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Inaugural Chicago Helicopter Show set to open 10th August

Inaugural Chicago Helicopter Show set to open 10th August

Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest commercial heliport facility, will host the Chicago Helicopter Show on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The event is sponsored by Chicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the world’s leading provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry. The Chicago Helicopter Show will be held at Vertiport Chicago,… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 09-Aug-17

GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

GAO requires better Data Collection and Transparency in US EMS market

Between 2010 and 2014, the median prices providers charged for helicopter air ambulance service approximately doubled, from around $15,000 to about $30,000 per transport, according to Medicare data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private health insurance data. Air ambulance providers do not turn away patients based on their ability to… Read more »

Source: GAO, 09-Aug-17

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HAI Asks FAA To Include Helos in ADS-B Rebate Program

HAI Asks FAA To Include Helos in ADS-B Rebate Program

Helicopter Association International has initiated a request to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for helicopters to be included in a little-used grant program that offers rebates to owners installing NextGen technology in certain types of aircraft. The program, announced in June 2016, offered 20,000 rebates to owners of specific, smaller, general aviation (GA) airplanes who… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Aug-17

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system parts

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $10,049,166 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract for various parts supporting the BE UH-60 Blackhawk weapon system and the Corpus Christi Army Depot technical, engineering, logistical, service and supply transition. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

Boeing awarded $18M contract for Foreign Military Sales of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters to United Arab Emirates

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, has been awarded a $17,960,940 modification (PZ0003) to Foreign Military Sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0051 for post-production support services and performance based logistics in support of the United Arab Emirates Land Forces Longbow Apache program for a total of 30 AH-64D Apache helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Aug-17

Addition of the second fleet AS 350 B3e by Altitude Air shortly

Addition of the second fleet AS 350 B3e by Altitude Air shortly

Altitude Air, recently registered charter helicopter operator of Nepal in the final stage of on procurement of factory made Airbus AS 350 B3e series rotor aircraft, single-engine light helicopter manufactured by the by Airbus Helicopter in its fleet. Officials’ from Altitude Air notified Aviation Nepal that an AS 350 B3e is planned to be introduced… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 08-Aug-17

RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

RCAF colonel is no stranger to SAR

Honorary Colonel Colin MacDonald is all too aware of the role of search and rescue services in Atlantic Canada. The chairman of Clearwater Seafoods and co-owner and director of Clearwater Fine Foods was appointed honorary colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood’s 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron on July 12, 2017. “We have a fleet out there,… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 08-Aug-17

GAO rejects Timberline appeal of BLM contract award

GAO rejects Timberline appeal of BLM contract award

Timberline Helicopters, Inc., of Sandpoint, Idaho, requests reconsideration of our decision, Timberline Helicopters, Inc., B-414507, June 27, 2017, 2017 CPD, denying its protest challenging the terms of request for proposals (RFP) No. D17PS00157, issued by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), for an exclusive use heavy size helicopter to transport qualified… Read more »

Source: GAO, 08-Aug-17

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FAA approves Dart to repair and overhaul RFD liferafts

FAA approves Dart to repair and overhaul RFD liferafts

DART has teamed up with Survitec Group, a world leader in critical safety and survival solutions, for the repair & overhaul of its RFD liferaft systems. As an authorized service station, DART services a wide range of products manufactured by RFD: Helirafts Aerolite Life Rafts Search and Rescue Life Rafts Commercial Aviation Life Jackets DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 08-Aug-17

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Heli-One and Lobo Leasing Sign 3-Year S76C+ PBH Agreement

Heli-One and Lobo Leasing Sign 3-Year S76C+ PBH Agreement

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a three-year Power-By-The-Hour (PBH) agreement with Lobo Leasing Limited to provide support for a Sikorsky S-76C+ aircraft. Lobo will benefit both from Heli-One’s extensive S-76 experience and resources, and their ability to leverage a robust planning and global distribution network…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 08-Aug-17

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HAI welcomes new NTSB chairman

HAI welcomes new NTSB chairman

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to congratulate the Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, who the U.S. Senate confirmed as the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Thursday. “We could not be happier with Mr. Sumwalt’s confirmation,” says Matt Zuccaro, president and CEO of HAI. “We have been pleased with the leadership the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Aug-17

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MDHI and Robertson to create ballistic tolerant crashworthy fuel systems

