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Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

The Indian Army is planning to purchase 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The $655 million contract includes spares, equipment, training, ammunition and weapons, reports HiTech Facts. The purchase is the start of the expansion of the Indian Army’s aviation capacity.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

A temporary helipad at Great Oakley Airfield, to be used to ferry offshore wind farm workers, has been given approval for 24-months despite much controversy. The 24-month period is to give the Tendring Council’s planning committee more time to decide whether to allow Galloper Offshore Wind Ltd a permanent base at the Harwich International Port…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

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Bishops demand helicopters for police in Ghana

Bishops demand helicopters for police in Ghana

The Charismatic Bishops Conference has recently suggested to the Government of Ghana that a unit of helicopters will be an asset to the Ghana Police Service. As reported by News Ghana, they highlighted the uses of helicopters, such as search-and-rescue operations, surveillance, monitor traffic, car chases and deployment of men into “conflict zones.” The Ghana… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

Charity Canvasser Fired after Helipad Fundraising Scam

Charity Canvasser Fired after Helipad Fundraising Scam

Police were called recently in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy after a worker from the charity organisation HELP Appeal was canvassing in the area, asking residents for their bank details and donations. He claimed he was raising money for a much needed helipad at Victoria Hospital. But both NHS Fife and HELP Appeal have confirmed that there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-17

HeliRussia 2018 to be held at a new venue

HeliRussia 2018 to be held at a new venue

The International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia is a globally established annual event bringing together rotorcraft aviation leading companies. In 2017, the expo celebrated its 10th anniversary. Next year the 11th HeliRussia to be held at the new venue from 24 to 26 May. Taking into account the tendency of growth in terms of number of… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 22-Aug-17

JSSI Enrolls Sikorsky S92 onto Tip-to-Tail Program

JSSI Enrolls Sikorsky S92 onto Tip-to-Tail Program

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance programs to the business aviation industry, has enrolled a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter on a JSSI program in advance of this year’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE). The aircraft will be covered by JSSI’s exclusive Tip-to-Tail® Program, the only single-source, all-inclusive program… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 22-Aug-17

CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

CAMTS 2017 Best Practices

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has released its 6th issue of best practices, publically available as a digital document.   “The highly-experienced professionals of the CAMTS Board of Directors often identify excellent and innovative practices when we review applications and site surveys for accreditation,” said CAMTS Executive Director Eileen Frazer. “In… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 22-Aug-17

Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky considers local Black Hawk if it wins Romanian order

Sikorsky is currently considering producing S-70 Black Hawk helicopters in Romania, should the Romanian Army choose their helicopter model to replace their aging Puma fleet. They own a factory in South-East Poland where they have produced over 40 Black Hawk helicopters already for foreign sales to United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and South American…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

The Metropolitan Police Department proudly revealed their new Airbus H145 helicopter this past Wednesday. The new $9.6 million helicopter will be used for Search and Rescue missions, and with its twin engines ensuring a longer flight time and smaller rotor diameter enabling it to fit into tight spaces, it promises to do a good job…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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Taiwan Coast Guard requests budget for 30 drones

Taiwan Coast Guard requests budget for 30 drones

The Taiwan Coast Guard has asked the Ministry of the Interior for approval of a budget of NT$1.6 billion. With this money, they plan to buy 30 aerial drones that can be ship-borne. The drones will be bought over a period of five years and will be used for maritime law enforcement missions, giving the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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Blue Sky Network Confirms Commitment to Brazil

Blue Sky Network Confirms Commitment to Brazil

Blue Sky Network, an industry leading global provider of satellite asset tracking and fleet management solutions, announced today that the company’s new management team, led by President Gregoire Demory, would attend the LABACE trade show August 15th to 17th in Sao Paulo.  LABACE is Latin America’slargest, and the world’s second largest, business aviation trade show. “Our new management and sales team looks… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 21-Aug-17

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Thommen and Blue Wolf announce dealership agreement

