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Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) transferred two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant to AK Yamal, both of which are designed to fulfill missions in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District and will be based in Salekhard. Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters made for the Yamal Airlines are used to transport goods and passengers. The… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Jul-20

NATA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

NATA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

On June 23rd during its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced changes to its Board of Directors. Curt Castagna, President and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group (Long Beach, CA), was reelected to serve an additional term, as well as extending his service as Chairman by one year. Larry Wade, President of… Read more »

Source: NATA, 09-Jul-20

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UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

The United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command (JAC) conducted combined naval and air training operations with forces assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) in the southern Arabian Gulf, June 21-25. The Air Operations in Maritime Surface Warfare (AOMSW) training, consisted of a combination of aviation and… Read more »

Source: US Armed Forces, 09-Jul-20

Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (D-3) by NMB-Minebea Thai Ltd. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-3 order from overseas, and the customer plans to utilize the helicopter for transport operations of its employee and related personnel in Thailand after… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 09-Jul-20

Arista wins five year $111M extension to UH-1 maintenance contract

Arista wins five year $111M extension to UH-1 maintenance contract

Arista Aviation Services LLC has been awarded a five year IDIQ contract with a value of over $111,000,000 to perform UH-1 Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Aviation. This is a follow on contract, and Arista Aviation is the current incumbent. The contract will allow for the accomplishment of… Read more »

Source: Arista Aviation, 09-Jul-20

Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Bell 429 to the Chinese national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). This Bell 429 is the first dedicated ENG configured helicopter in China as well as the first ENG configured Bell 429 to operate in North Asia. “It’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-20

Garmin® GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin® GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced that the GI 275 electronic flight instrument is ready for installation in select Part 27 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-registered helicopters via Field Approval. The GI 275 has completed stringent helicopter vibration and temperature testing, demonstrating it can withstand the harsh operating environments encountered by… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 09-Jul-20

GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

Foresight MX, GPMS’s predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), is now active on Municipal Enterprises Limited’s new Bell 407GXi. Municipal’s Jeff Byrne, who serves as both pilot and maintainer on an aircraft used for construction site inspections and executive transport, described using the Foresight system as “almost too easy”. He explained, “When you land,… Read more »

Source: GPMS Foresight HUMS, 09-Jul-20

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Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Serving Central Oregon for 25 years, Leading Edge Aviation is happy to announce its continued growth and success in the aviation industry with the newest addition to its fleet of over 20 aircraft: the Bell 407 GX helicopter. “The 407GX is equipped with various advanced safety features, with the well-being of our staff and contract… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Aviation, 09-Jul-20

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StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

StandardAero recently completed the successful consolidation of the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Helicopter Center of Excellence (COE), after accelerating the final phase of integration of helicopter MRO engine operations into one site. In addition, the company’s transition program included the integration of two additional COEs located Langley, British Columbia, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada,… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Jul-20

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US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

Leonardo announced that the EMS operator Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx helicopters delivering in-flight critical care and transporting patients in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Jul-20

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HTM Helicopter Travel Munich appoints new Managing Director

HTM Helicopter Travel Munich appoints new Managing Director

As of July 1, 2020, the Heristo Group has appointed Mr. Rolf Berger as new Managing Director of the HTM Group. Mr. Berger will run the company together with Christian Schoepsdau and Bernd Brucherseifer. Together they will strategically develop the HTM Group on the national and international market. Mr. Berger studied aerospace engineering. After working… Read more »

Source: HTM Group, 08-Jul-20

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US approves sale of eight MV-22s Ospreys to Indonesia

US approves sale of eight MV-22s Ospreys to Indonesia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 07-Jul-20

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Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Indonesia’s PT. Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, which complies with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. The Jakarta-based commercial air service operator formally accepted the new intermediate single helicopter into its fleet at the Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Jul-20

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SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

For a customer SPAES designed a mounting bracket for the new external mirror and carried out the approval. The customer’s Airbus AS350 helicopter is used for external cargo flights. In order to have the attached load in view even with long rope lead, the existing load mirror had to be exchanged for a larger one…. Read more »

Source: SPAES, 07-Jul-20

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Schiebel Camcopter to fly Coast Guard ops in Finland, Sweden and Estonia

Schiebel Camcopter to fly Coast Guard ops in Finland, Sweden and Estonia

The Finnish Border Guard will operate the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and will also extend to Estonia and Sweden. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 will support the Finnish authorities in carrying out Coast Guard functions, such as search and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 07-Jul-20

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CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the… Read more »

