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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Airbus Helicopters and PTDI expand long-standing industrial co-operation

Airbus Helicopters and PTDI expand long-standing industrial co-operation

Riding on a 40-year long established partnership, Airbus Helicopters and PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) bolstered their industrial co-operation to include support and services dedicated for the helicopter fleet of the Indonesian government. Witnessed by French Minister of State for Industry Christophe Sirugue this morning, the agreement was signed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Mar-17

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Pawan Hans and Airbus Helicopters Collaborates for Maintenance Partnership

Pawan Hans and Airbus Helicopters Collaborates for Maintenance Partnership

Airbus Helicopters has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) appointing the Indian helicopter operator as Airbus Helicopters’ approved maintenance centre for the Dauphin and Ecureuil rotorcraft. The MoU has the provision to enlarge Pawan Hans’ scope of maintenance services in the future to include other Airbus helicopter types. “We are proud… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 28-Mar-17

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Malaysian Navy and Airbus celebrate excellence in fleet availability

Malaysian Navy and Airbus celebrate excellence in fleet availability

Airbus Helicopters and the Royal Malaysian Navy held a ceremony at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA), to celebrate the excellent fleet availability record of the AS555 SN Fennec fleet. Attended by Panglima Pemerintahan Armada from the Royal Malaysian Navy, Laksamana Madya Dato’ Seri Panglima Mohamad Roslan bin Mohamad Ramli, Panglima Udara TLDM,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Mar-17

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Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

The milestone delivery of the 50th H225 rear fuselage from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to Airbus Helicopters at this morning’s ceremony, has once again affirmed Airbus Helicopters’ dedication in the development of a robust and sustainable aerospace industrial ecosystem in Indonesia. It also demonstrated the important role PTDI plays in Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of Engineering

Airbus Helicopters appoints new Head of Engineering

Alain Flourens will take over as Head of Engineering at Airbus Helicopters on 1st July, including taking up a role as a member of the Executive Committee of the company.  A two month overlap period is planned with the current incumbent – Jean-Brice Dumont – who is moving to be Headof Engineering at Airbus Commercial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-17

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Airbus H160 program update

Airbus H160 program update

Airbus Helicopters told HeliHub.com recently that the H160 program is on schedule and they seem very pleased with progress.  They are unable to release a prototype from the testing phase for Heli-Expo, but they have a Virtual Reality simulation on their booth in Dallas in place of an actual airframe. We have separated our update into… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Mar-17

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Concorde Battery approved for AS332

Concorde Battery approved for AS332

Concorde Battery Corporation is pleased to announce the TSO C173a approved RG-332 series batteries exclusively designed as drop in replacements for Airbus Helicopters AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2 and EC225LP Aircraft. The RG-332 series consists of a non?heated (RG-332-1) and heated (RG-332-2) 44 Ah, 24 volt battery designed to replace the original equipment 43 Ah… Read more »

Source: Concorde Battery, 15-Mar-17

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Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

Aersud Elicotteri signs for two H125 and celebrates the 200th Ecureuil H125

On March 8, 2017, Aersud Elicotteri, Airbus Helicopters’ distributor for Italy, signed a contract for the purchase of two H125 rotorcrafts during the HAI Heli-Expo air show in Dallas, Texas. These helicopters will be tasked for aerial work missions and the deliveries are scheduled for early 2018. With this order, Aersud Elicotteri celebrates the 200th… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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New HCare Fleet features reduce customers’ operational workload

Airbus and its long-time partner, Rusada, recently launched a new electronic ordering feature designed to reduce customer workload when ordering helicopter parts. The new interface between Airbus Helicopters’ e-ordering software and Envision, Rusada’s maintenance information system, now permits customers to input their orders just once into Envision. The interface communicates directly with e-ordering, thereby limiting… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

Airbus uses QR codes to collect customer feedback

As part of its ongoing journey towards improving customer satisfaction, Airbus is implementing QR codes as a means of collecting customer feedback following each spare part delivery originating from Marignane, France. Upon receipt of a package, customers can scan the affixed QR code using their smartphone, displaying a webpage on which they can select their… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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Airbus H125 helicopters operating on the roof of the world

