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Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

15-Mar-2021Source: Alaska Department of Public Safety

This year the Alaska Department of Public Safety has hired two additional full-time commercial helicopter pilots to bring both the Anchorage and Fairbanks-based advanced search-and-rescue helicopters up to full staffing. These new civilian pilots will allow for seven days a week daylight coverage for both HELO2 in Fairbanks and HELO3 in Anchorage starting this summer.... Read more

Aero Products appointed Bell 505 maintenance facility

Aero Products appointed Bell 505 maintenance facility

15-Mar-2021Source: Aero Products

Much like all of you, Aero Products is looking forward to 2021. Hopefully, the worst of the pandemic is behind us and we can focus on a brighter future. For Aero Products that means expanding their capabilities. Hence, Aero Products is proud to announce they are now a Bell Helicopter 505 maintenance facility. The 505... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts using handheld ultrasound device

East Anglian Air Ambulance starts using handheld ultrasound device

15-Mar-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is now using an innovative handheld ultrasound device, the Butterfly iQTM, on every mission following a successful trial, meaning scans can be done mid-air and information quickly relayed to emergency teams on standby, speeding up treatments. The smartphone-connected, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) device can look deep within internal organs for signs of... Read more

HAI Names Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

HAI Names Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

15-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 pilot LCDR Robert McCabe is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. This award is sponsored... Read more

WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

15-Mar-2021Source: WAI

The 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. during WAI’s first virtual conference on March 11-12, 2021. “We made the decision last fall – for the safety of all our attendees during the pandemic – to take our annual gathering to an all-virtual platform with the goal of... Read more

Rick Kenin Nominated for HAI Board

Rick Kenin Nominated for HAI Board

15-Mar-2021Source: Rick Kenin

Rick Kenin, the COO of Boston MedFlight is honored to be nominated for the Helicopter Association International Board of Directors.  Kenin is recognized worldwide as a leader in helicopter operations and safety.  Under Kenin’s leadership, the Boston MedFlight team was recognized numerous times for outstanding service including the HAI Salute to Excellence Award for Helicopter... Read more

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

Apache terminate Bristow North Sea contract before it completes

12-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com understands that Apache Corporation have invoked a 120-day termination clause on Bristow Helicopters for their contract to provide helicopters between Aberdeen and the Forties and Beryl fields. In this unusual move, Bristow will have flown 75% of the original five year contract, which started in September 2017. It also puts offshore operators on warning... Read more

Work Begins On Midlands Air Ambulance New Airbase and Headquarters

Work Begins On Midlands Air Ambulance New Airbase and Headquarters

12-Mar-2021Source: Midlands Air Ambulance

Wednesday 3rd March was a momentous day for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, as the first spade entered the ground to mark the start in construction of our new airbase and charity headquarters on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border. The turf cutting event, in partnership with main contractor, Morris Property, signified the steps being taken to future-proof the... Read more

Airbus improves H125/H130 main rotor actuator

Airbus improves H125/H130 main rotor actuator

12-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

In the frame of maintenance programme improvements for its light single-engine helicopter range, Airbus Helicopters has continued to improve the maturity of the hydraulic main rotor actuator (MRA) from its supplier, Novintec, while improving its reliability and reducing maintenance costs. This improvement, available for AS350B3/B3e with double hydraulic and EC130 B4/T2 aircraft, consists of an improvement to... Read more

Rotortrade announce 2020 results

Rotortrade announce 2020 results

12-Mar-2021Source: Rotortrade

ROTORTRADE reports sustained 2020 results, confirms its business model in the face of the pandemic and pursues active global development. Rotortrade, a leading international distributor of helicopters announces healthy results for 2020 reaching 27 bookings within the 12 month period only 3 less than 2019. “While slightly below our targets set pre-Covid, we are very... Read more

HAI names Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

HAI names Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

12-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Michael Hynes, a 65-year veteran of the aviation industry, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Bell, salutes excellence in management and leadership and is granted to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. An... Read more

Milestone to be transferred from GECAS to AerCap

Milestone to be transferred from GECAS to AerCap

12-Mar-2021Source: GE

GE (NYSE:GE) announced an agreement to combine its GE Capital Aviation Services business (“GECAS”) with AerCap Holdings N.V. (“AerCap”). GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. said, “Today marks GE’s transformation to a more focused, simpler, and stronger industrial company. Coupled with our continuing efforts to strengthen GE’s performance, operations, and culture, this deal... Read more

