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BC Wildfire Service continues testing NV technology

BC Wildfire Service continues testing NV technology

BC Wildfire Service will be carrying out aerial trials of their night vision goggle (NVG) technology near Penticton to see if it could help future firefighting operations. See Full Story.

Source: Castanet, 16-Jul-20

OHI appoints Group COO

OHI appoints Group COO

Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“OHI” or “the Company”] announced the appointment of Duncan Moore as Group Chief Operating 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, 16-Jul-20

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Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte has five ASTAR (H125) and a Bell 206 JetRanger. It used to operate a King Air C-90 and more Bell 206 JetRangers, but as Brazil’s B206 fleet diminished, locating parts and technicians have caused headaches. See Full Story.

Source: Business Air News, 16-Jul-20

NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) have formed an equity partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc., whose purpose is to promote the development and utilization of eVTOL aircraft, including accelerated investment into related supply chains. A key asset of UAM Geomatics is the groundbreaking study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets 2020-2040. Updated quarterly,… Read more »

Source: UAM Geomatics, 16-Jul-20

BHIC unit gets one-year extension to Mindef helicopter maintenance contract

BHIC unit gets one-year extension to Mindef helicopter maintenance contract

Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) has seen its helicopter maintenance contract with the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) extended for another year until 2021. See Full Story.

Source: KLSE Screener, 16-Jul-20

Brazilian Navy receives second of a pair of Airbus H135s

Brazilian Navy receives second of a pair of Airbus H135s

[electronic translation] On July 10, the Brazilian Navy received the second UH-17 aircraft in the 1st General Employment Helicopter Squadron (EsqdHU-1). With the N-7091 aircraft, another phase of the Aircraft Procurement Contract for the “Antarctic” Operation is concluded. The obtainment of UH-17 aircraft has the main objective of avoiding a gap in air operations embarked on… Read more »

Source: Brazilian Navy, 16-Jul-20

China to sanction Lockheed Martin

China to sanction Lockheed Martin

China announced it will impose sanctions on U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin for involvement in the latest U.S. arms sale to the Taiwan region.  See full story

Source: CGTN, 15-Jul-20

Innisfail Health Centre helipad closed for safety improvements

Innisfail Health Centre helipad closed for safety improvements

Use of the heliport across the street from Innisfail Health Centre is being suspended for one year to address its future. See Full Story. 

Source: rdnews NOW, 15-Jul-20

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Newport Helicopter Tours Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Newport Helicopter Tours Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Newport Helicopter Tours celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. “We have flown over 60,000 guests since 2000 and continue to strive to provide the best air tour experience in the industry” stated Jeff Codman President and Chief pilot. See Full Story. 

Source: Newport BUZZ, 15-Jul-20

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KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, aims to export the first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia, a company executive said Wednesday. See Full Story.

Source: Yonhap News Agency, 15-Jul-20

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Air ambulances in Nova Scotia now carry supply of blood

Air ambulances in Nova Scotia now carry supply of blood

People who are seriously hurt or ill enough to need an air ambulance to take them to hospital will now have a blood supply en route. See Full Story.

Source: CBC, 15-Jul-20

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Melfort Union Hospital helipad goes out to tender

Melfort Union Hospital helipad goes out to tender

The Melfort Heliport Project has gone to tender. The project will see a heliport built on the grounds of Melfort Union Hospital. See Full Story.

Source: northeast NOW, 15-Jul-20

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Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package to Mexio

Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package to Mexio

Trakka USA, LLC is pleased to announce the delivery of Trakka’s Total Surveillance Solution Package in Yucatan, Mexico to support the operations of public security. The Total Surveillance Solutions Package is comprised of the TrakkaCam TC-300 Multi-sensor Camera System, TrakkaMap TM-100 Mission Management, Moving Map, and recording system, and the TrakkaBeam A800 Searchlight. The systems… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 15-Jul-20

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Nigerian Air Force inaugurates helipad for anti-bandit operations

Nigerian Air Force inaugurates helipad for anti-bandit operations

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Friday, inaugurated a Helipad at Katari village along Kaduna-Abuja highway to strengthen the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) response to security challenges in the area. See Full Story. 

Source: Crystal View News, 15-Jul-20

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First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Osprey is built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jul-20

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Royal Hobart Hospital helipad now open

Royal Hobart Hospital helipad now open

THE K Block helipad at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is now open, with the helipad utilised for the first patient transfer within four hours of becoming operational. See Full Story.  

