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Heli-One and Caverton Sign Support Agreement

Heli-One and Caverton Sign Support Agreement

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, and Caverton Helicopters have signed a multi-year maintenance support agreement for a Sikorsky S-76C++. Heli-One will be providing Caverton’s S-76C++ with comprehensive maintenance support covering airframe, components (including dynamics), avionics, rotor blades, rescue equipment and more. Caverton will benefit from Heli-One’s experience and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 18-Apr-19

FlightSafety integrates its Mixed Reality and VITAL 1100 Visual Systems

FlightSafety integrates its Mixed Reality and VITAL 1100 Visual Systems

FlightSafety International has developed technology that integrates its Mixed Reality and VITAL 1100 Visual Systems into Cockpit Procedures Trainers. FlightSafety is demonstrating this highly effective and cost efficient approach at the 2019 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (AAAA) in Nashville, Tennessee. “Integrating FlightSafety’s immersive Mixed Reality capability and VITAL 1100 Visual System will significantly increase… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Apr-19

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H135 final assembly line starts operations

H135 final assembly line starts operations

Airbus Helicopters has expanded its industrial footprint and partnership with China with the opening of the H135 final assembly line in Qingdao. The factory is the first helicopter FAL built by a foreign manufacturer in China, as well as the first H135 FAL outside of Europe. The opening of this FAL follows a cooperation agreement… Read more »

18-Apr-19

P&WC adds Designated Maintenance Facility in China for AW139 operators

P&WC adds Designated Maintenance Facility in China for AW139 operators

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has appointed Citic Offshore Helicopter Co., Ltd. (COHC) in Shenzhen, China as a Designated Maintenance Facility to maintain PT6C-67C engines for Leonardo AW139 helicopter customers in China. COHC will offer line maintenance and Mobile Repair Team (MRT) services. “Listening to the needs of our… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 17-Apr-19

360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS) system took flight for the first time aboard the V-280 Valor, Bell Helicopter’s next-generation tiltrotor aircraft in a series of flights over Fort Worth, Texas, in March. PDAS is a multi-functional sensor system that generates high-resolution, 360-degree imagery around the aircraft to enhance situational awareness for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Apr-19

Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

Nassau County is currently experiencing a police helicopter pilot shortage. Currently there are only four pilots available for the whole aviation unit. Due to this shortage, Suffolk and the NYPD have had to fill in by sending their helicopter, as the Nassau’s helicopter had no available pilot. Currently there are two pilots in training, one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-19

Air Methods closes Rainbow City base in Alabama

Air Methods closes Rainbow City base in Alabama

Fire departments in eastern Alabama are raising concerns after the announcement that Air Methods will no longer be in service at their Rainbow City base. The nearest helicopter is Sylacauga, but fire officials are worried that the chances of a single helicopter being in use already will be high.  Air Methods decided to close their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-19

Honeywell T55 Engine Powers New Future Vertical Lift Aircraft

Honeywell T55 Engine Powers New Future Vertical Lift Aircraft

Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) legendary T55 turboshaft engine has a new home on one of the most advanced rotorcraft flying today. A pair of T55 engines successfully powered a new Future Vertical Lift demonstrator intended to modernize the U.S. Army Aviation branch. The engines lifted the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT medium-lift demonstrator on its first flight in… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 16-Apr-19

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DRF makes successful start at new Bautzen base

DRF makes successful start at new Bautzen base

[electronic translation] 100 days at the station Bautzen – the DRF Luftrettung takes stock. In the first quarter of 2019, the “Christoph 62”, a state-of-the-art H 145 aircraft, had already been alerted 268 times, with around 20 percent of deployments flying at night. Thanks to the great experience of the DRF Luftrettung and the good… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 16-Apr-19

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Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics (UA) has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the company’s new touchscreen EFIS Control Display Unit (ECDU) for the InSight Display System. Designed for efficiency, the Touch ECDU provides fast, easy access for InSight user control and input. This latest offering further improves the InSight Display System, providing the ultimate in operator… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 16-Apr-19

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DRF Luftrettung buys Northern HeliCopter GmbH

DRF Luftrettung buys Northern HeliCopter GmbH

[electronic translation] The Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC), Emden, has a new strong partner at their side: The DRF Foundation Luftrettung gemeinnützige AG (DRF Luftrettung) has taken retroactive to January 1, 2019, the shares of the air rescue company to 100 percent. The independence of the NHC and its service portfolio for the people in the region… Read more »

15-Apr-19

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RUAG STC integrates customized avionics and night vision capabilities

RUAG STC integrates customized avionics and night vision capabilities

Approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the STC is specifically designed to maximize situational awareness for all mission flights, day or night. RUAG integrated the customized avionics package, NVIS and cockpit upgrade STC on two new Airbus Helicopters H125 (formerly AS350), belonging to FOCA and STSB. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Airbus Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 15-Apr-19

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Sikorsky Teamsters Win the Ergo Cup

Sikorsky Teamsters Win the Ergo Cup

Members of Teamsters Local 1150 won a competition at the Ergo Cup in New Orleans. The workers are responsible for manufacturing helicopters for Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The Ergo Cup takes place at the Applied Ergonomics Conference, a national convention geared towards showcasing the latest developments in the field of… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 15-Apr-19

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Era Helicopters Wins 2019 NOIA Safety in Seas Award

Era Helicopters Wins 2019 NOIA Safety in Seas Award

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) presented Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”) with the 2019 NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Culture of Safety Award during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. Era is recognized for instituting a robust safety culture that resulted in a drop in the company’s Total Recordable Incident Rate from 1.78… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 15-Apr-19

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Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

Babcock sells their half of Helidax – but was Brexit to blame?

