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NHV expands executive team

NHV expands executive team

NHV, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced the appointment of Mr Steffen Bay and Mr Bart Remmerie as members of the Executive Committee. With extensive management experience, both of them bring valuable leadership to NHV as the company plans for further international expansion. Mr Steffen Bay joins the NHV Group in the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 18-Jan-19

Adar Poonawalla takes delivery of India’s first ACH145

Adar Poonawalla takes delivery of India’s first ACH145

Airbus has delivered India’s first fully customised, ACH145 helicopter to Mr Adar Poonawalla, CEO and Executive Director of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by doses. This marks the entry of the highly successful twin engine helicopter into India’s private and business aviation market. The helicopter will be ready to fly in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters, 17-Jan-19

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Helijet supports Power To Be with new partnership

Helijet supports Power To Be with new partnership

Helijet International and Power To Be are pleased to announce a new partnership that expands upon Helijet’s existing support of the non-profit organization with new financial assistance, and an in-kind sponsorship program. Power To Be supports people living with a barrier or disability access inclusive adventures in nature. Year-round programming includes hiking, kayaking, surfing and… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 17-Jan-19

HeliOffshore Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

HeliOffshore Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

HeliOffshore has appointed its operations director François Lassale to the new position of chief operating officer (COO). The change in management structure takes account of the rapid growth of the safety-focused association’s global membership and activities in the four years since it was formed in October 2014. In his new role, Mr Lassale will be… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Jan-19

Unique Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2019

Unique Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2019

Once again, a vital, one of a kind lifesaving course on aerospace physiology for helicopter operators will be offered at this year’s Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s class will be taught on Sunday 3 March 2019. The course, taught by one of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, Dr. Dudley Crosson, will focus on… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jan-19

Triumph Awarded DLA Contract Extension

Triumph Awarded DLA Contract Extension

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI) recently announced that the Defense Logistics Agency has awarded Triumph Integrated Systems with a five-year contract for indefinite quantity and delivery of Enhanced Digital Electronic Control Units (EDECUs) for use in the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache fleet. The contract, valued at more than $77 million, will enable… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 16-Jan-19

Sikorsky grants Make-A-Wish® Foundation with a S-76 ride

Sikorsky grants Make-A-Wish® Foundation with a S-76 ride

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today presented a check for $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz presented President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Connecticut Pamela Keough with the donation from funds raised by the Sikorsky Air Fire Department from T-shirt sales over the 2018 holiday season. Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jan-19

7 trainee paramedics start at HIOW Air Ambulance

7 trainee paramedics start at HIOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have started the New Year with seven new trainee Critical Care paramedics joining the Charity Critical Care Team. The Charity made the appointments as a response to an increase in demand for the life-saving service. Missions across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have doubled for the… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 16-Jan-19

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Bristow FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall scheduled

Bristow FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall scheduled

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal year 2019 third quarter ended December 31, 2018, after the market closes on Thursday, February 7, 2019. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 16-Jan-19

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Donate Items to the HFI Silent Auction

Donate Items to the HFI Silent Auction

Are you looking for a meaningful (and potentially tax-deductible) way to raise your company’s profile at HAI HELI-EXPO 2019 in Atlanta? Consider a donation to the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) Online Silent Auction. Donate an aviation-themed or general-interest item, or consider funding an auction item though a generous gift. Auction proceeds support the HFI Scholarship… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-Jan-19

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NEMSPA/USHST Joint IFR Helicopter Pilot Survey

NEMSPA/USHST Joint IFR Helicopter Pilot Survey

The National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA) in collaboration with the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) is conducting a survey to obtain information and insight on helicopter IFR issues and limitations facing todays helicopter pilots.  We are seeking input from ALL HELICOPTER PILOTS who hold an instrument rating conducting any form of helicopter operation that utilizes… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA/USHST, 15-Jan-19

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NHRMC Stations AirLink Aircraft at Medical Center

NHRMC Stations AirLink Aircraft at Medical Center

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center has partnered with New Hanover Regional Medical Center to station an AirLink aircraft at the Brunswick campus to enable the rapid transport of patients who need critical, specialty interventions available at NHRMC and other trauma centers. “Patients in need of help aren’t focused on county lines,” said John Gizdic, NHRMC’s… Read more »

Source: NHRMC, 15-Jan-19

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CHC wins planning approval for Aberdeen facility upgrade

