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State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

The State of California is reported to have launched a court case against Alpine Helicopter Service regarding violations during aerial spraying work.  See report for full story

Source: Sacramento Bee, 09-Nov-20

CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

Offshore operator CHC yesterday positioned an Airbus H175 from Aberdeen to Den Helder in the Netherlands. This is for a contract with Petrogas Exploration & Production Netherlands for crew transport to/from Maersk Resilient for their drilling activities in the A / B block. The project is expected to last approximately 15 weeks. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-20

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Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that it has entered an agreement with HealthPartners, a consumer-governed, nonprofit healthcare organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The agreement enables Air Methods to provide HealthPartners plan members – totaling 1.8 million people across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota –… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Nov-20

Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced G500 TXi™ and G600 TXi flight display enhancements that bring more capability to cockpit upgrades are now available through select authorized Garmin dealers. Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with either legacy Avidyne flight displays or original flight instruments can now upgrade to the G500 TXi to display… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Nov-20

North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Naismith as its new Director of Income Generation and Engagement. Sarah joins after 17 years as Charity Director at the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity (MFTC), where she helped grow a fundraising appeal to build a new children’s hospital into an… Read more »

Source: The North West Air Ambulance Charity, 06-Nov-20

FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader, specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, has hired LeMiracle Hendking as the newest member of their sales team. Ms. Hendking will lead the aftermarket sales team, focusing on support for FreeFlight Systems’ extensive dealer network and MRO partners around the world. As an established aviation professional, Ms. Hendking… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 06-Nov-20

DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

The most modern helicopter currently in use in civil air rescue is now also flying in Stuttgart: an H145 started yesterday as the new “Christoph 51″. A glass cockpit with large screens, a powerful autopilot and a new interior concept in the cabin make work easier for the crew and contribute to even better patient… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 06-Nov-20

Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter participated in the digital edition of the AMTC 2020 (Air Medical Transport Conference) together with its parent company Leonardo, showcasing how the SH09 will ideally complement the existing Leonardo Helicopters product range on the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) segment. When seconds count, the SH09 is the helicopter of choice in the single engine class for a… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 06-Nov-20

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FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aerospace leader who specializes in position sources, radar altimeters and datalink receivers announced a new product today, the FDC-500 Convertor. This compact digital to analog convertor allows the replacement of heavy, legacy radar altimeters with FreeFlight Systems’ RA4000/4500 radar altimeters while retaining existing antennas, cabling and indicators onboard the aircraft. With a… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight, 06-Nov-20

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5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

There’s still time to sign up for the annual Aerial Firefighting Conference sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI). This year’s event is virtual—and free!—making it easy for aerial firefighters around the world to attend. The conference will take place Nov. 17–18, with sessions beginning at 4:00 pm eastern (UTC-5). Each day, HAI will present four… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Nov-20

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Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Genesys Aerosystems and Metro Aviation announce that the companies have earned Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification for the Genesys IFR avionics suite on the Airbus EC145e. The FAA previously certified the avionics suite in 2019. The Genesys avionics suite certified on the EC145e includes four IDU-450 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Nov-20

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Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-20

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Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

[electronic translations] The Community of Madrid has renewed the two medical helicopters of the SUMMA 112 (the Medical Emergency Service of the Community of Madrid) destined to attend to emergencies that occur in the region. The new model of these aircraft, which came into operation on November 1, is the Airbus H145. It is a… Read more »

Source: Comunidad de Madrid, 05-Nov-20

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Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

November 4, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation). The company was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation as part of the reform of the country’s military-technical cooperation system. Before 2000, deliveries of Russian arms to the world market were made by Rosvooruzhenie and Promexport… Read more »

Source: Rosoboronexport, 05-Nov-20

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Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Maverick Helicopters, who are the official launch customer for the latest evolution of our Virtual FDR capabilities — Insights. Earlier this year at Heli-Expo 2020, our team announced the latest edition to the spider family, Spider X — a simple and affordable plug-and-play solution, enabling aircraft owners and operators to… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 04-Nov-20

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Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

In another step away from long-entrenched industry norms, British manufacturer Hill Helicopters is today announcing that the power for its new HX50 luxury personal helicopter will be their own Hill GT50 light turbine engine with a continuous power output of 400hp. This newly designed powerplant eliminates the need for a compressor turbine gearbox to save… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Nov-20

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Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

The president of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Ian Tomm, gives us the full run down of how the heli-skiing season will look like during COVID-19, with more extensive screenings, closing their lodge, and cutting costs while keeping their staff. See Full Story.

Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer, 03-Nov-20

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New Zealand – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

New Zealand  – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

A six-year quest for a purpose-built helipad to service Timaru Hospital is near completion. Emergency helicopters will soon no longer have to land in the nearby Botanic Gardens with the concrete laid for the new helipad and painting expected to be complete by early next week. Lights still need to be installed for safe night… Read more »

Source: timaru herald, 03-Nov-20

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Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Arizona-based rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) received a Letter of Acceptance from Transport Canada for the company’s updated composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. Approved by the FAA in August 2020, the new VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades may now be installed for use on Bell 206B… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 03-Nov-20

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LCI appoints new CEO

LCI appoints new CEO

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has announced the promotion of Jaspal Jandu to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Former CEO, Michael Platt becomes Vice Chairman, and Praveen Vetrivel is appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect. Jaspal Jandu, who became LCI’s Chief Financial Officer in 2014 having… Read more »

Source: LCI, 03-Nov-20

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EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

Safe transport of contagious patients is essential to in order to utilize hospital capacity during the second wave of Covid19. Today President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the European Commission are making € 220 million available to finance safe cross-border transfers of patients. – We experience that finance is at a critical point. Luxemburg… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 03-Nov-20

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North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

A recently issued NOTAM effectively closes North Houston (9X1) Airport to helicopters from 1th October, except by minimum one hour’s prior permission (PPR).  This is apparently due to local noise complaints  

Source: FAA, 02-Nov-20

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Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network has announced more construction plans for the new hospital in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County. See Full Story.

Source: 69 News, 02-Nov-20

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Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace, a fast-growing integrated provider of unmanned aircraft and drone services, has reached an agreement to to increase its stakes to 100% ownership in three established drone training and services providers, namely M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. and M3 Drone Services Ltd. of Winnipeg, MB and Skygate Videography Inc. of Summerside, PEI. Originally founded… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL, 02-Nov-20

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Baker Hughes Rig Count – 30 Oct 20

Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Baker Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly and the international rig count monthly.  Baker Hughes… Read more »

02-Nov-20

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Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

SIMAERO, a global and independent provider of pilot training services, is proud to announce the acquisition of the Airbus Helicopter – Super Puma AS332 M 1 Full Flight Simulator which will complete the existing fleet in SIMAERO Johannesburg Training Centre. The simulator, manufactured by Thomson CSF, was initially set up in Switzerland and moved to… Read more »

Source: SIMAERO, 30-Oct-20

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Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the Garmin Bronze Dealer Award for 2019, which recognizes the top aviation dealers in the Garmin network. “The Bronze Dealer Award represents a level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service that distinguishes your business among other Garmin Aviation Dealers,” said Jim Alpiser,… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 30-Oct-20

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DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

From October 21st, DRF Luftrettung will provide rapid assistance in Bremen with another helicopter: A modern EC145 will replace the BK 117. As an intensive care transport helicopter and also in emergency rescue, “Christoph Weser” makes an extremely important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and the surrounding area, “emphasizes Dr…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Oct-20

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Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that it has partnered with MountainStar Healthcare and will open a base in Ogden, Utah on Nov. 3 as AirLife Utah. The base will serve Ogden Regional Medical Center, Cache Valley Hospital, Brigham City Hospital, Pleasant View Emergency Center, and Lakeview Hospital, and other… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 30-Oct-20

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HAI Extends Nomination Period for Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Extends Nomination Period for Salute to Excellence Awards

Helicopter Association International (HAI) i s extending the deadline to submit nominations for the annual Salute to Excellence awards that recognize superior achievement across nine categories of the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry. Salute nomination packages must be submitted to HAI by Nov. 20, 2020, to be considered. The original deadline of October 30… Read more »

Source: HAI, 30-Oct-20

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Malta-Gozo helicopter contract falls through

Malta-Gozo helicopter contract falls through

Plans to restart a helicopter service between Malta and Gozo fell through after no agreement could be reached with the sole company which filed a bid, Economy Minister Silvio Schembri confirmed. See Full Story.   

