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AAMS creates new Strategic Engagement & Member Experience VP role

AAMS creates new Strategic Engagement & Member Experience VP role

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Garet Turner, CMP, CAE, to serve in a new position as Vice President of Strategic Engagement & Member Experience for AAMS and Executive Director of the MedEvac Foundation International. Turner will begin his role on September 1, 2020, and will focus… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 28-Jul-20

Boeing Delivers 2,500th AH-64 Apache

Boeing Delivers 2,500th AH-64 Apache

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered its 2,500th AH-64 Apache helicopter, an E-model Apache for the U.S. Army, from the company’s production line in Mesa, Arizona. The first production AH-64, an A-model Apache, rolled off the assembly line on September 30, 1983, and was delivered by Boeing heritage company McDonnell Douglas to the U.S. Army in… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Jul-20

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Schiebel teams with Raytheon for Australian Army UAS tender

Schiebel teams with Raytheon for Australian Army UAS tender

Schiebel Pacific and Raytheon Australia have teamed up for the LAND129 Phase 3 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) project for the Australian Army. The tender response was submitted last week. The teaming couples Schiebel’s proven and world-class CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS with Raytheon Australia’s 20 year pedigree as a trusted, prime systems integrator across multiple domains…. Read more »

28-Jul-20

Estonian Air Force starts retirement of the Robinson R44

Estonian Air Force starts retirement of the Robinson R44

At last week’s Victory Parade to mark the 101st anniversary of the Estonian Air Force, the announcement was made that the R44 is to be retired, which will leave the country without any military helicopters. The first has been donated to Lennundusmuuseum (the Estonian Aviation Museum) eight miles south of Tartu, and the other three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-20

US Navy instructor pilots start training on TH-73A helicopter

US Navy instructor pilots start training on TH-73A helicopter

The TH-73A AHTS will reach Initial Operational Capability in 2021 and will provide the training tools needed to produce the next generations of rotary and tilt-rotor pilots for the U.S. and select allied nations, thus ensuring the future readiness of Naval Aviation. See Full Story. 

Source: Naval News, 27-Jul-20

Airial Robotics launches new type of UAV

Airial Robotics launches new type of UAV

The company Airial Robotics, head-quartered in Hamburg, Germany, and with branches in Hungary and the United Kingdom, has unveiled an innovative UAV carrier system that redefines the possibilities of commercial drone applications: the completely newly developed and patented technology platform Gyrotrak. Based on a new hybrid concept, Airial Robotics has created a new class of… Read more »

Source: Airial Robotics, 27-Jul-20

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

Italian Army to introduce next-generation capabilities with the AW169

The delivery of the first of two AW169 twin-engine training helicopters to the Italian Army heralds the start of a new programme – the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) – that will see our platform enable a step-change in capability to the operator and the country. The next-generation training helicopters will train crews in preparation for… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Jul-20

Bell APT drone makes first BVLOS flight

Bell APT drone makes first BVLOS flight

In the race to provide viable, aerial solutions to move goods and information, Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) surpassed a significant step in this journey: beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight. Delivering goods and information to critical – sometimes inaccessible – locations calls for an aircraft that can fly autonomously, over long distances and… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Jul-20

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Christoph Dortmund upgrades from BK117 to Airbus H145

Christoph Dortmund upgrades from BK117 to Airbus H145

From July 17th, the DRF Luftrettung in Dortmund will quickly help with another helicopter: A modern EC145 will replace the BK 117. In addition, ” Christoph Dortmund ” will be equipped with an EpiShuttle, a special insulating stretcher. “Christoph Dortmund” makes an extremely important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in North Rhine-Westphalia… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 23-Jul-20

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Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 and 412

Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), is pleased to announce that RSG has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters. STC validations from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), and Agencia… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 23-Jul-20

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New Devon Air Ambulance helicopter touches down in Devon

New Devon Air Ambulance helicopter touches down in Devon

Loud cheers went up around the Devon Air Ambulance airbase at Exeter airport last Thursday, as their new Airbus H145 helicopter flew down the runway and settled onto the helipad – it was the first time this new generation aircraft had landed in Devon. The new helicopter arrived at Exeter as part of a training… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Jul-20

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Revolutionary Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Accelerate

