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PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

24-Jun-2021Source: PAC International

PAC International recently completed a new Bell 407GXi helicopter for the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Aviation Unit. The aircraft was delivered with a full law enforcement configuration to include AAI enlarged instrument panel, polycarbonate windshields, nightscanner searchlight, rappel & fast rope insertion systems, high visibility crew windows, and cabin sliding doors. PAC also installed... Read more

HAI Applauds Introduction of RETAIN Act

HAI Applauds Introduction of RETAIN Act

24-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds Sen. Jim Inhofe (ROkla.) for introducing the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021 (RETAIN Act). This legislation addresses the full extent of the cost impact of the Ligado Order, which may interfere with GPS and satellite communications systems. Helicopters conduct... Read more

Helity announces new discounts for regular travellers

Helity announces new discounts for regular travellers

24-Jun-2021Source: elFAROdeCeuta

Hélity has announced that all non-resident travelers will be able to benefit from a new air travel bonus program. As of this Friday, June 18, this discount will be enabled for those who do not appear as registered in Ceuta. It will be 60 euros for round trip tickets originating in Algeciras , and 170... Read more

Ecocopter implements Flight Data Monitoring across whole fleet

Ecocopter implements Flight Data Monitoring across whole fleet

24-Jun-2021Source: Ecocopter

The technology in world aeronautics advances and develops in a dizzying way with rapid and profound changes aimed at providing the greatest safety. Thus, in recent times, the use of data and monitoring has developed transversely from operation to maintenance. Flight safety aims, in addition to safeguarding human lives, to know the causes of a... Read more

Yogeshwar proposes heliport at Jakkur aerodrome

Yogeshwar proposes heliport at Jakkur aerodrome

24-Jun-2021Source: Daijiworld.com

Tourism and environment minister C P Yogeshwwar, who has been in the news for his dissidence activities against chief minister B S Yediyurappa, has now proposed to establish a heliport at the Jakkur Flying Training School aerodrome in Jakkur as part of the plans to promote heli-tourism in Karnataka. See Full Story.... Read more

Aviation software specialist Rusada launches big recruitment drive

Aviation software specialist Rusada launches big recruitment drive

24-Jun-2021Source: Rusada

We are pleased to announce a major recruitment drive to grow our Product Development division. Despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained in a strong financial position throughout, due a diverse customer portfolio and the signing of several important contracts. In the last 12 months we’ve agreed significant deals with airlines, helicopter... Read more

LAR and DRF jointly win Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize

LAR and DRF jointly win Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize

24-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

The Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, Minister of State Michael Roth and the French Ambassador in Luxembourg, Bruno Perdu, presented the Adenauer de Gaulle Prize 2020 to DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) yesterday evening. Stephan Nusser, emergency paramedic / HEMS TC, and Peter Kennemann, pilot, accepted the award at a ceremony in Neumünster Abbey in... Read more

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

23-Jun-2021Source: NECN

Vanessa Bryant has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the company that owned and operated the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas last year, killing her husband — Laker legend Kobe Bryant — and their 13-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Full story here... Read more

Cougar Helicopters makes history with first all-female crew

Cougar Helicopters makes history with first all-female crew

23-Jun-2021Source: CBC

A Labrador pilot has made history twice in the past year after becoming Cougar Helicopters’ first female captain to fly a Sikorsky-92 helicopter and recently being part of the first flight in the company’s history with an all-female crew.  See Full Story.... Read more

Volocopter Flies at Paris Air Forum

Volocopter Flies at Paris Air Forum

23-Jun-2021

The pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, flew their Volocopter 2X electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Le Bourget Airfield during the Paris Air Forum. With both, the flight demonstration of their Volocopter 2X and the VoloCity model onsite, the German UAM developer demonstrated the progress they are making to introduce eVTOL... Read more

New EU-South Asia Aviation Partnership Project launched

New EU-South Asia Aviation Partnership Project launched

23-Jun-2021Source: EASA

A new EU-South Asia Partnership Project (EU-SA APP II) was launched on June 15, 2021 for a 3-year period, following signing of the contract by EASA Executive Director of EASA, Mr Patrick Ky. The project aims at strengthening institutional relations and cooperation between the EU and the aviation authorities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives,... Read more

