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Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

Guimbal appoints distributor in Canada

As French manufacturer Helicoptères Guimbal continues to find success with their composite two-seater Cabri G2, so their distributor network increases.  The company has confirmed to HeliHub.com that BC Helicopters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, have been appointed the distributor for the province of British Columbia in Canada.  BC Helicopters were the first operator of the type… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

EASA clears British AW169 air ambulances to fly

Four AW169 helicopters have so far been delivered from the factory in Italy to British operator Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), but none are yet in service.  With the medical interior completion by SAS, various aspects of the work have required STC approval from EASA, and while that part would always be expected to take some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial’s initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-May-17

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

AT&T using drones to map cellphone network

Ten years ago, the smartphone burst onto the scene. Nothing – including our network – has been the same. “The popularity of the smartphone caught everybody off guard. We had to scale our network capabilities to support that overnight.  We are taking an early position for drones and taking action,” said Matt Walsh, director of… Read more »

Source: AT&T, 11-May-17

Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace introduces two new UAVs for specific mission

Pulse Aerospace, the premier developer of helicopter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) platforms in the United States, has publicly announced the release of two new rotorcraft UAS, the petroleum powered Radius 65™  and electric Vapor 15™.  By expanding beyond the company’s current Vapor 35™ Vapor 55™ offerings, Pulse covers the broadest application range of any Helicopter UAS… Read more »

Source: Pulse Aerospace, 11-May-17

Quantum3D to Provide Visual Solution for Newest Turkish Military Helicopter Simulator

Quantum3D to Provide Visual Solution for Newest Turkish Military Helicopter Simulator

Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of training and simulation solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced that it has been selected to provide Image Generation technology as part of the first flight simulator being delivered to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in support of its new T-625 helicopter design. The simulator will feature Quantum3D’s Independence®… Read more »

Source: Quantum3D, 11-May-17

Peruvian Air Force orders 36 helicopters

Peruvian Air Force orders 36 helicopters

The Peruvian Government have approved the purchase of 36 helicopters and 14 transport planes for the military, primarily for emergency response work such as flood relief.  The national newspaper  La República said that the National Emergency Operations Center had reported that during the period of rains, landslides and floods, it was necessary to mobilize about… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-17

Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-May-17

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CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

H125 FastFin Approved by Transport Canada

BLR Aerospace today announced that its FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System has been approved by Transport Canada for installation on Canadian registered Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters. The H125 FastFin System was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The System… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 10-May-17

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UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

UTair selects Skytrac fleet monitoring for 46 Mi-8s

SKYTRAC Systems, in partnership with Eastern European distributor Depicon, expands automated flight tracking services to UTair-Helicopter Services’ fleet of 46 Mil-8 Helicopters. SKYTRAC supports the company’s international peace-keeping missions with contractually-compliant high precision flight tracking, real-time automated event notifications, and air-to-ground voice and text messaging. The UTair-Helicopter Services package includes SKYTRAC’s ISAT-200A satellite air asset… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 10-May-17

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Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow forms new Gulf of Mexico SAR consortium

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-May-17

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Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

Roselectronika replaces foreign navigation system for Russian civil helicopters

[Electronic Translation] The combined holding company “Russian Electronics” creates a new generation of avionics for civil helicopters. Modern equipment will significantly reduce the dependence of producers and consumers of helicopters from foreign components and services. Within import critical elements avionics specialists Rybinsk CB “beam”, in particular, small-size helicopter created Doppler velocity meter and demolition, combined with… Read more »

Source: Ruselectronika, 10-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen and ForeFlight Form Alliance

Jeppesen, a Boeing Company and a leader in aviation navigation and operational efficiency solutions, and ForeFlight, the innovative provider of mobile and web aviation applications, today announced that the companies have entered into in a long-term strategic alliance to combine their industry-leading capabilities and worldwide content. Together, Jeppesen and ForeFlight will build on their common… Read more »

Source: Jeppesen, 09-May-17

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JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET Demonstrating New Intelligence Features at EBACE 2017

JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, will demonstrate a series of new releases and features in their aircraft research service lineup at EBACE2017 at the Geneva Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. Highlights this year include: Aerodex Elite, a new product that combines owner/operator data with the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management System in near… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 09-May-17

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Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters 2016 Financial Results

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has revealed consolidated audited financial statements for 2016 under IFRS.  Main results for 2016: – Revenues decreased by 2.5% and amounted to 214.3 billion rubles; – EBITDA amounted to 40.9 billion rubles; – EBITDA margin was 19%; – Profit amounted to 16.2 billion rubles; – 189 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-May-17

