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New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

Itching for a trip to the city, but not thrilled about commercial airline and train options? Fly Lindy, a subsidiary of private jet operator GrandView Aviation, is making private helicopter commuting accessible to the masses with a pay-per-seat private helicopter charter shuttle from NYC to DC to Baltimore. Traditionally a method of travel reserved for… Read more »

Source: Fly Lindy, 26-Feb-21

US Army tests UH-60 Load Stability System Litter Attachment from Vita Inclinata

US Army tests UH-60 Load Stability System Litter Attachment from Vita Inclinata

The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) and Vita Inclinata announced that the USAARL successfully completed initial prototype flight-testing on Vita’s Load Stability System Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) at Fort Rucker, in support of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement W81XWH-19-0115 and in preparation for Project Convergence 21, the military’s initiative to modernize and transform its operations, which includes future hoist… Read more »

Source: Vita Inclinata, 26-Feb-21

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Raytheon awarded $15M more on CV-22 countermeasures contract

Raytheon awarded $15M more on CV-22 countermeasures contract

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $14,921,191 modification (P00014) to previously awarded cost reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00421-19-F-0531 issued under basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0003.  This modification increases the scope and provides updates to the CV-22 mission planning system to support the suite of integrated radio frequency countermeasures.  Additionally, this modification provides… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 26-Feb-21

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

Veelo Technologies Helping to Keep Aircraft Rotor Blades Out of the Oven

  With their patented and innovative heating blanket solutions, Veelo Technologies helps composite rotor blade manufacturers and repair facilities keep blades out of the oven (OoO). Veelo’s heating blankets can be tailored for use in debulking and bonding applications and can be used in-situ, eliminating the need to transport long and bulky rotor blades to… Read more »

Source: Veelo Technologies, 26-Feb-21

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

Avfuel Adds Webinar and Human Factors Course to Training System

As a leader in fuel quality assurance and safety training, Avfuel Corporation announces updates to its training system, including a supervisory fuel safety training webinar and human factors training course. Earlier this month, the FAA approved transitioning Avfuel’s high-demand 14 CFR Part 139 Supervisory Fuel Safety Training Seminar to a webinar platform so members of… Read more »

Source: Avfuel, 26-Feb-21

EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

EHang provides details of sales contracts to refute Wolfpack allegations

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today provides additional details concerning its sales contracts with a customer, and further refutes the false allegations made by Wolfpack Research, a short-seller. Shanghai Kunxiang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kunxiang”) is only one of EHang’s many… Read more »

Source: EHang, 26-Feb-21

Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

Bristow closes $400M Notes offering and pays off term loans

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced the closing of its private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of 6.875% senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”). The notes were issued under an indenture, dated February 25, 2021, among the Company, the subsidiary guarantors party thereto and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-21

Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls International release 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced the recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships will be awarded March 20,2021 at the Whirly-Girls Virtual Awards Banquet. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 10 scholarships were bestowed upon 13 deserving female aviators, with a total value of over $90,000. Recipients of the 2021 Whirly-Girls… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls, 26-Feb-21

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SAFE wins contract for US Army UH-60 work platforms

SAFE wins contract for US Army UH-60 work platforms

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the contract for custom work platforms for the US Army fleet of UH-60’s at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Tucson, AZ.  These SAFETY FIRST ergonomic maintenance stands are custom designed for the United States Army’s UH-60.  They are uniquely developed to fit and function in the tight-spaced hangar… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 26-Feb-21

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TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

TKK Orders 2nd EC135 FTD from FRASCA

FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) has received an order for an EC135 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) from TKK (Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co.), Tokyo, Japan.The FTD will include some very advanced features including a visual system with five (5) 70 inch flat panel HDTV monitors mounted in front of the cockpit  Two displays are mounted… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 26-Feb-21

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Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

