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Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

Full Ice clearance for AW169 delayed by COVID19

Leonardo have confirmed to HeliHub.com that FIPS (Full Ice Protection System) clearance for the AW169 has been delayed by COVID19. The original order from Rega (Swiss Air Rescue) was announced in December 2015, and consists of three AW169 helicopters. The organisation provides emergency medical service and search and rescue missions (EMS/SAR) all over Switzerland, from the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-20

Air Methods chooses Airbus HCare to support its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters

Air Methods chooses Airbus HCare to support its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters

Air Methods Corporation – the largest civil operator of Airbus helicopters worldwide with more than 450 aircraft in operation – has signed a $24 million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters. “This is the first of what we hope to be multiple HCare contracts,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Oct-20

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Abaco wins cabin computer contract with helicopter OEM

Abaco wins cabin computer contract with helicopter OEM

Abaco Systems announced that it has won orders from a major European technology company that will see Abaco’s range of innovative hardware platforms deployed at the heart of a new helicopter cabin computer. The initial order is valued at $350,000. Total lifetime value to Abaco of the win is expected to be $1.5 million. Design… Read more »

Source: Abaco Systems, 19-Oct-20

Change of date for EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020

Change of date for EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020

The new date for the Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 2020 is December 9, 2020. EASA had to make this adjustment to taken into account some enhancements of the technical set-up for the virtual event. We hope you will be able to join us on the new date and we look forward to seeing you. There… Read more »

Source: EASA, 19-Oct-20

Foreign Military Sale to Romania for Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS)

Foreign Military Sale to Romania for Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defense Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 19-Oct-20

Devon Air Ambulance is targeted by bright lights

Devon Air Ambulance is targeted by bright lights

There has been a lot in the press recently about the danger of lasers, with aircraft often being the target. However, we would also like to highlight that it’s not just lasers that can be of danger to aircraft, after one of ours was targeted this week by a car, aggressively flashing its headlights. Rob… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-Oct-20

Baker Hughes Rig Count – 16 Oct 20

Baker Hughes Rig Count – 16 Oct 20

Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Baker Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly and the international rig count monthly.  Baker Hughes… Read more »

Source: Baker Hughes, 19-Oct-20

British Helicopter Association announces winner of annual Eric Brown Award

British Helicopter Association announces winner of annual Eric Brown Award

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) has great pleasure in announcing that Captain Rick Newson CAA is the recipient of the Eric Brown Award for 2020. The Award is made annually by the BHA to an individual considered to have made the greatest and most significant contribution towards the helicopter industry in the past year. Captain… Read more »

Source: BHA, 16-Oct-20

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Longbow awarded $32M contract for spare parts kits for AH-64E

Longbow awarded $32M contract for spare parts kits for AH-64E

Longbow Ltd., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $32,154,552 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-20-F-0464 for generic spare parts kits for AH-64E Apache helicopters.  Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales (India, Morocco, Netherlands, and United Arab Emirates) funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Oct-20

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Garmin announces 2021 Virtual Format Pilot Training Classes

Garmin announces 2021 Virtual Format Pilot Training Classes

Garmin® is pleased to announce its pilot training opportunities through June 2021 will be transitioning to an entirely virtual learning format. This new format will allow customers to receive valuable product knowledge without concerns over travel and social distancing. A variety of pilot training opportunities are available ranging from Garmin pilot’s guides, PC trainers, eLearning… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 16-Oct-20

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Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

In August, Babcock won the long-term contract from CHC to transport Total workers to its central North Sea platforms. The US helicopter firm took a thinly-veiled swipe at Total over loss of the work, saying “unsustainable pricing, will ultimately see an end to future industry investment in technology, safety improvements and the next generation of… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 16-Oct-20

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Entrol launches the H05 / H125 FNPT II simulator

Entrol launches the H05 / H125 FNPT II simulator

The H05 FNPT II simulator is based on the H125 FNPT II, also known as AS350, one of the best-selling helicopters around the world. The standard configuration features dual G500H, GTN 650, a 180° x 40° cylindrical visual system and a worldwide database. It can be certified as EASA FNPT II or FAA FTD level… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 15-Oct-20

