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Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing awarded $37M for ongoing AH-64 logistics program

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $37,793,822 modification (P00014) to contract W58RGZ-15-C-0017 for the continuation of the Apache Helicopter 64 (AH-64) Performance Based Logistics program.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $37,793,822 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Apr-16

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters have confirmed their ability to support a humanitarian aid operation on their first overseas mission in Fiji. NH90 Detachment Commander Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Ben Pryor said the medium utility helicopters have been providing a critical link between the main population centres and outlying islands devastated by Tropical… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 06-Apr-16

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Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

On the expiration of a three year agreement to operate from Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Health Systems Corp is instead requesting Hawaii Life Flight move its aircraft to the Hilo International Airport.  See full story

Source: West Hawaii Today, 06-Apr-16

United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

United Aero Group donates S76 to Connecticut Air & Space Center

Local company United Aero Group have donated a Sikorsky S-76A to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum that currently occupies buildings 6 and 53 at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the early ‘A” model aircraft and a sister ship from a Lider Air Taxi in Brazil and… Read more »

Source: United Aero Group, 06-Apr-16

Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Customer Advantage Plans from Bell to launch in Europe with Heli Charter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that Heli Charter UK will be its Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) launch customer for the European region – choosing the support solution on their existing Bell 429. The company additionally secured an order for a 407GXP through Heli Charter UK, for a private customer. Heli… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Apr-16

Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

Dallas Avionics is now a distributor of Avion Power’s Voyager Power Source. The Voyager is designed to start aircraft engines and provide auxiliary power. On a single charge, a Voyager provides 10 or more turbine engine starts, powers on-board electronics for an hour, or provides a combination of auxiliary power and starting power. Voyager is… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 06-Apr-16

Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Data Link Solutions integrated into MQ-8C Fire Scout

Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), announced that a Cubic designed and produced Wide Band Line of Sight (WBLOS) data link system integrated into Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout recently completed a successful operational assessment. Fire Scout is a combat proven, unmanned helicopter system that provides real-time… Read more »

Source: Cubic, 06-Apr-16

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Four year old Ethan from Hornchurch is one of the lucky winners to name one of our helicopters. The winning name is ‘Rowan’ after his two year old sister. On a visit to our helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel last week, Ethan and his sister got to see the chosen name. The… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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Universal Avionics tests data-link Departure Clearance Functionality with FAA

Universal Avionics tests data-link Departure Clearance Functionality with FAA

Universal Avionics announces successful testing of departure clearances (DCL) using Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Tech Center. The company’s Cessna Citation VII equipped for Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ completed the live test of the system in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (KSDF). When equipped and properly trained for CPDLC-DCL,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 06-Apr-16

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Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

DART Aerospace representatives will highlight the company’s comprehensive aviation safety equipment capabilities at the 23rd SAFE Europe Symposium at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor, UK on April 11-13, 2016 where it will display its’ Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 Quick Release Emergency Float System With Integrated Liferafts. This system is ideal for multi-mission operators looking to… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Apr-16

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Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson announces collective-activated hour meter for R22

Robinson has announced that a collective-activated hour meter along with an updated hub and redesigned main rotor spindles are now standard on all new R22s.  This supercedes an oil-pressure-activated meter which records all engine run time. The new collective activated meter records collective-up (flight) time and does not include engine warm up and cool down… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

Protective Packaging Corp helps Bristow inhibit North Sea S92

The downturn in the energy industry has idled millions of dollars of oil and gas equipment worldwide, including the nearly a fifth of the helicopters used to ferry workers and equipment to offshore rigs, according to The Wall Street Journal.  [Other sources give nearer to one third.  Ed] Dallas-based Protective Packaging Corporation recently helped a… Read more »

Source: PPC, 04-Apr-16

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Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, was killed and five other service personnel injured when a Chinook helicopter they were in crashed near the Aussie base at Tarin Kowt in May 2011  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

Source: Herald Sun, 04-Apr-16

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Rotorway cuts A600 Talon price for April

Rotorway cuts A600 Talon price for April

Without any further explanation, Rotorway International has reduced the price of their A600 Talon from $99,700 to $84,495.00 ex-factory until the 30th April. This includes “everything needed to fly”, in their words – Engine, leather seats, MGL Discovery Lite EFIS are all included. They advise that you need to add paint and radios, and we… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

