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FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

6-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet on 28th February, and the second is expected to arrive today.  Serial 2926, and registered OH-HVQ, the aircraft departed the factory at Marignane in southern France yesterday and has over-nighted in Germany. The Finnish Boarder Guard already operates three AS332... Read more

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

6-Apr-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Following the Heli-Expo trade show in Kentucky in early March, Airbus Helicopters took their H215 demonstrator from there on a tour across the US.  The series of flights naturally visited both current and prospective customers, and has concluded with the aircraft on static display at the Aerial Firefighting International in Sacramento, California. The three week... Read more

Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

Bell announces one 407GXP sale in Canada and two to Gotham Air

18-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it secured commitments from two customers for a total of three Bell 407GXPs in corporate/VIP configuration while at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Among the signings, Bell Helicopter signed with a private customer based in Newfoundland, Canada, for a Bell 407GXP... Read more

Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

14-Mar-2016Source: Airwork NZ

Airwork recently ordered its 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine from Honeywell which is a fantastic achievement for the joint venture project that started between Honeywell and Airwork in 2009. The 850B-2 engines are installed into the BK117-B2 providing an impressive upgrade to the aircraft performance and capability. Airwork brands the upgraded aircraft as the BK117-850D2. The Airwork... Read more

FreeFlight Systems and Peregrine obtain ADS-B AML STC for Part 27 rotorcraft

FreeFlight Systems and Peregrine obtain ADS-B AML STC for Part 27 rotorcraft

10-Mar-2016Source: FreeFlight Systems

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today that the Company has obtained an ADS-B AML STC for Part 27 rotorcraft. FreeFlight’s RANGR series offers a range of fully-featured, TSO certified ADS-B solutions. The Company selected Peregrine to perform engineering services due to their extensive background in ADS-B efforts and credible reputation in the aerospace industry.... Read more

MD Helicopters sponsors Embry-Riddle student

MD Helicopters sponsors Embry-Riddle student

10-Mar-2016Source: Embry-Riddle

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Brett Ahola has been awarded the 2016 MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship by MD Helicopters Inc. The unique training opportunity has a value of approximately $10,000. The MD 500 is an advanced, turbine-powered helicopter that most students are not yet qualified to fly. The week-long, one-on-one training course is held at... Read more

Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

Magellan Aerospace launches R66 Wire Strike Protection System

10-Mar-2016Source: Magellan

Magellan Aerospace (“Magellan”) announced today that a Wire Strike Protection System™ (WSPS™) will soon be available for the Robinson R66 helicopter platform with the anticipated issuance of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) in the first quarter of 2016. The WSPS™ is designed to provide a measure of protection for helicopters in level flight in the... Read more

True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

True Blue Power to power Bell 505 JetRanger X

9-Mar-2016Source: True Blue Power

True Blue Power have announced the company’s revolutionary TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion engine-start battery will power the new Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X™. The TB17 battery utilizes proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium-ion cell chemistry to provide unmatched power, energy, safety and life. Weighing less than 16 pounds, the TB17 offers 45 percent weight savings, increased payload,... Read more

BHI2 and United Rotorcraft extend UH-60 collaboration

BHI2 and United Rotorcraft extend UH-60 collaboration

9-Mar-2016Source: BHI2

BHI2 Helicopters has announced that a mock-up of United Rotorcraft’s new overlay floor system has been installed in one of their BHI H-60 “C-Hawks”.  It will be available to view at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli Expo in Louisville Kentucky March 2nd through the 3rd in Static Area 1-3.   This announcement comes after months of close partnership... Read more

Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

Airbus Helicopters boosts its HCare material support offer

6-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Through the launch of HCare, Airbus Helicopters simplified and reshaped its material support services to provide a more easy-to-use service, performance guarantees, competitive pricing and larger coverage. The objective of the enhanced Material Support offer is to enable operators to be the most agile and competitive in the market place thanks to controlled costs, a reduced... Read more

DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

6-Mar-2016Source: Waypoint

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung (“DRF”), one of the largest non-profit air rescue services in Germany, for the purchase and leaseback of two Airbus H135P2 helicopters. Both helicopters will operate in Germany, supporting civilian emergency medical... Read more

ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

6-Mar-2016Source: P&WC

“ADAC implemented the IBF in 2011 to directly address the environmental challenges its fleet encounters – which is absolutely critical for an emergency medical services provider,” said Irene Makris, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. “The IBF device ensures there are no flight delays and allows the fleet to be operated for any kind of emergency mission,... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada FAST system now available on AW139

Pratt & Whitney Canada FAST system now available on AW139

6-Mar-2016Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) Flight Acquisition, Storage and Transmission (FAST™) solution is now available on Finmeccanica’s AW139 helicopter, providing a wireless turnkey solution that delivers actionable, preventative engine health information as well as flight data recorder (FDR) data collection and transmission to operators. The result is reduced pilot workload, operating costs and downtime through... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada extends TBO on PW210 turboshaft

Pratt & Whitney Canada extends TBO on PW210 turboshaft

6-Mar-2016Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) today announced that it has extended the basic time between overhaul (TBO) for its PW210 turboshaft engines from 3,500 to 4,000 hours. This will increase time-on-wing and reduce maintenance costs by over 10 percent for operators. The extension applies to all PW210 engines currently in service and those to be... Read more

Dallas Airmotive receive Most Improved Award from Rolls-Royce

Dallas Airmotive receive Most Improved Award from Rolls-Royce

6-Mar-2016Source: Dallas Airmotive

Dallas Airmotive, a BBA Aviation Global Engine Services company, announced today that it has been recognized by Rolls-Royce for the investments and advancements the company has made to reduce turn times and enhanced customer support for its M250 maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. During the annual Rolls-Royce M250 FIRST network award reception and recognition event... Read more

Hong Kong selects Trakka searchlight for SAR H175s

Hong Kong selects Trakka searchlight for SAR H175s

4-Mar-2016Source: Trakka

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that Airbus Helicopters have selected the TrakkaBeam A800 tactical searchlight for the new 7 x H175 multi-mission helicopters acquired by Hong Kong’s Government Flying Services (GFS). “We are extremely pleased that the Trakkabeam has again been chosen for another premier International Search and Rescue programme, and in particular for... Read more

JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

JSSI Launches Parts-Only Programs For AW139 and Bell 429

4-Mar-2016Source: JSSI

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its Parts-Only Program is now available for the Finmeccanica (formerly AgustaWestland) AW139 and the Bell 429. “Last year we introduced the Parts-Only Program for the AS350 market and we are now excited to expand this offering... Read more

JSSI Appoints Director of Business Development, Helicopter Programs in Latin America

JSSI Appoints Director of Business Development, Helicopter Programs in Latin America

4-Mar-2016Source: JSSI

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has appointed Alonso M. Fonseca to Director of Business Development, Helicopter Programs Central and South America. “Alonso’s reputation in the Latin America helicopter and business aviation industry is exceptional and we are excited to have him join... Read more

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

4-Mar-2016Source: Vector

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley,... Read more

Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

4-Mar-2016Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the addition of the Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130 T2) and EC130 B4 tail rotor gearbox (TGB) to its existing range of rotorcraft repair and overhaul (R&O) capabilities. Vector will offer this expanded support for the... Read more

Greenwich AeroGroup completes first install of LiveAero system on AW139

Greenwich AeroGroup completes first install of LiveAero system on AW139

4-Mar-2016Source: Greenwich AeroGroup

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has successfully installed its LiveAero system on an AW139 at its Summit Aviation facility in Middletown, Del. “This is an exciting achievement for the LiveAero platform,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “This satellite broadband connectivity solution is the best value in the... Read more

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

4-Mar-2016Source: Airbus

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs, David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., placed an order Wednesday for an Airbus Helicopters H145 for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil said the decision to buy the H145 was based on the performance, quality and safety... Read more

