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Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today that final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers is underway, supporting the smooth entry of the aircraft into the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2020. Completion of the HH-60W training systems at subcontractor FlightSafety International’s facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Sep-18

NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

The NHV Group announced a new contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Rentel Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start in October 2018. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Ostend to the Rentel offshore wind farm located approximately 40 km from Ostend, in front… Read more »

Source: NHV, 20-Sep-18

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HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards – Deadline Extended to Oct. 15 Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Sep-18

Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering, analysis, test and technical support services to substantiate candidate concepts/designs and to achieve Army and the Department of Defense technology mission objectives for technologies and services for the AH-64 Apache, A/MH-6M Little Bird and the H-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Sep-18

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

David Rodriguez, Donald Kowalski, Nathan Carrion and George Karcher, a crew from Cal Fire have been awarded with the California State Firefighters Association’s Medal of Valor. This was after they performed a dangerous rescue on September 6, rescuing a badly hurt climber who was stuck, upside down, 2,682m off the ground on Mount San Jacinto,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

Russian Helicopters to display at Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters to display at  Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) shall participate in the international expo of defense & aerospace industry and security technologies Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018 which is to take place from 19 to 23 September in Pretoria (Republic of South Africa). At the forthcoming exhibition the Holding’s specialists shall describe the unique capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Sep-18

Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to offer a TCCA and FAA approved Replacement AS350 Heater Line Kit with several unique features. The RAMM Aerospace Replacement AS350 Stainless Steel Heater Line Kit was developed with an operator that saw a need in the industry for a replacement kit that reduced maintenance costs and aircraft downtime. “The majority… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 19-Sep-18

Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

The Kenya Air Force has announced the handover of nine Airbus AS550C3 Fennec helicopters from the United Arab Emirates. HeliHub.com believes that the aircraft will be used in Kenya’s efforts against al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group. The handover ceremony took place at Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki on 14th September, and was attended Kenya’s Cabinet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

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Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $93,500,000 modification (P00012) for an existing non-competitive single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-14-D-0006) to provide a suite of integrated radio frequency countermeasure components and related services for the technology applications and CV-22 program offices.  This modification increases the ceiling amount to $383,500,000.  At the time of obligation,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric Co., doing business as GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $17,818,296 firm-fixed-price, definite-quantity contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code. 2304(c)(1) as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

The Gozo General Hospital’s helicopter was under scrutiny after the death of a heart patient. Allegations were made that the helicopter was faulty, and the elderly patient could not be transferred to Malta due to this. An inquiry into this revealed that “No difficulties were encountered during the transfer of the patient from GGH to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces launched their first MH-60R multirole naval helicopter recently. The aircraft operates on board the Navy’s ships as well as naval bases. The helicopter is the latest in military technology and as reported by BNA, it contributes to the partnership between other countries to enhance their maritime security. In particular between… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft  produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region’s aerospace economy. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point facility is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s newest autonomous… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Sep-18

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CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a ground-breaking helicopter services contract by Woodside and other operators in the North West Shelf and North West Cape regions, providing passenger transfer flights, medical evacuation and search and rescue services for four customers from bases in Australia’s Pilbara region. The contract will commence in July 2019 and will provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Sep-18

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Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 to Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Transport program. The hospital partnered with Metro Aviation to customize the aircraft at Metro’s completion center in Shreveport, La. The H135 features a standard medical interior including various specialty add-ons including a Cardiosave mount for hemodynamic support and Outerlink’s IRIS – a system for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

Experimental test pilots from Redstone Test Center (RTC) here teamed with operational pilots, crewmembers and ground troops from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Fort Bragg, N.C. to put two prototype UH–60V Black Hawk helicopters through their paces during a recent limited user test (LUT). The UH–60V digital Black Hawk will refit the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-18

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First Flight turns 30

First Flight turns 30

In 1988, Ronald Reagan was President, shuttle Discovery led the space program back into flight nearly three years after the Challenger disaster, and, on the local front, Brevard County’s first and only air ambulance program debuted. This year marks 30 years of Health First’s First Flight — the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) mobile medical unit… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

During the Tracheal Reconstruction, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeries workshop, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said that they are planning on introducing helicopter ambulance services to the Tamil Nadu area. Specifically, to transport hearts to transplant centres that lack nearby airports, reports The Hindu.

