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Feb
25
2021

TKK Orders EC135 Simulator from FRASCA

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February 24, 2021 Urbana, IL. FRASCA International, Inc (FRASCA) has received an order for an EC135 Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) from TKK (Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co.), Tokyo, Japan.

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Tags: EC135 Flight Training Device Frasca FTD Japan TKK Tokyo Tokyo Aircraft Instrument Co
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Feb
24
2021

Vantis Building Out Mission and Network Operations Center (MNOC)

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GRAND FORKS, ND – Vantis, North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) network, recently signed a long-term agreement to house the Vantis Mission and Network Operations Center (MNOC) at the Grand Sky business and aviation park. The MNOC is an essential component of Vantis – as the name suggests, it is the focal point to provide secure network operations monitoring and administration, customer coordination and support, performance and safety data reporting, and other critical functions.

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Tags: MNOC North Dakota UAS Vantis Vantis Mission and Network Operations Center
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Feb
24
2021

LIFESAVE TRANSPORT ANNOUNCES HIRING PUSH FOR FLIGHT NURSES AND MEDICS

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Our subsidiary in Kansas and Nebraska, LifeSave Transport (LifeSave), is adding to its growing teams in Kansas and Nebraska with opportunities available for pilots, nurses, paramedics, and A&P mechanics for both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Bases are located throughout Kansas in Colby, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Liberal, and Salina, as well as in McCook, Nebraska.

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Tags: Air Methods LifeSave
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Feb
24
2021

Global Aerospace Design Corp. Expands their ADS-B Out Solutions with FreeFlight Systems

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IRVING, TEXAS, February 24, 2021 – FreeFlight Systems, a NextGen aviation leader specializing in avionics design, development, and manufacturing - announced today, that Global Aerospace Design Corp. (Global) successfully added three aircraft types to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST04299CH for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out. These recent certifications also include FreeFlight’s 1203C Global Navigation Satellite System as the primary position source.

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Tags: 1203C ADS-B FAA FreeFlight Systems FreeLight Global Global Aerospace Design Corp. Global Navigation Satellite System NextGen ST04299CH
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Feb
23
2021

FAA Seeks TRUST Administrators for Drone Pilot Test

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today opened the application period for entities interested in serving as test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Potential test administrators must submit their applications by March 31, 2021.

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Tags: Drone FAA TRUST UAS Safety Test
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Feb
22
2021

NTSB Preliminary Report: Knoxville, Tennessee

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NTSB Preliminary Report | Knoxville, TN Accident Number: ERA21LA121 January 30,2021

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Tags: Knoxville NTSB Report
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Feb
18
2021

SKYTRAC Expands its Operations Canada-Wide

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KELOWNA, BC, FEBRUARY 18, 2021 – SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC), a global leader in satellite communications and intelligent connectivity, today announced its expansion into Ottawa, Ontario. In conjunction with SKYTRAC’s expanding Kelowna and Victoria-based engineering teams, the Ottawa office will be undertaking a number of research and development activities supporting Iridium Certus and Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety Systems (GADSS) solutions for the commercial airline industry.

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Tags: SKYTRAC Systems
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Feb
16
2021

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Issues a “Blueprint” for Confronting IIMC and Pilot Spatial Disorientation

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​WASHINGTON DC – Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions leading to pilot spatial disorientation continue to be a leading cause of fatal helicopter accidents. From 2000 to 2019 in the United States, there were 130 fatal accidents directly linked to the issue of spatial disorientation. These accidents occurred regardless of pilot experience and they cut across all industries, including Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, tour operations, utility flights, corporate flying and personal/private flights.

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Tags: USHST
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Feb
16
2021

NTSB Preliminary Report: Horseshoe Bend, IL

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On February 5, 2021, about 1400 mountain standard time, a Hughes OH-6A, N6639R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. The pilot sustained serious injuries and passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a public use flight. 

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Tags: Horseshoe Bend IL NTSB
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Feb
16
2021

Vital support from the air: helicopters provide relief after Storm Alex

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In the aftermath of Storm Alex – which hit the Nice, France countryside last October, destroying almost everything in its path – more than 30 helicopters provided vital support that included supply runs, evacuation of the injured, search operations for missing persons and more.

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Tags: Airbus France Nice France
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Feb
15
2021

PHI IMPLEMENTS PIONEERING H160 OPERATION IN GULF OF MEXICO

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(Lafayette, LA, February 15, 2021) – PHI Aviation has been selected to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract for Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCO) in the Gulf of Mexico. The H160 features ground-breaking new levels of safety, comfort and schedule reliability in offshore operations. This newly executed 10-year contract marks a history entry of the aircraft into the oil and gas industry.

