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Sikorsky to Deliver S-70i FIREHAWK® to San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations

Sikorsky to Deliver S-70i FIREHAWK® to San Diego Fire-Rescue Air Operations

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, signed to deliver one S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopter in a baseline configuration to the city of San Diego at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. Wildland fires have spread more rapidly than ever observed in the past resulting in a year-round fire season in San Diego.  “The FIREHAWK® configuration of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

Airbus and Safran to develop new helicopter data monitoring systems

Airbus and Safran to develop new helicopter data monitoring systems

Airbus Helicopters and Safran Electronic and Defense have signed a letter of intent for the distribution of helicopter data monitoring systems. The systems can be integrated on all Airbus helicopters not already equipped with the Helionix avionics suite or a health and usage monitoring system (HUMS). “Our goal is always to offer our more modern,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Mexican Oil&Gas operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has signed for an additional H175, bringing to four the number of orders it has placed for this super-medium. Delivered in the summer of 2016, the first aircraft has been performing crew change missions for geo-seismic vessels. A second H175 will be delivered in the spring of 2018 to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

Sikorsky Authorizes Thai Aviation Services

Sikorsky Authorizes Thai Aviation Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has authorized Thai Aviation Services to operate as the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand. The announcement came at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo Trade Show & Exposition. This new Customer Support Center comes soon after Thai Aviation Services completed upgrading its fleet following the delivery… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

Safran launches new e-Spares service

Safran launches new e-Spares service

Safran Helicopter Engines introduces e-Spares, a new service that allows customers to order new spare parts and tools on-line. With its user-friendly interface, e-Spares helps users identify and select the right spare parts and tools easily and efficiently. Prices are instantly displayed, and availability statuses are calculated in real time so that an order can… Read more »

Source: Safran, 05-Mar-18

FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

Airbus Helicopters’ light-twin helicopter H135 has received the type certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardised features and is available on the H175, H145 and soon on the H160. The… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

The French company, who was involved in its elaboration, has opted for the Premium level of this service, launched last October at Helitech International. Health Monitoring allows customers to track engine life parameters and implement predictive maintenance actions to prevent unplanned events. The service is available at an Essential level, where the customer is responsible for… Read more »

Source: Safran, 05-Mar-18

Sikorsky Salutes LA County Fire Department Air Services

Sikorsky Salutes LA County Fire Department Air Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), today honored the Los Angeles County Fire Department for its search and rescue efforts and superior helicopter maintenance while battling numerous wildfires during the 2017-2018 fire season. The recognition occurred at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, where Sikorsky also presented a $15,000 donation to the Firefighter’s Cancer Support Network. In December 2000,… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

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LifePort Unveils Machined Sled Upgrade at Heli-Expo

LifePort Unveils Machined Sled Upgrade at Heli-Expo

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced a newly certified Machined Sled today at the annual Heli-Expo aerospace show.  Designed based on feedback from the operator community, the new sled has a wider backrest and is certified in the Leonardo AW139, Bell 212, Bell 412, Sikorsky S-76®A, B, C and D variants, and the Airbus H-130 airframe. … Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-Mar-18

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Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Airbus’ fleet of helicopters equipped with the Helionix avionics system have surpassed the symbolic milestone of 100.000 flight hours, just three years after customer operations started. Initially in service with the H145 and H175, this digital avionics suite was later certified in the H135 and in the future will equip the H160 as well as… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

NZ Hospital aims to crowdfund NZ$1 million for helipad

Christchurch Hospital has started a campaign to raise $1 million in order to build a helipad on top of their west tower. It takes patients 13 minutes to get to the hospital in a ground ambulance from the helipad in Hagley Park. The Rātā Foundation has proposed to put forward $500,000 if the Māia Health Foundation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-18

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Kopter signs with Paradise Helicopters

Kopter signs with Paradise Helicopters

Kopter Group AG announced today the signature of a Memorandum of Agreement with Paradise Helicopters for the purchase of four (4) SH09 helicopters to be delivered after the helicopter is awarded FAA certification expected around end of 2019. This signature took place at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas between the Chief Executive Officer of Kopter, Andreas… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 04-Mar-18

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LifePort Awarded Contract for Ballistic Protection Systems

LifePort Awarded Contract for Ballistic Protection Systems

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today a contract award for 25 customized Black Hawk Ballistic Protection Systems (BPS) to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. These systems will provide both crew and passengers protection from ground-based ballistic threats.  LifePort’s unique design allows the customer to easily re-configure the cabin to support various mission profiles,… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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Sikorsky Advances iFly Sikorsky™

