An Incredible Journey

An Incredible Journey

In June of this year, Danny Sitnam, president and CEO of Helijet International Inc.

Just Culture: SMS and You

Just Culture: SMS and You

There are many key components of a fully functional Safety Management System (SMS)

Rethink Every Aspect

Rethink Every Aspect

Once known as Canadian Holding Company

High-frequency low-cost tracking using Internet Protocol (IP) over cellular broadband is the newest development to come out of Flightcell International.
Drallim Industries Ltd. has announced that Bell Helicopters, a Textron Inc. company, has selected the HAWK 8,000 lb. cargo hook system for its Bell 525 Relentless.
RAMM Aerospace has expanded its Frameless Seat Cushion (FSC) product offering for the Bell 206/407 aircraft. The HELIFAB FAA STC SR09522RC eliminates the 206/407 seat frame entirely for all FWD facing passenger seats and will be available for all seating positions in the near future. TCCA/EASA Approvals are pending.
For manufacturers looking to improve productivity and increase their return on investment, POP Avdel has introduced the new ProSert XTN20 blind rivet nut installation tool.
AEM’s new 900W Loud Speaker System has been installed and certified by AgustaWestland on the AW139 helicopter.
PHI has purchased Britannica Knowledge Systems’ commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software platform, the Fox Training Management System. The system went live last week as a production environment for managing training and scheduling.
Pelican Products has introduced the feature-rich Pelican ProGear 2780 LED Headlight.
Pelican Products, Inc. has introduced the Pelican 1670 Case as legendarily tough, watertight and versatile protection for those who want to defend their sensitive gear on the go.
POP Avdel has introduced NeoBolt, a non-breakstem lockbolt fastening system for heavy-duty structural applications. The two piece NeoBolt fastener features a collar and a pin with fine pitch locking grooves that, when installed, provides unmatched vibration resistance and fatigue performance.
March 2, 2015, Toronto - Discovery Air Technical Services (DATS) has announced that it has developed a retrofit kit solution that allows for the installation of an EO/IR turret onto the Agusta AW139.
March 5, 2015, Orlando, Fla. - Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has announced that Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland has received European Aviation Safety Agency approval for installation of Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the AW139.
March 4, 2015, Victoria, B.C. - Latitude Technologies has launched WebSentinel 5, a significantly enhanced new version of Latitude's very popular web-based flight tracking, mapping, and event messaging platform. WebSentinel 5 is available now for all WebSentinel customers.
Unmanned Systems Canada has announced that the Government of Canada has released draft regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) operations for public comment in Canada Gazette Part One.
Transport Canada's plan to patrol the Arctic with a drone has been delayed by at least two years, partly because the unmanned aircraft is so large it's considered a kind of missile and falls under complex arms-control rules.
Marc Garneau doesn’t scare easily. The federal Minister of Transport was the first Canadian astronaut to fly into space, spinning through the cosmos in 1984. He followed that up with two more shuttle missions in 1996 and 2000. But what keeps the former president of the Canadian Space Agency up at night? Nightmares of heat-shield failures or re-entries into Earth’s atmosphere gone amok? Nope. Would you believe: drones? The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Aeryon Labs Inc.has announced that the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS successfully completed the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in Canada. The SkyRanger was chosen by Ventus Geospatial Inc. and Canadian Unmanned Inc., as the VTOL sUAS flown for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) testing and evaluation throughout the trials at the Foremost UAS Range.