Waypoint Leasing Surpasses $1.5 Billion in Helicopter Assets

Waypoint Leasing Surpasses $1.5 Billion in Helicopter Assets

4-Mar-2016Source: Waypoint

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that the company has officially surpassed $1.5 billion in total helicopter assets. Waypoint’s fleet, comprised of a diverse mix of assets ranging from light-twin to heavy helicopters, now includes more than 120 aircraft. Additionally, Waypoint has... Read more

Airbus Helicopters rolls out H175 Flight Crew Operating Manual

Airbus Helicopters rolls out H175 Flight Crew Operating Manual

4-Mar-2016Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters is continuing to deliver on its commitment to safety as its number one priority with the release of the H175 Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM), coming just over a year after the release of the helicopter industry’s first-ever FCOM for the H225 in oil & gas configuration. The newest FCOM, designed specifically for... Read more

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

Bell sells first 407GXP into Italy

4-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is delighted to announce that the Bell 407 is continuing to gain traction in Italy with the sale of the first 407GXP to a private customer. “We are delighted with the traction that the Bell 407 is gaining in Italy,” said Roberto Farnese, Sales Director Western Europe, Bell... Read more

Bell delivers first 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russia

Bell delivers first 429 with Mecaer Interior to Russia

4-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first Bell 429 to a Russian customer outfitted with the MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). “We have been anticipating this milestone for quite some time and are very excited to deliver this luxurious aircraft to one of... Read more

Heliwork Services adds Bell 429 approval in UK

Heliwork Services adds Bell 429 approval in UK

3-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Heliwork Services Ltd, located in the United Kingdom, has added Bell 429 aircraft maintenance capability to their Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility. “Authorizing Heliwork Services to perform 429 field maintenance capabilities reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Jakub Hoda, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of Europe.... Read more

Eagle Copters Australasia appointed Bell Customer Service Facility

Eagle Copters Australasia appointed Bell Customer Service Facility

3-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter announced today that Eagle Copters Australasia Pty Ltd. will be appointed as a Bell Helicopter Authorized CSF in Eastern Australia. “Bringing on Eagle Copters Australasia as an Authorized CSF reinforces our commitment to enhancing the regional support customers need to continue their operations,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of sales for... Read more

Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

Sikorsky launches S76C+ to C++ upgrade program

3-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky today introduced a program that will enable operators to upgrade their S-76C+™ aircraft to the S-76C++™ configuration. The announcement was made at the 2016 Helicopter International Association Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The upgrade increases performance capabilities by expanding the aircraft’s mission envelope to S-76C++ profiles, including greater take-off and cruising... Read more

Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

Nevada Dept of Wildlife buys Eagle Copters Eagle 407HP

3-Mar-2016Source: Honeywell

Eagle Copters Ltd. has announced the Nevada Department of Wildlife as its next customer for the company’s Eagle 407HP helicopter, powered by Honeywell’s HTS900 turboshaft engine. The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is a state agency largely responsible for the proper management of Nevada’s fish and wildlife resources and boating safety. As the replacement for... Read more

Los Angeles County Fire Dept Receives Sikorsky Rescue Award

Los Angeles County Fire Dept Receives Sikorsky Rescue Award

3-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky recognized the County of Los Angeles Fire Department today with Sikorsky Rescue Awards for five crew members involved with lifesaving efforts.  Sikorsky President Dan Schultz presented the awards to Battalion Chief Joel Harrison in a ceremony at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). In a... Read more

Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for S-92 Rescue Accomplishments

Sikorsky Recognizes Bristow for S-92 Rescue Accomplishments

3-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky recognized Bristow Helicopters today for its critical role in safely evacuating hundreds of workers with S-92® helicopters from six oil platforms in the North Sea on Dec. 31, 2015. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz presented the recognition to Bristow President and CEO Jonathan Baliff in a ceremony at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show.... Read more

Turbomeca to offer S-76C+ engine upgrade program

Turbomeca to offer S-76C+ engine upgrade program

3-Mar-2016Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca (Safran) will introduce an engine retrofit program to enable Arriel 2S1powered S-76C+ operators to upgrade to the Arriel 2S2 S-76C++ model. This engine upgrade will be conducted alongside an airframe retrofit program provided by Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin company. Upgrading to S-76C++ configuration with Arriel 2S2 engines will deliver improved mission capabilities including... Read more

