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Demolition begins of Trump helipad at Mar-a-Lago

Demolition begins of Trump helipad at Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach will once again be a helicopter-less haven as a permit was pulled Tuesday for demolition of the town’s sole helipad at The Mar-a-Lago Club. See Full Story. 

Source: Palm Beach Daily News, 09-Feb-21

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

BCES adds helicopter landing site by Station 1 – Bryan County News

Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services now has a permanent helicopter landing area next to BCFES Station 1 on Highway 144 in South Bryan County. The zone is marked by four red and green lights and a windsock that identifies it as a landing area for helicopters. See Full Story. 

Source: Bryan County News, 09-Feb-21

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Devon Air Ambulance to make redundancies as part of restructure

Devon Air Ambulance to make redundancies as part of restructure

At Devon Air Ambulance we are committed to maintaining the essential emergency service that the charity provides and 2020 was busier than ever. At the same time, we, along with many other charities, suffered a huge financial shortfall through the cancellation of hundreds of face-to-face fundraising events and the closures of our shops during lockdowns…. Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 09-Feb-21

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in Salton City, CA. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the communities of Imperial County and the surrounding regions. This is the third community-based air medical operation… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 09-Feb-21

CAMTS prepares for accreditation site visit of Air Methods Midwest Region

CAMTS prepares for accreditation site visit of Air Methods Midwest Region

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of: Air Methods Midwest Region (Medflight, ARCH, Phelps Air, HSHS Rescue Flight, Saints Flight, LifeNet of Michigan, Air Methods Kentucky, LifeStar, Christ LifeFlight, and LifeNet McHenry) on February 25-26, 2021. The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 09-Feb-21

Bristow makes Private Offering of $400M Senior Secured Notes

Bristow makes Private Offering of $400M Senior Secured Notes

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) (the “Company”) announced that it has commenced, subject to market conditions and other factors, a private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes due 2028 (the “notes”) to eligible purchasers pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 09-Feb-21

Philippines – INAEC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification

Philippines – INAEC achieves IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification

In January 2021, INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC) successfully achieved its Stage 2 Certification for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) following a rigorous audit of its aviation operations by OmniSafe International, an Australian company that specializes in safety risk management, auditing and other services for the international aviation community. INAEC remains the sole… Read more »

Source: INAEC, 09-Feb-21

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support Public Safety missions in country and be used by the Force’s Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 09-Feb-21

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance steps up protection against COVID-19

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is taking additional steps to protect patients and crew members from COVID-19 by decontaminating crews and equipment with specially-prepared water containing salt and electricity which instantly kills 99.99% of bacteria, fungi and viruses. A dry `fog’ created from electrolysed saline water is released inside a tent into which anything… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 08-Feb-21

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Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter has a New Look

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter has a New Look

The Abilene Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter has a new look. Air Evac 63 is now known as Hendrick Air 63, and the helicopter features Hendrick Health’s colors and logo. Marta Pagura, Program Director for the air medical base, said only the helicopter’s look has changed – everything else remains the same. Air Evac Lifeteam still… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 08-Feb-21

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Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, legislation to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. “We are facing an existential threat to the future of our planet. In order to face this threat head on, we must be creative, be innovative, and… Read more »

Source: Brownley, 08-Feb-21

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Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

Sustainable fuels to power UK military helicopters

Known as ‘drop-ins,’ sustainable fuel sources include hydrogenated fats and oils, wood waste, alcohols, sugars, household waste, biomass and algae. Aircraft including F-35s, Typhoons and Wildcat helicopters currently use conventional fuel, but could use up to 50 per cent sustainable sources in the future, after MOD’s changed aviation fuel standards came into effect in November… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 08-Feb-21

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4AIR Launches as the First Emissions Reduction Solution Provider

4AIR Launches as the First Emissions Reduction Solution Provider

4AIR launched as the first emissions reduction solution provider focused solely on helping private aviation participants to offset or reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other climate-related pollutants. 4AIR’s framework, the only comprehensive approach to reducing or eliminating  aviation emissions, provides a simplified and verifiable path to mitigating the environmental impact of aviation activities… Read more »

Source: 4AIR, 08-Feb-21

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Sikorksy awarded $19M contract to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K

Sikorksy awarded $19M contract to replace existing subsystems within the CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $19,429,150 modification (P00005) to cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00019-19-F-2972 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for non-recurring engineering, engineering change order, logistics and programmatic support of the Data Transfer Unit and Defensive Electronic Countermeasure System Replacement and ARC-210 program, to replace… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Feb-21

