Helicopter Maintenance News

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 11:18
GPMS International, provider of the helicopter industry’s most advanced health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) known as Foresight MX, announces that it has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the UH-60A Black Hawk platform. The company worked closely with PJ Helicopters during the STC process, who will become the first Black Hawk operator to utilize Foresight MX’s advanced capabilities.

Helicopter Maintenance Blogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 - 11:09

On January 11, the FAA published a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) titled Safety Management Systems. 

The summary of this NPRM states:

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the final agenda including speaker names, affiliations, and biographies for the forum on General Aviation Safety: Climbing to the Next Level, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 & 20. Representatives from government, industry and academia will serve as panelists during the forum and will discuss key safety topics including...
MIDDLETOWN, Del., June 7, 2012 –Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has received AS9100C (AS9100:2009) Aerospace Quality Standard System Certification for its Middletown, Del., and Somerset, Ky., facilities. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to meet or exceed the increasingly stringent industry requirements as a world-class supplier,” said President of...

On The Border TUCSON, AZ SECTOR

Through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) is responsible for guarding nearly 7,000 miles of land bordering Canada and Mexico and 2,000 miles of coastal waters surrounding Florida and off the coast of Southern California. The agency also protects 95,000 miles of maritime border in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. This is no small task. U.S...
When we think about San Diego, we probably think about SeaWorld and Shamu, the world-famous San Diego Zoo and lots of beautiful weather, the Pacific Ocean and gloriously sandy beaches. However, conquistadors, a Greek goddess and helicopters are a part of San Diego as well. The first European to visit the region was Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who sailed his flagship, the San...
For the most part, helicopter maintenance professionals like to fix what needs fixing, and filling out paperwork is not high on our list of fun things to do. Yet, as the title of this article states, the job is not done until the paperwork is in. After work is done and approved, there needs to be a mechanism in place recording what was done, according to what standard and who performed the work,...
In the northern part of Virginia lies the city and county of Fairfax. Both get their name from Thomas Fairfax, the sixth Lord Fairfax of Cameron, who in 1649 was awarded five million acres of land by England’s King Charles. The town was established as the Town of Providence by an act of the state legislature in 1805. It was officially renamed the Town of Fairfax in 1874, and became an independent...
If you are a helicopter A&P mechanic, there is an outstanding possibility that either now or somewhere during your career, you have worked or will work on a Turbomeca engine. For those of you that have not, Turbomeca is part of the Safran group. Safran is an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace, defense and security. Operating worldwide, the group has...
By: Fred Polak Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) aren’t just for military or police units anymore. In January 1999, NVIS entered the world of commercial aviation for the first time. The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) that allowed the use of night vision goggles (NVG) by a civilian helicopter operator who was providing emergency medical services (EMS). The advantages that NVIS...
Today’s helicopters are painted with polyurethane type paints. Whether it is DuPont, PPG or Sherwin Williams, the same basic rules apply. Urethane paints cure from the bottom out, as opposed to lacquers which cure very quickly and from the top. When urethane paint cures, it skims the top layer to become dust free, and takes 30 to 90 days to fully cure in many cases. When a helicopter is painted,...
Once upon a time, the U.S. helicopter industry was doing great — not just with aircraft sales and technology, but with jobs, specifically A&P mechanics to maintain helicopters. It started in the late 1970s when many helicopter mechanics left the military after the Vietnam War ended and they brought their considerable talents to the private sector. Today, most of those “baby boomers” have...

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