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FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

Just in time for cold and flu season, the FAA has released a list of over-the-counter medications broken into two categories: go and no go. See Full Story.

Source: AOPA, 06-Dec-19

Helijet CEO receives HAC Lifetime Achievement award

Helijet CEO receives HAC Lifetime Achievement award

Daniel Sitnam, President and CEO of Richmond B.C.-based Helijet International Inc. has been presented with the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) 2019 Agar-Stringer Award for his lifetime contribution to the Canadian helicopter industry. HAC President Fred Jones presented the award to Sitnam at the 2019 HAC convention in Vancouver, noting, “This award is well-deserved. Danny… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 06-Dec-19

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USHST Initiatives Aim to Cut Down Fatal Accidents

USHST Initiatives Aim to Cut Down Fatal Accidents

The arrow is pointing in the right direction – – downward.  Over the past two decades, the U.S. helicopter fatal accident rate has been cut in half, from 1.27 fatal accidents per 100,000 flights to 0.63. U.S. Helicopter Fatal Accident Rate (5 Year Moving Average, 2001-2019)  However, the industry has hit a plateau during 2018… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Dec-19

Russian Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney Canada sign contract

Russian Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney Canada sign contract

At Dubai Airshow, VR-Technologies (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company) and Pratt & Whitney signed a contract for fitting the cutting-edge light VRT500 helicopter with gas-turbine PW207V engines. PW207V is the advanced modification of PW200 family engines with the capacity of up to 700 hp designed for light-class rotorcraft. All in all, over 5 thousand… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-19

Raytheon debuts portable V-22 virtual reality trainer

Raytheon debuts portable V-22 virtual reality trainer

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) debuted a virtual reality version of its portable V-22 trainer today at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event. Aircraft Functional V-22 Trainer-Virtual Reality is a fully immersive system that provides hyper-realistic training across all experience levels, including early-career aviation maintenance students and those engaged in continuing education. “The… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 05-Dec-19

Honeywell collaborates with autonomous control innovator Daedalean

Honeywell collaborates with autonomous control innovator Daedalean

Daedalean and Honeywell, Inc. have signed an agreement on joint testing and technological partnership in developing solutions for autonomous takeoff, landing and GPS-independent navigation and collision avoidance for GA aircraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL). Additionally, Honeywell Ventures has joined the Swiss startup’s pool of investors, the amount and conditions undisclosed. In… Read more »

Source: Daedalean, 05-Dec-19

Hungary takes delivery of its first two H145Ms

Hungary takes delivery of its first two H145Ms

The first two of twenty H145M military helicopters have been delivered to the Hungarian Defence Forces. The H145Ms of the Hungarian fleet are equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, dual cargo hook, hoist, disaster management kit, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements. They… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Dec-19

Life Link III to help launch new research academy

Life Link III to help launch new research academy

FlightBridgeED and Life Link III are proud to announce they are teaming up on the development of a new Research Academy to promote evidence-based research within the air medical industry. With both organizations sharing a strong commitment to promoting research and clinical excellence, this partnership will focus on bringing industry-leading organizations together with a shared… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 04-Dec-19

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US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Section 317 prohibits helicopters manufactured after April 5, 2020, from flying in U.S. airspace unless certified with a crash resistant fuel system.  The online toolkit (link below) explains which helicopters will require a crash resistant fuel system according to their certification and manufacturing dates and also offers extensive… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Dec-19

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MDFR Orders AW139

MDFR Orders AW139

Leonardo announced that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) signed a contract for four AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform a range of missions—primarily fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR)—and will have special equipment including a cargo hook, rescue hoist and Bambi bucket. The first helicopter… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Dec-19

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Airbus signs Global Support Contract for Tiger

Airbus signs Global Support Contract for Tiger

Airbus Helicopters and OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) have signed a tri-lateral Global Support Contract aimed at boosting the availability rate of the Tigers in service in the French, German, and Spanish Armies. With this long-term support agreement, Tiger readiness and supportability will be secured for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Dec-19

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Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight is the first ambulance service in the state to carry life-saving blood products in their helicopters and other vehicles that will help up to 180 patients a year. See Full Story.

Source: Boston Herald, 02-Dec-19

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LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

Back in the 1960s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began using helicopters to patrol its transmission infrastructure spanning California, Utah and Nevada. Federally mandated climbing restrictions were the driving force behind a new program at LADWP — human external cargo (HEC). See Full Story.

