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EASA raises H175 gross weight to 7.8 tonnes

EASA raises H175 gross weight to 7.8 tonnes

With 12 H175 now in operation and demonstrating the performance and reliability of the aircraft worldwide, the medium twin-engine helicopter continues to be enhanced in order to bring more value to operators. Among the programme milestones recently reached is the certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) extension… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Mar-17

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

New era on North Sea as oil company buys two H175s

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

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV wins UK-based H175 contract with Ithaca Energy

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

Source: NHV, 30-Jan-17

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

The German Navy has started to plan the retirement of their fleet of 21 Westland Sea Lynx helicopters. Before they can create a bidding process, they still have to formulate what requirements they are looking for in the replacements. The parties interested seem to be Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Airbus and Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The decision will be delayed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus launches H175 flight-test campaign

Airbus Helicopters has kicked-off the flight test campaign of the public services variant of the H175 medium twin-engine helicopter. An initial flight-test campaign was successfully concluded last week after 12 flights. This included a demonstration carried out last week with customer Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service (GFS), who became launch customer for this new variant… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Oct-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

Pegaso sign for ten Airbus H145s

Pegaso sign for ten Airbus H145s

Mexican operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has established a framework agreement to acquire 10 H145s, becoming the initial Latin American customer for this latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ four-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range. Announced today at the Paris Air Show, the agreement foresees Pegaso placing its first firm order in the coming months, enabling deliveries to… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jun-15

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Kuwait To Buy 24 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Kuwait To Buy 24 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Kuwait will buy 24 long-range Airbus Caracal helicopters from France, Elysee Palace said Wednesday, in a deal that was agreed to during talks between the countries’ leaders. See Full Story

Source: Morningstar, 12-Jun-15

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Chicago Helicopter Experience Opens Chicago’s First Ever Private Heliport

Chicago Helicopter Experience Opens Chicago’s First Ever Private Heliport

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), makes history with the opening of the C.H.E. Chicago Heliport. The first ever private heliport in Chicago features the city’s newest tourism experience, providing VIP-level helicopter tours at an unmatched price point. The current, purpose-built facility, which will be used primarily for tours, maintains… Read more »

Source: CHE, 29-May-15

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Airbus Helicopters to show six models at Paris Air Show 2015

Airbus Helicopters to show six models at Paris Air Show 2015

Airbus Group will showcase its innovative range of commercial and military aircraft, space systems and emerging technologies at the Paris Air Show 2015, which runs 15-21 June at Le Bourget. To highlight Airbus’ leading wide body product range and superior cabin comfort in all classes, more A350 XWBs and A380s will be on display than… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-May-15

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Airbus to Build Helicopter Plant in Romania

Airbus to Build Helicopter Plant in Romania

Airbus has announced it intends to build helicopters at a new plant at Ghimbav, close to the central Romanian city of Brasov, in an investment worth about 40 million euro. See Full Story

Source: Balkan Insight, 20-May-15

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Vector Aerospace to exhibit at Heli UK Expo 2015

Vector Aerospace to exhibit at Heli UK Expo 2015

Vector Aerospace  (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at Heli UK Expo 2015. The event will be held at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton from 29th – 31st May and Vector will be located in the Heli UK Expo Hall. Dave… Read more »

Source: Vector, 13-May-15

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Airbus uses H175 to demonstrate low-noise IFR approaches at commercial airport

Airbus uses H175 to demonstrate low-noise IFR approaches at commercial airport

Airbus Helicopters has achieved another key milestone in more eco-friendly rotorcraft operations by successfully demonstrating low-noise helicopter instrument (IFR) approaches at an airport with commercial airline traffic. As the final outcome of a seven-year project devoted to environment-friendly helicopter approach procedures, Airbus Helicopters used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-May-15

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Poland – Sikorsky workers stage protest at Mielec

Poland – Sikorsky workers stage protest at Mielec

Rzeszow police this week seized 56,000 counterfeited bottles of a well-known anti-dandruff shampoo from 26 shops in and around the city in one of the biggest operations of its kind in Europe. The investigation covered several regions back to the source of the fake goods. See Full Story

