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Noise complaints may force Gold Coast Helitours to close after 30 years

Noise complaints may force Gold Coast Helitours to close after 30 years

A long-running Gold Coast helicopter joy flight business is facing closure after noise complaints prompted the city council to issue a show-cause notice. See Full Story.

Source: ABC News, 20-Aug-20

Blade launches NYC-Hamptons September commuter pass

Blade launches NYC-Hamptons September commuter pass

Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean summer homes are about to empty out the way they usually do. Instead, many people who moved out to the Hamptons as the pandemic spread through New York City are planning on staying in the East End. And that, per Simon McLaren, spokesperson for… Read more »

Source: Business Insider, 20-Aug-20

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Peru selling its three Mi-26s

Peru selling its three Mi-26s

A traditional aircraft customer from the former Soviet Union, Peru has a wide range of Russian and Ukrainian models in its military forces. See Full Story.

Source: AIRWAY, 20-Aug-20

Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

Korea – Corporate operator Posco to make corporate S76s available for EMS work

POSCO said Thursday it has set up a medical evacuation system to transport victims of industrial accidents at its mills by helicopter to large hospitals. See Full Story.   

Source: The Korean Times, 20-Aug-20

University of Mississippi changes provider for AirCare program

University of Mississippi changes provider for AirCare program

AirCare, the University of Mississippi Medical Center program using the state’s most advanced medical helicopter transports, made its maiden flight in February 1996 and has since served almost 30,000 patients from all corners of Mississippi and flown more than a million miles. A cornerstone of health care at UMMC, AirCare has recently established a new,… Read more »

Source: University of Mississippi Medical Center, 20-Aug-20

The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel released a new informational guide

The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel released a new informational guide

The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) released a new informational guide detailing how industry leaders can incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into their operations and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new guide, titled, Fueling the Future, serves as an educational and informational resource… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 20-Aug-20

USHST Supports Safety System of Human Performance Improvement

USHST Supports Safety System of Human Performance Improvement

Members of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team have completed their collaboration with safety experts within the HAI Utilities, Patrol and Construction (UPAC) Working Group to revise the UPAC Safety Guide for Helicopter Operators. A key section added to the revision focuses on the safety system of Human Performance Improvement (HPI). This is an approach that… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Aug-20

Oceania Aviation closes three maintenance facilities

Oceania Aviation closes three maintenance facilities

It is with great sadness that Nick Mair, CEO of Salus Aviation confirmed the final closure of Oceania Aviation’s three South Island maintenance sites on Friday, 19th June. The three sites operated in Nelson, Dunedin and Queenstown and primarily serviced the South Island aviation community’s maintenance needs. Whilst Oceania Aviation and the wider Salus group… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 20-Aug-20

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20-Aug-20 RA-????? Mil Mi-8 Khakassia, Russia

Heavy landing, damaging the landing gear.  No injuries to 17 POB Helicopter was en route from Tashtagol to Kemerovo

20-Aug-20

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EASA picks Dart Aerospace to research new helicopter float system

EASA picks Dart Aerospace to research new helicopter float system

DART Aerospace has been chosen by EASA to conduct vital safety research for new helicopter float system designs. The European Commission delegated €1,475,000 from its Horizon 2020 funds for DART Aerospace to research potential float designs mounted higher on the helicopter than the current skid and lower fuselage float designs used around the world. The… Read more »

Source: Dart, 19-Aug-20

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EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Holdings Limited, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced the latest progress of implementing a trial UAM operation in Austria’s third largest city of Linz, the first of its kind in Europe, under its UAM pilot city partnership with Linz AG. At the recent global Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Virtual… Read more »

Source: EHang, 19-Aug-20

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Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

Bell bundles SiriusXM Aviation Weather & Audio with new helicopters

SiriusXM® and Bell, a leading manufacturer of helicopters and a pioneer in the advancement of aviation technology, announced today that Bell will become the first helicopter OEM to provide its customers with a three-month subscription to SiriusXM’s satellite-delivered aviation weather, information, and audio programming services with the purchase of a new rotor wing aircraft. A… Read more »

Source: SiriusXM, 19-Aug-20

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Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation receives STC/PMA on 206B V2 main blades

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification / Parts Manufacturer Approval (STC/PMA) on its updated composite mainrotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades contain different carbon fiber ply counts and orientations than the original VHA 206B main rotor blades. This… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 19-Aug-20

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Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

Women in Aviation International’s 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will deliver a free, year-round experience for girls ages 8-17 around the world through the launch of a new Aviation for Girls (AFG) App, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Available to all interested in aviation/aerospace and STEM, the AFG App is the tool… Read more »

