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Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

The Leonardo AW139 destined for the scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly was one of the helicopter industry’s first #COVID19 casualties. The helicopter became quarantined in China early in 2020 when the pandemic took hold. Consequently the route started as planned on March 17 using two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters will be delivered to the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan. By the end of June 2020, the air base will receive two modernized MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters equipped with onboard defense systems. In addition, the cockpit is equipped with lighting devices adapted for the use of night vision goggles which enable  to carry out… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, 17-Jun-20

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HAI President’s Message

HAI President’s Message

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and frankly, 2020 has been a bumpy ride. COVID-19 changed nearly every routine we had, both at work and at home. Businesses around the world went dark, and millions signed up for unemployment. Some sectors of our industry, such as aerial tours and flight training, have been hard-hit by… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jun-20

Safran extends Makila contract with RUAG

Safran extends Makila contract with RUAG

RUAG and Safran Helicopter Engines have extended until 2021 their contract for maintenance of the fuel control units of the Makila engine powering the Super Puma helicopter. Close partnerships with original equipment… RUAG carries out regular maintenance work on the Super Puma helicopters and its components. In addition to the Swiss Air Force, customers include… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 17-Jun-20

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo announced that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Jun-20

Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Wingcopter, a leading German drone company that develops autonomous delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, was selected out of hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s latest “Technology Pioneers”. Dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide, Wingcopter has been engaged in numerous drone delivery projects – from commercial, long-range factory-to-factory… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 17-Jun-20

CAAi delivers aviation legislation review in Kazakhstan

CAAi delivers aviation legislation review in Kazakhstan

CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has completed the first milestone of a major aviation oversight programme to help Kazakhstan adopt a new aviation oversight framework based on the UK system. Over the past nine months, regulatory experts from CAAi have reviewed Kazakhstan’s Primary Aviation Legislation… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 17-Jun-20

Bristow to present at 2020 JP Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow to present at 2020 JP Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, will present a virtual presentation at the J.P. Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference held on June 16-17, 2020. Bristow’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Bradshaw, will present on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET and participate in… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 16-Jun-20

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Ontario Government to fund EMS heliport at Fort Francis

Ontario Government to fund EMS heliport at Fort Francis

Ontario is investing in the emergency health services system to help patients access faster-coordinated care when they need it most. See Full Story.

Source: NetNewsLedger, 15-Jun-20

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LifeFlight of Maine to add crew quarters at Auburn Airport

LifeFlight of Maine to add crew quarters at Auburn Airport

LifeFlight of Maine is getting new crew quarters at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. See Full Story.

Source: Sun Journal, 15-Jun-20

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NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, providing aviation services to the Ithaca Energy Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the Scottish North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 15-Jun-20

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Equinor Extends CHC Contracts

Equinor Extends CHC Contracts

CHC Group, one of the world’s leading helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers, annouced that Equinor has confirmed extensions for both the Tampen/Oseberg and Heidrun contract for one year, effective from September 2020 to August 2021. This is for three Sikorsky S-92 SAR aircraft and three super puma A332L/L1. The aircraft are located… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-Jun-20

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Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cleaning up their airport database, and is on the verge of removing almost 3,000 private airports from the flight charts across the nation. Some 114 of those are in Alaska. While we want and need current and accurate information for flight planning, many of these facilities are still active… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 15-Jun-20

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Nova Capital expands fleet with 8 new EMS helicopters

Nova Capital expands fleet with 8 new EMS helicopters

Nova Capital, the European independent helicopter lessor, today announced the acquisition of eight new helicopters in Emergency Medical Services configuration. These latest additions to the Nova Capital portfolio, include 2 Leonardo 139’s, 3 Leonardo 169’s, and 3 Airbus H145’s. All of the Aircraft are factory new, and are already deployed serving on EMS missions in… Read more »

Source: Nova Capital, 12-Jun-20

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Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Brad Sherman (both D-Calif.), Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Helicopter Safety Act, a bill to require terrain awareness and warning systems and crash-resistant flight data and voice recorders on all… Read more »

Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein, 12-Jun-20

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 50 years

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 50 years

Every year, the helicopters take off to rescue individual lives and those which shaped the nation, including last year’s Whakaari/White Island eruption. See Full Story.

