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FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces FAA-approval of its advanced, all-glass cockpit for the MD 530F (type certificate 369FF). Approved for production and as a type design option, this is the third glass cockpit certification MDHI has received in the last year. “My commitment to delivering next generation technologies that are both design and function-forward is unwavering,”… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Jul-18

CNC Technologies selected to Deploy Airborne Mission Suites for Agency’s New Airbus H125

CNC Technologies selected to Deploy Airborne Mission Suites for Agency’s New Airbus H125

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced today its selection by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) to develop and support two airborne mission suites for the agency’s recently-acquired Airbus H125 helicopters. CNC has lead all aspects of the assignment, with responsibility for design,… Read more »

18-Jul-18

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Boeing Receives Contract for Four Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing Receives Contract for Four Special Operations Chinooks

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a $139.8 million contract to provide four MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters to the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. “The Army uses the MH-47G for some of its most difficult and challenging missions,” said Pat Donnelly, director, H-47 Domestic and Foreign Military Sale Programs. “By incorporating key Block II… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 18-Jul-18

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

Bristow opens new SAR base at Lydd

The last purpose-built HM Coastguard helicopter base at Lydd, Kent, was opened today, marking a major milestone in the UK’s national search and rescue helicopter service. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, officially opened the base and witnessed the duty search and rescue helicopter crew returning from a training sortie, in a… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 18-Jul-18

GVH selected to design hoist light for Boeing

GVH selected to design hoist light for Boeing

GVH Aerospace has been selected to design, manufacture and supply a hoist light for Boeing Defence Australia’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The selection concludes the competitive tender process and the hoist light product will be used for night hoisting training to provide the aircrewman with adequate illumination to carry out hoisting operations safely. “We… Read more »

Source: GVH Aerospace, 18-Jul-18

Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro delivers H125 to Broward County

Metro Aviation is attending the Airborne Public Safety Aviation Conference (APSCON) July 11-13 and exhibiting the first of two new H125 aircraft the company recently completed for Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO). The NVG-compatible aircraft is equipped with the Garmin G500H electronic flight display system, Cobham RT-7000 airborne tactical radio, special operations platform with external… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Jul-18

Safran Appoints Executive Vice-President of Engineering

Safran Appoints Executive Vice-President of Engineering

Safran Helicopter Engines has appointed Didier Nicoud as Executive Vice-President, Engineering. Didier succeeds Eric Massé who has been appointed to another position within the Group. Didier Nicoud joined Safran Aircraft Engines in 1987 as an aerodynamics engineer in charge of numerical methods development. In 1992, he fulfilled roles such as Head of the aerodynamics department… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 18-Jul-18

Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G Block 11 Part Procurement

Boeing awarded $18M contract for MH-47G Block 11 Part Procurement

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $17,820,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee type contract (W91215-16-G-0001) to procure the long lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Block II renewal program.  This action is required to satisfy an urgent need to sustain Special Operations Forces heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft and to mitigate the impact… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters transfers repaired Mi-17s to Laos

Russian Helicopters transfers repaired Mi-17s to Laos

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) fulfilled the first service contract in the interests of the Lao Ministry of Defense, having transferred a batch of four Mi-17 helicopters at the official ceremony. The helicopters were repaired by a mobile group of specialists of JSC “356 ARP”, which is part of the Holding Company…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Jul-18

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Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo delivers AW119Kx to NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police

Leonardo announced today that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police has taken delivery of its AW119Kx single engine helicopter during an official ceremony held at APSCON 2018 exhibition today. As the largest single source water supply in the United States, the New York City water supply system is protected on the ground… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-18

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EASA – A vision for the future of GA

EASA – A vision for the future of GA

Register now for the upcoming 2018 EASA Annual Safety Conference on General Aviation in Vienna (Austria), 6 – 7 November 2018 Since the last Annual Safety Conference on the topic of General Aviation which took place in Rome 4 years ago, EASA and the GA community have made a lot of progress in working towards lighter, simpler and better rules.Now… Read more »

