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Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Slovenian Police receive first of two AW169s

Yesterday, the Police in Slovenia received a new Leonardo AW169 from the factory in Italy.  Serial 69102 was delivered on an Italian test registration, but will take up the local mark S5-HPI in the near future.  The helicopter is fitted with a hoist to starboard, but currently has no other obvious externally fitted items of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-19

LCI launches 1st helicopter co-investment vehicle

LCI launches 1st helicopter co-investment vehicle

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has launched its first ever helicopter co-investment vehicle. The new helicopter ownership vehicle contains five aircraft all on long-term lease – three Leonardo AW139 and two Sikorsky S-92 units – and is valued at over US$100 million. It has been launched in… Read more »

Source: LCI Helicopters, 18-Oct-19

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Life Flight Network and Saint Alphonsus Celebrate 10 Years

Life Flight Network and Saint Alphonsus Celebrate 10 Years

Life Flight Network and Saint Alphonsus Health System are celebrating 10 years of partnership in providing the highest levels of care to the communities throughout Idaho and Eastern Oregon. For the past decade, the teams from Life Flight Network and Saint Alphonsus Health System have been providing unparalleled, compassionate care for critically ill and injured… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 18-Oct-19

Rostec will offer renewal of South Korean Ka-32 fleet

Rostec will offer renewal of South Korean Ka-32 fleet

[electronic translation] State Corporation Rostec will offer partners from South Korea to renew the fleet of Ka-32 multirole helicopters. The modernization program for this family of helicopters will be presented at the International Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition in Seoul at the stand of the official dealer of the Russian Helicopters holding company RH Focus… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 18-Oct-19

Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

Leonardo appoints UI International as Korea distributor

Leonardo and UI International of Republic of Korea have signed today at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2019 (ADEX) a Support Distributorship Agreement aimed at further expanding their collaboration in marketing, sales and service supply for the growing fleet of Leonardo commercial and public utility helicopters in the Country. With this agreement, UI… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-19

Safran selects Onsight AR platform for remote customer support

Safran selects Onsight AR platform for remote customer support

Librestream, leading provider of augmented reality enterprise solutions, is pleased to announce that Safran, an international high technology group operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets, selected its Onsight augmented reality platform for remote customer support, internal services and manufacturing. Safran Helicopter Engines first launched a remote assistance service called… Read more »

Source: Librestream, 18-Oct-19

Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that two Japanese prefectures have placed orders for two Bell 412EPI helicopters. The orders came from the Wakayama and Ishikawa Prefectures, through Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) and EuroTec Japan Corporation. Each Prefecture has ordered one Bell 412EPI, and the aircraft will be operated by their respective… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Oct-19

Air Methods Relocates Black Hills Life Flight Base to Rapid City

Air Methods Relocates Black Hills Life Flight Base to Rapid City

Black Hills Life Flight, a division of Air Methods, announced it has relocated its rotor wing aircraft to its base in Rapid City, South Dakota to serve the surrounding communities. The base will ensure that residents in the surrounding areas, including across state boarders in Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming, have access to air… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Oct-19

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New York Helicopter Charter files for bankruptcy protection

New York Helicopter Charter files for bankruptcy protection

New York Helicopter Charter Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday after running short on cash, Chief Executive Officer Michael Roth said in a court declaration. The company operates one Bell 206B JetRanger and two Bell 206L4 LongRangers. See Full Story.

Source: SF Gate, 16-Oct-19

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Denel helicopters not affected by aerostructures business exit

Denel helicopters not affected by aerostructures business exit

Denel has confirmed that it is exiting the aerostructures manufacturing business as a cost-saving measure, and is trying to mitigate job losses. See Full Story.

