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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

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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HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore operators are working with UK and Norwegian authorities to release the technical data used to justify their decision on 7 July to lift operating restrictions on Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters. The offshore helicopter industry’s global safety association says that without having all available data its members cannot determine whether or… Read more »

Source: HeliOffshore, 18-Jul-17

Airbus Canada Is Accepting Nominations for 2017 Safety Award

Airbus Canada Is Accepting Nominations for 2017 Safety Award

As in previous years, the winner(s) of the Innovation in Safety Award will be selected by a committee of industry professionals.  The award ceremony will take place during the Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual conference, November 9th – 11th in Ottawa, ON.  The award recipient(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD in addition to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jul-17

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus has proposed that domestic firms receive a cut of the €4 billion contract that the German government has set aside for their next generation of low-risk heavy-lift helicopters. But due to their demands, the government is currently looking to Lockheed Martin and Boeing for their existing heavy-lift military units. Although the project must still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-17

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

The aircraft set to train Australian Defence Force aviators is an impressive piece of kit. The Airbus EC135 T2+ offers the perjformance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter and will replace the Navy’s Squirrel and Army’s Kiowa, which are more than 30 and 40 years old respectively. The EC135 is widely used by police, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-17

StandardAero to buy Vector Aerospace from Airbus

StandardAero to buy Vector Aerospace from Airbus

Amsterdam, 5 July 2017 – StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations with respect to an 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,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-17

The H160 leads the way in the industrial transformation at Airbus

The H160 leads the way in the industrial transformation at Airbus

Along with the “H Generation” of products comes an industrial “revolution” in helicopter manufacturing. The intent is to bring more agility, quality, standardization and competitiveness to the way helicopters are manufactured at Airbus, for the benefit of our customers. Just months away from the beginning of initial operations of the brand new H160 final assembly… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Jul-17

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EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules €377 million of French and German support to develop the innovative Airbus X6 heavy helicopter. The project will significantly contribute to research and innovation in the EU without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The French and… Read more »

Source: The European Commission, 07-Jul-17

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Airbus takes H215 on Chinese demo tour

Airbus takes H215 on Chinese demo tour

The heavy twin H215 helicopter, a member of the world-renowned Super Puma family, is demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities for firefighting, power line missions, law enforcement, and passenger transportation as well as its excellent performance in high and hot conditions during its debut demo tour in China. Kicking off the two-week long tour with demo flights… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jul-17

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Airbus offers H145 with Alternate Gross Weight of 3,800 kg

Airbus offers H145 with Alternate Gross Weight of 3,800 kg

The optional increase of the Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) allows H145 operators to take off with up to 100 kg more useful load. It brings additional benefit especially for law enforcement, para-public or military missions offering the possibility to carry for example more fuel, mission equipment or passengers. Axel Humpert, Airbus Helicopters Head of H145… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jul-17

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Saab to supply self-protection system for H225M

Saab to supply self-protection system for H225M

Defence and security company Saab has received a contract from Airbus Helicopters for the IDAS integrated electronic warfare self-protection systems for H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters. Saab’s Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS) protects the crew by enhancing platform survivability in sophisticated, diverse and dense threat environments. The system provides timely warning against radar, laser and… Read more »

Source: Saab, 05-Jul-17

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Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales

Uralhelicom is a Russian helicopter operator who is a certified dealer with Robinson Helicopters and also has a service centre for Airbus Helicopters. They have had seven deliveries out this year; four Robinsons, an AW119, an EC145 and a H125. One of their representatives has disclosed that the R66 and R44 are the two most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale Orders an Additional EC145

The French Gendarmerie Nationale is replacing its trust in Airbus Helicopters’ EC145 with the purchase of an additional aircraft to be delivered in 2018. The aircraft will be delivered in the same configuration as the existing Gendarmerie fleet, with mission equipment notably including a hoist, search light, sling, and specific radios. Fourteen EC145s are currently… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jul-17

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ACSS to supply TCAS for Airbus H160

