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Jan
04
2017

Paravion Technology, Inc. Announces Chinese Validation for FAA STC for Bell 429 Blade Fold Kit

Posted by jhadmin

Fort Collins, CO: Paravion Technology, Inc. announced that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has validated the FAA STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) for its Blade Fold Kit for Bell 429 helicopters. With the fixed provisions installed, owners and operators can store their aircraft in space limited areas, such as small, off-site hangars, and aboard ocean-going vessels.

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Tags: Bell 429 Blade Fold Kit Civil Aviation Administration of China FAA STC Inc. Paravion Technology
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Jan
03
2017

On-Demand Helicopter Service Arrives at Blantyre in The Berkshires

Posted by jhadmin

White Plains, NY -- New York-based air charter operator Wings Air Helicopters, a Virtuoso Preferred Supplier, and Blantyre, a Relais and Châteaux and Forbes Five Star Resort in Lenox, MA join forces to create the ultimate luxury getaway in the heart of the Berkshires. For those looking to minimize the stress of travel, Wings Air’s state-of-the-art helicopters can fly the 155-mile, normally 3-hour trip between New York City and the charming, historic town of Lenox in just an hour average. Thanks to the large size of the Blantyre estate, helicopters can land right on the property, affording guests the utmost convenience.

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Tags: Blantyre Châteaux and Forbes Wings Air Helicopters
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Jan
03
2017

L3 WESCAM Wins Defense Contracts Valued at More Than U.S. $90 Million

Posted by jhadmin

BURLINGTON, Ontario, January 3, 2017 – L3 WESCAM announced today that it has recently won defense contracts valued at more than U.S. $90 million. The orders will provide a range of MX™-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems to global customers operating in the airborne and maritime domains. Key contracts include systems for the Royal Thai Navy, the United States Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force, the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), and the United States Department of Homeland Security.

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Tags: L3 WESCAM
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Jan
03
2017

Garmin® introduces G1000® NXi, the next generation integrated flight deck

Posted by jhadmin

OLATHE, Kan. /January 3, 2017/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced its successor to the ever-popular G1000 integrated flight deck, the G1000 NXi. Boasting a modernized flight display design with significant performance enhancements, the G1000 NXi incorporates innovative capabilities into a state-of-the-art avionics platform. Features such as wireless cockpit connectivity, including wireless aviation database updates using Garmin Flight Stream, enhanced situational awareness with SurfaceWatch™, visual approaches, map overlay on the HSI and more, are all available with the G1000 NXi. Deliveries are expected to begin in February as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for the G1000 NXi integrated flight deck in the King Air 200 and expects approval for the King Air 300/350 aircraft models within the coming weeks.

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Tags: G1000 G1000 NXi garmin
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Dec
28
2016

FreeFlight Systems RA4000 and RA4500 Radar Altimeter selected by National Flight Services Services for Mobile Installation Program

Posted by jhadmin

December 28, 2016, Irving, TX- FreeFlight Systems announced today that National Flight Services, a helicopter maintenance and avionics installation facility, has selected the company's RA4000 and RA4500 series radar altimeters for their mobile installation program. National Flight Service will begin installs during the first week of January 2017 and will equip more than 25 helicopters operating under Part 135 tourism operations in the southern United States.

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Tags: FreeFlight Systems National Flight Services RA4000 RA4500
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Dec
27
2016

HMSA approved to provide level III maintenance on Arriel engines

Posted by jhadmin

In December 2016, Helicopteros Marinos SA, or better known as HMSA, a subsidiary of Heli-Union in South America, has obtained the approval from Turbomeca (Safran Helicopter Engines) to perform level III maintenance for the Arriel engine family.

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Tags: Helicopteros Marinos SA Heli-Union HMSA Safran Helicopter Engines Turbomeca
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Dec
27
2016

LEONARDO-FINMECCANICA ACQUIRES SISTEMI DINAMICI AND BECOMES STRONGER IN UNMANNED SYSTEMS

Posted by jhadmin

Leonardo-Finmeccanica acquired the full control of Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A from IDS S.p.A on December 23rd. The control of the company, which involved the remaining 60 percent of shares, is aimed at further strengthening the commitment of Leonardo in unmanned products thanks to the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero programme. Leonardo now widens its unmanned helicopter portfolio, which also includes the SW-4 Solo, and consolidates its capabilities as a system integrator, developing both platforms and equipment and sensors.

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Tags: Leonardo-Finmeccanica Sistemi Dinamici unmanned
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Dec
22
2016

Air Rescue Systems Corp (ARS) receives FAA TSO C-167 approval for the ARS 338 Heli-Ops Harness

Posted by jhadmin

ARS is proud to announce FAA approval (TSO C-167) of the 338 Heli-Ops Personal Carrying Device System (PCDS). This Class III harness delivers uncompromised safety and end-user, ease of use through a multitude of advanced helicopter operations disciplines. The 338 Heli-Ops Harness excels at hoist/winch, short haul, skid insertion/extraction, and heli-rappel operations to name a few.