Revolutionary Electric VTOL Aircraft Developments Accelerate

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, announces today that it has now cataloged its 300th electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. “Electric VTOL aircraft hold out the promise of being much safer, cheaper, cleaner and quieter,” said VFS Executive… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 23-Jul-20

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FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

FAA Approves Lycoming’s Electronic Ignition System on Robinson Helicopters

R22 and R44 helicopters purchased after January 15th will be outfitted with Lycoming’s recently certified Electronic Ignition System (EIS). The EIS offers increased reliability, improved starting characteristics, and reduced maintenance. The EIS installation replaces the left starting magneto. The remaining right magneto provides redundant ignition and eliminates the need for a backup power supply. EIS… Read more »

Source: Robinson Helicopters, 22-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: Platforms with a Purpose

85 Years of Bell: Platforms with a Purpose

It started with the renowned Bell 47 Model – the “Bubble” – becoming the first certified helicopter for civilian use. Ready to jump into the civil market, Larry Bell concocted a three-step approach to introduce helicopters to everyday civilians and businesses. Today at Bell, this three-step strategy to bring vertical lift to new audiences has… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Jul-20

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EASA moves to increase cybersecurity of Helicopters

EASA moves to increase cybersecurity of Helicopters

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has taken an important step towards increasing cybersecurity protection of large aeroplanes and rotorcraft by amending the rules related to the product certification. These amendments will step up safety on board by mitigating the potential effects of cybersecurity threats which could arise through intentional unauthorised acts of interaction… Read more »

Source: EASA, 20-Jul-20

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Leonardo presents AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo presents  AW139 enhanced capabilities

Leonardo announced further enhancements for the AW139 intermediate twin engine market leader with the recently obtained EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certifications for the Honeywell Primus Epic integrated avionics Phase 8 software and the EGPWS (Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System) optional kit with offshore modes. The Phase 8 software release marks the introduction of an… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 20-Jul-20

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Cobham announces Edmo and Adams Distributors Place Initial Stocking Orders

Cobham announces Edmo and Adams Distributors Place Initial Stocking Orders

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity has announced that a major customer, EDMO Distributors (Spokane, WA), has placed an initial stocking order for the Titan Digital Audio Management System. EDMO will engage their marketing and distribution network in North America to represent the new airborne audio line to OEM’s and aircraft integrators, and at various industry trade events…. Read more »

Source: Cobham Aerospace, 20-Jul-20

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MINT Turbines Names Regional Sales Manager

MINT Turbines Names Regional Sales Manager

MINT Turbines, LLC (Stroud, Oklahoma), one of four premier MRO facilities within the M International group of companies, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Jason Chambers as their newest Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern United States. Jason has 30-years of aviation experience including most recently as Customer Program Manager of a large… Read more »

Source: MINT Turbines, 20-Jul-20

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FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

FAA Revises International Safety Rating for Pakistan

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Pakistan has been assigned a Category 2 rating because it does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. Under IASA, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Jul-20

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Honeywell Opens New T55 Engine Maintenance Center In Phoenix

Honeywell Opens New T55 Engine Maintenance Center In Phoenix

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has secured approval from the U.S. Army through a product verification audit and opened a state-of-the-art T55 Repair and Overhaul Center of Excellence facility near its Honeywell Aerospace headquarters in Phoenix. Honeywell’s new Center of Excellence for T55 helicopter engine maintenance optimizes operations and enhances support for the U.S. Army and international… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 20-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: Charging into the Future

85 Years of Bell: Charging into the Future

From breaking the sound barrier with incredible pilot Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 plane to developing the world’s first tiltrotor, Bell has always found ways to uncover revolutionary solutions. We’ve created flying rocket belts or jet packs and assisted with a lunar landing. But it’s not about one department, one invention or even one person. It’s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jul-20

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Kazan Helicopters certified Ansat simulator

Kazan Helicopters certified Ansat simulator

Kazan Helicopters of Russian Helicopters Holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) received the conclusion of the Center for Expertise and Certification of Aviation Engineering of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after NOT. Zhukovsky (TsAGI) on the compliance of the Ansat helicopter simulator with all international standards. Ansat’s comprehensive helicopter simulator (KTV) was tested for… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 20-Jul-20

