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SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE Structure, a preferred global leader partner in providing solution driven aviation support equipment to the United States Coast Guard. SAFE specializes in the innovative design and manufacturing of safe ergonomic aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling for all aviation applications. SAFE has announced the delivery of… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 27-Nov-18

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

Drone experts from all over the world are gathering in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones. During the 2-day conference, policy makers, drone specialists and industry leaders will discuss the new European drone regulation and explore the future drone market. The event is organised by EASA and hosted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 27-Nov-18

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NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

Delivery of aircraft looms to HAL on March 27, 2018.  It has so far manufactured over 600 aircraft looms for ALH Dhruv and LCA Tejas aircraft. The HAL’s Helicopter Division in Bengaluru received the first batch of helicopter structures and sub-assemblies manufactured by HAL subsidiary Naini Aerospace Limited (NAeL), Prayagraj for Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv)…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 27-Nov-18

CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest military training and simulation event, CAE announced the launch of CAE Rise™ for the defense market.CAE Rise™ is a data-driven training system designed to enable defense and security organizations to deliver standardized training and give instructors a new approach to objectively assess pilot competencies… Read more »

Source: CAE, 27-Nov-18

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented the newest civilian helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 to potential customers of Thailand during the South Asian Heli Tour. The event at the U-Tapao airfield included flight display of Russian-made rotorcraft. Moreover, during the presentation the Holding’s specialists introduced key benefits of Mi-171A2 and Ansat… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Nov-18

UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

To enhance emergency services in the region, a second regional Med Flight helicopter base will be set up in Portage at Divine Savior Healthcare. “We decided to create another regional base to cut response times for people in north- central Wisconsin,” said Frank Erdman, manager of critical care transport for UW Health. With the addition of the Portage… Read more »

Source: UW Health, 27-Nov-18

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

At a ceremony on Nov. 15, 2018, the Vertical Flight Society officially recognized Weston Airport, Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, UK, as a VFS Vertical Flight Heritage Site. The land is now owned by The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, and the plaque was installed on the Museum’s restored World War II era control tower/pilots’ block…. Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 27-Nov-18

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

A helicopter search light comprises: a lighting arrangement, having at least one light source, the lighting arrangement having an adjustable light output; a light detector, which is configured for detecting light emitted by the at least one light source and reflected by the ground and/or at least one item on the ground and for providing a detection… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 26-Nov-18

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Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd., the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively “Waypoint” or the “Company”) have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Waypoint expects to move… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717 million. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Nov-18

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China approves Coptersafety simulators

China approves Coptersafety simulators

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has received certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) for its current Airbus H145 and two Leonardo AW139 full-flight simulators (FFS). According to CAAC’s evaluation, Coptersafety’s simulators comply with level D requirements of CCAR-60 (China Civil Aviation Regulations Part 60). Level D is the highest certification level. In practice, this means… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 26-Nov-18

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Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite announced that they received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an AW169 air medical interior. This STC is for various lightweight medical interior configurations that were previously certified through EASA. “The FAA STC will allow us to offer our medical interiors also in the US. We are excited to have received this STC…. Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 26-Nov-18

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Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

[Electronic Translation] Customers from South-East Asia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of VK-2500PS-03 – the newest Russian turboshaft engine, created by ODK-Klimov JSC. Two engines of this type are part of the powerplant of the Mi-171A2 helicopter, which takes part in a demonstration tour of the Russian Helicopters holding company in… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 26-Nov-18

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H125 Crash Resistant Fuel System upgrade

H125 Crash Resistant Fuel System upgrade

This solution, compliant with the FAA/EASA FAR/CS § 27.952 specifications, except for operations with underbelly installation, allows to perform customer missions in the safest conditions by reducing the risk of post-crash fire and improving occupant survivability in case of an accident. Airbus Helicopters strongly recommends that operators retrofit their helicopters with CRFS and any other equipment… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Nov-18

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Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

Paradise Helicopters has recently received the Helicopter Association International’s accreditation for Corporate and VIP Transport. This includes the well known Accreditation Program of Safety, which ensures a boost in safety culture within the business. Paradise has also added a Bell 430 helicopter to their fleet, which boasts enhanced safety features, reports Big Island Now.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-18

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GAMA working with EASA on eVTOL futures

