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Alpine Aerotech Develops H125 (AS350/355) Bear Paw

Alpine Aerotech Develops H125 (AS350/355) Bear Paw

15-Dec-2022Source: Alpine Aerotech

Alpine Aerotech announced that they have officially received a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for their newest Bear Paw Kit, compatible with Airbus H125 (AS350/355) Rotorcraft. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC’s are currently pending. Aerotech provides Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul services in Western Canada and... Read more

Enstrom Helicopter Receives FAA Production Certificate

Enstrom Helicopter Receives FAA Production Certificate

14-Dec-2022Source: Enstrom Helicopter

The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (Enstrom) is excited to announce that it has received FAA Production Certificate No. 26CE. Doug Smith, Enstrom’s VP of Quality Assurance, was on hand to receive the Production Certificate (PC) in person at the Minneapolis MIDO. The PC authorizes Enstrom to manufacture parts for all models of Enstrom helicopters, an important milestone for any... Read more

VFS selects Airbus’s Serge Germanetti for 2023 Nikolsky Lectureship

VFS selects Airbus’s Serge Germanetti for 2023 Nikolsky Lectureship

13-Dec-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, is pleased to announced that Airbus’s Serge Germanetti has been selected for the prestigious 2023 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and... Read more

Croatia receives second pair of UH-60M

Croatia receives second pair of UH-60M

13-Dec-2022Source: Croatian Government

[electronic translation] The Minister of Defense Mario Banožić and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia, Admiral Robert Hranj, also the envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Croatia, attended the reception of two... Read more

Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Virginia Tech announce research partnership

Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Virginia Tech announce research partnership

13-Dec-2022Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney have signed a joint agreement with Virginia Tech for pre-competitive research focused on the impact of environmental contaminants on aeroengine operation and testing. The four-year project will leverage Virginia Tech’s research and cross-discipline expertise on engine operation, instrumentation, and geosciences as well as the current research relationships that both Pratt... Read more

MD Helicopters confirms HeliHub story on Atlanta Police fleet upgrade

MD Helicopters confirms HeliHub story on Atlanta Police fleet upgrade

13-Dec-2022Source: MD Helicopters

The following is a press release from MD Helicopters where they confirm the story we ran two weeks previously.   MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) is pleased to announce the Atlanta Police Department has signed a USD$10 million purchase agreement for two MD 530F helicopters. Additionally, the department signed an agreement to convert one of its... Read more

Polish Medical Air Rescue trains Ukraine crews

Polish Medical Air Rescue trains Ukraine crews

13-Dec-2022Source: Polish Medical Air Rescue

In Warsaw, the training of medical personnel from Ukraine began in the field of competence, procedures and organization of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), which is carried out by the Polish Medical Air Rescue. It is an initiative taken by the First Ladies of Poland and Ukraine. The training is a response to the... Read more

Los Angeles and UML publish guide for UAM integration into a city

Los Angeles and UML publish guide for UAM integration into a city

13-Dec-2022Source: Urban Movement Labs

Urban Movement Labs, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, announced the publishing of Integrating Advanced Air Mobility: A Primer For Cities. Electric aircraft are on track to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2025, which opens a pathway for limited commercial deployment soon thereafter. To understand the AAM landscape and inform future... Read more

Latvia receives first two UH-60M Black Hawks

Latvia receives first two UH-60M Black Hawks

13-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Baltic state of Latvia has received its first two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters at Lielvārde air base.  The delivery was made by a Boeing C-17 Gloebmaster transport aircraft operated by the US Air Force Air Mobility Command from Charleston, South Carolina The helicopters carry serial numbers 105 and 106, and join four Mil Mi-17-1V... Read more

Polish Police order two more S70i Black Hawks

Polish Police order two more S70i Black Hawks

12-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The contract has been reported as worth 350 million Polish Zloty, US $78.6 Million at today’s prices.  Delivery is expected in September 2023 and the fourth quarter of 2024. While the aircraft will be operated by the Police, their primary role will be for firefighting under a contract with the State Fire Service, and available... Read more

