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Kazan Helicopter Plant appoints Managing Director

Kazan Helicopter Plant appoints Managing Director

[electronic translation] Aleksey Belykh was appointed the managing director of the enterprise by the decision of the board of directors of the Kazan Helicopter Plant. Yuri Pustovgarov, who headed Kazan Helicopters since February 2018, resigned by agreement of the parties and today holds the position of Advisor to the General Director of the Russian Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Kazan Helicopter Plant, 08-Jan-21

Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics announces first pre-orders of EMS CityHawk

Urban Aeronautics Ltd., a leading Israeli aerospace, announced it has reached an agreement to provide four CityHawk VTOL aircraft to Hatzolah Air for emergency medical service (EMS) applications, company executives announced. ​ ​ In addition, Hatzolah Air will become Urban Aeronautics’ official sales representative and distribution channel to other EMS and Rescue organizations worldwide. The companies… Read more »

Source: Urban Aeronautics, 08-Jan-21

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CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

CopterSafety targets March operations for AW169 simulator

Coptersafety started the installation of its next Level D Full-Flight simulator at the beginning of summer 2020, and it is estimated to be ready for training at the beginning of 2021. The installation work is done in cooperation with the experts from TRU Simulation + Training and Rockwell Collins, which are responsible for delivering Coptersafety’s… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 08-Jan-21

Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

Malaysian CAA suspends ATO approval of MY Heli Club

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has temporarily suspended the Certificate of Approval for Approved Training Organisation under Regulation 67 of Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 issued to MY Heli Club for a period of six months, effective 5th January 2021. This temporary suspension comes after two accidents involving three helicopters operated by MY Heli… Read more »

Source: CAAM, 07-Jan-21

HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

HAI announces the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest

HAI is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ROTOR Magazine Photo Contest. Now in its ninth year, the contest encourages photographers from around the world to submit their images of helicopters and drones in a variety of categories that represent the rotorcraft industry. And this year’s top entries truly reflect the industry’s international… Read more »

Source: HAI, 07-Jan-21

Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

Kaman K-1200 K-MAX Helicopter Achieves Brazil Type Certification

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), today announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has issued the Type Certificate for the Kaman K-1200 K-MAX® helicopter. Kaman has been marketing the K-MAX® helicopter to various Brazilian operators, power line, oil and gas firms, and engineering companies over the… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Jan-21

Luxembourg Air Rescue wins 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize

Luxembourg Air Rescue wins 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize

Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) has been awarded the 2020 Adenauer-De Gaulle Prize together with German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung for their outstanding cross-border achievements during the Corona crisis. See Full Story. 

Source: Business Air Rescue, 07-Jan-21

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] latest contract from the U.S. Army continues to build on a legacy of customer field support for the Army’s AH-64 Apache. Under the projected five-year, $83.3 million max indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement, 15 Boeing field service representatives will be dedicated to the U.S. Army’s Apache fleet. Boeing has provided field service… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 07-Jan-21

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Kaman Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Kaman Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) today announced that Russell J. Bartlett has been named the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, effective January 4, 2021. Prior to joining Kaman Mr. Bartlett served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Airborne Solutions, a division of Textron Inc. Before that, he held increasing positions of responsibility at Beechcraft Corporation ending… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 07-Jan-21

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Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Senior VP for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo awarded two accolades

Fabio Nannoni, Senior Vice President for Safety Management Governance at Leonardo Helicopters, has been commended with two impressive accolades from two prestigious and respected bodies in the aerospace community. Recently, the Royal Aeronautical Society announced Mr Nannoni was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his ‘profound contribution to helicopter design’. In addition, Mr Nannoni… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Jan-21

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Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra will be upgrading the Chinook CH-47F helicopter simulation system, consisting of an FMS (Full Mission Simulator), the FTD (Flight Training Device) and the CBTs (Computer Based Trainer) at the Helicopter Simulation Center (CESIHEL) of the Armed Forces Flight Academy (ACAVIET), located at the Colmenar Viejo Base, to ensure Spanish pilots receive training at the… Read more »

Source: Indra, 06-Jan-21

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Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Appoints M. Samson Chief Marketing Officer

Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced that Kristen M. Samson, has been named the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 18, 2021. Mrs. Samson joins Kaman from Textron Inc. where she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Textron Systems. Also, while at Textron, she served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 06-Jan-21

