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Mercy Air opens new California base

Mercy Air opens new California base

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that its subsidiary, Mercy Air, has opened a new base in Paso Robles, Calif., to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding area. Other California cities that will be served by the base include San Luis Obispo, Templeton, King City, Cambria,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

Sikorsky wins Royal Australian Navy MH-60R support contract

An Australian company has been selected by the US Navy to deliver sustainment support for the Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet of maritime combat helicopters. Sikorsky Australia, a Lockheed Martin company, will provide through-life sustainment support for the Navy’s fleet of MH-60R (Romeo) helicopters at their state of the art maintenance, logistics and repair organisation… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 17-Aug-20

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Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods renews Airlift Northwest contract

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., and the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, announced that they have renewed their long-standing relationship with Airlift Northwest the premier emergency air medical service in the Pacific Northwest. Air Methods and UW Medicine have been collaborating to serve communities in the region since… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Aug-20

AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM Plans for Continued Growth with New Facility

AEM has found a new address to call home at 907 Ethel Street, between Bay and Crowley Ave. As a result of continued growth and AEM’s expanded capabilities in the research, development and manufacture of specialty aviation solutions, the 11 year old avionics company has outgrown their facility at 1925 Kirschner Road and have unveiled… Read more »

Source: AEM, 14-Aug-20

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

Winners of 37th Annual VFS Student Design Competition announced

The Vertical Flight Society announces the winners of its 37th Annual Student Design Competition: The University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate Category, while the team from Delft University of Technology took first place in the Undergraduate Category along with Best New Entrant honors. Leonardo Helicopters was sponsor of this year’s competition with… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 14-Aug-20

Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

Jolly Green II begins aerial refueling tests

Approximately 3,000 feet above the Eglin range, the HH-60W Jolly Green II connected with a HC-130J tanker for the first ever aerial refueling by the Air Force’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, Aug. 5. This connection marked the start of two weeks of developmental testing of the aircraft’s aerial refueling abilities by 413th Flight… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 14-Aug-20

Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

Great North Air Ambulance adds AS365N3+ Dauphin

The Guardian of the North II will be based at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) base near Eaglescliffe, Stockton. The £5m aircraft will work across the charity’s entire area which includes Cumbria and North Yorkshire as well as the North East. The £5m Dauphin N3+ helicopter is the newer version of the charity’s… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

Western Australia police orders first five-bladed H145

The Western Australian Police Force has ordered one H145 helicopter to enhance police operations in Western Australia, making it the first Australian customer to operate the five bladed H145. Purchased to replace its BK117 helicopter, and to operate alongside the AS365 N3+, this state-of-the-art H145 offers a full range of capabilities for the WA Police… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Aug-20

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Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong enterprises completes Eagle 407HP for Helicopter Express

Wysong Enterprises announced that the company completed the conversion of an Eagle Copter 407 HP from a VIP transport aircraft to a firefighting aircraft for Helicopter Express. “The Eagle 407 HP is a very versatile aircraft, “ said Wysong Enterprises Sales Manager Paul Schreuder. “Because of its versatility, it was easy to convert the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 14-Aug-20

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Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell Takes Manufacturing to New Heights

Bell has proven its engineering and design prowess with the development of its V-280 Valor and Bell 360 Invictus aircraft, both of which have been down selected for the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program – namely the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs respectively. There’s little doubt that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Aug-20

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Netherlands’ Chinook purchase strengthens US-Coalition capabilities

Netherlands’ Chinook purchase strengthens US-Coalition capabilities

The spring 2020 delivery of CH-47F Chinooks and other materiel and services to the Royal Netherlands Air Force is a critical step in deterring regional threats and strengthening U.S.-Coalition capabilities. The Netherlands purchased the U.S. military’s twin-engine heavy-lift helicopters through a $755M foreign military sales (FMS) case executed by Redstone Arsenal’s U.S. Army Security Assistance… Read more »

Source: US Army, 14-Aug-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

Children’s Air Ambulance offers pioneering medical treatment

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has achieved another first in the UK by further improving specialist, lifesaving equipment on-board their aircraft to assist NHS specialist transport teams during flights. The national transfer service provides the only intensive care aircraft in the country dedicated to transferring critically ill babies and children, at high-speed, from local… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 14-Aug-20

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UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

UK AAIB Bulletin – August 2020

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness.

