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ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) received notice from Transport Canada that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight.  The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally. “HNZ Topflight provides advanced helicopter training that supports their company operations across Canada as well as military,… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Nov-17

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018.  From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Nov-17

Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

Peter Murray, Founder and Operations Manager of Talon Helicopters has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Mr. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety, for activities in the SAR community including; rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

UTair signs five year H125 support deal

UTair signs five year H125 support deal

UTair has joined with Airbus in a five year contract where Airbus will provide support services such as spare part supplies, fleet maintenance and training. The deal covers UTair’s three H125 helicopters, reports Money Control.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

NH90 joins the digital marketplace

NH90 joins the digital marketplace

Earlier this year, Swedish and Finnish customers of the NH90 began ordering used and new spare parts from Airbus’ MyNH90 internet portal, a move that represented another sign of the manufacturer’s digital push. Some 330 NH90 helicopters – Airbus’ and NHIndustries’ military multi-role helicopter – are in operation across the globe, accumulating more than 150,000… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-17

Airbus appoints new US boss

Airbus appoints new US boss

Aerospace industry veteran, C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Mr. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-17

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Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania will be purchasing an unknown amount of H215s from Airbus. They have signed an agreement where the helicopters, which will be used for the Defence Ministry, will be produced in Romania’s IAR Brasov plant, reports Romania Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

08-Nov-17

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Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) today announced that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company, providing responsive, quality support for turbine engines, components, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.  A truly international company, it generated… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 05-Nov-17

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Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

In 2014, the Royal Thai Army acquired six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from Airbus Group through the US’s foreign military sales programme. After receiving training and in-country support, the Lakotas’ first two years in operation have gone smoothly, an example of hard work and dedicated personnel. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is Thailand’s largest military branch…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade Services, an international helicopter distributor and exclusive global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, is glad to announce it has initiated return to service (RTS) activity on three Airbus H225 helicopters currently being maintained by Vector Aerospace. Rotortrade was mandated earlier this year by a group of lenders to manage the repossession, maintenance and sale of several… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 31-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Presented annually at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the AAMS Community Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the emergency medical services (EMS) transport community. Airbus Helicopters Inc. continues to be a proud supporter of the awards. “We believe it is important to recognize the EMS transport operators for their considerable contribution to our society…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus Helicopters, the market segment leader in emergency medical services (EMS) rotorcraft, is showcasing the H130 and EC145, member of the H145 family, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) this week in Fort Worth, Texas. “We have both the EMS market-leading single-engine and twin-engine aircraft on display to illustrate to customers the multitude of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

Airbus Helicopters has successfully obtained Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) acceptance for the deployment of its Fleet Keeper® application in the country. Following a successful introduction in Europe, Philippines is the second country in Southeast Asia, after Singapore, to accept the use of electronic technical logbooks for its helicopter fleet. After four months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

The third H160 prototype (PT3) performed its maiden flight at the company’s headquarters this afternoon. PT3, with its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft’s level of maturity ahead of entry into service in 2019. “The third prototype incorporates a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Oct-17

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FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded an operations specification by the FAA to complete airframe and Level 1 engine maintenance on the Airbus Helicopters AS350B2/B3 models. The new Operating Specification addition significantly expands the capabilities of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC), established by Able to provide a full… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 16-Oct-17

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NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

Airbus Helicopters and NHV celebrate three years since the introduction of the H175 to the North Sea and strengthen their partnership to keep setting standards for offshore transport operations with super medium helicopters. NHV was the global launching customer of this platform, whose first two aircraft entered into service in December 2014. Since then the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 13-Oct-17

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FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today it has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Airbus H130 aircraft with a lightweight medical interior. The system addresses current operator needs for a lowweight, functional system that can be reconfigured quickly. System capabilities include:  Modular interior that can be easily reconfigured, modified… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 13-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the U.S. Army’s 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter, fulfilling its contract requirements to date by delivering every aircraft on time, on budget and meeting the Army’s rigorous quality standards. “From the moment when the Army awarded Airbus the contract to produce the UH-72A, our team has strived daily to deliver on our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-17

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Coptersafety and Østnes collaborate on H125 training in Nordics

