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VFS Announces 2022 Lichten Award Winners

VFS Announces 2022 Lichten Award Winners

7-Apr-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.  Mr. Timothy Schmidt from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company,... Read more

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

7-Apr-2022Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) provides maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services that support a variety of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft around the world. The depot also provides service to the Fleet through training for aircraft maintenance professionals who can then return to their respective organizations with the skills they need to maintain aviation... Read more

Parker Aerospace selected hydraulics and flight controls for Defiant FLRAA bid

Parker Aerospace selected hydraulics and flight controls for Defiant FLRAA bid

7-Apr-2022Source: Parker Aerospace

Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced the Sikorsky-Boeing team has selected multiple Parker technologies for the DEFIANT X® entrant in the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition that include main hydraulic pumps, auxiliary pumps, flight control modules, main rotor servoactuators (MRS) and... Read more

Blueberry Aviation and Dufour Aerospace enter a long-term commercial partnership

Blueberry Aviation and Dufour Aerospace enter a long-term commercial partnership

7-Apr-2022Source: Blueberry Aviation

Blueberry Aviation, the global commercial aircraft and helicopter specialists, and Dufour Aerospace, a cutting edge Swiss eVTOL company, have signed a global partnership agreement. Under this agreement Blueberry Aviation will provide marketing advisory and placement support to Dufour Aerospace. Blueberry Aviation will be Dufour’s privileged partner for helicopter trade-in and will set up financial tools... Read more

Blackcomb Helicopters expands into Alberta through acquisition

Blackcomb Helicopters expands into Alberta through acquisition

7-Apr-2022Source: Blackcomb Helicopters

Blackcomb Helicopters (Blackcomb) is expanding to Alberta with the purchase of Elbow River Helicopters (Elbow River), a long standing helicopter operator based at Springbank Airport near Calgary, Alberta. “We initially reached out to Elbow River to discuss purchasing a  single helicopter but once we visited their operation at the Springbank Airport, we knew very quickly... Read more

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

Sloane Helicopters records best UK/Eire sales performance with 10 AW109SPs due

6-Apr-2022Source: HeliHub.com

Sloane Helicopters, the UK/Ireland distributor for Leonardo Helicopters, has sold ten AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, according to a recent statement from the OEM. Sloane’s Director of Sales and Marketing John Parnell confirmed to HeliHub.com that six are due for delivery in 2022. The first of these flew from the production line in Italy to the UK... Read more

HeliTSA launches Bell 212/412 Series type training in Australia

HeliTSA launches Bell 212/412 Series type training in Australia

6-Apr-2022Source: HeliTSA

HeliTSA’s type training offering continues to grow, with a combined Bell 212 and 412 Series type course launching in May. The course is being launched in response to the renewed demand for this aircraft for the purposes of firefighting, emergency medical services and search and rescue. “We had so many people enquiring about this training... Read more

Volare Aviation opens dedicated helicopter facility at London Oxford Airport

Volare Aviation opens dedicated helicopter facility at London Oxford Airport

6-Apr-2022Source: Volare Aviation

Volare Aviation, the only private aviation company to deliver aircraft sales, charter, aircraft management, engineering and refurbishment under one roof, has formally opened a dedicated helicopter maintenance, management and refurbishment facility in Hangar 14, Bay 2, at its London Oxford Airport home. Up to 12 twin-engined executive helicopters can be worked on simultaneously in the 16,000... Read more

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

Leonardo to deliver next stage of AW159 Wildcat contract in the UK

6-Apr-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo will now deliver the next stage of the Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, which confirms the next five-year period of the 34-year contract originally signed in 2012. This £360 million contract awarded last year marks the continued delivery of support services for the UK’s fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters to the British... Read more

Lobo Leasing signs for 15 Nuuva V300 hVTOL from Pipistrel

Lobo Leasing signs for 15 Nuuva V300 hVTOL from Pipistrel

6-Apr-2022Source: Lobo Leasing

Pipistrel, the world leader in electric aviation and unmanned flight systems, and Lobo Leasing Limited, a global vertical lift leasing platform, signed a letter of intent with deposits for the acquisition of 15 Nuuva V300 autonomous cargo hVTOL aircraft. The agreement confirms Lobo and Pipistrel’s commitment to the development of new vertical takeoff and landing,... Read more

