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Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter GmbH has won a contract to provide rescue services for the Riffgat and Alpha Ventus offshore wind farms in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 09-Apr-20

First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

The Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter, which is primarily provided for the transport of COVID-19 patients, has been in use for a good week. Last week, the helicopter was the first in the DRF fleet to be equipped with an EpiShuttle and has already completed its first operation with the special insulating stretcher:… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-Apr-20

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Kopter officially joins Leonardo Helicopters

Kopter officially joins Leonardo Helicopters

Leonardo announced the closing of the acquisition of Kopter Group AG (Kopter) from Lynwood (Schweiz). The purchase price, on a cash and debt free basis, consists of a $185 million fixed component plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the program, starting from 2022. The acquisition of Kopter allows Leonardo… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 09-Apr-20

Coulson Aviation expand helicopter firefighting ops in Australia

Coulson Aviation expand helicopter firefighting ops in Australia

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has awarded the operation and maintenance of their recently acquired 412 fleet, as part of an existing 10-year contract with Coulson Aviation PTY. Coulson Aviation PTY has also moved its Australian headquarters from Melbourne to Bankstown, securing a 1,114 sq m hanger facility. The new Australian home-base… Read more »

Source: Coulson Aviation, 09-Apr-20

FlightSafety delivers the ground school portion of LiveLearning training system

FlightSafety delivers the ground school portion of LiveLearning training system

FlightSafety International now provides the ground school portion of its recurrent training programs online through the instructor-led LiveLearning training system. “FlightSafety’s web-based and instructor-led recurrent ground school provides our customers with the benefits of classroom learning and the convenience of taking courses remotely,” said Steve Gross, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “FlightSafety worked with… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 09-Apr-20

Second charity helicopter air ambulance launched in Scotland

Second charity helicopter air ambulance launched in Scotland

A new air ambulance takes to the skies as Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) launches its second life-saving emergency response helicopter. The only charity of its type in Scotland has operated a single aircraft nationwide Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) since 2013 from its base at Perth Airport, saving and impacting on thousands of lives…. Read more »

Source: Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, 08-Apr-20

COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), recently renamed SARS-CoV-2, Airbus Helicopters would like to remind operators about recommendations and guidance related to the cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters. On 30 March 2020, Airbus Helicopters released revision 1 of its IN 3476-I-12 information notice, “SERVICING – Disinfection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Apr-20

STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

STARS announce winners of 2020 Alberta Lottery

Some lucky Albertans received a congratulatory call today informing them they had a grand prize-winning ticket in the 2020 STARS lottery. The draws were held in Calgary and witnessed by STARS and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis officials in accordance with provincial regulations. “When STARS flies, you know it’s for the worst of the worst,”… Read more »

Source: STARS, 08-Apr-20

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Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing Delivers First CH-47F Chinook to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook with an upgraded cockpit to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), continuing a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks, the newest configuration in use by countries around the world. “The RNLAF made it clear to… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 08-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

COVID-19 – CHC adapt AW139s with all approvals completed inside two weeks

Offshore operator CHC has produced an adaption for their offshore AW139s in the Netherlands to provide a safety screen between the pilots and the passengers during the COVID19 pandemic.  Quinten Hergaarden, Deputy Accountable Manager at CHC Helicopters Netherlands spoke with HeliHub.com to explain the project further. With the AW139 cabin reduced from 12 to 8 passengers (for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-20

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HeliRussia postponed to the autumn

HeliRussia postponed to the autumn

The organisers of HeliRussia, reputedly the world’s second largest helicopter industry event, have announced today that the event will not be running on 21-24 May and has been postponed to the autumn.  Here is an electronic translation of their statement:- Considering the adverse epidemiological situation and the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia, 07-Apr-20

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RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Helicopters Support Scottish Ambulance Service Trials

RAF Puma helicopters based at Kinloss Barracks in Moray have been supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service with the trials of the EpiShuttle medical isolation and transportation system as part of the Scottish Government’s coronavirus response. The Scottish Ambulance Service has trialled the use of the EpiShuttle to enable the safe and swift transportation of patients… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 06-Apr-20

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TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

TH-119 Certification Team Wins Harry T. Jensen Award

Leonardo is pleased to announce the company’s TH-119 Certification Team, led by Program Manager Enzo Galli, has won the Vertical Flight Society’s prestigious Harry T. Jensen Award. The Harry T. Jensen Award recognizes outstanding contribution to the improvement of reliability, maintainability, safety or logistics support through improved design or technical achievement. Leonardo’s TH-119 Certification Team,… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Apr-20

