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Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

Cornwall Air Ambulance wins Investing in Volunteers award

Cornwall Air Ambulance has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard for the excellent work the lifesaving charity does with volunteers. It is only the second time an organisation in Cornwall has achieved the prestigious national award*. The charity was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 11-Dec-17

Midlands Air Ambulance wins Campaign of the Year award

Midlands Air Ambulance wins Campaign of the Year award

MAAC was recently named the winner of the Campaign of the Year category at the Association of Air Ambulances’ Awards of Excellence 2017. The organisation’s 25th anniversary year, Air25, was chosen by the judging panel as the winning campaign, which ran throughout 2016. The charity team demonstrated excellent levels of engagement with loyal supporters and… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 11-Dec-17

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Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

Med-Trans Now Operating From New Headquarters in Texas

National air medical transport leader Med-Trans Corporation has moved its headquarters operations into a new building at the Denton Enterprise Airport. The new 31,500 square foot facility includes 24,000 square feet of office and classroom space in addition to 7,500 square feet of hangar accommodations. The facility becomes Med-Trans’ principal base of operations, including the… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 11-Dec-17

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick (1926-2017)

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick (1926-2017)

Dr. Barnes Warnock McCormick, Jr., Boeing Professor Emeritus at The Pennsylvania State University, passed away on Oct. 29 at the age of 91. At Penn State, McCormick’s impact on academia, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of countless engineers at work today in the global vertical flight technical… Read more »

Source: AHS, 11-Dec-17

Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Input on Compressor Events Needed For CAP437 Helideck Guidance

Safety management and training company Thought Process Ltd is developing a programme to raise awareness of CAP437 standards for helicopter landing areas. The programme is intended to give offshore helicopter operations personnel a sound understanding of the design criteria for helidecks, as well as associated offshore environmental factors and helicopter performance. The HeliOffshore member company… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 11-Dec-17

Falcon Aviation Services picks Rusada maintenance software

Falcon Aviation Services picks Rusada maintenance software

Falcon Aviation Services, the Abu Dhabi based executive jet and helicopter charter company has selected Rusada’s Envision® nGen solution as their replacement Maintenance and Engineering technology platform. Based at the Al Bateen Executive airport in Abu Dhabi and with a managed fleet of over 30 aircraft, the Falcon also provide an extensive range of third… Read more »

Source: Rusada, 11-Dec-17

Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

Able selected by Tucson PD for CR&O Contract

The Tucson Police Department has selected Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to provide component repair and overhaul (CR&O) and parts services for its Air Support Unit fleet of Bell Jet Ranger 206B3 helicopters. The contract will provide the Tucson Police Department with access to Able’s expanded repair catalog… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 11-Dec-17

TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

TSO obtained by Jupiter Avionics for JA94 Dual Audio Controller

Jupiter Avionics Corporation announced today that their JA94 Dual Audio Controller has obtained Technical Standard Order (TSO) designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Receiving the TSO means that the JA94 has met all design and production standards required by the FAA. “We already have customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 11-Dec-17

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Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Dec-17

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Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russian lessor GTLK adds 31 helicopters to portfolio

Russia’s State Transport Leasing Corporation (GTLK) signed an MoU with Russian Helicopters during the MAKS 2017 exhibition for 31 medevac helicopters. This number is made up of 13 Mil Mi-8AMTs, 12 Kazan Helicopters and 6 Mi-8MTV-1s, reports Russian Aviation Insider.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Waiting on Transport Canada

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Waiting on Transport Canada

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital is still without a usable helipad. Transport Canada declared it uncompliant with safety policies nine months ago. The hospital is currently waiting for approval and final review of new helipad plans for a single engine helicopter, reports Medicine Hat News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Four Mi-8 Deliveries Across Russia

Russian Helicopters has released four new Mil Mi-8MTV-1 across Russia. GTLK delivered one to the Republic of Komi and one to Nenets Autonomous District. The third helicopter was delivered by RVS Holding to Pskov Region and Omsk Civil Aviation Plant delivered the fourth helicopter to the Amur Region, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-17

