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Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department. “The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said jay ortiz, SENIOR vice president, the… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 04-Dec-18

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer. The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters completes its Southeast Asian demo tour

Russian Helicopters completes its Southeast Asian demo tour

Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters, manufactured by the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of State Corporation Rostec), completed a demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. Attendees of Airshow China in Zhuhai, China, as well as potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, familiarized themselves with the capabilities of both aircraft. Full-scale demonstrations in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Dec-18

Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 11 Arriel 1D1-powered AS550C2 Fennec operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). The engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) and the contract will last until mid-2030s, when the fleet is retired. In… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Dec-18

Tourist dies due lengthy permission process for Helicopter rescue on restricted areas

Tourist dies due lengthy permission process for Helicopter rescue on restricted areas

A Canadian Tourist Randle Ferish Baker with PP No. 122473 died on Dolpa yesterday due to the lack of immediate medical evacuation and medical treatment following the lengthy permission for the Helicopter rescue on restricted areas. According to the source, a Simrik Air Helicopter had applied for the emergency rescue flight permission to the Home… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 03-Dec-18

Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Last week, two air accidents took place within a span of three days which resulted in killing three crews and injuring three others. A Let L-410UVP-E20 aircraft belonging to Summit Air (Goma Air) crashed when it attempted to land on runway 06 at Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport airstrip in Nepal on May 28 killing two cockpit crews… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 03-Dec-18

Near Earth Autonomy Awarded Patent for Rotor Safety System

Near Earth Autonomy Awarded Patent for Rotor Safety System

Piloted or autonomous rotorcraft includes a rotor safety system. The rotor safety system comprises a lidar scanner toward a rotor of the rotorcraft, e.g., the tail rotor, that scans the 3D space in the vicinity of the rotor. Objects in the vicinity of the rotor are detected from the lidar point data. In a piloted… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 03-Dec-18

Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $7,346,222 definitive job order which includes cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort tasking for the Target Sight System (TSS) depot activation and firm-fixed price training for the depot activation under basic ordering agreement N00164-16-G-JQ87. Depot activation services include engineering and logistics support and stand-up for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Dec-18

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Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

In the 25-year cooperation between the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia, one of the strongest recent areas of focus has been the development of airfield support capability at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia’s main Air Force installation and a major focal point of NATO air operations in the Baltic region. The… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 03-Dec-18

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Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

Schiebel, the market leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), was awarded the coveted maritime surveillance service provision contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was selected based on its impressive service record in the maritime domain, as well as its proven maritime surveillance expertise. Payload… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Dec-18

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VNH South Receives Award from Rosneft Vietnam

VNH South Receives Award from Rosneft Vietnam

On 16th November 2018, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) was awarded the Outstanding Safety Achievement from Rosneft Vietnam at the “2018 Contractor HSE Forum” organized by Rosneft Vietnam. The award is granted to subcontractors in recognition of their special contributions to Rosneft Vietnam for 16 years of safe operations at Block 06.1. From 2003 to… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 03-Dec-18

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Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

Air Methods, the leading air medical service, announced that David Richardson, senior vice president customer experience, and Martin Delaney, regional vice president, Midwest region, were both honored with Patriot Awards, a U.S. Department of Defense honor that recognizes employers who demonstrate outstanding support and flexibility for employees who proudly serve their country in the National Guard and Reserve…. Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Dec-18

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Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

UH-60 Black Hawk has been the Army’s front line utility helicopter for the past 40 years, and it shows no signs of letting up, said service officials at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.The helicopter is a regular fixture every year at Fort McCoy, Wis., particularly during major exercises such as the Combat Support Training Exercise. Black Hawk crews… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-18

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Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

On 15th November 2018, the rotary element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) achieved the auspicious milestone of 10,000 flying hours, using a fleet of 29 Juno and 3 Jupiter helicopters. Both helicopter types commenced training delivery in April 2018 at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley. As part of the UKMFTS, they are… Read more »

