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Enstrom closes after 62 years

Enstrom closes after 62 years

20-Jan-2022

Michigan based manufacturer Enstrom is to close Friday 21st January after 62 years.  The company is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which means the company is being liquidated and there is no potential for reorganisation. Enstrom celebrated its 60th birthday on 22nd December 2019, and a detailed report on how mining engineer Rudy Enstrom founded... Read more

Idaho Army National Guard completes UH-60M transition

Idaho Army National Guard completes UH-60M transition

20-Jan-2022Source: Idaho National Guard

With the arrival of its final two new UH-60M Black Hawks Sunday, the Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion has completely modernize its previous fleet of A/L models to the Army’s most technologically advance multi-role helicopter. “It’s a reflection of the quality and relevancy of the Idaho Army National Guard,” said Brig. Gen.... Read more

Life Flight Network to add helicopter base in Idaho

Life Flight Network to add helicopter base in Idaho

20-Jan-2022Source: Life Flight Network

Life Flight Network, the nation’s largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, announced the addition of a helicopter critical care transport base in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This new service will augment existing helicopter and fixed-wing services in north-central Idaho, eastern Washington, and western Montana. The new helicopter base, slated to open this spring, will serve as a... Read more

Bristow reveals start date of Netherlands SAR contract

Bristow reveals start date of Netherlands SAR contract

19-Jan-2022Source: Bristow

HeliHub.com reported five months ago that Bristow had won the Netherlands SAR contract.  The statement below from them confirms the contract start date.  It also mentions use of the Leonardo AW189, but doesn’t mention that they have three on order – two for the operational bases and the third for maintenance cover.  Our sister organisation... Read more

Babcock France certified Part CAMO and Part 145 on H145 D3

Babcock France certified Part CAMO and Part 145 on H145 D3

19-Jan-2022Source: Babcock

Babcock France announces that it has received from the OSAC l Aviation & Sécurité its Part CAMO and PART 145 certificate of approval for the maintenance of its Airbus H145 D3 helicopter fleet at its Cannet-des-Maures site. Meeting the needs of its customers across the country, Babcock’s maintenance sites offer a full range of MCO... Read more

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8AMT/Mi-171E components for production in Kazakhstan

Russian Helicopters delivers Mi-8AMT/Mi-171E components for production in Kazakhstan

19-Jan-2022Source: Rostec

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding company has handed over the final helicopter kits to Rostec State Corporation as part of the first stage of localizing the production of the Mi-8AMT/Mi-171E civilian helicopter in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The delivery was made under a trilateral agreement between NC Kazakhstan Engineering JSC, Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405... Read more

Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

Thames Valley Air Ambulance reports 2021 as busiest year to date

19-Jan-2022Source: Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Our crews were called out 2,880 times in 2021, the highest number since we became an independent healthcare provider in 2018. 1,125 call outs took place in Berkshire, with 1,018 in Buckinghamshire and 640 in Oxfordshire. Crews delivered critical care to 1,819 patients when they needed it most, attending the most serious incidents across the... Read more

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

AvSax Fire Safety Device Deployed on Babcock Air Ambulances

19-Jan-2022Source: AvSax

Many air ambulance helicopters in the UK are now carrying a specialist piece of equipment to help keep the crew, patients and aircraft safe in the event of a fire or even an explosion. More than 20 helicopters are operated by specialist aerial emergency medical services (EMS) company Babcock and following a detailed look into... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $1.6 billion five-year V-22 component contract

Bell Boeing awarded $1.6 billion five-year V-22 component contract

19-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,643,701,284 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, replacement, required availability, configuration management, and inventory management for supply support for 228 MV-22B (Marine); CMV-22 (Navy); and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey aircraft components. The contract will include a five-year base period with no options.... Read more

FAA Seeks comments Updates to Airport Noise Control

FAA Seeks comments Updates to Airport Noise Control

19-Jan-2022Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invites the aviation industry and the public to comment on a planned update to guidance for evaluating noise and land use around airports. The agency will consider comments received as it prepares to update the Noise Control and Compatibility Planning for Airports advisory circular, AC 150/5020-1. The advisory circular provides... Read more