Source: 1 News, 12-Jun-20

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New helipad provides better service for Quirindi Hospital

New helipad provides better service for Quirindi Hospital

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter will now be able to land at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct to better service Quirindi Hospital. See Full Story.

Source: The Northern Daily LEADER, 12-Jun-20

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Honeywell introduces affordable UV cleaning system for aircraft cabins

Honeywell introduces affordable UV cleaning system for aircraft cabins

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Dimer LLC announced a partnership to bring an ultraviolet cleaning (UVC) system to airlines that, when properly applied, significantly reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces. The Honeywell UV Cabin System can treat an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 12-Jun-20

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Erickson Achieves NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation

Erickson Achieves NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced that the United States Department of Defense awarded Erickson Inc and other Non-defense agencies, the NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation. NAAMTA Auditors completed a systematic audit of company policies and procedures, safety and quality management processes, medical personnel and policies, aviation… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 12-Jun-20

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Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo signed a five year material supply agreement for programs across its Aerostructures, Aircraft, Helicopters and Electronics divisions. Solvay will provide a broad range of market leading and innovative materials including thermoset composites CYCOM® 977-2 and CYCOM® 970, thermoplastic composites APC and APC-2 and SURFACEMASTER® 905 adhesives. In addition to material supply, Solvay… Read more »

Source: Solvay, 12-Jun-20

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Bristow Completes Merger with Era

Bristow Completes Merger with Era

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:VTOL) and Era Group Inc. (“Era”) announced today that they have completed their combination (the “Merger”), creating a financially stronger company with enhanced size and diversification. The newly combined company will use the Bristow Group name (“Bristow”) and will remain a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.  The newly combined company’s common… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 11-Jun-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW189 (G-OENC), wrong deck landing, Forties Charlie platform, northern North Sea, 25 March 2019

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-20

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On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

Ascent, Asia’s on-demand helicopter service, has announced its launch in Thailand within the year. Customers can now avail of private and by-the-seat helicopter flights within and between activity hubs, such as Bangkok, Chonburi, and Rayong for business or Hua Hin and Pattaya for leisure. With Ascent, customers skip the traffic and access remote locations in a matter of minutes,… Read more »

Source: Ascent, 11-Jun-20

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Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

Helinet Aviation Services, one of the most diverse and respected helicopter companies in the United States, announces the addition of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to California’s aerial firefighting fleet. The former U.S. Army helicopter is on standby at Van Nuys Airport to assist with firefighting missions under call-when-needed contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 11-Jun-20

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Helijet Adds More Flights To Its Schedule As BC Reopens

Helijet Adds More Flights To Its Schedule As BC Reopens

Helijet International is please to announce we are adding more scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island effective Monday, June 8, 2020. The number of scheduled Helijet flights between Vancouver and Victoria will increase to five roundtrips each weekday, up from the current three daily roundtrips. The number of scheduled flights between Vancouver… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 11-Jun-20

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Devon Air Ambulance carrying freeze-dried plasma

Devon Air Ambulance carrying freeze-dried plasma

Thanks to our supporters, we can provide our patients with an additional life-saving treatment, not previously available in Devon, until the patient arrives at a hospital’s Emergency Department: the administration of blood plasma. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance, explains: In simple terms, blood is made up of red blood cells which carry oxygen… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 11-Jun-20

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Garmin Pilot Adds Configurable Document Viewer, Night Mode and More

Garmin Pilot Adds Configurable Document Viewer, Night Mode and More

Garmin Pilot version 10.1 — now available on Apple mobile devices — brings enhanced capabilities, greater awareness and added convenience into the cockpit. New enhancements to the document viewer now allow customers to configure folders so they can more easily organize documents such as pilot’s guides, cockpit reference guides and more, within the app. Additional… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Jun-20

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Hughes demo live HD video over Satellite from a Black Hawk in flight

Hughes demo live HD video over Satellite from a Black Hawk in flight

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced the successful in-flight demonstration of Hughes HeloSatTM satellite communications (SATCOM) from a Black Hawk helicopter. The HeloSat solution—including a Hughes HM series modem with proprietary through-the-rotor waveform, fuselage-mounted antenna and network management—transmitted consistent, real-time, full-motion video to a live global… Read more »