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SH09 flies after major retrofit

SH09 flies after major retrofit

The SH09 third prototype (P3) recently took off, at Mollis, Switzerland, following a major modification.  This was part of the planned product development roadmap, towards the final Type Certificate configuration, as presented by Kopter during the 2020 HAI exhibition. This modification programme was successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo teams. It… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 08-Feb-21

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All-female MH-60R flight crew takes to skies

All-female MH-60R flight crew takes to skies

A Nowra-based crew has made Australian history by becoming the first all-female flight team to operate an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. See Full Story. 

Source: ABC, 05-Feb-21

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DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

DynCorp awarded MH-60S depot level maintenance contract at NAS Fallon

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $32,521,640 firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.  This contract procures organizational, selected intermediate, limited depot level maintenance and logistics support services for F/A-18C/D/E/F, EA-18G, MH-60S, F-16A/B, and E-2C/D aircraft for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Fallon, Nevada, and is expected to be completed in September… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 05-Feb-21

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GPMS Adds Key Talent to Speed Certifications and Ensure Customer Success

GPMS Adds Key Talent to Speed Certifications and Ensure Customer Success

Reacting to strong customer demand, helicopter health monitoring leader GPMS is expanding its team and adding key personnel for certifications and customer success. Jed Kalkstein, President, said, “Our core aviation product, Foresight MX, is getting a lot of traction. Based on this success, we’ve decided to invest in talent on the program side to speed… Read more »

Source: GPMS, 05-Feb-21

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Genesys Aerosystems’ Announces New Virtual EFIS Tool

Genesys Aerosystems’ Announces New Virtual EFIS Tool

Genesys Aerosystems, a Moog company, announced the availability of a new software tool for all levels of Full Flight Simulators/Flight Training Devices and integration testing, the Virtual IDU (VIDU). The VIDU is a software platform that runs on a Windows PC and emulates a physical IDU-680 or IDU-450.  Utilizing standard TCP/IP, the VIDU can be… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 05-Feb-21

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Spectrum Aeromed Forges PIU Partnerships

Spectrum Aeromed Forges PIU Partnerships

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, requests for isolation units have increased dramatically. To continue to meet and exceed the needs of the global market during this challenging time, Spectrum Aeromed has partnered with ISOVAC Products and other manufacturers. Together, these industry leaders will support the global increase in demand and offer a safe, reliable… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 05-Feb-21

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Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

Summit Aviation Now Serving Leonardo AW139 Owners and Operators

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has included the Leonardo AW139 helicopter to its Part 145 Certified Repair Station certificate. This newly added capability allows Summit to perform aircraft maintenance including inspections, overhaul, repair and/or modification for AW139 owners and operators. “We have been serving similar types of aircraft owners and operators… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 05-Feb-21

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Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell delivers the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered the first European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-certified Bell 505 NXi to a corporate customer in Europe. The delivery was made at the Bell Textron Prague facility.  “We are proud to now offer the Bell 505 NXi to our European customers,” said Duncan Van… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Feb-21

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Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

Leonardo celebrates AW139 20th anniversary

Leonardo celebrates today the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter’s maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the Company’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001. The helicopter flew for 45 minutes checking initial airworthiness tests, hovering, lateral and forward flight, handling qualities and subsystems. This soon confirmed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Feb-21

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Glen Girard recognized with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Glen Girard recognized with Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award issued by the FAA to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.  Metro Aviation Standardization and Compliance Manager Glen Girard recently received the award for his contribution to the aviation industry. The award recognizes pilots who… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Feb-21

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Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock wins extension to North Sea SAR contract

Babcock has been awarded a contract extension to continue delivering a lifesaving Search and Rescue (SAR) service in support of the men and women working in the North Sea. The four-year extension – which follows a previous one-year extension – will see the contract for the Aberdeen-based operation, which was due to complete this April,… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 04-Feb-21

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Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

Philippines orders 15 Black Hawks

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the acquisition of 15 Black Hawk helicopters to address the growing heli-lift deficiency of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Cabinet Secretary Karlos Nograles announced on Thursday. Duterte gave his nod during the 51st Cabinet meeting held at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday, Nograles said in a virtual presser. “The Department of… Read more »

Source: PNA, 04-Feb-21

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Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

