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Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Elastomeric bearings exhibit a reactive positive spring effect, i.e., they produce an opposing torque or force when angular displacement or translation is applied upon them, due to shear stress developed within their elastomer parts. The present invention incorporates a device that exhibits an increasingly strong torque or force in the same direction as the displacement,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 21-Aug-18

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

Van Horn Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 21-Aug-18

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Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-18

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 21-Aug-18

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gualter Helicopter as exclusive distributor in Brazil. Rotortrade Services is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters and Gualter Helicopter is a company that specializes in the sale of aircraft with focus on executive aviation in Brazil. Rotortrade Services continues… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 21-Aug-18

CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

On August 9 and 10, CHC Brasil held its fourth CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s event was attended by more than 150 attendees and featured nine presentations around the theme: “Consistent Level of Safety: Continuous Monitoring of Systems and Human Performance.” The event began with opening remarks from CHC’s… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Aug-18

DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART Aerospace has recently received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new Cable Cutter System for the H130/EC130 family of aircraft. In today’s helicopter world, a significant proportion of helicopter incidents relate to wire strikes with aircraft operating in urban areas and close to populated regions being most at risk; for this… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Aug-18

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development is just about to be taken, with the purchase of a new state of the art Airbus H145 helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Aug-18

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Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

A meeting was held at Flight Safety Standards Department (FSSD), Sinamangal Kathmandu among all the helicopter operators of Nepal including flight safety chief, operational directors, chief pilots and safety directors. FSSD Chief Mr. Raju Shrestha highlighted safety enhancement in context of Nepalese helicopter operation. Captain GM Lama discussed the requirement of Ground Safety such as… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 20-Aug-18

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Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhouse recently showcased their new electrical pickup truck and their SureFly, an octocopter drone. The hybrid helicopter has eight propellers that ensure balance, giving it more of a drone design than that of a helicopter. Workhouse is looking to bring out the aircraft in 2020, reports Mashable.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-18

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $9,699,191 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 4042 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004).  This delivery order procures non-recurring engineering necessary to conduct comprehensive fatigue life analysis to define the expected service life of the MH-60 Sierra Multi-Mission Helicopter in support of the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Aug-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

We’re pleased to confirm that the precautionary testing of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter and airbase have confirmed no contamination has been identified. The Air Ambulance Airbase, located in Semington, was closed temporarily and the Air Ambulance was grounded on August 1 for testing to take place, as part of the ongoing operation into the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-18

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Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus continues to strengthen its investments in education in Brazil. The company announced the renewal of its partnership with the School of Engineering of São Carlos of the University of São Paulo (EESC – USP) at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held at Congonhas Airport (SP) . For 10 years, Airbus has supported… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the IDAS-2 self-protection suite for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter. The order amounts to approximately MSEK 350. The order includes the IDAS-2 (Integrated Defensive Aids Suite) and the production will take place at Saab’s facility in Centurion, South Africa. Deliveries will begin during… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Aug-18

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Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand. “We genuinely value the trust… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Aug-18

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AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) would like to respond to the National Association of State EMS Officials press release, dated Aug 3, “NASEMSO Responds to Borders in the Sky.” NASEMSO and AAMS, as well as a host of other organizations, support the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). That compact, according… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Aug-18

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Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras participates in the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), scheduled from August 14 to 16, at Congonhas Airport (SP). In the year it celebrates 40 years, the company will present the first H145 model helicopter in operation in the Brazilian market, as well as the recent investments in its wide range of products… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

HeliOffshore  SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is already delivering significant volumes of operational data from frontline offshore helicopter operations around the world. As the scope of the programme is expanded, it has the potential to generate a wide range of data that supports and validates multiple aspects of HeliOffshore’s work to enhance safety. To… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Aug-18

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New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

Construction of modern helipad has been completed in Rasuwa. Nepalese Army preserving Langtang National Park, working on construction of helipad that can even help to land helicopters in night, has been successfully completed. The helipad is constructed at the old helipad site. The construction of helipad located at Dhunche was estimated to cost around 1.5… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Aug-18

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Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

The families of the two Texas Army National guard chief warrant officers who died in a 2016 crash are suing Boeing. The officers, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, were flying an AH-64D on December 28. The families are suing Boeing for an unspecified amount of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

The German Defence Ministry may have to delay a $4.56 billion tender for the replacement of their CH-52G helicopters. The funding is not yet secured, with the Finance Ministry pushing for a larger budget for digitalisation and infrastructure. The bidding process for the contract was supposed to be started this year, but finance issues may… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that ICON Aviation has been appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter in Brazil. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at LABACE exhibition. The distribution agreement, which follows established charter services provided by ICON Aviation in the country with other AW109 variants and the AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Aug-18

