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Apr
27
2020

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Issues First “Recommended Practice” Document

Posted by jhadmin

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org) has released an extensive Recommended Practice document which suggests training scenarios that will mitigate risk and improve aviation decision making. The training lesson plans in the document identify and describe numerous fatal helicopter accidents that involve some aspect showing a lack of sound aviation decision making that placed the aircraft in an “at risk” situation.

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Jul
15
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Coconut Creek, FL

Posted by jhadmin

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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Jan
24
2020

Twirly Birds Announce the 2020 Les Morris Award Recipient

Posted by jhadmin

International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, has announced the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Les Morris award as Lifetime Twirly Bird member and past president, Mr. Steve Sullivan. As an industry veteran, past Chairman and board member of HAI, Sullivan began his flying career almost 60 years ago as an ROTC flight training student followed by U.S. Army Rotary Wing flight training and deployment to Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Sullivan remained in the U.S. Army Reserves in various Command and Staff assignments until the early 1980’s.

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Jan
21
2020

Elbit Systems Successfully Demonstrates High-Altitude High-Precision Aerial Firefighting Solution

Posted by jhadmin

Haifa, Israel, 21 January, 2020 - Elbit Systems completed a successful field demonstration of its patented Hydrop system, an innovative solution enabling high-altitude high-precision aerial firefighting. The field demonstration took place recently as part of an exercise led by the Israel Fire and Rescue Authority. During the exercise two Air Tractor aircraft from the Israeli Fire Fighting Squadron were directed to extinguish a burning field, from as high as 500 ft., more than four times higher than the average altitude of a standard aerial firefighting sortie. Using the HyDrop system each aircraft launched 1.6-tons of 140-gram liquid pellets in a computed ballistic trajectory, achieving a precise hit with saturation of 1-2 liter per 1 square meter.

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Mar
02
2020

Bristow and Schiebel carry out UK’s first unmanned search and rescue aircraft trial

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INTERNATIONAL aviation leader Bristow is carrying out the UK’s first trial of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for lifesaving operations in maritime and land environments, in partnership with Schiebel Group. Bristow is the provider of the HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter Service.

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Aug
10
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Monrovia, IN

Posted by jhadmin

On July 24, 2020, about 1316 eastern daylight time, a Brantly B2B helicopter, N383ES, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Monrovia, Indiana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 maintenance test flight.

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Jan
20
2020

IBC Airways selects Becker ADS-B transponder

Posted by jhadmin

January 20, 2020 - Miramar, FL - IBC Airways has selected Becker Avionics’ BXT6500 series ADS-B transponder for retrofit of their SAAB340 fleet of airplanes. IBC Airways is an FAA FAR Part 135 certificated air carrier based at Miami International Airport focusing on reliable, cost-effective air transportation service to and from the Caribbean, Latin America and the US.

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Apr
09
2020

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman Program Achieves ‘Weight on Wheels’ Milestone

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Australia, April 9, 2020 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] Australia recently achieved two more milestones on the Royal Australian Air Force’s Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Program: weight on wheels and aircraft power on.

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Apr
06
2020

Boeing to Temporarily Suspend Philadelphia Area Operations in Response to Escalating COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by jhadmin

RIDLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is temporarily suspending production operations at its facilities in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, in light of the company's continuous assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the region. This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defense customers.

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Jan
13
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: Headland, AL

Posted by jhadmin

On December 25, 2019, about 1713 central standard time, a single-engine, turbine-powered Bell 407 helicopter, N663SF, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain while attempting to land at the Headland Municipal Airport (0J6), Headland, Alabama. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the flight nurse and paramedic were not injured. The helicopter was operated by Viking, LLC, doing business as Survival Flight, Inc, as a medical emergency flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. A company visual flight rules flight plan was filed, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed 0J6 about 1654.

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Mar
26
2020

Super Mushshak Flies with Genesys Aerosystems Glass Cockpit

Posted by jhadmin

Kamra, Pakistan (March 25, 2020) – A Pakistan Aeronautical Complex MFI-17 Super Mushshak made a successful first flight with a full Genesys Aerosystems glass cockpit today. The Super Mushshak is a rugged and proven military training aircraft capable of +7 and -3 Gs and features automatic, hands-off spin recovery. The two-seat aircraft is equipped with three Genesys flight displays, dual solid-state gyro/air-data sensors, and dual GPS receivers. The system also includes dual Genesys digital multi-mode radios with integrated VHF COM, UHF COM, VHF NAV, localizer/glideslope, and marker beacon, triple-redundant Flight Management System (FMS), radio/audio management, and Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS), and digital engine/systems display.

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Jan
23
2020

AEM Loudspeaker System Selected for Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk

Posted by jhadmin

Kelowna, BC, - Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp. (AEM), a subsidiary of Structural Monitoring Systems Plc. was selected to supply the loudspeaker systems for seven new Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk helicopters, three of which were delivered to California in December. United Rotorcraft and Sikorsky selected AEM’s LS1320 loudspeaker system to provide air-to-ground communication for 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, with more Firehawk systems on order.

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May
21
2020

Christoph Zammert: How Airbus is helping frontline helicopter operators in the fight against COVID-19

Posted by jhadmin

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our helicopter operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times.