Sikorsky Advances iFly Sikorsky™

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today unveiled the latest version of its iPad flight calculator application for S-92® and S-76D™ helicopters. In addition to replicating common performance calculations and performing as weight-and-balance calculator, iFly Sikorsky v2.0 now connects to internet based weather data (METAR) and offers an entirely new graphical interface. The iFly… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization that provides critical care air medical transport for Boston-area and other Eastern Massachusetts hospitals, has ordered three new versatile Airbus H145 helicopters as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade its fleet with more modern and more capable aircraft. “The H145 platform suits our needs because of its versatility, safety,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

Metro Aviation names new Chief Operating Officer

On his first day at Metro Aviation, Kenny Morrow began his morning by getting kicked out of the Managing Director’s office.  Nearly 23 years later, Kenny is celebrating his promotion to Chief Operating Officer. “Metro has always sought to promote from within so that people with the desire and ability to advance and excel can… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-18

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Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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Safran introduces Expert link

Safran introduces Expert link

At HAI Heli-Expo, Safran Helicopter Engines is launching Expert link, a new video assistance service, and announcing the first customers: Heli Austria, Rotortech Services Inc and Heligo. This new service allows the customer to connect, through a secure, live video feed, with Safran Helicopter Engines experts to facilitate technical diagnosis or guide them through a… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Mar-18

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Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at Heli-Expo

Leonardo announced further combined orders for helicopters at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas today for a total of 17 aircraft valued at almost 140 million euro for several customers in various countries and for a range of commercial and public service applications. Contracts include a mix of AW119Kx single engine, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Weststar signs AW139 fleet engine program with P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a 13-year Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) agreement with Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Weststar Aviation Services that covers its fleet of 44 PT6C-67C engines that power 22 Leonardo AW139 helicopters. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). The FMP includes tailored Main Base Parts kitting to allow for… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 04-Mar-18

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PAC International completes EC145 refurbishment

PAC International completes EC145 refurbishment

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, will display the Cleveland Metro Life Flight Airbus EC145 at the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO February 26 – March 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The aircraft was originally completed by Metro Aviation, but recently underwent a routine refurbishment and upgrade at PAC’s completion center in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-18

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Kopter Group announces new order for 18 SH09

Kopter Group announces new order for 18 SH09

Kopter is proud to announce the signature of a firm contract for twelve units plus six options with Helitrans AS, one of Norway’s largest helicopter operators. This major contract further demonstrates the growing interest the SH09 is generating in the market. Helitrans AS is the last operator to complete our Launch Customer group. The Launch… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 04-Mar-18

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Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announces delivery of 2 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today the delivery of two AW119Kx single engine helicopters to Akagera Aviation of Rwanda. The aircraft feature a customized convertible configuration for passenger transport or emergency medical service (EMS) depending on mission requirements. The two AW119Kx add to an AW109 GrandNew and an AW139 already operated by Akagera Aviation for transport and EMS… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Mar-18

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Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One Signs Agreement to Support the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed an agreement with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to provide on-site Intermediate/Depot-level maintenance on 12 AS532 Cougar helicopters and to support five additional aircraft in storage. The agreement covers inspections and maintenance above the 750HR/2-year interval, Makila 1A2 inspections, corrosion… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 04-Mar-18

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Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

Rolls-Royce engine to power B407GXi

The Rolls-Royce M250-C47E engine has been selected to power the new Bell 407GXi helicopter, providing enhanced safety and reduced pilot workload, plus increased reliability and maintainability. The new engine will offer additional capability and lower maintenance costs for the iconic Bell rotorcraft. The new engine agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and Bell, which… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 04-Mar-18

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Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed with Heliflite China for an order of seven H125 and three H130 aircraft. The company, based in Xian, China, has also been accredited as an official Airbus Helicopters distributor in the region, supporting Airbus’ growth in this rapidly developing market. The light helicopters will be used for utility and helicopter emergency… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

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ÖAMTC subscribes to new Safran Health Monitoring service

ÖAMTC subscribes to new Safran Health Monitoring service

Safran is proud to announce ÖAMTC (Österreichischer Automobil-, Motorrad- und Touring Club) as one of the first major customers to sign a Premium Health Monitoring contract. The Health Monitoring service for helicopter engines, launched last October at Helitech International allows customers to track engine life data and thus reduce unplanned events. Engine life can be… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Mar-18

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Astronautics achieves hardware milestone