Source: AAIB, 13-Aug-20

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Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

Leonardo are test flying AW169 with skids

As with all manufacturers, Leonardo have a continuing development program for each model in their line-up.  In the last few years we have seen the AW109S Trekker with skids, the AW139 gross weight increase, the AW189K with its Safran Aneto-1K engine and so on. Now the Italian-based manufacturer is test flying its first visible development… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-20

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FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

FAA to Host Virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the Federal Aviation Administration’s first virtual International Rotorcraft Safety Conference, which will take place Oct. 27 through Oct 29 to explore ways to reduce the national and international helicopter accident rate. Leaders from the FAA’s Aircraft Certification and Flight Standards Services will open the conference, followed by programs for the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 13-Aug-20

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QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ contract with Castle Air to operate new Airbus H145

QinetiQ has bought a new Airbus H145 for the LTPA (Long Term Partnering Agreement) Range Helicopter Service that covers the UK Ministry of Defence BUTEC (British Underwater Test & Evaluation Centre) and Hebrides sites in North West Scotland.  The LTPA is a 25-year contract between the UK Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ to deliver Test &… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-20

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Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell opens facility in Wichita, Kansas

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the official opening of the new Bell facility in Wichita, Kansas, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas, including Engineering, Supply Chain, Professional Manufacturing and Corporate Services. Bell held an opening ceremony at the facility with employees and executive leadership to… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Aug-20

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First flight for Russia’s Ka-52M

First flight for Russia’s Ka-52M

In AAK “Progress” them. N.I. Sazykin of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) , the first flight of a prototype of the newest modernized Ka-52 helicopter took place. All the best technical solutions previously tested on helicopters produced both within the framework of the State Defense Order and for export will… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 12-Aug-20

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DRF Luftrettung retains Christoph 80 contract from April 2021

DRF Luftrettung retains Christoph 80 contract from April 2021

For the next five years, DRF Luftrettung will continue to operate “Christoph 80”, the rescue helicopter stationed at Latsch airfield in Weiden. The Association for Rescue Service and Fire Brigade (ZRF) Nordoberpfalz has confirmed the contract for the operation of the DRF Luftrettung. The decision on the award procedure for the air rescue location Weiden… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 12-Aug-20

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Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety appoints new AW139 Type Lead Instructor

Coptersafety has announced the appointment of Manuel Guillen as a new AW139 Type Lead Instructor. Manuel has been selected from within the organization as he’s been a full-time instructor at Coptersafety for many years. Guillen will take up his new position on the 1st of September. “Manolo has years of operational experience behind him and… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 12-Aug-20

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Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson Delivers R66 Serial Number 1000

Robinson delivered R66 Turbine serial number 1000 to Robinson dealer Les Gillespie of Gardner Aviation (Peachtree City, GA). FAA-certified in October 2010, the first production R66 was delivered the following month. Since then, the R66 has proven itself on a daily basis. Powered by the Rolls Royce RR300 turbine engine, the R66 recently surpassed 1.2… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 12-Aug-20

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Ryan Aerospace wins International Military Training and Simulation award

Ryan Aerospace wins International Military Training and Simulation award

RYAN AEROSPACE (AUSTRALIA) has won the coveted Small Business of the Year Award in the International Military Training and Simulation MS&T) Awards; a global awards program aimed to showcase the people, products, processes and organisations that deliver the sustained innovation and quality products and services of the military simulation training industry and community. Managing Director… Read more »

Source: Ryan Aerospace, 12-Aug-20

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Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveiled today its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes—demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-Aug-20

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Helicentre Aviation Extends 2020 Scholarships Deadline

Helicentre Aviation Extends 2020 Scholarships Deadline

Helicentre Aviation Academy has extended the deadline of its 2020 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme. Applicants now have until 31st December 2020 to apply for the scholarships which include a fully-funded modular Commercial Pilot’s Licence, a Flight Instructor Course, and a number of part-funded sponsorships worth over £150,000 in total. The programme is open to… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Aug-20

