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Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

Terma Survivability Equipment installed on Dutch NH90

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study identified a number of solutions all centered around a Missile Warning System, the Terma Advanced Countermeasures Dispenser System, and ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare (EW) controller. Based… Read more »

Source: Terma Aircraft, 22-Jun-17

17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

17 more Leonardo helicopters for China

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. announced today a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. During an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the parties announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising 2 AW119Kx single engine, 10 AW109 Trekker… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Jun-17

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Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed a contract for one H215, making it the first operator in Japan to operate the rotorcraft when it is delivered in 2020.  Currently operating a fleet of 14 helicopters, the largest police air corps in Japan plans to enhance its law enforcement activities with this new H215…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-17

Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell awarded $27M contract for Production and Delivery of 4 Bell 412EP helicopters

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $27,195,000 firm-fixed-price contract for production and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $27,195,000… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell awarded $147M contract for the repair of 35 items on UH-1Y and AH-IZ

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $146,596,266 firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.  This contract includes a two-year base period and a one-year unpriced option year.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Jun-17

Petronas cancels MHS EC225 contract citing safety concerns

Petronas cancels MHS EC225 contract citing safety concerns

Petronus has decided to cancel their helicopter services contract with MHS Aviation. The termination is due to the suspension of the EC225 since April last year, after a fatal accident in Norway of the same make. Many safety concerns have arisen since then. It is noted that many other oil and gas companies have elected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-17

New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

New Helipad for San Antonio hospital

The Metropolitan Methodist Hospital has unveiled their new helipad after eight months of construction. The new helipad will increase the access to care that critical cases need. The furthest they can receive patients from is Del Rio, reports KTSA.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-17

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

LCI orders nine helicopters from Leonardo

Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, have today announced an order for an additional nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters – the AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries will commence this year and continue into… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-17

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Canada certifies DAC for Esterline CMA-6800 Display in S76

Canada certifies DAC for Esterline CMA-6800 Display in S76

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today that it has received Canadian Acceptance of 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… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 21-Jun-17

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Safran Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification

Safran Ardiden 3G obtains EASA type certification

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA engine type certification for its Ardiden 3G engine, which powers Russian Helicopters’ Ka-62. The helicopter made its official maiden flight on 25 May 2017. Since its first ground test, the Ardiden 3 maturation and certification campaign has accumulated more than 8500 hours of test. Thanks to this extensive test… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 21-Jun-17

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VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

Airbus Helicopters recently started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, paving the way for a first flight of the actual VSR700 prototype in 2018. A light military rotary-wing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, the VSR700 is being developed jointly by Airbus Helicopters and Helicopteres Guimbal, the original manufacturer of the civil-certified… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-17

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Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit starts assembly on the next CH-53K

Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] today announced it has started assembly of the fifth System Demonstration Test Article (SDTA) CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps at Spirit’s Wichita, Kan., facility. Major assembly on SDTA five is scheduled to begin in September. Spirit is responsible for the assembly of the entire cockpit and… Read more »

Source: Spirit AeroSystems, 20-Jun-17

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Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics Corporation of America announced that it will provide its newest connectivity platform, the Astronautics Air Ground Communications System (AGCS), to Airbus Helicopters as a connectivity solution for the original equipment manufacturer’s production helicopters. Airbus Helicopters is the largest supplier of turbine helicopters to the rotorcraft market. Astronautics is providing Airbus Helicopters with its newest… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 20-Jun-17

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Russian Helicopters at Paris Air Show 2017

Russian Helicopters at Paris Air Show 2017

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, expects a heightened interest of foreign customers in Russian aircraft and AD systems at the International Paris Air Show 2017. This largest aviation show in the world is to take place in Le Bourget, France, on June 19-25. “Rosoboronexport witnesses heightened interest in modern aviation equipment on the world market…. Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 20-Jun-17

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HAI Heli-Expo 2018 Application for Space Available

HAI Heli-Expo 2018 Application for Space Available

HAI offers ways to positively impact your booth space assignment for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 by advancing to Lottery 1, Stage 1 or Stage 2. Take advantage of advertising or sponsorship opportunities by June 23rd and dramatically increase the likelihood of securing your preferred booth space for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. For details of how to potentially… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Jun-17