Rostec to create VR simulator for technician training

Rostec to create VR simulator for technician training

19-Jan-2022Source: Rostec

The United Aircraft Corporation of Rostec State Corporation will create a VR simulator designed for the training of technical personnel. This equipment will boost maintenance efficiency of Su-57 and Su-35 aircraft systems. The system tests are scheduled to be completed in 2022. The VR simulator incorporates a virtual reality helmet, handheld controllers, and a computer... Read more

FAA approves 35 miles of BVLOS airspace for drones in New York state

FAA approves 35 miles of BVLOS airspace for drones in New York state

19-Jan-2022Source: NUAIR

NUAIR and the New York UAS Test Site have received authority from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) across 35 miles of airspace within New York’s 50-mile Drone Corridor. Current regulations require drone operators to always have a pair... Read more

Vita Inclinata receives 2021 MarCOM Gold award for Black Hawk training video

Vita Inclinata receives 2021 MarCOM Gold award for Black Hawk training video

19-Jan-2022Source: Vita Inclinata

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, announced the company has received a prestigious 2021 MarCOM Gold award for its Black Hawk Helicopter Rescue Ops Training video. Sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP), the award recognizes outstanding achievements by creative professionals... Read more

Avsurance celebrates 30 years in business

Avsurance celebrates 30 years in business

19-Jan-2022Source: Avfuel

 Avsurance—Avfuel Corporation’s in-house aviation insurance subsidiary—celebrated a banner 30th anniversary with its best year to date providing crucial coverages for the aviation community. Among those coverages, Avsurance notes that cyber protection, crime protection, employment practices liability insurance, directors and officers coverages, and pollution-related coverages are of growing importance for its clientele. “Avsurance has always been... Read more

DRF Luftrettung completes first five-blade H145 in-house upgrade

DRF Luftrettung completes first five-blade H145 in-house upgrade

19-Jan-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

It’s a premiere: The first machine that DRF Luftrettung technicians independently converted from four to five rotor blades went into service yesterday. In the future, the helicopter will be available as Christoph Nürnberg for urgent transport between clinics and for emergency rescue. The converted machine is lighter than its predecessor and thus offers a higher possible payload... Read more

Vår Energi and Equinor start helicopter sharing agreement

Vår Energi and Equinor start helicopter sharing agreement

19-Jan-2022Source: Vår Energi

Vår Energi and Equinor recently commenced a five-year helicopter-sharing agreement in the North Sea to reduce costs and environmental footprint of crew transport.   The agreement for assigning helicopters was effective from 1 January 2022. It follows an earlier helicopter-sharing initiative between Vår Energi and Equinor in the Barents Sea and reflects the strong established cooperation between two leading oil and gas companies on the... Read more

NTSB Chair Unveils Leadership Team

NTSB Chair Unveils Leadership Team

19-Jan-2022Source: NTSB

National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy named her top leadership team Wednesday, including Dana Schulze as managing director of the agency. Schulze will assist the chair with day-to-day operations of the agency, which has 400 employees and a budget of $118 million. Also tapped Wednesday was Dolline Hatchett as principal deputy managing director for... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance reflects on missions in 2021

Cornwall Air Ambulance reflects on missions in 2021

19-Jan-2022Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to 1,092 incidents in 2021. New figures released by the charity show the crew responded to 733 incidents in the helicopter and 359 in the rapid response vehicles. Of these missions, 551 were to people injured in trauma-related incidents and 534 were in response to medical emergencies. Throughout the year,... Read more

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

Bristow Helicopters finally exits Australia

18-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Bristow group have for many years been synonymous with helicopter operations in Australia since the late 1960s, operating helicopters from Bell 206s right up to Sikorsky S92s. In recent years this fleet has declined after losing contracts, principally to CHC, Babcock and PHI. After losing their last offshore support contract with BHP, Bristow parked... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

18-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Dwayne Williams is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Bell. This award honors excellence in management and leadership and is granted to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. It will be presented March 7 at... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance reports on 2021 missions