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May
13
2020

Metro delivers refurbished AS350 B3 to Buenos Aires police

Posted by jhadmin

Metro recently delivered two refurbished AS350 B3 aircraft to the Ministry of Security of the Province of Buenos Aires. The refurbishments included mandated 12-year inspections of the aircraft.

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Jun
26
2020

NTSB Preliminary Report: El Campo, TX

Posted by jhadmin

According to the pilot, he was flying low-level about 20 mph, pollinating a rice field. He reported that he misjudged his operating altitude, and a part of the helicopter caught the rice vegetation. The helicopter entered an uncontrollable spin and impacted the rice field. The pilot reported that he was unharmed, but the helicopter was "totally destroyed". He added that the helicopter was operating normally, and the accident was due to "pilot error" in misjudging his altitude.

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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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Jan
23
2020

Helicopter Foundation International Changes Name

Posted by jhadmin

Alexandria, Va. – Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), HAI’s charitable arm, is undergoing a name change that more closely identifies the nonprofit organization’s role in supporting HAI missions. Effective January 13, 2020, the name officially changed to the HAI Foundation.

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Feb
26
2020

AIR METHODS ANNOUNCES IN-NETWORK AGREEMENT WITH BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF WYOMING

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CHEYENNE, Wyo., -- Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, recently announced that it has agreed to an in-network contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming to provide its members with Air Methods’ critical care in the air services at discounted in-network rates.

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Jul
01
2020

The H160 receives EASA approval

Posted by jhadmin

Marignane, 1 July 2020 – Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year.

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Jan
30
2020

Helicopter Association International Concludes Successful HAI HELI-EXPO 2020

Posted by jhadmin

Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 30, 2020) –. Helicopter Association International (HAI) has drawn the curtains on HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 in Anaheim, and this year’s show was packed with business deals, new technology, and safety and professional training.

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Apr
13
2020

Vertical Lift Views

Posted by jhadmin

Change up your surroundings with these breathtaking views. Whether you’re in a virtual meeting or just need a good digital background to take you away, get the full Bell experience. Today, fly with Bell all over the globe. From the Himalayas to the Rocky Mountains or the cities of Shanghai to the beaches of Australia, Bell's commercial aircraft perform missions all over the world – and look great while doing it.

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Jan
28
2020

UNIVERSAL AVIONICS INSIGHT™ DISPLAY SYSTEM SELECTED FOR MD HELICOPTERS’ MD 900/902 EXPLORER

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Mesa, Ariz., January 28, 2020 - Universal Avionics (UA) and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announce a strategic partnership to integrate UA’s advanced InSight Display System as the full-digital flight deck solution for MD Helicopters’ MD 900/902 Explorer. MDHI will integrate the InSight Display System into the production and retrofit of the twin-engine helicopters.

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Jun
30
2020

FLIGHTSAFETY OPENS A NEW LEARNING CENTER FOR MAINTENANCE TRAINING IN QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

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New York (June 30, 2020) – FlightSafety International now offers maintenance technician training at a new Learning Center located at the Sunshine Coast Airport in Queensland, Australia.

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Jan
20
2020

Airbus Helicopters appoints Laurence Petiard as Head of External Communications

Posted by jhadmin

Marignane, 17 January 2020 – Laurence Petiard has been appointed Head of External Communications for Airbus Helicopters, effective January 2020. In this new role, she will be in charge of coordinating Airbus Helicopters’ media relations, web, and social media activities.

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Jan
28
2020

MD HELICOPTERS OFFERS GLASS COCKPIT SOLUTIONS FOR MD 500E AND MD 520N AIRCRAFT

Posted by jhadmin

Mesa, Ariz., January 28, 2020 - MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the integration of digital, all-glass cockpit solutions for its MD 500E and MD 520N single-engine helicopters. Based on the FAA-certified flight deck for the MD 530F, the cockpit design for these 500-series aircraft will feature high resolution LCD displays housed in an elegant slim line console.

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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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Mar
04
2020

NTSB Final Report: Denton, TX

Posted by jhadmin

The student pilot reported that he hovered the helicopter to the parking pad and landed with the helicopter's nose facing north. The skid placement on the parking pad was incorrect, and the flight instructor directed the student to reposition the helicopter about 3 ft to the left. The student brought the helicopter to a hover and repositioned it 3 ft to the left.

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Jul
11
2020

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

Posted by jhadmin

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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Jan
28
2020

HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 Press Announcement

Posted by jhadmin

Anaheim, California – Universal Avionics (UA) and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announce a strategic partnership to integrate UA’s advanced InSight Display System as the full-digital flight deck solution for MD Helicopters’ MD 900/902 Explorer. MDHI will integrate the InSight Display System into the production and retrofit of the twin-engine helicopters.

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May
07
2020

LCI LAUNCHES US$100 MILLION HELICOPTER CO-INVESTMENT VEHICLE WITH THORA CAPITAL, LLC AND RIVE PRIVATE INVESTMENT

Posted by jhadmin

7th May, 2020: LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, has strengthened its leasing platform with the establishment of a new co-investment vehicle with Thora Capital, LLC. and RIVE Private Investment as partners.

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