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Sao Paulo Military Police to upgrade 21 AS350s to B2 status

Sao Paulo Military Police to upgrade 21 AS350s to B2 status

The Military Police of São Paulo year agreement Signed With Turbomeca (Safran group) For the retrofit of at least single-engine helicopters, over a Period of Two Years. They Will convert Their B AS350 helicopters, powered With Arriel 1B engines, Into AS350 B2 helicopters, powered With Arriel 1D1 engine. “We Are Proud Of The confidence thats… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 30-May-11

Wake Forest AirCare celebrates 25 years and adds second EC130

Wake Forest AirCare celebrates 25 years and adds second EC130

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 27, 2011 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centerbegan using its newest helicopter, AirCare 2, during the month that commemorates the establishment of the air ambulance service 25 years ago. AirCare 2 is based at the Elkin Municipal Airport to provide fast transport to calls from northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia…. Read more »

Source: Wake Forest AirCare, 29-May-11

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Photos, memorabilia sought of Newnan 1968 helicopter unit adoption

Photos, memorabilia sought of Newnan 1968 helicopter unit adoption

Whatever photographs or memorabilia you have, the The Times-Herald would like to borrow them just long enough to make copies we can publish.

Source: The Times-Herald, 16-May-11

PremiAir debuts at EBACE

PremiAir debuts at EBACE

PremiAir, the UK business aviation company, is making its debut at EBACE in Geneva during 17-19 May, Stand # 843.  Group Managing Director, David McRobert, will be helping the team showcase PremiAir’s private jet and executive helicopter management, charter and maintenance services, now located across six UK bases, with a bolstered team, including newly appointed… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 13-May-11

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

Rival television stations in Louisville, Kentucky, WHAS and WAVE are joining forces in the air, effective from 1st April.   The two stations will share air time and the video feeds will be identical on each station – and the helicopter will be painted up with one station’s colours on the port side and the other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-11

Timken remains at forefront of aerospace replacement parts market

Timken remains at forefront of aerospace replacement parts market

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) continues to expand its capabilities to serve the total lifecycle of overhaul and replacement parts for the aviation industry with 28 new FAA-certified replacement parts for a variety of helicopter drivetrain and engine platforms. Timken now offers more than 1,600 FAA-certified replacement parts overall – some of which the company… Read more »

Source: Timken, 05-Mar-11

Have medevac helicopters in Afghanistan become “legitimate targets”?

Have medevac helicopters in Afghanistan become “legitimate targets”?

A documentary by British filmmaker Vaughan Smith on this subject has recently been broadcast on Al Jazeera television’s “People and Power” series.

Source: Moderate Voice, 27-Feb-11

Operator Vertical-T meets Russian and Afghan business communities

Operator Vertical-T meets Russian and Afghan business communities

Air Company VERTICAL-T has taken part in negotiations between Russian and Afghanistan business communities’ representatives of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry, involving the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. During negotiations, the main point was the cooperation development in trade and economy between Russia and Afghanistan. The following branches of the Afghanistan economy were… Read more »

Source: Vertical-T, 11-Feb-11

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Helicopter accident analysis – November 2010

Helicopter accident analysis – November 2010

HeliHub.com maintains what we believe to be the most comprehensive record of helicopter accidents and incidents on the internet. Here is our report for November 2010 Useful Links * Civil Accidents * Military Accidents * Fatal Accidents – both civil and military * 2009 Annual Review of Fatal Accidents * Safety News November 2010 was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-11

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Bell-Boeing awarded $12M for V-22 support items

Bell-Boeing awarded $12M for V-22 support items

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $12,557,128 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-10-G-0010) for the fabrication and delivery of 15 organizational and intermediate level peculiar support equipment end items for the MV/CV-22 aircraft, including supportability data.  Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jan-11

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King of Buganda to buy a helicopter, budget $1.5 million

King of Buganda to buy a helicopter, budget $1.5 million

His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, 36th King of Buganda, has told a local newspaper that he intends buying a helicopter, budget $1.5 million.  Buganda is a subnational kingdom within Uganda.

