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S-64 Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

S-64 Composite Main Rotor Blade Program Passes Initial Flight Test Milestone

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) and Helicopter Transport Services (HTS) are pleased to announce the first flight of its advanced composite main rotor blades for the S-64 Aircrane and CH-54 Skycrane. “As a legacy aircraft services provider, we are constantly seeking ways to innovate and improve upon existing platforms to ensure these aircraft stay competitive,” said Dale… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 26-Jul-16

Baltimore County PD safety record recognized by Airbus

Baltimore County PD safety record recognized by Airbus

Baltimore County (Md.) Police Department’s Aviation Team began operations in 1983 with a small Cessna aircraft that it leased for $1 a year. Today, the elite team responds to some 5,000 calls a year using its fleet of three Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the most widely purchased helicopter by U.S. law enforcement agencies. Airbus Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jul-16

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XTI Aircraft Company takes three big steps forward with VTOL TriFan

XTI Aircraft Company takes three big steps forward with VTOL TriFan

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) has taken three important steps toward flying its first piloted TriFan 600 prototype within two years. XTI has: Re-opened its crowdfunding initiative after receiving Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) approval to sell 20 million shares of common stock to investors, effective immediately, at www.startengine.com/startup/xti Accelerated its development schedule with plans to… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft, 25-Jul-16

VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the successful execution of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Critical Design Review (CDR), signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation. The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) VH-92A helicopter program team met in July with key collaborators from government and industry for an… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Jul-16

CHC offers storage space for offshore helicopters

CHC offers storage space for offshore helicopters

Heli-One, a subsidiary of operator CHC, has expanded its Poland facility by 6,000+ m² to accommodate helicopter storage for up to 40 “heavy” aircraft. The facility provides for a controlled and monitored environment tailored for aircraft storage, allowing helicopter owners and operators to be assured that their aircraft assets will be maintained to proper storage… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 22-Jul-16

Zurich operator Heli-Link renamed DC Aviation Switzerland

Zurich operator Heli-Link renamed DC Aviation Switzerland

Starting immediately, DC Aviation’s Swiss daughter, Jet-Link AG/Heli-Link AG in Zurich, will operate under its new name „DC Aviation Switzerland“. DC Aviation had acquired the business aviation company in 2013. “Renaming the company is perfectly in synch with our effort of further develop the DC Aviation brand. This logical step also sends a clear and… Read more »

Source: DC Aviation, 22-Jul-16

Bell Expands Tennessee Customization centre

Bell Expands Tennessee Customization centre

Bell  announced the opening of a new customization building at its Piney Flats, Tenn. location – expanding its capabilities and increasing efficiencies to better service global customers. “Expanding our facilities allows us to implement new technologies and processes to ensure a high quality customization and delivery process for our customers,” said Glenn Isbell, executive vice… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

Aeronautical Accessories Adds Bell 412 Crew Mobility Restraint Kit

Aeronautical Accessories Adds Bell 412 Crew Mobility Restraint Kit

Bell announced today that its Aeronautical Accessories brand has added the Crew Mobility Restraint Kit as part of its product line-up for Bell 412 and the Bell 412EP aircraft. The new kit recently received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA. The Crew Mobility Restraint Kit is a safety feature for law enforcement and search… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

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Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

HMAS Canberra has successfully landed a United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft on its flight deck for the very first time. The trial was conducted as part of the Sea Phase for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the north east coast of Hawaii. Commander Air, HMAS Canberra, Commander Adrian… Read more »

Source: RAN, 22-Jul-16

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Bell 412EPI demonstrated to Vietnamese operator

Bell 412EPI demonstrated to Vietnamese operator

Bell announced the successful demonstration tour of the Bell 412EPI in Vietnam. The demo was organized with the support of the Vietnam Helicopter Corporation (VNH) at Gia Lam airport in Hanoi. “Bell Helicopter continues to pursue growing opportunities in the Vietnamese market, and we see potential for our modern, multi-mission capable aircraft in this region,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-16

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Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

Tennessee National Guard Aviators receive Sikorsky Rescue Award

Several Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion that is now part of Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville, Tenn., were awarded the Sikorsky Rescue Award July 10, for participating in three different lifesaving missions in Eastern Tennessee earlier this year. “To be eligible to receive the Sikorsky Rescue Award, and individual… Read more »

