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Air Methods to buy out Flight For Life base in McHenry

Air Methods to buy out Flight For Life base in McHenry

Flight For Life is pulling out of Illinois after more than 30 years of providing air medical transport after Air Methods bought their McHenry base at Northwestern Medicine Hospital. See Full Story.  

Source: Lake McHenry County Scanner, 12-Mar-20

Schiebel enhances capabilities with new metal 3D printer

Schiebel enhances capabilities with new metal 3D printer

Schiebel further enhances its production capabilities by investing in a state-of-the-art EOS M 400-4 metal 3D printer for additive manufacturing. Schiebel continuously develops its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) by integrating the latest technologies and further improving its production capabilities. Schiebel’s new 3D printer is being utilised to produce complex titanium components of the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 12-Mar-20

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COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has suspended helicopter flights to several offshore installations due to suspected coronavirus case, but the test results are still not in. See Full Story.

Source: Offshore Energy Today, 12-Mar-20

European Helicopter Association adds two new members

European Helicopter Association adds two new members

We are happy to announce that Robinson Helicopter Company and Escrow Custodian Services have joined our Association recently. Here are their quotes: “Robinson sees membership in EHA as an opportunity to be more engaged in the European helicopter industry. California is a long way from Europe and our primary connection to the continent has been… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Association, 12-Mar-20

Hydro-Québec signs MoU to develop drone powerline patrol solution

Hydro-Québec signs MoU to develop drone powerline patrol solution

DRONE VOLT, an embedded artificial intelligence expert and manufacturer of professional civil drones, and Hydro-Québec, Canada’s largest electricity producer and one of the world’s leading hydropower producers, have signed a memorandum of understanding to reach an agreement on the exclusive industrial development and marketing of a drone designed to inspect high-voltage power transmission lines. The… Read more »

Source: DRONE VOLT, 12-Mar-20

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters receives two FAA Diamond Awards

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters receives two FAA Diamond Awards

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, the world’s largest and longest-running helicopter tour company, is the recipient of two Diamond Awards from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for excellence in maintenance and compliance. Founded in 1991, the FAA Diamond Awards are considered the highest industry honors within the William O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards program. (Click… Read more »

Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, 12-Mar-20

CareFlight welcomes all-female doctor team

CareFlight welcomes all-female doctor team

CareFlight employs new registrars twice a year on a six-month rotation as part of its registrar training program with the Top End Medical Retrieval Service. This year, CareFlight is proud to welcome an all-female team that have travelled from all over the world to take part in the program. “In recent years, female doctors in… Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 12-Mar-20

Meggitt win $73M contgract for V-22 ice protection

Meggitt win $73M contgract for V-22 ice protection

Meggitt PLC, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, has signed a contract with Bell Textron Inc for an estimated value of $73 million to supply composite de-icing propeller rotor blankets, heated spinners, fairings and pendulums to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey. The… Read more »

Source: Meggitt, 12-Mar-20

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HAL planning to set up bases in four countries to push exports

HAL planning to set up bases in four countries to push exports

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is looking at setting up logistics bases in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as part of initiatives to woo the countries to buy India’s light combat aircraft Tejas and military helicopters. See Full Story.  

Source: The Economic Times, 11-Mar-20

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Garmin G5000H install in KAI Surion wins award

Garmin G5000H install in KAI Surion wins award

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced that it was awarded the Elite Supplier Award from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), LTD. for its support and development of the G5000H™ integrated flight deck on the KUH-1 Surion helicopter. The Elite Supplier Award was presented to Garmin by KAI at its semi-annual Supplier… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Mar-20

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Safran to study biofuels production in southwest France

Safran to study biofuels production in southwest France

  Safran Helicopter Engines is joining Euralis, Teréga, ACD (Aquitaine Chimie Durable), Chemparc, Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, Xylofutur, CCI Pau Béarn, Pau and Pays de l’Adour University and the Aerospace Valley consortium to study the feasibility of producing aviation biofuels in southwest France. A Letter Of Intent (LOI) has been signed in the presence of… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 11-Mar-20