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance reports on 2021 missions

18-Jan-2022Source: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has recorded its busiest ever year as the country emerged from lockdown with an increased demand for the life-saving service. Emergency call outs soared well beyond pre-pandemic levels with crews at the charity’s Aberdeen and Perth airbases deployed 810 times during 2021 – a 76% increase on the previous year’s... Read more

FAA Approves HAI Petition for Exemption to Allow Air Ambulance Operations

FAA Approves HAI Petition for Exemption to Allow Air Ambulance Operations

18-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has partially approved a petition for exemption that HAI had submitted in anticipation of 5G C band deployment, seeking relief from regulations that require a normally functioning radio altimeter for certain operations. This exemption will allow Part 119 certificate holders authorized... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance reports on 2021 missions

Wales Air Ambulance reports on 2021 missions

18-Jan-2022Source: Wales Air Ambulance

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has thanked the public for its support, which has enabled it to attend 3,544 life and limb-threatening emergencies in 2021. The total number of missions undertaken since the Charity’s inception in 2001 stands at over 41,000. The Charity, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, received 3,544 calls during 2021. 1870... Read more

Philippines orders another 32 Black Hawks

Philippines orders another 32 Black Hawks

17-Jan-2022Source: PNA

It’s a go for the government procurement of 32 additional S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters after the Notice of Award (NOA) was issued to PZL Mielec of Poland late last year, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced Sunday. Lorenzana shared in a Facebook post that the NOA was issued on Dec. 28, 2021 for the... Read more

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

Up to 772 pound payload increase certified for Leonardo AW169

17-Jan-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo has recently had upgrades to the AW169 certified, providing increased payload in several operational conditions, both Sea Level and Hot & High scenarios.  The certified increases are up to 350kg (772 pounds) and dependent on operational situation eg HOGE and CatA operations. Known in shorthand as “Phase 7”, two Performance Packs have been approved... Read more

Helibras delivers first five-bladed EMS H145 in Brazil

Helibras delivers first five-bladed EMS H145 in Brazil

17-Jan-2022Source: Helibras

[electronic translation] Helibras has just delivered two H145 model aircraft to the company Air Jet Taxi Aéreo Ltda. The helicopters are the first equipped with five blades to be used for passenger transport and also for aeromedical transport in Brazil. In addition to the recognized operational efficiency and safety, which make the helicopter a commercial success... Read more

HAI warns of 5G potentially grounding helicopters across the US

HAI warns of 5G potentially grounding helicopters across the US

17-Jan-2022Source: HAI

The nation’s helicopter fleet, including airborne law enforcement and air ambulance services, faces the imminent likelihood of being grounded next week when Verizon Communications and AT&T plan to activate new 5G communication towers across the United States. The potential grounding results from an unprecedented number of Notices to Air Missions (NOTAMs) issued by the FAA... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Pilot of the Year Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Pilot of the Year Award Recipient

17-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce United States Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Travis Christy, an MH-60 aircraft commander, as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year Award. The award, presented by ROTOR Media, recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism... Read more

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

High Sheriff Recognises Hard Work of Wales Air Ambulance

17-Jan-2022Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has been presented with the prestigious High Sheriff’s Award for its services to the people of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. The accolade was presented to the Service by the High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan, Jeff Edwards MBE, in November during his visit to Cardiff Heliport. Mr Morgan said: “Wales Air... Read more

MD hands over six 530Gs to Malaysia

MD hands over six 530Gs to Malaysia

14-Jan-2022Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the initial acceptance of six MD 530G Light Scout Attack helicopters for the Malaysia Ministry of Defense via their agent Halaman Optima/ Destini Prima. The aircraft are now in transit to Malaysia for final acceptance and expected to arrive in-country by the end of the first quarter of 2022. As part... Read more

Vertical Flight Society Continues Growth

Vertical Flight Society Continues Growth

14-Jan-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the explosive growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft plus significant developments in military and civil rotorcraft have continued to expand its membership. As of Jan. 1, 2022, a total of 163 companies are... Read more

