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New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

This week saw the opening of Life Star’s new hangar at MidState Medical Centre in Meriden. The new hangar allows patients to be transported directly to Hartford Hospital. The new hangar has offices, quarters for the crew, a heated helipad, a maintenance lift, a fuel tank that can hold up to 12, 000 gallons and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-17

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

The Royal Thai Navy’s U-Tapao air base recently received its order of 5 H145M light utility helicopters. The aim is to eventually replace their ageing Bell 212 helicopters which have been in serve for 38 years. The 5 H145Ms will be used in the 202nd Squadron, Wing 2 of the Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints four Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine consultants

These consultants are committed to working a day a week for the Charity, but will also spend time overseeing EAAA’s governance. This will involve developing the Charity’s standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment, future direction, training, and of course, will provide on-call consultant advice. The four permanent consultants are, Dr Pam Chrispin and Dr Jeremy Mauger,… Read more »

Source: EAAA, 16-Aug-16

Memorial Hermann Life Flight celebrates 40 years

Memorial Hermann Life Flight celebrates 40 years

“Today is a special day, not just for Life Flight, but for the entire city of Houston, as we reflect back on the pioneering leadership that helped make this program possible and celebrate the many accomplishments that have defined Life Flight’s reputation as a trailblazer among air ambulance services,” said Brian Dean, Senior Vice President… Read more »

Source: Memorial Hermann Health System, 03-Aug-16

Coptersafety orders five new Full Flight Simulators

Coptersafety orders five new Full Flight Simulators

Coptersafety – an independent helicopter flight training service provider has today announced the order of five new Full Flight Simulators (FFS) and the construction of a new Flight Training Centre to a host variety of Full Flight Simulators. The centre will be located in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport, Finland next to the existing Coptersafety… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 28-Jul-16

Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Metro Aviation delivers first EC145e to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) flies more than 30,000 miles annually in Georgia’s only dedicated pediatric helicopter. They recently updated their capabilities with the world’s first EC145e, completed by Metro Aviation. The EC145e retains the power, performance and reliability of the legacy EC145, but with a useful load of up to 300 pounds more than… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-16

CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been selected by the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and by Airbus Helicopters, to upgrade the Sécurité Civile fleet of EC145 helicopters. The 35 helicopters that will be upgraded are deployed on Sécurité… Read more »

Source: CMC, 11-Jul-16

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $73,082,640 modification (P01000) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to add a six-month period of performance with four one-month option periods to procure Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the Army’s UH-72 Lakota aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras has delivered the first of two new EC145s to the Secretariat of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro. These will form part of the intelligence system supporting the Olympic Games, which opens in the city on 5th August 2016.  Following production in Germany, the aircraft have gone through a long completion period in Brazil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service have today signed a contract at the ILA show in Berlin for two H145s in offshore configuration, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to their WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jun-16

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Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

Sanford AirMed moving from airport to new hospital pad

In recent years, Sanford AirMed in North Dakota has had to base their Airbus EC145 out of Fargo Airport due to the over-development of the hospital site. With the construction of the new Sanford Medical Center Fargo that will be reversed as it has been designed with a helipad on top of the ground ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Wisconsin – MedLink Air to trial second helicopter for six months

Gundersen Health System is starting a  trial on 1st June to see whether the move is feasible in the long term.  No helicopter type has been mentioned.  Their MedLink Air program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018…. Read more »

Source: AIrbus, 23-May-16

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Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory. As part of this… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-May-16

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Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that it has delivered two EC145 helicopters to the National Police Agency in its native Japan. These will be the first EC145s to be used by the National Police Agency, and are replacements of existing helicopters deployed by the Police in the prefectures of Kanagawa and Chiba. The EC145 is,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-16

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Metro Aviation became the first North American customer for the EC145e when it contracted to purchase six helicopters and launched an extensive demo tour of the new lighter weight, lower cost version of the highly successful EC145.  Metro recently identified Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the launch customer for the 145e and says they are… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $8,648,399 modification (P00970) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistics support for UH-72A (Lakota) helicopters.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,648,399 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

The crew of Boston MedFlight, a fleet of helicopters, airplanes, and ambulances, leaves no one behind. See Full Story

