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Elbit Systems of America Awarded $16M Contract for MV-22 Sustainment

Elbit Systems of America Awarded $16M Contract for MV-22 Sustainment

Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $16,471,564 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F2390, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0014).  This order procures standby flight displays to support government furnished equipment requirements for production aircraft; MV-22 Sustainment and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) production spares.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-18

Rockwell Collins Awarded $81M Contract for V-22 Component Repairs

Rockwell Collins Awarded $81M Contract for V-22 Component Repairs

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is being awarded a $81,433,819 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for 221 components in support of the F/A-18 A-F and E/A-18 G aircrafts as well as two additional components that are common across several aviation platforms including EA6, KC130, S3B, MH60, SH60, V-22, C2A,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Awarded $61M Contract for UH-60 Repairs

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $60,947,957 firm-fixed-price contract for repair of the Utility Helicopter-60 Blackhawk transmission. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 24, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Sep-18

Coast Guard becomes first Philippine parapublic H145 operator

Coast Guard becomes first Philippine parapublic H145 operator

Philippine Coast Guard has placed an order for one H145 helicopter, making it the first H145 parapublic operator in the Philippines. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with high frequency radios, emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling, search light, and electro-optical systems to perform critical missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol and law… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-18

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

First UK registered SD2 helicopter comes online

As the first aerial operator in the UK to use a SD2 for underslung lifting, we quickly saw the advantages of using this model of helicopter. So the decision was taken to purchase our own SD2 helicopter to join our ever expanding fleet of AS350B2’s and AS350B3’s. The SD2 has more power then the standard… Read more »

Source: Airbourne Solutions, 26-Sep-18

JETNET celebrates 30 years with new features launched at NBAA-BACE 2018

JETNET celebrates 30 years with new features launched at NBAA-BACE 2018

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate and commercial aviation intelligence, will demonstrate new products and features at this year’s National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). Of particular note is a collaboration with aircraft valuation specialists Asset Insight, LLC, and enhanced flight activity and route analysis reporting capabilities added to JETNET’s popular Marketplace… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 26-Sep-18

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

Boeing Awarded $376M Contract for MH-139 Acquisition

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $375,550,368 firm-fixed-price contract for the non-developmental item integration of four aircraft to replace the UH-1N. This is the basic award of a contract (including options) valued at approximately $2,380,000,000, which will provide for the acquisition and sustainment of up to 84 MH-139 helicopters, training devices,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Sep-18

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

US Air Force selects the MH-139 based on Leonardo AW139

The United States Air Force (USAF) selected the MH-139, based on the Leonardo AW139 and offered by Boeing as prime contractor, to replace its fleet of UH-1N “Huey” helicopters. The programme awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. With initial operational capability expected by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-18

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Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 impresses with flight display

Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 impresses with flight display

Schiebel’s market-leading CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) entertained an international audience with a flight display at the prestigious Red Bull Air Race in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The Red Bull Air Race returned to its Austrian roots for the sixth race of the season and teamed up with Schiebel in Wiener Neustadt, a city with… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 25-Sep-18

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Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 25-Sep-18

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Helibras delivers H225M to the Brazilian Army

Helibras delivers H225M to the Brazilian Army

Helibras has just delivered another H225M to the Armed Forces. The 10th Brazilian Army (EB) aircraft will be based on the 1st Aviation Battalion (BAvEx) in Taubaté, and is the 32nd H-XBR program, signed in 2008 with the Ministry of Defense to supply 50 model helicopters. The H225M in the Operational version is equipped with the… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Right Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9Q) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB right hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $18,439,388 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Awarded $13M Contract for V-22 Platform Hub Assembly

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $13,655,072 firm-fixed-price, requirements contract in support of the V-22 aircraft platform hub assembly. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a seven-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Awarded $48M Contract For V-22 PRGB Left Hand Aircraft Assembly Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $48,365,907 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SPRPA1-18-F-LS9R) against basic ordering agreement SPRPA1-15-G-001Y for V-22 PRGB left hand aircraft assembly parts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Kranze Technology Solutions awarded $37M Contract for V-22 Support

