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Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Global Strike Command stands up helicopter detachment

Air Force Global Strike Command stood up Detachment 7 Dec. 18, 2019, at Duke Field, Fla., to support testing and evaluation of the command’s new MH-139A helicopter. Lt. Col. Mary Clark assumed command of the detachment with Brig. Gen. Andrew Gebara, AFGSC A5/8 director, presiding over the ceremony. The helicopters were contracted through Boeing during a full… Read more »

Source: Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs, 30-Dec-19

Genesys Aerosystems’ Modernized Avionics Suite Achieved STC in Bell 412EP & 412

Genesys Aerosystems’ Modernized Avionics Suite Achieved STC in Bell 412EP & 412

Genesys Aerosystems, the leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers, announced that the IDU-680 EFIS displays earned FAA Supplemental Type Certification for the Bell 412EP and 412 helicopters. The architecture for these platforms includes four IDU-680s with full avionics integration, and EICAS engine and warning displays.  The Level A certified IDU-680 EFIS utilizes… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 30-Dec-19

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SqwaQ Signs G&N Aircraft to Distribute Robust Helicopter Data Connectivity

SqwaQ Signs G&N Aircraft to Distribute Robust Helicopter Data Connectivity

SqwaQ, announced that it has signed G&N Aircraft as a Channel Distribution Partner for its new SqwaQbox in-flight modem. This device delivers robust data connectivity to helicopters and light fixed wing aircraft without the need of expensive satellite or microwave links. The SqwaQbox is a patented, mobile modem developed specifically for aircraft and combines six… Read more »

Source: SqwaQ, 30-Dec-19

CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE announced that CAE Elektronik GmbH has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide the German Navy with a comprehensive training solution for the NH90 Sea Lion helicopter. The German Navy is procuring a fleet of 18 NH90 Sea Lion helicopters to support search and rescue (SAR) operations and… Read more »

Source: CAE, 30-Dec-19

Skyryse reveals its Flight Stack automation platform

Skyryse reveals its Flight Stack automation platform

Skyryse, a transportation company, today unveiled the Skyryse Flight Stack, a suite of automation technologies that will help the company make safe urban flight mainstream. The Skyryse Flight Stack comprises technology that automates flight in FAA-approved helicopters, safety and communication systems, and a network of smart helipads to ultimately create a new transportation system in… Read more »

Source: Skyryse, 30-Dec-19

HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

HeliHub.com celebrates Christmas

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2020. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-19

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

US Air Force gives Leonardo MH-139 a name – the Grey Wolf

Air Force Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter “Grey Wolf” during a naming ceremony at Duke Field, Dec. 19. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name. The Grey Wolf is the first major acquisition for the command in its 10-year history. The… Read more »

Source: USAF, 20-Dec-19

Kopter introduces its new website!

Kopter introduces its new website!

Kopter Group is pleased to announce today the launch of its redesigned website. The new platform offers quick and easy access to essential information and features relating to its SH09 next generation single engine helicopter and its customer support & services offering. The new website has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced content… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 20-Dec-19

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Thommen delivers 1st multi function displays for AW129

Thommen delivers 1st multi function displays for AW129

THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT LTD. is pleased to announce first deliveries of its digital Multi-Function Display (MFD) replacement solution for legacy CRT displays installed on AW129 helicopters. Thanks to a proven track record in critical flight instruments and to inhouse LCD design, cutting and laminating capabilities, THOMMEN was awarded the task of developing and supplying a… Read more »

Source: Thommen, 20-Dec-19

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S.A.F.E Structure Designs is awarded a GSA Contract

S.A.F.E Structure Designs is awarded a GSA Contract

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, LLC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 5 year GSA contract with three 5 year extensions. This long-term contract status approves S.A.F.E. to sell its custom ergonomic products and services directly to US Government entities including military and transportation departments. S.A.F.E is a global leader in the design… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 20-Dec-19

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AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

AAMS issue statement on Surprise Medical Billing Proposal

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), a nonprofit trade association that represents over 90% of the air ambulance industry in the United States, released the following statement today on the new Surprise Medical Billing proposal, announced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and House Energy and Commerce Committee… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 19-Dec-19

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Enstrom celebrates 60 years

Enstrom celebrates 60 years

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is proud to be celebrating its 60th anniversary, December 22, 2019. From humble beginnings in the woods of northern Michigan, Enstrom has grown to become a storied aerospace manufacturer, having produced more than 1300 aircraft operated in over 50 countries around the world. Rudy Enstrom was a mining engineer in Crystal Falls,… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 18-Dec-19

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USHST Safety Experts Will Offer 21 Workshops at Heli-Expo 2020

USHST Safety Experts Will Offer 21 Workshops at Heli-Expo 2020

Members of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) will be providing their safety advice for Heli-Expo participants in Anaheim at 21 different workshops on a wide variety of topics.  Many of the topics link to proposed safety enhancements that the USHST is supporting.   The USHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents through… Read more »

Source: USHST, 18-Dec-19

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Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training and DRF Luftrettung

Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of the HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung will present their new pilot training and further training program at the HAI Heli-Expo from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. From August 2020, a state-of-the-art full flight simulator level D will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training center… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 18-Dec-19

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Support the Future of Our Industry

Support the Future of Our Industry

Are you looking for a meaningful (and potentially tax-deductible) way to raise your company’s profile at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim? Consider a donation to the Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) Online Silent Auction.   Donate an aviation-themed or general-interest item, or consider funding an auction item through a generous gift. Auction proceeds support the HFI Scholarship Program,… Read more »

Source: HFI, 18-Dec-19

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Inaugural Helicopter Safety Performance Report

Inaugural Helicopter Safety Performance Report

HeliOffshore published the inaugural Helicopter Safety Performance Report – the result of the collaborative efforts of operators, manufacturers and regulators, through HeliOffshore’s Safety Intelligence Programme. Gretchen Haskins, CEO HeliOffshore, said: “This Helicopter Safety Performance Report reveals how far we have come as a mature, collaborative industry – but also what we need to do to close the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Dec-19

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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced an agreement to add Bell to the CNO UASIPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on CNO-owned property in rural southeastern Oklahoma. The flights and tests will be conducted as part of the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-Dec-19

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Foundation laid for new helicopter MRO centre in Azerbaijan

Foundation laid for new helicopter MRO centre in Azerbaijan

The new Helicopter Service and Repair Center will be built within the framework of joint projects in accordance with the decisions of the Intergovernmental State Commission between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Russian Federation on Economic Cooperation Issues related to the development of civil aviation and will be the only such facility in the region…. Read more »

Source: SWHS, 17-Dec-19

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Cayman Police replace damaged EC135 wtih second H145

Cayman Police replace damaged EC135 wtih second H145

The new RCIPS Helicopter arrived on Island on Friday, 6 December. This second helicopter, another Airbus H145 model, will sit alongside the RCIPS Air Operations Unit’s existing H145, which arrived on island last March and was purchased as part of a joint deal between the UK and Cayman. This H145 is the replacement for the… Read more »

Source: RCIPS Helicopter, 17-Dec-19

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Silvus Technologies to provide MN-MIMO Technology for National Guard Lakotas

Silvus Technologies to provide MN-MIMO Technology for National Guard Lakotas

 Silvus Technologies announced that Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is integrating Silvus systems into its solution for the U.S. ARMY National Guard (ARNG) Mission Equipment Package (MEP) program. Silvus will support SNC with its StreamCaster radios as part of the HAMMER MANET kit. Under the MEP program, SNC will produce, support and field intelligence, surveillance and… Read more »

Source: Silvus Technologies, 17-Dec-19

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NATA Participates with FAA and Industry on GA Safety Roundtable

NATA Participates with FAA and Industry on GA Safety Roundtable

NATA’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Timothy Obitts, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs John McGraw, and Chairman of the Board Curt Castagna attended the Federal Aviation Administration’s General Aviation Safety Roundtable. The Roundtable, held periodically with general aviation associations and the FAA, reviews the major safety issues of the day and what the next… Read more »

Source: NATA, 17-Dec-19

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New Pratt & Whitney PW206 overhaul facility opens in Brazil

