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Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

The prefectures of Ehime and Yamaguchi have this week signed a Mutual Support Agreement regarding their helicopter operations. Under the agreement, each prefecture will be able to request support from the other for their firefighting and disaster prevention requirements. Ehime Prefecture operates a Kawasaki built EC145, while Yamaguchi Prefecture has a Leonardo AW169. Under the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-21

Ideagen and PHI Aviation Agree Five-Year Safety Management Software Deal

Ideagen and PHI Aviation Agree Five-Year Safety Management Software Deal

Leading global provider of software products to companies operating in highly regulated industries, Ideagen Plc, has announced a five-year deal with PHI Aviation for its industry leading product, Coruson. Headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, PHI is one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies and has conducted operations in 43 countries across the globe. The… Read more »

Source: PHI Aviation, 05-Mar-21

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WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt connect with the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 11-12, 2021, from the convenience of one’s home or office. “Although we are disappointed that we can’t meet in person, this virtual conference has allowed us to… Read more »

Source: WAI, 05-Mar-21

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

With helicopter use growing in the offshore wind industry, the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation and HeliOffshore have today unveiled new recommended practice for safe helicopter operations Offshore wind is one of the fastest-growing energy technologies. As wind farms have multiplied, with an increasing number being built further offshore, helicopters have become… Read more »

Source: G+, 05-Mar-21

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

Air Ambulances UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Simmy Akhtar as the Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation supporting the UK’s air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector. The appointment, effective from 01 March 2021, follows the successful merger of the former membership-based Association of Air Ambulances and the national charity… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulances UK, 05-Mar-21

Inter-Tec Group opens a new business in Ireland

Inter-Tec Group opens a new business in Ireland

Inter-Tec Group, which offers specialist engineering, design and analysis solutions across the broad aviation sector, is pleased to open a new European base in Sligo, The Republic of Ireland, complementing its established Prestwick, Scotland home. The new business, Inter-Tec Aero Limited becomes the principal site of business for EASA approvals.  It secured EASA Part 21J… Read more »

Source: Inter-Tec Group, 05-Mar-21

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

For more than 50 years now, Airbus Helicopters Inc. has served and supported U.S. helicopter operators. Just a small handful of employees have been with Airbus Helicopters Inc. since the very earliest days. The company recently recognized two such employees — Carolyn Russell and Dave Dunstan —for 50 years of service. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-21

Summit Aviation makes appointment to new Director of Program Management role

Summit Aviation makes appointment to new Director of Program Management role

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has hired Bradley Card for its newly created position of Director of Program Management. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Card has 30 years of aviation experience, including 15 years as a flight engineer. Upon leaving the Air Force in 2008, he joined… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 05-Mar-21

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Milestone Aviation and NHV Group expand partnership

Milestone Aviation and NHV Group expand partnership

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing and NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, have announced an expansion of their partnership with the provision of two Airbus five-bladed H145 helicopters to support the operator’s contract with Germany’s Federal Armed Forces’ training program… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 05-Mar-21

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HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce rotorcraft industry professional Neo Aik Sia, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the promotion of helicopter safety and safety awareness. Neo Aik Sia joined the Junior Flying Club in 1972 in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Mar-21

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USHST identifies need for Automatic Flight Control Systems in light helicopters

USHST identifies need for Automatic Flight Control Systems in light helicopters

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Mar-21

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NHV awarded contract by Allseas Engineering

NHV awarded contract by Allseas Engineering

NHV Group today announced a new contract with Allseas to provide helicopter services in support of the Energinet Europipe II Branch Pipeline project. The weekly H175 flights will depart from NHV’s base in Esbjerg. The state-of-the -art H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet the evolving mission needs in… Read more »

Source: NHV, 05-Mar-21

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Volocopter Raises €200 Million in Series D Funding Round