In January 2008, the French Ministry of Defence launched its first private-public partnership (PPP) under a contract signed with Hélidax. This company has been equally owned by Babcock MCS France and DCI (Défense Conseil International). Babcock acquired their half through the purchase of Avincis, a group of companies which included INAER Helicopter France – which… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-19

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EASA at AERO 2019

EASA at AERO 2019

EASA focuses on a new vision while maintaining its commitment for General Aviation with the GA Roadmap 2.0! This year’s highlights include the launch of the EASA GA Safety Award and a revolutionary new approach to Part-21 In the past years, EASA and the European GA community have relentlessly worked at making General Aviation regulation… Read more »

Source: EASA, 12-Apr-19

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Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 12-Apr-19

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Trump proposes import duties on Airbus helicopters built in EU

Trump proposes import duties on Airbus helicopters built in EU

The US Government has issued a statement proposing new import duties, on the basis of what they believe to be subsidies from the EU to Airbus (as a Group) valued at $11 Billion per year. This figure is subject to an arbitration at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the result of which is expected to… Read more »

11-Apr-19

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Luxaviation Helicopters partners with PhilJets to boost Asia-Pacific rotorcraft charter

Luxaviation Helicopters partners with PhilJets to boost Asia-Pacific rotorcraft charter

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, is announcing Philippines-based helicopter charter operator PhilJets as the latest member of the Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance. The integration of PhilJets into the Alliance will provide members with VIP helicopter charter access in the Asia-Pacific region. This compliments the Alliance’s existing global capabilities in the US, Europe and… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation, 11-Apr-19

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IBAC Participating in First ICAO Stocktaking Seminar

IBAC Participating in First ICAO Stocktaking Seminar

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) continues its support of the wider use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) within the business aviation sector by participating in the first ICAO Stocktaking Seminar toward the 2050 Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFS2019). This seminar will take place 30 April – 1 May in Montreal and will provide… Read more »

Source: IBAC, 11-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters presented a mockup of the VRT500

Russian Helicopters presented a mockup of the VRT500

The design bureau VR-Technologies, subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters holding company, presented a mockup of the light multi-purpose helicopter VRT500 at the Fuorisalone exhibition (part of the Milan Design Week, held April 8–14). The helicopter model is presented at the exhibition of ItalDesign, which was one of the developer companies of VRT500. Currently specialists of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Apr-19

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Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, recently received the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) 2018 Award of Excellence “Diamond Award.” The prestigious honor is a result of the ongoing dedication to maintenance training and aircraft safety. The award is Maverick Helicopters’ eighth consecutive for its Las Vegas and Grand Canyon South Rim locations… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 11-Apr-19

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MD Helicopters presents “Excellence Award” to Precision Aviation Group

MD Helicopters presents “Excellence Award” to Precision Aviation Group

Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, has received the Excellence Award presented by MD Helicopters, Inc. The award signifies PAG’s commitment and approach to serving its global “mission-critical” customer base. The award was presented at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia…. Read more »

Source: PAG, 11-Apr-19

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Vertical Flight Society Announces Individual Recipients of its 75th Annual Awards

Vertical Flight Society Announces Individual Recipients of its 75th Annual Awards

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

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 11-Apr-19

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Honeywell And Volocopter To Research And Develop Navigation Solutions

Honeywell And Volocopter To Research And Develop Navigation Solutions

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Volocopter have signed an agreement to jointly test and develop new navigation and automatic landing systems for Volocopter’s vertical takeoff and landing aircraft as the emerging era of urban air mobility moves closer to delivering a new breed of cleaner, safer and smarter air vehicles. This agreement launches Honeywell’s extensive autonomous… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 10-Apr-19

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RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

RMT union repeats call for public enquiry into helicopter safety

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

Source: RMT, 10-Apr-19

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WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

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

Source: Women in Aviation, 10-Apr-19

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Full Flight Simulator upgraded

Full Flight Simulator upgraded

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: Helibras, 10-Apr-19

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Air Methods Celebrates StarCare Base’s 30th Anniversary

Air Methods Celebrates StarCare Base’s 30th Anniversary

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

Source: Air Methods, 10-Apr-19

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Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Lichten Award Winners

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Russian Helicopters, 10-Apr-19

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New Manila Ride-Sharing Flights

New Manila Ride-Sharing Flights

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-19

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Altitude Air new Helicopter arrives

