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Jul
17
2020

NHV’s H175 fleet exceeds 40,000 FHRS

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NHV Group is pleased to announce that its H175 fleet surpassed its first 40,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. At present the worldwide H175 fleet has accumulated over 66,000 flight hours, of which NHV thus accounted for more than 60%.

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Jul
17
2020

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc., announces a new direction for its business

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WASHINGTON – Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc., today announced a new direction for the business, unveiling a new leadership team and signaling its intent to expand its presence in the U.S. space and intelligence markets.

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Jul
17
2020

BELL EXPANDED GLOBAL MAINTENANCE SERVICES NETWORK

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Zhenjiang, China (15 July 2020) - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is strengthening its customer service and support offerings with the acquisition of Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation Limited to increase Bell’s helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in China. Previously appointed as an Authorized Maintenance Center, the acquired Zhenjiang Aerochine – now Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Service Co. Ltd (Zhenjiang Bell) - was a wholly owned subsidiary of Aerochine Aviation Limited.

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Jul
15
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Coconut Creek, FL

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On June 25, 2020, about 1200 eastern daylight time, a Bell 206-L1 helicopter, N5013G, was involved in an accident at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, Florida. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133.

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Jul
15
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Wooster, OH

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On July 4, 2020, about 1357 eastern daylight time (EDT), an Airbus Helicopter BK117, N263MH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Wayne County Airport (KBJJ), Wooster, Ohio. The two commercial pilots, the flight nurse, and flight paramedic sustained no injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 helicopter air ambulance flight.

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Jul
15
2020

GARMIN® UNVEILS G500 TXI and G600 TXI FLIGHT DISPLAY ENHANCEMENTS

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OLATHE, Kan./July 15, 2020/– Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced G500 TXi and G600 TXi flight display enhancements that bring more capability to cockpit upgrades. Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with either legacy Avidyne flight displays or original flight instruments can now upgrade to the G500 TXi to display engine information. Additional enhancements to the TXi flight display series include DFC90 autopilot compatibility, new multi-function display (MFD) configurations, the display of additional engine parameters such as percent power and more. GFC™ 500 autopilot support is also expected for SR22/SR22T aircraft later this year. Also new, the Piper PA46-500TP Malibu Meridian is compatible with the Engine Indication System (EIS) on the G500 TXi & G600 TXi flight displays.

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Jul
14
2020

MECAER AVIATION GROUP ADDS EASA CERTIFICATION TO THEIR PHILADELPHIA REPAIR STATION

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July 14, 2020, Philadelphia – Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has added EASA certification to its Part 145 repair station rating. This certification expands MAG’s support capabilities, adding to a portfolio of products and services which include Maintenance Inspections, Airworthiness Management (pre- and post-buy inspections), Repairs & Overhauls, VIP Cabin Interiors, Cabin Electronics, , Hangar Storage, Refurbishments, Upgrades and Modifications (interiors, paint, avionics, mission systems, etc.), and Preparation for Shipment (disassembly, preservation, crating, etc.).

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Jul
14
2020

Bell Boeing Delivers First V-22 Osprey to Japan

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CAMP KISARAZU, Japan, July 14, 2020— Bell Boeing delivered the first V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu in Japan on July 10. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military.

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Jul
14
2020

GARMIN® CONTINUES TO TRANSFORM THE INDUSTRY WITH GROWING PORTFOLIO OF AUTOPILOT AIRCRAFT APPROVALS

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OLATHE, Kan./July 14, 2020/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced it continues to roll out autopilot aircraft approvals at an increasing rate for the GFC™ 500 and GFC 600 autopilots. Several popular aircraft such as the Bonanza B36TC, Cessna T210, Cessna 421C and Piper PA-46 are among the latest additions to a growing list of aircraft approvals, allowing these aircraft owners to experience the superior benefits of a modern Garmin autopilot.

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Jul
14
2020

GARMIN® GI 275 ADDS GFC 500 AUTOPILOT COMPATIBILITY

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OLATHE, Kan./July 14, 2020/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the GI 275 electronic flight instrument can now be interfaced with the GFC™ 500 autopilot to deliver superior in-flight performance and added redundancy when multiple GI 275’s are installed in an aircraft. In addition to GFC 500 compatibility, the GI 275 can serve as a replacement attitude indicator and/or horizontal situation indicator (HSI) to legacy Century II/III autopilots. Additional features of the latest GI 275 upgrade include the display of outside air temperature, groundspeed, true airspeed and wind on the attitude indicator, as well as data field enhancements on the multi-function display (MFD) page.

