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Rheinmetall win German CH-53 maintenance contract

Rheinmetall win German CH-53 maintenance contract

Rheinmetall has won an order from the German Bundeswehr to inspect, maintain and repair Sikorsky CH-53G transport helicopters. Starting in March 2021, the Düsseldorf-based Group will be operating two maintenance and repair bays belonging to the German Air Force’s 64th Helicopter Squadron at Diepholz in Lower Saxony. Worth a figure in the lower two-digit million-euro… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 11-Dec-20

DRF Luftrettung goes for AMOS

DRF Luftrettung goes for AMOS

Swiss-AS is pleased to announce the recent contract signature with DRF Luftrettung, one of Europe’s major air rescue companies based in Germany, regarding the license and implementation of AMOS. Over the last decades, DRF’s Part 145 scope of work, number of staff and facilities have constantly expanded. The company growth brought many challenges with it…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 11-Dec-20

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SEA contracted by Leonardo for ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts

SEA contracted by Leonardo for ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts

SEA is pleased to announce that we have been contracted to provide ALE-47 CMDS dispenser mounts to Leonardo for their new MH-139 helicopter project. The MH-139 is a new helicopter that is being used to replace the aging UH-1N helicopter for the United States Air Force. These parts are the primary mounting structure for the… Read more »

Source: SEA, 11-Dec-20

11-Dec-20 PP-MSA Bell 206B Angra dos Reis, Brazil (1F)

Helicopter crashed after striking a wire.  Pilot died in the accident – and was named here as Eurico Azevedo

11-Dec-20

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2020

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

Source: AAIB, 10-Dec-20

Much more attractive terms as Pawan Hans for sale for 4th time

Much more attractive terms as Pawan Hans for sale for 4th time

Pawan Hans’s total equity and liabilities, including debt, are worth Rs 1,303 crore as on March 31, 2020, almost matched by assets. See Full Story. 

Source: Financial Express, 10-Dec-20

UPMC Names New President of CEM and STAT MedEvac

UPMC Names New President of CEM and STAT MedEvac

MedEvac critical care air ambulance service. Houser succeeds Doug Garretson, who retired in October. Houser joined CEM in 2016 and served most recently as senior director, Medical Operations and chief clinical officer. Prior to joining UPMC, he served as vice president at MedFlight in Columbus, Ohio. “Jim brings over 20 years of industry experience and… Read more »

Source: UPMC, 10-Dec-20

Airbus opens up on details of H160 simulator

Airbus opens up on details of H160 simulator

When H160 test pilot Olivier Gensse stepped out of the full flight simulator (FFS) after the final practice run and said: “That felt just like the H160,” it was music to the ears of the simulator project team. of hard work had paid off, paving the way for the simulator’s qualification by the European EASA airworthiness authority in August… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Dec-20

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Cooper Air Medical Services Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Cooper Air Medical Services Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Cooper University Health Care’s Air Medical Services is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of service in South Jersey this month. Cooper Air Medical Services launched on December 4, 2010. Since launching, Cooper Air Medical Services have provided lifesaving care to the community, transporting nearly 4,000 patients – 2,400 inter-facility transports, and more than 1,500 transports directly… Read more »

Source: Cooper Air Medical Services, 10-Dec-20

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Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant Manufactures First Two Ka-226T

Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant Manufactures First Two Ka-226T

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the “Russian Helicopters” holding has finalized the assembly line for the fuselage of the light Ka-226T helicopter. The fuselage is produced in two lines and will be transferred by the end of November to “Technodinamika” for testing of the accident-resistant fuel system. During the visit to Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant assembly line… Read more »

Source: Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, 10-Dec-20

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New operational head at Swiss Helicopter

New operational head at Swiss Helicopter

After more than twenty years at the helm of our company, Willi Gredig is stepping down as operational boss. At the end of the year, he will hand over the cockpit to his successor Ralf Walser and retire to the strategic level as Chairman of the Board of Directors. A good time to look back… Read more »

Source: Swiss Helicopter AG, 10-Dec-20

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10-Dec-20 N7085Z Robinson R44 Colorado City, US-Texas (2F)

Sketchy details but both occupants received fatal injuries, named here as pilot Zane Whitesides, 31, and passenger Zack Pfeuffer, 32

10-Dec-20

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Hill Helicopters targets R44 market with turbine HX50 price

