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Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

The disclosure relates to a lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck, which is meant especially while being installed in connection with an identification marking, such as an H, triangle, cross figure or the like, and/or a touchdown and positioning mark ring on a landing and takeoff area of the helicopter deck for illuminating the safety marking/markings in question in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 18-Dec-18

StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 18-Dec-18

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Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth has spent over $65 million on their new patient tower on 800 Ninth Avenue. The tower, now open, is featured will all modern design elements for an emergency hospital. They now have a rooftop helipad that will allow patients direct access through an elevator into the hospital, instead of having to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They are well known for providing VIP helicopter transport. They offer flights between Monaco’s heliport and the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France. They plan to widen their reach by working with Air France, British Airways, KLM, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Air Corsica, reports Hello … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

Schiebel demostrates comint and imaging payloads of S-100 Camcopter®

Schiebel demostrates comint and imaging payloads of S-100 Camcopter®

Schiebel, in cooperation with ELTA Systems and Overwatch Imaging, integrated two new payloads for an active army exercise. The Australian Army conducted a two-week activity with the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3. Specifically, they tested ELTA Systems’ state-of-the-art ELK-7065… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Dec-18

CHC Announces New Contract with OMV

CHC Announces New Contract with OMV

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded the contract from OMV (Norge) AS, to provide helicopter services in support of their forthcoming drilling program at the PL 644 field in the Norwegian Sea. “We are excited to work with OMV as their aviation partner in this project,” said Helge Nesvåg, CHC Sales Director for… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Dec-18

California Army National Guard newest helicopters

California Army National Guard newest helicopters

Two of the Army’s newest helicopters worked their first wildfire missions recently as the California National Guard supported state agencies battling the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California. A pair of UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, deployed from Joint Forces Training Base,… Read more »

Source: uh60m-fire1, 17-Dec-18

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Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

The Uttah Pradesh government has recently cleared land acquisition applications for helipads, heliports and airstrips in Mathura, Agra, Varanasi and Allahabad. These cities will soon be accessible by helicopter flights. The government hopes that by connecting these cities by helicopter, they will increase the tourism. The entire project will come to Rs 24.7 reports Times… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

Remaining on the leading edge of helicopter growth in India, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India’s acceptance of its AW139 and EC130T2 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificates. With the number of helicopters in India expected to increase… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Dec-18

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Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

The world’s four leading helicopter manufacturers have agreed plans for the implementation of enhancements to their Helicopter Terrain Avoidance and Warning Systems (HTAWS). At a recent meeting organised by HeliOffshore, senior representatives from Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo Helicopters, Sikorsky and avionics manufacturer Honeywell met with officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 14-Dec-18

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TSB Canada supports new fatigue regulations

TSB Canada supports new fatigue regulations

The Minister of Transport announced new fatigue regulations to improve air travel safety for passengers and flight crews. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is pleased to see that the Minister is taking action to address this key safety issue. Since the early 1990s, the TSB has identified fatigue as a contributing factor or… Read more »

Source: Transportation Safety Board of Canada, 14-Dec-18

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ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC Luftrettung is the first air rescue organisation in the world to test the use of manned multicopters in emergency medical services – both in theory and in practice. The charitable company from Munich has started a feasibility study for the groundbreaking pilot project, supported by the ADAC foundation. For this purpose, two model regions… Read more »

Source: ADAC, 14-Dec-18

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Aspen Avionics’ Evolution E5 Receives STC

Aspen Avionics’ Evolution E5 Receives STC

Aspen Avionics announced it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). The Evolution E5 can be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d, non-TSO Evolution E5 consolidates… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 14-Dec-18

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DART gets TCCA, FAA and EASA approvals

DART gets TCCA, FAA and EASA approvals

DART Aerospace (“DART”) recently received approval of updates to the STC from TCCA, FAA and EASA for its latest additions to their bestselling AS350/AS355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basket™. Since receiving initial certification of a utility basket on the AS350 in 1994, DART has been consistently improving and adding to the design to meet the evolving requirements… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 14-Dec-18

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Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, and HeliMods, an Australian aerospace technology company, announced today that they have reached an agreement for the installation of an enhanced stretcher system in the Ornge fleet of AW139 helicopters. For Ornge, this agreement follows an exhaustive search and competitive procurement process to find the right… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 14-Dec-18

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MoCTCA directs CAAN to ban helicopter operations at ABC area

MoCTCA directs CAAN to ban helicopter operations at ABC area

The helicopter’s commercial flight has been stopped at the Annapurna Base Camp with a strict law enforcement. Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has directed to stop commercial flights apart from ‘rescue’ at Annapurna base camp as Annapurna Ghaupalika has been struggling to stop commercial flights. “At any point, the helicopter are… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 13-Dec-18

