Jupiter Avionics Corporation announced today that their JA94 Dual Audio Controller has obtained Technical Standard Order (TSO) designation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Receiving the TSO means that the JA94 has met all design and production standards required by the FAA. “We already have customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and… Read more »
Medicine Hat Regional Hospital is still without a usable helipad. Transport Canada declared it uncompliant with safety policies nine months ago. The hospital is currently waiting for approval and final review of new helipad plans for a single engine helicopter, reports Medicine Hat News.
Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units. The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »
CHC Group today announced it has been awarded the contract from Centrica to provide helicopter services in support of their forthcoming drilling program at the Fogelberg field in the Norwegian Sea. “We are excited to work with Centrica as their aviation partner in this project,” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director for Europe, Middle East… Read more »
The engineering and technology group SENER and Babcock España, joint venture partners, presented the fifth upgraded Agusta Bell 212 (AB-212) to the Directorate General of Armament and Material (Dirección General de Armamento y Material, DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defence as part of a total of seven units that came into service in 1974. … Read more »
Robertson Fuel Systems and StandardAero announced today the milestone attainment of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters. Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being… Read more »
We are proud to introduce a new operating model for the provision of its advanced medical care in 2018. Next year will be a pivotal year in our history, as we take responsibility for our clinical governance. We are also providing an expansion to the provision of advanced critical care across the Thames Valley. We are… Read more »
Wales Air Ambulance has been recognised for a second year running at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence in London. The Special Incident Award was won by the helicopter charity for an incident involving serious trauma. The accolade was presented to consultant Dr Tim Rogerson, critical care practioner Rhyan Curtin, pilot Andy Iceton and… Read more »
Light helicopter Ka-226T, developed by the holding “Russian Helicopters” (which is part of the Rostec State Corporation), has become a pilot project on the creation and production of helicopters through information technology. Digital manufacturing will greatly simplify the development of new modifications as well as upgrades and design changes according to the customer’s requirements. All… Read more »
Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) started flight tests of the Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter with upgraded power unit and rotor system at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) . It is planned to finish them by the end of the 2017. Due to innovations, economic efficiency of Mi-171E helicopter was enhanced significantly. Mi-171E helicopter is equipped with a… Read more »
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has opened its first Authorized Warranty and Repair Station in Colombia to better provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for military forces in the region. The new facility will give Colombia’s Aeronautics Industry Corporation the capacity and resources it needs to maintain engine fuel control units and power turbine governors for the… Read more »
The offshore helicopter market has finally started to recover following some three years of decline. Rotorcraft operators have reorganised, restructured and recognised that the outlook in the near-term is for modest growth. In our latest analysis, covering the period to 2022, we conclude that the market still presents opportunities for the supply chain. We expect… Read more »
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Moriarty as its new Chief Executive. Richard will succeed Andrew Haines, whose term of office is due to expire in the Summer of 2018, and was appointed following a rigorous selection process including a significant number of excellent candidates. Richard re-joined… Read more »
S.A.F.E Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom ergonomic safety first OSHA compliant aircraft and marine maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment and all various types of steel structures, announced that it has been awarded the contract to outfit the first AW169 to operate in the United States… Read more »
WellmontOne Air Transport, an important partner for nearly 10 years in the region’s delivery of emergency care, has achieved a special designation that recognizes the service’s quality. After nearly a year of thorough preparation by WellmontOne followed by a rigorous two-day site visit by evaluators, the flight program was recently granted full accreditation for the… Read more »
[electronic translation] Second medical helicopter ANSAT specialized aviation medical Helimed Service, a division of JSC “Russian Helicopter Systems” went on duty in the Kurgan region. Helicopter with tail number 20006 BA flew with three refueling of Heliparka Podushkino (Moscow region, Odintsovo district) at the heliport of the Center of Disaster Medicine Kurgan region. On November 28… Read more »
In commemoration of the 76th Remembrance Day of Pearl Harbor, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will provide three of the remaining USS Arizona survivors a helicopter flyover above the sunken battleship’s remains for a sky salute on Wednesday, December 6. During this aerial tour of the historic site, the survivors, namely Lauren Bruner, Howard Kenton “Ken” Potts,… Read more »
Maverick Helicopters offers 2018 NASCAR attendees transfers to Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) for the Spring NASCAR Weekend on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4. Following a historical announcement earlier this year, LVMS will also host a Fall NASCAR Weekend in September 2018. Helicopter transfers will be available on Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday,… Read more »