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

23-Jun-2021Source: Xeriant

Xeriant, Inc. (OTC PINK: XERI), (“Xeriant” or “the Company”), a new aerospace technology and advanced materials holding company, announced that it has signed a definitive joint venture agreement with XTI Aircraft Company (“XTI”), a privately held cleantech aviation company based in Englewood, Colorado. The agreement will focus on the development of XTI’s revolutionary hybrid-electric fixed-wing... Read more

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Riverside County Sheriff Department  

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Riverside County Sheriff Department  

23-Jun-2021Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce their award for custom maintenance stands for the Riverside County Sheriff Department.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to perform maintenance on the engines, transmission, and main rotor system of their EC145 aircraft.   Similar to the stands they purchased for their AS350 aircraft; these... Read more

UK Search and Rescue crewman wins bravery award

UK Search and Rescue crewman wins bravery award

23-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

A prestigious Royal Humane Society award has been presented to HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Lydd helicopter winch paramedic Mark Scotland, following his heroic actions in the effort to save a 12-year-old girl off the coast of Kent last year. Mr Scotland was awarded with the Testimonial on Parchment for bravery, which recognises someone who... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance add second aircraft for summer months

22-Jun-2021

British EMS charity Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance (LNAA) have today started a short term contract for a second aircraft. The Leonardo AW109 was ferried today from Sywell to the main LNAA base at Waddington, as seen in these images, and thence to Strubby in the east of Lincolnshire where it will be based until... Read more

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

22-Jun-2021Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is on a roll! For the second consecutive year, USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice voted Papillon No. 1 in the 2021 travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America. A panel of travel industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then the top 10... Read more

EHang CEO shares company vision at Paris conference

EHang CEO shares company vision at Paris conference

22-Jun-2021Source: EHang

The VivaTech 2021 conference, one of Europe’s largest technology events, is in full swing. EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”) exhibited the passenger-grade autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) EHang 216 at the conference. With its light weighted appearance, safe and eco-friendly design, and the concept of point-to-point air transportation, EHang still attracted a... Read more

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

22-Jun-2021Source: Air Methods

We want to congratulate our partner Vanderbilt LifeFlight, the 2020 Association of Air Medical Services transport program of the year, and other Tennessee public safety agencies for their lifesaving work at the 13th annual EMS Star of Life Awards. Hosted by the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance (CECA), the EMS Star of Life Awards is a premier... Read more

ÖAMTC air rescue and RotorSky – competent partners in training

ÖAMTC air rescue and RotorSky – competent partners in training

22-Jun-2021Source: ÖAMTC

An essential safety factor in air rescue is the optimal support of the pilot by the flight rescuer during the different phases of the flight. For this reason, regular cockpit training will also be required by law for flight rescuers at European level from 2022. Reinhard Kraxner, Managing Director ÖAMTC Air Rescue: “Even if we have been actively... Read more

HAI Launches Virtual Event To Bring Together Vertical Aviation Buyers, Sellers

HAI Launches Virtual Event To Bring Together Vertical Aviation Buyers, Sellers

22-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Leading manufacturers, suppliers to meet individually online with buyers; demo products and services at HAI Connect, Sep. 8–9, 2021. HAI is pleased to announce HAI Connect, an all-new, affordable way to help buyers in the rotorcraft industry efficiently evaluate new products and services—online. At this virtual marketplace, which takes place Sep. 8–9, 2021, the vertical... Read more

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

FAA Launches Voluntary Reporting Program for Safety Office

22-Jun-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an additional way for its engineers, safety inspectors, systems safety specialists and other aviation safety employees to report safety-related issues and concerns. Information shared and submitted via this new system will be used to validate or verify an aviation safety concern, identify the root... Read more