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Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

Mumbai to use UAVs to monitor illegal construction work

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has submitted a proposal authorising the use of drones or UAVs to record aerial surveys. These surveys will be able to identify unauthorised constructions of buildings or encroachment. This information can greatly help the Special Planning Authority. They currently use Google Maps to research this data, but it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

United Arab Emirates Begins Unmanned Ka-226T Production

The United Arab Emirates will soon begin with the production of their unmanned version of the Ka-226T helicopter. O.V.Uspenskogo research centre has called this version ESA-In, reports Mena Defence. It is unknown how many of these unmanned helicopters they will be making.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Egypt to Sign for Ka-52K Katrans

Along with their Ka-52 Alligators, the Egyptian military is receiving Ka-52K Katran helicopters. A contract has not been signed as of yet, reports Defence Web. Viktor Kladov from Rostec has commented that the signing is only a “technical issue.”

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jun-17

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Russian Helicopters moves forward on Chinese JV heavy-lift helicopter

Russian Helicopters moves forward on Chinese JV heavy-lift helicopter

Rostec may sign the contract with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) for the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL), a heavy-lift helicopter to be developed jointly by Russia and China, before the end of this year. This was announced by Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy of Rostec, at the Fourth China-Russia… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 19-Jun-17

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Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus Helicopters has signed its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail in Nepal. Under the contract, two H125 helicopters operated by Fishtail Air will be covered by Airbus’ HCare program for a period of five years. The contract covers both scheduled and un-scheduled events providing all necessary support to the operator to carry out its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-17

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Era Group Appoints Jennifer Whalen as Acting Chief Financial Officer

Era Group Appoints Jennifer Whalen as Acting Chief Financial Officer

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) today announced that Jennifer Whalen has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Acting Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Ms. Whalen, who had served as Era’s Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, will continue to serve as Era’s principal accounting officer. This leadership change was implemented in connection with the… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 19-Jun-17

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India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

The Aero Expo India-2017 will be held this year from November 2-5. During this time, India will hold their first Heli-Expo in Rohini at Pawan Hans’ Heliport for the last two days of the expo. They are hoping that the expo will help bring in a boost to the regional air connectivity. The Rohini Heliport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

The São Paulo Campo de Marte Airport, home to Helibras, held Brazil’s first Airbus Aeromedical Transport Symposium this past week. The symposium, held over two days, had speakers such as Élcio Alves Barbosa, the national civil defence disaster director; Ralph Setz, Airbus HEMS specialist; Col. Carlos Eduardo Falconi from the São Paulo police and Thomas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to Boost Competitiveness

Boeing Streamlining Defense and Space Unit to Boost Competitiveness

Boeing [NYSE: BA] is taking the next step in making its Defense, Space & Security (BDS) unit more globally competitive by eliminating a layer of executive oversight. “We need to be an agile organization that is more responsive to customers’ needs and committed to continually improving productivity,” said Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Leanne… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 16-Jun-17

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The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Jun-17

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The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market expected to reach US$26.9 Billion by 2027

Unlike their traditional roles, rotorcrafts are being used as part of the comprehensive mission parameters, which calls for integration of advanced and multiple capabilities in rotorcrafts. ·         Global military rotorcraft market is expected to value US$17.9 Billion in 2017, and grow at a CAGR of 4.14%, to value US$26.9 Billion by 2027. ·         The cumulative… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 16-Jun-17

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Waypoint Leasing extends Revolving Credit Facility Commitments

Waypoint Leasing extends Revolving Credit Facility Commitments

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has extended the maturity on two of its existing revolving credit facilities.  In aggregate over $390m of revolving credit commitments extended across seven lenders, with over $100 million now maturing in late 2019 and over $280 million in late 2020.  The… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 16-Jun-17

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New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

New Clinical Best AAA issues Practice Guidance on Advanced Analgesia and Sedation

A new Clinical Best Practice Guidance document has been issued by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) on ‘Advanced analgesia and sedation’ to promote best practice in advanced prehospital care, delivered by UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). The new Best Practice Guide joined three other Guides being republished following updates; ‘Defibrillation and Pacing during… Read more »

