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Lider receives Petrobras safety award

Lider receives Petrobras safety award

Bristow partner Líder Aviação received the Petrobras Excellence Award in Air Transport Operations (Peotram) 2016 on January 27, 2017, in recognition of its performance last year. The announcement was made at an event at the Petrobras Senate Building in Rio de Janeiro, which brought together more than 100 aviation professionals. “This assessment confirms the quality… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 10-Feb-17

Israeli Air Force Changes in IAF Helicopter Training

Israeli Air Force Changes in IAF Helicopter Training

The IAF Flight Academy training programs for transport and combat helicopter pilots have been united into one. From now on, the IAF’s helicopter pilots will be divided between the transport and combat helicopter divisions upon graduation from the Flight Academy and not in the beginning of the advanced stage of their training as they were… Read more »

Source: Israeli Air Force, 10-Feb-17

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Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Manufacturer

On 8 February, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, on behalf of its clients, filed suit against AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. AgustaWestland is the North American distributor of Agusta A1091A and A109A MK II helicopters. These helicopters were identified last year by the FAA as being defective…. Read more »

Source: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, 10-Feb-17

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018. The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17

Mirabel chooses RAMM R44 Interior

Mirabel chooses RAMM R44 Interior

Mirabel Heli-Support chooses the RAMM Aerospace R44 Interior Kit for their latest R44 2200 hour/12 year overhaul. The RAMM Interior Kit includes replacement carpet, leather control boots, a wipe clean bulkhead/headliner kit as well as seats completely refurbished with new superior foam and genuine European leather dress covers. Mirabel Heli-Support performs routine and major maintenance as well as aircraft… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 10-Feb-17

Kaman Corporation Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings

Kaman Corporation Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results after the stock market closes on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at… Read more »

Source: Kaman Corporation, 10-Feb-17

Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick is awarded FAA 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award”

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2016 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the company’s ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. This is Maverick Helicopters’ sixth consecutive Diamond Award for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 09-Feb-17

DAC International receives a Supplemental Type Certificate for the CMA-6800

DAC International receives a Supplemental Type Certificate for the CMA-6800

DAC INTERNATIONAL INC. (DAC), a subsidiary of Aero Precision Holdings LP, announced today that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Sikorsky S76B/C Helicopter. The STC includes the S76C+ and S76C++ models. “The product provides many benefits as a form fit function replacement for the Honeywell ED-800 product… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 09-Feb-17

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Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Metro Aviation welcomes Mountain Area Medical Airlift

Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) was the first civilian EMS helicopter service in the U.S. to use Night Vision Goggles (NVG).  Metro Aviation was the first air medical operator to equip its entire fleet with NVG’s. Innovation attracts innovation and it only makes sense that the two companies would eventually work together.  Metro recently welcomed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Feb-17

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FlightSafety promotes Edward Koharik to General Manager

FlightSafety promotes Edward Koharik to General Manager

FlightSafety International announces that Edward Koharik has been promoted to General Manager, Visual Systems. He assumes this responsibility from Jon Hester who retired from FlightSafety after more than 35 years of experience in the design, development and support of flight simulation products and services. “We congratulate Ed on his well-deserved promotion,” said Ray Johns, Executive… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety International, 09-Feb-17

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Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded an approximately $110 million contract from an Asia-Pacific country for the upgrade and maintenance of dozens of  Mi-17 helicopters. The project will be performed over a five-year period. Elbit Systems has extensive operational experience in rotary-wing modernization activities, including conversion… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 09-Feb-17

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Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Careflight Celebrates 30th Anniversary

North Mississippi Medical Centre’s Careflight has recently celebrated their 30th anniversary. Over the years they have had interesting cases and locations. From landing at a cemetery to a front yard, they have been busy. Al Wright, a paramedic who has flown with Careflight since 1987, has stated how joining the flight crew back then was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