Coptersafety and Østnes collaborate on H125 training in Nordics

Coptersafety, a rapidly growing flight training service provider, and Østnes, a Nordic Airbus Helicopters distributor, are launching a cooperation to improve the operational safety of Airbus H125 (previously known as AS350) helicopters in the Nordic countries. According to the agreement, Østnes is now an authorized dealer for Coptersafety’s training services. Coptersafety’s training centre is adjacent… Read more »

Source: Coptersafety, 11-Oct-17

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CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propulsion system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the ducted propellers as well as the integration… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-17

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Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

Helibras / Airbus Helicopters have reached another important milestone in their history. In just six years of operation with the H225M (H-36) Caracal, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) completed 10,000 flight hours with the aircraft. The model is part of the H-XBR agreement, signed in 2008, with the Ministry of Defense to supply 50 state-of-the-art helicopters to… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 11-Oct-17

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Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work

Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work

Airtelis, with the support of Nova Capital Group, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 heavy helicopters, including two options. These aircraft will complement Airtelis’ existing fleet of two H225s. The first delivery is planned for later this month. A variant of the Super Puma family, the H215 will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Oct-17

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Airbus and NHV celebrate three years flying H175s

Airbus and NHV celebrate three years flying H175s

Airbus Helicopters and NHV celebrate three years since the introduction of the H175 to the North Sea and strengthen their partnership to keep setting standards for offshore transport operations with this super medium helicopter. NHV was the global launching customer of this platform, whose first two aircraft entered into service in December 2014. Since then… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

In line with its strategy of innovation for the future of vertical flight, Airbus Helicopters is developing an experimental on board image processing management system aimed at performing automatic approaches and landing in challenging conditions, as well as paving the way for future sense & avoid applications on autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) systems…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly

EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Flyability and safetY) for its H175 super medium helicopter. Already certified for the H225, this avionics upgrade enhances the H175’s offshore mission capability providing fully automatic rig approaches. The automated mode also reinforces flight safety by allowing the crew… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

Wiking Helikopter Service has been awarded a contract by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Galloper offshore wind farm. Wiking will fly an Airbus H145 technicians of Siemens to and from the offshore wind farm.  The 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm is located 30 kilometres off the coast of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-17

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Heli-One Developing Doppler Replacement Solution for AS332L/L1

Heli-One Developing Doppler Replacement Solution for AS332L/L1

Stavanger, Norway – Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is developing a Doppler replacement solution for the Airbus AS332L/L1, with auto hover function. The current Doppler system in auto-hover situations is inconsistent over homogenous surfaces and Heli-One’s solution utilises an altitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and a converter… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-17

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Airbus becomes Global’s FlyScan launch customer

Airbus becomes Global’s FlyScan launch customer

Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with German operator Global Helicopter Service (GHS), making them the launch customer for the company’s new FlyScan service, software that helps customers to analyse and manage the Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) data from their helicopter fleet activities. “FlyScan sets a new standard of customer service based on true… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-17

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Heli-One Norway Adds Airbus AS350 Blade Repair Capability

Heli-One Norway Adds Airbus AS350 Blade Repair Capability

Stavanger, Norway – Heli-One Norway, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has added Airbus AS350 blades to their repair and overhaul capabilities. This repair capability gives AS350 operators in the UK and Norway another blade repair option in a fully licensed and OEM-approved facility with short delivery times. Heli-One Norway… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-17

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Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, landed at the Helitech Expo in a Super Puma H225 to demonstrate the renewed safety of the helicopter type. The H225s were grounded after a fatal crash in Norway, where 13 people died. Since then, they have been cleared to fly, but operators in the North Sea are reluctant to reintroduce… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-17

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AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded an operations specification by the FAA to complete airframe and Level 1 engine maintenance on the Airbus Helicopters AS350B2/B3 models. The new Operating Specification addition significantly expands the capabilities of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC), established by Able to provide a full suite of… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 04-Oct-17

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Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Oct-17

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Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced a Waypoint Airbus H225 helicopter, operating on lease to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), will be used as a demonstrator and display aircraft at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo (“Helitech”), to take place at the ExCeL Convention Centre, London from 3-5 Oct… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 03-Oct-17