Source: EASA, 13-Jul-18

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CAE joins Boeing H-47 Chinook team

CAE joins Boeing H-47 Chinook team

At the Royal International Air Tattoo, CAE Elektronik GmbH announced that it has signed a teaming agreement with Boeing to support the H-47 Chinook helicopter being offered for the German Air Force’s STH (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber) heavy-lift helicopter competition. Under terms of the teaming agreement, CAE Elektronik GmbH, based in Stolberg, Germany, would have responsibility for… Read more »

Source: CAE, 13-Jul-18

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Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu new two Robinson R66 successfully commences its Proving flight

Prabhu Helicopter had successfully completed its Proving Flight (Test Flight) of two brand new turbine helicopter bought from USA named as Robinson R66 on July 09, 2018. Prabhu Officials stated that that proving flight was conducted on Pokhara – Local- Pokhara sector on July 09 under the command of Prabhu’s Instructor Pilot after the assembly… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 12-Jul-18

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Boeing awarded $131M contract for the procurement of 4 MH-47G Block II Helicopters

Boeing awarded $131M contract for the procurement of 4 MH-47G Block II Helicopters

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $131,142,877 modification (P00003) to contract W91215-16-G-0001 for the procurement of four MH-47G Block II aircraft. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2020. Fiscal 2018 other procurement; Department of Defense; and other procurement (Army) funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Jul-18

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Mexican president-elect vows to scrap MH-60R order

Mexican president-elect vows to scrap MH-60R order

The President-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced that he will be cancelling the pending acquisition of 8 MH-60R helicopters from the U.S. government. The decision to cancel the $1.2 billion contract is a step in Obrador’s cost-cutting programme for the government, reports ABC News.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jul-18

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First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

First US HEMS Operation to Eliminate Paperwork with Flightdocs

Hospital Wing, a Memphis-based air ambulance company, has become the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operator in the U.S. to take its operation fully paperless. Utilizing the Flightdocs HMX platform, Hospital Wing has been able to eliminate all paper-based forms and reports from its operation, significantly increasing efficiency across maintenance and operational processes. Operating… Read more »

Source: Hospital Wing, 12-Jul-18

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Meeker-Airfilm receives EASA STC for AFSP-V2

Meeker-Airfilm receives EASA STC for AFSP-V2

Meeker-Airfilm are pleased to announce we have received EASA STC for our upgraded AFSP-V2 single and dual pole mount for the AS-350/355/ H125 series of helicopters. The AFSP-V2 offers greater ground clearance for payloads and greater rigidity from the double box I-beam design. In addition the mount joined left and right for very large center… Read more »

Source: Meeker-Airfilm, 12-Jul-18

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Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point holds change of command

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point holds change of command

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point held a change of command ceremony bidding farewell to Capt. Frederick Reidlin and welcomed Capt. Andrew Eriks, at the unit, Friday. Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony. Eriks served most recently as the program manager for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management Service Improvement Initiative… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 12-Jul-18

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Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and PGZ to collaborate on new AW249 combat helicopter

Leonardo and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) that will see the two companies collaborate on the AW249, the only new combat helicopter currently being designed, aiming to meet the Polish Army’s requirement for a new combat helicopter. With this LoI, Leonardo and PGZ will explore collaboration in a number… Read more »

Source: Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), 12-Jul-18

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AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AeroTex UK leverages VABS for simulation of composite rotor blades

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites and other advanced materials, announced today that AertoTex UK has licensed its powerful VABS software for the simulation of composite propellers, rotor blades, and other slender structures. Located in the United Kingdom, AeroTex UK has extensive experience in the area of structural dynamics, including… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 12-Jul-18

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Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

Bell to feature Nassau County Police 429 at APSCON

This year, Bell will be attending the Advancing Public Safety Conference (APSCON) July 9-14, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. At booth #108, Bell will display the Bell 429 and feature one of our loyal customers, Nassau County Police Department. Come stop by and meet with our regional sales managers and our customer support and service representatives. Nassau County’s… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 12-Jul-18

