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Thales Helicopter Training Centre receives EASA qualification and starts operations

Thales Helicopter Training Centre receives EASA qualification and starts operations

Source: Thales, 18-Jul-14

On the occasion of the Farnborough Air Show, Thales announces that the Thales Training Academy has received its final EASA FSTD1 Operator qualification by the French Aviation Safety Agency (DGAC), and is now operational to deliver training for civil helicopter operators. The academy is the first European training centre to operate the AS350 Full Flight [...]

CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

Source: Esterline, 16-Jul-14

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the latest versions of its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been certified recently by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the new AS332L1e and AS332C1e Super Puma helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. Esterline CMC’s CMA-9000 FMS and CMA-5024 GPS have [...]

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

EASA and UK CAA approve world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System

Source: Survitec, 15-Jul-14

The world’s first Category A Emergency Breathing System (EBS), developed by the Survitec Group, has gained approval and certification by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This is the first major response to the government inquiry and report into helicopter safety, which followed a fatal crash in the waters [...]

Brunei-based S-92 full-flight simulator now ready-for-training

Brunei-based S-92 full-flight simulator now ready-for-training

Source: CAE, 10-Jul-14

The CAE Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre (MPTC), a joint venture of CAE and the Ministry of Finance of Brunei Darussalam, today announced that its new CAE 3000 Series S-92 full-flight simulator (FFS) was certified by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators, and is now ready-for-training. “This [...]

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412′s

Aero Dynamix Receives EASA NVG STC for B412′s

Source: Aero Dynamix, 19-Jun-14

Aero Dynamix, Inc. is proud to announce they have been granted another EASA NVG STC. This time the EASA STC is on a Bell 412EP, EASA STC number 10049194. This is the first of two 412EP’s Aero Dynamix will modify for the Faroe Islands operator, Atlantic Airways, which will use the modified aircraft for search [...]

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below [...]

EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

EASA publishes new proposals for flight recorders and locating devices

Source: EASA, 03-Jun-14

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today announced new proposals for flight recorders and underwater locating devices which aim at facilitating the recovery of an aircraft and of its flight recorders in the unfortunate eventuality of an accident. The new EASA requirements include the extension of the transmission time of underwater locating devices (ULD) fitted [...]

Industry, EASA, FAA raise concerns over handling of Canadian Coast Guard contract

Industry, EASA, FAA raise concerns over handling of Canadian Coast Guard contract

Source: Ottawa Citizen, 01-Jun-14

The Canadian government’s decision to grant Bell a special weight exemption for the 429 strained relations between Transport Canada and aviation safety regulators in the U.S. and Europe, federal documents show.  See full story

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance one of first to get Euro compliance

Source: Yorkshire Air ambulance, 28-May-14

The emergency rapid response charity – which operates two MD902 Explorer helicopters – has revised all its operator manuals to meet new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements that come into force on October 28. It now becomes just the third out of nearly 70 UK operators to be awarded a new Air Operators Certificate [...]

Heliair puts first R66 on an EASA national register

Heliair puts first R66 on an EASA national register

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-14

Heliair has become the first Robinson dealer to complete everything required to have an R66 legally carrying a registration from an EASA country.  Their first delivered R66 – serial 0016 and flying up to now on the FAA registration N66NN – has now become G-JNNH for owners Jenny ‘n Nick Hawes (hence the “JNNH”).  HeliHub.com [...]

EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

Source: Airlift, 23-May-14

Airlift’s EASA Part-21 Design Organisation (DOA)  has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO [...]

EASA Certifies Sikorsky S-92 AMS 8.0 and ADS-B Out

EASA Certifies Sikorsky S-92 AMS 8.0 and ADS-B Out

Source: Sikorsky, 21-May-14

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of enhanced functionality for the S-92® helicopter. The announcement was made at both the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibit (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the ILA Berlin exhibition in Germany. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. [...]