Schiebel first UAS Operator in Europe to receive LUC from Austro Control

Schiebel is the first Unmanned Air System (UAS) operator in Europe to receive the organisational approval certificate – Light UAS Operator Certificate (LUC) for its CAMCOPTER® S-100 from Austro Control. Under the new European Union (EU) regulatory framework for civil UAS operators, it is possible to receive a LUC by the National Aviation Authority. Schiebel… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 26-Feb-21

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Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

Cornwall Air Ambulance now carries blood products

A Cornish teenager has become the first person to receive a lifesaving blood transfusion at the scene of an incident thanks to a new partnership between medical services in the county. For the first time ever, Cornwall Air Ambulance is carrying blood on board the helicopter, giving the critical care team the option to start… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 26-Feb-21

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EHang 216 AAV completes first trial flights in Beijing airspace

EHang 216 AAV completes first trial flights in Beijing airspace

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it recently successfully completed the first trial flights of its EH216 in Beijing. It was the first time that a passenger-grade AAV flied over the capital of China, a highly regulated airspace in China…. Read more »

Source: EHang, 25-Feb-21

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Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

Emergency Services affected by Facebook Australia news ban

Several Australian emergency services were hit by Facebook’s local ban on news content Thursday, with pages that warn the public about Covid outbreaks, bushfires and cyclones rendered blank. See Full Story. 

Source: NDTV, 24-Feb-21

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Second group of Botswana police pilots training on Enstrom 480B

Second group of Botswana police pilots training on Enstrom 480B

The second group of pilots from the Botswana Police Service Air Support Branch have arrived in South Africa for their second Enstrom 480B Helicopter Pilot Type Conversion Training course. See Full Story. 

Source: Your Botswana, 24-Feb-21

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Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

Mauritius and India have embarked on new avenues of bilateral cooperation with the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA), today, at the Receptorium of the National Assembly in Port Louis. Prior to the signing of the CECPA, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth had a… Read more »

Source: Mauritius Government, 24-Feb-21

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London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London’s Air Ambulance extends maintenance contract with SAS

London Air Ambulance Charity & Specialist Aviation Services are pleased to announce they have signed a further 3-year maintenance contract, supporting London’s Air Ambulance in delivering an advanced trauma team to the Capital’s most critically injured patients in need of life-saving care. London’s Air Ambulance delivers rapid response and cutting-edge care to save lives in the… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 24-Feb-21

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Bell Delivers Three Huey IIs to the Lebanese Air Force

Bell Delivers Three Huey IIs to the Lebanese Air Force

This month, Bell delivered three Bell UH-1H-IIs to the Lebanese Air Force (LAF). These aircraft will augment their existing fleet and be utilized for search and rescue, troop transport, firefighting and utility missions. “We are privileged to support the LAF with additional Huey II aircraft, which will enhance its operational capability,” said Tim Evans, regional… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Feb-21

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HAL Hands Over ALHs to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard

HAL Hands Over ALHs to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard

HAL handed over three Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH Mk III) to Indian Navy and two ALHs to Indian Coast Guard as part of its 16 ALHs contract at the ongoing Aero India 2021. The helicopters were handed over by Mr. R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL to Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff and Mr. K…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Feb-21

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HAL’s LUH Receives IOC

HAL’s LUH Receives IOC

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for the Indian Army from CEMILAC here today at the Aero India 2021 in the presence of Defence Minister, Mr. Rajnath Singh. Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said the thrust is being given by HAL for indigenous R&D programmes towards self-reliance and enhancing operational effectiveness… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Feb-21

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Student pilot disputes NTSB report

Student pilot disputes NTSB report

The National Transportation Safety Board deleted seven words from the final report on the 2017 helicopter rollover involving student pilot Santayana, removing blame from him and singling out the pilot. It added 10 more words to add the condition of the runway at the Wyoming Valley Airport, repaved soon after the crash, was a cause.

