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Optima Aero and UI helicopter CO enter into agreement

Optima Aero and UI helicopter CO enter into agreement

Optima Aero inc and UI helicopter CO Ltd have entered into a long term agreement in which Optima Aero will lease PT6T-3B engines to UI Helicopters CO Ltd in the context of a long term contract with South Korean Forestry Services to support Bell 412. This new long term engine leasing service by Optima Aero,… Read more »

Source: Optima Aero, 05-Jan-18

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

NPAS officer receives MBE in New Year’s Honours

A police officer, working at the National Police Air Service is to be awarded a MBE for his services to policing. Sergeant Scott Gallagher has worked in Police Air Support for over ten years and for the National Police Air Service since its formation in 2012. Joining North Wales Police in 1994, Scott managed the… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 05-Jan-18

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Don Wall and PHI, Inc complete acquisition of HNZ Group

Don Wall and PHI, Inc complete acquisition of HNZ Group

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (“HNZ” or the “Corporation”) and PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced today that they have completed the previously announced statutory plan of arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “Arrangement”) involving the acquisition by Don Wall, the Corporation’s President… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 05-Jan-18

USHST safety experts to offer 13 workshops at Heli-Expo 2018

USHST safety experts to offer 13 workshops at Heli-Expo 2018

Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 participants in Las Vegas at 13 different workshops in a wide variety of topics. The USHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through a government and industry cooperative effort that has resulted in a decrease… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Jan-18

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

Business aviation is finding it increasingly difficult to attract and retain talent, in part because the airlines are offering what is perceived to be a better deal, and in part because of an overall decline in the number of people choosing aviation careers. Why do some business aircraft pilots believe that the airlines are a… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 05-Jan-18

UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair Helicopters has recently ordered four H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, states a local press source quoting commercial director Oleg Semenov.  The first will be delivered in April/May 2018 with all four arriving by mid-summer.  They will replace four Robinson R44s which are no longer being used operationally, but are leased out by UTair to other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-18

Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing awarded $23M contract for flight test and evaluation of V-22

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent);… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed awarded $25M contract for Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits for Apache

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $25,207,324 modification (000502) to foreign military sales (Egypt) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor System kits and spares for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2017 foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing awarded $13M contract for V-22 flight control software updates

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $12,797,722 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1034 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order procures mission management and flight control software updates to cockpit displays that will provide aircrews with more situational awareness and improved flight control during brown-out conditions. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing awarded $21M contract for V-22 software sustainment

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,596,160 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001917F1011 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides for fleet software sustainment that includes engineering and technical support for the V-22 flight control system and on-aircraft avionics software; flight test planning and coordination of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-18

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Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot dies in fixed wing accident

Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot dies in fixed wing accident

Dean Voelkerling, Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot and operations manager at Northland Emergency Services Trust, as well as a yet unknown passenger were killed in a light plane accident. Farm workers in Northland reported seeing debris fall from the plane before it crashed, reports New Zealand Herald.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017

Coast Guard Helicopters, provided by CHC Ireland, are proud to review the year of 2017. They conducted 750 missions, assisted 316 and were able to save 175 people, reports Flying in Ireland.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

Montana – ALERT program raising money for new helicopter

The A.L.E.R.T air ambulance program for Kalispell Regional Medical Center has upgraded their helicopter with the newest B407 model. Their old helicopter will now be used as a back up and for pilot training after 17 years in service and a total of 6,500 flight hours. The new B407 came to a total of $4… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Sonar problem stops Canadian S92 deck landings

Sonar problem stops Canadian S92 deck landings

The Canadian Forces are having troubles with their S92 deck landings. The sonar systems used by the Cyclones protrude from the bottom of the helicopter, where it risks being bumped by a landing system. Once the sonars are removed, the helicopters will still be able to be used for testing and training, reports Global News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Belgian Police to add fifth MD Explorer

Belgian Police to add fifth MD Explorer

The Belgian Federal Police are to acquire a fifth MD Explorer after buying a pre-owned aircraft from a local operator. The force started their journey with MD Helicopters in 1997 when they put three MD900 Explorers to work, supplementing these two years later with a pair of two single engine MD520s.  They then added a fourth… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Canadian Helicopters receives $8.0 Million Term Loan

