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RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

Offshore union RMT repeats call for public inquiry into helicopter safety on 10th anniversary of Super Puma disaster Offshore union RMT today repeated the call for a full public inquiry into helicopter safety in the North Sea as workers from across the industry mark the anniversary of the Super Puma tragedy that alerted the nation… Read more »

Source: RMT, 10-Apr-19

WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

A generous $50,000 gift from The Boeing Company, in addition to several donations from individual WAI members, during the recent 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, has helped the organization to reach its goal of $1 million in its Endowment Fund. The fund enables WAI to expand the 2020 scholarship… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 10-Apr-19

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Full Flight Simulator upgraded

Full Flight Simulator upgraded

The Full Flight Simulator (FFS) of Airbus Helicopters in Helisim (France) has been upgraded with the latest step 3 Helionix version delivered on new H175 aircraft. In addition to the improved similarity with the aircraft real life situations, this update includes new mission capabilities: • AFCS SAR (Search And Rescue) modes allowing to perform SAR… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

Helibras and Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro sign letter of intent

Helibras and Fire Department of Rio de Janeiro sign letter of intent

Helibras and the Fire Department of the State of Rio de Janeiro today signed a letter of intent to purchase four H125 helicopters. The aircraft will be operated by the Air Operations Group (GOA) for civil defense missions, rescue and aeromedical transportation. Jean-Luc Alfonsi, Helibras Vice President of Business and Services, says that the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 10-Apr-19

Air Methods Celebrates StarCare Base’s 30th Anniversary

Air Methods Celebrates StarCare Base’s 30th Anniversary

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its StarCare base on April 13 at 1:30 p.m. CT at Silverhawk Aviation in Lincoln. A special reception will be held there to honor the clinicians, crew and other staff who have been a part of the base’s history. StarCare is… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Apr-19

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

The Vertical Flight Society announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, during the Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Mr. Benjamin León of Georgia Institute of Technology was selected as… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 10-Apr-19

The Mi-171 with the VK-2500-03 engine certified in China

The Mi-171 with the VK-2500-03 engine certified in China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China issued a national type certificate for the Mi-171 helicopter with VK-2500-03 engines. The decision of the Chinese authorities gives Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) an opportunity to supply machines of this type to China. “China has about 20 civilian Mi-8/17 helicopters, and we had previously… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

New Manila Ride-Sharing Flights

New Manila Ride-Sharing Flights

Ascent Urban Air Mobility, a tech start-up, has begun offering ride-sharing via helicopters in Metro Manila. Seats can be booked via their website and can fly anywhere from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to the central business districts of Makati. INAEC Aviation Corporation will be providing the helicopter services, reports ABS-CBN News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-19

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Altitude Air new Helicopter arrives

Altitude Air new Helicopter arrives

A private helicopter operator, Altitude Air has received its brand new H125 (AS350 B3e) series Airbus Helicopter. The helicopter arrived on 3rd April at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for commercial operation. The chopper manufactured by Airbus Helicopter Company with call sign ‘9N-AMX’ landed day-before yesterday at TIA at around 4 PM. The chopper under command… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 08-Apr-19

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Carlyle Group Completes Purchase of StandardAero

Carlyle Group Completes Purchase of StandardAero

Global investment firm The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) announced that it has closed its purchase of StandardAero from Veritas Capital. StandardAero is a global provider of repair and maintenance services to the aviation industry. “StandardAero has established itself as one of the true leaders in the MRO industry,” said Adam J. Palmer, Managing Director and… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Apr-19

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Elbit Systems Signs Definitive Agreement

Elbit Systems Signs Definitive Agreement

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), has signed a definitive agreement with Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) (“Harris”) for the acquisition of Harris’ Night Vision business (“Harris Night Vision”) for a purchase price of $350 million. The transaction is… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 08-Apr-19

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Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

Leonardo, the owner of PZL-Świdnik, the Group’s main industrial pillar in Poland, announced that its UK subsidiary Leonardo MW Ltd has signed an Offset Agreement, valued at approx. 400 mln PLN (90 mln EUR), with the Polish Ministry of National Defence. The signing of the Offset Agreement precedes a contract for the supply of AW101… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Apr-19

