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Peel Health Campus helipad set to be removed in upgrade plan

Peel Health Campus helipad set to be removed in upgrade plan

2-Feb-2023Source: Mandurah Mail

City of Mandurah Councillor Don Pember says losing the helipad at Peel Health Campus would be a step backwards for locals needing transfer to Perth. The state government has plans for a major redevelopment of Peel Health Campus, once the department of health takes over from current operators Ramsay Health Care in August 2024. See... Read more

Airspeeder signs 2-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Australia

Airspeeder signs 2-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports Australia

1-Feb-2023Source: Airspeeder

The new programming lineup features highlights from the first Airspeeder EXA Series Race in South Australia, a “Finding Extreme Pilots Series,” and “How to Build a Flying Car” series looking at how these eVTOL vehicles are built, devised for Australia’s more established motorsport technology fans. The 30-minute shows target a technology, sci-fi and electric motorsport... Read more

SLSQ purchases first Entrol H14 FTD Level 5 simulator in Australia

SLSQ purchases first Entrol H14 FTD Level 5 simulator in Australia

30-Jan-2023Source: Entrol

Entrol will install the device based on the Bell 429 by mid-2023 in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s base in Archerfield Airport, on the eastern coast of Australia. This simulator will be equipped with real GTN 750 and GTN 650 units, Entrol’s cylindrical visual system with a 200º x 40º FOV, Entrol’s high-end vibration system to... Read more

LifeFlight Australia sets rescue record in 2022

LifeFlight Australia sets rescue record in 2022

26-Jan-2023Source: LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has notched up another record-breaking calendar year, with its fleet of helicopters, Air Ambulance jets, Critical Care Doctors, Flight Nurses and Flight Paramedics helping a total of 6,978 people in 2022. LifeFlight Group Head of Operations Yvette Lutze said that total reflected over 20 people helped each day, proving how indispensable the aeromedical service is across... Read more

Australia orders 40 UH-60M Black Hawks

Australia orders 40 UH-60M Black Hawks

19-Jan-2023Source: Australian Government

The Australian Government will acquire 40 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Australian Army. Head Land Capability Major General Jeremy King, CSM, said this was an important acquisition which will meet the strategic needs of the Australian Army. “The Black Hawk capability will be a crucial element for us to protect Australia’s sovereignty, and deliver... Read more

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

CHC to sell Babcock business to South African operator

17-Jan-2023Source: HeliHub.com

CHC have sold Offshore Helicopter Services (the old Babcock MCS Offshore business) to Ultimate Aviation.    The financial aspects are expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year. This only involves the UK aspects of Offshore Helicopter Services, while CHC will retain the Danish and Australian businesses. Ultimate Aviation Group operates a... Read more

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

9-Dec-2022Source: Australian Government

The failure of a Robinson R44 helicopter’s clutch shaft due to an undetected fatigue crack led to a loss of control before the helicopter collided with a vehicle, an ATSB investigation report details. The R44 had been conducting aerial spraying operations at a property near Clare, South Australia on 22 December 2020. As the pilot... Read more

Architect unveils plans for Australia’s first vertiport

Architect unveils plans for Australia’s first vertiport

23-Nov-2022Source: CONTRERAS EARL Architecture

Contreras Earl Architecture has unveiled its plans for Australia’s first air taxi vertiport. To be located at Caribbean Park in Melbourne, the vertiport will support the emerging electric air taxi industry, which is expected to revolutionise personal transport. We are working with a great team that includes Skyportz, To70 Aviation and Arup. The terminal is... Read more

NSW Rural Fire Service takes delivery of $6M helicopter

NSW Rural Fire Service takes delivery of $6M helicopter

17-Nov-2022Source: NSW Rural Fire Service

Communities on the Mid North Coast are better protected thanks to a new multi-purpose Rural Fire Service (RFS) helicopter unveiled at Coffs Harbour. Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke said the $6 million asset is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, live video capabilities and winching equipment. “This is... Read more

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

Australia opens drone delivery guidelines consultation

11-Nov-2022Source: Australian Government

You can now have your say on draft guidelines that will help operators and planning authorities integrate drone delivery safely into the community. With advances in technology, drone delivery is expected grow in Australia and it is important that this is managed in a safe and nationally consistent manner. The drone delivery guidelines step through... Read more

Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation launched

Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation launched

1-Nov-2022Source: Australian Flying

The Australian Helicopter Industry Future Foundation has become operational with a series of workshops for young engineering aspirants around the country. Eight heli operators have volunteered to open their workshops for a day, with events already held attracting 5-10 students at each location. See Full Story.... Read more

12 Apostles Helicopters at risk from Australian Government land acquisition

12 Apostles Helicopters at risk from Australian Government land acquisition

31-Oct-2022Source: The Age

The owners of prime farmland opposite the Twelve Apostles have lashed the state government’s plan to compulsorily acquire farmland as a waste of taxpayer money that will ruin their helicopter business. The government is acquiring the Princetown land overlooking the popular coastal attraction to make way for a $108 million tourism development, which is part... Read more

Lockheed awarded $49M contract for upgrades to 12 Australian MH-60Rs

Lockheed awarded $49M contract for upgrades to 12 Australian MH-60Rs

25-Oct-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $49,664,990 undefinitized firm-fixed-price modification (P00001) to an order (N0001922F2291) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This modification provides non-recurring engineering and add/delete efforts to bring 12 MH-60R aircraft from standard Foreign Military Sales configuration to a unique configuration for the government of... Read more

Foreign Military Sale to Australia for MH-60R sustainment items

Foreign Military Sale to Australia for MH-60R sustainment items

21-Oct-2022Source: US State Dept

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of non-MDE MH-60R sustainment items and services for an estimated cost of $162 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested... Read more

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

PHI leases two S92s and one AW139 from Milestone

20-Oct-2022Source: Milestone

DUBLIN – Thursday, October 20, 2022 – The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced it has signed lease agreements with leading commercial helicopter operator, PHI Aviation (“PHI”) for three helicopters. The agreements include the placement and extension of two Sikorsky S92 helicopters and one Leonardo AW139 helicopter, bringing... Read more

Australia simplifies multi-engine rating for pilots

Australia simplifies multi-engine rating for pilots

5-Sep-2022Source: Australian Government

  Helicopter pilots can now make use of a class-like system for flight crew licences relating to some multi-engine helicopters. This follows feedback from industry that the current approach of requiring a type rating for each multi-engine helicopter was restrictive. Changes will be made to the Part 61 licencing rules over time, but in order... Read more

Babcock Australiasia develops workforce from within to graduate newest ACOs

Babcock Australiasia develops workforce from within to graduate newest ACOs

2-Sep-2022Source: Babcock Australasia

  Career opportunities within Babcock Australasia (Babcock) are flying high with the graduation of two Rescue Crew Officers (RCO) to Air Crew Officers (ACO) at Babcock’s Adelaide Airport Search and Rescue Base.  With the majority of ACOs recruited from the Army or Navy, Babcock recognised the need to develop its workforce from within, with Cam... Read more

Australia – Victoria Prepares For Next Steps On AAM

Australia – Victoria Prepares For Next Steps On AAM

1-Sep-2022Source: Victoria Government

  A vision statement for next-generation electric aviation in Victoria details significant potential economic and environmental benefits and sets out a path to build an Advanced Air Mobilityindustry in the state. Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas today unveiled the Advanced Air Mobility Industry Vision Statement which outlines the Government’s plan to consult with the... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $503M contract for 12 MH-60R for Australia

Lockheed Martin awarded $503M contract for 12 MH-60R for Australia

31-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $503,718,672 firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2291) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the Commonwealth of Australia. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy, Alabama (8%),... Read more

Foreign Military Sale of 40 UH-60M Black Hawk to Australia

Foreign Military Sale of 40 UH-60M Black Hawk to Australia

30-Aug-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.95 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds 25 doctors

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds 25 doctors

19-Aug-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

  Twenty-five new RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctors have joined the ranks of aeromedical bases across the state, ready to take to Queensland skies in jets and rescue choppers, to save lives. The new recruits have varied medical backgrounds; some doctors have signed on from within Queensland’s medical community after witnessing LifeFlight’s work first-hand, while... Read more

Donation kick-starts Helicopter Engineers Foundation

Donation kick-starts Helicopter Engineers Foundation

4-Aug-2022Source: Australian Flying

  A large donation from rotary industry identities John and Julie Cameron will be used to establish a foundation to encourage young people to seek careers in helicopter engineering. The $500,000 gift to set up the Helicopter Engineers Foundation was announced at RotorTech today by Ray Cronin, president of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA).... Read more