Source: US Army, 22-Jul-16

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Blade completes financing round and appoints new Chairman

Blade completes financing round and appoints new Chairman

FLYBLADE, INC. (“BLADE”), the digitally powered short-distance aviation company, has completed its Series A Financing. Lead investors are Raine Ventures, the venture fund managed by the Raine Group, and David Zaslav, personally (CEO of Discovery Communications, Inc). Other investments held by The Raine Group include VICE Media, Margaritaville, Inc, and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s… Read more »

Source: Blade, 22-Jul-16

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Controp launches HD EO/IR camera payload for helicopters

Controp launches HD EO/IR camera payload for helicopters

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a company specializing in the field of electro-optics (EO) and infrared (IR) defense and homeland security solutions – announces the release of the SHAPO-HD – High Definition (HD) EO/IR camera payload for helicopters. The introduction of the new SHAPO-HD completes CONTROP’s family of EO/IR payloads with HD capabilities, including the… Read more »

Source: Controp, 21-Jul-16

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HSM-74 Conduct First Swing Loaded Operational Flight on MH-60R

HSM-74 Conduct First Swing Loaded Operational Flight on MH-60R

The “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Attack Squadron (HSM) 74 and the U.S. Navy saw an operational breakthrough July 12 when transiting through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb. For the first time, an MH-60R Seahawk, the Navy’s next-generation submarine hunter and surface attack helicopter, was swing loaded with both AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 21-Jul-16

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Customer Advantage Plan – Bell signs second customer

Customer Advantage Plan – Bell signs second customer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that HALO-Flight, a helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) in Texas, has signed their Bell 429 for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) – the second U.S. based EMS customer to sign for the new service solution. Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers with comprehensive coverage… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jul-16

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PRISM Expands Sponsorship with Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission

PRISM Expands Sponsorship with Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission

PRISM, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, has expanded its sponsorship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) to include aerial firefighting and search & rescue. In September of 2014, PRISM entered into a sponsorship agreement with PSAAC, also known as the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. That agreement recognized PRISM’s support of PSAAC as… Read more »

Source: Argus, 21-Jul-16

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AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica is introducing the light-single AW009 helicopter to U.S. law enforcement units at this week’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual exhibition, taking place in Savannah, GA With continued strong interest from airborne law enforcement operators, Leonardo will launch several days of flight demonstrations and trials in August. The AW009, a commercial evolution of the SW-4… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-16

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South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The force has acquired one drone which will be used to carry out a wide range of tasks including assisting with searches for missing people, policing large scale events, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping officers safe. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used by many organisations across the world. Regulated in the UK by… Read more »

21-Jul-16

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MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 20-22, 2016, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia. The MD Helicopters booth, #136, will feature one of two Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit MD 530F helicopters. In 2015, Gwinnett County upgraded their proven… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Jul-16

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MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

MD Helicopters has selected Howell Instruments, Inc. to engineer a customized Engine Instrumentation System for use in the production of new single-engine helicopters. The new Engine Instrumentation System, comprised of a Data Acquisition Unit (DAU), two Display Units by Aspen Avionics and a configuration model, will provide precise data in an easy-to-use, all-glass format to… Read more »

Source: Howell, 21-Jul-16

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AAMS announces board election results

AAMS announces board election results

The Chair of the AAMS Nominations Committee has announced that the election for representatives for the 2016 – 2018 term on the AAMS board has come to a close, and we welcome a few new faces! Regions 3, 4, and 5 were up for re-election as well as two At-Large Director Seats. Ted Ryan, MBA,… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 21-Jul-16

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2016

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, 21-Jul-16

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Rotorcraft Asia set for April 2017 with strong industry endorsement

Rotorcraft Asia set for April 2017 with strong industry endorsement

Rotorcraft Asia is geared up for its debut as key industry leaders confirmed their participation at the inaugural edition of the dedicated commercial and para-public helicopter event. Held from 18 to 20 April 2017 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Singapore, attendees will experience the full spectrum of rotorcraft innovations and solutions in one venue. Rotorcraft Asia… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Asia, 20-Jul-16

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Garmin expands feature set of GTN 650/750

Garmin expands feature set of GTN 650/750

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an expanded feature set, an enhanced user interface and additional wireless connectivity solutions for its popular GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators. New GTN enhancements include pinch-to-zoom, Telligence Voice Command1 and more. Additional Connext® capabilities include Flight Stream 510 integration, which supports wireless Database Concierge… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 20-Jul-16