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Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Apr-20

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Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

Rescue helicopter ‘Juliet’ retires from Northland fleet

A helicopter from the same era as the Apollo space craft did its most valuable work in Northland Before the Northland Rescue Helicopter chopper known as Helimed1 flew thousands of kilometres saving lives in New Zealand, she visited 41 countries on a 73,000 km circumnavigation of the world. The 40-year-old helicopter – an iconic Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: Northland Rescue Helicopter, 03-Apr-20

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US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

US Navy grant to fund AnalySwift research to improve helicopter service life

An innovation that helps speed the design of fishing rods, satellites and cellphone electronics soon will help the U.S. Navy save millions in costs and downtime, while extending the service life of helicopters. AnalySwift LLC, a Purdue University-affiliated commercial software provider, has received a $240,000 Small Business Innovation Research program grant from the Navy. The… Read more »

Source: AnalySwift, 03-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Helijet offers free flights for healthcare workers

COVID-19 – Helijet offers free flights for healthcare workers

Recognizing the important work of British Columbia’s health care responders during the current COVID-19 crisis, Helijet has announced that it will provide seats at no cost between Vancouver and its Vancouver Island terminals in Victoria and Nanaimo for health care responders travelling on business. The initiative is aimed at medical personnel including doctors, nurses or… Read more »

Source: Helijet, 03-Apr-20

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Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell 360 Invictus chosen for US Army Scout Rotorcraft Competition

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected to continue its work on the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. As part of the selection, Bell is designing, manufacturing, and testing the Bell 360 Invictus, a prototype rotorcraft designed to provide improved lethality, survivability, and extended reach for Army… Read more »

Source: Bell, 03-Apr-20

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Airbus-funded helicopter booking platform Voom ceases operations

Airbus-funded helicopter booking platform Voom ceases operations

Launched in 2016 out of the Airbus innovation centre Acubed, Voom was created with the ambition to democratise access to the skies and transform how people move in urban environments. Over four years, it grew from a two-person project in Silicon Valley to 30+ employees, and operating in three of the most congested metropolitan areas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Apr-20

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VFS 2020 Annual Awards announcements

VFS 2020 Annual Awards announcements

The Vertical Flight Society has announced nine individuals and nine groups as the 2020 recipients of its prestigious 76th Annual Awards program. Since its establishment in 1944, VFS Awards have paid tribute to the world’s outstanding leaders of vertical flight in industry, government and academia, and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. The… Read more »

Source: The Vertical Flight Society, 02-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Australian Rotortech event postponed to October

COVID-19 – Australian Rotortech event postponed to October

Dear Industry Partner, After weeks of consultation with our major partners and stakeholders against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving COVID-19 Coronavirus environment, AMDA Foundation has taken the difficult decision to postpone June’s planned ROTORTECH 2020 to 14-16 October 2020. The preservation of public health will always be our paramount commitment. Although government restrictions on gatherings and travel may be… Read more »

Source: Rotortech, 02-Apr-20

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USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

USHST Infrastructure Working Group Completes 6th Annual Helicopter Infrastructure Summit

The 6th annual U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) Infrastructure Summit was held March 12-13 with 55 participants representing more than 40 industry and government entities. They included OEM’s, operators, the FAA, associations, and safety experts. Attendees of the USHST Infrastructure Summit work cooperatively in a round table format to develop new helicopter safety strategies for… Read more »

Source: USHST, 02-Apr-20

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FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

FAA certifies Onboard Systems dual hook for Bell 206L and 407

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its Dual Cargo Hook Kits for the Bell 206L and 407 aircraft have been STC certified by the FAA. These cargo hook systems meet the 14 CFR part 27 certification requirements for Human External Cargo (HEC) and have been… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 02-Apr-20

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Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant

The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Initiative (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program, a government-industry-education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations while serving regional industry workforce needs. The grant totals $386,000 per year for three years, for a total of $1,158,000…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 02-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

COVID-19 – Air BP to supply free fuel to a number of air ambulance services in England and Wales

Air BP, the aviation division of BP, will provide free jet fuel for use by the helicopters of a number of UK air ambulance services, supporting their life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic. The air ambulance crews are on stand-by 24/7, ready to respond to emergencies where they are needed most. All these services are… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 01-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority

COVID-19 – EASA processing new aircraft configurations for medical transport at high priority

