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EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters have just implemented a new single Production Organisation Approval (POA). This replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain by a single, integrated framework allowing for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialisation across Europe…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Feb-18

Manang Air to receive H125 late February

Manang Air to receive H125 late February

Manang Air is all set for adding a brand new H125 (AS 350 B3e) helicopter to its fleet which will arrive Kathmandu within coming few weeks. Manang Air Officials told Aviation Nepal that the 2 phases of registration process of the aircraft have already been accomplished. The new helicopter has also received a Nepalese Registration… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Feb-18

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Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Hospital is looking to build a new base in Cantonment for their Life Flight helicopter. Life Flight is no longer allowed to operate from the hospital. Should plans be approved, a hangar, helipad and an office will be built on the 2,5 acres of land, reports WEAR TV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Multiple helicopter operators have joined together from throughout the Hawaii Islands to form the Hawaii Helicopter Association. HHA focuses on aviation practices, improvement of the industry as well as working with the community and state agencies to tackle concerns. It is a non-profit organisation and works with the FAA and State of Hawaii Department of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

When helicopters are not needed and put into long term storage, either by lessors or operators, they are wrapped in a cover that protects them from the effects of humidity.  Steve Hanna is the CEO of the company that provides these covers, over 300 of them so far, and his business success and attendance for… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 05-Feb-18

LCH makes maiden flight with indigenous control system

LCH makes maiden flight with indigenous control system

Giving further thrust to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited carried out the first flight of Light Combat Helicopter (Technology Demonstrator-2) with its own designed and developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) for the first time in the country. The maiden flight was flawless and flew for 20 minutes with the engagement of… Read more »

Source: HAL, 05-Feb-18

AUVSI Launches Tampa Satellite Chapter

AUVSI Launches Tampa Satellite Chapter

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing unmanned and robotic vehicle systems, today announced the launch of a satellite chapter to serve Tampa and southwest Florida to further its reach across the state. “The formation of a satellite chapter on the southwest coast of Florida… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 05-Feb-18

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters picks Ramco software

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters picks Ramco software

Ramco Systems, the global aviation software provider on Cloud and Mobile, today announced that it has secured an order from the world’s largest and longest running aerial tour company, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, to install Ramco Aviation Suite V5.8, for maintenance and engineering operations of its fleet. Papillon Group’s fleet of 80 rotor and fixed-wing aircraft fly… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 05-Feb-18

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SAFE Structure Designs appoints Military Operations Account Executive

SAFE Structure Designs appoints Military Operations Account Executive

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is proud to announce and welcome James (Jimmy) Schwader as it’s Military Operations Account Executive. Jimmy will be responsible for all United States Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations, Air force, and Department of Homeland Security accounts in assisting them with the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom ergonomic safety-first OSHA/ANSI-compliant aircraft… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 05-Feb-18

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Everett Aviation re-introduces AW139

Everett Aviation re-introduces AW139

Everett Aviation today announces the re-introduction of the AW139 helicopter to its fleet. “Everett has operated the AW139 before for international oil companies in both the crew change and full search & rescue roles,” said Simon Everett, CEO. “Ensuring that we have this popular oil & gas type available is of paramount importance to us… Read more »

Source: Everett Aviation, 05-Feb-18

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H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

The successful capability enhancement for the H145M continues. In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre. In a rough and challenging environment the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Feb-18

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Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

Bell & Boeing Team to Modify Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey team is embarking on a modification effort with the U.S. Marine Corps that will improve readiness and reliability of the fleet of tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing Joint Program Office has been awarded a $69,668,099 modification to a previously awarded contract. Bell Boeing will modify three existing MV-22 aircraft in… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Feb-18

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Big shake-up at Waypoint Leasing

Big shake-up at Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint” or the “Company”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced changes to its executive team as part of its ongoing efforts to better serve customers and pursue new growth and other strategic opportunities. Hooman Yazhari, most recently CHC Helicopter’s General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, has been named… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 05-Feb-18

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ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

Advanced Torque Products (ATP) of Newington, CT has been working hard with Airbus to improve the torquing method of the mast nut on the EC145. And they’re excited to announce this custom tooling kit is now available to anyone working on the EC145 mast nut. This tooling was developed working directly with maintenance professionals in… Read more »

Source: Advanced Torque Products, 02-Feb-18

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AAR appoints a new Senior Vice President, Repair and Engineering Services

