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Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus Helicopters has announced a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) available on the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. H135 helicopters with the new alternate gross weight benefit from a 120kg (265 lb) increased take-off weight and useful load. This increase can also be used to extend the range by up to 75… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

JSfirm.com Newest Job Distribution Partner: National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA)

JSfirm.com Newest Job Distribution Partner: National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA)

JSfirm.com (Booth 2604) announced their newest Job Distribution Partner at HELI-EXPO, the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA, Booth 6416). Through this partnership, all aviation job opportunities that are posted on JSfirm.com are now searchable directly on NEMSPA’s new website.   “Our job distribution partnerships promote aviation job opportunities through industry-leading associations. As the only association… Read more »

Source: JSfirm.com, 31-Jan-20

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Spidertracks launches of the Spider X

Spidertracks launches of the Spider X

Spidertracks, a leading provider of satellite-based real-time flight tracking, active flight following and communication solutions, announced the launch of the Spider X – their next-generation Spider hardware. It wasn’t much more than a decade ago when aircraft tracking was feasible only for the top tier of the industry. Innovation in the sector typically followed a… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 31-Jan-20

Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Sweden’s air ambulance service – Svensk Luftambulans – has ordered three new H145 helicopters in a deal announced at the Heli Expo 2020 exhibition. The operator will also have its existing three earlier model H145s retrofitted to the same standard as the new aircraft including an innovative five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

Maxcraft Avionics and Canadian Helicopters team up for Astronautics AFI 4700 Retrofit

Maxcraft Avionics and Canadian Helicopters team up for Astronautics AFI 4700 Retrofit

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd, one of the largest avionics shops in Canada, has teamed up with Canadian Helicopters to retrofit the Bell 212 and the Sikorsky S-61 with Astronautics AFI4700 RoadRunner® Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). It’s form-fit-function EFI that is designed as a replacement for Attitude Director Indicator and Horizontal Situational Indicator primary flight instruments. The… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 31-Jan-20

Heli-One Norway Opens New Engine Testing Stand

Heli-One Norway Opens New Engine Testing Stand

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has opened a new engine test stand at their Stavanger, Norway location. This test stand features state-of-the-art technology that reduces testing times through automation and upgraded equipment. The stand supports the facility’s engine shop servicing the Safran Makila 1A engine variant. Designed in… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 31-Jan-20

HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Halo Flight has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) kit to add to its existing Bell aircraft fleet. “We are excited to announce that HALO-Flight added the first Bell 407GXi HEMS operator with IFR flight capabilities to its fleet. This… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Jan-20

Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus Helicopters added 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts in 2019, increasing to 2,250 the number of aircraft now covered by a global HCare material management contract. This means 19% of Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide fleet is now covered by HCare. New aircraft added at Heli-Expo 2020, all with HCare Smart, were from Papillon (21 H130s)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

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. The operator, Hungarian Air Ambulance Nonprofit Ltd, has signed a three-year contract to deploy Airbus Helicopters’ Connected Services for its new fleet of nine second-hand… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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Rainier Heli-International adds five SH09 options

Rainier Heli-International adds five SH09 options

In March 2018 Rainier Heli International (Rainier) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Kopter North America (Kopter) for five (5) firm and five (5) SH09 options. Rainier has continued to monitor the development of the SH09 and based on the anticipated performance along with the operational cost advantages expected from the helicopter the company… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 30-Jan-20

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Botswana Police Air support orders 3 Enstrom 480B

Botswana Police Air support orders 3 Enstrom 480B

Enstrom kicked off opening day of Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim with the announcement of a multi aircraft agreement with the Botswana Police-Air Support Branch. Mr. Keabetswe Makophe, the Commissioner of Police for the Botswana Police Service was on hand at the Enstrom Helicopter booth (2904) for the announcement that adds 3 Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 30-Jan-20

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Metro Aviation signs order for 12 additional EC145e helicopters

Metro Aviation signs order for 12 additional EC145e helicopters

Metro Aviation has ordered an additional 12 new EC145e helicopters from Airbus, announced today at the Heli Expo trade show in Anaheim, California. This deal brings Metro Aviation’s total number of EC145e helicopters ordered to 43. Metro Aviation operates air medical helicopters and airplanes for healthcare providers and is a global leader for multi-mission helicopter… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 30-Jan-20