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

3-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet, announced today at the Heli Expo Trade Show, where an H215 can be visited on the static display. The first H215 arrived in Finland on February 28 following a training session at the Airbus Helicopters headquarters in Marignane, France.... Read more

Pall Aerospace Highlights Growing Adoption of PUREair Dry Barrier Filter Products

Pall Aerospace Highlights Growing Adoption of PUREair Dry Barrier Filter Products

3-Mar-2016Source: Pall Aerospace

Pall Aerospace PUREair Dry Barrier Filters for commercial helicopter applications will be on display at Heli-Expo 2016. Originally unveiled for the Bell 206L/407 in October of 2014, the PUREair Dry Barrier Filters have since added 2 additional certified applications for Airbus AS350/H125 as well as selection by Marenco Swisshelicopter for the new SKYe SH09 helicopter.... Read more

Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

3-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Following a successful Canadian demonstration tour, the first utility configured H130 aircraft is acquired by Phoenix Heli-Flight. Phoenix Heli-Flight, a charter helicopter company operating out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, is a privately owned company known to be a regional leader, providing modern, new aircraft which enables Phoenix to supply innovative solutions to all of... Read more

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters Delivers 4th Type-Certificated UH-60A Commercial Hawk

3-Mar-2016Source: BHI² Helicopters

BHI² (BHI Squared) Helicopters has announced completion and delivery of its fourth Type-Certificated, Sikorsky UH-60A ‘Commercial Hawk’ or ‘C-Hawk’ helicopter, available for firefighting and special operations. This fourth commercially-approved ‘C-Hawk’ is being displayed during the 2016 Heli-Expo in Louisville, Ky. March 1-3, at Booth 12636 and Static Area space 1-3, coinciding with release of the... Read more

Survial Systems USA teams with Airbus for water survival training

Survial Systems USA teams with Airbus for water survival training

3-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Inc. on Wednesday announced a cooperation agreement with Survival Systems USA for the delivery of helicopter underwater egress and surface water survival training. The agreement announced at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville will enhance the capabilities of Airbus Helicopters Inc. to offer the highest standard of training to its customers across all missions and... Read more

Rolls-Royce Recognizes StandardAero for Customer Satisfaction and Program Investment

Rolls-Royce Recognizes StandardAero for Customer Satisfaction and Program Investment

3-Mar-2016Source: StandardAero

StandardAero received both “Customer Satisfaction” and “Program Investment” awards at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, held on February 29 as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at this year’s HAI HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky. The awards recognize authorized maintenance service centers that provide MRO services for M250 helicopter engines. This is the unprecedented seventh year in... Read more

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

FAA approves Bell to repair Van Horn tail rotor blades

3-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell Helicopter Blades repair operation has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to repair Van Horn composite tail rotor blades for Bell 206 Series models. The Broussard, LA based facility has more than 35 years of helicopter blade refurbishment experience. The location... Read more

Heli-One to Add Makila 2 Overhaul Capability

Heli-One to Add Makila 2 Overhaul Capability

3-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced plans to expand its Turbomeca Makila engine overhaul and repair capabilities at its Stavanger, Norway facility. Heli-One will add engine overhaul capability on Makila 2A and 2A1 models. This is in addition to the Makila 1A, 1A1, and 1A2 variations... Read more

LifePort S-92 Flooring Durability Improvement

LifePort S-92 Flooring Durability Improvement

3-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has designed and delivered a sea floor that seals an entire S-92® cabin being utilized for search and rescue (SAR) missions. The unique floor layout allows for the installation of seats, a LifePort Stacking Litter System (SLS) and an internal auxiliary fuel tank. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT). LifeGard... Read more

Heli-One to Add CT7-8A Hot Section Overhaul Capability

Heli-One to Add CT7-8A Hot Section Overhaul Capability

3-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced it is developing overhaul capability for the General Electric (GE) CT7 Hot Section at its Stavanger, Norway facility. Heli-One expects to begin offering this additional capability to customers in July 2016. This introduction will mark an important milestone for the continued... Read more