Mornington Sanford Aviation issued with the first R66 EASA Part 66 Type Rating

Mornington Sanford Aviation issued with the first R66 EASA Part 66 Type Rating

Source: Mornington Sanford Aviation, 16-May-14

UK Civil Aviation Authority issue the first Robinson R66(250) type endorsement into the Part 66 licence of Richard Mornington-Sanford. Richard conducts EASA Part 147 approved theoretical type training courses for the Robinson R66 type plus the RR300 engine. The R66 Type Training Course available are: Course 1: Full R66 Theoretical Airframe Course plus RR300 Engine [...]

EASA certifies Robinson R66 Turbine

EASA certifies Robinson R66 Turbine

Source: Robinson, 03-May-14

On April 30, 2014, four years after initial FAA certification, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued its type certificate for the Robinson R66 Turbine helicopter. Robinson is pleased to add EASA member states to the now over fifty countries (including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa, and the U.S.) that have certified the [...]

EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-14

The newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2 – has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year. Issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) [...]

EASA approves Dart EC145 Skidtubes and BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

EASA approves Dart EC145 Skidtubes and BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

Source: Dart Aerospace, 21-Apr-14

DART Aerospace has announced that it has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. DART has also recently received FAA approval for its BK117 Heli-Utility-BasketTM. With DART skidtubes, the central I-beam web absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its integrity. Even with [...]

EASA approves Dart Left Hand PIC for Bell 205/212

EASA approves Dart Left Hand PIC for Bell 205/212

Source: Dart Aerospace, 21-Apr-14

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded DART Aerospace a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Left Hand Pilot in Command. The STC has been approved for Bell 205 and 212 aircraft. The DART Aerospace Left Hand Pilot in Command allows operators to bring the left hand pilot position to the same operational level [...]

EASA presents new approach to GA

EASA presents new approach to GA

Source: EASA, 08-Apr-14

EASA is coming to AERO with a new mind-set for GA. Change is already underway.  The Agency will have a strong presence at AERO. During the show the Agency will unfold its plan for concrete action and measures towards simplifying the regulatory structure concerning GA. Initial focus will be on the lighter end of GA. [...]

EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

Source: EASA, 21-Mar-14

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated a number of R44 helicopter accidents in which the fuel tanks were breached, resulting in leaking fuel and a post-crash fire. While analysis showed that these events should all have been survivable with minor or no injuries to the occupants, they resulted in fatalities and serious [...]

Vector Aerospace UK awarded EASA Part 21G accreditation

Vector Aerospace UK awarded EASA Part 21G accreditation

Source: Vector Aerospace, 04-Mar-14

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector - www.vectoraerospace.com), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has been awarded Part 21G accreditation from the European Aviation Safety Agency following an official audit in late December 2013. The deserved recognition from Europe’s regulatory aviation authority enables the company to perform work pertaining to sheet metal and [...]

Aspen Avionics Announces EASA Approval for Airbus Helicopters

Aspen Avionics Announces EASA Approval for Airbus Helicopters

Source: Aspen Avionics, 26-Feb-14

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display System (EFD), announced today the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of Aspen’s EFD1000H Primary Flight Display (PFD) into the Eurocopter 120B under EASA Supplemental Type Certificate 10048141. The lightweight, compact form factor of Aspen’s helicopter PFD system is a perfect fit for the [...]

EASA approves Onboard Systems Bell 204-412 Cargo Hook Retention System

EASA approves Onboard Systems Bell 204-412 Cargo Hook Retention System

Source: Onboard Systems, 23-Feb-14

This Cargo Hook Retention System is designed for Bell 204, 205, 212 and 412 operators looking to keep the cargo hook assembly from rotating during certain types of external load missions. This certified upgrade kit provides a restraining arm that is coupled to the cargo hook assembly and supported by a bracket that is attached to [...]

Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Source: Aspen Avionics, 30-Jan-14

Aspen Avionics today announced its Evolution EFD 1000H Pro has gained EASA minor change approval (MCA) for installation on the Eurocopter AS355. Avionik Straubing of Germany designed the engineering package for the certification and partnered with Instruments de Precision de la Cote Ouest (IPCO) of France, which performed the installation. The minor change approval covers Eurocopter AS355 models AS355E, AS355F, [...]

R66 European certification delayed by huge EASA charges

R66 European certification delayed by huge EASA charges

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

EASA has recently issued full details of an appeal hearing between two organisations – EASA itself and Robinson Helicopter Co. The case concerns the amount of the invoices being raised by EASA on Robinson for the work that EASA is putting in to the type certificate for the R66. Here are the numbers Invoice 90009422 [...]

EASA certifies the EC175

EASA certifies the EC175

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jan-14

The certification process of the EC175 has been successfully completed. On January 27, 2014, the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Internal Safety Committee formally approved the recommendation of the EC175 Project Certification Team to grant the EC175 with EASA type certification.EASA will officially issue the type certificate in the coming days. “This is a major milestone for [...]

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 23-Dec-13

LAWYERS representing a family bereaved in the Clutha helicopter crash have called for all passenger-carrying helicopters to be fitted with black box recording devices. Aviation legal experts from Irwin Mitchell, who also act for the victims of North Sea helicopter ditchings, have been instructed by John McGarrigle, whose 57-year-old father, also called John McGarrigle, died [...]

BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

BALPA union calls on CAA and EASA for clarity over Bond unilateral EC135 grounding

Source: BALPA, 13-Dec-13

In response to Bond Air Services decision to ground its fleet of EC 135s, BALPA said: “Pilots are looking to the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to take charge and provide the industry with the information that has informed the decision to ground the Bond EC-135 fleet. Flight safety [...]

AW609 update 3 – The Challenges

AW609 update 3 – The Challenges

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-13

Last week, HeliHub.com had access to the key executives of the AW609 program. This is one of three updates we are presenting this week to our readers. See AW609 update 1 – Catching up the last two years And AW609 update 2 – The Future The road ahead for the AW609 is not a simple one. [...]

EASA approves AKV ETM1000 Exceedence and Data Trending System

EASA approves AKV ETM1000 Exceedence and Data Trending System

Source: AKV, 19-Nov-13

AKV, Inc. is pleased to announce their ETM1000 Exceedence and Data Trending system has received EASA STC approval No. 10046919 on November 5th, 2013. The ETM1000 provides monitoring and recording of the drive train for trending purposes, as well as being configured to emulate the Rotorcraft Flight Manual and record exceedences based on the operating [...]

Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

Heli Austria flies first FastFin-Equipped Bell 412 in Europe

Source: BLR Aerospace, 25-Sep-13

BLR Aerospace today announced that Heli Austria is the first European operator of BLR’s FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for the Bell 412. FastFin recently was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for installation and flight on Bell 412 helicopters. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship FastFin System enables performance improvements [...]

Union says North Sea safety is “too little, too late”

Union says North Sea safety is “too little, too late”

Source: BALPA, 25-Sep-13

Please see below a comment from the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on today’s announcement that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be conducting a review into North Sea aviation safety. ‘We will  consult with those members currently operating in the North Sea as to their views on the effectiveness of a CAA-led review, but [...]

Oil & Gas UK welcomes review of North Sea operations

Oil & Gas UK welcomes review of North Sea operations

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 25-Sep-13

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK’s health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Oil & Gas UK welcomes the CAA’s review of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea and we and our members stand ready to engage fully in the process. As the CAA highlights in its announcement, considerable efforts have already been made [...]

UK and Norwegian authorities join with EASA for North Sea safety review

UK and Norwegian authorities join with EASA for North Sea safety review

Source: UK CAA, 25-Sep-13

The CAA is undertaking a review of North Sea helicopter operations. It will be a joint review with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and advised by a panel of independent experts. It will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter flying in other countries to make recommendations [...]

EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

EASA approves BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412

Source: BLR Aerospace, 23-Sep-13

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on all Bell 412 helicopters.  FastFin is already EASA-approved for installation on Bell 204, 205, and 212 helicopters. Meet with BLR in Exhibit D30 during Helitech International, Sept. 24-26 in London. Based on patented technologies, BLR’s flagship [...]

Guimbal receives Part 145 Certificate from EASA

Guimbal receives Part 145 Certificate from EASA

Source: Guimbal, 14-Sep-13

Following an eight-month cycle of audits, the French OSAC (Organisme de Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile), on the behalf of the EASA, have awarded their Part145 agreement to Helicopteres Guimbal. This new agreement complements their Part21-F and -G qualifications (Design Organization and Production Organization) and allows the manufacturer of the Cabri G2 helicopter to conduct maintenance [...]

AW189 arrives in UK for SAR certification

AW189 arrives in UK for SAR certification

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-13

AgustaWestland yesterday delivered an AW189 to their Yeovil plant to commence work on the EASA certification of the type in the SAR role.  The aircraft is currently on the Italian register as I-PTFF and was delivered via a brief overnight stop at Norwich Airport on Monday night, and then ferried through to Yeovil yesterday. The [...]

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

Source: HSSG, 11-Jul-13

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly. [...]

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

Source: UK CAA and others, 10-Jul-13

Following publication of an airworthiness directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Super Puma helicopters on 9 July 2013, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will subsequently amend its operational restriction on the helicopter type, allowing each aircraft to return to service once the requirements of the EASA directive are met. EASA is [...]

Navtech iCharts Passes EASA Evaluation

Navtech iCharts Passes EASA Evaluation

Source: Navtech, 04-Jul-13

Navtech Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, is pleased to announce they have successfully passed a review from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Operations Evaluation Board (OEB). While several Navtech customers have been granted operational approval to use iCharts by their national authorities, this successful review of the app by EASA [...]

EASA R66 Certification Update

EASA R66 Certification Update

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 27-Jun-13

As many of you will now know, Robinson Helicopter Company successfully demonstrated the ELOS (Equivalent Level Of Safety) to the FAA resulting in the helicopter receiving certification in Russia and Canada. EASA have since deemed the Equivalent Safety Finding as “important” and, as such, have made it subject to public consultation. Sloane responded with its [...]

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Bell announces foreign approval of seven Aeronautical Accessories products

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced foreign approval of seven products distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Approvals were received in May from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration, Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the following products: Ukraine validation of STC SH3289SO, Cabin Floor Protectors [...]

Bell’s Czech Republic facility expands scope of EASA DOA certification

Bell’s Czech Republic facility expands scope of EASA DOA certification

Source: Bell, 18-Jun-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced its service facility, Aviation Service a.s., located in Prague, Czech Republic, was granted expanded and updated terms of its Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The expansion of the DOA certification allows Aviation Service to perform major changes on the primary [...]

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

Dart announces skidtube step for medium Bells

Source: DART Aerospace, 11-Jun-13

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce the launch of a skidtube step that provides a flat non-slip surface to stand on, increasing security for hoist operator or spotters for the Bell Medium aircraft.  The step received approval from Transport Canada, FAA, EASA, and Japan. The Skidtube Step installs on the DART Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes and installs [...]

UK CAA announces improvements in pilot licence processes and provides policy update

UK CAA announces improvements in pilot licence processes and provides policy update

Source: CAA, 05-Jun-13

The introduction of the new European regulations for pilot licensing has resulted in a significant amount of change for UK pilots in the past year and has also impacted the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) systems and processes. The result has been pilots and other stakeholders not receiving the level of service that we would hope [...]