Source: The Observer, Uganda, 11-Jan-11

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Omniflight offers military free membership in OmniAdvantage program

Omniflight offers military free membership in OmniAdvantage program

As a way of showing gratitude to the men and women of the military who keep America safe, Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, is offering active duty military members and veterans free membership in the OmniAdvantage program nationwide. The free membership extends to the families (spouses and legal dependents) of the… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 10-Jan-11

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BAE awarded $14M for V-22 Interim Defensive Weapons System mission kits

BAE awarded $14M for V-22 Interim Defensive Weapons System mission kits

BAE Systems Controls, Inc., Johnson City, N.Y., is being awarded a $14,218,161 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of Interim Defensive Weapons System (IDWS) mission kits for the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  The IDWS provides a mission-configurable, crew-served, night vision device compatible defensive weapon system.  Work will be performed in Johnson City, N.Y., and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jan-11

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Robinson production at lowest for 23 years

Robinson production at lowest for 23 years

In line with the global recession, Robinson Helicopter Co produced a very modest 162 helicopters last year, just 18% of their peak figure of 893 just two years earlier.  The total was made up of 40 x R22 Beta II 32 x R44 Raven/Clipper I 80 x R44 Raven/Clipper II 10 x R66 Turbine When… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-11

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IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv

IAI to help India develop unmanned Dhruv

Israel Aerospace Industries and Hindustan Aeronautics are co-operating to enable the transition of the Indian-developed Dhruv advanced light helicopter into an unmanned maritime rotorcraft

Source: Flightglobal, 07-Jan-11

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F-16s intercept unknown helicopter near Charleston

F-16s intercept unknown helicopter near Charleston

Two U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jets,under the control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted an unknown civilian helicopter entering North American airspace in the vicinity of Charleston, S.C.today at approximately 9:00 a.m. MST. The helicopter was not in communication with air traffic control. The fighter jets, from the 20th Fighter Wing at… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 07-Jan-11

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Heliport Safety Compliance Inspections Announced

Heliport Safety Compliance Inspections Announced

The new 2011 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 418 standards, incorporated into most building codes, now require all future and upgraded heliports to meet FAA design guidelines in addition to numerous NFPA safety equipment, training and emergency plan requirements that ALL heliports must now meet. Is your heliport in compliance? Raymond A. Syms & Associates (RAS… Read more »

Source: Raymond A. Syms, 07-Jan-11

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Poland takes delivery of three Mi-17s for Afghanistan ops

Poland takes delivery of three Mi-17s for Afghanistan ops

The Polish Air Force have taken delivery of the first three Mi-17s from an order for five, all of which they intend operating in Afghanistan.  The three were delivered by airfreight to Wroclaw.

Source: Polska Times, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – USA – 28 Dec – 4 January 2011

Register Update – USA – 28 Dec – 4 January 2011

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Aviation Codes Central, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – USA – 21-27 December 2010

Register Update – USA – 21-27 December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Aviation Codes Central, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – USA – 14-20 December 2010

Register Update – USA – 14-20 December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Aviation Codes Central, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – USA – 7-13 December 2010

Register Update – USA – 7-13 December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Aviation Codes Central, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – USA – 29 Nov – 6 December 2010

Register Update – USA – 29 Nov – 6 December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: Aviation Codes Central, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – Norway – November 2010

Register Update – Norway – November 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeilHub.com, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – South Africa – November 2010

Register Update – South Africa – November 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-11

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Register Update – Japan – November 2010

Register Update – Japan – November 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-11

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Rolls-Royce awarded $49M contract modification for 24 engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $49M contract modification for 24 engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Ind., is being awarded a $48,981,414 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-07-C-0060) for the procurement of 24 AE1107C engines for the Air Force CV-22 aircraft (14 spares and 10 Lot 15 installs).  Work will be performed in Oakland, Calif. (70 percent), and Indianapolis, Ind. (30 percent), and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-11

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Sikorsky awarded $24M for UAE UH-60 spares

Sikorsky awarded $24M for UAE UH-60 spares

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded on Dec. 23 a $24,822,637 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for spares and ground support equipment to 40 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the United Arab Emirates.  Work will be completed in Stratford, Conn., with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2014.  One bid was solicited… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Jan-11

