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NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS). Developed at the recommendation of and in collaboration with NATA and other industry stakeholders, the online tool eases access to Office of Aviation Safety guidance materials through a new, centralized portal. “When it comes to safety, both speed… Read more »

Source: NATA, 20-Jan-21

Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

The government has extended the preliminary bid submission deadline for buying Pawan Hans by a month till February 18. See Full Story.   

Source: The Tribune India, 20-Jan-21

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HeliOffshore 2021 Conferences goes virtual

HeliOffshore 2021 Conferences goes virtual

We missed meeting you face to face in 2020.  While we thought we might be able to reconvene in person in April 2021, the pandemic and necessary international travel restrictions will prevent us meeting in Lisbon.  We have taken the tough decision to defer our Lisbon conference one more year to April 2022. Instead, in… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 20-Jan-21

EHang to Provide UAM Services in Hengqin New Area in Zhuhai, China

EHang to Provide UAM Services in Hengqin New Area in Zhuhai, China

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced strategic partnerships with Zhuhai Da Heng Qin Pan-Tourism Development Co., Ltd., Zhuhai Huafa Sports Operations Management Co., Ltd. and Flying World (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. to jointly initiate Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) operations for aerial… Read more »

Source: EHang, 20-Jan-21

Spectrum Aeromed Hires New QMS Compliance Manager

Spectrum Aeromed Hires New QMS Compliance Manager

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce that Melissa Loween has been hired to fill the role of Quality Management System Compliance Manager at the company’s headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Loween comes to Spectrum Aeromed with over two decades of experience as a Radiation Safety Officer and Branch Manager for a Non-Destructive Testing firm… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 20-Jan-21

CAE partners with The LOSA Collaborative

CAE partners with The LOSA Collaborative

CAE announced a partnership with The LOSA Collaborative to enhance its evidence-based training offering. Through an exclusive service agreement, The LOSA Collaborative will perform Line Operations Safety Audits (LOSA) of CAE customer-operators. The insights and data gleaned from the safety audits, combined with CAE’s training data, will allow CAE to offer tailored pilot training programs… Read more »

Source: CAE, 20-Jan-21

STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

While they look different wearing protective masks and gowns to protect against the novel coronavirus, STARS crews continue to fly missions daily for Albertans in desperate need of medical care. The 28th edition of the STARS lottery, launching to the public today, helps make that possible while offering the chance to win 2,500 prizes, valued… Read more »

Source: STARS, 19-Jan-21

SPAES creates Bo105 digital cockpit based on Garmin 500H

SPAES creates Bo105 digital cockpit based on Garmin 500H

SPAES performs with their customer a cockpit conversion to a modern workplace of an Airbus BO 105 helicopter. In the first step of the conversion of the BO 105, SPAES integrated a Garmin 500H TXi system. Therefore, the existing analog devices were removed, which creating new space and reducing weight. For primary navigation, the two… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 19-Jan-21

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Russia certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

Russia certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency – FATA – delivered to Helicopteres Guimbal on December, 24th, the validation Type Certificate for the Cabri G2 helicopter. This significant certification is a conclusion to a process started in 2019 which included extensive technical exchanges and a thorough flight evaluation. Russia has one of the largest experience in… Read more »

Source: Guimbal, 19-Jan-21

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UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

HeliHub.com can reveal that National Grid will be adding a second Bell 429 in the next few months – adding to their first example of the type which they took delivery of in the summer of 2013.  The aircraft is currently in completion with Bell Flight in Prague, Czech Republic. National Grid is responsible for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-21

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First flight of UAVOS – TITRA joint project

First flight of UAVOS – TITRA joint project

The converted Alpin UAV, which is based on the manned Heli-Sport Italian CH7 helicopter, a joint project of TITRA, a Turkish engineering company, and UAVOS, a researcher, developer, and manufacturer of advanced products in the unmanned systems industry, has completed its first successful flight in the sky of the State of Turkey. The test flight… Read more »

Source: UAVOS, 18-Jan-21

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New Leonardo ASW system achieves milestone

New Leonardo ASW system achieves milestone

ULISSES (Ultra Light Sonic Enhanced System) is a new acoustic anti-submarine maritime surveillance system developed by Leonardo. Extremely lightweight and compact, ULISSES is optimised for all fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft and maritime platforms. ULISSES is currently the only system that can also be installed on-board small unmanned platforms such as Leonardo’s AWHERO. The installation on-board… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Jan-21

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FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

