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US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron deployed to Okinawa from Camp… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Mar-17

Erickson reorganisation plan passed by Bankruptcy Court

Erickson reorganisation plan passed by Bankruptcy Court

Erickson Incorporated (OTCMKTS:EACIQ) today completed another important step toward its emergence from bankruptcy when its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization was confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. This confirmation, which comes less than five months after Erickson and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 23-Mar-17

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Bell and DART partner for Bell 505 emergency flotation system STC

Bell and DART partner for Bell 505 emergency flotation system STC

DART Aerospace has announced its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the design and development of an emergency flotation system (EFS) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. This solution will be the Bell factory-offered 505 flotation system and will be co-marketed by both Bell Helicopter and DART. The Transport Canada… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 23-Mar-17

China’s expanding DEA General Aviation debuts at LIMA 17

China’s expanding DEA General Aviation debuts at LIMA 17

DEA General Aviation China makes its debut in Asia Pacific at LIMA’17 this week with a newly ratified collaborative agreement with Malaysia’s Alaf Strategi to develop Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for the commercial market. To underline the collaboration the two companies are sharing a booth at the Langkawi Show (21st to 25th March).  Stand No HA173…. Read more »

Source: DEA General Aviation, 23-Mar-17

Helisota shares Business Process Optimization Secrets

Helisota shares Business Process Optimization Secrets

Growing number of organizations seems to put increasingly more attention on business process optimization (BPO) these days. Despite that, recent research shows almost half (48%) of these companies have no clue what BPO is and how to employ it. Among those are also helicopter operators, who lose millions if the supply chain or maintenance processes… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 23-Mar-17

Pawan Hans and State of Arunachal Pradesh to Pay Compensation

Pawan Hans and State of Arunachal Pradesh to Pay Compensation

Pawan Hans and the State of Arunachal Pradesh are to jointly pay compensation to Dr Rama Shankar. Dr Shankar has filed a complaint of deficiency in service and mental harassment. He says that he was asked to de-board the helicopter going to Naharlagun just before take-off, after showing his ticket and boarding the aircraft. He… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-17

AOC for Genesis Global Aviation

AOC for Genesis Global Aviation

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority awarded Genesis Global Aviation an Air Operation Certificate (AOC) so that it is able to operate commercially. Their application was submitted in 2015 and Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho, Chairman of Genesis Global Aviation, has commented how it has been a long journey to get to this point, reports Daily Trust.

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-17

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 22-Mar-17

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Malaysian Navy and Airbus celebrate excellence in fleet availability

Malaysian Navy and Airbus celebrate excellence in fleet availability

Airbus Helicopters and the Royal Malaysian Navy held a ceremony at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), to celebrate the excellent fleet availability record of the AS555 SN Fennec fleet. Attended by Panglima Pemerintahan Armada from the Royal Malaysian Navy, Laksamana Madya Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohamad Roslan bin Mohamad Ramli, Panglima Udara TLDM,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Mar-17

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Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

The milestone delivery of the 50th H225 rear fuselage from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to Airbus Helicopters at this morning’s ceremony, has once again affirmed Airbus Helicopters’ dedication in the development of a robust and sustainable aerospace industrial ecosystem in Indonesia. It also demonstrated the important role PTDI plays in Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Mar-17

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EHang Partners with Dubai RTA to Boost Smart Transport

EHang Partners with Dubai RTA to Boost Smart Transport

The world’s leading drone company EHang and the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced a partnership at the fifth World Government Summit to jointly promote and introduce the EHang 184 autonomous aerial vehicle into Dubai, the city with the aim to build the world’s most intelligent transportation system. At the summit, Mattar Al Tayer,… Read more »

Source: Ehang, 22-Mar-17

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Leonardo attends Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace in Malaysia

Leonardo attends Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace in Malaysia

Leonardo attends the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2017 in Malaysia as a stronger regional player in aerospace, defense and security solutions. Guests at Leonardo’s chalet and static area (no. PC02) and its stand (HD78) will be able to find out about Leonardo’s aircraft, helicopters and naval and airborne systems. The company’s ATR 72MP,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Mar-17

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Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

Norway Sends out Audit on Repsol after North Sea Incident

Repsol has been called to respond to safety issues brought up by an audit from the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway. They carried out the audit to investigate the emergency preparedness requirements, the maintenance of safety equipment and evacuation routes and drills, as it is in connection with their Gyda helicopter deck in the North… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

