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Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Helicopter marketing company Avinco has been asked to recover, manage and remarket a fleet of EC225s previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11.  Avinco report that they have already completed a “lengthy and complex” initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location.  HeliHub.com research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights… Read more »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters as part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012. Delivery of the two additional EC725s is scheduled for 2019. The RTAF’s EC725s are specially equipped with fast roping,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries Deploys

Bristow Defence Industries (BDI) kicked off its annual support of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s Exercise Wallaby. The event, which runs September 11 – November 8, 2016, is an annual military exercise conducted in the military training area at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland, Australia. The exercise varies in size but can involve land,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Sep-16

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 19-Aug-16

Kuwait orders 30 Airbus H225M Caracal

Kuwait orders 30 Airbus H225M Caracal

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package, during the visit of the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Kuwait today. “We are greatly honored that the Kuwait Ministry of Defence… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 09-Aug-16

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Finnish Border Guard picks Wescam imaging system for H215 fleet

Finnish Border Guard picks Wescam imaging system for H215 fleet

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has received an order from the Finnish Border Guard to provide MX™-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for installation on a number of Airbus H215 twin-engine helicopters. The newly equipped H215s will support a variety of missions across Finland, including maritime border patrol and search… Read more »

Source: L-3, 12-Jul-16

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Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

The Chapter 11 insolvency process is a daunting one for companies entering into the procedure, but it can also be a stark reminder to suppliers that the contracts they entered into with debtors can not only be worthless but also leave them with significant additional burdens to consider.  For the CHC Helicopter Group of companies,… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 06-Jul-16

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Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

The presentation of an update yesterday on the Norwegian investigation of April’s EC225 accident brings us closer to the issue being one that puts the onus on Airbus rather than CHC – see earlier article. If, and we stress it is still conditional, the final report continues in the same way, then Airbus Helicopters have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has released another update in their investigation of the Airbus EC225 accident which happened on 29th April as the CHC aircraft was returning from the Gullfaks platform to Bergen Airport. Of particular note, they state “At this stage of the investigation, the AIBN finds that the accident most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

Indonesian Air Force grounds Super Pumas

A recent report in the Jakarta Post noted that the Indonesian Air Force has stopped flying its fleet of Super Pumas, believed to be 12 strong.  Air Force spokesman First Marshal Wieko Sofyan has reportedly said that Air Force chief of staff, Marshal Agus Supriatna, had instructed the suspension pending the result of study by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jun-16

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EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA grounds Airbus AS332L2 and EC225

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive 2016-0104-E which prohibits any flights of Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 helicopters with the exception of a single flight without passengers to ferry such a helicopter to a maintenance base.  This follows earlier groundings from the national Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway and the UK, with the exception of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-16

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Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Certification for the integration of Universal Avionics EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 is on track for mid-2016. Preparations for certification are currently underway with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One. The AS332 installation package includes dual EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays (PFD) (one pilot-side and one copilot side), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) with… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-May-16

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HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that it has signed a three-year contract with HeliSpeed Ltd. for the supply of civil pilots to assist the growth of Vector’s UK facilities. The contract, which will see HeliSpeed supply pilots in support of Vector’s growing… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-May-16

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CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

An official court-filed statement provides a lot more information about the situation at CHC.  It was filed by Michael B Cox, Global Head of Seabury’s Corporate Advisory Services.  Seabury was retained by CHC Group and each of the other debtors (collectively, the “Debtors”) in early 2016 to provide strategic business advice with respect to restructuring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Two and a half weeks ago, on April 15th, CHC chose to delay the payment of $46 Million in interest due on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing October 15, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  At the time, our analysis of the company’s unaudited balance sheet at 31 January 2016 showed that its liabilities exceeded its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

Given the volume of emails and phone calls that HeliHub.com has received in recent days, mainly from outside the helicopter industry, we are taking this opportunity to put one key point down in writing. They key area of investigation is the main rotor gearbox and the suspension bars which sit at an angle to hold… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Latest statement (May 3) from Airbus Helicopters on EC225 situation

3 May – Airbus Helicopters welcomes the announcement made by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) today. The investigation will now solely be focused on potential root causes of a technical failure, such as design, production, and/or maintenance. Airbus Helicopters continues to provide its full support to the AIBN investigation. At this stage and based… Read more »

04-May-16

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EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD), following the tragic accident which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016 to an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 helicopter. The partial information available so far indicate an in-flight separation of the main rotor from the main gearbox (MGB); an investigation is on-going to identify the root cause of… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-May-16

