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Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

16-Feb-2021Source: Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park

The mayor of Albacete, Vicente Casañ, has stated that when the administrations “work together, the citizens win” and with the signature of the protocols that will materialize the installation of the Airbus Helicopters logistics HUB in the Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park ( PALA), “Castilla-La Mancha wins and Albacete wins, today we grow and become... Read more

United Airlines to order up to 200 eVTOL in agreement with Archer Aviation

United Airlines to order up to 200 eVTOL in agreement with Archer Aviation

16-Feb-2021Source: United Airlines

United Airlines today announced that it has completed an agreement to work with air mobility company Archer as part of the airline’s broader effort to invest in emerging technologies that decarbonize air travel. Rather than relying on traditional combustion engines, Archer’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are designed to use electric motors and... Read more

United Rotorcraft Launches New Website

United Rotorcraft Launches New Website

16-Feb-2021Source: Air Methods

At Air Methods, we pride ourselves on a diverse range of capabilities. While our largest offering is direct air medical services, with air ambulance bases all over the country, we also have expertise in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology through our division known as United Rotorcraft. United Rotorcraft has built a... Read more

2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

16-Feb-2021Source: Swiss Air Rescue Rega

[electronic translation] The commanders of the Swiss Air Rescue Rega organized a total of 16,273 missions last year. While the rescue helicopters were in the air more often than in the previous year, the ambulance jets recorded significantly fewer missions. In addition to its operational activities, Rega supported the Swiss authorities in dealing with the corona pandemic. This... Read more

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare

16-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Air Methods Corporation has signed another HCare support contract with Airbus Helicopters Inc., this time to cover its fleet of EC135 helicopters – the largest HCare contract signed with any civil customer to date. The order expands the number of Air Methods aircraft covered by Airbus support and services to 111, making Air Methods the... Read more

EBAA, NBAA Unveil ‘EBACE Connect’

EBAA, NBAA Unveil ‘EBACE Connect’

16-Feb-2021Source: EBAA

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced the launch of “EBACE Connect” – a new, virtual programming series that will gather business aviation’s most compelling and authoritative voices to engage the industry in a vital conversation around the issues and trends shaping the future of Business aviation. “EBACE has... Read more

Tennessee Valley Authority picks GPMS Foresight HUMS

Tennessee Valley Authority picks GPMS Foresight HUMS

16-Feb-2021Source: GPMS

The Tennessee Valley Authority has selected GPMS’ Foresight MX Helicopter Health and Usage Monitoring System, to provide service on current Bell 407GXi aircraft as well as on planned fleet additions, including an MD530 and Bell 429. Jed Kalkstein, President of GPMS, said “We are pleased to announce our agreement with the TVA. This contract shows... Read more

Airbus signs up Thai sale and completion centre

Airbus signs up Thai sale and completion centre

16-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has appointed Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) as its “Prime Contractor and Completion Centre” for the sale and distribution of its helicopters to Thailand’s military and governmental customers. Under this agreement, TAI will act on behalf of Airbus for new rotorcraft sales in the country. At the same time, TAI will undertake additional workshare.... Read more

PHI to fly Airbus H160 for Shell on Gulf of Mexico

PHI to fly Airbus H160 for Shell on Gulf of Mexico

15-Feb-2021Source: Airbus

International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract marks the entry into the oil and gas market of the H160 with a wealth of design features promising new levels of safety, comfort and schedule... Read more

Entrol makes first simulator sale into Brazil

Entrol makes first simulator sale into Brazil

15-Feb-2021Source: Entrol

Safety Flight, located in Campo de Marte airport (Brazil), has purchased from entrol an H135 FTD Level 5 simulator. It will be the first entrol simulator to be installed in Brazil. The simulator will come with dual GTN 750, a cylindrical visual system with 3-channel STD and extended vertical field of view for mission training.... Read more

Midlands Air Ambulance plans to future-proof advanced Pre-Hospital Care

Midlands Air Ambulance plans to future-proof advanced Pre-Hospital Care

15-Feb-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

To help futureproof the advanced pre-hospital service operated by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the organisation is developing a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters in the Shropshire area, which will benefit patients across the whole of the Midlands. The robust plans were approved by Shropshire Council late January, the charity’s Board of Trustees gave final approval... Read more

