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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) has been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (“Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan”) for training of 14 new helicopter pilots a year, until 2020, which in total means 28 positions funded by the Swedish Government. The agency got a lot of attention for its January 2014 decision, where… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

Superior Air, a Greek training academy and charter operator has added three aircraft and two helicopters, an EC120B and EC130, to its fleet of 16 aircraft. The company has grown in 11 years from offering flights in Greece only, to now offering flights all over Europe and the Middle East. The company is doing well,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

New Thermal Imaging Camera funded by Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera.  However, due to exchange… Read more »

Source: ec120-winnipeg-police, 05-Sep-16

Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters. “We are extremely excited about this STC program. We have been approached by a number of EC120 operators around the… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Mar-16

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 22-Feb-16

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jan-16

Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

The Royal Malaysian Air Force has received the first of five new H120 helicopters from Airbus, ready to be flown for train at the College of the Air Force in Alor Setar. The training syllabus of the first use of these aircraft will begin next year, and will lead the the gradual phase-out of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-15

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Helidax marks 100,000 hours in H120 fleet in five years

Helidax marks 100,000 hours in H120 fleet in five years

The following is the published text [electronically translated to English] of a presentation by Helidax President Jean-Michel Palagos at an event to mark the achievement of 100,000 hours across the entire Helidax fleet.  Helidax is a joint venture between French company DCI (Defense Conseil International) and operator INAER which operates a fleet of 36 Airbus… Read more »

Source: DCI, 27-Oct-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

With a large gathering watching, the first dedicated Calgary Police Service helicopter touched down.  See full story

Source: Calgary Sun, 20-Jul-15

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Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act. See Full Story.

Source: CTV News Winnipeg, 26-Jun-15

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Kitchener Aero Avionics Adds EASA STC for Garmin G-500H mod in Eurocopter EC-120

Kitchener Aero Avionics Adds EASA STC for Garmin G-500H mod in Eurocopter EC-120

Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) is pleased to announce that they have now been awarded EASA STC in addition to Transport Canada and FAA STC’s already in hand for their successful and popular “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. The Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Attitude Heading Reference System… Read more »

Source: Kitchener Aero, 24-Mar-15

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Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police are to put a budget request in for twin turbine helicopters and a new heliport closer to the centre of town  – one $7M helicopter this autumn and a second in 2019.  see full story  They currently operate two EC120s bought in 2001 and 2009

Source: Edmonton Journal, 23-Jul-14

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Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

After a long and emotive battle, the people of the central west New South Wales have access to a 24-hour Ambulance NSW rescue helicopter service based in Orange.  See full story

Source: Western Advocate, 31-Mar-14

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FAA approve EC120 glass cockpit STC from Kitchener Aero

FAA approve EC120 glass cockpit STC from Kitchener Aero

Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) – is pleased to announce the addition of an FAA STC for their “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. This STC has been granted under FAA Project No. ST07457NY-R. The Canadian STC was granted in December 2012. The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with… Read more »

Source: Kitchener Aero, 16-Feb-14

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Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-14

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Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

Eurocopter will attend the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibtion (Seoul ADEX 2013) at the KINTEX Exhibition Centre in South Korea from October 29 to November 3. The company will display the Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) developed in partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries. This military transport helicopter, which entered into service this year, demonstrates… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 28-Oct-13

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Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Northern Helicopters has been awarded with the training contract for the Finnish Border Patrol, the Finnish military.  The air squadron pilots will join the CPL integrated program which starts on the Guimbal Cabri, and includes advanced training on the EC120.  

Source: Northern Helicopters, 08-Oct-13

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Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Swiss operator Bonsai Helicopter has been renamed Helialpin. As we write this article, their old website URL remains active at www.bonsaiheli.ch and their new www.helialpin.ch is not yet ready – although the active site does refer to the new URL. Helialpin operates the following fleet – Robinson R22 Beta – HB-XTQ – Robinson R22 Beta… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-13

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Eurocopter displays at China Helicopter Exposition

Eurocopter displays at China Helicopter Exposition

Eurocopter’s dedication to the Chinese helicopter market – and its ability to respond to China’s evolving rotorcraft requirements – will be the company’s focus at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition. Leading Eurocopter’s presence during the September 5-8 event in Tianjin will be Group CEO Guillaume Faury, who will be joined by Norbert Ducrot, the newly-named… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Sep-13

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ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce the purchase of two Eurocopter EC120 helicopters by the San Antonio Police Department as part of an upgrade to their fleet of patrol helicopters. The agency currently operates one Eurocopter AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions. The agency is eventually moving to an… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

