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Enstrom 180 resumes Flight Testing

Enstrom 180 resumes Flight Testing

An Enstrom Helicopter N180TH had a problematic landing in February. The main rotor was destroyed when a rotor struck a utility pole, forcing an emergency landing. After investigation it as found that flight test equipment in the main drive was faulty, causing the engine to be disconnected from the drive train. Aviation Today reports that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-16

Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group Appoints new SVP of Global Operations

Bristow Group today announced the appointment of William “Bill” Collins to senior vice president global operations, responsible for overseeing safe and reliable helicopter and airplane operations across Bristow’s business. In his new role, Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for clients, reporting directly to Bristow Group President and Chief Executive Officer… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 06-Oct-16

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New Helipad for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

New Helipad for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Maine has recently opened their new helipad. This is now the 32nd helipad LifeFlight can use. As reported by WABI TV, the new helipad can cut a half an hour wait down to 14 minutes for patients. LifeFlight sees the new helipad as an achievement of their goal for a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-16

Sikorsky union proposes 25% pay cut

Sikorsky union proposes 25% pay cut

Sikorsky’s worker union, the Teamsters, is asking for approval of its members for a 25% pay cut for new employees who are hired after 1 July 2017. These concessions include the new two-tier wage system, a pension change where the company pays into a savings plan, a change in the hours of a working week…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Oct-16

Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo LLC recently completed the development of a customized weight & balance and performance iPad application for a new fleet of seven Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopters for the Swedish National Police. This fleet, received in the winter of 2015/2016, is being used by law enforcement for search and rescue, including mountain rescue, and is now… Read more »

Source: Gyronimo, 05-Oct-16

Skye Avionics Receives Award

Skye Avionics Receives Award

We are pleased to announce that Skye Avionics received the International Export Award, given out by the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce at the 2016 Business Awards of Distinction on Oct 1, 2016. Our team was honored to receive this award which honors a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in exporting products or services… Read more »

Source: Skye Avionics, 05-Oct-16

AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

AHS Remembers Jim Kagdis

Jim Kagdis, 59, passed away on Sept. 15, 2016, after a 20-year battle against pheochromocytoma (PCC), a rare tumor of the adrenal glands. Raised in Edison, New Jersey, James Ayoub Kagdis graduated from St. Pius X High School and earned his BA in History from Wagner College on Staten Island, New York; he was a… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Oct-16

L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has launched its smallest and lightest electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system, the MX™-8. The MX-8 is designed for small tactical UAVs, light manned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions. The MX-8 will be on display and available for demonstration… Read more »

Source: L-3 Communications, 05-Oct-16

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Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters extend the contract of the CEO

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has announced its CEO Alexander Mikheev’s contract extension until 2021. The decision was made on September 27, 2016 at the extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of Russian Helicopters. “During the three years under Alexander Mikheev’s guidance, Russian Helicopters has shown constant growth of all key financial indicators.  In 2015,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Oct-16

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CPI Aero Awarded $5M CH-148 Contract

CPI Aero Awarded $5M CH-148 Contract

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) today announced that Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), has awarded CPI Aero purchase orders valued at approximately $5 million to manufacture the weapon pylon for the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, a twin-engine, multi-role shipboard helicopter being manufactured by Sikorsky for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)…. Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 05-Oct-16

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ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

ATEC selected to demonstrate Innovative Capability

The U.S. Department of the Army has awarded a contract to the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) – a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney – for the development and demonstration of advanced engine capabilities that could be applicable to a new fleet of future vertical lift combat helicopters. The contract, part of… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 05-Oct-16

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Air Methods closes Sheridan base

Air Methods closes Sheridan base

Air Methods Corporation, which operates Wyoming LifeFlight, has ended operations in Sheridan. Mike McCafferty, who is Sheridan Memorial Hospital CEO, announced the end of LifeFlight services here in an email to hospital employees. The hospital had provided space for the LifeFlight helicopter on the hospital campus. McCafferty said Wyoming LifeFlight’s decision to close the base… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Oct-16

