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COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

This year’s Convention was set to mark 25 years for HAC. An annual opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers and to benefit from discussions around the business of helicopter operations, and safety in our industry. We all benefit from this dialogue, but we can only hold the event when the health and safety… Read more »

Source: HAC, 04-Jun-20

European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

With the rotary wing sector gathering at EUROPEAN ROTORS (November 10 – 12, 2020 in Cologne, Germany), the aim of this high-level industry event is to set a new standard of networking, discussing and developing the skills of the rotorcraft community incorporating the challenges the industry is facing due to Covid-19. The concept of EUROPEAN… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 04-Jun-20

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Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations, turning them into continuous improvement actions.   At Heli-Expo 2020, Hungarian Air Ambulance became the first helicopter operator to purchase a complete end-to-end solution, from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published proposed methods how to certify hybrid or electric air taxis (VTOL). Therefore, the Agency invites stakeholders and other interested parties to review the plans and provide their comments. This is the latest milestone in EASA’s roadmap to enable safe VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) operations and… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Jun-20

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Aerospace Logistics Group (ALG) members Compass Forwarding and Talkcargo partnered to ship a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from the United Kingdom to the United States this month. The group handled the door-to-door movement of the aircraft from Brighton City Airport in Southern England to Allegheny County Airport in the Pittsburgh area via containerized ocean freight. The… Read more »

Source: Compass Forwarding, 04-Jun-20

COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

[electronic translation] The global health system is under tremendous pressure. At the forefront of the fight against the pandemic was a significant part of the ambulance operators. Airbus is committed to ensuring maximum helicopter availability for emergency departures. The manufacturer is developing special solutions for isolating the helicopter cabin from the main part of the cabin. Among them are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

A message from Airbus Helicopters’ EVP of Customer Support & Services, Christoph Zammert: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times. Whether EMS, police, search and rescue or… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a safety recommendation report issued Tuesday called on helicopter manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio, and images. The NTSB asked the manufacturers – Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – to act since the Federal Aviation Administration has not implemented… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 03-Jun-20

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Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”) announced that on June 1, 2020, the Board of Directors of Era (the “Board”) approved an amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Era to effect a reverse stock split of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Era in connection with the consummation of… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 03-Jun-20

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Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) announced entry into privately negotiated stock repurchase agreements to repurchase 142,721 shares of its common stock and 98,784 shares of its preferred stock at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.8 million (collectively, the “Repurchases”). The closing of the Repurchases is subject to a number of conditions, including the repayment of all amounts… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 03-Jun-20

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Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-20

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NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other associations requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extend the effective date for several exemptions or extensions for pilot medical certifications, training proficiency and a host of other requirements contained in Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. The relief package, which became effective on April 30, 2020, with most… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Jun-20

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Police Aviation News – June 2020 Edition

The May 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.  

Source: Police Aviation News, 03-Jun-20

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Polish Police retire Kania helicopter to museum

Polish Police retire Kania helicopter to museum

On May 21, 2020, the Polish Aviation Museum was enriched with a new exhibit – the PZL Kania helicopter, handed over by the Logistics Bureau of the Police Headquarters. This helicopter, serial number 900301, reg. SN-51XP was used for many years by the Krakow Police Aviation Section, which has its headquarters in the Museum. The handover protocol… Read more »

Source: Polish Aviation Museum, 02-Jun-20

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Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

Bell Offers Comprehensive Program for new Commercial Aircraft Customers

 Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced  a new comprehensive ownership program for purchasers of new Bell commercial aircraft, including the Bell 505, Bell 407GXi, Bell 429, and SUBARU Bell 412EPX. Bell will include a one-year subscription to Garmin® OnePak™ database bundles and the Garmin Pilot™ app as part of each new aircraft purchase. Database Concierge, the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Jun-20

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Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

Universal Helicopters closes its doors after almost 60 years of operations

After nearly six decades in Newfoundland and Labrador, Universal Helicopters has closed due to financial reasons. See Full Story. 