Source: WAI, 19-Aug-20

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Bell unveils new Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

19-Aug-20

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19-Aug-20 N711GH Bell UH-1 Coalinga, US-California (1F)

Crashed during firefighting operations.  Pilot received fatal injuries – named here as Michael Fournier

19-Aug-20

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19-Aug-20 N95RZ Leonardo AW109E Wauseon, US-Ohio

Tail rotor struck lamp post on landing

19-Aug-20

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MD overhauls CoxHealth MD902

MD overhauls CoxHealth MD902

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) completed a 5,000-hour airframe overhaul, multiple inspections, repairs, and modifications on an MD 902 Explorer for Missouri-based CoxHealth. In partnership with Air Methods Corporation, CoxHealth operates Cox Air Care with two MD 902 Explorers. Cox Air Care provides vital helicopter air ambulance (HAA) service throughout southwest Missouri and parts of northwest… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Aug-20

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THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

THOR VTOL Completes Environmental Qualification Tests

Elbit Systems’ THOR, a multi-rotor Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) mini Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), successfully completed a series of environmental qualification tests ahead of the delivery of more than a thousand of units to an army in Southeast Asia. As announced on October 6, 2019, the Company was awarded a $153 million contract to… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 18-Aug-20

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Ceuta HP implements falconry service

Ceuta HP implements falconry service

[electronic translation] The Ceuta Heliport and the Port Authority have implemented a falconry service to improve the safety of air operations in the face of the proliferation of seagulls in the landing and take-off area (FATO), to make the sustained increase in traffic sustainable and avoid interference with The natural environment. The measure has been… Read more »

Source: AENA, 18-Aug-20

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EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Drives Forward UAM Implementation in Europe

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced the latest progress of implementing a trial UAM operation in Austria’s third largest city of Linz, the first of its kind in Europe, under its UAM pilot city partnership with Linz AG. At the recent… Read more »

Source: EHang, 18-Aug-20

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Mercy Air opens new California base

Mercy Air opens new California base

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that its subsidiary, Mercy Air, has opened a new base in Paso Robles, Calif., to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding area. Other California cities that will be served by the base include San Luis Obispo, Templeton, King City, Cambria,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

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Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., and the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, announced that they have renewed their long-standing relationship with Airlift Northwest the premier emergency air medical service in the Pacific Northwest. Air Methods and UW Medicine have been collaborating to serve communities in the region since… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350B2 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Helicopter crashed while carrying out a long-line sling operation. The sole pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

17-Aug-20

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17-Aug-20 C-FAHC Airbus AS350 Stewart, Canada (1F)

Pilot killed in accident.

17-Aug-20

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16-Aug-20 VH-YMU Robinson R22 McArthur River Mine, Australia

On 16 August 2020, a Robinson R22 Beta, registration VH-YMU, was being utilised for cattle mustering operations in remote country, from the Rocky Point Yards, Northern Territory, south of the McArthur River Mine Aerodrome. At about 1200 Central Standard Time, the pilot was required to conduct an emergency forced landing. The helicopter landed heavily, resulting… Read more »

16-Aug-20

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AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM has found a new address to call home at 907 Ethel Street, between Bay and Crowley Ave. As a result of continued growth and AEM’s expanded capabilities in the research, development and manufacture of specialty aviation solutions, the 11 year old avionics company has outgrown their facility at 1925 Kirschner Road and have unveiled… Read more »

Source: AEM, 14-Aug-20

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Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of its 37th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate Category, while the team from Delft University of Technology took first place in the Undergraduate Category along with Best New Entrant honors. Leonardo Helicopters was sponsor of this year’s competition with… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 14-Aug-20

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Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

The Guardian of the North II will be based at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) base near Eaglescliffe, Stockton. The £5m aircraft will work across the charity’s entire area which includes Cumbria and North Yorkshire as well as the North East. The £5m Dauphin N3+ helicopter is the newer version of the charity’s… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

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Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

The Western Australian Police Force has ordered one H145 helicopter to enhance police operations in Western Australia, making it the first Australian customer to operate the five bladed H145. Purchased to replace its BK117 helicopter, and to operate alongside the AS365 N3+, this state-of-the-art H145 offers a full range of capabilities for the WA Police… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Aug-20

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Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong Enterprises announced that the company completed the conversion of an Eagle Copter 407 HP from a VIP transport aircraft to a firefighting aircraft for Helicopter Express. “The Eagle 407 HP is a very versatile aircraft, “ said Wysong Enterprises Sales Manager Paul Schreuder. “Because of its versatility, it was easy to convert the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 14-Aug-20