Boeing Reassures Leonardo Helicopters of Job Security

The UK Government gave Boeing permission to build a new base in Boscombe Down as well as a contract for 50 Apache helicopters. Boeing has received some negative feedback from Leonardo Helicopters and their respective employee unions over job security in Yeovil. Nick Whitney, Boeing’s Spokesperson, has stated that they have no intention of moving… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-17

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Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

Alpine Aerotech obtains EASA Approval for 206L and 407 Bear Paw

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially secured an EASA approval for their 206L & 407 Bear Paw Kit, previously approved by Transport Canada and the FAA. The Alpine Aerotech Bear Paw incorporates innovative design features that result in an extremely robust product. The innovative, corrosion resistant clamping system enhances overall safety and greatly reduces… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 08-Feb-17

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Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Appoint New Chair Of Trustees

Sir John Day takes over from outgoing chairman Noel Dobbs with immediate effect.The former Air Chief Marshall and Commander-In-Chief Strike Command of the Royal Air Force has more recently served as BAE System’s Senior Military Adviser and has been a Trustee on the board of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance since 2016. Retiring… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance, 08-Feb-17

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M International Exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2017

M International Exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2017

M International is pleased to announce representatives from their world-class portfolio company’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL), MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) and Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) will be exhibiting at booth #10837 from 6 through 9 March during the 2017 HAI Heli-Expo held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in… Read more »

Source: M International, 08-Feb-17

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Sundance Helicopters partners with Tropicana Las Vegas hotel

Sundance Helicopters partners with Tropicana Las Vegas hotel

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., one of the highest rated experiential tour companies in Las Vegas, has partnered with Tropicana Las Vegas – A Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (Tropicana) – to offer the “Tropi-Canyon,” two-night stay accommodations for two in a spacious deluxe room packaged with an awe-inspiring Grand Canyon helicopter tour. The Tropi-Canyon Experience will… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 08-Feb-17

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Rogerson KRATOS First To Fly Full Black Hawk UH-60A Digital Cockpit Modernization

Rogerson KRATOS First To Fly Full Black Hawk UH-60A Digital Cockpit Modernization

Experienced Black Hawk pilots Terence Reeves and Jeremy Bennett flew the helicopter from Fort Worth Meacham field for more than two hours. The fully integrated design upgrade replaces the factory analog gauges with electronic instrument flat panel displays and offers greater situational awareness, reduced pilot workload, and mission safety. Rogerson KRATOS offers a modernized cockpit… Read more »

Source: Rogerson Kratos, 08-Feb-17

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Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024

Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024

Strategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Defense and Civil Spends on Helicopters in South America: 2016 to 2024” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Helicopters. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, a helicopter is a type of rotorcraft in which lift and thrust are supplied by rotors. A rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft is a… Read more »

Source: Reportbuyer, 08-Feb-17

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Heli-Expo 2017 ready to set new records

Heli-Expo 2017 ready to set new records

It’s official! HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 will be the largest ever produced. The trade show, held this year in Dallas, Texas, March 6–9, with exhibits open March 7–9, celebrates the commercial and civil helicopter industry with participants from around the world. “The marketing people in Dallas like to proclaim ‘Big Things Happen Here’,” says Ed DiCampli,… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 08-Feb-17

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Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

Russian Government Distributes Money for Regional Air Ambulance Services

The Russian Government has agreed to allocate 3.3 billion rubles out of the 2017 federal budget to the development of air ambulance services in 34 regions. Together with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK) they will help with the construction of one helipad atop a hospital in each region. They hope to achieve that goal by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Sgt. Dan Mulligan from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been charged with breach of confidence and two accounts of misconduct after her wrote a letter to The Sudbury Star, outlining his disapproval of the relocation of a SAR helicopter from Sudbury to Orillia. He called the move negligent, stating that not only does he… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Sale Opposed by Employee Unions