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Helicopter Maintenance Centre between Russia and Serbia

Helicopter Maintenance Centre between Russia and Serbia

Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Gleb Nikitin, met with Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Goran Knezevic, Economy Minister to discuss a prospective maintenance centre for helicopters between the two countries. They have discussed that such a centre would be in Serbia and would accommodate Russian and Soviet-made helicopters. They also discussed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

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Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Fatal Indiana Crash Under Investigation

Indiana State Police, together with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board, are currently investigating the crash that killed 53-year old pilot, Howard Y. Esterbrook. The crash occurred 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis while Mr. Esterbrook was helping install power lines for Mesa, reports News Now Warsaw.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Mar-17

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Russian Helicopters introduce after-sales service concept for Russian rotorcraft in India

Russian Helicopters introduce after-sales service concept for Russian rotorcraft in India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, and its CEO Andrey Boginsky took part in the Indo-Russian military industrial conference in New Delhi, March 17-18.  At the conference, Mr. Boginsky described key directions and prospects for development of the after-sales service system specifically for Indian operators of Russian helicopters. India is one of the major… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Mar-17

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Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded thirty-two years ago that provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that it has completed the process to secure its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Part 135 Operating Certificate.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, Boston MedFlight completed its first patient transport under the… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 21-Mar-17

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New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, today inspected progress in the development of a $157 million Helicopter Aircrew Training System at 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross. Minister Payne said the project will provide state of the art training facilities for Navy and Army aviators. “The new… Read more »

Source: Defence Minister Australia, 21-Mar-17

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Southeast Aerospace receives the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence

Southeast Aerospace receives the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence

Southeast Aerospace is pleased to announce that we have received the FAA’s Gold Award of Excellence. The Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT) awards program was developed by the FAA to encourage technicians and employers to receive or promote initial and recurring maintenance training. The FAA recognizes these technicians and employers by issuing awards for receiving, promoting… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 21-Mar-17

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Vector Aerospace employee named UK’s Technician of the Year

Vector Aerospace employee named UK’s Technician of the Year

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, congratulates its talented engineer Katie Gray on winning a prestigious UK Technician of the Year award. Katie, a Technical Supervisor at Vector Aerospace Component Services in Almondbank, Perth, beat off strong competition to be named the Technician of the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 21-Mar-17

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Air Methods and FlightSafety announce new training facility in Colorado

Air Methods and FlightSafety announce new training facility in Colorado

Air Methods (NASDAQ: AIRM), the global leader in emergency air medical services, and FlightSafety International, the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays, today announced the new FlightSafety Learning Center in Denver. In addition, Air Methods and FlightSafety recently welcomed the second of four FlightSafety-built Level-D qualified… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 21-Mar-17

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Canada Introduces Recreational Drone Rules

Canada Introduces Recreational Drone Rules

Canadians expect to feel safe on the ground and in the sky. The number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, prompting the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport to introduce a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones that is putting the safety of Canadians at risk. Today at… Read more »

Source: Transport Canada, 21-Mar-17

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Seacoast Helicopters Gets Green Light on Hangar Lease

Seacoast Helicopters Gets Green Light on Hangar Lease

Seacoast Helicopters was given the go ahead on Thursday by the Pease Development Authority’s Board of Directors for a lease to build a new hangar. The new facility will consist of 9,600 square-feet and will be located just off 53 Exeter Street. As reported by NH1, the project will come to a cost of $1.7… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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Valley Med Flight Invites Public to New Hangar

Valley Med Flight Invites Public to New Hangar

November 2016 saw the opening of the new Valley Med Flight hangar at OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group campus. Recently, the hangar was available to the pubic in an open house setting. The new hangar was built in two and a half months and is complete with office space, space for their AStar… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Recently, the US Department of Defence revealed that their plans to station a special squadron of US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys in Japan have been delayed. The arrival of the CV-22s was expected at the end of 2017, but the DoD is now expected to be in the Fiscal Year 2020, reports Air Forces Monthly…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Mar-17

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Boeing, U.S. Army Sign $3.4B Contract for 268 AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Boeing, U.S. Army Sign $3.4B Contract for 268 AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. government recently signed a five-year, $3.4 billion contract through which the Army, and a customer outside the U.S., will acquire the latest Apache attack helicopter at a significant savings to taxpayers. This is the first multi-year agreement for the Apache “E” variant. The Army will receive 244 remanufactured Apaches… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Mar-17

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ASG Releases Year End 2016 Civil Helicopter Fleet Report