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Schweizer appoints sales and service centre for UK and Ireland

Schweizer appoints sales and service centre for UK and Ireland

Under new owners since 2018, Schweizer is making a steady and planned approach to their re-entry to the helicopter market. Having spent time investing in the spares and support side of the business back, the company is now working on the order for 25 model CBi helicopters, and is also starting to build the sales… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-20

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CGAS Cape Cod to celebrate more than 100 years of aviation

CGAS Cape Cod to celebrate more than 100 years of aviation

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Joint Base Cape Cod and over a 100 years of Coast Guard aviation in Massachusetts on Sept. 19, 2020. Air Station Cape Cod plans to hold a free, public open house with tours of the unit, food, entertainment, and static displays of historic… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard District 1, 10-Mar-20

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WAI 2020 Conference Hosts Record Number of Attendees & Exhibitors

WAI 2020 Conference Hosts Record Number of Attendees & Exhibitors

Women in Aviation International held another successful annual gathering during the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 5-7, 2020. With its unique blend of top-notch speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and more than 100 scholarship awards, the WAI 2020… Read more »

Source: WAI, 10-Mar-20

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UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

UAE launches first Arab World app for SAR

The National Search and Rescue Centre, NSRC, launched a smartphone application at the Search and Rescue conference in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, as part of the UAE efforts to provide speedier emergency responses. Through the app, the first of its kind in the Arab World, people can request help to anywhere in the country. The… Read more »

Source: Emirates News Agency, 10-Mar-20

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Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Leonardo provides update on UK research, design and innovation facility

Somerset’s commitment to the vital aerospace industry is set in steel after a milestone was reached in construction of the cutting-edge aerospace innovation centre in Yeovil. Partners in the iAero Centre initiative visited the construction site and signed a steel column at a special ceremony on Thursday (5 March) as work on the construction of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 10-Mar-20

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Pegaso receives H145 in Mexico

Pegaso receives H145 in Mexico

[ELECTRONIC TRANSLATION] Pegaso Air Transportation (Pegaso) has become the first H145 operator in Mexico. This aircraft is the first of four that will be delivered to Pegaso to provide air transport services to the energy industry, focusing more specifically on oil and gas exploration activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Pegaso currently uses a fleet… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-20

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Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech)

Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech)

Reed Exhibitions have disposed of Vertical Flight Expo – previously called (and better know as) Helitech International. The purchasers are Prysm Group, who have been organising B2B trade exhibitions for over twenty years, and are responsible for a portfolio of over 50 shows across the world.  In 2019 alone the company opened new offices in the USA,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-20

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Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

Babcock wins major new North Sea helicopter contract from Bristow

Babcock MCS Offshore have won a significant new five-year shared contract with three oil and gas operators for helicopter transport in the northern North Sea. The contract will initially see Babcock operate over 100 helicopter flights each month from Sumburgh in Shetland, on behalf of CNR International, EnQuest and TAQA under a collaborative agreement. Flights… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-20

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Wingcopter secures further investment

Wingcopter secures further investment

Only three months after its initial funding, Corecam Capital Partners has increased its investment in Wingcopter in a second closing. In December, the multi-family office from Singapore participated in a seed round with several million euros in the German start-up, which develops and sells transport drones for humanitarian and civil applications. The reason for the… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 06-Mar-20

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Summit Aviation Hires New Director of Manufacturing

Summit Aviation Hires New Director of Manufacturing

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has hired Josh Allen as its new Director of Manufacturing for the company’s Somerset, Kentucky, location. A Navy veteran, Mr. Allen most recently served as the PTC Project Director for Keolis Commuter Services in Boston where he was responsible for the positive train control (PTC) system across… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 06-Mar-20

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Airbus leads commercial market again in 2019

