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PAI named Authorized Repair Center by American Eurocopter

PAI named Authorized Repair Center by American Eurocopter

17-Feb-2012Source: Precision Aviation Group

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, subsidiary Precision Accessories & Instruments (PAI) has been approved as an Authorized Repair Center (ARC) for the Eurocopter Group. Under an agreement with American Eurocopter Corporation (AEC), PAI is authorized to provide MRO Services on... Read more

RLC leverages Component Control to initiate preventative maintenance programs

RLC leverages Component Control to initiate preventative maintenance programs

16-Feb-2012Source: Component Control

Component Control announced today that customer RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, is leveraging Quantum MRO and Logistics software to implement trend-based preventative maintenance programs that improve helicopter performance and reduce downtime.  RLC, certified by the FAA to provide full-service helicopter maintenance, currently operates 10 aircraft bases and maintains a... Read more

Eurocopter recognises Heliflight Panama’s maintenance center

Eurocopter recognises Heliflight Panama’s maintenance center

15-Feb-2012Source: Eurocopter

Heliflight Maintenance Center’s first year of operations as a Eurocopter-certified maintenance operation in Panama was marked today during a ceremony held at the Heli-Expo 2012 exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Located at Albrook Airport on the Panama Canal Zone, Heliflight Maintenance Center was the first such facility certified in Central America by the Eurocopter de Mexico... Read more

Arrow Aviation appointed Authorized Service Centre for AW119 and AW139

Arrow Aviation appointed Authorized Service Centre for AW119 and AW139

13-Feb-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Arrow Aviation has been appointed as an AgustaWestland Service Centre in the USA for the AW119 single engine and the AW139 medium twin helicopters. Headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, Arrow Aviation will provide maintenance and repair services as well as maintaining a spare parts inventory for these... Read more

Bristow Academy and Turbomeca partnership ready for first training session

Bristow Academy and Turbomeca partnership ready for first training session

12-Feb-2012Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca (Safran group) and Bristow Academy announced that their first training courses will be held the week of 5 to 9 March 2012. This first session is provided in the training partnership formed last fall. Lectures will be given to the Bristow Academy , Titusville, Florida Campus, Space Coast Regional Airport (KTIX). This formation of... Read more

ecms Aviation Systems now a EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization

ecms Aviation Systems now a EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization

12-Feb-2012Source: ecms Aviation Systems

ecms Aviation Systems is proud to announce that it is now an EASA approved maintenance organization according to Part 145.  As an EASA-approved design and production organization, ecms specializes in human external cargo systems for rescue and aerial work applications, fast roping and rappelling provisions, cargo hook weighing systems and other mission equipment and helicopter... Read more

Vector Aerospace expands facilty at Langley, British Columbia

Vector Aerospace expands facilty at Langley, British Columbia

12-Feb-2012Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) www.vectoraerospace.com, (Heli-Expo Booth #7139) a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace  Corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services announces the consolidation and expansion of its Langley, British Columbia, Canada structures and avionics facilities; which is scheduled to open for business in December,... Read more

Uniflight awarded Mexican DGAC certification

Uniflight awarded Mexican DGAC certification

12-Feb-2012Source: Uniflight

Uniflight, LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas is extremely pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Repair Station certificate by Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC). A team from the DGAC recently visited the Uniflight facility in Grand Prairie and performed a very in-depth inspection of its services and capabilities. After the completion... Read more

British Sea King engineers catch Black Widow spider

British Sea King engineers catch Black Widow spider

6-Feb-2012Source: UK MoD

Royal Navy aircraft engineers got a shock recently when they started maintenance on a Sea King helicopter and came across a Black Widow spider inside. Petty Officer (PO) Alex ‘Scotty’ Scott and Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Daryl ‘Daz’ Prichard, from 845 Naval Air Squadron based at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, were about to... Read more

Compromise FAA Bill takes “common sense” approach to maintenance oversight

Compromise FAA Bill takes “common sense” approach to maintenance oversight

6-Feb-2012Source: ARSA

On Jan. 31, FAA reauthorization conference committee members formally blessed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement authorizing the FAA through fiscal year 2015. The FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012 is expected to be approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Obama before the 23rd extension expires on Feb. 17. “ARSA congratulates House... Read more

