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Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

Helikorea Orders 3 GrandNew Helicopters for EMS

The GrandNew light twin helicopter expands in the Republic of Koreawith the order of three units by HeliKorea for Emergency Medical Service. The order is a testament to the success of the type as the benchmark light twin EMS helicopter on the market. The first two helicopters will be delivered at the end of 2017 while the third will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Norway opens AW101 Training Centre

Leonardo announced yesterday the official opening of its AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Per-Willy Amundsen, Minister of Justice & Public Security. The training centre includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of Norwegian aircrew and will also be available to other AW101 customers. The first… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Jun-17

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HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL awarded Raksha Mantri’s awards

HAL has bagged Raksha Mantri’s awards under the categories of ‘Excellence in Performance’, ‘Innovation’, ‘Indigenisation and Design Efforts’ and ‘Best Performing Division’. The award for ‘Excellence in Performance for the year 2015-16’ was received by Mr T Suvarna Raju, CMD-HAL along with Mr V M Chamola, Dir (HR) and Mr C V Ramana Rao Dir(Fin)-HAL… Read more »

Source: HAL, 14-Jun-17

Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC Selected as a 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist

Rotorcorp LLC is a recipient of a $5,000 grant and a semi-finalist in the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge (Atlanta MEC), a grant competition supported by JPMorgan Chase, UPS and Partnership Gwinnett, which boosts support for small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs. Nearly 100 companies, ranging in… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp LLC, 14-Jun-17

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Airfield Lights Up

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has secured funding and taken delivery of a new airfield lighting system that will assist its helicopter whilst taking off and landing safely at its airbase in Devizes at night. The purchase of the new lighting, a HEMS-Star portable helipad lighting system, has been funded by a donation of £6,950 from the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-17

New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

New Location is LifeFlight’s First in Northwest Pennsylvania

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight, one of the nation’s preeminent air-medical transport programs, is partnering with Clarion Hospital to provide enhanced emergency care services to the Clarion region. LifeFlight has opened its fifth medical helicopter base at Clarion Hospital, joining LifeFlight bases at Canonsburg Hospital, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Butler Airport and Rostraver Airport. An EC-145 helicopter will… Read more »

Source: Allegheny Health Network, 14-Jun-17

S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure completes contract with USCG Mobile

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of OSHA compliant ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, and hangar equipment announced that it has successfully satisfied its contract to supply hangar equipment outfitting the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawks in Mobile, Alabama. By… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 14-Jun-17

Big changes at Bristow

Big changes at Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) today announced structural and leadership changes to create a strategically realigned and profitable company in an unprecedented downturn. In this downturn, Bristow’s clients are focused on safety and increasingly, regional efficiency, and the company must respond. The new Bristow will have two primary geographical hubs in key areas of business,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jun-17

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New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

New tour operator in Niagara Falls area

Mike Campbell is looking to open a new heli-tourism company in Buffalo, called Fly Buffalo. He is currently waiting for approval of setting up the operation at the Outer Harbor. He has planned for two packages when the business is up and running. One that covers all of Buffalo will be $70 to $100 and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Helicopter Flight Services owner sues company leader

Lesley Taylor has filed a lawsuit against her helicopter pilot, John B. Kjekstad. She claims that Kjekstad has used her company as a “personal piggy bank.” Lesley Taylor paid Kjekstad $500,000 annually to run the operations of her helicopter tour company, Helicopter Flight Services, based in Lower Manhattan. The lawsuit includes a claim that Kjekstad used over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

This last Sunday saw the arrival of China’s first helicopter unit at Khartoum. This unit will join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

NATA says Trump ATC plan introduces significant uncertainty

Today, the Trump Administration released additional details about its proposal to corporatize the nation’s air traffic control system. The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is the voice of general aviation business, representing fixed base operators, on-demand air charter, aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities, and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management. NATA members range in… Read more »

Source: NATA, 13-Jun-17

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NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

NBAA calls on Air Traffic Control system modernization, not privatization

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today issued the following statement in response to the administration’s continuing calls for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system. The president’s renewed call for ATC privatization was included in a set of transportation-infrastructure spending “principles” advanced by the president today at the White… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 13-Jun-17