Source: Times Leader, 23-Feb-21

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New rules for helicopter flights in the Everest region

New rules for helicopter flights in the Everest region

Strict rules have been imposed on the landing of helicopters in the Everest region based on the precedent of Indian journalist Sudhir Chaudhary filming and broadcasting the program inside the Sagarmatha National Park without permission. See Full Story.

Source: Third Rock Adventures, 23-Feb-21

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EHang Further Rebuts Short-Seller’s Allegations Concerning its Relationship with Kunxiang

EHang Further Rebuts Short-Seller’s Allegations Concerning its Relationship with Kunxiang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, releases additional details to rebut the allegations made by the short-seller, Wolfpack Research, concerning its relationship with a customer, Shanghai Kunxiang Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (“Kunxiang”): Kunxiang is one of EHang’s customers but it is not… Read more »

Source: EHang, 23-Feb-21

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Minot AFB already preparing for MH-139A Grey Wolf

Minot AFB already preparing for MH-139A Grey Wolf

It’s still a ways off yet but Minot Air Force Base is getting ready for the Air Force’s new MH-139A “Grey Wolf” helicopters to replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N Huey helicopters. See Full Story. 

Source: US News, 23-Feb-21

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Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

Indonesian Army receive second Bell 412EPI

PTDI again carried out ferry flight 1 (one) unit of Bell 412EPI Helicopter ordered by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia with the end users of the Indonesian Army at the PTDI Rotary Wing Hangar , Jl. Pajajaran No. 154 Bandung. PTDI’s Commercial Director, Ade Yuyu Wahyuna, took off the Bell 412EPI… Read more »

Source: PTDI, 23-Feb-21

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Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance reports 2020 stats

The Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance was tasked to 490 incidents across 13 counties during 2020, according to the Cork-based charity. See Full Story. 

Source: Irish Examiner, 23-Feb-21

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EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

EHang Wins Urban Air Mobility Call from Paris

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has been selected as a key member of the Re.Invent Air Mobility initiative out of 150 applications from 25 countries to build the future urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the capital Paris region of France,… Read more »

Source: EHang, 23-Feb-21

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Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

Gulf Med Aviation Services to invest in MRO training

A company offering helicopter commercial flight operations and maintenance services in Malta plans to offer job opportunities to students specialising in helicopter engineering, maintenance, and operations, economy ministry Silvio Schembri said on Tuesday. See Full Story. 

Source: Times of Malta, 23-Feb-21

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WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is thrilled to offer 47 new scholarships in a variety of aviation career pursuits thanks to a generous $250,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Details of the scholarships will be posted at WAI.org on March 1, 2021. Scholarships include funding to further members’ interests in air traffic control, aviation maintenance, flight… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation International, 23-Feb-21

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Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

Sloane Helicopters ranked in top 40 UK private companies for international sales growth

British operator Sloane Helicopters has been named as the 37th fastest growing private company in the UK for international sales growth. With UK and Ireland distributorships for both Leonardo and Robinson helicopters, Sloane were named yesterday in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table. The company’s overseas sales grew by 77% over two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-21

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Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Strategic New Appointments At Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

As part of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s commitment to continuous improvement, the service has appointed Dr Adam Low and Dr Ryan O’Leary and reappointed Dr Malcolm Russell MBE as governance leads of the pre-hospital emergency medical service. Governance leads are selected every two years, and their responsibilities include the provision of clinical and management support… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 22-Feb-21

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Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache

Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 22-Feb-21

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EHang Joins EU GOF 2.0 Research Project

EHang Joins EU GOF 2.0 Research Project

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced its participation in the European Union “GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation” project, which is a follow-up to the SESAR JU GOF U-space project. GOF 2.0 is focused on developing the safe, secure, and sustainable… Read more »

Source: EHang, 22-Feb-21

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NASA grants UC San Diego $6 million for eVTOL design tools

