After analyzing dozens of helicopter accidents that resulted in fatalities for pilots and passengers, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has uncovered six focus areas where flight instructors can improve safety in the helicopter industry. The facts show that failure in these areas has resulted in lives being lost. Teach the Importance of Pre-Flight Risk… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by… Read more »
Genesys Aerosystems announced today that Barry LeBlanc has joined the company to focus on the Northwest and Midwest territories in the United States and Western Canada. Barry LeBlanc comes with a wealth of experience in the avionics industry having spent the last eleven years at Sandia Aerospace, where he was instrumental in launching new products… Read more »
Shimco, an award-winning, world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap-management solutions has published its newly designed corporate website. With a fresh new look, the new site features a platform with improved navigation and increased product and corporate information that reflects Shimco’s ongoing commitment to innovation. “Shimco continues to evolve from a traditional… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement for three additional Bell 429s to Mercy Flight Inc. “Mercy Flight and Bell Helicopter have shared a rich history since they started their business more than 35 years ago using a Bell 206 Jet Ranger,” said Anthony Moreland, vice president, North… Read more »
FlightSafety International announces that Steve Fedynyszyn has been named Director of Quality, Safety and Standards. “We look forward to Steve’s contributions in his new role as the leader of the FlightSafety Quality and Safety Management System and in the advancement of FlightSafety Standards.” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President Operations. “His proven experience with Learning… Read more »
Peter Murray, Founder and Operations Manager of Talon Helicopters has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Mr. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety, for activities in the SAR community including; rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the… Read more »
For a booming economy with 40% of its gross domestic product comprised of oil and gas output, United Arab Emirates relies on various resources to support their highest earning industry, including Bell helicopters. Our customers support this thriving industry by transporting oil and gas employees to and from rigs in the Arabian Gulf. Abu Dhabi… Read more »
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade, more than tripling in the next decade, report Teal analysts in their latest market analysis. Worldwide military adoption of UAVs and soaring demand for the next generation of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) are driving the market’s… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed an agreement today with Reignwood International Investment Group Company Ltd. (Reignwood) under which Reignwood has agreed to purchase an additional 50 Bell 505s, act as the exclusive reseller for the Bell 505 in China and establish a Bell 505 delivery and maintenance center. The new… Read more »
Responding to invitations from the superyacht community, XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) exhibited the revolutionary TriFan 600 at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 1-5, 2017, the world’s largest boat show. Following the show, XTI announced today it has received over 60 orders from customers under its pre-sales program, in addition to several more large… Read more »
With the second largest commercial helicopter fleet globally (2,800 helicopters), Canadian operators know the importance of efficient, effective flight operations in one of the most diverse, high utilization environments worldwide. And for more than 13 years, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has helped improve Canadian helicopter operations by… Read more »
Genesys Aerosystems announced today that Chris Suldo has joined the company to focus on increasing HeliSAS sales in North America. Chris Suldo holds a private pilot’s license for rotorcraft aircraft and has worked in marketing and sales for Bell Helicopter and Airbus Helicopters Inc., formerly Eurocopter USA. He is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and… Read more »
Ornge has had an increase of staff absences, leaving many bases closed across the province. The minimum amount of staff required are two pilots and two paramedics. If one of these four do not come in, the helicopter is not allowed to be used. Low morale and pilot poaching has been brought up as reasons… Read more »
After rebranding earlier this year, Eagle Copters is proud to launch an overhauled new website developed to be user friendly, perform optimally for users on any device, and fully share the talent, scope, and global reach of the organization. “A lot has changed at Eagle since our last website was designed and it is important… Read more »
The Montenegro Armed Forces have signed a contract for three Bell 412EPI helicopters. The decision of the purchase is part of a modernization process. The three helicopters will be stationed at the Podgorica International Airport, reports Jane’s 360.
Qatar’s Amiri Air Force were happy to open their new simulation centre for the AgustaWestland AW139. The simulations, developed by Turkish Havelsan, will train pilots and crew for different weather conditions. It is also said that it will cut training hours by 3,800, reports Kuna.
The Gujarat Government has had to postpone the purchase of a police surveillance helicopter. The tender was issued but as only one company made a bid, the government had to cancel the bidding process. They hope to issue a new tender after the elections, reports Times of India.
UTair has joined with Airbus in a five year contract where Airbus will provide support services such as spare part supplies, fleet maintenance and training. The deal covers UTair’s three H125 helicopters, reports Money Control.