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Bangalore set for two AW109 air ambulances by mid 2011

Bangalore set for two AW109 air ambulances by mid 2011

Indian operator OSS Air Management is acquiring two AW109s to provide an air ambulance service in Bangalore by the middle of 2011

06-Jan-11

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Forces improve helicopter landing zone in southern Afghanistan

Forces improve helicopter landing zone in southern Afghanistan

Coalition service members flew to Patrol Base Taalanda to improve the helicopter landing zone recently. The improved landing zone will reduce brown out conditions created by helicopter rotor wash. It will also make the area more discernable from its surroundings and level the landing zone, which was an unconstructed, secured area attached to the patrol… Read more »

Source: ISAF, 06-Jan-11

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AVIC expects to produce 300 helicopters per year by 2015

AVIC expects to produce 300 helicopters per year by 2015

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) helicopter company is expected to produce more than 300 helicopters each year, turning into one of the major suppliers worldwide, by 2015.

Source: SinoCast, 06-Jan-11

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FLIR Systems buys New Hampshire office as commercial division expands

FLIR Systems buys New Hampshire office as commercial division expands

The company purchased the 137,000-square-foot building at 9 Townsend West in Nashua last month to expand the company’s commercial division.

Source: Nashua Telegraph, 06-Jan-11

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Maryland State Police Aviation Command selects 2010 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

Maryland State Police Aviation Command selects 2010 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has selected Sergeant Jonathan Longest as the 2010 Non Commissioned Officer of the Year. Sgt. Longest is assigned to the Medical Operations Section at Aviation Command Headquarters and was selected by his peers for this annual award based on proven performance, dedication and commitment to the mission of the… Read more »

Source: Maryland State Police, 06-Jan-11

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Leeds man in court after laser light shone on police helicopter

Leeds man in court after laser light shone on police helicopter

At about 5.55am last Saturday the pilot of the force chopper reported a laser being shone at the aircraft as it was flying over the Bramley area of Leeds.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 06-Jan-11

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Air Methods exits Level 2 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods exits Level 2 FAA Safety Management System Status

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the largest air medical transportation company in the world, recently was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it successfully exited Level 2 status in the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. Air Methods is the only helicopter air medical operator to have exited Level 1 and Level 2… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Jan-11

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FAA proposes $330K penalty against Heli-Dudes

FAA proposes $330K penalty against Heli-Dudes

SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $330,000 civil penalty against Heli-Dudes LLC, of Salt Lake City, for allegedly operating sightseeing helicopter rides for hire when it was not authorized to do so, a violation of Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges that Heli-Dudes did not have an FAA operating certificate… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Jan-11

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First customer completes course in American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator

First customer completes course in American Eurocopter’s AS350 simulator

Grand Prairie, TX – American Eurocopter announced today that pilots from the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau have completed the inaugural training course conducted in the company’s new AS350 Flight and Mission Simulator. The Aero Bureau is the first customer to utilize the new simulator in support of their training efforts. The AS350 Flight and… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Jan-11

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Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

Washington County OH Sheriff to transfer two OH-58Cs to Marion County

Federal Law Enforcement Support Office prevented Washington County Sheriff selling the helicopters and instructed them to hand them to Marion County, who should pick them up January 13.  They are belived to be N381WC (ex US Army 70-15208) and N575WC (ex 70-15387)

Source: News and Sentinel, 06-Jan-11

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Integrated Microwave Technologies names new International Sales Director

Integrated Microwave Technologies names new International Sales Director

Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and the MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Harvey to the position of International Sales Director. Mr. Harvey will be based… Read more »

Source: IMT, 06-Jan-11

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Germany: Trainico acquires Ka26 for engineering training

Germany: Trainico acquires Ka26 for engineering training

Trainico in the German city of Berlin has acquired a retired Kamov Ka26 for use as a training tool.  It will be used primarily for training aircraft engineers, and had for some years been displayed outdoors with the Hans-Grade-Museum at Borkheide. This particular aircraft was built by Ufa State Aviation Plant in 1974 with serial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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FAA Safety Briefing celebrates 50th anniversary