Source: defence Web, 16-Oct-19

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Honeywell upgrades power and fuel efficiency on T55 engine for Chinook

Honeywell upgrades power and fuel efficiency on T55 engine for Chinook

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is finalizing a new and improved T55 engine to power the U.S. Army’s Chinook helicopters. The newest upgrade for the legendary T55 will offer over 20% more power at sea level, a nearly 10% power increase at high and hot altitudes, and use 9% less fuel than before. This new variant of… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 16-Oct-19

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Canada approves AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

Canada approves AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems announced today the certification of their AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) by yet another international airworthiness authority, Transport Canada. This most recent approval represents the third regulatory agency to certify the solution, in addition to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Bolstered… Read more »

Source: Standard Aero, 16-Oct-19

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Aero Asset’s Q3 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends show improving conditions

Aero Asset’s Q3 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends show improving conditions

International helicopter brokerage, Aero Asset, releases its third quarter 2019 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends this week.  Timed just ahead of the NBAA-BACE Convention in Las Vegas, its latest report shows North America as the most active region. A total 37% of pre-owned twin engine helicopter buyers were in this territory Q3, up from 31% in Q2. Year to date (YTD),… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 14-Oct-19

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Sikorsky Showcases New Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky Showcases New Combat Rescue Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), showcased the next generation Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) during a ceremony at its Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, this week. During the event, United States Air Force General James M. Holmes, Commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia (91) described the HH-60W helicopter as… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Oct-19

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UK Helicopter Museum celebrates 30 years

UK Helicopter Museum celebrates 30 years

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year On 3 November 1989, the Museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who arrived at the site by air in a Wessex HC.4 of the Queens Royal Flight. Now exactly 30 years later to the day, that very same… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 14-Oct-19

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Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Helity appointed AW139 Maintenance Centre by Leonardo

Hélity reports that last week it was considered a Maintenance Center Recognized by the LEONARDO helicopter factory for its AW139 model. Since October 2017, the Company already had the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, but this is an important step for several reasons. See Full Story.

Source: UrduPoint, 11-Oct-19

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Bell Appoints China State Grid GA as a Bell429 Authorized Maintenance Center

Bell Appoints China State Grid GA as a Bell429 Authorized Maintenance Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the appointment of China State Grid General Aviation Co., Ltd. as a new Bell 429 Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC), making it the fifth CAAC part 145 certified Bell-authorized MRO center in China. “Bell is committed to providing first-class support and services for all customers worldwide;… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-19

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Arrius engines mark 10 million flight hours

Arrius engines mark 10 million flight hours

In China, Safran is celebrating a major achievement for its Arrius engine range; 10 million flight hours flown since its introduction in 1996. With more than 3,800 units delivered to 430 customers in 60 countries, the Arrius family covers a power range of 450-750 shp and flies in both single and twin-engine light helicopters. Over… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 11-Oct-19

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Celebrating 40 Years of Bell Operating in China

Celebrating 40 Years of Bell Operating in China

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, celebrated 40 years of Bell helicopters operating in the Chinese market. “In the past 40 years, the Chinese civil helicopter industry has tremendously changed, becoming the second largest civilian helicopter market in Asia-Pacific. Bell has been very proud to participate in the development of the vertical… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Oct-19

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Safran and AECC introduce the WZ16

Safran and AECC introduce the WZ16

Safran Helicopter Engines and Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) announce the issue of the Type Certificate for the WZ16 turboshaft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Installed in the AVIC AC352 helicopter, the WZ16 is the first jointly-developed aero engine to be entirely certified by Chinese authorities. Also known as the Ardiden… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 11-Oct-19

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LZControl supercharges its system with new upgrades

LZControl supercharges its system with new upgrades

LZControl allows pilots, UAS operators, certificate holders, first responders, as well as federal, state, and local emergency management providers access to unique site-specific information for hospital heliports as well as Predesignated Medical Emergency Scene Sites. All while providing current weather and hazard information for individual sites along with critical hard to find healthcare data populated… Read more »

Source: LZControl, 11-Oct-19

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Euramec signs non-exclusive distribution agreement with GeoSim Technologies

Euramec signs non-exclusive distribution agreement with GeoSim Technologies

Euramec, the European flight simulation solution providers, announced it has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement with GeoSim Technologies for the worldwide distribution of GeoSim’s rotary wing simulators and specialty flight simulators. GeoSim based in Ipswich, Australia, signed a reciprocal arrangement to market EURAMEC’s portfolio of Flight Training Devices in Australia and New Zealand. GeoSim has partnered with… Read more »

Source: Euramec, 11-Oct-19

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Russia’s state Medevac programme on life-support

Russia’s state Medevac programme on life-support

The Russian authorities are looking for ways to improve the contractual process and the real-time monitoring and control of medevac service suppliers. See Full Story.  

