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Airbus H160 arrives in US for Heli-Expo and sales tour

Airbus H160 arrives in US for Heli-Expo and sales tour

The H160 prototype has landed in Las Vegas and will be headlining Airbus Helicopters’ presence for the first time ever at an international airshow at this year’s Heli-Expo from 27 Feb – 1 March at the Las Vegas convention centre.  Showgoers will be able see for themselves the #H160ReasonsWhy the H160 is raising the bar… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Feb-18

Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse (France) has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to supply the heating valves for its H160 helicopter program. Liebherr-Aerospace will not only develop, qualify and manu-facture the environmental control system components, but the company will also service them. Liebherr will supply two valves of the heating system that will be installed in… Read more »

Source: Liebherr, 19-Feb-18

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Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Bruno Even, 49, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 April 2018. He will report to Airbus CEO Tom Enders and join the company’s Executive Committee. Bruno Even comes to Airbus from Safran where he was CEO of the Helicopter Engines business since 2015. He… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Feb-18

Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom, the world’s premier on-demand helicopter booking platform, is now joining Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters. Initially incubated in A^3, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost, Voom launched commercial operations in April 2017 in Sao Paulo, flying thousands of passengers over the last ten months, and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Feb-18

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus’ military and law enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years. Under this agreement, TAI will become the main Airbus Helicopters’ service provider in Thailand for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police. Airbus Helicopters’ signature HCare suite of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters have just implemented a new single Production Organisation Approval (POA). This replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain by a single, integrated framework allowing for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialisation across Europe…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Feb-18

H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

The successful capability enhancement for the H145M continues. In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre. In a rough and challenging environment the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Feb-18

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ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

Advanced Torque Products (ATP) of Newington, CT has been working hard with Airbus to improve the torquing method of the mast nut on the EC145. And they’re excited to announce this custom tooling kit is now available to anyone working on the EC145 mast nut. This tooling was developed working directly with maintenance professionals in… Read more »

Source: Advanced Torque Products, 02-Feb-18

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Airbus take H130 and H135 to Singapore Airshow

Airbus take H130 and H135 to Singapore Airshow

Airbus will be the largest international exhibitor at the upcoming Singapore Airshow, showcasing a selection of its latest products, services and innovations in the commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter markets. The show takes place at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, 6-11 February. The highlight at the static display will be the new long-range… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Feb-18

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Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 1300th helicopter from the H135-family, a number underlining the multipurpose lightweight twin-engine helicopter’s worldwide success. The global fleet of this type has accumulated a total of more than 4.5 million flight hours since the entry into service of the first helicopter in 1996. More than 300 customers in 60 countries use… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-18

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Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jan-18

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Airbus appoints new Chairman and CEO in China

Airbus appoints new Chairman and CEO in China

Eric Chen, previously President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, succeeds Laurence Barron as Chairman of Airbus China. Simultaneously, George Xu has been appointed CEO of Airbus China. In his role as country head of Airbus China, Xu is responsible for all Airbus commercial aircraft activities and for leading the company’s helicopter, defence and space businesses… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jan-18

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French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

 The DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has just awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium. The contract covers de-risking studies ahead of construction of a future tactical helicopter drone demonstrator aboard warships. The demonstration project will lead to trials of the drone… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Jan-18

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Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK.  Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January.  Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich. Wiking Helikopter Service will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-18

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Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

The operational arm of Heliports of Russia has ordered two H130 helicopters from Airbus for 2018 delivery.  The company’s short press release states that the aircraft will help “expand the list of services provided and increase the market share” of the company Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus Helicopters Japan (AHJ) has successfully handed over the first H145//BK117D-2 to Hiratagakuen, at a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe facility today. The aircraft will enter into service for the emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki prefecture in June 2018. This new delivery reinforces the partnership between Hiratagakuen and AHJ. Hiratagakuen signed the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus has delivered an H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited. The aircraft will be based out of Toronto, ON and will be the second H125 to join TransCanada PipeLines’ fleet. With one of North Americas largest infrastructure portfolios, TransCanada has built and maintains a 91,500 km network of natural gas pipelines, which supplies more than 25… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair Helicopters has recently ordered four H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, states a local press source quoting commercial director Oleg Semenov.  The first will be delivered in April/May 2018 with all four arriving by mid-summer.  They will replace four Robinson R44s which are no longer being used operationally, but are leased out by UTair to other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-18

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Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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CityAirbus reaches next milestone

CityAirbus reaches next milestone

The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-17

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CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Dec-17

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Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-17

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Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the on-schedule delivery of four new helicopters to its Philippine customers, through its regional delivery and completion centre in Singapore recently. Three helicopters will join PhilJets’ growing fleet, including the first H145 for the leading boutique business aviation operator, while a new H155 will be operated by a healthcare provider. Together with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-17

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Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Dec-17

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

The French anti-corruption office has launched an investigation into the sale of 45 French military EC145 helicopters to Kazakhstan. They are trying to determine whether the signing of the contract enabled illegal commissions to intermediaries, reports Expansión.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have signed a new MoU at the Dubai airshow expanding their commitment to the H160 adding three additional helicopters to the original Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed in May 2016. “We took the decision to increase our request following a flight demonstration where we got the opportunity to test the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Nov-17

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150th H145 delivered to HTM

150th H145 delivered to HTM

Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-17

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ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

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

Source: ASU, 15-Nov-17

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FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Nov-17

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Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

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Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

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UTair signs five year H125 support deal

UTair signs five year H125 support deal

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

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NH90 joins the digital marketplace

NH90 joins the digital marketplace

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-17

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Airbus appoints new US boss

Airbus appoints new US boss

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-17

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Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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

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

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Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

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

Source: StandardAero, 05-Nov-17

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Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Airbus receives EASA Certification for Rig’N Fly for the H175

Airbus receives EASA Certification for Rig’N Fly for the H175

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

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

Source: Rotortrade Services, 31-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Oct-17

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FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

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

Source: Able Aerospace, 16-Oct-17

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NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

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

Source: NHV, 13-Oct-17

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FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

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

Source: LifePort, 13-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-17

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Coptersafety and Østnes collaborate on H125 training in Nordics

Coptersafety and Østnes collaborate on H125 training in Nordics

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

Source: Coptersafety, 11-Oct-17

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CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

CityAirbus demonstrator passes testing milestone

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-17

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Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

Brazilian Air Force passes 10,000 hours in H225M fleet

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

Source: Helibras, 11-Oct-17

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Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work

Airtelis orders three H215s for aerial work

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Oct-17

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Airbus and NHV celebrate three years flying H175s

Airbus and NHV celebrate three years flying H175s

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

Airbus advances on-board image processing capabilities for VTOL systems

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly

EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Oct-17

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

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

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-17

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Heli-One Developing Doppler Replacement Solution for AS332L/L1

Heli-One Developing Doppler Replacement Solution for AS332L/L1

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

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-17

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Airbus becomes Global’s FlyScan launch customer

Airbus becomes Global’s FlyScan launch customer

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

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-17

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Heli-One Norway Adds Airbus AS350 Blade Repair Capability

Heli-One Norway Adds Airbus AS350 Blade Repair Capability

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

Source: Heli-One, 05-Oct-17

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Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-17

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AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

AMC Receives First-Ever Airbus Helicopters Certification

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

Source: Able Aerospace, 04-Oct-17

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Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

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

Source: Airbus, 03-Oct-17

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