Airbus leads commercial market again in 2019

Airbus Helicopters North America maintained its position as the leading provider of helicopters in the region in 2019, completing 61 deliveries to its growing customer base for a market share of 64%. The company also took in 66 gross orders in the U.S. and Canada. Key deliveries include the first U.S. produced EC145e to Metro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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EC135 Reduced mandatory maintenance and flight checks

EC135 Reduced mandatory maintenance and flight checks

In the frame of its maintenance improvement programme for the light twin engine helicopters, Airbus Helicopters has developed a solution to reduce inspection times and provide more flexibility to carry out checks on the H135 (EC135 P2/P2+ and T2/T2+), while reducing maintenance costs and aircraft ground time. Through the rework of the “Ground Check Run”… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

Sikorsky gets order for 12 more HH-60Ws

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), will build 12 additional HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters (CRH) following a second Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract award by the U.S. Air Force, known as Lot 2, and valued at over $500 million. The award follows a string of significant program milestones in 2019, including first flight,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-20

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H135 Improved sealing of the engine fire detectors

H135 Improved sealing of the engine fire detectors

In the frame of product improvement programme for its light twin helicopters, Airbus Helicopters is proposing a new solution which is preventing false fire detection and inadvertent activation of the fire extinguishing bottles, while improving reliability and reducing the maintenance costs. This solution, available for H135/EC135 versions/types equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, consists in the installation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Debuts Composite Main Rotor Blades

Erickson Incorporated, the leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, today announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64 rotorcraft by designing, certifying, and building composite main rotor blades that will bring many dramatic benefits. Erickson… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 04-Mar-20

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Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

Bristow marks 1000th SAR mission from Sumburgh base

THE SUMBURGH based Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters have just completed their 1,000th mission since Bristow Helicopters took over the coastguard search and rescue contract from Canadian firm CHC in June 2013. See Full Story.

Source: Shetland News, 04-Mar-20

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Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

Caverton signs for AW139 simulator from Thales

Helicopter services company, Caverton and Thales of France, has signed the Factory Acceptance of the AW139 Reality HFull-Flight Simulator, the first helicopter full flight simulator Level ‘D’ tobe installed in Africa. See Full Story.

Source: Daily Trust, 04-Mar-20

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Rotorcorp stops support for Skurka Aerospace and Aviall RR300 Starter Generators for R66 

Rotorcorp stops support for Skurka Aerospace and Aviall RR300 Starter Generators for R66 

Rotorcorp LLC, the world’s largest seller of parts and components for Robinson R22, R44 and R66 Helicopters announced today that the company is immediately withdrawing its support of direct-overhaul and overhaul-exchange RR30000412 starter generators available through Skurka Aerospace, Inc. and Boeing Distribution Services, Inc. (formerly Aviall).  This model starter generator assembly is featured on the… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 03-Mar-20

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Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Long-established business aviation operator Gama Aviation is making its first move into the UK helicopter market with the launch of a fleet of three Airbus H145s.  Two of the three aircraft are being permanently fitted out for EMS work, and will be put to work on the Scottish Ambulance Service contract from 1st June 2020 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-20

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Rostec ready to supply Ansat to China

Rostec ready to supply Ansat to China

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) completed validation of the type certificate for Ansat light multipurpose helicopter in the People’s Republic of China. The validation of the type certificate by Chinese aviation authorities allows the company to commence the supplies of Ansat helicopters to China under a previously concluded contract. Rostec ready… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Mar-20

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Rostec ready to deliver Ansat with luxury Aurus interior

Rostec ready to deliver Ansat with luxury Aurus interior

Russian Helicopters Holding of Rostec State Corporation received the approval of the Federal Air Transport Agency for the production of Ansat helicopters with a superior cabin in the style of the Aurus brand . This allows you to start mass production and supply of the helicopter in this modification. Rostec is ready to begin deliveries… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Mar-20