Thommen and Blue Wolf announce dealership agreement

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT LTD. has executed a dealer agreement with Blue Wolf Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative Night Vision compatible aircraft lighting products. Blue Wolf is based in Boise, Idaho, USA. The new partnership will allow Thommen to add NVIS compatible interior LED lighting products to its extensive line of superior quality, aircraft mission… Read more »

Source: Thommen, 21-Aug-17

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UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

UK Perspective on Military Helicopter Flight Training will be delivered by St Andrew’s Aviation

In an era of dwindling budget and increased deployments, military flight training organisations will need to be much more creative and reassess their structure to overcome challenges and align more closely with the Civil Aviation regulations. Speaking at SMi’s Military Flight Training conference this October, Major (Retd.) Peter Dean, Director of St Andrew’s Aviation will… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 21-Aug-17

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Oceania Aviation acquires Helicare Maintenance

Oceania Aviation acquires Helicare Maintenance

Oceania Aviation Limited are pleased to announce the completion of the mutually-beneficial acquisition of Helicare Maintenance Limited. Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania Aviation is a leading general aviation business and offer a diverse suite of solutions for fixed and rotor wing aircraft at their ten facilities scattered across New Zealand, now including Nelson. Founded… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 21-Aug-17

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Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

Lockheed Martin completes testing of Radar Warning Receiver for USAF CRH program

A critical component of Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Tactical Mission System for the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the AN/APR-52 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), recently achieved Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6 assessment following a successful demonstration at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 21-Aug-17

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new helipad receives first air ambulance

Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new helipad receives first air ambulance

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s  AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 21-Aug-17

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Russia certifies Mil Mi-171A2

Russia certifies Mil Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) obtained a type certificate for medium utility Mi-171A2 helicopter in a convertible configuration from the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Russian Federation (Rosaviatsia). This document opens the door for helicopter deliveries to commercial customers. Today the helicopter will be demonstrated to Dmitry Rogozin, Vice Prime… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Aug-17

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Russian Helicopters concludes training of foreign technical personnel

Russian Helicopters concludes training of foreign technical personnel

Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (AAC Progress) of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) concluded practical training of the technical personnel of the group of foreign military specialists within the framework of the first export contract. The first batch of the foreign specialists arrived at the enterprise facilities on 1 June of the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Aug-17

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HeliOffshore develops S92 tail rotor pitch guidance

HeliOffshore develops S92 tail rotor pitch guidance

Building on its Global Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) best practice guidance, HeliOffshore has released type-specific guidance to support operators of the Sikorsky S92 aircraft. The annex has been developed by HeliOffshore’s System Reliability & Resilience workstream in support of the new software released by Sikorsky in January 2017. The new tool provides multiple… Read more »

21-Aug-17

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CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards Comment Period Open

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems Europe (CAMTS EU) has posted the final draft of CAMTS EU Accreditation Standards for comments and suggestions on its website www.camtseu.org. Sister organization to CAMTS, the largest and most respected medical transport patient care and safety accreditation organization in North America, CAMTS EU’s international standards offer fixed… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 21-Aug-17

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Wiregrass Life Flight closes down in Alabama

Wiregrass Life Flight closes down in Alabama

Although Wiregrass Life Flight Dothan has been closed for two years due to Air Medical Resource Group, one of their partners, being sold out and shut down. But now it seems that a new service will arise. Now, Dothan’s Pilcher Ambulance Service and Haynes LifeFlight will partner together, hoping to open on September 1st, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Celebrates World Helicopter Day

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will be offering a 15% discount on all helicopter tours as a way to celebrate World Helicopter Day, August 20. The discount includes any tour that covers Maui, Big Island, O’ahu and Kaua’i. They are also donating a portion of the funds raised during that day to Hawaii’s Make a Wish Foundation,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