New Pratt & Whitney PW206 overhaul facility opens in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Brazil’s Indύstria de Aviação e Serviços (IAS), officially opened their new overhaul centre in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for PT6A and PW200 engine families. The grand opening event that celebrated the addition of a fourth new facility in Brazil was attended by national and… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 17-Dec-19

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Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

Czech Republic Signs Letter of Offer and Acceptance for Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y

The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and Czech Republic Minister of Defence, Lubomir Metnar, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance finalizing the foreign military sale by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, of H-1 helicopters to the Czech Air Force. CzechSigning.jpg “We are privileged to support the Czech people and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-19

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Sikorsky And United Rotorcraft Deliver Three FIREHAWK® Helicopters To California Firefighting Agencies

Sikorsky And United Rotorcraft Deliver Three FIREHAWK® Helicopters To California Firefighting Agencies

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), and United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced  deliveries of three new S-70i™ FIREHAWK® helicopters to California fire agencies: one each to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), and the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department…. Read more »

Source: Sikorksy, 16-Dec-19

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Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

Committed to furthering STEM education in schools, Bell launched its third annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition this past weekend. The 2019 competition theme was On-Demand Mobility which simulated air-taxi movement of people and rapid-delivery of product orders. 17 high school teams from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area and Virginia were provided a drone… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – December 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- EC135 P2+ (G-POLA), loss of NR control during flight test due to a faulty N2 adjuster, Morpeth, Northumberland, 5 April 2018  

Source: AAIB, 15-Dec-19

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Air BP rolls out Airfield Automation digital technology across São Paulo heliports

Air BP rolls out Airfield Automation digital technology across São Paulo heliports

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has completed the roll out of its innovative Airfield Automation digital technology across São Paulo state, Brazil. It is estimated that around 150 of Air BP’s airport and operator customers will benefit from the new technology which aims to enhance safety, reliability and compliance in airport fuelling operations. This… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 13-Dec-19

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Bell Announces Delivery of First Bell 505 to Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell Announces Delivery of First Bell 505 to Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of the first of 12 Bell 505 helicopters to Horizon International Flight Academy per an agreement signed in November at the Dubai Air Show. The 505 was configured for flight training, fully equipped with an integrated glass cockpit that enables pilots in training… Read more »

Source: Bell, 13-Dec-19

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Frost & Sullivan Presents the Evolving UAM Landscape Up to 2040

Frost & Sullivan Presents the Evolving UAM Landscape Up to 2040

The influx of established aerospace, automotive and technology companies into the urban air mobility (UAM) market, backed by technological advancements and government initiatives, is expected to drive the air taxi market. Air taxi operations are forecast to commence in 2022 in the Middle East and grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45.9%… Read more »

13-Dec-19

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Sikorsky Donates S-76® Airframe

Sikorsky Donates S-76® Airframe

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), announced today the donation of its S-76® airframe to the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center. The airframe was delivered this week by employees from the Sikorsky Coatesville, Pa. facility, where it received a make-over into its original VIP customer configuration in preparation for its forever home. The… Read more »

Source: Sikorksy, 13-Dec-19

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EASA certifies Safran Aneto-1K in Leonardo AW189K

EASA certifies Safran Aneto-1K in Leonardo AW189K

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Type Certification for its Aneto-1K engine, as fitted to the Leonardo AW189K. Intended for super-medium and heavy helicopters, the Aneto family produces between 2,500 and 3,000 shp. The 1K is rated at 2,500 shp and its first flight in the AW189K took place in March… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 13-Dec-19

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New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

New helipad opens at Maidstone Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday (11 December 2019) to officially open its new helipad. The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, donated £300,000 to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to build the all-weather pad at the rear of the… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Dec-19

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CEO of Chinook Helicopters in Abbotsford among nation’s Most Powerful Women

CEO of Chinook Helicopters in Abbotsford among nation’s Most Powerful Women

The president and CEO of Chinook Helicopters in Abbotsford has been named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network. See Full Story.

