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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

Ole Miss quarterback first college athlete to partner with private aviation company

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Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart became the first college athlete to sign a deal with a private

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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

Strong wind flips Cessna 172 in Wyoming

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Photos in graphic from Oil City News, credit to Dan CepedaA Cessna 172N Skyhawk flipped over on the

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Feb
28
2024

Crew received 3 low engine oil pressure warnings moments before deadly Challenger 604 crash

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The crew on the Bombardier Challenger 604 that crashed onto a Florida interstate on Feb. 9 had three

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Feb
28
2024

GA Telesis MRO Services expands landing gear repair capability with addition of E-JET E175 capability to complete full support of all Embraer E-JETS

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GA Telesis ("GAT"), the pioneering leader in integrated aviation services, announces its MRO

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Feb
28
2024

Million Air Dallas celebrates 20 years of CAA preferred status, along with FBO’s 40th year

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Million Air Dallas proudly announces its continued distinction as the CAA Preferred Fixed Base

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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

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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Feb
28
2024

Bell Signs Customer Service Facility Agreement with Abu Dhabi Aviation

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Anaheim, CA (Feb. 27, 2024) 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

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Robinson Helicopter Company Announces Leadership Transition

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Torrance, CA – February 27, 2024 – Robinson Helicopter Company, Inc. (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, announces Kurt Robinson, president and CEO of the privately-owned company, will transition to an advisory role and remain on the board of directors effective immediately. Concurrently, David Smith, formerly Robinson Helicopter’s vice president of operations, has been named the new president and CEO. This leadership transition marks a new chapter in the company’s 50-year history. The last leadership transition occurred in 2010 when founder Frank Robinson retired, and Kurt Robinson was elected president and CEO by the board of directors. Smith becomes only the third to lead the civil aviation company in 50 years.

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Feb
27
2024

Robinson Helicopter Launches New Video Series ‘Climb Higher,’ Spotlighting Global Utilization of Robinson Helicopters in Divers Missions

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Torrance, CA – February 27, 2024 – Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, releases the first two episodes in its new video series, ‘Climb Higher,’ highlighting how customers and operators around the world utilize Robinson helicopters for their unique missions. The series features the indispensable role that Robinson helicopters play in bridging the gaps between people, places, and possibilities, enabling operators to accomplish a wide range of missions with unparalleled accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness.

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Feb
27
2024

Robinson Helicopter Company Reports Strong Growth and Continued Product Development in 2023

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Torrance, CA – February 27, 2024 – Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC), a global leader in civilian rotorcraft, highlights a strong year marked by increased deliveries, product advancements, and workforce expansion.

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Feb
27
2024

Enstrom Adds Air Conditioning to 280FX and F28F Helicopters

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Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kelly Aerospace Thermal Systems to provide air conditioning for Enstrom 280FX and F28F helicopters. The state-of-the-art all-electric system will be STC’d by Kelly and available for installation in factory new aircraft as well as for field installation. 

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