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Optima Aero buys the assets of Uniflight Global

Optima Aero buys the assets of Uniflight Global

12-Jun-2023Source: Optima Aero

Optima Aero, a global leader specializing in the supply of refurbished helicopter parts and engines, has entered into an agreement with Uniflight Global LLC, a significant player in the American aftermarket sector, to buy its assets located in Grand Prairie, Texas. The creation of Optima Aero USA aligns with the growth strategy of the Canadian... Read more

4 Senators introduce bipartisan Bill to renew and expand limitations on drones

4 Senators introduce bipartisan Bill to renew and expand limitations on drones

9-Jun-2023Source: Homeland Security

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and John Hoeven (R-ND) introduced bipartisan legislation to significantly enhance our nation’s ability to counter the security threats posed by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. The bill will renew and expand existing authorities – which are... Read more

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

934th Airlift Wing organises joint force training exercise

9-Jun-2023Source: US Air Force

Over 60 service members from approximately ten units across the Air Force Reserve, Minnesota National Guard, Wisconsin National Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force, participated in a joint training exercise aboard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and a C-17 Globemaster III across two states in early May.   The multi-stop integrated mission involved evacuating simulated patients... Read more

IronMountain awarded $31M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

IronMountain awarded $31M contract to support Utility Helicopters Project Office

8-Jun-2023Source: IronMountain Solutions

IronMountain Solutions,* Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $30,959,175 modification (P00036) 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, 2024. Fiscal 2010 and 2023 foreign military sales (Albania, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Austria, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Japan,... Read more

New 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander selected

New 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander selected

8-Jun-2023Source: US National Guard

Farmingdale resident Colonel Sanjay Shetty has been selected as the new 106th Rescue Wing Medical Group Commander during a June 2, 2023, ceremony at Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, Westhampton Beach, New York. Colonel Shawn Fitzgerald, Commander of the 106th Rescue Wing, praised Shetty for his service at the wing. “Doc Shetty has... Read more

Rotorcorp awarded 2023 Presidential Award for Export Achievement

Rotorcorp awarded 2023 Presidential Award for Export Achievement

7-Jun-2023Source: Rotorcorp

Rotorcorp, the largest reseller of parts, engines, and overhaul kits for Robinson helicopters, was named as one of eleven 2023 winners of the President’s “E” Award for Exports by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Rotorcorp is the only company from Georgia to be recognized for this prestigious honor. Created in 1961 by an Executive Order of... Read more

US Gov Passes Bill to Advance Domestic Drone Development

US Gov Passes Bill to Advance Domestic Drone Development

1-Jun-2023Source: Science Committee

At a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology markup, the Committee passed H.R. 3560, the National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Research and Development Act, with bipartisan support. The bill will provide for a coordinated federal initiative across research and mission agencies to support unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research and development activities and ensure U.S. leadership... Read more

Helicopter Institute Executes Agreement With Dallas CBD Vertiport

Helicopter Institute Executes Agreement With Dallas CBD Vertiport

1-Jun-2023Source: Helicopter Institute

Helicopter Institute is proud to announce our executed lease agreement of the Dallas CBD Vertiport with the city of Dallas. Constructed as the world’s largest urban elevated Heliport/Vertiport, this public-use facility is located in the Central Business District on the south end of the Dallas Convention Center. The Dallas Vertiport has a dual deck, accommodating... Read more

Odys Aviation to establish regional HQ in Abu Dhabi

Odys Aviation to establish regional HQ in Abu Dhabi

30-May-2023Source: Odys Aviation

The Ministry of Economy has announced that Odys Aviation, a US-based company developing hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft designed for both regional distances and short-haul “air taxi” routes, has joined its NextGen FDI program, which provides pioneering businesses in high-potential sectors with the market-entry fundamentals to seamlessly launch and then scale their operations... Read more