39th Anniversary of First Flight of Ka-50

39th Anniversary of First Flight of Ka-50

22-Jun-2021Source: Rostec

39 years ago, on 17 June 1982, test pilot Nikolai Bezdetnov of the Kamov Design Bureau (currently National Helicopter Center Mil&Kamov, part of the Russian Helicopters holding company under Rostec State Corporation) made the first flight on a prototype of the Ka-50 multipurpose attack helicopter, also known as the “Black Shark.” According to Bezdetnov, the... Read more

EASA published the summary of SAFE360

EASA published the summary of SAFE360

22-Jun-2021Source: EASA

On June 8-10, 2021 EASA hosted the virtual SAFE360° conference that brought together over 2,000 industry experts to identify practical solutions to the most important safety issues faced by the industry today. The conference consisted of high-level and 360° panels as well as number of safety workshops and specialist break-out sessions. You can download the... Read more

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

22-Jun-2021Source: SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Airbus Helicopters, Inc.  that will enable customers to select SKYTRAC avionics on newly purchased helicopters including the popular H145, H160, H175 and H225 models. “SKYTRAC and Airbus Helicopters have a longstanding history, and we are... Read more

Station Halle celebrates its 30th birthday

Station Halle celebrates its 30th birthday

22-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

[electronic translation] Two rescue helicopters take off from Halle / Oppin airfield This Friday is something special for the air rescuers of the DRF Luftrettung: The station in Halle was founded 30 years ago . It all started with “Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt”, and since 2002, “Christoph Halle” has been a second rescue helicopter when quick help is required. “We... Read more

Korean Air to Support First Responders with Hybrid Drones

Korean Air to Support First Responders with Hybrid Drones

22-Jun-2021Source: Korea Air

Korean Air will supply two of its new hybrid unmanned vehicles for a firefighting drone project on Jeju Island, one of Korea’s most popular vacation spots. The Jeju Fire Safety Headquarters has signed an agreement with the airline to provide drones to monitor accident and fire sites in real time, search for missing people in... Read more

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

21-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145s for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions... Read more

EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety

EASA publishes Decision to improve rotorcraft safety

21-Jun-2021Source: EASA

In a further step to improve rotorcraft safety by mitigating the risk of human error at the design stage and to better support the investigation of rotorcraft accidents and incidents, EASA published ED Decision 2021/010/R. The introduction of systematic considerations related to Human Factors during the rotorcraft design process is expected to reduce the risk of... Read more

Air Ambulance Partnership Reaches A Milestone

Air Ambulance Partnership Reaches A Milestone

21-Jun-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

Longstanding grant funding from the HELP Appeal now totals a milestone £3.5million since 2014, helping to ensure Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s pre-hospital rapid response service remains at the forefront of clinical and operational excellence. Currently celebrating 30 years of advanced lifesaving care, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is entirely reliant on donations from the general public,... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Supports Finnish, Estonian and Swedish Coast Guard

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Supports Finnish, Estonian and Swedish Coast Guard

21-Jun-2021Source: Schiebel

The Finnish Border Guard is once again operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for implementing coast guard functions in the Baltic Sea. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Based at a coast guard station in Hanko, Finland, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is supporting the Finnish authorities in carrying... Read more

Australia – Port Stephens Council considering new heliport application

Australia – Port Stephens Council considering new heliport application

21-Jun-2021Source: Port Stephens Examiner

Port Stephens Council has received an application for a $2.2 million helicopter facility with four helipads and two hangars on Nelson Bay Road at Anna Bay. See Full Story.... Read more

Oceania Aviation Launches New Website

Oceania Aviation Launches New Website

21-Jun-2021Source: Oceania Aviation

Major MRO provider Oceania Aviation has just unveiled its redesigned website (oceania-aviation.com), alongside a significant refresh to its brand logo, colours and design elements. These changes mark the start of a new chapter for the MRO business, which has been providing aftermarket support as well as aircraft and parts sales to the global aviation industry... Read more

Bristow to Present at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow to Present at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

21-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading provider of innovative vertical flight solutions, announced that the Company will be presenting at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference to be held June 22-23, 2021. President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Bradshaw and Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Whalen are scheduled to present on Wednesday,... Read more