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First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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Philippine Coast Guard takes delivery of second H145

Philippine Coast Guard takes delivery of second H145

Philippine Coast Guard welcomed its second H145 helicopter, just four months after the official commissioning of its first H145. With their two light-twin helicopters, the parapublic agency becomes the first coast guard organisation in the world to operate the multi-purpose H145. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with weather radar, bambi bucket, emergency… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

Life Link III announced today that they have acquired FlightBridgeED, LLC, a Kentucky-based critical care education company. The two organizations have shared a long history as strategic partners, brought together by their commitment to the advancement and delivery of critical care education and research.   For the past decade, FlightBridgeED has specialized in providing pre-hospital,… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 15-Oct-20

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Study supports EMS use of piloted multicopters

Study supports EMS use of piloted multicopters

The results of the world’s first feasibility study on the use of piloted multicopters in rescue services has concluded that air rescue with piloted multicopters is possible, makes sense, and improves the emergency medical care of the population. The 130-page study was launched at the end of 2018 by ADAC Luftrettung and sponsored by the… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 15-Oct-20

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Helicoper link reopens to Kedarnath pilgrimage site

Helicoper link reopens to Kedarnath pilgrimage site

Kedarnath is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in the country, and has now resumed its helicopter services after a long gap due to COVID-19 pandemic. The helicopter service for Kedarnath started on Friday, with a total of 890 people making use of the service on the very first day. See Full Story.

Source: Times of India, 15-Oct-20

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Kawasaki puts supercharged H2R engine in a helicopter

Kawasaki puts supercharged H2R engine in a helicopter

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has succeeded in a flight test of the unmanned compound helicopter ” K-RACER ” at the Taiki-Cho Multipurpose Air Park in Hokkaido. See Full Story.

Source: Living with Gravity, 15-Oct-20

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ASU President Announces Retirement

ASU President Announces Retirement

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) announced today that ASU President Jim Winkel will retire at the end of 2020. Winkel has served as the President of ASU since September of 2013 and his remarkable career in the night vision industry spaned nearly four decades. “Some of the greatest memories I have during my time at ASU… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Oct-20

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MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards from Army Contracting Command-Redstone to support allied operations of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter. The first contract, worth $6.1 million, requires MDHI to retrofit 18 legacy MD 530F helicopters operated by the Afghanistan Air Force with ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (CWFS). Jointly developed with Robertson Fuel… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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NCCH and Rotorsky partner on helicopter crew training

NCCH and Rotorsky partner on helicopter crew training

Norwegian Competence Centre Helicopter AS (NCCH) is proud to announce the partnership with RotorSky GmbH. RotorSky is an Austrian helicopter flight school with more than 15 years of experience in all kinds of helicopter pilot training. NCCH operates the most modern full flight simulators (FFS) for H145 D2 (BK117 D2) and as of October the… Read more »

Source: NCCH, 15-Oct-20

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Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced today that the Unites States and Canada approved Astronics’ Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter’s AS350 Écureuil. In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada, Astronics obtained the Supplemental… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 15-Oct-20

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Garmin adds autopilot compatibility and more to GI275 electronic flight instrument

Garmin adds autopilot compatibility and more to GI275 electronic flight instrument

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced an update for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument has been granted supplemental type certificate (STC) approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is available immediately through select authorized Garmin dealers. The GI 275 can now be used with the GFC™ 500 autopilot… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 15-Oct-20

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Schiebel Pacific ramps up for Land129 and Sea129

Schiebel Pacific ramps up for Land129 and Sea129

Schiebel Pacific is scaling its business in preparation for Land129 and Sea129. The company is hiring remote pilots and maintenance technicians and upgrading its facility. The expansion comes after Schiebel Pacific and Raytheon Australia teamed up for the LAND129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Air System (TUAS) project for the Australian Army. Additionally, Schiebel Pacific is… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 15-Oct-20

