The arrow is pointing in the right direction —downward. Over the past two decades, the U.S. helicopter fatal accident rate has been cut in half, from 1.27 fatal accidents per 100,000 flights to 0.63. However, the industry has hit a plateau during 2018 and 2019. Fatal accidents in the U.S. are continuing at approximately the same level.
Helicopter Maintenance News
12/04/2019 - 11:31
11/22/2019 - 09:09
Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), renews its WYVERN Wingman certification for the 22nd year in a row. WYVERN Ltd. is a globally recognized leader in aviation-safety risk management. The Wingman Standard is an audit set forth to rigorously vet air-charter operators and is a requirement for many consumers of the business aviation industry.
11/22/2019 - 08:47
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces it has submitted proposed changes to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409: Standard on Aircraft Hangars, addressing the issue of foam fire-suppression systems in aircraft hangars. NATA’s comments were developed through a collaboration with its members and the aviation industry. The Association’s comments were also based on the University of Maryland’s research report, "Review of Foam Fire Suppression System Discharges in Aircraft Hangars," written by Dr. James Milke and undergraduate students from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, of which Dr. Milke serves as Chair.
StandardAero Announces Opening of New Helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility in Canada
11/22/2019 - 08:37
In a celebratory ceremony attended by a number of helicopter operators, industry OEMs and local government officials, StandardAero announces the opening of its newest helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, continuing its longstanding commitment to the strategic Richmond, BC, area and to providing comprehensive aftermarket services to the dense helicopter industry in the Pacific Northwest and global community alike.
11/20/2019 - 12:40
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), and Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec) announce that the Pratt & Whitney PW207V engine has been selected to power its VRT500 light, single-engine, civil helicopter designed by VR-Technologies LLC (part of Russian Helicopters).
11/20/2019 - 12:11
As part of its mission to supply the largest product offering to operators worldwide, DART Aerospace announces it has recently received EASA validation of its Bell 505 standard and float Skidtubes, alongside its existing TCCA, FAA and Mexican DGAC approvals. These skidtubes complement the Bell 505 Emergency Float System, which was launched close to two years ago.
11/13/2019 - 07:16
Concorde Battery Corporation, in support of aircraft maintenance technicians and in conjunction with aircraft parts manufacturers, airframe manufacturers, parts distributors, industry associations and the FAA, opens registration for 6 IA renewal events in 2020. Participants can take advantage of the technical expertise Concorde has gathered in one location and leave with an 8-hour certificate at no charge.
11/12/2019 - 07:26
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announces it has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2019 for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain the nation’s veterans.
11/12/2019 - 07:00
Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, receives an award from Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) for achieving 100% on-target quality performance, recognizing the company’s performance in support of Airbus Helicopters’ AS350, UH-72A, EC-135 and EC-145 platforms.
11/12/2019 - 06:53
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, signs an agreement with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS) during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Bell Forth Worth headquarters.
11/07/2019 - 10:11
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance Service is the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. This 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 in the vital mission of air medical transport.
DART Aerospace’s Simplex Announces First FAA-Certified Internal Fire Attack System for the Black Hawk
11/07/2019 - 09:55
Simplex, a company of DART Aerospace, receives FAA approval for the Approved Models List (AML) extension of its STC SR02657SE. This certification applies to the UH-60/S-70 Black Hawks’ Simplex Model 370i Internal Fire Attack System (FAS).
11/07/2019 - 09:42
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announces that it has promoted Ben Morgan to the position of assistant program manager and business development representative for PM Cargo and Fleet Support.
11/07/2019 - 09:33
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that Jason Glynn, a pilot for Era Helicopters in Houma, LA, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. Nominees must be active helicopter pilots.
11/07/2019 - 09:19
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that Bryn Elliott is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Salute to Excellence Law Enforcement Award. The award, sponsored by MD Helicopters, recognizes an individual or organization that has contributed to the promotion and advancement of helicopters in support of law enforcement activities. Nominees were not limited to pilots or law enforcement personnel.
11/07/2019 - 09:09
Inmarsat, a leader in global mobile satellite communications, announces the launch of SwiftBroadband Helo (SB-Helo) X-Stream, a new system for X-Stream services specifically developed for rotary aircraft. The tailor-made solution is designed to achieve advanced streaming performance on intermediate and high-gain antennas, alleviating the connectivity constraints traditionally caused by rotary blades.
11/07/2019 - 08:39
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that Krisna Dewi, commercial manager of PT Sayap Garuda Indah (Heli SGI and Air Bali) in Bali, Indonesia, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, acknowledges outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international helicopter community.
11/05/2019 - 14:13
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that Corey Brekke, maintenance manager in Afghanistan for Columbia Helicopters, is the 2020 recipient of the association’s Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award. The award, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, recognizes an individual for longstanding excellence in the performance of helicopter maintenance, maintenance instruction or supervision, or a single significant and distinct contribution to helicopter maintenance.
11/05/2019 - 13:48
United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, selects Becker Avionics’ ADS-B transponder, the BXT6500, and digital audio ICS, the DVCS6100, for a Sikorsky S-70i™ Firehawk® completion currently underway for a public-safety operator.
11/05/2019 - 13:37
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces Life Flight Network has signed a purchase agreement for four Bell 429s and four Bell 407GXis to add to its existing helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) aircraft fleet.