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SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

SPECTO Aerospace appointed helicopter Blade Repair Centre

Leonardo announced at Paris Air Show the appointment of SPECTO Aerospace as a Blade Repair Centre for the AW109 light twin and the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter main and tail rotor blades in Europe, including Russia. The appointment follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Amsterdam in late 2018, allowing SPECTO Aerospace to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Jun-19

Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand Awarded $17M Contract for Helicopter Flight Control Computers

Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is to be awarded a $16,532,250 firm-fixed price contract for helicopter flight control computers.  This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1.  Location of performance is Arizona.  Using military service is the Army.  Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Jun-19

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Helijet Announces Results of the Special Meeting

Helijet Announces Results of the Special Meeting

Helijet International Inc. (TSX-V: HJI) (“Helijet” or the “Corporation”) further to the Corporation’s news releases dated April 18, 2019 and May 16, 2019, the Corporation is pleased to announce that at its special meeting of shareholders held on June 19, 2019 (the “Meeting”), shareholders approved the statutory plan of arrangement under Section 192(1)(f.1) of the… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 25-Jun-19

Bristow Provides Update on Status of SEC Filings

Bristow Provides Update on Status of SEC Filings

Bristow Group Inc. (OTC: BRSWQ) (“Bristow” or the “Company”) filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 (the “Q3 FY2019 10-Q”), as well as amendments to its previously filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 (the “Amended FY2018 10-K”), Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 25-Jun-19

Terma Aircraft Survivability Equipment on RNLAF NH90 Ready for Operational Use

Terma Aircraft Survivability Equipment on RNLAF NH90 Ready for Operational Use

In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study pointed out the MASE system as the preferred choice giving the best compromise between improved self-protection, mission/aircraft compatibility, cost and fleet commonality. The MASE installation is… Read more »

Source: Terma, 25-Jun-19

Leonardo and PWNE add AW189 simulator to Service Agreement in Malaysia

Leonardo and PWNE add AW189 simulator to Service Agreement in Malaysia

Leonardo and PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd (PWNE) are expanding their established partnership in Malaysia for the provision of advanced training services announcing the extension of the Authorised Synthetic Training Centre (ASTC) agreement, currently for the AW139 helicopter, to include AW189 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) services. By the end of 2020 PWNE will incorporate a second… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Jun-19

Alpha Aviation Purchases Anchorage Helicopter Tours

Alpha Aviation Purchases Anchorage Helicopter Tours

The Anchorage-based helicopter operator responsible for exclusive transports to a remote luxury lodge in Denali National Park and Preserve and a premier utility helicopter operator broadens its business with the purchase of Anchorage Helicopter Tours LLC to create Alaska Helicopter Tours, powered by Alpha Aviation LLC. The addition of Alaska Helicopter Tours will expand on… Read more »

Source: Alpha Aviation, 25-Jun-19

HeliOffshore Helideck Work Group Reports on Top Five Safety Events

HeliOffshore Helideck Work Group Reports on Top Five Safety Events

HeliOffshore’s Helideck Work Group has prepared a report to highlight the top five safety events associated with helideck operations based on analysis of frontline data. The analysis was collected from data provided by CHC Helicopter, BP and Chevron and sampled nearly 1000 events between 2016 and 2018.  After identifying the top five issues, the group will… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 24-Jun-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $7M Contract for V-22 Modification

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded not-to-exceed $7,458,000 for modification P00005 to a delivery order N0001918F0016 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002. This modification provides for non-recurring engineering to facilitate additional structural improvements, tooling assessment, and test aircraft retrofit tooling in support of theV-22 Nacelle Improvement effort. Work will be performed… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

The U.S. military’s V-22 joint program office and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) are testing a new artificial intelligence tool to help better determine when repairs are needed to the multi-mode radar installed on U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys. “Just like you get your car’s oil changed every 5,000 miles, whether you need to or not,… Read more »