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Four MV-22 Ospreys to be built for Japan

Four MV-22 Ospreys to be built for Japan

The following statement from the US Dept of Defense yesterday indicates that four MV-22 Ospreys are to be built for Japan, with the wording carefully crafted due to the way that the Far Eastern country had regarded their defence operations since 1954 – for example, they use “Air Self-Defence Force” in place of “Air Force”… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jul-16

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MBDA demonstrates Brimstone missile live firing from Apache

MBDA demonstrates Brimstone missile live firing from Apache

MBDA and Boeing have successfully completed a series of physical trials and firings of Brimstone on the AH-64E attack helicopter to confirm the feasibility of integrating the missile with the United Kingdom’s future Apache AH-64E fleet. These trials validate a prior UK MOD study contract with MBDA and Boeing that confirmed integration was expected to… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 20-Jul-16

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General Dynamics integrates Link 16 datalink system on AW159

General Dynamics integrates Link 16 datalink system on AW159

General Dynamics Mission Systems–UK has worked closely with Leonardo Helicopters, previously known as AgustaWestland, to develop and integrate a Link 16 datalink system for the first export variant of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. The advanced Link 16 datalink system is one of the most advanced for a rotary platform, providing a full Command and Control… Read more »

Source: General Dynamics, 20-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation updates Operational Control Center

Metro Aviation operates more than 120 air medical aircraft across the country.   With an average of 230 flight requests each day, the company’s Operational Control Center (OCC) is a constant hub of activity.  The air medical operator originally contracted with Complete Flight in 2015 to transition into digital record keeping using the Complete Flight IOS… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Jul-16

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FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

FAA certifies Donaldson dry media Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for its dry media Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell 407 helicopter. Although Donaldson dry media filters have years of front line experience on U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters, this is the company’s first commercially certified… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 20-Jul-16

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Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced the official name of their training center in Valencia, Spain: “Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training.” BTA – Valencia is designed to serve the training needs of European customers, beginning with pilot… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jul-16

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Garmin enhances G500/G600 glass flight displays

Garmin enhances G500/G600 glass flight displays

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an expanded feature set for the G500/G600 glass flight displays. The new GTX 345 all-in-one Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transponder now interfaces with the G500/G600 to display the benefits of ADS-B In traffic and weather. Additionally, database synchronization streamlines database updating when two G500/G600… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 20-Jul-16

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Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise Helicopters adds new Maui destination and HAI-APS accreditation

Paradise is the first helicopter company to provide air tours, charters and inter-island transits to the Ko Olina area, home of the Four Seasons Resort Oahu and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, via the Kalaeloa Airport, a short shuttle ride away. The 90-minute tour, which is the only flight to take guests on a… Read more »

Source: Paradise, 20-Jul-16

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Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

HeliHub.com understands that the Hungarian Police (local name Rendőrség) have bought a batch of five MD902 Explorers from a German police force.  The five have been acquired from the Baden-Wurttemberg Police, who are taking delivery of six H145 helicopters from Airbus, and are the first law enforcement operator of that type. The five Explorers –… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jul-16

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VIH converts two S92s for offshore operator

VIH converts two S92s for offshore operator

VIH Aerospace is in the process of delivering two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to a leading offshore oil and gas operator, in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225. The aircraft identified for quick maintenance and modifications turn-around by VIHA expert engineers have required greatly-differing work scopes in order to meet the compressed delivery timeline… Read more »

Source: VIH, 19-Jul-16

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BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit

BBGA pledges status quo on EU legislation for aviation, post Brexit

Negotiations for aviation must be considered as a priority in the first wave of discussions with the EU, now that the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union, British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) CEO Marc Bailey highlighted today.   “We have developed legislation alongside EASA that supports our sector. It is therefore… Read more »

Source: BBGA, 19-Jul-16

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Erickson extends US Govt Sustainment Contract

Erickson extends US Govt Sustainment Contract

Erickson Incorporated  is pleased to announce a six-month extension of its current four-year contract for government sustainment. The contract extension is valued at up to $29 million and funds operations for the remainder of 2016. “This contract further enhances our reputation as a trusted provider of aerial services in support of U.S. Government operations and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 19-Jul-16

