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Leonardo AW159 global fleet accrues over 100,000 flight hours

Leonardo AW159 global fleet accrues over 100,000 flight hours

14-Jun-2024Source: Leonardo

The multi-mission AW159 helicopter fleet has passed more than 100,000 flight hours. This impressive achievement has been secured via the 72 AW159 helicopters currently in-service, operated by five operators, including the UK, Republic of South Korea (RoK) and the Philippines. Furthermore, the British Army and the Royal Navy operate 34 and 28 aircraft respectively. The... Read more

Japan Coast Guard Signs for Two Additional SUBARU B412EPXs

Japan Coast Guard Signs for Two Additional SUBARU B412EPXs

14-Jun-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that Subaru Corporation has signed a contract for two additional SUBARU BELL 412 EPX helicopters with the Japan Coast Guard. These SUBARU BELL 412EPX helicopters will support the Japanese Coast Guard’s maritime security, search and rescue operations, maritime disaster relief efforts, and cargo transport needs. With... Read more

UK Government backs €100 Million finance for Bristow Ireland SAR contract

UK Government backs €100 Million finance for Bristow Ireland SAR contract

14-Jun-2024Source: Bristow

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL) announced that Bristow Leasing Limited, a UK subsidiary, has entered into a new Export Development Guarantee term-loan facility for an aggregate amount of up to €100 million with National Westminster Bank Plc (“NatWest”) as the original lender and UK Export Finance guaranteeing 80% of the facility (the “UKEF Debt”). The... Read more

Archer Completes Midnight’s Transition Flight

Archer Completes Midnight’s Transition Flight

14-Jun-2024Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE:ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that on June 8th its Midnight aircraft successfully completed transition flying at a speed of 100+ mph. Archer has now achieved transition with two different full-scale eVTOL aircraft. Transition is well known in the industry as a very difficult milestone... Read more

MD approves Authorized Service Center in Texas

MD approves Authorized Service Center in Texas

14-Jun-2024Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) is pleased to announce the expansion of its growing global network of MDH service providers and its partnership with Thoroughbred Aviation with the addition of a new Thoroughbred Aviation Authorized Service Center (ASC) location in Georgetown, Texas. This is the first MD ASC in Texas thus supporting dozens of MDH aircraft... Read more

Blade Air Mobility to Present at SHARE Series Event

Blade Air Mobility to Present at SHARE Series Event

14-Jun-2024Source: Blade Air Mobility

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Company”), a technology-powered air mobility platform,  announced that Rob Wiesenthal, Chief Executive Officer, will present in a SHARE Series investor event on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 1:35pm ET. A webcast of the event will be available at the link here. A replay will be available shortly after the... Read more

Summit Aviation appoints New Director of Military Sales

Summit Aviation appoints New Director of Military Sales

14-Jun-2024Source: Summit Aviation

Summit Aviation is proud to announce the appointment of Dan Robinson as the new director of military sales. In this role, Mr. Robinson will oversee Summit’s military sales operations, catering to both domestic and international government clients. Mr. Robinson brings a distinguished background as a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, with over two decades of... Read more

Omni Guyana selects first ab-initial pilots for training

Omni Guyana selects first ab-initial pilots for training

14-Jun-2024Source: Omni Helicopters

Omni Helicopters, Guyana’s leading air mobility solutions provider for the offshore sector is pleased to announce that, after an intensive process, it has selected its first two talented Guyanese citizens to participate in its Ab-initio flight program.  Chosen from a competitive pool of nearly 20 candidates, Somant Heeralal and Yadram Ramcharran were standouts and are... Read more

NAHEMA and NHI agree for the Software Release 3 development for NH90

NAHEMA and NHI agree for the Software Release 3 development for NH90

14-Jun-2024

The NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) and NHIndustries (NHI) announced the signing of a major contract for the development and delivery of Software Release 3 (SWR3) for the NH90 helicopter. This milestone agreement, valued in excess of 600M€, underscores a continued commitment to enhancing the operational capabilities and performance, and extending the in-service life of... Read more

