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Long Standing Bell Customer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Long Standing Bell Customer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

We had the honor of celebrating the 50th anniversary of our long-time customer FAASA. FAASA has been a Bell Helicopter customer since the early 1980s operating a fleet comprised of a variety of Bell helicopters. The current fleet conducts a variety of missions including, aerial work, external loading, fire fighting, passenger transport and medical evacuation…. Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters Expands its Fleet of EC130 ECO-Star Helicopters

Maverick Helicopters has expanded its fleet of quiet technology helicopters at its Maui, Hawaii location. The fourth EC130 ECO-Star helicopter was transported from Maverick Helicopters’ Las Vegas terminal and has been transitioned into the Maui fleet. Maverick Helicopters operates the world’s largest and youngest fleet of Airbus EC130/H130 ECO-Star aircraft out of four locations: Las… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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H225s Approved by US FAA

H225s Approved by US FAA

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Airbus to continue with their Super Puma line. Their H225s and AS332 L2s have been grounded in Norway and the UK after a fatal crash on the Norwegian coast. Investigators have suggested a second-stage planet gear in the epicyclic module may have disintegrated, causing the crash. In… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

The US Marines hope that when their V-22 Ospreys are airborne in 10 years, they will be escorted by a high-speed armed drone. The drone project, MUX (MAGTF Unmanned eXpeditionary) will be used as a temporary solution, until the FVL (Future Vertical Lift) project can take flight, replacing present helicopters with faster, manned VTOL aircraft…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-16

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year contract with NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency), to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT) and French Navy. This contract also covers the NH90 operated by Belgian Army and Navy and the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces. This contract will cover 130 rotorcraft in coming… Read more »

Source: Safran, 15-Dec-16

Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Bell 407 with Donaldson Filtration on Display at ATMC 2016

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI) will showcase its popular Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) solutions during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), Dec. 13-15 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The company will display its certified IBF for the Airbus Helicopters H130 in Exhibit No. 1622 during the conference. In addition, Wysong… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 15-Dec-16

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa launches helicopter charter from Cape Town

ExecuJet Africa is announcing the arrival of its first charter helicopter, a VIP configured Bell 407 helicopter, available for charter from today, 12 December 2016, from ExecuJet’s Cape Town FBO facility. ExecuJet will offer commercial helicopter charters for various scenic flights to surrounding vineyards and other tourist attractions. While ExecuJet’s focus for helicopters charters will… Read more »

Source: Execujet, 15-Dec-16

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Airbus H130 enables high performance while improving economic factors

Airbus H130 enables high performance while improving economic factors

Air medical transport operators are finding the Airbus Helicopters H130 to be an economical, high-performance aircraft that also allows them to provide higher quality care to critically ill and injured patients. With nearly 25 percent more cabin space than other single engine helicopters, the H130 is giving operators the cabin space and patient access of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-16

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FltCtrl launches organisational tools to enhance productivity for aviation companies

FltCtrl launches organisational tools to enhance productivity for aviation companies

FltCtrl, the London-based aviation IT solutions company has officially launched two powerful new cloud-based tools to enhance efficiency and productivity for aviation companies – FltCtrl and FltCheck. Both tools have been designed to help streamline work flow. FltCtrl has been designed specifically for business aviation flight operations teams to make the complexity of the flight… Read more »

Source: FltCtrl, 15-Dec-16

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South Pacific aircrew opts for new flight suit design

South Pacific aircrew opts for new flight suit design

“New Caledonia is a really exciting workplace, and I’ve done a few”, says Franklin Eck. “Our base is on a scarcely populated island 70 km wide and 410 km long, studded with green peaks and surrounded by turquoise water. The main challenge is the wind which is pretty much constant, so it gets exciting up… Read more »

Source: AUK Protection, 15-Dec-16

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Airbus to feature industry leading H135 and H130 air medical transport helicopters at AMTC

Airbus to feature industry leading H135 and H130 air medical transport helicopters at AMTC

Industry leader Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit the most efficient helicopters for air medical transport solutions at the Air Medical Transport Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 13 through Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, N.C. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit an H135-series light twin-engine helicopter operated by STAT MedEvac at the Air Medical Transport… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-16

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Universal Avionics Announces 2016 Top Dealers

Universal Avionics Announces 2016 Top Dealers

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2016 to be Field Aviation 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…. Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 14-Dec-16

