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Argus International hires SVP of Operations and Business Development

Argus International hires SVP of Operations and Business Development

ARGUS International Inc., a division of SGS offering specialized aviation services and software, announced the hiring of Mike McCready as Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Development. Mike brings 25 years of experience in aviation to his role at ARGUS. In 2019, he founded World Jet Group, a consulting firm for aviation industry executives…. Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 20-Nov-20

Cobham to be Line Fit on the Airbus H160

Cobham to be Line Fit on the Airbus H160

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity has announced that Airbus Helicopters has selected four Cobham systems on the H160 Medium-Utility Helicopter: Digital Audio Communications System (DACS) for audio management and intercom functions. DACS is forward-fit on more civilian helicopters than any other digital audio system in the world. 251 Amplifier for cabin paging/public address.  The 251 Amplifier delivers… Read more »

Source: Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, 20-Nov-20

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Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

Pafford Air One, Clinical Air Division of Pafford EMS is pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership with Shreveport, Louisiana based Metro Aviation. This partnership will combine Pafford Air One’s industry-leading, pre-hospital care with Metro Aviation’s internationally recognized excellence in helicopter transportation services and award-winning flight safety and training programs. Under the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Nov-20

SKYTRAC Expands Global Reach

SKYTRAC Expands Global Reach

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a leading intelligent connectivity and satellite communication solutions provider, today announced a partnership with Scandinavian Avionics (HQ of The SA Group), a provider of complete turn-key avionics solutions for civil and military aircraft, and UAS segments. The SA Group has a significant presence, not only as an MRO and STC house,… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC Systems, 19-Nov-20

Airbus now offers onsite blade repairs for H135, H145 and Bo105

Airbus now offers onsite blade repairs for H135, H145 and Bo105

This new service, accessible through the AirbusWorld Customer Request service, covers MRB level 1 and level 2 repairs on these three aircraft models and their variants. It will be performed at customer premises by the Airbus Helicopters field service team with the appropriate tools. In addition, the offer includes the repair’s release to service. Customers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Nov-20

Airbus HCare program marks 35 years

Airbus HCare program marks 35 years

Thirty-five years ago, helicopter operators faced a dilemma: how to achieve the highest possible helicopter availability levels in competitive industries, while keeping costs under control. The answer was found in a relatively new approach to spare parts management called parts-by-the-hour (PBH). Over the years, this early solution for guaranteeing parts availability has evolved into today’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Nov-20

Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

Air Evac Lifeteam has a new home at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. Air Evac Lifeteam has a new home at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. The air medical base was previously located in Winnfield. Jay Caskey, Program Director for the Air Eva Lifeteam base, said Natchitoches is more centrally located. “We are excited to be at… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 19-Nov-20

Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

The Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The first inductions occurred in 1995, when Ralph Johnson, Harold Slim Lewis, Dillard Pic Walker and Samuel Phillips were inducted. Since the inaugural 1995 induction, only one individual is inducted each year. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the… Read more »

Source: Wyoming Department of Transportation, 19-Nov-20

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US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a contract to a Scottsdale company to design and build a new helicopter base in northern Gila County to support firefighting activities. See Full Story. 

Source: Daily Independent, 19-Nov-20

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Hillsboro and RotorSky Launch Joint Training for Pilots

Hillsboro and RotorSky Launch Joint Training for Pilots

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced today that it had received approval to conduct professional helicopter pilot training in accordance with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The approval comes through a partnership with Austria-based helicopter flight school RotorSky. HAA’s helicopter school, Hillsboro Heli Academy,… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy, 19-Nov-20

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Kratos launches new Aircrew Combat Mission Training system

Kratos launches new Aircrew Combat Mission Training system

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, introduced its Aircrew Combat Mission Training (ACMT) system that utilizes advanced immersive training technology to allow teams to train together in highly realistic, mixed reality combat scenarios. Offered as a turn-key solution, the system includes a mixed reality Multi-Position – Aircrew… Read more »

Source: Kratos, 18-Nov-20

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New South Wales Police moves into new hangar facility