Volocopter Raises €200 Million in Series D Funding Round

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced the signing of their Series D funding round, raising €200 million in additional capital. Cumulatively, Volocopter has raised €322 million. The funding will be used to solidify Volocopter’s leading position in the UAM market by bringing the VoloCity, the battery-powered air taxi for cities, to certification… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 04-Mar-21

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HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Nobuyuki Kosuge, assistant chief flight instructor at Helistream in Costa Mesa, California, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Hill Air Corporation. The award superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in upholding high standards of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Mar-21

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Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services start building Dubai AW609 terminal

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services start building Dubai AW609 terminal

Italian-headquartered company Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services have announced that they have started building the new rotorcraft terminal that will facilitate the mobility to and from the Expo 2020 site in Dubai. See Full Story.

Source: Zawya, 03-Mar-21

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Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

Construction could begin in the few weeks at the Hartford Municipal Airport on a building that will be the crew quarters for a new air medical flight service to be operated by Colorado-based Air Methods Corporation. See Full Story.

Source: gmtoday.com, 03-Mar-21

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PLDT’s aviation unit announces rebranding

PLDT’s aviation unit announces rebranding

Pacific Global One Aviation, the aviation arm of PLDT Inc., is embarking on a major rebranding ahead of the anticipated global air charter business take-off in the next three years. See Full Story.

Source: manilastandard.net, 03-Mar-21

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New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is… Read more »

Source: USHST, 03-Mar-21

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Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association announced that seven aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2020 Collier Trophy. Commissioned in 1910 by aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, Robert J. Collier, with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence in aeronautic development, the Collier Trophy has served as the benchmark of aerospace… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Mar-21

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FRASCA Expands Capacity for Level D FFS Contract

FRASCA Expands Capacity for Level D FFS Contract

 FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) will be expanding their manufacturing facility in response to strong flight simulator sales including a contract for a Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for an undisclosed helicopter operator. FRASCA currently operates out of an 85,000 square foot office and manufacturing facility which includes two additional outbuildings at their manufacturing facility… Read more »

Source: FRASCA International, 02-Mar-21

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HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Jeanette Eaton, vice president of commercial strategy and business development for global commercial and military systems at Sikorsky, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Excellence in Communications Award. The award, sponsored by Lightspeed Aviation, recognizes an individual for creative distinction in disseminating information about the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Mar-21

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EHang Supports Chinese National Transportation Network Plan

EHang Supports Chinese National Transportation Network Plan

On February 24, 2021, China’s State Council issued guidelines for the development of a comprehensive transportation network by 2035. Entitled “Guidelines of the National Comprehensive Transportation Network Plan” (the “Guidelines”), this important national strategic initiative advocates for the development of a modern, high-quality and intelligent transportation network. In particular, it calls for further research and… Read more »

Source: EHang, 02-Mar-21

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Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

French aircraft investigators BEA are looking into a serious incident which occurred on 11th February off the French port of Le Havre. An Airbus AS365N3 operated by the Le Havre port authority was on one of their regular marine pilot flights, outbound to a ship in the English Channel (“La Manche” to the French) when… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Mar-21

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UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

A PILOT was forced to take evasive action when a high-powered torch was used to deliberately target his helicopter while flying at 1,300ft. The quick-thinking police helicopter pilot managed to move to safety while other crew used high-tech cameras to locate the suspect and direct police officers to where Tony Gaffney was hiding. See Full… Read more »

Source: The Northern Echo, 01-Mar-21

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Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

Dropsafe has launched a new Perimeter Safety Net system to protect personnel and assets in offshore industries. The system attaches to the perimeter frames of helidecks to protect personnel from falling and prevent loose objects from becoming dynamic Drops hazards. As contractors and operators in the global offshore sector look to make their site safety… Read more »

Source: Dropsafe, 01-Mar-21

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EHang explores coastal Urban Air Mobility with first over-water EH216 flights

EHang explores coastal Urban Air Mobility with first over-water EH216 flights

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it recently successfully completed the first trial flights of EH216 over the sea of Southern China. The flights started from Hengqin New District and ended in Dong Ao Island in Zhuhai City. Dong Ao… Read more »

