RSS Feed for this search

News

Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica shows continued strength in all civil helicopter markets. The company announced today the signing of a contract with Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Helitech, Amsterdam. This aircraft is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017 and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Oct-16

Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Engine upgrades for US Army Chinooks under consideration

Boeing is considering a Block 2 upgrade to the US Army’s CH-47 Chinook, while Honeywell tries to improve the power efficiency of the T55 turboshaft engine by 25% and reduce the fuel consumption by 8%. Honeywell aims to perform a rig test in November this year, reports Flight Global, giving them more information to design… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

Visit our website - www.sloanehelicopters.com
Visit our website - http://www.heliukexpo.com
Visit our website - http://www.milestoneaviation.com
HeliHub.com advertising space - 240x100 Pixels

Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

LifeFlight Tallahassee has closed its Gadsden County base, giving no notice to its 15 employees. They were merely told to attend a meeting on Tuesday, where the situation was explained to them. They may be reassigned to other employment opportunities within the company. The base was closed due to a declining revenue and the strain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Homemade Helicopter In Vietnam

Nguyen Bui Hien, a 62 year old mechanical engineer in Southern Vietnam, has recently successfully flight tested his homemade helicopter. Mr. Hien runs his own automobile shop and has built a helicopter before in 2012, which weighed 250kg, was 2.95m x 1.2m x 2.4m and had an engine of 106 horsepower. His new helicopter though,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

Helitech 2016: Shaking Up the Offshore Helicopter Business

In my article, Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry, I stated that a change in the offshore helicopter market was inevitable and success for the offshore helicopter companies depended upon how quick and able they were at: 1.    Diversifying their business; 2.    Providing a “Personnel Only” option for oil and gas clients;… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

Helitech 2016: Bell very serious about European expansion plans

I met up with Jakub Hoda at Helitech, the Managing Director for Bell in Europe and Asia. Jakub is the one in the middle in the photograph at the Bell stand, accompanied by his Customer Support colleagues from the USA (Ray Lamas and Michael Reagan).  The immediate thing that strikes you during the meeting is… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

Helitech 2016: ITT Shake Guru addresses Bell 525 and 505 flight

To be frank Helitech 2016 has been a bit quiet – only four helicopters on display and well…there is only so much chalet coffee and biscuits you can manage in a day. However, this does give this commentator the opportunity to explore areas that are are bit “shaky”. A company that relies on passengers having… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 13-Oct-16

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus Helicopters has kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded last week after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out last week with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS), who became launch customer for this new variant… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Strengthens Customer Support Capabilities in Europe

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and its Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF), Agrarflug Helilift, announce today that Agrarflug Helilift is in the process of obtaining an expanded capability to support medium tailbooms for the Bell 212 and 412 aircraft– continuing to strengthen aircraft support for European customers. As a Bell Helicopter Authorized CSF,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter Signs First European Customer Advantage Plan Customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the signing of the first VIP customer for its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) support solution in Europe. The private customer operates a Bell 407GXP and is located in Belgium. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage solutions for daily operations. The plans offer a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell 412EPI Enters Into Service in Japan with Aomori Prefecture

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is proud to formally announce that the first Bell 412EPI in Japan delivered first quarter 2016 to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has entered into service. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at the start of its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

AW169 gets 5 firm orders from Brazil

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

AgustaWestland AW169 Orders and Options close to 150

Five AW169 orders from Lease Corporation International and Helikorea that will be delivered in 2016 and 2017 Specialist Aviation Services signed a Framework Agreement for a further six AW169s with deliveries expected between 2017 and 2019 Agreements for nearly 150 AW169s, including firm orders, framework contracts and options, signed to date by customers worldwide The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman announces Release Date for FY2016 Q3 Earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it will report its third quarter 2016 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, October 27, 2016, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Source: Kaman, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , ,

IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

IOGP and HeliOffshore strengthen cooperation

The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) and HeliOffshore, the global offshore helicopter industry association, strengthened today their cooperation with the aim of increasing helicopter safety, a top priority for both industries. The two organizations signed a reciprocal membership agreement today which formalises a collaboration that began in October 2014, when offshore helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , ,

DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace Expands Coverage with a New UK Office

