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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

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

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

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

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

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

Midwest MedAir brings new EC135 to Columbus

Midwest MedAir brings new EC135 to Columbus

Columbus Community Hospital held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, October 23 to celebrate the acquisition of a new medical helicopter to the area. See Full Story

Source: Columbus News Team, 26-Oct-15

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Mexico approves Onboard Systems H125/AS350 cargo hook

Mexico approves Onboard Systems H125/AS350 cargo hook

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook swing kit with Onboard Weighing System and Fuel Drain Guard for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft has been certified for use in Mexico by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). A Certificado de Tipo Suplementario… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 26-Oct-15

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Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

Great Western Air Ambulance celebates one year of EC135

The GWAAC helicopter is celebrating one year of saving lives across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. Our Eurocopter 135, callsign Helimed 65, arrived at our Filton base on 16th October 2014. To celebrate her first birthday we’re going to have a party! We’re planning to surprise our crew on… Read more »

Source: Great Western, 26-Oct-15

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Airbus takes H125 to IACP Conference in Chicago

Airbus takes H125 to IACP Conference in Chicago

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the U.S. sales leader in law enforcement helicopters for more than a decade, will exhibit the Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s  H125 AStar at the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Chicago, October 25-27. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety operates the H125 (formerly AS350 B3e) to conduct… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Oct-15

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26-Oct-15 C-GSLY Airbus AS350B2 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

The pilot reported he was conducting an approach in flat light conditions, visibility was decreasing, and during a turn, the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported the helicopter then came to rest on its side and he egressed from the cockpit. Substantial damage sustained to the helicopter. The purpose of the flight was to… Read more »

26-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows

24-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 F-GOLH Airbus EC130 Megève, France

Sightseeing flight – failed to take-off, lost height and rolled over on landing.  Only one of the 7 POB was not injured.  Registration to be confirmed – Type, Colour scheme and operator match to our records

24-Oct-15

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AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

It was a dream of the Pilcher family for the better part of 50 years. Owners of Pilcher’s Dothan Ambulance Service, the family envisioned air transport to complement their ground service. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did eventually materialize.  See full story

23-Oct-15

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CALSTAR orders five H135

CALSTAR orders five H135

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR) has ordered five H135 air medical helicopters. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport service operators. The order announcement was made Monday in a ceremony at the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Oct-15

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Massachusetts State Police choses Helicopter Flight Training Center

Massachusetts State Police choses Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing is the largest and most comprehensive full time public safety aviation unit in New England, responding to more than 1,900 mission requests annually.  The primary duty aircraft is the EC135T2+, and the division recently chose the Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, as its training partner for… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-15

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Aeroleo job losses expected as Petrobras cancels tender

Aeroleo job losses expected as Petrobras cancels tender

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, announced that Aeróleo Taxi Aero S/A, its Brazilian joint venture (“Aeroleo”), received notification today from Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”) that Petrobras will cancel the ongoing tender process for heavy and medium helicopters. In its notification, Petrobras noted its determination that… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 22-Oct-15

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Jerry Trim­ble Heli­copters adds Elite helicopter sim

Jerry Trim­ble Heli­copters adds Elite helicopter sim

Jerry Trim­ble Heli­copters (JTH) in McMin­nville, Ore­gon recently added an ELITE TH100 Heli­copter Advanced Avi­a­tion Train­ing Device (AATD) to their flight train­ing pro­grams. The TH100 will be used to lower train­ing cost, increase pro­fi­ciency and enhance the safety of stu­dents and pilots. JTH is rec­og­nized in the heli­copter com­mu­nity for their top-notch train­ing pro­grams and… Read more »

Source: Elite, 22-Oct-15

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Chicago Helicopter Experience Launches CHE Premier Charter Service

Chicago Helicopter Experience Launches CHE Premier Charter Service

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), today announced the launch of their new charter service, CHE Premier. Operating out of their own downtown heliport, CHE Premier provides the ultimate, hassle-free charter experience that is all about luxury and speed. Flights to Midwest destinations are available 24/7 on Chicago’s most modern… Read more »