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German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd has won a gas pipeline contract with Gasunie, a Dutch-owned operator, the EU tenders website TED has announced.  This company has a pipeline network in both their native Netherlands and Germany, and have recently awarded separate helicopter patrol contracts for each part.  Gasunie is contracting Air Lloyd to patrol approximately 2,200… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

Royal Bournemouth Hospital upgrades helipad

The first air ambulance landed on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s (RBH) new helipad yesterday, following a complete rebuild, funded by the HELP Appeal. Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s AW169 landed on the new pad, which allows larger aircraft to land and to land during the night. The rebuild, which came to £119,000, was completely funded… Read more »

Source: HELP, 18-Aug-17

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Helijet Appoints New Rotary Wing Chief & Assistant Chief Pilots

Helijet International Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Potter as Chief Pilot-Rotary Wing and Phil Sevensma as Assistant Chief Pilot-Rotary Wing effective August 1st, 2017. Together, the men have more than 44 years of flying experience, 29 of them with Helijet. As Chief Pilot-Rotary Wing, Michael Potter will report to the Director… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 18-Aug-17

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Forecast for helicopter seating market released

Forecast for helicopter seating market released

Major participants in the helicopter seating market include Martin-Baker Aircraft Co. Ltd., Rockwell Collins, Inc., Stelia Aerospace, Zodiac Aerospace, Oregon Aero, Inc., and UTC Aerospace Systems. The helicopter seating market has a high entry barrier as far as capital requirements are concerned, due to the expensive nature of helicopter construction. But due to the widespread… Read more »

Source: Transparency Market Research, 18-Aug-17

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Exercise Stealth Guardian enhances rescue capabilities in multiple environments

Exercise Stealth Guardian enhances rescue capabilities in multiple environments

As a pilot stands in a forest, seemingly devoid of human life, he is watched – by friend and foe. The quiet serenity of the woodlands erupts with the whirling of helicopter blades and the incoming of simulated opposing forces, his rescue or his demise still uncertain. Through a partnership between Moody and Tyndall Air… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 18-Aug-17

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The American Helicopter Museum will celebrate World Helicopter Day

The American Helicopter Museum will celebrate World Helicopter Day

The public is invited to join the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) to celebrate World Helicopter Day on August 20, 2017, from noon until 4 p.m. World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of helicopters’ contributions to society and celebrate the diversity of people who design, fly and support them. Every day, thousands… Read more »

Source: The American Helicopter Museum, 18-Aug-17

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HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

Revenue was $56.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of $0.9 million compared to $57.3 million a year ago. This variation is mostly explained by a decrease in onshore revenue and ancillary revenue, partially offset by an increase in offshore revenue. The Corporation flew 10,725 hours compared to 11,557 hours in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 18-Aug-17

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DART promotes Cable Cutter System

DART promotes Cable Cutter System

The team at DART Aerospace has made it a priority to promote safety within today’s helicopter industry. In a recent video, DART’s cable cutter system was used to save an aircraft and its crew from a dangerous wire strike in a rural area of Portugal. Thanks to Portugal’s initiative to pass the legislation of a mandatory… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Aug-17

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Belgian operator wins Dutch pipeline contract

Belgian operator wins Dutch pipeline contract

The European Union Tenders website has been updated to show that Belgian operator Heli and Co have been awarded a contract to survey the Gasunie gas pipeline network in the Netherlands.  The company expects to operate Robinson R44 helicopters for this work, and supercedes German operator S P Luftbild who previously operated the contract.  Gasunie… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Aug-17

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STARS receives $250,000 donation from Access Credit Union

STARS receives $250,000 donation from Access Credit Union

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) is pleased to announce a $250,000 donation by Access Credit Union to STARS, which will be allocated over five-years and directly contribute to providing time, hope and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients in Manitoba. “Access Credit Union seeks to invest in organizations for the betterment… Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Aug-17

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Babcock MCS to recognise engineers union