Canadian Helicopters receives $8.0 Million  Term Loan

Crown Capital Partners Inc. (“Crown” or “the Corporation”) (TSX: CRWN), which provides growth capital to successful mid-market companies, today announced the closing of a $8.0 million term loan (the “Agreement”) with Canadian Helicopters Limited (“Canadian Helicopters”), which is part of the HNZ Group of Companies (“HNZ”) (TSX: HNZ), an international provider of helicopter transportation and… Read more »

Source: Crown Capital Partners, 03-Jan-18

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Science Channel to feature S92 in new Mega Machines series

Science Channel to feature S92 in new Mega Machines series

The S-92® helicopter produced by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), takes center stage in the debut of the new Science Channel series “Mega Machines.” This debut episode airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. EST/PST on the Science Channel.  The engineering-focused show highlights the robust design and reliability of the S-92 and features… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Jan-18

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Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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AW139 fleet reaches milestone 2,000,000 flight hours

AW139 fleet reaches milestone 2,000,000 flight hours

The AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter global fleet has reached an outstanding milestone of two million flight hours, across all operational scenarios on five continents, while performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government and military operators. This accomplishment was reached just three years after the achievement of the first million showing impressive reliability,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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AHS International Awards open for nominees

AHS International Awards open for nominees

The AHS Awards Program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the world’s outstanding leaders in industry, government and academia. The number of awards presented annually has grown steadily, as has the prestige and importance associated with them. The AHS Awards Program acts as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances… Read more »

Source: AHS, 03-Jan-18

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First dual hook jettison demonstrated by CH-53K

First dual hook jettison demonstrated by CH-53K

For the first time, a CH-53K King Stallion performed a dual point external load and successfully demonstrated the auto-jettison capability of the aircraft, using a 5,000 lb. load. The test took place Dec. 5 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Currently, there are four Engineering Development and Manufacturing Model… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 03-Jan-18

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First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

After almost 35 years of service, Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Weitzman of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit announced he will retire early in the new year. Sgt. Weitzman’s first introduction to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was as a reserve deputy while attending UCSB.  Even at age 21, he knew he wanted… Read more »

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff, 03-Jan-18

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EASA certifies AW109 Trekker

EASA certifies AW109 Trekker

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the AW109 Trekker helicopter was issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) yesterday. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2018. The milestone marks the entry into the market of the newest light twin-engine helicopter designed by Leonardo, further strengthening its leading position in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

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Erickson fights Australian fires for 20th season

Erickson fights Australian fires for 20th season

Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and global aerial services company that has fought fires for nearly 50 years, has returned to serve the citizens of Australia for its 20th year. The October start of the fire season parallels the beginning of summer “Down Under,” and Erickson has six S-64 Aircranes located in or en… Read more »

Source: Erickson Incorporated, 03-Jan-18

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HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

HMLA-367 receives more AH-1Z Vipers in Hawaii

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 received three upgraded AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters here, Dec. 19, 2017. The AH-1Z aircraft is an updated version of the AH-1W, bringing new capabilities and features into the squadron’s arsenal. “The AH-1Z’s are replacing the AH-1W’s, which are essentially from the 1980’s,”said Marine Corps Capt. Julian Tucker, the squadron’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 03-Jan-18

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HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL receives RFP for 15 Light Combat Helicopters

HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army today. This comes close on the heels of HAL receiving RFP for supply of 83 LCAs (Light Combat Aircraft) just days ago.

