Helicopter Maintenance News

Helicopter Association Interplanetary Salutes First Flight of Mars Helicopter
04/19/2021 - 10:35
Helicopter Association Interplanetary (HAI) acknowledges the first successful flight of the Mars Helicopter, the first powered, controlled flight of any aircraft on another planet.
Helicopter Specialties Finishes 2020 Strong and Begins 2021 at Steady Pace
04/16/2021 - 10:09
Despite the challenges of 2020, Helicopter Specialties, Inc. (HSI) announces it finished its 21st year in business on a strong note. 2021 is also proving to be a strong year for HSI, with helicopters arriving at a steady pace at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport from air medical organizations, government, corporate, private and international customers.
FAA Approval Received for Boost Human External Cargo Systems’ Bell 212/412 Dual Hook HEC System
04/15/2021 - 13:30
Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems - www.boostsystems.ca), the provider of the most advanced, fully certified human external cargo (HEC) systems and training services for the search-and-rescue, public safety, utility, and defense sectors, receives Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for its Bell 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP series HEC systems (STC: SR04616NY).
First Two Bell 407GXi Helicopters Delivered in Japan
04/15/2021 - 13:12
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, delivers two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol missions for electric power companies.
04/12/2021 - 11:11
ExxonMobil announces that Mobil Jet™ Oil 387 is approved for use in Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines which are most commonly found in helicopters. The Rolls-Royce M250 is one of the most popular turbine engines in the world, with over 170 different helicopter and fixed-wing applications in both civil and military aircraft.
Alpine Aerotech Receives FAA STC for Bell 212 Avionics Upgrade
04/09/2021 - 10:53
ALPINE AEROTECH announces that it has officially received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) for a comprehensive avionic suite upgrade for Bell 212s engaged in day/night VFR operations. The upgrade utilizes pilot/co-pilot Garmin G500TXi primary flight displays (PFD) and a single GTN 750Xi GPS/NAV/COMM.
Safran Signs By-the-hour Support Contract with Bundespolizei
04/06/2021 - 11:31
Safran Helicopter Engines signs a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with the German federal police (Bundespolizei), covering their H120 fleet. The contract formalizes a long-term MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) and service agreement supporting a total of 11 Arrius 2F engines. The Bundespolizei currently operate 10 H120 helicopters for training missions.
04/06/2021 - 11:03
Draganfly Inc. (OTCQB: DFLYF) (CSE: DFLY) (FSE: 3U8) (“Draganfly” or the “Company”), a leader in drone solutions and systems developer, announces an exclusive strategic partnership with Woz ED, Steve Wozniak’s K-12 education program. Inspired by Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Woz ED provides a personalized approach to nurturing an engineering mindset through hands-on projects.
Bell Delivers First Bell 505 to Ugandan Aviation Company
04/06/2021 - 10:40
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter equipped with the Med-Pac Inc. LLC Emergency Medical Services Lite Interior to BAR Aviation. This marks the first Bell 505 in Uganda and the first Bell 505 designed to complete medical evacuation (medevac) missions in Africa.
04/06/2021 - 09:52
With four different jaw-size widths, the new WV1700 Series vises from Snap-on Industrial are a perfect addition to any work bench in the aviation, wind power, natural resources or manufacturing industries. The vises come with features that make them durable for demanding applications, including an oversized anvil that provides a larger surface designed to take a beating in forming and shaping materials.
04/01/2021 - 12:18
Concorde Battery Corporation announces that it has trained more than 2,500 airmen so far this year with its new Virtual IA (Inspection Authorization) Renewal Series. Rather than cancel Concorde’s IA recurrent training events in 2021 due to the pandemic, Concorde has pivoted and created Concorde’s Virtual IA Renewal Series that provides the opportunity for airmen to complete the training necessary to renew their IA certificate through virtual classes provided free of charge.
Chip Mong Group Purchases First Bell 429 Helicopter in Cambodia
03/29/2021 - 14:41
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the sale of one Bell 429 helicopter to Cambodia’s Chip Mong Group Co., Ltd. It is the first Bell 429 sale in Cambodia. Chip Mong, a real estate, hospitality, beverages, retail and banking conglomerate, intends to use the Bell 429 for corporate transport and chartering purposes.
03/29/2021 - 14:29
GPMS announces it has received an FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its Foresight MX health-monitoring system on the Bell 212/412 helicopter platform. The Foresight MX brings 21st century predictive monitoring capabilities to the 212/412 platform.
Bell Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Manufacturing Technology Center
03/29/2021 - 14:19
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, celebrates the start of operations at its state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) with a small gathering and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Bell leaders and employees, as well as local North Texas community leaders including Fort Worth mayor, Betsy Price, were in attendance. The event marks the next milestone in the center’s development before its grand opening, targeted for this summer.
Ultra-lightweight True Blue Power Battery Gives Robinson R44 More Useful Load
03/29/2021 - 14:13
True Blue Power, the first company to receive FAA TSO certification for lithium-ion batteries, announces the company’s TB17 (17 amp-hour) lithium-ion main ship battery is a standard option on Robinson Helicopter Company’s R44. Weighing only 16 pounds, the TB17 gives R44 operators an additional 13 pounds of useful load compared to the helicopter’s standard lead-acid battery.
03/29/2021 - 14:01
StandardAero is recognized by Rolls-Royce during its annual FIRST (Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Support Team) Network™ Recognition event with the 2021 “Trusted to Deliver Excellence” award. The awards program recognizes significant achievements of authorized maintenance service centers that provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for M250 helicopter engines operated by thousands of customers worldwide.
DART Aerospace Receives Transport Canada Approval for Night Hover Refill Operations with Talon Helicopters’ AS365 Fire Attack System
03/23/2021 - 11:08
In partnership with Talon Helicopters, DART Aerospace receives Transport Canada approval for Talon to perform night hover refill operations with its DART AS365 Fire Attack System (FAS). The approval is the first step in pursuing a full FAA STC update to allow night vision goggles (NVG) aided and unaided night hover refill operations on all DART AS365 Fire Attack Systems.
03/23/2021 - 10:17
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that the organization’s members elected two new members to the HAI board of directors on Mon., Mar. 22, 2021. Both new members will serve a three-year term beginning Jul. 1, 2021.
AeroParts Announces Michael Busby as Vice President of Sales
03/18/2021 - 14:49
AeroParts Now™, developer of the aviation industry’s most advanced parts inventory management and sales software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, announces that Michael Busby has been named vice president of sales. Busby’s position with AeroParts Now will commence immediately.
University of Maryland Teams Honored for First Organ Transplant by Drone
03/09/2021 - 11:40
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces the University of Maryland UAS Test Site Team, led by director Matt Scassero, and University of Maryland Medical Center’s Dr. Joseph Scalea are the 2021 recipients of the association’s Golden Hour Award. The award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters or UAS aircraft in the vital mission of air medical transport.