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Rotorcorp wins 2019 State and Regional Export Award

Rotorcorp wins 2019 State and Regional Export Award

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region IV Administrator Ashley D. Bell today named Rotorcorp LLC as the 2019 SBA Exporter of the Year for the State of Georgia and the larger eight-state Southeast Region. “We are honored to highlight regional small business champions who are making significant changes by driving our economy and creating… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 03-May-19

Schiebel wins Norway’s tender for UAS deployment in the Arctic

Schiebel wins Norway’s tender for UAS deployment in the Arctic

Norway’s Andøya Test Center selected Schiebel’s marketleading CAMCOPTER® S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) for extensive search and rescue trials as part of the Arctic 2030 project. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was selected for its exemplary international reputation and its successful record of accomplishments in the maritime domain with customers all around… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-May-19

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Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

Inverness Coast Guard base swaps S92s for AW189s

INVERNESS’ HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base has welcomed two Leonardo AW189 helicopters, serving the Highlands and Islands and further afield as part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s airborne response. The aircraft replace two Sikorsky S92 helicopters, which have been in active service out of Inverness since 2015. Each £20 million AW189… Read more »

Source: Inverness Coast Guard, 03-May-19

Life Link III Receives Full CAMTS Accreditation

Life Link III Receives Full CAMTS Accreditation

Life Link III is proud to announce that it has been awarded full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for both its rotor wing and fixed wing services. The CAMTS accreditation status is one of the most prestigious industry designations that may be achieved and extends across the entire Life… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 03-May-19

Bristow Secures Contract with BP plc

Bristow Secures Contract with BP plc

Bristow Group Inc. (OTC:BRSWQ) announced a new contract with BP plc, to support its North Sea operations. The contract, with a five year primary term, commenced on May 13, 2019. Bristow will deliver a fully integrated aviation solution to BP plc from bases in Aberdeen and Sumburgh. New pilot and crew positions are being created,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-May-19

Helisota and ASA signs cooperation agreement

Helisota and ASA signs cooperation agreement

Helisota – an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training services for rotorcraft aviation signs cooperation agreement with ASA – Airline Software Applications ApS regarding the promotion of IT solution for CAMOs and MROs. “We are happy to announce that ASA joins Helisota as a partner. ASA is the expert of world-wide… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 02-May-19

Police Aviation News – May 2019 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 02-May-19

STARS receives donation of $1 Million

STARS receives donation of $1 Million

Carrying on a tradition that dates back to the Firm’s founding in 1857, James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies is providing support to the communities it serves with a major gift to STARS air ambulance. Richardson company representatives gathered today in Winnipeg, where the organization’s head office is located, to announce a $1… Read more »

Source: STARS, 02-May-19

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol unveils new Bell 407s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol unveils new Bell 407s

The State Highway Patrol unveiled the addition of two new Bell 407 helicopters today to assist in the Patrol’s lifesaving mission.  The event held at the SHP’s Aviation Unit hanger in Raleigh showcased the needed upgrade to the Patrol’s Aviation fleet before distinguished guest and media invitees.  Although these new helicopters are a part of… Read more »

Source: North Carolina Dept of Public Safety, 02-May-19

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Sonora Resort partners with 49 North Helicopters

Sonora Resort partners with 49 North Helicopters

British Columbia’s Sonora Resort, a Relais & Chateâux wilderness retreat located on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, is ready to welcome guests for its 17th season starting Wednesday, May 1, 2019. New initiatives this year include helicopter adventure touring deep in the remote wilderness and a sea lion viewing platform, and our sharp… Read more »

Source: 49 North Helicopters, 02-May-19

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Northstar Aerospace Announces the Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Northstar Aerospace Announces the Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Northstar Aerospace, Inc. (“Northstar”), a portfolio company of Wynnchurch Capital, LLC (“Wynnchurch”), announced that it has appointed Scott Burdick as Chief Executive Officer, and that Dave McConnaughey will be retiring and transitioning to a board role. “We are extremely appreciative of Dave’s service to the Company. While we are proud of what we accomplished, we… Read more »

Source: Northstar Aerospace, 02-May-19

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New York State Police add another Huey

New York State Police add another Huey

The New York State Police have just received a Huey into their fleet. They received the helicopter through the federal surplus LESO program, reports WCAX. It is stationed at the Saranac Lake police aviation site.