Babcock MCS to recognise engineers union

Prospect has signed recognition agreement with Babcock Mission Critical Services (BCMS) for Engineering and Mechanical staff after two year battle. The voluntary agreement follows a Central Arbitration Committee ballot of engineers in which staff voted for Prospect to represent them. 73% of staff took part and with not a single ballot against. In negotiation with the… Read more »

Source: Prospect UK, 17-Aug-17

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Heli Holland expand offshore fleet with two H155s and an H175

Heli Holland expand offshore fleet with two H155s and an H175

Heli Holland have announced on their Facebook page the acquisition of three helicopters to increase their offshore work.  They have acquired two EC155s previously operated by CHC, registered PH-EUB and PH-SHO, and the sole EC175 operated by Mexican operator Pegaso.  The 155s are already carrying Heli Holland Offshore titles, and one is currently not fitted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-17

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Waypoint place their first lease into Columbia

Waypoint place their first lease into Columbia

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has agreed deal terms for the purchase and lease-back of one AW139 helicopter with Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia, SAS (“HELICOL’), which is used in support of contracts within the offshore oil and gas sector in Colombia.  This is Waypoint’s… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 16-Aug-17

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Volocopter agrees 25M Euro funding

Volocopter agrees 25M Euro funding

The objective of making flying possible for everyone has drawn closer:  In July 2017 the aviation start-up Volocopter agreed a finance deal over 25 million Euros with the automobile firm Daimler from Stuttgart, the technology investor Lukasz Gadowski from Berlin and further investors. Using this fresh capital  Volocopter will further expand upon the leading technology… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 16-Aug-17

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Orbit to expand Orbit Communication Systems

Orbit to expand Orbit Communication Systems

Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI) announced today that it intends to expand the development of its new Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) for airborne satcom to include helicopters. The company received an order for approximately US$3 million from a global provider of defense products and services for the delivery of helicopter systems to a leading air… Read more »

Source: Orbit, 16-Aug-17

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Lawyers propose settlement for 2014 CHC share buyers

Lawyers propose settlement for 2014 CHC share buyers

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK RUDMAN, ET AL., v. CHC GROUP, LTD., ET AL., Civil Action No. 15-cv-3773 (LAK) SUMMARY NOTICE TO: ALL PERSONS WHO PURCHASED SHARES OF CHC GROUP LTD. (“CHC”) COMMON STOCK IN THE JANUARY 16, 2014 IPO AND/OR IN THE OPEN MARKET DURING THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 16, 2014… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Aug-17

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Brazil approves BLR Aerospace FastFin for H125

Brazil approves BLR Aerospace FastFin for H125

BLR Aerospace today announced that its FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System has been certified by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) for installation on Airbus H125 helicopters. The H125 FastFin system was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 16-Aug-17

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Blue Sky Network will be at LABACE 2017

Blue Sky Network will be at LABACE 2017

Blue Sky Network, an industry leading global provider of satellite asset tracking and fleet management solutions, announced today that the company’s new management team, led by President Gregoire Demory, would attend the LABACE trade show August 15th to 17th in Sao Paulo.  LABACE is Latin America’s largest, and the world’s second largest, business aviation trade show…. Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 16-Aug-17

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VNH help car launch using both Cabri and AW189

VNH help car launch using both Cabri and AW189

Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) provided full services including ground services for test drive area and sightseeing helicopter service to IMS Co., Ltd. – the company which authorized by Audi Vietnam for organizing all new Audi Q5 2017 launching program on 12th & 13th August 2017. The event was held with participation of 200 guests including Journalist,… Read more »

Source: VNH, 16-Aug-17

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Forecast for Global Military Helicopter Market 2017-2026

Forecast for Global Military Helicopter Market 2017-2026

The “Global Military Helicopter Market – 2017-2026 – Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, OEM Strategies & Plans, Trends & Growth Opportunities, Market Outlook” report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering. The evaporation of the traditional, stable world order characterized by rule based decision-making coupled with ongoing war operations in the Middle East and rapidly evolving geopolitical equations, marked by increasing… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 16-Aug-17