Blade to Bring UAM to Jersey City

Blade to Bring UAM to Jersey City

25-May-2023Source: Blade Air Mobility

Blade Air Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLDE, “Blade” or the “Company”), a technology-powered global air mobility platform,  announced that it has entered into an agreement with Newport Helipad LLC (“Newport”) to operate and revitalize the Newport Helistop (91NJ) ( “Helistop”), located in Newport, Jersey City, New Jersey, one of the largest and most successful mixed-use communities... Read more

Martin County Fire Rescue selects Air Methods Ascend critical care clinician online education program

Martin County Fire Rescue selects Air Methods Ascend critical care clinician online education program

24-May-2023Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced that Martin County Fire Rescue has selected the Air Methods Ascend critical care clinician online education program for the first responders on their flight team. Located in the southeastern part of the state, Martin County Fire Rescue provides emergency management and medical response, fire suppression... Read more

MD Helicopters Exhibits at LIMA 2023

MD Helicopters Exhibits at LIMA 2023

23-May-2023Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters (MDH) is exhibiting at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition in Malaysia, May 23-27 in the USA Pavilion (booth B14A) where they will have on static display one of the Malaysian Army MD 530G Light Attack Scout helicopter. MDH will be exhibiting with their new civil and military sales representative for... Read more

Med Flight expands coverage area with new base in Janesville

Med Flight expands coverage area with new base in Janesville

23-May-2023Source: UW Health

UW Health is relocating a Med Flight helicopter and ambulance to a new site in Janesville. The move targets improving care for adult, pediatric and neonatal critically ill and injured patients during air and ground transport from areas south and east of Madison, according to Dr. Andrew Cathers, medical director, UW Health Med Flight, and assistant... Read more

Meridian Helicopters celebrates 25th LongRanger Refurbishment

Meridian Helicopters celebrates 25th LongRanger Refurbishment

22-May-2023Source: Meridian Helicopters

Meridian Helicopters, an industry-leading helicopter refurbishment, leasing, and brokering company, is pleased to announce the successful delivery of a custom-refurbished Bell Helicopter 206L4 aircraft to Clearview Air LLC, a private company based in Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Bashlor, the Managing Partner at Meridian Helicopters, commented on the specifications of the refurbished helicopter: “This Bell 206L4 is... Read more

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held Bosslift event

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held Bosslift event

18-May-2023Source: Pennsylvania National Guard

Pennsylvania’s chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held a Bosslift event for approximately 20 civilian employers of Pennsylvania National Guard members here May 9 and 10. The Bosslift serves as a thank you to the employers for supporting what their employees are doing for their community, commonwealth and nation. Seeing the... Read more

Wright-Patt military working dog and handler participate in Guardian Response 23

Wright-Patt military working dog and handler participate in Guardian Response 23

17-May-2023

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and his MWD, Bulit, flew out of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 2 to participate in Guardian Response 23, a joint service military and multi-component exercise focused on domestic disaster response. The exercise... Read more

Lockheed Martin Celebrates 60 Years In Huntsville

Lockheed Martin Celebrates 60 Years In Huntsville

16-May-2023Source: Lockheed Martin

This month, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) celebrates 60 years of driving growth and innovation from its Huntsville, Alabama campus. Lockheed Martin is committed to delivering proven results and high performance to support mission readiness for the U.S. Armed Forces and government agencies. The company has been trusted for decades in the Huntsville community, supporting U.S.... Read more

US Navy orders four more CMV-22B Ospreys

US Navy orders four more CMV-22B Ospreys

16-May-2023Source: Bell Boeing

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $482,300,000 fixed-price incentive (firm-target) undefinitized modification (P00064) to a previously awarded contract (N0001917C0015). This modification adds scope for the production and delivery of four CMV-22B (Lot 27) aircraft for the Navy. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (30.08%); Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (15.22%); Amarillo,... Read more

US State Dept approves sale of CH-47F to Germany

US State Dept approves sale of CH-47F to Germany

12-May-2023Source: US State Dept

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of CH-47F Chinook Helicopters, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.5 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Germany has requested to... Read more

Archer Rolls Out First Midnight Aircraft

Archer Rolls Out First Midnight Aircraft

12-May-2023Source: Archer

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE:ACHR), a leader in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced it has now completed the final assembly of its first Midnight aircraft. With final assembly and initial testing complete, last week the aircraft was shipped from Archer’s Palo Alto facility to its flight test facility in Salinas, California and reassembled.... Read more

Archer forms Government Services Advisory Board to expand relationship with US DoD

Archer forms Government Services Advisory Board to expand relationship with US DoD

11-May-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE:ACHR) announced the formation of a Government Services Advisory Board to support Archer’s planned expansion of its existing relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD”). Over the last few years, Archer has completed several projects with the DoD and has several still underway. As Archer’s Midnight aircraft progresses toward commercialization, it... Read more

55th Rescue Squadron receives their first HH-60W

55th Rescue Squadron receives their first HH-60W

9-May-2023Source: US Air Force

The 55th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base received their first HH-60W Jolly Green II helicopter, also known as the whiskey model, May 3, 2023. “This HH-60W represents the first of many rescue helicopters at DM as we re-capitalize and sustain our future combat search and rescue capabilities and capacity,” said U.S. Air Force... Read more

US State Depart approves FMS of AH-1Z and UH-1Y to Czech Republic

US State Depart approves FMS of AH-1Z and UH-1Y to Czech Republic

5-May-2023Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Czech Republic of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Refurbishment/Modernization and related equipment for an estimated value of up to $650 million. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when... Read more

12CAB participates in Exercise Swift Response 23

12CAB participates in Exercise Swift Response 23

5-May-2023Source: US Army

Six AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, six CH-47F Chinook helicopters, four HH-60M MEDEVAC Blackhawk helicopters, two UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, and approximately 300 soldiers assigned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade are participating in exercise Swift Response 23, May 7-20, across the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean regions. “Exercise Swift Response 23 provides 12CAB the opportunity to integrate... Read more

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

US Navy Declares IOC of Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

4-May-2023Source: US Navy

The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mine countermeasures mission package (MCM MP) and AN/AQS-20 Sonar Mine Detection Sets achieved initial operational capability (IOC), officials announced on May 1. IOC was declared by Vice Adm. Scott Conn, deputy chief of naval operations for warfighting requirements and capabilities (OPNAV N9). An integrated suite of unmanned maritime systems... Read more

Air Methods works with US Army, Nebraska NG for veteran careers

Air Methods works with US Army, Nebraska NG for veteran careers

3-May-2023Source: Air Methods

With a commitment to military members, past and present, Air Methods has joined forces with the U.S. Army and Nebraska Army National Guard to help active and future soldiers prepare for professional careers while serving their country as part of the Army’s Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) program. An official signing ceremony will take place... Read more

Cal Guard and Cal Fire team up for annual aerial firefighting training

Cal Guard and Cal Fire team up for annual aerial firefighting training

3-May-2023Source: California Military Department

Services members from the California Military Department participated in annual wildland firefighting training alongside counterparts from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection near Ione, California, April 23, 2023. The training event, composed of collaborative aerial wildland firefighting tactics and procedures, is part of a long-standing partnership between the CMD and CAL FIRE to... Read more

Delaware State University launches Flight Training Program

Delaware State University launches Flight Training Program

3-May-2023Source: US Army

The world’s first helicopter took flight in 1907. Thirty-six years later, in 1943, the first helicopter accepted in the U.S. Military, a Sikorsky R-4, was flown. Now, in 2023, a new aviation opportunity is taking off. Thursday, April 19, in the bright morning sun , a small crowd gathers at Delaware State University (DSU ),... Read more

Parker-Hannifin awarded $221M contract for MRO of helicopter servos

Parker-Hannifin awarded $221M contract for MRO of helicopter servos

2-May-2023Source: US DoD

Parker-Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, was awarded a $221,525,069 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance and overhaul of helicopter servos. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 27, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting... Read more