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Rega purchases six new rescue helicopters

Rega purchases six new rescue helicopters

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega today signed a contract to purchase six new rescue helicopters of the type, Airbus Helicopters H145. These new helicopters are to replace the current EC 145 lowland fleet and will already go into operation in 2018. “With this decision in favour of the H145, we are continuing to renew the Rega fleet… Read more »

Source: REGA, 14-Dec-16

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Erickson opens DIP purchase option to Second Priority Note Holders

Erickson opens DIP purchase option to Second Priority Note Holders

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (the “Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services, today announced the commencement of a process to syndicate participation in a debtor-in-possession term loan facility (the “DIP Term Facility”) by eligible beneficial holders of Erickson’s 8.25% Second Priority Senior Secured Promissory Notes due 2020 (“Second Priority Notes”) as of December 2, 2016. … Read more »

Source: Erickson, 14-Dec-16

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CMIG Leasing takes delivery of China’s 100th helicopter from the Ecureuil family

CMIG Leasing takes delivery of China’s 100th helicopter from the Ecureuil family

CMIG Leasing received a brand new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, making it the 100th Ecureuil family helicopter to operate in China’s skies. This helicopter will be operated by the Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company (Skyway GAC), one of the pioneers in China general aviation, with a fleet of seven H125. Skyway… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-16

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German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

The NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter took off on its on-schedule maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland and Vincent Dubrule, NHI President welcomed this important milestone in the programme, in presence of Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Chief of the German Navy and Ralph Herzog, Director in… Read more »

Source: NHIndustries, 14-Dec-16

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CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced that three new Sikorsky S-92 aircraft will begin serving Shell for the company’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (“FLNG”) project from its base in Broome, Australia. These new aircraft will join a fourth S-92 already in use as part of a two-year extension… Read more »

Source: CHC, 14-Dec-16

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AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

AeroBrigham Continues Bell 407 Deliveries to Survival Flight

North Texas based professional aircraft maintenance, repair and support provider, AeroBrigham, has announced the recent delivery of an air medical mission configured Bell 407 to Mesa, Arizona, based Survival Flight, Inc. The recent delivery marks the fourth aircraft that AeroBrigham has performed extensive paint, interior, avionics, airframe improvements, maintenance and component overhauls for Survival Flight,… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 14-Dec-16

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Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

Government of Canada Accepts New Helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today accepted two new medium-lift helicopters into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. These are the first of seven new medium-lift helicopters being constructed by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. as part of the Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan. The acquisition of… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 13-Dec-16

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New Bell Assembly Line in China

New Bell Assembly Line in China

Xi’an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province, will be home to a new Bell assembly line at their national civil aerospace industrial base. The $767 million project will include a helicopter training centre, assembly line for Bell 407GXP, emergency response and rescue and the development of drones. The new assembly line will help boost the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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First UKMFTS H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter Arrive in Britain

First UKMFTS H135 Juno and H145 Jupiter Arrive in Britain

The H135 Juno and the H145 Jupiter, the first two aircraft in the 32-strong fleet of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) helicopters, can be seen together for the first time, marking the start of a new era in helicopter military flight training in the UK. Flown over from the Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing site… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-16

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Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation is Now Approved by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Guidance Aviation has trained hundreds of professional helicopter pilots since 1998. Guidance is now approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to issue I-20s for an M-1 visa for qualifying students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 13-Dec-16

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German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

The German federal police (Bundespolizei) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 multi-role rotorcraft via the purchasing administration of the German Federal Ministry of Interior . The aircraft will be tasked with a number of challenging roles, among them maritime emergencies and police missions. The helicopters are scheduled for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-16

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New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

FlightSafety International is receiving outstanding reviews from U.S. Army personnel who are using the UH-72A Lakota simulators being delivered to Flight School XXI. FlightSafety is teamed with CSRA and L-3 to provide equipment and services for U.S. Army aviation training at Flight School XXI. Training began last month using the first four UH-72A Lakota devices… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 13-Dec-16

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Latitude and Ornge sign contract to supply Flight Data Analytics services

Latitude and Ornge sign contract to supply Flight Data Analytics services

Latitude Technologies is pleased to announce the company has signed a three-year contract to provide flight data analytics services to Ornge for their fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters.  Utilizing existing onboard SSQARs, Latitude will assist in developing an HFDM program whereby digital flight data generated during line operations is collected and analyzed to provide greater… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 13-Dec-16