Source: Russian Aviation INSIDER, 10-Oct-19

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Eemshaven Heliport receives first flight

Eemshaven Heliport receives first flight

WIKING Helikopter Service and DHSS have completed the first flight to the heliport in the Port of Eemshaven for the opening ceremony. See Full Story.  

Source: offshoreWIND, 10-Oct-19

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MINT Turbines Names New General Manager

MINT Turbines Names New General Manager

MINT Turbines, LLC (Stroud, Oklahoma), one of four premier MRO facilities within the M International group, is pleased to announce Mr. David Norton has joined as their new General Manager effective immediately. Within his expanded role, David is responsible for all operations within their state-of-the-art facility providing MRO services for both Honeywell T53 and Pratt… Read more »

Source: M International, 10-Oct-19

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Norwegian Government commits to rescue helicopter base at Tromso by 2022

Norwegian Government commits to rescue helicopter base at Tromso by 2022

[electronic translation] The government gives priority to strengthening emergency preparedness in the north, and proposes to establish a new rescue helicopter base in Tromsø and establish HF coverage in the northern marine areas up to the North Pole. – We aim to launch the new rescue helicopter base in 2022. We will soon launch a… Read more »

Source: Norwegian Government, 10-Oct-19

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UK to advise Kazakhstan on aviation regulation

UK to advise Kazakhstan on aviation regulation

CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has been awarded a new consultancy project to help the Kazakhstan aviation regulator adopt a new aviation oversight model, based on that used in the UK. The new regulatory system will support Kazakhstan’s air transport sector growth and provide a… Read more »

Source: CAA International, 09-Oct-19

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SEI Industries is a Finalist for the 2019 BC Export Awards

SEI Industries is a Finalist for the 2019 BC Export Awards

SEI Industries Ltd. is announced as a finalist for Business in Vancouver’s 2019 BC Export Awards in the manufacturing category. SEI engineers and manufactures niche products for the helicopter industry through two major divisions: Aerial Firefighting and Remote Site. Left: Bambi Bucket extinguishes fire, Right: Bulk Aviation Transfer Tank inside aircraft; both manufactured by SEI… Read more »

Source: SEI Industries, 09-Oct-19

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UAVOS Unmanned Helicopter Robinson for Precision Farming

UAVOS Unmanned Helicopter Robinson for Precision Farming

UAVOS has announced the addition of R22-UV unmanned helicopter to its agriculture unmanned aircraft portfolio for spraying for diseases, weed and pest control, vegetative control. R22-UV is a manned Robinson-22 helicopter converted by UAVOS to an unmanned aircraft. Agro-drone R22-UV is equipped with a specially developed (for Robinson helicopters) utility to deliver liquid chemicals –… Read more »

09-Oct-19

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CHI St. Joseph Health and PHI upgrade aircraft

CHI St. Joseph Health and PHI upgrade aircraft

CHI St. Joseph Health and PHI Air Medical/Air Med 12 have upgraded the aircraft they use to help care for and transport people in critical condition. See Full Story.

Source: KBTX-TV3, 08-Oct-19

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Tender issued for German wind farm rescue helicopter

Tender issued for German wind farm rescue helicopter

EnBW has issued a tender for a rescue helicopter to service the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind projects in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshore WIND, 08-Oct-19

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Queenstown helicopter company liquidated

Queenstown helicopter company liquidated

A Queenstown helicopter company, placed in liquidation in February, has had its assets – including its name – sold for $125,000. See Full Story.