Astronautics achieves hardware milestone

Astronautics Corporation of America recently began testing the first engineering units of its new air-ground communications system (AGCS). AGCS is a secure connectivity solution that Astronautics is providing to Airbus Helicopters. Astronautics’ AGCS will provide: Secure protection of critical avionics from non-authorized access through implementation of a modern cybersecurity framework Wireless access to operational and… Read more »

Source: Astronautics Corporation, 04-Mar-18

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LifePort Delivers Lightweight Armor Kit for Columbia Helicopters

LifePort Delivers Lightweight Armor Kit for Columbia Helicopters

 LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today the delivery of  cabin and cockpit floor armor for Columbia Helicopters’ model 234 aircraft (commercial equivalent to the Boeing CH-47).  The armor is designed to protect crew members operating in hazardous environments. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). Through years of experience and customer collaboration, LifePort has… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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Sikorsky and HABCO Industries enter into Agreement

Sikorsky and HABCO Industries enter into Agreement

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE:LMT) has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with HABCO Industries to supply ground support equipment products for the maintenance, servicing and manufacturing production of Sikorsky helicopter products. The announcement was made at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. The agreement covers all commercial, international military, and U.S. Government ground… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 04-Mar-18

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P&WC provides Temsco with PT6C-67D engine for UH-1H STC program

P&WC provides Temsco with PT6C-67D engine for UH-1H STC program

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today that it will provide its PT6C-67D powerplant for the engine conversion program of the UH-1H helicopter. The supplemental type certificate (STC) for the engine conversion program is held by TEMSCO Helicopters, Inc., of Alaska. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation company (NYSE:UTX). “The PT6C family of… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 04-Mar-18

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight employee named Tennessee Paramedic of the Year

Vanderbilt LifeFlight employee named Tennessee Paramedic of the Year

Bell, a critical care flight paramedic and respiratory therapist, has worked for Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 2005. He was one of the first paramedics hired to work in the flight division. Jeanne Yeatman, a Vanderbilt colleague who has served with Bell since he started with LifeFlight, recruited him to join the LifeFlight team. “We are so… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 04-Mar-18

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FlightSafety now offers more than 100 approved courses

FlightSafety now offers more than 100 approved courses

FlightSafety International announces that it now offers more than 100 courses approved for education benefits by the U.S. department of Veterans Affairs at 11 Learning Centers located across the country. “FlightSafety is proud to support our veterans and to thank them for their service,” said David Davenport, Executive Vice President. “We worked with the U.S…. Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 04-Mar-18

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Mecaer Aviation Group Signs First VIP Bell 505

Mecaer Aviation Group Signs First VIP Bell 505

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) signed a VIP interior in the first commercially operated Bell 505 today at Heli-Expo. Montreal, QC based, Helite Aviation has ordered the first Bell 505 MAGnificent to be operated as a commercial, for hire aircraft in the North American region. Helite’s Bell 505 will be customized by Mecaer  and will… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 03-Mar-18

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Aviall enters global supply chain agreement with CHC

Aviall enters global supply chain agreement with CHC

Boeing [NYSE: BA], through its subsidiary Aviall, today announced it signed a global supply chain management agreement with CHC Helicopter. Under this agreement, Aviall will collaborate with CHC to provide Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) to improve efficiency and streamline supply chain costs for CHC’s global operations. The workflow tools included will provide CHC with integration… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 03-Mar-18

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Schiebel wins CAMCOPTER® S-100 contract

Schiebel wins CAMCOPTER® S-100 contract

A fleet of Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) were commissioned by MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, to fulfill a contract with an international customer. Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was chosen by MDA for its impressive track record of providing critical support in sea- and land-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. As a… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Mar-18

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Manufacturing & New STC Development Signals Growth for VIH Aerospace

Manufacturing & New STC Development Signals Growth for VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – (Booth # C4045), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services continued to experience growth in demand for its manufacturing services throughout 2017 and into 2018. “For last year’s Heli-Expo, we announced a full offering of manufacturing services for fixed and rotary-wing operators and frankly, we… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

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Metro makes progress with FOQA program

Metro makes progress with FOQA program

The Metro Aviation leadership team continues proving its commitment to safety with the investment of time and resources into training, data mining and operational oversight.  Since receiving approval for its Flight Operations Quality Assurance program in the summer of 2017, Metro has increased its flight data monitoring-equipped aircraft to reflect nearly 65 percent of its… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Mar-18

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Able Services Rolls out B505 Capabilities

