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FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

FAA creates ADS-B privacy opt-out

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for developing a plan to allow a real-time flight-tracking opt-out for operators that have equipped their aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, which will be required to operate in most U.S. airspace effective Jan. 1, 2020. In a related move to… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 12-Nov-19

Luxaviation Helicopters at FLIBS for first time

Luxaviation Helicopters at FLIBS for first time

Luxaviation Helicopters is attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida for the first time. The VIP helicopter charter company will have an ACH145 from its managed fleet on display throughout the show, at Airbus Corporate Helicopters’ exhibition space in Super Yacht Berth 5. Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “Fort Lauderdale International Boat… Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

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Launch of HeliSpeed Academy

Launch of HeliSpeed Academy

We are so pleased to introduce all of our clients to HeliSpeed Academy, our brand new pilot training academy. We are offering aspiring helicopter pilots training in order to further their career in aviation. Our fantastic team of commercially experienced instructors will be running the training for both new and experienced pilots. There is a… Read more »

Source: HeliSpeed, 12-Nov-19

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance Take Flight for 9,000th Mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have flown their 9,000th mission. On Saturday 2nd November, Dr Amy Andrew, Dr Tim Nicholson-Roberts, Specialist Critical Care Paramedic Louise Wigmore and Captain Dave Nicholls, took to the skies from the Charity Airbase at Thruxton to respond to the milestone mission. HIOWAA CEO, Alex Lochrane, commented: “Whilst… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 12-Nov-19

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Boise, Idaho, resident Gary Wiltrout is the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, presented by Bell, salutes excellence in management and leadership and is given to an individual for long and significant service to the international helicopter community. It will… Read more »

Source: HAI, 12-Nov-19

FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

FAA downgrades Malaysia safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and therefore has received a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. A Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)… Read more »

Source: FAA, 12-Nov-19

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters launches Travel Club discount for Isles of Scilly residents

Penzance Helicopters has launched its new Residents Helicopter Travel Club offering reduced fares for Isles of Scilly residents. The new and only Isles of Scilly helicopter service will fly direct from the purpose-built heliport in Penzance, from March 2020; flying to both St Mary’s and Tresco in just 15 minutes aboard a state-of-the-art, modern AW139… Read more »

Source: Penzance Helicopters, 12-Nov-19

Metro Aviation appoints HR Director

Metro Aviation appoints HR Director

Metro is proud to welcome Rebecca Stinson as the Director of Human Resources and is excited about what she will bring to the table. She has 12 years of experience as Director of Human Resources for a restaurant managing group, overseeing 37 stores across 4 states with more than 1,200 employees. In addition to her… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Nov-19

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Becker delivers ADS-B transponders for German law enforcement AS332s

Becker delivers ADS-B transponders for German law enforcement AS332s

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider Becker Avionics has received STC approval for the Company’s BXT6513 ADS-B transponder, designed specifically for the Special Mission & Law Enforcement ADS-B retrofit market. Heli-One/Norway developed the EASA approved ADS-B out STC on the Super Puma helicopter of Bundespolizei (German Federal Police). This solution provides police and other special… Read more »

Source: Becker Aviation, 11-Nov-19

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FindHeli launches helicopter booking app

FindHeli launches helicopter booking app

Cheesecake Labs, a web and mobile design and development company, has returned from WebSummit 2019 in Lisbon, where it helped FindHeli launch a helicopter booking app. The platform, which is available on iOS and Web, is the pioneer in Europe to offer this service and currently operates with 10 helicopter operators in Switzerland, France, UK,… Read more »

Source: FindHeli, 11-Nov-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance becomes fourth UK EMS operator with Air Operator Certificate

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce it has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and will return to Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) immediately. The charity is now just one of four air ambulances who hold their own Air Operator Certificate. Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott says: “This has been a hard… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 11-Nov-19

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US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