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Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Heliservicio Signs 20 Bell Helicopters for Innovative Customer Support Solution

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Heliservicio as the launch customer in Latin America for its Customer Advantage Plan – signing its large fleet of 20 Bell 412EPs for the innovative support solution. Heliservicio is an oil and gas company in the Gulf of Mexico, based at Ciudad Del Carmen. Since its founding… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 13-Dec-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2016

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-CDMG), loss of control during practice autorotation, Manston Airport, Kent, 25 July 2016 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BVTV), heavy landing, Landmead Farm Airfield, Oxfordshire, 6 August 2016

Source: AAIB, 13-Dec-16

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India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Air Chief Marshal S.P Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested this Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They were allegedly involved in the Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter contract. The CBI has found out that RS 450-crore was paid as bribes for the 12 helicopters. The contracted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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Heli-Tourism Plan waits for DGCA

Heli-Tourism Plan waits for DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has not yet given clearance on the proposed project of heli-tourism between Vizag and Araku. As reported by Times of India, the DGCA inspected the helipad site and gave suggestions on changes they could make with regards to the helicopter services that are being planned. Meanwhile in Vuda, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-16

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Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

le Jima Auxiliary Airfield tendered land in 2013 for four quadrilateral helipads, as well as two unpaved helipads. Construction on the project began in August this year. As reported by Ryukyu Shimpo, the construction plans were laid out in the 2015 U.S Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The U.S Military hopes to have the project completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-16

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Skye Avionics Exhibiting at HAI, 2017

Skye Avionics Exhibiting at HAI, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Skye Avionics will be exhibiting at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas. You can find us at Booth# 2023. This event is going to highlight Skye Avionics services, drop cords and our new Cobham RT-7000 portable radio interface. Over the last year Skye Avionics has been developing an… Read more »

Source: Skye Avionics, 12-Dec-16

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CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation expand commercial and business aviation training agreement

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation expand commercial and business aviation training agreement

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) announced today at the 7th Middle East Business Aviation Association Show the expansion of their commercial, business, and helicopter aviation training agreement to support growth in the region. The contract also includes the sale of two full-flight simulators (FFS) as well as CAE instructor-led training, including training courseware. Through this… Read more »

Source: CAE, 12-Dec-16

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EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

HeliHub.com can exclusively announce that Leonardo appear to have made their first AW149 sale, with an aircraft for the Royal Thai Army now being test flown.  Seen in Marco Bianchi’s photo here, which he has given us permission to use, the Thai military flash is seen on the tail of this otherwise anonymous aircraft.  A… Read more »

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Leasing company signs for 27 helicopters

Leasing company signs for 27 helicopters

Russian Helicopters has recently signed a contract for 27 new helicopters from GTLK State Transport Leasing Company. The contract includes 10 Mi-8MTV-1 variants, 13 Mi-8AMTs and 4 Ansats. The Mi-8/17 helicopters have proven to be the best selling, being able to fly in temperatures from -50C to +50C, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Russian Helicopters Contracted for four Mi-8/171s

Russian Helicopters Contracted for four Mi-8/171s

Two Mi-8AMT and two Mi-171 helicopters have been built for Rosneft Oil Company by Russian Helicopters. The Mi-8AMTs have undergone a lot of work and are capable of offshore operations, reports Russian Aviation Insider. The date of delivery is not certain yet. For the first time, Russian Helicopters have installed the digital autopilot PKV-8, along… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

McAlester Regional AirCare has upped their game on providing immediate clinical care on scene. Their Bell 407 GX helicopter has an insulated thermal cooler in the cabin, which is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature for storing units of O-negative blood, which they are now approved to do. The blood is provided by Oklahoma Blood… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Potential Mi26 Purchase for Indonesian Army

Potential Mi26 Purchase for Indonesian Army

A meeting was held between Russia and the Indonesian Ministry of Defence to discuss the acquisition of Mi-26 helicopters for the Indonesian Army. In addition, the matter of defence offsets, the benefits the purchase will provide for local companies and the arrangements of technology transfer, reports IHS Jane.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

