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Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

22-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, in partnership with the French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC, has started flight testing an engine back-up system (EBS) onboard its Flightlab. The project opens the way to a future hybridised propulsion system for light helicopters while delivering concrete flight safety improvements in the short term. The campaign’s main target is to enhance flight... Read more

Bell to showcase Nexus Air Taxi at Smithsonian exhibition

Bell to showcase Nexus Air Taxi at Smithsonian exhibition

22-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the Bell Nexus Air Taxi will be on display in the new Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (AIB) “FUTURES” exhibit coming this fall. The Bell Nexus Air Taxi, which made its public debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019, is Bell’s futuristic electric vertical... Read more

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

Urban-Air Ports partners with Hyundai to create 65 eVTOL hubs

22-Sep-2021Source: Urban-Air Ports

UK start-up Urban-Air Port has announced a partnership with the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group to develop the blueprint and foundations for Urban Air Mobility infrastructure to meet the growing demand for autonomous airborne drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger vehicles. The goal is to meet the growing demand... Read more

Dutch university collaborates with Eve and Embraer on sustainability of UAM ops

Dutch university collaborates with Eve and Embraer on sustainability of UAM ops

22-Sep-2021Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

People are on the move every day. Traveling is fundamental to people. However, mobility has consequences: cities can be noisy, crowded, and smog-prone. However, in relatively few places, the reality of what is available matches society’s aspirations for safe, clean, reliable, and inexpensive ways to get from A to B – and back. Environmentally friendly... Read more

Australia considers drone noise regulations

Australia considers drone noise regulations

22-Sep-2021Source: Australian Government

RPA, commonly referred to as drones, are an emerging and innovative technology being used around the world. Drones have a diversity of applications including in the agricultural sector, emergency services, infrastructure inspections and surveys, surf lifesaving, delivery of medical supplies, aerial photography and commercial delivery just to name a few. There are currently no internationally-mandated... Read more

Airbus reveals new CityAirbus

Airbus reveals new CityAirbus

22-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first #AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” as the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market begins to firm up. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part... Read more

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

22-Sep-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH

Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST) expands its portfolio of innovative flight training solutions. The German simulator manufacturer is proud of having welcomed Swiss Air-Rescue (Rega) and Leonardo Helicopters to its headquarters for the signing of their latest contract. RST has been awarded a contract from Rega for the provision of a multi-platform Level D... Read more

Embraer’s Eve partners with Helipass to expand UAM ops in France

Embraer’s Eve partners with Helipass to expand UAM ops in France

22-Sep-2021Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and Helipass, SAS, announced a new collaboration to accelerate and deploy electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also known in the market as EVA (Electrical Vertical Aircraft), across France and Europe. The partnership aims to fly Eve’s electric aircraft for a total of 50,000 flight hours per year. This... Read more

Telespazio selects Hughes HeloSat for airborne satellite comms

Telespazio selects Hughes HeloSat for airborne satellite comms

22-Sep-2021Source: Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, announced that Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), has selected the Hughes HeloSat™ solution for satellite communications (SATCOM) for Leonardo’s helicopters. The solution combines the Hughes HM100 gateway and the HM400 modem for SATCOM... Read more

Babcock approved for BVLOS drone missions in Spain

Babcock approved for BVLOS drone missions in Spain

21-Sep-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock the aerospace, defence and security company is now the only operator in Spain with permission to fly commercial drones, weighing more than 25kg, beyond line of sight. In practical terms this means Babcock can now fly its own design, the LUA drone, in rural areas, night or day, carrying emergency support payloads of up... Read more

Bell opens 525 Experience Center in Norway

Bell opens 525 Experience Center in Norway

21-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled its new 525 Experience Center at the Stavanger Airport in Norway. The center is an innovative space designed to showcase the Bell 525 capabilities for customers in Norway who perform missions in oil and gas, search and rescue (SAR), and military operations. “Norway is a... Read more

CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

CHC Safety & Quality Summit postponed

20-Sep-2021Source: CHC

CHC circulated the following just before the weekend We hope this finds you and your team safe and well. We would like to share a short update on this year’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit. We are committed to holding an in-person Safety & Quality Summit in an environment that is safe and accessible for... Read more

Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

Parker Hannifin awarded $10M contract for AH-64 servocylinder maintenance

20-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Parker Hannifin, Irvine, California, was awarded a $10,500,167 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the AH-64 Apache servocylinder. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 17, 2026. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is... Read more

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

US approves $500M FMS request for Saudi helicopter maintenance support

20-Sep-2021Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of Continuation of Maintenance Support Services (MSS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $500 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Kingdom of... Read more

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

NHIndustries delivers last Italian Navy NH90 MITT

20-Sep-2021Source: NHIndustries

NHIndustries completes final delivery of the Italian Navy NH90 MITT Tactical Transport Helicopter fleet In line with the contractual schedule and Customer expectations, on August 26th NHIndustries completed the final delivery of an NH90 MITT (Maritime – Italian Navy Tactical Transport) helicopter to the Italian Navy. The aircraft is the last of ten MH-90s, which... Read more

Lilium begins trading on Nasdaq

Lilium begins trading on Nasdaq

20-Sep-2021Source: Lilium

Lilium GmbH (“Lilium”), positioned to be a global leader in regional electric air mobility, announced that it has completed its business combination with Qell Acquisition Corp. (“Qell”), a publicly listed special purpose acquisition company (Nasdaq: QELL). The transaction was approved by Qell’s shareholders on September 10, 2021, during a Special Meeting in which more than... Read more

Wysong Enterprises named GPMS Certified Installation Partner

Wysong Enterprises named GPMS Certified Installation Partner

20-Sep-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS, developer of the Foresight MX helicopter health monitoring system, announced that it is adding Wysong Enterprises to its expanding network of certified installers. “Wysong has outstanding capabilities in helicopter avionics, modifications, and maintenance and we’ve seen their first-rate work installing the Foresight kit on aircraft owned by our mutual customer Tennessee Valley Authority,” said... Read more

Urban Aeronautics secures $10M for CityHawk eVTOL

Urban Aeronautics secures $10M for CityHawk eVTOL

20-Sep-2021Source: Urban Aeronautics

Urban Aeronautics, the Israel-based aerospace company behind CityHawk, the advanced, compact eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle) with a distinct, wingless exterior and patented fully-enclosed Fancraft™ rotor system, today announced the first $10 million towards their next round. The added funds come after the latest successful test flights for the company’s tech demonstrator in early July, showcasing the CityHawk’s... Read more

EHang partners with Heli-Eastern for ops in Shenzhen

EHang partners with Heli-Eastern for ops in Shenzhen

20-Sep-2021

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Shenzhen East General Aviation (“HELI-EASTERN”). HELI-EASTERN is a major low-altitude general aviation carrier and helicopter service provider in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (“Greater Bay Area”) in China. It... Read more

Viterra and STARS Team Up To Launch Calendar Campaign Fundraiser

Viterra and STARS Team Up To Launch Calendar Campaign Fundraiser

20-Sep-2021Source: Viterra

Viterra Inc. (“Viterra”) announced that it is once again teaming up with STARS to sponsor its 2022 fundraising calendar. This initiative is STARS’ second largest fundraiser, with tens of thousands of calendars sold annually. The calendars will be available for purchase at most Viterra facilities in Western Canada. This year’s campaign kicked off at STARS’... Read more

Volocopter Partners with Urban Movement Labs

Volocopter Partners with Urban Movement Labs

20-Sep-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced that it has partnered with Los Angeles-based Urban Movement Labs (UML) to explore the application of Volocopter’s UAM solutions in the Los Angeles area. As part of Volocopter’s US market campaign, the company will also be present at CoMotion LA from 16-18 November 2021 for the... Read more

Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125s

Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125s

17-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Phoenix Police Department has signed a new order to upgrade its airborne law enforcement helicopter fleet with five new H125 helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next year. “We spent a lot of time analyzing which platform would best fit all of our operational needs as we began to renew our fleet, and the... Read more

LCI and SMFL expand JV with $120M fleet growth

LCI and SMFL expand JV with $120M fleet growth

16-Sep-2021Source: LCI

LCI, the leading helicopter leasing, management and investment platform, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) have acquired and committed to an additional twelve next generation helicopters within their helicopter leasing joint venture. The helicopters, which are worth in excess of US$120 million, represent a more than 50% expansion of the joint venture’s... Read more

