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Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design is very excited to announce a new addition to the Aero Design Extreme Line.   The Quick Release Bicycle Racks for the Airbus AS350/355 utilize the existing Aero Design quick release mounts for their line of cargo baskets. The system allows an operator to swap from basket to bike rack in less time than… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 16-Aug-16

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace has secured a contract from Aero Asahi to perform an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 12-year major inspection, including wiring, refurbishment and exterior paint. This will be the latest of several AS355 refurbishments that Vector has performed for Aero Asahi over the past two years. “We are pleased to be selected by Aero Asahi… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 01-Jun-16

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Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding.  The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork.  Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

DART Aerospace representatives will highlight the company’s comprehensive aviation safety equipment capabilities at the 23rd SAFE Europe Symposium at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor, UK on April 11-13, 2016 where it will display its’ Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 Quick Release Emergency Float System With Integrated Liferafts. This system is ideal for multi-mission operators looking to… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Apr-16

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Miami aviation attorney Steven Marks settles a malpractice suit with an insurance company seeking to recover a $2 million payment in a helicopter crash involving billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer. See Full Story

Source: Daily Business Review, 05-Nov-15

UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

British operator Heli Air has added an Airbus AS355F1 Twin Squirrel to their charter fleet, a 1983 aircraft carrying registration G-PIPB.  This is the first twin engined helicopter the company has flown on their Air Operations Certificate in a fleet now 40 strong across eight bases in England and Scotland.  The charter fleet also includes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

Airbus extends UTair training approvals

Airbus extends UTair training approvals

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed the compliance of the UTair Training Center with international standards. Certification for the Training Center enables it to be a part the Airbus Helicopters international network of training centers. Both companies signed an agreement at the HeliRussia 2015 show for the participation of UTair Group in the Airbus Helicopters network of… Read more »

Source: UTAIR, 10-Jun-15

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Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

The management team at PDG Helicopters, the industry leading aerial service provider to the construction and utility sectors, has completed a £20million+ MBO backed by LDC, as it looks to capitalise on growing demand for its services. The deal sees LDC take a majority equity stake in the business with management investing alongside and holding… Read more »

Source: LDC, 12-Feb-15

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Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it is now a distributor of Helitowcart BearPaw products through its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand. The BearPaw product line is approved for a variety of helicopter manufacturers and models, including the Robinson R44 and R66, Airbus AS350, Airbus AS355 and Airbus EC130.  Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) have been received… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-14

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UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

The CAA have advised in their snappily-named “Official Record Series 2, Number 2131” – dated 10th June 2014 – that PremiAir Aviation Services of Blackbushe have had their Type B Operating Licence reinstated effective from 23rd May 2014.  It had been suspended six and a half months earlier, as we noted here. PremiAir have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-14

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UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair Aviation has decided to install auxiliary equipment produced by Canadian company DART Aerospace on its AS350 and AS355 helicopters. UTair-Engineering signed a trilateral cooperation agreement with Canadian DART Aerospace and Russian Heliatica at the 7th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2014. The agreement centers on the UTair purchase of equipment produced by DART for… Read more »

Source: UTair, 29-May-14

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DHL launches Los Angeles helicopter parcel service

DHL launches Los Angeles helicopter parcel service

DHL has found an even better route for meeting urgent delivery commitments in the midst of traffic gridlock in the United States: through the air. A new helicopter service now provides early morning delivery services for several major banking customers in the downtown Los Angeles area. DHL Express has introduced the helicopter service into its… Read more »

Source: DHL, 08-May-14

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UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

Marshall Aviation Services’ aircraft brokerage business, JETability, has enjoyed a strong first quarter with a notable number of international sales transactions. Led by experienced Sales Director, Howard Povey, the business has sold three aircraft – a Cessna CJ2+, an Agusta Westland 109E Power, and an Airbus Helicopters AS355N.  Howard and the team have built up… Read more »

Source: Marshall, 21-Apr-14

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Vector Aerospace expands capabilities

