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First Drone students graduate from Sinclair College

First Drone students graduate from Sinclair College

17-May-2021Source: Sinclair Community College

Sinclair Community College will make history at its 2021 Commencement when it awards the college’s first bachelor’s degrees.  Four Sinclair College students are the first to earn bachelor’s degrees from a community college in the State of Ohio.  The four students will be recognized for this tremendous achievement during the afternoon commencement ceremony (4:00 p.m.)... Read more

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

New CO at Fleet Readiness Center East

10-May-2021Source: US Marine Corps

Command of Fleet Readiness Center East returned to a Marine Corps officer as Col. Thomas A. Atkinson assumed leadership of the facility in a brief ceremony held May 7. Capt. Mark E. Nieto, the first Navy officer to take the helm of the depot, formally transferred authority and responsibility for the depot to Atkinson in... Read more

Air Methods issues statement on West Virginia EMS legislation

Air Methods issues statement on West Virginia EMS legislation

5-May-2021Source: Air Methods

Air Methods thanks West Virginia Governor Jim Justice for protecting the citizens of his state from misleading air medical membership practices by signing House Bill 2776; the Air Ambulance Patient Protection Act. WV HB 2776 Air Ambulance Patient Protection Act What the legislation does: “The purpose of this bill is to create the Air Ambulance... Read more

Robinson Delivers 13,000th Helicopter

Robinson Delivers 13,000th Helicopter

30-Apr-2021Source: Robinson

On April 23, 2021 Robinson Helicopter delivered it’s 13,000 helicopter, R44 S/N 14438 to longtime Robinson dealer SKY Helicopters of Dallas, Texas. S/N 14438 shows off a brand-new paint scheme and is equipped with the latest in R44 options; a Lithium-ion battery, heated seats, and a 4K cockpit video camera. The aircraft also includes a... Read more

Blade Restarts Service Between Manhattan and NYCAirports

Blade Restarts Service Between Manhattan and NYCAirports

30-Apr-2021Source: BLADE Urban Air Mobility

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, Inc. (“Blade”), which recently announced a business combination with special purpose acquisition company Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC), has announced the relaunch of its New York Airport service starting June 1, 2021, providing air connectivity between Manhattan and John F. Kennedy Airport (“JFK”). Initially launched in 2019, the shared helicopter flight... Read more

Leonardo opens Helicopter Training Academy in the US

Leonardo opens Helicopter Training Academy in the US

30-Apr-2021Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today a further major reinforcement of its presence and customer service and technologies in US with the official opening of their brand new, state of the art Helicopter Training Academy, located on their existing campus in northeast Philadelphia that also includes production, support and administrative functions for the United States. The new Academy... Read more

Chippenham Hospital acquires new EMS helicopter

Chippenham Hospital acquires new EMS helicopter

26-Apr-2021Source: Richmond News

It takes many resources to help people involved in crashes or health emergencies. Now, some Central Virginia hospitals are getting some extra support to help those in need of emergency care. Chippenham Hospital recently acquired a new medical helicopter. See Full Story.... Read more

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives Perpetual SWI Grant

16-Apr-2021Source: Utah Rotor Pathway

State’s Strategic Workforce Investment program supports rotorcraft faculty, equipment for Utah high schools on a yearly basis. The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Investment (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University (SUU) to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program (URPP), a government– industry–education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations... Read more

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

Air Methods reopens seasonal Air Idaho Rescue Base

16-Apr-2021Source: Air Methods

Our subsidiary, Air Idaho Rescue, has reopened its West Yellowstone seasonal air medical base serving the greater Yellowstone region. In conjunction with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC), the Air Idaho Rescue base extends care to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Gallatin National Forest, and the Madison River valley. The base officially... Read more

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Florida – new helipad at Fawcett Memorial Hospital

9-Apr-2021Source: Fawcett Memorial Hospital

Faster access to life-saving medical care is now available at Fawcett Memorial Hospital with the opening of a new helipad. Located on the 4th floor of Fawcett Memorial Hospital’s parking garage, medical transport helicopters can now land on the helipad where the hospital’s emergency medical team will be waiting to receive the patient. “The new... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $26M contract for 12 AE1107C engines

8-Apr-2021Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $26,499,696 modification (P00025) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001917C0081). This modification exercises an option that provides for the production and delivery of eight AE1107C engines for the Navy and four for the Air Force in support of the V-22 Osprey. Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana,... Read more