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-18

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Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has kicked off its campaign marking the 40th anniversary of the Black Hawk helicopter, an iconic aircraft that is poised to continue to support military and search and rescue efforts around the world for decades to come with ongoing technology enhancements. Sikorsky launched the #MyBlackHawkStory social media campaign and is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Sep-18

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CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

In less than a month, delegates and speakers from across the aviation, safety, energy, insurance and legal will gather in Texas to discuss the latest in safety best practices and knowledge at the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Summit will take place October 2-4 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. More than 40… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Sep-18

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Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo announced another major milestone in the certification process of the TH-119 single engine helicopter with the first ‘power on’ of the new Genesys Aerosystems avionics. The all new avionics and cockpit allowing unique IFR operations is being integrated at Leonardo Philadelphia facility, home to the AW119 single engine final assembly line for the US… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Sep-18

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Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Atlanta-based Rotorcorp LLC today announced its newly-formed strategic partnership with MAK Heliservices LLC based in Baton Rouge. Work performed as part of the joint venture will be delivered under the newly formed ‘Rotorcorp Helicopter Services LLC’, which received its official Service Center authorization from Robinson Helicopter Company in August 2018. Rotorcorp Helicopter Services will focus exclusively… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp Helicopter Services, 17-Sep-18

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PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets Group has appointed a new CEO in the person of Ms. Willyn Villarica. Thierry Tea, founder of the company, steps down from the CEO position and will assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Established in 2013, PhilJets has experienced rapid growth for the last 5 years under the management of Thierry Tea, growing… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 14-Sep-18

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Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced multiple validations for the VIP MAGnificent interior in the Bell 505. The VIP interior for the Bell 505, branded as the MAGnificent, received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation with EASA, FAA and ANAC authorities this past week.  The STC is an optional upgrade to the existing Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 14-Sep-18

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Top-level appointments at Coptersafety

Top-level appointments at Coptersafety

Coptersafety has announced two new appointments. Juha Ahtola has been named Head of Quality and Safety and Mikko Kallio Head of Training and Development. The new appointments are effective immediately. Both Ahtola and Kallio will report to Mikko Dahlman, CEO, Coptersafety. ENHANCING THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS WORLDWIDE In his new position as Head of… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 14-Sep-18

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Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation have entered into a teaming agreement. This new agreement means that the helicopter services offered by both companies will be further strengthened through a close cooperation. As the biggest commercial operator of AgustaWestland helicopters worldwide, Era will add fleet and support to the cooperation while Bel Air Aviation will… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 14-Sep-18

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Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

Babcock Aviation has selected a full suite of new-generation digital video equipment, including Avalex AVM4178Q 17-inch HD widescreen displays, Avalex AVC1816 Smart Video Management System and the Avalex AVR8414 HD DVR, as part of the fleet upgrade program for a fleet of five Airbus H135 helicopters operated by Western Power Distribution (WPD). This enables WPD… Read more »

Source: Avalex, 14-Sep-18

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ForeFlight Launches Trip Assistant Door-to-Door Flight And Fuel Stop Planner

ForeFlight Launches Trip Assistant Door-to-Door Flight And Fuel Stop Planner

ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, now offers customers Trip Assistant, a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes door-to-door trip time. Trip Assistant is an enhancement to ForeFlight’s advanced web-based flight planning toolset. Trip Assistant computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 14-Sep-18

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Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson Helicopter Overhaul Market

Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson Helicopter Overhaul Market

