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Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

21-Apr-2021

Hill Helicopters today unveiled its elegant, intuitive Hill Digital Cockpit (HDC) for the new Hill HX50 luxury personal turbine helicopter. HDC is a completely reimagined, 21st century user-experience and user-interface for the HX50 light helicopter, designed from the ground up to make light helicopter flight safer and easier than ever before. The system is focused... Read more

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

21-Apr-2021Source: Caverton Helicopters

In the presence of the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Cpt. Musa S. Nuhu and Mr Franck Riester, French Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Caverton and Thales sign the acceptance of the Reality H full-flight simulator configured for the AW139 helicopter, installed in Caverton’s brand-new training center located at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Nigeria.... Read more

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

21-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of another Bell 505 to the Montenegro Air Force, making it the 60th Bell 505 aircraft in Europe. “Delivering 60 505s to Europe is an exciting milestone for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, International Business. “This achievement is a testament to... Read more

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

20-Apr-2021Source: QinetiQ

Providing test pilots and flight test engineers with cutting edge resources and the very latest learning tools has helped to keep ETPS at the forefront of flight test training for both military and civil customers for over 75 years. QinetiQ’s latest £multi-million investment in three new helicopters will further extend the fleet of aircraft available... Read more

Summit aviation promotes from within for regional sales Manager position

Summit aviation promotes from within for regional sales Manager position

20-Apr-2021Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has promoted Dennis Hurst to the position of regional sales manager. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Hurst has 17 years of mechanical experience with 15 of those years dedicated to aviation. Mr. Hurst was initially introduced to Summit Aviation in 2011 as... Read more

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

20-Apr-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association Interplanetary (HAI) is thrilled to acknowledge the first successful flight of the Mars Helicopter, the first powered, controlled flight of any aircraft on another planet. The tiny, four-pound rotorcraft, named Ingenuity, made a very brief flight on the red planet, approximately 178 million miles from Earth. In a flight lasting about 30 seconds,... Read more

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

19-Apr-2021

Pasco County Mosquito Control District in Florida has a new weapon in its fight against mosquitoes — two new Airbus H125s. Pasco County is home to roughly 45 different species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying is one of the most effective ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile and Zika viruses. The H125... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is blazing a trail for the environment

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is blazing a trail for the environment

19-Apr-2021Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

On the eve of Earth Day 2021 (22nd April) Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is excited to announce the steps taken to date and further plans to reduce its impact on the environment. In what EHAAT believes is a first for a UK air ambulance charity, it has carried out a thorough review of... Read more

New Chief Pilot at Great North Air Ambulance Service

New Chief Pilot at Great North Air Ambulance Service

19-Apr-2021

A pilot from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) who was awarded the prestigious military cross in 2007 has taken over the role as the charity’s chief pilot. Keith Armatage from Newcastle has been with the charity for six and a half years following a 25-year career in the military. The promotion comes after... Read more

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

19-Apr-2021Source: STARS

There’s a new, virtual way to make a difference in the lives of those who live, work or play across Saskatchewan: by listening and donating to the first-ever Critical Care on the Air radiothon, presented by GMS, in support of STARS. The two-day radiothon will be broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21... Read more

Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

19-Apr-2021Source: Babcock

At Babcock Spain, operational excellence and the safety of our operations are our priority. Our Operations team has been working intensively for several months on the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) Project whose main objective is to replace the physical documentation of aircraft with a digital format and provide tools that help us to carry out... Read more

JSfirm.com Awards Aerospace Engineering Scholarship

JSfirm.com Awards Aerospace Engineering Scholarship

19-Apr-2021Source: JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com awarded an Aerospace Engineering scholarship to a deserving student from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. Robert Landen Kincart, successfully completed the application process and impressed aJSfirm.com Managing Partner during a recent telephone interview. Last night, April 15th,during the SUN ‘n FUN Annual Birthday Bash, Robert, who goes by Landen, was officially presented with the... Read more

VFS Continues Record Growth, Reaches 150 Corporate Members

VFS Continues Record Growth, Reaches 150 Corporate Members

19-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience record growth, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments around the world. “Despite the pandemic, interest and investment in the eVTOL industry has accelerated,... Read more