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Reiser H145 Full Flight Simulator now qualified to EASA Level D

Reiser H145 Full Flight Simulator now qualified to EASA Level D

Lufthansa Aviation Training’s first own helicopter full flight simulator, designed and manufactured by Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST), has received EASA Level D qualification by the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt / LBA) on 27 August 2020. The helicopter full flight simulator (FFS) manufactured by RST is equipped with an interchangeable H135/H145 cockpit (H135… Read more »

Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, 15-Oct-20

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PAC International upgrades Bell 407 for Haiti Air Ambulance

PAC International upgrades Bell 407 for Haiti Air Ambulance

PAC International has recently completed and delivered an upgraded Bell 407 to Haiti Air Ambulance, a leading provider of emergency medical helicopter services in Haiti. Modifications provided by PAC include: ·      Spectrum Aeromed patient stretcher and base assembly with Lifeport pilot barrier and medical floor ·      Propaq, Revel Vent, and Bodyguard 121 IV pump mounts,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 15-Oct-20

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MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has taken delivery of its first AW139 helicopter.  The October 13 handoff included a small ceremony at Miami Executive Airport (TMB) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Officials from the County, including Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, spoke at the event. “As a former firefighter, I’ve been very impressed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Oct-20

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HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

HALO-Flight adds Bell 407GXi to fleet

Bringing innovation to aviation while ensuring operational safety is not new to HALO-Flight; but, the recently acquired Bell 407GXi brings the South Texas air medical service into national focus with the first, FAA approved, single engine, single pilot IFR air medical helicopter. HALO-Flight’s newest aircraft is also Bell’s first 407 IFR (instrument flight rules) aircraft… Read more »

Source: HALO-Flight, 14-Oct-20

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SkyNet Aviation new inbound aircraft detection and alarm system

SkyNet Aviation new inbound aircraft detection and alarm system

Australian flight management solutions leader SkyNet Aviation launches LASAW – an innovation that automatically detects inbound aircraft and raises the alarm about aircraft making unannounced or emergency landing approaches. The LASAW system – short for Landing Approach Surveillance And Warning – has been developed by the engineering team at SkyNet Aviation over the past 12… Read more »

Source: SkyNet, 14-Oct-20

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HeliHub.com adds weekly offshore rig count data to news feed

HeliHub.com adds weekly offshore rig count data to news feed

HeliHub.com is now including weekly rig count data to its news feed.  Supplied by Baker Hughes, the rig data is an important business barometer for the drilling industry and its suppliers – in our case, helicopter operations and all the support that goes with it. The active rig count acts as a leading indicator of demand… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-20

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HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

HM-12 mine countermeasures squadron train for aerial firefighting

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 12 successfully tested, trained, and qualified their squadron and aircrew from three separate squadrons on the use of the Bambi Bucket to support aerial firefighting missions, if tasked, on the East Coast, Oct. 8. The MH-53E is the only rotary aircraft in the U.S. Navy with the capability to airlift… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 13-Oct-20

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Honeywell Secures Repair and Overhaul Contract for US Army Chinook Fleet

Honeywell Secures Repair and Overhaul Contract for US Army Chinook Fleet

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has won a five-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity) contract for the repair and overhaul of its T55-GA-714A engines that operate on the U.S. Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters. This contract award will ensure that the U.S. Army’s Chinook fleet has spare engines to sustain its future missions and overall readiness. The engines… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 13-Oct-20

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Change of Management at Kopter

Change of Management at Kopter

Leonardo announces that Marco Viola, currently in charge to lead Kopter integration, will look after the overall governance of activities at Kopter on behalf of Leonardo Helicopters. This step is taken as an interim solution as Kopter’s CEO Andreas Lowenstein has decided to step down from his current role and to pursue further opportunities outside… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 13-Oct-20

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AeroVironment Teams with Robotic Skies for UAS Maintenance Support