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Airbus and HAX launch Four Month Program for Urban Air Mobility

Airbus and HAX launch Four Month Program for Urban Air Mobility

Airbus is joining with HAX to create a four-month program for “urban air mobility.” Based in Shenzhen, the program will help guide startups on the different aspects of flying cars or air taxis. Some of these aspects include collisions avoidance, air traffic management, autonomous flight and perception systems, reports TechCrunch. Each participant will receive a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport.  The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning.  In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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Airbus details Helitech offering

Airbus details Helitech offering

Airbus Helicopters is gearing up for an extensive presence at this year’s Helitech International air show, which will take place from 3-5 October at ExCeL London. The world’s leading helicopter manufacturer will display nearly its entire range of aircraft, highlighting the diversity and versatility of its helicopters, many of which are best-sellers in their class…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Sep-17

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Airbus Corporate Helicopters to show H155, H130 and new app at Monaco Yacht Show

Airbus Corporate Helicopters to show H155, H130 and new app at Monaco Yacht Show

ACH (Airbus Corporate Helicopters), Airbus’ private and business helicopter brand, will put on a tour de force with a range of helicopters during the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), the world’s greatest super yacht event. As the only aircraft manufacturer with a dedicated private and business offering across fixed and rotary wing aircraft, customers will be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Sep-17

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Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Airbus Tiger attack helicopters have been given approval by the German military to resume flights. The Tiger helicopters were grounded after a fatal crash in Mali. Pilots are now having to adhere to certain speed and weight restrictions, as well as the amount of autopilot usage, reports DFNS.net Air.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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Airbus Helicopters works closer with Chinese leasing company

Airbus Helicopters works closer with Chinese leasing company

CMIG Leasing (previously known as CMIFL) and Airbus Helicopters further strengthened their partnership through an agreement signed during China Helicopter Exposition 2017 by TANG Min, President of CMIG Leasing, and Marie-Agnes Veve, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters China. Upon the agreement, the two parties will further deepen their cooperation in civil helicopter operations including navigational… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Sep-17

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Avinco revealed as an Airbus group company

Avinco revealed as an Airbus group company

An investigation is underway to determine whether there is possible corruption within Airbus Helicopters. This is after hundreds of leaked bank records and financial statements were revealed to the public. This information showed that two companies were under the control of Airbus and that money to the sum of €19m was routed via a tax… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Sep-17

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Airbus awarded patent for Rotor drive system

Airbus awarded patent for Rotor drive system

A rotor drive for a tail rotor of a helicopter is provided. The system includes a stator and a rotor mounted to the stator with a rotatable central carrier. Rotor blades are radially attached to the rotatable central carrier and each of the rotor blades is pivotable about their respective radial central axis for variation of blade… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 22-Sep-17

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Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Four bidders for Polish attack helicopter order

Poland is currently launching the tender process for a new attack helicopter. Bidders used the MSPO show to showcase their candidates. The show was held in Kielce from September 5-8.  Warsaw is looking into acquiring 34 new attack helicopters, with an initial batch of three to be delivered by 2022, reports Flight Global. Turkish Aerospace… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-17

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REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH to place new H125 in Montana

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH), will place a new type of helicopter in the region, an Airbus H125 helicopter. The new model was purchased by REACH specifically for service in Montana because of its high-reliability rates, high-altitude performance capabilities, and safety features. The new aircraft is specially outfitted for use in the air medical environment… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 21-Sep-17

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Rockwell Collins delivers first mission computer for Airbus HForce

Rockwell Collins delivers first mission computer for Airbus HForce

Rockwell Collins has delivered its first FMC-4212 mission computer to Airbus Helicopters for the HForce onboard weapon system program, which enables the conversion of any commercial helicopter from the Airbus Helicopters platform into an armed, battle-ready unit for military operations. “The high performance and flexibility of the FMC-4212 makes it possible for Airbus Helicopters to… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 14-Sep-17

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Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters showcases EMS capabilities at China Helicopter Expo 2017