Source: The Abbotsford News, 12-Dec-19

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Southwest Fuel Systems Announces New Triumph Hydromechanical Unit MRO Capability for RR M250 Engines

Southwest Fuel Systems Announces New Triumph Hydromechanical Unit MRO Capability for RR M250 Engines

M International’s subsidiary company Southwest Fuel Systems (SWF) is pleased to announce its approval to provide full-service maintenance, repair, overhaul and exchange (MRO) services for original Triumph manufactured Hydromechanical Units (HMU) certified for use on the Rolls-Royce M250-C40/C47 series of gas turbine engines. Ralph Bishop, President of Southwest Fuels stated, “As a Triumph Authorized Engine… Read more »

Source: M International, 12-Dec-19

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Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

Permali Gloucester Limited has been contracted by Leonardo Helicopters to supply a comprehensive ballistic protection solution for the Royal Navy’s new Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopters.  The requirement, valued at over £2 million, will create and sustain skilled composite manufacturing jobs at Permali’s factory in Gloucester, U.K.   The Commando Merlin is an advanced battlefield helicopter… Read more »

Source: Permali, 12-Dec-19

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New app launched for owners to track inspections, maintenance, billing etc

New app launched for owners to track inspections, maintenance, billing etc

The Coflyt team is incredibly excited to launch their new app on the Apple and Google Play stores. Coflyt is intelligent aircraft software that will provide pilots peace of mind by combining required inspections, maintenance tracking, scheduling, and billing into a simple app to provide convenience to aircraft owners and pilots. With the launch of… Read more »

Source: Coflyt, 12-Dec-19

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RYAN AEROSPACE launches HELIMOD Mark III PLUS+ at I/ITSEC

RYAN AEROSPACE launches HELIMOD Mark III PLUS+ at I/ITSEC

RYAN AEROSPACE (Australia) used the first day of I/ITSEC to launch its latest helicopter simulator product, the HELIMOD Mark III PLUS+ I/ITSEC (Interservice / Industry Simulation and Education Conference) is the world’s largest military simulation and training event held annually in Orlando, Florida, USA. This new helicopter simulator product is similar to the existing RYAN… Read more »

Source: RYAN AEROSPACE, 12-Dec-19

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Elbit helps add Integrated Weapon System to MD530MG

Elbit helps add Integrated Weapon System to MD530MG

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces a strategic teaming agreement with Elbit Systems Ltd (ESL) to deliver next-generation weapons and mission management capabilities to its MD 530G Block II (BII) Scout Attack Helicopter. The proven, pilot-centric Integrated Weapons System (IWS) is comprised of a Helmet Display and Tracking System (HDTS), Weapons Management System (WMS) and Mission… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Dec-19

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AMSTAT announces an upgraded Dashboard for AMSTAT Premier and Connect

AMSTAT announces an upgraded Dashboard for AMSTAT Premier and Connect

AMSTAT, for 37 years the leading provider of business aircraft market, fleet and operator information, has released a new customizable dashboard for both Premier and Connect users. The updated dashboard is widget-based, allowing users to pick and choose the information they want to see. Familiar information such as the For Sale Summary and Fleet Quickview… Read more »

Source: AMSTAT, 11-Dec-19

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Air Evac Lifeteam closes two Arkansas bases

Air Evac Lifeteam closes two Arkansas bases

A helicopter ambulance service has closed its bases in Paragould and Morrilton, an official with the Arkansas Department of Health said Thursday. See Full Story.

Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 11-Dec-19

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Horizon purchased Entrol a Bell 505 FTD Level 2 simulator

Horizon purchased Entrol a Bell 505 FTD Level 2 simulator

Horizon, the Middle East’s largest independent helicopter flight training academy supporting commercial and military operators, has signed a purchase agreement with Entrol for a Bell 505 FTD level 2 simulator, valued at AED5.5 million. The signing took place on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019. Meeting the latest training technology needs, the simulator is… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 11-Dec-19

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Reiser wins Australian Forces contract for MRH90 Maintenance Training Rig

Reiser wins Australian Forces contract for MRH90 Maintenance Training Rig

RST was contracted by NAHEMA for the development and production of a MRH90 Maintenance Training Rig (MTR) for the Rotary Aircraft Maintenance School (RAMS) in Australia. NAHEMA in Aix-en-Provence, France is the responsible management agency for the NH90 program representing and acting as such on behalf of currently 11 nations from all over the world…. Read more »

Source: Reiser, 11-Dec-19

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Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

