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Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jan-21

Foresight HUMS integrates helicopter-specific data into Digital AirWare MRO software

Foresight HUMS integrates helicopter-specific data into Digital AirWare MRO software

Digital AirWare and GPMS will partner to integrate aircraft-specific data from GPMS’s Foresight HUMS into Digital AirWare’s maintenance and operational software platform. The collaboration promises to deliver current flight data and live component condition status into the software, providing maintenance and safety personnel with key inputs for decision making. CEO of Digital AirWare, Joaquin Demoreta… Read more »

Source: Digital AirWare, 27-Jan-21

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Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has secured $22 million in Series A funding. Wingcopter will use the funds to strengthen its leadership in drone-based logistics, with a special focus on healthcare-related applications, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. At the same time, Wingcopter is… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 27-Jan-21

Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

CENTUM has announced that Lifeseeker, its life-saving technology, has been certified for linefit on Airbus H145 helicopters. Lifeseeker uses signals from a missing person’s mobile phone to guide search and rescue (SAR) teams to the right place quickly. It helps make SAR missions more effective and efficient, saving lives and optimizing operational costs. Lifeseeker turns… Read more »

Source: CENTUM, 27-Jan-21

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced its UK operations received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making it one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Jan-21

CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

CHC has partnered with Avy and the North Holland North Safety Region (VRNHN) to jointly investigate how long-range drones can support the early detection of and the improved situational awareness during wildfires. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of CHC, Den Helder base manager, Quinten Hergaarden said, “We are delighted to be part of… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Jan-21

Airbus Helicopters resilient in 2020

Airbus Helicopters resilient in 2020

In 2020, Airbus Helicopters logged 289 gross orders (net: 268) in a challenging market heavily impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, reinforcing the company’s position on the civil and parapublic market. Additionally, the company delivered 300 rotorcraft worldwide despite the pandemic travel restrictions, resulting in a stable 48% share of the civil… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jan-21

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a contract to provide helicopter services by Vestas, for three offshore wind energy projects in the northern and southern North Sea. Flying out of Aberdeen and Humberside, a combination of Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW139 aircraft will be used to support the projects. CHC, a world leader in helicopter transportation… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Jan-21

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Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Our Critical Care Team were called to around five patients a day on average across 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing national lockdowns and restrictions throughout much of the year. The crew were called to 1,726 patients in urgent need across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and surrounding areas…. Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-21

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UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has reached another milestone by transferring its 500th patient. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, the national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-21

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Flyjets adds helicopters to travel planning system

Flyjets adds helicopters to travel planning system

FLYJETS, an innovative aviation marketplace and travel planning system, has launched its Version 2.0 web application with a new fleet of features for charter jets and helicopter flights. FLYJETS is the product of FLY I Corporation (d/b/a FLYJETS), a New York State Benefit Corporation with the goal of facilitating access to air travel. The company… Read more »

Source: FLYJETS, 26-Jan-21

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New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

Plans for a new multi-million pound air ambulance headquarters at Cosford have been given the green light. See Full Story.

Source: Shropshire Star, 26-Jan-21

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Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

When the Society of Auto Engineers released their J3027 guidance regarding ground ambulance-based patient litters, it left many air ambulance crews in a bind.  Crews were no longer able to quickly transfer a litter from the aircraft to the ground vehicle.  Instead, they had to transfer the patient from the helicopter’s stretcher to the ground… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Jan-21

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Airborne Engines Ltd & Keystone Turbine Services reduce HMU prices

Airborne Engines Ltd & Keystone Turbine Services reduce HMU prices

M International subsidiaries Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL) and Keystone Turbine Services (KTS) are pleased to announce effective immediately, special reduced pricing on Hydromechanical Units (HMU) certified for use on Rolls-Royce M250-C40/C47 series of gas turbine engines. M International is celebrating our one-year anniversary of providing Triumph-approved HMU support by offering customers an additional 10% discount… Read more »

Source: M International, 26-Jan-21

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Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Drone penetrates helicopter windshield, injuring crew

