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Northrop Grumman awarded $337M contract for H-1 avionics and weapons R&D

Northrop Grumman awarded $337M contract for H-1 avionics and weapons R&D

5-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Woodland Hills, California, is awarded a $337,943,520 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursable indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides researching alternatives, investigating and documenting new capabilities and anomalies related to H-1 avionics and weapons; and the development, integration, verification, validation, and testing of H-1 Integrated Avionics Systems, as well as identifies maintenance... Read more

Reps. Obernolte, Panetta launch bipartisan Advanced Air Mobility Caucus

Reps. Obernolte, Panetta launch bipartisan Advanced Air Mobility Caucus

4-Jul-2022Source: Jay Obernolte

  On Thursday, Congressmen Jay Obernolte (R-CA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) launched the bipartisan Congressional Advanced Air Mobility Caucus, a new Congressional group to educate members and the public about advanced air mobility technologies, associated societal benefits, and regulatory updates needed to promote this revolutionary technology. “Imagine a future just a few years from now,... Read more

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

Longbow LLC awarded $14M AH-64 Model Fire Control Radar contract

4-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

  Longbow LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $14,217,951 firm-fixed-price contract for life cycle contractor support services and supplies for the Apache AH-64D/E Model Fire Control Radar. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 Army... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

Sikorsky awarded $429M MRO contract for UH-60s

1-Jul-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $429,174,259 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama,... Read more

HAI works with ERHC and others on Washington DC noise initiativef

HAI works with ERHC and others on Washington DC noise initiativef

30-Jun-2022Source: HAI

  Working with US Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.), the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and Helicopter Association International (HAI) debuted a new helicopter noise initiative for the Washington, D.C., metro area last Friday. The two trade groups established a helicopter noise complaint system for individuals in and around the region to share their concerns. The... Read more

Subaru was awarded a contract of Subaru B412EPX from Chubu Regional Development Bureau

Subaru was awarded a contract of Subaru B412EPX from Chubu Regional Development Bureau

30-Jun-2022Source: Subaru

Subaru Corporation is pleased to announce that we were awarded a contract of SUBARU BELL 412EPX, from Chubu Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The helicopter is scheduled to be delivered to the customer in 2024. It is expected to be used for information gathering in the event of disasters... Read more

Clyde Woltman To Lead Leonardo Helicopters’ US Operations

Clyde Woltman To Lead Leonardo Helicopters’ US Operations

30-Jun-2022Source: Leonardo

  Leonardo, a leader in the global aerospace, defense and security industry, today announced that Clyde M. Woltman has been named CEO for Leonardo Helicopters U.S. Woltman assumes his new role following the retirement of William Hunt, who will temporarily remain in an advisory role. Woltman joined the company in 2019 as the President of... Read more

Lockheed awarded $22M contract for modernized day sensor assembly kits and spares for Apache

Lockheed awarded $22M contract for modernized day sensor assembly kits and spares for Apache

27-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $22,112,989 modification (P00001) to contract W58RGZ-22-F-0130 to procure modernized day sensor assembly kits and spares for Apache helicopters. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2024. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Egypt) funds; and fiscal 2021 and 2022... Read more

ERHC, HAI Debut Washington Noise Initiative

ERHC, HAI Debut Washington Noise Initiative

27-Jun-2022Source: HAI

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and Helicopter Association International (HAI) debuted a new helicopter noise initiative for the Washington, D.C., metro area today. The two trade groups established a helicopter noise complaint system for individuals in and around the region to share their concerns. Jeff Smith, chair of EHRC, and John Shea, director of... Read more

Metro Aviation continues to delivered H125 to Texas DPS

Metro Aviation continues to delivered H125 to Texas DPS

21-Jun-2022Source: Metro Aviation

  Metro Aviation recently completed and delivered a new H125 for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Working in conjunction with aviation technology and wireless communications leader CNC Technologies, Metro customized the aircraft to meet the Texas DPS’s specific mission needs. The result is the most advanced law enforcement aerial mission platform completed to date by Metro’s Louisiana-based completion center. The aircraft is the first in the Texas DPS... Read more

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

Lockheed awarded $13M contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment

21-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $13,883,140 firm-fixed-price contract for Apache helicopter refurbishment. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Gilbert, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2024. Fiscal 2022 aircraft procurement, Army; and 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Netherlands, United Arab Emirates,... Read more

