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HAI hires VP of Operations

HAI hires VP of Operations

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael J. Hertzendorf (US Army, Ret.) as vice president of operations. Hertzendorf will oversee HAI’s work for its members in flight operations, maintenance and technology, safety, and education. He will also work closely with HAI’s Government Affairs Department to ensure HAI members across the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Sep-20

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has received FAA certification to increase its MD 530F single engine helicopter’s internal max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) from 3,100 to 3,350 lb. This increase allows the MD 530F to support extended range, increased mission versatility, more time on target, and additional mission equipment options. “We’re pleased to provide our current… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Sep-20

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DRF – Lufthansa joint venture adds Airbus H135-H145 full flight simulator

DRF – Lufthansa joint venture adds Airbus H135-H145 full flight simulator

Ready for training: Lufthansa Aviation Training puts its first own helicopter simulator into service after receiving approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority. A new Level D full-flight simulator of the Airbus H145/135 type has joined the existing training fleet at the Frankfurt training location since August 27, 2020 and is available to customers for… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 01-Sep-20

Budget cut puts Sonoma County Bell 407 at risk

Budget cut puts Sonoma County Bell 407 at risk

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s helicopter rescue unit that just saved two Marin County firefighters trapped in the midst of the Woodward Fire last Friday night is at risk of being eliminated due to budget shortfalls. See Full Story. 

Source: CBSN Bay Area, 31-Aug-20

Utah DPS flights up, but budget remains flat

Utah DPS flights up, but budget remains flat

The Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau’s flight numbers are increasing, with most calls coming from sheriff’s department search and rescues. Despite the increase, the state legislature budget has roughly remained the same over the past five years. See Full Story.

31-Aug-20

Belgian aviation police chief moved to different role pending investigation

Belgian aviation police chief moved to different role pending investigation

Belgium’s aviation police chief has been moved to an administrative department following outrage over images of a policewoman apparently performing a Nazi salute as colleagues restrained an injured inmate who later died. See Full Story.

Source: Aviation Pros, 31-Aug-20

Island Express Helicopters sues ATC over Kobe Bryant accident

Island Express Helicopters sues ATC over Kobe Bryant accident

Island Express Helicopters, who operated the Sikorsky S76 in the accident that killed basketball player Kobe Bryant and eight others has filed a cross-complaint against two air traffic controllers, according to court records cited by USA Today.

Source: USA Today, 31-Aug-20

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helps launch Road Safety Week

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helps launch Road Safety Week

Bundaberg emergency services and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue have come together to drive home important safety messages, to launch Queensland Road Safety Week 2020. Queensland Police Service officers, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service personnel and Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics regularly work together with rescue helicopter crews to assist crash victims across the region. Today, they… Read more »

Source: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, 31-Aug-20

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Stornoway SAR team completes 1,000th tasking

Stornoway SAR team completes 1,000th tasking

HM Coastguard’s Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter team at Stornoway in the Western Isles completed their 1,000th tasking since 2013, with the recovery of a group of people stuck on coastal rocks in the Highlands. Captain Dan Lewis, senior first officer Marc Grant, winch operator James Lyne and winchman Andy Walker were called to the… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 31-Aug-20

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Heliservice working with Rega on AW169 service introduction

Heliservice working with Rega on AW169 service introduction

In the course of the preparations for a new all-weather capable Rescue Helicopter, the AW169-FIPS, the Swiss Rescue Operator Rega conducts different flight and navigation test this week with a AW169 of HeliService in Switzerland. On Monday, August 17th, 2020, pilots from Rega flew a Leonardo AW169 from the North Sea in Emden, Germany to… Read more »

Source: HeliService, 31-Aug-20

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Tasman Helicopters sold

Tasman Helicopters sold

GCH Aviation has again boosted its investment in tourism infrastructure with the purchase of Tasman Helicopters in Nelson. GCH Aviation Group Chief Executive, Andrew Currie says the purchase of Tasman Helicopters expands the group’s scenic and commercial aviation services across New Zealand and the Pacific, establishing it as one of New Zealand’s major tourism aviation… Read more »

Source: GCH Aviation, 31-Aug-20

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World First – Logistics supply to offshore rig by UAV

