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Newest AMCON Acquisition in Lagos

Newest AMCON Acquisition in Lagos

Odengene Air-Shuttle Services (OAS) was taken over on Valentine’s Day by The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). OAS was receiving funds from the federal government, but has not commented on whether they were in debt, reports Leadership.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-17

Indonesian AW101 Investigation

Indonesian AW101 Investigation

Tension between the Indonesian Defence Minister, Service Chiefs and Armed Forces Commander has risen due to the current AW101 situation. In November 2015, the Indonesian Air Force requested a contract for three AW101 VVIP helicopters. This request was denied by President Joko Widodo, as the cost for one alone would amount to $55 million. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-17

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Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-17

Saab and HAL sign technology transfer agreement

Saab and HAL sign technology transfer agreement

Announced at Aero India 2017, the contract – valued at ZAR112 million (USD8.5 million) – will see the transfer of technology for in-country maintenance of Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) system in India. IDAS has been selected as the electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system for Indian Air Force and Indian Army Aviation Corps variants… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Feb-17

Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) recently demonstrated a 360 degree Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) SATCOM capability transmitting HD video through rotating blades on a NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Attack Helicopter. This new advancement in SATCOM technology integrates the… Read more »

Source: Hughes Network Systems, 17-Feb-17

Waypoint Leasing Delivers H145 to Andes Air in Support of Mining Operations in Peru

Waypoint Leasing Delivers H145 to Andes Air in Support of Mining Operations in Peru

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has delivered an H145 on lease to Servicios Aéreos de los Andes (“Andes Air”), a leading Peruvian helicopter operator. Waypoint’s H145 will be the first variant of its type to operate in Latin America and will support MMG/Las Bambas’… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 17-Feb-17

Keystone Turbine Services Awarded AS9110B Certification

Keystone Turbine Services Awarded AS9110B Certification

M International Inc., is pleased to announce subsidiary company Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (Coatesville, Pennsylvania – KTS), after many months of hard work and determined efforts by the entire organization, has been certified to AS9110B Quality Management Standards. “This standard focuses on the control of repair schemes and maintenance plans as well as configuration management… Read more »

Source: M International, 16-Feb-17

Dr. P. Barry Butler appointed President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. P. Barry Butler appointed President of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

“It is important to note that Dr. Butler received 100 percent endorsement from everyone involved in this search. From the members of the Presidential Search Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee all of the way through the short list to the final approval of the Board of Trustees, there was one name that consistently rose… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 16-Feb-17

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Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus

Drone Advisory Committee Builds Consensus

The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) held its second meeting on January 31 in Reno, NV. The DAC is an RTCA Federal Advisory Committee comprised of executives who represent a wide array of stakeholders including: unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators, traditional aviation groups, labor organizations, radio and navigation equipment manufacturers, airport operators, state and local government… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Feb-17

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Air Methods Comments on Voce Director Nomination

Air Methods Comments on Voce Director Nomination

Air Methods Corporation (NYSE:AIRM) today issued the following statement in response to Voce’s nomination of four candidates to Air Methods’ Board of Directors: “Our Board of Directors remains highly engaged with management to ensure that the company’s operating and strategic plan is fully aligned with the best interest of all shareholders.” “Air Methods maintains an… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 16-Feb-17

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Voce Capital Nominates Four Air Methods Directors

Voce Capital Nominates Four Air Methods Directors

Voce Capital Management LLC (“Voce”), one of the largest and most committed long-term stockholders of Air Methods Corporation (“Air Methods” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AIRM), today announced that it has nominated four highly-qualified, independent candidates (the “Nominees”) for election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s 2017 Annual Meeting. The nominations follow Voce’s unanswered,… Read more »

Source: Voce Capital, 16-Feb-17

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Indian Defence Minister Unveils Full Scale Mock-up of HAL’s Indian Multi Role Helicopter

Indian Defence Minister Unveils Full Scale Mock-up of HAL’s Indian Multi Role Helicopter

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka today. Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Mutli Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa… Read more »

Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, 16-Feb-17

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India and Russian Joint Venture Documents in Final Stages