Cadorath to give away $15,000 of Bell repairs at Heli-Expo

Cadorath to give away $15,000 of Bell repairs at Heli-Expo

2-Feb-2012Source: Cadorath Aerospace

Cadorath Aerospace President Gerry Cadorath announced plans to award $15,000 of free Bell repairs at February’s Heli-Expo 2012. “Each day at Heli-Expo we will be giving away $5,000; we want the Bell Service Centers and Bell Operators with overhaul shops to become familiar with Cadorath Aerospace. To be entered to win, they simply need to... Read more

Helicopter Maintenance Magazine – February/March 2012 Edition

Helicopter Maintenance Magazine – February/March 2012 Edition

1-Feb-2012Source: Helicopter Maintenance Magazine

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All Metal MS to test lightweight transportable host at AEC today

All Metal MS to test lightweight transportable host at AEC today

1-Feb-2012Source: All Metal MS

All Metal MS, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, announced today that it will be undergoing rigorous testing at the renowned American Eurocopter Corporation to test All-Metal’s Lightweight Transportable Hoist (LTH) on Eurocopter’s best-selling helicopter, the AS350 AStar turbine single. This exclusive opportunity will... Read more

Cadorath Aerospace: More than 100 New Bell Engineering Repairs

Cadorath Aerospace: More than 100 New Bell Engineering Repairs

29-Jan-2012Source: Cadorath Aerospace

Cadorath Aerospace developed 123 new Bell engineering repairs in 2011, giving Cadorath the fastest growing list of Bell and Rolls Royce rework capabilities in the industry. The Cadorath design and engineering department has developed more than 600 approved repairs for the Bell line to date. “Cadorath Aerospace has expanded on the Bell 206B, 206L, 407,... Read more

Why Safety Management System in Maintenance?

Why Safety Management System in Maintenance?

27-Jan-2012Source: HAI

To find out the “Why,” attend the free four-hour “SMS in Maintenance Workshop with IA Credit” at HELI-EXPO 2012 on Tues., Feb. 14 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center. Since the concept of SMS in aviation was introduced almost a decade ago, much effort has been put into supporting the... Read more

All Metal MS completes distributor agreement with Precision Aviation Group

All Metal MS completes distributor agreement with Precision Aviation Group

26-Jan-2012Source: All Metal MS

All Metal MS, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, announced today that it has completed a distribution agreement with Atlanta, GA – based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), the exclusive provider of ISMRO® -Inventory Supported Maintenance Repair & Overhaul. This new partnership enables All Metal’s... Read more

Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

Afghanistan UH-1Y mechanic saves lives with maintenance discovery

24-Jan-2012Source: US Marine Corps

A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan who unearthed a never-before-seen maintenance issue in a UH-1Y Huey was recently awarded by the Marine Corps for his potentially lifesaving find. The sergeant was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in a ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Jan. 12. Sgt. Christopher Lemke, a mechanic with Marine... Read more

Bell to launch MxLink smartphone software at Heli-Expo?

Bell to launch MxLink smartphone software at Heli-Expo?

17-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Following our article on the potential Bell 525SMT yesterday, we are today exploring what Bell could be doing with the software trademark “MxLink”, which was applied for in summer 2011.  Described as Computer software for use on portable computer devices, that includes biometric identification, used for interfacing, training, simulating, identifying and ordering parts, and tracking... Read more

Air Technology appointed Honeywell T53 Service Center

Air Technology appointed Honeywell T53 Service Center

4-Jan-2012Source: Air Technology

Air Technology Engines, headquartered in Naples, Fla., has signed a T53 Service Center agreement with Honeywell, authorizing the repair and overhaul of Honeywell’s T53 series helicopter engine. The news also makes a positive statement for small businesses everywhere. Air Technology Engines is the only small business authorized as a Honeywell T53 Service Center in the... Read more

Columbia Helicopters identifies key to growth

Columbia Helicopters identifies key to growth

30-Dec-2011Source: Columbia Helicopters

“Our pursuit of commercial, and military helicopter maintenance and operational contracts in new areas has resulted in our ability to grow and hire more people,” said Michael Fahey, President of the Aurora, Oregon-based company. “At the same time, we are continually developing new contracts with our global petroleum and logging customers. Columbia Helicopters owns, operates,... Read more

Australian Aerospace receives Part 147 maintenance training approval

Australian Aerospace receives Part 147 maintenance training approval

23-Dec-2011Source: Aviation Business

Australian Aerospace has become the first civil helicopter maintenance training organisation in the Asia-Pacific region to successfully transition from the previous maintenance regulations and be granted approval to operate under Australia’s new and tougher maintenance safety regulations. (see full story)... Read more