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AIRO Group buys Aspen Avionics

AIRO Group buys Aspen Avionics

Aspen Avionics announces it has entered into an agreement in principle to become a member of the AIRO Group of companies. Under this agreement, Aspen Avionics will continue to operate as it does presently; continuing to support the general aviation market segment. As part of the AIRO Group, Aspen will expand its investments, resources, and… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 11-Aug-20

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New Weather Layers in Profile in ForeFlight’s Latest Release

New Weather Layers in Profile in ForeFlight’s Latest Release

Enhance your route planning with a cross-sectional view of icing and turbulence forecasts in addition to terrain, obstacles, and airspace. ForeFlight’s Profile View is more powerful than ever with new selectable Icing and Turbulence forecast layers to help you plan for weather along your route. Profile View supports both the U.S. and Global versions of… Read more »

Source: ForeFlight, 11-Aug-20

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Final five Mi-8MTV-5-1 delivered to Russian military ahead of schedule

Final five Mi-8MTV-5-1 delivered to Russian military ahead of schedule

As part of the Single Day of Acceptance of Military Products, the Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense five Mi-8MTV-5-1 military transport helicopters. This is the final batch of helicopters delivered under a 2011 contract with the Ministry of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Aug-20

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Helicopter Online Ground School launches two new courses

Helicopter Online Ground School launches two new courses

Kenny Keller, creator of Helicopter Online Ground School, has been providing valuable training to pilots for 9 years and has become the only provider of helicopter specific ground training. Courses available are the private pilot, instrument pilot, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor courses. Helicopter Ground School just launched two additional courses, Flight Review/Rusty Pilot… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Online Ground School, 11-Aug-20

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HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI launches annual Salute to Excellence Awards

Within vertical aviation, there are pilots, mechanics and engineers, safety professionals, and others who go above and beyond to pursue professional excellence. Their dedication is an inspiration to us all. The HAI Salute to Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation. As our industry evolves, HAI is excited to announce that… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Aug-20

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Belgium cuts military helicopter flying in half

Belgium cuts military helicopter flying in half

The defence ministry has ordered the number of flights by four transport helicopters to be cut in half because the aircraft are too expensive to maintain, the VRT reports. See Full Story.

Source: The Brussels Times, 10-Aug-20

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Prestwick SAR base passes 1,500 taskings milestone

Prestwick SAR base passes 1,500 taskings milestone

The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter base at Prestwick, on Scotland’s west coast near Glasgow, has surpassed a major milestone after responding to 1,500 calls for support since 2016. Prestwick chalked-up its 1,500th task when a child was spotted adrift in a dinghy off the Ayrshire coast and required assistance. Captain Mark Randall, Captain… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 10-Aug-20

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Great Western Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words

Great Western Air Ambulance encourages use of What3Words

With the summer upon us and many of you planning activities out in the wonderful countryside we have here in our region – we are urging you to download the What3Words app to help us help you. The app, which has divided the world up into three metre squares, each with a unique three-word address,… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 10-Aug-20

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Iran unveils new laser-guided missiles for helicopter fleet

Iran unveils new laser-guided missiles for helicopter fleet

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced on Monday, the arming of the guards ‘Cobra’ helicopters with laser-guided missiles and “Mi-171” helicopters with “S-24” missiles. See Full Story.  

Source: AMN, 10-Aug-20

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Rostec began flight tests of the newest helicopter for special forces Mi-8AMTSh-VN

Rostec began flight tests of the newest helicopter for special forces Mi-8AMTSh-VN

The tests will assess the aerodynamic and performance characteristics of the helicopter, the maneuverability, stability and controllability of the vehicle, as well as the reliability and efficiency of the weapon system and protective equipment. “The technical appearance of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN was formed taking into account the experience of the combat use of helicopters in modern… Read more »

Source: Rostec State Corporation, 10-Aug-20

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EDA sets up Multinational Helicopter Training Centre for Sintra

EDA sets up Multinational Helicopter Training Centre for Sintra

Having to let go of something close, doesn’t need to have a sense of loss. When the European Defence Agency (EDA) sees its home-grown Helicopter Exercise Programme, its Helicopter Tactics Course and its Helicopter Tactics Instructors Course move to the new permanent Multinational Helicopter Training Centre (MHTC) in Portugal by the end of 2022, after many successful years at… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 10-Aug-20

