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Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

Leonardo, through Kopter Group AG (Kopter), has announced that the flight test activities of the third prototype of the SH09 single-engine helicopter (designated P3) have restarted in Pozzallo, Sicily, in Italy last week. The Kopter flight test & prototype maintenance teams arrived in Pozzallo earlier this month to prepare P3 and perform all necessary technical… Read more »

24-Jun-20

Helinetwork International digitalises MRO

Helinetwork International digitalises MRO

Eager to develop the helicopter spare parts market, Helinetwork International has been continuously developing its e-commerce site Rotorplace since its creation in 2018. Only a few months after having integrated the kits for the periodical inpections of Safran engines, Rotorplace now offers maintenance, repair and overhaul of a large catalogue of parts (mechanical, avionics, engines…)…. Read more »

Source: Helinetwork International, 23-Jun-20

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Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Sea King visits Yeovil for 50th anniversary

Monday 22 June, a HeliOps’ Sea King landed at Leonardo in Yeovil, Somerset. The visit by HeliOps formed part of a commemoration celebrating the first flight of the XV666 ‘Damien’ aircraft by returning it to its place of manufacture as part of its 50th birthday celebrations. “I can remember being the programme lead back in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Jun-20

Devon Air Ambulance adds 150th community helipad

Devon Air Ambulance adds 150th community helipad

Devon Air Ambulance welcomes the 150th Community Landing Site into operation The launch of the Newton Ferrers community landing site earlier this week marked a significant milestone in the development of a County-wide network of sites which enable Devon Air Ambulance to reach patients ‘during the hours of darkness’. These floodlit surveyed landing sites enable… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Jun-20

Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

A total of four new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters are being delivered to operators on Norway in a seven day period. On Friday 19th, the first of two for Helitrans arrived at their Trondheim Airport base and the second is en route today. These are registered LN-OGA and LN-OGB. Earlier this month Helitrans become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability. “Our new… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-20

British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

British helicopter salesman pleads guilty in US court

In a press report late last week, Tennessee radio station WFHG 92.9 reported that Richard Harper of Apple International, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aircraft parts fraud.  This followed his arrest in January in Anaheim as he was heading to Heli-Expo.  The article concludes by saying that Harper could face up to 10 years… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

HAI Introduces COVID Clean Program

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to introduce HAI’s COVID Clean Program, a project designed to help HAI members share their efforts to protect their customers and employees from infectious diseases. HAI assists participating companies by providing them promotional tools and support through social media and other digital channels. The COVID Clean Program provides a… Read more »

Source: HAI, 22-Jun-20

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Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M Donation for Scholarship Fund

Vertical Flight Society Receives Nearly $1M  Donation for Scholarship Fund

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce it has received its largest donation ever to its Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship fund. On June 12, VFS officially received a donation of $922,146.46 from the estate of Robert Head. Head — an engineer with McDonnell, Hughes and Boeing — was a VFS Emeritus Member who… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 22-Jun-20

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ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero wins engine MRO contract for CHC S-92s and AW189s

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes… Read more »

Source: ITP Aero, 19-Jun-20

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The Air Ambulance Service approaches 40,000th mission

The Air Ambulance Service approaches 40,000th mission

Serving the local communities through their lifesaving service, your local air ambulance is set to complete its 40,000th mission on 24 June. Since 2003, your local air ambulance which operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families,… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Service, 19-Jun-20

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EASA upgrades website

EASA upgrades website

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has upgraded its website, offering a completely new area with information for air passengers and the general public and enhancements such as notifications, so that visitors can stay informed on new developments. As airlines ready to resume services after the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new… Read more »

Source: EASA, 19-Jun-20

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Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

Penzance Helicopters flights to restart 4th July, plus AW139 update

The Leonardo AW139 destined for the scheduled service between Penzance Heliport and the Isles of Scilly was one of the helicopter industry’s first #COVID19 casualties. The helicopter became quarantined in China early in 2020 when the pandemic took hold. Consequently the route started as planned on March 17 using two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, but… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-20

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Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters to be delivered to Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan

Two MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters will be delivered to the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan. By the end of June 2020, the air base will receive two modernized MI-8MTV5-1 helicopters equipped with onboard defense systems. In addition, the cockpit is equipped with lighting devices adapted for the use of night vision goggles which enable  to carry out… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, 17-Jun-20

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HAI President’s Message

HAI President’s Message

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and frankly, 2020 has been a bumpy ride. COVID-19 changed nearly every routine we had, both at work and at home. Businesses around the world went dark, and millions signed up for unemployment. Some sectors of our industry, such as aerial tours and flight training, have been hard-hit by… Read more »

Source: HAI, 17-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

COVID-19 – RAF completes COVID support task at Kinloss

3 RAF Puma helicopters deployed to Kinloss Barracks to support the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) in the coronavirus fight are heading back to their Oxfordshire base today, nearly 3 months after being stood up in support COVID activity in Scotland. The aircraft and crews from RAF Benson had responded to an urgent request in March… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 17-Jun-20

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Safran extends Makila contract with RUAG

Safran extends Makila contract with RUAG

RUAG and Safran Helicopter Engines have extended until 2021 their contract for maintenance of the fuel control units of the Makila engine powering the Super Puma helicopter. Close partnerships with original equipment… RUAG carries out regular maintenance work on the Super Puma helicopters and its components. In addition to the Swiss Air Force, customers include… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 17-Jun-20

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Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker chosen to support French EMS market

Leonardo announced that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Jun-20

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Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Wingcopter Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

Wingcopter, a leading German drone company that develops autonomous delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, was selected out of hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s latest “Technology Pioneers”. Dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide, Wingcopter has been engaged in numerous drone delivery projects – from commercial, long-range factory-to-factory… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 17-Jun-20

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CAAi delivers aviation legislation review in Kazakhstan

CAAi delivers aviation legislation review in Kazakhstan

CAA International (CAAi), the technical cooperation arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA), has completed the first milestone of a major aviation oversight programme to help Kazakhstan adopt a new aviation oversight framework based on the UK system. Over the past nine months, regulatory experts from CAAi have reviewed Kazakhstan’s Primary Aviation Legislation… Read more »

Source: CAAi, 17-Jun-20

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Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

Report recommends US Coast Guard use of UAS

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) uses a fleet of fixed-wing (FW) and rotary-wing (RW) aircraft to conduct a variety of missions. That fleet’s composition is now aging, with the RW aircraft nearing their ends of life. As the air fleet ages and needs to be replaced, the USCG can reassess its airpower needs for its… Read more »

Source: Rand, 16-Jun-20

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Bristow to present at 2020 JP Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow to present at 2020 JP Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, will present a virtual presentation at the J.P. Morgan Energy, Power & Renewables Conference held on June 16-17, 2020. Bristow’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Chris Bradshaw, will present on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET and participate in… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 16-Jun-20

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Ontario Government to fund EMS heliport at Fort Francis

Ontario Government to fund EMS heliport at Fort Francis

Ontario is investing in the emergency health services system to help patients access faster-coordinated care when they need it most. See Full Story.

Source: NetNewsLedger, 15-Jun-20

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LifeFlight of Maine to add crew quarters at Auburn Airport

LifeFlight of Maine to add crew quarters at Auburn Airport

LifeFlight of Maine is getting new crew quarters at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. See Full Story.

Source: Sun Journal, 15-Jun-20

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AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

AAT delivers first Bell 412 EMS interior to Montenegro military

Air Ambulance Technology delivers first Bell 412 Kit to Montenegro Armed Forces. (Vojska Crne Gora) Montenegro, with its beautiful beaches and mountainous terrain, benefits from powerful and agile helicopters to help cope not only with natural disasters, but also cover patient transport for residents and tourists when the need may be. In 2018, Montenegro was… Read more »

Source: Air Ambulance Technology, 15-Jun-20

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NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, providing aviation services to the Ithaca Energy Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the Scottish North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 15-Jun-20

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Equinor Extends CHC Contracts

Equinor Extends CHC Contracts

CHC Group, one of the world’s leading helicopter services and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers, annouced that Equinor has confirmed extensions for both the Tampen/Oseberg and Heidrun contract for one year, effective from September 2020 to August 2021. This is for three Sikorsky S-92 SAR aircraft and three super puma A332L/L1. The aircraft are located… Read more »

Source: CHC, 15-Jun-20

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Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cleaning up their airport database, and is on the verge of removing almost 3,000 private airports from the flight charts across the nation. Some 114 of those are in Alaska. While we want and need current and accurate information for flight planning, many of these facilities are still active… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 15-Jun-20

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Nova Capital expands fleet with 8 new EMS helicopters

Nova Capital expands fleet with 8 new EMS helicopters

Nova Capital, the European independent helicopter lessor, today announced the acquisition of eight new helicopters in Emergency Medical Services configuration. These latest additions to the Nova Capital portfolio, include 2 Leonardo 139’s, 3 Leonardo 169’s, and 3 Airbus H145’s. All of the Aircraft are factory new, and are already deployed serving on EMS missions in… Read more »

Source: Nova Capital, 12-Jun-20

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Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Feinstein, Sherman Bill Makes Safety Equipment Mandatory on Helicopters

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Representative Brad Sherman (both D-Calif.), Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Helicopter Safety Act, a bill to require terrain awareness and warning systems and crash-resistant flight data and voice recorders on all… Read more »

Source: Senator Dianne Feinstein, 12-Jun-20

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 50 years

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust celebrates 50 years

Every year, the helicopters take off to rescue individual lives and those which shaped the nation, including last year’s Whakaari/White Island eruption. See Full Story.

Source: 1 News, 12-Jun-20

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New helipad provides better service for Quirindi Hospital

New helipad provides better service for Quirindi Hospital

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter will now be able to land at the Liverpool Plains Emergency Services Precinct to better service Quirindi Hospital. See Full Story.

Source: The Northern Daily LEADER, 12-Jun-20

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Honeywell introduces affordable UV cleaning system for aircraft cabins

Honeywell introduces affordable UV cleaning system for aircraft cabins

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Dimer LLC announced a partnership to bring an ultraviolet cleaning (UVC) system to airlines that, when properly applied, significantly reduces certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces. The Honeywell UV Cabin System can treat an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 12-Jun-20

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Erickson Achieves NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation

Erickson Achieves NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced that the United States Department of Defense awarded Erickson Inc and other Non-defense agencies, the NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation. NAAMTA Auditors completed a systematic audit of company policies and procedures, safety and quality management processes, medical personnel and policies, aviation… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 12-Jun-20

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Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo sign supply agreement

Solvay and Leonardo signed a five year material supply agreement for programs across its Aerostructures, Aircraft, Helicopters and Electronics divisions. Solvay will provide a broad range of market leading and innovative materials including thermoset composites CYCOM® 977-2 and CYCOM® 970, thermoplastic composites APC and APC-2 and SURFACEMASTER® 905 adhesives. In addition to material supply, Solvay… Read more »

Source: Solvay, 12-Jun-20

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Bristow Completes Merger with Era

Bristow Completes Merger with Era

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:VTOL) and Era Group Inc. (“Era”) announced today that they have completed their combination (the “Merger”), creating a financially stronger company with enhanced size and diversification. The newly combined company will use the Bristow Group name (“Bristow”) and will remain a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.  The newly combined company’s common… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 11-Jun-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – June 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- AW189 (G-OENC), wrong deck landing, Forties Charlie platform, northern North Sea, 25 March 2019

Source: AAIB, 11-Jun-20

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On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

Ascent, Asia’s on-demand helicopter service, has announced its launch in Thailand within the year. Customers can now avail of private and by-the-seat helicopter flights within and between activity hubs, such as Bangkok, Chonburi, and Rayong for business or Hua Hin and Pattaya for leisure. With Ascent, customers skip the traffic and access remote locations in a matter of minutes,… Read more »

Source: Ascent, 11-Jun-20

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Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

Helinet Aviation Services, one of the most diverse and respected helicopter companies in the United States, announces the addition of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to California’s aerial firefighting fleet. The former U.S. Army helicopter is on standby at Van Nuys Airport to assist with firefighting missions under call-when-needed contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 11-Jun-20

