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Able Breaks Ground on Major Mesa

Able Breaks Ground on Major Mesa

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Aviation Inc. company, today joined with dignitaries from the East Valley, Phoenix and Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport to celebrate the groundbreaking of a 50,000-square-foot expansion at its headquarters within Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. The expansion allows Able to enhance the technology used in its repair and overhaul process,… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 07-Dec-18

Donaldson appoints Account Executive for Rotorcraft

Donaldson appoints Account Executive for Rotorcraft

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announces the hiring of Vince Testa as Senior Account Executive for Rotorcraft. Testa will be responsible for growing domestic and international rotorcraft OEM sales for Donaldson Aerospace & Defense.“Vince brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Lars Hesbjerg, Sales Director, Aerospace &… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 07-Dec-18

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BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

Fly Blade, Inc. (“BLADE”), a digitally powered-aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the United States, has announced the launch of an Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) pilot program in India, initially connecting Mumbai, departing from Juhu and Mahalaxmi, with heliports in Pune and Shirdi. BLADE has formed a Joint… Read more »

Source: Fly Blade, 07-Dec-18

SUU Aviation Program Adds a New Helicopter

SUU Aviation Program Adds a New Helicopter

The Southern Utah University Aviation Program continues to grow and improve with the arrival of a brand new helicopter. The Robinson R44 Cadet is straight from the factory, and specifically selected in SUU red. SUU’s Aviation Program works hard to provide students with the best opportunities to learn preparing them for future careers. Robert Paul, Assistant Chief Instructor of… Read more »

Source: Southern Utah University, 07-Dec-18

SAFE Structure delivers Lakota stands to New Mexico National Guard

SAFE Structure delivers Lakota stands to New Mexico National Guard

SAFE Structure Designs, a global leader in the innovative design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic SAFETY first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced the delivery of SAFE’s custom cowling rack, for their fleet of UH-72 Lakota / EC145 to the Army National Guard in New Mexico…. Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 07-Dec-18

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Mitsui Bussan signs four-helicopter contract

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, announced a contract for four additional aircraft during an official ceremony held at the Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition. This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and Mitsui, and is a key factor in the continued growth… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Dec-18

AAMS responds to CNN article on air ambulance pricing

AAMS responds to CNN article on air ambulance pricing

As part of our mission to represent the work done by air medical services, we must fight against inaccurate information from the media and those who seek to limit access to air medical services. We believe if we all consistently provide accurate information, in as many formats and as many outlets as possible, more members will become… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 07-Dec-18

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

Saskatchewan renews 10 year STARS funding contract

The Government of Saskatchewan is committing to renew its 10-year agreement with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) beyond 2020 to provide helicopter air medical service in Saskatchewan.  The province will also fund one of the three new helicopters needed in Saskatchewan as part of the organization’s plan for fleet renewal.“We are pleased to announce… Read more »

Source: Saskatchewan, 07-Dec-18

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Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Managing Director at Babcock and HeliOffshore board member shares thoughts on safety

Offshore helicopter flights are just part of a very broad range of engineering support services provided by Babcock International Group. These also include decommissioning nuclear sites, building warships, and maintaining railway infrastructure and powerlines. A key common theme between these safety critical activities is that they are conducted in highly regulated environments. David Plester, managing… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 07-Dec-18

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Garmin® awarded supplier of the year by Airbus Helicopters

Garmin® awarded supplier of the year by Airbus Helicopters

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced it received the 2018 Supplier of Excellence Award by Airbus Helicopters at the North American Supplier Conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. Garmin was recently recognized as the Supplier of Excellence for its unmatched responsiveness and competitiveness in various capacities, including its support of the U.S…. Read more »

Source: Garmin, 07-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

Nepalese Army receives Bell 407GXP

A factory new Bell 407 GXP series aircraft from Bell Helicopters USA procured by Nepalese Army has landed in Nepalese Army premises in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today approximately at 1:20 PM. The aircraft today took off from India. However the aircraft initially flew from Singapore. It took a 4 days ferry flight trip for… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 05-Dec-18

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Great Slave Helicopters Fires Fort Simpson Staff

Great Slave Helicopters Fires Fort Simpson Staff

An Ontario court issued a new business number and board of directors for Great Slave Helicopters last month. This came after is was found that the company had been losing $5 million yearly. Pilots and staff were fired on Friday from the Dehcho community of Fort Simpson on Friday, causing mixed feelings within the community,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters targets 15 sales in next three years

