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FreeFlight begins RA6500 testing ahead of schedule

FreeFlight begins RA6500 testing ahead of schedule

7-Jul-2021

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

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

7-Jul-2021Source: Van Horn Aviation

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

Bell Announces FVL Systems Integration Lab Facility

Bell Announces FVL Systems Integration Lab Facility

7-Jul-2021Source: Bell

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

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

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

7-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

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

Magpas Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

Magpas Air Ambulance appoints new Chairman

6-Jul-2021Source: Magpas

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

Banner Health launches BannerAir™ emergency services

Banner Health launches BannerAir™ emergency services

6-Jul-2021Source: Banner Health

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

LifeNet of NY moves from Glen to Fulton County Airport

LifeNet of NY moves from Glen to Fulton County Airport

6-Jul-2021Source: The Leader-Herald

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

Archer responds to Wisk aircraft design legal claim

Archer responds to Wisk aircraft design legal claim

5-Jul-2021Source: Archer Aviation

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

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

5-Jul-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Eve to Deploy Electric Vertical Aircraft for Blade

Eve to Deploy Electric Vertical Aircraft for Blade

5-Jul-2021Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

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

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

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

5-Jul-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

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

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

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

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

Volocopter and DB Schenker Announce First Blueprint for VoloDrone Operations

Volocopter and DB Schenker Announce First Blueprint for VoloDrone Operations

5-Jul-2021Source: Volocopter

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

Whirly-Girls International Announces Garmin Training Scholarships

Whirly-Girls International Announces Garmin Training Scholarships

5-Jul-2021Source: Whirly-Girls

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

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

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

2-Jul-2021Source: US DoD

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

Colorado Highland Helicopters is first US customer for VRM Switzerland

Colorado Highland Helicopters is first US customer for VRM Switzerland

2-Jul-2021Source: VRM Switzerland

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

WAI Announces 2022 Scholarships

WAI Announces 2022 Scholarships

2-Jul-2021Source: Women in Aviation

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

Eve Air Mobility  to cooperate with Beacon maintenance platform

Eve Air Mobility to cooperate with Beacon maintenance platform

1-Jul-2021Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc. (Eve) announced a cooperation with Beacon, the maintenance coordination platform from EmbraerX, to be included in Eve’s portfolio of service and support solutions. Eve will utilize Beacon’s multi-sided platform that connects and synchronizes industry resources, the aftermarket supply chain, and aviation professionals in a more agile and efficient way... Read more

Longest serving Pa. National Guard member to retire

Longest serving Pa. National Guard member to retire

30-Jun-2021Source: US National Guard

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

Joby Aviation partners with largest US mobility hub operator

Joby Aviation partners with largest US mobility hub operator

28-Jun-2021Source: Joby Aviation

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

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

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

28-Jun-2021Source: US Marine Corps

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

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

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

28-Jun-2021Source: The Modesto Bee

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

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

FAA approves AEA avionics technician apprenticeship program

28-Jun-2021Source: AEA

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

AU AirCare sets off on first flight

AU AirCare sets off on first flight

25-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

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

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

25-Jun-2021Source: Archer

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

Bell V-280 Valor Program Turns Focus to FLRAA Competition

Bell V-280 Valor Program Turns Focus to FLRAA Competition

25-Jun-2021Source: Bell

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

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

HAI Supports NOTAM Improvement Act Of 2021

25-Jun-2021Source: HAI

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

PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

PAC International Customizes new Bell 407GXi for Anne Arundel County

24-Jun-2021Source: PAC International

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

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

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

24-Jun-2021Source: US Army

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

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

Boeing awarded $580M contract for 14 H-47

23-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

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

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

Xeriant Announces Joint Venture with XTI

23-Jun-2021Source: Xeriant

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

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

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

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

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

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

Papillon Named #1 Helicopter Tour by USA Today

22-Jun-2021Source: Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

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

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

Vanderbilt LifeFlight recognised with Star of Life Awards

22-Jun-2021Source: Air Methods

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

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

22-Jun-2021Source: SKYTRAC

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

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

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

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

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

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

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

22-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

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

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

Helicopter Maritime Strike Pacific Changes Command

21-Jun-2021Source: US Navy

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

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

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

21-Jun-2021Source: Bristow

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

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

Florida – Timberview Helicopters facing numerous noise complaints

21-Jun-2021Source: NWF Daily News

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

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

OCFA pilot files gender discrimination lawsuit

21-Jun-2021Source: Fire Aviation

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

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

US Army unit collaborates with Hungarian attack helicopter units

17-Jun-2021Source: US Army

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

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

17-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

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

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

17-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

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

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

DigiFlight awarded $13M contract for programmatic support of Apache

16-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

DigiFlight Inc.,* Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a $13,802,929 modification (P00003) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-D003 for programmatic support for the Apache Attack Helicopter. Work will be performed in Columbia, Maryland, with an estimated completion date of May 23, 2022. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $13,802,929 were obligated at the time of the... Read more

Metro Aviation celebrates longevity among employees

Metro Aviation celebrates longevity among employees

16-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Take a walk around Metro Aviation headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana, and you’ll notice a common theme – loyalty and longevity.  Many Metro employees have been with the company for at least a decade or more, with several boasting 15, 20, or 25 years with the Metro Family. “We say Metro family a lot, and we... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