Many people across our industry have been calling for some years now for better regulation of hobby drones, along with more proactive policing and harder sentencing.  At present the first US court case is progressing where a drone owner has pleaded guilty in a situation where a drone struck a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. But this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-21

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EHang joins European Union project to demo Urban Air Mobility

EHang joins European Union project to demo Urban Air Mobility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company with about 10,000 incident-free flights, announced membership in the Air Mobility Urban – Large Experimental Demonstration (“AMU-LED”) project, one of the largest European demonstrations of Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”). The AMU-LED project was initiated by the… Read more »

Source: EHang, 25-Jan-21

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VNH South successfully organized the 2020 Customer Conference

VNH South successfully organized the 2020 Customer Conference

With purpose of expressing gratitude to customers and partners, VNH South successfully organized the 2020 Customer Conference with the theme “Your belief lead us to success” at The Pullman Vungtau on December 12, 2020. The year 2020 continues to be a challenging time for the oil and gas industry as well as the helicopter industry…. Read more »

Source: VNH South, 25-Jan-21

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Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Belarus will receive new Mi-35s from Russia

Four Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters will arrive for the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Republic of Belarus in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to sources in the Belarusian Defense Ministry. See Full Story.

Source: Defence Blog, 25-Jan-21

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Airbus unveils Flightlab testbed for new technologies

Airbus unveils Flightlab testbed for new technologies

Airbus Helicopters has started in-flight tests on board its Flightlab, a platform-agnostic flying laboratory exclusively dedicated to maturing new technologies. Airbus Helicopters’ Flightlab provides an agile and efficient test bed to quickly test technologies that could later equip Airbus’ current helicopter range, and even more disruptive ones for future fixed-wing aircraft or (e)VTOL platforms. Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jan-21

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Bristow renews service with Navblue

Bristow renews service with Navblue

Bristow Helicopters Limited, a NAVBLUE customer for more than 10 years, recently renewed their Charts+ and Navigation+ services. Part of the world-leading Bristow Group Inc, UK operations serve government and civil organisations including UK Search and Rescue [SAR] and North Sea rig transport. A fleet of approximately 50 helicopters rely on navigation data and electronic… Read more »

Source: NAVBLUE, 22-Jan-21

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Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

Rheinmetall to supply digital classroom for German Navy NH90 training

The German Navy is once again counting on simulation expertise from Rheinmetall when it comes to training its NH90 NTH Sea Lion helicopter crews. In December 2020 the European NH90 procurement and management organization, NAHEMA, awarded the company an order for an Asterion classroom solution destined for Naval Air Wing 3 at Nordholz on the… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 22-Jan-21

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Garmin honored with consecutive On-Time Delivery Awards from Airbus

Garmin honored with consecutive On-Time Delivery Awards from Airbus

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced it has received a 2020 On-Time Delivery Award from Airbus Helicopters, Inc. for its efficient performance related to product delivery. Garmin avionics are available as standard on select Airbus Helicopters, including the H125, H130, H135 and H145. Each year, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. recognizes suppliers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jan-21

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Kaman Announces New Order for the K-MAX®

Kaman Announces New Order for the K-MAX®

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced the receipt of a signed purchase agreement for a K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the first quarter of 2021 and follows the delivery of two aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2020. We continue to see demand and interest… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 22-Jan-21

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Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

Bell Evaluates Unique APT Configuration in Canada

On December 11, the Bell Innovation flight test team at our Mirabel, Quebec facility conducted the first flight of an alternate configuration of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) in collaboration with ARA Robotics. This platform operates with the same architecture and propulsion system of our renowned tail-sitter aircraft but utilizes a different airframe. The purpose of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jan-21

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Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

Eye In The Sky – Flight Data Recorder – achieves NZ certification

The Eye In The Sky has become the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This is a single STC that can be used across multiple helicopter types; initially the helicopters listed are EC130, AS350 and R44 with further aircraft types being added early 2021 Utilising… Read more »

Source: Eye In The Sky, 22-Jan-21

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Most US Helicopter Accident Indicators Pointed in Right Direction During 2020