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Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell has proven its engineering and design prowess with the development of its V-280 Valor and Bell 360 Invictus aircraft, both of which have been down selected for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program – namely the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs respectively. There’s little doubt that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Aug-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has achieved another first in the UK by further improving specialist, lifesaving equipment on-board their aircraft to assist NHS specialist transport teams during flights. The national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 13-Aug-20

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Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

As with all manufacturers, Leonardo have a continuing development program for each model in their line-up.  In the last few years we have seen the AW109S Trekker with skids, the AW139 gross weight increase, the AW189K with its Safran Aneto-1K engine and so on. Now the Italian-based manufacturer is test flying its first visible development… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-20

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FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27 through Oct 29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate. Leaders from the FAA’s Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Aug-20

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13-Aug-20 SP-SVW Robinson R44 Sady, Poland

Helicopter ditched in river on a training flight.  Both instructor and student were injured

13-Aug-20

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13-Aug-20 OK-??? Robinson R44 Zamberk, Czech Republic

Helicopter contacted tree on take-off, which caused it to fall to the ground from 5m altitude and it fell onto its side.  1 of 4 POB injured

13-Aug-20

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QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ has bought a new Airbus H145 for the LTPA (Long Term Partnering Agreement) Range Helicopter Service that covers the UK Ministry of Defence BUTEC (British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre) and Hebrides sites in North West Scotland.  The LTPA is a 25-year contract between the UK Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ to deliver Test &… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-20

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Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the official opening of the new Bell facility in Wichita, Kansas, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas, including Engineering, Supply Chain, Professional Manufacturing and Corporate Services. Bell held an opening ceremony at the facility with employees and executive leadership to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Aug-20

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First flight for Russia’s Ka-52M

First flight for Russia’s Ka-52M

In AAK “Progress” them. N.I. Sazykin of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) , the first flight of a prototype of the newest modernized Ka-52 helicopter took place. All the best technical solutions previously tested on helicopters produced both within the framework of the State Defense Order and for export will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Aug-20

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DRF Luftrettung retains Christoph 80 contract from April 2021

DRF Luftrettung retains Christoph 80 contract from April 2021

For the next five years, DRF Luftrettung will continue to operate “Christoph 80”, the rescue helicopter stationed at Latsch airfield in Weiden. The Association for Rescue Service and Fire Brigade (ZRF) Nordoberpfalz has confirmed the contract for the operation of the DRF Luftrettung. The decision on the award procedure for the air rescue location Weiden… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 12-Aug-20

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Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety has announced the appointment of Manuel Guillen as a new AW139 Type Lead Instructor. Manuel has been selected from within the organization as he’s been a full-time instructor at Coptersafety for many years. Guillen will take up his new position on the 1st of September. “Manolo has years of operational experience behind him and… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 12-Aug-20

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Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson delivered R66 Turbine serial number 1000 to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation (Peachtree City, GA). FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1.2… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 12-Aug-20

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12-Aug-20 C-GNZF Airbus AS350B2 Sacré-Coeur, Canada

Helicopter was on an external load flight between 2 transmission lines when the main rotor contacted and severed an electrical cable. The pilot felt vibrations and immediately deposited and released the external load on the ground. The aircraft has been positioned away from the load, where it has landed safely. The main rotor was damaged… Read more »

12-Aug-20

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12-Aug-20 C-GNZF Airbus AS350B2 Les Bergeronne, Canada

Helicopter was on an external load flight between 2 transmission lines in the Sacré-Coeur, QC, area when the main rotor contacted and severed an electrical cable. The pilot felt vibrations and immediately deposited and released the external load on the ground. The aircraft has been positioned away from the load, where it has landed safely…. Read more »

12-Aug-20

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Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Aug-20

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Helicentre Aviation Extends 2020 Scholarships Deadline

Helicentre Aviation Extends 2020 Scholarships Deadline

Helicentre Aviation Academy has extended the deadline of its 2020 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme. Applicants now have until 31st December 2020 to apply for the scholarships which include a fully-funded modular Commercial Pilot’s Licence, a Flight Instructor Course, and a number of part-funded sponsorships worth over £150,000 in total. The programme is open to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Aug-20

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AIRO Group buys Aspen Avionics

AIRO Group buys Aspen Avionics

Aspen Avionics announces it has entered into an agreement in principle to become a member of the AIRO Group of companies. Under this agreement, Aspen Avionics will continue to operate as it does presently; continuing to support the general aviation market segment. As part of the AIRO Group, Aspen will expand its investments, resources, and… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 11-Aug-20

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New Weather Layers in Profile in ForeFlight’s Latest Release