NASA grants UC San Diego $6 million for eVTOL design tools

Imagine fleets of small aircraft able to vertically take off and land from helipads in urban areas, transporting people to and from work; or shuttles with preset routes flying people to the airport or other major hubs. This futuristic system of flying taxis and shuttles is one step closer to reality thanks to a team… Read more »

Source: UC San Diego News Center, 22-Feb-21

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New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

New Partnership to Develop Revolutionary All-Composite Helicopter Wheel Takes Off

Carbon ThreeSixty, the advanced composite structure specialist, are leading a new project co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop a revolutionary all-composite helicopter wheel. The project started 1st Jan 2021 and will run for the next eighteen months. The NATEP project is being delivered in partnership with the National Composites Centre, collaborating… Read more »

Source: Carbon ThreeSixty, 22-Feb-21

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Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FlyBlade India (BLADE) – a joint venture between U.S.-based technology-powered air mobility company Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc. and Indian investment firm Hunch Ventures – to help develop the on-demand helicopter services market in South Asia. Airbus and BLADE will collaborate to create awareness about on-demand… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Feb-21

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SKYTRAC Expands its Operations Canada-Wide

SKYTRAC Expands its Operations Canada-Wide

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications and intelligent connectivity, announced its expansion into Ottawa, Ontario. In conjunction with SKYTRAC’s expanding Kelowna and Victoria-based engineering teams, the Ottawa office will be undertaking a number of research and development activities supporting Iridium Certus and Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems (GADSS) solutions for… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 22-Feb-21

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How EHang Pioneers the Future of Urban Air Mobility

How EHang Pioneers the Future of Urban Air Mobility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today invites its founder, Mr. Huazhi Hu, to explain EHang’s mission, technological advancements, as well as his thoughts on a report by a short-seller, Wolfpack Research, dated February 16, 2021. Question 1:        Why did you start EHang?… Read more »

Source: EHang, 22-Feb-21

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Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter

Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter

In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows in various other nations, the Turkish Police Department (“Emniyet Teşkilatı”) has taken delivery of a licence-built T129 ATAK helicopter from local manufacturer Turkish Aerospace Industries. With a number of different law enforcement agencies in Turkey, it is important to note that this is the Police organisation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub, 21-Feb-21

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Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters is moving into operations with Sikorsky S76D helicopters. This may be a response to the Bristow Helicopters flying eight S76Ds in their Nigerian fleet – the only location that the Houston-based global operator flies the D model on a regular basis.  Caverton’s offshore operations have in recent years been based around… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-21

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Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

Municipal District of Greenview donates $500K to STARS

STARS is another step closer to renewing its helicopter fleet, thanks to a generous $500,000 gift from the MD of Greenview, a loyal and long-time ally. Reeve Dale Smith from the MD of Greenview stated, “STARS will always be a valued service to our residents, workers, and recreation enthusiasts within the MD of Greenview and… Read more »

Source: MD Greenview, 19-Feb-21

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EHang Provides Updates on Major Production Facility

EHang Provides Updates on Major Production Facility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, provides an update on the development of its new AAV production facility in Yunfu city, China. The retrofitting process of the existing building is being completed and production of EHang AAVs is expected to start in… Read more »

Source: EHang, 19-Feb-21

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DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

DynCorp Awarded UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support Services Task Order

 On Dec. 15, the Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, awarded DynCorp International (DI) a task order to provide UH-60 Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) under the Worldwide Logistics Support Services – Contractor Logistics Support (WLSS-C) multiple award IDIQ. This task order, valued at $554.1 million if all options are exercised, consists of a six-year period… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 19-Feb-21

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Vita partners with Erickson on load stabilisation, safety and training

Vita partners with Erickson on load stabilisation, safety and training

As a relatively new technology company, we feel a responsibility to constantly put our breakthrough innovations to the test — learning, refining, honing, and improving our products in real world conditions (or as close to real as we can get without hearing from our insurance company). In recent months we’ve tested our Load Stability Systems… Read more »

