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PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Jun-16

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky demonstrates 30 mile autonomous flight for DARPA

Sikorsky has successfully demonstrated a 30-mile autonomous flight using a Sikorsky S-76® commercial helicopter to complete Phase 1 of an $8 millionaward from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. Sikorsky’s ALIAS system directed the rotorcraft flight demonstration from Sikorsky’s Stratford, Connecticut, facility to Robertson Airport in Plainville,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-16

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SIkorsky awarded another $85M for work on Mexican UH-60Ms

SIkorsky awarded another $85M for work on Mexican UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a not to exceed $85,286,000 modification (P00243) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 (Mexico) for retrofitting UH-60M helicopters to full operational capability.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2019.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Jun-16

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service have today signed a contract at the ILA show in Berlin for two H145s in offshore configuration, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to their WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jun-16

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

Enstrom TH-180 certification flights resume

On Thursday May 26th, Enstrom resumed flight testing of the TH-180 with the second prototype – N181TH, seen in photos here. The aircraft was flown by Enstrom test pilot and Senior Technical Fellow, William Taylor.  Taylor took the aircraft through a standard production-type acceptance, including all the hover and forward flight checks such as tracking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

Airbus completes pre-design stage of Clean Sky 2 high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator

Airbus completes pre-design stage of Clean Sky 2 high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters earlier this year passed an important milestone in the development of the high-speed, compound helicopter demonstrator currently being built as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. A mockup of the breakthrough airframe design has just undergone windtunnel testing in an Airbus facility. The tests proved the viability of the chosen… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jun-16

Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

The first AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter was unveiled yesterday by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, during a ceremony held at Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in south-west England. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen (on right in photo with Leonardo Helicopters CEO Daniele Romiti), said “This roll out… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace has secured a contract from Aero Asahi to perform an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 12-year major inspection, including wiring, refurbishment and exterior paint. This will be the latest of several AS355 refurbishments that Vector has performed for Aero Asahi over the past two years. “We are pleased to be selected by Aero Asahi… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 01-Jun-16

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Register Update – Austria – May 2016

Register Update – Austria – May 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, 01-Jun-16

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Register Update – Canada – May 2016

Register Update – Canada – May 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, 01-Jun-16

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Register Update – Switzerland – May 2016

Register Update – Switzerland – May 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, 01-Jun-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 29 May 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 29 May 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, 01-Jun-16

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CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that the CH-53K has completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load.  The achievement was made on May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests are continuing with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

At the end of last week, the US Dept of Defense confirmed a $58.7M delivery order for non-recurring engineering and logistics services in support of the development and integration of the V-22 aerial refueling system for the MV-22.  Work will be predominantly be performed in Davenport, Iowa and Boeing’s plant at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

In recent years, Sanford AirMed in North Dakota has had to base their Airbus EC145 out of Fargo Airport due to the over-development of the hospital site. With the construction of the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo that will be reversed as it has been designed with a helipad on top of the ground ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air Evac EMS sues insurance company for $10 million

Air ambulance operator Air Evac EMS Inc. has reportedly said it is owed $10 million by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield (ABCBS), for medical flights provided to policyholders.  The company has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Little Rock last month to collect the money. The issue surrounds a payment cap of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

The Argentine military reported late last week that the Secretary of Logistics, Emergencies and Cultural Management, Walter Ceballos, had announced the purchase of twenty AB206 JetRangers while visiting Italy last week.  The purchase includes ten GAU-17 machine guns and five stretcher units. During September and October of this year, nineteen of the twenty helicopters will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora Flight Sciences tested new capabilities of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System in Bealeton, Virginia, May 25, 2016.  The AACUS is an autonomy applique kit that enables operations of full-scale rotary-wing aircraft in and out of austere landing zones, tactically, with little human assistance. “We know how to make things fly, we’ve been doing it… Read more »

Source: USMC, 31-May-16

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Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Bell has announced they have a signed letter of intent (LOI) with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) for three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters while at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016. PHS will be the first helicopter training school in the region to operate the Bell 505. “We are thrilled to become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell has announced that its facility in Singapore successfully completed 5,000 hour inspections and customization for two Bell 412EPs for a private customer located in Australia. “Our Singapore facility continues to drive growth in heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul for customers throughout the region,” said Mike Greene, general manager for Bell Helicopter’s Singapore facility. “This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York opens new facility