Vector Aerospace expands capabilities

Vector Aerospace, 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 offers a full range of AS350, AS355 and EC130B4 capabilities. Vector HS-NA is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016. Spain’s Traffic… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-14

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Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Aspen Avionics today announced its Evolution EFD 1000H Pro has gained EASA minor change approval (MCA) for installation on the Eurocopter AS355. Avionik Straubing of Germany designed the engineering package for the certification and partnered with Instruments de Precision de la Cote Ouest (IPCO) of France, which performed the installation. The minor change approval covers Eurocopter AS355 models AS355E, AS355F,… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 30-Jan-14

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PDG Helicopters deliver second of two 355s to Network Rail

PDG Helicopters deliver second of two 355s to Network Rail

PDG Helicopters have delivered the second of two custom modified helicopters for Network Rail.  These two aircraft have been specially modified and equipped to Network Rail’s specification and feature advanced technology to deliver rail and infrastructure aerial surveys. G-NLSE will provide helicopter support for London and the South East rail networks and G-NLDR will work… Read more »

Source: PDG Helicopters, 28-Jan-14

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FAA Certifies Elite twin-engine helicopter AATD

FAA Certifies Elite twin-engine helicopter AATD

The FAA awarded AATD cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to a new Model S623T twin tur­bine engine rotary wing trainer by ELITE Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions.  The S623T is a full cock­pit, dual pilot flight train­ing device based on the per­for­mance of the twin engine tur­bine Euro­copter AS355.  Fea­tures include con­trol load­ing that enables a fully cou­pled Auto­matic Flight Con­trol Sys­tem (AFCS), Elec­tronic Flight Infor­ma­tion… Read more »

Source: Elite Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions, 05-Jan-14

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$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

Bob Martinez, a lawyer for Jeffrey Soffer, chairman and chief executive of Turnberry Associates, said today that Daria Pastouhkova Gogoleva has voluntarily withdrawn a $100 million lawsuit filed last month in federal district court in Miami against Mr. Soffer and others over a helicopter accident that occurred in 2012 in The Bahamas. The accident resulted… Read more »

Source: Turnberry Associates, 03-Jan-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract with… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Jan-14

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Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Sources say the suit will contain bombshell claims — including questioning whether the passenger was at the controls when the AS355 crashed.  See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

Source: Vogue, 11-Nov-13

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EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

This month EagleMed LLC air medical transport is observing its 10th anniversary of service from Joplin, Mo. EagleMed bases a twin-engine medically equipped Eurocopter AS355N in Joplin to support Freeman Health System serving Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The helicopter is based at Freeman Hospital West, which has two helipads located outside Freeman Heart &… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 16-Oct-13

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AS355N brings new base and future move for Northern Helicopters

AS355N brings new base and future move for Northern Helicopters

The flight school Northern Helicopters has just announced that it will open a training facility at Gothenburg City Airport (“Säve) in September. In addition to the new base, the company will expand its business by adding a twin-engined Eurocopter AS 355 N to the fleet. The new aircraft will be used for the company’s upcoming… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 07-Oct-13

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UK – PDG win new 5+5 year Network Rail contract

UK – PDG win new 5+5 year Network Rail contract

PDG Helicopters has retained its contract with Network Rail. A new five year contract starts on 4th December, and contains an option to extend for a further five years as well. This extends the working relationship between the companies which began formally in 2006 after PDG won the work from Jarvis Rail – an infrastructure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-13

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Eurocopter delivers last of UTair order for 20 AS350 and AS355

Eurocopter delivers last of UTair order for 20 AS350 and AS355

UTair Aviation has received its 20th Eurocopter helicopter, the final delivery of which marks the completion of the 2010 contract for AS 350/355 Ecureuil aircraft delivery. The 20 rotary wing aircraft, including 14 new AS350 B3e and 6 AS355 NP, have entered service within the airline’s fleet. “We continue our partnership with Eurocopter in view of the… Read more »

14-Sep-13

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Sweden – Northern Helicopters to open a Gothenburg Base