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Tags: ARS PCDS Personal Carrying Device System
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Dec
22
2016

An open letter to the Greenville community

Posted by jhadmin

June 7 was a day that changed the way I view life. I was in Fountain Inn working on a statewide project to update storm water and sewer drains. But when I stepped onto the back of a 30,000-pound truck to guide a driver, the unexpected happened. I slipped off the back as the truck continued in reverse. The accident happened so fast, the weight pressed my mid-section and upper legs, crushing my pelvic region and causing massive internal bleeding. As first responders from Fountain Inn Fire Department and Greenville County EMS stabilized me for flight, a woman cradled my head and reassured me. A paramedic put sunglasses over my eyes because the sun was so bright.

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Tags: MedTrans
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Dec
22
2016

Sikorsky Recognized as Florida Manufacturer of the Year

Posted by jhadmin

PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) was recently recognized as Florida's Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Association of Florida at the 13th Annual Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace in Gainesville, Fla.

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Tags: Lockheed Martin Sikorsky
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Dec
22
2016

Drone Registration Marks First Anniversary

Posted by jhadmin

Over the last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made great strides toward integrating unmanned aircraft – popularly called “drones” – into the nation’s airspace. The first big step took place last December 21, when a new, web-based drone registration system went online.

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Tags: drone FAA Federal Aviation Administration
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Dec
22
2016

LEONARDO AND CNSAS LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF FUTURE HELICOPTER RESCUE THROUGH COOPERATION AGREEMENT FOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CAPABILITIES

Posted by jhadmin

Rome, 22 December 2016 - With the challenge of further improving of the technologies that are already saving many human lives today and the development of new operative and training solutions to make helicopter rescue more efficient and the deployment of rescue personnel safer, Leonardo-Finmeccanica together with the Italian National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico - CNSAS) signed a cooperation agreement on 20 December. These two Italian organizations are the benchmark, even internationally, in mountain and wilderness medical rescue. In this area, helicopters are now a strategic resource to save human lives, successfully completing the most complex missions.

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Tags: Leonardo National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps
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Dec
22
2016

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Achieves Type Certification

Posted by jhadmin

Fort Worth, TX - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that its Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been certified by the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).

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Tags: Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Bell Helicopter TCCA textron Transport Canada Civil Aviation
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Dec
22
2016

Army awards five-year UH-72A logistics support contract worth nearly $1 billion to Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Posted by jhadmin

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support contract by the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters.

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Tags: Airbus Helicopters UH-72A US Army
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Dec
20
2016

China’s AC352 completes first flight with WZ16 engine

Posted by jhadmin

20 December 2016, Harbin - The first flight of the Avicopter AC352, powered with WZ16 engine, took place today in Harbin. The AC352 is a new seven-ton, twin-engine, multi-purpose rotorcraft jointly developed by Avicopter and Airbus Helicopters. The WZ16 met all the performance targets set for this maiden flight. Known in the west as the Ardiden 3C, the engine has been jointly developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, CAPI and Dongan, parts of the new Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium, in a partnership for both development and production.

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Tags: AC352 Avicopter Safran WZ16
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Dec
20
2016

Rockwell Collins and Taqnia Defense sign agreement to collaborate on avionics opportunities in Saudi Arabia

Posted by jhadmin

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Dec. 20, 2016) - Rockwell Collins signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics and defense and security technology Taqnia subsidiaries, to collaborate on military rotary and fixed wing avionics opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Work under the agreement will focus on aircraft manufactured, assembled and upgraded in country.

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Tags: Rockwell Collins Taqnia Aeronauthics
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Dec
20
2016

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army

Posted by jhadmin

Santiago, Chile, In early December, the Chilean Army took delivery of a tenth heavy-weight, twin-engine H215M, the last delivery in a project that began in 2008 with the purchase of eight of these helicopters, to which two more were added in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The new rotorcraft will serve alongside the previous nine in the Helicopter Battalion of the Chilean Army’s Air Brigade.

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Tags: Airbus Helicopters Chilean Army H215M
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Dec
16
2016

NTSB Report Released: Sacramento, CA

Posted by jhadmin

On December 4, 2016, about 2100 Pacific standard time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N916PD, sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer during a flight near Sacramento, California. The helicopter was registered and operated by the City of Sacramento as a public aircraft. The commercial pilot and observer, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, that departed McClellan Airfield, Sacramento, California, about 1920.

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Tags: CA NTSB Report Sacramento
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Dec
16
2016

LEONARDO: THE SW-4 ‘SOLO' REMOTELY PILOTED HELICOPTER BEGINS TEST CAMPAIGN IN GROTTAGLIE AIRPORT

Posted by jhadmin

With the first flight of the innovative remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ yesterday at the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport, Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions.

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Tags: Leonardo-Finmeccanica
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Dec
15
2016

CHC Announces New Contract with Wintershall Norge AS

Posted by jhadmin

STAVANGER, NORWAY, – CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced it has signed a new contract with Wintershall Norge AS (“Wintershall”), to provide helicopter services in support of their drilling program at the Maria Field in the Norwegian Sea on the Halten Terrace in blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3.