LCI and SMFL add 5 helicopters, taking lease fleet to 38

LCI and SMFL add 5 helicopters, taking lease fleet to 38

5-Apr-2022Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation leasing company, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have acquired and committed to a further five next generation helicopters. These additional aircraft bring their total Joint Venture (JV) portfolio to 38 units valued at over US$420 million – a doubling in size in less than two years from... Read more

Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

Sikorsky Leverages Established High-Tech Manufacturing for RAIDER X®

5-Apr-2022Source: Sikorsky

The Sikorsky RAIDER X® competitive prototype (CP) for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) is more than 85 percent complete, progressing 50 percent faster through production and assembly compared to legacy programs and resulting in a cost-effective, transformational aircraft. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, has made significant progress on RAIDER X, which is... Read more

First Aviation Services to acquire blade repairer Heliblade

First Aviation Services to acquire blade repairer Heliblade

5-Apr-2022Source: First Aviation Services

First Aviation Services Inc.’s Rotary Wing Group (“RWG”) announced a major expansion of capability for repairs to the Main Rotor Head Assembly for the Blackhawk UH-60 and S-70, and a multi-million-dollar investment in a rotable pool of Blackhawk main and tail rotor blades. Currently, First Aviation’s RWG has FAA-approved maintenance capability for the Blackhawk Rotary... Read more

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Completes Long-Endurance Flight to Nashville

4-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

After three years of proving its transformational flight capabilities, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT® helicopter arrived in Nashville this week to give U.S. Army Aviators a first-hand look at this impressive aircraft at the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit. Army aviators at the summit will be able to see how Team DEFIANT... Read more

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

4-Apr-2022Source: US Military

Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing representatives with 86th Troop Command took part in an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force helicopter pilots as part of the State Partnership Program in Dakar, Senegal, March 13-19. During the exchange, Vermont National Guardsmen and Senegalese pilots discussed accident causation theories, case studies on aircraft mishaps and crew coordination,... Read more

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing Adds to Team DEFIANT

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing Adds to Team DEFIANT

4-Apr-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced six new members of Team DEFIANT. These supplier teammates will join the team to support DEFIANT X®, the advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. Joining the team are: ATI, Cudahy, Wisconsin: gearbox forgings Collins Aerospace, Windsor Locks,... Read more

New helipad opens at Scarborough Hospital

New helipad opens at Scarborough Hospital

4-Apr-2022Source: HELP Appeal

A new, lifesaving helipad is now open at Scarborough Hospital that will enable seriously ill and injured patients to have immediate access to the Emergency Department after landing by helicopter. Thanks to a £500,000 donation by the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, work began in December on... Read more

Helinet Appoints New Director of UtilityHelinet Aviation Services

Helinet Appoints New Director of UtilityHelinet Aviation Services

4-Apr-2022Source: Helinet

Helinet, one of the most diverse and respected helicopter companies in the United States, announced today the appointment of Van Bogardus as its new Director of Utility. Bogardus brings over 30 years of leadership to his new role, having worked in various segments of law enforcement including air support, patrol, search and rescue, safety, and training.... Read more

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

Air Center Helicopters is awarded a $11M contract to provide ship-based commercial helicopters and services

4-Apr-2022Source: US DoD

Air Center Helicopters, Inc. (ACHI), Burleson, Texas, was awarded an $11,679,419 firm-fixed-price, C-type contract that will provide ship-based commercial helicopter and vertical replenishment services to Navy ships, partner nation’s ships, and theater facilities and operations worldwide. ACHI will be required to perform missions at any time, day or night, on a 24-hour per day basis,... Read more

Precise Flight Announces new Director of Engineering

Precise Flight Announces new Director of Engineering

4-Apr-2022Source: Precise Flight

Precise Flight, Inc. of Bend, Oregon has promoted Tyler Tuttle to the position of Director of Engineering. Tuttle has worked for Precise Flight since 2019. He brings more than 14 years of experience overseeing new product development, product quality assurance, and manufacturing innovation. Most recently in the position of Lead Project Engineer, he has been responsible... Read more