Source: Hobart Observer, 15-Jul-20

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Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package for Colombian National Police

Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package for Colombian National Police

Trakka USA, LLC is pleased to announce the delivery of Trakka’s Total Surveillance Solution Package for the Colombian National Police to support the Directorate of Aviation, Halcon Group. The Total Surveillance Solutions Package is comprised of the TrakkaCam TC-300 Multi-sensor Camera System, TrakkaMap TM-100 Mission Management, Moving Map, and recording system, and the TrakkaBeam A800… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 15-Jul-20

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Black Hills Life Flight adds blood and plasma to all flights

Black Hills Life Flight adds blood and plasma to all flights

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that its Black Hills Life Flight base in Rapid City, S.D., will carry blood and plasma on its missions to support improved outcomes for patients involved in traumatic injuries or other conditions that require transfusions. Along with South Dakota, the base also serves… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 14-Jul-20

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Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

Kaikoura Helicopters, a division of GCH Aviation, one of New Zealand’s largest private aviation companies, has partnered with marine mammal welfare organisation Project Jonah, and together they are on a mission to protect New Zealand’s marine wildlife. “New Zealand boasts a record of being visited by almost half the known species of whales and dolphins… Read more »

Source: Kaikoura Helicopters, 14-Jul-20

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Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01944WI for the ACE DECK VL-60, the premier integrated flight deck for the Black Hawk. This issuance marks the beginning of a new era, as the first COTS IFR and RNAV certified flight deck… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 14-Jul-20

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A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents. For the same period… Read more »

Source: USHST, 14-Jul-20

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Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

Airbus Helicopters marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan this year. Since its predecessor Sud Aviation entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki & Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1960, followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961, there are over 370 Airbus helicopters flying in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Heliopters, 14-Jul-20

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Ultimate Heli Renewal of ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ultimate Heli Renewal of ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ultimate Heli (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce the renewal of its ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certificate by TÜV Rheinland South Africa. With this renewal, Ultimate Heli’s quality management system for its flight operations department remain ISO 9001:2015 certified through to mid 2023. “To have this certification renewed is a true testament that… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Heli, 13-Jul-20

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Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo announced today the delivery of the first of two AW169 basic training twin engine helicopters to the Italian Army during an official ceremony held at the 2nd Rgt. AVES ‘Sirio’ based in Lamezia Terme in the presence of representatives from the operator and industry. The second aircraft is expected to be handed over in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-20

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Airbus forms Team Nightjar for Australian special ops bid

Airbus forms Team Nightjar for Australian special ops bid

Airbus Helicopters has joined hands with over 20 Australian partners to form Team Nightjar, as the consortium launches its solution to Project LAND 2097 Phase 4. Under this Project, the Commonwealth of Australia is seeking a fleet of helicopters to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations. Bringing together Australia’s best industry capabilities and academia,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Jul-20

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Boston MedFlight Reaches 80,000 Patient Transport Milestone

Boston MedFlight Reaches 80,000 Patient Transport Milestone

Boston MedFlight, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that for 35 years has provided critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, has announced that it recently provided critical care medical transport to its 80,000th patient since its founding in 1985. This is a significant milestone for the region’s primary provider of critical… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 10-Jul-20

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US approves sale of one Sikorsky UH-60M to Jordan

US approves sale of one Sikorsky UH-60M to Jordan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Jordan of one (1) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Jordan… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Jul-20

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Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

The U.S. Navy, with support from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar. “The AN/ZPY-8 radar significantly increases Fire Scout’s detection and tracking of targets. The ability to simultaneously employ multiple modes supports U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements,” said Melissa Packwood,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-20

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TUM developing AR solution for ship landings in rough seas

TUM developing AR solution for ship landings in rough seas

Landing a helicopter on the deck of a ship in poor visibility is a big challenge even for the most experienced of pilots. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an assistance system that displays key information in the visor of the pilot’s helmet-mounted display. This permits precise landing approaches – even… Read more »

Source: TUM, 10-Jul-20

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DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF Luftrettung looks back on the first six months of 2020, a special half-year, because the dominant topic here was the corona virus. For the employees of the non-profit air rescue organization, it not only brought about far-reaching changes in everyday work, but above all great encouragement and support from the population. The deployment figures… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

 The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania of six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $380 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Lithuania… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Jul-20

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AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District

AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District

A little-used fire station in Klamath Falls is now serving as an emergency dispatch airport, thanks to a partnership between AirLink Critical Care Transport, and Klamath County Fire District #1. Medical transport company AirLink has come in for a landing at Klamath County Fire District Station #5 near the Running ‘Y’. “This is a little… Read more »