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Nepal Army procures one AW139 and two H125s

Nepal Army procures one AW139 and two H125s

As per the highly placed source, Nepalese Army (NA) has purchased one AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicotper. The helicopter presently has been spotted flying at the Milan Area acquiring test registration ‘I-EASY’- C/N 31808 with its official Army Livery; National flag on the fin, six-sided red star bearing a yellow trident on the fuselage. The AW139 Chopper delivery… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Jul-18

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Nepal Army Constructs Helipad at Nepal-China border (Hilsa)

Nepal Army Constructs Helipad at Nepal-China border (Hilsa)

Nepalese Army (NA) has constructed a Helipad in the Hilsa Village in far western region of Humla district of Nepal within the border between Nepal and China with the aim to give the service to the locals and the tourists trekking at the district. According to the Source, the capacity of the two helipad builds… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 11-Jul-18

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NHV win Siemens Gamesa wind farm contract with H175 at Aberdeen

NHV win Siemens Gamesa wind farm contract with H175 at Aberdeen

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Siemens Gamesa to provide helicopter services in support of the construction of the Beatrice Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start mid-summer until spring 2019. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. NHV… Read more »

Source: NHV, 11-Jul-18

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Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

Bell Training Academy opens Floyd Carlson Airfield

As a world-renowned helicopter training academy, we share our vast aviation knowledge with customers from all corners of the globe. And now, we’re bringing our operations a little bit closer to home. On Monday, July 9, the Bell Training Academy (BTA) opened the Floyd Carlson Airfield located on the corner of Trinity Boulevard and Greenbelt Road to… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 11-Jul-18

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Airbus delivers law enforcement H125s in North America faster than one per month

Airbus delivers law enforcement H125s in North America faster than one per month

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will be exhibiting its role as the North American market leader for new law enforcement helicopters at the Airborne Public Safety Association Conference (APSCON) Expo July 11-13, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. at Booth #809. An H125, the best-selling, high-performance helicopter for airborne law enforcement, owned by Seminole County… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Jul-18

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EASA issues STC for AS350/AS355 automatically deployable ELT built by SPAES

EASA issues STC for AS350/AS355 automatically deployable ELT built by SPAES

SPAES GmbH & Co. KG installed with KMN Koopmann Helicopter GmbH a releasable Emergency Locator Transmitter (automatic deployable-ELT) in helicopter airbus AS355 and AS350.   According to the new requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for offshore operation, which are realised by the German Federal Aviation Authority (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt LBA), SPAES installed with KMN… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 11-Jul-18

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MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

MQ-8C Fire Scout completes operational test and evaluation

USS Coronado (LCS 4) and Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX-1) completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for the MQ-8C Fire Scout, June 29.Results from this IOT&E will inform decision-makers on how best to integrate the Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter with littoral combat ships (LCS) and other platforms.During the IOT&E,… Read more »

Source: USS Coronado, 11-Jul-18

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IMT Vislink Launches New TSM-2020 Transport Management System

IMT Vislink Launches New TSM-2020 Transport Management System

xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), whose brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, announced today that its IMT Vislink business is launching the new TSM-2020 Transport Stream Management System for its Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS) at APSCON 2018 (July 9-14, Booth 400) and NATIA 2018 (July 17-29, Booth 638).  … Read more »

Source: IMT Vislink, 11-Jul-18

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Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter Group AG is pleased to announce that it has formed a fully owned subsidiary in the US: Kopter North America LLC. The establishment of this subsidiary is a key first step for Kopter in developing its presence in the US, which represents a significant market for the company. Kopter North America LLC will be… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 11-Jul-18

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LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

LCI Delivers 3rd EMS AW169 to Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today delivered a third new Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy, fully equipped for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. The helicopter enters service with Elitaliana on a long term operating lease from LCI, and joins two other AW169s delivered by… Read more »