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) recently hired Vikki Rosploch as Events and Media Coordinator and Twain Josephson as an independent contractor. Both have diverse professional backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to ASU, and will be present at the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) annual convention at booth #257. Rosploch’s responsibilities primarily… Read more »
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has appointed three new trustees to its Board as the charity enters an ambitious new phase of development. Caitlin Blewett, Michael Docherty and Barney Burgess were welcomed to the Board by Helen Bowcock, Chair of Trustees and Adrian Bell, Chief Executive of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance… Read more »
Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, 05-Dec-17
While I must confess to still experiencing a little PCPTSD (Post-Convention PTSD), I feel like I am on the road to recovery. We conducted a few experiments with the convention this year, and they were largely successful. I have learned over the years, that Conventions are fundamentally a product of experience, rather than logic. This… Read more »
AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »
Eagle Australasia will shortly welcome a Bell 407 into the hangar from Allway Logistics and are ready to start work on Eagle’s 15th high-performance conversion. The Eagle 407HP is the result of a conversion in which the Bell 407 Rolls Royce engine is replaced with a Honeywell HTS900 for better performance, increased payload and greater fuel… Read more »
McCormick’s impact on the department, its faculty, students, industry and government spanned nearly 60 years, and his teaching inspired and guided the careers of numerous engineers at work today in the helicopter/vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry. “We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the most influential individuals our department has ever… Read more »
The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) is creating the technological production model of the Ka-226T helicopters at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The digital construction documentation received from JSC Kamov through the online channel is used to create programs for the production equipment. Besides, U-UAZ is completing the first stage of production modernization… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »
The Swiss Air Force has used Thales to upgrade their simulators. They upgraded their AS532, Super-Puma, EC635 simulators. The upgrades will enable pilots to train in a realistic environment, reports Airforce Technology.
Sikorsky Aircraft workers voted this past Sunday on a new contract that will enable raises that add up to over 15% over the next five years. Both unions and Sikorsky worked together to reach an agreement that benefited both sides, reports Courant.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse has set plans to build a helipad on the premises. The hospital specializes in cardiac issues, so many of the patients have time sensitive cases. The construction is set to begin in spring, 2018, reports WWNY TV.
STARS has made a temporary landing area at the new High Prairie Health Complex. They are looking to make it something more permanent. The need of air ambulance services has grown in the Big Lakes County area and STARS is looking to join with First Nations communities, reports South Peace News.
The construction of a helipad at Fort McMurray Hospital has been urged by judges after a fatality inquiry report. The report looked into the death of an oilsands worker that died while on the way to the hospital. Emergency helicopters are forced to fly past the hospital and land at the airport, where patients are… Read more »
Helijet at Prince Rupert has now equipped their S76 with night vision goggles. Flying at night poses a lot of dangers, with the proper training, the use of night vision goggles will allow them to fly faster routes as well as fly safer. Training will take up to four months until the crew are ready… Read more »
Port Hardy RCMP have found the missing helicopter parts that were stolen earlier in November. The parts, valued at $100,000 were turned into Stryker Electronics. The unknown man who turned them thought they might belong to company. Police hope to find the man who turned them in, in order to thank him, reports Chek News…. Read more »
A Kentucky jury has awarded the three families of the victims of the 6 June 2013 crash over $21 million. The families sued Bell on the terms that they knew of potential defects with the craft. The three victims killed in the Bell 206 L-1 crash are Eddy Sizemore, Herman “Lee” Dobbs and Jesse Jones,… Read more »
Remote GeoSystems, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters are pleased to announce the successful deployment of a geoDVR™ Gen2 with a FLIR daylight EO/IR gyro-stabilized video camera on an Airbus TwinStar (AS355) for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The geoDVR Gen2 is an advanced mil-spec DVR for recording multiple channels of HD & Standard-Definition geospatial… Read more »
50 helicopter tactics specialists from twelve EDA participating Member States, as well as representatives of the Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course (HTIC), the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC) and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) met recently in Rijen, the Netherlands, for the 8th Helicopter Tactics Symposium, organised under the… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover… Read more »
Oceania Aviation has achieved approval of a Cargo Pod System for the Bell 429, and they are looking to further expand their role equipment range. Head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania Aviation’s Part 145 Manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has worked with a private owner to gain New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) approval for its Bell… Read more »
The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months… Read more »
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Arab investors are considering buying more stakes in Russian Helicopters. A total of 25% of the company is on the market, for a total of $6 million, reports TASS.
