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2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

2019 was busiest year yet for LifeFlight Australia

LifeFlight Australia has just completed another record year of saving lives throughout Queensland and around the world, with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Air Ambulance jets, community helicopters and critical care doctors coming to the aid of 6,508 people in 2019. LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care, with a fleet including three fixed wing aircraft… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Australia, 04-Feb-20

EDA bids farewell to Chief Executive Jorge Domecq

EDA bids farewell to Chief Executive Jorge Domecq

On 17 January, EDA staff together with senior representatives from Member States, EU institutions/bodies/agencies, NATO, industry as well as the wider European defence community bid farewell to Chief Executive Jorge Domecq. Mr Domecq will depart from the Agency at the end of this month when his term comes to an end after five years. Deputy… Read more »

Source: EDA, 03-Feb-20

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HAI sums up Heli-Expo 2020

HAI sums up Heli-Expo 2020

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has drawn the curtains on HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, and this year’s show was packed with business deals, new technology, and safety and professional training. The four-day event brought together thousands of attendees from around the globe, focusing their attention on every aspect of the rotorcraft industry. Spread across the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Feb-20

WAI Founder wins 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy Recipient

WAI Founder wins 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy Recipient

Women in Aviation International is pleased to announce the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected Dr. Peggy Chabrian, founder of Women in Aviation International, as the recipient of the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy. The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor… Read more »

Source: WAI, 03-Feb-20

HAI Members Select New Board Directors

HAI Members Select New Board Directors

Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) members elected four members to the HAI Board of Directors on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at HAI HELI-EXPO 2020. Three individuals are joining the board for the first time, while another is being reelected to his post.   The elected directors, whose three-year terms will begin on July 1, 2020, are: Randal… Read more »

Source: HAI, 03-Feb-20

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Travis County STAR Flight selects Axnes PNG for new AW169 fleet

Wireless intercom technology innovator Axnes has announced the integration of the PNG wireless intercom system for multi-mission provider Travis County STAR Flight. Based in Austin, Texas, STAR Flight has recently taken delivery of three AW169 airframes as part of a fleet modernization program to support their air medical transport, hoist, and fire suppression operations. Designed to improve crew… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 03-Feb-20

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance report on 2019 activity

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) responded to 2,262 call-outs in 2019, compared to 1,429 in 2018; an increase of 58%. The life-saving Charity ended the decade with their busiest year on record, having experienced their busiest month ever in July 2019, when they responded to 244 call-outs. The Charity has revealed that… Read more »

Source: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, 03-Feb-20

Erickson Announces The S-64F+ Air Crane®

Erickson Announces The S-64F+ Air Crane®

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced at Heli Expo, a new production line of the legacy Air Crane® helicopter introducing the S-64F+ to the market. Erickson’s recent aircraft orders and deliveries have signaled a demand for the S-64 as a firefighting platform of the future. We will… Read more »

Source: Erickson, 03-Feb-20

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Aero Asset gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

Aero Asset gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

2019 PREOWNED HELI MARKET TRENDSRanks preowned twin-engine markets by liquidity, tracks trading values and breaks down sales & supply. Preowned Helicopter Market Trends continues to improveAero Asset’s 2019 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends reveals that global market conditions continued to improve last year, amidst a slowdown in light and medium twin retail sales volume. The report, which covers… Read more »

Source: Aero Asset, 03-Feb-20

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Airbus announces 38 orders at Heli-Expo 2020

Airbus announces 38 orders at Heli-Expo 2020

Airbus Helicopters concluded Heli-Expo 2020 with 38 orders, as well as 20 retrofits for the new five-bladed H145. German air rescue and ambulance provider DRF Luftrettung placed an order for 15 H145s, making them the largest operator of the H145. Show highlights included the increased power of the H125 that will enable operators to lift… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Feb-20

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Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

Kaman K-Max advances civil and military autonomous flight programs

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the advancement of its military and commercial K-MAX Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) programs. Kaman continues the development of the next generation of K-MAX UAS to support US Marine Corps future operating concepts. These logistics systems add flexibility and speed of distribution to all sizes… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 03-Feb-20

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Ascent Helicopters adds third H125