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Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

Wirth Research announces hydrogen-powered tiltrotor mapping drone

The all-new Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will be VTOL capable for its long-endurance missions, carrying its primary mission payload of a sophisticated suite of terrain-mapping sensors and on-board data processing capabilities.   To allow the longest possible endurance with zero in-flight emissions, and reduced vibrations, this unique UAS will be powered by an advanced hybrid… Read more »

Source: Wirth Research, 13-Jun-17

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Tata delivers first Chinook Crown and Tailcone to Boeing

Tata delivers first Chinook Crown and Tailcone to Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) today announced the delivery of the first crown and tailcone assembly for the Indian configuration of the CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Manufactured by TASL in Hyderabad, the parts will be delivered to Boeing for final assembly of the 15 helicopters on delivery to the Indian Air Force…. Read more »

Source: Boeing, 13-Jun-17

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Onboard Systems to develop Ansat cargo hook

Onboard Systems to develop Ansat cargo hook

MDAeroGroup and Onboard Systems are creating a joint project to design a cargo hook for the Kazan Helicopters Ansat light twin helicopters. This announcement was made during HeliRussia 2017. The hook will be accompanied by a hydraulic load weigh and release system, reports Russian Aviation Insider. Information will be sent to the cockpit screen via… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures awarded $67M contract for Right Connecting Links for Apache AH-64

PCX Aerostructures LLC,* Newington, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $66,666,215 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for right connecting links for the Apache AH-64 weapon system. This is a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1) based on Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Connecticut,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International awarded $8M contract for Maintenance on AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58s

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $7,734,253 modification (P00205) to contract W58RZG-13-C-0042 for aircraft maintenance services to the numerous aviation major weapon systems and platforms, including AH-64, UH-60, CH-47, and OH-58. Work will be performed in Fort Hood, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jun-17

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Pawan Hans enters MoU with UP Government

Pawan Hans enters MoU with UP Government

The Uttar Pradesh Government has entered into a MoU with Pawan Hans to provide helicopter flights to 10 major tourist destinations such as the Taj Mahal, Vrindavan and Varanasi. The first flights available will be from Noida to Agra, reports India Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Bayou 69 Crew Awarded for Bravery

Bayou 69 Crew Awarded for Bravery

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has awarded Chief Warrant Officers Jack Mucha and Corey Sayer and Staff Sgt Chad McCan and Sgts Aaron Adam for their bravery during last year’s floods. The crew of the Bayou 69 rescued six people. A wildlife agent and firefighter had been clinging to their overturned boat for hours… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

After the unfortunate crash that killed a flight engineer and injured two pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended all helicopter operations to the Badrinath, Kharsali, Sahastradhara and Harshil helipads. The crash occurred after take-off from the Badrinath shrine, carrying travellers. As reported by Press Trust of India, the State Tourism Minister, Satpal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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New Hangar for Columbia Gorge Regional Airport

New Hangar for Columbia Gorge Regional Airport

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport to mark the beginning of the construction of their new hangar. The 15,000-square foot hangar is hoped to be finished between six to eight months. Life Flight will be able to keep both their helicopter and fixed-wing airplane into the hangar with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Triumph Agreement with Boeing Extends Support for V-22

Triumph Agreement with Boeing Extends Support for V-22

Triumph (NYSE:TGI) announced they have been selected by Boeing to support the V-22 Osprey Multiyear 3 contract, once approved. The contract is expected to be negotiated before the end of 2017 between  and the . The agreement extends the statement of work Triumph currently has on the V-22 Multiyear 2 contract, and also reinstates work that was… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 12-Jun-17

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UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

UK Air Ambulance AW169s go to work at last

Following our article “EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly“, HeliHub.com can now confirm that the first three AW169s enter service today after delivery from Specialist Aviation Services on Friday 9th.  Late in the afternoon the company flew a photo sortie with the aircraft for Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Dorset & Somerset, and Lincolnshire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