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Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne to Acquire FLIR Systems

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) (“Teledyne”) and FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR​​​​​) (“FLIR”) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, FLIR stockholders will receive $28.00 per share in cash and… Read more »

Source: Teledyne, 06-Jan-21

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Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

Transport Canada Recognizes Bell for Prestigious Industry Achievement

For nearly 35 years, Bell Textron Canada delivers innovative products, enhanced customer experience and superior service and support for customers around the globe. Recently, they’ve gone above and beyond to create a Design & Manufacturing Safety Management System based on an industry standard. This system ensures quick resolutions to any aircraft build challenges, which are… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-21

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Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton launches S92 operations in Nigeria

Caverton Helicopters is heralding the arrival of their new Sikorsky S92 as the first operated by a Nigerian-owned operator. Evidently they are distinguishing themselves from US-based Bristow, who have operated S92s in the West African country for many years. The aircraft’s arrival also marks the first time that a helicopter shipped into the port has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-21

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Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital helipad completed

Timaru Hospital’s new $165,000 helipad is complete and ready for use after six years, to the relief of rescue pilots. See Full Story.

Source: stuff, 05-Jan-21

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Blade India launches services from Karnataka

Blade India launches services from Karnataka

BLADE India, the helicopter operator that provides urban mobility by selling seats, today announced the launch of its services in Karnataka. See Full Story.

Source: The Economic Times, 05-Jan-21

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Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter Commits to Launch Air Taxi Services in Singapore

Volocopter, the pioneer in Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced its commitment today to launch air taxi services in Singapore after two years of close collaboration with the city. Working together with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Volocopter plans to make air taxi services a reality… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 05-Jan-21

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FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

FAA Issues Restrictions on UAS Operations at DOD Facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Unmanned Aircraft Systems(UAS) airspace restrictions over additional national security sensitive locations, effective December 30. In cooperation with its federal partners, the FAA will restrict UAS operations in the airspace over two locations. The first facility is Rock Island Arsenal located between Davenport, Iowa and Rocks Island, Illinois. The second facility… Read more »

Source: FAA, 05-Jan-21

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Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

Qatar NH90 helicopter programme marks major milestone with first flights

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone last week with first flights performed in Italy and France. The first NH90 NATO frigate helicopter (NFH), assembled at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera facility, and the first tactical troop transport (TTH) over-land aircraft, assembled at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane site, took to the air on… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 05-Jan-21

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Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

Air Methods issues statement on enactment of No Surprises Act

On Monday, December 21, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed with the President signing on Sunday, December 27, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (HR 133), which included the No Surprises Act. The No Surprises Act takes the patient out of the middle of the billing process between their health care provider and health insurance company — by… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 05-Jan-21

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Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell Wins Four More Comparably Best Places to Work Awards

Bell brought home four more Comparably Best Place to Work awards in the fourth quarter of 2020. Based on Comparably’s survey feedback, which is gathered anonymously, we are among the Top 50 large U.S. companies for Best Company Culture, Best CEOs, Best Companies as Rated By Female Employees, and Best Companies as Rated by Diverse Ethnicity… Read more »

Source: Bell, 05-Jan-21

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DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed H145

It is a milestone in the history of air rescue in German-speaking countries and also EU-wide: DRF Luftrettung is expanding its fleet with Airbus H145 helicopters which have five main rotor blades. Today, the technicians at DRF Luftrettung start equipping the first of five of these helicopters to be delivered this year, for deployment at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 05-Jan-21

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Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade opens office for Central and Eastern Europe

Rotortrade is proud to announce the opening of a new office for the Central & Eastern European region – its third branch for the European continent. “Our new office in CEE represents an important milestone which further reinforces our commitment to providing our customers unparalleled service, quality and value. Central and Eastern Europe is a… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 05-Jan-21

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Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

Nannoni Selected for VFS Prestigious 2021 Nikolsky Lectureship

The Vertical Flight Society, the world’s leading professional society dedicated to advancing vertical flight, announced today that Fabio Nannoni has been selected for the prestigious 2021 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lectureship is awarded to “an individual who has a highly distinguished career in vertical flight aircraft research and development and is skilled at… Read more »

Source: Vertical Flight Society, 05-Jan-21

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Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Korea National 119 Rescue to receive S92

Just before the Chrstmas break, Sikorsky announced – but only on Twitter – that they will deliver a new S-92 to the Republic of Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters.  This aircraft will support firefighting and search & rescue missions.  No time scale was given, but given that Sikorsky only seems to have delivered one new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-21

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US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

US DoD to Track Local Helicopter Noise Complaints

Complaints over helicopter noise in Arlington are likely to soon be better tracked by the federal government. See Full Story.

