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Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrates Swedish Police 40,000-hour Milestone in EC135

Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrates Swedish Police 40,000-hour Milestone in EC135

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has joined with aircraft maintenance company Patria Helicopters AB to mark an important milestone reached by the helicopter squadron of the Swedish Police. EC135P2 helicopters operated by the Squadron and equipped with P&WC’s PW206B2 engines have now recorded a remarkable 40,000 in-flight hours. The milestone was announced at the Swedish... Read more

Bell strengthens customer service in Latin America and Central Asia

Bell strengthens customer service in Latin America and Central Asia

6-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company has appointed two new Bell Helicopter authorized Customer Service Facilities (CSFs), expanding its service capabilities in Latin America and Central Asia. In February, Bell Helicopter appointed Sky Tech, LLP in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Eagle Copters Centro Mantenimiento Autorizado S.A (Eagle Copters) in Santiago, Chile, as the company’s... Read more

Rolls-Royce takes top spot in powerplant product support surveys

Rolls-Royce takes top spot in powerplant product support surveys

6-Mar-2011Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, was ranked as the leading provider of product support for turboshaft and turboprop engines in both the 2010 Aviation International News (AIN) and Professional Pilot Magazine surveys of user feedback, which have recently been announced. Dean Kimsey, Rolls-Royce Vice President – Customer Business, said, “Recognition from our customers is... Read more

HAI and EAA partner to create Heli Center at AirVenture 2011

HAI and EAA partner to create Heli Center at AirVenture 2011

6-Mar-2011Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International is partnering with EAA to establish a new, dedicated “home away from home” for the international helicopter community at EAA AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh this summer. The partnership unites the producer of HELI-EXPO®, the world’s largest trade show dedicated to helicopters being held here through March 8, with the organizer of the... Read more

RR recognises service excellence with M250 FIRST network awards

RR recognises service excellence with M250 FIRST network awards

6-Mar-2011Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, recognised excellence in M250® helicopter engine support by announcing the winners of the M250 Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team (FIRST) network awards. The M250 FIRST networkâ„¢ consists of 33 full-service engine and component repair and overhaul (R&O) facilities. It offers full-capability R&O support to more than 4,000 operators of... Read more

Vector Aerospace renews Sikorsky S76 approvals

Vector Aerospace renews Sikorsky S76 approvals

6-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Langley, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has received renewal as a Sikorsky Aerospace Authorized S-76 Overhaul and Repair Center, as well as renewal as a Sikorsky Aerospace Authorized... Read more

Bell upgrades website, launches social media campaign

Bell upgrades website, launches social media campaign

6-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter announced today the release of its new website www.bellhelicopter.com, a redesigned internet presence that familiarizes new and prospective customers, helicopter enthusiasts and industry professionals with Bell Helicopter’s industry leading technology. With a custom, state-of-the-art content management system and clean, user-friendly navigation, the new site helps users find relevant information faster, according to their... Read more

Conklin & De Decker offers special Heli-Expo savings

Conklin & De Decker offers special Heli-Expo savings

6-Mar-2011Source: Conklin & De Decker

Conklin & de Decker (Booth # 920) announced a special Heli-Expo 2011 show discount of 15% on their family of aircraft operating and acquisition products.  This limited-time product discount applies to the following: The Aircraft Cost Evaluator, the cornerstone for Conklin & de Decker for over 25 years and is the industry standard for operating cost... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada delivers first PT6C-67E production engine for EC175

Pratt & Whitney Canada delivers first PT6C-67E production engine for EC175

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has delivered its first PT6C-67E production engine for the Eurocopter EC175 helicopter, a medium-size utility helicopter for multi-role civilian and parapublic applications. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company. “This first production engine marks another milestone in our relationship with Eurocopter,” said Richard Dussault, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. “The... Read more

P&WC joins Med-Trans in celebrating 1,000th PW206B2 engine aboard EC135P2s

P&WC joins Med-Trans in celebrating 1,000th PW206B2 engine aboard EC135P2s

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) presented Med-Trans Corporation (Med-Trans) with a commemorative plaque at a ceremony here today marking the delivery of the 1,000th PW206B2 engine aboard Eurocopter’s EC135P2 helicopter. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company. “This is another major milestone in our ongoing relationship with Med-Trans, with whom we already have long-term... Read more