Atlanta-based Rotorcorp LLC announced its newly-formed strategic partnership with MAK Heliservices LLC based in Baton Rouge. Work performed as part of the joint venture will be delivered under the newly formed ‘Rotorcorp Helicopter Services LLC’, which received its official Service Center authorization from Robinson HelicopterCompany in August 2018. Rotorcorp Helicopter Services will focus exclusively on performing… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 14-Sep-18

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Lack of Credit for Helicopter Market

Lack of Credit for Helicopter Market

Waypoint Leasing has had to look for help from financiers after breaching loan covenants. Waypoint has received finance from roughly 26 institutions, with many now closed for any new deals. They are currently restructuring, but even this will take time, reports Helicopter Investor. The oil downturn has affected the industry so badly that finding a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Sep-18

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VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

A dedication ceremony for the arrival of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 will take place Sept. 21, at their new hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. “The arrival of a second MV-22B Osprey squadron to our Hawaii-based Marine Aircraft Group significantly increases our combat capability and allows us to better respond to crises… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Sep-18

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Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight its advanced global security capabilities at Defense Expo Korea 2018 (DX Korea), booth 8D-31, in Ilsanseo-gu, Republic of Korea (ROK), Sept. 12-16. Known for its integrated digital avionics mission equipment package and capabilities in autonomous systems, C4ISR and multi-generation fighter interoperability, Northrop Grumman will feature its world-leading technology… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 14-Sep-18

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DCAA Joins Dubai HeliShow 2018

DCAA Joins Dubai HeliShow 2018

The Dubai HeliShow 2018 will be held at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South this year, from 6-8 November. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai will be the patron for the event. The event is supported by the Dubai… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam is responding to the call for help in communities that will be affected by Hurricane Florence. They will be sending 72 crew members with 12 helicopters for as long as need be. Once at their designated communities, the crews will be working under FEMA as well as state and local EMS agencies,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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Russian Helicopters to start Exporting Ansat Helicopters

Russian Helicopters to start Exporting Ansat Helicopters

Russian Helicopters has joined with Rosaviatsiya to start exporting Ansat helicopters. They hope that once Rosaviatsiya validates the certifications, they will be able to start exporting in 2019. Rosaviatsiya has begun talks with Chinese authorities as well as Indian, Mexican, Columbian and Brazilian, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

When it gets summer, the numbers of operations in the ÖAMTC air rescue are rising sharply. The most powerful ÖAMTC emergency helicopter between late June and early September (June 30 to September 9, 2018) was the Christophorus 9 stationed in Vienna. This helicopter was alerted to 410 missions in Vienna, Lower Austria and northern Burgenland.Missions… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 13-Sep-18

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SkyRyse Launches as First US Technology-Enabled Air Mobility Service

SkyRyse has announced its launch as the first technology-enabled air mobility company to operate in the U.S. Built by aerospace experts from Boeing, SpaceX, Tesla, Uber, and the U.S. military, SkyRyse is on a mission to deliver fast, safe and affordable air transportation that is unbound by today’s transportation infrastructure. The company also announced it… Read more »

Source: SkyRyse, 13-Sep-18

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FAA approves Lord Corp B412 Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot

FAA approves Lord Corp B412 Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot

 LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its enhanced Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot for Bell 412HP and 412EP helicopter platforms. Customers using PMA parts can reduce their aircraft-on-ground time and save 35 percent on maintenance costs over a… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 13-Sep-18

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NLR helps to make new KAI resistant to hazardous icing

NLR helps to make new KAI resistant to hazardous icing

Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters have to be able to operate safely under all certificated conditions. Helicopters operate in situations where in-flight icing can occur, in which case it is necessary to prevent damage to, or performance degradation of components like the engine and rotor blades. The KUH-1 Surion transport helicopter manufactured by KAI recently obtained… Read more »