Source: ARL Now, 04-Jan-21

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Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell V-280 Valor tests new mission equipment integration and external cargo loads

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has demonstrated two capabilities that highlight the Bell V-280 Valor’s ability to execute mission relevant maneuvers, as well as integrate new technology. The demonstrations, held at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, TX, included use of a newly installed Tactical Common Datalink (TCDL) from Team Valor member… Read more »

Source: Bell, 04-Jan-21

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Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI Deploys four helicopters to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI is a South African based world class provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and the most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters and helicopter support worldwide. We are proud to announce that we have started our annual Antarctica deployments.  We will be operating off two separate ice breakers… Read more »

Source: Ultimate HELI, 04-Jan-21

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Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

Bell Acquires Response Technologies in Pursuit of Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

On December 7, Bell announced its acquisition of Response Technologies LLC, an innovative composite solutions company. This acquisition adds to Bell’s extensive technology portfolio in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to pursue innovative technology and will enable us to accelerate needed developments in our industry,” said Mitch Snyder, president… Read more »

Source: bell, 04-Jan-21

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SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

SAFE provides maintenance stands to New Mexico State Police

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the order for custom maintenance stands for the New Mexico State Police.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their EC145 aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 04-Jan-21

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New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

New Safety-Enhancing Features for GTN Xi Series Navigators

Our GTN™ Xi Series of navigators will soon feature even more advanced capabilities, including a Glide Range Ring that helps safety-minded pilots visualize the estimated area an aircraft could reach in the case engine power is lost1. Other new features include the ability to remotely control the radios of another GTN Xi when dual GTN Xi units are… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 04-Jan-21

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US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

US National Guard closes out historic year during pivotal time

Tears. It’s what greeted a Michigan National Guard Soldier delivering protective equipment to 15 to 20 relieved and very appreciative nursing facility workers during the height of the pandemic. “That really opened my eyes to what’s really going on out there,” said Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Schrot, with the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion,… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 04-Jan-21

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Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Announces Integrated CPL(H) Scholarship

Helicentre Aviation Academy has opened a two-week application window for prospective commercial helicopter pilots to apply for a £10,000 scholarship to part-fund their place on the 2021 Integrated CPL(H) (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter) course with ATPL(H)/IR TK (Theoretical Knowledge). The full-time, 12-month course is a fast-track and cost-effective route to becoming a professional helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 04-Jan-21

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Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.0 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 04-Jan-21

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General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation awarded $111M contract for support of CH-53K

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $111,910,637 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee modification (P00014) to a previously awarded contract (N00019-18-C-1007). This modification procures 20 T408-GE-400 turboshaft engines, peculiar support equipment, and associated engine, programmatic and logistics services in support of CH-53K Lot 4 low rate initial production and spares. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Jan-21

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Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

Christmas 2020 message from the HeliHub.com team

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and we pray that 2021 sees us all with a more positive view ahead, and with the expectation of getting a COVID-19 vaccine very soon.  Since HeliHub.com founder Jeremy Parkin launched the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-20

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HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

Helicopter Association International (HAI) welcomes passage of a $900 billion pandemic aid package that would provide relief to the aviation industry. Legislators attached the financial assistance agreement to H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, a $1.4 trillion omnibus package which passed in both chambers on Monday evening. The relief package includes $325 billion… Read more »

Source: HAI, 23-Dec-20

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L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies awarded $29M for manned/unmanned teaming hardware, technical and engineering support for Apache

L3 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $29,197,837 firm-fixed-price contract for the manned/unmanned teaming hardware, as well as technical and engineering support, for the Apache helicopter.  Bids were solicited via the internet with one received.  Work will be performed in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an estimated completion date of June 30,… Read more »

Source: L3 Technologies, 23-Dec-20

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DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems awarded $10M contract for assemblies in support of the HH-60W