There are thousands of players in the Canadian aerospace industry, most of them flying under the radar as they try to build a solid client base along with a reputation as a reliable supplier. Many of these firms reside in Quebec, where more than 200 aerospace companies generated more than $15.5 billion in sales in 2015.
The DART Aerospace EC130 Heli-Utility-Basket has been the only external cargo expansion option of its type since arriving on the market in 2010. When Air Zermatt, world-renowned alpine search and rescue operator and longtime DART customer acquired a H130 (EC130T2), they purchased the DART basket. CEO and pilot with Air Zermatt Gerold Biner described this product as “an indispensable tool for our versatile operation”. Since the initial certification flight tests for the basket were conducted on an EC130B4, Air Zermatt quickly found that their H130 was capable of more with the basket installed.
L-3 Communications has announced that its WESCAM division has launched its smallest and lightest electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system, the MX-8.
When it is deployed in early 2018 to the Transport Canada training centre in Ottawa, the new flight simulator for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Bell 412 EPI and Bell 429 helicopters may be the most technologically advanced non-military rotary-wing training system in the world.
There is rarely a week goes by that we don’t see something in the mainstream media about drones, drones, drones and just in case you missed it, there’s always another drone somewhere else on the verge of doing something new and exciting.
Boeing has opened a new research laboratory to test hardware and software that will make a new generation of autonomous air, sea and land vehicles work together more effectively as a team or unit.
Drone Aviation Holding Corp. has announced that it has been awarded a contract to upgrade existing U.S. Government-owned Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP) tactical aerostat systems from Department of Defense (DoD) prime contractor BAE Systems.
A bright, sunny day couldn’t deter an overflow crowd that descended on the Sportsplex at BCIT’s main campus in Burnaby, B.C., for Drone Fair 2016, Saturday Feb. 20.
In June of this year, Danny Sitnam, president and CEO of Helijet International Inc., was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame at the CAHF’s 44th annual Gala Dinner. The event was held on the departures level concourse at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
When I caught up with Stephen Dengler in early August, he was a bit frosted. “The weather has been against us the whole way,” he commented. They were stuck in Nome, Alaska for a couple of days, and he had “no idea” when he, his father, and former Bell Helicopter test pilot Rob ‘Dugal’ MacDuff would complete their world circumnavigation in a Bell 429 GlobalRanger.
Once known as Canadian Holding Company, shortened to CHC, the once $800-million leader in offshore helicopter operations was devastated by the steep decline in oil prices and a pair of fatal accidents. CHC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April 2016.
Rain has finally arrived on B.C.’s south coast – and maybe, just maybe, there will be an end to the 2017 fire season. It’s been a record year for wildfires in B.C. and as we passed through the Labour Day weekend, the nominal finish line, there was no end in sight.
Earlier this year, Helicopters highlighted OEMS, operators and industry leaders who are enhancing the safety landscape both here in Canada and around the world. In our special Innovation in Canadian Rotary Safety Week Aug. 21-25, Helicopters showcased companies such as Vector Aerospace, Heli-One, VIH Aerospace and more, who are innovating with new technologies and processes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) space.
Tourism and outdoor recreation have become major drivers in B.C.’s economy and continue to grow every year.
CAE loyalists might be forgiven if they refer to the company founder as Saint Ken Patrick.
