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US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

US Army starts testing UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter digital cockpit

Combat aviators here are conducting operational tests of Army modernization efforts using three UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters. The UH-60V Black Hawk will retrofit the Army’s remaining UH-60L helicopter fleet’s analog cockpits with a digital cockpit, similar to the UH-60M helicopter. Retrofitting aircraft that are already owned by the Army is a major cost saving measure… Read more »

Source: US Army, 30-Sep-19

New Vice President of Heli-One appointed

New Vice President of Heli-One appointed

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Christian Drouin will be promoted from his current role as Vice President of Global Operations, where he manages Heli-One’s three global bases, to Vice President, Heli-One, where he will serve as the lead executive for the entire organization. Drouin replaces… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 30-Sep-19

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Ornge Air Ambulance suspends service to hospital in London, Ontario

Ornge Air Ambulance suspends service to hospital in London, Ontario

Ontario’s air ambulance agency has suspended service to a London hospital over safety concerns about its helicopter landing space. See Full Story.

Source: The London Free Press, 27-Sep-19

New lifts capabilities for Ventura County Air Unit

New lifts capabilities for Ventura County Air Unit

The Ventura County Air Unit got a big upgrade recently with the arrival of its first new helicopter in years. The 2007 Firehawk, dubbed “Copter 2,” is one of three Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters purchased by the agency to help fight fires, make rescues and perform other tasks. See Full Story.

Source: VC Star, 27-Sep-19

SA leading emergency service partners with what3words

SA leading emergency service partners with what3words

Sharing a 3 word address in an emergency gives callers a simple way to describe precisely where they are and enables ER24 to find them faster. Identifying precisely where help is needed in an emergency can be critical to saving lives, from an incident outside Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, to a road accident… Read more »

Source: what3words, 27-Sep-19

UK wind farm heliport construction completed

UK wind farm heliport construction completed

A leading civil engineering company has finished work on a heliport base linked to the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK designed and built the £4.2m heliport base in Barrow-in-Furness, which will enable helicopters to transport technicians to and from the Walney Extension offshore wind farm project. Walney Extension became the… Read more »

Source: Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, 27-Sep-19

Airbus demonstrates ACH160 on yacht for first time

Airbus demonstrates ACH160 on yacht for first time

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will this week begin demonstrating the world’s most advanced medium helicopter – the ACH160 – to prospective customers at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s foremost super yacht event. The aircraft will form the centrepiece of a triumvirate of Airbus helicopters also including the marketleading ACH145 and the lighter ACH135 –… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-19

Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

Royal Devon and Exeter hospital helipad to open by January 2020

Work to replace the old helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is well underway, thanks to the cost being totally funded with a £1million grant from the HELP Appeal– the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. It is anticipated that the new helipad is set to open by January… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 26-Sep-19

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The new Airbus H145 lands on top of the Andes

The new Airbus H145 lands on top of the Andes

Airbus Helicopters has reached new heights: the latest version of the H145 has set its skids down on the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, culminating at 6,962 metres (22,840 feet). This is the first time a twin-engine helicopter has landed at this altitude, confirming the performance and the extensive flight envelope of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-19

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StandardAero opens 30,000 Sq Ft expansion in Ohio

StandardAero opens 30,000 Sq Ft expansion in Ohio

StandardAero Component Services recently celebrated the grand opening of the company’s 30,000 sq. ft. expansion of its Hillsboro, Ohio, engine component manufacturing and engine component repair facility. The additional working space and capital improvements included the building and additional equipment to support aerospace engine low pressure turbine vane manufacturing. The expansion also provides additional space… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 26-Sep-19

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Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo to open NAS Whiting FIeld support centre if picked for US Navy trainer contract

Leonardo announced that the Company will build a comprehensive customer support center adjacent to Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Northwest Florida’s Santa Rosa County if selected for the United States Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73. Leonardo is offering the Navy its purpose built, American made TH-119 IFR single engine helicopter to replace the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Sep-19

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Romanian orders three H135s for AMS

Romanian orders three H135s for AMS

Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country, following a four-year framework agreement signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-19

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HAI provides written testimony to Senate ATC hearing