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

16-Sep-2021Source: Washington National Guard

Washington’s State Partnership Program kicked off another subject matter expert exchange by hosting a 10-member delegation of pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army. The cohort spent three weeks exchanging knowledge and expertise with their counterparts in the 96th Aviation Troop Command at the flight facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aug. 23... Read more

EASA signs Working Arrangement with India

EASA signs Working Arrangement with India

16-Sep-2021Source: EASA

EASA and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA India) have signed a Working Arrangement to strengthen their relationship and to achieve common safety and environmental protection standards. The agreement aims at promoting cooperation, the understanding of each other’s regulatory systems and facilitating the exchange of aeronautical products, services and personnel. This agreement... Read more

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

16-Sep-2021Source: NAVAIR

The CH-53K King Stallion successfully recovered a Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on Sunday, September 5. The two-day operation was the first official fleet mission for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift capability, which is in the midst of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with Marine Operational... Read more

CAE partners with Beta Technologies for eVTOL pilot and maintenance training

CAE partners with Beta Technologies for eVTOL pilot and maintenance training

16-Sep-2021Source: CAE

CAE announced that BETA Technologies (BETA) selected CAE as its partner of choice to design and develop its pilot and maintenance technician training program for the ALIA eVTOL aircraft. CAE will leverage its decades of training expertise to develop a full suite of innovative, digitally integrated curriculum and courseware solutions for the aviation workforce of... Read more

Whirly-Girls Open 2022 Scholarship Season

Whirly-Girls Open 2022 Scholarship Season

16-Sep-2021Source: Whirly-Girls

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2022scholarship season. Deserving female aviators can apply for over $100,000 of helicopter flight training and educational scholarships. These scholarships advance the helicopter industry by strengthening the talent pool and increasing diversity. Applications are due October 3st, 2021. This year, scholarship sponsors include... Read more

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman join forces on rotorcraft UAS opportunities

16-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman announce their intention to jointly pursue opportunities in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) domain. Drawing on Leonardo’s expertise in rotorcraft and Northrop Grumman’s capabilities in advanced aeronautics and next generation autonomous uncrewed aerial systems, the companies will focus on jointly addressing global opportunities in the VTOL... Read more

Aerometals adds Sikorsky S-70M capability to EIBF STC

Aerometals adds Sikorsky S-70M capability to EIBF STC

15-Sep-2021Source: Aerometals

Aerometals, a precision aerospace design and manufacturing company, has announced the addition of the S-70M airframe to their recently approved FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Engine Inlet Barrier Filter (EIBF) protections. The company utilized exhaustive testing, high technology computational fluid dynamics modeling as well as bird strike analysis for its new generation engine protection... Read more

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

Bell Completes 100th consecutive On-Time Delivery of AH-1Z to US Marines

15-Sep-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has successfully completed its 100th consecutive on-time delivery of the AH-1Z aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps, which began nearly four years ago. Bell accomplished this milestone through tight coordination with its manufacturing and assembly facilities, UAW 218, numerous suppliers, and government partners. The H-1 series... Read more

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

Leonardo reveals the first members of Team AW149 UK

15-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo has announced the launch of Team AW149 UK, its onshore supply chain for the AW149 helicopter. Featuring more than 70 companies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Leonardo’s AW149 supply chain represents a cross-section of the best in British engineering and manufacturing. At the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London taking place this week,... Read more

Texas Aerospace Technologies annonces partnership with Genesys Aerosystems

Texas Aerospace Technologies annonces partnership with Genesys Aerosystems

15-Sep-2021Source: Texas Aerospace Technologies

TEXAS AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES, a subsidiary of Texas Aerospace Services, is pleased to announce our partnership with Genesys Aerosystems to support the sale of their HeliSAS product line in Latin America.  Genesys Aerosystems is the industry leader in manufacturing of helicopter autopilot & stability augmentation systems with products for many popular helicopters from the world’s leading... Read more