Source: Vita, 19-Feb-21

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CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

CareFlight becomes Australia first H145 EMS operator

Australia’s CareFlight has become the country’s first operator of the emergency medical services (EMS) version of the Airbus H145 light twin helicopter. The aircraft will be used by the aeromedical services provider for rapid response missions in the Greater Sydney area. CareFlight’s H145, which was unveiled at a ceremony today at the Sydney Opera House,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Feb-21

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HAI puts FIRC training online

HAI puts FIRC training online

HAI’s Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) has traditionally been a big part of the education program at HAI HELI-EXPO. With the 2021 show having been canceled, this year we’re bringing FIRC training to you—virtually. This two-day, 16-hour, helicopter-specific online course will cover the latest updates in regulations and helicopter flight instruction techniques from leading industry professionals. This course… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Feb-21

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Wingcopter joins Flying Labs Network as a technology partner

Wingcopter joins Flying Labs Network as a technology partner

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has joined forces with the Flying Labs Network as a Technology Partner. The goal of the partnership is to improve supply chains through locally led cargo drone projects and to equip local talent with the skills to operate Wingcopter’s… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 19-Feb-21

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Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, (“Blade” or the “Company”) announced today that it entered into an alliance with Vertiport Chicago (the “Vertiport”). In December of 2020, Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC) agreed to merge with Blade, which will create, following the closing of the merger, the only publicly traded urban air mobility platform in the United… Read more »

Source: Blade, 18-Feb-21

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Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

Significant questions raised over Chinese manufacturer EHang

US-based research and publishing firm Wolfpack Research has published a paper of their research into the Chinese passenger-carrying drone manufacturer EHang. The report starts as follows EHang (NASDAQ: EH) is an elaborate stock promotion, built on largely fabricated revenues based on sham sales contracts with a customer who appears to us to be more interested… Read more »

Source: Wolfpack Research, 18-Feb-21

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Colorado includes S70 Firehawk in budget request

Colorado includes S70 Firehawk in budget request

With Colorado coming out of its second-worst drought year since 2002 and with scant expectations for a better 2021, the state’s public agency that deals with wildfires is hoping a California solution could help tamp down the biggest wildfires in years to come — the Firehawk helicopter. See Full Story. 

Source: The Gazette, 18-Feb-21

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NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

Northern Helicopter GmbH will continue to be responsible for offshore rescue in the offshore wind farms Albatros and Hohe See in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. The follow-up contract with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started on February 1, 2021 and covers a term of four years with the option of… Read more »

Source: Northern Helicopter GmbH, 18-Feb-21

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Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

Leonardo makes first demo of electric-powered heavy goods drone

Leonardo continues to experiment in the field of advanced air mobility as it aims to accelerate the introduction of drones into civilian skies and develop innovative drone-based services for Italy and beyond. In a recent collaboration with the Municipality of Turin and D-Flight (an ENAV group company, part owned by Leonardo and Telespazio), Leonardo conducted… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Feb-21

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Airbus to showcase world-class helicopters, defence and space capabilities at IDEX 2021

Airbus to showcase world-class helicopters, defence and space capabilities at IDEX 2021

Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021. The event is set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 – 25 February and is held under the patronage of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Feb-21

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance unveils new advanced thoracotomy trainer

Yorkshire Air Ambulance unveils new advanced thoracotomy trainer

Yorkshire Air Ambulance secured grant funding for a Pro Simbodies Thoracotomy Trainer, which will help their crew practice the complex procedures that they carry out on-scene at many of their incidents. The grant to purchase the manikin was generously awarded by the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust and the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme, generated… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 18-Feb-21

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Garmin announces a multitude of pilot training opportunities for 2021