HAI provides written testimony to Senate ATC hearing

Helicopter Association International (HAI) commends Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ranking Member Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for holding a hearing to examine the US air traffic control (ATC) system. “As the FAA continues to modernize the ATC system, it is imperative that all users of the National Air Space (NAS) have a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Sep-19

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Production approval for Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter

Production approval for Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program achieved a Milestone C decision from the U.S. Air Force, which moves the program into low rate initial production. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. View the latest… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 26-Sep-19

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First helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M

First helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refueling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of 4 flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-19

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USHST Warns About the Next “Bump in the Road” for Fatal Accidents

USHST Warns About the Next “Bump in the Road” for Fatal Accidents

As the temperature moves downward during October and November in most of the U.S., the number of fatal helicopter accidents usually moves upward according to the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org).   In 2017 and 2018, during these two autumn months, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 13 fatal accidents, the highest total for a… Read more »

Source: USHST, 26-Sep-19

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Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

At a time when loss-making Pawan Hans is in the process of being privatised, the helicopter company has issued a notice inviting applicants for the post of its chairman and managing director (CMD) See full story

Source: Hindustan Times, 25-Sep-19

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First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

First AW109 VIP Trekker in Europe debuts at Monaco Yacht Show

The first Leonardo AW109 VIP Trekker helicopter for a European customer debuts today at the Monaco Yacht Show – Leonardo stand QA13 / Quai Antoine 1er. The Monaco Yacht Show (25 to 28 September) is one of the most important international luxury yacht showcases. After the show, the VIP Trekker will fly to the United… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-Sep-19

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Robinson R66 Turbine Surpasses 1 Million Flight Hours

Robinson R66 Turbine Surpasses 1 Million Flight Hours

Robinson Helicopter Company announced the R66 Turbine fleet surpassed 1,000,000 flight hours. The R66 with the Rolls-Royce RR300 turbine engine achieved the million-hour mark without a single reported in-flight engine failure. This accomplishment demonstrates a level of reliability that exceeds EASA’s stringent requirements for single-engine helicopters performing commercial operations. “We believe this milestone is a… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 25-Sep-19

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DAC International launch ADS-B Out solution for Sikorsky S76

DAC International launch ADS-B Out solution for Sikorsky S76

DAC International’s S76 ADS-B “Out” STC and Integration kit represent an outstanding value to S76 operators and will provide for the most straight-forward, compliant installation available. The wire-harnesses and coax assemblies are custom built for this program and are intended to be simple, efficient, and time saving for the installer. Further, this Integration Kit allows the… Read more »

Source: DAC International, 25-Sep-19

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Paradise Helicopters pilot receives FAA Master Pilot Award

Paradise Helicopters pilot receives FAA Master Pilot Award

Paradise Helicopters, the leading Hawai‘i-based helicopter tour company, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded longtime Paradise pilot and Pahoa resident Robert Blair with the Master Pilot Award. The award was presented on Wednesday by Airman Scott Allen, FAA safety team program manager at the Honolulu Flight Safety District… Read more »

Source: Paradise Helicopters, 25-Sep-19

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New General Manager appointed for Heli-One Poland

New General Manager appointed for Heli-One Poland

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Jacek Baranowski will be joining the organization as the new General Manager of Heli-One Poland located in Rzeszow, Poland. He will oversee all MRO operations at Heli-One Poland, which includes base maintenance, component repair, and storage/Return-to-Service programs. “It is a… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 25-Sep-19

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MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

MRF-D Marines conduct trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys

U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force – Darwin completed a trans-Pacific flight in MV-22 Ospreys for the fourth time, transiting from Darwin, Australia to their home station on Marine Corps Base Hawaii on September 19. The flight consisted of four MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, Reinforced, supported by two KC-130J Hercules from… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 25-Sep-19

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Helicentre Aviation fly into the Wasps Affiliate Partnership Programme

Helicentre Aviation fly into the Wasps Affiliate Partnership Programme

Wasps Rugby are pleased to announce that Helicentre Aviation are the latest company to join the Affiliate Partner Programme at Ricoh Arena. The new partnership means that, as well as giving the firm exposure on Ricoh Arena’s new giant 188-square-metre LED screen and around the stadium on Wasps matchdays, Helicentre Aviation will be present within… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 24-Sep-19