Sweden – Northern Helicopters to open a Gothenburg Base

The flight school Northern Helicopters has just announced that it will open a training facility at Gothenburg City Airport (“Säve) in September. In addition to the new base, the company will expand its business by adding a twin-engined Eurocopter AS 355 N to the fleet. The new aircraft will be used for the company’s upcoming training segment… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 03-Sep-13

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Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds AS355N to Electrical Panel upgrade STC

Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds AS355N to Electrical Panel upgrade STC

Maxcraft, in 2009, obtained Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SH09-20 for the Eurocopter AS355 E, F, F1 & F2 Twinstar DC Electrical Panel Rework which replaced much of the original electrical distribution system on the Twinstar helicopters to eliminate reliably issues and safety concerns. This includes removal of all overhead fuses, PCBs, associated non-aviation… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 03-Jul-13

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Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

TC STC SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System revised to include the following models: AS350 B, B1, B2, B3 BA, D, AS355 E, F, F1, F2, N, NP, EC130 B4 and EC120 B rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H includes installation of interfaced systems including Garmin’s Digital AHRS and ADC, WAAS GPS… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 01-Jul-13

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Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

John Currie and Sons, owners of New Zealand’s Garden City Helicopters, has taken over Pacific Island Air and Seaplanes in Fiji. As part of this, their subsidiary Helicopters Fiji has been merged into Pacific Island Air and is now being marketed as the helicopter division of the enlarged operator. They operate one Eurocopter AS355 Twin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-13

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EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 17” is now EASA approved for Eurocopter AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP aircraft. Learn more at www.dartaerospace.com/rear-locker-extender-6699 ABOUT DART AEROSPACE: DART Aerospace is “Mission Ready”. A privately held aerospace company, we provide industry-leading design, manufacturing and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry…. Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

DART Aerospace announces that the Full Emergency Litter Kit is now ANAC approved for AS350/355 aircraft. DART’s emergency litter kit transforms any AS350/355 aircraft for emergency evacuation in less than five minutes and 4 easy steps. This kit can easily be stored in the cargo compartment so it doesn’t interfere with normal operations. Learn more… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

Latitude Technologies (Latitude) announced that the company has received a FAA STC for the SkyNode  S100 flight following and flight date transceiver for installation in more than 800 Part 23 category aircraft.  Latitude has also recently received FAA approval of the SkyNode S100 including the IONode Flight Data Monitoring system for light helicopters including Bell… Read more »

Source: Latitude, 27-Mar-13

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EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed the validation of the Model 510 FAA STC. On February 8th, the Simplex Model 510 powerline insulator and windmill cleaning and de-icing system was granted EASA certification (EASA # 10043539) for installation and operation on AS 350 and AS 355 series aircraft. Simplex received an FAA STC… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 18-Feb-13

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Mexico approves Dart’s AS350/355 Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits

Mexico approves Dart’s AS350/355 Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce their receipt Mexican approval (DGAC) for Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits fitted for AS350 and AS355 series of helicopters. The DART Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits are available in three sizes to fit various operational requirements.  You can now look through the floor window with ease for vertical… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 05-Dec-12

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Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post has finalised the details of its contingency plans developed in response to Guernsey’s airport closures on 27th & 28th November and 4th & 5th December 2012. Dave Bynam, Head of Network and Planning at Guernsey Post said: “Our contingency plans for the airport closures in November and December are largely based on the… Read more »

Source: Guernsey Post, 25-Nov-12

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Two AS355s sold from Czech Republic to New Zealand

Two AS355s sold from Czech Republic to New Zealand

Two Aerospatiale AS355 F2 Twin Squirrels have arrived for Pacific Aircraft Services at Christchurch.  On the right in the photo is  OK-BIC (c/n 5388) which originally with the Guardia Nacional de Venezuela as GN-8884 followed by a spell as F-WQED before moving to the Czech Republic. On the left is OK-AIA (c/n 5512) which  is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-12

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UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