DART Aerospace is proud to announce the opening of its new UK based office.  In the last year DART has invested in building a regional team for the European territory.  DART’s focus is to offer exceptional customer service and to have qualified regional representatives located in the same time zone as our European customers.  DART’s… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its new Parts-Only Program is now available for the Airbus H130, formerly known as the EC130 helicopter. Kevin Thomas, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning for JSSI remarked, “We continue to expand our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Sikorsky subsidiary PZL Mielec partners with university to develop skills

Polish domestic aviation leader PZL Mielec, part of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, has extended its relationship with Rzeszow University of Technology by working in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering and Aeronautics to develop and launch a postgraduate course in composite design.  With the use of composites in aerospace increasing, this new course aligns… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing Places AW139 on Lease with HNZ

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a lease agreement with HNZ Group (“HNZ”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of oil and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

SIkorsky statement regarding Polish order

In the light of the Polish Government announcing that they had terminated negotiations with Airbus Helicopters, and their subsequent decision in favour of Sikorsky, they Connecticut based manufacturer make the following announcement “We are very pleased that the Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Minister of National Defence Mr. Antoni Macierewicz announced that the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Cayman Islands – Faith Hospital Receives New Helipad

Faith Hospital held their opening ceremony on October 3rd of their new helipad. This new helipad provides the Cayman Islands with a sorely needed emergency landing area. As reported by Cayman Compass, the use of a helipad will greatly reduce the response time and the time it takes for critical patients to receive care. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program. “We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

Possible Closure for GKN Yeovil

GKN Aerospace’s firm in Yeovil, Somerset has taken a knock as Leonardo has decided to make production of all aspects of AW159 Wildcat production to an in-house operation. The Unite workers union has stated that the announcement has come as a big shock. The loss of contract has meant that GKN Yeovil will either be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Milestone gets in bed with CHC

Milestone gets in bed with CHC

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) today announced that it has entered into a plan support agreement (the “PSA”) with respect to the terms of a chapter 11 plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). The PSA contemplates a comprehensive recapitalization of the Company that will provide $300 million in new capital from… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Mi-8/17 maintenance Centre for Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters and SilkWay Helicopter Services (SWHS) signed a letter of intent on September 27 during the International Defence Exhibition ADEX 2016. SWHS, being the largest operating airline in the small aviation field in Azerbaijan, has partnered with Russian Helicopters to create a centre for the maintenance and renovation of helicopters for the Azerbaijan area…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

Nigeria VIP flight transfers two VIP AW101s to Air Force

The Federal Government has backed up their promise and delivered an AgustaWestland 101 and 102, from the Presidential Airforce, to the Nigerian Air Force. Channels TV reports that at the handing over ceremony in Abuja, the Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali whole-heartedly agreed with the decision to support the Nigerian Air Force in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

Bell given $3.3M to test MQ-8C Fire Scout tail boom cracks

A $3.3 million contract has been awarded to Bell Helicopter to further investigations on the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAS. The US Naval Air Systems (NAVAIR) has awarded this money in the hopes to research more into the potential of future flight strain, tail boom cracking and fatigue on the craft. HIS Janes has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One contracted by UAE military for Ariel and Manila support

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has been selected by the Joint Aviation Command (JAC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide MRO services for their Arriel 2C and Makila 1A engines flown in the fleet’s Airbus AS365 and AS332 aircraft. Although Heli-One has provided MRO services… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

Helitech 2016: ​Stretching Safety too Far – a Withering Safety Culture

The 66 page Statoil Report into helicopter safety following the Norwegian H225 accident in April 2016 makes some telling comments on the retrenchment by oil and gas operators and the impact on helicopter operators. The investigation team of eight internal Statoil staff and one external member of the Norwegian military met with and interviewed 80… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

Airbus Helicopters Statement on Poland’s multirole helicopter tender

In light of recent statements regarding the status of the multirole helicopter tender in Poland, Airbus Helicopters feels the need to refute a number of misleading allegations reported in the media. It is our belief that Polish citizens and the Polish armed forces deserve full transparency on the tender process in which Airbus Helicopters and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