Source: Raytheon Company, 24-Jun-19

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FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FleckDecks Awarded $17M Contract for V-22 and MV-22 Procurement

FlexDecks Inc.,* Houston, Texas, is awarded a $17,200,997 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure up to 40 each V-22 and MV-22B maintenance wing platform stands for the Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy and the government of Japan.  Work will be performed in Houston, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2024.  Fiscal 2017 and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-19

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CPI Aero Secures Additional Orders From Sikorsky

CPI Aero Secures Additional Orders From Sikorsky

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced that it has received purchase orders totaling approximately $14 million from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, for Hover Infrared Suppression System (HIRSS) module assemblies for use as spares on older variants of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Deliveries under these orders will commence in 2020 and… Read more »

Source: CPI Aerostructures, 24-Jun-19

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Recognize The Best of Vertical Aviation

Recognize The Best of Vertical Aviation

Nominations Now Open for HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of the highest standards of professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievements in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Jun-19

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Akagera Aviation celebrates a decade of successful operations in Rwanda

Akagera Aviation celebrates a decade of successful operations  in Rwanda

At Paris Air Show leading African aviation services provider Akagera Aviation is celebrating a decade of successful operations of Leonardo helicopters in Rwanda, delivering a range of services including VIP and charter transport, aerial photography and medical evacuation across the nation. Established in 2004, Akagera Aviation has strongly contributed to the growth of Rwanda’s aviation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Jun-19

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Airbus and Safran team-up for greener vertical flight

Airbus and Safran team-up for greener vertical flight

Airbus Helicopters, the world’s largest civil helicopter manufacturer, and Safran Helicopter Engines, the global leader in helicopter turbines, are teaming up to prepare the future of cleaner, quieter and more efficient vertical flight, ahead of the upcoming Horizon Europe research programme which should be carried out during the next decade.   A Letter of Intent… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 21-Jun-19

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Wiking signs for two AW139s

Wiking signs for two AW139s

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract valued at 30 million euro for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH of Germany. The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe, further expanding the AW139 fleet of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for UH-60M Maintenance

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $14,991,526 modification (P00005) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia) contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 to procure the Post Green DD250 aircraft support, storage and maintenance for UH-60M aircraft for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jun-19

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Japan National Police places order with Bell

Japan National Police places order with Bell

At a ceremony held this week, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and SUBARU CORPORATION, announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JPNA) has placed the first order for a SUBARU BELL 412EPX. “We thank the National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, president and chief executive officer. “These aircraft will… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jun-19

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EASA certifies Safran Arrano 1A engine

EASA certifies Safran Arrano 1A engine

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Type Certification for its Arrano 1A engine, installed in the Airbus Helicopters H160. Arrano is a new generation engine in the 1,100 to 1,300 shp power range, perfectly suited for new four-to-six tonne helicopters. The H160 made its first flight with the Arrano in January… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 20-Jun-19

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Airbus signs MoU with Pawan Hans for H145 and H225, plus AS365 support

Airbus signs MoU with Pawan Hans for H145 and H225, plus AS365 support

Airbus Helicopters and Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the future introduction of two new categories of rotorcraft in the PHL fleet as well as for the repair, maintenance and overhaul of its existing AS365N Dauphin helicopters. The MoU, signed by Air Commodore Dayasagar, Executive Director at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-19

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Appoints President & General Manager

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Appoints President & General Manager

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii’s air-tour leader, announces the appointment of Quentin Koch as President and General Manager. In this role, Koch will assume responsibility for all aspects of the commercial, operational, financial and technical performance of Blue Hawaiian and their sister company, Hawaii Helicopters. Koch will lead the development and execution of Blue Hawaiian’s business… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 20-Jun-19

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Duke Energy picks GPMS Foresight HUMS

Duke Energy picks GPMS Foresight HUMS

Duke Energy, after an extensive field trial, has standardized its helicopter fleet on the GPMS Foresight Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS). “We are very pleased to see an operator like Duke embracing our predictive HUMS product. Throughout 2018, their operational team logged over 500 hours on a rotorcraft equipped with Foresight. Their decision to… Read more »

