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Joby completes eVTOL flight of over 150 miles

Joby completes eVTOL flight of over 150 miles

30-Jul-2021Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aero Inc. (“Joby”), a California-based company developing an all-electric air taxi for commercial passenger service, today announced it had achieved an important milestone in the development of its aircraft, flying a full-size prototype vehicle more than 150 miles on a single charge, including a vertical take-off and landing. The flight was completed at Joby’s... Read more

Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

Pennsylvania National Guard receives first new UH-60Vs

30-Jul-2021Source: Pennsylvania National Guard

The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) received the first fielding of UH-60V Black Hawks from the Utility Helicopter Program Office (UHPO) on Tuesday, July 27. The UH-60V helicopter was developed with a focus to overhaul the aging UH-60A/L fleet. The “V” model includes an upgraded digital glass cockpit, certified... Read more

Metro Aviation buys Icarus devices to enhance training program

Metro Aviation buys Icarus devices to enhance training program

30-Jul-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation, in keeping with its never-ending commitment to continuously improve and innovate, has made an additional investment into its safety and training measures. By equipping pilots with the ICARUS view-limiting devices, Metro leadership is reinforcing its steadfast dedication to providing pilots with the best training tools available. ICARUS or Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and... Read more

AeroBrigham exhibits new Head-Up Display at APSCON

AeroBrigham exhibits new Head-Up Display at APSCON

30-Jul-2021Source: AeroBrigham

AeroBrigham hits the road again during the Airborne Public Safety Association Annual Convention (APSCON) 2021 convention, 28-30 July in New Orleans, Louisiana to display the latest generation Heads Up Display (HUD) installed on the Air Tractor AT802 Fire Boss scooper fire bomber airplanes.  Designed to reduce pilot fatigue, increase safety, improve mission efficiencies and situational awareness,... Read more

US Coast Guard breaks ground on new air station in Ventura

US Coast Guard breaks ground on new air station in Ventura

29-Jul-2021Source: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard helicopter crews flying out of rented space at the naval base at Point Mugu will finally get a permanent home as ground broke Tuesday for their new facility. The $53 million Coast Guard Air Station Ventura is scheduled to include a 48,000 square-foot hangar and a 12,200 square-foot administration and berthing facility... Read more

MDHI Host Celebrations at APSCON

MDHI Host Celebrations at APSCON

29-Jul-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), APSCON Booth #637, will host several events to celebrate APSCON and law enforcement professionals during the Airborne Public Safety Association’s (APSA) annual convention and expo (APSCON) July 26-31 in New Orleans. APSCON Celebration – July 29 In celebration of the industry gathering again, MDHI invites all APSCON attendees to a social gathering at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 29,... Read more

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

Montana National Guard planning helicopter base in Billings

29-Jul-2021Source: Q2

Montana has among the biggest gaps in the country as far as helicopter coverage from the National Guard. In order to respond quicker, the Montana National Guard has plans to set up in Billings. See Full Story. ... Read more

Airbus mark 40 year partnership with US Coast Guard

Airbus mark 40 year partnership with US Coast Guard

28-Jul-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Employees who were there can still describe in detail the palpable excitement in the air when Airbus, Aerospatiale at the time, won the U.S. Coast Guard contract for nearly 100 MH-65 Dauphin helicopters for short-range recovery missions in 1979. It was the beginning of a new era for the small North Texas aviation company. An... Read more

SB>1 Defiant demonstrates lift of 5,300lb

SB>1 Defiant demonstrates lift of 5,300lb

28-Jul-2021Source: Sikorsky

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter demonstrated  mission-relevant cargo capacity by lifting a 5,300-pound Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System training load during a test flight at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. With DEFIANT X, the U.S. Army will deliver troops and cargo in future combat at twice the range of the current fleet. The lifting power demonstrated by... Read more

Huntington Beach Police to replace MD520N fleet with MD530Fs

Huntington Beach Police to replace MD520N fleet with MD530Fs

28-Jul-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) signed a purchase agreement for three MD 530F helicopters in a law enforcement configuration. The purchase agreement was signed during a special ceremony attended by Alan Carr, sole director of MDHI’s board of directors. The department has owned and operated MD helicopters... Read more

Metro Attends APSCON in New Orleans

Metro Attends APSCON in New Orleans

28-Jul-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Laissez le bon temps rouler!  Metro Aviation is letting the good times roll with a return to conventions, beginning with the Airborne Public Safety Convention in New Orleans, LA, July 28-30.   Metro will display the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Airbus H125, a mission-ready aircraft equipped with a Goodrich electric-powered rescue hoist, LoJack system integration... Read more

Outerlink to speak at APSCON in New Orleans

Outerlink to speak at APSCON in New Orleans

28-Jul-2021Source: Outerlink

Outerlink Global Solutions offers on-demand, actionable data for fleets of all sizes to improve training and increase overall safety.  Highly customizable for rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft, Outerlink’s IRIS system is a true command and control solution to maintain fleet communication, reduce downtime, fly safer, and improve training initiatives. The IRIS solution has been instrumental in... Read more

MDHI Featuring Oxford Police MD 530F at APSCON

MDHI Featuring Oxford Police MD 530F at APSCON

27-Jul-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), APSCON Booth #637, will proudly display Oxford Police’s fully loaded law enforcement MD 530F during the Airborne Public Safety Association’s (APSA) annual convention and expo (APSCON) July 26-31 in New Orleans. Additionally, MDHI will offer demonstration flights in its enhanced glass cockpit MD530F demo aircraft. Based in Oxford, Alabama, the Oxford... Read more

MDHI Hosts Vietnam War Veteran Hugh Mills, Jr.

MDHI Hosts Vietnam War Veteran Hugh Mills, Jr.

26-Jul-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly hosted decorated Vietnam War veteran and OH-6A LOACH (light observation helicopter) pilot LTC (Ret) Hugh L. Mills, Jr., during a special event at the MDHI facility in Mesa, Arizona. Mills was honored with a demonstration flight, facility and aircraft tour, and hosted questions from the company’s employees. The event also... Read more

Archer Expands Industry-Leading Engineering Team

Archer Expands Industry-Leading Engineering Team

22-Jul-2021Source: Archer Aviation

California-based Archer, a company designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL),  announced two new hires: Bob Ellithorpe has joined the company as Vice President of Program Management and Glen Burks has joined as Vice President of Manufacturing. In his role, Ellithorpe will oversee the development and production of Archer’s commercial eVTOL aircraft. Similarly,... Read more

VFS annonces winner of Alfred Gessow Award

VFS annonces winner of Alfred Gessow Award

21-Jul-2021Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 77th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper is from the Aerodynamics session entitled, “Does Scatter Matter? Improved Understanding of UH-60A Wind Tunnel Rotor Measurements Using Data-Driven Clustering and CREATET-AV... Read more

MDHI Contracts with new Composite Manufacturers

MDHI Contracts with new Composite Manufacturers

21-Jul-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) signed new contracts with Unitech Composites and ACT Aerospace to improve production and spare parts availability for the MD 902, MD 520N, and MD 600N aircraft. “MD is on a mission to deliver on our promises to customers, including significantly boosting our spares availability,” says Nick Nenadovic, MDHI Vice President of... Read more

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

21-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the... Read more

Precision Aviation CEO Marks 25 Years

Precision Aviation CEO Marks 25 Years

21-Jul-2021Source: Precision Aviation Group

In the world of high-speed turnover in the executive suites of many companies large or small, David Mast stands out as a model of sustained leadership amid accelerated strategic growth. June 2021 marked his twenty-fifth year as the President & CEO of Precision Aviation Group, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia USA and with award-winning aviation... Read more

Wisk publishes new evidence in Archer trade secret case

Wisk publishes new evidence in Archer trade secret case

21-Jul-2021Source: Wisk

Wisk Aero LLC (“Wisk”), the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company behind the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S., has submitted a brief in support of its preliminary injunction motion to the San Francisco federal court [FOUND HERE]. The filing details newly-obtained documents and testimony from Archer demonstrating misappropriation of Wisk’s trade secrets “on a... Read more