World First – Logistics supply to offshore rig by UAV

Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned, successfully demonstrated to Norwegian energy company Equinor the cargo delivery capability of its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) CAMCOPTER® S-100 to offshore platform Troll A. This is a world’s first in terms of full-scale offshore UAV delivery from shore to an active oil and gas installation. The exercise simulated the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 28-Aug-20

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MedForce Joins Metro Family

MedForce Joins Metro Family

MedForce Aeromedical Transport is the newest air medical service to join the Metro Family. Founded in 2000, the Quad City helicopter emergency service has provided transport in and around Eastern Iowa, West-Central Illinois, and portions of Northeast Missouri. Metro Aviation will provide aviation services for the program’s two bases located in Colona, Illinois and West… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Aug-20

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Euramec and GeoSim partner with unique Aerial Firefighting Simulation solution

Euramec and GeoSim partner with unique Aerial Firefighting Simulation solution

Euramec, the European flight simulation solution providers team up with Australia’s GeoSim to deliver Vulcan, a unique aerial firefighting simulation solution. “Development of the GeoSim Vulcan Firefighting Simulation solution was already well under way before these devastating wildfires in Australia in 2019,” Charles Du Plessis, MD GeoSim explained. “Our country is a on the frontline… Read more »

Source: Euramec, 27-Aug-20

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Russian Helicopters sign a contract for the development of modern shipborne helicopter

Russian Helicopters sign a contract for the development of modern shipborne helicopter

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostecstate corporation) has signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense for the development of a modern shipborne helicopter. A signing ceremony was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”, which is taking place in the Patriotic Park of Recreation and Leisure “Patriot” in the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Aug-20

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The Aviation Centre adds commercial licence to training offerings in Mallorca

The Aviation Centre adds commercial licence to training offerings in Mallorca

Already offering helicopter sightseeing, dining, trial lessons, and Private Pilot Licence (PPLH) training for the best part of a decade, The Aviation Centre is now fully approved to offer the complete Commercial Pilot Licence (CPLH) course here in Mallorca. It puts the company in a very select group of European flying schools who are able… Read more »

Source: The Aviation Centre, 27-Aug-20

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Rostec to deliver first Mi-26T2 to the Ministry of Emergency Situations

Rostec to deliver first Mi-26T2 to the Ministry of Emergency Situations

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec) and the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations agreed on the delivery of the first heavy Mi-26T2 helicopter to the department’s needs. The contract was signed during the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020. Mi-26T2 is an upgraded version of the Mi-26T heavy transport helicopter. It has received modern avionics, enabling… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Aug-20

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Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Ministry of Defense

Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Ministry of Defense

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defense for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters with a highly comfortable cabin. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020″, which is taking place in the Patriotic Park of Recreation and Leisure “Patriot”… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Aug-20

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Bell Delivers 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University

Bell Delivers 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Southern Utah University (SUU) for its existing fleet of helicopters used to conduct student training. “SUU has been a Bell customer for more than 20 years, and its Professional Pilot Aviation Program currently operates two Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 26-Aug-20

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IHSF Compiles Technology List Focused on Reducing Helicopter Accidents

IHSF Compiles Technology List Focused on Reducing Helicopter Accidents

In 2014, the European Safety Promotion Network Rotorcraft (ESPN-R) and the Netherlands Research Center (NLR) conducted a sweeping analysis of helicopter safety technologies and produced a report titled “The Potential of Technologies to Mitigate Helicopter Accident Factors”. This study analyzed 145 different safety technologies and created a matrix of these technologies integrated with Standard Problem… Read more »

Source: IHSF, 26-Aug-20

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GVH Aerospace secures contract with Heli-Union

GVH Aerospace secures contract with Heli-Union

GVH Aerospace’s sea tray product has been selected by Heli-Union for the French Navy’s interim naval helicopter program. The French Navy will lease 12 AS365 Dauphin helicopters to bridge the period between the withdrawal from service of the Alouette III helicopter and the arrival of the H160M Guépard helicopter. The GVH Aerospace sea tray product… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 25-Aug-20

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Russian Helicopters will present products at the Army-2020 forum

Russian Helicopters will present products at the Army-2020 forum

The Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will present a wide range of military helicopters at the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum, which will be held from 23 to 29 August in the Moscow Region. As part of the static exposition of the holding in the Patriot Park, the upgraded Mi-35P and Mi-35M… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Aug-20

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Rostec begins serial production of the updated Mi-35P

