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Evonik to exhibit at Heli-Expo 2018

Evonik to exhibit at Heli-Expo 2018

Evonik is participating in the HAI HELI-EXPO between February 27 and March 1, 2018 as a full-service provider of cast and stretched PLEXIGLAS® and versatile EUROPLEX® for the aviation industry. At booth 3144, Evonik will be presenting for the first time a UV-IR blocker for aircraft glazing. This additive for cast PLEXIGLAS® sheets prevents penetration… Read more »

Source: Evonik, 19-Feb-18

JETNET to Feature New Reporting Tools at Heli-Expo 2018

JETNET to Feature New Reporting Tools at Heli-Expo 2018

JETNET LLC, celebrating its 30th anniversary as the leading provider of corporate aviation information, will be featuring new reporting tools at the 2018 HAI HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new “Market Reports” tool allows users to customize reports for clients and internal use by choosing which parameters to display, along with their own logos… Read more »

Source: JETNET, 19-Feb-18

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Rogue Aviation Opens Flight School Focused on Flight Safety

Rogue Aviation Opens Flight School Focused on Flight Safety

Orange County based Rogue Aviation opens a helicopter flight school at John Wayne Airport that looks to elevate the standard of aviation. Born from a desire to see safety, integrity and community placed at the forefront of helicopter flight operations, Rogue Aviation, operating out of ACI Jet’s West Side Hangars is owned and operated by… Read more »

Source: Rogue Aviation, 19-Feb-18

HAL seeks partner for Dhruv program Image pick a good one after searching ‘dhruv’

HAL seeks partner for Dhruv program Image pick a good one after searching ‘dhruv’

For the first time in Indian history, as a major boost to defence manufacturing and Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative,  HAL has offered  the indigenous  ‘Advanced Light Helicopter-Dhruv’  (Civil version) for manufacturing to potential Indian private companies through Transfer of Technology. Accordingly, the Company has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for identification of Indian Partner.  “Considering the… Read more »

Source: HAL, 19-Feb-18

Kopter Group appoints VP of Business Development for US market

Kopter Group appoints VP of Business Development for US market

Kopter Group AG today announced the appointment of Larry D. Roberts as senior vice president, U.S. Business Development responsible for the sales, marketing of the SH09 single-engine turbine helicopter in North America. Mr. Roberts will be based in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. Roberts has been involved in the U.S. commercial helicopter industry for the past 20… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 19-Feb-18

RAMM receives FAA approval for R44 Cabin Floor Trays

RAMM receives FAA approval for R44 Cabin Floor Trays

RAMM Aerospace is proud to announce receipt of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for their R44 Cabin Floor Trays. RAMM Aerospace continues to expand their innovative product line for Robinson R44 aircraft. In addition to the R44 Cabin Floor Trays, RAMM Aerospace also offers affordable Precut Carpet or Utility Flooring Kits, Leather Controls Boot… Read more »

Source: RAMM Aerospace, 19-Feb-18

HFI Silent Auction Opens Today

HFI Silent Auction Opens Today

Go to BiddingForGood.com/HFI beginning today, February 19th to view and bid on the exciting range of items up for auction, including training, communications equipment, helicopter tours, artwork, and so much more! You can bid 24/7 on your computer, smartphone, or tablet until the end of the world’s largest helicopter event EVER, HAI HELI-EXPO 2018. You… Read more »

Source: HFI, 19-Feb-18

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

Production of T408 engine begins for CH-53K

The T408 engine that will power the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter is now going into production. The contract to build 22 T408-GE-400s and provide logistics and engineering support for the engine, valued at 143,481,258 million U.S. dollars, has been awarded to GE Aviation by the U.S. military, marking a major milestone. MTU Aero… Read more »

Source: MTU Aero Engines, 19-Feb-18

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London Air Ambulance appoints new director

London Air Ambulance appoints new director

The charity is very excited to welcome Louise Robertshaw as our new Director of Marketing and Communications. Louise joins us from Guide Dogs, where she spent nine years as Head of Communications and Campaigns, developing the marcomms function and leading its brand strategy, as well as instigating a charity wide digital first strategy. We have… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-18

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Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse (France) has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to supply the heating valves for its H160 helicopter program. Liebherr-Aerospace will not only develop, qualify and manu-facture the environmental control system components, but the company will also service them. Liebherr will supply two valves of the heating system that will be installed in… Read more »