Source: NLR, 13-Sep-18

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Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) today announced organizational changes as part of continuous improvements to the company’s support services model. The changes build off the company’s success over the past 15 months to reduce costs and align the company’s structure with the market environment for offshore services. “We have been pursuing increases in revenue and more efficient… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Sep-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 13-Sep-18

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Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Arizona Lifeline 3 closed its base at the Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital after ten years of service. Program Director Ed Brouse has commented that the decision to close was due to numerous factor and has been ongoing for several years. The Nogales community will still be served by Lifenet 6, working from the Tubac Fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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Waypoint Leasing to Discuss Loan Restructure

Waypoint Leasing to Discuss Loan Restructure

Waypoint Leasing is having to discuss with banks on loan restructuring. The oil downturn that began in 2014 has caused their three main shareholders; MSD Capital, Cartesian Capital and Soros Fund Management to all agree on withholding from investing more equity. Boutique investment Houlihan Lokey and law firm Weil Gotshal have been brought in to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

City councillors of Albuquerque, Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones, have joined together to ask their fellow councillors for the approval of a new helicopter for the Albuquerque Police Department. The department’s current EC120 is going on 17 years old and has issues operating at high altitudes. They have had to use it 44 times this year… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Sep-18

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PHI extends cash tender offer

PHI extends cash tender offer

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced that it is further extending the expiration time of its previously-announced cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase any and all of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) and its… Read more »

Source: PHI, 12-Sep-18

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Safran appoints Executive Vice-President, Human Resources

Safran appoints Executive Vice-President, Human Resources

Frédéric Henrion started his career in 1987 with Hoechst as HR assistant. In 1988, he joined Lyonnaise des eaux (today part of the Suez group) as an HR representative. Within the company he fulfilled roles such as HR Manager (1991) and Careers Director (1995), before moving to United Water’s North American subsidiary as HR Director… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 12-Sep-18

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PHi Shareholder Group calls for sale of Air Medical division

PHi Shareholder Group calls for sale of Air Medical division

A group of PHI, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHII, PHIIK) shareholders consisting of Alesia Asset Management and private investor Timothy Stabosz, who, combined, control 4.6% of the Company’s non-voting stock, announced the filing of a 13D amendment with the SEC and delivery of a follow up letter, dated September 6, 2018, to the PHI board.  In the… Read more »

Source: PHI, 12-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Collaborates with Danish Consulting Company BridgeIT

Sikorsky Collaborates with Danish Consulting Company BridgeIT

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: NYT), has chosen to collaborate with BridgeIT on a five-year industrial cooperation project to develop and deliver software to Sikorsky Field Service Representatives. BridgeIT will be working together with Sikorsky to deliver a modern mobile digital workplace solution to employees to support Sikorsky commercial helicopter customers around the world…. Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 12-Sep-18

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Aviapatrul orders two Ansat from Russian Helicopters

Aviapatrul orders two Ansat from Russian Helicopters

In the framework of the International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation “Hydroaviasalon-2018” in Gelendzhik, an agreement was signed between PJSC “Kazan Helicopter Plant” Holding Russian Helicopters and Aviapatrul LLC on the purchase of two Ansat helicopters. It is planned that helicopters will be delivered in a universal version, and the place of their operation… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

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Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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HIOWAA mark National Air Ambulance Week 2018

HIOWAA mark National Air Ambulance Week 2018

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have marked the start of National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) by announcing that they have been tasked to over 1,000 emergencies so far this year. The week shines the spotlight on the work of Air Ambulance charities across the country and celebrates the life-saving services they provide… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 11-Sep-18

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Coptersafety chooses Rockwell Collins

Coptersafety chooses Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Coptersafety to provide three turnkey integrated Level D helicopter dome-based complete visual systems. The systems include multiple EP-8100® image generators, 4K ultra-high resolution, liquid crystal over silicon (LCoS) laser-illuminated projectors, a 240 degree by 80 degree motion-compatible dome display, night vision goggle capability and additional channels for camera systems, vertical reference… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 11-Sep-18