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

3-Aug-2022Source: US Military

  The flight deck of HMAS Canberra, Australia’s Landing Helicopter Dock, is a hive of activity as international aircraft land and take off from her deck for the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Lieutenant Sam Laidlaw, one of Canberra’s flight control officers, is responsible for air movements on and off the... Read more

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

2-Aug-2022Source: US Military

Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra (L02) embarked two MV-22B Osprey military aircraft onboard and successfully moved the Osprey off the flight deck into the hangar for the first time at sea during Rim of the Pacific 2022. The MV-22B’s will operate from Canberra for the duration of RIMPAC in another first for... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight reports record-breaking financial year

RACQ LifeFlight reports record-breaking financial year

22-Jul-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

LifeFlight Australia has completed another record-breaking financial year, coming to the aid of 6,825 people through missions performed by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters, Air Ambulance jets and Critical Care Doctors “We’re proud to make a difference in the lives of so many people, including those in rural and regional Queensland, by being ready to respond, 24/7,... Read more

VSTAR Aviation enters the eVTOL Australian Market

VSTAR Aviation enters the eVTOL Australian Market

18-Jul-2022Source: VSTAR Aviation

  The next generation of aircraft could be seen operating in Australian skies as early as 2023. Known as eVTOL or “Powered Lift”, these unique and cleverly designed aircraft combine the versatility of a helicopter with the range and speed of a traditional fixed-wing aircraft. These aircraft are not just nimble and quick. Their unique... Read more

Bell Expands Regional Aftermarket Footprint in Australia

Bell Expands Regional Aftermarket Footprint in Australia

15-Jul-2022Source: Bell

Bell announced the acquisition of Eagle Copters Maintenance Pty. Ltd. (ECM), a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) business and current Bell customer service facility (CSF) based in Australia. This acquisition enables Bell to expand its regional footprint by providing coveted solutions in Australia and Asia-Pacific. “This acquisition enables us to provide local support and solutions... Read more

Wisk Brings 5th Generation Aircraft to the UK and Australia

Wisk Brings 5th Generation Aircraft to the UK and Australia

12-Jul-2022Source: Wisk Aero

  Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S., will be conducting public displays of its 5th Generation Aircraft, Cora, in both Farnborough, UK, and Brisbane, Australia. In the United Kingdom: one of Wisk’s fleet of aircraft will be on display at... Read more

Australia launches roadmap for drone and AAM airspace integration

Australia launches roadmap for drone and AAM airspace integration

6-Jul-2022Source: Australian Government

  We’re paving the way for remotely piloted aircraft (drones) and advanced air mobility (AAM) in Australia with our new regulatory roadmap. With the rapidly growing popularity and innovative advancements in this industry, the roadmap outlines our approach to aviation safety regulations for drones and AAM over the next 10 years and beyond. ‘We’ve developed... Read more

AFDAU-T1 Achieves US Forest Service ATU Compliance 

AFDAU-T1 Achieves US Forest Service ATU Compliance 

17-Jun-2022Source: TracPlus

The AFDAU-T1, Australia’s standout additional telemetry unit (ATU) for aerial firefighting, has achieved compliance for the new US Forest Service requirements for event data this week. The update enables all Aerial Firefighting Data Acquisition Unit (AFDAU) units already installed in aircraft to meet compliance specifications. AFDAU-T1 lead engineer, Zane Vohland, says that with the increase... Read more

ATSB issues driveshaft failure Safety Advisory Notice to UH-1H operators

ATSB issues driveshaft failure Safety Advisory Notice to UH-1H operators

17-Jun-2022Source: ATSB

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has issued a Safety Advisory Notice to operators of the UH-1H helicopter, recommending that they inspect the helicopter’s ‘KAflex’ driveshaft. The Safety Advisory Notice stems from the ATSB’s on-going investigation into a fatal accident involving a UH-1H that was conducting firebombing operations at Labrina, near Launceston, Tasmania on 14 February... Read more

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

7-Jun-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

  RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will join other Queensland aeromedical service providers, as tenants of a state of the art ‘super base’, to be purpose built at Brisbane Airport. LifeFlight’s commitment to the project was confirmed today (Fri 3rd) with the announcement by Queensland Treasurer Hon. Cameron Dick, that the Queensland State Government will contribute $10.4... Read more