Source: Liebherr, 19-Feb-18

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Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

Robinson to launch R66 hook at Heli-Expo

Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation will be on display at this year’s Heli-Expo February 27th through March 1st in Las Vegas, NV. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb to 2900 lb. Two installations of the hook… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 19-Feb-18

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Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Bruno Even, 49, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 April 2018. He will report to Airbus CEO Tom Enders and join the company’s Executive Committee. Bruno Even comes to Airbus from Safran where he was CEO of the Helicopter Engines business since 2015. He… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Feb-18

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Smartphone app released for Heli-Expo 2018

Smartphone app released for Heli-Expo 2018

Create your HAI HELI-EXPO profile and navigate the event like a pro to stay organized with up-to-the-minute information about speakers, events, education, and “app-only” notifications of show floor surprises and giveaways. With the HAI HELI-EXPO mobile app, you can: Interactively locate the most current information about sessions and exhibitors Build your personalized schedule and bookmark… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Feb-18

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Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Army aviators testing next generation air-to-ground missile

Aviation testers here are deep into testing the latest Army aviation missile, known as the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. The complex JAGM test was a collaborative team effort between the West Fort Hood, Texas-based Aviation Test Directorate of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Yuma Test Center at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Redstone Test Center… Read more »

Source: US Army, 19-Feb-18

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Boost Systems Dual Hook Systems and Personnel Carrying Devise approved for B407 and AS350/355

Boost Systems Dual Hook Systems and Personnel Carrying Devise approved for B407 and  AS350/355

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Inc.  (www.boostsystems.ca), a leading provider of HEC equipment for aerial rescue and worker placement, is currently the sole North American supplier of 14 CFR § 27.865 compliant Human External Cargo (HEC) Dual Hook Systems (DHSs) and a Personnel Carrying Device System (PCDS). These Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approved systems offer… Read more »

Source: Boost Human External Cargo Systems, 19-Feb-18

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PAG named Bendix-King Repair Partner

PAG named Bendix-King Repair Partner

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce the company was formally selected as an authorized BendixKing repair, overhaul and OEM component distribution partner. “This new authorization, on such a successful product line, provides an excellent source of future… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 19-Feb-18

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Aberdeen Airport helicopter movements continue to fall

Aberdeen Airport helicopter movements continue to fall

Aberdeen Airport has seen a rise in their fixed wing aircraft flights since the beginning of the year, but helicopter flights have declined. This decrease in business is due to the downturn of the oil and gas industry, reports Energy Voice.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Leonardo Withdraws Lawsuit

Two years ago, AgustaWestland filed a lawsuit against the US Army after they decided to Lakota helicopters from another competitor, Airbus, without holding a competition. This year however, they have decided to withdraw their lawsuit. A Leonardo representative has commented that they are, “disappointed that there was no competition in this case,” reports Navy Times.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Lower helicopter requirement as Fox News train 90 drone pilots

Lower helicopter requirement as Fox News train 90 drone pilots

Fox Television Stations has almost finished training 90 drone pilots. These drones will take over helicopters when it comes to aerial footage. Fox commented that they now employ drones at 13 of their 16 news stations. The drones are more cost effective, can provide a wider scope of coverage and has been said to change… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Drone Collision

A Kauai tour helicopter of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters was hit by a drone this past Friday. The FAA and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources are investigating into the situation. No injuries occurred to those on-board, with only minor scratches on the belly of the helicopter, reports Drone DJ.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-18

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Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans

Following yesterday’s announcement of a new helicopter service between the UK mainland and the Scilly Isles, the team behind the operation from a new heliport at Penzance have put out a press release – detailed below in italics.  While it was clearly aimed as a spoiler, the Penzance team have pointed to what they believe… Read more »

Source: Tresco Estate, 16-Feb-18

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Helinetwork presents you with a new free service – RotorPlace.

Helinetwork presents you with a new free service – RotorPlace.

