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Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Fabio Nannoni, Senior Vice President for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, has been commended with two impressive accolades from two prestigious and respected bodies in the aerospace community. Recently, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced Mr Nannoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ‘profound contribution to helicopter design’. In addition, Mr Nannoni… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Jan-21

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra will be upgrading the Chinook CH-47F helicopter simulation system, consisting of an FMS (Full Mission Simulator), the FTD (Flight Training Device) and the CBTs (Computer Based Trainer) at the Helicopter Simulation Center (CESIHEL) of the Armed Forces Flight Academy (ACAVIET), located at the Colmenar Viejo Base, to ensure Spanish pilots receive training at the… Read more »

Source: Indra, 06-Jan-21

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Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced that Kristen M. Samson, has been named the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 18, 2021. Mrs. Samson joins Kaman from Textron Inc. where she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Textron Systems. Also, while at Textron, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 06-Jan-21

Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) (“Teledyne”) and FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR​​​​​) (“FLIR”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, FLIR stockholders will receive $28.00 per share in cash and… Read more »

Source: Teledyne, 06-Jan-21

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

For nearly 35 years, Bell Textron Canada delivers innovative products, enhanced customer experience and superior service and support for customers around the globe. Recently, they’ve gone above and beyond to create a Design & Manufacturing Safety Management System based on an industry standard. This system ensures quick resolutions to any aircraft build challenges, which are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-21

06-Jan-21 PR-WVW Robinson R44 Vila Velha, Brazil (2F)

Helicopter was on final approach to land at its base airport Vila Velha en route from Guarapari and suddenly lost height from 200ft to the ground.  Both occupants in the helicopter received fatal injuries.  They were named in this report as pilot Octavio Schneider Guieroz (68) and his girlfriend Lucimara Poleto (52). Video of accident… Read more »

06-Jan-21

Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton Helicopters is heralding the arrival of their new Sikorsky S92 as the first operated by a Nigerian-owned operator. Evidently they are distinguishing themselves from US-based Bristow, who have operated S92s in the West African country for many years. The aircraft’s arrival also marks the first time that a helicopter shipped into the port has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-21

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital’s new $165,000 helipad is complete and ready for use after six years, to the relief of rescue pilots. See Full Story.

Source: stuff, 05-Jan-21

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Blade India launches services from Karnataka

Blade India launches services from Karnataka

BLADE India, the helicopter operator that provides urban mobility by selling seats, today announced the launch of its services in Karnataka. See Full Story.

Source: The Economic Times, 05-Jan-21

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Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced its commitment today to launch air taxi services in Singapore after two years of close collaboration with the city. Working together with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Volocopter plans to make air taxi services a reality… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 05-Jan-21

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Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed with the President signing on Sunday, December 27, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 133), which included the No Surprises Act. The No Surprises Act takes the patient out of the middle of the billing process between their health care provider and health insurance company — by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Jan-21

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Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell brought home four more Comparably Best Place to Work awards in the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on Comparably’s survey feedback, which is gathered anonymously, we are among the Top 50 large U.S. companies for Best Company Culture, Best CEOs, Best Companies as Rated By Female Employees, and Best Companies as Rated by Diverse Ethnicity… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jan-21

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DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

It is a milestone in the history of air rescue in German-speaking countries and also EU-wide: DRF Luftrettung is expanding its fleet with Airbus H145 helicopters which have five main rotor blades. Today, the technicians at DRF Luftrettung start equipping the first of five of these helicopters to be delivered this year, for deployment at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 05-Jan-21

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Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade is proud to announce the opening of a new office for the Central & Eastern European region – its third branch for the European continent. “Our new office in CEE represents an important milestone which further reinforces our commitment to providing our customers unparalleled service, quality and value. Central and Eastern Europe is a… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 05-Jan-21

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Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Fabio Nannoni has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 05-Jan-21

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Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Just before the Chrstmas break, Sikorsky announced – but only on Twitter – that they will deliver a new S-92 to the Republic of Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters.  This aircraft will support firefighting and search & rescue missions.  No time scale was given, but given that Sikorsky only seems to have delivered one new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-21

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Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has demonstrated two capabilities that highlight the Bell V-280 Valor’s ability to execute mission relevant maneuvers, as well as integrate new technology. The demonstrations, held at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX, included use of a newly installed Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL) from Team Valor member… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jan-21