AAR appoints a new Senior Vice President, Repair and Engineering Services

Global aviation services leader AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces that Brian Sartain has joined AAR in the new position of  Senior Vice President, Repair and Engineering Services, reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer John M. Holmes. In this senior leadership role, Sartain will oversee AAR’s MRO Services, Component Repair, Engineering Services, Landing Gear Services and… Read more »

Source: AAR, 02-Feb-18

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Conklin & de Decker announces LIFE CYCLE COST 18.1 release

Conklin & de Decker announces LIFE CYCLE COST 18.1 release

Conklin & de Decker has announced LIFE CYCLE COST Release 18.1 is now available. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget & financial analysis tool in the industry, LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers, and aircraft consultants with independently researched ownership and operating cost data for more than 460 jet,… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 02-Feb-18

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Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Foreign Military Sales of Apache to Egypt

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000503) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor system kits and spares for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-18

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Total UK awarded Wiking Helicopters 2 year Jet A-1 contract

Total UK awarded Wiking Helicopters 2 year Jet A-1 contract

Air Total has been awarded a 2 year Jet A-1 Contract with Wiking Helicopters to commence in January 2018 to work on the Galloper Wind Farm project. Managed by Innogy SE on behalf of the other partners the project will generate enough power for up to 380,700 homes. Around 700 UK jobs are being created during the… Read more »

Source: TOTAL UK, 30-Jan-18

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Triumph Secures Follow-On Contract with Bell

Triumph Secures Follow-On Contract with Bell

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) announced today its Fabrications business has signed a long-term agreement with Bell Helicopter to extend their production of bonded panel structures for the AH-1Z attack helicopter through 2021. Triumph’s Fabrications business, under its newly realigned Aerospace Structures business unit, will provide the panels for Lots 15-16 under the follow-on contract agreement…. Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 30-Jan-18

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HAI hires new director of membership

HAI hires new director of membership

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Anuja Miner as director of membership. In this position, Miner is responsible for directing the membership recruitment and retention operations of the association, including the development of membership campaigns, member services, and affinity programs. “We are excited that Anuja has joined the HAI team,”… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 1300th helicopter from the H135-family, a number underlining the multipurpose lightweight twin-engine helicopter’s worldwide success. The global fleet of this type has accumulated a total of more than 4.5 million flight hours since the entry into service of the first helicopter in 1996. More than 300 customers in 60 countries use… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-18

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HeliOffshore appoints Safety Intelligence Project Manager

HeliOffshore appoints Safety Intelligence Project Manager

HeliOffshore has appointed a highly experienced aviation safety professional to handle the development of its expanding Helicopter Safety Intelligence Programme This month Dr Matthew Greaves is joining the offshore helicopter industry’s global safety-focused association in the new role of Safety Intelligence Project Manager to oversee all aspects of the system, which allows the global offshore… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 30-Jan-18

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CHC Brazil Reaches New Contract with Statoil

CHC Brazil Reaches New Contract with Statoil

CHC group announced a new contract supporting Statoil, one of Brazil’s largest oil producers. The two-year agreement will support flying to Operational Area – BM-S-8 – in Santos Basis. The missions will be based out of Jacarepaguá and begin in February 2018. They will be supported by a Sikorsky S-92, a proven aircraft with more… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Jan-18

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25 accidents in 30 years – Regulator criticises Pawan Hans bosses

25 accidents in 30 years – Regulator criticises Pawan Hans bosses

Over the past 30 years, Pawan Hans has been involved in 25 accidents, where 91 people have died. This has caused the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to launch a probe into the company. Five of the 25 cases are still undergoing investigation, but reports show that common findings from all cases include non-fulfillment of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 25 years

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 25 years

Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust is celebrating their 25 anniversary this year. They plan to hold an open day at their hangar to show the community around and encourage stories to be told. The men and women involved in the service put a lot of their lives into the work, knowing that they may be called… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

Jordan Celebrates Final Black Hawk Arrival

To celebrate the arrival of their 12 Black Hawk helicopters, the Jordanian military held a ceremony. The ceremony included a flyover, with the Royal Jordanian Air Force and Quick Reaction Force performing a drill where they rescued a “wounded” hostage, reports Fox News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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California feud could put patients at risk, says documents