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Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

The Accident Investigation Board Norway arrived at the accident site on Turøy in Hordaland Friday evening. Helicopter wreckage was retrieved from land and the sea bottom Saturday and was then transferred to Haakonsvern naval base (Bergen) by ship. The combined Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder was retrieved from the wreckage Friday night. The unit… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 03-May-16

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OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is tragic news from Norway and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has followed the Norwegian CAA in issuing a Safety Directive effective from… Read more »

Source: OIl & Gas UK, 03-May-16

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CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC Helicopter Service earlier today confirmed that flight HKS 241 from the Gullfaks B platform was involved in an accident near the Flesland Airport in Bergen, Norway on April 29, 2016. The helicopter, an Airbus EC 225, carried 11 passengers and two crewmembers. The flight was operated on behalf of Statoil. “We are greatly saddened… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-May-16

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UK AAIB statement on EC225

UK AAIB statement on EC225

The AAIB is deploying a small team to assist the Norwegian AIBN in their investigation of a helicopter accident near Bergen. Air Accidents Investigation Branch Chief Inspector Keith Conradi said: “We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 03-May-16

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Bristow statement on EC225

Bristow statement on EC225

On Friday, April 29, 2016, an accident occurred with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP (also known as a H225) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, which resulted in a crash near Turøy outside of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft was carrying eleven passengers and two crew members at the time of the accident. Thirteen fatalities were… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

SAFETY DIRECTIVE – Airbus Helicopters EC225LP – Limitation of operations in the Kingdom of Norway due to fatal accident on the 29th of April 2016 This Safety Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish an acceptable level of safety. It is issued in accordance with the Aviation Act (Luftfartsloven) §4-1 and regulation (EC)… Read more »

Source: Luftfartstilsynet, 03-May-16

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Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Below is the wording of two separate statements from manufacturer Airbus Helicopters following the accident of an EC225 operated by CHC on 29th April   May 1, 2016 – Considering the additional information gathered during the last 48 hours, Airbus Helicopters’ decision, at this stage, is to not suspend flights of any nature for the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway. “Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights. “The… Read more »

Source: CAA, 03-May-16

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Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Following the Heli-Expo trade show in Kentucky in early March, Airbus Helicopters took their H215 demonstrator from there on a tour across the US.  The series of flights naturally visited both current and prospective customers, and has concluded with the aircraft on static display at the Aerial Firefighting International in Sacramento, California. The three week… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-16

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FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Apr-16

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Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Initial flight testing for the integration of EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma AS332L/L1 with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is now complete. This well-proven, reliable solution is customized for Super Pumas and includes hover indication, vertical speed scale, vertical speed setting and desired airspeed among others. According to Grady Dees, Director of… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Turbomeca offers Poland best-in-class engine solution

Turbomeca offers Poland best-in-class engine solution

In support of the H225M Caracal acquisition by the Polish Armed Forces, Turbomeca (Safran) is delivering an optimum engine solution and comprehensive industrial benefits for the nation’s manufacturing sector. Turbomeca, a company founded by Joseph Szydlowski, a Polish engineer, is the world leader in helicopter engines. The H225M is powered by the Turbomeca Makila 2…. Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 22-Oct-15

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Japanese Super Pumas drop two loads in a week

Japanese Super Pumas drop two loads in a week

HeliHub.com maintains a detailed record of accidents and incidents, and trust that by making this information easily available. In a coincidence, two different Japanese operators managed to drop underslung loads from Super Puma helicopters within a week of each other.  Neither incident resulted in any injuries to persons, or damage to aircraft Here are the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-15

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SonAir Selects Heli-One unit in Poland for Super Puma G-Checks

SonAir Selects Heli-One unit in Poland for Super Puma G-Checks

SonAir Serviço Aéreo, S.A., a provider of onshore and offshore helicopter services to Angolan oil facilities, will benefit from the world-class maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services offered at Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility. Heli-One will perform G-Check inspections and custom painting on four AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters for SonAir. “Heli-One’s Poland facility provides us with… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 07-Oct-15

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Japanese Coast Guard picks Heli-One for Super Puma G-Check

Japanese Coast Guard picks Heli-One for Super Puma G-Check

Stavanger, Norway – The Japanese Coast Guard(JCG) has selected Heli-One, the world’s largest independent helicopter MRO, to deliver a major overhaul to an AS332L1 aircraft at Heli-One’s facility in Stavanger, Norway. Using a mixed fleet of aircraft, the Japanese Coast Guard delivers border security and search and rescue services on behalf of the Japanese Government…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 21-Sep-15

