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DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs. DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades. This emergency flotation system… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 21-Dec-17

Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

LifeFlight helicopters have not been authorized to land at Nova Scotia hospital helipads since April 2016, due to changing regulations by Transport Canada. Now, however, two new Sikorsky S-76 C+ helicopters are ready to go into service. Nova Scotians have commented how the new helicopters will help save lives as they will be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-17

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Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

With little advance notice, aerial firefighting companies demonstrated their rapid response capability to post-season fires throughout southern California, which have destroyed thousands of structures, and hundreds of thousands of acres across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. As the fires, driven by the dry Santa Ana winds, spread, aircrews, mechanics and fuel truck drivers, who thought they would see no further… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association, 20-Dec-17

Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Mountain Wilderness Switzerland is against helicopters dropping cyclists on the canton Valais mountain peaks. They commented that the cyclists will have a negative impact on the alpine environment. The nature protection organisation has also commented on the carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution from the helicopters themselves, reports Swiss Info.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Trade union Unite has asked its members if they would join in a strike, should the Super Puma helicopter return to North Sea operations. Many oil and gas companies including Statoil ASA, Shell UK and BP plc have severed links with the Super Pumas, after the fatal crash in Norway in April 2016, reports Rigzone.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

SKOL Airlines have received three new Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters were delivered by GTLK State Transport Leasing Company, reports, Russian Aviation Insider. The helicopters are equipped for medical evacuation and assistance.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

The Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) 2018 was launched at a press conference last week with to an audience of Defence Attachés, representatives of the Egyptian Armed Forces, members of the media and the defence industry. Attendees were addressed by a panel which included Major General Doctor Mohamed Al Assar, Minister of State for Military Production,… Read more »

Source: The Egypt Defence Expo, 20-Dec-17

San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, received notice that the City of San Diego intends to award a contract for one S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopter in a baseline configuration. The San Diego City Council voted last Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to approve the purchase. Rendering of the Firehawk™ that will provide the City of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Dec-17

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Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 20-Dec-17

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US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Dec-17

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CityAirbus reaches next milestone

CityAirbus reaches next milestone

The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation is celebrating the completion of its first anniversary at its FBO in the VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai South) with the news that it has been awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification. The accreditation was received by the company on 30th November following a third-party audit by… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 20-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

On 29th November, Leaders from across the UK Helicopter Industry gathered in Henley for a Round Table meeting the aim of which was to bring together front-runners representing the whole gamut of onshore business for an afternoon and evening of informal discussions on areas of mutual interest.  BHA member, Mike O’Donoghue chaired the Round Table… Read more »

Source: Buyer Europe Magazine, 19-Dec-17

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NPAS confirms new London area base

NPAS confirms new London area base

With full planning permission from Epping Forest District Council now in place, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) will soon start building works on a purpose built airbase at North Weald Airfield in Essex. The new base will replace their existing facility at Lippitts Hill 16 miles away and form part of their national network… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 19-Dec-17

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EASA issues advice on lithium batteries

EASA issues advice on lithium batteries

EASA informs airlines and passengers about how to fly safely with Portable Electronic Devices containing Lithium Batteries As some of us prepare to travel for the end of year holidays, the European Aviation Safety Agency publishes a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) to inform airlines and passengers on how to fly safely carrying Portable Electronic Devices… Read more »

Source: EASA, 19-Dec-17

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Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-17

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California National Guard to Receive Upgraded Blackhawk Helicopters

California National Guard to Receive Upgraded Blackhawk Helicopters

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) announced that the California National Guard will be receiving upgraded Blackhawk helicopters. Specifically, the Guard’s old UH-60L/A Blackhawks will be replaced by with UH-60M Mike models. “The California National Guard deserves modern equipment to carry out its mission,” said Rep. Calvert. “Providing our Guard with these… Read more »

Source: Calvert Government, 19-Dec-17

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Babcock introduces two H175s to the Southern Hemisphere

Babcock introduces two H175s to the Southern Hemisphere

Global offshore service provider Babcock International has taken delivery of two H175s at a ceremony in Darwin, Australia. Babcock’s aircraft are the first H175s to be introduced into the southern hemisphere and will be based in Dili, Timor Leste. The new aircraft will be used to transport personnel and provide search and rescue and medevac support in… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Dec-17

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Leonardo wins award for electric tail rotor

Leonardo wins award for electric tail rotor

The National Award for Innovation, the most important prize for Italian innovation, was awarded to Leonardo during a ceremony held in the Chamber of Deputies, in the presence of the President of the Chamber, Laura Boldrini. Established by the Italian Government at the National Foundation for Technological Innovation, COTEC, the Award, better known as the “Premio dei Premi”,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Dec-17