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

LifeFlight to join aeromedical super base

3-Jun-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue will join other Queensland aeromedical service providers, as tenants of a state of the art ‘super base’, to be purpose built at Brisbane Airport. LifeFlight’s commitment to the project was confirmed today (Fri 3rd) with the announcement by Queensland Treasurer Hon. Cameron Dick, that the Queensland State Government will contribute $10.4 million... Read more

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

Leonardo AW139 fleet in Australia grows stronger

2-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo has announced a further expansion of its fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in Australia with an order for three aircraft as part of Western Australia’s Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service (ERHS) fleet modernization effort to provide enhanced airborne capabilities. The helicopters will be supplied by leading helicopter operator CHC Australia to carry... Read more

ATSB makes recommendation on TCAS training

ATSB makes recommendation on TCAS training

1-Jun-2022Source: Australian Government

  The pilot of an AW139 emergency medical service helicopter received a TCAS ‘resolution advisory’ collision alert while transiting airspace above Mangalore Airport en route to Royal Melbourne Hospital when a Piper Seminole aircraft conducted an unanticipated missed approach to the airport, an ATSB investigation report details. The report details that on the afternoon of... Read more

Australia – Health Minister unveils Royal Perth Hospital helipad

Australia – Health Minister unveils Royal Perth Hospital helipad

27-May-2022Source: Australian Government

  Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson and Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson today unveiled Royal Perth Hospital’s (RPH) new 788 square metre $10 million heliport. The new heliport will allow the next-generation Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service (ERHS) to access RPH – ensuring sick and injured patients get to the hospital quicker from even further locations throughout... Read more

CHC announce new 12-year contract with Department Fire and Emergency Services

CHC announce new 12-year contract with Department Fire and Emergency Services

26-May-2022Source: CHC

  CHC Helicopter is pleased to announce a new 12-year contract with the Department Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Western Australia, to provide 24/7 emergency rescue helicopter operations.  Vince D’Rozario, CHC’s Regional Director Asia Pacific, said: “We are honoured to be awarded this contract. This award reinforces the strong partnership with DFES, established over the... Read more

Helitak recieves additional approvals from the FAA

Helitak recieves additional approvals from the FAA

16-May-2022Source: Helitak

  Australian based Helitak Fire Fighting Equipment has received further approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to add more Black Hawk model Type Certificates (TC) to the FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of the Helitak FT4500 Black Hawk fire tank, bringing the current number of TC’s to 18 and the total number of approved... Read more

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes the Australian Government announcement of the expansion of the MH-60R helicopter fleet – the MH-60R Seahawk is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter with unmatched capabilities across a multitude of roles. Through this acquisition, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will acquire 13 additional MH-60Rs from the United States Navy, increasing its... Read more

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

Schiebel Pacific SEA 129 Phase 5 programme for the Royal Australian Navy

5-May-2022Source: Schiebel

  Schiebel Pacific welcomes the decision of the Commonwealth of Australia to speed up the provision of its UAS capability by initiating a single source acquisition of the CAMCOPTER® S-100. This will enable the RAN to accelerate the capability acquisition they need and together with our local partners, we are committed to deliver the best... Read more

HeliTSA launches Bell 212/412 Series type training in Australia

HeliTSA launches Bell 212/412 Series type training in Australia

6-Apr-2022Source: HeliTSA

HeliTSA’s type training offering continues to grow, with a combined Bell 212 and 412 Series type course launching in May. The course is being launched in response to the renewed demand for this aircraft for the purposes of firefighting, emergency medical services and search and rescue. “We had so many people enquiring about this training... Read more

Skyports, Swoop Aero and BD Rowa partner on air logistics to pharma supply chain

Skyports, Swoop Aero and BD Rowa partner on air logistics to pharma supply chain

23-Mar-2022Source: Skyports

Swoop Aero, Skyports and BD Rowa™ today announced a strategic partnership to transform health supply chains across Europe, Australia and other global markets through the integration of autonomous air logistics in the pharmaceutical industry.  The partnership unlocks a new frontier of value and outcomes for the pharmaceutical sector, the health system and the patients it... Read more

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

18-Mar-2022Source: CMA

Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation of this completed acquisition, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that the merger would lead to a significant loss of competition in the market. CHC and the acquired businesses both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, including taking workers to and from rigs... Read more