Source: Otago Daily Times, 08-Oct-19

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Girls in Aviation Day 2019 Reaches 20,000 Attendees

Girls in Aviation Day 2019 Reaches 20,000 Attendees

With 118 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s October 5 Girls in Aviation Day 2019 reached approximately 20,000 attendees. Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States but in 17 other countries in Canada and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe…. Read more »

Source: WAI, 08-Oct-19

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Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Fleet Surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

The V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] has topped the 500,000 flight hour milestone. More than 375 Ospreys logged the hours, including the U.S. Air Force CV-22 and the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22. “The V-22 provides unmatched capability for the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-19

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Helinetwork International signs distribution agreement with LACE

Helinetwork International signs distribution agreement with LACE

Helinetwork International, the specialist in the sale of new and overhauled parts for civil and military helicopters, announces the signature of a distribution agreement with LACE, a subsidiary of the LISI Aerospace group. Lace is a major player in the design, production, sale and technical support of aeronautical cargo hooks equipments and systems. LACE’s experience… Read more »

Source: Helinetwork International, 08-Oct-19

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Bristow reorganization confirmed by court

Bristow reorganization confirmed by court

Bristow Group Inc. (OTC: BRSWQ) (“Bristow” or the “Company”) announced that on October 4, 2019, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas confirmed the Company’s Amended Plan of Reorganization (the “Plan”) and indicated that it will enter a written order to this effect. The Company expects to consummate its financial restructuring process… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-Oct-19

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Schiebel completes Camcopter SAR demo in Norway

Schiebel completes Camcopter SAR demo in Norway

Schiebel successfully demonstrated the shipboard integration of its CAMCOPTER® S-100 as well as its impressive search and rescue (SAR) capabilities to the Norwegian Coast Guard on board of the KV Svalbard from 16 to 27 September 2019. The outstanding flight trials included a successful search and rescue mission, where the Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 08-Oct-19

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Airbus executive named CEO at Philjets

Airbus executive named CEO at Philjets

PhilJets has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer to manage both PhilJets Aero Charter and PhilJets Aero Services in the midst of its expansion in 2019. Established in 2013, PhilJets has grown its portfolio to 15 aircrafts currently under management including newly added Gulfstream G200, Citation Latitude, Citation CJ4 and with additional upcoming R44, Bell… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 08-Oct-19

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FAA investigating Las Vegas Lights’ helicopter cash drop

FAA investigating Las Vegas Lights’ helicopter cash drop

The Las Vegas Lights’ wildly popular helicopter cash drop stunt last month could land the aviation company behind it in hot water. See Full Story.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, 07-Oct-19

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Night-flying program to continue this season in Australia

Night-flying program to continue this season in Australia

During the 2017-2018 bushfire season in Australia two helicopters were approved for dropping water at night with the use of night vision goggles (NVG) by the pilots. At least one of the ships, an S-61, was approved for hover refilling which was the first time this had been done anywhere. See Full Story.

Source: Fire Aviation, 07-Oct-19

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World’s First 100% Carbon Neutral Full Service Helicopter Operator

World’s First 100% Carbon Neutral Full Service Helicopter Operator

As of January 1st, 2019 Blackcomb Helicopters became the first full-service helicopter operator in the world to offset 100% of its carbon footprint. Initiating the transition in 2018 by first offsetting its growing tourism program, this operator of 22 aircraft and 6 base locations has now offset the entirety of the business including employee commutes,… Read more »

Source: Blackcomb Helicopters, 07-Oct-19

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Kopter’s SH09 Flight Test Program moves forward

Kopter’s SH09 Flight Test Program moves forward

The Kopter Flight Test crew has successfully performed a series of flight tests with the newly fitted and improved Main Gear Box (MGB) casing on SH09 Prototype 3 (P3). The flights performed with the retrofitted gearbox have already confirmed the expectations of Kopter engineers and crew: the new MGB runs more smoothly, is quieter and… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 07-Oct-19

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UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