India and Russian Joint Venture Documents in Final Stages

Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters and HAL have come together to form a Joint Venture in creating a light weigh multi-role Ka-226T. The agreement contract will take another two months as they still need formal registration between Russia and India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the intergovernmental agreement in December of 2015, reports India Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-17

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Russo-Chinese AHL Program Receives Approval

Russo-Chinese AHL Program Receives Approval

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister has approved the Russo-Chinese agreement for the partnership in creating an Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter. The agreement for preliminary cooperation between Russia’s Russian Helicopters and China’s Avicopter was signed in May, two years ago. As reported by Russian Aviation Insider, Avicopter will have responsibility over the organisation, certification… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-17

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FAA certifies AW169

FAA certifies AW169

The AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter has achieved validation by FAA of the United States of its certification, with deliveries to begin in USA this year. A versatile, new generation twin-engine light-intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Feb-17

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Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

Bel Air AW189 helicopters exceed 6000 flight hours in North Sea operations

The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the strong cooperation between the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Feb-17

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Global Heliports Market 2016-2020

Global Heliports Market 2016-2020

About Heliports Benefits associated with having a heliport or helipad nearby are significant, especially when it comes to emergency situations and supporting offshore activities. Also, the presence of heliports improves the economic condition of the state/region by facilitating air tourism. These functionalities are carrying out a major change in the overall growth dynamics of the… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 15-Feb-17

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Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Demonstrates SATCOM Capability for Rotary Aircraft HD Video Transmissions

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced that its Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) recently demonstrated a 360-degree Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) SATCOM capability transmitting HD video through rotating blades on a NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Attack Helicopter. This new advancement in SATCOM technology integrates the Hughes… Read more »

Source: Hughes Network Systems, 15-Feb-17

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Russian Helicopters developing new after-sales service format in India

Russian Helicopters developing new after-sales service format in India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is working to improve services and create a “single-window system” – a new form of cooperation with foreign customers based on a new after-sales service strategy.  A pilot project is currently being implemented in India. The new format focuses on centralization of all processes related to after-sales services,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Feb-17

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New Boeing Base Creates 1,500 Job Opportunities

New Boeing Base Creates 1,500 Job Opportunities

Boeings new Boscombe Down base will bring 1,500 jobs to the local community. They hope to have their number of staff up from 1,300 to 4,000 by 2025. The new base is being constructed due to the contract Boeing signed with the Government for 50 AH-64E Apache helicopters. As reported by Andover Advertiser, the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

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Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

Indonesian Air Force Looks into AW-101 Helicopter Purchase

The Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has revealed that the Air Force is looking into purchasing an AgustaWestland AW-101 VVIP helicopter. The investigation of the purchase has been controversial, as the Military Chief General Gatot Nurmantyo and Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu were unaware of the interest in the purchase. The Air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

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Russia Signs MoU with Four Indian Provinces

Russia Signs MoU with Four Indian Provinces

Russia has been approached by four Indian provinces; Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab. As reported by The Nation, Sindh will purchase three helicopters, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will both purchase two and Punjab will buy one. A MoU has been signed between the two parties. Punjab will be able to purchase a helicopter for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

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Russian and United signed distribution agreement

Russian and United signed distribution agreement

Russian Helicopters JSC has signed distribution agreement with United Helicopters International Group Limited. The company will become official distributor of Russian-made helicopters in Greater China, Malaysia and Australia.  Launch of Russian Helicopters’ first distributor of civil helicopters appears to be a significant step taken to implement its development strategy. Distribution area authorized by the agreement… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 14-Feb-17

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Bristow Group To Present At The 2017 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow Group To Present At The 2017 Credit Suisse Energy Summit

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that it will be presenting at the 2017 Credit Suisse Energy Summit to be held in Vail, Colorado on February 13 – 16, 2017. Jonathan E. Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present on Wednesday, February 15, at 10:25 a.m. Mountain Time (12:25 p.m. Eastern… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 14-Feb-17

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Russian Helicopters to participate in Aero India 2017

Russian Helicopters to participate in Aero India 2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in the 11th Aero India – 2017 international exhibition, which will take place February 14-18 in Bangalore, India. This year, Russian Helicopters’ key exhibit in India will be the Ka-226T model.  Last October, Russian Helicopters, Rosoboronexport and HAL Corporation created a joint venture to localize… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 14-Feb-17

