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The future of GA – safer, simpler, more affordable

The future of GA – safer, simpler, more affordable

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference ‘A Vision for the Future of General Aviation’ (6-8 Nov 2018 in Vienna/Austria) on safer, simpler and more affordable flying introduces the new era of innovation and sharing of airspace, flights in General Aviation The conference will launch a new European GA strategy focusing on safer, simpler and more affordable flying,… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Sep-18

Heli-Union announces new partnership

Heli-Union announces new partnership

On 29th-30th August 2018, Heli-Union and Bestfly held a demonstration show in Bestfly premises, located in Luanda Airport, Angola, gathering both the local authorities and Oil and Gas companies operating in the country. The participants showed great interests in this latest industrial revolution in Angola. The demonstration was with an aim to present the strong… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 07-Sep-18

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Northrop Grumman Awarded $89M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Development

Northrop Grumman Awarded $89M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Development

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded $89,046,682 for modification P00014 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N68936-15-D-0013) for the research and development of AH-1Z and UH-1Y System Configuration Sets (SCSs) mission computers in support of the U. S. Marine Corps.  SCS activities include designing, developing, and implementing upgrades… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Sep-18

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Aegis Combat System Support

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Aegis Combat System Support

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded an $11,603,840 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for operational and support services to the Aegis Combat System and its elements.  Elements include multi-mission signal processor, vertical launch system, command and decision system, weapon control system, Mark 99 fire control system, Aegis display system, Aegis computer infrastructure,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Sep-18

EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

EAAA launch First Aid Training Programme

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has today publically launched our new First Aid Training Programme. Our mission is simple, we want to save more lives and minimise the impact of trauma and medical emergencies in the future by forming the chain of survival and delivering first aid training to workplaces and community organisations across East… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 06-Sep-18

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

CAAi launch new Risk-Based Oversight and Surveillance training course

The training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), CAA International (CAAi), has announced a brand new, two-day training course on risk-based oversight and surveillance. Risk-Based Oversight, or Performance-Based Regulation as it is commonly known in the UK, is an oversight system which compliments compliance-based auditing. A risk-based approach allows regulators to fully… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 06-Sep-18

Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo presents the AW109 Trekker

Leonardo is presenting the AW109 Trekker at Land Forces 2018 as a fully commercial, off the shelf solution to the Australian Defence Force needs for Land 2097, Phase 4 Special Operations Rotary Wing Capability. The AW109 Trekker is readily deployable by C17 transport aircraft, requiring less than 30 minutes preparation for embarkation on the C17…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Sep-18

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

Helitech gives up on London – 2019 venue is Farnborough

The organisers of Helitech have finally listened to what their customers want and moved the UK venue out of London to as location which will allow proper demo flights.  Way back on 21st September 2012, HeliHub.com announced that Helitech was to move from its Duxford location to an indoor exhibition centre in central London –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-18

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Hydraulics International Awarded $44M Contract for AH-1Z Store Loaders

Hydraulics International Awarded $44M Contract for AH-1Z Store Loaders

Hydraulics International Inc.*, Chatsworth, California, is awarded a $43,599,667 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of up to 305 MHU-83D production units, truck, lift, aerial stores loaders for ordnance/store loading operations on AV-8B, F/A-18, AH-1W, AH-1Z, UH-1Y, and F-35 B/C aircraft in support of the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Chatsworth, California, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Sep-18

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Honeywell Awarded $20M Contract for CH-47 Engine Support

Honeywell Awarded $20M Contract for CH-47 Engine Support

Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded a $20,206,856 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and time and materials) contract for engineering logistical support services for the CH-47 T55-GA-714A engine, engine components, and related systems. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Procurement of 5 TSS for AH-1Z

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Procurement of 5 TSS for AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded an $11,800,712 firm-fixed-price modification to previously-awarded contract N00164-17-C-JQ71 to procure five additional target sight systems (TSS) for the Navy for AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters.  The TSS is a large-aperture mid-wave forward-looking infrared sensor with a laser designator/rangefinder turret which provides the capability to identify… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-18

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Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Apache Refurbishment