PHI Receives Leonardo Service Center Recognition

PHI Receives Leonardo Service Center Recognition

14-Jun-2024Source: PHI MRO Services

PHI MRO Services, a leading maintenance repair and overhaul centre, and its longstanding partner, Leonardo, are pleased to announce the appointment of PHI MRO Services as a Leonardo Service Center. This milestone marks a significant expansion in PHI MRO Service’s ability to provide top-tier maintenance solutions for Leonardo’s AW139 series aircraft to operators across the United States.... Read more

New Zealand Police B429 Fleet Achieves 15,000 Flight Hours

New Zealand Police B429 Fleet Achieves 15,000 Flight Hours

13-Jun-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the New Zealand Police Air Support Unit’s fleet of three Bell 429 helicopters recently surpassed 15,000 flight hours of successful operations. Since beginning operation in 2019, the Bell 429 aircraft have primarily served as airborne observation platforms to coordinate ground unit operations, especially when persons... Read more

Nautilus Aviation’s B407GXi Reach 3,000 Successful Flight Hours

Nautilus Aviation’s B407GXi Reach 3,000 Successful Flight Hours

12-Jun-2024Source: Bell

The Bell 407GXi fleet under Nautilus Aviation, one of Australia’s premier helicopter operators with more than 25 years of flying experience, has now clocked 3,000 successful flight hours. In March 2022, Nautilus Aviation placed an order for five new Bell 407GXis to support tourism charter and utility flights in Northern Queensland and the Great Barrier... Read more

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Texas Game Wardens

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Texas Game Wardens

12-Jun-2024Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation recently delivered a new H125 to the Texas Game Wardens, a division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  The Texas Game Wardens have used aviation assets since 1930.  This new aircraft joins their existing H125 and two new Cessna fixed-wing aircraft on the way. “With the delivery of the new 2023 Airbus H125... Read more

Xishan Tourism order 50 EHang EH216-S Pilotless eVTOLs

Xishan Tourism order 50 EHang EH216-S Pilotless eVTOLs

10-Jun-2024Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (“EHang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EH), the world’s leading urban air mobility (“UAM”) technology platform company, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with Taiyuan Xishan Ecological Tourism Investment Construction Co., Ltd. (“Xishan Tourism”) to jointly develop the low-altitude economy in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China. Concurrently with the signing of the MoU,... Read more

Airbus partners with Avincis on Advanced Air Mobility

Airbus partners with Avincis on Advanced Air Mobility

7-Jun-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus and Avincis, a well-established European helicopter operator, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to partner on the development of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The companies will collaborate to explore opportunities for operating electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft throughout Europe. Through the agreement, Airbus and Avincis will focus on defining the concept of... Read more

Eve Names Suppliers for eVTOL Windows, Doors, and Fuselage Components

Eve Names Suppliers for eVTOL Windows, Doors, and Fuselage Components

7-Jun-2024Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX; EVEXW) has named four additional suppliers for its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. KRD Luftfahrttechnik GmbH (KRD) will supply its KASIGLAS® polycarbonate windows, Latecoere will supply the aircraft’s doors while, RALLC and Alltec will both supply fuselage components. “Eve has assembled a strong list of global and local suppliers with a reputation for not only delivering outstanding quality, but... Read more

HTM orders up to three Airbus H145 helicopters for offshore wind operations

HTM orders up to three Airbus H145 helicopters for offshore wind operations

7-Jun-2024Source: Airbus Helicopters

HTM Helicopters has placed an order for one Airbus H145 helicopter, with options for two additional helicopters of the same type. The new helicopter will be used in offshore wind operations, transporting technicians and materials to wind farm turbines off the coasts of Germany and France. “Over the past 15 years in the offshore wind business, we’ve... Read more

SkyGrid collaborates with NASA to advance AAM and airspace safety

SkyGrid collaborates with NASA to advance AAM and airspace safety

7-Jun-2024Source: SkyGrid

SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, is teaming with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) to collaborate on integrating services, functions, and capabilities essential for operations of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. This work is part of NASA Langley’s broader strategy to advance autonomous aviation and increase airspace safety and access. Led by NASA’s System-Wide Safety Project,... Read more