New Weather Layers in Profile in ForeFlight’s Latest Release

Enhance your route planning with a cross-sectional view of icing and turbulence forecasts in addition to terrain, obstacles, and airspace. ForeFlight’s Profile View is more powerful than ever with new selectable Icing and Turbulence forecast layers to help you plan for weather along your route. Profile View supports both the U.S. and Global versions of… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 11-Aug-20

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Final five Mi-8MTV-5-1 delivered to Russian military ahead of schedule

Final five Mi-8MTV-5-1 delivered to Russian military ahead of schedule

As part of the Single Day of Acceptance of Military Products, the Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense five Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters. This is the final batch of helicopters delivered under a 2011 contract with the Ministry of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Aug-20

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Helicopter Online Ground School launches two new courses

Helicopter Online Ground School launches two new courses

Kenny Keller, creator of Helicopter Online Ground School, has been providing valuable training to pilots for 9 years and has become the only provider of helicopter specific ground training. Courses available are the private pilot, instrument pilot, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor courses. Helicopter Ground School just launched two additional courses, Flight Review/Rusty Pilot… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Online Ground School, 11-Aug-20

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HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Aug-20

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11-Aug-20 N45?F Airbus H120 Baltimore, US-Maryland

Police helicopter made emergency landing in park.  No damage/injuries Data from market intelligence firm Parapex Media shows that Baltimore Police currently operate four Airbus H120s, registered N451F, N452F, N453F and N454F

11-Aug-20

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Prestwick SAR base passes 1,500 taskings milestone

Prestwick SAR base passes 1,500 taskings milestone

The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter base at Prestwick, on Scotland’s west coast near Glasgow, has surpassed a major milestone after responding to 1,500 calls for support since 2016. Prestwick chalked-up its 1,500th task when a child was spotted adrift in a dinghy off the Ayrshire coast and required assistance. Captain Mark Randall, Captain… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Aug-20

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Great Western Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words

Great Western Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words

With the summer upon us and many of you planning activities out in the wonderful countryside we have here in our region – we are urging you to download the What3Words app to help us help you. The app, which has divided the world up into three metre squares, each with a unique three-word address,… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 10-Aug-20

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Iran unveils new laser-guided missiles for helicopter fleet

Iran unveils new laser-guided missiles for helicopter fleet

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced on Monday, the arming of the guards ‘Cobra’ helicopters with laser-guided missiles and “Mi-171” helicopters with “S-24” missiles. See Full Story.  

Source: AMN, 10-Aug-20

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Rostec began flight tests of the newest helicopter for special forces Mi-8AMTSh-VN

Rostec began flight tests of the newest helicopter for special forces Mi-8AMTSh-VN

The tests will assess the aerodynamic and performance characteristics of the helicopter, the maneuverability, stability and controllability of the vehicle, as well as the reliability and efficiency of the weapon system and protective equipment. “The technical appearance of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN was formed taking into account the experience of the combat use of helicopters in modern… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 10-Aug-20

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EDA sets up Multinational Helicopter Training Centre for Sintra

EDA sets up Multinational Helicopter Training Centre for Sintra

Having to let go of something close, doesn’t need to have a sense of loss. When the European Defence Agency (EDA) sees its home-grown Helicopter Exercise Programme, its Helicopter Tactics Course and its Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course move to the new permanent Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC) in Portugal by the end of 2022, after many successful years at… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 10-Aug-20

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Entrol welcomes HELISEVEN to its client list

Entrol welcomes HELISEVEN to its client list

HELISEVEN GmbH, located in Mannheim, Germany, based in the cities of Stuttgart and Augsburg, has acquired a pre-owned H11 FNPT II MCC Entrol simulator. The Entrol H11 FNPT II MCC/IFR is based on the Eurocopter EC-135 and is located at HELISEVEN’s ATO in Augsburg, near to Munich in Germany. Heliseven has also signed a maintenance… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 10-Aug-20

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08-Aug-20 N284S Bell 206 Marathon, US-Texas (3F)

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife employees died in the accident as they surveyed the landscape for desert bighorn sheep.  The pilot, who was a private contractor for the state agency, was taken to El Paso for medical treatment.  The victims were named by Texas Parks and Wildlife as Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife… Read more »

08-Aug-20

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08-Aug-20 N89LA Robinson R44 Logan, US-Iowa

Aircraft crashed in a field.  Sole occupant pilot seriously injured.  Helicopter was involved in aerial application work

08-Aug-20

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Lydd SAR base passes 1,000 taskings milestone

