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Schiebel wins contract with MDA

Schiebel wins contract with MDA

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 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the S-100 has a relatively small logistical footprint, which allows for flexible and rapid deployment. By day and night, the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 11-May-18

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

AAMS Responds to Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is greatly concerned about the unintended negative consequences that can result from the recent Air Ambulance Consumer Protection Act, reported to be introduced today by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  While it is the position of AAMS that all our members advocate on behalf of their patients and work… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-May-18

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Lockheed Indago 3 upgraded with infrared sensors capability

Lockheed Indago 3 upgraded with infrared sensors capability

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Indago 3, a small quadrotor unmanned aerial system has been upgraded with high resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations. “Providing an infrared capability for Indago further enhances the uses for this small but powerful system,” said Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager with Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies. “With its endurance… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-May-18

Triumph Geared Solutions Recognized by Sikorsky

Triumph Geared Solutions Recognized by Sikorsky

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) announced today that for the second time in the last three years, its Geared Solutions business has been recognized by Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) as Supplier of the Year for exceptional performance and contributions to its Sikorsky helicopter company. The Park City, Utah based Geared Solutions business took this year’s… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 11-May-18

Mountain Air adds Airbus H125

Mountain Air adds Airbus H125

 The Mountain Helicopters Pvt. Ltd, pioneering helicopter service company based in Kathmandu, Nepal and which has been in operation since 2009 has announced that the company has added another H125 also known as AS-350B3e Helicopter manufactured by Airbus helicopter for commercial operations in the country. The addition of H125 chopper of Mountain Helicopter ‘9N-ALD’  is… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 10-May-18

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

Schiebel integrates maritime surface search capability

The PT-8 Oceanwatch delivers an image-based wide area maritime search capability that significantly extends the coverage area and makes the CAMCOPTER® S-100 an even more powerful naval patrol solution. Oceanwatch autonomously detects small targets on the ocean surface, solving the challenge of searching for small objects over vast areas and greatly outperforming conventional cameras that… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 10-May-18

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open

 CHC Helicopter today announced the official opening of early bird registration for its signature aviation safety event, the annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit. From May 1 through May 31, interested delegates will have the opportunity to register for this year’s event at a discounted early bird rate of $1085 (USD). After May 31, the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-18

HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

HeliOffshore 2018 Conference Commits to Next Steps in Safety Collaboration

Senior leaders from the offshore oil and gas industry have reconfirmed their commitment to driving up safety performance, agreeing to press hard for comprehensive implementation of safety priorities that will have the most potential to save lives in helicopter operations. These safety priorities include activities such as sharing and jointly analysing operational data through the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 10-May-18

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Hot Blade 2018 kicks off with focus on interoperability

Hot Blade 2018 kicks off with focus on interoperability

HOT BLADE 2018, the 12th helicopter exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), kicked off yesterday 7th May at Beja airbase in Portugal. It will run until 24 May and involve a total of 29 air assets and crews from six countries: Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-May-18

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Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Metro expands presence in North Caroline

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare, a hospital-based air medical program, is the newest member of the Metro Aviation family, joining other North Carolina Metro Aviation programs Vidant EastCare and Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA). In a matter of six months, Metro Aviation procured and refurbished three Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters for the AirCare program.  Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 10-May-18

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First show of New Turboshaft Aneto

First show of New Turboshaft Aneto

For the first time in Russia, the new helicopter turboshaft engine Anteo family to be introduced at HeliRussia 2018. The full-scale mock-up of the new powerplant will be displayed by its developer –  Safran Helicopter Engines, the world leading manufacturer of rotorcraft turbines. Aneto engine family features significant benefits: thanks to an exceptional power-to-volume ratio, it offers 25% greater… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 10-May-18

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RUAG holds first Swiss-based helicopter crew training ahead of 2019 EASA regulation

RUAG holds first Swiss-based helicopter crew training ahead of 2019 EASA regulation

RUAG Aviation flight test pilots applied their significant knowledge and experience in helicopter Maintenance Check Flights (MCF) to train fellow Swiss pilots and other interested parties in the first-ever training of… “Maintenance Check Flights are a critical aspect of the safety process for all aircraft. As a Center of Excellence in this specific area, we have considerable… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 10-May-18

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Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

