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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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AHS announce Keynote Speaker for 73rd Annual Forum

AHS announce Keynote Speaker for 73rd Annual Forum

AHS International’s 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world’s leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-days of technical sessions will include some 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems. In addition, Forum 73 will feature invited presentations and discussions by leaders in industry and government. AHS International… Read more »

Source: AHS International, 31-Jan-17

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Helinet Appoints New Board Member

Helinet Appoints New Board Member

Helinet, one of the largest and most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today the appointment of Vice Admiral William “Dean” Lee to its board of directors. Dean joins Helinet CEO Kathryn Purwin, healthcare operations leader Jim Adams, broadcast veteran Arnold Kleiner, and federal security and aviation expert Thomas Norton on the now… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 31-Jan-17

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Transport Canada approves RAMM R44 Wipe Clean Headliner Kit

Transport Canada approves RAMM R44 Wipe Clean Headliner Kit

RAMM Aerospace is pleased to announce the Transport Canada approval of their R44 Wipe Clean Bulkhead/Headliner Kit. FAA and EASA approvals are pending. The RAMM Aerospace TCCA STC SH16-48 provides R44 operators a complete replacement Bulkhead/Headliner Kit. Each of the insulation panels are supplied neatly wrapped with a aviation grade synthetic leather for a quick… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 31-Jan-17

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HAI hires Dr. Steve Sparks as director of safety

HAI hires Dr. Steve Sparks as director of safety

HAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Sparks as director of safety. Prior to joining HAI, Sparks was an aviation safety inspector for the FAA with the General Aviation and Commercial Division in Michigan. As director of safety, Sparks is responsible for managing the association’s existing aviation safety programs, and developing new… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 31-Jan-17

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SEA completed modification of 2 Bell OH-58

SEA completed modification of 2 Bell OH-58

Southeast Aerospace recently completed a major modification of 2 Bell OH-58 helicopters for St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. The mod included an SEA designed and manufactured wider more robust milled Instrument panel with a molded Nomex glareshield as well as a vertical pedestal panel with an 18 degree forward slant. An Aspen EFD 1000H was… Read more »

Source: Southeast Aerospace, 31-Jan-17

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Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Medals awarded to the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown are to be displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Museum from 21 January 2017 in a fitting tribute on his 98th birthday. The war hero, born in the Leith area of Edinburgh in 1919, died earlier last year at the age of 97…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 31-Jan-17

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NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately… Read more »

Source: NHV, 30-Jan-17

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Waypoint sees market recovery with Improved demand for helicopters

Waypoint sees 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. Ian Gurekian, Chief Risk Officer of Waypoint said, “As highlighted in our recent Oil Report, sentiment shifted in the oil and gas market in the fourth quarter of… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 30-Jan-17

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Air Covers chosen to become Commonwealth Export Champions

Air Covers chosen to become Commonwealth Export Champions

Air Covers Ltd is delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of 26 UK SMEs to join the second cohort of the prestigious Commonwealth Export Champions programme. Representing various regions of the UK and business sectors CommonwealthFirst Export Champions underline the depth of innovation and quality that the UK SME sector has to… Read more »

Source: Air Covers, 30-Jan-17

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Falcon Aviation presents the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter to Oil & Gas community

Falcon Aviation presents the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter to Oil & Gas community

During an official ceremony held at the Marina Mall Helipad in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)  at the presence of H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Falcon Aviation presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 helicopter of Leonardo to the Oil & Gas community. “Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK are complying with the… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation Services, 30-Jan-17

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Aviation Safety Experts Will Gather for 2nd Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

Aviation Safety Experts Will Gather for 2nd Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

More than 50 aviation safety leaders from industry and government will gather Feb. 16-17 in Washington DC for the 2017 USHST Infrastructure Summit.  The conference, which was initially launched last year, focuses on discussions about the future of helicopter infrastructure within the realm of the low altitude environment of the National Airspace System. The Summit… Read more »

Source: USHST, 30-Jan-17

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End of an era for UK Police Explorers