BAE Systems and Embraer to explore potential defence variants for the Eve eVTOL aircraft

BAE Systems and Embraer to explore potential defence variants for the Eve eVTOL aircraft

14-Jan-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

BAE Systems and Embraer Defense & Security have announced plans to embark on a joint study to explore the development of Eve’s electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle for the defence and security market. The joint study builds on Eve’s development for the urban air mobility market and will look at how the aircraft... Read more

Onboard Systems Appoints New VP of Engineering

Onboard Systems Appoints New VP of Engineering

14-Jan-2022Source: Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, LLC, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that Pablo Bravo, most recently with DART Aerospace, has joined Onboard as Vice President, Engineering. Mr. Bravo brings 18 years of industry experience as a technical and strategic leader and holds a delegation from the FAA as a Designated Engineering Representative... Read more

Irish Community Air Ambulance missions increase during 2021

Irish Community Air Ambulance missions increase during 2021

14-Jan-2022Source: Irish Community Air Ambulance

The Irish Community Air Ambulance was tasked to 512 missions in 14 counties during 2021, its busiest year since the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Air Ambulance launched in July 2019. There were 490 taskings in 2020. The organisation is Ireland’s only charity-funded HEMS Air Ambulance. It works in partnership with the National Ambulance Service and responds... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Law Enforcement Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Law Enforcement Award Recipient

14-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Michigan State Police Aviation Unit Sgt. Matt Rogers is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award. This award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, recognizes an individual who has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support of law enforcement activities. It will... Read more

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

Leonardo signs Austria AW169M LUH contract

14-Jan-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate signed yesterday the Acquisition Contract for the supply of AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The contract, valued at 346 million EUR, was signed in the framework of the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G)... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Humanitarian Service Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Humanitarian Service Award Recipient

14-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce MD Helicopters is the 2022 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award. The award, sponsored by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, honors the person or people who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which they operate by providing aid to those... Read more

Eve and Falko announce partnership to develop Global Operator Network

Eve and Falko announce partnership to develop Global Operator Network

14-Jan-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, and Falko Regional Aircraft Limited (“Falko”), a global leader in commercial regional aircraft leasing, announced today a Letter of Intent which contemplates a potential order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and a commercial partnership to develop a global network of... Read more

ASU Opens A&P Preparation Course in Boise

ASU Opens A&P Preparation Course in Boise

14-Jan-2022Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc., (ASU) in Boise, Idaho, announced today the company launched a new Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) preparation course to help students prepare and test for their FAA Certification. ASU’s new accelerated program is located at the new ASU Academy near the Boise Airport at 3559 W. Wright St., Boise, Idaho. The three-week course... Read more

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft

14-Jan-2022Source: AeroLEDs

AeroLEDs, LLC is pleased to announce FAA approval for over 200 Part 27 makes and models, adding to their expansive list of FAA certifications. This STC covers the installation of the SunSpotTM 36 and 46 Series LEDs on nearly all “Normal” category rotorcraft. AeroLEDs Landing, Taxi and Recognition lighting products offer numerous advantages over Halogen,... Read more

Mercy Flights new purchase to service Southern Oregon and Northern California

Mercy Flights new purchase to service Southern Oregon and Northern California

14-Jan-2022Source: Mercy Flights

Mercy Flights leadership announced the purchase of new helicopter this week to support the growing medical transportation needs in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The new Bell 407 GXi aircraft is scheduled to arrive at the Mercy Flights headquarters in Medford during the second week of January and will begin transporting patients by the beginning... Read more

Jacksonville to selling two Bell 206B3 to public

Jacksonville to selling two Bell 206B3 to public

14-Jan-2022Source: GovDeals

The city of Jacksonville, FL has selected GovDeals to offer two Bell Jet Ranger 206B3 Helicopters for sale to the public. The former Sheriff’s helicopters will be at auction until January 31, 2022. Both auctions require potential buyers to pay a refundable $5,000 bid deposit prior to placing a bid on. The deposit will go... Read more