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman-Built Fire Scouts Experience Pivotal Year

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) autonomous Fire Scout helicopters, the MQ-8B and MQ-8C, continued to strengthen the combat capability and lethality of the U.S. Navy’s air and surface warfare communities throughout 2017. The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman enhanced Fire Scout’s capability, concepts of operations (CONOPS) and mission sets by demonstrating targeting capabilities at-sea, over… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 08-Dec-17

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CHC Announces New Contract with Centrica

CHC Announces New Contract with Centrica

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded the contract from Centrica to provide helicopter services in support of their forthcoming drilling program at the Fogelberg field in the Norwegian Sea. “We are excited to work with Centrica as their aviation partner in this project,” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director for Europe, Middle East… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-Dec-17

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SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

SENER and Babcock complete fifth AB212 upgrade for Spanish Navy

The engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock España, joint venture partners, presented the fifth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB-212) to the Directorate General of Armament and Material (Dirección General de Armamento y Material, DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defence as part of a total of seven units that came into service in 1974. … Read more »

Source: SENER, 08-Dec-17

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First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

First-of-its-kind training conducted by US Marine Corps on HMLA-773

Crew members and ordnance technicians with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-773 (HMLA-773) conducted innovative drooped gun training that will set the standard across the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 1, 2017 here. A drooped gun is a malfunction that occurs when an AH-1W SuperCobra 20 mm Gatling gun does not stow in its turret when landing…. Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 08-Dec-17

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Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

Australia retires last S-70B Seahawk

The Royal Australian Navy has marked the end of an era by handing over the last of its S‑70B-2 Seahawk “Bravo” helicopters to the Australian War Memorial for preservation in the national collection. Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan, said it was important milestone for the Australian Defence Force. “The… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 08-Dec-17

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FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

FAA certified retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank for AS350 and EC130

Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero announced today the milestone attainment of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Dec-17

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance to introduce new operating model in 2018

Thames Valley Air Ambulance to introduce new operating model in 2018

We are proud to introduce a new operating model for the provision of its advanced medical care in 2018. Next year will be a pivotal year in our history, as we take responsibility for our clinical governance. We are also providing an expansion to the provision of advanced critical care across the Thames Valley. We are… Read more »

Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-17

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ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

ENGIE and NHV win French Navy Dauphin MRO contract

The consortium formed by ENGIE Ineo (agent) and NHV (co-contractor), has won a maintenance and repair service contract for the Maintenance of Operational Condition (MCO) of Dauphin helicopters N fleet (SA 365N) and the realization of planned visits of the cells and engines of Dauphin Pedro and Panther. This 4-year contract, signed by the ‘Integrated… Read more »

Source: ENGIE Ineo, 08-Dec-17

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Wales Air Ambulance becomes 2 time Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence recipient

Wales Air Ambulance becomes 2 time Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence recipient

Wales Air Ambulance has been recognised for a second year running at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence in London. The Special Incident Award was won by the helicopter charity for an incident involving serious trauma. The accolade was presented to consultant Dr Tim Rogerson, critical care practioner Rhyan Curtin, pilot Andy Iceton and… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-17

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Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing awarded $18M contract for V-22 technical analysis, engineering and integration services

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $18,000,000 indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical analysis, engineering and integration services in support of the V-22 aircraft platform.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (50 percent); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2022.  No funds will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Dec-17

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Ka-226T becomes the world first modular helicopter

Ka-226T becomes the world first modular helicopter

Light helicopter Ka-226T, developed by the holding “Russian Helicopters” (which is part of the Rostec State Corporation), has become a pilot project on the creation and production of helicopters through information technology. Digital manufacturing will greatly simplify the development of new modifications as well as upgrades and design changes according to the customer’s requirements. All… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Dec-17

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Russian Helicopters starts Mi-171E testing

Russian Helicopters starts Mi-171E testing

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) started flight tests of the Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter with upgraded power unit and rotor system at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) . It is planned to finish them by the end of the 2017. Due to innovations, economic efficiency of Mi-171E helicopter was enhanced significantly. Mi-171E helicopter is equipped with a… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Dec-17