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Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways and Monacair are delighted to announce a new partnership between one of the world’s leading airlines and the French Riviera’s premium helicopter operator, commencing 4 July. Qatar Airways’ passengers arriving in Nice on board the airline’s newly-launched direct service to Nice will now have the opportunity to seamlessly connect at Nice International Airport onto… Read more »

Source: Qatar Airlines, 12-Jun-17

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ForeFlight 9.1 now available on the App Store

ForeFlight 9.1 now available on the App Store

ForeFlight 9.1, now available on the App Store, introduces our next-generation high-performance flight planning, a new Flights interface that replaces the File & Brief view and streamlines the flight planning and filing workflow, Jeppesen’s global high-resolution terrain and obstacle data for everyone, and more. Introducing ForeFlight Performance Planning  ForeFlight Performance is a new tier of service that provides best-in-class flight… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 12-Jun-17

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Sharon Desfor elected as ASA International President

Sharon Desfor  elected as ASA International President

Sharon Desfor (President of HeliValue$, Inc.), has been elected to American Society of Appraiser’s (ASA) highest position, International President. Sharon started appraising helicopters in 1984 and joined ASA in early 2005. She earned her ASA designation as Accredited Senior Appraiser in the MTS Aircraft Specialty by December.  Since then, Sharon served six years on the… Read more »

Source: HeliValue$, 12-Jun-17

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Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo joins IMP again for Canadian AW101 upgrade program

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicoptersand expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters, the Original… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jun-17

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Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Pakistan buys seven British Sea

Sea King helicopters purchased from the UK, were formally handed over to Pakistan Navy on 24 May 2017, in a ceremony attended by H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK. Mr Christopher Bob Richardson represented the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the formal handing over ceremony. Contract for purchase of seven… Read more »

Source: Pakistan High Commission, 12-Jun-17

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L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Vertex awarded $83M contract for TH-57 Support and Maintenance

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded an $83,050,682 modification (P00021) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery requirements contract activity (N00019-13-D-0007) to exercise an option for the organizational and depot level logistics services required to support and maintain the TH-57 fleet. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-17

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First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

First Look at Egyptian Ka-52 Alligator

In 2016, Egypt signed a contract for 46 Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters. The first sighting of the Ka-52, complete with the desert camo of the Egyptian Air Force, was seen in the progress factory in Arsenyev, Russia recently. Included in this contract was a training agreement enabling Egyptian pilots to train in Russia for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

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New Whitesky Aviation Heliport

New Whitesky Aviation Heliport

Whitesky Aviation has recently begun with construction of their new heliport in Neglasari. The new heliport will be close to the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and comes to the cost of Rp 260 billion. They hope to have the facility up and running by next year. It can hold up to 20 helicopters at a time… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-17

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Bell 505 continues to surpass significant milestones – achieving type certification in December 2016 from Transport Canada Civil Aviation, then gaining production certification, and recently celebrating the first… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 09-Jun-17

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Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace supports Pakistan Navy Sea King

Vector Aerospace Corporation (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently commenced a contract with the Pakistan Navy for the return to service of three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings at its Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.  Work on the contract is being performed by Vector’s UK-based… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 09-Jun-17

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Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin achieves BVLOS drone inspections

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Canadian UAVs, completed the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) pipeline and well assets inspection using the Lockheed Martin Indago 2. The Indago 2 quadrotor unmanned aerial system completed the inspection at the Foremost Testing Range Indago is one of few unmanned systems deemed Transport Canada Compliant, which means… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 09-Jun-17

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Boeing taking three helicopters to Paris Air Show

Boeing taking three helicopters to Paris Air Show

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today confirmed that a 737 MAX 9 flight test airplane will participate in the flying display at the Paris Air Show, which runs June 19-25 at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. The 737 MAX 9 completed its first flight in April, while Boeing and Malindo Air celebrated the first delivery of the 737 MAX… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 09-Jun-17

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Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its hydraulic cargo hooks with Surefire® release technology have been STC certified by the FAA for the Airbus Helicopters BO105 aircraft. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $7M contract for Designing and Developing VSLED for V-22

