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First two UH-72B Lakotas delivered to Colorado National Guard

First two UH-72B Lakotas delivered to Colorado National Guard

15-Aug-2022Source: Colorado National Guard

  The Colorado National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility, Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, received the first two of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters purchased by the Department of Defense exclusively for the U.S. Army National Guard, Aug. 4, 2022. Nine states will receive two each of the B models based on their previous UH-72A... Read more

Expanding the prior missions of EUROPEAN ROTORS

Expanding the prior missions of EUROPEAN ROTORS

15-Aug-2022Source: European Rotors

  EUROPEAN ROTORS provides helicopter industry training and recruitment opportunities In response to the way the industry is progressing, the organisers of EUROPEAN ROTORS recognise the importance of workforce development, and have made strategic decisions to ensure the subject is central to the event.  It is most important that we have suitably-skilled and well-educated people needed... Read more

Louisville delivers multi-use helicopter training facility at Fort Campbell

Louisville delivers multi-use helicopter training facility at Fort Campbell

15-Aug-2022Source: US Army Corps

  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fort Campbell celebrated the completion of a one-of-a-kind helicopter training facility during a ribbon cutting ceremony, July 22, 2022, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. “We believe the success of the project was directly tied to the high level of trust amongst the different groups on the project, which... Read more

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2022

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2022

14-Aug-2022

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Rotorway Executive 162F (G-JDHN), autorotation landing following an exhaust after fire, Near Ledbury, Herefordshire, 2 April 2021 Agusta A109C (G-HBEK), loss of control during approach to land, private landing site, Organford, Dorset, 15 July 2021... Read more

Leonardo’s announces Brazilian fleet growth LABACE 2022

Leonardo’s announces Brazilian fleet growth LABACE 2022

12-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo’s leadership in the world’s VIP/corporate multiengine helicopter market continues to grow with new orders announced at LABACE (São Paolo, 9-11 August 2022), including two AW169 light intermediate twins and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter. One AW169 and the AW109 Trekker will be delivered to a private operator in 4Q2023. An AW169... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter delivers UAS capability to Bristow SAR UK contract

Schiebel Camcopter delivers UAS capability to Bristow SAR UK contract

12-Aug-2022Source: Schiebel

  Bristow, the global leader in vertical flight, has been awarded a 10-year contract by the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) to deliver the Second-Generation Search and Rescue (UKSAR2G) programme. The contract includes the operational deployment of Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS). The new contract expands and builds on the existing capabilities Bristow... Read more

India orders 12 LUH helicopters from HAL

India orders 12 LUH helicopters from HAL

12-Aug-2022

The Indian military has signed a letter of intent to procure 12 indigenously-built light utility helicopters from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). According to a company source, production of the aircraft has begun, with two already in advanced stages of completion. See Full Story. ... Read more

Brazil approves GPMS Foresight on Airbus H125

Brazil approves GPMS Foresight on Airbus H125

12-Aug-2022Source: GPMS

  GPMS, which provides the helicopter industry’s most advanced Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), known as Foresight MX, announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate for Foresight MX. The certificate was based on a prior Federal Aviation Administration STC and covers the installation of Foresight... Read more

DRF Luftrettung digitises medical mission documentation

DRF Luftrettung digitises medical mission documentation

12-Aug-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

  At the beginning of August, DRF Luftrettung, in cooperation with medDV GmbH, introduced digital documentation software. Adapted to the specific requirements of air rescue, it can receive patient- and mission-specific data and transfer it to clinics for further treatment. With special tablet PCs on which NIDA software is installed, air rescuers can now document... Read more

Minneapolis Police petition city for drone use authorisation

Minneapolis Police petition city for drone use authorisation

12-Aug-2022Source: CBS Minnesota News

The Minneapolis Police Department is planning to utilize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as part of its law enforcement and training activities. Minnesota statutes allow for state, county and municipal agencies to fly drones, but the process for approval requires a public hearing. See Full Story.... Read more

