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Airbus Helicopters set to announce tie-up with Uber

Airbus Helicopters set to announce tie-up with Uber

Airbus Group SE will provide helicopters to Uber Technologies Inc. for its on-demand services, the European plane maker’s chief executive said Sunday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal – see full story

Source: http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbus-to-join-forces-with-uber-for-on-demand-helicopter-service-ceo-says-1453048668, 18-Jan-16

US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria received a yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at its base in Warrenton, Friday, in celebration of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. The Jayhawk helicopter, the first of all this year’s specially painted aircraft delivered by the Coast Guard to an operational unit, arrived from Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 18-Jan-16

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Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years after ordering the helicopters, Lithuanian Armed Forces are now ready to ensure SAR 24/7 service with their AS365 N3+. Following the first two deliveries in June and September 2015,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jan-16

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

The rise is down to our new helicopter, a Eurocopter 135, which arrived at our base in Filton in October 2014. In 2015 HM65 and her crew attended 1,655 life-saving incidents across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. This is an increase of 270 incidents compared to 2014, when we… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 18-Jan-16

Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

In December, Helibras delivered another K2 Panther upgrade to the Brazilian Army Aviation, the fifth in their fleet and the first to complete the entire modernization process in Brazil at the factory in Itajubá.  First post-upgrade test flight of the helicopter was back in October (see video). A further three K2 upgrades will be completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub .com, 18-Jan-16

Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Due to colder temperatures, the critical care Life Star BK117 stationed at MidState Medical Center will move to a heated hangar at Hartford Hospital to protect the aircraft in the winter.  See full story

Source: MyRecordJournal, 15-Jan-16

PhilJets orders another H130, taking fleet to five

PhilJets orders another H130, taking fleet to five

PhilJets Group has placed an order with Airbus Helicopters for one brand new H130 light helicopter, scheduled for delivery in June 2016. PhilJets through its parents company, Starline Global Industries, already placed an order for an H130 last year and is renewing its confidence in this helicopter type to boost the expansion of its operations… Read more »

Source: AS350, 13-Jan-16

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

Top 10 stories on HeliHub.com in 2015

In 2015, we published a total of 3,298 news stories on HeliHub.com to keep the global helicopter industry fully up-to-date with the news from all corners of our planet – approximately 13 stories every working day of the year.  We publish a wide range of stories, some from press releases, others from postings made by… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-16

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Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

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

Source: New Boston Post, 08-Jan-16

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2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

2016 Strategy Guide for top 6 military helicopter manufacturers

Military helicopters have been an integral component of the force structure of armed forces globally and with increasing threat from terrorism & extremism; their significance for carrying out anti-insurgency based operations has grown further manifold in a complex, challenging, uncertain & rapidly evolving global geo-political environment. The demand & acquisition scenario for military equipment has… Read more »

Source: ReportBuyer, 07-Jan-16

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First commercial helicopter in Tonga starts ops in February

First commercial helicopter in Tonga starts ops in February

Tonga’s own life-saving helicopter service is expected to start in early 2016. The new helicopter service will also enable visitors to enjoy the beauty of Tonga from the air and to drop into remote island resorts. See Full Story

Source: Matangi Tonga, 06-Jan-16

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12 Apostles Helicopters receive new H130 from Pacific Crown

12 Apostles Helicopters receive new H130 from Pacific Crown

Pacific Crown Helicopters (PCH) supplied a brand new H130T2 to 12 Apostles Helicopters. After completion at the PCH facility in Caloundra, Richard Nesseler took delivery of the new helicopter on Sunday, Dec 20th, 2015. After having already completed two EC130B4 in 2010 and 2012, PCH also completed another two EC130T2 in 2013 and 2014. “The… Read more »

Source: Pacific Crown Helicopters, 05-Jan-16

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NHV starts in Aberdeen with two H175s

NHV starts in Aberdeen with two H175s

NHV, a fast growing international helicopter operator, pursues its development by rolling out its strategic plan to become a sizeable, alternative player. Finally after five years we established our new base in Aberdeen. NHV is proud to announce that two Airbus H175 helicopters will reinforce the Aberdeen’s fleet. Being present in Aberdeen is very important… Read more »

Source: NHV, 05-Jan-16

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Four H135s for EMS work in Poland takes fleet to 27

Four H135s for EMS work in Poland takes fleet to 27

Poland’s public air medical rescue operator LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe) has received four new H135 (formerly known as EC135P3) helicopters to extend its Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operations in Poland. This latest delivery brings the total H135 LPR fleet to 27 units. Prior to this on-time and on-quality delivery of four new H135s, an… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Jan-16