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Schiebel Camcopter S-100 and Nordic Unmanned Monitor Ship Emissions for EMSA

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 and Nordic Unmanned Monitor Ship Emissions for EMSA

Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned, is supporting the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) by using the CAMCOPTER® S-100 to monitor ship emissions in Danish waters. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is offered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The CAMCOPTER® S-100 specifically measures the ships’… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 20-Jul-20

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Thora Capital buys six EMS helicopters from Milestone

Thora Capital buys six EMS helicopters from Milestone

Thora Capital (“Thora”), a Chicago-based alternative asset manager dedicated to aviation finance, announced the acquisition of six lease-attached Emergency Medical Services (“EMS”) helicopters from Milestone Aviation.  The aircraft are leased and operated by Life Flight Network (“Life Flight”) headquartered in Oregon. “We are thrilled to announce this acquisition, one of several deals we anticipate consummating over the… Read more »

Source: Thora Capital, 18-Jul-20

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NHV H175 fleet exceeds 40,000 FHRS

NHV H175 fleet exceeds 40,000 FHRS

NHV Group is pleased to announce that its H175 fleet surpassed its first 40,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. At present the worldwide H175 fleet has accumulated over 66,000 flight hours,… Read more »

Source: NHV, 17-Jul-20

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Russian Helicopters handed over two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

Russian Helicopters handed over two Mi-8MTV-1 to Yamal Airlines

[electronic translation] Russian Helicopters Holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) transferred two Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant to AK Yamal, both of which are designed to carry out missions in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug and will be based in Salekhard. Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters made for the Yamal Airlines are used to transport goods… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 17-Jul-20

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STARS announces winners of $4.2 Million lottery

STARS announces winners of $4.2 Million lottery

Many STARS supporters across the province have cause to celebrate, following the final draws of the 2020 STARS lottery yesterday. The ninth edition of the STARS Lottery Saskatchewan featured more than 1,800 prizes valued at over $4.2 million, including luxury vehicles, dream vacations, cash, and two stunning, fully-furnished show homes worth nearly $1.6 million each…. Read more »

Source: STARS, 17-Jul-20

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Self-flying EHang 216 Showcases Aerial Sightseeing Trips Over the Sea in East China

Self-flying EHang 216 Showcases Aerial Sightseeing Trips Over the Sea in East China

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced today the aerial sightseeing trial flights in Yantai, a coastal city in East China. An EHang 216 took four passengers to the air for aerial sightseeing trips over the sea around the beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf… Read more »

Source: EHang, 17-Jul-20

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85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell

85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell

“Larry Bell left behind two great monuments to his life. One is the great number of lives which have been saved by the helicopters he fostered and sustained, a fact of which he was immensely proud. The second is the family of people at Bell, who still, today in many ways mirror the personality of… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Jul-20

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Boeing completes helicopter deliveries to the Indian Air Force

Boeing completes helicopter deliveries to the Indian Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Jul-20

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SUU and SAFE to webcast safety seminar from Airbus facility

SUU and SAFE to webcast safety seminar from Airbus facility

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 Maintenance Safety Symposium will focus on “Troubleshooting Technology”. The virtual conference will be held via ZOOM on September 23, 2020. This unique… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 17-Jul-20

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Nominations Now Open for HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

Nominations Now Open for HAI Salute to Excellence Awards

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

Source: HAI, 17-Jul-20

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Bell buys Chinese maintainer Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation

Bell buys Chinese maintainer Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is strengthening its customer service and support offerings with the acquisition of Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited to increase Bell’s helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in China. Previously appointed as an Authorized Maintenance Center, the acquired Zhenjiang Aerochine – now Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Service… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Jul-20

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Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters

Niger receives Mi-171Sh helicopters

Niger has apparently taken delivery of two armed Mi-171Sh helicopters after ordering the aircraft for some $47 million. See Full Story. 

Source: Defence News, 16-Jul-20

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Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

Italian order highlights continuing success of ACH160

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) has won a new order for its latest ACH160 helicopter, announced just days after the H160 achieved certification. This new order, placed by an experienced Italian operator for use on private and corporate flights mainly inside Italy, means the ACH160 has been ordered by customers in eight countries across North America,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jul-20

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14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Goes Virtual

Three dozen of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts will be speaking at the CAFE Foundation’s 14th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS) which will be held online for the first time on July 28-30, 2020. Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions… Read more »

Source: VFS, 16-Jul-20

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Helipad upgrade completed at Letterkenny University Hospital

Helipad upgrade completed at Letterkenny University Hospital

THE COAST Guard helicopter can once again land at Letterkenny University Hospital following the completion of works to bring it up to European standards. See Full Story.