Source: HAL India, 03-Jan-18

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HAI to honour 2017 Disaster Response by the Helicopter Industry

HAI to honour 2017 Disaster Response by the Helicopter Industry

2017 was a year of natural disasters, and each time, helicopter crews responded. Fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake — unfortunately our industry had many opportunities to demonstrate the unique abilities of helicopters to conduct rescue, relief, and recovery missions. Helicopter Association International proudly salutes the men, women, companies, agencies, units, and squadrons who answered the calls… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Babcock secures new air ambulance contract in Gothenburg

Babcock secures new air ambulance contract in Gothenburg

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) has been selected to operate a patient transfer service for the people of Gothenburg, Sweden. The new contract will see Babcock operate a specially-configured  AW169 helicopter from a new base in Gothenburg. Flights will start in 2018 when the operation transfers to Babcock from the current in-house provider. The contract… Read more »

Source: Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Helijet fined for 2016 EMS helipad violations

Helijet fined for 2016 EMS helipad violations

HeliJet has been fined a total of $26,250 for aviation violations in B.C. This is the biggest fine from Transport Canada for 2016, reports Vancouver Sun. They also have been fined for landing night flights onto H1 category helipads.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Qatar – HMC LifeFlight ramps up to 2000 responses a year

Qatar – HMC LifeFlight ramps up to 2000 responses a year

HMC LifeFlight celebrated their 10-year anniversary this past December. Since opening in 2007, the service has grown and is now able to respond to over 2,000 calls a year, reports Gulf Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

Gwinnett County Police Department is currently looking to replace their crashed MD 530F helicopter. Insurance from the crash will cover $2.25 million, with the Police Tax Contingency Fund covering the remaining $1.7 million, reports Gwinnett Daily Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Lawsuit filed over 2016 AS350 accident in Antarctica

Lawsuit filed over 2016 AS350 accident in Antarctica

Charges against the Department of the Environment and Energy, and Helicopter Resources Pty Ltd have been laid following the death of 62-year-old pilot, David Wood. Mr Wood fell down a crevasse while delivering fuel drums. He died of hypothermia the following day. Comcare, federal work health and safety regulator, has said that the department has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-18

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Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

(Electronic translation) The Governing Council has authorized the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning an expense of 14.57 million euros for the extension , for one year, of the hiring of helicopters for the fight against forest fires , with the company Faasa aviation . This lot, whose validity ends next December 31, is one… Read more »

Source: Andalucia Government, 02-Jan-18

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Happy Christmas from HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a great 2018. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell to work on Flying Taxi Project

Bell is excited to work on a flying taxi project. They have joined with Embraer, Mooney, Aurora Flight Sciences and Pipistrel Aircraft in order to develop the aircraft. They hope to be the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) when the project gets underway, beating all the other competitors to the Uber name, reports Biz Journals.

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales awarded $8M contract for support of H-60 helicopter

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is being awarded $7,723,840 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-18-F-AQ01 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-18-F-AQ01 for repair of one weapon repairable assembly on the airborne low frequency sonar system Sonar Dome, which is required to support the H-60 helicopter.  Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric awarded $21M contract for T408-GE-400 engine maintenance for CH-53K helicopter

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded $21,435,687 for modification P00032 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-13-C-0132).  This modification provides for programmatic and logistical support to develop damage limits and tolerances of engine components as well as the completion of maintenance task analysis and maintenance planning to establish organic depot level repair for the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell awarded $12M contract for support for the H-1 Upgrades program

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $12,089,793 modification to previously issued firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order 0054, placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-11-G-0003.  This modification provides for acquisition logistics support for the H-1Upgrades program.  Services to be provided include logistics management, technical material for maintenance planning, design interface, supply/material support, support of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Dec-17

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DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART updates Emergency Flotation System

DART’s industry-leading 412 Emergency Flotation System has recently been certified through TCCA/FAA/EASA for the new increased gross weight (IGW) upgrade to 12,200 lbs. DART has focused much of its energy throughout the years into developing emergency flotation systems that can cater to a wide range of platforms, including their capability upgrades. This emergency flotation system… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 21-Dec-17

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Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

Two New Sikorsky S-76 C+ For Nova Scotia

LifeFlight helicopters have not been authorized to land at Nova Scotia hospital helipads since April 2016, due to changing regulations by Transport Canada. Now, however, two new Sikorsky S-76 C+ helicopters are ready to go into service. Nova Scotians have commented how the new helicopters will help save lives as they will be able to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-17

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Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

With little advance notice, aerial firefighting companies demonstrated their rapid response capability to post-season fires throughout southern California, which have destroyed thousands of structures, and hundreds of thousands of acres across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. As the fires, driven by the dry Santa Ana winds, spread, aircrews, mechanics and fuel truck drivers, who thought they would see no further… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association, 20-Dec-17

