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Sikorsky presents $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky presents $28,000  to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, presented a check for more than $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services on Wednesday, Dec. 13, for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. In the photo above from left: Dana Fiatarone, Sikorsky Vice President, Commercial Systems & Services, Eileen Minogue, PALS Executive Director, and Marine Staff Sgt. David Crouse, a Connecticut… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore’s Southeast Asia working group held its latest bi-annual meeting in Bangkok on 12 December. Almost half of the association’s member operators from the region were represented at the event, which was kindly hosted by Thai Aviation Services and its new Operations Managing Director Nirundon Ragan. The meeting was organised by Edwin Soeters, Strategic Planning… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that John W. Williams, of Fort Worth, Tex., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Perot family). The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, delivered two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk™ configuration to meet L.A. County Fire Department’s specifications and further protect lives and property 24/7. A Firehawk helicopter performs… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing [NYSA: BA] and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence today signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell Helicopter announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) are currently drawing up plans to acquire 24 attack helicopters. The purchase will a part of the Armed Forces of Philippines modernization programme, reports Jane’s 360.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

WIKING Helicopter Service GmbH today welcomed the second H145 from Airbus Helicopters on the base at JadeWeserAirport. Almost a year ago, the renewal of the “Alpha Echo” D-HOAE began Helicopter fleet by taking over the first Airbus Helicopters H145 for offshore use. This new Hubscharuber has now in very demanding use over the North Sea… Read more »

Source: Wiking Helikopter Service, 14-Dec-17

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Rostec Signs an Agreement to Promote Helicopters in South-East Asia

Rostec Signs an Agreement to Promote Helicopters in South-East Asia

Russian Helicopters Holding, Singapore company Progression Pte. Ltd. and the Russia-Singapore Business Council (RSBC) have signed an agreement on cooperation and joint collaboration with the Centre for Overseas Promotion of Russian High-tech Companies and Presentation of Investment Projects. The document was signed by Andrei Shibitov, Deputy CEO for Production and Innovation of the Russian Helicopters, Director of… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 14-Dec-17

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Aurora Demonstrates Fully Autonomous Helicopter

Aurora Demonstrates Fully Autonomous Helicopter

Aurora Flight Sciences conducted a successful demonstration of the company’s autonomous helicopter system developed under the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program. Held at Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Urban Training Center, the AACUS-Enabled UH-1H (AEH-1) conducted multiple flights, showcasing its ability to autonomously execute re-supply missions in relevant and… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 14-Dec-17

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Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation is celebrating the completion of its first anniversary at its FBO in the VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai South) with the news that it has been awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification. The accreditation was received by the company on 30th November following a third-party audit by… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 14-Dec-17

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Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have joined together in order to save time and lives. The plan is to have St John flight medics and two firefighters flown to the scene, where they can begin helping people who are trapped and need to be cut free. Having experienced firemen on scene… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

The South Korean Army test fired their Stinger missiles from Apache helicopters this past Wednesday, reports Reuters. The air-to-air missile firing drill was a success, according to the army.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces BLR Aerospace Safety Award winner

HAI announces BLR Aerospace Safety Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Claude Vuichard, of Bern, Switzerland, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Safety Award. This award, honoring those who have excelled in promoting safety in the helicopter industry, will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018… Read more »

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HAI announces Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award winner

HAI announces Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Christchurch Helicopters, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award. This award is presented to the person or organization that best demonstrates the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate by providing aid to those in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces Lightspeed Aviation Communication Award winner

HAI announces Lightspeed Aviation Communication Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Frank Colucci, of Iselin, New Jersey, and senior contributing editor of Vertiflite, the magazine of American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications Award. The award is given to the individual or organization achieving… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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CHC Group Appoints New CFO

CHC Group Appoints New CFO

CHC Group today announced the appointment of Scott Thanisch, as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Thanisch has served as CHC’s interim CFO since October with responsibility for the Company’s global finance organization. “We are delighted to have Scott take on the CFO role at such an important point in CHC’s transformation,” said… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award winner