Source: NPE, 12-May-15

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H145 concludes two-month Brazil demo tour

H145 concludes two-month Brazil demo tour

The H145 continued to be a regular site in the skies above Brazil in April with stops in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian Navy’s air base in São Pedro da Aldeia. In total, 28 flights were performed for operators such as the Brazilian Navy; Rio de Janeiro’s civil police and fire brigade; oil and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-May-15

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Airbus Foundation Coordinates Relief Flight To Nepal

Airbus Foundation Coordinates Relief Flight To Nepal

The Airbus Foundation has coordinated with the French Government’s Crisis Centre the transport of 50 humanitarian staff, 21 tonnes of food and medical aid from Paris to Kathmandu onboard an Airbus A350 XWB test aircraft. These are destined to the victims of the terrible earthquake that shook the country on 25 April, the worst in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Apr-15

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India – Heritage Aviation acquires two H125 helicopters

India – Heritage Aviation acquires two H125 helicopters

In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters acquired for charter and utility missions, with a special focus on pilgrimage heli-tours. The first H125 will arrive in India by the end of the month, followed by the second in early May. Heritage Aviation has been operating at pilgrimage… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Apr-15

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Papillon prepares to launch gold H130 on Thursday

Papillon prepares to launch gold H130 on Thursday

Papillion Group, the tour company that flies from Las Vegas to locations such as the Grand Canyon, goes golden with one of its choppers. The golden helicopter joins the fleet on Thursday, April 16, to commemorate 50 years in business. The chopper joins the regular rotation of aircraft that has grown from 23 to 75… Read more »

Source: Papillion, 14-Apr-15

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UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

WHO: University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Dean Roni Avissar and scientists. WHAT: Media-only event for an advanced preview of the UM Rosenstiel School’s one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP). The flying scientific laboratory allows scientists to obtain vital information about our climate, environment and human health. WHEN: Monday, April 13,… Read more »

Source: UM Rosenstiel School, 14-Apr-15

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Airbus Helicopters signs first HCare Fleet Availability contract in Asia with Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps

Airbus Helicopters signs first HCare Fleet Availability contract in Asia with Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps

The fleet of 10 AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft operated by Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps (NASC) will be covered by Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Infinite Fleet Availability services under a five-year agreement valued at 54.5million Euros. Providing an all-inclusive turnkey solution, HCare Infinite will provide NASC with a full fleet management service backed by an availability commitment… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Apr-15

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The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center have joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Apr-15

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Bristow’s CEO Charts Course in Challenging Times

Bristow’s CEO Charts Course in Challenging Times

Since Bristow’s formation in the 1950s, we’ve seen boom markets and bust markets, growth and stagnation. Through every era, though, one thing has remained the same: our focus on the customer. We’re here for you, and no one commits to our customer-centric approach quite like President and CEO, Jonathan Baliff. Together with the rest of… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters presents its humanitarian mission dedicated helicopters in Dubai

Airbus Helicopters presents its humanitarian mission dedicated helicopters in Dubai

Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to address the needs and requirements of International, Governmental and non-Governmental Organizations engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts will be highlighted during this month‘s 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD). Airbus Helicopters will emphasize the company’s innovative helicopter solutions that can enhance most humanitarian… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Mar-15

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SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

SANParks receives air support for anti-poaching operations

South African National Parks (SANParks) is a proud recipient of a brand new Airbus AS-350B3e helicopter with night flying capability, made available with funding from the US based Howard G Buffet Foundation (HGBF). SANParks Board Chairperson, Mr Kuseni Dlamini, stated that SANParks had received an initial grant funding of R254.8 million in 2014 to support… Read more »

Source: SANP, 20-Mar-15

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Airbus Group Appoints John Harrison as Group General Counsel

Airbus Group Appoints John Harrison as Group General Counsel

Airbus Group has appointed John Harrison, 47, to become Group General Counsel, a newly created Executive Committee position which will consolidate the responsibilities of Corporate Secretary, General Counsel and Ethics & Compliance. Currently, Harrison is Group General Counsel of Technip S.A. in Paris and will join Airbus Group in June 2015. “The integration of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Mar-15

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Airbus to partner KAI for South Korea’s Light Civil and Light Armed Helicopters

Airbus to partner KAI for South Korea’s Light Civil and Light Armed Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries in developing two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). As the LCH and LAH competition winner, Airbus Helicopters will continue its highly successful relationship with Korea Aerospace Industries, including the joint program that… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Mar-15

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Wysong Enterprises completes AS350B3e for Helicopter Express

Wysong Enterprises completes AS350B3e for Helicopter Express

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced this week the company has completed an Airbus AS350 B3e for Helicopter Express. The new helicopter is equipped for aerial firefighting and will be on display at the Heli-Expo held in Orlando, Florida on March 3-5,2015. “This is the fifth Airbus AS350B3e aircraft we have completed for Helicopter Express,” said… Read more »

Source: Wysong, 03-Mar-15

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Flightsafety And Air Methods To Significantly Enhance Training For Single-Engine Helicopters with Level D Qualified Simulators

Flightsafety And Air Methods To Significantly Enhance Training For Single-Engine Helicopters with Level D Qualified Simulators

FlightSafety International is building Level D qualified full flight simulators for single-engine helicopters that will significantly enhance the quality and effectiveness of training. “Building simulators for single-engine helicopters that will be Level D qualified demonstrates our commitment to enhance safety and to provide flight crews with access to the highest quality training,” said David Davenport,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 03-Mar-15

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India’s Pawan Hans receives Airbus Helicopters’ Excellence Award in logging 450,000 flight hours with its Dauphin fleet

India’s Pawan Hans receives Airbus Helicopters’ Excellence Award in logging 450,000 flight hours with its Dauphin fleet

Airbus Helicopters has conferred an Excellence Award on Pawan Hans Limited for this Indian operator’s overall contribution to the success of the worldwide Dauphin rotorcraft fleet. The honor was bestowed during the Aero India 2015 air show at Bengaluru’s Air Force Station Yelahanka. As India‘s national helicopter company, Pawan Hans has logged the highest number… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Feb-15

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Airbus Helicopters drops PW210E engine option for X4

Airbus Helicopters drops PW210E engine option for X4

In 2012, Airbus Helicopters launched the X4 initial design concept around two highly capable turboshaft engines options: Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210E and Turbomeca’s ARRANO. At the conclusion of this preliminary phase, and founded upon a comprehensive market assessment, Airbus Helicopters has decided to amend the product positioning, consequently necessitating a significant engine power increase…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Feb-15

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US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

The U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. will support the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios…. Read more »

Source: Thad Cochran, 16-Feb-15

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PhilJets Group Year 2014 Review

PhilJets Group Year 2014 Review

2014 has been a particularly active year for PhilJets Group and its team. Created only 2 years ago, the company benefited from high and intense growth, which allowed an important development of both activities and projects. The delivery of the new EC130T2 helicopter on March 2014 has underlinedPhilJets’s wish to reinforce its services in chartering… Read more »

Source: Philjets, 13-Feb-15

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Kobe Fire Dept takes delivery of new EC145

Kobe Fire Dept takes delivery of new EC145

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it has delivered a BK117C-2 helicopter to Kobe City. It is the ninth C-2 model to be used for firefighting and disaster relief. The new helicopter will be scheduled to replace an existing BK117 helicopter deployed by the Kobe Air Rescue Team. The Kawasaki BK117 helicopter was developed… Read more »

Source: Kawasaki, 12-Feb-15

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Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

Military Rotorcraft Market Worth $27.3 Billion by 2025 Led by Asia Pacific Globally

MarketReportsStore.com adds Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 research report of 186 pages that forecasts a CAGR of 2.61% for military rotorcraft industry across the globe for next 10 years. The Global Military Rotorcraft Market 2015-2025 report provides readers with a detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges… Read more »