PHI International partners with Massey University School of Aviation to promote careers

PHI International partners with Massey University School of Aviation to promote careers

21-Jul-2021Source: PHI International

Global helicopter operator PHI International and Massey University School of Aviation have joined forces in a new partnership that will launch the careers of the next generation of aviation professionals. The tie-up opens the door for the School’s top Aviation Management students to gain valuable, on-the-ground experience working at New Zealand headquartered PHI, whose global... Read more

Garmin GFC500H flight control system certified on Bell 505

Garmin GFC500H flight control system certified on Bell 505

21-Jul-2021Source: Garmin

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), announced that the GFC™ 600H flight control system has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for installation on the Bell 505 helicopter, providing a cost-effective flight control solution that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness. The GFC 600H provides a number of helicopter-tailored safety features,... Read more

Bell Begins Manufacturing UH-1Y For First International Operator

Bell Begins Manufacturing UH-1Y For First International Operator

20-Jul-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has restarted UH-1Y Venom helicopter production for the first international operator. Crestview Aerospace has completed manufacturing the first of eight cabins at the Crestview Florida facility. The aircraft will complete final assembly at the Bell Amarillo Assembly Center. The helicopters are part of the 2020 U.S.... Read more

Rotorcorp Marks 10 Years Serving Global Helicopter Parts Market

Rotorcorp Marks 10 Years Serving Global Helicopter Parts Market

20-Jul-2021Source: Rotorcorp

From a two-man operation to the world’s first online marketplace for Robinson Helicopter parts, Rotorcorp LLC – celebrating 10th anniversary in business in 2021 – has grown into a savvy international exporter providing first-class service to a diverse portfolio of operators in more than 45 countries. “Robinson Helicopter Company, Inc. congratulates Rotorcorp LLC on their... Read more

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

20-Jul-2021Source: Indian Navy

On 16 July 2021, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian... Read more

10 year restoration completed of Fairey Ultra Light helicopter

10 year restoration completed of Fairey Ultra Light helicopter

19-Jul-2021

A rare tip-jet driven helicopter, the Fairey Ultra Light first flown 65 years ago and later scrapped for spares recovery, has just completed a 10 year restoration programme at the hands of a volunteer team at The Helicopter Museum. The cabin of the two-seat helicopter had been rescued from a farm near Harlow in Essex... Read more

First Aviation Announces Expansion of S-70 Blackhawk Rotor Blade Capability

First Aviation Announces Expansion of S-70 Blackhawk Rotor Blade Capability

19-Jul-2021Source: Piedmont Propulsion Systems

Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services Inc., announced that it received an amendment to its Limited Airframe Rating with S-70 Capabilities from the FAA, enabling the company to perform all maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services for S-70 / UH-60 Blackhawk main rotor blades. This capability adds to Piedmont... Read more

Leonardo Opens New Peter Prince Hangar

Leonardo Opens New Peter Prince Hangar

16-Jul-2021Source: Leonardo

Santa Rosa County leaders joined officials from Leonardo Helicopters to cut the ribbon on a new maintenance facility at Peter Prince Airport where the company will begin local operations. Leonardo is an Italian aerospace company with North American headquarters and industrial operations in Philadelphia, PA that is expected to bring 50 new, high-paying jobs to... Read more

Defendant in helicopter fraud case dies

Defendant in helicopter fraud case dies

14-Jul-2021Source: The Guam Daily Post

The case against one of the men accused in a federal fraud case involving Hansen Helicopters Inc. has been dismissed because he has died. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood granted the prosecutor’s request to toss out the case against defendant Frank F. Litkei Sr. on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Leon... Read more

Metro Aviation continues investment in safety

Metro Aviation continues investment in safety

14-Jul-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation is constantly looking for new opportunities to maximize safety efforts, and recently added an extra layer of safety for pilots flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). Single-Pilot IFR in a helicopter requires high levels of skill, training, and professional aptitude. Metro worked with Foreflight to increase each pilot’s situational awareness by providing a... Read more

Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

Air Methods’ Safety Management System Recognised by FAA

13-Jul-2021Source: Air Methods

On Tuesday, July 6th, Air Methods (AMC), the leading air medical service in the country, received its letter of acknowledgement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepting AMC’s Safety Management System (SMS). In the United States there are 1,977 Part 135 operators, and Air Methods is one of 21 to receive this recognition. “At Air... Read more

Kaman announces new SVP/CFO

Kaman announces new SVP/CFO

13-Jul-2021Source: Kaman

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) (the “Company”) announced the appointment of James Coogan as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Coogan, who served as the Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development of Kaman, will succeed Robert Starr. Mr. Starr will continue to be employed by the Company through July 31, 2021, as... Read more

FreeFlight begins RA6500 testing ahead of schedule

FreeFlight begins RA6500 testing ahead of schedule

7-Jul-2021

FreeFlight Systems, a leader in high-reliability NextGen solutions, announced the highly anticipated RA6500 radar altimeter will begin flight testing ahead of schedule. The RA6500, part of the Terrain Series which also features the RA500 and RA7500, each designed for specific segments of aviation, will commence testing in a Cessna 182 aircraft. The tests will take place... Read more

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

7-Jul-2021Source: Van Horn Aviation

Composite aftermarket rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation completed a ground run of its newly-developed tail rotor assembly for the Airbus Helicopters H125, previously known as the AS350. The new system features two individually-replaceable composite tail rotor blades attached to a VHA-designed titanium hub using self-lubricating spherical bearings. Since VHA’s H125/AS350 tail rotor blades use... Read more

Bell Announces FVL Systems Integration Lab Facility

Bell Announces FVL Systems Integration Lab Facility

7-Jul-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced plans for a Systems Integration Lab (SIL) facility at the Bell Flight Research Center (FRC) in Arlington, TX. This state-of-the-art facility will support testing and verification for both the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs, each with their own... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $28M contract for computers in MH-60R/S

7-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $28,160,769 modification (P00005) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0350) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises an option to procure mission computers (MC) and flight management computers (FMC) retrofit kits to upgrade the MH-60R/S aircraft.  The quantities are as follows:... Read more

Magpas Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

Magpas Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

6-Jul-2021Source: Magpas

John Bridge OBE DL, from Cambridgeshire and previously the Chief Executive of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce for 17 years, has been appointed as Magpas Air Ambulance’s Chairman. John brings with him a wealth of business knowledge and experience and has been committed to driving the region’s success throughout his 50 year career. In 1997 his achievements... Read more

Banner Health launches BannerAir™ emergency services

Banner Health launches BannerAir™ emergency services

6-Jul-2021Source: Banner Health

Banner Health and Global Medical Response have partnered to extend air ambulance services in Arizona through BannerAir™, which launches on July 1. This will be the first hospital and air ambulance partnership in the Phoenix metro area in which Banner Health will use these services for hospital-to-hospital transports and on-scene emergency calls. “This partnership between Global... Read more

LifeNet of NY moves from Glen to Fulton County Airport

LifeNet of NY moves from Glen to Fulton County Airport

6-Jul-2021Source: The Leader-Herald

A planned relocation by LifeNet of NY — a medical helicopter transport business in the town of Glen moving to the Fulton County Airport and a new hangar — is taking off. See Full Story. ... Read more

Archer responds to Wisk aircraft design legal claim

Archer responds to Wisk aircraft design legal claim

5-Jul-2021Source: Archer Aviation

In court papers filed late last night by Archer Aviation Inc. (“Archer”) in opposition to Wisk’s motion for a preliminary injunction, Archer, citing Wisk employees’ testimony and documents produced by Wisk in discovery, states that Wisk filed its aircraft design patent application — which as Wisk points out in its lawsuit appears nearly identical to... Read more

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

5-Jul-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Underscoring its growing popularity with operators worldwide, Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite now equips more than 500 H135, H145, H160, and H175 rotorcraft around the world – with over half a million flight hours logged to date by this fleet. Airbus continues to enhance the capabilities of Helionix with new features, functionality, and connectivity –... Read more