MDHI and Robertson to create ballistic tolerant crashworthy fuel systems

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and Tempe, Arizona-based Robertson Fuel Systems announce a joint development agreement to create  the next generation of ballistic tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (BTCWFS) for MDHI’s family of military helicopters. The companies will work together to qualify the BTCWFS for 369FF type-certified aircraft with a U.S. Army Airworthiness Release (AWR). MDHI has initiated… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Aug-17

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Bristow Group Announces Suspension Of Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Suspension Of Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors has suspended its quarterly dividend of $0.07 per share, which will preserve approximately $10 million on an annualized basis. “Our Board recognizes that our dividend was an important part of a balanced return to shareholders. However, in light of the continuing industry downturn… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 08-Aug-17

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Philippines’ GCA Skyline takes delivery of its first H130

Philippines’ GCA Skyline takes delivery of its first H130

Philippines-based charter operator GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. welcomed its first H130 in early July. Currently operating a H125, the new H130 will be immediately operational to perform similar commercial missions, including VIP transport and tourism for GCA Skyline. “As a fast growing company, we look to the most efficient and reliable aircraft to expand our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Aug-17

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Classic Air Medical adds Arizona base at Fort Mohave

Classic Air Medical adds Arizona base at Fort Mohave

Classic Air Medical has added the Valley View Medical Centre in Fort Mohave to one of its bases it serves. They will be using Valley View’s helipad, basing one of the flight crews there as well as a Bell 407 GX helicopter. This new partnership will ensure fast medical attention can be given to anyone… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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Rocky Mountain Heliport Now Open

Rocky Mountain Heliport Now Open

Transport Canada has finally received the green card to land at the new heliport at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre. The town’s iconic water tower had to be demolished in order for Transport Canada to have a clear flight path. The STARS helicopter had to land at Rocky Mountain House airport with their patients… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

Investigation into South Korean Surion Project

The South Korean Board of Audit and Inspection has recently criticized the KAI’s twin-engine Surion helicopter. They have suggested an investigation of the country’s Defence Acquisition Program Admin. It has been said that the Surion failed 29 of 101 test items during the performance in cold weather tests. Apparently KAI falsified Surion development costs and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

FAA approves R66 hooks from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kits with Surefire® release technology for the Robinson Helicopter R66 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 08-Aug-17

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Aberdeen Avera Careflight Receives Golden Certification

Aberdeen Avera Careflight Receives Golden Certification

The Aberdeen Avera Careflight base is now known for having the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems Certification. This certificate is the golden standard accreditation in the air medical industry. They have had to increase training levels and the standard of equipment to receive the CAMTS certificate. The accreditation will expire in September 2018,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Aug-17

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Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

Israeli is looking to modernizing their heavy-lift helicopter fleet by replacing their CH-53 Yasur helicopters. The fleet has been in service for over 50 years and although they have recently been upgraded, a replacement is needed. The money for the replacement will come from the MoU of $38 billion signed in 2016 between Washington and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

New Helicopter for Kalispell A.L.E.R.T. Team

Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s A.L.E.R.T rescue team was happy to add the new Bell 407-GX helicopter to their team. They have had to rely on their one aircraft for the past 18 years, causing them lots of downtime when it was sent in for maintenance. The helicopter was paid for by a private contributor, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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New Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Service

New Northern Ireland Air Ambulance Service

Northern Ireland now has a new helicopter ambulance, based in County Antrim. The service will be dependent on public donations, reports BBC, and will cost up to £2 million a year. It will be the first service in Northern Ireland to have a doctor and a paramedic on board. Doctors from around the world grouped… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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Plans approved for Bristow Aberdeen terminal extension

Plans approved for Bristow Aberdeen terminal extension

Bristow has recently been given permission by Aberdeen authorities to convert a warehouse into a new terminal. The existing terminal , which is adjacent to the airport, will be used only for helicopters then, reports Evening Express, and the new terminal will be for fixed-wing aircraft only. The separation of the two types of aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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First Flight completed by VH-92A

First Flight completed by VH-92A

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the first flight of a VH-92A configured test aircraft in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. The July 28 flight signals the start of the 250 hour flight test program, which will take place at Lockheed Martin facilities in Owego, New York. The aircraft… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 07-Aug-17