Source: Market Reports, 06-Feb-15

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Ultimate HELI sends an AS350 to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI sends an AS350 to Antarctica

Ultimate HELI, a South African based operator, has supplied an Airbus AS350 B3 to support a research team during their summer expedition to Antarctica. The helicopter and crew departed from Cape Town harbor on a scientific research vessel in early January and are only expected to return home in mid-April. While in Antarctica, scientists and… Read more »

Source: Ultimate Heli, 05-Feb-15

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Injunction reinforces Bell v Airbus skid design row

Injunction reinforces Bell v Airbus skid design row

Lawyers at Mayer Brown scored a victory in a patent fight between two of the world’s biggest helicopter distributors, persuading a judge to block Bell Helicopter from selling choppers with a landing gear design that infringes a patent held by Airbus. See Full Story

Source: Litigation Daily, 02-Feb-15

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Phoenix launches Arizona service centre for Airbus and Turbomeca

Phoenix launches Arizona service centre for Airbus and Turbomeca

The same team that has driven growth and change at Phoenix Heliparts is now leading a complementary venture called Phoenix Heli-Support, an Airbus Helicopter and Turbomeca Service Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. This March, the Mesa and Scottsdale operations will join forces for the first time in a joint exhibit (2059) at Heli-Expo 2015. In addition,… Read more »

Source: Phoenix, 26-Jan-15

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NHI Delivers the first Spanish built NH90 TTH

NHI Delivers the first Spanish built NH90 TTH

NHI delivered today to the Spanish Armed Forces the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter built in Spain. This delivery took place today in Albacette, in the Airbus Helicopters Spain facility. “This delivery is the proof that the NH90 is not only the best helicopter in its class to modernize the Spanish armed forces, but it… Read more »

Source: NHI, 22-Dec-14

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Airbus Helicopters Forging Ties With Innovative SMEs

Airbus Helicopters Forging Ties With Innovative SMEs

Airbus Helicopters officially launched its new Open Innovation platform at an event attended by Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President of Engineering, the PEGASE center of excellence and a number of French SMEs. The program gives creative companies looking to break into new markets the opportunity to support Airbus Helicopters in its innovation strategy. The launch… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Dec-14

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Spain – Airbus delivers Police EC135 to Police and AS355NP to Road Traffic Authority

Spain – Airbus delivers Police EC135 to Police and AS355NP to Road Traffic Authority

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The agreement covers the supply of a total of seven helicopters: four AS355 NP Ecureuils and three… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Dec-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers AS355to Hydro One Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers AS355to Hydro One Inc.

Hydro One’s AS355 NPwill provide support for the utility’swork across Ontario, including pole and power line patroland maintenance.The aircraft will be based in Oro Station, Ontario and is the firsttwin-engine from the 350 series acquired by Hydro One. “Selection of a twin-engine aircraft was a natural next step for today’s hydro operations. The AS355 is… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Dec-14

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Avincis finalizes order for two EC135 T3s with Airbus Helicopters

Avincis finalizes order for two EC135 T3s with Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is proud to build on its partnership with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, with an order for two latest-generation EC135 T3s for emergency medical service (EMS) operations. “Air ambulances save lives every day.  Adding these new EC135 T3s to our fleet will help us to deliver vital EMS missions for our customers,”… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-14

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EASA approves Airbus Helicopters training and support in China

EASA approves Airbus Helicopters training and support in China

The approvals involve European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of the CGAMEC joint venture’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities – located in Shenzhen – to Part 145 standards; along with the qualification of Airbus Helicopters China’s full-flight simulator in Beijing for the EC225 rotorcraft. “These approvals confirm our commitment to providing training and support… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-14

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Airbus Helicopters extends German Army EC135 support by seven years

Airbus Helicopters extends German Army EC135 support by seven years

Airbus Helicopters has won the support contract to maintain, overhaul and ensure the availability of the German Army Aviation School’s fleet of EC135 training helicopters. This extends the existing contract, signed in 2005, by a further seven years. “At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-14

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AgustaWestland Engineers Recognized With Three RAeS Awards