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FlightSafety appoints Executive Director of training sales for North America

FlightSafety appoints Executive Director of training sales for North America

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Michele Posey has been promoted to Executive Director, Sales. In this new role, Michele will oversee FlightSafety’s team of Regional Sales Managers and Directors, and is responsible for business aviation sales activities in North America. “Michele is most deserving of this promotion,” said Steve Gross, Senior Vice President,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 24-Sep-19

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HAI Still Seeks Candidates for President/CEO

HAI Still Seeks Candidates for President/CEO

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that it is still seeking highly-qualified individuals to submit their application for the position of president and CEO of the member-based organization. Current President and CEO Matthew Zuccaro announced his retirement earlier this summer, effective in June 2020. As previously announced, HAI has retained the executive search firm Heidrick and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 24-Sep-19

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Devon Air Ambulance secures Silver ERS Award

Devon Air Ambulance secures Silver ERS Award

Devon Air Ambulance employs several former Armed Forces personnel. This isn’t only most of our pilots, but also veterans across roles such as facilities, retail, logistics and critical care paramedics. The service also employs reservists. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or who have served… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 24-Sep-19

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New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

New General Manager for Airbus Helicopters in Italy

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters has appointed Alexandre Ceccacci General Manager of his own customer assistance center in Italy. The appointment of Alexandre Ceccacci follows the recent acquisition by Airbus of Aersud Helicopters, historical distributor of Airbus Helicopters in Italy. Airbus has thus consolidated the its presence in an important market that currently has 250 Airbus helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-19

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Summit Aviation extends MQ-8C Fire Scout contract

Summit Aviation extends MQ-8C Fire Scout contract

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has entered into a new extension of its 2012 agreement with Northrop Grumman to continue building Faraday Cages for the Fire Scout program. Under this extension, Summit Aviation will support the delivery of an additional five Faraday Cages in 2019. Summit Aviation is responsible for procuring… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 24-Sep-19

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MRO Insider Unveils AOG Mobile Application Preview for NBAA-BACE

MRO Insider Unveils AOG Mobile Application Preview for NBAA-BACE

Aviation maintenance quoting website MRO Insider has announced the development of the company’s AOG mobile application. The app will simplify the AOG process by “pinging” AOG providers based on aircraft location, allowing providers to quickly respond with an hourly rate, ETA to aircraft, and additional information needed. Aircraft owner/operators will be able to see this… Read more »

Source: MRO Insider, 23-Sep-19

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Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivers its 1,000th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo delivered its 1,000th AW139 helicopter. The event represents a historic achievement: the AW139 is the most important helicopter programme in the last 15 years at an international level, and it is also able to set a production record in the Italian aviation industry’s outlook. The 1,000th machine of this model was delivered to Italy’s… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Sep-19

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JETNET Launching JETNET for Salesforce product at NBAA-BACE

JETNET Launching JETNET for Salesforce product at NBAA-BACE

JETNET LLC, the world leader in business business aviation market intelligence, will be using NBAA 2019 to launch JETNET for Salesforce, a new product that integrates JETNET’s comprehensive database and search capabilities with the Salesforce app for subscribers of both services. With the new product, available on the Salesforce AppExchange, Salesforce customers who are also… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 19-Sep-19

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LO Helicopter Committee Enthusiastic about Bell 525

LO Helicopter Committee Enthusiastic about Bell 525

New Bell 525 technologies will raise oil and gas helicopter operational safety standards in the North Sea. As we gather for another edition of the SOLA Conference in Stavanger, Norway, improving helicopter operational safety in the North Sea continues to be top of mind. We are hard at work, fully focused on our certification progress… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Sep-19

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EHang Achieves World’s First Certificate of Unmanned Aircraft System Safety for AAVs

EHang Achieves World’s First Certificate of Unmanned Aircraft System Safety for AAVs

EHang, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, announced that it has become the world’s first company to achieve certificate of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) safety level II for AAVs through tests of the UAS fence. The certificate was issued by the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology (CAST) and was internationally… Read more »