Pawan Hans Sale Opposed by Employee Unions

The sale of Pawan Hans has caused employees to turn to unions. The Prime Minister’s Office has received a letter from All India Civil Aviation Employee’s Union, stating that the sale of the company has been made in an arbitrary manner and without proper thought towards its history and financial performance, reports Aviation India. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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FRCSW H-60 Facility Increases Seahawk Throughput

FRCSW H-60 Facility Increases Seahawk Throughput

Since opening its new H-60 Seahawk maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Building 325 just over one year ago, the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) helicopter program has gained operational efficiencies and staffing improvements that will send about 10 more aircraft to the fleet every year. The intention to consolidate H-60 MRO operations from… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 07-Feb-17

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Pilot fined for breaching restricted Glastonbury airspace

Pilot fined for breaching restricted Glastonbury airspace

A 49-year-old pilot has been prosecuted for flying his helicopter into and out of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival without permission. On June 23 last year, Mark Matthews’ Robinson R44 helicopter was seen to have landed at the Love Fields. On the morning of 26 June, the final day of the Somerset arts and music festival,… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Feb-17

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Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd. solidified their position as the North American market leader in civil and parapublic helicopters in 2016 despite a difficult market environment that saw a dramatic decline in total industry orders. The companies delivered a combined 60 new helicopters to the civil and parapublic market in 2016, 50… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Feb-17

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Genesys Aerosystems will unveil its helicopter cockpit systems demonstrator at Heli-Expo 2017

Genesys Aerosystems will unveil its helicopter cockpit systems demonstrator at Heli-Expo 2017

Representatives of Genesys Aerosystems announced today that the company will unveil its new state-of-the-art helicopter cockpit demonstrator at their booth (#8606) during the upcoming HAI Heli-EXPO convention in Dallas. “Our goal with the cockpit systems demonstrator is to enable our customers and prospective customers to experience all of the advanced operational and safety capabilities that… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 07-Feb-17

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HNZ and PHi to fly up to four S-92s in Australian JV

HNZ and PHi to fly up to four S-92s in Australian JV

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 07-Feb-17

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Aircraft tracking via cellular broadband – another Flightcell first

Aircraft tracking via cellular broadband – another Flightcell first

High-frequency low-cost tracking using Internet Protocol (IP) over cellular broadband is the newest development to come out of Flightcell International. New Zealand’s innovative satellite and cellular communication company has released its next-generation tracking technology in time for HAI Heli Expo at Dallas TX in March. Cellular IP tracking provides more precise tracking by dramatically increasing… Read more »

Source: Flightcell, 07-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans has unveiled their plans to expand their services of Regional Air Connectivity to all districts of India. Included in these plans is a vision document 2020 and they are underway with a business plan 2027. Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Sharma has said that the use of helicopters can provide immediate connectivity as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

Helipad at John R. Oishei Hospital

John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital now has a newly constructed helipad, priced at $1.1 million. The final touches that still need to be done include mandatory fire protection, which they hope to complete this coming summer. Once this is complete the FAA has to give their approval. Once the helipad is operational, they expect an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Vici Helicopters – the new name on the North Sea?

Last week, the oil industry journal Energy Voice wrote about a potential new helicopter operator on the North Sea – Vici Helicopters.  Incorporated on 18th January with an address in Stavangar, the company is reportedly going to operate two AgustaWestland AW189s, although it is still in the process of obtaining the necessary operating licences. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Boston MedFlight Announces Hiring of New CEO

Boston MedFlight Announces Hiring of New CEO

The Board of Trustees of Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 which provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Chief Executive Officer. Following an extensive nationwide search that included many highly-qualified candidates, the Board has selected an internal candidate, Maura Hughes,… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 06-Feb-17

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NBAA Asks Members to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey

NBAA Asks Members to Take Part in FAA General Aviation Survey

The FAA’s annual General Aviation (GA) and Part 135 Activity Survey, which will collect data on GA operations in 2016, is underway. NBAA is encouraging members that have been invited to participate in the confidential poll to do so in order to provide the agency with a clear picture of business aviation activity. The FAA’s… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 06-Feb-17

