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Mar
12
2019

NTSB Final Report: Palm Bay, FL

Posted by jhadmin

The helicopter flight crew, consisting of a pilot, copilot, and maintenance crewmember, was performing 20-knot rearward flight about 200 ft above ground level as part of a post-maintenance functional check flight (FCF). While the pilot was flying and recovering from the first rearward flight maneuver, unusual sounds were heard, which the flight crew identified as a compressor stall. The pilot then told the maintenance crewmember that they were returning to their home airport; however, after discussing compressor stalls and engine exhaust gas temperatures with the copilot, the pilot changed his mind and told the maintenance crewmember that they were going to try the maneuver again in a different direction relative to the wind (with the wind off the nose). While the pilot was recovering from the second rearward flight maneuver, there was a change in background noise, which the maintenance crewmember identified as a compressor stall. About 2 seconds later, there was another change in background noise, consistent with a decay in drivetrain rpm, which was followed by the helicopter descending and impacting the ground.

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Mar
12
2019

LEONARDO WORLD'S NO.1 CIVIL HELICOPTER MANUFACTURER SECURES CONTRACTS, EYES NEW MARKETS AND EXPANDS TRAINING AND PRODUCTS

Posted by jhadmin

Leonardo’s attendance at the world’s largest helicopter show, Heli-Expo, showed major achievements in market positioning, service delivery, program advancements and US presence. A series of new deals were also announced by the world’s leading civil helicopter manufacturer in terms of value, with a 40% market share in 2018.

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Mar
12
2019

Helicentre Aviation Awards Fifteen Professional Scholarships

Posted by jhadmin

Helicentre Aviation Academy has announced the winners of its 2018 Professional Helicopter Pilot Scholarship Programme. Tom Oliver from Sheffield received the prestigious Commercial Pilot Scholarship award worth £50,000 (GBP), and Sam Turner from London, the Flight Instructor Scholarship worth £20,000 (GBP).

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Tags: Helicentre Aviation Academy
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Mar
12
2019

Don Milum Joins Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Midwestern U.S.

Posted by jhadmin

Tucson, AZ – Robert Randall, U.S. Senior Sales Manager for Universal Avionics (UA), announces that Mr. Don Milum has been appointed to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Midwestern U.S. In his new position, Don will support UA Authorized Dealers and Integrators in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

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Tags: Don Milum UA Universal Avionics
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Mar
11
2019

A Step Backwards in 2018 for Helicopter Accidents in Key Global Regions

Posted by jhadmin

After gathering accident information from countries around the world, the International Helicopter Safety Foundation (www.IHSF.aero) is seeing a temporary setback for the industry’s objective of safer civil helicopter operations. Preliminary 2018 data from 50 countries show a year-over-year increase in fatal accidents and virtually no change in non-fatal accidents. However, the long-term trend remains positive. Fatal accidents during the three-year period of 2016-18 are down 19 percent compared to 2013-15 and non-fatal accidents are down 25 percent when comparing the past three years to the previous three years.

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Tags: IHSF International Helicopter Accidents
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Mar
11
2019

Mixed Results for U.S. Helicopter Accident Rates During 2018

Posted by jhadmin

WASHINGTON DC – Accident rates for the U.S. civil helicopter industry improved only slightly during 2018, but remained below accident totals from four and five years ago. Preliminary data shows that the 2018 accident rate was 3.62 per 100,000 flight hours, compared to an accident rate in 2017 of 3.70. There were 121 total accidents in 2018 compared to 123 accidents in 2017. Compared to five years ago, the accident rate has been cut 27 percent. On a less positive note, however, the fatal accident rate rose slightly year-over-year, with 24 fatal accidents occurring in 2018 and 20 fatal accidents in 2017.

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Tags: Helicopter Accidents Helicopter Safety US Helicopter Safety Team
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Mar
11
2019

Kopter Group officially took over Lafayette facility

Posted by jhadmin

Wetzikon, Switzerland, March 11, 2019 - On Saturday, March 9, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards joined CEO Andreas Löwenstein of Kopter Group AG and other executives of the company, along with Mayor-President Joel Robideaux of Lafayette, Louisiana, Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development, and other officials to celebrate Kopter’s selection of Lafayette for assembly of its SH09 helicopters.

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Mar
07
2019

Helicopter Association International Provides HAI HELI-EXPO 2019 Show Information

Posted by jhadmin

Helicopter Association International has just concluded HAI HELI-EXPO 2019 in Atlanta Georgia. With attendance comparable to prior years, thousands of attendees participated in over 150 education courses, technical briefings, workshops, forums, meetings, and seminars; and walked the over 1 million square feet of exhibits and meeting space throughout the week. As a first time at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) for HAI HELI-EXPO, exhibitors and attendees alike experienced one of the largest facilitates HAI has used for the show allowing for a better show floor flow, and with the opportunity to continue to grow further in years to come.