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the National Aviation Authorities of the member states are currently receiving many requests for advice on or approval of special uses of aircraft due to the COVID-19 situation. EASA is handling these requests with highest priority. Requests include the aeromedical transport of COVID-19 patients using specialised equipment on… Read more »

Source: EASA, 01-Apr-20

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HSM-70 Change-of-Command

HSM-70 Change-of-Command

Commander Michael A. Perez will assume responsibility as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ZERO (HSM-70) from Commander Kenneth R. Colman during a change-of-command ceremony onboard NAS Jacksonville on March 26. Commander Kenneth R. Colman graduated from Washington State University earning a commission through Officer Candidate School in July 2000 and was designated… Read more »

Source: Naval Air Force Atlantic, 01-Apr-20

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FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

FAA Grants NATA Requested Crewmember Relief

March 26, 2020 – Yesterday, the FAA issued exemptions in response to the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) requests for relief from certain crew training and checking requirements for Part 135 operators. The two exemptions granted to NATA are available to all Part 119 certificated carriers operating under Part 135. Two additional exemptions granted to… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Apr-20

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Airbus Helicopters launches RTEX tool to monitor Service Bulletins

Airbus Helicopters launches RTEX tool to monitor Service Bulletins

Committed to improving the management of aircraft configurations, from the end of January 2020 Airbus Helicopters proposes a new free-of-charge service called RTEX to follow Service Bulletin (SB) status at the aircraft serial number level. This RTEX service, which offers customers new features to better assess fleet management and safety thanks to a quick and complete status… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Omni adapts four aircraft to transport suspected cases of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Omni adapts four aircraft to transport suspected cases of COVID-19

Omni Táxi Aéreo adapted aircraft to transport workers in the Oil and Gas sector with suspected COVID-19. The measure aims to offer companies operating in the sector the safety of its passengers and crew of aircraft. The AW139 and S76C+ helicopters were adapted as sanitary aircraft to transport passengers with suspected flu or cold, with… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 31-Mar-20

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FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

FAA advice on expiring air medical certificates was released prematurely and is invalid

Helicopter Association International (HAI) can now provide updates to a March 29, 2020, HAI press release about airmen medical certificates and an FAA announcement regarding waivers for Part 135 operators that was issued on March 25, 2020. HAI’s press release yesterday cautioned against FAA-certificated flight personnel allowing their medical certificates to expire based on information… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

COVID-19 – London Heliport announces temporary closure

The coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on commercial travel and the general aviation industry. The London Heliport in Battersea, South London has been working closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Accordingly, with immediate effect and no… Read more »

Source: London Heliport, 31-Mar-20

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Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

Lockheed Martin’s FARA Enters Prototype Phase

The Army calls the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) a “knife fighter” for the future battlefield. This out-front platform will fly into the most demanding and contested environments and requires maximum performance in a small package. Sikorsky’s RAIDER X is ready to fill this requirement. RAIDER X is specifically designed for vertical lift dominance against evolving peer… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

COVID-19 – 3 British Army AW159 Wildcats have been deployed to support UK with COVID-19

Three British Army AW159 Wildcat helicopters have been deployed to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Army Air Corps’ helicopters will be operating out of RNAS Yeovilton and will look to cover the South of England as required by the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 alongside Royal Air… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 31-Mar-20

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HAI Urges Caution Re FAA Announcement for Airmen Medical Certificates

HAI Urges Caution Re FAA Announcement for Airmen Medical Certificates

If you are a pilot or aircrewmen whose medical certificate will expire between March 31 and June 30, 2020, the FAA has announced that it is waiving enforcement actions against you if you are unable to obtain a new certificate in a timely manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Helicopter Association International (HAI) still… Read more »

Source: HAI, 31-Mar-20

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Crash-resistant Fuel System Developed for Russian Ka-226T

Crash-resistant Fuel System Developed for Russian Ka-226T

A crash-resistant fuel system to prevent fuel spill and detonation during hard landing has been developed for the Russian KA-226T helicopter. The KA-226T chopper is the first Russian helicopter to be fitted with a crash-resistant fuel system, itsmanufacturer Technodinamika Holding said in comments reported today by tvzvezda.ru, the Russian MoD’s official TV Channel. See Full… Read more »

Source: Defense World, 30-Mar-20

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NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

NCHCF continues to raise funds for heliport at Melfort Hospital

The North Central Health Care Foundation (NCHCF) continues to accept donations to the Melfort Heliport project. See Full Story.