First H175 in commercial operations in Asia identified

First H175 in commercial operations in Asia identified

12-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Ahead of any announcement by Airbus Helicopters, the HeliHub research team have been monitoring social media posts about the first Airbus H175 to arrive in Asia for commercial operations. The region is already home to ten H175s, with Hong Kong Government Flying Service fleet of seven SAR examples, and the Royal Thai Police flying a... Read more

Columbia Helicopters names new President/CEO

Columbia Helicopters names new President/CEO

12-Dec-2022Source: Columbia Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters announced today that Executive Vice President Michael Tremlett has been named President/CEO effective January 1, 2023, to replace current President/CEO Steve Bandy who is retiring at the end of the year. Mr. Bandy will remain on the Columbia Board of Directors as Vice Chairman to continue to support the Columbia team. Columbia is... Read more

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Fourteen (HM-14) makes final flight

Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Fourteen (HM-14) makes final flight

12-Dec-2022Source: US Navy

After nearly 45 years of service, flying the RH-53D and the MH-53E, the Vanguard are officially disestablishing in July 2023. The sailors of HM-14 have served and flown on every continent in the world over their 45 year history, and have been a part of numerous critical military Operations. With the Navy’s decision to develop... Read more

Royal Thai Army receives four more UH-60Ms

Royal Thai Army receives four more UH-60Ms

12-Dec-2022

The Royal Thai Army has recently taken delivery of four Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters to take their Black Hawk fleet to a total of 18.  From the first  deliveries of three UH-60L models in 2011, 20 have been imported, including three acquired pre-owned.  Two have been retired from service following incidents in July 2011 and July... Read more

Green Deck Operations gains Bahamas Maritime Authority inspection approval

Green Deck Operations gains Bahamas Maritime Authority inspection approval

12-Dec-2022Source: Green Deck Operations

Green Deck Operations is both proud and privileged to announce our appointment as an approved Aviation Inspection Body carrying out inspections and certification of large yacht helicopter landing areas on behalf of The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) Green Deck Operations has a long standing, credible reputation in supporting aviation on land and at sea. Now,... Read more

Universal Avionics Establishes Repair Capability for Enhanced Vision Cameras

Universal Avionics Establishes Repair Capability for Enhanced Vision Cameras

12-Dec-2022Source: Universal Avionics

Universal Avionics (UA), an Elbit Systems company has established repair capabilities for ClearVision™ EVS-5000 in its Tucson, AZ Part 145 Repair Station. The addition of multispectral enhanced vision cameras to the UA Repair Station capability list augments the worldwide support for EVS-5000 and will support its growing North American customer base.  ClearVision Enhanced Vision System (EVS) provides superior... Read more

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

Australia issues airworthiness bulletin for for R44 after clutch shaft yoke failure

9-Dec-2022Source: Australian Government

The failure of a Robinson R44 helicopter’s clutch shaft due to an undetected fatigue crack led to a loss of control before the helicopter collided with a vehicle, an ATSB investigation report details. The R44 had been conducting aerial spraying operations at a property near Clare, South Australia on 22 December 2020. As the pilot... Read more

Eve and FlyBIS to develop eVTOL ops in Latin America

Eve and FlyBIS to develop eVTOL ops in Latin America

9-Dec-2022Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with FlyBIS Aviation Limited (“FlyBIS”), an advanced air mobility start-up based in Caxias do Sul, in the south of Brazil, to collaborate on the development of eVTOL operations in Brazil and South America. Based on the agreement, FlyBIS will also purchase up to 40 of Eve’s... Read more

Sloane appoints new Operations Director

Sloane appoints new Operations Director

9-Dec-2022Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters is delighted to announce that Mark Abbey has joined the Company as the Operations Director. Under this role, Mark will oversee all Operational areas of the Company including Maintenance, Part M, Logistics, Flight Operations and Flight Training. Having been the CEO and Regional Director for CHC EMEA before joining Sloane, Mark brings a... Read more

Korea Forest Service receives eighth S64 Air Crane

Korea Forest Service receives eighth S64 Air Crane

9-Dec-2022Source: Erickson

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of the newest S-64 Air Crane® helicopter to their partners at Korea Forest Service (KFS) in South Korea. The aircraft, dubbed “K-9” by Erickson associates, furthers Erickson’s global mission of protecting life and property from wildfires. Over a 20-year relationship with KFS, Erickson has... Read more

Sogitec awarded contract for H160M Multi-Role Training Device

Sogitec awarded contract for H160M Multi-Role Training Device

9-Dec-2022Source: Sogitec

Sogitec has been notified by Airbus Helicopters of the contract concerning the simulation means for the training of the Guépard crews for the French Army, the French Navy and the French Air Force. With its expertise in Multi-Role Training Device (MRTD), recognized and appreciated by all its users, Sogitec confirms its position as a supplier... Read more

Lilium releases Q3 Business Update

Lilium releases Q3 Business Update

9-Dec-2022Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (Nasdaq: LILM) (“Lilium” or the “Company”), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, has released its Third Quarter Business Update. Lilium will host a webcast and conference call to discuss the update today at 8:00 a.m. ET. The details for the webcast, in addition to the Third Quarter Shareholder... Read more

P&WC offers new payment solution for engine purchasers

P&WC offers new payment solution for engine purchasers

9-Dec-2022Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, announced that it is collaborating with American Express (Amex) to provide qualifying customers with a new solution that will allow them to extend payment terms, when buying a new or used P&WC engine. “This new payment solution is part of our growing portfolio... Read more

Japan approves BVLOS drone flights in urban areas

Japan approves BVLOS drone flights in urban areas

9-Dec-2022Source: The Japan Times

Japan on Monday lifted its ban on urban drone flights outside visible range over residential areas to allow aerial parcel deliveries and help address the country’s labor shortages amid the graying of the population across the country, particularly in rural areas. See Full Story.... Read more

US approves possible FMS to the Republic of Korea of CH-47Fs

US approves possible FMS to the Republic of Korea of CH-47Fs

9-Dec-2022Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of CH-47F helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to... Read more

Iraqi Bell 407s to get EFIS upgrade

Iraqi Bell 407s to get EFIS upgrade

8-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The US Military has issued a single-source tender to Bell which will see the OEM carry out an avionics upgrade on the Bell 407 fleet operated by the Iraqi Army. Each helicopter is to be fitted with a the IDU-450 EFIS system from Genesys Aerospace, with the work to be completed in Iraq within a... Read more

US Dept Interior approves five wind farms offshore California

US Dept Interior approves five wind farms offshore California

8-Dec-2022Source: US Dept of Interior

[Further opportunities have been opened up for helicopter support of offshore wind farm as the US Dept of Energy approves five new areas.  Two are off Humboldt Bay, close to California’s border with Oregon, and potentially helicopter support could be sited at Humboldt County Airport in McKinleyville.  The other three are offshore Ragged Point, with... Read more

Detective injured in 20 foot fall from NYPD helicopter

Detective injured in 20 foot fall from NYPD helicopter

8-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

An NYPD detective recently fell from a Bell 429 helicopter after grabbing a rapelling rope that was not correctly secured.  The incident happened on a training exercise at the NYPD Academy in Queens on the afternoon of 1st December.  The detective Thursday afternoon, and “snapped his leg in half,” police said. A video of the... Read more

Woodward HRT awarded $27M order for V-22 hydraulic repairs

Woodward HRT awarded $27M order for V-22 hydraulic repairs

8-Dec-2022Source: US DoD

Woodward HRT, Santa Clarita, California, is awarded a $27,170,000 delivery order (N00383-23-F-YN03) under previously awarded basic ordering agreement N00383-21-G-YN01 for the repair of 418 components of the drive unit used in support of the V-22 aircraft hydraulic system. All work will be performed in Santa Clarita, California, and is expected to be completed by August... Read more