Don’t look now, but the world has been changing around us in every way imaginable. People are living longer, healthier lives, crime is the lowest it has ever been, never has so much wealth been created across the widest possible range of demographics, and at the same time, never have so many people been so pessimistic about the future and the passing of “the good ol’ days.”
Shakespeare wrote about a winter of discontent more than 500 years ago. Well, we’ve certainly had our winter of discontent, though while the Bard’s seasonal woes were followed by a “glorious summer,” Canadians will have to wait and see how ours play out.
You definitely know something important is up when former Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur is in the house. And even though the superstar right winger and current helicopter pilot was a shining NHL star in the mid- to late-1970s, he still provides plenty of “wow” factor wherever he goes, especially in La belle province.
Hey Matt. What does it look like on your side? Can you see any fish down there?”
Spring is emerging along the West Coast as winter has been slow to release its grip this year. It has been a difficult winter in many places and looking beyond the weather, it has been an interesting few months around the world to say the least.
The aviation world, as it were, descended on Ottawa for the CANSEC Defence and Security Trade Show May 31-June 2, which is hosted by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
Canada is blessed with myriad aerospace companies leading the charge in a variety of capacities, yet some seem to operate under the radar, despite the fact they work on influential aircraft making their mark across the globe.
One of the things I love most about my role as editor of Helicopters magazine is getting out in the field and soaking up the atmosphere of a particular operator or manufacturing facility making a strong contribution to Canadian aviation and aerospace.
Call me crazy, but it’s almost comforting that the price of copper is near what it was when I graduated from high school. I say comforting for two reasons. One, it makes me think of when I had hair – sort of. Two, it means it can’t possibly go lower, can it?
The 2015 Aerospace, Defence and Security EXPO in mid-August offered an intense two-day program of events leading into this year’s Abbotsford International Air Show. Though the two events are not directly linked, ADSE showcases the brain trust for British Columbia’s growing aerospace sector while the air show provides the eye candy.  
Having recently returned from the U.K., I was struck by a number of interesting observations – the Guinness tastes better, there are video cameras EVERYWHERE and there is a pervasive presence of “safety” equipment. Safety vests are worn by virtually every worker on a job site, by bicyclists and motorcyclists alike and many workplaces have visible elements of safety promotion. Now, I can’t say for certain that the U.K. is a safer place to work than Canada, but it is striking for sure.
CAE has announced that it has won defence contracts valued at more than C$150 million to provide simulation products as well as training services for global military customers.
May 7, 2015, CFB Trenton, Ont. - More than 70 personnel from 424 (Transport and Rescue) Squadron with their CC-130H Hercules aircraft and CH-146 Griffon helicopters, supported by more than 100 civilian search and rescue (SAR) partners, are conducting a SAR exercise called TIGEREX 2015 in the Barrie/Orillia, Ont. area from May 4 to 7, 2015.
In military operations and training, standardization, consistency, and commonality are highly desirable. The more consistently routine tasks can be repeated, the better able warriors are to then manage complexity as well as recognize and respond to abnormal situations.
You may have seen the story that has been circulating media channels regarding how little money the federal government has been allocating our military to meet the obligations we put on them at home and abroad.
April 24, 2015, London, U.K. - With an expected market share of more than 33% in 2025, the Asia Pacific region is set to become the largest military helicopters market, growing at a CAGR of 3.1% over the next decade.
April 21, 2015, Marignane, France - Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters.