Source: CBC, 02-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft.  Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-20

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Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

Heli Hero names added to new helicopter

More than 1,000 names have now been added to the underside of the new Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter. As part of the Heli Heroes campaign, supporters paid a minimum of £100 for their name of choice to be added to the helicopter to help raise money for the New Heli Appeal. It was a hugely… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 01-Jun-20

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Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association, has released it’s quarterly production report covering January to March 2020. This covers the general aviation aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and rotorcraft deliveries declined across all segments during the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the first quarter… Read more »

29-May-20

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Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Penn College aviation students receive industry scholarships

Four Pennsylvania College of Technology students were recently awarded aviation scholarships: two from the Helicopter Foundation International/Helicopter Association International and two from Women in Aviation International. All four are enrolled in the four-year aviation maintenance technology major, based at Penn College’s Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. Ethan M. Miller, of Montoursville, and Hamin Kim, of… Read more »

Source: Penn College, 29-May-20

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EHang wins approval for autonomous air logistics operations

EHang wins approval for autonomous air logistics operations

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it obtained the world’s first commercial pilot operation approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (“CAAC”) to use EHang 216 passenger-grade AAVs for air logistics purpose. Thus, EHang became the world’s first AAV… Read more »

Source: EHang, 29-May-20

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Genesys flight testing their avionics suite on Black Hawks

Genesys flight testing their avionics suite on Black Hawks

Genesys Aerosystems and XP Services commenced certification flight testing, marking the final phase in the certification process of the Genesys avionics suite for the UH-60A and EH-60A Black Hawk. After many months of ground and flight testing, XP Services and Genesys Aerosystems are jointly testing the final version of the cockpit architecture to achieve the… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 29-May-20

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Expanded to Include Bell 429 and Bell 505

Precise Flight, Inc. has expanded its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include approvals for the Bell 429 and Bell 505 variations. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternatively pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 29-May-20

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EBAA to provide members with live aviation security alerts from Osprey

EBAA to provide members with live aviation security alerts from Osprey

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced it has expanded its partnership with Osprey Flight Solutions to provide EBAA operator members access to live alerts on emerging incidents, events and situations that have an impact on the aviation security environment.  The extended partnership allows EBAA operator members to gain access to  Osprey’s premium standard &… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 29-May-20

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COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

During the spread of Covid-19, Leonardo has seen operators of its aircraft adapt, react and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic across geographies. Air ambulance operators Ornge and STARS have managed to continue conducting life-saving missions across Canada throughout the emergency.   Both of these healthcare organisations have shared with Leonardo how they were… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

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Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock Selects Bell 429 for Australian Special Forces bid

Babcock has down selected the Bell 429 aircraft in its bid for the LAND 2097 Phase 4 Project to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations helicopter capability. As one of the world’s largest and most experienced helicopter operators, and the largest commercial operator in Australia, Babcock completed a comprehensive assessment of the platforms available… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 28-May-20

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ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

ACC Aviation Partners with AeroMedical

Leading aviation service provider, ACC Aviation Group, has this week announced a commercial agreement with US-based air ambulance systems specialist, AeroMedical. Founded in 1979, AeroMedical pioneered the production of specialist emergency medical services (EMS) equipment for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft and the organisation has continued to lead the field in designing, certifying and manufacturing custom-built… Read more »

Source: ACC Aviation, 28-May-20

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Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters, a Westchester, NY based helicopter company has started a new initiative to offer frontline healthcare professionals a tangible thank you for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 global pandemic: “Helicopters over New York for Healthcare Heroes” will allow healthcare professionals to experience a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour free of charge. Tours will depart… Read more »

Source: Wings Air Helicopters, 28-May-20

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Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter, developer of autonomous delivery drones for humanitarian and commercial applications, has been named one of nine winners of the #SmartDevelopmentHack. Through this global hackathon, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) solicited innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries. The lineup of… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 28-May-20

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Swiss training solution company VRM completes second funding round