CIT Provides Financing for Medical Transport Helicopters

CIT Provides Financing for Medical Transport Helicopters

14-Jan-2022Source: CIT

CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank, today announced that its Aerospace, Defense and Government business provided financing for seven leased helicopters managed by Thora Capital. The helicopters, used for emergency medical transport services, are on long-term lease to Apollo Medflight, which provides emergency transport services on behalf of regional and community hospitals in six midwestern... Read more

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance records 2021 as busiest year

14-Jan-2022Source: Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance sign off 2021 as busiest year in charity’s history. A lot has happened at LNAA this year, from moving to a new headquarters to upgrading the helicopter, the charity hasn’t stood still through what has been a monumental year of change. And the numbers reflect the pace of transformation with... Read more

Raytheon awarded $8.6M contract modification for CH-53K night vision work

Raytheon awarded $8.6M contract modification for CH-53K night vision work

14-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded an $8,638,884 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0810) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This modification exercises an option to procure nine Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 Forward Looking Infrared kits for Lot 6 CH-53K production aircraft. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and is... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance reports on 2021

13-Jan-2022Source: Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance responded to 1,570 potentially life-saving call-outs in 2021. The highest number of missions were cardiac arrest, 491 (31% of total), closely followed by medical emergencies, such as strokes, 268 (17%), road traffic collisions, 228 (15%) and falls from height, 226 (14%). Other incidents included rail and sporting incidents,... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2022

13-Jan-2022Source: AAIB

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AS355F1 (G-BOSN), engine fire due to exhaust clamp failure, Hedsor House, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, 2 March 2021... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Golden Hour Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Golden Hour Award Recipient

13-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team at Children’s Health of Dallas, Texas, is the 2022 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Safety Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Safety Award Recipient

13-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion of helicopter safety and safety awareness. It will be presented Monday, March 7, at HAI HELI-EXPO 2022... Read more

Bellwether Industries Reveals Flight Footage in Public

Bellwether Industries Reveals Flight Footage in Public

13-Jan-2022Source: Bellwether Industries

Bellwether Industries, London-based urban air mobility (UAM) startup, has officially released its video of a free- flight test of the half-scale eVTOL model, responding to the growing interest from the public. Last year, Bellwether Industries made its debut at DroneX/Helitech, held in London, to showcase its prototype and introduce the concept of Volar, the derivative... Read more

HUMS supplier GPMS receives more venture capital

HUMS supplier GPMS receives more venture capital

13-Jan-2022Source: GPMS

GPMS International, Inc. announced an investment by New York-based Hearst Ventures for its Series A-1 round.  DiamondStream Partners, who led the Series A round in February 2021, also participated. The company raised $7.3 million in the two rounds. GPMS has developed proprietary technology that’s key to effectively detect faults on complex machines. Its product, Foresight... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

Sikorsky awarded $30M for CH-53K Data Concentrator Unit and Blade Fold work

13-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $30,506,177 undefinitized cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering efforts for the integration, testing, and qualification of the re-designed Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) and Blade Fold Distributor (BFD) units that will mitigate component... Read more

Republic Airways orders up to 200 Eve eVTOL aircraft

Republic Airways orders up to 200 Eve eVTOL aircraft

13-Jan-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility, an Embraer company, and Republic Airways Holdings Inc, announced today a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent to purchase up to 200 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) to explore additional opportunities within its subsidiaries, such as LIFT Academy,  that are focused on workforce development initiatives and the... Read more

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

Helicentre Aviation buys Entrol AW109 simulator

12-Jan-2022Source: Helicentre Aviation Academy

Helicentre Aviation Academy, the UK’s leading provider of professional helicopter pilot training, has become Entrol’s first UK customer, signing a purchase order for an H19 / AW109 SP FNPT II MCC simulator. Early last year, following twenty successful years specialising in “ab-initio to professional pilot” training, Helicentre Aviation obtained CAA approval for the Multi-Engine Instrument Rating... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Communications Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Communications Award Recipient