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-19

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Airbus improves Dauphin and H155 landing gear control switch

Airbus improves Dauphin and H155 landing gear control switch

In the frame of the 2019 Top irritant resolution program for Dauphin aircraft (AS 365, AS 565 and EC 155), Airbus Helicopters proposes a new solution improving the reliability of the landing gear control switch. The improvement consists in installing a new micro switch, which is a result of a new method used to reduce… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-May-19

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Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

India’s largest helicopter operator, Pawan Hans, is in a financial crisis and unable to pay employee salaries for April. The company reportedly sent a circular sent to employees on Thursday saying that the company is facing “an uncomfortable financial position”. It is also the time of year that salary levels are historically reviewed, according to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-19

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Bowmanville Hospital Gets Approval for Helipad Overhaul

Bowmanville Hospital Gets Approval for Helipad Overhaul

Bowmanville Hospital has not had a function helipad since their air ambulance service was suspended in September. This came after a landing caused damage and an injury. The wind from landing and taking off causes objects to blow around in the surrounding houses by the hospital helipad. Especially since Ornge has begun using larger helicopters…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-19

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Devon Air Ambulance starts carrying freeze-dried plasma

Devon Air Ambulance starts carrying freeze-dried plasma

From this week, Devon Air Ambulance can provide its patients with an additional life-saving treatment. This wasn’t previously available in Devon until the patient arrives at a hospital’s Emergency Department; the administration of blood plasma. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance explains “In simple terms, blood is made up of red blood cells… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 30-Apr-19

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Anti-poaching with the H125

Anti-poaching with the H125

The statistics are dire. Less than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild. The western black rhino and northern white rhino are now extinct outside of protected reserves (1). These animals, and hundreds of other species, are victims of poaching – killed for their pelts, horns, tusks, shells, etc. – and sold around the world… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Apr-19

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UMMC Baltimore makes first delivery of a transplant organ by drone

UMMC Baltimore makes first delivery of a transplant organ by drone

In a first-ever advancement in human medicine and aviation technology, a University of Maryland unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center for successful transplantation into a patient with kidney failure. This successful demonstration illustrates the potential of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for providing organ deliveries that,… Read more »

Source: UMMS, 30-Apr-19

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Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

Former premier of Saskatchewan to lead STARS fundraising campaign

One of the people credited with bringing STARS to Saskatchewan is stepping up once again to help the non-profit fundraise for its future. Former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, announced via video message that he is volunteering his time to chair the air ambulance’s capital campaign, raising funds to replace its fleet and to continue… Read more »

Source: STARS, 30-Apr-19

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Airbus reduce order quantities on 1000 parts

Airbus reduce order quantities on 1000 parts

Airbus Helicopters launched a plan for reducing a number of new spare parts with minimum order quantity required. Since the beginning of the year, 1,000 part numbers (PN) have had their minimum order quantities reduced or cancelled: 500 PN with a bag value above 500€ and 500 PN with a bag value between 150 and 500€. This measure allows… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Apr-19

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GVIC nominates four new Directors for Bristow

GVIC nominates four new Directors for Bristow

Global Value Investment Corp. (GVIC), a value-oriented investment research and advisory firm located in Mequon, Wisconsin, today nominated four highly qualified, independent candidates for election to the board of directors of Bristow Group, Inc. (NYSE: BRS). GVIC’s nominees are Sten Gustafson, Jonathan Meretsky, Anthony Gray, and Jeffrey Geygan. Read: Open Letter to Bristow Shareholders Mr…. Read more »

Source: GVIC, 29-Apr-19

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Baron Announces New Weather Forecasting Model

Baron Announces New Weather Forecasting Model

Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, announces a new weather forecasting model available immediately in the company’s Baron Threat Net, Baron API, and broadcast products. Weather models are produced via intense computer analysis using known and projected atmospheric conditions and current sensor readings. The result is a forecast projected out a set number… Read more »

Source: Baron, 29-Apr-19

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STARS welcomes first two Airbus H145s at Calgary base

STARS welcomes first two Airbus H145s at Calgary base

Together with former patients, crew and community allies, STARS officially welcomed to the Calgary base today two new Airbus H145 aircraft.  The helicopters are the first part of a plan to replace the non-profit air ambulance’s entire fleet across Western Canada. “Today is about bringing us one step closer to making our fleet renewal program… Read more »

Source: STARS, 29-Apr-19

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Airbus removes six month battery inspections on H130, H125 and H120

Airbus removes six month battery inspections on H130, H125 and H120

As from February 2019, the 6-month battery periodic inspection is cancelled for all EC120, AS350/H125 and EC130/H130 aircraft equipped with battery MPN 150CH-1 / 151CH-1 and operated in normal conditions environment. The Maintenance Service Manual chapter 05-25 has been updated consequently and a tech data update has been released in ORION. This improvement is a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Apr-19