ASG Releases Year End 2016 Civil Helicopter Fleet Report

Hong Kong business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) is releasing its highly-anticipated Year End 2016 Asia Pacific Civil Helicopter Fleet Report. This is the fourth consecutive year ASG has produced the report and it again features a detailed breakdown of the Asia-Pacific helicopter fleet (excluding pistons) by fleet size, replacement cost, mission segments,… Read more »

Source: Asian Sky Group, 20-Mar-17

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First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

Together with Perth’s Heliwest Services, Van Horn Aviation (VHA), Bell Helicopter’s subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories have successfully fitted a pair of composite main rotor blades onto an Australian Bell 206B Jet Ranger. The blades from VHA are guaranteed to extend the service life from 18,000 hours to 20,000. The blades have NASA designed laminar-flow airfoil, carbon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

German operator Motorflug has commenced operations this week on the military training contract at the Buckeburg base.  Motorflug were awarded the contract in December 2016 after successfully bidding with six Bell 206 JetRangers. After the German military made the decision to discontinue using Bo105s, they needed a basic training helicopter, and most basic level aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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Helicopter ambulance crew opts for Swedish flight suits

Helicopter ambulance crew opts for Swedish flight suits

Operating just south of the polar circle, the helicopter ambulance (HEMS) crew at Lycksele Airport face severe weather conditions every day. They recently chose to upgrade their equipment with the AUK Protection G1 flight suit. “It’s outstanding, the best flight suit I’ve worn in my career”, says pilot Lars-Göran Falk. This Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (BSAA)… Read more »

Source: AUK Protection, 17-Mar-17

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BowTie Methodology Presented at Heli Expo 2017

BowTie Methodology Presented at Heli Expo 2017

Sharon Grey and Nathan Predoehl, Principals of the Mentair Group, assisted Mr. Gerald Kosbab at the Heli Expo last week. Ms. Grey and Mr. Predoehl have extensive experience in quality and safety management systems auditing. Mentair Group, an aviation consulting group, has been following Mr. Kosbab’s efforts over the past three years to provide the… Read more »

Source: Mentair Group, 17-Mar-17

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Johnson & Weaver Investigates the Fairness of Proposed Sale of Air Methods

Johnson & Weaver Investigates the Fairness of Proposed Sale of Air Methods

Shareholder rights law firm Johnson & Weaver, LLP has launched an investigation into whether the board members of Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the proposed sale of the Company to affiliates of American Securities LLC. Air Methods provides air medical emergency transport services and systems in the United… Read more »

Source: Johnson & Weaver, LLP, 17-Mar-17

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Lawyer, Lynda Grant, Investigates Air Methods for Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

Lawyer, Lynda Grant, Investigates Air Methods for Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

Lynda J. Grant, an attorney with over 30 years of experience representing wronged shareholders and consumers and a New York Metro Superlawyer, announces that TheGrantLawFirm, PLLC is investigating the proposed acquisition of Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ:AIRM) (“Air Methods” or the “Company”) by American Securities, LLC (“American Securities”), in a going private transaction for $43.00 per… Read more »

Source: TheGrantLawFirm, 17-Mar-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s leading helicopter air ambulance provider, is now the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Maintenance Award. The FAA’s St. Louis Flight District Standards Office presented the award on Tuesday, March 14 at the Air Evac Lifeteam corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo. Seth Myers, president… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Mar-17

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HNZ Group Reports 2016 Year-end Results

HNZ Group Reports 2016 Year-end Results

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, today announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Financial Highlights Quarters ended December 31, Fiscal years ended December 31, (in thousands of dollars, except per share data) 2016… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 17-Mar-17

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SEA supplies Helicopter Simulator technology to Air Ambulance Sector

SEA supplies Helicopter Simulator technology to Air Ambulance Sector

The simulator comprises a large curved screen in the cockpit and 42-inch touch screen monitor in the rear compartment. The system enables members of the public to experience a helicopter take off as well as giving them the opportunity to learn more about the aircraft (EC135 helicopter), the aircrew   and the on board medical equipment… Read more »

Source: SEA, 17-Mar-17

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Deadline for UAE Helipad Certification

Deadline for UAE Helipad Certification

January 2018 has now been decided, by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, as the deadline for the certification of all private and commercial helipads, with the exception of hi-rise towers. This certification process began in 2012, with the first certification being the helipad atop Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, reports Arabian Business.

