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2019 Helicentre scholarships fund doubled

2019 Helicentre scholarships fund doubled

Helicentre Aviation Academy has allocated a further £75,000 in part-funded scholarship awards to its already generous 2018 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme. In the last five years the company has invested over £500,000 into training scholarships which have been awarded to pilots training at the Academy in a effort to meet the company’s ongoing requirement… Read more »

Source: Helicentre, 26-Oct-18

Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

Rotor Team named 15th Bell authorized Service Center

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has named Rotor Team as the latest and 15th Bell authorized Service Center in Europe. “With the Bell fleet rapidly expanding in Europe, continuing to provide the highest level of local support to our customers is a top priority,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 26-Oct-18

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Airbus reinforces air medical market leadership

Airbus reinforces air medical market leadership

Airbus Helicopters is expanding its presence in the North American emergency medical services (EMS) market with the sale of six helicopters for two customers at the 2018 Air Medical Transport Conference, which took place in Phoenix, AZ from October 22-24.   “Airbus Helicopters has been supporting the air medical market in North America since its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Oct-18

Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System Certified by Sikorsky

Astronics Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System Certified by Sikorsky

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, has worked with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, to install and certify the Max-Viz 2300 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on a new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter. Offered by Astronics’ wholly-owned subsidiary Astronics Max-Viz, the 2300 can now present… Read more »

Source: Astronics Corporation, 26-Oct-18

Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell and Thales Collaborate

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a teaming agreement with Thales, for the development of flight control systems for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft and on-demand mobility (ODM) solutions. “We continue to expand our team and capabilities for our ODM aircraft to bring the most advanced technology available and new… Read more »

Source: Thales, 26-Oct-18

Metro customers honored during community awards

Metro customers honored during community awards

Metro Aviation recognized customer recipients of the Association of Air Medical Services Community Awards and those celebrating service milestones on Tuesday during its Annual Press Event at the 2018 Air Medical Transport Conference. The event highlighted AAMS Community Awards winners and programs celebrating 20 years or more of service. Customer AAMS Community Awards Include: David… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Oct-18

Sikorsky awarded $717M Contract for CH-53 and MH-53 Repair Support

Sikorsky awarded $717M Contract for CH-53 and MH-53 Repair Support

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $717,410,825 firm-fixed-priced, performance-based logistics requirements contract for logistics and repair support for 98 components in support of CH-53 and MH-53 aircraft weapon replaceable assembly components and their related shop replaceable assembly components. This contract includes a 50-month base period with no options. Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Oct-18

Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its seventh and eighth H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters. Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Oct-18

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Able Earns Nadcap Accreditations

Able Earns Nadcap Accreditations

Aircraft repair and overhaul leader Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, has expanded its ability to serve key industry segments with three new accreditations from Nadcap, the global program denoting superior competency in aerospace-specific special processes capabilities. The new Nadcap accreditations recognize Able’s non-destructive testing, chemical processing and shot peen capabilities, all part… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 25-Oct-18

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Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

Bell on display at Marrakech Air Show 2018

Visit Bell’s chalet N04 to discover our next-generation aircraft on static display at Marrakech Air Show 2018: The AH-1Z is the most advanced helicopter in the world. Built for expeditionary warfare, the aircraft is rugged, reliable and lethal. It’s small logistical footprint provides exceptional operating value and gives you the lowest acquisition, operation and lifecycle… Read more »

25-Oct-18

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Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Updated

Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System STC Updated

Precise Flight, Inc. has updated its Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System to include installation instructions for the Bell 407GX and 407GXP variations. The recent exponential growth in global bird populations, combined with the increase in global air traffic, has caused bird strikes to… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 25-Oct-18

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New contract between VNH and Rosneft

New contract between VNH and Rosneft

On October 18th, 2018, in Vung Tau City, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) successfully held the signing ceremony for the new contract to provide helicopter services for the period 2019 – 2021 for Rosneft Vietnam B.V. The ceremony took place with the presence of the Board of Directors and functional Departments from two companies…. Read more »

