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COVID-19 forces Maverick Helicopters to lay off 75

COVID-19 forces Maverick Helicopters to lay off 75

The plummeting of international travel in the wake of COVID-19 has put dozens of helicopter tour pilots and staffers out of work in southern Nevada. See Full Story.

Source: Las Vegas Sun, 23-Sep-20

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance receives COVID19 cash from Government

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance receives COVID19 cash from Government

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is to receive £140,000 from the Government. The money is part of £6 million awarded to Air Ambulances UK for distribution to the 21 air ambulance charities on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. The Government funding is an emergency injection of cash to help air… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 22-Sep-20

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DRF Luftrettung develops multifunctional ground plate

DRF Luftrettung develops multifunctional ground plate

During the Covid-19 pandemic, DRF Luftrettung acquired special isolation stretchers to transport highly infectious patients. These stretchers, known as EpiShuttles, can now be fastened perfectly in the helicopter thanks to a special ground plate developed by the EASA Part 21 Design Organisation at DRF Luftrettung. The new solution impresses with its simple handling and safety…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Sep-20

Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products partner on isolation units

Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products partner on isolation units

Due to COVID-19, there has been an increased request for isolation units. Spectrum Aeromed and ISOVAC Products have partnered to support that demand and offer a safe solution for transporting infected patients amid the global pandemic. Spectrum Aeromed will be a distributor of ISOVAC Products’ Containment and Protection System Utilizing Life Support (CAPSULS™) Patient Isolation… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 21-Aug-20

Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo supporting the UK Armed Forces’ Covid-19 response

Leonardo, at its site in Yeovil, not only builds and designs rotorcraft but it also supports aircraft once in operation by its military customers. The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted even more this key area of customer engagement for the Company. The British Army, specifically 1 Aviation Brigade HQ, was tasked to provide two aircraft every day… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Aug-20

EASA SIB 2020-13 Provision of ground handling services at aerodromes following COVID-19 outbreak

EASA SIB 2020-13 Provision of ground handling services at aerodromes following COVID-19 outbreak

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the majority of the flights have been suspended. This had a severe impact in groundhandling business due to the fact that the absence of clients forced many groundhandling services providers to scale down or cease operations completely. This resulted in a large number of personnel being unemployed and groundhandling equipement… Read more »

07-Aug-20

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust issued breach of contract notice over COVID-19 leak

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust issued breach of contract notice over COVID-19 leak

The Ministry of Health has dealt the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust a breach of contract notice over the leak of Covid-19 patient data. See Full Story.

Source: Stuff, 31-Jul-20

DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF Luftrettung looks back on the first six months of 2020, a special half-year, because the dominant topic here was the corona virus. For the employees of the non-profit air rescue organization, it not only brought about far-reaching changes in everyday work, but above all great encouragement and support from the population. The deployment figures… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

How high is the potential risk from released droplets by infectious patients for the helicopter crew? Do pathogens spread from the cabin into the cockpit? These questions are not only highly relevant during the coronavirus pandemic: transporting patients with highly infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis or meningococcus is also playing an increasingly great role at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

Long-established helicopter appraisers HeliValue$ has used the opportunity of lockdown, and have pivoted their work to appraise helicopters remotely.  From a recent Helicopter Investor town hall webinar where both President Jason Kmiecik and Owner Sharon Desfor spoke, it is clear that the company is leading the way in adapting to the situation. After an initial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-20

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EBAA joins united European aviation calls for support for green recovery from COVID-19

EBAA joins united European aviation calls for support for green recovery from COVID-19

With the gradual restarting of passenger air transport in the coming weeks, EBAA alongside leaders from over a dozen air transport associations[1] representing Europe’s aviation sector today issued an urgent call for EU leaders to prioritise specific decarbonisation initiatives in their allocation of future COVID-19 recovery funding. European aviation continues to reel from the sudden collapse of the… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 25-Jun-20

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HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to introduce HAI’s COVID Clean Program, a project designed to help HAI members share their efforts to protect their customers and employees from infectious diseases. HAI assists participating companies by providing them promotional tools and support through social media and other digital channels. The COVID Clean Program provides a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Jun-20

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HAI President’s Message

HAI President’s Message

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and frankly, 2020 has been a bumpy ride. COVID-19 changed nearly every routine we had, both at work and at home. Businesses around the world went dark, and millions signed up for unemployment. Some sectors of our industry, such as aerial tours and flight training, have been hard-hit by… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jun-20

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is recruiting people to become ‘virtual’ supporters to help support its lifesaving cause. The charity relies on donations from the six regional communities it serves to fund its daily lifesaving operations. However the organisation also depends on its dedicated team of volunteers and supporters to assist with fundraising activity, ranging from… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 08-Jun-20