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Honeywell Opens First Authorized Warranty and Repair Station

Honeywell Opens First Authorized Warranty and Repair Station

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has opened its first Authorized Warranty and Repair Station in Colombia to better provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for military forces in the region. The new facility will give Colombia’s Aeronautics Industry Corporation the capacity and resources it needs to maintain engine fuel control units and power turbine governors for the… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 06-Dec-17

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Report forecasts 59% utilization of offshore helicopters 2017-2022

Report forecasts 59% utilization of offshore helicopters 2017-2022

The offshore helicopter market has finally started to recover following some three years of decline. Rotorcraft operators have reorganised, restructured and recognised that the outlook in the near-term is for modest growth. In our latest analysis, covering the period to 2022, we conclude that the market still presents opportunities for the supply chain. We expect… Read more »

Source: West Wood Energy, 05-Dec-17

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UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

UK CAA appoints new Chief Executive

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Moriarty as its new Chief Executive. Richard will succeed Andrew Haines, whose term of office is due to expire in the Summer of 2018, and was appointed following a rigorous selection process including a significant number of excellent candidates. Richard re-joined… Read more »

Source: CAA, 05-Dec-17

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SAFE Structure awarded AW169 maintenance stand contract

SAFE Structure awarded AW169 maintenance stand contract

S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom ergonomic safety first OSHA compliant aircraft and marine maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment and all various types of steel structures, announced that it has been awarded the contract to outfit the first AW169 to operate in the United States… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E Structure Designs, 05-Dec-17

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WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne earns CAMTS accreditation

WellmontOne Air Transport, an important partner for nearly 10 years in the region’s delivery of emergency care, has achieved a special designation that recognizes the service’s quality. After nearly a year of thorough preparation by WellmontOne followed by a rigorous two-day site visit by evaluators, the flight program was recently granted full accreditation for the… Read more »

Source: WellmontOne, 05-Dec-17

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2nd medical ANSAT starts duty in the Kurgan region

2nd medical ANSAT starts duty in the Kurgan region

[electronic translation] Second medical helicopter ANSAT specialized aviation medical Helimed Service, a division of JSC “Russian Helicopter Systems” went on duty in the Kurgan region. Helicopter with tail number 20006 BA flew with three refueling of Heliparka Podushkino (Moscow region, Odintsovo district) at the heliport of the Center of Disaster Medicine Kurgan region. On November 28… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopter Systems, 05-Dec-17

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to assist with 76th Remembrance Day of Pearl Harbor

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters to assist with 76th Remembrance Day of Pearl Harbor

In commemoration of the 76th Remembrance Day of Pearl Harbor, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will provide three of the remaining USS Arizona survivors a helicopter flyover above the sunken battleship’s remains for a sky salute on Wednesday, December 6. During this aerial tour of the historic site, the survivors, namely Lauren Bruner, Howard Kenton “Ken” Potts,… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Maverick Helicopters offers flights to 2018 NASCAR weekends in Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters offers flights to 2018 NASCAR weekends in Las Vegas

Maverick Helicopters offers 2018 NASCAR attendees transfers to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) for the Spring NASCAR Weekend on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. Following a historical announcement earlier this year, LVMS will also host a Fall NASCAR Weekend in September 2018. Helicopter transfers will be available on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday,… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

SAR Air Crewman named Pax River Senior Sailor of the Year

Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) (NAC/AW/SW) 1st Class John Kurack was named the NAS Patuxent River 2017 Senior Sailor of the Year due to his deckplate leadership and commitment to excellence for both Pax River and the Search and Rescue (SAR) division. As the Leading Petty Officer for SAR — whose mission is to provide search… Read more »

Source: SAR Air Crewman, 05-Dec-17

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ASU Introduces New Staff Members

