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Feb
27
2024

InFO 24002 - Information for Alaska Guide Pilots and Lodges

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The Federal Aviation Administration has published information for those in Alaska that Operate a

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Feb
27
2024

Columbia Helicopters Unveils a New Era for the Commercial Chinook

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Aurora, Oregon: February 27, 2024 – Columbia Helicopters, a global leader in heavy-lift helicopter solutions, announces a new development program to redefine Chinook commercial operations worldwide. As the OEM of the Commercial Chinook, the Model 234, Columbia plans to create a new model of super heavy-lift aircraft through converting existing CH-47D Chinook aircraft. This development program, named the 234 Special Purpose (234SP), leverages the existing Model 234 design foundation, while retaining the legendary performance of the CH-47D. Coupled with the planned Chinook Integrated Sustainment Program (CISP), these programs are aimed at enhancing opportunity and support for commercial Chinook operators by providing a fully FAA-certified transport category rotorcraft and providing unparalleled affordability, readiness, and on-demand capabilities.

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Feb
27
2024

LEONARDO AND METRO AVIATION SIGN DISTRIBUTOR AGREEMENT FOR THE AW09 HELICOPTER IN NORTH AMERICA WITH COMMITTMENT FOR 30 UNITS

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Rome – 27 February 2024 – Leonardo and Metro Aviation, a prime privately-owned HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) operator and service provider in the US, have announced the signing of a Distributor Agreement for the AW09 next generation single engine helicopter. Metro will act as a Leonardo distributor for the type in the US and Canada for all civil market applications. The Distributor Agreement includes a commitment for 30 units that will translate into Preliminary Sales Contracts.

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Feb
27
2024

MALAYSIAN MARITIME ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SELECTS THE AW189 TO MEET LONG RANGE SAR MISSION REQUIREMENT

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Anaheim – 27 February 2024 – The Leonardo AW189 super medium helicopter’s success grows stronger in Malaysia and Asia. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has selected the type for its long range search and rescue requirement. Four aircraft will be delivered under a contract signed with Galaxy Aerospace Malaysia Sdn Bhd between 2025 and 2026, adding to a fleet of three AW139s already in service and testifying the reliance of the operator on Leonardo’s latest generation rotorcraft technology.

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Feb
27
2024

LEONARDO’S AW139 FLEET IN AUSTRALIA GROWS STRONGER WITH ORDER FOR THREE MORE HEMS/SAR HELICOPTERS BY LIFEFLIGHT AUSTRALIA

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Anaheim, 27 February 2024 – Leonardo has announced a further growth in presence of the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in Australia at Heli-Expo 2024, with orders for three more aircraft by LifeFlight Australia. These add to two additional aircraft for LifeFlight’s joint venture partner StarFlight, that had been ordered in late 2023. The helicopters will be used to carry out emergency medical service and search and rescue response missions in Queensland with deliveries expected in late 2024.

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Feb
27
2024

Leonardo C-27J Flying Testbed Tests Innovative Solutions For Clean Sky 2 Programme

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The C-27J Flying Test Bed takes off from Torino-Caselle airport. (Photo: Lorenzo Ambrino via

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Feb
27
2024

Whirly-Girls International Scholarship Fund Exceeds $600,000 in 2024 Scholarship Awards and Mid-Year Scholarship Offering

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Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit, educational, and charitable organization dedicated to advancing women in the helicopter aviation industry, has announced the recipients of the 2024 Whirly-Girls Scholarship Awards.  The scholarships were awarded at the Whirly-Girls Annual Reception during HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California.  Thanks to the support of aviation leaders, 39 scholarships were bestowed upon deserving female aviators, the largest scholarship program in the helicopter industry.

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Feb
27
2024

SAUDIA TECHNIC JOINS FORCES WITH UNITED ROTORCRAFT TO LEAD IN HELICOPTER MRO CAPABILITIES

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ANAHEIM, CA, FEB. 27, 2024: As a pivotal force in the Kingdom's aviation sector, Saudia Technic, formerly known as Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, proudly announced today its partnership with United Rotorcraft (UR), a division of Air Methods Corporation, to launch the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's most expansive helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (Part 145) capability.

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Feb
27
2024

LEONARDO AND SLOANE STRENGHEN PARTNERSHIP IN THE UK AND IRELAND COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER MARKET WITH AW09 AND AW109 TYPES DEALS

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Rome, 27 February 2024 – Leonardo and Sloane announced at Heli-Expo 2024 a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market with the signing of Preliminary Sales Contracts for nine AW09 next-generation single engine aircraft, and new orders for two AW109 Grand New and two AW109 Trekker light twins.

