Teletronics, a Curtiss Wright Co., Newtown, Pennsylvania, is being awarded a $45,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of airborne instrumentation data acquisition hardware and associated repair services to support the Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Vehicle Modification and Instrumentation Department (AIR 5.2). Hardware includes data acquisition units, solid state recorders, high speed sampling devices, signal… Read more »
General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $143,481,258 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the procurement of 22 low-rate initial production Lot 1 and 2 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines for the CH-53K helicopter, including associated engine and programmatic support, logistics support, peculiar support equipment, and spares. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected… Read more »
A propulsion system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes an engine supported by the airframe and a fixed gearbox operably coupled to the engine. Inboard and outboard pedestals are supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. A pylon assembly is rotatably coupled between the inboard and outboard pedestals. The pylon assembly includes a spindle… Read more »
A system is provided that includes a security system that protects a secured geographic area including at least a building, a wireless helicopter drone, a camera carried by the drone and a processor of the security system that controls a geographic location of the drone based upon threats detected within the secured area and that records video… Read more »
North Island Hospital proudly opened their new Comox Valley campus this past Tuesday. Upgrades and improvements have been made to the facilities and patient care, with the campus supporting up to 153 beds. The Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District and the provincial government split the project cost of $606.2 million 60/40, reports Comox Valley Record…. Read more »
The Russian Helicopters holding within the framework of the international exhibition Dubai Airshow 2017 concluded the first export contract for the supply of the civil helicopter Mi-171А2. The agreement is signed with the Indian Vectra Group company. According to the document the medium, multi-purpose helicopter Mi-171А2 will be handed over to the Client in 2018…. Read more »
Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the… Read more »
The nation’s finest clinicians, aviators and fundraisers are celebrated at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence Almost 300 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2017. Awards hosts, BBC News reporter and presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding… Read more »
Iron Mountain Solutions,* Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $7,018,280 modification (000011) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Brazil) contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion… Read more »
In 1977 Safran Helicopter Engines opened its first office in Rio de Janeiro. Aligned to the Arriel program, Turbomeca Do Brasil was established to coordinate support of the Arriel-powered Ecureuils built by Helibras for the Brazilian navy. However further opportunities soon opened up and, in 1983, a Customer Support Center was built at Jacarepaguá Airport,… Read more »
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) received notice from Transport Canada that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight. The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally. “HNZ Topflight provides advanced helicopter training that supports their company operations across Canada as well as military,… Read more »
Leonardo announced today that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport mission with deliveries expected in 2017, further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet which today… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment. The AC includes significant changes from the last guidance in May 2014 that offer industry new EFB applications and the… Read more »
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company announced today the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has surpassed the 400,000 flight hour milestone. The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the… Read more »
Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) approved the Offshore and Utility Type Certificate for the Sikorsky S-92® helicopter. The certificate enables the operation of S-92 helicopters in Mexico, in all production configurations including offshore oil and gas transportation, search and rescue, as well as regional airline passenger service and VIP transportation. DGAC signed the… Read more »
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXP to a private customer in Nova Scotia, Canada. “At Bell Helicopter, we are committed to providing our customers with the most reliable, capable and innovative aircraft to support their mission,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North America. “This customer required integrated avionics, technology capabilities and… Read more »
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today it has signed a 20-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) contract with Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) for 22 PT6C-67C engines that will power the airline’s fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters which primarily serve the offshore oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India. The FMP… Read more »
Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation) has completed the procedure for transferring the first eight military-combat helicopters Mi-28UB to the Russian Defense Ministry. Some of the vehicles were sent to the 344th Combat Training and Retraining Center of the Air Force, and the rest will be transferred to the military units. Two… Read more »