ACSS to supply TCAS for Airbus H160

ACSS, an L3 and Thales Company, announced today that its T3CAS® Integrated Surveillance System has been selected by Airbus Helicopters as standard equipment for its new H160 medium-lift, multi-role commercial transport helicopter. ACSS’s T3CAS provides situational awareness and collision avoidance protection to more than 15,000 aircraft worldwide. This marks the first time T3CAS has been selected… Read more »

Source: L3 Aviation Products, 04-Jul-17

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Iraq Ministry of Oil receives four EC145s

Iraq Ministry of Oil receives four EC145s

Last month, Airbus delivered the final two of four H145 helicopters ordered by the Iraq Ministry of Oil. The contract with the South Oil Company, a government owned company of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, was signed in June 2014. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has selected Airbus as its helicopter provider for its aviation… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jun-17

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Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Airbus picks H160 composite supplier

Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) will extend its 40-year partnership with Airbus Helicopters by supplying composite materials for the new H160 helicopter. Hexcel’s reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials have been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades. The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in… Read more »

Source: Hexcel, 29-Jun-17

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Japanese operator Akagi Helicopter acquires one H125

Japanese operator Akagi Helicopter acquires one H125

Airbus Helicopters Japan has secured a contract for one H125 with Akagi Helicopter Co., Ltd. The proven helicopter from the Ecureuil family will join the company’s fleet for various transportation missions, in June 2018. Akagi Helicopter currently operates two SA315s and four AS350s. This will be the first H125 to be operated by the Japanese… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-17

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German Air Force receives last H145M

German Air Force receives last H145M

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). The helicopters, stationed in Laupheim, are operated by the Bundeswehr special forces. As the launch customer, the Bundeswehr ordered 15 of these high-performance helicopters in 2013 as part of the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Special Operations Forces (SOF)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jun-17

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Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus reveals Racer demonstrator developed from X3

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled today at the Paris air show the aerodynamic configuration of the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Codenamed Racer, for Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft, this demonstrator will incorporate a host of innovative features and will be optimised for a cruise speed… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-17

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Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Airbus picks Salesforce CRM software

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that Airbus (EPA: AIR)—one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world with more than 130,000 employees—will deploy Salesforce Sales Cloud Einstein and Service Cloud Einstein as part of its global digital transformation strategy. “Airbus is a terrific example of a company that’s putting the customer… Read more »

Source: Salesforce, 27-Jun-17

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Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Under… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jun-17

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Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed a contract for one H215, making it the first operator in Japan to operate the rotorcraft when it is delivered in 2020.  Currently operating a fleet of 14 helicopters, the largest police air corps in Japan plans to enhance its law enforcement activities with this new H215…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-17

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VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

VSR700 demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

Airbus Helicopters recently started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, paving the way for a first flight of the actual VSR700 prototype in 2018. A light military rotary-wing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, the VSR700 is being developed jointly by Airbus Helicopters and Helicopteres Guimbal, the original manufacturer of the civil-certified… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-17

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Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics to Provide Connectivity Solution for Airbus

Astronautics Corporation of America announced that it will provide its newest connectivity platform, the Astronautics Air Ground Communications System (AGCS), to Airbus Helicopters as a connectivity solution for the original equipment manufacturer’s production helicopters. Airbus Helicopters is the largest supplier of turbine helicopters to the rotorcraft market. Astronautics is providing Airbus Helicopters with its newest… Read more »

Source: Astronautics, 20-Jun-17

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Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus signs its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail Air

Airbus Helicopters has signed its first HCare Smart contract with Fishtail in Nepal. Under the contract, two H125 helicopters operated by Fishtail Air will be covered by Airbus’ HCare program for a period of five years. The contract covers both scheduled and un-scheduled events providing all necessary support to the operator to carry out its… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Jun-17

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HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

