EP to provide up to date communication and navigation functions in order to fulfil the latest European Airspace requirements. Further, these… Read more »

Source: Patria, 09-Jul-18

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CHC announce speaker for 2018 CHC Safety and Quality Summit dinner

CHC announce speaker for 2018 CHC Safety and Quality Summit dinner

CHC Helicopter has announced that Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, will join hundreds of delegates and speakers at the 14th annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit as the keynote speaker at the event’s gala dinner evening The gala dinner, a memorable highlight of the Summit, brings together a significant portion… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Jul-18

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Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

The Airborne Public Safety Conference (APSCON) from 9 to 11 July in Louisville, KY, marks the site for the debut of Kopter’s SH09 multi-mission helicopter in an advanced public safety configuration engineered for Kopter by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, LA. Known primarily for their expertise in air-medical completions, Metro Aviation has expanded their proficiency in… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Jul-18

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Bristow opens new Louisiana terminal at Galliano

Bristow opens new Louisiana terminal at Galliano

Bristow Group Inc. today celebrated the grand opening of its new passenger terminal in Galliano, Louisiana. The new terminal, located at Bristow’s largest base in the Gulf of Mexico, will allow Bristow to respond to client demand while providing passengers a safe secure best-in-class facility. Bristow’s new Galliano terminal features five self-service check-in kiosks (with… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 09-Jul-18

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