HeliOperations launches EASA standard Night Vision training

HeliOperations launches EASA standard Night Vision training

15-Feb-2021Source: HeliOperations

HeliOperations is delighted to be able to offer an EASA Standard Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) qualification, suitable for both civil and military customers using its own state of the art, full-motion NVIS equipped simulator situated at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose followed by live NVIS flying training using its own Sea King helicopters... Read more

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

Robinson’s Cockpit Camera Now Available

15-Feb-2021Source: Robinson

Robinson’s Cockpit Video Camera introduced at Heli Expo 2020 is now optional on R22/R44 helicopters and standard on R66 helicopters ordered after 15 January 2021. Securely mounted in the ceiling for minimal vibration and optimal field of view, the 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) video camera records video, intercom audio, radio communications, and... Read more

Bristow Group Announces Pricing of $400 Million Senior Secured Notes in a Private Offering

Bristow Group Announces Pricing of $400 Million Senior Secured Notes in a Private Offering

15-Feb-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced the pricing of its previously announced private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”) to eligible purchasers pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The closing of... Read more

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

Helicopter Association International’s 360-Degree View on Helicopter Safety

15-Feb-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) began over 70 years ago as a group to promote and advocate for the helicopter industry. While HAI maintains that role today, the association also makes significant and robust contributions to safety programs for the industry. HAI’s vision is an industry with zero accidents, and in pursuit of that goal, its... Read more

Metro Aviation names Chief Inspector

Metro Aviation names Chief Inspector

15-Feb-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation is congratulating Justin Painter on his new role as Chief Inspector of the Metro Aviation Repair Station.  Justin replaces Nick Bruton, a long-time Metro employee who retired in January after 35 years. Justin joined Metro Aviation in 2010 as a hangar mechanic.  As a mechanic in the Shreveport-based Repair Station and at Metro’s... Read more

Advance Aerospace goes live with WinAir MRO software

Advance Aerospace goes live with WinAir MRO software

15-Feb-2021Source: WinAir

WinAir is delighted to announce that MRO, Advance Aerospace Inc., has implemented WinAir Version 7 and is now live with the software. After concluding a seamless product implementation this past January using entirely remote processes and procedures, including completing a data migration, inventory import, and user training, the MRO is now using the software daily... Read more

The Aviation Centre offers solution for UK pilots flying in post-Brexit Europe

The Aviation Centre offers solution for UK pilots flying in post-Brexit Europe

14-Feb-2021Source: The Aviation Centre

When the Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020, the UK ceased to form part of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This left UK-licensed pilots in the frustrating position of only being able to fly UK-registered aircraft. Mallorca’s The Aviation Centre has the solution. “Although the Civil Aviation Authority will now assume all... Read more

Thuringia Police order Hensoldt Argos II observation system

Thuringia Police order Hensoldt Argos II observation system

12-Feb-2021Source: HENSOLDT

For HENSOLDT, it is another important EOS contract with a delivery as first tier supplier and prime contractor directly to the customer. “We are offering a turnkey solution here and are assuming responsibility for the entire project until the return delivery of the helicopters with integrated and approved ARGOS II systems in November 2021,” said... Read more

Airbus to partner with Flytech to train drone pilots in India

Airbus to partner with Flytech to train drone pilots in India

12-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flytech Aviation Academy, a leading Indian aviation training academy, to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training. The MoU was signed at Aero India 2021. Airbus brings a wealth of experience in aviation training, courseware development, safety and quality standards, while Flytech excels in aviation... Read more

US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

US Helicopter Safety Team video premier on spatial disorientation: “56 Seconds to Live”

12-Feb-2021Source: USHST

Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you only had 56 seconds to live? If you are a helicopter pilot and you find yourself in Unintentional Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC), those precious 56 seconds may be a reality. “U.S. accident statistics reveal that a helicopter pilot operating under Visual Flight Rules who unintentionally continues... Read more

Global Helicopter Service win European Defence Agency contract

Global Helicopter Service win European Defence Agency contract

12-Feb-2021Source: Global Helicopter Service GmbH

Global Helicopter Service GmbH a leading German helicopter service provider is pleased to announce the award of the European Defence Agency, Forward Aeromedical Evacuation, and Air Transport Contract for the MINUSMA Mission in Mali. The contract runs from 01 December 2020 and GHS have positioned an Airbus H225, D-HTPN, and a Bell 412 EP, D-HAFN... Read more