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

19-Apr-2021Source: Wingcopter

ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) is collaborating with German drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter to accelerate the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products via unmanned aircraft. The two aviation innovators is conducting comprehensive trials with the electrical fixed-wing VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft developed by Wingcopter, with the aim of... Read more

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

The 4th AW609 (AC4), fully representative of the final production configuration, was shipped from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility where it was built on its production line, to Genoa’s harbour in Italy where it was offloaded and later flew to Leonardo Helicopters’ Headquarters in Cascina Costa di Samarate, close to Milan-Malpensa Airport, arriving on 2 March 2021.... Read more

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

16-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, recently delivered two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol... Read more

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

16-Apr-2021Source: Utah Rotor Pathway

State’s Strategic Workforce Investment program supports rotorcraft faculty, equipment for Utah high schools on a yearly basis. The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Investment (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University (SUU) to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), a government– industry–education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations... Read more

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

For decades, customer satisfaction has been considered central to the strategic vision of companies, and also Leonardo considers it fundamental, so much so that the contribution to the success of its customers is one of the main focuses in the corporate Mission. For the third year in a row, Leonardo has come in first place in the turbine category... Read more

Helicopter Specialties finishes 2020 strong and begins 2021 at steady pace

Helicopter Specialties finishes 2020 strong and begins 2021 at steady pace

16-Apr-2021Source: Helicopter Specialties

Despite the challenges of 2020, Helicopter Specialties, Inc. (HSI) is pleased to have finished their 21st year in business on a strong note. 2021 is proving to be a strong year for HSI, with helicopters arriving at a steady pace at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport from air medical organizations, government, corporate, private and international... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Lichten Award Winners

VFS Announces 2021 Lichten Award Winners

16-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during the Society’s 77th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony, premiering at 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4), on the Society’s YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/VTOLsociety. Mr. Andrew Lavoie of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin... Read more

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

16-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

A few weeks ago, the VSR700 demonstrator achieved a test flight that pushed its speed limit to 60kts (more than 110km/h), entirely opening its flight envelope at low speed. At the end of the test, the demonstrator had accumulated more than 10 flight hours. Thanks to this milestone, the VSR700 programme is getting closer to... Read more

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

16-Apr-2021Source: Air Methods

Our subsidiary, Air Idaho Rescue, has reopened its West Yellowstone seasonal air medical base serving the greater Yellowstone region. In conjunction with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC), the Air Idaho Rescue base extends care to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Gallatin National Forest, and the Madison River valley. The base officially... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

MD Helicopters expands flexible financing options for customers

MD Helicopters expands flexible financing options for customers

14-Apr-2021Source: MD Helicopters

As part of the company’s renewed focus on strengthening customer support, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will be working with National Bank of Arizona to provide qualified customers with expanded aircraft finance and lease options, subject to credit approval. The financing options offered through the new relationship with National Bank of Arizona allows MDHI to continue... Read more

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

14-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed teaming agreements with German suppliers to support Bell’s industrial participation efforts in Germany. As part of the collaboration, Bell will compete for the upcoming tender for the renewal of the helicopter fleet for the Bundespolizei and will offer the Bell 525. The... Read more

Mobil Jet Oil 387 approved for RR250 and RR300 engines

Mobil Jet Oil 387 approved for RR250 and RR300 engines

14-Apr-2021Source: ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil announced that Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 is approved for use in Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines which are most commonly found in helicopters. The Rolls-Royce M250is one of the most popular turbine engines in the world with over 170 different helicopter and fixed-wing applications in both civil and military aircrafts. Helicopter engines are high temperature... Read more

Obituary – Jack Harter 1931-2021

Obituary – Jack Harter 1931-2021

14-Apr-2021Source: The Garden Island

Charles (Jack) Harter, co-founder and president of Jack Harter Helicopters in Lihu‘e and the originator of helicopter tours on Kaua‘i, died on April 1, 2021. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Russian Helicopters ready to repair Brazilian Mi-35Ms