Deadline approaching for Bill Sanderson scholarship

Deadline approaching for Bill Sanderson scholarship

21-Dec-2011Source: HFI

Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) will stop accepting applications for the Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarship at 11:59 p.m., Dec. 30. Do not miss out! If you are currently enrolled in school and working towards a career in rotorcraft maintenance, or have recently graduated and are currently working, you are eligible to apply! For more... Read more

Missouri National Guard open new Black Hawk facility

Missouri National Guard open new Black Hawk facility

20-Dec-2011

A ribbon-cutting Monday marked the opening of a National Guard facility supporting the U.S. Army’s Black Hawk helicopters (see full story)... Read more

Conklin & De Decker helicopter maintenance management seminar

Conklin & De Decker helicopter maintenance management seminar

20-Dec-2011Source: Conklin & de Decker

Conklin & de Decker has announced their Helicopter Maintenance Management Seminar – Essential Tools for Your New Maintenance Manager’s Role - will be held February 15th to 17th, 2012 in Irving, Texas. This 3-day seminar will provide helicopter maintenance managers the necessary tools needed to master their challenging position. Conklin & de Decker has presented this... Read more

ARSA 2012 Annual Repair Symposium – Registration opens

ARSA 2012 Annual Repair Symposium – Registration opens

18-Dec-2011Source: ARSA

The Symposium includes sessions on updates to regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry, and more. Legislative Day gets you informed on the issues that affect your business and includes Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators and congressional staff. More details for the Symposium will be posted as they become available. See... Read more

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip December 2011

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip December 2011

17-Dec-2011Source: FAASTeam

Safety – Survival – Shivering – Yawning So what do these things have in common? Well, survivalists say that shivering is the first symptom you should look for if you suspect your buddy is falling victim to hypothermia.  If that person doesn’t get to a warmer place soon, they are likely to be in danger... Read more

Heatcom wins $2.6M deal to support US Army composite repairs

Heatcom wins $2.6M deal to support US Army composite repairs

16-Dec-2011Source: Heatcon

A Seattle aerospace company has won a military contract and expects the U.S. Army to place future orders with the firm. HEATCON Composite Systems received a $2.6 million deal to provide equipment that assists the military in repairing composite aircraft in remote locations. “We are proud to be supporting the U.S. Army with advanced aerospace... Read more

Strom Aviation launches Strom Direct

Strom Aviation launches Strom Direct

15-Dec-2011Source: Strom Aviation

Strom Aviation, a full-service aerospace staffing company based near Dallas, Texas, has launched a new division in their organization, Strom Direct Aviation Staffing. Strom Direct is an independent provider of candidates for placement in permanent positions for Strom Aviation’s clients and with a particular emphasis on the corporate aviation and helicopter industries. Their primary focus... Read more

Eurocopter and Boustead form JV maintenance company

Eurocopter and Boustead form JV maintenance company

9-Dec-2011Source: Malaysia Star

Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) is expanding into the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business following its latest agreement with Eurocopter Malaysia Sdn Bhd. (see full story)... Read more

Aerosouz becomes first Russian AW119 service center

Aerosouz becomes first Russian AW119 service center

29-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Earlier this month, Aerosoyuz became the first helicopter company in Russia to become an official service center for the AgustaWestland AW109. The certification process involved training a minimum of 6 engineers for each type and the purchase of type-specific maintenance equipment. HeliHub.com believes there are currently six AW119s operating on the Russian register. Nikolai Vanesev... Read more

Associations call for action on foreign repair station rules

Associations call for action on foreign repair station rules

29-Nov-2011Source: HAI

HAI President Matt Zuccaro and 19 other association and company presidents have written to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, urging her department to issue a final rule on security at foreign repair stations by the end of this calendar year. In the letter, the 20 leaders note that Congress directed the Transportation Security... Read more

USAF airmen advise Afghans on rotary wing maintenance

USAF airmen advise Afghans on rotary wing maintenance

18-Nov-2011Source: US Air Force

Two Air Force maintainers currently deployed to Afghanistan are taking their more than 30 years of combined experience on rotary wing aircraft and passing off that knowledge to Afghan maintenance personnel in Herat, Afghanistan. Their mission is to train and advise their Afghan counterparts on the skill sets necessary to maintain and fix their MI-17... Read more