Source: LCI, 11-Jul-18

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Lockheed awarded $10M contract for MH-60S, CH-53/E and V-22 aviation tires

Lockheed awarded $10M contract for MH-60S, CH-53/E and V-22 aviation tires

Lockheed Martin Missions Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is awarded $9,553,302 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded performance based logistics contract (N00383-l6-D-003P) to exercise an option to extend the period of performance for an additional six-months through August 2019. The contract is for supply chain management of aviation tires supporting the following aircraft P-3C,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters reveals 2017 production data

Russian Helicopters reveals 2017 production data

Russian Helicopters revealed that they manufactured 205 helicopters and delivered 213 in their 2017 annual report. They also increased their number of local deliveries five times since implementing new state support systems, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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SLRD blocks Sky Helicopters tour flight plans

SLRD blocks Sky Helicopters tour flight plans

The Squamish-Lillooet Region District voted against a permit for SKY Helicopters. The tour company applied for a temporary use permit that would allow them to provide tours of the Sea to Sky Corridor. The request was denied due to noise complaints, reports The Squamish Chief.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

The Royal Thai Air Force is threatening to sue PPTV TV Station for flying a drone dangerously close to their MI-17 helicopter during an air evacuation. The helicopter was taking one of four rescued soccer players who had been trapped in the Tham Luang cave, reports Nation Multimedia. The owner of the drone had not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jul-18

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Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 10-Jul-18

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AeroBrigham to Exhibit Marion County 407 at APSCON

AeroBrigham to Exhibit Marion County 407 at APSCON

Texas-based helicopter and airplane MRO provider, AeroBrigham will showcase the recently completed Marion County Sheriff’s Bell 407 at the upcoming Airborne Public Service Association (APSA) APSCON in Louisville, KY. The comprehensively equipped public service helicopter underwent an extensive avionics integration as well as paint and interior refurbishment at the AeroBrigham facilities in Decatur, Texas. Outfitted with… Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 10-Jul-18

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Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

Special Purpose Operator status awarded to UK flight test company

EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Special Purpose Operator (Part-SPO) status has been achieved by Nova Systems UK, an arm of the Australian Nova Group.   Using its EC135 helicopter G-NSYS, the Nova team has worked hard to deliver the safety systems and organisational structures required by the Agency. Nova now adds this important operating declaration… Read more »

Source: Nova Systems, 10-Jul-18

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Heli Union wins Spanish Civil Guard training contract

Heli Union wins Spanish Civil Guard training contract

The Spanish Civil Guard has awarded Heli Union Training Center a 24 month contract to train 30 pilots. The contract requires training with FFS (Full Flight Simulator) corresponding to the aircraft type Dauphin AS365N3. HUTC provides the utilisation of its FFS which is located in Angouleme Airport along with its highly qualified instructors based on… Read more »

Source: Heli-Union, 10-Jul-18

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Whirly-Girls Announces 2018 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls Announces 2018 Conference Scholarship Recipients

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. announces that six women have been chosen as recipients for the 2018 mid-year scholarships. Helicopter pilots Melissa Hanthorn, Samantha Hansen, Amy Hartt, Heather Dingman, Kelly Murphy, and Tosha Cypher each received a scholarship to attend one of three industry-leading conferences: The HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, The CHC Safety & Quality… Read more »

Source: Whirly-Girls International, 10-Jul-18

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Rostec Started Aerodynamic Tests of VRT500 Copter

Rostec Started Aerodynamic Tests of VRT500 Copter

Specialists of the VR-Technologies construction bureau owned by Russian Helicopters affiliated to Rostec State Corporation started aerodynamic tests of the light utility helicopter VRT500 at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute. The copter was for the first time introduced to public at the International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia-2018 that took place at the end of May in… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 10-Jul-18

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Celebrate Hovering Flight this World Helicopter Day

Celebrate Hovering Flight this World Helicopter Day

On 19 August 2018 join in this global celebration of one of the world’s greatest engineering inventions. World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them. The day is held on the 3rd Sunday of… Read more »