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Rostec takes Helicopters to FAMEX 2019

Rostec takes Helicopters to FAMEX 2019

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, is setting up a joint Russian exposition at the Mexico Aerospace Fair FAMEX-2019 to take place at AFB 1 in Santa Lucia, Mexico, on April 24-27. “Rosoboronexport takes consistent steps to strengthen its positions in Latin America. Here people are well aware of and appreciate Russian aviation, helicopter and automotive… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 29-Apr-19

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Klimov engine repair centre opens in Vietnam

Klimov engine repair centre opens in Vietnam

In the Vietnamese city of Vungtau, the Integrated Logistics Support Center (ILP) started work on the repair of helicopter engines of ODK-Klimov JSC (part of the United Engine Corporation of Rostec). The Aviation Administration of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam certified the new center. The ILP Center is equipped with the necessary equipment, spare parts… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 29-Apr-19

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Maintenance center for Ansat helicopters to open in Mexico

Maintenance center for Ansat helicopters to open in Mexico

The Mexican company Craft Avia Center in cooperation with the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) is planning to open a technical maintenance center for Ansat type civilian helicopters in the city of Guadalajara. “The creation of a maintenance center for Ansat type helicopters in the Mexican city of Guadalajara is in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 29-Apr-19

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Forbes names FlightSafety one of America’s best mid-size employers

Forbes names FlightSafety one of America’s best mid-size employers

FlightSafety International has been named one of the best mid-size employers by Forbes. This is the second consecutive year that the company has received this important recognition. “We are pleased and honored that FlightSafety has been named by Forbes as one of America’s best mid-size employers again this year,” said Co-CEOs David Davenport and Ray… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Apr-19

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Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority accepts GrandNew pair

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) recently attended a signing ceremony at Leonardo’s plant at Vergiate, for the acceptance of two new helicopters.  The aircraft will be used to transfer marine pilots at the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa and are expected to be delivered to TNPA by June 2019.  The aircraft are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-19

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Pelita Air Service Adds 3 Aircraft to Heli-One Support Plan

Pelita Air Service Adds 3 Aircraft to Heli-One Support Plan

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the addition of three S-76 C++ to Pelita Air Service’s existing comprehensive maintenance support plan. The additional aircraft brings the total number supported under the plan to seven. This addition is buoyed by Pelita Air Service’s recently awarded offshore… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 26-Apr-19

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VHA Stands Behind Products

VHA Stands Behind Products

While the Van Horn Aviation family continues to mourn the loss of contract experimental test pilot Rucie Moore and VHA engineering manager Stephen Estes in a helicopter accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 16 near Fountain Hills, Ariz., we assure our customers that we continue to stand behind our current composite 206B JetRanger main and… Read more »

Source: Van Horn, 26-Apr-19

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Kaman wins Black Hawk Supplier of the Year award

Kaman wins Black Hawk Supplier of the Year award

Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that its Integrated Structures and Metallics Division located in Jacksonville, Florida was presented with Sikorsky’s Black Hawk Program Supplier of the Year Award. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT), stated in a recent press release that “Kaman was chosen for this special recognition due… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 26-Apr-19

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Helijet plans stock market exit

Helijet plans stock market exit

Helijet International Inc. (TSX-V: HJI) (“Helijet” or the “Corporation”) announces that its board of directors has received a proposal from a Helijet director, for a going private transaction (the “Transaction”). Insiders and their extended family and one other extended family currently own 88% of the outstanding common shares of Helijet (the “Helijet Shares”) and will… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 26-Apr-19

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Omni Helicopters International appoints Group CEO

Omni Helicopters International appoints Group CEO

Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“OHI” or “the Company”] announced the appointment of Jeremy Akel as Group Chief Executive Officer. The announcement was supported by OHI shareholders Stirling Square Capital Partners [“Stirling Square”] and Omni Aviation [“Omni”]. Rui Almeida, Executive Chairman and co-founder of both OHI and Omni Taxi Aéreo [“Omni Brazil”], said “We are very… Read more »

Source: Omni Helicopters, 26-Apr-19

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China’s first Airbus H215 helicopter delivered

China’s first Airbus H215 helicopter delivered

China’s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has taken delivery of one heavy twin-engine Airbus H215 helicopter – a member of the mission-proven Super Puma family – becoming the launch customer for the H215 in China. A subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company, SGGAC performs aerial construction… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Apr-19

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Bell to display at FAMEX

Bell to display at FAMEX

“With more than 1,370 Bell aircraft currently operating in the region, Mexico remains an important country for Bell and we continue to expand our footprint in the region. Bell is proud to showcase a variety of our commercial platforms during FAMEX.” — said Nicholas Peffer, Managing Director, Latin America.