FAA Safety Briefing celebrates 50th anniversary

The new issue of FAA Safety Briefing celebrates the publication’s 50th anniversary by looking back on the state of general aviation (GA) safety and highlighting a half century of safety focus and progress. The magazine, then called FAA Aviation News, was first published in January 1961, just three years after the creation of the FAA. Its purpose was… Read more »

Source: FAA, 06-Jan-11

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LockMart awarded $72M contract for MH-60R/MH-60S cockpits

LockMart awarded $72M contract for MH-60R/MH-60S cockpits

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $72,618,815 advance acquisition contract for long lead materials and support associated with the manufacture and delivery of 24 mission avionics systems and common cockpits for the Lot 10 MH-60R helicopters and 18 common cockpits for the Lot 14 MH-60S helicopters.  In addition, this… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jan-11

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Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

Drugs a factor in fatal B206 accident

NTSB report noted that an autopsy revealed traces of an antihistamine and an opiate on the body of pilot Dennis Donovan, aged 70.  See also HeliHub.com accident report page – 05-Jan-10 N5016U Bell B206 nr Redinger Lake, US-California (4F)

06-Jan-11

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Lee County Medstar selects Becker Avionics for Bell 430

Lee County Medstar selects Becker Avionics for Bell 430

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System has been selected by Lee County MEDSTAR for integration into their recently acquired Bell 430 twin-engine helicopter. The aircraft is currently undergoing completion at Sarasota Avionics and will be specifically tailored to their needs. The DVCS6100 was chosen due to its unique ability to effectively manage and control all… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Jan-11

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NATA releases 2011 revision of Refuelling And Quality Control Guide

NATA releases 2011 revision of Refuelling And Quality Control Guide

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce the availability of the 2011 revision of its popular guidebook Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations. The 2011 revision is a complete update that contains an in-depth review of topics relating to aviation fuel handling, with full-color photographs in a new… Read more »

Source: NATA, 06-Jan-11

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Noise and safety concerns could force private Texas heliport closure

Noise and safety concerns could force private Texas heliport closure

A north Victoria man may be forced to shut down the heliport he operates in a residential area.  Owner Kenneth Kemp says “I personally flew the FAA people here this past weekend, and they say I’m perfectly legal.”

Source: Victoria Advocate, 06-Jan-11

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Iraqi emergency units complete EMT training

Iraqi emergency units complete EMT training

Iraqis with the Iraqi Emergency Security Unit completed emergency medical technician training, Dec. 28, after five weeks of coursework with U.S. Army medics. Provided by the “Thunderhorse” medics of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, the training began in late November. Instruction was provided to Iraqi Police, the Emergency Security Unit and… Read more »

Source: US Army, 06-Jan-11

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Spika introduces new series of versatile maintenance stands

Spika introduces new series of versatile maintenance stands

LEWISTOWN, Montana  JANUARY 4, 2011 – Recognizing minimal footprint, maximum versatility, modular configurations, and robust durability are common demands of maintenance platform users, Spika has developed the Alpha Series Universal Maintenance Stand. Narrower than their UMS line, the Alpha offers highly versatile variable-pitch stair modules, capable of as much as 36″ height adjustability.  Stair modules can… Read more »

Source: Spika, 06-Jan-11

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ADAC takes over rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” from DRF

ADAC takes over rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” from DRF

ADAC have taken over the running of Germany rescue helicopter “Christoph 18” at Ochsenfurt for the next five years using an EC135, after winning a tender.  The previous operator was DRF

06-Jan-11

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UK’s Frimley Park Hospital to add rooftop helipad

UK’s Frimley Park Hospital to add rooftop helipad

Frimley Park Hospital in the UK county of Surrey has given the go-ahead to a £20M project to build a new Accident & Emergency department including a roof-top helipad.  When completed, this facility will avoid the delays associated with the current arrangement where air ambulances have to land at Kings International College and complete the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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Military Police in Brazil’s Piauí state add R44

Military Police in Brazil’s Piauí state add R44

The Military Police of Piauí added a second helicopter, a Robinson R44, to their capability.  It was launched at the graduation ceremony of new police officers on 28th December at the Headquarters of the General Command in Teresina.  The State of Piaui is in the north-east of Brazil covering approx 250,000 sq.km and has a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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2nd Mi-38 prototype completes 800 mile Kazan-Moscow flight