Hill Helicopters targets R44 market with turbine HX50 price

Hill Helicopters today announced its luxury, private Hill HX50 helicopter will receive an initial EASA CS-27 type approval from the UK CAA to be operated under amateur-built/experimental category regulations, making it the most modern, affordable private turbine light helicopter in the world. HX50 fully meets EASA CS-27 and FAR Part 27 certification requirements. This elegant, cutting-edge… Read more »

Source: Hill Helicopters, 09-Dec-20

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Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

Australia – Powercor starts patrol flights with new Bell 505s

Two new helicopters conducting vegetation and powerline inspections for electricity distributor Powercor will be seen flying above Warrnambool this week as part of their first official flight. The helicopters, combined with industry-leading technology, establish a unique aerial services capability to support Powercor’s annual vegetation management program. From Tuesday, 8 December until Monday, 21 December, the… Read more »

Source: Powercor, 09-Dec-20

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight® launches first canine air ambulance service

Memorial Hermann Life Flight® launches first canine air ambulance service

Memorial Hermann Life Flight® is proud to launch its K9-Casualty Care Course and Transportation Service, making Life Flight the first air ambulance service in the nation to provide training, treatment and transportation for injured K9 officers. The K9-CCC program provides K9 handlers with emergency care training for their K9s including wound packing, poison control, CPR… Read more »

Source: Memorial Hermann Life Flight, 09-Dec-20

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Vertical Flight Society Announces Winner of 2020 Alfred Gesow Best Paper Award

Vertical Flight Society Announces  Winner of  2020 Alfred Gesow Best Paper Award

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 76th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is from the Acoustics sessions: entitled, Development and Validation of Generic Maneuvering Flight Noise Abatement Guidance for Helicopters by James H. Stephenson,… Read more »

Source: VFS, 09-Dec-20

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Life Flight Network gets 70ft bifold door for new hangar

Life Flight Network gets 70ft bifold door for new hangar

Using state of the art aircraft and highly skilled medical and aviation professionals, Life Flight Network (LFN) provides life saving transport to seriously ill or injured patients from the scene of an emergency or from one hospital to another. LFN is the nation’s largest not-for-profit air medical service and has provided residents across the Northwest… Read more »

Source: Life Flight Network, 09-Dec-20

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance reaches blood milestone

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance reaches blood milestone

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has now given blood transfusions to more than 100 patients. This incredible milestone was reached recently when a man involved in a road traffic collision was given a pre-hospital transfusion by a clinical team based at the charity’s North Weald airbase, who attended the incident by rapid response vehicle…. Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 09-Dec-20

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Coptersafety appoints Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor

Coptersafety appoints Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor

Coptersafety has today announced the appointment of Matthew Presnal as a new Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor. Matt has moved from his past role as a Regulatory Compliance and Engineering Services Manager and is already focusing on his new tasks. Matthew is a helicopter pilot and flight instructor with over 25 years of global aviation industry experience…. Read more »

Source: AMS Heli Design, 09-Dec-20

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Ornge named in top 100 Toronto employers

Ornge named in top 100 Toronto employers

Ornge was recognized as one of GTAs Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. This marks Ornge’s inaugural inclusion on GTAs the Top 100 list. Canada’s Top 100 Employers program is a national competition that recognizes employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces. To be successful, organizations that apply have to meet or… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Dec-20

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Great Western Air Ambulance provide COVID19 counselling for crews

Great Western Air Ambulance provide COVID19 counselling for crews

In response to the pressures of COVID-19, GWAAC have introduced a new bespoke counselling service for our crew who have been working on the frontline during the pandemic. Our Specialist Paramedics and Critical Care Doctors have continued to remain ready to respond to those in need throughout the pandemic, supporting NHS and frontline colleagues in… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 08-Dec-20

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Summit Helicopters starts British Columbia EMS contract

Summit Helicopters starts British Columbia EMS contract

A new air ambulance helicopter is now stationed at Prince George Airport. The craft quickly proved its worth when, on Sunday and a day before the service’s “official launch,” it was flown to Terrace to pick up a patient. What would have been a 6 1/2-hour trip by ground took a “significantly faster” two hours… Read more »

Source: Summit Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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Barco provides projection system for Tiger Helicopter simulators