Babcock reaches 20 000 hour milestone with Ambulance Victoria

Babcock Australasia has achieved a significant in-service milestone with Ambulance Victoria, with its AW139 helicopter fleet exceeding 20,000 flying hours at the five year anniversary of entering service. Since January 2016, Babcock has supplied five AW139s, plus a service assurance aircraft, to support Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations. Babcock Australasia’s Chief Pilot… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 04-Feb-21

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Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec State Corporation) is organizing a joint display of Russian industrial enterprises at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace exhibition, which will be held at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, the Republic of India, on February 3-5. “Russia and India have been maintaining and building up mutually beneficial strategic partnership…. Read more »

Source: Rosoboronexport, 04-Feb-21

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Solvay and Leonardo launch composites joint research lab

Solvay and Leonardo launch composites joint research lab

Solvay and Leonardo announced the launch of a joint research lab dedicated to the development of novel composite materials and production processes critical for the future of the aerospace industry. This collaboration represents an important milestone in enabling a step-change in composite part manufacture and in reducing environmental impacts. The Solvay Leonardo Joint Lab will focus on thermoplastic… Read more »

Source: Solvay, 04-Feb-21

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NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

NY National Guard honours UH-60 crash aircrew

The New York Army National Guard honored two of the three Soldiers killed in a UH-60 helicopter crash outside Rochester on January 20, during funeral services held in Western New York and the Hudson Valley on Jan. 29 and 30. Maj. Gen. Ray Shields, the adjutant general of New York, attended funeral services for Chief… Read more »

Source: New York Army National Guard, 04-Feb-21

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US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash… Read more »

Source: Brad Sherman, 04-Feb-21

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FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

FRCE V-22 line sets personal best for Osprey turnaround time

Every field of effort has a standard to beat. Track and field had the four-minute mile. For baseball, the bar is 762 career home runs. For the V-22 Osprey production line at Fleet Readiness Center East, there was the 300-day turnaround time for returning the aircraft to their fleet customers. On January 15, the V-22… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 04-Feb-21

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Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has launched a new concierge service, Blue Hawaiian Activities, offering customized activity planning for travelers. As of Monday, Blue Hawaiian Activities operates 19 concierge offices on Maui and Oahu, and the company plans to expand to Kauai and Hawaii Island in the coming months. In addition to offering general resort and island… Read more »

Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, 03-Feb-21

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Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman and Ultra demo Unmanned ASW capability

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and UK-based Ultra (LSE: ULE) equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration. This successful demonstration of the UAS ASW mission on October 29 was the… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 03-Feb-21

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Air Methods CEO calls for end of membership programs

Air Methods CEO calls for end of membership programs

At Air Methods we have made it our mission to identify more effective ways to keep patients out of the middle of the billing process. We eliminated our membership program back in 2019, focused our efforts on reaching in-network agreements with insurance companies, and developed a robust patient advocacy program that provides the assistance patients… Read more »

03-Feb-21

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

Yorkshire Air Ambulance welcomes two vehicles to their fleet

When dealing with the most serious major traumas in Yorkshire, time is of the essence and it is paramount that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Team can reach their patients in the quickest way possible. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is delighted to announce that they have introduced two custom-built Skoda Kodiaq Rapid Response Vehicles to… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 03-Feb-21

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HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

The U.S. Senate voted 86-13 to confirm Peter Buttigieg’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Helicopter Association International (HAI) congratulates Secretary Buttigieg and looks forward to his leadership and guidance as he takes over this new role. “HAI believes that Peter Buttigieg’s experience in military intelligence, as a Rhodes Scholar, and as the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Feb-21

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Spectrum Aeromed Announces New President

Spectrum Aeromed Announces New President

Spectrum Aeromed, a leading global designer and manufacturer of air ambulance equipment and medical interiors announced the promotion of Chad Kost to President of the company.  Kost has held the position of Chief Operating Officer since joining the company in 2012, in the company’s headquarter business office located in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. “Chad has shown… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 03-Feb-21

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Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

Lithium-Ion Battery Now Available for Robinson R44

Robinson Helicopter Company recently added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R44 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance, and longer life. At 16 pounds, the TB17 is substantially lighter than the R44’s standard 29.5-pound battery, reducing the helicopter’s overall weight by 13.5 pounds…. Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopter Company, 03-Feb-21

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Rostec tests new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters

Rostec tests new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters

The United Engine Corporation of Rostec has started testing a new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters. The test was successful, and the engine started without problems at the UEC-Klimov test bench in St. Petersburg. Currently the engineers of UEC-Klimov in St. Petersburg have successfully completed the first third of the test program, evaluated… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 02-Feb-21

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Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Demonstrate Point-to-Point Autonomous Package Delivery at Mobility Innovation Zone

Hillwood and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, demonstrated a point-to-point unmanned aircraft system (UAS) package delivery in North Texas at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone. The Bell Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) flew across the Mobility Innovation Zone (MIZ), and delivered a package to a landing area, demonstrating its future commercial capabilities…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Feb-21

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance saw second busiest year on record in 2020

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 1,577 call-outs by air and road in 2020 – its second highest yearly total on record – as it remained fully operational throughout the pandemic providing vital support to the NHS. The 2020 yearly figures represent a drop of 685 individual call-outs when compared to… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 02-Feb-21

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Rostec Equips Ansat with Wi-Fi and Satellite Internet

Rostec Equips Ansat with Wi-Fi and Satellite Internet

Kazan Helicopters of Russian Helicopter holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to equip Ansat helicopter with the Mku30 satellite communication system. This option will provide helicopter passengers with high-speed Internet access during the flight. This Ku band satellite communication system, created by MOST Satellite… Read more »

Source: Kazan Helicopters, 02-Feb-21

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Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

Nordic Unmanned acquires two CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS

Nordic Unmanned has acquired two CAMCOPTER® S-100 systems. The first was delivered last week and the remaining will be delivered in Q2 2021. This acquisition comes after successful sulphur sniffer operations in Denmark and France. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 was also recently operated for the world’s first full-scale offshore UAV cargo delivery to the active oil… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 02-Feb-21

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NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Neptune Energy

NHV Awarded Offshore Contract by Neptune Energy

NHV Group announced a new long-term contract with Neptune Energy in support of itsoffshore Seagull Field development. Under the initial eighteen months agreement, the H175 flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to transport passengers to the drilling rig. The state-of-the-art H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type is specifically designed to meet… Read more »

Source: NHV Group, 02-Feb-21

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Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $10M contract for Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $10,587,984 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0159) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides for the development of Phase One structural repair manuals for the CH-53K aircraft.  The repair manuals address organizational level repairs pertaining to airframe skins, doors and covers, tail cone, main and tail blade… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Feb-21

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Philippine National Police formally accept three new Airbus H125s

Philippine National Police formally accept three new Airbus H125s

The Philippine National Police has acquired three more multi-role police helicopters for law enforcement and public safety operations. PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas said the PNP Special Action Force-Air Unit has formally accepted delivery of three brand new H-125 Airbus single engine turbine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia PTE LTD on Friday,… Read more »

Source: Philippine National Police, 01-Feb-21

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Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $72M contract to procure 3 AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $72,874,164 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to previously awarded contract N00019-17-C-0081.  This modification exercises an option to procure 33 production AE1107C V-22 Osprey engines; 14 for the Marine Corps and 19 for the Navy for production of MV-22 and CMV-22 tiltrotor aircraft.  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Feb-21

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EHang announces US$40 million Investment from Carmignac

EHang announces US$40 million Investment from Carmignac

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company announced that Carmignac, a leading European asset management firm, invested US$40 million on behalf of its funds in the Company through a private placement of newly issued Class A ordinary shares of the Company. The transaction… Read more »

Source: EHang, 01-Feb-21

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Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

Triumph Awarded Contract for Sikorsky CH-53K

Triumph Group (NYSE: TGI) announced that its Systems & Support business has finalized a low-rate initial production (LRIP) order from Sikorsky for the CH-53K King Stallion rotorcraft. The contract consists of LRIP 1 and 2 deliverables, including spares, for the U.S. Marine Corps next generation heavy-lift platform that is being produced to replace the CH-53E… Read more »

Source: Triumph Group, 01-Feb-21

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PHPA becomes SoCal Rotors

PHPA becomes SoCal Rotors

As we say goodbye to 2020 and embark on a New Year, we are also saying goodbye to a bit of our past while ramping up our plans for the future. The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) was formed in 1967 to bring the helicopter community and Los Angeles area residents together, to meet, discuss… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Feb-21

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Heli-One Announces Appointment of New Head of Sales

Heli-One Announces Appointment of New Head of Sales

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, announced the appointment of Rob Cole to the position of head of sales. Cole will be based in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and will work with the Sales and Business Development team to further grow Heli-One’s commercial opportunities worldwide. Cole has more than… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Feb-21