CHC wins planning approval for Aberdeen facility upgrade

CHC Helicopter Services has received planning approval from the Aberdeen City Council to upgrade their Dyce offices. The total work will come to a total of £965,000, reports Evening Express. They plan to extend the passenger lounge, revamp facades as well as create a new entrance.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-19

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Profile – Kathryn Purwin of Helinet

Profile – Kathryn Purwin of Helinet

Kathryn Purwin is the chief executive of Helinet Aviation. The company was founded in 1998 when Alan Purwin bought Helinet and merged it with his own company, West Coast Helicopters. The company has 17 helicopters, 14 drones and 32 out of the 83 employees are pilots. They assist in news coverage, organ transplant transportation and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-19

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DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

At the turn of the year, DRF Luftrettung put the Bautzen station into operation – and thus its tenth night-flight station nationwide. No other air rescue organization in Germany operates so many 24-hour stations. Throughout Europe, DRF air rescue is among the civil operators of the night-flight expert, with the most flying hours in the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 14-Jan-19

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Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

GOV 1 has landed. Austin Peay State University officials on Wednesday unveiled the first of three helicopters in its new rotor-wing fleet. The helicopters bolster the state’s first and only aviation science program with a rotor-wing concentration. Charlie Weigandt, the program’s director and chief helicopter pilot, circled the plaza beside the Art + Design building… Read more »

Source: Austin Peay, 14-Jan-19

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East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

This week East Anglian Air Ambulance have attended their 25,000th mission. While difficult to celebrate because it means a patient has needed our care, we are delighted to reach this milestone figure, which highlights the vital need for our service. East Anglian Air Ambulance is a helicopter emergency medical service provider for the people of… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-19

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EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

LORD Corporation–a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – is now certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Tension Torsion (TT) straps. The certification allows LORD to sell EASA-certified STC parts direct and through authorized distributors in Europe. “LORD is very pleased to offer TT straps directly to the… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 14-Jan-19

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NHV awarded new contract with Ørsted

NHV awarded new contract with Ørsted

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ørsted to provide helicopter services in support of the Borssele 1+2 Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start in May 2020. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Zeeland to the Borssele Wind Farm, located 23 kilometres from Westkapelle in front of the Dutch… Read more »

Source: NHV, 14-Jan-19

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RUAG to upgrade eight Swiss Cougars

RUAG to upgrade eight Swiss Cougars

RUAG is set to upgrade the Cougar helicopters with state-of-the-art technology at their facilities in Emmen by mid-2022. Procured in 1998, the helicopters’ electronic flight control, navigation and communication systems require extensive modernization. The full scope of the upgrade includes new flight management computers, a precision navigation system for instrument flights, a collision avoidance system,… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 14-Jan-19

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JetNet to exhibit at NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

JetNet to exhibit at NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, is demonstrating new features and capabilities at this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference at Booth #321 from January 29-February 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. JETNET is helping top-tier equipment providers, fuel and ground service providers, resale and finance… Read more »

Source: JetNet, 14-Jan-19

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Lobo Leasing appoints Chief Technical Officer

Lobo Leasing appoints Chief Technical Officer

Lobo Leasing, a leading global commercial helicopter leasing company, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Alistair Henderson, has joined Lobo as Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer. Henderson, who brings a wealth of technical, operations and management expertise will be based in Lobo’s Dublin headquarters. In a rotary-wing career spanning 36 years, Henderson has… Read more »

Source: Lobo Leasing, 14-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Flight Instructor of the Year

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Flight Instructor of the Year

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Marty Wright, Chief Flight Instructor at the Bell Training Academy, is the 2019 recipient of the W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by H. Ross Perot and the Perot family, recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

HAI Announces 2019 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Thomas “TJ” Hall, Airbase Lead Mechanic for Air Methods, is the 2019 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. With this award, HAI recognizes an individual for longstanding excellence in helicopter maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Andreas Hermansky, a pilot for Temsco Helicopters in Alaska, is the 2019 recipient of the Pilot of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by Appareo, recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) attended a total of 1,491 patients in 2018, making it the busiest year ever for the Charity’s Critical Care Teams. The figure is an increase of 2% on 2017 with 1,461 patients and a rise of 38% on the 2016 total of 1,077. EHAAT’s helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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London Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

The Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The patronage has been announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to the London… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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HeliOffshore demonstrates benefits of evidence-based training

