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MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

Take the new MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) enhanced glass cockpit MD 530F demo aircraft for a test flight to experience its power and performance firsthand. This state-of-the-art helicopter is touring the West Coast from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. It is available for drop-in demo flights at Rotorcraft Support Inc. (RSI) on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m…. Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Nov-20

Wolfson Childrens Hospital adds helicopter

Wolfson Childrens Hospital adds helicopter

Critically ill and injured infants and children throughout the southeastern United States now have expanded access to the expert pediatric care of Wolfson Children’s Hospital of Jacksonville through a new Kids Kare helicopter. The helicopter, which is the latest addition to Wolfson Children’s Critical Care Transport Fleet, is dedicated solely to infants and children, staffed… Read more »

Source: Wolfson Childrens Hospital, 25-Nov-20

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Albuquerque Police get public complaints from increase helicopter use

Albuquerque Police get public complaints from increase helicopter use

Laura Crossey has lived near the University of New Mexico’s North Campus for about 30 years. This past spring she began noticing an uptick in helicopter flights above her neighborhood, she said, but the resulting noise was louder and more sustained than the UNM Hospital helipad activity she knew well from her decades in the… Read more »

Source: Albuquerque Journal, 25-Nov-20

UPMC Mercy Unveils New Rooftop Helipad

UPMC Mercy Unveils New Rooftop Helipad

The new air ambulance helipad at UPMC Mercy will replace the original structure overlooking the Boulevard of the Allies, which has been in place since the mid 1980’s and a landmark of Pittsburgh’s cityscape. The relocation is part of the ongoing construction of the state-of-the art UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy. “We… Read more »

Source: UPMC Mercy, 24-Nov-20

Spectrum Aeromed Brings On New VP of Operations

Spectrum Aeromed Brings On New VP of Operations

Spectrum Aeromed is proud to announce that Jeff Edberg has been hired to fill the role of Vice President of Operations in the company’s headquarter business office located in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. Edberg comes to Spectrum Aeromed with decades of experience both in and out of the cockpit. He graduated with a degree in… Read more »

Source: Spectrum Aeromed, 24-Nov-20

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 20-Nov-20

Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

Pafford Air One, Clinical Air Division of Pafford EMS is pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership with Shreveport, Louisiana based Metro Aviation. This partnership will combine Pafford Air One’s industry-leading, pre-hospital care with Metro Aviation’s internationally recognized excellence in helicopter transportation services and award-winning flight safety and training programs. Under the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 20-Nov-20

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) is struggling to find a replacement firing range for its Apache helicopters following noise and other complaints from nearby residents. See Full Story. 

Source: The Korea Times, 19-Nov-20

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Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

Air Evac Lifeteam has a new home at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. Air Evac Lifeteam has a new home at the Natchitoches Regional Airport. The air medical base was previously located in Winnfield. Jay Caskey, Program Director for the Air Eva Lifeteam base, said Natchitoches is more centrally located. “We are excited to be at… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 19-Nov-20

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Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

The Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The first inductions occurred in 1995, when Ralph Johnson, Harold Slim Lewis, Dillard Pic Walker and Samuel Phillips were inducted. Since the inaugural 1995 induction, only one individual is inducted each year. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the… Read more »

Source: Wyoming Department of Transportation, 19-Nov-20

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US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

The U.S. Forest Service has awarded a contract to a Scottsdale company to design and build a new helicopter base in northern Gila County to support firefighting activities. See Full Story. 

Source: Daily Independent, 19-Nov-20

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V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 16-Nov-20

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MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

 MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces a U.S. state municipality contract for the purchase of a new MD 530F in law enforcement configuration. The agency is responsible for monitoring the state’s valuable natural resources, wildlife populations, and ecosystems while ensuring enforcement of the state’s laws protecting them. The aircraft is the agency’s first helicopter. “This has been… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 13-Nov-20

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to replace 20-year-old Bell 407

The Charlotte City Council said it will replace a helicopter that is more than 20 years old. See Full Story.