In the framework of the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair, the SENER engineering and technology group announced the recent delivery of the second Agusta Bell helicopter 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s DGAM (Directorate General of Armament and Material). This is part of a modernization project that SENER is carrying out in… Read more »

Source: SENER, 04-Apr-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

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PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association is troubled with the LAAHNC’s ongoing efforts to solicit helicopter complaints from Los Angeles residents.  Although we encourage people to utilize the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated helicopter noise complaint system when they are bothered by helicopter noise, it appears the LAAHNC may be encouraging people to “game” the system and… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 04-Apr-16

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Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider, Becker Avionics GmbH, is pleased to announce Forrest Colliver has accepted the position of Managing Director.  In this role, Mr. Colliver is responsible for leading corporate strategy for evolution and growth of the Becker Avionics Group, and for operational management activities related to the supply of avionics and ground-based… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 04-Apr-16

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United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft display Bell 505 HEMS kit at FIDAE

United Rotorcraft today announced that the Bell 505 HEMS kit is on display in at FIDAE in Santiago, Chile until April 3, 2016. The HEMS kit, which can be found inside the Bell 505 mock-up at the Bell Chalet, includes a standard size litter with adjustable headrest that will be approved for taxi, take-off, and… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 01-Apr-16

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Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

Maverick marks first year in Maui with two new tours

In honor of Maverick Helicopters’ first anniversary in Maui, Hawaii, the award-winning aviation company will launch two new flights on Friday, April 1. The unique excursions, one that offers a breathtaking sunset flight over Maui, Molokai and Lanai and another that allows locals and visitors alike to adventure over the North Shore of Maui, are… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 01-Apr-16

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Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Two customers in Chile order Bell 505 at FIDAE

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced two Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) signings in Chile to two corporate customers. Both aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport for flights throughout the region. These signings are a testament to the growing demand of this aircraft and brings the current LOI… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Apr-16

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FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Apr-16

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Garmin launches G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft

Garmin launches G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental amateur-built (EAB) and light sport aircraft (LSA). The compact and cost-effective G5 delivers exceptional performance and reliability serving as either a back-up instrument to G3X™ or other EFIS systems or as a standalone primary flight instrument,… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 01-Apr-16

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AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR starts SAR ops for UK military in the Falkland Islands

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), is delivering turnkey SAR and Support Helicopter services to the British… Read more »

Source: AAR, 01-Apr-16

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Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, has extended its MRO capabilities by adding H120, H135 and H145 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate. Following the successful certification, Helisota is now eligible to provide both base and line maintenance support for private and governmental H120, H135, H145 operators…. Read more »

Source: Helisota, 01-Apr-16

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FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

Thursday, March 31 – Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Apr-16

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Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018. The order includes training and multi-year support and adds to those by the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 31-Mar-16

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Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Colombian Air Force receives 7th Huey II upgrade kit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) had accepted their seventh Huey II Kit – continuing to improve their fleet performance and mission readiness. The delivery of the Huey II Kit is a part of an ongoing upgrade program designed to revitalize the Colombian Air Force’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Mar-16

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Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters wins new contract with Premier Oil

Bond Offshore Helicopters has been awarded a new contract to provide offshore crew transport on behalf of Premier Oil. The three year deal, awarded after a competitive tender, will see the helicopter operator transport thousands of men and women to and from Premier’s offshore platforms in the North Sea. Bond’s helicopters will serve areas including… Read more »

Source: Bond, 31-Mar-16

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FAA progresses target of unleaded fuel for GA community

FAA progresses target of unleaded fuel for GA community

As part of its ongoing efforts to develop an acceptable unleaded fuel for small airplanes, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has selected two unleaded fuels for further testing. This will move the general aviation (GA) community a step closer to having new fuels that eliminate their reliance on… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Mar-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Thanks to the support of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) has reached a milestone in its fundraising – enabling the charity to purchase its own helicopter for the first time in its 20 year history. Today (30 March 2016) Rob Forsyth, Chair of Trustees… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 30-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Helicopters takes six aircraft to FIDAE

Airbus Group will showcase its full portfolio of products, from across commercial aviation, helicopters and defence and space, and be present with its dedicated Latin American team at the nineteenth edition of the show. Airbus Helicopters will showcase two aircraft from its light helicopter range: an H125 in its utility version, an H130 with an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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McTurbine expands Honeywell T53 engine capabilities