First Wheeled Landing Gear Bell 429 in Australia delivered to Alto Group

First Wheeled Landing Gear Bell 429 in Australia delivered to Alto Group

18-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the sale  and delivery of a Bell 429 in a wheeled landing gear (WLG) configuration to Australia’s Alto Group. This would be the first Bell 429 WLG helicopter in Australia and Alto Group’s third Bell helicopter. The Alto Group is a leading Australian automotive retailer, employing... Read more

Australia’s Nautilus Aviation signs for five B407GXi

Australia’s Nautilus Aviation signs for five B407GXi

14-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale of five Bell 407GXi helicopters to Nautilus Aviation in Australia. The aircraft are scheduled to be progressively delivered from late 2022 and will be used for tourism charter and utility flights in North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef region. “Nautilus Aviation has... Read more

Jet Aviation Australia Sells 5 B407GXi Helicopters to Nautilus Aviation

Jet Aviation Australia Sells 5 B407GXi Helicopters to Nautilus Aviation

7-Mar-2022Source: Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation Australia announced today that it has sold five Bell 407GXi helicopters to Nautilus Aviation. As Bell’s independent representative for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia, Jet Aviation Australia has also been commissioned to customize the five helicopters. Staggered redelivery will commence in late 2022.   “We’ve been supporting Nautilus Aviation... Read more

Pacific AirHub Expands Its Footprint

Pacific AirHub Expands Its Footprint

7-Mar-2022Source: Pacific AirHub

New Zealand-based Pacific AirHub, one of the global helicopter sales leaders, has solidified its standing in Africa by partnering with a local associate, Cornéll Grové. The move has come after the company has established its presence throughout Australia and New Zealand and set its sights on the African continent. The continent is currently in a... Read more

Milestone unveils plans for firefighting S92

Milestone unveils plans for firefighting S92

28-Feb-2022Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, has partnered with Australian fire-fighting equipment designer, Helitak Firefighting Equipment Pty Ltd (“Helitak”), to develop a new mission for the Sikorsky S-92A as a next-generation, multi-purpose fire-fighting platform. As the largest owner of the S-92A, Milestone worked closely with Helitak to develop the... Read more

PHI International secures Aviation Services contract with Woodside

PHI International secures Aviation Services contract with Woodside

24-Feb-2022Source: PHI International

PHI International (PHI) has secured a significant aviation services contract with Woodside, as operator for and on behalf of the Scarborough Joint Venture, in Western Australia. The contract will see PHI transporting personnel from Learmonth Airport to offshore sites in the Carnarvon Basin off the Northwest coast of Australia. Woodside, Australia’s leading natural gas producer,... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue adds new custom fuel facility from IOR

21-Feb-2022

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews in Brisbane have opened the pumps on a new fuel storage and management facility, custom built by fuel supplier, IOR. “This fuel tank will enable our flight crews to refuel their aircraft and be ready to respond to a critical mission, more efficiently,” RACQ LifeFlight Rescue General Manager of Operations, Brian... Read more

Queensland Police order Bell 429s

Queensland Police order Bell 429s

21-Feb-2022Source: Queensland Government

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced new ‘eyes in the sky’ to help police fight crime. Three new state of the art Bell 429 helicopters will become part of the POLAIR fleet to patrol the south-east, replacing the existing two helicopters which have reliably served the Queensland community for almost a decade. In addition, the Palaszczuk... Read more

Microflite orders up to 40 eVTOLs from Eve

Microflite orders up to 40 eVTOLs from Eve

17-Feb-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, and Microflite, one of Australia’s premier helicopter operators, today announced at the Singapore Airshow an order of up to 40 low-noise zero-emission eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft) to support the commencement of new electric UAM (Urban Air Mobility) operations in Australia in 2026. Microflite... Read more

LifeFlight medical recruits soar through training week

LifeFlight medical recruits soar through training week

15-Feb-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

21 new RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care doctors have joined the ranks across Queensland, but one of the retrieval registrars had already treated a patient in the air, before she even started her official aeromedical training. Dr Karin Dautzenberg was called in to help on the plane ride over to Australia from the Netherlands, when... Read more