Airbus H125 helicopters operating on the roof of the world

Ruo’er General Aviation Development Group (Ruo’er Group), one of the biggest general aviation companies operating flight support base and airport with comprehensive services in China, signed an letter of intent with Airbus Helicopters, for a total of 12 H125s with first confirmed order of four aircraft today at Heli-Expo. These H125s will be operated by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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Waypoint Leasing Places Airbus H145 on Lease with Acher Aviation

Waypoint Leasing Places Airbus H145 on Lease with Acher Aviation

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has signed an agreement to lease an Airbus H145 helicopter to Acher Aviation (“Acher”), a leading operator in South Africa, supporting offshore oil and gas operations. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and Relationship Management at… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 10-Mar-17

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Cost reductions efforts pay off on H125, H130 and H135 programs

Cost reductions efforts pay off on H125, H130 and H135 programs

Airbus Helicopters’ efforts in the field of customer satisfaction are paying off with a recent independent survey confirming a significant reduction in direct maintenance and direct operating costs (DMC and DOC) for the H125, H130 and H135 helicopters, further strengthening the competitiveness of these types on the helicopter market. A survey published late last year… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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New FlyScan service to help customers analyse helicopter HUMS data

New FlyScan service to help customers analyse helicopter HUMS data

The smart analysis of helicopter data has become an essential part of customer business operations today. The Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) – a fixture on many Airbus helicopter platforms and enriched by Helionix – generates a particularly rich amount of useful data that Airbus is now leveraging for the benefit of its customers…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Mar-17

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Waypoint Leasing to Bolster Fleet with 16 New Airbus Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing to Bolster Fleet with 16 New Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that Waypoint has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters.  The agreement, for more than € 100 million, covers the purchase… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 08-Mar-17

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Waypoint Leasing Enters Chinese Market with Multiple Helicopter Lease Agreements

Waypoint Leasing Enters Chinese Market with Multiple Helicopter Lease Agreements

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has entered into a lease agreement with Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company (“Skyway”), a provider of helicopter transportation and related support services in China, for one new Airbus H135 helicopter, which will be used for emergency medical services.  Separately,… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 08-Mar-17

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Maxcraft Receives STC for Garmin in Airbus Helicopters EC-135

Maxcraft Receives STC for Garmin in Airbus Helicopters EC-135

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announced that they have received Transport Canada STC SH17-13 for installation of the Garmin GTS800 Traffic System with dual directional traffic antennas, and STC SH17- 14 for installation of Garmin HTAWS in the Airbus Helicopters EC-135. Garmin GTS800 Traffic Alerting System When flying in busy airspace, converging in sometimes less-than-ideal visibility conditions… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 08-Mar-17

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Vector and Robertson finalizing design of AS350/EC130 fuel tank

Vector  and Robertson finalizing design of AS350/EC130 fuel tank

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has over the past year continued to pursue certification of the crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) being developed with Robertson Fuel Systems LLC as a retrofit for the Airbus AS350/EC130 family of helicopters. Vector and Robertson have undertaken substantial testing of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 08-Mar-17

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REACH places first-ever order for Airbus H125s

REACH places first-ever order for Airbus H125s

REACH Air Medical Services, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings, has placed an order for five new Airbus H125s, marking the first time the company has turned to an Airbus Helicopters aircraft for its single-engine platform solution. The company selected the H125 after requesting a high-altitude demonstration and “fly-off” of the Airbus H125 and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-17

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STAT MedEvac to be first US air medical team to operate Helionix-equipped H135s

STAT MedEvac to be first US air medical team to operate Helionix-equipped H135s

STAT MedEvac will soon be the first air medical transport service in North America to operate Airbus H135 helicopters equipped with Helionix, an innovative and powerful avionics system. The Pennsylvania-based critical care transport team has placed orders with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for three new H135s to replace older aircraft in its fleet, with delivery scheduled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 700th helicopter to Canadian market

Airbus Helicopters delivers 700th helicopter to Canadian market

Airbus has delivered the 700th helicopter into the Canadian market, an H125 to the Nova Scotia Ministry of Natural Resources. The ministry’s mandate includes; development, management, conservation and protection of forest, mineral, parks and wildlife resources as well as, administration of the province’s crown land. The aircraft delivery is part of a fleet renewal for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Mar-17