Thoroughbred Aviation Opens New Helicopter Maintenance Facility

Thoroughbred Aviation Opens New Helicopter Maintenance Facility

15-Sep-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to congratulate Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance on its expansion at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. The largest aircraft maintenance provider in Kentucky, Thoroughbred Aviation cut the ribbon on a new 20,000 square-foot facility, dedicated to expanding helicopter and fixed-wing maintenance. Attending the event were Rocky Adkins, Senior Advisor to... Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega partners with Dufour Aerospace on Aero3 eVTOL aircraft

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega partners with Dufour Aerospace on Aero3 eVTOL aircraft

14-Sep-2021Source: Dufour Aerospace

Dufour Aerospace and Swiss Air-Rescue Rega – the leading Swiss air rescue organization – announced development cooperation for the air ambulance version of Aero3, Dufour Aerospace’s new and innovative aircraft for patient transport and emergency medical services. The Aero3 is the first of its kind to feature a tilt-wing design with exceptional space, load, and... Read more

FAA proposes $617K fine against Interstate Helicopters

FAA proposes $617K fine against Interstate Helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $617,100 civil penalty against Oklahoma-based Interstate Helicopters for allegedly conducting illegal charter flights. The FAA alleges that between September 2016 and April 2017, Interstate Helicopters conducted approximately 24 paid passenger-carrying flights in jet airplanes when it was only authorized to conduct flights in helicopters.... Read more

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

Cornwall Air Ambulance welcomes new CEO

14-Sep-2021Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance has welcomed a new Chief Executive Officer, Tim Bunting. Tim brings a wealth of experience with him, having previously worked for BBC Children in Need and held senior fundraising roles in the South West. In his first week in the job, Tim sat down to answer some questions about the role, his... Read more

EHang Added to FTSE Russell Global Equity Index Series

EHang Added to FTSE Russell Global Equity Index Series

14-Sep-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announces that the Company’s stock will be added as a constituent of the FTSE Russell Global Equity Index Series (“FTSE GEIS”), following FTSE’s most recent semi-annual review. The inclusions in the three indexes listed below will... Read more

Teledyne FLIR Unveils Radiometric Vue TZ20-R Thermal Zoom Drone Payload

Teledyne FLIR Unveils Radiometric Vue TZ20-R Thermal Zoom Drone Payload

14-Sep-2021Source: Teledyne

Teledyne FLIR made available the FLIR Vue® TZ20-R, a high resolution, thermal zoom gimbal, purpose-built for the DJI® V2 Matrice 200 Series and Matrice 300 airframes and includes radiometry to measure the temperature of every pixel in the scene. Featuring two 640×512 resolution FLIR Boson® thermal camera modules, with one providing a narrow-field-of-view (18 degrees) and... Read more

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services Receives Tenth Accreditation

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services Receives Tenth Accreditation

14-Sep-2021Source: CareFlight

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services recently received its 10th consecutive three-year accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). Premier Health’s CareFlight, which celebrates 38 years of service this fall, has been continuously CAMTS-accredited since 1994 – one of the first programs in the United States to undergo a review by... Read more

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers FLRAA proposal early to US Army

14-Sep-2021Source: Lockheed Martin

The Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X™ for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). This statement can be attributed to Paul Lemmo, president, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and to Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager, Vertical Lift, Boeing Defense, Space &... Read more

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

Leonardo develops MAIR to improve security for planes and helicopters

14-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

MAIR (Multiple Aperture InfraRed) is a new-generation Missile Warning System developed by Leonardo to protect winged and propeller aircraft, including transport planes, light strike aircraft and helicopters in high threat density scenarios. Developed by specialists in the company’s Nerviano plant – based on their experience of PIRATE and SkyWard airborne infra-red search and track (IRST)... Read more

Blade Announces Agreement to Acquire Trinity Air Medical

Blade Announces Agreement to Acquire Trinity Air Medical

14-Sep-2021Source: Blade Air Mobility

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq:BLDE, “Blade” or the “Company”), a technology-powered global air mobility platform announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trinity Air Medical, Inc. (“Trinity”), a nationwide, multi-modal organ logistics and transportation company. The transaction is expected to close during the week of September 13, 2021, subject to customary... Read more