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HeliRussia to hold photo competition to mark 10 years

HeliRussia to hold photo competition to mark 10 years

The main Russian helicopter industry photo contest called “Beauty of rotary-wing machines” celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. Held by the Russian Helicopter Industry Association (HIA) the competition enjoys high esteem both in Russia and abroad. About one hundred winners were awarded in the photo contest history. Photos for the contest “Beauty of rotary-wing machines… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 06-Feb-17

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Marenco looks ahead to Heli-Expo 2017

Marenco looks ahead to Heli-Expo 2017

MARENCO SWISSHELICOPTER is pleased and proud to announce its 7th participation at the Heli-Expo in the USA on the occasion of the 2017 Helicopter Association International Convention in Dallas, Texas. The event will be held from the 7th to the 9th of March 2017. Marenco Swisshelicopter will display a full-scale mock-up of the SKYe SH09… Read more »

Source: Marenco Swisshelicopter, 06-Feb-17

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Waypoint Leasing Sees Evidence of Market Recovery with Improved Demand for Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing Sees Evidence of Market Recovery with Improved Demand for Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today published its ‘January 2017 Oil Report,’ which reflects positive fundamental shifts in the market.  Link to this report can be found here: oil report link. Ian Gurekian, Chief Risk Officer of Waypoint said, “As highlighted in our recent Oil Report, sentiment shifted… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 06-Feb-17

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IHST Global Survey Highlights Safety Strengths and Weaknesses

IHST Global Survey Highlights Safety Strengths and Weaknesses

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) has compiled data from its second annual survey of civil helicopter operators located in key regions around the world in order to gain a broader understanding of where safety initiatives are being implemented. The IHST’s worldwide regional teams have analyzed more than 1,000 helicopter accidents and have concluded that… Read more »

Source: IHST, 06-Feb-17

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USHST Safety Experts Will Offer 17 Workshops at Heli-Expo 2017

USHST Safety Experts Will Offer 17 Workshops at Heli-Expo 2017

Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Dallas at 17 different workshops – – the highest number of presentations its members have ever provided at Heli-Expo. The USHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through a government and industry cooperative effort that… Read more »

Source: USHST, 06-Feb-17

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Bristow Ranks First in 2016 Oilfield Products & Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

Bristow Ranks First in 2016 Oilfield Products & Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

For the second consecutive year, Bristow Group was ranked first in helicopter services in the oilfield services segment of EnergyPoint Research’s 2016 Oilfield Products & Services Customer Satisfaction Survey that recognizes high-quality suppliers. “I’m incredibly proud of what the Bristow team has accomplished by working together to deliver safe and reliable services globally,” said Bristow… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Feb-17

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MDHI Celebrates Police Air Unit 70K+ Accident-Free Flying hours

MDHI Celebrates Police Air Unit 70K+ Accident-Free Flying hours

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) celebrates Huntington Beach Police Department’s Air Support Bureau with a special commendation for its outstanding record of over 70,000 accident free flight hours. The Huntington Beach Air Support Bureau began flying MDHI-model helicopters in 1984 with the iconic MD 500E. The department acquired its current all-NOTAR fleet of three (3) MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 06-Feb-17

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Helicopter Investor London 2017 – A Report

Helicopter Investor London 2017 – A Report

The annual Helicopter Investor Conference brings together about 200 helicopter lessors, financiers and manufacturers, with some operators and others closely tied to the financing of the industry. There is a primary but not exclusive focus on the offshore helicopter industry. This was my first visit and a very appropriate time to listen and talk to… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Feb-17

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HUMS: Safety Alert

HUMS: Safety Alert

The recent “near miss” that occurred on a rig landing by S92A G-WNSR on December 28th 2016 is the latest in a series of major incidents that appear to have been caused by the accelerated deterioration of critical components, this time in the tail rotor bearing assembly (Air Accident Investigations Branch “AAIB” Special Bulletin S1/2017,… Read more »

