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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 Houston, 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...
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...
January 22, 2015
The New York Post reports that Tim Hayes, CEO of Gotham Air, is planning to create the "Uber of Helicopters" via his newly-launched helicopter taxi service in the New York...
January 21, 2015
Robinson Helicopter Company is now offering the Garmin G500H Avionics Display System and the Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot as options on new 2015 R66 Turbine helicopters. The G500H is a combination Primary Flight Display and Multifunction Display (PFD/MFD) that provides flight instrument, moving map navigation, and situational awareness information on dual screens. Garmin’s Helicopter...
January 21, 2015
Bell Helicopter recently honored Papillon Helicopters founder Elling Halvorson with the Bell Helicopter Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award at the 12th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 16. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the rotorcraft industry. “I’m truly honored to be awarded with the Bell Helicopter Vertical Flight...
January 21, 2015
The AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft full-flight simulator at Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based training center has been upgraded to provide highly realistic training in both day and night search and rescue (SAR) operations, offering pilots the unique capability to safely practice these demanding life-saving missions. The upgrade was made by Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia at its Seletar Aerospace Park...
January 16, 2015
After years of maturation and prototype testing, helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca has entered serial production of parts using the latest additive manufacturing, or 3D printing process at its Bordes facility in France. The facility is one of the first of its kind to serial produce additive components for France's aerospace propulsion industry.   Photo courtesy Turbomeca Arrano test and...
January 16, 2015
The global aerospace and defense contractor AAR has been granted AS9100 certification of its quality management system for manufacturing at the company’s aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility located near the Indianapolis International Airport. The certification was awarded to AAR Aircraft Services and covers the manufacture of airframe composites and metal aircraft parts...
January 16, 2015
Helicopter pilot training school Guidance Aviation has installed Garmin G500H glass panels on its helicopter fleet. Last year, the organization, with flight operations in Prescott, Ariz. and Baton Rouge, La., announced its decision to upgrade its aircraft. Now, the organization’s fleet upgrade is in its final phase with all of the IFR fleet installations complete.   Photo courtesy of Guidance...
January 15, 2015
Utilized worldwide in some of the most challenging conditions, the deployed fleet of Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in service for the oil and gas industry has accumulated more than 10 million flight hours as of the end of 2014. Of the estimated 2,300 rotorcraft used in oil and gas missions today, approximately 25 percent are produced by...
January 15, 2015
Air Amazonia, a subsidiary of Erickson International, will secure a passenger transport contract with the Brazilian oil and gas company HRT Participações em Petróleo, S.A. Under...
January 15, 2015
Era Group Inc. has secured contracts for three additional medium helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico. The helicopters, which include two Sikorsky S-76s and one AgustaWestland AW139, will be used to support drilling programs and...
January 14, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus' AS350 B3 helicopter with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA's 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able to...
January 14, 2015
GE Aviation has been selected by Guangzhou Hangxin Company/AVICopter to provide the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for their AC313 helicopter fleet in China. “GE will provide comprehensive on-board and ground support analysis capabilities for the aircraft build, certification and in-service requirements,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics &...
January 13, 2015
Precision Flight Controls, Inc. (PFC) has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices. Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems developed. PFC will distribute the new systems through their worldwide...
January 13, 2015
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. Army to provide two Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainer (MBRAT) Virtual Immersive Environment (VIE) training systems with the CH-47F Chinook Avionics configuration. The order is valued at approximately $1.4 million, including life cycle support services...
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