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Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

Heli UK Expo relocates for 2017

The organisers of Heli UK Expo are pleased to announce the event will be relocating to Wycombe Air Park next year, taking place with a new date format 1st – 3rd June 2017 (Thurs-Fri-Sat). This will enable a host of opportunities to further develop and expand the UK’s Only Fly-in Helicopter event for future years…. Read more »

Source: Heli UK Expo, 04-Oct-16

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London Air Ambulance boss quits

London Air Ambulance boss quits

After a tenure of nearly five years, CEO Graham Hodgkin has left London’s Air Ambulance and started a new role at Wavelength – a leadership and networking organisation which issued a very complimentary welcoming press release. Prior to joining LAA, Hodgkin completed over ten years with Deutsche Bank. His LinkedIn profile shows he left the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Electric R44 takes flight

Electric R44 takes flight

Tier 1 Engineering announced today that its battery-powered manned helicopter program achieved a successful first hover on Tuesday, September 13th, a first hover taxi on Wednesday, September 14th and a record five minute cruise flight to 400 feet altitude with a peak speed of 80 knots on Wednesday, September 21st.   The helicopter was a… Read more »

Source: Tier 1 Engineering, 04-Oct-16

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Bell 525 VIP interior proposed by Mecaer

Bell 525 VIP interior proposed by Mecaer

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company and Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, today unveiled the MAGnificent interior for the Bell 525 Relentless. As part of Bell Helicopter’s luxury helicopter line, this new innovative interior is designed with enhanced bespoke amenities for Bell 525 Relentless… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Oct-16

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Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

Super Pumas Resume Flight with Swiss Air Force

The Swiss Air Force had to ground its fleet of Airbus Super Pumas during investigation after a military helicopter crashed into the Alps, killing two pilots. As reported by Reuters, they are now resuming flights. The investigation showed that there was no evidence of a systematic fault. Reports have been made that the craft touched… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Switzerland – September 2016

Register Update – Switzerland – September 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 weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Austria – September 2016

Register Update – Austria – September 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 2 October 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 2 October 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, 04-Oct-16

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Register Update – Canada – September 2016

Register Update – Canada – September 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 weekly or monthly, although… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 04-Oct-16

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Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy, giving maritime commanders persistent, real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). The additional build will bring the total number of MQ-8C Fire Scout air vehicles procured to 29, extending the range and endurance of naval operations…. Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Oct-16

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Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther

Airbus Helicopters delivers first AS565 MBe Panther

The Mexican Navy yesterday took delivery of the first of the ten AS565 MBe Panther helicopters it purchased in 2014, becoming the first customer in the world to receive the new version of this multi-role, medium-class military rotorcraft. The Navy will receive three other units before the end of the year and the remaining six… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-16

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Safe Flight Instrument Corp Receives a Safety Award

Safe Flight Instrument Corp Receives a Safety Award

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation of White Plains, NY received the Safety Award from the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) for its Powerline Detection System for helicopters. The award is in recognition of Safe Flight’s innovative life-saving products and for its 70-year commitment to making flying safer. “ERHC salutes Safe Flight for developing innovative safety products,… Read more »

Source: Safe Flight, 03-Oct-16

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Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation names Regional Aviation Manager

Metro Aviation announced Lee Johnston as the new Regional Aviation Manager for the Midwest region.  Lee has been an EMS Pilot since 2001, joining Metro Aviation in 2011 as a lead pilot and then site manager for MedFlight of Ohio.  He has over 4,200 hours of flight experience, holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Oct-16

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Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson extends Alaska contract with Chugach Electric

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, has a long-term helicopter support contract with Chugach Electric Association (CEA), which has been extended for two additional years as permitted in the original contract award. The extension will retain Erickson through December 31, 2018. The assigned mission will be to fly essential crew and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 03-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