Barco provides projection system for Tiger Helicopter simulators

Barco, a global leader in visualization technology, is proud to announce it will provide the projection solution for two Tiger helicopter simulation systems. The end customer commissioned ST Engineering Antycip (formerly Antycip Simulation) for the upgrade, who in their turn selected Barco’s FL40-4K projectors for the job. The two Tiger helicopter simulation systems are located… Read more »

Source: Barco, 08-Dec-20

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Erickson Announces Final FAA Certification of the Composite Main Rotor Blades on the S-64F and CH-54B

Erickson Announces Final FAA Certification of the Composite Main Rotor Blades on the S-64F and CH-54B

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced final FAA certification for the composite main rotor blades on the S-64F and CH-54B. Earlier this year, Erickson announced FAA approval of the S-64E model. This recent announcement finalizes the certification of the S-64F and CH-54B, solidifying FAA certification for the… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Dec-20

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08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and… Read more »

08-Dec-20

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08-Dec-20 G-CLHW Sikorsky S92 Sumburgh, UK

Safe emergency landing after diversion due to unspecified technical issue – instead of returning to Aberdeen.  A one-off flight by sister ship G-IACF was flown Aberdeen to Sumburgh to Aberdeen a few hours later, presumably to bring back the passengers temporarily stranded.

08-Dec-20

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08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

Student solo (aged 63) – at a height of 50-100 meters, there was a loss of engine power. The helicopter touched down hard and rolled onto its side around 15-20m from the runway in the grass.

08-Dec-20

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Date Change – Helitech Expo moves from March to May 2021

Date Change – Helitech Expo moves from March to May 2021

London-based event Helitech Expo has changed its dates from March to 26/27 May 2021, remaining at the ExCeL centre in London. Organisers Prysm Group have advised that the move is “due to ongoing restrictions on large scale business events and changing government guidelines“. However, as industry observers we believe that a further significant reason is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-20

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Denmark sets 2050 as the end of oil production

Denmark sets 2050 as the end of oil production

The Danish parliament made two far-reaching decisions late last week. Firstly, to abandon the planned round of tenders for oil exploration, and secondly to stop all production from the Danish sector of the North Sea by 2050. The announcement included plans for a local initiative to support longer term development and employment in Esbjerg and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-20

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Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

Paris Air Show (21-27 June 2021) CANCELLED

In light of the uncertainty linked to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the Paris Air Show organization has made the decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the show, which was scheduled to take place from 21 to 27 June 2021. Together with the Board of Directors of the GIFAS (French Aerospace Industries Association), the… Read more »

Source: Paris Air Show, 07-Dec-20

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Ransomware hits helicopter maker Kopter

Ransomware hits helicopter maker Kopter

Leonardo-owned Kopter has fallen victim to a ransomware attack after hackers breached its internal network and encrypted the company’s files.  After Kopter refused to engage with the hackers, the ransomware gang has published on Friday some of the company’s files on the internet. Read the full story here

Source: ZDnet, 07-Dec-20

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LA man charged for operating drone that hit LAPD helicopter

LA man charged for operating drone that hit LAPD helicopter

Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested a Hollywood man on a federal charge alleging that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. The drone damaged the LAPD aircraft and the pilot was forced to initiate an emergency landing. The drone also damaged a vehicle when the… Read more »

Source: US Attorneys Office, 07-Dec-20

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TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

TAI marks composite landmarks, including AW139 production

While Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) develops original platforms that will shape the aviation industry of the future, it continues to produce composite components for the most preferred aircraft in the international market as an important company of the world’s aviation ecosystem. TAI has manufactured and delivered metal panel and critical aircraft components of 500 aircraft… Read more »

Source: TAI, 07-Dec-20

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Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

Med-Trans starts new Bell 407 EMS contract in Virginia

Med-Trans Corporation, part of the Global Medical Response family of companies, recently delivered a Bell 407 air ambulance to Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Va. The aircraft will be based at the Level 1 trauma center and launches the HCA Virginia Healthcare Air Ambulance program. Med-Trans will provide the pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, and Chippenham… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 07-Dec-20

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East Anglian Air Ambulance wins Employer of the Year award

East Anglian Air Ambulance wins Employer of the Year award

On 24 November East Anglian Air Ambulance was awarded Employer of the Year in the Norfolk Business Awards. Sarah Atkins, Head of HR, said: “After a truly challenging year for everyone, EAAA was truly delighted to be recognised by this award for the way we reacted to the pandemic and focused on the wellbeing of… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 07-Dec-20

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Air Methods CEO interviewed on the challenges of leadership

Air Methods CEO interviewed on the challenges of leadership

As part of their women leadership series, Authority Magazine recently interviewed our CEO, JaeLynn Williams, about her leadership at one of the country’s largest air medical service providers. JaeLynn spoke with Phil La Duke from Authority Magazine about the unconventional path that led her to where she is today, the excitement and challenges of being… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 07-Dec-20

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ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes… Read more »

Source: ITP Aero, 07-Dec-20

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True Blue Power announce VFS receive TCCA approval

True Blue Power announce VFS receive TCCA approval

True Blue Power announced Vertical Flight Solutions (VFS) by EuroTec has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval for the installation of the ultralightweight True Blue Power TB17 lithium-ion main ship battery on Airbus H125/AS350 Series helicopters. The battery integration requires no structural work and includes an NVIS-compatible cockpit annunciator. Additional approvals, including Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 07-Dec-20

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Korean fire helicopters to transmit Real-time video and voice data

Korean fire helicopters to transmit Real-time video and voice data

The National Fire Agency said Tuesday it will set up an integrated information system that will enable real-time transmission of video and voice data between firefighting helicopters and the situation room at each regional headquarters by February of next year. See Full Story.

Source: The Korea Bizwire, 07-Dec-20

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05-Dec-20 N371MP Robinson R44 II Marietta, US-Texas

Helicopter clipped powerlines during the take-off phase and made a heavy emergency landing on highway 77.  Nearby neighbours moved the helicopter off the road onto the grass verge.  Skids splayed out, but rotor blades seemingly untouched and helicopter remained upright.  3 POB not injured

05-Dec-20

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05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

At approximately 140 KIAS, the right rear passenger door came open. The PIC had also heard and felt a change in the aircraft. PIC immediately slowed down the aircraft and the flight nurse in the back of the aircraft while still seat-belted was able to close the door. Upon safe landing and exiting of the… Read more »

05-Dec-20

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Survitec launches new Emergency Breathing System for helicopter ops

Survitec launches new Emergency Breathing System for helicopter ops

A new compressed air Emergency Breathing System (EBS) for offshore helicopter passengers and crew introduced by Survitec has been designed to offer personnel a greater chance of survival in a water impact scenario. Survitec’s new bespoke Category A EBS has already been integrated into the company’s Halo aviation lifejacket and can be deployed in a… Read more »

Source: Survitec, 04-Dec-20

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Man charged after UK police helicopter struck by laser

Man charged after UK police helicopter struck by laser

A man will appear in court in the new year after being charged in connection with a laser strike on a police helicopter. The National Police Air Service were assisting officers in south Bristol searching for a vulnerable missing man when the incident was reported at about 8.20pm on Wednesday 18 November. The man was… Read more »

Source: ASP, 04-Dec-20

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EASA Rotorcraft Symposium – technical publications now available

EASA Rotorcraft Symposium – technical publications now available

We have just posted ten technical presentations ready for you to look through in advance of the EASA Rotorcraft Symposium next week. This allows you to ask questions on the content ahead of the live session, which will take place on December 9, 2020 from 14:00 CET to 16:00 CET, so we can use the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Dec-20

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Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

Bell Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Popular Sciencerecognized Bell’s Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) innovation as the winner of its “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category for 2020. This marks the third consecutive year Bell has won Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New Award” in the Aerospace category…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Dec-20

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New helipad opens at Groves Memorial Community Hospital

New helipad opens at Groves Memorial Community Hospital

The helipad at the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMCH) here is now open.

Source: Wellington Advertiser, 04-Dec-20

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Melfort hospital helipad complete

Melfort hospital helipad complete

The helipad at the Melfort hospital is done and has been certified by Transport Canada, the City announced on December 1.