VIH buys ten AW139s with long-term P&WC guaranteed maintenance cost plan contract

VIH buys ten AW139s with long-term P&WC guaranteed maintenance cost plan contract

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

VIH Aviation Group Ltd. has purchased 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) PT6C-67C engines and has signed a long-term Guaranteed Maintenance Cost Plan contract with P&WC, which covers the overhaul and repair of the engines. The announcement was made today at Heli-Expo 2011, which is being held at the Orange County... Read more

Angola’s SonAir signs for six S-76C++

Angola’s SonAir signs for six S-76C++

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and SonAir Servico Aereo, S.A. (SonAir)  today announced the signing of a contract for six S-76C++â„¢ helicopters in a ceremony held at Heli-Expo.  Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). SonAir has been flying Sikorsky products for more than 15 years in support of offshore oil operations in Angola.... Read more

SpiderTracks and AvConnect to offer AFF and data recording solution for helicopter operators

SpiderTracks and AvConnect to offer AFF and data recording solution for helicopter operators

6-Mar-2011Source: SpiderTracks

HELI-EXPO 2011, ORLANDO, FL – Spidertracks and AvConnect, an AvFusion, Inc. company, have teamed up to offer helicopter operators the first fully automated and real-time tracking and pilot and aircraft records-keeping solution. The partnership brings together spidertracks’ satellite-based flight following and tracking system with AvConnect’s flight data recording software to create a real-time aircraft management... Read more

Vector Aerospace receives FAA approval for AS355 glass cockpit installations

Vector Aerospace receives FAA approval for AS355 glass cockpit installations

6-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Langley, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has recently been granted a Federal Aviation Administration amendment to its existing Supplemental Type Certificate (STC); #SR02341AK, to provide an Integrated Cockpit... Read more

Milestone Aviation Group to acquire five S-76C++ helicopters

Milestone Aviation Group to acquire five S-76C++ helicopters

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Milestone Aviation Group Limited jointly announced for the first time today the scheduled deliveries of five Sikorsky S-76C++™ helicopters to Milestone in the second half of 2011 under a firm order contract signed last December. Milestone, the first global finance company focused exclusively on the helicopter and private jet markets, will... Read more

Eurocopter Canada announces sale of 2nd AS350B3 to V. Kelner Helicopters

Eurocopter Canada announces sale of 2nd AS350B3 to V. Kelner Helicopters

6-Mar-2011Source: Eurocopter Canada

“The selection of a second AS350 B3 was easy – the aircraft is well suited for our operations in mineral exploration and our customers have come to count on the performance and lift capability” said Frank Kelner, CEO of V. Kelner Helicopters.  “The AS350 B3 provides excellent handling characteristics, great visibility and delivers customers with... Read more

RR forecasts 16,900 new turbine helicopters during next 10 years

RR forecasts 16,900 new turbine helicopters during next 10 years

6-Mar-2011Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has completed the first development test runs of the new RR500 engine. The initial runs included engine start and accelerations to part power. The test team is proud that the engine successfully met all the relevant and applicable milestones. In upcoming weeks, the RR500 engine will continue test runs... Read more

Rolls-Royce hits key milestone with first development test of new RR500 engine

Rolls-Royce hits key milestone with first development test of new RR500 engine

6-Mar-2011Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has completed the first development test runs of the new RR500 engine. The initial runs included engine start and accelerations to part power. The test team is proud that the engine successfully met all the relevant and applicable milestones. In upcoming weeks, the RR500 engine will continue test runs... Read more

Rolls-Royce announces new RR300 service centre network

Rolls-Royce announces new RR300 service centre network

6-Mar-2011Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, today officially announced the establishment of a new RR300 Service Center network, which offers global, approved maintenance support to RR300 powered Robinson R66 operators worldwide. The Service Centers provide maintenance, inspections and parts sales directly to operators. The RR300 Service Center network consists of eleven industry-leading support facilities which... Read more