Senegalese Air Force to train using Thales solution

The Senegalese Armed Forces will train Mi-35 attack helicopter and Mi-17 transport helicopter aircrews for collective and tactical operations leveraging Thales’s expertise in training and simulation. The Thales helicopter mission trainer will enable pilots to acquire and develop the tactical skills and be mission-ready. Key points Senegalese attack helicopter and transport helicopter pilots will benefit from… Read more »

Source: Thales, 10-May-18

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Airbus celebrates 25 years of Parts By the Hour with DRF Luftrettung

Airbus celebrates 25 years of Parts By the Hour with DRF Luftrettung

For 25 years, Airbus support and services has been making a significant contribution to the operational readiness of DRF Luftrettung’s rescue helicopters, thanks to the security and rate of aircraft availability provided by its HCare Smart contract. DRF Luftrettung operates over 50 Airbus helicopters for emergency operations at 31 bases in Germany and Austria. Each year the crews… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-May-18

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Moog Inc. awarded $10M contract for V-22 Swashplates

Moog Inc. awarded $10M contract for V-22 Swashplates

Moog Inc., Elma, New York, has been awarded a maximum $9,576,000 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 swashplates. This is a stand-alone requirement with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is New York, with a May 14, 2020, performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-18

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Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

Night vision technology now in three of four BC air ambulance

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) now has night vision imaging technology aboard three of its air ambulance helicopters, to safely reach more patients at night. The helicopters are based in Vancouver and Prince Rupert. A fourth BCEHS air ambulance helicopter is based in Kamloops, and it will be equipped to provide night vision flight operations… Read more »

Source: BCEHS, 09-May-18

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AAMS Board of Directors adds new member

AAMS Board of Directors adds new member

Mike Griffiths has been appointed to fill the open Region 1 Director position on the AAMS Board. Mr. Griffiths fills the vacated seat of previous Region 1 Director, Scott Kirby, who accepted a position in another region. Mr. Griffiths’ term will end at AMTC 2019 in Atlanta, at which point the seat will be up for re-election. Mr. Griffiths serves as the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 09-May-18

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Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell awarded $22M contract for Seven extra Bell 407 airframes

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $21,705,649 for modification P00001 to a previously awarded indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0119).  This modification increases the quantity of Bell 407 variant commercial airframes through fiscal 2020 by seven in support of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system program of record.  Work will be performed in Ozark, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-18

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Employee Boom for Erickson

Employee Boom for Erickson

Erickson has had to add over 100 new employees to their Willow Springs Road facility, due to their surge in business. The company has known struggles in the past decade, but are happy that things are moving forward. Erickson is known for their production of Sikorsky S-64 aircrane helicopters, reports Mail Tribune.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-May-18

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Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

Hawaiian Air Ambulance Merger

Hawaiian air ambulance services Air Medical Group Holdings and AMR Holdco will be merging soon. This is due to a settlement approve by the Federal Trade Commission. They will also have to sell the air ambulance service AIRMD, reports  Miami Herald.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-May-18

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NHV expands Executive Team

NHV expands Executive Team

NHV, the provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced the appointment of Mr Brieuc Spindler to the role of Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Committee. With extensive management experience spanning nearly three decades, Spindler brings valuable leadership to NHV as the company is poised for international expansion. As COO, Brieuc Spindler will… Read more »

Source: NHV, 04-May-18

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Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell annonces sale of 2 B429s to EDIC Horizon

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced a signature from EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport,EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide unparalleled flight training to a variety of international students. “We are thrilled to add… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 03-May-18

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Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus delivers 200th H145

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all dedicated to delivering HEMS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-18

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Lockheed awarded $14M contract for AH-64 Apache refurbishment

Lockheed awarded $14M contract for AH-64 Apache refurbishment

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,158,360 modification (0004 01) to foreign military sales (United Kingdom) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for AH-64 Apache refurbishment items. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $14,158,360 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

Raytheon awarded $7M contract for V-22 Repairs

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $7,073,229 for a firm-fixed-price contract for the repair of the Multimode Radar System in support of the V-22 aircraft.  This delivery order does not contain a provision for an option quantity. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is to be completed by May 2020. Fiscal 2018… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-May-18

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Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

Airbus and Schiebel successfully demonstrate Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

 Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform and a CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS), thus becoming the first European helicopter manufacturers to demonstrate this technology with the highest level of interoperability (LOI°5). The companies carried out test flights with the support of the Austrian Armaments and Defence… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-May-18

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Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

Barco powered H145 simulator certified to level D

[electronic translation] Training helicopter pilots in air rescue services to handle extremely difficult and dangerous maneuvers in all conditions can only safely be done in simulators providing the highest level of realism and fidelity. The new H145 helicopter full-flight simulator at the ADAC HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) Academy in Bonn, Germany, has just been… Read more »

Source: Barco, 02-May-18

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Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter adding two new Robinson R66 to its fleet

Prabhu Helicopter Pvt. Ltd., one of the progressive airline companies of Nepal is preparing to add two new Robinson R66 helicopters to its fleet. Currently, the airline owns two R66 and one R44 series helicopter and with the addition of two more R66 the fleet size will be 5. As per the information from the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 01-May-18

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Boeing awarded $96M contract for Production of 36 AH-64E Apaches

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $96,383,695 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) foreign military sales (Republic of Korea) contract for production support services in support of the 36 AH-64E Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-May-18

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Multiflight adds H155 to charter fleet

Multiflight adds H155 to charter fleet

Multiflight has expanded its helicopter charter fleet with a VIP Airbus H155 helicopter to meet the increasing demand for its charter services.The new charter aircraft, an Airbus H155 with VIP configuration, joins Multiflight’s existing fleet, which includes two luxury eight seat AS365 Dauphin helicopters.“The VIP Airbus H155 helicopter is a fabulous new addition to the… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 01-May-18

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Four agencies order IMT Vislink HD downlink equipment

Four agencies order IMT Vislink HD downlink equipment

  xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced that its IMT Vislink business has received orders valued at over $750,000 for high-definition (HD) Airborne Video Downlink System (“AVDS”) equipment and related services from law enforcement… Read more »

Source: IMT, 01-May-18

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US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

US Foreign Military to sell AH-1Zs to Bahrain

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of AH-1Z attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $911.4 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Bahrain has requested twelve (12) AH-1Z attack helicopters, twenty-six (26)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 01-May-18

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Lockheed to Announce Jupiter Facility Lay-Offs

Lockheed to Announce Jupiter Facility Lay-Offs

Lockheed has announced that up to 200 employees are potentially going to be affected by lay-offs in their Jupiter facility. Teamsters Local 1150 is currently looking for replacement positions within the company for those affected. The names of those to be laid-off are not yet finalized, reports wptv.

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-18

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RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

RNLAF NH90 MASE now in operational use

The first MASE equipped Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) NH90 helicopter has successfully passed a comprehensive test program consisting of ground, flight, and certification tests. It is now awaiting operational use. The MASE installation consists of the proven modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment concept including the ALQ-213 EW controller, a modular self-protection pod equipped with MILDS-F Missile Warning… Read more »

Source: Terma, 27-Apr-18

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Boeing, Rohde & Schwarz Sign Agreement

Boeing, Rohde & Schwarz Sign Agreement

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Rohde & Schwarz have reached an agreement to offer Rohde & Schwarz’s next-generation software-defined airborne radio (SDAR) into the flight systems of H-47 Chinook helicopters. The R&S SDAR will give operators of the Boeing-built Chinook significant communications capabilities. “This is yet another example of how we can accommodate unique customer requirements,”… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 27-Apr-18

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CAE opens new office in Canberra, Australia

CAE opens new office in Canberra, Australia

CAE today announced that its Defence and Security business unit has expanded operations in Australia by opening a new office in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The new office was inaugurated yesterday during a visit from the Honourable Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, and Ian Bell, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific/Middle… Read more »

Source: CAE, 27-Apr-18

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Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian MOD sign agreement

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence have agreed to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Apr-18

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Global Tooling Systems a Sikorsky Program Supplier of the Year

Global Tooling Systems a Sikorsky Program Supplier of the Year

 Global Tooling Systems, an Ascent Aerospace company, was recognized by Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky line of business at a recent ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida as the Program Supplier of the Year for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program CH-148 Cyclone.   According to a release by Lockheed Martin, “Global Tooling Systems provided the straightening tool prototype for the CMHP program… Read more »