AUVSI Launches Multi-State “Drone Prepared” Advocacy Campaign

AUVSI Launches Multi-State “Drone Prepared” Advocacy Campaign

8-Dec-2022Source: AUVSI

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced the launch of “Drone Prepared,” a multi-state initiative to help lawmakers ensure that their state or locality is ready for the benefits the future of uncrewed and autonomous flight will bring to their communities. Commercial drone operations are already providing essential services to the American public and... Read more

Wisk appoints Head of Sustainability

Wisk appoints Head of Sustainability

8-Dec-2022Source: Wisk

Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and pioneer in autonomous, electric flight, furthers its global leadership in sustainability with the appointment of a new Head of Sustainability and the company’s certification of Net Carbon Zero in New Zealand. Wisk recently appointed Daniela Schaff as the company’s new Head of Sustainability. In this... Read more

NASA Conducts Acoustic Hover Test with Moog SureFly

NASA Conducts Acoustic Hover Test with Moog SureFly

8-Dec-2022

Noise levels are a common concern when the public thinks about the anticipated addition of new aircraft, such as air taxis and delivery drones, into the urban airspace. NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility mission is working with private sector developers of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to study the levels of noise ​they make. Moog SureFly is one... Read more

IBAC and Unmanned Safety Institute Launch Auditor RPAS Accreditation Course

IBAC and Unmanned Safety Institute Launch Auditor RPAS Accreditation Course

8-Dec-2022Source: IBAC

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) have opened enrollment to the new International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Training course. As part of the RPAS auditor accreditation process, qualified IS-BAO auditors wanting to expand their qualifications within the rapidly growing RPAS segment are required... Read more

Skydrive receive pre-order for 100 Flying Vehicles

Skydrive receive pre-order for 100 Flying Vehicles

8-Dec-2022Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc. (“SkyDrive”), a leading Japanese eVTOL1 manufacturer, and Pacific Group Co Ltd (“Pacific Group”), a leading renewable energy company and investment promotion with international funds in Vietnam, announced that they have signed an MoU and agreed on a pre-order of 10 of SkyDrive’s “SD-05” and a conditional pre-order option up to 90 flying vehicles.... Read more

VPorts agrees to create first AAM integrator centre in Dubai

VPorts agrees to create first AAM integrator centre in Dubai

8-Dec-2022Source: VPorts

VPorts, the world leader in the design, construction and operation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure, has announced a historic partnership with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) at Dubai South to establish the world’s first AAM integrator world centre in Dubai. Set to establish Dubai... Read more

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Selling Former LE Helicopter

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Selling Former LE Helicopter

8-Dec-2022Source: Polk County Sheriff

The Polk County Sheriff’s office has once again partnered with GovDeals, the leading online marketplace for government agencies and educational institutions to sell surplus assets, to offer a 2014 McDonnell Douglas 369E Helicopter for sale. The former law enforcement aircraft is at auction until December 12, 2022. Maintained by Dixie Jet and Rotor Service in Lakeland, Florida, the helicopter has... Read more

FRCE conducts test run of CH-53K engine disassembly

FRCE conducts test run of CH-53K engine disassembly

8-Dec-2022Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) recently opened a new chapter in the depot’s engine program with its first disassembly of the T408 engine, which powers the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter. The three-day disassembly was a dress rehearsal of sorts, as it gave stakeholders in the T408 engine program an opportunity to ensure everything from technical... Read more

Falcon Aviation Services orders five H130s

Falcon Aviation Services orders five H130s

7-Dec-2022Source: Falcon Aviation Service

Leading Emirati air charter and sightseeing helicopter tours operator Falcon Aviation Services has ordered five new Airbus H130 helicopters to upgrade its fleet. Under the terms of a deal signed at the MEBAA 2022 show, Falcon Aviation Services will accept the helicopters over the next year for renewal of its fleet used intensively for Falcon Tours sightseeing... Read more

