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Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

Triumph wins 5 year US Navy contract for SH-60 EDECU work

21-Mar-2022Source: Triumph

Triumph Group [NYSE:TGI] announced that its Systems, Electronics and Controls business has received a five-year contract with Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) to provide repair and upgrade services to their enhanced digital electronic control (fuel) units (EDECUs). Triumph’s EMC-102 EDECU units are used to support the T700 engine in the U.S. Navy’s SH-60 Seahawk Helicopter.... Read more

GlobalX signs LOI for 200 eVTOL aircraft from Eve

GlobalX signs LOI for 200 eVTOL aircraft from Eve

21-Mar-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, and Global Crossing Airlines Group, Inc. (JET: NEO; JET.B: NEO JETMF: OTCQB) (“GlobalX”) have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to order up to 200 of Eve’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL). This potential sale is included in Eve’s current order backlog of up... Read more

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

CHC-Babcock deal raises competition concerns

18-Mar-2022Source: CMA

Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation of this completed acquisition, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has provisionally found that the merger would lead to a significant loss of competition in the market. CHC and the acquired businesses both provide offshore transportation in the oil and gas sector, including taking workers to and from rigs... Read more

HAI and EHA strengthen partnership, with HAI to take lead at European Rotors 2022

HAI and EHA strengthen partnership, with HAI to take lead at European Rotors 2022

18-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) and European Helicopter Association (EHA) are pleased to announce the latest advancement in the partnership between the two VTOL organizations. In a gesture symbolizing their developing partnership, HAI has branded an office at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, with the EHA logo. Effective Monday, March 14, 2022, this space in the... Read more

Australia First B429 Wheeled Landing Gear Delivered to Alto Group

Australia First B429 Wheeled Landing Gear Delivered to Alto Group

18-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the sale  and delivery of a Bell 429 in a wheeled landing gear (WLG) configuration to Australia’s Alto Group. This would be the first Bell 429 WLG helicopter in Australia and Alto Group’s third Bell helicopter. The Alto Group is a leading Australian automotive retailer, employing... Read more

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

MOT CRS acquires six AW189 for Maritime SAR operations

18-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Rescue and Salvage Bureau of Ministry of Transport, PRC (MOT CRS) has signed a contract for six AW189 super-medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised across the coastlines of China for maritime SAR operations. The fleet deliveries will be completed by 2023. The PRC (MOT CRS) is China’s only national maritime professional rescue and salvage... Read more

Eve forms consortium for UAM operating concept in Miami-Dad County

Eve forms consortium for UAM operating concept in Miami-Dad County

18-Mar-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, has formed a consortium of leading Urban Air Mobility (UAM) organizations and technology enablers, including Skyports, L3Harris Technologies, and the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) to develop a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for UAM operations between Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Miami Beach Convention Center.  This... Read more

Bell 525 test pilot inspires future women pilots with book publication

Bell 525 test pilot inspires future women pilots with book publication

18-Mar-2022Source: Bell

To close out HAI Heli-Expo 2022 in Dallas, TX, Bell 525 Test Pilot BJ Lewis sat at the center of the Bell booth, promoting her very first children’s book. Bringing an end to a great event while simultaneously setting the stage for National Women’s History Month, she is honored to claim her seat at the... Read more

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

18-Mar-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced the Company has begun the fourth of five stages to receive its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is required for Joby to operate its revolutionary electric vertical take-off... Read more

UMS SKELDAR introduces the modular design benefits of its V-150 UAS

UMS SKELDAR introduces the modular design benefits of its V-150 UAS

17-Mar-2022Source: UMS Skeldar

UMS SKELDAR will introduce the benefits of its modular SKELDAR V-150 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to key stakeholders attending this year’s UMEX tradeshow in Abu Dhabi. The SKELDAR V-150’s modular design not only accelerates customer maintenance schedules, but also brings with it the possibility of carrying out an engine exchange in just 15 minutes. Developing... Read more

VFS Announces 2022 Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

VFS Announces 2022 Group Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

17-Mar-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the 2022 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May... Read more

Bestfly signs purchase agreement for first Bell 505 sale in West Africa

Bestfly signs purchase agreement for first Bell 505 sale in West Africa

16-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed purchase agreement for a Bell 505 to BESTFLY, an Angolan aviation company, with the intent to purchase a second 505 within six months. This is the first 505 sale in Angola and West Africa. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered October... Read more