Swoop Aero partners with Iris Automation

Swoop Aero partners with Iris Automation

14-Sep-2021Source: Swoop Aero

Australian drone-powered logistics company, Swoop Aero, and commercial drone safety innovator, Iris Automation, have entered into a partnership to offer Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone solutions to global clients seeking to safely unlock the skies above cities and solve logistics challenges in remote and rural areas. Swoop Aero has extensive experience providing drone... Read more

Samad Aerospace completes first CTOL flight of 50% scale e-Starling

Samad Aerospace completes first CTOL flight of 50% scale e-Starling

14-Sep-2021Source: Samad Aerospace

Cranfield based UK technology startup, Samad Aerospace, has reached a major milestone with the successful conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) flight test of the company’s 50% scale fully electric aircraft, the Starling, moving towards vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Samad’s Starling project aims to commercialise the world’s first e-VTOL hybrid aircraft. Samad’s CEO, Dr Seyed... Read more

FAA Awards $100M to Develop Next Generation of Sustainable Aircraft Technology

FAA Awards $100M to Develop Next Generation of Sustainable Aircraft Technology

14-Sep-2021Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $100 million for companies to help develop technologies that reduce fuel use, emissions and noise. The award is part of a series of steps President Biden is taking to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers... Read more

GetHeli opens charter quote platform to operators outside UK

GetHeli opens charter quote platform to operators outside UK

14-Sep-2021

Today, GetHeli is at the Air Charter Expo (ACE) event at London Biggin Hill Airport, and launches its platform to helicopter operators outside the UK. With a team of 12, including 8 in software development, GetHeli already claims 75% of the UK helicopter charter market use their platform, and they are now starting a gradual... Read more

Helitech Expo faces setback with just 50% of booths taken

Helitech Expo faces setback with just 50% of booths taken

13-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Helitech Expo – running in London 5-6 October – is looking like a very small shadow of its former self. Having been bought by Prysm Group from Reed in March 2020, the new owners renamed the event back to Helitech from its previous incarnation of Vertical Flight Expo. It retains the split between helicopters and... Read more

DRF holds its first Helicopter Hoist Operation symposium

DRF holds its first Helicopter Hoist Operation symposium

13-Sep-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

DRF Luftrettung has held its first International Helicopter Hoist Operation (HHO) Symposium. The main conclusion from it is that significant advances in hoist operation safety can be made when operators and manufacturers exchange their practical experiences. The presentations and discus-sions held from 2 to 3 September 2021 at the DRF Luftrettung Operation Center brought together... Read more

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

Sloane Helicopters celebrate 50 years in business

10-Sep-2021Source: HeliHub.com

There are very few companies in our industry who can proudly point to 50 years in business. Sloane Helicopters in the UK is one of these, and today they are holding a party to celebrate the landmark. Just five years after the company was founded by David George, he had the foresight to become the... Read more

North American Cabri Fleet Exceeds 50,000 Flight Hours

North American Cabri Fleet Exceeds 50,000 Flight Hours

10-Sep-2021Source: Precision Support Services

Precision Support Services, LLC., Guimbal’s North American Dealer, announced the North American fleet of Guimbal Cabri G2s exceeded 50,000 flight hours.   There are over forty Cabri G2s operating in the U.S. and Canada, representing 20+ flight schools, community colleges, universities, and private operators. Precision and Guimbal partnered to import the first Cabri G2 into... Read more

Leonardo returns to MSPO

Leonardo returns to MSPO

9-Sep-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is participating in the MSPO in Poland, the International Defence Industry Exhibition that is held from 7 September 2021 to 10 September 2021 at Kielce. During its 30-year presence in Poland, now one of Leonardo’s four domestic market, the company has made significant investment in Polish defence industry, mainly through Polish helicopter manufacturer PZL-Świdnik, and... Read more

Airbus highlights space, defence and helicopters at DSEI

Airbus highlights space, defence and helicopters at DSEI

9-Sep-2021Source: Airbus

Airbus will showcase its leading range of products and services in the defence, space, secure communications and helicopter segments at the DSEI exhibition at Excel, London 14-17 September. The Airbus stand H6-122 will feature models of the A400M new generation airlifter and Skynet 6A military communications satellite, plus a large new model of the H175M... Read more