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Jul
14
2020

Ace Aeronautics, LLC Earns STC for ACE DECK VL-60 Integrated Flight Deck

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Ace Aeronautics, LLC (ACE) is proud to announce the issuance of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) # SR01944WI for the ACE DECK VL-60, the premier integrated flight deck for the Black Hawk. This issuance marks the beginning of a new era, as the first COTS IFR and RNAV certified flight deck upgrade for the UH-60/S-70 family of helicopters.

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Jul
13
2020

Utah State University First to Train With Frasca DA40 RTD

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The Aviation Program at Utah State University, part of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Logan, will soon be adding a Frasca RTD (Reconfigurable Training Device) to their training program. The RTD simulates the university’s fleet of Diamond DA40 aircraft including Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and will feature a single channel visual display system with Frasca’s TruVision Global visual system. Utah State University holds the highest FAA flight training approval of part 141. The RTD will allow a portion of the required flight time to be replaced with simulator hours. Utah State will take delivery of the first DA40 RTD built by Frasca. Other aircraft models available on the RTD include the Cessna 172, Piper Archer and Piper Seminole.

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Jul
13
2020

A Reduction in Helicopter Operations Leads to a Reduction in Accidents

Posted by jhadmin

WASHINGTON D.C. – The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents. For the same period in 2019, there were 69 total accidents and 15 of them were accidents involving fatalities. According to the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), some of this decrease stems from a decrease in flights during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is estimated that total flights were down from 10 to 30 percent during any given period this Spring. The fatal accident rate per 100,000 flight hours was 0.63 for Jan.-Jun 2020. For full year 2019, the rate was 0.80 according to preliminary data.

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Jul
12
2020

NTSB Final Report: Los Angeles, CA

Posted by jhadmin

On February 9, 2018, at 14:30 Hawaiian standard time, the pilot of an Airbus EC130-B4 helicopter, N11QK, reported striking a small unmanned aircraft while conducting an air tour in the vicinity of Nu'alolo Kai, on the Kauai Napali Coast, at 2,900 feet mean sea level (msl). Visual flight rules conditions prevailed. There were no injuries to the pilot or six passengers. Three small scratch marks were evident on the right side door of the helicopter.

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Jul
12
2020

NTSB Final Report: Philadelphia, PA

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The pilot and the flight test engineer were completing a production test flight of the helicopter. A review of a surveillance video showed that, as they were preparing to land, the lower section of the left side of the engine cowling folded back and struck all four main rotor blades, which resulted in substantial damage to the blades. According to the operator/manufacturer, postaccident examination of the helicopter revealed that none of the fasteners on the left side of the cowling remained attached and that three of the fasteners were missing. No evidence of any preaccident discrepancies with the fasteners, the cowling, or the design and conformity of the helicopter structure was found.

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Jul
11
2020

Boeing Completes Helicopter Deliveries to the Indian Air Force

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NEW DELHI, India, - Boeing [NYSE: BA] has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.

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Jul
11
2020

Airbus forms Team Nightjar to deliver Australian industry capability

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Brisbane – Airbus Helicopters has joined hands with over 20 Australian partners to form Team Nightjar, as the consortium launches its solution to Project LAND 2097 Phase 4. Under this Project, the Commonwealth of Australia is seeking a fleet of helicopters to support the Australian Defence Force’s Special Operations.

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Jul
11
2020

German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 systems in Afghanistan and Mali

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Bremen – Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali.

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Jul
11
2020

Vertical Aviation Technologies Purchase of Type Certificate 1H2

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Vertical Aviation Technologies, Inc. located at Orlando-Sanford International Airport, Florida announces the recent purchase of Type Certificate 1H2 from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Type Certificate 1H2 is the FAA design approval for the S-52 series helicopters originally developed and certified by Sikorsky and will be used to reenter the commercial market with the new S-52L. “This is a step forward with the history of the S-52.” says Brad Clark, President . “For 33 years we’ve been selling the S-52 Hummingbird helicopter as an experimental kit. The program has been highly successful however the light helicopter commercial market needs more competition and we believe we can be a market leader. We have a proven product with no development risks.”