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5th EDA HTIC completed

5th EDA HTIC completed

The European Defence Agency’s 5th Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), which ran over several weeks at Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Linton-on-Ouse (North Yorkshire, UK) and Arvidsjaur Airfield in Lapland (Sweden), was successfully completed in July. The course began in May with a four-week classroom phase, which included simulator exercises at Linton-on-Ouse, followed by… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-Aug-17

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Forecast for Global Helicopters Market Size to 2023

Forecast for Global Helicopters Market Size to 2023

The “Global Helicopters Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2023”report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.   Market Dynamics The global helicopter market is expected to witness a CAGR of 3.4% during 2017 – 2023. Ageing helicopter fleet, increasing usage of helicopters in disaster relief, and technological advancements are the major factors driving… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 07-Aug-17

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Helinet Expands Law Enforcement Capability

Helinet Expands Law Enforcement Capability

Helinet Aviation, a provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement and public safety markets, announced today the acquisition of a Phoenix Ranger-LR unit for airborne applications. The company will be showcasing the device at the ALEA Expo in Reno, Nevada this week. Designed for the most advanced mapping, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) measures distances by illuminating targets with a high-precision laser and interpreting the results from the reflected light. The Phoenix Ranger-LR produces photorealistic 3D… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 07-Aug-17

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FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

FAA certifies R66 Newscopter

Robinson Helicopter Company received FAA certification for its R66 Turbine Newscopter. The turnkey ready R66 ENG (Electronic News Gathering) helicopter is the ideal solution for television news outlets wanting a reliable, economical, turbine powered helicopter with a state-of-the-art news broadcasting system. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the four-place R66 Newscopter delivers greater… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 07-Aug-17

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HAI President warns against two US threats

HAI President warns against two US threats

Each day, the HAI staff share a common focus: how do we help our members keep the rotors turning around the world? Our mission is to help you to maintain an operating environment that is safe, free of burdensome regulations and laws, operationally efficient, economically viable, and sustainable. A critical way HAI does this is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Aug-17

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New Air BP aviation fuel depot for Essendon Airport

New Air BP aviation fuel depot for Essendon Airport

The commitment to future growth for aviation services at Essendon Airport has been strengthened with the construction and unveiling of a second aviation fuel depot at Essendon Fields. The facilities include two new CL17 17,000 litre fuel trucks that can deliver fuel to anywhere on the airport and a new aviation fuel depot, located on… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 07-Aug-17

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Thales delivers first full-flight simulator to CAAC

Thales delivers first full-flight simulator to CAAC

As part of its ever growing presence in the Chinese aerospace market, Thales has announced the Level D qualification of the very first EC135 full-flight simulator (FFS) by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The Thales Reality H EC135 helicopter simulator is housed in the aviation safety facilities, Haite Group’s flight training centre in… Read more »

Source: Thales, 07-Aug-17

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Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Bristow adds offshore AW189 in UK – impacts SAR fleet too

Today, Bristow Helicopters is taking delivery of another AW189 from the Leonardo factory in Italy – serial 89002 and registered G-OENC. This will join the first two Bristow offshore AW189s G-OENA and G-OENB in the near future. The crew made a lunch stop at Clermont-Ferrand in France en route to the UK. The new aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Aug-17

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Era Group Announces Q2 2017 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Announces Q2 2017 Earnings Release Call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced it will release financial results for its second quarter 2017 after the market closes on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, August 9, 2017, to begin at 10:00… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 04-Aug-17

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CAMTS Awards Accreditation to 16 Medical Transport Services

CAMTS Awards Accreditation to 16 Medical Transport Services

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) proudly awarded new accreditation to three medical transport services and renewed accreditation to 13 additional services at the CAMTS July board meeting in Weehawken, New Jersey. Sky Nurses, a medical escort company of Delray Beach, Florida; Memorial MedFlight, a rotorwing emergency medical transport service of South… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 04-Aug-17

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Record Number Night Vision Awards Winners Honored at ALEA

Record Number Night Vision Awards Winners Honored at ALEA

The Night Vision Awards received a record number of entries and gave out a record number of awards at the at the Edge Nightclub inside the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada in conjunction with the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Convention. Sponsors of the event included Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), Night Flight Concepts, (NFC),… Read more »

Source: The Night Vision Awards, 04-Aug-17

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Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight and PeaceHealth Oregon Renew Agreement

Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed a First Call Agreement. The agreement improves patient care and operational efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Florence, Oregon, who need ICU level medical transportation. PeaceHealth and Life Flight Network work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest level… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 04-Aug-17

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DART H145 Emergency Float System Gain FAA & EASA Approval

DART H145 Emergency Float System Gain FAA & EASA Approval

DART Aerospace has received FAA & EASA approvals for the redesigned H145 emergency float system. Now certified for Sea State 6, the float system boasts longer maintenance intervals, weight savings and is compatible with OEM fixed provisions. DART offers an exclusive patented float design with integrated liferafts.  The safety benefits of this system architecture compared… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 03-Aug-17

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Eddie Lane Appointed President of Heli-One

Eddie Lane Appointed President of Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Eddie Lane has been appointed as its new President. Eddie had previously been acting as interim President since March of this year. Mr. Lane initially joined CHC Helicopter, Heli-One’s parent company, as the Finance Director for Norwegian operations… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Aug-17

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Donaldson delivers first IBF for Bell 505

Donaldson delivers first IBF for Bell 505

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has delivered more than 30 dry media Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) for factory installation on new Bell 505 Jet Ranger helicopters. The aircraft received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in June. “Donaldson congratulates Bell Helicopter on bringing this exciting new aircraft to market,”… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 03-Aug-17

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Transport Canada approves Alpine Aerotech B206L exhaust duct repair

Transport Canada approves Alpine Aerotech B206L exhaust duct repair

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially acquired a Transport Canada Repair Design Approval (RDA) for their comprehensive 206L Exhaust Duct Repair. Through years of MRO experience, Alpine Aerotech is conscious of OEM component, repair and overhaul (CR&O) constraints, which has led them to develop a series of cost-effective repairs for exhaust components that were… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 03-Aug-17

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CHC takes delivery of first H175 aircraft

CHC takes delivery of first H175 aircraft

CHC Helicopter will today take delivery of its first H175 for use in offshore oil and gas operations. The aircraft has been delivered in full offshore passenger transport configuration, allowing CHC to begin training and adjustment from the operator’s base at Aberdeen, ahead of operational launch in August 2017. Based at CHC Helicopter’s site in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Aug-17

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AAMS Issues Statement Fully Supporting H.R. 3378

AAMS Issues Statement Fully Supporting H.R. 3378

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) fully supports bi-partisan legislation, H.R. 3378: Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act, introduced yesterday by Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Rep. Suzan Delbene (D-WA), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA).  AAMS applauds Rep. Walorski, Rep. DelBene, Rep. Ruiz, and Rep. Johnson for their efforts to… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 03-Aug-17

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AAMS Supports GAO Report Recommendations

AAMS Supports GAO Report Recommendations

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) thanks the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for its efforts producing the report on air medical issues. The report, titled “Air Ambulance: Data Collection and Transparency Needed to Enhance DOT Oversight,” affirms that the Department of Transportation has the authority, under current law, to address industry data collection and… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 02-Aug-17

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Eagle Air Med Awarded Third Consecutive Medical Transport Accreditation

Eagle Air Med Awarded Third Consecutive Medical Transport Accreditation

NAAMTA is awarding transport accreditation to Eagle Air Med with their third consecutive Medical Transport accreditation. Eagle Air Med provides air medical transportation of patients from cities and rural/remote areas to hospitals with a higher-level of care in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah including American Indian and tribal communities. Eagle Air Med has… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 02-Aug-17

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Pawan Hans collaborates with University on aeronautics course

Pawan Hans collaborates with University on aeronautics course

In a first for a Central university, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will be offering a three-year B. Sc. (Aeronautics) degree in collaboration with the country’s national helicopter company, Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a mini-Ratna Public Sector Undertaking. A Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) for the academic collaboration was signed today by Mr. A. P. Siddiqui, Registrar,… Read more »

Source: Jamia Millia Islamia University, 02-Aug-17

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Russian leasing company GTLK orders 30 helicopters

Russian leasing company GTLK orders 30 helicopters

Russian Helicopters (a part of Rostec State Corporation) and State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) at MAKS 2017 signed the agreement for cooperation on the promotion of civil helicopters in the international market. The Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky and Director General of GTLK Sergey Hramagin affixed their signatures to this document. Under the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Aug-17