VFS Announces 2022 Individual Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

VFS Announces 2022 Individual Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

16-Mar-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announced the 2022 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday,... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

16-Mar-2022Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $950 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Department of State has... Read more

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

16-Mar-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marines from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct tactics development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on March 10, 2022. During the exercise, VMX-1’s UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters conducted attacks... Read more

TransDigm Announces Acquisition of DART Aerospace

TransDigm Announces Acquisition of DART Aerospace

16-Mar-2022Source: TransDigm Group

TransDigm Group Incorporated (NYSE: TDG), announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DART Aerospace (“DART” or “the Company”), a portfolio company of Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. and First Aviation Services Inc., for approximately $360 million in cash. DART is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. The Company is a leading provider of highly engineered, unique helicopter... Read more

AAMS put letter to Membership in public domain

AAMS put letter to Membership in public domain

16-Mar-2022Source: AAMS

Dear AAMS Members – AAMS is working very hard to ensure every air medical program understands and supports our position regarding the AAMS lawsuit against the federal government’s rules implementing the No Surprises Act, a bill that AAMS largely supported and continues to support. We understand that questions still exist. As members of the AAMS... Read more

Leonardo renews pre-owned Distributor Agreement with Rotortrade

Leonardo renews pre-owned Distributor Agreement with Rotortrade

16-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Rotortrade announced on 8 March, during Heli-Expo 2022 in Dallas, TX their intention to move forward in their long-established partnership in the global pre-owned civil helicopter market, renewing the Distributor Agreement which, starting in 2013, made Rotortrade the sole international distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters. The collaboration between Leonardo and Rotortrade over that... Read more

HAL and Safran sign strategic MoU in Goa

HAL and Safran sign strategic MoU in Goa

16-Mar-2022Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have broken ground on their Joint Venture facility, Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt Limited (HE-MRO), at Sattari, 40 km from Panaji in Goa.  Mr. R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL, Mr. Franck Saudo, CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines and senior officers from the Indian Armed Forces and HAL were present on... Read more

HCare Classics, Airbus offers a solution that help older ranges of helicopters to perform

HCare Classics, Airbus offers a solution that help older ranges of helicopters to perform

16-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

With HCare Classics, Airbus Helicopters offers a solution that will ensure  older ranges of helicopters can continue to perform at the highest level. More than 2,500 aircraft worldwide from the Dauphin, H120, Puma, Gazelle and Alouette families are potentially eligible. Yet military users with large, often older fleets, already recognise upgrades and retrofits as a... Read more

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

15-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s presence in the U.S. government continues to grow with today’s announcement of a contract for two AW139 aircraft by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.). The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West... Read more

Malaysian operator Aerotree orders 60 aircraft from EHang

Malaysian operator Aerotree orders 60 aircraft from EHang

15-Mar-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced its strategic partnership (“Partnership”) with Aerotree Flight Services Sdn. Bhd. (“AEROTREE”), a subsidiary of Malaysia’s leading aviation company AEROTREE Group, to jointly develop urban air mobility (“UAM”) business, including Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (“MRO”)... Read more

Vita Inclinata appoints new EVP of Operations

Vita Inclinata appoints new EVP of Operations

15-Mar-2022Source: Vita Inclinata

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, today announced Randy Gifford has joined the company as the Executive Vice President of Operations. As a member of the executive team, Gifford will help boost existing manufacturing and establish new global facilities to produce the company’s Vita Load Navigator... Read more

Eurotec orders 5 Helitowcars

Eurotec orders 5 Helitowcars

15-Mar-2022Source: Eurotec

Helitowcart is pleased to announce the sale of five Helitowcarts to Eurotec. The sale includes a variety of ground handling units including Heli-Carriers, which are compatible with several aircraft types and with the use of the counterweight balance to lift the helicopter, they make moving aircraft effortless and a safe one-person operation. “Being able to... Read more

HAI welcomes new member to HAI Ambassador Program

HAI welcomes new member to HAI Ambassador Program

15-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Leading two fast-growing aviation companies in Puerto Rico was a natural move for Carlos Benítez. The helicopter captain has been a passionate aviator and dedicated professional for nearly two decades. Randy Rowles (left), chairman of the HAI Board of Directors, and Captain Carlos Benítez, owner of Benítez Aviation and Puerto Rico HeliTours, reconnect with one... Read more

Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega orders nine five-bladed H145s

Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega orders nine five-bladed H145s

15-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered nine five-bladed Airbus H145s to replace its current four-bladed versions. Rega’s new H145s will come equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system that will enhance the mission capabilities and the safety of operations. “We are very grateful to open another chapter in the relationship between our two organisations with... Read more

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

14-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

Cmdr. James “Moose” Moore relieved Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts as commanding officer of Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC 25), February 17. The ceremony featured a flyby with an aerial change of command followed by an in-person ceremony attended by immediate family, HSC 25 and key personnel. Butts commanded HSC 25 Sailors, known as... Read more

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

THC orders up to 22 AW139s from Leonardo

14-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

THC (The Helicopter Company) and Leonardo are further reinforcing their collaboration in civil helicopter operations with the introduction of 16 AW139 intermediate twin engine aircraft for emergency medical service (EMS) and corporate transport missions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Deliveries commence to start this year and shall be completed within the following three years.... Read more

Australia’s Nautilus Aviation signs for five B407GXi

Australia’s Nautilus Aviation signs for five B407GXi

14-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the sale of five Bell 407GXi helicopters to Nautilus Aviation in Australia. The aircraft are scheduled to be progressively delivered from late 2022 and will be used for tourism charter and utility flights in North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef region. “Nautilus Aviation has... Read more

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

Sikorsky awarded contract for $42M for technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $42,152,263 cost-plus-fee, cost-no-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for non-personal technical services in support of sustainment of the H-60 Black Hawk helicopter. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026.... Read more

Jaunt Air Mobility appoints Vice President of Finance

Jaunt Air Mobility appoints Vice President of Finance

14-Mar-2022Source: Jaunt Air Mobility

Jaunt Air Mobility today announced that Yves Comeau is joining the team as Vice President of Finance, where he will manage the company’s finances and develop its finance team. Yves is a Senior Finance Leader leveraging extensive and diversified experience in the Aerospace and Manufacturing industry, with proven success leading finance, transformation, M&A negotiations, and... Read more

Law enforcement for Super Bowl LVI featured CNC Live comms solutions

Law enforcement for Super Bowl LVI featured CNC Live comms solutions

14-Mar-2022Source: CNC Technologies

CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, announced today the deployment of its cloud-based, CNC.LIVE solution as the airborne law enforcement video and data hub for Super Bowl LVI. First adopted as part of the public safety efforts for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia,... Read more

SRT Helicopters announces passing of Senior Instructor Matt Novellino

SRT Helicopters announces passing of Senior Instructor Matt Novellino

14-Mar-2022Source: SRT Helicopters

SRT Helicopters of Bakersfield, California, has lost a cherished member of its team. “It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our senior instructors, Matt Novellino,” said company CEO Chris Gadbois in a statement. “Matt was indispensable and wore many hats.  We offer our condolences to all his family and... Read more

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

Apache Product Office welcomes new leader

14-Mar-2022

The Program Executive Office Aviation’s Apache Development and Modernization (DevMod) Product Office welcomed a new leader during a change of charter ceremony Feb. 24 at Redstone Arsenal’s Bob Jones Auditorium. Outgoing product manager Lt. Col. Matt Peterson relinquished responsibility of the office to Lt. Col. Nick Yerby, who most recently served as a Program Management... Read more

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

14-Mar-2022Source: PETA UK

A Vegan Aviation Award is on its way to Airbus from PETA Germany following the launch of ACH145, the company’s first helicopter with a fully vegan interior. Free from animal-derived fabrics, such as leather and wool, the interior is crafted from Ultraleather, a high-performance vegan material. The innovative design was ordered by a PETA supporter, who... Read more

ATP appoints CEO

ATP appoints CEO

14-Mar-2022Source: ATP

ATP, the global leader in aviation software and information services, today announced the appointment of Norman Happ as Chief Executive Officer, and to the ATP Board of Directors. He succeeds Rick Noble who announced his retirement and will transition into a role on the Board of Directors. “ATP is incredibly fortunate to attract an executive... Read more