P&WC signs long-term agreement with Era Helicopters

P&WC signs long-term agreement with Era Helicopters

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a long-term agreement with Era Helicopters LLC (Era) of Lake Charles, La., to provide engine support for Era’s fleet of 70 P&WC-powered helicopters. The contract covers 150 installed PW200/PT6B/PT6C and PT6T engines, plus spares, for a period of 10 years. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies... Read more

SureFlight offering free helicopter paint at Heli-Expo 2011 booth 1812

SureFlight offering free helicopter paint at Heli-Expo 2011 booth 1812

6-Mar-2011Source: SureFlight

The aviation refinishing company, SureFlight, LLC will be exhibiting at the Heli-Expo Tradeshow booth 1812 in Orlando, FL on March 5-8, 2011. Casher’s Aviation Finishes (exhibiting at the adjacent booth 1811) and SureFlight have teamed up to offer up to $2,000 of free DuPont IRMON paint to the first few customers who sign for a... Read more

Bell’s Training Academy cecomes first to receive EASA Practical Training Approval

Bell’s Training Academy cecomes first to receive EASA Practical Training Approval

6-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Training Approval for Bell 206 series, 407 and 412 helicopters. In addition to the normal theory approvals, Bell Helicopter’s Training Academy has been granted practical approval for the 206, 407, and 412... Read more

South Korean Government orders an AW139 to fight fires

South Korean Government orders an AW139 to fight fires

6-Mar-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and United Industries International are pleased to announce that the Public Procurement Authority of the Republic of Korea have selected the AW139 for the Incheon Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will perform fire fighting, emergency medical service, air rescue and transport missions and is scheduled to go into service in 2012.... Read more

Sikorsky Aerospace Services completes S-76Bâ„¢ mods for export to Germany

Sikorsky Aerospace Services completes S-76Bâ„¢ mods for export to Germany

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services’ (SAS) commercial maintenance facility in Coatesville, Penn., announced today completion of comprehensive modifications to a Sikorsky S-76Bâ„¢ helicopter for export to Germany’s Heliservice International GmbH. Originally designed for VIP transport missions, the aircraft has been reconfigured and is currently equipped to perform specialty maintenance operations on windmill farms throughout Germany. The SAS’... Read more

India’s Maharashtra State Government signs for an S76C++

India’s Maharashtra State Government signs for an S76C++

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced today the signing of a contract to sell an S-76C++â„¢ helicopter to the Maharashtra Government in India for VIP transport.  The aircraft will join a growing fleet of Sikorsky helicopters operating in India or on order by Indian customers, including other S-76® family aircraft and lightweight S-300â„¢ and S-330SPâ„¢ helicopters. ... Read more

Sikorsky Aerospace Services launches LUH HELOTRAC 2Xâ„¢ maintenance management software system

Sikorsky Aerospace Services launches LUH HELOTRAC 2Xâ„¢ maintenance management software system

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the launch of its new LUH HELOTRAC 2Xâ„¢ software system supporting the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. The user friendly, Web-based system records, manages and reports essential information presenting data in an easily accessible and highly visible dashboard. SAS is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky... Read more

PHi chooses AW139s and Signs Long-Term Engine Service Agreement for PT6C-67C Engines

PHi chooses AW139s and Signs Long-Term Engine Service Agreement for PT6C-67C Engines

6-Mar-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

PHI Inc (NASDAQ: PHII, PHIIK), a leading provider of helicopter transportation and related services to a diverse customer group that includes the oil and gas industries, has purchased 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) PT6C-67C engines. As well, PHI has signed a long-term Engine Service Agreement for the repair and... Read more

Garmin announces the G1000Hâ„¢ for helicopters

Garmin announces the G1000Hâ„¢ for helicopters

6-Mar-2011Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the G1000H, an all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the VFR Part 27 helicopter market. The G1000H provides important flight data — flight instrumentation, navigation, communication, weather, terrain, traffic, identification, and diagnostics and maintenance computer — and... Read more

