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DART gets TCCA approval for its improved H130 Emergency Flotation System

DART gets TCCA approval for its improved H130 Emergency Flotation System

DART Aerospace (“DART”) received STC approval from Transport Canada in late 2018 for its new EC/H130 Emergency Float System (EFS). Applicable to both legacy EC130B4 models and the latest H130 from Airbus, the new EFS features two major improvements over the previous generation kit: compatibility with OEM fixed provisions and the addition of quick release… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 15-Feb-19

HAI President Message – Still going strong after 70 years

HAI President Message – Still going strong after 70 years

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has been going strong for 70 years, representing the international helicopter community and its efforts to build a safe, sustainable industry. HAI remains focused on its primary mission: to support our members so they can “keep the rotors turning.” We do this by advocating against overburdensome regulations and legislation, and by supporting… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-19

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Airbus reports strong Full-Year 2018 results

Airbus reports strong Full-Year 2018 results

Strong 2018 performance, guidance delivered Revenues € 64 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 5.8 billion; Free Cash Flow Before M&A and Customer Financing € 2.9 billion EBIT (reported) € 5.0 billion; EPS (reported) € 3.94 A380 deliveries to cease in 2021 A400M programme re-baselining negotiated 2018 dividend proposal € 1.65 per share, up 10% from 2017 2019… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Feb-19

Bell 407GXI certified in China

Bell 407GXI certified in China

The Bell 407GXi light single helicopter has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Outfitted with Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck and dual-channel FADEC Rolls Royce M250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine, the Bell 407GXi takes the popular 407 series’ user experience to a new level. “We are pleased that Bell has received… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-19

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR,… Read more »

Source: Indian MoD, 15-Feb-19

FreeFlight Systems announces Sapphire Elite recognition program

FreeFlight Systems announces Sapphire Elite recognition program

NextGen avionics leader FreeFlight Systems announced today the formation of the Company’s Sapphire Elite recognition program, honoring the ten highest-performing partnerships per calendar year. The Company’s network of avionics professionals is comprised of 650+ Part 145 certified repair stations with locations that span the globe. All are authorized sales and service centers capable of selling,… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 15-Feb-19

Contracts signed for air medical evacuation services in Europe and Africa

Contracts signed for air medical evacuation services in Europe and Africa

The European Defence Agency has just concluded multiple framework contracts with Global Helicopter Service GMBH, Elitaliana S.R.L. and Starlite Aviation Operations Ltd. for the provision of fixed and rotary wings medical evacuation services in the context of EDA’s Support of Operations. The contracts run until January 2023 for a maximum value of 120 million Euro…. Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 15-Feb-19

Service center ODK-Klimov and UTair-Engineering helped Sanaviatsii

Service center ODK-Klimov and UTair-Engineering helped Sanaviatsii

[electronic translation] Only 10 days were required for specialists of the Center for Medium Repair of engines of JSC ODK-Klimov and JSC UTair-Engineering to repair significant damage to two TV3-117VM engines of the Mi-8AMT helicopter The failure of the engine was caused by the ingress of foreign objects in the flow part. The helicopter belongs… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 15-Feb-19

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Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal implements new Kathmandu heli-lanes

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal implements new Kathmandu heli-lanes

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has implemented new Heli-lanes inside Kathmandu. The Heli-lanes are built for arrival and departure of helicopter inside the capital city maintaining specified height and route which doesn’t overlap over security sensitive area. CAAN implemented new routes that doesn’t overlap 2 main security sensitive area; Presidential Residence (Rastrapati Bhavan) and… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 14-Feb-19

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Coptersafety provides update on H125 simulator

Coptersafety provides update on H125 simulator

Coptersafety started the installation of its next Level D Full-Flight simulator at the end of last year, and it is estimated to be ready for training in May. The installation work is done in cooperation with the experts from TRU Simulation + Training, which is the provider of all Coptersafety’s new simulators. The evaluation and… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 14-Feb-19

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USHST Sees Safety Benefits of Integrating UAS and OPA Technology into Helicopter Operations