Mercy Flight Western New York have this week opened a new facility in Springville, behind the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony was completed on Monday afternoon.  The 3,600-square-foot hangar and Mercy EMS base is expected to improve response times by allowing the nonprofit organization to position its aircraft and crews closer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Gundersen Health System is starting a  trial on 1st June to see whether the move is feasible in the long term.  No helicopter type has been mentioned.  Their MedLink Air program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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BHS Helicopterservice partners with jet operator DC Aviation

BHS Helicopterservice partners with jet operator DC Aviation

BHS Helicopterservice located in Bamberg, Germany, has entered a new partnership with DC Aviation located in Stuttgart. As part of this partnership, DC Aviation has expanded its operating license to the commercial use of helicopters. This enables DC Aviation to operate and charter helicopters, in addition to their current business jet fleet. BHS Helicopterservice was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Heli-Expo 2017 Housing Opens June 1

Heli-Expo 2017 Housing Opens June 1

Housing for HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas, Texas, opens June 1 at 1 pm EDT. Reservations can be made through OnPeak, the only official housing company for HAI HELI-EXPO 2017. You can book online at rotor.org/housing, beginning June 1. Questions? Contact OnPeak at 855-211-4838, or [email protected] More information about housing options will be available June… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-May-16

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RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

RH Focus Corp expecting to represent Russian Helicopters in Korea

Russian Helicopters holding and South Korean company RH Focus Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding. The document was signed by Alexander Mikheev, director general of Russian Helicopters, and the director general of RH Focus Corp. The subject of the memorandum of understanding is creation of a service center based on a dealer model that renders… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

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Russia starts to export Ka52 and Mi-28NE

Russia starts to export Ka52 and Mi-28NE

At the HeliRussia International Helicopter Industry Exhibition 2016, to be held in Moscow from 19 to 21 May, Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will discuss the prospects for expanding export deliveries of whole range of Russian helicopters. Traditionally, Rosoboronexport will present to foreign customers the entire line-up of Russian-made helicopters, but special attention… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

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HAI ensures helicopter views considered at ICAO panel meeting

HAI ensures helicopter views considered at ICAO panel meeting

A top HAI representative recently travelled to a Montreal meeting of an International Civil Aviation Organization panel to help ensure that the helicopter industry’s views are considered in efforts to standardize global heliport design. HAI Vice President of Operations Chris Martino attended the May 9-13 session of the Heliport Design Working Group of the ICAO’s… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-May-16

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Falcon Aviation signs LOI for one H160

Falcon Aviation signs LOI for one H160

Airbus Helicopters and Falcon Aviation have signed a letter of intent for a VIP version of the H160 in a private ceremony today at Ebace. “The H160 is a natural choice as it embodies our company’ standards of high quality, safety and innovation” said Capt. Raman Oberoi, COO of Falcon Aviation. “The H160 is to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-May-16

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New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

New heliport proposed in Yonkers suburb of New York

Helicopter Flight Services (HFS), who fly Bell 407s and Airbus H130s, is reportedly buying waterfront proprerty on the east bank of the Hudson River in the Yonkers suburb of New York. They are looking at creating a floating heliport in an industrial zone between the Domino Sugar refinery and a sewage treatment plant. HFS met… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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Russian CAA approves NHV maintenance facility

Russian CAA approves NHV maintenance facility

HV and its Russian commercialization partner HELIATICA successfully obtained approval from the Russian Federal Aviation Agency (RFAA) for NHV’s maintenance facility in Ostend. This opens the door to the Russian market for NHV who already secured a first maintenance project for a Russian executive customer – 6-year inspection on Airbus Helicopters H155. NHV became the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 26-May-16

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Sloane Helicopters renews UK and Ireland Distributorship Agreement with Leonardo

Sloane Helicopters renews UK and Ireland Distributorship Agreement with Leonardo

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced the renewal of the Distributorship Agreement with Sloane Helicopters for a further three years for the UK and Ireland market with respect to the AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin helicopter model, and the signing of a contact for a further aircraft. The announcement, made during an official ceremony at EBACE 2016 (Geneva, 24th… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-16

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Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation, New Zealand’s largest Aircraft Sales and Support Service Company will be attending AHIA Rotortech on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 27th- May 29th. The Rotortech event, which is to be hosted at the Twin Waters resort, will feature upwards of 50 exhibitors and Oceania Aviation is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 26-May-16

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Safran Helicopter Engines opens Singapore facility