U.S. Army Selects Pall PUREair Dry Barrier Filter

Pall Aerospace today announced that the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to Pall Aerospace to supply 4,000 PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Pall was awarded the previous IDIQ contract for 950 filters in 2014 which have all since been… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 03-Oct-16

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ForeFlight and SiriusXM Introduce Satellite Aviation Weather Service

ForeFlight and SiriusXM Introduce Satellite Aviation Weather Service

Today ForeFlight and SiriusXM introduced SiriusXM Aviation weather service on the newest version of ForeFlight Mobile. ForeFlight’s latest release (version 8.1) is now available on the iTunes App Store. Pilots using the ForeFlight app with the SXAR1 portable receiver can now access SiriusXM’s superior Aviation weather service, which will provide them with access to satellite… Read more »

Source: SiriusXM, 03-Oct-16

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CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC Helicopter is proud to announce that it has signed a 21-month contract with Australian Army to provide aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response support for deployments throughout Australia. The contract will commence on 1 October 2016 and run through to 30 June 2018. CHC currently provides search and rescue services to the Royal Australian… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Oct-16

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Wärtsilä introduces Helicopter Guidance software

Wärtsilä introduces Helicopter Guidance software

Wärtsilä announces the launch of its helicopter guidance software technology for marine market applications. Originally developed for military applications, the technology is based on the company’s well known Nacos Platinum navigation system. Following increasing demand from the market, Helicopter Guidance has been further developed to suit marine applications, notably in the mega yacht and cruise… Read more »

Source: Wärtsilä, 03-Oct-16

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UPS begins testing drones

UPS begins testing drones

UPS® (NYSE:UPS) announced today that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works. Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three… Read more »

Source: CyPhy, 03-Oct-16

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Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

Integrating UAVs into the rotorcraft sector

From advanced oil rig inspection to aerial search and rescue missions, the rise of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use is allowing businesses to utilise new technology across a range of industries on a scale not previously possible. With the UAV market estimated to be worth $5.5bn by 2020[1] there are many opportunities available to rotorcraft… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 03-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016: Strategic Challenges for the Offshore Helicopter Industry

Helitech 2016 in Amsterdam, October 11-13, is taking place at a critical moment for the offshore helicopter industry: •    The industry has been shocked by a series of accidents including the second and continuing grounding within three years of about 180 large offshore helicopters (H225 and AS332L2) following the tragic H225 accident in Norway; •  … Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 03-Oct-16

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Bell Helicopter Exhibits Latest Tiltrotor Proposals

Bell Helicopter Exhibits Latest Tiltrotor Proposals

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its show plans for the 2016 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington D.C., October 3-5. The company will display its newest tiltrotor innovations, the V-280 “Valor” mock-up and the recently unveiled V-247 “Vigilant” unmanned aerial system model. An immersive… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 03-Oct-16

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Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran signs MoU with Urban Aeronautics

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Urban Aeronautics to study new market opportunities and address power system solutions to support the development of an entirely new platform family of internal rotor aircraft. The Cormorant (formerly AirMule) UAV demonstrator is already flying powered by an Arriel 1D driving two ducted-fans. Under the… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 02-Oct-16

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Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

Schiebel and Diehl Defence strengthen teaming agreement

The cooperation between Schiebel, manufacturer of the world’s most capable VTOL UAS, the CAMCOPTER® S-100, and the German company Diehl Defence has been strengthened recently. “Celebrating a milestone like the 10th anniversary of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 with more than 300 units sold is a good moment to reflect on where we are today and where… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Sep-16

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Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski Announces New Lodge

Eagle Pass Heliski has announced the opening of their new heli ski/board lodge and summer adventure resort for the upcoming 2017 winter season. Located on 8 acres (3.2, hectares), the new 9,500 sq ft (882, m2) lodge is nestled in the Monashee Mountains, only 8 kilometres (5 miles) from downtown Revelstoke—the birthplace and mecca of… Read more »