New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-13

This week, EASA has issued a new Emergency Airworthiness Directive for the Emergency Lubrication (EMLUB) system of the Eurocopter EC225. The original design of the EMLUB system guaranteed 30 minute of safe flight in the event of total loss of the dual oil lubrication system of the main gearbox. Investigations by EASA have revealed an [...]

UK – CHC launches new engineering apprenticeships

UK – CHC launches new engineering apprenticeships

Source: CHC, 28-May-13

CHC Helicopter, the world’s largest helicopter services company, has launched an advanced engineering apprenticeship scheme to foster the next generation of engineering talent. CHC has joined forces with Resource Group’s Part 147 approved training organisation, LRTT, to develop the apprenticeship programme which will see 35 young people expected to join CHC’s UK and Dutch operations [...]

EASA approves 49 of FlightSafety’s Maintanance Courses

EASA approves 49 of FlightSafety’s Maintanance Courses

Source: FlightSafety International, 16-May-13

FlightSafety International announces that it has received approval from EASA for 49 of its practical maintenance training courses under Regulation 1149/2011 to date. All previously approved EASA practical maintenance training courses are to comply with agency’s Training Needs Analysis requirement no later than August 1, 2013. “We are pleased that EASA has approved 49 of [...]

EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 17” is now EASA approved for Eurocopter AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP aircraft. Learn more at www.dartaerospace.com/rear-locker-extender-6699 ABOUT DART AEROSPACE: DART Aerospace is “Mission Ready”. A privately held aerospace company, we provide industry-leading design, manufacturing and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry. [...]

CAA appoints new GA programme manager

CAA appoints new GA programme manager

Source: CAA, 09-May-13

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced that Mike Barnard has been appointed as General Aviation (GA) Programme Manager. Mike’s main role will be leading a programme to develop and implement policy on how the CAA regulates the GA sector in the future to ensure it is safe and the regulation is proportionate. Building [...]

EASA approves Aspen Avionics in Robinson R44

EASA approves Aspen Avionics in Robinson R44

Source: Aspen Avionics, 30-Apr-13

Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display System, announced today the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval for installation of Aspen Evolution H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters. Previously announced for N-registered aircraft, this expanded Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from [...]

EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

EASA approves 31 more Lycoming engines for UL91 fuel

Source: Lycoming, 24-Apr-13

Lycoming Engines, a division of Avco Corporation, released Service Instruction SI-1070R in April of 2012, which approved a wide variety of engines for use with ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas. European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) 2011-01 provided aircraft-level approval on the basis of engine approval. Today Lycoming is pleased to [...]

EASA appoints new Executive Director

EASA appoints new Executive Director

Source: EASA, 26-Mar-13

Mr. Patrick Ky is currently Executive Director of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking and has driven the set-up and execution of Europe’s ambitious air traffic management modernisation programme since October 2007. Mr Ky will succeed Mr Patrick Goudou, who has been Executive Director of EASA since its creation in [...]

Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Is EASA R66 debacle really Robinson’s fault?

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-13

Robinson continues to work with the relevant authorities to get the turbine engined R66 certified in Russia, Canada and Europe – and a recent press release from Sloane Helicopters confirms that some progress is being made – indeed there is every indication that now the FAA has granted Robinson the ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) paperwork, certification [...]

UK allows uncertified R66 to fly commercially

UK allows uncertified R66 to fly commercially

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-13

Here in the UK we have had some recent high-profile general media stories about huge international organisations avoiding tax. Household names including Amazon, Google and Starbucks were splashed across the headlines - each of them using various legal tactics to minimise their UK tax payment. While these activities may be ethically dubious, they are all perfectly [...]

Sloane Helicopters encouraged with R66 development

Sloane Helicopters encouraged with R66 development

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 07-Mar-13

Sloane Helicopters, the UK and Ireland Robinson Dealer since the mid 1970′s has, along with many other potential European buyers, been frustrated at the delays to EASA certification of the R66. During the original FAA certification of the R66, the FAA granted Robinson an exemption from the redundant control valve regulation. Several non US countries [...]