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

FAA certifies Onboard Systems B407 Cargo Hook Kits

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the Bell 407 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-May-17

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EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

EASA proposes regulations for small drone usage in Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published today a proposal to regulate the operation of small drones in Europe. All interested parties are welcome to comment this proposal from 12 May until 12 August 2017. The proposal provides a framework to safely operate drones while allowing this industry to remain agile, to innovate and continue… Read more »

Source: EASA, 09-May-17

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IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

IDG Europe Completes LiveAero Install

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its LiveAero dealer, IDG Europe AB recently certified and installed a LiveAero system on a Mi-172 helicopter in St. Petersburg, Russia. The LiveAero system on this aircraft provides passengers with voice and internet connectivity at all times as well as added operational safety with a brand new real-time flight tracking… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 09-May-17

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Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center (Beijing 999), a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed an agreement today with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of one H145, the first of its kind to be configured with a hoist for medical and search and rescue (SAR) in China. The rotorcraft is scheduled for delivery by 2019…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-May-17

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Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright Selected By Bell Canada To Provide Cockpit Voice/Flight Data Recorder System

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide its cockpit voice and flight recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multi-role utility helicopters. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a… Read more »

Source: Curtiss-Wright, 09-May-17

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Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

Swedish pilots involved in helicopter accident

[High Wycombe] An AS 350 was involved in an accident today at Wycombe Air Park, located about 15 km west of London. According to local news media three pilots were onboard at the time of the accident. One of the pilots suffered life-threatening injuries and another suffered serious leg, chest, abdominal, head and shoulder injuries… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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Egypt-Russian Kamov Ka-52K Deal in Final Stages

Egypt-Russian Kamov Ka-52K Deal in Final Stages

Egypt is in the final stages of deciding on the purchase of Russian Helicopters’ Kamov Ka-52K. Andrei Boginsky, Russian Helicopters CEO has said that the result of the tender will be made clear during this month. The Ka-52K helicopter has been dubbed the Alligator as it provides fire for amphibious attacks, can carry out anti-amphibious… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-May-17

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First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

First Leonardo AW169 arrives in Sweden

This weekend Sweden’s first Leonardo AW169 arrived in Östersund. This aircraft is the first in a batch of four AW169s ordered by Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance for its HEMS operations in northern Sweden. The new helicopters will replace the current AS365 Dauphin helicopters in Gällivare, Östersund and Lycksele this year. The forth one will be used… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 08-May-17

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Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2017

Starting today, those interested in attending the CHC Safety & Quality Summit this year can purchase tickets at a discount during the early registration period. Early registration for the 13th CHC Safety & Quality Summit is available through May 31, 2017, during which time reserving your place at the Summit is reduced to $1085.00, compared… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-May-17

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SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

Airbus Helicopters has completed deliveries of three H135s, the latest version of its family, for emergency medical services (EMS) operations by SAF Group. The first aircraft is in service in Toulouse while the second and third helicopters are destined to perform EMS missions in Alençon and Besançon. These helicopters are the very first H135s to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-May-17

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Bristow Group Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Fourth Quarter Earnings

Bristow Group Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Fourth Quarter Earnings

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2017, after the market closes on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

11th EDA Helicopter Exercise Fire Blade ready for take-off in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017 (FB17) will take place at Papa Airbase in Hungary from 1-12 May 2017 with around 500 personnel and 16 aircraft taking part from 5 Member States. This is the 11th Helicopter exercise to be conducted under the umbrella of EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP). The European Defence Agency continues to offer… Read more »

Source: EDA, 08-May-17

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HeliRussia 2017 – details of helicopter engines being showcased

HeliRussia 2017 – details of helicopter engines being showcased

Engine building is one of the most complex areas of the helicopter industry. Even fewer countries that are able to produce helicopters have the potential to build modern helicopter engines. Modern line-up of rotorcraft engines, their systems and aftersales programs to be showcased at the 10th anniversary HeliRussia 2017 expo to highlight new developments in… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia 2017, 08-May-17

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FLIR Systems appoints new Chief HR Officer

FLIR Systems appoints new Chief HR Officer

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced that Paul Sale will join the company in the newly-created position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Reporting to CEO Andy Teich, Sale will be charged with leading FLIR’s organizational strategy, talent acquisition and development, compensation, benefits, and corporate culture initiatives. Mr. Sale most recently… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 08-May-17

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Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow Announces New SAR Contract with Hess Corporation

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it was awarded a contract with Hess Corporation for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. This is Bristow’s second contract to provide full SAR services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are honored to provide this critical lifesaving service on behalf of Hess,”… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-17

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Able Honored as Top Exporter