Source: AirLink, 10-Jul-20

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Accel-KKR and ParkerGale join forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs

Accel-KKR and ParkerGale join forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs

Accel-KKR and ParkerGale joined forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs, a provider of maintenance tracking software for the business aviation industry. Founded nearly fifty years ago, ATP provides aircraft maintenance information, predictive diagnostics, and troubleshooting software to over 6,700 aviation customers worldwide. ParkerGale, a technology-focused buyout fund based in Chicago, acquired ATP… Read more »

Source: Accel-KKR, 10-Jul-20

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New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital

New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital

A brand new helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is now open, thanks to a £1million donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads. The hospital’s previous helipad was unable to receive night landings, but the new helipad is equipped… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Jul-20

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DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

How high is the potential risk from released droplets by infectious patients for the helicopter crew? Do pathogens spread from the cabin into the cockpit? These questions are not only highly relevant during the coronavirus pandemic: transporting patients with highly infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis or meningococcus is also playing an increasingly great role at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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HeliTSA launches Rolls-Royce M250/RR300 engine training

HeliTSA launches Rolls-Royce M250/RR300 engine training

HeliTSA has unveiled its latest course, Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engine type training approved by CASA. This five-day course is being run in Brisbane at the Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) facility to give engineers exposure to the whole overhaul cycle. This course is the first in a suite of engine courses to be gradually rolled… Read more »

Source: HeliTSA, 10-Jul-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter AS350B2 (G-PDGF), inadvertent release of underslung load, Glencoe, Argyll, Scotland, 3 March 2020

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-20

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14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020. Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 10-Jul-20

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New South Wales Government supports eVTOL development with grant

New South Wales Government supports eVTOL development with grant

Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders today visited the Narromine Aerodrome Industrial Park, where sustainable aerospace company AMSL Aero will test its electric Vertical TakeOff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Mr Barilaro, who inspected a flight-capable scale model of the aircraft, said the flying car will have the potential to revolutionise transport… Read more »

Source: NSW Gov, 10-Jul-20

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HeliOffshore Appoints Chief Executive Officer

HeliOffshore Appoints Chief Executive Officer

HeliOffshore announced the appointment of Tim Rolfe as HeliOffshore Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bill Chiles, HeliOffshore Chairman, said: “After a rigorous recruitment process and considerable deliberation by the HeliOffshore Board, we are thrilled to announce Tim Rolfe will become HeliOffshore’s CEO effective Monday 13th July. “Tim was a core founder member of HeliOffshore, co-leads our… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 09-Jul-20

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Patria consolidates its helicopter maintenance operations in Norway

Patria consolidates its helicopter maintenance operations in Norway

Patria consolidates its helicopter maintenance operations in Norway for better customer support and efficiency selling its Bardufoss operations (Patria Helicopters AS) to Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS) of which Patria owns 49,9% of the shares. The deal is effective from July 1, 2020. “The main purpose of the deal is to help the Norwegian Armed… Read more »

Source: Patria, 09-Jul-20

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Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

Russian Helicopters delivers two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) transferred two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant to AK Yamal, both of which are designed to fulfill missions in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District and will be based in Salekhard. Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters made for the Yamal Airlines are used to transport goods and passengers. The… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Jul-20

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NATA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

NATA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

On June 23rd during its first-ever virtual Annual Meeting, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced changes to its Board of Directors. Curt Castagna, President and CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group (Long Beach, CA), was reelected to serve an additional term, as well as extending his service as Chairman by one year. Larry Wade, President of… Read more »

Source: NATA, 09-Jul-20

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UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

UAE and US Forces Conduct Combined Joint Operations in Arabian Gulf

The United Arab Emirates Joint Aviation Command (JAC) conducted combined naval and air training operations with forces assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) in the southern Arabian Gulf, June 21-25. The Air Operations in Maritime Surface Warfare (AOMSW) training, consisted of a combination of aviation and… Read more »

Source: US Armed Forces, 09-Jul-20

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Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (D-3) by NMB-Minebea Thai Ltd. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-3 order from overseas, and the customer plans to utilize the helicopter for transport operations of its employee and related personnel in Thailand after… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 09-Jul-20

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Arista wins five year $111M extension to UH-1 maintenance contract

Arista wins five year $111M extension to UH-1 maintenance contract

Arista Aviation Services LLC has been awarded a five year IDIQ contract with a value of over $111,000,000 to perform UH-1 Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Aviation. This is a follow on contract, and Arista Aviation is the current incumbent. The contract will allow for the accomplishment of… Read more »