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

21-Jun-2021Source: NWF Daily News

Destin City Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell says helicopters providing tour flights and operated by Destin-based Timberview Helicopters Inc. recently passed over her house 11 times in one hour, or about one flyover every five minutes. See Full Story.... Read more

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

21-Jun-2021Source: Fire Aviation

The first female permanently-hired firefighting pilot employed by the state of California has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit after being fired by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). See Full Story.... Read more

UK – major changes ahead for National Police Air Service

UK – major changes ahead for National Police Air Service

18-Jun-2021Source: Mayor of West Yorkshire

The statement below from the Mayor of West Yorkshire has far reaching, and hopefully some very positive steps ahead for aerial policing in the UK.  NPAS (National Police Air Service) was formed in October 2012 following a national review of air support by the Home Office and is delivered by West Yorkshire Police as the... Read more

FXAIR launches NYC-Hamptons S76 packages with guarantees

FXAIR launches NYC-Hamptons S76 packages with guarantees

18-Jun-2021

FXAIR, the premium on-demand charter provider, has launched an all-inclusive fixed-price 10-pack of helicopter trips to the Hamptons this summer. This guaranteed helicopter transfer service between New York City helipads and destinations in eastern Long Island’s Hamptons will be operated by Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), the premier provider of executive Sikorsky helicopter service in the greater New... Read more

Archer unveils eVTOL aircraft

Archer unveils eVTOL aircraft

18-Jun-2021Source: Archer

California-based Archer, a company designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), debuted its Maker aircraft both live in Los Angeles and streamed to a global audience on the evening of June 10. The intimate, COVID-safe in-person event was held at the Hawthorne Hangar Operations and utilized industry leading XR technology to take audiences... Read more

EHang debuts at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris

EHang debuts at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris

18-Jun-2021

On Wednesday, EHang Holdings Limited made its debut at the VivaTech 2021 conference in Paris to showcase safe, intelligent, and eco-friendly aerial mobility solutions and further promote UAM applications. VivaTech is Europe’s biggest startup and tech event. The fifth edition conference is held on June 16 – 19, 2021, in Paris, France at Expo Porte de... Read more

Volocopter partners with Near Earth Autonomy for autonomous flight

Volocopter partners with Near Earth Autonomy for autonomous flight

18-Jun-2021Source: Volocopter

Near Earth Autonomy and Volocopter’s VoloDrone team announced that they will partner to test Near Earth Autonomy’s autonomous flight technology on Volocopter’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) VoloDrone aircraft. As leaders in the eVTOL and autonomy industries respectively, Volocopter and Near Earth Autonomy will combine and apply their expertise to further autonomous urban air mobility (UAM). Together... Read more

HeliSpeed to train pilots for Gloria Aviation in South Korea

HeliSpeed to train pilots for Gloria Aviation in South Korea

18-Jun-2021Source: HeliSpeed

Despite a challenging fourteen months for the aviation industry, HeliSpeed continues to diversify and win new global partnerships. As part of the new agreement with Gloria Aviation, HeliSpeed will provide specialist pilot training to the South Korean air transportation, aircraft maintenance and flight training providers. The helicopter instructors have been carefully appointed from HeliSpeed’s growing... Read more

Blade CEO admits to creating fictional PR representative

Blade CEO admits to creating fictional PR representative

18-Jun-2021Source: NY Post

Blade, which provides chartered jets and helicopters, created the fictional PR executive Simon McLaren, who gave comments to outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post See full story in this New York Post article... Read more

International Chamber of Shipping updates helicopter ops guide

International Chamber of Shipping updates helicopter ops guide

17-Jun-2021

Imagine the scenario; adverse weather conditions, a seriously injured crew member. There is no option but to arrange for an emergency medivac from the deck of the ship. This is, thankfully, not a situation a crew will encounter every day, yet they must be able to deal with helicopter operations safely when they do occur.... Read more