First South Korean Female Pilot Instructor

The South Korean Army has appointed Jung Eun-hee as their first-ever female pilot instructor. Jung was chosen from a select few who qualified for the position to teach. Her duties include teaching, training and evaluating potential pilots. Jung’s journey began in 1999 when she enlisted as a staff sergeant. She applied for the pilot training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

Bell CEO Talks of Market Decline

A Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce ran on Tuesday, with CEO Mitch Snyder of Bell giving a talk on the decline of the commercial helicopter market. Snyder reports that the market decline has effected every rotorcraft company on a global scale. But although times are tough, he maintains that Bell is still developing new helicopters,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Governor Cuomo Helicopter Request Denied

Governor Cuomo Helicopter Request Denied

State Controller, Thomas DiNapoli has squashed Governor Cuomo’s dreams of traveling Albany in a new helicopter. DiNapoli rejected the state police’s bid of $12.5 million for a second hand Sikorsky S-76D. As reported by Daily News, the state has said the helicopter will have other uses such as for the police or EMS missions, other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in South-East Queensland is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The organization has saved over 850 lives since their first flight in their Bell 206A Jet Ranger, December 5 1976. With a total of 10 000 missions flown, they now have a fleet consisting of an Airbus H135 and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Budget Cuts For Pinal County

Budget Cuts For Pinal County

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has had to put one of their three helicopters up for sale in order to pay for operations in the aviation unit. They had a budget cut of $1.8 million in July, making their current operations budget $35.5 million, reports Daily Progress.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Wiking Helikopter has just received their first H145 Airbus helicopter, one of two. The two helicopters are the first ones ordered in offshore configuration. The second H145 will be delivered in October 2017, reports Eban Magazine. The new helicopters will be used for recuse missions in the North Sea area, transporting harbour pilots and technicians… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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$3 Million Air Ambulance for Baldwin County

$3 Million Air Ambulance for Baldwin County

Baldwin County Medstar EMS recently revealed their newest asset, a Medstar Air Care 1. The new air ambulance cost $3 million and can reach up to 150 mph and in 14 minutes can reach any location in Baldwin County from their base at Stapleton VFD, reports WKRG News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky Opens Testing Facility for Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has inaugurated a new Systems Integration Lab (SIL) to begin testing key systems for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH), the new aircraft being built for the United States Air Force. The SIL encompasses 2,500 square feet located within the company’s main manufacturing facility in Stratford, Connecticut. The SIL… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Dec-16

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Approval Granted for vital Liverpool Hospital Helipad

Approval Granted for vital Liverpool Hospital Helipad

Liverpool City Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans for a £1 million helipad, funded by the HELP Appeal, to be built at Aintree University Hospital’s £35 million Urgent Care and Trauma Centre.   Doctors at the regional major trauma centre, which brings together Aintree with neuro-surgery specialists at neighbouring The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust,… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 08-Dec-16

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RUAG named Authorised Service Centre for the AW139 by Leonardo

RUAG named Authorised Service Centre for the AW139 by Leonardo

RUAG Aviation has secured Authorised Service Centre status for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter at its locations in Sion and Lugano, Switzerland. This authorisation confirms RUAG Aviation as a full support partner for the AW139 helicopter, including all maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), as well as warranty services. “The new type ratings for the Leonardo AW139… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 08-Dec-16

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Rockwell Collins now providing automated check-in for Falcon Aviation

Rockwell Collins now providing automated check-in for Falcon Aviation

Falcon Aviation has implemented Rockwell Collins’ ARINC LocalCheckSM Local Departure Control System (L-DCS) to automate the check-in process for the company’s fleet of helicopters and corporate jets. Falcon Aviation provides a host of aviation services, including private jet and helicopter charter, aircraft management and aircraft maintenance and support, to customers throughout the Middle East from… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 08-Dec-16

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Satcom Direct SD completes its acquisition of TrueNorth Avionics

Satcom Direct SD completes its acquisition of TrueNorth Avionics

Global aeronautical communications provider Satcom Direct (SD) announced today at MEBAA 2016 that it has closed its purchase of TrueNorth Avionics, a manufacturer of cabin communications solutions. With the acquisition of TrueNorth complete, SD significantly expands its ability to provide advanced communications systems for VIP and VVIP aircraft. Satcom Direct will be explaining the benefits… Read more »

Source: Satcom Direct, 08-Dec-16

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Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

Unmanned Safety Institute Training Programs Educate Law Enforcement on Drone Activity