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Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Big opposition for heli-biking in Switzerland

Mountain Wilderness Switzerland is against helicopters dropping cyclists on the canton Valais mountain peaks. They commented that the cyclists will have a negative impact on the alpine environment. The nature protection organisation has also commented on the carbon dioxide emissions and noise pollution from the helicopters themselves, reports Swiss Info.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Union threatens strike vote if EC225 returns to North Sea

Trade union Unite has asked its members if they would join in a strike, should the Super Puma helicopter return to North Sea operations. Many oil and gas companies including Statoil ASA, Shell UK and BP plc have severed links with the Super Pumas, after the fatal crash in Norway in April 2016, reports Rigzone.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 Delivery for SKOL Airlines

SKOL Airlines have received three new Mi-8AMT and Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters were delivered by GTLK State Transport Leasing Company, reports, Russian Aviation Insider. The helicopters are equipped for medical evacuation and assistance.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

Egypt Defence Expo launched ahead of December 2018 opening

The Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX) 2018 was launched at a press conference last week with to an audience of Defence Attachés, representatives of the Egyptian Armed Forces, members of the media and the defence industry. Attendees were addressed by a panel which included Major General Doctor Mohamed Al Assar, Minister of State for Military Production,… Read more »

Source: The Egypt Defence Expo, 20-Dec-17

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San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

San Diego Fire Dept to buy S70i

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, received notice that the City of San Diego intends to award a contract for one S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopter in a baseline configuration. The San Diego City Council voted last Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to approve the purchase. Rendering of the Firehawk™ that will provide the City of… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 20-Dec-17

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Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics recognises Heli-One Norway

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce its Top Dealers of 2017 to be Avmax for North and South America (Americas) and Heli-One Norway for International Dealer of the Year. Each year, Universal Avionics recognizes two dealers out of several hundred in its Authorized Dealer Network who have achieved outstanding sales performance for the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 20-Dec-17

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US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

US Navy working on replacement for MH-60S Gunner Seat

Applying accelerated acquisition strategies and rapid prototyping, the Naval Air Systems Command’s Aircrew Systems program office (PMA-202) is well underway toward fielding a replacement for the MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat by 2019. “The existing MH-60S Seahawk Gunner Seat has directly contributed to medical groundings, degraded mission performance and a growing number of chronic back injuries… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Dec-17

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CityAirbus reaches next milestone

CityAirbus reaches next milestone

The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-17

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Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation earns IS-BAH Accreditation

Falcon Aviation is celebrating the completion of its first anniversary at its FBO in the VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport (Dubai South) with the news that it has been awarded International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification. The accreditation was received by the company on 30th November following a third-party audit by… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 20-Dec-17

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New developments for the Bell 412

New developments for the Bell 412

Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin.  On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI.  Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-17

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What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

What happened at the recent UK Helicopter Leaders Round Table?

On 29th November, Leaders from across the UK Helicopter Industry gathered in Henley for a Round Table meeting the aim of which was to bring together front-runners representing the whole gamut of onshore business for an afternoon and evening of informal discussions on areas of mutual interest.  BHA member, Mike O’Donoghue chaired the Round Table… Read more »

Source: Buyer Europe Magazine, 19-Dec-17

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NPAS confirms new London area base

NPAS confirms new London area base

With full planning permission from Epping Forest District Council now in place, the National Police Air Service (NPAS) will soon start building works on a purpose built airbase at North Weald Airfield in Essex. The new base will replace their existing facility at Lippitts Hill 16 miles away and form part of their national network… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 19-Dec-17

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EASA issues advice on lithium batteries

EASA issues advice on lithium batteries

EASA informs airlines and passengers about how to fly safely with Portable Electronic Devices containing Lithium Batteries As some of us prepare to travel for the end of year holidays, the European Aviation Safety Agency publishes a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) to inform airlines and passengers on how to fly safely carrying Portable Electronic Devices… Read more »

Source: EASA, 19-Dec-17

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Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that is designed to provide unmatched agility, speed, range and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 19-Dec-17

