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Cadorath celebrates its 65th Anniversary

Cadorath celebrates its 65th Anniversary

March, 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of Cadorath. Their brand promise to customers: “We Turn ‘Can’t’ into ‘Next’”, is forged from strong traditions since the company began in 1954. Leading up to and looking beyond 65 years, Cadorath has positioned themselves as a solution provider for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities across the globe…. Read more »

Source: Cadorath, 12-Mar-19

Safran Awarded Patent for Multi-Engine Propulsion System

Safran Awarded Patent for Multi-Engine Propulsion System

The invention relates to an architecture of a propulsion system of a multi-engine helicopter, comprising turboshaft engines (1, 2) that are connected to a power transmission gearbox (3), and comprising a low DC voltage onboard network (7) for supplying helicopter equipment during flight, characterized in that it comprises: a hybrid turboshaft engine (1) that is capable of operating in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 12-Mar-19

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Flightdocs launches new ops product for helicopter operators

Flightdocs launches new ops product for helicopter operators

Flightdocs (Booth #B3228), the leading provider of aviation software solutions, announces their new platform, Flightdocs Operations™. 100% cloud based, Flightdocs Operations™ utilizes the latest in web and mobile technology to deliver a modern, intuitive and powerful platform to manage every aspect of a helicopter flight operation. Since the release of Flightdocs HMX geared towards maintenance… Read more »

Source: Flightdocs, 12-Mar-19

NorcaTec Further Expands T53 OEM Exclusive Distribution Portfolio

NorcaTec Further Expands T53 OEM Exclusive Distribution Portfolio

NorcaTec LLC announced that it has been selected by Honeywell as their Exclusive Distributor of OEM spare parts for the T53 turboshaft engine worldwide excluding Japan. This agreement expands on its current relationship with Honeywell which began in 2014. NorcaTec will now provide the full range of aftermarket support for Spare Parts, Accessories/LRU’s, Components and… Read more »

Source: NorcaTec, 12-Mar-19

DART launches its new AW139 Skylight Window

DART launches its new AW139 Skylight Window

DART Aerospace has officially announced the launch of its new AW139 Replacement Skylight Window. In order to provide improved durability to AW139 operators, DART’s Skylights are constructed from singlelayered and specially coated polycarbonate, which offers direct replacement to the current OEM laminated acrylic window. DART completed extensive DO-160 testing on the product, including extreme temperature,… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Mar-19

Tanis receives STC for S-64 Aircrane Preheat System

Tanis receives STC for S-64 Aircrane Preheat System

Tanis Aircraft Products announced today the FAA Supplemental Type Certification SR04343CH and the availability of its helicopter preconditioning system for the Erickson S-64 Aircrane. Erickson is a leading aerospace manufacturer and global provider of aviation services that operates, maintains and manufactures utility aircraft to safely transport and place people and cargo around the world. Erickson… Read more »

Source: Tanis Aircraft Products, 12-Mar-19

DART launches its H130 Landing Gear

DART launches its H130 Landing Gear

DART Aerospace is happy to be introducing its new H130 Landing Gear to the rotorcraft industry. This new landing gear is a direct replacement to OEM parts and is designed to be a plug-and-play option offering maximum compatibility across all components. Designed from an improved alloy, the DART Landing Gear offers superior corrosion and cracking… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Mar-19

Spectro wins engine healthcare contract for Air Methods

Spectro wins engine healthcare contract for Air Methods

Spectro | Jet-Care, the trusted and independent laboratory of choice for condition monitoring services to the aviation industry, today announced the signing of a contract with Air Methods, the leading air medical services provider, to provide a comprehensive fluid and debris analysis programme for their fleet of more than 450 helicopters. Through the contract, Spectro… Read more »

Source: Spectro | Jet-Care, 12-Mar-19

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Aerometals Developing Innovative Airbus H225 Engine Inlet Barrier Filter System