Joby to present plans for commercial operations

Joby to present plans for commercial operations

7-Jun-2024Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric air taxis for commercial passenger service, announced it will host a virtual presentation on the Company’s preparations for commercial service on June 20, 2024. During the presentation, Joby executives will present a view of the Company’s industry-leading work to meet the regulatory and operational requirements for the... Read more

Safran to power new German Federal Police H225s

Safran to power new German Federal Police H225s

7-Jun-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines will power the German Federal Police’s (Bundespolizei) new fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, the selection of which was announced at the ILA Berlin show. The 38 helicopters will be powered by our Makila 2A engines. The German Federal Police, which already operates a fleet of Makila-powered AS332 and H215 helicopters, is thus... Read more

Franciscan Health Crown Point selects Air Methods Ascend EMS Course

Franciscan Health Crown Point selects Air Methods Ascend EMS Course

7-Jun-2024Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced that Franciscan Health Crown Point has selected its Ascend Critical Care Review online program to provide continuing education to first responders. “We strive to provide our clinicians with the best available continuing education in order to provide our patients with the greatest care we can... Read more

Phenix Completes Engine and Gearbox Dynamometer Testing

Phenix Completes Engine and Gearbox Dynamometer Testing

6-Jun-2024Source: Phenix Solutions

Phenix Solutions is excited to announce the completion of the Virginia based Engine and Gearbox Dyno testing for our Ultra 2XL aircraft. Phenix conducted this testing at the Eagle Technologies facility where the gearbox was designed and manufactured. The Phenix/Eagle Team used the custom designed dual eddy-current dynamometer system housing our SN:0001 airframe and Rolls-Royce... Read more

Archer Aviation receives FAA operator approval

Archer Aviation receives FAA operator approval

5-Jun-2024Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE:ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced its subsidiary, Archer Air, has received its Part 135 Air Carrier & Operator Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This certificate allows Archer to begin operating aircraft commercially to refine its systems and procedures in advance of launching Midnight... Read more

Joby Acquires Xwing Autonomy Division

Joby Acquires Xwing Autonomy Division

5-Jun-2024Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric air taxis for commercial passenger service, announced the acquisition of the autonomy division of Xwing Inc., an industry leader in the development of autonomous technology for aviation. Founded in 2016, Xwing has been flying autonomous aircraft since 2020, using the Superpilot software it has developed in-house. Superpilot... Read more

Milestone Signs Agreements with NHV for 4 H175 and a AW169

Milestone Signs Agreements with NHV for 4 H175 and a AW169

5-Jun-2024Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced that it has signed purchase assignment and leaseback agreements for five helicopters with leading helicopter service provider NHV Group (“NHV”). The deal includes four Airbus H175 helicopters, one of which has already delivered and is currently supporting offshore oil and gas operations... Read more

Leonardo celebrates the opening of PZL-Świdnik’s production line for AW149

Leonardo celebrates the opening of PZL-Świdnik’s production line for AW149

4-Jun-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo, a global leader in aerospace, defence, and security, has shown strong commitment to Poland through strategic partnerships and investments to the country’s defence capabilities, further confirmed with the latest key milestone achieved. PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fullyowned by Leonardo, celebrated the opening of the production line for the AW149 helicopters of the Polish Armed... Read more

SAF Production to Triple in 2024

SAF Production to Triple in 2024

4-Jun-2024Source: IATA

[Editor note – while this press release is geared towards airlines, it is very important to note that the helicopter and fixed-wing business aviation industries will face increasing challenges as the airlines are block-booking fuel up to three years ahead, and will thus get first call on supply}   The International Air Transport Association (IATA)... Read more

Loft Dynamics is entering the eVTOL space

Loft Dynamics is entering the eVTOL space

4-Jun-2024Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics, a global leader in virtual reality (VR) flight simulation technology, announced its expansion beyond helicopters to include electric vehicle takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft simulators. As the first and only VR simulator with major regulatory approval, the company is leveraging its proven technology to develop its first VR eVTOL simulator for Dufour Aerospace,... Read more

