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Author: jhadmin


Dec
30
2019

Helicopter Association International Welcomes Addition of Graham and Chapman to NTSB Board

Posted by jhadmin

Alexandria, Va. (Dec. 30, 2019) – Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to congratulate the Honorable Michael Graham and Tom Chapman, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed Dec. 19 as members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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Dec
30
2019

Delta Helicopters to Boost Efficiency with WinAir Version 7

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London, ON, Canada/St. Albert, AB, Canada – WinAir is delighted to announce that Delta Helicopters will be upgrading to WinAir Version 7. Having used previous versions of WinAir’s software for the past 16 years, the company determined that a move to a more robust and browser-based version of the software would be a significant benefit to their entire operation. As a result, this December, WinAir’s Product Implementation team will visit Delta’s headquarters in St. Albert, Alberta, to complete the on-site training and go-live phase of the software implementation.

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Dec
30
2019

Leonardo delivers its 100th AW169 and grows EMS fleet in UK

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Rome, – Leonardo has delivered its 100th AW169, setting a major milestone since its EASA Certification in the summer of 2015 for the first all new helicopter in the light intermediate category in decades. The aircraft was handed over to Specialist Aviation Services/Cornwall Air Ambulance during an official ceremony at Leonardo’s plant in Vergiate (Varese - Italy) on 12 December 2019.

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Dec
27
2019

Leonardo: AW119Kx Delivered to Chilean Tourism Company Rotortec

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Philadelphia, 27 December 2019 - Leonardo announced today that Rotortec, a premium passenger service provider in Chile, has recently taken delivery of one AW119Kx. The best-in-class helicopter will be used for tourism and sightseeing flights over Santiago, the region’s striking Andes Mountains, volcanoes, and world-class ski resorts among other routes that provide unbeatable views of rugged natural beauty and urban splendor.

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Dec
27
2019

AW609 tiltrotor in final production configuration flies in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, 27 December 2019 - The fourth AW609 tiltrotor, fully representative of the final production configuration, successfully performed its first flight at Leonardo’s Philadelphia plant on 23 December, entering the final program development and ground / flight testing stages.

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Dec
27
2019

The FAA’s Remote ID Proposal for Drones is Here

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Get ready for the next exciting step in safe drone integration! The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones.

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Dec
24
2019

NTSB Final Report: Van Nuys, CA

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On July 21, 2017, at 1211 Pacific daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N3254E, landed hard during an autorotation near Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, California. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, the three passengers sustained serious injuries, and the helicopter was substantially damaged during the landing. The helicopter was registered to and operated by National Helicopter Service and Engineering Company, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 revenue sightseeing flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed Van Nuys about 1112.

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Dec
24
2019

Erickson Completes 2019 Delivery for The Korean Forest Service

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PORTLAND, ORE. – Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces the delivery of K8 to the Korean Forest Service (KFS), completing the delivery of their 2019, two aircraft order. This brings KFS operational fleet up to 6x S-64 Air Crane® helicopters.

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Dec
24
2019

Beyond Expectation: The Bell V-280 Valor Delivers Results

Posted by jhadmin

As the U.S. Army-led Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program wraps up, Bell’s revolutionary tiltrotor continues to turn heads with outstanding performance and shines a spotlight on the benefits of modernization.

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Dec
23
2019

NTSB Final Report: Smethport, PA

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The pilot of the helicopter was conducting a power line construction flight. The power lines were supported by a series of structures made of either wood (dual-pole, H-frame) or steel (single pole). A static line was affixed to the top of the structures above the power lines. The purpose of the flight was to remove the static line from the wheeled, pulley device (dolly) that temporarily secured the static line and permanently secure the static line to the structures. One lineman completed the task from the skid of the hovering helicopter, and another lineman inside the helicopter passed tools and equipment back and forth to the lineman on the skid. The accident occurred when the crew (the pilot and the two linemen) were working on the second structure, which was constructed of wood. During work on that structure, the helicopter hovered facing westbound adjacent to the wooden structure with the pilot, both linemen, and the structure on the helicopter's left side. The static line sloped upward aft of the helicopter toward the uphill structure and downward and to the right toward the downhill structure.