Source: EHang, 01-Mar-21

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Archer commits Urban Air Mobility Network In Los Angeles by 2024

Archer commits Urban Air Mobility Network In Los Angeles by 2024

California-based Archer, who are designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), today announced their commitment to launching their first Urban Air Mobility (UAM) network in Los Angeles by 2024. Archer is excited to explore the potential for UAM to address some of Southern California’s mobility challenges and provide a new option for… Read more »

Source: Archer Aviation, 01-Mar-21

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HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

Two individuals will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment. HAI is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for this year’s election to the HAI Board of Directors. Of the six candidates, two will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment for a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Mar-21

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Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

Air Evac Lifeteam is increasing its emergency air medical coverage in Iowa with a new air medical base in Clarinda. The base, scheduled to open in April, will be located on the campus of Clarinda Regional Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Page County. Chuck Nordyke, CEO of Clarinda Regional Health Center, is… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 01-Mar-21

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Embry-Riddle helicopter student wins Veterans Memorial scholarship

Embry-Riddle helicopter student wins Veterans Memorial scholarship

Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2″) announced a 2021 Aviation Scholarship has been awarded to Bradley Riedle, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”) student earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. TB2 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans and creating unique educational… Read more »

Source: Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc., 01-Mar-21

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New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

Itching for a trip to the city, but not thrilled about commercial airline and train options? Fly Lindy, a subsidiary of private jet operator GrandView Aviation, is making private helicopter commuting accessible to the masses with a pay-per-seat private helicopter charter shuttle from NYC to DC to Baltimore. Traditionally a method of travel reserved for… Read more »

Source: Fly Lindy, 26-Feb-21

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Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

  With their patented and innovative heating blanket solutions, Veelo Technologies helps composite rotor blade manufacturers and repair facilities keep blades out of the oven (OoO). Veelo’s heating blankets can be tailored for use in debulking and bonding applications and can be used in-situ, eliminating the need to transport long and bulky rotor blades to… Read more »

Source: Veelo Technologies, 26-Feb-21

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Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

As a leader in fuel quality assurance and safety training, Avfuel Corporation announces updates to its training system, including a supervisory fuel safety training webinar and human factors training course. Earlier this month, the FAA approved transitioning Avfuel’s high-demand 14 CFR Part 139 Supervisory Fuel Safety Training Seminar to a webinar platform so members of… Read more »

Source: Avfuel, 26-Feb-21

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EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today provides additional details concerning its sales contracts with a customer, and further refutes the false allegations made by Wolfpack Research, a short-seller. Shanghai Kunxiang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kunxiang”) is only one of EHang’s many… Read more »

Source: EHang, 26-Feb-21

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Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced the closing of its private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”). The notes were issued under an indenture, dated February 25, 2021, among the Company, the subsidiary guarantors party thereto and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-21

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Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced the recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships will be awarded March 20,2021 at the Whirly-Girls Virtual Awards Banquet. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 10 scholarships were bestowed upon 13 deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $90,000. Recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 26-Feb-21

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TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) has received an order for an EC135 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) from TKK (Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co.), Tokyo, Japan.The FTD will include some very advanced features including a visual system with five (5) 70 inch flat panel HDTV monitors mounted in front of the cockpit  Two displays are mounted… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 26-Feb-21

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Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

Schiebel is the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) operator in Europe to receive the organisational approval certificate – Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 from Austro Control. Under the new European Union (EU) regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Feb-21

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Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

A Cornish teenager has become the first person to receive a lifesaving blood transfusion at the scene of an incident thanks to a new partnership between medical services in the county. For the first time ever, Cornwall Air Ambulance is carrying blood on board the helicopter, giving the critical care team the option to start… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 26-Feb-21

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EHang 216 AAV completes first trial flights in Beijing airspace

EHang 216 AAV completes first trial flights in Beijing airspace

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it recently successfully completed the first trial flights of its EH216 in Beijing. It was the first time that a passenger-grade AAV flied over the capital of China, a highly regulated airspace in China…. Read more »

Source: EHang, 25-Feb-21

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Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

Several Australian emergency services were hit by Facebook’s local ban on news content Thursday, with pages that warn the public about Covid outbreaks, bushfires and cyclones rendered blank. See Full Story. 