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,378,057 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-13-G-0010).  This order provides for the design and development of the Midwing Avionics Obsolescence Vibration Structural Life and Engine Diagnostic (VSLED) operational test program set, as well as the production of three… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for Delivery of Part for V-22 and H-53

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is being awarded $9,088,102 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7000 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00383-17-G-AE01) for seven different part numbers with various quantities of in support of the V-22 and H-53 aircraft.  Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and work is expected to be completed by June 2018…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky awarded $55M contract for modification on four CH-53Ks

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $55,000,000 for modification P0003 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advance acquisition contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification is for the long lead items in support of low-rate initial production Lot II for four CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed in March 2022.  Fiscal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jun-17

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Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Burkina Faso Receives Two Donated UH-1H Hueys from Taiwan

Taiwan has donated two UH-1H Huey helicopters to Burkina Faso’s Air Force. The decision was made after Chief of Staff of the Republic of China’s armed forces, General Wang Hsin-Lung, visited. The helicopters will be used for anti-terrorism and humanitarian aid, among other duties. Valued at $8 million, the helicopters were delivered in May, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russian Defence Ministry Looks towards Arctic Mi-38 Variant

Russia’s Defence Ministry is looking to purchase new Mi-38 helicopters for their Arctic operations. Russian Deputy Defence Minister, Yuri Borisov visited Kazan Helicopter Enterprise and stated how the Mil Mi-38 will be the perfect middle ground between the Mi-8 and the Mi-26. The Mi-38 has TV7-117V engines with integrated digital flight navigation systems and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Horizon’s Regional Council recently voted against funding a rescue helicopter service. Councillor David Cotton has said paying Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter will open up a Pandora ’s Box, as other services will also request funding. The public showed great support for the cause. But as the vote was six against to five for, the council… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre had to demolish their helipad in 2011 when they rebuilt the hospital. Since then, they have not been able to airlift patients to the hospital. They now will have a new helipad. As reported by CBS Local, the helipad will emphasise on specialized care from smaller hospitals.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Firefighting Helicopters gifted to National Parks and Wildlife Service

Firefighting Helicopters gifted to National Parks and Wildlife Service

Two new firefighting helicopters have been given to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This gift was due to a $6.6 million state government funding increase. These helicopters will be used for carrying heavy loads as well as being used in difficult to reach areas. The National Park employees cover a range of 135,000 hectares,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Aero and Sikorsky extended contract on Black Hawk cockpits

Aero and Sikorsky extended contract on Black Hawk cockpits

According to a new amendment of the contract, Aero Vodochody will produce cockpits for Black Hawks at least until year 2023. Aero Vodochody produces fully equipped cockpits for UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters since 2011. “The Black Hawk program is one of the strategic programs in our aerostructures production. The extension of the contract for five… Read more »

Source: Aero Vodochody, 08-Jun-17

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CPI Aerostructures Receives Follow-On Order from Sikorsky for S-92 Helicopter

CPI Aerostructures Receives Follow-On Order from Sikorsky for S-92 Helicopter

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) announced today that it has entered into a long term, follow-on contract with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, to provide structural assemblies and kits for the S-92® helicopter program. Under the terms of the agreement, CPI Aero will provide 15 different deliverable items including door assemblies, cover… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 08-Jun-17

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Tyonek Named Sikorsky Black Hawk Supplier of the Year

Tyonek Named Sikorsky Black Hawk Supplier of the Year

TFab Manufacturing, LLC (TFM), a subsidiary of Tyonek Manufacturing Group, Inc. (TMG) and Tyonek Native Corporation was recognized by Sikorsky as Black Hawk Supplier of the Year. The recognition comes in addition to the company achieving Sikorsky Supplier Gold status for the second year in a row.  Tyonek is one of only 15 companies worldwide… Read more »

Source: Tyonek, 08-Jun-17

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Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award Thanks

Four NY National Guard Soldiers receive highest state heroism award  Thanks

Four New York Army National Guard Soldiers who rescued a pilot from a burning plane received New York’s highest medal for heroism during a June 4 ceremony at the National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility at MacArthur Airport here. The members of the Company B, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment were presented the New York… Read more »

