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Airbus congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for 10 Years of EMS Ops

Airbus congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for 10 Years of EMS Ops

Airbus Helicopters and Bangkok Helicopter Services (BHS) from Thailand held a ceremony at the Rotorcraft Asia Exhibition, to celebrate BHS as a pioneer in South East Asia for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), and committed operations for ten years. BHS has proved once again as a pioneer recently, operating since 2017 the first H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Apr-17

Negotiations for Stat MedEvac Housing at Clearfield-Lawrence Airport

Negotiations for Stat MedEvac Housing at Clearfield-Lawrence Airport

Members of Stat MedEvac have approached Clearfield-Lawrence Airport Manager, Dick Shaffer about plans for a new 12 x 28 foot prefabricated building at the airport. A suggestion of having it adjacent to the current structure was given, but comments of removing the old building and replacing it with the new one have been voiced. Shaffer… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-17

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Sanford AirMed Stationed at Fargo Hospital

Sanford AirMed Stationed at Fargo Hospital

Sanford AirMed will officially be stationed at the new Fargo Hospital from 1 May. The hospital itself only opens 25 July, but the crew will be able to use to on-site hangar. The new Fargo fleet comprises of 90 members, reports Valley News Live. AirMed has been around for 40 years and have flown over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-17

Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

A tender has been issued for a three-year contract for an EMS helicopter, including aeronautical and medical crew, for 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and three offshore wind developers in the Baltic Sea. This helicopter will be used for emergency rescues of employees on the wind turbines and offshore platforms at Iberdrola’s Wikinger, E.ON’s Arkona and EnBW’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-17

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the CoxHealth air medical fleet to include a second MD Explorer helicopter. Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth has purchased an MD 900 Explorer from MDHI that was previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard. [HeliHub.com editor note – this places it… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

East Anglian Air Ambulance says goodbye to one of its founding members

East Anglian Air Ambulance says goodbye to one of its founding members

Gerry Hermer, one of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA) founding members, and in recent years the aviation consultant for EAAA, today retires from his role. Gerry has won many awards in his career including an Air Force Cross for his courageous rescue mission whilst he was in the Royal Air Force. He plans to travel… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air AmbulanceX, 24-Apr-17

Frasca Sells H125 Flight Simulator to Aero Asahi

Frasca Sells H125 Flight Simulator to Aero Asahi

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency… Read more »

Source: Frasca International, 24-Apr-17

BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

BAT Trainer Modernizes Helicopter Simulator Flying

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilots and crew members with the Iowa Army National Guard have been given an opportunity to train on a first-of-its-kind flight simulator at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center here. The Black Hawk Aircrew Trainer, nicknamed “the BAT,” is a highly immersive, home-station flight training device for the UH-60M aircraft,… Read more »

Source: US Department of Defense, 24-Apr-17

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FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Las Vegas

FAA to Hold Airspace Workshops in Las Vegas

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold three public information workshops in late April on proposed airspace improvements over the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The improvements are part of the FAA’s Las Vegas Metroplex project, which proposes to use streamlined satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. The project… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Apr-17

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DART Aerospace to exhibit at FAMEX 2017

DART Aerospace to exhibit at FAMEX 2017

DART Aerospace will be exhibiting for the first time at the International Trade & Air Show, FAMEX 2017 at the Base Aérea Militar No. 1, in Santa Lucía, Zumpango, México from April 26th to the 29th 2017 Visit the Canadian Pavilion, booth #B125, to discover how DART Aerospace can help you find the right products… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 24-Apr-17

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Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation today announced the addition of two new state-of-the-art Airbus Helicopters’ H130 aircraft in its fleet. These helicopters will strengthen the company’s position as a leader in passenger transportation missions including heli-pilgrimage, aerial work and VIP transportation missions in India. The two H130s will complement Heritage Aviation’s existing fleet of two H125 helicopters which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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FAA approves Onboard Systems MD500 Hooks with Surefire Release

FAA approves Onboard Systems MD500 Hooks with Surefire Release

The newly certified Surefire cargo hook kits for the MD500 include the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit (P/N 200-378-10), the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System (P/N 200-379-10) and the TALON LC Hydraulic Hook Kit with Onboard Weighing System and NVG backlight (P/N 200-379-11). In addition to offering the Surefire release technology… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 24-Apr-17