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Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

First-rate operational effectiveness of a RNAS Yeovilton-based Wildcat helicopter Flight was recognised with the award of the prestigious Osprey Trophy. The Osprey trophy was awarded to 209 Flight on 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) for their achievements whilst operationally embarked in RFA Mounts Bay. Over the past year 209 Flight have successfully undertaken a demanding… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 16-Aug-17

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JSSI expands S76 coverage

JSSI expands S76 coverage

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance programs to the business aviation industry, has introduced Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the Sikorsky S-76C, S-76C+, S-76C++ and S-76D helicopter models. Operators and owners of these models can now bundle the existing JSSI Engine Program with the new Airframe Parts-Only Program for an exclusive… Read more »

Source: Jet Support Services, 16-Aug-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $8M contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system

PCX Aerostructures awarded $8M contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $7,794,600 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Connecticut,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-17

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Helipad Events for Shangri-La Hotel

Helipad Events for Shangri-La Hotel

The Shangri-La Hotel Doha has recently opened their helipad for not only aviation usage, but also for selective events that promise to be an exclusive party atop the 50 story luxury hotel. Throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan they held ‘Highest Iftar and Suhoor’ events, with a sunset group prayer. They also have held a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-17

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Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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AHS announces results of annual Student Design Competition

AHS announces results of annual Student Design Competition

The Vertical Flight Technical Society today announces the winners of the 34th Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in both the graduate and undergraduate categories. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, sponsored the competition this year with a total of $12,500 in prize money. The 2017 Student Design Competition was for… Read more »

Source: VTOL, 15-Aug-17

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Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Releases New Carbon Fiber 3200 Series

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week that the company has completed production on their newest 3200 Series Carbon Fiber PTU. Integrating composite components into the product lines for more than 8 years now, this is the latest full carbon fiber unit the company has designed and manufactured. “We are extremely pleased with the new product and… Read more »

15-Aug-17

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Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that further orders from Brazilian executive operators have strengthened the company’s position in country and worldwide as a leading provider of corporate and VIP helicopters. Most recently, one GrandNew helicopter was sold to a VIP operator in Brazil, and three firm orders were placed for AW169s. These aircraft will join the large… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Aug-17

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Sikorsky marks 30,000 Black Hawk hours in Brazilian military operation

Sikorsky marks 30,000 Black Hawk hours in Brazilian military operation

[electronic translation] A meeting in commemoration of the 30 thousand flight hours of the H-60 ​​Black Hawk helicopter was held this Wednesday (02/08) in the Office of Air Force Commander, Air Lieutenant Nivaldo Luiz Rossato. Representatives of Sikorsky Aircraft, a US company responsible for manufacturing the aircraft, delivered a helicopter miniature and a plate, referring to… Read more »

Source: FAB, 14-Aug-17

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Luviair Supports Government and Marketing Partnership

Luviair Supports Government and Marketing Partnership

Luviair has recently announced their new apprentice, Liam Finch, will start work in September. This is part of their new scheme between the Department of Economic Development and The Marketing Partnership. They hope to provide more opportunities for studies while working in the aviation field, reports Manx Radio.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Aug-17

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Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance upgrade to EC135T2+

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is excited to receive their new EC135T2+ helicopter. The new helicopter will be able fly 45 minutes longer than their previous model, has upgraded control systems and comfier seats for the crew. The team is delighted with the new helicopter and the fact that they will now be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Aug-17

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Dart updates landing gear approvals for Bell 412 higher gross weight

Dart updates landing gear approvals for Bell 412 higher gross weight

For over 40 years, DART Aerospace has stayed at the leading edge of the helicopter industry by certifying a large variety of products intended to improve the capability or reduce maintenance costs of helicopters.  DART has supported the Bell 412 platform for over 25 years by bringing to market the widest offering of utility accessories,… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 14-Aug-17