Philippines cancels Mi-17 fleet purchase

Philippines cancels Mi-17 fleet purchase

11-Aug-2022Source: PNA

  The Department of National Defense (DND) on Wednesday said it is now formalizing the cancelation of the contract for the acquisition of 16 Russian-made Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopters. “The DND is formalizing the termination of the contract with SOVTECHNOEXPORT LLC of the Russian Federation for the procurement of 16 units of Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopters for... Read more

Joby Expands Partnership with US DoD

Joby Expands Partnership with US DoD

11-Aug-2022Source: Joby Aviation

  Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft, announced an expansion of its existing contract with the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime program that increases the contract’s potential value by more than $45 million. Building on more than five years of engagement with defense agencies, the expanded... Read more

United Airlines pays $10M up front for Archer eVTOLs

United Airlines pays $10M up front for Archer eVTOLs

11-Aug-2022Source: Archer Aviation

  Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) announced that it has received a $10 million pre-delivery payment from United Airlines for 100 of the company’s initial production eVTOL aircraft. The payment represents a watershed moment for the eVTOL industry, validating confidence in the commercialization of eVTOL aircraft and Archer’s leadership. United is making the deposit on... Read more

Vancouver Harbour Heliport upgrade completed

Vancouver Harbour Heliport upgrade completed

11-Aug-2022Source: Helijet

  With support from the Province of British Columbia’s Airport Assistance Program (“BCAAP”) under the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Pacific Heliport Services, (“PHS”) a wholly owned subsidiary of Helijet International Inc., has completed a major $1.7M upgrade of the public use intermodal heliport in downtown Vancouver, on the south shore of Burrard Inlet.... Read more

HSM-40 Welcomes Commanding Officer

HSM-40 Welcomes Commanding Officer

11-Aug-2022

  Cmdr. Justin Banz was relieved by Cmdr. David Bizzarri during a change of command ceremony for the “Airwolves” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40 onboard Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 04. Bizzarri assumed all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of HSM-40 in a ceremony attended by family and HSM-40 crew. A... Read more

Ohio publishes first US Advanced Air Mobility Framework

Ohio publishes first US Advanced Air Mobility Framework

11-Aug-2022Source: The Business Journal

  The Ohio Department of Transportation has released the nation’s first advanced air mobility framework through DriveOhio, the department’s smart mobility division. This framework will support, and position Ohio for, anticipated advanced aviation growth throughout the state. See Full Story. ... Read more

Airbus delivers first ACH160 to Brazilian customer

Airbus delivers first ACH160 to Brazilian customer

10-Aug-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus Helicopters has delivered the world’s first ACH160 to a customer in Brazil on the eve of the 17th edition of the Annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) at Congonhas airport, São Paulo. The rotorcraft will notably be the first H160 to fly in Latin America. “We are very proud that the world’s first... Read more

FAA Selects UNCW for Drone Training Initiative

FAA Selects UNCW for Drone Training Initiative

10-Aug-2022Source: University of North Carolina Wilmington

  The Federal Aviation Administration has selected UNCW to join its cohort of schools in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative, a program that recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems, commonly referred to as drones. UNCW Professor Dr. Narcisa Pricope will lead the UAS-CTI within the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate program in the Department... Read more

Wisk opens office in Montreal

Wisk opens office in Montreal

10-Aug-2022Source: Wisk Aero

  Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S., is continuing its global expansion with the launch of a new engineering hub in Montreal, Canada. The hub will be dedicated to the ongoing development of its 6th generation aircraft (to be revealed... Read more

Summit Aviation awarded Sikorsky S92 Authorisation

Summit Aviation awarded Sikorsky S92 Authorisation

10-Aug-2022Source: Summit Aviation

  Summit Aviation announced the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter has been added to its Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center Certificate. Summit began serving S-92 operators in 2016. The company became a Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center for Sikorsky S-76 legacy aircraft in 2013, followed by Sikorsky S-76D helicopters in 2016. “We are extremely pleased to include... Read more