Kaman announces date for 2020 Q4 results

Kaman announces date for 2020 Q4 results

12-Feb-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced that it will report its fourth quarter 2020 results after the stock market closes on Thursday, February 25, 2021, and host a live webcast and conference call at 8:30 am ET on Friday, February 26, 2021. In addition, a supplemental presentation relating to the fourth quarter and full year 2020 results... Read more

Milestone Aviation adds 11 Airbus H225 to Air Center Helicopters’ Fleet

Milestone Aviation adds 11 Airbus H225 to Air Center Helicopters’ Fleet

12-Feb-2021

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing has announced that it has added 11 Airbus H225 helicopters to the Air Center Helicopters, Inc (“ACHI”) fleet. The aircraft will be delivered throughout 2021 and 2022 and will primarily be used for utility, training and transport missions for... Read more

VFS Welcomed 36 New Corporate Members in 2020

VFS Welcomed 36 New Corporate Members in 2020

12-Feb-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society — the world’s first and foremost non-profit technical organization dedicated to advancing vertical flight — saw record growth in the number of corporate members again in 2020. As of Jan. 1, 2021, a total of 137 companies are now members of VFS, a net 15% growth over 2020 and a doubling... Read more

Houston PD takes delivery of new H125

Houston PD takes delivery of new H125

12-Feb-2021Source: Metro Aviation

The Houston Police Department, one of the largest air units in the country, recently took delivery of a new and very special H125. It’s the first H125 for the department and will be utilized for fighting violent and property crime, and assisting with search and rescue, homeland security and firefighting support. It is also a... Read more

Leonardo UK apprentice recognised with national award

Leonardo UK apprentice recognised with national award

12-Feb-2021Source: Somerset Live

An apprentice at Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil has been recognised with a national award. Tiago Gomes is an operations craft apprentice at the Lysander Road company and has been ‘highly commended’ in the national final of the Make UK Awards. See Full Story.   ... Read more

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

Forbes Recognizes Bell Textron Canada

12-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Forbes has named 300 companies as Canada’s Best Employers for 2021, and Bell’s Canadian organization, Bell Textron Canada Ltd., ranked 40 overall! Regarded for its design, manufacturing, testing, certification and delivery contributions to Bell’s commercial segment, the company also earned second in the Aerospace and Defense industry. “Bell Textron Canada is respected across the country for... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2021

11-Feb-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters in the main section, but under “AAIB Record-only investigations reviewed: November – December 2020” is this 11 Sep 2020 Robinson R44 G-CDUE Peterborough Business Airport, Cambridgeshire The helicopter was caught by a gust of wind as the... Read more

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

AW139 Wet Floor Achieves CAANZ STC

11-Feb-2021Source: Airwork

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) Supplementary Type Certificate for a Light Weight, cost effective AW139 Wet Floor for EMS/SAR and Offshore configured Leonardo AW139 Helicopters. The Airwork standard fit Wet Floor for the Leonardo AW139 helicopter was designed in conjunction with the launch customer, CHC Australia, and is... Read more

Mercury Systems Delivers 1,000th Apache Ethernet Routing Device to Boeing

Mercury Systems Delivers 1,000th Apache Ethernet Routing Device to Boeing

11-Feb-2021Source: Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, has achieved a significant milestone with the delivery of the 1,000th ethernet routing device (ERD) to Boeing. The ERD is a rugged line-replaceable unit (LRU) designed for aviation applications where extreme temperature, shock and vibration are prevalent. It... Read more

HAI statement on Kobe Bryant NTSB hearing

HAI statement on Kobe Bryant NTSB hearing

10-Feb-2021Source: HAI

The staff of Helicopter Association International (HAI) followed the findings and recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to the Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. HAI extends its deepest sympathies to those who lost a loved one in this accident and is committed to the goal of zero fatal accidents... Read more

Bluewater Health Planning for Hospital Helipad

Bluewater Health Planning for Hospital Helipad

10-Feb-2021Source: Bluewater Health

Bluewater Health is planning for the establishment of a helipad at the Sarnia hospital to support the region’s most critical patients. Earlier this week. Lambton County Council received their first high-level overview of the project. “Every single minute saved in transporting a patient drastically increases the likelihood of a positive outcome,” said Dr. Mike Haddad,... Read more

Dentons represents Airbus Bank on Mexican H145 and H175 financing

Dentons represents Airbus Bank on Mexican H145 and H175 financing

10-Feb-2021Source: Dentons

Global law firm Dentons has advised the Munich-based financier, Airbus Bank GmbH (Airbus Bank), on its portfolio financing of four new Airbus helicopters leased to Transportes Aéreos Pegaso (Pegaso), a Mexican air transport service provider. The helicopter portfolio includes two H175s and two H145s, making Pegaso the first H145 operator in Mexico and the first... Read more