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Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro delivers EC145E to University of Utah

Metro Aviation recently delivered the first EC145e from one of its largest commercial helicopter orders to the University of Utah Health AirMed program. Metro’s completion center, located in Shreveport, Louisiana, outfitted the lightweight helicopter with mission-specific gear tailored to hot environments, high altitude conditions and avalanche rescues.  Additionally, the aircraft features standard air ambulance equipment,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Sep-18

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Boeing and PGZ Partner for KRUK Attack Helicopter Program

Boeing and PGZ Partner for KRUK Attack Helicopter Program

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) have signed an agreement to partner on a range of business opportunities for the AH-64 Apache in support of the KRUK Attack Helicopter Program. The AH-64 Apache is under consideration by the Government of Poland for its attack helicopter requirement. As part of this effort, Boeing and… Read more »

Source: PGZ, 11-Sep-18

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Aramco to acquire five Airbus H145s via Milestone

Aramco to acquire five Airbus H145s via Milestone

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Airbus Helicopters announced today they will provide five H145s to Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. The five aircraft are sourced from Milestone’s orderbook with Airbus and are expected… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

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Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Donation to fund helipad at GWAAC new air base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) today welcomed Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal to their air base. During the visit he met with representatives from GWAAC to find out more about their new air base, which is currently under construction in Almondsbury. The HELP Appeal is the only… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Sep-18

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Redmond Announces New Helipad

Redmond Announces New Helipad

Members of the community and Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce joined Redmond Regional on Thursday, August 23 for a ribbon cutting celebration of the hospital’s new helipad. In addition to the new construction, Redmond also announced an agreement with AirLife Georgia to base a full-time helicopter and flight crew at the hospital. Redmond’s decision to… Read more »

Source: Redmond Regional Medical Center, 11-Sep-18

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T625 Multirole completes first flight

T625 Multirole completes first flight

T625 Multirole Helicopter of Turkish Aerospace Industries has successfully performed its first flight on 6th of September 2018, at its facilities in Ankara, Turkey. The first prototype of new generation, 6 tone, light intermediate, T625 Helicopter which is completely designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace, completed its maiden flight after several ground tests. During its… Read more »

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 11-Sep-18

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Garmin acquires FltPlan.com

Garmin acquires FltPlan.com

Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) today announced that it has acquired Flight Plan LLC (FltPlan), a privately held provider of electronic flight planning, scheduling, and trip support services, including the popular website FltPlan.com and mobile application FltPlan Go. FltPlan is one of the largest flight planning companies in the world, creating more than 6.3 million flight plans… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Sep-18

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Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiaratagakuen has welcomed its second H145//BK117D-2, following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December 2017. Currently operating 14 H135s and one H145//BK117D-2, this new H145//BK117D-2 will join Hiratagakuen’s growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions, and serves as a passenger and material transport. The first H145//BK117D-2 already entered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

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Avialift Vladivostok orders Kamov Ka32

Avialift Vladivostok orders Kamov Ka32

Russian Helicopters and Avialift Vladivostok have signed a contract for the delivery of the medium-sized multipurpose Ka-32A11BC helicopter in cargo performance as part of the Gidroaviasalon-2018 international exhibition. The deputy director general of the holding “Russian Helicopters” on sales of civil helicopter equipment Dmitry Danilov and the general director of Avialift Vladivostok JSC Sergey Gutsaluk… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent for Tip Rib Mounted Pylon Assemblies

A pedestal assembly receives a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes inboard and outboard tip ribs that extend above the wing and respectively define inboard and outboard slots. The pedestal assembly also includes inboard and outboard bearing cartridges. The inboard bearing cartridge… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 10-Sep-18

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Investment Firms Battle for Great Slave Helicopters Assets