Swiss training solution company VRM completes second funding round

VRM Switzerland is excited to announce completion of its latest CHF 9 Mio. funding round with a group of private investors. The additional equity will enable VRM Switzerland to not only support the scaling up of the production, the internationalization of the business and the expansion of the product range, but also to increase its… Read more »

Source: VRM Switzerland, 27-May-20

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Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

Christoph 49 celebrates 20 years of takeover by the DRF Luftrettung

The air rescue station in Bad Saarow was founded 30 years ago , and 20 years ago the DRF air rescue took over. On the occasion of the milestone birthday, the crews of the rescue helicopter “Christoph 49” stationed at the station take a look back, but also a look at their current work. The… Read more »

27-May-20

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Intrinsic Aviation announces JV with Arena Investors

Intrinsic Aviation announces JV with Arena Investors

Intrinsic Aviation, founded by industry veteran Ed Washecka, has launched a joint venture with Arena Investors to invest in helicopter assets. The joint venture will lease, trade and part-out mid-life to end of life helicopters. The joint venture’s first transactions involve three S76C++s owned by different lenders. One of the helicopters will continue on lease… Read more »

Source: Intrinsic Aviation, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

Each year, we gather together hundreds of the most proactive safety specialists in the world at our annual Safety & Quality Summit to stimulate great conversations on Human Factors and safety in general.  The team at CHC Helicopter benefit enormously from the shared wisdom we receive, and we hope that those who participate feel the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

The trial is backed by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) – the integrated partnership of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council directed by the local Integration Joint Board – and aims to prove the feasibility of delivering urgent medical cargo, such as COVID-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

The isolation pod known as the EpiShuttle has finally reached France for evaluation from professional caretakers and medical transport. France is still comping with a large amount of corona patients and high rates of critical cases. The EpiShuttle is already in service with The Royal Air Force in Scotland, The Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 27-May-20

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DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung H135 and H145 receive EMS equipment

DRF Luftrettung has signed a further framework agreement with Bucher Leichtbau for the HEMS equipment for its helicopters of the types H135 and H145. The air rescue organization has brought its many years of experience and know-how into the configuration of the HEMS kits, especially in the development of the stretcher. DRF Luftrettung continues to rely… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 27-May-20

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COVID-19 – MD Helicopter launches flight support for COVID-19 humanitarian missions

COVID-19 – MD Helicopter launches flight support for COVID-19 humanitarian missions

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) begins flying humanitarian aid missions in a company-owned MD 520N supporting the fight against COVID-19. An MDHI pilot flew the first mission in one of the Company’s helicopters to the Navajo Nation, whose border is approximately 150 miles north of MDHI’s Mesa, AZ base of operations.  The Navajo Nation covers 27,000… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 27-May-20

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Autoflug and Volocopter partner on air taxi seats

Autoflug and Volocopter partner on air taxi seats

At the latest with the presentation of VoloCity from Volocopter it becomes clear that the future of urban transport will be in the air. The sophisticated concept envisages the use of air taxis for safe and quick transportation, for example between airports and international major city centers. To offer passengers the highest level of safety… Read more »

Source: AUTOFLUG, 27-May-20

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Rivers State Government withdraws charges against Caverton Helicopters

Rivers State Government withdraws charges against Caverton Helicopters

Rivers State Government has withdrawn the charges it preferred against two pilots of Caverton Helicopters Ltd: Samuel Ugorji and Samuel Buhari, and their 10 passengers before the Port Harcourt Chief Magistrate’s Court. See Full Story. 