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SHOTOVER Launches Ultra-Compact B1 Gyro-Stabilized Camera System

SHOTOVER Launches Ultra-Compact B1 Gyro-Stabilized Camera System

SHOTOVER, a developer of high-performance aerial stabilization platforms, announced today the unveiling of the SHOTOVER B1 camera system at NAB Show in Las Vegas. The system will be showcased on the two-seat, lightweight Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter that is owned by Carbonflight, and managed and operated by Anthelion Helicopters. Designed to meet the needs of… Read more »

Source: SHOTOVER, 08-Apr-19

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Turkish Aerospace will demonstrate T129 at LAAD 2019

Turkish Aerospace will demonstrate T129 at LAAD 2019

Turkish Aerospace Industries will participate in the LAAD / Brazil Defense and Security Exhibition, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro between April 2-5, 2019, as the largest defense industry fair in South America T129 will demonstrate the performance and characteristics of ATAK helicopter. The T129 ATAK helicopter produced by TAI and made its… Read more »

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 08-Apr-19

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AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading air medical transport company, has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Seven Bar Aviation, LLC, a privately-held air medical operator offering fixed and rotor wing services to a broad array of leading healthcare organizations throughout the nation. SevenBar Aviation will closely align with Med-Trans Corporation and the transaction… Read more »

Source: Air Medical Group Holdings, 08-Apr-19

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DRF Luftrettung opens doors for local partners

DRF Luftrettung opens doors for local partners

DRF Luftrettung opened the doors of its headquarters in Filderstadt to guests of local companies and associations from the fields of business, medicine and politics. The event provided an opportunity for those present to take a deeper look at the organization’s charitable work. The partner companies Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA and Autohaus Feuerbacher GmbH… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 08-Apr-19

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Hensoldt launches a flight data recorder for light helicopters

Hensoldt launches a flight data recorder for light helicopters

Hensoldt, the leading independent sensor house, is launching a new flight data recorder, which combines the latest sensor technologies in an extremely compact design so that flight, video and audio data can be recorded. Thanks to its extremely reduced weight, dimensions and energy consumption, it is for the first time possible to equip light aircraft… Read more »

Source: Hensoldt, 08-Apr-19

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HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation, the very successful British helicopter training school and maintenance centre has expanded its list of approvals through its appointment as a Rolls-Royce RR300 Authorized Service Center.  Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce today at Heli-Expo 2019 officially confirmed HQ Aviation has joined the RR300 Service Center network, which offers global, approved maintenance support to RR300 powered Robinson R66… Read more »

Source: HQ Aviation, 08-Apr-19

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New Director of Maintenance at Sundance Helicopters

New Director of Maintenance at Sundance Helicopters

Sundance Helicopters, Inc., the highest-rated experiential tour company in Las Vegas, has promoted Ricardo Dowdy II as the new Director of Maintenance. In his new role, Dowdy will directly supervise employees in the maintenance, compliance and logistics departments. “Ricardo’s work ethic, maintenance knowledge and leadership skills made this decision to promote him an easy one,”… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 05-Apr-19

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AeroBase receives AS9120 Rev B certification

AeroBase receives AS9120 Rev B certification

AeroBase Group, Inc. an aircraft and defense part distributor located in the Melbourne area has recently received a prestigious certification, the AS9120 Rev B. This certification is based on a standard developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is better known as, “Quality Management Systems – Requirements for Aviation, Space, and Defense Distributors”…. Read more »

Source: AeroBase Group, 05-Apr-19

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NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

The NHV Group announced a new long-term contract with Premier Oil to provide helicopter services to their North Sea assets. Daily flights with the H175 will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen for a period of 5 years. To further optimize its service, NHV will add another brand new H175 to its fleet in Aberdeen…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 05-Apr-19

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VFS Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 28 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. “As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to provide a record number of scholarships this… Read more »