California feud could put patients at risk, says documents

Conflict between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County Fire Authority has risen to a new high. The arguments over who should transport a patient or victim has escalated to the point that it is affecting the care these patients receive. A letter by the Emergency Medical Services described how the argument over an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Heli Operations cleared to use Portland Heliport for training

Heli Operations cleared to use Portland Heliport for training

Heli Operations has been issued a certificate of lawfulness by the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. This means that there will be no need for planning permission and approval to use the Portland helicopter base as their training and search and rescue facility. They had issues late last year regarding their plans, as the council… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

New Type of Blood Transfusion on Medical Helicopters Promises to Transform Trauma Care

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically… Read more »

Source: South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, 29-Jan-18

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Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

Bell and Leonardo to sponsor SMi’s Conference

SMi’s Helicopter Technology Central and Eastern Europe 2018 conference will return to Prague, Czech Republic for its third successful year on the 23rd and 24th May 2018. SMi are thrilled to welcome Bell Helicopters and Leonardo as GOLD Sponsors at this year’s event where they will both be exhibiting and speaking. Leonardo is a world… Read more »

Source: SMi Group, 29-Jan-18

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LORD Corporation to Offer Elastomeric Component Customer Training at Heli-Expo 2018

LORD Corporation to Offer Elastomeric Component Customer Training at Heli-Expo 2018

LORD Corporation — a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – will be offering elastomeric component customer training as part of the scheduled Manufacturer Technical Briefings at the HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Used extensively on all modern helicopters, elastomeric components contribute to the improved performance and increased reliability seen… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 29-Jan-18

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New CEO at Wiking Helikopter

New CEO at Wiking Helikopter

The shareholders of Wiking, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ernst Nassl as the new Chief Executive Officer in Wiking Helicopter Service Germany, effective immediately. Announcing Mr. Nassl’s appointment, Aylin Yildiz Basel said: On behalf of Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH shareholder’s, I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen Mr. Ernst… Read more »

Source: Wiking Helikopter, 29-Jan-18

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Becker Helicopters to add new base and 80 employees

Becker Helicopters to add new base and 80 employees

Whyalla Mayor Lyn Breuer said Becker Helicopters announcement confirms the city is officially in flight mode and ready to soar to new heights. Representatives from Becker Helicopters, Australia’s largest helicopter flight training company, were in Whyalla today (Wednesday, January 24) to reveal their plans to create an operating base in the Upper Spencer Gulf region, operating… Read more »

Source: Whyalla Government, 29-Jan-18

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Maharashtra government creates helipad policy

Maharashtra government creates helipad policy

The Maharashtra government has outlined a new helipad policy. This comes after a series of accidents that almost harmed the Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis. The policy stipulates that helicopters are no longer allowed to start their engines or air-conditioning before the VVIP passenger is on board. They cannot land in densely populated areas and has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Life Star extend Massachusetts coverage

Life Star extend Massachusetts coverage

Life Star is extending their coverage over Massachusetts by partnering with Hartford HealthCare, Baystete Health and Air Methods. Baystete Health will provide trained trauma surgeons, Air Methods will provide a hangar, maintenance and flight operations; and Life Star will provide the medical flight crew in this partnership, reports Fox 61.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

Canadian military to start planning B412 upgrades in 2018

The RCAF has a timeline planned out for the overhaul of their Griffon helicopters, ensuring they can stay in service into the 2030s. The overhaul includes replacement of cockpit instruments, integration of new avionics, as well as modification to the flight simulators, reports Ottawa Citizen.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-18

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Frasca launches new Helicopter Training Device

Frasca launches new Helicopter Training Device

Frasca International has launched a new, lower priced Helicopter Training Device (HTD). The HTD™ is designed for helicopter air ambulance providers, airborne law enforcement, introductory turbine transition training, and ab-initio flight schools. Frasca will display the HTD™ at their booth (N3909) at Heli-Expo, February 27-March 1 in Las Vegas. Frasca, a flight simulator manufacturer well… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 25-Jan-18

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Philjets reports 100% growth in 2017

Philjets reports 100% growth in 2017

The fast growing business aviation startup has been striving to end 2017 at the same rate it started the year. Indeed, PhilJets started last year with its entry into the business jet segment adding 1 Cessna Citation XLS+ to its fleet and ended 2017 with the addition of 1 more additional Cessna Citation Business Jet…. Read more »