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

2-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed search and rescue (SAR) cabin modifications on two Airbus Helicopters H225 aircraft for CHC Helicopter (CHC). The cabin modification was designed in close collaboration with CHC’s SAR crews to optimize usage within a size-restricted space. The design is a modular... Read more

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

Heli-One to Offer AW139 Main Rotor Blade Repair in Stavanger

2-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce plans to add in-house AW139 main rotor blade repair capability at its Stavanger, Norway facility. This new capability is expected to be fully implemented by July 2017. AgustaWestland has approved the capability and will begin training Heli-One’s technicians... Read more

Sino-US signs for 25 AW119Kx helicopters

Sino-US signs for 25 AW119Kx helicopters

2-Mar-2016Source: AgustaWestland

A contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters has been signed with Sino-US. Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through 2017. The helicopters will be operated by Kingwing... Read more

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders a second GrandNew

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders a second GrandNew

2-Mar-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The helicopter division of Finmeccanica has reported that Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation has ordered a GrandNew helicopter in air ambulance configuration for use in the Niigata Prefecture.  THe aircraft will fly as part of the national helicopter air ambulance programme “Doctor Heli” which covers all Japanese prefectures through a series of different operator. The company... Read more

Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

Era Helicopters passes 100,000 flight hour landmark in AW139 fleet

2-Mar-2016Source: Finmeccanica

The Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica celebrated today with the Era Group, the longest serving helicopter provider in the industry and the largest civil operator of AgustaWestland helicopters, their tremendous operational success and achievement of 100,000 flight hours with their fleet of 40 AW139 helicopters operated across their group. Era operates and leases the aircraft in... Read more

Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

2-Mar-2016Source: Finmeccanica

On the first day of Heli-Expo 2016, the Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica presented an evolution of the light single-engine SW-4 commercial helicopter, now designated the AW009. The new model provides improved levels of comfort, reduced maintenance and operating costs as well as an all new integrated avionics suite, and in the future, the option of... Read more

Sikorsky Launches Customer Care Center

Sikorsky Launches Customer Care Center

2-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE:LMT) today unveiled several initiatives to provide new and enhanced services supporting the company’s customers. The announcements were made at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. “Sikorsky is focused on enhancing customer support and achieving excellence in customer satisfaction,” said Joe Triompo, vice president, Sikorsky Customer Support. “We are... Read more

Innova Helicopters sign RR300 Development Agreement

Innova Helicopters sign RR300 Development Agreement

2-Mar-2016Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and Innova Helicopters, Inc., a subsidiary of Innova Aerospace, have reached agreement to launch a technical development program to certify the RR300 turbo-shaft engine for the Innova Helicopters C630. The three-year engineering support agreement will provide Rolls-Royce technical installation support to complement Innova Helicopter’s C630 certification program. Both Rolls-Royce and Innova Helicopters have already installed an RR300 engine... Read more

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

2-Mar-2016Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters have reached agreement to launch the new M250-C47E/3 variant for MD 530-series and growth derivative airframes. Rolls-Royce is the exclusive engine provider for MD Helicopters’ single-engine platforms. The new agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters. Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants power multiple MD Helicopters aircraft, including the MD 500, MD 520N, MD 530F and... Read more

Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

Enstrom signs new 5-year agreement for M250 engines

2-Mar-2016Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and Enstrom Helicopter Corporation have signed a new agreement to provideRolls-Royce M250 engines for the versatile 480B helicopter. The 480B is Enstrom’s flagship turbine helicopter, known for its combination of safety, stability, comfort and value. The five-seat aircraft serves as a military trainer, and is well suited for law enforcement, emergency medical and commercial, agricultural... Read more

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

VIH Aerospace adds AW139 to Transport Canada approvals

2-Mar-2016Source: VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (exhibiting at Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) has now added the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter to its Transport Canada – Approved Maintenance Organization Certificate. With this addition, VIH Aerospace is now approved by the regulatory body to perform specific... Read more