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Dec
23
2019

FLIGHTSAFETY PROMOTES MATTHEW DE FOE TO MANAGER OF THE PARIS LE BOURGET LEARNING CENTER

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NEW YORK – FlightSafety International announces that Matthew De Foe has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Paris Le Bourget Learning Center. He assumes this responsibility from Yannick Kerriou who has left the company.

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Dec
23
2019

Helicopter Institute Orders FRASCA Simulator

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The Helicopter Institute, Fort Worth, TX has placed an order for a Frasca Bell 407 Helicopter Training Device (HTD). The HTD is an FAA qualified AATD and features Garmin G500H display, Simulated HeliSAS, Garmin GTN650 GPS,Frasca's TruVision™ visual system with three channel HDTV visual display system and a Newport, OR Helicopter mission training visual database. The institute offers part 135 training and checking.

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Tags: Bell 407 HTD FRASCA Simulators Helicopter Institute Helicopter Simulators Helicopter Training Device
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Dec
18
2019

Genesys Aerosystems’ Modernized Avionics Suite Achieved STC in Bell 412EP & 412

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Mineral Wells, TX (December 18, 2019) –– Genesys Aerosystems, leading provider of integrated avionics systems for military and civil customers, announced today that the IDU-680 EFIS displays earned FAA Supplemental Type Certification for the Bell 412EP and 412 helicopters. The architecture for these platforms includes four IDU-680s with full avionics integration, and EICAS engine and warning displays.

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Dec
17
2019

Lockheed Martin And Canadian UAVs To Improve Unmanned Beyond Visual Line Of Sight Operations

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CALGARY, Alberta, December 17, 2019 – The ability to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) significantly improves their effectiveness and potential. The increased range of BVLOS operations requires real-time airspace situational awareness for the UAV pilot and support crew to ensure safe, repeatable operations.

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Dec
17
2019

Joint trade fair appearance of Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and DRF Luftrettung

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Munich/Filderstadt, December 17, 2019 -Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) and the Academy of the HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung will present their new pilot training and further training program at the HAI Heli-Expo from January 28 to 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. From August 2020, a state-of-the-art full flight simulator level D will be available at Lufthansa Aviation Training’s training center in Frankfurt. The simulator is configurable both for the Airbus-helicopter types H135 and H145 and certified by EASA.

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Dec
17
2019

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

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DURANT, Okla. – The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced today an agreement to add Bell to the CNO UASIPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on CNO-owned property in rural southeastern Oklahoma.

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Dec
16
2019

NTSB Final Report: Bridgeville, DE

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On October 7, 2018, at 1340 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom F-28C helicopter, N5691Y, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from a field in Bridgeville, Delaware. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated by J&J Shop HeliAir LLC., as a local sightseeing flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

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Dec
16
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Penobscot, ME

Posted by jhadmin

On November 16, 2019, about 1845 eastern standard time, a Leonardo A109E helicopter, N901EM, experienced a severe inflight vibration and subsequently performed an emergency landing near Penobscot, Maine. The helicopter was registered to LifeFlight of Maine LLC and operated by SevenBar Aviation. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a helicopter air ambulance that departed Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and was en route to Eastern Maine Medical center after loading a patient. About 5 minutes into the flight, the pilot reported feeling a "small vibration" on the flight controls, fuselage, and his seat. The vibration was characterized as a lateral shake. The pilot reduced collective, slowed the helicopter airspeed, and discussed the vibration with the medical team. The vibration subsequently increased in severity, prompting the pilot to immediately execute a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed successfully with no reported injuries to the four occupants on board.

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Dec
16
2019

CZECH REPUBLIC SIGNS LETTER OF OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE FOR MIXED FLEET OF AH-1Z AND UH-1Y

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WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, and Czech Republic Minister of Defence, Lubomir Metnar, signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance finalizing the foreign military sale by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, of H-1 helicopters to the Czech Air Force.