Source: Hughes Network Systems, 11-Jun-20

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FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering Shadin Avionics’ fuel flow meter on new R66s equipped with Garmin GTN 6xx or 750 GPS navigators. The fuel flow meter provides real-time fuel flow data to the GTN which in turn displays the fuel consumption rate along with fuel range rings on a moving map. Fuel used, fuel… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 11-Jun-20

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Spectrum Aeromed Hires Controller Role

Spectrum Aeromed Hires Controller Role

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce that Holly Jorud has been hired to fill the role of Controller at the company’s headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota USA. Jorud is a CPA who comes to Spectrum Aeromed with 20 years of accounting experience in both public and corporate accounting. Most recently, she acted as Corporate Accountant… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 10-Jun-20

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AeroBrigham awarded Jamaica Defence Force Bell 429 integration contract

AeroBrigham awarded Jamaica Defence Force Bell 429 integration contract

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider AeroBrigham has announced the contract award of systems integration for nine Bell 429 helicopters destined for the Jamaica Defence Force. The company has inducted and is performing work on the initial two airframes at their main facility in Decatur, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area metroplex…. Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 09-Jun-20

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Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset has named Philip Louis Amadeus as a Sales Director for the company. The experienced aviator will be based in London, expanding Aero Asset’s global footprint with sales directors now also in Canada, the United States and Mexico. “Philip brings decades of fixed and rotary wing savoir-faire to Aero Asset. He draws from his… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 09-Jun-20

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ESG enables Internet in helicopters

ESG enables Internet in helicopters

This May, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH for the new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) “Installation of a cabin Wi-Fi hotspot with 3G/4G cellular modem and outside antennas” for the EC135 and EC635 helicopters. In order to achieve the approval, comprehensive ground and flight tests were carried out. It… Read more »

Source: ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, 09-Jun-20

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is recruiting people to become ‘virtual’ supporters to help support its lifesaving cause. The charity relies on donations from the six regional communities it serves to fund its daily lifesaving operations. However the organisation also depends on its dedicated team of volunteers and supporters to assist with fundraising activity, ranging from… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 08-Jun-20

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FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

Coptersafety’s CAE AW139 full flight simulator has been qualified to Level-D by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Simulator Program. Level-D qualification is only assigned to full-flight-simulators that meet the highest standards of the FAA. “We at Coptersafety are excited to expand our training capabilities, and with the addition of FAA qualified full flight simulators,… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jun-20

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COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

On Wednesday, May 27, Dr. Homer Tien, Ornge Presidend and CEO, was invited as a witness for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in its Briefing on the Canadian Response to the Outbreak of the Coronavirus. During the question and answer session, Dr. Tien had the opportunity to highlight Ornge’s COVID-19 response including… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-20

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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity hails achievement of specialist paramedic

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity hails achievement of specialist paramedic

We are delighted to announce that our Specialist paramedic in Critical Care (SPCC), Vicki Brown, has been appointed as the first Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care (APCC) in the South West. The new role, which was developed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) will benefit GWAAC’s crew and the patients they… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 08-Jun-20

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Rega formalises relationship with canton of St. Gallen

Rega formalises relationship with canton of St. Gallen

With a formalized performance mandate, the health department of the canton of St.Gallen is strengthening its longstanding, proven cooperation in the field of air rescue and preclinical emergency care with the Swiss air rescue service Rega. The aim of the agreement is to provide the population of the canton of St.Gallen with air rescue services… Read more »

Source: Rega, 08-Jun-20

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Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced agreements with nine premier aerospace industry leaders to form Team Invictus. The companies are producing the Bell 360 Invictus prototype submission as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Each industry partner brings unique experience and technological expertise to provide… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-20

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COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

This year’s Convention was set to mark 25 years for HAC. An annual opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers and to benefit from discussions around the business of helicopter operations, and safety in our industry. We all benefit from this dialogue, but we can only hold the event when the health and safety… Read more »

Source: HAC, 04-Jun-20

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European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

With the rotary wing sector gathering at EUROPEAN ROTORS (November 10 – 12, 2020 in Cologne, Germany), the aim of this high-level industry event is to set a new standard of networking, discussing and developing the skills of the rotorcraft community incorporating the challenges the industry is facing due to Covid-19. The concept of EUROPEAN… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 04-Jun-20

