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Rockwell Collins selected to service Brazilian Army Fennec and Panther avionics

Rockwell Collins selected to service Brazilian Army Fennec and Panther avionics

Rockwell Collins has signed a contract with the Brazilian Army Aviation Command to service avionics equipment for the country’s fleet of Fennec and Panther helicopters. The three year agreement includes local support for Rockwell Collins’ MFD-255EF Multi-Function Displays, HF-9087D High Frequency (HF) Receiver and Transmitters, as well as Talon RT-8200 digital radios that are part of a modernization… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Apr-18

Indian Government confirms scrapping of Pawan Hans sale, promising update soon

Indian Government confirms scrapping of Pawan Hans sale, promising update soon

The Indian Government has decided to scrap the bidding process of Pawan Hans. Pawan Hans is a 51:49 joint venture between the government and ONGC. The government had planned to sell their part of the shares. Further details regarding their next steps are still to be announced, reports Web India.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

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Redmond Regional Medical Center to install helipad

Redmond Regional Medical Center to install helipad

Redmond Regional Medical Center have started on plans for a dedicated helipad. Patients are currently being flown in to a grassy open space in front of the hospital, while security blocks off traffic and ensure safety of pedestrians. The new helipad will be at the corner of Redmond Road and John Maddox Drive, and will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps has recently bought a Bell 505. The company opened a flying school in 1987 and used their R22, R44 and Colibri for the pilots. Pilots have to fly a turbine helicopter after they have completed their pilot licence. The school provided their EC120 or AS350 for this, but the use of them was quite… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

New Zealand based Oceania Aviation have recently imported a pair of AS332L Super Pumas, with a short YouTube video showing them being craned off a couple of trucks and put into their Ardmore Airport hangar. The helicopters have been acquired from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, where they had been used as VVIP aircraft from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

Russian Helicopters delivered the 1st Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters delivered the 1st Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) delivered the first Ansat helicopter in medical configuration in the year 2018 under the contract with State Transport Leasing Company (STLC).  The rotorcraft was delivered to Russian Helicopter Systems. This year STLC will get another 11 Ansat helicopters in medical configuration from Russian Helicopters. STLC obtains… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Apr-18

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant hosts a delegation from Zimbabwe

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant hosts a delegation from Zimbabwe

High-level delegation from the Republic of Zimbabwe made a working visit to Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec). The main purpose of the visit was examination of Mi-171E helicopters in VVIP configuration intended for transportation of top state officials and also familiarization with the terms of helicopter delivery and after-sales… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Apr-18

CHC Introduces New Latin America Base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport

CHC Introduces New Latin America Base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport

CHC Group announced the inauguration and start of operations from its new base at Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport, Campos dos Goytacazes. The event was attended by executives from Shell, city hall, local press and the President of FIRJAN in the Campos region, Fernando Aguiar. The approximately 300m² facility will house Leonardo AW 139 aircraft and approximately… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Apr-18

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ODK to Develop Helicopter Engine of Next Generation

ODK to Develop Helicopter Engine of Next Generation

United Engine-building Corporation, a part of the Rostec State Corporation, has started works on development of a prospective helicopter engine of the next generation. New construction materials and additive technologies, as well as 3D-printing, will be used in the process of development. In addition to proven effective technologies and materials, new design visions and aviation… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 09-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed awarded $117M contract for AH-64 Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $116,883,758 modification (0005 04) to Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Laser Range Finder Designators in support of the Netherlands’ AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2020. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-18

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CHC Launches New Hoist Training Facility

CHC Launches New Hoist Training Facility

CHC Group has announced the launch of its new hoist training facility, certified to train offshore workers, SAR hoist operators and technical crew members in on and offshore hoist operations. The facility, located within CHC’s Den Helder base, has been designed to resemble a Leonardo AW139 cabin and can also be used to simulate Helicopter… Read more »