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New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the signature of the NH90 Through Life Support (TLS) contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of nine nations (Australia, Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand). TLS is a one single comprehensive package of engineering services covering the… Read more »

Source: NHIndustries, 13-Dec-18

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Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro Aviation recently revealed the final H125 configuration for authorities located in Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza dignitaries accepted the aircraft on behalf of its police force, which received two H125 models from Metro Aviation. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based completion center outfitted the helicopters with a Bambi Bucket for Fire Fighting, upgraded avionics systems and a premium paint… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Dec-18

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LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight

LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude here in Bengaluru, recently. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wg. Cdr. (Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot, Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani. The flight was carried out under the envelope expansion tests and flying at… Read more »

Source: HAL, 13-Dec-18

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Heli-One and China Southern Airlines Sign Letter of Intent

Heli-One and China Southern Airlines Sign Letter of Intent

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Southern Airlines. This LOI signifies the beginning of a strategic agreement for a long-term cooperation between the two companies. China Southern Airlines will benefit from Heli-One’s experience in providing… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 13-Dec-18

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Widow sues Sikorsky over 2017 Black Hawk accident

Widow sues Sikorsky over 2017 Black Hawk accident

Widow Jessica Tomlin is suing Sikorsky for unspecified monetary damages after the crash and death of her husband, Spc. Jeremy Tomlin in April last year. She is joined by two solider who were critically injured during the crash and their wives, Capt. Terikazu Onoda and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas. According to the lawsuit, they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-18

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Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Residents of Rotorua have joined together in forming a new trust to try and re-establish their rescue helicopter service. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was shut down in October. Over 500 residents met at the hangar, arguing that the service remain. The proposed trust has filed legal documents for charitable trust status and will then be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-18

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Bell delivers two 429s to EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell delivers two 429s to EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell and EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy have celebrated today the delivery of two Bell 429s during a ceremony held at the MEBAA 2018 show. Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy provides state-of-the-art flight training to future pilots with its exclusive Bell fleet comprising of Bell 206s, Bell 407s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-18

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DSI and Honeywell sign HUMS licensing agreement

DSI and Honeywell sign HUMS licensing agreement

Diagnostic Solutions International, LLC (DSI) and Honeywell International, Inc. today announced the companies have signed a licensing agreement and an exclusive global master distribution agreement for Diagnostic Solutions International, LLC to manufacture, market, distribute, sell and support Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) Systems and Health Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) products in the worldwide marketplace. Through this partnership,… Read more »

Source: DSI, 12-Dec-18

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Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department recently received two new AW189 helicopters form AgustaWestland Malaysia. Per unit, they cost around RM105 million. The addition to their fleet raises their helicopter numbers to nine, reports NST.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

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Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the MEBAA Middle East Business Aircraft Association show in Dubai, UAE based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) have provided more information on their new operation in Kuwait. At a newly built 160,000 m² heliport at Kuwait Oil Company’s premises, FAS commences a five-year onshore and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters’ Service Center opens in Peru

Russian Helicopters’ Service Center opens in Peru

The maintenance and repair center for Russian-made helicopters Helicentro Peru has been launched in Lima at the facilities of the Peruvian Air Force Maintenance Service – SEMAN. Built in partnership with Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation), the center will provide maintenance for Mi-type aircraft. The official opening ceremony was attended by CEO of Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Dec-18

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Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in… Read more »

Source: London Biggin Hill Airport, 11-Dec-18

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Simplex Announces New STC

Simplex Announces New STC

Simplex® Aerospace announced it has received FAA STC SR02629SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next-generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies including new composite techniques and carbon-fiber booms. Simplex is the sole U.S. producer… Read more »

Source: Simplex Aerospace, 11-Dec-18

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Armenian Helicopters LLC to bring in another passenger helicopter

Armenian Helicopters LLC to bring in another passenger helicopter

Armenian Helicopters LLC plans to import another passenger helicopter, the acting Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan told a Cabinet session. The government decided today to exempt the company from payment of customs duties on the import of equipment. He said this company has already invested more than 1.5 billion drams (about $3… Read more »

Source: Armenian Helicopters, 11-Dec-18

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Asian Sky Group appoints Rotary Program Sales Manager

Asian Sky Group appoints Rotary Program Sales Manager

Hong Kong business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) has appointed Matthieu Guisolphe as Rotary Program Sales Manager, covering the Southeast Asia market. “Over the past year, ASG’s rotary division has grown immensely,” says ASG Managing Director, Jeffrey Lowe. “As such, we wanted someone who understands the market and can leverage their experience to… Read more »