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Tags: CHC Group Wintershall Wintershall Norge AS
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Dec
15
2016

Vector Aerospace receives EASA STC approval for ADS-B upgrade

Posted by jhadmin

Langley, BC – Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its new ADS-B solution, which is applicable for installation on the Airbus Helicopters AS332, Leonardo Helicopters AW139 and Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters. Vector’s retrofittable ADS-B solution has already received STC approved from the national airworthiness authorities of the USA (FAA), Brazil (ANAC) and Mexico (DGAC).

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Tags: MRO Vector Aerospace
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Dec
15
2016

ASU, Inc. Sponsors New MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award

Posted by jhadmin

BOISE, Idaho — Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) Inc., sponsored the first ever MedEvac Foundation Chairman’s Award that was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, NC., during a donor reception.

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Tags: Air Medical Transport Conference AMTC ASU MedEvac
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Dec
15
2016

Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft for hospital-based air medical transport operations

Posted by jhadmin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Dec. 15, 2016) – Airbus Helicopters Inc., the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, is pleased to announce that Air Methods Corp. has acquired three new helicopters of the Airbus H145-family that will replace older aircraft now in service.

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Tags: Air Methods Airbus Helicopters
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Dec
15
2016

Classic Helicopters to deliver a whole new level of safety and service to their community partners

Posted by jhadmin

15 Dec 2016 – Shreveport, LA – Classic Air Medical and Part 135 service provider Classic Helicopters has signed a Letter Of Intent with Outerlink Corp to equip their fleet with the next generation IRIS system. The IRIS system will add voice, video and flight data recording along with a satellite based broadband Push To Talk (PTT) Voice Over IP (VOIP) radio and high frequency tracking system. The IRIS voice, video and flight data recorder far exceeds the FAA HAA rule requirements and the PTT satellite-based VOIP radio allows them to maintain constant voice communications across their wide geographic area of operations throughout the western U.S.

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Tags: Classic Air Medical Classic Helicopters Outerlink Corp
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Dec
15
2016

New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second Bell 412EPI

Posted by jhadmin

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (December 15, 2016) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 412EPI to the New South Wales Police Force. Its new aircraft will be delivered in 2017 and will be used for search and rescue, transport and tactical missions.

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Tags: Bell Helicopter New South Wales Police Force textron
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Dec
14
2016

LEONARDO: CANADIAN EMS OPERATOR ORNGE SIGNS SUPPORT CONTRACT FOR AW139 HELICOPTER FLEET

Posted by jhadmin

Leonardo-Finmeccanica today announced that it has signed a contract with Canadian emergency medical services (EMS) operator Ornge for an additional six years of logistics support and component repair and overhaul services for its AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter fleet through its performance-based Full Component Plan. The contract, part of Leonardo’s Service Excellence new support offering, solidifies the support partnership between the company and Ornge, following operational success in 2015 where the air medical transport provider flew in excess of 6,000 flight hours in 24/7 operations across seven rotary-wing bases and reached a 95 percent dispatch availability rate. The Full Component Plan is in place to further support critical care transportation across Ontario by improving spares planning and forecasting and implementing guaranteed logistics performance.

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Tags: Leonardo-Finmeccanica Ornge
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Dec
14
2016

NTSB Report Released: Tynan, TX

Posted by jhadmin

On December 10, 2016, about 1100 central standard time, a Hiller OH-23B helicopter, N5776, impacted terrain during a practice autorotation near Tynan, Texas. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed due to a post-impact fire. The helicopter was registered to Tynan Flyers, LLC, Tynan, Texas, and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed a private residence at an unknown time.

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Tags: NTSB Report TX Tynan
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Dec
14
2016

NTSB Report Released: Unalaska, AK

Posted by jhadmin

On December 2, 2016, about 1200 Alaska standard time, a Robinson R-22 Beta helicopter, N7085K, collided with remote snow-covered terrain while landing, about 10 miles southwest of Unalaska, Alaska. The commercial pilot sustained no injury, the passenger sustained minor injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to, and operated by, Bering Pacific Ranches Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Deteriorating visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Unalaska Airport, Unalaska, about 1100.

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Tags: AK NTSB Report Unalaska
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Dec
14
2016

Sikorsky Establishes Scholarship through the MedEvac International Foundation

Posted by jhadmin

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) presented a $5,000 donation for the first annual Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship for award by the MedEvac International Foundation. The scholarship donation was presented at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Tags: Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship Lockheed Martin MedEvac Sikorsky
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Dec
14
2016

LifePort receives FAA airworthiness approval for the Pilatus PC-12/47 and PC-12/47E

Posted by jhadmin

WOODLAND, Wash., /PRNewswire/ -- LifePort, a Sikorsky company, has received Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness approval for its Patient Loading Utility System™ (PLUS), for the Pilatus PC-12/47 and PC-12/47E aircraft. The addition of this Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to LifePort's portfolio extends the PLUS application across multiple Pilatus aircraft platforms. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company.

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Tags: Lockheed Martin Sikorsky
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