EHang Secures $15.6M Order for 50 Units of EH216-S Pilotless eVTOLs

EHang Secures $15.6M Order for 50 Units of EH216-S Pilotless eVTOLs

4-Jun-2024Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (“EHang” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EH), the world’s leading urban air mobility (“UAM”) technology platform company, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with Taiyuan Xishan Ecological Tourism Investment Construction Co., Ltd. (“Xishan Tourism”) to jointly develop the low-altitude economy in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province, China. Concurrently with the... Read more

StandardAero appoints new Chief Operating Officer

StandardAero appoints new Chief Operating Officer

3-Jun-2024Source: StandardAero

StandardAero has appointed Kim Ernzen to serve as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she reports directly to Russell Ford, StandardAero Chairman and CEO and is responsible for global operational performance, efficiency and excellence, as well as engineering and supply chain management for StandardAero. In addition, StandardAero’s Engine Services and Component Repair Services division Presidents... Read more

Lifeseeker data shows how SAR uses phone signals to find missing people

Lifeseeker data shows how SAR uses phone signals to find missing people

3-Jun-2024Source: Centum

CENTUM has today released data covering the past year showing how Lifeseeker, its airborne phone location system, is helping Search and Rescue (SAR) teams around the world. With the number of successful missions increasing every year, it is becoming clear that Lifeseeker is an important part of SAR teams’ arsenal, particularly for rescues in urban... Read more

Brisbane 2032 Olympics vertiport concept designs released

Brisbane 2032 Olympics vertiport concept designs released

3-Jun-2024Source: Skyportz

Australian vertiport developer Skyportz released today images for riverfront vertiport concepts on the Brisbane River at the annual Advanced Air Mobility summit on the Gold Coast. With the Olympic Games set to be hosted by Brisbane in 2032, and strong support from all levels of government to develop Advanced Air Mobility, the region is shaping... Read more

VAI opens nomination period for 2025 Salute to Excellence Awards

VAI opens nomination period for 2025 Salute to Excellence Awards

3-Jun-2024Source: VAI

With Vertical Aviation International (VAI) embracing the entire vertical aviation industry, the organization is opening its annual Salute to Excellence Awards program to welcome new participants. This expansion includes a significant addition: a new award that pays tribute to the late Harold Summers, a figure whose legacy and spirit continue to inspire the vertical flight... Read more

Air Ambulances welcome 24/7 helipad planning at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Air Ambulances welcome 24/7 helipad planning at Addenbrooke’s Hospital

3-Jun-2024Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

The region’s air ambulance charities have welcomed planning permission for a 24/7 helipad at Addenbrooke’s, the region’s Major Trauma Centre, to improve patient outcomes. East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) and Magpas Air Ambulance currently have use of a temporary helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. A recent planning application was submitted and... Read more

IATA takes SAF initiative with new Registry

IATA takes SAF initiative with new Registry

3-Jun-2024Source: IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it will establish the SAF Registry (Registry) to accelerate the uptake of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) by authoritatively accounting and reporting emissions reductions from SAF. Seventeen airlines, one airline group, six national authorities, three Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and one fuel producer are already supporting the effort... Read more

Skytech Helicopters appointed Authorized Service Center by MDH

Skytech Helicopters appointed Authorized Service Center by MDH

31-May-2024Source: MDH

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) is pleased to announce the expansion of its growing global network of MDH service providers with the addition of Skytech Helicopters as an Authorized Service Center (ASC) in Northampton, United Kingdom. This latest network expansion highlights a Commitment to Performance for MDH customers around the world. Skytech Helicopters is the first... Read more

Iron Mountain awarded $29M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

Iron Mountain awarded $29M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

31-May-2024Source: US DoD

Iron Mountain Solutions,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $29,829,267 modification (P00051) to contract W31P4Q-21-F-B001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopters Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of June 8, 2025. Fiscal 2010 and 2024 Foreign Military Sales (Albania, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Austria, Bahrain, Croatia, Egypt,... Read more

EASA publishes first Easy Access Rules for U-space

EASA publishes first Easy Access Rules for U-space

31-May-2024Source: EASA

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published the first Easy Access Rules (EAR) for U-space (Regulation (EU) 2021/664). The EAR for U-space incorporate Regulation (EU) 2021/664, the ‘U-space Regulation’, setting a regulatory framework for the U-space, an airspace defined by certain drone geographical zones, Regulation (EU) 2023/203 on information security, amending the U-space Regulation, and ED Decision 2022/022/R with the acceptable... Read more

Pivotal signs contract to access USAF test facilities

Pivotal signs contract to access USAF test facilities

31-May-2024Source: Pivotal

Pivotal, the market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced it has signed an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) contract with the U.S. Air Force and AFWERX Agility Prime. The two-year contract provides Pivotal with access to world-class test facilities, expert resources and multiple sites under restricted airspace. This support from... Read more

Greece orders three AW139s for EMS work

Greece orders three AW139s for EMS work

31-May-2024Source: Leonardo

The Hellenic Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection is enhancing its emergency response capabilities by introducing three Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. Under the recently signed contract, the new aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2026 with two units dedicated to healthcare missions and disaster relief and one unit to be used... Read more

Entrol obtains the LOA for H1000 AATD flight simulator

Entrol obtains the LOA for H1000 AATD flight simulator

31-May-2024Source: Entrol

Entrol, the flight simulators leading manufacturer, proudly announces that it has obtained the Letter of Approval (LOA) for its H1000 AATD simulator, making it able to certify the simulator from the factory. Valid until February 2029, it will provide operators with confidence in its long-term viability and compliance with regulatory standards. This unit features a... Read more

Unisphere and LYNEports sign weather data MOU

Unisphere and LYNEports sign weather data MOU

31-May-2024Source: LYNEports

LYNEports, a company delivering advanced air mobility planning solutions and services for vertiports and vertical landing infrastructure, and Unisphere GmbH, a company specializing in data analytics and weather management for drones, eVTOLs, and vertiports software solutions, have announced a collaborative agreement. This partnership aims to enrich vertiport and airspace planning with advanced weather intelligence services,... Read more

Aerotech launches into HUMS with Foresight MX on UH-60

Aerotech launches into HUMS with Foresight MX on UH-60

31-May-2024Source: GPMS

GPMS International announced today that The Aerotech Group, South Australia’s largest privately owned aviation operator, has completed installation of Foresight MX HUMS on one of their UH-60 Black Hawks. Additionally, Aerotech has placed a follow-on order with options for additional aircraft. Based in Adelaide, Aerotech operates a fleet of fixed and rotary aircraft performing agricultural,... Read more

Léman Aviation and Sloane Helicopters appointed AW09 distributors

Léman Aviation and Sloane Helicopters appointed AW09 distributors

30-May-2024Source: Leonardo

Léman Aviation and Sloane have been appointed official distributors for the next generation AW09 single engine helicopter. In February of this year Sloane and Leonardo announced a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market, dating back to 1995, with the signing of preliminary sales contracts for nine AW09s. This... Read more

Universal Vulkaan Aviation orders 8 helicopters from Leonardo

Universal Vulkaan Aviation orders 8 helicopters from Leonardo

30-May-2024Source: Leonardo

At EBACE, Universal Vulkaan Aviation Pte Limited, appointed as Leonardo’s distributor for the Indian civil helicopter market earlier this year, signed preliminary sales contracts for five AW09s, growing the success of the new single engine in Asia. Furthermore, Universal Vulkaan Aviation Pte Limited also signed a contract for three helicopters including one AW109 GrandNew, one... Read more

Leonardo to open MRO facility in UK

Leonardo to open MRO facility in UK

30-May-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo continues to expand the level of service proximity and capabilities in the helicopter market by launching new projects in the UK through a long-term partnership with Aldenham Aviation Ltd. Starting with an existing building and infrastructure at London Elstree Aerodrome, operations target Part 145 maintenance capabilities to be in place within autumn this year.... Read more