Source: Donegal News, 16-Jul-20

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NZ EMS operator launches club for those they rescue

NZ EMS operator launches club for those they rescue

A New Zealand based rescue helicopter pilot has established an exclusive club for those who have been rescued by helicopter which will help raise money for rescue chopper services around the country. Sue Dinkelacker, a Northland Rescue Helicopter pilot and award-winning sculptor, says the Haast Club is a way for those who have been helped… Read more »

Source: Northland Emergency Services, 16-Jul-20

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Philippine Coast Guard commissions H145

Philippine Coast Guard commissions H145

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has commissioned into service one of its two new Airbus H145 light twin-engine helicopters. See Full Story.

Source: UNTV News & Rescue, 16-Jul-20

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JSfirm.com Awards Scholarship

JSfirm.com Awards Scholarship

JSfirm.com recently awarded scholarships to two aviation students during a virtual webinar on June 24th in partnership with PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association). The original announcement was scheduled to take place in April at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition that was postponed due to the pandemic. The Aviation Mechanic Student Award, provided by JSfirm.com was awarded… Read more »

Source: JSfirm.com, 16-Jul-20

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BC Wildfire Service continues testing NV technology

BC Wildfire Service continues testing NV technology

BC Wildfire Service will be carrying out aerial trials of their night vision goggle (NVG) technology near Penticton to see if it could help future firefighting operations. See Full Story.

Source: Castanet, 16-Jul-20

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OHI appoints Group COO

OHI appoints Group COO

Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“OHI” or “the Company”] announced the appointment of Duncan Moore as Group Chief Operating Officer. The announcement was supported by OHI shareholders Stirling Square Capital Partners [“Stirling Square”] and Omni Aviation [“Omni”]. OHI owns and backs helicopter operators in the provision of mission critical services to the offshore sector. The Company’s… Read more »

Source: Omni Helicopters, 16-Jul-20

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Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte moves away from Bell to concentrate on Airbus

Helimarte has five ASTAR (H125) and a Bell 206 JetRanger. It used to operate a King Air C-90 and more Bell 206 JetRangers, but as Brazil’s B206 fleet diminished, locating parts and technicians have caused headaches. See Full Story.

Source: Business Air News, 16-Jul-20

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NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

NEXA Advisors and the VFS Announce Equity Partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc.

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) have formed an equity partnership in UAM Geomatics, Inc., whose purpose is to promote the development and utilization of eVTOL aircraft, including accelerated investment into related supply chains. A key asset of UAM Geomatics is the groundbreaking study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets 2020-2040. Updated quarterly,… Read more »

Source: UAM Geomatics, 16-Jul-20

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BHIC unit gets one-year extension to Mindef helicopter maintenance contract

BHIC unit gets one-year extension to Mindef helicopter maintenance contract

Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd (BHIC) has seen its helicopter maintenance contract with the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) extended for another year until 2021. See Full Story.

Source: KLSE Screener, 16-Jul-20

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Brazilian Navy receives second of a pair of Airbus H135s

Brazilian Navy receives second of a pair of Airbus H135s

[electronic translation] On July 10, the Brazilian Navy received the second UH-17 aircraft in the 1st General Employment Helicopter Squadron (EsqdHU-1). With the N-7091 aircraft, another phase of the Aircraft Procurement Contract for the “Antarctic” Operation is concluded. The obtainment of UH-17 aircraft has the main objective of avoiding a gap in air operations embarked on… Read more »

Source: Brazilian Navy, 16-Jul-20

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China to sanction Lockheed Martin

China to sanction Lockheed Martin

China announced it will impose sanctions on U.S. aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin for involvement in the latest U.S. arms sale to the Taiwan region.  See full story

Source: CGTN, 15-Jul-20

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Innisfail Health Centre helipad closed for safety improvements

Innisfail Health Centre helipad closed for safety improvements

Use of the heliport across the street from Innisfail Health Centre is being suspended for one year to address its future. See Full Story. 