American Helicopter Museum honours Joby Aviation with Achievement Award

American Helicopter Museum honours Joby Aviation with Achievement Award

10-Aug-2022Source: American Helicopter Museum

  The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) is pleased to announce JoeBen Bevirt, Founder and CEO of Joby Aviation, Inc., as the recipient of its prestigious annual Achievement Award. The award, presented to a person or organization that has made a significant impact to furthering vertical flight during the past year, is presented... Read more

First Aviation Appoints Director of Business Development for Rotary and Fixed Wing Operations

First Aviation Appoints Director of Business Development for Rotary and Fixed Wing Operations

10-Aug-2022Source: First Aviation Services

  First Aviation Services Inc.’s Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC, Aviation Blade Services, Inc. and Heliblade International, LLC subsidiaries, jointly announced today the appointment of Robert Takacs as Director of Business Development for both Rotary and Fixed Wing Operations. Mr. Takacs brings a wealth of experience and contacts in the regional airline marketplace from his time... Read more

HTM Group to maintain EC155 for German Federal Police

HTM Group to maintain EC155 for German Federal Police

10-Aug-2022Source: HTM Group

  The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has awarded a contract to the HTM Group for the maintenance and repair of the EC155 operational fleet of the German Federal Police. Intercopter GmbH will carry out the majority of the services at the Taufkirchen site near Munich. In addition, the HTM Group’s development company, Advanced... Read more

Triumph awarded $24M contract for repairs of V22

Triumph awarded $24M contract for repairs of V22

10-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Triumph Gear System, Park City, Utah, is awarded a $24,288,000 ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action for the repair of the pylon conversion actuator used on the V-22 aircraft. All work will be performed in Park City, Utah, and is expected to be completed by August 2023. Fiscal 2022 working capital (Navy) funds will be used... Read more

Bristow Signs Order of up to 55 BETA Technologies ALIA-250 eVTOL Aircraft

Bristow Signs Order of up to 55 BETA Technologies ALIA-250 eVTOL Aircraft

10-Aug-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the world’s leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has placed a firm order for five electrically powered vertical take-off and landing ALIA-250 (“ALIA”) aircraft manufactured by electric aviation company BETA Technologies, Inc. (“BETA”). Bristow will also have the option to purchase an additional 50 ALIA... Read more

HAI and Viola Expand Role in Bringing AAM to First Flight

HAI and Viola Expand Role in Bringing AAM to First Flight

10-Aug-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI), the leading advocate for the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry for nearly 75 years, continues to develop and expand its leadership role as it works to bring advanced air mobility (AAM) forward to its first commercial flight. “AAM is complementary to the role helicopters have played in supporting our society... Read more

Starlite creates Africa’s first Aviation Mission Training Facility

Starlite creates Africa’s first Aviation Mission Training Facility

10-Aug-2022Source: Starlite

  As one of Africa’s largest aviation providers, Starlite Aviation delivers a broad spectrum of Africa centric aviation services, including aircrew training. Starlite Aviation is uniquely able to provide Africa’s first commercially available Aviation Mission Training Facility to further enhance the training available to aircrew. Working closely with UK and Czech based training specialists, Starlite... Read more

RAF Chinook support to exercise Vigilant Fox in Finland

RAF Chinook support to exercise Vigilant Fox in Finland

10-Aug-2022

  Alongside CH-47F Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks from the United States and NH90s from Finland, the helicopters conducted mixed formation training to enable multi-aircraft aviation support to the Heli-borne Assault Force. VIGILANT FOX was a four-day validation exercise for C Company, 2 RIFLES, Finnish Karelian Brigade and the Jaeger Guard Regiment. For UK Chinooks, the... Read more

University of Cincinnati gets NASA grant to improve drone navigation

University of Cincinnati gets NASA grant to improve drone navigation

9-Aug-2022Source: University of Cincinnati

  NASA awarded a small business grant to the University of Cincinnati and a Pennsylvania company to develop better autonomous navigation for drones. UC is among 41 public institutions and 257 small businesses across the United States that will share $50 million in Small Business Innovation Research grants. “NASA is working on ambitious, groundbreaking missions... Read more