Able Honored as Top Exporter

What do aerospace, peanut butter and athletic conditioning have in common? In Arizona, they represent companies being honored for exporting success by the Sun Corridor Recognition Program. Within this shortlist of winners, Able Aerospace Services, Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, was named as the Top Scoring Export Business and an exporting “expert” among all companies… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 08-May-17

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Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

A group of Connecticut and New England lawmakers are trying to persuade Israel to buy Stratford-based Sikorsky helicopters as they work to modernize their military. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter… Read more »

Source: US Senate, 05-May-17

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Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce a new agreement with the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade its two (2) remaining MD 500E helicopters. The two E models will be overhauled and re-certified as F-models (Type Certificate 369FF) with zero-time engines in a period of just a few weeks. The FAA-approved… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

AW189 to enter offshore service in Brazil

The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro.  Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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New helicopter goes live with Flight For Life Colorado

New helicopter goes live with Flight For Life Colorado

Thanks to the collaboration between Flight For Life® Colorado (FFLC), Centura Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado), the organizations announced today that the new, state-of-the-art helicopter will take flight and begin serving neonatal and pediatric patients who need to be transported beginning May 1. The Children’s Colorado and FFLC-branded helicopter is the first-of-its-kind and will serve… Read more »

Source: Centura Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado, 05-May-17

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Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan’s fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support. Under the M-TADS/PNVS contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 14 laser designation kits through 2020 to upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) M-TADS systems. The Modernized… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 05-May-17

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New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

New Coastguard SAR Helicopter at Prestwick Airport

From early May, the south-west coast of Scotland will see a new Coastguard search and rescue helicopter in the skies. The new Leonardo AW189 helicopter is the first of two AW189s that will operate from the Coastguard base at Prestwick Airport. It will spend the next few months flying in the area on training missions… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 05-May-17

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Patria wins contract for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters

Patria wins contract for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters

Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has selected Patria to supply on-aircraft maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 helicopters. The scope of the contract covers phase and calendar inspections, associated repairs and maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 NFH Helicopters. The agreement is for two years with option for additional two years and its value is estimated to… Read more »

Source: Patria, 05-May-17

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Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, with its UH-1H3 upgrade

Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, with its UH-1H3 upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program. Developed as a cost-effective means of enhancing the performance of the enduring UH-1H platform, 1,500 of which remain in service… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 05-May-17

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AC311A flew over the Qilian Mountains for the first time

AC311A flew over the Qilian Mountains for the first time

China Aviation Industry Helicopter Miles trip activities in the third station in Qinghai Province Haixi Mongolian Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture state Delhi city held. Delingha is located in the northern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with an average elevation of 2980 meters, belonging to the typical plateau region. This natural condition poses a very high demand… Read more »

Source: Aviation Industry Corporation of China, 05-May-17

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Bell Continues Longstanding Support of Army Aviation Community

Bell Continues Longstanding Support of Army Aviation Community

While at the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit we had the joy of presenting two donations including a a $5,000 donation to the U.S. Army Aviation Museum Foundation, Inc. and a $5,000 check to the Army Aviation Association of America Scholarship Foundation. The Army Aviation Association Scholarship Foundation was created in 1963 to… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 05-May-17

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Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

Marines Conduct FARP Operations at WTI 2-7

Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 conducted forward arming and refueling point operations as part of Assault Support Training 1 at the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, in support of the semiannual Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-17, April 17. Lasting seven weeks, WTI is a training evolution hosted by MAWTS-1… Read more »

Source: US Marines, 05-May-17

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$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 million has been awarded to the family of Stacey Cernadas, a flight nurse who was killed in a Haynes LifeFlight helicopter crash in South Alabama. Metro Aviation has not admitted to any wrongdoing, as part of the settlement, reports AL. The crash occurred on 26 March, 2016. Three others that were killed were Pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

British Columbia Non-Profit Wants EMS Helicopters as an Election Issue

Northern British Columbia Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society, or H.E.R.O.S, is trying to convince groups that pre-hospital care and transportation that EMS helicopters provide should be a priority, before the BC 2017 election. H.E.R.O.S Vice President, Ted Clarke has been advocating the necessity of EMS helicopters. He points out that patients in need of critical… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

North West Regional Hospital Helipad Still Unusable

A month ago was the official opening of the new North-West Regional Hospital’s helipad, but it has still not been used. Helicopters are still having to land at Burnie High School and have their patients transported by ground ambulances. Questions have been raised over the issue, such as why have an opening if it isn’t… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Taiwan Leasing Firm to Finance Fifth H130 for PhilJets