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Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

Newest version Apache lands at first operation unit

Following the conclusion of a three-day journey Jan 14 originating from the manufacturing facilities in Mesa, Ariz. the 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Wash., becomes the first operational unit to receive the AH-64E version 6 (V6) Apache helicopter. The V6 is equipped with an open systems design including the latest communications,… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 29-Jan-21

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uAvionix Announces TSO Authorization for tailBeaconX Mode S ADS-B Transponder

uAvionix Announces TSO Authorization for tailBeaconX Mode S ADS-B Transponder

uAvionix announced it has received FAA Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) for its tailBeaconX 1090MHz ADS-B OUT transponder. The highly integrated device, which replaces a rear navigation light, includes and combines transponder, ADS-B OUT, SBAS GPS, and rear LED position light. The TSOA includes the following: TSO-C112e Level 2els, Class 1 (Mode S Transponder) TSO-C166b… Read more »

Source: uAvionix, 29-Jan-21

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New EMS base planned in Finnish town of Seinäjoki

New EMS base planned in Finnish town of Seinäjoki

[electronic translation] FinnHEMS, which is responsible for nationwide medical helicopter operations, the Southern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and the Pirkanmaa Hospital District have begun joint planning and work to establish a Seinäjoki base. ​The goal is to start operations by the end of 2022. We work together and each actor separately to open a base. ​The construction of… Read more »

Source: FinnHEMS, 29-Jan-21

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New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

New Zealand’s first female navy pilot

  Jo Brook has flown all the way from Dunedin into the history books. The 27-year-old has just graduated as New Zealand’s first female navy helicopter pilot, an achievement she hopes will inspire other young women to consider a career in the Defence Force. See Full Story.  

Source: Star News, 28-Jan-21

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Bristow announces FY2021 Q2 Earnings Release Call

Bristow announces FY2021 Q2 Earnings Release Call

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the global leader in vertical flight solutions, announced it will release financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2021 after the market closes on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. In connection with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, February 3, 2021 to begin at 10 a.m…. Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jan-21

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Community Interest Company Donates Face Shields to Wales Air Ambulance

Community Interest Company Donates Face Shields to Wales Air Ambulance

A Wrexham company has donated essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to staff and volunteers of the Wales Air Ambulance. PPE Hwb Wrecsam, which is a community interest company, has worked non-stop during the pandemic to make sure individuals and organisations across the county have PPE equipment. To date, they have distributed more than 45,000 face… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 28-Jan-21

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Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation receives STC approval for Bell 429 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation’s manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, has just received NZCAA Supplementary Type Certificate (STC) approval for the installation of a new Bell 429 Bike Rack modification. The STC approval has been added to an existing certificate for the Bell 429 Cargo Pod, which the team has been manufacturing since 2017 (alongside the very popular AS350… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 28-Jan-21

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COPA Neil J. Armstrong Scholarships Applications Now Open

COPA Neil J. Armstrong Scholarships Applications Now Open

The COPA Neil J. Armstrong Scholarship Fund promotes Canadian pilot development by providing annual scholarships to student pilots in both ab-initio and advanced flight training programs. Neil J. Armstrong Created to honour one of Canada’s foremost aviators, the scholarship has helped many Canadian pilots get their wings. There are two scholarships that are awarded each year. The… Read more »

Source: COPA National, 28-Jan-21

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Russian Helicopters develop neonatal EMS interior for Ansat

Russian Helicopters develop neonatal EMS interior for Ansat

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation will equip the updated Ansat medical helicopters with complexes for transporting newborns. The device has passed the necessary certification and received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency. A new medical module, which is used in Ansat medical helicopters, has been supplemented with incubators for… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 28-Jan-21

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Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky and Boeing update Defiant X for US Army FLRAA bid

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), and Boeing (NYSE: BA) released details of its advanced helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Jan-21

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Foresight HUMS integrates helicopter-specific data into Digital AirWare MRO software

Foresight HUMS integrates helicopter-specific data into Digital AirWare MRO software

Digital AirWare and GPMS will partner to integrate aircraft-specific data from GPMS’s Foresight HUMS into Digital AirWare’s maintenance and operational software platform. The collaboration promises to deliver current flight data and live component condition status into the software, providing maintenance and safety personnel with key inputs for decision making. CEO of Digital AirWare, Joaquin Demoreta… Read more »