Conklin & de Decker announced the latest 17.2 release of its Aircraft Cost Evaluator (ACE), is available and now includes access to the new Conklin & de Decker Report version 1.0. As the industry standard for benchmarking operating and ownership costs for more than 550 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, ACE is the flagship… Read more »
The Marine Corps V-22 Osprey’s have been valued at a readiness rate of 48%. The V-22s were deployed ahead of schedule and have been operating for the past ten years. The demand was so high for them that they were being put into the field soon after production, which created a total of 75 different… Read more »
FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018. From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »
Well-being is certainly taking off at Bell Helicopter—the latest approved worksite to join the Blue Zones Project® movement for longer, better lives. Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative working to make Fort Worth one of the nation’s healthiest cities. As one of Fort Worth’s largest employers, Bell Helicopter impacts the well-being of more… Read more »
At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai… Read more »
True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc., today announced the promotion of Erik Ritzman to Division Manager. In this role, Ritzman will develop customer programs, while working closely with engineers and account managers to advance the True Blue Power division and its product line. As Division Manager, Ritzman joins Mid-Continent’s Leadership Team,… Read more »
Bruce’s Custom Covers announced today their new and improved insulated covers for aircraft engines. Insulated covers from Bruce’s are constructed using 3M Thinsulate for superior heat retention and WeatherMax performance fabric for maximum durability. Bruce’s engine covers come with many customization features specific to each aircraft application. Bruce’s has been manufacturing custom-designed aircraft covering systems… Read more »
Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded $260,345,336 for modification P00010 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price (N00019-17-C-0034) for procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles and spares in support of the Navy. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of spare parts and support for the government of the United Kingdom. Work… Read more »
General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, was awarded an $84,127,882 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul and recapitalization of T700 series engines in support of Blackhawk and Apache helicopters. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 2, 2020. U.S…. Read more »
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $38,347,290 for modification P00005 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0003) for the manufacture and delivery of two full-rate production Lot 14 AH-1Z aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed… Read more »
Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $10,056,839 for modification P00008 to a previously issued cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0112, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006. This modification provides for field representative and logistics support services in support of the V-22 aircraft for the government of Japan. Work will be performed at Camp Kisarazu, Japan (85… Read more »
The Nigerian Police Force are worried about the crime surge that often comes around Christmas, as they have an inadequate number of helicopters. Four of their thirteen helicopters are grounded. Six are operational and the remaining three are on standy by VIPs. Apparently they new Inspector-General of Police has made no effort to fix the… Read more »
South Korea is looking for an offset package to the value of $400M for the supply of new naval helicopters. They are looking for technology transfers or export support for military equipment, reports Yonhap News.
Cal-Ore Life Flight will soon be able to open their new base at Brookings Airport this December. They are working with their sister company REACH Air Medical Services. REACH will be supplying a new Bell 407 helicopter for the base, reports Curry Pilot.
FlightSafety International announces that Steve Hall has been promoted to Director, Regulatory Affairs. “Steve has the experience, leadership abilities and skills required to further strengthen FlightSafety’s position as a world leader in aviation training,” said Daniel MacLellan Senior Vice President, Operations. “He will build upon our proven success and continue to ensure our Customers receive… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the certification of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). “This is a significant milestone for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and I know our customers in Europe are thrilled to hear the news as well,” said Patrick… Read more »
AEM Corp and VIH Aerospace have announced that Eagle Copters of Calgary has selected the MCP01-100N NVIS Master Caution Panel for use in a customer upgrade program. Eagle Copters are refurbishing five (5) Bell 212 helicopters for an undisclosed customer and chose the MCP01 for ease of integration with the new NVG cockpit and reliability… Read more »
Representatives of Genesys Aerosystems announced today that the company has appointed general aviation avionics industry veteran Nick Bogner as the company’s new Director of Business Development. “We are extremely excited to be able to attract Nick to our senior management team,” stated Genesys Aerosystems President and CEO Roger Smith. “We are on the threshold of… Read more »
