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Jun
21
2022

My Fighter Career: “I Wasn’t Born To Fly”

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“My Fighter Career” is a limited series of articles by Byron Hukee. He’s a humble, bad ass, retired

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Jun
21
2022

Honda Aircraft Company extends FlightSafety International partnership

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COLUMBUS, O.H. and GREENSBORO N.C. (JUNE 21, 2022) – Today, Honda Aircraft Company and FlightSafety International announced a 25-year extension to their existing 15-year-old partnership that will continue the two companies’ innovative relationship until 2047. The agreement builds on a partnership that combines the strengths of both parties across different sectors to provide training to HondaJet owners and operators with the highest level of safety, while setting a strong, long-term commitment to aviation.

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Jun
20
2022

LCI AND SMFL DELIVER TWO NEW AW169 HELICOPTERS TO ALIDAUNIA FOR MISSION CRITICAL EMS OPERATIONS

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LCI, a leading aviation company and a subsidiary of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have delivered two new Leonardo AW169 helicopters from its joint venture leasing operation to the well-established Italian helicopter operator, Alidaunia.

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Jun
20
2022

Garmin achieves EASA approval for the GFC 600H flight control system for AS350 helicopters

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OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), is pleased to announce European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of the GFC™ 600H for AS350 helicopters, providing a cost-effective flight control solution that reduces pilot workload and improves mission effectiveness. The GFC 600H provides a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including attitude hold with speed stability, the innovative hover assist mode, Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection (H-ESP™), dedicated return-to-level (LVL) mode, as well as overspeed and low-speed protection, and more.

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Jun
20
2022

Dwayne Charette elected Ontario Aerospace Council board chair

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Pickering, Ontario, June 20, 2022 – The Ontario Aerospace Council announced today that Dwayne Charette, president and chief operating officer of Airbus Helicopters Canada, was elected board chair and assumed the role on May 27. His responsibilities include chairing OAC executive committee and board of directors’ meetings, providing oversight of organizational operations, as well as advocating for Ontario’s aerospace industry within the province, at the federal level and globally.

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Jun
20
2022

NTSB Final Report: Fallon, Nevada

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The helicopter pilot reported that, while hovering in front of a hangar he erroneously increased collective pitch, panicked, and lost control of the helicopter. The helicopter subsequently impacted the top of a hanger and rolled over. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tail boom. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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Jun
19
2022

Norway Permanently Terminates NH90 Operations And Contract

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A Norwegian NH90 during a SAR exercise. (Photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)"

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Jun
18
2022

Four Things We Still Miss About Virgin America

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Back in 2016, Alaska Airlines announced that it was purchasing Virgin America. It was a merger that

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Jun
17
2022

U.S. Forces Have Captured Another Daesh Senior Leader During Night Helicopter Raid

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A screenshot from the video below showing the Chinook in flight at very low altitude. In the box a

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Jun
16
2022

Video Shows Ultra-Low Level Flying Russian Gunship Helicopter Shot Down In Ukraine

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Screenshot from the video of the Mi-35M shot down in Ukraine."

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Jun
16
2022

First F-35A Officially Delivered To The 6° Stormo At Ghedi Air Base

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The first F-35A of the 6° Stormo (All images: Luciano Zanini / The Aviationist)"

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Jun
16
2022

Garmin celebrates a milestone of more than 25,000 integrated flight deck deliveries

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OLATHE, Kan. — Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), today celebrated the delivery of over 25,000 integrated flight decks, including forward-fit and retrofit solutions for general and business aviation, rotorcraft, military and government, and regional aircraft markets. Garmin avionics have revolutionized the aviation industry for nearly two decades, ushering in the era of fully integrated flight decks for light aircraft while also expanding the capabilities of turbine aircraft. Recognized for reliability, quality and innovation, Garmin flight decks have been certified on over 80 aircraft models representing 20 different aircraft manufacturers—more than any other avionics manufacturer.    

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Jun
15
2022

CareFlite Adds Bell 407GXi to Air Ambulance Fleet

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Fort Worth, TX (15 June 2022) – Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today that CareFlite has signed an agreement to purchase a Bell 407GXi aircraft outfitted with an IFR configuration kit.

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Jun
15
2022

HeliSpeed purchases an H14 FNPT II MCC simulator from Entrol

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In January 2023 Entrol will install their H14 FNPT II MCC simulator based on the Bell 429 at HeliSpeed Academy Base in Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The H14 is equipped with GTN 750 and GTN 650 units, a three channel cylindrical visual system with a FOV of 200ºx40º and a vibration system to replicate the normal and abnormal flying conditions such as vortex ring, translational lift and turbulence.