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

Oldest UK air ambulance service celebrates 35 years in the air

4-Apr-2022Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is thrilled to celebrate 35 years since the first emergency helicopter service began in Cornwall – and the UK. In 1987, Cornwall was the first county in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter, a vital service that has proven time and time again its importance in such a rural... Read more

VFS Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

1-Apr-2022Source: VFS

 The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce its 2022 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $100,000 are being awarded this year to 22 of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. “Since 1977, our Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarships have helped inspire generations of students to pursue careers in vertical... Read more

Pratt & Whitney and Air bp Sign MOU on SAF Testing and Research

Pratt & Whitney and Air bp Sign MOU on SAF Testing and Research

1-Apr-2022Source: Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney today announced a memorandum of understanding with Air bp regarding various workstreams with respect to the application of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blends at up to 100 percent in Pratt & Whitney engine testing and research. The agreement reflects Pratt & Whitney’s commitment to supporting the aviation industry’s ambitious goal of reaching... Read more

HAI gives testimony to US Government on impact of 5G on helicopter operations

HAI gives testimony to US Government on impact of 5G on helicopter operations

1-Apr-2022Source: HAI

HAI President and CEO James Viola provided testimony on the effects of 5G deployment on aviation safety to the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation on Feb. 3, 2022. Below is an edited version of his remarks to the subcommittee. 5G Flight Restrictions In carrying out its mission to maintain safety... Read more

Optima Aero creates European subsidiary

Optima Aero creates European subsidiary

1-Apr-2022

Optima Aero Europe will begin operations on May 4, 2022 in New Aquitaine, France, and more specifically in the Biarritz region. Optima Aero Europe, like its parent company Optima Aero Inc. located in Montreal, Canada, will dismantle end-of-life helicopters and provide reconditioned helicopter parts for Airbus, Leonardo and Bell Flight helicopters. EASA certified parts will... Read more

Nipawin heliport granted SHA approval

Nipawin heliport granted SHA approval

1-Apr-2022Source: Toronto Star

While the Saskatchewan Health Authority has given final approval on a heliport build in Nipawin, Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor, said that they’ll still need a cost re-estimate before fundraising can be underway. See Full Story.... Read more

Metro Aviation splits from AAMS

Metro Aviation splits from AAMS

1-Apr-2022Source: Metro Aviation

A lawsuit brought by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) over the implementation of the No Surprises Act has deeply divided the U.S. air medical industry, with some hospital-based providers claiming that AAMS has jeopardized their programs by prioritizing the interests of independent providers. Metro Aviation — which operates 155 aircraft for 39 traditional air medical... Read more

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

GE tests first T901 turboshaft engine for US Army

1-Apr-2022Source: GE Aviation

GE has initiated testing on the first T901-GE-900 engine, GE’s next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the U.S. Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) aircraft in the future. In 2019, the U.S. Army selected GE’s T901 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine... Read more

Joby Resumes Flight Testing of eVTOL

Joby Resumes Flight Testing of eVTOL

1-Apr-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing an all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced its second pre-production prototype aircraft has resumed flight testing at the Company’s pilot production facility in Marina, CA. The aircraft first flew in January, having received approval to fly from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the... Read more

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

VSR700 trails autonomous capabilities at sea

1-Apr-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has begun trialing autonomous take-off and landing capabilities at sea for the VSR700, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) being developed in the frame of the SDAM (Système de drone aérien de la Marine) programme, conducted by the DGA (Direction générale de l’Armement – the French Armament General Directorate) for the French Navy. Trials... Read more

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

North West Air Ambulance renews contract with Babcock

31-Mar-2022Source: North West Air Ambulance

Babcock and North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) have announced a significant new multi-year contract which will keep the charity saving lives into the next decade. The new contract, awarded following a competitive procurement process, supported by Aeroptimo, has seen Babcock selected to continue as NWAA’s exclusive aviation partner for at least the next seven years.... Read more