US Army to buy 31 simulators from Ryan Aerospace

Ryan Aerospace (Australia) has been awarded a contract to supply more than 30 HELIMOD Mark III helicopter simulators for the US Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama – the world’s largest helicopter training facility.  The contract is part of the Army’s “Aviator Training Next” or “ATN” Program, an experimental, yet innovative, new way to provide helicopter… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 11-Nov-19

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GE partners with Hybrid Project for high-endurance VTOL UAV

GE partners with Hybrid Project for high-endurance VTOL UAV

GE Aviation announced a teaming agreement with Hybrid Project to provide a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV designed for high endurance commercial applications at scale. Flight testing will commence in Q4 this year with commercial availability targeted for Q1 2020. The agreement enables Hybrid Project’s 35-pound hybrid-powered SuperVolo VTOL UAV with a full stack… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 11-Nov-19

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Lockheed Martin appoints leader of Future Vertical Lift campaign

Lockheed Martin appoints leader of Future Vertical Lift campaign

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced the appointment of Andrew (Andy) Adams to oversee all strategic and operational aspects of its efforts to support Future Vertical Lift (FVL), which will shape the United States military’s helicopter fleet of the future. This appointment emphasizes that Lockheed Martin is bringing the full strength of its portfolio to FVL… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Nov-19

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FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

FAA issues new diabetic protocol for pilots

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published in the Federal Register a notice on a Diabetes Protocol for Applicants Seeking to Exercise Air Transport, Commercial, or Private Pilot Privileges. The innovative new protocol makes it possible for airline transport or commercial pilots with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) to potentially receive a special-issuance medical certification. Medical science has come a long… Read more »

Source: FAA, 11-Nov-19

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Milestone CEO promoted to top GECAS role

Milestone CEO promoted to top GECAS role

Greg Conlon has been promoted to the role of President and CEO of GECAS, effective immediately. Alec Burger will continue as President & CEO of GE Capital and will also serve as the Chairman of GECAS. GECAS has consistently delivered excellent results for many years and is positioned for continued success. This change in leadership… Read more »

Source: GECAS, 11-Nov-19

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Kaman to Deliver K-MAX® to Helicopter Express In 2019

Kaman to Deliver K-MAX® to Helicopter Express In 2019

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it will deliver a new K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter to Helicopter Express of Chamblee, Georgia. Helicopter Express currently operates 24 aircraft providing dedicated services in heavy lifting, utility construction, firefighting and disaster relief. Helicopter Express placed their order in May and will take delivery of their new K-MAX® in December… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 11-Nov-19

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Inmarsat launches broadband solution for helicopters

Inmarsat launches broadband solution for helicopters

Inmarsat has launched SwiftBroadband Helo (SB-Helo) X-Stream, a new system specifically developed for rotary aircraft. The new system for X-Stream services was unveiled at the Vertical Flight Expo & Conference in Farnborough, the birthplace of flight in the UK. The tailor-made solution is designed to achieve advanced streaming performance on intermediate and high-gain antennas, alleviating… Read more »

Source: Inmarsat, 11-Nov-19

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Shetland Coastguard team win UK award

Shetland Coastguard team win UK award

Coastguard rescue teams from Lerwick, Hillswick and Sumburgh, the coastguard search and rescue helicopter crew from Sumburgh and staff from the Coastguard Operations Centre in Shetland have been awarded the prestigious Department for Transport Rescue Shield by Brian Johnson, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The DfT Rescue Shield is the highest national… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 11-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance Service is the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Nov-19

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Safran Ardiden 1U engine obtains EASA certification

Safran Ardiden 1U engine obtains EASA certification

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA type certification for its Ardiden 1U engine, installed in India’s LUH (Light Utility Helicopter). LUH is a new three-ton, single-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) which made its maiden flight in September 2016. Since its first ground test in 2015, the Ardiden 1U maturation and certification… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 11-Nov-19

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Air Methods Celebrates the Accomplishments of Tulsa LifeFlight

