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MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $34,042,295 modification (P00039) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 for logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021 Afghanistan Security Forces (Army) funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-20

PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

PAE wins $84M contract for MH-139 maintenance at Kirtland AFB

PAE (NASDAQ: PAE, PAEWW), a global leader in delivering smart solutions to the U.S. government and its allies, was awarded a position on the U.S. Air Force Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, which has a ceiling value of $835 million and a 10-year period of performance. The Air Force Installation… Read more »

Source: PAE, 16-Nov-20

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V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 16-Nov-20

DHSS to partner with Heli Services International on MHI Vestas wind farm contract

DHSS to partner with Heli Services International on MHI Vestas wind farm contract

MHI Vestas has awarded DHSS with a multi-year contract to support maintenance operations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German sector of the Northsea, which will comprise 31 MHI Vestas wind turbines of type V164-8.4 MW. Full service provider The Dutch full service provider of ships agency services and offshore helicopter services… Read more »

Source: DHSS, 16-Nov-20

New helipad constructed at Baluwatar

New helipad constructed at Baluwatar

A new helipad has been constructed on the premises of Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar. See Full Story.

Source: Khabarhub.com, 16-Nov-20

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

MBDA to develop the combat missile for the Tiger

French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly has announced that MBDA is to develop the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile (MAST-F) program as the main French Army air to ground armament for the Tiger combat helicopter. MBDA was selected after proposing to the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA – French Procurement Agency) its MHT/MLP concept… Read more »

Source: MBDA, 16-Nov-20

Obituary – Franck Bouillon, Rotortrade

Obituary – Franck Bouillon, Rotortrade

It is with profound shock and sadness that Rotortrade announces that Franck Bouillon, our company’s CFO, has very suddenly passed away at the age of 54 on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. After a career in finance, Franck joined the Aviation Industry 21 years ago, in 1999. He was an inspiring leader loved by his collaborators… Read more »

16-Nov-20

Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost introduces Bell 212/412 Dual Hook Human External Cargo System

Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca) the global leader in the provision of the most advanced and certified Human External Cargo (HEC) Systems and services for the Search and Rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors is proud to introduced its latest Supplemental Type Certified and compliant HEC system, designed for use… Read more »

Source: Boost Systems, 16-Nov-20

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H+S Aviation to Grow Relationships with CT7 and T700 Engine Operators

H+S Aviation to Grow Relationships with CT7 and T700 Engine Operators

H+S Aviation, a Signature Aviation Global Engine Services (GES) company, announces the appointment of industry veteran Len Russo to serve as a global strategic account executive for the company’s T700 and CT7 engine product lines. Russo’s business development efforts include tailored maintenance solutions for T700 and CT7 engine operators and managing strategic partnerships and accounts… Read more »

Source: H+S Aviation, 13-Nov-20

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Thora Capital appoints Managing Director

Thora Capital appoints Managing Director

Thora Capital (“Thora”), a Chicago-based alternative asset manager dedicated to aviation finance, hired Marc Schechter as Managing Director. Mr. Schechter brings over a decade of experience in the helicopter industry to Thora. “Our team at Thora is thrilled to welcome such an impressive talent to the organization,” said Adam Gerchen, Chairman of Thora. “Marc’s wealth… Read more »

Source: Thora Capital, 13-Nov-20

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Blood on board project launched in Italy

Blood on board project launched in Italy

The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) Blood on Board project is thought to have saved dozens of lives since its launch in 2015. After hearing of the project, the Regional Emergency-Urgency Agency (known as AREU) sent two clinicians to visit the charity to find out more. Simone Celi, an advanced nurse practitioner and Christian… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance Service, 13-Nov-20

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Assent Aeronautics Reports Annual Results

Assent Aeronautics Reports Annual Results

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Private Aircraft Auction House and industry leader Assent Aeronautics reported Annual Results with over $180MM in aircraft crossing the auction block in the inaugural year of the Luxury Aircraft Auction House, with an eighty-five percent plus (85%+) closing rate of all business aviation aircraft. In response to the pandemic, Assent reimagined its live… Read more »

Source: Assent Aeronautics, 13-Nov-20

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ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