New South Wales Police moves into new hangar facility

In a recent ceremony to open the New South Wales Police Aviation Command’s new headquarters at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport. Aviation Commander, Superintendent Matt Appleton, hosted NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, and officially opened the new facility during a COVID-safe ceremony and plaque unveiling. Established in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Nov-20

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Collins honours Texas DPS with Rescue of the Year award

Collins honours Texas DPS with Rescue of the Year award

At a ceremony Sunday, leaders from Collins Aerospace Systems’ helicopter rescue hoist business presented the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with the company’s Rescue of the Year Award. Each year, Collins Aerospace honors one of its Goodrich hoist customers for a particularly daring helicopter rescue executed using the company’s hoist. This year, Texas DPS… Read more »

Source: Collins Aerospace, 17-Nov-20

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FAA approves Ace Aeronautics flight deck for Black Hawk

FAA approves Ace Aeronautics flight deck for Black Hawk

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is pleased to announce Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) # PQ03906SW Supplement # 1 from the Federal Aviation Administration for the production of the FAA STC # SR01944WI, G5000H Integrated Flight Deck (ACE DECK VL-60) “We are extremely happy to offer the FAA certified ACE DECK VL-60 kit to installers around the… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 17-Nov-20

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USCG provides humanitarian assistance to Honduras after Hurricane Eta

USCG  provides humanitarian assistance to Honduras after Hurricane Eta

A Coast Guard Helicopter Tactical Squadron (HITRON) MH-65 Dolphin aircrew forward deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca assist Hondurans near Puerto Lempira, Honduras, by providing urgent search and rescue and redistribution of relief aid Nov. 13, 2020. The Coast Guard is supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations across Honduras after Hurricane Eta affected… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 17-Nov-20

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Bluedrop wins Canadian SAR training contract

Bluedrop wins Canadian SAR training contract

BPLI Holdings (TSX-V: BPLI) and its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation (“Bluedrop”) are pleased to announce that it has signed a Technology Leadership Project Agreement as part of the Canadian Ocean Supercluster’s Accelerated Ocean Solutions Project to deliver its innovative Hoist Mission Training System (HMTS) for full crew Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter mission simulation… Read more »

Source: Bluedrop, 16-Nov-20

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Helipad upgrade for Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Helipad upgrade for Port Macquarie Base Hospital

SAFER and more private transport of critically ill or injured patients will be possible with a $10 million pre-budget boost for a helipad upgrade at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. See Full Story.

Source: Macquarie Port News, 16-Nov-20

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Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

In the last two weeks, Wiking Helikopter Service has signed a multi-year contract with TenneT and a contract extension with Deutsche Windtechnik, both of which will see the company providing offshore helicopter services for projects in the German part of the North Sea. See Full Story. 

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 16-Nov-20

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DHSS to partner with Heli Services International on MHI Vestas wind farm contract

DHSS to partner with Heli Services International on MHI Vestas wind farm contract

MHI Vestas has awarded DHSS with a multi-year contract to support maintenance operations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German sector of the Northsea, which will comprise 31 MHI Vestas wind turbines of type V164-8.4 MW. Full service provider The Dutch full service provider of ships agency services and offshore helicopter services… Read more »

Source: DHSS, 16-Nov-20

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New helipad constructed at Baluwatar

New helipad constructed at Baluwatar

A new helipad has been constructed on the premises of Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar. See Full Story.

Source: Khabarhub.com, 16-Nov-20

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Obituary – Franck Bouillon, Rotortrade

Obituary – Franck Bouillon, Rotortrade

It is with profound shock and sadness that Rotortrade announces that Franck Bouillon, our company’s CFO, has very suddenly passed away at the age of 54 on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. After a career in finance, Franck joined the Aviation Industry 21 years ago, in 1999. He was an inspiring leader loved by his collaborators… Read more »

16-Nov-20

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Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca) the global leader in the provision of the most advanced and certified Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems and services for the Search and Rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors is proud to introduced its latest Supplemental Type Certified and compliant HEC system, designed for use… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 16-Nov-20