Source: CHE, 22-Oct-15

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22-Oct-15 Airbus AS332B off Morocco

Helicopter ditched and sank.  All three on board were originally reported as rescued by Moroccan military but that later proved incorrect and there were then fears they had been kidnapped after the helicopter was found with an empty liferaft beside it (report).  Helicopter was en route from a military exercise in Senegal, bound for the… Read more »

22-Oct-15

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AMGH orders six H135s, options for four more

AMGH orders six H135s, options for four more

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a major U.S. air medical transport services provider, has contracted with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the purchase of six H135-series helicopters with options to buy four additional aircraft.The announcement was made Tuesday in a ceremony at the Airbus Helicopters Inc. booth at the Air Medical Transport Conference under way in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Oct-15

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STAT MedEvac orders another two H135 from Airbus

STAT MedEvac orders another two H135 from Airbus

STAT MedEvac, a major air medical transport service provider, has ordered two H135-series (formerly EC135) helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. to replace older aircraft. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Long Beach, Calif. STAT MedEvac provides air medical transport services to residents of much of western Pennsylvania and operates… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Oct-15

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Metro Aviation congratulates Helicopter Flight Training Center Director on award

Metro Aviation congratulates Helicopter Flight Training Center Director on award

The Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the overall enhancement, development and promotion of aviation safety.  Metro Aviation is proud to congratulate Helicopter Flight Training Center Director Terry Palmer on receiving the 2015 Jim Charlson Award. Terry is extremely involved in the aviation industry and has committed… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 21-Oct-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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Intermountain Life Flight win Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

Intermountain Life Flight win Airbus Helicopters Vision Zero award

Intermountain HealthCare Life Flight of Salt Lake City is the 2015 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award recipient for its development of safety risk assessment tools to help guide flight decisions and flight crew status. Jennifer Hardcastle, Air Medical Sales Manager for Airbus Helicopters Inc., presented the award and a $10,000 check to Intermountain representatives Monday… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-15

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Airbus Helicopters recognizes EMS leaders for safety improvements and service quality

Airbus Helicopters recognizes EMS  leaders for safety improvements and service quality

Airbus Helicopters Inc. honored leaders of the air medical transport industry Monday for their efforts to improve safety and quality of service. Terry Palmer, Director of the Helicopter Flight Training Center at Metro Aviation Inc., in Shreveport, La. received the Jim Charlson Aviation Safety Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-15

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Baden-Wuerttemberg Police receive first law enforcement H145 in the world

Baden-Wuerttemberg Police receive first law enforcement H145 in the world

Today, the federal-state police of Baden-Württemberg took delivery of the very first H145 in police configuration at Airbus Helicopters’ industrial site in Donauwörth. The aircraft is the first of an order of six to be handed over to the launch customer. “It is of the utmost importance for our police to be able to rely… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Oct-15

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Air Medical Resource Group orders three H125s and two EC145s

Air Medical Resource Group orders three H125s and two EC145s

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that it has received orders from Air Medical Resource Group (AMRG) for three H125 and two EC145 helicopters. The new helicopters will be put into service with AMRG’s community and hospital-based air medical transport programs. Two of the H125s are to be delivered to AMRG later this month, with the other… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Oct-15

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Brazil certifies Donaldson filters for H130

Brazil certifies Donaldson filters for H130

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) are helping operators of more than 275 Airbus Helicopters H130 and H125B3/B3e dual hydraulic aircraft protect their engines — and now, new certification from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has cleared the way for H130T2 operators in Brazil to realize the same benefits. Donaldson Aerospace… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 20-Oct-15

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Airbus to exhibit H130 and H135 at AMTC 2015

Airbus to exhibit H130 and H135 at AMTC 2015

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will feature the newest, most innovative and highly capable single-engine helicopter for air medical transport services when AMTC 2015 opens Monday in Long Beach. The leading provider of air medical transport service helicopters in the U.S. market, Airbus Helicopters Inc. (Booth 727) will exhibit two leading helicopter models. The featured aircraft is… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Oct-15

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Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Swedish military retires last Super Puma