Lockheed Awarded $12M Contract for Apache Refurbishment

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $12,417,632 modification (0007) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for refurbishment support services for the Apache attack helicopter.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $12,417,632 were obligated at the time of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Aug-18

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Raytheon Awarded $60M Contract for CH-53 and V-22 Support

Raytheon Awarded $60M Contract for CH-53 and V-22 Support

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a five-year performance-based logistics contract (N00383-18-D-PH01) in the amount of $59,717,916 for support of the CH-53 and V-22 Forward Looking InfraredSystem.  The first delivery order for the first year of the contract will be issued concurrently with the award of the basic contract in the amount of $15,971,160.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Aug-18

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RS Helicopter set to start H125 operations in Nepal

RS Helicopter set to start H125 operations in Nepal

R.S Helicopter Pvt. Ltd, a new operator in Nepal, was awarded License for operating Charter Helicopter services from Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) dated July 21st, 2018. According to the highly placed source, the helicopter company has been awarded License No. 161|075|76 from MoCTCA to operate 3 AS350B3e (H125) Helicopter with base outside… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 30-Aug-18

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Bristow Group To Present At The 2018 Barclays CEO Energy

Bristow Group To Present At The 2018 Barclays CEO Energy

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE : BRS ) announced today that it will be presenting at the Barclays CEO Energy – Power Conference to be held in New York City on September 4 – 6, 2018. Jonathan Baliff, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Don Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present on Wednesday, September 5, at 9:05 a.m. Eastern… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 30-Aug-18

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CHC Completes First Flight for Neptune Energy

CHC Completes First Flight for Neptune Energy

Earlier this month Neptune Energy and CHC Helicopter celebrated the inaugural flight from Norwich, with the H175 to the Cygnus A and Cygnus B installations in the Southern North Sea as part of a new 22-month contract with multiple extension options. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our 17 year aviation partnership… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Aug-18

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Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355

Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355

Columbia Helicopters moves their ELITE AS355 Twin Turbine Helicopter trainer to a new dedicated classroom. The impressive space is located in Aurora, OR, where Columbia Helicopters operates the ELITE Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) in order to keep their pilots current and proficient. Accomplishing training using the AATD is much more cost effective and beneficial… Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 30-Aug-18

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Phi Helipass Awarded Patent for Kiosk for Energy Industry Logistics

Phi Helipass Awarded Patent for Kiosk for Energy Industry Logistics

An automated kiosk and related apparatus provide check-in and boarding services to energy sector passengers, such as helicopter passengers. Preferably, the kiosk and related apparatus can take and store a picture of the passenger, calculate and/or measure the weight of the passenger and the passenger’s luggage, print luggage tags and boarding printouts, check third parties’ databases (such… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 29-Aug-18

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TAI completes ground testing of new T625 prototype

TAI completes ground testing of new T625 prototype

TAI’s newest T625 prototype has recently completed ground tests. The next step will be for the aircraft to perform it’s first test flight later this year. They hope to begin production on a large scale after 2021, reports Daily Sabah.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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Russian helicopter maker ready to cooperate with China

Russian helicopter maker ready to cooperate with China

Russian Helicopters is currently working with Chinese aviation companies to create a heavy helicopter. They are looking to finish negotiations this year. A future of joint ventures is becoming a possibility, reports Xinhua Net.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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US delivers new Chinook to Turkey despite F-35 problem

US delivers new Chinook to Turkey despite F-35 problem

Turkey has recently received their second batch of CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the US. The contract was for 11 helicopters, with 6 having been delivered in 2016, this second batch of five completes the contract. Turkey and the US are currently in a political row, with the delivery of F-35 jets being delayed by Donald… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Aug-18

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United Rotorcraft receives contract for Ventura County Firehawks

United Rotorcraft receives contract for Ventura County Firehawks

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce the receipt of a contract with Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) to convert two surplus U.S. Army aircraft into FIREHAWK® helicopters. VCFD purchased two U.S. Army HH-60L aircraft, originally configured as dedicated MEDEVAC helicopters.  These aircraft were outfitted with the United Rotorcraft medical equipment and patient litter systems, some… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 29-Aug-18

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JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

JETcopter to test innovative propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts

JETcopter – VTOL aviation startup , today announced launch of tests of a new type propulsion system for VTOL aircrafts . 2 centrifugal air turbines in enclosed housings , each 200 cm diameter (6.6 feet ) , will rotate in opposite directions at high RPM to create thrust similar to 11 meters ( 36 feet… Read more »

Source: JETcopter, 29-Aug-18

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Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

Norwegian Navy tests NH90 helicopter landings on ships in open sea

The Norwegian navy recently tested helicopter/ship landings in the North Sea. The object was to determine the operational limits within which NH90 helicopters could land safely on two Norwegian ships in open sea. The method used for that purpose, developed by NLR in association with the Dutch navy, produced a significant saving on the costs… Read more »

Source: NLR, 29-Aug-18

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USATS announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

USATS  announced a forthcoming rotary wing training course

U.S. Aviation Training Solutions Inc. (USATS – formerly the Bristow Academy), today announced a major forthcoming rotary wing training course, reaffirmed its commitment to its core energy sector clients and spoke of innovative future course offerings with a drive into the fixed wing training sector. “We’re proud of our 30-year heritage, leading standards for commercial… Read more »

Source: USATS, 29-Aug-18

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Raytheon awarded $9M contract for MQ-4C Systems Engineering

Raytheon awarded $9M contract for MQ-4C Systems Engineering

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $9,359,975 for cost-reimbursable job order 0010 under previously awarded contract N00164-17-G-JQ02 to procure engineering support for production and fleet integration of the Triton multi-spectral targeting system on the Navy MQ-4C helicopter. The primary mission of the electro-optical/infrared system is to provide enhanced visual imagery to augment existing electronic sensors… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Aug-18

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Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker Releases Life Cycle Cost 18.2

Conklin & de Decker, a leader in aviation research, consulting and education, has announced Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Release 18.2 is now available with even more aircraft and the latest operating cost data. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget and financial analysis tool in the industry, LCC provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers,… Read more »

Source: Conklin & de Decker, 28-Aug-18

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Idaho National Guard trains with Royal Thai Army

Idaho National Guard trains with Royal Thai Army

Soldiers from the headquarter companies of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion and the Royal Thai Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion are conducting a staff exercise together as part of Hanuman Guardian 2018 Aug. 20 — 30 at the Royal Thai Army’s Cavalry Center in the Saraburi province. The staff exercise provides Soldiers… Read more »

Source: US Army, 28-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Awarded $18M contract for H-1 rotary wing blades

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $17,693,937 firm-fixed-price contract for H-1 rotary wing blades. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with a Sept…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Aug-18

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I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

I/O Controls Corporation Awarded Patent for Helicopter Landing Pad

A mobile helicopter landing pad comprises a platform with one or more elongate, concave guiding channels for aligning a helicopter on the landing pad by forcing the helicopter’s skates into a specific alignment upon landing. The guiding channels may have laterally disposed rollers or else be made of slick material to allow the helicopter to slide towards the base of the guiding channel… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 27-Aug-18

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Technical Systems Integration Inc Awarded $11M contract for MH-53E MK-105 Gear Repair

Technical Systems Integration Inc Awarded $11M contract for MH-53E MK-105 Gear Repair

Technical Systems Integration Inc.,* Chesapeake, Virginia, is awarded a $10,585,142 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for depot-level repair, overhaul, and modification for the MK-105 magnetic minesweeping gear.  The MK105 Magnetic Influence Minesweeping System is a high-speed catamaran hydrofoil platform which is towed behind the MH-53E helicopter and is used to sweep magnetic influence mines.  This contract includes… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $510M Contract for the Manufacture and Delivery of 29 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $509,750,754 for modification P00005 to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z Build New aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program.  In addition, this modification provides for long lead material and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-18

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Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

Airbus Awarded Patent For Aircraft Sensing Orifice

A sensing orifice for an aircraft, an aircraft with such a sensing orifice and a method for assembling a sensing orifice for an aircraft are provided. The aircraft may be an airplane, a helicopter, a UAV, a drone or similar. The static sensing orifice includes a passage through an outer skin of the aircraft and a moisture… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 24-Aug-18