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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Queen Victoria Hospital Closer to Helipad

Queen Victoria Hospital Closer to Helipad

The vision for a helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital is soon to be a reality, with volunteers having raised $380,000 so far. Steven Hui, Revelstoke District Health Foundation’s chair, has commented that they are expecting “big announcements” in the coming weeks. The Health Foundation started fundraising in November, and with a few months to go,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of Engineering

Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of Engineering

Alain Flourens will take over as Head of Engineering at Airbus Helicopters on 1st July, including taking up a role as a member of the Executive Committee of the company.  A two month overlap period is planned with the current incumbent – Jean-Brice Dumont – who is moving to be Headof Engineering at Airbus Commercial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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Life Link III Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Life Link III Earns Governor’s Safety Award

Life Link III will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health at the Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on May 18, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Life Link III is one of 266 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council. “We thank Life Link III for… Read more »

Source: Life Link lll, 16-Mar-17

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Egypt to Receive Kamov Delivery in 2017

Egypt to Receive Kamov Delivery in 2017

Russian Helicopters are up to date with their production plan and will be on schedule with the delivery of 46 Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters to Egypt this year. As reported by Flight Global, these helicopters will operate from two “Mistral-class amphibious assault ships.” Another order they have for Ka-52 is from Algeria who have ordered… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-17

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Airbus H160 program update

Airbus H160 program update

Airbus Helicopters told HeliHub.com recently that the H160 program is on schedule and they seem very pleased with progress.  They are unable to release a prototype from the testing phase for Heli-Expo, but they have a Virtual Reality simulation on their booth in Dallas in place of an actual airframe. We have separated our update into… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-17

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Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde High Capacity RG-427 Now Available for Bell 407 and Bell 427

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce that Rotorcraft Support Inc. of Van Nuys California has received a FAA STC to install the RG-427, 34 Ah battery, in Bell 407 and Bell 427 helicopters. Operators have requested a higher capacity battery for the Bell 407 as this helicopter is often used in high cyclic and… Read more »

Source: Concorde, 15-Mar-17

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CNC Technologies Adds Two Experts to Its Team

CNC Technologies Adds Two Experts to Its Team

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, has further enhanced its industry-leading expertise with the addition of Joakim Lundmark and Ed Van Winkle to the company’s team. Both will be using their considerable experience and skills to give CNC clients the very best in prompt… Read more »

Source: CNC Technologies, 15-Mar-17

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Concorde Battery Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Concorde Battery Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Concorde Battery Corporation, established in 1977, is celebrating 40 years in business. Concorde is proud to have provided quality batteries with world renowned support to the general aviation community for four decades out of our West Covina, California facility. Concorde has developed a culture dedicated to the success and satisfaction of our employees and customers…. Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 15-Mar-17

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Grant Opportunity for Aviation Students to Attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Grant Opportunity for Aviation Students to Attend CHC Safety & Quality Summit

For the seventh year in a row, the CHC Safety & Quality Summit, in collaboration with Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann, developers of the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), is providing aviation students from around the world with the opportunity to apply to attend the CHC Safety & Quality Summit at… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 15-Mar-17

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Concorde Battery approved for AS332

Concorde Battery approved for AS332

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce the TSO C173a approved RG-332 series batteries exclusively designed as drop in replacements for Airbus Helicopters AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2 and EC225LP Aircraft. The RG-332 series consists of a non?heated (RG-332-1) and heated (RG-332-2) 44 Ah, 24 volt battery designed to replace the original equipment 43 Ah… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 15-Mar-17

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Air Methods Enters into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by American Securities

Air Methods Enters into Definitive Agreement to Be Acquired by American Securities

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ:AIRM), a global leader in air medical transportation and air tourism, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by affiliates of American Securities LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, affiliates of American Securities will acquire all outstanding shares of Air Methods for $43.00 per share… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 15-Mar-17

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New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139 rescue helicopters have hit a snag in Northern New South Wales, as they are too large for the helipads, causing an excess downwash. These helicopters are now unable to land at eight of the regional helipads. Adam Marshalls, Northern Tablelands MP, has commented how he is perplexed at how health management did not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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DHART Welcomes New Helicopter

DHART Welcomes New Helicopter

Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Advance Response Team (DHART) has recently added a new EC-135 helicopter to their team. Costing $6 million, the craft has the latest safety features and instruments. As well has having an extra 180 pounds of lift, the helicopter can hold more fuel, making its flight time much longer, reports WCAX.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Approval Given for Queens Medical Centre Helipad