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Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Bell Boeing Delivers 400th V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

The Bell Boeing [NYSE:BA] V-22 team recently delivered its 400th aircraft, a CV-22 for U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The first production V-22 was delivered on May 24, 1999, and today deliveries occur under the Multi-year Procurement III contract valued at $5 billion. That contract runs through 2024 and includes variants for the Marines,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 11-Jun-20

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Helijet Adds More Flights To Its Schedule As BC Reopens

Helijet Adds More Flights To Its Schedule As BC Reopens

Helijet International is please to announce we are adding more scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island effective Monday, June 8, 2020. The number of scheduled Helijet flights between Vancouver and Victoria will increase to five roundtrips each weekday, up from the current three daily roundtrips. The number of scheduled flights between Vancouver… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 11-Jun-20

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Devon Air Ambulance carrying freeze-dried plasma

Devon Air Ambulance carrying freeze-dried plasma

Thanks to our supporters, we can provide our patients with an additional life-saving treatment, not previously available in Devon, until the patient arrives at a hospital’s Emergency Department: the administration of blood plasma. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance, explains: In simple terms, blood is made up of red blood cells which carry oxygen… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 11-Jun-20

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Garmin Pilot Adds Configurable Document Viewer, Night Mode and More

Garmin Pilot Adds Configurable Document Viewer, Night Mode and More

Garmin Pilot version 10.1 — now available on Apple mobile devices — brings enhanced capabilities, greater awareness and added convenience into the cockpit. New enhancements to the document viewer now allow customers to configure folders so they can more easily organize documents such as pilot’s guides, cockpit reference guides and more, within the app. Additional… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 11-Jun-20

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Hughes demo live HD video over Satellite from a Black Hawk in flight

Hughes demo live HD video over Satellite from a Black Hawk in flight

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced the successful in-flight demonstration of Hughes HeloSatTM satellite communications (SATCOM) from a Black Hawk helicopter. The HeloSat solution—including a Hughes HM series modem with proprietary through-the-rotor waveform, fuselage-mounted antenna and network management—transmitted consistent, real-time, full-motion video to a live global… Read more »

Source: Hughes Network Systems, 11-Jun-20

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FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

FAA Approves Shadin Fuel Flow Meter on Robinson R66

Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering Shadin Avionics’ fuel flow meter on new R66s equipped with Garmin GTN 6xx or 750 GPS navigators. The fuel flow meter provides real-time fuel flow data to the GTN which in turn displays the fuel consumption rate along with fuel range rings on a moving map. Fuel used, fuel… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 11-Jun-20

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Spectrum Aeromed Hires Controller Role

Spectrum Aeromed Hires Controller Role

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce that Holly Jorud has been hired to fill the role of Controller at the company’s headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota USA. Jorud is a CPA who comes to Spectrum Aeromed with 20 years of accounting experience in both public and corporate accounting. Most recently, she acted as Corporate Accountant… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 10-Jun-20

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AeroBrigham awarded Jamaica Defence Force Bell 429 integration contract

AeroBrigham awarded Jamaica Defence Force Bell 429 integration contract

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider AeroBrigham has announced the contract award of systems integration for nine Bell 429 helicopters destined for the Jamaica Defence Force. The company has inducted and is performing work on the initial two airframes at their main facility in Decatur, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area metroplex…. Read more »

Source: AeroBrigham, 09-Jun-20

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Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset adds UK-based sales contact

Aero Asset has named Philip Louis Amadeus as a Sales Director for the company. The experienced aviator will be based in London, expanding Aero Asset’s global footprint with sales directors now also in Canada, the United States and Mexico. “Philip brings decades of fixed and rotary wing savoir-faire to Aero Asset. He draws from his… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 09-Jun-20

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ESG enables Internet in helicopters

ESG enables Internet in helicopters

This May, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH for the new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) “Installation of a cabin Wi-Fi hotspot with 3G/4G cellular modem and outside antennas” for the EC135 and EC635 helicopters. In order to achieve the approval, comprehensive ground and flight tests were carried out. It… Read more »