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Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

The formula one championship came to Silverstone last weekend to a sell out British crowd. The Silverstone grand prix is one of the most popular rounds on the F1 calendar and is famous for its helicopter activity. Phoenix Helicopters have always had a busy weekend when the British GP comes around but this year was… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Helicopters, 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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Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jun-13

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Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

During one ceremony Organized by HeliDax, Turbomeca (Safran) Announced That icts Arrius 2F engines Have reached 50,000 flight hours on the 36 single-engine EC120 helicopters operated by HeliDax. Made available to EALAT ( French Army Helicopter Pilot Training School ) Thesis aircraft are to be used falling on the basic training of future helicopter pilots… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 04-Jun-13

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Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

With a series of deliveries, Eurocopter has further extended its lead in Britain’s private/VIP market and once more confirmed the company’s role as Britain’s civil helicopter hub. Two of the rotorcraft are the AS350 B3e evolved members of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family, while the third is an EC120 B. [Editor note – Eurocopter has already issued… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 25-Apr-13

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Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

A 20-year law enforcement partnership that provided police helicopter patrols to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach touched down for the last time Thursday morning. (see full story)

Source: Daily Pilot, 12-Apr-13

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Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

Eighteen months after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voted to approve the purchase of four new helicopters for the Police Department, her proposed budget called for grounding one of them in a cost-saving move (see full story).

Source: The Baltimore Sun, 12-Apr-13

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New Cabin Comfort Window Option for EC120, EC130

New Cabin Comfort Window Option for EC120, EC130

Tech-Tool Plastics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of helicopter windows for more than 45 years, has just introduced a unique window that is already getting noticed. Available exclusively from Fort Worth, Texas based Tech-Tool Plastics, the popular Cabin Comfort window is now designed for use on the Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 T2 aircraft. Featuring a… Read more »

Source: Tech-Tool Plastics, 06-Mar-13

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American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

American Eurocopter continues to lead the U.S. airborne law enforcement market, maintaining a 55 percent market share over the last decade with a product line that has become the industry standard. With 280 Eurocopter aircraft operating in federal, state and local law enforcement units, operators cite reliability, versatility and cost effectiveness as key factors in… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

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Eurocopter Canada adds new STC items for AS350, EC130 and EC120

Eurocopter Canada adds new STC items for AS350, EC130 and EC120

With the recent certification of the 2nd Battery Installation for the EC130 B4 and the Cable Cutter installation for the AS350, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) has increased the range of kitted Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) for Eurocopter’s AS350, EC130 and EC120 product range. With the 2nd battery installation on the EC130, operators can benefit from… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 05-Mar-13

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Winnipeg Police responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012

Winnipeg Police responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012

According to police, AIR1 responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012, resulting in 185 arrests by ground patrol units.   (see full story)

Source: CBC, 06-Feb-13

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SaxonAir appoints new CEO

SaxonAir appoints new CEO

As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013. Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 13-Jan-13

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Malaysian authorities had concerns with pilot’s documents before fatal crash

Malaysian authorities had concerns with pilot’s documents before fatal crash

German pilot Rico Steger was already the focus of “enquiries regarding the flying records and permit” three weeks prior to an accident which killed the three passengers aboard the EC120 he was flying.  This local news report covers this aspect and various other details. The HeliHub.com accident page is at 20-Jul-12 N8899 Eurocopter EC120 Sri… Read more »

25-Nov-12

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UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

London Biggin Hill based aircraft management and first class air charter company Oryx Jet is delighted to be able to offer helicopter charter as an additional method of transportation and onward carriage to complement its existing fleet of executive jets. Offering more choice to private business and leisure charter services both locally and internationally, our… Read more »

Source: Oryx Jet, 07-Nov-12

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40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 40,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in their Calliope configuration, after 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22… Read more »

Source: DCI, 28-Sep-12

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Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Following the decision to replace their existing Eurocopter EC120 fleet, Baltimore Police have recently launched operations with the first of their four new helicopters – replacing the four old ones which are all at or close to their 12 year overhaul.  By taking new aircraft, the Maryland city has also been provided the opportunity to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-12

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Helibras delivers new EC120 and AS350B3e at LABACE 2012

Helibras delivers new EC120 and AS350B3e at LABACE 2012

[electronic translation] The Helibras will attend the 9th LABACE – Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, held at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, between days 15, 16 and 17 August. The company will deliver two new aircraft to Brazilian customers and make them their new building plans in the area of ​​services – technical assistance,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-12