Source: GPMS, 20-Jun-19

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Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Italian National Fire Corps orders five more AW139s

Leonardo announced new signed contracts for five additional AW139s to the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of Ministry of the Interior), including integrated logistic support and training for crews and technicians. The orders, valued at over €75 million, add to the previously purchased three units, with two already delivered this year. The… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Jun-19

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Safran unveils Add+ engine technological demonstrator

Safran unveils Add+ engine technological demonstrator

Safran introduces Add+, an engine technological demonstrator with 30 % of its components made using additive manufacturing (3D-printed) techniques. The result of a partnership between several Safran companies, Add+ will enable 3D-printed parts to be used in Group production engines. Development started in early 2018 and assembly is now in progress. The demonstrator will be… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-Jun-19

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FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for A109/119 helicopters. Customer shipments, available through Astronautics’ authorized dealer network, have begun. STCs from the European Aviation Safety Agency and from the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) for… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 19-Jun-19

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UK Government praises Air Ambulance charities

UK Government praises Air Ambulance charities

A reception held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 10 June 2019. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Robert Courts MP, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulance, 19-Jun-19

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AeroVironment buys VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace

AeroVironment buys VTOL UAS Developer Pulse Aerospace

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it has acquired Pulse Aerospace, LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for $25.7 million in cash, including milestone-based earn-out payments of $5 million. AeroVironment financed the transaction entirely from available cash on… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 19-Jun-19

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Airbus Helicopters supports modernisation of training centre in Ukraine

Airbus Helicopters supports modernisation of training centre in Ukraine

Airbus Helicopters has accelerated the set-up of new pilot and technician training capabilities in Ukraine. The company will be delivering an H225 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) that will be based in Krementchuk, as well as delivering the first two H125 for pilot training purposes by the end of December 2019. “We are very proud to announce that we are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-19

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French Air Force reinforce its fleet of H225Ms

French Air Force reinforce its fleet of H225Ms

The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has signed an order to purchase an additional H225M which will be operated by the French Air Force. The aircraft will be delivered in a configuration that allows it to be interoperable with the existing fleet of 10 H225Ms in the French Air Force and in particular it will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-19

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First ground run of Tech TP turboprop demonstrator by Safra

First ground run of Tech TP turboprop demonstrator by Safra

Safran Helicopter Engines has made the first ground run of its Tech TP, a turboprop technological demonstrator based on an Ardiden 3 turboshaft and developed as part of the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The test took place at Safran Helicopter Engines’ facility in Tarnos (France), on 12 June 2019. More than 20… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 18-Jun-19

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Donaldson celebrates international sales growth

Donaldson celebrates international sales growth

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth Hall B2 E106), a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), experienced 55 percent international growth in the past year thanks to multiple new approvals for its engine-life saving Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF). Approved in more than 140 countries on 35 popular helicopter models, the Donaldson IBF provides critical engine… Read more »

Source: Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, 18-Jun-19

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Russian Helicopters demonstrates Ansat’s satellite communication system

Russian Helicopters demonstrates Ansat’s satellite communication system

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) presented the light multi-purpose Ansat helicopter equipped with the new Mku30 satellite communication system at the 53th International Paris Air Show 2019. “The Holding Company actively develops the introduction of modern satellite communication systems for helicopters. We entered into an agreement with the MOST-satellite systems company… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Jun-19

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Rostec to show Ansat at Paris Air Show 2019

Rostec to show Ansat at Paris Air Show 2019

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will present the multi-purpose Ansat helicopters for the first time in Europe at the 53th International Paris Air Show, held in the French capital during June 17-23. Ansat will be shown in both its medical and VIP transport variants. Ansat helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 17-Jun-19

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SH09 third prototype flies higher and faster in Sicily