Major Trauma Centre first in UK to benefit from weather station

University Hospitals of North Midlands Major Trauma Centre is the first in the UK to benefit from a weather station which provides certainty and real time information for emergency helicopter pilots about weather conditions, ensuring that its patients are seen quicker and with more efficiency. The weather station, called “Skyview”, which has been donated by… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 11-Dec-19

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Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 and eVTOL Symposium

Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 and eVTOL  Symposium

The Vertical Flight Society, the leading advocate for the advancement of helicopters, rotorcraft and other vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL), announces details for its unique conference, Transformative Vertical Flight 2020, being held in San Jose, Calif., Jan. 21-23, 2020. Some 60 technical paper authors plus 75 invited speakers will present the gamut of technologies,… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 11-Dec-19

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StandardAero and Thales Team on AS350 autopilot

StandardAero and Thales Team on AS350 autopilot

StandardAero and Thales announced a signed teaming agreement formalizing a mutual commitment for developing and certifying an advanced autopilot system for the light helicopter market. The system will initially be certified for installation on the popular Airbus Helicopters AS350 platform. Based on extensive autopilot experience, Thales has incorporated the features and safety design architecture usually… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 11-Dec-19

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Kopter to present final design features of its SH09 at Heli-Expo 2020

Kopter to present final design features of its SH09 at Heli-Expo 2020

Kopter continues to expand the performance and flight envelope of the SH09 Prototype 3 (P3), while simultaneously increasing flight test activities in the flight test center located at Pozzallo, Sicily. P3 has now completed a full year of flight tests covering a wide range of adaptations and improvements all focused on delivering performance and enhancing… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 10-Dec-19

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Aston Martin and Airbus prepare to take to the skies

Aston Martin and Airbus prepare to take to the skies

Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters today revealed a new partnership that brings together the best of automotive and aeronautical design. For the past 12 months designers from both brands have worked together on the aesthetic styling of the first product from this collaboration, which is set to be revealed early in Q1 2020…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Dec-19

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Transcend Air partners with Huslig design studio on VY400R eVTOL interior

Transcend Air partners with Huslig design studio on VY400R eVTOL interior

Transcend Air Corporation announced today that it’s partnering with renowned VIP aircraft interior design firm Huslig Collective in the building of the new luxury edition of its VTOL aircraft, the Vy 400R. The Vy 400R is the luxe version of the Vy 400 vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The base Vy 400 will be used… Read more »

Source: Transcend Air, 10-Dec-19

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12 Rules to Live by for Your Pre-Flight Helicopter Inspection

12 Rules to Live by for Your Pre-Flight Helicopter Inspection

The following guidelines and recommended practices for a helicopter preflight inspection, a final walk around, and a post-flight inspection were developed by the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) for the pilot community and all instructors.  These are a dozen actions you cannot forget. No distractions are allowed during your pre-flight inspection. Ensure that the rotor… Read more »

Source: USHST, 10-Dec-19

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HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-26 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Cmdr. Kelly Harrison was relieved by Cmdr. Benjamin Foster during a Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 “Chargers” change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 5. Retired Captain Gabriel E. Soltero (USN), a former H-60 Seahawk pilot who flew over 4,000 hours that include 40 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Dec-19

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A New H145 Full Flight Simulator for the US

A New H145 Full Flight Simulator for the US

Construction of the new Helisim Training & Simulation Center in the United States is on track. The centre, located at Airbus Helicopters’ U.S. headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas, will be equipped with latest generation simulators, aimed at accompanying operators’ trainees in the country. Thales, the simulator manufacturer, has already completed production of a new H145… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Dec-19

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Airbus recognized as a top employer in the Hamilton Niagara Region

Airbus recognized as a top employer in the Hamilton Niagara Region

Airbus Helicopters Canada is proud to be named one of Hamilton Niagara’s top 100 employers for 2020 by Canada’s Top Employers Project. The honour recognizes industry-leading organizations for their work in employee attraction, attainment and growth. Airbus is the leading manufacturer of helicopters used throughout Canada in roles such as law enforcement, air medical, oil… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Dec-19

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Carleton University leverages VABS Software for more realistic rotor blade simulation