When LTC (promotable) David R. Cheney became the U.S. Army’s program manager for the service’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in July 2012, Airbus had delivered 229 of the H145-based utility helicopters, and the future looked bright. Every aircraft had been delivered on time and on cost since the contract had been awarded in 2006, and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Displays at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its participation at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016 (JA2016) held October 12 through October 15 at Tokyo Big Sight. Leadership from Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation and Textron Systems will be available in booth #W3-018 to discuss their innovative product lines, customizable aircraft offerings, as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , ,

CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions Inc. to Exhibit at Helitech

CarteNav Solutions, the international leader in mission system software, will be demonstrating their very latest products at Helitech International in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in booth 12A41. This will be the first major international tradeshow for CarteNav since the company was acquired by Provincial Aerospace Ltd. (PAL Aerospace) and became part of the Exchange… Read more »

Source: CarteNav Solutions, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , ,

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

A national search and rescue (SAR) exercise conducted in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from September 18-24 highlighted the importance of conducting real-world SAR missions and training to ensure crews are ready to respond when Canadians are in distress. The value of the exercise was further underlined when exercise participants unexpectedly provided real-time assistance to a canoeist… Read more »

Source: Canadian Armed Forces, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

LCI announces delivery of Leonardo AW169

LCI announces delivery of Leonardo AW169

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, announces the delivery of the first Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana SpA. The AW169 is the first of three such aircraft that will be leased from LCI to support to support Elitaliana’s emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) operations in… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Able Aerospace adds Agusta-Bell 412 to capabilities

Able Aerospace adds Agusta-Bell 412 to capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced the addition of Agusta Bell 412 component repairs and overhauls to its broad menu of rotor wing MRO capabilities. The announcement expands Able’s trademark cost savings and repair benefits to the Agusta-branded 412 platform, which is located largely in Europe and South America. “Able… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its Flight Management System (FMS) upgrade for the Airbus AS332L and AS332L1 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). This STC is a part of the AS332L/L1 modernisation program currently… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

Teamsters union detail Sikorsky deal

50 in Connecticut and Florida today overwhelmingly ratified the company proposal, ensuring that Teamsters will build the CH-53K helicopters. MEMBERS VOTING TO ACCEPT: 2104 MEMBERS VOTING TO REJECT: 140 Below are details of the agreement: COMPANY PROPOSAL TO LOCAL 1150 I. Two Tier Wage Scale – effective 7/1/2017 Introduce a two-tier wage system for all… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

LCI Experiencing busiest year ever at Helitech 2016

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, is experiencing its busiest and most successful year to date in 2016, with its fleet, customer base and operation all rapidly expanding. The leading helicopter lessor now has 35 helicopters in its own lease portfolio, and expects to have a total of 40 in… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Helitech gets smaller with just four airframes on display

Helitech gets smaller with just four airframes on display

In the past, we have noted that the move of Helitech in the UK from Duxford to London was not supported by many in the industry. In 2015, organisers Reed told HeliHub.com that the move was being made at the request of four named manufacturers – a statement which Sikorsky denied, saying they preferred the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , ,

Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Royal Malaysian Air Force S-61 Fleet to Receive Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade

Universal Avionics and Heli-One are announcing cockpit upgrades to be performed on a fleet of Sikorsky S-61A-4 NURI helicopters for an Asian operator, featuring Universal’s EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays and Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS). Universal Avionics Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is set to perform the design and installation for the initial aircraft with an Asian Maintenance,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 11-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

US approves $81M Common Missile Warning System sale to Egypt

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) for AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $81.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Russian Helicopters to Sell Shares

Russian Helicopters to Sell Shares

Moscow plans to sell up to 25% of shares of the Russian Helicopters holding by the end of the year to either an abroad investor or a Russian strategic investor. A pool of Middle Eastern buyers has been mentioned by Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, reports Sputnik. Russian Helicopters is made of five factories,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell celebrates 65 Years

Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters, situated on Highway 10, celebrate their 65th anniversary this year. To commemorate this occasion, Fort Worth and its 4 100 employees received a new commercial helicopter, expanded their training centre and purchased a tilt-rotor drone. This make over comes to a cost of $235 million, despite the challenging economic times. Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