Source: VFS, 05-Apr-19

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NHV gains 12th H175

NHV gains 12th H175

The NHV Group today announced that it has taken delivery of its 12th H175 super-medium twin helicopter. The aircraft with registration OY-HVR was added to NHV’s base in Esbjerg, where the company now operates 6 helicopters of the same model in support of its clients’ offshore North Sea Operations. The event underlines the Group’s strategy… Read more »

Source: NHV, 04-Apr-19

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VFS Announces Group Recipients

VFS Announces Group Recipients

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the group recipients of its prestigious awards program for 2019. Since its establishment in 1944, the Society’s awards program has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet… Read more »

Source: VFS, 04-Apr-19

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Kaman Receives Bell AH-1Z Blade Skin to Core Award

Kaman Receives Bell AH-1Z Blade Skin to Core Award

Kaman Composites Wichita (KCW) a division of Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), announced that it has been awarded the manufacture, and supply of composite skin to core assembly structural components for the Bell AH-1Z’s helicopter blades. “This award further exemplifies Bell’s confidence in Kaman Composites Wichita as a leading aerospace composite structures supplier. We are proud that… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 03-Apr-19

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Australian Defence Force Issues Final Acceptance of Kratos Training

Australian Defence Force Issues Final Acceptance of Kratos Training

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that the Australian Defence Force has completed all evaluation testing of Kratos’ CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainer (CAT). The CAT is part of a $9.4 million contract by Boeing Defence Australia Limited in support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF)… Read more »

Source: Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, 03-Apr-19

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Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) with the entry into service of two Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters as the first step in a renewal of the agency’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft are replacing two of the ICG’s three existing Airbus AS332L1 Super Pumas, the first of which entered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Apr-19

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HAI President – Are We Prepared for Change After 70 Years?

HAI President – Are We Prepared for Change After 70 Years?

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has been going strong for 70 years, representing the international helicopter community and its efforts to build a safe, sustainable industry. HAI remains focused on its primary mission: to support our members so they can “keep the rotors turning.” We do this by advocating against overburdensome regulations and legislation, and by… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Apr-19

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Airbus and Helibras arrive in Rio for LAAD 2019

Airbus and Helibras arrive in Rio for LAAD 2019

Between 2-5 April, at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Airbus will display key products and technologies from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters in one of Latin America’s most important trade shows – LAAD Defence & Security. Spanning civil and defense transport aircraft, security and surveillance solutions, as well as space satellite systems, Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Apr-19

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VFS Awards Announces Individual Recipients

VFS Awards Announces Individual Recipients

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the individual recipients of its prestigious awards program for 2019. Since its establishment in 1944, the Society’s awards program has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Banquet… Read more »

Source: VFS, 03-Apr-19

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Airbus becomes first helicopter manufacturer to digitise paper logcards

Airbus becomes first helicopter manufacturer to digitise paper logcards

Airbus Helicopters becomes the first helicopter manufacturer on the market to transform paper-based logcards into easy-to-use digital data. The new Digital LogCard service was announced during HAI Heli-Expo 2019, with the CHC Helicopter’s newest H175 to become the first Airbus helicopter to benefit fully from this new service. The advantages of Digital LogCard are numerous:… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Apr-19

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Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

Early bird registration is now open for the annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit, one of the premier aviation safety conferences in the industry. From April 1 through May 31, interested delegates will have the opportunity to register at a discounted early bird rate of $1085 (USD). After May 31, the regular price for registration… Read more »

Source: CHC, 02-Apr-19

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Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar Aviation Services, a leading regional offshore helicopter transportation services provider, and Leonardo signed a contract – valued at around 50 million euros – for three new-generation AW169 and two AW139 helicopters for offshore operations in West Africa and the Middle East. The contract signing ceremony was held today at the Langkawi International Maritime and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Apr-19

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Unique Flying Banana begins Restoration

Unique Flying Banana begins Restoration

Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare have started work on a new major restoration project, a Piasecki H-21 “Flying Banana” tandem-rotor helicopter originally built in Philadelphia in 1956 and recovered in 2016 from a college in France after a long career with the French Army Air Force. The world’s first tandem rotor helicopter to… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 02-Apr-19

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JETNET Launches New API Product

