Helicopter Maintenance News

Bell Announces Role for Ozark Facility in Proposal for U.S. Navy Trainer Replacement
04/22/2019 - 06:03
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that, should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the U.S. Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, AL. Bell submitted its proposal to the Navy on April 2. The Navy is seeking to acquire 130 aircraft.
Avotek Adds Online Avionics Training
04/17/2019 - 16:35
Avotek launches a new online course for aviation technicians and students preparing to pass the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification exam. The course helps persons achieve a Federal Aviation Administration Part 65 Repairman Certificate quickly while saving money.*
MD Helicopters Presents Award to Precision Aviation Group
04/10/2019 - 06:07
Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, receives the Excellence Award presented by MD Helicopters, Inc. The award signifies PAG’s commitment and approach to serving its global “mission-critical” customer base. The award was presented at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, GA.
Leading Helicopter and Software Firms Join Forces to Enhance Safety
04/04/2019 - 05:58
A leading global helicopter operator and an innovative software firm are teaming up to deliver real-time risk management tools that will raise the bar on helicopter safety. PHI International, formerly HNZ, the international operating division of PHI Inc, is partnering with Ideagen, a UK-based, global software developer, to implement Ideagen’s Coruson software across PHI’s international business.
2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit Early Registration Now Open
04/04/2019 - 05:37
CHC Helicopter announces the official opening of early-bird registration for its annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit, one of the premier aviation safety conferences in the industry. The 2019 CHC Safety & Quality Summit will take place at the Omni Dallas Hotel on October 1-3.
Legend Skip Koss will be Missed
03/26/2019 - 14:30
It is with great sadness that Concorde Battery Corporation announces the passing of Edward “Skip” Koss, long-time vice president of marketing and great friend of the aviation industry. Skip was surrounded by family at his Redlands, CA, home, March 19, 2019, at the time of his passing.
Airbus Helicopters Expands Data Collection and Analytics Capabilities through Partnership with SKYTRAC
03/07/2019 - 07:36
Airbus Helicopters signs a letter of intent (LOI) with SKYTRAC that will enable helicopters equipped with SKYTRAC real-time data processing and communications hardware to transmit aircraft and flight data directly to servers on the ground, ensuring the continuous flow of data from the air to the ground for analysis.
03/07/2019 - 07:26
The newest Enstrom Helicopter service center is announced at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Copter & Boat’s Dream, also known as Copter Company in France, is owned by Eddy Pacalis and is based in Cournonsec, west of Montpellier on the Mediterranean Riviera, where it maintains 30+ helicopters, including six Enstroms.
A New Enstrom 280FX for Training in France
03/07/2019 - 07:18
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation delivers its newest 280FX to the French training company, Golf Tango, at Heli-Expo in Atlanta. Gérard Taunay, founder of Golf Tango, is on hand, along with François Gatineau, CEO of Rotor and Aircraft, the Enstrom dealer in France.
Cadorath and Airbus Helicopters Complete Partnership in the Performance of MRO Services
03/07/2019 - 07:04
Cadorath and Airbus Helicopters recognize their partnership at Heli-Expo 2019 and announce Cadorath will provide D-level single-part repairs for the Dauphin family (365/155) of helicopters. The subsequent approval and performance of these repairs will be based out of Cadorath’s Winnipeg, MB, Canada facilities.
HAI Partners with JSfirm.com to Address Shortage
03/07/2019 - 06:42
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces a new Partner Service membership benefit with JSfirm.com that offers HAI’s members a dynamic new tool to promote employment opportunities. This partnership comes as a result of both organizations recognizing the other’s focus on providing solutions to the shortage of qualified aviation professionals. The elements of the project will come online this spring, as soon as the technological systems are integrated.
Thailand to Get Six More Enstrom 480Bs
03/07/2019 - 06:22
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation announces the sale of six turbine-powered 480B aircraft to M-Landarch, the Enstrom representative in Thailand. The $12 million contract includes flight and maintenance training, and the aircraft are expected to deliver in the second half of 2019. The helicopters will be used for ab-initio and advanced flight training.
Chinese Ministry of Transport Selects the H175 for Search and Rescue Operations
03/07/2019 - 06:11
The Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of the Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) is extending its medium class search and rescue helicopter fleet with the Airbus H175, beginning with a signature for two aircraft in search and rescue (SAR) configuration. 
SAFE Delivers Maintenance Stands to Next Era for Leonardo Helicopters' First AW169 in the U.S.
03/01/2019 - 06:03
S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a provider of ergonomic safety-first aviation maintenance equipment, announces it has completed its contract with Next Era Energy of West Palm Beach, FL, designing, engineering and manufacturing OSHA-compliant maintenance stands and hangar equipment to outfit the first AW169 helicopter to enter the United States. The finalized maintenance stands are providing the mechanics with safe access around the helicopter, increased ergonomic efficiency for the technicians while working on the aircraft, and decreased damage to the helicopter’s exterior surface.
Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) Awarded Major Contract by Brazilian Army
02/27/2019 - 07:54
Aircraft Propeller Service, LLC, one of the world’s leading commercial propeller maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organizations, announces it has signed a major contract with the Brazilian Army to overhaul approximately 300 Airbus Helicopter main- and tail-rotor servo actuators for Fennec AS350/550 and Panther AS365 aircraft.
Helicopter Foundation International Awards 20 Scholarships to Next Generation of Helicopter Industry Professionals
02/27/2019 - 07:08
Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), the charitable arm of Helicopter Association International, announces the 20 recipients of scholarships for 2019. Available to aviation students around the world, the scholarships support HFI’s long-standing mission to educate the next generation of helicopter professionals.
Robinson R22 Celebrates 40 Years
02/26/2019 - 15:20
Robinson’s R22 officially turns 40 years old on March 16th. In celebration, at this year’s Heli Expo convention in Atlanta, Robinson will display a new R22 (S/N 4797, N40YR) painted in the same scheme and colors as the very first R22 (S/N 0001).
02/26/2019 - 14:27
Onboard Systems International, Inc., a provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announces its dual cargo-hook kit for the MD500 series has been STC-certified by the FAA. This cargo hook system meets the 14 CFR Part 27 certification requirements for human external cargo (HEC) and has been built around a dual installation of Onboard's TALON® LC Hydraulic Hook. The kit will be on display at the 2019 Heli-Expo show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, on March 5-7 at Onboard's booth (B5409).
Alpine Aerotech Grows Specialized Repair Capability
02/26/2019 - 09:50
Alpine Aerotech is best known for its comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities; serving leading makes and models of helicopters worldwide. What many may might not know is that it also leases a large fleet of transport category aircraft equipped for a variety of utility operations. This unique perspective on maintenance and operations has led it to invest in a series of cost-effective specialized repairs.
02/06/2019 - 14:03
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recognizes the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification as equivalent to formal training when determining eligibility for a repairman certificate. This action helps simplify the application process for repairman certification, strengthening efforts to recruit and retain avionics technicians in this innovative and fast-growing industry.