Kranze Technology Solutions awarded $37M Contract for V-22 Support

Kranze Technology Solutions Inc.,* Prospect Heights, Illinois, is awarded a $37,370,955 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to support production, testing, installation, supportability, and technical documentation upgrades on an emerging Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence suite of equipment known as the Roll On/Roll Off Communications Suite for the V-22 Program.  Work will be performed in Prospect Heights,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Sep-18

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Two Wichita EMS operators partner with hospital for pediatric patient transfer

Two Wichita EMS operators partner with hospital for pediatric patient transfer

Wesley Healthcare has made an agreement with EagleMed and LifeSave Transport to provide better training for medical crews who transport ill children. The hospital will be offering the two air ambulances’ nurses and paramedics an advanced training and certification in pediatric fundamental critical care support, reports The Wichita Eagle.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Sep-18

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Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately €9 billion. Airbus Helicopters will present its supply, maintenance and crew transport solutions at the WindEnergy expo, which will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

ACH Displays New ACH135 Helionix

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) Airbus’ dedicated private and business helicopter entity, will display the company’s new ACH135 Helionix for the first time on the rooftop of the Monaco Yacht Club during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  Fitted with the company’s in-house ACH Line interior configuration, the updated, Helionix-equipped provides a technological leap forward for the light, twin-engine… Read more »

Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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Airbus to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft. Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth is manufacturing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-18

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Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 20 years at Paragould

Air Evac Lifeteam proudly celebrated their 20th anniversary at Paragould this past week. The company, started in 1985, has grown so much that they now cover 15 states, with 142 bases. Their Paragould facility has four pilots, four paramedics, four flight nurses, as well as a maintenance technician to crew their Bell 206 L4, reports… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $58M Contract for CH-53K Repair

Sikorsky Awarded $58M Contract for CH-53K Repair

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $58,395,297 for firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001918F0567 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004).  This delivery order provides for the procurement of 866 interim spare parts necessary to support the repair and maintenance of CH-53K low-rate initial production, Lot 2 configuration aircraft. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Sep-18

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Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021. Specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Sep-18

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Bell enters Southern African market

Bell enters Southern African market

This week, National Airways Corporation (NAC) celebrated the entry into market of Bell’s newest commercial aircraft, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Guests were invited to attend an exclusive unveiling event organized at the NAC Lanseria airport facility in South Africa showcasing a pair of Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters recently delivered to a couple, who are… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 21-Sep-18

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Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky HH-60W in final assembly

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today that final assembly of the first HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter Weapons System and Operational Flight Trainers is underway, supporting the smooth entry of the aircraft into the U.S. Air Force fleet in 2020. Completion of the HH-60W training systems at subcontractor FlightSafety International’s facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Sep-18

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NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

NHV wins Belgian windfarm contract with H145

The NHV Group announced a new contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Rentel Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start in October 2018. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Ostend to the Rentel offshore wind farm located approximately 40 km from Ostend, in front… Read more »

Source: NHV, 20-Sep-18

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HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

HAI Salute to Excellence Deadline Extended

Nominate for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards – Deadline Extended to Oct. 15 Within vertical aviation are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize… Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-Sep-18

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Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

Boeing Awarded $96M Contract for AH-64, A/MH-6M and H-47 Support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide engineering, analysis, test and technical support services to substantiate candidate concepts/designs and to achieve Army and the Department of Defense technology mission objectives for technologies and services for the AH-64 Apache, A/MH-6M Little Bird and the H-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Sep-18

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Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

David Rodriguez, Donald Kowalski, Nathan Carrion and George Karcher, a crew from Cal Fire have been awarded with the California State Firefighters Association’s Medal of Valor. This was after they performed a dangerous rescue on September 6, rescuing a badly hurt climber who was stuck, upside down, 2,682m off the ground on Mount San Jacinto,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