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Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

HAL’s key indigenous products HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will fly at the 11th edition of the Aero India 2017 scheduled from February 14 -18, 2017.  “HAL is geared-up to display recent advancements in fixed and rotary wing segments”,… Read more »

Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, 14-Feb-17

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Dismissal of Lithuanian Air Force Commander

Dismissal of Lithuanian Air Force Commander

Raimundas Karoblis, the Lithuanian Defence Minister has disclosed his decision regarding Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas. Navickas, who was suspended in November last year, is under investigation regarding two SAR helicopters being sent to Russia. The minister has decided that Navickas will not be allowed to return to duty once the investigation is over…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Employees Complain to Aviation Minister

Pawan Hans Employees Complain to Aviation Minister

Through All India Civil Aviation Employees Union, representatives of Pawan Hans met up with Ashok Gajapathi, the civil aviation minister. They sent in a memorandum asking that the company be allowed to put into action their IPO plan, before the company is sold. The government has a 51% stake in the company and Oil and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

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Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana Creates Air Ambulance Regulation Bill

Montana’s Senate has sanctioned a bill, the Senate Bill 44, which allows patients to only pay co-payments and insurance deductibles after the use of an air ambulance. The remaining cost will be split between insurance companies and air ambulance providers. The bill was created when it was brought to light how exorbitant the costs of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

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HNZ Group Receives S-92A Helicopters

HNZ Group Receives S-92A Helicopters

HNZ Group has recently received the first two of four Sikorsky S-92A Helibus helicopters from PHI. The two aircraft will be kept at Broome, Western Australia. The four helicopters will be leased from PHI for five years, starting in April, in support of Ichthys LNG Project, reports Aviation WA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-17

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Former HAI Vice-Chairman Elvin (Al) Meyer passed away

Former HAI Vice-Chairman Elvin (Al) Meyer passed away

Elvin (Al) Meyer, a vice-chairman of HAI’s board of directors until 2002, passed away January 8, 2017 at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, California. Al was born in Bakersfield, California on September 23, 1941. Meyer was senior vice president, manager of ERA Aviation at the time of his retirement in 2004. He served… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 13-Feb-17

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Omni Helicopters launches JV in Nigeria

Omni Helicopters launches JV in Nigeria

Omni Helicopters International S.A. (“OHI”), parent of Brazil’s leading offshore aviation specialist Omni Taxi Aéreo S.A. (“OTA”), and Omni Blu Aviation Ltd. (“Omni Blu”), the independent provider of aviation services in Nigeria, today announced their strategic alliance to launch, promote, and develop Omni Helicopters Nigeria (“OHN”). OHN will make use of OHI’s technical expertise, access… Read more »

Source: OHI, 13-Feb-17

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ADAC expect H145 Level D Full Flight Simulator certifciation in March

ADAC expect H145 Level D Full Flight Simulator certifciation in March

ADAC Luftrettung decided, as many other operators in EMS, Law Enforcement, Aerial work and Business and Commercial aviation for the new member of the BK117 family – the H145. The H145 includes enhancements like the Helionix® avionics suite and 4-axis autopilot; increased performance through the Arriel 2E engines; an anti-torque system with the latest version… Read more »

Source: HEMS Academy, 13-Feb-17

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Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Sgnificant gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety, 13-Feb-17

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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) has been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (“Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan”) for training of 14 new helicopter pilots a year, until 2020, which in total means 28 positions funded by the Swedish Government. The agency got a lot of attention for its January 2014 decision, where… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

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VHA Achieves First Flight of 206L Main Blades

VHA Achieves First Flight of 206L Main Blades

The VHA engineering and test staff celebrated first flight of our composite 206L main rotor blades on February 8, 2017, completing ground tests, hover flight, forward flight reaching speeds of more than 100 knots, and turns with up to 45 degrees of banking during the test session at Falcon Field in Mesa, Ariz. The tests mark… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Feb-17

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance unveils new brand identity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance unveils new brand identity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) today unveiled a new brand identity to coincide with the charity’s 10 year anniversary. Since the charity’s first operational flight in 2007, the service that the Air Ambulance provides to the community has evolved considerably and the new brand identity will reflect these changes. Central to the… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 13-Feb-17