Lockheed Martin publishes interview with Defiant test pilots

Lockheed Martin publishes interview with Defiant test pilots

9-Aug-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Sikorsky pilot Bill Fell and Boeing pilot Ed Henderscheid have a combined 60-plus years of helicopter experience between them, and are part of the program to bring the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) to the United States Army. In this Q&A, they share what they love about the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT technology... Read more

HeliService wins offshore wind contract with TenneT

HeliService wins offshore wind contract with TenneT

8-Aug-2022Source: offshoreWIND.biz

  HeliService International has won the tender TenneT organised to procure helicopter services for its offshore converter platforms, as well as the offshore substations of wind farm operators, in Germany. According to the call for tenders issued in March, the contract will be in effect from 1 January 2023 until 31 March 2025, and includes... Read more

Meghna Aviation purchases B505 and B407GXi

Meghna Aviation purchases B505 and B407GXi

8-Aug-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that Meghna Aviation Ltd. in Bangladesh has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell helicopters, a Bell 505 and a Bell 407GXi. Established in 2011, Meghna Aviation is a part of Meghna Group of Industries, a leading Bangladeshibased corporation, that employs more than 35,000 people... Read more

Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

Boots completes first drone delivery in UK

8-Aug-2022Source: Boots

Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription-only medicines by uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) – commonly known as drones.  The leading health and beauty retailer has already completed a test flight transporting prescription-only medicines by drone from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight earlier this month.   The flight departed from the British Army’s Baker Barracks on Thorney Island near Portsmouth and arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital on the Isle of Wight. The... Read more

Supernal and EP Systems Partner to Advance eVTOL Battery Capabilities

Supernal and EP Systems Partner to Advance eVTOL Battery Capabilities

8-Aug-2022Source: Supernal

Supernal and Electric Power Systems, Inc. (EP Systems) announced a partnership to accelerate development and production of safe, lighter-weight and certifiable eVTOL vehicle batteries. The emerging industry leaders formalized their agreement during a ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow, resulting in the first vehicle partnership for Supernal. The partnership aim is to enable the introduction of... Read more

Agusta vip brand service premieres at LABACE 2022

Agusta vip brand service premieres at LABACE 2022

8-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

  Latin America’s premier executive air transport exhibition LABACE (Annual Latin America Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition) is back this year in São Paolo, Brazil on 9-11 August, enabling Leonardo to provide an update to the regional helicopter market on what’s next with its VIP/corporate transport offer under the new Agusta VIP brand. LABACE marks... Read more

Blade Air Mobility to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

Blade Air Mobility to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

8-Aug-2022Source: Blade Air Mobility

  Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (“Blade” or the “Company,” NASDAQ: BLDE) a technology-powered global air mobility platform, today announced that members of its management team will participate in the following investor conferences: Oppenheimer Technology, Internet & Communications Conference – Fireside chat on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 2:55 pm ET. A webcast of the event will... Read more

Bristow Reports on Q1 Fiscal Year 2023 Results

Bristow Reports on Q1 Fiscal Year 2023 Results

5-Aug-2022Source: Bristow

  Total revenues of $301.7 million in Q1 FY23 compared to $287.4 million in Q4 FY22 Net income of $4.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted stock, in Q1 FY23 compared to net loss of $4.3 million, or $(0.15) per diluted stock, in Q4 FY22 EBITDA adjusted to exclude special items and asset dispositions was $51.1... Read more

Bell marks milestone 400th Bell 505 delivery

Bell marks milestone 400th Bell 505 delivery

4-Aug-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the 400th Bell 505 delivery to European customer Al Barratt, co-founder of Grenade and owner of Cotswold Aviation, both based in the United Kingdom. Joined by the Bell leadership team, Mr. Barratt received the customized Bell 505 at a delivery ceremony at Bell’s Mirabel, Canada facility. “The Bell 505 is an... Read more