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

Uncertain outlook for Chinook puts 18,000 jobs at risk

26-Mar-2021Source: Forbes

The U.S. Army only has one type of heavy-lift helicopter. It is called the CH-47F Chinook, and it’s expected to remain in service until around 2060. See Full Story.... Read more

Colorado Governor signs off S70 Firehawk acquisition

Colorado Governor signs off S70 Firehawk acquisition

26-Mar-2021Source: Colorado

We are pleased to announce that Governor Polis signed SB21-113-Firefighting Aircraft Wildfire Mgmt And Response, which enables the purchase of a new fire hawk helicopter that can quickly respond to and put out fires before they rage out of control, funds the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps Fund by allocating $38.8 million dollars to a new... Read more

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

Aspirus MedEvac Helicopter to Change Home Base

25-Mar-2021Source: Aspirus MedEvac

Aspirus MedEvac critical care transport in early April is moving the home location of its helicopter service from Wausau to Woodruff, Wisconsin. The Aspirus Bell 407 helicopter will reside in a hangar located at Howard Young Medical Center. Around 90 percent of patient volumes come from north of Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH),” said Jason Keffeler,... Read more

NBAA and Others Oppose Legislation That Would Hobble NYC’s Helicopter Industry

NBAA and Others Oppose Legislation That Would Hobble NYC’s Helicopter Industry

24-Mar-2021Source: NBAA

NBAA has joined with five general aviation associations in opposition to two New York City bills that would severely restrict helicopter operations in the city. Following a hearing before the City Council Committee on Economic Development, the general aviation advocacy groups sent a letter setting out their opposition to the two bills, while also expressing... Read more

HAI and ERHC defend NYC heliports, support AAM

HAI and ERHC defend NYC heliports, support AAM

16-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) joined the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) and several national and international general aviation organizations on a letter to members of the New York City Council following a recent committee hearing where three bills with major implications for the city’s public use heliports and future advanced air mobility (AAM) opportunities were... Read more

Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

Alaska DPS increases readiness by adding pilots

15-Mar-2021Source: Alaska Department of Public Safety

This year the Alaska Department of Public Safety has hired two additional full-time commercial helicopter pilots to bring both the Anchorage and Fairbanks-based advanced search-and-rescue helicopters up to full staffing. These new civilian pilots will allow for seven days a week daylight coverage for both HELO2 in Fairbanks and HELO3 in Anchorage starting this summer.... Read more

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone

10-Mar-2021Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce the University of Maryland UAS Test Site Team, led by director Matt Scassero, and University of Maryland Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Scalea are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular... Read more

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

Airbus recognizes 2 employees with 50 years of service

5-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

For more than 50 years now, Airbus Helicopters Inc. has served and supported U.S. helicopter operators. Just a small handful of employees have been with Airbus Helicopters Inc. since the very earliest days. The company recently recognized two such employees — Carolyn Russell and Dave Dunstan —for 50 years of service. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment... Read more

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

New US East Coast scheduled helicopter flights to launch in June

26-Feb-2021Source: Fly Lindy

Itching for a trip to the city, but not thrilled about commercial airline and train options? Fly Lindy, a subsidiary of private jet operator GrandView Aviation, is making private helicopter commuting accessible to the masses with a pay-per-seat private helicopter charter shuttle from NYC to DC to Baltimore. Traditionally a method of travel reserved for... Read more

How Helicopter Tours Are Getting Guests Into the Sky During COVID-19

How Helicopter Tours Are Getting Guests Into the Sky During COVID-19

17-Feb-2021Source: Conde Nast Traveler

It’s no secret that the pandemic has gutted business for airlines. But smaller sectors of the air travel industry—like helicopter tours—have also been deeply affected by the sharp downturns in demand. Most helicopter sightseeing companies across the U.S. shuttered for weeks or even months starting in March 2020 as local restrictions fluctuated and tourism numbers waned. See... Read more

Hillsboro Aero Academy Launches CFI Completion Program to Meet Growing Demand

Hillsboro Aero Academy Launches CFI Completion Program to Meet Growing Demand

17-Feb-2021Source: Hillsboro Aero Academy

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced that it has launched a standalone CFI Completion program, allowing pilots bearing a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) to enroll for completion of their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) ratings. HAA launched the... Read more