GHS wins UN World Food Program contract in Nigeria

GHS wins UN World Food Program contract in Nigeria

14-Mar-2022Source: GHS

Global Helicopter Service GmbH (GHS) a leading German helicopter service provider is proud to be the recipient of the contract to supply helicopter passenger and cargo transportation Services to the UN WFP in Maiduguri Nigeria. This contract award is significant being a medium lift service utilising the renowned Airbus H225, which is a first for... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract for support of the Presidential Helicopter Program

14-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $99,250,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides products and support required to rapidly integrate and field VH-92A aircraft simulators and trainers in support of the Presidential Helicopter Program. The products include delivery of technical analysis, technical reports, trade studies, and retrofit... Read more

PHI expands MRO Division

PHI expands MRO Division

14-Mar-2022Source: PHI International

PHI expands Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Division, offers MRO services to external parties. Global helicopter provider, PHI, has announced the expansion of its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services. The services will be delivered out of its state-of-the-art facility in Lafayette, Louisiana, as well as being delivered in-field and on-site. Managing Director of PHI... Read more

HAI Closes Successful HAI HELI-EXPO 2022

HAI Closes Successful HAI HELI-EXPO 2022

13-Mar-2022Source: HAI

As HAI HELI-EXPO 2022 comes to a close, the global rotorcraft community demonstrated an eagerness to put the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social and business disruptions behind them. The four-day event, produced by Helicopter Association International, welcomed 13,083 helicopter professionals from 72 countries. Attendees packed a show floor that hosted 590 exhibitors featuring the latest... Read more

HAI Welcomes FCC, NTIA Establishment of Spectrum Coordination Initiative

HAI Welcomes FCC, NTIA Establishment of Spectrum Coordination Initiative

13-Mar-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) plan to establish the Spectrum Coordination Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve US government coordination on spectrum management and encourage collaboration to resolve spectrum policy issues. “HAI is encouraged to see the FCC and NTIA... Read more

Freeflight introduces 5G tolerant radar altimeter upgrade

Freeflight introduces 5G tolerant radar altimeter upgrade

13-Mar-2022Source: FreeFlight

FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing, today announced the launch of the RA-4500 Mark II (MK II) radar altimeter (RADALT) as an upgrade path for FreeFlight Systems RA-4000 and RA-4500 customers. The RA-4500 MK II upgrades existing RA-4000 and RA-4500 installation with a robust 5G mitigation solution. With... Read more

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

US Navy V-22 achieves Initial Operational Capability designation

13-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy announced initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment, on Feb. 17, 2022. The aircraft was formally declared IOC on Dec. 14, 2021, aligning with the scheduled first-quarter fiscal year requirement. “The CMV-22’s maiden deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW)... Read more

Brightwater UAG to purchase blade repairers ACS Group

Brightwater UAG to purchase blade repairers ACS Group

13-Mar-2022Source: UAG

Brightwater United Aero Group (UAG) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the ACS Group of companies. Founded in 1988, Advanced Composite Structure (ACS) and Rotor Tech International (RTI) group of companies have more than 150 years of combined aviation management experience and expertise in repairing a wide variety of makes and models of helicopter... Read more

NetJets And FlightSafety to support Lilium on sales and training

NetJets And FlightSafety to support Lilium on sales and training

13-Mar-2022Source: Lilium

NetJets Inc., the largest private aviation company in the world, and FlightSafety International, the leader in professional aviation training have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), makers of an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, for a proposed strategic partnership. The arrangement would provide NetJets with the right... Read more

Garmin updates GI 275 electronic flight instrument for Bell 206

Garmin updates GI 275 electronic flight instrument for Bell 206

13-Mar-2022Source: Garmin

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), announced Supplemental Type Certification (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Part 27 VFR helicopters is expected to be completed in March. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach... Read more

Lakeland Aircraft Maintenance pick PS Engineering audio controllers for UH-60 conversions

Lakeland Aircraft Maintenance pick PS Engineering audio controllers for UH-60 conversions

13-Mar-2022Source: PS Engineering

When Lakeland Aircraft Maintenance founder Shaun Slade had a customer request to demilitarize, inspect and do utility conversations for a couple of original UH-60 Blackhawks, an audio system solution was needed. That’s when Shaun contacted PS Engineering, Inc about the all-digital PAC45 audio management system. Installations have just begun. The hardware includes a remote blind... Read more