HAI announces MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Riverside County (CA) Sheriff’s Department Deputies Eric Bashta and Jerry Osterloh are the 2018 recipients of the Salute to Excellence MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award. The officers will receive the award at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. On the night… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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ADsoftware announces Heli Air Monaco contract

ADsoftware announces Heli Air Monaco contract

ADSoftware is proud to announce a contract with Heli Air Monaco, Monaco’s flag carrier. The partnership reinforces ADSoftware’s position as Europe’s industry leader in the development and application of ERP software for equipment maintenance and MRO, including CAMO certification. With 55 airlines across 38 countries utilising its AIRPACK ERP, ADSoftware consolidates its position in the… Read more »

Source: ADsoftware, 13-Dec-17

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Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 13-Dec-17

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East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Industries has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an FAA Part 145 Repair Station (Air Agency Certificate No. 9EWR601C), the company announced today. East/West Industries designs, manufactures and maintains aircraft seats and other products critical to crew safety and survival from a 50,000 square foot facility on Long Island, where the… Read more »

Source: East/West Industries, 13-Dec-17

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Bristow Announces Public Offering of $125 Million Convertible Senior Notes

Bristow Announces Public Offering of $125 Million Convertible Senior Notes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $125 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2023 (the “notes”), through an underwritten offering registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The company intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Dec-17

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CHC Announces Partnership with Engineering School

CHC Announces Partnership with Engineering School

CHC Helicopter and the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School announced the beginning of a local partnership in Guyana that will include four scholarships for deserving students to continue to pursue their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence as well as the provision of additional educational resources, such as time-expired helicopter parts and airframes, in… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Dec-17

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Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the on-schedule delivery of four new helicopters to its Philippine customers, through its regional delivery and completion centre in Singapore recently. Three helicopters will join PhilJets’ growing fleet, including the first H145 for the leading boutique business aviation operator, while a new H155 will be operated by a healthcare provider. Together with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Maria Rodriguez, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), a pilot for Caribbean Buzz, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-17

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UTair to take delivery of two Mi-171A2 in 2018 Q1

UTair to take delivery of two Mi-171A2 in 2018 Q1

UTair is looking to receive two Mi-171A2 helicopters in 2018’s first quarter. Their first group of ground personnel and pilots have received training for the craft. It will be used mainly for passenger flights within Russia, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-17

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Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Families of two of the four victims of the Duke Life Flight crash are filing a lawsuit against Safran Helicopter Engines. The families claim that the manufacturer knew the possibility of engine fires after the FAA issued a bulletin about potential engine issues. The bulletin came after the crash of the same helicopter type in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-17

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LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 412EP aircraft with a Ballistic Protection System (BPS). System benefits include: 30% lighter weight than other systems NIJ Level III multi-hit ballistic protection Combat proven in harsh environments Various durability levels to accommodate even the most challenging missions… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 12-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore and Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

HeliOffshore and Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

Efforts to advance the development and implementation of enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) took a step forward last month with the completion of simulator trials of Honeywell’s EGPWS MKXXII HTAWS solution. Effective collision avoidance is fundamental to helicopter safety, and a collaborative project involving multiple stakeholders is working to give pilots earlier… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters to Argentina. The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions. “This is an important milestone for Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 12-Dec-17

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Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Dec-17

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AHS Remembers Dean Carico (1944-2017)

AHS Remembers Dean Carico (1944-2017)

Gerald Dean Carico, 73, a US Navy aerospace engineer, passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. Carico was a driving force in Navy and Army rotary wing flight test, and especially dynamic interface simulation, for more than 40 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior aerospace engineer at Rotary Wing Ship Suitability… Read more »

Source: AHS, 12-Dec-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the Procurement of 4 A/A49E-7 gun turrets for AH-1Z Helicopters

General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the Procurement of 4 A/A49E-7 gun turrets for AH-1Z Helicopters

General Dynamics-OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, is being awarded $9,064,921 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007) for the procurement of 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters in support of the Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan.  Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (50 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Kailash Helicopter to start Nepal operation in February 2018

Kailash Helicopter to start Nepal operation in February 2018

Kailash Helicopter ,a new helicopter charter company  received No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) today. Kailash is headed to introduce a brand new Airbus AS350 B3e in its fleet to start its service by February 2018. It can be expected that the company is now in final preparations to initialize its service…. Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Dec-17