USHST Sees Safety Benefits of Integrating UAS and OPA Technology into Helicopter Operations

 As part of its commitment to drive down the civil helicopter fatal accident rate, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has issued a report identifying how Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) technology can reduce fatalities in high-risk operations. The study by the USHST is part of a larger effort to implement… Read more »

Source: USHST, 14-Feb-19

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Universal Avionics to present innovative flight deck solutions at Heli-Expo

Universal Avionics to present innovative flight deck solutions at Heli-Expo

Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems Company, is exhibiting innovative flight deck solutions at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo. UA will showcase an InSight Display System demonstration rig with never before seen helicopter features. Attendees are invited to join UA for an in-booth (#C4028) press conference on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 1:30pm to unveil the… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 14-Feb-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 14-Feb-19

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DART’s H135 Crosstubes get approvals

DART’s H135 Crosstubes get approvals

DART Aerospace (“DART”) received STC approval from TCCA, FAA and EASA in the last three months of 2018 for its Replacement Crosstubes for the Airbus EC/H135 helicopters. Adding to DART’s growing portfolio of Landing Gear, the ready-to-install Crosstubes are available in Standard Low and Mid-Height with factory-installed Supports. “This is DART’s first adventure in larger… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 14-Feb-19

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Heli-Union commences contract in French Guyana with two AS365Ns

Heli-Union commences contract in French Guyana with two AS365Ns

Heli-Union has been awarded yet again another contract to operate in a new territory by one of its clients. This time, Heli-Union opens its new base in Felix-Eboué Airport, Cayenne. The operation started in the beginning of December 2018 and is expected to complete in 2019. Heli-Union supports the exploratory work off French Guiana’s coast… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 14-Feb-19

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Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Awarded $15M Contract for CV-22 Software Delivery

Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems, McKinney, Texas, was awarded a $15,000,000 modification (P00002) to an existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92222-18-D-0003) with cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line items. This action increases the ceiling from $30,000,000 to $45,000,000 for Silent Knight Radar Operational Flight Program (OFP) development, field service representative support and engineering services in support of U.S. Special… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Feb-19

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Kailash Helicopter plans to add more helicopters

Kailash Helicopter plans to add more helicopters

Kailash Helicopter Services (KHS) Pvt. Ltd. is planning to add more choppers by investing NRs 24 crore. Kailash Helicopter’s AS350 B2 with registration ‘9N-AJJ’ started its commercial operation from April 11, 2018. Shree Hari Kuikal, chief of operation stated that the company is planning to buy used helicopters. “The helicopter will touch down Nepal within… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 13-Feb-19

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Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

Hungary buys nine pre-owned Airbus EC135s

The Hungarian military have made a block purchase of nine Airbus (ex Eurocopter) EC135P2+ helicopters.  This represented the portion of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse) fleet which was superceded by later purchases including one EC135P2+, three EC135P3s and eight H135s. Gradually over the latter months of 2018, these nine helicopters have had their ownership… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-19

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Austria – HeliAir upgrades OAMTC Airbus H135

Austria – HeliAir upgrades OAMTC Airbus H135

The first upgrade of an H135 ambulance helicopter from T2 + to T3 was successfully completed by HeliAir engineers. Reinhard Kraxner: “Managing Director of ÖAMTC Air Rescue”For us, it goes without saying that we are always evolving to provide the highest quality and safety to our patients in all areas, so it makes sense to… Read more »

Source: ÖAMTC, 13-Feb-19

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Volocopter works with Fraport to develop airport infrastructure

Volocopter works with Fraport to develop airport infrastructure

Fraport AG and Volocopter GmbH are pioneering mobility of the future. Together, they are developing concepts for ground infrastructure and operations required for air taxi services at airports. This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure. This will be examined using a so-called Volocopter Port. In the future, Volocopter… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 13-Feb-19

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Kopter expands its presence at Mollis airfield

Kopter expands its presence at Mollis airfield

After the positive vote of the citizens of Glarus North at the municipal assembly last November, the Kopter Group (Kopter) is starting its next expansion step. It has commissioned architect Dima & Partner based in Glarus with the design, planning and construction of a new > 20,000m2 building for its pre-assembly activities at the Mollis… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 13-Feb-19

