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January 30, 2015
Iridium Communications Inc. and Appareo Systems, LLC have announced a partnership to provide advanced telematics solutions enabled with global connectivity to a number of key industries. Appareo, a recognized leader in providing innovative electronic and software solutions for original equipment manufacturers in the agriculture, general aviation and aerospace, and construction industries will extend global...
January 30, 2015
The FAA has published a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and a YouTube video warning aviators that the airspace over Super Bowl XLIX will be off limits to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The NOTAM summarizes a Temporary...
January 30, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Association International (HAI) hosted a gathering of vertical lift industry representatives and government aviation officials to discuss a number of issues critical to the industry. More than 75 people gathered from across the country while more than 165 participated via a live streaming internet feed. The FAA's Lance Gant (left) and John Duncan (right) fielded questions...
January 29, 2015
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a leading global provider of satellite tracking and fleet management solutions for land mobile, maritime and aviation assets, has made significant upgrades to SkyRouter’s extensive Alert Notification system.   Photo courtesy Blue Sky Network SkyRouter is Blue Sky Network’s cloud-based web portal and mapping solution, which communicates with remote devices over the...
January 29, 2015
Building on an unprecedented year of new product certification and introduction, Airbus Helicopters has set its sights on best serving its customers in a challenging global marketplace, with the priority on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness. During 2014, Airbus Helicopters delivered 471 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines and booked...
January 28, 2015
Turbomeca has received EASA type-certification for its Ariel 2N turboshaft engine, the newest addition to the Arriel 2+ family. The engine first ran in September of 2011, and it offers lower operating costs along with increased reliability and performance compared to its predecessors. It features a new axial compressor, new high-pressure compressor diffuser, new high-pressure turbine material and...
January 28, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine...
January 28, 2015
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma, a global product development and manufacturing company, to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft...
January 27, 2015
The first Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize approximately 15 EC135 T2+ trainers, along with...
January 27, 2015
Bell Helicopter has received an Approved Training Organization (ATO) certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). With this approval, the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) is authorized to provide Part-FCL training courses for European customers, including the use of Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) for the Bell...
January 27, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical helicopter equipped with a next generation state-of-the-art medical interior and avionics suite. The first completed aircraft was delivered from United Rotorcraft’s facility in Englewood, Colo. The STC was completed in partnership...
January 26, 2015
Heli Aviation, LLC, located at Sarasota International Airport, has significantly enhanced its helicopter flight training capabilities with a twin-turbine, dual control, advanced aviation training device (AATD) by ELITE Simulation Solutions. The ELITE S623T is a full crew resource management (CRM) trainer and...
January 26, 2015
Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide new-generation avionics upgrades for select piston aircraft and turbine helicopters operating in the Agency’s fleet. The contract covers the installation of Garmin EFIS and touchscreen avionics along with...
January 26, 2015
Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The...
January 23, 2015
Metro Aviation subsidiary PAC International completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter, and also received certification for the...
January 23, 2015
SAE International is searching for a team of rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and hoist manufacturers to serve on the newly formed...
January 22, 2015
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story about helicopters that did not involve a crash or noise complaints. OK, it wasn’t in their print...
January 22, 2015
Med-Trans Corporation, an air ambulance provider based in Dallas, Texas, has acquired the MidAtlantic MedEvac air medical program headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. MidAtlantic MedEvac began in 1987 as a traditional hospital based program of Hahnemann Hospital, providing emergency care for scene transports as well as inter-hospital transports. The geographical coverage area...
January 22, 2015
The MedEvac Foundation International has approved grant funding for Dr. Daniel Patterson to investigate sleep-wake patterns and real-time fatigue reduction in emergency medical service (EMS) clinicians. The medical transportation community requires that emergency care be available 24 hours per day. Shift work requires the prehospital emergency clinician to diverge from normal circadian sleep cycles and be...
January 22, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments and is approved for year-round operations. EC130T2 operators can now benefit from reduced operating costs via...
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