Source: New Boston Post, 08-Jan-16

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Philippine National Police to overhaul two R44s; EC145 purchase on hold

Philippine National Police to overhaul two R44s; EC145 purchase on hold

The Philippine Senate has agreed to update the proposed 2016 budget of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by 11 million Pesos to refurbish a pair of R44s purchased in 2009 but have been grounded for several years as they were subject of a court case. The PNP actually acquired three R44s in 2009, but they… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8M in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $65,828,056 modification (P00945) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for Lakota helicopters with ARC radio 231 mission equipment package.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $65,828,056 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Reiser to demonstrate FFS for H145 at Helitech 2015

Reiser to demonstrate FFS for H145 at Helitech 2015

At the 20015 edition of Helitech, Reiser Simulation and Training (RST) will be demonstrating a prototype of its Airbus H145 training solution. Reiser will be located at Stand F50. The company is working with pioneering German civil air rescue organization ADAC to develop a certified Level D full flight simulator (FFS) that leverages RST’s unique… Read more »

Source: Reiser, 01-Oct-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Guangzhou Police becomes first H145 customer in China

Guangzhou Police becomes first H145 customer in China

Guangzhou Police and Airbus helicopters signed an agreement today for an order of one H145 light helicopter for law enforcement duties, to be delivered at the end of 2016. “Helicopters are a great resource for law enforcement agencies, as they can effectively help ground forces to accomplish a multitude of operations including air patrol, transportation… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Sep-15

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Metro Aviation places order for six EC145e light twins

Metro Aviation places order for six EC145e light twins

Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. has contracted to purchase six EC145e twin-engine helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Metro is the first North American customer for this new lighter weight and lower cost version of the highly successful Airbus Helicopters EC145. Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Metro have launched an extensive North America demonstration tour to show… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Sep-15

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H145 completes Australian Demonstration Tour

H145 completes Australian Demonstration Tour

After logging more than five weeks of touring Australia’s Eastern sea board, the world’s leading twin-engine helicopter in its class, the Airbus Helicopters H145, has successfully completed its Australian visit and is now heading home. The H145 arrived in Australia in mid-June as part of a global tour and over five weeks was demonstrated to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation completes H145 for Suffolk County Police

Metro Aviation completes H145 for Suffolk County Police

The Suffolk County Police Department recently added a new H145, formerly known as the EC145, to its fleet, replacing an older AS350B2.  Metro Aviation completed the twin-engine aircraft at its completion center in Shreveport, Louisiana. “The completion process was smooth and seamless,” said Sergeant Brian Barrett, Commanding Officer for the police department’s aviation section.  “We… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Aug-15

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Suffolk County Police takes delivery of second H145

Suffolk County Police takes delivery of second H145

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of a second H145 helicopter to the Suffolk County Police Department (Long Island, N.Y.). The new H145 (previously EC145) has joined the department’s existing fleet of one H145 and two AS350B2s, and will replace an older AS350B2 AStar. The Suffolk County H145s primarily conduct medical evacuation… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Jul-15

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Metro Aviation takes EC145e and Star Flight EC145 to ALEA 2015

Metro Aviation takes EC145e and Star Flight EC145 to ALEA 2015

Nestled in the heart of Shreveport, Louisiana, Metro Aviation’s sprawling, 160,000 square-foot completion facility produces aircraft for some of the world’s most notable law enforcement, air medical and corporate entities.  The worldwide completion leader will be exhibiting at this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference and exposition at the George R. Brown Convention Center… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 14-Jul-15

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CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE was awarded a contract by Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. to manufacture two additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices (FTDs). These UH-72A FTDs, the seventh and eight being produced by CAE for the U.S. Army, will be delivered to Fort Rucker, Alabama during the spring of 2016. These training devices, which are Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Jul-15

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Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $28,325,176 modification (P00918) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistic support for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter program. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-15

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All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the release of custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145. Utilizing feedback from their valued client, The National Guard, All Metal enhanced… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 13-May-15

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Helibras delivers EC145 to Rio de Janeiro state government