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Guimbal launches new website

Guimbal launches new website

Helicopteres Guimbal, manufacturer of the next generation light utility and training helicopter Cabri G2 and its Alpha 2 military training version launches new corporate website www.guimbal.com. The new company webpage offers an improved online customer experience and a fully-portable access to the company services and its network. It gives a direct access to the company’s… Read more »

Source: Guimbal, 13-Feb-19

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MRO Insider releases Facility-Specific Quote Request capability

MRO Insider releases Facility-Specific Quote Request capability

MRO Insider has announced the growing website now allows aircraft owner/operators to submit aircraft maintenance requests to specific facilities on demand. Prior to this release, users sent requirements out to the MRO Insider network and all facilities matching the needs of the user were notified that a request for quote (RFQ) had been submitted. With… Read more »

Source: MRO Insider, 13-Feb-19

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Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

Israeli Navy tests Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar on USV

In a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) performed by the Israeli Navy, a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar was successfully converted for operation onboard the SeagullTM, Elbit Systems’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV). Operating a dipping sonar onboard a USV significantly increases the operational working time and substantially enhances that detection capabilities and the effectiveness… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 13-Feb-19

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Heli-Union completes two month AS365N contract in Bulgaria

Heli-Union completes two month AS365N contract in Bulgaria

Heli-Union, offshore helicopter provider was awarded a 2-month contract from TOTAL E&P Bulgaria in the support of TOTAL’s exploration campaign. The project started the beginning of November 2018. Under the terms of the contract, Heli-Union provided two medium type helicopters for crew transfers and 24/7 Medevac services. The helicopters flew from Varna international airport to… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 13-Feb-19

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Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Orsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK won the £1.8 million contract from Orsted for the design and construction of a heliport. The heliport will be in Barrow-in-Furness, which will help helicopters travel to and from the Walney Extension off-shore wind farm. The heliport will include an aviation fueling system which will hold up to 15,000 litres… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-19

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New Heliport at Fukuoka will ease pressure on Airport

New Heliport at Fukuoka will ease pressure on Airport

A new heliport is to be built in the Japanese city of Fukuoka to help ease pressure on the city’s Airport.  As of 2017, Fukuoka Airport was not only the fourth busiest in Japan, but also the fourth busiest single-runway airport in the world – both measures based on annual passenger numbers, which exceeded 20… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-19

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Heli-Union wins long-term Perenco AW139 contract in Gabon

Heli-Union wins long-term Perenco AW139 contract in Gabon

Heli Union’ AW139 providing transport and medevac service offshore from Port Gentil, Gabon. Last contract started last October. Its helicopters operating in Gabon for oil and gas industry since 1975 The new contract is for the provision of crew change and medevac flights to Perenco facilities in onshore and offshore Port Gentil, Gabon. Operations commenced… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 12-Feb-19

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Sikorsky’s AAG and BLADE Announce Agreement

Sikorsky’s AAG and BLADE Announce Agreement

Sikorsky’s subsidiary Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) and Fly Blade, Inc (“BLADE”), a digitally-powered aviation company, announced an agreement today to provide a new on-demand urban mobility option in the New York City metro area. AAG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). Through the agreement, AAG will provide and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance reports 2018 as busiest year yet

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2018 as busiest year yet

This week Devon Air Ambulance have confirmed that 2018 was the busiest year in its 27 years of operation, having assisted 1,109 patients, an increase of 12% from the previous year.   Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance said, “We knew we had been busier, and in fact have helped an additional 119 patients in… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 12-Feb-19

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Bristow calls off acquisition of Columbia Helicopters

Bristow calls off acquisition of Columbia Helicopters

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) and Columbia Helicopters, Inc. today announced that Bristow and Columbia have mutually agreed to terminate Bristow’s agreement to acquire Columbia.  In connection with the termination, Bristow has paid $20 million to Columbia.  Bristow, Columbia and Columbia’s shareholders have agreed to release each other from all claims in connection with the purchase agreement and the… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 11-Feb-19