AeroVironment Teams with Robotic Skies for UAS Maintenance Support

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced a teaming agreement with Robotic Skies, a global maintenance, repair, and overhaul network for UAS, to provide field maintenance, inspection and repair support for AeroVironment customers. Robotic Skies, through teaming agreements with companies such as AeroVironment, provides UAS fleet operators with local,… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 13-Oct-20

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GE T901 engine ahead of schedule

GE T901 engine ahead of schedule

GE Aviation, in cooperation with the United States Army, successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) in July for the T901-GE-900, GE’s next-generation engine that will power a large portion of the Army’s rotorcraft fleet for decades to come. In 2019, the U.S. Army selected GE Aviation’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 13-Oct-20

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Southern California Edison Funds ‘Critical Aerial Support’ for Daytime and Nighttime Firefighting

Southern California Edison Funds ‘Critical Aerial Support’ for Daytime and Nighttime Firefighting

Captain Greg Barta of the Orange County Fire Authority has been on the front lines of firefighting for 13 years. He has one word to describe the 2020 fire season to date: “Explosive.” “None of us are used to fighting fires during a pandemic, which is putting a strain on our resources, but we’re rising… Read more »

Source: Edison, 13-Oct-20

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Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 T3H to Collier County’s Emergency Medical Services program. “The arrival of the new aircraft will allow Collier County EMS to continue their mission of transporting critically injured trauma patients to a trauma center within the golden hour,” said Tabatha Butcher, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  “Collier… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Oct-20

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Savback Helicopters becomes exclusive Zefhir distributor in South East Asia

Savback Helicopters becomes exclusive Zefhir distributor in South East Asia

Distributor Savback Helicopters and helicopter manufacturer CURTI Industries have extended their cooperation, making Savback Helicopters the sole exclusive distributor for the ‘Zefhir’ helicopter in South East Asia. Savback has since the fall of 2019 been the distributor of the ‘Zefhir’ in Northern Europe and the CIS, and through this extension of the companies’ partnership, the… Read more »

Source: Savback Helicopters, 13-Oct-20

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OHI appoints Group CFO

OHI appoints Group CFO

Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“OHI” or “the Company”] announced the appointment of Ivan Coyard as Group Chief Financial Officer.  The announcement was supported by OHI shareholders Stirling Square Capital Partners [“Stirling Square”] and Omni Aviation [“Omni”]. OHI owns and backs helicopter operators in the provision of mission critical services to the offshore sector.  The Company’s… Read more »

Source: Omni Helicopters, 13-Oct-20

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Calgary Police receives first of two H125s

Calgary Police receives first of two H125s

The Calgary Police Service (CPS) has received the first of two helicopters purchased to replace the Service’s current HAWCS (Helicopter Air Watch for Community Safety) helicopters. The new helicopters will greatly increase how the Service’s Air Support Unit can respond to crime in Calgary and keep Calgarians safe. The current helicopters, which have been in… Read more »

Source: City of Calgary, 12-Oct-20

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France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

France signs contract for upgraded NH90 TTH for Special Forces

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker), have signed with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) a firm contract for the development of an upgraded version of the NH90 Tactical Troop Helicopter (TTH) for the French Special Forces (TFRA Standard 2). Under the terms of the production contract, the final batch of… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 12-Oct-20

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SPAES receives approval as a Part 21G Production Organisation

SPAES receives approval as a Part 21G Production Organisation

SPAES receives the approval for the Part 21G Production Organisation to manufacture and produce components according to aviation standards (Form 1). Due to the increasing demand of customers for the procurement and production of components according to aviation standards, SPAES decided to establish an EASA Part 21G production organisation. For certification of the Part 21G… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 12-Oct-20

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AAMS Names Additional Key Leadership Positions

AAMS Names Additional Key Leadership Positions

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is pleased to announce two additions to the leadership team to support the organization’s strategic plan going forward that is focused on an improved member experience with quality, safety, advocacy, and education in mind. Matthew Fox will become AAMS Director of Event Design starting on October 26 bringing… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 12-Oct-20

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Baker Hughes Rig Count – 09 Oct 20