Air Methods Celebrates the Accomplishments of Tulsa LifeFlight

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, announced that its Tulsa LifeFlight program was named the EMS Service of the Year at the Oklahoma EMS Conference. In addition, Larry Brewer, one of the Air Method’s EMS Medics, won the Educator of the Year Award. Both the Tulsa LifeFlight program and Larry Brewer are consistently… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 11-Nov-19

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Alberta puts stop to firefighters rappelling from helicopters

Alberta puts stop to firefighters rappelling from helicopters

Minister Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Province of Alberta (Canada) made a statement about wildfires late last week, and surprised the firefighting community by cutting the teams that rappel into fire zones from helicopters.  Here is the full statement “The protection of lives and communities will always be our top priority when… Read more »

Source: Govt of Alberta, 11-Nov-19

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Port of Mangalore adds helipad for cruise ship services

Port of Mangalore adds helipad for cruise ship services

A new Cruise season dawned at NMPT [New Managalore Port Trust] and the first vessel of the season “AIDA VITA”, a Panama Flag vessel sailed into the Port in the early hours on 04 November 2019 with 1154 passengers and 407 crew members on board. The Port authorities and the agents welcomed the passengers to… Read more »

Source: NMPT, 10-Nov-19

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Rotorcorp President Appointed to US Trade Policy Advisory Committee

Rotorcorp President Appointed to US Trade Policy Advisory Committee

Rotorcorp LLC announced the official appointment of company President Sean T. Casey to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) for Aerospace Equipment. ITACs are a unique public-private partnership jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) that engages business leaders in formulating U.S. trade policy. In… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 08-Nov-19

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AS350 heating and demisting system improvement

AS350 heating and demisting system improvement

In the frame of maintenance program improvements for its light single Helicopters range, Airbus Helicopters proposes a new solution reducing customer’s maintenance costs, while improving reliability. Through a service bulletin applicable to AS350 B2/B3 and prior versions, Airbus Helicopters provides a solution which is preventing corrosion of the heating and demisting lines by: • Replacing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-19

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Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

Airbus opens rotor blade shop in New Zealand

Airbus further enhances its blade capabilities in the Pacific region with the opening of a new blade shop at its Blenheim facility in New Zealand. The new facility will reside under the same roof as its existing 3,500 square metre maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility for military and civil engines, propellers and components. The… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute To Excellence Law Enforcement Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute To Excellence Law Enforcement Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Bryn Elliott is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award. The award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support of law enforcement activities. Nominees were not limited… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Nov-19

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EASA Annual Safety Conference warns against complacency over aviation safety

EASA Annual Safety Conference warns against complacency over aviation safety

The aviation industry must guard against becoming complacent about safety at a time when the number of fatal accidents in commercial aviation has been decreasing over the last decade, industry experts speaking at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s annual safety conference in Helsinki warned. While safety is widely established as the top priority for… Read more »

Source: EASA, 08-Nov-19

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New South Wales Police celebrate 40 years of operations

New South Wales Police celebrate 40 years of operations

The NSW Police Force Aviation Command has celebrated 40-years in operation with a commemorative flight over Sydney Harbour in honour of the unit’s proud history serving from the sky to prevent crime and protect the community of NSW. The Aviation Command commenced operations in 1979 at Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport with the procurement of its… Read more »

Source: New South Wales Police, 08-Nov-19

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Aero Dynamix Receives FAA STC for B505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System

Aero Dynamix Receives FAA STC for B505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System

Aero Dynamix Inc. (ADI) announces another aircraft model and STC added to their long list of NVG certifications. The FAA has issued STC# SR09899AC to ADI for the Bell 505 Night Vision Compatible Lighting System which is comprised of internal avionics modifications and newly manufactured ELP’s. “As this new platform is gaining popularity in the… Read more »

Source: Aero Dynamix, 08-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Dwayne Williams, a retired chief pilot for both Bell and MD Helicopters, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by H. Ross Perot and the Perot family, recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter flight… Read more »