SH09 third prototype flies higher and faster in Sicily

In March 2019, Kopter transferred its third prototype (P3) together with a team composed of 20 flight test engineers, pilots and mechanics to Sicily to set up an additional flight test base in Pozzallo. Pozzallo provides the perfect operational conditions to conduct the SH09 intensive flight test campaign needed in the frame of certification. It… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 17-Jun-19

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Experts spell out actions for safety excellence

Experts spell out actions for safety excellence

In a new video report from the recent 2019 HeliOffshore Conference & AGM, industry stakeholders and experts spelt out what actions need to be taken to achieve safety excellence in those areas with the most potential to save lives. Plans were discussed to ensure that the right resources are available to support these actions being… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 17-Jun-19

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Dallas Airmotive joins MRO Insider’s Network of Maintenance Providers

Dallas Airmotive joins MRO Insider’s Network of Maintenance Providers

Aviation maintenance quoting website MRO Insider has announced the addition of Dallas Airmotive to their list of subscribed marketplace facilities. Dallas Airmotive is the company’s second international MRO, with facility locations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Andy Nixon, Co-founder and VP of Sales commented, “Adding Dallas Airmotive to our network allows… Read more »

Source: Dallas Airmotive, 17-Jun-19

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Sundance Helicopters Partners with Hillsboro Heli Academy

Sundance Helicopters Partners with Hillsboro Heli Academy

The Sundance Helicopters SkyPath Pilot Program has partnered with Hillsboro Heli Academy in Troutdale, Oregon, to bring the helicopter pilot development program to the academy’s helicopter pilot students. The SkyPath program provides career guidance and mentoring for future professional aviators and also ensures a consistent, efficient, and effective pipeline for Sundance Helicopters and industry partners… Read more »

Source: Sundance Helicopters, 14-Jun-19

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Devon Air Ambulance pilot elected to prestigious flight safety post

Devon Air Ambulance pilot elected to prestigious flight safety post

Safety is foremost in the thoughts of any organisation that works in the aviation world, and at the heart of it is the UK Flight Safety Committee. The UKFSC meets six times a year in various locations across southern England. Captain Rob Mackie, Safety Manager for Devon Air Ambulance, has been attending these meetings for… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 14-Jun-19

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Speakers for 10th Anniversary Aeromedical Conference

Speakers for 10th Anniversary Aeromedical Conference

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) 10th annual Aeromedical Conference will hear from two keynote speakers this year. This FREE event, which takes place on Wednesday 26th June at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, will bring together delegates from across the UK and Europe to consider this year’s theme of ‘Reflect, Learn, Innovate’. It is… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 14-Jun-19

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EU wide rules on drones published

EU wide rules on drones published

On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 & Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of… Read more »

Source: EASA, 14-Jun-19

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VIKING secures offshore helicopter PPE contract

VIKING secures offshore helicopter PPE contract

Global safety products manufacturer and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has won a contract to supply CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, with personal protective equipment (PPE) and servicing for approximately 16,000 passengers annually flying to and from the company’s platforms in the North Sea. VIKING has already begun providing helicopter… Read more »

Source: VIKING, 14-Jun-19

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HeliOffshore Appoints New Communications Director

HeliOffshore Appoints New Communications Director

Louise Nicolson will be joining HeliOffshore as communications director from 1st September. She will take over from Charles Alcock, who is leaving the organisation to pursue a new opportunity with the news media. Based in London, Louise has more than twenty years’ experience in journalism, public relations, employee engagement and corporate reporting. This includes extensive… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 14-Jun-19

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Boeing Awarded $194M Contract for MH-47G Procurement

Boeing Awarded $194M Contract for MH-47G Procurement

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $194,224,723 cost-plus-fixed-fee type delivery order modification (P00001) under a current contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure six renew-build and one new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft. This action is required to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Jun-19

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30 years of Christoph 51 in service