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Dec
13
2019

Bell Announces Delivery of First Bell 505 to Horizon International Flight Academy

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Mirabel, Canada - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first of 12 Bell 505 helicopters to Horizon International Flight Academy per an agreement signed in November at the Dubai Air Show. The 505 was configured for flight training, fully equipped with an integrated glass cockpit that enables pilots in training to experience modern controls on a single engine aircraft.

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Dec
13
2019

EASA certifies Safran Aneto-1K in Leonardo AW189K

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Bordes - Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Type Certification for its Aneto-1K engine, as fitted to the Leonardo AW189K. Intended for super-medium and heavy helicopters, the Aneto family produces between 2,500 and 3,000 shp. The 1K is rated at 2,500 shp and its first flight in the AW189K took place in March 2017.

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Dec
12
2019

Students Shine at Third Annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition

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Committed to furthering STEM education in schools, Bell launched its third annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition this past weekend. The 2019 competition theme was On-Demand Mobility which simulated air-taxi movement of people and rapid-delivery of product orders. 17 high school teams from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area and Virginia were provided a drone kit to assemble and modify to accomplish several unique missions for the competition. The teams were given eight weeks to design, build and integrate their robotic solutions to achieve the On-Demand Mobility challenge with the guidance from Bell Engineering mentors.

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Dec
10
2019

Sikorsky And United Rotorcraft Deliver Three FIREHAWK® Helicopters To California Firefighting Agencies

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ENGLEWOOD, Colorado, – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), and United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced today deliveries of three new S-70i™ FIREHAWK® helicopters to California fire agencies: one each to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), and the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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Dec
10
2019

Bell Boeing Delivers First Modified Osprey for Improved Fleet Readiness

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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 10, 2019 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] company, have delivered the first modified MV-22 Osprey to the United States Marine Corps for improved readiness and reliability of the tiltrotor fleet.

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Dec
10
2019

Airbus delivers first H145 for the German Armed Forces’ search and rescue service ahead of schedule

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Donauwörth – Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H145 for the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) search and rescue service to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), several months before the agreed deadline. A total of seven helicopters of this type were ordered to renew their ageing Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet.

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Dec
09
2019

NTSB Final Report: Springfield, TN

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The helicopter pilot reported that, after landing and while hover taxiing and turning right toward the taxiway, the helicopter continued turning right and drifted past the taxiway. He applied full left pedal and then closed the throttle to perform an autorotation to decrease the speed of rotation to no avail. He added collective to reduce the descent rate, but the helicopter landed and slid into a drainage ditch, the main rotor blades impacted a berm near the taxiway, and the helicopter came to rest on its side.

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Dec
09
2019

NTSB Preliminary Report: Salt Lake City, UT

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On November 12, 2019, about 2008 mountain standard time, an AgustaWestland A109SP helicopter, N271HC, was substantially damaged during cruise flight near Spanish Fork, Utah. The airline transport pilot and flight nurse were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by IHC Health Services, Inc. as an unscheduled air medical flight, conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the local flight, which was destined for an off-airport location in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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Dec
09
2019

Recreational Drone Flying Aeronautical Test Moves Forward

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WASHINGTON – To advance public safety of the largest segment of drone operations, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the organizations selected to advise the agency in developing test administration requirements for the recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) aeronautical knowledge and safety test.

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Dec
09
2019

Aston Martin and Airbus prepare to take to the skies

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Oxford and Gaydon – Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters today revealed a new partnership that brings together the best of automotive and aeronautical design. For the past 12 months designers from both brands have worked together on the aesthetic styling of the first product from this collaboration, which is set to be revealed early in Q1 2020.

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Dec
09
2019

12 Rules to Live by for Your Pre-Flight Helicopter Inspection

Posted by jhadmin

The following guidelines and recommended practices for a helicopter preflight inspection, a final walk around, and a post-flight inspection were developed by the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) for the pilot community and all instructors. These are a dozen actions you cannot forget.

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