JETNET Launches New API Product

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of aviation market information, has launched a new application program interface, or API, dubbed JETNET API, to allow their users to build their own custom data solutions and applications. Subscribers can also contract with JETNET to provide custom applications to their specifications. JETNET API is a flexible interface allowing users… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 02-Apr-19

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H135 equipped with the Heliconics to Mainichi Shimbun

H135 equipped with the Heliconics to Mainichi Shimbun

Airbus Helicopters Japan Co., Ltd. has handed over the H135 equipped with the Heliconics to Mainichi Shimbun. To commemorate this, a new coverage helicopter safety prayer festival and a naming ceremony were held on the 28th in the daily newspaper company Haneda Hangar. The aircraft will be added to three EC135 (now H135) aircraft owned… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Apr-19

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Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Blue Sky Network (BSN) announced its participation in the 16th edition of the Aerial Firefighting (AFF) Europe exhibition and continued its commitment to the industry with new offerings. This marks the satellite tracking innovator’s first time exhibiting at AFF Europe. For more than a decade, BSN has provided tracking, communications, and fleet management solutions for… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 02-Apr-19

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Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

The new Jetcopter urban VTOL air taxi will be shown for the first time at the AERO 2019 general aviation trade exhibition, from April 10 until 13 in Friedrichshafen in Germany. The five-seat VTOL Jetcopter currently is the most powerful urban VTOL air taxi under development. EASA The new Jetcopter will meet all EASA requirements… Read more »

Source: Jetcopter, 01-Apr-19

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AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value £145m in six months

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value  £145m in six months

The Leonardo AW159 helicopter — dubbed the Wildcat by the Royal Navy — has helped HMS Dragon and 815 Naval Air Squadron net eight drug busts since last September, and U.K. authorities say the stashes of heroin, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine recovered mark a record for the Royal Navy. On March 17, HMS Dragon, a… Read more »

Source: UK Royal Navy, 01-Apr-19

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HAI Applauds House Committee Vote on HR 1108

HAI Applauds House Committee Vote on HR 1108

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing HR 1108. HR 1108, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019, would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to draw from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) in the event of a government shutdown. The legislation is designed to provide a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Apr-19

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UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

Survitec has secured a three-year contract extension with oil and gas services provider, Petrofac, to supply aviation immersion suits and lifejackets for personnel making helicopter transits to offshore oil platforms from Norwich Airport in the UK. Jill Florence, Contract Service Delivery Manager, Survitec, said: “For the past three years, Survitec has worked with Petrofac providing… Read more »

Source: Survitec Group, 01-Apr-19

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AeroComputers announces an agreement with ACSE GmbH

AeroComputers announces an agreement with ACSE GmbH

AeroComputers, Inc. the industry leader in providing tactical mission management systems for airborne applications that integrate the best in map data, and overlay of map data on live gimbal video (augmented reality) is pleased to announce an agreement with ACSE GmbH to provide sales and service for European customers. ACSE GmbH is based in Munich… Read more »

Source: AeroComputers, 01-Apr-19

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Helicentre Aviation to Host Bristow Careers Days

Helicentre Aviation to Host Bristow Careers Days

Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced it will be hosting Bristow Helicopters’ Careers Days on 16th and 17th April 2019 at its Midlands-based training facility in Leicester. The joint initiative will bring together experienced and newly qualified industry professionals seeking a career path into Oil and Gas or Search and Rescue, with those responsible for pilot… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 01-Apr-19

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Call For Papers Deadline April 1 2019 – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

Call For Papers Deadline April 1 2019 – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

Time is running out to submit a presentation for consideration for the 15th annual Summit will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel October 1-3. This year’s theme is “Shining a Light on Safety: Are We Looking in the Right Places?” Potential speakers will have until April 1, 2019 to submit entries to lead one or more of… Read more »

Source: CHC, 01-Apr-19

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Helibras delivers ACH130 to client of Santa Catarina

Helibras delivers ACH130 to client of Santa Catarina

[electronic translation] Helibras delivered an ACH130 model helicopter to a customer in the state of Santa Catarina. The aircraft in VIP configuration is the eighth of this category delivered in the state and will be used for private transportation. Helibras is the market leader in Santa Catarina, with more than 50% of the fleet in operation…. Read more »