Rostec begins serial production of the updated Mi-35P

The Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec state corporation) has begun mass production of the updated Mi-35P combat helicopters at the Rostvertol enterprise. The first model of the helicopter completed the program of typical flight tests, confirming the declared flight performance and the correctness of the implemented design changes. Army-2020 Russian Helicopters Holding (part… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Aug-20

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Russian Helicopters presents its latest high-speed blade technology

Russian Helicopters presents its latest high-speed blade technology

The Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation), within the framework of the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum, presented a new-shaped all-composite helicopter blade that will increase the maximum speed of Mi-28 and Mi-35 combat helicopter. This blade possesses new elastic-mass and aerodynamic characteristics; it is manufactured using the technology of one-step molding in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Aug-20

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GrandView Aviation Earns Coveted Rank on Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Companies List

GrandView Aviation Earns Coveted Rank on Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Companies List

GrandView Aviation, Maryland’s largest private jet and helicopter charter operator, announced that it was named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 Inc. 5000 list, their third year on the list. According to Inc., companies on this year’s presitigious list produced an aggregate revenue of $209 billion in 2019. GrandView has defined its consistent reputation on the Inc…. Read more »

Source: GrandView Aviation, 25-Aug-20

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Shotover B1 camera system wins 2020 NZ Hi-Tech award

Shotover B1 camera system wins 2020 NZ Hi-Tech award

Serko was the big winner at the 2020 Hi-Tech Awards tonight, claiming the PwC Hi-Tech Company of the Year category. For the first time ever the Awards gathering took place virtually with a huge audience coming together remotely via a livestream to celebrate the successes of New Zealand hitech companies across 14 categories. In selecting… Read more »

Source: SHOTOVER, 25-Aug-20

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DRF Luftrettung warns of danger from drones

DRF Luftrettung warns of danger from drones

Completely unexpectedly a few days ago a drone approached the intensive care transport helicopter (ITH) “Christoph 54” of the DRF air rescue at the airfield in Freiburg shortly after its take-off. The DRF pilot did not have to evade on her mission flight to Lörrach, but the unmanned flight system suddenly got in her way… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 25-Aug-20

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European Rotors event to feature fire fighting training

European Rotors event to feature fire fighting training

Forest fires are no longer private issue of southern Europe. Climate change and the increasing awareness of the general public about the economic and social value of nature have brought forest fires to headlines in all the continent. In 2019, forest fires caused the burning of an area of 174.924 hectares in Europe, and the… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 24-Aug-20

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New 5 seat helicopter will turn private flying on its head

New 5 seat helicopter will turn private flying on its head

British engineer Jason Hill has been flying helicopters for nearly 20 years, and has more recently been developing a five-seat three-blade turbine helicopter that will not be “just another new helicopter”. Instead, he is aiming to disrupt the helicopter industry at least as much as Elon Musk has disrupted the car industry with his Tesla… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Aug-20

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Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Changes coming for heliport at Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport Company Limited (CAM) launched the kick-off meeting for the design phase of the Terminal 2 and Heliport of Macau International Airport (MIA) on 18 Aug 2020, marking a significant milestone for the Pac On project. The current designed passenger capacity of MIA is about 7.8 million. In 2019, the annual passenger volume… Read more »

Source: Macau International Airport, 24-Aug-20

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Kaman appoints new President & CEO

Kaman appoints new President & CEO

Kaman Corporation (the “Company”) announced the retirement of Neal J. Keating as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and the appointment of Ian K. Walsh as the incoming CEO. This announcement represents the culmination of a multi-year initiative by the Board of Directors to support a smooth transition to new leadership while maintaining… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 24-Aug-20

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FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

FAA to test airport drone detection and mitigation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announce that it plans to evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft. The effort will be part of the agency’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program. The FAA plans to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies or… Read more »

Source: FAA, 24-Aug-20

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Urban Aeronautics to develop CityHawk VTOL for EMS applications

Urban Aeronautics to develop CityHawk VTOL for EMS applications

Urban Aeronautics Ltd., a leader in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with U.S.-based Hatzolah Air to help Urban Aeronautics to develop, produce, and market its CityHawk aircraft for emergency medical service (EMS) applications, company executives announced. CityHawk is a revolutionary VTOL with a uniquely compact footprint and… Read more »

Source: Urban Aeronautics, 24-Aug-20

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Air Methods to open new base in Borrego Springs

