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DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

At the turn of the year, DRF Luftrettung put the Bautzen station into operation – and thus its tenth night-flight station nationwide. No other air rescue organization in Germany operates so many 24-hour stations. Throughout Europe, DRF air rescue is among the civil operators of the night-flight expert, with the most flying hours in the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 14-Jan-19

Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

GOV 1 has landed. Austin Peay State University officials on Wednesday unveiled the first of three helicopters in its new rotor-wing fleet. The helicopters bolster the state’s first and only aviation science program with a rotor-wing concentration. Charlie Weigandt, the program’s director and chief helicopter pilot, circled the plaza beside the Art + Design building… Read more »

Source: Austin Peay, 14-Jan-19

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East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

East Anglian Air Ambulance flies 25,000th mission

This week East Anglian Air Ambulance have attended their 25,000th mission. While difficult to celebrate because it means a patient has needed our care, we are delighted to reach this milestone figure, which highlights the vital need for our service. East Anglian Air Ambulance is a helicopter emergency medical service provider for the people of… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 14-Jan-19

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

EASA certifies Bell 206 TT straps from Lord Corporation

LORD Corporation–a leader in the management of vibration, noise and motion control – is now certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Tension Torsion (TT) straps. The certification allows LORD to sell EASA-certified STC parts direct and through authorized distributors in Europe. “LORD is very pleased to offer TT straps directly to the… Read more »

Source: LORD Corporation, 14-Jan-19

NHV awarded new contract with Ørsted

NHV awarded new contract with Ørsted

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ørsted to provide helicopter services in support of the Borssele 1+2 Offshore Wind farm. The operations are expected to start in May 2020. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Zeeland to the Borssele Wind Farm, located 23 kilometres from Westkapelle in front of the Dutch… Read more »

Source: NHV, 14-Jan-19

RUAG to upgrade eight Swiss Cougars

RUAG to upgrade eight Swiss Cougars

RUAG is set to upgrade the Cougar helicopters with state-of-the-art technology at their facilities in Emmen by mid-2022. Procured in 1998, the helicopters’ electronic flight control, navigation and communication systems require extensive modernization. The full scope of the upgrade includes new flight management computers, a precision navigation system for instrument flights, a collision avoidance system,… Read more »

Source: RUAG, 14-Jan-19

JetNet to exhibit at NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

JetNet to exhibit at NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, is demonstrating new features and capabilities at this year’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference at Booth #321 from January 29-February 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. JETNET is helping top-tier equipment providers, fuel and ground service providers, resale and finance… Read more »

Source: JetNet, 14-Jan-19

Lobo Leasing appoints Chief Technical Officer

Lobo Leasing appoints Chief Technical Officer

Lobo Leasing, a leading global commercial helicopter leasing company, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Alistair Henderson, has joined Lobo as Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer. Henderson, who brings a wealth of technical, operations and management expertise will be based in Lobo’s Dublin headquarters. In a rotary-wing career spanning 36 years, Henderson has… Read more »

Source: Lobo Leasing, 14-Jan-19

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Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters as part of the country’s fleet-strengthening initiative for a combat search and rescue-capable fleet. Under the agreement between the Indonesian Ministry of Defence and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (Persero) (PTDI), the 11-ton combat-proven helicopters will be delivered to the air force upon reassembly and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Jan-19

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Rio de Janeiro Fire Dept appoints first female commander

Rio de Janeiro Fire Dept appoints first female commander

[electronic translation] First commander of the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department, Rachel Lopes, 37, does not hide her joy. The prominent position was an old dream. The conquest came after five years of acting as co-pilot in the Air Operations Group (GOA). The work as commander began in December last year. The military has been involved in aeromedical care, which… Read more »

Source: Rio de Janerio Fire Department, 12-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Flight Instructor of the Year

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Flight Instructor of the Year

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Marty Wright, Chief Flight Instructor at the Bell Training Academy, is the 2019 recipient of the W.A. “Dub” Blessing Flight Instructor of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by H. Ross Perot and the Perot family, recognizes superlative contributions by a helicopter flight instructor in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

HAI Announces 2019 Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Thomas “TJ” Hall, Airbase Lead Mechanic for Air Methods, is the 2019 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Rolls-Royce Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. With this award, HAI recognizes an individual for longstanding excellence in helicopter maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Andreas Hermansky, a pilot for Temsco Helicopters in Alaska, is the 2019 recipient of the Pilot of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by Appareo, recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Jan-19

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Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Busiest year ever for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) attended a total of 1,491 patients in 2018, making it the busiest year ever for the Charity’s Critical Care Teams. The figure is an increase of 2% on 2017 with 1,461 patients and a rise of 38% on the 2016 total of 1,077. EHAAT’s helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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London Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