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Airbus to enhance customer support through Premium Service Centers

Airbus to enhance customer support through Premium Service Centers

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is taking additional steps to enhance customer support to its many, far-flung Airbus helicopter operators by creating a network of specially trained, stocked and equipped Premium Service Centers. Premium Service Centers will be selected from the company’s existing network based on their geographical coverage, reputation, and quality of services provided to their… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Mar-17

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BLR Announces 1st H125 FastFin Sale

BLR Announces 1st H125 FastFin Sale

BLR Aerospace has completed its first fleet sale of the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for Airbus H125 helicopters and will introduce its lead-the-fleet customer at HAI HELI-EXPO 2017 in Dallas. Brainerd Aviation purchased four systems in December, becoming the first operator to select the FastFin, which uses advanced airflow management to increase… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 06-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters former chief pilot given flight safety role

Airbus Helicopters former chief pilot given flight safety role

Bruce Webb, the long-time chief pilot for Airbus Helicopters Inc., has a mission in life. He wants to make flying helicopters safer. Now it’s his job. Webb has moved into a new role as Director of Aviation Education and Community Outreach, for Airbus Helicopters Inc. In the newly created position, Webb will work to strengthen… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-17

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Vector Aerospace to showcase a range of customer-focused MRO solutions at HAI Heli-Expo

Vector Aerospace to showcase a range of customer-focused MRO solutions at HAI Heli-Expo

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will be highlighting its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2017 helicopter trade show & exposition being held in Dallas, TX next week (March 7-9). A major highlight on Vector’s booth (# 1612) will be its Airbus Helicopters… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 03-Mar-17

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Waypoint Leasing Places Two H135s with Mackay Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing Places Two H135s with Mackay Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it will deliver two Airbus Helicopters H135s from its order book on lease to Mackay Helicopters Pty Ltd (“Mackay”), a leading Australian helicopter operator.  Waypoint’s H135s will operate out of Mackay’s North Queensland Base on specialist helicopter marine pilot transfer operations. Ian… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 03-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters showcases H135, H145, H130 Helionix at Heli-Expo

Airbus Helicopters showcases H135, H145, H130 Helionix at Heli-Expo

Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services at this year’s Heli-Expo, 7- 9 March at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX, with a lineup of three of its best-selling aircraft, including the H130 in a VIP configuration; the H145 in a public services configuration and the recently… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-17

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NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours

NHV’s H175 fleet reaches 10,000 flight hours

NHV Group and Airbus Helicopters are pleased to announce that NHV’s H175 fleet has logged its first 10,000 flight hours. This significant milestone proves this super-medium-sized rotorcraft’s capabilities and reliability in highly demanding operations, especially the transportation of personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms. The 10,000 hours have been accumulated by NHV’s… Read more »

Source: NHV, 02-Mar-17

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QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School

QinetiQ has signed a deal for four Airbus H125 helicopters as part of its modernisation of the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), which it manages alongside the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Worth approximately £15 million, the deal will see Airbus Helicopters’ UK design team upgrade the Garmin G500-equipped aircraft with, among other capabilities, a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-17

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Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts. This retrofit will guarantee the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-17

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Los Angeles Police Dept order four airbus H125

Los Angeles Police Dept order four airbus H125

The Los Angeles Police Department will strengthen its Air Support Division this year with the addition of four new Airbus H125 AStars as part of a long-term plan to upgrade its entire patrol helicopter fleet. LAPD Capt. Sean Parker said the H125 proved to be the most suitable replacement for the division’s fleet of AS350… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-17

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Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

Possible Stabilization for Oil and Gas Sector

The oil and gas sector has been under strain the last two years, causing the values of many large and medium helicopters to decrease. Although, things might take a turn for the better, reports Flight Global, and within the next year. Sector analyst, Ben Chapman has said it might take up to 18 months for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-17

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Entrepreneur David MacNeil takes delivery of new, customized Airbus H145 helicopter