Source: Asian Sky Group, 11-Dec-18

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NYPD Unveils New UAS Program

NYPD Unveils New UAS Program

The NYPD announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, and the licensed NYPD officers of the Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) who will operate them. Whether it’s a search and rescue mission, an inaccessible crime scene, a hostage situation, or a hazardous… Read more »

Source: NYPD, 11-Dec-18

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Kaman Receives Additional K-MAX®Order

Kaman Receives Additional K-MAX®Order

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received its third order in the quarter for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This brings the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to eleven units. The most recent order is from Precision Lift, LLC of Baker City, Oregon. This is the second aircraft purchased by… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 11-Dec-18

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CPI Aero CEO appointed to AIA board

CPI Aero CEO appointed to AIA board

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas McCrosson has been appointed to the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) Board of Governors for 2019. AIA, the voice of American aerospace and defense, advocates for the U.S. defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. Mr. McCrosson… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 11-Dec-18

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Helicopter Society of Nepal inaugurated

Helicopter Society of Nepal inaugurated

Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) stated that helicopter service is very significant in Nepal due to its geographical structure. He said that it is considered as a friend of calamity. In the opening ceremonial program of Helicopter Society of Nepal organized (HSoN) at Kathmandu on Tuesday (December 4), Tourism… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 10-Dec-18

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Helicopter operations to be separated from Uzbekistan Airways

Helicopter operations to be separated from Uzbekistan Airways

Shavkat Mirziyoev, president of Uzbekistan, has passed a new bill reorganising the country’s national aviation conglomerate. They will now be legally separating the state’s airports and Uzbekistan Airways and both will be independently managed. The bill was passed on November 27. This reorganisation is hoped to improve civil aviation as well as increase foreign investments,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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Bristow donates classrooms to Nigeria Immigration Training School

Bristow donates classrooms to Nigeria Immigration Training School

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria has recently made a donation of two multi-million-naira for classrooms and two solar-powered boreholes. This donation, part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) went to the Nigeria Immigration Training School in Kano, reports The National Online NG.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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CSIO Develops new Helicopter Visual Landing Systems

CSIO Develops new Helicopter Visual Landing Systems

The Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) has developed the Helicopter Visual Landing Aid System (HVLAS) for landing on ship decks at sea. The system provides safety indications for pilots, letting them know whether landing is feasible. It features a stabilised reference system and glide slope indicator, LED deck lights, LSO panel, a centralisd control unit… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust appoints new Chief Executive

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust appoints new Chief Executive

Mark Newman, the former boss of Mainfreight Europe has been made the new chief executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter trust. Murray Bolton, chairman to Trust has said that Newman will be leading them through big changes and into “a new era.” This comes after a call for investigation into bullying and harassment in the organisation,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

Cayman Islands Police orders Airbus H145

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is adding a second helicopter, expected to be in operation mid-2019. The Airbus H145 The accompanying image shows Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin with UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. The pair signed a memorandum of understanding in London… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Dec-18

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Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys Waypoint for $650 Million

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing buys Waypoint for $650 Million

Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd., the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it and certain subsidiaries (“Waypoint”) have entered into an agreement to be purchased by Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) for approximately $650 million. Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing will combine the Waypoint helicopter assets and management platform with its own portfolio and employ the Waypoint… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 08-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters to certify a service center in Egypt in 2019

Russian Helicopters to certify a service center in Egypt in 2019

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) is completing the creation of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for Mi-8/17 helicopters based at the facilities of Helwan Factory for Developed Industries (HFDI) in Helwan (Egypt). The Holding Company is to certify the MRO center in Egypt in 2019. During the first stage, the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Dec-18

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Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell and Moog Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed teaming agreement with Moog, for the development of the Flight Control Actuation System (FCAS) to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “Bell continues to identify solutions and teammates that will achieve new possibilities together,” said Bell’s Scott… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 07-Dec-18

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UK MoD details Sea King asbestos risk – and how to claim

UK MoD details Sea King asbestos risk – and how to claim

Serving personnel, veterans, former MOD civilian personnel and contractors may have seen media reports about asbestos being found in some sea king helicopters. The MOD has undertaken an investigation and people that may have had an association with the sea king might find the following information useful in considering the possible risk of exposure: Asbestos in sea king the… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 07-Dec-18

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Schiebel doubles Camcopter S-100 production capacity