Aeronautical Accessories expands Product Line Up with Hoffman, Airglas and Van Horn

Aeronautical Accessories expands Product Line Up with Hoffman, Airglas and Van Horn

2-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that it is now a distributor of several new product offerings, under its Aeronautical Accessories brand, including  the new LED Super™ Nightscanner®, Bell 206 series Van Horn rotor blades and multiple products from the Airglas product line. “We continually look for innovative products to add to our product line... Read more

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

ProPilot names Bell number one in customer support for 22nd consecutive year

2-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company today announced that it has been once again voted number one in customer support by Professional Pilot magazine. Ranking at the top in each of the seven categories, Bell Helicopter has won the top honor for the helicopter industry for its 22nd consecutive year. “Our goal is... Read more

Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

Able Aerospace Services becomes Bell Service Center

2-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced Able Aerospace Services, located in Mesa, Arizona, as Bell Helicopter’s newest Service Center. Recently acquired by Textron Aviation, Able provides component repairs, component exchanges and replacement parts, among other support and service offerings for commercial rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft customers around the world. This industry... Read more

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

Guangxi Diwang Group signs for ten Bell 525s

2-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today a signed letter of intent with Guangxi Diwang Group for 10 Bell 525 Relentless super-medium helicopters. Guangxi Diwang Group will use the Bell 525s for tourism and search-and-rescue missions. Guangxi Diwang Group is a Commercial Development and Real Estate Investor. “After learning more about the... Read more

LCI touches down at HAI Heli-Expo 201

LCI touches down at HAI Heli-Expo 201

2-Mar-2016Source: LCI

LCI, the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, touches down at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo with a fleet of 21 helicopters in service, and expects to double this number before the end of 2016. LCI grew extensively in 2015, introducing the AW189 into service in its fleet alongside the AW139. Throughout the year, it... Read more

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

2-Mar-2016Source: CAE

Airbus Helicopters has designated CAE’s Olso helicopter training centre an Airbus Helicopters Approved Simulation Centre for H225 recurrent training. This is the culmination of a process that included a rigorous evaluation of the centre’s H225 simulator verifying its fidelity based on Airbus Helicopter’s simulation package, and completion of an Airbus-led training program for CAE instructors.... Read more

Donaldson gets STC for S-61 inlet barrier filters

Donaldson gets STC for S-61 inlet barrier filters

2-Mar-2016Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a subsidiary of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced today that its Universal Filter Module (UFM) has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for installation and use on Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 and H-3 helicopters. The FAA issued the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an Inlet Barrier Filter System (IBF)... Read more

VIH Aerospace Signs Support Agreement With Precision Aviation Group

VIH Aerospace Signs Support Agreement With Precision Aviation Group

2-Mar-2016Source: VIH Aerospace

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services is pleased to announce it has entered into an exclusive Inventory Management and Supply Chain Support Agreement with Precision Heliparts Canada ULC (PHP), effective up to December 31st, 2019. VIHA is exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2016 – Booth... Read more

Era becomes first operator of S-92 with Gross Weight Expansion

Era becomes first operator of S-92 with Gross Weight Expansion

2-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky recognized Era Group Inc. today as the first operator to enter revenue service with a new production Sikorsky S-92® helicopter with Gross Weight Expansion (GWE). The event was conducted at the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show at Sikorsky’s booth where Era’s S-92 helicopter is on display. Sikorsky Aircraft is a Lockheed Martin company... Read more

Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

Meridian Helicopters leases B206L3 to Chopper Charter of Missouri

2-Mar-2016Source: Chopper Charter

Adding to their portfolio of customers, Meridian Helicopters LLC has executed a three year lease agreement with option to extend for an additional two years with Chopper Charter, LLC of Branson, MO. Chopper Charter is a Part 135 operator and has the aircraft destined for one of its operations catering to charter flights and tourism... Read more