Source: VNH South, 25-Oct-18

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Airbus honors air medical leaders at AMTC 2018

Airbus honors air medical leaders at AMTC 2018

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized leaders of the air medical transport industry Monday for their far-reaching efforts to strengthen safety and service for crews and patients. Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented the awards at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. “We are proud to honor the committed teams… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Oct-18

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Life Flight Network AW119Kx passes 40,000 flight hours

Life Flight Network AW119Kx passes 40,000 flight hours

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Arizona that EMS operator Life Flight Network has logged over 40,000 flight hours with its fleet of 21 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters. Life Flight Network is the largest air ambulance not-for-profit in the United States with a service area that includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 24-Oct-18

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Rotortrade brings value to the EMS market

Rotortrade brings value to the EMS market

The HEMS market has seen constant and significant growth over the last few years, be it in developing markets or mature ones. Growth has seen double digits, making it the fastest growing helicopter mission segment with even more opportunities ahead. Ambulatory healthcare, national and local governments clearly recognize the needs and benefits of air ambulances… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 24-Oct-18

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REACH adds Airbus H125s and H130s

REACH adds Airbus H125s and H130s

REACH Air Medical Services will boost its life saving capabilities with the addition of five Airbus helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc. will deliver the three H125s and two H130s later this year, with the aircraft going into service by spring. REACH is a subsidiary of Global Medical Response (GMR), a leading medical transportation company formed when… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Oct-18

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LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

LCI completes AW139 transition with Elitaliana

Lease Corporation International (“LCI”), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has completed the transition of a Leonardo AW139 helicopter to enter service with Elitaliana S.r.l. (“Elitaliana”) in Italy. The helicopter, which is being converted for full emergency medical services (EMS) operations from Oil and Gas (O&G) operations, is the second of its type operated… Read more »

Source: LCI, 24-Oct-18

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NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and VFS to Produce Landmark Air Mobility Study

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announce their collaboration on a new study, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) — Economics and Global Markets. A growing community of aerospace innovators, engineers, futurists and investors believe that the next urban transportation revolution will be in the air. The global economy has become increasingly connected with point-to-point… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 24-Oct-18

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WIKING Helicopter Service GmbH has signed a multi-year HEMS

WIKING Helicopter Service GmbH has signed a multi-year HEMS

WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has signed a multi-year HEMS contract with four offshore windpark operators, Ocean Breeze Energy & Co. KG, OWP Butendiek GmbH & Co. KG, OWP Nordergruende GmbH & Co. KG and Veja Mate Offshore Project GmbH after a joint tender to support their rescue chain. WIKING provides the rescue helicopter incl. pilots… Read more »

Source: WIKING Helikopter Service, 24-Oct-18

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VNH South completed firefighting contract

VNH South completed firefighting contract

On 26th September 2018 and 19th October 2018, VNH South’s two Mi-172 helicopters VN-8428 and VN-8427 were safely ferried from Indonesia back to Vung Tau Airport, successfully completed Fire Fighting Contract 2018 with Indonesian Government. This is the 3rd consecutive year that VNH South provides the package services including aircrafts, pilots, technicians, maintenance and insurance… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 24-Oct-18

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UTC Unveils New Lightweight Ballistic Protection

UTC Unveils New Lightweight Ballistic Protection

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today unveiled a new Lightweight Ballistic Protection System (LBPS) for its Cargo On/Off Loading System (COOLS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Depending on the level of protection selected, the new LBPS can provide operators with up to 20 percent weight savings, helping to increase fuel… Read more »

Source: UTC Aerospace Systems, 24-Oct-18

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Universal & Heli-One Complete Transition To Hover Certification Testing

Universal & Heli-One Complete Transition To Hover Certification Testing

Universal Avionics (UA) announces completion of certification testing with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, for the company’s Flight Management System (FMS) Transition to Hover feature. Testing occurred in Stavanger, Norway with a law enforcement AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter modernization program. Certification is now imminent. The new UA FMS feature allows a hands-free operation for the crew, allowing… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-Oct-18