MD Helicopters to change owner through a pre-planned Chapter 11 process

MD Helicopters to change owner through a pre-planned Chapter 11 process

31-Mar-2022Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (“MD” or “the Company”) announced that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with a creditor consortium led by Bardin Hill and MBIA Insurance Corporation (the “Creditor Consortium”). The Creditor Consortium will acquire nearly all of the Company’s assets and provide new capital to strengthen MD’s financial position and support the... Read more

Volocopter Conducts First Crewed eVTOL Flight in France

Volocopter Conducts First Crewed eVTOL Flight in France

31-Mar-2022Source: Volocopter

On 21 March 2022, Volocopter became a two-time pioneer as the first eVTOL developer to conduct both crewed and remotely piloted test flights in France. The crewed flights were part of a week-long urban air mobility (UAM) test campaign that will give Volocopter and its partners – Groupe ADP and RATP Group – key insights... Read more

Air Corporate acquires simulators from Entrol

Air Corporate acquires simulators from Entrol

31-Mar-2022Source: Entrol

Air Corporate, one of the biggest operators in Italy, has completed the purchase of two FTD Level 3 simulators based on the H125 and H145 helicopters. With bases throughout Italy in places like Roma, Milano, Rimini or Verona, Air Corporate accumulates more than 35,000 flight hours in more than 60,000 different missions. Both simulators will... Read more

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

Leonardo presents twin-engine multi-role military AW149 to UK MoD

31-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is putting forward its twin-engine multi-role military AW149 for the UK MoD’s New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. If successful, the company has committed to the establishment of an additional final assembly line of the platform at the “Home of British Helicopters” – its Yeovil site. The NMH campaign will enable Leonardo to support and... Read more

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

31-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115... Read more

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

Elilombarda wins offshore AW109 contract from Babcock

30-Mar-2022Source: Oscar Bernardiv

Elilombarda, one of the oldest Italian helicopter companies, based in Calcinate del Pesce, Varese, won a contract to supply 2 helicopters to ENI, the Italian multinational oil and gas company, to support oil rigs in the Adriatic and Sicilian seas. The contract starting on April 1st 2022 will last 5 years, utilizing two Leonardo AW109ST... Read more

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

South Carolina National Guard upgrades to AH-64E

30-Mar-2022Source: South Carolina National Guard

The South Carolina National Guard received the first five AH-64E model Apache attack helicopters, delivered to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, March 24, 2022. The South Carolina National Guard is updating a 34-year-old fleet of 24 aircraft with the new E-model, which will be assigned to and flown by the 1-151st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 59th... Read more

Bell Announces Delivery of B505 to Omaha Police Department

Bell Announces Delivery of B505 to Omaha Police Department

30-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the Bell 505 to Omaha Police Department (OPD). Bell completed this delivery to OPD in February and the aircraft is now in operation by the Air Support Unit. “Complete with the latest law enforcement equipment, the Bell 505 will enhance OPD’s... Read more

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

30-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with ITOCHU Corporation. ITOCHU joins Wingcopter’s Authorized Partnership Program (WAPP) and will act as a dedicated distributor and lessor for the Wingcopter 198, Wingcopter’s new eVTOL delivery drone, in Japan. On top, the Japanese conglomerate also decided to make a strategic... Read more

ÖAMTC Air Rescue: HeliAir expands service offerings

ÖAMTC Air Rescue: HeliAir expands service offerings

30-Mar-2022Source: ÖAMTC Air Rescue

To meet increasing demand, ÖAMTC Air Rescue’s technical services division – HeliAir – has expanded their services to include maintenance for Airbus’s H145 helicopters. Having successfully completed the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s certification process at the end of 2021, HeliAir now fulfills all legal requirements to maintenance the H145 for customers throughout Europe. “Every... Read more

How are the helicopter OEMs responding to the Russian situation?

How are the helicopter OEMs responding to the Russian situation?