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Able Doubles Machining Capacity with Next-Gen Equipment

Able Doubles Machining Capacity with Next-Gen Equipment

Leading component repair and overhaul provider Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, recently grew its business capabilities and doubled the bandwidth of its machining department by adding new equipment for large-scale part repair work. The new machining equipment is part of an overall growth effort by the company – including the completion of a… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 30-Jan-20

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Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed a purchase agreement with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., for a public safety-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.   “Leon County has an advanced aviation unit that is responsible for a broad range of critical missions including aerial searching for lost… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jan-20

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More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

In just over one year, Airbus Helicopters has nearly doubled the number of helicopters now sharing flight and maintenance data with the company. This progress advances Airbus’ creation of a connected helicopters ecosystem in which data from disparate sources is shared and analysed, helping operators make sense of their data for business value. “Collection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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Leonardo announces the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announces  the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announced  the purchase of an AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) by Suzuyo & Co of Japan. The AW139 FFS will be manufactured by Leonardo in collaboration with CAE and installed at Suzuyo & Co facilities located in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and will be operated by its subsidiary Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Jan-20

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Kopter and INAEC launch SH09 in the Philippines

Kopter and INAEC launch SH09 in the Philippines

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) receives additional orders in the Southeast Asian region from the leading operator in the Philippines, INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC). The SH09 helicopters are to be dedicated to urban air mobility operations with Ascent Flights Global Pte Ltd (Ascent). Kopter has signed an order for the purchase of one SH09 and one… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 30-Jan-20

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Papillon picks Web Manuals for digital revamp

Papillon picks Web Manuals for digital revamp

Papillon Airways is announcing its deployment of Web Manuals, the world leader in aviation document digitization solutions, to support the revamp of its company manuals, improving compliance and safety across its helicopter fleet. In addition to overhauling Papillon’s documentation, enabling them to have easy access to all manuals on one platform, Web Manuals allows for… Read more »

Source: Papillon Airways, 30-Jan-20

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Safran signs contract to support Portuguese EH101 Merlin engines

Safran signs contract to support Portuguese EH101 Merlin engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year contract with Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) to support Portuguese RTM322-powered EH101 Merlin fleet. Over 38 engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). This new agreement satisfies the Portuguese Air Force requirement for optimum availability during their domestic and international military operations. Lieutenant… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 30-Jan-20

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EC145e owners react to the aircraft’s performance

EC145e owners react to the aircraft’s performance

Air medical program managers from around the country currently operating an EC145e have announced their support for this one-of-a-kind aircraft. HELI-EXPO 2020 attendees can see the airframe up-close at Metro Aviation’s booth (#3624). The aircraft is available in both VFR and IFR configurations, allowing it to meet the requirements of any mission. West Michigan Air… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 30-Jan-20

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Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, covering the Mexican operator’s H145, EC145 and BK117. This contract formalizes a five-year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of over 30 Arriel 1 and 2 engines. Commented Enrique Zepeda Navarro, Transportes Aéreos Pegaso CEO: “With this contract, we… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 29-Jan-20

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Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced the purchase and leaseback of three Leonardo AW139s with French helicopter services provider, Héli-Union. The acquisition of these aircraft expands Milestone’s fleet of owned and debt financed fleet of AW139 helicopters to more than 80. The company made the… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 29-Jan-20

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EC145e closer to IFR approval from Transport Canada

EC145e closer to IFR approval from Transport Canada

Metro Aviation announced it’s moving closer to receiving Transport Canada certification for the Airbus EC145e’s IFR package. With support from Metro Aviation, Genesys AeroSystems and S-TEC established an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft in February 2019 and Canadian approval is expected this year. The certification comes ahead of an anticipated EC145e delivery… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Jan-20

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HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

Donors who supported the appeal to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) attended a ‘breaking of the ground’ celebration to mark construction work progress. Funding for the Helipad was raised by MFT Charity’s Time Save Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jan-20

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Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