Aerial application specialists Airbourne Solutions have acquired a second Twin Squirrel from PremiAir Aviation at Blackbushe, taking their fleet to three.  The three helicopters involved are N30LG AS355F2 (5065) acquired July 2008 and not flown since (photo above) G-VONG AS355F1 (5323) acquired recently – airworthiness documents expired Feb-12 G-VONK AS355F1 (5325) acquired late 2011 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-12

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Maxcraft Avionics announces STC for Garmin G500H in AS355

Maxcraft Avionics announces STC for Garmin G500H in AS355

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd., an established Avionics company located on Pitt Meadows Airport near Vancouver, B.C., has announced that they have received Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System in Eurocopter AS355 models E, F, F1, F2, N, and NP rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H allows installation of… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 15-Aug-12

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UTair finances helicopter purchases outside Russia for first time

UTair finances helicopter purchases outside Russia for first time

UTair Aviation has attracted financing from British bank HSBC on a security of French insurance agency COFACE. The deal presupposes delivery of 19 new Eurocopter AS 350/355 helicopters. The airline already operates five helicopters of this type. By the end of 2012 UTair will operate another four helicopters, while in 2013 the airline will take… Read more »

Source: UTair, 30-Jul-12

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Paravion develops compact ground handling wheels for AS350 and AS355

Paravion develops compact ground handling wheels for AS350 and AS355

Paravion® Technology, Inc. announces that their highly successful compact ground handling wheel product line has been expanded for use with the Eurocopter AS350/355 rotorcraft, in addition to the Bell 206L/407 rotorcraft already available. The CGHW-100 kit is a pair of compact hydraulic ground handling wheels which easily stow in a small area of the baggage compartment… Read more »

Source: Paravion Technology, 06-May-12

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UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

British operator Starspeed is moving its base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks, nearly 15 miles closer to central London.  The company only offers twin-engined helicopters, and apart from a single Sikorsky S76C++ flies a fleet of around ten Eurocopters which it manages on behalf of their owners.  Some of these allow the company to charter them… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-12

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Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Moscow-based newspaper Vedomosti is today saying that Russia is preparing to order over 100 Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 helicopters to train military pilots.  The initial phase is a public procurement notice filed on Friday 17th February for 15 single- and 30 twin-engined helicopters, but with pricing to be based on an eventual order for over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-12

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Summit Aviation appointed Eurocopter Service Center

Summit Aviation appointed Eurocopter Service Center

Summit Aviation added as service center in key northeast region From Eurocopter booth #1917 at the 2012 Heli-Expo, American Eurocopter announced today that it has reached an agreement that will add Summit Aviation, based in Middletown, Delaware, to its extensive network of independent service centers across North America. “Providing our customers with the service and… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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Dart announces certification of the AS350/AS355 deluxe skidtube

Dart announces certification of the AS350/AS355 deluxe skidtube

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA, EASA and Brazilian approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Deluxe Skidtube for Eurocopter AS350/AS355 aircraft. DART’s Deluxe Round-I-Beamâ„¢ Skidtubes come straight from the factory with the most popular options pre-installed to save installation time and increase customer convenience.  The Deluxe Skidtube feature DAS’s patented… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 24-Jan-12

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PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

Police Service of Northern Ireland say that having a helipad in County Fermanagh will mean the aircraft can be refuelled at any time without having to return to its base.  Two other remote landing pads are in operation – at Mahon Road in Portadown and Maydown, near Londonderry. (see full story) CAA photo

23-Dec-11

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Eurosafety releases iPhone app for AS355N

Eurosafety releases iPhone app for AS355N

EuroSafetys iSafety App is ESI’s latest effort in their goal to improve airframe knowledge and safety in the helicopter community. The iSafety App is designed to provide a method to review caution panel emergency procedures from various aircraft. The first version of the app contains the caution panel procedures for the AS350B2, AS350B3, EC120B, EC130B4,… Read more »

Source: Eurosafety, 20-Dec-11

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Simplex receives STC for AS350/355 aerial cleaning system

Simplex receives STC for AS350/355 aerial cleaning system

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted an STC for Simplex Aerospace’s new power line insulator and windmill cleaning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and 355 series. The STC, number SR02207SE issued on 12-15-2011, is the newest product in the company’s 65 year history of innovation. The Aerial Cleaning system represents the third generation of aerial cleaning… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 17-Dec-11