Aerometals Developing Innovative Airbus H225 Engine Inlet Barrier Filter System

Aftermarket aircraft parts manufacturer and engine inlet barrier filter (IBF) innovator, Aerometals has announced a developmental program to certify an engine inlet barrier filter system for the Airbus H225 transport category helicopter. Due to industry demand, Aerometals has entered a cooperative agreement with engine manufacturer Safran Helicopter Engines to develop the next generation engine inlet… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 12-Mar-19

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David MacNeil becomes first private customer in North America to upgrade to new H145

David MacNeil becomes first private customer in North America to upgrade to new H145

Chicago-based customer David MacNeil is the first business and private aviation customer in North America to choose the new 5-bladed H145, announced at the Heli-Expo trade show. The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 increases the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg (330lbs) while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity and connectivity. “As… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

LCI Grows Australia-Based helicopter fleet

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has grown its Australia-based fleet of helicopters to 14 Leonardo AW139s with the arrival of two aircraft. The two AW139s are being transitioned by LCI customer, Babcock International Group company, from Aberdeen, United Kingdom to Karratha, Western Australia, where they will be operated by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 12-Mar-19

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Transportes Aéreos Pegaso to introduce the H145 in Mexico

Transportes Aéreos Pegaso to introduce the H145 in Mexico

Transportes Aéreos Pegaso (Pegaso) has acquired two H145 helicopters to be operated in the Gulf of México in support of the oil and electricity industries, becoming the first operator for this type in Mexico. The contract includes an HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour package, as well as Flyscan, the predictive maintenance service that analyses Health & Usage… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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Astronautics to flight test RoadRunner™ EFI on AW109

Astronautics to flight test RoadRunner™ EFI on AW109

Astronautics Corporation of America is providing its AFI 4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIs) to United Rotorcraft as cost-effective, drop-in replacements on two FIREHAWK helicopters operated by the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD). The RoadRunner EFIs—two per aircraft—are part of an upgraded avionics package and instrument panel that United Rotorcraft is outfitting for the surplus… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 12-Mar-19

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Airbus Helicopters announces 43 orders at Heli-Expo 2019

Airbus Helicopters announces 43 orders at Heli-Expo 2019

Airbus Helicopters wraps up the 2019 edition of Heli-Expo with 43 orders from worldwide customers announced for the whole Airbus civil product range – H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one helicopters of the 43 orders announced at the show were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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Heli-One Receives STC Approval For S-76B VVIP Luxury Interior Upgrade

Heli-One Receives STC Approval For S-76B VVIP Luxury Interior Upgrade

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its luxury interior upgrade from Transport Canada and the Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation. This STC is from the S76B VVIP upgrade project recently completed for a customer in Asia. The cabin has been… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Mar-19

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ACH160 helicopter sale maintains strong ACH momentum into 2019

ACH160 helicopter sale maintains strong ACH momentum into 2019

The sale of an Airbus ACH160 private helicopter to a European customer who is taking an Airbus aircraft for the first time underlines the sustained success of Airbus Corporate Helicopters following its highly positive first full year in 2018. Leading helicopter operator LionsAir of Switzerland will fly and maintain the aircraft on behalf of an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Corporate Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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Safran, HeliDax and AMS team up

Safran, HeliDax and AMS team up

HeliDax, AMS (Aircraft Maintenance Systems) and Safran Electronics & Defense signed a letter of intent to collaborate on a complete digital chain based on the Cassiopée range of flight data analysis services. This new solution will be a world first for helicopters. The partnership between Safran, HeliDax and AMS focuses on the implementation of a… Read more »

Source: Safran Electronics & Defense, 12-Mar-19

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Dare County MedFlight to upgrade to new H145

Dare County MedFlight to upgrade to new H145

North Carolina air medical operator Dare County MedFlight will be the first customer in North America to retrofit its helicopter to the new 5-bladed version, announced today at the Heli-Expo tradeshow at the Georgia World Congress Center. The new version of Airbus Helicopters’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Mar-19