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The Helicopter Museum to dispose of A109 and B206 airframes in Jumble Sale

The Helicopter Museum to dispose of A109 and B206 airframes in Jumble Sale

The Helicopter Museum (Registered Charity no 281053) in Weston-super-Mare will be holding its first aero jumble and aviation collectors’ event on Saturday 6th May, raising funds to help preserve it’s unique collection of aircraft. The museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of rotor-craft including the speed record holder G-Lynx and two helicopters of the Queen’s Royal Flight,… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Apr-17

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Esterline showcases ADS-B Annunciators with fast delivery

Esterline showcases ADS-B Annunciators with fast delivery

Esterline, global leader in aerospace technologies, will showcase its latest aftermarket solutions for cockpit controls at MRO Americas in Orlando, Fla., April 25-27, Booth 1800. Featured among several of its brands will be a recently released selection of Korry 389 5/8-inch LED switches configured as annunciators for ADS-B global positioning system (GPS) transceivers. They will… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 24-Apr-17

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Jonathan Jenkins appointed new CEO of London’s Air Ambulance

Jonathan Jenkins appointed new CEO of London’s Air Ambulance

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Jenkins as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). In this role, Jonathan will provide strategic leadership and direction for our charity, continuing to ensure it is well administered and builds on growth in both operational capability and revenue. Jonathan will join us in April from… Read more »

Source: London’s Air Ambulance, 24-Apr-17

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Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union Opens a New Branch in Pau, France

Héli-Union is creating more than 30 new jobs by opening its doors in Pau, France. This new branch will become another branch of Héli-Union Industry providing heavy maintenance of helicopters. Héli-Union Pau is expected to be operational in May 2017. Héli-Union Pau will host one of Héli-Union’s main portfolios of industry-related service, which is regular… Read more »

Source: Héli-Union, 24-Apr-17

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US Navy awards Elbit $150M MH-60S fleet helmet contract

US Navy awards Elbit $150M MH-60S fleet helmet contract

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for approximately $50 million by the U.S. Navy to provide the Helmet Display and Tracker System (HDTS) with the Continuously Computed Impact Point (CCIP) algorithm for the MH-60S. The work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and completed by June 2021. An initial order… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 24-Apr-17

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McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the addition of McMahon Helicopter Services to its U.S. network of authorized sales representatives. Canton, Michigan-based McMahon provides customers with a wide range of helicopter charter services as well as sales and maintenance support. Authorized as a distributor for the full range of MD Helicopters’ single and twin-engine aircraft,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-sponsored trials. The goal of the international trials cited technology- testing for enhancing safety during helicopter operations in limited visibility environments. Held at Älggialp, Switzerland, the… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aviation, 24-Apr-17

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Counterdrug MH-65 Unit Marks 500th Drug Interdiction

Counterdrug MH-65 Unit Marks 500th Drug Interdiction

The aircrew of the Florida-based Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron stands on a cutter flight deck with one of the unit’s 10 MH-65D Dolphin helicopters after the 500th recorded drug bust in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which took place March 11, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON)… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 24-Apr-17

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Aselsan Looks to Upgrade 10,000 Mi-series Helicopters

Aselsan Looks to Upgrade 10,000 Mi-series Helicopters

Aselsan, Turkey’s largest defence company, has announced that they will play their part in the upgrade of 10,000 Mi-series helicopters across the globe. Their three top priorities being the Gulf, Turkic countries and Central Asia. They have done a demonstration upgrade on a Mi-17. Their upgrades included keyboard display units, mission computers, multi-function displays, internal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

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OSF Relocates Life Flight Helicopter

OSF Relocates Life Flight Helicopter

OSF is underway with relocating one of their Life Flight helicopters to Galesburg. The helicopter will move to OSF Saint Mary Medical Centre every day from Peoria. They hope to increase emergency care to the surrounding areas, reports Central Illinois Proud.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

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Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell Presents V-280 Valor Prototype

Bell will be presenting a prototype of their new V-280 Valor tiltrotor at the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit. This year’s summit will be held in Nashville, Tennessee. They are showcasing the prototype as an offer to the Army’s Vertical Lift programme, reports Kansas.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Apr-17

