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SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

SUU Aviation Partners with Whirly-Girls

The helicopter industry is facing unprecedented pilot shortages with a predicted demand of over 7,000 pilots in the United States alone over the next 18 years. To combat these shortages, Southern Utah University (SUU) Aviation has allocated three $20,000 scholarships to Whirly-Girls International for female helicopter pilot students. This scholarship addition will add a significant… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 08-Aug-18

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has developed a training program for the Indian pilots and technical specialists within the framework of Russian and Indian project for the supply and localization of Ka-226T helicopter production in India. In accordance with this program it is planned to put into operation five simulators for… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Apr-18

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Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps has recently bought a Bell 505. The company opened a flying school in 1987 and used their R22, R44 and Colibri for the pilots. Pilots have to fly a turbine helicopter after they have completed their pilot licence. The school provided their EC120 or AS350 for this, but the use of them was quite… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

Rotorcraft pilot and mechanic shortage verified

The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Mar-18

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

Royal Netherlands Air Force signs five-year deal with ETPS

QinetiQ has agreed its first ever multi-year training contract on behalf of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), in a five-year deal with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Under the £5.5m contract, signed in December 2017, ETPS will continue to train the Dutch force’s test pilots and flight test engineers until at least 2022. Until… Read more »

Source: QinetiQ, 10-Jan-18

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

NBAA addresses Business Aviation Personnel Shortage

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

Source: NBAA, 05-Jan-18

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

HAI announces Pilot of the Year Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Maria Rodriguez, of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), a pilot for Caribbean Buzz, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Appareo Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Dec-17

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

BALPA to support the North Sea pilot community

It’s been an extremely tough few years for offshore helicopter firms in the North Sea. The downturn in the oil and gas industry has hit the local economy hard and the knock-on effect has been redundancies at both CHC Helicopters and Bristow Helicopters. For those facing the news that their jobs are on the line… Read more »

Source: BALPA, 11-Dec-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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AvFuel announces NBAA-BACE Rolex winner

AvFuel announces NBAA-BACE Rolex winner

Avfuel announces Glen Rutland of Shoreline Aviation Services—a corporate aircraft management and consulting company—as the lucky pilot who won a Rolex in the Avfuel booth at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition held in Las Vegas this October. Rutland was randomly drawn from a pool of hundreds of people who… Read more »

Source: AvFuel, 06-Nov-17

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