HEMS Symposium in São Paulo

The São Paulo Campo de Marte Airport, home to Helibras, held Brazil’s first Airbus Aeromedical Transport Symposium this past week. The symposium, held over two days, had speakers such as Élcio Alves Barbosa, the national civil defence disaster director; Ralph Setz, Airbus HEMS specialist; Col. Carlos Eduardo Falconi from the São Paulo police and Thomas… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

Canada plans to upgrade 412s, not replace them

The president of Airbus Canada, Romain Trapp, has commented how their H145M would be a suitable replacement for the current CH-146 Griffon and in doing so they could save Canadian taxpayers over $1 billion over 10 years. Leonardo seems to also be contesting to replace the Griffon. Canada’s Liberal government has however released a new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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09-Jun-17 902 Airbus AS565MB Varna, Bulgaria (1F)

Crashed into the sea during artillery exercise, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy Wielingen-class Drazki 41 frigate.  Pilot (named as Captain Georgi Atanasov) later died in hospital, with the other two occupants seriously injured but stable.  Serial confirmed in this article

09-Jun-17

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31-May-17 Airbus AS532 Uludere, Turkey (13F)

Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off).  All 13 POB deceased.  DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region. All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major… Read more »

31-May-17

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31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field

31-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters first helicopter final assembly line in China

Airbus Helicopters is moving forward with the expansion of its global footprint and its strategic partnership with China, as construction is now underway for its H135 Final Assembly Line (FAL) – the first of its kind not only for Airbus Helicopters, but also for the Western helicopter industry in China. The FAL will be located… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-May-17

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30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928

30-May-17

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Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-17

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27-May-17 VT-ENX Airbus AS365N Ahmedabad, India

Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up.  Successful safe emergency landing made.  VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board.  The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with… Read more »

27-May-17

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Lower Operating Temperature for H135

Lower Operating Temperature for H135

The Russian Aviation Register has lowered the minimum operating temperature of the Airbus H135’s new modification EC135 T3 and EC135 P3 from -25°С to -35°С. This change has ensured that the Russian airworthiness certificate has been amended as well as matching the EASA certificate. this announcement was made at HeliRussia 2017. The H135 model is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

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Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

Brazilian military takes delivery of two H225Ms

In the last few weeks Helibras has delivered two H225Ms to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The first one –destined to the Army- has been delivered in the full operational configuration, including specially designed mission systems unique to the Army. Based in Taubaté and operated by the 1º BAvEx, this is the ninth H225M to integrate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-May-17

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25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy

25-May-17

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Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace becomes authorized Safran Arriel 2D Repair Centre

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received authorization from Safran Helicopter Engines to support the latest Arriel 2D model as a certified Repair Centre.  This new approval, which extends Vector’s service capabilities on the Airbus Helicopters H125 and H130 platforms, continues Vector’s long-running support of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 24-May-17

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Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Texas-based, Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC. will provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services to Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc., a U.S. affiliate of the global aerospace and defense company Airbus, was awarded a 5-year CLS contract by the U.S. Army in mid-December 2016.  Airbus… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters launches new high-end bespoke brand at EBACE

Airbus Helicopters has launched Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH), its high-end, bespoke brand, at EBACE 2017.  The brand, which will be identified by the ACH logo, will build on the company’s leadership in the Private and Business Aviation market, offering a unique level of quality finish, craftsmanship and bespoke service matching the most demanding requirements. ACH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-May-17

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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

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20-May-17 6595 Airbus HH-65 Berkeley, US-California

Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning.  Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco

20-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters rolls out 700th H130

Airbus Helicopters celebrated a major milestone last week with the roll-out of the 700th H130 light single-engine helicopter, which will be operated by a private customer. The H130 fleet has so far accumulated more than 1.8M flight hours with 340 operators worldwide. Since entry into service of the first EC130 in 2001, this light single… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-May-17

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First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-May-17

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Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus creates new commercial drone services start-up

Airbus (stock exchange symbol: AIR) today launched its U.S. base and operations of a new commercial drone start-up, named Airbus Aerial, at the AUVSI Xponential tradeshow and conference in Dallas. With bases both in the U.S. and in Europe, Airbus Aerial’s initial business will focus on developing new imagery services. These services will leverage the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-May-17

