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Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design launches AS350/355 Quick Release Bike Racks

Aero Design is very excited to announce a new addition to the Aero Design Extreme Line.   The Quick Release Bicycle Racks for the Airbus AS350/355 utilize the existing Aero Design quick release mounts for their line of cargo baskets. The system allows an operator to swap from basket to bike rack in less time than… Read more »

Source: Aero Design, 16-Aug-16

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace to overhaul another AS355 for Aero Asahi

Vector Aerospace has secured a contract from Aero Asahi to perform an Airbus Helicopters AS355 F2 12-year major inspection, including wiring, refurbishment and exterior paint. This will be the latest of several AS355 refurbishments that Vector has performed for Aero Asahi over the past two years. “We are pleased to be selected by Aero Asahi… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 01-Jun-16

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Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding.  The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork.  Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

DART Aerospace representatives will highlight the company’s comprehensive aviation safety equipment capabilities at the 23rd SAFE Europe Symposium at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor, UK on April 11-13, 2016 where it will display its’ Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 Quick Release Emergency Float System With Integrated Liferafts. This system is ideal for multi-mission operators looking to… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Apr-16

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

Bell prepares to fly 300th 429

Bell prepares to fly 300th 429

Bell has reached a point at the factory in Mirabel, Canada, that it has now registered the 300th 429.  This likely means the aircraft is close to manufacture completion and start on the flight test phase. Serial #57300 will carry the local test registration C-FLZC.  There is no indication at this stage which customer has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire AS355 Bahamas Crash

Miami aviation attorney Steven Marks settles a malpractice suit with an insurance company seeking to recover a $2 million payment in a helicopter crash involving billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer. See Full Story

Source: Daily Business Review, 05-Nov-15

UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

UK – Heli Air adds first twin to charter fleet

British operator Heli Air has added an Airbus AS355F1 Twin Squirrel to their charter fleet, a 1983 aircraft carrying registration G-PIPB.  This is the first twin engined helicopter the company has flown on their Air Operations Certificate in a fleet now 40 strong across eight bases in England and Scotland.  The charter fleet also includes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Airbus extends UTair training approvals

Airbus extends UTair training approvals

Airbus Helicopters has confirmed the compliance of the UTair Training Center with international standards. Certification for the Training Center enables it to be a part the Airbus Helicopters international network of training centers. Both companies signed an agreement at the HeliRussia 2015 show for the participation of UTair Group in the Airbus Helicopters network of… Read more »

Source: UTAIR, 10-Jun-15

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VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

VIH Aerospace Delivers Rejuvenated Bell 205 to HeliMax Aviation

VIH Aerospace (VIHA – www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has delivered its latest custom helicopter paint job on a Bell 205 for its US-based customer Helimax Aviation on June 1st, 2015. Helimax Aviation (www.helimaxaviation.com) specializes in providing a variety of aerial support services including passenger transport; forestry firefighting… Read more »

Source: VIH, 10-Jun-15

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Maxcraft Avionics Announces new FAA STC for the Mid-Continent MD302 SAM in Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter)

Maxcraft Avionics Announces new FAA STC for the Mid-Continent MD302 SAM in Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter)

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announces that they have received FAA Validation of their Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module. This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters, including AS350, AS355,… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft, 05-Jun-15

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29-May-15 PR-ADA Airbus AS355N Atalaia do Norte, Brazil (5F)

The helicopter took off to perform a patient removal flight to Tabatinga. At approximately 19 NM from Tabatinga, the aircraft collided with treetops and, as a result of this shock came to impact against the ground and caught fire.

29-May-15

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26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.