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

FRCE Marks Maintenance Firsts with V-22 Repairs

17-Jun-2022

  Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) is gearing up to return an MV-22 Osprey to the fleet after conducting a wing-off stow ring replacement on the aircraft, the first completion of this procedure by a naval aviation depot. In another inaugural depot-level repair, FRCE artisans tackled corrosion on the aircraft’s K-fittings with the wing off,... Read more

REACH Announces Plans to Open Base in Colusa County

REACH Announces Plans to Open Base in Colusa County

17-Jun-2022Source: REACH Air Medical

  REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced its plans to open an air medical base in Colusa County. Located in Williams along Interstate 5, the new base will provide service to Colusa County and the surrounding regions. “We are incredibly proud to be joining the community of Williams,” said Vicky Spediacci, Air Chief Operating Officer... Read more

Archer Aviation to Join Russell 2000 and 3000 Indexes

Archer Aviation to Join Russell 2000 and 3000 Indexes

17-Jun-2022Source: Archer Aviation

  Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) today announced that it will be included in the Russell 2000®and 3000® Indexes at the conclusion of the 2022 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US market opens on June 27, 2022. The annual Russell indexes reconstitution captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of May 6, ranking... Read more

Metro Aviation welcomes Washington County EMS

Metro Aviation welcomes Washington County EMS

16-Jun-2022Source: Metro Aviation

  Metro Aviation turned 40 in 2022 and is continuing the celebration with its 40th operations customer in the birthplace of Texas. Metro will operate one EC145 for Washington County EMS and eventually provide fire suppression operations, a first for the 40-year operator. Washington-on-the-Brazos, also called Washington, originated in 1821 as a ferry crossing during... Read more

Amazon Prime Air prepares for drone deliveries

Amazon Prime Air prepares for drone deliveries

16-Jun-2022Source: Amazon

Amazon customers in Lockeford, California, will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries in the U.S. The promise of drone delivery has often felt like science fiction. We’ve been working for almost a decade to make it a reality. The challenge: How do you get items to customers quickly, cost-effectively, and—most importantly—safely,... Read more

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

Raytheon wins $8.5M order for V-22 avionics

14-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  Raytheon Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded an $8,553,347 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001922F1017) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001920G0007). This order provides for the sustainment of previously delivered block fleet releases, ongoing development of flight tests and fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases for the V-22 avionics... Read more

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

First in-air refuelling between KC-46 and USAF Special Ops CV-22

13-Jun-2022Source: US Air Force

One of the most renowned aircraft in the Air Force’s fleet, the CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft combines the vertical flight qualities of a helicopter with the fuel efficiency and speed of a fixed wing plane. This combination makes it the ideal aircraft for conducting infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces across long... Read more

VFS Announces the Winners of the 2nd Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition

VFS Announces the Winners of the 2nd Design-Build-Vertical Flight Student Competition

6-Jun-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announces the winners of its second annual Design-Build-Vertical Flight (DBVF) Student Competition. The Ohio State University took first place, University of Maryland took second and the Pennsylvania State University took third:  Place University Location Team Cash Prize 1st Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio, USA Buckeye Vertical $2,000 2nd University of... Read more

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $33M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

  IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $33,838,769 modification (P00020) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2023. Fiscal 2010 and 2022 Foreign Military Sales (Albania, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Slovakia,... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract  scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $185M contract scope to procurement and delivery of two CH-53K

1-Jun-2022Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded an $185,694,050 fixed-price incentive firm modification P00010 to a previously awarded contract (N0001920C0047).  This modification adds scope to procurement and delivery of two unfunded priority list CH-53K Heavy Lift Aircraft under low rate initial production Lot six. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut... Read more

Maui County Fire Dept adds BK117

Maui County Fire Dept adds BK117

1-Jun-2022Source: Hawaii News Now

Maui Fire Department officials say a new asset will help them cover more ground and save more lives. “A lot more cargo, a lot more firefighting capability, a lot more rescue capability,” said Maui Fire Chief Bradford Ventura. It comes at a perfect time as the county sees alarming numbers of wildfires. See Full Story.... Read more

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

US State Department approves possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for CH-47F

30-May-2022Source: DSCA

  The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Egypt of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Egypt has requested... Read more

Joby Receives Part 135 Certificate From the FAA

Joby Receives Part 135 Certificate From the FAA

30-May-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced the Company has received a Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing Joby to begin on-demand commercial air taxi operations. Joby received the certification ahead of schedule, with completion of the process originally expected in... Read more

Walmart to add drone delivery in six US states

Walmart to add drone delivery in six US states

26-May-2022Source: Walmart

We continue to expand our delivery operations to help customers get the items they need when they need them, and it’s been an exciting journey. From Express delivery, where customers can have items delivered to their doorsteps in as little as two hours, to InHome, where they can get those orders placed right into their... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

26-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,508,967 firm-fixed-price order (N6134022F7005) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the upgrade and delivery of the V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer in support of executing training for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Amarillo,... Read more

HAI Applauds Senate Introduction of the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act

HAI Applauds Senate Introduction of the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act

26-May-2022Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) commends Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) for introducing the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act. This bipartisan bill establishes a pilot program to provide planning grants for advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure. “The AAIM Act, offered by Senators Moran and Padilla, provides essential resources for state and local... Read more

Life Flight Network to add 24-hour critical care transport base to Salem, Oregon

Life Flight Network to add 24-hour critical care transport base to Salem, Oregon

25-May-2022Source: Life Flight Network

  Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, announced the addition of a 24-hour helicopter critical care transport base in Salem, Oregon. Life Flight Network’s highly trained flight crew will provide ICU level care to the communities of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the surrounding area, augmenting their existing air medical services in... Read more

Bell donates 407 to engineering training institute

Bell donates 407 to engineering training institute

25-May-2022Source: Clarksville NOW

  North Central Institute in Clarksville celebrated the unveiling Thursday of a helicopter donated to the school from Bell. The Bell 407 Fire X helicopter will be used as a training aid for aviation maintenance technicians passing through the doors of NCI. See Full Story. ... Read more

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

Sikorsky awarded a $23M contract for support of Israeli CH-53K fleet

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a not-to-exceed $23,785,233 undefinitized firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2233) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides non-recurring engineering in support of the development of an exportable variant to the Marine Corps baseline CH-53K aircraft for the government of Israel. Work will... Read more

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

UK and US helicopters complete Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia

24-May-2022Source: UK Military

  UK and US helicopters have been finding and striking targets and lifting paratroopers and equipment into action together on Exercise Swift Response. Joint Helicopter Command’s Aviation Task Force 1 (ATF-1), which commands the attack, reconnaissance and support helicopters in the British Army’s global response force, is flying in support of the major multinational exercise in... Read more

Joby buys Avionyx to support FAA Certification Testing

Joby buys Avionyx to support FAA Certification Testing

24-May-2022Source: Joby Aviation

  Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced its acquisition of Avionyx, an established aerospace software engineering firm, to support its aircraft type certification program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, Avionyx has been a respected provider of software development... Read more

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

Airbus awarded a $14M contract UH-72 logistics support and engineering services

24-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $14,273,735 contract for UH-72 Lakota helicopter contractor logistics support and engineering services. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2026. Fiscal 2022 fixed-firm-price funds in... Read more

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

Tennessee Guardsmen receive award for Smoky Mountain rescue mission

16-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Four members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion received the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee’s Star of Life award on May 4 for their heroic efforts during a life-saving medical evacuation last June. Each year, the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee hosts a statewide award ceremony recognizing heroic actions of... Read more

Air Evac Lifetime launch new base in northern Alabama

Air Evac Lifetime launch new base in northern Alabama

13-May-2022Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

  The base in northern Alabama will be staffed by highly trained pilots, flight nurses, flight paramedics and an on-site aviation maintenance technician.   Air Evac Lifeteam announced its newest emergency air medical transport base in northern Alabama is now in service. Located in Athens, the new base will provide service to Limestone County and... Read more

Joby Confirms Revolutionary Low Noise Footprint

Joby Confirms Revolutionary Low Noise Footprint

13-May-2022Source: Joby Aviation

  Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced that its full-size pre-production aircraft has successfully demonstrated its revolutionary low noise profile, following acoustic testing completed with NASA.   Following analysis of the data obtained over two weeks of testing as part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility... Read more

AdventHealth unveils second helicopter and new hangar

AdventHealth unveils second helicopter and new hangar

11-May-2022

AdventHealth’s Flight 1 program is undergoing a major expansion with the addition of a second state-of-the-art helicopter and, for the first time, a hangar at the Orlando Executive Airport that will allow the program to react faster to calls and fly more patients in need. For the past 36 years, the Flight 1 program has... Read more