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10-May-17 G-HKCN Airbus H125 Bergen, Norway

Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside.  Three POB, one seriously… Read more »

10-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed inspections for two Airbus H225 aircraft (1-year and 8-year inspections) for South Korea’s National 119. The inspections were completed simultaneously (ten days for 1-year and 7 weeks for 8-year inspection) at two Korean bases in Seoul and Busan, allowing the… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 09-May-17

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Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Airbus lands first H145 sale into China

Beijing 999 Emergency Rescue Center (Beijing 999), a subsidiary of Beijing Red Cross Foundation, signed an agreement today with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of one H145, the first of its kind to be configured with a hoist for medical and search and rescue (SAR) in China. The rotorcraft is scheduled for delivery by 2019…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-May-17

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SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

SAF receives last of three EMS H135s

Airbus Helicopters has completed deliveries of three H135s, the latest version of its family, for emergency medical services (EMS) operations by SAF Group. The first aircraft is in service in Toulouse while the second and third helicopters are destined to perform EMS missions in Alençon and Besançon. These helicopters are the very first H135s to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-May-17

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07-May-17 9N-AKG Airbus AS350B3e Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Helicopter was hit by an object while flying and damage was sustained to the boom (picture).

07-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

05-May-17

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Taiwan Leasing Firm to Finance Fifth H130 for PhilJets

Taiwan Leasing Firm to Finance Fifth H130 for PhilJets

Chailease, a Taiwanese financial institution, has decided to finance PhilJets Group’s fifth Airbus H130 helicopter in order to create a partnership between the two companies. Chailease Regional Manager, Alexander Tang has commented that by creating this partnership, they will be able to tap into “local markets.” The announcement of this decision was made at the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden

Airbus Helicopters celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Gazelle’s maiden flight today during a conference at the museum of aviation in St Victoret, near the company headquarters. Fifty years after its maiden flight on 7 April 1967, the Gazelle is still being operated by nearly 100 customers in 34 countries and it is appreciated for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-May-17

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Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus Helicopters have today issued the following statement to coincide with the publication of another Preliminary Report by AIBN – the Accident Investigation Board of Norway – into the fatal accident of EC225 LN-OJF on 29th April 2017, it being the first anniversary tomorrow.  Further comment is given below the statement Statement from Guillaume Faury,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Apr-17

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EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) takes note of the publication today by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) of the preliminary investigation report of the tragic accident of an Airbus Helicopters EC225 (registration number LN-OJF) which occurred on 29 April 2016 in Norway. While the accident investigation is not complete, EASA continues to implement… Read more »

Source: EASA, 28-Apr-17

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Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway Description 29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 28-Apr-17

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Airbus Helicopters Congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for Ten Years of EMS Operations

Airbus Helicopters Congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for Ten Years of EMS Operations

Airbus Helicopters and Bangkok Helicopter Services (BHS) from Thailand held a ceremony at the Rotorcraft Asia Exhibition, to celebrate BHS as a pioneer in South East Asia for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), and committed operations for ten years. BHS has proved once again as a pioneer recently, operating since 2017 the first H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Apr-17

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H145 is best in class for hoist operations

H145 is best in class for hoist operations

Airbus has extended the flight envelope of the H145 by enhancing the helicopter’s OEI power. The acronym OEI stands for “One-engine-inoperative”, measuring the performance of an aircraft with only one engine remaining operative. With the increased power, the light-twin helicopter H145 can accommodate two additional technicians or can fly longer distances during a mission which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Apr-17

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Airbus congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for 10 Years of EMS Ops

Airbus congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for 10 Years of EMS Ops

Airbus Helicopters and Bangkok Helicopter Services (BHS) from Thailand held a ceremony at the Rotorcraft Asia Exhibition, to celebrate BHS as a pioneer in South East Asia for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), and committed operations for ten years. BHS has proved once again as a pioneer recently, operating since 2017 the first H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Apr-17