Volkswagen launches eVTOL prototype

Volkswagen launches eVTOL prototype

4-Aug-2022Source: Volkswagen

  Volkswagen Group China today unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. In 2020, Volkswagen Group China launched a Vertical Mobility project to explore the next generation of mobility solutions, including... Read more

Donation kick-starts Helicopter Engineers Foundation

Donation kick-starts Helicopter Engineers Foundation

4-Aug-2022Source: Australian Flying

  A large donation from rotary industry identities John and Julie Cameron will be used to establish a foundation to encourage young people to seek careers in helicopter engineering. The $500,000 gift to set up the Helicopter Engineers Foundation was announced at RotorTech today by Ray Cronin, president of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA).... Read more

Vita Inclinata appoints Aerospace Division Executive VP

Vita Inclinata appoints Aerospace Division Executive VP

4-Aug-2022Source: Vita Inclinata

  Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of precision aerospace and industrial stabilization devices, today announced the addition of Colonel Richard Koucheravy (U.S. Army, Ret.) as Executive Vice President of Vita Inclinata’s Aerospace Division. Koucheravy will combine his military experience in creating multi-billion-dollar investment plans for Army Aircraft R&D and Procurement with his civilian expertise in... Read more

Metro Aviation expands to Arizona with Guardian Air Transport

Metro Aviation expands to Arizona with Guardian Air Transport

4-Aug-2022Source: Metro Aviation

  Metro Aviation is welcoming Guardian Air Transport to its family of operations customers, officially adding the state of Arizona to the company’s list of operations.  Guardian Air is the air medical program for Northern Arizona Healthcare and utilizes eight bases across the state for scene calls, inter-facility transfers, and specialized neonatal transports. “We are... Read more

Robotic Skies and Corridor partner on AAM maintenance solutions

Robotic Skies and Corridor partner on AAM maintenance solutions

4-Aug-2022Source: Corridor

  Robotic Skies and Continuum Applied Technology, Inc., providers of CORRIDOR Aviation Service Software, announce today they have entered into a global strategic partnership, combining CORRIDOR’s industry-leading aviation maintenance platform with Robotic Skies’ global Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) network for “Next Generation” Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. The partnership... Read more

Loar Group acquires all shares in SCHROTH

Loar Group acquires all shares in SCHROTH

4-Aug-2022Source: SCHROTH

  SCHROTH Safety Products has been acquired by the Loar Group Inc. (“LOAR”). Perusa Partners Fund 2, L.P. (“Perusa”), a private equity fund advised by Perusa GmbH, and co-investors have agreed to sell all shares in SCHROTH International GmbH and SCHROTH Management GmbH (together “SCHROTH” or the “Company”) to LOAR, a leading platform of companies... Read more

Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

Change of Command at US Navy squadron HSM-77

4-Aug-2022Source: US Navy

  The Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 — commonly called the “Saberhawks” — conducted an in-flight change of command ceremony, while flying from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Aug. 1. Cmdr. Nicholas Cunningham officially turned over duties as commanding officer for HSM-77 to Cmdr. Blade Schallenberger. “It’s been humbling to return to the Saberhawks... Read more

Bristow Completes Acquisition of British International Helicopter Services

Bristow Completes Acquisition of British International Helicopter Services

4-Aug-2022

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (“Bristow”), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of British International Helicopter Services Limited (“BIH”) effective August 2, 2022, further enhancing its leading global Government Services offering. Bristow will integrate BIH into its U.K. operations, where BIH will... Read more

New book – The Epic Dream – Helicopter circumnavigation in an R66

New book – The Epic Dream – Helicopter circumnavigation in an R66

3-Aug-2022Source: Hill Helicopters

  On May 1, 2018, Mischa Gelb and Ruben Dias set out from Whistler, Canada on a unique mission to do a round-the-world trip in a helicopter, the realisation of a dream they had long been chasing, and one that went far beyond simply covering an amazing amount of territory. They named this global voyage... Read more