AgustaWestland Engineers Recognized With Three RAeS Awards

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that its engineers exceptional work has been recognized by the Royal Aeronautical Society with three prestigious awards comprising the Team Gold Medal, Specialist Award – Silver and the Herbert Le Sueur Young Persons Award. The AgustaWestland Project Zero team won the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Team Gold Medal in recognition of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Dec-14

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EASA approves Airbus Helicopters training and support in China

EASA approves Airbus Helicopters training and support in China

The European airworthiness authority has validated Airbus Helicopters’ flight training and support services in China, endorsing the high quality standards of these operations and their contribution to safety in one of the world’s most rapidly-growing rotorcraft markets. The approvals involve European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of the CGAMEC joint venture’s maintenance, repair and overhaul… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Dec-14

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Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 2nd Super Puma AS332 C1e to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB). At the end of 2013, the FAB purchased six of these light-medium helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country. The first helicopter was delivered in August of this year and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-14

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Airbus Helicopters delivers the first Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to the French Army

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first Tiger HAD Block 2 attack helicopters to the French Army

The French Army’s Tiger combat helicopter fleet expanded yesterday with Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of the first two attack helicopters in the HAD Block 2 version, following its qualification by the French General Directorate for Armament on November 21. These two Tigers will join those already in service for the military, which have proven their capabilities… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Dec-14

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Focus on safety: Airbus Helicopters develops industry’s first EC225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

Focus on safety: Airbus Helicopters develops industry’s first EC225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

Airbus Helicopters is working together with Helicopter Operators to develop a Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for EC225 aircraft that are utilized for oil and gas missions, marking the first such source document created in the rotorcraft sector, and further reinforcing the company’s safety initiatives in cooperation with operators and industry stakeholders. This initial source… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Dec-14

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Airbus Group Launches New Airbus Corporate Foundation

Airbus Group Launches New Airbus Corporate Foundation

Airbus Group has created a new group-wide Foundation by extending the membership of the Airbus Corporate Foundation. In addition to Airbus, it now also includes Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Group. It integrates the respective activities of all these three Divisions as well as the Group’s and will continue to focus on… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Dec-14

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First enhanced EC135 T3/P3 enters service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites

First enhanced EC135 T3/P3 enters service with Aiut Alpin Dolomites

The world’s newest light-weight twin-engine rotorcraft is now in service with the operational start-up of Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded EC135 T3/P3 of Aiut Alpin Dolomites – a northern Italy-based Alpine mountain rescue service. Aiut Alpin Dolomites’ operations benefit from Airbus Helicopters’ enhancements incorporated in this latest variant of the versatile EC135 family, which include significant power… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Dec-14

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Airbus Helicopters delivers three TH-135 training helicopters to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Airbus Helicopters delivers three TH-135 training helicopters to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The three aircraft delivered between October and December are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th and 13th units. The TH-135 is a variant of Airbus Helicopters’ light twin-engine EC135 T2+ which has been customized for JMSDF. Meant to replace… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Dec-14

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First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modelling, simulation and training event, CAE announced that the United States Army has accepted for training the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) to be located at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Under subcontract to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-14

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Strategic Factor Analysis Summary of the big six helicopter manufacturers

Strategic Factor Analysis Summary of the big six helicopter manufacturers

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7cx85w/strategic_factor) has announced the addition of the “Strategic Factor Analysis Summary (SFAS) Framework Analysis – 2015 – World’s 6 Leading Helicopter & Rotorcraft Manufacturers – Airbus Helicopters, AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky” report to their offering. The report provides comprehensive analysis as well as strategic insights into the overarching strategic… Read more »

Source: Research Markets, 21-Nov-14

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Airbus Helicopters hands over Indonesia’s first CSAR EC725

Airbus Helicopters hands over Indonesia’s first CSAR EC725

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first of six EC725 rotorcraft acquired by Indonesia for combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions. Present at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane, France facility to accept the aircraft included members of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, the Indonesian Air Force, as well as PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). The 11-ton twin-engine helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Nov-14

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Indonesian Army receives first of 12 Fennec family rotorcraft