Airbus Helicopters will highlight its wide range of products and services at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, from 14th to 17th September in Tianjin. The company will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its presence in China. Visitors will be able to take a closer look on the Airbus Helicopters stand at China’s very… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Sep-17

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Altitude Air puts new H125 into service

Altitude Air puts new H125 into service

The recently arrived Airbus AS 350 B3e (H-125) Helicopter on Nepalese Registration of ‘9N-AMS’ to join Altitude Air fleet has begun commercial operation from today. According to the officials from Altitude Air, the new chopper has successfully completed its first flight taking off from the Eastern Helipad of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu at around 10:15… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 13-Sep-17

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Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Airbus Helicopters has made the results of its survey available to operators and oil companies, but not officially to the press.  However, we have validated from a reliable source that 62% of respondents say they are most unlikely to, or will never, fly in the H225 again.  Airbus are trying to compare this to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-17

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Airbus H145M makes first flight with HForce weapon system

Airbus H145M makes first flight with HForce weapon system

At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. Thanks to this modular weapon system designed by Airbus, the H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Sep-17

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CHC commences H175 revenue operations

CHC commences H175 revenue operations

CHC Helicopter today celebrated the inaugural flight of CHC’s new Airbus H175 super-medium aircraft to the Ocean Patriot. “I am delighted to see the H175 officially take off for our European operation – the first of three in the CHC fleet– and to offer this new-generation aircraft to Shell, for whom we have provided aviation… Read more »

Source: CHC, 08-Sep-17

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CHC signs HCare contract with Airbus for H175

CHC signs HCare contract with Airbus for H175

CHC Helicopter has signed an HCare services contract to cover the operator’s H175 helicopter, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Under this nose to tail contract, Airbus Helicopters is entrusted with providing all spare parts and repairable items for CHC’s H175. “As we introduce these new aircraft to our fleet, we needed to make sure we were… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Aug-17

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Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Monday saw the arrival of the Israel Police Force’s four new Airbus H125 helicopters. The four helicopters are part of a six aircraft contract, with the remaining two H145 helicopters being delivered in the future. The H125s are all equipped with special command and communication systems, reports Ynet News. These helicopters will be used for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Aug-17

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Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $34,473,142 firm-fixed-price modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support parts support and sustainment additional flying hours. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-17

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Airbus awarded patent for blade attachment joint

Airbus awarded patent for blade attachment joint

n airfoil blade (2) of a bearingless rotor of a helicopter. Said airfoil blade (2) has a pitch axis from a tip end to a root end and said root end is provided with junction means for a separable junction arrangement of said airfoil blade (2) with a flexbeam head (13), and a control cuff (4,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 23-Aug-17

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Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

Las Vegas Police show new H145 to local press

The Metropolitan Police Department proudly revealed their new Airbus H145 helicopter this past Wednesday. The new $9.6 million helicopter will be used for Search and Rescue missions, and with its twin engines ensuring a longer flight time and smaller rotor diameter enabling it to fit into tight spaces, it promises to do a good job…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Aug-17

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20-Aug-17 OE-XTM Airbus AS350B3 Cabril, Portugal (1F)

Firefighting operations and helicopter hit powerlines, causing it to crash to the ground.  Sole occupant pilot, named as Americo Sousa age 51, suffered fatal injuries

20-Aug-17

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Brazil approves BLR Aerospace FastFin for H125

Brazil approves BLR Aerospace FastFin for H125

BLR Aerospace today announced that its FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System has been certified by Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) for installation on Airbus H125 helicopters. The H125 FastFin system was certified in late 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and recently received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 16-Aug-17

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Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

Although Airbus’s H225s have been cleared for use after their recent suspension following the fatal crash in Norway, Era Group has commented that they do not see a return to service for their nine H225s. They are also in a court battle with Airbus as they claim Airbus knew full well the safety issues with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Aug-17

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German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

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Addition of the second fleet AS 350 B3e by Altitude Air shortly

Addition of the second fleet AS 350 B3e by Altitude Air shortly

Altitude Air, recently registered charter helicopter operator of Nepal in the final stage of on procurement of factory made Airbus AS 350 B3e series rotor aircraft, single-engine light helicopter manufactured by the by Airbus Helicopter in its fleet. Officials’ from Altitude Air notified Aviation Nepal that an AS 350 B3e is planned to be introduced… Read more »