Rolls-Royce announces 4 new RR300 authorised maintenance centers

Rolls-Royce announces 4 new RR300 authorised maintenance centers

13-Mar-2022Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has announced that four FIRST network™ members have enhanced their capabilities to include certified service for RR300 engines. Airborne Engines Ltd., Arrow Aviation and Keystone Turbine Services are each certified as Authorized Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Centers (AMROC). National Airways Corporation Ltd. is certified as an Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC). Each of these companies... Read more

BendixKing, Becker and AvPanels develop new glass panel for R44

BendixKing, Becker and AvPanels develop new glass panel for R44

12-Mar-2022Source: BendixKing

BendixKing from Pheonix Arizona, Becker Avionics from Miramar Florida and AvPanels from Ft. Worth Texas are pleased to announce the cooperative development of a new glass panel cockpit for the Robinson R44 helicopter to be featured in the booth of Helicopter Institute at the upcoming Heli Expo 2022 in Dallas Texas. The new cockpit will center around the BendixKing AeroVue Touch. AeroVue Touch will be installed as the primary flight display.  The 10.1” display provides the highest screen resolution in the industry. The display can be used as full screen primary flight display or a split screen primary and multifunction display. “We are very excited to... Read more

StandardAero recognized by Rolls-Royce with Service and Partnership awards

StandardAero recognized by Rolls-Royce with Service and Partnership awards

12-Mar-2022Source: StandardAero

StandardAero was recognized by Rolls-Royce during its annual FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) NetworkTM Recognition event with the 2022 “FIRST Class Service” and “Outstanding Partnership” awards on March 7. The awards program, held during the annual HAI/HeliExpo show, recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services... Read more

BOOST Systems hires New VP of Engineering

BOOST Systems hires New VP of Engineering

12-Mar-2022Source: Boost Systems

Boost Systems, the global leader in fully certified Human External Cargo Systems, Personal Carrying Device Systems and related Training Services is pleased to announce that Michael Petsche has joined Boost Systems as vice president of engineering. Petsche has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry and is a Transport Canada Design Approval Representative.... Read more

Asian Sky Media Introduces the First Asia-Pacific UAM Report

Asian Sky Media Introduces the First Asia-Pacific UAM Report

12-Mar-2022Source: Asian Sky Media

Asian Sky Media (ASM) announces the release of the first Asia-Pacific Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Report. As the leader in reporting and anticipating trends in business and general aviation in the region, Asian Sky Media’s new publication delivers in-depth knowledge for the growing UAM market in Asia including Greater China. This is a first for... Read more

Volocopter appoints new CEO

Volocopter appoints new CEO

12-Mar-2022Source: Volocopter

Dirk Hoke, former CEO of Airbus Defence & Space, was announced as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM) by the company’s Advisory Board, starting September 2022. He will follow Florian Reuter, who has led Volocopter from a five-person start-up to a 500-strong global company with unicorn... Read more

Aviation Search Group Reaches 700 th   Helicopter Pilot   Placemen

Aviation Search Group Reaches 700 th Helicopter Pilot Placemen

12-Mar-2022Source: Aviation Search Group

Aviation Search Group (HELI-EXPO Booth 4124) has continuously been the resource companies turn to when they have a hiring need for a critical role. The retained search firm has reached an impressive milestone. Aviation SearchGroup has recently surpassed 700 helicopter pilots placed with their clients. Largely focused on executive level searches, Aviation Search Group has... Read more

Phenix Solutions partners with Eagle Technologies for the Ultra 2XL coaxial rotor system

Phenix Solutions partners with Eagle Technologies for the Ultra 2XL coaxial rotor system

12-Mar-2022Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions, Inc. has chosen Eagle Technologies as a development partner in producing Phenix’s Ultra 2XL Heavy-Lift(c) UAS. Eagle Technologies has previous experience in designing and developing coaxial rotor systems. The unique Eagle design for the Phenix UAS will begin flight test in the summer of 2022. Phenix Solutions chose the new coaxial rotor system... Read more

East/West Industries to expand facility after successes during pandemic

East/West Industries to expand facility after successes during pandemic

12-Mar-2022Source: East/West Industries

“East/West is delighted to announce that we have begun to break ground in preparation for the expansion of our current facility. The expansion will accommodate the growing demand for East/West’s products and services and better serve our customer’s needs; while continuing to provide the same Gold Standard quality, service, and on-time delivery that our customers... Read more