26-Mar-15

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Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

Management buy PDG Helicopters for £20M+

The management team at PDG Helicopters, the industry leading aerial service provider to the construction and utility sectors, has completed a £20million+ MBO backed by LDC, as it looks to capitalise on growing demand for its services. The deal sees LDC take a majority equity stake in the business with management investing alongside and holding… Read more »

Source: LDC, 12-Feb-15

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31-Dec-14 9M-PHD Eurocopter AS355F2 Tanah Merah, Malaysia

Crashed into trees during flood relief operations, injuring both pilots and two aid workers on board.  Pilot Asst Superintendent Amirul Adli Ahmad suffered a fractured spine.  Co-pilot Asst Superintendent Hasli Hassan had minor injuries to his knees.  The other two – both with minor injuries – were named as Sergeant Major Mohd Hood Abd Majid and… Read more »

31-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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Clever Refinements for AS350/355 Aircraft

Clever Refinements for AS350/355 Aircraft

DART’S AS350 CYLINDRICAL FLOAT SYSTEM;NOW 75% FASTER TO REMOVE THAN THE ORIGINAL DESIGN AS350 operators can now take advantage of a Quick Release feature on DART Cylindrical Floats, providing an easy and rapid solution to remove their floats and/or reservoir(s) in a few minutes; ideal for convenience and weight savings when performing multi-mission operations. Upgrade… Read more »

Source: Dart, 05-Nov-14

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Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Aeronautical Accessories to distribute Helitowcart BearPaws for Robinson and Airbus models

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced it is now a distributor of Helitowcart BearPaw products through its Aeronautical AccessoriesTM brand. The BearPaw product line is approved for a variety of helicopter manufacturers and models, including the Robinson R44 and R66, Airbus AS350, Airbus AS355 and Airbus EC130.  Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) have been received… Read more »

Source: Bell, 23-Oct-14

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Vector Aerospace becomes D-Level Repair Center for AS350, AS355 and EC130

Vector Aerospace becomes D-Level Repair Center for AS350, AS355 and EC130

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”) is pleased to officially announce that it is an Airbus Helicopters D-Level certified repair center for the AS350/AS355 and EC130 helicopters. “Our ability to perform D-Level repair on  Airbus Helicopters products allows us to provide fast, approved service for our customers without sacrificing quality,” says Craig Pluim,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Sep-14

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Airborne Systems receives NZCAA STC Certification for AS350 Bike Rack

Airborne Systems receives NZCAA STC Certification for AS350 Bike Rack

Oceania Aviation’s Part 148 manufacturing division, Airborne Systems, is pleased to announce that it has received NZCAA STC Certification for its AS350 Bike Rack System. The AS355 STC addition is planned for late August 2014. The NZCAA STC will ensure Airborne System’s Bike Rack is available for distribution throughout New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific Islands… Read more »

Source: Airborne, 29-Jul-14

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UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

The CAA have advised in their snappily-named “Official Record Series 2, Number 2131” – dated 10th June 2014 – that PremiAir Aviation Services of Blackbushe have had their Type B Operating Licence reinstated effective from 23rd May 2014.  It had been suspended six and a half months earlier, as we noted here. PremiAir have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-14

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UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair Aviation has decided to install auxiliary equipment produced by Canadian company DART Aerospace on its AS350 and AS355 helicopters. UTair-Engineering signed a trilateral cooperation agreement with Canadian DART Aerospace and Russian Heliatica at the 7th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2014. The agreement centers on the UTair purchase of equipment produced by DART for… Read more »

Source: UTair, 29-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters and UTair renew training agreement

Airbus Helicopters and UTair renew training agreement

The successful training of pilots and technical personnel on Ecureuil-family rotorcraft will be continued in a joint Airbus Helicopters and UTair effort with the signing of an agreement at this week’s HeliRussia exhibition in Moscow. UTair’s Personnel Training Center (PTC) provides the courses, which covers type ratings, as well as recurrent and refresher training, for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-14

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DHL launches Los Angeles helicopter parcel service

DHL launches Los Angeles helicopter parcel service

DHL has found an even better route for meeting urgent delivery commitments in the midst of traffic gridlock in the United States: through the air. A new helicopter service now provides early morning delivery services for several major banking customers in the downtown Los Angeles area. DHL Express has introduced the helicopter service into its… Read more »

Source: DHL, 08-May-14

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UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

UK – Marshalls sell AW109E and AS355N

Marshall Aviation Services’ aircraft brokerage business, JETability, has enjoyed a strong first quarter with a notable number of international sales transactions. Led by experienced Sales Director, Howard Povey, the business has sold three aircraft – a Cessna CJ2+, an Agusta Westland 109E Power, and an Airbus Helicopters AS355N.  Howard and the team have built up… Read more »

Source: Marshall, 21-Apr-14

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21-Mar-14 G-OLCP Airbus AS355N Peterborough, UK

The helicopter was hover taxiing from its parking position towards the runway. As it did so, the tail of a Cessna 152 parked at a nearby refuelling point lifted and, under the influence of the rotor wash and a relatively strong surface wind, the aircraft came to rest inverted.