Lydd SAR base passes 1,000 taskings milestone

The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter crew at Lydd, Kent have marked a major milestone after completing their 1,000th tasking since beginning lifesaving operations in 2015. Captain Andy Pilliner, co-pilot Stijn Roovers and winch paramedic Shawn Clark undertook the 1,000th tasking, when the Children’s Acute Transport Service called for support just after midnight on… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 07-Aug-20

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Churchill Navigation and Shotover Camera Systems Merge

Churchill Navigation and Shotover Camera Systems Merge

Churchill Navigation, a leader in real-time augmented reality mapping and video systems used globally, and SHOTOVER Camera Systems, a manufacturer of a wide range of world-renowned gyro-stabilized camera systems for shooting aerial footage, announced today the companies have merged to form SHOTOVER Systems Ltd. With an already long-standing record of collaboration, both companies are proud… Read more »

Source: Churchill Navigation, 07-Aug-20

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USAIG expands safety collaboration with Airbus

USAIG expands safety collaboration with Airbus

USAIG and Airbus Helicopters North America (AHNA) have a robust tradition of teaming to encourage helicopter operators to consistently participate in high-quality recurrent training endorsed by the manufacturers of their aircraft. The AHNA Training Center in Grand Prairie, TX, has long been a USAIG Safety Bucks program participant. That program enables policyholders that operate turbine-powered… Read more »

Source: USAIG, 07-Aug-20

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Airbus Fleet Master presents uninterrupted data chain

Airbus Fleet Master presents uninterrupted data chain

The amount of data generated by helicopters, and the data’s complexity, has grown in the last decades, increasing the workload to compile and follow them consistently and comprehensively. The digitisation of helicopter operations helps leverage the exchanges across functions and organisations to optimise interactions in fleet management. It reduces pressure and risks and cuts workload… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Aug-20

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EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced the launch of the world’s first large-payload intelligent aerial firefighting solution. Based on its flagship product, this new firefighting version of EHang 216, “EHang 216F” is specially designed for high-rise firefighting. This launch further… Read more »

Source: EHang, 07-Aug-20

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VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) on its updated composite main rotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The last major hurdle prior to receiving a supplemental type certificate (STC), the TIA signifies that the design meets type design requirements and permits FAA pilots to perform final flight tests… Read more »

Source: VHA, 07-Aug-20

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Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

LifeFlight Australia has reached a major milestone, clocking up 10 thousand flying hours in its fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters. The aeromedical service, which has a forty year history of saving lives in Queensland, Australia, operates ten RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) helicopters – including five AW139s. One month shy… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 07-Aug-20

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07-Aug-20 N55SL Bell 206L4 Windham, US-New Hampshire

Precautionary landing in a parking lot

07-Aug-20

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Bristow to close two Lousiana bases with 350 job losses, claims union

Bristow to close two Lousiana bases with 350 job losses, claims union

More than 150 helicopter pilots and mechanics represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Locals 107 and 407 at Bristow Helicopters are shocked by the company’s unilateral decision, announced Wednesday afternoon, to close two Louisiana facilities in both New Iberia and Galliano, resulting in the loss of more than 350 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. In June, Bristow completed a… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 06-Aug-20

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Eight Air Evac Lifefteam bases in Arkansas now carry blood

Eight Air Evac Lifefteam bases in Arkansas now carry blood

When it comes to helicopter air ambulance services, quality patient care and safety are top priorities. See Full Story.

Source: EMS WORLD, 06-Aug-20

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Malaysian Ministry of Health outsources EMS helicopter service

Malaysian Ministry of Health outsources EMS helicopter service

The Flying Doctor Service (FDS) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) target Sabah, Sarawak, and rural areas in Perak and Kelantan. See Full Story.

Source: CodeBlue, 06-Aug-20

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Metro Aviation delivers first of two helicopters to HealthNet

Metro Aviation delivers first of two helicopters to HealthNet

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, is adding an IFR-equipped Airbus EC145e to their fleet. The aircraft will enter service later this month in support of Charleston Area Medical Center. This is the eleventh HealthNet interior completed by Metro Aviation. “HealthNet Aeromedical Services values its decades-long partnership with Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Aug-20

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Apollo Air Services to promote Aviation Clean Air purifier units in Europe

Apollo Air Services to promote Aviation Clean Air purifier units in Europe

UK VIP helicopter charter company, Apollo Air Services has been announced as the UK supplier of US-based Aviation Clean Air’s ionizing airborne purification units. The new technology is proven to deactivate 99.4% of airborne virus including COVID-19, meaning passengers and crew can feel safe in the knowledge that the purified air they breathe, and surfaces… Read more »

Source: Apollo Air Services, 06-Aug-20

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