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FAA provides NextGen update

FAA provides NextGen update

The FAA has spent $7.5 billion in congressionally appropriated funds on the air traffic modernization program known as NextGen over the past seven years. That investment has resulted in $2.7 billion in benefits to passengers and the airlines to date, and is expected to yield more than $160 billion in benefits through 2030. NextGen is… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Feb-17

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President’s Message: Zero accidents: yes, we can

President’s Message: Zero accidents: yes, we can

Call me crazy, call me insane — I don’t care. I truly believe we can achieve zero accidents in the helicopter industry. Maybe not tomorrow, not in the next few years, or not even in my lifetime. But ultimately we can and will accomplish this goal. At a recent safety forum, I was challenged by… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 13-Feb-17

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Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

After a 1½-year investigation, the prosecutor’s office has decided to drop the charges regarding alleged irregularities in connection with the purchase of seven new rescue helicopters. “The police have not found anything, and the prosecutor’s office has now closed the case”, says Ulrika Ekström, Director of Communications at the Swedish Maritime Administration. The commotion took… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Feb-17

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US Army flies first UH-60V BlackHawk Integrated Cockpit Upgrade Program

US Army flies first UH-60V BlackHawk Integrated Cockpit Upgrade Program

The Army’s PEO Aviation Utility Helicopters Project Office; the Aviation and Missile Command; and the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) teamed with principal industry partner Redstone Defense Systems (RDS) to develop the UH-60V aircraft. RDS, a joint venture between Yulista Aviation, Inc. and Science and Engineering Services, is currently modifying the… Read more »

Source: US Army, 10-Feb-17

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Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebec Government celebrates the Bell 505

Quebecers working in the province’s world-class aerospace sector showcased their talents as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first completed model of its latest aircraft since the company established a new assembly program in Mirabel last year. The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion… Read more »

Source: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 10-Feb-17

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FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

FAA Issues Shadin Avionics STC for Robinson R66 Fuel Flow Managements

Shadin Avionics recently announced the completion and receipt of Supplemental Type Certificates for the installation of a RemoteFlo Fuel Flow System on the Robinson R66 helicopter and Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The RemoteFlo offers R66 pilots access to real-time fuel flow management information directly on their GPS or Flight Management System. In addition to Fuel Flow,… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 10-Feb-17

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Lider receives Petrobras safety award

Lider receives Petrobras safety award

Bristow partner Líder Aviação received the Petrobras Excellence Award in Air Transport Operations (Peotram) 2016 on January 27, 2017, in recognition of its performance last year. The announcement was made at an event at the Petrobras Senate Building in Rio de Janeiro, which brought together more than 100 aviation professionals. “This assessment confirms the quality… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 10-Feb-17

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Israeli Air Force Changes in IAF Helicopter Training

Israeli Air Force Changes in IAF Helicopter Training

The IAF Flight Academy training programs for transport and combat helicopter pilots have been united into one. From now on, the IAF’s helicopter pilots will be divided between the transport and combat helicopter divisions upon graduation from the Flight Academy and not in the beginning of the advanced stage of their training as they were… Read more »

Source: Israeli Air Force, 10-Feb-17

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Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

On 8 February, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, on behalf of its clients, filed suit against AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. AgustaWestland is the North American distributor of Agusta A1091A and A109A MK II helicopters. These helicopters were identified last year by the FAA as being defective…. Read more »

Source: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, 10-Feb-17

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Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018. The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17

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Mirabel chooses RAMM R44 Interior

Mirabel chooses RAMM R44 Interior

Mirabel Heli-Support chooses the RAMM Aerospace R44 Interior Kit for their latest R44 2200 hour/12 year overhaul. The RAMM Interior Kit includes replacement carpet, leather control boots, a wipe clean bulkhead/headliner kit as well as seats completely refurbished with new superior foam and genuine European leather dress covers. Mirabel Heli-Support performs routine and major maintenance as well as aircraft… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 10-Feb-17

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Kaman Corporation Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings

Kaman Corporation Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results after the stock market closes on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at… Read more »