Source: T&D World, 02-Dec-19

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Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

Lockheed Martin has appointed Mr. Steve Froelich as the vicepresident of Rotary and Mission Systems operations for Australia and New Zealand, andProgramme Executive for AIR6500. He will be responsible for business performance andorganisational transformation, and will join the local leadership team to build a foundation forfuture growth in the region. A critical component of the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 02-Dec-19

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Airbus improves service request facility in Keycopter portal

Airbus improves service request facility in Keycopter portal

As part of its digital journey, Airbus Helicopters is offering to customers a 24/7 online Technical Request service through its Keycopter customer portal. To better answer customers’ expectations with more than 2,500 new requests made each month, Airbus Helicopters is now proposing new features to improve this service: • Customers can now use the copy/paste… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Dec-19

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Helijet appoints Director of Maintenance

Helijet appoints Director of Maintenance

Helijet International is pleased to announce the appointment of David McNamar as the company’s Director of Maintenance. An aviation professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the field of rotary-wing aviation maintenance, McNamar will be responsible for all facets and standards of Helijet’s Approved Maintenance Organization. The Director of Maintenance has the responsibility for… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 02-Dec-19

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Inmarsat unveils new SwiftBroadband Helo X-Stream

Inmarsat unveils new SwiftBroadband Helo X-Stream

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has today announced the launch of SwiftBroadband Helo (SB-Helo) X-Stream, a new system for X-Stream services specifically developed for rotary aircraft. The tailor-made solution is designed to achieve advanced streaming performance on intermediate and high-gain antennas, alleviating the connectivity constraints traditionally caused by rotary blades. SB-Helo… Read more »

Source: INMARSAT, 02-Dec-19

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Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore secures new North Sea helicopter contract

Babcock Offshore has confirmed a new three-year contract to provide the expanding UK-based Oil and Gas company Serica Energy with offshore helicopter crew transport services. The contract was awarded after a competitive tender and will see Babcock transport Serica Energy passengers to and from the company’s Bruce complex in the North Sea, 340 km north… Read more »

Source: Babcock Offshore, 02-Dec-19

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance base gets green light

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance base gets green light

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has received planning permission from Epping Forest District Council for new premises at North Weald which will secure the future of the North Weald operation of the Charity. EHAAT will make use of a one-off grant of £1.5 million from the Government to help pay for the new Airbase,… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 02-Dec-19

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Police Aviation News – December 2019 Edition

The December 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-19

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HeliOffshore Board appoints member

HeliOffshore Board appoints member

HeliOffshore announced the appointment of David Stepanek to HeliOffshore’s board of directors. David Stepanek is President, PHI Americas, and responsible for the overall performance and direction of PHI’s U.S. and international operations in the Western Hemisphere. After four years’ service in the US Marine Corps as a heavy lift helicopter avionics technician, David moved to… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Nov-19

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HeliOperations awarded ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management accreditation

HeliOperations awarded ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management accreditation

HeliOperations is delighted to have been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management accreditation by the British Standards Institution, the national standards body of the United Kingdom. With more than a million organizations certified globally, ISO 9001 is the most widely-recognized Quality Management standard in the World. This accreditation demonstrates HeliOps commitment to excellence under an… Read more »

Source: HeliOperations, 28-Nov-19

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Erickson delivers another S-64 Air Crane to South Korea

Erickson delivers another S-64 Air Crane to South Korea

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of the K7 S-64 Air Crane® helicopter to the Korean Forest Service (KFS). On Friday, November 22nd, the K7 aircraft was loaded onto the Antonov An-124 out of Medford Oregon, Erickson’s manufacturing facility. The S-64 is well-known in Korea with… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Nov-19

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UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

UK CHC Helicopter engineers reject further pay offer

Union representatives were locked in talks with CHC Helicopters until late in the evening after a second pay offer was voted down by around 80% of the workforce. Read the full story here

Source: Energy Voice, 27-Nov-19

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Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Fully Integrated to French Navy Ship Dixmude

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 Fully Integrated to French Navy Ship Dixmude

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) announced that Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 is now fully integrated with French Navy Mistral class amphibious helicopter carrier Dixmude. For the first time in Europe, a rotary wing Unmanned Air System (UAS) is fully operational and connected to the defence system of an amphibious helicopter carrier. The Naval Group carried… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Nov-19

