Helicopter Maintenance News

Iridium Partner SKYTRAC Provides Truly Global Connectivity for Offshore Search-and-Rescue Helicopter
03/28/2023 - 13:01
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) announces that partner SKYTRAC is providing Iridium® satellite connectivity to a Sikorsky S-92®, which will be used for search and rescue off the shores of Guyana. SKYTRAC will enable truly global, weather-resilient, reliable connectivity for the helicopter with its ISAT-200A solution as well as BIue Sky Network’s Iridium Certus Connected® SkyLink 7100.
LYTE Aviation Reveals 40-seat Hybrid eVTOL
03/23/2023 - 14:33
LYTE Aviation, the world’s newest advanced air-mobility innovator addressing advanced urban mobility and connectivity, reveals its 40-seat (hybrid) eVTOL SkyBus and SkyTruck program. LYTE Aviation’s LA-44 design is powered by four conventional turbine engines running on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) complemented with four electric motors at the wingtips powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The SkyBus and complementary SkyTruck cargo variant, designed around a 4.5 tonne payload, is the accumulation of three years’ R&D. The result is a game-changing vertical take-off and landing vehicle designed to be five times more fuel-efficient than current helicopters.
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Adds Bell 407GXi to Aviation Operations
03/14/2023 - 13:51
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announces the purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi aircraft to St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJSO). The Bell 407GXi aircraft will join the Aviation Operations Unit to serve the citizens of St. Augustine, FL, and surrounding counties.
03/09/2023 - 10:58
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company and manufacturer of helicopters and vertical lift aircraft, signs a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rotortrade, a global helicopter distributor, to define optimal pre-owned helicopter solutions to Bell and its customers.
Columbia Helicopters and Coulson Aviation to Partner in Offering RADS-L Delivery System for Model 234 Helicopter Operators
03/09/2023 - 10:14
Columbia Helicopters, a manufacturer and operator of heavy-lift helicopters, announces a new partnership with Coulson Aviation, a provider in aerial firefighting technology, to offer Coulson's RADS-L Delivery System for operators of Columbia's Model 234 helicopters.
Keystone Turbine Services Receives Rolls-Royce "Best in Class" Award for Third Year in a Row
03/09/2023 - 10:08
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the aerospace and defense industries worldwide, announces that Keystone Turbine Services (KTS), a PAG company located in Coatesville, PA, has received the prestigious Rolls-Royce 2023 Best in Class Award for the third year in a row. This award recognizes significant achievements by KTS in providing continuous world-class MRO services and support to operators of the M250 and RR300 series of gas turbine engines and related components to customers worldwide.
Heli-One Receives STC Approval for RNP Modification for H215/AS332 L1e
03/09/2023 - 10:00
Heli-One, a provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, receives EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its required navigation performance (RNP) approach modification for the Airbus H215 helicopter. The modification adds RNP approach capability down to localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) minima, which resolves future obsolescence issues for instrument landing systems (ILS) and enhances situational awareness.
Heli-One Signs Framework Agreement with AAA Technology
03/09/2023 - 09:46
Heli-One, a provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, signs a maintenance framework agreement with AAA Technology to further grow the business relationship between the two organizations. The contract encompasses a broad range of services and eliminates the complications of individual agreements.
S.A.F.E. Structure Designs Delivers Custom Wrap-around Ergonomic Maintenance Stands and Cowling Rack Set to CalFire for S-70i Firehawk
03/09/2023 - 09:39
S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announces it has delivered custom wrap-around ergonomic maintenance stands and a cowling rack set to CalFire for its Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk.
Leonardo Announces AW09 Single-engine Helicopter Contracts and Partnerships at Heli-Expo 2023
03/09/2023 - 09:19
Leonardo makes major announcements at Heli-Expo 2023 of landing global contracts and signing a key collaboration in the U.S.A. market for the AW09 helicopter as the next-generation single-engine program moves ahead.
PHI Announces Service Center Agreement with Sikorsky
03/08/2023 - 14:00
PHI MRO Services, a division of PHI and a provider in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, announces at 2023 HAI Heli-Expo that it is now a Sikorsky-authorized Customer Support Center for the S-92® helicopter and the S-76C™ series helicopter. PHI has nationwide and international capabilities, providing expert support for operators at its Lafayette, LA, facility.
Safran Signs SBH® Support Contract with Coldstream Helicopters Ltd.
03/08/2023 - 13:50
Safran Helicopter Engines signs a contract with Coldstream Helicopters Ltd. to support Makila engines powering its AS332L1 Super Puma fleet. This Support-By-the-Hour (SBH®) contract formalizes a long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and services agreement supporting Coldstream’s Makila 1A1 engines. Coldstream is the global launch customer for this SBH® program, which Safran has specifically designed for utility operators of the Airbus Super Puma family.
03/08/2023 - 13:39
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation reveals the development of a new RPM governor for Enstrom piston helicopters. Designed to aid pilots in maintaining rotor RPM, the new governor uses a digital controller and fast-acting servo motor to accurately control RPM.
Law Enforcement Agencies Upgrade to Airbus H125 Helicopters
03/08/2023 - 13:31
Law enforcement agencies throughout North America are placing orders for Airbus H125 helicopters, providing their communities with a valuable tool as they work to protect and ensure the safety of their citizens. In total, nineteen H125s were booked for law enforcement missions in 2022. Notable new bookings were made by existing Airbus customer York Regional Police, as well as new Airbus customers Kansas Highway Patrol and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.
03/08/2023 - 13:17
THC (The Helicopter Company) announces at HAI Heli-Expo 2023 that it plans to further expand its fleet of Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters to reinforce search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services (EMS) and corporate transport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company is looking to engage in negotiations to procure an additional six units, adding to the existing fleet plus 20 options.
Airbus and Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation to Develop CityAirbus NextGen’s Future Medical Missions in Norway
03/08/2023 - 12:27
Airbus Helicopters partners with the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation to develop CityAirbus NextGen’s future missions for medical services in Norway. To this end, the parties will jointly measure the added value of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for a selection of medical-services use cases across the country to integrate the operational requirements right into the configuration of Airbus’ eVTOL.
03/07/2023 - 12:33
First Aviation Services Inc. brands its four helicopter component repair subsidiaries into the strategically unified Rotary Wing Group. Composed of Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (Kissimmee, FL); Heliblade International, LLC (Anderson, CA); Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC (Winston-Salem, NC); and Associated Aircraft Manufacturing and Sales, Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), the Rotary Wing Group repairs and overhauls main and tail rotor blades, various dynamic components, landing gear, and shock struts for various Airbus, Bell, Boeing, Leonardo and Sikorsky helicopters. In particular, all four Rotary Wing Group companies support the Black Hawk market.
02/21/2023 - 07:18
PHI MRO Services, a division of PHI and provider in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, announces a special seminar on corrosion control to be held on Wed., March 7, at the 2023 Helicopter Association International (HAI) Heli-Expo. The seminar will take place in the Georgia World Congress Center, B314 Learning Room, from 11:45 am-12:45 pm. The event will provide attendees with the information needed to identify, treat and prevent corrosion. Tom Neumann, president of PHI MRO Services; Simon Williams; and members of the PHI MRO Services technical team will host the seminar.
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation Names Todd Tetzlaff as Incoming President
02/15/2023 - 14:04
Enstrom Helicopters enters a new era of growth and expansion as it welcomes Todd Tetzlaff back to the Enstrom family as incoming president.
HAL and Safran Move Forward in Partnership for IMRH Helicopter Engine
02/15/2023 - 11:40
Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) sign a workshare agreement for the joint development of the engine intended for the future 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and its naval version, DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter).