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Apr
27
2017

FAA Publishes First Set of UAS Facility Maps

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published more than 200 facility maps to streamline the commercial drone authorization process. The maps depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. But drone operators still need FAA authorization to fly in those areas.

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Tags: drone FAA Federal Aviation Administration UAS
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Apr
27
2017

FOR COCKPIT VOICE AND FLIGHT RECORDER SYSTEM TO UPGRADE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES’ CH-146 FLEET

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ASHBURN, Va. – April 27, 2017 -- Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited to provide its cockpit voice and flight recorder technology to upgrade the cockpit electronics in the Canadian Armed Forces’ fleet of Bell CH-146 Griffon multi-role utility helicopters. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide Bell Helicopter Textron Canada with a cockpit voice and flight recorder subsystem, comprising its Fortress 757 Flight Recorder and a Cockpit Area Microphone. The initial contract, which began in mid-2016, runs through to mid-2018 and is valued at $1.88 million. Shipments begin in May 2017.

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Tags: Bell Helicopter Curtiss-Wright textron
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Apr
27
2017

Sergey Anoanov to tell all about new world record attempt at Helitech International 2017

Posted by jhadmin

27 April 2017: Unperturbed from surviving a forced landing in the Artic during his first attempt, this summer Sergey Anoanov will once again try and become the first pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a helicopter weighing less than one tonne. In October he will share his, hopefully successful, story at the Helitech International event in London.

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Tags: Helitech International Sergey Anoanov
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Apr
27
2017

Vector Aerospace enhances the Huey’s hot, high and heavy performance with its UH-1H3 upgrade

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Langley, BC – Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to support the needs of Bell Huey helicopter operators worldwide with its UH-1H3 (“Hot, High, Heavy”) upgrade & modernization program.

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Tags: Bell Huey UH-1H3 Vector Aerospace
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Apr
27
2017

HUBZone Engine Support On Display at 2017 AAAA Mission Solutions Summit

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McLean, Virginia – M International, a leading provider of aftermarket technical, MRO, and supply chain management services for the aerospace and defense industry, is pleased to announce its HUBZone approved MRO network will be exhibiting at booth #428 from 26 through 28 April during the 2017 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Tags: HUBZone M International
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Apr
27
2017

ARGUS ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE OF COMPAIR AIRCRAFT EVALUATION TOOL

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ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) in conjunction with AirPower Software, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the completely redesigned CompAir, the Ultimate Aircraft Evaluation Tool.

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Tags: AirPower Argus CompAir
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Apr
26
2017

AHS International Supports Uber’s Vision of Electric VTOL

Posted by jhadmin

Fairfax, Virginia, — AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, applauds Uber Technologies for its bold plan to transform urban transportation with electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. Uber is convening its Elevate Summit this week (April 25-27) in Dallas, Texas, featuring more than 50 speakers over three days, many of whom are AHS members.

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Tags: AHS International Uber Technologies Vertical Flight Technical Society
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Apr
26
2017

Gulf Helicopters to provide Pratt & Whitney Canada Mobile Repair Team services in the Middle East

Posted by jhadmin

In a ceremony held in Gulf Helicopters HQ in Doha, State of Qatar, Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH (a Joint venture of P&WC and MTU Germany) announced the inauguration of its Middle East Support Base at Gulf Helicopters the Premium Service Provider (PSP) for Pratt & Whitney in the region, the ceremony were attended by top officials of both companies.

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Tags: Gulf Helicopters Pratt & Whitney
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Apr
26
2017

Uber to Collaborate with Bell Helicopter to Develop Urban Electric VTOLs

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Uber will be working with Bell Helicopter as a collaborator to accelerate the eventual large-scale deployment of electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) in order to fulfill its mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation service to everyone, everywhere.

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Tags: Bell Uber
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Apr
26
2017

UF Health ShandsCair Helicopter arrives in Bay County

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A UF Health ShandsCair helicopter landed on the hospital's helipad Tuesday afternoon marking Bay Medical Sacred Heart's partnership with Shands and Med-Trans Corporation.

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Apr
26
2017

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japan's Apache Fleet

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan's fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support.

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Tags: AH-64DJP Apache Japan Lockheed Martin
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Apr
26
2017

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight

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Marignane, France, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret, near the company headquarters.

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Tags: Airbus Gazelle
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Apr
26
2017

Garmin® announces G5000H upgrade program for the Sikorsky S-70 and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters

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OLATHE, Kan. /April 26, 2017/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the availability of the G5000H integrated flight deck upgrade for the existing fleet of Sikorsky S-70 and UH-60A/L Black Hawk helicopters through Global Aviation Solutions (GAS). The G5000H modernizes the cockpit, offers key safety enhancements, improves situational awareness and fulfills global airspace modernization initiatives. Additionally, the G5000H upgrade offers greater reliability, provides added cost-savings that solves avionics obsolescence and expands the operational capability of these versatile helicopters.

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Tags: G5000H Garmin International S-70 Sikorsky UH-60A UH-60L
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Apr
24
2017

NTSB Report Released: Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

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On March 29, 2017, about 1500 coordinated universal time, an Aerospatiale AS355 F1 helicopter, G-OHCP, collided with Rhinog Fawr mountain in Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom. The pilot and four passengers were fatally injured.

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Tags: NTSB Report Snowdonia United Kingdom. Wales
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Apr
24
2017

NTSB Report Released: Reefton, West Coast, New Zealand

Posted by jhadmin

On March 27, 2017, about 0345 Universal Time, a Robinson R22, New Zealand registration ZK-IHA, impacted forested terrain about 5.5 miles north of Reefton, West Coast. The pilot, the sole occupant was fatally injured, and the helicopter was substantially damaged. It was reported that the purpose of the flight was a private hunting flight.

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Tags: NTSB Report Reefton West Coast New Zealand
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Apr
24
2017

BasicMed Begins

Posted by jhadmin

General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule. It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA's medical qualification process for third class medical certificates, while keeping general aviation pilots safe and flying affordable.

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Tags: BasicMed FAA
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Apr
24
2017

H145 is best in class for hoist operations with increased engine power

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Marignane – Airbus has extended the flight envelope of the H145 by enhancing the helicopter’s OEI power. The acronym OEI stands for “One-engine-inoperative”, measuring the performance of an aircraft with only one engine remaining operative. With the increased power, the light-twin helicopter H145 can accommodate two additional technicians or can fly longer distances during a mission which requires human external cargo (HEC) operations.

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Tags: Airbus H145
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Apr
24
2017

CHC Wins Contract with Providence Resources PLC

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND, April 24, 2017 – CHC Group (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced it has signed a new contract with Providence Resources plc (“Providence”) to provide helicopter services in support of its Exploration well program on the Druid/Drombeg prospect in Frontier Exploration Licence 2/14 of the southern Porcupine Basin, Offshore Ireland, some 215 kilometers off the southwest coast of Ireland. The contract will see a dedicated Sikorsky S-92 flying out of Cork Airport beginning this June and will once again see CHC work in conjunction with Lloyd’s Register (“LR”) as the wells project management company.

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Tags: CHC Group Providence Resources
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Apr
24
2017

DART Aerospace to exhibit at FAMEX 2017

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Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada (April 24th, 2017) – DART Aerospace will be exhibiting for the first time at the International Trade & Air Show, FAMEX 2017 at the Base Aérea Militar No. 1, in Santa Lucía, Zumpango, México from April 26th to the 29th 2017.

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Tags: DART Aerospace FAMEX
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Apr
21
2017

Routine Review of SKYTRAC FDM Data Assists Sequoia Helicopters in Proactive Maintenance Planning

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What's the value of Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring? Sequoia Helicopters, specialists in charter services for government and private clients, used HFDM data during pre-season test flights on a new Bell 212 engine this Spring. The results demonstrated the power of FDM data for proactive maintenance, improved safety and better organizational planning according to CEO Ralph Wagner.

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Tags: Sequoia Helicopters SkyTrac
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Apr
21
2017

New STC; FAA approved installation of the EAGLE Generation II Digital Audio System in Cessna 208B’s

Posted by jhadmin

Londonderry, NH (April 21, 2017) - Pro Star Aviation, with support from our in-house Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) delegation, is proud to announce we received approval for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) number SA00380BO - Installation of a Geneva Digital Audio System (for Cessna 208B’s) on April 13, 2017. The STC is applicable to Textron Aviation 208B models serial numbers 208B1190 thru 1216 and 208B2000 equipped with a Garmin G1000 Integrated Flight Deck, and supports the installation of Eagle Audio’s (formerly Geneva Aviation) Generation II Digital Audio System, providing for multiple, highly customizable, tactical radio inputs typical for use in law enforcement and special missions operations.

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Tags: Eagle Audo garmin Pro Star Aviation
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Apr
20
2017

Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Flight Simulator to Aero Asahi Corporation, Japan’s Largest Civil Helicopter Business

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URBANA, ILLINOIS (April 20, 2017) --- Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company.

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Tags: Airbus Flight Training Device frasca FTD H125
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Apr
20
2017

Ultimate HELI – Antarctica expedition 2017

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We are proud to announce that we have concluded our third successive Antarctica season where we operated off a scientific research vessel and supported two permanent Antarctica stations in the American Highlands and Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. The helicopter and crew departed from Cape Town in late December 2016 and safely returned back to Cape Town at the end April 2017.

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Tags: Ultimate Heli
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Apr
20
2017

Safran signs first customer support contract in South Korea

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Safran Helicopter Engines is proud to announce the signing of its first support contract in South Korea with Aero Peace. This 5Star Plans Business agreement will cover the Arriel 1D1 engine powering Aero Peace's AS350B2. The contract has been announced during Rotorcraft Asia in Singapore, in the presence of Bruno Even, Chief Executive Officer of Safran Helicopter Engines and Mr. Hanbaek Kim, Business Development Director of Aero Peace. 5Star Plans contracts have already been signed in Spain, Norway and United States. Aero Peace's contract is the first one finalized in Asia.

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Tags: Aero Peace Safran Helicopter Engines
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Apr
20
2017

MISSOURI-BASED COXHEALTH EXPANDS AIR MEDICAL FLEET TO INCLUDE SECOND MD EXPLORER

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Mesa, Ariz., - MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the CoxHealth air medical fleet to include a second MD Explorer helicopter. Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth has purchased an MD 900 Explorer from MDHI that was previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard. The light-twin engine helicopter will be upgraded at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona Factory Service Center where it will be converted to a “zero-time” MD 902. The MD 900-to-902 Upgrade is offered exclusively by MD Helicopters.

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Tags: CoxHealth MD 900 MD Explorer MD Helicopters MDHI
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Apr
20
2017

Sikorsky Announces Expanded Support in Asia with Plans for New Customer Support Center

Posted by jhadmin

Singapore – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company today announced plans to expand its S-92® and S-76™ helicopter support services in the Asia-Pacific region. Thai Aviation Services is scheduled to become the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of 2017. The announcement was made at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show.

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Tags: Lockheed Martin S-76 S-92 Sikorsky Thailand
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Apr
19
2017

Q1 Resale Value updates to The Official Helicopter Blue Book®

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HeliValue$, Inc. held its first quarter Blue Book pricing review on March 31, 2017. Resale pricing adjustments were made for the models listed below. Airbus AS-350B2, AS-355N, EC-155B1, AS-365N3 Agusta AW109E, AW109S, AW119K Bell 206BIII, 206L-3, 206L-4, 407GX Sikorsky S-76A++, S-76C, S-76C+, S-92A

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Tags: Blue Book HeliValue$
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Apr
19
2017

USHST Finalizes Reorganization of Safety Work Groups

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With a renewed focus on developing safety enhancements to reduce the number of fatal accidents, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has restructured its front line work groups.

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Tags: United States Helicopter Safety Team USHST
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Apr
19
2017

Tata Steel Ltd. Adds Second Bell 429 to Fleet

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Singapore (April 19, 2017) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support their steel production operations.

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Tags: Bell 429 Bell Helicopter Tata Steel Group textron
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Apr
19
2017

Meghna Aviation to Become First Operator of Bell 429 in Bangladesh

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Singapore (April 19, 2017) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the purchase agreement signing of a Bell 429 to Meghna Aviation Ltd. (Meghna) in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bangladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter.

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Tags: Bell 429 Bell Helicopter Meghna Meghna Aviation textron
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