Helicopter Maintenance News

Helicopter Association International Addresses Pandemic Issues Related to Holding HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans
01/14/2021 - 14:18
Helicopter Association International (HAI) remains committed to supporting the vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) industry by holding an in-person HAI HELI-EXPO 2021 in New Orleans March 22–25, with exhibits open March 23–25.
Bell Certifies New Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring Device
01/14/2021 - 13:00
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of QuantiFLY™, a new aircraft communication unit (ACU) powered by Truth Data, offering a true low-cost, lightweight and fully automatic flight data monitoring (FDM) solution, currently available for the Bell 407GXi and Bell 429. Bell developed QuantiFLY with Appareo and FDM analytics to enable operators to affordably use the data from QuantiFLY to be actionable and drive safety.
01/14/2021 - 10:40
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces $5.8 million in research, education and training grants to universities that comprise FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE).
01/12/2021 - 13:36
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the delivery of a Bell 505 to the Fort Worth Police Department. Bell executives and city officials celebrated the delivery at the police department’s hangar at Meacham Airport to mark a 70-year relationship between Bell and Fort Worth.
Bucher Leichtbau's Emergency Medical System H135 AC67 Flex Receives EASA Approval
01/12/2021 - 12:41
The Bucher Group, a specialist in emergency medical systems, announces that its new rescue equipment, H135 AC67 flex, is now EASA-certified on all variants of the H135 helicopter. Further developments by Bucher's engineers of the AC67 equipment, which has been in use successfully for many years, now results in the new AC67 flex.
Alpine Aerotech Adds International Approvals
12/23/2020 - 11:07
Alpine Aerotech announces it has validated several of its Transport Canada STCs (supplemental type certificates) in various international airworthiness regions. Most recently the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated its Bell 205/212/412 Bear Paws and 13-person shoulder harness kit.
AEA Convention Moves to June 2021
12/17/2020 - 10:57
The Aircraft Electronics Association moves the dates of its 64th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show to June 22-25, 2021. The event will take place at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.
12/16/2020 - 12:55
Construction on the new Flammability Lab at the Duncan Aviation full-service facility in Battle Creek, MI, is to be completed next week. Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification Services is not only expanding the size of its burn lab, it is also expanding its testing capabilities to include the NexGen or Sonic Burner test, also known as the FAR 25.853 (b) Fire-Blocking test.
Bell’s Autonomous Pod Transport Carries 110 Lbs. of Payload
12/16/2020 - 10:47
Bell Helicopters announces another milestone reached in the flight-test program for its Autonomous Pod Transport. On Dec. 9, the ATP flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, TX.
Safran Signs By-the-hour Support Contract with State Grid General Aviation Company
12/15/2020 - 13:27
Safran Helicopter Engines signs a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), covering its H215 and H225 fleets. This contract formalizes a long-term MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) and service agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila engines. The contract also includes the renewal of SBH® support for 14 Arriel 2D engines powering the operator’s fleet of 13 H125 helicopters.
Introducing WetWorks® Pre-Saturated Cleaning Wipes
12/15/2020 - 11:22
Hospeco Brands Group, a manufacturer of products that protect, clean and provide care and comfort to millions around the globe, introduces a powerful new solution — in stock and available through the company’s distribution channel. New and widely available WetWorks® Pre-Saturated Cleaning Wipes make clean-up easy with a single-dispense, 8.4 in. x 6 in. wipe that contains a hospital-grade quaternary formula.
12/14/2020 - 10:58
EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “company”), an autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, achieves a significant milestone on the path to offering urban air mobility (“UAM”) services worldwide. On Dec. 9, the Civil Aviation Authority of Austria issued a trial flight permit for the EH216 passenger-grade AAV. The permit allows trial operation of full unmanned flights in Austrian national airspace. This is the first flight permit for EHang’s passenger-grade AAVs within the European Union.
Metro Aviation Delivers H125 to Texas DPS and Becomes Maintenance Provider for the Fleet
12/09/2020 - 12:07
Metro Aviation delivers a new H125, the most advanced law-enforcement helicopter completed by the Shreveport, LA-based company, to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Metro collaborated with aviation technology and wireless communications provider, CNC Technologies, to customize the aircraft to meet the Texas DPS’s specific mission needs.
Bell's Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque Demonstrator Wins Popular Science “Best of What’s New in Aerospace” Award
12/08/2020 - 12:41
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces that Popular Science recognized Bell’s Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) innovation as the winner of its “Best of What’s New" award in the Aerospace category for 2020.
Bell Opens Global Commercial Business Center
12/01/2020 - 11:03
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the opening of the Bell Commercial Business Center (CBC). The new facility is located at 4151 Amon Carter Boulevard, a former American Airlines building, approximately seven miles away from both Bell’s Headquarters and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
12/01/2020 - 08:41
Thales and StandardAero announce the first successful flight test of a revolutionary compact autopilot system that will bring Airbus AS350 and H125 helicopters into a new era of performance and safety. The achievement of this key milestone lays the groundwork for an important phase of the supplemental type certification (STC) process and the launch of an unparalleled autopilot solution to the light-helicopter market by mid-2021.
Five-bladed Airbus H145 Receives FAA Type Certification
12/01/2020 - 08:22
The new five-bladed H145 helicopter receives its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single-engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night-vision goggle capability.
MD Announces Another Exclusive MD 500E to MD 530F Conversion
12/01/2020 - 08:13
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) completes a contract to upgrade an MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft as part of MDHI’s longstanding E-to-F conversion program.
AeroBrigham Receives FAA STC Approval for Bell 505 Accessory Fitting
11/16/2020 - 15:21
Longtime helicopter and airplane service center, completion, and heavy maintenance provider, AeroBrigham, announces the completion of a new Bell 505 helicopter accessory fitting designed to improve safety. Developed as an attachment point for utility operations such as personal restraint harnesses during doors-off flight operations, the assembly is now FAA-approved as a supplemental type certificate (STC) component.
11/16/2020 - 15:05
Airbus Helicopters, in Grand Prairie, TX, is seeking a manager for its Dynamic Component Repair Shop (DCR). In this challenging but rewarding role, the manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the DCR shop to ensure safe maintenance operations and compliance with all company, FAA and governmental safety rules and regulations, including the aircraft airworthiness.