Source: News Break, 11-Nov-20

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EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

In less than a year after opening a new fire station and recovering from a tornado in 2017, Chief Andrew Hawkins is ready to see more construction that will save lives through flight. See Full Story. 

Source: The Sampson Independent, 09-Nov-20

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Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that it has entered an agreement with HealthPartners, a consumer-governed, nonprofit healthcare organization based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The agreement enables Air Methods to provide HealthPartners plan members – totaling 1.8 million people across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota –… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 06-Nov-20

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Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Leonardo announced that Life Link III, a n EMS o p e r a to r in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States, has signed a contract for an AW169 and an AW109 Trekker for air medical transport missions. The helicopters will ensure in-flight critical care and transport patients across the upper-Midwest of the… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 06-Nov-20

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Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that it has partnered with MountainStar Healthcare and will open a base in Ogden, Utah on Nov. 3 as AirLife Utah. The base will serve Ogden Regional Medical Center, Cache Valley Hospital, Brigham City Hospital, Pleasant View Emergency Center, and Lakeview Hospital, and other… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 30-Oct-20

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Lockheed awarded $9M contract for engineering support of AH-1Z

Lockheed awarded $9M contract for engineering support of AH-1Z

Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, is awarded a $9,835,348 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N00019-21-F-0062) against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-19-G-0029.  This order provides non-recurring engineering for the production of target designator sets and electro-optical in support of AH-1Z Light Attack helicopters for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Oct-20

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Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) of up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 27-Oct-20

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MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

MissionGO, a provider of unmanned aviation solutions that are transforming logistics, and Nevada Donor Network, an organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the state of Nevada, today announced two successful test flights carrying a human organ and tissue via an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) on Sept. 17. The first flight transported research corneas from Southern Hills… Read more »

Source: MissionGO, 27-Oct-20

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US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for surface vessels, announces that it has been awarded a multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The primary purpose of the agreement is to initiate a prototype that will enable commercial ocean-service barges… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Oct-20

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Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

A team of pilots and engineers from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 recently joined colleagues from other Navy and Marine Corps commands to conduct MV-22 Osprey landing and ship compatibility tests aboard the amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21). The testing also included the first shipboard landings for the Navy’s new… Read more »

Source: NAVAIR, 22-Oct-20

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Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) was delivered to Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Fire Air Support Unit (ASU) recently when they accepted their first retrofitted Sikorsky HH-60L helicopter from Arista Aviation, located in Enterprise, Alabama. The RoadRunner EFIS is the cornerstone of an upgraded, state-of-the-art avionics package and instrument panel on… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 21-Oct-20

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Helipad reopens at Ellwood City Medical Center

Helipad reopens at Ellwood City Medical Center

The helipad at the former Ellwood City Medical Center has reopened for flights. So, for the first time this year, residents can expect to see medical helicopters landing at the Pershing Street pad for emergencies. See Full Story. 

Source: Ellwood City Ledger, 20-Oct-20

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WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

WR-ALC completes first TH-1H proof-of-concept overhaul

A TH-1H trainer helicopter stands ready for delivery at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, Oct. 8, 2020. TH-1H programmed depot maintenance is proof-of-concept first at Warner Robins Air Logistic Complex and will determine the feasibility of utilizing the complex as a viable source of repair for future organic rotary wing aircraft maintenance. (U.S. Air Force… Read more »

Source: US Air Force, 20-Oct-20

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Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

In August, Babcock won the long-term contract from CHC to transport Total workers to its central North Sea platforms. The US helicopter firm took a thinly-veiled swipe at Total over loss of the work, saying “unsustainable pricing, will ultimately see an end to future industry investment in technology, safety improvements and the next generation of… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 16-Oct-20

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Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