Eve to Deploy Electric Vertical Aircraft for Blade

Eve to Deploy Electric Vertical Aircraft for Blade

5-Jul-2021Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc. (“Eve”) and Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (“Blade”, NASDAQ: BLDE) announced an arrangement for Eve to provide Blade up to 60,000 hours of flight time per year on its electrical vertical takeoff landing (eVTOL) aircraft, also known in the market as EVA (Electrical Vertical Aircraft), beginning in 2026 for use... Read more

Milestone lease five-blade H145 to Al-Sharqiya Aviation in Oman

Milestone lease five-blade H145 to Al-Sharqiya Aviation in Oman

5-Jul-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

AL-Sharqiya Aviation LLC (“ASA”), the first and only commercial helicopter operator in the Sultanate of Oman, announced today that it will shortly take delivery of its first Airbus H145 helicopter, leased from the Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). Not only is this the first five-bladed Airbus H145 for ASA, but it is also the first... Read more

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

5-Jul-2021Source: Air Education and Training Command

Seven officers received their pilot’s wings, becoming the first Air Force officers to earn their wings from a helicopter-only syllabus since 1993. The Helicopter Training Next class graduated June 22 with Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presiding during the ceremony. Currently, the helicopter pilot training pipeline lasts about 17... Read more

Volocopter and DB Schenker Announce First Blueprint for VoloDrone Operations

Volocopter and DB Schenker Announce First Blueprint for VoloDrone Operations

5-Jul-2021Source: Volocopter

The pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, and international logistics leader, DB Schenker, announced that they have successfully conducted a joint static proof of concept (PoC) at Messe Stuttgart for VoloDrone ground operations in logistic centers. Together, the partners are creating the first blueprint for electric cargo drone ground operations in logistics with the support of Fraunhofer Institute... Read more

Whirly-Girls International Announces Garmin Training Scholarships

Whirly-Girls International Announces Garmin Training Scholarships

5-Jul-2021Source: Whirly-Girls

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc. today announced they will be offering fifteen new Garmin® eLearning Scholarships to deserving members of Whirly-Girls International in their mid-year scholarship round in 2021. Garmin, long-time supporters of the Whirly-Girls, are offering these Scholarships to current Whirly-Girls International members. The scholarships provide the opportunity to complete the GTN Essentials 2.0... Read more

Bell awarded $17M contract to procure MV-22 apparatus

Bell awarded $17M contract to procure MV-22 apparatus

2-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $17,303,517 modification (P00011) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001918F1645) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001917G0002). This modification increases the scope to procure 12 MV-22 Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (IASE) A-kits configuration B to C; 24 MV-22 IASE A-kits configuration A to C; and 60... Read more

Colorado Highland Helicopters is first US customer for VRM Switzerland

Colorado Highland Helicopters is first US customer for VRM Switzerland

2-Jul-2021Source: VRM Switzerland

“CHH has been in contact with VRM Switzerland through-out the development of their product. Since the debut of the prototype and our presentation at the Heli-Expo in 2019, I had the opportunity to demo the machine at that time and found it to be profoundly unique. The fidelity of the VR inter-face and the response... Read more

WAI Announces 2022 Scholarships

WAI Announces 2022 Scholarships

2-Jul-2021Source: Women in Aviation

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2022 WAI scholarship program officially opens tomorrow, July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 98 scholarships totaling $479,505 offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, drones, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added... Read more

Longest serving Pa. National Guard member to retire

Longest serving Pa. National Guard member to retire

30-Jun-2021Source: US National Guard

The longest serving member of the Pennsylvania National Guard will soon retire after 45 years of continuous service. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Moy, a UH-60 helicopter repairer and crew chief with 1st Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, will retire June 30, 2021. He joined the Pa. National Guard... Read more

Joby Aviation partners with largest US mobility hub operator

Joby Aviation partners with largest US mobility hub operator

28-Jun-2021Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation (“Joby”), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced it has partnered with REEF Technology (“REEF”) and Neighborhood Property Group (“NPG”) to develop takeoff and landing sites for its aerial ridesharing service, launching in 2024. REEF is the country’s largest parking garage operator focused on transforming these underutilized assets into... Read more

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

HMLA-367 Pilot Capt. Joshua Hazeldean Wins 2021 Marine Aviator of the Year

28-Jun-2021Source: US Marine Corps

The Alfred A. Cunningham Award is one of, if not the highest honor a Marine aviator can achieve during their career. To be selected for this award, which also carries with it the title of Marine Aviator of the Year, is no small feat. For U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Joshua Hazeldean, a pilot with Marine... Read more

Stanislaus County to spend $4.1M on law enforcement helicopter?