AW109 Trekker enters Indonesia

AW109 Trekker enters Indonesia

12-Mar-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the delivery of an AW109 Trekker light twin to FlyKomala of Indonesia, marking the entrance of the type into the country’s helicopter market. The aircraft will be used by the operator to carry out a range of missions including passenger transport, utility transport, disaster relief, and emergency support duties. FlyKomala will benefit... Read more

Air Ambulance launches new helicopter fleet

Air Ambulance launches new helicopter fleet

12-Mar-2021Source: The Air Ambulance Service

The critical, lifesaving work of The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) will be enhanced through the launch of two new, state-of-the-art helicopters that will enable the charity to continue its important work in supporting the NHS frontline across the Midlands. The launch represents a substantial investment of more than £30million by the charity over the next... Read more

Aerial Fire Fighting Europe 2021 moves to new dates in October

Aerial Fire Fighting Europe 2021 moves to new dates in October

12-Mar-2021Source: Tangent Link

The challenging year of 2020 has identified that international cross border cooperation related to the prevention of and the response to wildfires is more important than ever. With landscape firefighting missions moving through Europe, there’s no surprise that the pan-European rescEU Commission has recently received a significant investment boost to expand its aerial firefighting capability.... Read more

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

Babcock sells offshore helicopter business

11-Mar-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock, the aerospace and defence company, has entered into a conditional agreement for the sale of its Oil and Gas aviation business to CHC Group, LLC (CHC). The Oil and Gas business, which is part of the Group’s Aviation sector, provides offshore oil and gas crew transportation services in the UK, Denmark and Australia. It... Read more

HAI Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking

HAI Joins the Fight Against Human Trafficking

11-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) on an outreach campaign to combat human trafficking through the DHS Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Through this partnership, HAI will team with the DHS to educate the... Read more

Kratos awarded $8.9M CH-47F maintenance training contract

Kratos awarded $8.9M CH-47F maintenance training contract

11-Mar-2021Source: Kratos

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced that it has received an $8.9 million subcontract to upgrade four Kratos CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CATs) and two Kratos CH-47F Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) located at the U.S. Army’s 128th Aviation Brigade in Ft. Eustis, Virginia. Kratos will... Read more

Honeywell awarded $476M Chinook engine contract

Honeywell awarded $476M Chinook engine contract

11-Mar-2021Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has won a 4-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for new production and spare T55-GA-714A engines that power the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This $476 million contract award will ensure that the U.S. Army’s Chinook fleet has spare engines to support future missions and available engines for Boeing’s Philadelphia Production... Read more

Billings Clinic to expand air medical transport services

Billings Clinic to expand air medical transport services

11-Mar-2021Source: Billings Clinic

Billings Clinic is pleased to announce that it will establish a new helicopter air ambulance service in Bozeman. This is an expansion of its Billings-based fixed wing MedFlight Air Ambulance service and provides an extension of critical lifesaving transportation consistent with Billings Clinic’s mission. “We’re basing our new helicopter service in Bozeman to save critical... Read more

Online voting begins for HAI Board of Directors

Online voting begins for HAI Board of Directors

11-Mar-2021Source: HAI

On Feb. 25, HAI announced the slate of candidates for this year’s election to the HAI Board of Directors. Of the six candidates, two will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment for a term of three years beginning Jul. 1, 2021. The six candidates are: Michelle Diamond, Chief Pilot, Sundance Helicopters, Las... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2021

11-Mar-2021Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Correction: Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020... Read more

MD Helicopters Demonstrator Visits Las Vegas

MD Helicopters Demonstrator Visits Las Vegas

10-Mar-2021Source: MD Helicopters

Las Vegas area operators and agencies are invited to view and schedule a demo flight with the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) enhanced glass cockpit MD530F aircraft next week to experience its superior power and performance. This state-of-the art helicopter will be in the Las Vegas area from March 15 through March 19 and available for on-site demos... Read more

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the University of Maryland UAS Test Site Team, led by director Matt Scassero, and University of Maryland Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Scalea are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular... Read more

HAI Names 2021 Recipient of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Award for Maintenance Excellence