Indian Coast Guard receives three Dhruv Mk.III helicopters

Indian Coast Guard receives three Dhruv Mk.III helicopters

17-Jun-2021Source: HAL

In a major boost to the ALH Mk-III indigenous Coast Guard programme, three Advanced Light Helicopter (ALHs) manufactured by HAL were inducted into the stables of Indian Coast Guard by Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, today. These helicopters which are part of ALH Mk III programe will be positioned in Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi... Read more

Inzpire mission device installed at EDA Helicopter Training Centre

Inzpire mission device installed at EDA Helicopter Training Centre

17-Jun-2021Source: Inzpire

On 26 May, Inzpire’s helicopter Mission Training Device installed at the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Helicopter Training Centre at Sintra Airbase in Portugal was officially inaugurated during a joint visit by Portuguese Defence Minister João Gomes Cravinho, EDA Chief Executive Jiří Šedivý, EU Military Committee (EUMC) Chairman General Claudio Graziano, as well as representatives from... Read more

German EMS base “Christoph 41” marks 35 years at Leonberg

German EMS base “Christoph 41” marks 35 years at Leonberg

17-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung,

In March 1973, “Christoph 41″ gave the go-ahead for the success story of the red and white lifesavers, which continues to this day, with a mission in the Stuttgart region. After a few intermediate stops, the machine found its home in June 1986 at the district hospital in Leonberg. Today the crew starts over 1,000 missions a... Read more

Rostec Starts Testing Components of the Next-Generation PD-35 Engine in 2021

Rostec Starts Testing Components of the Next-Generation PD-35 Engine in 2021

17-Jun-2021Source: Rostec

United Engine Corporation of Rostec will begin testing the gas generator components of the PD-35 ultra-high-thrust turbojet engine in autumn 2021. The new components are characterized by their increased size, and unique equipment for processing large-sized parts is used in their production. “The development project for the PD-35 engine, used on wide-body airliners, is approaching... Read more

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

Leonardo breaks ground on new UK helicopters logistics hub

16-Jun-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that building work will shortly commence on a new c.£30 million single-site logistics facility at Leonardo’s helicopter site in Yeovil. The ground-breaking facility, spanning an area of nearly 20,000m², the equivalent of 2.7 football pitches, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2022. The project sees the consolidation of eight existing warehouses... Read more

New helipad for Oilfields General Hospital in Black Diamond

New helipad for Oilfields General Hospital in Black Diamond

16-Jun-2021Source: Alberta Health Services

More than $1 million will be spent on construction of a new heliport at the Oilfields General Hospital in Black Diamond. The new heliport will be able to accommodate STARS’ new helicopters, improving access. Design for the heliport has begun and construction will begin in the coming months. More detailed construction timelines will be shared... Read more

Aviator Group becomes Helionix world-wide fleet leader

Aviator Group becomes Helionix world-wide fleet leader

16-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ Australian customer Aviator Group, has reached a key milestone to become the H135 Helionix world-wide fleet leader, surpassing 2,600 flight hours on their H135 aircraft, currently flying in Port Hedland, Western Australia. The H135 is supporting Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfers (HMPT) services for the Pilbara Port Authority and the Port of Port Hedland,... Read more

Heli-One Welcomes New Member to Sales & Business Development Team

Heli-One Welcomes New Member to Sales & Business Development Team

16-Jun-2021Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced that Christophe Simon has joined the Sales and Business Development team. He is based in the UK and will work with existing customers and grow business development opportunities in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Christophe has been working in the aviation industry... Read more

Metro Aviation celebrates longevity among employees

Metro Aviation celebrates longevity among employees

16-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Take a walk around Metro Aviation headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana, and you’ll notice a common theme – loyalty and longevity.  Many Metro employees have been with the company for at least a decade or more, with several boasting 15, 20, or 25 years with the Metro Family. “We say Metro family a lot, and we... Read more

