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Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

Northwest Texas LifeStar upgrades to EC135P3

The Amarillo-based LifeStar program will be receiving a new EC135P3 helicopter, equipped with all the newest safety and aviation technology. Med-Trans and the Northwest Texas Healthcare System are also changing LifeStar into a broad-based community program. This will help reach the growing needs in rural areas, reports My High Plains.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-19

ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

ServiceNow takes delivery of first Airbus H145 for SoCal Air Services

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is proud to deliver a twin-engine H145 rotorcraft to new customer SoCal Air Services, a venture recently launched by Fred Luddy, founder of ServiceNow (NYSE – NOW), a cloud computing company that Forbes declared “The World’s Most Innovative Company of 2018” (May 2018 cover issue). “We are extremely excited to begin flying… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

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Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Receives First Order for New BK117

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-2 helicopter (D-2) by Saga Prefecture. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-2 order for firefighting and disaster relief applications, and the first such application of a helicopter by Saga Prefecture. The D-2 was developed jointly with… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 03-Jan-19

Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems announces Facility Expansion and Relocation

Southwest Fuel Systems (SWFS) is pleased to announce the expansion and relocation of our repair station facility effective December 19th 2018. To better serve our customers and in preparation of our expanding capabilities, we have moved our repair station to a newly renovated facility located at 2915 North State Highway 99 Stroud, Oklahoma 74079. Ralph… Read more »

Source: Southwest Fuel Systems, 03-Jan-19

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

Airbus VSR700 demonstrator flies unmanned

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-19

AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX and L3 Submit Proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced the submission of a joint proposal for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program. The AVX/L3 solution combines AVX Aircraft’s rich history of coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems with L3’s proven products; systems engineering; weapons, sensor and communications systems integration; and full-rate… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 03-Jan-19

Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

Boeing Awarded $49M Contract for Foreign Military Sales of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $49,210,651 firm-fixe-price Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for Maintenance Augmentation Team services for the Qatari Air Force AH-64E aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2024. Fiscal 2018 operations and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $23M Contract for MV-22 Flight Test Sustainment

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $23,201,950for delivery order N0001919F0031 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002).  This delivery order provides for MV-22 flight test sustainment; MV-22 flight test sustainment back-home support for analysis of flight tests; and flight test support for five MV-22 aircraft for the Navy, Air Force and the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $367M for CMV-22B and MV-22B Modifications

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $366,623,144 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-17-C-0015).  This modification provides for the production and delivery of three CMV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Navy and two MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure Awarded $15M Contract for MV-22 Helipad Improvements

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is awarded a $15,419,280 firm-fixed-price contract to construct improvements to the landing areas within Marine Corps Base Hawaii properties that MV-22 Osprey aircraft will utilize for training maneuvers. The work to be performed provides for the converting of existing landing helicopterassault pad into a landing helicopter dock pad, construction of a newlanding platform dock pad, and construction of four new concrete landing pads. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 02-Jan-19

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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a church… Read more »

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German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) has taken delivery of three heavy H215 helicopters, with a fourth to follow in June 2019. These twin-engine multi-role Super Pumas will enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime missions off of Germany’s coast. “The H215’s speed, long-distance performance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

TH-119 helicopter performs first flight

Leonardo is pleased to announce it successfully completed the initial flight test of the TH-119 IFR training helicopter yesterday. The TH-119 is Leonardo’s bid to replace the U.S. Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Ranger training helicopters, a variant of the successful AW119, manufactured in the US with strong local supplier base. By completing this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date. Bell’s Fort Worth Headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Dec-18

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Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Sakhalin Energy Signs AW189 Contract

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (“Sakhalin Energy”) for the supply of three AW189 super medium twin engine commercial helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry, with deliveries expected to start in the 1Q2020. The contract was signed in Moscow today… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Dec-18

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Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro Reveals Exclusive DHART X UVM H135 Design

Metro delivered a newly completed H135 for a partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s DHART program and the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Health Network Critical Care Transport Team. This helicopter boasts a distinct paint job, wrapped in branding from each program. The design mirrors DHART’s customary design, while the color scheme demonstrates the collaboration with UVM…. Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Dec-18

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Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus and Hungary announce long-term industrial partnership

Airbus Helicopters and Hungary have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to create an industrial cooperation for long-term aviation projects that will initially focus on the production of certain high precision mechanical parts for helicopter dynamic systems. This project is part of the ‘Zrinyi 2026’ armed forces development program supporting Hungary’s national security goals of developing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI Receives STC

Aspen’s Evolution E5 EFI Receives STC

Aspen Avionics announced it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument(EFI). The Evolution E5 can be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d, non-TSO Evolution E5 consolidates attitude indicator plus… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 21-Dec-18