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Airbus and Nepalese operators mark 50,000 flight hours of the H125

Airbus and Nepalese operators mark 50,000 flight hours of the H125

Nepalese operators have reached a significant milestone with the Airbus Helicopters’ H125 in the Himalayan Kingdom. Seven operators have collectively achieved 50,000 flying hours with an overall fleet of 15 H125. This important milestone was celebrated in a ceremony held at Rotorcraft Asia which brought together senior Airbus Helicopters management from the region and a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Apr-17

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BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS Join Forces

To provide military aircrews with enhanced protection from new and emerging threats, BAE Systems and Leonardo DRS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to offer advanced threat detection capabilities for U.S. Army fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. The two companies will collaborate to develop an advanced infrared-based threat warning system to meet current and evolving operational… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 21-Apr-17

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Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the MD Helicopters MD500 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 21-Apr-17

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Helijet Renews Resort Fishing Lodge Service Contracts to 2019

Helijet Renews Resort Fishing Lodge Service Contracts to 2019

Helijet has extended its existing helicopter air service contracts with six of BC’s world-renowned fishing resort lodge clients located on the Haida Gwaii Islands and Bella Bella, along the Central-West coast of British Columbia. Collectively, the air service provisions are valued at over $5 million. Helijet will provide exclusive seasonal helicopter service to resort lodge… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 21-Apr-17

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Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

For over three decades, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport (Med-Trans) has been providing the necessary quick response when lives are on the line. Their extensive, varied helicopter fleet includes numerous Bell 407s that provide transport for a variety of hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies in 25 states. Over the years, we have been proud… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Apr-17

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Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP Heliport at Dubai South

Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP Heliport at Dubai South

Falcon Aviation, the UAE’s leading business aviation services, charter and aircraft management Company, is bolstering its service offering at its new Dubai South VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC), with an inauguration of a new VIP Heliport.  The Heliport will be run and managed by Falcon Aviation personnel and will be available to all… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 21-Apr-17

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Big Changes for New Zealand Rescue Helicopter Services

Big Changes for New Zealand Rescue Helicopter Services

The New Zealand Government is currently underway with planning a large change for the country’s rescue helicopter services. Auckland’s Rescue Helicopter Trust’s chief executive, Greg Barrows, has commented that suggestions of rationalization and amalgamation have been brought up. As well as planning, they are taking into account their many fundraising programmes. The government pays for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Apr-17

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CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

CH-53K Cost Rises 6.9% to $138.5 Million per Helicopter

The Pentagon has given the Marine Corps permission to begin purchasing 200 of the new Lockheed King Stallion. The acquisition cost has risen 6.9% from $29 billion to $31 billion. The King Stallion CH-53K will be able to transport up to 27,000 pounds, reports Bloomberg.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Apr-17

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Tata Steel Ltd. Adds Second Bell 429 to Fleet

Tata Steel Ltd. Adds Second Bell 429 to Fleet

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support their steel production operations. Tata Steel Group has been in operation for over a century and is among the world’s top steel companies with operations in 26 countries. The company is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh

Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the purchase agreement signing of a Bell 429 to Meghna Aviation Ltd. (Meghna) in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bangladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter.   “As Bangladeshi operators move to twin-engine helicopters to bring more performance to their missions,… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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Bell Helicopter Delivers Two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri

Bell Helicopter Delivers Two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s to PT. Carpediem Mandiri for supply to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. The delivery marks the first two Bell 429s to be used for flight calibration operations throughout Indonesia, performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 20-Apr-17

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USHST Finalizes Reorganization of Safety Work Groups

USHST Finalizes Reorganization of Safety Work Groups

With a renewed focus on developing safety enhancements to reduce the number of fatal accidents, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has restructured its front line work groups.  The structure is closely patterned after the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), which is a public-private partnership working to improve U.S. general aviation safety. From… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Apr-17

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Q1 Blue Book Pricing Updates

Q1 Blue Book Pricing Updates

HeliValue$, Inc. held its first quarter Blue Book pricing review on March 31, 2017.  Resale pricing adjustments were made for the models listed below.  Airbus AS-350B2, AS-355N, EC-155B1, AS-365N3 Agusta AW109E, AW109S, AW119K Bell 206BIII, 206L-3, 206L-4, 407GX Sikorsky S-76A++, S-76C, S-76C+, S-92A Resale pricing adjustments are based on actual sales transactions and current market conditions such… Read more »