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Tags: HAI Heli Expo
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Mar
07
2019

Airbus Helicopters announces 43 orders at Heli-Expo 2019

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 7 March 2019 - Airbus Helicopters wraps up the 2019 edition of Heli-Expo with 43 orders from worldwide customers announced for the whole Airbus civil product range - H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one helicopters of the 43 orders announced at the show were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled a contract for a mix of single-engine H125s and twin-engine H135s.

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Tags: Airbus Heli Expo
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Mar
07
2019

Production of further adapter plates for operation optimization in air rescue for Airbus AS 365 Dauphin helicopter

Posted by jhadmin

Karlsruhe, 07.03.2019 – For optimized operation of helicopters in air rescue, SPAES GmbH & Co. KG supplied a customer with two more adapter plates for integration of a medical seat on Airbus AS 365 Dauphin helicopter.

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Mar
07
2019

Safran, HeliDax and AMS team up on first complete digital chain for helicopters, based on Cassiopée

Posted by jhadmin

At HAI HELI-EXPO 2019, HeliDax, AMS (Aircraft Maintenance Systems) and Safran Electronics & Defense signed a letter of intent to collaborate on a complete digital chain based on the Cassiopée range of flight data analysis services. This new solution will be a world first for helicopters.

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Tags: AMX HeliDax Safran
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Mar
07
2019

CHC Hosts Career Event for Female Pupils to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Posted by jhadmin

Aberdeen, UK, March 7, 2019 – Around 100 female school pupils from across north east Scotland gathered at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon’s College this week to hear from senior female oil and gas, and aviation industry professionals at an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019.

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Tags: CHC Intenational Women's Day
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Mar
07
2019

All Female Offshore Event Marks International Women’s Day

Posted by jhadmin

ABERDEEN, UK, March 7, 2019 – An all-female group of senior leaders, engineers, geoscientists and offshore supervisors and technicians recently joined together in a visit to the Mariner field to mark International Women’s Day.

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Tags: CHC
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Mar
07
2019

Aircraft Maintenance Systems and Lundin Software team up with Airbus Helicopters to exchange maintenance data digitally

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 7 March 2019 – Airbus Helicopters has signed partnerships with two new MRO software providers – Aircraft Maintenance Systems and Lundin Software – that will enable their maintenance information systems (MIS) to be connected to Airbus, facilitating the two-way exchange of maintenance and aircraft data from Airbus to the customer’s MIS.

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Tags: Airbus Helicopters
Categories: Press Releases


Mar
07
2019

Transportes Aéreos Pegaso to introduce the H145 in Mexico

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 7 March 2019 – Transportes Aéreos Pegaso (Pegaso) has acquired two H145 helicopters to be operated in the Gulf of México in support of the oil and electricity industries, becoming the first operator for this type in Mexico. The contract includes an HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour package, as well as Flyscan, the predictive maintenance service that analyses Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data to anticipate formerly unscheduled events and avoid operational disruptions, increasing aircraft availability.

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Tags: Airbus H145
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Mar
07
2019

David MacNeil becomes first private customer in North America to upgrade to new H145

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 7 March 2019 – Chicago-based customer David MacNeil is the first business and private aviation customer in North America to choose the new 5-bladed H145, announced today at the Heli-Expo trade show. The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 increases the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg (330lbs) while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity and connectivity.

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Tags: Airbus David MacNeil H145
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Mar
07
2019

Airbus H160 helicopter happily handles Finland’s freezing winter

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 7 March, 2019 - Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed its certification programme of cold-weather testing of its latest H160 helicopter in northern Finland.

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Tags: Airbus Finland H160
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Mar
07
2019

GVH Aerospace Helps Swiss Rotor Solutions Achieve Partnership with Airbus Helicopters on Maximum PIlot View Kit

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, March 2019 – GVH Aerospace is pleased to be Swiss Rotor Solutions’ certification partner and helping Swiss Rotor Solutions in achieving the partnership with Airbus Helicopters to offer the MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT (MPVK) as a factory fit and retrofit option for the H125 helicopter. Airbus is taking immediate orders to install the MPVK on production line aircraft and for retrofit.

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Tags: Airbus GHV Aerospace H125 Swiss Rotor Solutions
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Mar
06
2019

Sikorsky Introduces S-92A+™ And S-92B™ Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

ATLANTA, -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced new plans for its S-92® helicopter line that will re-designate fielded helicopters as the S-92A+ after modification, and newly produced aircraft as the S-92B. The two variants will share a nearly identical configuration, with S-92B helicopters also featuring enlarged cabin windows and plans for a common cabin door suitable for offshore and SAR configurations. The announcement came at the 2019 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show.

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Mar
06
2019

AMS and AUTOFLUG sign cooperation agreement

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 6 March 2019 – “The slim, lightweight and narrow design is excellently suited to the kind of technical task we are continually addressing.” This statement from Mr Andrea Girolin, Manager and CEO of AMS Heli Design LLC., based in Denison, Texas, explains very clearly why he has decided to purchase new safety seats from AUTOFLUG. The company AMS, which specializes in the equipping of helicopters for use in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), has now already been commissioned with the refitting of various models. The latest order comprises the equipping of the model AW-169 in an EMS configuration, in each of which 4 safety seats from AUTOFLUG will be used. With the concept FLYWEIGHT®, the German company AUTOFLUG, based in Rellingen, Schleswig-Holstein, is presenting a series of helicopter seats characterized by light, robust, and slim construction combined with modern design. Flexible and space-efficient cabin solutions can be easily realized thanks to options such as folding seating surfaces and the possibility of wall mounting.