– Leonardo is celebrating at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2020 the longstanding partnerships and outstanding achievements of some of its official distributors who have contributed to the growing success and presence of its helicopters worldwide. Among them, Sloane Helicopters, Mitsui Bussan Aerospace and Rotortrade have supported the introduction or the growth of several models in key regions… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-Jan-20

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Safran launches its brand new Health Monitoring service

Safran launches its brand new Health Monitoring service

Two years after launching the Health Monitoring service that enables customers to track their engines’ health indicator, Safran Helicopter has broaden its service offer. The service now has brand new features such as daily health indicators, in addition to the monthly recommendations; full automation of the engine performance trend follow up; and a newly user-friendly… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 29-Jan-20

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Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a number of improvements to its digital services ecosystem based on feedback from customers, including the new collaborative AirbusWorld customer portal and an online Marketplace making e-commerce practices from the consumer world available to Airbus customers. The new collaborative portal, which replaces Keycopter, offers a simplified and streamlined navigation and user… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced the delivery of efficient custom designed maintenance stands at Southern California Edison (SCE) to support their beautiful Bell 429 that is on display in the Bell exhibit at HeliExpo. The custom stands located at the SCE facility are designed specifically for the Bell 429 allowing the mechanics to work on all… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Avidyne Introduces Avidyne HELIOS™ Multifunction Flight Management System

Avidyne Introduces Avidyne HELIOS™ Multifunction Flight Management System

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, ADS-B and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced their new dzus-mounted Avidyne Helios multifunction flight management system (FMS) for helicopters. The Avidyne Helios provides many of the same features as the previously-announced Avidyne Atlas FMS, including a Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS navigator, a… Read more »

Source: Avidyne, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Develops New H225 Modifications

Heli-One Develops New H225 Modifications

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Airbus Helicopters and Shell Aircraft have been working closely in order to put the H160 into service for offshore transportation. “Shell seeks opportunity for early introduction to service of the H160. Having worked closely with Airbus over the last year to understand the design and manufacturing philosophy behind the H160, Shell Aircraft believes this innovative… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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CAMTS Awards First Special Operations Accreditation

CAMTS Awards First Special Operations Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) awarded its first ever Special Operations Accreditation on Jan. 24, 2020 to Burleson, Texas-based Air Center Helicopters. CAMTS developed and approved accreditation standards in 2019 for services that provide Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery operations often contracted by the government to assist military and paramilitary… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 29-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. to host its first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium

S.A.F.E. to host its first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is expanding its support of the maintenance sector of the helicopter industry by hosting a Maintenance Safety Symposium dedicated to providing the latest safety and training resources to mechanics. This first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium will focus on “Troubleshooting Technology”. The conference will be held in Dallas on June 10-11, 2020. This… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Precision Aviation Group acquires World Aviation Corp

Precision Aviation Group acquires World Aviation Corp

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry announced today the acquisition of Toronto, Ontario based World Aviation Corporation (WAC). WAC specializes in the rewind and repair of rotary and static electrical (air and oil-cooled) generator and motor sub-components. David Mast, President &… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 29-Jan-20

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Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters have announced they will partner to retrofit the tourism operator’s entire fleet of 34 EC130 B4 helicopters with the Airbus Helicopters Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS), which has just received EASA certification with FAA to follow shortly. Maverick Helicopters, one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies in the world, carries… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) will enhance its patrol and surveillance capabilities with the addition of 16 new Airbus H125 helicopters.   The new aircraft will enable AMO to achieve its mission of protecting the nation’s borders, helping combat drug smuggling, and performing life-saving search and rescue missions. Over… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