Source: NDTV, 24-Feb-21

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Second group of Botswana police pilots training on Enstrom 480B

Second group of Botswana police pilots training on Enstrom 480B

The second group of pilots from the Botswana Police Service Air Support Branch have arrived in South Africa for their second Enstrom 480B Helicopter Pilot Type Conversion Training course. See Full Story. 

Source: Your Botswana, 24-Feb-21

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Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

Mauritius and India have embarked on new avenues of bilateral cooperation with the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA), today, at the Receptorium of the National Assembly in Port Louis. Prior to the signing of the CECPA, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth had a… Read more »

Source: Mauritius Government, 24-Feb-21

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London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London Air Ambulance Charity & Specialist Aviation Services are pleased to announce they have signed a further 3-year maintenance contract, supporting London’s Air Ambulance in delivering an advanced trauma team to the Capital’s most critically injured patients in need of life-saving care. London’s Air Ambulance delivers rapid response and cutting-edge care to save lives in the… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 24-Feb-21

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HAL’s LUH Receives IOC

HAL’s LUH Receives IOC

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for the Indian Army from CEMILAC here today at the Aero India 2021 in the presence of Defence Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh. Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said the thrust is being given by HAL for indigenous R&D programmes towards self-reliance and enhancing operational effectiveness… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Feb-21

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Student pilot disputes NTSB report

Student pilot disputes NTSB report

The National Transportation Safety Board deleted seven words from the final report on the 2017 helicopter rollover involving student pilot Santayana, removing blame from him and singling out the pilot. It added 10 more words to add the condition of the runway at the Wyoming Valley Airport, repaved soon after the crash, was a cause.

Source: Times Leader, 23-Feb-21

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New rules for helicopter flights in the Everest region

New rules for helicopter flights in the Everest region

Strict rules have been imposed on the landing of helicopters in the Everest region based on the precedent of Indian journalist Sudhir Chaudhary filming and broadcasting the program inside the Sagarmatha National Park without permission. See Full Story.

Source: Third Rock Adventures, 23-Feb-21

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EHang Further Rebuts Short-Seller’s Allegations Concerning its Relationship with Kunxiang

EHang Further Rebuts Short-Seller’s Allegations Concerning its Relationship with Kunxiang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, releases additional details to rebut the allegations made by the short-seller, Wolfpack Research, concerning its relationship with a customer, Shanghai Kunxiang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kunxiang”): Kunxiang is one of EHang’s customers but it is not… Read more »

Source: EHang, 23-Feb-21

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Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

The Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance was tasked to 490 incidents across 13 counties during 2020, according to the Cork-based charity. See Full Story. 

Source: Irish Examiner, 23-Feb-21

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EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has been selected as a key member of the Re.Invent Air Mobility initiative out of 150 applications from 25 countries to build the future urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the capital Paris region of France,… Read more »

Source: EHang, 23-Feb-21

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Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

A company offering helicopter commercial flight operations and maintenance services in Malta plans to offer job opportunities to students specialising in helicopter engineering, maintenance, and operations, economy ministry Silvio Schembri said on Tuesday. See Full Story. 