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

Royal Australian Navy to acquire 13 more MH-60Rs from US Navy

10-May-2022Source: Lockheed Martin

  Lockheed Martin Australia welcomes the Australian Government announcement of the expansion of the MH-60R helicopter fleet – the MH-60R Seahawk is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter with unmatched capabilities across a multitude of roles. Through this acquisition, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will acquire 13 additional MH-60Rs from the United States Navy, increasing its... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

Bell-Boeing awarded $302M contract for four MV-22B for USMC

10-May-2022

  Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $302,152,612 modification (P00053) to a previously awarded fixed-price incentive (firm target), cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N0001917C0015) for the production and delivery of four MV-22B variation in quantity aircraft for the Marine Corps.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30.08%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15.22%); Amarillo,... Read more

EHang Provides Update on Status under Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

EHang Provides Update on Status under Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

10-May-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, provides an update on its status under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (the “HFCAA”). The Company was provisionally identified by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as a Commission-Identified Issuer under the HFCAA... Read more

TMAP, Joby and SKT partner for eVTOL service to South Korea

TMAP, Joby and SKT partner for eVTOL service to South Korea

9-May-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today confirmed that TMAP, South Korea’s largest mobility platform, will join Joby’s partnership with SK Telecom to bring aerial ridesharing services to Korea. As Korea’s largest mobility platform, TMAP holds an unprecedented amount of transportation and mapping data gathered over the... Read more

Wisk Aero appoints CFO

Wisk Aero appoints CFO

9-May-2022Source: Wisk Aero

  Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the US, announced today that Tyler Painter has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Painter will lead Wisk’s finance, accounting, corporate development, and information technology teams and will be responsible... Read more

EHang update on Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act status

EHang update on Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act status

9-May-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company provides an update on its status under the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (the “HFCAA”). The Company was provisionally identified by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) as a Commission-Identified Issuer under the HFCAA... Read more

New Cal Fire helicopter in Hollister ready for wildfire season

New Cal Fire helicopter in Hollister ready for wildfire season

6-May-2022Source: msn

The Cal Fire Air Attack Base in Hollister now has an even greater defense going into this fire season – the S70i, also known as the fire hawk. On Sunday, Cal Fire helicopter pilot, Dennis Smith who’s been flying for 30 years admired their new chopper and shared that out of all the aircraft he’s... Read more

Tahoe area fire district wants tactical helicopter

Tahoe area fire district wants tactical helicopter

6-May-2022Source: FOX 40

The warm weather Northern California is experiencing, coupled with a bad wet season, has many fire crews already gearing up for potentially devastating fire season. The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District is hoping to raise money to help stop fires right after they start. See Full Story. ... Read more

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

Breeze-Eastern Corp was awarded a $7M contract for overhaul and upgrade Winch

5-May-2022Source: US DoD

Breeze-Eastern Corp., Whippany, New Jersey, was awarded a $7,938,309 firm-fixed-price contract for the overhaul and upgrade of the Winch, Aircraft Mounted for the UH-60 Medical Evacuation Aircraft. This was a sole-source action with zero bids. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 21, 2027. U.S.... Read more

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

Overhaul Support Services LLC awarded two CH-47 contracts by US Army

3-May-2022Source: US DoD

Overhaul Support Services LLC, East Granby, Connecticut, was awarded a $15,793,439 firm-fixed-price contract to overhaul aft control swashplates for the CH-47 Chinook. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 13, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone... Read more

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

USS Montgomery completes MQ-8C integration training

3-May-2022Source: US Navy

The Navy’s newest unmanned helicopter, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, completed operational integration training aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8), April 21. During two weeks of flight operations the unmanned helicopter attached to the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, performed various over-the-horizon intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance training missions using the... Read more

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

Connecticut National Guard completes Blackhawk fleet conversion

3-May-2022Source: US National Guard

Soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard’s Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment out of Windsor Locks, retrieved a new UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and delivered it to the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks, Conn. April 28, 2022. The addition of this new airframe completes a conversion of the unit’s... Read more

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

USMC deactivates HMLA-367

27-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 367, Marine Aircraft Group 24, cased their colors during the unit’s deactivation ceremony here today. During World War II the squadron activated in December 1943 as Marine Observation Squadron 351 in Quantico, Virginia. A month later, in January 1944, the Marines of “Scarface” were fighting in the skies over... Read more

