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Toledo Police grounded as city sells their only helicopter

Toledo Police grounded as city sells their only helicopter

The Toledo Police Department was given approval to sell their only helicopter, a R44 Robinson, recently this past week. They have stated that the engine is in need of a complete overhaul and the basic kit cost alone ranges from $250,000 to $275,000. That is without the labour costs. They bought the helicopter in 2001… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US plans up to 159 refurbished Black Hawks for Afghanistan

US Defence Officials have revealed that they are planning to send up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to Afghanistan. The Afghan Air Force will use these helicopters to replace their aging fleet of Mi-17s. As reported by Military Times, the arrival of the Black Hawks will provide security forces the leverage they need to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-17

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Esterline Focusing on Helicopter Solutions at CANSEC 2017

Esterline Focusing on Helicopter Solutions at CANSEC 2017

Esterline Avionics Systems is showcasing its advanced displays and CMC Electronics brand integrated helicopter solutions at this year’s CANSEC in Booth #950.  On show for the first time is Esterline’s helicopter demonstrator featuring an extensive range of the company’s core avionics capabilities, integrated with an Esterline TREALITY® brand dome visualization system.  The dome simulator will… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 01-Jun-17

Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight launches app for emergency responders

Vanderbilt LifeFlight has developed a new app that allows for emergency responders to request a helicopter at the tap of a button. The app also uses computer-aided software to send the emergency responders’ location and other helpful information directly to dispatch personnel at LifeFlight’s Communications Center. The app, developed in partnership with LifeFlight’s computer-aided dispatch… Read more »

Source: Vanderbilt LifeFlight, 01-Jun-17

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Drone Industry Forecasts to Grow at 12.7% CAGR till 2022

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred as drones, are aircraft without a human pilot aboard. The flight is controlled either autonomously, or by an onboard computer, or by remote control from the ground or another vehicle. The large-sized remotely pilot aircraft (RPA) are powered by internal combustion engines, while relatively small UAVs are driven by… Read more »

Source: Orbis Research, 01-Jun-17

Eagle celebrates 10th conversion of a 407HP

Eagle celebrates 10th conversion of a 407HP

Eagle recently celebrated its tenth conversion of a 407HP for Heli Niugini in March. With nine conversions completed in Canada, this recent conversion was the first for the Australasia arm of the company.The successful conversion in Coffs Harbour, Australia, finished within the allotted timeframe, and on budget as previously announced by Eagle Australasia’s CEO Grant… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 01-Jun-17

Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

Sikorsky HH-60W passes next program milestone

“This milestone is an important achievement and demonstrates Sikorsky and the Air Force are well aligned on the technical requirements of the HH-60W,” said Tim Healy, Sikorsky CRH program director. “We got here by conducting several milestones on or ahead of schedule, and we are committed to staying on that track as we build the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Jun-17

Spectrum Aeromed Recognized for Workplace Practices

Spectrum Aeromed Recognized for Workplace Practices

Spectrum Aeromed has been honored with a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices.The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-Jun-17

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Russian Helicopters Delivers Ka-32A11BC to Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment

Russian Helicopters Delivers Ka-32A11BC to Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment

Russian Helicopters has recently delivered a Ka-32A11BC multirole helicopter to Chinese aviation company, Jiangsu Baoli Aviation Equipment. The deal was struck in 2015 for four Ka-32s, reports Sputnik. The helicopter will be used for emergency medical services, cargo transport, for working on large buildings and logging.

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-17

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New Penzance HP on hold while fixed-wing competitor launches judicial review

New Penzance HP on hold while fixed-wing competitor launches judicial review

The proposed new heliport at Penzance on the south-west tip of the UK is currently on hold, and thus the restarting of scheduled flights with AW139 equipment to the Isles of Scilly will also have a delayed start.  The pause has been in place since the parent company of Skybus – the fixed wing competitor… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-17

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Air Taurus adds 15 Mi-8MTV helicopters

Air Taurus adds 15 Mi-8MTV helicopters

AYR is pleased to announce that it has entered into an aircraft management agreement. 15 Mi-8MTV helicopters will be added to the fleet of Ukrainian AOC holder ‘Air Taurus’, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AYR. All 15 helicopters are fully UN-compliant and are equipped with the latest avionics upgrades.

