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Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex, a company of DART Aerospace, has received FAA approval for the Approved Models List (AML) extension of their STC SR02657SE. This certification applies to the UH-60/S-70 Black Hawks’ Simplex Model 370i Internal Fire Attack System (FAS). This AML extension adds 11 eligible UH-60/S-70 Type Certificates (TCs) to the existing STC, bringing the total to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 04-Nov-19

Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is partnering with the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to provide students at minority-serving institutions the education and experience needed to help address manufacturing needs in the U.S. aerospace sector. The MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative will… Read more »

Source: MUREP, 04-Nov-19

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Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center Helicopters, Inc (ACHI) has signed a set of HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour contracts for 10 of its Airbus H225 helicopters. These aircraft are currently in operation with the U.S. Armed Forces for passenger transport, Special Operations Forces training, vertical replenishment and casualty evacuation missions. The HCare Smart contracts cover a three-year period and have been customized to meet the material support and spare parts requirements… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Nov-19

Police Aviation News – November 2019 Edition

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

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Nov-19

31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)

01-Nov-19

Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was awarded a seat on the Special Operations Forces / Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Multiple Award Contract for Modifications (MACM). It’s a seven year, $996M contract vehicle that provides modifications for the Air Force Materiel Command, Life Cycle Management Center for Fixed and Rotary Wing platforms…. Read more »

Source: Erickson, 31-Oct-19

Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received a new order for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This brings the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to thirteen aircraft. The most recent order is from a new operator, Heli Air-Swiss a member of Heli-Austria of St. Johann… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerospace, 31-Oct-19

Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

ALPINE AEROTECH, a international leader in helicopter maintenance and product development announced that they have officially secured a TCCA STC (FAA/EASA STC pending) for their cost-effective digital flight instrument kit applicable to Bell 212 Day/Night VFR operations. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Aerotech continues to offer unique solutions that reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 31-Oct-19

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Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and Leonardo, announced the successful start of training on the NH90 Full Mission Flight Trainer (FMFT) following its relocation from the Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy to a new training facility at Maritime Air Base de Kooy in Den Helder, the Netherlands. The Netherlands Ministry… Read more »

Source: Rotorsim, 31-Oct-19

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National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) National Conference takes place on Monday 18th November 2019 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London. Once again, the three colleges of charity, operational and clinical speakers will come together, to talk on contemporary topics within the air ambulance and ambulance service sectors. This year, the theme focusses on the… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 31-Oct-19

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UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

A notice on the home page of Soloy’s website announces “The ownership of Soloy Aviation Solutions has been transferred to Fifty-Ten-Yankee, LLC. We will still be doing business as Soloy Aviation Solutions with some changes to the product line. The operation is moving into a new facility at the Olympia airport. During this transition parts… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-19

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Nigera signs contract with Russia

Nigera signs contract with Russia

The government of Nigeria has signed a contract with Russia for the supply of 12 Mi-35 helicopter gunships, media reported on Wednesday, October 23. See Full Story.

Source: TheDefensePost, 29-Oct-19

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Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

The “Helicopter Express” has landed in Jackson just in time for Teton County Search and Rescue to put it to use. See Full Story.

Source: BUCKRAIL, 29-Oct-19

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New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Officials at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have unveiled a new helipad for the province’s air ambulance system, a major improvement advocates say could mean the difference between life and death. See Full Story.

Source: Global NEWS, 29-Oct-19

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HAI opposes Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019

HAI opposes Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019

New York City airspace is one of several highly complex and congested airspace regions in the United States. To ensure that operations are as safe and efficient as possible requires the expertise of regulatory and technical safety experts as well as industry professionals. Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly opposes today’s announced “Improving Helicopter Safety Act… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Oct-19

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Schiebel announces CUP at CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference

Schiebel announces CUP at CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference

Schiebel announced at its User Conference, which took place from 15 to 17 October in Vienna this year, a Capability Update Programme (CUP) to provide customers with a further enhanced CAMCOPTER® S-100. Once again, Schiebel hosted users from all over the world at its User Conference in Vienna. The conference provides a platform for sharing… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 29-Oct-19

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Norway lands scheduled flight using Remote Tower technology

Norway lands scheduled flight using Remote Tower technology

The Remote Towers project in Norway is a collaboration between the airport and air navigation service provider Avinor and the technology companies Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Indra. -After many years of planning, developing and testing it is a pleasure to announce that the new technology has been successfully used within a regular commercial air… Read more »

Source: Avinor, 28-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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Babcock MCS Offshore report £2.8M loss

Babcock MCS Offshore report £2.8M loss

In accounts posted to Companies House, Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore reported a pre-tax loss of £2.8million for the period ending March 31, compared to a profit of £4.3m the previous year. See Full Story. 