AeroLEDs, LLC is pleased to announce FAA approval for over 200 Part 27 makes and models, adding to their expansive list of FAA certifications. This STC covers the installation of the SunSpot™ 36 and 46 Series LEDs on nearly all “Normal” category rotorcraft. AeroLEDs Landing, Taxi and Recognition lighting products offer numerous advantages over Halogen,… Read more »

Source: AeroLED, 18-Jan-21

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Airbus improves EC145 anti-collision light

Airbus improves EC145 anti-collision light

In the frame of the product improvement programme for its light twin-engine helicopter, Airbus Helicopters proposes a new design solution for the EC145 LED anti-collision light, while improving its reliability and preventing damage to the part. The solution consists of replacing the existing light with the new design, which uses six (instead of four) mounting screws with a smaller… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jan-21

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STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

Airbus Helicopters Canada has delivered two new twin-engine H145 helicopters to STARS, a physician driven non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization serving Western Canada, continuing the company’s multi-year fleet renewal program for nine new helicopters. The four remaining helicopters to be delivered will arrive in the new five-bladed configuration, beginning later this year. STARS’ H145 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jan-21

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Airbus Helicopters will NOT be at Heli-Expo 2021

Airbus Helicopters will NOT be at Heli-Expo 2021

Airbus Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will not be attending Heli-Expo, with the quote below “Airbus Helicopters is proud to showcase its products and services at Heli Expo, our industry’s largest trade show, and looks forward to the occasion each year. As eager as we are to resume in-person trade shows, we do… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-21

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Australia – CASA appoints acting CEO

Australia – CASA appoints acting CEO

The CASA Board has appointed experienced aviation executive Graeme Crawford to act as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety of CASA until the successor to Shane Carmody who retired on the 31 December 2020 is determined. Crawford who was appointed to the 2IC position of Group Executive Manager Aviation in May 2016… Read more »

Source: CASA, 15-Jan-21

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GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of… Read more »

Source: GAO, 14-Jan-21

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HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

The following statement from HAI follows the story Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event which we ran on Monday 11th January   Helicopter Association International (HAI) remains committed to supporting the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry by holding an in-person HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans March 22–25, with exhibits open March 23–25…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Jan-21

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First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Jan-21

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020 Westland Scout AH1 (G-CIBW), loss of door window in flight, West Dean, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 September 2020

Source: AAIB, 14-Jan-21

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NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its intent to hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Jan-21

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RACQ CQ Rescue publishes 2020 mission stats

RACQ CQ Rescue publishes 2020 mission stats

  RStatistics revealed today show the region’s lifesaving rescue helicopter clocked up a staggering 164,000km and 631 missions last year. That’s an average of nearly two missions a day flying more than 449km for RACQ CQ Rescue’s Bell 412 helicopter to help save lives across Central and North Queensland. CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said… Read more »

Source: RACQ CQ Rescue, 14-Jan-21

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LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

LifeNet, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., today announced a partnership with Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) to open a new air ambulance base at the facility. The base will serve residents of Columbus, Fremont, Albion, Central City, Schuyler, David City, Aurora, and other local communities surrounding the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 14-Jan-21

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Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Installation of QuantiFLYTM, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLYTM with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jan-21

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Bristow appoints Area Manager in Brazil

Bristow appoints Area Manager in Brazil

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) today announced Fernando Quental has been appointed to the role of Brazil Area Manager, effective today. In this role, he will be responsible for all facets of Bristow’s operations in Brazil. Quental has more than 20 years of leadership experience in various industries, and he comes to Bristow from SGS… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Jan-21

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Updated Bucher EMS interior approved by EASA on H135

Updated Bucher EMS interior approved by EASA on H135

The Bucher Group, the specialist for Emergency Medical Systems, has announced its new rescue equipment H135 AC67 flex is now EASA certified on all variants of the H135 helicopter. The further development of the AC67 equipment, which has been successfully in use for many years, has now been implemented by Bucher engineers resulting in the… Read more »

Source: Bucher Group, 13-Jan-21

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The Loar Group Announces the Acquisition of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation

The Loar Group Announces the Acquisition of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation

Loar Group, Inc. (Loar) announced that it has recently added Safe Flight Instrument Corporation (Safe Flight) to its family of companies. Headquartered in White Plains, New York (USA), Safe Flight is a leading designer and manufacturer of proprietary aerospace electronic products and systems with its products installed on nearly two-thirds of the world’s aircraft. In… Read more »

Source: The Loar Group, 13-Jan-21

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Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Advancing Despite Pandemic

Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Advancing Despite Pandemic

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments have continued apace despite the global pandemic. “This past year saw continued growth and progress in eVTOL developments,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director. “Our… Read more »