The currently increasing number of COVID-19 infections is also being observed with concern at ADAC Air Rescue. The corona virus is once again facing major challenges for the non-profit organization from Munich. “The rescue service from the air is currently fully secured in Germany,” emphasizes managing director Frédéric Bruder. “With our experience from the first wave, we are… Read more »

Source: ADAC Luftrettung, 13-Nov-20

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Kopter appoints new CEO

Kopter appoints new CEO

Following a Board resolution of the Kopter Group AG, Marco Viola assumes the responsibility for the general management of the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with immediate effect. Marco Viola brings to Kopter a long established career in aerospace, from a variety of positions at Leonardo Helicopters, in addition to his previous… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 13-Nov-20

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MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

 MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces a U.S. state municipality contract for the purchase of a new MD 530F in law enforcement configuration. The agency is responsible for monitoring the state’s valuable natural resources, wildlife populations, and ecosystems while ensuring enforcement of the state’s laws protecting them. The aircraft is the agency’s first helicopter. “This has been… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 13-Nov-20

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Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

Devon Air Ambulance puts H145 into service

On Wednesday 11 November the new H145 helicopter was introduced into service and ready to bring emergency medical care to patients across Devon. As the hangar doors were rolled back, the Devon Air Ambulance crew readied the H145 for the first day of its lifesaving service. Although just like the start of a typical day… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – November 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Robinson R44 Raven II (G-WTWT), rolled over during a precautionary landing, Herne Bay, Canterbury, Kent, 26 July 2020

Source: AAIB, 12-Nov-20

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Exclusive interview – Jason Hill, founder of Hill Helicopters

Exclusive interview – Jason Hill, founder of Hill Helicopters

Hill Helicopters took the market by surprise in late August 2020 with the public launch of their HX50 helicopter.  Private owners who already own a helicopter were intrigued – and indeed a good number have already put down non-refundable deposits.  On the other hand, there were a lot of other people in our industry who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-20

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Sikorsky Australia Achieves DASA TRAINING Certification

Sikorsky Australia Achieves DASA TRAINING Certification

Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, has been officially approved as an Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) by the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA)—a significant training accreditation currently granted to only one other defence industry organisation. This important milestone authorises Sikorsky Australia to deliver type course aircraft training to its staff, defence and industry partners… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 11-Nov-20

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

The Charlotte City Council said it will replace a helicopter that is more than 20 years old. See Full Story.

Source: News Break, 11-Nov-20

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Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Life Link III selects Spectrum Aeromed again for Leonardo Interiors

Spectrum Aeromed will continue to build upon their relationship with medical flight and emergency medical services leader Life Link III, taking on two projects that will deliver in 2021, according to the company. Life Link III will add an additional Leonardo AW119Kx aircraft to their existing fleet of helicopters as well as a Leonardo AW109… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 11-Nov-20

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Lithuania to sign for UH-60M Black Hawks this week

Lithuania to sign for UH-60M Black Hawks this week

Lithuania is planned to sign a contract on acquisition of a new helicopter platform from the Government of the United States. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will buy four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters with additional equipment, spares, and a training, repair and logistical support package. Lithuania will pay EUR 181 million (USD 213 million) over next… Read more »

Source: Lithuanian Defence Ministry, 10-Nov-20

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Air Methods CEO joins HIT Like A Girl podcast

Air Methods CEO joins HIT Like A Girl podcast

Our CEO, JaeLynn Williams, opened up about her advocacy for saving lives and her ambitious goal for Air Methods to be 100% in-network with health insurance companies on this week’s episode of the HIT Like a Girl Podcast. Williams spoke with hosts Joy Rios and Robin Roberts about the unconventional path that led her to… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 10-Nov-20

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Blade adds new route in India

Blade adds new route in India

Pune-based Panchshil Realty announced that Fly Blade India Pvt. Ltd. has started operating daily helicopter services between Pune and Mumbai from Panchshil’s YOO Villas helipad in Pune. YOO Villas is an exclusive enclave of signature villas designed by global celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen and is located close to the bustling business district of Kharadi in… Read more »

Source: YOO Villas, 10-Nov-20

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AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design receives FAA STC for ALSS interior