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Entrol welcomes HELISEVEN to its client list

Entrol welcomes HELISEVEN to its client list

HELISEVEN GmbH, located in Mannheim, Germany, based in the cities of Stuttgart and Augsburg, has acquired a pre-owned H11 FNPT II MCC Entrol simulator. The Entrol H11 FNPT II MCC/IFR is based on the Eurocopter EC-135 and is located at HELISEVEN’s ATO in Augsburg, near to Munich in Germany. Heliseven has also signed a maintenance… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 10-Aug-20

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Lydd SAR base passes 1,000 taskings milestone

Lydd SAR base passes 1,000 taskings milestone

The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter crew at Lydd, Kent have marked a major milestone after completing their 1,000th tasking since beginning lifesaving operations in 2015. Captain Andy Pilliner, co-pilot Stijn Roovers and winch paramedic Shawn Clark undertook the 1,000th tasking, when the Children’s Acute Transport Service called for support just after midnight on… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 07-Aug-20

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Boeing Receives $265 Million Chinook Helicopter Order

Boeing Receives $265 Million Chinook Helicopter Order

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently signed a $265 million contract for nine more MH-47G Block II Chinook helicopters that employees in its Philadelphia plant will assemble for the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (USASOAC). Boeing is now on contract for 24 of the next-generation Chinooks. The MH-47G Block II Chinook features an improved structure and… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 07-Aug-20

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Churchill Navigation and Shotover Camera Systems Merge

Churchill Navigation and Shotover Camera Systems Merge

Churchill Navigation, a leader in real-time augmented reality mapping and video systems used globally, and SHOTOVER Camera Systems, a manufacturer of a wide range of world-renowned gyro-stabilized camera systems for shooting aerial footage, announced today the companies have merged to form SHOTOVER Systems Ltd. With an already long-standing record of collaboration, both companies are proud… Read more »

Source: Churchill Navigation, 07-Aug-20

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USAIG expands safety collaboration with Airbus

USAIG expands safety collaboration with Airbus

USAIG and Airbus Helicopters North America (AHNA) have a robust tradition of teaming to encourage helicopter operators to consistently participate in high-quality recurrent training endorsed by the manufacturers of their aircraft. The AHNA Training Center in Grand Prairie, TX, has long been a USAIG Safety Bucks program participant. That program enables policyholders that operate turbine-powered… Read more »

Source: USAIG, 07-Aug-20

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Airbus Fleet Master presents uninterrupted data chain

Airbus Fleet Master presents uninterrupted data chain

The amount of data generated by helicopters, and the data’s complexity, has grown in the last decades, increasing the workload to compile and follow them consistently and comprehensively. The digitisation of helicopter operations helps leverage the exchanges across functions and organisations to optimise interactions in fleet management. It reduces pressure and risks and cuts workload… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Aug-20

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EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced the launch of the world’s first large-payload intelligent aerial firefighting solution. Based on its flagship product, this new firefighting version of EHang 216, “EHang 216F” is specially designed for high-rise firefighting. This launch further… Read more »

Source: EHang, 07-Aug-20

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VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA Receives TIA on 206B Version 2 Main Rotor Blades

VHA recently received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) on its updated composite main rotor blades for the Bell 206B JetRanger helicopter. The last major hurdle prior to receiving a supplemental type certificate (STC), the TIA signifies that the design meets type design requirements and permits FAA pilots to perform final flight tests… Read more »

Source: VHA, 07-Aug-20

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Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

Lifeflight’s AW139 fleet marks milestone

LifeFlight Australia has reached a major milestone, clocking up 10 thousand flying hours in its fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters. The aeromedical service, which has a forty year history of saving lives in Queensland, Australia, operates ten RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and LifeFlight Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS) helicopters – including five AW139s. One month shy… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 07-Aug-20

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Bristow to close two Lousiana bases with 350 job losses, claims union

Bristow to close two Lousiana bases with 350 job losses, claims union

More than 150 helicopter pilots and mechanics represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Locals 107 and 407 at Bristow Helicopters are shocked by the company’s unilateral decision, announced Wednesday afternoon, to close two Louisiana facilities in both New Iberia and Galliano, resulting in the loss of more than 350 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. In June, Bristow completed a… Read more »

Source: OPEIU, 06-Aug-20

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Eight Air Evac Lifefteam bases in Arkansas now carry blood

Eight Air Evac Lifefteam bases in Arkansas now carry blood

When it comes to helicopter air ambulance services, quality patient care and safety are top priorities. See Full Story.