Source: VFS, 13-Jan-21

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Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

Amid the pandemic, HAI has a most difficult task ahead – how (or whether) to run Heli-Expo 2021, scheduled for March 22-25 in New Orleans.  With ten weeks to go, there is no way of predicting what the situation will be regarding travel, quarantine, lockdown etc, and the event is reliant on international visitors from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-21

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New Heli Biking experience lifts off from Greymouth for Coastwide Helicopters

New Heli Biking experience lifts off from Greymouth for Coastwide Helicopters

Coastwide Helicopters, a division of GCH Aviation has launched a new Heli biking experience. The company has purchased a set of DART helicopter bike racks from Canada which can carry up to four E-Bikes up to the top of the new Paparoa Track.  These bike racks are designed to protect expensive bikes in a vertical… Read more »

Source: GCH Aviation, 12-Jan-21

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance undertook record number of incidents in 2020

Wiltshire Air Ambulance undertook record number of incidents in 2020

Wiltshire Air Ambulance undertook 1,238 missions in 2020 – a record number since the charity became a stand-alone air ambulance in 2015. Despite two national lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and now a third to begin 2021, the need for Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s lifesaving service has never been more crucial. David Philpott,… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 12-Jan-21

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Blade and Ross Aviation Announce Strategic Alliance

Blade and Ross Aviation Announce Strategic Alliance

BLADE Urban Air Mobility (“Blade”) and Ross Aviation entered into a strategic alliance to expedite the roll-out of urban air mobility services in the regions where Ross Aviation and Blade operations overlap. In December of 2020, Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC) agreed to merge with Blade, which will create, following the closing of the merger,… Read more »

Source: Blade, 12-Jan-21

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AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

AW169 lands contract in the VIP market in Mexico

Leonardo announced that the AW169 new generation light intermediate twin engine helicopter is set to enter the Mexican VIP/Corporate market, further expanding the success of the type among operators across Latin America and the globe and strengthening the role of Leonardo in the world’s multiengine VIP helicopter segment which already accounts for an approximately 40%… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jan-21

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FreeFlight Systems announces 2020 Sapphire Elite Dealers

FreeFlight Systems announces 2020 Sapphire Elite Dealers

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today its acclaimed 2020 class of Sapphire Elite partners. Since 2018, FreeFlight has honored its 10 highest-performing annual professional partnerships that provide a network of Part 145 certified repair stations for global avionic operators. FreeFlight is proud to showcase these world-class authorized sales and service centers that sell, install,… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 11-Jan-21

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FAA appoints new members to Drone Advisory Committee

FAA appoints new members to Drone Advisory Committee

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced new appointments to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee or DAC. “The Drone Advisory Committee is key to helping the FAA keep pace with innovation while protecting safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Members are executives who represent a variety of unmanned aircraft systems… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Jan-21

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Summit Aviation adds new partner for interior refurbishments

Summit Aviation adds new partner for interior refurbishments

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it is now partnered with New Jersey-based Cabin Crafters Inc. (CCI) to support fixed and rotor wing interior refurbishments. Cabin Crafters has specialized in quality aircraft interiors for more than 35 years. As the first Federal Aviation Administration certified repair station specializing in aircraft interiors CCI is… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 11-Jan-21

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Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

Bell and the City of Fort Worth Celebrate Bell 505 Delivery and 70-Year Legacy

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated this delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Police Department currently operates two… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Jan-21

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Kaikoura Helicopters awarded Qualmark Gold

Kaikoura Helicopters awarded Qualmark Gold

GCH Aviation are pleased to advise that Kaikoura Helicopters have been awarded the Qualmark GOLD award for Sustainable Tourism Business! “A Gold Award recognises the best sustainable tourism businesses in New Zealand, with the delivery of exceptional customer experiences an integral part of everything they do. A Gold Sustainable Tourism Award identifies those businesses leading… Read more »

Source: GCH Aviation, 11-Jan-21

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Horix Aerospace completes dismantling of two AW109s

Horix Aerospace completes dismantling of two AW109s

Horix Aerospace is pleased to announce the completion of the dismantling process of 2 Leonardo AW109 helicopters, an A109 K2 and an A109E Power. Dismantling was performed in accordance with the Horix Trust Dismantling Program, where the helicopter owner has the opportunity to delegate the entire process to Horix. All parts have been inspected and… Read more »

Source: Horix Aerospace, 11-Jan-21

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Alpine Aerotech adds International Approvals