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Russian Helicopters to display at Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters to display at  Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) shall participate in the international expo of defense & aerospace industry and security technologies Africa Aerospace and Defense 2018 which is to take place from 19 to 23 September in Pretoria (Republic of South Africa). At the forthcoming exhibition the Holding’s specialists shall describe the unique capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Sep-18

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Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

Ramm Aerospace AS350 heater line kits TCCA and FAA approved

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to offer a TCCA and FAA approved Replacement AS350 Heater Line Kit with several unique features. The RAMM Aerospace Replacement AS350 Stainless Steel Heater Line Kit was developed with an operator that saw a need in the industry for a replacement kit that reduced maintenance costs and aircraft downtime. “The majority… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 19-Sep-18

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Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

Kenya receives nine AS550C3 Fennecs from UAE

The Kenya Air Force has announced the handover of nine Airbus AS550C3 Fennec helicopters from the United Arab Emirates. HeliHub.com believes that the aircraft will be used in Kenya’s efforts against al-Shabaab, the Somali militant group. The handover ceremony took place at Laikipia Air Base in Nanyuki on 14th September, and was attended Kenya’s Cabinet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-18

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Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Awarded $94M contract for CV-22 radio components

Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $93,500,000 modification (P00012) for an existing non-competitive single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-14-D-0006) to provide a suite of integrated radio frequency countermeasure components and related services for the technology applications and CV-22 program offices.  This modification increases the ceiling amount to $383,500,000.  At the time of obligation,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric awarded $18M contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts

General Electric Co., doing business as GE Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a maximum $17,818,296 firm-fixed-price, definite-quantity contract for UH-60 pipe exhausts. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code. 2304(c)(1) as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a one-year base contract with four one-year option periods. Location of performance… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Sep-18

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Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

Gozo hospital helicopter inquiry finds no fault

The Gozo General Hospital’s helicopter was under scrutiny after the death of a heart patient. Allegations were made that the helicopter was faulty, and the elderly patient could not be transferred to Malta due to this. An inquiry into this revealed that “No difficulties were encountered during the transfer of the patient from GGH to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

Royal Saudi Naval Forces launches first MH-60R

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces launched their first MH-60R multirole naval helicopter recently. The aircraft operates on board the Navy’s ships as well as naval bases. The helicopter is the latest in military technology and as reported by BNA, it contributes to the partnership between other countries to enhance their maritime security. In particular between… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-18

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Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) recently began flight tests for MQ-8C Fire Scout aircraft  produced in Moss Point at the Trent Lott International Airport, a major milestone for the company and the region’s aerospace economy. Northrop Grumman’s Moss Point facility is key to producing and testing the MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s newest autonomous… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 18-Sep-18

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CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a ground-breaking helicopter services contract by Woodside and other operators in the North West Shelf and North West Cape regions, providing passenger transfer flights, medical evacuation and search and rescue services for four customers from bases in Australia’s Pilbara region. The contract will commence in July 2019 and will provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Sep-18

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Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro delivers H135 to Washington Hospital Center

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 to Washington Hospital Center’s MedSTAR Transport program. The hospital partnered with Metro Aviation to customize the aircraft at Metro’s completion center in Shreveport, La. The H135 features a standard medical interior including various specialty add-ons including a Cardiosave mount for hemodynamic support and Outerlink’s IRIS – a system for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

US Army conducts first operational test of UH60V Black Hawk

Experimental test pilots from Redstone Test Center (RTC) here teamed with operational pilots, crewmembers and ground troops from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), Fort Bragg, N.C. to put two prototype UH–60V Black Hawk helicopters through their paces during a recent limited user test (LUT). The UH–60V digital Black Hawk will refit the U.S. Army’s… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Sep-18

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First Flight turns 30

First Flight turns 30

In 1988, Ronald Reagan was President, shuttle Discovery led the space program back into flight nearly three years after the Challenger disaster, and, on the local front, Brevard County’s first and only air ambulance program debuted. This year marks 30 years of Health First’s First Flight — the Integrated Delivery Network’s (IDN) mobile medical unit… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Sep-18

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Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

During the Tracheal Reconstruction, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeries workshop, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said that they are planning on introducing helicopter ambulance services to the Tamil Nadu area. Specifically, to transport hearts to transplant centres that lack nearby airports, reports The Hindu.