UK CAA appoints new Safety and Airspace Regulation Director

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is pleased to confirm the appointment of Rob Bishton as its new Group Director of Safety and Airspace Regulation. This follows a global recruitment process, including both internal and external candidates. Rob has been at the CAA since 2014, where he is currently Head of Flight Operations and a… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-19

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ARCH Air Medical Now Carrying Blood and Plasma

ARCH Air Medical Now Carrying Blood and Plasma

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today that its ARCH Air Medical base (ARCH 3) will carry blood and plasma on its missions to support improved outcomes for patients involved in traumatic injuries or other conditions that require transfusions. Air Methods has continuously worked to increase the number of aircraft nationwide that… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 07-Oct-19

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 with a 4×4

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 with a 4×4

From October 7th 2019, an Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) critical care team will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is the first time in the Charity’s 21-year history that it has been able to provide a fully 24/7 service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 07-Oct-19

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SPAES gets EASA STC approval for BK117 searchlight

SPAES gets EASA STC approval for BK117 searchlight

Together with the helicopter operator Heli Service International the SPAES GmbH & Co. KG has create an EASA-STC for the installation of an additional search and landing light for the helicopter Airbus BK 117 C-1. The Nightscanner® is an integrated search and landing light, which is installed in the lower fuselage of the helicopter and… Read more »

Source: SPAES GmbH & Co. KG, 07-Oct-19

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Leonardo and Olmedo join forces

Leonardo and Olmedo join forces

Leonardo, one of the top ten companies in the world in Aerospace, Defense and Security and one of the leading players in the helicopter field, and Olmedo, a leading European company for the transformation and preparation of vehicles for healthcare use, have announced the signing of a collaboration agreement aimed at the development of technologies… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Oct-19

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Air Methods warns Wyoming Department of Health

Air Methods warns Wyoming Department of Health

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, released public comments to the Wyoming Department of Health regarding a Medicaid waiver application that would take decisions from physician and first responders and turn them over to a remote call center that uses financially driven criteria to determine the need for a transport, putting Wyomingites’ lives in danger…. Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 04-Oct-19

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Joliet’s LifeStar Now Carrying Blood and Plasma on EMS missions

Joliet’s LifeStar Now Carrying Blood and Plasma on EMS missions

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today that its LifeStar program in Joliet will carry blood and plasma on its missions to support improved outcomes for patients involved in traumatic injuries or other conditions that require transfusions. Air Methods has continuously worked to increase the number of aircraft nationwide that carry blood… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 04-Oct-19

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Helipad reopens at Tofino General Hospital after 8 year wait

Helipad reopens at Tofino General Hospital after 8 year wait

Helicopters are once again able to airlift patients who are in need of a higher level of care from Tofino General Hospital, now that a new helipad is in place next to the hospital. “This is terrific news for the residents of this area, and for the thousands of visitors who come to this special… Read more »

Source: Island Health, 04-Oct-19

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Blade expands into New York hospital organ transport

Blade expands into New York hospital organ transport

Blade has begun deploying helicopters in the Big Apple to quickly transport human organs for emergency transplants. See Full Story.

Source: New York Post, 04-Oct-19

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Centennial College receives Ornge Sikorsky helicopter

Centennial College receives Ornge Sikorsky helicopter

Centennial College’s School of Transportation formally recognized the donation of a decommissioned Sikorsky S-76A helicopter by Ontario’s Ornge air ambulance service at an event at the college’s Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation on September 25. Some 500 students in Centennial’s Aviation Technician and Aviation Technology programs directly benefit from having the Sikorsky hull… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 04-Oct-19

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SAFE successfully completes ISO 9001:2015 certification.

SAFE successfully completes ISO 9001:2015 certification.

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety-first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, phase maintenance platforms, hangar equipment, and specialty tooling, has announced the successful completion of the ISO 9001:2015 certification. S.A.F.E. has proven that they are an elite company in every area of business, whether it… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 04-Oct-19

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STARS introduces Airbus H145 to Saskatchewan base

STARS introduces Airbus H145 to Saskatchewan base

New Airbus H145 the 3rd STARS has bought to replace its older models in the Prairie provinces. See Full Story.