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Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today at LABACE 2018 that it has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda. Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 16-Aug-18

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MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

Morten Beyer & Agnew (“mba”) announced updates to their leading online valuation tool, REDBOOK, with the release of the new Helicopter Module. The new section provides vintage specific Half Time and Full Life helicopter values with the option to adjust for configuration, allowing industry players quick and easy access to data. This platform will allow those… Read more »

Source: Morten Beyer & Agnew, 16-Aug-18

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UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan

Diplomatic row jeopardizes $1.5B helicopter deal between Turkey and Pakistan

Turkish Aerospace Industries is currently producing 30 T129 ATAK helicopter gunships for Pakistan but have hit a snag in the process. In order to go further with the contract, Turkey needs U.S. export licenses, which the U.S. is threatening to not give. This comes after Washington sanctioned two Turkish ministers. This lead to Turkey sanctioning… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell awarded $11M Contract for Helicopter Yoke Assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $11,451,501 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-M21S) against a five-year basic ordering agreement (SPRPA1-16-G-001W) for helicopter yoke assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a three-year, five-month contract with no… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Aug-18

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Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Indonesian operator Jhonlin Air Transport (JAT )will soon take delivery of a new Airbus H145.  The aircraft has been noted recently test flying at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany and is in a yellow and black colour scheme. JAT is based at Syamsudin Noor International Airport and was formed in late 2011…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

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Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper 2 joins life-saving Air Medical Transport Service

Cooper University Health Care has expanded its life-saving air medical transport service to the South Jersey community with the addition of a new helicopter. Cooper has been providing this vital service to residents of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem counties since 2010. The new helicopter, Cooper 2, is based out of… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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DHART expands its reach

DHART expands its reach

The University of Vermont Medical Center is taking to the sky thanks to a new partnership with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART helicopter. “It could often take three or four hours to get a sick patient from upstate rural New York to the UVM Medical Center, so the capabilities of flight really will help,” said… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Aug-18

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Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. Earlier this year, the Bell 525 completed cold weather testing at temperatures down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit in North Manitoba, Canada.  The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 15-Aug-18

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance fly 8,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance have flown to their 8,000th mission. The crew who responded to the milestone mission on Wednesday evening (1st August) were Dr Liz Shewry, Specialist Critical Care paramedics, Mike Funge and Oliver Saddler and Pilot Marcus Doyle. Since the first flight 11 years ago, our Critical Care Teams have… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-18

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Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces the Delivery of Bell 429s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief,… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 14-Aug-18

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Egypt Receives new Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters

Egypt Receives new Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters

The Egyptian Military has received 12 new Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters from Russia. The agreement between Russia and Egypt were 46 new Ka-52s by 2019, reports Defence Web.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

Nepal to clamp down on helicopter rescue insurance scams

The Nepalese Government has had to launch an investigation into the tourism sector as there has been a wide raise in fraudulent insurance activities. The investigation revealed that the trekking and mountaineering agencies, who deal with the customer and rescue organisations, have been adding larger claims and fake bills to helicopter rescues. The 700-page probe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

Sonoma County Sheriff unveils new helicopter

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday for their new helicopter, Henry 1. For the ceremony they held a demonstration of a rescue, carrying Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano. The new helicopter, which has “Sonoma County Sheriff” written in gold on the side, came to a cost of $5.5 million…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera met with Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi to discuss the planned deployment of V-22 aircraft. The deployment had been put on hold after a GSDF AH-64D attack helicopter crashed into a house in Saga Prefecture in February. The pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash, while a girl was injured fleeing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock takes delivery of another new S92

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore (Babcock MCSO) has added a Sikorsky S-92 to its fleet. Their fleet consists of AS365 helicopters, H175s, AW139s and S-92s. They also have 9 grounded Super Pumas, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

AVIC AC312E Passes Stability Test

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s AC312E helicopter recently passed its stability flight test, moving it one step closer to becoming a new helicopter model. It has so far completed 18 hours of light tests, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

LOTN completes overhaul of first Afghan Mi-17V-5

LOTN has finished the overhaul of the Afghan Air Force’s first Mi-17V-5 helicopter. This is the first overhaul of the platform in the EU and Nato, reports Air Force Technology. LOTN won the contract in a bid in 2016. The work done on the aircraft has been praised by the LOTN board of directors chairman… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program awarded $74M contract for V-22 Repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $74,217,505 for a firm-fixed-price, long-term contract for the repair of 23 items used on the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed at contractor facilities in Fort Worth, Texas; and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. The percentage of work at each of those locations cannot be determined at this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Aug-18