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France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

France orders another seven Tiger HAD attack helicopters

The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered seven additional Tiger HAD attack helicopters, bringing to 67 the total number of Tigers that will eventually be operated by the French Army Aviation. The additional Tigers will be delivered in 2017-2018. “The French Army Aviation have put the Tiger to the test in multiple theatres and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jan-16

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19-Dec-15 VH-NPS Airbus AS350B3 Glenbrook, Australia

Helicopter was conducting fire control work with one crewperson on board. The fire control work included use of a Bambi Bucket to drop water on the fires, slung under the helicopter by a 100 ft long-line. The pilot elected to land the helicopter at Glenbrook helipad to refuel. The helicopter landed with the bucket and… Read more »

19-Dec-15

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US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

US Coast Guard clocks up 1,000,000 hours with Arriel engines

Turbomeca (Safran) today celebrates a major achievement: one million hours flown by U.S.Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphins fitted with the Arriel 2C2-CG engine. Operating a fleet of over200 Arriels, the U.S.C.G. is one of Turbomeca’s major US customers. The occasion was celebrated in presence of U.S.C.G. Lieutenant Commander Edward S Apontes, and several Turbomeca representatives, from France… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 18-Dec-15

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Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force receives last two of 15 H135s

Airbus Helicopters has successfully handed over the 14th and 15th H135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). This marks the delivery completion of 15 H135s over the last six years. Designated as TH-135 by JMSDF, the 13 units delivered prior have been in operation since 2011. The TH-135 is a variant of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-15

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PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System completes snow trials for H125, H130

PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System completes snow trials for H125, H130

The PA100 PUREair System is ready for in-flight missions in falling and blowing snow conditions after successfully completing falling and blowing snow flight testing .The PA100 is now fully approved by TCCA, FAA and ANAC with no operational limitations. The PA100 continuously removes falling and blowing snow and will not clog during flight. Harsh operating… Read more »

Source: DART, 16-Dec-15

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All Metal MS delivers AS350 stands to US Customs and Border Protection

All Metal MS delivers AS350 stands to US Customs and Border Protection

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling announced today the delivery of its custom “Safety First” Maintenance Stand, Cowling Racks and Blade Racks to The United States Border Protection San… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 16-Dec-15

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Wake Forest AirCare upgrades Blue Ridge base to H130

Wake Forest AirCare upgrades Blue Ridge base to H130

About 60 gathered observers at Blue Ridge Regional Airport looked into a clear blue sky with anticipation Tuesday as a state-of-the art H130 T2 helicopter, valued between $4 and $5 million, flew overhead and then landed. See Full Story  

Source: Go Danriver, 14-Dec-15

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10-Dec-15 G-OAGC Airbus EC225 Aberdeen, UK

CHC EC225 made emergency landing following warning light in cockpit.  Helicopter was reported as 60 miles out east from Aberdeen to a rig when it turned round and returned to Aberdeen

10-Dec-15

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Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-15

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German military receives first two H145M helicopters

German military receives first two H145M helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of fifteen H145M helicopters to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) today. The helicopters will be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim. “With its cutting-edge technologies, outstanding performance and true multi-role capabilities, the H145M answers to the challenging demands of our military… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

New Polish Government confirms review of H225M tender

A junior defence minister in Poland is reported by Polsat News to have confirmed that the country’s helicopter tender will be reviewed, some seven months after the short-list was refined down to one “preferred bidder”.  While no contract has been signed with Airbus Helicopters for their H225M Caracal, it had been selected after an extensive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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Microflite take delivery of 14th Airbus helicopter – a new H125

Microflite take delivery of 14th Airbus helicopter – a new H125

Microflite Helicopter Services has again placed its trust in the performance, versatility and safety credentials of Airbus Helicopters’ family of civil aircraft, welcoming helicopter No. 14 to an all-star fleet. The latest addition, an H125 (formerly AS350 B3e), is destined to help safeguard thousands of lives, providing enhanced capability to the company’s front-line emergency response… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Dec-15

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Russia certifies Airbus H225

Russia certifies Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters is proud to announce the certification of the H225 by Russian Certification Authorities as it is the first time in history that a foreign heavy class helicopter has been certified in Russia. “Successful certification of H225 by the Interstate Aviation Committee gives Russian customers an opportunity to start operations of the efficient and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Dec-15

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Ohio State Highway Patrol takes delivery of first US-produced H125

Ohio State Highway Patrol takes delivery of first US-produced H125

Market leading law enforcement helicopter is now assembled in Mississippi and completions performed in Texas GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (November 30, 2015) – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered the first H125 AStar helicopter produced on its new U.S. final assembly line to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The new aircraft is the first fully assembled on… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Dec-15

