Helicopter Maintenance News

Bell Adds Its First European Authorized Maintenance Center to Its Support Network
09/15/2020 - 11:46
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces its first ever authorized maintenance center (AMC) in Europe. The new AMC will provide maintenance for the Bell 505 and Bell 407 and is located near downtown Warsaw in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland. 
StandardAero Announces New Webinar Series for Fall
09/03/2020 - 08:48
Due to popular demand, StandardAero announces a new series of webinars coming this fall. The three-part series is aimed at enhancing operators' and maintenance crews' aircraft engine knowledge and helping with common troubleshooting issues.
MDHI Factory Service Center Completes Comprehensive Overhaul of CoxHealth MD 902
08/18/2020 - 10:42
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) completes a 5,000-hour airframe overhaul, multiple inspections, repairs and modifications on an MD 902 Explorer for Missouri-based CoxHealth. In partnership with Air Methods Corporation, CoxHealth operates Cox Air Care with two MD 902 Explorers. Cox Air Care provides vital helicopter air-ambulance (HAA) service throughout southwest Missouri and parts of northwest Arkansas from its bases at Cox South in Springfield and Citizens Memorial Healthcare in Bolivar, MO. 
08/12/2020 - 16:24
In 2019, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revised “NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.” One of the most important updates is the Sept. 7, 2020, deadline for industrial manufacturers to complete a dust hazard analysis (DHA), which is necessary to be compliant with OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (Directive Number: CPL 03-00-008).
Bell Unveils New Manufacturing Technology Center
08/12/2020 - 16:10
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, unveils its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, TX. The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell will test and refine technologies and processes, demonstrating manufacturing readiness and ability to successfully build and support future vertical lift (FVL) aircraft. The facility provides capabilities that span all of Bell’s core manufacturing of rotor and drive systems, critical infrastructure and final assembly.
Wilson Construction Invests in MDHI Aircraft Modernization
08/03/2020 - 13:24
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces delivery of a newly certified MD 530F to Wilson Construction, headquartered in Aurora, OR. An operator of MDHI-brand helicopters since 2005, Wilson Construction had delivered its hardworking E-model aircraft to be overhauled and recertified as an F-model (Type Certificate 369FF) at MD Helicopters’ Mesa-Arizona manufacturing and completions center.
HAI Announces the Passing of James Wisecup
08/03/2020 - 11:57
Helicopter Association International (HAI) sincerely regrets the passing of industry stalwart and past chairman of the board of directors, James O. Wisecup. Service information is pending and will be provided when available.
H+S Aviation Brings Industry Veteran Jim Payton Onboard to Grow CTS800 Program
07/31/2020 - 09:53
H+S Aviation, a Signature Aviation Global Engine Services (GES) company, announces the appointment of industry veteran Jim Payton to serve as the Global Strategic account executive for the company’s newly acquired CTS800 engine product line. H+S announced in April that it had been appointed the sole maintenance, repair and overhaul provider for the CTS800 engine by Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC). Payton will partner with the integration team in order to launch the CTS800 program to operators in the fourth quarter of 2020.
07/30/2020 - 10:43
Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) Philadelphia campus will award veteran students, eligible for Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefits at the 100% coverage level, a grant that will cover any out-of-pocket tuition costs after their VA benefits and any Pell grants have been applied as long as they do not participate in the federal Title IV Loan programs. The grant is only offered at AIM’s Philadelphia campus.
Astronautics' RoadRunner® EFI Receives FAA STC
07/22/2020 - 12:53
Astronautics Corporation of America, in partnership with Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG), announces that RSG has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) supplemental type certificate (STC) SR01048DE for Astronautics’ AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) on Bell 412/412EP/412HP/412SP/212 helicopters. RSG is the 412/212 STC holder and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) installation kit provider for the RoadRunner EFI on these Bell platforms, as well as an Astronautics authorized dealer and installer.
07/17/2020 - 07:15
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) secures approval from the U.S. Army through a product verification audit and opens a state-of-the-art T55 Repair and Overhaul Center of Excellence facility near its Honeywell Aerospace headquarters in Phoenix.
ECT Introduces AirCare Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
06/30/2020 - 11:18
ECT, the only U.S.-based manufacturer of jet-engine compressor wash, announces the release of its AirCare Hand Sanitizer. ECT’s new product is being released in order to help people affected by the global COVID-19 crisis obtain their much-needed supplies. 
Safran to Support Dutch Cougar Helicopter Engines
06/29/2020 - 10:50
Safran Helicopter Engines signs a multi-year contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to support its Makila-powered AS532U2 Cougar Mk.II helicopter fleet. Following a public tender, the contract formalizes a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement to support over 40 Makila 1A2 engines until their end-of-life.
StandardAero Brings Its Engine Training School to Customers
06/22/2020 - 11:47
Ron Geall, a StandardAero Field Service Technician and Engine Instructor with over 20 years of experience with the M250/RR300 engines will be presenting this webinar series. In the next session on Thursday, July 2, 2020, he will discuss topics such as maintenance of the oil system, the different types of Rolls-Royce approved engine oils, guidelines on mixing oils, oil filtration, as well as troubleshooting methods to help locate possible causes of oil contamination, and more.
Mike Broderick
06/11/2020 - 13:54
Helicopter Maintenance Magazine, the ONLY industry magazine written and published for the helicopter maintenance professional and based in Fort Atkinson, WI, announces that it has partnered with Mike Broderick, Rotordoc LLC to lead its sales and marketing efforts.
HAI Statement on NTSB Hearing on 2019 Air Ambulance Crash in Ohio
05/21/2020 - 13:33
Helicopter Association International (HAI) responds to the May 19, 2020, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board hearing on the cause of a Jan. 2019 crash of a helicopter air-ambulance (HAA) flight in Ohio. HAI appreciates the extraordinary efforts made by the investigative team in determining the myriad factors that led to the accident, which took the lives of three people who were on a mission to save lives. HAI offers its deepest condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of those lost in the accident.
REACH Air Medical Services and Washington County EMS Announce Partnership
05/12/2020 - 09:03
REACH Air Medical Services and Washington County EMS announces their new public-safety partnership. The public-private agreement between the organizations brings a public-safety helicopter that will support emergency air-medical transports, hoist rescue services, aerial firefighting, and other search and rescue operations throughout Washington County, the Brazos Valley and surrounding communities.
Boost Human External Cargo Systems Introduces MD500 Series Human External Cargo System
04/28/2020 - 11:31
Boost Human External Cargo Systems (Boost Systems – www.boostsystems.ca), a leader in the provision of the most advanced, certified and compliant human external cargo (HEC) systems and services for the rescue, utility, public safety and defense sectors, introduces its latest offering: an HEC system for the MD500 series helicopter. The system is fully compliant to the latest FAR 27.865 and FAA AC133-1B HEC standards.
Canada’s VIH Aviation Group Becomes Sikorsky’s First S-92A+™ Kit Launch Customer
04/27/2020 - 10:11
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announces it has signed an agreement with VIH Aviation Group for four S-92A+™ upgrade kits. VIH Aviation Group Ltd. and its operating company, Cougar Helicopters Inc., have been a leading S-92® helicopter customer in Canada since 2004, and now, the first S-92A+ kit customer.
Air Covers Wins Queen’s Award
04/22/2020 - 10:23
Air Covers Ltd, a specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, announces it has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade 2020. These awards are the most prestigious award a UK company can receive. Her Majesty The Queen approves the winners, which recognises companies of all sizes.