Source: Times of Malta, 23-Feb-21

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WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is thrilled to offer 47 new scholarships in a variety of aviation career pursuits thanks to a generous $250,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Details of the scholarships will be posted at WAI.org on March 1, 2021. Scholarships include funding to further members’ interests in air traffic control, aviation maintenance, flight… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation International, 23-Feb-21

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Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

British operator Sloane Helicopters has been named as the 37th fastest growing private company in the UK for international sales growth. With UK and Ireland distributorships for both Leonardo and Robinson helicopters, Sloane were named yesterday in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. The company’s overseas sales grew by 77% over two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-21

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Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

As part of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s commitment to continuous improvement, the service has appointed Dr Adam Low and Dr Ryan O’Leary and reappointed Dr Malcolm Russell MBE as governance leads of the pre-hospital emergency medical service. Governance leads are selected every two years, and their responsibilities include the provision of clinical and management support… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 22-Feb-21

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EHang Joins EU GOF 2.0 Research Project

EHang Joins EU GOF 2.0 Research Project

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced its participation in the European Union “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation” project, which is a follow-up to the SESAR JU GOF U-space project. GOF 2.0 is focused on developing the safe, secure, and sustainable… Read more »

Source: EHang, 22-Feb-21

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NASA grants UC San Diego $6 million for eVTOL design tools

NASA grants UC San Diego $6 million for eVTOL design tools

Imagine fleets of small aircraft able to vertically take off and land from helipads in urban areas, transporting people to and from work; or shuttles with preset routes flying people to the airport or other major hubs. This futuristic system of flying taxis and shuttles is one step closer to reality thanks to a team… Read more »

Source: UC San Diego News Center, 22-Feb-21

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New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

Carbon ThreeSixty, the advanced composite structure specialist, are leading a new project co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop a revolutionary all-composite helicopter wheel. The project started 1st Jan 2021 and will run for the next eighteen months. The NATEP project is being delivered in partnership with the National Composites Centre, collaborating… Read more »

Source: Carbon ThreeSixty, 22-Feb-21

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Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FlyBlade India (BLADE) – a joint venture between U.S.-based technology-powered air mobility company Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc. and Indian investment firm Hunch Ventures – to help develop the on-demand helicopter services market in South Asia. Airbus and BLADE will collaborate to create awareness about on-demand… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Feb-21

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SKYTRAC Expands its Operations Canada-Wide

SKYTRAC Expands its Operations Canada-Wide

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications and intelligent connectivity, announced its expansion into Ottawa, Ontario. In conjunction with SKYTRAC’s expanding Kelowna and Victoria-based engineering teams, the Ottawa office will be undertaking a number of research and development activities supporting Iridium Certus and Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems (GADSS) solutions for… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 22-Feb-21

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How EHang Pioneers the Future of Urban Air Mobility

How EHang Pioneers the Future of Urban Air Mobility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today invites its founder, Mr. Huazhi Hu, to explain EHang’s mission, technological advancements, as well as his thoughts on a report by a short-seller, Wolfpack Research, dated February 16, 2021. Question 1:        Why did you start EHang?… Read more »

Source: EHang, 22-Feb-21

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Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter

Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter

In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows in various other nations, the Turkish Police Department (“Emniyet Teşkilatı”) has taken delivery of a licence-built T129 ATAK helicopter from local manufacturer Turkish Aerospace Industries. With a number of different law enforcement agencies in Turkey, it is important to note that this is the Police organisation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub, 21-Feb-21

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Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters is moving into operations with Sikorsky S76D helicopters. This may be a response to the Bristow Helicopters flying eight S76Ds in their Nigerian fleet – the only location that the Houston-based global operator flies the D model on a regular basis.  Caverton’s offshore operations have in recent years been based around… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-21

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Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

STARS is another step closer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the MD of Greenview, a loyal and long-time ally. Reeve Dale Smith from the MD of Greenview stated, “STARS will always be a valued service to our residents, workers, and recreation enthusiasts within the MD of Greenview and… Read more »

Source: MD Greenview, 19-Feb-21

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EHang Provides Updates on Major Production Facility

EHang Provides Updates on Major Production Facility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, provides an update on the development of its new AAV production facility in Yunfu city, China. The retrofitting process of the existing building is being completed and production of EHang AAVs is expected to start in… Read more »

Source: EHang, 19-Feb-21

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Vita partners with Erickson on load stabilisation, safety and training