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Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI is a South African based world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have started our annual Antarctica deployments.  We will be operating off two separate ice breakers… Read more »

Source: Ultimate HELI, 04-Jan-21

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Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

On December 7, Bell announced its acquisition of Response Technologies LLC, an innovative composite solutions company. This acquisition adds to Bell’s extensive technology portfolio in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to pursue innovative technology and will enable us to accelerate needed developments in our industry,” said Mitch Snyder, president… Read more »

Source: bell, 04-Jan-21

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SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the order for custom maintenance stands for the New Mexico State Police.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their EC145 aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 04-Jan-21

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New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

Our GTN™ Xi Series of navigators will soon feature even more advanced capabilities, including a Glide Range Ring that helps safety-minded pilots visualize the estimated area an aircraft could reach in the case engine power is lost1. Other new features include the ability to remotely control the radios of another GTN Xi when dual GTN Xi units are… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 04-Jan-21

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Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened a two-week application window for prospective commercial helicopter pilots to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to part-fund their place on the 2021 Integrated CPL(H) (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) course with ATPL(H)/IR TK (Theoretical Knowledge). The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track and cost-effective route to becoming a professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 04-Jan-21

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Police Aviation News – January 2021 Edition

The January 2021 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.

Source: Police Aviation News, 04-Jan-21

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02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.

02-Jan-21

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01-Jan-21 C-FBGT Robinson R44 Eaglesham, Canada (4F)

Helicopter collided with terrain, killing all four on board – the owner, his wife and two of their five children – named in this report as Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, and two of their children, Jewel, 8, and Fleur, 2.  They were survived by their oldest three children. Location was a wide open… Read more »

01-Jan-21

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01-Jan-21 N74823 Bell 47D1 Marana, US-Arizona

Low level manouevre to avoid another aircraft caused helicopter to crash

01-Jan-21

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01-Jan-21 9M-SAW Robinson R66 Port Klang, Malaysia

Badly damaged in dynamic rollover on a training flight.  Pilot named here as Kharudin Dahlan, 72, and his co-pilot was, Moithu Kutti Mohamad, 52

01-Jan-21

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30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day Accident… Read more »

30-Dec-20

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30-Dec-20 I-LGLG Airbus H125 San Martino, Italy

Crashed in white-out conditions during landing, during which the main rotor disc hit the ground.  20 minutes after the accident the helicopter caught fire and completely burned out.  It is evident from images that the helicopter was written off in the accident (boom in multiple pieces) prior to the conflagration.  Pilot named in this report… Read more »

30-Dec-20

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27-Dec-20 G-MCSK Sikorsky S92 Aberdeen, UK

Operator quoted as saying “An S-92 helicopter which was flying without any passengers returned to Aberdeen airport this morning (27.12.2020) after crew reported a cockpit warning light illumination. The crew followed standard precautionary procedures by requesting priority to land. “

27-Dec-20

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Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-20

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HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes passage of a $900 billion pandemic aid package that would provide relief to the aviation industry. Legislators attached the financial assistance agreement to H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $1.4 trillion omnibus package which passed in both chambers on Monday evening. The relief package includes $325 billion… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-Dec-20

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EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an enforcement action against Smoky Mountain Helicopters, Inc. (dba Maverick Helicopter) to close a large capacity cesspool (LCC) and collect $45,000 in fines. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act EPA banned LCCs, which can pollute water resources, in 2005. “Island water resources are vulnerable to pollution from… Read more »

Source: EPA, 23-Dec-20

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Innovative partnership between Devon Air Ambulance and Babcock scoops national award

Innovative partnership between Devon Air Ambulance and Babcock scoops national award

Innovation and collaboration truly do sit at the heart of what Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) does. The charity funded service was honoured to be co-recipient of a special ‘Covid-19 Response award’, at the recent Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW) Awards with Babcock Aviation Onshore, the UK’s leading provider of Air Ambulance operations support. The award… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Dec-20

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23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

Accident on training flight.  Two POB both injured and airlifted out.  Helicopter ended up on its port side EMERCOM photo

23-Dec-20

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Gazprom Neft commissions a new heliport in the Arctic

Gazprom Neft commissions a new heliport in the Arctic

The most cutting-edge solutions for arranging flights under the harsh conditions of the Arctic have been deployed in building the heliport, which is equipped with a landing strip, apron, passenger service area complete with air-traffic control tower, and facilities-support buildings. The heliport is equipped with the latest radio and meteorological equipment, navigation and lighting systems. Up to 26 flights will leave for the… Read more »