The National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) has recently introduced two new helicopters to their operations; an AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus H135. The two new aircraft will go into service by December 1 2017, reports Newsday.
One of East Anglian Air Ambulance’s (EAAA’s) founding members and aviation consultant, Gerry Hermer, received the Eric Brown Award at the British Helicopter Association (BHA) annual dinner this month. Gerry’s drive and passion were behind the establishment of the air ambulance in East Anglia, and in the early years of EAAA his company Sterling Aviation… Read more »
On 15th November 2017, two Mi-172 helicopters of VNH South were safely ferried from Dumai and Pekanbaru – Indonesia back to Vung Tau Airport, successfully completing Fire Fighting Contract for Indonesian Government. This is the 2nd consecutive year that VNH South provides the package services including aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance for fire-fighting, passenger… Read more »
With the selection process for the 2017 Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Scholarship Programme underway, UK-based Helicentre Aviation Academy have introduced a further prize fund of £60,000, consisting of three part-funded Scholarships (worth £10,000 each) and £30,000 of Awards to be given to promising applicants to complete their training and further their careers. Currently, Helicentre Aviation… Read more »
The Russian Helicopters holding company, a member of the Rostec State Corporation, have successfully demonstrated the Ansat’s capability to operate at extremely high ambient air temperatures. The vehicle is being tested in Pakistan. Besides, Russian Helicopters held a presentation of Ansat for potential Pakistani customers. The guests learned about the competitive advantages of Ansat and… Read more »
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), announced today that the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) is now a member of the Council. The 15 member associations from around the world represent a coordinated voice for business aviation and the international standards, policies, and best safety practices that are at the core of IBAC’s mission. “We… Read more »
IEX Helicopters, best known for their twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopters for executive charters, as well as their exclusive Catalina Island flight excursions, wants to help make helicopter travel more common and in-reach as the ultimate alternative to distance and traffic congestion. “If Uber, AirBnB, and Expedia merged to focus on helicopter travel, they would have… Read more »
Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today celebrated the delivery of the one-millionth certified avionics product from its manufacturing facility in Olathe, Kansas. The milestone product was a GTX™ 3000 DO-260B compliant Mode S Extended Squitter (ES) transponder, which enables ADS-B Out transmissions and features TCAS II/ACAS II compatibility for a… Read more »
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the delivery of a newly converted MD 902 Explorer to Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth. Previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard as an MD 900, the aircraft was upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center via the company’s exclusive MD 900-to-902 Upgrade program, and… Read more »
UTair Helicopter Services is now Russia’s first operator to use tablet-based electronic flight bags. The switch from paper to electronic helps with updates of aeronautical data, helps pilots work more efficiently and safely and also lowers operating costs, reports Russian Aviation Insider.
Police Scotland is looking to purchase two drones to support their EC135. The drones, which will cost around £125,000, will have cameras, a tracking device and have a protective casing against the Scottish climate. They hope to use the drones for crowd monitoring, missing persons searches and for terrains or inclement weather where their helicopter… Read more »
We know there are 100 reasons why you should attend HAI HELI-EXPO, but here’s our Top 10: 1. CONNECT with 730 industry suppliers on our comprehensive show floor. 2. DEVELOP strategic connections with 20,000 industry professionals from more than 90 countries. 3. BUILD partnerships with industry peers through 14 HAI committee meetings and other member… Read more »
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has just bought a firefighting UH-1. The purchase came to a cost of $750,000, reports NBC. The new helicopter will help East Naples residents faster than the Miami based helicopter they were using.
Leonardo is pleased to announce that the first of 16 AW101 allweather search and rescue helicopters has been delivered to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test &… Read more »
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC) new AC312E helicopter has passed its plateau test flights. The test flight was done at Ningland Luguhu Airport at an altitude of 3,293 meters. The passing of the test now qualifies the helicopter to meet the demands of EMS work in plateau regions, reports Xinhua Net.