Source: Ascent Aerospace, 27-Apr-18

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PRISM Announces Launch of Document Management System

PRISM Announces Launch of Document Management System

ARGUS International, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the PRISM Document Management System (PDMS) which utilizes Web Manuals’ cloud-based application to assist operators with the ongoing maintenance of their aviation manuals. When aviation operators need revisions to be made within their manuals, all an operator must do is provide PRISM with the revised manual… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 27-Apr-18

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Boeing partners with 10 German Aerospace Companies

Boeing partners with 10 German Aerospace Companies

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ten German aerospace companies reached agreements today to partner on a range of business opportunities on the H-47 Chinook, a contender in Germany’s STH heavy-lift helicopter competition. The agreements with AERO-Bildungs GmbH, Aircraft Philipp, CAE Elektronik GmbH, COTESA, Diehl Defence, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, Rockwell Collins, and Rolls-Royce… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 26-Apr-18

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Composite Helicopters Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom

Composite Helicopters Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom

Composite Helicopters International Holdings Awarded Patent for Monocoque Helicopter Fuselage With Integral Tail Boom  A composite structure forming a load bearing composite shell for a helicopter, with a shell which defines the exterior of a fuselage and includes a central fuselage section and tail boom, a fuselage which is adapted house an engine or drive train, a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 25-Apr-18

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Airbus presents latest innovations at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show

Airbus presents latest innovations at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show

Airbus will present its extensive product portfolio and a number of innovations at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show from 25 to 29 April, and will once again be the largest single exhibitor. This year’s ILA partner country is France. Airbus Helicopters will have a significant presence at ILA ranging from successful military products to its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Apr-18

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Donaldson IBFs approved for installation on H125

Donaldson IBFs approved for installation on H125

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has validated the H125 (formerly AS350) Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificate, clearing the way for installation of IBFs on Airbus H125 helicopters in China.Baoli Aviation is the first operator in China to… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 25-Apr-18

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Canada Certifies Increased Gross Weight for S-92

Canada Certifies Increased Gross Weight for S-92

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today Canadian certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new S-92® helicopters. The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability was first certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Apr-18

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Helisota and ASA signs cooperation agreement

Helisota and ASA signs cooperation agreement

Helisota – an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training services for rotorcraft aviation signs cooperation agreement with ASA – Airline Software Applications ApS regarding the promotion of IT solution for CAMOs and MROs. “We are happy to announce that ASA joins Helisota as a partner. ASA is the expert of world-wide… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 25-Apr-18

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Waypoint Leases H135s to ALT

Waypoint Leases H135s to ALT

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that it recently completed a lease transaction for one H135 helicopter to ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (“ALT”) in Germany to be used for pilot training. The lease transaction marks Waypoint’s seventh H135 delivery, as well as its first transaction with ALT…. Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 25-Apr-18

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New Executive Vice President of PRISM appointed

New Executive Vice President of PRISM appointed

ARGUS International is proud to announce that John Illson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ARGUS International.  In his new role, John will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the five independent PRISM divisions that deliver multiple services to the… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 25-Apr-18

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HELP to fund new DIFFS at Manchester University Hospitals

HELP to fund new DIFFS at Manchester University Hospitals

The HELP Appeal, the only charity in the UK to fund vital infrastructure for hospital helipads, is funding the installation of a Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s new helipad, which is due for completion by end of 2018. The £615,000 donation made today covers both the third £250,000… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 25-Apr-18

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StandardAero Celebrates First Anniversary as GE T700 Authorized MRO Provider

StandardAero Celebrates First Anniversary as GE T700 Authorized MRO Provider

StandardAero is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its appointment by GE Aviation as a T700 Authorized Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Provider (AMROP) at this year’s Army Aviation Association of America Summit (AAAA) taking place April 25 – 27 (Booth #547).  This approval extended StandardAero’s (formerly Vector Aerospace – Helicopters Services North America) now 19-year association… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 25-Apr-18

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Japan Coast Guard orders one more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders one more H225

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of one H225 helicopter from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), bringing JCG’s H225 fleet to ten units. JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family. With this new order, the customer’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, becoming the largest Super Puma… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Apr-18

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Air Alderney prepares for EC155 scheduled services