Source: Digital AirWare, 27-Jan-21

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Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

Wingcopter secures $22M to expand delivery drone business

Wingcopter, the German developer, manufacturer and operator of unmanned delivery drones for commercial and humanitarian applications, has secured $22 million in Series A funding. Wingcopter will use the funds to strengthen its leadership in drone-based logistics, with a special focus on healthcare-related applications, including the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. At the same time, Wingcopter is… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 27-Jan-21

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Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

Centum phone location technology approved for Airbus H145

CENTUM has announced that Lifeseeker, its life-saving technology, has been certified for linefit on Airbus H145 helicopters. Lifeseeker uses signals from a missing person’s mobile phone to guide search and rescue (SAR) teams to the right place quickly. It helps make SAR missions more effective and efficient, saving lives and optimizing operational costs. Lifeseeker turns… Read more »

Source: CENTUM, 27-Jan-21

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Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

Bristow achieves ISO 14001 environmental certification for UK operations

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced its UK operations received International Organization for Standards (ISO) 14001 certification, making it one of the first vertical lift operators in the UK to achieve the global standard. The certification confirms Bristow’s UK operations have a certified environmental management systems (EMS) in place to monitor, manage, and deliver continuous… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Jan-21

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CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

CHC launches partnership for wildfire detection

CHC has partnered with Avy and the North Holland North Safety Region (VRNHN) to jointly investigate how long-range drones can support the early detection of and the improved situational awareness during wildfires. Signing the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of CHC, Den Helder base manager, Quinten Hergaarden said, “We are delighted to be part of… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Jan-21

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Airbus Helicopters resilient in 2020

Airbus Helicopters resilient in 2020

In 2020, Airbus Helicopters logged 289 gross orders (net: 268) in a challenging market heavily impacted by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, reinforcing the company’s position on the civil and parapublic market. Additionally, the company delivered 300 rotorcraft worldwide despite the pandemic travel restrictions, resulting in a stable 48% share of the civil… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jan-21

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CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a contract to provide helicopter services by Vestas, for three offshore wind energy projects in the northern and southern North Sea. Flying out of Aberdeen and Humberside, a combination of Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW139 aircraft will be used to support the projects. CHC, a world leader in helicopter transportation… Read more »

Source: CHC, 26-Jan-21

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Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Great Western Air Ambulance reports on 2020 missions

Our Critical Care Team were called to around five patients a day on average across 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing national lockdowns and restrictions throughout much of the year. The crew were called to 1,726 patients in urgent need across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and surrounding areas…. Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-21

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UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

UK – Children’s Air Ambulance reaches another milestone

The pioneering Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) has reached another milestone by transferring its 500th patient. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, 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 hospitals to specialist paediatric and… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 26-Jan-21

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Flyjets adds helicopters to travel planning system

Flyjets adds helicopters to travel planning system

FLYJETS, an innovative aviation marketplace and travel planning system, has launched its Version 2.0 web application with a new fleet of features for charter jets and helicopter flights. FLYJETS is the product of FLY I Corporation (d/b/a FLYJETS), a New York State Benefit Corporation with the goal of facilitating access to air travel. The company… Read more »

Source: FLYJETS, 26-Jan-21

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New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

New multi-million pound Cosford base approved for Midlands Air Ambulance

Plans for a new multi-million pound air ambulance headquarters at Cosford have been given the green light. See Full Story.

Source: Shropshire Star, 26-Jan-21

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Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

Metro Aviation announce STC for Stryker Performance-LOAD Manual Cot Fastener

When the Society of Auto Engineers released their J3027 guidance regarding ground ambulance-based patient litters, it left many air ambulance crews in a bind.  Crews were no longer able to quickly transfer a litter from the aircraft to the ground vehicle.  Instead, they had to transfer the patient from the helicopter’s stretcher to the ground… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Jan-21

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Airborne Engines Ltd & Keystone Turbine Services reduce HMU prices

Airborne Engines Ltd & Keystone Turbine Services reduce HMU prices

M International subsidiaries Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL) and Keystone Turbine Services (KTS) are pleased to announce effective immediately, special reduced pricing on Hydromechanical Units (HMU) certified for use on Rolls-Royce M250-C40/C47 series of gas turbine engines. M International is celebrating our one-year anniversary of providing Triumph-approved HMU support by offering customers an additional 10% discount… Read more »

Source: M International, 26-Jan-21

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