Source: Helibras, 01-Apr-19

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Spectrum Aeromed Acquired by Heartland Equity Partners

Spectrum Aeromed Acquired by Heartland Equity Partners

Heartland Equity Partners announced that it has partnered with the leadership team of Spectrum Aeromed to acquire the company, which headquarters out of Fargo, ND. The 28-year-old company designs and manufactures customized air ambulance equipment for fixed and rotary wing aircraft all over the world. “The entire team at Spectrum Aeromed is excited about Heartland’s… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-Apr-19

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Latitude Technologies Debuts Ultra-Light, Ultra-Slim Touch Display

Latitude Technologies Debuts Ultra-Light, Ultra-Slim Touch Display

Latitude Technologies, a premier global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and satcom solutions, launches their ultra light, ultra slim Touch Control Display Unit (TCDU) at the 2019 AEA International Convention & Trade Show. Featuring a fully-customizable and high resolution display, the Latitude TCDU seamlessly supports a range of fixed and rotary wing applications. When paired… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 01-Apr-19

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MAG Aerospace acquires Encore Helicopter Maintenance

MAG Aerospace acquires Encore Helicopter Maintenance

MAG Aerospace (MAG) has acquired two Australia-based entities; Encore Aviation and Encore Helicopter Maintenance (“Encore Aviation”). Encore Aviation is a leading maintenance organisation supporting General Aviation in Australia and provides home base and deployed engineering and maintenance services to a wide variety of fixed and rotary wing aviation organisations including those contracted to the National… Read more »

Source: MAG Aerospace, 01-Apr-19

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CCAD completes 10,000 th T700 engine overhaul

CCAD completes 10,000 th T700 engine overhaul

Corpus Christi Army Depot leaders, staff and industry partners took part in a ceremony celebrating CCAD’s engine milestone completion, here, March 14. The ceremony marked CCAD’s success in servicing 10,000 T700 engines, which were first inducted into the depot in 2001 after partnering with General Electric Aviation in 2000. The milestone is based on the… Read more »

Source: CCAD, 01-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters participates in LIMA 2019

Russian Helicopters participates in LIMA 2019

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (a part of Rostec State Corporation) will participate in the fifteenth International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition LIMA – 2019 that will take place from 26 through 30 March, on Langkawi, Malaysia. The key exhibits on the Holding Company’s stand will be Mi-171A2 and Ansat civil helicopters that participated in a unique… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Apr-19

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Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

Korea and Malaysia add firefighting AW189s

With deliveries across Asia Pacific the Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter is becoming the leader in the firefighting market. The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and Korea’s Seoul Fire Department are beginning operations with their AW189s and will soon be followed by the Tokyo Fire Department. Asia Pacific is the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Apr-19

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FAA plans overhaul of aircraft design oversight

FAA plans overhaul of aircraft design oversight

The FAA has had to plan a revamp of oversight of aircraft manufacturing. This comes after the US Transportation Department’s inspector general commented that their department found several years’ worth of oversight process weaknesses. Concern was raised after the crash in Ethiopia which resulted in the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts. A committee… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-19

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Blade expanding to San Francisco

Blade expanding to San Francisco

Blade has recently extended their range of service to a special 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. These lucky few are able to book helicopters, seaplanes as well as private jets through their mobile app. They are trying to target travellers who would normally sit in traffic in major cities, reports Tech Crunch.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Mar-19

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VFS EuroTec Receives FAA Validation for EC130 TrueBlue Main Ship Battery STC

VFS EuroTec Receives FAA Validation for EC130 TrueBlue Main Ship Battery STC

Helicopter operators flying popular EC130/H130 series aircraft now have further access to the newest technology in main battery solutions. Vertical Flight Solutions by EuroTec has received validation of its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its kit incorporating True Blue Power’s TB17 (17 amp-hour) Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into Airbus… Read more »

Source: VFS EuroTec, 28-Mar-19

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Coptersafety appoints a new full-time flight instructor