Source: Philjets, 25-Jan-18

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FAA approves AMS lightweight medical interior for AW109 and AW119

FAA approves AMS lightweight medical interior for AW109 and AW119

AMS Heli Design, LLC is proud to announce receipt of a FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight, quickly removable emergency medical services Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW119 and AW109 helicopters. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli Design said, the ALSS interior has been developed with doctors’,… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli, 25-Jan-18

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CHC Completes First Flight for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One

CHC Completes First Flight for Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One

CHC’s first flight for the initial phase of Ørsted’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm left Humberside Airport at 11.15 am local time this morning. Hornsea Project One will be the biggest wind farm in the world, capable of supplying clean electricity to over one million homes. It will be built 120km off the coast… Read more »

Source: CHC, 25-Jan-18

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NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

More than 2000 patients have been rescued by aeromedical choppers in Sydney and southern NSW in the past year, under the $151.2 million Helicopter Retrieval Network. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today officially opened the new $25 million Bankstown NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter Base, marking a significant milestone in… Read more »

Source: New South Wales Government, 25-Jan-18

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Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed Martin asks DoD for $212M to help with Sikorsky purchase

Lockheed has sent a request to the Pentagon for funding of $212 million that would go towards a $9 billion Sikorsky purchase. Lockheed has said that the purchase will enable taxpayers to save $8 in efficacies per $1 spent. The Department of Defence is currently auditing the request to ensure that the proposed savings do… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-18

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Garmin® announces new 2018 classroom pilot training classes

Garmin is pleased to announce expanded pilot training opportunities for 2018 to include additional classes throughout the United States. Instructor-led training classes are available for the GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigator series, the G500/G600 glass flight display systems, and all Garmin Integrated Flight Decks. Supplemental eLearning opportunities are also available, and additional training for the G500… Read more »

25-Jan-18

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Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc awarded $7M contract for UH-60A electrical cable assemblies

Jo-Kell Inc.,** Chesapeake, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $7,226,520 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-quantity contract for UH-60A helicopter special purpose electrical cable assemblies. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. This was a sole source acquisition that utilized other than full and open competition under the authority of 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1).  Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jan-18

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Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

Estonian Police re-starts Enstrom 480 auction after no bids placed

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board are putting their Enstrom 480B up for auction again. The helicopter was put on auction a week prior, reports Baltic Course, but no bids were made on it. They hope to sell the helicopter and with the money made, purchase a new fixed wing observation plane. The Enstrom… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

Nigerian Air Force launches second Bell 412

The Nigerian Air Force has launched their second Bell 412 helicopter into service. The aircraft had been impounded by customs, after Nigeria could not provide end user certificates after the aircraft had modifications done to it in America. It received an overhaul and repair in the United States as well as in Canada, reports Defence… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

The contract between India and Rostec for 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters will soon be finalised. Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov, has commented that negotiations with regards to the delivery have been settled and they are expecting to sign the contract within the first three months of 2018, reports New India Express.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-18

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Subaru Corporation Completes Maintenance Facility

Subaru Corporation Completes Maintenance Facility

Subaru Corporation today celebrated the completion of a new facility that will be utilized for the maintenance of the next-generation utility helicopter (the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force UH-X*1) and the new commercial variant of the 412EPI*2 helicopter at its Aerospace Company Utsunomiya Plant, Tochigi Prefecture. The Aerospace Company conducts periodical maintenance, repair and overhaul on… Read more »

Source: Subaru Corporation, 24-Jan-18

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Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates law enforcement capabilities

Schiebel Camcopter demonstrates law enforcement capabilities

Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS (Unmanned Air System) proved its suitability for search and rescue missions as part of an ongoing homicide investigation in Stiwoll, Austria, in late 2017. In the first operation of its kind, Schiebel provided Austrian law enforcement with a CAMCOPTER® S-100 and operating personnel to assist in the search for a double… Read more »

24-Jan-18

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100 years of Westland preserved by new website

100 years of Westland preserved by new website

The 100-years story of Westland is being told through a series of recorded oral histories with people who worked at the Yeovil factory on a new website launched today (17th Jan).   The website – Westland100.org.uk – features the voices of more than 30 former Westland employees and is the result of an 18-month project… Read more »

Source: Westland, 24-Jan-18

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Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Fort Rucker passes MI-17 training to Afghanistan

