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Bell completes hot weather tests on 525

Bell completes hot weather tests on 525

Bell has completed hot-weather testing of its 525 helicopter in Yuma Arizona, flying the aircraft at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Bell flew the aircraft at high-altitudes throughout the test, reaching 14,000 feet. This follows the completion of cold-weather

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Bell delivers two 429s to JDF

Bell delivers two 429s to JDF

Bell has delivered two 429s this week to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), with a third aircraft scheduled for delivery next year. The three aircraft will be used for a number of missions, including search-and-rescue, medical evacuation, disaster relief, national

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Asia: Inventory values decreasing

Asia: Inventory values decreasing

Helicopter inventories are now decreasing in Asia for the first time since Asia Sky Group started its report in 2016. The inventory value for all helicopters on the market in Asia has fallen from around $170 million at the end

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Sikorsky registers first S-100 helicopter

Sikorsky registers first S-100 helicopter

Sikorsky has registered a new helicopter model named the S-100 with the FAA. Without any announcement or fanfare, Sikorsky has submitted a new helicopter to the FAA Registry. The aircraft (designated serial number msn 0001) is the first of previously

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Maverick Helicopters Kauai now open

Maverick Helicopters Kauai now open

Kauai, Hawaii – Maverick Helicopters, an award-winning division of Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded operations to Hawaii’s northernmost and oldest island, Kauai, and is now open. The expansion comes after three years of successful operations on Maui and will be

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LIFESTAR Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

LIFESTAR Air Medical Transport Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Med-Trans Corporation and Northwest Texas Healthcare Systems are commemorating the 25th anniversary of LIFESTAR air medical transport service in the Texas Panhandle and surrounding states. After beginning in one location with one helicopter, LIFESTAR now operates two helicopters and a

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Leonardo revises 2018 guidance in H1 results

Leonardo revises 2018 guidance in H1 results

Leonardo has increased both its free operating cash flow (FCOF) and its new-order revenue guidance after finalising a deal with Qatar for 28 NH90s. The Italian helicopter manufacturer has raised its new-order revenue guidance from Eu12.5-13 billion to Eu14-14.5 billion

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China’s first autonomous helicopter completes flight tests

China’s first autonomous helicopter completes flight tests

China’s first autonomous helicopter, the Xiangying-200, has completed its test flights. The aircraft took its first unmanned flight on the 29 July, taking-off from a ship deck, and performed a short autonomous flight carrying a payload of 200 kg before

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HAI considers rebrand

HAI considers rebrand

What’s in a name?  A whole new, changing world. The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is considering changing its name to better reflect an industry-wide shift by the helicopter market to incorporate more forms of vertical lift. The trade organisation was

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Airbus signs agreement for two H145Ms with Luxembourg

Airbus signs agreement for two H145Ms with Luxembourg

The Government of Luxembourg has ordered two H145M helicopters for defence and security missions. As part of the deal, Airbus will provide training and support for the customer alongside the helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered before the end of

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