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

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UK Guimbal distributor expands with new investment

UK Guimbal distributor expands with new investment

The ownership of the UK distributor for the Guimbal Cabri G2 has changed following the introduction of a significant amount of capital by HeliGroup.  This move is expected to lead to the sales and leasing of Cabri G2 helicopters moving up a gear, building on the existing success of the UK having the largest national… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 03-Feb-17

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Milestone provides $230M Secured Debt Facility to Bristow Group

Milestone provides $230M Secured Debt Facility to Bristow Group

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services (“GECAS”) company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today a commitment letter with Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”), a leading provider of global industrial aviation services. Under the agreement, Milestone is providing a $230 million secured term loan facility to a subsidiary of Bristow,… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 03-Feb-17

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HAI hires Cade Clark as vice president of government affairs

HAI hires Cade Clark as vice president of government affairs

HAI is pleased to announce the hiring of Cade Clark as vice president of government affairs. In that role, Clark is responsible for researching and tracking all legislative developments at the regional, state, and federal levels related to the helicopter industry. Additionally, he will meet with U.S. congressional staff regarding all helicopter and general aviation… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 03-Feb-17

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AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group Achieves NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation

AAR Airlift Group, a provider of aviation support services to the United States Department of Defense, has achieved medical transport accreditation. Servicing the US military, AAR Airlift Group plays an essential role in providing life saving medical transport services in austere environments. Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, NAAMTA (National… Read more »

Source: AAR Airlift Group, 03-Feb-17

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Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

Algerian Mi-26T2s in Transit

The Algerian Air Force has a contract for 14 Mi-26T2s from Russian Helicopters. The second batch of deliveries have been seen in Italy in late January. They hope to conclude the deliveries by the end of 2017, reports IT Web. They also have a contract for 42 Mi-28NE attack helicopters from Russian Helicopters.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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Air Methods Looks into Selling

Air Methods Looks into Selling

Air Methods Corp is looking into selling their company. The company’s shares rose by 7.4% this week. Valued at $1.4 billion, the company is looking for potential buyers, reports Reuters. Voce Capital Management LLC has reportedly voiced that the company should sell itself for a while. They have also threatened to start a “proxy war”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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Upgrades for Argentinian US365N2

Upgrades for Argentinian US365N2

Argentina’s Ministry of Security plans to spend €23.943 million on upgrades from Airbus Helicopters for their AS365N2 helicopters. The three helicopters, used by the Prefectura Naval Argentina, are close to their 10-year mark. When they reach that mark they require a complete overhaul, causing them to be out of service for an entire year. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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New Penzance Heliport approved

New Penzance Heliport approved

Cornwall Council this morning voted unanimously to approve planning permission for a new heliport in Pmenzance which will enable the vital air link to the Isles of Scilly to bereinstated. Flights to the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco are expected to restart in spring 2018 using an AgustaWestland AW139. No operator has yet been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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Luxaviation Helicopters launches as first global VIP helicopter management company

Luxaviation Helicopters launches as first global VIP helicopter management company

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, launches today as the first VIP helicopter management company with a truly global reach. Present in key locations spanning the Group’s worldwide operations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, Luxaviation Helicopters will manage VIP and VVIP helicopters for private and business clients…. Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Group, 02-Feb-17

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Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Ombudsman reports serious gaps in British Columbia EMS coverage

Injured forestry workers in remote or rural parts of the province must wait – often for many hours – to access air ambulance, reports the BC Forest Safety Ombudsman in a report released today. “Rural communities today are impacted twice compared to urban centres – first, in reduced access to medical care and again in… Read more »

Source: BC Forest Safety Ombudsman, 02-Feb-17

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Guidance Aviation approved by U.S. Immigration to provide Helicopter Flight Training for International students