Turbomeca launches its brand new Arriel 2+ engine family

Turbomeca launches its brand new Arriel 2+ engine family

6-Mar-2011Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca announces the new Arriel 2+ family. The Arriel 2D, Arriel 2E and Arriel 2N, part of this new family, will respectively power the AS350 B3e, EC145T2 and AS365 N3e. This new family offers lower operating costs, higher reliability and higher performance. Arriel 2D certification is scheduled mid-2011, the Arriel 2E’s one year later and... Read more

Becker Avionics signs Service Center and Dealer Agreement with JAMCO for Japan

Becker Avionics signs Service Center and Dealer Agreement with JAMCO for Japan

6-Mar-2011Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics, a leading provider of communication, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue equipment for airborne and ground applications, announced today that it has entered into a service center and dealer agreement with JAMCO. JAMCO will act as the authorized service center to provide line repairs, bench work, as well as warranty and exchange services... Read more

Helicopter Support Inc awarded FAA Diamond Award for 5th Consecutive Year

Helicopter Support Inc awarded FAA Diamond Award for 5th Consecutive Year

6-Mar-2011Source: Sikorsky

Helicopter Support, Inc. (HSI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, announced today during the Heli-Expo industry show in Orlando that the company’s Services Division has won the FAA Diamond Certificate of Excellence award for the fifth consecutive year. This coveted award is given to employers with 100 percent employee participation in an FAA-approved aviation maintenance training... Read more

Turbomeca reinforces proximity support and partnership with Air Methods

Turbomeca reinforces proximity support and partnership with Air Methods

6-Mar-2011Source: Turbomeca

In support of Air Methods Corporation* loyalty and commitment, Turbomeca has agreed to a ten year dedicated customer support partnership to provide cost control and tailored services in support of their growing fleet. Air Methods has been a loyal Turbomeca customer for many years and operates approximately 220 Turbomeca engines (Arriel 1, Arriel 2, and... Read more

DAS International and Cobham STEC reach agreement for HeliSAS

DAS International and Cobham STEC reach agreement for HeliSAS

6-Mar-2011Source: DAS International

DAC International of Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today they have entered into a distribution agreement for sales into South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe with Cobham’s HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System for light and medium helicopters. Cobham received HeliSAS’ Technical Standing Order (TSO) certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2009, and... Read more

Thales enhances its TopDeck avionics suite aboard S-76D

Thales enhances its TopDeck avionics suite aboard S-76D

6-Mar-2011Source: Thales

Thales announced today that it has been working on significant functional enhancements on its TopDeck avionics suite in order to anticipate operators requests, which will contribute to further improving the helicopter’s performance. Previously selected by Sikorsky to equip the new version of it’s S-76D commercial helicopter with the TopDeck avionics suite, Thales is now enhancing... Read more

Garmin GMAâ„¢ 350 Audio Panel makes flying easy with voice recognition and 3D sound

Garmin GMAâ„¢ 350 Audio Panel makes flying easy with voice recognition and 3D sound

6-Mar-2011Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today the GMA 350 and GMA 350H audio panels. Designed for fixed wing and rotorcraft, respectively, the GMA 350 and 350H have industry-first features like voice recognition, 3D spatial audio processing, advanced auto squelch, and ambient noise based... Read more

Garmin G500H goes to Hawaii and Hollywood

Garmin G500H goes to Hawaii and Hollywood

6-Mar-2011Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, is pleased to announce that one of its most popular products for helicopters is being used by one of the world’s largest tour operators. Blue Hawaiian, the largest Hawaiian helicopter operator and Hollywood’s first-call helicopter company, is in the... Read more

Garmin G500H available soon on MD500

Garmin G500H available soon on MD500

6-Mar-2011Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that MD Helicopters, a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has selected the G500H as an optional avionics package for the MD series helicopters.  The G500H, is a certified, all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the... Read more

Garmin announces G500H program for R44

Garmin announces G500H program for R44

6-Mar-2011Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that it has initiated work on a project to obtain a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of the Garmin G500H glass cockpit in the Robinson R44 helicopter. Once completed, any authorized Garmin dealer can install the... Read more