Source: Eagle Pass Heliskiing, 30-Sep-16

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L-3 Wescam Appoints President

L-3 Wescam Appoints President

L-3 WESCAM announced today that Mike Greenley has been appointed president, reporting to Jeff Miller, president of L-3’s Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector. Mr. Greenley joins L-3 from CAE Inc., where he served as vice president and general manager of CAE Canada. He will be based out of L-3 WESCAM’s head office located in Burlington,… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 30-Sep-16

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Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters at Helitech 2016

Patria Helicopters will attend Helitech International 11-13th October in Amsterdam. The event is the largest helicopter exhibition in Europe dedicated to helicopter products, parts, accessories and services. The show brings together leading manufacturers, suppliers, operators, buyers and engineers in the industry. Patria Helicopters will showcase at the event its services – Sales, Engineering, Production and… Read more »

Source: Patria Helicopters, 30-Sep-16

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Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

Kaman CEO informs of passing of predecessor Paul Kuhn

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing over the weekend of my predecessor as CEO, Paul Kuhn. Paul, who joined Kaman in 1999, served as Chairman, President and CEO, retiring in February 2008. He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his fifty-five years as CEO. Paul led… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Sep-16

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Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

Women in Aviation International received an $8,000 grant from Bell Helicopter which will be used to provide instructional materials about helicopters to use as a hands-on teaching activity for girls ages 8 to 16 for the September 24, 2016, youth outreach. “We are delighted with this grant which will enable us to present another fascinating… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation International, 30-Sep-16

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Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group announces new five year contract

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the U.S., announced today that it has entered into a new contract with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, for an initial term… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 30-Sep-16

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Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Bristow commemorates Pioneering Helicopter Landing

Seventy years ago, on September 24, 1946, pioneering helicopter pilot, Lieutenant Alan Bristow Royal Navy, became the first Briton to land a helicopter on the deck of a naval frigate at sea. Few would have seen in the flimsy Sikorsky Hoverfly KK969 of those pioneering days the forerunner of the sophisticated naval helicopters of today,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 30-Sep-16

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Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has recently bought a second hand Airbus Helicopters EC25LP Super Puma Mk. It was originally used by the Spanish Police in 2010 for the National Police Corps Special Operations Group and returned to Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as part payment for their new EC135s. It was in storage up… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Nigeria to receive 12 Mi-35Ms

Nigeria to receive 12 Mi-35Ms

Nigeria will receive 12 Mi-35M helicopters from Russia by 2018 as part of their plan to modernize their defence forces. As reported by Sputnik, the contract for the delivery of the Mi-35Ms was signed in 2015. Anatoly Punchuk has reported that Nigeria was a promising partner to Russia in the military cooperation field. The new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber researches helicopter transportation, including unmanned

Uber has recently shared that they are looking into a new form of transportation; flight. Jeff Holden – head of Uber, reports CNBC, has looked into VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing). Many companies such as Boeing, Sikorsky and Airbus are also currently doing research and development of such a craft. VTOL would allow an aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

The development application to install a floating helipad on Perth’s Swan River has been approved by the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. An Expression of Interest (EOI) was released in 2013 for a new helipad in the CBD to aid tourism, but was later retracted as the costs could not be met. Brett… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures, a South Westland helicopter company that has been grounded since May, has been given permission to fly again by Civil Aviation. Alpine Adventures will be operating under the new name Fox-Franz Heliservices and a new board. Their initial grounding was only to last 10 days, but James Scott, the director and individual shareholder,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopter Market in Trouble