Coptersafety appoints a new full-time flight instructor

Donatelli Gerardo has become one of Coptersafety’s full-time flight instructors. He has an extensive career as a military, HEMS, Offshore, and SAR pilot. Moreover, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences from the Federico II University in Naples. Donatelli has had a long pilot career. For the past 22 years, Gerardo has flown different… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 28-Mar-19

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2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Student Grant Opportunities

2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Student Grant Opportunities

CHC Helicopter and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, announced today the opportunity for aviation students to apply for two grants to attend the 2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas this October. This partnership will support students with fully funded travel and entrance to both the renowned industry safety event and one of the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 28-Mar-19

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Leonardo to set up production line in Algeria

Leonardo to set up production line in Algeria

Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence announced  the establishment of a joint venture for the local assembly, sale and support of Leonardo helicopters for various applications. The joint venture (with a 51% share owned by the Ministry of National Defence and 49% owned by Leonardo) will be headquartered in a brand new industrial… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Mar-19

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Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

Bell 525 engine receives certification from FAA

The Bell 525 program has accumulated more than 1,000 flight hours and over 1,350 hours of total turn time. The FAA joined the Bell 525 flight test team in November 2018 and is now actively involved in certification flight testing in Yellowknife, Canada and the recent completion of snow testing certification in Rome, New York…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 28-Mar-19

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FlightSafety to increase courses approved by US Dept Veterans Affairs

FlightSafety to increase courses approved by US Dept Veterans Affairs

FlightSafety International increases its support for veterans with a broad range of VA approved courses. FlightSafety now offers more than 259 courses approved for education benefits by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, at 12 Learning Centers in the United States. FlightSafety continues to work with Veterans Affairs to expand the number of available training… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Mar-19

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BRS to supply parachute system for proposed VY400 eVTOL

BRS to supply parachute system for proposed VY400 eVTOL

BRS Aerospace, the leading whole aircraft rescue parachute system manufacturer in the world, and Transcend Air Corporation, developer of the Vy 400, a six-seat, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, today announced a partnership to make the Vy the safest VTOL aircraft in history. BRS Aerospace and Transcend Air partner to make Vy 400 safest… Read more »

Source: BRS Aerospace, 28-Mar-19

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Russian Helicopters issues statement on Slovak MRO company LOTN

Russian Helicopters issues statement on Slovak MRO company LOTN

Due to the published information regarding overhaul of the second Mi-17V-5 helicopter operated by the Air Force of Afghanistan carried out by the Slovak company LOTN, Russian Helicopters Holding Company represented by the helicopter designer (Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant) and manufacturer (Kazan Helicopters) announces the performed work illegitimate. The holding company repeatedly contacted the executives… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Mar-19

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FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

FAA certifies GE CT7-2F1 engine for Bell 525

The newest member of GE’s CT7 engine family, the CT7-2F1, achieved type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration. This milestone is a big step forward for entry into service of the CT7-2F1-powered Bell 525 Relentless, the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopter, designed to operate safely and reliably in austere environments and with decreased pilot workload…. Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 28-Mar-19

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BLADE Launches Helicopter Flights to and From JFK All Day Long

BLADE Launches Helicopter Flights to and From JFK All Day Long

In its largest service expansion to date, BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc. (“BLADE”) has launched continuous helicopter flights between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy Airport (“JFK”) every weekday from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The shared flight service will be the largest Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) initiative in the United States and will advance BLADE’s mission of… Read more »

Source: BLADE, 28-Mar-19

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STARS to receive $65 Million from Canadian Government

STARS to receive $65 Million from Canadian Government

The future of helicopter emergency medical services in Western Canada will soon receive a significant lift, thanks to a vital funding commitment from the Government of Canada. It was announced in today’s federal budget that STARS, a non-profit, charitable helicopter air ambulance organization operating across the Prairie provinces will receive $65 million to help replace… Read more »

Source: STARS, 28-Mar-19

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NHV H175 fleet exceeds 30000 flight hours

NHV H175 fleet exceeds 30000 flight hours

NHV Group is pleased to announce that its H175 fleet surpassed its first 30,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 30,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s fleet of eleven H175s…. Read more »