Life Link III announced today that they have acquired FlightBridgeED, LLC, a Kentucky-based critical care education company. The two organizations have shared a long history as strategic partners, brought together by their commitment to the advancement and delivery of critical care education and research.   For the past decade, FlightBridgeED has specialized in providing pre-hospital,… Read more »

Source: Life Link III, 15-Oct-20

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Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced today that the Unites States and Canada approved Astronics’ Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter’s AS350 Écureuil. In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada, Astronics obtained the Supplemental… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 15-Oct-20

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MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

Leonardo is pleased to announce that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) has taken delivery of its first AW139 helicopter.  The October 13 handoff included a small ceremony at Miami Executive Airport (TMB) in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Officials from the County, including Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, spoke at the event. “As a former firefighter, I’ve been very impressed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Oct-20

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Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

Metro Aviation recently delivered an H135 T3H to Collier County’s Emergency Medical Services program. “The arrival of the new aircraft will allow Collier County EMS to continue their mission of transporting critically injured trauma patients to a trauma center within the golden hour,” said Tabatha Butcher, chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  “Collier… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Oct-20

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Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

English Air Services, a part 133, 135 and 137 operator out of Santa Maria, CA USA specializing in utility operations for agriculture, LIDAR/Mapping platforms and power line maintenance has taken delivery of a completely refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L3 from Meridian Helicopters. This marks the eighteenth completed and delivered Bell Helicopter 206L3 and 206L4 aircraft refurbishments in… Read more »

Source: Meridian Helicopters, 09-Oct-20

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Sundance Helicopters closes tour operations 

Sundance Helicopters closes tour operations 

Sundance Helicopters announced the permanent closure of its tourism flight operations in Las Vegas. According to the Instagram post published Friday, the company is shutting down tours effective immediately. See Full Story.

Source: 8 News Now, 21-Aug-20

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Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

Some US Airports and heliports at risk of falling off charts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cleaning up their airport database, and is on the verge of removing almost 3,000 private airports from the flight charts across the nation. Some 114 of those are in Alaska. While we want and need current and accurate information for flight planning, many of these facilities are still active… Read more »

Source: AOPA, 15-Jun-20

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HaloFlight adds blood on board

HaloFlight adds blood on board

Hemorrhagic death remains the leading cause of survivable deaths in trauma cases; and now, the air ambulance professionals at HALO-Flight are changing that notion for South Texans with the introduction of blood on board each life-saving Mission. In 2005, the Fifty-Eighth World Health assembly designated World Blood Donor Day – June 14 – as an… Read more »

Source: HALO-Flight, 08-Jun-20

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Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Compass and ALG ship EC135 from UK to US for Air Methods

Aerospace Logistics Group (ALG) members Compass Forwarding and Talkcargo partnered to ship a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter from the United Kingdom to the United States this month. The group handled the door-to-door movement of the aircraft from Brighton City Airport in Southern England to Allegheny County Airport in the Pittsburgh area via containerized ocean freight. The… Read more »

Source: Compass Forwarding, 04-Jun-20

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Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

Kaman K-MAX® Continues as a Proven Firefighting Asset

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN), announced the United States Forest Service (USFS) awarded 40 percent of all Type 1, large helicopters exclusive use contracts, to K-MAX helicopter operators. These four-year contracts ensure immediate resources are available to the USFS when the need for firefighting arises. “We are very excited to… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 21-May-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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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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USHST Press Release: “Slight Change in Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents During 2019.”

USHST Press Release: “Slight Change in Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents During 2019.”