Australia – ATSB seeking reports of R22 and R44 governor malfunctions

Australia – ATSB seeking reports of R22 and R44 governor malfunctions

9-Feb-2022Source: Australian Government

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) advises all pilots, operators and maintainers of recently-built Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters to monitor for intermittent or abnormal operations of the helicopters’ engine RPM governor, which can lead to engine overspeed or underspeed conditions. A small number of recent incidents have been reported to both the ATSB and... Read more

LifeFlight Australia helped 6846 people in 2021

LifeFlight Australia helped 6846 people in 2021

27-Jan-2022Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

LifeFlight Australia has marked a record-breaking year, with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopters, Air Ambulance jets and Critical Care medical teams coming to the aid of 6,846 people – the highest number of patients helped in a calendar year, by the aeromedical service. In 2021, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and jet crews flew 2,503 critical missions, topping last calendar year’s total... Read more

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

18-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Bristow group have for many years been synonymous with helicopter operations in Australia since the late 1960s, operating helicopters from Bell 206s right up to Sikorsky S92s. In recent years this fleet has declined after losing contracts, principally to CHC, Babcock and PHI. After losing their last offshore support contract with BHP, Bristow parked... Read more

Sikorsky Australia NDT Team transitions into Asia Pacific Aerospace

Sikorsky Australia NDT Team transitions into Asia Pacific Aerospace

12-Jan-2022Source: Asia Pacific Aerospace

Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) has confirmed continuation of NDT services previously offered by the Sikorsky Australia non-destructive testing (NDT) unit.  As of December 18, all five members of the former Sikorsky Australia team transitioned to APA’s Macarthur facility. The facility has been upgraded to accommodate the advanced NDT methods now added to APA’s capability: Ultrasonic... Read more

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

Hill Helicopters opens sales for certified version HC50

17-Dec-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Hill Helicopters yesterday held their first Global Meetup & Discover Event at their Development Centre in the UK. Hosted by Dr Jason Hill, the event brought together around 100 people in person – mostly existing owners/customers – and over 1000 online. Jason Hill announced that the company’s current order book for their HX50 model –... Read more

Sydney Seaplanes orders 50 eVTOLs from Eve Air Mobility

Sydney Seaplanes orders 50 eVTOLs from Eve Air Mobility

7-Dec-2021Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve), an Embraer company, and Sydney Seaplanes, a leader in the transition to sustainable aviation, today announced a partnership that will lay the foundation for new electric air taxi operations in Greater Sydney. With the partnership, Sydney Seaplanes has placed an order for 50 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and... Read more

Eve and Nautilus Aviation partner to develop UAM ops in Australia

Eve and Nautilus Aviation partner to develop UAM ops in Australia

7-Dec-2021Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer company, and Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, today announced a partnership focused on accelerating the development of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in Australia. The partnership will see the introduction of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) serving some... Read more

New Army Aviation Command established in Australia

New Army Aviation Command established in Australia

3-Dec-2021Source: Australian Government

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, today announced the establishment of a new Army Aviation Command, at a ceremonial parade and helicopter flyover at Blamey Square, Canberra. Lieutenant General Burr said the formation of Army Aviation Command is a significant achievement for the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.... Read more

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

UK competition authority moves CHC-Babcock to Phase 2

29-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Government’s Competition and Mergers Authority (“CMA”) has referred the completed acquisition by CHC Group LLC of Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited (“OHS”), Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd and Offshore Helicopter Services Denmark A/S for an in-depth investigation.  The latter three companies were previously named Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services... Read more

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

Ryan Aerospace wins USAF pilot training transformation contracts

22-Nov-2021Source: Ryan Aerospace

Australian Defence Minister, the HON Peter Dutton today announced that RYAN AEROSPACE (Australia) has been awarded a series of contracts to supply nearly 300 jet fighter and helicopter training simulators to the US Air Force as part of the innovative new program known as “Pilot Training Transformation” or PTT. “This is another example of the... Read more

Kestrel Aviation achieves night aerial firebombing approval

Kestrel Aviation achieves night aerial firebombing approval

17-Nov-2021Source: Kestrel Aviation

Following on from its multi-award-winning success in developing an effective night firebombing helicopter program in partnership with the Victorian Government, Kestrel Aviation has now achieved another significant milestone on its journey to providing around-the-clock aerial firefighting capability that protects Australian communities. Following six years of development with local agency stakeholders, and the Australian Civil Aviation... Read more

