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VFS gives special access to Forum 77 virtual technology display

VFS gives special access to Forum 77 virtual technology display

29-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announced special access to the virtual exhibit hall at its 77th Annual Forum and Technology Display. Forum 77, held online this year on May 10–14, is the world’s leading international conference on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft technology — everything from advanced rotorcraft to advanced air mobility. Information about the... Read more

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

28-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab are: vision based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection; fly-by-wire for enhanced... Read more

Bell Partners with Government of Quebec to Develop Green Technology

Bell Partners with Government of Quebec to Develop Green Technology

28-Apr-2021Source: Bell

On April 19, the government of Quebec announced an investment to support the Coalition for Greener Aircraft. This enables funding of the Aircraft of Tomorrow program and the development and demonstration of new green technology in the province. Within that program, Bell is part of a consortium leading the project “Aircraft for the digital and... Read more

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

GPMS Receives STC on Bell 429 Platform

27-Apr-2021Source: GPMS

GPMS announced that it has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certification for its helicopter health monitoring system Foresight MX on the Bell 429 GlobalRanger. GPMS’s system offers advanced Flight Data Monitoring and Health and Usage Monitoring in one integrated package making it ideal for safety-conscious operators. Duke Energy served as the STC partner on the... Read more

EUROPEAN ROTORS and VFS announce partnership

EUROPEAN ROTORS and VFS announce partnership

27-Apr-2021Source: EUROPEAN ROTORS

Both parties are delighted to announce future cooperation. EUROPEAN ROTORS is the new platform for rotorcraft and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) represents the international technical community working to advance vertical flight technology. The VTOL Show and Safety Conference is further expanding its network. The cooperation with the... Read more

Heli-One Launches Heli-One Virtual Expo 2021

Heli-One Launches Heli-One Virtual Expo 2021

27-Apr-2021Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, announced it will launch its ‘Heli-One Virtual Expo’ on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. The online-based trade show will feature three days of video content showcasing the company’s products, people, panel discussions, facility tours, capability updates and more. The Expo will run over the... Read more

Raytheon awarded $10M more for FLIR and EOSS work on MH-47 and MH-60

Raytheon awarded $10M more for FLIR and EOSS work on MH-47 and MH-60

26-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Intelligence & Space, McKinney, Texas, received a ceiling increase modification in the amount of $10,660,423 on a non-competitive, single award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (H92241-16-D-0006) for lifecycle contractor services in support of the AN/ZSQ-2 Forward Looking Infra-red (FLIR) and Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS). The AN/ZSQ-2 FLIR and EOSS are currently installed on all MH-47 and MH-60... Read more

Airbus Racer programme reaches cruise speed

Airbus Racer programme reaches cruise speed

26-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Racer programme is one of Airbus Helicopters most exciting innovation projects and one that illustrates the company’s approach to innovation, which is focused on delivering value to customers and lowering helicopter emissions. Developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, which involves 40 partners in 13 European countries, the high-speed... Read more

Chippenham Hospital acquires new EMS helicopter

Chippenham Hospital acquires new EMS helicopter

26-Apr-2021Source: Richmond News

It takes many resources to help people involved in crashes or health emergencies. Now, some Central Virginia hospitals are getting some extra support to help those in need of emergency care. Chippenham Hospital recently acquired a new medical helicopter. See Full Story.... Read more

Boeing awarded $436M more on Apache AH-64E contract

Boeing awarded $436M more on Apache AH-64E contract

26-Apr-2021

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $436,691,186 modification (P00077) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for full rate production of Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $436,691,186 were obligated at the time of... Read more

Airbus HCare support program continues to evolve

Airbus HCare support program continues to evolve

26-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ Support & Services business continues to expand and evolve in 2021, responding to customer expectations for solutions that improve availability, enhance safety, optimise costs, and enable them to perform their essential missions. Today, 2,400 helicopters are enrolled with comprehensive HCare global support contracts (known as Smart & Infinite), representing 20% of the Airbus... Read more

Pinnacle Solutions Delivers First UH-60M Virtual Maintenance Trainer

Pinnacle Solutions Delivers First UH-60M Virtual Maintenance Trainer

26-Apr-2021Source: Pinnacle Solutions

Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. delivered the Block 1 Upgrade to its first UH-60M Virtual Maintenance Trainer (VMT) to Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In late February 2021, a team from Pinnacle visited the customer site for the second time to install the UH-60 VMT software upgrade offering additional work packages... Read more

Ansat gross weight increased for external load ops

Ansat gross weight increased for external load ops

23-Apr-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters holding company of Rostec State Corporation equips Ansat helicopter with an external sling to lift oversized cargo weighing up to 1,000 kg or carry a helicopter bucket for firefighting operations. This is already the fifth option available for configuring the helicopter for specific tasks. During tests at the Kazan Helicopters facility, the helicopter... Read more

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

IronMountain Soluntions awarded $13M contract for Apache support

23-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

IronMountain Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $13,103,286 modification (P00002) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B003 for technical management support for the Apache attack helicopter project manager’s office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2022. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 aircraft procurement, Army funds; and fiscal 2021 Foreign Military... Read more

ASQS wins first safety management customer in NZ

ASQS wins first safety management customer in NZ

23-Apr-2021Source: ASQS

We are proud to announce that we expand our global footprint by joining hands with Salus Aviation Group, which will be the launch customer for IQSMS in New Zealand! The chance to work with one single, comprehensive but still intuitive quality, safety and risk management system across the entire group led Salus Aviation Group to... Read more

Town seeks solution to STARS helipad closure

Town seeks solution to STARS helipad closure

23-Apr-2021Source: Fort Macleod Gazette

The new H145 helicopter used by STARS air ambulance is too big to land on the heliport at Fort Macleod Health Centre. Fort Macleod council wants to get that situation solved as soon as possible. “The heliport, to my way of thinking, is a necessity in Fort Macleod,” chief administrative officer Sue Keenan said, noting STARS... Read more

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

Kaman Announces First Flight of Unmanned K-MAX TITAN™

23-Apr-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corporation, announced the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN™. The world’s first heavy lift unmanned helicopter for the commercial market, K-MAX TITAN™ leads the way in repetitive, heavy lift without the constraints of manned operations. With a focus on enabling safety and operational... Read more

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

German operator scores first success in UK EMS market

22-Apr-2021

The UK air ambulance market is a mature one with very good coverage across the country. A total of 44 helicopters are flown for EMS work, supplemented by a handful of other aircraft for maintenance cover, together with a few fixed wing in certain situations including supporting the Channel Islands.   Apart from two in Scotland,... Read more

AirMed World Congress – venue and dates announced

AirMed World Congress – venue and dates announced

22-Apr-2021Source: ÖAMTC

In June 2022, the OEAMTC Air Rescue Service will host the AirMed World Congress in beautiful and historic Salzburg, Austria. The conference brings together global experts to shape the future of emergency services. The 2022 Congress will provide an empowering platform for industry professionals to network and co-operatively explore vital aspects of this important branch.... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance adds hangar at Cambridge

East Anglian Air Ambulance adds hangar at Cambridge

22-Apr-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has strengthened its operation at Cambridge City Airport with the construction of a new hangar for its Airbus H145 helicopter. The new helicopter hangar for the Anglia Two aircraft is next to the charity’s operational base and will mean that the aircraft no longer needs to be towed across the... Read more

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

Telephonics awarded support contract for US Navy MH-60R/S fleets

22-Apr-2021Source: Telephonics

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), announced that it has been awarded a support contract from Lockheed Martin for its AN/APS-153(V) Multi-Mode Maritime Surveillance Radar (MMR) and Communication System Control Group (CSCG) products supporting the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S maritime helicopters. The initial contract has a five-year base, running... Read more

Chinese CAA establishes EH216 Type Certification Team

Chinese CAA establishes EH216 Type Certification Team

22-Apr-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, today announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (“CAAC”) has established a “type certification” (“TC”) team for the EH216 passenger-grade AAV. The kickoff meeting was held in Guangzhou on April 13-14 with the aim to... Read more

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

USNS Mercy Conducts First Ever Flight Deck Landing of V-22 Osprey

22-Apr-2021

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is currently conducting dynamic interface testing operations off the coast of Southern California. The operations are tests for compatibility usage of variants of the V-22 Osprey and MH-60 Seahawk with the ship’s new flight deck, and the first time a V-22 has landed on an MSC... Read more

Business Aviation’s first-ever EU Summit delivers European vision for further deployment of SAF

Business Aviation’s first-ever EU Summit delivers European vision for further deployment of SAF

22-Apr-2021Source: EBAA

The first-ever European Business Aviation SAF Summit concluded with a strategic plan for advancing the production, availability and use of sustainable aviation fuels in the region The strategic vision which was presented at the end of the European Summit, speaks specifically towards the much anticipated upcoming legislative proposal by the European Commission called the ReFuelEU... Read more

Leonardo puts its stamp on Kopter – SH09 renamed AW09

Leonardo puts its stamp on Kopter – SH09 renamed AW09

21-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

On the first anniversary of Kopter becoming part of Leonardo Helicopters, the Italian manufacturer has announced a new branding to bring the SH09 helicopter into the the Leonardo nomenclature – from now on it will be known as the AW09. The visual branding of the AW09 includes the Kopter logo after the “9”, which refers... Read more

USHST sets direction for automatic flight control systems on light helicopters

USHST sets direction for automatic flight control systems on light helicopters

21-Apr-2021Source: USHST

As a result of its comprehensive analysis of fatal helicopter accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) determined that loss of control while inflight has been a leading factor in accident causes, especially involving light helicopters. Current light helicopters have flight characteristics that are challenging and demanding of pilot workload. In response, the USHST is... Read more

Volocopter makes first steps into China

Volocopter makes first steps into China

21-Apr-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, and the global mobility technology group, Geely Technology Group, presented Volocopter’s electric air taxi, the 2X, for the first time in China at Geely’s booth at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition 2021. The companies are highlighting their cooperation and aim to introduce urban air mobility to the Chinese market and give visitors the... Read more

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs maritime surveillance in Estonia

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 performs maritime surveillance in Estonia

21-Apr-2021Source: Schiebel

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is operating the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for enhanced maritime surveillance in the Baltic Sea. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Finland. The CAMCOPTER® S-100 is currently supporting the Estonian Police and Border Guard... Read more

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance completes 10,000th heli mission

Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance completes 10,000th heli mission

21-Apr-2021Source: Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance

The milestone mission took place yesterday afternoon, 19 April, when Doctor Fran Dolman, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Specialist Paramedic Mike Funge, HEMS Paramedic Nigel Harley, and Captain Dave Nichollswere called to Ringwood, Hampshire,to provide critical care to a young male following a road traffic collision.Following treatment at the scene, the patient was conveyed to... Read more

GCH Aviation launches Heli Wine Tour to North Canterbury

GCH Aviation launches Heli Wine Tour to North Canterbury

21-Apr-2021Source: GCH Aviation

Taking off from Christchurch, people can leave the car behind and fly into five wineries, all with different personalities and unique wines in the beautiful North Canterbury Waipara Valley wine region right on the doorstep of Christchurch City. Group Marketing manager for the GCH Aviation Group says ‘Between the Vines’ is a new helicopter experience... Read more

Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

Hill Helicopters unveils digital glass cockpit for the HX50

21-Apr-2021

Hill Helicopters today unveiled its elegant, intuitive Hill Digital Cockpit (HDC) for the new Hill HX50 luxury personal turbine helicopter. HDC is a completely reimagined, 21st century user-experience and user-interface for the HX50 light helicopter, designed from the ground up to make light helicopter flight safer and easier than ever before. The system is focused... Read more

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

Caverton accepts first Level D helicopter sim in Africa

21-Apr-2021Source: Caverton Helicopters

In the presence of the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Cpt. Musa S. Nuhu and Mr Franck Riester, French Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Caverton and Thales sign the acceptance of the Reality H full-flight simulator configured for the AW139 helicopter, installed in Caverton’s brand-new training center located at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Nigeria.... Read more

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

21-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the delivery of another Bell 505 to the Montenegro Air Force, making it the 60th Bell 505 aircraft in Europe. “Delivering 60 505s to Europe is an exciting milestone for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, International Business. “This achievement is a testament to... Read more

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

QinetiQ add two AW109 Grands and an AW139 to testing and training fleet

20-Apr-2021Source: QinetiQ

Providing test pilots and flight test engineers with cutting edge resources and the very latest learning tools has helped to keep ETPS at the forefront of flight test training for both military and civil customers for over 75 years. QinetiQ’s latest £multi-million investment in three new helicopters will further extend the fleet of aircraft available... Read more

Summit aviation promotes from within for regional sales Manager position

Summit aviation promotes from within for regional sales Manager position

20-Apr-2021Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has promoted Dennis Hurst to the position of regional sales manager. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Hurst has 17 years of mechanical experience with 15 of those years dedicated to aviation. Mr. Hurst was initially introduced to Summit Aviation in 2011 as... Read more

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

HA Interplanetary Salutes First Flight Of Mars Helicopter

20-Apr-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association Interplanetary (HAI) is thrilled to acknowledge the first successful flight of the Mars Helicopter, the first powered, controlled flight of any aircraft on another planet. The tiny, four-pound rotorcraft, named Ingenuity, made a very brief flight on the red planet, approximately 178 million miles from Earth. In a flight lasting about 30 seconds,... Read more

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

19-Apr-2021

Pasco County Mosquito Control District in Florida has a new weapon in its fight against mosquitoes — two new Airbus H125s. Pasco County is home to roughly 45 different species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying is one of the most effective ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile and Zika viruses. The H125... Read more

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

19-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Local press in the African country of Zimbabwe is reporting the arrival of an Airbus EC225 helicopter at capital city Harare’s international airport on Thursday 15th April. The helicopter was transported on board an Antonov An-124 freighter operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (registration RA-82077), which had arrived from Rzeszow in Poland. The departure point suggests to... Read more

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is blazing a trail for the environment

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance is blazing a trail for the environment

19-Apr-2021Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

On the eve of Earth Day 2021 (22nd April) Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is excited to announce the steps taken to date and further plans to reduce its impact on the environment. In what EHAAT believes is a first for a UK air ambulance charity, it has carried out a thorough review of... Read more

New Chief Pilot at Great North Air Ambulance Service

New Chief Pilot at Great North Air Ambulance Service

19-Apr-2021

A pilot from the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) who was awarded the prestigious military cross in 2007 has taken over the role as the charity’s chief pilot. Keith Armatage from Newcastle has been with the charity for six and a half years following a 25-year career in the military. The promotion comes after... Read more

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

STARS Radiothon to take over radiowaves to save lives across Saskatchewan

19-Apr-2021Source: STARS

There’s a new, virtual way to make a difference in the lives of those who live, work or play across Saskatchewan: by listening and donating to the first-ever Critical Care on the Air radiothon, presented by GMS, in support of STARS. The two-day radiothon will be broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21... Read more

Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

19-Apr-2021Source: Babcock

At Babcock Spain, operational excellence and the safety of our operations are our priority. Our Operations team has been working intensively for several months on the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) Project whose main objective is to replace the physical documentation of aircraft with a digital format and provide tools that help us to carry out... Read more

