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December 16, 2015
State-owned aviation companies in Russia and China expect a contract by the middle of 2016 regarding their advanced heavy-lift helicopter (ALH) concept, rather than in 2015 as previously believed.   According to Sputnik...
December 15, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has closed an agreement to provide multiple aircraft for offshore support services in Brazil by Omni Taxi Aereo, the Limerick, Ireland-headquartered lessor said. The deal is with...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 10, 2015
One of Canada's largest air ambulance operators is scrapping plans to sell its 10 AgustaWestland AW139s, citing a weakened used-helicopter market resulting from the slump in oil prices, according...
December 10, 2015
One of India’s top trauma-care centers is moving ahead with plans for an elevated helipad following the government’s approval of the site for the private-use, VFR-only facility, according to The Economic Times of India. The Jai Prakash Narayan...
December 10, 2015
Amref Flying Doctors has extended its subscription coverage for medevac services to locations in Uganda following successful talks with Uganda’s chamber of commerce. The organization has long provided Maisha Air...
December 9, 2015
“We don’t have the luxury of not looking under every rock,” said CHC Group CFO Lee Eckhert Wednesday while explaining that the company is scrutinizing its entire operation amid an oil-market downturn that promises to be even more protracted than was envisioned just three months ago.    Eckhert and Karl...
December 8, 2015
Oil prices have hit lows not seen since the 2009 global financial crisis as investors await updates from two major offshore helicopter support firms. CHC Group was scheduled to post fiscal 2016 second-quarter results today after U.S. financial markets close. Early on Dec. 10...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer said...
December 3, 2015
Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters’ 11-ton H225 has become the first foreign “heavy-class” helicopter certified by Russia’s...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 25, 2015
Era Group now has 40 days left to revive a soon-to-expire offshore transport contract with Petrobras. The struggling Brazilian oil giant contract with Era for offshore support with...
November 25, 2015
Christmas tree transport is a serious business in Oregon, where Holiday Tree Farms lift enough timber to put Santa’s workshop to shame. Since the early 1980s, the farm has contracted with regional helicopter operators from California, Washington and Montana to...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 24, 2015
The FAA’s new focus on improving helicopter occupant survivability got a boost this week with the declaration by the Air Medical Operators Assn. (AMOA) that its members are committed to installing crash-resistant fuel systems on both new and existing helicopters. Current FAA rules only require such systems on helicopters type certificated after October 1994, but the National Transportation Safety...
November 24, 2015
Kaman Aerospace Group has received its first K-MAX orders from a Chinese customer, the company said. Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer and aviation services company based in Hong Kong, ordered two of the coaxial utility helicopters for a 2017 delivery, Kaman said, with the...
November 23, 2015
Growing government and corporate use of helicopters in Southeast Asia is fueling demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the region, Channel NewsAsia...
November 23, 2015
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters Maverick Helicopters used the Nov. 19 grand opening of its new Las Vegas passenger terminal to fortify its relationships with casino concierges, group tour operators, corporate meeting planners and others who direct air tour customers its way. The new $5 million...
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