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IHSF Launches Global Survey to Pinpoint Safety Strengths and Weaknesses in the Helicopter Industry

IHSF Launches Global Survey to Pinpoint Safety Strengths and Weaknesses in the Helicopter Industry

The International Helicopter Safety Foundation (www.IHSF.aero) is initiating its sixth annual survey of civil helicopter operators located in key regions around the world in order to gain a broader understanding of where safety initiatives are being implemented. A link to the survey form can be found on the IHSF web site: http://ihst.org/Default.aspx?tabid=2593 The IHSF’s worldwide… Read more »

Source: IHSF, 26-Nov-19

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AAG renews Wyvern Wingman certification

AAG renews Wyvern Wingman certification

Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has renewed its WYVERN Wingman certification for the 22nd year in a row. WYVERN Ltd. is a globally-recognized leader in aviation safety risk management. The Wingman Standard is an audit set forth to rigorously vet air charter operators and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Nov-19

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Airbus boosting support for French Cougar and Caracal fleets

Airbus boosting support for French Cougar and Caracal fleets

Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli-Union have signed a global support contract for the Cougar and Caracal helicopters in service in the French Army and Air Force. This agreement signed with the DMAé, the defence agency in charge of improving the availability of military aircraft in France, is the first contract that Airbus Helicopters has… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Nov-19

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Leonardo at DESI Japan 2019

Leonardo at DESI Japan 2019

Leonardo is attending the inaugural DSEI Japan 2019 and will be highlighting its electronics and helicopters products in-country at stand A680 on 18- 20 November in Makuhari Messe. At the nation’s first tri-service defence exhibition & conference, the Company is looking to grow its presence in Japan, where Leonardo’s helicopters have been in operation since… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Nov-19

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Airbus delivers Greece’s first H145 to Airlift

Airbus delivers Greece’s first H145 to Airlift

Airlift has taken the delivery of its first H145 helicopter, becoming the first operator of this model in Greece.  The twin-engine helicopter will be mainly dedicated to VIP transfers, but thanks to the high versatility of its cabin configuration, the aircraft will also be used for emergency medical transport and fire-fighting. Established in 1999, Airlift was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Nov-19

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San Diego commits to four Airbus H125s for Police Dept

San Diego commits to four Airbus H125s for Police Dept

San Diego plans to spend $21 million over the next five years replacing the Police Department’s aging fleet of four helicopters, which were all bought by the city in 2004 and 2005. See Full Story.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, 22-Nov-19

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New leasing company Thora Capital closes helicopter transaction

New leasing company Thora Capital closes helicopter transaction

Thora Capital, LLC (“Thora”), a Chicago-based alternative asset manager dedicated to aviation finance, announced the final closing for its first fund, Thora Capital Fund I, LP (the “Fund”). The Fund’s limited partners include family offices, high net worth individuals, RIAs, and the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry…. Read more »

Source: Thora Capital, 22-Nov-19

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Erickson Named Top 10 Defense Manufacturing Solution Provider

Erickson Named Top 10 Defense Manufacturing Solution Provider

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was recognized by Manufacturing Technology Insights as a Top 10 Defense Manufacturing Provider for 2019. “We are an aircraft OEM that has much of the same capabilities of the larger OEMs such as Lockheed and Boeing when it comes to defense manufacturing and… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 22-Nov-19

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John Deere and Volocopter collaborate on agricultural drone

John Deere and Volocopter collaborate on agricultural drone

John Deere and Volocopter are presenting the first large drone adapted for agricultural use at AGRITECHNICA. A demonstrator model of the VoloDrone equipped with a John Deere crop protection sprayer, which is ready for its first field flight, can be seen in the Future Technology Zone in Hall 13. Featuring a potential payload of 200kg,… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 22-Nov-19

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Petroleum Air Services adds 6th AW139

Petroleum Air Services adds 6th AW139

Leonardo announced that Petroleum Air Services of Egypt will add a sixth AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to its fleet by year end. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Egypt. Leading operator Petroleum Air Services has been deploying AW139 helicopters in support of the Oil&Gas industry in the country since 2009…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Nov-19

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PWC adds Russian maintenance facility for Ansat helicopters

PWC adds Russian maintenance facility for Ansat helicopters

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has appointed Helicopter Services Company (HSC) in Moscow, Russia as a designated maintenance facility (DMF) for Kazan Ansat PW207K civil helicopter engine customers. HSC will support customers in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. HSC will offer engine maintenance training, line… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 22-Nov-19