Source: HeliValue$, 20-Apr-17

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Bristow announces Apache contract award

Bristow announces Apache contract award

Bristow Helicopters Limited has secured a new contract with Apache North Sea Limited to support its North Sea operations. The contract which has a five year primary term, with further extension options, will commence on 1 September 2017. Aircraft types provided under the contract will comprise both the Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189. Alan Corbett,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 20-Apr-17

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Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Lifeteam is thinking of adding Whiteside County’s Rock Falls to their list of 125 bases. In the March Airport Board meeting they spoke of leasing two buildings at the Whiteside County Airport for five years for $120,000 with an annual increase of 3%. They hope to have the air ambulance run as a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-17

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Russian Helicopters Signs Pakistani Contract

Russian Helicopters Signs Pakistani Contract

Russian Helicopters has signed a contract with the government of the Pakistani province of Punjab for the delivery of a new civilian Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter. The helicopter is produced by Ulan-Ude Aircraft Works, reports Defence Aerospace. The new helicopter has to be delivered in the second quarter of the year. It will be used for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-17

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Sikorsky Recognizes Brunei Shell Petroleum for 50 Years of Continuous Service

Sikorsky Recognizes Brunei Shell Petroleum for 50 Years of Continuous Service

Sikorsky today recognized Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) for 50 years of continuous service with Sikorsky helicopters. The recognition event took place at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company. Across five decades, BSP’s fleet of six Sikorsky helicopters ̶three original S-61N™ and the three replacement S-92® models ̶have primarily performed… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 19-Apr-17

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Bell Helicopter and Air Pacific Utama Celebrate at Rotorcraft Asia

Bell Helicopter and Air Pacific Utama Celebrate at Rotorcraft Asia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the purchase agreement signing of the first Bell 407GXP to an Indonesian customer, Air Pacific Utama (PT APU) and the signing for the Customer Advantage Plan (CAP) – the first Asia-based customer to sign for the new service solution.  Bell Helicopter’s Customer Advantage Plans provide customers… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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World premiere of the Volocopter series model 2X

World premiere of the Volocopter series model 2X

The German start-up e-volo is celebrating the world premiere of the first series model of a passenger multicopter on April 5 – 8, 2017 at Europe’s largest general aviation trade fair AERO in Friedrichshafen. After six years of development e-volo is presenting the Volocopter 2X, a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft powered purely by… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 19-Apr-17

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Strong Start to 2017 for Rotortrade Services

Strong Start to 2017 for Rotortrade Services

The independent multi-brand brokerage helicopter service company Rotortrade Services continues to mark its worldwide presence with 11 new helicopter bookings across manufacturers, class and mission in the first quarter of 2017 alone. These cross border deals within more then 18 countries and various levels of complexities shows Rotortarde’s ability to provide effective end-to-end services to… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 19-Apr-17

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Sikorsky plans Customer Support Centre in Thailand

Sikorsky plans Customer Support Centre in Thailand

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company today announced plans to expand its S-92® and S-76™ helicopter support services in the Asia-Pacific region. Thai Aviation Services is scheduled to become the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of 2017. The announcement was made at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show. “This decision further… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 19-Apr-17

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Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia has successfully completed the first 407HP conversion for Heli Niugini. The conversion finished within the allotted timeframe of six weeks and on budget as previously announced by Eagle Australasia CEO Grant Boyter. It is Eagle Group’s ninth conversion to date. A team of three from Eagle Canada were flown into the country to… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 19-Apr-17

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New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake now has a new helipad to help emergency medical staff treat the most time-sensitive emergencies and to provide efficient transport in and out of the hospital. The first helicopter landed on the new helipad on March 6, 2017. A makeshift pad on the east side of the hospital near the… Read more »

Source: St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, 19-Apr-17

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Bell to exhibit at 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

Bell to exhibit at 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced its show plans for the 2017 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tenn., April 26-28, 2017. The company will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation aircraft, as well as the newly introduced Bell V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor model. “The Army Aviation Summit… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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New Contract of Helicopter Service between Vietsovpetro and VNH