Milestone Aviation Group announces $205M of Helicopter Lease transactions

Milestone Aviation Group announces $205M of Helicopter Lease transactions

6-Mar-2011Source: Milestone Aviation Group

Milestone Aviation Group, the first global specialty finance company focused exclusively on the helicopter and private jet markets, announced today $205 million in transactions. With this announcement, which was made at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, Milestone has closed on 20 new and pre-owned helicopters totalling $141 million as well as signed Letters of Intent... Read more

USCG signs second Support By the Hour contract with Turbomeca

USCG signs second Support By the Hour contract with Turbomeca

6-Mar-2011Source: Turbomeca

During the Turbomeca press conference at Heli-expo, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was recognized for signing a second Support By the Hour contract with Turbomeca. This contract provides modular maintenance and dedicated customer service supporting all 244 engines at 18 Air Stations throughout the United States. The contract will benefit the USCG by maximizing... Read more

Turbomeca delivers 1,000th Arrius 2B engine to STAT MedEvac

Turbomeca delivers 1,000th Arrius 2B engine to STAT MedEvac

6-Mar-2011Source: Turbomeca

Recently, STAT MedEvac, major EMS operator in the USA, received the 1,000th Arrius 2B engine to power their latest EC 135. Today, STAT Medevac’s fleet is composed of 14 EC 135s and seven EC 145s (Turbomeca Arriel 1E2). All their new airframes will have Turbomeca engines and most of their current fleet has Turbomeca engines.... Read more

American Eurocopter AS350 full flight simulator certified by FAA

American Eurocopter AS350 full flight simulator certified by FAA

6-Mar-2011Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted its AS350 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) Level B and NVG training certification continuing the company’s enhancement of its training capabilities in support of its helicopter operators’ efforts to improve flight safety. With the Level B certification, American Eurocopter’s Part 135 customers can incorporate the... Read more

Aero Dynamix triples size of their facility

Aero Dynamix triples size of their facility

6-Mar-2011Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix Inc., located in Euless Texas, is very proud to announce significant expansion of their facilities so that they can better support the growing customer base.  Aero Dynamix has outgrown their current 8,200 square foot facility and is currently in the process of expanding into a 24,300 square foot facility. “The customer demand for... Read more

HeliHub.com to add global web links

HeliHub.com to add global web links

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com is to add a new “LINKS” section to our website.  Never known to do things by halves – we already bring more stories and incident reports to the global helicopter industries than any other website – you can be sure that our LINKS section will be second to none. Information on how to get... Read more

Eurocopter Canada sells six helicopters to Capitale Hélipro

Eurocopter Canada sells six helicopters to Capitale Hélipro

6-Mar-2011Source: Eurocopter Canada

Eurocopter Canada confirms the sale of three AS350 B2’s, two EC130 B4’s and one AS350 B3 aircraft with Capitale Hélipro based in Quebec City. With the delivery of six new helicopters by July 2011 from the Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) facility in Fort Erie, Ontario, Capitale Hélipro will have a total fleet of 11 Eurocopter... Read more

New Swiss “SKYe” design expected to generate interest at Heli-Expo

New Swiss “SKYe” design expected to generate interest at Heli-Expo

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Marenco Swisshelicopter is launching the “SKYe” helicopter at Heli-Expo with a full-size representation likely to draw lots of interest.  Looking like a potential competitor to the Bell 429 or Eurocopter EC135, the twin engined aircraft has been developed over the last four years by Martin Stucki.  As owner of Marenco AG, Stucki is CEO of Marenco... Read more

Sandel debuts in-flight comparison video of HeliTAWS and HTAWS systems at HAI

Sandel debuts in-flight comparison video of HeliTAWS and HTAWS systems at HAI

6-Mar-2011Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics has revealed dramatic side-by-side comparison video footage of its advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system and the HTAWS software option for the Garmin® GNSâ„¢ 430W that points out the difference in performance between HeliTAWS and a MOPS (minimum operating performance standard) unit.  The video, which will be shown first at HAI in Booth... Read more