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Bell Awarded Patent For Aircraft Engine Mount Assemblies

Bell Awarded Patent For Aircraft Engine Mount Assemblies

A rotorcraft, such as a tiltrotor aircraft having helicopter and airplane modes, includes an airframe, an engine and an engine mount assembly for coupling the engine to the airframe. The engine includes an engine lug forming an aperture. The engine mount assembly includes a mount having an aperture substantially aligned with the engine lug aperture. A sleeved… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 11-Mar-19

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Dart Aerospace sold to private equity group Greenbriar

Dart Aerospace sold to private equity group Greenbriar

Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. (“Greenbriar”) and First Aviation Services Inc. (“FAvS”) today announced the acquisition of DART Aerospace (“DART” or “the Company”), a leading provider of mission equipment and aftermarket components for the helicopter and fixed-wing industries. DART has operated as a subsidiary of Eagle Copters Ltd. (“Eagle Copters”) and Era Group Inc. (“Era”) for… Read more »

Source: Dart, 11-Mar-19

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A new Enstrom 280FX for Training in France

A new Enstrom 280FX for Training in France

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation was pleased to deliver their newest 280FX to the French training company, Golf Tango at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Gérard Taunay, founder of Golf Tango was on hand, along with François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor and Aircraft, the Enstrom dealer in France. This new 280FX will be operated from Golf Tango’s main base… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 11-Mar-19

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Sikorsky Expands iFly™ Performance Calculator

Sikorsky Expands iFly™ Performance Calculator

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) issued a beta version of its iFly Sikorsky™ performance calculator for the S-70i™ Black Hawk® helicopter. Available from the Apple Store as an iPad tablet app, iFly Sikorsky gives S-70i administrators, pilots and mission planners a quick and easy method to configure aircraft cabin layout and installed mission… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Mar-19

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Meridian delivers Bell 206L4 to Southern Utah University

Meridian delivers Bell 206L4 to Southern Utah University

Meridian Helicopters LLC, announced it has sold and delivered a Bell Helicopter 206L4 to Southern Utah University (SUU). The Meridian Helicopters completion of the aircraft consisted of many freshly overhauled components and engine. A complete Garmin avionics package was installed with compliance to the FAA ADS-B out requirements. The avionics package was finished with night… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH pioneers electric mobility in helicopter systems

ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH pioneers electric mobility in helicopter systems

ZF is constantly advancing vehicle electrification. Now, ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH presents at the largest trade fair for the international helicopter community, HAI Heli-Expo 2019, its vision in the electrified future of aviation. Products of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH and the entire ZF Group stand for reliability, quality and innovation and they are based on groundbreaking technical… Read more »

Source: ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH, 11-Mar-19

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Forest Helicopters upgrades fleet with Airbus H125

Forest Helicopters upgrades fleet with Airbus H125

Forest Helicopters Inc. has signed an order for a light single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada. A seasoned utility operator with Ontario bases in Kenora and Pickle Lake, the company will utilize the aircraft for a variety of missions including diamond drill support, powerline maintenance, fire suppression, wildlife services, airborne geophysics and precision aerial… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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FAA STC For Concorde Lead Acid Battery Upgrade

FAA STC For Concorde Lead Acid Battery Upgrade

FAA STC SR00917DE has been approved to install Concorde Battery Corporation’s Platinum Series® RG-292-102 (17Ah) or RG-292-103A (24Ah) on Sikorsky Aircraft S-92A helicopters. Concorde developed the RG-292 batteries as direct fit replacement for the original Ni-Cd battery. The table below indicates the correct Concorde battery to install dependent on the existing OEM battery. The existing… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 11-Mar-19

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Kopter and Louisiana State announce new helicopter facility