Source: Gazprom Neft, 22-Dec-20

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Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

Both agencies commit to expand cooperation to tackle emerging complex issues impacting aviation The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have signed two collaborative agreements, further strengthening their bilateral partnership. The first agreement is a technical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation across a wide range of… Read more »

Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority, 22-Dec-20

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Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has delivered continued training support through its global network and leveraged its digital technologies in the delivery of training services to military and civil pilots. Leonardo’s Training Academy in Yeovil specialises in military rotorcraft training, pilot and aircrew ground school training, as well as technician and manager training. In addition… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

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Moog Inc. Acquires Genesys Aerosystems

Moog Inc. Acquires Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems announces that Moog Inc. purchased Genesys Aerosystems on December 18, 2020. Genesys will remain at its locations in Mineral Wells, TX and Anchorage, AK, and will continue doing business as Genesys Aerosystems, part of Moog’s Aircraft Controls segment. As a world leader of flight control systems for military and commercial aircraft, Moog’s addition… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 22-Dec-20

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Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base in Rhinelander

Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base in Rhinelander

Life Link III announced that they plan to open a new air medical base in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. This new base, which marks the company’s tenth air medical base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, is scheduled to begin 24/7 operations starting in spring 2021. This base will be located at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, which allows the… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 22-Dec-20

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Irish HSE awards Tory Island helicopter contract

Irish HSE awards Tory Island helicopter contract

The HSE has a long-standing arrangement in place to provide a helicopter service for transporting the GP, Public Health Nurse and other HSE primary care staff to the island for planned healthcare provision. This requirement will now be met by Executive Helicopters Maintenance ltd. A licensed holder operating for over 23 years, the company has… Read more »

Source: HSE, 22-Dec-20

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EASA certifies 120kg higher MTOW for Airbus H135

EASA certifies 120kg higher MTOW for Airbus H135

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) for the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. The new AGW enables operators to benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight of up to 120 kg (265 lb) and useful load. This increase can also be used to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Dec-20

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Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Airbus Helicopters and its historical partner Héli-Union have signed a contract for the purchase of two multi-mission H160s to address a wide range of operations. “We are excited to be one of the first customers to onboard the H160 which will expand our fleet of 40 helicopters. We believe this program will have a great… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Dec-20

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20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury

20-Dec-20

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19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

Starboard transmission cowling flipped up into the main rotor shortly after departure

19-Dec-20

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Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

The Dallas-based trial firm Lyons & Simmons has filed a negligence lawsuit against San Antonio-based Sapphire Aviation on behalf of the estate of Houston resident Paul David Cobb, one of five people killed in a 2018 crash of a Bell UH-1H helicopter in rural northern New Mexico. According to reports, the group flew by private… Read more »

Source: Lyons & Simmons LLP, 18-Dec-20

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Aeromed in Puerto Rico adds third helicopter

Aeromed in Puerto Rico adds third helicopter

Emergency rescue service company Aeromed has invested $3.2 million on a new EC-135 helicopter and state-of-the-art specialized medical equipment, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in Puerto Rico. The acquisition of the third helicopter in the fleet that arrived on the island on Dec. 8th “reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the health of Puerto Rico,… Read more »

Source: Aeromed, 17-Dec-20

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Ornge executive appointed to board of Air Transport Association of Canada

Ornge executive appointed to board of Air Transport Association of Canada

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and critical care transport services, announces Peter Cunnington, Acting Chief Operating Officer – Aviation has been appointed to the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) Board of Directors. The appointment is for a three year term commencing December 2020 to November 2023. Cunnington holds a helicopter Airline Transport Pilot… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 17-Dec-20

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ADAC Luftrettung Reserves Two Volocopter Multicopters

ADAC Luftrettung Reserves Two Volocopter Multicopters

Volocopter and ADAC Luftrettung announced that ADAC Luftrettung has reserved two VoloCity electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. After publishing the results of the world’s first feasibility study about piloted multicopter use in rescue services, ADAC Luftrettung has invested in a reservation for two VoloCitys to prepare for operational tests in 2023. After two… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 17-Dec-20

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Air Methods EVP testifies to National Council of Insurance Legislators