Source: Ørsted, 06-Jul-20

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Alouette III helicopter celebrates 57 years with Portuguese Air Force

Alouette III helicopter celebrates 57 years with Portuguese Air Force

The Alouette III helicopter marks today 57 years in the service of the Air Force. The aircraft, currently operated by Squadron 552 – “Zangões”, at Air Base No. 11 (Beja), reaches the historic mark on the day when its service period ends. The first Alouette flight, in the Air Force, took place in Luanda (Angola),… Read more »

Source: Portuguese Air Force, 06-Jul-20

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SUU and Chuck Aaron Partner in Helicopter Upset Training

SUU and Chuck Aaron Partner in Helicopter Upset Training

A Living Legend of Aviation, helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron and his advanced flight academy will become part of Southern Utah University to offer the only collegiate helicopter upset recovery and advanced instrument flight training in the world. The advanced training will give industry professionals the chance to learn the critical decision making and flight skills… Read more »

Source: SUU, 06-Jul-20

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First flights for new Babcock oil and gas contract

First flights for new Babcock oil and gas contract

The first flight for Babcock’s new five-year contract for helicopter operations out of Sumburgh, Shetland, took place today (1 July 2020). Current plans will see Babcock’s Offshore business initially conduct more than 100 flights a month to Oil and Gas installations in the Northern North Sea on behalf of EnQuest, TAQA and CNR International. Passengers… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 02-Jul-20

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NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for Shell UK & NAM, starting July 1st 2020. Under the three- year agreement, daily flights will depart from NHV’s bases in Den Helder and Norwich to the Shell UK and NAM assets in the Southern North Sea (SNS). The contract facilitates the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 02-Jul-20

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SAFE wins MH-65 maintenance platform contract at UCSG Elizabeth City

SAFE wins MH-65 maintenance platform contract at UCSG Elizabeth City

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased announce they have been awarded a contract to replace an old poorly designed set of platforms that was supplied to the U.S.C.G. several years ago by different contractor. S.A.F.E.’s awarded contract is to design and manufacture custom ergonomic phase maintenance platforms for the MH-65 aircraft for the US Coast Guard… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 02-Jul-20

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WAI 2021 Scholarship Applications are now open

WAI 2021 Scholarship Applications are now open

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opens tomorrow, July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming… Read more »

Source: WAI, 02-Jul-20

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Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year. “The successful completion of the H160 Type… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jul-20

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HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

Long-established helicopter appraisers HeliValue$ has used the opportunity of lockdown, and have pivoted their work to appraise helicopters remotely.  From a recent Helicopter Investor town hall webinar where both President Jason Kmiecik and Owner Sharon Desfor spoke, it is clear that the company is leading the way in adapting to the situation. After an initial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-20

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Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Horizon International Flight Academy has logged more than 1,000 flight hours in its Bell 505 fleet, mainly utilized to train military pilots. Horizon’s training academy is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “Crossing the 1,000-flight hour threshold in less than three months from its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-20

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Police Aviation News – July 2020 Edition

The July 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jul-20

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Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $470,813,279 firm-fixed price modification (P00084) to a previously-awarded fixed-price incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050).  This modification exercises options to procure six low rate initial production lot II VH-92A aircraft, interim contractor support and six cabin interior reconfiguration kits in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $11,967,528 modification (P00003) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029).  This modification provides non-recurring engineering to replace existing subsystems, such as the Data Transfer Unit, Defense Electronic Countermeasure System and ARC-210 radio, with the CH-53K production… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO Inc.,* Irvine, California, was awarded a $9,787,000 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps.  Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 25, 2025.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $62,400,402 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to procure 29 AE1107C engines for Navy V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed December 2021.  Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,346,395 firm-fixed-price modification (P00013) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0030). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification provides for the production and delivery of a fully assembled flight training device for an… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-20

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Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its Makila-powered AS532U2 Cougar Mk.II helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 Makila 1A2 engines until their end-of-life. Air-Commodore A.R. Laurijssen, Commander of RNLAF Logistics… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 30-Jun-20

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Consultation under way for Sydney CBD helipad

Consultation under way for Sydney CBD helipad

Australian hotel investor Dr Jerry Schwartz is hoping to launch operations from Sydney’s first commercial, rooftop helipad atop his Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel from 2022. The entrepreneur recently launched the consultation process for the proposal in an effort to revive Sydney’s economy and boost its business and tourism profile in the post-COVID-19 economic downturn…. Read more »

Source: Emma Kelly, 29-Jun-20

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US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on June 22. The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. “We are thrilled to bring the Osprey’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jun-20