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Singapore based Apeiron Aviation sign for 25+ aircraft from Russian Helicopters

Singapore based Apeiron Aviation sign for 25+ aircraft from Russian Helicopters

United Helicopters – Hong Kong based authorized distributor of Russian Helicopters have signed 06.07.17 the dealership agreement with Singapore based Apeiron Aviation Private Limited. The company will become an official dealer of Russian-made helicopters.  The signed contract shall have provided the sales of at least 25 helicopters for 5 years period. These helicopters produced by the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Aug-17

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Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

RAF to upgrade HC4 Chinook fleet

The UK is upgrading their Royal Air Force’s Boeing Chinook HC4 helicopters. The fleet will be brought to the new HC6 standard, reports IHS Jane’s. The 38 helicopters are being given Boeing Digital Automatic Flight Control Systems, replacing their analogue systems. This process is planned to take up to 12 months. They also are adding… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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Caverton Helicopters completes payment of $55m AW139 Loan from Shell

Caverton Helicopters completes payment of $55m AW139 Loan from Shell

Caverton Helicopters has officially paid off their loan of $55 million from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC). The loan was in order for Caverton to purchase three AW139 helicopters. In 2010 Shell had awarded Caverton a five-year contract for facilitating helicopter services. It was the largest contract given by Shell to a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

Kaman delivers first two K-Max helicopters from re-started production line

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) subsidiary Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) announced today that its launch customer Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. of Hong Kong has formally accepted the first two production K-MAX® aircraft built on Kaman’s re-opened production line.  The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to Guangdong Juxiang General Aviation Co. Ltd, in China, who will operate… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 01-Aug-17

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Continental Motors Group announces new Diesel helicopter engine

Continental Motors Group announces new Diesel helicopter engine

Continental Motors Group™, Ltd of Hong Kong, Alabama, USA and St. Egidien, Germany, announced that its family of Diesel engines is expanding with the CD-265 and CDR-285 engines. The CD-265 is intended for fix-winged applications while the CDR-285 is designed for rotary wing applications. As the other members of the CD-200 family, the CD-265 and… Read more »

Source: Continental Motors Group, 01-Aug-17

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MD takes MD6XX concept helicopter to ALEA Convention

MD takes MD6XX concept helicopter to ALEA Convention

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 26 – 28, 2017 at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada. With a display anchored by the MD 6XX Concept Helicopter in a custom law-enforcement configuration, the MD Helicopters team will also celebrate new aircraft sales, the MDHI-exclusive FAA-approved E-to-F… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Aug-17

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DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of… Read more »

Source: DLR, 01-Aug-17

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Canada approves Donaldson IBF for AS350 and EC130

Canada approves Donaldson IBF for AS350 and EC130

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that Transport Canada has certified its Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) for installation on Airbus AS350 B3, EC130 B4, and EC130 T2 helicopters. The IBFs keep contamination, including dirt, dust, salt and foreign objects, from degrading the performance and reliability of helicopter… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 01-Aug-17

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CHC Australia Recognized for Advancement and Safety of NVG Technology

CHC Australia Recognized for Advancement and Safety of NVG Technology

CHC Australia, part of CHC Group, was selected to receive the International Advancement Award as part of the 2017 Night Visions Awards Show. The event, held in Reno, Nevada at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference, awards flight operations that are driving new technology and safety through night vision systems within their operation. “For… Read more »

Source: CHC, 01-Aug-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin awarded $75M contract for Apache NV kits

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $75,374,784 modification (000101) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $75,374,784 were obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

Boeing awarded $277M contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $276,641,287 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-17

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Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new H130 to Hospital Wing, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit air medical transport service, which will join three H130s already in service. The acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s long-term strategy to transition its entire fleet to this helicopter model. The nonprofit also currently operates three EC130B4s, which is an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jul-17

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Phoenix Ranger-LR at the ALEA Expo

Phoenix Ranger-LR at the ALEA Expo

Helinet Aviation, a provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement and public safety markets, announced today the acquisition of a Phoenix Ranger-LR unit for airborne applications. The company will be showcasing the device at the ALEA Expo in Reno, Nevada this week. Designed for the most advanced mapping, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