Total accidents and the number of fatal accidents for the U.S. civil helicopter industry remained flat during 2019, but the second half of the year reflected fewer accidents (69 vs. 53) and fewer fatal accidents (15 vs. 9) compared to the first six months.  The annual numbers also remained below accident totals from five and… Read more »

Source: USHST, 05-Feb-20

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Metro Aviation celebrates delivery of first American-made EC145e

Metro Aviation celebrates delivery of first American-made EC145e

Metro Aviation today announced the delivery of the first American-made EC145e, which was completed for Duke Life Flight of Duke Health based in Durham, North Carolina. This is the first of two EC145e aircraft with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability that Metro is completing for the program. “From beginning to end, the aircraft completion process… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Feb-20

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Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) will enhance its patrol and surveillance capabilities with the addition of 16 new Airbus H125 helicopters.   The new aircraft will enable AMO to achieve its mission of protecting the nation’s borders, helping combat drug smuggling, and performing life-saving search and rescue missions. Over… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Robinson Newscopters Deliver News

Robinson Newscopters Deliver News

Robinson Newscopters continue to make inroads into major media markets in the U.S. with Washington D.C. and Tampa, Florida, becoming the latest to employ Robinson Electric News Gathering (ENG) helicopters. SKY Helicopters, Robinson’s longtime dealer in Garland, Texas, recently took delivery of a new R66 Newscopter bringing the company’s fleet of Robinson Newscopters to fifteen…. Read more »

Source: Newscopters, 28-Jan-20

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Colorado National Guard aviation battalion mobilizing three units

Colorado National Guard aviation battalion mobilizing three units

Colorado National Guard Soldiers from Company A, Company D and Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion 135th Aviation Regiment will be honored at a departure ceremony on Buckley Air Force Base Jan. 2, 2020, at 3 p.m. Family, friends and dignitaries will gather at the at the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter… Read more »

Source: Colorado National Guard, 06-Jan-20

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Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

Jordan’s first female pilot trains in the USA

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s first female rotary-wing aviator, Cadet Aya Basheer Ibrahim Al Sourany, recently underwent UH-60 Black Hawk virtual flight training at the Fort Indiantown Gap (FTIG) National Guard Training Center, writes Jon Lake. See Full Story.

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 19-Nov-19

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50 Years – Airbus Helicopters in the US

50 Years – Airbus Helicopters in the US

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is celebrating 50 years of supporting U.S. helicopter operators. The company’s U.S. operations began in 1969 with the establishment of Vought Helicopter, Inc. in Texas, which France’s Aerospatiale took over in 1974. Six years later, in 1980, Airbus Helicopters Inc. opened the doors to its current facilities in Grand Prairie, which is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-19

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Voom helicopter booking platform expands into US

Voom helicopter booking platform expands into US

Voom, an Airbus company, announced the launch of its helicopter service in the U.S., starting with the San Francisco Bay Area. Expanding upon its successful helicopter service in Latin America, Voom provides an easy and affordable way to quickly fly over traffic with service available between five Bay Area airports: Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, San… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Sep-19

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Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation takes delivery of first Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered to Metro Aviation Inc. the first EC145e produced at its U.S. assembly plant in Columbus, Miss. This latest aircraft delivery is part of an order for 25 that Metro placed in 2018, and the remaining aircraft will all be delivered out of Columbus. Metro is a Shreveport, La.-based company that… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Sep-19

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US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

US sends 60 training helicopters to Colombia

Fighting illegal drug trafficking is done to safeguard national security, and this fight is supported by security assistance programs executed for the Army by Security Assistance Command. USASAC has used one such program, Section 333, to transfer 60 TH-67 Training Bell Model helicopters to the Regional Helicopter Training Center in Melgar, Colombia. The helicopters had… Read more »

Source: US Army Security Assistance Command, 11-Sep-19

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Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

Leonardo and CAE USA have joined forces to collaborate in the United States to offer integrated solutions for helicopter training requirements for the government market. A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed recently between the companies that expands on the longestablished relationship between Leonardo and CAE in helicopter training. The MoA is focused on delivering… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Sep-19

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Dickson sworn in as new FAA Administrator

Dickson sworn in as new FAA Administrator

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety. Recognizing… Read more »

Source: FAA, 16-Aug-19

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US accident data heading for worst year in over a decade