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Three new helicopters for police in Republika Srpska

Three new helicopters for police in Republika Srpska

The government of Republika Srpska – a region of Bosnia and Herzegovina – have confirmed an order for three helicopters, according to a news item published by Russian agency RIA Novosti. This follows a visit to Moscow by Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which included a meeting with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-20

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Morocco Orders 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Morocco Orders 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Helicopters

Morocco is the 17th country to acquire the Boeing AH-64 Apache through a contract for 24 of the helicopters that was recently signed. Boeing has delivered nearly 2,500 Apache helicopters to 16 nations to date, including the U.S., Netherlands, Greece, United Kingdom, Japan, India, Singapore, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Deliveries to Morocco are expected… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 26-Jun-20

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Airbus adds 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts

Airbus adds 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts

From 2019 until the present, Airbus Helicopters has added more than 250 helicopters to its HCare Smart and Infinite contracts, increasing to 2,250 the number of aircraft now covered by a global HCare material management solution. This represents a coverage of 19% of Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide fleet. Global contracts such as these have become increasingly… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jun-20

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Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima Awarded task order for helicopter maintenance at Fairchild AFB

Akima announced that its subsidiary, Akima Logistics Services has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide rotary wing aircraft maintenance and support services at Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB), Washington. The task order award is for $9.7M over five years. “Akima is immensely proud to continue our support for… Read more »

Source: Akima, 26-Jun-20

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Gardner Standard Announces the Acquisition of Shadin Avionics

Gardner Standard Announces the Acquisition of Shadin Avionics

Gardner Standard LLC announced the acquisition of Shadin, L.P. d.b.a Shadin Avionics (“Shadin Avionics”) from The Wright Group. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Shadin Avionics maintains a rich history of designing, manufacturing, and providing support services for fuel flow systems, engine trend monitoring, altitude management systems, air data computers and other instrumentation for turbine, piston… Read more »

Source: Shadin Avionics, 26-Jun-20

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Honeywell Paves The Way To Bring Autonomous Landing Capabilities To Urban Air Mobility

Honeywell Paves The Way To Bring Autonomous Landing Capabilities To Urban Air Mobility

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has begun in-flight testing of sensors that will guide urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles to land without pilot intervention. Aircraft involved in the testing are outfitted with Honeywell sensors and include cameras that analyze visual markings resembling QR codes, which help guide the vehicle to a designated landing spot. This is a… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 26-Jun-20

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Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a support contract with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), to support 276 NH90 engines owned by BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) in Germany and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA). The RTM322 engines will be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) under… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 26-Jun-20

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GA Telesis launches helicopter leasing company with seven Bell 206L4s

GA Telesis launches helicopter leasing company with seven Bell 206L4s

GA Telesis, LLC (“GAT”) announces the formation of GA Telesis Rotorcraft (“GATR”) to provide lease and finance solutions in the helicopter sector. GATR closed its first helicopter transaction, a portfolio of Bell helicopters. GAT completed the acquisition of seven Bell 206L4 helicopters, four of which are subject to multi-year leases. Regarding the other three helicopters,… Read more »

Source: GA Telesis, 25-Jun-20

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Operational pause of CH-148 Cyclone fleet lifted

Operational pause of CH-148 Cyclone fleet lifted

The Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, Lieutenant-General Alain Pelletier, has lifted the operational pause on the CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter fleet. The return to flying operations follows a thorough risk assessment that outlined mitigation measures to ensure aircrews understand the conditions that led to the crash and how to avoid or resolve them. While… Read more »

Source: Government of Canada, 25-Jun-20

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First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

First CMV-22B for operational use arrives at NAS North Island

The Navy’s first CMV-22B Osprey for operational use arrived at Naval Air Station North Island, June 22. The aircraft is assigned to the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, the Navy’s first CMV-22B squadron. VRM-30 was established in 2018 to begin the Navy’s transition from the C-2A Greyhound to the CMV-22B Osprey. “Today… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 25-Jun-20

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EBAA joins united European aviation calls for support for green recovery from COVID-19

EBAA joins united European aviation calls for support for green recovery from COVID-19

With the gradual restarting of passenger air transport in the coming weeks, EBAA alongside leaders from over a dozen air transport associations[1] representing Europe’s aviation sector today issued an urgent call for EU leaders to prioritise specific decarbonisation initiatives in their allocation of future COVID-19 recovery funding. European aviation continues to reel from the sudden collapse of the… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 25-Jun-20

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A new address for AirbusWorld collaborative platform