Source: AYR Group, 31-May-17

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Baltimore Mayor proposes cutting one of four Police EC120s

Baltimore Mayor proposes cutting one of four Police EC120s

Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine Pugh, had her first budget proposal in March. Within this proposal was the plan to ground one of the police departments Foxtrot EC120 helicopters. Calculations show that this cutting will save up to $1 million, as reported by Baltimore Sun. Not only does this plan leave the fleet down to three,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-May-17

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Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

Sloane Helicopters expands Leonardo in UK and Ireland with AW169 and GrandNew orders

[HeliHub editor note – this press release is verbatim from Leonardo, so if you want to comment on the wording…..] Growing success of helicopters Sloane Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Ireland . At the air show EBACE in Geneva just ended, Sloane Helicopters , distribution company of AgustaWestland VIP aircraft for the region, has… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-May-17

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Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Team Cormorant re-established for Canadian AW101 Mid-Life Upgrade

Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) are pleased to announce that “Team Cormorant” has been re-established to support the modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and the expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: IMP GROUP, 30-May-17

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CPI Aerostructures Announces MH-53E Sea Dragon Component MRO Contract From Sikorsky Aircraft

CPI Aerostructures Announces MH-53E Sea Dragon Component MRO Contract From Sikorsky Aircraft

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) announced today that it has received a contract from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), to provide maintenance repair and overhaul services for tow hook assemblies used on the MH-53E Sea Dragon, the U.S. Navy’s primary airborne mine countermeasures aircraft. CPI Aero will tear down, inspect,… Read more »

Source: CPI Aerostructures, 30-May-17

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FLIR Systems appoints President/CEO

FLIR Systems appoints President/CEO

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced that James J. (“Jim”) Cannon has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 19, 2017. Mr. Cannon will succeed Andy Teich, whose retirement after 33 years of service was previously announced on February 14, 2017. Mr. Cannon’s extensive and varied leadership experience, together with his proven… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 30-May-17

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Russian Helicopters seeks service centre in Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters seeks service centre in Azerbaijan

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has held talks on setting up a helicopter service center in Azerbaijan with Azerbaijan Airlines and Silk Way Group at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. Russian Helicopters CEO Andrey Boginsky, president of ZAO Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Askerov, president of Silk Way Group Zaur Akhundov, and… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters is moving forward with the expansion of its global footprint and its strategic partnership with China, as construction is now underway for its H135 Final Assembly Line (FAL) – the first of its kind not only for Airbus Helicopters, but also for the Western helicopter industry in China. The FAL will be located… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-May-17

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Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters showcases unmanned tiltrotor at HeliRussia-2017

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is featuring a prototype of an unmanned tiltrotor created by VR-Technologies design bureau, at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2017. The prototype of the UAV was first shown at the Army-2016 International Military Technical Forum in September 2016, after subsequently the tiltrotor was retrofitted with a control… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-May-17

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Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract to support Utility Helicopter Project Office

Iron Mountain Solutions Inc.,* Madison, Alabama, was awarded a $7,524,414 modification (000103) to contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for non-U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development Center technical support to the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 17, 2018. Fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019 other; other procurement (Army); and research,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

Boeing awarded $15M contract for Apache main rotor blade repair

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $14,522,875 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Apache main rotor blade. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Monrovia, California, with an estimated completion date of May 2, 2022. Fiscal 2017 other funds in the amount of $14,522,875 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-17

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K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

K. Roger Williams Passes Away at Age of 65

Roger Williams, one of the original employees of Bell Helicopters passed away last Friday in Dallas at the age of 65. Well loved by his community, Williams was seen as the face of Bell, always smartly dressed. His duties within the company ranged from site manager, executive director, to director of admin and head of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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Fundraising for New Air Evac Helipad for Perry County