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FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin Mode S transponders in R22, R44 and R66

FAA approves Garmin’s GTX 335 and 345 Mode S transponders for use in Robinson R22, R44 and R66 helicopters. The newly approved transponders meet impending ADS-B Out regulations without requiring a standalone GPS. Priced at $3,900, the GTX 335 enables owners and operators to meet impending regulations with minimal expense. At $6,300, the GTX 345… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Jul-16

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Technisonic adds All Band capability to TDFM-9000 radios

Technisonic adds All Band capability to TDFM-9000 radios

Technisonic Industries Ltd., an industry leader in the development, manufacture and support of special-mission airborne communications systems, is announcing the immediate availability of Airborne’s first ever ALL-BAND P25 Phase I and Phase II capable module. Already the industry leader in Civil Communications, the TDFM-9000 series of civil support radios now can be ordered with a… Read more »

Source: Technisonic, 19-Jul-16

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Bristow announces FY2017 Q1 results and concall

Bristow announces FY2017 Q1 results and concall

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended June 30, 2016, after the market closes on Thursday, August 4, 2016. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 19-Jul-16

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Airbus takes Seminole County Sheriff H125 AStar to ALEA Convention

Airbus takes Seminole County Sheriff H125 AStar to ALEA Convention

Airbus Helicopters are exhibiting the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office H125 AStar at the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga., July 18-23. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office operates two H125’s (formerly AS350 B3e) to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions, including patrol, search & rescue and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jul-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 17 July 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 17 July 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, 19-Jul-16

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Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell secures letter of intent from Bolivian 505 purchaser

Bell announced it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Mr. Rodrigo Gutíerrez for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The aircraft will be used for personal corporate transport. The agreement was signed in Bolivia by Mr. Gutíerrez who owns and operates two large cattle ranches, five sugar cane farms and a sugar mill…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Jul-16

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Russian Helicopters to overhaul four Hungarian Mi-17s

Russian Helicopters to overhaul four Hungarian Mi-17s

The defence ministry in Hungary signed a contract on 7th July with Russian Helicopters for the overhaul of their four Mi-17 helicopters.  The contract calls for all four to be completed within 24 months, with each airframe being completed within 10 months of arrival. The work will be carried out at Novosibirsk, and the contract… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jul-16

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Pratt and Whitney Canada congratulates Airbus on 20 years of EC135

Pratt and Whitney Canada congratulates Airbus on 20 years of EC135

In June of 1996, Airbus Helicopters opened a new chapter in the helicopter aviation industry when the now iconic H135 aircraft entered into service. From its inception, the H135 played a tremendous role in the development and growth of a number of critical applications, including Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement. The majority of H135… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 15-Jul-16

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Call for AHS Nikolsky Nomination

Call for AHS Nikolsky Nomination

The Nikolsky Lectureship is bestowed upon an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development, and is skilled at communicating his or her technical knowledge and experience. The selected lecturer will give the one hour plenary presentation to the 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas… Read more »

Source: AHS, 15-Jul-16

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RUAG Aviation appointed Bell 429 CSF in Switzerland

RUAG Aviation appointed Bell 429 CSF in Switzerland

This latest Customer Service Facility agreement reconfirms RUAG Aviation’s participation in the Bell global network and marks an important milestone for the aviation company. “Becoming an Authorised Customer Service Facility is an important step towards strengthening our helicopter service portfolio in Europe. We look forward to continue working closely with Bell and supporting our European… Read more »

Source: Ruag, 14-Jul-16

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Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

Longbow LLC Receives $89M Contract for Apache Radar Upgrades

The U.S. Army awarded the LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) an $89.8 million contract to upgrade the Apache attack helicopter’s LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR). The LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). The contract includes the production of 84 Radar Electronics Units (REUs) as well… Read more »

Source: Longbow, 14-Jul-16

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Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

Pokemon Go craze raises helipad safety concerns

The latest smartphone game craze Pokémon Go has raised safety concerns at some hospital helipads – but is it justified?  The game, which sees users chasing game characters in real life, is a clever mix between a game and a smartphone real-life mapping application. The Pokémon characters show up seemingly at random, encouraging users to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-16

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Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Queen opens East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). During the visit, Her Majesty opened the Charity’s new operating base, the Egerton-Smith Centre, which is sited at Cambridge Airport. The Royal party arrived at 11:20 am and were met by the Lord Lieutenant Sir Hugh Duberly and… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 14-Jul-16