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York Regional Police extends EC120 pilot/maintenance contract

York Regional Police extends EC120 pilot/maintenance contract

York Regional Police have confirmed the first of three possible one-year contract extension to the contract with National Helicopters to provide pilots and maintenance services.  The deal is worth $568,908 excluding taxes.  The region’s police services board also approved the 10-year overhaul valued at $709,000.  (see full story).  See also the recommendation document put forward… Read more »

Source: York Region, 19-Jul-12

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American Eurocopter delivers first two EC120s to Baltimore Police

American Eurocopter delivers first two EC120s to Baltimore Police

In October of last year, the Baltimore Police Department ordered four EC120® helicopters as part of a fleet renewal program for its current fleet of four EC120s that it has been operating since 2000. The delivery of two of the department’s new EC120s will take place in July, with the remaining two delivered in August…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Jul-12

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Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

You know how it is.  You go down to the clubhouse to have a drink with some friends, and inevitably the conversation will turn to aviation.  This time I was asked how I would compare the Eurocopter EC120 against a Robinson R66.  So we resorted to a comparison by numbers using brochures etc – and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

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Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

UK private operators and owners of light single-engine helicopters are to explore the advantages of Eurocopter’s EC120 during the company’s Discovery Weekend event, to be held at the Oxford Airport facilities of its Eurocopter UK affiliate on May 12. Attendees at the gathering will be given a first-hand look at the EC120 B Colibri in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 14-May-12

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Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Winnipeg Police have had their EC120 a year now, and the usage in 2012 at 40 hours a month is 50% higher than planned. Opposition councillors are calling for a second helicopter (see full story)

Source: CBC, 27-Apr-12

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ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

The helicopters were sold to Truscott Contracting, Ltd, said Newport police Chief Jay Johnson, who is also chairman of the ABLE Board of Governors. Truscott Contracting is based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. (see full story) HeliHub.com Editor note – Trustcott Contracting currently owns one Robinson R44 II, registered C-FSRT

Source: Orange County Register, 19-Apr-12

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Heli Gotthard adds new EC120

Heli Gotthard adds new EC120

Swiss operator Heli Gotthard has added a new Eurocopter EC120 to its fleet – a 2012 build aircraft with serial number 1667.  Now registered HB-ZLR, it is owned by Automaten Meyer AG and will be operated by Heli Gotthard from their Pfaffnau base alongside two other EC120s. The company also operates four AS350B3 helicopters from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-12

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Helidax exceeds 30,000 flight hours on EC120

Helidax exceeds 30,000 flight hours on EC120

Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 30,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in less than 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22 years, to… Read more »

Source: Groiupe DCI, 02-Mar-12

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Eurocopter and local partner to develop Vietnam training centre

Eurocopter and local partner to develop Vietnam training centre

Eurocopter, through its subsidiary Eurocopter South East Asia, takes an important step in its commitment to the Vietnam helicopter market as it partners with Vietnam Helicopter Corporation to develop a training centre in Vung Tau, Vietnam, for the ab-initio training of Vietnamese pilots. The great growth potential of the Vietnam helicopter market has prompted Eurocopter’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Feb-12

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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

American Eurocopter today announced the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has exceeded 10,000 hours of flight time on its fleet of aircraft from American Eurocopter — three AS350 B2’s and one EC120. Since the delivery of the first AS350 in September 2002, the HCSO has utilized its fleet to answer more than 17,000 calls… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

As part of its 12-year Eurocopter-driven overhaul, York Regional Police are using the down-time on its EC120 to do some upgrades. Taken out of service at the end of November 2011, the three month grounding has provided the ideal opportunity for YRP to upgrade their moving-map system.  The force flies C-GYRP, serial 1086, known as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-12

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Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefitted from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services businesses and optimizing internal operations. The deliveries of 503 rotary-wing aircraft in 2011, along with Eurocopter’s enhanced support and services… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-12

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Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

Swiss operator Helipool Europe has this week added Eurocopter EC120B HB-ZMR to its fleet,  having imported it from Mexico.  It is expected to be based at Balzers. The company also owns an AS350B3 and an EC130B4 both of which are leased to Air Glaciers at Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland with it’s famous holiday resorts Grindelwald and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-11

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Increased life for the EC120B inlet barrier filter elements

Increased life for the EC120B inlet barrier filter elements

FDC/aerofilter is pleased to announce that the service life for the Eurocopter EC120B inlet barrier filter elements has been increased to 4500 hours, with no limitation on the number of cleanings. In addition, the recommended service interval has been increased to 300 hours. The FAA recently approved a revision to FDC/aerofilter’s Instructions for Continued Airworthiness,… Read more »