Source: This Day, 25-May-20

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Netherlands – HeliCentre buys Entrol EC135 simulator

Netherlands – HeliCentre buys Entrol EC135 simulator

HeliCentre has acquired an H11 FNPT III MCC simulator from Entrol. It has been installed at HeliCentre’s premises in Lelystad, The Netherlands. The simulator is a replica of the Airbus EC135 P2+ and offers an extremely high level of simulation. The cockpit is equipped with dual GTN 750, it features a vibration system and the… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 25-May-20

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Ehang supports Urban Air Mobility themed hotel

Ehang supports Urban Air Mobility themed hotel

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with LN Holdings (000524.SZ), a Shenzhen-listed tourism platform company, to further commercialize its AAVs by integrating Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) solutions into the latter’s hotel/tourism businesses. This collaboration will… Read more »

Source: EHang, 22-May-20

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COVID-19 – Ansat to transport patients with COVID-19 in isolation modules

COVID-19 – Ansat to transport patients with COVID-19 in isolation modules

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) obtained approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) for installing isolation units in Ansat multipurpose helicopters to transport patients with COVID-19. The modules will be installed on helicopters in their medical version. “Currently, about 30 Ansat helicopters have been supplied to regions for air medical services. To improve their performance… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-May-20

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Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Australia – Rio Tintopledges A$500,000 to CareFlight

Rio Tinto has pledged A$500,000 to CareFlight Northern Operations to support emergency aeromedical care in the Northern Territory as part of a A$1.1 million commitment to support East Arnhem communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution underlines Rio Tinto’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the region and to provide resources to combat the… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 22-May-20

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Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital helipad is now open

Hereford County Hospital has opened its new, larger helipad thanks to the support of the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. The entire construction costs of the new helipad and additional infrastructure around the Emergency Department, were covered by the HELP Appeal’s £100,000 donation. The new helipad has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 22-May-20

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HAI Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

HAI Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

Like many others in the rotorcraft industry, staff members from Helicopter Association International (HAI) viewed the May 19, 2020, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board hearing on the cause of a January 2019 crash of a helicopter air ambulance (HAA) flight in Ohio. HAI appreciates the extraordinary efforts made by the investigative team in determining… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-May-20

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Metro Aviation announces new Director of Operations

Metro Aviation announces new Director of Operations

Metro Aviation is pleased to announce Brian Bihler as the company’s new Director of Operations. Brian will work closely with the Safety and Training departments to oversee the daily aviation operations for Metro’s 36 air medical customers and more than 140 aircraft. “Brian has been with the Metro family for just over a decade, and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-May-20

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Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the United States Forest Service (USFS) awarded 40 percent of all Type 1, large helicopters exclusive use contracts, to K-MAX helicopter operators. These four-year contracts ensure immediate resources are available to the USFS when the need for firefighting arises. “We are very excited to… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-May-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), Airbus Helicopters is actively supporting customers by proposing solutions so that they may fly in safe and sanitary conditions. For this purpose, Airbus Helicopters has published the following Information Notice (IN) and Safety Information Notice (SIN): • IN 3476-I-12 revision 1 “SERVICING… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-20

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AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

AAMS Statement on NTSB Public Meeting of Survival Flight fatal accident

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), representing the critical care transport industry–both air and ground–encourages and supports standards of performance reflecting safe operations as well as efficient, high quality patient care. Yesterday, National Transportation Safety Board held a virtual public meeting on a fatal accident involving a Bell 407 helicopter air ambulance, operated by… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 21-May-20

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ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

We gratefully thank you for your unwavering support during the COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring our lifesaving service can continue to save those in need. A constant stream of donations and virtual fundraisers for the service has enabled a return to a 7-day operation from the 1st June 2020! As you know, the Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Irish Community Rapid Response, 21-May-20

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EBAA supports calls for cooperation on safe integration of drones

EBAA supports calls for cooperation on safe integration of drones

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) along with Europe’s leading aviation associations call on the European Commission to develop an inclusive and cooperative approach to ensure the safe integration of drones in the European airspace. The joint signatories of the ‘We are all ONE in the sky’ initiative (see note to editors) sent an open… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 21-May-20

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ARGUS International & AirNav Systems Strategic Partnership

ARGUS International & AirNav Systems Strategic Partnership

ARGUS International, Inc., the global leader in specialized aviation services, is pleased to announce the selection of AirNav Systems to provide global flight and ground aircraft tracking services. The partnership between ARGUS – TRAQPak, and AirNav delivers the next generation in aviation market intelligence. Using realtime and historical flight tracking data, TRAQPak provides the most… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 21-May-20