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

Australian Amphib Embarks 2 US Ospreys for RIMPAC 2022

3-Aug-2022Source: US Military

  The flight deck of HMAS Canberra, Australia’s Landing Helicopter Dock, is a hive of activity as international aircraft land and take off from her deck for the sea phase of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Lieutenant Sam Laidlaw, one of Canberra’s flight control officers, is responsible for air movements on and off the... Read more

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

Royal Australian Navy stows V-22 for the first time at sea

2-Aug-2022Source: US Military

Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock HMAS Canberra (L02) embarked two MV-22B Osprey military aircraft onboard and successfully moved the Osprey off the flight deck into the hangar for the first time at sea during Rim of the Pacific 2022. The MV-22B’s will operate from Canberra for the duration of RIMPAC in another first for... Read more

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

2-Aug-2022Source: Akihabara News

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Seven-Eleven Japan have formed a new agreement to materialize their plan for a nationwide drone delivery service. Under the agreement, ANA’s main responsibilities will be to establishing the drone operation system, including the selection of the drone aircraft which will be used, and to improve communication stability related to drone... Read more

StandardAero opens two facilities dedicated to servicing RR300 engines

StandardAero opens two facilities dedicated to servicing RR300 engines

2-Aug-2022Source: StandardAero

  StandardAero has announced the addition of two new approved facilities for Rolls-Royce RR300 helicopter engine MRO. With this new expanded capability, the company is now able to service this engine type for Robinson R66 helicopter operators in Westminster, British Columbia and Concord, North Carolina in addition to its existing facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba ,... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Greece for support of S-70s

US Foreign Military Sale to Greece for support of S-70s

2-Aug-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of follow-on support and sustainment of S-70 helicopters for an estimated cost of $162.07 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Greece has... Read more

SonAir orders 2 AW139s for support operations in Angola

SonAir orders 2 AW139s for support operations in Angola

2-Aug-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that SonAir Airline Services, S.A. (SonAir), owned by the Angolan national petroleum company Sonangol, has placed an order for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The contract includes a comprehensive customer support and training package as well as options for an additional two aircraft. The AW139s will be used to carry out transport... Read more

Triumph awarded $24M for the procurement of “one item used on the V-22”

Triumph awarded $24M for the procurement of “one item used on the V-22”

1-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Triumph Gear System, Park City, Utah, is awarded a $24,288,000 ceiling-priced, undefinitized contract action for the procurement of one item used on the V-22 aircraft. All work will be performed in Park City, Utah, and is expected to be completed by July 2024. Fiscal 2022 working capital (Navy) funds will be used and will... Read more

Amentum Services awarded $13M additional contract for Fort Rucker training work

Amentum Services awarded $13M additional contract for Fort Rucker training work

1-Aug-2022Source: US DoD

  Amentum Services Inc., Germantown, Maryland, was awarded a $13,000,000 modification (P00033) to contract W9124G-17-C-0005 to provide initial entry flight training for helicopter pilots. Work will be performed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 9, 2027. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $13,000,000 were obligated... Read more

Archer Successfully Completes Second Phase of Maker Flight Testing

Archer Successfully Completes Second Phase of Maker Flight Testing

1-Aug-2022Source: Archer

  Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) announced that it has successfully completed all of its “critical azimuth” flight tests, marking the completion of the second of three key phases of flight testing. The purpose of these tests are to validate the crosswind capabilities of Archer’s eVTOL aircraft configuration and flight control systems. The company has... Read more

PAC International completes new B505 for Ohio Division of Wildlife

PAC International completes new B505 for Ohio Division of Wildlife

1-Aug-2022Source: PAC International

  PAC International recently completed a new Bell 505 for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The new aircraft will provide enhanced support to the wildlife management and law enforcement operations of the Division of Wildlife. The aircraft features a factory G1000 integrated avionics suite, GTX345R ADS-B In and Out, GTR225B... Read more