HAI Names 2021 Recipient of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Award for Maintenance Excellence

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce life-long maintenance professional David Fox is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Maintenance Excellence Award. The award, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for long-standing excellence in rotorcraft maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant contribution to rotorcraft maintenance. David has been around aircraft since... Read more

Babcock MCS Offshore loses £21.8M in year to March 2020

Babcock MCS Offshore loses £21.8M in year to March 2020

10-Mar-2021Source: Energy Voice

Babcock took a £5.2million hit for “loss-making contracts” for its North Sea helicopter business in the 2020 financial year. See Full Story. ... Read more

USFS to contract for 48 Type 1 helicopters this year

USFS to contract for 48 Type 1 helicopters this year

9-Mar-2021Source: Fire Aviation

The U.S. Forest Service (FS) is expecting to contract for 48 Type 1 helicopters for the 2021 wildfire season. These helicopters are the largest that are used for fighting wildfires and can carry between 700 and 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant. See Full Story.... Read more

SkyNet launches 24×7 solution to monitor landings at wrong locations

SkyNet launches 24×7 solution to monitor landings at wrong locations

9-Mar-2021Source: SkyNet

SkyNet Aviation, the leading global specialist in mid-size fleet aviation technology solutions, has announced the launch of the world’s first AI-enabled, ground-based technology to provide 24/7 alerts of Wrong Deck Landings (WDL) and Wrong Surface Landings (WSL). Specifically developed for helipad and airport operators, including cluster helipads and remote and unmanned airports, REACH LASAW™ is... Read more

HAI names 2021 Recipients of Salute to Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service

HAI names 2021 Recipients of Salute to Excellence Award for Humanitarian Service

9-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the California National Guard 40th Combat Aviation Brigade CH-47 and UH-60 Blackhawk Crews are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Humanitarian Service Award. The award, sponsored by Sikorsky, honors the person or persons who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate... Read more

Aberdeen SAR team reach 500th mission milestone

Aberdeen SAR team reach 500th mission milestone

8-Mar-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock’s Aberdeen-based North Sea Search and Rescue (SAR) team recently completed their 500th emergency response tasking. The crew responded to a call from a North Sea platform, safely transporting the patient back to the mainland for hospital treatment. Paul Walters, SAR Operations Manager, said: “Our teams have been taking expert clinical care to the men... Read more

HAI Names Recipient of 2021 Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award

HAI Names Recipient of 2021 Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award

8-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce John Cooper, the safety and training officer for the Columbus Division of Police in Columbus, Ohio, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Law Enforcement Award. The award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, recognizes an individual that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support... Read more

Airbus drops price on AS350 Crash Resistant Fuel System

Airbus drops price on AS350 Crash Resistant Fuel System

8-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is offering its H125/H130 Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS) retrofit solution at a promotional price and new additional incentive for any order placed in 2021. This CRFS solution is now available on H125 AS350 B3/B3e with FAA/EASA FAR/CS § 27.952 compliance, and on EC130 B4 with FAA/EASA FAR/CS § 27.952 compliance except for... Read more

HAI supports Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act

HAI supports Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act

8-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International supports Senator Jerry Moran’s (RKans.) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-Ariz.) introduction of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act. The legislation will coordinate efforts related to the physical and digital security, safety, infrastructure, and federal investment necessary for maturation of the advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystem in the United States. “Senator... Read more

Turkish Aerospace Industries display unmanned T629 attack helicopter

Turkish Aerospace Industries display unmanned T629 attack helicopter

8-Mar-2021Source: TRTWORLD

Turkish Aerospace Industries delivered the T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter to the General Directorate of Security, and exhibited the electric-powered T629 helicopter for the first time. See Full Story. ... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance appoints Interim CEO

8-Mar-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

The following is a statement from Mark Carne, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Cornwall Air Ambulance: Paula Martin left the position of Chief Executive Officer at the end of February 2021 after 12 years of committed service to the charity. Under Paula’s tenure as CEO, the Trust has developed substantially. As well as... Read more

Universal Avionics appoints Director of Contracts

Universal Avionics appoints Director of Contracts

8-Mar-2021Source: Universal Avionics

Mr. Marc Bouliane, Vice President of Business Development, Marketing and Services for Universal Avionics (UA), announces that Ms. Wendy M. Bartos, Esq. has been appointed as Director of Contracts. Wendy will manage the full life cycle of contracts, license agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and more, and will lead the drafting, review, and negotiation of such agreements.... Read more