Stanislaus County to spend $4.1M on law enforcement helicopter?

28-Jun-2021Source: The Modesto Bee

Stanislaus County could spend $4.1 million on the purchase and upgrades for a new Sheriff’s Department helicopter. An agenda item before county supervisors Tuesday calls for purchasing a 2014 Bell 407GXP Helicopter to replace the sheriff department’s 1972 Bell Jet Ranger. See Full Story. ... Read more

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

28-Jun-2021Source: AEA

During this morning’s regulatory session at the 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas, Texas, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has accepted the AEA’s avionics technician apprenticeship program to satisfy regulatory compliance for the issuance of a repairman certificate. The announcement was made to convention attendees by Jackie L. Black, manager... Read more

AU AirCare sets off on first flight

AU AirCare sets off on first flight

25-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Liam Bisnett, got into an air ambulance for the first time Tuesday but thankfully the 16-month-old was not sick or injured. “All of the other ones I’ve flown on have been too small,” said his father, Michael, chief flight officer for AU AirCare, after setting Liam into a pilot seat of the EC145e helicopter as it... Read more

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

25-Jun-2021Source: Archer

California-based Archer, a company designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), announced over twenty veteran engineers from Aerion Corporation have joined the company. Until recently, Aerion held a group of impressive talent who helped the company work towards their innovative vision of supersonic air travel. With 350+ collective years of experience, Archer welcomes... Read more

Bell V-280 Valor Program Turns Focus to FLRAA Competition

Bell V-280 Valor Program Turns Focus to FLRAA Competition

25-Jun-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company is advancing Bell’s flight-proven V-280 Valor program to meet requirements for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program of record.  The competition is expected to begin with the Army releasing a Request for Proposals this summer. The optimized design for a fleet of next-generation tiltrotors builds... Read more

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

25-Jun-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) applauds the US House of Representatives for approving H.R. 1262, the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2021. HAI supports this bill to enhance aviation safety by improving the accuracy of information included in FAA Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs). The legislation requires that the FAA establish a task force to recommend... Read more

PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

24-Jun-2021Source: PAC International

PAC International recently completed a new Bell 407GXi helicopter for the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Aviation Unit. The aircraft was delivered with a full law enforcement configuration to include AAI enlarged instrument panel, polycarbonate windshields, nightscanner searchlight, rappel & fast rope insertion systems, high visibility crew windows, and cabin sliding doors. PAC also installed... Read more

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

12th Combat Aviation Brigade presents Ch-47 Chinook Rotor Blade

24-Jun-2021Source: US Army

The 12th Combat Aviation Brigade presented a CH-47 Chinook rotor blade to the people of Pegnitz at a ceremony on Pegnitz Air Field, Germany, on June 21, 2021. The blade will eventually become part of a memorial at the crash site in Pegnitz where a Chinook crashed on August 18, 1971, killing 37 American Soldiers.... Read more

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

23-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, received a delivery order in the amount of $580,598,636 on a previously negotiated option under a basic ordering agreement W91215-16-G-0001 for 14 H-47 extended range rotary wing aircraft that satisfy the United Kingdom’s requirement for heavy assault, rotary wing aircraft.  This modification exercises an option that was awarded on... Read more

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

23-Jun-2021Source: Xeriant

Xeriant, Inc. (OTC PINK: XERI), (“Xeriant” or “the Company”), a new aerospace technology and advanced materials holding company, announced that it has signed a definitive joint venture agreement with XTI Aircraft Company (“XTI”), a privately held cleantech aviation company based in Englewood, Colorado. The agreement will focus on the development of XTI’s revolutionary hybrid-electric fixed-wing... Read more