Source: AAA, 16-Jun-17

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Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Attack Helicopters Deal in the Works with Romania

Bell Deputy President, Richard Harris has announced that they are looking into a partnership with Romania to produce attack helicopters. The deal is being discussed between US president Donald Trump and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis. The first 6 helicopters will be produced in America but by Romanian specialists. The process will be gradual, what with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Mi-8AMTSHs Demonstration at MAKS-2017

Russian Helicopters have a section during the MAKS-2017 aerospace show to demonstrate the Mil Mi-8AMTSh Arctic helicopter. The first batch of Mi-8AMTSHs have been enlisted into service already by the Russian Defence Ministry. Russian specialists also tested the foreign produced AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter in the Arctic. The MAKS-2017 show is being held in Zhukovsky from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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New Facility Plans for Boston MedFlight

New Facility Plans for Boston MedFlight

Boston MedFlight has planned to move into their new facility on the civilian side of Hanscom by June 2018. The proposals for the move started in 2015, as the current base is on the military side, making it difficult to operate. The new base will include a hangar, simulation lab for medical emergencies and training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

New AH-64D Apaches for 1-17th Cavalry

The 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment welcomed their six new AH-64D Apache helicopters this past Tuesday. These new helicopters are replacing their fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield, reports Military.com. Plans are being made to use the Ah-64D in conjunction with the RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial system. The mid-sized… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-17

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Bell delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

Bell delivers three 505s to Canadian customers

announced the delivery of three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada. The three Canadian customers accepted delivery of their aircraft last week at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Mirabel. The aircraft are configured for corporate and utility missions to support the business operations of the customers. “It has been a particularly significant week for Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jun-17

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New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

New Era For Air Ambulance Patients In Dorset and Somerset

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that its new AgustaWestland 169 (AW169) helicopter entered into service. This becomes the first AW169 to enter air ambulance operational service in the UK and is the culmination of years of planning and development.   The aircraft was selected following an extensive evaluation process.  Its outstanding characteristics,… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 15-Jun-17

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Maldives CAA launches a review to restart helicopter operations

Maldives CAA launches a review to restart helicopter operations

The Maldives Civil Aviation Authority has appointed the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) to provide an in-depth review of Maldives CAA’s helicopter regulatory oversight capability. In December 2016, the Maldives government revealed their intentions to re-introduce commercial helicopter operations in the archipelago, more than 15 years since the island nation ceased using helicopters. The… Read more »

Source: Maldives CAA, 15-Jun-17

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BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Modification Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 15-Jun-17

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Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

Kaman Extends Production of Commercial K-MAX®

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its Aerosystems division will continue production of the commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopter. The company resumed K-MAX® production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft. “Continued demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX® have provided us the… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 15-Jun-17

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Terma takes CH-47 and AH-64 protection systems to Paris

Terma takes CH-47 and AH-64 protection systems to Paris

Terma is looking very much forward to welcoming partners and customers at our stand on Paris Air Show one of Europe’s most important well attended events within aerospace and defense”, said Jørn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Senior Vice President, Market Development. “The air show at le Bourget enables Terma to showcase our key technologies and products… Read more »

Source: Terma, 15-Jun-17

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Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

Bangladesh Signs Contract for 5 Mi-171SHs

A contract for five Military Mi-171SH helicopters has been signed between Russian Helicopters and the Bangladesh Air Force. The contract was signed this past Monday at the BAF Air Headquarters. As reported by Quwa, the Minister of Law, Anisul Huq revealed that larger procurements might be in the pipelines for 2017.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-17

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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL has bagged Raksha Mantri’s awards under the categories of ‘Excellence in Performance’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Indigenisation and Design Efforts’ and ‘Best Performing Division’. The award for ‘Excellence in Performance for the year 2015-16’ was received by Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL along with Mr V M Chamola, Dir (HR) and Mr C V Ramana Rao Dir(Fin)-HAL… Read more »