Source: CHC, 06-Apr-18

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Boeing Secures Services Contract for Canadian Chinooks

Boeing Secures Services Contract for Canadian Chinooks

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the Canadian government have agreed to an amendment to an existing performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. Under the $313 million fixed-price amendment, Boeing will continue to provide full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics and training services to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks through 2023. Operating… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 06-Apr-18

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Leonardo adds Authorised Service Centre in Chile

Leonardo adds Authorised Service Centre in Chile

Leonardo announced today that Aerocardal Limitada has been appointed an Authorised Service Centre for its helicopters in Chile. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at FIDAE 2018. Under the agreement, Aerocardal Limitada will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services from its base at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez international Airport, for Chilean owners… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-18

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Russian Holds a Session of the European Aerospace Quality Group

Russian Holds a Session of the European Aerospace Quality Group

The Russian Helicopters holding company first arranged a session of the European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG) held in the city of Kazan. The event was attended by more than 30 largest European companies of the aviation and space industries. EAQG was established by the largest aerospace companies to develop and implement the strategies aimed at… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Apr-18

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Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Airbus signs largest HCare Smart contracts

Both the Brazilian Armed Forces and the Mexican Air Force have placed their trust in Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Smart by the hour maintenance programs for a total contract value of more than 125 million euros.   The contract with the Brazilian Armed Forces covers the entirety of the 50 H225Ms currently on order, of which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Apr-18

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Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

Boeing awarded $31M contract for support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E fleet

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $30,749,970 hybrid (cost, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-no-fee) Foreign Military Sales (Taiwan) contract for post-production support services for the Taiwan Armed Forces AH-64E aircraft fleet. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

Lockheed awarded $8M contract for Arrowhead upgrade kits for Egyptian Air Force AH-64 fleet

For Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $7,720,628 modification (0005 05) to Foreign Military Sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Arrowhead upgrade kits in support of the Egyptian Air Force AH-64 Apache helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2022. Fiscal 2018 foreign military sales… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines awarded $9 contract for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea

Korean Air Lines Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea, was awarded a $9,091,396 modification (P00002) to Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract W91QVN-17-D-0003 to provide join depot level maintenance service for helicopter maintenance for the Air Force of the Republic of Korea. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow awarded $15M contract for Procurement of support services for Korean Army AH-64E Guardian Apaches

Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $15,200,000 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Republic of Korea) contract for procurement of Fire Control Radar post-production support services in support of the Republic of Korea’s Army AH-64E Guardian Apache helicopters. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Apr-18

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Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of CH-47F aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Spain has requested to buy seventeen (17) CH-47F cargo helicopters with… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 05-Apr-18

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Fort Worth Police to issue tender to replace 1996 JetRanger

Fort Worth Police to issue tender to replace 1996 JetRanger

The Fort Worth Police Department has increased their budget and will be reissuing a bid proposal to replace their aging JetRanger. The helicopter is 22-years old, with 23,000 flight hours under it’s belt. The helicopter is costing the department a lot in maintenance. They applied for the proposal for a new helicopter in 2017 but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-18

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STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight Fees Increase

STAR Flight has increased their fees in an effort to put the payment on users of the helicopter service, rather than taxpayers. The previous costs were $4,500 for country residents and $9,500 for non-residents, with an additional cost of $165 per mile. Now, the prices have risen to $15,500 for both residents and non-residents, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-18

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Whirly-Girls offers 5 Mid-Year Scholarship Opportunities

Whirly-Girls offers 5 Mid-Year Scholarship Opportunities

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 mid-year scholarship season.  This mid-year scholarship cycle focuses on providing five women with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, or HAI HELI-EXPO. … Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 04-Apr-18

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Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Australia reports on CH-47F trials

Landing Ship Dock HMAS Choules has conducted First of Class Flight Trials for the CH-47F Chinook helicopter marking a significant increase to amphibious capability. Elements from the Australian Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment and the Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit embarked Choules for the duration of the flight trials. The CH-47F conducted 206 launches and flew for a total of… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 04-Apr-18