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H+S Aviation to Grow Relationships with CT7 and T700 Engine Operators

H+S Aviation to Grow Relationships with CT7 and T700 Engine Operators

H+S Aviation, a Signature Aviation Global Engine Services (GES) company, announces the appointment of industry veteran Len Russo to serve as a global strategic account executive for the company’s T700 and CT7 engine product lines. Russo’s business development efforts include tailored maintenance solutions for T700 and CT7 engine operators and managing strategic partnerships and accounts… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 13-Nov-20

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Thora Capital appoints Managing Director

Thora Capital appoints Managing Director

Thora Capital (“Thora”), a Chicago-based alternative asset manager dedicated to aviation finance, hired Marc Schechter as Managing Director. Mr. Schechter brings over a decade of experience in the helicopter industry to Thora. “Our team at Thora is thrilled to welcome such an impressive talent to the organization,” said Adam Gerchen, Chairman of Thora. “Marc’s wealth… Read more »

Source: Thora Capital, 13-Nov-20

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Blood on board project launched in Italy

Blood on board project launched in Italy

The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) Blood on Board project is thought to have saved dozens of lives since its launch in 2015. After hearing of the project, the Regional Emergency-Urgency Agency (known as AREU) sent two clinicians to visit the charity to find out more. Simone Celi, an advanced nurse practitioner and Christian… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service, 13-Nov-20

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Assent Aeronautics Reports Annual Results

Assent Aeronautics Reports Annual Results

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Private Aircraft Auction House and industry leader Assent Aeronautics reported Annual Results with over $180MM in aircraft crossing the auction block in the inaugural year of the Luxury Aircraft Auction House, with an eighty-five percent plus (85%+) closing rate of all business aviation aircraft. In response to the pandemic, Assent reimagined its live… Read more »

Source: Assent Aeronautics, 13-Nov-20

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ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

The currently increasing number of COVID-19 infections is also being observed with concern at ADAC Air Rescue. The corona virus is once again facing major challenges for the non-profit organization from Munich. “The rescue service from the air is currently fully secured in Germany,” emphasizes managing director Frédéric Bruder. “With our experience from the first wave, we are… Read more »

Source: ADAC Luftrettung, 13-Nov-20

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Kopter appoints new CEO

Kopter appoints new CEO

Following a Board resolution of the Kopter Group AG, Marco Viola assumes the responsibility for the general management of the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with immediate effect. Marco Viola brings to Kopter a long established career in aerospace, from a variety of positions at Leonardo Helicopters, in addition to his previous… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 13-Nov-20

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MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

 MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces a U.S. state municipality contract for the purchase of a new MD 530F in law enforcement configuration. The agency is responsible for monitoring the state’s valuable natural resources, wildlife populations, and ecosystems while ensuring enforcement of the state’s laws protecting them. The aircraft is the agency’s first helicopter. “This has been… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 13-Nov-20

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Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

On Wednesday 11 November the new H145 helicopter was introduced into service and ready to bring emergency medical care to patients across Devon. As the hangar doors were rolled back, the Devon Air Ambulance crew readied the H145 for the first day of its lifesaving service. Although just like the start of a typical day… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 Raven II (G-WTWT), rolled over during a precautionary landing, Herne Bay, Canterbury, Kent, 26 July 2020

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-20

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Exclusive interview – Jason Hill, founder of Hill Helicopters

Exclusive interview – Jason Hill, founder of Hill Helicopters

Hill Helicopters took the market by surprise in late August 2020 with the public launch of their HX50 helicopter.  Private owners who already own a helicopter were intrigued – and indeed a good number have already put down non-refundable deposits.  On the other hand, there were a lot of other people in our industry who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-20

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Sikorsky Australia Achieves DASA TRAINING Certification

Sikorsky Australia Achieves DASA TRAINING Certification

Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, has been officially approved as an Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) by the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA)—a significant training accreditation currently granted to only one other defence industry organisation. This important milestone authorises Sikorsky Australia to deliver type course aircraft training to its staff, defence and industry partners… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Nov-20

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

The Charlotte City Council said it will replace a helicopter that is more than 20 years old. See Full Story.