Fundraising for New Air Evac Helipad for Perry County

Last year, Perry County held a benefit cookout in order to raise funds to build a helipad in Frohna and Altenburg. They achieved this and were able to build the two helipads, which roughly costed between $6,000 and $8,000. This year, along with Air Evac, they plan to hold another benefit cookout, this time hoping… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics RoadRunner™ EFI Flown on B212 Helicopter with Colombian National Police

Astronautics Corporation of America’s newest display product—the AFI 4700 RoadRunner electronic flight instrument (EFI)—flew onboard a Bell 212 helicopter yesterday during a demonstration flight with the Colombian National Police. The RoadRunner EFI will remain installed in the helicopter’s cockpit and be available for viewing on static display during the Feria de la Industria Aerospacial Colombiana… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 29-May-17

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Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

Second prototype HAL Light Utility Helicopter makes first flight

On the heels of maiden flight of HTT-40 (PT-2), HAL carried out first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22, 2017 at its facility in Bengaluru. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr(Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani.  The flight duration was about 22… Read more »

Source: HAL, 29-May-17

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50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

50th anniversary of Mi-2 helicopters in the service of the Polish Armed Forces

PZL-Świdnik, a Leonardo Group helicopter manufacturer, is pleased to inform that on 20th May this year the celebrations commemorating the 54th anniversary of the establishment of the oldest helicopter unit in Poland, i.e. the 56th Air Base in Inowrocław, were held at Inowrocław-Latkowo airfield. A special event accompanying the feast was comprised by celebrations of… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 29-May-17

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Russian Helicopters delivers first medevac Ansat to State Transport Leasing Company

Russian Helicopters delivers first medevac Ansat to State Transport Leasing Company

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered the first of six Ansat medevac helicopters to State Transport Leasing Company at the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. The contract to supply six multirole Ansats in medevac mode to State Transport Leasing Company was signed at the end of 2016.  The agreement additionally provides… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-May-17

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L3 WESCAM Launches MatriX™ ISR System Solutions Kits

L3 WESCAM Launches MatriX™ ISR System Solutions Kits

L3 WESCAM announced today the launch of its MatriX™ ISR system solutions kits for fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. L3’s MatriX kits combine a series of best-in-class Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) technologies that provide an advanced level of ISR mission capabilities in airborne platforms that have traditionally conducted missions without them. The kits offer a low-cost, low-risk… Read more »

Source: L3 WESCAM, 29-May-17

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Sundance Helicopters plans to break World Record

Sundance Helicopters plans to break World Record

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the most experienced and highest-rated experiential tourism company in Las Vegas, plans to break the Guinness World Record® for most helicopter weddings in the air on July 7, 2017. The Lucky in Love Wedding Experience will be held simultaneously inside 12 state-of-the-art helicopters while flying 800 feet over the Las Vegas Strip…. Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 29-May-17

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Northstar Provides New Corporate Headquarters for Air Methods

Northstar Provides New Corporate Headquarters for Air Methods

Northstar Commercial Partners announced that a 62,124 sq. ft. long term lease with Air Methods has been fully executed, securing the company’s new corporate headquarters in Greenwood Village, Colorado; a suburb of Denver. Air Methods, an air medical transport organization, will move their offices and employees to Northstar Commercial Partner’s 5500 S. Quebec Street building… Read more »

Source: Northstar, 29-May-17

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The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary HeliRussia 2017 have set an absolute record

The anniversary 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia gathered a record exhibition – 237 companies from 21 countries will participate in the expo, 22 helicopters, 2 gyroplanes and 15 UAVs to be displayed, the business program includes 60 events. Venue of the event is 12.4 thousand square meters. All of these sets an absolute record… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 29-May-17

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Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Ghana Orders 4 Z-9EH Helicopters for Oil and Gas Project

Four Z-9 EH helicopters have been commissioned by the President of Ghana, John Mahama, to be delivered by the Chinese government. The helicopters will have a large role in the Ghana Gas infrastructure project. The commission comes to $100 million, reports My Joy Online. The helicopters will be used for security of oil installations on… Read more »

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Lower Operating Temperature for H135