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First serial H160 takes to the skies

First serial H160 takes to the skies

The first serial H160 to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed a flight demonstration on the 17 December in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter, which will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020, had already performed its first… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

Bundeswehr orders H145 SAR helicopters

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) obsolete Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Awarded $40M Contract for H-60 Targeting System Support

Raytheon Co., McKinney, Texas, is awarded $40,313,300 for a firm-fixed-price requirements contract for the repair of the Multi-Spectral Targeting system in support of the H-60 aircraft. The contract will include a two-year base period and a one-year option period which if exercised, the total value of the contract will be $58,777,194. All work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Awarded $8M Contract for H-60 Support

Cubic Defense Applications Inc., San Diego, California, is awarded a $7,582,658 firm-fixed-price contract for non-recurring engineering efforts to include specification and requirements, definition and development, qualification testing, the procurement of three full motion video test articles, verification and validation activities, test support and refurbishment of test articles in support of the H-60 Multi-Mission aircraft.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

Boeing Awarded $48M Contract for Production of A/MH-6 MELB Kits

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a maximum $48,050,000 single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (H92241-19-D-0002) for the production of Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) kits to upgrade the A/MH-6 in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $4,633,100 will be obligated at the time of award… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Dec-18

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Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

Official opening of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase

HER Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s airbase at Semington, near Melksham,  on Friday 14 December. The official opening comes seven months after Wiltshire Air Ambulance moved to the purpose-built airbase in May 2018. This significant milestone brought together the helicopter, operational, fundraising and administrative teams on to one site… Read more »

Source: Wiltshire Air Ambulanc, 20-Dec-18

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Royal Canadian Mounted Police receive Airbus H145

Airbus has delivered Canada’s first H145 helicopter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The versatile twin-engine Airbus H145 is the latest variant of the H145 family of aircraft. RCMP’s Air Support Unit will utilize the H145 for a variety of missions including surveillance and pursuit, fast roping, hoisting, Emergency Response Team operations, harbour surveillance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-18

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Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

Michelle North Scholarship Applications Still Open

The Michelle North Scholarship for Safety is awarded to a pilot who has already attained a commercial helicopter rating and who demonstrates an outstanding aptitude for safe flying and aviation best practices. The scholarship was founded in memory of Michelle North, a longtime industry advocate of safety, to encourage a stronger focus on safety education… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Foundation International, 20-Dec-18

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Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg and Patria buy Norwegian military MRO unit

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KONGSBERG), a subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen, has entered into agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of Aerospace Industrial Maintenance Norway AS (AIM). AIM is the Norwegian armed force’s business for maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of the Air Force’s aircraft and helicopters. In order to further strengthen deliveries,… Read more »

Source: Kongsberg, 20-Dec-18

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FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

FAA appoints Associate Administrator for Airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Dan Elwell today named D. Kirk Shaffer as the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, effective December 17. In this position, Shaffer will oversee the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Since 2017 through the AIP program, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced nearly $7 billion in investments in the… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Dec-18

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Bell V-280 Valor

Bell V-280 Valor

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor marked the anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight by continuing to prove the aircraft’s performance and technical maturity. As part of the U.S. Army led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the V-280 demonstrates that close collaboration between government and industry can deliver… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Dec-18

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Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson Adds Avidyne IFD Option

Robinson added Avidyne’s IFD 400 series touchscreen GPS navigators to its R22, R44 and R66 avionics options. The 400 series may be operated by either touchscreen or buttons and knobs which allows the IFD to be installed in the helicopter’s lower center console or in the pilot side console. Wi-Fi, for interfacing with an iPad,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 20-Dec-18

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WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

WW2 Spitfire has near miss with EMS AW169

A World War 2 Spitfire almost came into collision with an EMS AW169 recently. The Spitfire was flying at 220mph and the AW169 155mph. The helicopter’s ambulance crew stated that the Spitfire was doing aerobatics and was finishing a loop. The helicopter pilot had to perform a steep left turn and they missed each other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

The approval of a new heliport in the Netherlands at Eemshaven is in place following contract signatures on 18th December. Groningen Seaports owns the infrastructure that is needed for the functioning of the heliport, the official opening of which is scheduled for summer 2019. The approvals specify a maximum of 15 return flights per day. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-18

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Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

Frictape Net Awarded Patent for Lighting Apparatus of a Helicopter Deck

The disclosure relates to a lighting apparatus of a helicopter deck, which is meant especially while being installed in connection with an identification marking, such as an H, triangle, cross figure or the like, and/or a touchdown and positioning mark ring on a landing and takeoff area of the helicopter deck for illuminating the safety marking/markings in question in… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 18-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Awarded $93M Contract for H-60 Support