Source: EHang, 18-Sep-19

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Schiebel completes successful flight trials in Finland

Schiebel completes successful flight trials in Finland

After chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven CAMCOPTER® S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva. The intense flight trials took place at the… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 18-Sep-19

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Candian 2019 Paramedic of the Year title won by STARS crew member

Candian 2019 Paramedic of the Year title won by STARS crew member

Own Jason Trask was named the 2019 Paramedic of the Year with the Paramedic Association of Canada, a national advocacy group. “Oh, I thought it was a pretty cool honour,” Trask smiled during a recent chat at the STARS hangar. “It was pretty surprising but pretty nice at the same time.” Trask is the Emergency… Read more »

Source: STARS, 18-Sep-19

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21 stakeholders sign Single European Sky agreement

21 stakeholders sign Single European Sky agreement

At the “Digital European Sky” conference, organised on 11th September under the Finnish Presidency of the EU, EHA together with other 20 EU aviation stakeholders signed the Joint Declaration on the Future of the Single European Sky outlining their shared commitment to improving Europe’s airspace. The Organizations who signed the joint declaration were: EHA, A6 Alliance, A4 Airline Grouping,… Read more »

Source: European Helicopter Association, 17-Sep-19

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to add second base at Aberdeen

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to add second base at Aberdeen

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) has agreed a contract with Babcock to launch a new air ambulance service from Aberdeen International Airport. The four-year contract will see aerial emergency services specialist Babcock operate and maintain the air ambulance helicopter – Helimed 79 – from a new base at the airport from early 2020. Babcock Onshore… Read more »

Source: Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, 17-Sep-19

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Elbit Systems completes acquisition of Harris Night Vision Business

Elbit Systems completes acquisition of Harris Night Vision Business

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC (“Elbit Systems of America”), completed the acquisition of the Night Vision business of L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) (“Harris Night Vision”) for a purchase price of $350 million. Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems President & CEO, commented: “The… Read more »

Source: Elbit Systems, 16-Sep-19

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MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce it has been awarded a Firm Fixed-Price contract for the provision of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Contractor Field Service Representatives (CFSR), and both CONUS and OCONUS training. The contract – issued through Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal on behalf of the Multinational Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) –… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 16-Sep-19

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Sheffield Children’s Hospital Helipad receives £562,500 boos

Sheffield Children’s Hospital Helipad receives £562,500 boos

The fundraising campaign for a life-saving helipad at Sheffield Children’s Hospital took a major step forward thanks to a £562,500 charity donation. This morning, the HELP Appeal’s Chief Executive Robert Bertram presented the second installment of their £2.25M pledge to David Vernon-Edwards, Director of The Children’s Hospital Charity. It takes the fundraising towards the Helipad… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 16-Sep-19

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FlightSafety now offers safety and security training for corporate crews and passengers

FlightSafety International now offers safety and security training for flight crews and passengers of corporate aircraft. This new Abduction Prevention course is offered by the Skydas Group in cooperation with FlightSafety. Skydas is a wide spectrum strategic security consulting and threat management firm. “This two day Abduction Prevention course is designed for corporate aircraft passengers,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 16-Sep-19

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Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance missions up 62% year-on-year

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance missions up 62% year-on-year

To mark the start of National Air Ambulance Week (9 – 15th September), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) can release our mission statistics for the first half of 2019, and reveal we have seen a 62 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of incidents attended across the Hampshire and Isle of… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, 16-Sep-19

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Airbus Foundation supports Bolivian efforts to fight fires in Amazon

Airbus Foundation supports Bolivian efforts to fight fires in Amazon

The Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre is supporting Bolivia’s efforts against the severe fires currently affecting the country. An Airbus A330neo test aircraft transported 38 firefighters of the French Civil Security and equipment from Vatry, France, to Bolivia. They will participate in fighting… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Sep-19

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Students STEP into the Future with Bell

Students STEP into the Future with Bell

This week, Bell launched its new high school Student Training Employment Program (STEP). The students and schools were selected through Bell’s partnership with Project Lead the Way, a non-profit that puts STEM classes into K-12 classrooms. Students from Fort Worth and Arlington ISDs submitted their resumes and participated in onsite interviews. A total of 58… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Sep-19