Safran Helicopter Engines opens Singapore facility

Safran Helicopter Engines has opened its new regional headquarters dedicated to engines support in the Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. The event was celebrated in the presence of Guest-of-Honour Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director of Singapore Economic Development Board and H.E. Mr. Benjamin Dubertret, Ambassador of France to Singapore. With the new 3,500sqm facility,… Read more »

Source: Safran, 26-May-16

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Leonardo adds AW169 and AW189 to Kaan Air distributor agreement in Turkey

Leonardo adds AW169 and AW189 to Kaan Air distributor agreement in Turkey

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced at EBACE this week that their Distributorship Agreement with Kaan Air of Turkey has been “renovated” – whether this means it lapsed it not clear.  Previously, the Kaan covered a range of models including AW119, AW109SP and AW139.  Leonardo has now extended this to include AW169 and AW189. With this latest achievement… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-16

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AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

The Boeing Company has selected AEM (Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp) to supply the Internal PA System (IPS) for use on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Government. This is the first time that the Chinook has been equipped with an Internal Public Address System, and AEM is pleased to provide the solution. “AEM has… Read more »

Source: AEM, 26-May-16

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Avinco launches US subsidiary

Avinco launches US subsidiary

Avinco announces it has launched its US subsidiary,  Avinco Americas Corporation (AAC), located in New York City.  Avinco Americas Corp  has been set up to support the expansion of the company’s helicopter and commercial aircraft activities in North America. Avinco’s Commercial Director Aurélie Millet will be moving to the US to develop the Helicopter commercial… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 26-May-16

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Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

Spanish training school Coptering SA has added a second Cabri G2 helicopter to their training school at Sabadell Airport in Barcelona to cope with an increase in demand.  Company owner Daniel Carrillo flew the new helicopter – serial 1145 – back from the Helicoptères Guimbal factory in southern France in recent days.  Coptering is also… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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Russian Helicopters launches system to detect hidden rotor blade damage

Russian Helicopters launches system to detect hidden rotor blade damage

Russian Helicopters has designed a unique system for detection of hidden damage to the blades of rotary-wing machines. The know-how allows manufacturers and operators of helicopters to scan rotor and tail rotor blades for troubleshooting purposes. The system application is aimed at increasing the lifetime of blades and will contribute towards flight safety. Specialists of… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

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L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

L-3 Link CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers released for training

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced today that two CH-47F Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) it installed at the U.S. Army’s Flight School XXI Warrior Hall facility have been released for training. L-3 Link performed work on the CH-47F OFTs under a contract modification from CSRA, prime contractor on the U.S. Army’s Flight School… Read more »

Source: L-3 Link, 26-May-16

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Mecaer announces US launch customer for 429 MAGnificent interior

Mecaer announces US launch customer for 429 MAGnificent interior

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced today it has signed with a United States based customer to take delivery of a Bell 429 MAGnificent interior. The signing is the first for a North American operator under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight rules. The announcement follows a recent validation with the FAA. The luxury interior for… Read more »

Source: Mecaer, 26-May-16

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Patria Helicopters to implement Ramco Aviation MRO software

Patria Helicopters to implement Ramco Aviation MRO software

Ramco Systems, the global Aviation software provider on Cloud, Mobile & Tablets, today announced that it has secured an order from Patria Helicopters AB (PHAB), the authorized service centre in the Nordic region for mixed fleet of AgustaWestland, Bell and Airbus Helicopters to implement Ramco Aviation on Cloud. Patria Helicopters AB is Scandinavia’s leading helicopter… Read more »

Source: Ramco, 26-May-16

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Universal Avionics appoints Director of Corporate Programs & Business Development

Universal Avionics appoints Director of Corporate Programs & Business Development

Dan Reida, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Universal Avionics, announced that Mr. Carey Miller has been appointed to the newly created position for Director, Corporate Programs and Business Development. In his new role, Mr. Miller will oversee the activities of the Corporate Program Management team. In addition, he will continue his responsibilities for… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 26-May-16

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Heli Support NZ praises PA100 PUREair System for AS350

Heli Support NZ praises PA100 PUREair System for AS350

DART Aerospace and its New Zealand AMC partner Heli Support NZ highlight the performance of the newly installed PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System for The Helicopter Line after its first periodic inspection. Heli Support NZ owns and leases the aircraft for scenic flights and heli-ski missions to The Helicopter Line, who have multiple bases established… Read more »

Source: Dart, 26-May-16

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Airbus Helicopters to take Bluecopter to ILA 2016