21-Mar-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive 5-year MRO Support Contract with Sunshine Helicopters

Vector Signs Exclusive 5-year MRO Support Contract with Sunshine Helicopters

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”),  one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract with Sunshine Helicopters of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 11-Mar-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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Vector Aerospace expands capabilities

Vector Aerospace expands capabilities

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”), one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul offers a full range of AS350, AS355 and EC130B4 capabilities. Vector HS-NA is an… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto port side during training operation.  Extensively damaged (see photo) including tail boom sliced and frontal impact damage.  Two minor injuries

24-Feb-14

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Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016. Spain’s Traffic… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-14

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Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Aspen Avionics announces EASA Minor Change Approval on AS355

Aspen Avionics today announced its Evolution EFD 1000H Pro has gained EASA minor change approval (MCA) for installation on the Eurocopter AS355. Avionik Straubing of Germany designed the engineering package for the certification and partnered with Instruments de Precision de la Cote Ouest (IPCO) of France, which performed the installation. The minor change approval covers Eurocopter AS355 models AS355E, AS355F,… Read more »

Source: Aspen Avionics, 30-Jan-14

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PDG Helicopters deliver second of two 355s to Network Rail

PDG Helicopters deliver second of two 355s to Network Rail

PDG Helicopters have delivered the second of two custom modified helicopters for Network Rail.  These two aircraft have been specially modified and equipped to Network Rail’s specification and feature advanced technology to deliver rail and infrastructure aerial surveys. G-NLSE will provide helicopter support for London and the South East rail networks and G-NLDR will work… Read more »

Source: PDG Helicopters, 28-Jan-14

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FAA Certifies Elite twin-engine helicopter AATD

FAA Certifies Elite twin-engine helicopter AATD

The FAA awarded AATD cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to a new Model S623T twin tur­bine engine rotary wing trainer by ELITE Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions.  The S623T is a full cock­pit, dual pilot flight train­ing device based on the per­for­mance of the twin engine tur­bine Euro­copter AS355.  Fea­tures include con­trol load­ing that enables a fully cou­pled Auto­matic Flight Con­trol Sys­tem (AFCS), Elec­tronic Flight Infor­ma­tion… Read more »

Source: Elite Sim­u­la­tion Solu­tions, 05-Jan-14

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$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

$100M lawsuit over 2012 AS355 Bahamas accident withdrawn

Bob Martinez, a lawyer for Jeffrey Soffer, chairman and chief executive of Turnberry Associates, said today that Daria Pastouhkova Gogoleva has voluntarily withdrawn a $100 million lawsuit filed last month in federal district court in Miami against Mr. Soffer and others over a helicopter accident that occurred in 2012 in The Bahamas. The accident resulted… Read more »

Source: Turnberry Associates, 03-Jan-14

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Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Signs Exclusive MRO Support Contract with Blackcomb Aviation

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace and one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has signed a 5 year, exclusive MRO support contract with… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 02-Jan-14

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Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Bereaved family of AS355 owner in Bahamas crash sue passenger for $50M

Sources say the suit will contain bombshell claims — including questioning whether the passenger was at the controls when the AS355 crashed.  See full story HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 22-Nov-12 C6-APV Eurocopter AS355F1 Great Guana Cay, Bahamas (1F)

Source: Vogue, 11-Nov-13

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10-Nov-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Almeirim, Brazil