Baker Hughes Rig Count – 09 Oct 20

Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Baker Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of U.S. and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975. The North American rig count is released weekly and the international rig count monthly.  Baker Hughes… Read more »

Source: Baker Hughes, 12-Oct-20

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Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

English Air Services, a part 133, 135 and 137 operator out of Santa Maria, CA USA specializing in utility operations for agriculture, LIDAR/Mapping platforms and power line maintenance has taken delivery of a completely refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L3 from Meridian Helicopters. This marks the eighteenth completed and delivered Bell Helicopter 206L3 and 206L4 aircraft refurbishments in… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 09-Oct-20

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Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has modernized the blanking and stamping production

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has modernized the blanking and stamping production

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) has completed an investment project to create a modern, high-performance blank and stamping production. In the course of its implementation, a major overhaul of building 64 was completed with a new layout of production areas. The project was aimed at… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 09-Oct-20

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Royal Netherlands Air Force sends replacement NH90 to Curacao

Royal Netherlands Air Force sends replacement NH90 to Curacao

HNLMS Groningen will have access to an NH90 maritime combat helicopter again after 2.5 months. This morning a plane took off by air to the Caribbean. The helicopter replaces the one that crashed in July. The NH90 has been prepared for air transport at Eindhoven Air Base in recent days. The aircraft was already loaded… Read more »

Source: Royal Netherlands Air Force, 09-Oct-20

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New paint shop opened at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

New paint shop opened at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant

In June, the enterprise completed the investment project “Modernization and development of paint production”. The new painting building, equipped with modern technological equipment, allows to improve the quality of painting, improve working conditions and reduce the production cycle by at least 15%. The guests were shown new technologies for painting the helicopter – with the… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 09-Oct-20

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Astronics Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System Receives Amended STC for Bell

Astronics Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System Receives Amended STC for Bell

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved for the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS). Offered by wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics PECO and obtained in cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary Canada,… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 09-Oct-20

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Babcock extends South Australia contract

Babcock extends South Australia contract

Babcock Australasia’s rotary wing contract with the Government of South Australia has been extended until October 2022, confirming increased and continuing service to the region. Babcock will continue to deliver emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR) and airborne law enforcement services for the South Australian State Helicopter Rescue Service (SRHS), on behalf of… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 09-Oct-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – October 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-SASS), caravan roof partly lifted by helicopter downdraft, Knochenkelly, Whiting Bay, Brodick, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, 4 May 2020

Source: AAIB, 09-Oct-20

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MyHeli becomes newest UK CAA AOC operator

MyHeli becomes newest UK CAA AOC operator

London Oxford Airport based MyHeli is the UK’s newest helicopter charter operator offering a fleet of six stylishly refurbished Leonardo AW109s. Founded by renowned aviation entrepreneur Dustin Dryden, the company will form part of Dryden’s Volare Aviation Group. MyHeli’s AOC was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority at the end of September and the team… Read more »

Source: Resilient Aviation, 08-Oct-20

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Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Airbus are reporting new customers in North America and Asia Pacific over the coming months for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition. Launched in January, this model is a stylish special version of the ACH130 featuring a range of interior and exterior designs created by Aston Martin to delight helicopter owners who appreciate the thrill of piloting… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Oct-20

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Bell Flight Celebrates 85 Years of Innovation

Bell Flight Celebrates 85 Years of Innovation

Bell, a technology company, celebrated its 85th anniversary this past July, reflecting on its growth as a company committed to redefining flight. Founded by Larry Bell in 1935, the company has been at the forefront of mobility, constantly finding ways to create innovative solutions. From breaking the sound barrier with pilot Chuck Yeager and the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-20

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Russia works on hybrid power plant helicopter with AI

Russia works on hybrid power plant helicopter with AI

Specialists at the Russian Foundation of Advanced Research Projects and the holding company Helicopters of Russia have finalized a preliminary project for a helicopter of the future, equipped with a hybrid power plant and artificial intelligence, the foundation’s press-service has told TASS. See Full Story. 