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Air Methods to Refund Medicare Patients

Air Methods to Refund Medicare Patients

Air Methods, the leading air medical service, announces that it has launched nationwide the “No Membership Required” initiative to allow patients to focus on recovery and not have to navigate the insurance and billing process alone. With this initiative, and based on the success of Air Methods’ Patient Advocacy program, its in-network growth strategy, and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 21-Nov-19

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Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation sign contracts

Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation sign contracts

Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA), the largest commercial helicopter operator in MENA and Leonardo announced today, during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show, the signing of contracts for 5 helicopters including three intermediate AW139s and two light-intermediate AW169s. The aircrafts are scheduled for delivery in 2020. The agreement, which represents ADA’s first order for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Nov-19

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Airbus highlighted products at DSE 2019

Airbus highlighted products at DSE 2019

Airbus will highlight its wide range of defence, space, and helicopter products and services at the Defence & Security Expo (DSE) 2019 exhibition. The biennial show takes place at the Impact Exhibition Centre in Bangkok on 18-21 November 2019. Visitors to the Airbus exhibition stand (#R11) can get information about the company’s comprehensive range of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Nov-19

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Summit receives acclaimed Hire Vets Award

Summit receives acclaimed Hire Vets Award

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2019 for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain the nation’s veterans. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Award is the only veteran hiring award… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 20-Nov-19

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Blood and plasma preserves aboard Christoph 53

Blood and plasma preserves aboard Christoph 53

The Mannheim station of the DRF Luftrettung has been carrying blood and plasma supplies in their helicopters since this week. The rapid availability of blood products by helicopter is crucial especially for emergency patients with massive blood loss. In this situation, the administration of blood and blood products can be life-saving on the job site…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-Nov-19

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Airbus expands its power line footprint

Airbus expands its power line footprint

Airbus Helicopters has further strengthened its power line capabilities by signing contracts with Inner Mongolia Power Group (IMPG) and State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) respectively at the 2nd China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. IMPG is among the top three largest power companies in China, responsible for supplying electricity to western Inner Mongolia…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Nov-19

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Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

Bell Delivers Canada’s First Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the delivery of Canada’s first Bell 407GXi to Nova Scotia-based business, Municipal Enterprises Limited. The aircraft is outfitted in newly certified on-board equipment and features a custom designed interior. Municipal Enterprises Limited will use the aircraft with respect to its multifaceted group of companies. In 2018,… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Nov-19

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Precision Aviation Group is receives Top Supplier Award

Precision Aviation Group is receives Top Supplier Award

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry has received an award from Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) for achieving 100% On-Target Quality Performance, recognizing the company’s performance in support of Airbus Helicopters’ AS350, UH-72A, EC-135 and EC-145 platforms. The award was presented in… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 20-Nov-19

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Russian Helicopters obtained an authorization for servicing Ansat engines

Russian Helicopters obtained an authorization for servicing Ansat engines

The Helicopter Service Company of ‘Russian Helicopters’ (part of Rostec) has become a designated maintenance facility for PW207K Ansat helicopter engines in Russia and the CIS countries. The relevant agreement was signed with Pratt & Whitney company during the Dubai Airshow 2019. The validity of the signed document is 5 years and it can be… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Nov-19

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Falcon Aviation Services’ AW169 fleet leader sets 2,000FH milestone

Falcon Aviation Services’ AW169 fleet leader sets 2,000FH milestone

Leonardo with Falcon Aviation Services of United Arab Emirates and Total ABK celebrate a major offshore helicopter transport operational flight hour milestone announced at Dubai Air Show today. One of Falcon Aviation Services’ five new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopters has been confirmed as the type fleet leader exceeding 2,000 operational flight hours for Total… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Nov-19

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Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s first female rotary-wing aviator, Cadet Aya Basheer Ibrahim Al Sourany, recently underwent UH-60 Black Hawk virtual flight training at the Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) National Guard Training Center, writes Jon Lake. See Full Story.