During HAI 2020, Bell announced their collaboration with Norwegian oil and gas operator, Wintershall Dea Norge AS, to bring enhanced helicopter operational safety to the North Sea. “Wintershall Dea is a pioneer in their industry and working together with Bell, we believe we will challenge industry norms and create a new standard of innovation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement with Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit for a public safety configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. “Global municipalities are expanding their public safety capabilities by adding aerial operations to their mission portfolio,” said LaShan Bonaparte, program manager, Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd, one of the largest avionics shops in Canada, has achieved the first FAA STC authorizing the Garmin GTN725H or GTN750H Navigator to be installed in a series of Airbus Helicopter Dauphin models including SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2 and AS-365N3. The system is fully approved to conduct LPV and LNAV/VNAV coupled approaches. This new… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish AW139 Intermediate and Tail Gear Box (IGB, TGB) MRO capability as a Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Component Repair Centre. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia and will give… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, said DVE technology already selected for U.S. military helicopters, can also reduce the risk of civil and commercial flight crashes, in cases where visibility is impeded due to weather and other conditions such as fog. “Whether military or… Read more »

Source: Sierra Nevada, 29-Jan-20

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DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Rotortrade gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

As brand-new civil turbine helicopter sales are expected to remain under even greater pressure in the coming years, the pre-owned market is set to take center stage. Brand new civil turbine sales have gone down to approximately 600 deliveries per year while pre-owned sales have reached 1,500 units yearly. The pre-owned market is now more… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Jan-20

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Sikorsky Recognizes California Firehawk Aerial Firefighters

Sikorsky Recognizes California Firehawk Aerial Firefighters

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) today recognized and thanked the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue and the State of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for their commitment to aerial fire-fighting operations with the S-70i™ Firehawk® helicopter. Each of the three fire services… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jan-20

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StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero received the prestigious “FIRST Class Service” award on Monday at the annual Rolls-Royce FIRST NetworkTM Recognition Reception event, held as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at the 2020 HAI/Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 28-Jan-20

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Guimbal introduces new updates for Cabri G2

Guimbal introduces new updates for Cabri G2

The French light helicopter manufacturer, Helicopteres Guimbal is introducing an advanced new payload mount and new cockpit developments.  The latest delivered unit of their Cabri G2 is on display at booth # 6812, shared with Precision Helicopters, their Oregon-based distributor for the USA. The aircraft features the two latest product developments: The new all-digital cockpit,… Read more »

Source: Precision Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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NASA orders three Airbus H135s

NASA orders three Airbus H135s

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for three H135 helicopters, marking the first-ever partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters. The order was announced today at the Airbus booth at the Heli Expo Trade show in Anaheim, California. The H135s will be operated out of the Kennedy Space… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus Helicopters has announced a major performance increase on the H125 by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D. The aircraft’s external and internal load lifting capabilities will increase by up to +140 kg, with a large part of it already available at low altitude and low external temperatures,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Developing and fielding state of the art, industry transforming aircraft such as the AW139, has become a matter of routine for Leonardo. This trend continues with the recently fielded AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter, and soon to enter market AW609 tiltrotor. Over the last year, concurrent with aircraft development activities, Leonardo launched an initiative to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the completion of all company test and reporting requirements related to the max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) increase from 3,100 to 3,350 pounds for its MD 530F single engine helicopter. A preferred platform of law enforcement and utility operators worldwide, the MGTOW increase will provide operators extended range, greater… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Rotortrade reports on 2019 activity

Rotortrade reports on 2019 activity

Rotortrade, a leading international distributor of helicopters announces excellent results and steady growth for 2019 reaching 30 bookings within the 12 months. “Beyond the number of helicopters which was in line with our projections for the year, we are especially happy with the mix of helicopters representing more than 150 tons / 350,000 pounds across… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Jan-20

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Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt has selected VRM Switzerland as its supplier for an innovative training solution based on virtual reality (VR) technology. The simulator’s visual system provides 3D vision with unprecedented resolution. “This will allow our discerning pilots to effectively train for difficult scenarios on mountain landing sites, with bright sunshine and under various snow conditions such… Read more »

Source: Air Zermatt, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo has signed a contract with Lynwood (Schweiz) AG to acquire 100% of Kopter Group AG (Kopter). This move allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector; leveraging innovation, new capabilities and engineering skills which have been developed by the young, agile Swiss Company. Kopter’s SH09, a new single… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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Heli-One develops new H225 mods

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Jan-20

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IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

The Safety and Aviation Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) endorsed plans for a new aviation-focused Joint Industry Project (JIP) to fund work in support of its Project Safira goal of eliminating fatalities from the upstream energy business. The JIP will result in fresh investment of approximately £500,000 in the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