Boston MedFlight orders its first five-bladed H145

Boston MedFlight orders its first five-bladed H145

12-Mar-2022Source: Boston MedFlight

Boston MedFlight has just signed an order for its first five-bladed H145 helicopter as part of a fleet renewal and expansion project to support an increased need for critical care transportation in New England.“The H145 has been a proven and efficient platform for us to carry out critical life-saving flights when time is of the... Read more

New Owner to Reopen Former Enstrom Helicopter Facility

New Owner to Reopen Former Enstrom Helicopter Facility

12-Mar-2022Source: MidTex Aviation

MidTex Aviation, LLC (“MidTex”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (“Enstrom”), and plans to reopen the factory in Menominee, MI.  The asset purchase agreement was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District... Read more

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

Eye In The Sky Cockpit Video receives AML STC in New Zealand

12-Mar-2022Source: Eye In The Sky

The Eye In The Sky cockpit video, audio & flight data recorder was the first to achieve an AML STC (Approved Model List – Supplemental Type Certificate) in New Zealand. This single STC can be used across multiple helicopter types; and is aligned for acceptance by the FAA imminently. Demand is expected to be high... Read more

Shadin Avionics to introduced a new platform at Heli-Expo 2022

Shadin Avionics to introduced a new platform at Heli-Expo 2022

12-Mar-2022Source: Shadin Avionics

Shadin Avionics will be attending both the 2022 HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas and the 2022 AEA International Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana where they will introduce a new product platform and reconnect with the Rotorcraft and Avionics Industries. Shadin’s new CEO & President, and veteran of the aviation industry, Mike Ingram,... Read more

Pathfinder Aviation to update fleet with Foresight MX Predictive Monitoring System

Pathfinder Aviation to update fleet with Foresight MX Predictive Monitoring System

12-Mar-2022Source: GPMS

GPMS, the leader in helicopter predictive analytics, announced today that Pathfinder Aviation has signed a contract for 20 Foresight MX systems, GPMS’s enhanced Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) solution. These systems will cover Pathfinder’s mixed fleet of AS350 B2, AS350 B3/H125, H135, and Bell 212 helicopters allowing remote aircraft and fleet monitoring with predictive... Read more

Coldstream Helicopters signs LOI with Heli‐One for Super Puma Support

Coldstream Helicopters signs LOI with Heli‐One for Super Puma Support

11-Mar-2022Source: Coldstream Helicopters

Leading heavy utility operator Coldstream Helicopters today agreed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Heli-One, the world’s largest independent helicopter MRO, to secure support of their AS332L/L1 fleet across the Americas.  Through a Letter of Intent (LOI), Coldstream will leverage Heli-One’s deep expertise and support capabilities on the Airbus Super Puma product to create best in... Read more

Eclipse Global Connectivity and SKYTRAC Team Up

Eclipse Global Connectivity and SKYTRAC Team Up

11-Mar-2022Source: SKYTRAC

Eclipse Global Connectivity (Eclipse) and SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC) are teaming up to deliver Iridium Certus and legacy Iridium hardware and services to defense and civilian aircraft operators. The agreement, executed in late 2021, permits Eclipse to re-sell SKYTRAC hardware and airtime services. Eclipse Technics, the company’s Design and Production (DOA / POA) division, will... Read more

AVI Exhibited New Displays at Heli-Expo 2022

AVI Exhibited New Displays at Heli-Expo 2022

11-Mar-2022Source: AVI

Applied Video Imaging, a provider of rugged video products for airborne, ground, and marine surveillance missions, will be exhibiting at HAI HEL-EXPO 2022 in Dallas, Texas. Based on nearly a decade of experience in designing and building airborne mission displays, AVI is introducing a new generation of rugged displays that will be suitable for airborne,... Read more

Volo Mission introduces external load “short courses”

Volo Mission introduces external load “short courses”

11-Mar-2022Source: Volo Mission

“We’re very excited to welcome HAI and the industry to Texas for HAI Heli-Expo 2022” “We are equally excited to introduce a new series of Vertical Reference/Long- Line and Aerial firefighting short courses and exercises to better support and service our customers and the industry” Based off client input and a growing need, we’ve designed... Read more