Source: Energy Voice, 28-Oct-19

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Airbus considers giving up factory in Romania

Airbus considers giving up factory in Romania

Romaniaʼs government moved to ease Airbus Helicopters concens and signed a cooperation and support agreement, just a day after a senior official said the company is considering relocating its Brasov-based plant, outgoing Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said on Friday. See Full Story.

Source: Budapest Business Journal, 28-Oct-19

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Sikorsky S-76D™ Proving Value In Guyana Off-Shore Operations

Sikorsky S-76D™ Proving Value In Guyana Off-Shore Operations

National Helicopter Services Ltd. (NHSL), a leading Sikorsky S-76® helicopter operator, is expanding operations with its first two S-76D™ aircraft in Guyana, a continuation of the significant growth of Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin in Latin America. NHSL has operated Sikorsky helicopters for nearly 40 years, providing offshore transport services to the oil-and-gas sector and other… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Oct-19

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Osaka Municipal Fire Department enhances operations with H155

Osaka Municipal Fire Department enhances operations with H155

Japan’s second largest fire department, the Osaka Municipal Fire Department (OMFD), has placed an order for one H155 helicopter for firefighting and rescue missions. Equipped with emergency medical service equipment, floodlighting and a helicopter video transmission system, this new addition will join the operator’s existing fleet in serving the entire Osaka prefecture, with a population… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Oct-19

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VFS Selects Army Senior Scientist for Prestigious Nikolsky Lectureship

VFS Selects Army Senior Scientist for Prestigious Nikolsky Lectureship

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that US Army Senior Scientist Dr. Mark B. Tischler has been selected for the prestigious 2020 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 28-Oct-19

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Aerial Firefighters Note Reduced Activity

Aerial Firefighters Note Reduced Activity

The US aerial firefighting industry has experienced one of its slowest fire seasons to date with significant reductions in flight-hours compared to recent years. Nonetheless, a number of operators have seen a ramp-up in activity due to a spike in fire events since September, with major fires in Southern California and Colorado. For example, three… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 28-Oct-19

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26-Oct-19 N280F Enstrom 280F Jordan Valley, US-Oregon (1F)

Details not yet known.  Pilot suffered fatal injuries and passenger (pilot’s daughter) received injuries which are reportedly not life threatening

26-Oct-19

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ARCH Air Medical Sparta Base to Carry Blood and Plasma

ARCH Air Medical Sparta Base to Carry Blood and Plasma

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced today that its ARCH Air Medical base in Sparta (ARCH 4) 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… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 25-Oct-19

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Thales complete Airbus H145 Full Flight Simulator for Helisim Training Center

Thales complete Airbus H145 Full Flight Simulator for Helisim Training Center

Thales has completed the production of a new H145 Level D Full Flight Simulator that will be installed in the Helisim Simulation Center now under construction at the headquarters of Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas. Upon completion of factory acceptance testing, the simulator is now going to be disassembled for shipment to Texas…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 25-Oct-19

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Dubai Airshow details helicopter companies exhibiting

Dubai Airshow details helicopter companies exhibiting

The Dubai Airshow, the largest aerospace event in the Middle East, will bring together key players from all aspects of the aerospace industry, including the world’s leading helicopter companies. When the show opens on 17 November 2019, trade attendees can expect to see offerings from this year’s platinum event sponsor, the Helicopter Company, alongside Bell,… Read more »

25-Oct-19

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H125 joins the Coptersafety fleet

H125 joins the Coptersafety fleet

Coptersafety, a fast-growing independent flight training service provider, is taking one of the world’s first H125 level D full-flight helicopter simulators for commercial use. The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority has granted the simulator the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) level D certification. Level D is the highest level of full flight simulator qualifications available. “H125/AS350… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 25-Oct-19

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25-Oct-19 ZT-RAL Robinson R44 Sinoville, South Africa

Crashed while on a training flight, thee occupants reported as uninjured

25-Oct-19

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25-Oct-19 5N-BOA Sikorsky S92 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Port side engine failure en route to Port Harcourt from offshore platform GERD.  Helicopter with 13 on board continued to Port Hardcourt and made safe landing.  Nigerian AIB involved.