Uniflight announces “B206 on steriods” with RR500 engine STC

Uniflight announces “B206 on steriods” with RR500 engine STC

6-Mar-2011Source: Uniflight

Uniflight announced today a revolutionary cooperative venture between Bell Helicopter and Rolls-Royce to provide the RR500 turboshaft as an engine upgrade kit to the venerable 206 series of light single engine helicopters. The program will significantly improve the performance of the aircraft for hot climate and high altitude operating conditions. The option kit will be... Read more

Vector Aerospace offers customizable UH-1 Upgrade Program

Vector Aerospace offers customizable UH-1 Upgrade Program

6-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announces it has launched a unique UH-1H helicopter upgrade program; ready for delivery to operators around the globe. Vector’s customizable UH-1 upgrade... Read more

International award for Queensland flood helicopter crews

International award for Queensland flood helicopter crews

6-Mar-2011Source: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/international-award-for-qld-flood-saviours-20110306-1bja8.html

Helicopter crews who plucked dozens of people from roofs, cars and trees after the “inland tsunami” struck Grantham in southeast Queensland have been recognised with an international “Rescue of the Year” award.... Read more

Papillon choose SpiderTracks for flight following

Papillon choose SpiderTracks for flight following

6-Mar-2011Source: Spidertracks

The world’s oldest and largest helicopter sightseeing company, Papillon, announced at Heli-Expo today that is making a commitment to improving the safety of its fleet and passengers by choosing spidertracks aircraft tracking system for its flight following. The Las Vegas-based company flies 40,000 hours a year, offering sightseeing tours around Nevada and into the Grand... Read more

AgustaWestland seeks sole ownership of BA609

AgustaWestland seeks sole ownership of BA609

6-Mar-2011

Giuseppe Orsi has said that the development process of the BA609 was still being held up in negotiations with Bell Helicopter, whom he inferred was reluctant to hand over the development baton to AgustaWestland.... Read more

HFI’s scholarship fundraising golf tournament a great success

HFI’s scholarship fundraising golf tournament a great success

6-Mar-2011Source: HFI

Helicopter Foundation International proudly hosted its second annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament on Friday, March 4, in conjunction with HELI-EXPO 2011. The event was a great success. There were wonderful prizes awarded, great food, and everyone who participated helped support HFI’s Scholarship program. In total, there were 100 players representing 24 teams, and 35 sponsoring... Read more

Watch HAI Safety Symposium live from Heli-Expo 2011

Watch HAI Safety Symposium live from Heli-Expo 2011

6-Mar-2011Source: HAI

PHI Chief Pilot Mike Hurst, one of this year’s “Salute to Excellence” award winners, is the featured speaker at the HAI Safety Symposium this morning at HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. You can watch Mike’s presentation live on Just Culture starting at 8:00 a.m. (EasternST) Check back here for updates on live Webcasts of other HELI-EXPO 2011 programs,... Read more

TrueView EVS obtains Canadian STC for B206 series

TrueView EVS obtains Canadian STC for B206 series

6-Mar-2011Source: TrueView

TrueView Enhanced Vision Systems, LLC of Sackets Harbor, N.Y. has obtained Transport Canada approval of its infrared enhanced vision system. The approval, STC SH10-53, compliments the existing FAA STC, #SR02601NY-D for TrueView’s Model 2061-200-320/640 system for the Bell 206 and 206L Series helicopters. TrueView manufactures high quality STC’d EVS systems in complete kit form. The... Read more

SRT Helicopters helps Good Samaritan Hospital with emergency planning

SRT Helicopters helps Good Samaritan Hospital with emergency planning

6-Mar-2011Source: SRT Helicopters

SRT Helicopters, a leading training organization specializing in disaster relief operations and planning for military, law enforcement and public services agencies in the U.S. and around the world, recently completed a successful year-long disaster response training program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif. With SRT’s help, Good Samaritan Hospital, recognized by Healthgrades, Inc.,... Read more

Watch Heli-Expo 2011 events live online

Watch Heli-Expo 2011 events live online

6-Mar-2011Source: HAI

HAI is pleased to announce that a number of informative events taking place at HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. will be streamed via live Webcast (CLICK HERE). The following events will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, South Concourse:  (These are EASTERN STANDARD TIME GMT+5) Sunday, March 6 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.—HAI’s Annual Membership Breakfast and... Read more