Source: World Helicopter Day, 10-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing to begin US Navy CMV-22B production work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 14 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; one CV-22B for… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 10-Jul-18

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UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

UK AAIB Bulletin – July 2018

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R22 Beta (G-JKAT), heavy landing, Shobdon Aerodrome, Herefordshire, 20 April 2018

Source: AAIB, 10-Jul-18

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Mountain Helicopter conducts successful test flight from Bajhang to Hilsa

Mountain Helicopter conducts successful test flight from Bajhang to Hilsa

Helicopter test flight from Bajhang, Talkot to Hilsa has been successfully conducted on June 06,2018. Kailash Seti Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd. Official Sudeep Shahi informed that Mountain Air helicopter which had arrived Bajhang on half an hour from Simikot because of adverse weather had reached Hilsa in 18 minutes from Talkot. Though Travel company… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 09-Jul-18

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EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

EASA approves two AB412EP STCs developed by Patria

Patria’s Aviation Business Unit has been granted two Supplementary Type Certificates (STC’s) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These major changes are developed and certified to the Finnish Border Guard helicopter Agusta Bell 412EP to provide up to date communication and navigation functions in order to fulfil the latest European Airspace requirements. Further, these… Read more »

Source: Patria, 09-Jul-18

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CHC announce speaker for 2018 CHC Safety and Quality Summit dinner

CHC announce speaker for 2018 CHC Safety and Quality Summit dinner

CHC Helicopter has announced that Alison Levine, team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, will join hundreds of delegates and speakers at the 14th annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit as the keynote speaker at the event’s gala dinner evening The gala dinner, a memorable highlight of the Summit, brings together a significant portion… Read more »

Source: CHC, 09-Jul-18

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Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

Kopter to show law enforcement SH09 at APSCON

The Airborne Public Safety Conference (APSCON) from 9 to 11 July in Louisville, KY, marks the site for the debut of Kopter’s SH09 multi-mission helicopter in an advanced public safety configuration engineered for Kopter by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, LA. Known primarily for their expertise in air-medical completions, Metro Aviation has expanded their proficiency in… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Jul-18

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Bristow opens new Louisiana terminal at Galliano

Bristow opens new Louisiana terminal at Galliano

Bristow Group Inc. today celebrated the grand opening of its new passenger terminal in Galliano, Louisiana. The new terminal, located at Bristow’s largest base in the Gulf of Mexico, will allow Bristow to respond to client demand while providing passengers a safe secure best-in-class facility. Bristow’s new Galliano terminal features five self-service check-in kiosks (with… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 09-Jul-18

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Helitech to focus on innovation and emerging technologies

Helitech to focus on innovation and emerging technologies

Helitech International will provide an invaluable networking, learning and sourcing experience for the European rotorcraft community when its doors open in Amsterdam this October. Run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA) and co-located with MRO Europe, the event will bring together leading suppliers, OEMs and some of the industry’s brightest minds, enabling operators… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 09-Jul-18

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Thales pays tribute to the Sea King

Thales pays tribute to the Sea King

As the last Sea King helicopters approach retirement a new chapter in airborne surveillance is opening. On 4 May 1982, skimming across the sea at a height of less than three metres, an Argentinian Exocet missile slammed into HMS Sheffield, which was on a scouting mission near the Falkland Islands. 20 servicemen lost their lives…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Jul-18

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Indonesia withdraws Bo105 from UN work after concerns raise

Indonesia withdraws Bo105 from UN work after concerns raise

The Indonesian Navy will be removing their BO-105 utility helicopters from the Middle East after various sources within the UN have voiced their concern over the helicopters’ capabilities. Concerns include its inability to produce a Recognised Maritime Picture that works with other United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) patrols, its load parameters as well… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters complete six Mi-17 overhauls