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Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Babcock exits southern North Sea operations

Following the loss of the contract with Perenco, Babcock MCS Offshore have closed their base at Norwich and the four Leonardo AW139s which they operated from there have been dispersed. In the early days of January, two of the four AW139s based there (G-PERD and G-VINC) were ferried to Babcock’s facility in Aberdeen. The third aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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India Receives First Chinook

India Receives First Chinook

India has received their first Chinook helicopter from Boeing, during the India-Chinook Transfer Ceremony. This is the first delivery of a $3.1 billion contract between India and Boeing, first signed in 2015. India has ordered 22 AH-64E and 15 CH-47F(I) helicopters from Boeing. They expect to have all of the helicopters delivered by the end… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-19

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EuroTec Announces Genesys Aerosystems Dealership & Installation Services

EuroTec Announces Genesys Aerosystems Dealership & Installation Services

A leader in rotary wing support solutions continues to expand its lineup of products and services. EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions (EuroTec) has announced becoming a Genesys Aerosystems dealership for their wide range of rotorcraft products. EuroTec offers complete installation services, sales and support for Genesys’ HeliSAS autopilot systems along with their line of popular avionics… Read more »

Source: EuroTec, 11-Feb-19

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Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Awarded $240M Contract for Production of 12 AH-1Zs

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $240,266,448 for modification P00009 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-17-C-0030) for the manufacture and delivery of 12 Lot 16 AH-1Z aircraft for the kingdom of Bahrain under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Feb-19

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SPAES installs Spidertracks on BK117

SPAES installs Spidertracks on BK117

The device is a satellite-supported tracking system. With the support of the system, flight paths can be tracked worldwide via internet in real time. “For the installation of the system, parts were manufactured and the cables were routed. The spider can be mounted variably in the cockpit”, said Joachim Kies, Head of Operational Business SPAES…. Read more »

Source: SPAES, 11-Feb-19

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Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial SAR Asia Pacific 2019 touches down in Melbourne on 21 February

Aerial Search & Rescue Asia Pacific 2019, Australia’s inaugural aerial search and rescue event, expands its reach after Tangent Link’s successful series in Europe over the past six years. Supported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), whose search and rescue region covers 53 million square kilometres including the Australian continent, large areas of the… Read more »

11-Feb-19

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Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock H175s return to Airbus for retrofit work

Babcock MCS Offshore have a fleet of four Airbus H175 helicopters, and we recently tracked one of these taking an unusual route.  Ship #5022 registered as G-MCSE took a two day ferry flight on 29th and 30th January from Babcock’s base at Aberdeen through to the Airbus Helicopters facility at Albacete in Spain, with an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-19

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JETNET Demonstrating New Features at Heli-Expo 2019

JETNET Demonstrating New Features at Heli-Expo 2019

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, will be demonstrating new features at the 2019 HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. Subscribers can customize reports for clients and internal using their popular Market Reports tool, letting them choose which parameters to display under their own logo and branding. JETNET will also be demonstrating their… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 08-Feb-19

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EURAMI appoints new Managing Director

EURAMI appoints new Managing Director

The European Aeromedical Institute is delighted to announce that Claudia Schmiedhuber has accepted the position as Managing Director at EURAMI e.V. as well as the position of CEO at EURAMI Global GmbH. Claudia has extensive background in the aeromedical and assistance industry and has successfully managed EURAMI as Interim Managing Director since September 2018. Claudia… Read more »

Source: EURAMI, 08-Feb-19

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MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Feb-19

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ForeFlight’s New Airport 3D View Delivers Next-Generation Airport Familiarization

ForeFlight’s New Airport 3D View Delivers Next-Generation Airport Familiarization

ForeFlight, creator of the widely used ForeFlight Mobile Integrated Flight App, now gives pilots and aircraft operators a unique, interactive, and global airport familiarization tool with Airport 3D View. Leveraging ForeFlight’s leading mapping and synthetic vision platform, the Airport 3D View feature combines stunning global aerial imagery with Jeppesen-sourced high-resolution terrain to create a realistic… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 08-Feb-19