End of an era for UK Police Explorers

Before the end of March 2017 the last of the six National Police Air Service’s MD Explorers will take to the sky for its final flight and will be replaced by an Airbus Helicopters H135 as the service is streamlined. NPAS began the conversion process from the 902 to 135 last year and the remaining… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 30-Jan-17

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DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

At 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria DRF Luftrettung is operating helicopters for emergency rescue and the transport of intensive care patients between clinics, at eight HEMS bases 24/7. In addition to that, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircrafts for worldwide repatriation of patients. In 2016 DRF Luftrettung was called 38,023 times to rescue missions… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Jan-17

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New Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky takes up duties

New Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky takes up duties

Andrey Boginsky, former Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, took up his duties as the CEO of Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec. “Today, Russian Helicopters is one of the leading companies in the global helicopter market. Our goal for the near future is to focus on developing new products… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Jan-17

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Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Bell commercial deliveries 35% down in 2016

Analysis of Bell’s delivery data from the quarterly financial statements of parent company Textron show a marked 35% drop in commercial helicopter deliveries in 2016 with 114 units compared to 175 in 2015.  It is important to look at a further level of detail in these numbers, as Bell clearly make a wide range of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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FAA Certification for Monumental Helicopters

FAA Certification for Monumental Helicopters

The FAA has recently certified Monumental Helicopters as an Air Carrier, allowing them to operate on-demand passenger and cargo carrying services. This certification now allows them to provide flights to 48 states. Their three passenger Robinson R44 is now allowed to land at any helipad, airport or clearing in the Mid-Atlantic Region, reports Rotor Daily…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russia’s Defence Ministry recently accepted a delivery of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters went through strict testing before they were accepted. The build and assembly quality, as well as component manufacturing was tested during a pre-acceptance and acceptance procedure. Once they were fully assembled, they were tested once more at the workshop… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Lieutenant Commander Richard Lightfoot and Petty Officer Alan Speed were awarded for their extraordinary work they did last year. The two Royal Navy rescue workers saved 12 people from a bus that was in turmoil during the floods of Storm Frank. Awarded by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lt Cdr Lightfoot received an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

Helipad Plans Scrapped for Alberta Health Services

The $3 million helipad plan for Banff’s Mineral Springs Hospital is no longer needed. Alberta Health Services was made aware of this when STARS air ambulance relocated their new Augusta Westland-139 helicopter from Calgary to Edmonton. The proposed helipad construction was scheduled to begin in 2016, but due to tendering costs it was delayed, much… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Simhawk Announces New Chief Technology Officer

Simhawk Announces New Chief Technology Officer

Simhawk Inc., the global flight simulator marketplace, is pleased to announce that Christopher DeGuise has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer. “In our first four months, we’ve added hundreds of simulator operators and buyers around the world and have provided numerous customers with solutions.” said Chris Weinberg, Founder and CEO of Simhawk. “Customers have… Read more »

Source: Simhawk Inc, 30-Jan-17

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Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus Helicopters delivered 418 rotorcraft in 2016, a five percent increase compared with 2015, against a challenging market backdrop. The company strengthened its lead on the civil and parapublic helicopter market while maintaining its position on the military market. Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 388 helicopters in 2016, a stable performance compared to the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Jan-17

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First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

Solaire Heliluck Aviation have recently imported the first R66 in Thailand, and it is now registered as HS-LLQ as seen in the photo here.  Engineering training and support for the built out of the crate was provided by Mornington Sanford Aviation. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com  

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-17

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BC Helicopters to be first Canadian operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

BC Helicopters to be first Canadian operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

The Guimbal Cabri G2 will soon arrive in Canada for the first time, with serial 1184 now being shipped to BC Helicopters, who are based at Abbotsford in British Columbia. The red aircraft – to match the primary colour of the Canadian flag on the tail – completed its flight testing at the Guimbal factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-17

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Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

Robinson delivers 12,000th helicopter

On December 23, 2016 R66 S/N 0763 became the 12,000th helicopter to roll off Robinson Helicopter’s production line. “A nice way to end the year,” said Robinson President, Kurt Robinson. S/N 0763 will be delivered to Hover Dynamics, one of three long-time Robinson dealers in South Africa. The helicopter was purchased by a new charter… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 26-Jan-17