Russian Helicopters complete six Mi-17 overhauls

The Russian Helicopters holding company, a member of the Rostec State Corporation, delivered six Mi-17-1V vehicles to the border troops of the Republic of India. The vehicles were repaired by the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP). “NARP repairs Mi-8/17 type helicopters for a wide circle of foreign operators, but it was its first contract with… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Jul-18

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ASU Named Small Business Exporter of the Year

ASU Named Small Business Exporter of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Pacific Northwest Region Small Business Exporter of the Year is Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. in Boise, Idaho. Founded in 1995, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) is a trusted provider of integrated Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) that significantly increase operational safety and improve mission capabilities for nighttime aerial… Read more »

Source: ASU, 06-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters prepare Ka-62 for flight tests

Russian Helicopters prepare Ka-62 for flight tests

Experts of the Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company of the Russian Helicopters holding company (a member of the Rostec State Corporation) prepare the flight model of the Ka-62 multirole helicopter for preliminary flight tests. Body structures of the anti-torque rotor and the tail group have been improved, and a typical design transmission has been installed. As… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 06-Jul-18

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Bajhang-Hilsa helicopter service to be initiated for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

Bajhang-Hilsa helicopter service to be initiated for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

Helicopter flight service is going to be started from Bajhang to Hilsa, aiming to provide services to the pilgrims travelling towards Kailash Mansarover at reasonable cost. Test flight will be conducted from Bajhang’s Talkot VDC Khaula to Hilsa on June 6. This service is going to be catered by Kailash Seti Tours and Travel Pvt…. Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Jul-18

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Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

Australian Chinook grounded amid cocaine ring allegations

The Australian Defence Force has had to ground one of its Chinook helicopter units after the accusation of a cocaine ring. The ten personnel who were tested included officers, maintenance workers, aircrew and one civilian employee. They all tested positive for traces of cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy, while they were on the clock, reports 9… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-18

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Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

Schiebel completes successful S-100 trials for the Belgian Navy

Schiebel effectively demonstrated the exceptional search and rescue as well as maritime surveillance capabilities of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) from 21 June to 1 July 2018 to the Belgian Navy. Schiebel’s trials for the Belgian Navy aimed at building an enhanced knowledge base and developing a successful concept of operations for the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 04-Jul-18

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PHI provides update on Senior Notes tender offer

PHI provides update on Senior Notes tender offer

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced today the early tender results of its previously-announced cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase any and all of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”), which commenced on June 18,… Read more »

Source: PHI, 04-Jul-18

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IAI names new CEO

IAI names new CEO

The board of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), chaired by Harel Locker, approved this evening unanimously the recommendation of IAI’s search committee and has named Major-General (Res.) Nimrod Sheffer, IAI’s Executive VP of Strategy and R&D, as IAI’s new CEO. Sheffer will replace Mr. Joseph Weiss, who is stepping down after reaching the statutory retirement age…. Read more »

Source: Israel Aerospace Industries, 04-Jul-18

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WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

At WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, at least 108 individual scholarships equaling $565,000 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community. The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference,… Read more »

Source: Women in Aviation, 04-Jul-18

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance welcomes UK Government lottery consultation

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance welcomes UK Government lottery consultation

The Government is recommending an increase in the maximum draw prize from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000. The consultation also ask for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100 million per year and the amount they can raise per draw to £5 million. Nicole… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 03-Jul-18

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LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

LCI expands into China with lease of three AW139s

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, today announces its first helicopter lease in China with the placement of three new Leonardo AW139 aircraft with Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. (“Kingwing”), each configured for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations. This latest announcement reinforces LCI’s long-held strategy of curating a balanced and diverse… Read more »

Source: Lease Corporation International, 03-Jul-18

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Russian Helicopters tests flight envelope of Ansat to 8200ft

Russian Helicopters tests flight envelope of Ansat to 8200ft

Experts of the Kazan Helicopters plant (a member of the Russian Helicopters company of the Rostec State Corporation) will test Ansat under high-mountain conditions to verify the vehicle’s operational feasibility at an altitude up to 2,500 m. As of today, the confirmed flight-level pressure altitude of Ansat does not exceed 1,000 m, i.e. it is… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 03-Jul-18