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Tags: Airbus Gulf of Mexico H160 PHIAviation Shell
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Feb
15
2021

TVA selects GPMS’s Foresight MX Helicopter Health Monitoring System for its Bell 407GXis and New MD530 and Bell 429 Aircraft

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has selected GPMS’ Foresight MX Helicopter Health and Usage Monitoring System, to provide service on current Bell 407GXi aircraft as well as on planned fleet additions, including an MD530 and Bell 429.

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Tags: Bell Bell 407 Gxi Bell 429 Foresight MX health monitoring system GPMS MD530 Tennessee Valley Authority
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Feb
15
2021

UNITED ROTORCRAFT LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

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At Air Methods, we pride ourselves on a diverse range of capabilities. While our largest offering is direct air medical services, with air ambulance bases all over the country, we also have expertise in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology through our division known as United Rotorcraft.

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Tags: Air Methods
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Feb
15
2021

Leonardo carries out Italy’s first demonstration of a drone with electrically-powered propulsion transporting heavy goods

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Leonardo continues to experiment in the field of advanced air mobility as it aims to accelerate the introduction of drones into civilian skies and develop innovative drone-based services for Italy and beyond. In a recent collaboration with the Municipality of Turin and D-Flight (an ENAV group company, part owned by Leonardo and Telespazio), Leonardo conducted a series of test flights in which a drone weighing 130kg and powered by an electric propulsion system carried loads of up to 25kg. The demo, which was authorised by ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and took place in the city of Turin, is the next step towards a new model of air transport logistics for medium-range routes, defined as those up to 50km.

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Tags: Drone Leonardo
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Feb
15
2021

NTSB Final Report: Hertford, North Carolina

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The pilot was conducting an air ambulance flight to transport a patient to another hospital located about 130 nautical miles away. About 8 minutes after takeoff, at a GPS altitude of about 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl) and a groundspeed of about 120 knots, the helicopter began a left turn toward the south. Although the precise timing and order of events could not be determined, the No. 2 engine experienced a bearing seizure; the engine continued to run. This likely resulted in several cockpit indications described below. It is likely that the pilot then errantly shutdown the No. 1 engine and continued to fly for a brief period utilizing the No. 2 engine. About 1 minute after the left turn began, the last data point was recorded, which indicated that the helicopter was at a GPS altitude of about 1,200 ft msl and a groundspeed of 75 knots. It is likely that the No. 2 engine subsequently lost all power. The helicopter then impacted a shallow turf drainage pathway between fields of tall grass on a farm, and a postcrash fire ensued, which consumed most of the helicopter structure. The lack of any ground scars leading toward or away from the main wreckage indicated that the helicopter was in a near-vertical descent before impacting the ground. One rotor blade was found intact resting in undisturbed 8-ft-tall grass, consistent with little or no rotation of the main rotor system. Neither engine exhibited damage consistent with rotation at the time of impact.

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Tags: Duke Hertford North Carolina NTSB
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Feb
15
2021

Mallorca’s The Aviation Centre Offers Solution to Brexit Helicopter Licence Chaos

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When the Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020, the UK ceased to form part of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  This left UK-licensed pilots in the frustrating position of only being able to fly UK-registered aircraft.  Mallorca’s The Aviation Centre has the solution.  

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Tags: The Aviation Centre
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Feb
15
2021

Shell selects H160 for operation by PHI in Gulf of Mexico

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Marignane, 15 February 2021 – International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tags: Airbus Airbus Helicopters Gulf of Mexico H160 PHI Shell
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Feb
12
2021

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare support contract for fleet of 80 EC135s

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas, Feb. 12, 2021 – Air Methods Corporation has signed another HCare support contract with Airbus Helicopters Inc., this time to cover its fleet of EC135 helicopters – the largest HCare contract signed with any civil customer to date.

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Tags: Airbus Airbus Helicopters EC135 HCare
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Feb
11
2021

French ministry for Armed Forces selects Airbus Survey Copter Aliaca fixed-wing drone systems to equip its ships

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Paris, 11th February 2021  – Airbus Defence and Space mini UAS subsidiary SURVEY Copter signed a contract with French DGA Armament general directorate to provide the French Navy with 11 systems, (22 aircraft), of the electrically powered fixed-wing Aliaca maritime version UAS (officially called SMDM / “Systèmes de Mini Drones aériens embarqués pour la Marine” by French authorities), including training and integrated logistic support. First deliveries are expected in 2021.

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Tags: Airbus Airbus Defence and Space French DGA Armament French Navy SURVEY Copter UAS
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Feb
11
2021

Development Complete on the 480B Caution/Warning Panel

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Kelowna, BC, Canada, – Development is now complete on Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corporation’s MCP480B Master Caution Panel project, which was awarded to the Canadian avionics manufacturer by Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (Enstrom) last year.

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Tags: Enstrom
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Feb
10
2021

Sikorsky Continues Legacy With Latest Contract To Build Presidential Helicopters

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STRATFORD, Conn. Feb. 10 – Continuing its 63-year legacy of providing safe and reliable transportation for the president of the United States, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A® Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year.

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Tags: Lockheed Martin Presidential Helicopter Sikorsky US Marines VH-92A
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Feb
10
2021

Back in Business: Leading Edge Flight Academy Instructors Move One Step Closer to Career Goals

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February 10, 2021, Bend, Oregon – In a year that has felt more like a decade to professional pilots in all airframes, news of forward progression almost seems too good to be true. Reports of continued pilot demand are often met with raised eyebrows and cynical whispers. “How can we bounce back from a year like 2020?” is a sentiment on the mind of the cautious aviator. Fortunately, at Leading Edge Flight Academy, in Bend, Oregon, there is tangible proof behind the numbers, giving hope to current student pilots that forward progression is still possible.

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Tags: Leading Edge Flight Academy
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Feb
10
2021

56 Seconds to Live | U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Releases Video Aimed at Saving Lives

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WASHINGTON DC – Can you imagine yourself in a situation where you only had 56 seconds to live? If you are a helicopter pilot and you find yourself in Unintentional Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC), those precious 56 seconds may be a reality.

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Tags: USHST
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Feb
10
2021

Helicopter Association International Addresses National Transportation Board Findings on January 2020 Helicopter Crash in Calabasas, Calif.

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Alexandria, Va. – The staff of Helicopter Association International (HAI) followed the findings and recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) related to the Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. HAI extends its deepest sympathies to those who lost a loved one in this accident and is committed to the goal of zero fatal accidents in the aviation industry. We also want to thank the men and women of the NTSB for their hard work in investigating this crash.

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Tags: Calabasas HAI NTSB
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Feb
10
2021

Houston PD takes delivery of new H125

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10 FEB 2021 – Shreveport, La. – The Houston Police Department, one of the largest air units in the country, recently took delivery of a new and very special H125.

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Tags: H125 Houston Police Department Metro Aviation
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Feb
10
2021

AT Systems Spatial Disorientation Device meets NTSB Recommendation

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AT Systems patented device trains pilots for degraded visual environment conditions during routine training flights. This unique device is the latest technology in training for spatial disorientation and low visibility events such as Inadvertent IMC, brown-out, or white-out conditions. The NTSB has identified in aircraft spatial disorientation training as a key factor in preventing accidents where spatial disorientation is a factor.

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Tags: AT Systems NTSB
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Feb
09
2021

Pilot’s Poor Decision Making, Spatial Disorientation, Led to Fatal Helicopter Crash

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 9, 2021) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public meeting Tuesday, a pilot’s decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control, led to the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter in Calabasas, California.

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Tags: Calabasas NTSB S-76B Sikrosky
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Feb
09
2021

Jaunt Air Mobility Awarded Contract for the Development of Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) Solutions to Support Electric Aircraft Development, Large-Scale Production and Fleet Support

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Dallas, TX, February 9, 2021, Jaunt Air Mobility announced the Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the company a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract to develop Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) solutions for the development of electric aircraft for large scale production and fleet management. 

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Tags: Air Force Research Laboratory Extreme Fast Charging Jaunt Air Mobility Small Business Technology Transfer STTR XFC
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Feb
09
2021

Robinson's Cockpit Video Camera Now Available

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Torrance, CA (Feb. 8, 2021) — Robinson’s Cockpit Video Camera introduced at Heli Expo 2020 is now optional on R22/R44 helicopters and standard on R66 helicopters ordered after 15 January 2021. 

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Tags: Heli Expo R22 R44 R66 Robinson Robinson Cockpit Video Camera
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Feb
08
2021

Bell Announces Sale of Six Bell 505s to Jamaica Defence Force

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Fort Worth, TX (8 February 2021) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement for six Bell 505 aircraft to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The newly acquired Bell 505s will be configured to support Public Safety missions in country and be used by the Force’s Caribbean Military Aviation School (CMAS) to train international rotorcraft pilots.

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Tags: Bell Bell 505 Bell Textron Jamaica Defence Force JDF Textron
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