ASU Introduces New Staff Members

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) recently hired Vikki Rosploch as Events and Media Coordinator and Twain Josephson as an independent contractor. Both have diverse professional backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ASU, and will be present at the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) annual convention at booth #257. Rosploch’s responsibilities primarily… Read more »

Source: ASU, 05-Dec-17

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Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance adds 3 board members

Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance adds 3 board members

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has appointed three new trustees to its Board as the charity enters an ambitious new phase of development. Caitlin Blewett, Michael Docherty and Barney Burgess were welcomed to the Board by Helen Bowcock, Chair of Trustees and Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, 05-Dec-17

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Helicopter Association of Canada reposts on successful 22nd Convention

Helicopter Association of Canada reposts on successful 22nd Convention

While I must confess to still experiencing a little PCPTSD (Post-Convention PTSD), I feel like I am on the road to recovery. We conducted a few experiments with the convention this year, and they were largely successful. I have learned over the years, that Conventions are fundamentally a product of experience, rather than logic. This… Read more »

Source: HAC, 05-Dec-17

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Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

Air Medical Cost Study Findings by AAMS

AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 05-Dec-17

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Eagle prepare 15th Bell 407HP Conversion

Eagle prepare 15th Bell 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia will shortly welcome a Bell 407 into the hangar from Allway Logistics and are ready to start work on Eagle’s 15th high-performance conversion. The Eagle 407HP is the result of a conversion in which the Bell 407 Rolls Royce engine is replaced with a Honeywell HTS900 for better performance, increased payload and greater fuel… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 05-Dec-17

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AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

AHS Remembers Barney McCormick

McCormick’s impact on the department, its faculty, students, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of numerous engineers at work today in the helicopter/vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry. “We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the most influential individuals our department has ever… Read more »

Source: AHS, 05-Dec-17

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Russian Helicopters are preparing digital production of helicopters in Ulan-Ude

Russian Helicopters are preparing digital production of helicopters in Ulan-Ude

The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation)  is creating the technological production model of the Ka-226T helicopters at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The digital construction documentation received from JSC Kamov through the online channel is used to create programs for the production equipment. Besides, U-UAZ is completing the first stage of production modernization… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Thales upgrades Swiss Air Force AS532 simulators

Thales upgrades Swiss Air Force AS532 simulators

The Swiss Air Force has used Thales to upgrade their simulators. They upgraded their AS532, Super-Puma, EC635 simulators. The upgrades will enable pilots to train in a realistic environment, reports Airforce Technology.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Sikorsky Workers Vote for new Contract

Sikorsky Workers Vote for new Contract

Sikorsky Aircraft workers voted this past Sunday on a new contract that will enable raises that add up to over 15% over the next five years. Both unions and Sikorsky worked together to reach an agreement that benefited both sides, reports Courant.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

The French anti-corruption office has launched an investigation into the sale of 45 French military EC145 helicopters to Kazakhstan. They are trying to determine whether the signing of the contract enabled illegal commissions to intermediaries, reports Expansión.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad

Syracuse Hospital Plans Helipad

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse has set plans to build a helipad on the premises. The hospital specializes in cardiac issues, so many of the patients have time sensitive cases. The construction is set to begin in spring, 2018, reports WWNY TV.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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STARS seeks emergency helipad at High Prairie

STARS seeks emergency helipad at High Prairie

STARS has made a temporary landing area at the new High Prairie Health Complex. They are looking to make it something more permanent. The need of air ambulance services has grown in the Big Lakes County area and STARS is looking to join with First Nations communities, reports South Peace News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Fort McMurray hospital needs helipad urgently, says report

Fort McMurray hospital needs helipad urgently, says report

The construction of a helipad at Fort McMurray Hospital has been urged by judges after a fatality inquiry report. The report looked into the death of an oilsands worker that died while on the way to the hospital. Emergency helicopters are forced to fly past the hospital and land at the airport, where patients are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Night Vision for Helijet EMS S76s at Prince Rupert