Source: EMS WORLD, 06-Aug-20

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Malaysian Ministry of Health outsources EMS helicopter service

Malaysian Ministry of Health outsources EMS helicopter service

The Flying Doctor Service (FDS) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) target Sabah, Sarawak, and rural areas in Perak and Kelantan. See Full Story.

Source: CodeBlue, 06-Aug-20

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Metro Aviation delivers first of two helicopters to HealthNet

Metro Aviation delivers first of two helicopters to HealthNet

HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a statewide hospital-based program headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, is adding an IFR-equipped Airbus EC145e to their fleet. The aircraft will enter service later this month in support of Charleston Area Medical Center. This is the eleventh HealthNet interior completed by Metro Aviation. “HealthNet Aeromedical Services values its decades-long partnership with Metro… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Aug-20

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Apollo Air Services to promote Aviation Clean Air purifier units in Europe

Apollo Air Services to promote Aviation Clean Air purifier units in Europe

UK VIP helicopter charter company, Apollo Air Services has been announced as the UK supplier of US-based Aviation Clean Air’s ionizing airborne purification units. The new technology is proven to deactivate 99.4% of airborne virus including COVID-19, meaning passengers and crew can feel safe in the knowledge that the purified air they breathe, and surfaces… Read more »

Source: Apollo Air Services, 06-Aug-20

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Kaman Recognized by Sikorsky as Elite Supplier

Kaman Recognized by Sikorsky as Elite Supplier

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) is proud to announce that Kaman Composite – Vermont, Inc. (“Kaman Composites Vermont” or “KCV”), has recently been named the Rotary and Mission Systems Elite Supplier by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company. The award comes after a partnership with Sikorsky on the design and development of their MH-60R radome program…. Read more »

Source: Kaman, 05-Aug-20

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Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

Maelstrom AFB opens Helicopter Operations Alert Facility

Team Malmstrom hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 4 for the new Tactical Response Force/Helicopter Operations Alert Facility, the first of its kind in Air Force Global Strike Command. Construction for the project officially began in August of 2018, and many years of planning and preparation have gone into making this facility a reality. “This project… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 05-Aug-20

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EHang to Expand Production Facility

EHang to Expand Production Facility

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced it will build a new AAV production facility in Yunfu city in Guangdong, China with a planned initial annual capacity of 600 units and an RMB42 million (approx. US$6 million) investment supported by the local… Read more »

Source: EHang, 05-Aug-20

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Rotor Accessories produces tear-resistant R44 sun shades

Rotor Accessories produces tear-resistant R44 sun shades

Rotor Accessories has created another product for the R44 helicopter market inspired by their own first hand knowledge of owning and operating the world’s most produced general aviation rotorcraft. Their new tear resistant, mylar sunshades block 97% of radiant heat and are custom designed to fit snuggly both bubble and standard R44 in windows. The… Read more »

Source: Rotor Accessories, 05-Aug-20

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HeliSpeed signs SAR support agreement with British International

HeliSpeed signs SAR support agreement with British International

Blackpool-based aviation support specialists, HeliSpeed, has signed an agreement with BIH to support its search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Falkland Islands. Through the agreement, global aviation business, HeliSpeed, will provide BIH with pilots from its HeliTrax database of over 1,500 highly-trained helicopter pilots and engineers, supporting operations in the Falkland Islands. British International… Read more »

Source: HeliSpeed, 04-Aug-20

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Airinmar selected by Air Methods for warranty and value engineering services