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Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Southern Utah University Adds Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement with Southern Utah University (SUU) for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to add to its existing fleet of helicopters for student training. Southern Utah University offers training in Rotor Wing Pilot or Fixed Wing Pilot components. These tracks share a common… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Mar-20

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Mi-171A2 set a speed record

Mi-171A2 set a speed record

The Mi-171A2 helicopter of the Russian Helicopters holding of the Rostec State Corporation set the Russian record “The maximum speed reached by the helicopter at a limited distance of 1.6 km.” As part of the Baikal Mile Festival of Speed, a civilian helicopter under the control of the crew of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ)… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Mar-20

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Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 completes sniffer capability tests

Schiebel Camcopter® S-100 completes sniffer capability tests

Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned, successfully completed a two-day test of its sniffer capability on board the CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS in the shipping lane outside Gniben, Denmark. Ships operating in Europe’s busiest sea routes are permitted to emit exhaust fumes with a sulphur oxide content limited to no more than 0.1 percent. Amongst other… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Mar-20

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Rostec delivers the first serial produced Mi-38

Rostec delivers the first serial produced Mi-38

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) delivered the first serial produced Mi-38 helicopter with a highly comfortable cabin to its client, Gazprombank Leasing company. The helicopter, built by Kazan Helicopters, will be operated by Russian Helicopter Systems (RHS). The delivery ceremony for the first serial Mi-38 was held at the Kazan Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Mar-20

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Ansat simulator installed at Kazan Helicopter Plant

Ansat simulator installed at Kazan Helicopter Plant

At the Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters Holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation), the installation of the Ansat integrated helicopter simulator (KTV) was completed. After completion of commissioning, the simulator will pass a qualification assessment for certification according to international standards. An integrated flight simulator for the Ansat helicopter was installed at… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Mar-20

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Kazan Helicopter Plant completes Ansat Aurus certification tests

Kazan Helicopter Plant completes Ansat Aurus certification tests

At the Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Holding Russian Helicopters (part of the Rostec State Corporation), certification tests of the Ansat helicopter with a superior cabin, made in the style of the Aurus brand, have been completed . For the first time, the car was presented in the framework of the international aerospace show MAKS-2019…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 02-Mar-20

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Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer, Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator, Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider, Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 02-Mar-20

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IBC Airways selects Becker ADS-B transponder

IBC Airways selects Becker ADS-B transponder

IBC Airways has selected Becker Avionics’ BXT6500 series ADS-B transponder for retrofit of their SAAB340 fleet of airplanes. IBC Airways is an FAA FAR Part 135 certificated air carrier based at Miami International Airport focusing on reliable, cost-effective air transportation service to and from the Caribbean, Latin America and the US. Director of Maintenance, Paul… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 02-Mar-20

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YES Communications Announces Formation of YES Rentals

YES Communications Announces Formation of YES Rentals

North Texas-based YES Communications owners Kelley Parlier and Jim Kettles have announced the formation of a new company to provide trade show exhibit rental equipment for their growing client base. The new company, YES Rentals, will offer flooring, tables, chairs, counters, banner stands, and other specialized equipment up to and including complete exhibits for trade… Read more »

Source: YES Communications, 02-Mar-20

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Leonardo partners with Codemar in Brazil

Leonardo partners with Codemar in Brazil

Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered aerospace and security multinational, through its subsidiary Leonardo International, which was set up to support the Company’s operations around the world, and Codemar, Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Maricá, have announced the creation of a joint venture named Leonardo&Codemar S.A., with 49% share of Codemar and 51% of Leonardo, established under Brazilian law…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 02-Mar-20

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Price comparison website takes aim at UK helicopter charter market

Price comparison website takes aim at UK helicopter charter market

Cardiff based hire & rental industry giants Anything for Hire have added another string to their bow with the acquisition of the sought-after helicopterhire.com domain name – and look set to take yet another market by storm. Since their launch in 2018, the team at Anything for Hire has been going from strength to strength,… Read more »