Helicopter pilot training for the Afghan army at Fort Rucker is shifting to UH-60 Black Hawks now that the Russian Mi-17 training program has come to an end. The Aviation and Missile Command’s Aviation Center Logistics Command recently shipped the last two operational Mi-17 helicopters from Fort Rucker to Afghanistan, ending a seven-year training program… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 24-Jan-18

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HAI partners with Delta Air Lines for Heli-Expo travel

HAI partners with Delta Air Lines for Heli-Expo travel

HAI is pleased to announce a new partnership with Delta Air Lines that currently allows both members and HAI HELI-EXPO attendees the opportunity to save on airline travel for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. “We’re only about six weeks away from the show,” says Anuja Miner, director of membership for HAI. “This partnership will allow any attendee… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Jan-18

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Bristow moves two AW189s to Aberdeen and updates fixed wing terminal

Bristow moves two AW189s to Aberdeen and updates fixed wing terminal

Bristow Helicopters has invested in new aircraft operating out of Aberdeen, and developed a new fixed-wing passenger terminal designed to improve conditions for offshore workers heading to work in the North Sea. The development of the new fixed-wing terminal at the Forties Road heliport complex coincides with the introduction of two additional Leonardo AW189 aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Jan-18

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MI-171A2 passes cold weather testing at -50C

MI-171A2 passes cold weather testing at -50C

[electronic translation] Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of the Rostekh State Corporation) confirmed the possibility of operating the newest multi-purpose helicopters Mi-171A2 in difficult climatic conditions at ambient temperatures up to -50 ° С. Based on the results of tests conducted in Yakutia, the operability of the main systems and airborne equipment has been proved. Two… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Jan-18

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Marenco prepares for Heli-Expo

Marenco prepares for Heli-Expo

MSH is proud to present the second prototype (P2) of its SH09 single-turbine helicopter on the occasion of the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, to be held from 27th February to 1 st March. P2 has demonstrated excellent flying characteristics and performance that underpin the SH09 multi-role capability. P2’s successor aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Marenco Swisshelicopter, 24-Jan-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor aircraft having pillow block mounted pylon assemblies

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 »

Source: USPTO, 23-Jan-18

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Boeing awarded patent for noise reducing profile for rotor blade tracking wedges

Boeing awarded patent for noise reducing profile for rotor blade tracking wedges

A tracking wedge, a rotor and a method for modifying a movement of air over a tracking wedge. According to aspects of the disclosure, a tracking wedge used to correct the tracking of a helicopter rotor blade may include one or more acoustic management mechanisms. The acoustic management mechanisms may change the manner in which air moves… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Jan-18

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RJ Helicopter awarded patent for deflection cone in a reaction drive helicopter

RJ Helicopter awarded patent for deflection cone in a reaction drive helicopter

A rotor hub for a reaction drive type helicopter includes a cylindrical sidewall having a top and an open bottom which defines an interior volume. A top plate closes the top of the cylindrical sidewall, and at least two pipe sections extend outwardly from the cylindrical sidewall. Each pipe section extends through the sidewall in communication with… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Jan-18

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Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jan-18

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CAMTS clarifies Lift-Off time definition

CAMTS clarifies Lift-Off time definition

There has been a lot of misinterpretation about CAMTS’ position on lift-off times. Recently, we were told that CAMTS requires a 5-7 minute lift-off from the time of the request. This is not true! Medical transport services are measured against the Accreditation Standards. There is no such standard, and there never will be such a… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 23-Jan-18

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Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone leases eight AW139s to China EMS operator

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company (“GECAS”) and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today the delivery and lease of eight AW139 helicopters to Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. Ltd.(“Kingwing”). The medium twin-engine helicopters will join Kingwing’s existing fleet of 32 helicopters providing emergency medical services (“EMS”) in China and will… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 23-Jan-18

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Gozo Air Ambulance makes 57 flights in first year

Gozo Air Ambulance makes 57 flights in first year

The Gozo VGH Air Ambulance celebrates their first anniversary. Prior to the VGH air ambulance, patients in need of critical care were transported by the Army. They have carried out 57 missions, with causes ranging from heart conditions to premature births. The Army is still available to help, reports TVM, should the VGH be down… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-18

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Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

Robinson receives R66 big sales boost

Robinson Helicopter Co has a pre-announced price review policy whereby the company raises their list prices on 1st January every year.  There is then a rush to place a deposit in December to secure a “2017 price” aircraft, and potentially concluding the details in the early days of January.  The company distributes a regular report on projected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-18