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Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EP’s to Southern Sudan

Ultimate HELI is a world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have deployed 2 x Bell 412EP’s to Juba, South Sudan. The helicopters are based in Juba, Southern Sudan… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Aviation, 24-Oct-18

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Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139

The new purchase of Nepalese Army AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicopter has arrived Tribhuvan International Airport to join the Rotary Wing fleet of Nepalese Army. The helicopter after making its maiden flight in Italy was transported in Nepal via containers in waterway and land way to be reassembled again for starting its service from Mid Air Base,… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-18

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Simrik Air receives H125 from Airbus Helicopter Southeast Asia

Simrik Air receives H125 from Airbus Helicopter Southeast Asia

The newly manufactured H125 (formerly known as AS350 B3e) Helicopter for Simrik Air fleet has departed yesterday’s Morning from Airbus Facility, Singapore to join its first and new base at Kathmandu. Officials from Simrik Air notified that the aircraft had left from its Airbus Helicopter Southeast Asia, Singapore yesterday 12th of October and is expected… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-18

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Newly debuted Helicopter Society of Nepal meets the Tourism Minister

Newly debuted Helicopter Society of Nepal meets the Tourism Minister

Newly formed association of Helicopter companies of Nepal ‘Helicopter society of Nepal’ have made an official meeting with honorable Tourism Minister (MoCTCA) Rabindra Adhikari to explain about its importance and need on Sunday, 14th of October. Director of the association Captain Rameshwor Thapa explained about the association to the minister along with other high level… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 23-Oct-18

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Croatia to Receive UH-60M Donation

Croatia to Receive UH-60M Donation

The United States government has recently given approval of the donation of two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to Croatia. Included with the aircraft, they are also donating spare parts and equipment, totalling to $50 million. The helicopters are expected to be delivered in 2020, reports The Dubrovnik Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-18

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Life Link III passes 15000 hours on AW119Kx fleet

Life Link III passes 15000 hours on AW119Kx fleet

Leonardo announced at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix, Arizona that EMS provider Life Link III has logged over 15,000 flight hours and transported over 8,000 patients with their fleet of 10 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters. Operating eight helicopter bases in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Life Link III is the largest hospital-based non-profit consortium program in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Oct-18

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Heli-One Completes Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade For S-76

Heli-One Completes Universal Avionics Flight Deck Upgrade For S-76

Universal Avionics (UA) announces the completion of Authorized Dealer, Heli-One’s Sikorsky S-76 VVIP helicopter flight deck upgrade. The avionics upgrade replaces legacy Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS) with three UA EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays. The system also includes a new UA UNS-1Lw Flight Management System (FMS) with Vision-1™ Synthetic Vision System. The UA modern glass… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 23-Oct-18

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PHi extends previously-announced cash tender offer

PHi extends previously-announced cash tender offer

PHI, Inc. (The Nasdaq Select Global Market: PHII (voting); PHIIK (non-voting)) (“PHI”) announced that it is further extending the expiration time of its previously-announced cash tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase any and all of the $500 million aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 5.25% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “2019 Notes”) and its… Read more »

Source: PHI Inc., 23-Oct-18

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Airmedic signs purchase agreement

Airmedic signs purchase agreement

Airmedic, the only privately-owned air medical provider in Quebec, has committed to purchasing three Airbus EC145e aircraft from Metro Aviation.  These will be the first EC145e models in Canada. “The EC145e fits a variety of mission profiles,” said Metro Aviation President Mike Stanberry.  “It’s increased useful load and large cabin make it a great choice… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-18

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Metro sparks new era of helicopter safety at AMTC 2018

Metro sparks new era of helicopter safety at AMTC 2018

Metro Aviation will showcase the Airbus Helicopters EC145e capabilities during the Air Medical Transport Conference with the University of Utah Health’s AirMed helicopter. The helicopter will be displayed at Metro Aviation’s AMTC booth (#729), serving as a benchmark for the aircraft’s configuration possibilities. Conference attendees can witness first-hand the aircraft’s mission-specific gear tailored to Utah’s… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-18