Source: Melfort Journal, 04-Dec-20

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04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No… Read more »

04-Dec-20

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Air Methods donates AS350B2 to Mercy Air Africa

Air Methods donates AS350B2 to Mercy Air Africa

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., announced today that it has donated an Airbus AS350B2 helicopter to southern Africa-based humanitarian relief organization, Mercy Air Africa. The nonprofit was founded in 1991 to provide private flight support for nongovernmental organizations serving in the southern region of Africa. Matthias Reuter, Director of Mercy… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Dec-20

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PS Engineering responds to customer requests with latest PAC45J audio controller

PS Engineering responds to customer requests with latest PAC45J audio controller

Since the invention of the first widget, every innovation has been greeted with two statements, “That’s wonderful,’ followed by “Can you make it bigger, faster, do this or that?”. The same is true of PS Engineering’s innovative and successful PAC45-series. The PAC45 in 2017, but more control heads and inputs were wanted, so the PAC45… Read more »

Source: PS Engineering, 03-Dec-20

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Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the opening of the Bell Commercial Business Center (CBC). The new facility will be located at 4151 Amon Carter Boulevard, a former American Airlines building approximately seven miles away from both Bell’s Headquarters and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Beginning in November 2020, Bell’s CBC will… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Dec-20

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NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

NZ helicopter operator charged over volcano tourist health and safety

New Zealand helicopter operator Volcanic Air has confirmed that they are one of the 13 parties that has been charged by WorkSafe – the country’s Health & Safety watchdog – but at the stage that article was written, they had not been advised of the details.  [Ed] Worksafe’s press release:- WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges… Read more »

Source: WorkSafe, 02-Dec-20

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Aviation Data Solutions launches unique software solutions for operators and handling agents

Aviation Data Solutions launches unique software solutions for operators and handling agents

Aviation Data Solutions (ADS) led by founder and Managing Director Adrian Parsons, is launching its unique Airport Pricing Calculator (APC) and Handling Pricing Manager (HPM) platforms on 14 December. Following nearly three years of development, both platforms are currently undergoing beta testing with a select group of bizav operators and handling agents in the UK… Read more »

Source: Aviation Data Solutions, 02-Dec-20

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ConnectSkies agency champions ‘green’ helicopters

ConnectSkies agency champions ‘green’ helicopters

ConnectSkies, a new sustainable sales agency formed to help future aircraft owners, corporations, governments and investors make informed decisions on aircraft acquisitions – rating them on their green credentials, launches today.   www.ConnectSkies.com .  It is the creation of Gabriella Somerville, founder and former CEO of private aircraft charter and aircraft sales specialist, ConnectJets . ConnectSkies will also work with… Read more »

Source: ConnectSkies, 02-Dec-20

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Transport Canada strengthens ELT requirements

Transport Canada strengthens ELT requirements

The Government of Canada has reached another milestone in its commitment to improving the safety of Canada’s air transportation sector by modernizing and strengthening regulations. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to mandate the use of digital emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) onboard aircraft flying in Canada. The… Read more »

Source: Transport Canada, 02-Dec-20

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Edmonton Police take delivery of new Airbus H125

Edmonton Police take delivery of new Airbus H125

The new Airbus H125 helicopter is the same make and model as AIR-1, the EPS’s other helicopter, and will replace an EC120 model that is no longer being manufactured. A fleet consisting of the same aircraft type allows for efficiencies in training and maintenance, as the aircrew do not need to be trained on two… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 02-Dec-20

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South Korea certifies the VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2

South Korea certifies the VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2

The United Engine Corporation VK-2500PS-03 engine for the Mi-171A2 civilian helicopter has been certified in South Korea. Validation of the type certificate will allow to start deliveries of units manufactured by UEC Klimov to this country. The obtained permit means that the engine fully complies with the requirements of the state aviation regulations of the… Read more »

Source: UEC Klimov, 02-Dec-20

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Wales Air Ambulance starts 24×7 ops

Wales Air Ambulance starts 24×7 ops

The Wales Air Ambulance has achieved its ambition to become a 24/7 service thanks to the donations from the people of Wales. The Charity, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, will start operating an overnight helicopter from Tuesday, 1 December. The cost of running the helicopters during the day currently stands at £6.5… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 02-Dec-20

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DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded a new contract to continue supporting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) aviation program. The program works as an invaluable teammate to suppress and control wildfires. Work will be performed at McClellan Park in Sacramento, California and aircraft are deployed across 13 air tactical and… Read more »

Source: DynCorp International, 02-Dec-20

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NASA Begins Flight Testing Campaign for Future Airspace Mobility

NASA Begins Flight Testing Campaign for Future Airspace Mobility

Imagine air taxis, drones, cargo transports and package delivery services working in harmony in the National Airspace System with piloted aircraft. That’s a vision NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working to achieve. Over the next decade, the National Campaign will be researching, executing flight demonstrations, and… Read more »

Source: NASA, 02-Dec-20

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EASA Approves HTC Blades for Bell Huey