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

5-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The prefectures of Ehime and Yamaguchi have this week signed a Mutual Support Agreement regarding their helicopter operations. Under the agreement, each prefecture will be able to request support from the other for their firefighting and disaster prevention requirements. Ehime Prefecture operates a Kawasaki built EC145, while Yamaguchi Prefecture has a Leonardo AW169. Under the... Read more

Ideagen and PHI Aviation Agree Five-Year Safety Management Software Deal

Ideagen and PHI Aviation Agree Five-Year Safety Management Software Deal

5-Mar-2021Source: PHI Aviation

Leading global provider of software products to companies operating in highly regulated industries, Ideagen Plc, has announced a five-year deal with PHI Aviation for its industry leading product, Coruson. Headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, USA, PHI is one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies and has conducted operations in 43 countries across the globe. The... Read more

WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

5-Mar-2021Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt connect with the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 11-12, 2021, from the convenience of one’s home or office. “Although we are disappointed that we can’t meet in person, this virtual conference has allowed us to... Read more

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

5-Mar-2021Source: G+

With helicopter use growing in the offshore wind industry, the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation and HeliOffshore have today unveiled new recommended practice for safe helicopter operations Offshore wind is one of the fastest-growing energy technologies. As wind farms have multiplied, with an increasing number being built further offshore, helicopters have become... Read more

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

Air Ambulances UK announces new CEO

5-Mar-2021Source: Air Ambulances UK

Air Ambulances UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Simmy Akhtar as the Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation supporting the UK’s air ambulance charities and wider air ambulance sector. The appointment, effective from 01 March 2021, follows the successful merger of the former membership-based Association of Air Ambulances and the national charity... Read more

Inter-Tec Group opens a new business in Ireland

Inter-Tec Group opens a new business in Ireland

5-Mar-2021Source: Inter-Tec Group

Inter-Tec Group, which offers specialist engineering, design and analysis solutions across the broad aviation sector, is pleased to open a new European base in Sligo, The Republic of Ireland, complementing its established Prestwick, Scotland home. The new business, Inter-Tec Aero Limited becomes the principal site of business for EASA approvals.  It secured EASA Part 21J... Read more

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

5-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

For more than 50 years now, Airbus Helicopters Inc. has served and supported U.S. helicopter operators. Just a small handful of employees have been with Airbus Helicopters Inc. since the very earliest days. The company recently recognized two such employees — Carolyn Russell and Dave Dunstan —for 50 years of service. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment... Read more

Summit Aviation makes appointment to new Director of Program Management role

Summit Aviation makes appointment to new Director of Program Management role

5-Mar-2021Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has hired Bradley Card for its newly created position of Director of Program Management. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Card has 30 years of aviation experience, including 15 years as a flight engineer. Upon leaving the Air Force in 2008, he joined... Read more

Milestone Aviation and NHV Group expand partnership

Milestone Aviation and NHV Group expand partnership

5-Mar-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing and NHV Group (“NHV”), a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, have announced an expansion of their partnership with the provision of two Airbus five-bladed H145 helicopters to support the operator’s contract with Germany’s Federal Armed Forces’ training program... Read more

HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI names recipient of the 2021 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

5-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce rotorcraft industry professional Neo Aik Sia, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the promotion of helicopter safety and safety awareness. Neo Aik Sia joined the Junior Flying Club in 1972 in... Read more

USHST identifies need for Automatic Flight Control Systems in light helicopters

USHST identifies need for Automatic Flight Control Systems in light helicopters

5-Mar-2021Source: USHST

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is... Read more

NHV awarded contract by Allseas Engineering

NHV awarded contract by Allseas Engineering

5-Mar-2021Source: NHV

NHV Group today announced a new contract with Allseas to provide helicopter services in support of the Energinet Europipe II Branch Pipeline project. The weekly H175 flights will depart from NHV’s base in Esbjerg. The state-of-the -art H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet the evolving mission needs in... Read more