29-Mar-2022

We all know that sanctions are being brought against particular Russian interests by various Governments around the world, following the invasion of Ukraine.  Additionally, significant pressure is being put on large corporations to distance themselves from their involvement with Russia. On that basis, HeliHub.com reached out to four helicopter OEMs to ask – the top... Read more

HelicoStore Adds Additional B505 for Corporate Travel in Canada

HelicoStore Adds Additional B505 for Corporate Travel in Canada

29-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the signed purchase agreement by HelicoStore for a Bell 505. The aircraft will be used to support corporate transportation needs in Canada. “Bell is pleased to announce that HelicoStore, Bell’s Independent Representative in Eastern Canada, has purchased a new Bell 505 to be managed... Read more

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

28-Mar-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) in Thailand have ordered a Leonardo AW169. The aircraft was noted on Friday test flying in Italy in the full standard MNRE colour scheme. MNRE have the responsibility for the protection and restoration of the nation’s natural resources, including forests, water, oceans and minerals. Helicopter market intelligence... Read more

Boeing and Airbus sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership

Boeing and Airbus sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership

28-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Airbus Helicopters today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on the H-47 Chinook in support of Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements. “We are pleased that Airbus Helicopters has joined our team of strategic partners on the H-47 Chinook program for Germany, and together we will provide the... Read more

Rostec develops urban area ATC system for UAV traffic

Rostec develops urban area ATC system for UAV traffic

28-Mar-2022Source: Rostec

Azimut, a Rostec subsidiary, has created and successfully tested the Jupiter complex, designed to organize and control the traffic of drones in an urban environment. The tests were performed on the premises of the Skolkovo Innovation Center in the experimental zone of urban air mobility, which is being developed with the support of the Moscow... Read more

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

Sikorsky marks 15th anniversary of acquiring PZL Mielec

25-Mar-2022Source: PZL Mielec

March 16 it has been 15 years since the privatization of PZL Mielec and company joining to the Sikorsky family, which is now a part of Lockheed Martin Corporation.  It was the beginning of groundbreaking changes in the history of aviation in Mielec. Since privatization and 170 million USD investment to improve production facilities and... Read more

Keystone Turbine Services receives Rolls-Royce 2022 “Best in Class” award

Keystone Turbine Services receives Rolls-Royce 2022 “Best in Class” award

25-Mar-2022

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries is pleased to announce Keystone Turbine Services (KTS), was recognized by Rolls-Royce during its annual FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) Network event with the 2022 “BEST IN CLASS” award on March 7th. The annual... Read more

Skyports raises $23M in first close of Series B funding round

Skyports raises $23M in first close of Series B funding round

25-Mar-2022Source: Skyports

Skyports, the electric air taxi infrastructure and drone services provider, has raised USD 23 million in the first close of its Series B funding round. The capital, from a combination of new and existing investors, will enable Skyports to consolidate its position as a global leader in the advanced air mobility infrastructure and drone operations... Read more

Ugandan Aviation Company Signs for a B412EPi

Ugandan Aviation Company Signs for a B412EPi

25-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement with BAR Aviation for a Bell 412EPi to support 24/7 medical evacuation missions and the new development of oil and gas projects in Uganda. BAR Aviation is a leading aviation operator in Uganda known for its high quality and professional air... Read more

DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger

DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger

25-Mar-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

The DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger, pioneer of modern rescue services, air rescue in Germany and longtime President of today’s DRF Luftrettung, who died yesterday at the age of 92.  with dr hc Siegfried Steiger is leaving us a person who, throughout his life, pushed and shaped the development and expansion of... Read more

EASA suspends Kamov Ka32 type certificate

EASA suspends Kamov Ka32 type certificate

24-Mar-2022Source: HeliHub.com

EASA has suspended this Type Certificate in response to Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine The only helicopter currently listed is the Kamov Ka32, used for load lifting and firefighting work in some EASA countries. Helicopter market intelligence firm Parapex Media notes that this affects 25 helicopters, with the following countries currently having Kamov Ka32s on... Read more

Air Greenland plans Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL ops in partnership with Avolon

Air Greenland plans Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL ops in partnership with Avolon