2nd Mi-38 prototype completes 800 mile Kazan-Moscow flight

The No.2 prototype of the new civil medium-class passenger/transport Mi-38 helicopter accomplished the first long-haul flight. Mi-38 took off in Kazan, where the manufacturer, Kazan Helicopters, is situated. It covered over 800 km and arrived in Moscow to continue testing program at Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, designer of this rotorcraft. Kazan-Moscow flight also makes part… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jan-11

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Helibras 2010 production was 150% up on 2009

Helibras 2010 production was 150% up on 2009

Helibras sold a total of 35 helicopters in 2010, significantly up from 2009’s total of 14. Of these, 25 were to the civilian market, up from 5 in 2009 – showing the difference as 10 military helicopters compared to 9.  All of these were AS350 Squirrel models, branded “HB350 Esquilo” locally. Production in Eurocopter’s Brazilian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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Register Update – New Zealand – December 2010

Register Update – New Zealand – December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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Lack of trained pilots grounds Chile’s Forestry PZL Sokol

Lack of trained pilots grounds Chile’s Forestry PZL Sokol

Having achieved local certification in Chile in September 2010, the National Forestry Commission’s PZL W-3 Sokol lies idle due to lack of trained pilots

Source: Pura Noticia, 06-Jan-11

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Intermountain Life Flight adds new base in southern Utah

Intermountain Life Flight adds new base in southern Utah

Intermountain Life Flight will begin providing helicopter service for medical transport in southern Utah starting January 14th

Source: KCSG, 06-Jan-11

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Boeing awarded $10M to support CH-47F program

Boeing awarded $10M to support CH-47F program

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Penn., was awarded on Dec. 22 a $10,000,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.  The award will provide for training, equipping, sustaining, and other support and services for the CH-47F Chinook program.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Penn., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2011.  One bid was solicited with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jan-11

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Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 support equipment

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract for V-22 support equipment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $9,077,929 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of 14 support equipment workarounds for organizational- and intermediate-level maintenance in support of the MV-22 and CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Amarillo, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2014.  Contract funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Jan-11

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Register now to exhibit at the Heli-Expo 2011 Job Fair

Register now to exhibit at the Heli-Expo 2011 Job Fair

Now is an exciting time to consider a career in the international helicopter industry. Talented and qualified aviation students and professionals will be attending the 9th Annual HELI-EXPO® Job Fair, to be held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. If your… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Jan-11

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Pawan Hans gets funding boost from various Government organisations

Pawan Hans gets funding boost from various Government organisations

ONGC, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India, is increasing its shareholding in helicopter operator Pawan Hans with a cash injection of Rs96 crore – 960 million rupees – equivalent to US$21.2M.  This takes the ONGC shareholding from 21% to 49% in the state-owned helicopter operator.  Given this as the value of 28% would… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jan-11

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Helibras to modernize 36 AS350s for Brazilian Army

Helibras to modernize 36 AS350s for Brazilian Army

The Helicópteros do Brasil (Helibras) subsidiary of Eurocopter signed a contract for a major upgrade program on the Brazilian Army’s fleet of 36 AS350 Ecureuils. This modernization includes the rebuilding of three of these aircraft. This activity, involving AS350s operated by the Brazilian Army Aviation Command (Comando de Aviação do Exército), will begin during 2011… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Jan-11

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Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2010

Register Update – United Kingdom – December 2010

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-11

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US Army orders 12 more UH-72 Lakotas

US Army orders 12 more UH-72 Lakotas

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $52,509,992 firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 23, 2010.  The award will provide for 12 UH-72A Light Utility Helicopters, 12 Airborne Radio Communication systems and two Engine Inlet Barrier Filters.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2012.  One bid was… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-11

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Boeing wins $50M contract for Apache weapon system

Boeing wins $50M contract for Apache weapon system

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $50,116,093 firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 30, 2010.  The award will provide services and supplies in the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the APACHE weapon system.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-11

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Boeing wins $44M contract for Chinook weapon system