Air Methods EVP testifies to National Council of Insurance Legislators

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Chris Myers, Air Methods EVP of Reimbursement and Strategic Initiatives, testified before NCOIL in support of the Model Act Regarding Air Ambulance Patient Protections, which seeks to regulate air medical memberships as insurance products. The following is the complete text of that testimony. Chair Hunter and Vice Chair Ferguson, thank… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Dec-20

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EHang 216 Receives Long-term Trial Flight Permit across Austria National Airspace

EHang 216 Receives Long-term Trial Flight Permit across Austria National Airspace

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company achieved a significant milestone on the path to offering Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) services worldwide. On December 9, the Civil Aviation Authority of Austria issued a trial flight permit for the EH216 passenger-grade AAV. The permit… Read more »

Source: EHang, 17-Dec-20

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Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

On Dec. 9, the Autonomous Pod Transport flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas.   To date, the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights. In 2021, APT will demonstrate several military and commercial operations while simplifying user interfaces and enhancing the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-20

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Leading Business Aviation Groups Form Alliance Against Illegal Charters

Leading Business Aviation Groups Form  Alliance Against Illegal Charters

A global group of leading business aviation organizations announced a coordinated effort to combat illegal on-demand charter flights in the sector. The group, called the Air Charter Safety Alliance, will raise awareness among potential customers, charter brokers, ministries of transport, and national aviation authorities regarding the use of unauthorized aircraft operators for on-demand flights. While… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 17-Dec-20

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Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Leonardo announced that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft. The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe. WIKING has been an offshore transport… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-20

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Blade to go public at $825 Million valuation

Blade to go public at $825 Million valuation

Blade Urban Air Mobility, the New York-based helicopter taxi service, has struck a deal to go public backed by KSL Capital in a deal that values the company at about $825 million. This includes $400 million in proceeds, which includes a $125 million infusion along with the cash in the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company)… Read more »

Source: NY Times, 16-Dec-20

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FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as mRNA. The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Dec-20

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Awesome Flight LLC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Awesome Flight LLC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The coronavirus has disrupted Awesome Flight’s charter helicopter service at Westchester County Airport. Awesome Flight LLC and its owner-pilot Keith Vitolo of Mamaroneck filed Chapter 11 petitions Dec. 2 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, White Plains.

Source: Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal, 16-Dec-20

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New home for NHV H155 Fleet

New home for NHV H155 Fleet

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services,  announced the sale of its remaining H155 aircraft to HeliGlobe (Denmark). The brokerage company entered into the agreement on behalf of their client Air Greenland. The six aircraft will be delivered over a period of six months starting in the first quarter of next year. “This… Read more »

Source: NHV, 16-Dec-20

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Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

Donaldson receives three STC approvals for inlet barrier filters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of the Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), has received additional supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for installation of its industry-leading inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on helicopters in three countries. Acquired at the request of the helicopters’ original equipment manufacturers, the approvals were received from the Japanese Civil Aviation… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 16-Dec-20

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Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with State Grid General Aviation Company

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with State Grid General Aviation Company

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), covering their H215 and H225 fleets. This contract formalizes a long-term MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and service agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila engines. This contract also includes the renewal of SBH® support for 14 Arriel 2D… Read more »

Source: Safran, 16-Dec-20

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Rostec Starts Assembling the First Mi-171A3 Offshore Helicopter

Rostec Starts Assembling the First Mi-171A3 Offshore Helicopter

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has started assembling the first prototype of Mi-171A3 offshore helicopter. Equipment for assembling the fuselage was put into operation at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. Mi-171A3 comes with several significant upgrades when compared to Mi-171A2: a new airframe that integrates a crash-resistant fuel system into the cargo… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Dec-20

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16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the… Read more »

16-Dec-20

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Swiss Helicopter adds Cabri G2 at Pfaffnau base

Swiss Helicopter adds Cabri G2 at Pfaffnau base

In spring 2021, the Swiss Helicopter Flight School will expand its range on the Pfaffnau base with a Guimbal Cabri G2 training helicopter. The company’s other flight school bases have been using this two-seater helicopter, which has proven itself extremely well for basic training, for several years. On October 17, 2020, numerous visitors had the… Read more »

Source: 20201214gw-Cabri, 15-Dec-20

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Pawan Hans launch route from Kargil to Srinagar