Airbus Helicopters to take Bluecopter to ILA 2016

At the ILA show, Airbus Helicopters will present the Bluecopter – a helicopter to test efficiency-increasing and noise-reducing technologies – for the first time. With the help of Bluecopter, Airbus wants to further consolidate its global leading position as a provider of the quietest, most efficient and safest helicopters in the future. Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

26-May-16

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New report – Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market 2016-2020

New report – Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market 2016-2020

Helicopter FCS is an integral part of a helicopter, and it is used to operate, control, and monitor the flight without the continuous supervision of the pilot. They can be mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems that automate a wide variety of in-flight tasks. They also reduce the aircraft weight and information-management workload, save power,… Read more »

Source: Research & Markets, 26-May-16

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Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on June 29, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 14, 2016 (the “Record Date”). There were 34,978,397 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding as… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-May-16

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Russian Helicopters estimates over 150 combat helicopter exports in 2016-2018

Russian Helicopters estimates over 150 combat helicopter exports in 2016-2018

Russian Helicopters holding intends to supply more than 150 combat helicopters abroad in 2016-2018 through Rosoboronexport. Under the effective contracts, it is planned to deliver more than 50 combat helicopters through Rosoboronexport to foreign countries in 2017. At that, deliveries will nearly double in 2018 as compared to the volume in 2013. “From 2016 to… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

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Russian Helicopters to repair Czech military Mi-8s

Russian Helicopters to repair Czech military Mi-8s

Russian Helicopters and Czech state company Lom Praha signed a contract on the repair of units for Mi-8 helicopters owned by the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic. According to the document, the Russian holding shall perform the repair of components for Mi-8Ts of the Ministry of Defense of the Czech Republic until the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 26-May-16

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Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation signs for a Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Sichuan Xiangyun General Aviation Co., Ltd. The aircraft will be outfitted for VIP transportation and helicopter tours. Sichuan Xiangyun joined Bell Helicopter in their chalet at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) to sign for the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-May-16

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FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

FAA reaches tentative agreement with US air traffic controllers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AFL-CIO (NATCA) announced today they have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering the air traffic control specialists assigned to the terminal and en route options, traffic management coordinators/specialists, air traffic controllers assigned to the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 25-May-16

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Falcon Aviation takes delivery of AW169 in UAE for offshore work

Falcon Aviation takes delivery of AW169 in UAE for offshore work

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has taken delivery of a new generation AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin helicopter this month. The handover makes Falcon Aviation the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to use the aircraft for offshore oil and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

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Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair has received the last H130 of a contract for six units signed in September 2015. Like the previous five aircraft, the new helicopter will join the regular scheduled flight service that Monacair has set up between Monaco Heliport and Nice International airport. Monacair started this shuttle service in January this year after taking delivery… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 25-May-16

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SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

SaxonAir orders a new AW109SP GrandNew

UK based operator SaxonAir Charter announces at EBACE Geneva the addition of another helicopter to their fleet through the signing of a brand new Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109SP Grand New.  The helicopter will be operated through SaxonAir’s rotary division SaxonAir Helicopters. As well as the operation of a mixed fleet of aircraft from Mustangs to the Gulfstream G550, the… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 25-May-16

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Leonardo exhibiting at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies event

Leonardo exhibiting at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies event

Leonardo-Finmeccanica will be a key exhibitor at Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, an event that opens today in La Spezia bringing in the Ligurian town, over 28 Navies from across the world. The cutting-edge technologies produced by Leonardo, from integrated solutions for managing naval missions, to radar and electro-optical sensors, naval communications systems, manned and unmanned… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

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Pakistan picks AW139 for SAR

Pakistan picks AW139 for SAR

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The signing was held in Islamabad in presence of the H.E. Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo. The contract is part of a fleet renewal programme spread over several batches including a logistic support and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

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First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

First Eurocopter, then AgustaWestland, now Turbomeca goes for new name

Safran has changed the name of every company in the group in the latest re-branding attempt in the helicopter industry. Given the mileage built up with an existing name, it is always a surprise when a company wishes to abandon its history and identity in an attempt to create a new one.  Plus they will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Airbus reveals H160 VIP interior at EBACE 2016

Airbus reveals H160 VIP interior at EBACE 2016

​Airbus Helicopters presents an exclusive first glimpse of the H160 VIP version at this year’s EBACE meeting in Geneva, which is being held from May 24-26. Customers will have the ​​opportunity to experience some of its features like its exclusive cabin interior, electrical footstep and hinged doors thanks to a virtual reality immersion tool. “After… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-May-16

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UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