JSfirm.com Awards Aerospace Engineering Scholarship

JSfirm.com Awards Aerospace Engineering Scholarship

19-Apr-2021Source: JSfirm.com

JSfirm.com awarded an Aerospace Engineering scholarship to a deserving student from the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. Robert Landen Kincart, successfully completed the application process and impressed aJSfirm.com Managing Partner during a recent telephone interview. Last night, April 15th,during the SUN ‘n FUN Annual Birthday Bash, Robert, who goes by Landen, was officially presented with the... Read more

VFS Continues Record Growth, Reaches 150 Corporate Members

VFS Continues Record Growth, Reaches 150 Corporate Members

19-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world’s leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight, reports today that it has continued to experience record growth, propelled largely by the continued expansion of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developments around the world. “Despite the pandemic, interest and investment in the eVTOL industry has accelerated,... Read more

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

19-Apr-2021Source: Wingcopter

ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) is collaborating with German drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter to accelerate the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products via unmanned aircraft. The two aviation innovators is conducting comprehensive trials with the electrical fixed-wing VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft developed by Wingcopter, with the aim of... Read more

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

Sikorsky demos S-97 Raider for Future Vertical Lift program

16-Apr-2021

Flying low, fast and expertly executing crisp, tight, quick maneuvers that only Sikorsky’s X2 Technology™ family of helicopters brings, the Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER® helicopter flew two demonstrations before Army officials and Soldiers at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama this week. The events offered a glimpse at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company’s bid for the Future... Read more

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

AW609 AC4 tiltrotor moved to Italy

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

The 4th AW609 (AC4), fully representative of the final production configuration, was shipped from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility where it was built on its production line, to Genoa’s harbour in Italy where it was offloaded and later flew to Leonardo Helicopters’ Headquarters in Cascina Costa di Samarate, close to Milan-Malpensa Airport, arriving on 2 March 2021.... Read more

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

16-Apr-2021Source: French Military

[Electronic translation] Intended to equip the French Army, the 8 helicopters will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will initiate the replacement of the SA330 Puma maneuver helicopters, whose average age is 43 years. They will thus contribute to forming a homogeneous fleet, the Army already having ten Caracal helicopters in service. This order,... Read more

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

16-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, recently delivered two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol... Read more

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

16-Apr-2021Source: Utah Rotor Pathway

State’s Strategic Workforce Investment program supports rotorcraft faculty, equipment for Utah high schools on a yearly basis. The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Investment (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University (SUU) to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), a government– industry–education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations... Read more

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

Leonardo Retains Top Spot in ProPilot’s Helicopter Product Support Survey

16-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

For decades, customer satisfaction has been considered central to the strategic vision of companies, and also Leonardo considers it fundamental, so much so that the contribution to the success of its customers is one of the main focuses in the corporate Mission. For the third year in a row, Leonardo has come in first place in the turbine category... Read more

Helicopter Specialties finishes 2020 strong and begins 2021 at steady pace

Helicopter Specialties finishes 2020 strong and begins 2021 at steady pace

16-Apr-2021Source: Helicopter Specialties

Despite the challenges of 2020, Helicopter Specialties, Inc. (HSI) is pleased to have finished their 21st year in business on a strong note. 2021 is proving to be a strong year for HSI, with helicopters arriving at a steady pace at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport from air medical organizations, government, corporate, private and international... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Lichten Award Winners

VFS Announces 2021 Lichten Award Winners

16-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during the Society’s 77th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony, premiering at 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4), on the Society’s YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/VTOLsociety. Mr. Andrew Lavoie of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin... Read more

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

16-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

A few weeks ago, the VSR700 demonstrator achieved a test flight that pushed its speed limit to 60kts (more than 110km/h), entirely opening its flight envelope at low speed. At the end of the test, the demonstrator had accumulated more than 10 flight hours. Thanks to this milestone, the VSR700 programme is getting closer to... Read more

