Helicopter Maintenance News

Youth and Family Activities Expand for AirVenture 2024
06/13/2024 - 09:21
A new area for youth aviation activities, located in the Vintage Aircraft Association area on the EAA grounds, is the latest addition to the expanding youth and family activities taking place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention and air show is July 22-28.
06/03/2024 - 16:41
Amazon announces the FAA has extended Prime Air permissions that allows it to operate its drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing the company to serve more customers via drone and effectively expand and scale its drone delivery operations.  In order to obtain this permission, Prime Air developed a BVLOS strategy, including an onboard detect-and-avoid technology. The company spent years developing, testing, and refining its onboard detect-and-avoid system to ensure its drones can detect and avoid obstacles in the air.
06/03/2024 - 16:25
StandardAero has appointed Kim Ernzen to serve as chief operating officer.  In this role, she reports directly to Russell Ford, StandardAero chairman and CEO and is responsible for global operational performance, efficiency and excellence, as well as engineering and supply chain management for StandardAero.  In addition, StandardAero’s Engine Services and Component Repair Services division presidents will report directly to Ernzen, who will maintain close oversight of the company’s overall business performance.  She replaces Kerry O’Sullivan, who is retiring from StandardAero, and will be l
06/03/2024 - 15:43
It is with deepest sorrow that Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announces the passing of its former president and CEO, John W. Winter, on May 27, 2024, in Wichita, KS. Winter was a well-known and beloved member of the aviation community whose ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit helped shape the industry.
06/03/2024 - 08:39
With Vertical Aviation International (VAI) embracing the entire vertical aviation industry, the organization is opening its annual Salute to Excellence Awards program to welcome new participants. This expansion includes a significant addition: a new award that pays tribute to the late Harold Summers, a figure whose legacy and spirit continue to inspire the vertical flight industry. 
Special Missions South American Training Academy Purchases MD 530F for Security and Military Training
05/30/2024 - 11:15
MD Helicopters (MDH) announces the contract signing of an MD 530F with Special Missions training center in Argentina. The aircraft will be used for police, security and military training in heli-borne assault and reconnaissance operations at its state-of-the-art training center in La Pampa Province, Argentina.
Sweet Helicopters Safely Transports More Than 450 Passengers to and from Indianapolis 500
05/30/2024 - 09:30
Sweet Helicopters tops its previous record this year for charter passengers flown to The Brickyard. More than 450 people trusted Sweet Helicopters to help them beat race-day traffic, lapping last year’s total of 350 people. Sweet Helicopters has served as the official helicopter service provider for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 2017.
Dedienne Aerospace and Lilium License Agreement is Major Step Forward in eVTOL Aircraft Production and Maintenance
05/29/2024 - 05:55
Dedienne Aerospace, a provider of aerospace maintenance tooling, announces a pivotal license agreement with Lilium, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The collaboration underscores the shared vision of both companies to transform civil aviation through innovative technologies and operational performance.
Bell Awarded Funding for Phase 1B of DARPA Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane Program
05/29/2024 - 05:37
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is down-selected for Phase 1B of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane program. The SPRINT program intends to design, build and fly an X-Plane, an experimental aircraft to demonstrate enabling technologies and integrated concepts necessary for a transformational combination of aircraft speed and runway independence for the next generation of air-mobility platforms.
TrustFlight Launches Centrik 5 Ahead of Global Safety Mandates
05/28/2024 - 11:11
TrustFlight Ltd. (TrustFlight), a technology provider focused on digitization of the aviation industry, announces the launch of its leading Centrik Safety Management System (SMS), Centrik 5. Centrik, used by over 70,000 aerospace professionals around the globe, is adopted by every segment of aviation, including advanced air mobility (AAM), airlines, airports, business aviation, MROs, OEMs, training organizations and regulators.
Smith Myers ARTEMIS Selected for Royal Canadian Air Force Cormorant SAR Helicopter Mid-life Upgrade
05/28/2024 - 10:46
Smith Myers announces it has been selected to be integrated on the Cormorant Search-and-Rescue Helicopter Mid-Life Upgrade (CMLU) project. The Smith Myers' ARTEMIS Mobile Phone Detection Location System has been chosen to be a key component of the upgrade.
Enstrom Among Select Few Helicopters in  Washington, D.C. Flyover
05/22/2024 - 08:48
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has the distinct honor of taking part in a general-aviation flyover of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The flyover was in commemoration of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)’s 85th anniversary.
Airbus Finalises Acquisition of Aerovel and UAS Flexrotor
05/08/2024 - 06:58
Airbus finalizes the acquisition of U.S.-based Aerovel and its unmanned aerial system (UAS), Flexrotor, in a move to strengthen its portfolio of tactical unmanned solutions. Flexrotor is a small, tactical, unmanned aerial system designed for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions at sea and over land.
Bell Reveals Bell 429 Aircraft Laboratory for Future Autonomy Fly-by-Wire Operations
05/07/2024 - 08:35
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, reveals its Aircraft Laboratory for Future Autonomy (ALFA) based on the Bell 429 commercial aircraft. Developed by Bell's Advanced Programs team, ALFA is dedicated to performing flight maneuvers with an aircraft safety system and executing autonomous fly-by-wire flights. The fly-by-wire integration was a critical step in future development of autonomous controls for Bell’s commercial aircraft, an emerging technology that aims to reduce pilot workload and enhance safety.
05/03/2024 - 14:00
Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of Brunei for the acquisition of six H145M helicopters.
Baldwin Safety & Compliance Announces New Leadership Team
05/03/2024 - 13:50
Baldwin Safety & Compliance, a Portside company, announces the appointment of a new leadership team following the retirement of founders Nancy and Don Baldwin at the end of May 2024.
Airbus Helicopters’ Racer Off to a Flying Start
04/26/2024 - 12:43
Airbus Helicopters’ Racer demonstrator, developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, performs its first flight in Marignane. The aircraft flew for about 30 minutes, allowing the flight-test team to check the overall behavior of the aircraft. This important milestone launches the flight campaign, which will take two years and will aim to progressively open the aircraft’s flight envelope and demonstrate its high-speed capabilities.
GDHF Secures 20 H175s for Worldwide Lease
04/26/2024 - 12:04
Airbus Helicopters and GDAT sign a contract for up to 20 H175 helicopters (ten firm orders and ten options). GD Helicopter Finance (GDHF), a start-up helicopter leasing and finance company based in Dublin, Ireland, will be marketing these H175 helicopters to customers in the energy, SAR, EMS and parapublic market segments worldwide.
Toll Aviation and ASU NVG Center Bring New Level of Servicing Excellence to Australia
04/26/2024 - 11:53
Toll Aviation and Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) partner to create an NVG center and provide unparalleled support and swift, efficient maintenance servicing and repair of night vision goggles (NVG) for the Oceania Region.
Vertical Aviation International Ready to Help Members Meet SMS Mandate
04/24/2024 - 14:37
In anticipation of the FAA's announcement made April 22 that companies conducting air tours, air-ambulance operations, charters, and commuter flights must implement a safety management system (SMS) program within 36 months of the effective date of the rule, Vertical Aviation International (VAI) has developed programs to make it as easy as possible for operator members to implement SMS.