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Luton Airport to provide free fuel to Children’s Air Ambulance

Luton Airport to provide free fuel to Children’s Air Ambulance

Harrods Aviation Ltd, a specialist private aviation operator at LLA, has agreed to waive all parking and handling costs for the Children’s Air Ambulance while London Luton Airport has agreed to supply fuel free of charge as well as offering to waive all landing fees The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) charity is an aero medical… Read more »

Source: The Air Ambulance Service, 13-Sep-19

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Omni signs 24 month contract with Constellation Oil

Omni signs 24 month contract with Constellation Oil

Omni Taxi Aereo recently signed a contract with Constellation Oil Services, leading company in drilling sector, to transport its offshore passengers. This agreement was signed after Omni was one of the winners in a bid launched in October 2018. The agreement provides the use of medium, super medium and large aircraft. The agreement is expected… Read more »

Source: Omni Taxi Aereo, 13-Sep-19

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Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered to Metro Aviation Inc. the first EC145e produced at its U.S. assembly plant in Columbus, Miss. This latest aircraft delivery is part of an order for 25 that Metro placed in 2018, and the remaining aircraft will all be delivered out of Columbus. Metro is a Shreveport, La.-based company that… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Sep-19

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Mecaer Delivers Bell 505 MAGnificent

Mecaer Delivers Bell 505 MAGnificent

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced a Bell 505 delivery in MAGnificent style. MAG completed the retrofit from a utility configured Bell 505 to a VIP MAGnificent at its Philadelphia, PA (PNE) FAA Part 145 Repair Station. The interior modification included new passenger seat frames configured in MAGnificent style, liners and panels covered in leather,… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 13-Sep-19

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More than $360,000 raised for STARS

More than $360,000 raised for STARS

More than $360,000 was raised by five Saskatchewan business and community leaders at the fifth annual Rescue on the Prairie fundraising event for STARS, held last week. On Sept. 5, participants were airlifted by helicopter to a remote location east of Saskatoon. To secure their ‘rescue’ and return to civilization, they needed to raise at… Read more »

Source: STARS, 13-Sep-19

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AeroVironment unveils VAPOR all-electric helicopter UAS

AeroVironment unveils VAPOR all-electric helicopter UAS

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, today announced the availability of its VAPOR all-electric Helicopter UAS at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world’s largest land, sea and air defense and security exhibition. Developed at AeroVironment Innovation Center-Midwest, VAPOR incorporates more than a… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 13-Sep-19

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StandardAero expands with Safe Aviation Solutions acquisition

StandardAero expands with Safe Aviation Solutions acquisition

StandardAero has acquired Safe Aviation Solutions (including Safe Fuel, Accel and B&E ACR), formerly the MRO services subsidiary of the B&E Group, which will continue to expand StandardAero’s Components, Helicopters & Accessories (CH&A) division and its portfolio of MRO and component repair services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Houlihan Lokey acted as exclusive… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 13-Sep-19

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CPI Aero gains orders for T70 Turkish Utility Helicopter Program

CPI Aero gains orders for T70 Turkish Utility Helicopter Program

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (the “Company”) (NYSE American: CVU) announced that it has received orders valued at approximately $4.6 million from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the prime contractor for the T70 Turkish Utility Helicopter Program (TUHP). The multi-year purchase orders call for CPI Aero to manufacture window assemblies on 109 T70 aircraft over an… Read more »

Source: Turkish Aerospace Industries, 13-Sep-19

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CHC Appoints New Executive Lead for Global Operations and Supply Chain

CHC Appoints New Executive Lead for Global Operations and Supply Chain

CHC Group, one of the world’s leading helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers, today announced that Miguel Carrasco has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain. Carrasco will oversee maintenance, supply chain, flight operations and other key operational functions across the company and advance the strategy behind… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Sep-19

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HAI President/CEO Named to USDOT Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee

HAI President/CEO Named to USDOT Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao recently appointed HAI President and CEO Matthew Zuccaro to the Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC) for a period of two years. According to the DOT, the SOCAC “was created by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Reauthorization… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Sep-19