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Brazil approves Cobham EFIS for AS350/355

Brazil approves Cobham EFIS for AS350/355

In a significant development for hundreds of South American aircraft owners, Cobham’s 3D Synthetic Vision EFIS (Electronic Flight Instrument System) has received Brazilian validation for AS350/355 model series helicopters, allowing for aftermarket installation in that country. The EFIS had previously received validation for Bell 206 and 407 aircraft. The fully-digital EFIS from Integrated Systems, a… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 03-Nov-11

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UK’s PremiAir reports upturn in charter and management business

UK’s PremiAir reports upturn in charter and management business

PremiAir, the award-winning UK-based executive helicopter and private jet charter operator, has reported a steady growth in its aircraft management activities, generating confidence that the industry may be seeing some recovery from the economic downturn. With a growing managed private jet fleet and maintenance bases at Oxford and Biggin Hill, PremiAir is strategically positioning itself… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 02-Aug-11

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Profile: Network Rail’s helicopter operations in UK

Profile: Network Rail’s helicopter operations in UK

Network Rail runs the railway infrastructure across the UK, and employs two AS355s on contract from PDG Helicopters.  See this article for a profile of this operation

Source: Rail.co, 20-Jul-11

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Eurosafety adds AS355F2 to Caution Panel iPhone app

Eurosafety adds AS355F2 to Caution Panel iPhone app

EuroSafetys iSafety App is ESI’s latest effort in their goal to improve airframe knowledge and safety in the helicopter community. The iSafety App is designed to provide a method to review caution panel emergency procedures from various aircraft. The first version of the app contains the caution panel procedures for the AS350B2, AS350B3, EC120B, EC130B4…. Read more »

Source: Eurosafety, 24-Jun-11

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DART announces EASA approval of Apical floats for AS355s

DART announces EASA approval of Apical floats for AS355s

DART announces that their subsidiary partner Apical Industries has received EASA approval for their Emergency Float System for Eurocopter AS355E, F, F1, F2, N, NP model helicopters. FAA and Transport Canada approvals have been previously received. Apical’s AS355 Emergency Float System consists of six Floats which attach to the skidtubes and the skid extensions provided… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 14-Jun-11

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Eurocopter confirms compliance of Russian training centre

Eurocopter confirms compliance of Russian training centre

The company officially concluded its audit of the Eurocopter training center for personnel (LAC), OAO UTair »(UTair Aviation), affirming the right of center to train pilots and mechanics in Russian program Eurocopter. Executive vice president of technical support and maintenance of Eurocopter Group Sharplz Derek (Derek Sharples) on May 19 awarded General Director of UTair… Read more »

Source: UTair, 23-May-11

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Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

We have noticed that a total of seven helicopters on the UK Civil Aviation Authority register have last week had a change of address to a finance company.  The seven are:- * Bell 206 – G-CBYX, G-TTMB * Bell 206L – G-MAAX, G-OHHI, G-OLDN * Eurocopter AS355F – G-BSYI, G-ICSG All seven continue to be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-11

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UK: HH Helicopters expand with addition of A109 and AS355

UK: HH Helicopters expand with addition of A109 and AS355

HH Helicopters, based at Cotswold Airport (aka Kemble) in the UK have big expansion plans.  Currently operating R44 and JetRanger types, they have now added an Agusta A109 and are expecting a Eurocopter AS355F2 Twin Squirrel next week.  The addition of these aircraft to the fleet, each expecting to fly 200 hours a year with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-11

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PremiAir busy as UK corporate hospitality season starts at Cheltenham

PremiAir busy as UK corporate hospitality season starts at Cheltenham

As Long Run raced towards the finish line to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, PremiAir, the award-winning UK-based executive helicopter and corporate jet charter operator, was preparing to wrap up an extremely busy flying schedule last week.  Each aircraft in the company’s executive charter fleet flew every day from locations in the UK and throughout Europe. … Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 23-Mar-11