McTurbine expands Honeywell T53 engine capabilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its affiliate company, McTurbine, Inc. (McTurbine), has received certification from Honeywell International, Inc., for an approved correlated test cell for the Honeywell T53 series engine. “We continue to make enhancements to our business in order to meet customers’ growing needs,” said Chad Nimrick, general manager of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-16

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Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Chihuahua State Government takes delivery of Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to the Chihuahua State Government. The Bell 429 is configured for corporate transport for the State of Chihuahua. “The performance capabilities that the Bell 429 offers, combined with a high level of comfort and flexibility, continue to be a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Mar-16

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Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

The Boeing Company has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Indian Ministry of Defence. “We have a successful track record of integrating CAAS on Chinook helicopters that will ensure that the Indian Defence Ministry will receive on-time, on-budget, advanced avionics,” said Troy Brunk,… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters delivers four Mi-171Sh to Angola

Russian Helicopters delivers four Mi-171Sh to Angola

“Russian Helicopters has delivered a batch of four Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Angolan Defense Ministry, in the framework of a long partnership,” the company’s press service told RIA Novosti.  see full story

Source: Sputnik, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters completes overhaul of 19 Mexican Navy Mi-17s

Russian Helicopters completes overhaul of 19 Mexican Navy Mi-17s

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has fulfilled its first contract for after-sale maintenance of multirole Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Mexican Navy.  “This is our first contract with the Naval Secretariat of Mexico. It was fulfilled in full and on time,” said Igor Chechikov, Russian Helicopter’s deputy CEO. “Mexico is one of our… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Local news outlets in Nevada are reporting that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have approval to buy a new Airbus H145, with delivery targeted for March 2017.  The new helicopter will operate in the SAR role and replace one of two HH-1H helicopers which date back to the early 1970s.  The Metropolitan Police Committee on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-16

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FlightSafety celebrates 65th birthday

FlightSafety celebrates 65th birthday

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that today marks the 65th anniversary of its founding. “Today we commemorate and celebrate FlightSafety’s 65th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have focused on our mission to enhance aviation safety while providing outstanding Customer service and the highest quality training and equipment,” said Bruce Whitman, Chairman, President & CEO…. Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 30-Mar-16

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Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (better known as Cal Fire) has issued a solicitation to buy nine helicopters — about three a year for three years, with an option to spring for an even dozen.  See full story

Source: Fire Aviation, 30-Mar-16

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NATA Announces New Member Programs for College Students

NATA Announces New Member Programs for College Students

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce new Student and College Chapter membership programs dedicated to providing students with resources, access to experts in the field, and networking opportunities that will benefit their future careers in aviation. “NATA’s Student and College Chapter memberships provide significant opportunities for college students to build upon their… Read more »

Source: NATA, 30-Mar-16

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FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new… Read more »

Source: FAA, 30-Mar-16

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in Defexpo India 2016, which is held 28 – 31 March, in Quitol, Goa, India.   During one of the most significant exhibitions in South Asia, the holding company will showcase its newest Mi-38 and Ka-226T helicopters.  “We intend to strengthen our positions in the South… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Airbus Helicopters Inc honoured for support of deployed employee

Bruce Webb, Chief Pilot of Airbus Helicopters Inc., and the company were honored Monday for their support of an employee now deployed in military service overseas. Employer Support for the Reserve and Guard, a component of the Department of Defense, presented awards to Webb and to Jeff Trang, AHI’s Vice President of Technology and Flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-16

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Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Global AW189 fleet passes 10,000 flight hours

Finmeccanica announced today that the fleet of 26 AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters, in service with customers across four continents, has exceeded 10,000 flight hours. The milestone, achieved less than two years after the first aircraft delivery, marks a major commercial and operational milestone for the most successful helicopter in the all-new super… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 30-Mar-16

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Nigeria – Bristow matches staff donations to childrens home

Nigeria – Bristow matches staff donations to childrens home

Bristow employees in Nigeria continue their support of Ijamido Children’s Home with a recent visit to bring donations of clothes, shoes and toys. During the visit, employees met and took pictures with the children, and encouraged them to keep working hard and doing well in school. “It was truly a heart-warming experience, and we are… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 29-Mar-16

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Initial intake graduates Bond S92 engineering course

Initial intake graduates Bond S92 engineering course

The first class of graduates from Bond’s new Aberdeen-based training programme for helicopter engineers has graduated with flying colours. Bond, a Babcock International Group company,  established its first CAA approved training scheme for licensed helicopter engineers in December and the first class of five students has now graduated. Each is now qualified to sign off… Read more »