During a low altitude flight with external load, the pilot heard a strong noise coming from the tail rotor blades, followed by a tendency to turn to the left. He depressed the right pedal completely and reduced power in order to diminish the torque. He managed to touch the ground in a stabilized manner, but after hearing a highpitch… Read more »

10-Nov-13

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EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

This month EagleMed LLC air medical transport is observing its 10th anniversary of service from Joplin, Mo. EagleMed bases a twin-engine medically equipped Eurocopter AS355N in Joplin to support Freeman Health System serving Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The helicopter is based at Freeman Hospital West, which has two helipads located outside Freeman Heart &… Read more »

Source: EagleMed, 16-Oct-13

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AS355N brings new base and future move for Northern Helicopters

AS355N brings new base and future move for Northern Helicopters

The flight school Northern Helicopters has just announced that it will open a training facility at Gothenburg City Airport (“Säve) in September. In addition to the new base, the company will expand its business by adding a twin-engined Eurocopter AS 355 N to the fleet. The new aircraft will be used for the company’s upcoming… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 07-Oct-13

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UK – PDG win new 5+5 year Network Rail contract

UK – PDG win new 5+5 year Network Rail contract

PDG Helicopters has retained its contract with Network Rail. A new five year contract starts on 4th December, and contains an option to extend for a further five years as well. This extends the working relationship between the companies which began formally in 2006 after PDG won the work from Jarvis Rail – an infrastructure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Sep-13

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Eurocopter delivers last of UTair order for 20 AS350 and AS355

Eurocopter delivers last of UTair order for 20 AS350 and AS355

UTair Aviation has received its 20th Eurocopter helicopter, the final delivery of which marks the completion of the 2010 contract for AS 350/355 Ecureuil aircraft delivery. The 20 rotary wing aircraft, including 14 new AS350 B3e and 6 AS355 NP, have entered service within the airline’s fleet. “We continue our partnership with Eurocopter in view of the… Read more »

14-Sep-13

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Sweden – Northern Helicopters to open a Gothenburg Base

Sweden – Northern Helicopters to open a Gothenburg Base

The flight school Northern Helicopters has just announced that it will open a training facility at Gothenburg City Airport (“Säve) in September. In addition to the new base, the company will expand its business by adding a twin-engined Eurocopter AS 355 N to the fleet. The new aircraft will be used for the company’s upcoming training segment… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 03-Sep-13

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Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds AS355N to Electrical Panel upgrade STC

Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds AS355N to Electrical Panel upgrade STC

Maxcraft, in 2009, obtained Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SH09-20 for the Eurocopter AS355 E, F, F1 & F2 Twinstar DC Electrical Panel Rework which replaced much of the original electrical distribution system on the Twinstar helicopters to eliminate reliably issues and safety concerns. This includes removal of all overhead fuses, PCBs, associated non-aviation… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 03-Jul-13

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Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

TC STC SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System revised to include the following models: AS350 B, B1, B2, B3 BA, D, AS355 E, F, F1, F2, N, NP, EC130 B4 and EC120 B rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H includes installation of interfaced systems including Garmin’s Digital AHRS and ADC, WAAS GPS… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 01-Jul-13

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24-Jun-13 CC-AHT Eurocopter AS355NP María Dolores de Los Ángeles, Chile

Heavy landing, rolled over and tail with tail rotor separated aft of the horizontal stabiliser.

24-Jun-13

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Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

John Currie and Sons, owners of New Zealand’s Garden City Helicopters, has taken over Pacific Island Air and Seaplanes in Fiji. As part of this, their subsidiary Helicopters Fiji has been merged into Pacific Island Air and is now being marketed as the helicopter division of the enlarged operator. They operate one Eurocopter AS355 Twin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-13

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EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 17” is now EASA approved for Eurocopter AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP aircraft. Learn more at www.dartaerospace.com/rear-locker-extender-6699 ABOUT DART AEROSPACE: DART Aerospace is “Mission Ready”. A privately held aerospace company, we provide industry-leading design, manufacturing and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry…. Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