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 19-Nov-19

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Rostec attracts UAE investor for VR-Technoloiges

During the International Dubai Airshow 2019, Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed with the Emirati Tawazun Holding Company an agreement on the basic terms of the transaction of the purchase of a stake in VR-Technologies. The document was signed by Director General of Russian Helicopters Andrey Boginsky and Director General of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Nov-19

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Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services launch groundbreaking urban mobility concept

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services launch groundbreaking urban mobility concept

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services are launching, at the Dubai Air Show, an all-new rotorcraft-dedicated terminal concept. This initiative will meet the growing demands for sustainable and modern vertical lift mobility as well as greater access to urban areas. The new rotorcraft terminal uniquely combines a helipad, a showroom and lounge areas in a single… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Nov-19

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Airbus delivers first H145M to Luxembourg

Airbus delivers first H145M to Luxembourg

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions to the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Together with the helicopters, Airbus also provides a training and support package to its customer. The delivery of the second helicopter is scheduled before the end of the year. The delivered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Nov-19

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Follow-on Testing for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar Successful

Follow-on Testing for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar Successful

The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), announced the successful completion of the Army’s AH-64E Apache Follow-On Test and Evaluation II (FOT&E II) for the AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR). During the FOT&E, the modernized LONGBOW FCR successfully demonstrated many new operational… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 18-Nov-19

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Airbus signs HCare contract with STARS Air Ambulance

Airbus signs HCare contract with STARS Air Ambulance

Demonstrating its trust in Airbus, nonprofit air ambulance provider STARS has signed its first HCare support and service contract, which also represents the first HCare contract Airbus has secured in Canada. he 10-year, nose-to-tail contract will cover nine new Airbus H145 aircraft ordered by STARS. The first three helicopters have already been delivered, with the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Nov-19

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StandardAero Announces Opening of MRO Facility in Canada

StandardAero Announces Opening of MRO Facility in Canada

In a celebratory ceremony attended by a number of helicopter operators, industry OEMs and local government officials, StandardAero announced the opening of its newest helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility, continuing its longstanding commitment to the strategic Richmond, BC area and to providing comprehensive aftermarket services to the dense helicopter industry in the Pacific… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 18-Nov-19

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Mi-38 launched in the international market

Mi-38 launched in the international market

During the Dubai Airshow 2019, the Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will make the first foreign presentation of its newest Mi-38 civilian helicopter. The rotorcraft featuring a luxury cabin will be showcased at the static exposition, and will also take part in the flight program. The civilian version of the first… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Nov-19

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Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo delivers AW169M to Italian Guardia di Finanza

Leonardo has delivered the first of 22 latest-generation AW169M light intermediate twin-engine helicopters for Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. The handover event was held at Leonardo’s Vergiate plant on 12 November. The initial delivery is linked to a contract worth 280 million euros, which was signed at the end of 2018, it also includes a complete… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Nov-19

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Canada – Nipawin Council hires heliport designer

Canada – Nipawin Council hires heliport designer

While no decision has been made, the Town of Nipawin council has greenlighted a proposal from an Alberta-based company to come up with a design and detailed cost and OK’d an extra $800 for the project. See Full Story.

Source: Nipawin Journal, 14-Nov-19

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Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations to add firefighting helicopter

Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations to add firefighting helicopter

The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations is expecting to receive 22 Japanese and 26 Russian fire engines, Minister Felix Tsolakyan told reporters. See Full Story.

Source: Armen Press, 14-Nov-19

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Two helipads decommissioned in downtown San Diego

Two helipads decommissioned in downtown San Diego

The Harbor Club in downtown San Diego decommissioned the helipads on both of its towers, meaning buckets will need to remove thousands of pounds of concrete and steel during the next three weeks. See Full Story.

Source: NBC San Diego, 14-Nov-19

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Metro Aviation welcomes Duke Life Flight

Metro Aviation welcomes Duke Life Flight

Duke Life Flight officially joined the Metro Family of operations customers. The hospital-based, traditional air medical program, part of Duke Health, will also be receiving two new EC145e aircraft with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability. Metro will assume operational control of the program in January 2020. “Metro Aviation’s commitment to improving the safety and quality… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Nov-19

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Leonardo celebrates the tenth anniversary of AW159 Wildcat’s first flight

Leonardo celebrates the tenth anniversary of AW159 Wildcat’s first flight

Ten years ago on 12 November, the AW159 Wildcat lifted off for the first time from Yeovil and took to the skies. Over the last decade, the helicopter has celebrated global success and is in current operation with the UK MoD and other international users. To date more than 70 AW159s in a variety of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Nov-19

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VSR700 prototype performs first flight