Garmin announces a multitude of pilot training opportunities for 2021

Garmin® International, Inc.® is pleased to announce expanded pilot training opportunities for 2021, including virtual training options through June 2021 and plans for the resumption of in-person training starting in August. A variety of pilot training opportunities are available ranging from self-study materials, webinars, eLearning courses and instructor-led training offered for the GTN™ Series, G500/G600, G500/600/G700 TXi™, G3X… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 18-Feb-21

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Joby Aviation Generates First Revenue

Joby Aviation Generates First Revenue

Joby Aviation, a transportation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, which it intends to operate as a commercial passenger aircraft in 2024, today announced that it has begun generating revenue as part of achieving another major milestone in the Agility Prime program. The company also announced that it has agreed to… Read more »

Source: Joby Aviation, 18-Feb-21

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How Helicopter Tours Are Getting Guests Into the Sky During COVID-19

How Helicopter Tours Are Getting Guests Into the Sky During COVID-19

It’s no secret that the pandemic has gutted business for airlines. But smaller sectors of the air travel industry—like helicopter tours—have also been deeply affected by the sharp downturns in demand. Most helicopter sightseeing companies across the U.S. shuttered for weeks or even months starting in March 2020 as local restrictions fluctuated and tourism numbers waned. See… Read more »

Source: Conde Nast Traveler, 17-Feb-21

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GE awarded $21M contract for T408 engines for CH-53K

GE awarded $21M contract for T408 engines for CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $21,095,294 firm-fixed-price modification (P00016) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 4 T408-GE-400 turboshaft spare engines and various spare engine parts in support of CH-53K Lot 5 low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be completed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Feb-21

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Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

Sikorsky wins additional Presidential VH-92 order

Continuing its 63-year legacy of providing safe and reliable transportation for the president of the United States, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Feb-21

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USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

USHST Issues a Blueprint for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions leading to pilot spatial disorientation continue to be a leading cause of fatal helicopter accidents. From 2000 to 2019 in the United States, there were 130 fatal accidents directly linked to the issue of spatial disorientation. These accidents occurred regardless of pilot experience and they cut across all industries, including Emergency… Read more »

Source: USHST, 17-Feb-21

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Asian Sky Group appoints new Media and Comms Director

Asian Sky Group appoints new Media and Comms Director

Asian Sky Group (ASG), announces that Alud Davies has joined the company as director of its Media and Communications division, ASIAN SKY MEDIA (ASM). Davies brings 18 years of diverse experience in commercial and business aviation publishing and communications. In 2019 Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards honoured Alud with the prestigious award of “Business Aviation… Read more »

Source: ASG, 17-Feb-21

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EHang to Demonstrate Medical Air Mobility

EHang to Demonstrate Medical Air Mobility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced its participation as the only passenger eVTOL partner in the SAFIR-Med project. SAFIR-Med, which stands for “Safe and Flexible Integration of Advanced U-Space Services for Medical Air Mobility”, is a research and innovation project to… Read more »

Source: EHang, 17-Feb-21

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Garmin Integrated Flight Deck Selected by Joby Aviation

Garmin Integrated Flight Deck Selected by Joby Aviation

Garmin G3000® integrated flight deck to Joby Aviation for its revolutionary all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which is expected to commence commercial operations in 2024. Garmin has decades of experience deploying certified avionics solutions to new markets and this is continued with the touchscreen G3000 integrated flight deck for eVTOL aircraft in the… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 17-Feb-21

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Hillsboro Aero Academy Launches CFI Completion Program to Meet Growing Demand

Hillsboro Aero Academy Launches CFI Completion Program to Meet Growing Demand

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced that it has launched a standalone CFI Completion program, allowing pilots bearing a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) to enroll for completion of their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) ratings. HAA launched the… Read more »

Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy, 17-Feb-21

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Airbus in talks with Indian Navy

Airbus in talks with Indian Navy

 European Aviation giant Airbus is in talks with the Indian Navy to lease out Panther helicopters for its warships as the force looks at bridging the capability gap it faces when it comes to the rotary wing, Rémi Maillard, president of Airbus India and the company’s managing director for South Asia, told ThePrint. See Full… Read more »