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, provided a one-day workshop training on October 28, 2016, at the Town of Warrenton Police Department Headquarters located in Warrenton, Virginia. The purpose of this educational workshop was to train… Read more »

Source: Unmanned Safety Institute, 07-Dec-16

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Med-Trans Bases First Air Ambulance Helicopter in Baldwin County

Med-Trans Bases First Air Ambulance Helicopter in Baldwin County

Med-Trans Corporation, a national air medical transport leader, has based a Bell 407 GPX air ambulance helicopter in Baldwin County, Ala. in partnership with Medstar Emergency Medical Services. Flying with the name Medstar Air Care 1, Medstar EMS provides paramedics for the crews, while Med-Trans provides the helicopter, pilots and nurses. Medstar EMS is owned… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 07-Dec-16

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Helicentre Cabri G2 Fleet Increases to Six

Helicentre Cabri G2 Fleet Increases to Six

Helicentre Aviation Academy has taken delivery of its sixth brand new Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter. The aircraft, which is painted in the company’s silver-grey colours, was collected from Helicoptérès Guimbal in Marseille. It was flown back to the UK by one of the company’s pilots, together with a private pilot who is working towards a… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 07-Dec-16

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Rockwell Collins to provide sand and dust storm forecast for aviation operators

Rockwell Collins to provide sand and dust storm forecast for aviation operators

Rockwell Collins is integrating regional sand and dust storm forecast information into the company’s ARINCDirect flight planning tools, enabling business aviation operators in those areas to improve safety and on-time performance. “Over the past 15 years,a number of factors have resulted in an increase in the frequency, intensity and operational impact of sand and dust… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 07-Dec-16

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Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Oil firm Statoil will not resume using AS332/EC225 helicopters even if Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority decides to lift the ban imposed after a fatal crash off Bergen in Norway – reports Reuters

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-16

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Marenco Swisshelicopter appoints new CEO as founder leaves

Marenco Swisshelicopter appoints new CEO as founder leaves

Swiss media is reporting that Marenco Swisshelicopter founder and CEO Martin Stucki is leaving the company, and has been replaced. The company, now flying the second prototype of the single-turbine SKYe SH09 helicopter is lagging behind on its delivery schedule and is not expected to make first customer deliveries until 2018. Air Zermatt has been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-16

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Wessex Helicopter Restoration goes on Display

Wessex Helicopter Restoration goes on Display

A team at The Helicopter Museum, led by engineering volunteer Eric Butt, has just completed a seven year project to restore a 66 year old Westland Wessex helicopter, originally used by the manufacturer as an avionics development aircraft and then, from 1968, operated by the Royal Navy for anti-submarine and maritime surveillance work. Serialled XM328,… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Dec-16

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Bristow to present two Energy Conferences

Bristow to present two Energy Conferences

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that the Company will be presenting at two institutional investor conferences during the first week of December 2016. Don Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is scheduled to present at the Cowen and Company Energy & Natural Resources Conference to be held in New York on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:25 a.m…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Dec-16

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Sloane Helicopters appoints new Robinson Sales Manager

Sloane Helicopters appoints new Robinson Sales Manager

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that Rick Andrew has joined the Company as the Robinson Sales Manager. Originally from New Zealand, Rick has lived in the UK for five years and holds a PPL. As an experienced sales professional with a keen interest in aviation, Rick is excited to join the team and combine… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 06-Dec-16

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Bristow Academy’s Gerald Marchal Wins AMT Next Gen Award

Bristow Academy’s Gerald Marchal Wins AMT Next Gen Award

Bristow Academy A&P Mechanic Gerald Marchal was one of 40 aircraft maintenance professionals under the age of 40 from all segments of the aviation industry to receive Aircraft Maintenance Technology (AMT) magazine’s 40 Under 40 Next Gen Award. The award recognizes men and women who go above and beyond in their careers and are an… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Dec-16

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Helijet air ambulance service resumes at all hospital heliports in B.C.

Helijet air ambulance service resumes at all hospital heliports in B.C.