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Simhawk is Now Avmkt.com

Simhawk is Now Avmkt.com

Nearly two and a half years after its launch, Simhawk will change its name to Avmkt.com (pronounced av-ˈmɑrkət), to better represent the expanded services that are offered via its aviation marketplace. In addition to matching buyers and sellers of simulator time and training, Avmkt.com will now connect buyers and sellers of other aviation services such… Read more »

Source: Avmkt.com, 08-Feb-19

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IBAC appoints IS-BAO Programme Operations Manager

IBAC appoints IS-BAO Programme Operations Manager

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) announced that industry veteran Katherine Hilst has joined the organization as the new Operations Manager for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Programme. Bennet Walsh, Programme Director of IS-BAO, commented, “Katherine’s credentials as a professional pilot, a safety management expert, instructor, aviation lawyer, and experienced IS-BAO auditor… Read more »

Source: IBAC, 08-Feb-19

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Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

Maldivians to be Trained to Pilot Military Helicopters

The Maldives National Defence Force have asked the government for help in training Maldivians to pilot their two military helicopters. At the moment they are piloted by foreigners. The two military helicopters are used for emergency evacuations and SAR operations, reports Raajje.

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-19

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Bristow postpones FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall

Bristow postpones FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today that it will now release financial results for its fiscal year 2019 third quarter after the market closes on Monday, February 11, 2019. Bristow has also rescheduled its conference call, which will now be broadcast live over the internet on… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 07-Feb-19

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New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

New Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving Helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward today thanks to a new charity partnership. The HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram has presented the first installment of £562,500 out of a £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. The HELP Appeal has… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 07-Feb-19

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Airbus and Helisim break ground on new Texas training centre

Airbus and Helisim break ground on new Texas training centre

Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Helisim broke ground Tuesday on a new, state-of-the-art helicopter pilot and maintenance crew training center in Grand Prairie, Texas. With an initial investment of $40 million, the Helisim Simulation Center will provide introductory and recurrent training to thousands of pilot personnel each year. The first stage of the new facility is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Feb-19

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Guam National Guard Opens new Facility

Guam National Guard Opens new Facility

The Guam National Guard held an opening ceremony this past Monday for their new helicopter facility, the Guard Readiness Centre. The ribbon was cut by Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy; Guam National Guard adjutant general Lt. Col. Esther Aguigui; and commander in chief of the Guam National Guard Gov. Lou Leon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-19

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Air Methods Expands Air Medical Services

Air Methods Expands Air Medical Services

Mercy Air, a division of Air Methods, announced the opening of Mercy Air 66, a new base that will provide air medical services to the Barstow community. The new base will be located at the former site of the Barstow Community Hospital at 555 S 7th Street, and will result in quicker response times for… Read more »

06-Feb-19

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Enstrom 480B receives Canadian certification

Enstrom 480B receives Canadian certification

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce it has received Transport Canada validation of their model 480B helicopter on January 25, 2019. The 480B joins the other Enstrom models listed under FAA Type Certificate H1CE which have been approved for operation in Canada including the F-28A, 280, F-28C, F-28C-2, 280C, F-28F, 280F, and 280FX. “Enstrom… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 06-Feb-19

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Airbus Helicopters appoints new Executive Committee members

Airbus Helicopters appoints new Executive Committee members

Alain Flourens, 61, currently Head of Engineering for Airbus Helicopters, has been appointed Head of Industry for Airbus Helicopters, following Christian Cornille’s departure from Airbus. Alain will be replaced in his current position by Stefan Thomé, 47, currently Head of New Business Models & Services at Airbus Defence and Space. These management changes are effective… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Feb-19

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GWAAC purchases new air base

GWAAC purchases new air base

What a year 2018 has been! We celebrated our 10th birthday and moved into our new purpose built air base at Almondsbury. And now, as the year draws to a close, we are thrilled to announce that we have reached our fundraising target for our Bur Our Base appeal, and have completed on the purchase… Read more »