AMS Heli Design LLC announces that it has been granted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) for a new lightweight Advanced Life Support System (ALSS) interior for Leonardo AW109 Trekker and AW109SP helicopters. EASA and other relevant CAAs validations will be achieved in 2020. Andrea Girolin, Chief Executive Officer for AMS Heli… Read more »

Source: AMS, 10-Nov-20

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R44 Cadet Enters Service with ICE Helicopters

R44 Cadet Enters Service with ICE Helicopters

ICE Helicopters, a leading helicopter training provider. Has introduced the Robinson R44 Cadet into the most diverse ab intio training fleet in the country. The newest edition to the fleet, the Robinson R44 Cadet which first flew with ICE on the 1st of October, has already proven popular with students. Neil Day, head of training… Read more »

Source: ICE Helicopters, 10-Nov-20

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Approval for Mar-a-Lago helipad runs out with Presidency

Approval for Mar-a-Lago helipad runs out with Presidency

Shortly after he was sworn into office, Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach built a helipad. Approval had been given in February 2017 by the Town of Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission on the basis that it was only for use on Presidential duties, and approval would cease when Trump ceased to become… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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Kazakhstan receives first batch of Mi-8s for final assembly

Kazakhstan receives first batch of Mi-8s for final assembly

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) has delivered two Mi-8AMT helicopter knock-down kits to Kazakhstan to be assembled on the territory of the customer. The delivery is based on a trilateral contract signed by Kazakhstan Engineering, Kazakhstan’s Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 and Russian Helicopters for semi-knock-down… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 09-Nov-20

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EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

In less than a year after opening a new fire station and recovering from a tornado in 2017, Chief Andrew Hawkins is ready to see more construction that will save lives through flight. See Full Story. 

Source: The Sampson Independent, 09-Nov-20

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USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

USAF first HH-60W Jolly Green II arrives at Moody AFB

The 23rd Wing and 347th Rescue Group leadership received the Air Force’s first twoHH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters at Moody Air Force Base, Nov. 5. Aircrew from the 41st Rescue Squadron out of Moody AFB and the 413th Flight Test Squadron and 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron, both at Duke Field, Florida, flew the aircraft… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 09-Nov-20

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Abu Dhabi Aviation achieves IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation

Abu Dhabi Aviation achieves IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation

In October 2020, Abu Dhabi Aviation achieved IS-BAO Stage 3 Accreditation – the highest level for safe operations awarded by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). We constantly pursue excellence , and our dedication to our customers shows in everything we do. The recognition demonstrates that ADA is among the elite aviation operators not only… Read more »

Source: Abu Dhabi Aviation, 09-Nov-20

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Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

In late September, the light twin-engine helicopter reached a major milestone: the company’s 1,400th H135 was delivered to the French operator Mont Blanc, adding to a fleet of more than 20 H135 and H145 helicopters in service with the operator to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France. The milestone capped off an over-20-year… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-20

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LOM Praha Trade to overhaul Mi-171Sh for Ghana Air Force

LOM Praha Trade to overhaul Mi-171Sh for Ghana Air Force

In Ghana, LOM PRAHA TRADE has reached an agreement to overhaul an Mi-171Sh helicopter. According to the contract the helicopter must be repaired within the timeframe shorter than standard period. Our customer has good reason to shorten the repair time. The customer will use the helicopter in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The helicopter… Read more »

Source: LOM Praha, 09-Nov-20

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FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

FRCE works with industry to develop new lifting tool for V-22 fuel bladder

Artisans at Fleet Readiness Center East can now move V-22 fuel bladders more safely and efficiently thanks to a new sling developed in partnership with private industry. FRCE received the first V-22 sponson fuel bladder sling assembly – also known as a “dog bone” – in late summer. The new sling, first used in FRCE’s… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 09-Nov-20

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Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

A Leonardo AW109S Grand carrying a heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa crashed on Friday on the rooftop helipad of Keck Hospital of USC in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.  Helicopter N109EX is seen in this video to be spinning just prior to touching down heavily and rolling onto its port… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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Air Florida Helicopter Charters voluntarily files for Chapter 11 protection