Source: Anything for Hire, 02-Mar-20

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Edge launches first UAE-built drone at UMEX 2020

Edge launches first UAE-built drone at UMEX 2020

ADASI, the regional leader in autonomous systems and services, today officially launched the first UAE-made high-performance ‘Garmousha’ vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone in a deal with the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces. His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs unveiled the new… Read more »

Source: Edge Group, 02-Mar-20

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SAFE develops Pitch Adjustment Tool for Robinson R22, R44 and R66

SAFE develops Pitch Adjustment Tool for Robinson R22, R44 and R66

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs develops innovative tools and support equipment in response to the needs of the customer. In cooperation with Southern Utah University (SUU), S.A.F.E. is providing a unique Pitch Adjustment Tool that ensures accurate adjustment and replacement of pitch change links for the R22, R44 and R66 helicopter. This tool inspired by SUU maintenance… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 02-Mar-20

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Era Group announces Q4 and FY2019 Earnings call

Era Group announces Q4 and FY2019 Earnings call

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, announced it will release financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 after the market closes on Thursday, March 5, 2020. In connection with the release, Era has scheduled a conference call for Friday, March 6, 2020, to begin… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 02-Mar-20

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Pulselite installed across Bell Training Academy fleet

Pulselite installed across Bell Training Academy fleet

Precise Flight, Inc. has announced the Bell Training Academy is conducting a fleetwide installation of Precise Flight’s Pulselite® System. The Pulselite® System is an FAA certified lightweight electrical system controller that alternately pulses the landing and auxiliary lights of a helicopter, thereby increasing visibility and reflecting the speed and directional movement of the aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 28-Feb-20

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JetNet for Salesforce to be demonstrated at NBAA conference

JetNet for Salesforce to be demonstrated at NBAA conference

JETNET LLC, a leading provider of aviation market information, will be demonstrating its recently announced JETNET for Salesforce® on Salesforce AppExchange at this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference at Booth #339 from March 10-13 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. JETNET is empowering customers of JETNET and Salesforce services to access… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 28-Feb-20

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Spidertracks announce Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as official launch customer of Spider X

Spidertracks announce Blue Hawaiian Helicopters as official launch customer of Spider X

Spidertracks, a leading provider of satellite-based real-time flight tracking, fleet management, and aviation communication solutions, is pleased to partner with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (BHH), as the official launch customer for their Spider X. Spidertracks announced the release of their most recent hardware – Spider X at Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim, California this past January, promising… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 28-Feb-20

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Blade makes Nino Negri Wine an Official 2020 Partner

Blade makes Nino Negri Wine an Official 2020 Partner

Nino Negri Winery, known for raising the little known region of Valtellina to the world’s stage by securing a 94 point Wine Spectator rating for its 5 Stelle Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG, today announced it will partner with BLADE, the largest urban air mobility brand in the United States offering app-based booking of seats or… Read more »

Source: Blade, 28-Feb-20

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Nova Systems wins Norwegian NH90 contract

Nova Systems wins Norwegian NH90 contract

Nova Systems Norway, a subsidiary of Nova Systems UK has been awarded a 2-year framework contract worth €15m by the Norwegian Armed Forces to support the NH90 maritime helicopter programme. This contract award has seen a massive expansion for Nova Norway – ‘doubling the size of its Norwegian operation overnight’. The NH90 is a medium-sized,… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 28-Feb-20

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Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

Under the mutual cooperation with the government of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted a trial transporting freight for approximately 46km within the local islands in Nagasaki with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) helicopter. On February 19, in conjunction with JAL Cargo`s transport service, fresh fish from the city of Shinkamigoto in Nagasaki was successfully transported on… Read more »

Source: Japan Airlines, 28-Feb-20

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Can aviation ever be truly green?

Can aviation ever be truly green?