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Pawan Hans staff to bid for Government 51% stake

Pawan Hans staff to bid for Government 51% stake

The All India Civil Aviation Employees’ Union, made up of over 300 workers, is planning to purchase the government’s 51% stake of Pawan Hans. The stake is valued at Rs 500 crore, reports India Times. They are currently drawing up a proposal and should the plan go ahead, it will be known as a “historic… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell is currently developing an autonomous vehicle that will be able to deliver up to 1,000 pounds of cargo to customers’ doorsteps. They are working on a prototype called APT; Automatic Pod Transport. They hope that one day it can be used by retailers like Amazon or even for the army, reports Star telegram.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Airbus Helicopter Southern Africa (AHZA) delivered a new H125 helicopter to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). The arrival of the new helicopter came at the same time as their inauguration ceremony of their upgraded runway at the Mejametalana Airbase. The new helicopter will be used for healthcare assistance, transporting educational and electoral materials as well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

The San Jose Police Department are finally getting a new helicopter to replace their H120. Their aging aircraft has been in use for 16, almost double the usual life span. They have been given a budget of $5.2 million for their new Airbus H125 helicopter, reports Mercury News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

It’s been an extremely tough few years for offshore helicopter firms in the North Sea. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has hit the local economy hard and the knock-on effect has been redundancies at both CHC Helicopters and Bristow Helicopters. For those facing the news that their jobs are on the line… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 11-Dec-17

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AHS publishes Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability conference proceedings

AHS publishes Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability conference proceedings

Proceedings CD-ROMs and individual papers are now available for two recent AHS International technical meetings. CD-ROMs are available for $105 for AHS members and $145.00 for non-members. The AHS International Technical Meeting on Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability was held Oct. 24-26 in Hampton, Virginia, sponsored by the AHS Hampton Roads Chapter. It was a great success… Read more »

Source: AHS, 11-Dec-17

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VNH South completes 2017 Customer Conference

VNH South completes 2017 Customer Conference

With purpose of expressing gratitude to customers and partners, VNH South successfully organized the 2017 Customer Conference with the theme “Toward new horizons” at The Pullman Vungtau on December 8, 2017. Despite the fact that 2017 remains a challenging year for the company: the EC-225 and Super Puma L2 fleet have not got out of… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 11-Dec-17

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Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard for the excellent work the lifesaving charity does with volunteers. It is only the second time an organisation in Cornwall has achieved the prestigious national award*. The charity was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 11-Dec-17

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Midlands Air Ambulance wins Campaign of the Year award

Midlands Air Ambulance wins Campaign of the Year award

MAAC was recently named the winner of the Campaign of the Year category at the Association of Air Ambulances’ Awards of Excellence 2017. The organisation’s 25th anniversary year, Air25, was chosen by the judging panel as the winning campaign, which ran throughout 2016. The charity team demonstrated excellent levels of engagement with loyal supporters and… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 11-Dec-17

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Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

National air medical transport leader Med-Trans Corporation has moved its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500 square foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations. The facility becomes Med-Trans’ principal base of operations, including the… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 11-Dec-17

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AHS Remembers Barney McCormick (1926-2017)

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick (1926-2017)

Dr. Barnes Warnock McCormick, Jr., Boeing Professor Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University, passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 91. At Penn State, McCormick’s impact on academia, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of countless engineers at work today in the global vertical flight technical… Read more »

Source: AHS, 11-Dec-17

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Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Safety management and training company Thought Process Ltd is developing a programme to raise awareness of CAP437 standards for helicopter landing areas. The programme is intended to give offshore helicopter operations personnel a sound understanding of the design criteria for helidecks, as well as associated offshore environmental factors and helicopter performance. The HeliOffshore member company… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 11-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation Services picks Rusada maintenance software

Falcon Aviation Services picks Rusada maintenance software

Falcon Aviation Services, the Abu Dhabi based executive jet and helicopter charter company has selected Rusada’s Envision® nGen solution as their replacement Maintenance and Engineering technology platform. Based at the Al Bateen Executive airport in Abu Dhabi and with a managed fleet of over 30 aircraft, the Falcon also provide an extensive range of third… Read more »