Night Vision for Helijet EMS S76s at Prince Rupert

Helijet at Prince Rupert has now equipped their S76 with night vision goggles. Flying at night poses a lot of dangers, with the proper training, the use of night vision goggles will allow them to fly faster routes as well as fly safer. Training will take up to four months until the crew are ready… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Canada – stolen helicopter parts found

Canada – stolen helicopter parts found

Port Hardy RCMP have found the missing helicopter parts that were stolen earlier in November. The parts, valued at $100,000 were turned into Stryker Electronics. The unknown man who turned them thought they might belong to company. Police hope to find the man who turned them in, in order to thank him, reports Chek News…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

Bell to Pay out to 2013 Crash Victims Families

A Kentucky jury has awarded the three families of the victims of the 6 June 2013 crash over $21 million. The families sued Bell on the terms that they knew of potential defects with the craft. The three victims killed in the Bell 206 L-1 crash are Eddy Sizemore, Herman “Lee” Dobbs and Jesse Jones,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems and North Shore Rescue deploy geoDVR and FLIR gimbal for SAR

Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial… Read more »

Source: Remote GeoSystems, 04-Dec-17

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EDA Helicopter Tactics Symposium 2017

EDA Helicopter Tactics Symposium 2017

50 helicopter tactics specialists from twelve EDA participating Member States, as well as representatives of the Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) met recently in Rijen, the Netherlands, for the 8th Helicopter Tactics Symposium, organised under the… Read more »

Source: EDA, 04-Dec-17

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Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

Tyonek Global Services awarded $16M contract for health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft

Tyonek Global Services LLC, Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $16,031,998 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract for the integration of the health and usage monitoring system for UH-1N aircraft. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an expected completion date of March 30, 2019. Fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $10,609,303 are being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-17

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Lockheed awarded $22M contract for MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons

Lockheed awarded $22M contract for MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, was awarded a $22,453,496 delivery order (N0001918F1594) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019), for non-recurring engineering required to modify, test and qualify the MH-60R/S Gen III, Gen V, and Gen VI Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer Weapons Replaceable Assembly to address the diminishing… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Dec-17

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Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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NZ CAA approves Oceania Bell 429 Cargo Pod

NZ CAA approves Oceania Bell 429 Cargo Pod

Oceania Aviation has achieved approval of a Cargo Pod System for the Bell 429, and they are looking to further expand their role equipment range. Head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania Aviation’s Part 145 Manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has worked with a private owner to gain New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) approval for its Bell… Read more »

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2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell awarded $15M contract for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $14,726,111 for cost-plus-fixed-fee modification P00086 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-13-C-0023) to exercise an option for systems engineering and program management services in support of Lots 12, 13, and 14 H-1 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Shares Acquisition

Russian Helicopters Shares Acquisition

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Arab investors are considering buying more stakes in Russian Helicopters. A total of 25% of the company is on the market, for a total of $6 million, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-17

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Sikorsky awarded $15M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky awarded $15M contract for VH-3D/VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed-Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $15,069,223 for firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F1611 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-16-D-1000) for VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework. Services include security, project engineering, integrated logistics support, material support, sustainment engineering, training, and program support. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-17

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Pakistan close to buying 39 T129 attack helicopters

Pakistan close to buying 39 T129 attack helicopters

Pakistan has shown interest in acquiring 39 of Turkey’s T129 Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopters (ATAK). Their Defence Production Minister, Rana Tanvir Hussein announced last week that the selling process was almost complete, reports Daily Sabah.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-17

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Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin awarded $7M contract for Software Modifications for Saudi Arabian MH-60R

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is being awarded $7,426,983 for modification P00005 to a previously issued firm-fixed-price delivery order 4012, placed under basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019).  This procurement provides for additional software modifications required to establish a software baseline for the MH-60R aircraft in support of the government of Saudi Arabia.  Work will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-17

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MH-60R completes deck trials on Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart

MH-60R completes deck trials on Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart

It was a marriage made in…Fleet Base East recently, when Navy’s most sophisticated helicopter partnered with Navy’s most potent and capable warship. The ‘Guided Missile Destroyer and MH-60R Seahawk Deck Handling Trial’ took place on 7 November at the Oiler Wharf, Garden Island, Sydney. At the centre of the union was Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 27-Nov-17