Air Methods to open new base in Borrego Springs

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., and Borrego Health, one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers, announced opening of a new Mercy Air base at the Borrego Medical Clinic in Borrego Springs, California on September 1st. The base will support the care and transportation of critically ill and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 24-Aug-20

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EHang Joins International Project to Develop Air Ambulance

EHang Joins International Project to Develop Air Ambulance

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has been selected to join Ambular, an international project endeavoring to develop a flying ambulance for medical emergency use. Supported by the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”), the project also seeks to inspire… Read more »

Source: EHang, 24-Aug-20

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Practical tool for helicopter pilots takes off after three-year study

Practical tool for helicopter pilots takes off after three-year study

A new system designed to recognise the non-technical skills required by the helicopter pilots flying search and rescue missions and those who fly workers to offshore installations, has been developed by the University of Aberdeen. The HeliNOTS system outlines the non-technical skills (NTS) recognised as vital to the role of these specialised pilots. Non-technical skills… Read more »

Source: University of Aberdeen, 24-Aug-20

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Leonardo strengthens helicopter support services in South Africa

Leonardo strengthens helicopter support services in South Africa

Leonardo is strengthening the level of support and maintenance services offered to its customer base in South Africa with a new service centre following the recent acquisition of Precision Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd. This is located at Wonderboom Airport – Pretoria and comprises 2275 m2 of floor space, 450 m2 of workshop and store, and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Aug-20

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MySky and Satcom Direct form strategic alliance

MySky and Satcom Direct form strategic alliance

MySky, the only AI-powered spend management platform designed for the private aviation industry, and Satcom Direct (SD), the business aviation solutions provider, today announced a strategic alliance enabling seamless access to real-time data for private aviation. Subscribers to MySky and SD will greatly benefit from an all-encompassing approach to aircraft management that combines operational and… Read more »

Source: Satcom Direct, 24-Aug-20

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Van Nuys Airport Association Adds Helinet CEO to Board of Directors

Van Nuys Airport Association Adds Helinet CEO to Board of Directors

The Van Nuys Airport Association (VNAA), a non-profit tenant membership organization, has announced the appointment of its new board of directors, including Helinet CEO Kathryn Purwin. Committed to advancing aviation and economic growth, Purwin joins the 15-member leadership team that will oversee strategic development efforts and community partnerships at one of the world’s busiest general… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 24-Aug-20

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French H225M refuels from Airbus A400M for first time

French H225M refuels from Airbus A400M for first time

[electronic translation] On July 22, 2020, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and Airbus Helicopters carried out the first refueling test flight with fuel transfer between an A400M Atlas transport aircraft and a Caracal helicopter. Until then, only “dry” in-flight contact tests had been carried out in order to assess the aerodynamic behavior of the… Read more »

Source: DGA, 21-Aug-20

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GPMS launches subscription-model HUMS

GPMS launches subscription-model HUMS

This month, GPMS was awarded an STC for its Foresight MX HUMS adapted for the AS350 AStar helicopter platform. As part of this product release we’re also going public with our pricing — an industry-first HUMS-as-a-Service model. What does “HUMS-as-a-Service” mean? Fundamentally, it means that we’ll be offering Foresight MX on what in other industries has been… Read more »

Source: GPMS, 21-Aug-20

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Sweet Helicopters Announces New FlightPlan Program

Sweet Helicopters Announces New FlightPlan Program

Sweet Helicopters, a helicopter charter service company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has launched a membership program called FlightPlanTM that will allow clients to purchase prepaid packages of flight-hour credits at a discounted rate to be used at the clients’ discretion. “We are seeing an increased demand for personal, private air-charter travel. Corporate travel is… Read more »

Source: Sweet Helicopters, 21-Aug-20

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Heli-Trading Network announces fleet management contract with Air Methods

Heli-Trading Network announces fleet management contract with Air Methods

Heli-Trading Network (HTN), a Salus Aviation company, has announced an agreement with Air Methods Corporation (AMC) to provide Fleet Management for the air medical service provider. The agreement, which will be facilitated through HTN’s Boulder City facility, positions the company as AMC’s preferred provider of Fleet Management services which include assessment, refurbishment and divestment of… Read more »

Source: Salus Aviation, 21-Aug-20

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Airbus delivers first of 16 H125s to US Customs and Border Protection