Russian Helicopters targets 15 sales in next three years

Russian Helicopters is planning on delivering up to 15 helicopters to Malaysia within the next three years. This will boost their market share domestically from 2% to 4%. Malaysia was the last stop in their demonstration tour across Asia, reports The Edge Markets.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

Airbus will be paying compensation to Citic Offshore Helicopter in order to recompense for the suspension of eight of their H225 helicopters. They will be paying $15.9 million in credit notes as well as offering a discount should Citic purchase any new Airbus helicopters before 31 December 2022, reports YiCai Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

South African court cancels Antarctic tender award

The Pretoria High Court has set side a four-year tender that was awarded to Ultimate Heli after it was discovered that Indwe Aviation was unfairly excluded from the bidding process. The tender was for helicopter support to the Environmental Affairs Department’s yearly research and resupply expeditions to Antarctica. Ultimate Heli has already spent two years,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

New Bell 407 for Apollo MedFlight

Apollo MedFlight has revealed that they will be adding a Bell 407 to their Guymon base. Their fleet now consists of the Bell 407, a King Air 90 and an EC135, reports ABC7 Amarillo.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

Canadian fishermen raise SAR privatisation concerns

The Canadian Department of National Defence is considering using the private sector to fill the gap in their SAR operations when their CH-149 Cormorants undergo a mid-life overhaul. President of the Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association and the Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council; Eugene O’Leary, has stated that he has concerns over using a private… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-18

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Polish Police recieve two S70i Black Hawks

Polish Police recieve two S70i Black Hawks

Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o. in the presence of the Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Minister of Interior and Administration Joachim Brudzinski, officially handed over to the Polish National Police two modern S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters produced in Poland. Delivery of two multimissions Black Hawk helicopters was carried out in accordance with the… Read more »

Source: PZL Mielec, 05-Dec-18

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NATA Welcomes New VP

NATA Welcomes New VP

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce that Ryan Waguespack has joined the Association as Vice President, effective December 1, 2018. Ryan will focus on membership and serving the needs of the charter, MRO and aircraft management sectors. A long-time supporter of the aviation business community and NATA, Ryan Waguespack recently served… Read more »

Source: NATA, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus presents Flight Planner extensions

Airbus presents Flight Planner extensions

Flight Planner, the Airbus Helicopters all-in-one mobile Electronic Flight Bag, supports pilots in their mission preparation. It allows direct performance computation based on OEM flight manual data and wireless data transfer to the aircraft Flight Management System – available in iOS version or on rugged Panasonic tablet. Flight Planner, initially proposed with the H175, is now extended… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

Transport Canada Approves R66 Cargo Hook

On 8 November 2018, Transport Canada approved Robinson’s R66 cargo hook installation, providing Canadian commercial lift operators with a high performance, low cost solution giving them a leg up on the competition. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 lb., and the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 lb. to 2900… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 05-Dec-18

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Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Bell to showcase at MEBAA 2018

Recognized for world-class innovation, precision and quality, Bell offers premium comfort coupled with safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. The Bell 429 and Bell 505 helicopters combine sleek exterior lines and meticulously crafted bespoke interiors for the most comfortable in-flight experience. The Bell 505 and Bell 429 have become a staple for private transport around… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 05-Dec-18

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ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

ASESA strengthens helicopter fleet in Mexico

Leonardo hosted Mexican helicopter operator ASESA today to celebrate their 4th AW139 purchase. The delivery ceremony was held at Leonardo’s North America headquarters in Philadelphia, USA, where AW119, AW139 and AW609 aircraft are assembled. The AW139 is the best-selling helicopter in its category with nearly 1100 sold. Its spacious cabin provides flexibility for a variety… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Dec-18

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Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce they will be supporting Air Center Helicopters’ Airbus H225 helicopters through a multi-year parts-by-the-hour (PBH) contract. This contract covers airframe and a combination of dynamics, small components, and avionics. By leveraging Heli-One’s H225 inventory and expertise, Air Center will… Read more »

Source: Heli_One, 05-Dec-18

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CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

CAMTS reaccredits eleven Med-Trans bases

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) has reaccredited eleven Med-Trans air medical transport bases in the United States. “This recognition is a result of the hard work and professionalism of every employee to become the best at their positions of tremendous responsibility in transporting and caring for patients,” said Med-Trans Corporation President… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 05-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters take part in EDEX 2018