12-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Helicopter Life Editor Georgina Hunter-Jones as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Communications Award. The award, sponsored by Lightspeed Aviation, recognizes an individual for creative distinction in disseminating information about the helicopter industry. It will be presented March 7, 2022, at HAI HELI-EXPO 2022 in Dallas,... Read more

Sikorsky Australia NDT Team transitions into Asia Pacific Aerospace

Sikorsky Australia NDT Team transitions into Asia Pacific Aerospace

12-Jan-2022Source: Asia Pacific Aerospace

Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) has confirmed continuation of NDT services previously offered by the Sikorsky Australia non-destructive testing (NDT) unit.  As of December 18, all five members of the former Sikorsky Australia team transitioned to APA’s Macarthur facility. The facility has been upgraded to accommodate the advanced NDT methods now added to APA’s capability: Ultrasonic... Read more

AAMS Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

AAMS Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

12-Jan-2022Source: AAMS

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), an international non-profit organization committed to leading and serving transport medicine, is pleased to announce the newly elected members of its 2022-2023 board of directors. Our new leadership team is the first board elected since significant changes were made to the AAMS governance structure, and terms officially began... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Flight Instructor Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Flight Instructor Award Recipient

12-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Scott Tinnesand as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award. This award, presented by H. Ross Perot & Family, recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter or UAS flight instructor in upholding high standards of professionalism. It will be... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Maintenance Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Maintenance Award Recipient

12-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce Panther Helicopters mechanic Jeffrey Donnell as the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Maintenance Award. This award, presented by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for long-standing excellence in rotorcraft maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant contribution to rotorcraft maintenance. It will be presented Monday, March... Read more

EHang secures first VT-30 order and Conducts EH216 demo flights in Japan

EHang secures first VT-30 order and Conducts EH216 demo flights in Japan

12-Jan-2022Source: EHang

EHang, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has secured the first order for its VT-30, a long-range electric passenger-grade AAV. EHang will work with local partners, such as the Okayama Kurashiki Mizushima Aero & Space Industry Cluster Study Group (MASC), to further explore use cases with its EH216... Read more

Baltimore Police defend replacing four EC120s with three H125s

Baltimore Police defend replacing four EC120s with three H125s

12-Jan-2022Source: Baltimore Brew

In response to questions by The Brew about the city’s $18 million  helicopter contract, which will replace helicopters purchased a decade ago for $9.5 million, Comptroller Bill Henry called on the Police Department to explain the contract today to the Board of Estimates. The discussion was strictly academic because the board had already approved the... Read more

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals mission stats for 2021

Wiltshire Air Ambulance reveals mission stats for 2021

12-Jan-2022Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Donning PPE and continuing throughout lockdowns, Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s critical care paramedics and doctors were there for the people of Wiltshire and Bath when they were needed most. Of the 1,104 missions last year, 653 were by helicopter and 451 were in the Rapid Response Vehicles (cars). Chief executive David Philpott said: “The year 2021... Read more

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

Northrop Grumman awarded $24M modification for training device work on UH-1Y and AH-1Z

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $24,320,573 modification (P00002) to a previously awarded firm-price-incentive-fee contract (N0001921C0073). This modification exercises options to procure 25 Link 16 production B kits, three Link 16 B kit spares, and two Link 16 flight training device B kits in support of UH-1Y and AH-1Z Helicopter modification... Read more

North West Air Ambulance Charity website wins national award

North West Air Ambulance Charity website wins national award

12-Jan-2022Source: North West Air Ambulance

The North West Air Ambulance Charity’s website has scooped the Good Web Guide Awards 2021 Charity Website of the Year at their annual awards ceremony. The Good Web Guide Awards celebrates the best websites from across the UK, in a range of different categories. A panel of judges including industry experts, former GWG Website of... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

Sikorsky awarded $29M for CH-53K logistics support work

12-Jan-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $29,457,101 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1147) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order procures logistics support analysis and products resulting from production engineering changes and diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages to include technical publications, logistics support analysis and logistics product data in support... Read more