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $10,121,768 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable delivery order (N00019-21-F-0238) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0030.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the design, development and integration of the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure system, including associated weapons replaceable assemblies in support of the HH-60W aircraft for the… Read more »

Source: DRS Systems, 23-Dec-20

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DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp awarded $14M contract for rotary wing maintenance

DynCorp International LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $14,761,791 firm-fixed-price modification (P000012) to contract FA2860-19-C-0005 for rotary wing maintenance.  This contract provides helicopter maintenance of aircraft assigned to the 316th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.  This modification exercises Option Period Two and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 23-Dec-20

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US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

US Army commissions unique lab for advanced helicopter transmissions

The U.S. Army will commission its Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research laboratory later this month and begin operations in early January. Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, will launch the VIPER lab to deliver transformational knowledge to advance next-generation rotorcraft transmissions. The Army-unique facility will… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Dec-20

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EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

EPA fines Maverick Helicopters over cesspool

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an enforcement action against Smoky Mountain Helicopters, Inc. (dba Maverick Helicopter) to close a large capacity cesspool (LCC) and collect $45,000 in fines. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act EPA banned LCCs, which can pollute water resources, in 2005. “Island water resources are vulnerable to pollution from… Read more »

Source: EPA, 23-Dec-20

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Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

Saudi, US Forces Conduct Joint Aviation Integration Exercise in Arabian Gulf

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT) conducted a robust combined joint air operations in support of maritime surface warfare (AOMSW) exercise in the Arabian Gulf Dec. 17-18. This exercise marks the fifth joint and combined integration operation this… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 23-Dec-20

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CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE announced that CAE USA is authorized to proceed on the United States Army contract to provide advanced helicopter flight training support services. Under terms of the contract, CAE USA will provide classroom, simulator, and live flying instructor support services for Army aviators training to fly the CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Black Hawk, and AH-64 Apache… Read more »

Source: CAE, 23-Dec-20

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Innovative partnership between Devon Air Ambulance and Babcock scoops national award

Innovative partnership between Devon Air Ambulance and Babcock scoops national award

Innovation and collaboration truly do sit at the heart of what Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) does. The charity funded service was honoured to be co-recipient of a special ‘Covid-19 Response award’, at the recent Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW) Awards with Babcock Aviation Onshore, the UK’s leading provider of Air Ambulance operations support. The award… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 23-Dec-20

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Gazprom Neft commissions a new heliport in the Arctic

Gazprom Neft commissions a new heliport in the Arctic

The most cutting-edge solutions for arranging flights under the harsh conditions of the Arctic have been deployed in building the heliport, which is equipped with a landing strip, apron, passenger service area complete with air-traffic control tower, and facilities-support buildings. The heliport is equipped with the latest radio and meteorological equipment, navigation and lighting systems. Up to 26 flights will leave for the… Read more »

Source: Gazprom Neft, 22-Dec-20

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Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell awarded $23M contract for AH-1Z and UH-1Y support

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $22,791,652 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0228) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-16-G-0012.  This order provides engineering and logistics support, procures four resident integrated logistics support detachment computer seats, trailer lease site for flight test engineers, support equipment workaround material and aircraft wiring integration remote terminal and flight… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Dec-20

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Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell’s Program Execution Builds Confidence in V-280 Valor for US Army FLRAA Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Team Valor celebrated the three-year anniversary of the V-280 Valor’s first flight. Since that first flight, the V-280 team has executed a rigorous flight test program flying 200 hours through over 150 individual test flights. The test program was designed to demonstrate Bell-defined key performance parameters… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Dec-20

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Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore and UK strengthen cooperation

Both agencies commit to expand cooperation to tackle emerging complex issues impacting aviation The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) have signed two collaborative agreements, further strengthening their bilateral partnership. The first agreement is a technical Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation across a wide range of… Read more »

Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority, 22-Dec-20

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Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

Leonardo Academy in Yeovil continues through the pandemic

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Leonardo has delivered continued training support through its global network and leveraged its digital technologies in the delivery of training services to military and civil pilots. Leonardo’s Training Academy in Yeovil specialises in military rotorcraft training, pilot and aircrew ground school training, as well as technician and manager training. In addition… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

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Moog Inc. Acquires Genesys Aerosystems