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First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

First Afghan UH-60 pilots graduate

Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2017. Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air advisors and Afghan Air Force leaders were in attendance to congratulate the pilots during this historic ceremony. “I am happily announcing… Read more »

Source: DVIDS, 27-Nov-17

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NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

NHSL adds EC135 and AW139 in Trinidad and Tobago

The National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) has recently introduced two new helicopters to their operations; an AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus H135. The two new aircraft will go into service by December 1 2017, reports Newsday.

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-17

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East Anglian Air Ambulance founder wins lifetime achievement award

East Anglian Air Ambulance founder wins lifetime achievement award

One of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA’s) founding members and aviation consultant, Gerry Hermer, received the Eric Brown Award at the British Helicopter Association (BHA) annual dinner this month. Gerry’s drive and passion were behind the establishment of the air ambulance in East Anglia, and in the early years of EAAA his company Sterling Aviation… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 27-Nov-17

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VNH South completes Indonesian fire fighting contract

VNH South completes Indonesian fire fighting contract

  On 15th November 2017, two Mi-172 helicopters of VNH South were safely ferried from Dumai and Pekanbaru – Indonesia back to Vung Tau Airport, successfully completing Fire Fighting Contract for Indonesian Government. This is the 2nd  consecutive year that VNH South provides the package services including aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance for fire-fighting, passenger… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 27-Nov-17

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Helicentre to Award Additional Scholarship Funding

Helicentre to Award Additional Scholarship Funding

With the selection process for the 2017 Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship Programme underway, UK-based Helicentre Aviation Academy have introduced a further prize fund of £60,000, consisting of three part-funded Scholarships (worth £10,000 each) and £30,000 of Awards to be given to promising applicants to complete their training and further their careers. Currently, Helicentre Aviation… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 27-Nov-17

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Russian Helicopters Demonstrated Ansat to Pakistani Representatives

Russian Helicopters Demonstrated Ansat to Pakistani Representatives

The Russian Helicopters holding company, a member of the Rostec State Corporation, have successfully demonstrated the Ansat’s capability to operate at extremely high ambient air temperatures. The vehicle is being tested in Pakistan. Besides, Russian Helicopters held a presentation of Ansat for potential Pakistani customers. The guests learned about the competitive advantages of Ansat and… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 27-Nov-17

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IBAC Welcomes the African Business Aviation Association

IBAC Welcomes the African Business Aviation Association

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), announced today that the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) is now a member of the Council. The 15 member associations from around the world represent a coordinated voice for business aviation and the international standards, policies, and best safety practices that are at the core of IBAC’s mission. “We… Read more »

Source: IBAC, 23-Nov-17

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Evolux partners with IEX Helicopters in Southern California

Evolux partners with IEX Helicopters in Southern California

IEX Helicopters, best known for their twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopters for executive charters, as well as their exclusive Catalina Island flight excursions, wants to help make helicopter travel more common and in-reach as the ultimate alternative to distance and traffic congestion. “If Uber, AirBnB, and Expedia merged to focus on helicopter travel, they would have… Read more »

Source: Evolux, 23-Nov-17

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Garmin delivers one-millionth certified avionics product

Garmin delivers one-millionth certified avionics product

Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today celebrated the delivery of the one-millionth certified avionics product from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product was a GTX™ 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder, which enables ADS-B Out transmissions and features TCAS II/ACAS II compatibility for a… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 23-Nov-17

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CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds second MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the delivery of a newly converted MD 902 Explorer to Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth. Previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard as an MD 900, the aircraft was upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center via the company’s exclusive MD 900-to-902 Upgrade program, and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Nov-17

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EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW awarded $8M contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors

EFW Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $7,815,783 firm-fixed-price contract for V-22 integrated avionics processors. This was a sole source acquisition using justification 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and Israel, with an April 30, 2021, performance completion date. Using… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Nov-17

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