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First H160 for the Latin American market

First H160 for the Latin American market

Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for one H160 with an undisclosed customer in Brazil for private and business aviation operations. This order, the first from a Latin American customer, came after a flight demonstration in Marignane where the customer experienced first-hand the step-change in passenger comfort that the H160 brings to the market…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Apr-18

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Russian Helicopters Ramps up Foreign Aircraft Repair Volumes

Russian Helicopters Ramps up Foreign Aircraft Repair Volumes

Russian Helicopters ramps up foreign aircraft repair volumes. In 2018, the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP), a member of the Russian Helicopters holding company, expects to double the volume of repaired vehicles up to 44. The main share of repair orders falls on foreign contracts. In 2017, NARP has repaired 22 helicopters, including 18 units… Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 04-Apr-18

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Rosaviation Certified Ka-226T for Operation Under High Temperatures

Rosaviation Certified Ka-226T for Operation Under High Temperatures

Russian Federal Aviation Agency (Rosaviation) has issued a supplement to the certificate for Ka-226T helicopter that allows the machine operation at high temperatures. The document makes it possible to start exporting the helicopters to countries with the hot climate. Ka-226T is a product of Russian Helicopters Holding, a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation. The Rosaviation… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 04-Apr-18

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8 Ways to Enhance Helicopter Training and Reduce Fatal Accidents

8 Ways to Enhance Helicopter Training and Reduce Fatal Accidents

Many fatal helicopter accidents involve causes from actions or non-actions that may have occurred months or years before during initial or recurrent instruction sessions.  The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has determined that these training initiatives could improve safety and potentially save lives. Promote the Teaching of Threat and Error Management – Traditional decision-making models focus… Read more »

Source: USHST, 04-Apr-18

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Babcock to upgrade five EC135s for WPD

Babcock to upgrade five EC135s for WPD

Babcock has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to upgrade the fleet of EC135 helicopters belonging to electricity network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD). The design and installation of next-generation technologies will create a new level of capability for each of the aircraft, which play a critical role in helping WPD deliver electricity to over… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 04-Apr-18

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Weather cameras to help saving lives

Weather cameras to help saving lives

The County of Västra Götaland (VGR) has started a project to install weather cameras at several different hospitals in the region in order to enhance flight safety and reduce the amount of cancelled flights due to lack of weather information available. Norsk Luftambulanse (NLA) has used a nation-wide weather camera system for some years for its… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 03-Apr-18

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JSC Motor Sich Plans for MSB-2 Nadiya Certification

JSC Motor Sich Plans for MSB-2 Nadiya Certification

JSC Motor Sich has already completed a prototype as well as test flights for their new MSB-2 Nadiya light civil helicopter and are planning on completing certification in 2018. The helicopter can fit up to seven people and fly up to 1,000km, reports Kyiv Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

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Airbus Corporate Helicopters CEO interviewed

Airbus Corporate Helicopters CEO interviewed

Airbus launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) a year ago as their own Private and Business Aviation (PBA) brand, instead of simply another VIP option. The company has sold 58 models since opening, and Frédéric Lemos, Airbus CEO, is excited to work with eminent brands such as Mercedes. They offer customization to the market helicopters, focusing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

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RACQ LifeFlight BK117 tests new helipad at Mount ISA Hospital

RACQ LifeFlight BK117 tests new helipad at Mount ISA Hospital

The RACQ LifeFlight BK117 helicopter successfully landed at Mount Isa Hospital’s new helipad, last Wednesday. A landing area for the helicopter has been a long problem, first having to land at the touch football field, then in the Ian Street car park, which was too small of a space. The new helipad will allow for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

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Parent of Great Slave Helicopters enters bankruptcy protection