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DTN AviationSentry for Helicopters Launches in Europe

DTN AviationSentry for Helicopters Launches in Europe

DTN, an independent source of insights, analysis and decision-support solutions, announced today that its premier weather solution AviationSentry Helicopter Edition is now available in Europe. Designed for the unique needs of helicopter operations, AviationSentry provides fast, accurate, and comprehensive weather briefings and alerts — protecting employees, customers, and assets. Accurate forecasting and access to real-time… Read more »

Source: DTN, 21-May-20

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Precision Support Services hires new General Manager

Precision Support Services hires new General Manager

Precision Support Services, LLC. announced the appointment of Grayson Barrows, a 20-year aviation professional, as their new General Manager of the FAA Part 145 Repair Station. In his new role, Barrows will manage and expand industry relationships for the Maintenance Services division of Precision. He will be responsible for growing Precision’s maintenance and avionics capabilities… Read more »

Source: Precision Support Services, 21-May-20

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Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock MCS Italia loses first appeal over €51 Million fine

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has been informed that its subsidiary Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia S.p.A (“BMCS Italy”) was unsuccessful in its first instance appeal against a decision by the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA”) to impose a fine in respect of a publicly -available “tariff list” dating back to 2001. BMCS Italy… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 20-May-20

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HAI appoints VP of Marketing Communications

HAI appoints VP of Marketing Communications

Robert M. Volmer has joined HAI as the vice president of Marketing Communications. In this role, Rob will oversee branding, messaging, research, technology, and media for the association. “When I joined HAI. I told the Board of Directors that I wanted to over-communicate to our members about what their association was doing to serve them…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-May-20

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MD Helicopters aims to overturn $7.6M Dutch Police judgement

MD Helicopters aims to overturn $7.6M Dutch Police judgement

The Arizona Supreme Court has been asked to overturn two lower court rulings that allow The Netherlands to pursue a nearly $7.6 million judgment against a Mesa-based aerospace company whose corporate history traces back to billionaire Howard Hughes in the late 1940s. See Full Story. 

Source: Arizona Daily Independent News Network, 20-May-20

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COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle

COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle

Christoph München is another helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung equipped with a so-called “EpiShuttle”, a special insulation stretcher. The medical crews at the station have been trained in the past two days with instructions and training on how to use the system safely and practiced. To protect patients and crews, the “Christoph Munich” intensive care helicopter,… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-May-20

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£30 million funding for future flight innovation

£30 million funding for future flight innovation

£30 million funding is now available for innovations to help revolutionise the way we fly. Bids are invited from both aviation and non-aviation companies and organisations of all sizes, to develop systems and technology that support the use of new types of electric and/or autonomous air vehicles. The projects will address the challenge of using… Read more »

Source: UK Research and Innovation, 20-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance celebrates a year of being an independent healthcare provider

Devon Air Ambulance is celebrating a year of delivering its clinical service as an independent healthcare provider, a development that is helping patients across Devon. In the lead up to becoming successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission last April, Devon Air Ambulance established a new integrated Patient Services team which combined the core emergency… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-May-20

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Indian Government plans heliports in western Maharashtra

Indian Government plans heliports in western Maharashtra

Minister of state for agriculture and cooperation Vishwajeet Kadam on Monday informed that the government was planning to have one heliport each in every district of western Maharashtra. See Full Story. 

Source: The Times of India, 18-May-20

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Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

Tender released for Melfort Hospital helipad

After years of planning, the City of Melfort is taking the next step towards building a heliport at the Melfort hospital.The hospital, which serves a referral population of over 12,000 people, currently relies on ground EMS and the Melfort airport for patient transfers. See Full Story. 

Source: Melfort Journal, 18-May-20

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Ethiopia steps up spraying to stop locust invasion

Ethiopia steps up spraying to stop locust invasion

Ethiopian officials have deployed helicopters to spray new swarms of desert locusts that are eating crops and threatening the country’s food security. See Full Story. 