Entrepreneur David MacNeil takes delivery of new, customized Airbus H145 helicopter

Leading American entrepreneur David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., has taken delivery of a new customized Airbus H145 helicopter for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil flew away from Airbus Helicopters Inc.’s Grand Prairie headquarters after a final inspection and acceptance flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Feb-17

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UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

UK distributor launches Guimbal Centre of Excellence

The UK distributor for the French-built composite two-seat Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter is expanding into new facilities. HeliGroup is establishing a Centre of Excellence at Oxford Airport, to include a new sales office and training centre. The company is launching a new sales office within the Airbus Helicopters UK complex, as well as a dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 21-Feb-17

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Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Airbus Helicopters in Japan has secured a contract extension with Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) for its H225 (previously known as EC-225 LP) fleet over the next five years, benefitting from Airbus’ new customer fleet availability service offer ‘HCare Infinite’. “We are delighted with the contract renewal by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Feb-17

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Lao Skyway takes delivery of first Airbus H125

Lao Skyway takes delivery of first Airbus H125

Lao Skyway received its first Airbus H125 helicopter, becoming the first of its kind to fly in the Laotian skies. Lao Skyway acquired two Airbus H125 helicopters in August 2016, for civil and parapublic missions, including domestic charter flights and search-and-locate missions. The second H125 is expected to be delivered in May 2017. “We are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Feb-17

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Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-17

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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

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

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

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Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus reports on 2016 for North American market

Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd. solidified their position as the North American market leader in civil and parapublic helicopters in 2016 despite a difficult market environment that saw a dramatic decline in total industry orders. The companies delivered a combined 60 new helicopters to the civil and parapublic market in 2016, 50… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Feb-17

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Upgrades for Argentinian US365N2

Upgrades for Argentinian US365N2

Argentina’s Ministry of Security plans to spend €23.943 million on upgrades from Airbus Helicopters for their AS365N2 helicopters. The three helicopters, used by the Prefectura Naval Argentina, are close to their 10-year mark. When they reach that mark they require a complete overhaul, causing them to be out of service for an entire year. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-17

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Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus and Precise Flight Announce Expanded STC Approvals for the Pulselite(R) Bird Strike Prevention System

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Precise Flight, Inc. have announced approval of the amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Pulselite® Bird Strike Prevention System. This approval comes as an amendment to STC SH3319NM, bringing the total number of Airbus rotorcraft models certified for the Pulselite® System to 67. This includes… Read more »

Source: Precise Flight, 02-Feb-17

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New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

HeliHub.com understands from reliable sources in the offshore helicopter industry that oil company Nexen Petroleum is the principal behind the acquisition of two Airbus H175 helicopters to be operated by Babcock MCS Offshore. We approached Nexen to validate their involvement, but their Corporate Communications lead in Aberdeen declined to comment. Babcock also declined to comment,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

The NHV Group today announced a new contract with Ithaca Energy UK Ltd (Ithaca) to provide helicopter services in support of their upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6. The operations are expected to start Q2 2017. Flights will depart from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the harrier well, which is approximately… Read more »

Source: NHV, 30-Jan-17

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Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus Helicopters delivered 418 rotorcraft in 2016, a five percent increase compared with 2015, against a challenging market backdrop. The company strengthened its lead on the civil and parapublic helicopter market while maintaining its position on the military market. Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 388 helicopters in 2016, a stable performance compared to the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Jan-17

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Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter

Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W medium transports with a demonstration of refuelling contacts with a H225M Caracal helicopter. In the trial, performed jointly with Airbus Helicopters from Marignane, France in December, contacts were executed at speeds of 105-115kt and both crews reported smooth and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Defence and Space, 23-Jan-17

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Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Jan-17

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Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland Considers Helicopter Purchase

Poland’s Defence Minister has reported that they are considering purchasing 14 new helicopters, either from Airbus, Sikorsky or Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The 1 billion zlotys contract is part of Poland’s military overhaul that started after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. By 2022, the total cost of military renovation will come to 61 billion zlotys, reports Yahoo Finance…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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Swiss Rotor Solutions Receives EASA STC for MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT for H125/AS350

Swiss Rotor Solutions Receives EASA STC for MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT for H125/AS350