HeliMods Digitalises Entire Product Design and Manufacturing Process

HeliMods Digitalises Entire Product Design and Manufacturing Process

17-Nov-2021Source: HeliMods

Australian aerospace technology manufacturer HeliMods, with assistance from the Federal Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), has partnered with Siemens to leverage its Xcelerator software portfolio to fully digitalise its entire product design and manufacturing process, making it the first company of its size in the Australian aerospace sector to do so. The implementation of... Read more

FAA approves Helitak underbelly fire suppression tank on Black Hawk

FAA approves Helitak underbelly fire suppression tank on Black Hawk

10-Nov-2021Source: Helitak

Australian company Helitak has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include seven additional Sikorsky Black Hawk Type Certificates on the Helitak FT4500 Black Hawk STC that was awarded in May 2021 bringing the total to 10 UH-60 or EH-60 models now approved for operation. With the receipt of the AML Amendment, operators... Read more

Airbus appoints new MD for Australia and New Zealand

Airbus appoints new MD for Australia and New Zealand

3-Nov-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Christian Venzal has been appointed Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Australia and New Zealand, with effect 1 November. Based in Brisbane, Christian is responsible for the company’s civil and military helicopter business in both countries, as well as for its MRO services and local operations. Christian Venzal moves to the region from the company’s... Read more

New South Wales Police launches three new Bell 429s

New South Wales Police launches three new Bell 429s

28-Oct-2021Source: NSW Police

The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) Aviation Command’s newest high-tech helicopters have been officially launched at a commissioning ceremony in Sydney today. The three Bell 429 helicopters – PolAir 1, 3 and 4 – will be used to support the Force with patrols, search and rescue, surveillance, and specialist operations across the state. The choppers carry... Read more

Australia – new helipad opens at Nepean Hospital

Australia – new helipad opens at Nepean Hospital

28-Oct-2021Source: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Nepean Hospital has been buzzing following the first successful helicopter landing atop the new 14-storey clinical tower. The new helipad will be a gateway to the world class services of Nepean Hospital, directly connecting to the new emergency department, critical care and neonatal intensive care services. The day and night test landings, completed by NSW... Read more

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

US Army AMCOM delivers two CH-47Fs to Australia

19-Oct-2021Source: US Army

U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Security Assistance Management Directorate recently completed a major diversion with the Commonwealth of Australia. “A diversion means that two aircraft were slated for the U.S. Army,” said Susan Williams, a SAMD logistics management specialist “Usually the aircraft are put on contract and then provided to the customer once their... Read more

Royal Australian Navy lifts temporary restrictions on MH-60R

Royal Australian Navy lifts temporary restrictions on MH-60R

19-Oct-2021Source: Australian Dept of Defence

The Royal Australian Navy has lifted temporary restrictions on MH-60R flying operations. A suspension was enacted as a precaution after an MH-60R helicopter attached to HMAS Brisbane ditched in the Philippine Sea on 13 October during a routine flight. “Initial evidence indicates that the incident is not an issue impacting the rest of the MH-60R... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale of MH-60Rs to Australia

US Foreign Military Sale of MH-60Rs to Australia

11-Oct-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, Related Defense Services, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $985 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia... Read more

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

Competition watchdog to dig deeper into CHC acquisition of Babcock

27-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK has given notice late last week that it will dig further into the merger of the offshore operations of Babcock and CHC. Although CHC has acquired Babcock’s offshore operations in UK, Denmark and Australia, clearly the UK authority only has jurisdiction over the UK aspect of... Read more

Australia considers drone noise regulations

Australia considers drone noise regulations

22-Sep-2021Source: Australian Government

RPA, commonly referred to as drones, are an emerging and innovative technology being used around the world. Drones have a diversity of applications including in the agricultural sector, emergency services, infrastructure inspections and surveys, surf lifesaving, delivery of medical supplies, aerial photography and commercial delivery just to name a few. There are currently no internationally-mandated... Read more

Swoop Aero partners with Iris Automation

Swoop Aero partners with Iris Automation

14-Sep-2021Source: Swoop Aero

Australian drone-powered logistics company, Swoop Aero, and commercial drone safety innovator, Iris Automation, have entered into a partnership to offer Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone solutions to global clients seeking to safely unlock the skies above cities and solve logistics challenges in remote and rural areas. Swoop Aero has extensive experience providing drone... Read more

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