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Sikorsky Accounting Issues Causes Problems for Lockheed

Sikorsky Accounting Issues Causes Problems for Lockheed

Lockheed has had to warn investors of a “material weakness” in their financial accounts for their newly acquired Sikorsky helicopter unit. Apparently the Sikorsky unit has issues regarding their internal controls for their IT systems and appropriate implementation of their procedures. Further details of the problem will be disclosed to security regulators in an annual… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA Validation of its SMS Program

Air Evac Lifeteam’s continued commitment to safety was recently validated by the FAA when its Safety Management System was awarded the designation of “Active Conformance.” This is the highest status a SMS can achieve. Tom Baldwin, Air Evac Lifeteam’s SMS manager, said the company’s Safety Management System is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventive approach to… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 26-Jan-17

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Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

Lockheed Martin, who acts as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter, selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to existing Merlin Mk2s helicopters to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC). The contract formally marks the beginning of… Read more »

Source: Thales Group, 26-Jan-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Lockheed Martin awarded £269m CROWSNEST contract

Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriett Baldwin MP announced today that Lockheed Martin UK has been awarded a £269m Ministry of Defence contract for the CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance Programme. The announcement was made during a visit to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB), Portsmouth. The contract covers the Demonstration and Manufacture (D&M) phase and Initial Provisioning (IP)… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Jan-17

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Public Conference for Boston Helipad Plans

Public Conference for Boston Helipad Plans

Plans for a public helipad in Boston will be discussed shortly, since the idea was brought up in 2016. Original ideas that the Mass. Department of Transportation had included a floating helipad in the Seaport or one assembled on a pier, reports Boston Patch. The Task Force assembled to develop this plan consists of State… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-17

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Kendall Goodman Joins AVX as VP FVL

Kendall Goodman Joins AVX as VP FVL

AVX Aircraft is pleased to announce that Mr. Kendall Goodman has joined the AVX management team as Senior Vice President Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and Advanced Programs. Mr. Goodman will report to Troy Gaffey, AVX Chairman and CEO. Mr. Goodman comes to AVX Aircraft from Bell Helicopter Textron where he was the FVL Advanced Configurations… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft, 24-Jan-17

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Growth prompts management restructure for Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Growth prompts management restructure for Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Exponential growth over the last several years is fueling a management restructuring for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, which will increase the program’s director or management positions to better handle current and future growth. Vanderbilt LifeFlight, which has more than 175 employees, provides critical care air transport, as well as ground ambulance and event medical services. It has… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 24-Jan-17

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HAI hires Dan Sweet for public relations and communications role

HAI hires Dan Sweet for public relations and communications role

HAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Sweet as director of public relations and communications. Sweet joins HAI after working for 22 years as public relations manager for Columbia Helicopters in Oregon. As director of public relations and communications, Sweet is responsible for managing and directing the association’s external communications, creating communication strategies… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Association International, 24-Jan-17

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Unique Tiltrotor Test Rig to Begin Operational Runs

Unique Tiltrotor Test Rig to Begin Operational Runs

Someday, we may be able to commute to our jobs in aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Developing these advanced tiltrotors is no simple task, so NASA is installing a new rig that will let experts test them at an unprecedented scale in wind tunnels, where… Read more »

Source: NASA, 23-Jan-17

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Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional pounds back to the solider

Chinook Composite Blades Proven to give an additional  pounds back to the solider

One of the critical technologies for the Chinook’s future is now proven. During recent flight tests at Boeing’s facility in Mesa, Ariz., the aircraft demonstrated the Advanced Chinook Rotor Blades (ACRB) give an additional 1,500 pounds back to the solider. Developed by Boeing and the U.S. Army, the ACRB is a new fully composite blade… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 23-Jan-17

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Senegal Air Force Receives Upgraded Mi24V

Senegal Air Force Receives Upgraded Mi24V

The Senegal Air Force has recently received the newly modernised Mil Mi-24V attack helicopter. The second-hand helicopter was refurbished by Poland’s WZL-1 based in Lodz, reports Flight Global. The Mi-24V will join Senegal’s two Mi-35s.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-17

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CHC Australia Reaches 25,000 Hour Milestone on AW139