Today the Swedish Armed Forces celebrated the retirement of the last Swedish HKP 10 Super Puma. The ceremony was held at the F21 Air Force Base in Luleå, which in fact was the same place where the Swedish Super Pumas first entered service back in the spring of 1988. The event marks the historic end… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 16-Oct-15

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15-Oct-15 5Y-DKK Airbus AS350B3 Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania (4F)

Crashed and burnt out.  Helicopter was being used in support of parliamentary candidate Deo Filikunjombe, who died along with the other three on board.  Another parliamentary candidate, Jerry Silaa, posted on his Instagram that his father William Silaa had been the pilot

15-Oct-15

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Japanese Super Pumas drop two loads in a week

Japanese Super Pumas drop two loads in a week

HeliHub.com maintains a detailed record of accidents and incidents, and trust that by making this information easily available. In a coincidence, two different Japanese operators managed to drop underslung loads from Super Puma helicopters within a week of each other.  Neither incident resulted in any injuries to persons, or damage to aircraft Here are the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-15

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Global Vectra first in world to take HCare Smart PBH contract for H130

Global Vectra first in world to take HCare Smart PBH contract for H130

Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. (GVHL) has signed a PBH contract for its H130 light helicopter, benefiting from Airbus Helicopters’ redefined customer service offer called HCare which was introduced early this year. GVHL’s H130 will be covered by the HCare Smart PBH service, which has been developed with careful consideration of the support required by operators of light helicopters. The HCare Smart is a competitively-priced PBH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Oct-15

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Bond hand over first of seven upgraded EC135s to NPAS

Bond hand over first of seven upgraded EC135s to NPAS

Bond, A Babcock International Group company, formally handed over the first of seven redesigned and upgraded EC135 T2+ helicopters to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) at Helitech International today (October 7). The aircraft features a new custom-designed mission suite with a range of integrated technologies including a next generation mission management system, advanced and… Read more »

Source: Bond Air, 12-Oct-15

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Avialta Helicopter Maintenance

Avialta Helicopter Maintenance

Airbus Helicopters Canada is pleased to announce they have chosen Avialta Helicopter Maintenance Ltd. to increase proximity support in the west. Avialta is a Transport Canada approved helicopter repair and overhaul maintenance facility who service a wide range of utility and corporate customers. “Enhancing customer support and services is key to Airbus Helicopters, a part… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Oct-15

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11-Oct-15 XW229 Airbus SA330 Kabul, Afghanistan (5F)

Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash after reportedly striking the cable of a tethered surveillance balloon.  The two British fatalitites were named as Flight Lieutenant Geraint Roberts and Flight Lieutenant Alan Scott, while the American pair were named as Major Phyllis Pelky and Master Sgt…. Read more »

11-Oct-15

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11-Oct-15 PK-BKA Airbus EC130 Lake Toba, Indonesia (4F)

Helicopter crashed into Lake Toba with 5 POB, and one survivor Fransiskus Subihardayan found afloat in the shallow water on the side of the lake two days later.  Others on board, missing presumed deceased, have been named as pilot Capt Teguh Mulyanto, crew Hari Poerwantono, and passengers Sugianto (who had chartered the aircraft) and Nurhayanto

11-Oct-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance prepares to launch new H135

Thames Valley Air Ambulance prepares to launch new H135

The first H135 in the UK, acquired and operated by Bond Air Services on behalf of Thames Valley Air Ambulance, is imminently entering into service in the Thames Valley region.  The public launch of the aircraft, to take place in Oxfordshire on Monday 12th October, will see the start of the H135’s first operations in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 09-Oct-15

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Airbus summarises their announcements at Helitech

Airbus summarises their announcements at Helitech

Airbus Helicopters’ reaffirmed its commitment to customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competitiveness at this year’s Helitech International air show in London, securing important contracts and underscoring the company’s strong positioning in a challenging market atmosphere. The twin-engine H135 was a star player at this year’s show: •  Waypoint Leasing signed for 20 H135s, which the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 09-Oct-15

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Airbus Helicopters HCare Customer Service goes digital