Source: FDC/aerofilter, 30-Nov-11

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Removal of performance limitations for EC120B inlet barrier filter

Removal of performance limitations for EC120B inlet barrier filter

FDC/aerofilter is pleased to announce that Eurocopter EC120B helicopters equipped with FDC/aerofilter inlet barrier filters may now operate in accordance with the basic rotorcraft flight manual. The FAA recently approved a revision to FDC/aerofilter’s rotorcraft flight manual supplement, allowing these aircraft to operate in accordance with the performance sections of the basic rotorcraft flight manual… Read more »

Source: FDC/aerofilter, 30-Nov-11

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Eurocopter sells EC120 and EC135 to new Chinese operator

Eurocopter sells EC120 and EC135 to new Chinese operator

Eurocopter successfully expands its footprint in China to the South Western region, with a landmark agreement signed with Xilin Fengteng for the sale of two helicopters – one EC120 B and one EC135 – for use in multiple general aviation missions. A signing ceremony was held on Sunday 20 November in Guanghan City between Sichuan… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Nov-11

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EASA approves Tech-Tool EC120/EC130 replacement windows

EASA approves Tech-Tool EC120/EC130 replacement windows

European EC120 and EC130 operators have a new source for helicopter replacement windows following European Aviation Safety Agency approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate for Tech-Tool Plastics’ standard and special application replacement windows. FAA and Transport Canada approvals have been previously received. Available replacement windows include windshields, skylights and forward and aft door windows. The… Read more »

Source: Tech-Tool Plastics, 16-Nov-11

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China: Wuhan Helicopter signs for two AS350B3e and one EC120B

China: Wuhan Helicopter signs for two AS350B3e and one EC120B

The three helicopters are the first Eurocopter models to be included in Wuhan Helicopter’s fleet, and comprise two AS350 B3e and one EC120 B. Intended for utility missions, they are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2013. A signing ceremony was held on Saturday, 5 November, in Wuhan, Hubei Province, between Wuhan… Read more »

07-Nov-11

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NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N3925A Eurocopter EC120B

NTSB Preliminary Report – 04-Oct-11 N3925A Eurocopter EC120B

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 4, 2011, approximately 1250 central daylight time, N3925A, a Eurocopter EC120B, sustained substantial damage while making a… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 28-Oct-11

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City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

Former officer Samuel K. Miller, wrote a memo in 2006 criticizing the Police Department for failing to properly train officers in the helicopter unit and to properly maintain the helicopters. The settlement includes a $120,000 payment to Miller and $125,000 in legal fees and other costs (see full story)

Source: Baltimore Sun, 27-Oct-11

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Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

What follows is the formal press release from American Eurocopter, issued today.  However, HeliHub.com broke this story five weeks ago on 22nd September – see here. American Eurocopter announced today that the Baltimore Police Department has ordered four EC120’s to update its current fleet of four aircraft. The department is one of the leading law… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-11

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American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

At this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in Chicago, American Eurocopter will be prominently displaying an EC120 from Lake County Sheriff’s Department (Indiana). The aircraft will be featured on American Eurocopter’s booth #871. Lake County purchased the EC120 to rejuvenate its fleet of aging military surplus helicopters with the most modern… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-11

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Three years later, Eurocopter UK sells two new EC120s

Three years later, Eurocopter UK sells two new EC120s

In the last few weeks Eurocopter UK has sold not one but two Eurocopter EC120s, both of which have been stored for over three years awaiting a purchaser. Serial 1536 was yesterday registered to Eurocopter UK on the British register as G-CGYL, but arrived at their Oxford base in primer finish by May 2008.  The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-11

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Air Grischa Helikopter buys EC120

Air Grischa Helikopter buys EC120

Swiss operator Air Grischa Helikopter has purchased a Eurocopter EC120.  Serial number 1434, a 2006 build, has been bought from French operator HeliStar. The helicopter adds to Air Grischa’s fleet which also includes one EC130, five AS350B3 Squirrels and a Guimbal Cabri G2. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Sep-11

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Eurocopter to highlight UK capabilities at Helitech

Eurocopter to highlight UK capabilities at Helitech

Eurocopter’s strong presence in the UK multi-mission helicopter marketplace will be demonstrated at the Helitech 2011 show and conference, which is to include this event’s first appearance of the EC145 T2 – the company’s new generation version of its workhorse twin-engine EC145. During the September 27-29 Helitech show at Duxford Airport, the EC145 T2 will… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 26-Sep-11