Airinmar selected by Air Methods for warranty and value engineering services

AAR (NYSE: AIR) subsidiary Airinmar, the top global independent provider of component repair cycle management and aircraft warranty solutions, signed a new services agreement with the world’s largest civilian helicopter operator, Air Methods. Airinmar’s services will include the identification, claim, recovery and reporting of rotorcraft/aircraft component warranty. Airinmar will compliment Air Methods’ existing processes and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 04-Aug-20

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Former HAI chairman Wisecup passes away

Former HAI chairman Wisecup passes away

Helicopter Association International (HAI) sincerely regrets the passing of industry stalwart and past chairman of the Board of Directors James O. Wisecup. Service information is pending and will be provided when available. Wisecup, a highly experienced 16,000-hour dual-rated pilot, had recently retired from his post as assistant chief pilot of helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operator… Read more »

Source: HAI, 04-Aug-20

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AAMS issue statement on HHS report on surprise medical billing

AAMS issue statement on HHS report on surprise medical billing

The Association of Air Medical Services thanks the Department of Health and Human Services for its report on surprise medical billing, and the significant negative impact this issue has on patients already experiencing a serious illness or injury. The report fails to indicate the extent to which healthcare providers go to shield patients previously in… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 04-Aug-20

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Wilson Construction upgrades MD500E to MD530F standard

Wilson Construction upgrades MD500E to MD530F standard

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces delivery of newly certified MD 530F to Wilson Construction. Wilson Construction, headquartered in Aurora, Oregon, upgraded one of its four MD 500E helicopters to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft. An operator of MDHI-brand helicopters since 2005, Wilson Construction has delivered their hardworking E-model aircraft to be overhauled and recertified… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 04-Aug-20

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Transport Canada Approve HTC metal blades for Bell 204, 205 and UH-1

Transport Canada Approve HTC metal blades for Bell 204, 205 and UH-1

Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) is pleased to report that Transport Canada has formally accepted their STC for the 204P2100-103 Main Rotor Blade applicable on various Huey Models. STC # SR02492LA will be entered in the national index of STCs that have been reviewed and accepted by Transport Canada for installation on Canadian-registered aeronautical products. The… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Technology Company, 04-Aug-20

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Nigerian union pickets Bristow Helicopters

Nigerian union pickets Bristow Helicopters

Members of NAAPE who were present during at the airport told local news source BusinessDay that the strike will continue until Bristow agrees to review some of its discriminatory policies against Nigerian workers and treat them equally with its expatriate staff. – see full story

Source: BusinessDay, 04-Aug-20

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Russian Helicopters delivers first Mi-8AMT to Vityaz-Aero

Russian Helicopters delivers first Mi-8AMT to Vityaz-Aero

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) handed over a multifunctional Mi-8AMT helicopter to the customer – Vityaz-Aero Airlines. It will expand the existing model range and will be the first Mi-8AMT helicopter in the airline’s fleet. The helicopter has already arrived at its permanent base, Kamchatka…. Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Aug-20

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EHang 216 Obtained Special Flight Operations Certificate from TCCA

EHang 216 Obtained Special Flight Operations Certificate from TCCA

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, today announced that EHang 216 has obtained a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) issued by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), the civil aviation authority in Canada. This is another milestone in regulatory breakthrough for EHang 216… Read more »

Source: EHang, 04-Aug-20

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Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

Babcock wins major new contracts with Total E&P UK

Babcock has secured two new five-year contracts in the UK and Denmark to provide energy major Total with helicopter transport in the North Sea. The contracts, which were won in a competitive tender, will see Babcock’s Offshore business operate a mix of S-92 and H175 helicopters for Total in the UK. Flights from Aberdeen will… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 03-Aug-20

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Triumph to provide helicopter MRO services to Global Aerospace Logistics

Triumph to provide helicopter MRO services to Global Aerospace Logistics

Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] announced that its Triumph Systems & Support business has signed an agreement with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) to provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services for aircraft accessories and components for military aircraft that GAL services and repairs for its Middle Eastern customers. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, GAL provides comprehensive… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 03-Aug-20

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MedEvac Foundation Invites Participants to Virtual Event

MedEvac Foundation Invites Participants to Virtual Event

Dedicated to helping medical transport personnel improve mental heath and wellness, MedEvac Foundation International (the Foundation) has announced an on-going virtual run/walk/roll event this year, called Run to Help The Helpers, as part of its ‘Taking Care of Our Own’ programs. To date, 132 participants have registered – many of them sponsored by their respective… Read more »