$3.3 Billion Apache Contract in Negotiations for US Army

A multi-year contract is being negotiated between The Defence Department and Boeing. The contract is for 275 AH-64E Apache helicopters, costing at $3.3 billion. As reported by DoD Buzz, the negotiations began after the Army’s proposed procurement plan was approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. The Army hopes to get sign approval… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore and Unocal bring UH-60A Black Hawks to market

Skycore Aviation, Ltd. and Unical Defense, Inc. announced an agreement to jointly market their combined services for the sale, modification, operations, maintenance, training and parts for UH-60A aircraft to international customers worldwide. In this important collaboration, Unical will provide UH-60A aircraft and parts while Skycore will deliver phase maintenance, mission equipment and navigation/communication modification services,… Read more »

Source: Skycore Aviation, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

EDA holds Annual Military Airworthiness Conference in Lisbon

Hosted by the National Aviation Authority of Portugal (Autoridade Aeronáutica Nacional, AAN), the Annual Military Airworthiness Conference kicked off in Lisbon this Wednesday with keynote speeches delivered by EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq and General Manuel Teixeira Rolo of AAN. The two-day event (5/6 October) brings together key stakeholders from national authorities, industry, European agencies,… Read more »

Source: EDA, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , ,

US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

US Army Orders DRS Night Vision Goggles

DRS Technologies Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company, announced today it has received an initial production order valued at more than $65 million from the U.S. Army for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III program. The award initiates fielding of next-generation technology that provides soldiers with an information hub through the ENVG display. DRS Technologies partnered… Read more »

Source: DRS Technologies, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance AW169 arrives UK for completion

After more than a year in the planning, our new state-of-the-art helicopter, an AgustaWestland 169 is one step closer to becoming operational in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The helicopter was flown to the UK from Italy on Friday and is now secure in a hangar at Staverton, where our helicopter provider is based. It will remain… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies has been awarded the contract to upgrade an EC135 of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, with state-of the art surveillance technology. This customized solution includes not only a removable tactical workstation, made out of carbon fibre, but also a leading-edge Airborne LINX package. It also boasts the new… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation GmbH, the Mission Critical Services helicopter operator, has changed its name to Babcock MCS Germany. The brand change is the final step in the process of the company’s acquisition by Babcock International Group (Babcock). Going forward, Heli Aviation will be referred to simply as Babcock, a business with the stability and financial strength… Read more »

Source: Babcock MCS Germany, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Receives FAA Certifcation For Genesys

Aspen Avionics announced today that it has received certification to interface its Evolution 1000 Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) with the System 55X autopilot by Genesys Aerosystems. The STC will cover hundreds of light single and twin piston aircraft platforms. “Aspen’s Pro PFD with the Genesys System 55X autopilot enhances the basic 55X autopilot function… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army for UH-60Ms

The U.S. Army has selected Rockwell Collins to service the MFD-268C4 multi-function display (MFD) units for its UH-60M Black Hawk fleet under a five-year firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. This is a follow-on contract that continues the Army’s relationship with Rockwell Collins for long-term support of the program. “Whether the displays are in need… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

New Garmin transponders approved for Robinson range

The FAA has approved the integration of Garmin 335 and 345 Mode S transponders in the Robinson R22, R44 and R66 range. The newly approved transponders meet the ADS-B Out requirements without the need for an independent GPS system. Estimated at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to respect current regulations and at… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

Order of Surion Fleet Halted

The South Korean Army’s supply of Surion helicopters has been suspended. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration they failed a critical airworthiness test, to withstand the cold. They plan to redesign the failed systems and redo the test within a year and a half, reports Defense News. The Surion helicopters, codenamed KUH-1, was produced… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

Prince County Hospital helipad to be upgraded

Prince County Hospital helipad to be upgraded

Prince Country Hospital will receive $200 000 in upgrades to their heliport. Health PEI’s Capital Repairs and Maintenance Fund is providing the money for the upgrade. Journal Pioneer reports that new perimeter lighting will be installed, as well as obstruction lights, replacing the fence line, repainting the helipad markings, increasing the size of the helipad… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights… Read more »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Airbus Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Airbus Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Airbus Helicopters will be taking part in Helitech Airshow in Amsterdam from 11-13 October with two of its most successful aircraft on display: one H130 in passenger configuration and one H145 for EMS missions. New to the Helitech stand this year is the H160 experience—an interactive, virtual opportunity to discover our next-generation helicopter from the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation awarded EASA STC for Garmin G500H EFIS in Bell 206 and 407