Source: Kaman Corporation, 10-Feb-17

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Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ sixth consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 09-Feb-17

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DAC International receives a Supplemental Type Certificate for the CMA-6800

DAC International receives a Supplemental Type Certificate for the CMA-6800

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Sikorsky S76B/C Helicopter. The STC includes the S76C+ and S76C++ models. “The product provides many benefits as a form fit function replacement for the Honeywell ED-800 product… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 09-Feb-17

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Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) was the first civilian EMS helicopter service in the U.S. to use Night Vision Goggles (NVG).  Metro Aviation was the first air medical operator to equip its entire fleet with NVG’s. Innovation attracts innovation and it only makes sense that the two companies would eventually work together.  Metro recently welcomed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Feb-17

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FlightSafety promotes Edward Koharik to General Manager

FlightSafety promotes Edward Koharik to General Manager

FlightSafety International announces that Edward Koharik has been promoted to General Manager, Visual Systems. He assumes this responsibility from Jon Hester who retired from FlightSafety after more than 35 years of experience in the design, development and support of flight simulation products and services. “We congratulate Ed on his well-deserved promotion,” said Ray Johns, Executive… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety International, 09-Feb-17

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Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded an approximately $110 million contract from an Asia-Pacific country for the upgrade and maintenance of dozens of  Mi-17 helicopters. The project will be performed over a five-year period. Elbit Systems has extensive operational experience in rotary-wing modernization activities, including conversion… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 09-Feb-17

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Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

North Mississippi Medical Centre’s Careflight has recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Over the years they have had interesting cases and locations. From landing at a cemetery to a front yard, they have been busy. Al Wright, a paramedic who has flown with Careflight since 1987, has stated how joining the flight crew back then was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

The UK Government gave Boeing permission to build a new base in Boscombe Down as well as a contract for 50 Apache helicopters. Boeing has received some negative feedback from Leonardo Helicopters and their respective employee unions over job security in Yeovil. Nick Whitney, Boeing’s Spokesperson, has stated that they have no intention of moving… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially secured an EASA approval for their 206L & 407 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the FAA. The Alpine Aerotech Bear Paw incorporates innovative design features that result in an extremely robust product. The innovative, corrosion resistant clamping system enhances overall safety and greatly reduces… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 08-Feb-17

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Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Sir John Day takes over from outgoing chairman Noel Dobbs with immediate effect.The former Air Chief Marshall and Commander-In-Chief Strike Command of the Royal Air Force has more recently served as BAE System’s Senior Military Adviser and has been a Trustee on the board of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2016. Retiring… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance, 08-Feb-17

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M International Exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2017

M International Exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2017

M International is pleased to announce representatives from their world-class portfolio company’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL), MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) and Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) will be exhibiting at booth #10837 from 6 through 9 March during the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in… Read more »

Source: M International, 08-Feb-17

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Sundance Helicopters partners with Tropicana Las Vegas hotel

Sundance Helicopters partners with Tropicana Las Vegas hotel

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., one of the highest rated experiential tour companies in Las Vegas, has partnered with Tropicana Las Vegas – A Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (Tropicana) – to offer the “Tropi-Canyon,” two-night stay accommodations for two in a spacious deluxe room packaged with an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon helicopter tour. The Tropi-Canyon Experience will… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 08-Feb-17

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Rogerson KRATOS First To Fly Full Black Hawk UH-60A Digital Cockpit Modernization

Rogerson KRATOS First To Fly Full Black Hawk UH-60A Digital Cockpit Modernization

Experienced Black Hawk pilots Terence Reeves and Jeremy Bennett flew the helicopter from Fort Worth Meacham field for more than two hours. The fully integrated design upgrade replaces the factory analog gauges with electronic instrument flat panel displays and offers greater situational awareness, reduced pilot workload, and mission safety. Rogerson KRATOS offers a modernized cockpit… Read more »

Source: Rogerson Kratos, 08-Feb-17

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Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024

Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024

Strategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Helicopters. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, a helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. A rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft is a… Read more »

Source: Reportbuyer, 08-Feb-17

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Heli-Expo 2017 ready to set new records