Source: northeastNOW, 30-Mar-20

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DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

DRF Luftrettung starts using new isolation stretchers

From next week on, two HEMS bases of DRF Luftrettung in Germany will operate with “EpiShuttles”, special isolation stretchers. Another eight HEMS bases will soon follow suit. DRF Luftrettung is investing in the protection of patients and its crews to ensure that, in these times of the coronavirus, people in medical emergencies can still be… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

COVID-19 – Leonardo to provide resources and people in support of COVID-19

During this time of an unprecedented health emergency in Italy, Leonardo, country’s main industrial company, which is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security, continues to provide resources and people in support of national institutions’ management and containment of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leonardo has undertaken a series of solidarity initiatives to… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 30-Mar-20

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CHC calls for papers for Safety & Quality Summit

CHC calls for papers for Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter announced the theme for the 2020 CHC Safety & Quality Summit and formally issued the call for papers of the event. The 16th annual Summit will take place September 15 – 17 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, TX. This year’s theme is “2020 Vision: Maintaining our focus on the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 30-Mar-20

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SAFE to distribute M2 ERFS Tank Shoring System for CH-47

SAFE to distribute M2 ERFS Tank Shoring System for CH-47

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce an agreement with M2 Concepts & Design to manufacture and distribute their proprietary cable enabled shoring system designed for military aircraft. The shoring system is designed to provide a durable platform for Extended Range Fuel System (ERFS) tanks while loading and unloading on the S.A.F.E. Structure roller system…. Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

COVID-19 – HAI applauds Congressional Action on pandemic relief

On Wednesday evening, March 25, the US Senate unanimously approved a $2 trillion emergency relief bill providing stimulus funds to a US economy reeling from the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, March 27, the House is expected to pass the bill, which includes specific measures aimed at general aviation businesses. The bill… Read more »

Source: HAI, 27-Mar-20

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General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric awarded $11M extra for Presidential V-92 contract

General Electric Co., Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded an $11,093,940 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price delivery order (N00019-18-F-2476) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (SPE4A1-17-G-0008) in support of the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Program.  This modification procures five CT7-8A6 engines with metal shipping containers, interface harness and associated control hardware.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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COVID19 – Bristow repurposes three ex-Coast Guard S92s for Corona virus transport

COVID19 – Bristow repurposes three ex-Coast Guard S92s for Corona virus transport

Bristow Helicopters has successfully repatriated offshore workers in the oil and gas industry with suspected cases of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – using three specially-configured former search and rescue aircraft. Three suspected COVID-19 cases have been flown from offshore installations in the North Sea since Wednesday, March 18, in one of the dedicated aircraft,… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – EBAA partners with Osprey Flight Solutions

COVID-19 – EBAA partners with Osprey Flight Solutions

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) announced that it has partnered with risk analysis company Osprey Flight Solutions to provide operators with real-time updates on risk information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Business aviation operators are able to access the Osprey:Open platform to find live updates on COVID-19 and its impact on daily operations, including;… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 27-Mar-20

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Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell awarded $815M contract for UH-1Y and AH-1Z repairs and upgrades

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $815,000,040 for an indefinite-delivery, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, upgrade or replacement of 35 items used on the UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopter, along with inventory management, warehousing and establishing supply response time metrics.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80%); and Cherry Point,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

COVID-19 – Aerial Firefighters adjust to the pandemic

The US aerial firefighting industry remains mission-ready for this year’s wild land fire season, despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on international travel, as the industry increasingly seeks global market opportunities. “Wildfires are going to happen, and we need to be ready to fight them,” said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Neptune… Read more »

Source: American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association, 27-Mar-20

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UT Health East Texas welcomes third rebranded EC135

UT Health East Texas welcomes third rebranded EC135

Metro announced the delivery of the final EC135 aircraft for the UT Health East Texas Air 1 air medical program, representing the final of three rebranded aircraft upgraded with SPIFR certifications. Headquartered in Tyler, Texas, the program will soon boast six precision GPS procedures at various hospitals and bases. “We are excited we have the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 27-Mar-20

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Leonardo extends training capabilities to rotorcraft UAS

Leonardo extends training capabilities to rotorcraft UAS

Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to include rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base for maximised mission effectiveness and safety. The Company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority). With this certification Leonardo is… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 27-Mar-20

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CBE+ has been selected by OEM Leonardo

CBE+ has been selected by OEM Leonardo

Specialist precision engineering sub-contractor CBE+ has been selected by leading UK aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Leonardo, for sponsorship on the SC21 Operational Excellence programme. SC21 is a continuous improvement programme designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the aerospace and defence industry by optimising the performance of its supply chains. Certification is only achieved after… Read more »