Swiss Rotor Solutions proudly announces that the MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT, the next generation aerial work safety and visibility solution for the Airbus H125 / AS350 helicopter family, has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC No. 10060578) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The MAXIMUM PILOT VIEW KIT (MPVK) revolutionizes pilot visibility and operational safety… Read more »

Source: Swiss Rotor Solutions, 20-Jan-17

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Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Last year, Airbus disclosed that they hope to create a “self-flying taxi.” They have worked towards this goal and hope to test flight their first prototype of a single-person craft by the end of 2017. These independent taxis will be called CityAirbus, and will be accessible through an app on any smartphone, similar to Uber…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-17

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Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Airbus has delivered a brand new H135 to Hiratagakuen. Upon delivery, the helicopter will be deployed for emergency medical service (EMS) operations for the Nara Prefecture from February onwards. It will be the first time that the H135 is used for such EMS operations in Japan. “We have been operating an earlier version of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has won a contract from windfarm operator Dong Energy for helicopter support. This has resulted in an order for Airbus Helicopters for two Turbomeca-powered H135s, which will be fitted with a hoist. The aircraft will support the 660 MegaWatt Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea between Britain’s Lancashire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed to lease one Airbus H225 helicopter to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), a German operator with a strong presence in Africa, for utility and humanitarian support missions. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Jan-17

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Japanese Police orders two H135s

Japanese Police orders two H135s

The National Police Agency of Japan has placed an order for two H135 light-twin helicopters, making it the first in Japan to operate the Helionix-equipped helicopters, when these are delivered in 2019. The H135 will be deployed by the Wakayama Prefectural Police and the Kumamoto Prefectural Police for law enforcement missions. At the same time,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Jan-17

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Airbus Malaysia overhauls VNH South AS332L2

Airbus Malaysia overhauls VNH South AS332L2

On December 9th 2016, one Super Puma AS332L2 (SP L2) of Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) safely landed at Vung Tau airport after completion of its overhaul at Airbus Helicopter Malaysia’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre (MRO) in Subang, Malaysia. This aircraft will resume its commercial flights since 2007. The overhaul included basic overhaul… Read more »

Source: Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company, 10-Jan-17

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US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support contract by the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a base year and four one-year options, with a potential five-year value of more than $967 million. Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Jan-17

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China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

China – Skyway orders Bucher EMS interior for H135

During Zhuai Air Show in Shanghai, on November 2nd, 2016, Skyway General Aviation Co. Ltd signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters, Bucher Leichtbau AG and Waypoint Leasing Co. Ltd for one H135 HEMS. After extensive research, Skyway decided to develop the air rescue market together with local government, insurance companies and hospitals starting operation first… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 03-Jan-17

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UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

Everett Aviation has announced the award of a major new contract to provide helicopter medevac services to the UK Ministry of Defence for the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). At peak periods the contract will engage three of Everett’s BK117 helicopters in medevac configuration. The contract is for three (3) years, with an… Read more »

02-Jan-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H215M to the Chilean Army

In early December, the Chilean Army took delivery of a tenth heavy-weight, twin-engine H215M, the last delivery in a project that began in 2008 with the purchase of eight of these helicopters, to which two more were added in 2013 and 2014 respectively. The new rotorcraft will serve alongside the previous nine in the Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-16

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Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Air Methods Corp. acquires three Airbus Helicopters H145-family aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the leading provider of helicopters to the U.S. air medical transport industry, is pleased to announce that Air Methods Corp. has acquired three new helicopters of the Airbus H145-family that will replace older aircraft now in service. Two of the aircraft will be used by St. Louis Children’s Hospital and one will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognizes air medical transport industry leaders

Airbus Helicopters Inc. recognized leaders of the air medical transport industry Tuesday for their efforts to improve safety and quality of service. BJ Miles, Director of Safety and Risk Management for Life Flight Network in Aurora, Ore., received the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical named winner of Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

PHI Air Medical has been awarded the 2016 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award for its development of a unique and innovative safety initiative designed to address the workings of the human brain and improve mindfulness among employees. Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented the award and a $10,000 check to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-16

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