After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has uncovered six focus areas where flight instructors can improve safety in the helicopter industry. The facts show that failure in these areas has resulted in lives being lost. Teach the Importance of Pre-Flight Risk… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by… Read more »
Genesys Aerosystems announced today that Barry LeBlanc has joined the company to focus on the Northwest and Midwest territories in the United States and Western Canada. Barry LeBlanc comes with a wealth of experience in the avionics industry having spent the last eleven years at Sandia Aerospace, where he was instrumental in launching new products… Read more »
Shimco, an award-winning, world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap-management solutions has published its newly designed corporate website. With a fresh new look, the new site features a platform with improved navigation and increased product and corporate information that reflects Shimco’s ongoing commitment to innovation. “Shimco continues to evolve from a traditional… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement for three additional Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “Mercy Flight and Bell Helicopter have shared a rich history since they started their business more than 35 years ago using a Bell 206 Jet Ranger,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North… Read more »
FlightSafety International announces that Steve Fedynyszyn has been named Director of Quality, Safety and Standards. “We look forward to Steve’s contributions in his new role as the leader of the FlightSafety Quality and Safety Management System and in the advancement of FlightSafety Standards.” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President Operations. “His proven experience with Learning… Read more »
Peter Murray, Founder and Operations Manager of Talon Helicopters has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Mr. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety, for activities in the SAR community including; rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the… Read more »
For a booming economy with 40% of its gross domestic product comprised of oil and gas output, United Arab Emirates relies on various resources to support their highest earning industry, including Bell helicopters. Our customers support this thriving industry by transporting oil and gas employees to and from rigs in the Arabian Gulf. Abu Dhabi… Read more »
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, more than tripling in the next decade, report Teal analysts in their latest market analysis. Worldwide military adoption of UAVs and soaring demand for the next generation of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) are driving the market’s… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed an agreement today with Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd. (Reignwood) under which Reignwood has agreed to purchase an additional 50 Bell 505s, act as the exclusive reseller for the Bell 505 in China and establish a Bell 505 delivery and maintenance center. The new… Read more »
Responding to invitations from the superyacht community, XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) exhibited the revolutionary TriFan 600 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 1-5, 2017, the world’s largest boat show. Following the show, XTI announced today it has received over 60 orders from customers under its pre-sales program, in addition to several more large… Read more »
With the second largest commercial helicopter fleet globally (2,800 helicopters), Canadian operators know the importance of efficient, effective flight operations in one of the most diverse, high utilization environments worldwide. And for more than 13 years, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has helped improve Canadian helicopter operations by… Read more »
Genesys Aerosystems announced today that Chris Suldo has joined the company to focus on increasing HeliSAS sales in North America. Chris Suldo holds a private pilot’s license for rotorcraft aircraft and has worked in marketing and sales for Bell Helicopter and Airbus Helicopters Inc., formerly Eurocopter USA. He is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and… Read more »
Ornge has had an increase of staff absences, leaving many bases closed across the province. The minimum amount of staff required are two pilots and two paramedics. If one of these four do not come in, the helicopter is not allowed to be used. Low morale and pilot poaching has been brought up as reasons… Read more »
After rebranding earlier this year, Eagle Copters is proud to launch an overhauled new website developed to be user friendly, perform optimally for users on any device, and fully share the talent, scope, and global reach of the organization. “A lot has changed at Eagle since our last website was designed and it is important… Read more »
The Montenegro Armed Forces have signed a contract for three Bell 412EPI helicopters. The decision of the purchase is part of a modernization process. The three helicopters will be stationed at the Podgorica International Airport, reports Jane’s 360.
Qatar’s Amiri Air Force were happy to open their new simulation centre for the AgustaWestland AW139. The simulations, developed by Turkish Havelsan, will train pilots and crew for different weather conditions. It is also said that it will cut training hours by 3,800, reports Kuna.
The Gujarat Government has had to postpone the purchase of a police surveillance helicopter. The tender was issued but as only one company made a bid, the government had to cancel the bidding process. They hope to issue a new tender after the elections, reports Times of India.