Source: The Print, 17-Feb-21

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Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

Children’s Air Ambulance picks youngster’s mascot design

A Leicestershire girl has been crowned the winner of a nationwide competition to design an official mascot for the Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA). Last year, the national children’s charity launched a competition to find the perfect mascot for #TheCrew – their club for children and young people – and with over 500 entries from across… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 17-Feb-21

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance move in to new airbase

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has taken possession of its brand-new purpose-built airbase at North Weald Airfield following its completion by Barnes Construction. Work on the facility began in February 2020 after planning permission was granted by Epping Forest District Council. Project managed by quantity surveyors Castons, and designed by architects Hurley Porte and… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 17-Feb-21

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COVID moves Helitech Expo 2021 date for second time

COVID moves Helitech Expo 2021 date for second time

Prysm Group, organisers of Helitech Expo after they bought the event from Reed, have moved the date for the UK-based Helitech Expo again. Originally set for 10-11 March, then moved to 26-27 May, it is now penciled in for 5-6 October. Both moves have been announced as COVID responses, with the latest update saying “As… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-21

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SPAES improves power on Airbus H145 USB charging unit

SPAES improves power on Airbus H145 USB charging unit

Due to the poor charging power of the pre-installed USB charging unit of its Airbus H145 helicopters, SPAES was commissioned to replace the system. For the new USB charging unit, the customer selected a device he preferred with a better efficiency. To achieve this, the pre-installed charging system was removed, and the necessary wiring and… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 16-Feb-21

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Future expansions stall helipad plans for Gozo hospital

Future expansions stall helipad plans for Gozo hospital

Plans to set up helipads at the Gozo General Hospital and at Mater Dei Hospital – which would facilitate medical transfers between Gozo and Malta – will have to wait until planned expansions at both hospitals are concluded, Health Minister Chris Fearne has confirmed. See Full Story.

Source: NEWSBOOK, 16-Feb-21

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Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

The mayor of Albacete, Vicente Casañ, has stated that when the administrations “work together, the citizens win” and with the signature of the protocols that will materialize the installation of the Airbus Helicopters logistics HUB in the Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park ( PALA), “Castilla-La Mancha wins and Albacete wins, today we grow and become… Read more »

Source: Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park, 16-Feb-21

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United Airlines to order up to 200 eVTOL in agreement with Archer Aviation

United Airlines to order up to 200 eVTOL in agreement with Archer Aviation

United Airlines today announced that it has completed an agreement to work with air mobility company Archer as part of the airline’s broader effort to invest in emerging technologies that decarbonize air travel. Rather than relying on traditional combustion engines, Archer’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are designed to use electric motors and… Read more »

Source: United Airlines, 16-Feb-21

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United Rotorcraft Launches New Website

United Rotorcraft Launches New Website

At Air Methods, we pride ourselves on a diverse range of capabilities. While our largest offering is direct air medical services, with air ambulance bases all over the country, we also have expertise in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology through our division known as United Rotorcraft. United Rotorcraft has built a… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 16-Feb-21

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2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

2020: Rega helped 31 patients per day

[electronic translation] The commanders of the Swiss Air Rescue Rega organized a total of 16,273 missions last year. While the rescue helicopters were in the air more often than in the previous year, the ambulance jets recorded significantly fewer missions. In addition to its operational activities, Rega supported the Swiss authorities in dealing with the corona pandemic. This… Read more »

Source: Swiss Air Rescue Rega, 16-Feb-21

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Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare

Air Methods Corporation has signed another HCare support contract with Airbus Helicopters Inc., this time to cover its fleet of EC135 helicopters – the largest HCare contract signed with any civil customer to date. The order expands the number of Air Methods aircraft covered by Airbus support and services to 111, making Air Methods the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Feb-21

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