Bell Training Academy certifies B429 flight training device

Bell Training Academy certifies B429 flight training device

6-Mar-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its received Level 6 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration for its 429 flight training device. Certification of this simulator is a critical element of the flight training curriculum and clears the way for final regulatory approval of the overall 429 flight training program. “This... Read more

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

Australian Army selects Sandel 4-ATI Displays for Kiowas

6-Mar-2011Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics has announced that its 4-ATI SA4550 Primary Attitude (EADI) and SN4500 Primary Navigation (EHSI) Displays have been chosen by the Australian Army to upgrade its fleet of Bell 206B-1 Kiowa helicopters. Panel design and installation work for the systems, which included Sandel’s on-demand NVIS option, was performed by Sikorsky Helitech in Brisbane. With... Read more

London Air Services appointed as an AW Independent Sales Rep for Canada

London Air Services appointed as an AW Independent Sales Rep for Canada

6-Mar-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that London Air Services (LAS) of Vancouver has been appointed an AgustaWestland Independent Sales Representative for Canada. This agreement represents one of the latest moves to further strengthen and expand AgustaWestland’s position in North America. Lou Bartolotta, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales, North America said... Read more

CHC AW139 fleet achieves 50,000 Hours milestone

CHC AW139 fleet achieves 50,000 Hours milestone

6-Mar-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 medium twin helicopter fleet operated by the CHC Helicopter group of companies is the first to achieve the milestone of 50,000 flying hours. CHC is the largest AW139 operator worldwide with 25 units in service and an undisclosed number of aircraft on order. CHC... Read more

Revue Thommen demos slaving capabilities of HSL-1600 searchlight

Revue Thommen demos slaving capabilities of HSL-1600 searchlight

6-Mar-2011Source: Revue Thommen

REVUE THOMMEN of Waldenburg, Switzerland will have an ongoing demonstration of the slaving capabilities of the NEW HSL1600 Helicopter Searchlight in Booth 4108 at Heli-Expo in Orlando. The HSL-1600 has totally integrated software including the software that allows the searchlight to be slaved to IR and CCTV cameras and Mission Displays. Competitive searchlights require separate... Read more

Sandel adds WireWatchâ„¢ Wire-Strike Protection feature to HeliTAWSâ„¢

Sandel adds WireWatchâ„¢ Wire-Strike Protection feature to HeliTAWSâ„¢

6-Mar-2011Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics has introduced a revolutionary adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will be implemented through the company’s advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a proactive alerting capability, WireWatch further enhances the operational safety that the TSO’d HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping helicopter pilots avoid transmission lines... Read more

Max-Viz gains Canadian certification for EVS-1500 on S-76

Max-Viz gains Canadian certification for EVS-1500 on S-76

6-Mar-2011Source: Max-Viz

Max-Viz announced today the Canadian approval of US FAA STC#SR02322AKfor the installation of the EVS-1500 Enhanced Vision System on S-76 A thru C++ helicopters. The Approval was obtained by STC holder and Max-Viz team partner One Sky Aviation. “The S-76 approval process went very smoothly through Transport Canada”, stated Cary Foster, owner of One Sky... Read more

Heli-One leads in PBH helicopter service contracts

Heli-One leads in PBH helicopter service contracts

6-Mar-2011Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the world”s largest independent helicopter MRO company, has solidified its position as an industry leading provider of power-by-the-hour (PBH) helicopter maintenance contracts with the recent conclusion of new deals to support aircraft in locations from Brazil to India to Denmark. In recent weeks Heli-One has added sixteen new aircraft to its customer list of... Read more

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

Vector Aerospace re-targets SeaKing / S-61 market

5-Mar-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Richmond, BC – Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation and one of the world’s leading independent providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is working hard to ensure it remains ahead of the curve in relation to its ability to offer comprehensive engine; dynamic component;... Read more