UTair has joined with Airbus in a five year contract where Airbus will provide support services such as spare part supplies, fleet maintenance and training. The deal covers UTair’s three H125 helicopters, reports Money Control.
Tourism and chartering company, Helentranz, has partnered up with Te Atawhai, a luxury wellness retreat. Together they aim to bring self care into travellers lives, as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle, reports Scoop.
German operator Northern HeliCopter has won a six year contract in support of the Wikinger offshore wind farm. The installation is 75km off the Island of Rügen, and will consist of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines and one offshore substation with a helideck. Spanish owned engergy company Iberdrola is investing €1.4 billion to construct Wikinger, the company’s first… Read more »
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced it will showcase three technology firsts at 2018 CES in Las Vegas January 9-12: 1) The SureFly™ Octocopter, the world’s first personal electric octocopter; 2) the W-15 electric pickup truck, the first… Read more »
Work has begun on the new National Police Air Service (NPAS) base in Almondsbury, South Gloucester which is due to be operational in autumn 2018. NPAS and Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) will be housed at the new base funded by BAE Systems. BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and… Read more »
Earlier this year, Swedish and Finnish customers of the NH90 began ordering used and new spare parts from Airbus’ MyNH90 internet portal, a move that represented another sign of the manufacturer’s digital push. Some 330 NH90 helicopters – Airbus’ and NHIndustries’ military multi-role helicopter – are in operation across the globe, accumulating more than 150,000… Read more »
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce the election of Cynthia Garneau, President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Ms. Garneau succeeds David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the last year. “I am… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a vast product portfolio at the Dubai Airshow—one of the world’s largest and most important aerospace events. The show takes place November 12-16 at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site. Textron will… Read more »
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising drive to build an onsite helipad linked to its Emergency and Critical Care services has got off to a flying start, thanks to a donation of £2m from the HELP appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The £2m donation means the Luton… Read more »
SevenBar Aviation is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement with Truth Data Insights as part of the ongoing Safety Management System expansion and flight data monitoring (FDM) initiative. “This partnership with Truth Data Insights will allow us to further develop and fine-tune a robust and effective quality assurance program, not only for… Read more »
Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has completed a lease transaction for one H145 helicopter to Ecocopter in Chile to be used in support of the operator’s wide range of utility work. The lease transaction marks Waypoint’s 14th H145 delivery and the entry of the… Read more »
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposes today that newly designed aeroplane types meet a CO2 standard from the 1st of January 2020, and that aeroplane types already in-production meet a separate CO2 standard starting from the 1st of January 2023. The objective of this so-called ‘Opinion’ published on 7 November 2017 by EASA is… Read more »
Aerospace industry veteran, C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Mr. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the… Read more »
Utilizing data from its innovative Platinum Forecast System® 3.1, Forecast International projects that a total of 1,610 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031. The value of this production is estimated at $22.2 billion, as calculated in constant 2017 U.S. dollars. The market research firm generally defines a… Read more »
Schiebel hosted customers from all over the world, spanning five continents, for its second international CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference from 17 to 19 October in Vienna. Following the success of the first CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference in 2012, Schiebel again welcomed its valued customers for a three-day conference. Users of the market-leading Unmanned Air System… Read more »
The Delhi International Airport Limited is looking into exploring the use of helicopters to transport people to cities rather than roads. The discussion was brought up at the 1st Heli Expo India 2017. They are hoping to be able to provide more connectivity for air commuters, reports The Hans India.
Columbia is considering purchasing Military Mi-8/17 and Ansat helicopters, the medical versions of these helicopters as well as the newest Military Mi-171A2, from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is also discussing joint work with Columbia, reports TASS.
Romania will be purchasing an unknown amount of H215s from Airbus. They have signed an agreement where the helicopters, which will be used for the Defence Ministry, will be produced in Romania’s IAR Brasov plant, reports Romania Insider.