GE awarded $683M contract for 169 CH-53K engines

GE awarded $683M contract for 169 CH-53K engines

1-May-2023Source: US DoD

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $683,716,135 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the production and delivery of 169 T408-GE-400 (T408) turboshaft engines, to include 65 full rate production Lot 8 (54: Navy, 11: government of Israel); 51 full rate production Lot 7 (39: Navy, 12: government of Israel); and 53 low rate initial production... Read more

Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours moves to new location for 2023

Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours moves to new location for 2023

1-May-2023Source: WKBW

Rainbow Air Helicopter Tours will begin new tours for its 29th year beginning April 29. Tours will then take place every Friday through Sunday until May 18, when a new summer schedule will begin. Rainbow Air will fly from its new location at the Niagara Falls International Airport. See Full Story.... Read more

LCI form pioneering joint venture with US Public Pension

LCI form pioneering joint venture with US Public Pension

1-May-2023Source: LCI

LCI, a leading aviation company, has launched a pioneering Joint Venture (“JV”) with a US Public Pension (“UPP”), and plans to build an aviation and helicopter portfolio valued in excess of US$300 million. The JV is the world’s first direct-to-pension fund investment partnership in the rotary market.  Its inaugural transaction is the acquisition of a... Read more

LifeSave Kansas recieves award from Kansas Department of Transportation

LifeSave Kansas recieves award from Kansas Department of Transportation

1-May-2023Source: Air Methods

At an awards luncheon during the Kansas Department of Transportation Safety Conference on April 25, LifeSave Kansas was honored with a People Saving People Award for their blood in flight initiative. The air medical service announced last month that it now carries blood products on every flight and can administer them while transporting patients to... Read more

FAA approves Guardian Agriculture UAV for commercial use across USA

FAA approves Guardian Agriculture UAV for commercial use across USA

27-Apr-2023Source: Guardian Agriculture

Guardian Agriculture, the leading developer of Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) systems for commercial-scale sustainable farming, today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its aircraft nationwide. FAA approval makes Guardian Agriculture the first commercially authorized eVTOL in the U.S., allowing Guardian Agriculture to safely operate its systems... Read more

REACH Opens New Air Medical Base in Porterville

REACH Opens New Air Medical Base in Porterville

27-Apr-2023Source: REACH Air Medical

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced that its newest air medical transport base in Tulare County is now in service. Located in Porterville, the new base will provide emergent air medical transportation to the town of Porterville and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley. This is the first REACH base to be opened in... Read more

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

USAF adds $55M extension to Edwards AFB contract with Joby

27-Apr-2023Source: Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY), a company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the third extension of its Agility Prime contract with the United States Air Force. The $55 million contract extension brings the total potential value of Joby’s current contract with the Air Force up to $131 million and underlines the U.S.... Read more

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 consumables

Bell awarded $7M contract for H-1 consumables

26-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an estimated $7,960,693 modification (P00043) against a five-year contract (SPE4AX-17-D-9410) with one five-year option period for H-1 consumables. This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract. The performance completion date is April 13, 2025. Using military service is Marine Corps. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2023 through 2025... Read more

VMM-268 Conducts Community Engagement on US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll

VMM-268 Conducts Community Engagement on US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll

25-Apr-2023Source: US Army

U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll received a visit from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 (VMM-268), a Hawaii-based helicopter squadron, for a community engagement April 8, 2023. Kwajalein residents toured the squadron’s MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and met with crewmembers. Ahead of the event, team members worked to coordinate visit details with USAG-KA’s Chief Warrant Officer 3... Read more

Airbus to build military H125 variants in US

Airbus to build military H125 variants in US

25-Apr-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is introducing the first U.S.-built H125 military configurations, known as AH-125 and MH-125 Ares, to the Airbus range of military helicopters. These combat-capable aircraft will feature militarized options that meet the needs of military and parapublic allies and partners around the world. The AH-125 Ares will be configured as the armed variant of... Read more