Queen’s Medical Centre has finally received approval for the construction of a helipad. Currently, air ambulances are landing on the sports fields of University of Nottingham and then transported to the hospital via road ambulance. The use of a helipad will cut transfer times from 20 minutes to 2 minutes, reports West Brigford Wire.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

Bell 206 production finally stops later in 2017

As the Bell 505 gets certified and starts flying with customers, it is thus appropriate to mark the final closure of the Bell 206 series production lines.  Bell have recently confirmed to HeliHub.com that 2017 is indeed the last year of production for the seven seat 206L4 LongRanger IV.  The five seat Bell 206B JetRanger line… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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HNZ Group announces contract to support Nova Scotia offshore operations

HNZ Group announces contract to support Nova Scotia offshore operations

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today it has secured a new, multi-year contract to provide helicopter services to support ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corporation’s activities offshore Nova Scotia, Canada. “We are pleased to have been awarded this contract and look forward to… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 14-Mar-17

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Westwind selects L3’s Lynx NGT-9000 for the ADS-B Solution

Westwind selects L3’s Lynx NGT-9000 for the  ADS-B Solution

L3 Aviation Products announced today that the Lynx® NGT-9000 has been selected by Westwind Helicopters as the ADS-B solution for its Bell 407 transport helicopters operating onshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to support oil & gas operations. Installations of the Lynx units are underway, ahead of the 2020 ADS-B mandate. In addition,… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 14-Mar-17

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Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work has started on a £1m helipad at Aintree University Hospital funded by the HELP Appeal, which will give seriously injured patients arriving by air ambulances immediate access to the Emergency Department and specialist treatment . This new helipad will serve patients from across Cheshire and Merseyside, and will reduce transfer time for patients in… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Mar-17

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M International Team Awarded Two Prestigious Rolls-Royce M250 Awards

M International Team Awarded Two Prestigious Rolls-Royce M250 Awards

M International is pleased to announce its world-class portfolio companies Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS) was presented with the Rolls-Royce M250 Program TEAMWORK award along with Airborne Engines, Ltd (AEL) receiving this year’s MOST IMPROVED award. “These two awards represent the combined efforts of every employee at Keystone and Airborne who are committed to continuous… Read more »

Source: M International, 14-Mar-17

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Fokker to support Dutch military helicopter fleet

Fokker to support Dutch military helicopter fleet

On 3 March GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed a multi-million Euro total support agreement for a five-year period, covering standard parts supply and services for all of the RNLAF’s aircraft, helicopters and multiple support systems. After the five-year period, the contract can be extended twice for a… Read more »

Source: GKN Aerospace, 14-Mar-17

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Astronautics and Jagid Management team up to develop SmartCopter

Astronautics and Jagid Management team up to develop SmartCopter

Astronautics Corporation of America is teaming with JAGID Management to deliver a new portable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance cockpit situational awareness and communications system that will expand ground-based operations for law enforcement and military operators domestically and internationally. Called SmartCopter, the new roll-on/roll-off communication suite will include the Astronautics NEXIS™ server and (optionally) a NEXIS… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 14-Mar-17

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Second Irish Base for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Second Irish Base for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland

Air Ambulance Northern Ireland has chosen Enniskillen’s St. Angelo Airport as their second base. Michelle O’Neill, Health Minister, has commented that they hope the service will be up and running within 12 weeks. The Department of Health is supplying the funds for this service, as well as Air Ambulance Northern Ireland raising £2 million yearly…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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Kaman Restarts K-Max Production

Kaman Restarts K-Max Production

Kaman is rushing to finish the second order of K-Max helicopters within a two-month deadline. During this year’s Heli-Expo, Kaman’s sales teams were working overtime to finalise potential deals. One deal is for the first batch of 10 K-Max helicopters to go to a dealer in China, who will resell them to a firefighting company…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

A Fight to Keep Maryland Natural Resources Police Helicopter

Late last year, Maryland Natural Resources Police received their helicopter back after seven years. Their 1972 Bell Jet Ranger, named Natural 1, was transferred in 2009 to Harford County Sheriff’s Office due to a budget cut. Mark Belton, the NRP’s secretary went to great lengths to reacquire the helicopter and spent $158, 000 on an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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Consolidation coming to the UK air ambulance market?

Consolidation coming to the UK air ambulance market?

