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StandardAero grows to serve helicopter customers with more MRO offerings

StandardAero acquired Signature Aviation Engine Repair (ERO) and Overhaul business last year, growing the combined companies’ significant helicopter MRO capabilities to better serve customers with expanded offerings. The addition of ERO immediately expanded StandardAero’s existing capabilities for providing MRO services for M250, RR300, PT6T, T700 and CT7 helicopter engines a...

Paris Heliport – Issy-les-Moulineaux renamed in honor of General Valérie André

On March 8, 2022, on the occasion of International Women's Rights Day, the Paris Heliport – Issy-les-Moulineaux will be renamed “Héliport Paris – Issy-les-Moulineaux Valérie André” in the presence of the 1st woman named General in France, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. 100 years ! This is the symbolic age that the General Inspe...

First-ever HCare support contract for H160 - All Nippon Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has signed with All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) a five-year HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour contract for the customer’s first H160, demonstrating strong commitment to the entry into service of the aircraft. Under this customised HCare material management programme, ANH’s H160 is guaranteed the supply of spare parts and repaired parts at a fixed rate per flight ho...

Garmin announces an update to the certification of the GI 275 electronic flight instrument for select Part 27 helicopters

Garmin announced Supplemental Type Certification by the FAA for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Part 27 VFR helicopters is expected to be completed in March. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach to an avionics upgrade that is a direct replacement for a variety of legacy primary flight instrume...

Rotortrade 10th year anniversary - new hangar and office complex in Florida

To mark the 10th year anniversary, Rotortrade broke ground on a first hangar and office complex in Florida at Treasure Coast International Airport-KFPR. with the appointment of Chris Mash as Sales Manager for the region. The new facility adjacent to runway 32 features a hangar and office space of 10,000 square feet. Designed to accommodate the regional RT owned or exclusive inventory,...

Aero Asset Acquisitions - new unit to inventory helicopters

Aero Asset has launched Aero Asset Acquisitions, a vehicle dedicated to acquiring helicopters for inventory and resale, financed by 1st Source Bank.  1st Source Bank is part of 1st Source Corporation, a publicly traded financial services company headquartered in Indiana, U.S.A. Its Specialty Finance Group specializes in aircraft financing. “This new business unit pu...

Bell begins production on Czech Republic AH-1Z

Bell has started production of the first AH-1Z Viper for the Czech Republic at  Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center. The production of the Viper joins UH-1Y production as part of the Czech Republic Foreign Military Sale of mixed fleet aircraft. “Bell understands what it means to execute a successful international program,” said Mike Deslatte, vice president and H-1 progr...

Safran and ST Engineering to study and advance the use of SAF in helicopter engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and ST Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in helicopter engines, with the objective of assisting helicopter operators in their transition to the use of SAF. Under the MoU, Safran Helicopter Engines and ST Engineering will offer their expertise in engine manufacturing and MRO to promote and help hel...

The annual flight time of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant helicopters under after-sales service has exceeded 26,000 hours

By the end of 2021, the total flight time of helicopters under warranty maintenance and servicing produced by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAP) of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company (Rostec State Corporation) amounted to 26,430 hours. The flight time of such helicopters has increased by almost 50% compared to 2020.  "Over the past year, more than 180 U-UAP helicopters...

Advanced short light Bell 505 global fleet achieves 100,000 flight hours

Bell 505 achieved 100,000 global fleet hours. Since the first Bell 505 customer delivery in 2017, Bell has completed more than 360 Bell 505 global deliveries, enabling successful missions with the world’s most advanced short light single aircraft. “Since its entry into service, the Bell 505 continues to impress global operators for its unparalleled performance and capabilities,&rdqu...

How the pandemic is ushering in a new era of Air Ambulances

Medical air transport has always played a pivotal role in providing patients with top-notch care during any health emergency. Air ambulances are particularly helpful for transferring critically ill patients to a different city or country. ​ They’re used to transfer patients from remote areas that aren’t accessible via other modes of transport. Similarly, they’re used to m...

First H145 in New Zealand to achieve 2,000 flight hours

Airbus Helicopters customer HeliOtago has recently achieved 2,000 flight hours with its H145 in the first two years of its operation. The H145 entered into service in the South Island of New Zealand in 2019 and in its support of Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) missions, the aircraft has achieved a dispatch rate of 100%, with an availability rate of 98%.  Graeme Gale, Chief Pil...