Bristow to purchase 6 AW139s for UKSAR2G SAR programme

Bristow to purchase 6 AW139s for UKSAR2G SAR programme

7-Dec-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) has signed a contract to procure six AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to support the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation (“UKSAR2G”) programme by the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Aircraft’s deliveries are expected to start in 2023 and to be completed in 2024, joining an existing... Read more

Vertical Aerospace Appoints Chief Engineer

Vertical Aerospace Appoints Chief Engineer

7-Dec-2022Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces it has further strengthened its executive leadership team with the appointment of David King as Chief Engineer. David joins in February 2023 and will be responsible for the technical development and overall performance of the Vertical’s VX4 electric... Read more

Bristow Names SVP, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary

Bristow Names SVP, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary

7-Dec-2022Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced that Elizabeth Matthews has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Head of Government Affairs, and Corporate Secretary, effective December 21, 2022. In this role, she is responsible for legal, compliance, government affairs, and contract review and management. Matthews has over 25 years of legal experience providing counsel across... Read more

Eve to support vertiport automation with Volatus Infrastructure

Eve to support vertiport automation with Volatus Infrastructure

7-Dec-2022Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Volatus Infrastructure, LLC, to supply a vertiport automation solution that will support traffic management of future electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (“UATM”) software solution will be used to improve the capacity and efficiency... Read more

Slovenia Police orders third AW169

Slovenia Police orders third AW169

7-Dec-2022Source: Slovenia Government

[electronic translation] In the Ministry of the Interior, we strive for the best possible and modernly equipped police force. Today’s signing of the contract for the supply of a new multipurpose transport helicopter is one of the steps in this direction. The contract for the third Leonardo AW169 multipurpose transport helicopter was signed today in the presence... Read more

GA to benefit from FAA Weather Camera Program expansion

GA to benefit from FAA Weather Camera Program expansion

7-Dec-2022Source: APOA

The FAA Weather Camera Program is an expanding network of cameras designed to make general aviation safer. Pilots, air traffic controllers, and others in the aviation community can use the cameras for preflight planning and making that critical go/no-go decision. As the FAA plans to expand the network throughout the continental United States, the agency... Read more

Joby Partners with Aviation High School to Prepare the Future Electric Aviation Workforce

Joby Partners with Aviation High School to Prepare the Future Electric Aviation Workforce

7-Dec-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced a partnership with Aviation High School in New York City to prepare the next generation of aircraft maintenance technicians and aerospace leaders for career opportunities created by the electric age of flight. New York’s Aviation High School is a leading... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $75M contract for CV-22 additions

Bell Boeing awarded $75M contract for CV-22 additions

7-Dec-2022Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $75,015,996 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price incentive (firm target) modification (P00006) to an order (N0001921F0030) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification exercises options to procure 12 Nacelle improvements kits, rotable pool components and interim spares. Additionally, this modification provides for the installation of... Read more

Skysports and Corporación America Airports to develop vertiports in Latin America

Skysports and Corporación America Airports to develop vertiports in Latin America

7-Dec-2022Source: Skyports

Skyports Infrastructure, the market leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure provider, and Corporación América Airports S.A (CAAP), a leading private airport operator, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to plan the development and deployment of vertiport infrastructure for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) operations. Skyports and Corporación América Airports will combine their distinct... Read more

The Helicopter Company signs HCare contract for six ACH160s

The Helicopter Company signs HCare contract for six ACH160s

6-Dec-2022

The Helicopter Company (THC), established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as the first helicopter services provider licensed to operate commercial flights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has signed an HCare In-Service contract to cover its future fleet of six ACH160 helicopters. When delivered, the ACH160s will be deployed across the Kingdom of Saudi... Read more