Source: NHV Group, 28-Mar-19

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Valley Med Flight Earns Successive NAAMTA Accreditation

Valley Med Flight Earns Successive NAAMTA Accreditation

NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation criteria and auditing practices set the framework for transport services in providing quality patient care and safety in the industry. Following an independent, external evaluation of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, Valley Med Flight is being awarded accreditation for their fixed- and rotor-wing program. NAAMTA’s Accreditation program is built on… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 28-Mar-19

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Schiebel obtains EN9100 certification

Schiebel obtains EN9100 certification

Schiebel was awarded the widely recognized EN 9100 certification for quality management systems in the aviation, space and defense industry on 1 March. Throughout the civil and military aerospace industry, EN 9100 is the quality assurance standard in development, production and maintenance along the entire supply chain. With this international quality management certification, Schiebel provides… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 28-Mar-19

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FlightSafety centre in Denver add more courses for EC130T2

FlightSafety centre in Denver add more courses for EC130T2

FlightSafety International now offers new Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 and AS350B3 courses at its Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. “We are pleased to augment the support offered to operators of the EC130T2 and AS350B3 helicopter with these new courses in Denver,” said Steve Gross, Senior Vice President, Commercial. “The development and introduction of these new programs… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 26-Mar-19

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Phoenix Heli-Flight picks Outerlink IRIS tracking for fleet upgrade

Phoenix Heli-Flight picks Outerlink IRIS tracking for fleet upgrade

Phoenix Heli-Flight, Inc., a charter helicopter company based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, recently announced a fleet upgrade to the Outerlink IRIS system. Most recently the company utilized Outerlink’s tracking software and data recorders, but upgrading to the IRIS system gives them the additional features such as push-to-talk radio, constant and reliable communication, live alerts… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Mar-19

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Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ Helicopter Achieves First Flight

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ Helicopter Achieves First Flight

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida site. This revolutionary aircraft, developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA), will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program. “DEFIANT is designed to fly… Source: Sikorsky, 25-Mar-19

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Keystone Turbine Services Earns Two Rolls-Royce M250 Awards

Keystone Turbine Services Earns Two Rolls-Royce M250 Awards

M International is pleased to announce its world-class portfolio MRO company Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (“KTS”) was presented with two Rolls-Royce M250 superior performance awards during the Rolls-Royce FIRST© Network luncheon held as part of the 2019 Heli-Expo Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. “The Going Above and Beyond and Customer Satisfaction awards represent the combined… Read more »

Source: M International, 25-Mar-19

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FlightSafety to add Advanced Energy Management – Rotorcraft course

FlightSafety to add Advanced Energy Management – Rotorcraft course

FlightSafety International will add a new Advanced Energy Management – Rotorcraft course to its Master Aviator program for helicopter pilots in the coming months “We are pleased to enhance the FlightSafety Master Aviator program for helicopter pilots with this new Advanced Energy Management course,” said Steve Gross, Senior Vice President, Commercial.  “Master Aviator sets a… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 25-Mar-19

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HealthNet EC145e to serve West Virginia

HealthNet EC145e to serve West Virginia

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, announced an order for one EC145e helicopter from Metro Aviation as part of the program’s latest fleet expansion. Metro expects to deliver the light-to-medium twin helicopter from its Shreveport-based completion center in the summer of 2020. “HealthNet Aeromedical Services and our sponsoring academic… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 25-Mar-19

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Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate

Bell and Rolls-Royce Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms. The collaboration will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s proven low-risk and advanced propulsion systems into future… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Mar-19

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Sikorsky Recognizes County Of County of Los Angeles Fire Department

Sikorsky Recognizes County Of County of Los Angeles Fire Department

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) has recognized the County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Air Operations Section for its efforts in combating last November’s devastating Woolsey Fire with firefighting helicopters. The Fire Department operates eight multi-mission helicopters, including three S-70A Sikorsky Firehawk aircraft. During a March 12 ceremony at the Los Angeles Board… Read more »

Source: Sikorksy, 25-Mar-19

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