Airbus delivers first of 16 H125s to US Customs and Border Protection

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (AHI) has delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO collaborated with AHI as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, high-tech law enforcement helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Aug-20

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Preparations underway for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans

Preparations underway for HAI Heli-Expo 2021 in New Orleans

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans is still about seven months away, but that doesn’t mean that preparations for the world’s largest civil helicopter show and exhibition are lagging. The first stage of the show floor lottery closed in July, and over 300 companies — including most of the major OEMs — have already booked… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Aug-20

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Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products partner on isolation units

Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products partner on isolation units

Due to COVID-19, there has been an increased request for isolation units. Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products have partnered to support that demand and offer a safe solution for transporting infected patients amid the global pandemic. Spectrum Aeromed will be a distributor of ISOVAC Products’ Containment and Protection System Utilizing Life Support (CAPSULS™) Patient Isolation… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 21-Aug-20

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Saudi operator orders ten Airbus H125s

Saudi operator orders ten Airbus H125s

The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, today announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters. The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demand… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Aug-20

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Noise complaints may force Gold Coast Helitours to close after 30 years

Noise complaints may force Gold Coast Helitours to close after 30 years

A long-running Gold Coast helicopter joy flight business is facing closure after noise complaints prompted the city council to issue a show-cause notice. See Full Story.

Source: ABC News, 20-Aug-20

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Blade launches NYC-Hamptons September commuter pass

Blade launches NYC-Hamptons September commuter pass

Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean summer homes are about to empty out the way they usually do. Instead, many people who moved out to the Hamptons as the pandemic spread through New York City are planning on staying in the East End. And that, per Simon McLaren, spokesperson for… Read more »

Source: Business Insider, 20-Aug-20

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Peru selling its three Mi-26s

Peru selling its three Mi-26s

A traditional aircraft customer from the former Soviet Union, Peru has a wide range of Russian and Ukrainian models in its military forces. See Full Story.

Source: AIRWAY, 20-Aug-20

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Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

POSCO said Thursday it has set up a medical evacuation system to transport victims of industrial accidents at its mills by helicopter to large hospitals. See Full Story.   

Source: The Korean Times, 20-Aug-20

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University of Mississippi changes provider for AirCare program

University of Mississippi changes provider for AirCare program

AirCare, the University of Mississippi Medical Center program using the state’s most advanced medical helicopter transports, made its maiden flight in February 1996 and has since served almost 30,000 patients from all corners of Mississippi and flown more than a million miles. A cornerstone of health care at UMMC, AirCare has recently established a new,… Read more »

Source: University of Mississippi Medical Center, 20-Aug-20

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The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel released a new informational guide

The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel released a new informational guide

The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) released a new informational guide detailing how industry leaders can incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into their operations and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new guide, titled, Fueling the Future, serves as an educational and informational resource… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 20-Aug-20

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USHST Supports Safety System of Human Performance Improvement

USHST Supports Safety System of Human Performance Improvement

Members of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team have completed their collaboration with safety experts within the HAI Utilities, Patrol and Construction (UPAC) Working Group to revise the UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators. A key section added to the revision focuses on the safety system of Human Performance Improvement (HPI). This is an approach that… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Aug-20

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EASA picks Dart Aerospace to research new helicopter float system

EASA picks Dart Aerospace to research new helicopter float system

DART Aerospace has been chosen by EASA to conduct vital safety research for new helicopter float system designs. The European Commission delegated €1,475,000 from its Horizon 2020 funds for DART Aerospace to research potential float designs mounted higher on the helicopter than the current skid and lower fuselage float designs used around the world. The… Read more »

Source: Dart, 19-Aug-20

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EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Holdings Limited, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced the latest progress of implementing a trial UAM operation in Austria’s third largest city of Linz, the first of its kind in Europe, under its UAM pilot city partnership with Linz AG. At the recent global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Virtual… Read more »

Source: EHang, 19-Aug-20

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Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

SiriusXM® and Bell, a leading manufacturer of helicopters and a pioneer in the advancement of aviation technology, announced today that Bell will become the first helicopter OEM to provide its customers with a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered aviation weather, information, and audio programming services with the purchase of a new rotor wing aircraft. A… Read more »

Source: SiriusXM, 19-Aug-20

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Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification / Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC/PMA) on its updated composite mainrotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades contain different carbon fiber ply counts and orientations than the original VHA 206B main rotor blades. This… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 19-Aug-20