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HeliOps take ownership of the SeaKing Simulator

HeliOps take ownership of the SeaKing Simulator

HeliOps are delighted to announce that as of October 2018 it has taken ownership of the Sea King simulator at RNAS Culdrose. The simulator itself will remain in situ at RNAS Culdrose and in the current building familiar to all current and past Sea King operators who have trained with the RN. Aircrew Simulator and… Read more »

Source: HeliOps, 23-Oct-18

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CHC Opens New Search and Rescue Facility in Dublin

CHC Opens New Search and Rescue Facility in Dublin

CHC Helicopter (‘CHC’) opened its new search and rescue (‘SAR’) base facility in Dublin, Ireland. The facility opening, held October 18 at the Dublin Airport, was attended by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter and distinguished guests. The event included a base and aircraft… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-Oct-18

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Kopter appoints Air Medical Sales Specialist for North American market

Kopter appoints Air Medical Sales Specialist for North American market

Kopter North America (NA) announced today the appointment of Mr. Lee McCammon as the latest addition to its sales team assuming the role of Air Medical Specialist. Kopter NA’s President of Sales/Marketing and Customer Support, Larry Roberts stated: “We are tremendously pleased to add to the team a person with so much history, knowledge and… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 23-Oct-18

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Business Aviation Survey: Hiring Demand On the Rise

Business Aviation Survey: Hiring Demand On the Rise

JSfirm.com, the leading aviation job website, has completed its annual Business Aviation Survey. 279 Business Aviation personnel participated this year. Compared to 2017, flight hours have increased (+12%) and more companies report being impacted by the pilot shortage (+26%). Jeff Richards, Operations Manager for JSfirm.com said, “There has never been a better time to join… Read more »

Source: JSfirm.com, 23-Oct-18

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Airbus at AMTC 2018

Airbus at AMTC 2018

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will highlight its role as the U.S. market leader for air medical transport rotorcraft at the Air Medical Transport Conference Oct. 22-24 in Phoenix, Arizona. Two of the most powerful and modern aircraft used by air medical transport providers , the twin-engine H145 and a single-engine H130, will be on display at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Oct-18

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Kopter at AMTC 2018

Kopter at AMTC 2018

Kopter is very pleased to showcase its SH09 helicopter in HEMS configuration at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Phoenix, AZ, October 22-24th. The SH09 stands out as a new generation, single turbine helicopter with safety, cost efficiency and mission capability above and beyond known standards. Aspects that are all critical to any air… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 23-Oct-18

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Leonardo at AMTC 2018

Leonardo at AMTC 2018

Leonardo is attending AMTC 2018 in Phoenix (22-24 October) illustrating a range of advanced capabilities in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service sector (HEMS). An AW119Kx single engine aircraft is on static display. This helicopter has been operated by the established Leonardo customer 7Bar for the University of State of New Mexico since 2015 and is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Oct-18

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Dutch EMS operator picks P&W engines for new H135s

Dutch EMS operator picks P&W engines for new H135s

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), announced that Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206B3 engine to power the three new Airbus H135P3s, the club is acquiring to renew its fleet of emergency medical services (EMS) helicopters. “The twin-engine Airbus H135 helicopter and the PW206… Read more »

Source: Pratt & Whitney, 22-Oct-18

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Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to the UK

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of sixteen (16) H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of United Kingdom has requested… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 22-Oct-18

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Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus to showcase H135 as future Navy helicopter

Airbus Helicopters will showcase the versatile and market-leading H135 aircraft as the future training helicopter for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, Florida from October 22-26. “Airbus Helicopters is convinced the H135 is the best solution to prepare the next generation of U.S…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-18

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Dart signs new AMC during Helitech 2018

Dart signs new AMC during Helitech 2018

As part of DART’s plan to continue to expand in Europe and stay close to customers, DART has been building strong partnerships with key players in the industry. On the first day of Helitech 2018, DART hosted a cocktail reception at its booth and had the pleasure to announce the signing of a new DART… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 22-Oct-18