Germany – DRF Air Rescue officially inaugurates Christoph 100 base

Germany – DRF Air Rescue officially inaugurates Christoph 100 base

30-May-2024Source: DRF

Since the beginning of the year, a new rescue helicopter has been in use in the skies over Berlin: the Christoph 100, operated by DRF Luftrettung. The official inauguration of the station in Berlin-Buch took place today in the presence of the State Secretary for the Interior of the State of Berlin, Christian Hochgrebe, and... Read more

Argentina – Special Missions training centre orders MD530F

Argentina – Special Missions training centre orders MD530F

30-May-2024Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters (MDH) is pleased to announce the contract signing of an MD 530F with Special Missions training center in Argentina. The aircraft will be used for police, security, and military training in heli-borne assault and reconnaissance operations at their state-of-the-art training center in La Pampa Providence, Argentina. “Incorporating the MD 530F into our services... Read more

Dublin launches Drone and Urban Air Mobility Strategy 2024-2029

Dublin launches Drone and Urban Air Mobility Strategy 2024-2029

30-May-2024Source: Dublin City

Dublin City Council is delighted to announce that it has today launched its first Drone and Urban Air Mobility Strategy 2024-2029 for the city. This ambitious and forward-thinking Strategy aims to transform how the city utilises drone technology to enhance public services while understanding their future potential.  Increasingly drones are being applied across a range... Read more

Lilium completes $114M Capital Raise

Lilium completes $114M Capital Raise

30-May-2024Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and global pioneer in regional air mobility (RAM), announced today that it has successfully concluded its previously announced capital raise, resulting in $114 million of new gross proceeds. The net proceeds from this capital raise provide additional capital needed to... Read more

VFS’s Hirschberg Receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

VFS’s Hirschberg Receives NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

30-May-2024Source: VFS

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) today announces that VFS Director of Strategy Mike Hirschberg has received the Exceptional Public Service Medal (EPSM) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The prestigious EPSM recognition “Is awarded to any individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the service was performed. This... Read more

Bell awarded funds for Phase 1B of DARPA SPRINT X-Plane Program

Bell awarded funds for Phase 1B of DARPA SPRINT X-Plane Program

30-May-2024Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been down-selected for Phase 1B of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane program. The SPRINT program intends to design, build, and fly an X-Plane, an experimental aircraft to demonstrate enabling technologies and integrated concepts necessary for a transformational... Read more

Aero Asahi to Introduce Japan’s Agusta-branded AW169

Aero Asahi to Introduce Japan’s Agusta-branded AW169

30-May-2024Source: Leonardo

Aero Asahi Corporation (Aero Asahi), one of Japan’s leading general aviation service providers, will introduce an AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter with a dedicated Agusta configuration into service. Aero Asahi is the first Japanese operator to use an exclusive VIP Leonardo helicopter in Japan under the relevant Agusta brand. Aero Asahi has become highly... Read more

eVolare signs binding purchase agreement for 4 Lilium Jets

eVolare signs binding purchase agreement for 4 Lilium Jets

29-May-2024Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ:LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and global pioneer in regional air mobility (RAM), and eVolare, a subsidiary of Volare Aviation, one of the United Kingdom’s largest helicopter and private jet operators, announced the signing of binding sale and purchase agreements for the acquisition of 4 Lilium Jets. The... Read more

Isle of Mull EMS helipad officially launched

Isle of Mull EMS helipad officially launched

29-May-2024Source: HELP Appeal

The new HELP Appeal funded helipad on the Isle of Mull, has been officially opened by John Wilson, who together with the late Dr. Bill Thomson, were responsible for the development of Mull and Iona Community Hospital. The ‘Wilson – Thomson’ helipad is named in their honour. Since the helipad became operational on 19 March... Read more

Blade Air Mobility to present at Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit

Blade Air Mobility to present at Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit

29-May-2024Source: Blade

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Blade” or the “Company”), a technology-powered air mobility platform, today announced that Rob Wiesenthal, Chief Executive Officer, will present at the 2024 Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 1:15pm ET. A webcast of the event will be available at the link here. A replay will... Read more