Lower Operating Temperature for H135

The Russian Aviation Register has lowered the minimum operating temperature of the Airbus H135’s new modification EC135 T3 and EC135 P3 from -25°С to -35°С. This change has ensured that the Russian airworthiness certificate has been amended as well as matching the EASA certificate. this announcement was made at HeliRussia 2017. The H135 model is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-17

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Boulder Transport Starts Helicopter Flights up Front Range

Boulder Transport Starts Helicopter Flights up Front Range

Boulder Transport will soon be offering helicopter flights throughout the Front Range area. They plan to officially begin this service 15 June and hope to be fully operational by ski season, reports Daily Camera. The founder of Boulder Transport, Carlos Alvarez has stated that with the arrival of Google and the success of other tech… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-17

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Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters announces strategic partnership with Azur Hélicoptère

Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Hélicoptère are announcing today a new partnership which will bring a seamless private helicopter and jet experience to clients visiting the South of France. Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group (EBACE booth number T70), will work together with Azur Hélicoptère to provide helicopter transfers to clients’ end destinations in the… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Group, 26-May-17

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Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B helicopter. Newly registered in the Czech Republic as OK-AMS the helicopter will be engaged in the private air transportation to perfectly fit into the wide range of the Company’s services. The helicopter will often provide a quick shuttle between Prague Int’l Airport and remote heli spots offering… Read more »

Source: Aeropartner, 26-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

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Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on June 22, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 7, 2017 (the “Record Date”).  There were 35,217,652 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-May-17

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HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

HAI Statement on US Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Drone Registration

Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals to halt the registration of drones deemed to be “model aircraft.” Helicopters routinely operate at the same low altitudes as drones, and we in the helicopter industry are deeply concerned about our ability to fly safely in air space where… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-May-17

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Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Centaurium takes delivery of its GrandNew helicopter

Leonardo announced today that Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland has taken delivery of its AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The handover was celebrated during an official ceremony held at EBACE 2017 in Geneva. This specially-configured aircraft anticipating safety enhancing requirement like ADS-B Out, will be operated by Mountainflyers for heli taxi services from Bern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-May-17

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Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

Marine Corps Aviation Association Awards 2017

The Marine Corps Aviation Association held its 46th Annual Symposium and Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in La Jolla, California, May 19. The MCAA awards program was founded in 1962 and since then has recognized excellence in Marine aviation through education, activities, media, events and its awards program. It is the largest aviation-based… Read more »

Source: Marine Corps, 26-May-17

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Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation Receives AS9110 Certificate

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification. The internationally recognized AS9110 Standard focuses on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and is a derivative of the AS9100 Standard that addresses the aviation industry. Additionally, Summit holds ISO 9001:2008 certification which confirms that the organization… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 26-May-17

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Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

Marenco SKYe SH09 to Norway

The Swiss manufacturer Marenco Swisshelicopter announces today the official signature of a Launch Customer contract with Norwegian Tronrud Engineering AS for a single-turbine SH09 helicopter. The aircraft will be based in the Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, 60 kilometers north-west of Oslo. Tronrud Engineering AS will operate the helicopter as a utility and logistics vehicle that will support the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 25-May-17

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Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

Boeing awarded $143M contract for 24 AH-64E Apaches modification

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $143,414,164 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for a directed change for the Saudi Arabia National Guard II and III unique modifications to 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of April 1, 2022…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

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Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

Government of Greece– CH-47D Helicopters

WASHINGTON, Apr. 28, 2017 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece for CH-47D helicopters. The estimated cost is $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 27, 2017. The Government of Greece… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 25-May-17

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Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

Oregon Dept Fish and Wildlife replaces helicopters with drones

From their vantage point high atop the Oregon Coast Range, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Herman Biederbeck and two researchers from Oregon State University can see almost forever as the first rays of sunlight peek over the top of Saddle Mountain in the distance to the east. Below is the Young’s River basin… Read more »

Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 25-May-17

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SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

