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Italian Navy NH90 helicopter deliveries complete mission simulation centre established at Maristaeli Luni Base

Italian Navy achieved a major rotorcraft capability enhancement milestone with the completion of deliveries of its NH90 helicopters combined with a dedicated simulation centre for its NH90 crews. The 46th SH-90A ASW/ASuW aircraft, assembled at Leonardo’s facility in Venice Tessera, has been deployed at the Italian Navy’s Maristaeli Luni Base and presented during an official ceremony at...

Airbus unveils PioneerLab as its new twin-engine flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters unveiled the PioneerLab, its new twin-engine technology demonstrator based on the H145 platform. It complements Airbus' range of FlightLabs and focuses on testing technologies that reduce helicopter emissions, increase autonomy and integrate bio-based materials.The PioneerLab aims to demonstrate a fuel reduction of up to 30% compared to a conventional H145, thanks to a hybri...

Enabling rapid wildfire response with prepositioned autonomous aircraft - Rain announces $9.7M in seed financing

Rain announced an oversubscribed seed round, closing $9.7 million in financing earlier this year to provide fire agencies the ability to contain wildfires before they grow out of control with prepositioned autonomous aircraft. DBL Partners led the round, with participation from Volo Earth Ventures, Kapor Capital and Convective Capital. Other investors include Immad Akhund, Brian Bjelde,...

Airbus Helicopters and PHI sign for 20 H175 and 8 H160 helicopters

irbus Helicopters and PHI Group signed a framework agreement that includes commitments for 20 super-medium H175 helicopters and 8 H160s to serve the energy market worldwide, including in the US. These 28 helicopters will better position PHI to respond to the energy market’s expected growing offshore transportation needs. These commitments are composed of firm orders as we...

Whirly-Girls accepts applications for helicopter training scholarship

Are you an aspiring female dreaming of a career in aviation? Are you passionate about helicopters? If the answer is yes to all these questions - here is very important information for you! The 2024 Whirly Girls Scholarship season is officially open!!! More than $500,000 of helicopter training and educational scholarships made possible by the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund. These scholarsh...

Ticket sales open for EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023

It is time to make your arrangements to attend the third edition of the one-and-only European event where you will meet the entire VTOL community and grow your business.  An Expanded Event in a New Venue Organisers of EUROPEAN ROTORS are preparing for their biggest show yet, expanding on and learning from the two previous stellar events to make this third edition even better....

London Heliport deploy Altitude Angel’s approval services platform

Altitude Angel announced The London Heliport is deploying its Approval Services platform which allows drone operators, and in the future eVTOL pilots, the ability to request and pay for operations within the heliport airspace digitally and at the touch of a button. From now, Approval Services, described on its launch by Aviation Minister Baroness Vere, as ‘a key step to the UK...

MD Helicopters signed a 12-ships deal for new and upgraded aircraft

MD Helicopters announced a contract with Middle East customer to provide six Cayuse Warrior Plus Attack/Scout aircraft with precision weapons capability and six MD 530F glass cockpit upgrades. The twelve aircraft will support counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations by providing area security, tactical reconnaissance, convoy escort, and drug interdiction throughout the country. The Arme...

Private helicopter transport market - Leonardo announced new contracts in Latin America at LABACE 2023

Leonardo confirmed its leading position in the private helicopter transport market with new contracts in Latin America announced during LABACE 2023. Gruppomodena S.A. has been appointed official distributor of Leonardo helicopter types including the AW119Kx, AW109 legacy, AW169 and AW139 for the civil markets in Uruguay and Argentina. The distributor has also signed a contract for two AW...

Five years of flying above and beyond at Floyd Carlson Airfield

This month, Bell celebrates the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Bell Training Academy   Floyd Carlson Airfield. Since it’s opening, the Floyd Carlson Airfield has become well-known around the world for providing a top-tier customer experience. The airfield is comprised of various runways and an elevated landing platform designed to simulate the environments t...

Australia’s first five-bladed H145 lands with WA Police Force

Western Australia Police Minister, The Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA, along with Police Commissioner, Col Blanch APM, welcomed the arrival of Australia’s first Airbus five-bladed H145 helicopter, to support police operations in the State. The aircraft is the first of two ordered by WA Police Force, which becomes the first law enforcement jurisdiction in the southern hemisphere to fly these...

Aero Asset heli market trends reports drop in preowned single engine helicopter sales and rising supply

Aero Asset 2023 Half Year Heli Market Trends Report, single engine helicopter edition, reveals declining sales volume and rising supply for sale leading to a higher absorption rate compared to the same period in 2022. Valerie Pereira, Aero Asset VP Market Research, commented: “Retail sales of 58 units, valued at $132 million, decreased 60 percent...