Source: CBE+, 27-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – AOPA backs emergency airport funding to fight coronavirus impact

COVID-19 – AOPA backs emergency airport funding to fight coronavirus impact

AOPA and six other aviation groups are urging Congress to support needed funding for airports across the country while ensuring that small and general aviation airports also receive a portion of any funds made available to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to airports should include funding “exclusively for small and general aviation airports… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 27-Mar-20

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Queensland Police Bo105 passes 10,000 hours

Queensland Police Bo105 passes 10,000 hours

A historic milestone was achieved yesterday when POLAIR1 – one of two Queensland Police Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO-105 CBS-5 helicopters – reached a staggering 10,000 hours of flying time. To put that into perspective, if you were to drive your car at 100km/h, you would circumnavigate the earth 25 times in that same 10,000 hours. Such a… Read more »

Source: Queensland Police, 26-Mar-20

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RACQ LifeFlight open new aeromedical base at Bundaberg

RACQ LifeFlight open new aeromedical base at Bundaberg

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue officially launched their new, joint Bundaberg Aeromedical Base today – and patients are already benefiting. The first missions have already been flown in and out of the new base, by both organisations, less than 12 months after construction began. Each year the two iconic… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight Rescue, 26-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

COVID-19 – Italian Air Force HH-101A used for bioncontainment transport

“The Italian Air Force’s Leonardo HH-101A Caesar helicopter, assembled in Yeovil, Somerset, is being pressed into civil action for pandemic-response transportation operations in Italy as the country manages the impact of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Italian Minister of Defence, Lorenzo Guerini, has made the AW101 variant available to Italian civil authorities during this… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 26-Mar-20

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Optima Aero becomes a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organisation

Optima Aero becomes a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organisation

Quebec based Optima Aero is proud to announce that it is now a Transport Canada Approved Maintenance Organisation. Optima’s capabilities include clean, test, repair, overhaul and certification of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, PT6B, PT6C and PW200 series engine Fuel Nozzles. “Our new in house capabilities mark an exciting new era for Optima Aero,” said… Read more »

Source: Optima Aero, 26-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Rotorcorp COVID-19 Virus Status & Response

COVID-19 – Rotorcorp COVID-19 Virus Status & Response

At Rotorcorp, serving our customers is the most important thing we do, and your health and well-being remains our top priority. As COVID-19 impacts our communities and daily lives, we want to assure you that we are monitoring developments very closely with the appropriate authorities and informational outlets. As a critical provider of small parts,… Read more »

Source: Rotorcorp, 26-Mar-20

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Helitech World Expo (ex Vertical Flight Expo) picks April 2021 dates

Helitech World Expo (ex Vertical Flight Expo) picks April 2021 dates

Following HeliHub’s exclusive article Reed sells Vertical Flight Expo (ex Helitech), the purchasers have made this announcement:- Prysm Group is delighted to announce the launch of Helitech World Expo, Europe’s largest event for the helicopter sector. Welcoming 300 exhibitors and over 3,000 visitors, Helitech World Expo will empower the industry to reimagine the possibilities and… Read more »

Source: Prysm Group, 25-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

COVID-19 – British helicopter industry steps up – but still needs more help

The British Helicopter Association (BHA) is flagging up to the UK Government that there are plenty of helicopters available to transport both people and freight in the current time of need while the country battles Coronavirus (COVID-19). BHA sees urgent requirements from both Government and National Health Service (NHS) users. A number of operators including… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-20

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Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

Maryland State Police mark 50 years of medevac flights

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command marks the 50th anniversary of the first civilian medevac mission flown in our state and the commencement of an integrated emergency medical system whose members have helped saved tens of thousands of lives since. On March 19, 1970, at 11:20 a.m., Maryland State Police “Helicopter 108,” crewed by pilot… Read more »

Source: Maryland Government, 23-Mar-20

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Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove airport opens new helipad

Shady Cove’s airport, owned by Rogue Air, Inc., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon for a new helicopter pad. See Full Story. 