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Latitude’s S100 receives more FAA approvals for Bell 206/407 and AS350/355

Latitude’s S100 receives more FAA approvals for Bell 206/407 and AS350/355

Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems announced that their SkyNode® S100-001 satellite based tracking/messaging device has received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate number SR02872NY covering Bell Helicopter Textron models 206, 206A, 206A1, 206B, 206B1, 206L, 206L1, 206L3, 206L4.  Certificate number SR02875NY covers Eurocopter models AS350B, AS350B1 AS350B2,… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 02-Mar-11

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UK’s Norfolk Police to drop helicopter at end of March

UK’s Norfolk Police to drop helicopter at end of March

The BBC is tonight reporting that Norfolk Police will stop using their leased Eurocopter AS355F2 Twin Squirrel at the end of the current fiscal year – 31st March 2011 – and that it is trying to buy a block of 220 hours a year from neighbouring force Suffolk Police.  The vicarious benefit in doing this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-11

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Ontario Provincial Police upgrade from AS355F2 to EC135P2+

Ontario Provincial Police upgrade from AS355F2 to EC135P2+

Ontario Provincial Police are on the point of adding a Eurocopter EC135P2+ to their fleet, perhaps two.  In recent days, two new EC135s have been added to the Canadian register, including one as C-FOPP – a registration previously used by an AS355F2 of the Ontario Provincial Police which has in turn been transferred to C-GJYH. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Feb-11

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Dart completes STC and dealer agreement with Flightcell for satphone installation kit

Dart completes STC and dealer agreement with Flightcell for satphone installation kit

DART Helicopter Services and its subsidiary Geneva Aviation have completed an agreement with Flightcell® International, Ltd., that will enable commercial helicopter operators to install satellite telephone capabilities quickly and easily in rotorcraft. DART and Geneva Aviation have pending Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a  Flightcell “Iridium” Satellite Phone… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 31-Jan-11

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Eurocopter took orders for 346 helicopters in 2010

Eurocopter took orders for 346 helicopters in 2010

Paris, January 24, 2011 Eurocopter generated an increased turnover in 2010 with the delivery of 527 helicopters. The year also was marked by achievements in innovation, new products, services and the company’s SHAPE transformation program – all of which position the group for a future upturn of the civil and military rotary-wing marketplace. The 2010… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-11

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Dart adds AS355NP to 8 Eurocopter product STC’s

Dart adds AS355NP to 8 Eurocopter product STC’s

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received approval to add the AS 355 NP models to their Eurocopter product line on 8 STC’s from Transport Canada, the FAA and EASA. Recently updated with the AS355NP models are the following STC’s: From Transport Canada * Bearpaws *… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 25-Oct-10

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UTair signs for 20 AS350/AS355 helicopters

UTair signs for 20 AS350/AS355 helicopters

Russia’s UTair will acquire 20 AS350/AS355 light helicopters in a new agreement that extends this leading rotary-wing aircraft operator’s long-term strategic relationship with Eurocopter. The acquisition contract was signed by Andrey Martirosov, the Director of UTair Aviation, and Eurocopter Vostok CEO Laurence Rigolini, in the presence of Christian Gras, Executive Vice president – Customers –… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Sep-10

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Dart AS350/355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketsâ„¢ certified by FAA, TC and EASA

Dart AS350/355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketsâ„¢ certified by FAA, TC and EASA

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approvals for their Quick Release Heli-Utility Basketâ„¢ for the AS350/AS355 models of helicopters that is compatible with Eurocopter Squirrel Cheeks. DART’s new quick release baskets are lighter weight and easier to install than its… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Service, 28-Sep-10

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PremiAir Ryder Cup helicopter shuttles ‘Fully Booked’

PremiAir Ryder Cup helicopter shuttles ‘Fully Booked’

PremiAir, the UK’s leading executive helicopter charter company and the supplier of helicopter services to the 2010 Ryder Cup, is now fully booked on its charter fleet for helicopter transfers to and from golf’s most prestigious golfing tournament, which takes place next month. From October 1st to 3rd, the Ryder Cup returns to the UK… Read more »