Source: TASS, 08-Oct-20

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Avidyne announces avionics connectivity with SkyDemon

Avidyne announces avionics connectivity with SkyDemon

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, flight displays, and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, business jets and helicopters announced that Europe’s popular SkyDemon Flight Planning Software is now compatible with the IFD Series of FMS/GPS/NAV/COMs. “Integrated wireless connectivity provides a powerful conduit for adding functionality and expanding the capabilities and utility… Read more »

Source: Avidyne, 08-Oct-20

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Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

Air Safa Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based aircraft leasing company, has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters for one H125 helicopter with the option to add another one in the future. The H125 will be placed on a dry lease to Indian operators for multirole missions, including passenger transportation and aerial work. “We have… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Oct-20

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Air Methods announces New Alabama LifeSaver Base in Evergreen

Air Methods announces New Alabama LifeSaver Base in Evergreen

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that its subsidiary, LifeSaver, has opened a new base in Evergreen, Ala., to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding area. Other Alabama counties that will be served by the base include Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Butler, Wilcox, Monroe, Clarke, Baldwin, and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 08-Oct-20

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L3Harris Technologies and Truth Data Team to Improve Helicopter Aviation Safety

L3Harris Technologies and Truth Data Team to Improve Helicopter Aviation Safety

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) and Truth Data have signed an agreement to improve helicopter aviation safety by promoting helicopter flight data monitoring. Truth Data will utilize L3Harris’ scalable flight data analysis platform and benchmarking capabilities to enable customers to better identify safety issues and reduce risks. “Combining our two companies’ capabilities will help improve helicopter safety… Read more »

Source: L3Harris Technologies, 08-Oct-20

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New Helicopter Safety Team of Chile Will Focus on Reducing Accidents and Enhancing Safety

New Helicopter Safety Team of Chile Will Focus on Reducing Accidents and Enhancing Safety

With strong support from the Chilean Association of Helicopters (ACHHEL) and dozens of experts from across the industry, the Helicopter Safety Team of Chile (HST-Chile) has been formed with a focus to reduce accidents and enhance safety. The team includes representatives from authorities, civilian and governmental helicopter operators; commercial and private pilots, etc. HST-Chile leadership… Read more »

Source: IHSF, 08-Oct-20

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European Rotors 2020 cancelled

European Rotors 2020 cancelled

Due to latest developments in regard to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, European Helicopter Association (EHA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are taking a serious but necessary step: The first edition of EUROPEAN ROTORS will not be held as planned from November 10 to 12, 2020, but will be postponed to November… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 07-Oct-20

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US Forest Service considers improvements to Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness

US Forest Service considers improvements to Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness

The U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently released the results of the Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness (AFUE) Study. The nationwide, multi-year AFUE study was chartered by the Forest Service Fire and Aviation Management Program to answer a pivotal question given the growing U.S. wildfire threat: “What are the… Read more »

Source: Dauntless Air, 07-Oct-20

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Elbit Systems of America wins $50M contract in support of US Army NVIS

Elbit Systems of America wins $50M contract in support of US Army NVIS

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a maximum value of approximately $50 million to produce spare parts in support of the Aviators’ Night Vision Imaging System Head-Up Display system (“ANVIS… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 07-Oct-20

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Irish Air Corps airlifts 3000th patient

Irish Air Corps airlifts 3000th patient

National Ambulance Service (NAS) launched the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS),  which is in Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The service, a joint project between the  Department of Health, the HSE and the Defence Forces, means that National Ambulance Service advanced paramedics now have the assistance of a dedicated military helicopter for the rapid transfer of critical patients to… Read more »

Source: Irish Air Corps, 07-Oct-20

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Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

Leonardo and ENAV join forces on digitalization, sustainability and safety

Leonardo and ENAV signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Italy primarily aimed at modernising and making safer, efficient and sustainable the use of helicopters and air space leveraging the most advanced navigation technologies. The aim of the partners is to join forces and offer helicopter operators products and services in the advanced instrument navigation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Oct-20

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Devon Air Ambulance adds fundraising through Tiltify platform