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Bond extends offshore Irish EC135 contract for another five years

Bond extends offshore Irish EC135 contract for another five years

Bond have renewed their contract with Kinsale Energy for a further five years from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2020.  The British-based operator and will continue to base an offshore-configured EC135T2+ at Cork Airport for this work, which calls for the transfer of personnel and equipment to and from the gas fields 50km off… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance wins regional awards

Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been awarded for the significant impact it has made to the region at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards, held in Reading on Thursday 19 November 2015. Winning ‘Charity of the Year’, sponsored by James Cowper Kreston, the Charity demonstrated to the judges outstanding achievement and service to its beneficiaries,… Read more »

Source: TVAA, 30-Nov-15

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29-Nov-15 RA-04037 Airbus AS350B3 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (4F)

Controlled flight into terrain

29-Nov-15

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Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) held an open house, offering a tour of their MedFlight hanger and helicopter on Nov. 14.See full story.

Source: Collier Citizen, 27-Nov-15

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AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

AMOA, Airbus and Bell commit to crash resistant fuel systems

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA), in cooperation with helicopter manufacturers Airbus Helicopters and Bell Helicopter, announces its commitment to the installation of Crash Resistant Fuel Systems (CRFS) in all new aircraft and equipping current aircraft with CRFS as those products become available. Our members are proud to partner with Bell Helicopter and Airbus on this… Read more »

Source: AMOA, 26-Nov-15

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 N355RH Airbus AS350BA Las Charcas, Dominican Republic

As a result of a forced landing, the aircraft fell on a banana plantation and suffered substantial damage. Pilot named in this article as Lieutenant Colonel Harold Jimenez of the Army of the Dominican Republic

24-Nov-15

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24-Nov-15 VT-ELJ Airbus AS365N2 Meluri, India

Aircraft was taken off from Dimapur with 4 passengers onboard and just after 35 minutes of flight the helicopter had made a crash landing. Helicopter rear portion caught fire after landing and destroyed.

24-Nov-15

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EASA approves Mecaer interior for H145 Mercedes Benz Style

EASA approves Mecaer interior for H145 Mercedes Benz Style

Mecaer has announced the award of an STC by EASA for the H145 Mercedes Benz Style luxury interior.  The STC includes MAG’s new engineering package for the H145T2 and the interior options include their proprietary in-flight entertainment (IFEEL) and internal Wi-Fi. The interior is offered in four different “harmonies” which can be combine with a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Nov-15

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East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

East Texas Medical Center celebrates 30 years of Air 1

ETMC’s Air 1 program is celebrating a milestone with 30 years of service to East Texas. The first flight was December 1985 with a transport of a burn patient to Dallas. ETMC Air 1 has served East Texans by providing emergency helicopter transport for victims of car accidents and cardiac and stroke patients, as well… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 23-Nov-15

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21-Nov-15 ZK-HKU Eurocopter AS350BA Fox Glacier, New Zealand (7F)

Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre. It is of particular note that the two visible main… Read more »

21-Nov-15

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LAPD contracts with FlightSafety for AS350B3 simulator training

LAPD contracts with FlightSafety for AS350B3 simulator training

FlightSafety announces that it has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3. The training will include use of the first Level D qualified simulator for the AS350 B3 and take place at FlightSafety’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado once it opens… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Nov-15

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UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

UK Government funds two Airbus Helicopter projects

Airbus Helicopters, the UK’s leading turbine helicopter company, has received funding from the Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) for two separate projects: one supported by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the other through Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). These projects, the first time Airbus Helicopters has participated in UK Government-led industrial… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Nov-15

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Airbus launches H215 – built in Romania

Airbus launches H215 – built in Romania

In a ceremony held today by Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, and in the presence of Alexandru Nastase, Secretary of State, Airbus Helicopters set down the foundation stone of its new Romanian factory, established to assemble the latest helicopter to join the H Family of aircraft – the H215. The H215 is an evolution… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to… Read more »

18-Nov-15

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Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

Thai operator Advance Aviation has posted to their Facebook page a photo of their new acquisition Airbus H130, serial 8090.  Still currently on test flights with Airbus Helicopters South East Asia in Singapore carrying French test registration F-WTCP, the aircraft will become HS-JCN once it becomes operational on Advance’s fleet in Thailand in the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

18-Nov-15

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BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro wins Safety Innovation award