Source: ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, 09-Jun-20

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Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Jolly Green II, Apache fly together in joint test

Those common, vibrating “Thwip” helicopter sounds arrived well before they showed up, as 413th Flight Test Squadron personnel turned to look to the North here May 19. Seconds later, two helicopters appeared and the sounds and vibrations intensified. The Air Force’s newest combat search and rescue helicopter, the HH-60W Jolly Green II, lead the way… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 08-Jun-20

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Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Appeals For Virtual Supporters

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is recruiting people to become ‘virtual’ supporters to help support its lifesaving cause. The charity relies on donations from the six regional communities it serves to fund its daily lifesaving operations. However the organisation also depends on its dedicated team of volunteers and supporters to assist with fundraising activity, ranging from… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 08-Jun-20

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FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

FAA approves Coptersafety AW139 simulator

Coptersafety’s CAE AW139 full flight simulator has been qualified to Level-D by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Simulator Program. Level-D qualification is only assigned to full-flight-simulators that meet the highest standards of the FAA. “We at Coptersafety are excited to expand our training capabilities, and with the addition of FAA qualified full flight simulators,… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jun-20

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COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

COVID19 – Ornge speaks at Canadian Government pandemic forum

On Wednesday, May 27, Dr. Homer Tien, Ornge Presidend and CEO, was invited as a witness for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in its Briefing on the Canadian Response to the Outbreak of the Coronavirus. During the question and answer session, Dr. Tien had the opportunity to highlight Ornge’s COVID-19 response including… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 08-Jun-20

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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity hails achievement of specialist paramedic

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity hails achievement of specialist paramedic

We are delighted to announce that our Specialist paramedic in Critical Care (SPCC), Vicki Brown, has been appointed as the first Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care (APCC) in the South West. The new role, which was developed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) will benefit GWAAC’s crew and the patients they… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 08-Jun-20

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RAAF new Chinook HQ to boost local Townsville economy

RAAF new Chinook HQ to boost local Townsville economy

The Townsville economy is receiving a $40 million boost through Defence works at RAAF Base Townsville, highlighting the success of the Morrison Government’s local procurement policies. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the new facilities for Defence’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters are being constructed using local companies and employees. The project includes… Read more »

Source: RAAF, 08-Jun-20

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Rega formalises relationship with canton of St. Gallen

Rega formalises relationship with canton of St. Gallen

With a formalized performance mandate, the health department of the canton of St.Gallen is strengthening its longstanding, proven cooperation in the field of air rescue and preclinical emergency care with the Swiss air rescue service Rega. The aim of the agreement is to provide the population of the canton of St.Gallen with air rescue services… Read more »

Source: Rega, 08-Jun-20

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Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell and US Army to demo next-gen T55 Chinook engine

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army to demonstrate and fly its upgraded T55 engine on the heavy-lift, twin-engine Chinook helicopter. The new 6,000-horespower engine is 25% more powerful and consumes 10% less fuel than the current T55. New modifications also make the next-generation T55 easier to maintain with lower… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 08-Jun-20

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Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Montenegro Air Force signs for two Bell 505s

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that the Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s. These new aircraft will be used to train the Montenegrin military pilots. The agreement also provides that Bell will provide training for three pilots in France and eight… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jun-20

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Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell teams with industry leaders to form Team Invictus

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has announced agreements with nine premier aerospace industry leaders to form Team Invictus. The companies are producing the Bell 360 Invictus prototype submission as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Each industry partner brings unique experience and technological expertise to provide… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jun-20

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COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

COVID19 – HAC cancels annual convention scheduled for November 2020

This year’s Convention was set to mark 25 years for HAC. An annual opportunity for you to meet with your suppliers and to benefit from discussions around the business of helicopter operations, and safety in our industry. We all benefit from this dialogue, but we can only hold the event when the health and safety… Read more »

Source: HAC, 04-Jun-20

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European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

European Rotors event will host an industry hackathon

With the rotary wing sector gathering at EUROPEAN ROTORS (November 10 – 12, 2020 in Cologne, Germany), the aim of this high-level industry event is to set a new standard of networking, discussing and developing the skills of the rotorcraft community incorporating the challenges the industry is facing due to Covid-19. The concept of EUROPEAN… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 04-Jun-20

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Indian Air Force upgrades Mi-17s with Night Vision Goggles

Indian Air Force upgrades Mi-17s with Night Vision Goggles

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is indigenising Russian night vision goggles that are used by pilots flying the Mi-17 medium lift helicopter. See Full Story. 