Parent of Great Slave Helicopters enters bankruptcy protection

Discovery Air, the parent company of Air Tindi, Discovrey Mining Services and Great Slave Helicopters, has been granted creditor protection under federal Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. This means that they are able to stay in business and avoid bankruptcy. However, they will be selling Air Tindi, Discovrey Mining Services and Great Slave Helicopters. Clairvest Group Inc…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

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Guam helicopter corruption case catches FAA safety inspector

Guam helicopter corruption case catches FAA safety inspector

Timothy J. Cislo is looking to face up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of wire fraud. Cislo, a FAA inspector, received the sentence after the FBI investigated into allegations saying that he was failing to conduct safety inspections on Hansen Helicopters In, in return for a sum of money… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

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Russian Helicopters to Introduce a Remote Aircraft Repair Training System

Russian Helicopters to Introduce a Remote Aircraft Repair Training System

The Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP), a member of the Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation, will be the first Russian company to deploy remote training for helicopter maintenance and repair specialists. The project is a part of the global Learn Management Systems (LMS) programme implemented by the Helicopter Service Company (HSC)…. Read more »

Source: State Corporation Rostec, 03-Apr-18

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French military launches helicopter mengine maintenance improvement study

French military launches helicopter mengine maintenance improvement study

[Electronic Translation] The Ministry of the Armies launches Dominno, a study to improve military helicopter engines maintenance operations thanks to “big data”. A priority subject, while Florence Parly is now traveling to Bordeaux, to meet the staff of SIMMAD (future DMAé – Aeronautics Maintenance Division), as part of its MCO transformation plan (maintenance in operational condition aeronautics)… Read more »

Source: French Army, 03-Apr-18

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Sikorsky recognises top suppliers

Sikorsky recognises top suppliers

 Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Sikorsky line of business honored its top suppliers at a recent ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida. Twenty-six suppliers were recognized March 15, including 19 that received honors as Sikorsky Elite Suppliers for best-in-class performance in achieving on-time delivery, cost and quality standards during 2017. Sikorsky Program Supplier of the Year award recipients Black Hawk… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Apr-18

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FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to host International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference featuring about 35 presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators.   The three-day event will offer Inspection Authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. Admission will be free. The conference will take place October 23-25, 2018, at… Read more »

Source: FAA, 03-Apr-18

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CH-53K arrives in Germany for international debut

CH-53K arrives in Germany for international debut

 A CH-53K heavy lift helicopter built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), arrived in Holzdorf, Germany, ahead of its international debut at the ILA Berlin Air Show next month. This is the first time a King Stallion helicopter has been loaded into a C-17 Globemaster and transported to the base of a European ally. “We are excited for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Apr-18

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Donaldson names new Aerospace and Defence Manager

Donaldson names new Aerospace and Defence Manager

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) today announced that Dan Larsen has been named General Manager, Aerospace & Defense.An 18-year company veteran, Larsen is responsible for refining the global growth strategies for the Aerospace & Defense business. He began his career at Donaldson in corporate purchasing, where he held… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 03-Apr-18

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Chilean customers order AW119Kx and AW109 Trekker

Chilean customers order AW119Kx and AW109 Trekker

Leonardo announced today that two additional civil helicopters will be delivered to Chilean private operators by early 2019, adding to a fleet of more than 20 aircraft currently in service. The deliveries will mark the entry of the new AW109 Trekker light twin, in a utility configuration, into the Chilean market in 1Q2019 as well… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Apr-18

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Human Hazard Analysis Could Drive Safer Maintenance for Offshore Helicopters

Human Hazard Analysis Could Drive Safer Maintenance for Offshore Helicopters

Recently completed trials organised by HeliOffshore have demonstrated the potential for improving safety for offshore helicopter operations by taking a new approach to prioritising maintenance tasks. The trials involved applying new Human Hazard Analysis techniques that help operators’ maintenance engineers and OEM design engineers to assess priorities. The response to the trials has been positive… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 03-Apr-18