There’s no denying that air travel has changed the way the world works, but our ability to fly pretty much wherever and whenever we like comes at an environmental cost, with aviation accounting for around 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions today. The sector is taking action though; in the UK, for example, the aviation… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 27-Feb-20

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HAI Sadly Announces the Passing of Matthew Zuccaro

HAI Sadly Announces the Passing of Matthew Zuccaro

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Matthew S. Zuccaro, the immediate past president and CEO of the association. Plans for services are still being determined and will be shared as soon as they are available. “Matt was one of a kind in our industry,” says current HAI President and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 27-Feb-20

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Executive Vice-President Finance appointed at Airbus Helicopters

Executive Vice-President Finance appointed at Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has appointed Thomas Hundt Executive Vice-President Finance and Member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 March 2020. Previously, he served as Senior Vice-President of Performance Management and Costing for Airbus Helicopters and Managing Director for Airbus Helicopters Germany. He succeeds Linda Honold, who wiII retire after more than three decades… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-20

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Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

Bristow to trial Unmanned systems to help with SAR

At the Helicopter Investor conference in London yesterday, Russ Torbet – the Director of UK SAR at Bristow Helicopters – gave an interesting presentation on how their long-term UK SAR contract was working in practice, and provided an insight of what lies ahead. The contract was launched in a ceremony on 26th February 2015, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-20

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NAVSUP WSS signs $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk PBL Renewal Contract

NAVSUP WSS signs $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk PBL Renewal Contract

Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) renewed a $2.3 billion H-60 Seahawk Performance Based Logistics (PBL) contract with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission System (LMRMS) located in Owego, N.Y., Feb. 1. The H-60 Seahawk PBL renewal is NAVSUP WSS’ fourth PBL contract with LMRMS since 2004, and runs from Feb. 2020 to… Read more »

Source: NAVSUP WSS, 25-Feb-20

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Safran opens new CAP 2020 industrial campus in Tarnos

Safran opens new CAP 2020 industrial campus in Tarnos

Safran Helicopter Engines has celebrated the opening of CAP 2020, its new industrial campus in Tarnos, southwest France. Present were Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Armed Forces, Ross McInnes, Safran Chairman, Philippe Petitcolin, Safran CEO and Franck Saudo, President of Safran Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 25-Feb-20

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New Leonardo facility in São Paulo

New Leonardo facility in São Paulo

Leonardo announced that its regional helicopter customer service capabilities in Brazil are being expanded with the building of a new facility in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo. The groundbreaking centre was celebrated officially in presence of local and Italian authorities and industrial representatives. Construction of the new facility, run by Leonardo do Brasil over… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Feb-20

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Airbus maintains global market leader position in 2019

Airbus maintains global market leader position in 2019

Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 369 helicopters in 2019 (310 net orders), combined with its support and services revenue, worth more than € 7 billion. The company delivered 332 rotorcraft, including the landmark 1000th Super Puma, thus maintaining its lead in the civil & parapublic market with a 54% market share in terms of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-20

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Introducing Leonardo&Codemar S.A., a new joint venture

Introducing Leonardo&Codemar S.A., a new joint venture

Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered aerospace and security multinational, through its subsidiary Leonardo International, which was set up to support the Company’s operations around the world, and Codemar, Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Maricá, have announced the creation of a joint venture named Leonardo&Codemar S.A., with 49% share of Codemar and 51% of Leonardo, established under Brazilian law…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Feb-20

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WAI Board Aappoints new CEO

WAI Board Aappoints new CEO

The WAI Board of Directors is pleased to announce Allison McKay will join Women in Aviation International as CEO on February 18, 2020, and is responsible for the future strategic vision of the 14,500-member strong organization while overseeing the board of directors, professional staff, and daily operations. She previously served as vice president of the… Read more »

Source: WAI, 25-Feb-20

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Kopter receives Production Organization Approval from FOCA