Able Services Rolls out B505 Capabilities

Preparing for the next generation of modern rotor-wing maintenance requirements, Able Aerospace Services has rolled out comprehensive component assembly-level support for the Bell 505 helicopter. In conjunction with its full Bell 429 capabilities, this further bolsters Able as the go-to source for cutting-edge helicopter component repair, overhaul, parts and completion solutions. The new Bell 505 capabilities include… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

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Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Mar-18

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Hughes and AMGH Form Strategic Partnership

Hughes and AMGH Form Strategic Partnership

Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. (AMGH) has signed a multi-year contract with Hughes Aerospace for COPTER Instrument Procedures, COPTER RNP Routes, Procedure Maintenance and Heliport services. Hughes is providing AMGH and its subsidiaries with the latest in COPTER LPV, LP and LNAV Instrument approaches, departures and RNP 0.3 COPTER Routes depicted on all digital geo-referenced… Read more »

Source: Air Medical Group, 03-Mar-18

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Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

Kopter announces order from Safomar Aviation of South Africa

On Day 2 of HeliExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kopter Group AG is proud to announce that Safomar Aviation (PTY) LTD of South Africa has signed an order of two (2) units of the SH09 single turbine helicopter. Safomar is currently in advanced stage discussions with Kopter of a representation agreement for its products… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 03-Mar-18

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Sikorsky delivers 300th S92

Sikorsky delivers 300th S92

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today delivered the 300th S-92® helicopter. Era Group Inc. signed for the aircraft, configured for offshore oil worker transportation, in a ceremony at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. This aircraft, assembled in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, will join Era Group’s fleet of eight Sikorsky helicopters and enter service in March in… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Mar-18

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Era Group Announces Fiscal Year and Q4 2017 Earnings

Era Group Announces Fiscal Year and Q4 2017 Earnings

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced it will release financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter 2017 after the market closes on Thursday, March 8, 2018. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Friday, March 9, 2018, to… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 03-Mar-18

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Becker Announces Certification of BXT6500 Family

Becker Announces Certification of BXT6500 Family

Becker Avionics innovator and digital technology provider Becker Avionics has received certification for the company’s BXT6500 family Mode S transponder, designed specifically for the rigorous flying environment characteristic of helicopter operations. Paired with a FreeFlight Systems’ 1203C SBAS/GNSS sensor, these remote-mounted solutions provide helicopter operators a complete and cost-effective way to equip with ADS-B Out for… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 03-Mar-18

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Able Expands in Latin America

Able Expands in Latin America

Guatemala-based Aeroservicios Ave, S.A. (AVESA) has selected Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as its exclusive provider for component repair, overhaul and exchange services. The relationship establishes AVESA as Able’s newest global customer, creating improved in-country product availability and cost savings for AVESA customers operating light and medium Bell Helicopter platforms in Guatemala… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 03-Mar-18

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NBAA Welcomes Removal of ATC Privatization Provision

NBAA Welcomes Removal of ATC Privatization Provision

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today issued the following statement in response to the Feb. 27 announcement from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) to set aside his proposal for removing air traffic control (ATC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposal was part of House legislation (H.R. 2997) to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Mar-18

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Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters announce collaboration

Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters announce collaboration

Rotortrade Services and Savback Helicopters are very happy to announce they are joining forces to better support customers in Northern and Eastern Europe. Rotortrade is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters with 6 offices across the world and Savback Helicopters headquartered in Sweden, is a respected brand whose… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 03-Mar-18

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Latitude Launches Iridium Push-to-Talk SATCOM

Latitude Launches Iridium Push-to-Talk SATCOM

Latitude Technologies, the premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and satcom solutions for fleet operators will be showcasing the new S200-012P Iridium Satellite Push-to-Talk (PTT) device for air medical and first responder organizations at HELI EXPO, Helicopter Association International’s annual convention, in Las Vegas. About the New S200-012P Iridium Satellite Push-to-Talk Device… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 03-Mar-18

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Waypoint Completes Purchase and Lease-Back of AW139

Waypoint Completes Purchase and Lease-Back of AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it has completed a purchase and lease-back for one AW139 helicopter to Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”) in Morocco to be used in support of the offshore oil and gas sector.  This transaction marks Waypoint’s fourth lease with Heliconia. Con Barber, Waypoint’s… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 03-Mar-18

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Heli-One Signs Service Center Agreement with Safran