Kopter and Louisiana State announce new helicopter facility

During an event taking place today at Heli-Expo, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Kopter Group’s CEO Andreas Löwenstein jointly announced that Kopter will establish a new production facility for its SH09 helicopter in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kopter will lease a 84,700 sq. ft. facility from the Lafayette Airport Commission, which owns the state-of-the-art helicopter assembly… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 11-Mar-19

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Airbus and Swiss Rotor Solutions promoting use of Maximum Pilot View Kit

Airbus and Swiss Rotor Solutions promoting use of Maximum Pilot View Kit

Airbus Helicopters and Swiss Rotor Service (SRS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in the promotion of the Maximum Pilot View Kit (MPVK) for the H125 and older variants of the AS350 single-engine helicopter (B2 & B3 versions). This will enable customers to have the MPVK installed directly by Airbus Helicopters on newly-built… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Norwegian Air Ambulance orders new Airbus

Norwegian Air Ambulance orders new Airbus

Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation (NAAF) has become the launch customer in the emergency medical services (EMS) sector for the new H145 helicopter unveiled at the Heli-Expo 2019 exhibition. The Foundation, parent of Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (NOLAS), has ordered a single H145 which will be used for advanced research and development purposes. Airbus announced at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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MD Helicopters Features Tennessee Valley Authority MD530F and MD969 at Heli-Expo 2019

MD Helicopters Features Tennessee Valley Authority MD530F and MD969 at Heli-Expo 2019

MD Helicopters’ booth, C1228, at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, reflects the company’s commitment to manufacturing and delivering the most effective and efficient single-engine and light twin-engine helicopters available. At the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will proudly display two of its most iconic helicopter models, the MD 530F and the… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopers, 11-Mar-19

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Rega becomes launch customer for new H145 retrofit

Rega becomes launch customer for new H145 retrofit

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has taken the decision to retrofit its entire H145 fleet of seven helicopters to the new 5-bladed version, that was revealed yesterday at Heli-Expo, making them the launch customer for the retrofit of the new H145. “We’re proud to be amongst the first customers to upgrade our H145 to the new version”,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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New Options for Enstrom Service in France

New Options for Enstrom Service in France

The newest Enstrom Helicopter service center was announced at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Copter & Boat’s Dream, also known as Copter Company in France, is owned by Eddy Pacalis and is based in Cournonsec, West of Montpellier on the Mediterranean Riviera where they maintain 30+ helicopters including 6 Enstroms. Doug Smith, Director of Product Support at… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 11-Mar-19

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Air Medical places order for 21 Airbuses

Air Medical places order for 21 Airbuses

Longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) will add a total of 21 helicopters to its fleet for air medical transport missions, announced at the Heli-Expo 2019 trade show in Atlanta. The agreement consists of a mix of single-engine H125 and twin-engine H135 helicopters, with nine of the orders confirmed in 2018 and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Mar-19

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Sikorsky Receives FAA certification for the S-70M Black Hawk

Sikorsky Receives FAA certification for the S-70M Black Hawk

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) received a type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifying that the S-70M Black Hawk helicopter design meets the applicable airworthiness requirements in the Restricted Category. The type certificate will allow Sikorsky to request authorization from the FAA to produce S-70M aircraft for the following special purpose… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Mar-19

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Safran signs support contract with Aero Asahi

Safran signs support contract with Aero Asahi

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Aero Asahi Corporation, covering engines powering the operator’s BK117C2, H125, S-76C+ and AS 365 N3 fleets. This 5-year contract supports a total of 55 Arriel 1 and 2 engines. This agreement is the second 5-year SBH® extension contract signed with this Japanese operator, one of… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Mar-19

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Japan Coast Guard expands Super Puma fleet

Japan Coast Guard expands Super Puma fleet

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has acquired an additional H225. With the new helicopter, JCG’s Super Puma fleet will include two AS332s and 11 H225s, for security enforcement, territorial coastal activities, and disaster relief missions in Japan. “We are delighted at how our Super Puma helicopters have continued to remain relevant… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-19