FlightSafety demos enhanced VITAL-X visual system at Heli-Expo

FlightSafety demos enhanced VITAL-X visual system at Heli-Expo

5-Mar-2011Source: FlightSafety International

FlightSafety International is demonstrating an enhanced version of its VITAL X Visual System designed specifically for use in helicopter training programs and simulators at Heli-Expo. It was designed based on extensive consultation with helicopter operators from various industry segments and the company’s vast experience in civil and military simulation equipment. “Visitors to FlightSafety’s exhibit at... Read more

Phoenix Heliparts customizes 1981 MD500D with less than 700 hour TTAF

Phoenix Heliparts customizes 1981 MD500D with less than 700 hour TTAF

5-Mar-2011Source: Phoenix Heliparts

Mesa, Arizona – March 5, 2011. After being fully restored by Phoenix Heliparts, of Mesa, AZ, a 1981 MD500D model has been customized with an ‘E’ nose, air conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package. This 30-year-old aircraft is now truly state of the art. Official handover to Team C&H, of Jacksonville, Florida, will take... Read more

Aero Dynamix displays B206 owned by NASCAR legend

Aero Dynamix displays B206 owned by NASCAR legend

5-Mar-2011Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix Inc. is very proud to have the Bell 206B owned and operated by NASCAR legend Andy Petree in their booth (Booth #1337) this year at Heli Expo and would like to invite you by to see it. “We are tremendously excited to have Andy’s helicopter on display in our booth” stated General Manager... Read more

Russian Helicopters detail Heli-Expo 2011 presence

Russian Helicopters detail Heli-Expo 2011 presence

5-Mar-2011Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a part of UIC Oboronprom, showcased its lineup at HELI-EXPO 2011 (stand 628) in Orlando, FL. The models on are potentially the most suitable and attractive for the North American market – the medium multi-role Mi-8/17, the coaxial Ka-32A11BC, the highly maneuverable light Mi-34C1, and the multi-role special ops (including operations in thin... Read more

Eurocopter have mystery wrapped up at Heli-Expo 2011

Eurocopter have mystery wrapped up at Heli-Expo 2011

5-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The centre piece of Eurocopter’s booth at Heli-Expo is wrapped up for a theatrical reveal on show open morning tomorrow.  The manufacturer will not be drawn on exactly what is under the wraps, but industry speculation points to the new EC146, which in very simplistic terms is an EC145 with a fenestron tail rotor. Stay... Read more

Air Comm unveils Comfort+ Program at Heli-Expo 2011

Air Comm unveils Comfort+ Program at Heli-Expo 2011

5-Mar-2011Source: Air Comm

Air Comm Corp will introduce and discuss its Comfort+ Program at Heli-Expo 2011, March 6-8 in Orlando, Fla. With its superior, advanced technology heating and air conditioning systems for helicopters, Air Comm Corp. reliably delivers comfort — plus mission-critical extras — to operators worldwide. “Comfort+ is what distinguishes Air Comm as the leader in helicopter... Read more

Revue Thommen announces smaller HSL-800 searchlight

Revue Thommen announces smaller HSL-800 searchlight

5-Mar-2011Source: Revue Thommen

REVUE THOMMEN of Waldenburg, Switzerland has announced the future availability of the smaller and lighter HSL-800 Helicopter Searchlight for weight and power restricted aircraft operations such as single engine aircraft in the U.S. Law Enforcement market segment. The HSL-800 is in the development stage at this time with anticipated availability in the 1st Quarter of... Read more

Eurocopter giving away seven iPads at Heli-Expo

Eurocopter giving away seven iPads at Heli-Expo

5-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

American Eurocopter will be giving away 7 iPads throughout the Heli-Expo.  Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter, so that counts out getting on for half of the show visitors from outside the US.  Sweepstakes Starts March 02, 2011 @ 12:30 pm (CST) and ends March... Read more

Timken remains at forefront of aerospace replacement parts market

Timken remains at forefront of aerospace replacement parts market

5-Mar-2011Source: Timken

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) continues to expand its capabilities to serve the total lifecycle of overhaul and replacement parts for the aviation industry with 28 new FAA-certified replacement parts for a variety of helicopter drivetrain and engine platforms. Timken now offers more than 1,600 FAA-certified replacement parts overall – some of which the company... Read more

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