Source: Arista Aviation, 09-Jul-20

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Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Bell 429 to the Chinese national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). This Bell 429 is the first dedicated ENG configured helicopter in China as well as the first ENG configured Bell 429 to operate in North Asia. “It’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Jul-20

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Garmin® GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin® GI 275 electronic flight instrument CDI/MFD ready for helicopter installations

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced that the GI 275 electronic flight instrument is ready for installation in select Part 27 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-registered helicopters via Field Approval. The GI 275 has completed stringent helicopter vibration and temperature testing, demonstrating it can withstand the harsh operating environments encountered by… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 09-Jul-20

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GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

GPMS Foresight HUMS now active on B407GXi

Foresight MX, GPMS’s predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), is now active on Municipal Enterprises Limited’s new Bell 407GXi. Municipal’s Jeff Byrne, who serves as both pilot and maintainer on an aircraft used for construction site inspections and executive transport, described using the Foresight system as “almost too easy”. He explained, “When you land,… Read more »

Source: GPMS Foresight HUMS, 09-Jul-20

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Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Leading Edge Aviation adds B407GX to fleet

Serving Central Oregon for 25 years, Leading Edge Aviation is happy to announce its continued growth and success in the aviation industry with the newest addition to its fleet of over 20 aircraft: the Bell 407 GX helicopter. “The 407GX is equipped with various advanced safety features, with the well-being of our staff and contract… Read more »

Source: Leading Edge Aviation, 09-Jul-20

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StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

StandardAero recently completed the successful consolidation of the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Helicopter Center of Excellence (COE), after accelerating the final phase of integration of helicopter MRO engine operations into one site. In addition, the company’s transition program included the integration of two additional COEs located Langley, British Columbia, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada,… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 08-Jul-20

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US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

US EMS Operator contracts for first IFR-certified AW119

Leonardo announced that the EMS operator Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft. The aircraft will be added to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx helicopters delivering in-flight critical care and transporting patients in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 08-Jul-20

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HTM Helicopter Travel Munich appoints new Managing Director

HTM Helicopter Travel Munich appoints new Managing Director

As of July 1, 2020, the Heristo Group has appointed Mr. Rolf Berger as new Managing Director of the HTM Group. Mr. Berger will run the company together with Christian Schoepsdau and Bernd Brucherseifer. Together they will strategically develop the HTM Group on the national and international market. Mr. Berger studied aerospace engineering. After working… Read more »

Source: HTM Group, 08-Jul-20

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US approves sale of eight MV-22s Ospreys to Indonesia

US approves sale of eight MV-22s Ospreys to Indonesia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 07-Jul-20

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Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Indonesia’s PT. Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, which complies with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. The Jakarta-based commercial air service operator formally accepted the new intermediate single helicopter into its fleet at the Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Jul-20

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SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

For a customer SPAES designed a mounting bracket for the new external mirror and carried out the approval. The customer’s Airbus AS350 helicopter is used for external cargo flights. In order to have the attached load in view even with long rope lead, the existing load mirror had to be exchanged for a larger one…. Read more »

Source: SPAES, 07-Jul-20

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Schiebel Camcopter to fly Coast Guard ops in Finland, Sweden and Estonia

Schiebel Camcopter to fly Coast Guard ops in Finland, Sweden and Estonia

The Finnish Border Guard will operate the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and will also extend to Estonia and Sweden. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 will support the Finnish authorities in carrying out Coast Guard functions, such as search and… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 07-Jul-20

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CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the… Read more »

Source: Ørsted, 06-Jul-20

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Alouette III helicopter celebrates 57 years with Portuguese Air Force

Alouette III helicopter celebrates 57 years with Portuguese Air Force

The Alouette III helicopter marks today 57 years in the service of the Air Force. The aircraft, currently operated by Squadron 552 – “Zangões”, at Air Base No. 11 (Beja), reaches the historic mark on the day when its service period ends. The first Alouette flight, in the Air Force, took place in Luanda (Angola),… Read more »

Source: Portuguese Air Force, 06-Jul-20

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SUU and Chuck Aaron Partner in Helicopter Upset Training

SUU and Chuck Aaron Partner in Helicopter Upset Training

A Living Legend of Aviation, helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron and his advanced flight academy will become part of Southern Utah University to offer the only collegiate helicopter upset recovery and advanced instrument flight training in the world. The advanced training will give industry professionals the chance to learn the critical decision making and flight skills… Read more »