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

16-Apr-2021Source: Air Methods

Our subsidiary, Air Idaho Rescue, has reopened its West Yellowstone seasonal air medical base serving the greater Yellowstone region. In conjunction with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC), the Air Idaho Rescue base extends care to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Gallatin National Forest, and the Madison River valley. The base officially... Read more

North West Air Ambulance transfers 100th unit of blood

North West Air Ambulance transfers 100th unit of blood

16-Apr-2021Source: The North West Air Ambulance Charity

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) has reached a significant milestone in its ‘Blood on Board’ project, bringing blood transfusion to critically ill and injured patients across the region. The service administered blood products to its 100th pre-hospital patient in March 2021, after introducing the capability to perform pre-hospital blood transfusions by the road... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

Boeing reports 2021 Q1 deliveries

Boeing reports 2021 Q1 deliveries

14-Apr-2021

Boeing have announced their deliverie numbers across all commercial and defense operations for the first quarter of 2021. The helicopter numbers are AH-64 Apache (New) = 9 AH-64 Apache (Remanufactured) = 15 CH-47 Chinook (New) = 3 CH-47 Chinook (Renewed) = 3 By comparison, here are the numbers for 2020 Q1 AH-64 Apache (New) =... Read more

MD Helicopters expands flexible financing options for customers

MD Helicopters expands flexible financing options for customers

14-Apr-2021Source: MD Helicopters

As part of the company’s renewed focus on strengthening customer support, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will be working with National Bank of Arizona to provide qualified customers with expanded aircraft finance and lease options, subject to credit approval. The financing options offered through the new relationship with National Bank of Arizona allows MDHI to continue... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

Bell Boeing awarded $143 contract for V-22 logistics and repair support

14-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded $143,198,723 for a delivery order (N00383-21-F-0U51) under previously awarded performance-based logistics requirements contract N00383-19-D-U501 for the logistics and repair support of MV-22B, CMV-22 (Navy) and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey components. All work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas. Work is expected to be completed by... Read more

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

Bell Signs Teaming Agreements with Suppliers in Germany

14-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed teaming agreements with German suppliers to support Bell’s industrial participation efforts in Germany. As part of the collaboration, Bell will compete for the upcoming tender for the renewal of the helicopter fleet for the Bundespolizei and will offer the Bell 525. The... Read more

Mobil Jet Oil 387 approved for RR250 and RR300 engines

Mobil Jet Oil 387 approved for RR250 and RR300 engines

14-Apr-2021Source: ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil announced that Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 is approved for use in Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines which are most commonly found in helicopters. The Rolls-Royce M250is one of the most popular turbine engines in the world with over 170 different helicopter and fixed-wing applications in both civil and military aircrafts. Helicopter engines are high temperature... Read more

Obituary – Jack Harter 1931-2021

Obituary – Jack Harter 1931-2021

14-Apr-2021Source: The Garden Island

Charles (Jack) Harter, co-founder and president of Jack Harter Helicopters in Lihu‘e and the originator of helicopter tours on Kaua‘i, died on April 1, 2021. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Russian Helicopters ready to repair Brazilian Mi-35Ms

Russian Helicopters ready to repair Brazilian Mi-35Ms

14-Apr-2021Source: Russian Helicopters

[electronic translation] The corresponding contracts were signed by the Russian Helicopters Holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) in November – December 2020 with the Brazilian Industria de Aviacao e Servisos (IAS), an authorized company of the Brazilian Air Force. According to the contracts, the Russian Helicopters holding will ensure the supply of group repair... Read more

Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

Lockheed awarded $447M contract for production of 12 MH-60R for Republic of Korea

13-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0841) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001921G0017). This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea. Work will be performed in Owego, New York (52%); Stratford, Connecticut (40%); and Troy,... Read more