Alpine Aerotech adds International Approvals

ALPINE AEROTECH announced today that they have validated several of their Transport Canada STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates) in various international airworthiness regions. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recently validated their Bell 205/212/412 Bear Paws, and 13-person Shoulder Harness Kit. The Aerotech Bear Paws have become the industry leading solution for any operator… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 08-Jan-21

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Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for Electro-Optical Sensor Mount

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for Electro-Optical Sensor Mount

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01957WI for the Ace Aero HD Sensor Mount for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters. The Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Sensor Mount will allow operators of the Black Hawk, the world’s most versatile and capable utility… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 08-Jan-21

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CHI Aviation to implement Ramco MRO software

CHI Aviation to implement Ramco MRO software

Global Enterprise software specialist, Ramco Systems announced that it will implement its Aviation M&E MRO Suite v5.8 for America’s leading Heli Operator and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) player, Construction Helicopters Inc. (“CHI Aviation”), part of Heligroup Inc. and its four operating and three asset-holding entities in the U.S. In the competitive landscape for M&E… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 08-Jan-21

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Kazan Helicopter Plant appoints Managing Director

Kazan Helicopter Plant appoints Managing Director

[electronic translation] Aleksey Belykh was appointed the managing director of the enterprise by the decision of the board of directors of the Kazan Helicopter Plant. Yuri Pustovgarov, who headed Kazan Helicopters since February 2018, resigned by agreement of the parties and today holds the position of Advisor to the General Director of the Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Kazan Helicopter Plant, 08-Jan-21

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Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics Ltd., a leading Israeli aerospace, announced it has reached an agreement to provide four CityHawk VTOL aircraft to Hatzolah Air for emergency medical service (EMS) applications, company executives announced. ​ ​ In addition, Hatzolah Air will become Urban Aeronautics’ official sales representative and distribution channel to other EMS and Rescue organizations worldwide. The companies… Read more »

Source: Urban Aeronautics, 08-Jan-21

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CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

Coptersafety started the installation of its next Level D Full-Flight simulator at the beginning of summer 2020, and it is estimated to be ready for training at the beginning of 2021. The installation work is done in cooperation with the experts from TRU Simulation + Training and Rockwell Collins, which are responsible for delivering Coptersafety’s… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jan-21

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Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has temporarily suspended the Certificate of Approval for Approved Training Organisation under Regulation 67 of Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 issued to MY Heli Club for a period of six months, effective 5th January 2021. This temporary suspension comes after two accidents involving three helicopters operated by MY Heli… Read more »

Source: CAAM, 07-Jan-21

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HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

HAI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest. Now in its ninth year, the contest encourages photographers from around the world to submit their images of helicopters and drones in a variety of categories that represent the rotorcraft industry. And this year’s top entries truly reflect the industry’s international… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Jan-21

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Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), today announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has issued the Type Certificate for the Kaman K-1200 K-MAX® helicopter. Kaman has been marketing the K-MAX® helicopter to various Brazilian operators, power line, oil and gas firms, and engineering companies over the… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Jan-21

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Luxembourg Air Rescue wins 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize

Luxembourg Air Rescue wins 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize

Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) has been awarded the 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize together with German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung for their outstanding cross-border achievements during the Corona crisis. See Full Story. 

Source: Business Air Rescue, 07-Jan-21

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Kaman Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Kaman Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that Russell J. Bartlett has been named the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, effective January 4, 2021. Prior to joining Kaman Mr. Bartlett served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Airborne Solutions, a division of Textron Inc. Before that, he held increasing positions of responsibility at Beechcraft Corporation ending… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Jan-21

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Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Fabio Nannoni, Senior Vice President for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, has been commended with two impressive accolades from two prestigious and respected bodies in the aerospace community. Recently, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced Mr Nannoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ‘profound contribution to helicopter design’. In addition, Mr Nannoni… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Jan-21

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Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra will be upgrading the Chinook CH-47F helicopter simulation system, consisting of an FMS (Full Mission Simulator), the FTD (Flight Training Device) and the CBTs (Computer Based Trainer) at the Helicopter Simulation Center (CESIHEL) of the Armed Forces Flight Academy (ACAVIET), located at the Colmenar Viejo Base, to ensure Spanish pilots receive training at the… Read more »

Source: Indra, 06-Jan-21

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Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced that Kristen M. Samson, has been named the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 18, 2021. Mrs. Samson joins Kaman from Textron Inc. where she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Textron Systems. Also, while at Textron, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 06-Jan-21

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Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) (“Teledyne”) and FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR​​​​​) (“FLIR”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, FLIR stockholders will receive $28.00 per share in cash and… Read more »

Source: Teledyne, 06-Jan-21

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Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

