Helicopter Maintenance News

09/02/2021 - 13:33
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that nominations for its 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards is now open. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation, including unmanned aircraft systems (UASs or drones), for pilots, mechanics, engineers, CFIs or other vertical aviation professionals.
Eve and Microflite Announce Partnership to Develop Urban Air Mobility Services in Australia
09/02/2021 - 13:06
Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer spinoff, and Microflite, an Australian helicopter operator, announce a partnership that will lay the foundation for urban air mobility operations in Australia, which are expected to start in 2026.
StandardAero Delivers First UH-1H Tailboom Modified to be the Lightest with the Most Heavy-lift Strength to Pinal County Sheriff’s Department
08/23/2021 - 11:15
StandardAero delivers the industry’s first UH-1H helicopter tailboom modified to be the lightest with the most heavy-lift strength to fly in the hottest and highest altitudes in the world. The first modification was delivered earlier this month to the helicopter fleet of launch customer, Pinal County, AZ, sheriff’s department.
08/23/2021 - 10:59
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces it has awarded nine HAI scholarships for 2021. Available to aviation students around the world, these scholarships support HAI’s mission to educate the next generation of helicopter professionals.
Helitow Cart Introduces Ideal Ground-handling Solution for Bell 505
08/19/2021 - 11:36
Helitow Cart announces a recently designed ground-handling solution ideal for the Bell 505. The V910 Heli-Carrier's narrow body allows it to easily slide under aircraft and lift it completely, eliminating the need for ground-handling wheels. The V910 is the perfect solution for private owners and light commercial operators moving aircraft on hard surfaces.
08/06/2021 - 10:18
Helitech Expo, the UK’s leading event for the rotorcraft industry, returns under new management by the multi award-winning PRYSM Media Group. Partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), ADS Group and British Helicopter Association (BHA), Helitech Expo 2021 promises to be the can’t-miss event of the year.
07/15/2021 - 12:02
Hartzell Propeller purchases the assets of Tanis Aircraft Products, a manufacturer of engine preheat systems for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, with facilities in Minnesota. The Tanis brand will become part of Hartzell Propeller’s heated products, which now includes systems for propeller de-ice, piston-engine preheat, turbine-engine preheat, helicopter preheat, battery, avionics and cabin preheat.
VHA Announces Development of New H125/AS350 Tail-Rotor Assembly
07/13/2021 - 09:41
Composite aftermarket rotor-blade manufacturer, Van Horn Aviation, completes a ground run of its newly developed tail-rotor assembly for the Airbus Helicopters H125, previously known as the AS350.
Hartzell and RAF Agreement Highlights Recreational Flying at EAA 2021
07/13/2021 - 09:20
Hartzell Propeller's agreement with the Recreational Aviation Foundation, which provides special $1,000 discounts on all new Hartzell backcountry propellers sold to RAF members, will be featured at EAA AirVenture 2021. RAF is a national organization headquartered in Bozeman, MT, dedicated to preserving, improving and creating airstrips for recreational access.
Safran Arrano 1A Obtains FAA Certification
07/13/2021 - 09:08
Safran Helicopter Engines receives FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) type certification for its Arrano 1A engine, installed in the Airbus H160 helicopter. Arrano is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,100 to 1,300 shp power range. It integrates the best in aero-engine technologies and offers a 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption over other in-service helicopter engines.
Bell Delivers First 505 to Ethiopia
07/13/2021 - 08:43
Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces the delivery of a Bell 505 helicopter to W.A. Oil Factory and Distribution PLC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, its first corporate customer in the country. With this latest acquisition, there are almost 30 Bell 505s in operation across six countries in Africa and the Middle East.
EIT to Present New Data Recorder at 2021 AEA Dallas Trade Show
06/10/2021 - 13:44
EIT LLC — a technology-based company providing full-service electronic manufacturing, engineering and product-development services to aerospace, medical, instrumentation, telecommunications and defense customers for almost 40 years — announces it will be attending the Aircraft Electronics Association Trade Show in Dallas, TX, June 22-25, 2021.
06/10/2021 - 12:27
StandardAero announces the appointment of Peter Wheatley as vice president/general manager of the company’s Helicopters business unit, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In his new role, Wheatley will be responsible for managing StandardAero’s broad range of support offerings for the helicopter segment, which include OEM-authorized engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); airframe support; dynamic component repair (DCR); crash-resistant fuel systems; and avionics installations. StandardAero’s Helicopters business unit is the world’s largest independent MRO provider that supports helicopter operators from locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
In Memoriam — Dana H. Kerrick
06/08/2021 - 13:26
Dana H. Kerrick, 82, of Coppell, TX, slipped the surly bonds of Earth one final time on May 21, 2021. Dana’s contagious smile and warm handshake were well-known in the aviation world as he called on clients and made the rounds at HeliEXPO, ALEA/APSA Expo, and Rotor Safety Challenges for three decades as vice president and co-founder of International Aviation Composites, Ltd. and as a regular instructor for IA renewal seminars.
First Rescue Helicopter Flies on Sustainable Aviation Fuel
06/08/2021 - 11:22
A rescue helicopter flies on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter had its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refuelled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air-rescue station at Munich's Harlaching Clinic in the presence of the ADAC Foundation's board of directors, as well as the managing directors and top management of ADAC Luftrettung; engine manufacturer, Safran Helicopter Engines; helicopter manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters; and energy company, TotalEnergies. Together, these companies will be a driving force in the decarbonisation of helicopter flight by moving away from fossil fuels.
06/08/2021 - 10:57
HAI announces it is now accepting nominations for its annual Salute to Excellence Awards program. These awards recognize superior achievement across the rotorcraft industry and are open to individuals, teams or organizations who work with helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones or UAS). Nominations can be submitted at rotor.org/salute. HAI must receive all nominations by Thurs., Sept. 30, 2021.
Eve Announces Halo as Launch Partner in the Urban Air Mobility Market with Order for 200 eVTOL Aircraft
06/01/2021 - 14:08
Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, Inc. (Eve) and Halo announce a partnership focused on developing urban air mobility (UAM) products and services in the United States and the United Kingdom. This partnership includes an order for 200 of Eve’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
International Rotorcraft Community Launches Collaborative Safety Program
06/01/2021 - 13:45
International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders announce the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST). In cooperation and collaboration with the worldwide vertical flight community, VAST aims to achieve a vision of zero fatal accidents, providing “Safety Above All.”
Precision Aviation Group, Inc. Acquires Keystone Turbine Services, LLC
05/25/2021 - 08:11
Precision Aviation Group, Inc. (PAG), a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry, announces the acquisition of Keystone Turbine Services (KTS) of Coatesville, PA. KTS specializes in providing complete OEM-approved aftermarket maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for operators of the Rolls-Royce M250 series of gas-turbine engines, along with related Honeywell and Triumph accessories, plus component, spare parts, and field service support.
Snap-on Industrial's Visual Tool Control Cabinets Place Tools in Clear View
05/25/2021 - 07:57
Snap-on Industrial’s Visual Control Cabinets place frequently used tools in clear view, giving technicians full sightlines of their tools for instant accountability and asset management. The Visual Control Cabinets, part of Snap-on’s Level 5 Tool Control System, utilize a clear, Makrolon® AR polycarbonate window for at-a-glance tool management and security. The full-swing door hinge creates unobstructed entry, while the gas shocks keep the door in the upright position.