Russian Helicopter Market in Trouble

The Russian Helicopter Market is facing difficult times. In 2015-2016, Russia has faced a severe economic crisis, low oil prices and weak currency, which is affecting the demand for domestic and commercial helicopter flights. This, coupled with the competition of unmanned flights, is causing major problems for the helicopter market. As reported by Russian Aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Health Service Centre helipad to open soon in Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s Health Service Centre (HSC) is eager to see the opening of a long delayed rooftop helipad. HSC and the City of Winnipeg are doing final safety tests to prove that all systems are operational and up to standard, once these tests are done they will receive an occupancy permit, reports Global News. The helipad… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Sep-16

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First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

First Sikorsky S76D arrives in Europe

The first Sikorsky S76D helicopter has arrived in Europe and is currently engaged in pilot training.  Registered in the tax-efficient Isle of Man, the aircraft is likely destined for a corporate operation but the end customer has not been announced.  The aircraft was shipped through Southampton docks into the UK, and is now flying from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Sep-16

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Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

Latest British Cabri G2 is first with Aspen Avionics panel

The 24th Guimbal G2 Cabri delivered via British distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre has arrived in the UK in the last week.  Serial 1164 as been delivered to HeliGroup at Wycombe Air Park, their second example of the type – a fleet expansion due to the high utilisation of their first G2. The helicopter – finished… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 27-Sep-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 25 September 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 25 September 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, 27-Sep-16

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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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SB-1 Defiant and V-280 Valor to Fly in 2017

SB-1 Defiant and V-280 Valor to Fly in 2017

The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstration (JMR-TD) will see its first planned flight in 2017 as the two rotorcraft that are currently being built by Sikorsky and Boeing and Bell Helicopters, are well on track. The JMR-TD is an Army project that aims to create advanced vertical-flight designs. Such designs could help replace the Army’s Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Santo Domingo Heliport Expansion

Santo Domingo Heliport Expansion

Plans for the expansion and modernization or the Santo Domingo Heliport have been completed. The heliport will be able to receive 6 helicopters and will be operational 24 hours a day, all week. The heliport will provide access to medical treatment to people across the country and the islands near the Dominican Republic, reports Dominican… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The first aircraft lifted off from HMAS Albatross yesterday with the first tranche of Flying Instructors from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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GNAAS seeks funding for base project

GNAAS seeks funding for base project

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has applied for £1.9m of funding to create a centre of medical excellence in the North-East. Several sites in the Darlington and Tees Valley area are under consideration for the new base, which would bring the charity’s operational crew and its fundraising and administrative staff under one roof…. Read more »

Source: The Great North Air Ambulance Service, 26-Sep-16

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Aircraft Structural Repair to sponsor UH1OPS.com

Aircraft Structural Repair to sponsor UH1OPS.com

The UH1 Operators website at www.uh1ops.com is pleased to announce Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc as a new site sponsor.  Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc. of Stevensville Montana currently sells STC SR02475SE for the installation of the tailboom motion detection system for UH-1H helicopters. The Tailboom Motion Detection System consists of a rod incased in tubing to… Read more »

Source: Aircraft Structural Repair, Inc., 26-Sep-16

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Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

The National Police Air Service and the Police Service of Northern Ireland conducted a formation fly past over St. Paul’s Cathedral this afternoon as part of the service of remembrance for National Police Memorial Day 2016. A fitting tribute to honour almost 4,000 fallen colleagues, police air support crews flew in a diamond formation with… Read more »

Source: National Police Air Service, 26-Sep-16

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Apply for an HFI Scholarship

Apply for an HFI Scholarship

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) annually offers scholarships for students preparing for careers in rotorcraft aviation. Apply today and become part of the industry of tomorrow! The Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship promotes the choice of helicopter maintenance as a career. Bill Sanderson Scholarship winners attend a course from a selection offered by airframe and… Read more »

Source: HFI, 26-Sep-16

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M International Exhibiting at Helitech 2016

M International Exhibiting at Helitech 2016

M International is pleased to announce representatives from their world-class portfolio company’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC  (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL), MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) and Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) will be exhibiting at stand #12F20 from 11th to 13th October during the 2016 Helitech International Expo & Conference held at the RAI Center in… Read more »