Source: CBC, 04-Oct-19

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First use of manned multicopter in rescue operations staged

First use of manned multicopter in rescue operations staged

Just science fiction, or soon a reality in rescuing human lives? In a feasibility study launched by ADAC Luftrettung (air rescue) at the end of 2018 and supported by the charitable ADAC foundation, a multicopter was used for the first time in a staged rescue operation. Covering everything from the alert at the ADAC Luftrettung… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 04-Oct-19

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Air Greenland selects Airbus H225 for SAR

Air Greenland selects Airbus H225 for SAR

Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters to support its bid to win its home country’s search and rescue (SAR) contract. Under the terms of a firm contract assisted by Airbus Helicopters, two H225s repurposed from the oil and gas industry will be delivered over the coming months to replace the ageing S-61… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Oct-19

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New book released on history of Schweizer Aircraft

New book released on history of Schweizer Aircraft

It all started in the 1930s when three brothers who were fascinated by the blossoming field of aviation started their own business in Big Flats. More than seven decades later, the saga of Schweizer Aircraft came to a bitter end after the company that took it over closed its Chemung County operations for good. See… Read more »

Source: Star Gazette, 04-Oct-19

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Helicentre granted CAA Approval for Integrated CPL(H)

Helicentre granted CAA Approval for Integrated CPL(H)

Midlands-based helicopter training academy Helicentre Aviation has received approval from the CAA to deliver integrated training for the Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter). The first integrated course will commence later this month at the academy’s Leicester Airport training centre and will enable ab-initio cadets to attend full-time training for 12 months to obtain a professional licence…. Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 04-Oct-19

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250th Enstrom 480 produced as manufacturer welcomes French dealer

250th Enstrom 480 produced as manufacturer welcomes French dealer

After an absence of some years, Enstrom Helicopter Corp now have an active new dealer in France. Rotor & Aircraft SA, based in Chartres, have taken delivery of the latest production example of the Enstrom 280FX. Serial number 2167, this aircraft was displayed at Heli-Expo in Atlanta following manufacture in March 2019. It was officially… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 03-Oct-19

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Work starts on upgrade to Saskatchewan hospital helipad

Work starts on upgrade to Saskatchewan hospital helipad

Construction to upgrade the Victoria Hospital’s temporary landing area to a certified heliport is underway. See Full Story.  

Source: Prince Albert Daily Herald, 03-Oct-19

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ARGUS International has been aquired by SGS

ARGUS International has been aquired by SGS

ARGUS International, Inc., the global leader in specialized aviation services, has announced that SGS, the world’s largest certification, verification, and inspection company, has acquired a majority stake. The acquisition aims to strengthen SGS’s aviation auditing and consulting services and increase market penetration through the organizations’ leveraged synergies. “ARGUS is a globally recognized brand name in… Read more »

Source: ARGUS International, 03-Oct-19

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Airbus and EASA combine efforts to bring the next generation of VTOL to life

Airbus and EASA combine efforts to bring the next generation of VTOL to life

Airbus Helicopters and EASA have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation aiming to harness their respective experience and know-how to bring the next generation of VTOL platforms to life, along with the necessary regulatory framework to support them. “I am very pleased to be joining efforts with EASA to build a common framework for the next… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Oct-19

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Police Aviation News – October 2019 Edition

The October 2019 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here  

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-Oct-19

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Dart Aerospace buys Simplex

Dart Aerospace buys Simplex

DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired aerial firefighting mission equipment leader Simplex Aerospace. Based in Portland, Oregon, Simplex Aerospace is an aviation industry veteran serving thousands of operators and OEMs worldwide. Its reputation as a world leader in the innovation, manufacturing and certification of aerial application systems has been built… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 02-Oct-19

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Irish Community Rapid Response completes 100 missions in first two months

Irish Community Rapid Response completes 100 missions in first two months

Ireland’s first charity-led air ambulance service has launched a major fundraising drive to meet its annual €2 million running costs as it revealed it has already carried out more than 100 missions in just two months. See Full Story.