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Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today announced the opening of a Forward Stocking Location in Brisbane, Australia, at the Sikorsky Helitech facility (photo below). The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show.  The in-country warehousing of spare parts provides Australian S-76® and S-92® commercial helicopter operators quicker access to materials and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer Part 142 approved Night Vision Goggle training using Level D qualified simulators in Dallas. The courses provide in-depth instruction on the equipment and focus on the efficient and effective use of the goggles through scenario based and mission specific exercises. The FAA-approved course for the Airbus Helicopters H135… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 14-Jul-16

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Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defense modernisation initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’. Under this agreement TASL and Bell Helicopter will join forces to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary… Read more »

Source: Tata, 14-Jul-16

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Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales helmet-mounted sight and display selected for South Korea Light Attack Helicopter

Thales announces that Scorpion® helmet-mounted sight and display (HMSD) has been selected for Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) for South Korean Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) and to equip after completion on LAH EMD. At the end of an open competition, KAI made the choice of efficiency, modern technology and reliability. Thales will provide 400 HMSD… Read more »

Source: Thales, 14-Jul-16

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Sikorsky shows Polish built armed Black Hawk at Farnborough

Sikorsky shows Polish built armed Black Hawk at Farnborough

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) unveiled a European-built Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter at the Farnborough International Airshow, showcasing the types of weapons that can be integrated onto the multirole aircraft. Armed external wings on either side of the displayed aircraft feature a total of four weapons stations, with launchers for a mix of air-to-ground missiles, a… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) flies more than 30,000 miles annually in Georgia’s only dedicated pediatric helicopter. They recently updated their capabilities with the world’s first EC145e, completed by Metro Aviation. The EC145e retains the power, performance and reliability of the legacy EC145, but with a useful load of up to 300 pounds more than… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-16

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Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services receives second H130

Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services receives second H130

Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (rbhsl) has received its second H130 on 21 June, after the first has entered the Kingdom end of October last year. The new helicopter will join the first to perform similar missions. Similar to the first H130, the second helicopter comes equipped with additional optional equipment such as an integrated… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Jul-16

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Kaman contracted to establish maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Seasprites

Kaman contracted to establish maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Seasprites

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that its Air Vehicles and MRO (AVMRO) unit has been awarded a three-year contract with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the establishment of depot level maintenance capabilities for the Egyptian Air Force (EAF) SH-2G(E) helicopter program. The contract has… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 14-Jul-16

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Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognized Bristow Helicopters Limited and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency today at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show for excellence in lifesaving achievement with the S-92®helicopter. Bristow Helicopters Limited is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Bristow Helicopters currently operates 14 S-92 helicopters on behalf of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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SESAR calls for project to integrate drones into civil airspace

SESAR calls for project to integrate drones into civil airspace

The SESAR Joint Undertaking has launched a call for exploratory research projects on the integration of drones into civil airspace within the framework of the SESAR 2020 research and innovation programme. Specifically, the call aims to stimulate initial solutions for drone traffic management, supporting the sharing of airspace between manned and unmanned systems. A total… Read more »

Source: SESAR, 13-Jul-16

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First two R44 Cadet deliveries go to Australia

First two R44 Cadet deliveries go to Australia

Following the prototype – serial 30001 – Australian Robinson distributor Heliflite has taken delivery of the next two aircraft off the production line – unsurprisingly 30002 and 30003 – and they are now on local registrations in that country. Given the FAA type approval was issued on May 6th, it surprises the HeliHub.com team that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-16

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Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo announced at Farnborough International Air Show it recently received a contract award notification for the avionics and engine upgrade of five Lynx Mk95 helicopters currently in service with the Portuguese Navy. The contract is expected to be signed in the coming few weeks. Leonardo welcomes this further recognition of the outstanding naval & modern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 10 July 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 10 July 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, 13-Jul-16

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Aerospace Association Picks Indiana for Conference

Aerospace Association Picks Indiana for Conference

Today at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced plans to host its Supplier Management Council conference in Indianapolis in the spring of 2018. Presented in partnership with Rolls-Royce and the state of Indiana, the conference will attract industry leaders and showcase Indiana’s growing aerospace and aviation industry. “Aerospace has taken flight in Indiana,” said Governor… Read more »