GAMA working with EASA on eVTOL futures

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today announced it has accelerated a dialogue with European regulators on the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and technologies. Thirty senior eVTOL company figures from eight countries met with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), the European Commission and SESAR JU (Single European Sky ATM Research… Read more »

Source: GAMA, 21-Nov-18

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Era Group appoints SVP, General Counsel and Chief Admin Officer

Era Group appoints SVP, General Counsel and Chief Admin Officer

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that Crystal Gordon has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Gordon has an extensive background in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and aviation, most recently as… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 21-Nov-18

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Klimov presents new engine at Airshow China 2018

Klimov presents new engine at Airshow China 2018

[Electronic Translation] Specialists of ODK-Klimov JSC took part in the Airshow China 2018 aviation exhibition. In China, they presented the newest turboshaft engine VK-2500PS-03 for the modern Mi-171A2 helicopter. The exhibition Airshow China 2018 was held from 6 to 11 November in Zhuhaq The VK-2500PS-03 engine is a modification of the VK-2500 engine with improved performance characteristics. It… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 21-Nov-18

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Flight Safety Foundation announces new CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announces new CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announced today that Dr. Hassan Shahidi, a long-time senior executive at the influential MITRE Corporation and a leader in aviation safety and air traffic management, will become its new president and CEO in January 2019. Shahidi will succeed Jon L. Beatty, who has led the Foundation for the past four years. The… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 21-Nov-18

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Canadian Coast Guard announces new facility in New Brunswick

Canadian Coast Guard announces new facility in New Brunswick

The Government of Canada is investing in new infrastructure for Canadian Coast Guard operations.The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in one of the safest marine systems in the world, and its members go to work every day to ensure the safety of mariners and the marine environment. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 21-Nov-18

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CPI Aero names ex Bell CEO as their new Chairman

CPI Aero names ex Bell CEO as their new Chairman

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero”) (NYSE American: CVU)  announced that the Board of Directors unanimously elected Terry Stinson Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, and Eric Rosenfeld Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Stinson succeeds Mr. Rosenfeld, who has served as the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman since 2005 and remains a member of the board of directors and Chairman of… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 21-Nov-18

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JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

VTOL aviation startup JETcopter announced that it has finished the primary air turbine tests, which confirmed the concept feasibility. The design team also released the latest JETcopter design. Six passengersWith the latest design, the JETcopter has become more compact and now has a flatter bottom. JETcopter will be able to drive on roads as well… Read more »

Source: JETcopter, 20-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters presents in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters presents in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its Mi-171A2 and Ansat civil helicopters in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) during the South Asian Heli Tour. The delegation of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company demonstrated key competitive advantages of Mi-171A2 and Ansat rotorcraft and provided information to the guests of the event about the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Nov-18

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Sikorsky donates to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky donates to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, presented a check for nearly $25,000 to Patient AirLift Services recently for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. Audrey Brady, Commercial Systems and Services (CSS) Vice President for Sikorsky, presented Donna Collins, PALS President, with the donation from the company’s annual employee silent auction. The PALS for Patriots Program serves… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Nov-18

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Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) looked at 10 years of helicopter operations data from Jan. 2009 through 2018 and compared the share of flight hours of every industry type with the percentage share of total accidents and fatal accidents.  During this period, U.S. civil helicopters flew more than 31 million flight hours and experienced… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Nov-18

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Edmonton Police contracts for Safran engine program

Edmonton Police contracts for Safran engine program

The Edmonton Police Service is having to renew their maintenance support contract with Safran Helicopter Engines, worth $4.3 million over 10 years. The agreement stipulates that the service’s Flight Operations Unit will pay a certain hourly rate per hour, instead of a large sum when the engine overhauls are due. Included in the agreement is… Read more »

Source: ec120-edmonton2, 19-Nov-18

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IAR and Airbus Sign H215M Definitive Collaborative Agreement

IAR and Airbus Sign H215M Definitive Collaborative Agreement

The Romanian Defence Ministry and IAR have signed a Definitive Collaboration Agreement stating that IAR will be the lead contractor for any future H215M contracts. The agreement allows for close collaboration for the next 15 years, with Airbus being IAR’s exclusive partner, reports Urdu Point.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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New Boeing AH-64E Block 2 Compound

New Boeing AH-64E Block 2 Compound

Boeing is working on a compound version of their AH-64E Apache Guardian. They are calling it the AH-64E Block 2 Compound. This gunship will have a revised engine exhaust arrangement, a larger main wing as well as a vertical tail fin. They may feature a rigid motor system. With the revised configuration Boeing is expecting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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New Russian High-Speed Helicopter