Source: GWAAC, 06-Feb-19

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Airbus Receives First Order for ACH145 from Russian Customer

Airbus Receives First Order for ACH145 from Russian Customer

Airbus Helicopters has signed a firm contract with a Russian customer for the supply of a H145 helicopter in the ACH Line configuration from Airbus Corporate Helicopters. This is the first order from Russia for the newest version of this multipurpose twin-engine helicopter. The ACH145 model in the ACH Line configuration is notable for improved ergonomics,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Feb-19

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USHST 5th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

USHST 5th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

This Thursday and Friday, more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government will come together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit. The Summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative comprised of groups involved with and impacted by: Heliport Safety, Standardization, Education and Oversight Aviation Weather Gathering,… Read more »

Source: USHST, 06-Feb-19

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New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

New Director for North Sea Babcock Offshore

Babcock International (Babcock) has appointed Simon Meakins as Director of its UK Offshore business, which provides crew change and search and rescue services to the oil and gas industry. Simon, who trained as a helicopter pilot during his time with the RAF, has been with the business since 2011 and moves into the role of… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 06-Feb-19

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Bell details 2018 achievements

Bell details 2018 achievements

2018 was an exciting year filled with new technologies and some pretty exciting milestones. During the past year, we brought more aircraft to more people in more places and at the same time continued to push the boundaries of flight. Check out how we went above and beyond in 2018 – we look forward to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Feb-19

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IHSF Incorporates to a More Permanent Safety Foundation

IHSF Incorporates to a More Permanent Safety Foundation

The government and industry cooperative effort to promote helicopter safety and reduce accidents and fatalities, the International Helicopter Safety Team, has now become the International Helicopter Safety Foundation (www.IHSF.aero). The organization, which was formed in 2005, has been incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation because it has developed a permanent safety role within the worldwide helicopter… Read more »

Source: IHSF, 05-Feb-19

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US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

US Army selects GE’s T901 engine

The U.S. Army has selected GE Aviation’s T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks. “We are honored to be chosen by the Army to continue powering their Black Hawks and Apaches for… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 05-Feb-19

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FAA Statement on Continuing Operations during Shutdown

FAA Statement on Continuing Operations during Shutdown

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the primary agency responsible for the safe and efficient use of the national airspace.  In carrying out its vital aviation safety mission, the FAA maintains a complex, interrelated system of oversight, approvals, reviews, and renewals that allow an integrated network of regulated individuals, air carriers, and others to continue… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Feb-19

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Devon Air Ambulance opens 100th community landing site

Devon Air Ambulance opens 100th community landing site

Foxhole Community Association celebrates the opening of a community landing site to support Devon Air Ambulance’s night time missions, enabling them to help even more patients. We recently celebrated the establishment of the 100th Community Landing site in Devon. Across the county, communities are working hard to set up the pre-surveyed floodlit community landing sites… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 05-Feb-19

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Frictape Awarded Patent for Lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck

Frictape Awarded Patent for Lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck

The disclosure relates to a lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck, which is meant especially while being installed in connection with an identification marking, such as an H, triangle, cross figure or the like, and/or a touchdown and positioning mark ring on a landing and takeoff area of the helicopter deck for illuminating the safety marking/markings in question in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 04-Feb-19

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Patent for Helicopter rotor icing detection system

Northrop Grumman Awarded Patent for Helicopter rotor icing detection system

A system includes a signal monitor to monitor a time rate of change of a revolutions per minute (RPM) trim signal that is received from an RPM command path to control a velocity of a helicopter rotor. An icing detector detects for the presence of ice accumulation on the helicopter rotor by comparing the time rate of change of… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 04-Feb-19

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Airbus Awarded Patent for Beam for a rotorcraft

Airbus Awarded Patent for Beam for a rotorcraft

A beam for a rotorcraft rotor and particularly to a helicopter rotor. Said beam comprises a hub connection portion, a blade connection portion, a first flexure portion located between the hub connection portion and the blade connection portion and having a bending stiffness about a first axis which is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the blade,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 04-Feb-19