Moog Inc. Acquires Genesys Aerosystems

Genesys Aerosystems announces that Moog Inc. purchased Genesys Aerosystems on December 18, 2020. Genesys will remain at its locations in Mineral Wells, TX and Anchorage, AK, and will continue doing business as Genesys Aerosystems, part of Moog’s Aircraft Controls segment. As a world leader of flight control systems for military and commercial aircraft, Moog’s addition… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 22-Dec-20

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Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo’s acoustic sub hunter technology adds dipping sonar in new demo

Leonardo has recently proven the newly-expanded capabilities of its ULISSES acoustic anti-submarine warfare (ASW) system in a demonstration off the coast of Italy. During the demo, Leonardo showed how the Firefly, AQS-18, dipping sonar from L3Harris Technologies worked in concert with the ULISSES processor to automatically locate simulated enemy submarines and alert the crew to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Dec-20

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Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base in Rhinelander

Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base in Rhinelander

Life Link III announced that they plan to open a new air medical base in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. This new base, which marks the company’s tenth air medical base throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, is scheduled to begin 24/7 operations starting in spring 2021. This base will be located at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, which allows the… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 22-Dec-20

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Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivered the latest FMS (Full Mission Simulator) on November 23 to the NH90 Simulator Center, which has been in operation at the Spanish Army’s Aviation Academy (ACAVIET) CESIHEL Center, at the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja. With this delivery, Indra positions itself as one of the few companies that offers training solutions for… Read more »

Source: Indra, 22-Dec-20

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Irish HSE awards Tory Island helicopter contract

Irish HSE awards Tory Island helicopter contract

The HSE has a long-standing arrangement in place to provide a helicopter service for transporting the GP, Public Health Nurse and other HSE primary care staff to the island for planned healthcare provision. This requirement will now be met by Executive Helicopters Maintenance ltd. A licensed holder operating for over 23 years, the company has… Read more »

Source: HSE, 22-Dec-20

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EASA certifies 120kg higher MTOW for Airbus H135

EASA certifies 120kg higher MTOW for Airbus H135

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) for the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. The new AGW enables operators to benefit from an increased maximum take-off weight of up to 120 kg (265 lb) and useful load. This increase can also be used to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Dec-20

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Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Airbus Helicopters and its historical partner Héli-Union have signed a contract for the purchase of two multi-mission H160s to address a wide range of operations. “We are excited to be one of the first customers to onboard the H160 which will expand our fleet of 40 helicopters. We believe this program will have a great… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Dec-20

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Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Invention may get US Army quadcopters to move faster

Researchers believe a new hinge is the key to get load-bearing, large, Army quadrotors to climb a few dozen feet in seconds. Dr. Jean-Paul Reddinger, a research aerospace engineer with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, is studying how quickly a quadrotor the size of a king-sized… Read more »

Source: US Army, 18-Dec-20

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Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

Lawsuit filed in 2018 fatal New Mexico UH-1H accident

The Dallas-based trial firm Lyons & Simmons has filed a negligence lawsuit against San Antonio-based Sapphire Aviation on behalf of the estate of Houston resident Paul David Cobb, one of five people killed in a 2018 crash of a Bell UH-1H helicopter in rural northern New Mexico. According to reports, the group flew by private… Read more »

Source: Lyons & Simmons LLP, 18-Dec-20

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KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR wins $49M contract to boost reliability of US Army CH-47 fleet

KBR (NYSE: KBR) won a $49 million recompete to provide system acquisition support and reliability improvements on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter and other select aircraft for the Cargo Helicopter Project Management Office (PMO) within the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Aviation. KBR received this cost-plus-fixed-fee task order via the Department of Defense Information Analysis… Read more »

Source: KBR, 18-Dec-20

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Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorsky awarded $507M contract for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft

Sikorksy Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $507,036,949 modification (P00163) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0009 for UH-60M HH-60M aircraft.  Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022.  Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $507,036,949 were obligated at the time of the award.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

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Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

Boeing awarded $13M contract for software upgrades to the flight management computer of AH-64E

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,900,000 modification (P00066) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for software upgrades to the flight management computer for the AH-64E.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024.  Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $2,780,000 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Dec-20

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Aeromed in Puerto Rico adds third helicopter