Source: PremiAir, 28-Sep-10

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27,000 hour pilot talks about crash on Pike’s Peak

27,000 hour pilot talks about crash on Pike’s Peak

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed on Pikes Peak is still recovering. It was a dramatic crash. and now for the first time since the accident the pilot is talking on camera about what happened.  See also HeliHub.com accident page here

Source: KKTV, 25-Sep-10

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Belarus Border Guards fly first night missions with AS355NPs

Belarus Border Guards fly first night missions with AS355NPs

Belarus Border Guards have announced that on the night of July 29-30, they performed their first night training flights using their recently acquired Eurocopter AS355NP helicopters.

Source: AVE, 02-Aug-10

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Latitude Receives EASA Approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355

Latitude Receives EASA Approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355

Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems announced that their SkyNode S100-001 satellite based tracking/messaging device has received EASA Supplemental Type Certificate number “10030644”  covering Bell Helicopter Textron models 206, 206A, 206A1, 206B, 206B1, 206L, 206L1, 206L3, 206L4 and 407.  Certificate numbers “10030640” and “10030765” cover Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 26-Jul-10

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Dart wins EASA Approval for Geneva’s AS350/355 tail camera mount

Dart wins EASA Approval for Geneva’s AS350/355 tail camera mount

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their subsidiary partner Geneva Aviation has received EASA approval of their Tail Camera Mount for AS350/355 series helicopters. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it provides a stable wide-angle view. News helicopters have relied on this Tail Camera for more than 13 years to… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 06-Jul-10

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Dart Announces FAA/TC/EASA certification of AS350/355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketsâ„¢

Dart Announces FAA/TC/EASA certification of AS350/355 Quick Release Heli-Utility-Basketsâ„¢

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner, DART Aerospace Ltd., has received Transport Canada, FAA and EASA approvals for their Quick Release Heli-Utility Basketâ„¢ for the AS350/AS355 models of helicopters. DART’s new quick release baskets are lighter weight and easier to install than out original baskets and provide increased volume and… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 22-Jun-10

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Guardian Mobility Receives Brazilian Certification for AS350, AS355

Guardian Mobility Receives Brazilian Certification for AS350, AS355

Brazil aviation authorities have granted Guardian Mobility a Brazilian Supplemental Type Certificate (CHST) for its line of Guardian 3 flight tracking products on Eurocopter AS 350 and 355 model aircraft. This CHST will complement existing FAA and Transport Canada STCs on the same model aircraft which are used by operators worldwide. Numerous Brazilian operators have… Read more »

Source: Guardian Mobility, 02-Jun-10

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UTair Engineering wins manufacturer approval from Eurocopter

UTair Engineering wins manufacturer approval from Eurocopter

Following an audit by Eurocopter, UTair Engineering in Russia has been approved as an authorised maintenance centre by the Euroopean manufacturer.  This approval covers the AS350, AS355 and Bo105 products.  This is the second manufacturer approval of UTair Engineering – they had previously achieved R44 approval from Robinson.

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-10

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New IFR AS355 simulator the centrepiece of Heliwest upgrade

New IFR AS355 simulator the centrepiece of Heliwest upgrade

The Western Australian headquarters of Heliwest has undergone a $1-million upgrade at its Jandakot facility in Perth’s southern suburbs.  The centerpiece of the revamp is an Elite Twin Squirrel Flight Simulator

20-Apr-10

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Latitude receives TC approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355 helicopters

Latitude receives TC approval for Bell 206/407 & AS350/355 helicopters

Latitude Technologies, a leading provider of satellite based communication, tracking and onboard aircraft data systems, announced that their SkyNode® S100-001 satellite based tracking/messaging device has received Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate number “SH10-16” covering Bell Helicopter Textron models 206, 206A, 206A1, 206B, 206B1, 206L, 206L1, 206L3, 206L4 and 407. Also included in this new STC… Read more »

Source: Latitude Technologies, 13-Apr-10

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