25-Oct-19

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ST Engineering to support German NH90 fleet

ST Engineering to support German NH90 fleet

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its Aerospace and Electronics sectors have secured new contracts with a combined value of about $1.8b for the third quarter (3Q) of 2019. Contracts by the Aerospace sector worth about $1.0b The Aerospace sector secured various contracts amounting to $1.0b across its spectrum of aviation manufacturing and… Read more »

Source: ST Engineering, 24-Oct-19

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Weather Cannot Hide From Honeywell’s New Advanced Radar System

Weather Cannot Hide From Honeywell’s New Advanced Radar System

With the all-new Honeywell (NYSE: HON) IntuVue® RDR-7000 Weather Radar System, bad weather doesn’t have to be bad news for pilots or passengers. The latest, most advanced addition to the IntuVue family expands Honeywell’s advanced weather radar capabilities to more aircraft, helping pilots safely navigate inclement weather, keep passengers comfortable and get them to their destinations on… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 24-Oct-19

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Volocopter air taxi flies over Singapore

Volocopter air taxi flies over Singapore

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), successfully completed its first manned flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay today. This was the last trial of a demanding test series to verify and validate the ability of Volocopter air taxis to fly over the area. Government authorities including the Ministry of Transport (MOT), the Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 24-Oct-19

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AAMS Announces Selection of New CEO

AAMS Announces Selection of New CEO

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Cameron Curtis to lead the AAMS organization and Medevac Foundation International. Cameron will not assume the leadership role until January 2020 but will attend the upcoming AAMS AMTC Conference in Atlanta, November 4-6, 2019. As chairman of the AAMS board and… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 24-Oct-19

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Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Civil helicopter market presence grows in South Africa

Leonardo announced today the signing of a Distributorship Agreement with Absolute Aviation Group in South Africa for the civil and commercial market. The Agreement, which has the potential to be extended to other Southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-19

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Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with Florida Blue

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with Florida Blue

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, today announced that it has expanded its partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide its Florida Blue plan members with Air Methods’ critical care in the air services at discounted in-network rates. “This expansion of our agreement with Florida Blue will significantly expand the number… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 24-Oct-19

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ACJ and ACH highlight corporate jets and helicopters at NBAA 2019

ACJ and ACH highlight corporate jets and helicopters at NBAA 2019

Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) and Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) are jointly exhibiting an ACJ319 and ACH145 at the NBAA show[1], giving potential customers the chance to appreciate their benefits at first hand. ACJ and ACH are part of the only manufacturer to offer both corporate jets and helicopters, which are marketed as Business Aviation by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Oct-19

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Christoph 51 has been used more than 25,000 times in 30 years

Christoph 51 has been used more than 25,000 times in 30 years

At the beginning of October this year, the state-of-the-art EC 145 helicopter, based at Pattonville Airport, made its 25,000. Commitment. For more than 30 years, DRF Luftrettung has been an indispensable part of emergency medical care in Baden-Württemberg. The anniversary was today celebrated as part of a ceremony with invited guests. Dr. Peter Huber, CEO… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 24-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19 N7189D Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas (2F)

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512.  Both occupants of N7189D fatally injured

23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19 N225JM Robinson R44 Las Vegas, US-Nevada (2F)

The pilot and passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment, but local press report the pilot died from injuries suffered in the crash, and the passenger remains in the hospital with critical injuries.  Pilot named here as 53-year-old Scott Socquet from Milford, Connecticut.  The passenger passed away two days later and was named here as Howard… Read more »

23-Oct-19

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23-Oct-19 N74512 Robinson R22 Hebbronville, US-Texas