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Conklin & de Decker Release Life Cycle Cost 17.2

Conklin & de Decker Release Life Cycle Cost 17.2

Conklin & de Decker has announced LIFE CYCLE COST Release 17.2 is now available with nine new aircraft and all the current operating cost details. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget & financial analysis tool in the industry, LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers, and aircraft consultants with independently… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 14-Aug-17

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South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police update EC130 with Wescam EO/IR

South Australia Police (SAPOL) have rolled out highly sophisticated infra-red sensor technology among the vital equipment used on the State Rescue Helicopter. The infra-red sensors, funded by the State Government and SAPOL, were installed late last year as part of a significant technology upgrade to the helicopter currently used by SAPOL. “These sensors replaced the… Read more »

Source: South Australia Police, 14-Aug-17

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UH1OPS.com adds Transupport as new sponsor

UH1OPS.com adds Transupport as new sponsor

The UH1 Operators website at www.uh1ops.com is pleased to announce a new sponsorship from Transupport, Inc. based in Merrimack, NH. Transupport, Inc. was established in 1972 with the goal of being a stocking supplier of all spares for the T53, T55, AGT1500 and TF series gas turbine engines.  Situated on a 13 acre parcel of… Read more »

Source: UH-1 Operations, 14-Aug-17

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Council carrying out noise survey of London Heliport

Council carrying out noise survey of London Heliport

Residents living near from London’s only commercial heliport have three more weeks to respond to a survey on its noise impact. The three boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, which are members of the London Heliport Consultative Group, are working with acoustic experts from London’s South Bank University (LBSU) to monitor… Read more »

Source: Wandsworth Government, 14-Aug-17

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Crestwood selected as Sikorsky Supplier of the Year

Crestwood selected as Sikorsky Supplier of the Year

Crestwood Technology Group (CTG), was recently selected by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, as their 2016 Suppler of the Year for the S-76® Helicopter Program. At a ceremony held in West Palm Beach, FL, Sikorsky President Dan Schultz and Senior Vice President of Operations John Palumbo presented awards to each of the helicopter manufacturer’s 7… Read more »

Source: Crestwood Technology Group, 14-Aug-17

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413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

413 Squadron honorary colonel no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Air Force, 14-Aug-17

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Medflight to open new Ohio base

Medflight to open new Ohio base

To celebrate their new permanent medical helicopter base, MedFlight will be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 17. The new MedFlight 8 Base, now at Preble County Medical Centre, will include living quarters for the crew and a hangar for the helicopter, reports Dayton Daily News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-17

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Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

Although Airbus’s H225s have been cleared for use after their recent suspension following the fatal crash in Norway, Era Group has commented that they do not see a return to service for their nine H225s. They are also in a court battle with Airbus as they claim Airbus knew full well the safety issues with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-17

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Marenco provides update on SKYe SH09 program

Marenco provides update on SKYe SH09 program

The programme development made another huge step forward with the rollout of the prototype three (P3) on 28th June 2017. Thus, in future two prototypes will be used for test flights: the prototype 2 and now also the new P3, which comes close to the serial version. Both prototypes will contribute to achieving a quicker… Read more »

Source: Marenco Swisshelicopter, 11-Aug-17

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Mecaer delivers VIP AW139

Mecaer delivers VIP AW139

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced today the delivery of a VIP configured AW139. The VIP interior for the AW139 is equipped with two of the company’s proprietary systems; sound reducing technology called SILENS (Sound Intensity Level Enhanced Noise System) and I-FEEL (In-Flight Enhanced Entertainment Lounge). The SILENS technology allows passengers to communicate without the… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 11-Aug-17

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Dynali delivers its 50th H3

Dynali delivers its 50th H3

Dynali Helicopter Company, the Belgian manufacturer of ultra-light helicopters announces the delivery of its 50th H3 microlight helicopter. This machine is for delivery to the Air Flash flight school in Amiens, France, which is already an experienced operator of Dynali H3s in flight training. The H3 is currently the lowest priced two-seat helicopter in the… Read more »

