Helicopter Maintenance News

09/11/2018 - 06:26
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: NYT), chooses to collaborate with BridgeIT on a five-year industrial cooperation project to develop and deliver software to Sikorsky field service representatives. BridgeIT will work together with Sikorsky to deliver a modern, mobile, digital workplace solution to employees to support Sikorsky commercial helicopter customers around the world.
FAA Approves Robinson R66 Cargo Hook
08/21/2018 - 14:51
The FAA approves Robinson’s R66 cargo-hook installation. The optional cargo hook carries external loads up to 1200 pounds and, for external load operations, the R66’s maximum gross weight increases from 2700 pounds to 2900 pounds.
08/21/2018 - 14:41
Conklin & de Decker, a provider in aviation research, consulting and education, announces Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Release 18.2 is now available with even more aircraft and the latest operating cost data. The most innovative and comprehensive aircraft budget and financial analysis tool in the industry, LCC provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers and aircraft consultants with independently researched ownership and operating-cost data for more than 460 jet, turboprop, helicopter and piston aircraft.
Van Horn Aviation Receives STC for Bell 206L Rotor Blades
08/18/2018 - 11:40
Van Horn Aviation (VHA) receives a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for composite main rotor blades installed on the Bell 206L LongRanger helicopter. Loosely based on VHA’s composite 206B JetRanger main rotor blades, which were certificated in 2016, the new VHA LongRanger main rotor blades have been approved with a 16,000-hour service life, which is four times the life of the current OEM metal blades.
08/11/2018 - 09:18
Innovation and enterprise in the rotorcraft industry is at the heart of this year’s Helitech International when it returns in October with 10% more floor space and 13 new exhibitors joining the event for the first time.
Thai Aviation Services' S-76D™ Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours
08/09/2018 - 06:48
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announces that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first customer support center in Thailand.
LIFESTAR Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
08/09/2018 - 05:12
Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems commemorate the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. Originating in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft from three locations.
08/03/2018 - 14:44
The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Operators Association (LAAHOA) and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) object to a proposal to discontinue a noise complaint hotline serving the Los Angeles region and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
First Ground Test of Safran’s Hybrid Electric Propulsion System
07/24/2018 - 11:53
Safran passes a major milestone in its hybrid electric propulsion roadmap with the first ground test of a distributed propulsion system. The test run took place at a Safran Helicopter Engines test facility near Pau-Pyrenees Airport in France.
369FF Amended Type Certification Awarded for MD Helicopters' Glass Cockpit
07/24/2018 - 11:42
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces FAA approval of its advanced, all-glass cockpit for the MD 530F (type certificate 369FF). Approved for production and as a type design option, this is the third glass cockpit certification MDHI has received in the last year.
07/24/2018 - 10:57
As part of a growing commitment to deliver full-service, full life-cycle support programs for its growing global fleet, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the formation of the MDHI Flight Training Academy. Established to provide industry-leading maintenance and pilot training to all customers in a professional learning environment, MD Helicopters has expanded its current training offerings to include a more comprehensive portfolio focused on mission execution, effectiveness and safety.
ASU Obtains EASA NVIS STC on AW139/AB139
07/24/2018 - 10:46
Aviation Specialties Unlimited obtains an European Aviation Safety Agency supplemental type certificate on the Augusta Westland AW139/AB139 helicopter to install night vision imaging system lighting. ASU obtained the STC for Airgreen Italy, and it will be used for air medical activities in Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta, in addition to firefighting and civil protection in the Italian regions of Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta and Sardegna.
Japan Coast Guard Signs HCare Smart for H225 Fleet
07/24/2018 - 10:23
Japan Coast Guard (JCG) signs with Airbus Helicopters for an HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material management contract for a period of five years. Beginning in July, the contract will cover comprehensive maintenance support, including parts-by-the-hour for JCG’s H225 fleet. With the provision of all the parts needed for the maintenance of the rotorcraft in one single contract, this will yield better cost control and forecasting, as well as more efficient day-to-day management for JCG.
Airbus H125 the Market-Leading Law Enforcement Helicopter in North America
07/11/2018 - 10:29
Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting its role as the North American market leader for new law enforcement helicopters at the Airborne Public Safety Association Conference (APSCON) Expo, July 11-13, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, Booth #809. An H125, owned by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, will be on display by Airbus at the show.
07/11/2018 - 04:41
Hospital Wing, a Memphis-based air ambulance company, becomes the first helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operator in the U.S. to take its operation fully paperless. Utilizing the Flightdocs HMX platform, Hospital Wing has been able to eliminate all paper-based forms and reports from its operation, significantly increasing efficiency across maintenance and operational processes.
Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics Appointed Authorized Dealers of Whelen Engineering Aircraft Lighting Products
07/11/2018 - 04:32
Rick Garcia, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Avionics and Pacific Coast Avionics, announces that the companies have been appointed authorized dealers for Whelen Engineering’s full line of exterior and interior aircraft lighting products.
06/28/2018 - 07:54
Becker Avionics announces that Arista Aviation has installed the Becker Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS) 6100 Digital Audio System into one of its UH-60A demonstration medium lift helicopters.
Guardian Flight Names Steve Kelly Safety Director 
06/27/2018 - 09:27
Guardian Flight Inc., an air medical transport company, appoints Steve Kelly director of Safety. As a member of the executive management team, Kelly reports to Fred Buttrell, Guardian Flight president as well as president and CEO of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), Guardian Flight's parent company.
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.