Source: HAL, 14-Jun-17

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Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC is a recipient of a $5,000 grant and a semi-finalist in the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC), a grant competition supported by JPMorgan Chase, UPS and Partnership Gwinnett, which boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs. Nearly 100 companies, ranging in… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp LLC, 14-Jun-17

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has secured funding and taken delivery of a new airfield lighting system that will assist its helicopter whilst taking off and landing safely at its airbase in Devizes at night. The purchase of the new lighting, a HEMS-Star portable helipad lighting system, has been funded by a donation of £6,950 from the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-17

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New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight, one of the nation’s preeminent air-medical transport programs, is partnering with Clarion Hospital to provide enhanced emergency care services to the Clarion region. LifeFlight has opened its fifth medical helicopter base at Clarion Hospital, joining LifeFlight bases at Canonsburg Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Butler Airport and Rostraver Airport. An EC-145 helicopter will… Read more »

Source: Allegheny Health Network, 14-Jun-17

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S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of OSHA compliant ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, and hangar equipment announced that it has successfully satisfied its contract to supply hangar equipment outfitting the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawks in Mobile, Alabama. By… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 14-Jun-17

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Big changes at Bristow

Big changes at Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today announced structural and leadership changes to create a strategically realigned and profitable company in an unprecedented downturn. In this downturn, Bristow’s clients are focused on safety and increasingly, regional efficiency, and the company must respond. The new Bristow will have two primary geographical hubs in key areas of business,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jun-17

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New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

Mike Campbell is looking to open a new heli-tourism company in Buffalo, called Fly Buffalo. He is currently waiting for approval of setting up the operation at the Outer Harbor. He has planned for two packages when the business is up and running. One that covers all of Buffalo will be $70 to $100 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Lesley Taylor has filed a lawsuit against her helicopter pilot, John B. Kjekstad. She claims that Kjekstad has used her company as a “personal piggy bank.” Lesley Taylor paid Kjekstad $500,000 annually to run the operations of her helicopter tour company, Helicopter Flight Services, based in Lower Manhattan. The lawsuit includes a claim that Kjekstad used over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

This last Sunday saw the arrival of China’s first helicopter unit at Khartoum. This unit will join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

Today, the Trump Administration released additional details about its proposal to corporatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is the voice of general aviation business, representing fixed base operators, on-demand air charter, aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities, and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management. NATA members range in… Read more »

Source: NATA, 13-Jun-17

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NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s continuing calls for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. The president’s renewed call for ATC privatization was included in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending “principles” advanced by the president today at the White… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 13-Jun-17

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Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

The all-new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors and on-board data processing capabilities.   To allow the longest possible endurance with zero in-flight emissions, and reduced vibrations, this unique UAS will be powered by an advanced hybrid… Read more »

Source: Wirth Research, 13-Jun-17

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Tata delivers first Chinook Crown and Tailcone to Boeing

Tata delivers first Chinook Crown and Tailcone to Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) today announced the delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Manufactured by TASL in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters on delivery to the Indian Air Force…. Read more »

Source: Boeing, 13-Jun-17

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Onboard Systems to develop Ansat cargo hook

Onboard Systems to develop Ansat cargo hook

MDAeroGroup and Onboard Systems are creating a joint project to design a cargo hook for the Kazan Helicopters Ansat light twin helicopters. This announcement was made during HeliRussia 2017. The hook will be accompanied by a hydraulic load weigh and release system, reports Russian Aviation Insider. Information will be sent to the cockpit screen via… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $66,666,215 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This is 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, 12-Jun-17

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DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $7,734,253 modification (P00205) to contract W58RZG-13-C-0042 for aircraft maintenance services to the numerous aviation major weapon systems and platforms, including AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58. Work will be performed in Fort Hood, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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Pawan Hans enters MoU with UP Government

Pawan Hans enters MoU with UP Government

The Uttar Pradesh Government has entered into a MoU with Pawan Hans to provide helicopter flights to 10 major tourist destinations such as the Taj Mahal, Vrindavan and Varanasi. The first flights available will be from Noida to Agra, reports India Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Bayou 69 Crew Awarded for Bravery