Rostec Tests Ansat Fuel Tank by Dropping It from 15 Meters

Rostec Tests Ansat Fuel Tank by Dropping It from 15 Meters

16-Jun-2021Source: Rostec

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation has successfully tested the additional fuel tank of the Ansat helicopter for resistance during an emergency landing. Certification tests were carried out at the Kazan Helicopters plant by dropping a tank filled with a contrast liquid from a height of 15.2 meters. This kind of... Read more

Over 200 orders for the Hill HX50 – everything on schedule for first flight and deliveries

Over 200 orders for the Hill HX50 – everything on schedule for first flight and deliveries

15-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

More than 200 units of the HX50 have already been pre-sold by Hill Helicopters, surpassing the company’s own target and setting them up well through the development program and to meet the demand. With an exact figure of 218 non-returnable deposits – a figure that continues to climb – the development program is well funded. ... Read more

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

15-Jun-2021Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the delivery of custom maintenance stands to the New Mexico State Police.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their H145 aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety... Read more

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

15-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service is returning to the Metro Family of operations customers this summer, beginning with two new medically-equipped Learjet 45 fixed-wing aircraft for organ procurement and patient transport services.  In July, Superior will stand up a new base with Metro Aviation with an Airbus EC135 in Waukesha, WI.  A few months later, Metro... Read more

StandardAero appoints new GM for Helicopters Business Unit

StandardAero appoints new GM for Helicopters Business Unit

15-Jun-2021Source: StandardAero

StandardAero has announced the appointment of Peter Wheatley as Vice President/General Manager of the company’s Helicopters business unit, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In his new role, Peter will be responsible for managing StandardAero’s broad range of support offerings for the helicopter segment, which include OEM-authorized engine maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), airframe support, dynamic component... Read more

Philips Search & Rescue Trust adds another BK117

Philips Search & Rescue Trust adds another BK117

15-Jun-2021Source: Philips Search & Rescue Trust

Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s (PSRT) newest rescue helicopter – the BK 117-IIX – has taken to the skies on its first mission.  The commissioning of IIX-Reserve is the latest step towards the long-term growth and sustainability of an emergency air rescue service at the highest levels of excellence. The BK117-Reserve machine is available to... Read more

Ka-62 Gets Improved Equipment Management System

Ka-62 Gets Improved Equipment Management System

15-Jun-2021Source: Rostec

Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET) of Rostec State Corporation will showcase an improved equipment management system for Ka-62 multipurpose helicopters in the international air show MAKS-2021. The updated system will reduce crew workload and overall weight of the helicopter’s systems, also making them easier to maintain.  The General Helicopter Equipment Management System (SUOVO) was developed by... Read more

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

UMS Skeldar to start flight trials of ECARO V-150 UAV

15-Jun-2021Source: UMS Skeldar

Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS Skeldar, arrived this week at the Grottaglie Airport in Italy with its V-150 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle ahead of a three-week flight test campaign with the Distretto Technologico Aerospaziale (DTA). The tests form part of the ECARO project which, among other... Read more

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

15-Jun-2021Source: Airbus

The “Civil Helicopter – Innovation in Rotary-wing Safety Award” was launched today at Rotortech, to encourage, recognise and celebrate Australian based rotary wing organisations, groups, and agencies who have made a significant contribution to improve safety performance. To be eligible, nominees must be an Australia Pacific based rotary wing organisation, group, company or agency, and... Read more

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

14-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock have lost their remaining UK wind farm contract – supporting the Walney projects off the Cumbrian coast.  Operating for Danish company Ørsted, previously known as Dong Energy, the British operator had purchased a new 135T3 and upgraded an older 135T2 for the work. The five year contract started in April 2018 and was thus... Read more

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

CHC merger with Babcock Offshore on hold

14-Jun-2021Source: CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on CHC Group LLC, EEA Helicopter Operations B.V., CHC Scotia Limited, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore Limited, Babcock Offshore Services Australasia Pty Ltd, and Babcock Denmark A/S in relation to the acquisition by CHC Group... Read more

US proposes competitive leases for offshore wind development for New York and New Jersey

US proposes competitive leases for offshore wind development for New York and New Jersey