Air Methods adds EME’s Portable Aluminum Gantry Crane

Air Methods adds EME’s Portable Aluminum Gantry Crane

17-Nov-2011Source: EME

Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods Corporation (http://www.airmethods.com), needed to find a better and safer way to remove, transport and install motors and transmissions in its helicopters. Renting fork lifts was proving to be cumbersome, expensive and dangerous as the components, often costing in the high six figures were in danger of being damaged... Read more

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip November 2011

FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip November 2011

17-Nov-2011Source: FAA

Differential Compression Test (AC 43.13-1B) The differential pressure tester is designed to check the compression of aircraft engines by measuring the leakage through the cylinders caused by worn or damaged components. The operation of the compression tester is based on the principle that, for any given airflow through a fixed orifice, a constant pressure drop... Read more

Maintenance Students – Deadline Quickly Approaching!

Maintenance Students – Deadline Quickly Approaching!

15-Nov-2011Source: HFI

The Helicopter Foundation International is pleased to accept applications for the Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship – a scholarship specifically geared to students who are enrolled in a FAA Part 147 school (or its international equivalent) and plan to become certified helicopter maintenance technicians. Up to six winners will be selected from all qualified applicants, and... Read more

HFI – Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship

HFI – Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship

2-Nov-2011Source: HFI

The Helicopter Foundation International is pleased to accept applications for the Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship – a scholarship specifically geared to students who are enrolled in a FAA Part 147 school (or its international equivalent) and plan to become certified helicopter maintenance technicians. Up to six winners will be selected from all qualified applicants, and... Read more

Timken trains up Cal Fire fleet mechanics

Timken trains up Cal Fire fleet mechanics

31-Oct-2011Source: Timken

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) recently counted on The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) to provide its fleet mechanics with training to keep the department’s firefighting helicopters ready to perform in high-heat situations. This preventative training is critical to CAL FIRE, which responds to an average of 5,600 wildfires and as many... Read more

H+S Aviation appoints RR250 Regional Sales Manager

H+S Aviation appoints RR250 Regional Sales Manager

28-Oct-2011Source: BBA Aviation

Graham Evitt has been appointed Rolls-Royce M250 Regional Sales Manager at H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company. He will be responsible for selling engine, accessory and component repair and overhaul services for Rolls-Royce M250® engines operating in Europe. “Graham has been involved with our M250 program for more than 20... Read more

Eurocopter commences China’s very first helicopter ab-initio technician training program

Eurocopter commences China’s very first helicopter ab-initio technician training program

28-Oct-2011Source: Eurocopter

The Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) begins its first helicopter ab-initio technician training class with 15 students, signalling the start of a long-term plan devised by Eurocopter and CAFUC to develop a pool of qualified helicopter technicians to meet China’s future needs in the expanding general aviation sector. In an opening ceremony held... Read more

Brazilian military signs Makila support contract with Turbomeca

Brazilian military signs Makila support contract with Turbomeca

19-Oct-2011Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca do Brasil (Safran group) HAS signed a five year GSP (Global Support Package) contract with the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, to cover the support of Makila 2A 100 gas turbines. The engines power the EC 725, operated by Brazilian armed forces all Three Presidential and the transportation group. The GSP, based on a maintenance... Read more

LSI awarded $11M contract for two Black Hawk maintenance trainers

LSI awarded $11M contract for two Black Hawk maintenance trainers

18-Oct-2011Source: US DoD

Logistics Services International, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded an $11,203,191 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the design, develop, integrate, test, delivery, and installation services for two Blackhawk maintenance trainers for the UH-60M in support of the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., with an estimated completion date... Read more

Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

Belarus to open Mi-24 maintenance facility in Nigeria

17-Oct-2011Source: DefenceWeb

Belarusian company BVST currently maintains the Nigerian Air Force’s fleet of Mi-35 helicopters and Nigeria has sent pilots and engineers to train in Belarus.  (see full story)... Read more

FAA approve Dart’s AW139 Maintenance Kits

FAA approve Dart’s AW139 Maintenance Kits

14-Oct-2011Source: Dart

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announces that DART Aerospace Ltd. (DAS) have received FAA approval of the following New Maintenance Kits for the AgustaWestland AW139 / AB139 Cargo Door Fwd Opening, Maintenance Step, Floor Protector Kit and Engine Wash Kit.  Transport Canada and EASA approvals are pending. Cargo Door Fwd Opening Kit The... Read more