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Rostec presents a modernized Night Hunter

Rostec presents a modernized Night Hunter

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented a new version of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2018 which is being held from August 21 through August 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region.  The attack helicopter can interact with drones and operate them remotely. The modernized Mi-28NE helicopter is presented at the static exposition of the forum…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom certifies Appareo Vision 1000

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has certified Appareo’s Vision 1000 in the Enstrom 480B turbine helicopter.  FAA certification for the Vision 1000 was granted in June followed by EASA and the Brazilian ANAC.  Approval is in process with the Chinese CAAC and the CAA of Argentina. The Vision 1000 is Appareo’s FAA-certified cockpit recording device that captures attitude data,… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 24-Aug-18

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Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Metro wins J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year award

Each year the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce hosts the J. Pat Beaird Industry and Top Businesses of the Year awards, with the support of our sponsors, the Forum, Chase Bank and the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund. “The Chamber is proud to announce that our Industry of the Year Award recipient this year will… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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Rostec presents modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P

Rostec presents modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) is presenting modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P attack helicopters for the first time at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2018, which is being held from August 21 through August 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region. Guests and participants of the forum will be able to see the machines at the static exposition of the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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MedFlight to fly into new facility

MedFlight to fly into new facility

Visitors to Troy have been watching the progress as the new Kettering hospital Troy location has been rising from the former Hobart property at the corners of West Main, Elm, and Water streets. As construction progresses, Kettering Health Network is excited to let residents know of some of the services that will be available at… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Aug-18

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Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Iconic Helicopter Sculpture Restored by Helicopter Museum

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have given an iconic aircraft sculpture a new lease of life as its gate guardian. The full-size sculpture of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 who had previously used it as promotional tool at new housing developments. During the 1970s Barratts… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Aug-18

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Modernized Mi-26T2V takes its first flight

Modernized Mi-26T2V takes its first flight

The modernized Mi-26T2V helicopter made for the Russian Aerospace Forces took its first flight at the flight-test center of Rostvertol company of Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation). A prototype made by Rostvertol company will be sent to the Moscow Region under its own power soon, where it will participate in the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2018”, being presented at the static exposition. “The Mi-26 helicopter is a unique… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 24-Aug-18

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CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

CAAN to set fare standard for helicopter operation in Nepal

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), aviation regulatory authority has planned to set charter flights’ fare for the helicopter company. Due to lack of government standards, Nepali helicopter companies had been charging irregular helicopter fare. Sanjeev Gautam, Director General of the Authority stated that the authority received report on the Fake rescue investigation conducted by the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Aug-18

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Bell awarded $28M Contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies

Bell awarded $28M Contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $27,637,661 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 proprotor gearbox assemblies. This is a one-time buy with no option periods. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Texas, with an April… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Aug-18

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Ukraine Tests New Helicopter Missile Oskol

Ukraine Tests New Helicopter Missile Oskol

Tests for the Oskol unguided 80mm aircraft missiles were held recently at the Ukrainian Armed Forces firing ground in Chernihiv. The missiles were fired from a Mi-8 helicopter, reports Ukrinform.  A rough amount of thirty missiles were shot on the day.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Aug-18

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Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

Bell awarded patent for tiltrotor pylon assemblies

A pedestal assembly for receiving a pylon assembly of a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter mode and an airplane mode, the tiltrotor aircraft having an airframe including a fuselage and a wing. The pedestal assembly includes an inboard pedestal supported by the airframe and positioned above the wing. The inboard pedestal includes an inboard bearing assembly disposed… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-18

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Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

Breeze-Eastern LLC Awarded Patent for Helicopter Hoist Systems

A helicopter-hoist system is described. The system may include: hoist equipment, illumination systems, range-measuring equipment, camera(s), communication systems, display devices, processing/control systems including image-processing systems, and power-management systems. The system may also include a smart-hook for measuring a load on the hook. Based on the measured load on the cable, the lighting may be illuminated in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 22-Aug-18

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FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