Russian Helicopters take part in EDEX 2018

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) presents the newest civilian and military helicopters as part of the first international defense exhibition EDEX 2018 held from December 3 through December 5 in Cairo. The holding company’s exhibition includes the Ka-52K combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter and the Mi-38 multipurpose helicopter. Moreover, the holding company’s executives… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Airbus expands presence in Japan

Airbus expands presence in Japan

Riding on its growing business, Airbus Helicopters will be adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019. The company’s existing facility is capable of accommodating up… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-18

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Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu

The factory new Agusta AW 139 Italian manufactured aircraft belonging to Nepalese Army made a maiden flight today from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) around 11:40 AM today marking a historical first flight of Agusta AW139 aircraft in Nepalese airspace. A successful test flight was done after the successful re-assembly of the aircraft today from its… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 04-Dec-18

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Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell delivers 1st Law Enforcement Configured B505

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento Police Department. “The Bell 505 delivers best-in-class visibility, and the aircraft’s advanced avionics and cost of operations make it the choice aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said jay ortiz, SENIOR vice president, the… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 04-Dec-18

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Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

Tunisia accepts delivery of last of eight Black Hawks

U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) completed a foreign military sales (FMS) case to deliver eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters to partner country Tunisia this summer. The Black Hawks will provide Tunisia with cargo/personnel transport, medical evacuation and combat operations capabilities. The case value is more than $338 million. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 04-Dec-18

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Russian Helicopters completes its Southeast Asian demo tour

Russian Helicopters completes its Southeast Asian demo tour

Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters, manufactured by the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of State Corporation Rostec), completed a demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. Attendees of Airshow China in Zhuhai, China, as well as potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, familiarized themselves with the capabilities of both aircraft. Full-scale demonstrations in… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 04-Dec-18

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Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran to support Royal Danish Air Force

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Denmark’s Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), to support 11 Arriel 1D1-powered AS550C2 Fennec operated by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). The engines will now be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) and the contract will last until mid-2030s, when the fleet is retired. In… Read more »

Source: Safran, 04-Dec-18

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Tourist dies due lengthy permission process for Helicopter rescue on restricted areas

Tourist dies due lengthy permission process for Helicopter rescue on restricted areas

A Canadian Tourist Randle Ferish Baker with PP No. 122473 died on Dolpa yesterday due to the lack of immediate medical evacuation and medical treatment following the lengthy permission for the Helicopter rescue on restricted areas. According to the source, a Simrik Air Helicopter had applied for the emergency rescue flight permission to the Home… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 03-Dec-18

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Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Aviation industry of Nepal desperate for strict safety rules

Last week, two air accidents took place within a span of three days which resulted in killing three crews and injuring three others. A Let L-410UVP-E20 aircraft belonging to Summit Air (Goma Air) crashed when it attempted to land on runway 06 at Lukla-Tenzing-Hillary Airport airstrip in Nepal on May 28 killing two cockpit crews… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 03-Dec-18

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Near Earth Autonomy Awarded Patent for Rotor Safety System

Near Earth Autonomy Awarded Patent for Rotor Safety System

Piloted or autonomous rotorcraft includes a rotor safety system. The rotor safety system comprises a lidar scanner toward a rotor of the rotorcraft, e.g., the tail rotor, that scans the 3D space in the vicinity of the rotor. Objects in the vicinity of the rotor are detected from the lidar point data. In a piloted… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 03-Dec-18

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Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Awarded $7M Contract for AH-1Z TSS Depot Activation

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $7,346,222 definitive job order which includes cost-plus-fixed-fee level of effort tasking for the Target Sight System (TSS) depot activation and firm-fixed price training for the depot activation under basic ordering agreement N00164-16-G-JQ87. Depot activation services include engineering and logistics support and stand-up for… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Dec-18

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Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

In the 25-year cooperation between the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia, one of the strongest recent areas of focus has been the development of airfield support capability at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia’s main Air Force installation and a major focal point of NATO air operations in the Baltic region. The… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 03-Dec-18

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Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

Schiebel wins European Maritime Safety Agency Contract

Schiebel, the market leader in Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), was awarded the coveted maritime surveillance service provision contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS was selected based on its impressive service record in the maritime domain, as well as its proven maritime surveillance expertise. Payload… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 03-Dec-18

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VNH South Receives Award from Rosneft Vietnam