Investment Firms Battle for Great Slave Helicopters Assets

Investment firms are currently fighting over the assets of Great Slave Helicopters. The company, a subsidiary of Discovery Air, was given creditor protection until 4 October 2018. The company has lost $13.7M in the last two years, reports CBC News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Sep-18

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Helicopter Valuations in Turbulent Times

Helicopter Valuations in Turbulent Times

The dangers and uncertainties of an unstable market are plentiful. Businesses struggle to find their footing and make all possible adjustments to survive the storm. We are seeing some recovery, but it’s no secret that the helicopter industry is still trying to cope with a depressed market. We’ve seen almost every possible situation play out… Read more »

Source: HeliValue$, 10-Sep-18

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HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

HELP Appeal fund upgrade for helipad at Raigmore Hospital

With over 500 flights each year it’s quite common to see helicopters arriving and taking off from the helipad based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness and this much used facility is about to undergo an upgrade. The upgrade to the current landing site will allow the helipad to meet the increasing demands due to larger… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Sep-18

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Jordan donates two Cobras to the Philippines

Jordan donates two Cobras to the Philippines

Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday said the Philippines will get two Cobra helicopters from Jordan. Go relayed this information to Palace reporters through text message, saying the second-hand helicopters will be delivered in July next year after the training of the Filipino pilots. Go made the confirmation as the… Read more »

Source: Philippine News Agency, 10-Sep-18

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US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

US Air Force Plans to Replace Aging Personnel Recovery Helicopter Fleet

The material condition of the Air Forces’ aging HH-60G fleet has declined and maintenance challenges have increased, in part due to extensions beyond the designed service life of the helicopters. About 68 percent of the 96-helicopter fleet were mission-capable as of fiscal year 2017, below the Air Force desired mission-capable rate of 75 percent. The… Read more »

Source: GAO, 10-Sep-18

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Garmin announces availability of software upgrades

Garmin announces availability of software upgrades

Garmin is pleased to announce the availability of multiple software upgrades and approvals across several products including the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC 600 & GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is approved for use as a standby instrument… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 10-Sep-18

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Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods and Anthem partner

Air Methods, a global leader in emergency air medical services, and Anthem today announced that the companies are partnering to provide Anthem consumers with access to Air Methods’ emergency medical services as part of their in-network health coverage benefits. The new partnership covers consumers who are enrolled in Anthem affiliated health plans in Indiana, Kentucky,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Sep-18

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SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI Industries is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a US patent for the internal baffling systems within our flexible liquid transport tanks, including our Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT). The BATT is constructed of two tanks: an outer tank, which provides secondary containment, secures the BATT to the aircraft, and protects the… Read more »

Source: SEI Industries, 10-Sep-18

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Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell and Teammates selected for NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Demo in 2020

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a cooperative agreement with NASA for an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flight demonstration in the National Airspace System (NAS) expected to be conducted in 2020. The cooperative agreement outlines the goal of progressing toward routine commercial UAS operations in the NAS. Bell and our collaborative teammates… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Sep-18

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Helibras delivers another H225M to the Brazilian Air Force

Helibras delivers another H225M to the Brazilian Air Force

Helibras delivered the 31st H225M to the Brazilian Air Force. The aircraft will be under the command of the Puma Squadron (3rd / 8th GAV), in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), and will increase the squadron’s operational capacity by assisting the FAB missions. The aircraft is the first of the FAB to rely on the Spectrolab Searchlight,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 10-Sep-18

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Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the purchase of a new MD 530F by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The proven MD 530F, single-engine helicopter is configured to support powerline utility, inspections, and construction operations throughout TVA’s multi-state service area, as well as increase safety and reduce costs. This will be the third MDHI… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 10-Sep-18

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Whirly-Girls Opens 2019 Scholarship Season

Whirly-Girls Opens 2019 Scholarship Season

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2019 scholarship season. Deserving female aviators can apply for over $150,000 of helicopter flight training and educational scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity. Applications are due October 15. This year, scholarship sponsors include… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 10-Sep-18

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