London Air Ambulance 30th anniversary campaign

The Duke of Cambridge has today become Patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign. The campaign aims to highlight the charity’s vital work in delivering life-saving treatment across London, and raise support for the development of new facilities. The patronage has been announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to the London… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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HeliOffshore demonstrates benefits of evidence-based training

HeliOffshore demonstrates benefits of evidence-based training

HeliOffshore recently held the first in series of workshops to enhance awareness and understanding of the safety benefits of Evidence-based Training (EBT). These are part of a data-driven initiative to support helicopter operators wanting to give their flight crew the most appropriate training, based on their actual level of experience and operational circumstances. Members of… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 10-Jan-19

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Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

Cornwall Air Ambulance publish 2018 mission stats

2018 was an incredibly busy year for the crew and team at Cornwall Air Ambulance, with a total of 1053 missions easily surpassing the 2017 figures. The Cornwall Air Ambulance crew are dispatched to the most critical incidents and the most difficult to reach locations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, where every minute… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

HAI Announces 2019 Salute to Excellence Safety Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce today that Chris Sharpe, project manager of HeliSOS in Guatemala, is the 2019 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Excellence in Safety Award. With this award, HAI acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international helicopter community. The award… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

Wiltshire Air Ambulance rent Explorer to cover for grounded Bell 429

We are pleased to announce we intend to resume flying operations from Friday (11 January) through a contingency arrangement with Specialist Aviation Services. A back-up helicopter (MD 902) will be brought online for day flying (8am-6pm, seven days a week) for the foreseeable future. Our charity previously shared an MD 902 helicopter with Wiltshire Police… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulance, 10-Jan-19

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Airbus exhibits H125 in Chile

Airbus exhibits H125 in Chile

[electronic translation] Airbus exhibited at the Cachagua Golf Open its single-engine light helicopter H125 (formerly known as AS350B3), in a multirrol-executive version, especially focused on the segment of corporate and VIP users, who are looking for versatile helicopters, with low costs of operation and that allow to operate in different environments such as the desert, coastal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jan-19

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UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

UK AAIB Bulletin – January 2019

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletins S1/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 S2/2018 – Agusta AW169 (G-VSKP), loss of control on departure, Leicester, 27 October 2018 Other Investigations MBB-BK 117 D-2 (G-RMAA), insufficient anti-torque… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 10-Jan-19

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Airbus updates on 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus updates on 2018 commercial aircraft deliveries

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) confirms that it achieved 800 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018, subject to the finalisation of the auditing process. The final 2018 audited commercial aircraft order and delivery figures will be published after the market closure on Wednesday, 09 January 2019.

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Jan-19

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L-3 Awarded $13M Contract for MH-60R Support

L-3 Awarded $13M Contract for MH-60R Support

L-3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, is awarded $12,556,242 for modification P00006 to a previously awarded, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-18-C-1030) to manufacture, test, deliver, manage, and support the common data link Hawklink AN/SRQ-4 systems for the MH-60R aircraft.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah (60 percent); Atlanta, Georgia (14 percent); Mountain… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jan-19

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Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

Gander SAR Squadron Returns Back to Base

In October of last year, Gander’s 103 SAR Squadron was removed from their Hangar 1 at 9 Wing Gander after the discovery of a large concentration of asbestos in dust. They are still unsure of where the source is, but cleaning began on December 4. They have cleaned in sections, sealing off the safe areas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-19

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Ukrainian Air Forces Returns Rare Mi-8 into Service

Ukrainian Air Forces Returns Rare Mi-8 into Service

The Ukrainian Air Force has recently sent two overhauled Mi-8 helicopters into service. The helicopters are rare as they are electronic warfare versions of the Soviet-era Mi-8. They were overhauled at the SE”Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant “Aviakon, reports Defence Blog.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jan-19

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Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Unveils Full-Scale Design of Air Taxi at CES 2019

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Jan-19

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Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

Safran is proud to power the Bell Nexus

The first application of the Safran Hybrid-Electric Propulsion System (HEPS), the Bell Nexus, is officially unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The propulsion solution of this multi-rotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is capable of producing more than 600 kWe power. During ground tests last June the system produced 100… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 08-Jan-19

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Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

Nomination for coastguard rescue teams who saved a life on St Kilda

A man was seriously hurt, although alive he was in a precarious position on cliffs on St Kilda, on the Outer Hebrides, Scotland with a 200 foot drop below him. It became clear that the helicopter from Stornoway would not be able to get him out. Step forward the coastguard rescue teams, who’ve been nominated… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 08-Jan-19

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Airbus Helicopters Japan appoints COO/President

Airbus Helicopters Japan appoints COO/President

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters Japan Co., Ltd. announced that Guiyum Rupulus assumed office as Chief Operating Officer and President of the company on January 1, 2019. Luprance will concurrently serve as Sales Director and will direct the activities of Sales Division and Marketing Division. Olivier Tillier, the former president and CEO, took over as head of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Jan-19