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Jul
11
2020

Leonardo delivers its first AW169 basic training helicopter to the Italian Army

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Leonardo announced today the delivery of the first of two AW169 basic training twin engine helicopters to the Italian Army during an official ceremony held at the 2nd Rgt. AVES ‘Sirio’ based in Lamezia Terme in the presence of representatives from the operator and industry. The second aircraft is expected to be handed over in the next few months.

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Jul
09
2020

ASU Selected to provide Fixed-Wing NVG training for FAA Flight Standards Operation Inspectors and Aircraft Certification Pilots

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(BOISE, Idaho — July 9, 2020) Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) was awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Operations Inspectors and Aircraft Certification Pilots night vision goggle (NVG) contract while operating fixed-wing aircraft. ASU will provide both initial training and recurrent training to FAA beginning July 1, 2020. ASU initially began training the FAA in 2017, when they were awarded the first fixed-wing training contract. ASU first started training FAA pilots on helicopters in 2007.

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Jul
09
2020

Foresight HUMS Radically Improves Operator Value at Municipal Enterprises

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CORNWALL VT. - Foresight MX, GPMS’s predictive Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS), is now active on Municipal Enterprises Limited’s new Bell 407GXi.

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Jul
09
2020

Released droplets in rescue helicopters | DRF Luftrettung presents the findings from a field test

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How high is the potential risk from released droplets by infectious patients for the helicopter crew? Do pathogens spread from the cabin into the cockpit? These questions are not only highly relevant during the coronavirus pandemic: transporting patients with highly infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis or meningococcus is also playing an increasingly great role at DRF Luftrettung. Back in the autumn of 2019, DRF Luftrettung addressed this topic and started a first scientifically-accompanied field test in cooperation with the German consulting centre for hospital epidemiology and infection control (BZH) in Freiburg. The findings from this study enable initial conclusions about transmission pathways to be drawn, which the hygiene management team at DRF Luftrettung can use to build on (1).

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Jul
09
2020

Garmin announces virtual AirVenture Oshkosh experience

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Garmin International, Inc. today announced a comprehensive line-up of virtual AirVenture Oshkosh events. Beginning Monday, July 20 through Saturday, July 25, Garmin will host a series of free educational webinars and product demonstrations, and feature unique opportunities that will bring the Garmin exhibit experience direct to its customers. Garmin has also partnered with Mike Patey, FlightChops, Trent Palmer and many more, who will round out the virtual experience. Customers can view a detailed list of events, dates and times by visiting: www.garmin.com/OSH2020.

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Jul
09
2020

SEI Industries Introduces Multi-Fuel Bulk Aviation Transport Tank for Jet, Diesel and Gasoline Fuel

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Delta, BC, Canada - SEI Industries is proud to introduce a new multi-fuel model of the award-winning Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT). The BATT Multi-Fuel is a complete fuel transport system for aircraft that will allow operators to switch between flying jet, diesel and gasoline depending on their requirements.

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Jul
09
2020

Bell Delivers the First TV News Helicopter to China

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Beijing, China (8 July 2020) - Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, recently delivered an Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Bell 429 to the Chinese national television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). This Bell 429 is the first dedicated ENG configured helicopter in China as well as the first ENG configured Bell 429 to operate in North Asia.

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Jul
08
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Atoka, TN

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On June 14, 2020, about 2030 eastern daylight time, a Bell 47G-3B1, N473TT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Atoka, Tennessee. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

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Jul
08
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Pikeville, NC

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On June 18, 2020, at 1700 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R66 helicopter, N4QW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pikeville, North Carolina. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

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Jul
08
2020

LEADING EDGE AVIATION OF BEND, OREGON ADDS SECOND BELL 407GX TO FLEET

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Bend, Oregon, - Serving Central Oregon for 25 years, Leading Edge Aviation is happy to announce its continued growth and success in the aviation industry with the newest addition to its fleet of over 20 aircraft: the Bell 407 GX helicopter.

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Jul
07
2020

GARMIN® EXPANDS G1000 NXI INTEGRATED FLIGHT DECK UPGRADE PORTFOLIO TO INCLUDE THE EMBRAER PHENOM 300

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OLATHE, Kan./July 7, 2020 – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced certification of the G1000® NXi integrated flight deck upgrade for the Embraer Phenom 300 business jet equipped with the Prodigy Flight Deck. The G1000 NXi boasts an array of modern features, including wireless connectivity, SurfaceWatch™ runway monitoring technology, visual approach guidance, HSI map and more. The displays also preserve the same mechanical footprint and harness connections so time to complete the G1000 NXi upgrade is minimized.

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