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Russian Have Started the Production of the 2nd lot of MI-28UB

Russian Have Started the Production of the 2nd lot of MI-28UB

Russian Helicopters Holdings, part of Rostec State Corporation, have started the production of the second lot of MI-28UB machines for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The production is being performed at Rostvertol factory and is supposed to be completed by the end of the year. The first lot has been supplied for the needs of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Apr-18

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Sundance Pioneers Pilot Development Initiative

Sundance Pioneers Pilot Development Initiative

Sundance Helicopters, Inc. has launched the SkyPath Pilot Program in conjunction with flight academy partner, Leading Edge Aviation Inc. Bend, Oregon the exclusive flight provider for Central Oregon Community College (COCC). The program not only helps define a sure pathway to the professional and personal success of future aviators, but also ensures a consistent, efficient,… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 03-Apr-18

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Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

German operator Agrarflug Helilift has bought an Airbus H225.  The aircraft was the consecutive registration to the H225 which had the accident off Bergen in Norway in April 2016, and was shown on the local Norwegian Aircraft register as owned by “Sparebank 1 SR-Finans AS”.  Sparebank1 is a consortium of Norwegian banks. Agrarflug specialises in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-18

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SAFRAN awarded patent for Device for controlling an auxiliary engine of a helicopter

SAFRAN awarded patent for Device for controlling an auxiliary engine of a helicopter

The invention relates to a device for controlling an auxiliary engine (8) comprising a gas generator and a free turbine suitable for being able to be connected mechanically to the rotor (12) of a helicopter in order to supply it with thrust power, characterised in that said control device comprises a proportional-integral controller (30) having a proportional… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Mar-18

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UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

UMS Skeldar awarded patent for Flap angle measurement system and method

A system for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a central head or hub of a helicopter. At least one sensor is arranged to continuously measure vertical angular movement of a rotor blade and/or the flapping hinge. Also a method for monitoring movements of rotor blades attached by flapping hinges to a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Mar-18

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UNIT 1 SRL awarded patent for Convertiplane to ensure aircraft safety and usability

UNIT 1 SRL awarded patent for Convertiplane to ensure aircraft safety and usability

A convertiplane has the ability to take off like a helicopter and then fly horizontally like a conventional aircraft. The aircraft includes a variable incidence front wing of variable span located below the fuselage and mounted on a structure in the form of a venturi tube, a rear wing having two propellers for controlling the stability of… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Mar-18

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Schiebel demonstrates heavy fuel capability

Schiebel demonstrates heavy fuel capability

Schiebel has successfully demonstrated the heavy fuel variant of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) as part of its customer acceptance program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Under the directive of the Navy Minor Project (NMP) 1942 to procure a vertical takeoff and landing Maritime Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System – Interim Capability (MTUASIC),… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 28-Mar-18

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Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Safran to power Qatar NH90 fleet

Qatar has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines. They will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 28-Mar-18

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Mid-Continent introduces New Magnetometer

Mid-Continent introduces New Magnetometer

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics today introduced the MD32 Magnetometer designed specifically for the company’s MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM®). The MD32 Magnetometer delivers independent heading reference without orientation limitations or the need for special installation hardware. Its compact design, unique mounting flexibility and convenient cockpit calibration ensure easy, economical installation. “The MD32 Magnetometer provides heading information independent of the primary avionics,” said David… Read more »

Source: Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, 28-Mar-18

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True Blue Power Announces Lifetime Warranty

True Blue Power Announces Lifetime Warranty

True Blue Power today announced the company is offering a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all new True Blue Power TA102 Series and TA202 Series USB Charging Ports. “Our customers value time-tested quality and excellent customer service,” explained Erik Ritzman, Director of True Blue Power. “Offering this lifetime warranty demonstrates the confidence we have in our charging ports. We stand behind… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 28-Mar-18

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Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus to provide 16 Additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program. “We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Army. As the world’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Mar-18