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

Leonardo Chief Test Pilot praises evolution of Kopter SH09

13-Apr-2021Source: Kopter

Capt. Afruni – Chief Test Pilot of Leonardo Helicopters –  flew again the SH09 Prototype 3 in Mollis, Switzerland, to assess the benefits of the retrofit implemented on the aircraft at the end of last year. As part of the close collaboration established between Leonardo and Kopter, Capt. Afruni, together with Andrea Castelli, Leonardo Chief... Read more

Rostec delivered Ansat and Mi-17-1V to Turkmenistan

Rostec delivered Ansat and Mi-17-1V to Turkmenistan

13-Apr-2021Source: Rostec

The Kazan Helicopter Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding (part of the Rostec State Corporation) delivered the first Ansat helicopter to the Republic of Turkmenistan, as well as the heavy multipurpose Mi-17-1V. Both machines will be used in the new International Burn Center for medical evacuation of injured and critically ill patients. The contract for the... Read more

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

FRCE sets Focus on Reduced Turnaround Time for H-53

13-Apr-2021Source: FRCE

Following a string of successful outcomes in reducing maintenance, repair and overhaul turnaround times on V-22 Osprey aircraft, Fleet Readiness Center East has set its sights on improving turnaround times for the H-53 heavy lift helicopter. On the heels of setting a new organizational record for a V-22 turnaround with a 297-day aircraft in January,... Read more

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

VFS Announces 2021 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients

13-Apr-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. The overall winner will be recognized on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, during the Society’s 77th Annual Grand Awards Ceremony, premiering at 2:00 pm EDT (UTC-4), on the Society’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/VTOLsociety. Mr. Andrew Lavoie of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, was... Read more

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

Ace Aero Receives PMA for EO/IR Sensor Mount on UH-60

13-Apr-2021Source: Ace Aeronautics

Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is pleased to announce Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) # PQ03906SW from the Federal Aviation Administration for the production of the FAA STC #SR01957WI, Ace Aero HD Sensor Mount for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters. “We are very proud of this achievement,” said Randy Nolin, Chief Technology Officer at Ace Aero. “Our... Read more

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

New helipad launched at Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

13-Apr-2021Source: HELP Appeal

NHS Lothian and the HELP Appeal are celebrating an important milestone as the new helipad located at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People and the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (RHCYP/DCN) officially opens. The helipad, located above the fourth floor of the RHCYP/DCN will serve both the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the RHCYP/DCN... Read more

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

Canadian military picks Centum’s Lifeseeker SAR tech

13-Apr-2021Source: Centum

CENTUM has announced that the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) has selected Lifeseeker for Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue operations. It is a central part of the Canadian Cellular Airborne Sensor Search and Rescue (CASSAR) project. The DND joins other search and rescue teams across the world who are already using Lifeseeker.Lifeseeker... Read more

Derazona to be Asia’s first H160 operator for oil and gas

Derazona to be Asia’s first H160 operator for oil and gas

12-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured an H160 order from Derazona Helicopters in Indonesia, launching this new rotorcraft in the country’s oil and gas sector. The multi-mission H160 will play an important role in the expansion plans of the Indonesian operator for oil and gas, off-shore, utility and commercial passenger transportation.“This new order is a timely welcome... Read more

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

Wheels Up partners with Bell for expansion into helicopter market

12-Apr-2021Source: Wheels Up

Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation, announces an initiative with Bell Textron, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, to lead the industry both in short- and long-term solutions with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The collaboration between the industry leaders will set a new standard in addressing the growing demand for convenient intra-urban... Read more

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

Surf Life Saving Queensland upgrades Carrara base from Bo105 to EC135

12-Apr-2021Source: Surf Life Saving Queensland

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s rescue service has been bolstered by the addition of a new Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Lifesaver 46, which will start patrolling in time for school holidays. The new helicopter was unveiled at the Carrara hangar earlier today and replaces the B0105 that has been servicing South East Queensland since 2012. Lifesaver... Read more

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