Royal Navy medics test air ambulance concept at sea for first time

Royal Navy medics test air ambulance concept at sea for first time

6-Dec-2022Source: Royal Navy

Medics on Britain’s flagship tested a ‘military air ambulance’ at sea for the first time to speed up life-saving the next time a Royal Navy carrier group goes into action. HMS Queen Elizabeth used her autumn deployment to the North Sea and Scandinavia – the northern ‘arm’ of the Royal Navy’s Operation Achillean, which has... Read more

EHang Announces Appointment of New Independent Director

EHang Announces Appointment of New Independent Director

6-Dec-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced that Mr. Nick Ning Yang has been appointed as a new director to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), effective December 5, 2022. The Board has reviewed and determined that Mr. Yang meets... Read more

Merlin upgrade extends life of Royal Navy helicopter to 2030

Merlin upgrade extends life of Royal Navy helicopter to 2030

6-Dec-2022Source: UK Ministry of Defense

In total,19 Mk3 aircraft and 6 Mk3a have been upgraded to the Mk4/4a standard to ensure the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) have the capability to provide air support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and other UK forces. CHF, the wings of the UK Commando Force, also support the Carrier Strike Group, carry out Search... Read more

California National Guard’s Honours Blackhawk Pilot

California National Guard’s Honours Blackhawk Pilot

6-Dec-2022Source: California National Guard

California National Guard’s first Hmong UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 1 Ge Xiong rode as the Grand Marshall of the Central Valley’s Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2022. This year marked the 103rd anniversary of Fresno’s recognition of its veterans and military members. Although Xiong is frequently described as humble by... Read more

Italian Army receives last NH90 TTH

Italian Army receives last NH90 TTH

6-Dec-2022Source: NHIndustries

The Italian Army’s UH-90A (NATO’s designation for the Italian Army’s NH90 TTH) multirole helicopter programme marked a major achievement with the completion of deliveries on 25 November. The 60th and final aircraft, assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, was handed over to the operator during an official ceremony in presence of representatives from the Italian... Read more

Rega orders 12 more five-blade H145s to replace AW109SP fleet

Rega orders 12 more five-blade H145s to replace AW109SP fleet

6-Dec-2022Source: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega

Between 2024 and 2026, the Swiss Air-Rescue Rega is renewing its entire helicopter fleet and will in future rely on a uniform fleet consisting of 21 rescue helicopters of the latest five-blade version of the H145 type from the manufacturer Airbus Helicopters. Rega had already procured nine H145s with an innovative five-blade rotor in March of... Read more

NAFI Names New Board Member

NAFI Names New Board Member

6-Dec-2022Source: NAFI

George Charles Allen is an experienced aviator, consultant, and educator. At age 1 ½, George was strapped into a Cessna 172 alongside his father in what would be an inauguration to a lifetime of defying the earthly bonds of gravity. By age 5, he took his first formal flight lesson. A short twenty-two years later,... Read more

Enterprise Rescue launches Air 1 helicopter service

Enterprise Rescue launches Air 1 helicopter service

6-Dec-2022Source: Enterprise Rescue Squad

Enterprise Rescue Squad officially launched its new air ambulance Friday. “This is the next step in our evolution,” said Enterprise Rescue Squad Chief Executive Officer Capt. Anthony Cole as he officially cut the ribbon – with medical scissors – for Enterprise Rescue’s Air 1 air ambulance during a ceremony held Friday morning at the Enterprise... Read more

Metro Aviation Enters Active Conformance Stage of SMS Voluntary Program

Metro Aviation Enters Active Conformance Stage of SMS Voluntary Program

6-Dec-2022Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation, the world’s largest traditional air medical operator, continues to demonstrate its commitment to safety with the recognition of the company’s “Fully Functional Safety Management System” by the FAA.   Metro became an early participant in the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project during its initial rollout and was the first operator to... Read more