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $92,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for technical, management, and process support to maintain, upgrade, and deploy software and systems configurations for all H-60 variants in support of the Navy and the governments of Denmark, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.  Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-18

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StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

StandardAero sold by one private equity firm to another

Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced it has agreed to acquire StandardAero, a global provider of aftermarket engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace and defense industries, from Veritas Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory conditions and is expected to close by the end of… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 18-Dec-18

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Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth opens new helipad

Medical City Fort Worth has spent over $65 million on their new patient tower on 800 Ninth Avenue. The tower, now open, is featured will all modern design elements for an emergency hospital. They now have a rooftop helipad that will allow patients direct access through an elevator into the hospital, instead of having to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair turns 30 and looks ahead

Monacair is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They are well known for providing VIP helicopter transport. They offer flights between Monaco’s heliport and the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France. They plan to widen their reach by working with Air France, British Airways, KLM, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Air Corsica, reports Hello … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Awarded $10M Contract for Apache Modernized Vision Sensors

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $10,219,884 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) Foreign Military Sales (Qatar) contract for support services for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor for the Apache Attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 17-Dec-18

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LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

LA Fire Department adds 5th AW139 helicopter

Leonardo announced that the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is set to introduce a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter into its fleet. The aircraft is expected to be delivered from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Spring 2019 and will be used to perform a range of missions primarily including fire suppression, emergency medical service (EMS)… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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Schiebel demostrates comint and imaging payloads of S-100 Camcopter®

Schiebel demostrates comint and imaging payloads of S-100 Camcopter®

Schiebel, in cooperation with ELTA Systems and Overwatch Imaging, integrated two new payloads for an active army exercise. The Australian Army conducted a two-week activity with the CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3. Specifically, they tested ELTA Systems’ state-of-the-art ELK-7065… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Dec-18

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CHC Announces New Contract with OMV

CHC Announces New Contract with OMV

CHC Group today announced it has been awarded the contract from OMV (Norge) AS, to provide helicopter services in support of their forthcoming drilling program at the PL 644 field in the Norwegian Sea. “We are excited to work with OMV as their aviation partner in this project,” said Helge Nesvåg, CHC Sales Director for… Read more »

Source: CHC, 17-Dec-18

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California Army National Guard newest helicopters

California Army National Guard newest helicopters

Two of the Army’s newest helicopters worked their first wildfire missions recently as the California National Guard supported state agencies battling the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California. A pair of UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, deployed from Joint Forces Training Base,… Read more »

Source: California Army National Guard, 17-Dec-18

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Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities

In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-18

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Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

The Uttah Pradesh government has recently cleared land acquisition applications for helipads, heliports and airstrips in Mathura, Agra, Varanasi and Allahabad. These cities will soon be accessible by helicopter flights. The government hopes that by connecting these cities by helicopter, they will increase the tourism. The entire project will come to Rs 24.7 reports Times… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

Remaining on the leading edge of helicopter growth in India, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India’s acceptance of its AW139 and EC130T2 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificates. With the number of helicopters in India expected to increase… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Dec-18

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Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

The Sri Lankan Air Force recently achieved the first ever Seed Bombing operation in Nochchiagama. The operation hopes to increase green cover in Sri Lanka from 27% to 32% by 2030. They dropped 5,000 seed bombs over 5 acres of land, spreading three different types; Mee, Karanda and Kumbuk from a SLAF Mi-17, reports Daily… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-18

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Canada holds Sea King retirement event

Canada holds Sea King retirement event

Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off…. Read more »

Source: Royal Canadian Navy, 14-Dec-18

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Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

Plan to Implement HTAWS Safety Enhancements

The world’s four leading helicopter manufacturers have agreed plans for the implementation of enhancements to their Helicopter Terrain Avoidance and Warning Systems (HTAWS). At a recent meeting organised by HeliOffshore, senior representatives from Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Leonardo Helicopters, Sikorsky and avionics manufacturer Honeywell met with officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UK… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 14-Dec-18

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TSB Canada supports new fatigue regulations

TSB Canada supports new fatigue regulations

The Minister of Transport announced new fatigue regulations to improve air travel safety for passengers and flight crews. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is pleased to see that the Minister is taking action to address this key safety issue. Since the early 1990s, the TSB has identified fatigue as a contributing factor or… Read more »

Source: Transportation Safety Board of Canada, 14-Dec-18

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Polish Air Force Adds Robinson R44s To Fleet