Aeromed in Puerto Rico adds third helicopter

Emergency rescue service company Aeromed has invested $3.2 million on a new EC-135 helicopter and state-of-the-art specialized medical equipment, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in Puerto Rico. The acquisition of the third helicopter in the fleet that arrived on the island on Dec. 8th “reaffirms its unwavering commitment to the health of Puerto Rico,… Read more »

Source: Aeromed, 17-Dec-20

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Ornge executive appointed to board of Air Transport Association of Canada

Ornge executive appointed to board of Air Transport Association of Canada

Ornge, Ontario’s provider of air ambulance and critical care transport services, announces Peter Cunnington, Acting Chief Operating Officer – Aviation has been appointed to the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) Board of Directors. The appointment is for a three year term commencing December 2020 to November 2023. Cunnington holds a helicopter Airline Transport Pilot… Read more »

Source: Ornge, 17-Dec-20

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ADAC Luftrettung Reserves Two Volocopter Multicopters

ADAC Luftrettung Reserves Two Volocopter Multicopters

Volocopter and ADAC Luftrettung announced that ADAC Luftrettung has reserved two VoloCity electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. After publishing the results of the world’s first feasibility study about piloted multicopter use in rescue services, ADAC Luftrettung has invested in a reservation for two VoloCitys to prepare for operational tests in 2023. After two… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 17-Dec-20

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Air Methods EVP testifies to National Council of Insurance Legislators

Air Methods EVP testifies to National Council of Insurance Legislators

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Chris Myers, Air Methods EVP of Reimbursement and Strategic Initiatives, testified before NCOIL in support of the Model Act Regarding Air Ambulance Patient Protections, which seeks to regulate air medical memberships as insurance products. The following is the complete text of that testimony. Chair Hunter and Vice Chair Ferguson, thank… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 17-Dec-20

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EHang 216 Receives Long-term Trial Flight Permit across Austria National Airspace

EHang 216 Receives Long-term Trial Flight Permit across Austria National Airspace

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company achieved a significant milestone on the path to offering Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) services worldwide. On December 9, the Civil Aviation Authority of Austria issued a trial flight permit for the EH216 passenger-grade AAV. The permit… Read more »

Source: EHang, 17-Dec-20

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Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 lbs. of Payload

On Dec. 9, the Autonomous Pod Transport flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas.   To date, the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights. In 2021, APT will demonstrate several military and commercial operations while simplifying user interfaces and enhancing the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 17-Dec-20

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Leading Business Aviation Groups Form Alliance Against Illegal Charters

Leading Business Aviation Groups Form  Alliance Against Illegal Charters

A global group of leading business aviation organizations announced a coordinated effort to combat illegal on-demand charter flights in the sector. The group, called the Air Charter Safety Alliance, will raise awareness among potential customers, charter brokers, ministries of transport, and national aviation authorities regarding the use of unauthorized aircraft operators for on-demand flights. While… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 17-Dec-20

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Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Leonardo announced that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft. The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe. WIKING has been an offshore transport… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-20

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Blade to go public at $825 Million valuation

Blade to go public at $825 Million valuation

Blade Urban Air Mobility, the New York-based helicopter taxi service, has struck a deal to go public backed by KSL Capital in a deal that values the company at about $825 million. This includes $400 million in proceeds, which includes a $125 million infusion along with the cash in the SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company)… Read more »

Source: NY Times, 16-Dec-20

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RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Engineers use 3D Printing to Improve Chinook Force Safety

RAF Odiham Station Workshops have been heavily involved in the recent Service Modification work to produce a solution to the ongoing problem of Articles Falling Off Aircraft (AFOA) relating to the Aft MRH Droop Stop Shrouds on Boeing CH47 Chinook Helicopters. The Boeing CH47 Chinook aircraft is fitted with droop stops on the Aft main… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Dec-20

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FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

FAA approves COVID-19 vaccine for pilots and ATC, but with conditions

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as mRNA. The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech has been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Dec-20

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Awesome Flight LLC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Awesome Flight LLC files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

The coronavirus has disrupted Awesome Flight’s charter helicopter service at Westchester County Airport. Awesome Flight LLC and its owner-pilot Keith Vitolo of Mamaroneck filed Chapter 11 petitions Dec. 2 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, White Plains.

Source: Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal, 16-Dec-20

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