Gama Aviation is pleased to announce the award of an EASA STC (10058141) for installation of the Garmin G500H EFIS into the Bell 206B and Bell 407 helicopters.    The G500H system is certified for Day/Night VFR operations and brings substantial improvements in situational awareness with a large multi-function colour moving map, H.S.I, full-time wind vector… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

History made as MH-60S uses MQ-8B as laser designator platform

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history Sept. 14 when they used a MQ-8B unmanned air system as a laser designator platform for a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to fire a AGM-114N Hellfire missile. For the mission, the MH-60S launched from Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, while the Northrup Grumman MQ-8B… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE begins testing first full engine in FATE program

GE Aviation successfully began testing the first full engine in the Future Affordable Turbine Engine (FATE) program under a cooperative agreement between GE and the US Army.  The engine is designed to meet a series of aggressive goals including a 35% reduction in specific fuel consumption, 80% improvement in power-to-weight, 20% improvement in design life… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

Kenya and Uganda to Receive Huey IIs from Bell Helicopter

Kenya and Uganda to Receive Huey IIs from Bell Helicopter

Kenya and Uganda will receive 10 Huey II helicopters from Bell Helicopter, who have received a total of $86 million in foreign military sales contracts. An additional 5 Huey IIs will be delivered to another African military but Steve Suttles, Vice President for Bell Helicopter, could not name the customer. Bell Helicopter aims to finish… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , ,

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2016-2026

The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2016-2026

Summary Several countries across the world have inventories of obsolete or aging military helicopters that are reaching the end of their operational life; this means that despite budget cuts, the global military rotorcraft market is expected to grow over the forecast period. Countries such as Russia, the US, France, Germany, China, South Korea, and India… Read more »

Source: Reportlinker, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , ,

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 To Be Held In Syracuse

The Unmanned Traffic Management Convention 2016 will be held at the Oncenter, Syracuse, on November 8th, 9th and 10th, hosting over 500 air traffic professionals. The convention will showcase the latest advances in unmanned aircrafts such as drones and how they will be integrated into the nation’s airspace. The convention will showcase discussions on unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Choppair has been issued to pay Emma Bobridge, the pilot of the Bell Helicopter that crashed in 2013, a sum of over $200 000. Emma Bobridge reported negligence by Choppair, she claimed that it felt that her right skid was stuck on the landing mat during take-off. Company Director Micheal Van Der Zypp countered her… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Sikorsky Contracted for Modified UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky Contracted for Modified UH-60M Black Hawks

Sikorsky has won a DoD contract of $187 million for 10 “uniquely configured” UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, 4 for Tunisia and 6 for Taiwan. The Taiwan National Airborne Service Corp has signed their contract of $148 725 000 in foreign military sales for their 6 modified Black Hawks. These 6 crafts will be worked on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell closer to 505 Jet Ranger X Certification

Bell Helicopter aims to finish production and be able to delivery and get certification for its new 505 Jet Ranger X. The approval for the craft was set to be done by November by Transport Canada, reports Flight Global, but Bell declined to give an exact date. Most of the flight tests have been done…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , ,

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters as part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012. Delivery of the two additional EC725s is scheduled for 2019. The RTAF’s EC725s are specially equipped with fast roping,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Spanish Air Force takes delivery of its first H215

Spanish Air Force takes delivery of its first H215

In a ceremony held at the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete, the Spanish Air Force yesterday took receipt of its first H215, a robust, cost-effective latest-generation helicopter with an extensive mission capability. The purchase was negotiated in July by the Spanish Ministry of Defense, through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). A member of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,

ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT’s New Vibration Absorption Technology Selected for Bell 505

ITT Inc.’s (NYSE: ITT) Enidine brand announced today that Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), has chosen its proprietary vibration absorption technology to outfit the newly designed LIVE™ units on the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The LIVE unit, featuring ITT Enidine’s multi-modulus journal and spherical bearings, was the result of close… Read more »

Source: ITT, 06-Oct-16

Tags: , , , ,