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Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today it is accepting position agreements for upgrades to the best-in-class S-92 helicopter: the S-92A+™ and the S-92B™ helicopters. The announcement at the annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli Expo demonstrates continued investment in and commitment to commercial helicopter operators and customers. “We are excited to offer… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jan-20

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LCI charts 2020 growth with new partnerships

LCI charts 2020 growth with new partnerships

 LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has sealed new partnerships with two leading financial institutions as it continues to grow its fleet. The lessor has just taken delivery of a Leonardo AW169 helicopter with financing arranged from new partner, Investec. The state-of-the-art aircraft is being placed with a leading… Read more »

Source: LCI, 28-Jan-20

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MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has expanded and enhanced helicopter production capabilities at its Mesa, Arizona, world headquarters. Certified as a joint military and commercial manufacturing and completion center, with both Government (“GFRC”) and FAA oversight, MDHI has improved the production processes for its full range of single-engine and light twin-engine aircraft. “Over the past year… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics InSight™ Display System Selected for MD Explorer

Universal Avionics InSight™ Display System Selected for MD Explorer

Universal Avionics (UA) and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announce a strategic partnership to integrate UA’s advanced InSight Display System as the full-digital flight deck solution for MD Helicopters’ MD 900/902 Explorer. MDHI will integrate the InSight Display System into the production and retrofit of the twin-engine helicopters. The InSight Display System for the MD 900/902… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

On Monday 27th January, 2020 HeliOffshore announced the appointment of Keith Mullett to HeliOffshore’s board of directors. Keith Mullet is President of PHI International and acting President of PHI Americas.  He has been President of PHI International since the acquisition of HNZ by PHI in December of 2017.  Before that, he was the Executive Vice… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, was selected by Heli-One (Norway) AS to equip the new H215 helicopters of the Bundespolizei – German Federal Police (BPOL) with its SkyVis Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). Universal Avionics will partner with Heli-One to develop a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the SkyVis on H215… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics Introduces Latest in ‘Fly by Sight’ Flight Deck Concept

Universal Avionics Introduces Latest in ‘Fly by Sight’ Flight Deck Concept

Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems Company, is debuting its latest developments in the ‘Fly by Sight’ flight deck concept to the helicopter market during the HAI HELI-EXPO 2020. The company’s ‘Fly by Sight’ concept brings various flight deck technologies together in an integrated way for more intuitive head-up operation during critical phases of flight,… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Jan-20

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MD to Feature Fresno Sheriff MD530F and MD530G Block II at Heli-Expo 2020

MD to Feature Fresno Sheriff MD530F and MD530G Block II at Heli-Expo 2020

At the 2020 HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim California, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will proudly display two aircraft representing the two largest segments of the company’s global customer base, law enforcement and military. The MD Helicopters booth, #6815, will feature an MD 530F operated by Fresno County (CA) Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) alongside the next generation of… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Rotortrade Selects Heli-One To Perform Two H225 Return-to-Service

Rotortrade Selects Heli-One To Perform Two H225 Return-to-Service

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will perform two Return-to-Service programs for two H225s for Rotortrade, a leading international helicopter distributor. The work will take place at Heli-One Poland in Rzeszow, Poland.   Rotortrade had lead the way in managing, re-purposing and re-marketing the 11-ton Heavy Helicopter Super Puma… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Jan-20

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Collins Aerospace promotes Goodrich rescue hoist on S70 Firehawk

Collins Aerospace promotes Goodrich rescue hoist on S70 Firehawk

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that three of the world’s top aerial firefighting agencies are equipping their helicopters with the company’s newest rescue hoist, the Goodrich 44318. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) selected the hoist for their… Read more »

Source: Collins Aerospace, 28-Jan-20

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FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety International announces the expansion of its helicopter training programs and services with new Level D qualified simulators for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 and Leonardo AW139. “This significant expansion of the training programs and services we offer to helicopter operators reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide a broad range of conveniently located programs that our Customers… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Jan-20

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Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