AT Systems Spatial Disorientation Device meets NTSB Recommendation

AT Systems Spatial Disorientation Device meets NTSB Recommendation

10-Feb-2021Source: AT Systems

AT Systems patented device trains pilots for degraded visual environment conditions during routine training flights. This unique device is the latest technology in training for spatial disorientation and low visibility events such as Inadvertent IMC, brown-out, or white-out conditions.  The NTSB has identified in aircraft spatial disorientation training as a key factor in preventing accidents... Read more

CAE awarded contract to provide US Customs and Border Protection with Aircraft Pilot Training Services

CAE awarded contract to provide US Customs and Border Protection with Aircraft Pilot Training Services

10-Feb-2021Source: CAE

At CAE OneWorld virtual conference and tradeshow, CAE announced that CAE USA has been awarded a contract to provide United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with Aircraft Pilot Training Services. CAE USA will serve as one of the prime contractors on the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded by CBP.  CAE USA will leverage... Read more

Kolkata Fire Dept considers helicopter

Kolkata Fire Dept considers helicopter

9-Feb-2021Source: Millennium Post

The state Fire and Emergency Services department is planning to introduce helicopters in its fleet to strengthen the fire fighting mechanism. See Full Story.... Read more

Demolition begins of Trump helipad at Mar-a-Lago

Demolition begins of Trump helipad at Mar-a-Lago

9-Feb-2021Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Palm Beach will once again be a helicopter-less haven as a permit was pulled Tuesday for demolition of the town’s sole helipad at The Mar-a-Lago Club. See Full Story. ... Read more

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

9-Feb-2021Source: Bryan County News

Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services now has a permanent helicopter landing area next to BCFES Station 1 on Highway 144 in South Bryan County. The zone is marked by four red and green lights and a windsock that identifies it as a landing area for helicopters. See Full Story. ... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance to make redundancies as part of restructure

Devon Air Ambulance to make redundancies as part of restructure

9-Feb-2021Source: Devon Air Ambulance

At Devon Air Ambulance we are committed to maintaining the essential emergency service that the charity provides and 2020 was busier than ever. At the same time, we, along with many other charities, suffered a huge financial shortfall through the cancellation of hundreds of face-to-face fundraising events and the closures of our shops during lockdowns.... Read more

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

9-Feb-2021Source: REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in Salton City, CA. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the communities of Imperial County and the surrounding regions. This is the third community-based air medical operation... Read more

CAMTS prepares for accreditation site visit of Air Methods Midwest Region

CAMTS prepares for accreditation site visit of Air Methods Midwest Region

9-Feb-2021Source: Air Methods

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of: Air Methods Midwest Region (Medflight, ARCH, Phelps Air, HSHS Rescue Flight, Saints Flight, LifeNet of Michigan, Air Methods Kentucky, LifeStar, Christ LifeFlight, and LifeNet McHenry) on February 25-26, 2021. The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the... Read more

Bristow makes Private Offering of $400M Senior Secured Notes

Bristow makes Private Offering of $400M Senior Secured Notes

9-Feb-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced that it has commenced, subject to market conditions and other factors, a private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”) to eligible purchasers pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the... Read more

Philippines – INAEC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification

Philippines – INAEC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification

9-Feb-2021Source: INAEC

In January 2021, INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC) successfully achieved its Stage 2 Certification for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) following a rigorous audit of its aviation operations by OmniSafe International, an Australian company that specializes in safety risk management, auditing and other services for the international aviation community. INAEC remains the sole... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

8-Feb-2021Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is taking additional steps to protect patients and crew members from COVID-19 by decontaminating crews and equipment with specially-prepared water containing salt and electricity which instantly kills 99.99% of bacteria, fungi and viruses. A dry `fog’ created from electrolysed saline water is released inside a tent into which anything... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter has a New Look

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter has a New Look

8-Feb-2021Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

The Abilene Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter has a new look. Air Evac 63 is now known as Hendrick Air 63, and the helicopter features Hendrick Health’s colors and logo. Marta Pagura, Program Director for the air medical base, said only the helicopter’s look has changed – everything else remains the same. Air Evac Lifeteam still... Read more

Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

8-Feb-2021Source: Brownley

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, legislation to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. “We are facing an existential threat to the future of our planet. In order to face this threat head on, we must be creative, be innovative, and... Read more

4AIR Launches as the First Emissions Reduction Solution Provider

4AIR Launches as the First Emissions Reduction Solution Provider

8-Feb-2021Source: 4AIR

4AIR launched as the first emissions reduction solution provider focused solely on helping private aviation participants to offset or reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-related pollutants. 4AIR’s framework, the only comprehensive approach to reducing or eliminating  aviation emissions, provides a simplified and verifiable path to mitigating the environmental impact of aviation activities... Read more

SH09 flies after major retrofit

SH09 flies after major retrofit

8-Feb-2021Source: Kopter

The SH09 third prototype (P3) recently took off, at Mollis, Switzerland, following a major modification.  This was part of the planned product development roadmap, towards the final Type Certificate configuration, as presented by Kopter during the 2020 HAI exhibition. This modification programme was successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo teams. It... Read more

All-female MH-60R flight crew takes to skies

All-female MH-60R flight crew takes to skies

5-Feb-2021Source: ABC

A Nowra-based crew has made Australian history by becoming the first all-female flight team to operate an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. See Full Story. ... Read more

GPMS Adds Key Talent to Speed Certifications and Ensure Customer Success

GPMS Adds Key Talent to Speed Certifications and Ensure Customer Success

5-Feb-2021Source: GPMS

Reacting to strong customer demand, helicopter health monitoring leader GPMS is expanding its team and adding key personnel for certifications and customer success. Jed Kalkstein, President, said, “Our core aviation product, Foresight MX, is getting a lot of traction. Based on this success, we’ve decided to invest in talent on the program side to speed... Read more

Genesys Aerosystems’ Announces New Virtual EFIS Tool

Genesys Aerosystems’ Announces New Virtual EFIS Tool

5-Feb-2021Source: Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog company, announced the availability of a new software tool for all levels of Full Flight Simulators/Flight Training Devices and integration testing, the Virtual IDU (VIDU). The VIDU is a software platform that runs on a Windows PC and emulates a physical IDU-680 or IDU-450.  Utilizing standard TCP/IP, the VIDU can be... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed Forges PIU Partnerships

Spectrum Aeromed Forges PIU Partnerships

5-Feb-2021Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, requests for isolation units have increased dramatically. To continue to meet and exceed the needs of the global market during this challenging time, Spectrum Aeromed has partnered with ISOVAC Products and other manufacturers. Together, these industry leaders will support the global increase in demand and offer a safe, reliable... Read more

Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

5-Feb-2021Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has included the Leonardo AW139 helicopter to its Part 145 Certified Repair Station certificate. This newly added capability allows Summit to perform aircraft maintenance including inspections, overhaul, repair and/or modification for AW139 owners and operators. “We have been serving similar types of aircraft owners and operators... Read more

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

5-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered the first European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified Bell 505 NXi to a corporate customer in Europe. The delivery was made at the Bell Textron Prague facility.  “We are proud to now offer the Bell 505 NXi to our European customers,” said Duncan Van... Read more

Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

5-Feb-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo celebrates today the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter’s maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the Company’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001. The helicopter flew for 45 minutes checking initial airworthiness tests, hovering, lateral and forward flight, handling qualities and subsystems. This soon confirmed... Read more

Glen Girard recognized with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Glen Girard recognized with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

5-Feb-2021Source: Metro Aviation

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award issued by the FAA to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.  Metro Aviation Standardization and Compliance Manager Glen Girard recently received the award for his contribution to the aviation industry. The award recognizes pilots who... Read more

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,... Read more

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

4-Feb-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock Australasia has achieved a significant in-service milestone with Ambulance Victoria, with its AW139 helicopter fleet exceeding 20,000 flying hours at the five year anniversary of entering service. Since January 2016, Babcock has supplied five AW139s, plus a service assurance aircraft, to support Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. Babcock Australasia’s Chief Pilot... Read more

Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

4-Feb-2021Source: Rosoboronexport

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec State Corporation) is organizing a joint display of Russian industrial enterprises at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace exhibition, which will be held at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, the Republic of India, on February 3-5. “Russia and India have been maintaining and building up mutually beneficial strategic partnership.... Read more