Airbus Helicopters HCare Customer Service goes digital

Airbus Helicopters has today announced the latest axis of its HCare services development with the release of two new families of digital Connected Services: HCare Fleet and HCare Flight. HCare Fleet offers digital services to support and ease maintenance operations through two new solutions: •Fleet Keeper is the only Airbus Helicopters-approved solution providing a digital… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Oct-15

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance Signs for H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Signs for H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulances (YAA) has today signed an agreement for a new H145 from Airbus Helicopters in the UK.  The aircraft is a step up in capability, offering YAA an increased range, payload and cabin space with which to provide critical care service across all Yorkshire.  The agreement also includes the provision of a long-term… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Oct-15

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Waypoint to acquire 20 Airbus H135

Waypoint to acquire 20 Airbus H135

Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced today that Waypoint has agreed to acquire up to 20 Airbus H135 aircraft over the next three years. Waypoint is the first lessor to acquire and lease the H135, and currently owns 25 Airbus aircraft in its global fleet. The… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Oct-15

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08-Oct-15 JA9660 Airbus AS332L Takahama Cho, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad in Takahama Cho, Fukui Prefecture, Japan at 10:12 Japan Standard Time. During carrying loads externally, wooden frame, about 1.3 m by 0.5 m, was dropped unintentionally at an altitude about 170 m. The frame was found in a car park. No one was injured. The helicopter sustained no damage.

08-Oct-15

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SonAir Selects Heli-One unit in Poland for Super Puma G-Checks

SonAir Selects Heli-One unit in Poland for Super Puma G-Checks

SonAir Serviço Aéreo, S.A., a provider of onshore and offshore helicopter services to Angolan oil facilities, will benefit from the world-class maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services offered at Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility. Heli-One will perform G-Check inspections and custom painting on four AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters for SonAir. “Heli-One’s Poland facility provides us with… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 07-Oct-15

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Norwegian Air Ambulance orders three H135s

Norwegian Air Ambulance orders three H135s

The Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse AS) will be the first operator to purchase the technically improved H135. Three units have been ordered with the option for further helicopters in the future. The first delivery is planned for 2017. The Norwegian emergency medical services (EMS) operator will benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements to the versatile… Read more »

Source: Air Bus, 07-Oct-15

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Airbus introduces H145 Mercedes-Benz Style

Airbus introduces H145 Mercedes-Benz Style

Airbus Helicopters, the rotor craft market leader in private and business aviation, is now offering its exclusive Mercedes-Benz Style VIP version on the H145, which offers higher performance, increased flight safety and improved exterior design over the former EC145 for which this solution was initially developed. Airbus Helicopters has received four orders for the H145… Read more »

Source: Air Bus, 07-Oct-15

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Second H160 prototype to fly before year end

Second H160 prototype to fly before year end

The H160 mock-up is making its British debut today at Helitech, as the program steadily pursues its flight test campaign. The first prototype flights are progressing according to plan and the aircraft has already reached a maximum speed of 175 kts and an altitude of 10 000 feet. As the validation of technical parameters is… Read more »

Source: Air Bus, 07-Oct-15

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Helitech opens with only three manufacturers present

Helitech opens with only three manufacturers present

Helitech International, the world’s third largest dedicated helicopter trade show (after Heli-Expo and Heli-Russia) opens today with just three manufacturers booking space on the show floor. AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Bell are the only manufacturers with floor space, with Sikorsky conspicuous by its absence despite being one of the four manufacturers who reportedly insisted on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-15

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CAE launches H225 training at Oslo training centre

CAE launches H225 training at Oslo training centre

CAE announced today, on the eve of Helitech International, that its Airbus Helicopters H225 full-flight simulator (FFS) located in its Olso, Norway, training center was qualified to Level D, the highest qualification for flight simulators by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and is now ready for training. The H225 training program, conveniently located adjacent… Read more »

Source: CAE, 06-Oct-15

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H175 to start UK-based offshore operations