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CHC lease AW139 from Lobo Leasing

CHC lease AW139 from Lobo Leasing

Lobo Leasing Limited, a leading world-wide helicopter leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, are pleased to announce the completion of a helicopter leasing transaction with global operator CHC Group for one offshore configured AW139 helicopter to be based in Karratha, Western Australia. Mark Kelly, Lobo’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: “This is a very welcome addition… Read more »

Source: Lobo Leasing, 18-Dec-17

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HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that James Russell Spray, retired president and CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines USA, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Spray, from Flower Mound, Texas, is honored for his lifetime of service dedicated to the helicopter industry. The award will be… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

The latest issue of Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine is now available, with much of the edition focusing on the theme “Safety at the Interfaces—Collaboration at Work.” This is a topic close to our hearts at HeliOffshore, and so CEO Gretchen Haskins was delighted to be one of 18 expert contributors to the feature with an article… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Dec-17

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HAI announces Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award winner

HAI announces Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” Hagen, sales, training and field service manager at Aeromaritime America, Inc., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. This award honors those who have excelled in conducting or managing maintenance operations in the helicopter industry, and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-17

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CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Dec-17

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Sikorsky presents $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky presents $28,000  to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, presented a check for more than $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services on Wednesday, Dec. 13, for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. In the photo above from left: Dana Fiatarone, Sikorsky Vice President, Commercial Systems & Services, Eileen Minogue, PALS Executive Director, and Marine Staff Sgt. David Crouse, a Connecticut… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore’s Southeast Asia working group held its latest bi-annual meeting in Bangkok on 12 December. Almost half of the association’s member operators from the region were represented at the event, which was kindly hosted by Thai Aviation Services and its new Operations Managing Director Nirundon Ragan. The meeting was organised by Edwin Soeters, Strategic Planning… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that John W. Williams, of Fort Worth, Tex., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Perot family). The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, delivered two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk™ configuration to meet L.A. County Fire Department’s specifications and further protect lives and property 24/7. A Firehawk helicopter performs… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing [NYSA: BA] and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence today signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell delivers 20th EMS configured B429

Bell Helicopter announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Heliand. The delivery took place at the Bell Helicopter’s Prague facility. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) in Andorra. This marks the 20th HEMS configured aircraft delivered in 2017. “We continue to see strong… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

Arizona National Guard may lose last four Apaches

The Arizona National Guard is having to fight to keep their attack helicopters stationed at Tucson. The Army wants to remove the Apaches and relocate them to active-duty units. If the helicopters are removed, the unit at Tucson will be deactivated, reports US News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

Philippine Air Force to Acquire 24 Attack Helicopters

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) are currently drawing up plans to acquire 24 attack helicopters. The purchase will a part of the Armed Forces of Philippines modernization programme, reports Jane’s 360.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Dec-17

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Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

WIKING Helicopter Service GmbH today welcomed the second H145 from Airbus Helicopters on the base at JadeWeserAirport. Almost a year ago, the renewal of the “Alpha Echo” D-HOAE began Helicopter fleet by taking over the first Airbus Helicopters H145 for offshore use. This new Hubscharuber has now in very demanding use over the North Sea… Read more »

Source: Wiking Helikopter Service, 14-Dec-17

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Rostec Signs an Agreement to Promote Helicopters in South-East Asia

Rostec Signs an Agreement to Promote Helicopters in South-East Asia

Russian Helicopters Holding, Singapore company Progression Pte. Ltd. and the Russia-Singapore Business Council (RSBC) have signed an agreement on cooperation and joint collaboration with the Centre for Overseas Promotion of Russian High-tech Companies and Presentation of Investment Projects. The document was signed by Andrei Shibitov, Deputy CEO for Production and Innovation of the Russian Helicopters, Director of… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 14-Dec-17

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Aurora Demonstrates Fully Autonomous Helicopter

Aurora Demonstrates Fully Autonomous Helicopter

Aurora Flight Sciences conducted a successful demonstration of the company’s autonomous helicopter system developed under the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) program. Held at Marine Corps Base Quantico’s Urban Training Center, the AACUS-Enabled UH-1H (AEH-1) conducted multiple flights, showcasing its ability to autonomously execute re-supply missions in relevant and… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 14-Dec-17

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Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation is celebrating the completion of its first anniversary at its FBO in the VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai South) with the news that it has been awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification. The accreditation was received by the company on 30th November following a third-party audit by… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 14-Dec-17