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Visit Bell at #IACP2018

Visit Bell at #IACP2018

Visit Bell during IACP booth #2001 to speak to a Bell representative about how we are continuing to drive innovation in the law enforcement segment and view Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Bell 429. At Bell, we pride ourselves for being one of the leading aircraft providers for law enforcement agencies around the world including, New York… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 22-Oct-18

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New helicopter hoist will help rescue injured firefighters in Nevada

New helicopter hoist will help rescue injured firefighters in Nevada

The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) is excited to announce the new addition of an advanced rescue hoist system, which will aid in emergency response and lifesaving rescue efforts primarily for injured wildland firefighters. Hoist extraction is the use of a mechanical retractable cable on which a rescuer is lowered from a hovering helicopter to… Read more »

Source: Nevada Division of Forestry, 22-Oct-18

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Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

Bell and Yamato announce collaboration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9064) announced their strategic collaboration for the future of civilian aerial logistics. Together they aspire to be a global leader in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) logistics and plan to do so by collaborating to integrate innovative autonomous unmanned vehicle… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 22-Oct-18

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Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy on reaching a milestone

Leonardo congratulates the Royal Malaysian Navy’s 501 Squadron on reaching the milestone of 10,000 flight hours with their six Super Lynx helicopters. To mark the milestone Lorenzo Pariani, Leonardo’s Head of Region SE Asia, presented Vice Admiral Dato’ Pahlawan Hj Mohamad Adib bin Abdul Samad, Western Fleet Commander of the Royal Malaysian Navy, with a… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Oct-18

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Dart receives EASA certification for EC130/H130 Cable Cutter System

Dart receives EASA certification for EC130/H130 Cable Cutter System

Just a few days ago, DART received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification on its EC130/H130 Cable Cutter System. The kit has also been approved by Transport Canada. Combined with the original Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) STC, received at the beginning of August, this allows more than 75% of EC130/H130 operating globally today to retrofit their… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 22-Oct-18

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Enstrom announces 280FX Sale at Helitech 2018

Enstrom announces 280FX Sale at Helitech 2018

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a contract at Helitech International to deliver a new 280FX into France.   The deal is being completed by their dealer, François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor & Aircraft Sarl.   This signing took place on October 17 at the Enstrom booth. This is the last step in the process to bring the Enstrom… Read more »

Source: Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, 22-Oct-18

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1st H125 delivered with BLR FastFin kit

1st H125 delivered with BLR FastFin kit

The first H125 equipped with the “Supplemental Type Certificate” (STC) BLR FastFin directly installed by Airbus on the assembly line was delivered to Heli-Austria. Thanks’ to the partnership signed with BLR Aerospace, Airbus Helicopters is now proposing the BLR FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System as an option or a retrofit for its H125 aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-18

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Dart opens new service center in Amsterdam

Dart opens new service center in Amsterdam

As part of DART’s international expansion and the company’s goal to better serve its customers worldwide, DART is opening a new Repair & Overhaul (R&O) facility in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This is following the opening of the now one-year-old warehouse, located in the outskirts of the city. “Our operations are located close to the Schiphol Airport,… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 22-Oct-18

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HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore held the 2nd in a series of Human Hazard Analysis workshops

HeliOffshore recently held the second in a series of Human Hazard Analysis (HHA) workshops intended to discover and devise ways to make the maintenance of helicopters safer by improving processes and the design of components. The workshop, which was held near Milan in Italy from 2-4th October, focused on Leonardo Helicopters’ AW139 aircraft. It brought together product… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 22-Oct-18

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Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic ready to export Z-19 attack helicopter

Avic is now ready to start batch manufacturing of their Z-19 reconnaissance/attack helicopter. The aircraft is operated by the Chinese Army currently. As reported by Flight Global, the Z-19 is a licensed built version of Airbus Helicopters Dauphin Z-9.