A new address for AirbusWorld collaborative platform

Since its successful launch in February 2020, Airbus Helicopters’ new AirbusWorld collaborative customer platform is continuing to evolve based on feedback from customers.   This new platform replaced Keycopter, bringing to the market a new and modern approach such as easy-to-use and seamless navigation, new services such as a marketplace dedicated to spare parts, communities,… Read more »

Source: AirbusWorld, 25-Jun-20

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Rostec made the first civilian Arctic Mi-8AMT

Rostec made the first civilian Arctic Mi-8AMT

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for civilian customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant made the first rotorcraft which is ready to start operation. Mi-8AMT helicopter in its Arctic version completed the flight-test program and the procedure of acceptance by an independent commission of the Federal Air… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 25-Jun-20

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Wysong Enterprises Completes HeliNY H155

Wysong Enterprises Completes HeliNY H155

Wysong Enterprises, (Wysong) announced that the company had finished the completion of Helicopter Flight Services’ (HeliNY) H155 aircraft. The H155 is the fourth aircraft Wysong has completed for the New York City-based company in the last 12 months. “This H155 will be operating in New York and is a beautiful aircraft,” said Wysong Enterprises Sales… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 25-Jun-20

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Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-20

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GE Aviation selected by Bell Textron for Aircraft Health Awareness System

GE Aviation selected by Bell Textron for Aircraft Health Awareness System

GE Aviation was selected by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to provide the Aircraft Health Awareness System as part of Team Invictus for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype, a part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The health awareness system integrates decades of GE’s proven health… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 25-Jun-20

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Russian Helicopters takes leasing company to court

Russian Helicopters takes leasing company to court

Local news sources in Moscow are reporting that the Moscow Arbitration Court received a lawsuit from Russian Helicopters against the National Leasing Company for Industrial Development. The amount of claims exceeds $39M equivalent. The National Aviation Aviation Service is also named as a third party in case file A40-102205 / 2020). Details of the dispute… Read more »

24-Jun-20

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Bell Training Academy Launches Virtual Course Platform

Bell Training Academy Launches Virtual Course Platform

The Bell Training Academy will offer virtual pilot and maintenance training for global customers who may be unable to travel to Bell’s global training facilities. “This is one of many virtual support offerings in the initial phase of Bell’s customer support and services modernization effort,” said Sam Nelson, general manager, Bell Global Training Academy. “In today’s environment,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE awarded $180 million contract to support T700 engines

GE Aviation has been awarded a five-year, $180 million contract by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) to repair and overhaul T700 rotorcraft engines in support of the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Seahawk, and the U.S. Marine Corps’ AH-1Z Viper and Bell UH-1Y Venom/Huey helicopters. “GE is grateful for the opportunity to provide… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 24-Jun-20

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Bell Refreshes Amarillo Horse “Straight Up”

Bell Refreshes Amarillo Horse “Straight Up”

A horse is a horse. Of course. But Bell’s horse, “Straight Up”, is anything but just another statue you’ll see around town. Straight Up is one of nearly 100 horses around the Amarillo area thanks to a project initiated by Center City of Amarillo, a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of historic downtown Amarillo…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

FAA approves updated STC for EIT Avionics radalt interface on R44

ESAID® now provides altitude callouts and large, crisp display of Radar Altitude. ESAID® calculates density altitude, power, hover and airspeed performance limitations twice per second, giving the pilot enhanced situational awareness. FODR® and ESAID® are FAA STC approved on the Robinson R 44 II helicopter. The EIT Avionics FODR® is a high performance data recorder… Read more »

24-Jun-20

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Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Wins IDIQ, Subcontractor to Metson Marine Services on Navy Contract

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, just won an indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity, multipleaward contract as subcontractor to Metson Marine Services,Inc. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Operational Support Services for Ocean Testing Contract will be performed at government locations based on each individual task order, all over the world. Completion is… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 24-Jun-20

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Bell Discusses Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight

Bell Discusses Using Virtual Reality to Design the Future of Flight

Stepping into the future of flight calls for a unique approach – one that requires modern tools and a dynamic, agile team. Bell’s Technology and Innovation organization partnered with our Brand team to re-imagine customer experience, aircraft design and more. Through game design, virtual reality, augmented reality and more, our teams have explored the various… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Jun-20

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Triumph To Provide Mechanical Flight Controls For Multiple Bell Platforms

Triumph To Provide Mechanical Flight Controls For Multiple Bell Platforms

Triumph Group [NYSE: TGI] announced that its Triumph Systems & Support business unit has been awarded a five-year contract from Bell Textron, Inc. for the supply of mechanical flight controls for multiple commercial helicopter platforms, including the Bell 429, Bell 412 and Bell 407. The contract is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) award that will… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 24-Jun-20

