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Feb
24
2020

Global Medical Response to Acquire Two FRASCA Helicopter FTDs The training devices will support training required for HEMS/HAA operations

Posted by jhadmin

February 24, 2020. Urbana, IL. Global Medical Response, headquartered in Greenwood Village Colorado, has placed an order for two FRASCA Level 7 Helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs), which will support aviation training for two of its air medical operations. Guardian Flight will begin using the Airbus H125 FTD, and Med-Trans Corporation will start using the Bell 407GX FTD for both initial and recurrent pilot training.

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Feb
24
2020

NTSB Final Report: Santa Barbara, CA

Posted by jhadmin

On May 5, 2017, at 1402 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter, N981RR, lost engine power and landed hard following an autorotation near Santa Barbara, California. The flight instructor and two passengers sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was destroyed by post impact fire. The helicopter was registered to Spitzer Helicopter LLC, and operated by Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, as a revenue sightseeing flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Santa Barbara, California, about 1345.

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Feb
21
2020

Safran opens new CAP 2020 industrial campus in Tarnos

Posted by jhadmin

Safran Helicopter Engines has today celebrated the opening of CAP 2020, its new industrial campus in Tarnos, southwest France. Present were Florence Parly, French Minister of the Armed Forces, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Armed Forces, Ross McInnes, Safran Chairman, Philippe Petitcolin, Safran CEO and Franck Saudo, President of Safran Helicopter Engines. Launched in September 2015 and after a total investment of 50 M€, CAP 2020 represents a significant upgrade to the Tarnos facility. Now with 1,550 employees, Tarnos is the manufacturer’s second largest facility.

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Feb
21
2020

Kopter participated in the Singapore Airshow to increase visibility in Asia

Posted by jhadmin

Mollis, Switzerland, February 21, 2020 - As part of Kopter’s commitment to develop its presence in Asia-Pacific, we took part in the 2020 edition of the Singapore Air Show held last 11th to 16th February. We exhibited on the Swiss Pavilion alongside other players of the Swiss Aviation Industry and jointly with Athen Development, a Singapore-based firm supporting our business activities in the region.

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Feb
21
2020

Kopter receives Production Organization Approval from FOCA

Posted by jhadmin

This certificate confirms Kopter as a duly recognized Production Organization. It is attesting that Kopter has in place qualified personnel, the necessary methods, processes and procedures, as well as a reliable quality system. It is a major milestone for Kopter making it eligible to produce and ramp up its light single-engine SH09 helicopter.

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Feb
21
2020

NTSB Final Report: Encino, TX

Posted by jhadmin

The purpose of the flight was to capture a bull with a net gun. While the pilot was maneuvering at low altitude, the gunner fired the net at a bull. The net deployed and ensnared the helicopter's skid and the bull. The bull continued to run, dragging the helicopter down, which resulted in the helicopter's collision with terrain.

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Feb
21
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Charlotte, TX

Posted by jhadmin

On January 24, 2020, at 1750 central standard time, a Robinson R22, N8364Y, impacted terrain during landing on field near Charlotte, Texas. The helicopter received substantial damage. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to Flying J Services LLC and was operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined to Jourdanton, Texas.

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Feb
21
2020

Sikorsky Receives Second Contract To Build Presidential Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

STRATFORD, Conn., Feb. 20, 2020 -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), will build six production VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters under a contract from the U.S Navy. These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Feb
21
2020

New Members Join the Drone Advisory Committee

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has appointed two new members to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee (DAC).

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Feb
20
2020

Whirly-Girls International Reveals 2020 Scholarship Recipients

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Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund Inc., a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the recipients of the 2020.

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Feb
19
2020

Fire and Rescue Services equip UAVs with FLARM

Posted by jhadmin

An increasing number of Fire and Rescue departments are strengthening their equipment fleets with FLARM-equipped UAVs. The newest addition to the list is “Schutz und Rettung Zürich” (“Fire and Rescue Zurich”). They now operate two DJI Matrice 210 with a FLARM traffic information and collision avoidance system from the company Remote Vision. This makes it possible for them to fly close to airports and in restricted areas where drone traffic is otherwise not allowed.