VNH South Receives Award from Rosneft Vietnam

On 16th November 2018, Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) was awarded the Outstanding Safety Achievement from Rosneft Vietnam at the “2018 Contractor HSE Forum” organized by Rosneft Vietnam. The award is granted to subcontractors in recognition of their special contributions to Rosneft Vietnam for 16 years of safe operations at Block 06.1. From 2003 to… Read more »

Source: VNH South, 03-Dec-18

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Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

Air Methods Leaders Honored with Patriot Award

Air Methods, the leading air medical service, announced that David Richardson, senior vice president customer experience, and Martin Delaney, regional vice president, Midwest region, were both honored with Patriot Awards, a U.S. Department of Defense honor that recognizes employers who demonstrate outstanding support and flexibility for employees who proudly serve their country in the National Guard and Reserve…. Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Dec-18

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Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

Fort McCoy celebrates 40 years of the Black Hawk

UH-60 Black Hawk has been the Army’s front line utility helicopter for the past 40 years, and it shows no signs of letting up, said service officials at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.The helicopter is a regular fixture every year at Fort McCoy, Wis., particularly during major exercises such as the Combat Support Training Exercise. Black Hawk crews… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-18

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Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

Milestone for UK Rotary Military Flying Training System

On 15th November 2018, the rotary element of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) achieved the auspicious milestone of 10,000 flying hours, using a fleet of 29 Juno and 3 Jupiter helicopters. Both helicopter types commenced training delivery in April 2018 at RAF Shawbury and RAF Valley. As part of the UKMFTS, they are… Read more »

Source: Ascent Flight Training, 03-Dec-18

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Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services Awarded a $25M Contract for SH-60F Refurbishment

Science and Engineering Services LLC,* Huntsville, Alabama, is awarded an undefinitized contract action with a not-to-exceed value of $25,437,426 for the refurbishment, modification, and delivery of four SH-60F aircraft for the government of Spain under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, and is expected to be completed in March 2021.  Foreign… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-18

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CAAT appoints new chairman

CAAT appoints new chairman

Michael Henriques, the former deputy chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse for 22 years and Jockey Club member, who lives near Cirencester, has been appointed Chairman of The County Air Ambulance Trust and the HELP Appeal. Michael has been a trustee of the charity for the last eight years. The County Air Ambulance Trust is the only… Read more »

Source: CAAT, 30-Nov-18

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Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

Bell V-280 wins Popular Science Award

The Bell V-280 Valor was recognized by Popular Science with a Best of What’s New Award in the Aerospace category for 2018. This award validates all the fantastic work completed to date by Bell and its partners from Team Valor and the U.S. government. From the outset, the Bell team had a mission: revolutionize vertical lift for U.S. warfighters. As part of… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 30-Nov-18

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Entrol sells the first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator

Entrol sells the first H135 FTD Level 5 simulator

The simulator will be equipped with dual GTN 750, spherical visual with 6-channel projection system, high resolution database and vibration system.The FTD will be used for Ab Initio training, IR and CPL courses and mission training for H135 operators. It will be certified as FTD Level 5. Mr. David Sungelo, Sunny Aviation´s owner, explains why… Read more »

Source: Entrol, 30-Nov-18

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Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

Leonardo team wins Royal Aeronautical Society Team Silver Medal

At a ceremony held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s headquarters, London, Monday evening, representatives from Smith Myers, Biggleswade and Leonardo Helicopter, Yeovil, were presented with the RAeS Team Silver Medal award for their teamwork developing the Redstreak Mobile Phone Detection and Location System. A joint Smith Myers and Leonardo Helicopter team brought diverse skills from… Read more »

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society, 30-Nov-18

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Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

Kaman announces two new K-Max customers

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), a division of Kaman Corporation(NYSE:KAMN), announced that it received orders for two additional K-MAX® helicopters, expanding the fleet of operators to two new customers who will take delivery in the coming months. Further, given consistent demand the company has approved continuous manufacture of the versatile medium lift workhorse aircraft with the authorization of Lot… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 30-Nov-18

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HeliTSA starts S92 maintenance training in Australia, secures own Part 147 approval

HeliTSA starts S92 maintenance training in Australia, secures own Part 147 approval

HeliTSA has celebrated its second anniversary, proving its model of rotary maintenance training was a much-needed addition to the Australian market. The training model offers exposure to operational aircraft and is now expanding to encompass S-92 courses. “If there is one thing engineers are good at, it’s making things complex. So when we launched HeliTSA,… Read more »