Delaware State Uni adds Helicopter Flight Training to Aviation Program

Delaware State Uni adds Helicopter Flight Training to Aviation Program

25-Apr-2023Source: Delaware State University

Delaware State University has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Army Cadet Command that will result in an expansion of the University’s Aviation Program into the area of helicopter flight training. This exciting addition to the University Aviation Program degree offerings was announced during an April 20 media event on campus. University President Tony Allen, Delaware... Read more

North Carolina State Highway Patrol adds Bell 429

North Carolina State Highway Patrol adds Bell 429

25-Apr-2023Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety

The State Highway Patrol unveiled the newest addition to its aviation fleet today at a ceremony in Raleigh.  The Bell 429 helicopter will further expand the Patrol’s mission of saving lives across our state utilizing aviation assets.  The event was held before distinguished guests and media invitees at the SHP’s Driving & Training Facility showcasing... Read more

Classic Air Medical Expands Northern New Mexico Operation

Classic Air Medical Expands Northern New Mexico Operation

24-Apr-2023Source: Daily Post - Los Alamos

Classic Air Medical announced the expansion of its operations in Northern New Mexico. On May 1, 2023, Classic is adding a second Bell 407 GXi helicopter, which like the helicopter based at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), will be staffed with highly experienced pilots and expertly trained critical care flight nurses and medics, a spokesperson... Read more

Mecaer Aviation delivers VVIP AW139 to US customer

Mecaer Aviation delivers VVIP AW139 to US customer

24-Apr-2023Source: Mecaer Aviation Group

Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG), an acclaimed designer and manufacturer of high-end cabin comfort systems, announced the delivery of a newly completed AW-139 helicopter to a US-based customer, represented by aviation consultant, The VanAllen Group. This AW-139 helicopter is equipped with the latest technology and is the first US-registered AW-139 with Leonardo Helicopters’ newly certified Honeywell... Read more

US to purchase Alpha 900 helicopter UAVs

US to purchase Alpha 900 helicopter UAVs

20-Apr-2023Source: Rapid Expeditionary Concepts

Rapid Expeditionary Concepts (REC), a veteran and minority-owned small business that specializes in providing end-to-end Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C5ISR) solutions, has been awarded a prime contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the purchase of Alpha 900 unmanned helicopter systems manufactured by Alpha Unmanned Systems, SL in... Read more

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

HSC-7 held Change of Command Ceremony

20-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

The Dusty Dogs of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7 held a change of command ceremony on March 31, in Fallon, Nevada, marking the transition of command leadership. Cmdr. Timothy White, a native of Metairie, Louisiana, relieved Cmdr. Thomas Butts, a native of Erlanger, Kentucky, assuming all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer. The... Read more

Avidyne selected as AEA Associate Member of the Year

Avidyne selected as AEA Associate Member of the Year

19-Apr-2023Source: Avidyne

Avidyne Corporation of Melbourne, FL. announced that they have been selected as AEA Associate Member of the Year and will be honored at the upcoming Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual Convention and Tradeshow on April 24th at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, FL. The award is presented each year to an Associate Member of the AEA... Read more

Celebrate Earth Day with the American Helicopter Museum

Celebrate Earth Day with the American Helicopter Museum

17-Apr-2023Source: American Helicopter Museum

Celebrate Earth Day with the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., as its theater transforms into a fun, educational cornucopia of conservation magic. “Our planet is rapidly changing, and the choices we make can have an influence,” explained Paul Taylor, AHMEC’s Education Programs Manager. “Over... Read more

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

50 Years of Women in US Naval Aviation: Stephanie Oram

17-Apr-2023Source: US Navy

2023 is a milestone year for Naval aviation. Beginning in 1973 and continuing on to the present, the Naval aviation community has benefitted from the inclusion of women into its ranks. 50 years of history began in March 1973 when six women, termed the “First Six,” began flight training in Pensacola, Fla. These aviators are:... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $7M contract for development of V-22 avionics