HMH-461 conducts desert training at EMV

HMH-461 conducts desert training at EMV

12-Oct-2011Source: US Marine Corps

Maneuvering beneath the line of artillery and mortar rounds, supporting ground units making their way to the landing zone, and tracking the location of the AV-8B Harrier jets flying just overhead is a lot to do at one time. This is what Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461, the “Iron Horse,” is doing at the Enhanced... Read more

PAMA moves national headquarters

PAMA moves national headquarters

7-Oct-2011Source: PAMA

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is pleased to announce their national headquarters is now located in Ionia, Michigan. Centralized in the Midwest with access to the entire country and a much more economical environment to work in! Dale Forton, President, has several ties to the community and surrounding area. He believes that having staff... Read more

J K Hill & Associates wins $9.4M uplift to MCAS Miramar maintenance contract

J K Hill & Associates wins $9.4M uplift to MCAS Miramar maintenance contract

5-Oct-2011Source: US DoD

J.K. Hill & Associates, Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded a $9,394,128 modification (P00006) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M00681-09-D-0009) to exercise option year two to provide an additional 12 months of aircraft maintenance services and logistical support assistance for the United States Marine Corps Marine Fighter Light Attack Helicopter Training Squad located... Read more

SMS Success Story – Facilities Maintenance, Inspection and Management

SMS Success Story – Facilities Maintenance, Inspection and Management

4-Oct-2011Source: CHC

Nestling on a remote headland on the western coast of Australia, Exmouth is the latest base to be added to the CHC Australia portfolio and acts as an EC225 operating base in support of two offshore installations. The base is home to only six personnel who rotate in for two weeks on and two weeks... Read more

PAMA looks ahead to National Aviation Maintenance Symposium

PAMA looks ahead to National Aviation Maintenance Symposium

4-Oct-2011Source: PAMA

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is pleased to announce their National Aviation Maintenance Symposium will be held in the Ann Arbor Michigan area at Eastern Michigan University on January 19th and 20th, 2012! The National Aviation Maintenance Symposium will feature exhibitors, speakers and presenters for aviation maintenance professionals. The Symposium will provide the opportunity... Read more

PAS retains Kuwait Police engineering contract

PAS retains Kuwait Police engineering contract

29-Sep-2011

Police Aviation Services has been successful in renewing its Police Air Wing engineering contract with the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait, which it has held for the last 5 years. The contract involves the management of over 20 staff providing a full range of maintenance, logistics and technical services in support of two EC 135... Read more

Columbia Helicopters promotes two in Maintenance Dept

Columbia Helicopters promotes two in Maintenance Dept

14-Sep-2011Source: Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the promotions of Kurt Koehnke to vice president of Maintenance and Roy Toavs to director of Maintenance. The Aurora, Oregon-based company owns, operates and maintains the world’s largest private fleet of heavy-lift helicopters. “As part of our continuing effort to support our business challenges and growth, we are promoting... Read more

Vector opens new RR250 service centre in Texas

Vector opens new RR250 service centre in Texas

14-Sep-2011Source: Vector Aerospace

Grapevine, Texas – Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector), one of the world’s leading providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the official opening of Vector Aerospace Engine Services- Atlantic’s new service center in Grapevine, Texas, in support of the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PT6A, JT15D and PW100 series of... Read more

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

13-Sep-2011Source: ESCC

“The Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark, a unit of Enterprise State Community College, has formed a partnership with Bell Helicopter-Ozark to develop the Aviation Maintenance Training Program,” says Dr. Nancy Chandler, ESCC president. “This program provides paid, part-time work experiences where AAC students can gain practical skills and knowledge while they complete their Associate in... Read more

Afghan AF completes first year of Mi-17 intermediate maintenance

Afghan AF completes first year of Mi-17 intermediate maintenance

24-Aug-2011Source: DTI

Defense Technology Inc. announced today that they completed teaching one year of Mi-17 intermediate level maintenance training for the Afghan Air Force.  Over thirty Afghan soldiers have now graduated from the class and are ready to lead maintenance teams in the field. Under the leadership of the USAF 440th Air Expeditionary Squadron, these classes were... Read more

PAMA announces 2011 Board

PAMA announces 2011 Board

23-Aug-2011Source: PAMA

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has elected its 2011 Board of Directors. Those elected for two-year terms as PAMA Directors are: Chairperson – Roger Sickler, President, Air Land Turbine Services Inc. Vice Chairperson – Jeff Gruber, Instructor, Columbus State Community College Secretary – John Wicht, DER, Rapco Inc. Treasurer –Richard Wellman, Field Service Representative,... Read more

UK: Apache engineers at Wattisham to strike?