EASA Approves HTC Blades for Bell Huey

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to announce approval of supplemental type certificate 10073531 for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This certificate/approval is issued by EASA, acting in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 on behalf of the European Union, its member states and of the European third countries that participate in the activities… Read more »

Source: HTC, 02-Dec-20

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Milestone delivers first S92 to Caverton Helicopters

Milestone delivers first S92 to Caverton Helicopters

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announces that it has recently delivered a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to Caverton Helicopters Limited (“Caverton”). This marks the first S-92 to be operated by Caverton and the first to be operated by a wholly locally-owned African company. The deal… Read more »

Source: Milestone, 02-Dec-20

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02-Dec-20 VH-HGU Robinson R44 Marulan South, Australia (2F)

Helicopter collided with terrain during a training flight.  The pilot and instructor on board were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by fire.  The student pilot was named as Andrew Goldman

02-Dec-20

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02-Dec-20 N669SS Leonardo AW119Kx Philadelphia, US-Pennsylvania

Tail strike on landing

02-Dec-20

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FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

The new five-bladed H145 helicopter has received its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability. This newest version of the H145 family received EASA certification this past summer… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Dec-20

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EASA issues 3rd edition of Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

EASA issues 3rd edition of Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

This is the third edition of the Rotorcraft Flight Instructor Guide, now badged as an EASA and Together4Safety document for the first time. The guide was initially developed by the European Helicopter Safety Team (EHEST) based on the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Flight Instructor Manual (Helicopter). CASA has kindly made this manual freely… Read more »

Source: EASA, 01-Dec-20

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HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 is just four months away, and the HAI staff is deep into preparations to ensure attendees and exhibitors have a safe, healthy, and successful show. The world’s largest helicopter-oriented event, HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 will be held March 22–25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The exhibit hall will… Read more »

Source: HAI, 01-Dec-20

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MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has completed a contract to upgrade an MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft as part of MDHI’s long standing E-to-F conversion program. “The E-to-F conversion program follows a strict, FAA-approved process,” says Nick Nenadovic, Vice President of Aftermarket and Customer Support for MD Helicopters, Inc. “Over eight to… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 01-Dec-20

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Thales and StandardAero mark first flight of 4-axis autopilot for Airbus AS350 and H125

Thales and StandardAero mark first flight of 4-axis autopilot for Airbus AS350 and H125

Thales and StandardAero have announced the successful first flight test of a revolutionary compact autopilot system that will bring Airbus AS350 and H125 helicopters into a new era of performance and safety.  The achievement of this key milestone lays the groundwork for this important phase of the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) process and the launch… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 01-Dec-20

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Brazil’s Federal Highway Police orders six AW119s

Brazil’s Federal Highway Police orders six AW119s

Leonardo announced today that the Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF) of Brazil will introduce into service six AW119Kx single engine helicopters. The first aircraft is expected to be introduced in Brazil beginning next year, with the delivery of the remainder helicopters to the operator planned to be completed by mid-2021. The AW119Kxs will be operated by… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 01-Dec-20

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Police Aviation News – December 2020 Edition

The December 2020 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-20

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Leonardo to add extra baggage pod to AW189

Leonardo to add extra baggage pod to AW189

One of the AW189 development aircraft was noted last week with a new feature at the rear of its fuselage.   Leonardo have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they are test flying a “rear pod”, to provide additional storage/baggage capabilities of up to 7-10 bags. The kit is aimed at offshore operators, ) for the AW189 super medium,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-20

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30-Nov-20 PR-HEB Bell 206L4 Porto Jofre, Brazil (1F)

Firefighting operation – single occupant pilot died when helicopter went down in a water course, while taking on water for the firefighting process.  Pilot named in government press release as Mauro Tadeu da Silva Oliveira

30-Nov-20

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29-Nov-20 9N-AJJ Airbus AS350B2 Nuwakot, Nepal

Bird strike took out the port windshield and damaged area between nose and base of windshield.  Safe landing, but some of 6POB were injured

29-Nov-20

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance buy new helmets

Thames Valley Air Ambulance buy new helmets

We are all aware of the fantastic life-saving work carried out by the UK’s Air Ambulances when there’s a life-threatening injury or medical emergency. Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) is no exception, relying on the skill and bravery of its team of doctors and critical care paramedics – some of the most highly skilled pre-hospital… Read more »

Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance, 27-Nov-20

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