30 years of Christoph 51 in service

30 years ago, the DRF Luftrettung at the airport Stuttgart “Christoph 51” in service. The state-of-the-art machine has since provided more than 24,300 jobs and is an indispensable component of emergency medical care in Baden-Württemberg. Since 2009, the helicopter is stationed at the airfield Pattonville. “‘Christoph 51’ is the intensive care helicopter in Baden-Württemberg, which… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 13-Jun-19

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Airbus to mark 50 years of pioneering achievements at Paris Air Show 2019

Airbus to mark 50 years of pioneering achievements at Paris Air Show 2019

At the Paris Air Show 2019, Le Bourget, Airbus SE will present a broad portfolio of innovative products, technologies and services which meet the aerospace industry’s requirements for today and into the future. This year Paris is also the stage to celebrate Airbus’ 50 years of pioneering progress which created a string of world aerospace… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-19

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US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

US Navy Reservist Takes Helm of Helicopter Training Squadron 8

Cmdr. Jessica Parker turned over command of Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8 to Cmdr. Lena Kaman during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field in Milton June 7. Parker and Kaman were the first female leadership team to command a Navy helicopter training squadron together. HT-8 is the Navy’s oldest… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Jun-19

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Workhorse Group Secures Financing

Workhorse Group Secures Financing

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS) (“Workhorse” or “the Company”), an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective electric-mobility solutions to the transportation sector, has entered into subscription agreements for a private offering with a group of institutional investors, resulting in gross proceeds to the Company of $25 million. Under the terms of the agreements,… Read more »

Source: Workhorse Group, 13-Jun-19

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VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

VFS Expands Support to eVTOL

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, today announced several initiatives that expand its support to the growing field of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aviation. This expansion includes new personnel, eVTOL workshops and partnerships, and eVTOL educational resources. Electric/hybrid-electric propulsion enables new vertical flight aircraft configurations… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 13-Jun-19

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Specialist Aviation Services welcomes new CEO

Specialist Aviation Services welcomes new CEO

We are very pleased to welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, Luke Farajallah. Luke joins us from the airline Flybe where he was Group COO & Accountable Manager. Prior to joining Flybe Luke held executive positions in several high profile aviation companies including British Airways, easyJet, Wizzair, and in the Rotary sector Luke was the… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 13-Jun-19

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Nakanihon Air Service takes delivery of 20th H135

Nakanihon Air Service takes delivery of 20th H135

Airbus Helicopters has delivered Nakanihon Air Service’s 20th H135, at an entry-into-service ceremony held today at the operator’s hangar in Aichi Prefecture. This new light-twin helicopter will join Nakanihon Air Service’s growing fleet of H135s to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions throughout the country. One of the largest aircraft operators in Japan, Nakanihon operates… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Jun-19

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Air Methods Added to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Air Ambulance Network

Air Methods Added to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Air Ambulance Network

Air Methods is announcing it has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s commercial provider networks. The agreement provides Blue Cross members with in-network access to medically necessary air transport services from Air Methods at agreed-upon rates. It also prevents members from being balance-billed for charges beyond those contracted rates. Blue Cross began offering… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 12-Jun-19

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GHS announces Red Cross contract in Nigeria

GHS announces Red Cross contract in Nigeria

Global Helicopter Service (GHS) is excited about being awarded a unique helicopter service contract by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to provide passenger and cargo flights for ICRC personnel in the North Eastern State of Borno in Nigeria. The contract commenced in March 2019 and includes standby services utilizing the Bell 412… Read more »

Source: Global Helicopter Service, 12-Jun-19

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Quark Expeditions new ship has two helipads and two helicopters

Quark Expeditions new ship has two helipads and two helicopters

Quark Expeditions®, the leader in polar adventures operating exclusively in the Arctic and Antarctica, announced the name of their new polar expedition ship scheduled to set sail late in 2020. The technologically-advanced vessel will be named Ultramarine. The highly-anticipated new ship takes its name from the precious colour of the same name: ultramarine, which means… Read more »