Volocopter Raises €200 Million in Series D Funding Round

Volocopter Raises €200 Million in Series D Funding Round

4-Mar-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced the signing of their Series D funding round, raising €200 million in additional capital. Cumulatively, Volocopter has raised €322 million. The funding will be used to solidify Volocopter’s leading position in the UAM market by bringing the VoloCity, the battery-powered air taxi for cities, to certification... Read more

HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

HAI names Flight Instructor of the Year

3-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Nobuyuki Kosuge, assistant chief flight instructor at Helistream in Costa Mesa, California, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Hill Air Corporation. The award superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in upholding high standards of... Read more

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services start building Dubai AW609 terminal

Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services start building Dubai AW609 terminal

3-Mar-2021Source: Zawya

Italian-headquartered company Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services have announced that they have started building the new rotorcraft terminal that will facilitate the mobility to and from the Expo 2020 site in Dubai. See Full Story.... Read more

Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

Air Methods targets new Wisconsin base at Hartford

3-Mar-2021Source: gmtoday.com

Construction could begin in the few weeks at the Hartford Municipal Airport on a building that will be the crew quarters for a new air medical flight service to be operated by Colorado-based Air Methods Corporation. See Full Story.... Read more

PLDT’s aviation unit announces rebranding

PLDT’s aviation unit announces rebranding

3-Mar-2021Source: manilastandard.net

Pacific Global One Aviation, the aviation arm of PLDT Inc., is embarking on a major rebranding ahead of the anticipated global air charter business take-off in the next three years. See Full Story.... Read more

New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

New USHST Report Lays Down a Path for Automatic Flight Control Systems in Light Helicopters

3-Mar-2021Source: USHST

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

Bell V-280 Valor short-listed for Collier Trophy

2-Mar-2021Source: Bell

The National Aeronautic Association announced that seven aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2020 Collier Trophy. Commissioned in 1910 by aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, Robert J. Collier, with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence in aeronautic development, the Collier Trophy has served as the benchmark of aerospace... Read more

FRASCA Expands Capacity for Level D FFS Contract

FRASCA Expands Capacity for Level D FFS Contract

2-Mar-2021Source: FRASCA International

 FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) will be expanding their manufacturing facility in response to strong flight simulator sales including a contract for a Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for an undisclosed helicopter operator. FRASCA currently operates out of an 85,000 square foot office and manufacturing facility which includes two additional outbuildings at their manufacturing facility... Read more

HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

HAI names winner of 2021 Salute to Excellence award for Communications

2-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Jeanette Eaton, vice president of commercial strategy and business development for global commercial and military systems at Sikorsky, is the 2021 recipient of the association’s Excellence in Communications Award. The award, sponsored by Lightspeed Aviation, recognizes an individual for creative distinction in disseminating information about the helicopter... Read more

Police Aviation News – March 2021 Edition

Police Aviation News – March 2021 Edition

2-Mar-2021Source: Police Aviation News

The March 2021 edition of Police Aviation News can be found here.... Read more

EHang Supports Chinese National Transportation Network Plan

EHang Supports Chinese National Transportation Network Plan

2-Mar-2021Source: EHang

On February 24, 2021, China’s State Council issued guidelines for the development of a comprehensive transportation network by 2035. Entitled “Guidelines of the National Comprehensive Transportation Network Plan” (the “Guidelines”), this important national strategic initiative advocates for the development of a modern, high-quality and intelligent transportation network. In particular, it calls for further research and... Read more

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

Le Havre marine pilots lose AS365N3 cruise altitude to just 60 feet

1-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

French aircraft investigators BEA are looking into a serious incident which occurred on 11th February off the French port of Le Havre. An Airbus AS365N3 operated by the Le Havre port authority was on one of their regular marine pilot flights, outbound to a ship in the English Channel (“La Manche” to the French) when... Read more

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

UK man jailed for shining torch into police helicopter cockpit

1-Mar-2021Source: The Northern Echo

A PILOT was forced to take evasive action when a high-powered torch was used to deliberately target his helicopter while flying at 1,300ft. The quick-thinking police helicopter pilot managed to move to safety while other crew used high-tech cameras to locate the suspect and direct police officers to where Tony Gaffney was hiding. See Full... Read more

Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

Dropsafe launches Helideck Perimeter Safety Net

1-Mar-2021Source: Dropsafe

Dropsafe has launched a new Perimeter Safety Net system to protect personnel and assets in offshore industries. The system attaches to the perimeter frames of helidecks to protect personnel from falling and prevent loose objects from becoming dynamic Drops hazards. As contractors and operators in the global offshore sector look to make their site safety... Read more

EHang explores coastal Urban Air Mobility with first over-water EH216 flights

EHang explores coastal Urban Air Mobility with first over-water EH216 flights

1-Mar-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it recently successfully completed the first trial flights of EH216 over the sea of Southern China. The flights started from Hengqin New District and ended in Dong Ao Island in Zhuhai City. Dong Ao... Read more

Archer commits Urban Air Mobility Network In Los Angeles by 2024

Archer commits Urban Air Mobility Network In Los Angeles by 2024

1-Mar-2021Source: Archer Aviation

California-based Archer, who are designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), today announced their commitment to launching their first Urban Air Mobility (UAM) network in Los Angeles by 2024. Archer is excited to explore the potential for UAM to address some of Southern California’s mobility challenges and provide a new option for... Read more

HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

HAI announces candidates for election to Board of Directors

1-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Two individuals will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment. HAI is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for this year’s election to the HAI Board of Directors. Of the six candidates, two will be chosen for the position of director to represent the commercial helicopter operator segment for a... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

Air Evac Lifeteam To Open Air Medical Base in Clarinda

1-Mar-2021Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam is increasing its emergency air medical coverage in Iowa with a new air medical base in Clarinda. The base, scheduled to open in April, will be located on the campus of Clarinda Regional Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Page County. Chuck Nordyke, CEO of Clarinda Regional Health Center, is... Read more

Embry-Riddle helicopter student wins Veterans Memorial scholarship

Embry-Riddle helicopter student wins Veterans Memorial scholarship

1-Mar-2021Source: Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc.

Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial, Inc. (“TB2″) announced a 2021 Aviation Scholarship has been awarded to Bradley Riedle, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”) student earning a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. TB2 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving the history of aviation in Scottsdale, Arizona, honoring all military veterans and creating unique educational... Read more

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

26-Feb-2021Source: Fly Lindy

Itching for a trip to the city, but not thrilled about commercial airline and train options? Fly Lindy, a subsidiary of private jet operator GrandView Aviation, is making private helicopter commuting accessible to the masses with a pay-per-seat private helicopter charter shuttle from NYC to DC to Baltimore. Traditionally a method of travel reserved for... Read more

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

26-Feb-2021Source: Veelo Technologies

  With their patented and innovative heating blanket solutions, Veelo Technologies helps composite rotor blade manufacturers and repair facilities keep blades out of the oven (OoO). Veelo’s heating blankets can be tailored for use in debulking and bonding applications and can be used in-situ, eliminating the need to transport long and bulky rotor blades to... Read more

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

26-Feb-2021Source: Avfuel

As a leader in fuel quality assurance and safety training, Avfuel Corporation announces updates to its training system, including a supervisory fuel safety training webinar and human factors training course. Earlier this month, the FAA approved transitioning Avfuel’s high-demand 14 CFR Part 139 Supervisory Fuel Safety Training Seminar to a webinar platform so members of... Read more

EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

26-Feb-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today provides additional details concerning its sales contracts with a customer, and further refutes the false allegations made by Wolfpack Research, a short-seller. Shanghai Kunxiang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kunxiang”) is only one of EHang’s many... Read more

Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

26-Feb-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced the closing of its private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”). The notes were issued under an indenture, dated February 25, 2021, among the Company, the subsidiary guarantors party thereto and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee... Read more

Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

26-Feb-2021Source: Whirly-Girls

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced the recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships will be awarded March 20,2021 at the Whirly-Girls Virtual Awards Banquet. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 10 scholarships were bestowed upon 13 deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $90,000. Recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls... Read more

TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

26-Feb-2021Source: FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) has received an order for an EC135 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) from TKK (Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co.), Tokyo, Japan.The FTD will include some very advanced features including a visual system with five (5) 70 inch flat panel HDTV monitors mounted in front of the cockpit  Two displays are mounted... Read more

Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

26-Feb-2021Source: Schiebel

Schiebel is the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) operator in Europe to receive the organisational approval certificate – Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 from Austro Control. Under the new European Union (EU) regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel... Read more

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