Devon Air Ambulance adds fundraising through Tiltify platform

  Devon Air Ambulance is welcoming its socially-conscious supporters to get involved in a different way to fundraise. Many of us know how to have fun online and want to use our online activity, from livestreaming an event to competitive gaming, to raise funds for the causes we love. Devon Air Ambulance has now signed… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 07-Oct-20

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CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon neutral

CAE becomes first Canadian aerospace company to become carbon neutral

CAE announced that it has become carbon neutral as of September 28, 2020, proudly becoming the first Canadian aerospace company to reach this goal. The company has achieved carbon neutrality by continuing to reduce its own emissions and by making investments in projects that offset its remaining annual carbon emissions. “This is a bold achievement… Read more »

Source: CAE, 07-Oct-20

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Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

Digital Interface UH-60V Black Hawk Released

The Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) released its first UH-60 Victor Black Hawk helicopter for delivery. CCAD Commander, Colonel Joseph H. Parker hosted a formal signing ceremony immediately following a walk-around of the UH-60V Black Hawk with Chief Test Pilots, Crew Chiefs and the Director of Aircraft Production. In a recent news release Colonel Joseph… Read more »

Source: US Dept of Defense, 06-Oct-20

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Bristow UK SAR contract extended

Bristow UK SAR contract extended

Bristow Helicopters Limited has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service for HM Coastguard, the emergency response service of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow will continue its role as a key enabler in the search and rescue community under an extended contract confirmed by the MCA. The UK’s current commercial… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 06-Oct-20

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HeliOffshore launches three Recommended Practices

HeliOffshore launches three Recommended Practices

HeliOffshore published three Recommended Practices to address operations in Flightpath Management (FPM), Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) and Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS). Tim Rolfe, HeliOffshore CEO, thanked members: “All three Recommended Practices are great examples of how our industry – from designers and maintainers, to pilots and passengers – works together and learns from each other to… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 06-Oct-20

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Midlands Air Ambulance to host virtual consultation for new airbase

Midlands Air Ambulance to host virtual consultation for new airbase

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is hosting an online public consultation on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October to share proposed plans to construct a new airbase and charity headquarters in the Cosford area. Due to latest Government announcements about COVID-19, it is not possible to physically host live consultation sessions as planned. Therefore, the local… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 06-Oct-20

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Composite Integration to produce tooling for Hill Helicopters HX50 fuselage

Composite Integration to produce tooling for Hill Helicopters HX50 fuselage

Hill Helicopters recently unveiled its disruptive, ground-up new helicopter, the HX50. The 5-seat, turbine-powered, 500-horsepower rotorcraft is the world’s first truly private, luxury helicopter crafted to deliver a whole new experience in safety, performance, adventure, comfort, and elegance. Designed by a team of hand-selected, highly skilled engineers led by aeronautics engineer Dr. Jason Hill, Ph.D.,… Read more »

Source: Hill Helicopters, 06-Oct-20

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Bell VP cleared of charges related to Puerto Rico Police acquisition

Bell VP cleared of charges related to Puerto Rico Police acquisition

A team of Thompson & Knight trial lawyers obtained an extraordinary victory on Sept. 29, as the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued a ruling dismissing all pending charges against their client, Bell Helicopter Vice President Javier Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Oct-20

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300th ALH (Dhruv) Rolls-out from HAL Hangar

300th ALH (Dhruv) Rolls-out from HAL Hangar

In yet another major fillip to indigenous programme, 300th Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH-Dhruv) rolled out from HAL hangar here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL said ALH never looked back from the day when the prototype took its maiden flight on August 30, 1992 and has evolved into a world class… Read more »

Source: HAL, 06-Oct-20

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HCare Infinite support contract for NASA’s H135 fleet

HCare Infinite support contract for NASA’s H135 fleet

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed a $15 million HCare Infinite full-availability support solution with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. From September 2020, the comprehensive contract, initially covering two years with the option to extend up to 10, provides the entire spectrum of support needs for NASA’s fleet of three H135 helicopters. Airbus will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-20

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