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Feb
19
2020

Australian Defence Capability Analysis Project LAND 4503 - ARH Replacement Program

Posted by jhadmin

In July 2019, the Australian Helicopter Systems Division (HSD) of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) released a Request for Information in relation to Project LAND4503 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Replacement. To understand the full range of aircraft being considered for this program, Bell commissioned the Australian Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies to complete a full analysis of each aircraft.

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Feb
19
2020

Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS® Receives STC Approval for Bell 505

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Mineral Wells, TX –– Genesys Aerosystems announced yesterday that they had received Supplemental Type Certification for the popular VFR HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on the Bell 505.

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Feb
19
2020

NTSB Final Report: Girdwood, AK

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The pilot reported that, while "hot loading" the second set of fishermen onto the helicopter, a fishing rod struck a main rotor disc. The pilot added that he heard a "small tick," but that, as he hovered the helicopter, he felt no unusual indications through the flight controls.

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Feb
18
2020

LONGBOW LLC Secures Contract For Up To $235.8 Million For Fire Control Radar Sustainment Work

Posted by jhadmin

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 18, 2020 -- The U.S. Army recently awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LBL), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), a five-year sustainment indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for up to $235.8 million to provide post production support services for the AH-64 Apache helicopter AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) to international customers.

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Feb
17
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Calabasas, CA

Posted by jhadmin

On January 26, 2020, about 0945 PST, a Sikorsky S76B helicopter, N72EX, crashed into hilly terrain near Calabasas, California. A post impact fire ensued and resulted in a brush fire. The eight passengers and one pilot onboard were fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was operated by Island Express Helicopters. Weather at Van Nuys airport, about 14 miles northeast of the site was reported as 1,100 feet overcast with 2 ½ miles visibility. The flight was operated under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 135 under visual flight rules from John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California, to Camarillo Airport (KCMA), Camarillo, California.

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Feb
17
2020

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport 70 Achieves First BVLOS Flight

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On Jan. 16, APT 70 flew its first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight path 10 miles at Choctaw Nation test site under the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP).

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Feb
17
2020

SUMMIT AVIATION HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING

Posted by jhadmin

MIDDLETOWN, Delaware, February 17, 2020 - Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it has hired John Gonsalves as its Director of Sales and Marketing. His responsibilities will include developing new business relationships, strengthening existing relationships and overseeing the growth of the company’s fixed-wing, rotor-wing and government/military services for the company’s Delaware location.

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Feb
17
2020

Boost Human External Cargo Systems Offers FAA Approved Personnel Carrying Device Systems for HEC & Hoist Operations

Posted by jhadmin

(Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), a global industry leader in the provision of the most advanced, fully-certified Human External Cargo (HEC) systems and services for the rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors announces it offers Personnel Carrying Device Systems (PCDS) that are fully compliant with Federal Aviation Administration - FAR 27.865/ 29.865.

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Feb
17
2020

BRAD THRESS JOINS FLIGHTSAFETY INTERNATIONAL AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

Posted by jhadmin

LA GUARDIA AIRPORT, New York – FlightSafety International announces that Brad Thress has joined the company as President and CEO. He assumes this responsibility from David Davenport who has left FlightSafety.

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Feb
17
2020

Leonardo: new Helicopter Support Centre in Brazil to enhance service capabilities in South America

Posted by jhadmin

Leonardo announced today that its regional helicopter customer service capabilities in Brazil are being expanded with the building of a new facility in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo. The groundbreaking centre was celebrated officially in presence of local and Italian authorities and industrial representatives. Construction of the new facility, run by Leonardo do Brasil over a 79,000 Sq m area, is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2020. Until then, Leonardo will provide its regional customers with continued service quality through the existing centre in São Paulo.