Schiebel doubles Camcopter S-100 production capacity

Schiebel is expanding its flagship facility in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, to meet the growing demand for its market-leading Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS). Schiebel’s high-tech facility in Wiener Neustadt, a well-known and highly visible landmark in the region, opened in 2006. Comprised of a production plant of 2,300 m²… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 07-Dec-18

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Aspen Avionics Names Vice President of Operations

Aspen Avionics Names Vice President of Operations

Aspen Avionics announced that Sam Wallace has been promoted to vice president of operations for the company. He replaces Mike Churchill who retired in November 2018. Sam will be responsible for the company’s manufacturing, quality, export control, shipping and supply chain functions. He will report to Aspen’s president and CEO, John Uczekaj. “We are pleased… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 07-Dec-18

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Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunches as Air Ambulances UK

Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunches as Air Ambulances UK

The Association of Air Ambulances Charity relaunched as Air Ambulances UK on Friday 23rd November, signalling the start of an exciting new era of strategic growth in which it aims to significantly increase the level of national funding provided to its 21 beneficiary air ambulance charities across Great Britain. The new working name and brand… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulances UK, 07-Dec-18

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Arts Council renews Helicopter Museum Accreditation

Arts Council renews Helicopter Museum Accreditation

Following a review of the Accreditation status of The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, a panel of experts appointed by the Arts Council has awarded the Collection Full Accreditation status for a further five years. Accreditation is only granted to museums that can demonstrate that they reach nationally agreed standards, including the highest levels of professionalism… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 07-Dec-18

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Able Breaks Ground on Major Mesa

Able Breaks Ground on Major Mesa

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, today joined with dignitaries from the East Valley, Phoenix and Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 50,000-square-foot expansion at its headquarters within Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. The expansion allows Able to enhance the technology used in its repair and overhaul process,… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 07-Dec-18

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Donaldson appoints Account Executive for Rotorcraft

Donaldson appoints Account Executive for Rotorcraft

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announces the hiring of Vince Testa as Senior Account Executive for Rotorcraft. Testa will be responsible for growing domestic and international rotorcraft OEM sales for Donaldson Aerospace & Defense.“Vince brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Lars Hesbjerg, Sales Director, Aerospace &… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 07-Dec-18

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BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

Fly Blade, Inc. (“BLADE”), a digitally powered-aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the United States, has announced the launch of an Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) pilot program in India, initially connecting Mumbai, departing from Juhu and Mahalaxmi, with heliports in Pune and Shirdi. BLADE has formed a Joint… Read more »

Source: Fly Blade, 07-Dec-18

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SUU Aviation Program Adds a New Helicopter

SUU Aviation Program Adds a New Helicopter

The Southern Utah University Aviation Program continues to grow and improve with the arrival of a brand new helicopter. The Robinson R44 Cadet is straight from the factory, and specifically selected in SUU red. SUU’s Aviation Program works hard to provide students with the best opportunities to learn preparing them for future careers. Robert Paul, Assistant Chief Instructor of… Read more »

Source: Southern Utah University, 07-Dec-18

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SAFE Structure delivers Lakota stands to New Mexico National Guard

SAFE Structure delivers Lakota stands to New Mexico National Guard

SAFE Structure Designs, a global leader in the innovative design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic SAFETY first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced the delivery of SAFE’s custom cowling rack, for their fleet of UH-72 Lakota / EC145 to the Army National Guard in New Mexico…. Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 07-Dec-18

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Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, announced a contract for four additional aircraft during an official ceremony held at the Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition. This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and Mitsui, and is a key factor in the continued growth… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Dec-18

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AAMS responds to CNN article on air ambulance pricing

AAMS responds to CNN article on air ambulance pricing

As part of our mission to represent the work done by air medical services, we must fight against inaccurate information from the media and those who seek to limit access to air medical services. We believe if we all consistently provide accurate information, in as many formats and as many outlets as possible, more members will become… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 07-Dec-18

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Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

The Government of Saskatchewan is committing to renew its 10-year agreement with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) beyond 2020 to provide helicopter air medical service in Saskatchewan.  The province will also fund one of the three new helicopters needed in Saskatchewan as part of the organization’s plan for fleet renewal.“We are pleased to announce… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 07-Dec-18

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Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Offshore helicopter flights are just part of a very broad range of engineering support services provided by Babcock International Group. These also include decommissioning nuclear sites, building warships, and maintaining railway infrastructure and powerlines. A key common theme between these safety critical activities is that they are conducted in highly regulated environments. David Plester, managing… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 07-Dec-18

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Garmin® awarded supplier of the year by Airbus Helicopters