FAA issues list of 50 airports with 5G buffer zone

FAA issues list of 50 airports with 5G buffer zone

12-Jan-2022Source: FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration released the list of 50 airports that will have buffer zones when wireless companies turn on new 5G C-band service on January 19. The agency sought input from the aviation community where the proposed buffer zones would help reduce the risk of disruption. Traffic volume, the number of low-visibility days and geographic location... Read more

SkyDrive Unveils Ultra-compact Emission-free Flying Vehicle at CES 2022

SkyDrive Unveils Ultra-compact Emission-free Flying Vehicle at CES 2022

12-Jan-2022Source: SkyDrive

At CES (R) 2022 (Jan. 5-7), SkyDrive — a Tokyo-based aero tech startup — unveiled its ultra-light and compact flying vehicle, Model SD-03, that had completed testing for piloted flight. It is the first time for the company to showcase its full-scale SD-03 in countries other than Japan. SkyDrive’s flying car is designed to vertically... Read more

Hillsboro Aviation Achieves AS9110 Certification

Hillsboro Aviation Achieves AS9110 Certification

12-Jan-2022Source: Hillsboro Aviation

We’re honored to announce that we have achieved ISO9001 and AS9110 certification. This significant achievement places our company in an elite group of global aviation maintenance repair and overhaul facilities operating quality management systems that exceed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements. AS9110 is the international standard for aviation quality... Read more

Autonomous drone helps save life of cardiac arrest patient

Autonomous drone helps save life of cardiac arrest patient

12-Jan-2022Source: Everdrone

For the first time in medical history, a drone has played a crucial part in saving a life during a sudden cardiac arrest. The world unique achievement took place in Trollhättan, Sweden in December of 2021, when an Everdrone autonomous drone delivered a defibrillator that helped save the life of a 71-year-old man. “This is... Read more

Savback to distribute Dufour eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

Savback to distribute Dufour eVTOL aircraft in Scandinavia

11-Jan-2022Source: Savback

Savback Helicopters, the expanding helicopter sales and marketing company and Dufour Aerospace, an innovative Swiss eVTOL company, today announced Savback’s appointment as distributor for Dufour’s innovative eVTOL aircraft.   Sweden based Savback Helicopters will exclusively represent Dufour Aerospace’s 8-seater Aero3 tilt-wing aircraft in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. “We strongly believe that Dufour Aerospace’s 8-seater... Read more

Swire Energy Services unifies aviation division

Swire Energy Services unifies aviation division

11-Jan-2022Source: Swire Energy Services

Swire Energy Services have announced the unification of their aviation division which will include the integration of Helifuel AS into the Swire Energy Services brand. The integration of the fuelling specialist company acquired by SES in 2020 is the latest development of the SES Aviation division, expanding its end to end specialist aviation services package... Read more

Eve partners with SkyWest to develop Regional Operator Network

Eve partners with SkyWest to develop Regional Operator Network

11-Jan-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility (Eve), an Embraer company, and SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) (SkyWest), announced a Memorandum of Understanding and non-binding Letter of Intent for SkyWest to purchase 100 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL). The partnership will focus on developing a network of deployment throughout the United States. SkyWest and Eve have... Read more

France becomes first H160 law enforcement customer

France becomes first H160 law enforcement customer

11-Jan-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 H160s in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale. Linked to the contract for the procurement of 169 H160Ms for the French Ministry of Armed Forces, this order is part... Read more

SECO International Purchases 11th Bell 505

SECO International Purchases 11th Bell 505

11-Jan-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that SECO International has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 505 helicopter and has been appointed as the first Japan dealer for the Bell 505. This sale follows the letter of intent that SECO International signed in 2015 for 10 Bell 505s, which Bell... Read more

HAI Announces 2022 Land & LIVE Award Recipient

HAI Announces 2022 Land & LIVE Award Recipient

11-Jan-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce US Coast Guard Avionics Electrical Technician Second Class Andrew Champagne as the first recipient of the Salute to Excellence Matthew S. Zuccaro Land & LIVE Award. This award recognizes aeronautical decision-making, crew resource management, and coordinated actions by flight crews that result in the decision to terminate... Read more

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