IBAC Supports Women in Corporate Aviation with Workshop Scholarships

IBAC Supports Women in Corporate Aviation with Workshop Scholarships

11-Mar-2022Source: IBAC

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) announced the offering of two scholarships for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operators (ISBAO) and International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) workshops. Submissions for applications are being accepted at the Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) website with a membership login, and ends 25 March 2022. IBAC Auditor... Read more

Rolls-Royce Announces a Vidair as Latest Authorised Repair Facility 

Rolls-Royce Announces a Vidair as Latest Authorised Repair Facility 

11-Mar-2022Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has announced AvidAir as the newest FIRST Network™ Authorized Repair Facility. Headquartered in Grain Valley, Missouri, AvidAir will provide limited scope overhaul and replacement maintenance for M250 and RR300 customers. The AvidAir team will provide service related to engine compressor case overhauls, removing the existing plastic liner in series I & II engines and... Read more

Baltimore Police Department to acquire three new Airbus H125

Baltimore Police Department to acquire three new Airbus H125

11-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Baltimore Police Department will upgrade its existing EC120 fleet to the H125 platform following a cooperative purchase agreement signed with the City of Baltimore to buy three new Airbus H125 helicopters late last year. Purchased through Davenport Aviation’s GSA contract, these helicopters will be of service to the city and department to enhance their... Read more

Kern County Sheriff’s Office orders two Airbus H125

Kern County Sheriff’s Office orders two Airbus H125

11-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office in California will acquire two new Airbus H125s as part of a plan to modernize its aging fleet of helicopters.A first-time Airbus customer, Kern County selected the H125 platform following a thorough vetting process and several flight demonstrations throughout 2020 and 2021. The new helicopters will protect and serve the... Read more

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department orders two Airbus H125

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department orders two Airbus H125

11-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has announced plans to enhance its crime fighting capabilities with two new Airbus H125 helicopters. The new helicopters, which represent the department’s inaugural partnership with Airbus, will be delivered later this year.Nashville reaches 526 square miles and includes both high-density urban locations and rural areas. Each year, the department’s aviation... Read more

Uniflight Global appoints new Director of Maintenance

Uniflight Global appoints new Director of Maintenance

11-Mar-2022Source: Uniflight Global

Uniflight Global, LLC., an industry leading Part 145 Repair Station, renowned for providing the highest quality Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MR&O) helicopter services, has appointed Greg St John to lead the Part 145 Repair Station in Grand Prairie, Texas. “Greg’s vast knowledge and experience in helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul bodes well for Uniflight’s ever... Read more

STAT MedEvac orders 10 new Airbus H135

STAT MedEvac orders 10 new Airbus H135

11-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

STAT MedEvac, an Airbus customer for nearly 40 years, has committed to ordering 10 new H135 helicopters as part of a fleet renewal initiative for its air medical operations. STAT’s total Airbus fleet, a mix of H135 and H145 family aircraft, operates out of 18 bases. “We’ve been flying Airbus products since we began our... Read more

North Memorial Health adds two Airbus H135

North Memorial Health adds two Airbus H135

10-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

North Memorial Health is partnering with Airbus for the first time to welcome two new H135 helicopters to its Air Care program in late 2022.“Adding these helicopters to our fleet is the latest step in our long-term commitment to create the safest air medical program possible,” said Scott Sampey, vice president and chief of ambulance... Read more

Bell Launches Designer Series Interior for the B429

Bell Launches Designer Series Interior for the B429

10-Mar-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, introduced a new Designer Series interior for the Bell 429. The Bell 429 complete with the new interior debuted at HAI’s Heli-Expo. The Designer Series interior upgrades all cabin materials including: High-quality leathers Enhanced flooring – hardwood and carpet options Improved seat tailoring that’s now removeable... Read more

Airbus partners with Spirit AeroSystems to develop the wings of CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus partners with Spirit AeroSystems to develop the wings of CityAirbus NextGen

10-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has signed an agreement with Spirit AeroSystems, through its subsidiary, for the development of CityAirbus NextGen’s wings. This partnership will support Airbus’ exploration of disruptive aircraft design while complying with the most stringent regulations. Spirit AeroSystems will be responsible for developing and manufacturing CityAirbus NextGen’s wings in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Both partners’ ambition is... Read more

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