14-Jun-2021Source: US Dept Interior

This announcement by the US Dept of the Interior looks good news for the helicopter industry.  Historically, US has done very little in offshore wind farm development, but with this announcement and the Gulf of Mexico statement earlier this week, we are heading in a positive direction. Ed In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of... Read more

World’s largest eVTOL aircraft order announced

World’s largest eVTOL aircraft order announced

11-Jun-2021

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, and Vertical Aerospace (‘Vertical’), the most advanced electric vertical take-off and landing (‘eVTOL’) company in the world, announce a ground-breaking US$2 billion order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft. This agreement, which is subject to certain closing conditions, will introduce the ultra-short-haul aircraft category to commercial aviation, a... Read more

RBI Hawker Australia Gains CASA Part 145 Maintenance Approval

RBI Hawker Australia Gains CASA Part 145 Maintenance Approval

11-Jun-2021Source: RBI Hawker

RBI Hawker announced that it has received Part 145 maintenance organization approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for its new rotary blade repair facility in Brisbane, Australia. This approval authorizes the company to commence operations. The RBI Hawker Australia facility is a new 1,000 square-meter hangar based in Eagle Farm, Brisbane. The... Read more

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance selects Auk safety garments

Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance selects Auk safety garments

10-Jun-2021

AUK Protection gains Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance (BSAA), Uppsala, as a new client. With this, BSAA joins the group of operators choosing to fly their missions in the new EMS Collection by AUK Protection. BSAA offers medical transports with airplane and helicopter from several regions in Scandinavia and will initially be equipping their helicopter pilots... Read more

Airbus calls on industry to join the Sustainable Aviation Fuel User Group

Airbus calls on industry to join the Sustainable Aviation Fuel User Group

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is bringing the industry together to drive the deployment of biofuels, through the creation of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) User Group dedicated to the rotary-wing community. As a pioneer in the civil turbine rotorcraft market, the company is calling all major stakeholders to join the initiative, which aims at reducing aviation’s impact... Read more

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH by Airbus Helicopters as part of its strategy to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This step is also a contribution to improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs covered by the ZF Luftfahrttechnik... Read more

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

10-Jun-2021Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

In May, the University of North Dakota (UND) took delivery of its fifth R44 Cadet helicopter. This Cadet, like the University’s other four Cadets, will be used for flight training at UND’s helicopter division located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “The acquisition of the fifth Cadet attests to how much UND approves of the aircraft.... Read more

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews make splash during vital training exercise

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews make splash during vital training exercise

10-Jun-2021Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Sunshine Coast residents heard the hum of the Land Rover LifeFlight Special Mission Helicopter, off Mudjimba, as RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews completed vital water winch training today. “Water winching is the skill we need to practice the most,” Chief Aircrew Officer, Simon Gray, said. “This is really important training for us; it means we can go... Read more

Milestone & Wiking strengthen partnership

Milestone & Wiking strengthen partnership

10-Jun-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation and Wiking Helikopter Service today announced the continuation of their partnership with a three-year lease extension of an Airbus H145 helicopter. The aircraft, which was delivered to Wiking in June 2018, will continue to be operated across Wiking’s seapilot and offshore windfarm operations in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea regions. Ernst... Read more

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

Bell 505 autopilot certified in UK

9-Jun-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Genesys HeliSAS autopilot in the Bell 505 has received certification from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “We are thrilled to offer the Genesys autopilot for the 505 to our customers in the UK,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director,... Read more

First EMS helipad to be built on Gunsan islands

First EMS helipad to be built on Gunsan islands

9-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Local press in Korea is reporting that a new heliport is to be built on the island of Gaeya, primarily for air ambulance use. There are no formal landing sites on the island at present, and the plan will not only create a formal handover point from local first responders, but will also promote operational... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

Yorkshire Air Ambulance reports on 12 months of COVID operations

9-Jun-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is a lifesaving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to the five million people across Yorkshire. On average, the charity responds to five incidents across the entirety of the region every single day. Like many charities across the UK, the recent pandemic brought many new challenges to Yorkshire Air Ambulance... Read more

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