Russian Helicopters ready to repair Brazilian Mi-35Ms

14-Apr-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

[electronic translation] The corresponding contracts were signed by the Russian Helicopters Holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) in November – December 2020 with the Brazilian Industria de Aviacao e Servisos (IAS), an authorized company of the Brazilian Air Force. According to the contracts, the Russian Helicopters holding will ensure the supply of group repair... Read more

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

13-Apr-2021Source: Kopter

Capt. Afruni – Chief Test Pilot of Leonardo Helicopters –  flew again the SH09 Prototype 3 in Mollis, Switzerland, to assess the benefits of the retrofit implemented on the aircraft at the end of last year. As part of the close collaboration established between Leonardo and Kopter, Capt. Afruni, together with Andrea Castelli, Leonardo Chief... Read more

Rostec delivered Ansat and Mi-17-1V to Turkmenistan

Rostec delivered Ansat and Mi-17-1V to Turkmenistan

13-Apr-2021Source: Rostec

The Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) delivered the first Ansat helicopter to the Republic of Turkmenistan, as well as the heavy multipurpose Mi-17-1V. Both machines will be used in the new International Burn Center for medical evacuation of injured and critically ill patients. The contract for the... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

13-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during the Society’s 77th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony, premiering at 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4), on the Society’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/VTOLsociety. Mr. Andrew Lavoie of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, was... Read more

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

13-Apr-2021Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is pleased to announce Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) # PQ03906SW from the Federal Aviation Administration for the production of the FAA STC #SR01957WI, Ace Aero HD Sensor Mount for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters. “We are very proud of this achievement,” said Randy Nolin, Chief Technology Officer at Ace Aero. “Our... Read more

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

13-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

NHS Lothian and the HELP Appeal are celebrating an important milestone as the new helipad located at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (RHCYP/DCN) officially opens. The helipad, located above the fourth floor of the RHCYP/DCN will serve both the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the RHCYP/DCN... Read more

Derazona to be Asia’s first H160 operator for oil and gas

Derazona to be Asia’s first H160 operator for oil and gas

12-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured an H160 order from Derazona Helicopters in Indonesia, launching this new rotorcraft in the country’s oil and gas sector. The multi-mission H160 will play an important role in the expansion plans of the Indonesian operator for oil and gas, off-shore, utility and commercial passenger transportation.“This new order is a timely welcome... Read more

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

12-Apr-2021Source: Wheels Up

Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation, announces an initiative with Bell Textron, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to lead the industry both in short- and long-term solutions with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The collaboration between the industry leaders will set a new standard in addressing the growing demand for convenient intra-urban... Read more

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

12-Apr-2021Source: Surf Life Saving Queensland

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s rescue service has been bolstered by the addition of a new Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Lifesaver 46, which will start patrolling in time for school holidays. The new helicopter was unveiled at the Carrara hangar earlier today and replaces the B0105 that has been servicing South East Queensland since 2012. Lifesaver... Read more

Great North Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

Great North Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

12-Apr-2021Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service

David Stockton brings decades of experience in the commercial sector to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). Prior to arriving at GNAAS, the 49-year-old ran his own businesses, focussing primarily on healthcare and retail in the Teesside and Tyneside areas. Recently, he also spent five years working at board level within a multi-billion pound... Read more

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

Alpine Aerotech gains STC for Garmin Avionics upgrade of Bell 212

9-Apr-2021Source: ALPINE AEROTECH

ALPINE AEROTECH announced that they have officially received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a comprehensive avionic suite upgrade for Bell 212’s engaged in Day/Night VFR operations. The upgrade utilizes Pilot/Co-Pilot Garmin G500TXi Primary Flight Display’s (PFD) and a single GTN 750Xi GPS/NAV/COMM. The kit removes several expensive to maintain analog... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs surveillance foe Romanian Border Police

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs surveillance foe Romanian Border Police

9-Apr-2021Source: Schiebel

The Romanian Border Police operates the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Bulgaria. Stationed in Mangalia, the CAMCOPTER® S-100 supports the Romanian authorities in carrying out general Coast Guard functions, conducting day-to-day monitoring and... Read more