Savback signs LoI for 25 Speeders from Mayman Aerospace

Savback signs LoI for 25 Speeders from Mayman Aerospace

6-Dec-2022Source: Savback Helicopters

Mayman Aerospace, the US-based manufacturer of the innovative Speeder Air Utility Vehicle (AUV) and Savback Helicopters, the independent helicopter and fixed-wing sales specialist, announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the sale and purchase of 25 Speeder units. The agreement positions Savback as the first civilian customer and heralds a new era for... Read more

GAMA Welcomes Launch of European Commission’s Drone Strategy 2.0

GAMA Welcomes Launch of European Commission’s Drone Strategy 2.0

6-Dec-2022Source: GAMA

The European Commission published their “Drone Strategy 2.0 for a Smart and Sustainable Unmanned Aircraft Eco-System in Europe”. This new strategy sets out the framework and key actions in the European Union to support the development of Unmanned Aircraft and their integration into the European airspace, as well as the deployment of piloted electric Urban... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor wins US Army FLRAA contract

Bell V-280 Valor wins US Army FLRAA contract

5-Dec-2022Source: US Arny

The U.S. Army has awarded the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft contract to Bell Textron, Incorporated. “I am excited to be part of this momentous day for our Army,” said Mr. Doug Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. “The thoughtful and disciplined execution of the FLRAA program strategy will deliver the... Read more

Antigua-based Calvinair adds third H130

Antigua-based Calvinair adds third H130

5-Dec-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean is a very popular tourist destination. Helicopter operator Calvinair was set up by Canadian-born billionaire Calvin Ayre in 2019, and exclusively operates Airbus H130 helicopters. Typical operations include tour flights around Antigua and the volcanic island of Montserrat, and a range of bespoke charters. Calvinair... Read more

UK – Volare commits to ten Lilium Pioneer Edition VTOL Jets

UK – Volare commits to ten Lilium Pioneer Edition VTOL Jets

5-Dec-2022

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced a contract with eVolare, a subsidiary of Volare Aviation, one of the United Kingdom’s largest helicopter and private jet operators. This partnership includes a firm commitment for ten Lilium Pioneer Edition Jets, with an option to reserve an additional... Read more

Loft Dynamics Raises $20M to Transform VR Pilot Training

Loft Dynamics Raises $20M to Transform VR Pilot Training

5-Dec-2022Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics AG, creator of the world’s first and only virtual reality (VR) simulator authorized by a major aviation regulator, announced it has re-branded and raised $20M in financing. This is the company’s first institutional round, led by U.S. technology investors Craft Ventures, Sky Dayton, and Up Ventures. The funding will accelerate Loft Dynamics’ growth... Read more

Southeast Aerospace Welcomes New Business Development Manager

Southeast Aerospace Welcomes New Business Development Manager

5-Dec-2022Source: Southeast Aerospace

Southeast Aerospace, Inc. (SEA), a leading Aerospace Solutions company, is pleased to welcome Michael Roy as our new Business Development Manager – LATAM. Roy brings over 12 years of experience developing business and selling aviation technology, parts and repair services in the LATAM market. Before joining SEA, Roy led marketing & sales operations at Bose... Read more

NTSB Urges Immediate Inspections of B407s

NTSB Urges Immediate Inspections of B407s

5-Dec-2022Source: The National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board issued urgent recommendations on Friday asking American and Canadian aviation regulators to require both immediate and more frequent inspections of certain components on Bell 407 helicopters. “With hundreds currently in service, the Bell 407 helicopter is a popular model among tour operators, police departments, air ambulance providers, and many others, which is... Read more

EEAST and Magpas Air Ambulance crews win Who Cares Wins awards

EEAST and Magpas Air Ambulance crews win Who Cares Wins awards

5-Dec-2022Source: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Crews from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Magpas Air Ambulance received a national award for their efforts in bringing a 13-year-old in cardiac arrest back to life. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak presented the team with the 999 Hero award at the Sun’s Who Cares Win awards at a star-studded ceremony... Read more