New Zealand operator Airwork was last week de-listed from the NZX stock market. The company, well known for its BK117 upgrades, has been subject of a gradual take-over by Zhejiang Rifa Holding from China. The new owner has gradually built up their percentage holding over a year, and has now reach a point where they… Read more »
Emergency response helipad opens on Skye after funding from the HELP Appeal Portree helipad has been officially opened in Skye this weekend, following an extensive refurbishment programme, to provide a base for two rapid emergency response helicopters on the island to treat patients in urgent trauma cases. The new helipad capability will save vital minutes… Read more »
Simhawk Inc., announced the addition of new chat functionality to its global flight simulator marketplace and also extended the deadline for its Annual Simulator Training Survey. New Chat Functionality The new chat functionality allows buyers and sellers to communicate directly via Simhawk in order to seek additional details regarding requests and proposals that are submitted… Read more »
On 16 November, Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the American Helicopter Society International (AHS) co-hosted a Flying Quiet webinar, held at HAI headquarters in Alexandria, VA. This event featured members from the FAA’s Noise Division within the Office of Environment and Energy, as well as presentations from NASA, the Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center, helicopter… Read more »
This week the Helicopter Museum was recognised as a ‘Recommended Venue of Education’ by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The Museum is the first in England to receive the award and joins a list of only 17 other venues around the world which are recognised for educating the public in the history and practice of air… Read more »
In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »
AHIA Board announced the appointment of Mr Paul Tyrrell to the position of CEO of the AHIA. This appointment will enable the AHIA to progress to the next level in its development as one of the proactive associations in the Australian aviation industry. Paul comes with a wealth of experience as a manager of companies… Read more »
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, has announced the appointment of Brendan Lodge as aircraft acquisitions specialist. An experienced aircraft sales broker and financier, Lodge will provide support to JSSI’s growing Advisory Services and JSSI Parts divisions. “We are excited to… Read more »
AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — announced today that Dr. Inderjit Chopra — Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering, Distinguished University Professor, and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland — has been selected for the prestigious 2018 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded… Read more »
As many of you know, I have been in the helicopter industry for 50 years and have loved every minute of it. I must admit that at times I have lost my sense of humor with some of the disingenuous and hypocritical criticism of helicopters I have heard. One of my favorite examples is an… Read more »
[electronic translation] On 13 November 2017, the first stone was laid in the Eemshaven for the second offshore service base of EMS Maritime Offshore BV (EMO). When the construction is complete, the base is let to Merkur Offshore GmbH. The contractor for this project is Kooi Bouwbedrijf from Appingedam. EMO’s logistic concept with connection to the… Read more »
Seriously ill or injured patients from across Yorkshire are benefitting from extended air ambulance flying hours thanks to a generous donation to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Over £123,000 was donated by the HELP Appeal, a national charity set up to help provide Major Trauma Centres like Leeds with the necessary new or upgraded… Read more »
The NYPD’s Aviation Unit has had to increase its monitoring systems for illegally flown drones. The recreational drones pose a threat as they are operated in air space for helicopters and commercial aircraft. The NYPD is now tracking rogue drones through technology in their helicopter and following the drones until they land. Penalties include fines… Read more »
Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s helicopter industry. If you meet the eligibility requirements listed below, HFI encourages you to apply at rotor.org/scholarships. We are here to help you achieve your dream! Commercial Helicopter Pilot Rating Scholarship:… Read more »
The Coliseum Medical Centres and Coliseum Northside Hospital are currently under construction to add more emergency rooms as well as a new helipad. The new helipad will be located across the ambulance entrance, reports Macon. Construction is expected to last until May 2018.
An investigation is underway by the RCMP after helicopter parts to the value of $100,000 were stolen from a pickup truck in Port Hardy. The parts were small enough to be carried away. Police say that they were made for a specific helicopter and that the whoever stole them would have difficulty selling them, reports… Read more »
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign is designed to educate GA pilots about the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations. Surviving a CrashEvery pilot needs to prepare for the unexpected. Although surviving a crash is one of those… Read more »
Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced it will conduct the first manned flight of its SureFly™ personal hybrid octocopter on January 8 in Las Vegas prior to the start of the 2018 CES. The date is dependent… Read more »
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Aircraft Philipp Group GmbH today signed a five-year contract to manufacture machine parts for the global fleet of the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at its facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. This is the first Boeing contract with Aircraft Philipp Group, which joins Boeing’s significant supplier base of more than 35 companies… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has appointed Abu Dhabi Aviation as an authorized Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) for Bell 412s and Bell 212s to support continued customer growth in the Middle East. “The Middle East is an extremely important market for Bell Helicopter. As our operator network grows it is important we provide… Read more »