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Able Opens New Expansion of Headquarters

Able Opens New Expansion of Headquarters

Employees, dignitaries and community members joined Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, last week to officially open a $9 million building expansion at Able’s headquarters facility, located within Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. The expansion adds 60,000 square feet to Able’s existing 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art campus. Able will use the expansion to incorporate… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 12-Sep-19

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Leonardo puts forward AW149 at DSEI 2019

Leonardo puts forward AW149 at DSEI 2019

At the DSEI 2019 exhibition, Leonardo displays its latestgeneration medium-lift AW149 helicopter. The modern, reliable and cost-effective aircraft is rapidly configurable to meet a wide range of military missions: Troop transport/troop insertion (carrying up to 16 fully-equipped troops or up to 19 passengers), cargo re-supply/external lift, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC, search and rescue (SAR), Special Forces operations and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 12-Sep-19

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Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

Russian operator Skypro adds fourth AW139

SKYPRO HELIKOPTERS LLC, part of the companies operating under the single SKYPRO brand, has expanded its Leonardo AW139 helicopter fleet to four aircraft. Thus, the company becomes the largest private operator of Leonardo AW139 helicopters in Russia. The new helicopter was made in Italy, has a cabin configuration of 8 seats and will soon begin… Read more »

Source: Skypro, 12-Sep-19

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Rotex Helicopter to take delivery of new KMax in Q4

Rotex Helicopter to take delivery of new KMax in Q4

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it received a new order for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to twelve aircraft. The most recent order is from Rotex Helicopter AG, of Balzers Liechtenstein, which currently operates multiple K-MAX® aircraft… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerospace, 12-Sep-19

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Volocopter raises 50 million Euros in C round funding

Volocopter raises 50 million Euros in C round funding

Volocopter, the Urban Air Mobility pioneer, announced that it signed the first closing of its Series C funding round, which is being led by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding). The new funds will be used towards bringing the VoloCity aircraft to commercial launch within the next three years. Volocopter remains in discussions with additional… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 12-Sep-19

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UTair Engineering picks AMOS MRO software

UTair Engineering picks AMOS MRO software

Positive AMOS experience also convinces sister company Swiss-AS is pleased to announce that the Russian rotary wing MRO provider UTair Engineering has chosen AMOS and has already planned the first project steps. UTair Engineering now becomes the second member of the UTair Group to choose AMOS, following the airline UTair Aviation, who joined the AMOS… Read more »

12-Sep-19

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PHi exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHi exits Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

PHI, Inc. (OTC: PHIIQ; PHIKQ) (“PHI” or the “Company”) announced that the Company and its principal U.S. subsidiaries, including PHI Air Medical, have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, successfully completing the Company’s debt restructuring process and implementing the Chapter 11 reorganization plan confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas… Read more »

Source: PHI, 12-Sep-19

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Volocopter completes integration tests at Helsinki Airport

Volocopter completes integration tests at Helsinki Airport

Volocopter performed a flight at the Helsinki International Airport successfully integrated into both the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) system. Within the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Programme this demonstration is the final leg of the Gulf of Finland (GOF) u-space project showing how ATM and UTM systems… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 11-Sep-19

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Helicopter pilot appointed new Station Commander at RAF Odiham

Helicopter pilot appointed new Station Commander at RAF Odiham

RAF Odiham has welcomed back former OC 27 Sqn, Gp Capt Nick Knight as the new Station Commander succeeding Gp Capt Lee Turner after 2 years at the helm of this incredibly busy Station. Gp Capt Knight has a vast experience of the Support Helicopter force, commissioning into the British Army in 1996 he flew… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 11-Sep-19

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XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at NBAA-BACE

XTI Aircraft Company to Exhibit at NBAA-BACE

XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced it has been invited by the National Business Aircraft Association to exhibit its revolutionary TriFan 600 vertical takeoff airplane as part of NBAA’s Innovation Exhibit at its annual Business Aircraft Convention & Exhibit (BACE) in Las Vegas, October 22-24, 2019. “We’re delighted to be chosen by NBAA to exhibit and… Read more »

Source: XTI Aircraft, 11-Sep-19

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CHC Group Announces Appointment of Top Executives