Carleton University leverages VABS Software for more realistic rotor blade simulation

AnalySwift, LLC, a provider of efficient high-fidelity modeling software for composites, announced today that Carleton University is participating in its recently launched Academic Partner Program (APP), and the university is using its VABS simulation software for simulating new helicopter rotor blades. The work is part of the Rotorcraft Laboratory at Carleton University, a research group… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 09-Dec-19

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World’s First ISO Approved Drone Safety Standards announced

World’s First ISO Approved Drone Safety Standards announced

The world’s first ISO approved drone standards have been announced by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)[1] following a 12-month period of consultation with drone professionals, academics, businesses and the general public. The final publication of these new international safety and quality Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are set to have a massive impact… Read more »

Source: The International Organisation for Standardisation, 09-Dec-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

Wiltshire Air Ambulance adds plasma to blood products carried

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has enhanced the blood products it can give to critically injured or unwell people by carrying plasma.   The charity is now carrying two units of plasma onboard and this will be used with two units of O negative blood (packed red blood cells).   Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been carrying packed… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 09-Dec-19

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The Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament is a helicopter

The Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament is a helicopter

The White House Historical Association’s Official 2019 White House Christmas Ornament honors Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States. This ornament symbolizes President Eisenhower’s commitment to innovation. Eisenhower was the first president to fly in a helicopter while in office in July 1957, and thereafter the helicopter became a feature of White… Read more »

Source: WHHA, 08-Dec-19

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FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

FAA releases list of OTC medications under Go and NoGo categories

Just in time for cold and flu season, the FAA has released a list of over-the-counter medications broken into two categories: go and no go. See Full Story.

Source: AOPA, 06-Dec-19

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Helijet CEO receives HAC Lifetime Achievement award

Helijet CEO receives HAC Lifetime Achievement award

Daniel Sitnam, President and CEO of Richmond B.C.-based Helijet International Inc. has been presented with the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) 2019 Agar-Stringer Award for his lifetime contribution to the Canadian helicopter industry. HAC President Fred Jones presented the award to Sitnam at the 2019 HAC convention in Vancouver, noting, “This award is well-deserved. Danny… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 06-Dec-19

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USHST Initiatives Aim to Cut Down Fatal Accidents

USHST Initiatives Aim to Cut Down Fatal Accidents

The arrow is pointing in the right direction – – downward.  Over the past two decades, the U.S. helicopter fatal accident rate has been cut in half, from 1.27 fatal accidents per 100,000 flights to 0.63. U.S. Helicopter Fatal Accident Rate (5 Year Moving Average, 2001-2019)  However, the industry has hit a plateau during 2018… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Dec-19

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Russian Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney Canada sign contract

Russian Helicopters and Pratt & Whitney Canada sign contract

At Dubai Airshow, VR-Technologies (part of Russian Helicopters Holding Company) and Pratt & Whitney signed a contract for fitting the cutting-edge light VRT500 helicopter with gas-turbine PW207V engines. PW207V is the advanced modification of PW200 family engines with the capacity of up to 700 hp designed for light-class rotorcraft. All in all, over 5 thousand… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-19

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Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8 Conducts Change of Command

The “Eightballers” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 conducted a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Dec. 2, 2019. Cmdr. Brian Jamison, from Honolulu, relieved Cmdr. Justin “Average” Issler, from Prospect, Ohio, as the 56th commanding officer of the “Eightballers.” Capt. Steve “JarJar” Jaureguizar, commander, Carrier Air… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 05-Dec-19

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Raytheon debuts portable V-22 virtual reality trainer

Raytheon debuts portable V-22 virtual reality trainer

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) debuted a virtual reality version of its portable V-22 trainer today at I/ITSEC, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event. Aircraft Functional V-22 Trainer-Virtual Reality is a fully immersive system that provides hyper-realistic training across all experience levels, including early-career aviation maintenance students and those engaged in continuing education. “The… Read more »

Source: Raytheon, 05-Dec-19

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Honeywell collaborates with autonomous control innovator Daedalean