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Airbus Helicopters Strengthens Position as UK Market Leader

Airbus Helicopters Strengthens Position as UK Market Leader

Airbus Helicopters UK has defied market conditions with a new high of 14 civil aircraft booked in 2017, demonstrating a year-on-year average growth in the civil market of  36% since 2013.  As a result, the company has reinforced its position as UK market leader with 46% of the civil and parapublic market. This follows the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Mar-18

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Weston Airfield receives heritage award

Weston Airfield receives heritage award

The Helicopter Museum site at Weston Airport has been recognised by the American Helicopter Society International as one of two 2018 recipients of its Vertical Flight Heritage Sites award programme, recognised for its historical significance. Weston airport shares the honour with the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace in Atlanta, Georgia. Weston-super-Mare has been involved in… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 27-Mar-18

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Weather cameras to help saving lives

Weather cameras to help saving lives

The County of Västra Götaland (VGR) has started a project to install weather cameras at several different hospitals in the region in order to enhance flight safety and reduce the amount of cancelled flights due to lack of weather information available. Norsk Luftambulanse (NLA) has used a nation-wide weather camera system for some years for… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 26-Mar-18

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BLADE Completes Series B Financing

BLADE Completes Series B Financing

Fly Blade Inc. (“BLADE”), the digitally powered short-distance aviation leader which services 22 core routes in 7 states, has completed its Series B Financing. Lead investors Colony NorthStar and Lerer Hippeau were joined by Airbus Helicopters and LionTree Ventures. Approximately $38 million was raised. Concurrent with the financing, the company enters an alliance with Airbus Helicopters to provide customer and… Read more »

Source: BLADE, 26-Mar-18

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AUTOFLUG joins Sikorsky Heavy Lift Helicopter Team

AUTOFLUG joins Sikorsky Heavy Lift Helicopter Team

For several months now, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company and the German aviation company AUTOFLUG have been in talks regarding cooperation in the planned new purchase of heavy-lift transport helicopters for German armed forces. Sikorsky and AUTOFLUG signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate more closely together on AUTOFLUG’s equipment portfolio and Sikorsky’s CH-53K helicopter… Read more »

Source: AUTOFLUG, 26-Mar-18

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WAI Concludes Successful Reno Conference

The 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, March 22-24, 2018. “Our annual conference covers serious topics and provides crucial career guidance, but its strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 26-Mar-18

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AMSTAT announces upgraded ADS-B status reporting

AMSTAT announces upgraded ADS-B status reporting

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global business aircraft market, fleet and operator information, has worked with ADS-B Exchange, a co-op of ADS-B/Mode S/MLAT feeders from around the world to identify which business aircraft are or are not in compliance with the 2020 FAA ADS-B mandate. The two companies cross referenced their respective global data sets… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 26-Mar-18

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Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army decommissioning its two Alouette III series helicopters

Nepal Army is preparing to decommission its two Alouette III helicopters with registration ‘NA029’ and ‘NA030’ after the helicopters have flown 3300 and 1500 hours respectively. Both the helicopter will be retired on 12th Chaitra with special water salute ceremony at the territory of Directorate General of Army Aviation (DGAA), TIA, Gauchar. The decommissioning program will… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Mar-18

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Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

Saudi Arabia – Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia of equipment and services for the continuation of the Maintenance Support Services (MSS) contract that supports the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command for an estimated cost of $106.8 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-18

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Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

Marine Corps Plans to add Weaponry to V-22 Fleet

The Marine Corps wants to arm the V-22 Osprey fleet, while the developments of the MUX are underway. They are hoping that by arming the V-22, they will have an aircraft that can provide its own escort protection, as well as have an “all quadrant weapon,” reports Marine Corps Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing awarded $103M contract for V-22 Part Repairs