Source: Ascent Flight Training, 03-Dec-18

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Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed value of $25,437,426 for the refurbishment, modification, and delivery of four SH-60F aircraft for the government of Spain under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed in March 2021.  Foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-18

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CAAT appoints new chairman

CAAT appoints new chairman

Michael Henriques, the former deputy chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse for 22 years and Jockey Club member, who lives near Cirencester, has been appointed Chairman of The County Air Ambulance Trust and the HELP Appeal. Michael has been a trustee of the charity for the last eight years. The County Air Ambulance Trust is the only… Read more »

Source: CAAT, 30-Nov-18

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Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

The Bell V-280 Valor was recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New Award in the Aerospace category for 2018. This award validates all the fantastic work completed to date by Bell and its partners from Team Valor and the U.S. government. From the outset, the Bell team had a mission: revolutionize vertical lift for U.S. warfighters. As part of… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 30-Nov-18

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Entrol sells the first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator

Entrol sells the first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator

The simulator will be equipped with dual GTN 750, spherical visual with 6-channel projection system, high resolution database and vibration system.The FTD will be used for Ab Initio training, IR and CPL courses and mission training for H135 operators. It will be certified as FTD Level 5. Mr. David Sungelo, Sunny Aviation´s owner, explains why… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 30-Nov-18

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Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

At a ceremony held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters, London, Monday evening, representatives from Smith Myers, Biggleswade and Leonardo Helicopter, Yeovil, were presented with the RAeS Team Silver Medal award for their teamwork developing the Redstreak Mobile Phone Detection and Location System. A joint Smith Myers and Leonardo Helicopter team brought diverse skills from… Read more »

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society, 30-Nov-18

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Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of Kaman Corporation(NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received orders for two additional K-MAX® helicopters, expanding the fleet of operators to two new customers who will take delivery in the coming months. Further, given consistent demand the company has approved continuous manufacture of the versatile medium lift workhorse aircraft with the authorization of Lot… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Nov-18

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HeliTSA starts S92 maintenance training in Australia, secures own Part 147 approval

HeliTSA starts S92 maintenance training in Australia, secures own Part 147 approval

HeliTSA has celebrated its second anniversary, proving its model of rotary maintenance training was a much-needed addition to the Australian market. The training model offers exposure to operational aircraft and is now expanding to encompass S-92 courses. “If there is one thing engineers are good at, it’s making things complex. So when we launched HeliTSA,… Read more »

Source: HeliTSA, 30-Nov-18

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Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $20,512,216 for modification P00056 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22 and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46.6… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $14,976,124 for cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order N0001919F2578 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-16-D-1000).  This task order provides for security, project engineering, sustainment engineering, integrated logistics support, material support, program support and training for the VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of ten (10) AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Egypt has requested to buy ten… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 28-Nov-18

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Babcock closes German operation

Babcock closes German operation

Shortly after announcing a £100 Million write-down of their oil and gas helicopter operation (likely referring to the loss of value in their fleet of thirteen AS332L2/EC225, but not specifically stated), British-based engineering company Babcock has now closed its helicopter operation on Germany. Trading under the name of Babcock MCS Germany, the company operated primarily… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

A system includes a first mast torque transfer system, a second mast torque transfer system coupled to the first mast torque transfer system, and a torque limiting system. The torque limiting system includes a first sensor configured to determine a torque of the first mast torque transfer system, a second sensor configured to determine a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Nov-18

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SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3).  P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and… Read more »

Source: Marenco Kopter, 28-Nov-18

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New Chinook simulators ready for training

New Chinook simulators ready for training

The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility was built following a £53 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK, Rotary and Mission Systems. It is housed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire – home of the Chinook Force, a key component of the Joint Helicopter Command. The state-of-the-art technology includes two Flight Deck Device simulators, a Rear… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Nov-18

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Bristow Group Announces Completion of Consent Solicitation

Bristow Group Announces Completion of Consent Solicitation

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) (the “Company”) announced today that it has completed the previously announced solicitation of consents (the “Consent Solicitation”) from holders of its outstanding 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “Notes”). In connection with the Consent Solicitation, the Company has entered into a supplemental indenture with respect to the indenture governing the… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Nov-18