Most US Helicopter Accident Indicators Pointed in Right Direction During 2020

The helicopter industry recorded another year of decreasing accidents, with the number of fatal accidents dropping by more than 20 percent, and a 2.6 percent reduction in the total accident rate (per 100,000 flight hours). Nick Mayhew, industry co-chair of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team, urges the industry to stay vigilant and work hard to… Read more »

Source: USHST, 22-Jan-21

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FAA Accepting Applications for Workforce Development Grants

FAA Accepting Applications for Workforce Development Grants

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking applications for two Aviation Workforce Development Grant programs aimed at developing and inspiring a more inclusive pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to join the next generation of aviation professionals. The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Jan-21

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Bell marks 40 years of the 412

Bell marks 40 years of the 412

To date, there have been more than 1,100 Bell 412s delivered across the globe, logging over 6.5 million flight hours. Since the introduction of the Bell 412 in 1981, Bell has developed 11 different variants, the latest being the recently unveiled Subaru Bell 412 EPX. The evolution of the Bell 412 is a testament to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jan-21

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NHV achieves ISO 9001:2015 Re-Certification

NHV achieves ISO 9001:2015 Re-Certification

NHV are proud to announce that they have received its ISO 9001:2015 re-certification following a successful inspection earlier this month. The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is an independent body who maintain worldwide industrial and commercial standards and ISO 9001:2015 is international recognition awarded to organisations who continue to uphold an efficient and effective quality management system…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 21-Jan-21

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Aero Asset report on Q4 pre-owned twin turbine market

Aero Asset report on Q4 pre-owned twin turbine market

Aero Asset reports that while the preowned twin engine helicopter market continued to recover in the fourth quarter of 2020, retail sales volume remained below 2019 levels, impacted largely by the COVID-19-induced economic downturn. The Canadian-based helicopter trading firm just released its fourth quarter 2020 Heli Market Trends report and plans to release a 2020… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 21-Jan-21

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US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

US helicopters conduct unique training with Greek military

  The U.S. Army’s 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), together with Hellenic Armed Forces, executed Eddie’s Odyssey, a first of its kind, joint training mission on Velopoula Island and over the Aegean Sea, Jan. 13-14. The exercise, named after Ugly Eddie, the battalion mascot, consisted of U.S. AH-64E… Read more »

Source: US Army, 21-Jan-21

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Devon Air Ambulance flies 1101 missions in 2020

Devon Air Ambulance flies 1101 missions in 2020

Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) has revealed its mission statistics for 2020, which shows just how vital the response of the medical emergency service is to the people of Devon, even during a pandemic and continuing lockdown periods. Throughout the year the charity has been tasked to attend over 1500 incidents across Devon and were, on… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 21-Jan-21

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HAI caves in and cancels Heli-Expo 2021

HAI caves in and cancels Heli-Expo 2021

In a move seen as inevitable by everyone else in the industry, HAI finally realises they have to cancel Heli-Expo 2021.  Here’s their statement:- Responding to an increasing number of voices from across the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry, Helicopter Association International (HAI) has made the difficult decision to cancel HAI HELI-EXPO 2021. HAI… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Jan-21

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NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

NATA Supports New FAA Online Tool Easing Access to Aviation Safety Guidance

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of the Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS). Developed at the recommendation of and in collaboration with NATA and other industry stakeholders, the online tool eases access to Office of Aviation Safety guidance materials through a new, centralized portal. “When it comes to safety, both speed… Read more »

Source: NATA, 20-Jan-21

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Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

The government has extended the preliminary bid submission deadline for buying Pawan Hans by a month till February 18. See Full Story.   