SAFE Structures partners with Eidos Ergonomics

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs LLC, the global leader specializing in the custom design, engineering, and manufacturing of safety first ergonomic aircraft access platforms, fall protection platforms, and maintenance support equipment, is excited to announce its agreement with Eidos Ergonomics to offer seating products to the aviation industry under the S.A.F.E. Structure brand name. Eidos is the… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 25-May-17

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Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department Aviation Section to include a third (3rd) MD 520N helicopter. Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) currently operates two (2) MD 520N helicopters, in service with PGPD since 2000. “We are honored Lt. Cline… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-May-17

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A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

A New Station Commander for RAF Shawbury

Personnel from Royal Air Force Shawbury welcomed their new Station Commander, Group Captain R S (Chuck) Norris who officially took command of RAF Shawbury on Friday 12th May 2017. Group Captain Norris joined the Royal Air Force in 1988. As a Support Helicopter pilot, he has completed tours on the Wessex and Chinook in Hong… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 25-May-17

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Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Norway trials Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Schiebel’s sophisticated Unmanned Air System (UAS) was presented to the Norwegian Coastguard, Royal Norwegian Navy, Royal Norwegian Airforce, Norwegian Coastal Administration, Police Directorate as well as other Norwegian authorities during demanding trials at Andøya Test Center (ATC). During the event held in Northern Norway, approximately 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, the CAMCOPTER® S-100… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 25-May-17

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EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

EDA wraps up Fire Blade 2017 exercise in Hungary

Exercise FIRE BLADE 2017, which was hosted by the Hungarian Defence Forces, came to an end on Thursday 11 May 2017 and was officially closed by the acting Chief of the Hungarian Air Force, Colonel Pal Szűcs and LTC Roel Cuppes, who represented the EDA. This was the 11th helicopter exercise under the umbrella of… Read more »

Source: EDA, 25-May-17

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Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

In the last few weeks Helibras has delivered two H225Ms to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The first one –destined to the Army- has been delivered in the full operational configuration, including specially designed mission systems unique to the Army. Based in Taubaté and operated by the 1º BAvEx, this is the ninth H225M to integrate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-May-17

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BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

BK117 Role Equipment Granted FAA Certification

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the  9 Passenger High Density Seating. Providing lightweight seating in the cabin whilst maximising the number of passengers that can be carried. The nine place high density seats give the flexibility that multi‐role aircraft operators demand.  They are lightweight, can be configured as 3,… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 25-May-17

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Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products. “Now that we… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-May-17

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CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation Awarded Contract With USTRANSCOM

CHI Aviation is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide helicopter airlift support for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. This mission is to include tactical troop transport, internal and external cargo operations. In a statement by Chris Turner, President, “We are very pleased to have been awarded this contract and this only reinforces… Read more »

Source: CHI Aviation, 25-May-17

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Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

New Aviation Unit for San Bernardino

The San Bernardino International Airport is now the official Aviation Unit for the County Sheriff and County Fire Department. The new hangar measures 51,000-square feet and is able to hold all 15 aircraft. It also means that mutual operations between the Sheriff and Fire Department can be carried out, reports Daily Press.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-17

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US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

US Navy helicopter squadron puts MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV to work

The “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 made history this month, operating MQ-8B Fire Scout Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) from Naval Auxiliary Landing Field (NALF) San Clemente Island utilizing a Mobile Mission Control Station (MMCS). Teams of pilots, aircrewmen, maintenance personnel and civilian specialists functioned organically to complete integrated missions with various surface… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 24-May-17

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Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute launch a digital suite of business aviation services under the ‘RocketRoute’ brand

Air BP and RocketRoute, the European based aviation services company, underlined their commitment to the business and general aviation market with the launch of a new and enhanced RocketRoute app that takes the service offering beyond fuel and flight planning.  The new RocketRoute app will enable pilots to connect directly with thousands of ground handlers,… Read more »

Source: RocketRoute, 24-May-17

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Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received authorization from Safran Helicopter Engines to support the latest Arriel 2D model as a certified Repair Centre.  This new approval, which extends Vector’s service capabilities on the Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 platforms, continues Vector’s long-running support of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-May-17

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Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Lockheed Plays Major Role In Strengthening US And Saudi Arabia Ties