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North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

SURVIVORS of a North Sea helicopter crash in which four people were killed are seeking compensation of over £5 million. See Full Story

Source: The Scotsman, 16-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) signed an agreement today to acquire a 30 percent share in the Airbus Helicopters Simulation Center in Malaysia. This joint venture agreement was signed by BHIC Chairman YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin and Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters Senior Vice President for South East Asia & Pacific… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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Vector Aerospace demonstrates speed and excellence in Super Puma refinish

Vector Aerospace demonstrates speed and excellence in Super Puma refinish

Vector Aerospace’s Fleetlands aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has completed a full paint/ refinish job on the Airlift Super Puma helicopter that provided assistance to the Hoegh Osaka, the car transporter ship which was deliberately run aground on 3rd January after it began to list in the Solent near Southampton. Airlift,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 12-Mar-15

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Aero Asahi Super Puma Gets Swift On-Site Retrofit From Heli-One

Aero Asahi Super Puma Gets Swift On-Site Retrofit From Heli-One

Japan’s national leader in aircraft charter has quickly given new life to its largest-capacity helicopter with upgrades performed promptly, safely and on site by Heli-One. Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group (NYSE:HELI). Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC) chose Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-15

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Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year. With the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Mar-15

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Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 2nd Super Puma AS332 C1e to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB). At the end of 2013, the FAB purchased six of these light-medium helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country. The first helicopter was delivered in August of this year and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-14

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Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

[electronic translation] Helibras certified this year, the possibility of a new configuration for the EC725 in relation to cargo winches. From now on, the configuration is designed to receive two winches, electrical and hydraulic. The company held the instrumentation and flight tests for configuration containing only one hydraulic winch, as requested of the Navy of Brazil. From… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 05-Dec-14

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Helibras delivers fifth EC725 to Brazilian Armed Forces

[electronic translation] The Helibras held this week, the delivery of the fifth helicopter EC725 the Brazilian Army. This is the seventh aircraft that the company delivered to the armed forces this year and is part of the 50 units acquired by the Ministry of Defence, under the H-XBR program , which provides for the absorption… Read more »

27-Nov-14

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Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibras received the first recognitions of offset credit by offset of the H-XBR program relating to the absorption of new knowledge and production technologies in Brazil EC725 helicopter. In this new milestone achieved by the company, the two letters issued by COPAC (Coordinating Committee of Combat Aircraft Program) amount to more than € 7.5 million. The company was… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters will be demonstrating the capabilities of its workhorse twin engine EC225 to Myanmar’s rapidly growing oil and gas industry. This will take place at Yangon International Airport this week. With its operational range and payload lift capability, the EC225 is perfectly suited for deep-water research and servicing flights to offshore areas, which are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Aug-14

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IAR to produce Super Puma components

IAR to produce Super Puma components

The Ministry of Economy and Airbus Helicopters will sign on 4 September an official document through which in IAR Ghimbav will be produced parts for Super Puma helicopters announced the social-democrat deputy (PSD) for Brasov Emil Nita, quoted by the Mediafax correspondent.       See Full Story

Source: ACT Media, 12-Aug-14

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Vector Aerospace adds AS332L1 to its CVR/FDR STC

Vector Aerospace adds AS332L1 to its CVR/FDR STC

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace” www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has added the AS332L1 model to its FAA certified CVFDR… Read more »

Source: Vector, 07-Aug-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the latest versions of its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been certified recently by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the new AS332L1e and AS332C1e Super Puma helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. Esterline CMC’s CMA-9000 FMS and CMA-5024 GPS have… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 16-Jul-14

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Starlite Aviation Group signs new lease on Vector-owned AS332L

Starlite Aviation Group signs new lease on Vector-owned AS332L

Vector Financial Services, the leasing division of Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service, is pleased to announce the signing of new leasing and hourly support agreements for Vector-owned AS332L with Starlite Aviation Group. The aircraft is being prepared for immediate deployment for use in Utility… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Lawyers representing several passengers injured when a Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter came down in the North Sea 32 miles south west of Shetland in October 2012 have welcomed an acceptance of responsibility from the helicopter manufacturer which paves the way for settlements to be agreed. Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represents 12 oil rig… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 07-Jul-14

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Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

As part of its massive 288 day tour of the Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Games Baton has today been taken to and from the Clair platform in the North Sea.  The baton is on a 40 day tour of Scotland from 14 June to 23 July, and the symbolic visit to the rig marks the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-14