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Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand Team Up

Northland Rescue Helicopter and Fire and Emergency New Zealand have joined together in order to save time and lives. The plan is to have St John flight medics and two firefighters flown to the scene, where they can begin helping people who are trapped and need to be cut free. Having experienced firemen on scene… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

South Korea conducts AH-64 missile drills

The South Korean Army test fired their Stinger missiles from Apache helicopters this past Wednesday, reports Reuters. The air-to-air missile firing drill was a success, according to the army.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

Denel runs out of cash – No Christmas pay for staff

After a meeting with Denel CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe, CFO Odwa Mhlwana and trade unions, National Union of Metalworkers, Uasa and Solidarity, it has come to light that Denel does not have the funds to pay December salaries to its 4000 employees. The company has been experiencing extreme liquidity issues, so much so that South African… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces BLR Aerospace Safety Award winner

HAI announces BLR Aerospace Safety Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Claude Vuichard, of Bern, Switzerland, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Safety Award. This award, honoring those who have excelled in promoting safety in the helicopter industry, will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018… Read more »

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HAI announces Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award winner

HAI announces Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Christchurch Helicopters, of Christchurch, New Zealand, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Sikorsky Humanitarian Service Award. This award is presented to the person or organization that best demonstrates the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate by providing aid to those in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces Lightspeed Aviation Communication Award winner

HAI announces Lightspeed Aviation Communication Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Frank Colucci, of Iselin, New Jersey, and senior contributing editor of Vertiflite, the magazine of American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in Communications Award. The award is given to the individual or organization achieving… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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CHC Group Appoints New CFO

CHC Group Appoints New CFO

CHC Group today announced the appointment of Scott Thanisch, as senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Thanisch has served as CHC’s interim CFO since October with responsibility for the Company’s global finance organization. “We are delighted to have Scott take on the CFO role at such an important point in CHC’s transformation,” said… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award winner

HAI announces MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Riverside County (CA) Sheriff’s Department Deputies Eric Bashta and Jerry Osterloh are the 2018 recipients of the Salute to Excellence MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award. The officers will receive the award at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. On the night… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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ADsoftware announces Heli Air Monaco contract

ADsoftware announces Heli Air Monaco contract

ADSoftware is proud to announce a contract with Heli Air Monaco, Monaco’s flag carrier. The partnership reinforces ADSoftware’s position as Europe’s industry leader in the development and application of ERP software for equipment maintenance and MRO, including CAMO certification. With 55 airlines across 38 countries utilising its AIRPACK ERP, ADSoftware consolidates its position in the… Read more »

Source: ADsoftware, 13-Dec-17

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Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III to add Wisconsin base in 2018

Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 13-Dec-17

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East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Earns FAA Repair Station Certification

East/West Industries has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an FAA Part 145 Repair Station (Air Agency Certificate No. 9EWR601C), the company announced today. East/West Industries designs, manufactures and maintains aircraft seats and other products critical to crew safety and survival from a 50,000 square foot facility on Long Island, where the… Read more »

Source: East/West Industries, 13-Dec-17

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Bristow Announces Public Offering of $125 Million Convertible Senior Notes

Bristow Announces Public Offering of $125 Million Convertible Senior Notes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $125 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2023 (the “notes”), through an underwritten offering registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The company intends to grant the underwriters an option to purchase… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Dec-17

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CHC Announces Partnership with Engineering School

CHC Announces Partnership with Engineering School

CHC Helicopter and the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School announced the beginning of a local partnership in Guyana that will include four scholarships for deserving students to continue to pursue their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence as well as the provision of additional educational resources, such as time-expired helicopter parts and airframes, in… Read more »

Source: CHC, 13-Dec-17

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Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the on-schedule delivery of four new helicopters to its Philippine customers, through its regional delivery and completion centre in Singapore recently. Three helicopters will join PhilJets’ growing fleet, including the first H145 for the leading boutique business aviation operator, while a new H155 will be operated by a healthcare provider. Together with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-17

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HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Maria Rodriguez, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), a pilot for Caribbean Buzz, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

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Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell completes milestone 5000th helicopter at Mirabel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the company’s Canadian facility located in Mirabel has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year. “This is an incredible… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-17

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UTair to take delivery of two Mi-171A2 in 2018 Q1

UTair to take delivery of two Mi-171A2 in 2018 Q1

UTair is looking to receive two Mi-171A2 helicopters in 2018’s first quarter. Their first group of ground personnel and pilots have received training for the craft. It will be used mainly for passenger flights within Russia, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-17