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Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

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New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

CAE announced it has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD). The contract also includes the provision of long-term maintenance and support services upon delivery of the simulator to RNZAF Base Ohakea… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Aug-18

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Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

Maverick Helicopters has expanded operations to Hawaii’s Kauai

The expansion comes after three years of successful operations on Maui and will be the sixth permanent location. The breathtaking flights will depart daily from the company’s facility at Port Allen Airport, located along the southern shore of Kauai, minutes away from Poipu, Hawaii. “With the Garden Isle’s awe-inspiring geographical wonders only accessible by air,… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 10-Aug-18

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CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC and Sikorsky Sending Students to Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter, along with long-standing Summit sponsor and supporter Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, have selected the winners of two grants for aviation students to attend the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit this October in Dallas. Each year, CHC Helicopter, with support from Dr. Scott Shappell and Dr. Doug Wiegmann of HFACS Inc. provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-Aug-18

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Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aerometals Receives FAA STC Approval for Airbus H130 IBF System

Aftermarket civil and military aircraft parts manufacturer and engine Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) innovator Aerometals has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for Airbus Helicopters H130 (EC130T2) IBF System. Utilizing the latest Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling software, Aerometals’ engineers have created the most effective and efficient next generation IBF design available on the market… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 10-Aug-18

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Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air successfully completes CAAN Approved Training Organization Audit-2018

Manang Air Private Limited, founded in 1997, sets a pace for the industry and expands the scope of operating helicopters and training’s in commercial air transportation within the Nepalese territory. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the sole aviation regulatory body of Nepal’s, Flight Safety Standard Division of Nepal (FSSD) had patent Manang Air Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Aug-18

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FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

FAA proposes closing HIWAS weather advisory

The FAA is requesting public comment on the agency’s proposal to discontinue the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS). Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS) is a continuous broadcast of weather advisories over a limited nationwide network of VORs that provide pilots with meteorological information relating to hazardous weather. Since the early 1980s, the broadcast,… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Aug-18

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VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

VRT500 passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec State Corporation. The new helicopter’s 1:4 scale model was tested in the institute… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 09-Aug-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System Approved

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced that the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System has been granted foreign validation from the European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for Bell 407 aircraft.The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 09-Aug-18

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Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Lifestar Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations. “We are proud of the growth and service we’ve been… Read more »

Source: Lifestar Air Medical, 09-Aug-18

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Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

Helicopters to be banned at Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Rural Municipality has implemented a ban on helicopter operations in the area. The decision was made as a way of protecting the wildlife and vegetation in the area, after it was found that the helicopter noise and vibrations were scaring off wildlife, reports The Himalayan News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari raises $25K for charity

Helibiz helicopter safari recently returned from a 6500km trip across Australia. They brought with them 41 people to their fundraising auction. This year, Helibiz has raised $25K for the Dolly’s Dream campaign, a charity to help raise awareness of bullying and suicide, reports Whitsunday Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-18

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59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

59 year old London Heliport faces new noise challenges

Residents living in three riverside boroughs near the London Heliport in Battersea are being subjected to noise levels that could pose a risk to their health. That’s the conclusion of a ground-breaking study, the first of its kind in the UK that monitored noise levels near the heliport over a five month period last year…. Read more »

Source: Wandsworth Council, 08-Aug-18

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US Army Black Hawks to receive upgraded Doppler navigation system

US Army Black Hawks to receive upgraded Doppler navigation system

The U.S. Army has selected BAE Systems to provide touch screen computer display units (CDU) as an upgrade to the company’s ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System on Black Hawk helicopters. The self-contained, all-weather, day or night navigation system enables Black Hawk pilots to view real-time flight plan data. This task order, which was awarded to… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 08-Aug-18

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HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

HAL Successfully Demonstrates 10Kg Helicopter UAV

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV) here in the presence of its Board of Directors, recently.  The RUAV is of a 2-stroke petrol engine, twin blade main rotor and tail rotor, payload capability of 2.5Kg including live stream video camera and range of the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 08-Aug-18

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NAVAIR signs $47 million ManTech contract

NAVAIR signs $47 million ManTech contract

ManTech (Nasdaq:MANT) announced a four-year $47 million award with the DoD Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC) Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) Multi-Award Contract (MAC) to provide technical support and collaboration for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopter program (PMA-261). “ManTech’s support will bring digital to the mission,… Read more »