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

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CH-53K running short of crucial part

CH-53K running short of crucial part

The $29 billion contract between Lockheed and the U.S. Marine Corps is under strain for the delivery of 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters. This is due to a shortage of specialized metal components. The key supplier for these parts went bankrupt two years ago and the Navy is still looking for an alternate company who… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

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Te Anau Retains Helicopter Base

Te Anau Retains Helicopter Base

The on-call helicopter air ambulance service in Te Anau will remain open thanks to a new operating model. The base in Queenstown will be receiving a new cover, as well as a new and larger helicopter. The South Island will be provided services by Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited (HEMS) and a joint… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-18

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Airbus to showcase at Euronaval

Airbus to showcase at Euronaval

Airbus will be showcasing a myriad of smart solutions for safer oceans at this year’s Euronaval in Paris from October 23 to 26. The portfolio presented will range from maritime awareness centres, secure seamless communications services, through satellites and related services, to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, aircraft and helicopters. Airbus’ uniquely broad maritime portfolio enables customers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Oct-18

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Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Portuguese Air Force orders 5 AW119Kx

Leonardo announced today that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 19-Oct-18

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Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

Helitech to change name as expo adapts to changing market

As Helitech International closes today at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, the Helitech name is now disappearing. Initially focusing on the oil industry and first run in Aberdeen in 1986, the original Helitech organisers Spearhead Exhibitions realised they had to evolve to make the event viable. Primarily this meant moving the event to Redhill… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-18

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Kopter announces new distributor for the Nordic countries

Kopter announces new distributor for the Nordic countries

Kopter is proud to announce the appointment of Swiss Helikopter Norway AS as its Nordic distributor, on the second day of Helitech 2018. Swiss Helikopter Norway AS will act as distributor of the SH09 helicopter in Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland and Greenland. In order to maintain available SH09 delivery slots for the region and considering the… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 18-Oct-18

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CHC Australia Announces Australian Apprentices

CHC Australia Announces Australian Apprentices

CHC Australia has appointed its first two engineering apprentices since February 2010, promoting two local Broome employees into the roles. Stuart Mackenzie and James Brown are CHC’s newest apprentices after successfully applying for the Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical) apprenticeships at the Broome base. Prior to the apprenticeship opportunity, James was a long-time ground crew employee… Read more »

Source: CHC, 18-Oct-18

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Competitive boost and enhanced operational capabilities for H145

Competitive boost and enhanced operational capabilities for H145

Airbus H145 customers will now benefit from the extension of the warranty of the H145’s Arriel 2E engines from two years/1,000 hours to three years/2000 hours. This extension is valid for H145s delivered from January 2018. Furthermore, Airbus has rolled out Helionix Step 3 on the H145, an enhanced version of Airbus’ Helionix avionics suite… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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MRO software providers team up with Airbus

MRO software providers team up with Airbus

MRX Systems, Rusada, Ramco and Traxxall have signed agreements with Airbus Helicopters enabling their maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) databases to be connected with Airbus systems. “Through these agreements, we’re paving a two-way digital street between Airbus Helicopters and the companies that manage maintenance data for helicopter operators, facilitating the automatic sharing of data and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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SAF expands fleet

SAF expands fleet

French Alps-based civil operator SAF Group has ordered six new Airbus’ helicopters for emergency medical service (EMS) operations, mountain rescue, aerial work and passenger transport. The order includes three light single and three light twin helicopters to be operated in Metropolitan France and in the Reunion Island, where SAF has recently acquired Hélilagon. Delivery of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell launches certified training facilities

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the launch of Certified Training Facilities (CTFs) to expand its global training offering. CTFs such as Helideal, a Bell Independent Representative based in southern France, will provide the highest standard of initial and recurrent pilot training under the umbrella of the renowned Bell Training Academy. “The Bell 505… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 18-Oct-18

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Waypoint Delivers One H145 Helicopter to Los Andes

Waypoint Delivers One H145 Helicopter to Los Andes

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo that it has delivered an Airbus H145 to Servicios Aéreos de los Andes (also known as Andes) in Peru in support of contracts within the onshore oil and gas sector. Waypoint and Servicios Aéreos de los… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 18-Oct-18

