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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

31-Mar-2020Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo

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

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

31-Mar-2020Source: HAI

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

COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

31-Mar-2020Source: London Heliport

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

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

31-Mar-2020Source: Leonardo

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

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

30-Mar-2020Source: DRF Luftrettung

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

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

30-Mar-2020Source: Leonardo

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

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

27-Mar-2020Source: HAI

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

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

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

27-Mar-2020Source: Bristow Helicopters

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

COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

27-Mar-2020Source: American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association

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

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

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

27-Mar-2020Source: AOPA

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

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

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

26-Mar-2020Source: Leonardo

“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

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

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

26-Mar-2020Source: Rotorcorp

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

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

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

23-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

19-Mar-2020Source: HAI

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

COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

18-Mar-2020Source: EBAA

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

New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

18-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

17-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

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

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

17-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

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

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

16-Mar-2020Source: AAAA

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

COVID-19 – EBACE 2020 cancelled

COVID-19 – EBACE 2020 cancelled

15-Mar-2020Source: EBAA

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

COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

COVID19 – Equinor suspends helicopter services to several North Sea rigs

12-Mar-2020Source: Offshore Energy Today

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.... Read more

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

Penzance Helicopters to launch with AW109 GrandNew due to Coronavirus

24-Feb-2020Source: Penzance Helicopters

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

Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Bell pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

10-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Further to our confirmation earlier that Leonardo had pulled out, Bell have also confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have decided not to exhibit.  Given that no Textron Group company now appears as an Exhibitor on the event website, we assume that includes Beechcraft and Cessna too.  This is a response to the Coronavirus situation. Eugene... Read more

Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

Leonardo pulls out of Singapore Airshow 2020

10-Feb-2020Source: Leonardo

A simple statement from Leonardo “It is with regret that Leonardo has determined that it will not be in attendance at Singapore Airshow 2020. The decision was reached after Singapore’s Ministry of Health elevated its response to the coronavirus outbreak to code orange. As a precautionary measure for our employees’ health the Company will not be participating at... Read more

UAS advises on Coronavirus for business aviation in China

UAS advises on Coronavirus for business aviation in China

4-Feb-2020Source: UAS International Trip Support

Carlos Schattenkirchner is Regional Director of UAS International Trip Support based in Beijing, China.  He and his team provide domestic handling services across China, assisting overseas business aviation operators achieve easier access to all categories of business airports in the region. UAS’ Chinese and English-speaking agents are active at the principal business aviation hubs including... Read more

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