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City of Miami opens up land for heliport development

City of Miami opens up land for heliport development

The city of Miami has recently agreement on a Temporary Easement Agreement on Watson Island so that space can be made for a heliport. The heliport will be on the southern portion of the island, an area that was rezoned in 2016. They will be freeing up approximately 55,807 square feet of land for the… Read more »

04-Feb-19

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Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

Boeing Awarded $39M Contract for 4 MH-47Gs

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a maximum $39,038,317 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (PZ0003) for an existing cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (H92241-18-F-0022) for finalization of four new-build MH-47G rotary wing aircraft.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft in light of increased SOF… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Feb-19

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US Navy opens new training airfield

US Navy opens new training airfield

Following an historic land exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and Escambia County, the Navy’s newest outlying landing field opened for helicopter training operations today, after years of collaboration and hard work.To commemorate the completion of the field and the exchange of property, NAS Whiting Field held a ribbon cutting with representatives from the Navy,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 04-Feb-19

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Airbus Germany signs framework contract with SGL Carbon

Airbus Germany signs framework contract with SGL Carbon

The helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters Germany and SGL Carbon have been working together for years in the field of processing composite materials for aircraft doors of the Airbus Group. In the future, the cooperation with Airbus will be extended to applications for the helicopter sector and further intensified. The two companies have defined the framework… Read more »

Source: SGL Carbon, 04-Feb-19

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Elite Helicopters Expand Helicopter Training Fleet

Elite Helicopters Expand Helicopter Training Fleet

Elite Helicopters is pleased to announce the delivery of a brand new Cabri G2, G-SHAZ, which will be based at the Company’s facility at Goodwood Aerodrome. This is the newest Cabri G2 to arrive in the UK and will enable the Elite Flight Training School to increase availability at both Goodwood and Fairoaks. The Company… Read more »

Source: Elite Helicopters, 04-Feb-19

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USHST Safety Experts at Heli-Expo 2019

USHST Safety Experts at Heli-Expo 2019

Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Atlanta at 12 different workshops in a wide variety of topics.  The USHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through a government and industry cooperative effort that has resulted in a decrease in U.S. civil… Read more »

Source: USHST, 04-Feb-19

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CNC Technologies Launches Defense Grade Online Portal

CNC Technologies Launches Defense Grade Online Portal

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced the launch of CNC.LIVE a new, defense-grade online portal for hosting, viewing, sharing and archiving real-time aerial downlink footage. The platform deploys for the first time in support of Super Bowl LIII, serving as the aerial law… Read more »

Source: CNC Technologies, 04-Feb-19

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Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo announced that its comprehensive new Gulf of Mexico Support Center in Broussard, Louisiana is open. The 21,000 square foot facility provides blade repair, spare parts and technical support. Construction began in June 2017 on two acres near Highway 90. To celebrate the opening, Leonardo hosted customers and local government for a ribbon cutting ceremony…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Feb-19

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L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Awarded $19M Contract for TH-57 Logistical Support

L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC, Madison, Mississippi, is awarded $18,721,174 for modification P00037 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, labor hour, cost-reimbursement indefinite-delivery, requirements contract (N00019-13-D-0007).  This modification extends the period of performance and increases the ceiling of the contract to provide TH-57 contractor logistics support.  This modification provides all logistics services and materials for organizational… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-19

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Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

Bell and EDIC Horizon celebrate two more 429 deliveries

Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy provides state-of-the-art flight training to future pilots with its exclusive Bell fleet comprising of Bell 206s, Bell 407s and will utilize its new Bell 429s for ATP, instrument, multi-engine and specialized mission training. “We are excited to add Bell 429s to our flight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Feb-19

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L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Awarded $16M Contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y Retrofits and Spares

L3 Aviation Products Inc., Alpharetta, Georgia, is awarded a $16,138,920 firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure a maximum quantity of 840 technically refreshed multi-function displays for retrofits and spares in support of the AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft.  Work will be performed in Alpharetta, Georgia, and is expected to be completed in September 2022.  No funds will be obligated… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-19

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