Bell Announces New Technological Enhancements

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today new equipment enhancements across its current in-production commercial aircraft during Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. “Bell is committed to incorporating the latest technologies into our products to further improve the performance, cost of operations and support the lifecycle of aircraft,” said Susan… Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Jan-20

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Aviation Search Group Adds Two New Managing Directors to Support Growth

Aviation Search Group Adds Two New Managing Directors to Support Growth

Aviation Search Group (HELI-EXPO Booth 2424) announced the appointment of Dorothy Knupp (L) and Jessica Firmstone (R) as Managing Directors for the organization’s recruiting operations. These are new positions that were created to support recent growth, as a result of more client companies turning to the executive search firm for help in addressing the industry-wide… Read more »

Source: Aviation Search Group, 28-Jan-20

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StandardAero and Robertson Announce First Canadian Customer for AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero and Robertson Announce First Canadian Customer for AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems announced today the delivery of two crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFTs) to the first operator in Canada to adopt this potentially lifesaving equipment.  The CRFTs will be installed on one AS350 BA helicopter and one AS350 B2 helicopter owned and operated by Ontario-based Zimmer Air Services Inc., both of which have… Read more »

Source: StandardAero and Robertson, 28-Jan-20

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StandardAero and Thales Announce Launch Customer for new H125 Autopilot System

StandardAero and Thales Announce Launch Customer for new H125 Autopilot System

 Today, StandardAero and Thales announced WeatherTech as the launch customer for their advanced 4-axis Compact Autopilot System for the Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 platform.  Derived from certified transport category solutions, the Lightweight Compact Autopilot brings advanced, state-of-the-art 4-axis capability, performance and enhanced levels of safety to the light helicopter market, while eliminating the need for a… Read more »

Source: Standard Aero and Thales, 28-Jan-20

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Applied Video Imaging Extends Product Warranty to 3 Years

Applied Video Imaging Extends Product Warranty to 3 Years

Applied Video Imaging LLC, a leading innovator and original equipment manufacturer of rugged video system components, announced today the warranty period for all AVI products has been extended to three years from the previous two- year warranty. Users who have already purchased AVI products will also get the new three-year warranty applied to their product… Read more »

Source: Applied Video Imaging, 28-Jan-20

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ITT Enidine Showcasing Innovative Rotorcraft Solutions at Heli-Expo

ITT Enidine Showcasing Innovative Rotorcraft Solutions at Heli-Expo

ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) and its Enidine, Aerospace Controls and Matrix Composites brands will showcase its Lead Lag Damper Silicone along with their collective portfolio of highly engineered product solutions for the rotorcraft industry at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020, January 28-30, in Anaheim, California. Enidine’s rotorcraft solutions reduce noise and vibration, enabling a more comfortable passenger… Read more »

Source: ITT, 28-Jan-20

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EASA approves STC for Trakka TLX searchlight on EC135

EASA approves STC for Trakka TLX searchlight on EC135

ESG`s existing EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for High-Performance Searchlights was extended for Trakka Systems´ new High-Performance Search Light “TLX”. In Autumn 2019 ESG realized the successful delivery of the first modified helicopter to a German customer. The new “TLX” provides more light output at less electrical power and weight. The new design reduces maintenance… Read more »

Source: ESG, 28-Jan-20

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NHV Group and Tropical Arctic Logistics sign Strategic Teaming Agreement

NHV Group and Tropical Arctic Logistics sign Strategic Teaming Agreement

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services and Tropical Arctic Logistics Ltd (TAL), a Nigerian subsidiary of Baywood Integrated Group, specialized in logistics and flight services are pleased to announce that they have entered into a teaming agreement. The agreement is designed to allow both companies to jointly pursue strategic opportunities in Nigeria… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Jan-20

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Boost Human External Cargo Systems Introduces New HEC Products for Bell 206L & MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Introduces New HEC Products for Bell 206L & MD500

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), a global industry leader in the provision of the most advanced, fully-certified, Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems and services for the rescue, utility, public safety and defence sectors announces it now offers HEC systems for the Bell 206L and MD500 helicopter models. Boost Systems is exhibiting at… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 28-Jan-20

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