HAI Statement on NTSB ‘Most Wanted List’

HAI Statement on NTSB ‘Most Wanted List’

9-Apr-2021Source: HAI

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) met April 6, 2021, to select the items for the agency’s 2021–2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. Two of the 10 items on the list would affect the rotorcraft industry: • From the NTSB Office of Aviation Safety, the recommendation is to “Require and Verify the Effectiveness... Read more

Kamatics expects STC soon for Bell 212/412 KAflex drive shaft

Kamatics expects STC soon for Bell 212/412 KAflex drive shaft

9-Apr-2021Source: Kaman

Kamatics Corporation – Bloomfield, Connecticut, a Kaman business (NYSE:KAMN), is in the final stages of introducing a KAflex® drive shaft Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Bell models 212/412/SP helicopters. Developed in close coordination with Bell and designed to achieve very low operating costs, this drive shaft has no moving parts, requires no maintenance and... Read more

UPS plans purchase of ten eVTOL with 1400lb cargo capacity

UPS plans purchase of ten eVTOL with 1400lb cargo capacity

9-Apr-2021Source: UPS

UPS, together with its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary, plans to purchase electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies (BETA) to augment its air service for select small and mid-size markets. These aircraft will take off and land on-property at UPS facilities in a whisper-quiet fashion, reducing time-in-transit, vehicle emissions, and operating cost.... Read more

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

9-Apr-2021Source: Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Faster access to life-saving medical care is now available at Fawcett Memorial Hospital with the opening of a new helipad. Located on the 4th floor of Fawcett Memorial Hospital’s parking garage, medical transport helicopters can now land on the helipad where the hospital’s emergency medical team will be waiting to receive the patient. “The new... Read more

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

Northland Emergency Services Trust plans base move due to expansion

8-Apr-2021

New Zealand EMS operator Northland Emergency Services Trust (“NEST”) is planning to move to a new base due to expansion.  The organisation has provided this statement from CEO Craig Gibbons to HeliHub.com The Northland Emergency Services Trust Board of Trustees have long been aware of the limitations that the Kensington base has on operations. For... Read more

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Bundespolizei

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Bundespolizei

8-Apr-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with the German federal police (Bundespolizei), covering their H120 fleet. This contract formalizes a long-term MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and service agreement supporting a total of 11 Arrius 2F engines.The Bundespolizei currently operates 10 H120 helicopters for training missions. This is the second SBH® contract... Read more

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

Bell delivers first 505 to Uganda

8-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter equipped with the Med-Pac Inc. LLC Emergency Medical Services Lite Interior to BAR Aviation. This marks the first Bell 505 in Uganda and the first Bell 505 designed to complete medical evacuation (medevac) missions in Africa. “We are... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new CEO

8-Apr-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has announced that its CEO, Patrick Peal, will be retiring from the charity in June after seven years in the role. EAAA’s Director of Operations Matthew Jones has been appointed as Patrick’s successor and will take the reins at the end of June. Patrick played an integral part in setting... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives keys to new HQ

8-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has taken possession of its new Headquarters based on A15 Sleaford Road, next to RAF Waddington. The new purpose-built home, which will see staff, crew, helicopter and Critical Care Cars under one roof for the very first time, will provide a unique opportunity for the charity to welcome... Read more

Abu Dhabi Aviation to buy Falcon?

Abu Dhabi Aviation to buy Falcon?

8-Apr-2021Source: Me Confidential

Abu Dhabi Aviation Co. (ADA) has expressed intent to fully acquire Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), an aviation service company based in the Emirati capital, Zawya reports. See Full Story. ... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2021

8-Apr-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.... Read more

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

SCAA paramedics interviewed on how COVID restricts their work

8-Apr-2021Source: The Press and Journal

Helimed 79 and its crew took up operations from Aberdeen airport on April 3, 2020 – less than a fortnight after the UK-wide coronavirus lockdown was introduced. It left Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance’s (Scaa) new team isolated in their hangar as only essential personnel were allowed entry. See Full Story.... Read more