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Riverside County Sheriff Department  

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Riverside County Sheriff Department  

23-Jun-2021Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce their award for custom maintenance stands for the Riverside County Sheriff Department.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to perform maintenance on the engines, transmission, and main rotor system of their EC145 aircraft.   Similar to the stands they purchased for their AS350 aircraft; these... Read more

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

22-Jun-2021Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is on a roll! For the second consecutive year, USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice voted Papillon No. 1 in the 2021 travel award contest for Best Helicopter Tour in North America. A panel of travel industry experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees and then the top 10... Read more

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

22-Jun-2021Source: Air Methods

We want to congratulate our partner Vanderbilt LifeFlight, the 2020 Association of Air Medical Services transport program of the year, and other Tennessee public safety agencies for their lifesaving work at the 13th annual EMS Star of Life Awards. Hosted by the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance (CECA), the EMS Star of Life Awards is a premier... Read more

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

22-Jun-2021Source: SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Airbus Helicopters, Inc.  that will enable customers to select SKYTRAC avionics on newly purchased helicopters including the popular H145, H160, H175 and H225 models. “SKYTRAC and Airbus Helicopters have a longstanding history, and we are... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $73M contract for MRO of CH-53K

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $73,221,421 modification (P00008) to firm-fixed-price order N00019-21-F-0434 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This modification adds scope to procure 362 spare parts and support required for the repair and maintenance of the CH-53K low rate initial production configuration aircraft.  Work will be... Read more

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

Raytheon awarded $17M contract for support of V-22 Software Support Activity systems

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Raytheon Co., Intelligence, Information and Services, Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $17,016,793 modification (P00018) to previously awarded cost reimbursable, cost-plus-fixed-fee order N00421-19-F-0531 issued under basic ordering agreement N00019-15-G-0003.  This modification exercises an option to provide software engineering and testing, avionics integration and testing and avionics acquisition support to include classified and unclassified laboratories, configuration and... Read more

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

21-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Pacific (HSMWINGPAC) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island in Coronado, California, June 15, in which Capt. Jeffrey Melody was relieved by Capt. Brannon Bickel as “Commodore.” “I could not be prouder of the great work that our Sailors do each and every day, all... Read more

Bristow to Present at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

Bristow to Present at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference

21-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading provider of innovative vertical flight solutions, announced that the Company will be presenting at the J.P. Morgan 2021 Energy, Power & Renewables Conference to be held June 22-23, 2021. President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Bradshaw and Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Whalen are scheduled to present on Wednesday,... Read more

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

21-Jun-2021Source: NWF Daily News

Destin City Councilwoman Prebble Ramswell says helicopters providing tour flights and operated by Destin-based Timberview Helicopters Inc. recently passed over her house 11 times in one hour, or about one flyover every five minutes. See Full Story.... Read more

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

21-Jun-2021Source: Fire Aviation

The first female permanently-hired firefighting pilot employed by the state of California has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit after being fired by the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). See Full Story.... Read more

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

17-Jun-2021Source: US Army

12th Combat Aviation Brigade pilots had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly an Mi-24 Hind helicopter with Hungarian Defense Force pilots at Solnok Air Base, Hungary. U.S. Army pilots from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, part of 12th CAB, and the Hungarian Defense Force 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base shared their flying experience through joint orientation... Read more

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

17-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

In the frame of the product improvement program for its H135 light twin-engine aircraft, Airbus Helicopters has developed new solutions to avoid cracks from appearing near the main rotor blade (MRB) balance chamber of certain concerned EC135 P3/T3 and EC135H variants, leading to reduced maintenance costs and improved aircraft availability. From July 2021, the balance chamber... Read more

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

Boeing awarded $18M contract for obtaining parts of MH-47G

17-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded an $18,372,000 firm-fixed-price type delivery order modification to an existing contract (W91215-16-G-0001) for the procurement of long-lead components and parts in support of the MH-47G Chinook Block II production program. Fiscal 2021 Army aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $18,372,000 are being obligated at the time... Read more

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