Ascent Helicopters adds third H125

Ascent Helicopters will expand its fleet with a new Airbus H125, announced at this year’s Heli-Expo trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Known as a multi-mission workhorse, the H125 will support power line and hydro utility work, as well as forestry and firefighting missions. This will mark the third H125 Ascent has acquired from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Feb-20

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Metro Aviation offers insider access to its completion center

Metro Aviation offers insider access to its completion center

Metro Aviation today released a rare inside look at its completion process. With nearly 40 years of completion experience, customers have continuously praised the quality of work and unmatched customer service. See and Experience the Completion Process Metro spent the year documenting the completion of an Airmedic EC145e, which will be on display at HELI-EXPO… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 03-Feb-20

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Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that… Read more »

Source: Axnes, 03-Feb-20

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Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus Helicopters has announced a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) available on the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. H135 helicopters with the new alternate gross weight benefit from a 120kg (265 lb) increased take-off weight and useful load. This increase can also be used to extend the range by up to 75… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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JSfirm.com Newest Job Distribution Partner: National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA)

JSfirm.com Newest Job Distribution Partner: National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA)

JSfirm.com (Booth 2604) announced their newest Job Distribution Partner at HELI-EXPO, the National EMS Pilots Association (NEMSPA, Booth 6416). Through this partnership, all aviation job opportunities that are posted on JSfirm.com are now searchable directly on NEMSPA’s new website.   “Our job distribution partnerships promote aviation job opportunities through industry-leading associations. As the only association… Read more »

Source: JSfirm.com, 31-Jan-20

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Spidertracks launches of the Spider X

Spidertracks launches of the Spider X

Spidertracks, a leading provider of satellite-based real-time flight tracking, active flight following and communication solutions, announced the launch of the Spider X – their next-generation Spider hardware. It wasn’t much more than a decade ago when aircraft tracking was feasible only for the top tier of the industry. Innovation in the sector typically followed a… Read more »

Source: Spidertracks, 31-Jan-20

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Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Sweden’s air ambulance service – Svensk Luftambulans – has ordered three new H145 helicopters in a deal announced at the Heli Expo 2020 exhibition. The operator will also have its existing three earlier model H145s retrofitted to the same standard as the new aircraft including an innovative five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Maxcraft Avionics and Canadian Helicopters team up for Astronautics AFI 4700 Retrofit

Maxcraft Avionics and Canadian Helicopters team up for Astronautics AFI 4700 Retrofit

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd, one of the largest avionics shops in Canada, has teamed up with Canadian Helicopters to retrofit the Bell 212 and the Sikorsky S-61 with Astronautics AFI4700 RoadRunner® Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). It’s form-fit-function EFI that is designed as a replacement for Attitude Director Indicator and Horizontal Situational Indicator primary flight instruments. The… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 31-Jan-20

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Heli-One Norway Opens New Engine Testing Stand

Heli-One Norway Opens New Engine Testing Stand

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has opened a new engine test stand at their Stavanger, Norway location. This test stand features state-of-the-art technology that reduces testing times through automation and upgraded equipment. The stand supports the facility’s engine shop servicing the Safran Makila 1A engine variant. Designed in… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 31-Jan-20

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HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

HALO-Flight Signs Purchase Agreement for IFR Configured Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Halo Flight has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) kit to add to its existing Bell aircraft fleet. “We are excited to announce that HALO-Flight added the first Bell 407GXi HEMS operator with IFR flight capabilities to its fleet. This… Read more »

Source: Bell, 31-Jan-20

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Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus Helicopters added 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts in 2019, increasing to 2,250 the number of aircraft now covered by a global HCare material management contract. This means 19% of Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide fleet is now covered by HCare. New aircraft added at Heli-Expo 2020, all with HCare Smart, were from Papillon (21 H130s)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations. The operator, Hungarian Air Ambulance Nonprofit Ltd, has signed a three-year contract to deploy Airbus Helicopters’ Connected Services for its new fleet of nine second-hand… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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Rainier Heli-International adds five SH09 options

Rainier Heli-International adds five SH09 options

In March 2018 Rainier Heli International (Rainier) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Kopter North America (Kopter) for five (5) firm and five (5) SH09 options. Rainier has continued to monitor the development of the SH09 and based on the anticipated performance along with the operational cost advantages expected from the helicopter the company… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 30-Jan-20

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Botswana Police Air support orders 3 Enstrom 480B