Source: Dvids, 08-Jun-17

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EASA launches Airworthiness Convergence project with Ukraine

EASA launches Airworthiness Convergence project with Ukraine

A new chapter in EU-Ukraine aviation relations started today with the official launch of a new cooperation project between EASA and SAAU (State Aviation Administration of Ukraine) in the area of airworthiness. The three-year project, managed by EASA, is designed to support the implementation in Ukraine of EU airworthiness rules, and thus prepare the country’s… Read more »

Source: EASA, 08-Jun-17

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Saginaw FlightCare Celebrates Anniversary

Saginaw FlightCare Celebrates Anniversary

FlightCare recently celebrated their anniversary at their hangar campus in Saginaw. The first flight from St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw was in March 1987. The service covers from the Great Lakes Bay Region to the Thumb area. As reported by WSGW, the crews work 12 hour shifts and in total, they have made over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-17

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New Helipad for Genesis East

New Helipad for Genesis East

Genesis East had its first test flight off their new helipad on June 6. The helipad, built in April, will enable faster patient care. MedForce will provide services with their N30IPH helicopter, reports WQAD News 8.

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jun-17

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Chariot Oil & Gas looks for helicopters for Namibian exploration work

Chariot Oil & Gas looks for helicopters for Namibian exploration work

Chariot, in conjunction with its partners AziNam (20%), NAMCOR (10%) and Ignitus (5%), completed acquisition of a 3D seismic survey of approximately 2,600 km2 in February 2016 targeting leads identified in the north-western area of the Central Blocks from approximately 1,700 km of 2D seismic data acquired by the partnership in 2015. The 2016 3D… Read more »

Source: Chariot Oil & Gas, 07-Jun-17

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XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at Paris Air Show

XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at Paris Air Show

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced today it has been selected by the Paris Air Lab Programming Committee to exhibit at the Paris Air Show.  The exhibit space is hosted by the French Aerospace Industries Association in coordination with Starburst Accelerator, a major aerospace, defense and security investment fund and consulting firm.  In addition to exhibiting… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft, 07-Jun-17

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NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Jun-17

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AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

AH-6SA Delivery to Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian National Guard received their first order of Boeing AH-6SA Little Bird reconnaissance helicopters on the 4 June. They arrived at the airbase of Khashm Al-Aan. Little Bird is a variant on the MH-6 light helicopter and is designed for light attack, close combat attack, anti-armour and reconnaissance, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-17

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Dynali delivers its 50th H3

Dynali delivers its 50th H3

Dynali Helicopter Company, the Belgian manufacturer of ultra-light helicopters announces the delivery of its 50th H3 microlight helicopter. This machine is for delivery to the Air Flash flight school in Amiens, France, which is already an experienced operator of Dynali H3s in flight training. The H3 is currently the lowest priced two-seat helicopter in the… Read more »

Source: Dynali, 06-Jun-17

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Big rise in Heli deck friction tears in UAE

Big rise in Heli deck friction tears in UAE

Oryx Aviation Consulting (OAC), the helideck inspection company based in Abu Dhabi has been experiencing a huge increase in demand for their friction testing services across the Middle East in 2017. Although OAC have been offering friction tests using their state of the art testing devices from Findlay Irvine in Scotland for over a year… Read more »

Source: Oryx Aviation Consulting, 06-Jun-17

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BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 06-Jun-17

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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation expands into Nigeria

Abu Dhabi Aviation has recently partnered with the Nigerian charter operator OAS Helicopters. The partnership, which began in 2015, was sealed with the introduction of a AW-139 helicopter that is based at OAS’ new NAFBASE Airport. Abu Dhabi Aviation’s  AFB Contracts Manager, Kevin Den Hertog has commented that the partnership between the two companies is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub,com, 05-Jun-17

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Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

New Bell representative for UK and Ireland

The Heli UK Expo event on June 1-3 provided the launch for the new Bell representatives in the UK.  While Heli Charter continue maintenance and operations as before, but have in recent months ceased being both a Bell CSF (Certified Service Facility) and a Bell IR (Independent Representative).  This is due to the medical condition… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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Canonsburg Hospital Unveils Newest Addition to AHN LifeFlight Fleet