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Weststar Aviation Services tests HeliLink virtual technical support technology

Weststar Aviation Services tests HeliLink virtual technical support technology

Leonardo announced today at Heli-Expo 2019 a collaboration with Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd of Malaysia as launch customer of the HeliLink digital product support engineering assistant. The new service provides a remote video-call support for maintenance technicians with augmented reality, resulting in quick assistance for trouble shooting, improved helicopter fleet reliability and management. Weststar… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Mar-19

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Vertical Flight Society to Highlights Electric VTOL Revolution

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading advocate for advancing vertical flight technology, announces that it will host a two-hour panel discussion on “The Electric VTOL Revolution” on March 6, 2019 at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo 2019 convention at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The session is sponsored by Vertical… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 08-Mar-19

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Chinese Ministry of Transport selects the H175 for SAR

Chinese Ministry of Transport selects the H175 for SAR

The Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) is extending its medium class search and rescue helicopter fleet with the Airbus H175, beginning with a signature for two aircraft in search and rescue (SAR) configuration. These new H175s will perform SAR missions in one of the world’s busiest areas for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-19

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Embry-Riddle Student Receive Generous Scholarship from MD Helicopters

Embry-Riddle Student Receive Generous Scholarship from MD Helicopters

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Cooper Largent has been awarded the 2019 MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship by MD Helicopters, Inc. This unique training opportunity has value of approximately $12,000. The MD 500 is an advanced, turbine-powered helicopter that most students are not yet qualified to fly. The week-long, one-on-one training course is held at… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Mar-19

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Bell at Heli-Expo 2019 Day 2

Bell at Heli-Expo 2019 Day 2

JB Investments Signs for four Bell 407 GXis Bell and JB Investments, Independent Representative for Bell in Poland, celebrated the sale of three Bell 407GXi Helicopters to the Polish Police and one Bell 407GXi to a corporate customer. “This is the first sale of the Bell 407GXi platform to a European law enforcement agency,” said… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Mar-19

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Six more Enstrom 480s for Thailand

Six more Enstrom 480s for Thailand

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of 6 turbine powered 480B aircraft to M-Landarch, the Enstrom Representative in Thailand. The $12m contract includes flight and maintenance training, and the aircraft are expected to deliver in the second half of 2019. The helicopters will be used for ab-initio and advanced flight training. The… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 08-Mar-19

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Kaman Announces Development of Next Generation

Kaman Announces Development of Next Generation

Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it is developing the next generation K-MAX® unmanned aircraft system that will allow operators to have the capability to fly either manned or unmanned missions. Kaman expects to offer unmanned system kits for new production and existing aircraft in 2020. Concurrently, Kaman is… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 08-Mar-19

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Sikorsky Honors CHC S-92 Rescue Crew

Sikorsky Honors CHC S-92 Rescue Crew

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today recognized the heroic efforts of a CHC Helicopter crew with a Sikorsky Rescue Award, highlighting a successful search and rescue mission conducted with an S-92® helicopter. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz presented the Winged-S Rescue Award in a ceremony at the 2019 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. The CHC… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Mar-19

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Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Icelandic Coast Guard, covering two H225. This contract formalizes a five year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila 2A1 engines. Commented Höskuldur Ólafsson, Icelandic Coast Guard, Helicopter Director Maintenance: “With this contract, we will benefit from a the best… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Mar-19

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Advanced Flight of New Zealand launches new ACH145 helicopter

Advanced Flight of New Zealand launches new ACH145 helicopter

New Zealand VIP and charter operator Advanced Flight has become launch customer for the Airbus ACH145 helicopter – the private and business aviation version of the new H145 announced at Heli-Expo. The aircraft is the latest model in the portfolio of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, the premium brand of Airbus Helicopters, providing a tailored offering to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-19

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Metro delivers first IFR certified EC145e