Botswana Police Air support orders 3 Enstrom 480B

Enstrom kicked off opening day of Heli-Expo 2020 in Anaheim with the announcement of a multi aircraft agreement with the Botswana Police-Air Support Branch. Mr. Keabetswe Makophe, the Commissioner of Police for the Botswana Police Service was on hand at the Enstrom Helicopter booth (2904) for the announcement that adds 3 Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 30-Jan-20

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Metro Aviation signs order for 12 additional EC145e helicopters

Metro Aviation signs order for 12 additional EC145e helicopters

Metro Aviation has ordered an additional 12 new EC145e helicopters from Airbus, announced today at the Heli Expo trade show in Anaheim, California. This deal brings Metro Aviation’s total number of EC145e helicopters ordered to 43. Metro Aviation operates air medical helicopters and airplanes for healthcare providers and is a global leader for multi-mission helicopter… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 30-Jan-20

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Able Doubles Machining Capacity with Next-Gen Equipment

Able Doubles Machining Capacity with Next-Gen Equipment

Leading component repair and overhaul provider Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, recently grew its business capabilities and doubled the bandwidth of its machining department by adding new equipment for large-scale part repair work. The new machining equipment is part of an overall growth effort by the company – including the completion of a… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 30-Jan-20

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Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Lands Leon County Sheriff’s Office as First East Coast Bell 505 Public Safety Operator

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed a purchase agreement with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office in Tallahassee, Fla., for a public safety-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.   “Leon County has an advanced aviation unit that is responsible for a broad range of critical missions including aerial searching for lost… Read more »

Source: Bell, 30-Jan-20

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More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

In just over one year, Airbus Helicopters has nearly doubled the number of helicopters now sharing flight and maintenance data with the company. This progress advances Airbus’ creation of a connected helicopters ecosystem in which data from disparate sources is shared and analysed, helping operators make sense of their data for business value. “Collection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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Leonardo announces the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announces  the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announced  the purchase of an AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) by Suzuyo & Co of Japan. The AW139 FFS will be manufactured by Leonardo in collaboration with CAE and installed at Suzuyo & Co facilities located in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and will be operated by its subsidiary Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Jan-20

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Kopter and INAEC launch SH09 in the Philippines

Kopter and INAEC launch SH09 in the Philippines

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) receives additional orders in the Southeast Asian region from the leading operator in the Philippines, INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC). The SH09 helicopters are to be dedicated to urban air mobility operations with Ascent Flights Global Pte Ltd (Ascent). Kopter has signed an order for the purchase of one SH09 and one… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 30-Jan-20

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Papillon picks Web Manuals for digital revamp

Papillon picks Web Manuals for digital revamp

Papillon Airways is announcing its deployment of Web Manuals, the world leader in aviation document digitization solutions, to support the revamp of its company manuals, improving compliance and safety across its helicopter fleet. In addition to overhauling Papillon’s documentation, enabling them to have easy access to all manuals on one platform, Web Manuals allows for… Read more »

Source: Papillon Airways, 30-Jan-20

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Safran signs contract to support Portuguese EH101 Merlin engines

Safran signs contract to support Portuguese EH101 Merlin engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year contract with Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) to support Portuguese RTM322-powered EH101 Merlin fleet. Over 38 engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP). This new agreement satisfies the Portuguese Air Force requirement for optimum availability during their domestic and international military operations. Lieutenant… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 30-Jan-20

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EC145e owners react to the aircraft’s performance

EC145e owners react to the aircraft’s performance

Air medical program managers from around the country currently operating an EC145e have announced their support for this one-of-a-kind aircraft. HELI-EXPO 2020 attendees can see the airframe up-close at Metro Aviation’s booth (#3624). The aircraft is available in both VFR and IFR configurations, allowing it to meet the requirements of any mission. West Michigan Air… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 30-Jan-20

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Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, covering the Mexican operator’s H145, EC145 and BK117. This contract formalizes a five-year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of over 30 Arriel 1 and 2 engines. Commented Enrique Zepeda Navarro, Transportes Aéreos Pegaso CEO: “With this contract, we… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 29-Jan-20

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Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Announces Leases of 7 Helicopters with Héli-Union