Source: NEWSBOOK, 30-Oct-20

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Bristow announces FY2021 Q2 release call date

Bristow announces FY2021 Q2 release call date

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in vertical flight solutions,  announced it will release financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2021 after the market closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. In connection with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call for Thursday, November 5, 2020 to begin at 10 a.m…. Read more »

Source: Bristow, 30-Oct-20

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FreeFlight Systems Hires New Director of Sales

FreeFlight Systems Hires New Director of Sales

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader, specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, has hired LeMiracle Hendking as the newest member of their sales team. Ms. Hendking will lead the aftermarket sales team, focusing on support for FreeFlight Systems’ extensive dealer network and MRO partners around the world. As an established aviation professional, Ms. Hendking… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 30-Oct-20

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Uavos Continues To Implement Its Unmanned Aircraft Conversion Program

Uavos Continues To Implement Its Unmanned Aircraft Conversion Program

UAVOS has started testing its converted UVH-500 delivery unmanned aerial system (UAS). Designed to compete in an advanced long distance and intercity transportation segment of the UAV delivery market, long – range heavy – lift UVH-500 UAS is based on the piloted CH7 helicopter platform. The trial involves testing of the air basic aircraft systems,… Read more »

Source: UAVOS, 30-Oct-20

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EHang to benefit as China approves Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones

EHang to benefit as China approves Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (“CAAC”) recently announced the first Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones (“UCAEZs”) to solidify China’s global leadership in developing an unmanned civil aviation industry. The list of UCAEZs covers as many as 13 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hezhou, Hangzhou, Zigong, Anyang, Nanjing, Tianjin, Yulin, Shenyang, Dongying, Anqing and Ganzhou. As… Read more »

Source: EHang, 30-Oct-20

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Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions cooperate to build VoloIQ

Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions cooperate to build VoloIQ

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced today a cooperation with Lufthansa Industry Solutions. Together they are building Volocopter’s proprietary intelligent and integrated “Urban Air Mobility Software Platform” that will run on Microsoft Azure: VoloIQ. It offers complete digital visibility of the complex UAM ecosystem in real-time. Using artificial intelligence, VoloIQ will enable… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 30-Oct-20

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Babcock Australasia improves access to emergency medical services

Babcock Australasia improves access to emergency medical services

Babcock Australasia’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services contract with the Queensland Government has been extended by three years, ensuring ongoing and improved access to emergency medical services for communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula regions. Babcock will continue to deliver aerial support for emergency medical services, including inter-hospital transfers, primary medical evacuation and search… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 30-Oct-20

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Dimerco wins contract to ship 30 Bell 407s from Canada to China

Dimerco wins contract to ship 30 Bell 407s from Canada to China

International freight forwarding and transportation specialist Dimerco has won global bids to provide specialized complete-solution supply chain services for a leading helicopter assembly, refitting and operation company in China. The contract involves shipping near 30 Bell 407 helicopters from Canada to China by the end of 2020, first moving the cargo by air ride truck… Read more »

Source: Dimerco, 30-Oct-20

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Quebec acquires pre-owned Airbus H145 for law enforcement

Quebec acquires pre-owned Airbus H145 for law enforcement

Sûreté du Québec, regularly abbreviated as SQ, is the provincial police service for the Canadian province of Quebec. The force has a history of operating Bell helicopters for many years, partly as a way of demonstrating support for the factory at Mirabel.  But not now. SQ have surprised many observers by not just moving away… Read more »

29-Oct-20

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Arrow Aviation Completes First Single Pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS Service

Arrow Aviation Completes First Single Pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS Service

Arrow Aviation, headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, has completed HALO-Flight’s first single pilot IFR Bell 407 for HEMS service. Completed with a Helifab’s EMS Interior including patient and isolette transport litters, AC electrical system, and medical oxygen, suction, and air systems, the aircraft is equipped to provide state of the art care even in adverse weather… Read more »

Source: Arrow Aviation, 29-Oct-20

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Emesent is pioneering autonomous drone flight

Emesent is pioneering autonomous drone flight

Australian data analytics and drone autonomy start-up Emesent is writing its way into the record books with a series of remotely operated autonomous drone flights which promise to drive revolutionary change in the heavy industry space. The most recent of these missions took place on August 28 at an Ultra-Deep Canadian Hard-Rock Mine. Emesent’s Hovermap… Read more »

Source: Emesent, 29-Oct-20

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Bell Joins Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium

Bell Joins Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium

Encouraging the development of an integrated ecosystem of partners, Bell joins the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM) in its effort to establish Canada as a global leader in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). Announced Oct. 28, the multi-stakeholder group created by the Canadian Air Mobility and National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will streamline research,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Oct-20

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TracPlus and v2track disrupt the global asset tracking and communications market

TracPlus and v2track disrupt the global asset tracking and communications market

TracPlus and v2track are excited to announce the addition of v2track voice to TracPlus’ device range, adding an affordable and feature-rich satellite and cellular tracking, satellite voice and messaging solution to the TracPlus portfolio. The v2track and TracPlus partnership was an obvious connection, sharing the same ethos of a customer-first approach. With a shared vision… Read more »

Source: TracPlus, 29-Oct-20

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Vanderbilt LifeFlight named National Program of the Year

Vanderbilt LifeFlight named National Program of the Year

Vanderbilt LifeFlight, a subsidiary of Air Methods, a global leader in air medical transport, has been named the Air Medical Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). This prestigious award, sponsored by Airbus Helicopters, recognizes an air medical program that has demonstrated a superior level of patient care, management prowess and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 29-Oct-20

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IBAC Honored by Top Flight Safety Award Nomination for New IS-BAO Programme

IBAC Honored by Top Flight Safety Award Nomination for New IS-BAO Programme

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is honored to have the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) FlightPlan Stage 1 Programme for small operators nominated by the Aviation International News (AIN) magazine for its first annual Top Flight Award. “We are proud to have this new program recognized for its Contribution to Safety… Read more »

Source: IBAC, 29-Oct-20

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PS Engineering digital audio controller now has Black Hawk STC

PS Engineering digital audio controller now has Black Hawk STC

XP Services announces FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval that includes PS Engineering’s state-of-the-art PAC45A, an all-digital audio controller system that includes MultiTalker®. The PAC45A is now part of XP Services STC for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. As part of a complete avionics’ suite upgrade, the PAC45A is an FAA TOSA DAL C,… Read more »

Source: PS Engineering, 29-Oct-20

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Canada launches major initiative in advanced air mobility

Canada launches major initiative in advanced air mobility

The future of flight in Canada took a major step forward today with the launch of the Vancouver-based Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), a multi-stakeholder group that will streamline research, development and commercial operations in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector, globally recognized as the next frontier of commercial aviation. AAM involves the use… Read more »

Source: CAAM, 29-Oct-20

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Russian Helicopters launches Mi-8 test operation program in Indonesia

Russian Helicopters launches Mi-8 test operation program in Indonesia

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) as part of Russian Helicopters holding company (State Corporation Rostec) launches Mi-8/171 type helicopter test operation program, which is aimed at the assessing of all the advantages of helicopters real operation in conjunction with all available corporate support tools and implemented aftersales services of Russian Helicopters holding company. The pilot project… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Oct-20

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Obituary – Dennis Kenyon – 3 October 1932 – 28 October 2020

Obituary – Dennis Kenyon – 3 October 1932 – 28 October 2020

It was with great sadness that the HeliHub.com office heard of the passing of Dennis Kenyon. Many people across the UK helicopter industry have been touched by Dennis’ enthusiasm over many years, and rotary wing aviation is the poorer after his death today in Herefordshire after a short illness. As we have exchanged anecdotes with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-20

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Global AirParts announces S-76 part out from LCI

Global AirParts announces S-76 part out from LCI

Global AirParts, the leading provider of used, serviceable materials for Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, commenced a part out project with leading helicopter lessor, LCI. “Given where values are for some helicopter types, smart asset owners can find a better return on their capital by having the aircraft disassembled and marketed for parts. This is all that… Read more »

Source: Global AirParts, 28-Oct-20

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Boost Human External Cargo Systems gains FAA STC for MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems gains FAA STC for MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), the global leader in the provision of the most advanced, certified and compliant Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems, Personnel Device Carrying Systems (PCDS) and HEC/ Training services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (SR04539NY) for its MD500 series helicopter HEC system. The system… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 27-Oct-20

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Voler Aviation Services add third helicopter type to training fleet

Voler Aviation Services add third helicopter type to training fleet

Voler Aviation Services based at Cotswold Airport are expanding their training fleet with the addition of an R22 Beta II. This will bring their training fleet to four aircraft, two Cabri G2s, one R22 and one R44 Raven II. The R22 remains an extremely popular training aircraft due to it’s affordable pricing, reliability and widespread… Read more »