UK: Apache engineers at Wattisham to strike?

23-Aug-2011Source: Unite

Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, are set to take strike action over a pay differential dispute that means that many are about £3,000-a-year worse off. More than 100 Unite members employed by Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham – Prince Harry’s home base – have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike... Read more

Saab and Eurocopter sign NH90 support agreement

Saab and Eurocopter sign NH90 support agreement

23-Aug-2011Source: Saab

The defence and security company Saab has recently signed a framework agreement with Eurocopter for support of their NH90 helicopters. Eurocopter is the largest owner in the consortium NHIndustries, which designs and produces the NH90 helicopter. NHI has contracts for more than 500 NH90 helicopters, with European defence forces comprising the majority of customers. Saab... Read more

LABACE – AgustaWestland adds Authorised Service Centre in Brazil

LABACE – AgustaWestland adds Authorised Service Centre in Brazil

22-Aug-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Helipark in São Paulo, Brazil, as an AgustaWestland Authorised Service Centre for its range of commercial helicopters. The appointment of Helipark in Brazil will be followed in the coming months by the appointment of additional AgustaWestland Authorised Service Centres in other countries of... Read more

Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Multiflight awarded new maintenance deal with Yorkshire Air Ambulance

21-Aug-2011Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) has awarded its new contract for maintenance of their helicopters to Yorkshire based aviation management company, Multiflight. The contract, which will commence on 20th August, will see Multiflight take control of all the maintenance of the two MD902 Explorer helicopters the YAA operate.  Ironically, the YAA has been based on Multiflight’s... Read more

DynCorp awarded $490M contract for aircraft maintenance work at Pax River

DynCorp awarded $490M contract for aircraft maintenance work at Pax River

12-Aug-2011Source: DynCorp International

DynCorp International (DI) today announced that it has won a contract with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to provide aviation maintenance and logistic support at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md. “For 38 years, DynCorp International has proudly supported the U.S. Navy at Pax River under the Contract Field Teams... Read more

WinAir software provides significant ROI for LA County Sheriff’s Dept

WinAir software provides significant ROI for LA County Sheriff’s Dept

7-Aug-2011Source: Av-Base Systems

WinAir yet again proves to be a critical tool in aviation maintenance and inventory management with its recent role in the LASD’s replacement of their patrol and surveillance fleet of AS350s – AV-BASEsystems.com. The LA County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), headquartered in Monterey Park, California, is the USA’s largest Sheriff’s department and the seventh largest law... Read more

Phoenix Heliparts named StandardAero Authorized Support Center for RR250 engines in MD500s

Phoenix Heliparts named StandardAero Authorized Support Center for RR250 engines in MD500s

2-Aug-2011Source: StandardAero

StandardAero has appointed Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Ariz. as a StandardAero Authorized Support Center for Rolls Royce Model 250 engines as installed on MD500 helicopters. StandardAero clients can now obtain engine repair & overhaul (R&O) services contracted through Phoenix’s facilities in Arizona, creating a one-stop shop for MD500 helicopter operators with Rolls Royce M250 engines.... Read more

AvidAir launches new website

AvidAir launches new website

14-Jul-2011Source: AvidAir

The newly redesigned Web site of AvidAir International has gone live on the World Wide Web. AvidAir.com aims to expose the distinct advantages of the new RR250 Compressor Case Carbon Fiber Lining Program along with the long standing experience of compressor case R&O by the AvidAir staff. AvidAir serves a broad audience of helicopter operators... Read more

Norrlandsflyg contract with Saab for S76 technical services

Norrlandsflyg contract with Saab for S76 technical services

4-Jul-2011Source: Saab

Defence and security company Saab has received an order from Norrlandsflyg AB, who are purchasing technical services for their helicopter fleet through a call-off contract. Norrlandsflyg AB are responsible for all contracted Swedish sea rescue operations on behalf of the Swedish Maritime Administration and is responsible for the helicopter ambulance operations in the Västra Götaland... Read more