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Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Duke Life Flight EC145 crash leads to lawsuit against Safran and pilot

Families of two of the four victims of the Duke Life Flight crash are filing a lawsuit against Safran Helicopter Engines. The families claim that the manufacturer knew the possibility of engine fires after the FAA issued a bulletin about potential engine issues. The bulletin came after the crash of the same helicopter type in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-17

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LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort Receives FAA STC for Bell 412EP Ballistic Protection

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Bell 412EP aircraft with a Ballistic Protection System (BPS). System benefits include: 30% lighter weight than other systems NIJ Level III multi-hit ballistic protection Combat proven in harsh environments Various durability levels to accommodate even the most challenging missions… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 12-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore and Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

HeliOffshore and Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

Efforts to advance the development and implementation of enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) took a step forward last month with the completion of simulator trials of Honeywell’s EGPWS MKXXII HTAWS solution. Effective collision avoidance is fundamental to helicopter safety, and a collaborative project involving multiple stakeholders is working to give pilots earlier… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 12-Dec-17

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Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell delivers 4 B412EPs to Argentina

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters to Argentina. The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions. “This is an important milestone for Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 12-Dec-17

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Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Italy orders 8 more AW139s for public service and security operations

Leonardo announced today further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately 112 million euro. The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Dec-17

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AHS Remembers Dean Carico (1944-2017)

AHS Remembers Dean Carico (1944-2017)

Gerald Dean Carico, 73, a US Navy aerospace engineer, passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. Carico was a driving force in Navy and Army rotary wing flight test, and especially dynamic interface simulation, for more than 40 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior aerospace engineer at Rotary Wing Ship Suitability… Read more »

Source: AHS, 12-Dec-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M contract for efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a not-to-exceed $19,674,000 firm-fixed-price modification P00003 to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification will provide for the acquisition of additional long-lead material and associated efforts required for the production and delivery of seven V-22 Lot 23 tilt-rotor aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell awarded $27M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 4 B412EP helicopters to Argentina

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $27,256,160 modification (PZ0001) to foreign military sales (Argentina) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0063 for procurement and delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and training for the Argentine Air Force. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2018. Fiscal 2017… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the AH-1Z gun turrets for Pakistan

General Dynamics awarded $9M contract for the AH-1Z gun turrets for Pakistan

General Dynamics-OTS Inc., Williston, Vermont, is being awarded $9,064,921 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0008 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0007) for the procurement of 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) gun turrets for AH-1Z helicopters in support of the Marine Corps and the government of Pakistan.  Work will be performed in Williston, Vermont (50 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Dec-17

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Kailash Helicopter to start Nepal operation in February 2018

Kailash Helicopter to start Nepal operation in February 2018

Kailash Helicopter ,a new helicopter charter company  received No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) today. Kailash is headed to introduce a brand new Airbus AS350 B3e in its fleet to start its service by February 2018. It can be expected that the company is now in final preparations to initialize its service…. Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Dec-17

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Pawan Hans staff to bid for Government 51% stake

Pawan Hans staff to bid for Government 51% stake

The All India Civil Aviation Employees’ Union, made up of over 300 workers, is planning to purchase the government’s 51% stake of Pawan Hans. The stake is valued at Rs 500 crore, reports India Times. They are currently drawing up a proposal and should the plan go ahead, it will be known as a “historic… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell develops delivery drone prototype

Bell is currently developing an autonomous vehicle that will be able to deliver up to 1,000 pounds of cargo to customers’ doorsteps. They are working on a prototype called APT; Automatic Pod Transport. They hope that one day it can be used by retailers like Amazon or even for the army, reports Star telegram.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Lesotho Defence Force acquires Airbus H125

Airbus Helicopter Southern Africa (AHZA) delivered a new H125 helicopter to the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF). The arrival of the new helicopter came at the same time as their inauguration ceremony of their upgraded runway at the Mejametalana Airbase. The new helicopter will be used for healthcare assistance, transporting educational and electoral materials as well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

The San Jose Police Department are finally getting a new helicopter to replace their H120. Their aging aircraft has been in use for 16, almost double the usual life span. They have been given a budget of $5.2 million for their new Airbus H125 helicopter, reports Mercury News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

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BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

It’s been an extremely tough few years for offshore helicopter firms in the North Sea. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has hit the local economy hard and the knock-on effect has been redundancies at both CHC Helicopters and Bristow Helicopters. For those facing the news that their jobs are on the line… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 11-Dec-17

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