Source: rdnews NOW, 15-Jul-20

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Newport Helicopter Tours Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Newport Helicopter Tours Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Newport Helicopter Tours celebrates its 20th anniversary this June. “We have flown over 60,000 guests since 2000 and continue to strive to provide the best air tour experience in the industry” stated Jeff Codman President and Chief pilot. See Full Story. 

Source: Newport BUZZ, 15-Jul-20

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KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

KAI aims to export first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia

Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer, aims to export the first Korean-made helicopter to Indonesia, a company executive said Wednesday. See Full Story.

Source: Yonhap News Agency, 15-Jul-20

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Air ambulances in Nova Scotia now carry supply of blood

Air ambulances in Nova Scotia now carry supply of blood

People who are seriously hurt or ill enough to need an air ambulance to take them to hospital will now have a blood supply en route. See Full Story.

Source: CBC, 15-Jul-20

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Melfort Union Hospital helipad goes out to tender

Melfort Union Hospital helipad goes out to tender

The Melfort Heliport Project has gone to tender. The project will see a heliport built on the grounds of Melfort Union Hospital. See Full Story.

Source: northeast NOW, 15-Jul-20

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Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package to Mexio

Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package to Mexio

Trakka USA, LLC is pleased to announce the delivery of Trakka’s Total Surveillance Solution Package in Yucatan, Mexico to support the operations of public security. The Total Surveillance Solutions Package is comprised of the TrakkaCam TC-300 Multi-sensor Camera System, TrakkaMap TM-100 Mission Management, Moving Map, and recording system, and the TrakkaBeam A800 Searchlight. The systems… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 15-Jul-20

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Nigerian Air Force inaugurates helipad for anti-bandit operations

Nigerian Air Force inaugurates helipad for anti-bandit operations

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, on Friday, inaugurated a Helipad at Katari village along Kaduna-Abuja highway to strengthen the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) response to security challenges in the area. See Full Story. 

Source: Crystal View News, 15-Jul-20

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First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Osprey is built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military…. Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Jul-20

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Royal Hobart Hospital helipad now open

Royal Hobart Hospital helipad now open

THE K Block helipad at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is now open, with the helipad utilised for the first patient transfer within four hours of becoming operational. See Full Story.  

Source: Hobart Observer, 15-Jul-20

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Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package for Colombian National Police

Trakka delivers total surveillance solutions package for Colombian National Police

Trakka USA, LLC is pleased to announce the delivery of Trakka’s Total Surveillance Solution Package for the Colombian National Police to support the Directorate of Aviation, Halcon Group. The Total Surveillance Solutions Package is comprised of the TrakkaCam TC-300 Multi-sensor Camera System, TrakkaMap TM-100 Mission Management, Moving Map, and recording system, and the TrakkaBeam A800… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 15-Jul-20

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Black Hills Life Flight adds blood and plasma to all flights

Black Hills Life Flight adds blood and plasma to all flights

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that its Black Hills Life Flight base in Rapid City, S.D., will carry blood and plasma on its missions to support improved outcomes for patients involved in traumatic injuries or other conditions that require transfusions. Along with South Dakota, the base also serves… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 14-Jul-20

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Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

Kaikoura Helicopters partners with marine welfare organisation

Kaikoura Helicopters, a division of GCH Aviation, one of New Zealand’s largest private aviation companies, has partnered with marine mammal welfare organisation Project Jonah, and together they are on a mission to protect New Zealand’s marine wildlife. “New Zealand boasts a record of being visited by almost half the known species of whales and dolphins… Read more »

Source: Kaikoura Helicopters, 14-Jul-20

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Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01944WI for the ACE DECK VL-60, the premier integrated flight deck for the Black Hawk. This issuance marks the beginning of a new era, as the first COTS IFR and RNAV certified flight deck… Read more »

Source: Ace Aeronautics, 14-Jul-20

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A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents. For the same period… Read more »

Source: USHST, 14-Jul-20

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Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

Airbus Helicopters marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan this year. Since its predecessor Sud Aviation entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki & Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1960, followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961, there are over 370 Airbus helicopters flying in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Heliopters, 14-Jul-20