Polish Air Force Adds Robinson R44s To Fleet

Robinson Helicopter Company delivered two R44 Raven IIs to longtime Robinson dealer, PHU Polinar of Poland. On November 13th, PHU Polinar delivered the aircraft to the Polish Air Force University, marking the first acquisition of American helicopters to be used for military training in Poland. Founded in 1927, the Polish Air Force University is an… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 14-Dec-18

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ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC testing manned multicopters in EMS role

ADAC Luftrettung is the first air rescue organisation in the world to test the use of manned multicopters in emergency medical services – both in theory and in practice. The charitable company from Munich has started a feasibility study for the groundbreaking pilot project, supported by the ADAC foundation. For this purpose, two model regions… Read more »

Source: ADAC, 14-Dec-18

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Aspen Avionics’ Evolution E5 Receives STC

Aspen Avionics’ Evolution E5 Receives STC

Aspen Avionics announced it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the Evolution E5 Dual Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI). The Evolution E5 can be sold directly to consumers by Aspen Avionics authorized dealers and aviation retailers. Introduced in April 2018 at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) annual convention, the STC’d, non-TSO Evolution E5 consolidates… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 14-Dec-18

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DART gets TCCA, FAA and EASA approvals

DART gets TCCA, FAA and EASA approvals

DART Aerospace (“DART”) recently received approval of updates to the STC from TCCA, FAA and EASA for its latest additions to their bestselling AS350/AS355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basket™. Since receiving initial certification of a utility basket on the AS350 in 1994, DART has been consistently improving and adding to the design to meet the evolving requirements… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 14-Dec-18

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Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge AW139s to receive new stretcher system

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and related services, and HeliMods, an Australian aerospace technology company, announced today that they have reached an agreement for the installation of an enhanced stretcher system in the Ornge fleet of AW139 helicopters. For Ornge, this agreement follows an exhaustive search and competitive procurement process to find the right… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 14-Dec-18

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MoCTCA directs CAAN to ban helicopter operations at ABC area

MoCTCA directs CAAN to ban helicopter operations at ABC area

The helicopter’s commercial flight has been stopped at the Annapurna Base Camp with a strict law enforcement. Rabindra Adhikari, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has directed to stop commercial flights apart from ‘rescue’ at Annapurna base camp as Annapurna Ghaupalika has been struggling to stop commercial flights. “At any point, the helicopter are… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 13-Dec-18

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Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Awarded $18M Contract for V-22 Analysis

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $18,000,000 for modification P00004 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-18-D-0103) to exercise an option for technical analysis, engineering and integration on V-22 aircraft platform for the Navy, Marine Corps,. Air Force, and the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 13-Dec-18

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New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

New contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the signature of the NH90 Through Life Support (TLS) contract between NHIndustries and the NATO Agency NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of nine nations (Australia, Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and New Zealand). TLS is a one single comprehensive package of engineering services covering the… Read more »

Source: NHIndustries, 13-Dec-18

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Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro unveils H125 configuration for Argentine state of Mendoza

Metro Aviation recently revealed the final H125 configuration for authorities located in Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza dignitaries accepted the aircraft on behalf of its police force, which received two H125 models from Metro Aviation. The Shreveport, Louisiana-based completion center outfitted the helicopters with a Bambi Bucket for Fire Fighting, upgraded avionics systems and a premium paint… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Dec-18

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LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight

LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude here in Bengaluru, recently. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wg. Cdr. (Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot, Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani. The flight was carried out under the envelope expansion tests and flying at… Read more »

Source: HAL, 13-Dec-18

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Heli-One and China Southern Airlines Sign Letter of Intent

Heli-One and China Southern Airlines Sign Letter of Intent

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with China Southern Airlines. This LOI signifies the beginning of a strategic agreement for a long-term cooperation between the two companies. China Southern Airlines will benefit from Heli-One’s experience in providing… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 13-Dec-18

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Widow sues Sikorsky over 2017 Black Hawk accident

Widow sues Sikorsky over 2017 Black Hawk accident

Widow Jessica Tomlin is suing Sikorsky for unspecified monetary damages after the crash and death of her husband, Spc. Jeremy Tomlin in April last year. She is joined by two solider who were critically injured during the crash and their wives, Capt. Terikazu Onoda and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas. According to the lawsuit, they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-18

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Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Rotorua Residents Create New Trust

Residents of Rotorua have joined together in forming a new trust to try and re-establish their rescue helicopter service. The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was shut down in October. Over 500 residents met at the hangar, arguing that the service remain. The proposed trust has filed legal documents for charitable trust status and will then be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $38M Contract for CH-53K Parts Database