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced the purchase and leaseback of three Leonardo AW139s with French helicopter services provider, Héli-Union. The acquisition of these aircraft expands Milestone’s fleet of owned and debt financed fleet of AW139 helicopters to more than 80. The company made the… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 29-Jan-20

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EC145e closer to IFR approval from Transport Canada

EC145e closer to IFR approval from Transport Canada

Metro Aviation announced it’s moving closer to receiving Transport Canada certification for the Airbus EC145e’s IFR package. With support from Metro Aviation, Genesys AeroSystems and S-TEC established an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the aircraft in February 2019 and Canadian approval is expected this year. The certification comes ahead of an anticipated EC145e delivery… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Jan-20

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HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

HELP Appeal celebrates construction progress on new Helipad

Donors who supported the appeal to raise funds for the new state-of-the-art Helipad at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) attended a ‘breaking of the ground’ celebration to mark construction work progress. Funding for the Helipad was raised by MFT Charity’s Time Save Lives Appeal, which raised a phenomenal £3.9million in just 12 months, thanks… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 29-Jan-20

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Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

Leonardo celebrates at Heli-Expo 2020

– Leonardo is celebrating at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2020 the longstanding partnerships and outstanding achievements of some of its official distributors who have contributed to the growing success and presence of its helicopters worldwide. Among them, Sloane Helicopters, Mitsui Bussan Aerospace and Rotortrade have supported the introduction or the growth of several models in key regions… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 29-Jan-20

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Safran launches its brand new Health Monitoring service

Safran launches its brand new Health Monitoring service

Two years after launching the Health Monitoring service that enables customers to track their engines’ health indicator, Safran Helicopter has broaden its service offer. The service now has brand new features such as daily health indicators, in addition to the monthly recommendations; full automation of the engine performance trend follow up; and a newly user-friendly… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 29-Jan-20

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Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a number of improvements to its digital services ecosystem based on feedback from customers, including the new collaborative AirbusWorld customer portal and an online Marketplace making e-commerce practices from the consumer world available to Airbus customers. The new collaborative portal, which replaces Keycopter, offers a simplified and streamlined navigation and user… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced the delivery of efficient custom designed maintenance stands at Southern California Edison (SCE) to support their beautiful Bell 429 that is on display in the Bell exhibit at HeliExpo. The custom stands located at the SCE facility are designed specifically for the Bell 429 allowing the mechanics to work on all… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Avidyne Introduces Avidyne HELIOS™ Multifunction Flight Management System

Avidyne Introduces Avidyne HELIOS™ Multifunction Flight Management System

Avidyne Corporation, a leading provider of integrated avionics systems, displays, ADS-B and safety systems for general aviation aircraft, announced their new dzus-mounted Avidyne Helios multifunction flight management system (FMS) for helicopters. The Avidyne Helios provides many of the same features as the previously-announced Avidyne Atlas FMS, including a Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS navigator, a… Read more »

Source: Avidyne, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Develops New H225 Modifications

Heli-One Develops New H225 Modifications

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Airbus Helicopters and Shell Aircraft have been working closely in order to put the H160 into service for offshore transportation. “Shell seeks opportunity for early introduction to service of the H160. Having worked closely with Airbus over the last year to understand the design and manufacturing philosophy behind the H160, Shell Aircraft believes this innovative… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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CAMTS Awards First Special Operations Accreditation

CAMTS Awards First Special Operations Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) awarded its first ever Special Operations Accreditation on Jan. 24, 2020 to Burleson, Texas-based Air Center Helicopters. CAMTS developed and approved accreditation standards in 2019 for services that provide Search and Rescue and Personnel Recovery operations often contracted by the government to assist military and paramilitary… Read more »

Source: CAMTS, 29-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. to host its first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium

S.A.F.E. to host its first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is expanding its support of the maintenance sector of the helicopter industry by hosting a Maintenance Safety Symposium dedicated to providing the latest safety and training resources to mechanics. This first annual Maintenance Safety Symposium will focus on “Troubleshooting Technology”. The conference will be held in Dallas on June 10-11, 2020. This… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Precision Aviation Group acquires World Aviation Corp

Precision Aviation Group acquires World Aviation Corp

Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry announced today the acquisition of Toronto, Ontario based World Aviation Corporation (WAC). WAC specializes in the rewind and repair of rotary and static electrical (air and oil-cooled) generator and motor sub-components. David Mast, President &… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 29-Jan-20