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-18

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Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Black Hawk marks 40 years service and prepares for another 50

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has kicked off its campaign marking the 40th anniversary of the Black Hawk helicopter, an iconic aircraft that is poised to continue to support military and search and rescue efforts around the world for decades to come with ongoing technology enhancements. Sikorsky launched the #MyBlackHawkStory social media campaign and is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Sep-18

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CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

CHC 14th Safety & Quality Summit Less than a Month Away

In less than a month, delegates and speakers from across the aviation, safety, energy, insurance and legal will gather in Texas to discuss the latest in safety best practices and knowledge at the 14th CHC Safety & Quality Summit. The Summit will take place October 2-4 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. More than 40… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Sep-18

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Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power

Leonardo announced another major milestone in the certification process of the TH-119 single engine helicopter with the first ‘power on’ of the new Genesys Aerosystems avionics. The all new avionics and cockpit allowing unique IFR operations is being integrated at Leonardo Philadelphia facility, home to the AW119 single engine final assembly line for the US… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Sep-18

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Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson

Atlanta-based Rotorcorp LLC today announced its newly-formed strategic partnership with MAK Heliservices LLC based in Baton Rouge. Work performed as part of the joint venture will be delivered under the newly formed ‘Rotorcorp Helicopter Services LLC’, which received its official Service Center authorization from Robinson Helicopter Company in August 2018. Rotorcorp Helicopter Services will focus exclusively… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp Helicopter Services, 17-Sep-18

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PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets appoints new CEO to lead expansion

PhilJets Group has appointed a new CEO in the person of Ms. Willyn Villarica. Thierry Tea, founder of the company, steps down from the CEO position and will assume the role of Chairman of the Board. Established in 2013, PhilJets has experienced rapid growth for the last 5 years under the management of Thierry Tea, growing… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 14-Sep-18

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Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group wins STC approval for Bell 505 interior

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced multiple validations for the VIP MAGnificent interior in the Bell 505. The VIP interior for the Bell 505, branded as the MAGnificent, received its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) validation with EASA, FAA and ANAC authorities this past week.  The STC is an optional upgrade to the existing Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 14-Sep-18

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Top-level appointments at Coptersafety

Top-level appointments at Coptersafety

Coptersafety has announced two new appointments. Juha Ahtola has been named Head of Quality and Safety and Mikko Kallio Head of Training and Development. The new appointments are effective immediately. Both Ahtola and Kallio will report to Mikko Dahlman, CEO, Coptersafety. ENHANCING THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS WORLDWIDE In his new position as Head of… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 14-Sep-18

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Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation enter teaming agreement

Era Group and Bel Air Aviation have entered into a teaming agreement. This new agreement means that the helicopter services offered by both companies will be further strengthened through a close cooperation. As the biggest commercial operator of AgustaWestland helicopters worldwide, Era will add fleet and support to the cooperation while Bel Air Aviation will… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 14-Sep-18

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Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

Avalex video equipment picked for WPD EC135 fleet upgrade

Babcock Aviation has selected a full suite of new-generation digital video equipment, including Avalex AVM4178Q 17-inch HD widescreen displays, Avalex AVC1816 Smart Video Management System and the Avalex AVR8414 HD DVR, as part of the fleet upgrade program for a fleet of five Airbus H135 helicopters operated by Western Power Distribution (WPD). This enables WPD… Read more »

Source: Avalex, 14-Sep-18

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ForeFlight Launches Trip Assistant Door-to-Door Flight And Fuel Stop Planner

ForeFlight Launches Trip Assistant Door-to-Door Flight And Fuel Stop Planner

ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, now offers customers Trip Assistant, a simple-to-use planning tool for anyone involved in mission planning that quickly computes door-to-door trip time. Trip Assistant is an enhancement to ForeFlight’s advanced web-based flight planning toolset. Trip Assistant computes total trip time, factoring in drive time, flight… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 14-Sep-18