Source: ManTech, 08-Aug-18

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SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 08-Aug-18

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Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

Helicopter Museum details activities for World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday 19 August and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is hosting a special Family Fun Day which includes opening some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 08-Aug-18

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Sikorsky quietly launches the S-100 helicopter

Sikorsky quietly launches the S-100 helicopter

As Sikorsky has developed various helicopter models over the years, so each has been given an “S” designation.  Many are well known, such as the S-76 and S-92, and others which only ever existed as office drawings and did not make it to hardware.  There are also likely to be numbers in the series which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-18

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Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo reports sale of 93 helicopters for 2018

Leonardo informs that the number of Helicopter delivered from the beginning of the year to the 31st of July 2018 is equal to 93 units, up from 85 delivered in the first seven months of 2017.

Source: Leonardo, 06-Aug-18

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US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Latvia has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Aug-18

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Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Who’s the Best in Helicopter Aviation?

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in vertical aviation. Go… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Aug-18

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San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

San Jose Police unveil new Airbus H125

On Friday, July 27, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Chief Eddie Garcia will unveil “Air3,” a new Airbus H125 helicopter to replace the current Air2 helicopter. Air3 will provide greater safety for officers and the community with its modern capabilities. The Airbus H125 helicopter is one of the most commonly operated single engine helicopters in law enforcement… Read more »

Source: San Jose Police Department, 02-Aug-18

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FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

FreeFlight Systems sensor wins HH-60G ADS-B contract

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company’s 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor has been selected to provide ADS-B position source information as a part of an upcoming ADS-B modification and compliance program for the United States Air Force HH-60G helicopter fleet. Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Corp. (SESC, www.sescorp.org) of Warner Robins, Georgia was recently awarded… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 02-Aug-18

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EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

EA has received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) is pleased to announce that we have received DGAC Validation for our ADS-B Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certification (STC). This will provide our Mexican customers with the ability to install a flexible and affordable ADS-B solution to meet the January 1st 2020 FAA mandate. Southeast Aerospace’s STC# ST00835DE, now DGAC approved,… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 02-Aug-18

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Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare Medflight Opts For SKYTRAC

Dare MedFlight, an air medical transport operator serving Dare County North Carolina, has completed installation of SKYTRAC’s high resolution aviation camera on their H145. “As an air ambulance operator, we have a mission to deliver safe, efficient and reliable service. We look to the latest technologies to support us in this mission. Adding a high… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 02-Aug-18

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Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Aramco signs AW139 fleet renewal deal

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardo today announce they have been selected to renew the medium helicopter fleet of Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (“Aramco”) – a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise. Leonardo and Milestone have signed a contract… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 02-Aug-18

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Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell to Display 505 Jet Ranger X During LABACE

Bell has revealed that their new 505 Jet Ranger X will be displayed during LABACE 2018. The convention will be held between August 14 and 16 at the Congonhas Airport, reports Flap International.

Source: Helihub.com, 01-Aug-18

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ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters build $2.2M hangar at Anchorage International Airport

ROTAK Helicopters broke ground on Friday for their new hangar that is being built at Anchorage International Airport. The new hangar, coming to a cost of $2.2million will house six ROTAK helicopters and be used as their main base, reports KTVA.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

New Chinese Autonomous Aircraft Completes Test Flights

The Shenyang Institute of Automation has just completed test flights on their new unmanned helicopter, the Xiangying-200. The aircraft can carry up to 200kg and is 8.7m long. The Xiangying-200 is the first unmanned aircraft to be tested for autonomous take-off as well as landing on a ship, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-18

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Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Leonardo collaborates with Politecnico di Milano on sustainable helicopter technologies

Helicopters will be an increasingly comfortable means of transport; by reducing noise and vibration inside the helicopter, pilot workload can be reduced, search and rescue tasks are easier and the quality of medical treatment in air ambulances is improved. It is the reason Leonardo and the Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) are developing new technologies for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Aug-18

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Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Metro Delivers New Aircraft to University of Chicago

Chicago’s only hospital-based medical flight program began flying a more advanced helicopter this month. The Airbus EC145 replaces the University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN)’s Dauphin N model helicopter, which has been in use since 1990. The retiring helicopter has transported more than 13,000 patients across the region during its tenure at the University of Chicago Medicine…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Aug-18

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PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

PG&E Adds new helicopters to support utility infrastructure projects

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two heavy-lift helicopters as part of the company’s new Community Wildfire Safety Program. The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E do day-to-day work in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area. “We want to be sure we are… Read more »

Source: PG&E, 01-Aug-18

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