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Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

BELL is proud to be participating in this year’s edition of Japan International Aerospace Exhibition on booth #7401. BELL has a long  history in Japan and has been collaborating with SUBARU Corporation for over 60 years. We were the first OEM to deliver military helicopters in 1954 to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 28-Nov-18

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Introduction of New Heli-Lanes to expedite the Helicopter traffic inside Kathmandu

Introduction of New Heli-Lanes to expedite the Helicopter traffic inside Kathmandu

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAA Nepal) in collaboration with Helicopter Society of Nepal in response to the increasing Helicopter traffic congestion has expanded the existing Heli-Lanes. Upon the increasing demand for Helicopter traffic day by day, the CAA Nepal has expanded the existing Heli-Lanes. To mitigate the Helicopter congestion problem from TIA, the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 27-Nov-18

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Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $100,000 minimum, $45,000,000 maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92241-19-D-0001) for 56 upgraded primary airframe structures for the A/MH-6 rotary wing aircraft.  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $5,173,400 shall be obligated at the time of award.  The majority of the work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona.  This contract… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $79,383,886 modification (0006 03) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for night vision sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE Structure, a preferred global leader partner in providing solution driven aviation support equipment to the United States Coast Guard. SAFE specializes in the innovative design and manufacturing of safe ergonomic aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling for all aviation applications. SAFE has announced the delivery of… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 27-Nov-18

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EASA conference explores new drone regulations

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

Drone experts from all over the world are gathering in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones. During the 2-day conference, policy makers, drone specialists and industry leaders will discuss the new European drone regulation and explore the future drone market. The event is organised by EASA and hosted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 27-Nov-18

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NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

Delivery of aircraft looms to HAL on March 27, 2018.  It has so far manufactured over 600 aircraft looms for ALH Dhruv and LCA Tejas aircraft. The HAL’s Helicopter Division in Bengaluru received the first batch of helicopter structures and sub-assemblies manufactured by HAL subsidiary Naini Aerospace Limited (NAeL), Prayagraj for Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv)…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 27-Nov-18

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CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest military training and simulation event, CAE announced the launch of CAE Rise™ for the defense market.CAE Rise™ is a data-driven training system designed to enable defense and security organizations to deliver standardized training and give instructors a new approach to objectively assess pilot competencies… Read more »

Source: CAE, 27-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented the newest civilian helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 to potential customers of Thailand during the South Asian Heli Tour. The event at the U-Tapao airfield included flight display of Russian-made rotorcraft. Moreover, during the presentation the Holding’s specialists introduced key benefits of Mi-171A2 and Ansat… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Nov-18

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UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

To enhance emergency services in the region, a second regional Med Flight helicopter base will be set up in Portage at Divine Savior Healthcare. “We decided to create another regional base to cut response times for people in north- central Wisconsin,” said Frank Erdman, manager of critical care transport for UW Health. With the addition of the Portage… Read more »

Source: UW Health, 27-Nov-18

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VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

At a ceremony on Nov. 15, 2018, the Vertical Flight Society officially recognized Weston Airport, Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, UK, as a VFS Vertical Flight Heritage Site. The land is now owned by The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, and the plaque was installed on the Museum’s restored World War II era control tower/pilots’ block…. Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 27-Nov-18

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Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

A helicopter search light comprises: a lighting arrangement, having at least one light source, the lighting arrangement having an adjustable light output; a light detector, which is configured for detecting light emitted by the at least one light source and reflected by the ground and/or at least one item on the ground and for providing a detection… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 26-Nov-18

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Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd., the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively “Waypoint” or the “Company”) have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Waypoint expects to move… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Nov-18

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Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

In a ceremony held at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany, Serbian Minister of Defense Alexander Vulin received the first Airbus H145M from Klaus Przemek, the Head of Airbus Helicopters’ German Military Support Center.  The event held late last week marks the first export handover of an H145M under the HForce program Equipment noted in images… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717 million. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Nov-18