Guidance Aviation approved by U.S. Immigration to provide Helicopter Flight Training for International students

Guidance Aviation has trained hundreds of professional helicopter pilots since 1998. Guidance is now approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to issue I-20s for an M-1 visa for qualifying students. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program that… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 02-Feb-17

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CHC Helicopter Celebrates 70 Years of Service

CHC Helicopter Celebrates 70 Years of Service

CHC Group (OTC PINK: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced the beginning of a year-long celebration of the operator’s 70-year history since its humble beginnings as a crop dusting operation in British Columbia in April of 1947. CHC traces its roots back to Carl Agar, A.H. “Barney” Bent and Al Stringer, the three Canadian… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 02-Feb-17

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Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. have announced approval of the amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System. This approval comes as an amendment to STC SH3319NM, bringing the total number of Airbus rotorcraft models certified for the Pulselite® System to 67. This includes… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 02-Feb-17

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Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock set to return two UK AW139s to lessor

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore is preparing to return two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to lessor Era Helicopters.  Registered G-PERA and G-PERB were imported to the UK in full Era colours in March 2011, and shortly after were repainted to the traditional red Bond Offshore Helicopters scheme – as the company was known at that time. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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NAAMTA Welcomes New Medical Director

NAAMTA Welcomes New Medical Director

It is with great excitement that we announce the appointment of Matthew H. Evenhouse, MD, FACEP, as NAAMTA’s Medical Director. Dr. Evenhouse joins the NAAMTA team as an accomplished clinician with a commitment to excellence and extensive experience in air medical services. A cum laude graduate of MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine, he went on… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 02-Feb-17

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Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

Fund Wiltshire Air Ambulance new airbase by joining the 100 Club

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance is calling on businesses to get onboard its major fundraising appeal for its new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, by joining The 100 Club. The charity has a strong track record working with businesses who raise money towards the day to day costs of its lifesaving service. It has now created The… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 01-Feb-17

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Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Hires Director of Customer Revenue Cycle Support

Metro Aviation has experienced steady growth over the last 35 years, but has remained committed to supporting its existing customers first and foremost.  That commitment has led to three new employees over the past two years that serve to directly support Metro’s family of operations customers.  Metro is proud to welcome Holly Weber as the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 01-Feb-17

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Russian Helicopters produce first Ka-52 Alligator in 2017

Russian Helicopters produce first Ka-52 Alligator in 2017

A Russian Helicopters subsidiary – Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company, which is part of State Corporation Rostec, has produced this year’s first Ka-52 Alligator – a reconnaissance and combat helicopter. The helicopter built at Progress has already successfully and fully completed all ground and flight tests required by the technical terms and conditions of the government… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Feb-17

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Voce Capital gets angry with Air Methods – again

Voce Capital gets angry with Air Methods – again

Voce Capital Management LLC (“Voce”), one of the largest and most committed long-term stockholders of Air Methods Corporation (“Air Methods” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:AIRM), today sent a letter to the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Air Methods. In the letter, Voce outlines its view that urgent change is needed to reverse Air Methods’ dismal… Read more »

Source: Voce Capital Management LLC, 01-Feb-17

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US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

US Army UH-60V Prototype Black Hawk Achieves First Flight

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Utility Helicopter Project Office today successfully completed the initial test flight of its Engineering Development Model UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter. The test flight lasted a little more than an hour and included a variety of exercises including take off, hover, track and balance and a brief local area flight before… Read more »

Source: US Army, 01-Feb-17

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Vincent D’Rozario joins CHC Helicopter as Regional Director, Asia Pacific

Vincent D’Rozario joins CHC Helicopter as Regional Director, Asia Pacific

CHC Group (OTC PINK: HELIQ) announced that Vincent D’Rozario has joined the company as Regional Director, Asia Pacific. Vincent will report to the President and CEO of CHC Group, Karl Fessenden, and will join the Global CHC Senior Leadership Team. CHC Helicopter Asia Pacific flies a fleet of more than 30 medium and heavy helicopters… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 01-Feb-17