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Garmin previews participation at Farnborough 2018

Garmin previews participation at Farnborough 2018

Garmin International, Inc. a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced a tandem cockpit experience to be unveiled at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, July 16-20 at the Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom. Garmin’s business aviation, air transport and defense markets will be showcasing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) scalable integrated flight displays, standalone avionics and flight… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 03-Jul-18

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HeliRussia provides roundup to 2018 show

HeliRussia provides roundup to 2018 show

This year HeliRussia 2018 featured 49 foreign companies among 246 total participants. The international participation remains at a traditionally high level – 19 countries were presented at the expo: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Libya, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain and USA. This article covers the most notable… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 03-Jul-18

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Costa do Sol Taxi Aero selects SKYTRAC Real-Time Flight Data Monitoring

Costa do Sol Taxi Aero selects SKYTRAC Real-Time Flight Data Monitoring

Costa do Sol Táxi Aéreo, a Rio de Janeiro based helicopter operator serving Brazil’s offshore and onshore oil and gas industry, has selected SKYTRAC flight data monitoring with real-time exceedance alerts for their S-76 fleet. “Costa do Sol is committed to meeting and exceeding industry safety standards. SKYTRAC provides a full service solution with real-time… Read more »

Source: SKYTRAC, 03-Jul-18

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Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing awarded $4,192M contract for the manufacture of 78 tiltrotor aircrafts

Bell Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $4,191,533,822 for modification P00008 to convert the previously awarded V-22 tiltrotor aircraft advance acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0015) to a fixed-price-incentive-fee multiyear contract.  This contract provides for the manufacture and delivery of 39 CMV-22B aircraft for the Navy; 34 MV-22B aircraft for the Marine Corps; 1 CV-22B for the Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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Lockheed awarded $288M contract for Apache Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed awarded $288M contract for Apache Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $288,347,355 modification (0006) to domestic and foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor Systems, subcomponent production, and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jul-18

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United Airlines partners with Heliflite to entice passengers to Newark Airport

United Airlines partners with Heliflite to entice passengers to Newark Airport

United Airlines and Heliflite have joined together to offer helicopter flights to or from Newark Airport to three Manhattan helipads. The service saves time as its beats the traffic, as well as provides a lift to the terminal. The prices range from $2,099 for up to three people, to $2,199 for up to six people,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

Republic of Korea Navy launches tender for 12 helicopters

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) of South Korea has recently launched a tender for 12 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy). ROK Navy hopes to be operational by 2020 with the new helicopters. Proposals will be accepted until 28 September 2018. The candidates that are in the running for the $400… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

Black Hawk bid for Romanian Army includes new maintenance centre

The Romanian Army is looking to purchase 70-80 military helicopters in the next 15 years. In the running for the contract are Lockheed, Bell and Airbus. Bell and Airbus both offer to build helicopters within Brasov for the army. Lockheed however is offering to renovate the Romanian company Romaero Bucharest into a new maintenance and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

Polish military helicopter procurement in disarray

Poland has had numerous issues with their procurement programme for new helicopters for its armed forces, with the most recent change in events being the announcement that the programmed was being “shelved.” The initial tender began in 2012 for 70 helicopters, but was reduced to 50 in 2015. The agreement was cancelled due to a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

Taiwan puts first Apache brigade into service

After Wednesday 11 July, the Republic of China Army 601st Air Cavalry Brigade will become the first to have a fully equipped Boeing AH-64E Apache brigade. The ceremony will be officiated by the Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The brigades sister unit, the US Army’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, will be attending the ceremony as well,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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Morocco considering Apache purchase

Morocco considering Apache purchase

Morocco is looking into purchasing Apache AH-64 helicopters to update their attack helicopter fleet. This acquisition will help with the regional arms race they have with Algeria, reports North Africa Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-18

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