With over 20 years’ experience selling helicopter spare parts, Helinetwork International is committed to constant improvement and now presents you with a new free service : RotorPlace. The idea behind this helicopter spare parts e-commerce website for professionals came from the realisation that spare parts are needed more and more urgently. Getting a fast answer… Read more »

Source: Helinetwork, 15-Feb-18

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LCI closes on $55M capital market financing

LCI closes on $55M capital market financing

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the leading helicopter lessor and aviation division of the Libra Group, has closed its inaugural capital markets term loan financing, with a value in excess of US$55 million. The private, senior secured tranches have a maturity of five years, and were offered to a range of US financial institutions. CIT Group… Read more »

Source: LCI, 15-Feb-18

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Era Group Celebrates 70 Years of Service

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA) (“Era”), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world and the longest serving helicopter transport operator in the United States, is pleased to commence a year-long celebration of 70 years of service beginning in 1948. Era’s founder, Carl Brady, learned to fly helicopters in Washington State where he formed Economy… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 15-Feb-18

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New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

New Isles of Scilly helicopter link to use AW169

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly from May this year. Called Island Helicopters it will operate year-round up to six days a week from Land’s End Airport, with up to eight return flights a day. Fares start… Read more »

Source: Island Helicopters, 15-Feb-18

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Helipass reaches 6 million bookings

Helipass reaches 6 million bookings

During Heli Expo, Las Vegas 2018, the #1 online booking platform extends its footprint into the US market. Helipass, the digitally powered online helicopter booking with a span on over 235 destinations for tourism and transfers. Helipass bridges the needs of customers and helicopter operators by maximizing helicopter capacity. With an amazing achievement as of… Read more »

Source: Helipass, 14-Feb-18

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Where in the USA Do Helicopter Accidents Occur?

Where in the USA Do Helicopter Accidents Occur?

Usually, helicopter accidents occur in states where more helicopters are flying year round and where helicopters operate most often for industry purposes. During the 10-year period from 2007 to 2016, a large percentage of helicopter operations took place west of the Rocky Mountains and that is reflected in the accident totals. Helicopter Accidents  –  2007… Read more »

Source: USHST, 14-Feb-18

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Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky awarded $127M contract for CH-53K Production

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $126,500,000 for modification P00007 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-16-C-0048).  This modification provides for long lead items in support of the low rate initial production of seven Lot III CH-53K aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and is expected to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-18

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Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson adds wire strike system for R66

Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options list. Available only on R66 helicopters, the provisions are FAA certified and allow for easy, bolt-on installation of Magellan’s WSPS (Wire Strike Protection System) sold separately by Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, Canada. Robinson provisions add 7 lb to the empty weight of the helicopter and… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 14-Feb-18

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Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom, the world’s premier on-demand helicopter booking platform, is now joining Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters. Initially incubated in A^3, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost, Voom launched commercial operations in April 2017 in Sao Paulo, flying thousands of passengers over the last ten months, and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Feb-18

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USHST appoints Government Co-Chair

USHST appoints Government Co-Chair

Wayne Fry, FAA Flight Standards Division Manager for General Aviation Safety Assurance, has been named the new government co-chairman of the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.ushst.org).  The USHST was formed in 2013 as a regional partner within the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org) to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to promote safety… Read more »

Source: USHST, 13-Feb-18

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Wills and Legal Services raises £540,000 for hospital helipads

Wills and Legal Services raises £540,000 for hospital helipads

Wills and Legal Services (WLS), based in Malvern, has announced that, since 2014, it has raised £540,000 for the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads. WLS’ specialist paralegals, who operate throughout England and Wales, support the HELP Appeal with their Wills Campaign where they write Wills for the general… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 13-Feb-18

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Convention Data Services signs three year Heli-Expo contract

Convention Data Services signs three year Heli-Expo contract

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has selected Convention Data Services (CDS) as their new trusted registration partner for their annual event, HAI HELI-EXPO (heliexpo.rotor.org). The three-year contract calls for CDS to provide full registration services, lead retrieval and onsite support. HAI HELI-EXPO is the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow and exposition, with one million square feet… Read more »

Source: CDS, 13-Feb-18

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Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

Avian-Precise Co awarded $57M contract for Vertical Lift Engineering

AVIAN-Precise Co.,* Lexington Park, Maryland, is being awarded a $57,399,109 cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for approximately 739,200 hours sustaining engineering, training and tools in support of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Systems Engineering Department (AIR-4.1).  Services to be provided include direct systems sustainment engineering support throughout the full life cycle of a weapon system from concept development to disposal… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Feb-18

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First EMS AW169 launched in the Nordics

First EMS AW169 launched in the Nordics

Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006. Shortly after… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-Feb-18

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Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