Germany – Christoph Europa 5 begins 24H ops

Germany – Christoph Europa 5 begins 24H ops

29-May-2024Source: DRF

The nighttime air rescue network for the people of Schleswig-Holstein is getting denser. With Christoph Europa 5 from DRF Air Rescue, a second air rescue vehicle will be switching to 24-hour operation from next Saturday at midnight. In addition to the Christoph 42 helicopter of DRF Air Rescue, which has previously been stationed in Rendsburg,... Read more

Lilium and Luxaviation Take Partnership to Next Phase

Lilium and Luxaviation Take Partnership to Next Phase

29-May-2024Source: Lilium

 Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ:LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and global pioneer in regional air mobility (RAM), today announced an expansion of its partnership with Luxaviation Group, one of the largest business aircraft and helicopter operators worldwide.   The expansion will unlock and leverage ExecuJet’s network of Fixed Based Operations (FBOs)—together with... Read more

Sweet Helicopters sets new record with 450 passengers flown to Indy 500

Sweet Helicopters sets new record with 450 passengers flown to Indy 500

29-May-2024Source: Sweet Helicopters

Sweet Helicopters topped its previous record this year for charter passengers flown to the brickyard. More than 450 people trusted Sweet Helicopters to help them beat race day traffic, lapping last year’s total of 350 people. Guests could depart from one of four convenient locations in the Indianapolis metro area. Pilots would then fly passengers... Read more

Safran’s Aneto-1K engine certified in China

Safran’s Aneto-1K engine certified in China

29-May-2024Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has received certification for its Aneto-1K from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This crucial milestone paves the way for the Leonardo AW189K’s introduction into the Chinese civil market. This validation of type certificate (VTC) by China succeeds the earlier type certificate (TC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)... Read more

HeliOIS becomes first customer for new Moove seat booking software

HeliOIS becomes first customer for new Moove seat booking software

29-May-2024Source: Moove

Targeting operators with hybrid flights and looking to optimise load factors, Moove is launching an advanced booking module for corporate shuttles and regional carriers, after successfully reducing empty seats by 5% during test phases. Launch customer is the leading offshore travel provider, HeliOIS. Supporting corporate flight shuttles optimisation & flight coordinators Moove launched this module... Read more

FAA issues Final Airworthiness Criteria to Archer Aviation

FAA issues Final Airworthiness Criteria to Archer Aviation

29-May-2024Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced the FAA issued for public inspection the final airworthiness criteria for Archer’s Midnight aircraft. This significant regulatory milestone provides the solidified path for Archer to achieve Type Certification for Midnight. Archer is one of two companies in the world... Read more

Lilium announces launch of further Shares and Warrants

Lilium announces launch of further Shares and Warrants

29-May-2024Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium” or the “Company”), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet and global pioneer in Regional Air Mobility (RAM), announced that it has launched an underwritten public offering of the Company’s Class A ordinary shares (the “Shares”) and warrants to purchase Shares (the “Warrants” and, together with... Read more

Sikorsky Flight-Tests Scalable ‘Rotor Blown Wing’ UAS VTOL

Sikorsky Flight-Tests Scalable ‘Rotor Blown Wing’ UAS VTOL

28-May-2024Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), is conducting flight tests to mature the control laws and aerodynamics of a novel vertical takeoff and landing uncrewed aerial system (VTOL / UAS). The flight tests are intended to prove the efficiency and scalability of a twin proprotor ‘rotor blown wing’ configuration that sits on its tail... Read more

Vestas to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel with HeliService

Vestas to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel with HeliService

28-May-2024Source: Vestas

Vestas will pilot Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the Baltic Eagle Wind Farm in the Baltic Sea during 2024. The pilot project entails Vestas technicians and jack-up vessel crew using helicopters partly powered by SAF to transport themselves to and from the Baltic Eagle wind farm during the construction phase of 50 offshore wind turbines.... Read more

Skyports signs MoU with UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

Skyports signs MoU with UAE General Civil Aviation Authority

28-May-2024Source: Skyports

We’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to collaborate on the enablement of hybrid operations of eVTOL and helicopter services at the same vertiport or heliport. The collaboration will prioritise two objectives: The development of a Concept of Operations for hybrid operations to assist the GCAA with the... Read more