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Airborne LINX integrated solution goes live with Rega on AW109SP

Airborne LINX integrated solution goes live with Rega on AW109SP

Airborne Technologies (ABT) is proud to announce its innovative system integration solution Airborne LINX is on duty with the Swiss Air-Rescue Organisation Rega and has already saved lives during their demanding SAR operations in high mountain regions. Airborne Technologies has equipped two Rega helicopters, type AW109 SP, with the necessary mounts to assemble a WESCAM camera… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 08-Jan-19

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NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

NZ Police contract with new operator and will switch to Bell 429

Police can confirm that a new contractor has been chosen to supply helicopter services for our Air Support Unit in Auckland City. The change of supplier follows a tender process that commenced in early 2018 and will see our Air Support Unit relocating from its present location in Mechanics Bay to Auckland Heliport in Onehunga…. Read more »

Source: New Zealand Police, 08-Jan-19

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Garmin® announces certification of the G500H TXi flight displays

Garmin® announces certification of the G500H TXi flight displays

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the certification and availability of the G500H TXi touchscreen flight display for normal category VFR helicopters. The G500H TXi features a vastly expanded feature set that offers an array of panel possibilities and a streamlined upgrade path for helicopters already equipped with the original G500H… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 07-Jan-19

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VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

VFS to host 6th eVTOL Symposium in Arizona

More than 100 technical experts will speak at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 6th Annual Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft Symposium and 8th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting in Mesa, Arizona on January 29-31, 2019. Information is available at www.vtol.org/autonomous. “Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is an exciting new approach to vertical flight aircraft… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 07-Jan-19

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Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations. This is the first order from a non-U.S. customer placed through… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 04-Jan-19

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance grounded by Heli Charter liquidation

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) have had to ground their Bell 429 helicopter after their operator Heli Charter Ltd went into voluntary liquidation. That move means that the company is no longer trading, which in turn invalidates their Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on which WAA relies. Without a nominated AOC holder, they cannot fly. WAA issued… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-19

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Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 31 EMS helicopters

Russian Helicopters completes delivery of 31 EMS helicopters

[electronic translation] Holding “Helicopters of Russia” (part of Rostec State Corporation), under a contract with the State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK), completed the transfer of 31 helicopters in medical execution. The customer was supplied 12 Ansat and 6 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant, as well as 13 Mi-8AMT helicopters launched at the Ulan-Ude Aviation… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Jan-19

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Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Belling Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for V-22 Support

Bell-Boeing JPO, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $23,325,145 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order N0001918F5004 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002) in support of the V-22.  This order provides support of ongoing flight test and evaluation of the V-22 test aircraft.  Work will be performed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland (90 percent); and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Jan-19

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Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

The Amarillo-based LifeStar program will be receiving a new EC135P3 helicopter, equipped with all the newest safety and aviation technology. Med-Trans and the Northwest Texas Healthcare System are also changing LifeStar into a broad-based community program. This will help reach the growing needs in rural areas, reports My High Plains.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-19

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ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is proud to deliver a twin-engine H145 rotorcraft to new customer SoCal Air Services, a venture recently launched by Fred Luddy, founder of ServiceNow (NYSE – NOW), a cloud computing company that Forbes declared “The World’s Most Innovative Company of 2018” (May 2018 cover issue). “We are extremely excited to begin flying… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-2 helicopter (D-2) by Saga Prefecture. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-2 order for firefighting and disaster relief applications, and the first such application of a helicopter by Saga Prefecture. The D-2 was developed jointly with… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 03-Jan-19

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Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of our repair station facility effective December 19th 2018. To better serve our customers and in preparation of our expanding capabilities, we have moved our repair station to a newly renovated facility located at 2915 North State Highway 99 Stroud, Oklahoma 74079. Ralph… Read more »

Source: Southwest Fuel Systems, 03-Jan-19

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Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced the submission of a joint proposal for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. The AVX/L3 solution combines AVX Aircraft’s rich history of coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems with L3’s proven products; systems engineering; weapons, sensor and communications systems integration; and full-rate… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 03-Jan-19

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Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $49,210,651 firm-fixe-price Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for Maintenance Augmentation Team services for the Qatari Air Force AH-64E aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $23,201,950for delivery order N0001919F0031 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order provides for MV-22 flight test sustainment; MV-22 flight test sustainment back-home support for analysis of flight tests; and flight test support for five MV-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $366,623,144 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded a $15,419,280 firm-fixed-price contract to construct improvements to the landing areas within Marine Corps Base Hawaii properties that MV-22 Osprey aircraft will utilize for training maneuvers. The work to be performed provides for the converting of existing landing helicopterassault pad into a landing helicopter dock pad, construction of a newlanding platform dock pad, and construction of four new concrete landing pads. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. 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 »