Solvay and Leonardo launch composites joint research lab

Solvay and Leonardo launch composites joint research lab

4-Feb-2021Source: Solvay

Solvay and Leonardo announced the launch of a joint research lab dedicated to the development of novel composite materials and production processes critical for the future of the aerospace industry. This collaboration represents an important milestone in enabling a step-change in composite part manufacture and in reducing environmental impacts. The Solvay Leonardo Joint Lab will focus on thermoplastic... Read more

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

4-Feb-2021Source: Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash... Read more

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

3-Feb-2021Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has launched a new concierge service, Blue Hawaiian Activities, offering customized activity planning for travelers. As of Monday, Blue Hawaiian Activities operates 19 concierge offices on Maui and Oahu, and the company plans to expand to Kauai and Hawaii Island in the coming months. In addition to offering general resort and island... Read more

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

3-Feb-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and UK-based Ultra (LSE: ULE) equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration. This successful demonstration of the UAS ASW mission on October 29 was the... Read more

Air Methods CEO calls for end of membership programs

Air Methods CEO calls for end of membership programs

3-Feb-2021

At Air Methods we have made it our mission to identify more effective ways to keep patients out of the middle of the billing process. We eliminated our membership program back in 2019, focused our efforts on reaching in-network agreements with insurance companies, and developed a robust patient advocacy program that provides the assistance patients... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

3-Feb-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

When dealing with the most serious major traumas in Yorkshire, time is of the essence and it is paramount that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Team can reach their patients in the quickest way possible. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that they have introduced two custom-built Skoda Kodiaq Rapid Response Vehicles to... Read more

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

3-Feb-2021Source: HAI

The U.S. Senate voted 86-13 to confirm Peter Buttigieg’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Helicopter Association International (HAI) congratulates Secretary Buttigieg and looks forward to his leadership and guidance as he takes over this new role. “HAI believes that Peter Buttigieg’s experience in military intelligence, as a Rhodes Scholar, and as the... Read more

Spectrum Aeromed Announces New President

Spectrum Aeromed Announces New President

3-Feb-2021Source: Spectrum Aeromed

Spectrum Aeromed, a leading global designer and manufacturer of air ambulance equipment and medical interiors announced the promotion of Chad Kost to President of the company.  Kost has held the position of Chief Operating Officer since joining the company in 2012, in the company’s headquarter business office located in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. “Chad has shown... Read more

Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

3-Feb-2021Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

Robinson Helicopter Company recently added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R44 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance, and longer life. At 16 pounds, the TB17 is substantially lighter than the R44’s standard 29.5-pound battery, reducing the helicopter’s overall weight by 13.5 pounds.... Read more

Rostec tests new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters

Rostec tests new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters

2-Feb-2021Source: Rostec

The United Engine Corporation of Rostec has started testing a new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters. The test was successful, and the engine started without problems at the UEC-Klimov test bench in St. Petersburg. Currently the engineers of UEC-Klimov in St. Petersburg have successfully completed the first third of the test program, evaluated... Read more

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

2-Feb-2021Source: Bell

Hillwood and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, demonstrated a point-to-point unmanned aircraft system (UAS) package delivery in North Texas at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) flew across the Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), and delivered a package to a landing area, demonstrating its future commercial capabilities.... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

2-Feb-2021Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 1,577 call-outs by air and road in 2020 – its second highest yearly total on record – as it remained fully operational throughout the pandemic providing vital support to the NHS. The 2020 yearly figures represent a drop of 685 individual call-outs when compared to... Read more

Rostec Equips Ansat with Wi-Fi and Satellite Internet

Rostec Equips Ansat with Wi-Fi and Satellite Internet

2-Feb-2021Source: Kazan Helicopters

Kazan Helicopters of Russian Helicopter holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to equip Ansat helicopter with the Mku30 satellite communication system. This option will provide helicopter passengers with high-speed Internet access during the flight. This Ku band satellite communication system, created by MOST Satellite... Read more

Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

2-Feb-2021Source: Schiebel

Nordic Unmanned has acquired two CAMCOPTER® S-100 systems. The first was delivered last week and the remaining will be delivered in Q2 2021. This acquisition comes after successful sulphur sniffer operations in Denmark and France. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was also recently operated for the world’s first full-scale offshore UAV cargo delivery to the active oil... Read more

NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Neptune Energy

NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Neptune Energy

2-Feb-2021Source: NHV Group

NHV Group announced a new long-term contract with Neptune Energy in support of itsoffshore Seagull Field development. Under the initial eighteen months agreement, the H175 flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to transport passengers to the drilling rig. The state-of-the-art H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet... Read more

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