VSR700 prototype performs first flight

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system has performed its first flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. The VSR700 performed several take-offs and landings on Friday 8th of November with the longest flight lasting around 10 minutes. In accordance with the airworthiness authority that provided the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-19

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EMSA extends Schiebel Camcopter contract in Croatia

EMSA extends Schiebel Camcopter contract in Croatia

After the successful two-month maritime surveillance services of Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 for the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) extends the contract to the end of the year. EMSA’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) is based on the Croatian island of Brač… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 13-Nov-19

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Sikorsky Innovations Announces 9th Entrepreneurial Challenge Awardees

Sikorsky Innovations Announces 9th Entrepreneurial Challenge Awardees

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), announced Continuous Composites as the winner of the 9th Entrepreneurial Challenge. The Entrepreneurial Challenge is led by Sikorsky Innovations and is designed to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications to the aerospace industry. “This year we received the most first round applications ever,” said Chris Van… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Nov-19

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Metro Aviation provides flight demos of the EC145e at AMTC 2019

Metro Aviation provides flight demos of the EC145e at AMTC 2019

The EC145e will be prominently displayed during AMTC this year. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the IFR-equipped GundersenAIR ships are on Metro Aviation’s booth, allowing attendees a chance to crawl inside and see the aircraft up close. For those who want a more intimate introduction to the aircraft, Metro Aviation is providing flight demos from… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Nov-19

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HAI Names Recipient of Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

HAI Names Recipient of Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department Air Operations LACOFD Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk helicopter teams are the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award. The award honors the person or persons who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Nov-19

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The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia takes delivery of its first AW139

The Helicopter Company of Saudia Arabia (THC) was set up in 2018 as an independent company wholly owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF). Surprisingly, it is the first Saudi-owned independent commercial helicopter operator in the oil-rich kingdom, and its creation forms part of the PIF’s mission to support Saudi Vision 2030 by establishing… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 12-Nov-19

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HAI Announces 2020 Recipient of Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI Announces 2020 Recipient of Salute to Excellence Safety Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Krisna Dewi, commercial manager of PT. Sayap Garuda Indah (Heli SGI and Air Bali) in Bali, Indonesia, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Nov-19

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Safran makes management appointments

Safran makes management appointments

Frédéric Bugeon has been appointed Executive Vice-President Strategy, succeeding Serge Maillé who is retiring. Frédéric Bugeon started his career at Thales in 1995, as chief project CAPE (Computer-aided production engineering) for radars. In 1996, he joined Alstom and took responsibility for supply chain and purchasing for TGV and tramways at La Rochelle facility. In 2000,… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 12-Nov-19

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Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro seeks STC for Stryker configurations in EC145

Metro recently began the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) process for the Stryker Performance Pro in the EC145. Metro initiated the process after the ground ambulance standard was changed requiring a more robust restraint system. Its customers and other air medical programs expressed the need for an air ambulance solution that was compatible with the new… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Nov-19

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FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for developing a plan to allow a real-time flight-tracking opt-out for operators that have equipped their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, which will be required to operate in most U.S. airspace effective Jan. 1, 2020. In a related move to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 12-Nov-19

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Luxaviation Helicopters at FLIBS for first time

Luxaviation Helicopters at FLIBS for first time

Luxaviation Helicopters is attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida for the first time. The VIP helicopter charter company will have an ACH145 from its managed fleet on display throughout the show, at Airbus Corporate Helicopters’ exhibition space in Super Yacht Berth 5. Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “Fort Lauderdale International Boat… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

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Launch of HeliSpeed Academy

Launch of HeliSpeed Academy

We are so pleased to introduce all of our clients to HeliSpeed Academy, our brand new pilot training academy. We are offering aspiring helicopter pilots training in order to further their career in aviation. Our fantastic team of commercially experienced instructors will be running the training for both new and experienced pilots. There is a… Read more »

Source: HeliSpeed, 12-Nov-19

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Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have flown their 9,000th mission. On Saturday 2nd November, Dr Amy Andrew, Dr Tim Nicholson-Roberts, Specialist Critical Care Paramedic Louise Wigmore and Captain Dave Nicholls, took to the skies from the Charity Airbase at Thruxton to respond to the milestone mission. HIOWAA CEO, Alex Lochrane, commented: “Whilst… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Boise, Idaho, resident Gary Wiltrout is the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, presented by Bell, salutes excellence in management and leadership and is given to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. It will… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Nov-19

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FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and therefore has received a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Nov-19

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