Boeing wins $44M contract for Chinook weapon system

The Boeing Company, Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a $44,869,770 firm-fixed-price contract Dec. 30, 2010.  The award will provide services and supplies in the overhaul, repair and recapitalization of the CHINOOK weapon system.  Work will be performed in Corpus Christi, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited with one… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-11

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Heli Air launches stand-alone R66 website

Heli Air launches stand-alone R66 website

British helicopter company Heliair have launched a website specifically for Robinson R66 sales at R66Dealer.com – this may, in time, be merged into their main website, but it is currently intentionally stand-alone.Head of Marketing Brian Kane told HeliHub.com that Heli Air see the R66 as being “the best single engine turbine ever produced”, presumably based… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-11

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LockMart awarded $34M to install ARPDD radar upgrades to six MH-60R and MH-60S

LockMart awarded $34M to install ARPDD radar upgrades to six MH-60R and MH-60S

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, N.Y., is being awarded a $33,634,968 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0098) to incorporate the automatic radar periscope detection and discrimination (known as ARPDD, Ed) radar into six MH-60R/MH-60S full rate production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Farmingdale, N.Y. (86 percent), and Owego, N.Y. (14… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jan-11

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721st AEAS airmen continue Iraqi mentoring

721st AEAS airmen continue Iraqi mentoring

TAJI — As part of American efforts in Iraq to continue strengthening a long-term partnership, Airmen assigned to the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron train, advise and assist the Iraqi Army Aviation Command with all helicopter operations here. “The air advisors are applying their technical skill and knowledge in a whole new way, and it’s… Read more »

Source: US Forces - Iraq, 05-Jan-11

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Vermont National Guard testing HH-60M in Iraq

Vermont National Guard testing HH-60M in Iraq

The Guard’s C Company of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment deployed in November with a dozen HH-60M helicopters, the latest medical variant of the Army’s Black Hawk, the military said in a report

Source: Burlington Free Press, 05-Jan-11

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AFSOC unaware crashed CV-22 carried flight incident recorder

AFSOC unaware crashed CV-22 carried flight incident recorder

A paperwork glitch has deprived investigators of the flight incident recorder onboard a crashed CV-22 despite evidence that the critical device survived, according to president of the accident investigation board.

Source: Flightglobal, 05-Jan-11

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New helipad opens for Thursday Island Hospital

New helipad opens for Thursday Island Hospital

The 620-square metre aeromedical helipad, ringed with two-metre safety nets, will be used by Australian Helicopters’ quick response teams to transport patients to the Thursday Island Hospital through its medical and SAR operations.

Source: Torres News, 05-Jan-11

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BWB and CAE select Barco displays to upgrade German Army helicopter simulators

BWB and CAE select Barco displays to upgrade German Army helicopter simulators

Visualization pioneer Barco is proud to announce that it has been selected by flight simulation leader CAE to supply projection technology for the helicopter simulators at the Army Aviation School based in Bückeburg Germany. Under the terms of the contract, Barco will upgrade eleven helicopter simulators with a total of 88 Barco SIM 7 high-resolution… Read more »

Source: Barco, 05-Jan-11

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Tomlinson Aviation plans Daytona Beach to Orlando service

Tomlinson Aviation plans Daytona Beach to Orlando service

Before he can get this charter service up and running, Neal Tomlinson of Tomlinson Aviation says he needs a beachfront location for landings and departures.

Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal, 05-Jan-11

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Bell Helicopter completes integration of six subsidiaries

Bell Helicopter completes integration of six subsidiaries

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has completed the integration of six of its support and service subsidiaries, officially merging them into Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. By combining its service organizations Bell Helicopter has restructured operations to provide customers with a comprehensive support solution– making it easier for them… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jan-11

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Austria’s OAMTC air ambulance flew 14,816 missions in 2010

Austria’s OAMTC air ambulance flew 14,816 missions in 2010

[electronic translation from original German press release] Future of the Air Ambulance in Austria for the time being secured “The operational activities of emergency medical helicopter ÖAMTC has increased again in 2010,” said Reinhard Kraxner, managing director of ÖAMTC air ambulance. “Overall, our 16 helicopters flew 14 816 operations, which are 886 more than in… Read more »

Source: OAMTC, 05-Jan-11

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