Metro delivers first IFR certified EC145e

Metro Aviation announced the delivery of the first Single/Dual Pilot Instrument Flight Rules-capable Airbus EC145e to GundersenAIR in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. “Having IFR capabilities assures that we are providing our crews and our patients with the utmost safety and technology and we are grateful to Metro Aviation for the painstaking and meticulous work they have done… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 08-Mar-19

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EuroTec Sells, Completes & Delivers 407GXP to European Client

EuroTec Sells, Completes & Delivers 407GXP to European Client

Attention to detail, excellence in client service and an experienced team are the ingredients for successful helicopter completions. These benefits are apparent in a recent completion project by one of the industry’s leading sales and service organizations. EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions (EuroTec), along with subsidiary EuroTec Canada, announced the recent sale, completion and delivery of… Read more »

Source: EuroTec, 08-Mar-19

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Spectrum Aeromed Continues Partnership with Minnesota’s North Memorial Health

Spectrum Aeromed Continues Partnership with Minnesota’s North Memorial Health

Spectrum Aeromed has announced it will continue its long-standing relationship with Minnesota-based North Memorial Health. Collaborating for over 20 years, Spectrum Aeromed and Minnesota-based North Memorial Health have a long-standing relationship.  Spectrum most recently customized the interior of a Leonardo AW109S Helicopter. That was the seventh 109S customization that Spectrum Aeromed has completed. “As an… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 08-Mar-19

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Honeywell Releases 2019 Helicopter Purchase Outlook

Honeywell Releases 2019 Helicopter Purchase Outlook

In its 21st annual “Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook,” Honeywell (NYSE: HON) forecasts 4,000 new civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2019 to 2023, marginally lower than the 4,200 cited in the five-year forecast from 2018. “Despite positive impacts of U.S. tax reform on new helicopter purchase plans in North America, an inconsistent economic outlook… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Mar-19

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MD Helicopters to feature class cockpit MD530F

MD Helicopters to feature class cockpit MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is excited to celebrate the delivery of a new MD 530F to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and to feature this high-performance helicopter in its booth (C1228) at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2019. The third MD 530F to join the TVA fleet, this proven single-engine helicopter is already in use supporting powerline utility, inspections,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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Everett Aviation Signs with Lobo Leasing for S-92A

Everett Aviation Signs with Lobo Leasing for S-92A

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT),  welcomed Everett Aviation as its newest S-92A™ helicopter customer at a ceremony at the 2019 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. Everett signed a contract with Lobo Leasing Limited for a utility S-92A helicopter that will support oil and gas and utility operations. The aircraft, which is on display at… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 07-Mar-19

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DRF is first to use Safran Health Monitoring service

DRF is first to use Safran Health Monitoring service

Safran is proud to announce that DRF Luftrettung is its first major customer to use its Premium Health Monitoring service through Airbus’ Helionix avionic. The Health Monitoring service for helicopter engines allows customers to track engine life data and thus reduce unplanned events. Engine life is improved through the early detection of low signals, prognosis… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020. With a 65 million USD multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Airbus increases orders and market share in 2018

Airbus increases orders and market share in 2018

Airbus Helicopters North America delivered 57 rotorcraft and logged gross bookings for 75 helicopters (net: 71) in 2018 (up from 70 gross orders in 2017), reaffirming its North American civil & parapublic market lead with a market share of 72%. Notable orders from 2018 include the first installment of a 21-helicopter contract with Air Medical… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo to produce AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator

Leonardo to produce AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 in Atlanta the start of production of the world’s first AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and the intention to introduce the first US-based AW169 Level D Full Flight Simulator. Both will be installed into the new Training Academy being developed at the Company’s helicopter facility based in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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EuroTec Demonstrates Completion Capabilities with KMAX Project

EuroTec Demonstrates Completion Capabilities with KMAX Project

High-performance helicopters demand a high-performance completion team. And when a leading helicopter company recently added a popular “Lifter” to its fleet, they partnered with a leader in North American aircraft completions to bring this newest aircraft to the field. EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions (EuroTec), along with subsidiary EuroTec Canada, is in final stages of completion… Read more »