FAA warns against drone flights near wildfires

If you fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire, you could get someone killed. That’s the stern warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. wildland fire agencies have for pilots of unmanned aircraft (“UAS,” or more popularly “drones”) who interfere with fighting wildfires. When firefighting aircraft have to be grounded due to an unauthorized drone flight, there are… Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Aug-18

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NH90 Qatar contract now effective

NH90 Qatar contract now effective

Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. Leonardo acts as overall prime… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Aug-18

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VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

VFS Announces the Winners of Student Design Competition

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of the 35th Annual Student Design Competition: the team comprised of the University of Maryland and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics took top honors in the graduate category, while the University of Maryland’s undergraduate team took first place in the undergraduate competition. The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) sponsored the competition… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 22-Aug-18

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USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

USHST to Participate in FAA Rotorcraft Conference

Safety experts from the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be participating on Oct. 23-25 in the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference in Hurst, TX. The free conference (www.faahelisafety.org) gathers together rotorcraft pilots, mechanics, small company owners, industry executives, helicopter operators, students and government regulators from the United States and abroad. Experts… Read more »

Source: USHST, 22-Aug-18

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Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Hinks Awarded Patent for Negative Spring Compensation

Elastomeric bearings exhibit a reactive positive spring effect, i.e., they produce an opposing torque or force when angular displacement or translation is applied upon them, due to shear stress developed within their elastomer parts. The present invention incorporates a device that exhibits an increasingly strong torque or force in the same direction as the displacement,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 21-Aug-18

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VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

VHA Receives FAA STC for 206L LongRanger Main Blades

Van Horn Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 21-Aug-18

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Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully completed the first suite of synchronised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight tests using new on-board autonomous command and control technology developed by Boeing in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 21-Aug-18

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FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook

The FAA approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. The cargo hook installation includes an Onboard Systems hook, right and left-seat controls (allowing for solo flight from either… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 21-Aug-18

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Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gualter Helicopter as exclusive distributor in Brazil. Rotortrade Services is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters and Gualter Helicopter is a company that specializes in the sale of aircraft with focus on executive aviation in Brazil. Rotortrade Services continues… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 21-Aug-18

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CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

CHC Brasil Holds Regional Safety and Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro

On August 9 and 10, CHC Brasil held its fourth CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s event was attended by more than 150 attendees and featured nine presentations around the theme: “Consistent Level of Safety: Continuous Monitoring of Systems and Human Performance.” The event began with opening remarks from CHC’s… Read more »

Source: CHC, 21-Aug-18

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DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART launches its new H130/EC130 Cable Cutter System

DART Aerospace has recently received certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its new Cable Cutter System for the H130/EC130 family of aircraft. In today’s helicopter world, a significant proportion of helicopter incidents relate to wire strikes with aircraft operating in urban areas and close to populated regions being most at risk; for this… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 20-Aug-18

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Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance buy Airbus H145

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development is just about to be taken, with the purchase of a new state of the art Airbus H145 helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 20-Aug-18

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Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

Flight Safety Dept. conducts meeting on safety enhancement of helicopter operation

A meeting was held at Flight Safety Standards Department (FSSD), Sinamangal Kathmandu among all the helicopter operators of Nepal including flight safety chief, operational directors, chief pilots and safety directors. FSSD Chief Mr. Raju Shrestha highlighted safety enhancement in context of Nepalese helicopter operation. Captain GM Lama discussed the requirement of Ground Safety such as… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 20-Aug-18

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Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhorse brings two-person SureFly octocopter to Manhattan public

Workhouse recently showcased their new electrical pickup truck and their SureFly, an octocopter drone. The hybrid helicopter has eight propellers that ensure balance, giving it more of a drone design than that of a helicopter. Workhouse is looking to bring out the aircraft in 2020, reports Mashable.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-18

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for MH-60 Analysis

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $9,699,191 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 4042 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004).  This delivery order procures non-recurring engineering necessary to conduct comprehensive fatigue life analysis to define the expected service life of the MH-60 Sierra Multi-Mission Helicopter in support of the Navy.  Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Aug-18