Bell Boeing awarded $7M contract for development of V-22 avionics

12-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $7,550,363 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N0001923F2499) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the sustainment of previously-delivered block fleet releases as well as ongoing development of flight test, fleet releases and analysis leading to implementation of future sustainment block fleet releases in... Read more

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

Conti Federal breaks ground on new USAF helicopter facility in Wyoming

12-Apr-2023Source: Conti Federal Services

Conti Federal Services, a leading U.S. government construction and engineering firm specializing in military construction, joined members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District, 20th Air Force, 90th Missile Wing, 582nd Helicopter Group, and 37th Helicopter Squadron on Friday, March 31, 2023, for an official groundbreaking ceremony of the new combined helicopter and tactical response force... Read more

Air Methods announce opening of air medical service in northern Worcester County

Air Methods announce opening of air medical service in northern Worcester County

6-Apr-2023Source: Air Methods

Providing decades of service throughout the Nation, Air Methods—the leading air medical service provider in the U.S.—is thrilled to announce a new location providing critical emergency air medical service to northern Worcester County and beyond. The base will be located at Fitchburg Municipal Airport. The City of Fitchburg recognizes the importance of fast, reliable air... Read more

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

DRS awarded $26M amendment to MH-60S contract

5-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

DRS Systems Inc., Melbourne, Florida, is awarded a $26,000,000 modification (P00002) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F1162) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0030). This modification adds scope to procure 16 joint urgent operation need Weapon Replaceable Assembly Shipsets associated with the AN/AAQ-45 Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasures system configuration in support of the MH-60S for... Read more

Rolls-Royce awarded $15M contract for repair and facility standup for V-22 engines

Rolls-Royce awarded $15M contract for repair and facility standup for V-22 engines

5-Apr-2023Source: US DoD

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is awarded a $15,554,347 modification (P00003) to a firm-fixed-price order (N0001922F2249) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0013). This modification adds scope to provide for the development of the sovereign repair capability as well as facility standup for the V-22 AE 1107C engine to include integration of an AE 1107C... Read more

Rotors ’n Ribs Annual Helicopter Event Announces First Five Sponsors

Rotors ’n Ribs Annual Helicopter Event Announces First Five Sponsors

30-Mar-2023Source: Rotors 'n Ribs

Rotors ‘n Ribs is proud to announce the first five sponsors for this year’s festival: Airbus, Bell Helicopter, Concorde Battery, Enstrom Helicopter, and Leonardo. Rotors ‘n Ribs is a free event held every year at the Goshen Municipal Airport in Goshen, Indiana. It’s open to pilots, helicopter owners, and helicopter enthusiasts. In addition to serving... Read more

LifeNet of NY expands in Mohawk Valley

LifeNet of NY expands in Mohawk Valley

29-Mar-2023Source: Air Methods

As a trusted emergency air medical provider serving the state of New York for more than 20 years, LifeNet is expanding critical care coverage by opening a new location in Oneida County. The opening of LifeNet 7-14, a subdivision of Air Methods, serves as a community resource providing comprehensive coverage to central New York’s residents and... Read more

Trakka Systems Announces Total Mission Solution Package for Spokane County Sheriff

Trakka Systems Announces Total Mission Solution Package for Spokane County Sheriff

28-Mar-2023Source: Trakka Systems

Trakka Systems announces Total Mission Solutions Package for Spokane County Sheriffs. Trakka’s unparalleled Total Mission Solution Package consists of the TrakkaCam TC-300 EO/IR, gyro-stabilized surveillance camera, the sophisticated multispectral TrakkaBeam TLX Searchlight, and TrakkaMaps TM-100 Moving Map / Video Management System. Spokane Air Support Unit provides valuable search and rescue, fugitive searching, fire suppression, surveillance,... Read more