Source: HeliTSA, 30-Nov-18

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Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Awarded $21M Contract for MV-22 and CV-22 Support

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded $20,512,216 for modification P00056 to increase the ceiling of a previously awarded fixed-price incentive contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for additional Joint Performance Based Logistics support for the Marine Corps MV-22 and the Air Force and Special Forces Operations Command CV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (46.6… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Awarded $15M Contract for VH-60N Rework

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded $14,976,124 for cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price task order N0001919F2578 against a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract (N00019-16-D-1000).  This task order provides for security, project engineering, sustainment engineering, integrated logistics support, material support, program support and training for the VH-3D/VH-60N executive helicopter special progressive aircraft rework. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Nov-18

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Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

Egypt – AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and Related Equipment and Support

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of ten (10) AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Egypt has requested to buy ten… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 28-Nov-18

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Babcock closes German operation

Babcock closes German operation

Shortly after announcing a £100 Million write-down of their oil and gas helicopter operation (likely referring to the loss of value in their fleet of thirteen AS332L2/EC225, but not specifically stated), British-based engineering company Babcock has now closed its helicopter operation on Germany. Trading under the name of Babcock MCS Germany, the company operated primarily… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-18

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Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

Bell Awarded Patent for Tilt-Rotor Over-Torque Protection

A system includes a first mast torque transfer system, a second mast torque transfer system coupled to the first mast torque transfer system, and a torque limiting system. The torque limiting system includes a first sensor configured to determine a torque of the first mast torque transfer system, a second sensor configured to determine a… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 28-Nov-18

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SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3).  P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and… Read more »

Source: Marenco Kopter, 28-Nov-18

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New Chinook simulators ready for training

New Chinook simulators ready for training

The Chinook Mk 6 synthetic training facility was built following a £53 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK, Rotary and Mission Systems. It is housed at RAF Odiham in Hampshire – home of the Chinook Force, a key component of the Joint Helicopter Command. The state-of-the-art technology includes two Flight Deck Device simulators, a Rear… Read more »

Source: UK Government, 28-Nov-18

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Bristow Group Announces Completion of Consent Solicitation

Bristow Group Announces Completion of Consent Solicitation

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) (the “Company”) announced today that it has completed the previously announced solicitation of consents (the “Consent Solicitation”) from holders of its outstanding 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (the “Notes”). In connection with the Consent Solicitation, the Company has entered into a supplemental indenture with respect to the indenture governing the… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 28-Nov-18

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Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

Bell showcases at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018

BELL is proud to be participating in this year’s edition of Japan International Aerospace Exhibition on booth #7401. BELL has a long  history in Japan and has been collaborating with SUBARU Corporation for over 60 years. We were the first OEM to deliver military helicopters in 1954 to the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF)… Read more »

Source: Bell Flight, 28-Nov-18

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Introduction of New Heli-Lanes to expedite the Helicopter traffic inside Kathmandu

Introduction of New Heli-Lanes to expedite the Helicopter traffic inside Kathmandu

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAA Nepal) in collaboration with Helicopter Society of Nepal in response to the increasing Helicopter traffic congestion has expanded the existing Heli-Lanes. Upon the increasing demand for Helicopter traffic day by day, the CAA Nepal has expanded the existing Heli-Lanes. To mitigate the Helicopter congestion problem from TIA, the… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 27-Nov-18

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Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

Boeing Awarded $45M Contract for A/MH-6 Airframe Upgrades

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $100,000 minimum, $45,000,000 maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92241-19-D-0001) for 56 upgraded primary airframe structures for the A/MH-6 rotary wing aircraft.  Fiscal 2018 procurement funds in the amount of $5,173,400 shall be obligated at the time of award.  The majority of the work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona.  This contract… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Awarded $79M Contract for Apache Night Vision Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $79,383,886 modification (0006 03) to contract W52P1J-17-D-0043 for night vision sensor systems, subcomponent production and technical services for the Apache attack helicopter. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Nov-18

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SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE delivers fire suppression bottle check stand to USCG

SAFE Structure, a preferred global leader partner in providing solution driven aviation support equipment to the United States Coast Guard. SAFE specializes in the innovative design and manufacturing of safe ergonomic aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling for all aviation applications. SAFE has announced the delivery of… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 27-Nov-18

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EASA conference explores new drone regulations