Source: The Tribune, 04-Jun-20

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Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations, turning them into continuous improvement actions.   At Heli-Expo 2020, Hungarian Air Ambulance became the first helicopter operator to purchase a complete end-to-end solution, from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

EASA publishes proposed eVTOL certification methods

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published proposed methods how to certify hybrid or electric air taxis (VTOL). Therefore, the Agency invites stakeholders and other interested parties to review the plans and provide their comments. This is the latest milestone in EASA’s roadmap to enable safe VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) operations and… Read more »

Source: EASA, 04-Jun-20

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Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph to supply mechanical controls for US TH-73 trainers

Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) congratulates AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (dba Leonardo Helicopters) on being selected by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. Per the recently announced contract, Leonardo will produce 32, TH-73A helicopters, a variant of the AW119, for the AHTS Program. Triumph Systems & Support – Mechanical Solutions operating company is… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 04-Jun-20

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Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Aerospace Logistics Group (ALG) members Compass Forwarding and Talkcargo partnered to ship a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from the United Kingdom to the United States this month. The group handled the door-to-door movement of the aircraft from Brighton City Airport in Southern England to Allegheny County Airport in the Pittsburgh area via containerized ocean freight. The… Read more »

Source: Compass Forwarding, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

[electronic translation] The global health system is under tremendous pressure. At the forefront of the fight against the pandemic was a significant part of the ambulance operators. Airbus is committed to ensuring maximum helicopter availability for emergency departures. The manufacturer is developing special solutions for isolating the helicopter cabin from the main part of the cabin. Among them are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

A message from Airbus Helicopters’ EVP of Customer Support & Services, Christoph Zammert: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times. Whether EMS, police, search and rescue or… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation and Atkins retain UK military airworthiness contract

Gama Aviation, the global business aviation service provider, together with Atkins, has been reappointed to continue delivering Military Airworthiness Reviews (MARs) to the Royal Air Force’s HQ Air Command (HQ Air) and The British Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC). Airworthiness regulations were issued by The Military Aviation Authority in 2013, requiring all aircraft on the… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 04-Jun-20

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NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

NTSB calls for mandatory Flight Data Recorders in all turbine helicopters

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a safety recommendation report issued Tuesday called on helicopter manufacturers to equip turbine-powered helicopters with crash-resistant systems to record data, audio, and images. The NTSB asked the manufacturers – Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo, MD Helicopters, Robinson and Sikorsky – to act since the Federal Aviation Administration has not implemented… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 03-Jun-20

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Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Announces Board Approval of Reverse Stock Split

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”) announced that on June 1, 2020, the Board of Directors of Era (the “Board”) approved an amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Era to effect a reverse stock split of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Era in connection with the consummation of… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 03-Jun-20

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Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Announces Stock Repurchases

Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow”) announced entry into privately negotiated stock repurchase agreements to repurchase 142,721 shares of its common stock and 98,784 shares of its preferred stock at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.8 million (collectively, the “Repurchases”). The closing of the Repurchases is subject to a number of conditions, including the repayment of all amounts… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 03-Jun-20

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Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance suffers £1.5M income shortfall

Cornwall Air Ambulance is appealing for urgent support to help safeguard the future of the helicopter service amid a significant funding shortfall due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the closure of charity shops, the cancellation of community fundraising events and the loss of income from the tourism sector, the lifesaving charity is predicting an annual… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 03-Jun-20

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NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

NBAA Requests Extension for GA Pilot Medicals

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other associations requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extend the effective date for several exemptions or extensions for pilot medical certifications, training proficiency and a host of other requirements contained in Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 118. The relief package, which became effective on April 30, 2020, with most… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 03-Jun-20

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