BC Hydro has been awarded the 2015 Airbus Helicopters Canada “Innovation in Safety” Award for their dedicated and collaborative approach to ensuring many years of safe operations. This award is presented to a nominee or organization whose business initiatives have demonstrated a great impact on the overall goal of safe flying operations, including skill development,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond continues Blackpool operations on smaller fleet

Bond Offshore Helicopters has reduced its fleet at its Blackpool base, but continues to maintain operations supporting offshore rigs in the Irish Sea. Initially launched with a fleet of four N3 Dauphins, the base at Blackpool serves gas rigs between the English coast and the Isle of Man – an area often known as Morecambe… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-15

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US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

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

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Airbus Helicopters signs 5 year EC145 support contract with French law enforcement fleets

Airbus Helicopters signs 5 year EC145 support contract with French law enforcement fleets

The SIMMAD (Structure intégrée du maintien en condition opérationnelle des matériels aéronautiques du ministère de la Défense, responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of French state-owned aircraft) has awarded Airbus Helicopters with a milestone contract for a global service solution covering the entire fleet of 50 EC145 operated by the French Gendarmerie Nationale and Sécurité… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Westpac confirms Tasmania EMS helicopter sponsorship to 2017

Westpac confirms Tasmania EMS helicopter sponsorship to 2017

With Tasmania’s summer bush walking season fast approaching and an increase in boating activities, police are reminding bush walkers and boaters to be prepared.See Full Story

Source: Sky news, 16-Nov-15

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16-Nov-15 N88HA Airbus H120 Elkhart, US-Indiana

Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation.  Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning

16-Nov-15

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Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine demonstrator aircraft at around 3pm on Friday, November 6th, at Marignane Airport. The development and flight test of this new technology demonstrator is part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program, with support for these flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Nov-15

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Valley Med Flight open new base at Roseau

Valley Med Flight open new base at Roseau

Patients in need of urgent care in northwestern Minnesota will no longer need to wait for a medical flight from Grand Forks or Bemidji to take them to a hospital.See full story.

Source: Grand Forks Herald, 11-Nov-15

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Avinco helps Mont Blanc Helicopteres acquire AS350B3 in record time

Avinco helps Mont Blanc Helicopteres acquire AS350B3 in record time

Mont Blanc Helicopters (MBH) recently closed the purchase of a fire fighting AS 350B3 with the crucial assistance of Avinco. Further to its recent appointment for a fire fighting mission in Corsica, Mont Blanc entrusted Avinco with rapidly securing the appropriate helicopter. Avinco successfully secured the machine within a record one-week lead-time, by providing full… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 11-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

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

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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USPS launches US Coast Guard Forever Stamp with helicopter

USPS launches US Coast Guard Forever Stamp with helicopter

Last Thursday in an event at the USCG San Diego hangar, the US Postal Service dedicated the U.S. Coast Guard Forever Stamp at a ceremony honoring the role of the Coast Guard in protecting the security of our nation and advancing vital maritime interests. The stamp shows two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter… Read more »

Source: USPS, 09-Nov-15

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Airbus delivers the first ever civil helicopter in Bhutan

Airbus delivers the first ever civil helicopter in Bhutan

Airbus Helicopters announced the arrival of the first H130, from the proven Ecureuil family, in the Kingdom of Bhutan. This is the first of two helicopters acquired by the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (RBHSL) to serve parapublic and commercial missions. The second H130 is expected to be delivered in June 2016. [HeliHub.com editor note… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 09-Nov-15

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07-Nov-15 VH-GKK Airbus EC135T1 Cooranbong, Australia (3F)

Crashed in remote area killing all three on board – owner Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and their travelling companion, John Davis, a renowned documentary film-maker. Mr Green used his helicopter as a “flying camper van” and frequently went to obscure locations – and this meant that a search party was not launched for over… Read more »

07-Nov-15

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New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

New Polish Government questions Airbus Helicopter H225M deal

Poland has recently completed a round of national elections, and the Law and Justice (PiS) party are now in power.  The country’s potential foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski yesterday questioned the country’s initial deal with Airbus to buy H225M helicopters as the contract would only leave “leftovers” for Polish producers.   While a provisional deal for 50 H225M… Read more »

Source: Reuters, 04-Nov-15

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Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

Airbus and Korea Aerospace affirm marketing partnership

Long-time partners Airbus Helicopters and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly market Korean helicopter platforms for the worldwide market. The collaboration will encompass the distribution of the Korean Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) globally, as well as the performance of comprehensive after-sales support services. The MoU was signed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Nov-15

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Airbus H145 fleet reaches 10,000 hours