Source: MedEvac, 03-Aug-20

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SPAES H145 night vision approvals updated for new tactical radios

SPAES H145 night vision approvals updated for new tactical radios

Due to the installation of new tactical radios in four different helicopters a new NVIS certification was required. Two engineers from SPAES were on the customer’s location for the tests. Tactical radios were installed in the customer’s helicopters for communication between the pilots and the rescue services on the ground. With the conversion, the existing… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 03-Aug-20

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HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

HM Coastguard flies first UK unmanned SAR missions

Unmanned aircraft will be flown as safety overwatch in support of search and rescue missions for HM Coastguard for the first time this weekend. The unmanned aircraft will be supporting search and rescue response in north Wales both in maritime and in the mountains. It is an operational trial and will potentially have the benefits… Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Jul-20

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust issued breach of contract notice over COVID-19 leak

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust issued breach of contract notice over COVID-19 leak

The Ministry of Health has dealt the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust a breach of contract notice over the leak of Covid-19 patient data. See Full Story.

Source: Stuff, 31-Jul-20

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Bristow announces FY2021 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Bristow announces FY2021 Q1 Earnings Release Call

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced it will release financial results for its first quarter for fiscal year 2021 after the market closes on Thursday, August 6, 2020. In connection with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call for Friday, August 7, 2020 to begin at 10 a.m. ET (9… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 31-Jul-20

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Morocco picks GE T700-701D engine for AH-64E fleet

Morocco picks GE T700-701D engine for AH-64E fleet

GE Aviation’s T700 turboshaft engine has been chosen by the Kingdom of Morocco to power its new Defense fleet of Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Morocco will acquire 48 T700—701D engines and two spares as part of a recent contract announcement for 24 Apache helicopters. The T700/CT7 family of turboshaft and turboprop engines power 15… Read more »

Source: GE Aviation, 31-Jul-20

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GE writes off $729M of goodwill in Milestone Aviation

GE writes off $729M of goodwill in Milestone Aviation

In it’s 2020 Q2 report released yesterday, US conglomerate General Electric has written off $729 million of their valuation of the Milestone Aviation helicopter leasing business they acquired in 2015 for $1.775 billion plus the assumption or payoff of the company’s existing debt. GE normally carries out an annual test for goodwill impairment in their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-20

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New EMS Service Launched in South Africa Operating Bell 222s

New EMS Service Launched in South Africa Operating Bell 222s

In July 2020, a long-standing and loyal Bell customer, Henley Air, launched its very own ROCKET (Rapid On Call Emergency Transport) Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operating six Bell 222 UT helicopters. ROCKET offers the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) industry in South Africa a neutral and independent helicopter ambulance service of unmatched quality. The service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jul-20

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DRF “Christoph 42” in Schleswig-Holstein upgrades from EC145 to H145

DRF “Christoph 42” in Schleswig-Holstein upgrades from EC145 to H145

“Christoph 42” is moving: From today, the crews of the DRF Luftrettung will start their life-saving missions from the Rendsburg-Schachtholm airfield. At the same time, a pattern change takes place, a state-of-the-art H145 helicopter replaces the EC145 that was previously used. Dr. Peter Huber, board member of DRF Luftrettung, introduces the new “Christoph 42” :… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 29-Jul-20

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Volga-Dnepr delivers two Mi-8s for fire-fighting in Malaysia

Volga-Dnepr delivers two Mi-8s for fire-fighting in Malaysia

To combat seasonal fires, Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivered two helicopters from Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Kuala Lumpur for PT Komala Indonesia. Both vehicles will actively participate in the fight against seasonal fires in Malaysia. Two Mi-8 helicopters, the total weight of which amounted to more than 20 tons, were transported along with spare parts, tools and accessories… Read more »

Source: Volga-Dnepr, 29-Jul-20

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VSR700 prototype performs first autonomous free flight

VSR700 prototype performs first autonomous free flight

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS) has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. This is a significant step in the programme following the first flight in November 2019 when the prototype was tethered… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jul-20

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