New Russian High-Speed Helicopter

The Kamov Design Bureau has revealed images of their new high-speed helicopter that is under development. The design includes new engines, coaxial rotors and internal weapons bays. They have incorporated two fan engines that drive the main rotors, emulating the Sikorsky S-97, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters sign contract for the supply of 20 Ansats to China

Russian Helicopters sign contract for the supply of 20 Ansats to China

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract to supply 20 Ansat helicopters for the Emergency Medicine Association of the People’s Republic of China. The helicopters are designed for the provision of primary care and emergency medical evacuation and can be used in regions with complex terrain and remote areas with… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Nov-18

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Joint Venture launches H145 simulator in Norway

Joint Venture launches H145 simulator in Norway

Norwegian Air Ambulance AS (NLA – Norsk Luftambulanse), Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH(RST) and Norwegian Competence Centre Helicopter AS (NCCH) celebrate inauguration of theNCCH training center in Stavanger/Norway. Establishing an Airbus H145 Level D Full-Flight Simulator is one of the key measures to increaseoperational safety of the air ambulance service in Norway. Following this idea,… Read more »

Source: Norwegian Air Ambulance, 19-Nov-18

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HAI names Director of Safety

HAI names Director of Safety

HAI is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Hill as director of safety. In this position, Chris is responsible for managing the association’s existing aviation safety programs and for developing new safety initiatives to benefit HAI’s membership and the international helicopter community. “We are grateful to find someone of Chris’s caliber to fill our… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Nov-18

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Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) valued at $23.5M to supply their AN/ZPY-4 maritime and overland surveillance radar system for use on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle… Read more »

Source: Telephonics Corporation, 19-Nov-18

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Canadian Coast Guard donates surplus Bo105s for technical training

Canadian Coast Guard donates surplus Bo105s for technical training

The Government of Canada is supporting the development of well-trained, skilled personnel to serve the aerospace industry of the future, by donating surplus Coast Guard assets to educational institutions across Canada. These donations are helping to support aircraft maintenance training in Canada, providing practical and hands-on experience to students. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan… Read more »

Source: The Government of Canada, 19-Nov-18

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Skyhunter acquires 200K acres for helicopter hog hunting

Skyhunter acquires 200K acres for helicopter hog hunting

Skyhunter Outfitters LLC, the premiere helicopter hog hunting outfitter in Texas, recently acquired  200,000+ acres an hour Northeast of Dallas, near Commerce, Texas. Previously, it was 140,000 acres. Skyhunter Outfitters LLC is in the business of joining numerous landowners as well as farmers in the battle against feral hog infestations not only in state of the Texas, but across… Read more »

Source: Skyhunter Outfitters, 19-Nov-18

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Annapurna Helicopter received approval from CAAN, Mustang to receive NOC in a few days

Annapurna Helicopter received approval from CAAN, Mustang to receive NOC in a few days

Annapurna Helicopter Company has received a green signal from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to initiate its operation. Annapurna Helicopter got approval on October 31 (Kartik 14) from the ministry level decision. According to the source, post receiving flight permission, the company has forwarded the document to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Nov-18

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Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters begin a demonstration tour

Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters begin a demonstration tour

Potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the newest Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters during their demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. The first demonstration of the new products of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will be held… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters are ready to supply six Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters are ready to supply six Mi-171A2

The Chinese company China General Aviation Service confirmed its intention to acquire a batch of Mi-171A2 helicopters manufactured by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ). Six aircraft holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation) plans to manufacture and transfer to the customer until 2022. Taking into account the demand for this model of helicopter among… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters to open service centers in China

Russian Helicopters to open service centers in China

Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation) at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition held negotiations with the United Company United Aviation Technology on the organization of a center for the maintenance and repair of Russian helicopters in Shenzhen (China). The corresponding contract is planned to be signed before the end of the year. In… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-18

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Two Awards of Excellence won by Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Two Awards of Excellence won by Wiltshire Air Ambulance

A DEDICATED volunteer and a successful fundraising campaign for its new airbase has resulted in Wiltshire Air Ambulance winning two prestigious awards. The charity enjoyed their success at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence, run by the Association of Air Ambulances, at a ceremony in London on Monday (12 November). Colin Smith, of Chippenham, Wiltshire,… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 16-Nov-18