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Baltimore Police buys four EC120s

Baltimore Police buys four EC120s

In a major about-turn, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has this week approved the purchase of four new Eurocopter EC120s and support package for $9.5 Million.  Less than two years ago, she had threatened to ground the Police Department in a budget reduction plan. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was on hand to thank the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-11

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Czech operator DSA buys EC120 from Hong Kong

Czech operator DSA buys EC120 from Hong Kong

Czech operator DSA is adding a second Eurocopter EC120 to its fleet.  Purchasing a burgundy coloured example from Hong Kong, the aircraft arrived this week at the company’s base in Hradec Kralove for reassembly, test flights etc and will be registered as OK-BST. This 2005-built aircraft, serial 1404 was previously operated by “Millenium Empire”. It… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Sep-11

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Helidax’s success attracts Qatar, Kuwait, Chad, Malaysia and Brazil

Helidax’s success attracts Qatar, Kuwait, Chad, Malaysia and Brazil

Hélidax, the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008, exceeded last June 20 000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft. A subsidiary of DCI and INAER, Helidax achieved this performance in less of 13 months of operation and trained two batches of trainees for the armed forces. Helidax’s example brought… Read more »

Source: DCI, 31-Aug-11

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Aero Maintenance completes first ever UK EC120 12 year overhaul

Aero Maintenance completes first ever UK EC120 12 year overhaul

Aero Maintenance Ltd of Walton Wood in Yorkshire have successfully carried out the first ever UK full 12-year overhaul of an EC 120, they’ve also given it an outstanding new interior and re-spray too! Previously, the 12-year inspection was to be carried out by Eurocopter only, but an amendment to the MSM (Master Servicing Manual)… Read more »

Source: Aero Maintenance, 21-Jul-11

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California’s ABLE program now grounded for good

California’s ABLE program now grounded for good

As of Friday, the John Wayne Airport hangar that housed ABLE’s three EC120 helicopters will become a storage space for the aircraft dubbed “Eagle,” which is jointly owned by Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.  Both cities have dismantled the shared police helicopter program, thus ending a 15-year partnership. Both city councils decided to cut ABLE… Read more »

Source: Daily Pilot, 02-Jul-11

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Gibraltar authorities block superyacht helicopter operations inside marina

Gibraltar authorities block superyacht helicopter operations inside marina

Some controversy was raised in Gibraltar recently when two different officials gave opposing views on helicopter operations off the deck of a superyacht, according to “The Triton” website for operators of large private yachts.  The captain of MY Calixe had sought approval to fly guests off their yacht, and received approval, only for it to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-11

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First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

Eurocopter has opened a new maintenance centre in Panama uNder the auspices of its Mexican subsidiary.  Located on the premises of Heliflight Panama at Panama City’s Albrook Airport, the facility initially specialises in the AS350 and EC120 ranges “Customer care is a high priority for Eurocopter Mexico. We are very pleased to certify the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-11

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Businessman proposes to save Costa Mesa’s threatened ABLE program

Businessman proposes to save Costa Mesa’s threatened ABLE program

Peter Adderton has asked Costa Mesa City Council to give him a little time to put a deal together to provide helicopter service through a private company.  He asked the Council to give him a little time to put a deal together to provide helicopter service through a private company.

19-May-11

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Can California’s ABLE helicopter program be saved?

Can California’s ABLE helicopter program be saved?

On July 1, the ABLE helicopter program run by Newport Beach and Costa Mesa ends as a result of Costa Mesa’s cost-cutting measures. Assets must be sold and the proceeds split between the two cities.

Source: Orange County Register, 09-May-11

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Heli Horizon releases iPhone app to help pre-flight checks for R22, R44, EC120 and AS350

Heli Horizon releases iPhone app to help pre-flight checks for R22, R44, EC120 and AS350

Franch operator Heli Horizon has launched an iPhone app “Helicopter Checklist” which they hope will be an indispensable assistant for pilots.  The app has pref-flight check lists, separated out into Pre-flight, Before Starting, Start Engine and Stop Engine. The “basic version” (their description, not HeliHub’s) includes four checklists for R22 R44 helicopters EC120 and AS… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-11

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Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

Winnipeg police made a quick arrest after someone directed a laser beam at their helicopter.  The EC120 was flying over a downtown neighbourhood when it was targetted by a laser pointer.  Officers quickly pinpointed the house where they believed the beam was coming from and made an arrest.  The man was later released, but only… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Mar-11

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