Honeywell collaborates with autonomous control innovator Daedalean

Daedalean and Honeywell, Inc. have signed an agreement on joint testing and technological partnership in developing solutions for autonomous takeoff, landing and GPS-independent navigation and collision avoidance for GA aircraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL). Additionally, Honeywell Ventures has joined the Swiss startup’s pool of investors, the amount and conditions undisclosed. In… Read more »

Source: Daedalean, 05-Dec-19

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Hungary takes delivery of its first two H145Ms

Hungary takes delivery of its first two H145Ms

The first two of twenty H145M military helicopters have been delivered to the Hungarian Defence Forces. The H145Ms of the Hungarian fleet are equipped with a fast roping system, high-performance camera, dual cargo hook, hoist, disaster management kit, ballistic protection as well as an electronic countermeasures system to support the most demanding operational requirements. They… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Dec-19

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Life Link III to help launch new research academy

Life Link III to help launch new research academy

FlightBridgeED and Life Link III are proud to announce they are teaming up on the development of a new Research Academy to promote evidence-based research within the air medical industry. With both organizations sharing a strong commitment to promoting research and clinical excellence, this partnership will focus on bringing industry-leading organizations together with a shared… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 04-Dec-19

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US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

US Helicopter Occupant Safety – FAA online toolkit

In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Section 317 prohibits helicopters manufactured after April 5, 2020, from flying in U.S. airspace unless certified with a crash resistant fuel system.  The online toolkit (link below) explains which helicopters will require a crash resistant fuel system according to their certification and manufacturing dates and also offers extensive… Read more »

Source: FAA, 04-Dec-19

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MDFR Orders AW139

MDFR Orders AW139

Leonardo announced that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) signed a contract for four AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform a range of missions—primarily fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR)—and will have special equipment including a cargo hook, rescue hoist and Bambi bucket. The first helicopter… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Dec-19

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Airbus signs Global Support Contract for Tiger

Airbus signs Global Support Contract for Tiger

Airbus Helicopters and OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) have signed a tri-lateral Global Support Contract aimed at boosting the availability rate of the Tigers in service in the French, German, and Spanish Armies. With this long-term support agreement, Tiger readiness and supportability will be secured for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Dec-19

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Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight will now carry life-saving blood products

Boston MedFlight is the first ambulance service in the state to carry life-saving blood products in their helicopters and other vehicles that will help up to 180 patients a year. See Full Story.

Source: Boston Herald, 02-Dec-19

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LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

LADWP Launches Human External Cargo Program

Back in the 1960s, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) began using helicopters to patrol its transmission infrastructure spanning California, Utah and Nevada. Federally mandated climbing restrictions were the driving force behind a new program at LADWP — human external cargo (HEC). See Full Story.

Source: T&D World, 02-Dec-19

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Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

Lockheed Martin makes Australia/NZ helicopter appointment

Lockheed Martin has appointed Mr. Steve Froelich as the vicepresident of Rotary and Mission Systems operations for Australia and New Zealand, andProgramme Executive for AIR6500. He will be responsible for business performance andorganisational transformation, and will join the local leadership team to build a foundation forfuture growth in the region. A critical component of the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 02-Dec-19

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Airbus improves service request facility in Keycopter portal

Airbus improves service request facility in Keycopter portal

As part of its digital journey, Airbus Helicopters is offering to customers a 24/7 online Technical Request service through its Keycopter customer portal. To better answer customers’ expectations with more than 2,500 new requests made each month, Airbus Helicopters is now proposing new features to improve this service: • Customers can now use the copy/paste… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Dec-19

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MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce receipt of the fourth Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The Firm Fixed-Price award is for up to 12 armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF), currently the largest MD 530F Cayuse Warrior operator globally…. Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 02-Dec-19

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Helijet appoints Director of Maintenance

Helijet appoints Director of Maintenance

Helijet International is pleased to announce the appointment of David McNamar as the company’s Director of Maintenance. An aviation professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the field of rotary-wing aviation maintenance, McNamar will be responsible for all facets and standards of Helijet’s Approved Maintenance Organization. The Director of Maintenance has the responsibility for… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 02-Dec-19

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723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires. This significant milestone proved the aircraft’s rotary wing aircrew’s training capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations. The first EC-135 helicopters joined 723 Squadron in 2016 and have since completed… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 02-Dec-19

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