Heli-One Signs Service Center Agreement with Safran

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a service center agreement with Safran Helicopter Engines for Makila MRO services. Makila services are performed at Heli-One Norway’s engine shop in Stavanger, as well as through mobile support. The agreement allows Makila 1 operators worldwide to benefit from Heli-One’s expertise… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-18

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Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Chinese fleet grows stronger with orders for additional 26 helicopters

Leonardo announced today that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for additional 26 helicopters, including 7 AW119Kx single engine, 15 AW109 Trekker light twins and 4 AW139 intermediate twins with deliveries expected to start this year through to 2019. The contracts are valued in excess of 120 million euro. The orders… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Mar-18

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HTM orders 4 new H125s

HTM orders 4 new H125s

Airbus Helicopters and Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) have signed an agreement at Heli-Expo for the purchase of four H125s, completing a fleet of 25 Airbus helicopters. “We have selected the H125 for its superior performance especially in mountainous areas and hot climates” said Hans Ostler, CEO of HTM. “We are excited to put this helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-18

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HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

HeliDax signs a Health Monitoring contract with Safran

Safran Helicopter Engines is proud to introduce HeliDax as new customer of its Health Monitoring service. The French company, who was involved in its elaboration, has opted for the Premium level of this service, launched last October at Helitech International. Health Monitoring allows customers to track engine life parameters and implement predictive maintenance actions to… Read more »

Source: Safran, 03-Mar-18

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RoadRunner EFI on display at HAI Heli-Expo

RoadRunner EFI on display at HAI Heli-Expo

Astronautics Corporation of America’s RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI), AFI 4700, has been installed, flown, and demonstrated on a variety of helicopter platforms—including Bell 212, Bell 214ST, and AW109—validating its ease of installation and integration into existing avionics suites. With additional flight demonstrations planned for mid-March, the drop-in replacement EFI displays attitude direction and horizontal… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 03-Mar-18

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P&WC Introduces a Certified Pre-Owned Engine Program

P&WC Introduces a Certified Pre-Owned Engine Program

Operators thinking of buying a pre-owned AW139 or AW109 helicopter will now have the option of a 500-hour/one-year engine warranty under P&WC’s new Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) engine program for PT6C-67C, PW206C and PW207C engines. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). Initially being launched in collaboration with global helicopter dealer Rotortrade, aircraft dealers… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 03-Mar-18

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P&WC unveils six new services for helicopter operators

P&WC unveils six new services for helicopter operators

At HAI HELI-EXPO, Pratt & Whitney Canada announced six new helicopter engine services as part of its ongoing transformation of the company’s customer service organization and the way in which it designs and delivers programs to match the evolving needs of operators of its worldwide engine fleet. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 02-Mar-18

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AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

AgustaWestland Limited awarded patent for Gearbox lubrication

A helicopter tail rotor gearbox including a housing, an output shaft for connection to a tail rotor rotatably supported in the housing and having an open end therein, an input member rotatably supported in the housing, gearing providing a power transmitting connection between the input member and output shaft, a pitch control shaft for effecting a change… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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Phoenix Products awarded patent for Helicopter drip pan

Phoenix Products awarded patent for Helicopter drip pan

A drip pan apparatus for use in a helicopter includes a drip pan and a frame having a plurality of frame sides and a plurality of frame corners that define an inwardly-facing peripheral surface. A first frame angle is formed between a first inwardly-facing surface and a second inwardly-facing surface. The first frame angle is an acute… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

A system for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a central head or hub of a helicopter. At least one sensor is arranged to continuously measure vertical angular movement of a rotor blade and/or the flapping hinge. Also a method for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 01-Mar-18

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Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck awarded $19M contract for procurement of 819 engineering change kits for various platforms including V-22

Druck LLC, Billerica, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $19,055,214 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of approximately 819 engineering change kits to upgrade air data test sets in support of H-1, H-3, BQM-34, F-16, BQM-74, T-45, EA-18G, H-53, F/A-18, P-8, C-2, C-130, AV-8B, E-2, H-60, V-22, E-6, C-20, MQ-8, MQ-4, T-44, F-5, T-39, VH-92 platforms… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Mar-18

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Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Northern Ireland Air Ambulance 222nd Call Out

Air Ambulance North Ireland (AANI) have had to be called out a total of 222 times within their first six months of operating. 60 % were for traffic collisions, 26% were for severe injuries involving drowning, explosions and burns and 14% were for falls. They have opened an AANI Club, where members can donate £2… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-18