Source: The Tribune India, 20-Jan-21

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Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

Air traffic controller saves CV-22 and six crew

An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft. Wendy Smith received a coin Jan. 8, 2021, from the 71st Special Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Brett… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 20-Jan-21

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HeliOffshore 2021 Conferences goes virtual

HeliOffshore 2021 Conferences goes virtual

We missed meeting you face to face in 2020.  While we thought we might be able to reconvene in person in April 2021, the pandemic and necessary international travel restrictions will prevent us meeting in Lisbon.  We have taken the tough decision to defer our Lisbon conference one more year to April 2022. Instead, in… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 20-Jan-21

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EHang to Provide UAM Services in Hengqin New Area in Zhuhai, China

EHang to Provide UAM Services in Hengqin New Area in Zhuhai, China

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced strategic partnerships with Zhuhai Da Heng Qin Pan-Tourism Development Co., Ltd., Zhuhai Huafa Sports Operations Management Co., Ltd. and Flying World (Zhuhai) Technology Co., Ltd. to jointly initiate Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) operations for aerial… Read more »

Source: EHang, 20-Jan-21

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Spectrum Aeromed Hires New QMS Compliance Manager

Spectrum Aeromed Hires New QMS Compliance Manager

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce that Melissa Loween has been hired to fill the role of Quality Management System Compliance Manager at the company’s headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Loween comes to Spectrum Aeromed with over two decades of experience as a Radiation Safety Officer and Branch Manager for a Non-Destructive Testing firm… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 20-Jan-21

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CAE partners with The LOSA Collaborative

CAE partners with The LOSA Collaborative

CAE announced a partnership with The LOSA Collaborative to enhance its evidence-based training offering. Through an exclusive service agreement, The LOSA Collaborative will perform Line Operations Safety Audits (LOSA) of CAE customer-operators. The insights and data gleaned from the safety audits, combined with CAE’s training data, will allow CAE to offer tailored pilot training programs… Read more »

Source: CAE, 20-Jan-21

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CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

CH-53K King Stallion completes first sea trials

The CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic earlier this month. This was the first opportunity to see the aircraft working in a modern naval environment. Testing took place on the USS Wasp, a landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 20-Jan-21

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STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

STARS Lottery fundraiser remains as critical as ever

While they look different wearing protective masks and gowns to protect against the novel coronavirus, STARS crews continue to fly missions daily for Albertans in desperate need of medical care. The 28th edition of the STARS lottery, launching to the public today, helps make that possible while offering the chance to win 2,500 prizes, valued… Read more »

Source: STARS, 19-Jan-21

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SPAES creates Bo105 digital cockpit based on Garmin 500H

SPAES creates Bo105 digital cockpit based on Garmin 500H

SPAES performs with their customer a cockpit conversion to a modern workplace of an Airbus BO 105 helicopter. In the first step of the conversion of the BO 105, SPAES integrated a Garmin 500H TXi system. Therefore, the existing analog devices were removed, which creating new space and reducing weight. For primary navigation, the two… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 19-Jan-21

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Russia certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

Russia certifies Guimbal G2 Cabri

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency – FATA – delivered to Helicopteres Guimbal on December, 24th, the validation Type Certificate for the Cabri G2 helicopter. This significant certification is a conclusion to a process started in 2019 which included extensive technical exchanges and a thorough flight evaluation. Russia has one of the largest experience in… Read more »

Source: Guimbal, 19-Jan-21

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UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

UK – National Grid to add second Bell 429

HeliHub.com can reveal that National Grid will be adding a second Bell 429 in the next few months – adding to their first example of the type which they took delivery of in the summer of 2013.  The aircraft is currently in completion with Bell Flight in Prague, Czech Republic. National Grid is responsible for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-21

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First flight of UAVOS – TITRA joint project

First flight of UAVOS – TITRA joint project

The converted Alpin UAV, which is based on the manned Heli-Sport Italian CH7 helicopter, a joint project of TITRA, a Turkish engineering company, and UAVOS, a researcher, developer, and manufacturer of advanced products in the unmanned systems industry, has completed its first successful flight in the sky of the State of Turkey. The test flight… Read more »

Source: UAVOS, 18-Jan-21

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New Leonardo ASW system achieves milestone

New Leonardo ASW system achieves milestone

ULISSES (Ultra Light Sonic Enhanced System) is a new acoustic anti-submarine maritime surveillance system developed by Leonardo. Extremely lightweight and compact, ULISSES is optimised for all fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft and maritime platforms. ULISSES is currently the only system that can also be installed on-board small unmanned platforms such as Leonardo’s AWHERO. The installation on-board… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Jan-21