International Governor Services launches new website

International Governor Services launches new website

Source: International Governor Services, 06-Mar-13

International Governor Services (IGS) has launched a new website at www.internationalgovernor.com that features its engine control products in a new, easy to navigate format. IGS offers fast turn on maintenance, repair, overhaul and exchange of fuel controls, torque limiters and power turbine governors for PT6T and M250® engines. The website features a full listing of [...]

AgustaWestland demonstrates 50 minute gearbox “Run Dry” capability to EASA

AgustaWestland demonstrates 50 minute gearbox “Run Dry” capability to EASA

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Mar-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has successfully demonstrated to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) a 50-minute loss of oil or “run dry” capability for the AW189 main gearbox. The AW189 will be the first helicopter ever to enter service with such a capability, which is 20-minutes more than any other currently certified helicopter. In what [...]

EASA approves Trakkabeam A800 searchlight on EC135

EASA approves Trakkabeam A800 searchlight on EC135

Source: ESG, 25-Feb-13

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has received an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the integration of Trakkabeam® A800 searchlight systems on Eurocopter EC135 helicopters. The STC covers several configurations of the system to give customers a choice of how to install and control the searchlight in their EC135. The system can be controlled by pilot [...]

EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

Source: Simplex, 18-Feb-13

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed the validation of the Model 510 FAA STC. On February 8th, the Simplex Model 510 powerline insulator and windmill cleaning and de-icing system was granted EASA certification (EASA # 10043539) for installation and operation on AS 350 and AS 355 series aircraft. Simplex received an FAA STC [...]

Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Bond achieves EASA NVIS Certification on EC135

Source: Bond, 07-Feb-13

Bond Helicopters Europe (Bond) is delighted to confirm that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved one of its EC135 aircraft for night vision goggles (NVG) operations to ground level, a significant step towards the UK’s first night air ambulance operations. At present, no air ambulance service in the UK is able to operate [...]

EASA certifies Cobham HeliSAS™ on AS350/EC130

EASA certifies Cobham HeliSAS™ on AS350/EC130

Source: Cobham, 18-Jan-13

Cobham has been granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its HeliSAS™ Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  STC #10049171 allows installation of HeliSAS on a significant new range of Eurocopter helicopters, including: AS350B, B1, B2, B3, BA, D, and EC130B4 models across the European Union. With more than [...]

EASA approves Honeywell’s Primus Epic ADS-B

EASA approves Honeywell’s Primus Epic ADS-B

Source: Honeywell, 13-Dec-12

Honeywell has received a European Technical Standard Order from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approving the use of its Primus Epic Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out transponder in Europe. ADS-B Out enables an aircraft to use precise satellite global positioning (GPS) data to accurately pinpoint its position in real time and broadcast this data [...]

EASA approves Dart Cable Cutters Kit for AW119

EASA approves Dart Cable Cutters Kit for AW119

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 11-Dec-12

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce EASA approval of its A119/AW119MKII Cable Cutters Kit.  FAA approval was previously received and Transport Canada approval is pending. The Cable Cutters Kit offered by DART provides a more affordable option compared to other kits on the market.  This new approval is a welcome addition to our expanding line [...]

Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro for iPad earns industry first evaluation report with EASA

Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro for iPad earns industry first evaluation report with EASA

Source: Jeppesen, 26-Nov-12

After an extensive cooperative engagement, Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, has successfully passed a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Operations Evaluation Board (OEB) review, clearing a major hurdle toward European airline use of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro and Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro applications for iPad/iOS.  This evaluation report is the first that EASA has [...]

EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

EASA and FAA approve H+S Aviation to repair/overhaul GE CT7-8 engines

Source: H+S Aviation, 31-Oct-12

H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company, has added the new generation General Electric CT7-8 series turboshaft engine to its EASA 145 and FAA approvals list. The CT7-8 is currently in production for Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW101 multi-engine helicopters. H+S Aviation now offers full scale support for engine repair, overhaul [...]