Tourism and chartering company, Helentranz, has partnered up with Te Atawhai, a luxury wellness retreat. Together they aim to bring self care into travellers lives, as well as to promote a healthy lifestyle, reports Scoop.
German operator Northern HeliCopter has won a six year contract in support of the Wikinger offshore wind farm. The installation is 75km off the Island of Rügen, and will consist of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines and one offshore substation with a helideck. Spanish owned engergy company Iberdrola is investing €1.4 billion to construct Wikinger, the company’s first… Read more »
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector, today announced it will showcase three technology firsts at 2018 CES in Las Vegas January 9-12: 1) The SureFly™ Octocopter, the world’s first personal electric octocopter; 2) the W-15 electric pickup truck, the first… Read more »
Work has begun on the new National Police Air Service (NPAS) base in Almondsbury, South Gloucester which is due to be operational in autumn 2018. NPAS and Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAAC) will be housed at the new base funded by BAE Systems. BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and… Read more »
Earlier this year, Swedish and Finnish customers of the NH90 began ordering used and new spare parts from Airbus’ MyNH90 internet portal, a move that represented another sign of the manufacturer’s digital push. Some 330 NH90 helicopters – Airbus’ and NHIndustries’ military multi-role helicopter – are in operation across the globe, accumulating more than 150,000… Read more »
The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) is pleased to announce the election of Cynthia Garneau, President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, as Chair of the AIAC Board of Directors. Ms. Garneau succeeds David Gossen, President of IMP Aerospace & Defence, who served as Chair of the AIAC Board over the last year. “I am… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training, all businesses of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), will showcase a vast product portfolio at the Dubai Airshow—one of the world’s largest and most important aerospace events. The show takes place November 12-16 at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site. Textron will… Read more »
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising drive to build an onsite helipad linked to its Emergency and Critical Care services has got off to a flying start, thanks to a donation of £2m from the HELP appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The £2m donation means the Luton… Read more »
SevenBar Aviation is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement with Truth Data Insights as part of the ongoing Safety Management System expansion and flight data monitoring (FDM) initiative. “This partnership with Truth Data Insights will allow us to further develop and fine-tune a robust and effective quality assurance program, not only for… Read more »
Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has completed a lease transaction for one H145 helicopter to Ecocopter in Chile to be used in support of the operator’s wide range of utility work. The lease transaction marks Waypoint’s 14th H145 delivery and the entry of the… Read more »
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposes today that newly designed aeroplane types meet a CO2 standard from the 1st of January 2020, and that aeroplane types already in-production meet a separate CO2 standard starting from the 1st of January 2023. The objective of this so-called ‘Opinion’ published on 7 November 2017 by EASA is… Read more »
Aerospace industry veteran, C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Mr. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the… Read more »
Utilizing data from its innovative Platinum Forecast System® 3.1, Forecast International projects that a total of 1,610 light military rotorcraft will be produced during the 15-year period from 2017 through 2031. The value of this production is estimated at $22.2 billion, as calculated in constant 2017 U.S. dollars. The market research firm generally defines a… Read more »
Schiebel hosted customers from all over the world, spanning five continents, for its second international CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference from 17 to 19 October in Vienna. Following the success of the first CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference in 2012, Schiebel again welcomed its valued customers for a three-day conference. Users of the market-leading Unmanned Air System… Read more »
The Delhi International Airport Limited is looking into exploring the use of helicopters to transport people to cities rather than roads. The discussion was brought up at the 1st Heli Expo India 2017. They are hoping to be able to provide more connectivity for air commuters, reports The Hans India.
Columbia is considering purchasing Military Mi-8/17 and Ansat helicopters, the medical versions of these helicopters as well as the newest Military Mi-171A2, from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is also discussing joint work with Columbia, reports TASS.
Romania will be purchasing an unknown amount of H215s from Airbus. They have signed an agreement where the helicopters, which will be used for the Defence Ministry, will be produced in Romania’s IAR Brasov plant, reports Romania Insider.
LifeFlight Eagle, previously situated at the Trenton Municipal Airport, has moved bases to the Chillicothe Municipal Airport. The move took place on Monday and the medical helicopter was up and running again by Wednesday, reports KTTN.