Vita partners with Erickson on load stabilisation, safety and training

As a relatively new technology company, we feel a responsibility to constantly put our breakthrough innovations to the test — learning, refining, honing, and improving our products in real world conditions (or as close to real as we can get without hearing from our insurance company). In recent months we’ve tested our Load Stability Systems… Read more »

Source: Vita, 19-Feb-21

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CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

Australia’s CareFlight has become the country’s first operator of the emergency medical services (EMS) version of the Airbus H145 light twin helicopter. The aircraft will be used by the aeromedical services provider for rapid response missions in the Greater Sydney area. CareFlight’s H145, which was unveiled at a ceremony today at the Sydney Opera House,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Feb-21

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HAI puts FIRC training online

HAI puts FIRC training online

HAI’s Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) has traditionally been a big part of the education program at HAI HELI-EXPO. With the 2021 show having been canceled, this year we’re bringing FIRC training to you—virtually. This two-day, 16-hour, helicopter-specific online course will cover the latest updates in regulations and helicopter flight instruction techniques from leading industry professionals. This course… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Feb-21

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Wingcopter joins Flying Labs Network as a technology partner

Wingcopter joins Flying Labs Network as a technology partner

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has joined forces with the Flying Labs Network as a Technology Partner. The goal of the partnership is to improve supply chains through locally led cargo drone projects and to equip local talent with the skills to operate Wingcopter’s… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 19-Feb-21

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Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, (“Blade” or the “Company”) announced today that it entered into an alliance with Vertiport Chicago (the “Vertiport”). In December of 2020, Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC) agreed to merge with Blade, which will create, following the closing of the merger, the only publicly traded urban air mobility platform in the United… Read more »

Source: Blade, 18-Feb-21

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Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

US-based research and publishing firm Wolfpack Research has published a paper of their research into the Chinese passenger-carrying drone manufacturer EHang. The report starts as follows EHang (NASDAQ: EH) is an elaborate stock promotion, built on largely fabricated revenues based on sham sales contracts with a customer who appears to us to be more interested… Read more »

Source: Wolfpack Research, 18-Feb-21

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Colorado includes S70 Firehawk in budget request

Colorado includes S70 Firehawk in budget request

With Colorado coming out of its second-worst drought year since 2002 and with scant expectations for a better 2021, the state’s public agency that deals with wildfires is hoping a California solution could help tamp down the biggest wildfires in years to come — the Firehawk helicopter. See Full Story. 

Source: The Gazette, 18-Feb-21

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NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

Northern Helicopter GmbH will continue to be responsible for offshore rescue in the offshore wind farms Albatros and Hohe See in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. The follow-up contract with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started on February 1, 2021 and covers a term of four years with the option of… Read more »

Source: Northern Helicopter GmbH, 18-Feb-21

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Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

Leonardo continues to experiment in the field of advanced air mobility as it aims to accelerate the introduction of drones into civilian skies and develop innovative drone-based services for Italy and beyond. In a recent collaboration with the Municipality of Turin and D-Flight (an ENAV group company, part owned by Leonardo and Telespazio), Leonardo conducted… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Feb-21

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance unveils new advanced thoracotomy trainer

Yorkshire Air Ambulance unveils new advanced thoracotomy trainer

Yorkshire Air Ambulance secured grant funding for a Pro Simbodies Thoracotomy Trainer, which will help their crew practice the complex procedures that they carry out on-scene at many of their incidents. The grant to purchase the manikin was generously awarded by the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme, generated… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 18-Feb-21

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Garmin announces a multitude of pilot training opportunities for 2021

Garmin announces a multitude of pilot training opportunities for 2021

Garmin® International, Inc.® is pleased to announce expanded pilot training opportunities for 2021, including virtual training options through June 2021 and plans for the resumption of in-person training starting in August. A variety of pilot training opportunities are available ranging from self-study materials, webinars, eLearning courses and instructor-led training offered for the GTN™ Series, G500/G600, G500/600/G700 TXi™, G3X… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 18-Feb-21

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