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Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

Women in Aviation International’s 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will deliver a free, year-round experience for girls ages 8-17 around the world through the launch of a new Aviation for Girls (AFG) App, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Available to all interested in aviation/aerospace and STEM, the AFG App is the tool… Read more »

Source: WAI, 19-Aug-20

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Bell unveils new Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

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MD overhauls CoxHealth MD902

MD overhauls CoxHealth MD902

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) completed a 5,000-hour airframe overhaul, multiple inspections, repairs, and modifications on an MD 902 Explorer for Missouri-based CoxHealth. In partnership with Air Methods Corporation, CoxHealth operates Cox Air Care with two MD 902 Explorers. Cox Air Care provides vital helicopter air ambulance (HAA) service throughout southwest Missouri and parts of northwest… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Aug-20

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THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

Elbit Systems’ THOR, a multi-rotor Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) mini Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), successfully completed a series of environmental qualification tests ahead of the delivery of more than a thousand of units to an army in Southeast Asia. As announced on October 6, 2019, the Company was awarded a $153 million contract to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 18-Aug-20

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Ceuta HP implements falconry service

Ceuta HP implements falconry service

[electronic translation] The Ceuta Heliport and the Port Authority have implemented a falconry service to improve the safety of air operations in the face of the proliferation of seagulls in the landing and take-off area (FATO), to make the sustained increase in traffic sustainable and avoid interference with The natural environment. The measure has been… Read more »

Source: AENA, 18-Aug-20

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EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced the latest progress of implementing a trial UAM operation in Austria’s third largest city of Linz, the first of its kind in Europe, under its UAM pilot city partnership with Linz AG. At the recent… Read more »

Source: EHang, 18-Aug-20

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Mercy Air opens new California base

Mercy Air opens new California base

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that its subsidiary, Mercy Air, has opened a new base in Paso Robles, Calif., to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding area. Other California cities that will be served by the base include San Luis Obispo, Templeton, King City, Cambria,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

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Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., and the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, announced that they have renewed their long-standing relationship with Airlift Northwest the premier emergency air medical service in the Pacific Northwest. Air Methods and UW Medicine have been collaborating to serve communities in the region since… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

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AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM has found a new address to call home at 907 Ethel Street, between Bay and Crowley Ave. As a result of continued growth and AEM’s expanded capabilities in the research, development and manufacture of specialty aviation solutions, the 11 year old avionics company has outgrown their facility at 1925 Kirschner Road and have unveiled… Read more »

Source: AEM, 14-Aug-20

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Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of its 37th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate Category, while the team from Delft University of Technology took first place in the Undergraduate Category along with Best New Entrant honors. Leonardo Helicopters was sponsor of this year’s competition with… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 14-Aug-20

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Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

The Guardian of the North II will be based at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) base near Eaglescliffe, Stockton. The £5m aircraft will work across the charity’s entire area which includes Cumbria and North Yorkshire as well as the North East. The £5m Dauphin N3+ helicopter is the newer version of the charity’s… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

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Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

The Western Australian Police Force has ordered one H145 helicopter to enhance police operations in Western Australia, making it the first Australian customer to operate the five bladed H145. Purchased to replace its BK117 helicopter, and to operate alongside the AS365 N3+, this state-of-the-art H145 offers a full range of capabilities for the WA Police… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Aug-20

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Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong Enterprises announced that the company completed the conversion of an Eagle Copter 407 HP from a VIP transport aircraft to a firefighting aircraft for Helicopter Express. “The Eagle 407 HP is a very versatile aircraft, “ said Wysong Enterprises Sales Manager Paul Schreuder. “Because of its versatility, it was easy to convert the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 14-Aug-20

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Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell has proven its engineering and design prowess with the development of its V-280 Valor and Bell 360 Invictus aircraft, both of which have been down selected for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program – namely the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs respectively. There’s little doubt that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Aug-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has achieved another first in the UK by further improving specialist, lifesaving equipment on-board their aircraft to assist NHS specialist transport teams during flights. The national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

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.

Source: AAIB, 13-Aug-20

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Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

As with all manufacturers, Leonardo have a continuing development program for each model in their line-up.  In the last few years we have seen the AW109S Trekker with skids, the AW139 gross weight increase, the AW189K with its Safran Aneto-1K engine and so on. Now the Italian-based manufacturer is test flying its first visible development… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-20

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