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China approves Coptersafety simulators

China approves Coptersafety simulators

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has received certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) for its current Airbus H145 and two Leonardo AW139 full-flight simulators (FFS). According to CAAC’s evaluation, Coptersafety’s simulators comply with level D requirements of CCAR-60 (China Civil Aviation Regulations Part 60). Level D is the highest certification level. In practice, this means… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 26-Nov-18

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Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite announced that they received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an AW169 air medical interior. This STC is for various lightweight medical interior configurations that were previously certified through EASA. “The FAA STC will allow us to offer our medical interiors also in the US. We are excited to have received this STC…. Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 26-Nov-18

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Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

[Electronic Translation] Customers from South-East Asia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of VK-2500PS-03 – the newest Russian turboshaft engine, created by ODK-Klimov JSC. Two engines of this type are part of the powerplant of the Mi-171A2 helicopter, which takes part in a demonstration tour of the Russian Helicopters holding company in… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 26-Nov-18

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H125 Crash Resistant Fuel System upgrade

H125 Crash Resistant Fuel System upgrade

This solution, compliant with the FAA/EASA FAR/CS § 27.952 specifications, except for operations with underbelly installation, allows to perform customer missions in the safest conditions by reducing the risk of post-crash fire and improving occupant survivability in case of an accident. Airbus Helicopters strongly recommends that operators retrofit their helicopters with CRFS and any other equipment… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Nov-18

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Thales Awarded $14M Contract for 58 H-60 Dome Repairs

Thales Awarded $14M Contract for 58 H-60 Dome Repairs

Thales Defense and Security Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $13,999,410 for undefinitized contract action delivery order N00383-19-F-AQ00 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-17-G-AQ01 for repair of 58 dome sonars in support of the H-60 airborne low frequency sonar system. Work will be performed in Clarksburg, Maryland (50 percent); and Brest, France (50… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Nov-18

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Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

Paradise Helicopters earns safety accreditation

Paradise Helicopters has recently received the Helicopter Association International’s accreditation for Corporate and VIP Transport. This includes the well known Accreditation Program of Safety, which ensures a boost in safety culture within the business. Paradise has also added a Bell 430 helicopter to their fleet, which boasts enhanced safety features, reports Big Island Now.

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-18

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GAMA working with EASA on eVTOL futures

GAMA working with EASA on eVTOL futures

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today announced it has accelerated a dialogue with European regulators on the development of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and technologies. Thirty senior eVTOL company figures from eight countries met with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), the European Commission and SESAR JU (Single European Sky ATM Research… Read more »

Source: GAMA, 21-Nov-18

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Era Group appoints SVP, General Counsel and Chief Admin Officer

Era Group appoints SVP, General Counsel and Chief Admin Officer

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that Crystal Gordon has been appointed to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Gordon has an extensive background in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and aviation, most recently as… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 21-Nov-18

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Klimov presents new engine at Airshow China 2018

Klimov presents new engine at Airshow China 2018

[Electronic Translation] Specialists of ODK-Klimov JSC took part in the Airshow China 2018 aviation exhibition. In China, they presented the newest turboshaft engine VK-2500PS-03 for the modern Mi-171A2 helicopter. The exhibition Airshow China 2018 was held from 6 to 11 November in Zhuhaq The VK-2500PS-03 engine is a modification of the VK-2500 engine with improved performance characteristics. It… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 21-Nov-18

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Flight Safety Foundation announces new CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announces new CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announced today that Dr. Hassan Shahidi, a long-time senior executive at the influential MITRE Corporation and a leader in aviation safety and air traffic management, will become its new president and CEO in January 2019. Shahidi will succeed Jon L. Beatty, who has led the Foundation for the past four years. The… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 21-Nov-18

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Canadian Coast Guard announces new facility in New Brunswick

Canadian Coast Guard announces new facility in New Brunswick

The Government of Canada is investing in new infrastructure for Canadian Coast Guard operations.The Canadian Coast Guard plays a vital role in one of the safest marine systems in the world, and its members go to work every day to ensure the safety of mariners and the marine environment. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan… Read more »