CHC Group Announces Appointment of Top Executives

CHC Group, one of the world’s leading helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers, announced two key executive appointments. David Balevic has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and was appointed as a member of the Board of Managers. Balevic assumed the role of interim CEO following Karl Fessenden’s resignation to accept an… Read more »

Source: CHC, 11-Sep-19

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Garmin® G1000H NXi-equipped Bell 407GXi achieves IFR certification

Garmin® G1000H NXi-equipped Bell 407GXi achieves IFR certification

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the G1000H® NXi integrated flight deck has received Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification. Bell recently achieved this certification in the 407GXi, which gives pilots the flexibility of operating in degraded weather conditions with valuable situational awareness tools and advanced capabilities in a next generation… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Sep-19

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Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin Advanced Color LCD Microdisplay Designed in Pilot HMDs for US Army

Kopin® Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN), a U.S. developer of display systems for wearable technologies and military applications,  announced its super high-performance Brillian liquid crystal display (LCD) has been designed into a customer’s helmet-mounted display (HMD) system for the US Army’s helicopter pilots. The Brillian display incorporates advanced designs and processing techniques to produce unsurpassed image performance… Read more »

Source: Kopin, 11-Sep-19

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PZL Mielec Displays Single-Station Stores Pylon for Armed Black Hawk

PZL Mielec Displays Single-Station Stores Pylon for Armed Black Hawk

During the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) displayed an S-70i™ Armed Black Hawk® helicopter fitted with a single-station external stores pylon. Designed at PZL Mielec as a lighter weight, lower cost alternative to currently fielded dual-station external wings, a single-station pylon attached to one or both sides… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Sep-19

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US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

Fighting illegal drug trafficking is done to safeguard national security, and this fight is supported by security assistance programs executed for the Army by Security Assistance Command. USASAC has used one such program, Section 333, to transfer 60 TH-67 Training Bell Model helicopters to the Regional Helicopter Training Center in Melgar, Colombia. The helicopters had… Read more »

Source: US Army Security Assistance Command, 11-Sep-19

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Airbus delivers 1,000th Super Puma

Airbus delivers 1,000th Super Puma

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its 1,000th Super Puma helicopter: a twin-engine multi-role H215 assembled in Marignane, France, and handed over to the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) to support the German Havarie Command, which manages maritime emergencies off of Germany’s coast. This delivery completes the German Federal Police’s order for four H215s, the first three of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Sep-19

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Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA have joined forces to collaborate in the United States to offer integrated solutions for helicopter training requirements for the government market. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed recently between the companies that expands on the longestablished relationship between Leonardo and CAE in helicopter training. The MoA is focused on delivering… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Sep-19

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More than 200 eVTOL Aircraft Now in Development

More than 200 eVTOL Aircraft Now in Development

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) recently added the 200th electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept to its online World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. The Directory, launched in 2017, is the world’s most comprehensive compendium of electric and hybrid/electric-powered VTOL aircraft in development by aerospace companies, entrepreneurs and inventors around the globe. “We recognized in… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 09-Sep-19

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H.E.R.O.S. Relocates its Headquarters

H.E.R.O.S. Relocates its Headquarters

H.E.R.O.S. Inc., an industry leader in repairing and overhauling helicopter engines, is relocating its headquarters from Santa Clarita, Calif. to Chandler, Ariz. The company will occupy nearly 19,000-square-feet of industrial space at 10 Chandler, located at 560 N. 54th St. H.E.R.O.S. Inc. plans to create 25 new jobs in the Chandler community and expects to… Read more »

09-Sep-19

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CNATTU Norfolk Emphasizes Hands-on Training with New MQ-8C Fire Scout Trainers

CNATTU Norfolk Emphasizes Hands-on Training with New MQ-8C Fire Scout Trainers

Instructors at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Norfolk completed their first MQ-8C Fire Scout pilot course using one of two new custom-built maintenance trainers Aug. 29. The addition of these brand-new facilities enables the Navy to provide much-needed training on the latest evolution of the Fire Scout. Over the summer, CNATTU… Read more »

Source: CNATTU Norfolk, 09-Sep-19

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