Helicopter Maintenance News

Donaldson to Develop Inlet Barrier Filters for Leonardo AW169 Helicopters
06/19/2018 - 07:56
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), signs an agreement with Leonardo to develop two new inlet barrier filters (IBF) for the AW169 helicopter. 
Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service Receive First H175s in Public Services Configuration ©Eric Raz
06/19/2018 - 07:49
Hong Kong-based Government Flying Service (GFS) receives three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of the new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services, law enforcement and firefighting, as well as land and maritime border control operations.
Helicopter Association International Joins Aviation Associations in Expressing Concerns About Ligado Proposal
06/19/2018 - 07:34
Helicopter Association International (HAI) joins a coalition of ten other aviation-related associations in delivering a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the Ligado Networks Proposal.
06/13/2018 - 08:27
Metro Aviation completes a 2017 H145 for Avera Careflight of Sioux Falls, SD. This is the second aircraft Metro has completed for the program at its completion center in Shreveport, LA.
Bell and DART Deliver First Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System to the Japan Coast Guard
05/27/2018 - 15:32
The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) accepts its fleet of four Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, newly equipped with the DART Aerospace Emergency Flotation System, into service.
05/23/2018 - 12:20
WD-40 Company is recruiting members in the automotive, construction, farming, maintenance, repair and operations fields to provide input on new WD-40® Brand products and uses and to learn how to further help users get the job done right. The initiative is part of a remastered PRO Board program, which serves as a way for WD-40 Company to hear unbiased feedback from trade professionals.
Southeast Aerospace Welcomes Ron Symonette, Senior Program Manager
05/23/2018 - 11:23
Southeast Aerospace, an aerospace solutions company, welcomes Ron Symonette as new senior program manager. Symonette brings over 25 years of aviation industry experience, with 21 years at United Rotorcraft (a division of Air Methods).
New Advanced Vertical Lift Center Showcases Bell's Innovative Flight Solutions
05/23/2018 - 10:40
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, opens its new Advanced Vertical Lift Center (AVLC) in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The office provides a unique setting for Bell’s military customers, partners and policy makers to interact with technology that is defining the future of vertical lift (FVL). Bell is increasing its presence in the region to offer opportunities for leaders to understand how advanced aviation technology, such as the V-280 Valor, can meet the urgent needs of the warfighter.
CAL FIRE Places Purchase Order for Firehawk® Aircraft
05/23/2018 - 09:30
United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, receives a purchase order from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for the acquisition of a new Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk aircraft, to be modified into FIREHAWK® firefighting configuration by United Rotorcraft. This aircraft will be the latest firefighting tool put into service with CAL FIRE to protect the citizens and property of California.
DART Announces FAA Approval on the Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System
05/23/2018 - 08:13
DART’s Bell 505 Emergency Flotation System, being the first and only such system available on the market, receives certification from the Federal Aviation Association (FAA). With TCCA approval issued in mid-February of this year, the system has started seeing its first deliveries.
05/17/2018 - 10:10
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), announces that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has validated the H125 (formerly AS350) Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificate, clearing the way for installation of IBFs on Airbus H125 helicopters in China.
Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence Sign Agreement to Establish Local Helicopter Transmission Repair and Overhaul Facility
04/28/2018 - 13:15
Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence agree to establish a helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility in Melbourne capable of servicing MRH Taipan, foreign NH90 and certain civil helicopter main gear boxes. Planned to be set up into an existing facility of Leonardo and to commence operation in mid-2020, the centre will employ at least 12 technical staff for 30 years or more.
DART Aerospace Gets EASA Certification for the H145 (EC145) Heli-Utility Basket
04/26/2018 - 15:29
DART receives EASA certification for its H145 (EC145) Quick Release, Heli-Utility-Basket™ on March 19, only three months after receiving the initial FAA certification (Dec. 13, 2017), and is now able to support European operators of the H145 and EC145.
04/26/2018 - 15:16
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announces Canadian certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new S-92® helicopters. The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability was first certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2015.
Japan Coast Guard Bolsters Fleet with Additional H225 Order
04/26/2018 - 13:36
Airbus Helicopters secures an additional order of one H225 helicopter from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), bringing JCG’s H225 fleet to ten units. JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family. With this new order, the customer’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, becoming the largest Super Puma operator in Japan.
Leonardo Strengthens Local Support for Chilean Helicopter Fleet with New Authorized Service Center
04/06/2018 - 08:34
Leonardo announces that Aerocardal Limitada has been appointed an Authorised Service Centre for its helicopters in Chile. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at FIDAE 2018. Under the agreement, Aerocardal Limitada will provide comprehensive support and maintenance services from its base at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez international Airport, for Chilean owners and operators of AW109 light twin-engine and AW119 single-engine helicopters.
DART Aerospace Focuses on Growth in Latin America - FIDAE 2018
03/30/2018 - 07:16
DART Aerospace is prepared for FIDAE Airshow 2018, the biggest aerospace, defense and security exhibition in Latin America. DART Aerospace is focused on setting a strong presence in the multiple countries of Latin America and has been attending a wide variety of aerospace shows and exhibitions within this region in order to showcase top-selling products and solutions adapted to operators’ needs.
03/29/2018 - 08:04
The Federal Aviation Administration will host the 2018 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference featuring approximately 35 presentations and seminars in an effort to reduce the national helicopter accident rate, particularly among small operators. The three-day event will offer inspection authorization and FAA AMT and WINGS credits. Admission will be free.
Safran to Power Qatar’s New NH90 Fleet
03/29/2018 - 07:51
Qatar selects Safran Helicopter Engines as engine supplier of its new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, whose acquisition was announced on March 14, will all feature RTM322 engines. They will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled, and to the Leonardo Venice-Tessera facility in Northern Italy for integration with the naval (NFH) configuration. Safran Helicopter Engines now powers 80 % of the worldwide NH90 fleet.
03/21/2018 - 12:46
RUAG Aviation expands the scope of its EASA Part 21 J Design Organization Approval (DOA) to include night vision imaging system (NVIS) capabilities. The specification of NVIS technical field entitles the aviation life cycle support and services provider to directly classify and approve changes and repairs, to design and develop supplemental type certificates (STCs) for aircraft with NVIS configurations, and to integrate new NVIS to existing platforms.