Vita Inclinata expands VRS Sales to Africa and South America

Vita Inclinata expands VRS Sales to Africa and South America

1-Aug-2022Source: Vita Inclinata 

  Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of precision aerospace and industrial stabilization devices, today announced a partnership with United Aero Group (UAG), an OEM authorized independent service provider focused on rotary support for both commercial and military customers around the world. The partnership will enable UAG to resell the Vita Rescue System (VRS) to search and rescue/combat search and... Read more

2 B505s Join Florida FWC Commission’s Aviation Unit

2 B505s Join Florida FWC Commission’s Aviation Unit

29-Jul-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the signed purchase agreement for two Bell 505 aircraft to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The two Bell 505 will aid in multi-mission law enforcement operations for FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “The Bell 505 is a proven platform for public safety agencies... Read more

PAC International completes B407 G1000 NXi Upgrade for Michigan

PAC International completes B407 G1000 NXi Upgrade for Michigan

29-Jul-2022Source: PAC International

  PAC International recently upgraded a Bell 407 for Michigan State Police. The team converted the aircraft’s original analog display to a true glass cockpit with a new Aeronautical Accessories/Garmin G1000 NXi retrofit kit. The G1000 NXi Integrated Flight Deck offers simple digital displays for reduced pilot fatigue and exceptional dependability, accuracy, and situational awareness.... Read more

Metro Aviation delivers new EC145e to LIFE FORCE Air Medical

Metro Aviation delivers new EC145e to LIFE FORCE Air Medical

29-Jul-2022Source: Metro Aviation

  LIFE FORCE Air Medical is upgrading its fleet of critical care helicopters with the addition of a new Airbus EC145e aircraft. It will be the first EC145e in the program’s history and will be replacing the LIFE FORCE 1 aircraft at their Cleveland, TN base. The new EC145e will allow LIFE FORCE to fly... Read more

Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Adds New B407GXis

Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Adds New B407GXis

29-Jul-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement for two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. This makes a total of five Bell 407 aircraft to serve in multi-mission special operations in their fleet. “Air One relies on high-performing and reliable aircraft around the clock,” said... Read more

Archer Selects Honeywell for Actuators and Climate System Technology

Archer Selects Honeywell for Actuators and Climate System Technology

29-Jul-2022Source: Archer

  Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”) (NYSE: ACHR) has entered into an agreement with Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) covering the supply of flight control actuation and thermal management technologies. Honeywell’s actuation technology is a key enabler of Archer’s 12 tilt 6 configuration, and Honeywell’s thermal management technology will help Archer provide a best-in-class in-cabin experience for its passengers.... Read more

Emissions monitoring drones deployed in the Strait of Calais

Emissions monitoring drones deployed in the Strait of Calais

29-Jul-2022Source: Nordic Unmanned

  Nordic Unmanned is under contract to assist the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the French General Directorate for Maritime Affairs, fishery and aquaculture (DGAMPA) in conducting a large-scale emissions monitoring campaign using remotely piloted aircraft. Since April, the CAMCOPTER S-100 has measured the sulphur content in ships’ exhaust plumes in the Channel and... Read more

SHOTOVER Systems Debuts M2 Multi-Sensor at APSCON 2022

SHOTOVER Systems Debuts M2 Multi-Sensor at APSCON 2022

29-Jul-2022

  SHOTOVER Systems, a manufacturer of high-performance imaging systems coupled with the most advanced and easy-to-use, real-time augmented reality mapping software, announced today the launch of its M2 Multi-Sensor camera system. Bringing many firsts to airborne ISR, the M2 Multi-Sensor system comes with SHOTOVER’s 5th generation, true 6-axis gimbal design and is the only EO/IR... Read more

Airbus is building test centre for CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus is building test centre for CityAirbus NextGen