In the last couple of weeks, three Bell 505s – soon to be joined by a fourth – have been doing initial flight tests at Kagoshima Airport in the south west of Japan.  All are flying in the colours of Japan Coast Guard.  Some photos published on the internet show three of the helicopters already flying,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-18

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CHC Appoints New General Counsel

CHC Appoints New General Counsel

  CHC Group today announced that Imran Hayat, currently serving as acting general counsel, has been confirmed by its Board of Managers to assume the role permanently moving forward. Hayat assumed the acting position in January 2018 from his previous position of chief compliance officer and litigation counsel. He will report to Karl Fessenden, CHC’s… Read more »

Source: CHC, 12-Feb-18

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Alyssum Group acquires aviation services company RocketRoute

Alyssum Group acquires aviation services company RocketRoute

Alyssum Group has acquired leading aviation services company RocketRoute as part of its long-term strategy to transform the entire private aviation industry. Specifically, RocketRoute’s best-in-class technology platforms FlightPlan and MarketPlace – delivering innovative flight-planning, fuel and concierge services – will be integrated into a connected digital marketplace that Alyssum Group, owner of global jet charter… Read more »

Source: RocketRoute, 12-Feb-18

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Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

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EDA launches Defence Innovation Prize

EDA launches Defence Innovation Prize

The European Defence Agency (EDA) today launched the EDA Defence Innovation Prize rewarding companies and research entities who will propose innovative and ground-breaking technologies, products, processes or services applicable in the defence domain.  The prizes are especially (but not exclusively) aimed at non-traditional defence industries (civil or dual-use producers) and researchers as they play a… Read more »

Source: EDA, 09-Feb-18

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Marenco renamed – but is new name strong enough?

Marenco renamed – but is new name strong enough?

During an inauguration event held at its recently completed corporate/engineering facility, the company’s CEO, Andreas Loewenstein, introduced Kopter to customers, suppliers, partners and staff. Kopter marks a new chapter in the company’s history. The launch is an opportunity for the company’s leadership to share its ambitious business strategy, as well as news about its upcoming flight test… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Feb-18

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Bangladesh operator Bashundhara Airways orders five from Leonardo

Bangladesh operator Bashundhara Airways orders five from Leonardo

Leonardo is expanding its share of the growing Bangladeshi helicopter market with the announcement, during Singapore Air Show, of the upcoming delivery of five helicopters to Bashundhara Airways, comprising three AW109 Trekkers and two AW119Kx. The helicopters will be used for EMS, utility, law-enforcement, surveillance, VIP, corporate & passenger transport applications and are all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2018… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Feb-18

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Emergency Helipad for Metro Health

Emergency Helipad for Metro Health

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health has been granted approval to maintain and operate out of an emergency helipad. The helipad will be operated from a section of the Wyoming Fire Training Center’s parking lot. The helipad already has wind cones, lighting, signage, a touchdown and lift-off area and a final approach and take-off area. Metro… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-18

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Sberbank Leasing Receives Mi-8AMT helicopters from Russian Helicopters

Sberbank Leasing Receives Mi-8AMT helicopters from Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters has completed their delivery of two Mil Mi-8AMT helicopters to Sberbank Leasing, who will pass the aircraft over to Convers Avia. Convers Avia has planned to use the helicopters for transporting Russian oil workers between shifts, reports Russian Aviation Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-18

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HALO Air Rescue to add BK117

HALO Air Rescue to add BK117

HALO Air Rescue has added a new aircraft to their fleet. After ten years of operating with solely a single helicopter, HALO is happy to announce they will soon receive a new twin-engine BK117 helicopter. The BK117 will arrive in May, reports Chat News Today.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Feb-18

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B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

B505 to assist in recovery of missing US Military personnel

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 08-Feb-18

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Russian started certification of the Ansat helicopter

Russian started certification of the Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation), together with Rosaviatsiya, has conducted the first stage of negotiations with representatives of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) regarding validation of the Russian certificate for the Ansat helicopter in China. Following the results of this meeting, the parties have determined steps to be taken. In the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Feb-18

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PhilJets order 10th helicopter in 5 years

PhilJets order 10th helicopter in 5 years

PhilJets through its mother company Starline Global Industries, has confirmed 1 more brand new helicopter order during the Singapore Airshow. PhilJets, which became Airbus Helicopters largest operator in the Philippines in 2017, has successfully taken delivery this January, of its first H145 and its 7th H130 helicopters. Following these additions, PhilJets that marked its entry… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 08-Feb-18