Air Florida Helicopter Charters voluntarily files for Chapter 11 protection

The Orlando Business Journal has reported that Air Florida Helicopter Charters has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 23rd October 2020.  The company operates Robinson R44s on tour flights out of a site at 8990 International Drive in Orlando, and is still active with this posting on their Facebook page on 25th October. Further… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-20

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State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

The State of California is reported to have launched a court case against Alpine Helicopter Service regarding violations during aerial spraying work.  See report for full story

Source: Sacramento Bee, 09-Nov-20

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CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

Offshore operator CHC yesterday positioned an Airbus H175 from Aberdeen to Den Helder in the Netherlands. This is for a contract with Petrogas Exploration & Production Netherlands for crew transport to/from Maersk Resilient for their drilling activities in the A / B block. The project is expected to last approximately 15 weeks. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-20

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1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion change of command

Lt. Col. Steven R. Todd bid farewell to the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion Soldiers as they welcomed the incoming commander, Lt. Col. Jeffery R. Baird, during an official ceremony at Joint –Base Berry Field Army Aviation Support Facility Number 1, Sep. 12. The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally symbolizes authority’s… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 06-Nov-20

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Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

Australian Army helicopter crews train for ship landings

Army helicopter crews flying three different aircraft types have been training to land on the deck of HMAS Adelaide right in time for summer and the potential for natural disasters. The landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship Adelaide is the Navy’s high-readiness vessel and is available to support humanitarian and disaster-relief operations domestically and in the… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 06-Nov-20

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Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that it has entered an agreement with HealthPartners, a consumer-governed, nonprofit healthcare organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The agreement enables Air Methods to provide HealthPartners plan members – totaling 1.8 million people across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota –… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Nov-20

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Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin releases G500 TXi and G600 TXi Flight Display Enhancements

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., announced G500 TXi™ and G600 TXi flight display enhancements that bring more capability to cockpit upgrades are now available through select authorized Garmin dealers. Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with either legacy Avidyne flight displays or original flight instruments can now upgrade to the G500 TXi to display… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Nov-20

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North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

North West Air Ambulance Charity welcomes new Director

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Naismith as its new Director of Income Generation and Engagement. Sarah joins after 17 years as Charity Director at the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity (MFTC), where she helped grow a fundraising appeal to build a new children’s hospital into an… Read more »

Source: The North West Air Ambulance Charity, 06-Nov-20

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FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight hires new Director of Sales

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader, specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, has hired LeMiracle Hendking as the newest member of their sales team. Ms. Hendking will lead the aftermarket sales team, focusing on support for FreeFlight Systems’ extensive dealer network and MRO partners around the world. As an established aviation professional, Ms. Hendking… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight Systems, 06-Nov-20

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DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

The most modern helicopter currently in use in civil air rescue is now also flying in Stuttgart: an H145 started yesterday as the new “Christoph 51″. A glass cockpit with large screens, a powerful autopilot and a new interior concept in the cabin make work easier for the crew and contribute to even better patient… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 06-Nov-20

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Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter promotes SH09 in air medical operations

Kopter participated in the digital edition of the AMTC 2020 (Air Medical Transport Conference) together with its parent company Leonardo, showcasing how the SH09 will ideally complement the existing Leonardo Helicopters product range on the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) segment. When seconds count, the SH09 is the helicopter of choice in the single engine class for a… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 06-Nov-20

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FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems announces digital to analog convertor for radar altimeters

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aerospace leader who specializes in position sources, radar altimeters and datalink receivers announced a new product today, the FDC-500 Convertor. This compact digital to analog convertor allows the replacement of heavy, legacy radar altimeters with FreeFlight Systems’ RA4000/4500 radar altimeters while retaining existing antennas, cabling and indicators onboard the aircraft. With a… Read more »

Source: FreeFlight, 06-Nov-20

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5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

5 Days Remaining to Register for HAI Aerial Firefighting Conference

There’s still time to sign up for the annual Aerial Firefighting Conference sponsored by Helicopter Association International (HAI). This year’s event is virtual—and free!—making it easy for aerial firefighters around the world to attend. The conference will take place Nov. 17–18, with sessions beginning at 4:00 pm eastern (UTC-5). Each day, HAI will present four… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Nov-20