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Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence – winners announced

Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence – winners announced

The nation’s finest clinicians, aviators and fundraisers are celebrated at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 310 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2018. Awards hosts Richard Madeley and Angellica Bell handed out 12 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams,… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 16-Nov-18

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Aspirus MedEvac Achieves NAAMTA Accreditation

Aspirus MedEvac Achieves NAAMTA Accreditation

Following an independent, external audit, Aspirus MedEvac is being awarded accreditation for their ground ambulance and rotor-wing medical transport program by the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). NAAMTA Accreditation is founded upon standards, which identify best practice criteria in all aspects of medical transport, including business administration, personnel qualifications, training, communications, safety,… Read more »

Source: NAAMTA, 16-Nov-18

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Safran Helicopter Engines appoints Senior Executive VP

Safran Helicopter Engines appoints Senior Executive VP

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Eric Dalbiès as Senior Executive Vice President and Safran Power Units CEO. At Safran Power Units, Eric succeeds François Tarel, who has been appointed to another position within the Group. Eric Dalbiès joined Snecma1 in 1992, within space propulsion division in Vernon. Within Snecma, he fulfilled various positions in engineering and programs… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 16-Nov-18

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Changes for SB-1 Defiant Test Flight

Changes for SB-1 Defiant Test Flight

Sikorsky and Boeing are working hard to have their Future Vertical Lift aircraft, the SB-1 Defiant, have it’s first test flight in December this year. Randy Rotte, Boeing’s FVL Director, has said that additional work may have to be done on the aircraft, pushing the flight test into early 2019. He also commented that they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-18

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NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and VFS to  Produce Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce their collaboration on a new study, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets. A growing community of aerospace innovators, engineers, futurists and investors believe that the next urban transportation revolution will be in the air. The global economy has become increasingly connected with point-to-point… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 15-Nov-18

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PAC delivers 3 Upgraded EC135s

PAC delivers 3 Upgraded EC135s

PAC International, a Metro Aviation company, recently delivered three refurbished Airbus EC135P2+ helicopters to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s AirCare Program. Metro Aviation recently became the air operator for the 3-base program. The aircraft interior components were refurbished to include crew and medical attendant seats, all storage pouches, and complete reconditioning of the Metro EMS… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 15-Nov-18

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Thales to set up Chinese training centre with Avicopter

Thales to set up Chinese training centre with Avicopter

During the Zhuhai Air Show in China, Avicopter, on behalf of the relevant investors of Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd, and Thales, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a joint venture helicopter pilot training center. Avicopter is one of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturers, developing, manufacturing and selling a wide range… Read more »

Source: Thales, 15-Nov-18

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CHC Continues 50 Years of Service with Point Resources AS

CHC Continues 50 Years of Service with Point Resources AS

CHC Group announced it has signed a three-year contract with Point Resources AS, providing aviation services to the company’s operated Balder, Ringhorne og Jotun fields in the Norwegian North Sea, 100nm offshore. “We have partnered with Point Resources for more than 50 years, flying with them for the first time in 1966,” Mark Abbey, CHC… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-Nov-18

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Appareo expands AML-STC for Stratus ADS-B Out transponders

Appareo expands AML-STC for Stratus ADS-B Out transponders

Appareo has received FAA approval of an expanded Approved Model List (AML) for the company’s Stratus ADS-B Out transponders. The AML-STC for Stratus ES/ESG now includes 219 aircraft, including popular Cessna, Piper, and Mooney models, as well as Cirrus SR20 and SR22, Beechcraft 33, 35, 36, and Diamond DA20 and DA40. The latest expansion marks… Read more »

Source: Appareo Systems, 15-Nov-18

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AviChina Acquires AVIC

AviChina Acquires AVIC

AVIC has made the announcement that AviChina Industry and Technology Company Limited (AviChina) are acquiring the company. AviChina will have a total take over of AVIC’s helicopter subsidiary.