US accident data heading for worst year in over a decade

With half of 2019 completed and another six months to go, the U.S. helicopter industry is experiencing a year of tragic accidents with too many lives being lost. To stem the surge of fatal accidents, the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) is calling on helicopter operators, pilots, instructors and mechanics to rely on safety basics… Read more »

Source: USHST, 18-Jul-19

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Precision Aviation combines latest US Guimbal G2 Cabri delivery with demo tour

Precision Aviation combines latest US Guimbal G2 Cabri delivery with demo tour

On Tuesday, June 25th Precision Aviation Training starts the delivery process on yet another Guimbal Cabri G2 sold into the USA. This time however the aircraft is coordinated with the owner whom is allowing the aircraft to be flown across the country under the control of Precision’s Pilot. Henry Sexsmith, a Precision CFII won’t just… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Training, 01-Jul-19

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Sikorsky Receives Contract To Build 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky Receives Contract To Build 12 CH-53K

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) will build 12 production CH-53K King Stallion helicopters under a new $1.13 billion contract from the U.S. Navy. These advanced helicopters are part of the 200 program of record aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps. Under the terms of the contract, known as Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 2 and… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-May-19

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MARPA warns US manufacturers to check new EASA SMS proposals

MARPA warns US manufacturers to check new EASA SMS proposals

EASA has issued a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) that would establish new SMS regulations for repair stations and manufacturers. This NPA proposes to apply safety management systems (SMS) to production and design organizations approved under Subparts G and J of Part 21. It introduces elements of SMS into the regulations, but also makes a… Read more »

Source: EASA, 14-May-19

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VMM-268 completes trans-Pacific flight with four MV-22B Ospreys

VMM-268 completes trans-Pacific flight with four MV-22B Ospreys

Four MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 successfully completed a trans-Pacific flight from Okinawa, Japan to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on May 2, 2019. This has become a recurring milestone flight that the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and VMM-268 have successfully completed. This flight comes at the completion of exercise Balikatan,… Read more »

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AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies Unveil Leap-Ahead Design

The AVX Aircraft Company and L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) announced their innovative compound coaxial helicopter (CCH) design, which is competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition. “We are collaborating to deliver a prototype that provides powerful leap-ahead capability for our warfighters at an affordable life-cycle cost.”… Read more »

Source: AVX Aircraft Company, 17-Apr-19

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Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo picks TH-119 for US Navy training

Leonardo submitted to the US Navy its proposal to manufacture and support up to 130 training helicopters under the relevant Request for Proposal (RFP). Reliable, fully compliant and easy to maintain, the TH-119 IFR helicopter is the best and most capable solution to train the next generation of Navy helicopter pilots.   Leonardo is committed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Apr-19

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Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo to expand US training with AW169 and AW609 simulators

Leonardo announced at Heli-Expo 2019 a substantial reinforcement of its helicopter training capabilities and services in the USA with the establishment of a new Training Academy within its production facility in Philadelphia. The new purpose-built campus is expected to be completed in 2020. With a 65 million USD multiyear investment, the new Training Academy will… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 07-Mar-19

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US Navy opens new training airfield

US Navy opens new training airfield

Following an historic land exchange agreement between the U.S. Navy and Escambia County, the Navy’s newest outlying landing field opened for helicopter training operations today, after years of collaboration and hard work.To commemorate the completion of the field and the exchange of property, NAS Whiting Field held a ribbon cutting with representatives from the Navy,… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 04-Feb-19

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Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo opens Gulf of Mexico Support Center

Leonardo announced that its comprehensive new Gulf of Mexico Support Center in Broussard, Louisiana is open. The 21,000 square foot facility provides blade repair, spare parts and technical support. Construction began in June 2017 on two acres near Highway 90. To celebrate the opening, Leonardo hosted customers and local government for a ribbon cutting ceremony…. Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 04-Feb-19

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Airbus rings in 2019 with milestone anniversaries