Two UK air ambulance charities have recently collaborated to create a new post – under the title of Head of Operations, the candidate will be responsible to the CEOs off both organisations.  The person taking up this role “will act as a senior member of the charities’ management teams with specific responsibilities for the delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus launches new electronic signature service for Keycopter e-orders

Airbus launches new electronic signature service for Keycopter e-orders

Airbus is committed to improving the level of service offered to its helicopter operators. The recent digitisation of quality documents via the e-ordering tool of the Keycopter customer portal is another step toward fulfilling that commitment. Starting from March 2017, customers will benefit from an electronic signature service for quality documents associated with their e-orders,… Read more »

Source: Aribus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Vector Aerospace launches Vector Global Services

Vector Aerospace launches Vector Global Services

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced today the launch of Vector Global Services (VGS), a new team dedicated to meeting the broad aircraft management, design services and technical support needs of fleet operators around the world. Expanding on Vector’s existing range of comprehensive rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 13-Mar-17

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Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

On March 8, 2017, Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas. These helicopters will be tasked for aerial work missions and the deliveries are scheduled for early 2018. With this order, Aersud Elicotteri celebrates the 200th… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Airborne Engines Improves Customer Support

Airborne Engines Improves Customer Support

M International, a leading provider of aftermarket technical, MRO, and supply chain management services for the aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce that Airborne Engines Ltd., specialists in Honeywell T53 and Rolls-Royce M250 Engine maintenance, has made significant changes to their Customer Support and Service team. “You gave us your feedback and our… Read more »

Source: Airborne Engines, 13-Mar-17

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Newfoundland Helicopters Selects First Bell 407GXP for Utility Operations in Canada

Newfoundland Helicopters Selects First Bell 407GXP for Utility Operations in Canada

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that the Eastern Canada-based charter company Newfoundland Helicopters, Ltd. will accept delivery of a Bell 407GXP this month. Newfoundland Helicopters charter aircraft services include corporate travel, forestry, hydro, mining, filming and photography, and tourism. The company was the first in Canada to receive… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Mar-17

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New HCare Fleet features reduce customers’ operational workload

Airbus and its long-time partner, Rusada, recently launched a new electronic ordering feature designed to reduce customer workload when ordering helicopter parts. The new interface between Airbus Helicopters’ e-ordering software and Envision, Rusada’s maintenance information system, now permits customers to input their orders just once into Envision. The interface communicates directly with e-ordering, thereby limiting… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Astronautics Roadrunner EFI to begin flight trails

Astronautics Roadrunner EFI to begin flight trails

Astronautics Corporation of America’s new RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI) for helicopters is advancing to Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval and the marketplace. The RoadRunner EFI—announced during the 2016 HAI HELI-EXPO—is a form-fit-function upgrade for helicopters from electromechanical instruments and legacy EFIs to modern digital displays. The EFI provides operators enhanced safety, decreased operating costs,… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 13-Mar-17

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

As part of its ongoing journey towards improving customer satisfaction, Airbus is implementing QR codes as a means of collecting customer feedback following each spare part delivery originating from Marignane, France. Upon receipt of a package, customers can scan the affixed QR code using their smartphone, displaying a webpage on which they can select their… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Rotortrade Signs A Network Partnership with PhilJets and Starline

Rotortrade Signs A Network Partnership with PhilJets and Starline

Further cementing its position to become the international leader for the growing pre-owned helicopter market, Rotortrade Services, the independent multi-brand helicopter brokerage service company and exclusive global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, enters into a strategic partnership with the PhilJets Group and its major shareholder Starline Global Industries to access the Philippine and Cambodian markets…. Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 13-Mar-17

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Around the World Odyssey Tour Takes off with Bell 429

Around the World Odyssey Tour Takes off with Bell 429

Bob and Steven Dengler, a father-son team, and pilot Rob MacDuff, announced today in the Bell Helicopter booth at Heli-Expo 2017 that this summer, they will fly their first ever Canadian around-the-world helicopter flight in their Bell 429. Bob, Steven and Rob joined Bell Helicopter leadership in their booth to announce their plans and celebrate… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Mar-17

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Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

Rolls-Royce expands RR300 engine support for Robinson R66 helicopters

Rolls-Royce has expanded support for operators of its RR300 engines powering Robinson Helicopters R66 aircraft, adding new service locations, extended warranty coverage and updated technology. With nearly 800 RR300 engines delivered into the market for the R66, Rolls-Royce remains focused on delivering the best customer support possible. R66 operators have amassed more than 550,000 flight… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 13-Mar-17

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