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

7-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

New Zealand VIP and charter operator Advanced Flight, launch customer for the new Airbus ACH145 with five rotor-blades, has taken delivery of its helicopter. The aircraft is the latest version of the best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter and provides a 150kg increase in useful load while delivering new levels of comfort and operational simplicity. Its... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

7-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 27 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical... Read more

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

ENAV and Leonardo launch first satellite navigation procedures for helicopters

7-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

ENAV and Leonardo have tested and validated the PBN (Performance Based Navigation) procedure for the Foggia – Tremiti S. Domino Island route in the Apulia region (Southern Italy). This was carried out with an AW169 helicopter operated by Alidaunia, a company providing transport services to and from the Tremiti Islands, as well as emergency medical... Read more

Airbus Helicopters appoints Head of Latin America

Airbus Helicopters appoints Head of Latin America

7-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Alberto Robles, Head of Airbus Strategy & International for Latin America, said that the presence of Airbus in Argentina is a natural step in increasing Airbus’ activity in the region. “There are great opportunities for Airbus in Latin America, and this new office in Buenos Aires is essential to consolidate our products in the region,... Read more

Erickson renews Greek firefighting contract for 2021

Erickson renews Greek firefighting contract for 2021

7-Apr-2021Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated is very pleased to announce that our firefighting contracts in the Hellenic Republic of Greece have been renewed for the 2021 fire season. During Erickson’s 21+ years of support to the Hellenic Fire Service, we have an impressive list of major achievements that include saving lives; supporting the 2004 Olympics; saving the Ancient... Read more

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter Joins Polk County Sheriff’s Aviation Fleet

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter Joins Polk County Sheriff’s Aviation Fleet

7-Apr-2021Source: Robinson

On April 2nd, Robinson Helicopter Company delivered R66 Police Helicopter serial number 1025 to Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). PCSO’s R66 Police helicopter is the first R66 Police helicopter configured with a Wescam MX-10 EO/IR imaging system and an HD infrared sensor, a system widely used by homeland security and law enforcement agencies. In... Read more

Precise Flight appoints General Manager

Precise Flight appoints General Manager

6-Apr-2021Source: Precise Flight

Precise Flight, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Bill Hoback of Bend, Ore. to the position of General Manager. Hoback has worked for Precise Flight for the past nine years, serving most recently as Senior Director of Business Development. Hoback has served in the roles of Sales Director, Senior Sales Executive and OEM Sales Manager for Precise... Read more

Airbus bids H175 for NYPD two-ship SAR requirement

Airbus bids H175 for NYPD two-ship SAR requirement

6-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has submitted a bid to the New York Police Department (NYPD)’s request for proposal for two new helicopters to partially replace their aging fleet of rotorcraft. Airbus is prepared to equip the New York Police Department with high-tech, high-performance search and rescue H175 helicopters. “Airbus is honored to have the opportunity to... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Group of Its Prestigious Awards

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Group of Its Prestigious Awards

6-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2021 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to outstanding teams in industry, government and academia working on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

Spectrum Aeromed outfits Bell 407 for Haiti

6-Apr-2021Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed recently completed a project with Haiti Air Ambulance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency helicopter services to the people and visitors of Haiti. Contracted through PAC International, Spectrum Aeromed outfitted the interior of a Bell 407 aircraft with a patient stretcher and base assembly and medical floor. The project was completed... Read more

EBAA Yearbook showcases value of  Business aviation to economic recovery

EBAA Yearbook showcases value of Business aviation to economic recovery

6-Apr-2021Source: EBAA

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is highlighting the contribution of Business aviation to the region’s economy and its importance for post-COVID19 recovery with the publication of its annual Yearbook. The latest EBAA Yearbook, launched today at the Association’s virtual annual general meeting, is a visual overview of Business aviation’s economic contribution across Europe in... Read more

Elections bring big boost to Indian helicopter charter

Elections bring big boost to Indian helicopter charter

6-Apr-2021Source: Times of India

The assembly elections have provided a booster shot to the Indian helicopter charter industry, which was reeling under the impact of the Covid pandemic. Industry insiders say that it’s the first time ever that helicopters have been in high demand for assembly poll campaign in states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Assam. See Full... Read more

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal... Read more

London Air Ambulance building own app

London Air Ambulance building own app

5-Apr-2021Source: London’s Air Ambulance Charity

London’s Air Ambulance Charity cares for the 10 million people living and working within the M25. The charity deals in life and death situations, helping patients in need of urgent emergency treatment. When an emergency call comes in, London’s Air Ambulance medics must be ready to go – and so must their equipment. Ensuring medics... Read more

StandardAero win Rolls-Royce recognition award

StandardAero win Rolls-Royce recognition award

5-Apr-2021Source: StandardAero

StandardAero was recently recognized by Rolls-Royce during its annual FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) NetworkTM Recognition event with the 2021 “Trusted to Deliver Excellence” award.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated by thousands of customers worldwide. StandardAero... Read more

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

Air Ambulance NI announce sponsorship deal with ABP

5-Apr-2021Source: Air Ambulance Northern Island

ABP has entered into a new 5-year sponsorship partnership with Air Ambulance NI. In a first-of-its-kind branding agreement for Air Ambulance NI, the ABP logo is now displayed on the charity’s helicopters. The charity, along with partners at Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland. The HEMS team... Read more

93 years after starting, fixed wing operator adds helicopters

93 years after starting, fixed wing operator adds helicopters

5-Apr-2021Source: Flying Doctor

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations) Board Chair, Mr Sam Walsh AO has announced that two helicopters will join our fleet in an Australian first for the RFDS. This exciting expansion of our service will give RFDS crews greater flexibility and capability to respond quickly to each patient’s inter-hospital transfer needs with the most appropriate... Read more

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. gains Japanese MRO approval

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. gains Japanese MRO approval

5-Apr-2021Source: Eagle Copters

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. has received approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an approved maintenance organization for Japanese registered helicopters. The full complement of Eagle services is now available to owners and operators alike. With the help of Transport Canada and K-R Aircraft, Eagle successfully demonstrated our abilities in the global environment.... Read more

PHI sues Zurich over COVID-19 insurance cover refusal

PHI sues Zurich over COVID-19 insurance cover refusal

5-Apr-2021Source: Law360

Helicopter services company PHI Group has sued Zurich American Insurance Co. in Louisiana federal court, alleging Friday that its $50 million Zurich policy covers property damage it sustained after staff and passengers brought COVID-19 aboard its aircraft. See Full Story. ... Read more

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

New Offshore HTAWS technical standard published

5-Apr-2021Source: CAA

A new technical standard for ‘Terrain Awareness & Warning Systems’ fitted to helicopters operating offshore (Offshore HTAWS) has been published in Europe and North America. The upgrade will significantly enhance safety levels by increasing the warning time helicopter pilots receive of a potential impact by up to 600 per cent, affording flight crews a much... Read more

Erickson wins three USFS 2021 fire contracts

Erickson wins three USFS 2021 fire contracts

5-Apr-2021Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces three new USFS Firefighting contracts for the upcoming 2021 wildfire season. The USFS cooperates with CAL FIRE, US Department of Interior agencies Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs, on aerial firefighting contracts. Erickson has been working... Read more

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

GPMS adds HUMS STC for Bell 212 and 412

5-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform. Foresight MX brings 21s century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform. Said GPMS CEO and Chief Engineer Dr. Eric Bechhoefer: “There are thousands of 212/412 helicopters in operation today when... Read more

Columbia Helicopters Unveils Multi-Mission Helicopter Program

Columbia Helicopters Unveils Multi-Mission Helicopter Program

5-Apr-2021Source: Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters (Columbia) unveils its Multi-Mission Helicopter Program, featuring the proven Columbia Model 234 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, developed as a single platform solution to support customers’ multi-mission requirements. “With larger and more intense events taking place with increased frequency around the world, such as fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, demand is on the... Read more

Mandatory safety exercise for all Malaysian helicopter operators

Mandatory safety exercise for all Malaysian helicopter operators

5-Apr-2021Source: The Sun Daily

All helicopter service operators, maintenance service providers and pilots have been instructed to undergo a mandatory safety awareness exercise. See Full Story.  ... Read more

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