Garmin® awarded supplier of the year by Airbus Helicopters

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced it received the 2018 Supplier of Excellence Award by Airbus Helicopters at the North American Supplier Conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. Garmin was recently recognized as the Supplier of Excellence for its unmatched responsiveness and competitiveness in various capacities, including its support of the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Garmin, 07-Dec-18

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Great Slave Helicopters Fires Fort Simpson Staff

Great Slave Helicopters Fires Fort Simpson Staff

An Ontario court issued a new business number and board of directors for Great Slave Helicopters last month. This came after is was found that the company had been losing $5 million yearly. Pilots and staff were fired on Friday from the Dehcho community of Fort Simpson on Friday, causing mixed feelings within the community,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

Airbus will be paying compensation to Citic Offshore Helicopter in order to recompense for the suspension of eight of their H225 helicopters. They will be paying $15.9 million in credit notes as well as offering a discount should Citic purchase any new Airbus helicopters before 31 December 2022, reports YiCai Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

The Pretoria High Court has set side a four-year tender that was awarded to Ultimate Heli after it was discovered that Indwe Aviation was unfairly excluded from the bidding process. The tender was for helicopter support to the Environmental Affairs Department’s yearly research and resupply expeditions to Antarctica. Ultimate Heli has already spent two years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

Apollo MedFlight has revealed that they will be adding a Bell 407 to their Guymon base. Their fleet now consists of the Bell 407, a King Air 90 and an EC135, reports ABC7 Amarillo.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

The Canadian Department of National Defence is considering using the private sector to fill the gap in their SAR operations when their CH-149 Cormorants undergo a mid-life overhaul. President of the Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council; Eugene O’Leary, has stated that he has concerns over using a private… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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NATA Welcomes New VP

NATA Welcomes New VP

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce that Ryan Waguespack has joined the Association as Vice President, effective December 1, 2018. Ryan will focus on membership and serving the needs of the charter, MRO and aircraft management sectors. A long-time supporter of the aviation business community and NATA, Ryan Waguespack recently served… Read more »

Source: NATA, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus presents Flight Planner extensions

Airbus presents Flight Planner extensions

Flight Planner, the Airbus Helicopters all-in-one mobile Electronic Flight Bag, supports pilots in their mission preparation. It allows direct performance computation based on OEM flight manual data and wireless data transfer to the aircraft Flight Management System – available in iOS version or on rugged Panasonic tablet. Flight Planner, initially proposed with the H175, is now extended… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

On 8 November 2018, Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low cost solution giving them a leg up on the competition. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to 2900… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 05-Dec-18

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Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Recognized for world-class innovation, precision and quality, Bell offers premium comfort coupled with safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. The Bell 429 and Bell 505 helicopters combine sleek exterior lines and meticulously crafted bespoke interiors for the most comfortable in-flight experience. The Bell 505 and Bell 429 have become a staple for private transport around… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 05-Dec-18

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ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

Leonardo hosted Mexican helicopter operator ASESA today to celebrate their 4th AW139 purchase. The delivery ceremony was held at Leonardo’s North America headquarters in Philadelphia, USA, where AW119, AW139 and AW609 aircraft are assembled. The AW139 is the best-selling helicopter in its category with nearly 1100 sold. Its spacious cabin provides flexibility for a variety… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Dec-18

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Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce they will be supporting Air Center Helicopters’ Airbus H225 helicopters through a multi-year parts-by-the-hour (PBH) contract. This contract covers airframe and a combination of dynamics, small components, and avionics. By leveraging Heli-One’s H225 inventory and expertise, Air Center will… Read more »

Source: Heli_One, 05-Dec-18

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CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has reaccredited eleven Med-Trans air medical transport bases in the United States. “This recognition is a result of the hard work and professionalism of every employee to become the best at their positions of tremendous responsibility in transporting and caring for patients,” said Med-Trans Corporation President… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 05-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters take part in EDEX 2018

Russian Helicopters take part in EDEX 2018

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) presents the newest civilian and military helicopters as part of the first international defense exhibition EDEX 2018 held from December 3 through December 5 in Cairo. The holding company’s exhibition includes the Ka-52K combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter and the Mi-38 multipurpose helicopter. Moreover, the holding company’s executives… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus expands presence in Japan

Airbus expands presence in Japan

Riding on its growing business, Airbus Helicopters will be adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019. The company’s existing facility is capable of accommodating up… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

The factory new Agusta AW 139 Italian manufactured aircraft belonging to Nepalese Army made a maiden flight today from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) around 11:40 AM today marking a historical first flight of Agusta AW139 aircraft in Nepalese airspace. A successful test flight was done after the successful re-assembly of the aircraft today from its… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 04-Dec-18

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