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Feb
14
2020

NTSB Final Report: Vandalia, IL

Posted by jhadmin

The helicopter pilot reported that, during high reconnaissance of a field intended for agricultural application, he saw power lines surrounding the field. He started the application southbound from the northwest section, and after travelling about 300 yards and while about 15 ft above ground level, the helicopter struck a power line, after which the pilot was able to land the helicopter on an adjacent field without further incident.

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Feb
14
2020

KAMAN OPENS NEW K-MAX® SALES CHANNEL IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH HELICOPTER DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

Posted by jhadmin

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2020-- Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), announced today that it has entered into a strategic distribution agreement with Trust International Group (“Trust International”) for the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. This reseller agreement provides Trust International with exclusive rights to market the K-MAX® aircraft and its spare parts in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). Trust International is a major supplier of premium solutions to the UAE Armed Forces and security establishment.

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Feb
14
2020

Mark Your Calendar for the 2020 UAS Symposium

Posted by jhadmin

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 5th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on June 16-18, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

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Feb
14
2020

One step closer: NASA and Collins Aerospace advance technology for safe operation of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System

Posted by jhadmin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is entering the final stages of a nine-year project with NASA to enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS). The project, co-funded by Collins Aerospace and which is expected to be completed in Sept. 2020, has facilitated the development of a Command Non-Payload Control (CNPC) data link waveform that informed the initial certification standards for UAS Command and Control in the NAS.

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Feb
13
2020

The Operational Gains of Managing Complex Counters in WinAir

Posted by jhadmin

For those of you familiar with the multiplicity of mathematical equations for managing the variety of counters, dynamic components, variable cycles, and penalty factors that are unique to each aircraft type, even mention of the phrase “complex counters” may make you cringe. Traditionally, managing complex counters has been considered by many aviation maintenance professionals to be a headache in and of itself. However, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. WinAir Version 7 provides a straightforward and user-friendly way to manage these complex counters.

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Feb
13
2020

Airbus Helicopters maintains global market leader position in 2019

Posted by jhadmin

Marignane, 13 February 2020 – Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 369 helicopters in 2019 (310 net orders), combined with its support and services revenue, worth more than € 7 billion. The company delivered 332 rotorcraft, including the landmark 1000th Super Puma, thus maintaining its lead in the civil & parapublic market with a 54% market share in terms of units.

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Feb
12
2020

Introducing Leonardo&Codemar S.A., a new joint venture focused on security and resilience, infrastructure management, and helicopter-based services

Posted by jhadmin

Rio de Janeiro, 12 February 2020 – Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered aerospace and security multinational, through its subsidiary Leonardo International, which was set up to support the Company’s operations around the world, and Codemar, Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Maricá, have announced the creation of a joint venture named Leonardo&Codemar S.A., with 49% share of Codemar and 51% of Leonardo, established under Brazilian law. The joint venture’sobjective is to become the flagship in the development and delivery of projects for urban security and resilience as well as new infrastructure and helicopter-based services that will boost the expertise of Brazilian industry. Through the implementation of a range of innovative and challenging projects, Maricá will become a “living lab” for the most exciting and promising technological applications contributing to the safety and quality of citizens’ life, and the sustainable development within the area.

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Feb
12
2020

Bell and Pratt & Whitney Make Signing Up for Maintenance Programs Easier

Posted by jhadmin

MONTREAL, February 12, 2020 – Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that Bell 212, 412, 427 and 429 helicopter customers now benefit from a single point of contact to learn about and enroll in aircraft and engine maintenance plans. When enrolling an aircraft into Bell’s Customer Advantage Plan (CAP), customers will also have the option to sign up for a Pratt & Whitney Eagle Service™ Plan (ESP™) for their engine maintenance needs.

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Feb
12
2020

Royal Thai Air Force joins H135 military training operators

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Singapore, 12 February 2020 – Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement programme. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement the Royal Thai Air Force’s existing H225M fleet, bringing its Airbus fleet to 18 units.

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