Source: News Break, 11-Nov-20

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Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Spectrum Aeromed will continue to build upon their relationship with medical flight and emergency medical services leader Life Link III, taking on two projects that will deliver in 2021, according to the company. Life Link III will add an additional Leonardo AW119Kx aircraft to their existing fleet of helicopters as well as a Leonardo AW109… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 11-Nov-20

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Air Methods CEO joins HIT Like A Girl podcast

Air Methods CEO joins HIT Like A Girl podcast

Our CEO, JaeLynn Williams, opened up about her advocacy for saving lives and her ambitious goal for Air Methods to be 100% in-network with health insurance companies on this week’s episode of the HIT Like a Girl Podcast. Williams spoke with hosts Joy Rios and Robin Roberts about the unconventional path that led her to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Nov-20

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Blade adds new route in India

Blade adds new route in India

Pune-based Panchshil Realty announced that Fly Blade India Pvt. Ltd. has started operating daily helicopter services between Pune and Mumbai from Panchshil’s YOO Villas helipad in Pune. YOO Villas is an exclusive enclave of signature villas designed by global celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen and is located close to the bustling business district of Kharadi in… Read more »

Source: YOO Villas, 10-Nov-20

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AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design LLC announces that it has been granted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopters. EASA and other relevant CAAs validations will be achieved in 2020. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli… Read more »

Source: AMS, 10-Nov-20

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R44 Cadet Enters Service with ICE Helicopters

R44 Cadet Enters Service with ICE Helicopters

ICE Helicopters, a leading helicopter training provider. Has introduced the Robinson R44 Cadet into the most diverse ab intio training fleet in the country. The newest edition to the fleet, the Robinson R44 Cadet which first flew with ICE on the 1st of October, has already proven popular with students. Neil Day, head of training… Read more »

Source: ICE Helicopters, 10-Nov-20

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Approval for Mar-a-Lago helipad runs out with Presidency

Approval for Mar-a-Lago helipad runs out with Presidency

Shortly after he was sworn into office, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach built a helipad. Approval had been given in February 2017 by the Town of Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission on the basis that it was only for use on Presidential duties, and approval would cease when Trump ceased to become… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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Kazakhstan receives first batch of Mi-8s for final assembly

Kazakhstan receives first batch of Mi-8s for final assembly

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) has delivered two Mi-8AMT helicopter knock-down kits to Kazakhstan to be assembled on the territory of the customer. The delivery is based on a trilateral contract signed by Kazakhstan Engineering, Kazakhstan’s Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 and Russian Helicopters for semi-knock-down… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Nov-20

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EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

In less than a year after opening a new fire station and recovering from a tornado in 2017, Chief Andrew Hawkins is ready to see more construction that will save lives through flight. See Full Story. 

Source: The Sampson Independent, 09-Nov-20

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Abu Dhabi Aviation achieves IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation

Abu Dhabi Aviation achieves IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation

In October 2020, Abu Dhabi Aviation achieved IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation – the highest level for safe operations awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). We constantly pursue excellence , and our dedication to our customers shows in everything we do. The recognition demonstrates that ADA is among the elite aviation operators not only… Read more »

Source: Abu Dhabi Aviation, 09-Nov-20

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Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

In late September, the light twin-engine helicopter reached a major milestone: the company’s 1,400th H135 was delivered to the French operator Mont Blanc, adding to a fleet of more than 20 H135 and H145 helicopters in service with the operator to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France. The milestone capped off an over-20-year… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-20

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Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

A Leonardo AW109S Grand carrying a heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa crashed on Friday on the rooftop helipad of Keck Hospital of USC in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.  Helicopter N109EX is seen in this video to be spinning just prior to touching down heavily and rolling onto its port… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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Air Florida Helicopter Charters voluntarily files for Chapter 11 protection