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Leonardo expands helicopter maintenance and repair services in Europe

Leonardo expands helicopter maintenance and repair services in Europe

Leonardo is expanding support services for its growing customer base and helicopter fleet across Europe through two new agreements with regional partners, in line with the industrial plan. The Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Heliwork Services to carry out an AW109 series overhaul. Heliwork Services in Thruxton, Hampshire, UK, is an Authorized… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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EuroTec Gains Approval for EC130/H130 Main Battery Kit

EuroTec Gains Approval for EC130/H130 Main Battery Kit

Helicopter operators flying popular EC130/H130 series aircraft now have access to the newest technology in main battery solutions. Vertical Flight Solutions by EuroTec has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from Transport Canada for its kit incorporating True Blue Power’s TB17 (17 amp-hour) Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into Airbus EC130/H130 helicopters. The company reports it is… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 18-Oct-18

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DRF Luftrettung to expand its H145 fleet

DRF Luftrettung to expand its H145 fleet

At Helitech, Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract about the delivery of three H145s in 2019. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operator to 17, making them one of the biggest H145 operators worldwide. “The performance of the H145, especially the added value which Helionix brings to our operation, helps… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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New extended Support-By-the-Hour range

New extended Support-By-the-Hour range

Safran Helicopter Engines has announced improvements to its SBH® (Support-By-the-Hour) service range. Created to provide a comprehensive “pay as you fly” service, SBH® solutions now cover the full scope of customer profiles: SBH®5Star for civil operators of up to five aircraft, SBH®Classic for fleets of six-plus aircraft and SBH®M for military air arms. SBH® is… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 18-Oct-18

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Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB and Airbus sign for six H135s

Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB and Airbus sign for six H135s

Airbus Helicopters and air rescue operator Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB, have signed a framework contract for up to six H135s with Helionix. Additionally, they have activated a first batch of three aircraft to be delivered in 2019 and 2020. “The people in the Netherlands rely on the HEMS services we provide in cooperation with four… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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Safran introduces brand-new customer portal

Safran introduces brand-new customer portal

Safran Helicopter Engines is rolling out its new EngineLife® online customer portal. Easy-to-use and featuring advanced functionality, EngineLife® Customer Portal provides Safran Helicopter Engines customers with a unique doorway to access all digital services. Fully private and secured, the website has been designed by and for the customers. Safran has created a one-click access to… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 18-Oct-18

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Helitrans expands H125 fleet

Helitrans expands H125 fleet

Norway’s helicopter operator Helitrans has acquired four light single H125 Airbus helicopters for a wide range of missions that cover power line construction and firefighting as well as sightseeing trips, photo shoots and reindeer herding. The four new aircraft will be delivered in spring 2019. “We have been operating the H125 for almost twenty years… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Specialist Aviation Services ranked ‘Excellent’

Leonardo announced during an official ceremony held at Helitech in Amsterdam, that Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) has been appointed an Excellent Service Centre for the AW169 light intermediate and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in UK and Ireland. An established service centre for the AW169 and AW139 types in UK providing a range of support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 18-Oct-18

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Airbus racer high-speed demonstrator passes preliminary design review milestone

Airbus racer high-speed demonstrator passes preliminary design review milestone

Airbus Helicopters continues to progress with the development of its Racer (Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) technology demonstrator, funded by European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean Sky 2 program, and aiming to provide the best trade-off between speed, cost-efficiency, sustainability and mission performance. After the validation of the demonstrator’s aerodynamic configuration last year, key sub-systems have now… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Oct-18

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Kopter announces a first firm order with SAS from Malaysia

Kopter announces a first firm order with SAS from Malaysia

On the occasion of Helitech 2018, Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) from Malaysia has signed a firm order with Kopter for one SH09 helicopter in passenger transport configuration that will based out of the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport at Kuala Lumpur. To promote this new customer, Kopter has wrapped its first prototype (P1) using the… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 18-Oct-18

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