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Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky’s breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall’s leadership as the lead teammate for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Feb-18

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Russian completes flight tests of the Mi-171Е2

Russian completes flight tests of the Mi-171Е2

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has successfully completed tests of Mi-171E2, a new multipurpose helicopter with a new power unit and rotor system. It was developed by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and will be produced in lots at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP). Mi-171Е2 designed for air transportation by foreign government agencies… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Feb-18

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SENER-Babcock wins award for AB212 modernization program

SENER-Babcock wins award for AB212 modernization program

The joint venture formed by SENER and Babcock Spain has been awarded a prize by the technical publication Avion Revue in the first Spanish edition of the Excellence Awards in the aerospace sector. Specifically, the magazine has recognized the joint venture’s good work in the AB-212 helicopter program to extend their operational life for the… Read more »

Source: SENER, 08-Feb-18

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Erickson makes two key appointments

Erickson makes two key appointments

Erickson Incorporated, a leading aerospace manufacturer and aerial services company has strengthened its leadership team under CEO and Director Douglas Kitani with the hiring of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stephen Wideman and Corporate Controller Micheal Hausinger. Doug Kitani said, “We are excited to have this new finance leadership at Erickson, which will continue… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 08-Feb-18

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Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169 and AW139 helicopter models, announced today the signing of a contract with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The aircraft, replacing an older model, will be used to perform electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations, with entry into service expected… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Feb-18

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Russian signs memorandum on cooperation in aftersales with Datagate

Russian signs memorandum on cooperation in aftersales with Datagate

Russian Helicopters and the Thai company Datagate Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of intent on cooperation in organization of the maintenance service center for Russian-made helicopters in the framework of international Singapore Airshow. The document was signed by Deputy General Director on Aftersales of Russian Helicopters, Igor Chechikov and Director of Datagate Ms. Issary Benjarattanaporn. Among the areas of cooperation… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 07-Feb-18

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Goodrich awarded patent for helicopter search light

Goodrich awarded patent for helicopter search light

A helicopter search light includes at least one first light source, with the at least one first light source in operation providing a spot light functionality of the helicopter search light, at least one second light source, with the at least one second light source in operation providing a flood light functionality of the helicopter search light, and a switching circuit… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 07-Feb-18

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Sagem awarded patent for empennage displacement actuator

Sagem awarded patent for empennage displacement actuator

An actuating device to displace a part of an empennage of a helicopter, including a first part including a first casing fixed to a frame of the helicopter, a first element mounted in rotation with respect to the first casing and a first motor the first element. A second part includes a second casing connected to the part of… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 07-Feb-18

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Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed awarded $12M contract for MH-60 electronic warfare surveillance Systems

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Liverpool, New York, is being awarded an $11,525,263 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5353) to exercise options for engineering, manufacturing and development for advanced off-board electronic warfare (AOEW).  The AOEW program will provide an electronic warfare mission package to integrate with a flight vehicle.  The AOEW program will provide… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 07-Feb-18

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Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan

Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to SECO International. These are the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters delivered to a Japanese customer and will be used for passenger transport, sightseeing, aerial photography and television broadcasting. “The delivery of the… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 07-Feb-18

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Sikorsky Qualifies Weapons System for Digital Black Hawk Helicopter

Sikorsky Qualifies Weapons System for Digital Black Hawk Helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, has completed qualification to military standards of a comprehensive weapons system for S-70M / S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters. Fully integrated with the aircraft’s existing avionics, the system allows either pilot to place munitions quickly from forward firing guns, rocket pods and laser-designated air-to-ground missile launchers onto static or… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Feb-18

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Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger in Asia Pacific region

Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger in Asia Pacific region

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Nautilus Aviation. These are the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters delivered into the Asia Pacific region, where Bell expects to see the highest demand globally for the new 505s. “The Australian helicopter… Read more »

06-Feb-18

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Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

Leonardo and Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation (SACC) of Japan announced the signing of a Service Centre Agreement to set up helicopter MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) capabilities in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. The agreement foresees the construction and completion of a new dedicated hangar in 2018, with operational readiness by spring 2019. The MRO centre… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Feb-18

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Waypoint Opens new Office in Hong Kong