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-18

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Airbus Works with HUMS System

Airbus Works with HUMS System

Helicopter operators have been collecting vibration data for years from health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS). Having this data can show issues with a helicopter’s dynamic systems as well as potential maintenance issues. Airbus has been working hard on FlyScan since it opened in 2017. This in-house service enables clients to upload their collected data,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Nov-18

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Airbus to deliver New Zealand’s first HEMS-configured H145s

Airbus to deliver New Zealand’s first HEMS-configured H145s

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited has selected Airbus’ H145, in response to New Zealand’s Health Ministry’s call to enhance its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry. Due to be delivered in the second half of 2019, the two helicopters will become the first HEMS-configured H145s to enter New Zealand, and will bolster… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-18

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Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Delivers Upgraded Night Vision to UK police

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of seven upgraded National Police Air Service (NPAS) H135 helicopters, under a £1.5 million contract signed in December 2017 to equip and standardise the UK police helicopter fleet’s Night Vision (NVIS) capability.  Under the new configuration, all seven NPAS’ H135 helicopters will be capable of NVIS operations down to ground level, enhancing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-18

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Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

Leonardo awarded contract for 22 of the new AW169M

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Nov-18

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Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

Bell partners with EPS for eVTOL energy storage

Electric Power Systems (EPS) announced its official teaming agreement with Bell Helicopter, A Textron Inc., to develop an innovative Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. “We’re excited to work with Bell on making their On-Demand Mobility project a success.” EPS Chief Executive Officer Nathan Millecam said. “Bell’s team are… Read more »

Source: Electric Power Systems, 13-Nov-18

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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder buys an AW169

A Leonardo AW169 has recently been sighted on a test flight near the factory in Milan in the colours of the Washington Redskins NFL team.  With the same stripes and the helmet logo on the tail, the scheme matches Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s two jets.  Under the company DSWA LLC, Snyder owns Bombardier Global Express… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Nov-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Cessna 152 (G-WACG) and Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-JAMM), mid-air collision, Near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, 17 November 2017 Rotorway Executive 90 (G-BZES), loss of control while inadvertently descending downwind, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 1 July 2018

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-18

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CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC adds apprentice engineers in UK

CHC has made an announcement, saying that they will be adding 100 apprentice engineers to the Aberdeen main operational centre, as well as Norwich and Humberside. Their apprenticeship programme is also commencing again in 2018, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance appoints new Trustees

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance appoints new Trustees

Claire Smith and Andy Tunningley were appointed as Trustees of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) at a recent board meeting. At the same meeting Clare Dobie, who stepped down as a Trustee after nearly ten years’ service, was thanked for her commitment and support for the Charity. Claire Smith and her husband Robert have… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 09-Nov-18

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Vision for the future of General Aviation

Vision for the future of General Aviation

EASA’s Annual Safety Conference 2018 was closed by Executive Director Patrick Ky yesterday, setting out the Agency’s commitments as part of GA Roadmap 2.0 for a truly innovative, better, cheaper and safer General Aviation (GA) in Europe! Conveying a great sense of community and energetic spirit, the 2-day conference on GA provided a fruitful ground for… Read more »

Source: EASA, 09-Nov-18

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Speculative Scottish windfarm heliport plans approved

Speculative Scottish windfarm heliport plans approved

Eyemouth Harbour Trust have recently secured planning permission for the construction of a helicopter access facility adjacent to Eyemouth Harbour. EHT were supported throughout the process by EHT’s agent for the application, Young Planning & Energy Consenting and environmental consultant, ITP Energised. The plans originally submitted in October 2017, comprising two helipads, hangar, office and… Read more »

Source: Eyemouth Harbour, 09-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-172

Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-172

As part of the contract with the government of Equatorial Guinea, Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) produced and transferred to the customer two Mi-172 helicopters manufactured at Kazan Helicopters (KVZ). The vehicles have already been sent to Central Africa. One of the helicopters produced under the contract is being delivered in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Nov-18

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Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

Genaire expands fuel cell repair capabilities to include Bell 412 and 214

Genaire is proud to expand it’s fuel cell repair capabilities to now include Bell Helicopters Models 412 and 214. The care and maintenance of an aircraft’s fuel cell is an incredibly important responsibility. To ensure we are providing the best possible service, we have developed proprietary testing methods that have allowed us to repair all… Read more »

Source: Genaire, 09-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters successfully tests Ansat

Russian Helicopters successfully tests Ansat

Specialists at Kazan Helicopters of the holding company Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) have completed testing of an Ansat helicopter equipped with a emergency floatation system. It is designed for emergency water landings and is used to save the lives of crew and passengers. The emergency floatation system is currently in the certification… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Nov-18