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Ultimate Heli Renewal of ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ultimate Heli Renewal of ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ultimate Heli (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce the renewal of its ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certificate by TÜV Rheinland South Africa. With this renewal, Ultimate Heli’s quality management system for its flight operations department remain ISO 9001:2015 certified through to mid 2023. “To have this certification renewed is a true testament that… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Heli, 13-Jul-20

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Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo delivers its first basic training AW169 to the Italian Army

Leonardo announced today the delivery of the first of two AW169 basic training twin engine helicopters to the Italian Army during an official ceremony held at the 2nd Rgt. AVES ‘Sirio’ based in Lamezia Terme in the presence of representatives from the operator and industry. The second aircraft is expected to be handed over in… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-20

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Airbus forms Team Nightjar for Australian special ops bid

Airbus forms Team Nightjar for Australian special ops bid

Airbus Helicopters has joined hands with over 20 Australian partners to form Team Nightjar, as the consortium launches its solution to Project LAND 2097 Phase 4. Under this Project, the Commonwealth of Australia is seeking a fleet of helicopters to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations. Bringing together Australia’s best industry capabilities and academia,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Jul-20

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Boston MedFlight Reaches 80,000 Patient Transport Milestone

Boston MedFlight Reaches 80,000 Patient Transport Milestone

Boston MedFlight, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that for 35 years has provided critical care medical transport to patients in need by air and ground, has announced that it recently provided critical care medical transport to its 80,000th patient since its founding in 1985. This is a significant milestone for the region’s primary provider of critical… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 10-Jul-20

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US approves sale of one Sikorsky UH-60M to Jordan

US approves sale of one Sikorsky UH-60M to Jordan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Jordan of one (1) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter and related equipment for an estimated cost of $23 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Jordan… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Jul-20

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Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

Northrop Grumman Supports Government Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar

The U.S. Navy, with support from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar. “The AN/ZPY-8 radar significantly increases Fire Scout’s detection and tracking of targets. The ability to simultaneously employ multiple modes supports U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements,” said Melissa Packwood,… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-20

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TUM developing AR solution for ship landings in rough seas

TUM developing AR solution for ship landings in rough seas

Landing a helicopter on the deck of a ship in poor visibility is a big challenge even for the most experienced of pilots. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an assistance system that displays key information in the visor of the pilot’s helmet-mounted display. This permits precise landing approaches – even… Read more »

Source: TUM, 10-Jul-20

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DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF take stock of the corona pandemic in Germany

DRF Luftrettung looks back on the first six months of 2020, a special half-year, because the dominant topic here was the corona virus. For the employees of the non-profit air rescue organization, it not only brought about far-reaching changes in everyday work, but above all great encouragement and support from the population. The deployment figures… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

 The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania of six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $380 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Lithuania… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 10-Jul-20

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AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District

AirLink lands at Klamath County Fire District

A little-used fire station in Klamath Falls is now serving as an emergency dispatch airport, thanks to a partnership between AirLink Critical Care Transport, and Klamath County Fire District #1. Medical transport company AirLink has come in for a landing at Klamath County Fire District Station #5 near the Running ‘Y’. “This is a little… Read more »

Source: AirLink, 10-Jul-20

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Accel-KKR and ParkerGale join forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs

Accel-KKR and ParkerGale join forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs

Accel-KKR and ParkerGale joined forces to back ATP in its acquisition of FlightDocs, a provider of maintenance tracking software for the business aviation industry. Founded nearly fifty years ago, ATP provides aircraft maintenance information, predictive diagnostics, and troubleshooting software to over 6,700 aviation customers worldwide. ParkerGale, a technology-focused buyout fund based in Chicago, acquired ATP… Read more »

Source: Accel-KKR, 10-Jul-20

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New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital

New helipad opens at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital

A brand new helipad at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) is now open, thanks to a £1million donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads. The hospital’s previous helipad was unable to receive night landings, but the new helipad is equipped… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 10-Jul-20

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DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

DRF tests droplet spread inside helicopters

How high is the potential risk from released droplets by infectious patients for the helicopter crew? Do pathogens spread from the cabin into the cockpit? These questions are not only highly relevant during the coronavirus pandemic: transporting patients with highly infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis or meningococcus is also playing an increasingly great role at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Jul-20

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