Source: SUU, 06-Jul-20

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First flights for new Babcock oil and gas contract

First flights for new Babcock oil and gas contract

The first flight for Babcock’s new five-year contract for helicopter operations out of Sumburgh, Shetland, took place today (1 July 2020). Current plans will see Babcock’s Offshore business initially conduct more than 100 flights a month to Oil and Gas installations in the Northern North Sea on behalf of EnQuest, TAQA and CNR International. Passengers… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 02-Jul-20

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NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV awarded offshore contract by Shell UK and NAM

NHV Group today announced a new long-term contract to provide helicopter services for Shell UK & NAM, starting July 1st 2020. Under the three- year agreement, daily flights will depart from NHV’s bases in Den Helder and Norwich to the Shell UK and NAM assets in the Southern North Sea (SNS). The contract facilitates the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 02-Jul-20

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SAFE wins MH-65 maintenance platform contract at UCSG Elizabeth City

SAFE wins MH-65 maintenance platform contract at UCSG Elizabeth City

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased announce they have been awarded a contract to replace an old poorly designed set of platforms that was supplied to the U.S.C.G. several years ago by different contractor. S.A.F.E.’s awarded contract is to design and manufacture custom ergonomic phase maintenance platforms for the MH-65 aircraft for the US Coast Guard… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 02-Jul-20

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WAI 2021 Scholarship Applications are now open

WAI 2021 Scholarship Applications are now open

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opens tomorrow, July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming… Read more »

Source: WAI, 02-Jul-20

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Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year. “The successful completion of the H160 Type… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jul-20

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HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

HeliValue$ leads the way with remote helicopter appraisals

Long-established helicopter appraisers HeliValue$ has used the opportunity of lockdown, and have pivoted their work to appraise helicopters remotely.  From a recent Helicopter Investor town hall webinar where both President Jason Kmiecik and Owner Sharon Desfor spoke, it is clear that the company is leading the way in adapting to the situation. After an initial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-20

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Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Horizon International Flight Academy Logs More Than 1,000 Flight Hours in its Bell 505 Fleet

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Horizon International Flight Academy has logged more than 1,000 flight hours in its Bell 505 fleet, mainly utilized to train military pilots. Horizon’s training academy is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “Crossing the 1,000-flight hour threshold in less than three months from its… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Jul-20

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Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky awarded $470M contract for six VH-92 helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $470,813,279 firm-fixed price modification (P00084) to a previously-awarded fixed-price incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0050).  This modification exercises options to procure six low rate initial production lot II VH-92A aircraft, interim contractor support and six cabin interior reconfiguration kits in support of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky awarded $12M contract modification for CH-53K work

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $11,967,528 modification (P00003) to a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N00019-19-F-2972) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029).  This modification provides non-recurring engineering to replace existing subsystems, such as the Data Transfer Unit, Defense Electronic Countermeasure System and ARC-210 radio, with the CH-53K production… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO awarded $9M contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps

PAS MRO Inc.,* Irvine, California, was awarded a $9,787,000 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul UH-60 tip caps.  Bids were solicited via the internet with eight received.  Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 25, 2025.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $62M for AE1107C engines for US Navy V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $62,400,402 modification (P00016) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-17-C-0081).  This modification exercises an option to procure 29 AE1107C engines for Navy V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is expected to be completed December 2021.  Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Jun-20

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Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell wins $8M contract with Bahrain for AH-1Z flight training device

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $8,346,395 firm-fixed-price modification (P00013) to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0030). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2020. This modification provides for the production and delivery of a fully assembled flight training device for an… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jun-20

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Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran to support Dutch Cougar engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its Makila-powered AS532U2 Cougar Mk.II helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 Makila 1A2 engines until their end-of-life. Air-Commodore A.R. Laurijssen, Commander of RNLAF Logistics… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 30-Jun-20

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Consultation under way for Sydney CBD helipad

Consultation under way for Sydney CBD helipad

Australian hotel investor Dr Jerry Schwartz is hoping to launch operations from Sydney’s first commercial, rooftop helipad atop his Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour hotel from 2022. The entrepreneur recently launched the consultation process for the proposal in an effort to revive Sydney’s economy and boost its business and tourism profile in the post-COVID-19 economic downturn…. Read more »

Source: Emma Kelly, 29-Jun-20

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US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

US Navy receives first fleet CMV-22B

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] have delivered the first CMV-22B for fleet operations to the U.S. Navy on June 22. The V-22 is based at Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. “We are thrilled to bring the Osprey’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jun-20

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