A community partnership began recently in South Carolina between Med-Trans Corporation and Colleton County Fire Rescue to form the recently launched CARE Flight program on June 15th, 2017. The hybrid partnership between Med-Trans and Colleton County Fire Rescue is a first in the state of South Carolina and is different from conventional HEMS programs across… Read more »
Palm Beach Helicopters took delivery of ELITE Simulation Solutions newly FAA approved single-seat, single-control with motion Advanced Aircraft Training Device. The fidelity of this helicopter flight training device gives benefits beyond the instrument, commercial, ATP and 7.5 hours VFR flying credits. The accuracy of this trainer allows procedural training for most VFR practical test standards,… Read more »
The Russian Navy are receiving ten Ka-27M ASW helicopters that have been upgraded, which will be added to their naval aviation. In total they will upgrade 46 helicopters. The modifications include new tactical command systems, can be fitted with various weapons including KH-35 anti-ship missiles, reports The Diplomat.
BC Helicopters will soon take delivery of a second Guimbal Cabri G2 from the factory in France, with arrival at their Abbotsford base expected just before Christmas to add to their first example which arrived at the start of this year. This second aircraft demonstrates their confidence in the type and a gradual fleet expansion… Read more »
Experience Co has finished with its acquisition of GBR Helicopters this week. The acquisition was for $19.6 million, which helps strengthen their position in Far North Queensland’s tourism industry, reports Proactive Investors.
Avfuel Corporation and Sheltair—one of the industry’s leading FBO networks with 17 locations throughout Florida, Georgia and New York—announce their renewed partnership effective December 1, 2017. The renewed partnership with Sheltair means Avfuel will continue to brand all 17 of its FBOs, including 11 FBOs in Florida—Daytona Beach (DAB), Panama City (ECP), Fort Lauderdale (FLL),… Read more »
We are delighted to announce that five people nominated by EAAA for the 2017 Association of Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence have been shortlisted. Zac Augarde, a young supporter of EAAA who was diagnosed with autism when he was three, has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Young Person Award. At the age of six, Zac… Read more »
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is delighted to announce ‘Pegasus’ as the name for our AW169 helicopter. In August, we announced a competition to find a name for our aircraft and entries immediately began flooding in. By the time the closing date arrived, nearly one thousand entries had been received. A panel of judges which… Read more »
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 06-Nov-17
CHC Group announced it will be the first helicopter operator to introduce the new generation super-medium AW189 aircraft into Australia. The three AW189s will be flown from CHC’s Karratha base on behalf of Woodside to support their operations on the North West Shelf starting this month. The twin-engine aircraft can be configured to carry up… Read more »
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Justin Bilek as its Logistics Manager for its Government programs division. Mr. Bilek has more than 12 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Among his duties, he will oversee operational requirements such as purchasing, shipping, receiving, government property management, tool control and… Read more »
Avfuel announces Glen Rutland of Shoreline Aviation Services—a corporate aircraft management and consulting company—as the lucky pilot who won a Rolex in the Avfuel booth at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Las Vegas this October. Rutland was randomly drawn from a pool of hundreds of people who… Read more »
Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, has announced results of a study conducted to measure the value proposition of the super medium helicopter model in a changing oil and gas industry. Highlights from the report, which will be shared via publication and a series of Waypoint-hosted webinars, include an… Read more »
Pawan Hans has recently set up Rohini Heliport, the first integrated heliport. It is still being kept separate from the Miniratna PSU’s disinvestment process. It’s operations will be run by AAI, reports EENADU India.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) has introduced a new online currency training option for its International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) auditors. As the only voluntary, global safety standard for business aviation, IS-BAO will now offer Professional Auditor Currency Training (PACT) to meet 12-month currency qualification requirements. “We are excited to offer this… Read more »
StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) today announced that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company, providing responsive, quality support for turbine engines, components, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. A truly international company, it generated… Read more »
New Zealand-based Salus Aviation Group, has merged with Oceania Aviation, an aviation engineering business with operations at nine locations in New Zealand to become one of the largest general aviation operators and engineering businesses in Australasia. Oceania will further strengthen Salus Aviation’s portfolio of aviation-related businesses. The Salus Group maintains, repairs, overhauls, operates and leases… Read more »
Bell Helicopter and GES were recognized as the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Best Exhibition Display, Stand or Feature category in The 14th Annual International Business Awards, held in Barcelona, Spain. The prestigious award recognized Bell Helicopter’s exhibit at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. “We are truly honored for our exhibit to win Gold in the… Read more »
Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed a long-term contract renewal with Air Evac Lifeteam, part of Air Medical Group Holdings – the largest air ambulance service in the U.S. The contract designates Able as the exclusive service provider for dynamic component repair and overhaul services for… Read more »
US Forest Service is looking to giving lower Kenai Peninsula a permit for 200 service day usage for a heli-skiing operation in East Ptarmigan and Mount Ascension. While the offer has been welcomed by many, other feel that it is unfair and that lower Kenai is “playing second fiddle to Girdwood,” reports Homer Tribune.