Source: Aviation Nepal, 08-Aug-17

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Philippines’ GCA Skyline takes delivery of its first H130

Philippines’ GCA Skyline takes delivery of its first H130

Philippines-based charter operator GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. welcomed its first H130 in early July. Currently operating a H125, the new H130 will be immediately operational to perform similar commercial missions, including VIP transport and tourism for GCA Skyline. “As a fast growing company, we look to the most efficient and reliable aircraft to expand our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Aug-17

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Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

Indian navy rejects Ka226 due to lack of blade folding capability

The Indian Navy is currently looking to procure 110 light utility helicopters (LUH). They have already rejected the Russian Kamov Ka-226T helicopter because the blades cannot fold and will not be able to fit inside a ship’s hangar. The Ka-226T also cannot carry torpedoes, which is a “mandatory requirement,” reports Defence News. The Navy is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Aug-17

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CHC takes delivery of first H175 aircraft

CHC takes delivery of first H175 aircraft

CHC Helicopter will today take delivery of its first H175 for use in offshore oil and gas operations. The aircraft has been delivered in full offshore passenger transport configuration, allowing CHC to begin training and adjustment from the operator’s base at Aberdeen, ahead of operational launch in August 2017. Based at CHC Helicopter’s site in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Aug-17

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DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of… Read more »

Source: DLR, 01-Aug-17

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Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Hospital Wing takes delivery of fourth H130

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new H130 to Hospital Wing, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit air medical transport service, which will join three H130s already in service. The acquisition is part of Hospital Wing’s long-term strategy to transition its entire fleet to this helicopter model. The nonprofit also currently operates three EC130B4s, which is an… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jul-17

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Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation Acquires Airbus AS350 B2

Helinet Aviation, one of the most respected helicopter operators on the West Coast, announced today the purchase of an Airbus AS350 B2 for its ENG and Production groups. The aircraft has been specially outfitted by EuroTec, a leading helicopter sales and support company. Dedicated to the memory of Alan Purwin, the B2 features a digitized… Read more »

Source: Helinet Aviation, 31-Jul-17

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San Bernandino Sherriff Acquires H125

San Bernandino Sherriff  Acquires H125

San Bernandino County Sheriff’s Department in California has strengthened its public safety capabilities with the acquisition of two new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the best-selling law enforcement helicopter in the country. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is exhibiting one of San Bernandino’s H125s at the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo this week… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jul-17

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Airbus awarded patent for connection joint for attaching an airfoil blade to a helicopter’s bearingless main rotor

Airbus awarded patent for connection joint for attaching an airfoil blade to a helicopter’s bearingless main rotor

An airfoil blade (2) of a bearingless rotor of a helicopter. Said airfoil blade (2) has a pitch axis from a tip end to a root end and said root end is provided with junction means for a separable junction arrangement of said airfoil blade (2) with a flexbeam head (13), and a control cuff (4,… Read more »

Source: USPTO, 25-Jul-17

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CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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Swiss Rotor Solutions takes AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit to ALEA 2017

Swiss Rotor Solutions takes AS350 Maximum Pilot View Kit to ALEA 2017

Swiss Rotor Solutions Ltd, in cooperation with AeroBrigham LLC (booth #106) is presenting the MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT (MPVK), the next generation safety and visibility solution for the Airbus H125 / AS350 helicopter family during the upcoming ALEA Convention in Reno NV. Visit AeroBrigham at booth #106 and preserve a technical briefing about the Maximum… Read more »

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 25-Jul-17

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Canada certifies airbus H145

Canada certifies airbus H145

Airbus announced certification of the H145 by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With its extensive versatility and operational flexibility, the H145’s compact size and large cabin make it the perfect choice for a variety of civil missions, particularly in high-and-hot conditions. “We are pleased to enhance our customers’ aircraft portfolios, through the availability of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jul-17

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Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $35,161,927 modification (P00026) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 in support of the UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support, parts support, and sustainment; the flying hour rate contract line item numbers have been revised to increase the total estimated flying hours and additional funding provided for the flying hours. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-17

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