Source: Bond, 29-Mar-16

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Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

Kaman seeking Latin American firefighting opportunities for K-Max

Kaman Corporation is aggressively pursuing sales of the K-MAX® helicopter to firefighting operators worldwide, and will be assessing the firefighting market in Latin America during the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) (Stand C44) in Santiago, Chile, March 29 through April 1, 2016. “The K-MAX is extremely well regarded for aerial firefighting, and market indicators… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 29-Mar-16

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P&WC approves H+S Aviation PW200 and PT6C-67 test cells in Abu Dhabi

H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today that the test cell at its facility in Abu Dhabi has been successfully correlated by Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) for the PW200 and PT6C-67 series engines. “This correlation by P&WC, the OEM, is great news for our rotorcraft customers in the Middle East,”… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 29-Mar-16

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Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest adding rotary and fixed wing at Yakima

Airlift Northwest, a Pacific Northwest air medical transport provider, announces the expansion of its services and capabilities in Eastern Washington with the addition of a state-of-the-art Pilatus PC-12 turboprop plane and a new helicopter to its Yakima base at McAllister Field. The plane goes into service today, March 21, 2016, and replaces Airlift Northwest’s AeroCommander… Read more »

Source: Airlift Northwest, 29-Mar-16

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Bristow UK donates £78K to reopen disabled centre

Bristow UK donates £78K to reopen disabled centre

Employees from Bristow Helicopters’ Redhill office recently visited The Orpheus Centre, an independent specialist college for disabled young adults, for the official re-opening of Baseline. Baseline is a vital teaching space on the Orpheus campus that was recently refurbished using a generous donation of £78,000 from Bristow. The funding has allowed Orpheus to create a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 29-Mar-16

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Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

Increased demand for 3D printing in helicopter MRO market

Helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has become one of the essential practices to ensure that fleets have optimal airworthiness and an extended service life. MRO companies perform functions such as repairs, inspections, routine checks, and overhaul. The operators and OEMs are strictly governed by national and international aviation regulatory bodies, such as Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: Research & Markets, 29-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with the Indian Ministry of Defense to provide after-sales service for Mi-17 helicopters. “We have conducted negotiations with our Indian partners and we plan to sign a contract that will lay the foundation for collaboration between Russian Helicopters and India… Read more »

Source: Russian Hc, 29-Mar-16

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Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing awarded $184M Apache contract

Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded an $184,930,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Apache helicopter full-rate production in Lot 7.  One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $184,930,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp awarded $9M contract for HH-60G repairs

Canadian Commercial Corp., Saint-Laurent, Quebec Province, Canada, has been awarded an $8,984,736 firm-fixed-price requirements contract for depot-level repair of the control indicators for the HH-60G aircraft. Contractor will provide repair work determined by the initial functional checkout, and the disassembly/assembly required returning the item to a serviceable end item that shall efficiently serve its intended… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Mar-16

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FAA Releases 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast

FAA Releases 2016 to 2036 Aerospace Forecast

The FAA has released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036 that finds a sustained increase in overall air travel and the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). A key portion of the forecast focuses on projections for the growth in the use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. The FAA… Read more »

Source: FAA, 29-Mar-16

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Dart Aerospace displaying at FIDAE 2016

Dart Aerospace displaying at FIDAE 2016

DART Aerospace will be exhibiting with Eagle Copters South America, its official distributor for Latin America, at the International Air & Space Fair, FIDAE 2016 in Santiago, Chile from March 29 to April 3 2016. “The helicopter plays a very important transportation role in the rural and urban economy of most Latin American countries,” says… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 29-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters to showcase latest products at FIDAE 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in FIDAE 2016 International Air & Space Fair, from 29 March to 3 April, in Santiago, Chile. The holding company will showcase its newest Mi-171A2 helicopter for the first time; together with Rosoboronexport it will also demonstrate Mi-28NE and Mi-35M military helicopters. Presently, more than… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Mar-16

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NARA adds eight new members

NARA adds eight new members

The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) recently voted to accept eight new members into the Association as they continue to expand the membership. New Broker/Dealer Members include Avpro, Inc., headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and Meisner Aircraft of Burlington, Wisconsin. The new NARA Products & Services Members include Aerlex Law Group, Aero-Space Reports, Inc., BB&T Corporate… Read more »

Source: NARA, 28-Mar-16

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FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