Air Alderney prepares for EC155 scheduled services

A new operator based in the Channel Island of Alderney is planning to start scheduled services with both fixed and rotary wing.  Expected destinations include Jersey – one of the main pair of Channel Islands, the French town of Cherbourg and south coast UK airports at Lee-on-the-Solent and Shoreham. The longer routes, certainly the two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-18

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First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

First Bell 505 delivered to Mexico

“The Bell 505 works for us because of its high and hot performance and we were exclusively looking for max pick up weight with the ability to hover at 10,000 feet,” said Mr. Bernardo Moreno, CEO, Red Wings S.A. de C.V.” The first Bell 505 to be operated in Mexico will be used to support… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 24-Apr-18

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EASA certifies Safran Arriel 2H on Avicopter AC312E

EASA certifies Safran Arriel 2H on Avicopter AC312E

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Arriel 2H engine, installed in the Avicopter AC312E. This Arriel variant was selected in 2015 to power this helicopter developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, a subsidiary of Avic (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). The AC312E made its maiden… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 23-Apr-18

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EASA Management Board re-elects Executive Director

EASA Management Board re-elects Executive Director

EASA’s Management Board re-elects Patrick Ky as the Agency’s Executive Director. The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency announces the re-election by a unanimous vote of Patrick Ky (50) as the Agency’s Executive Director for a second term of 5 years.Patrick Ky declared: “It is an honour and privilege to have been entrusted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 23-Apr-18

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VR-Technologies of Russian Helicopters start tests of VRT300 UAV

VR-Technologies of Russian Helicopters start tests of VRT300 UAV

VR-Technologies design bureau, part of Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) started bench tests of the main systems and assemblies of VRT300 unmanned helicopter. Aircraft flight tests are scheduled to begin by the end of 2018. To date, functional and technical configuration of civil unmanned helicopter has been agreed with a range of Russian… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Apr-18

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AHS Rebrands as “The Vertical Flight Society”

AHS Rebrands as “The Vertical Flight Society”

The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, Inc. today announced that it is changing its name to The Vertical Flight Society — the tagline that it has used in various forms for the past half-century. Incorporated on June 25, 1943 as the “American Helicopter Society, Inc.” and known as “AHS International” since 1997, the Society is the… Read more »

Source: AHS International, 23-Apr-18

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Rostec to create VRT500 prototype by the end of 2019

Rostec to create VRT500 prototype by the end of 2019

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will produce light utility helicopter prototype, VRT500, designed by VR-Technologies design bureau, by the end of 2019. Helicopter rotor system strength tests are now underway. VR-Technologies’ specialists are going to start aerodynamic tests in the nearest time. The helicopter is expected to be supplied in the following configurations:… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 23-Apr-18

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Safran Ardiden 3C obtains EASA type certification

Safran Ardiden 3C obtains EASA type certification

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Ardiden 3C. Powering the Avicopter AC352, the engine has been jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines, Dongan and HAPRI, parts of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium. Known in China as the WZ16, it should be… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 23-Apr-18

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Virginia State Police Honour Late Trooper

Virginia State Police Honour Late Trooper

The Virginia State Police have honoured one of their troopers, Berke Bates, who was killed in a helicopter crash, by naming the helipad in Chesterfield County after him. The helicopter crashed during a white supremacist rally last year August. They hope that this memorial will help bring pride to Berke’s wife and two children, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-18

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Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

Mexico – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight (8)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 20-Apr-18

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Elbit Systems to Showcase a Modular Mission Helicopters Package

Elbit Systems to Showcase a Modular Mission Helicopters Package

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems” or the “Company”) will showcase (booth #202 Hall 3) a modular package of solutions enabling the entire helicopter mission envelope, including: advanced tactical flight in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), multi-role missions, Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) as well as training and simulation. A complete Media Kit… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 20-Apr-18

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New Trustee for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

New Trustee for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Roy Marfleet, Chairman of Essex-based MDS Civil Engineering has been appointed as a Trustee of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). Mr Marfleet, who has been a rugby referee for the last 25 years and officiated at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has been a keen supporter of EHAAT for a number of years. He… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 20-Apr-18

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Helicentre Announces 2019 US FAA CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Announces 2019 US FAA CPL(H) Scholarship