Source: Canadian Coast Guard, 21-Nov-18

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CPI Aero names ex Bell CEO as their new Chairman

CPI Aero names ex Bell CEO as their new Chairman

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero”) (NYSE American: CVU)  announced that the Board of Directors unanimously elected Terry Stinson Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, and Eric Rosenfeld Chairman Emeritus. Mr. Stinson succeeds Mr. Rosenfeld, who has served as the Company’s Non-Executive Chairman since 2005 and remains a member of the board of directors and Chairman of… Read more »

Source: CPI Aero, 21-Nov-18

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JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

JETcopter finalizes 7-seat flying car design

VTOL aviation startup JETcopter announced that it has finished the primary air turbine tests, which confirmed the concept feasibility. The design team also released the latest JETcopter design. Six passengersWith the latest design, the JETcopter has become more compact and now has a flatter bottom. JETcopter will be able to drive on roads as well… Read more »

Source: JETcopter, 20-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters presents in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters presents in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its Mi-171A2 and Ansat civil helicopters in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) during the South Asian Heli Tour. The delegation of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company demonstrated key competitive advantages of Mi-171A2 and Ansat rotorcraft and provided information to the guests of the event about the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Nov-18

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Sikorsky donates to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky donates to Patient AirLift Services

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, presented a check for nearly $25,000 to Patient AirLift Services recently for the organization’s PALS for Patriots program. Audrey Brady, Commercial Systems and Services (CSS) Vice President for Sikorsky, presented Donna Collins, PALS President, with the donation from the company’s annual employee silent auction. The PALS for Patriots Program serves… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 20-Nov-18

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Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

Which US Helicopter Industries Have the Best and the Worst Accident Records?

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) looked at 10 years of helicopter operations data from Jan. 2009 through 2018 and compared the share of flight hours of every industry type with the percentage share of total accidents and fatal accidents.  During this period, U.S. civil helicopters flew more than 31 million flight hours and experienced… Read more »

Source: USHST, 20-Nov-18

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Edmonton Police contracts for Safran engine program

Edmonton Police contracts for Safran engine program

The Edmonton Police Service is having to renew their maintenance support contract with Safran Helicopter Engines, worth $4.3 million over 10 years. The agreement stipulates that the service’s Flight Operations Unit will pay a certain hourly rate per hour, instead of a large sum when the engine overhauls are due. Included in the agreement is… Read more »

Source: ec120-edmonton2, 19-Nov-18

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IAR and Airbus Sign H215M Definitive Collaborative Agreement

IAR and Airbus Sign H215M Definitive Collaborative Agreement

The Romanian Defence Ministry and IAR have signed a Definitive Collaboration Agreement stating that IAR will be the lead contractor for any future H215M contracts. The agreement allows for close collaboration for the next 15 years, with Airbus being IAR’s exclusive partner, reports Urdu Point.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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New Boeing AH-64E Block 2 Compound

New Boeing AH-64E Block 2 Compound

Boeing is working on a compound version of their AH-64E Apache Guardian. They are calling it the AH-64E Block 2 Compound. This gunship will have a revised engine exhaust arrangement, a larger main wing as well as a vertical tail fin. They may feature a rigid motor system. With the revised configuration Boeing is expecting… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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New Russian High-Speed Helicopter

New Russian High-Speed Helicopter

The Kamov Design Bureau has revealed images of their new high-speed helicopter that is under development. The design includes new engines, coaxial rotors and internal weapons bays. They have incorporated two fan engines that drive the main rotors, emulating the Sikorsky S-97, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters sign contract for the supply of 20 Ansats to China

Russian Helicopters sign contract for the supply of 20 Ansats to China

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract to supply 20 Ansat helicopters for the Emergency Medicine Association of the People’s Republic of China. The helicopters are designed for the provision of primary care and emergency medical evacuation and can be used in regions with complex terrain and remote areas with… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 19-Nov-18