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10th anniversary HeliRussia supports the “Ecology Year”

10th anniversary HeliRussia supports the “Ecology Year”

The International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is known worldwide and has been recognized for supporting the most important industry topics. The 2017th in Russia is proclaimed as the “Ecology Year” by the President’s decree. Due to this fact, HeliRussia 2017 will host the “Aviation and Ecology” conference. The… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 01-Feb-17

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New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

HeliHub.com understands from reliable sources in the offshore helicopter industry that oil company Nexen Petroleum is the principal behind the acquisition of two Airbus H175 helicopters to be operated by Babcock MCS Offshore. We approached Nexen to validate their involvement, but their Corporate Communications lead in Aberdeen declined to comment. Babcock also declined to comment,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Over 1,000 life-threatening calls for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Over 1,000 life-threatening calls for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, which responds to life-threatening emergency calls across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, undertook 1,009 missions during 2016 – 95 more than the previous year. The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service responds to some of the most serious incidents across the two counties including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, farming, industrial & agricultural… Read more »

Source: Lincs Notts Air Ambulance, 31-Jan-17

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Canadian Helicopters renews Nova Scotia EMS contract

Canadian Helicopters renews Nova Scotia EMS contract

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today the extension of the Emergency Health Services (“EHS”) LifeFlight air ambulance helicopter services contract with the Province of Nova Scotia. HNZ, operating under the brand Canadian Helicopters, will continue to support EHS through an amended agreement…. Read more »

Source: HNZ, 31-Jan-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police now have access to a helicopter to use in the Thunder Bay area for police and search and rescue missions. They entered into a six-month leasing contract in November with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, reports TB News Watch. They have used the Ministry’s helicopters in the past and because… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Last year Bell grounded its two 525 Relentless prototypes, after the fatal crash of their third prototype on July 6 that killed both test pilots. They have now confirmed that due to this, certification for the 525s have been delayed. The two prototypes have been under a US National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation since… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Ireland Carrying out Ten-Day EMS Helicopter Trials

Ireland Carrying out Ten-Day EMS Helicopter Trials

The Irish Community Air Ambulance (ICAA) has a started a 10-day tour of Munster and South Leinster as a fundraiser for their Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) project. The tour, which started on Monday 23rd, is in a Eurocopter EC135 T2 and a G-SASA. A few of the places they have visited already include Ferrybank,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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LifeNet Campaigns to Stay in Lower Keys

LifeNet Campaigns to Stay in Lower Keys

In January, Monroe County voted to buy a third helicopter for their Trauma Star air ambulance program, so that residents would not have to pay the high costs of using the private company LifeNet. However, LifeNet is still campaigning to remain in the Lower Keys. They recently sent out a letter, bypassing county officials by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

This is why Leonardo gave Panama Two More AW139s

After cancelling a radar contract with Panama, Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AugustaWestland has agreed to manufacture two AW139M military helicopters to compensate. The two helicopters will be military versions of AgustaWestland’s AW139 helicopters and will come to a cost of $15.5 million each. Both aircraft will be fitted with bullet-proof reinforcement and have twin engines. As well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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First ever EASA and CAAC joint Conference

First ever EASA and CAAC joint Conference

This year for the first time, EASA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) are organising the CAAC-EASA Aviation Safety Conference. The aim of this first edition is to broaden the bilateral dialogue, by bringing together authorities and the wider European and Chinese aviation industry to discuss current issues, as well as future trends… Read more »

Source: EASA, 31-Jan-17

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REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Air Medical Services announces the planned opening of its critical care air ambulance base in Murrieta, California with service starting in April, 2017. The base will be located at the French Valley Airport and provide 24/7 air medical transports to the local community and surrounding region. For 30 years, REACH has served patients needing… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 31-Jan-17

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