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Tags: AMS AUTOFLUG
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Mar
06
2019

SCHWEIZER ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT FOR TWENTY-FIVE S300CBi™s TO INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE AND AEROSPACE GROUP, LLC

Posted by jhadmin

Ft. Worth, TX (March 5, 2019) – Schweizer RSG announced today the signed agreement for the sale of twenty-five Schweizer S300CBi™s to the International Defense and Aerospace Group, LLC (IDAG). The landmark agreement marks the first commercial sale of the S300CBi™ for Schweizer since its purchase of the helicopter line in 2018 from Sikorsky. Deliveries are scheduled to begin 3rd quarter 2020.

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Mar
06
2019

CHC Helicopter’s H175 to become first helicopter delivered with new digital logcards

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 6 March 2019 – CHC Helicopter’s newest H175 will become the first Airbus helicopter to be delivered with digital logcards. The announcement, made at HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, makes Airbus Helicopters the first helicopter manufacturer on the market to transform paper-based logcards into easy-to-use digital data.

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Tags: CHC Helicopter H175
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Mar
06
2019

Haverfield Aviation teams with RMCI to implement advanced VHM/FDM - Full Fleet Next-Gen HUMS: XRDS

Posted by jhadmin

Huntsville, Alabama - Haverfield Aviation has teamed up with RMCI to bring the ultimate in safety and aircraft availability to their customers worldwide. By utilizing state of the art technology from RMCI, Haverfield is going above and beyond FAA and OEM maintenance requirements to ensure the safety of their fleet, their people, and their mission. Together, Haverfield will be able to provide the utmost safety, reliability and availability of aircraft to all utility customers. RMCI’s vibration and usage monitoring technology will protect their full fleet for international aircraft availability. With their Stage III IS-BAO Certification, Haverfield’s choice in RMCI further proves their commitment to safety, their trust and confidence in the RMCI team, and confirming their mission statement- “Growth with Strength and Honor.”

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Tags: Haverfield Aviation RMCI
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Mar
06
2019

StandardAero Goes Above and Beyond with Two Awards at Annual Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, Including Tenth Consecutive Customer Satisfaction Award

Posted by jhadmin

ATLANTA, Ga. – March 6, 2019 – StandardAero was the recipient of two awards at the prestigious Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, an annual event held as part of Rolls-Royce's attendance at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta. The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated by thousands of customers worldwide.

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Tags: Rolls Royce StandardAero
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Mar
06
2019

HAI HELI-EXPO 2019: DAY TWO WRAP-UP

Posted by jhadmin

The latest news and signing agreements from Bell at HAI Heli-Expo 2019.

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Tags: Bell Bell Helicopter Heli Expo
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Mar
06
2019

Forest Helicopters upgrades fleet with Airbus H125

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 6 March 2019 – Forest Helicopters Inc. has signed an order for a light single-engine H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters Canada. A seasoned utility operator with Ontario bases in Kenora and Pickle Lake, the company will utilize the aircraft for a variety of missions including diamond drill support, powerline maintenance, fire suppression, wildlife services, airborne geophysics and precision aerial construction.

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Tags: Airbus Forest Helicopters H125
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Mar
06
2019

Dare County MedFlight is first North American customer to upgrade to new H145

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 6 March 2019 – North Carolina air medical operator Dare County MedFlight will be the first customer in North America to retrofit its helicopter to the new 5-bladed version, announced today at the Heli-Expo tradeshow at the Georgia World Congress Center. The new version of Airbus Helicopters’ best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission H145, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity and connectivity.

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Tags: Airbus Dare County MedFlight
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Mar
06
2019

Airbus confirms order for Canada’s first H160

Posted by jhadmin

Atlanta, 6 March 2019 - Airbus has signed an order for an ACH160 with an undisclosed Canadian customer. The customer, who has vast experience in corporate aviation, has opted for the aircraft to be delivered with a custom-made interior.

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Tags: ACH160 Airbus
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Mar
06
2019

KAMAN ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION K-MAX® UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM

Posted by jhadmin

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.-- Kaman Aerospace Group, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it is developing the next generation K-MAX® unmanned aircraft system that will allow operators to have the capability to fly either manned or unmanned missions. Kaman expects to offer unmanned system kits for new production and existing aircraft in 2020.

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Mar
06
2019

FLIGHTSAFETY AND AIR METHODS TO ADD A NEW AIRBUS HELICOPTERS EC145 LEVEL D QUALIFIED SIMULATOR IN DENVER

Posted by jhadmin

NEW YORK (March 6, 2019) – FlightSafety International and Air Methods will be adding a new Level D qualified full flight simulator for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Denver, Colorado.

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Tags: Air Methods FlightSafety
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