Airbus rings in 2019 with milestone anniversaries

Airbus Helicopters North America is celebrating two milestone anniversaries of operations this year. Airbus Helicopters, Inc., based in Grand Prairie, Texas, is celebrating 50 years of sales and support for U.S. helicopter operators, while Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd., located in Fort Erie, Ontario, is marking its 35-year milestone. “For 50 years, our customers and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-19

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Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight

Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight

Boeing [NYSE: BA] successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 28-Jan-19

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Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

Austin Peay introduces first helicopter in its rotor-wing fleet

GOV 1 has landed. Austin Peay State University officials on Wednesday unveiled the first of three helicopters in its new rotor-wing fleet. The helicopters bolster the state’s first and only aviation science program with a rotor-wing concentration. Charlie Weigandt, the program’s director and chief helicopter pilot, circled the plaza beside the Art + Design building… Read more »

Source: Austin Peay, 14-Jan-19

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Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing MH-139 to Replace US Air Force UH-1N Huey Fleet

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 25-Sep-18

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SkyRyse Launches as First US Technology-Enabled Air Mobility Service

SkyRyse has announced its launch as the first technology-enabled air mobility company to operate in the U.S. Built by aerospace experts from Boeing, SpaceX, Tesla, Uber, and the U.S. military, SkyRyse is on a mission to deliver fast, safe and affordable air transportation that is unbound by today’s transportation infrastructure. The company also announced it… Read more »

Source: SkyRyse, 13-Sep-18

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SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI BATT Baffling System Awarded US Patent

SEI Industries is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a US patent for the internal baffling systems within our flexible liquid transport tanks, including our Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT). The BATT is constructed of two tanks: an outer tank, which provides secondary containment, secures the BATT to the aircraft, and protects the… Read more »

Source: SEI Industries, 10-Sep-18

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US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Latvia has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Aug-18

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Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter announces North American subsidiary

Kopter Group AG is pleased to announce that it has formed a fully owned subsidiary in the US: Kopter North America LLC. The establishment of this subsidiary is a key first step for Kopter in developing its presence in the US, which represents a significant market for the company. Kopter North America LLC will be… Read more »

Source: Kopter, 11-Jul-18

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DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of $930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Jun-18

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Pentagon Needs Speedier Acquisition to Stay Competitive

Pentagon Needs Speedier Acquisition to Stay Competitive

The Defense Department needs to speed its acquisition processes and allow decisions at a lower level if it wants to stay competitive, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said today. “The Chinese love our acquisition system, they are the biggest fans of our acquisition system that there could possibly be; they certainly don’t… Read more »

Source: Defense Aerospace, 12-Mar-18

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US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

US Navy tests JAGM missile on AH-1Z

The Navy successfully completed its first Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) flight test on the AH-1Z helicopter Dec.5 at Patuxent River. During the flight, aircrew aboard the AH-1Z navigated the missile through various operational modes and exercised its active seeker to search and/or acquire targets, demonstrating its compatibility with the aircraft. “Initial results from the flight indicate the missile performed… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 10-Jan-18

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Airbus appoints new US boss

Airbus appoints new US boss

Aerospace industry veteran, C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Mr. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-17

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Oceania Aviation appoints US Aircraft Sales Agent

Oceania Aviation appoints US Aircraft Sales Agent

We have known for a while now that selling aircraft occurs in an international market and therefore our aircraft sales team are pleased to introduce the latest addition to the company, Steve Reyna who is based in the state of Texas in the US. Steve is a former Naval Aviator who has flown 20 different types… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 01-Nov-17

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HAI & HTOC Committee Meeting and Safety Seminar

HAI & HTOC Committee Meeting and Safety Seminar

Each fall, HAI and its Helicopter Tour Operators Committee (HTOC) team up to host their Committee Meeting and Safety Seminar. Our event draws tour operators from every major U.S. air-tour market, including Alaska, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and New York; Part 135 operators; and others who use this opportunity to meet with fellow members… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Sep-17

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