DART Aerospace announces that the Full Emergency Litter Kit is now ANAC approved for AS350/355 aircraft. DART’s emergency litter kit transforms any AS350/355 aircraft for emergency evacuation in less than five minutes and 4 easy steps. This kit can easily be stored in the cargo compartment so it doesn’t interfere with normal operations. Learn more… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

More STC Approvals for Latitude’s SkyNode Satcom and IONode FDM Systems

Latitude Technologies (Latitude) announced that the company has received a FAA STC for the SkyNode  S100 flight following and flight date transceiver for installation in more than 800 Part 23 category aircraft.  Latitude has also recently received FAA approval of the SkyNode S100 including the IONode Flight Data Monitoring system for light helicopters including Bell… Read more »

Source: Latitude, 27-Mar-13

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24-Feb-13 SX-HJV Eurocopter AS355N Trikala, Greece

Helicopter suffered gunshot damage in bungled prison breakout

24-Feb-13

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EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

EASA approves Simplex AS350/AS355 aerial cleaning and de-icing System

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed the validation of the Model 510 FAA STC. On February 8th, the Simplex Model 510 powerline insulator and windmill cleaning and de-icing system was granted EASA certification (EASA # 10043539) for installation and operation on AS 350 and AS 355 series aircraft. Simplex received an FAA STC… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 18-Feb-13

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26-Jan-13 PR-HBE Eurocopter AS355N Ipixuna, Brazil

When on finals, pilot noticed master caution light illuminated, and an indication of low oil pressure in engine No.2.  Shut down immediately, got out and noticed fire from the exhaust – used extinguisher to quell the fire but was not fully successful.  N2 turbine had got jammed.

26-Jan-13

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Mexico approves Dart’s AS350/355 Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits

Mexico approves Dart’s AS350/355 Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce their receipt Mexican approval (DGAC) for Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits fitted for AS350 and AS355 series of helicopters. The DART Vertical Reference Floor Window Kits are available in three sizes to fit various operational requirements.  You can now look through the floor window with ease for vertical… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 05-Dec-12

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Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post hires in helicopter during airport closure

Guernsey Post has finalised the details of its contingency plans developed in response to Guernsey’s airport closures on 27th & 28th November and 4th & 5th December 2012. Dave Bynam, Head of Network and Planning at Guernsey Post said: “Our contingency plans for the airport closures in November and December are largely based on the… Read more »

Source: Guernsey Post, 25-Nov-12

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Two AS355s sold from Czech Republic to New Zealand

Two AS355s sold from Czech Republic to New Zealand

Two Aerospatiale AS355 F2 Twin Squirrels have arrived for Pacific Aircraft Services at Christchurch.  On the right in the photo is  OK-BIC (c/n 5388) which originally with the Guardia Nacional de Venezuela as GN-8884 followed by a spell as F-WQED before moving to the Czech Republic. On the left is OK-AIA (c/n 5512) which  is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-12

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UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

UK – Airbourne Solutions acquires third AS355

Aerial application specialists Airbourne Solutions have acquired a second Twin Squirrel from PremiAir Aviation at Blackbushe, taking their fleet to three.  The three helicopters involved are N30LG AS355F2 (5065) acquired July 2008 and not flown since (photo above) G-VONG AS355F1 (5323) acquired recently – airworthiness documents expired Feb-12 G-VONK AS355F1 (5325) acquired late 2011 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-12

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03-Nov-12 F-RAUU Eurocopter AS555AN Toussus-le-Noble, France

Loss of control in the hover during post-maintenance test flight, and hit hangar.  3 injured, aircraft total loss.

03-Nov-12

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17-Oct-12 C-FXGM Eurocopter AS355F2 Tinicum Township, US-Pennsylvania (1F)

Crashed 500m from an early morning take off, killing the sole occupant pilot – named as Doug Brigham

17-Oct-12

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02-Oct-12 N808FX Eurocopter AS355F2 Lumberton, US-New Jersey

Minor damage in field landing

02-Oct-12

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15-Sep-12 N58020 Eurocopter AS355F1 West Windsor, US-New Jersey (1F)

Crashed into cornfield, burning out and killing sole occupant pilot named as Michael Scarfia.