Kopter receives Production Organization Approval from FOCA

Kopter Group received today from FOCA the certificate granting the Production Organization Approval (POA). This certificate confirms Kopter as a duly recognized Production Organization. It is attesting that Kopter has in place qualified personnel, the necessary methods, processes and procedures, as well as a reliable quality system. It is a major milestone for Kopter making… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 24-Feb-20

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Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

The new Penzance Helicopters service to the Isles of Scilly, is set to launch on schedule from March 17th 2020. This is despite a delay to the arrival of the new AW139 helicopter, caused by current Chinese export restrictions linked to Coronavirus control measures. Following manufacture in Italy, the aircraft had been on a short… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 24-Feb-20

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Airbus improves H175 damper & pitch rod maintenance

Airbus improves H175 damper & pitch rod maintenance

In the frame of its maintenance improvement programme for the H175 super medium helicopters, Airbus Helicopters proposes a new solution for measuring the “rod end play” on aircraft with removal of the dampers and pitch rods, which significantly reduces the maintenance workload. The solution consists of two new Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for the “rod… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Feb-20

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Robinson production falls off a cliff in 2019

Robinson production falls off a cliff in 2019

Figures released by GAMA this week paint a very poor picture for Robinson Helicopter Co, with unit production down 38% in 2019 compared to the previous year. Turnover fell from $167.3M to $110.1M, a drop of 34%. Production of the R22, R44 and R66 counted 19, 123 and 54 units respectively in 2019, each figure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-20

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Volocopter and Grab conduct air-taxi feasibility study in Southeast Asia

Volocopter and Grab conduct air-taxi feasibility study in Southeast Asia

German Urban Air Mobility pioneer Volocopter and Southeast Asia’s largest everyday super app Grab announced that they will conduct a joint feasibility study on urban air mobility as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the prospect of urban air mobility solutions in the region’s megacities. The feasibility study will look into the… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 20-Feb-20

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CareFlight adds fourth operational base in Darke County

CareFlight adds fourth operational base in Darke County

The CareFlight Air & Mobile program is expanding to include a fourth base of operations in Versailles, in northeast Darke County. The helicopter, to be housed at the Darke County Airport, will serve as CareFlight’s northwest base in the region and will begin responding to emergency calls from that site as early as late February…. Read more »

Source: CareFlight, 20-Feb-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Correction – Record only – Guimbal Cabri G2 (G-CHWJ), Cotswold Airport, 7 May 2019

Source: AAIB, 19-Feb-20

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Air Methods contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Air Methods contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, today announced that it has agreed to an in-network contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) to provide its members with Air Methods’ critical care in the air services at in-network rates. Air Methods will be in-network for the following BCBSTX plans: Blue Essentials… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 19-Feb-20

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Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

From 2 March, when poor weather or maintenance prevents Devon’s emergency aircraft from flying, two new Critical Care Cars mean our critical care teams can still provide specialist life-saving care by road. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10 million in capital funding for air ambulance services.  Devon Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-20

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Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

Genesys Aerosystems announced today that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505. The VFR HeliSAS for the Bell 505 is an extremely lightweight and affordable stability augmentation and autopilot, and the only solution currently certified in light to medium helicopters.  Features include… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 19-Feb-20

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Gama Aviation releases Flight Data Monitoring mod for Airbus H135 and H145

Gama Aviation releases Flight Data Monitoring mod for Airbus H135 and H145

Gama Aviation Plc, the global business aviation services company, is pleased to announce an augmented Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) modification available through its global design team for the Airbus H135 / 145 and additional EASA CS-27 / 29 rotorcraft (subject to survey and contract) The solution provides a ED-155 or ED-112A (H145) compliant Cockpit Audio… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 19-Feb-20

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Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

On February 1, 2020, the fourth helicopter used in the helicopter rescue in South Tyrol entered service. In addition to Pelikan 1, Pelikan 2 and Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the additional aircraft with callsign “Pelikan 3” will be based in Lasa in Val Venosta to strengthen the EMS coverin the western part of the South Tyrol… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Feb-20

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