Airbus H145 fleet reaches 10,000 hours

A major milestone for the H145: The worldwide fleet of 35 helicopters operated by 14 international customers has accumulated a total of 10,000 flight hours. In only a little over a year, the light twin-engine multirole helicopter has become a proven platform for operators of all segments, showing an average availability of a solid 94%…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Nov-15

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04-Nov-15 VT-PWF Airbus AS365N3 off Mumbai, India (2F)

04-Nov-15 VT-PWF Airbus AS365N3 off Mumbai, India (2F)

Crashed into sea on night training flight.  Helicopter was operating a training flight for night recency and took-off from rig “WIS”. While landing at “RONTAP MEYER” it met with an accident. After impact ELT was triggered. Cockpit door found at the last known position during SAR. Pilots named here as TK Guha and Eeso Samuel… Read more »

Source: http://www.bea.aero/fr/enquetes/2015/2015.semaine.45.pdf, 04-Nov-15

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Lao operator adds two Airbus H155s

Lao operator adds two Airbus H155s

An operator in the Asian country of Laos (not The Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force as previously reported) has recently acquired two new H155s from Airbus Helicopters. Seen recently at Vientiane Airport in the photo below, the pair arrived in the far east country of Laos on 11th October. It would appear they are… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Nov-15

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03-Nov-15 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Jandakot, Australia

After returning from a test flight, a maintenance inspection revealed damage to a main rotor blade.

03-Nov-15

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Airbus to set up Chinese H135 production line – 100 unit commitment helps

Airbus to set up Chinese H135 production line – 100 unit commitment helps

A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the establishment of a final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus Helicopters’ H135 in China was signed today by Yao Yixian, the Sino-German Ecopark Deputy General Manager and Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland CEO in Hefei, Anhui Province. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel witnessed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Nov-15

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02-Nov-15 VH-SFX Airbus AS350BA Whyanbeel, Australia

EMS helicopter reported en route to helicopter accident. Initial reports say four or five on board, most agree on four injured with the pilot needing airlifting

02-Nov-15

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Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation starts contract with Cooper University Health Care

Metro Aviation will welcome a new operations customer in November.  Metro and Cooper University Health Care are partnering to launch a new air medical service throughout seven counties of southern New Jersey. “Cooper Air Med is a crucial part of Cooper’s emergency medical services continuum,” said Steven E. Ross, MD, FACS, FCCM, Vice Chairman, Department… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 29-Oct-15

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Breeze-Eastern announces $8.9M USCG Dolphin hoist contract

Breeze-Eastern announces $8.9M USCG Dolphin hoist contract

The U.S. Coast Guard has contracted with Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC) to provide new hydraulic hoist controllers for their MH-65 search and rescue fleet. The contract provides for deliveries over the next three years with early deliveries acceptable and encouraged.  Breeze-Eastern, the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, received this production contract… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 29-Oct-15

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Airbus Helicopters and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

Airbus Helicopters and LOM Praha sign cooperation MoU

In the frame of the on-going multipurpose helicopter tender of the Czech Ministry of Defence, Airbus Helicopters signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding with the LOM PRAHA s.p. for a future cooperation in the field of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul. The agreement is also covering national customization, service & support, training and the potential… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 29-Oct-15

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Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Bright colours revealed for EC135 for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

HeliHub.com was the first media outlet to confirm that Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance were going to update from their Bo105 to the larger EC135 helicopter, in our article on 22nd September, the day after the EC135 was registered by the Civil Aviation Authority as G-SCAA.  What we can now reveal is the colour scheme of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police have recently announced that they impounded three helicopters in the last year which they believe have been used in drug smuggling operations between Morocco and Spain – photos of two of these are shown below.  They believe they have broken two criminal organisations, and arrested a total of 15 and seized 810kg of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

Colours revealed for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance new H135

The new Airbus Helicopters H135 G-HIOW was delivered to Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance at Thruxton on Saturday 24th October, and is currently working alongside the previous EC135T2 G-KRNW – which in turn is better known for the time it spent in Cornwall. G-HIOW is seen photographed here (and © Copyright 2015) by Keith C… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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

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

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

Source: DCI, 27-Oct-15

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Riverside County Sheriff unveils new H125

Riverside County Sheriff unveils new H125

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new member to its team. See Full Story

Source: KESQ, 27-Oct-15

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United Rotorcraft Delivers H130 Demonstrator to Airbus Helicopters

United Rotorcraft Delivers H130 Demonstrator to Airbus Helicopters

United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, announced the delivery of a completed Airbus H130 (formerly EC130 T2) air medical transport service demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas.   The aircraft was completed at the United Rotorcraft Decatur, Texas facility and includes medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and three-color paint scheme was designed… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Oct-15

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