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Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Leonardo, through Kopter Group AG (Kopter), has announced that the flight test activities of the third prototype of the SH09 single-engine helicopter (designated P3) have restarted in Pozzallo, Sicily, in Italy last week. The Kopter flight test & prototype maintenance teams arrived in Pozzallo earlier this month to prepare P3 and perform all necessary technical… Read more »

24-Jun-20

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Helinetwork International digitalises MRO

Helinetwork International digitalises MRO

Eager to develop the helicopter spare parts market, Helinetwork International has been continuously developing its e-commerce site Rotorplace since its creation in 2018. Only a few months after having integrated the kits for the periodical inpections of Safran engines, Rotorplace now offers maintenance, repair and overhaul of a large catalogue of parts (mechanical, avionics, engines…)…. Read more »

Source: Helinetwork International, 23-Jun-20

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Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Monday 22 June, a HeliOps’ Sea King landed at Leonardo in Yeovil, Somerset. The visit by HeliOps formed part of a commemoration celebrating the first flight of the XV666 ‘Damien’ aircraft by returning it to its place of manufacture as part of its 50th birthday celebrations. “I can remember being the programme lead back in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Jun-20

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Devon Air Ambulance adds 150th community helipad

Devon Air Ambulance adds 150th community helipad

Devon Air Ambulance welcomes the 150th Community Landing Site into operation The launch of the Newton Ferrers community landing site earlier this week marked a significant milestone in the development of a County-wide network of sites which enable Devon Air Ambulance to reach patients ‘during the hours of darkness’. These floodlit surveyed landing sites enable… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Jun-20

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Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

A total of four new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters are being delivered to operators on Norway in a seven day period. On Friday 19th, the first of two for Helitrans arrived at their Trondheim Airport base and the second is en route today. These are registered LN-OGA and LN-OGB. Earlier this month Helitrans become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

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Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability. “Our new… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-20

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British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

In a press report late last week, Tennessee radio station WFHG 92.9 reported that Richard Harper of Apple International, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aircraft parts fraud.  This followed his arrest in January in Anaheim as he was heading to Heli-Expo.  The article concludes by saying that Harper could face up to 10 years… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

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HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to introduce HAI’s COVID Clean Program, a project designed to help HAI members share their efforts to protect their customers and employees from infectious diseases. HAI assists participating companies by providing them promotional tools and support through social media and other digital channels. The COVID Clean Program provides a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Jun-20

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Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M Donation for Scholarship Fund

Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M  Donation for Scholarship Fund

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce it has received its largest donation ever to its Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship fund. On June 12, VFS officially received a donation of $922,146.46 from the estate of Robert Head. Head — an engineer with McDonnell, Hughes and Boeing — was a VFS Emeritus Member who… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 22-Jun-20

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ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes… Read more »

Source: ITP Aero, 19-Jun-20

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The Air Ambulance Service approaches 40,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service approaches 40,000th mission

Serving the local communities through their lifesaving service, your local air ambulance is set to complete its 40,000th mission on 24 June. Since 2003, your local air ambulance which operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families,… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jun-20

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EASA upgrades website

EASA upgrades website

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has upgraded its website, offering a completely new area with information for air passengers and the general public and enhancements such as notifications, so that visitors can stay informed on new developments. As airlines ready to resume services after the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new… Read more »

Source: EASA, 19-Jun-20

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Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

The Leonardo AW139 destined for the scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly was one of the helicopter industry’s first #COVID19 casualties. The helicopter became quarantined in China early in 2020 when the pandemic took hold. Consequently the route started as planned on March 17 using two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

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Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters will be delivered to the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan. By the end of June 2020, the air base will receive two modernized MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters equipped with onboard defense systems. In addition, the cockpit is equipped with lighting devices adapted for the use of night vision goggles which enable  to carry out… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, 17-Jun-20

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HAI President’s Message

HAI President’s Message

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and frankly, 2020 has been a bumpy ride. COVID-19 changed nearly every routine we had, both at work and at home. Businesses around the world went dark, and millions signed up for unemployment. Some sectors of our industry, such as aerial tours and flight training, have been hard-hit by… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

3 RAF Puma helicopters deployed to Kinloss Barracks to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in the coronavirus fight are heading back to their Oxfordshire base today, nearly 3 months after being stood up in support COVID activity in Scotland. The aircraft and crews from RAF Benson had responded to an urgent request in March… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 17-Jun-20

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