EASA conference explores new drone regulations

Drone experts from all over the world are gathering in Amsterdam on 27-28 November 2018 for this year’s EASA High Level Conference on Drones. During the 2-day conference, policy makers, drone specialists and industry leaders will discuss the new European drone regulation and explore the future drone market. The event is organised by EASA and hosted… Read more »

Source: EASA, 27-Nov-18

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NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

NAeL Delivers Helicopter Structures

Delivery of aircraft looms to HAL on March 27, 2018.  It has so far manufactured over 600 aircraft looms for ALH Dhruv and LCA Tejas aircraft. The HAL’s Helicopter Division in Bengaluru received the first batch of helicopter structures and sub-assemblies manufactured by HAL subsidiary Naini Aerospace Limited (NAeL), Prayagraj for Advanced Light Helicopter (Dhruv)…. Read more »

Source: HAL, 27-Nov-18

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CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

CAE launches data-driven training system for the military market

At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest military training and simulation event, CAE announced the launch of CAE Rise™ for the defense market.CAE Rise™ is a data-driven training system designed to enable defense and security organizations to deliver standardized training and give instructors a new approach to objectively assess pilot competencies… Read more »

Source: CAE, 27-Nov-18

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Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented the newest civilian helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 to potential customers of Thailand during the South Asian Heli Tour. The event at the U-Tapao airfield included flight display of Russian-made rotorcraft. Moreover, during the presentation the Holding’s specialists introduced key benefits of Mi-171A2 and Ansat… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 27-Nov-18

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UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

UW Health Med Flight Expands to Portage

To enhance emergency services in the region, a second regional Med Flight helicopter base will be set up in Portage at Divine Savior Healthcare. “We decided to create another regional base to cut response times for people in north- central Wisconsin,” said Frank Erdman, manager of critical care transport for UW Health. With the addition of the Portage… Read more »

Source: UW Health, 27-Nov-18

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VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

VFS Recognizes Weston Airport as Historic Site

At a ceremony on Nov. 15, 2018, the Vertical Flight Society officially recognized Weston Airport, Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, UK, as a VFS Vertical Flight Heritage Site. The land is now owned by The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, and the plaque was installed on the Museum’s restored World War II era control tower/pilots’ block…. Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 27-Nov-18

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Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

Goodrich Lighting Systems Awarded Patent for Helicopter Search Light

A helicopter search light comprises: a lighting arrangement, having at least one light source, the lighting arrangement having an adjustable light output; a light detector, which is configured for detecting light emitted by the at least one light source and reflected by the ground and/or at least one item on the ground and for providing a detection… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 26-Nov-18

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Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Waypoint Leasing Holdings Ltd., the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively “Waypoint” or the “Company”) have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Waypoint expects to move… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Nov-18

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Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

Serbia takes delivery of first H145M

In a ceremony held at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany, Serbian Minister of Defense Alexander Vulin received the first Airbus H145M from Klaus Przemek, the Head of Airbus Helicopters’ German Military Support Center.  The event held late last week marks the first export handover of an H145M under the HForce program Equipment noted in images… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-18

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Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky Wins $717 Million Award

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), was awarded a performance-based logistics contract with a value of $717 million. The contract will provide supply and logistics support to the entire fleet of in-service CH-53E Super Stallions and MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters. The H-53E is a battle proven heavy-lift helicopter continuing to support the U.S. Marine Corps… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Nov-18

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China approves Coptersafety simulators

China approves Coptersafety simulators

Helicopter training service provider Coptersafety has received certificates issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) for its current Airbus H145 and two Leonardo AW139 full-flight simulators (FFS). According to CAAC’s evaluation, Coptersafety’s simulators comply with level D requirements of CCAR-60 (China Civil Aviation Regulations Part 60). Level D is the highest certification level. In practice, this means… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 26-Nov-18

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Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite Receives FAA STC for AW169 Air Medical Interior

Aerolite announced that they received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an AW169 air medical interior. This STC is for various lightweight medical interior configurations that were previously certified through EASA. “The FAA STC will allow us to offer our medical interiors also in the US. We are excited to have received this STC…. Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 26-Nov-18

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Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

Southeast Asian countries to get acquainted with the latest VK-2500PS-03

[Electronic Translation] Customers from South-East Asia will be able to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of VK-2500PS-03 – the newest Russian turboshaft engine, created by ODK-Klimov JSC. Two engines of this type are part of the powerplant of the Mi-171A2 helicopter, which takes part in a demonstration tour of the Russian Helicopters holding company in… Read more »

Source: Klimov, 26-Nov-18

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