29-Jul-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus Helicopters has started construction of a test centre for CityAirbus NextGen, with Company representatives, politicians, and business leaders attending the ground-breaking ceremony. The building is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2023. Occupying a surface area of 1,000 m2, the new structure will be used for testing systems for electric... Read more

LifeStar Georgia opens new Hinesville base

LifeStar Georgia opens new Hinesville base

28-Jul-2022Source: Air Methods

  A trusted name in air medical services is ready to answer the call when residents of Liberty County and beyond need emergency care. LifeStar 2 opened today in Hinesville, GA, serving South Georgia. The LifeStar program has been in Georgia for 37 years and is the oldest air medical provider in the state. It... Read more

NYPD Aviation Unit Selects Subaru Bell 412EPX

NYPD Aviation Unit Selects Subaru Bell 412EPX

28-Jul-2022Source: Bell

  Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the signed purchase agreement for two SUBARU BELL 412EPX aircraft to the New York Police Department Aviation Unit. The two aircraft will be the ninth Bell product to join the NYPD rotorcraft fleet and will be configured for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. “The NYPD... Read more

Bristow announces FY2023 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Bristow announces FY2023 Q1 Earnings Release Call

28-Jul-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions announced it will release financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2023 after market close on Thursday, August 4, 2022. In connection with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call for Friday, August 5, 2022, to begin... Read more

Outerlink and Sterling Helicopter team on Air IP STC’s

Outerlink and Sterling Helicopter team on Air IP STC’s

28-Jul-2022Source: Outerlink

  Unparalleled internet access from your helicopter will soon be widely available thanks to new STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates) in development by Outerlink Global Solutions and Sterling Helicopter. The two companies are partnering to certify Outerlink’s Air IP product on several aircraft. Outerlink teamed with Sterling Helicopter of Croydon, PA, to develop the initial STC... Read more

Bristow Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report

Bristow Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report

28-Jul-2022Source: Bristow

  Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) released its first sustainability report, laying out its sustainability goals for the future as well as its environmental, social, and governance achievements over the past year. The inaugural report emphasizes Bristow’s commitment to formally embedding sustainability into the Company vision and highlighting its role as a leader in sustainability... Read more

Milestone adds Heliconia as customer with AW139 delivery

Milestone adds Heliconia as customer with AW139 delivery

28-Jul-2022Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, has announced that it has delivered to Heliconia Group (“Heliconia”) a AW139 helicopter. The medium twin-engine helicopter will be based in Senegal and used to support the company’s offshore operations. Pat Sheedy, President & CEO, Milestone, said, “We are delighted to welcome Heliconia... Read more

Collins Aerospace awarded Mission System for ALE for US Army FVL program

Collins Aerospace awarded Mission System for ALE for US Army FVL program

28-Jul-2022Source: Collins Aerospace

  Collins Aerospace has been selected as the Mission System solutions provider for the next phase of the Air Launched Effects (ALE) small program for Army Aviation’s Enduring and Future Vertical Lift (FVL) fleet. In November 2021, Collins Aerospace successfully demonstrated the ready-now RapidEdge™ Mission System to support this critical program. ALE is an attritable Family of Systems (FoS)... Read more

Paraclete Aviation emerging as global provider of aviation helmets

Paraclete Aviation emerging as global provider of aviation helmets

28-Jul-2022Source: Paraclete Aviation Life Support

  A member of the Airborne Public Safety Association [APSA], Paraclete Aviation Life Support, continues to emerge as a global provider of aviation helmets [Types 1 + 2] for the international law enforcement industry as the company builds strategic partnerships throughout the world in county, state and federal government agencies in the U.S., as well... Read more

Sikorsky S-92 fleet passes 2 Million Flight Hours

Sikorsky S-92 fleet passes 2 Million Flight Hours

27-Jul-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  The global fleet of the multi-mission Sikorsky S-92 ® helicopters is rapidly accumulating flight hours, surpassing 2 million flight hours in a variety of missions including search and rescue, oil and gas transportation and VIP transportation in 28 countries. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). The S-92 was in service for 12 years when... Read more

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