Source: HAI, 08-Nov-19

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H145 Cabin door handle improvement

H145 Cabin door handle improvement

Airbus Helicopters is proposing on H145 a new solution to prevent loose screws in the door locking mechanism, while improving its robustness and reliability. This upgrade solution, based on a new design of the outer door handle, effective for both pilot and sliding doors, consists of: • The use of additional flange bushings, Teflon washers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-19

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Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

Rooivalk retractable gun turret system under development

The SAAF Rooivalk Combat Support Helicopter (CSH) employs a chin mounted 20mm cannon. The helicopter main rotor blades kick up a lot of dust as a result of downwash during take-off and landing. Some of this dust is then ingested into the chin mounted cannon. As a result, the cannon has proven unreliable due to… Read more »

Source: Armscor, 07-Nov-19

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Safran and AECC strengthen industrial cooperation on WZ16 engine

Safran and AECC strengthen industrial cooperation on WZ16 engine

Safran and Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) have signed a memorandum of agreement to strengthen their industrial cooperation on the WZ16 French-Chinese helicopter engine. This agreement was signed in Beijing by Alexandre Ziegler, Safran Senior Executive Vice President, International and Public Affairs, and AECC Chairman Cao Jianguo, during French President Emmanuel Macron’s State Visit… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 07-Nov-19

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Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Intermountain Healthcare adds another AW109 GrandNew f

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC, 4-6 November) that Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare, the largest health system in the Intermountain West, and one of the premier health systems in U.S., will add a sixth AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to its Intermountain Life Flight air ambulance / EMS program. Intermountain Life Flight currently… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Salute To Excellence Maintenance Technician of the Year Recipient

HAI Announces Salute To Excellence Maintenance Technician of the Year Recipient

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Corey Brekke, maintenance manager in Afghanistan for Columbia Helicopters, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. The award, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for long-standing excellence in the performance of helicopter maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Nov-19

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Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Life Flight Network Signs Purchase Agreement for B429 and B407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Life Flight Network has signed a purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis to add to its existing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft fleet. “The Bell 429 and Bell 407GXi deliver exceptional speed and readiness. These aircraft provide reliability for important… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Nov-19

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Scheduled services planned between Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Scheduled services planned between Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are set to revive the New York-style helicopter transportation services when choppers ply routes above Manhattan’s skyscrapers in the heyday of door-to-door rides catering to business travellers and big-spending tourists. See Full Story.  

Source: Asia Times, 06-Nov-19

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Uzbekistan orders more AS532 Cougars

Uzbekistan orders more AS532 Cougars

The Uzbek Air Force appears to have placed a second order for AS532 helicopters from Airbus. See Full Story.

Source: Defense & Security Monitor, 06-Nov-19

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First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

First AW169 EMS Helicopter Fleet in US in Service

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) that the first AW169 EMS helicopter fleet in the United States is now in service. Travis County’s three AW169 EMS helicopters assist rescue efforts in south central Texas, an area with over 1.2 million people that includes Austin. STAR Flight, Travis County’s air ambulance operator, is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-19

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LZControl Teams with FAA to Develop Enhanced Airport Database

LZControl Teams with FAA to Develop Enhanced Airport Database

LZControl, has signed a research agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct testing for the purposes of improving the U.S. airport master record (5010) database. FAA and industry safety groups, including the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), have identified a need to improve and enhance low-altitude infrastructure. Accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive information… Read more »

Source: LZControl, 06-Nov-19

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Airwork buys Ideagen safety management software

Airwork buys Ideagen safety management software

The Airwork Group, New Zealand’s largest general aviation organisation, is working with software firm, Ideagen, in a project that will enhance safety management – particularly safety reporting. Ideagen’s Coruson is being rolled out to help modernise overall safety and risk management processes to replace a number of Airwork’s current systems. Coruson will be used by… Read more »

Source: Ideagen, 06-Nov-19

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HAI Announces Salute To Excellence Pilot of the Year Recipient

HAI Announces Salute To Excellence Pilot of the Year Recipient

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Jason Glynn, a pilot for Era Helicopters in Houma, Louisiana, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. Nominees… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Nov-19

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Rostec presents Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T at EEF

Rostec presents Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T at EEF

As part of its joint exposition with the Buryat Republic, Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will present its latest civilian helicopter Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T light-weight multi-purpose helicopter, which are planned to be supplied to India, at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Earlier, Russian Helicopters and Global Vectra company (India) had… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 06-Nov-19

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Countdown to AMTC 2019

Countdown to AMTC 2019

Metro Aviation’s booth at the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference will make history as the first to simultaneously feature two EC145e aircraft completions. Air medical professionals and enthusiasts can experience two distinctive EMS configurations, both of which were outfitted at Metro’s Shreveport-based completion center. Attendees can sit in the pilot seat of the IFR-equipped GundersenAIR helicopter,… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Nov-19

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Rostec to supply seven Ansat helicopters to the Far North

Rostec to supply seven Ansat helicopters to the Far North

During the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019 held in Zhukovsky, on August 29 the parties discussed the results of developing a new design of an aircraft and signed a contract for supplying helicopters. Based on recommendations of Polar Airlines, Russian Helicopters developed the new design of the helicopter which provides for keeping a machine… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Nov-19

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Outerlink launches cloud-based flight analytics system

Outerlink launches cloud-based flight analytics system

Given the rapidly growing choices in today’s smart device environment, the Outerlink team has developed a web-based system to automate and simplify the process of collecting and understanding aircraft data. Outerlink recently launched a cloud-based flight analytics system for its IRIS platform, a combined voice, video and flight data monitoring system. The cloud service, which… Read more »

Source: Outerlink, 05-Nov-19

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Schiebel awarded contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel wins competitive tender to supply its CAMCOPTER® S-100 System to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Following an extensive competitive tender process, Schiebel was awarded its first contract with the RTN, which was signed by Schiebel’s CEO Hannes Hecher and Admiral Prachachart Sirisawat, Director General Naval Acquisition Management office of the Royal Thai Navy, and… Read more »

05-Nov-19

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Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

Jotov & Son Bulgaria purchased an Entrol H01 FNPT II simulator

The simulator replicates a Bell 206, and it features a GNS 430, a cylindrical visual with three channels and a vibration system. This H01 FNPT II simulator will be used for initial training and practice Bell 206 normal and emergency procedures. This device will be seventh H01 / Bell 206 FNPT II simulator manufactured by… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 05-Nov-19

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Airbus to highlight H130 and H145 helicopters at AMTC

Airbus to highlight H130 and H145 helicopters at AMTC

Memphis Hospital Wing, a nonprofit air medical transport service based in Tennessee. The H130’s wide, unobstructed cabin allows full-body patient access as well as ergonomic and efficient movement of the patient through large sliding doors. The H130 is considered the global reference for single-engine air ambulance missions, redefining single-engine critical care air transport by combining… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Nov-19

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Bristow Group Successfully Emerges From Chapter 11

Bristow Group Successfully Emerges From Chapter 11

Bristow Group Inc. (“Bristow” or the “Company”) announced that it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, successfully completing its debt restructuring process and implementing the Chapter 11 reorganization plan confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas on October 4, 2019. Bristow has reduced its debt significantly and is emerging with $535 million of new… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 04-Nov-19

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Redhead Equipment celebrates opening of new branch

Redhead Equipment celebrates opening of new branch

There was more than one reason for Redhead Equipment to celebrate today at their North Battleford location. The more than 70 year-old business not only hosted a grand re-opening of their newest branch, but they also announced a $1 million gift to STARS air ambulance. Today’s announcement renews a partnership between Redhead Equipment and STARS… Read more »

Source: STARS, 04-Nov-19

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Blade expands into Los Angeles

Blade expands into Los Angeles

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc. (“BLADE”) is expanding in the Los Angeles area to include by-the-seat helicopter routes and a new Downtown LA rooftop heliport lounge just steps from hotels such as The NoMad LA, Ritz Carlton LA, The Standard DTLA, as well as the Staples Center. This development advances the company’s mission of enhancing… Read more »

Source: BLADE, 04-Nov-19

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Rheinmetall and Sikorsky plan German CH-53K logistics centre

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky plan German CH-53K logistics centre

In order to support Germany’s “Schwerer Transport¬hubschrauber” (STH) heavy lift helicopter program, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Rheinmetall announced that they intend to set up a logistics and fleet management center at Leipzig/Halle Airport if the Bundeswehr selects the CH-53K as its next heavy-lift transport helicopter. This will create numerous high-tech jobs and strengthen… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 04-Nov-19

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Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex awarded FAA certification for Internal Fire Attack System

Simplex, a company of DART Aerospace, has received FAA approval for the Approved Models List (AML) extension of their STC SR02657SE. This certification applies to the UH-60/S-70 Black Hawks’ Simplex Model 370i Internal Fire Attack System (FAS). This AML extension adds 11 eligible UH-60/S-70 Type Certificates (TCs) to the existing STC, bringing the total to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 04-Nov-19

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Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

Bell to work with NASA on 3D printing program

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is partnering with the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to provide students at minority-serving institutions the education and experience needed to help address manufacturing needs in the U.S. aerospace sector. The MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative will… Read more »

Source: MUREP, 04-Nov-19

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Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

Indra, one of the leading multinational technology and consulting companies, has delivered the most advanced helicopter flight simulator in Europe to the Spanish Army. It is the NH90 training system, which contributes to the training of pilots of the three army corps and has been installed at the Héroes del Revellín base in Agoncillo (La… Read more »

Source: Indra, 04-Nov-19

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RNLAF NH90 to be upgraded with Hostile Fire Indicator System

RNLAF NH90 to be upgraded with Hostile Fire Indicator System

 In 2012, Terma completed a study program for Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to identify the best possible way of protecting the NH90 aircraft against IR seeking missiles. The study pointed out the MASE system as the preferred choice giving the best compromise between improved self-protection, mission/aircraft compatibility, cost and fleet commonality. The MASE installation… Read more »

Source: Terma, 04-Nov-19

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Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center Helicopters, Inc (ACHI) has signed a set of HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour contracts for 10 of its Airbus H225 helicopters. These aircraft are currently in operation with the U.S. Armed Forces for passenger transport, Special Operations Forces training, vertical replenishment and casualty evacuation missions. The HCare Smart contracts cover a three-year period and have been customized to meet the material support and spare parts requirements… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Nov-19

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Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson wins $1 Billion seven-year contract for US Special Forces

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, was awarded a seat on the Special Operations Forces / Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Multiple Award Contract for Modifications (MACM). It’s a seven year, $996M contract vehicle that provides modifications for the Air Force Materiel Command, Life Cycle Management Center for Fixed and Rotary Wing platforms…. Read more »

Source: Erickson, 31-Oct-19

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Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Receives Order For K-MAX® Helicopter

Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received a new order for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This brings the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to thirteen aircraft. The most recent order is from a new operator, Heli Air-Swiss a member of Heli-Austria of St. Johann… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerospace, 31-Oct-19

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Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

Alpine Aerotech Develops Digital Flight Instrument Solution

ALPINE AEROTECH, a international leader in helicopter maintenance and product development announced that they have officially secured a TCCA STC (FAA/EASA STC pending) for their cost-effective digital flight instrument kit applicable to Bell 212 Day/Night VFR operations. Celebrating 30 years of experience, Aerotech continues to offer unique solutions that reduce maintenance costs and increase aircraft… Read more »

Source: Alpine Aerotech, 31-Oct-19

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Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Netherlands Ministry of Defence opens new NH90 training facility