Bell Boeing JPO, California, Maryland, is being awarded $102,822,726 for a modification to definitize delivery order 0012 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent).  Work is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $117M contract for procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded an $116,903,994 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0007 for the procurement of 16 UH-72A aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 20, 2023. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $58,451,967 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-18

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Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems Delivers over 1,000 HeliSAS Systems

Genesys Aerosystems celebrated today the 1,000th delivery of its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Two-Axis Autopilot to an EMS operator of an Airbus EC130T2. Genesys Aerosystems’ Helicopter Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) is the leading autopilot certified for light and medium rotorcraft. This affordable system greatly improves safety, dramatically reduces pilot workload, and provides… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystem, 23-Mar-18

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Elbit wins approval to acquire Universal Avionics

Elbit wins approval to acquire Universal Avionics

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it is in the process of completing the acquisition of the privately-owned U.S. company Universal Avionics Systems Corporation through an asset acquisition agreement. The parties received the necessary government approvals for the transaction.  The closing of the transaction is anticipated to occur in the… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 23-Mar-18

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JETNET celebrates 30 years in business

JETNET celebrates 30 years in business

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of aviation market information, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The firm has been a leader in using original research and the latest technology to provide timely and accurate intelligence to the business aviation community. JETNET provides information on business jets and turboprops, helicopters, and yachts. “Since 1988, when… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 23-Mar-18

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2018 MTLI Scholarship Winners

2018 MTLI Scholarship Winners

The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce TraumaOne Flight Services Program Manager, Chad E. McIntyre, and Hospital Wing Director of Safety, Erik Bratton, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Medical Transport Leadership Institute (MTLI) Scholarship. MTLI enhances leadership and management of medical transportation through formal education programs that emphasize the direct… Read more »

Source: MedEvac, 23-Mar-18

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Librestream Powers New Remote Assistance Service from Safran

Librestream Powers New Remote Assistance Service from Safran

Librestream is pleased to announce that Safran Helicopter Engines has successfully deployed a remote video technical assistance service using the Onsight collaborative platform. Safran Helicopter Engines first announced this innovative Expert link branded service at the HAI Heli-Expo February 28 in conjunction with Heli Austria, Rotortech Services Inc and Heligo, first customers of this new service…. Read more »

Source: Librestream Technologies, 23-Mar-18

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HeliRussia 2018 features a variety of MRO companies

HeliRussia 2018 features a variety of MRO companies

High-quality maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of helicopters is a guarantee of flights safety. A number of MRO companies will participate in the 11th International helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2018, with demonstration of their programs and projects. Russian House of Aviation to announce the opening of a new online spare parts and components shop for permanent clients… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 23-Mar-18

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DART chooses Drallim Industries as Repair & Overhaul facility

DART chooses Drallim Industries as Repair & Overhaul facility

DART has continuously been committed to strengthening its position and customer focus in Europe and surrounding regions all while striving to facilitate access to product portfolio and top-of-the-line quality service and customer support. To follow this commitment, DART Aerospace and Drallim Industries signed an agreement to perform Repair & Overhaul on DART remote cargo hooks, swivels and… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 23-Mar-18

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Spectrum Aeromed Completes Production Amendment

Spectrum Aeromed Completes Production Amendment

Spectrum Aeromed announced that they have completed production on their newest Amendment: the AgustaWestland AW109SP STC with a lightweight air ambulance interior. Per the request of an industry-leading air ambulance customer, Spectrum designed and manufactured a new interior for their new AW109SP. Working closely with the medical crew and the aircraft manufacturer, Spectrum’s engineering team… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 22-Mar-18

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AUTOFLUG releases new options for passenger transport

AUTOFLUG releases new options for passenger transport

The newly developed helicopter seat from AUTOFLUG should be lightweight, robust and extremely safe. After one year of development, AUTOFLUG presented the result to the world public for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, USA – AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT®. “We have not only reached the set of goals,” says Björn Kanstorf, Head… Read more »

Source: AUTOFLUG, 22-Mar-18

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