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Tags: Bell 429 Entrol HeliSpeed
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Jun
15
2022

FAA’s 2021 Cargo Report Shows Incredible Amazon Growth

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its Preliminary CY 2021 All Cargo, Rank Order

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Jun
15
2022

Sweden Might Acquire Second-Hand C-130Js From Italy

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File photo of an Italian C-130J during a takeoff from an austere runway. (Photo: Aeronautica

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Jun
15
2022

Four Apps Every Plane Spotter Should Have

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The passion for aviation can be enjoyed in many different ways. Some people work on flight crews,

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Jun
14
2022

Darkstar Mockup Used For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Unveiled In New Behind-The-Scenes Video

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Film director Joseph Kosinski poses with the Darkstar mockup, with Tom Cruise inside the cockpit.

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Jun
14
2022

AFDAU-T1 ACHIEVES US FOREST SERVICE ATU COMPLIANCE

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The AFDAU-T1, Australia’s standout additional telemetry unit (ATU) for aerial firefighting, has achieved compliance for the new US Forest Service requirements for event data this week. The update enables all Aerial Firefighting Data Acquisition Unit (AFDAU) units already installed in aircraft to meet compliance specifications

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Jun
14
2022

Norway's largest onshore helicopter operator, Helitrans, uses the world's first-of-its-kind Airbus H125 VR Simulator for Helicopter Training

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After a long and extensive process, the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartstilsynet) has given Helitrans the thumbs up for pilots to complete training and certificate / licence renewal (OPC / PC) in an Airbus H125 VR simulator. Norway is the very first country in the world to formally approve the use of this type of VR simulator.

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Jun
14
2022

NTSB Final Report: Eldorado, Illinois

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The pilot reported that the helicopter was about to take off with a flight nurse, paramedic, and a patient onboard when she noticed a flash and flame reflection on the front left windscreen immediately followed by screams and the cabin filling with smoke. The pilot immediately reduced the throttle, pulled the fuel shutoff valve, and applied full rotor brake. The paramedic on board’s flight suit was on fire.

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Jun
14
2022

EP-80: The Mad Dog (MD-80) Modernization Program That Never Took Off

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If you are a frequent reader of Avgeekery, you know that we have a soft spot in our hearts for the

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Jun
13
2022

All The German F-35s To Be Stationed At Büchel Air Base

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File photo of a USAF F-35A (U.S. Air Force photo by Heide Couch)"

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Jun
13
2022

NTSB Final Report: McKinney, Texas

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The pilot reported that he drove from his home to the airport not expecting to fly the helicopter due to high winds, however, after arrival at the hangar the winds were lighter than the forecast winds, so he conducted a preflight for a local flight. As the pilot raised the collective for takeoff and the helicopter climbed into an initial hover, the helicopter rolled to the left. The pilot tried to counter the roll but was unable because the cyclic control lock was still in place. The helicopter continued to roll left and impacted the ramp and a post impact fire ensued. The pilot successfully egressed the helicopter but suffered serious burn injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system and the cabin. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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Jun
13
2022

AIRLIFT TEXAS OPENING NEW BASE TO EXPAND AIR MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

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Weslaco, Texas,  Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider in the U.S., is thrilled to announce the opening of AirLift Texas, a new base in Weslaco, Texas, on June 1st to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding Rio Grande Valley communities. Opening the base will result in quicker response times for emergent and trauma situations and provide interfacility transports for patients needing specialized care.

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Jun
13
2022

NHIndustries and NAHEMA sign innovative NH90 support contract

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Marignane, 13 June 2022 - NHIndustries has signed an innovative NH90 support contract with the NATO agency NAHEMA, acting as the contracting authority on behalf of the  Direction générale de l'armement (the French Armament General Directorate) and the Direction de la maintenance aéronautique (the French Aeronautics Support Directory)  for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the BAAINBww for the German Ministry of Defence. This contract will improve the availability rates of the NH90 naval (NFH) and tactical (TTH) helicopters.

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Jun
13
2022

NHIndustries statement regarding Norwegian Ministry of Defence announcement to terminate NH90 contract

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NHIndustries is extremely disappointed by the decision taken by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and refutes the allegations being made against the NH90 as well as against the Company. NHIndustries was not offered the possibility to discuss the latest proposal made to improve the availability of the NH90 in Norway and to address the specific Norwegian requirements. NHIndustries considers this termination to be legally groundless.

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Jun
12
2022

‘MiG Killer’ F-16D Has Been Given A New Retro Camouflage Color Scheme

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Seen on landing at Luke AFB, the F-16D 90-0778 with the new paint scheme (All images: Thomas “Taj”

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Jun
10
2022

Israel Claim Its F-35Is Can Now Reach Into Iran Without Air-to-Air Refueling

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File photo of a F-35I Adir landing at the end of the delivery flight to Israel. (Photo: Israeli Air

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Jun
10
2022

First F-35A in Aggressors Paint Scheme Unveiled At Nellis AFB

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Lt. Col. Brandon Nauta, 65th Aggressor Squadron commander, assumes command of the 65 AGRS during an

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