Source: allAfrica, 18-May-20

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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Grows Despite Industry Setbacks

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Grows Despite Industry Setbacks

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced the promotion of Cindy Highbarger to Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations and the addition of Matthew Harrah as Senior Vice President of Technology and Products. “In these new roles, Cindy and Matt will provide valuable industry experience and leadership to our organization,” said Todd Winter, President and CEO… Read more »

Source: Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, 18-May-20

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Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Search and Rescue Program

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) is pleased to announce the 10-year service anniversary of its Search and Rescue (“SAR”) program in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, the Company pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 18-May-20

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FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

FAA certifies new Bell 204/205/UH-1 blades from HTC

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce they are now offering an Upgraded Version of their Metal Main Rotor Blades for commercial Bell Helicopters 204B, 205A, and 205A-1 along with various UH-1 model restricted category helicopters.  The HTC Part Number 204P2100-103 Main Rotor Blade is a direct replacement the Bell Helicopter – Textron Part… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Technology Company, 18-May-20

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Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods Announces Agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today it has reached an agreement with Presbyterian Health Plan to provide in-network coverage for its consumers in New Mexico. The agreement will protect Presbyterian Health Plan members in more than 500 communities around the state from unplanned financial liability for Air Methods’ services. Air Methods… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 18-May-20

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HeliOffshore launches Helideck InfoShare reporting system

HeliOffshore launches Helideck InfoShare reporting system

HeliOffshore has launched the Helideck InfoShare – a confidential reporting system to help stakeholders share, and learn from, Helideck operational incidents to support our mission that no lives are lost in offshore aviation. The Helideck InfoShare system enables members to anonymously submit events and experiences, from which others can learn, to collaboratively improve safety for… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-May-20

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Bristow and Era announce Leadership Team for Combined Company

Bristow and Era announce Leadership Team for Combined Company

Bristow Group and Era Group (NYSE:ERA) announced the new global organization structure and the selection of the executive leadership team that will help create a financially stronger industry leader in offshore helicopter transportation and search and rescue services. The structure and executive appointments will be effective upon the close of the transaction and approval by… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-May-20

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BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

Airbus Helicopters in the UK is exploring future activities to follow on from a four-year research project that has shown strong potential for advancing the state-ofthe-art in measuring deformation of helicopter rotor blades in the rotating frame. The BladeSense project, a £2 million programme supported with a £1 million grant from Innovate UK, via the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-20

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Business Aviation welcomes the EC guidelines for restoring connectivity in Europe

Business Aviation welcomes the EC guidelines  for restoring connectivity in Europe

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) welcomes and supports the guidelines published by the European Commission (EC) for the safe resuming of air travel in Europe, highlights that the success of the proposed strategy hinges on a coordinated and non-discriminatory implementation at the national level. The EC has issued guidelines on the progressive restoration of… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 15-May-20

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Robinson’s Impact-Resistant Windshields Improve Bird Strike Protection

Robinson’s Impact-Resistant Windshields Improve Bird Strike Protection

Robinson introduces optional impact-resistant windshields for R22, R44, and R66 helicopters to provide protection from bird strikes. Due to the lack of requirements governing small category helicopters, Robinson based the impact-resistant design on FAA requirements governing large transport category helicopters. The new windshields are constructed of tough, energy-absorbing polycarbonate (standard windshields are made of acrylic)… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 15-May-20

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Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Devon Air Ambulance is resuming air operations today after the successful implementation of several new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus. This is great news for Devon and reflects a huge amount of work that has been carried out by our Helicopter Services and Patient… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 15-May-20

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STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

STARS launches $4.2M lottery in Saskatchewan

The STARS Lottery Saskatchewan launched today across the province, offering ticket purchasers the opportunity to win life-changing prizes while also helping in the fight to save lives. The lottery is STARS’ largest fundraiser in Saskatchewan. The ninth edition offers more than 1,800 prizes, valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, electronics, appliances and two stunning,… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-May-20

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