H175 to start UK-based offshore operations

Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken delivery of their third H175.  OO-NSD (Serial #5006) routed into the UK via their current base at Norwich on Tuesday 29th September before flying north to Aberdeen from where it is now based.  HeliHub.com understands a second H175 will join it in the coming weeks, ready to start… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Oct-15

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04-Oct-15 F-OIAO Airbus AS350B3 Voh, New Caledonia (2F)

Crashed in a nose-down attitude during firefighting ops.  2 deceased – reported as a 47 year old female pilot with 5000 hrs experience and 31 year old engineer

04-Oct-15

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02-Oct-15 JA9678 Airbus AS332L1 Itoigawa, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad about 11:00 Japan Standard Time to carry liquid concrete in the externally slung bucket with a cargo hook. After unloaded the liquid concrete, the pilot mistakenly operated the cargo hook release switch and the empty bucket, the weight of which was about 210 kg, was dropped unintentionally at an… Read more »

02-Oct-15

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Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

The 16 H225M helicopters, operated by the Brazilian Navy, Army and Air Force, exceeded the 10,000 flight hour milestone last month. H225M: Multi-Mission Capable The latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma family, this 11-metric-tonne helicopter is used in logistic support missions, disaster support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, combat search and rescue, presidential… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Oct-15

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Chuck Aaron to retire from airshow circuit

Chuck Aaron to retire from airshow circuit

Red Bull’s famous aerobatic helicopter pilot, Chuck Aaron, has announced on his Instgram that he is retiring from the airshow circuit this month. His short statement reads as follows FYI to all my awesome followers on Instagram…I am retiring from the “Airshow Circuit”. After 10 years and about 250 Airshow…My last Airshow will be at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-15

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Reiser to demonstrate FFS for H145 at Helitech 2015

Reiser to demonstrate FFS for H145 at Helitech 2015

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

Source: Reiser, 01-Oct-15

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Airbus H225M deal becomes political football in Poland

Airbus H225M deal becomes political football in Poland

The Polish opposition party (PiS) leading in the polls ahead of October’s parliamentary elections would block a $3 billion contract with Airbus Group to supply the Polish army with helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 01-Oct-15

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Airbus Helicopters US appoints Director of Corporate and VIP sales

Airbus Helicopters US appoints Director of Corporate and VIP sales

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has named Ralph Crosby III Executive Director of Corporate and VIP sales. Crosby, who has more than a decade of experience in aircraft sales, will lead the company’s efforts to develop this growing market in the United States, and will also assist Airbus Helicopters Canada. He will report to Doug Carriger, Senior… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Sep-15

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Airbus to show H135 and H160 at Helitech 2015

Airbus to show H135 and H160 at Helitech 2015

At this year’s Helitech International exhibition, Airbus Helicopters will expand on how its focus on customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competitiveness is driving its company transformation, further supporting its vision of creating the benchmark in the helicopter industry. “The entire industry is looking for efficient ways of moving forward in the current fast-changing market environment,” said Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 29-Sep-15

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24-Sep-15 ZS-OCB Airbus AS350B2 South Africa

The pilot was engaged in a private flight, and was accompanied by his wife. After activating the air-conditioning unit during their return flight to FAGC smoke started entering the cockpit/cabin area. The pilot, who had identified an open area below entered into auto-rotational flight in order to land as soon as possible. As they neared… Read more »

24-Sep-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

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

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland is the only part of the UK to have Government-funded EMS helicopters, and two H145s are now flying as G-SASN and G-SASS in this role.  Additionally, a charity-funded air ambulance was launched in November 2012 by the predictably worded Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, and started operating in May 2013 with an aging Bo105.  Ironically… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-15

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Airbus completes 12 year inspection of Lee County (Florida) AS350

Airbus completes 12 year inspection of Lee County (Florida) AS350

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, in Fort Myers, Fla. its AS350 BA AStar helicopter after completion of the aircraft’s second 12-year Inspection. The 12-year Inspection effectively resets the helicopter’s inspection cycles to zero, updates the aircraft with all applicable factory configuration changes and confirms its compliance with applicable Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Sep-15

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22-Sep-15 OB-1941-P Airbus AS350B3 Ollantaytambo, Peru (5F)