Houston PD takes delivery of new H125

Houston PD takes delivery of new H125

12-Feb-2021Source: Metro Aviation

The Houston Police Department, one of the largest air units in the country, recently took delivery of a new and very special H125. It’s the first H125 for the department and will be utilized for fighting violent and property crime, and assisting with search and rescue, homeland security and firefighting support. It is also a... Read more

Bluewater Health Planning for Hospital Helipad

Bluewater Health Planning for Hospital Helipad

10-Feb-2021Source: Bluewater Health

Bluewater Health is planning for the establishment of a helipad at the Sarnia hospital to support the region’s most critical patients. Earlier this week. Lambton County Council received their first high-level overview of the project. “Every single minute saved in transporting a patient drastically increases the likelihood of a positive outcome,” said Dr. Mike Haddad,... Read more

CAE awarded contract to provide US Customs and Border Protection with Aircraft Pilot Training Services

CAE awarded contract to provide US Customs and Border Protection with Aircraft Pilot Training Services

10-Feb-2021Source: CAE

At CAE OneWorld virtual conference and tradeshow, CAE announced that CAE USA has been awarded a contract to provide United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with Aircraft Pilot Training Services. CAE USA will serve as one of the prime contractors on the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract awarded by CBP.  CAE USA will leverage... Read more

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

9-Feb-2021Source: REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in Salton City, CA. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the communities of Imperial County and the surrounding regions. This is the third community-based air medical operation... Read more

Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

Congresswoman Browley introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

8-Feb-2021Source: Brownley

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, legislation to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. “We are facing an existential threat to the future of our planet. In order to face this threat head on, we must be creative, be innovative, and... Read more

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

US politicians launch Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act

4-Feb-2021Source: Brad Sherman

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and California Senator Dianne Feinstein announced the reintroduction of the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for equipping helicopters. Congressman Sherman moved to first introduce this legislation in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash... Read more

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

Blue Hawaiian launches new concierge service

3-Feb-2021Source: Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has launched a new concierge service, Blue Hawaiian Activities, offering customized activity planning for travelers. As of Monday, Blue Hawaiian Activities operates 19 concierge offices on Maui and Oahu, and the company plans to expand to Kauai and Hawaii Island in the coming months. In addition to offering general resort and island... Read more

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

HAI welcomes US Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg

3-Feb-2021Source: HAI

The U.S. Senate voted 86-13 to confirm Peter Buttigieg’s nomination to be the next Secretary of Transportation. Helicopter Association International (HAI) congratulates Secretary Buttigieg and looks forward to his leadership and guidance as he takes over this new role. “HAI believes that Peter Buttigieg’s experience in military intelligence, as a Rhodes Scholar, and as the... Read more

LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

LifeNet Partners with Columbus Community Hospital to Provide Air Medical Services

14-Jan-2021Source: Air Methods

LifeNet, a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., today announced a partnership with Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) to open a new air ambulance base at the facility. The base will serve residents of Columbus, Fremont, Albion, Central City, Schuyler, David City, Aurora, and other local communities surrounding the... Read more

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

US Army requests funding for Rescue Litter Stabilization System

14-Jan-2021Source: Vita Inclinata

There are two notable firsts in the 2021 defense bill, which will help the US Army reduce accidents, save lives and precisely deliver sensitive payloads:  Load Stability System – Litter Attachment (LSS-LA) initial safety of flight prototype testing on HH-60M photos by Scott C Childress. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information... Read more

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

Boeing marks 35 years of Field Reps with US Army Apaches

7-Jan-2021Source: Boeing

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

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of AH-64E

4-Jan-2021Source: DSCA

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

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

HAI Welcomes US Legislation Providing COVID-19 Relief

23-Dec-2020Source: HAI

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

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

CAE win $90M US Army training contract

23-Dec-2020Source: CAE

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

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

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

22-Dec-2020Source: Life Link III

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

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

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

18-Dec-2020Source: US DoD

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

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center

3-Dec-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the opening of the Bell Commercial Business Center (CBC). The new facility will be located at 4151 Amon Carter Boulevard, a former American Airlines building approximately seven miles away from both Bell’s Headquarters and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Beginning in November 2020, Bell’s CBC will... Read more

DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

2-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp International

DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded a new contract to continue supporting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) aviation program. The program works as an invaluable teammate to suppress and control wildfires. Work will be performed at McClellan Park in Sacramento, California and aircraft are deployed across 13 air tactical and... Read more

HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

HAI determined that Heli-Expo 2021 will be live, not virtual

1-Dec-2020Source: HAI

HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 is just four months away, and the HAI staff is deep into preparations to ensure attendees and exhibitors have a safe, healthy, and successful show. The world’s largest helicopter-oriented event, HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 will be held March 22–25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The exhibit hall will... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

27-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas... Read more

CNC deploys new mission suite for Texas DPS Airbus H125

CNC deploys new mission suite for Texas DPS Airbus H125

26-Nov-2020Source: CNC Technologies

CNC Technologies announced it has deployed a new, state-of-the-art airborne mission suite for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s recently acquired Airbus H125 helicopter. Working with aviation and completion services firm Metro Aviation on the assignment, CNC led development and design of the new system and will provide ongoing training and 24/7 support. The new... Read more

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

25-Nov-2020Source: MD Helicopters

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

Wolfson Childrens Hospital adds helicopter

Wolfson Childrens Hospital adds helicopter

25-Nov-2020Source: Wolfson Childrens Hospital

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

Albuquerque Police get public complaints from increased helicopter use

Albuquerque Police get public complaints from increased helicopter use

25-Nov-2020Source: Albuquerque Journal

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

UPMC Mercy Unveils New Rooftop Helipad

UPMC Mercy Unveils New Rooftop Helipad

24-Nov-2020Source: UPMC Mercy

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

Spectrum Aeromed Brings On New VP of Operations

Spectrum Aeromed Brings On New VP of Operations

24-Nov-2020Source: Spectrum Aeromed

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

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

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

20-Nov-2020Source: NAVAIR

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

Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

Pafford Air One joins Metro Aviation

20-Nov-2020Source: 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

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

US Forces Korea struggles to conduct Apache live-fire training

19-Nov-2020Source: The Korea Times

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. ... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

Air Evac Lifeteam Completes Move to Natchitoch

19-Nov-2020Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

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

Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Two helicopter pilots inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

19-Nov-2020Source: Wyoming Department of Transportation

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

US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

US Forest Service to get new helicopter base for firefighting

19-Nov-2020Source: Daily Independent

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. ... Read more

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

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

16-Nov-2020Source: NAVAIR

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

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

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

13-Nov-2020Source: MD Helicopters

 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

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

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

11-Nov-2020Source: News Break

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

EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

EMS Helipad to be built in Autryville

9-Nov-2020Source: The Sampson Independent

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. ... Read more

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

Air Methods Announces In-Network Agreement with HealthPartners

6-Nov-2020Source: Air Methods

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

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

Life Link III grows its fleet of helicopters

6-Nov-2020Source: Leonardo

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

Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

Air Methods Announces Partnership with MountainStar Healthcare

30-Oct-2020Source: Air Methods

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

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

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

30-Oct-2020Source: US DoD

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

Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

Foreign Military Sale to TECRO of 100 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems

27-Oct-2020Source: DSCA

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

MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

MissionGO Completes Longest Organ Delivery Flight via UAS

27-Oct-2020Source: MissionGO

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

US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

US DoD picks Sea Machines for autonomous VTOL replenishment vessels

22-Oct-2020Source: US DoD

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

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

Blackjacks test MV-22s on LPD-class ship

22-Oct-2020Source: NAVAIR

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

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI installed in Santa Barbara County Black Hawk

21-Oct-2020Source: Astronautics

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

Helipad reopens at Ellwood City Medical Center

Helipad reopens at Ellwood City Medical Center

20-Oct-2020Source: Ellwood City Ledger

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. ... Read more

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

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

20-Oct-2020Source: US Air Force

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

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

Babcock starts Total contract from Aberdeen

16-Oct-2020Source: Babcock

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

Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

Life Link III Acquires FlightBridgeED

15-Oct-2020Source: Life Link III

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

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

15-Oct-2020Source: Astronics

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

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

MDFR upgrades fleet with delivery of first AW139

15-Oct-2020Source: Leonardo

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

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Collier County

13-Oct-2020Source: Metro Aviation

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

Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

Meridian Helicopters delivers B206L3 to English Air Services

9-Oct-2020Source: Meridian Helicopters

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

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