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Joint Venture launches H145 simulator in Norway

Joint Venture launches H145 simulator in Norway

Norwegian Air Ambulance AS (NLA – Norsk Luftambulanse), Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH(RST) and Norwegian Competence Centre Helicopter AS (NCCH) celebrate inauguration of theNCCH training center in Stavanger/Norway. Establishing an Airbus H145 Level D Full-Flight Simulator is one of the key measures to increaseoperational safety of the air ambulance service in Norway. Following this idea,… Read more »

Source: Norwegian Air Ambulance, 19-Nov-18

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Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins awarded five-year US Army contract

Rockwell Collins has secured a five-year contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Logistics Center (ALC) to provide current component upgrades and additional component repair capabilities for the Common Avionics Architecture Systems (CAAS) on the Army’s CH-47F Chinook helicopter fleet. “With this contract, we’re able to upgrade the first generation of CAAS hardware at… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 19-Nov-18

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HAI names Director of Safety

HAI names Director of Safety

HAI is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Hill as director of safety. In this position, Chris is responsible for managing the association’s existing aviation safety programs and for developing new safety initiatives to benefit HAI’s membership and the international helicopter community. “We are grateful to find someone of Chris’s caliber to fill our… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Nov-18

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Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

Telephonics AN/ZPY-4 will be used on the MQ-8B Fire Scout

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) valued at $23.5M to supply their AN/ZPY-4 maritime and overland surveillance radar system for use on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle… Read more »

Source: Telephonics Corporation, 19-Nov-18

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Canadian Coast Guard donates surplus Bo105s for technical training

Canadian Coast Guard donates surplus Bo105s for technical training

The Government of Canada is supporting the development of well-trained, skilled personnel to serve the aerospace industry of the future, by donating surplus Coast Guard assets to educational institutions across Canada. These donations are helping to support aircraft maintenance training in Canada, providing practical and hands-on experience to students. On behalf of the Honourable Jonathan… Read more »

Source: The Government of Canada, 19-Nov-18

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Skyhunter acquires 200K acres for helicopter hog hunting

Skyhunter acquires 200K acres for helicopter hog hunting

Skyhunter Outfitters LLC, the premiere helicopter hog hunting outfitter in Texas, recently acquired  200,000+ acres an hour Northeast of Dallas, near Commerce, Texas. Previously, it was 140,000 acres. Skyhunter Outfitters LLC is in the business of joining numerous landowners as well as farmers in the battle against feral hog infestations not only in state of the Texas, but across… Read more »

Source: Skyhunter Outfitters, 19-Nov-18

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Annapurna Helicopter received approval from CAAN, Mustang to receive NOC in a few days

Annapurna Helicopter received approval from CAAN, Mustang to receive NOC in a few days

Annapurna Helicopter Company has received a green signal from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to initiate its operation. Annapurna Helicopter got approval on October 31 (Kartik 14) from the ministry level decision. According to the source, post receiving flight permission, the company has forwarded the document to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 16-Nov-18

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Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

Parker-Hannifin Awarded $39M Contract for HH-60 Spare Stock Number Items

Parker-Hannifin Corp, Irvine, California, is awarded a $39,026,578 modification to contract FA8109-18-D-0004 for 12 additional spare national stock numbers items and the remanufacture of 11additional national stock numbers to support the A-10, B-1, B-52, C-135, C-5, C-130, C-17, E-3, F-15, F-16, and HH-60 aircraft.  These items also support the TF33, F100, F101, F110, and F118 engines…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Nov-18

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Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters begin a demonstration tour

Ansat and Mi-171A2 helicopters begin a demonstration tour

Potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the newest Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters during their demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. The first demonstration of the new products of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will be held… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-18

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First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

First Zulus arrive at MCAS Cherry Point

Marines and spectators dot the flight line of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Overhead, the whirling sound of rotor blades catches everyone’s attention; distant, then piercing. A formation of AH-1Z Vipers becomes visible, approaching at high speed. On Nov. 9, the first Vipers arrived at… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 16-Nov-18

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