HeliOffshore demonstrates benefits of evidence-based training

HeliOffshore recently held the first in series of workshops to enhance awareness and understanding of the safety benefits of Evidence-based Training (EBT). These are part of a data-driven initiative to support helicopter operators wanting to give their flight crew the most appropriate training, based on their actual level of experience and operational circumstances. Members of… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 10-Jan-19

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Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

2018 was an incredibly busy year for the crew and team at Cornwall Air Ambulance, with a total of 1053 missions easily surpassing the 2017 figures. The Cornwall Air Ambulance crew are dispatched to the most critical incidents and the most difficult to reach locations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where every minute… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Chris Sharpe, project manager of HeliSOS in Guatemala, is the 2019 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Excellence in Safety Award. With this award, HAI acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international helicopter community. The award… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

We are pleased to announce we intend to resume flying operations from Friday (11 January) through a contingency arrangement with Specialist Aviation Services. A back-up helicopter (MD 902) will be brought online for day flying (8am-6pm, seven days a week) for the foreseeable future. Our charity previously shared an MD 902 helicopter with Wiltshire Police… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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Airbus exhibits H125 in Chile

Airbus exhibits H125 in Chile

[electronic translation] Airbus exhibited at the Cachagua Golf Open its single-engine light helicopter H125 (formerly known as AS350B3), in a multirrol-executive version, especially focused on the segment of corporate and VIP users, who are looking for versatile helicopters, with low costs of operation and that allow to operate in different environments such as the desert, coastal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jan-19

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Airbus updates on 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus updates on 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) confirms that it achieved 800 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018, subject to the finalisation of the auditing process. The final 2018 audited commercial aircraft order and delivery figures will be published after the market closure on Wednesday, 09 January 2019.

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Jan-19

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Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

In October of last year, Gander’s 103 SAR Squadron was removed from their Hangar 1 at 9 Wing Gander after the discovery of a large concentration of asbestos in dust. They are still unsure of where the source is, but cleaning began on December 4. They have cleaned in sections, sealing off the safe areas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-19

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Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jan-19

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Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

The first application of the Safran Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System (HEPS), the Bell Nexus, is officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The propulsion solution of this multi-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is capable of producing more than 600 kWe power. During ground tests last June the system produced 100… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Jan-19

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Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

A man was seriously hurt, although alive he was in a precarious position on cliffs on St Kilda, on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland with a 200 foot drop below him. It became clear that the helicopter from Stornoway would not be able to get him out. Step forward the coastguard rescue teams, who’ve been nominated… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 08-Jan-19

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Airbus Helicopters Japan appoints COO/President

Airbus Helicopters Japan appoints COO/President

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters Japan Co., Ltd. announced that Guiyum Rupulus assumed office as Chief Operating Officer and President of the company on January 1, 2019. Luprance will concurrently serve as Sales Director and will direct the activities of Sales Division and Marketing Division. Olivier Tillier, the former president and CEO, took over as head of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Jan-19

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Airborne LINX integrated solution goes live with Rega on AW109SP

Airborne LINX integrated solution goes live with Rega on AW109SP

Airborne Technologies (ABT) is proud to announce its innovative system integration solution Airborne LINX is on duty with the Swiss Air-Rescue Organisation Rega and has already saved lives during their demanding SAR operations in high mountain regions. Airborne Technologies has equipped two Rega helicopters, type AW109 SP, with the necessary mounts to assemble a WESCAM camera… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 08-Jan-19

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NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

Police can confirm that a new contractor has been chosen to supply helicopter services for our Air Support Unit in Auckland City. The change of supplier follows a tender process that commenced in early 2018 and will see our Air Support Unit relocating from its present location in Mechanics Bay to Auckland Heliport in Onehunga…. Read more »

Source: New Zealand Police, 08-Jan-19

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Garmin® announces certification of the G500H TXi flight displays

Garmin® announces certification of the G500H TXi flight displays

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the certification and availability of the G500H TXi touchscreen flight display for normal category VFR helicopters. The G500H TXi features a vastly expanded feature set that offers an array of panel possibilities and a streamlined upgrade path for helicopters already equipped with the original G500H… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 07-Jan-19

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VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

More than 100 technical experts will speak at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 6th Annual Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft Symposium and 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting in Mesa, Arizona on January 29-31, 2019. Information is available at www.vtol.org/autonomous. “Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is an exciting new approach to vertical flight aircraft… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 07-Jan-19

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Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations. This is the first order from a non-U.S. customer placed through… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 04-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 31 EMS helicopters

Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 31 EMS helicopters

[electronic translation] Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation), under a contract with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), completed the transfer of 31 helicopters in medical execution. The customer was supplied 12 Ansat and 6 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant, as well as 13 Mi-8AMT helicopters launched at the Ulan-Ude Aviation… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Jan-19

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Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

The Amarillo-based LifeStar program will be receiving a new EC135P3 helicopter, equipped with all the newest safety and aviation technology. Med-Trans and the Northwest Texas Healthcare System are also changing LifeStar into a broad-based community program. This will help reach the growing needs in rural areas, reports My High Plains.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-19

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ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is proud to deliver a twin-engine H145 rotorcraft to new customer SoCal Air Services, a venture recently launched by Fred Luddy, founder of ServiceNow (NYSE – NOW), a cloud computing company that Forbes declared “The World’s Most Innovative Company of 2018” (May 2018 cover issue). “We are extremely excited to begin flying… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-2 helicopter (D-2) by Saga Prefecture. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-2 order for firefighting and disaster relief applications, and the first such application of a helicopter by Saga Prefecture. The D-2 was developed jointly with… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 03-Jan-19

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Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of our repair station facility effective December 19th 2018. To better serve our customers and in preparation of our expanding capabilities, we have moved our repair station to a newly renovated facility located at 2915 North State Highway 99 Stroud, Oklahoma 74079. Ralph… Read more »

Source: Southwest Fuel Systems, 03-Jan-19

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Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) has taken delivery of three heavy H215 helicopters, with a fourth to follow in June 2019. These twin-engine multi-role Super Pumas will enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime missions off of Germany’s coast. “The H215’s speed, long-distance performance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

Leonardo is pleased to announce it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. By completing this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Dec-18

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Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (“Sakhalin Energy”) for the supply of three AW189 super medium twin engine commercial helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry, with deliveries expected to start in the 1Q2020. The contract was signed in Moscow today… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport Team. This helicopter boasts a distinct paint job, wrapped in branding from each program. The design mirrors DHART’s customary design, while the color scheme demonstrates the collaboration with UVM…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-18

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Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus Helicopters and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that will initially focus on the production of certain high precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the ‘Zrinyi 2026’ armed forces development program supporting Hungary’s national security goals of developing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI Receives STC

Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI 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 attitude indicator plus… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 21-Dec-18

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First serial H160 takes to the skies

First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

HER Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase at Semington, near Melksham,  on Friday 14 December. The official opening comes seven months after Wiltshire Air Ambulance moved to the purpose-built airbase in May 2018. This significant milestone brought together the helicopter, operational, fundraising and administrative teams on to one site… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulanc, 20-Dec-18

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Airbus has delivered Canada’s first H145 helicopter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The versatile twin-engine Airbus H145 is the latest variant of the H145 family of aircraft. RCMP’s Air Support Unit will utilize the H145 for a variety of missions including surveillance and pursuit, fast roping, hoisting, Emergency Response Team operations, harbour surveillance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-18

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Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial helicopter rating and who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices. The scholarship was founded in memory of Michelle North, a longtime industry advocate of safety, to encourage a stronger focus on safety education… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Foundation International, 20-Dec-18

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Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen, has entered into agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway AS (AIM). AIM is the Norwegian armed force’s business for maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of the Air Force’s aircraft and helicopters. In order to further strengthen deliveries,… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg, 20-Dec-18

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FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Dan Elwell today named D. Kirk Shaffer as the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, effective December 17. In this position, Shaffer will oversee the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Since 2017 through the AIP program, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced nearly $7 billion in investments in the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Dec-18

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Bell V-280 Valor

Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-18

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Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson added Avidyne’s IFD 400 series touchscreen GPS navigators to its R22, R44 and R66 avionics options. The 400 series may be operated by either touchscreen or buttons and knobs which allows the IFD to be installed in the helicopter’s lower center console or in the pilot side console. Wi-Fi, for interfacing with an iPad,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Dec-18

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WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

A World War 2 Spitfire almost came into collision with an EMS AW169 recently. The Spitfire was flying at 220mph and the AW169 155mph. The helicopter’s ambulance crew stated that the Spitfire was doing aerobatics and was finishing a loop. The helicopter pilot had to perform a steep left turn and they missed each other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

The approval of a new heliport in the Netherlands at Eemshaven is in place following contract signatures on 18th December. Groningen Seaports owns the infrastructure that is needed for the functioning of the heliport, the official opening of which is scheduled for summer 2019. The approvals specify a maximum of 15 return flights per day. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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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

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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

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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

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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

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