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Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations, turning them into continuous improvement actions.   At Heli-Expo 2020, Hungarian Air Ambulance became the first helicopter operator to purchase a complete end-to-end solution, from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published proposed methods how to certify hybrid or electric air taxis (VTOL). Therefore, the Agency invites stakeholders and other interested parties to review the plans and provide their comments. This is the latest milestone in EASA’s roadmap to enable safe VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) operations and… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Jun-20

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Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Aerospace Logistics Group (ALG) members Compass Forwarding and Talkcargo partnered to ship a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from the United Kingdom to the United States this month. The group handled the door-to-door movement of the aircraft from Brighton City Airport in Southern England to Allegheny County Airport in the Pittsburgh area via containerized ocean freight. The… Read more »

Source: Compass Forwarding, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

[electronic translation] The global health system is under tremendous pressure. At the forefront of the fight against the pandemic was a significant part of the ambulance operators. Airbus is committed to ensuring maximum helicopter availability for emergency departures. The manufacturer is developing special solutions for isolating the helicopter cabin from the main part of the cabin. Among them are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

A message from Airbus Helicopters’ EVP of Customer Support & Services, Christoph Zammert: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times. Whether EMS, police, search and rescue or… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a safety recommendation report issued Tuesday called on helicopter manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio, and images. The NTSB asked the manufacturers – Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – to act since the Federal Aviation Administration has not implemented… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 03-Jun-20

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Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”) announced that on June 1, 2020, the Board of Directors of Era (the “Board”) approved an amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Era to effect a reverse stock split of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Era in connection with the consummation of… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 03-Jun-20

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Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) announced entry into privately negotiated stock repurchase agreements to repurchase 142,721 shares of its common stock and 98,784 shares of its preferred stock at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.8 million (collectively, the “Repurchases”). The closing of the Repurchases is subject to a number of conditions, including the repayment of all amounts… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 03-Jun-20

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Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-20

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NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other associations requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extend the effective date for several exemptions or extensions for pilot medical certifications, training proficiency and a host of other requirements contained in Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. The relief package, which became effective on April 30, 2020, with most… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Jun-20

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Polish Police retire Kania helicopter to museum

Polish Police retire Kania helicopter to museum

On May 21, 2020, the Polish Aviation Museum was enriched with a new exhibit – the PZL Kania helicopter, handed over by the Logistics Bureau of the Police Headquarters. This helicopter, serial number 900301, reg. SN-51XP was used for many years by the Krakow Police Aviation Section, which has its headquarters in the Museum. The handover protocol… Read more »

Source: Polish Aviation Museum, 02-Jun-20

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Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

 Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced  a new comprehensive ownership program for purchasers of new Bell commercial aircraft, including the Bell 505, Bell 407GXi, Bell 429, and SUBARU Bell 412EPX. Bell will include a one-year subscription to Garmin® OnePak™ database bundles and the Garmin Pilot™ app as part of each new aircraft purchase. Database Concierge, the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jun-20

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Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

After nearly six decades in Newfoundland and Labrador, Universal Helicopters has closed due to financial reasons. See Full Story. 

Source: CBC, 02-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft.  Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-20

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Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

More than 1,000 names have now been added to the underside of the new Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter. As part of the Heli Heroes campaign, supporters paid a minimum of £100 for their name of choice to be added to the helicopter to help raise money for the New Heli Appeal. It was a hugely… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 01-Jun-20

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Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association, has released it’s quarterly production report covering January to March 2020. This covers the general aviation aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and rotorcraft deliveries declined across all segments during the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the first quarter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-20

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Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently awarded aviation scholarships: two from the Helicopter Foundation International/Helicopter Association International and two from Women in Aviation International. All four are enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, based at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. Ethan M. Miller, of Montoursville, and Hamin Kim, of… Read more »

Source: Penn College, 29-May-20

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EHang wins approval for autonomous air logistics operations

EHang wins approval for autonomous air logistics operations

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it obtained the world’s first commercial pilot operation approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (“CAAC”) to use EHang 216 passenger-grade AAVs for air logistics purpose. Thus, EHang became the world’s first AAV… Read more »

Source: EHang, 29-May-20

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Genesys flight testing their avionics suite on Black Hawks