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COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

On Wednesday, May 27, Dr. Homer Tien, Ornge Presidend and CEO, was invited as a witness for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in its Briefing on the Canadian Response to the Outbreak of the Coronavirus. During the question and answer session, Dr. Tien had the opportunity to highlight Ornge’s COVID-19 response including… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-20

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COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

This year’s Convention was set to mark 25 years for HAC. An annual opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers and to benefit from discussions around the business of helicopter operations, and safety in our industry. We all benefit from this dialogue, but we can only hold the event when the health and safety… Read more »

Source: HAC, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

A message from Airbus Helicopters’ EVP of Customer Support & Services, Christoph Zammert: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times. Whether EMS, police, search and rescue or… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

COVID-19 – AW139 supporting COVID-19 operations in Canada

During the spread of Covid-19, Leonardo has seen operators of its aircraft adapt, react and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic across geographies. Air ambulance operators Ornge and STARS have managed to continue conducting life-saving missions across Canada throughout the emergency.   Both of these healthcare organisations have shared with Leonardo how they were… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-May-20

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Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters offers free flights for healthcare professionals

Wings Air Helicopters, a Westchester, NY based helicopter company has started a new initiative to offer frontline healthcare professionals a tangible thank you for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 global pandemic: “Helicopters over New York for Healthcare Heroes” will allow healthcare professionals to experience a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour free of charge. Tours will depart… Read more »

Source: Wings Air Helicopters, 28-May-20

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COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

COVID19 – CHC cancels 2020 Safety & Quality Summit

Each year, we gather together hundreds of the most proactive safety specialists in the world at our annual Safety & Quality Summit to stimulate great conversations on Human Factors and safety in general.  The team at CHC Helicopter benefit enormously from the shared wisdom we receive, and we hope that those who participate feel the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

COVID19 – Scottish island to receive pandemic test kits by drone

The trial is backed by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) – the integrated partnership of NHS Highland and Argyll and Bute Council directed by the local Integration Joint Board – and aims to prove the feasibility of delivering urgent medical cargo, such as COVID-19 test kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 27-May-20

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COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

COVID19 – EpiShuttle arrives in France for evaluation

The isolation pod known as the EpiShuttle has finally reached France for evaluation from professional caretakers and medical transport. France is still comping with a large amount of corona patients and high rates of critical cases. The EpiShuttle is already in service with The Royal Air Force in Scotland, The Royal Norwegian Air Force, the Royal… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 27-May-20

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COVID-19 – MD Helicopter launches flight support for COVID-19 humanitarian missions

COVID-19 – MD Helicopter launches flight support for COVID-19 humanitarian missions

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) begins flying humanitarian aid missions in a company-owned MD 520N supporting the fight against COVID-19. An MDHI pilot flew the first mission in one of the Company’s helicopters to the Navajo Nation, whose border is approximately 150 miles north of MDHI’s Mesa, AZ base of operations.  The Navajo Nation covers 27,000… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 27-May-20

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COVID-19 – Ansat to transport patients with COVID-19 in isolation modules

COVID-19 – Ansat to transport patients with COVID-19 in isolation modules

Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) obtained approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) for installing isolation units in Ansat multipurpose helicopters to transport patients with COVID-19. The modules will be installed on helicopters in their medical version. “Currently, about 30 Ansat helicopters have been supplied to regions for air medical services. To improve their performance… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 22-May-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), Airbus Helicopters is actively supporting customers by proposing solutions so that they may fly in safe and sanitary conditions. For this purpose, Airbus Helicopters has published the following Information Notice (IN) and Safety Information Notice (SIN): • IN 3476-I-12 revision 1 “SERVICING… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-20

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ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

ICRR funding boost sees AW109 return to 7 day working from June

We gratefully thank you for your unwavering support during the COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring our lifesaving service can continue to save those in need. A constant stream of donations and virtual fundraisers for the service has enabled a return to a 7-day operation from the 1st June 2020! As you know, the Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Irish Community Rapid Response, 21-May-20

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COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle

COVID19 – Christoph München in action with EpiShuttle

Christoph München is another helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung equipped with a so-called “EpiShuttle”, a special insulation stretcher. The medical crews at the station have been trained in the past two days with instructions and training on how to use the system safely and practiced. To protect patients and crews, the “Christoph Munich” intensive care helicopter,… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 20-May-20

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UK – Heliair gets bank loan to continue operations through COVID-19

UK – Heliair gets bank loan to continue operations through COVID-19

Business press in the county of Warwickshire reports that Heliair has received loan funding from Barclays Bank to continue its operations during the Covid-19 crisis.  See report

Source: Business Live, 12-May-20

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COVID-19 – Cayman Police monitor lockdown compliance from the skies

COVID-19 – Cayman Police monitor lockdown compliance from the skies

In the air: Helicopter crew watches over Cayman. See Full Story.