New Contract of Helicopter Service between Vietsovpetro and VNH

On 06/04/2017, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) and Vietsovpetro Joint Venture (VSP) had signed the renewal Helicopter Service Contract for the period 2017 – 2019 with participation of their Board of Directors and functional Departments. Vietsovpetro has always been the biggest client during 32 years and contributed nearly 40% to the total flying hours… Read more »

Source: VNH, 19-Apr-17

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VNH Helicopters perform ferry flights to Indonesia for Firefighting Service

VNH Helicopters perform ferry flights to Indonesia for Firefighting Service

On 27th March 2017, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South)’s two Mi-172 helicopters bearing call signs VN-8427 and VN-8428 safely landed in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. This year is the second year that VNH South signed a wet lease contract with Komala Company (Indonesia) for supplying firefighting service for Indonesian Government. VNH South provides four Mi-172 with full… Read more »

Source: VNH, 19-Apr-17

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Able merges its two parts into one as Able Aerospace Services

Able merges its two parts into one as Able Aerospace Services

Able Engineering & Component Services Inc. and Able Aerospace Inc. have merged into a single entity named Able Aerospace Services, Inc. The change caps off a progression that began with the company’s early 2016 acquisition by Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company. “Able has always worked from one overarching mission, which is to safely reduce aircraft… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace Services, 19-Apr-17

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Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation sign for two Bell 505s

Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation sign for two Bell 505s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Hubei Tongcheng General Aviation Co. Ltd. announced today a signed purchase agreement for two Bell 505 helicopters during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The customer will use the two aircraft for agriculture pesticide management missions. “We were thrilled to begin delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Apr-17

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Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

President Vladimir Putin has finally given his approval for an Indo-Russian joint venture for the production of 200 Kamov military helicopters. The deal, signed in 2015 for $1 billion, is between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. They have yet to sign the MoU, reports Press Trust of India.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps Air Launch in PCRMC

Phelps County Regional Medical Centre (PCRMC) will soon be launching Phelps Air, a new helicopter service that will be used throughout Rolla and Missouri areas. They will be working with Air Methods to provide this medical service. The new helicopter, a Bell 407 GXP, will be stationed at the PCRMC base in Rolla. It is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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New Robinson Service Centre from Mid-Continent

New Robinson Service Centre from Mid-Continent

Mid-Continent Aviation Services is now an authorized service centre for Robinson Helicopter Co. They have had to invest in equipment and helicopter parts, as well as training for their staff in their air-frame and power plant. Director of Maintenance, Pete Galusha has said that Allen Zon, DWTA Helicopters owner, helped their pursuit in becoming the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Questioning Over the Use of Police Helicopter in Fundraiser

Questioning Over the Use of Police Helicopter in Fundraiser

Ben Gray, Omaha City Council President, has begun to question the police about their helicopter rides. The police department has been offering helicopter flights to the highest bidder in order to help fund-raise for Roncalli Catholic High School, reports Washington Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Airbus and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania

Airbus and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania

Airbus Helicopters and IAR have signed a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. Under this general agreement IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace their ageing fleet. “We are proud to have signed… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-17

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Air BP in collaboration with RocketRoute announces agreement with WingsOverAsia

Air BP in collaboration with RocketRoute announces agreement with WingsOverAsia

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, in collaboration with aviation services company RocketRoute, today announces an agreement with WingsOverAsia (WOA). WOA is a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and licenced ground handling agent based at Singapore Seletar Airport. The agreement, effective immediately, offers benefits for the customers of all three companies. WOA… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 18-Apr-17

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CAMTS raises standards with increasing IIMC requirements

CAMTS raises standards with increasing IIMC requirements

In keeping with CAMT’s values of continuously improving accreditation standards to improve patient care and safety of transport, the next revision to the CAMTS Standards will encourage additional helicopter Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training requirements.  The draft of the recommendation, to be incorporated into the 11th Edition of the CAMTS Standards, will require quarterly Inadvertent… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 18-Apr-17

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Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus Helicopters will showcase its comprehensive range of rotary wing products and technologies at next week’s Rotorcraft Asia.  The inaugural tradeshow dedicated to the growing Asia Pacific helicopter market, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 April 2017. Taking centre stage as the largest exhibitor at this regional event, Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-17