Life Flight Trust is happy to announce their new Charity Chair, Annette King. King has been a former Deputy Leader, MP for Rongotai and Minister of Health. Her predecessor, Catherine Taylor, is happy with her appointment, reports Scoop.
The UH-1, originally developed in the late 1950s and made famous by its role in the Vietnam War, was chosen by Aurora for its latest conversion to a robotic vehicle. The Aurora UH-1H, a later version of the UH-1 built in 1977, was initially certified under FAA Order 8130.2, which covers “inhabited” experimental aircraft such… Read more »
On 31 October 2017, we hosted two ‘All Member’ conference calls to update members around the world about the association’s progress. Presentations included an update from the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), and other topics included updates on the Operational Effectiveness, Safety Enablers, System Reliability and Resilience and the Survivability workstreams. Each… Read more »
The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started testing multi-purpose Ansat helicopter in Pakistan. The objective of testing is to prove the ability to use the machine in high temperatures. At the moment the helicopter has already started test flights. It is planned to expand Ansat’s temperature regime to +50° Celsius. Thus,… Read more »
Twenty feet overhead at the front entrance of the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama, is a static display of the Kiowa Warrior OH-58A/C helicopter. It’s the only A/C model Kiowa Warrior that visitors to the museum will see flying in the vicinity these days. The Aviation Center Logistics Command released its last Kiowa… Read more »
Flight paramedic Shannon Koch and flight nurse Thomas Froh came in second place at the Association of Air Medical Service’s 2017 Sim Cup. They represented STARS in Regina and beat five other STARS bases. The skills they learned during the simulations are now cemented in, reports CBC.
Both our founding director, Jonathan Bowen and myself, Stephen Boyce, will be attending this years HAC conference as an exhibitor. Joining us at our booth will be a brand new Transport Canada approved Cargo Pod for attendees to view and inspect. This year we are attending HAC with our popular Airborne Systems H125 series Cargo Pod. The… Read more »
Coptersafety, a fast-growing flight training service provider, is taking one of the world’s first H145 level D full flight helicopter simulators into commercial use. The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority has granted the simulator the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) level D certification. Level D is the highest level of full flight simulator qualifications available. “This… Read more »
HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (“HNZ” or the “Corporation“) and PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI“) announced today that, together with Don Wall, the Corporation’s President and CEO, they have entered into an arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement“) pursuant to which Don Wall, through a wholly-owned acquisition company (the “Canadian… Read more »
The Garden Island newspaper announced yesterday their Best of Kauai award winners and named Blue Hawaiian Helicopters number one under “Best Helicopter Tour”. The only helicopter company serving all four major Hawaiian islands, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has been flying with aloha since 1985 and also ranked in the top three under “Best Air Tour”. “Blue… Read more »
We have known for a while now that selling aircraft occurs in an international market and therefore our aircraft sales team are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the company, Steve Reyna who is based in the state of Texas in the US. Steve is a former Naval Aviator who has flown 20 different types… Read more »
The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) awarded several accreditations during its meeting on Oct. 14, 2017: The first dual accreditation for CAMTS-CAMTS EU, a new first time accreditation, a conditional accreditation, and nine reaccreditations. First Dual Accreditation Embrace Yorkshire & Humber Infant & Children’s Transport Service in South Yorkshire, UK, received… Read more »
L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced today that it has received a production contract for multiple awards totaling $97 million in support of the U.S. Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. By enabling communications and data teaming between manned and unmanned aircraft, MUMT-X provides the Apache AH-64E with a transformational warfighting capability that… Read more »
The helicopter industry can now take advantage of higher-speed onboard Wi-Fi, video transmission and telemedicine capability in Europe and North America using Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) Connected Aircraft solution, the Aspire™ 200 system. Honeywell was awarded a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Aspire 200 satellite communications system on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk… Read more »
Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2018. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2017. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 13, 2017. All applications may be submitted online at www.WAI.org… Read more »
Women in Aviation International, 01-Nov-17