Source: Rusada, 11-Dec-17

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Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

The Tucson Police Department has selected Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to provide component repair and overhaul (CR&O) and parts services for its Air Support Unit fleet of Bell Jet Ranger 206B3 helicopters. The contract will provide the Tucson Police Department with access to Able’s expanded repair catalog… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 11-Dec-17

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TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

Jupiter Avionics Corporation announced today that their JA94 Dual Audio Controller has obtained Technical Standard Order (TSO) designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Receiving the TSO means that the JA94 has met all design and production standards required by the FAA. “We already have customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 11-Dec-17

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Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Dec-17

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Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russia’s State Transport Leasing Corporation (GTLK) signed an MoU with Russian Helicopters during the MAKS 2017 exhibition for 31 medevac helicopters. This number is made up of 13 Mil Mi-8AMTs, 12 Kazan Helicopters and 6 Mi-8MTV-1s, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Waiting on Transport Canada

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Waiting on Transport Canada

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital is still without a usable helipad. Transport Canada declared it uncompliant with safety policies nine months ago. The hospital is currently waiting for approval and final review of new helipad plans for a single engine helicopter, reports Medicine Hat News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Russian Helicopters has released four new Mil Mi-8MTV-1 across Russia. GTLK delivered one to the Republic of Komi and one to Nenets Autonomous District. The third helicopter was delivered by RVS Holding to Pskov Region and Omsk Civil Aviation Plant delivered the fourth helicopter to the Amur Region, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017. The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman enhanced Fire Scout’s capability, concepts of operations (CONOPS) and mission sets by demonstrating targeting capabilities at-sea, over… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 08-Dec-17

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CHC Announces New Contract with Centrica

CHC Announces New Contract with Centrica

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded the contract from Centrica to provide helicopter services in support of their forthcoming drilling program at the Fogelberg field in the Norwegian Sea. “We are excited to work with Centrica as their aviation partner in this project,” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director for Europe, Middle East… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-Dec-17

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SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

The engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock España, joint venture partners, presented the fifth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB-212) to the Directorate General of Armament and Material (Dirección General de Armamento y Material, DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defence as part of a total of seven units that came into service in 1974. … Read more »

Source: SENER, 08-Dec-17

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First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

Crew members and ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773 (HMLA-773) conducted innovative drooped gun training that will set the standard across the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 1, 2017 here. A drooped gun is a malfunction that occurs when an AH-1W SuperCobra 20 mm Gatling gun does not stow in its turret when landing…. Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 08-Dec-17

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Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

The Royal Australian Navy has marked the end of an era by handing over the last of its S‑70B-2 Seahawk “Bravo” helicopters to the Australian War Memorial for preservation in the national collection. Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan, said it was important milestone for the Australian Defence Force. “The… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 08-Dec-17

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FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero announced today the milestone attainment of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Dec-17

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance to introduce new operating model in 2018

Thames Valley Air Ambulance to introduce new operating model in 2018

We are proud to introduce a new operating model for the provision of its advanced medical care in 2018. Next year will be a pivotal year in our history, as we take responsibility for our clinical governance. We are also providing an expansion to the provision of advanced critical care across the Thames Valley. We are… Read more »

Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-17

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ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

The consortium formed by ENGIE Ineo (agent) and NHV (co-contractor), has won a maintenance and repair service contract for the Maintenance of Operational Condition (MCO) of Dauphin helicopters N fleet (SA 365N) and the realization of planned visits of the cells and engines of Dauphin Pedro and Panther. This 4-year contract, signed by the ‘Integrated… Read more »

Source: ENGIE Ineo, 08-Dec-17

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Wales Air Ambulance becomes 2 time Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence recipient

Wales Air Ambulance becomes 2 time Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence recipient

Wales Air Ambulance has been recognised for a second year running at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence in London. The Special Incident Award was won by the helicopter charity for an incident involving serious trauma. The accolade was presented to consultant Dr Tim Rogerson, critical care practioner Rhyan Curtin, pilot Andy Iceton and… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,000,000 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services in support of the V-22 aircraft platform.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Dec-17

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