Pawan Hans launch route from Kargil to Srinagar

In Kargil Ladakh, the second service of Pawan Hans MI 17 Helicopter Service between Kargil to Srinagr started today and lifted total 27 passengers, 13 Passengers from Kargil to Srinagar and 14 from Srinagar to Kargil. The General Public are satisficed with the start of the service as it will ease the issue of transportation… Read more »

Source: DAILYEXCELSIOR.COM, 15-Dec-20

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EU remain unimpressed by Nepal aviation safety standards

EU remain unimpressed by Nepal aviation safety standards

While the European Union applauded the Nepal government’s firm commitment to improving its air safety mechanism, the lawmaking body—the European Commission—has questioned the issuance of air operator certificates to new Nepali carriers without sufficient compliance with international safety standards. See Full Story.

Source: The Kathmandu Post, 15-Dec-20

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Samoa government faces legal action over helicopter auction

Samoa government faces legal action over helicopter auction

Samoa’s government is facing legal action over the auction of a helicopter by the Ministry of Customs and Revenue two years ago. See Full Story. 

Source: RNZ News, 15-Dec-20

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15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14 TAIC photo

15-Dec-20

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15-Dec-20 ZK-??? Robinson R44 Te Anga, New Zealand

The helicopter’s main rotor blade struck electricity supply wires and then landed in a clearing. The pilot was uninjured. Power was disrupted to around 18 homes.  Low level agricultural spray operations.

15-Dec-20

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PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

PAC International delivers new Bell 407GXi to Virginia State Police

PAC International recently completed and delivered a new Bell 407GXi helicopter to the Virginia State Police.  The State Police Aviation Unit’s primary mission is to provide search, rescue, law enforcement and medical evacuation. Pilots are gaining an extra set of eyes with the installation of a Garmin GTS 800 Traffic Advisory System (TAS), which combines… Read more »

Source: PAC International, 14-Dec-20

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CHC Norway wins S92 contract with Equinor and Var Energi

CHC Norway wins S92 contract with Equinor and Var Energi

Equinor has handed CHC an £85 million contract to provide flights from Stavanger airport to its Norwegian continental shelf platforms. CHC will provide crew change services in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea, serving the Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krogh, Sleipner, Grane, Gudrun, Heimdal and Draupner fields, as well as drilling rigs in the… Read more »

Source: Energy Voice, 14-Dec-20

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SA National Parks appoints first black game capture rated pilot

SA National Parks appoints first black game capture rated pilot

South African National Parks (SANParks) today celebrates Captain David Simelane, South Africa’s first black game capture rated pilot. Nicknamed “Blackhawk”, Simelane completed his game capture rating, which is an endorsement on his pilot license, with flying colours on 2 December 2020. SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said, “we are extremely proud of Simelane and his achievement…. Read more »

Source: SA National Parks, 14-Dec-20

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Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Texas DPS

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Texas DPS

Metro Aviation recently delivered a new H125 for the Texas Department of Public Safety, and it is the most advanced law enforcement helicopter completed by the Shreveport, Louisiana-based company. Metro collaborated with aviation technology and wireless communications leader, CNC Technologies, to customize the aircraft to meet the Texas DPS’s specific mission needs. The CNC team… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Dec-20

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EASA validates STC for AMS Heli Design aeromedical interior for AW109

EASA validates STC for AMS Heli Design aeromedical interior for AW109

AMS Heli Design announced today that it has received the EASA validation for a previously issued FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight EMS interior for for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopter. A new milestone achieved by AMS Heli Design entering the European market with an outstanding interior designed by paying particular… Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 14-Dec-20

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S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Airbus Helicopters

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Airbus Helicopters

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the order for custom maintenance stands for the Airbus Helicopters Maintenance Training center in Texas.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of the aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including anti-fatigue mat and tool trays to increase comfort and… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 11-Dec-20

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MDHI Participates in Son Tay Raid 50th Anniversary Celebration

MDHI Participates in Son Tay Raid 50th Anniversary Celebration

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly participated in a special Son Tay Raid reenactment on the 50th anniversary of the fateful raid to free POWs in Vietnam that would inspire countless future successful operations. In partnership with the Silent Warrior Foundation, MDHI provided two MD 500 helicopters to transport surviving raiders and POWs from Scottsdale, Ariz., to the… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 11-Dec-20

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