Leading UK helicopter training organisation Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced it will be bringing it’s Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Program to the United States. As the company moves into it’s seventh year offering training scholarships, they are now offering another life-changing opportunity to help budding pilots fast-track their way onto the career ladder. Helicentre Aviation… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation Academy, 20-Apr-18

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ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility

ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility

ARSA submitted supportive comments to the Federal Register notice related to a Southern Utah University petition for exemption from the curriculum requirements of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 147.21(a)-(c). SUU is an accredited member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and an ARSA educational member. The school is planning to expand its existing aviation program –… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 20-Apr-18

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EASA go to AERO 2018 with vision for the future of GA

EASA go to AERO 2018 with vision for the future of GA

At this year’s AERO international GA fair (Friedrichshafen, Germany, 18th– 21st April 2018), EASA Certification Director Trevor Woods and his team presented the latest achievements of the GA Roadmap where milestones have been reached and implementation of many improved rules has started to happen. “The GA Roadmap project succeeded in establishing an effective cooperative spirit between EASA, stakeholders… Read more »

Source: EASA, 20-Apr-18

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DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

DRF upgrades Christoph 47 base from BK117 to H145

[electronic translation] DRF Luftrettung presented the new rescue helicopter “Christoph 47” at its station in Greifswald, a state-of-the-art EC 145. Harry Glawe, Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Health of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, took part in the official commissioning of the red and white Engine in the cockpit. Greifswald. There was tense silence as… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Apr-18

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Western Australian Police start process to replace ageing BK117

Western Australian Police start process to replace ageing BK117

The WA Police have been given the green light to purchase a new helicopter. They currently have two aging helicopters, a BK117 and a Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphin. The Police and Road Safety Minister will announce the funding of the new $26.9 million helicopter on Tuesday, reports WA Today.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-18

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New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

New operator launches in Fiji with a Bell 212

Elite Aviation is the first local commercial aviation service in Fiji. They provide EMS and disaster management services with their Bell 212. They hope to expand in the coming years, with larger helicopters. The idea for the company came from couple Alaena and Mathew Hill, who were affected by the floods in Fiji in 2011-2012…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-18

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Philippines National Police receives first of three Bell 429s

Philippines National Police receives first of three Bell 429s

The Philippine National Police received their first new Bell 429 helicopter this past Monday. They are expecting two more. The new twin-engine helicopters will be used for air support to ground troops as well as disaster response, reports Rappler.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-18

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Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D Awarded Contract by AVC Defense

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it is under contract with Advance Vision Company Ltd of Saudi Arabia (AVC Defense) to upgrade and modernize an existing Unit Training Device (UTD) for Bell 412 Helicopters operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The… Read more »

Source: Quantum3D, 19-Apr-18

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First Utility H145 in US delivered to San Diego Gas & Electric

First Utility H145 in US delivered to San Diego Gas & Electric

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new Airbus H145 to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a major Southern California public utility company, which has put the aircraft to use supporting its vast electric transmission and distribution network. This helicopter is the first H145 in utility service in the U.S. Other operations of the modern… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Apr-18

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SAFE Structure sells Nassau County Police with Bell 429 maintenance stands

SAFE Structure sells Nassau County Police with Bell 429 maintenance stands

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced that it has successfully satisfied its contract for the custom design, engineering and manufacturing of safety-first ergonomic Bell 429 maintenance stands for the Nassau… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 19-Apr-18

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Safran signs by-the-hour support contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International

Safran signs by-the-hour support contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-Apr-18

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Lockheed Chairman, President and CEO receives 2018 Edison Achievement Award

Lockheed Chairman, President and CEO receives 2018 Edison Achievement Award

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson accepted the 2018 Edison Achievement Award at the annual Edison Awards gala. The Edison Awards Steering Committee selected her for making a significant and lasting contribution to the world of innovation through her career, her leadership and her achievements. “I’m humbled and I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of the 100,000… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 19-Apr-18

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The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service welcomes CQC report

The Air Ambulance Service charity has welcomed a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report into the excellent standard of emergency and urgent care it provides following a comprehensive inspection of services. The published report highlights the exceptional work of The Air Ambulance Service which provides the national Children’s Air Ambulance and two local air ambulances –… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 19-Apr-18

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