Yellowhead acquires two BK117s from STARS

Yellowhead acquires two BK117s from STARS

5-Dec-2022Source: Yellowhead Helicopters

YHL is expanding its fleet again with two additional BK117 B2 helicopters. The first two BK117s purchased in the Spring were brought into operation by August 2022. YHL Pilots Corey & Peter put C-GBKP, pictured above, through her paces showcasing the helicopter’s features while supporting clients in the Golden Triangle of northwestern BC. With the... Read more

First Aviation Services buys Associated Aircraft Manufacturing & Sales

First Aviation Services buys Associated Aircraft Manufacturing & Sales

5-Dec-2022Source: First Aviation Services

First Aviation Services Inc. announced that it has acquired Associated Aircraft Manufacturing & Sales, Inc. (“AAMSI”) of Fort Lauderdale, FL. AAMSI, founded in 1953, manufactures a variety of aircraft parts and provides repair and overhaul services for aircraft electronics, avionics, hydraulic and landing gear components. AAMSI has a proven track record supporting the global defense... Read more

Raytheon awarded $9M contract to procure CH-53K Night Vision System

Raytheon awarded $9M contract to procure CH-53K Night Vision System

5-Dec-2022Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded a $9,033,623 modification (P00006) to a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001921F0810) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This modification exercises an option to procure 10 Lot 7 CH-53K helicopter Night Vision System AN/AAQ-44 forward looking infrared kits for the Navy. Work will be performed in McKinney, Texas, and... Read more

NYSE warns Eve over delayed Quarterly Report filing

NYSE warns Eve over delayed Quarterly Report filing

5-Dec-2022Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Holding, Inc. (the “Company” or “Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) announced that as previously disclosed in the Company’s Notification of Late Filing on Form 12b-25, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on November 14, 2022, the Company has determined that it is unable, without unreasonable effort or expense, to file its Quarterly Report on... Read more

Lockheed Martin Selected For Popular Science’s Best Of What’s New 2022

Lockheed Martin Selected For Popular Science’s Best Of What’s New 2022

5-Dec-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) GridStar® Flow system for long-duration energy storage, Optionally Piloted Black Hawk® helicopter and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – with a Lockheed Martin-built main camera – have been selected by the editors of Popular Science magazine for their 2022 “Best of What’s New” Awards. Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and... Read more

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

UK announces £12M in grants for 24 drone delivery projects

5-Dec-2022Source: UK Government

Science Minister George Freeman has today (30 November) awarded up to £12 million to UK regulators to help drive forward innovation, remove red tape and establish the UK as world leader in technologies of the future – from AI to help treat rare diseases, to drones monitoring safety on construction sites. The Regulators’ Pioneer Fund is funding... Read more

European Commission releases Drone Strategy 2.0

European Commission releases Drone Strategy 2.0

5-Dec-2022Source: European Comission

The European Drone Strategy 2.0, adopted today by the Commission, sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It builds on the EU’s safety framework for operating and setting the technical requirements of drones, which is the world’s most advanced. The new Strategy lays out how Europe can pursue large-scale commercial drone operations while... Read more

Michigan National Guard Chinook unit reflects on 20 years of service

Michigan National Guard Chinook unit reflects on 20 years of service

5-Dec-2022Source: Michigan National Guard

On Sept. 22, 2002, the Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) #2 stood-up at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, in Harrison Township, Michigan, with only 16 members forming the unit. By Sept. 2003, after a year’s worth of training, the AASF #2 received its first CH-47 Chinook helicopters. At the time, they were a unit of... Read more

Italian Army’s UH-90A fleet handover reaches completion

Italian Army’s UH-90A fleet handover reaches completion

5-Dec-2022Source: Leonardo

The Italian Army’s UH-90A (NATO’s designation for the Italian Army’s NH90 TTH) multirole helicopter programme marked a major achievement with the completion of deliveries on 25 November. The 60th and final aircraft, assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, was handed over to the operator during an official ceremony in presence of representatives from the Italian... Read more

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