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

Wiltshire Air Ambulance cleared of Novichok contamination

We’re pleased to confirm that the precautionary testing of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance helicopter and airbase have confirmed no contamination has been identified. The Air Ambulance Airbase, located in Semington, was closed temporarily and the Air Ambulance was grounded on August 1 for testing to take place, as part of the ongoing operation into the… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 17-Aug-18

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Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus renews partnership with USP of São Carlos

Airbus continues to strengthen its investments in education in Brazil. The company announced the renewal of its partnership with the School of Engineering of São Carlos of the University of São Paulo (EESC – USP) at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), held at Congonhas Airport (SP) . For 10 years, Airbus has supported… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems

Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the IDAS-2 self-protection suite for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter. The order amounts to approximately MSEK 350. The order includes the IDAS-2 (Integrated Defensive Aids Suite) and the production will take place at Saab’s facility in Centurion, South Africa. Deliveries will begin during… Read more »

Source: Saab, 17-Aug-18

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Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand. “We genuinely value the trust… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Aug-18

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AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

AAMS Statement in Response to NASEMSO “Borders in the Sky”

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) would like to respond to the National Association of State EMS Officials press release, dated Aug 3, “NASEMSO Responds to Borders in the Sky.” NASEMSO and AAMS, as well as a host of other organizations, support the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate CompAct (REPLICA). That compact, according… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 17-Aug-18

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Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras highlights 40 years of leadership

Helibras participates in the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), scheduled from August 14 to 16, at Congonhas Airport (SP). In the year it celebrates 40 years, the company will present the first H145 model helicopter in operation in the Brazilian market, as well as the recent investments in its wide range of products… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-18

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HeliOffshore SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

HeliOffshore  SIP Delivers the Data to Make the Frontline Safer

The new HeliOffshore Safety Intelligence Programme (HSIP) is already delivering significant volumes of operational data from frontline offshore helicopter operations around the world. As the scope of the programme is expanded, it has the potential to generate a wide range of data that supports and validates multiple aspects of HeliOffshore’s work to enhance safety. To… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Aug-18

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New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

New modern helipad construction completed at Rasuwa

Construction of modern helipad has been completed in Rasuwa. Nepalese Army preserving Langtang National Park, working on construction of helipad that can even help to land helicopters in night, has been successfully completed. The helipad is constructed at the old helipad site. The construction of helipad located at Dhunche was estimated to cost around 1.5… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Aug-18

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Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

Boeing being sued over December 2016 Apache accident

The families of the two Texas Army National guard chief warrant officers who died in a 2016 crash are suing Boeing. The officers, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dustin Lee Mortenson and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lucas Maurice Lowe, were flying an AH-64D on December 28. The families are suing Boeing for an unspecified amount of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

The German Defence Ministry may have to delay a $4.56 billion tender for the replacement of their CH-52G helicopters. The funding is not yet secured, with the Finance Ministry pushing for a larger budget for digitalisation and infrastructure. The bidding process for the contract was supposed to be started this year, but finance issues may… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

ICON Aviation appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that ICON Aviation has been appointed an official distributor for the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter in Brazil. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at LABACE exhibition. The distribution agreement, which follows established charter services provided by ICON Aviation in the country with other AW109 variants and the AW139… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 16-Aug-18

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Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney adds third maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced today at LABACE 2018 that it has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda. Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 16-Aug-18

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MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

MBA adds helicopter values on RedBook platform

Morten Beyer & Agnew (“mba”) announced updates to their leading online valuation tool, REDBOOK, with the release of the new Helicopter Module. The new section provides vintage specific Half Time and Full Life helicopter values with the option to adjust for configuration, allowing industry players quick and easy access to data. This platform will allow those… Read more »

Source: Morten Beyer & Agnew, 16-Aug-18

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UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

UAE operator EDIC Horizon orders Bell 429 simulator

EDIC Horizon, a flight training organization located in UAE, has purchased from Entrol a H14 FNPT III MCC simulator. The H14 simulator is based on a Bell 429 and it is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units. It features 200º x 70º spherical visual, high resolution database with mission scenarios and vibration system… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 16-Aug-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Sikorsky S-92A (G-CHHF), nose landing gear failed to lower on approach to Scatsta Airport, Shetland, 29 January 2018

Source: AAIB, 15-Aug-18

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