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and Leonardo, announced the successful start of training on the NH90 Full Mission Flight Trainer (FMFT) following its relocation from the Rotorsim training centre in Sesto Calende, Italy to a new training facility at Maritime Air Base de Kooy in Den Helder, the Netherlands. The Netherlands Ministry… Read more »

Source: Rotorsim, 31-Oct-19

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National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

National Air Ambulance Conference to focus on the importance of collaboration

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) National Conference takes place on Monday 18th November 2019 at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London. Once again, the three colleges of charity, operational and clinical speakers will come together, to talk on contemporary topics within the air ambulance and ambulance service sectors. This year, the theme focusses on the… Read more »

Source: Association of Air Ambulances, 31-Oct-19

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UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

UK AOC for NHV Group granted; new AW169 operating base at Blackpool in prospect?

The Belgian NHV Group announced on Monday 28th October that it had been granted a UK Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) for its offshore operations from the UK. Six of the fleet of helicopters already based at Norwich and Aberdeen-Dyce had been re-registered from the Belgian register to NHV Helicopters Ltd on the British register by… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 30-Oct-19

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All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

All change at Soloy with STCs sold and now new owners too

A notice on the home page of Soloy’s website announces “The ownership of Soloy Aviation Solutions has been transferred to Fifty-Ten-Yankee, LLC. We will still be doing business as Soloy Aviation Solutions with some changes to the product line. The operation is moving into a new facility at the Olympia airport. During this transition parts… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Oct-19

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Nigera signs contract with Russia

Nigera signs contract with Russia

The government of Nigeria has signed a contract with Russia for the supply of 12 Mi-35 helicopter gunships, media reported on Wednesday, October 23. See Full Story.

Source: TheDefensePost, 29-Oct-19

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Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

Helicopter Express starts contract with Teton County SAR

The “Helicopter Express” has landed in Jackson just in time for Teton County Search and Rescue to put it to use. See Full Story.

Source: BUCKRAIL, 29-Oct-19

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New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

New Helipad opens at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Officials at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre have unveiled a new helipad for the province’s air ambulance system, a major improvement advocates say could mean the difference between life and death. See Full Story.

Source: Global NEWS, 29-Oct-19

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HAI opposes Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019

HAI opposes Improving Helicopter Safety Act of 2019

New York City airspace is one of several highly complex and congested airspace regions in the United States. To ensure that operations are as safe and efficient as possible requires the expertise of regulatory and technical safety experts as well as industry professionals. Helicopter Association International (HAI) strongly opposes today’s announced “Improving Helicopter Safety Act… Read more »

Source: HAI, 29-Oct-19

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Schiebel announces CUP at CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference

Schiebel announces CUP at CAMCOPTER® S-100 User Conference

Schiebel announced at its User Conference, which took place from 15 to 17 October in Vienna this year, a Capability Update Programme (CUP) to provide customers with a further enhanced CAMCOPTER® S-100. Once again, Schiebel hosted users from all over the world at its User Conference in Vienna. The conference provides a platform for sharing… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 29-Oct-19

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Norway lands scheduled flight using Remote Tower technology

Norway lands scheduled flight using Remote Tower technology

The Remote Towers project in Norway is a collaboration between the airport and air navigation service provider Avinor and the technology companies Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Indra. -After many years of planning, developing and testing it is a pleasure to announce that the new technology has been successfully used within a regular commercial air… Read more »

Source: Avinor, 28-Oct-19

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NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV gains a UK Air Operator Certificate

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced that it has gained an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this AOC, NHV again confirms its intention to strengthen its position in the UK offshore helicopter segment. The Group has currently inducted 7 aircraft under its UK… Read more »

Source: NHV, 28-Oct-19

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India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

The Afghan Air Force has received two Indian helicopters. At a ceremony on Tuesday at the military airbase in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the Indian government formally handed over two Mi-35s to the Afghan Air Force, which were donated in support of Afghanistan’s counterterrorism efforts. See Full Story. 

Source: Defense and Security Monitor, 28-Oct-19

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