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CHC Group Emerges from Court-Supervised Restructuring

CHC Group Emerges from Court-Supervised Restructuring

CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced that it has successfully concluded its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as its court-confirmed Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) went into effect on March 24, 2017. With the support of its creditors and stakeholders, CHC completed its court-supervised financial restructuring process and emerged as a… Read more »

Source: CHC Group, 18-Apr-17

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Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently completed Airbus AS332 dynamic component exchanges with a customer in Puerto Rico. The aircraft’s main gearbox and main rotorhead were also recently overhauled at Heli-One’s facilities. The availability of the components allowed the customer to continue to provide services for… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 18-Apr-17

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Sundance Helicopters and Exotic Driving Experiences Launch ’Heli & Horsepower’

Sundance Helicopters and Exotic Driving Experiences Launch ’Heli & Horsepower’

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, has partnered with Exotic Driving Experiences for the “Sundance Heli & Horsepower Experiences” tours geared towards those looking for a thrilling adventure during their Las Vegas vacation. “Visitors from all over the world can now experience something unique,” said Jim Greiner,… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, Inc., 18-Apr-17

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PhilJets Confirms Addition of Airbus H130, H145, and Bell 407 Helicopters in Its Fleet

In line with its plans of holding a stronger position in the aviation industry here in Asia, PhilJets Group confirms during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), happening on April 11 to 13, 2017, the delivery of its latest addition of Bell 407 GXP Helicopter to its fleet this month. In addition, PhilJets… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 18-Apr-17

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Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Los Angeles-based helicopter charter service Brand X Aviation to offer luxury VIP helicopter service to and from this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA in its twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are thrilled to be back this year offering this luxury experience to the faithful Coachella goers.  Starting the festival off… Read more »

Source: Brand X Aviation, 18-Apr-17

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Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo’s AW169 Helicopter selected by The Argentine National Gendarmerie

Leonardo announced at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 18-Apr-17

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2017

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, 17-Apr-17

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Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department has recently received the approval from City Council to purchase a 2006 Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter for $538,750. They already have two of the same models, which are based at Fullerton Municipal Airport that are operated by the Air Support Division Patrol. $260,000 has been allocated to the helicopter in order for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

Leonardo Offers AW139M for Czech RFP

The Czech Republic will soon be releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet. They are looking for a multi-role rotorcraft that will meet the technical, cost and performance requirements. The procurement will also mean the replacement of the Mil Mi-24s. Leonardo has come forward with the proposal of its AW139M, saying that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes first test period aboard LCS

The Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout returned from USS Montgomery (LCS-8) April 11 after completing initial testing aboard a littoral combat ship. The Fire Scout test team along with Navy Sailors (aboard the USS Montgomery) conducted dynamic interface testing to verify the MQ-8C launch and recovery procedures and test interoperability between the unmanned helicopter and the ship…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 12-Apr-17

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Apr-17

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Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions in China. “We are proud to partner with United Rotorcraft to deliver the first HEMS Bell 429 to… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Apr-17

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Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Panama’s SENAN AW139 Fleet Reaches Milestone

Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone. This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 12-Apr-17

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KF Aerospace awarded contract to deliver and operate Bell 206 for CFTS

KF Aerospace awarded contract to deliver and operate Bell 206 for CFTS

In early January, KF Aerospace, through its subsidiary KF Aerospace Defence Programs, received a contract award from Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to provide a new Bell 206 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program located in Southport, Manitoba. This new capability, representing a capital investment… Read more »

Source: KF Aerospace, 12-Apr-17

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Last Mi8 MTV5 Delivery for Belarus

Last Mi8 MTV5 Delivery for Belarus

Belarus has received the last batch of six Russian Mi-8 MTV-5 helicopters. This batch was the second in a contract of 12 military helicopters. The Belarus Defence Ministry has reported that the flight and technical staff have been trained to operate the modern helicopter. The new fleet will be used in medical services, transportation and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-17

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Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Mikikanko Company, a real estate firm based in Chiba, Japan, has enjoyed multiple successes venturing into various businesses such as amusement and recreation services. To support its existing and expanding businesses, Mikikanko has selected the Airbus light single H125 helicopter to perform any mission it requires. The reason why the H125 was selected is simple…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Apr-17

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