Bayou 69 Crew Awarded for Bravery

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has awarded Chief Warrant Officers Jack Mucha and Corey Sayer and Staff Sgt Chad McCan and Sgts Aaron Adam for their bravery during last year’s floods. The crew of the Bayou 69 rescued six people. A wildlife agent and firefighter had been clinging to their overturned boat for hours… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

After the unfortunate crash that killed a flight engineer and injured two pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended all helicopter operations to the Badrinath, Kharsali, Sahastradhara and Harshil helipads. The crash occurred after take-off from the Badrinath shrine, carrying travellers. As reported by Press Trust of India, the State Tourism Minister, Satpal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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New Hangar for Columbia Gorge Regional Airport

New Hangar for Columbia Gorge Regional Airport

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport to mark the beginning of the construction of their new hangar. The 15,000-square foot hangar is hoped to be finished between six to eight months. Life Flight will be able to keep both their helicopter and fixed-wing airplane into the hangar with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Triumph Agreement with Boeing Extends Support for V-22

Triumph Agreement with Boeing Extends Support for V-22

Triumph (NYSE:TGI) announced they have been selected by Boeing to support the V-22 Osprey Multiyear 3 contract, once approved. The contract is expected to be negotiated before the end of 2017 between  and the . The agreement extends the statement of work Triumph currently has on the V-22 Multiyear 2 contract, and also reinstates work that was… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 12-Jun-17

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UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways and Monacair are delighted to announce a new partnership between one of the world’s leading airlines and the French Riviera’s premium helicopter operator, commencing 4 July. Qatar Airways’ passengers arriving in Nice on board the airline’s newly-launched direct service to Nice will now have the opportunity to seamlessly connect at Nice International Airport onto… Read more »

Source: Qatar Airlines, 12-Jun-17

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ForeFlight 9.1 now available on the App Store

ForeFlight 9.1 now available on the App Store

ForeFlight 9.1, now available on the App Store, introduces our next-generation high-performance flight planning, a new Flights interface that replaces the File & Brief view and streamlines the flight planning and filing workflow, Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data for everyone, and more. Introducing ForeFlight Performance Planning  ForeFlight Performance is a new tier of service that provides best-in-class flight… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 12-Jun-17

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Sharon Desfor elected as ASA International President

Sharon Desfor  elected as ASA International President

Sharon Desfor (President of HeliValue$, Inc.), has been elected to American Society of Appraiser’s (ASA) highest position, International President. Sharon started appraising helicopters in 1984 and joined ASA in early 2005. She earned her ASA designation as Accredited Senior Appraiser in the MTS Aircraft Specialty by December.  Since then, Sharon served six years on the… Read more »

Source: HeliValue$, 12-Jun-17

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Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicoptersand expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters, the Original… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jun-17

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Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Sea King helicopters purchased from the UK, were formally handed over to Pakistan Navy on 24 May 2017, in a ceremony attended by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK. Mr Christopher Bob Richardson represented the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the formal handing over ceremony. Contract for purchase of seven… Read more »

Source: Pakistan High Commission, 12-Jun-17

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L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded an $83,050,682 modification (P00021) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract activity (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-17

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First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

In 2016, Egypt signed a contract for 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters. The first sighting of the Ka-52, complete with the desert camo of the Egyptian Air Force, was seen in the progress factory in Arsenyev, Russia recently. Included in this contract was a training agreement enabling Egyptian pilots to train in Russia for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

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New Whitesky Aviation Heliport

New Whitesky Aviation Heliport

Whitesky Aviation has recently begun with construction of their new heliport in Neglasari. The new heliport will be close to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and comes to the cost of Rp 260 billion. They hope to have the facility up and running by next year. It can hold up to 20 helicopters at a time… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bell 505 continues to surpass significant milestones – achieving type certification in December 2016 from Transport Canada Civil Aviation, then gaining production certification, and recently celebrating the first… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Jun-17

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Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently commenced a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.  Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s UK-based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jun-17

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Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Canadian UAVs, completed the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) pipeline and well assets inspection using the Lockheed Martin Indago 2. The Indago 2 quadrotor unmanned aerial system completed the inspection at the Foremost Testing Range Indago is one of few unmanned systems deemed Transport Canada Compliant, which means… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Jun-17

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