24-Mar-2022Source: Avolon

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces that it has partnered with Air Greenland, the flag-carrier for Greenland, to bring zero-emissions travel to the region and help tackle the issue of climate change. Avolon and Air Greenland will partner to form a Working Group to assess the opportunity to commercialise zero-emissions air travel in the... Read more

Columbia Helicopters and Brightwater UAG join on S61 airframe, engine support

Columbia Helicopters and Brightwater UAG join on S61 airframe, engine support

24-Mar-2022

Columbia Helicopters and Brightwater United Aero Group (UAG) recently entered into a memorandum of understanding to work cooperatively on a Supply Chain Agreement supporting the GE CT58 engine and the Sikorsky S-61 platform in its entirety.Columbia has operated and maintained the CT58 engine for more than six decades, developing a strong relationship with GE over... Read more

UK consortium completes UAM Ops Concept for CAA

UK consortium completes UAM Ops Concept for CAA

24-Mar-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, has announced the completion of the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for airspace integration of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the UK. Led by Eve, the UK Air Mobility Consortium consists of global companies with expertise that span the aviation industry, including NATS, Heathrow Airport, London City... Read more

FAA Extends NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption Until 2024

FAA Extends NBAA Small Aircraft Exemption Until 2024

24-Mar-2022Source: NBAA

With no changes in the conditions and limitations, the FAA has extended NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption No. 7897L until March 31, 2024. To benefit from the exemption NBAA members who operate small aircraft that weigh 12,500 pounds or less, piston-powered airplanes or rotorcraft must submit a Notice of Joinder to FAA Exemption No. 7897L, said... Read more

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

24-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,348,691 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 turret. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 16, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-D-0024).... Read more

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

Sikorsky contracted for $52M of Long Lead items for Israeli CH-53K order

23-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $52,467,855 firm-fixed-price modification (P00002) to a previously awarded contract (N0001922C0004).  This modification adds scope to procure long lead items in support of full rate production, Lot 7, CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, and... Read more

Whirly-Girls 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Whirly-Girls 2022 Scholarship Recipients

23-Mar-2022Source: Whirly-Girls

Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc., a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the recipients of the 2022 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards. The scholarships were awarded March 6, 2022 at the Whirly-Girls Annual Awards Banquet during HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas. Thanks to the support of aviation leaders,... Read more

Skyports, Swoop Aero and BD Rowa partner on air logistics to pharma supply chain

Skyports, Swoop Aero and BD Rowa partner on air logistics to pharma supply chain

23-Mar-2022Source: Skyports

Swoop Aero, Skyports and BD Rowa™ today announced a strategic partnership to transform health supply chains across Europe, Australia and other global markets through the integration of autonomous air logistics in the pharmaceutical industry.  The partnership unlocks a new frontier of value and outcomes for the pharmaceutical sector, the health system and the patients it... Read more

United Rotorcraft Expands Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Footprint

United Rotorcraft Expands Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Footprint

23-Mar-2022Source: United Rotorcraft

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced the addition of two new Part 145 Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona to their current footprint in Denver, Colorado and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, enabling them to fulfil the MRO needs of helicopter operators across the US. Larry Alexandre, United... Read more

Joby completes Initial FAA Systems, Compliance Reviews for certification

Joby completes Initial FAA Systems, Compliance Reviews for certification

23-Mar-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced the completion and subsequent approval of its first Systems Review and its first Compliance Review by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). These reviews, completed at the end of last year, were recently granted approval by the FAA, providing the... Read more

Eve and Acciona partner to develop sustainable UAM ecosystem

Eve and Acciona partner to develop sustainable UAM ecosystem

23-Mar-2022Source: Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC, an Embraer company, and Acciona, a global company leader in the provision of regenerative solutions for a decarbonized economy, today announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of a global and sustainable Urban Air Mobility ecosystem. Under the terms of the partnership, upon the consummation of Eve’s business combination with Zanite... Read more

HAI members select new board directors

HAI members select new board directors

23-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Three candidates were voted onto Helicopter Association International’s Board of Directors on Monday, Mar. 7, at HAI HELI-EXPO 2022 in Dallas. The individuals were elected to the board by the designated member representatives of HAI’s helicopter operator members. One individual joins the board for the first time, while two were reelected to their posts. The... Read more