CHC Australia Reaches 25,000 Hour Milestone on AW139

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) announced it had recently reached the 25,000 flight hour milestone on its fleet of AW139s in Australia. CHC was the first commercial operator to fly AW139s in Australia and has used the aircraft to fly critical emergency medical service (EMS) missions in New South Wales as well as provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-Jan-17

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Rapid response helps Leonardo Helicopters achieve manufacturing deadline

Rapid response helps Leonardo Helicopters achieve manufacturing deadline

When the decision to bring a large rotor head part for the Lynx family of helicopters back in-house from an overseas supplier was taken by Leonardo Helicopters, the engineering team was faced with a large scale challenge, namely to find a machine not only capable of machining the 1.5 m by 1.5 m forgings, but… Read more »

Source: RK International Machine Tools, 23-Jan-17

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Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter

Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W medium transports with a demonstration of refuelling contacts with a H225M Caracal helicopter. In the trial, performed jointly with Airbus Helicopters from Marignane, France in December, contacts were executed at speeds of 105-115kt and both crews reported smooth and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Defence and Space, 23-Jan-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers two Ка-32А11ВСs to Jiangsu Baoli

Russian Helicopters delivers two Ка-32А11ВСs to Jiangsu Baoli

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has completed deliveries of the first batch of multirole Ка-32A11BC helicopters, which are built at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise.   The delivery is part of the contract to supply four multirole Ka-32A11BCs, which was signed between Russian Helicopters and Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment Investment Co., Ltd in November… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Jan-17

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Debut Flight for New Avicopter AC352

Debut Flight for New Avicopter AC352

China’s Avicopter and France’s Airbus has come together and created a new generation medium sized helicopter, the AC-352. The helicopter made its debut this past Tuesday in Harbin. China and France have both signed a joint agreement for the production of 1000 units of the helicopter, reports CCTV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jan-17

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Summit Aviation adds Regional Sales Rep

Summit Aviation adds Regional Sales Rep

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Matt Tarczynski as a regional sales representative. In his role, Mr. Tarczynski will be responsible for sales of custom Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms for law enforcement and government organizations utilizing rotor and fixed wing aircraft. Before joining Summit, he spent 26… Read more »

Source: Greenwich AeroGroup, 20-Jan-17

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Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Jan-17

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University of North Dakota Adds Robinson R44 Cadet Trainer

University of North Dakota Adds Robinson R44 Cadet Trainer

On January 13th, Robinson Helicopter Company delivered an R44 Cadet to the University of North Dakota (UND). This is the first Cadet to be used in UND’s prestigious flight training program. UND Aerospace owns the largest civilian flight training operation in the world with three campuses and over 150 aircraft and flight training devices. The… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 20-Jan-17

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Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland’s Defence Minister has reported that they are considering purchasing 14 new helicopters, either from Airbus, Sikorsky or Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The 1 billion zlotys contract is part of Poland’s military overhaul that started after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. By 2022, the total cost of military renovation will come to 61 billion zlotys, reports Yahoo Finance…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea is currently considering purchasing 12 more ship borne anti-submarine warfare helicopters. They are looking towards Lockheed’s MH-60R, AgustaWestland’s AW159 and NH Industries’ NH-90. They plan for the new helicopters to be bought and delivered by 2022. Their fleet currently consists of 40 helicopters, made up of 8 AW159 helicopters, 8 Sikorsky UH-60Ps, 11… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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One Step Closer to Helipad for Queens Medical Centre

One Step Closer to Helipad for Queens Medical Centre

Queen’s Medical Centre are closer to getting helipad after their planning applications where submitted to the Nottingham City Council. They plan to build the helipad on the Curie Court car park. In order to save the parking underneath, the helipad will be built on stilts above the car park. The total cost will come to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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FBI Seizes Hansen Helicopter Assets

FBI Seizes Hansen Helicopter Assets

Hansen Helicopters’ Guam and Saipan facilities had a visit from the FBI last year, where airworthiness certificates, 15 aircraft registrations and numerous helicopters were seized. Such items were taken due to a pre-indictment investigation. With their fleet grounded and helicopters taken, the company had to come to a stand-still. This week they tried suing the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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