Source: cayman compass, 11-May-20

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European Business Aviation Association welcomes ADS-B deadline delay

European Business Aviation Association welcomes ADS-B deadline delay

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) warmly welcomed the decision by the European Commission to extend the deadline for ADS-B compliance by six months for business aviation operators. The European Commission (EC) announced it is extending the deadline for ADS-B (see note to editors) equipage in new aircraft by six months, to 7 December 2020,… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 07-May-20

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COVID-19 – US Aerial Firefighters prepare for elevated Risk during pandemic

COVID-19 – US Aerial Firefighters prepare for elevated Risk during pandemic

As the 2020 fire season approaches, aerial firefighters are instituting more protective measures for their flight crews and mechanics who may be at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus during a wildland fire operation. “We are in unchartered territory,” said Robin Rogers, Vice-President of Rogers Helicopters in Fresno, California, “although we are following all the… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 06-May-20

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COVID-19 – Helijet continues no-charge flights for BC’s Healthcare Responders

COVID-19 – Helijet continues no-charge flights for BC’s Healthcare Responders

Helijet International will continue to offer no-charge flights for BC health care responders travelling on business between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. A trial initiative announced by Helijet on April 1st offered free seats to doctors, nurses or others in the health care sector who need to travel quickly to provide direct patient care, or to… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 06-May-20

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COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

COVID-19 – Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance teams up with SECAmb

Working in partnership with the NHS and South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSS) will transfer patients requiring critical care by land, with aircraft being used for the rapid delivery and recovery of the team. See Full Story.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, 04-May-20

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COVID-19 – Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

COVID-19 –  Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

Drones in Israel are being used to monitor people in their homes to ensure they aren’t breaking coronavirus self-isolation rules put in place. While it’s great to see the Israeli police utilizing drones, they are raising privacy concerns among the citizens of Israel. See Full Story.

Source: Drone DJ, 04-May-20

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COVID-19 – First HACA flights made under UK Government payment scheme

COVID-19 – First HACA flights made under UK Government payment scheme

Today marks the first flights being made under the Helicopter Assistance to Civil Authorities (HACA) scheme set up by the British Helicopter Association. Two AW109s have this morning flown from the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London to its sister NHS Nightingale Hospital in Sunderland, and will return later in the day. The aircraft are being… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-20

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

Yorkshire Air Ambulance returns to operational duty

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is delighted to announce that, effective from Saturday 25th April 2020 and in partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust, one of their Air Ambulance helicopters will return to operational duty. The news follows an announcement at the beginning of April when their Doctors and Paramedics were redeployed back to the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 30-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – North Dakota researchers look for ways drones can help in a pandemic

COVID-19 – North Dakota researchers look for ways drones can help in a pandemic

University and industry researchers in Grand Forks are testing drones for a variety of applications related to the coronavirus pandemic. This drone, photographed on Friday in Grand Forks, has a spray boom attached to sanitize playground equipment. See Full Story.

Source: MPRnews, 29-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

COVID-19 – Total UK supplies free jet fuel to two UK air ambulance services

Total UK Limited has announced that it will be supplying free jet fuel to both the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) and the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) during the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that both services are able to continue carrying out life-saving work. Jet fuel will be provided to the… Read more »

Source: Total UK, 24-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

COVID-19 – Air Evac Lifeteam now wearing full PPE every flight

As medical industries across the country continue to take the brunt of the covid-19 virus, there’s one specific part of the industry that has been affected that you may not be thinking about. See Full Story. 

Source: WTRF.com, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – Rega helicopter crews flew 74 COVID-19 patients

[electronic translation]  Since the start of the corona pandemic, Rega’s helicopter crews have flown a total of 74 COVID-19 patients. Most of them were moved from one hospital to another. Rega also provided support abroad: For example, French COVID-19 patients were flown from Alsace to German hospitals. In general, since the pandemic began, Rega has recorded significantly lower… Read more »

Source: Rega, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

In Norway, Super Puma helicopter operator Lufttransport reacted fast to an urgent request from Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (Luftambulansetjenesten) to provide a solution to the challenge of transporting COVID-19 victims to hospital in the north of the country. Luftambulansetjenesten, like other such services, has turned to the EpiShuttle isolation and transportation system from EpiGuard of Oslo to carry patients to hospital… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – EAAA adapt operation to transfer COVID-19 patients