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IHST: Making Life & Death Decisions: A Case Study of a Fatal Helicopter Accident

IHST: Making Life & Death Decisions: A Case Study of a Fatal Helicopter Accident

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) is partnering with the FAA Safety Team for the first of several two-hour workshops aimed at discussing the grey areas of safety decisions faced by helicopter pilots during critical moments. The workshop is free and participants can register here: https://www.faasafety.gov/SPANS/event_details.aspx?eid=86202&caller=/SPANS/events/EventList.aspx The session will be a deep dive into one… Read more »

Source: IHST, 09-Nov-18

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STARS wins international competition

STARS wins international competition

After showcasing their skills on the world stage, members of STARS’ air medical crew ultimately won the prestigious Association of Air Medical Services’ (AAMS) 2018 Sim Cup on Tuesday. Flight nurse Jenny Thorpe and flight paramedic Matt Hogan represented STARS at the annual critical care skills contest, held during the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC)… Read more »

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Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo sells 15 AW139s into China, with 160 to follow

Leonardo announced that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for 15 AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during the China International Import Expo in Shanghai in the presence of the Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio. The aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Nov-18

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APSA seeks nominees for Board of Directors

APSA seeks nominees for Board of Directors

Be a part of APSA’s Board of Directors. The nomination period for APSA elected offices for the term of July 2019 through July 2021 will be open through December 15, 2018. NOMINATIONS MUST INCLUDE: Name of nominee. Position for which the person is being nominated. Person making the nomination. Both the person being nominated and the person… Read more »

Source: APSA, 09-Nov-18

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China and Russia ready to sign on heavy-lift helicopter

China and Russia ready to sign on heavy-lift helicopter

China and Russia have concluded discussions on a joint venture creating a heavy-lift helicopter and are ready to sign a general contract. China’s Avicopter will oversee most of the development and designs and Russia’s Russian Helicopters will be developing certain angles and components, reports TASS.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-18

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Aerotex launches Wall Blanket Kit

Aerotex launches Wall Blanket Kit

Weight saving and fuel efficiency in the aviation industry has always been a priority in achieving optimum productivity among aircraft operators, airlines and aviation companies, and as an intelligent response to the industry’s increasing demand, specifically, in cost-effectiveness through weight and carbon footprint reduction, Aerotex Aircaft Interiors, recently launched its engineer-certified and tested wall blanket… Read more »

Source: Aerotex, 06-Nov-18

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EASA 12th Rotorcraft Symposium

EASA 12th Rotorcraft Symposium

The 2018 Symposium, 4th – 5th December 2018, will feature about 30 presentations on the latest developments in the rotorcraft industry with a strong focus on Safety. EASA will present the main elements of the future Rotorcraft Strategic Safety Roadmap. Join and engage with about 300 participants across the industry on: How can technologies help… Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Nov-18

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Medical Air Rescue Company signs for an Airbus H130

Medical Air Rescue Company signs for an Airbus H130

In keeping with its commitment to provide exceptional patient care, Medical Air Rescue Company (MARC) will soon operate its first Airbus helicopter, the versatile single-engine H130, following a signature ceremony at the 2018 Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The acquisition is part of a long-term plan by the provider to modernize its fleet… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Nov-18

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New CAAA UAV Tilt Rotor

New CAAA UAV Tilt Rotor

The Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics (CAAA) has recently revealed their new unmanned tilt-rotor, the CH-10. The UAV is a combination of helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft, which enables  it to land and take-off vertically as well as cruise over long distances, reports Global Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Nov-18

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Web Manuals celebrates first Canadian Customer

Web Manuals celebrates first Canadian Customer

Web Manuals Inc, developer of the world standard in digital documentation solutions for the aviation industry, is celebrating winning its first Canadian customer after exhibiting at its most successful NBAA-BACE trade show to date. Fig Air, the Toronto-based VIP helicopter charter operator, will use Web Manuals to digitally edit and review its technical manuals, before… Read more »

Source: Web Manuals Inc, 05-Nov-18

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Virginia Beach Police welcome MD530F

Virginia Beach Police welcome MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) celebrates the delivery of a new MD 530F helicopter to the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD). As the first MD Helicopters-brand aircraft to join the VBPD Aviation Unit since the Helicopter Operations unit was established, the new MD 530F will be a powerful, reliable addition to their fleet, and will deliver… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-Nov-18

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