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Frasca Sells H125 Flight Simulator to Aero Asahi

Frasca Sells H125 Flight Simulator to Aero Asahi

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency… Read more »

Source: Frasca International, 24-Apr-17

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Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation today announced the addition of two new state-of-the-art Airbus Helicopters’ H130 aircraft in its fleet. These helicopters will strengthen the company’s position as a leader in passenger transportation missions including heli-pilgrimage, aerial work and VIP transportation missions in India. The two H130s will complement Heritage Aviation’s existing fleet of two H125 helicopters which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG integrates pilot assistance and safety solution on Swiss AF EC635 fleet

RUAG Aviation integrated a pilot assistance and helicopter safety solution on the Airbus Helicopter EC635, on behalf of the Swiss Air Force, for use in recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-sponsored trials. The goal of the international trials cited technology- testing for enhancing safety during helicopter operations in limited visibility environments. Held at Älggialp, Switzerland, the… Read more »

Source: RUAG Aviation, 24-Apr-17

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Airbus and Nepalese operators mark 50,000 flight hours of the H125

Airbus and Nepalese operators mark 50,000 flight hours of the H125

Nepalese operators have reached a significant milestone with the Airbus Helicopters’ H125 in the Himalayan Kingdom. Seven operators have collectively achieved 50,000 flying hours with an overall fleet of 15 H125. This important milestone was celebrated in a ceremony held at Rotorcraft Asia which brought together senior Airbus Helicopters management from the region and a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Apr-17

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Airbus and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania

Airbus and IAR sign an exclusive agreement for the H215M in Romania

Airbus Helicopters and IAR have signed a general agreement for an exclusive cooperation for the heavy twin engine H215M multi-role helicopter. Under this general agreement IAR will become the prime contractor for the H215M for any future order by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to replace their ageing fleet. “We are proud to have signed… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-17

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Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus spotlights latest rotorcraft technologies at Rotorcraft Asia

Airbus Helicopters will showcase its comprehensive range of rotary wing products and technologies at next week’s Rotorcraft Asia.  The inaugural tradeshow dedicated to the growing Asia Pacific helicopter market, will take place at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre from 18 to 20 April 2017. Taking centre stage as the largest exhibitor at this regional event, Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Apr-17

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Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One Meets Super Puma Exchange Demand

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has recently completed Airbus AS332 dynamic component exchanges with a customer in Puerto Rico. The aircraft’s main gearbox and main rotorhead were also recently overhauled at Heli-One’s facilities. The availability of the components allowed the customer to continue to provide services for… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 18-Apr-17

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PhilJets Confirms Addition of Airbus H130, H145, and Bell 407 Helicopters in Its Fleet

In line with its plans of holding a stronger position in the aviation industry here in Asia, PhilJets Group confirms during the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), happening on April 11 to 13, 2017, the delivery of its latest addition of Bell 407 GXP Helicopter to its fleet this month. In addition, PhilJets… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 18-Apr-17

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Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department Receives Third Helicopter

Anaheim Police Department has recently received the approval from City Council to purchase a 2006 Airbus AS350 B2 helicopter for $538,750. They already have two of the same models, which are based at Fullerton Municipal Airport that are operated by the Air Support Division Patrol. $260,000 has been allocated to the helicopter in order for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-17

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Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Mikikanko Company, a real estate firm based in Chiba, Japan, has enjoyed multiple successes venturing into various businesses such as amusement and recreation services. To support its existing and expanding businesses, Mikikanko has selected the Airbus light single H125 helicopter to perform any mission it requires. The reason why the H125 was selected is simple…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Apr-17

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Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

Czech Military Looks into CZK6 Billion Contract

The Czech Republic is looking into a military contract costing around CZK 6 billion. Although sources say the costs may double. Companies that are gunning for the contract include Airbus, Bell and Sikorsky. The competition is high between the three companies, but a spokesperson has said that the decision may not necessarily be made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-17

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