Source: Dynali Helicopters, 11-Aug-17

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Russian Helicopters to test Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters to test Ka-226T

The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) together with Iran Helicopters Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) will test the light utility helicopter Ka-226T for its usability at extremely high temperatures. The tests will be conducted on the Iranian company site within the framework of a memorandum signed by the parties in May 2017 at the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Aug-17

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St. Vincent StatFlight Expands Coverage

St. Vincent StatFlight Expands Coverage

St. Vincent officials announced that effective November 1, 2017, St. Vincent StatFlight, operated by PHI Air Medical, will become the largest air medical provider in Indiana with the addition of the program’s sixth base in Evansville. The new St. Vincent StatFlight base will replace the existing St. Vincent LifeFlight program that has been in service… Read more »

Source: St. Vincent StatFlight, 11-Aug-17

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MD drops development of the MD540A

MD drops development of the MD540A

MD Helicopters has decided to stop their development of their MD540A armed reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. They commented that because their current MD530F and MD530G models were based off the same Model 369FF as the MD540A, that they no longer require the helicopter. They are instead focusing on the development of a new single… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Aug-17

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Tour Operators Program of Safety appoints new executive director

Tour Operators Program of Safety appoints new executive director

Tour Operators Program of Safety announced Katherine Hilst has joined the organization as executive director, bringing nearly 30 years in the aviation industry. Hilst will further refine the way in which TOPS and its members apply safety risk management principles. This will include bringing together expertise from authorities and industry stakeholders to continue to develop… Read more »

Source: TOPS, 10-Aug-17

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SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

SENER and Babcock complete fourth Spanish Navy AB212 upgrade

Engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock, joint venture partners, presented the fourth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense as part of a project for extending the lifespan of AB-212 seven helicopters, which came into service in 1974, by at least 15 years. A crew from the Spanish Navy’s Third Aircraft… Read more »

Source: SENER, 10-Aug-17

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Norfolk Police launch drone trial

Norfolk Police launch drone trial

Police in Norfolk will be using drones to help search for missing people, obtain crime scene photography and investigate rural crime, as a three-month trial of the technology begins. The unmanned aerial systems (UAS), more commonly known as drones, will be used as part of operational policing in line with the commitment from Norfolk’s Police… Read more »

Source: Norfolk Police, 10-Aug-17

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Helivia Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Helivia Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, was founded in 1987 and pioneered onshore helicopter services in the Amazon. This month, it celebrates 30 years of providing service to offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industry. “It is quite an accomplishment to be celebrating 30 years,” said President of Helivia Aero… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 10-Aug-17

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Milestone helps CHC launch SuperMedium program

Milestone helps CHC launch SuperMedium program

CHC Helicopter launches its super medium aircraft program with a commitment to lease five new aircraft from GECAS’ Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). This transaction will add three new Leonardo AW189s and two Airbus H175s from Milestone’s order book with the manufacturers to CHC’s global fleet. The new aircraft will be configured for energy transport… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopters, 10-Aug-17

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NBAA commends rejection of ATC privatization bill

NBAA commends rejection of ATC privatization bill

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today commended the Senate Appropriations Committee for rejecting privatization of the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system in an annual federal spending bill. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as well as Transportation Subcommittee Chair Susan Collins… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 10-Aug-17

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Helimotion and Indiana Helicopters Form One Sweet Company

Helimotion and Indiana Helicopters Form One Sweet Company

Indiana Helicopters and Helimotion, charter helicopter companies based in Goshen, Indiana, and Joliet, Illinois, respectively, have merged into one company to be called Sweet Helicopters. Sweet Helicopters provides premium-level professional and private helicopter charters as well as aerial production services, including utility and real estate surveying, aerial photography and videography, environmental studies, media coverage, law… Read more »

Source: Sweet Helicopters, 10-Aug-17

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