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Feb
27
2024

Phenix and Helitak team up to advance UAS firefighting capabilities

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Anaheim, CA - February 27th, 2024 - Phenix Solutions proudly announces the selection of Australian innovator, Helitak Firefighting Equipment, marking a significant milestone in UAS firefighting technology. Renowned for their expandable, durable, and exceptional water drop, Helitak firefighting tanks have been chosen to enhance Phenix's Ultra 2XL aircraft, empowering it to be a formidable fire suppression tool in the future.

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Feb
27
2024

DRF Luftrettung orders up to 10 additional H145s

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Anaheim, 27 February 2024 – German helicopter emergency medical services operator DRF Luftrettung and Airbus Helicopters have announced orders for up to ten H145 helicopters (seven firm orders, three options).

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Feb
27
2024

THC signs historic framework agreement for up to 120 Airbus helicopters

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Anaheim, 27 February 2024 – The Helicopter Company (THC), Saudi Arabia's premier provider of commercial helicopter services and fully owned by the Public Investment Fund, has signed a historic framework agreement with Airbus at the HAI Heli-Expo, currently taking place at Anaheim Convention Center, California.

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Feb
27
2024

LEONARDO AND THC ANNOUNCE SUBSTANTIAL HELICOPTER FLEET EXPANSION PLAN IN KSA

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Rome, 27 February 2024 – Leonardo and THC (The Helicopter Company), owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced today a substantial growth of their collaboration with an order for 20 AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters and a multi-year Framework Agreement for over 130. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, CA.

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Feb
28
2024

HealthNet Aeromedical Services expands fleet with order of four Airbus H135 helicopters

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Anaheim, 27 February 2024 – HealthNet Aeromedical Services, headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia, will soon expand its all-Airbus fleet with the addition of four H135 helicopters. As one of the largest hospital-based air medical programmes in the country, the helicopters will be used to serve adult, pediatric and neonatal patients across the state of West Virginia.

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Feb
28
2024

Air IP continues to bring new level of communications to the helicopter market

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28 FEB 2024 – Anaheim, CA –  Outerlink’s multicellular Air IP is expanding with additional FAA STC approvals and expanding across law enforcement and corporate clients. 

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Feb
28
2024

Recoil Aerospace Announces Launch Customers for T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System at Heli-Expo 2024

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ANAHEIM, CA - (February 27, 2024): Recoil Aerospace, a leader in advanced aerial firefighting solutions, proudly announces its launch customers for the T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System, marking a significant milestone in the company's mission to revolutionize aerial firefighting. In conjunction with Heli-Expo 2024, Recoil Aerospace reveals three launch customers who have chosen to equip their aircraft with the T1000-E system, showcasing its versatility, reliability, and unmatched performance in wildfire suppression operations.

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Feb
28
2024

Bell Signs Customer Service Facility Agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation

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Anaheim, CA (Feb. 27, 2023) Bell, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has signed an Agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation to establish its role as an authorized Bell Customer Service Facility (CSF) and provide service for Bell 212, Bell 412 and the SUBARU Bell 412EPX commercial aircraft. This new agreement further demonstrates both organizations’ dedication to providing exceptional customer support and showcasing Bell’s aircraft to customers in the Middle East region.

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Feb
28
2024

Nova Systems Selects FreeFlight Systems’ Advanced Weather and Airborne Aircraft Alerting System to Increase Crew Awareness

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Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 28, 2024 - FreeFlight Systems announced Nova Systems selected their Dual-Band ADS-B receiver as part of an upgrade program for their customers to provide more efficient and better decision-making systems during flight. FreeFlight Systems Dual-Band ADS-B receiver provides critical weather and airborne traffic, significantly improving crew situational awareness and providing a well-informed operation, even under extreme conditions.

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Tags: FreeFlight Systems Nova Systems
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Feb
28
2024

Robinson Helicopter Company transitions to new leadership

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Robinson Helicopter Company, renowned for its innovative and affordable R22 that greatly expanded the rotorcraft family in the civil market and trained generations of pilots, is transitioning into new leadership after celebrating a half-century as a family-owned business.

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Feb
28
2024

Airbus publishes agenda for 2024 Annual General Meeting

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Amsterdam, 28 February 2024 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has published the agenda for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place on 10 April 2024 in Amsterdam.

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Feb
28
2024

Billings Flying Service Receives First Ever CFR Exemption for Surplus Ex-Foreign Military CH-47 Chinooks; Aircraft Undergoing Airworthiness Certification

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BILLINGS, MONTANA (February 28, 2024): Billings Flying Service (BFS) received a CFR exemption from 14 CFR 21.185(b) earlier this month, allowing it to proceed with the United States’ first ever restricted category airworthiness certification of ex-foreign military Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters. BFS took delivery of six CH-47Ds from the Netherlands Defense Ministry in mid-2023. 