Source: M International, 26-Sep-16

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CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser raises nearly $400,000

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) has announced that the fifth edition of CEO Rescue in the Rockies fundraiser has been one of their biggest years yet, raising $387,675. Since it started in 2011, the fundraiser has seen the Alberta community come together and raise more than $4.1 million for STARS. This morning, STARS… Read more »

Source: STARS, 26-Sep-16

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American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

American Helicopter Museum marks 20th Anniversary

AHMEC’s history dates to 1993 when “spurred by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Helicopter Society, a number of rotary wing aviation pioneers and industry leaders discussed how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Helicopter Society and recognize the Delaware Valley as the cradle of rotary wing aviation in the United States,” explained… Read more »

Source: AHMEC, 26-Sep-16

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Bristow Rescues Louisiana Residents from Flooding

Bristow Rescues Louisiana Residents from Flooding

Bristow supported helicopter rescue efforts for Louisiana residents affected by historic flooding in the parishes around Livingston and East Baton Rouge in August 2016. Working in close coordination with the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Livingston Parish, Bristow teams based at Galliano and New Iberia quickly mobilized the company’s response to provide… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 26-Sep-16

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Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

Airlift wins Norwegian marine pilot contract with AW169s

Following a competitive tendering process, Airlift AS has been awarded a contract involving transport of Norwegian pilots to and from large vessels and vessels carrying hazardous and/or pollutive cargo serving the oil and gas terminals at Kårstø, Sture, Mongstad, Nyhavna and Melkøya. The contract was awarded in competition with several bidders, and the Norwegian Coastal… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 26-Sep-16

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Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

An internal investigation by oil company Statoil into the cause of the CHC EC225 crash on 29th April 2016, which killed 13 people, has warned safety must not be compromised as operators focus on cost savings.   The company has published a report into the incident, the worst helicopter disaster on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since… Read more »

Source: Energy Voice, 26-Sep-16

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Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

Boeing and Korean Air Work on Unmanned MD500

A Memorandum of Agree has been signed between Boeing and Korean Air. They have agreed to work in partner to develop an unmanned attack platform from MD Helicopters MD500. Boeing has reported that they will provide technical support and together they will market it to the export market. The project is based off of Korean… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries (BDI) kicked off its annual support of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Exercise Wallaby. The event, which runs September 11 – November 8, 2016, is an annual military exercise conducted in the military training area at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland, Australia. The exercise varies in size but can involve land,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Sep-16

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Nova Scotia EMS Tender Decision on Hold

Nova Scotia EMS Tender Decision on Hold

The Health Minister of Nova Scotia has reported that their decision on a new helicopter could be delayed due to one of the options being grounded last month. CTV News Atlantic reports that Leo Glavine is currently waiting for the approval and clearance of Transport Canada, who grounded the Sikorsky S-76A as it did not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

South Korean Surion Undergoing Redesign

South Korea has to redesign parts of its Surion Helicopter, reports Yonhap News Agency. The Surion did not pass the months-long test as it did not operate sufficiently under extreme and challenging climates. Different parts of the Surion didn’t meet the international standard. The failed parts are now being remade and put under the test… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

Bell introduces armed unmanned V-247 tiltrotor

The Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.  The revolutionary UAS is designed to provide unmatched long-endurance persistent expeditionary and surveillance capability and lethal reach, as well as runway independence to operate successfully… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Sep-16

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Airbus taking H130 and H135 to AMTC Conference

Airbus taking H130 and H135 to AMTC Conference

Industry leader Airbus Helicopters Inc. will exhibit the most efficient helicopters for air medical transport solutions at the Air Medical Transport Conference, Monday, Sept. 26 through Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, N.C. On display for close-up inspection by air medical transport operators will be an H135-series aircraft operated by STAT MedEvac,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Sep-16

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