Source: Quark Expeditions, 12-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Awarded $542M Contract for Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, a Lockheed Martin Co., is awarded $542,023,016 for firm-fixed price modification P00074 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050) in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VH-92A). This modification exercises an option for the procurement of six Low Rate Initial Production Lot 1 Presidential Helicopters, as well as interim… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Jun-19

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Pacific Heliport Services Receives Provincial Grant

Pacific Heliport Services Receives Provincial Grant

Vancouver’s downtown waterfront heliport has been granted $1.3 million in funding from the Province of British Columbia’s B.C. Air Access Program and is subject to customary negotiation and contractual execution. Each year, the program announces grants that fund up to 75% of the cost for approved airport infrastructure upgrades that maximize safety and convenience for… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 11-Jun-19

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Deloitte launches eVTOL market report

Deloitte launches eVTOL market report

A new class of vehicle is emerging that could turn dreams of “flying cars” into reality. Electric or hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles—known as “eVTOLs”—have the potential to revolutionize the future of human and cargo mobility. A new Deloitte Global report, “Change is in the air – The elevated future of mobility,” analyzes the… Read more »

Source: Deloitte, 11-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), formally responded to the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program call for competition. Sikorsky expects to offer the most modern heavy lift helicopter in production, the CH-53K King Stallion, in response to the official Request for Proposals, which is expected this summer. The new STH heavy lifter… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Jun-19

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PHI Provides Update on Bankruptcy Proceedings

PHI Provides Update on Bankruptcy Proceedings

PHI, Inc. announced an update in the Company’s Chapter 11 court proceedings, underscoring the positive momentum that the Company has achieved and further executing on the path towards emergence. Following a successful mediation with Judge David R. Jones, a current sitting judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, PHI… Read more »

Source: PHI, 11-Jun-19

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DRF updates Christoph Thüringen to Airbus H145

DRF updates Christoph Thüringen to Airbus H145

The most modern helicopter, which is currently used in the civil air rescue, now flies in Bad Berka: Since yesterday, a H 145 launches as the new ”    “. The intensive care helicopter is the only one in Thuringia that can be alerted around the clock. The H 145 represents a generation change in the air… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 11-Jun-19

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SENER and Babcock complete Spanish Navy AB212 life extension program

SENER and Babcock complete Spanish Navy AB212 life extension program

SENER and Babcock have put the final point to the life extension program (PEVH AB-212 in its Spanish acronym) for the Third Squadron of the Spanish Navy, in a ceremony held at FEINDEF, the international defence and security exhibition (Madrid from 29th to 31st May), in front of one of the seven AB-212 helicopters that… Read more »

Source: SENER, 11-Jun-19

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Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace sign MoU

Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace sign MoU

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Vertical Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address the technical, regulatory and business challenges of the emerging urban air mobility segment. The companies plan to integrate Honeywell avionics, navigation, fly-by-wire and other products and advanced technologies that leverage the company’s technologies into future Vertical Aerospace vehicles for use… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 11-Jun-19

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Volocopter publishes white paper on urban air mobility

Volocopter publishes white paper on urban air mobility

Volocopter published „Pioneering the Urban Air Taxi Revolution” a white paper authored by Jan-Hendrik Boelens, CTO of Volocopter. The paper discusses current challenges associated with developing, certifying and launching air taxis in the megacities of the world and aims to offer solutions to those challenges. Primarily, the paper focuses on the topics safety & certification,… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 11-Jun-19

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CHC and SCSI Partner to Offer Operators a Chance to Earn Spot in Certificate Program

CHC and SCSI Partner to Offer Operators a Chance to Earn Spot in Certificate Program

CHC Helicopter has continued its long-standing partnership with the Southern California Safety Institute (SCSI) as part of CHC’s 15th annual Safety & Quality Summit, which will be held October 1-3, 2019 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Operators in attendance will have the opportunity to register to win a random drawing that will allow them to… Read more »

Source: CHC, 11-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Flies Black Hawk with Optionally Piloted Vehicle Technology