MRO

AAR has announced its OEM Aftermarket Solutions group has signed an exclusive agreement with the Power and Data Systems (PDS) Business of AMETEK Aerospace & Defense to be its exclusive worldwide military aftermarket distributor supporting military helicopter, transport, fighter and special missions aircraft.
As part of Helicopters’ special Canadian Innovation in Rotary MRO week, we’ve created this special video highlighting how three Canadian companies are leading the way in keeping the blades turning. Content is sponsored by Vector Aerospace, an industry-leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators around the globe.
Technological changes and innovative enhancements have changed the MRO playing field and aviation software provider Rusada Technologies has provided a checklist of how MRO organizations can better equip themselves for sustainable future – and increase value to their organization.
Heli-One now offers dedicated Engine Accessory services for Pratt & Whitney’s PT6C-67C and PT6T engines and General Electric’s CT58/T58 engines. Heli-One can perform these services at Heli-One Canada’s new Engines & Components facility in Delta, B.C. Technicians with extensive engine maintenance experience, along with a wealth of supporting resources, allows the dedicated Engine Accessory workshop to provide customers with high-quality services and low turnaround times.
Vector Aerospace has announced it has received approval from the European and United States air worthiness authorities for its ADS-B solution for Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft.
AAR has won an endorsement from Pratt & Whitney to enhance the U.S. Army contract to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The new certification augments work being performed at AAR’s Aircraft Component Services facility in Garden City on Long Island as part of a five-year contract, which began in 2014.
April 7, 2015, Delta, B.C. - Customers flying commercial and governmental helicopters in the Republic of Korea now have access to extensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service capabilities from Heli-One’s operations in Canada.
March 25, 2015, Langley, B.C. - Vector Aerospace has announced that it has been selected to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s three AS332L1 Super Puma helicopters.
March 16, 2015, Richmond, B.C. - Vector Aerospace Corporation has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has been awarded a 2015 Total Quality Award from Rolls-Royce for the M250 engine product line on Monday, March 2 at the Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Recognition Reception, held as part of Rolls-Royce's attendance at this year's HAI HELI-EXPO in Orlando, Florida.
March 5, 2015, Richmond, B.C. - Vector Aerospace has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America has been selected by Miami Dade County to provide dynamic component MRO support for the Miami Dade Police Air Support Unit for their fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 aircraft.
March 4, 2015, Orlando, Fla. - Vector Aerospace Corporation has announced Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America has signed an accordance to provide Rolls-Royce M250 engine overhaul support to Helisul Taxi Aereo Ltd.
March 2, 2015, Langley, B.C. - Vector Aerospace Corporation has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has recently conducted  three 12-year inspections with plans to conduct a fourth this month.
For almost seven years, the Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) and others industry associations have been consulting on the content of Transport Canada’s (TC’s) draft for new fatigue management regulations. And with the exception of input provided by the National Airline Association of Canada (NACC), the proposals and input made by HAC and the various associations have been largely ignored.
There are many key components of a fully functional Safety Management System (SMS), both for the individual players in the system and its institutional masters.
One of the themes of this issue is innovation, and for some time I struggled to start, since the rate of advancement in aviation is breathtaking and we risk being replaced by robots in the not too distant future. Then it occurred to me, that innovation isn’t about just technology, or methods, or brilliant marketing schemes – it also applies to policy and to the direction an industry may move.
This issue let’s talk about our maintenance brethren. Often unappreciated, the fact remains that without our AMEs, we would have nothing to fly and no work. So, let’s address the safety side of maintenance in our daily helicopter operations.
Airbus Helicopters Canada in Fort Erie, Ont. is going above and beyond to improve the Canadian rotary landscape by creating a number of key programs and technologies. Here’s a look at some of the innovative ways the company is implementing change for the better.
Airbus Helicopters Canada has introduced a number of innovative ways to help create a strong culture of safety in both Canada and abroad. Here are some of the ways it is taking a leadership role.
As Helicopters goes to press, the Canadian helicopter community is being led to believe that the draft Fatigue Management Regulations published in a Canada Gazette I Notice of Intent (NOI) on March 25 (www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-03-25/html/notice-avis-eng.php) will be published for public consultation in Canada Gazette 1 by the end of June with very few changes.
Two years ago, in the wake of the mass murder/suicide of 150 passengers and crew on board Germanwings 7525, I wrote about the importance of looking out for our fellow pilots’ mental well being. I pleaded that the rush to regulate in the wake of the disaster not be done in haste, lest pilots with mental illness are driven underground, stop seeking help, and further put the travelling public at risk.  
Canada boasts one of the safest regulatory operating environments in the world but there is plenty of room for improvement – and changes are necessary to ensure it remains safe and secure in the months and years ahead.
Aviation accidents are tragic events that sometimes leave important clues about risks to flight safety. Following two such accidents, investigations and studies revealed new ice cloud threats – supercooled large droplets and ice crystal/mixed phase ice. As a result, in 2015, North American and European aviation regulators introduced new requirements for aircraft to be certified to these atmospheric conditions.
In early January, KF Aerospace, through its subsidiary KF Aerospace Defence Programs, received a contract award from Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND) to provide a new Bell 206 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Contracted Flying Training and Support (CFTS) Program located in Southport, Manitoba. This new capability, representing a capital investment of over CAD $6.5 million, is part of a larger scope of work by KF Aerospace Defence Programs to provide the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) with Primary, Basic, Rotary-Wing, and Multi-engine pilot training at CFTS until 2027.
British Columbia based helicopter operator, Yellowhead Helicopters, has completed their fleet transition to Spidertracks aircraft management devices. 

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