Heli-Expo 2017 ready to set new records

It’s official! HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 will be the largest ever produced. The trade show, held this year in Dallas, Texas, March 6–9, with exhibits open March 7–9, celebrates the commercial and civil helicopter industry with participants from around the world. “The marketing people in Dallas like to proclaim ‘Big Things Happen Here’,” says Ed DiCampli,… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 08-Feb-17

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Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

The Russian Government has agreed to allocate 3.3 billion rubles out of the 2017 federal budget to the development of air ambulance services in 34 regions. Together with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) they will help with the construction of one helipad atop a hospital in each region. They hope to achieve that goal by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Sgt. Dan Mulligan from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been charged with breach of confidence and two accounts of misconduct after her wrote a letter to The Sudbury Star, outlining his disapproval of the relocation of a SAR helicopter from Sudbury to Orillia. He called the move negligent, stating that not only does he… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Sale Opposed by Employee Unions

Pawan Hans Sale Opposed by Employee Unions

The sale of Pawan Hans has caused employees to turn to unions. The Prime Minister’s Office has received a letter from All India Civil Aviation Employee’s Union, stating that the sale of the company has been made in an arbitrary manner and without proper thought towards its history and financial performance, reports Aviation India. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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FRCSW H-60 Facility Increases Seahawk Throughput

FRCSW H-60 Facility Increases Seahawk Throughput

Since opening its new H-60 Seahawk maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Building 325 just over one year ago, the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) helicopter program has gained operational efficiencies and staffing improvements that will send about 10 more aircraft to the fleet every year. The intention to consolidate H-60 MRO operations from… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 07-Feb-17

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Pilot fined for breaching restricted Glastonbury airspace

Pilot fined for breaching restricted Glastonbury airspace

A 49-year-old pilot has been prosecuted for flying his helicopter into and out of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival without permission. On June 23 last year, Mark Matthews’ Robinson R44 helicopter was seen to have landed at the Love Fields. On the morning of 26 June, the final day of the Somerset arts and music festival,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Feb-17

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Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd. solidified their position as the North American market leader in civil and parapublic helicopters in 2016 despite a difficult market environment that saw a dramatic decline in total industry orders. The companies delivered a combined 60 new helicopters to the civil and parapublic market in 2016, 50… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Feb-17

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Genesys Aerosystems will unveil its helicopter cockpit systems demonstrator at Heli-Expo 2017

Genesys Aerosystems will unveil its helicopter cockpit systems demonstrator at Heli-Expo 2017

Representatives of Genesys Aerosystems announced today that the company will unveil its new state-of-the-art helicopter cockpit demonstrator at their booth (#8606) during the upcoming HAI Heli-EXPO convention in Dallas. “Our goal with the cockpit systems demonstrator is to enable our customers and prospective customers to experience all of the advanced operational and safety capabilities that… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 07-Feb-17

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HNZ and PHi to fly up to four S-92s in Australian JV

HNZ and PHi to fly up to four S-92s in Australian JV

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 07-Feb-17

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Aircraft tracking via cellular broadband – another Flightcell first

Aircraft tracking via cellular broadband – another Flightcell first

High-frequency low-cost tracking using Internet Protocol (IP) over cellular broadband is the newest development to come out of Flightcell International. New Zealand’s innovative satellite and cellular communication company has released its next-generation tracking technology in time for HAI Heli Expo at Dallas TX in March. Cellular IP tracking provides more precise tracking by dramatically increasing… Read more »

Source: Flightcell, 07-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans has unveiled their plans to expand their services of Regional Air Connectivity to all districts of India. Included in these plans is a vision document 2020 and they are underway with a business plan 2027. Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Sharma has said that the use of helicopters can provide immediate connectivity as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital now has a newly constructed helipad, priced at $1.1 million. The final touches that still need to be done include mandatory fire protection, which they hope to complete this coming summer. Once this is complete the FAA has to give their approval. Once the helipad is operational, they expect an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Last week, the oil industry journal Energy Voice wrote about a potential new helicopter operator on the North Sea – Vici Helicopters.  Incorporated on 18th January with an address in Stavangar, the company is reportedly going to operate two AgustaWestland AW189s, although it is still in the process of obtaining the necessary operating licences. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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