UK: Proposal for Eastern Counties Police Maintenance to add North Midlands

UK: Proposal for Eastern Counties Police Maintenance to add North Midlands

29-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The North Midlands police air support unit is proposing to move its maintenance provision to an organisation dedicated to police helicopters.  ECPM – the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance organisation – was established in April 2007 to provide aircraft engineering services to the Eastern Consortium (Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Forces). In mid-March 2011, ECPM was approached... Read more

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

28-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

After our previous reports of Bristow divesting themselves of Pan African Airlines, HeliHub.com has now heard that their maintenance department has been hived off into a separate company.  This will allow them to provide maintenance at arms-length to PAA, as well as their own operations – Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Ltd. The new organisation, BGI Aviation... Read more

11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

27-Jun-2011Source: DCI

Since the signature of the contract with the Qatar Ministry of Defense two years ago, DCI was in charge of executing major overhaul on 11 Gazelle helicopters. Generally speaking, a major overhaul operation is carried out every 12 years or after 4,000 flight hours and consists of complex and demanding preventive maintenance that guarantees flight... Read more

AgustaWestland expands Service Centre Network

AgustaWestland expands Service Centre Network

26-Jun-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it is expanding its customer support network with the expansion of its authorised service centre network and blade repair centres which now exceed 70 across the globe. Ten new AgustaWestland Authorised Service Centres are now in the process of being approved, including ones in Russia, Portugal and... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada expands maintenance coverage for INAER

Pratt & Whitney Canada expands maintenance coverage for INAER

22-Jun-2011Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

PARIS AIR SHOW – Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH (P&WC CSC Europe), a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, significantly expanded a Fleet Management Program (FMP(R)) contract with INAER. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies Corp. company (NYSE: UTX). INAER has further... Read more

Sikorsky approves RUAG Aviation for Swiss S76 Service Center

Sikorsky approves RUAG Aviation for Swiss S76 Service Center

21-Jun-2011Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services announced today the signing of an agreement with RUAG Aviation to designate its Alpnach helicopter facility in Switzerland as an authorized Customer Service Center (CSC) to support the Sikorsky S-76® helicopter platform. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the aftermarket division of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “The... Read more

British Apache engineers could strike over pay

British Apache engineers could strike over pay

13-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Apache engineers could go out on strike if today’s pay negotiations are rejected, it has been reported.  The Unite union is in discussions with engineering firm Morson Wynnwith who employ the engineers, and meet the company directors today to try to reach a compromise. Mark Robinson, regional officer for Unite, said: “The company made... Read more

Northeast Aviation Technologies Becomes Uniflight West Penn

Northeast Aviation Technologies Becomes Uniflight West Penn

10-Jun-2011Source: Uniflight

Following the successful acquisition of NorthEast Aviation Technologies (NEAT) by private equity investor Hawke Aerospace Group, NEAT will now be known as UNIFLIGHT West Penn. Located at the Rostraver Airport located in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, UNIFLIGHT West Penn will continue to perform extensive fixed and rotary wing maintenance, repair and overhaul. The FAR Part 145... Read more

Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

Russia, NATO to set up trust fund for Mil helicopter maintenance

6-Jun-2011Source: RIA Novosti

Russia and NATO will sign an agreement on setting up a trust fund for maintenance of Mil helicopters in Europe by the end of 2011, according to a deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation... Read more

First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

26-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Eurocopter has opened a new maintenance centre in Panama uNder the auspices of its Mexican subsidiary.  Located on the premises of Heliflight Panama at Panama City’s Albrook Airport, the facility initially specialises in the AS350 and EC120 ranges “Customer care is a high priority for Eurocopter Mexico. We are very pleased to certify the new... Read more

Russia’s HeliClub appointed AW139 Authorized Service Centre

Russia’s HeliClub appointed AW139 Authorized Service Centre

24-May-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that HeliClub of Russia has been appointed AgustaWestland Service Centre in the region of Moscow for the AW139 medium twin commercial helicopter. A fast growing player in the civil helicopter in Russia, HeliClub also offers high level on demand passenger transport services. Strategically based in Novorizhskoye shosse,... Read more

Jharkhand government sets up Dhruv maintenance base after HAL refuses to help

Jharkhand government sets up Dhruv maintenance base after HAL refuses to help

13-May-2011Source: Telegraph India

The police’s only helicopter grounded since January and now awaiting repairs at a Bangalore hanger has finally received the attention of the Jharkhand government, which is setting up its own team of maintenance engineers since manufacturer HAL has refused help.... Read more

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