Source: Irish Times, 02-Oct-19

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50 Years – Airbus Helicopters in the US

50 Years – Airbus Helicopters in the US

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is celebrating 50 years of supporting U.S. helicopter operators. The company’s U.S. operations began in 1969 with the establishment of Vought Helicopter, Inc. in Texas, which France’s Aerospatiale took over in 1974. Six years later, in 1980, Airbus Helicopters Inc. opened the doors to its current facilities in Grand Prairie, which is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-19

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Christoph Regensburg celebrates 25 years

Christoph Regensburg celebrates 25 years

On September 4, 1994, “Christoph Regensburg” took up his duties and landed for the first time at the University Hospital Regensburg (UKR). Thus, the most modern helicopter type H 145 for 25 years an indispensable part of the emergency medical care in Bavaria. Especially in the areas of competence night flight and ECMO transports (mobile… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 02-Oct-19

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Bucher installs first H135 HEMS equipment in China

Bucher installs first H135 HEMS equipment in China

Bucher has delivered a total of six H135 HEMS equipment units for the Chinese market. The last delivery was the first to beinstalled on-site by our specialists in the newly built FAL (Final Assembly Line) in Qingdao, in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. The plant is the first H135 FAL outside Europe. The opening… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 02-Oct-19

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Simplex Announces FAA STC for Internal Firefighting Tank for the Black Hawk

Simplex Announces FAA STC for Internal Firefighting Tank for the Black Hawk

Simplex ® Aerospace has announced that they have received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02657SE for an internal Fire Attack System (FAS) for the UH-60 A Blackhawk. The Model 370i FAS is certified for installation and operation on the Timberline Helicopters Inc. TC type. Simplex will be working quickly to add… Read more »

Source: Simplex ® Aerospace, 02-Oct-19

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Swedish Police add two more Bell 429s

Swedish Police add two more Bell 429s

The Police in Sweden have recently added a pair of Bell 429s to bring their fleet to a total of nine.  Funded by an anti-terrorism budget, the two arrived at Stockholm by airfreight on 5th August, courtesy of freight airline Cargolux. Now on the Swedish civil register as SE-JPN and JPO – respectively Bell MSNs 57350… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-19

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Official Royal Opening of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s Air Base

Official Royal Opening of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s Air Base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to officially open our new purpose-built emergency operations base in Almondsbury on Wednesday 25th September. Moving in to the new site was a huge milestone for us, having celebrated our 10th birthday last year. GWAAC’s Critical Care Team… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 30-Sep-19

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Voom helicopter booking platform expands into US

Voom helicopter booking platform expands into US

Voom, an Airbus company, announced the launch of its helicopter service in the U.S., starting with the San Francisco Bay Area. Expanding upon its successful helicopter service in Latin America, Voom provides an easy and affordable way to quickly fly over traffic with service available between five Bay Area airports: Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, San… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Sep-19

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New Vice President of Heli-One appointed

New Vice President of Heli-One appointed

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Christian Drouin will be promoted from his current role as Vice President of Global Operations, where he manages Heli-One’s three global bases, to Vice President, Heli-One, where he will serve as the lead executive for the entire organization. Drouin replaces… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 30-Sep-19

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Ornge Air Ambulance suspends service to hospital in London, Ontario

Ornge Air Ambulance suspends service to hospital in London, Ontario

Ontario’s air ambulance agency has suspended service to a London hospital over safety concerns about its helicopter landing space. See Full Story.

Source: The London Free Press, 27-Sep-19

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New lifts capabilities for Ventura County Air Unit

New lifts capabilities for Ventura County Air Unit

The Ventura County Air Unit got a big upgrade recently with the arrival of its first new helicopter in years. The 2007 Firehawk, dubbed “Copter 2,” is one of three Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters purchased by the agency to help fight fires, make rescues and perform other tasks. See Full Story.

Source: VC Star, 27-Sep-19

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