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Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson Helicopter Overhaul Market

Strategic Partnership Targets Global Robinson Helicopter Overhaul Market

Atlanta-based Rotorcorp LLC announced its newly-formed strategic partnership with MAK Heliservices LLC based in Baton Rouge. Work performed as part of the joint venture will be delivered under the newly formed ‘Rotorcorp Helicopter Services LLC’, which received its official Service Center authorization from Robinson HelicopterCompany in August 2018. Rotorcorp Helicopter Services will focus exclusively on performing… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 14-Sep-18

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Lack of Credit for Helicopter Market

Lack of Credit for Helicopter Market

Waypoint Leasing has had to look for help from financiers after breaching loan covenants. Waypoint has received finance from roughly 26 institutions, with many now closed for any new deals. They are currently restructuring, but even this will take time, reports Helicopter Investor. The oil downturn has affected the industry so badly that finding a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Sep-18

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VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

VMM-363 Dedication Ceremony

A dedication ceremony for the arrival of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363 will take place Sept. 21, at their new hangar on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay. “The arrival of a second MV-22B Osprey squadron to our Hawaii-based Marine Aircraft Group significantly increases our combat capability and allows us to better respond to crises… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Sep-18

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Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

Northrop Grumman details coverage at Defense Expo Korea 2018

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) will highlight its advanced global security capabilities at Defense Expo Korea 2018 (DX Korea), booth 8D-31, in Ilsanseo-gu, Republic of Korea (ROK), Sept. 12-16. Known for its integrated digital avionics mission equipment package and capabilities in autonomous systems, C4ISR and multi-generation fighter interoperability, Northrop Grumman will feature its world-leading technology… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 14-Sep-18

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DCAA Joins Dubai HeliShow 2018

DCAA Joins Dubai HeliShow 2018

The Dubai HeliShow 2018 will be held at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South this year, from 6-8 November. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai will be the patron for the event. The event is supported by the Dubai… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam Sends Crews and Helicopters to help with Hurricane Florence

Air Evac LifeTeam is responding to the call for help in communities that will be affected by Hurricane Florence. They will be sending 72 crew members with 12 helicopters for as long as need be. Once at their designated communities, the crews will be working under FEMA as well as state and local EMS agencies,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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Russian Helicopters to start Exporting Ansat Helicopters

Russian Helicopters to start Exporting Ansat Helicopters

Russian Helicopters has joined with Rosaviatsiya to start exporting Ansat helicopters. They hope that once Rosaviatsiya validates the certifications, they will be able to start exporting in 2019. Rosaviatsiya has begun talks with Chinese authorities as well as Indian, Mexican, Columbian and Brazilian, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-18

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ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

ÖAMTC Air Rescue – 4,497 rescues during the summer months

When it gets summer, the numbers of operations in the ÖAMTC air rescue are rising sharply. The most powerful ÖAMTC emergency helicopter between late June and early September (June 30 to September 9, 2018) was the Christophorus 9 stationed in Vienna. This helicopter was alerted to 410 missions in Vienna, Lower Austria and northern Burgenland.Missions… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 13-Sep-18

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SkyRyse Launches as First US Technology-Enabled Air Mobility Service

SkyRyse has announced its launch as the first technology-enabled air mobility company to operate in the U.S. Built by aerospace experts from Boeing, SpaceX, Tesla, Uber, and the U.S. military, SkyRyse is on a mission to deliver fast, safe and affordable air transportation that is unbound by today’s transportation infrastructure. The company also announced it… Read more »

Source: SkyRyse, 13-Sep-18

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FAA approves Lord Corp B412 Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot

FAA approves Lord Corp B412 Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot

 LORD Corporation – a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its enhanced Main Driveshaft Transmission Boot for Bell 412HP and 412EP helicopter platforms. Customers using PMA parts can reduce their aircraft-on-ground time and save 35 percent on maintenance costs over a… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 13-Sep-18

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NLR helps to make new KAI resistant to hazardous icing