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FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

FAA Approves AeroLEDs For Part 27 Rotorcraft AeroLEDs

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

Source: AeroLED, 18-Jan-21

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Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Jan-21

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Airbus improves EC145 anti-collision light

Airbus improves EC145 anti-collision light

In the frame of the product improvement programme for its light twin-engine helicopter, Airbus Helicopters proposes a new design solution for the EC145 LED anti-collision light, while improving its reliability and preventing damage to the part. The solution consists of replacing the existing light with the new design, which uses six (instead of four) mounting screws with a smaller… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jan-21

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STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

STARS adds fourth and fifth Airbus H145 to fleet

Airbus Helicopters Canada has delivered two new twin-engine H145 helicopters to STARS, a physician driven non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization serving Western Canada, continuing the company’s multi-year fleet renewal program for nine new helicopters. The four remaining helicopters to be delivered will arrive in the new five-bladed configuration, beginning later this year. STARS’ H145 helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jan-21

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Airbus Helicopters will NOT be at Heli-Expo 2021

Airbus Helicopters will NOT be at Heli-Expo 2021

Airbus Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will not be attending Heli-Expo, with the quote below “Airbus Helicopters is proud to showcase its products and services at Heli Expo, our industry’s largest trade show, and looks forward to the occasion each year. As eager as we are to resume in-person trade shows, we do… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-21

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Australia – CASA appoints acting CEO

Australia – CASA appoints acting CEO

The CASA Board has appointed experienced aviation executive Graeme Crawford to act as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety of CASA until the successor to Shane Carmody who retired on the 31 December 2020 is determined. Crawford who was appointed to the 2IC position of Group Executive Manager Aviation in May 2016… Read more »

Source: CASA, 15-Jan-21

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Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

Nigerian AF partners with Caverton Helicopters for maintenance

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) will partner with Caverton Helicopters on the maintenance of its rotary wing aircraft as it seeks to improve serviceability. The NAF on 12 January said Caverton Helicopters would also help develop capacity with its engineers, technicians and pilots. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Caverton… Read more »

Source: defenceWeb, 15-Jan-21

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Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp wins V-22 aux tank contract

Container Research Corp.,* Aston, Pennsylvania, is awarded an $11,539,383 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract provides for the procurement of up to a maximum quantity of 275 V-22 Mission Auxiliary Tank System storage containers for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Work will be performed in Aston, Pennsylvania, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 15-Jan-21

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Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Naval Supply Systems Command addresses V-22 supply concern

Rear Adm. Doug Noble, commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support, and Rear. Adm. Casey Moton, Program Executive Officer, Unmanned and Small Combatants, signed a strategic Memorandum of Agreement on Dec. 4, 2020 regarding supply support for the Guided Missile Frigate, also known as FFG 62 Constellation Class. The MOA establishes a mutual framework… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 15-Jan-21

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Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability. “This new ARH capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Gov, 15-Jan-21

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GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

GAO reports on Washington DC area helicopter noise concerns

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data for 2017 through 2019, over 50 helicopter operators conducted approximately 88,000 helicopter flights within 30 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (D.C. area), though limited data on noise from these flights exist. According to operators, these flights supported various missions (see table below). While the number of… Read more »

Source: GAO, 14-Jan-21

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HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

HAI addresses pandemic worries about holding Heli-Expo 2021

The following statement from HAI follows the story Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event which we ran on Monday 11th January   Helicopter Association International (HAI) remains committed to supporting the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry by holding an in-person HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans March 22–25, with exhibits open March 23–25…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Jan-21

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First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Jan-21

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2021

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Agusta A109E (G-ETPJ), localised burning in equipment bay, Boscombe Down Airfield, Wiltshire, 2 July 2020 Westland Scout AH1 (G-CIBW), loss of door window in flight, West Dean, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 September 2020

Source: AAIB, 14-Jan-21

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NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its intent to hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 14-Jan-21

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General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $101M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $101,470,782 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00015) to previously awarded contract N00019-18-C-1007.  This modification procures 21 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot Five low rate initial production aircraft.  Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 14-Jan-21

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Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

Second Nigerian Air Force Mi-171E inducted

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted into service a second Mi-171E helicopter in a ceremony that also saw the induction of another L-39ZA trainer that had been returned to airworthiness. See Full Story. 