Taiwan Leasing Firm to Finance Fifth H130 for PhilJets

Chailease, a Taiwanese financial institution, has decided to finance PhilJets Group’s fifth Airbus H130 helicopter in order to create a partnership between the two companies. Chailease Regional Manager, Alexander Tang has commented that by creating this partnership, they will be able to tap into “local markets.” The announcement of this decision was made at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Camp Creek Medical Center to Add Helipad

Camp Creek Medical Center to Add Helipad

The Camp Creek Medical Center has been awarded with funds from the Blanche W. Grady Community Service Award to build a helipad and ground ambulance parking. The primary care clinic for the area has been run from a mobile unit on Camp Creek Road. The new center will be finished by June, reports The Greeneville… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Héli-Union starts helicopter operations for a Client in offshore Myanmar

Héli-Union starts helicopter operations for a Client in offshore Myanmar

Héli-Union successfully started helicopter operations in the south of Myanmar for one of its clients. Its customer, Woodside, is an international oil and gas company to whom Héli-Union provided its services last year for a drilling campaign in the same blocks. This is not the first time that the two companies are working together for… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 04-May-17

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Sergey Anoanov to attempt world record attempt at Helitech International 2017

Sergey Anoanov to attempt world record attempt at Helitech International 2017

Unperturbed from surviving a forced landing in the Artic during his first attempt, this summer Sergey Anoanov will once again try and become the first pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a helicopter weighing less than one tonne. In October he will share his, hopefully successful, story at the Helitech International event in London. Five-time… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 04-May-17

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First EASA / CAAC safety conference promotes aviation safety improvements

First EASA / CAAC safety conference promotes aviation safety improvements

The Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Mr Patrick Ky and the Vice Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Mr Li Jian opened on 27 April 2017 the joined Safety Conference organized by the two organizations, bringing together leading CEOs from the European and Chinese aviation industry. The conference… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-May-17

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Jorge Domecq extended as EDA Chief Executive

Jorge Domecq extended as EDA Chief Executive

Following a proposal by Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, as Head of the European Defence Agency, EDA Member States have decided unanimously to extend the initial three year mandate of Jorge Domecq as Chief Executive of the Agency for an additional two years,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 04-May-17

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HUBZone Engine Support On Display at 2017 AAAA Mission Solutions Summit

HUBZone Engine Support On Display at 2017 AAAA Mission Solutions Summit

M International, a leading provider of aftermarket technical, MRO, and supply chain management services for the aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce its HUBZone approved MRO network will be exhibiting at booth #428 from 26 through 28 April during the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit held at the… Read more »

Source: M International, 04-May-17

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Russian Helicopters transfers a Mi-171E to Pakistan

Russian Helicopters transfers a Mi-171E to Pakistan

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, handed over a civilian multirole helicopter Mi-171E to the Punjab province government of the Republic of Pakistan. The helicopter was manufactured at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant and has already been accepted by the customer’s representatives. The rotorcraft will be delivered to its destination by air transport. Under the terms… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-May-17

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Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Center to Replace Bell 407

Kalispell Regional Medical Centre has to replace their Advanced Life-support and Emergency Rescue Team (ALERT) helicopter which has been in service for 17 years. The helicopter meets the new FAA rule of having a terrain awareness and warning system but the helicopter is down 105 days of the year due to repairs. The only backup… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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New Helicopter Training Centre for Greater Sudbury

New Helicopter Training Centre for Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury hopes to house one of the most state-of-the-art pilot and helicopter maintenance training centres. The proposed centre will be available to pilots and maintenance crews from both Canada and the US. Coming to an estimated $70 million, the centre will have courseware development and two multi-engine level D full-flight simulators and two single-engine… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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Ukraine and Poland Plan on Joint Helicopter Development

Ukraine and Poland Plan on Joint Helicopter Development

The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Stepan Kubiv, has revealed that the Ukraine and Poland will be working together to develop and modernize helicopters for their two armed forces. The reason for the joint development is because the Ukrainian Defence Ministry cannot sustain the development of new helicopters by themselves and need the assistance of Polish… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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Good results for AS 350 Maximum Pilot Visibility Kit

Good results for AS 350 Maximum Pilot Visibility Kit

In March Stockholms Helikoptertjänst became the first operator in Scandinavia to install Swiss Rotor Solution’s Maximum Pilot View Kit on one of its helicopters. The kit, which is designed provide unrestricted pilot view in vertical-reference sling-load operations, was installed on the company’s AS 350 B3 (SE-JRZ) at the main base in Stockholm, Sweden, by Swiss… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 03-May-17

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LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum to hold Helicopter Day 2017