Canonsburg Hospital Unveils Newest Addition to AHN LifeFlight Fleet

WHAT: Canonsburg Hospital showcases the new LifeFlight medical helicopter that will be based at the hospital. The newest addition to Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight fleet – and its first Airbus H135 P2+ aircraft – is quieter than the previous equipment that was based at the hospital. It will bear the tail number N978LF to commemorate LifeFlight’s… Read more »

Source: AHN, 05-Jun-17

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Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon awarded $11M contract for MH-60 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, is being awarded a $10,957,861 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to fabricate, assemble, test and deliver low-rate initial production Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems (AMNS) and engineering services and support.  The AMNS will explosively neutralize bottom and moored mines using an expendable mine neutralizer device.  The system will be deployed from the MH-60… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing awarded $8M contract for V-22 proprotor blade work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $7,708,381 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for the non-recurring engineering and testing for the expansion of the Nickle Cap on the proprotor blades to extend the life and increase readiness… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-17

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AHS mourns the loss of Bob Lynn

AHS mourns the loss of Bob Lynn

Bob Lynn was born Oct. 26, 1926, to Leon Lynn and Beatrice Moore in Charleston, West Virginia. He received his BS in mechanical engineering and his MS in aeronautical engineering from Princeton. He later attended MIT’s Senior Executive Program. Lynn began his career in 1950 as a draftsman with the Bell Aircraft Corporation, in Buffalo,… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Jun-17

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Boeing Awards Components Manufacturing Contract to COTESA

Boeing Awards Components Manufacturing Contract to COTESA

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has awarded Saxony-based COTESA GmbH a five-year contract to manufacture key components for the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. This is the first Boeing contract award to COTESA. “We are committed to bringing opportunities to German companies from across the Boeing enterprise and will continue to strive to bring the best of Boeing… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 05-Jun-17

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CHC and Sikorsky Commemorate Historic Transatlantic Flight

CHC and Sikorsky Commemorate Historic Transatlantic Flight

CHC Group and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, are marking the 52nd anniversary of their collaboration on the first transatlantic ferry flight by a civilian helicopter, which was also the first unescorted crossing of the Atlantic by helicopter. This milestone was completed in a Sikorsky S-61N operated by Okanagan Helicopters, which later became CHC. The… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Jun-17

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TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program

TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program

The TH-180 program has two prototype aircraft in the certification program.  One is in flight test and the other (pictured) is engaged in a 100-hour ground run which is a rugged test of the drive system and controls.  Several tests have been completed and the program is steadily progressing toward certification by the end of… Read more »

Source: Enstorm, 05-Jun-17

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Reinventing the Helicopter After 78 Years: Workhorse Will Unveil SureFly™ Concept

Reinventing the Helicopter After 78 Years: Workhorse Will Unveil SureFly™ Concept

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the electric transportation sector, today announced it will unveil its SureFly™ helicopter concept at the Paris Air Show on June 19. “The helicopter has been around for 78 years and is finally being reinvented,” said Stephen Burns, CEO… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group, 05-Jun-17

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CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Winchman Receives Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy

CHC Group has announced that Winchman Gary Robertson of CHC Ireland has received the Billy Deacon Search and Rescue Memorial Trophy for his role in a life-saving mission with the Irish Coast Guard. The trophy was presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at St. James Palace, on Tuesday, May 30, by HRH Prince… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 02-Jun-17

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FAA issues guidance on Loss Of Control situations

FAA issues guidance on Loss Of Control situations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. What is Loss of Control (LOC)? An LOC accident involves an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Jun-17

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Toledo Police grounded as city sells their only helicopter

Toledo Police grounded as city sells their only helicopter

The Toledo Police Department was given approval to sell their only helicopter, a R44 Robinson, recently this past week. They have stated that the engine is in need of a complete overhaul and the basic kit cost alone ranges from $250,000 to $275,000. That is without the labour costs. They bought the helicopter in 2001… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

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US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

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