Two Robinson R22s engaged in herding operation.  Rotor blade of N7189D hit skid of N74512 Passenger in N74512 seriously injured

23-Oct-19

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Kopter Group and Korea Aerospace Industries enter into cooperation

Kopter Group and Korea Aerospace Industries enter into cooperation

At the occasion of ADEX 2019 held in Seoul, South Korea, Kopter Group AG (Kopter) and Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding, paving the way for a close cooperation between the two companies. This framework officially launches the start of a collaboration between Kopter and KAI around local assembly, production, customization… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 22-Oct-19

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Airbus H125 helicopters enter Austrian Ministry of Interior service

Airbus H125 helicopters enter Austrian Ministry of Interior service

Austria’s Ministry of the Interior (BMI) has formally introduced into service two Airbus H125 helicopters extensively equipped for law enforcement and rescue missions. The aircraft join BMI’s existing fleets of Airbus H135 and AS350 helicopters and will operate from Innsbruck and Salzburg on behalf of the Tyrolean Government in the Tyrol and other mountainous areas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-19

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ForeFlight Announces Launch of Dispatch

ForeFlight Announces Launch of Dispatch

Boeing (NYSE:BA) announced the launch of ForeFlight Dispatch, a team flight planning component of its web application that delivers a next-generation, multi-user, schedule-to-mobile flight planning capability for flight operations of any size. With Dispatch, flight plans are created by pilots, dispatchers, or automatically via integrated scheduling systems to generate “cleared-as-filed” routes, briefings, and operational flight… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 22-Oct-19

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DRF to upgrade Airbus H145 fleet to five-blade rotorhead

DRF to upgrade Airbus H145 fleet to five-blade rotorhead

From the fourth quarter of 2020, DRF Luftrettung will modify its H 145 helicopters from four to five rotor blades. As soon as the approval procedure at Airbus Helicopters has been completed, the so-called SB Retrofit Kits will be delivered to the air rescue operator. In addition to DRF Luftrettung’s patients, third-party customers will also… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 22-Oct-19

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DART Aerospace acquires key product lines and brand trademark

DART Aerospace acquires key product lines and brand trademark

DART Aerospace (“DART”) is pleased to announce that it has recently acquired key product lines from Canadian helicopter mission equipment manufacturer Aero Design Ltd (“Aero Design”), as well as its brand trademark. Based in Powell River, British Columbia, Aero Design has been developing and manufacturing aerial cargo expansion products since 1999 and has created an… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 22-Oct-19

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Unique Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2020

Unique Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2020

Once again, a vital, one of a kind lifesaving course on aerospace physiology for helicopter operators will be offered at this year’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, CA. This year’s class has been moved back to Monday, 27 January 2020. The full-day course, taught by one of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, Dr. Dudley Crosson, will… Read more »

Source: Delta P Corp, 22-Oct-19

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22-Oct-19 N158LE Bell OH_58 Naples, US-Florida

Bird strike

22-Oct-19

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22-Oct-19 OK-ASS Schweizer 300CBi Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Crashed during night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

22-Oct-19

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21-Oct-19 UR-KTB Robinson R44 Tarasenkove, Ukraine (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances and burned out.  Pilot named in press as Taras Kutovoy, former minister of the Ukraine Government

21-Oct-19

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21-Oct-19 N922RJ Airbus EC130 Oroville, US-California

Bird strike (quoted in local press as a goose), and subsequent emergency landing at Oroville Municipal Airport en route Sacramento to Chico

21-Oct-19

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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18-Oct-19 N7060J Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

Rotor blades struck tail boom during run-on landing

18-Oct-19

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18-Oct-19 TI-AZM Bell UH-1H Talamanca, Costa Rica

Two on board not seriously injured and named as Tony Monge and Cristián Goncalves

18-Oct-19

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18-Oct-19 N4066S Robinson R22 Lake Mead, US-Nevada

Dynamic rollover while landing on a sand dune

18-Oct-19

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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

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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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17-Oct-19 N167AG Bell 206B Marshville, US-North Carolina (1F)

Struck powerlines and crashed while involved in low level spraying operations Pilot was  identified as Andrew Alan Stephen by the Union County Sheriff’s Office

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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