Source: Voler Aviation Services, 27-Oct-20

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Cobham’s RT-7000 Granted FAA TSOA

Cobham’s RT-7000 Granted FAA TSOA

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity’s RT-7000 Airborne Tactical Radio has received Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  An FAA TSO sets a performance standard for specified materials, parts, and appliances used on civil aircraft, and represents both design and production approval. Authorizations granted by the FAA for the RT-7000 include TSO 113b,… Read more »

Source: Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, 27-Oct-20

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MNP makes significant contribution to STARS fleet renewal program

MNP makes significant contribution to STARS fleet renewal program

The campaign to renew STARS’ helicopter fleet has been given a significant lift, thanks to a $500,000 gift from MNP’s Partners across Saskatchewan. The donation was made public today at the STARS air ambulance base by Trevor Friesen, CPA, CA and Partner with MNP in Saskatoon. “On behalf of MNP’s Saskatchewan Partners, I am proud… Read more »

Source: MNP, 27-Oct-20

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MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

MissionGO, a provider of unmanned aviation solutions that are transforming logistics, and Nevada Donor Network, an organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the state of Nevada, today announced two successful test flights carrying a human organ and tissue via an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) on Sept. 17. The first flight transported research corneas from Southern Hills… Read more »

Source: MissionGO, 27-Oct-20

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Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

Babock Mission Critical Services Espana has launched a new service to rival Helity, who have had no competition to date. With an initial route between Malaga and Ceuta, the AW139 will fly six return routes every weekday. Babaock has created the new branding of HeliEST for these passenger services. Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-20

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Deadline for Salute to Excellence Awards Nominations closes Friday

Deadline for Salute to Excellence Awards Nominations closes Friday

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Oct-20

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Vertical Aerospace secures £2.3 million UK Government funding

Vertical Aerospace secures £2.3 million UK Government funding

Vertical Aerospace has received investment from the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme, to fund the development of a smart charger for their electric aircraft. The charger will increase Vertical’s in-flight performance and safety for their recently unveiled passenger model, VA-1X. This two-year project, expected to be completed by October 2022, pioneers… Read more »

Source: Vertical Aerospace, 26-Oct-20

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Courts validates Air Methods $78 million settlement

Courts validates Air Methods $78 million settlement

A judge has given final approval to a $78 million settlement by a medical helicopter company that was sued by its California flight crew employees over unpaid overtime and missed breaks. See Full Story. 

Source: US News & World Report, 26-Oct-20

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Baker Hughes Rig Count – 23 Oct 20

Baker Hughes Rig Count – 23 Oct 20

Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Baker Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly and the international rig count monthly.  Baker Hughes… Read more »

Source: Baker Hughes, 26-Oct-20

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Kaman announces date for 2020Q3 earnings

Kaman announces date for 2020Q3 earnings

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced that it will report its third quarter 2020 results after the stock market closes on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Thursday, November 5, 2020. The call will be accessible by telephone within the U.S. at (844) 473-0975 and from… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 23-Oct-20

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CPI Aerostructures Receives Orders Totaling $1.4M

CPI Aerostructures Receives Orders Totaling $1.4M

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (the “Company”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced that it has received multiple purchase orders with a total value of approximately $1.4 million from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the prime contractor for the T70 Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). In September 2019, the Company announced receiving a multi-year contract from TAI to… Read more »

Source: CPI Aerostructures, 23-Oct-20

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Liaoning accelerates the construction of aviation fire emergency rescue system

Liaoning accelerates the construction of aviation fire emergency rescue system

At the 9th Shenyang Faku International Flight Conference, which opened on the 17th, a comprehensive exercise of aviation fire emergency rescue across water, land and air attracted the attention of visitors. “The unmanned helicopter we used in the exercise has a maximum load of 15 kilograms, a maximum speed of 150 kilometers per hour, can… Read more »

Source: The Publicity Department of Shenyang Municipality, 23-Oct-20

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Mountain Area Medical Airlift adds EC145e to fleet

Mountain Area Medical Airlift adds EC145e to fleet

Mission Health’s Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) recently visited Metro Aviation to take delivery of their new Airbus EC145e, the lightweight twin-engine helicopter that has become increasingly sought after throughout the air medical industry. MAMA operates 24 hours per day, providing air medical services to western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee,  northeast Georgia, and northern South… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-20