Source: Indiana, 12-Jul-16

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Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration opens for Future Helicopter Technology conference

Registration is now open for the conference Future Helicopter Technology taking place in Prague on the 26th and 27th October 2016. This, the 3rd event in SMi’s series of helicopter technology conferences, revered as the highest level meeting for rotary fleet commanders from the most forward thinking military nations, will focus on effective strategies for… Read more »

Source: SMI, 12-Jul-16

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Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

A new era in Australian aeromedical care was ushered in this morning with CareFlight changing its name to LifeFlight. LifeFlight Chairman Rob Borbidge made the announcement in Brisbane and said the change of name reflected the growth and renewal phase which the company was undergoing. Mr Borbidge said all organisations changed and evolved and the… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 12-Jul-16

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Able Opens Full-Service Maintenance Center

Able Opens Full-Service Maintenance Center

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has completed a significant expansion with the opening of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC). The AMC grows Able’s industry presence with a full suite of rotorcraft airframe services including maintenance, inspections, airframe repair, avionics upgrades and paint. Combined with Able’s already world-leading, on-site MRO and parts… Read more »

Source: Able, 12-Jul-16

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Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow Helicopters today signed a 10-year agreement providing Bristow’s S-92® fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Bristow continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. The contract was signed in a ceremony at the 2016… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters has acquired a 1987-build Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar helicopter that will be used in the company’s growing tourism and charter flights business. “This is a progression of our business that will allow us to better meet the needs of our VIP clients,” said Lisa Landsman, President, pilot and owner of the… Read more »

Source: South Beach Helicopters, 12-Jul-16

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Waypoint confirmed as lessor of VNH South AW189

Waypoint confirmed as lessor of VNH South AW189

The following press release from Waypoint follows this story from VNH South which we ran last week Waypoint Leasing announced that it has closed a lease agreement with Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (“VNH South”), for one AW189 helicopter, which will support Premier Oil offshore operations from Vung Tau, Vietnam. Philip Stransky, Waypoint’s Vice President, Sales… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-16

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Mahindra to make parts for Airbus AS565MBe Panther

Mahindra to make parts for Airbus AS565MBe Panther

Airbus Helicopters has awarded a contract to Mahindra Aerostructures to make airframe parts for the AS565 MBe Panther. These parts will be produced at the Mahindra facility in Bengaluru. They will be shipped directly to the Airbus Helicopter production line in Marignane, France where they will be integrated with the rest of the airframe assembly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Jul-16

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Chicago Helicopter Experience adds EC130

Chicago Helicopter Experience adds EC130

Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) has taken delivery of an EC130 from Airbus Helicopters, where it was previously a demonstrator aircraft.  The 2004-build helicopter currently remains in the white and dark blue Airbus house colours.  With this acquisition, CHE becomes the first helicopter tour provider in Chicago to incorporate the Airbus Helicopters aircraft into its fleet…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jul-16

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Airbus delivers first VIP version of the H175

Airbus delivers first VIP version of the H175

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first VIP version of the H175, the company’s new medium class twin-engine helicopter, which entered service in 2014 for offshore transportation. Combining unparalleled elements of style and comfort with the largest cabin in its class, the VIP version of the H175 offers a superior level of cabin interior provided by… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Jul-16

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LockMart explores Adaptable Weapons Kit for S70i Black Hawks

LockMart explores Adaptable Weapons Kit for S70i Black Hawks

Lockheed Martin is exploring options to bring its weapons integration expertise to bear on the European-built S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters made by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. The goal is to produce an armed kit scalable to the requirements of customers that procure International BLACK HAWK aircraft direct from Lockheed Martin. “Last year’s acquisition of… Read more »

Source: LockMart, 12-Jul-16

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Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Sign 10-Year S-92 Support Agreement

Sikorsky and Babcock Mission Critical Services Ltd. today signed a 10-year agreement providing Babcock’s S-92® helicopter fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Babcock continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. Babcock MCS Ltd. is a division… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

UK military signs new partnering arrangement with Leonardo Helicopters

The new arrangement recognises the mutual relationship between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland), and includes commitments to working together on year-on-year improvements in cost effectiveness. It also recognises our respective roles in enhancing national prosperity through exports, where success generates revenue for the company and helps sustain valuable UK jobs and… Read more »

Source: UK MOD, 12-Jul-16

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