Source: defenceWeb, 14-Jan-21

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RACQ CQ Rescue publishes 2020 mission stats

RACQ CQ Rescue publishes 2020 mission stats

  RStatistics revealed today show the region’s lifesaving rescue helicopter clocked up a staggering 164,000km and 631 missions last year. That’s an average of nearly two missions a day flying more than 449km for RACQ CQ Rescue’s Bell 412 helicopter to help save lives across Central and North Queensland. CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said… Read more »

Source: RACQ CQ Rescue, 14-Jan-21

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LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

LifeNet, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., today announced a partnership with Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) to open a new air ambulance base at the facility. The base will serve residents of Columbus, Fremont, Albion, Central City, Schuyler, David City, Aurora, and other local communities surrounding the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 14-Jan-21

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US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information… Read more »

Source: Vita Inclinata, 14-Jan-21

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Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Installation of QuantiFLYTM, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight, and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLYTM with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jan-21

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Bristow appoints Area Manager in Brazil

Bristow appoints Area Manager in Brazil

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) today announced Fernando Quental has been appointed to the role of Brazil Area Manager, effective today. In this role, he will be responsible for all facets of Bristow’s operations in Brazil. Quental has more than 20 years of leadership experience in various industries, and he comes to Bristow from SGS… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 13-Jan-21

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Updated Bucher EMS interior approved by EASA on H135

Updated Bucher EMS interior approved by EASA on H135

The Bucher Group, the specialist for Emergency Medical Systems, has announced its new rescue equipment H135 AC67 flex is now EASA certified on all variants of the H135 helicopter. The further development of the AC67 equipment, which has been successfully in use for many years, has now been implemented by Bucher engineers resulting in the… Read more »

Source: Bucher Group, 13-Jan-21

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The Loar Group Announces the Acquisition of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation

The Loar Group Announces the Acquisition of Safe Flight Instrument Corporation

Loar Group, Inc. (Loar) announced that it has recently added Safe Flight Instrument Corporation (Safe Flight) to its family of companies. Headquartered in White Plains, New York (USA), Safe Flight is a leading designer and manufacturer of proprietary aerospace electronic products and systems with its products installed on nearly two-thirds of the world’s aircraft. In… Read more »

Source: The Loar Group, 13-Jan-21

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Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Advancing Despite Pandemic

Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Advancing Despite Pandemic

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that the growth of world’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments have continued apace despite the global pandemic. “This past year saw continued growth and progress in eVTOL developments,” said Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director. “Our… Read more »

Source: VFS, 13-Jan-21

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Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

Heli-Expo 2021 will (at best) be a US-only event

Amid the pandemic, HAI has a most difficult task ahead – how (or whether) to run Heli-Expo 2021, scheduled for March 22-25 in New Orleans.  With ten weeks to go, there is no way of predicting what the situation will be regarding travel, quarantine, lockdown etc, and the event is reliant on international visitors from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-21

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New Heli Biking experience lifts off from Greymouth for Coastwide Helicopters

New Heli Biking experience lifts off from Greymouth for Coastwide Helicopters

Coastwide Helicopters, a division of GCH Aviation has launched a new Heli biking experience. The company has purchased a set of DART helicopter bike racks from Canada which can carry up to four E-Bikes up to the top of the new Paparoa Track.  These bike racks are designed to protect expensive bikes in a vertical… Read more »

Source: GCH Aviation, 12-Jan-21

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AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

AW139 will be Colombia’s new Presidential helicopter

The Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter will be the new Presidential Transport helicopter in the Republic of Colombia. The aircraft, in a special VVIP configuration, is expected to be delivered in spring this year and will be operated by the Colombian Air Force. The supply of this helicopter will make the Colombian Air Force the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Jan-21

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