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum to hold Helicopter Day 2017

Helicopter Day, sponsored by Midwest Medical Transport, is an indoor and outdoor event held at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in celebration of aviation careers and the history of helicopters. Spectators will be able to watch in wonder as, Midwest Medical Transportation, Nebraska National Guard, law enforcement, commercial and private helicopters fly over the… Read more »

Source: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 03-May-17

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UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County

UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County

A UF Health ShandsCair helicopter landed on the hospital’s helipad Tuesday afternoon marking Bay Medical Sacred Heart’s partnership with Shands and Med-Trans Corporation. The helicopter will service Florida’s panhandle and help to cut down on the time trauma and cardiac patients have to wait to get the care needed. It will be temporarily stationed at… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans Corporation, 03-May-17

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Heliponents receives tentative B505 Service Center Approval

Heliponents receives tentative B505 Service Center Approval

Heliponents, Inc. of Mesa, AZ had received its tentative Bell 505 CSF approval from Bell Helicopter in February of 2017. It has currently completed all of its training requirements, and well on our way to have the full tooling and inventory on the shelf to support, Bell’s newest addition to the product lineup. We are… Read more »

Source: Heliponents, 03-May-17

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Heli-Expo 2018 exhibit space application now available

Heli-Expo 2018 exhibit space application now available

The HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 Application for Space can now be completed online. Click here to access the application. If you have your user name and password, you can access a prepopulated Application for Space with your company’s information already entered. If you do not know your user name and/or password, click here. When applying online,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-May-17

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HAI commends House leaders for engaging GA stakeholders

HAI commends House leaders for engaging GA stakeholders

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member David Price of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies for their leadership in engaging stakeholders on an important funding issue associated with FAA reauthorization. “We commend Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price for reaching out to members of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-May-17

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Erickson completes restructure and exits Chapter 11

Erickson completes restructure and exits Chapter 11

Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today it has successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company satisfied the conditions of its confirmed plan of reorganization, which became effective following approximately five months of negotiations and court proceedings. President and CEO Jeff Roberts said, “We are very pleased to have… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 03-May-17

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Mexico Ready to Order Mi-17s for Air Force

Mexico Ready to Order Mi-17s for Air Force

Mexico has made plans with Rosoboronexport to order a batch of Mi-17 military helicopters. These helicopters will be used for defence and law enforcement, reports Sputnik News. This will not be their first business, as in 2012 they received an order of Mi-17V-5 helicopters for their Navy.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Russia to Replace Ukrainian Engines by 2019

Russia to Replace Ukrainian Engines by 2019

Russia hopes to replace their imported engines from Ukraine with a domestically produced version. CEO of United Engine-Making Corporation has commented that these engines are more reliable and have digital control technology. They plan to replace 130 VK-2500 engines by 2019, reports Tass.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Military S-92 Grounded in Canada since 10 March

Military S-92 Grounded in Canada since 10 March

The Royal Canadian Air Force has had their CH-148 Cyclone helicopters grounded since 10 March. This was after an incident where one of the helicopters had a “momentary change in the descent rate.” A team from Sikorsky is currently at 12 Wing Shearwater, where the incident occurred, to conduct an investigation into the helicopter in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-17

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Thales Europavia JV wins Spanish Army helicopter contract

Thales Europavia JV wins Spanish Army helicopter contract

Spanish Army has awarded the joint venture Thales Programas and Europavia a contract for the maintenance of the communications and electronics systems of the helicopters until 2019. The service has a budget of 1.5 million euros and contemplates the possibility of an extension of the contract until 2020. The service awarded to the joint venture… Read more »

Source: Thales, 02-May-17

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Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Air Medical Transport Now Serving Brainerd Lakes Area

Life Link III’s seventh base of air medical transport services has opened at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport and is operating 24/7 to provide critically needed additional air medical transport to residents in this rapidly growing region. Life Link III’s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 02-May-17

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Work begins on Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

Work begins on Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase

HER Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, and The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Lady Marland, joined Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Charity Ambassadors and supporters today (Friday 28 April 2017) to celebrate the start of construction work on the charity’s new airbase at Semington, near Melksham. At a ground breaking ceremony on the site of… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 02-May-17

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Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

Rotorcraft Asia – Inaugural event proves successful

The inaugural Rotorcraft Asia, the region’s first-ever dedicated event for civil helicopter industry is focused on offering an effective strategic platform for industry leaders, potential partners and experts to forge partnerships, engage in dialogues and showcase new innovative technologies, to unlock the region’s growing industry. Top executives, regulators, industry experts, academics and leading industry players… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Asia, 02-May-17

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