Waypoint Opens new Office in Hong Kong

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has opened an office in Hong Kong to support its operations and customer base in China and the Asia Pacific Region.  Philip Stransky, Waypoint’s Vice President of Sales & Relationship Management, Asia Pacific, will lead the relocation of Waypoint’s Singapore Office… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 06-Feb-18

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NBAA Launches New Program for Young Professionals

NBAA Launches New Program for Young Professionals

The National Business Aviation Association’s Young Professionals in Business Aviation (NBAA YoPro) announced it is accepting nominations for its first Business Aviation Top 40 Under 40, which will recognize the accomplishments of the industry’s next generation of leaders. Through June 30, peers and supervisors may nominate individuals online in one of eight categories: Airport Business… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 06-Feb-18

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Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being acquired as… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 06-Feb-18

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EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters have just implemented a new single Production Organisation Approval (POA). This replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain by a single, integrated framework allowing for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialisation across Europe…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Feb-18

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Manang Air to receive H125 late February

Manang Air to receive H125 late February

 Manang Air is all set for adding a brand new H125 (AS 350 B3e) helicopter to its fleet which will arrive Kathmandu within coming few weeks. Manang Air Officials told Aviation Nepal that the 2 phases of registration process of the aircraft have already been accomplished. The new helicopter has also received a Nepalese Registration… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Feb-18

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Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Lifeflight considers new base at Cantonment

Baptist Hospital is looking to build a new base in Cantonment for their Life Flight helicopter. Life Flight is no longer allowed to operate from the hospital. Should plans be approved, a hangar, helipad and an office will be built on the 2,5 acres of land, reports WEAR TV.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

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Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Formation of Hawaii Helicopter Association

Multiple helicopter operators have joined together from throughout the Hawaii Islands to form the Hawaii Helicopter Association. HHA focuses on aviation practices, improvement of the industry as well as working with the community and state agencies to tackle concerns. It is a non-profit organisation and works with the FAA and State of Hawaii Department of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Feb-18

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HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

HeliInvestor 2018: Alliances or Band-Aids?

When helicopters are not needed and put into long term storage, either by lessors or operators, they are wrapped in a cover that protects them from the effects of humidity.  Steve Hanna is the CEO of the company that provides these covers, over 300 of them so far, and his business success and attendance for… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 05-Feb-18

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LCH makes maiden flight with indigenous control system

LCH makes maiden flight with indigenous control system

Giving further thrust to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited carried out the first flight of Light Combat Helicopter (Technology Demonstrator-2) with its own designed and developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) for the first time in the country. The maiden flight was flawless and flew for 20 minutes with the engagement of… Read more »

Source: HAL, 05-Feb-18

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AUVSI Launches Tampa Satellite Chapter

AUVSI Launches Tampa Satellite Chapter

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing unmanned and robotic vehicle systems, today announced the launch of a satellite chapter to serve Tampa and southwest Florida to further its reach across the state. “The formation of a satellite chapter on the southwest coast of Florida… Read more »

Source: AUVSI, 05-Feb-18

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters picks Ramco software

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters picks Ramco software

Ramco Systems, the global aviation software provider on Cloud and Mobile, today announced that it has secured an order from the world’s largest and longest running aerial tour company, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, to install Ramco Aviation Suite V5.8, for maintenance and engineering operations of its fleet. Papillon Group’s fleet of 80 rotor and fixed-wing aircraft fly… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 05-Feb-18

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SAFE Structure Designs appoints Military Operations Account Executive

SAFE Structure Designs appoints Military Operations Account Executive

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is proud to announce and welcome James (Jimmy) Schwader as it’s Military Operations Account Executive. Jimmy will be responsible for all United States Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations, Air force, and Department of Homeland Security accounts in assisting them with the design, engineering, and manufacturing of custom ergonomic safety-first OSHA/ANSI-compliant aircraft… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 05-Feb-18

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Everett Aviation re-introduces AW139

Everett Aviation re-introduces AW139

Everett Aviation today announces the re-introduction of the AW139 helicopter to its fleet. “Everett has operated the AW139 before for international oil companies in both the crew change and full search & rescue roles,” said Simon Everett, CEO. “Ensuring that we have this popular oil & gas type available is of paramount importance to us… Read more »

Source: Everett Aviation, 05-Feb-18

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H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

The successful capability enhancement for the H145M continues. In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre. In a rough and challenging environment the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Feb-18

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