NBAA urges members to support NYC West 30th Street HP

NBAA urges members to support NYC West 30th Street HP

28-May-2024Source: NBAA

NBAA is urgently asking its members who live in or do business in New York to ask their representatives in the New York State Assembly to vote against legislation, which seeks to permanently close the West 30th Street Heliport (JRA) in Hudson River Park. View NBAA’s Grassroots Action Center and send a letter to the New York State Assembly.... Read more

Lilium Jet plans flights on French Riviera in 2026

Lilium Jet plans flights on French Riviera in 2026

28-May-2024Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ:LILM), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet and global pioneer in regional air mobility (RAM), UrbanV, the Italian vertiport network operator, and Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA), managing Nice Côte d’Azur airport, the second largest airport place in France, along with the airports of Cannes Mandelieu and Golfe... Read more

Leonardo unveils corporate AW09 interior at EBACE 2024

Leonardo unveils corporate AW09 interior at EBACE 2024

28-May-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo unveiled a full-scale cabin mock-up of the next generation AW09 single engine helicopter at EBACE 2024 (Geneva, 28-30 May 2024) featuring an exclusive VIP-Corporate transport cabin layout and paint-scheme as one of the newly-developed options, marking the entrance of the new model into the Agusta-branded product range. By doing so, the market will be... Read more

Horizon to participation in Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit

Horizon to participation in Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit

28-May-2024Source: Horizon Aircraft

New Horizon Aircraft Ltd. (NASDAQ: HOVR), doing business as Horizon Aircraft (“Horizon Aircraft” or the “Company”), a leading hybrid electric Vertical TakeOff and Landing (“eVTOL”) aircraft developer, announced that the Company will participate in a virtual fireside chat during the Jefferies eVTOL / AAM Summit on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at 9:10am Eastern Time. In... Read more

Canada approves Recoil firefighting systems for AS332 and H225

Canada approves Recoil firefighting systems for AS332 and H225

28-May-2024Source: Recoil Aerospace

Recoil Aerospace, a leading innovator in aerial firefighting technology, today announced it has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval for the Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for its T1000-E and T650-E aerial firefighting systems. This approval allows Recoil to offer its advanced firefighting solutions to Canadian firefighting agencies operating eligible Super Puma AS332 and EC225 helicopters. “We... Read more

CHC wins Operational Excellence award in Brazil

CHC wins Operational Excellence award in Brazil

27-May-2024Source: CHC

CHC do Brasil, part of CHC Helicopter, a global leader in helicopter services, was named the number one provider for Operational Excellence in Offshore Transportation in Brazil by Petrobras, the leading state owned energy company. The PEOTRAM award is an annual initiative by Petrobras to encourage and recognize superior operational and maintenance standards within the... Read more

Nighthawk Flight Systems Announces New Board of Director

Nighthawk Flight Systems Announces New Board of Director

27-May-2024Source: Nighthawk Flight Systems

Nighthawk Flight Systems, Inc., a developer of advanced compact integrated avionics for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in the general aviation, business, air transport, and military markets, announces the appointment of a highly qualified board of directors to guide the company through its next growth phase. Nighthawk recently announced its formation during Vertical Aviation International’s Heli-Expo... Read more

PHI signs for 12 AW189 – orders and options

PHI signs for 12 AW189 – orders and options

27-May-2024Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and PHI Group (PHI) have signed a framework agreement for 12 AW189 Helicopters to serve the global energy market starting in 2025. These are composed of firm orders as well as purchase options and include an extensive support partnership featuring a service center agreement, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) agreement, and training solutions for... Read more

Loft Dynamics Brings VR Flight Simulation Technology to eVTOL

Loft Dynamics Brings VR Flight Simulation Technology to eVTOL

24-May-2024Source: Loft Dynamics

Loft Dynamics, a global leader in virtual reality (VR) flight simulation technology, announced its expansion beyond helicopters to include electric vehicle takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft simulators. As the first and only VR simulator with major regulatory approval, the company is leveraging its proven technology to develop its first VR eVTOL simulator for Dufour Aerospace,... Read more

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