Source: 20190306gw-EuroTecKMAX, 07-Mar-19

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Airbus expands data collection and analytics capabilities through partnership with SKYTRAC

Airbus expands data collection and analytics capabilities through partnership with SKYTRAC

Airbus Helicopters has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with SKYTRAC that will enable helicopters equipped with SKYTRAC real-time data processing and communications hardware to transmit their aircraft and flight data directly to servers on the ground, ensuring the continuous flow of data from the air to the ground for analysis. Through the partnership, SKYTRAC… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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Leonardo’s new Helicopter Training Academy in Philadelphia

Leonardo’s new Helicopter Training Academy in Philadelphia

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020. With a 65 million USD multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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Dallas Airmotive Launches Engine Maintenance Program for AW109 Trekker

Dallas Airmotive Launches Engine Maintenance Program for AW109 Trekker

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Service company, announced that Leonardo Helicopters AW109 Trekker helicopter operators have three new maintenance package options for their next PW207C engine overhaul under Dallas Airmotive’s Price CAP Promise Program. The program provides price-surety choices for Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C engine operators in three tiered packages: Complete, Advanced… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 07-Mar-19

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Kawasaki announces first sale in Asia of five-blade H145

Kawasaki announces first sale in Asia of five-blade H145

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its release of the new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (BK117 D-3), which was jointly developed with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH. It was also announced that Central Helicopter Service Ltd., which operates 10 BK117 helicopters for EMS, disaster prevention operations and VIP transportations in Japan, will be the first customer to… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 07-Mar-19

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Airbus Helicopters launches Flight Analyser

Airbus Helicopters launches Flight Analyser

Airbus Helicopters has launched a new analytics service that supports operational safety by analysing aircraft data post-flight to identify risks before they lead to incidents. The application, known as Flight Analyser helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM), analyses the data generated by a number of on-board sources, including the ISEI Helicom system, the Appareo Vision 1000… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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Bristow appoints CEO and CFO

Bristow appoints CEO and CFO

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) announced that L. Don Miller has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed him as a member of the Board of Directors, which took effect at the close of business on February 28, 2019. Miller previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Bristow Group… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 07-Mar-19

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Essex Industries is proud to debut its new Ergonomic Collective Grip at Heli-Expo 2019

Essex Industries is proud to debut its new Ergonomic Collective Grip at Heli-Expo 2019

Essex Industries is proud to introduce its new Ergonomic Collective Grip. This patent-pending design incorporates additional switches to eliminate hand repositioning or dual seat inputs. The grip’s unique shape provides the optimum hand position for long-range comfort, reducing fatigue during flight. The new Ergonomic Collective Grip enables pilots to fly the aircraft while maintaining control… Read more »

Source: Essex Industries, 07-Mar-19

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Kaman Launches New K-MAX® Composite Blade Program

Kaman Launches New K-MAX® Composite Blade Program

Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced  that it has launched a composite blade development program for the K-MAX® helicopter. The multi-year program consists of design, manufacture, test and qualification of an all-composite blade for Kaman’s intermeshing rotor system. The anticipated benefits of a composite blade include smoother airfoil, increased performance, reduced… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Mar-19

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P&WC announces helicopter engine support program enhancements

P&WC announces helicopter engine support program enhancements

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced several enhancements and options to its engine maintenance and warranty programs for helicopter operators. These include the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) engine program for used aircraft, the Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP™) for single-helicopter operators and a new Fleet Service Plan (FSP) for… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 07-Mar-19

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GHS Awarded EDA Framework Contracts

GHS Awarded EDA Framework Contracts

Global Helicopter Service GmbH are pleased to announce the award of European Defence Agency (EDA) multiple framework contracts which encompasses providing helicopters and fixed wing In-theatre Aeromedical Evacuation Services (Airmedevac) in Africa and Europe. The contracts are available to support upon their request to all EDA participating Member States (MS), EU entities as well as… Read more »

Source: Global Helicopter Service, 07-Mar-19

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Spectrum and North Memorial Health continue partnership

Spectrum and North Memorial Health continue partnership

Having collaborated for over 20 years, US-based Spectrum Aeromed and North Memorial Health have announced their continued partnership; Spectrum Aeromed also continues its collaboration with Life Flight Network, based in Oregon, following their working together on the first fixed-wing jet project (CJ4). Spectrum Aeromed designs and manufactures customised air ambulance requirements for its clients; most… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 07-Mar-19

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Avalex Unveils Osprey Mission Management System at Heli-Expo 2019

Avalex Unveils Osprey Mission Management System at Heli-Expo 2019

At HAI HELI-EXPO 2019, Avalex Technologies is introducing the Osprey Mission Management System, which includes multiple field proven product lines. With this system, military and law enforcement will see seamless integration between their Cockpit Management, Smart Multi-function Displays, Digital Video Recorders, Video/Data Switching, and Mission Processors. “We’ve always done a great job with our separate… Read more »

Source: Avalex Technologies, 07-Mar-19

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Esterline Selected for Modernization of Swiss Cougar Helicopters

Esterline Selected for Modernization of Swiss Cougar Helicopters

Esterline’s CMC Electronics (CMC) business unit is pleased to announce that RUAG Aviation and the Swiss Air Force have selected its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System for the modernization of Swiss Air Force’s Cougar helicopters. The Swiss Cougars are used for transport as well as search and rescue (SAR) missions…. Read more »

Source: Esterline, 07-Mar-19

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Bell at Heli-Expo 2019

Bell at Heli-Expo 2019

SUBARU and BELL Celebrate Bell 412EPI Sale for Nagano Prefecture Firefighting Department in Japan Bell has signed a purchase agreement with Subaru Corporation for a Bell 412EPI helicopter. The aircraft will be operated by Nagano Prefecture Firefighting Department for firefighting, disaster relief and emergency response missions in Japan. “Bell has a robust relationship with Subaru… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Mar-19

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True Blue Power launchess Fifth-Gen Maintenance-free Battery Family

True Blue Power launchess Fifth-Gen Maintenance-free Battery Family

The leading manufacturer of lithium-ion aircraft batteries, True Blue Power, introduced the company’s new, fifth-generation (Gen5) main ship batteries during a press conference today at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo. The ultra-lightweight, TB20 (20 amp-hour), TB30 (30 amp-hour) and TB40 (40 amp-hour) are the company’s first on-condition, lithium-ion, engine-start batteries. Engineered to address the… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 07-Mar-19

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Metro outfits mission-ready H125 for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Metro outfits mission-ready H125 for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Metro recently outfitted an H125 for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office based in Tampa, Fla. “This Airbus H125 aircraft and Metro Aviation’s designed and installed mission package represents a significant increase in capabilities for our unit and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,” said Jason Doyle, the chief pilot for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. “The staff… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Mar-19

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HAI enhances website with focus on members

HAI enhances website with focus on members

Helicopter Association International (HAI), the leading membership and resource website for the helicopter community, announced the redesign of their website. Golden, Colo.-based 10 Pound Gorilla, a digital marketing and web development agency, designed the new site for HAI, which has a network of more than 25,000 members worldwide. Now, various resources that were scattered across… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Mar-19

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Ukraine signs order for the new H145

Ukraine signs order for the new H145

The Ukrainian Ministry of Interior has taken the decision to change eight of its ten H145s on order to the five-bladed upgrade that was revealed yesterday at Heli-Expo. “We are extremely proud to be offering the law enforcement agency of Ukraine with such a high level of modern rotary-wing technology” said Arsen Avakov, Minister of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-19

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