Source: Bell, 25-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters will participate in the FAMEX 2019 exhibition

Russian Helicopters will participate in the FAMEX 2019 exhibition

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Coproration) will participate in the third international aerospace show FAMEX 2019 held in Santa Lucia air base in Mexico. This year the company will exhibit a line of Russian civilian helicopters in Mexico: light Ansat, medium Mi-171A2 and heavier Mi-38 helicopters, representing the three main weight classes… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 25-Apr-19

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L3 MAS Awarded Five-Year Option In-Service Support Contracts

L3 MAS Awarded Five-Year Option In-Service Support Contracts

L3 MAS is proud to announce that Boeing has exercised a five-year contract option for L3 MAS to continue providing Support and Test Equipment In-Service Support (ISS) services, Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) and Electronic Publication management services on the Department of National Defence (DND) CH-147F Chinook aircraft fleet. The work will be carried out at… Read more »

Source: L3 MAS, 25-Apr-19

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Helijet renews British Columbia EMS contract

Helijet renews British Columbia EMS contract

Helijet is pleased to announce that it has renewed its dedicated air medical contract with British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) for an additional four years, effective April 1, 2019. Helijet will continue to supply four Sikorsky S-76 model helicopters for the B.C. Ambulance Service which is operated by BCEHS. Under the new agreement, a… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 25-Apr-19

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Safran Awarded Patent for Turbine Engine Rapid Restart System Tests

Safran Awarded Patent for Turbine Engine Rapid Restart System Tests

A device for integrity testing a system for rapid reactivation of a turboshaft engine of a helicopter, includes a pneumatic turbine that is mechanically connected to the turboshaft engine and is supplied with gas, upon a command, by a pneumatic supply circuit such that it is possible to rotate the turboshaft engine and ensure that it is… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 24-Apr-19

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Next Airbus H125 for Simrik Air arrives this week

Next Airbus H125 for Simrik Air arrives this week

Simrik Air, a private helicopter company has add one more chopper in it’s Fleet. Simrik Air has purchased another brand new Airbus AS350 B3e with a call sign 9N-ANB. The chopper is scheduled to land at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on 27th April 2019. With this new addition, Simrik Air will now be having total… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 24-Apr-19

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Air Methods closes four bases in Oklahoma

Air Methods closes four bases in Oklahoma

Air Methods have recently shut down four medical helicopter bases in Oklahoma due to financial issues. The bases that were shut down were in Chickasha, Keefeton, Seminole and the base in Tulsa at the Riverside Airport. Each base employed up o 15 people, reports Denver Posts.

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-19

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Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps announce a major step

With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Apr-19

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Additional certification for DART’s EC/H130 Emergency Flotation System

Additional certification for DART’s EC/H130 Emergency Flotation System

DART Aerospace (“DART”) is proud to announce STC approvals received from both the FAA and EASA on its new EC/H130 Emergency Float System (EFS). TCCA certification was granted in late 2018 for this kit, which is applicable to both legacy EC130B4 models and the latest H130 from Airbus. The system can now be used in… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 23-Apr-19

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Electric helicopter creators to receive award

Electric helicopter creators to receive award

AHMEC presents its Annual Achievement Award for innovation in rotary wing flight at its annual Gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 27, from 5 until 10 p.m. This year’s recipients are Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Chairman and CEO of United Therapeutics, and Tier 1 Engineering for their Electric Powered Robinson R44 helicopter. Piloted by Captain Ric Webb… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Museum, 23-Apr-19

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Indonesian military orders another Super Puma from local production line

Indonesian military orders another Super Puma from local production line

[electronic translation] PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) received an order for a fleet of Super Puma NAS-332 C1 + Helicopters from the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (Kemhan). The contract coincided with the 25 procurement contracts of the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Defense. The signing of the sale and purchase commitment between PTDI and the Ministry… Read more »

Source: Indonesian Aerospace, 23-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters plans on ditching western-built engines

Russian Helicopters plans on ditching western-built engines

Russian Helicopters has announced that they plan to locally build engines for all light helicopters, rather than rely on foreign engines. They have sent the technical requirements to United Engine Corporation, for the development of Ka-226 and Ka-62 engines. They do not want to prohibit the supply of western engines, but are focusing on local… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-19