Black Hills Life Flight to open base in Fall River County

Black Hills Life Flight to open base in Fall River County

28-Mar-2023

A trusted name in air medical service will soon be ready to answer the call when residents of Fall River County and beyond need emergency care. Black Hills Life Flight announced today that it will open a new air medical base at the Hot Springs Ambulance station in the summer of 2023. Adding to their... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $29M contract for UH-60 mission computers

Lockheed Martin awarded $29M contract for UH-60 mission computers

28-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, Owego, New York, is awarded a $29,582,165 firm-fixed-price modification (P00024) to an order (N0001920F0350) against a previously-issued basic ordering agreement (N0001919G0029). This modification exercises options to procure 228 Generation 3i/5i mission computers (MCs) (210 for the Navy, 11 for the government of Australia, 4 for the government of Saudi... Read more

US offers Slovakia 12 new AH-1Z Viper helicopters

US offers Slovakia 12 new AH-1Z Viper helicopters

28-Mar-2023Source: The Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

Slovak Defense Minister Jaroslav Naď confirmed that part of the notified compensation for the provision of thirteen – unusable for Slovakia – MiG-29 aircraft and part of the KUB air defense system refers to the offer of the United States of America for twelve new, modern combat helicopters AH-1Z Viper together with accessories. pilot and... Read more

San Francisco International Airport to Host AIRTAXI World Congress 2023

San Francisco International Airport to Host AIRTAXI World Congress 2023

27-Mar-2023Source: AIRTAXI World Congress

 In a groundbreaking development, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has been selected as the host of this year’s highly anticipated AIRTAXI World Congress. As one of the most prominent events in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) calendar, AIRTAXI World Congress will bring together the world’s top minds to discuss the air taxis and advanced air... Read more

Malmrose Heli Services awarded $8M contract for UH-60 dampener-flutter work

Malmrose Heli Services awarded $8M contract for UH-60 dampener-flutter work

27-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Malmrose Heli Services Inc.,* North Salt Lake, Utah, was awarded an $8,133,200 firm-fixed-price contract for overhaul of the dampener-flutter for Blackhawks. Bids were solicited via the internet with 12 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Mar. 23, 2028. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal,... Read more

Altisky invests in eVTOL manufacturer Skyfly

Altisky invests in eVTOL manufacturer Skyfly

27-Mar-2023Source: Skyfly

Former US Navy  pilot and founder of major aircraft distributorship and service centre AltiSky, Bill Minkoff, is joining Skyfly as an investor, board member and strategic partner Bill brings a wealth of aviation safety, light jet and heavy jet operational and business experience and networks, as well as Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) expertise, being a... Read more

United Airlines and Archer to launch Electric Air Taxi Route In Chicago

United Airlines and Archer to launch Electric Air Taxi Route In Chicago

24-Mar-2023Source: Archer Aviation

Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE: ACHR) and United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) announced plans to launch the first air taxi route in Chicago, between O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Vertiport Chicago. Vertiport Chicago, North America’s largest vertical aircraft take off and landing facility, is located in the Illinois Medical District near the Chicago Loop. This site was... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Georgia

Air Evac Lifeteam opens new base in Georgia

23-Mar-2023Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

The new air ambulance base opened on March 17 and will provide emergency transport services around the clock. The central location will result in faster response times for critically ill and injured patients in Laurens County and the surrounding region. “We are incredibly pleased to open this base and to be serving the residents of... Read more

Web Manuals wins California Aeronautical University at HAI Heli-Expo 2023

Web Manuals wins California Aeronautical University at HAI Heli-Expo 2023

21-Mar-2023Source: Web Manuals

Web Manuals, the world leader in digitalizing manuals for the aviation industry, is expanding its US customer portfolio by signing California Aeronautical University (CAU) at HAI Heli-Expo 2023. CAU is modernizing the management of its safety and training manuals, with the support of Web Manuals. Opting to condense each document into one digital system, while... Read more