Genesys flight testing their avionics suite on Black Hawks

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services commenced certification flight testing, marking the final phase in the certification process of the Genesys avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. After many months of ground and flight testing, XP Services and Genesys Aerosystems are jointly testing the final version of the cockpit architecture to achieve the… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 29-May-20

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Precise Flight, Inc. has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include approvals for the Bell 429 and Bell 505 variations. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternatively pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 29-May-20

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EBAA to provide members with live aviation security alerts from Osprey

EBAA to provide members with live aviation security alerts from Osprey

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced it has expanded its partnership with Osprey Flight Solutions to provide EBAA operator members access to live alerts on emerging incidents, events and situations that have an impact on the aviation security environment.  The extended partnership allows EBAA operator members to gain access to  Osprey’s premium standard &… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 29-May-20

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COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

During the spread of Covid-19, Leonardo has seen operators of its aircraft adapt, react and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic across geographies. Air ambulance operators Ornge and STARS have managed to continue conducting life-saving missions across Canada throughout the emergency.   Both of these healthcare organisations have shared with Leonardo how they were… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

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Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock has down selected the Bell 429 aircraft in its bid for the LAND 2097 Phase 4 Project to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations helicopter capability. As one of the world’s largest and most experienced helicopter operators, and the largest commercial operator in Australia, Babcock completed a comprehensive assessment of the platforms available… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 28-May-20

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ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

Leading aviation service provider, ACC Aviation Group, has this week announced a commercial agreement with US-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical. Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organisation has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built… Read more »

Source: ACC Aviation, 28-May-20

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Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters, a Westchester, NY based helicopter company has started a new initiative to offer frontline healthcare professionals a tangible thank you for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 global pandemic: “Helicopters over New York for Healthcare Heroes” will allow healthcare professionals to experience a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour free of charge. Tours will depart… Read more »

Source: Wings Air Helicopters, 28-May-20

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Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter, developer of autonomous delivery drones for humanitarian and commercial applications, has been named one of nine winners of the #SmartDevelopmentHack. Through this global hackathon, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) solicited innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries. The lineup of… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 28-May-20

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Swiss training solution company VRM completes second funding round

Swiss training solution company VRM completes second funding round

VRM Switzerland is excited to announce completion of its latest CHF 9 Mio. funding round with a group of private investors. The additional equity will enable VRM Switzerland to not only support the scaling up of the production, the internationalization of the business and the expansion of the product range, but also to increase its… Read more »

Source: VRM Switzerland, 27-May-20

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Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

The air rescue station in Bad Saarow was founded 30 years ago , and 20 years ago the DRF air rescue took over. On the occasion of the milestone birthday, the crews of the rescue helicopter “Christoph 49” stationed at the station take a look back, but also a look at their current work. The… Read more »

27-May-20

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Intrinsic Aviation announces JV with Arena Investors

Intrinsic Aviation announces JV with Arena Investors

Intrinsic Aviation, founded by industry veteran Ed Washecka, has launched a joint venture with Arena Investors to invest in helicopter assets. The joint venture will lease, trade and part-out mid-life to end of life helicopters. The joint venture’s first transactions involve three S76C++s owned by different lenders. One of the helicopters will continue on lease… Read more »

Source: Intrinsic Aviation, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

Each year, we gather together hundreds of the most proactive safety specialists in the world at our annual Safety & Quality Summit to stimulate great conversations on Human Factors and safety in general.  The team at CHC Helicopter benefit enormously from the shared wisdom we receive, and we hope that those who participate feel the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

The trial is backed by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) – the integrated partnership of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council directed by the local Integration Joint Board – and aims to prove the feasibility of delivering urgent medical cargo, such as COVID-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

The isolation pod known as the EpiShuttle has finally reached France for evaluation from professional caretakers and medical transport. France is still comping with a large amount of corona patients and high rates of critical cases. The EpiShuttle is already in service with The Royal Air Force in Scotland, The Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 27-May-20

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DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung has signed a further framework agreement with Bucher Leichtbau for the HEMS equipment for its helicopters of the types H135 and H145. The air rescue organization has brought its many years of experience and know-how into the configuration of the HEMS kits, especially in the development of the stretcher. DRF Luftrettung continues to rely… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 27-May-20

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