UK Childrens Air Ambulance to fly two AW169s

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are to add two AgustaWestland AW169s to their fleet, and both will be dedicated to their pediatric operation, known as The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA).  One will be based in North and one in the South of England in order to provide a national… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) is pleased to announce its Search and Rescue (SAR) Program has successfully completed 1,000 missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, Era pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering in… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 24-May-16

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Leonardo and NTU Singapore sign research agreement

Leonardo and NTU Singapore sign research agreement

Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), signed an agreement today in Rome. Under the agreement, NTU and Leonardo-Finmeccanica will start a research collaboration in integrated and innovative composites helicopter structure and helicopter aerodynamics. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February in Singapore and establishes a partnership to contribute to the aerospace… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-May-16

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Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will once again be returning as the diamond sponsor at Rotortech 2016 to be held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 27th – 29th May. Hawker Pacific will feature a strong presence during this year’s event, again highlighting… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 24-May-16

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Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Certification for the integration of Universal Avionics EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 is on track for mid-2016. Preparations for certification are currently underway with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One. The AS332 installation package includes dual EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays (PFD) (one pilot-side and one copilot side), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) with… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-May-16

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P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

P&WC Rolls Out New Customer Service Engine

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has started broad customer roll-out of MyP&WC Power, a flexible new service portal that makes conducting business with the company more convenient than ever through its advanced e-commerce functionality. The company expects the number of users on the new portal to grow from about 3,000 currently to as high as… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 24-May-16

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JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its new Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the MD 500 and 600 series helicopters. Providing the only program of its kind to the MD Helicopter market, JSSI can also include coverage for the Rolls-Royce 250 series engines… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 24-May-16

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Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

Bristow brings S92 back from Nigeria for North Sea cover

As the grounding of the EC225 continues, the North Sea operators are looking around their fleets to see how they can cover the shortfall.  Bristow has identified a Sikorsky S92 in its Nigerian operation, and the aircraft is currently on its ferry flight north. The particular aircraft only departed Aberdeen on 23rd March and ferried… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-16

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Register Update – USA – week to 22 May 2016

Register Update – USA – week to 22 May 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, 24-May-16

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Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has been providing support to on-going humanitarian relief efforts following the earthquake that hit the Manabi and Esmeraldas regions in Ecuador on 16 April 2016. According to national authorities, this disaster has left more than 20,500 people homeless, and many without water and food supplies. This earthquake is the worst natural disaster… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-May-16

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Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding.  The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork.  Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

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Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre in Cabri G2 JV with Gama Aviation

Cotswold Helicopter Centre are pleased to announce a joint venture agreement with Gama Aviation which will create a new base at Fairoaks Airport.  This airfield on the south-west outskirts of London is very well placed for easy road access to Central London as well as the UK capitals two key airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.  This… Read more »

Source: Cotswold, 23-May-16

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FlightSafety newly enhanced courseware app for iPad

FlightSafety newly enhanced courseware app for iPad

FlightSafety International introduces FlightBag, a newly enhanced courseware delivery and presentation application for iPad as well as a web-based version for Android and Windows based tablets and desktop computers. “Our Customers will appreciate the efficiency and ease of use FlightBag offers,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “This next generation full-featured interactive courseware app… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 23-May-16

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Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus starts new MSN series for H135 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters have started a new set of numbers MSN (Manufacturer’s Serial Number) for the H135 series. From the first production unit at 0001, the production line is currently at around 1230 and continuing.  HeliHub.com has recently noticed that there are aircraft on the production line in a new series starting at 2001 – a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

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Air BP launches Environmental Solutions offer at EBACE

Air BP launches Environmental Solutions offer at EBACE

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, is launching its new Environmental Solutions offering at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva this week (Booth 131).The comprehensive service is made up of a number of elements supporting a best practice carbon reduction framework. It aims to help mitigate carbon… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 23-May-16

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Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018…. Read more »

Source: AIrbus, 23-May-16

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AHS announces 2016 Lichten Award Winners

AHS announces 2016 Lichten Award Winners

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards. The overall winner and the runner-up will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, during AHS International’s 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA…. Read more »

Source: AHS, 23-May-16

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Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

Bell moves 525 work to Lafayette to retain subsidies

In an announcement yesterday, Bell has announced that the work for the cabin sub-assembly for the 525 Relentless will relocate from its planned location in Amarillo to the new plant being built at Lafayette, Louisiana.  At the same time they announced the 505 JetRanger X line will move to Mirabel in Canada. At the start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-16

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