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Bell Delivers Three B407GXis to Polish National Police

Bell Delivers Three B407GXis to Polish National Police

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a delivery of three Bell 407 GXis to the Polish National Police (PNP). The PNP has been a long-standing Bell customer for about 20 years. The addition of these aircraft will help them serve and protect people, to maintain public order, and security in Poland…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-20

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SH09 third prototype achieved several firsts

SH09 third prototype achieved several firsts

Flight test activities have fully resumed at Mollis, Switzerland, having reassembled the third SH09 prototype (P3) after its return from Pozzallo. The flights at Mollis mainly concentrated on testing the new tail rotor and aerodynamic modifications for improved handling in the low speed envelope. Flights at altitude, in the local area, evaluated the handling characteristics… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 23-Oct-20

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Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

Spanish operator Helity, which specialises in scheduled passenger operations, is to start a new route. Launching to the public on Monday 30th October, the airline will link the holiday resort of Malaga to the British territory of Gibraltar. This route and its schedules have been designed to facilitate connectivity between this city and Malaga in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-20

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Taiwan Police seize unregistered Robinson R22

Taiwan Police seize unregistered Robinson R22

Taitung County police on Friday seized an unregistered helicopter and held its owner for questioning on suspicion that he had been flying without a license, a prosecutor said on Saturday. See Full Story.

Source: Taipei Times, 22-Oct-20

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Genesys Aerosystem’s Modernized Avionics Suite on Black Hawks Now Certified

Genesys Aerosystem’s Modernized Avionics Suite on Black Hawks Now Certified

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services announce FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval of the Genesys modernized avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. While available as a complete avionics suite upgrade, the avionics building block design provides Black Hawk operators the flexibility of an incremental upgrade path to support constrained budgets and installation… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 22-Oct-20

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ATSB reminds pilots of Low Rotor RPM response time

ATSB reminds pilots of Low Rotor RPM response time

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) reminds all helicopter pilots to be prepared and respond immediately to low rotor RPM warnings, following the investigation into the collision with terrain of a Robinson R44 helicopter south of Ayers Rock Airport, Northern Territory, on 17 January 2018. Shortly after departing the Yulara Town helipad for a 15-minute… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 21-Oct-20

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Former Bristow Nigeria employees in court on parts theft charges

Former Bristow Nigeria employees in court on parts theft charges

An Ikeja Special Offences Court Ikeja, Lagos, re-arraigned former staff of Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited on allegations of stealing and selling helicopter spare parts worth the sum of $307,830 belonging to the company. See Full Story. 

Source: This Day Live, 21-Oct-20

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Ace Aeronautics opens paint booth and media blast facility

Ace Aeronautics opens paint booth and media blast facility

Ace Aeronautics, LLC is proud to announce the grand opening of its aircraft paint booth and media blast facility located in Guntersville, Alabama. This facility will add to the company’s extensive list of capabilities, providing military, commercial and general aviation customers an additional component offering or turnkey service. “The new media blast and paint center… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 21-Oct-20

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Uber Elevate teams with GE Aviation for flight data monitoring

Uber Elevate teams with GE Aviation for flight data monitoring

Uber Elevate selected GE Aviation’s Digital Group as an ecosystem partner for their aerial ridesharing program. The initial phase of this program will develop requirements for a flight data monitoring program to support electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles on the Uber platform. “This partnership will help expand our digital innovation as the travel… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 21-Oct-20

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BAC Helicopters helps fight locust swarms in Kenya

BAC Helicopters helps fight locust swarms in Kenya

During March 2020, as the global Covid-19 pandemic began building momentum and South Africa went into Level 5 Lockdown, BAC Helicopters was requested by an NGO to send two Bell 206L-4 Long Ranger helicopters to Kenya to carry out an Emergency Desert Locust Survey. East Africa has recently been plagued by a Desert Locust invasion, wreaking… Read more »

Source: BAC Helicopters, 21-Oct-20

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Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) was delivered to Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Fire Air Support Unit (ASU) recently when they accepted their first retrofitted Sikorsky HH-60L helicopter from Arista Aviation, located in Enterprise, Alabama. The RoadRunner EFIS is the cornerstone of an upgraded, state-of-the-art avionics package and instrument panel on… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 21-Oct-20

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