FAA Releases Updated UAS Sighting Reports

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today released an updated list of pilot, air traffic controller and citizen reports of possible encounters with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The latest report covers August 22, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically since 2014. Safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system is one… Read more »

Source: FAA, 28-Mar-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 27 March 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 27 March 2016

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are monthly, although some are less… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-16

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Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell delivers last of 15 407GXPs to Mexican Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the final delivery of the 15th Bell 407GXP to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The contract was awarded in March 2015, and the Bell 407GXP fleet is currently supporting the FAM’s parapublic missions across the region. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-16

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Polish factory completes 300th Black Hawk cabin

Polish factory completes 300th Black Hawk cabin

Employees at PZL Mielec, together with representatives from Polish suppliers, today celebrated the completion and shipment of the 300th BLACK HAWK helicopter cabin built in Poland. The cabin, a complex structure the size of a cargo van, is made from around 3,000 separate components. Completed cabins are joined to the S-70i™ BLACK HAWK aircraft produced… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 27-Mar-16

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New co-chairman of US Helicopter Safety Team appointed

New co-chairman of US Helicopter Safety Team appointed

Raj Helweg, chief pilot of Air Methods, has been named the new industry co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org). The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety and work to reduce civil… Read more »

Source: USHST, 27-Mar-16

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Erickson Chosen for Two Alaska Fire Suppression Contracts

Erickson Chosen for Two Alaska Fire Suppression Contracts

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, is pleased to announce two exclusive-use contracts with the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Under the contracts, Erickson will provide two medium-lift helicopters; one based in Palmer and another in Fairbanks. The contracts are for one year, with four additional… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 27-Mar-16

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Two former employees of Hillcrest Aircraft accused of embezzling $250K

Two former employees of Hillcrest Aircraft accused of embezzling $250K

A 67-year-old bookkeeper and her 42-year-old son, a former mechanic at Hillcrest Aircraft Co. are each charged with two counts of grand theft by embezzlement.  See full story

Source: Washington Times, 27-Mar-16

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Avicopter picks CMC avionics for AC312C and AC312E

Avicopter picks CMC avionics for AC312C and AC312E

Esterline CMC Electronics’ CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 Global Positioning System (GPS) Landing System Sensor have been selected as the navigation solution for use on both the AC312C and AC312E helicopters.  The AC312C/E will be the latest-generation, twin-engine helicopters from Avicopter and are well suited for a full range of missions, including law… Read more »

Source: CMC Electronics, 24-Mar-16

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Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

Kenya to acquire five Huey IIs

The following notice appeared last week on the US Federal Business Opportunities website, in preparation for a formal order The Program Management Office, Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft is issuing this sources sought synopsis, as a means of conducting market research, to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the procurement and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-16

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German CH-53 upgrades to include FMS and Multi-Function Displays from CMC

German CH-53 upgrades to include FMS and Multi-Function Displays from CMC

Esterline CMC Electronics’ CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and MFD-3068 Multi-Function Display have been selected by Airbus Helicopters and the German Armed Forces for the upgrade of their CH-53GS/GE Sea Stallion helicopters. The CMA-9000 FMS and MFD-3068 will enhance the existing CH-53 capabilities by providing a flexible, modernized cockpit with improved civil navigation (IFR) features… Read more »

Source: CMC Electronics, 24-Mar-16

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EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

Exercise COLD BLADE 2016, hosted by the Finnish Defence Forces, was formally completed Wednesday evening March 16th 2016 by the Chief of Finnish Army Aviation, LtCol Jaro Kesänen. At exercise closure, a total of 290 hours had been flown on 156 missions with 3 participating Member States (Finland and Germany, as well as Sweden which sent… Read more »

Source: EDA, 24-Mar-16

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Air Methods gives in to shareholder Voce Capital

Background – Voce Capital issued press releases as follows – each highly critical of the way Air Methods was being run and to demand a place on the Board September 2015 October 2015 February 2016 – to which Air Methods issued a response to the various points Voce raised, not acceding to any of them… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 24-Mar-16

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First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

First Norwegian SAR AW101 takes to the air

Finmeccanica has today announced that the first of 16 helicopters AgustaWestland AW101 from search and rescue to Norway made ​​its maiden flight last March 21, at the factory of helicopters division of Yeovil , UK. The event, a key step in the development of the program for which proceeds on schedule, confirms the launch of… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 24-Mar-16

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