Helibras delivers EC145 to Rio de Janeiro state government

[electronic translation] Helibras is the delivery of an EC145 helicopter C2 to police and surveillance use the Secretariat of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro (RJ-SSP) during LAAD 2015 International Fair for Security and Defence on Tuesday (13), the 11:30 am, in Rio de Janeiro. This first unit is set out in the company’s booth… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 20-Apr-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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ADAC HEMS Academy Gets H145T2 Procedural Trainer – then Full Flight Level D Simulator in Two Years

ADAC HEMS Academy Gets H145T2 Procedural Trainer – then Full Flight Level D Simulator in Two Years

ADAC HEMS Academy is to receive an H145 T2 full flight level D simulator in the first quarter of  2017 to help train its helicopter crews and other international customer on the new Airbus H145 T2 varients. Thomas Gassman, director of business development and sales, said that the simulator will be delivered by Reiser Simulation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation operates the largest, most comprehensive air medical completion center in the world and has completed more EC135s and EC145s than any other completion center.  Metro is in the process of completing its 75th EC145, which is also North America’s first EC145 T2, a considerable milestone for the company that recently celebrated its 200th… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Suffolk County Police Dept purchases second EC145

Suffolk County Police Dept purchases second EC145

Suffolk County Police Department, Long Island, NY has purchased a second Airbus Helicopters EC145 helicopter to add to its fleet of one EC145 and two AS350B2s. The new aircraft will replace an older AS350B2. The Suffolk County Police Aviation Section performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement, medevac, inter-hospital transport and search and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Aerolite Receives EASA STC for EC145 T2 EMS Interior

Aerolite Receives EASA STC for EC145 T2 EMS Interior

Aerolite will be highlighting the newest aeromedical interior designs for the Airbus EC145 T2, EC135 T3 and Bell 429 during the 2015 Heli-Expo. EC145 T2   Aerolite received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for a modular aeromedical EMS Interior. The interior allows an operator various configuration set up choices regarding stretchers, seating arrangements and… Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 02-Mar-15

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Flightsafety to offer EC145 training using a new FS1000 level D qualified simulator

Flightsafety to offer EC145 training using a new FS1000 level D qualified simulator

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer training for the Airbus EC145 helicopter. The design and manufacture of the FlightSafety FS1000 simulator for the EC145 is well underway. It is expected toreceive Level D qualification and enter service at a FlightSafetyLearning Center early in 2016. “Our significant experience in providing training for helicopters will ensure… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 23-Dec-14

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Sweden – Värmland-Dalarna selects EC145T2 for EMS

Sweden – Värmland-Dalarna selects EC145T2 for EMS

The county councils in Värmland and Dalarna announce that they have signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters for two new EC 145 T2 helicopters. The agreement includes an option for eight more helicopters to the counties’ joint HEMS federation. – This permanent solution improves patient safety and increase the ability to provide equitable health… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 19-Dec-14

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Monacair adds EC145 to fleet

Monacair adds EC145 to fleet

Monacair, based in the principality of Monaco on the Mediterranean coast near the French/Italian border, has recently added an Airbus EC145 to their fleet.  The aircraft, registered 3A-MIJ, is one of the select few with the Mercedes-Benz styling pack, and is believed to have been purchased from German operator Meravo. The EC145 adds to Monacair’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-14

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight Wins 2014 EMS Air Medical Service of the Year Award

Memorial Hermann Life Flight Wins 2014 EMS Air Medical Service of the Year Award

Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce that Memorial Hermann Life Flight has been named the winner of the Texas Department of State Health Services’ 2014 EMS Air Medical Service of the Year Award. This prestigious award honors a public or private air medical service in Texas that has demonstrated the highest standards… Read more »

Source: Memorial Hermann, 26-Nov-14

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Metro Aviation receives Brazilian Validation

Metro Aviation receives Brazilian Validation

As the Brazilian aircraft market grows, Metro Aviation is playing a larger role in helping South American companies get off the ground.  The worldwide completion leader recently received Brazilian validations for several installations already STC’d in the US for the Airbus EC145T1 aircraft. “Metro sees Brazil as an emerging market for US products and services. … Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 13-Nov-14

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Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