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Feb
28
2024

SKYTRAC and the Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) Announce the Completion of AW139 STC for the SDL-350

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ANAHEIM, CA, February 28, 2024 – SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications (satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, and the Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), a leading international provider of solutions for aircraft systems and services across multiple aviation segments, today announced that they completed a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) certified AW139 Standard Type Certification (STC) for the SDL-350.

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Feb
28
2024

Nova Systems Select SKYTRAC’s Iridium Certus® Solution for Coast Guard Programs

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ANAHEIM, CA, February 28, 2024 – SKYTRAC Systems Ltd (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications (satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, today announced that it was chosen by Nova Systems, a leading provider of engineering services and technology solutions, to provide mission-critical satcom solutions in support of a series of European Coast Guard programs.

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Feb
28
2024

DRF Luftrettung becomes H145 Fleet Leader and Distributor of HeliMods

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As the first HEMS operator in Europe, DRF Luftrettung plans to introduce the "Powered Aero Loader" (PAL)™ developed by HeliMods on its H145 helicopters. The PAL™ is an electro-hydraulic stretcher loading system operated at the push of a button, which allows rapid loading and unloading of ambulance stretchers into rescue helicopters. Furthermore, both parties are seeking a distribution partnership with the aim of introducing and distributing the PAL™ on the European market. DRF Luftrettung and HeliMods signed a corresponding Letter of Intent (LoI) yesterday at the HAI Heli-Expo helicopter exhibition in Anaheim, USA.

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Tags: Airbus DRF Luftrettung H125
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Feb
28
2024

Sloane Helicopters Secures Six Robinson Helicopter Delivery Positions For 2025

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HAI, Anaheim, 27 February 2024 - Sloane Helicopters, the prominent UK and Ireland dealer for the Robinson Helicopter Company, is excited to announce the acquisition of six delivery positions for new Robinson helicopters, with the first expected in February 2025. This order encompasses four R44 helicopters and two R66 helicopters, further reinforcing Sloane’s unwavering confidence in the Robinson range of helicopters.

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Feb
28
2024

HMotion soon in possession of Two H145 VR Flight Simulators from Loft Dynamics

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ANAHEIM, California, February 28, 2024 — Loft Dynamics is announcing a partnership with HMotion — a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and ADAC HEMS Academy — through the delivery of two Airbus H145 VR flight simulation training devices (FSTDs), which will be installed at a new simulator center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. This modern training center will offer a wide range of cost-effective training courses for helicopter personnel, including the highest-quality mission and critical flight training available, enabled by Loft Dynamics’ cutting-edge technology.

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Tags: Flight Simulator H145 HMotion Loft Dynamics
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Feb
28
2024

Ace Aeronautics and Mint Turbines Sign Partnership Agreement to support the Legacy UH-60 Black Hawks

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February 27, 2024 - Anaheim, CA - Ace Aeronautics and Mint Turbines have signed a partnership agreement aimed at building worldwide support for the Legacy Black Hawk Fleet that has been acquired through the US Army Black Hawk Exchange and Sales Transaction Program (BEST). The partnership will focus on the team’s ability to perform repair and refurbishment to the airframe and powerplant, as well as mission upgrades. 

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Tags: Ace Aeronautics Mint Turbines
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Feb
28
2024

KEYSTONE TURBINE SERVICES (A PAG COMPANY) RECEIVES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE ROLLS-ROYCE BEST IN CLASS AWARD

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Atlanta, Georgia – February 28, 2024. Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to Aerospace and Defense industries worldwide, receives Rolls-Royce Best in Class Award. This marks the fourth consecutive year Keystone Turbine Services (KTS), a division of PAG’s Engine Services group, has been recognized with the Rolls-Royce Best in Class Award.

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Feb
28
2024

Bristow Signs New AW189 Framework Agreement Including Firm Orders for 10 AW189 Helicopters

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Rome – 28 February 2024 – Leonardo and Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, announced a framework agreement including firm orders for 10 AW189 super medium helicopters plus 10 options.

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Feb
28
2024

SKYTRAC Installs First Factory Installed ISAT-200A and DAL-200 for the H135

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ANAHEIM, CA, February 28, 2024 – SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in aerospace intelligent connectivity and satellite communications (satcom), has today announced that they have completed the first installation of a factory installation of the ISAT-200A and DAL-200 solution for the H135.

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