For nearly 35 years, Bell Textron Canada delivers innovative products, enhanced customer experience and superior service and support for customers around the globe. Recently, they’ve gone above and beyond to create a Design & Manufacturing Safety Management System based on an industry standard. This system ensures quick resolutions to any aircraft build challenges, which are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-21

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Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton Helicopters is heralding the arrival of their new Sikorsky S92 as the first operated by a Nigerian-owned operator. Evidently they are distinguishing themselves from US-based Bristow, who have operated S92s in the West African country for many years. The aircraft’s arrival also marks the first time that a helicopter shipped into the port has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-21

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Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital’s new $165,000 helipad is complete and ready for use after six years, to the relief of rescue pilots. See Full Story.

Source: stuff, 05-Jan-21

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Blade India launches services from Karnataka

Blade India launches services from Karnataka

BLADE India, the helicopter operator that provides urban mobility by selling seats, today announced the launch of its services in Karnataka. See Full Story.

Source: The Economic Times, 05-Jan-21

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Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced its commitment today to launch air taxi services in Singapore after two years of close collaboration with the city. Working together with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Volocopter plans to make air taxi services a reality… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 05-Jan-21

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Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed with the President signing on Sunday, December 27, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 133), which included the No Surprises Act. The No Surprises Act takes the patient out of the middle of the billing process between their health care provider and health insurance company — by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Jan-21

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Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell brought home four more Comparably Best Place to Work awards in the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on Comparably’s survey feedback, which is gathered anonymously, we are among the Top 50 large U.S. companies for Best Company Culture, Best CEOs, Best Companies as Rated By Female Employees, and Best Companies as Rated by Diverse Ethnicity… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jan-21

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DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

It is a milestone in the history of air rescue in German-speaking countries and also EU-wide: DRF Luftrettung is expanding its fleet with Airbus H145 helicopters which have five main rotor blades. Today, the technicians at DRF Luftrettung start equipping the first of five of these helicopters to be delivered this year, for deployment at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 05-Jan-21

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Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade is proud to announce the opening of a new office for the Central & Eastern European region – its third branch for the European continent. “Our new office in CEE represents an important milestone which further reinforces our commitment to providing our customers unparalleled service, quality and value. Central and Eastern Europe is a… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 05-Jan-21

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Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Fabio Nannoni has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 05-Jan-21

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Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Just before the Chrstmas break, Sikorsky announced – but only on Twitter – that they will deliver a new S-92 to the Republic of Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters.  This aircraft will support firefighting and search & rescue missions.  No time scale was given, but given that Sikorsky only seems to have delivered one new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-21

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Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has demonstrated two capabilities that highlight the Bell V-280 Valor’s ability to execute mission relevant maneuvers, as well as integrate new technology. The demonstrations, held at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX, included use of a newly installed Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL) from Team Valor member… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jan-21

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Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI is a South African based world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have started our annual Antarctica deployments.  We will be operating off two separate ice breakers… Read more »

Source: Ultimate HELI, 04-Jan-21

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Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

On December 7, Bell announced its acquisition of Response Technologies LLC, an innovative composite solutions company. This acquisition adds to Bell’s extensive technology portfolio in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to pursue innovative technology and will enable us to accelerate needed developments in our industry,” said Mitch Snyder, president… Read more »

Source: bell, 04-Jan-21

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SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the order for custom maintenance stands for the New Mexico State Police.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their EC145 aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 04-Jan-21

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New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

Our GTN™ Xi Series of navigators will soon feature even more advanced capabilities, including a Glide Range Ring that helps safety-minded pilots visualize the estimated area an aircraft could reach in the case engine power is lost1. Other new features include the ability to remotely control the radios of another GTN Xi when dual GTN Xi units are… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 04-Jan-21

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Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened a two-week application window for prospective commercial helicopter pilots to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to part-fund their place on the 2021 Integrated CPL(H) (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) course with ATPL(H)/IR TK (Theoretical Knowledge). The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track and cost-effective route to becoming a professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 04-Jan-21

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Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-20

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HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes passage of a $900 billion pandemic aid package that would provide relief to the aviation industry. Legislators attached the financial assistance agreement to H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $1.4 trillion omnibus package which passed in both chambers on Monday evening. The relief package includes $325 billion… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-Dec-20

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EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an enforcement action against Smoky Mountain Helicopters, Inc. (dba Maverick Helicopter) to close a large capacity cesspool (LCC) and collect $45,000 in fines. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act EPA banned LCCs, which can pollute water resources, in 2005. “Island water resources are vulnerable to pollution from… Read more »

Source: EPA, 23-Dec-20

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