Today the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) took major steps to enhance global security and stimulate economic progress in the United States and the Middle East. KSA has expressed its intent to procure more than $28 billion worth of Lockheed Martin integrated air and missile defense, combat ship, tactical aircraft and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 24-May-17

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Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Announces Leadership Change

Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that Andrew Mills will serve as the interim president and CEO for the Company.  Erickson exited bankruptcy on Friday, April 28th 2017 under new ownership comprised of a diverse shareholder group. Jeff Roberts resigned his position as president and CEO for the Company effective Friday,… Read more »

Source: Erickson Incorporated, 24-May-17

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2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

2017 SOFIC Brings Together Thousands in Support of USSOCOM Acquisition Programs

For four days, attendees took part in exclusive discussions and sessions that gave them a greater view into working with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in support of SOF. Here, attendees could discuss priorities, business opportunities, and desired capabilities. The conference included panels made up of USSOCOM’s component commanders and one of the sub-unified command… Read more »

Source: NDIA, 24-May-17

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AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT to exhibit at EBACE 2017

AMSTAT, the leading provider of global corporate aviation fleet and operator information, will be exhibiting at EBACE 2017 at Booth #O104, Geneva, Switzerland – May 22 – 24, 2017. EBAA Membership & EBACE “AMSTAT has been a member of EBAA for over 5 years and exhibiting at EBACE for 17 years” said Chris Skurat, AMSTAT… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 24-May-17

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Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

Argus Unmanned Creates Safety Partnership Program

As a global leader in aviation safety and vetting tools for consumers of aviation services ARGUS is pleased to announce the ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program for commercial UAS operators. The ARGUS Unmanned Safety Partnership Program has several package options. Each package contains valuable operational and safety tools as well as the globally respected ARGUS… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 24-May-17

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Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Reopened Kaman K-Max production line reaches first flight

Kaman Aerosystems (“Kaman”) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that a successful first flight of a K-MAX® helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks…. Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 24-May-17

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HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose speaks at FAA DPE class

Last week, in the Anchorage Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), the FAA held an annual renewal class for designated pilot examiners (DPEs). There were over 40 attendees in the room, and participants were eager to learn about the latest FAA requirements. Taking advantage of the fact that Helicopter Association International (HAI) Director of Safety Outreach… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-May-17

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Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Relocation for the British Army Helicopter Force

Defence officials and commanders of the British Army are underway with plans to relocate their attack helicopter forces. Currently the forces are in East Anglia and they hope to move them to a newer base that is closer to the Salisbury Plain training centre. Included in this plan is to downsize of the number of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Peruvian Fire-Fighters Look to Purchasing Mi-171s

Peruvian Fire-Fighters Look to Purchasing Mi-171s

The Peruvian Fire-Fighting Department has suggested that they might be considering purchasing Military Mi-171 multirole helicopters from Russian Helicopters. They gave high praise during the Peruvian international defence exhibition, SITDEF-2017. They expressed further interest in the high-altitude version of the Mi-171. Russian Helicopters has commented on this version, stating that it is distinguishable by its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

Belarusian Drone Showcased at MILEX 2017

The Belarusian Company, KB Indela, has recently showcased their new combat and reconnaissance unmanned helicopter at the defence technology expo MILEX, 2017. The drone is capable of delivering air strikes, performing reconnaissance and convey video footage. It has a single rotor with non-retractable landing gear, with an auxiliary wing. Its engine runs off high-octane gasoline,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

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Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway Opens Florø Base and Expands Operations

Bristow Norway AS commenced helicopter operations on three new five-year contracts out of Florø, Norway, on May 1, 2017, supporting Statoil ASA, ENGIE E&P and A/S Norske Shell (previously BG Norge Limited). On the same day, Bristow Norway also commenced a new five-year contract at its well-established base in Bergen, Norway, supporting Statoil ASA. These… Read more »

Source: Bristow Norway, 23-May-17

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CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Orders New Aircraft to Support SAR Services in Norway

CHC Group announced it has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive and be ready for operation in September and October 2017, will support CHC’s helicopter services contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-May-17

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