During a transferring flight of “Odebrecht” Co. personnel, from Quillabamba to Cusco, crossing the Andes Mountains, the Helicopter crashed on a slope surrounding the “Veronica” snowy, destroying it completely. The wreckage was found at an altitude of over 4000m All five on board died, identified here as Miguel Angel Pinto Panta (pilot), Felix Cardenas Gonzales… Read more »

22-Sep-15

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Guangzhou Police becomes first H145 customer in China

Guangzhou Police becomes first H145 customer in China

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Sep-15

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21-Sep-15 B-7445 Airbus AS350B3 Gullin, China (2F)

Helicopter took off at 00h15, the last radio communication with ATC was at 00h30, the flight crew reported to the ATC operation normal. At about 02h00, ATC unable to contact with the helicopter, the dispatcher reported that the helicopter was operating normal. At about 04h32, the CAAC regional office received a report by the local… Read more »

21-Sep-15

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21-Sep-15 HB-ZGP Airbus SA315B Wolfenschiessen, Switzerland

During an aerial transport, the crew wanted to land near the station of the Bannalp cableway to pick up a container deposited there. During the approach, the helicopter’s tail rotor came in contact with a cable of a small transport cableway. The pilot was able to land the helicopter.

21-Sep-15

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Monacair orders six H130s for Monaco – Nice shuttle

Monacair orders six H130s for Monaco – Nice shuttle

Monacair signed today an order for six H130s to set up an improved service of regular scheduled flights linking Monaco Heliport to Nice International Airport. The first commercial flight is planned for January 2016 with a flight every 15 minutes. Specializing in private helicopter management, Monacair has valuable experience in terms of VIP transport and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-15

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Argentine Coast Guard receives first H225

Argentine Coast Guard receives first H225

At a ceremony presided by the Prefecto Nacional Naval Luis Alberto Heiler, Airbus Helicopters officially handed over an H225 helicopter to the Argentine Coast Guard This new helicopter, which will be based in the city of Mar del Plata and used for search and rescue missions in the Argentinian sea, marks the start of the renewal process for the Coast Guard’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-15

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation supports Red Cross efforts in Dominica

Airbus Helicopters Foundation supports Red Cross efforts in Dominica

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation has provided support to ongoing humanitarian relief operations in the small island nation of Dominica, in the Caribbean, which was recently hit with heavy rainfall and mudslides in the wake of tropical storm Erika. Chartering an H120 helicopter from Martinique-based operator Héliblue Helicoptère, the Foundation has been able to support assessment… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-15

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance – new livery revealed

Thames Valley Air Ambulance – new livery revealed

The new Airbus H135 helicopter for Thames Valley Air Ambulance has been revealed and shows a much greater attention to branding than the previous unimaginative red and yellow scheme.  Our photo here by Dave Webb shows the aircraft returning from a pre-delivery flight test at Gloucestershire Airport, The helicopter arrived into the UK on 5th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-15

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Russia – new heliport to be built at Kaluga

Russia – new heliport to be built at Kaluga

Heliports of Russia have recently announced plans for a new heliport in Kaluga, to open in the second half of 2016.  Russian website ATO.ru reports that the announcement, made recently at the JetExpo 2015 event in Moscow, identifies a site on the bank of the river Oka, and a cost of “over 300 million roubles”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-15

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16-Sep-15 F-HCSC Airbus AS350B3 Boisses, France

Two of Tignes ski patrol were seriously injured in the crash at 8.15am.   There were four trackers on board, in addition to the pilot and a mechanic, to be dropped to reactivate the remote avalanche triggering devices after maintenance period occurred this summer.

16-Sep-15

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PhilJets orders an Airbus H130

PhilJets orders an Airbus H130

PhilJets Group has placed an order with Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia for the acquisition of one brand new Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130T2) scheduled for delivery in early 2016. This helicopter will be operated by PhilJets Aero Charter Corp, the group air transport subsidiary, in order to sustain its activities growth. With this helicopter acquisition,… Read more »

Source: PhilJets, 15-Sep-15

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