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California National Guard to Receive Upgraded Blackhawk Helicopters

California National Guard to Receive Upgraded Blackhawk Helicopters

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) announced that the California National Guard will be receiving upgraded Blackhawk helicopters. Specifically, the Guard’s old UH-60L/A Blackhawks will be replaced by with UH-60M Mike models. “The California National Guard deserves modern equipment to carry out its mission,” said Rep. Calvert. “Providing our Guard with these… Read more »

Source: Calvert Government, 19-Dec-17

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Babcock introduces two H175s to the Southern Hemisphere

Babcock introduces two H175s to the Southern Hemisphere

Global offshore service provider Babcock International has taken delivery of two H175s at a ceremony in Darwin, Australia. Babcock’s aircraft are the first H175s to be introduced into the southern hemisphere and will be based in Dili, Timor Leste. The new aircraft will be used to transport personnel and provide search and rescue and medevac support in… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Dec-17

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Leonardo wins award for electric tail rotor

Leonardo wins award for electric tail rotor

The National Award for Innovation, the most important prize for Italian innovation, was awarded to Leonardo during a ceremony held in the Chamber of Deputies, in the presence of the President of the Chamber, Laura Boldrini. Established by the Italian Government at the National Foundation for Technological Innovation, COTEC, the Award, better known as the “Premio dei Premi”,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Dec-17

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CHC lease AW139 from Lobo Leasing

CHC lease AW139 from Lobo Leasing

Lobo Leasing Limited, a leading world-wide helicopter leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, are pleased to announce the completion of a helicopter leasing transaction with global operator CHC Group for one offshore configured AW139 helicopter to be based in Karratha, Western Australia. Mark Kelly, Lobo’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: “This is a very welcome addition… Read more »

Source: Lobo Leasing, 18-Dec-17

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HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

HAI announces Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that James Russell Spray, retired president and CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines USA, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Spray, from Flower Mound, Texas, is honored for his lifetime of service dedicated to the helicopter industry. The award will be… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

HeliOffshore features in Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine

The latest issue of Eurocontrol’s Hindsight magazine is now available, with much of the edition focusing on the theme “Safety at the Interfaces—Collaboration at Work.” This is a topic close to our hearts at HeliOffshore, and so CEO Gretchen Haskins was delighted to be one of 18 expert contributors to the feature with an article… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Dec-17

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HAI announces Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award winner

HAI announces Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Charles “Chuck” Hagen, sales, training and field service manager at Aeromaritime America, Inc., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. This award honors those who have excelled in conducting or managing maintenance operations in the helicopter industry, and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 18-Dec-17

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CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Dec-17

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Sikorsky presents $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky presents $28,000  to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, presented a check for more than $28,000 to Patient AirLift Services on Wednesday, Dec. 13, for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. In the photo above from left: Dana Fiatarone, Sikorsky Vice President, Commercial Systems & Services, Eileen Minogue, PALS Executive Director, and Marine Staff Sgt. David Crouse, a Connecticut… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore Southeast Asia group meets in Bangkok to review safety work

HeliOffshore’s Southeast Asia working group held its latest bi-annual meeting in Bangkok on 12 December. Almost half of the association’s member operators from the region were represented at the event, which was kindly hosted by Thai Aviation Services and its new Operations Managing Director Nirundon Ragan. The meeting was organised by Edwin Soeters, Strategic Planning… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

HAI announces W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that John W. Williams, of Fort Worth, Tex., is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award (sponsored by H. Ross Perot, Jr. and the Perot family). The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky Delivers Black Hawks to the LA County Fire Department

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company, delivered two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk™ configuration to meet L.A. County Fire Department’s specifications and further protect lives and property 24/7. A Firehawk helicopter performs… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing [NYSA: BA] and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence today signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 15-Dec-17

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HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

HeliOffshore looks back on 2017’s enhancements of offshore safety

Thanks to the excellent collaboration between HeliOffshore’s 109 members, 2017 has been another very productive year in our shared efforts to enhance safety. Despite the challenges our industry has faced over the past 12 months, we’ve collectively made significant progress in implementing the strategy on which our unique organization was founded just over three years… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 15-Dec-17

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