Air Florida Helicopter Charters voluntarily files for Chapter 11 protection

The Orlando Business Journal has reported that Air Florida Helicopter Charters has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 23rd October 2020.  The company operates Robinson R44s on tour flights out of a site at 8990 International Drive in Orlando, and is still active with this posting on their Facebook page on 25th October. Further… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

The State of California is reported to have launched a court case against Alpine Helicopter Service regarding violations during aerial spraying work.  See report for full story

Source: Sacramento Bee, 09-Nov-20

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CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

Offshore operator CHC yesterday positioned an Airbus H175 from Aberdeen to Den Helder in the Netherlands. This is for a contract with Petrogas Exploration & Production Netherlands for crew transport to/from Maersk Resilient for their drilling activities in the A / B block. The project is expected to last approximately 15 weeks. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-20

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Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that it has entered an agreement with HealthPartners, a consumer-governed, nonprofit healthcare organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The agreement enables Air Methods to provide HealthPartners plan members – totaling 1.8 million people across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota –… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Nov-20

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Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced G500 TXi™ and G600 TXi flight display enhancements that bring more capability to cockpit upgrades are now available through select authorized Garmin dealers. Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with either legacy Avidyne flight displays or original flight instruments can now upgrade to the G500 TXi to display… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Nov-20

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North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Naismith as its new Director of Income Generation and Engagement. Sarah joins after 17 years as Charity Director at the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity (MFTC), where she helped grow a fundraising appeal to build a new children’s hospital into an… Read more »

Source: The North West Air Ambulance Charity, 06-Nov-20

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FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader, specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, has hired LeMiracle Hendking as the newest member of their sales team. Ms. Hendking will lead the aftermarket sales team, focusing on support for FreeFlight Systems’ extensive dealer network and MRO partners around the world. As an established aviation professional, Ms. Hendking… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 06-Nov-20

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DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

The most modern helicopter currently in use in civil air rescue is now also flying in Stuttgart: an H145 started yesterday as the new “Christoph 51″. A glass cockpit with large screens, a powerful autopilot and a new interior concept in the cabin make work easier for the crew and contribute to even better patient… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 06-Nov-20

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Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter participated in the digital edition of the AMTC 2020 (Air Medical Transport Conference) together with its parent company Leonardo, showcasing how the SH09 will ideally complement the existing Leonardo Helicopters product range on the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) segment. When seconds count, the SH09 is the helicopter of choice in the single engine class for a… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 06-Nov-20

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FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aerospace leader who specializes in position sources, radar altimeters and datalink receivers announced a new product today, the FDC-500 Convertor. This compact digital to analog convertor allows the replacement of heavy, legacy radar altimeters with FreeFlight Systems’ RA4000/4500 radar altimeters while retaining existing antennas, cabling and indicators onboard the aircraft. With a… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight, 06-Nov-20

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5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

There’s still time to sign up for the annual Aerial Firefighting Conference sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI). This year’s event is virtual—and free!—making it easy for aerial firefighters around the world to attend. The conference will take place Nov. 17–18, with sessions beginning at 4:00 pm eastern (UTC-5). Each day, HAI will present four… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Nov-20

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Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Genesys Aerosystems and Metro Aviation announce that the companies have earned Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification for the Genesys IFR avionics suite on the Airbus EC145e. The FAA previously certified the avionics suite in 2019. The Genesys avionics suite certified on the EC145e includes four IDU-450 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Nov-20

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Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-20

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Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

[electronic translations] The Community of Madrid has renewed the two medical helicopters of the SUMMA 112 (the Medical Emergency Service of the Community of Madrid) destined to attend to emergencies that occur in the region. The new model of these aircraft, which came into operation on November 1, is the Airbus H145. It is a… Read more »

Source: Comunidad de Madrid, 05-Nov-20

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Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

November 4, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation). The company was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation as part of the reform of the country’s military-technical cooperation system. Before 2000, deliveries of Russian arms to the world market were made by Rosvooruzhenie and Promexport… Read more »