Memorial Hermann Life Flight picks Armor SMS

Memorial Hermann Life Flight picks Armor SMS

2-Mar-2016

Professional Resources in System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to announce that Memorial Hermann Life Flight® has selected Aviation Risk Management Online Resource (ARMOR) as its aviation Safety Management System software. Life Flight is a critical care air medical transport service based in Houston, Texas. They serve the community within a 150-mile radius of the... Read more

Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

2-Mar-2016Source: Turbomeca

DRF Luftrettung has selected Turbomeca’s (Safran) Arrius 2B2Plus engine to power its three new Airbus Helicopters H135. With these new Turbomeca-powered H135 fleet DRF Luftrettung will perform HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions in Germany. Franck Saudo, Turbomeca EVP Support & Services, said: “This is a further step that strengthens our relationship with DRF Luftrettung,... Read more

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation named commercial sales agent for Airbus Helicopters

2-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Hillsboro Aviation Inc. will become the Airbus Helicopters exclusive commercial aircraft sales agent for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska under an agreement announced Tuesday by officials of Airbus Helicopters Inc. The exclusive sales agent agreement is the first authorized by Airbus Helicopters Inc. in the company’s 47-year history. Based in Hillsboro, Ore. since 1980, Hillsboro... Read more

Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

2-Mar-2016Source: Dallas Avionics

Dallas Avionics, Jupiter Avionics and Maxcraft Avionics, Ltd., announced today from the Helicopter Association International (HAI) annual HELI EXPO convention that Phoenix Heli-Flight, Inc., (Phoenix) has chosen to equip their entire fleet of Airbus helicopters with the JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller. Phoenix’s recently acquired H130 with the JA94 installed is showcased at Airbus booth 9651.... Read more

Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

Life Flight Network is first EMS operator to achieve both HAI-APS and IS-BAO Accreditation

2-Mar-2016Source: Life Flight Network

Today at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) Conference in Louisville, KY, Life Flight Network (LFN) received recognition for earning two distinguished safety accreditations. LFN is the first air medical operator in the world to receive the HAI Accreditation Program of Safety (HAI-APS) designation for helicopter air ambulance operations. Simultaneously, LFN received International Standard for Business... Read more

Cadorath earns RR M250 Customer Satisfaction award

Cadorath earns RR M250 Customer Satisfaction award

2-Mar-2016Source: Cadorath

Rolls Royce handed out the yearly first network awards today in Louisville, Kentucky at a ceremony with the entire First Network. Cadorath received the 2016 award for Customer Satisfaction. The award is presented to the organization that maintains the highest level of customer satisfaction among all of the M250 First Network facilities. The First network... Read more

Marenco signs first Launch Customer contract

Marenco signs first Launch Customer contract

2-Mar-2016Source: Marenco

Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine helicopter. Air Zermatt enjoys through its versatile activities in high mountainous regions as well as their constant innovation a worldwide recognition. In order to be prepared for the future, Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine... Read more

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

1-Mar-2016Source: Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206... Read more

Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

Bell Launches New Aftermarket Customer Service Plans

1-Mar-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today introduced its new comprehensive aftermarket service plans and announced CareFlite, a fully-integrated medical transport company, as its launch customer. Named “Customer Advantage Plans,” the new aftermarket plans provide customers with holistic coverage solutions for their daily operations. The plans offer a fixed cost per flight hour... Read more

Garmin Shows Off Latest Technology At HAI Heli-Expo

Garmin Shows Off Latest Technology At HAI Heli-Expo

1-Mar-2016Source: Garmin

We’re heading to the Bluegrass state this week for the 2016 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo. This annual convention runs March 1-3, in Louisville, and shows off all the latest products the industry has to offer. We’ll be on hand displaying everything from our popular G500H glass flight display, featuring dual 6.5-inch screens and Helicopter Terrain... Read more

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

Latest Rockwell Collins displays now in service in Era AW189s

1-Mar-2016Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins’ latest solutions for helicopters will be playing a key role in the Gulf of Mexico as Era Group Inc., a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, has taken delivery of its first two Finmecannica AW189 heavy helicopters. “We congratulate Era – the first operator of the AW189 in the Americas... Read more

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