Indonesian Army receives first of 12 Fennec family rotorcraft

The Indonesian Army has taken delivery of an Airbus Helicopters lightweight rotorcraft, the first in a fleet of 12 which will provide this military service with advanced capabilities in attack missions. Comprising six single-engine and six twin-engine versions, the helicopters are to be supplied through 2016. These 12 rotorcraft from the Ecureuil/Fennec family will constitute… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Nov-14

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Aiut Alpin Dolomites receives first EC135 T3/P3

Aiut Alpin Dolomites receives first EC135 T3/P3

In a delivery ceremony held at Airbus Helicopters in Germany, Airbus Helicopters handed over the first aircraft of this new version of the EC135 family. Launch customer Aiut Alpin Dolomites is a mountain rescue operator in Italy already operating an EC135. “The increased performance of the EC135 T3/P3 will bring additional power reserves, which gives… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 T3/P3 Receives EASA Certification

Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 T3/P3 Receives EASA Certification

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the new EC135 T3/P3 by Airbus Helicopters, completing a new and important chapter in the development history of the EC135. Following in the footsteps of the successful EC135 T2+/P2+, the EC135 T3/P3 again sets new standards in terms of performance, safety and reliability for the EC135 family of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Oct-14

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Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year. Since the previous safety measures were put in place in July 2013,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Oct-14

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Avincis orders two EC135T3s for UK EMS contracts

Avincis orders two EC135T3s for UK EMS contracts

The two latest-version aircraft will support Bond Air Services’ EMS operations in the UK. [Ed – as recently reported, one for Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, and one for Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance] Airbus Helicopters is proud to build on its partnership with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, with an order for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Oct-14

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Helibras promotes helicopter safety message in Brazil

Helibras promotes helicopter safety message in Brazil

Committed to improving awareness of aviation safety in Brazil, Airbus Helicopters and Helibras played a leading role at two industry-wide safety events held in the country’s largest cities last month. For the second consecutive year, Helibras convened a national industry event, called the Operational Safety Journey, to raise awareness of flight safety procedures among helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters’ focus on continuous improvement comes to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters’ focus on continuous improvement comes to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to the enhancement of its product line, the improvement of its services portfolio and the continuous increase of customer satisfaction will be highlighted during this month‘s Helitech International exposition and conference. In addition to the presence of its evolved EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft at Amsterdam‘s RAI exhibit center (Stand #J60,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Oct-14

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Airbus – Construction starts on Marignane Development Center

Airbus – Construction starts on Marignane Development Center

Airbus Helicopters and GFC Construction, the subsidiary of Bouygues Construction in southeastern France, today began work on the Marignane Development Center at the helicopter manufacturer’s main site in Marignane, Bouches du Rhône. The result of a 30-million-euro investment, the building will accommodate more than 1,000 employees from Airbus Helicopters’ R&D community. Comprising a floor area… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Sep-14

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Bucher offers new flexible interior concept for EC145-T2

Bucher offers new flexible interior concept for EC145-T2

Airbus Helicopters recently celebrated the official hand-over of the EC145-T2 to DRF Luftrettung. This was the green light for Bucher Leichtbau to begin the first installation in an EC145-T2 of their totally redesigned and developed helicopter emergency medical system (AC70). It is the culmination of two years of intensive collaboration with our customers and partners,… Read more »

Source: Bucher, 03-Sep-14

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South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

The $27.5 million Army Aviation Support Facility is home base for 10 helicopters — six Chinooks and four Lakotas — and 75 full-time soldiers.  See full story

Source: The State, 30-Jul-14

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Donaldson delivers 700th Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407; Wysong to install

Donaldson delivers 700th Inlet Barrier Filter for Bell 407; Wysong to install

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has delivered its 700th Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) for the Bell Helicopter 407. Wysong Enterprises took delivery of the advanced filtration system, and will install it in the popular, single-engine helicopter for one of its customers. “We thank Wysong for sharing this milestone with us,” said Business Development Director Robert Stenberg… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 17-Jul-14

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