Source: Fox 26, 19-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

COVID-19 – HAI and Aviation groups seek financial relief for General Aviation Businesses

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has joined a coalition of five other general aviation associations in seeking from the US government financial relief for general aviation businesses. The request stems from the unstable global economic situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a March 17 letter to majority and minority leaders of the US Senate and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Mar-20

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US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

US Army contract awarded Bell for competitive demonstration and risk reduction

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been selected as a project agreement holder for the competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) effort as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. Under the agreement Bell will deliver a refined V-280 Valor design, with supporting technical documentation, that… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Mar-20

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London’s Air Ambulance releases 2019 statistics

Today we are releasing our mission statistics for 2019 in order to raise awareness of the work we do day and night to help save lives in the capital. In 2019, our charity’s 30th anniversary year, we took an advanced trauma team to 1730 patients whose lives were on the line. This is an increase of 74 missions… Read more »

18-Mar-20

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COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

COVID-19 European business aviation under threat

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) respects the decision by European authorities to temporarily restrict non-essential travel, but calls on the European Commission, the Member States and Switzerland to consider all recovery and relief measures available to ensure business continuity for operators, airports and others in the business aviation industry. Given the current global pandemic,… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 18-Mar-20

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New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

New scheduled service to the Isles of Scilly starts amid protesters

The new scheduled service between the British mainland and the Isles of Scilly started yesterday, but the launch was marred by climate change protesters with “Climate Crime Scene” banners, including one approx 8m long and 2m tall. The scheduled service route between the old Penzance Heliport (only “over the road” from the new one) dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

COVID-19 – HeliHub.com continues without interruption – and opens new opportunities

Good news! HeliHub.com is NOT affected by COVID-19 restrictions because it was built from the ground up as a remote working operation. Owner Jeremy Parkin has a strong background in the IT world, and when he founded the world’s first helicopter news website back in 1999, the IT aspect of the business was paramount. HeliHub is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

North Carolina NG builds relationships with civilian employers

Over 30 employers met at the North Carolina National Guard’s (NCNG) Army Aviation Support Facility in Morrisville, N.C. March 10, 2020, to learn more about what the guardsmen they employ do during their time away from work. The event, known as Bosslift, is sponsored by the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve… Read more »

Source: North Carolina National Guard, 17-Mar-20

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Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Maui Hospital opens helipad for night operations

Hawaiian Maui Hospital announced that from April, air ambulance helicopters can land at Maui Memorial Medical Center’s (MMMC) helipad at night. See Full Story.  

Source: AirMed&Rescue, 17-Mar-20

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Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

Phoebe Putney Health System opens new helipad

A new helipad is now in use on Phoebe’s main campus to provide more efficient and effective transport of emergency patients. Members of Phoebe’s emergency center team joined health system leaders and representatives from Air Evac Lifeteam to cut the ribbon on the helipad Friday. “The location on top of our employee parking garage will… Read more »

Source: Phoebe Putney Health System, 17-Mar-20

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Omni starts another PGS contract with both S76 and AW139

Omni starts another PGS contract with both S76 and AW139

Omni Táxi Aéreo recently started another contract with PGS, a reference company in the Seismic area, for its Offshore passengers transportation and MEDEVAC coverage. This is Omni’s sixth contract with PGS, for whom the company has been providing air transportation services in helicopters for over 15 years, reinforcing brand confidence and an excellent relationship between… Read more »

Source: Omni Táxi Aéreo, 17-Mar-20

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Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight, a Global Medical Response (GMR) critical care air transport company, will open its first rotor wing base in Alaska at Kenai Municipal Airport this spring. The Airbus H125 helicopter will serve Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward…. Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

Following a Royal Decree in Spain, Helity has been forced to suspend operations for all flights for the time being. The company will continue maintance provision, and their helicopters will be available to the authorities as required. They have even said their email is closed too, which seems unexpected in today’s connected world. Helity runs… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-20

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Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

Children’s Air Ambulance flies its 500th mission

The Children’s Air Ambulance – the first and only dedicated neonatal and paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country – has flown its 500th mission. Formed in 2012 and operated by The Air Ambulance Service, it receives no government funding and relies totally on public donations to remain operational. Two helicopters fly out of… Read more »

Source: Children’s Air Ambulance, 17-Mar-20

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COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

COVID-19 – Quad-A cancelled

Dear Participants, We have decided we must cancel our April 2020 AAAA Nashville based Mission Summit. We will be looking at options in the coming weeks for AAAA to support expanded networking opportunities later this year at our other longstanding annual events. In view of yesterday afternoon’s Memorandum from the Director of the Army Staff,… Read more »

Source: AAAA, 16-Mar-20

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Airbus will only sell you a five-blade H145 now

Airbus will only sell you a five-blade H145 now

Airbus Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com that every sale of the H145 will now be a commitment to a five-blade helicopter.  The four-blade rotorhead is no longer an option, and a number of the existing fleet are already scheduled for update to the newer model, including those ordered by German EMS operator DRF Luftrettung. HeliHub.com understands that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-20

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