NLR helps to make new KAI resistant to hazardous icing

Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters have to be able to operate safely under all certificated conditions. Helicopters operate in situations where in-flight icing can occur, in which case it is necessary to prevent damage to, or performance degradation of components like the engine and rotor blades. The KUH-1 Surion transport helicopter manufactured by KAI recently obtained… Read more »

Source: NLR, 13-Sep-18

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Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Announces Organizational Changes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) today announced organizational changes as part of continuous improvements to the company’s support services model. The changes build off the company’s success over the past 15 months to reduce costs and align the company’s structure with the market environment for offshore services. “We have been pursuing increases in revenue and more efficient… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Sep-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – September 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 13-Sep-18

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Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Nogales LifeLine 3 Closes Base

Arizona Lifeline 3 closed its base at the Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital after ten years of service. Program Director Ed Brouse has commented that the decision to close was due to numerous factor and has been ongoing for several years. The Nogales community will still be served by Lifenet 6, working from the Tubac Fire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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Waypoint Leasing to Discuss Loan Restructure

Waypoint Leasing to Discuss Loan Restructure

Waypoint Leasing is having to discuss with banks on loan restructuring. The oil downturn that began in 2014 has caused their three main shareholders; MSD Capital, Cartesian Capital and Soros Fund Management to all agree on withholding from investing more equity. Boutique investment Houlihan Lokey and law firm Weil Gotshal have been brought in to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

City councillors of Albuquerque, Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones, have joined together to ask their fellow councillors for the approval of a new helicopter for the Albuquerque Police Department. The department’s current EC120 is going on 17 years old and has issues operating at high altitudes. They have had to use it 44 times this year… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

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MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Sep-18

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PHI extends cash tender offer

PHI extends cash tender offer

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced that it is further extending the expiration time of its previously-announced cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase any and all of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) and its… Read more »

Source: PHI, 12-Sep-18

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Safran appoints Executive Vice-President, Human Resources

Safran appoints Executive Vice-President, Human Resources

Frédéric Henrion started his career in 1987 with Hoechst as HR assistant. In 1988, he joined Lyonnaise des eaux (today part of the Suez group) as an HR representative. Within the company he fulfilled roles such as HR Manager (1991) and Careers Director (1995), before moving to United Water’s North American subsidiary as HR Director… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 12-Sep-18

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PHi Shareholder Group calls for sale of Air Medical division

PHi Shareholder Group calls for sale of Air Medical division

A group of PHI, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHII, PHIIK) shareholders consisting of Alesia Asset Management and private investor Timothy Stabosz, who, combined, control 4.6% of the Company’s non-voting stock, announced the filing of a 13D amendment with the SEC and delivery of a follow up letter, dated September 6, 2018, to the PHI board.  In the… Read more »

Source: PHI, 12-Sep-18

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Sikorsky Collaborates with Danish Consulting Company BridgeIT

Sikorsky Collaborates with Danish Consulting Company BridgeIT

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: NYT), has chosen to collaborate with BridgeIT on a five-year industrial cooperation project to develop and deliver software to Sikorsky Field Service Representatives. BridgeIT will be working together with Sikorsky to deliver a modern mobile digital workplace solution to employees to support Sikorsky commercial helicopter customers around the world…. Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 12-Sep-18

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Aviapatrul orders two Ansat from Russian Helicopters

Aviapatrul orders two Ansat from Russian Helicopters

In the framework of the International Exhibition and Scientific Conference on Hydroaviation “Hydroaviasalon-2018” in Gelendzhik, an agreement was signed between PJSC “Kazan Helicopter Plant” Holding Russian Helicopters and Aviapatrul LLC on the purchase of two Ansat helicopters. It is planned that helicopters will be delivered in a universal version, and the place of their operation… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Sep-18

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Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell awarded $27M contract for UH-1N and TH-1H Parts

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,042,247 modification (P00013) to a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410), with one five-year option period adding six national stock numbers for main gear shafts, rotor hubs, swashplate controls, transmission case assemblies, mechanical housings, and pinion assemblies in support of the UH-1N and TH-1H helicopters.  This… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Sep-18

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