Thales’s Reality H simulator achieves dual qualification

Thales’s Reality H simulator achieves dual qualification

Source: Thales, 30-Oct-12

Thales has announced that its Reality H helicopter simulator installed at the training centre recently opened by helicopter operator SAF group in Albertville, France, has been granted FTD (Flight Training Device) Level 3 and FFS (Full Flight Simulator) Level B qualification by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), in accordance with European Aviation Safety Agency [...]

EASA publishes revised Part-M and Part-145 consolidated rules

EASA publishes revised Part-M and Part-145 consolidated rules

Source: EASA, 04-Oct-12

The revised editions of Part-M and Part-145 have been published and can be purchased online from the EU Bookshop on the Technical Publications webpage at http://easa.europa.eu/technical-publications These updated versions include Amending Regulation 593/2012 as well as the latest Decisions. Again, the format is consolidated in such a way that each rule paragraph is followed by [...]

EASA issues helicopter guide – Single Pilot Decision Making

EASA issues helicopter guide – Single Pilot Decision Making

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-12

EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, has ercently released a guide entitled “Decision Making for Single-Pilot Helicopter Operations”. The training leaflet, prepared by the EASA’s European Helicopter Safety Team, covers a variety of subjects, including fatigue, stress management and the NASA decision making model. The 24-page guide is free and available in PDF form at HE4 [...]

EASA approves Dart Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes on AW119

EASA approves Dart Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes on AW119

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 25-Jul-12

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce EASA approval of their subsidiary partner DART Aerospace (DAS) Round-I-Beam™ Skidtubes for the A119/AW119MKII models of helicopters. DAS (DART Aerospace) believed that conventional skidtubes were under-designed for the types of landings most helicopters encounter.  Conventional skidtubes are ill-equipped to face the critical loading conditions encountered when landing on uneven ground, [...]

European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

European Robinson dealers call for EASA meeting over R66 certification

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jul-12

Due to the ongoing delays in the European certification of the Robinson R66, Robinson dealers across the continent are calling for a meeting with two EASA representatives – namely Certification Director Dr. Norbert Lohl and the R66 validation project coordinator, Volker Arnsmeier. The move – led by British distributor Sloane Helicopters – is out of [...]

EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

EASA Approves Bell 429 Pilot Training Program

Source: Bell, 10-Jul-12

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to provide pilot training on Bell 429 helicopters. The Bell 429 pilot training program blends theoretical knowledge instruction with specific aircraft training tasks that are conducted in the advanced flight [...]

R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

R66 EASA Certification – Robinson provides update

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-12

HeliHub.com has heard that Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) has this week updated distributors in EASA countries on the latest situation of the ongoing R66 certification issues – which focus on the hydraulic servo.  This situation has been dragging on for a long time, and some are even suggesting that a European manufacturer could be putting [...]

EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

EASA approves BLR FastFin for Bell 205

Source: BLR Aerospace, 19-Jun-12

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on Bell 205 helicopters. BLR Aerospace recently received EASA approval for FastFin on Bell 212 helicopters and certification efforts are underway for the Bell 412. Following up on the successful FastFin certification for Bell 212s, [...]

UK CAA postpone EASA pilot licence start date

UK CAA postpone EASA pilot licence start date

Source: CAA, 23-May-12

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the introduction of new EASA pilots’ licences in the UK has been delayed until 17 September 2012. The CAA said that due to the complexity of the transition to the new licence format, and changes to the associated requirements and infrastructure, the original 1 July 2012 [...]

EASA approves Van Horn composite blades for B206

EASA approves Van Horn composite blades for B206

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 08-May-12

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) recently received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for VHA’s 206B/L series composite tail rotor blade. “Operators on five continents are already experiencing the benefits of flying VHA tail rotor blades, including reduced pedal forces and greater tail rotor authority at high [...]