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Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Genesys Aerosystems and Metro Aviation announce that the companies have earned Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification for the Genesys IFR avionics suite on the Airbus EC145e. The FAA previously certified the avionics suite in 2019. The Genesys avionics suite certified on the EC145e includes four IDU-450 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Nov-20

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Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-20

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Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

Eliance launches two H145s for Madrid EMS contract

[electronic translations] The Community of Madrid has renewed the two medical helicopters of the SUMMA 112 (the Medical Emergency Service of the Community of Madrid) destined to attend to emergencies that occur in the region. The new model of these aircraft, which came into operation on November 1, is the Airbus H145. It is a… Read more »

Source: Comunidad de Madrid, 05-Nov-20

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Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $47M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $47,970,000 modification (P00150) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2020 operation and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $5,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Nov-20

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BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems to deliver autonomy capabilities for FVL program

BAE Systems has been awarded multiple contracts from the U.S. Army to develop key technologies for the Advanced Teaming Demonstration Program (A-Team). BAE Systems was the only company awarded contracts for three of the program’s four focus areas, designed to advance manned and unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities that are expected to be critical components in… Read more »

Source: BAE Systems, 05-Nov-20

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Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

Rosoboronexport celebrates 20 years

November 4, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation). The company was established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation as part of the reform of the country’s military-technical cooperation system. Before 2000, deliveries of Russian arms to the world market were made by Rosvooruzhenie and Promexport… Read more »

Source: Rosoboronexport, 05-Nov-20

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Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

Norwegian Air Force selects HeliOperations for Anti – Submarine training

Acknowledging a need to develop expertise in the ASW mission, Norway awarded HeliOperations the contract supporting ASW training in September 2020. Training is being delivered to a mixed course of both aviation and mission support professionals. The ASW training course is aimed at supporting the RNoAF as they modernise their ASW capability. Their P-3 Orions… Read more »

Source: HeliOperations, 04-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support to Romania

Foreign Military Sale of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support to Romania

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $175.4 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Romania has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 04-Nov-20

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Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

Spidertracks Announce Maverick Helicopters as Insights Launch Customer

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Maverick Helicopters, who are the official launch customer for the latest evolution of our Virtual FDR capabilities — Insights. Earlier this year at Heli-Expo 2020, our team announced the latest edition to the spider family, Spider X — a simple and affordable plug-and-play solution, enabling aircraft owners and operators to… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 04-Nov-20

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Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Five companies awarded $835M USAF helicopter maintenance contract

Akima Logistics Services LLC, Herndon, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0002); DynCorp International, Fort Worth, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0005); M1 Support Services LP, Denton, Texas (FA6800-21-D-0003); PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia (FA6800-21-D-0001); and Vertex Aerospace LLC, South Madison, Mississippi (FA6800-21-D-0004), have collectively been awarded an $835,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award contract for helicopter maintenance services in support of Air… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Nov-20

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Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

Hill Helicopters names engine for the HX50

In another step away from long-entrenched industry norms, British manufacturer Hill Helicopters is today announcing that the power for its new HX50 luxury personal helicopter will be their own Hill GT50 light turbine engine with a continuous power output of 400hp. This newly designed powerplant eliminates the need for a compressor turbine gearbox to save… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Nov-20

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Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

Eagle Pass Heliskiing adapts for COVID-19

The president of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Ian Tomm, gives us the full run down of how the heli-skiing season will look like during COVID-19, with more extensive screenings, closing their lodge, and cutting costs while keeping their staff. See Full Story.

Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer, 03-Nov-20

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New Zealand – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

New Zealand  – Timaru Hospital helipad close to reality

A six-year quest for a purpose-built helipad to service Timaru Hospital is near completion. Emergency helicopters will soon no longer have to land in the nearby Botanic Gardens with the concrete laid for the new helipad and painting expected to be complete by early next week. Lights still need to be installed for safe night… Read more »

Source: timaru herald, 03-Nov-20

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Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Canada approves Van Horn Bell 206 v2 composite blades 

Arizona-based rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) received a Letter of Acceptance from Transport Canada for the company’s updated composite main rotor blades fitting the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. Approved by the FAA in August 2020, the new VHA 206B Version 2 main rotor blades may now be installed for use on Bell 206B… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 03-Nov-20

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LCI appoints new CEO

LCI appoints new CEO

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has announced the promotion of Jaspal Jandu to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Former CEO, Michael Platt becomes Vice Chairman, and Praveen Vetrivel is appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO), with immediate effect. Jaspal Jandu, who became LCI’s Chief Financial Officer in 2014 having… Read more »

Source: LCI, 03-Nov-20

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EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

EU commits €220 million for safe COVID patient transport

Safe transport of contagious patients is essential to in order to utilize hospital capacity during the second wave of Covid19. Today President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the European Commission are making € 220 million available to finance safe cross-border transfers of patients. – We experience that finance is at a critical point. Luxemburg… Read more »

Source: EpiGuard, 03-Nov-20

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North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

North Houston (9X1) Airport closes to helicopters

A recently issued NOTAM effectively closes North Houston (9X1) Airport to helicopters from 1th October, except by minimum one hour’s prior permission (PPR).  This is apparently due to local noise complaints  

Source: FAA, 02-Nov-20

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Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

Foreign Military Sale of B412EPi and B429 to Guyana

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Guyana of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Guyana has… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 02-Nov-20

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Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

Chinese Army building heliport 350km from Indian border

Even as winter settles in slowly across eastern Ladakh, this seems to be no deterrent to China that is constantly ramping up its military and air force capabilities in the Tibet Autonomous Region. After the expansion of Lhasa heliport, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Army Aviation is further enhancing its Tibet helicopter brigade. See… Read more »

Source: India Today, 02-Nov-20

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Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network adds new hospital with helipad

Lehigh Valley Health Network has announced more construction plans for the new hospital in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County. See Full Story.

Source: 69 News, 02-Nov-20

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Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace Expands Offering in Drone Services and Training Capabilities

Volatus Aerospace, a fast-growing integrated provider of unmanned aircraft and drone services, has reached an agreement to to increase its stakes to 100% ownership in three established drone training and services providers, namely M3 Drone Training Zone Inc. and M3 Drone Services Ltd. of Winnipeg, MB and Skygate Videography Inc. of Summerside, PEI. Originally founded… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL, 02-Nov-20

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South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

South Korean Marines announce first female helicopter pilot

A female Marine Corps officer has been assigned to an aviation battalion after completing training as a helicopter pilot, becoming the Marines’ first-ever female chopper pilot, officials said Sunday. See Full Story.

Source: The Korea Herald, 02-Nov-20

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Baker Hughes Rig Count – 30 Oct 20

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

02-Nov-20

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Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

SIMAERO, a global and independent provider of pilot training services, is proud to announce the acquisition of the Airbus Helicopter – Super Puma AS332 M 1 Full Flight Simulator which will complete the existing fleet in SIMAERO Johannesburg Training Centre. The simulator, manufactured by Thomson CSF, was initially set up in Switzerland and moved to… Read more »

Source: SIMAERO, 30-Oct-20

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Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation Receives Garmin Bronze Dealer Award

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the Garmin Bronze Dealer Award for 2019, which recognizes the top aviation dealers in the Garmin network. “The Bronze Dealer Award represents a level of sales performance, technical expertise, and customer service that distinguishes your business among other Garmin Aviation Dealers,” said Jim Alpiser,… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 30-Oct-20

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DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

From October 21st, DRF Luftrettung will provide rapid assistance in Bremen with another helicopter: A modern EC145 will replace the BK 117. As an intensive care transport helicopter and also in emergency rescue, “Christoph Weser” makes an extremely important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and the surrounding area, “emphasizes Dr…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Oct-20

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British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

British military Joint Helicopter Command sustain airpower operation in Mali

The British military Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is leading the UK’s support to the French Counter Insurgency Operations in West Africa by conducting heavy lift helicopter operations. The deployment of Royal Air Force CH 47 Chinooks began in 2018 and it has been JHC that has sustained this operation for two years now by… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 30-Oct-20

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