Altitude Air new Helicopter arrives

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

Source: Aviation Nepal, 08-Apr-19

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Carlyle Group Completes Purchase of StandardAero

Carlyle Group Completes Purchase of StandardAero

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

Source: StandardAero, 08-Apr-19

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Elbit Systems Signs Definitive Agreement

Elbit Systems Signs Definitive Agreement

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

Source: Elbit Systems, 08-Apr-19

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Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

Polish Ministry of National Defence signs Agreement for AW101

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

Source: Leonardo, 08-Apr-19

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SHOTOVER Launches Ultra-Compact B1 Gyro-Stabilized Camera System

SHOTOVER Launches Ultra-Compact B1 Gyro-Stabilized Camera System

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

Source: SHOTOVER, 08-Apr-19

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Turkish Aerospace will demonstrate T129 at LAAD 2019

Turkish Aerospace will demonstrate T129 at LAAD 2019

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

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 08-Apr-19

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AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

AMGH acquiring SevenBar Aviation

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

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

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DRF Luftrettung opens doors for local partners

DRF Luftrettung opens doors for local partners

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

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 08-Apr-19

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Hensoldt launches a flight data recorder for light helicopters

Hensoldt launches a flight data recorder for light helicopters

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

Source: Hensoldt, 08-Apr-19

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HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

HQ Aviation gains approval as RR300 Authorized Service Center

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

Source: HQ Aviation, 08-Apr-19

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New Director of Maintenance at Sundance Helicopters

New Director of Maintenance at Sundance Helicopters

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

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 05-Apr-19

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AeroBase receives AS9120 Rev B certification

AeroBase receives AS9120 Rev B certification

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

Source: AeroBase Group, 05-Apr-19

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NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

NHV awarded contract from Premier Oil

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

Source: NHV, 05-Apr-19

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VFS Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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

Source: VFS, 05-Apr-19

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NHV gains 12th H175

NHV gains 12th H175

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

Source: NHV, 04-Apr-19

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VFS Announces Group Recipients

VFS Announces Group Recipients

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

Source: VFS, 04-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: Kaman, 03-Apr-19

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Australian Defence Force Issues Final Acceptance of Kratos Training

Australian Defence Force Issues Final Acceptance of Kratos Training

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

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

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Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: HAI, 03-Apr-19

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Airbus and Helibras arrive in Rio for LAAD 2019

Airbus and Helibras arrive in Rio for LAAD 2019

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Apr-19

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VFS Awards Announces Individual Recipients

VFS Awards Announces Individual Recipients

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

Source: VFS, 03-Apr-19

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Airbus becomes first helicopter manufacturer to digitise paper logcards

Airbus becomes first helicopter manufacturer to digitise paper logcards

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Apr-19

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Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

Registration Now Open – CHC Safety and Quality Summit 2019

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

Source: CHC, 02-Apr-19

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Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

Weststar AW139 and AW169 orders

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

Source: Leonardo, 02-Apr-19

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Unique Flying Banana begins Restoration

Unique Flying Banana begins Restoration

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

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 02-Apr-19

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JETNET Launches New API Product

JETNET Launches New API Product

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

Source: JETNET, 02-Apr-19

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H135 equipped with the Heliconics to Mainichi Shimbun

H135 equipped with the Heliconics to Mainichi Shimbun

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Apr-19

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Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

Blue Sky Network Expands Aerial Firefighting Capabilities

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

Source: Blue Sky Network, 02-Apr-19

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Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

Jetcopter VTOL urban air taxi to be shown at Aero Friedrichshafen

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

Source: Jetcopter, 01-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: UK Royal Navy, 01-Apr-19

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HAI Applauds House Committee Vote on HR 1108

HAI Applauds House Committee Vote on HR 1108

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

Source: HAI, 01-Apr-19

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UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

UK – Petrofac extends Survitec contract for immersion suits and lifejackets

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

Source: Survitec Group, 01-Apr-19

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AeroComputers announces an agreement with ACSE GmbH

AeroComputers announces an agreement with ACSE GmbH

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

Source: AeroComputers, 01-Apr-19

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Helicentre Aviation to Host Bristow Careers Days

Helicentre Aviation to Host Bristow Careers Days

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

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 01-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: CHC, 01-Apr-19

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Helibras delivers ACH130 to client of Santa Catarina

Helibras delivers ACH130 to client of Santa Catarina

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

Source: Helibras, 01-Apr-19

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Spectrum Aeromed Acquired by Heartland Equity Partners

Spectrum Aeromed Acquired by Heartland Equity Partners

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

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 01-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: Latitude Technologies, 01-Apr-19

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MAG Aerospace acquires Encore Helicopter Maintenance

MAG Aerospace acquires Encore Helicopter Maintenance

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

Source: MAG Aerospace, 01-Apr-19

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CCAD completes 10,000 th T700 engine overhaul

CCAD completes 10,000 th T700 engine overhaul

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

Source: CCAD, 01-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters participates in LIMA 2019

Russian Helicopters participates in LIMA 2019

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

Source: Russian Helicopters, 01-Apr-19

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