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Rostec Opens Helicopter Engines Repair Center in Vietnam

Rostec Opens Helicopter Engines Repair Center in Vietnam

Integrated logistics support center for repairing helicopter engines created by UEC-Klimov (subsidiary of the United Engine Corporation, part of Rostec) has begun operations in the Vietnamese city of Vũng Tàu. Pilot repair project of the first engine in the new center has been successfully completed. The center is equipped with all necessary equpment, spare parts… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 22-Apr-19

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Caverton Embarks on a Digital Transformation with Ramco Aviation

Caverton Embarks on a Digital Transformation with Ramco Aviation

Global aviation software provider Ramco Systems announced that it has secured an order to digitise the maintenance and engineering (M&E) operations of Caverton Helicopters Limited, a leading aviation and marine logistics player in Nigeria. Part of the Caverton Offshore Support Group Plc, Caverton Helicopters handles Emergency Medical Evacuation and Search & Rescue operations as well… Read more »

Source: Caverton Helicopters Limited, 19-Apr-19

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VIH Aerospace Achieves AS9100D Certification

VIH Aerospace Achieves AS9100D Certification

VIH Aerospace (VIHA), the Manufacturing, Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul (MMRO) division of VIH Aviation Group is pleased to announcement the receipt of their AS9100 Rev D Quality Management Systems Certification for their North Saanich facility. The internationally recognized AS9100 Rev D Quality Management System enlarges the requirements of ISO 9001 to meet the rigorous demands… Read more »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 18-Apr-19

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Heli-One and Caverton Sign Support Agreement

Heli-One and Caverton Sign Support Agreement

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

Source: Heli-One, 18-Apr-19

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FlightSafety integrates its Mixed Reality and VITAL 1100 Visual Systems

FlightSafety integrates its Mixed Reality and VITAL 1100 Visual Systems

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

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Apr-19

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H135 final assembly line starts operations

H135 final assembly line starts operations

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

18-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 17-Apr-19

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360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

360-Degree Pilot Visual System Completes First Flight

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

Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-Apr-19

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Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

Pilot shortage at Nassau County Police unit

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-19

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Air Methods closes Rainbow City base in Alabama

Air Methods closes Rainbow City base in Alabama

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-19

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Honeywell T55 Engine Powers New Future Vertical Lift Aircraft

Honeywell T55 Engine Powers New Future Vertical Lift Aircraft

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

Source: Honeywell, 16-Apr-19

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DRF makes successful start at new Bautzen base

DRF makes successful start at new Bautzen base

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

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 16-Apr-19

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Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

Universal Avionics Receives STC for InSight™ Touchscreen Control

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

Source: Universal Avionics, 16-Apr-19

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DRF Luftrettung buys Northern HeliCopter GmbH

DRF Luftrettung buys Northern HeliCopter GmbH

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

15-Apr-19

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RUAG STC integrates customized avionics and night vision capabilities

RUAG STC integrates customized avionics and night vision capabilities

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

Source: RUAG, 15-Apr-19

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Sikorsky Teamsters Win the Ergo Cup

Sikorsky Teamsters Win the Ergo Cup

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

Source: Teamsters, 15-Apr-19

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Era Helicopters Wins 2019 NOIA Safety in Seas Award

Era Helicopters Wins 2019 NOIA Safety in Seas Award

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

Source: Era Group, 15-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-19

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EASA at AERO 2019

EASA at AERO 2019

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

Source: EASA, 12-Apr-19

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Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Vertical Flight Society Announces 2019 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

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

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

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Trump proposes import duties on Airbus helicopters built in EU

Trump proposes import duties on Airbus helicopters built in EU

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

11-Apr-19

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

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

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

Source: Luxaviation, 11-Apr-19

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IBAC Participating in First ICAO Stocktaking Seminar

IBAC Participating in First ICAO Stocktaking Seminar

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

Source: IBAC, 11-Apr-19

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Russian Helicopters presented a mockup of the VRT500

Russian Helicopters presented a mockup of the VRT500

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

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Apr-19

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Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

Maverick Helicopters Awarded FAA Diamond Award of Excellence

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

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 11-Apr-19

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MD Helicopters presents “Excellence Award” to Precision Aviation Group

MD Helicopters presents “Excellence Award” to Precision Aviation Group

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

Source: PAG, 11-Apr-19

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

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

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

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

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Honeywell And Volocopter To Research And Develop Navigation Solutions

Honeywell And Volocopter To Research And Develop Navigation Solutions

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

Source: Honeywell, 10-Apr-19

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