Helijet International Inc. has received the necessary regulatory approvals from Transport Canada to re-establish full 24-hour emergency air ambulance service to all hospital heliports in B.C., including Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Full service resumes Friday, December 02, at 8:30 a.m. Questions raised by Transport Canada last… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 06-Dec-16

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HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 06-Dec-16

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Milestone Names Daniel Rosenthal President and CEO

Milestone Names Daniel Rosenthal President and CEO

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company (“GECAS”) and the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that President Daniel Rosenthal has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Richard Santulli, GE Officer and Milestone Chairman, will leave GE but continue to serve Milestone in an advisory… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 06-Dec-16

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Erickson Inc. Receives Final Court Approval of DIP Financing Facility

Erickson Inc. Receives Final Court Approval of DIP Financing Facility

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (the “Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services, today announced that on December 1, 2016, less than thirty days after granting Erickson’s request to borrow $49 million under a debtor-in-possession term loan facility (the “DIP Term Facility”) on an interim basis, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 06-Dec-16

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PAC International upgrades EC145 for Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight program

PAC International upgrades EC145 for Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight program

PAC International delivered a refurbished Airbus EC145 to Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight program. The aircraft interior components were completely refurbished to include reconditioning of the Metro EMS interior, ADS-B and WAAS upgrades, and an update with Allegheny Health Network’s corporate branding. “The installation and painting of the aircraft from PAC was delivered on schedule, and… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 06-Dec-16

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Safran activates fully-automated helicopter engine turbine blade production line

Safran activates fully-automated helicopter engine turbine blade production line

As part of its “Factory of the future” strategy, Safran Helicopter Engines has started its first automated production line dedicated to turbine blade manufacturing. The event at its Bordes plant was celebrated in the presence of Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region. The new line will manufacture every turbine blade used in the company’s… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 06-Dec-16

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New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

Superior Air, a Greek training academy and charter operator has added three aircraft and two helicopters, an EC120B and EC130, to its fleet of 16 aircraft. The company has grown in 11 years from offering flights in Greece only, to now offering flights all over Europe and the Middle East. The company is doing well,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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First EMS Helipad for Manitoba

First EMS Helipad for Manitoba

Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre is excited to open Manitoba’s first helipad. The project has been in the works since 2011, as part of a new diagnostic imaging facility, reports CBC. The new helipad was tested this past Friday, by STARS air ambulance. The use of the helipad will cut transporting time by half an hour,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Indonesian Air Force Receives First Delivery of H225Ms

Indonesian Air Force Receives First Delivery of H225Ms

Indonesia’s Air Force has received two of their six Airbus H225M helicopters from Dirgantara Indonesia.  The handing over ceremony was held at Dirgantara’s Bandung facility this past Friday. Dirgantara receives the H225Ms from Airbus’ France production site and then adds their own equipment, nation specific, reports Flight Global. The new H225Ms have infrared cameras, pintle-mounted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Retrenched Caverton Workers Protest

Retrenched Caverton Workers Protest

Caverton Helicopters recently let go 150 of their staff without a severance package, only a month’s pay. The two leading aviation unions; National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) took up the issue and for two hours protested at the Caverton office inside the Murtala Muhammed International… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Shut Down of Bristow Helicopters in Nigeria

Shut Down of Bristow Helicopters in Nigeria

This past Wednesday, The National Association of Aircrafts Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) closed down Bristow Helicopters nationwide after Bristow’s management retrenched 10 Nigerian pilots and 13 Nigerian engineers. This caused the branches in Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos to all shut down, reports Daily Trust.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Dhruv Interested in EASA Certification

Dhruv Interested in EASA Certification

HAL Dhruv is currently looking into getting a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification after selling the three remaining helicopters that are left after their fleet was grounded in 2015. The grounding was due to four crashes between 2009 and 2014. The Dhruv helicopters now feature anti-resonance vibration isolation systems, a hinge-less main rotor, full… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Kenyan Military Receives 6 Hueys

Friday saw the arrival of six Bell Huey helicopters to the Kenyan Military. Each helicopter is valued at $106 million. The remaining two Hueys will be delivered in May 2017, reports The Star. The new helicopters will provide aid to the troops in Somalia, who are fighting against the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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Southampton General Hospital marks 5th anniversary of helipad

Southampton General Hospital marks 5th anniversary of helipad

Southampton General Hospital and the HELP Appeal this week celebrate the fifth anniversary of its life-saving onsite helipad. The hospital, which serves as the Major Trauma Centre for the region, has received over 1,750 patients since its launch in 2011. With over half of its landings received from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 04-Dec-16

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