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Drone Delivery Canada Commences Testing on Raven X1400

Drone Delivery Canada Commences Testing on Raven X1400

 Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (TSX.V:FLT  OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce that it will start testing its Raven X1400 cargo delivery drone in Q1 of 2018. The Raven X1400 delivery drone is engineered to provide pay load capacities of up to 25lbs and designed to fly approximately 60km. The Raven X1400 boasts a larger… Read more »

Source: Drone Delivery Canada, 22-Jan-18

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Héli-Union increases it’s AW139 fleet

Héli-Union increases it’s AW139 fleet

Héli-Union has just received one Leonardo AW139 helicopter to support its offshore helicopter operations in Africa. The market-leading intermediate twin-engine helicopter is leased from a renowned helicopter leasing company. The leased helicopter will operate on a new contract in Gabon, for offshore passenger crew change from Port Gentil Airport to the designated offshore base. “AW139… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 22-Jan-18

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CHC starts $6M Aberdeen redevelopment

CHC starts $6M Aberdeen redevelopment

CHC reaffirmed its long-term commitment to the North Sea energy sector as it held a ground-breaking ceremony for the major redevelopment of our Aberdeen base earlier today. Customer representatives and fixed wing partners were present as CHC’s Regional Director for EMEA, Mark Abbey, was joined by the CEO of Oil and Gas UK, Deirdre Michie,… Read more »

Source: CHC, 22-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing awarded $35M contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $34,911,818 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6134018F0001 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures software and hardware upgrades for 28 flight training devices necessary to integrate aircraft software version B 6-01/C 4.01 into 23 Marine Corps MV-22 training devices and software… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Jan-18

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Life Link III launches OneLink mobile app

Life Link III launches OneLink mobile app

Life Link III announced today the launch of OneLink™, a mobile app that allows hospitals and first responders to request air medical transport with the click of a button. Life Link III’s OneLink™ connects a mobile device, tablet or desktop directly to the Life Link III Communication Center to request an aircraft when critical care… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 19-Jan-18

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Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

Great North Air Ambulance plans to upgrade Cumbrian airbase

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has submitted plans for an upgrade to its Cumbrian airbase. The charity is hoping to extend its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, to include space for research and training as well as providing essential facilities for its operational aircrew. Plans have been submitted to Eden District Council for… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jan-18

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Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to go 24×7

2017 was a fantastic year for our Charity – we not only took delivery of our new, state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 helicopter, but we also began to carry blood on board for the first time. These advancements have proven to be of great benefit to the pre-hospital critical care that our clinical crew already provides every… Read more »

Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, 19-Jan-18

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Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky awarded $19M contract for MH-60R Modification

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded an $18,891,070 modification to a previously issued delivery order 4039 placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0019.  This modification provides for non-recurring engineering and project support management for the production of the MH-60R in support of government of Saudi Arabia under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jan-18

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Falcon looks at expansion by exhibiting at first Kuwait Aviation Show

Falcon looks at expansion by exhibiting at first Kuwait Aviation Show

Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, is participating at the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show this week (17th to 20th January)  Stand B24.  It will  showcase an Embraer Legacy 600 and Leonardo AW169 helicopter in executive layout in the static display. Falcon Aviation is… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation Services, 18-Jan-18

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Sundance Helicopters launches new Romantic flight packages

Sundance Helicopters launches new Romantic flight packages

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the highest-rated experiential tour company in Las Vegas and 2017 gold winner of Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” Reader’s Poll for “Best Helicopter Tours”, has taken their romantic tours to new heights with the announcement of the “Ultimate Date Night” helicopter tour for Valentine’s Day. Couples who book this romantic package… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 18-Jan-18

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Falcon Aviation Services wins Kuwait offshore contract

Falcon Aviation Services wins Kuwait offshore contract

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation company specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed today (17th January 2018) at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation Services, 17-Jan-18

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Kong awarded patent for suspended load stabilisation system

Kong awarded patent for suspended load stabilisation system

The present invention relates to an automatic system suitable for reducing the speed of rotation of one or more suspended loads, preferably where said rotation is originated by the flow tube located downstream preferably of the blades of the helicopter whereto said loads are attached, or by any other cause, and whose mechanical operation is based on the… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 17-Jan-18

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