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Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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Vector Aerospace and Bond Australia announce continued support of Australian Off-Shore Market

Vector Aerospace and Bond Australia announce continued support of Australian Off-Shore Market

Vector Financial Services, the leasing division of Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service, is pleased to announce the extension of leasing and support agreements for two (2) Vector-owned AS332L helicopters with Bond Helicopters Australia (Bond). “The Vector team understands the level of support our operations… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Jun-14

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SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir – an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola. The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked the latest… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jun-14

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Armed EC725 undergoes flight tests

Armed EC725 undergoes flight tests

A prototype of the EC725 did flight tests in France, with a specialized team, led by the engineer Pedro Paim from Helibras and Airbus Helicopters experts. These tests evaluated the behavior of the aircraft in critical phases of flight with anti-surface missiles AM39 Block 2 Mode 2 with 700 kg installed on each side of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jun-14

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EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

Airlift’s EASA Part-21 Design Organisation (DOA)  has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 23-May-14

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Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Last week, Airbus Helicopters held a delivery ceremony at their Marignane plant in southern France to hand over the first of six AS332C1e helicopters to Bolivia. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra was on hand to receive the helicopter, as you can see in the official military press photo! The helicotper should arrive in-country in July, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-14

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Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

BP Australia managing director Phil Home said a hangar and supporting office blocks would be constructed at Ceduna as part of aviation operations. See full story

Source: West Coast Sentinel, 12-May-14

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Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

The Libyan cabinet has approved the Ministry of Interior’s plans to purchase four helicopters for the National Security Authority’s fire-fighting division.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 12-May-14

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Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony today in Marignane, France marked the EC225’s delivery, with this latest aircraft joining SonAir’s Airbus Helicopters-built fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-May-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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Bristow Super Puma heavily damaged in Nigerian hangar fire

Bristow Super Puma heavily damaged in Nigerian hangar fire

Bristow Helicopters recently suffered a hangar fire at its Port Hardcourt base in Nigeria. As the photo below shows, there was extensive damage to the hangar roof and two Super Pumas were damaged, one heavily. The fire is believed to have started in one of the stores housing aircraft spares and consumables – seen in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-14

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BHIC AeroServices wins $67M three year RMAF EC725 parts contract

BHIC AeroServices wins $67M three year RMAF EC725 parts contract

Publically quoted BHIC (Boustead Heavy Industries Corp) posted the following in an official notice to the Bursa Malaysia Securities recently:- The Company wishes to inform that its subsidiary, BHIC AeroServices Sdn Bhd (“BHICAS”) has received a letter dated 20 March 2014 from the Secretary General to the Ministry of Defence Malaysia awarding BHICAS an In-Service Support… Read more »

Source: BHIC, 31-Mar-14

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Chile takes delivery of the first Cougar AS532 ALe

Chile takes delivery of the first Cougar AS532 ALe

The Chilean Army, Ejército de Chile, took delivery of the world’s first Cougar AS532 ALe on Tuesday, March 25 at the FIDAE International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile. This new aircraft is the latest member of the Cougar family and features the same four-axis autopilot and glass cockpit as the EC225. It is… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-14

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Vector Financial Services places AS332L in UK

Vector Financial Services places AS332L in UK

Vector Financial Services – the Leasing Division of Vector Aerospace Corporation, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services – is pleased to announce the induction of its first Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma into Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK based at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire. Vector Financial Services already operates… Read more »

Source: Vector, 28-Mar-14

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Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Today’s Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) conclusion into the 2009 helicopter crash provides us with a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of following procedures, and the need for effective communication. Since the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 13-Mar-14

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore hopes that Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle’s determination today (March 13th) brings a degree of closure to the families, friends and dependents of those who died in the tragedy of 2009. We at Bond also lost friends and colleagues that day. Although Sheriff Principal Pyle has indicated that spalling was, on balance, the most… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Summary of FAI Determination into the deaths of 16 people following the helicopter crash on 1 April 2009. On Wednesday 1 April 2009, a Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Offshore Helicopters Limited, was flying over the North Sea, en route from the Miller Oil Platform to Aberdeen, when it plunged into the sea killing… Read more »

Source: Judiciary of Scotland, 13-Mar-14

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LCI orders six EC175s; becomes an EC225e launch customer, ordering 15

LCI orders six EC175s; becomes an EC225e launch customer, ordering 15

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly-unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around US$645 million with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016. The major… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Feb-14

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Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced today as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry convention in Anaheim, California, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Feb-14

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