Mission’s Mama Team Christens New Helicopter

It is said that a group doesn’t necessarily constitute a team. At Mission Health, there are more than 12,000 of us who are far more than just a group of employees, we are a team, a family. We are people who strive together in various capacities in the common purpose of caring for the residents… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing to Modernize next-Generation Chinook

Boeing to Modernize next-Generation Chinook

Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build and test three U.S. Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as part of a modernization effort that will likely bring another two decades of work to the company’s Philadelphia site. A recent $276 million Army contract will fund those helicopters, which will validate technology advancements that will increase the iconic helicopter’s… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 31-Jul-17

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10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

In a ground-breaking new deal, Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD $63 million to bring 10 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia, with options for an additional 10 aircraft. In a world-first refurbishment program to be undertaken in Brisbane, the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Jul-17

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Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing takes MH-139 on tour

Boeing’s new MH-139 helicopter arrived in Cheyenne on Tuesday last week and was on display at the Wyoming National Guard Open House by Wednesday. The aircraft was designed to enter into the competition to replace the U.S Air Force’s UH-1N Huey fleet, which was been in service since the 70s. The U.S. Air Force UH-1N… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

The Maharashtra Government has instructed the department that handles VIP Security to draw up a draft SOP and helipad locations for landing permissions. This was after the discussions at the legislative council. Concern was raised over the seemingly “back to back” helicopter incidents involving the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He thanked the council for their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation, one of the most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today the purchase of an Airbus AS350 B2 for its ENG and Production groups. The aircraft has been specially outfitted by EuroTec, a leading helicopter sales and support company. Dedicated to the memory of Alan Purwin, the B2 features a digitized… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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Lifeteam 68 Awarded Air Evac Regional Service Award

Lifeteam 68 Awarded Air Evac Regional Service Award

Wise County Lifeteam 68 was awarded the Air Evac Regional Service Award this year for their outstanding community outreach programmes. Lisa Ponce, Programme Director, has stated that they wish to be there for the community during the good times too, not just the bad. Some of the events they attend include school career days, awareness… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jul-17

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PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC performs facelift on Michigan State Police Huey

PAC International, a Metro Aviation Company, recently completed maintenance and exterior refurbishments on the first of two Bell UH1-H aircraft for the Michigan State Police. PAC utilized their state-of-the-art soft media blast booth to remove the majority of the aircraft’s original paint. “This aircraft had the original military CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) paint which… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Jul-17

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AeroBrigham seals Deal to Represent Serastar

AeroBrigham seals Deal to Represent Serastar

Aircraft customizing, maintenance and support provider, AeroBrigham has announced the company will provide integration, distribution and support services for a revolutionary and cost-effective means to send encrypted video and audio from aerial platforms anywhere in the world.  Serastar Technologies Corporation’s Surveillance, Target Acquisition, Recon System (STARS) equipment allows streaming video in a compact ISR video transmission and recording… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 28-Jul-17

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NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

NY Environmental Protection Police buy AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the AW119Kx helicopter has been selected by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police for operations in support of water supply protection. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2018. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jul-17

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Arista awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Arista awarded 5 year IDIQ contract

Arista Aviation Services LLC has been awarded a five year IDIQ contract with a value of over $111,000,000 to perform UH-1 Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Aviation. This is a follow on contract, and Arista Aviation is the current incumbent. The contract will allow for the accomplishment of… Read more »

Source: Arista Aviation Services, 28-Jul-17

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FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

FAA Approval for Redbird Flight VTO Helicopter Trainer

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Redbird VTO full motion helicopter trainer as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). This approval will allow pilots to credit a portion of the time spent training in the VTO towards the aeronautical experience requirements for the pilot certificate or rating being sought. For example, private pilot applicants will… Read more »

Source: Redbird Flight, 28-Jul-17

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San Bernandino Sherriff Acquires H125

San Bernandino Sherriff  Acquires H125

San Bernandino County Sheriff’s Department in California has strengthened its public safety capabilities with the acquisition of two new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the best-selling law enforcement helicopter in the country. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting one of San Bernandino’s H125s at the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo this week… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jul-17

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Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

Bell to work with PGZ on UH-1Y in addition to AH-1Z

 Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ)  signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to cooperate on the UH-1Y. This signing is in addition to the LOI signed for the AH-1Z in 2016 – further expanding business relationships between Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa and Bell Helicopter. Based on this LOI, Polska Grupa… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Jul-17

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