Metro delivers its 200th EC135 completion

In 1997, Metro Aviation completed its first Airbus Helicopters EC135 for STAT MedEvac, serial number 0009. Since then, the worldwide completion leader has customized many EC135’s for air medical, law enforcement, utility and corporate clients. Recently, Metro delivered its 200th EC135 completion to California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR). The EC135, designed and produced by… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 28-Oct-14

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US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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FAA certifies EC145T2

FAA certifies EC145T2

The latest EC145 family member – the EC145 T2 – has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The type certificate paves the way for the first deliveries on U.S ground  which are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Since the certification of the EC145 T2 by the European Aviation Safety… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Oct-14

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Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus to move helicopter production from Germany to France?

Airbus is seriously considering building new helicopter programs in France rather than Germany in the future due to a restrictive export policy in Europe’s largest economy, the group CEO told Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 15-Oct-14

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Metro Aviation welcomes MedLink AIR to the Metro Family

Metro Aviation welcomes MedLink AIR to the Metro Family

Metro Aviation is welcoming Gundersen Health System to the Metro Family this fall. MedLink AIR, the emergency medical helicopter for Gundersen Health System, will soon be operated by Metro. The program serves La Crosse, Wisconsin and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius, including communities through the tri-state region of western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 24-Sep-14

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INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

[electronic translation] The city of Cuenca’s medical helicopters, operated by a crew from INAER Spain (INAER), has completed 197 missions during the first half of the year. 84% of the missions related to health problems (including heart attacks, strokes and respiratory problems), and 16% related to traumas (such as traffic accidents and work injuries). The… Read more »

Source: INAER, 15-Sep-14

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ADAC takes delivery of its first EC145T2

ADAC takes delivery of its first EC145T2

[electronic translation] The ADAC air rescue has today taken in Donauwörth the first of 14 new EC145 T2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters in reception. In the presence of Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO Airbus Helicopters Germany, stressed the ADAC Vice President for Technology, Thomas Burkhardt. “With this modern, silent and powerful helicopter, we are taking a big… Read more »

Source: ADAC, 15-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Airbus Helicopters UK Limited. Covering the 19 Airbus helicopters in the NPAS fleet, the contract starts on Wednesday 1 October. The company will provide 17,100 hours of support every year – or 85,500 hours over the five… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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Metro Life Flight To Test In-Flight Delivery of Plasma

Metro Life Flight To Test In-Flight Delivery of Plasma

The MetroHealth System is part of a study called Prehospital Air Medical Plasma Trial (PAMPer). Individuals experiencing hemorrhagic shock (uncontrolled bleeding) will be given two units of plasma while in the helicopter on the way to the hospital by Metro Life Flight. People in this study will be unable to give informed consent because they… Read more »

Source: Metro Health, 07-Aug-14

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Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

The Army Aviation Facility in South Burlington saw the landing of two new pieces of equipment to help push flying into the future. Two UH-72 MEPS Lakota helicopters were flown from Meridianville, Alabama, to the facility in South Burlington during the weekend. “The Army retired the OH-58 that we had,” said Lt. Col. John Johnston,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Aug-14

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Norsk Luftambulanse to run Narvik HEMS

Norsk Luftambulanse to run Narvik HEMS

Norsk Luftambulanse (NLA) has been awarded a contract for the operation of a new air ambulance base at Evenes, Norway. The National Air Ambulance Service of Norway, locally designated Luftambulansetjenesten ANS, announced the assignment on 18 June. The new emergency medical operation will be stationed at Harstad / Narvik Airport Evenes, and it will employ… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 07-Jul-14

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New Flight for Life EC145 in East Texas

New Flight for Life EC145 in East Texas

In a joint announcement, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Good Shepherd Medical Center and Champion EMS will be expanding Flight For Life medical air transportation service, beginning Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Trinity Mother Frances’ new, instrument-rated EC-145 helicopter will be stationed at the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview. Primarily serving Gregg and Harrison… Read more »

Source: TMF, 02-Jul-14

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UK National Police Air Service update

UK National Police Air Service update

Brand new state-of-the-art camera and mission system equipment is being installed across a third of the National Police Air Service Fleet. The new equipment integrates a new high end camera with mission planning and mapping systems while retaining existing airframes with plenty of service life left. This enhancement will allow these aircraft to continue to… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 01-Jul-14