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Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters has secured new contracts for three helicopters from Japanese operators, following its successful start to the New Year with recent contract announcements for one new H135 and an AS365 N3+.  With this new stream of orders, Airbus Helicopters has received orders for a total of five helicopters in the first quarter of 2018,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-18

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HAI reports successful year at annual membership meeting

HAI reports successful year at annual membership meeting

HAI members and HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 attendees gathered in Las Vegas today for the HAI Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast. During the meeting, members of the HAI Board of Directors updated the crowd on the work of the association since the last meeting in Dallas. The meeting began with a call to order by HAI… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-18

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SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

SW-4 Solo Optionally Piloted Helicopter Performs First Flight without Safety Pilot

  The aircraft flew for 45 minutes and all systems performed as expected with excellent controllability and handling qualities. Tests included, among others, remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and acceleration to forward flight, automatic way point navigation to and from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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New plug and play caution/warning panel for BK117

New plug and play caution/warning panel for BK117

Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM) and Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) are pleased to announce they will be proceeding with the development, qualification, certification and sale of a new generation, “plug and play” replacement caution/warning panel for the BK117 series helicopter. The MCP117 will be night vision goggle (NVG) compatible, DO-160G qualified, feature LED lighting… Read more »

Source: ASU, 01-Mar-18

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Astronautics upgrades MFDS software for AB-212

Astronautics upgrades MFDS software for AB-212

Astronautics Corporation of America is completing a software update to its multifunction display system (MFDS) for customer SENER, a multinational engineering and technology group, and Babcock MCS España (formerly INAER) on the Spanish Navy’s AB-212 fleet. Astronautics’ MFDS is a key part of the avionics that have been upgraded for the Spanish Navy as part… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 01-Mar-18

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Kopter signed with Rainier International Inc. for 10 SH09

Kopter signed with Rainier International Inc. for 10 SH09

Kopter Group signed a memorandum of Agreement with Rainier International Inc, a subsidiary of Elling Halverson Inc, for the purchase of five (5) SH09 helicopters with options for as many as five (5) additional aircraft for delivery within the next three (3) years. This order was announced during Heli-Expo in Las Vegas in the presence… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 01-Mar-18

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Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

Leonardo introduces new training and flight operations services

At Heli-Expo Leonardo is announcing a range of both new and further enhanced training and flight operation services aimed at a continued increase of safety, missions effectiveness and customer service quality. Leveraging its well established capability for the design of training devices including VIPT (Virtual Interactive Procedural Trainer), FTD (Flight Training Device) and FFS (Full… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Mar-18

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Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to celebrate the delivery of a new, custom-configured MD 530F with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). Officially accepted into operation in February, it is an honor to deliver EAGLE 1 to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office fleet, Sheriff Margaret Mims, and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. With… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Mar-18

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Safran Launches new e-Spares service

Safran Launches new e-Spares service

Safran Helicopter Engines introduces e-Spares, a new service that allows customers to order new spare parts and tools on-line. With its user-friendly interface, e-Spares helps users identify and select the right spare parts and tools easily and efficiently. Prices are instantly displayed, and availability statuses are calculated in real time so that an order can… Read more »

Source: Safran, 01-Mar-18

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StandardAero receives two awards from Rolls-Royce

StandardAero receives two awards from Rolls-Royce

StandardAero was the recipient of two awards at the prestigious Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, an annual event held as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at the 2018 HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 01-Mar-18

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​VIH Aerospace competes NV installs for EMS operations

​VIH Aerospace competes NV installs for EMS operations

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com – (Booth # C4045), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services; announces it has completed installations of three Supplemental Type Certified, Night Vision systems for Helijet International, Incorporated. Danny Sitnam, president-CEO at Helijet, explains that VIH Aerospace and its development partner, Rebtech Technologies (Rebtech) were selected… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 01-Mar-18

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German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

German Federal Police procures mission systems from ESG

ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has succeeded in winning the contract issued by NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for the German Federal Police for the fleet-wide replacement of all mission equipment in the AS332L1 “Super Puma”, EC155  and EC135 helicopters. The new mission systems will extend the wide range of capability options of the German… Read more »

Source: ESG, 01-Mar-18

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NHV signs master FMP agreement with P&WC

NHV signs master FMP agreement with P&WC

NHV NV, the launch customer and fleet leader of the Airbus H175 helicopter powered by PT6C-67E engines, has signed a Fleet Management™ Program (FMP®) for these and other P&WC engines in its fleet. P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX). “Our relationship with P&WC started in the very early days of NHV and… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 01-Mar-18

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