Sikorsky Awarded $38M Contract for CH-53K Parts Database

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $38,170,404 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N0001919F2503, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-19-G-0029).  This delivery order provides for the development and delivery of a provisioning parts database of technical information to include 2D drawings that support all organizational, intermediate and depot levels in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Dec-18

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Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

Lithuanian Air Force renews AS365N3+ HCare Infinite contract

The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period. These helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Dec-18

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Helicopter tactics high on EDA agenda with symposium in Austria and course in Sweden

Helicopter tactics high on EDA agenda with symposium in Austria and course in Sweden

Some 60 helicopter tactics specialists from 14 EDA Member States as well as representatives of the EDA Helicopter Chief Instructor Team, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Austrian Air Force Command and the Austrian Defence Industry met early this month in Salzburg for the 9th Helicopter… Read more »

Source: EDA, 12-Dec-18

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Bell delivers two 429s to EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell delivers two 429s to EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy

Bell and EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy have celebrated today the delivery of two Bell 429s during a ceremony held at the MEBAA 2018 show. Based at Al Ain International Airport Zone, EDIC Horizon International Flight Academy provides state-of-the-art flight training to future pilots with its exclusive Bell fleet comprising of Bell 206s, Bell 407s… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Dec-18

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DSI and Honeywell sign HUMS licensing agreement

DSI and Honeywell sign HUMS licensing agreement

Diagnostic Solutions International, LLC (DSI) and Honeywell International, Inc. today announced the companies have signed a licensing agreement and an exclusive global master distribution agreement for Diagnostic Solutions International, LLC to manufacture, market, distribute, sell and support Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) Systems and Health Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) products in the worldwide marketplace. Through this partnership,… Read more »

Source: DSI, 12-Dec-18

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Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

Malaysian Fire Dept starts AW189 operations

The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department recently received two new AW189 helicopters form AgustaWestland Malaysia. Per unit, they cost around RM105 million. The addition to their fleet raises their helicopter numbers to nine, reports NST.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

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Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

Falcon Aviation Services starts AW169 contract in Kuwait

In a press release timed to coincide with the opening of the MEBAA Middle East Business Aircraft Association show in Dubai, UAE based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) have provided more information on their new operation in Kuwait. At a newly built 160,000 m² heliport at Kuwait Oil Company’s premises, FAS commences a five-year onshore and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters’ Service Center opens in Peru

Russian Helicopters’ Service Center opens in Peru

The maintenance and repair center for Russian-made helicopters Helicentro Peru has been launched in Lima at the facilities of the Peruvian Air Force Maintenance Service – SEMAN. Built in partnership with Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation), the center will provide maintenance for Mi-type aircraft. The official opening ceremony was attended by CEO of Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Dec-18

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Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

Castle Air adds AW139 to London Heli Shuttle

The London Heli Shuttle, operated by Castle Air at London Biggin Hill Airport, is extending its fleet to 10 helicopters with the addition of a new AgustaWestland AW139. The London Heli Shuttle was established in 2015 to offer the airport’s customers the fastest and most convenient route to central London. The service has been in… Read more »

Source: London Biggin Hill Airport, 11-Dec-18

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Simplex Announces New STC

Simplex Announces New STC

Simplex® Aerospace announced it has received FAA STC SR02629SE for their latest agricultural spray system for the Robinson R66 helicopter. The spray system, Simplex® Aerospace Model 266, is a next-generation spray system integrating several of Simplex® Aerospace’s newly developed agricultural spray technologies including new composite techniques and carbon-fiber booms. Simplex is the sole U.S. producer… Read more »

Source: Simplex Aerospace, 11-Dec-18

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Armenian Helicopters LLC to bring in another passenger helicopter

Armenian Helicopters LLC to bring in another passenger helicopter

Armenian Helicopters LLC plans to import another passenger helicopter, the acting Minister of Economic Development and Investments Tigran Khachatryan told a Cabinet session. The government decided today to exempt the company from payment of customs duties on the import of equipment. He said this company has already invested more than 1.5 billion drams (about $3… Read more »

Source: Armenian Helicopters, 11-Dec-18

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Asian Sky Group appoints Rotary Program Sales Manager

Asian Sky Group appoints Rotary Program Sales Manager

Hong Kong business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) has appointed Matthieu Guisolphe as Rotary Program Sales Manager, covering the Southeast Asia market. “Over the past year, ASG’s rotary division has grown immensely,” says ASG Managing Director, Jeffrey Lowe. “As such, we wanted someone who understands the market and can leverage their experience to… Read more »

Source: Asian Sky Group, 11-Dec-18

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