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German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) has taken delivery of three heavy H215 helicopters, with a fourth to follow in June 2019. These twin-engine multi-role Super Pumas will enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime missions off of Germany’s coast. “The H215’s speed, long-distance performance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

Leonardo is pleased to announce it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. By completing this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Dec-18

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Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (“Sakhalin Energy”) for the supply of three AW189 super medium twin engine commercial helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry, with deliveries expected to start in the 1Q2020. The contract was signed in Moscow today… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport Team. This helicopter boasts a distinct paint job, wrapped in branding from each program. The design mirrors DHART’s customary design, while the color scheme demonstrates the collaboration with UVM…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-18

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Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus Helicopters and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that will initially focus on the production of certain high precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the ‘Zrinyi 2026’ armed forces development program supporting Hungary’s national security goals of developing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI Receives STC

Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI Receives STC

Aspen Avionics announced it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument(EFI). The Evolution E5 can be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d, non-TSO Evolution E5 consolidates attitude indicator plus… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 21-Dec-18

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First serial H160 takes to the skies

First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $40,313,300 for a firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of the Multi-Spectral Targeting system in support of the H-60 aircraft. The contract will include a two-year base period and a one-year option period which if exercised, the total value of the contract will be $58,777,194. All work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded a $7,582,658 firm-fixed-price contract for non-recurring engineering efforts to include specification and requirements, definition and development, qualification testing, the procurement of three full motion video test articles, verification and validation activities, test support and refurbishment of test articles in support of the H-60 Multi-Mission aircraft.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a maximum $48,050,000 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (H92241-19-D-0002) for the production of Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) kits to upgrade the A/MH-6 in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $4,633,100 will be obligated at the time of award… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

HER Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase at Semington, near Melksham,  on Friday 14 December. The official opening comes seven months after Wiltshire Air Ambulance moved to the purpose-built airbase in May 2018. This significant milestone brought together the helicopter, operational, fundraising and administrative teams on to one site… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulanc, 20-Dec-18

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Airbus has delivered Canada’s first H145 helicopter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The versatile twin-engine Airbus H145 is the latest variant of the H145 family of aircraft. RCMP’s Air Support Unit will utilize the H145 for a variety of missions including surveillance and pursuit, fast roping, hoisting, Emergency Response Team operations, harbour surveillance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-18

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Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial helicopter rating and who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices. The scholarship was founded in memory of Michelle North, a longtime industry advocate of safety, to encourage a stronger focus on safety education… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Foundation International, 20-Dec-18

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Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen, has entered into agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway AS (AIM). AIM is the Norwegian armed force’s business for maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of the Air Force’s aircraft and helicopters. In order to further strengthen deliveries,… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg, 20-Dec-18

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FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Dan Elwell today named D. Kirk Shaffer as the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, effective December 17. In this position, Shaffer will oversee the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Since 2017 through the AIP program, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced nearly $7 billion in investments in the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Dec-18

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Bell V-280 Valor

Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-18

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Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson added Avidyne’s IFD 400 series touchscreen GPS navigators to its R22, R44 and R66 avionics options. The 400 series may be operated by either touchscreen or buttons and knobs which allows the IFD to be installed in the helicopter’s lower center console or in the pilot side console. Wi-Fi, for interfacing with an iPad,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Dec-18

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WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

A World War 2 Spitfire almost came into collision with an EMS AW169 recently. The Spitfire was flying at 220mph and the AW169 155mph. The helicopter’s ambulance crew stated that the Spitfire was doing aerobatics and was finishing a loop. The helicopter pilot had to perform a steep left turn and they missed each other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

The approval of a new heliport in the Netherlands at Eemshaven is in place following contract signatures on 18th December. Groningen Seaports owns the infrastructure that is needed for the functioning of the heliport, the official opening of which is scheduled for summer 2019. The approvals specify a maximum of 15 return flights per day. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

The disclosure relates to a lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck, which is meant especially while being installed in connection with an identification marking, such as an H, triangle, cross figure or the like, and/or a touchdown and positioning mark ring on a landing and takeoff area of the helicopter deck for illuminating the safety marking/markings in question in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 18-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, management, and process support to maintain, upgrade, and deploy software and systems configurations for all H-60 variants in support of the Navy and the governments of Denmark, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-18

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StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 18-Dec-18

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Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth has spent over $65 million on their new patient tower on 800 Ninth Avenue. The tower, now open, is featured will all modern design elements for an emergency hospital. They now have a rooftop helipad that will allow patients direct access through an elevator into the hospital, instead of having to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They are well known for providing VIP helicopter transport. They offer flights between Monaco’s heliport and the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France. They plan to widen their reach by working with Air France, British Airways, KLM, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Air Corsica, reports Hello … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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