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

West Virginia Guard unit receives 1st new medevac Black Hawk

26-Apr-2022Source: US National Guard

The West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, Aeromedical Evacuation Company, received its first of six new HH-60M “Mike” model Black Hawk helicopters April 12. Built by Sikorsky Aircraft for the U.S. Army, the HH-60M supports aerial medical and ambulatory patient transport medevac services such as evacuating wounded troops from the... Read more

Native Air 7 celebrates 20 years of serving Central Arizona

Native Air 7 celebrates 20 years of serving Central Arizona

26-Apr-2022Source: Air Methods

Native Air, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., announced that it is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its Native Air 7 air ambulance service this month long. Since opening their doors in April 2002, the Native Air 7 crew has remained committed to providing lifesaving care to residents in... Read more

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

US Marine Corps Deactivates HMH-463

25-Apr-2022Source: US Marine Corps

The oldest flying squadron of Marine Aircraft Group 24, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMH-463), “Pegasus,” cased its colors and deactivated during a ceremony here today. HMH-463 first activated July 20, 1944, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina as Marine Bombing Squadron 463. Since the original activation, the squadron has operated on... Read more

VFS Announces 2022 DiversiFlite Winners

VFS Announces 2022 DiversiFlite Winners

20-Apr-2022Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society today announced the selected participants for its inaugural DiversiFlite Scholars program. The three winners will be recognized at the Grand Awards Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, 2022, during the Society’s 78th Annual Forum & Technology Display in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The program selects promising engineering students interested in vertical flight... Read more

City of Fontana spends $2.8M in coronavirus aid on pre-owned AS350B2

City of Fontana spends $2.8M in coronavirus aid on pre-owned AS350B2

20-Apr-2022Source: The Sun

Fontana will spend $2.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds on a previously-owned helicopter to bolster public safety and fire and emergency medical services. See Full Story. ... Read more

Means of Compliance proposals submitted for Lilium

Means of Compliance proposals submitted for Lilium

19-Apr-2022Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, announced today that it has submitted a full set of Means of Compliance proposals to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (“EASA”) for the type certification of the Lilium Jet. The submission to EASA represents a milestone on the... Read more

Wisk partners with AAM infrastructure specialist Skyports

Wisk partners with AAM infrastructure specialist Skyports

19-Apr-2022Source: Wisk

Wisk Aero, a leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the US, and Skyports, the world-leading designer, developer, and operator of vertiports (landing sites for eVTOL aircraft), are partnering to integrate autonomous, electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations at vertiports and other ground-based infrastructure.... Read more

Blade to provide air service for Festival in the Desert

Blade to provide air service for Festival in the Desert

14-Apr-2022Source: Blade Air Mobility

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Blade”), a technology-powered global air mobility platform, announced today that it is providing helicopter, plane and jet service between Los Angeles and Indio, California over both desert festival weekends (April 14th–25th), starting at $975 per seat. Festivalgoers will fly directly between Santa Monica Airport on the Westside of Los... Read more

Avfuel and Neste Exhibit together at SDC2022

Avfuel and Neste Exhibit together at SDC2022

13-Apr-2022Source: Avfuel

Avfuel Corporation and Neste have collaborated to exhibit together in the Avfuel Aisles at SDC2022 in San Diego. The convention marks the first time Avfuel—a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services—will have one of the world’s foremost producers of renewable fuels as a co-exhibitor at a tradeshow. Attendees can meet with Neste representatives... Read more

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

LIFT Aircraft Advances to Phase 3 Contract with the US Air Force

12-Apr-2022Source: LIFT Aircraft

LIFT Aircraft Co. was recently awarded a Phase 3 contract through the United States Air Force’s Agility Prime Program to continue experimentation and flight test efforts around HEXA, LIFT’s all-electric, single-seat eVTOL aircraft. Since 2020, LIFT Aircraft has conducted flight testing with the support of the US Air Force under a Phase 2 Small Business... Read more

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

FRCE training assists WESTPAC in standing up V-22 PMI line

7-Apr-2022Source: FRCE

Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) provides maintenance, repair, overhaul and technical services that support a variety of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft around the world. The depot also provides service to the Fleet through training for aircraft maintenance professionals who can then return to their respective organizations with the skills they need to maintain aviation... Read more