Sikorsky Flies Black Hawk with Optionally Piloted Vehicle Technology

A technology kit developed by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was used for the first time to operate a Black Hawk helicopter with full-authority, fly-by-wire flight controls. The May 29 flight marked the official start to the flight test program for the soon-to-be optionally piloted aircraft. Follow-on flight testing aims to include envelope… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Jun-19

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Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

Boeing Awarded $10M Contract for CH-47F Support

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $10,115,993 modification (P00025) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0059 to support CH-47F Block II Engineering and Manufacturing Development program.  Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2021.  Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $10,115,993… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jun-19

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Uber launches Manhattan-JFK flights

Uber launches Manhattan-JFK flights

Uber has launched their new one-way flight from Manhattan to JFK to their Platinum and Diamond members. The flight, costing around $225, includes private transportation to and from the helicopter landing areas as well. The trip by road can often take up to an hour, but with Uber Copter, the trip is an average of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jun-19

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Bristol Royal Infirmary opens fire-fighting system on rooftop helipad

Bristol Royal Infirmary opens fire-fighting system on rooftop helipad

Bristol Royal Infirmary has announced that a new Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS) is now fully operational on its rooftop helipad and has received a cheque worth £574,023.95 from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads – to cover its entire cost. The HELP Appeal pledged… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Jun-19

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US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

US Army delivers 70 Kiowa Warriors and one Chinook to Greece

Just 16 months from signing a Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the United States and Greece, the Security Assistance Command has delivered 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defense Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Jun-19

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Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

Bell and National Airways mark 30 years in South Africa

This year marks a special anniversary for both Bell and Bell Independent Representative, National Airways Corporation (NAC). Thirty years ago, in 1989, we teamed up to offer helicopter solutions to go above and beyond flight in the southern part of Africa. One of the most prominent markets on the African continent is South Africa. With… Read more »

Source: Bell, 07-Jun-19

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Norway – New EMS base planned at Harstad

Norway – New EMS base planned at Harstad

It will be too expensive to build a temporary ambulance helicopter base at Trøsen in Skånland as planned. The air ambulance service HF therefore wants to rent premises at Heli-Team AS in Harstad instead. Temporary base will house crew and helicopter until a new permanent base for Sør-Toms and northern Nordland is in place in… Read more »

Source: Luft Ambulanse, 07-Jun-19

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Airbus, Bell, Guimbal and Robinson all represented at Heli UK Expo

The upcoming Heli UK Expo event at Wycombe Air Park on 13-15 June will feature four manufacturers. Airbus Helicopters UK will be bringing an H130, Bell’s representatives HelixAv have two 505s and a 407 and HeliGroup will show a G2 Cabri from French manufacturer Guimbal. Robinson have three distributors based in the UK, and all… Read more »

06-Jun-19

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Helicopter accident in Porjus

Helicopter accident in Porjus

A helicopter has been involved in an accident close to Porjus in northern Sweden earlier today. There were two people on board at the time of the accident and both could walk away by themselves from the accident. They were transported by ambulance helicopter to the hospital in Gällivare for check up. The Swedish Accident… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 05-Jun-19

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Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Awarded $49M Contract for UH-60 Display Unit Overhaul

Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was awarded a $49,114,577 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the display unit for the UH- 60 Blackhawk helicopter.  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 June 3, 2024.  U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Jun-19

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American Express Gifting Members with BLADE gift cards

American Express Gifting Members with BLADE gift cards

American Express has been giving out gifts to select cardholders of The Platinum Card. Gifts have ranged from Amazon Echos to gift cards from Tiffany & Co, with the latest gift being gift cards for BLADE helicopter rides. The gift cards are up to $295, and at $195 a ride, they will have enough for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-19

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Airbus Delivers an H125 to Forest Leasing & Management

Airbus Delivers an H125 to Forest Leasing & Management

The newly delivered H125 will support a variety of utility missions including firefighting, diamond drill support, powerline maintenance, wildlife services, airborne geophysics (bird towing) and precision aerial construction.

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jun-19

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