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Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters have announced they will partner to retrofit the tourism operator’s entire fleet of 34 EC130 B4 helicopters with the Airbus Helicopters Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS), which has just received EASA certification with FAA to follow shortly. Maverick Helicopters, one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies in the world, carries… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) will enhance its patrol and surveillance capabilities with the addition of 16 new Airbus H125 helicopters.   The new aircraft will enable AMO to achieve its mission of protecting the nation’s borders, helping combat drug smuggling, and performing life-saving search and rescue missions. Over… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

Bell and Wintershall Dea Set Sights for Innovative North Sea Operations

During HAI 2020, Bell announced their collaboration with Norwegian oil and gas operator, Wintershall Dea Norge AS, to bring enhanced helicopter operational safety to the North Sea. “Wintershall Dea is a pioneer in their industry and working together with Bell, we believe we will challenge industry norms and create a new standard of innovation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement with Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit for a public safety configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. “Global municipalities are expanding their public safety capabilities by adding aerial operations to their mission portfolio,” said LaShan Bonaparte, program manager, Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Bell, 29-Jan-20

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Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd, one of the largest avionics shops in Canada, has achieved the first FAA STC authorizing the Garmin GTN725H or GTN750H Navigator to be installed in a series of Airbus Helicopter Dauphin models including SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2 and AS-365N3. The system is fully approved to conduct LPV and LNAV/VNAV coupled approaches. This new… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 29-Jan-20

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S.A.F.E. Structure Designs wins $1M CH-47F fall protection platform contract

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs wins $1M CH-47F fall protection platform contract

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced they have been awarded the U.S. Army contract to supply customized Fall Protection Platforms for the Boeing Chinook CH-46 and CH-47 aircraft. The custom stands will support the maintenance of these aircraft at facilities in Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Riley and Fort Bragg. The U.S. Army recognized the risk mitigation… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 29-Jan-20

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Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One Approved to Develop AW139 IGB TGB Capability

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is working with Leonardo Helicopters to establish AW139 Intermediate and Tail Gear Box (IGB, TGB) MRO capability as a Leonardo Helicopters Authorized Component Repair Centre. This new capability is being established at the Heli-One Canada facility in Delta, British Columbia and will give… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Jan-20

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Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada DVE Technology Mitigates Risk of Operating Helicopters

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, said DVE technology already selected for U.S. military helicopters, can also reduce the risk of civil and commercial flight crashes, in cases where visibility is impeded due to weather and other conditions such as fog. “Whether military or… Read more »

Source: Sierra Nevada, 29-Jan-20

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DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Rotortrade gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

Rotortrade gives its view on pre-owned helicopter market

As brand-new civil turbine helicopter sales are expected to remain under even greater pressure in the coming years, the pre-owned market is set to take center stage. Brand new civil turbine sales have gone down to approximately 600 deliveries per year while pre-owned sales have reached 1,500 units yearly. The pre-owned market is now more… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Jan-20

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Sikorsky Recognizes California Firehawk Aerial Firefighters

Sikorsky Recognizes California Firehawk Aerial Firefighters

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) today recognized and thanked the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue and the State of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for their commitment to aerial fire-fighting operations with the S-70i™ Firehawk® helicopter. Each of the three fire services… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jan-20

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StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero wins Rolls-Royce M250 award for 11th Consecutive Year

StandardAero received the prestigious “FIRST Class Service” award on Monday at the annual Rolls-Royce FIRST NetworkTM Recognition Reception event, held as part of Rolls-Royce’s attendance at the 2020 HAI/Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif.  The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 28-Jan-20

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Guimbal introduces new updates for Cabri G2

Guimbal introduces new updates for Cabri G2

The French light helicopter manufacturer, Helicopteres Guimbal is introducing an advanced new payload mount and new cockpit developments.  The latest delivered unit of their Cabri G2 is on display at booth # 6812, shared with Precision Helicopters, their Oregon-based distributor for the USA. The aircraft features the two latest product developments: The new all-digital cockpit,… Read more »

Source: Precision Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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NASA orders three Airbus H135s