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

Vermont Guard, Senegalese Air Force conduct aviation exchange

4-Apr-2022Source: US Military

Vermont Army National Guard rotary-wing representatives with 86th Troop Command took part in an aviation exchange with Senegalese Air Force helicopter pilots as part of the State Partnership Program in Dakar, Senegal, March 13-19. During the exchange, Vermont National Guardsmen and Senegalese pilots discussed accident causation theories, case studies on aircraft mishaps and crew coordination,... Read more

HAI gives testimony to US Government on impact of 5G on helicopter operations

HAI gives testimony to US Government on impact of 5G on helicopter operations

1-Apr-2022Source: HAI

HAI President and CEO James Viola provided testimony on the effects of 5G deployment on aviation safety to the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation on Feb. 3, 2022. Below is an edited version of his remarks to the subcommittee. 5G Flight Restrictions In carrying out its mission to maintain safety... Read more

Metro Aviation splits from AAMS

Metro Aviation splits from AAMS

1-Apr-2022Source: Metro Aviation

A lawsuit brought by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) over the implementation of the No Surprises Act has deeply divided the U.S. air medical industry, with some hospital-based providers claiming that AAMS has jeopardized their programs by prioritizing the interests of independent providers. Metro Aviation — which operates 155 aircraft for 39 traditional air medical... Read more

Joby Resumes Flight Testing of eVTOL

Joby Resumes Flight Testing of eVTOL

1-Apr-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing an all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, today announced its second pre-production prototype aircraft has resumed flight testing at the Company’s pilot production facility in Marina, CA. The aircraft first flew in January, having received approval to fly from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the... Read more

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

FLIR Systems awarded $19M contract for UH-60 turret work

24-Mar-2022Source: US DoD

FLIR Systems Inc., North Billerica, Massachusetts, was awarded a $19,348,691 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of the UH-60 turret. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of March 16, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-22-D-0024).... Read more

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

Moody, Charleston set standard for CSAR community

24-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron was successfully certified in folding and loading two HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 14th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, on March 11, 2022. This Air Transportability Testing and Loading Agency, or ATTLA, certification not only allows the 41st RGS... Read more

United Rotorcraft Expands Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Footprint

United Rotorcraft Expands Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Footprint

23-Mar-2022Source: United Rotorcraft

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced the addition of two new Part 145 Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona to their current footprint in Denver, Colorado and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, enabling them to fulfil the MRO needs of helicopter operators across the US. Larry Alexandre, United... Read more

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

HSM-77 Saberhawks earn Phoenix Award for superior maintenance

22-Mar-2022Source: US Navy

The “Saberhawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 77 were awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, March 3. Top commands from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force compete annually for the award that celebrates maintenance performance excellence. According to DoD Instruction 1348.30, the award recognizes maintenance operations... Read more

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

Illinois Army National Guard Receives UH-60V Black Hawks

21-Mar-2022Source: US National Guard

The Illinois Army National Guard has received new UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, the latest rotary-wing aircraft in the Army’s inventory. The helicopters are assigned to the 106th Aviation Regiment, stationed in Kankakee and Decatur. “We’ve upgraded from analog to digital technology. The UH-60V gives us a moving map on board for situational awareness. It has... Read more

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

Joby Nears Completion of Part 135 Air Carrier Certification

18-Mar-2022Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a California-based company developing all-electric aircraft for commercial passenger service, announced the Company has begun the fourth of five stages to receive its Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate is required for Joby to operate its revolutionary electric vertical take-off... Read more

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

US Foreign Military Sale to Spain of MH-60R

16-Mar-2022Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $950 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Department of State has... Read more

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

Marine Corps and Navy aviation fly together for manned-unmanned teaming

16-Mar-2022Source: US Marine Corps

Marines from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct tactics development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California on March 10, 2022. During the exercise, VMX-1’s UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters conducted attacks... Read more

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

Leonardo announces contract for two AW139 with the US NNSA

15-Mar-2022Source: Leonardo

Leonardo’s presence in the U.S. government continues to grow with today’s announcement of a contract for two AW139 aircraft by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA.). The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West... Read more

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

Change of Command at HSC-25 in Guam

14-Mar-2022Source: US Air Force

Cmdr. James “Moose” Moore relieved Cmdr. Thomas “Smokey” Butts as commanding officer of Guam-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC 25), February 17. The ceremony featured a flyby with an aerial change of command followed by an in-person ceremony attended by immediate family, HSC 25 and key personnel. Butts commanded HSC 25 Sailors, known as... Read more

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