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

Boeing awarded $1.9B contacts for Australian and Egyptian AH-64E production

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $1,946,212,323 modification (PZ0002) to contract W58RGZ-21-C-0015 for the Apache AH-64E full-rate production. Bids were solicited via the internet with one received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2027. Fiscal 2023 Foreign Military Sales (Australia and Egypt) funds, and... Read more

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

Bryan Construction awarded $128M contract to build Minot AFB helicopter facility

20-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Federal Contracting Inc. doing business as Bryan Construction, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $128,738,357 firm-fixed-price contract for a consolidated helicopter aircraft maintenance unit, an aircraft maintenance shelter, an aircraft alert hangar, and an operations facility. Bids were solicited via the internet with two received. Work will be performed at Minot Air Force Base, North... Read more

Eve Air Mobility Cabin Mockup to Make US Debut at SXSW

Eve Air Mobility Cabin Mockup to Make US Debut at SXSW

17-Mar-2023Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Air Mobility (“Eve”) (NYSE: EVEX, EVEXW) will attend South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas to share their company’s design approach for the future of aviation. Eve will host booth #225 and debut its electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) sustainably crafted cabin mockup for the first time in the United States. The mockup... Read more

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Adds Bell 407GXi to Aviation Operations

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Adds Bell 407GXi to Aviation Operations

15-Mar-2023Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced the purchase agreement for a Bell 407GXi aircraft to St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJSO). The Bell 407GXi aircraft will join the Aviation Operations Unit to serve the citizens of St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding counties. “St. Johns County has selected to replace its Bell OH58... Read more

Lockheed Martin awarded $57M contract engineering and logistics support of Presidential Helicopter

Lockheed Martin awarded $57M contract engineering and logistics support of Presidential Helicopter

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Lockheed Martin Logistic Services Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, is awarded a $57,104,660 cost-plus-price-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide engineering and logistics support in support of Presidential Helicopter avionics systems and associated support equipment for the Navy.  Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in September 2027.  No funds will... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $53M contract for V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring

Bell Boeing awarded $53M contract for V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $53,600,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized order (N0001923F2572) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002).  This order provides non-recurring engineering to qualify a V-22 Gearbox Vibration Monitoring/Osprey Drive System safety and health information system in support of providing earlier detection of degrading gearbox components to allow proactive... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $164M contract for UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $164M contract for UH-60M

14-Mar-2023Source: US DoD

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $164,300,383 modification (P00017) to contract W58RGZ-22-C-0010 to exercise an option for UH-60M aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Connecticut, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2027. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement, Army funds in the amount of $164,300,383 were obligated at the time... Read more

TF Mustang maintainers sustain flight operations in the CENTCOM AOR

TF Mustang maintainers sustain flight operations in the CENTCOM AOR

13-Mar-2023Source: US National Guard

With over six months of overseas duty completed, aviation Soldiers of 36th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), “Task Force Mustang,” continue to perform aircraft maintenance and repairs, supporting numerous flight missions across the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibilities (CENTCOM AOR). Aircraft maintainers and repairers of Delta Company, Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, General Support... Read more

2 North American customers make orders for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

2 North American customers make orders for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

10-Mar-2023Source: Airbus Helicopters

Demand for Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) in North America continues to grow, with notable ACH130 orders being placed by Franklin Mountain Management and Sylvain Oligny. “North American customers have continued to see the value helicopters provide for private and business aviation purposes, leading to a very active market that has nearly doubled over the past... Read more

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

USAF Commences Production of Boeing/Leonardo MH-139 Grey Wolf

10-Mar-2023Source: Leonardo

On March 3, U.S. Air Force reached a positive Milestone C decision, which commences the start to low-rate initial production for the MH-139 “Grey Wolf”. Subsequently, Boeing and Leonardo have announced a contract for delivery of the first thirteen (13) aircraft. The initiation of low-rate production will yield the first operational aircraft set to replace... Read more

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