Leonardo & Kopter took part in the Hunter Association’s event

Leonardo & Kopter took part in the Hunter Association’s event

9-Sep-2021Source: Kopter

Leonardo, the owner of Kopter since April 2020, participated on the 4th of September in the 25th anniversary celebration of the Hunterverein at Mollis airfield showcasing on static and flight display an AW189 super medium helicopter from its Training Academy. The AW189 is the largest type in the AW Family, reaching a gross weight of... Read more

First helicopter engine runs using 100% sustainable fuel

First helicopter engine runs using 100% sustainable fuel

9-Sep-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines performed a world first at its Bordes facility (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France); a helicopter engine run on 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). During the test, a Makila 2 ran on a biofuel produced by TotalEnergies from residues and waste from the circular economy, specifically used cooking oil. A test campaign will now evaluate... Read more

MRO Insider Releases FBO Service Quoting Feature

MRO Insider Releases FBO Service Quoting Feature

9-Sep-2021Source: MRO Insider

MRO Insider announced last week that the platform has expanded to include FBO providers – allowing operators, schedulers, and dispatchers to request fuel pricing, ground transportation, and hangar rental in addition to detailing and disinfecting services. President Andy Nixon explained, “MRO Insider continues to be a platform for maintenance requests; we have continually worked to... Read more

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

8-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With the addition of the UH-72B Lakota... Read more

Christoph Weser marks 25 years as a DRF base

Christoph Weser marks 25 years as a DRF base

8-Sep-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

For exactly 25 years, Bremen and the region around the Hanseatic city has been the area of ​​operation for the red and white rescue helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung: As an intensive care transport helicopter and in emergency rescue, Christoph Weser makes an important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and... Read more

Taranaki Rescue to replace AW109 with BK117

Taranaki Rescue to replace AW109 with BK117

8-Sep-2021Source: Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust announces it will replace the A109 helicopter that has served the region for the last 12 years. Its replacement, a BK117 aircraft is the most common rescue helicopter in New Zealand. It is a larger aircraft that can comfortably accommodate the increase in equipment required to enable the best possible... Read more

FAA approves Archer certification basis

FAA approves Archer certification basis

8-Sep-2021Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”), a leading developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft has been actively engaged with the FAA through its Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation and the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office to develop the airworthiness and environmental requirements necessary for full certification of its eVTOL aircraft. Archer is pleased... Read more

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

FRCSE reduces turnaround time on H-60

8-Sep-2021Source: FRCSE

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) has delivered its first two H-60 aircraft following full implementation of the Naval Sustainment System (NSS) on its Vertical Lift (VL) aircraft production line. “The Vertical Lift team has truly persevered,” said FRCSE’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Grady Duffey. “Through the on-going pandemic and other hurdles related to space constraints, our... Read more

Pacific AirHub celebrates successful first year

Pacific AirHub celebrates successful first year

8-Sep-2021Source: Pacific AirHub

Pacific AirHub, a global leader in aircraft purchasing and sales is celebrating its first birthday. With a physical presence in New Zealand, Australia and Africa, they are leading experts in the aircraft and aircraft part sales industry and have been servicing an international market for a year. On this, the first birthday, the team are... Read more

More Airspace for Drone Operations

More Airspace for Drone Operations

8-Sep-2021Source: FAA

Drone pilots will have even more options than before when they seek permission to fly in controlled airspace this fall. The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, or LAANC, is getting a big enhancement that will enable drone pilots to operate in even more low-level airspace than before — and to know that they’re doing... Read more

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

7-Sep-2021Source: Milestone

The following announcement from Milestone comes as TAS is gradually getting rid of their five-strong Sikorsky S76D fleet.  Of these, two have been delivered to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria and two of the others have not flown, one for two months and one for four months.  We understand one of the latter pair is destined... Read more

EASA issues 121 page report on admin burden to heli operators

EASA issues 121 page report on admin burden to heli operators

7-Sep-2021Source: EASA

EASA have published “Evaluation report on administrative burden for small helicopter operators”, completely missing the irony that the PDF is 121 pages long…..    Here is the introductory paragraph The EASA Rotorcraft Safety Roadmap (RSR)1 was adopted in December 2018 and contains recommendations to significantly reduce the number of helicopter accidents and incidents in Europe.... Read more

Russian Helicopters and Maritime University to partner on UAV research

Russian Helicopters and Maritime University to partner on UAV research

7-Sep-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

AAC Progress of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) and the Maritime State University signed an agreement on the joint creation of the Aviation and Marine Unmanned Systems Research and Production Cluster, which will consolidate competencies in the field of unmanned aircraft and unmanned maritime systems. The signing ceremony took place... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $208M for additional work on MH-60R for India

Lockheed Martin awarded $208M for additional work on MH-60R for India

7-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a not-to-exceed $208,113,847 undefinitized, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00029) to a previously awarded contract (N0001919C0013). This modification adds scope to provide non-recurring engineering for Phase II design and development of unique hardware and software for the government of India in support of the MH-60R development program. Work will... Read more

Archer to collaborate with USAF on flight testing

Archer to collaborate with USAF on flight testing

7-Sep-2021Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”), a leading developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, announced an agreement with the USAF to establish a collaborative strategy to explore the technical readiness and suitability of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft for USAF purposes. As Archer continues its work towards achieving FAA Type Certification of its eVTOL aircraft, flight... Read more

EHang completes BVLOS testing in Estonia

EHang completes BVLOS testing in Estonia

7-Sep-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced its flagship passenger-grade AAV EHang 216 and Falcon logistics model have completed Beyond Visual Line of Sight (“BVLOS”) trial flights for airport transport and parcel delivery in Estonia under the European Union’s GOF 2.0 Integrated... Read more

AMS Heli Design extends relationship with seat manufacturer Autoflug

AMS Heli Design extends relationship with seat manufacturer Autoflug

7-Sep-2021Source: AUTOFLUG

The German company AUTOFLUG and American company AMS Heli Design already concluded their first cooperation agreement in spring 2019. As part of this agreement, the first customer projects have been worked on jointly in recent months. The cooperation initially focused on the current seats for civil helicopters from the AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT® seat family. “The successful... Read more

Russian Helicopters to present Ka62, VRT500 and VRT300 at EEF event

Russian Helicopters to present Ka62, VRT500 and VRT300 at EEF event

7-Sep-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

The Russian Helicopters holding of the State Corporation Rostec presented a line of the latest civilian equipment at the Eastern Economic Forum. Guests and participants of the forum will be able to familiarize themselves with the Ka-62 medium multipurpose helicopter, the VRT 500 light helicopter and the VRT 300 unmanned aerial vehicle . As part of the business program of the forum, specialists and... Read more

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

Collins awarded $15M contract for US Army helicopter radios

7-Sep-2021Source: US DoD

Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been awarded a maximum $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of radio receivers and radio sets to support Army helicopter tactical navigation and landing systems. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This is a one-year contract... Read more

Eve Urban Air Mobility announces partnership in Australia

Eve Urban Air Mobility announces partnership in Australia

7-Sep-2021Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer spinoff, and Microflite, one of Australia’s premier helicopter operators, announced a partnership that will lay the foundation for urban air mobility operations in Australia that is expected to start in 2026. Microflite and Eve plan to begin their partnership using helicopters, where appropriate, as a proof of concept to... Read more

Den Helder Airport welcomes Weststar from Malaysia

Den Helder Airport welcomes Weststar from Malaysia

7-Sep-2021Source: Den Helder Airport

June 19, 2021 has gone down in history as a historic milestone for Weststar Europe BV when the newly established entity, Weststar Maintenance BV, proudly took delivery of its first helicopter in its new hangar at Den Helder Airport. The helicopter, an AW-189 with registration number 9M-WST, recently arrived from Malaysia via the Belgian port... Read more

Russian Helicopters will supply four Arctic Mi-8AMTSh-VA to the Emergencies Ministry

Russian Helicopters will supply four Arctic Mi-8AMTSh-VA to the Emergencies Ministry

7-Sep-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ) of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) and the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, signed an agreement for the supply of four Arctic Mi helicopters -8AMTSH-VA. The document was signed by the... Read more

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