United Rotorcraft delivers FIRESYSTEM to Santa Barbara County

United Rotorcraft delivers FIRESYSTEM to Santa Barbara County

22-Mar-2022Source: United Rotorcraft

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced today the delivery of a HH-60 aerial fire system to Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s Air Support Unit. United Rotorcraft configured the aircraft with their FIRESYSTEM, including a 1,000-gallon water tank attached to the belly of the aircraft, extended landing gear to accommodate the tank, and... Read more

HAI Statement on FAA BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report

HAI Statement on FAA BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report

22-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) today reaffirmed its opposition to the recommendations contained in the FAA BVLOS ARC Final Report. The report, submitted to the FAA on March 10 and now posted on the FAA website, proposes several recommendations to the agency that, if implemented, will compromise flight safety for low-altitude National Airspace System (NAS) operators. “We are... Read more

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

22-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence. According to DoD Instruction 1348.30, the award recognizes maintenance operations... Read more

Aspen Avionics Achieves AS9100 Certification

Aspen Avionics Achieves AS9100 Certification

22-Mar-2022Source: Aspen Avionics

  Aspen Avionics announces it has been certified to the AS9100 Rev. D quality management standard. This certification for international aerospace quality standard signifies Aspen Avionics’ ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding increasingly stringent industry requirements for aerospace products.  It also provides leading global manufacturers in the aerospace industry the confidence to partner with Aspen Avionics... Read more

HAI and NEXA Advisors highlight AAM opportunities for helicopter industry

HAI and NEXA Advisors highlight AAM opportunities for helicopter industry

22-Mar-2022Source: HAI

White paper, unveiled at Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure Industry Day at HAI HELI-EXPO, aims to bridge gap between current, future vertical flight operations. HAI and NEXA Advisors, a NEXA Capital company, have published a new report exploring the many business opportunities advanced air mobility (AAM) offers the helicopter industry. The white paper, Helicopter Industry Embraces... Read more

Mosaic commits another $2.5 million to STARS in Saskatchewan

Mosaic commits another $2.5 million to STARS in Saskatchewan

21-Mar-2022Source: STARS

The ambitious fundraising goal for STARS’ fleet renewal capital campaign in Saskatchewan has now been accomplished, thanks to a generous $2.5 million commitment from Mosaic, announced today at the STARS base in Regina. The Keep the Fight in Flight campaign was launched in 2018 to renew STARS’ fleet of aging air ambulances with Airbus H145... Read more

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

21-Mar-2022Source: US National Guard

The Illinois Army National Guard has received new UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, the latest rotary-wing aircraft in the Army’s inventory. The helicopters are assigned to the 106th Aviation Regiment, stationed in Kankakee and Decatur. “We’ve upgraded from analog to digital technology. The UH-60V gives us a moving map on board for situational awareness. It has... Read more

OHI appoints Group CSO

OHI appoints Group CSO

21-Mar-2022Source: Omni Helicopters

Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“OHI”] today announced the appointment of Jeff Goyer as Group Chief Safety Officer. Mr. Goyer has over 25 years of experience in the air mobility industry, having been focused on leading and influencing safety and operational improvements at a global level. He began his aviation career in the challenging environments of... Read more

The Helicopter Company and Rotortrade form partnership

The Helicopter Company and Rotortrade form partnership

21-Mar-2022Source: Rotortrade

The Helicopter Company (THC) fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), and Rotortrade (RT), a trusted global helicopter distributor present across five continents, have entered into a strategic partnership that will allow each company to expand their operation and meet the growing demand for helicopter services.  This successful partnership with Rotortrade contributes to THC’s... Read more

STARS launches Mission Ready podcast

STARS launches Mission Ready podcast

21-Mar-2022Source: STARS

You’ve heard other podcasts. You’ve heard other STARS stories of rescue and recovery. But you haven’t heard any like this. Today STARS launches Mission Ready, presented by WBM Technologies. It’s a podcast that takes listeners deep inside our most harrowing and fascinating missions. We invite you on the journey as we share dispatch recordings, hear... Read more

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