MD Helicopters Secures $43.9 Million in Army Contracts

16-Jun-2021Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards worth $43.9 million from Army Contracting Command-Redstone supporting the Afghan Air Force’s MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack helicopters. The first contract, a six-month extension worth $14.5 million, continues MDHI’s longstanding efforts to provide program management, and contractor logistics support (CLS) services, material, and remote operations... Read more

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

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

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the delivery of custom maintenance stands to the New Mexico State Police.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of their H145 aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety... Read more

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

15-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service is returning to the Metro Family of operations customers this summer, beginning with two new medically-equipped Learjet 45 fixed-wing aircraft for organ procurement and patient transport services.  In July, Superior will stand up a new base with Metro Aviation with an Airbus EC135 in Waukesha, WI.  A few months later, Metro... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

Lockheed Martin awarded $8M contract for engineering support of MH-60R/S

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded an $8,014,901 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0426) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029).  This order provides for non-recurring engineering in support of the design of the Common MH-60R/S Aircraft survivability equipment architecture to integrate the APR-39C(V)2 radar warning receiver into the MH-60S avionics system... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for engineering and project management of CH-53K

Sikorsky awarded $9M contract for engineering and project management of CH-53K

14-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $9,493,860 firm-fixed-price order (N0001921F0434) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This order provides systems engineering and program management services in support of CH-53K low rate initial production Lots 5 and 6 aircraft rate tooling. Work will be performed in Rochester, United... Read more

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH by Airbus Helicopters as part of its strategy to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This step is also a contribution to improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs covered by the ZF Luftfahrttechnik... Read more

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $119,788,924 modification (P00455) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for an extension of contractor logistics support services for the UH-72 Lakota. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds will be... Read more

Boeing awarded $39M contract to build AH-64Es

Boeing awarded $39M contract to build AH-64Es

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $39,657,700 modification (P00079) to contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for new-build AH-64E aircraft. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2025. Fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $39,657,700 were... Read more

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

University of North Dakota adds fifth R44 Cadet

10-Jun-2021Source: Robinson Helicopter Company

In May, the University of North Dakota (UND) took delivery of its fifth R44 Cadet helicopter. This Cadet, like the University’s other four Cadets, will be used for flight training at UND’s helicopter division located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. “The acquisition of the fifth Cadet attests to how much UND approves of the aircraft.... Read more

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

Curtiss-Wright to upgrade US Navy MH-60R/S computer systems

9-Jun-2021Source: Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) announced that it was awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to provide its Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) computers and video processing modules to upgrade the Mission Computer and Flight Management Computer (MC/FMC) on the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Sikorsky MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopters. The initial contract is valued at $24 million,... Read more

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

USMC completeS first AH-1Z Flight with Link-16

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has successfully demonstrated in flight  testing a two-way connection between the AH-1Z Viper helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software. Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company manufactures the AH-1Z Viper and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has  developed the Link-16 system. Link-16... Read more

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

Bell AH-1Z and UH-1Y reach 400K hours for combined fleet

8-Jun-2021Source: Bell

The H-1 mixed fleet of AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom attack and utility helicopters have accumulated more than 400,000 joint-flight hours. Designed by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, as the dedicated military helicopters for the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the Viper and Venom have been deployed around the world across... Read more

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of 29 AH-64Es

Possible US Foreign Military Sale to Australia of 29 AH-64Es

8-Jun-2021Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of AH-64E Apache Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Australia has requested to... Read more

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout Completes Successful Fit Check

8-Jun-2021Source: Northrop Grumman

A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) MQ-8C Fire Scout, the U.S. Navy’s only ship-based autonomous helicopter program, passes the initial fit check aboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) at Naval Base San Diego demonstrating the aircrafts’ suitability for the U.S. Marine Corps’ amphibious warfare mission. MQ-8C Fire Scout, which has integrated the AN/ZPY-8 radar, is expected... Read more

American Helicopter Museum Adds Kitty Hawk Flyers

American Helicopter Museum Adds Kitty Hawk Flyers

4-Jun-2021Source: American Helicopter Museum

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) recently added two Kitty Hawk Flyers to its collection. The electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, gifts from their inventor, Kitty Hawk Corporation in Palo Alto, California, were intended to serve as recreational vehicles. The lightweight, single seat aircraft are each eight feet long, 13 feet... Read more

IronMountain awarded $30M contract for support of Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $30M contract for support of Utility Helicopters Project Office

4-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

IronMountain Solutions Inc.,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $30,495,183 modification (P00003) 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 June 8, 2022. Fiscal 2010 and 2021 Foreign Military Sales; 2021 operation and maintenance, Army; 2019, 2020 and 2021... Read more

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems approved on Airbus H130

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems approved on Airbus H130

21-May-2021Source: Astronics

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advancedtechnologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced that the United States, Canada and EASA approved Astronics’ Max-Viz 1200 and 1400 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter EC130 B4 and T2 models. In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada, Astronics obtained... Read more

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

Airbus A400M conducts major helicopter refuelling certification campaign

Airbus A400M conducts major helicopter refuelling certification campaign

19-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully conducted a major helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification campaign, completing the majority of its development and certification objectives. Airbus Defence and Space aims to achieve full helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification later this year with the conclusion of all mandatory night operation trials. The flight tests, performed in coordination... 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

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