As hospitals in the region reach capacity treating Covid-19 patients, East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be doing more to support the NHS by providing critical care transfer teams to assist the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) in moving Covid-19 patients between hospitals. The air ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic teams have… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 20-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – UK Government agrees coronavirus aviation contract with BHA

COVID-19 – UK Government agrees coronavirus aviation contract with BHA

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has made a major achievement with the completion of a contract to facilitate freight and passenger transport by air in support of coronavirus response across the whole of the UK. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) – the UK Government contract management organisation – has worked tirelessly in recent days to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Helicopters across Europe help fight corona crisis

COVID-19 – Helicopters across Europe help fight corona crisis

Friedrichshafen – Helicopters play an outstanding role in the current health crisis due to their special flight characteristics. They are not only important for the transfer of infectious and ventilated patients from hospital to hospital, but they also secure relevant infrastructure through monitoring flights. The outbreak of the coronavirus has triggered a global crisis that… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 16-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Avfuel Offers Free FAA-Approved Training During COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 – Avfuel Offers Free FAA-Approved Training During COVID-19 Pandemic

As FBOs and fuel handlers face a myriad of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Avfuel Corporation’s taking steps to ensure it serves as a useful resource to ease operational difficulties during this time, including offering free training. With a mission to help make fueling operations safer by making training more accessible, Avfuel is waiving the… Read more »

Source: Avfuel, 15-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

COVID-19 – GWAAC to assist with transferring COVID-19 patients

As of Friday 10th April, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) are supplying Specialist Paramedics in Critical Care to assist in transferring critically ill COVID-19 patients between hospitals in the region, supporting the NHS in the fight against the virus. Members of their crew will be joining part of a multi-disciplinary team carrying out inter-hospital… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 14-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), recently renamed SARS-CoV-2, Airbus Helicopters would like to remind operators about recommendations and guidance related to the cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters. On 30 March 2020, Airbus Helicopters released revision 1 of its IN 3476-I-12 information notice, “SERVICING – Disinfection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

Offshore operator CHC has produced an adaption for their offshore AW139s in the Netherlands to provide a safety screen between the pilots and the passengers during the COVID19 pandemic.  Quinten Hergaarden, Deputy Accountable Manager at CHC Helicopters Netherlands spoke with HeliHub.com to explain the project further. With the AW139 cabin reduced from 12 to 8 passengers (for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Helijet offers free flights for healthcare workers

COVID-19 – Helijet offers free flights for healthcare workers

Recognizing the important work of British Columbia’s health care responders during the current COVID-19 crisis, Helijet has announced that it will provide seats at no cost between Vancouver and its Vancouver Island terminals in Victoria and Nanaimo for health care responders travelling on business. The initiative is aimed at medical personnel including doctors, nurses or… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 03-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Australian Rotortech event postponed to October

COVID-19 – Australian Rotortech event postponed to October

Dear Industry Partner, After weeks of consultation with our major partners and stakeholders against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus environment, AMDA Foundation has taken the difficult decision to postpone June’s planned ROTORTECH 2020 to 14-16 October 2020. The preservation of public health will always be our paramount commitment. Although government restrictions on gatherings and travel may be… Read more »

Source: Rotortech, 02-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

Air BP, the aviation division of BP, will provide free jet fuel for use by the helicopters of a number of UK air ambulance services, supporting their life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic. The air ambulance crews are on stand-by 24/7, ready to respond to emergencies where they are needed most. All these services are… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 01-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority

COVID-19 – EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the National Aviation Authorities of the member states are currently receiving many requests for advice on or approval of special uses of aircraft due to the COVID-19 situation. EASA is handling these requests with highest priority. Requests include the aeromedical transport of COVID-19 patients using specialised equipment on… Read more »

Source: EASA, 01-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Omni adapts four aircraft to transport suspected cases of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Omni adapts four aircraft to transport suspected cases of COVID-19

Omni Táxi Aéreo adapted aircraft to transport workers in the Oil and Gas sector with suspected COVID-19. The measure aims to offer companies operating in the sector the safety of its passengers and crew of aircraft. The AW139 and S76C+ helicopters were adapted as sanitary aircraft to transport passengers with suspected flu or cold, with… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 31-Mar-20

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FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

Helicopter Association International (HAI) can now provide updates to a March 29, 2020, HAI press release about airmen medical certificates and an FAA announcement regarding waivers for Part 135 operators that was issued on March 25, 2020. HAI’s press release yesterday cautioned against FAA-certificated flight personnel allowing their medical certificates to expire based on information… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

The coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on commercial travel and the general aviation industry. The London Heliport in Battersea, South London has been working closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Accordingly, with immediate effect and no… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

Three British Army AW159 Wildcat helicopters have been deployed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army Air Corps’ helicopters will be operating out of RNAS Yeovilton and will look to cover the South of England as required by the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 alongside Royal Air… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-20

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DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

From next week on, two HEMS bases of DRF Luftrettung in Germany will operate with “EpiShuttles”, special isolation stretchers. Another eight HEMS bases will soon follow suit. DRF Luftrettung is investing in the protection of patients and its crews to ensure that, in these times of the coronavirus, people in medical emergencies can still be… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

During this time of an unprecedented health emergency in Italy, Leonardo, country’s main industrial company, which is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security, continues to provide resources and people in support of national institutions’ management and containment of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leonardo has undertaken a series of solidarity initiatives to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

On Wednesday evening, March 25, the US Senate unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill providing stimulus funds to a US economy reeling from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, March 27, the House is expected to pass the bill, which includes specific measures aimed at general aviation businesses. The bill… Read more »

Source: HAI, 27-Mar-20

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COVID19 – Bristow repurposes three ex-Coast Guard S92s for Corona virus transport

COVID19 – Bristow repurposes three ex-Coast Guard S92s for Corona virus transport

Bristow Helicopters has successfully repatriated offshore workers in the oil and gas industry with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – using three specially-configured former search and rescue aircraft. Three suspected COVID-19 cases have been flown from offshore installations in the North Sea since Wednesday, March 18, in one of the dedicated aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

The US aerial firefighting industry remains mission-ready for this year’s wild land fire season, despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on international travel, as the industry increasingly seeks global market opportunities. “Wildfires are going to happen, and we need to be ready to fight them,” said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Neptune… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – AOPA backs emergency airport funding to fight coronavirus impact

COVID-19 – AOPA backs emergency airport funding to fight coronavirus impact

AOPA and six other aviation groups are urging Congress to support needed funding for airports across the country while ensuring that small and general aviation airports also receive a portion of any funds made available to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to airports should include funding “exclusively for small and general aviation airports… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Rotorcorp COVID-19 Virus Status & Response

COVID-19 – Rotorcorp COVID-19 Virus Status & Response

At Rotorcorp, serving our customers is the most important thing we do, and your health and well-being remains our top priority. As COVID-19 impacts our communities and daily lives, we want to assure you that we are monitoring developments very closely with the appropriate authorities and informational outlets. As a critical provider of small parts,… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 26-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) is flagging up to the UK Government that there are plenty of helicopters available to transport both people and freight in the current time of need while the country battles Coronavirus (COVID-19). BHA sees urgent requirements from both Government and National Health Service (NHS) users. A number of operators including… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has joined a coalition of five other general aviation associations in seeking from the US government financial relief for general aviation businesses. The request stems from the unstable global economic situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to majority and minority leaders of the US Senate and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Mar-20

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COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) respects the decision by European authorities to temporarily restrict non-essential travel, but calls on the European Commission, the Member States and Switzerland to consider all recovery and relief measures available to ensure business continuity for operators, airports and others in the business aviation industry. Given the current global pandemic,… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 18-Mar-20

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New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

The new scheduled service between the British mainland and the Isles of Scilly started yesterday, but the launch was marred by climate change protesters with “Climate Crime Scene” banners, including one approx 8m long and 2m tall. The scheduled service route between the old Penzance Heliport (only “over the road” from the new one) dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

Good news! HeliHub.com is NOT affected by COVID-19 restrictions because it was built from the ground up as a remote working operation. Owner Jeremy Parkin has a strong background in the IT world, and when he founded the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, the IT aspect of the business was paramount. HeliHub is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

Following a Royal Decree in Spain, Helity has been forced to suspend operations for all flights for the time being. The company will continue maintance provision, and their helicopters will be available to the authorities as required. They have even said their email is closed too, which seems unexpected in today’s connected world. Helity runs… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

Dear Participants, We have decided we must cancel our April 2020 AAAA Nashville based Mission Summit. We will be looking at options in the coming weeks for AAAA to support expanded networking opportunities later this year at our other longstanding annual events. In view of yesterday afternoon’s Memorandum from the Director of the Army Staff,… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 16-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – EBACE 2020 cancelled

COVID-19 – EBACE 2020 cancelled

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced the decision to cancel the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2020 (EBACE2020), due to concerns related to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The event was scheduled to take place in Geneva from May 26-28, 2020. Both business aviation groups… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 15-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

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