NASA orders three Airbus H135s

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for three H135 helicopters, marking the first-ever partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters. The order was announced today at the Airbus booth at the Heli Expo Trade show in Anaheim, California. The H135s will be operated out of the Kennedy Space… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus Helicopters has announced a major performance increase on the H125 by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D. The aircraft’s external and internal load lifting capabilities will increase by up to +140 kg, with a large part of it already available at low altitude and low external temperatures,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Leonardo provides update on AW609 tiltrotor training

Developing and fielding state of the art, industry transforming aircraft such as the AW139, has become a matter of routine for Leonardo. This trend continues with the recently fielded AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter, and soon to enter market AW609 tiltrotor. Over the last year, concurrent with aircraft development activities, Leonardo launched an initiative to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the completion of all company test and reporting requirements related to the max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) increase from 3,100 to 3,350 pounds for its MD 530F single engine helicopter. A preferred platform of law enforcement and utility operators worldwide, the MGTOW increase will provide operators extended range, greater… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Rotortrade reports on 2019 activity

Rotortrade reports on 2019 activity

Rotortrade, a leading international distributor of helicopters announces excellent results and steady growth for 2019 reaching 30 bookings within the 12 months. “Beyond the number of helicopters which was in line with our projections for the year, we are especially happy with the mix of helicopters representing more than 150 tons / 350,000 pounds across… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Jan-20

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Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt has selected VRM Switzerland as its supplier for an innovative training solution based on virtual reality (VR) technology. The simulator’s visual system provides 3D vision with unprecedented resolution. “This will allow our discerning pilots to effectively train for difficult scenarios on mountain landing sites, with bright sunshine and under various snow conditions such… Read more »

Source: Air Zermatt, 28-Jan-20

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Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo to acquire Kopter

Leonardo has signed a contract with Lynwood (Schweiz) AG to acquire 100% of Kopter Group AG (Kopter). This move allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership and position in the rotorcraft sector; leveraging innovation, new capabilities and engineering skills which have been developed by the young, agile Swiss Company. Kopter’s SH09, a new single… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Jan-20

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Heli-One develops new H225 mods

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Jan-20

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IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

IOGP oil & gas companies commit to joint project with HeliOffshore

The Safety and Aviation Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) endorsed plans for a new aviation-focused Joint Industry Project (JIP) to fund work in support of its Project Safira goal of eliminating fatalities from the upstream energy business. The JIP will result in fresh investment of approximately £500,000 in the… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

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Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky introduces S-92A+ and S-92B upgrades

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today it is accepting position agreements for upgrades to the best-in-class S-92 helicopter: the S-92A+™ and the S-92B™ helicopters. The announcement at the annual Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli Expo demonstrates continued investment in and commitment to commercial helicopter operators and customers. “We are excited to offer… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 28-Jan-20

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LCI charts 2020 growth with new partnerships

LCI charts 2020 growth with new partnerships

 LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has sealed new partnerships with two leading financial institutions as it continues to grow its fleet. The lessor has just taken delivery of a Leonardo AW169 helicopter with financing arranged from new partner, Investec. The state-of-the-art aircraft is being placed with a leading… Read more »

Source: LCI, 28-Jan-20

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MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters Capitalizes on Joint Operational Capability to Improve Production Processes

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has expanded and enhanced helicopter production capabilities at its Mesa, Arizona, world headquarters. Certified as a joint military and commercial manufacturing and completion center, with both Government (“GFRC”) and FAA oversight, MDHI has improved the production processes for its full range of single-engine and light twin-engine aircraft. “Over the past year… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics InSight™ Display System Selected for MD Explorer

Universal Avionics InSight™ Display System Selected for MD Explorer

Universal Avionics (UA) and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announce a strategic partnership to integrate UA’s advanced InSight Display System as the full-digital flight deck solution for MD Helicopters’ MD 900/902 Explorer. MDHI will integrate the InSight Display System into the production and retrofit of the twin-engine helicopters. The InSight Display System for the MD 900/902… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

Keith Mullett joins HeliOffshore Board

On Monday 27th January, 2020 HeliOffshore announced the appointment of Keith Mullett to HeliOffshore’s board of directors. Keith Mullet is President of PHI International and acting President of PHI Americas.  He has been President of PHI International since the acquisition of HNZ by PHI in December of 2017.  Before that, he was the Executive Vice… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 28-Jan-20

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