Source: Rosoboronexport, 05-Nov-20

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Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Maverick Helicopters, who are the official launch customer for the latest evolution of our Virtual FDR capabilities — Insights. Earlier this year at Heli-Expo 2020, our team announced the latest edition to the spider family, Spider X — a simple and affordable plug-and-play solution, enabling aircraft owners and operators to… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 04-Nov-20

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Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

In another step away from long-entrenched industry norms, British manufacturer Hill Helicopters is today announcing that the power for its new HX50 luxury personal helicopter will be their own Hill GT50 light turbine engine with a continuous power output of 400hp. This newly designed powerplant eliminates the need for a compressor turbine gearbox to save… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Nov-20

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Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

The president of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Ian Tomm, gives us the full run down of how the heli-skiing season will look like during COVID-19, with more extensive screenings, closing their lodge, and cutting costs while keeping their staff. See Full Story.

Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer, 03-Nov-20

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New Zealand – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

New Zealand  – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

A six-year quest for a purpose-built helipad to service Timaru Hospital is near completion. Emergency helicopters will soon no longer have to land in the nearby Botanic Gardens with the concrete laid for the new helipad and painting expected to be complete by early next week. Lights still need to be installed for safe night… Read more »

Source: timaru herald, 03-Nov-20

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Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Arizona-based rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) received a Letter of Acceptance from Transport Canada for the company’s updated composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. Approved by the FAA in August 2020, the new VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades may now be installed for use on Bell 206B… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 03-Nov-20

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LCI appoints new CEO

LCI appoints new CEO

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has announced the promotion of Jaspal Jandu to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Former CEO, Michael Platt becomes Vice Chairman, and Praveen Vetrivel is appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect. Jaspal Jandu, who became LCI’s Chief Financial Officer in 2014 having… Read more »

Source: LCI, 03-Nov-20

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EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

Safe transport of contagious patients is essential to in order to utilize hospital capacity during the second wave of Covid19. Today President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the European Commission are making € 220 million available to finance safe cross-border transfers of patients. – We experience that finance is at a critical point. Luxemburg… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 03-Nov-20

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North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

A recently issued NOTAM effectively closes North Houston (9X1) Airport to helicopters from 1th October, except by minimum one hour’s prior permission (PPR).  This is apparently due to local noise complaints  

Source: FAA, 02-Nov-20

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Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network has announced more construction plans for the new hospital in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County. See Full Story.

Source: 69 News, 02-Nov-20

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Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace, a fast-growing integrated provider of unmanned aircraft and drone services, has reached an agreement to to increase its stakes to 100% ownership in three established drone training and services providers, namely M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. and M3 Drone Services Ltd. of Winnipeg, MB and Skygate Videography Inc. of Summerside, PEI. Originally founded… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL, 02-Nov-20

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Baker Hughes Rig Count – 30 Oct 20

Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Baker Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly and the international rig count monthly.  Baker Hughes… Read more »

02-Nov-20

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Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

SIMAERO, a global and independent provider of pilot training services, is proud to announce the acquisition of the Airbus Helicopter – Super Puma AS332 M 1 Full Flight Simulator which will complete the existing fleet in SIMAERO Johannesburg Training Centre. The simulator, manufactured by Thomson CSF, was initially set up in Switzerland and moved to… Read more »

Source: SIMAERO, 30-Oct-20

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Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the Garmin Bronze Dealer Award for 2019, which recognizes the top aviation dealers in the Garmin network. “The Bronze Dealer Award represents a level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service that distinguishes your business among other Garmin Aviation Dealers,” said Jim Alpiser,… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 30-Oct-20

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DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

From October 21st, DRF Luftrettung will provide rapid assistance in Bremen with another helicopter: A modern EC145 will replace the BK 117. As an intensive care transport helicopter and also in emergency rescue, “Christoph Weser” makes an extremely important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and the surrounding area, “emphasizes Dr…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Oct-20

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Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that it has partnered with MountainStar Healthcare and will open a base in Ogden, Utah on Nov. 3 as AirLife Utah. The base will serve Ogden Regional Medical Center, Cache Valley Hospital, Brigham City Hospital, Pleasant View Emergency Center, and Lakeview Hospital, and other… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 30-Oct-20

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