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Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

The 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment is getting the six new UH-72 Lakota helicopters to replace OH-58 Kiowa helicopters  See full story

Source: Air Force TImes, 26-Jun-14

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Geisinger Life Flight introduces new aircraft and landing zone

Geisinger Life Flight introduces new aircraft and landing zone

Geisinger Health System recently introduced a new state-of-the-art, twin-engine American Eurocopter EC-145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC-145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing commitment to provide the best quality critical care to residents in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. “For more than 33… Read more »

Source: Geisinger, 23-Jun-14

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Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

The Guardian newspaper does an extensive profile of London’s police helicopter unit – see full story 

16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Helibras delivers EMS EC145 to State of Minas Gerais

Helibras delivers EMS EC145 to State of Minas Gerais

Helibras delivered the first EC145 the State Department of Health of Minas Gerais. The aircraft will be used for attendance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the state. In aeromedical configuration, the model will carry two stretchers with patients, doctors, nurses, operating crew of Firefighters, Pilot and co-pilot. The helicopter is equipped with the… Read more »

Source: helibras, 11-Jun-14

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Airbus takes EC145T2 to Airmed World Congress

Airbus takes EC145T2 to Airmed World Congress

As the leading helicopter manufacturer in helicopter emergency medical services – with a 60 percent market share – Airbus Helicopters is introducing its evolved EC145 T2 rotorcraft in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. The twin-engine EC145 T2 is showcased at the AIRMED World Congress in Rome, Italy with new HEMS and mountain rescue… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Jun-14

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Trakka A800 searchlights qualified for Airbus Helicopters

Trakka A800 searchlights qualified for Airbus Helicopters

Trakkacorp Pty Ltd is pleased to confirm that the Company has achieved approval from Airbus Helicopters Germany for the Serial Production Qualification of the Trakka A800 Helicopter Searchlight. Extensive testing, qualification and close collaboration between Trakka and Airbus Helicopters’ engineering teams has taken place over the last three years to ensure that the Trakka Searchlight… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 20-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have this week relocated helicopter operations to a new shared airbase at Exeter Airport. The two aircraft have been moved from the former site at Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, following the sale of land for development. The helicopters will be housed at a secure location at the… Read more »

Source: D&CC, 13-May-14

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Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

Sweden – Gotland EMS Bell 429 range limited by weight issues

The new EMS helicopter that is being used on the island of Gotland has been partly halted due to its limited payload acceptance. Representatives have told Swedish Radio (SR) that the new Bell 429 has been reduced to covering only local EMS missions, and that the inter-hospital transports between the island and the mainland have… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and… Read more »

Source: Kentucky ANG, 27-Apr-14

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EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

EASA certifies Airbus EC145T2 – Deliveries start in Q3

The newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2 – has been certified, clearing the way for customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of this year. Issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-14

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EASA approves Dart EC145 Skidtubes and BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

EASA approves Dart EC145 Skidtubes and BK117 Heli-Utility-Baskets

DART Aerospace has announced that it has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. DART has also recently received FAA approval for its BK117 Heli-Utility-BasketTM. With DART skidtubes, the central I-beam web absorbs most of the impact on landing so the tube maintains its integrity. Even with… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 21-Apr-14

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Peru – Heliflight orders two EC145s and one EC155

Peru – Heliflight orders two EC145s and one EC155

During FIDAE 2014, Airbus Helicopters signed a letter of intent with Peruvian operator Heliflight for two EC145s and one EC155 B1 Dauphin family rotorcraft, to be used in supporting the country’s energy industry. This customer currently has two AS350 B3s, which are deployed on missions for mining, as well as oil and gas, including operations… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 31-Mar-14

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Bolivian Air Force orders two more EC145s

Bolivian Air Force orders two more EC145s

Among the announcements at FIDAE 2014 was the Bolivian Air Force’s order for two more EC145s.  They will be operated to support natural disasters, fire support, medical evacuations, supply in isolated areas and the transfer of government personnel. The new order includes pilot training, technical assistance and a logistic package of tools and spare parts… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Mar-14

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Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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