15-Sep-12

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Maxcraft Avionics announces STC for Garmin G500H in AS355

Maxcraft Avionics announces STC for Garmin G500H in AS355

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd., an established Avionics company located on Pitt Meadows Airport near Vancouver, B.C., has announced that they have received Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System in Eurocopter AS355 models E, F, F1, F2, N, and NP rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H allows installation of… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 15-Aug-12

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UTair finances helicopter purchases outside Russia for first time

UTair finances helicopter purchases outside Russia for first time

UTair Aviation has attracted financing from British bank HSBC on a security of French insurance agency COFACE. The deal presupposes delivery of 19 new Eurocopter AS 350/355 helicopters. The airline already operates five helicopters of this type. By the end of 2012 UTair will operate another four helicopters, while in 2013 the airline will take… Read more »

Source: UTair, 30-Jul-12

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04-Jul-12 F-OHOR Eurocopter AS355N Remire-Montjoly, French Guiana

Pilot had difficulty adjusting power.  Skid hits edge of helipad when landing, causing it to roll over onto its side

04-Jul-12

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02-Jun-12 N406LH Eurocopter AS355F1 New London, US-Connecticut

Helicopter landed on beach after encountering fog

02-Jun-12

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Paravion develops compact ground handling wheels for AS350 and AS355

Paravion develops compact ground handling wheels for AS350 and AS355

Paravion® Technology, Inc. announces that their highly successful compact ground handling wheel product line has been expanded for use with the Eurocopter AS350/355 rotorcraft, in addition to the Bell 206L/407 rotorcraft already available. The CGHW-100 kit is a pair of compact hydraulic ground handling wheels which easily stow in a small area of the baggage compartment… Read more »

Source: Paravion Technology, 06-May-12

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UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

UK – Starspeed moves base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks

British operator Starspeed is moving its base from Blackbushe to Fairoaks, nearly 15 miles closer to central London.  The company only offers twin-engined helicopters, and apart from a single Sikorsky S76C++ flies a fleet of around ten Eurocopters which it manages on behalf of their owners.  Some of these allow the company to charter them… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-12

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02-Mar-12 N101MZ Eurocopter AS355F1 Oahu, US-Hawaii

Force landed in a field

02-Mar-12

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Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Russian military snubs Mi-34 to order 100 Eurocopters

Moscow-based newspaper Vedomosti is today saying that Russia is preparing to order over 100 Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 helicopters to train military pilots.  The initial phase is a public procurement notice filed on Friday 17th February for 15 single- and 30 twin-engined helicopters, but with pricing to be based on an eventual order for over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-12

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Summit Aviation appointed Eurocopter Service Center

Summit Aviation appointed Eurocopter Service Center

Summit Aviation added as service center in key northeast region From Eurocopter booth #1917 at the 2012 Heli-Expo, American Eurocopter announced today that it has reached an agreement that will add Summit Aviation, based in Middletown, Delaware, to its extensive network of independent service centers across North America. “Providing our customers with the service and… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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Summit Aviation signs long term agreement with Sikorsky

Summit Aviation signs long term agreement with Sikorsky

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today they have signed a long term agreement with Sikorsky Global Helicopters to manufacture, assemble and test transmissions for new production Schweizer 300 CTM aircraft and aftermarket support. “We have had a long standing relationship with Sikorsky,” said President of Summit Aviation Bob Fitzpatrick. “For the last five… Read more »

Source: Summit Aviation, 11-Feb-12

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Dart announces certification of the AS350/AS355 deluxe skidtube

Dart announces certification of the AS350/AS355 deluxe skidtube

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA, EASA and Brazilian approval of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Deluxe Skidtube for Eurocopter AS350/AS355 aircraft. DART’s Deluxe Round-I-Beamâ„¢ Skidtubes come straight from the factory with the most popular options pre-installed to save installation time and increase customer convenience.  The Deluxe Skidtube feature DAS’s patented… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 24-Jan-12

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PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

Police Service of Northern Ireland say that having a helipad in County Fermanagh will mean the aircraft can be refuelled at any time without having to return to its base.  Two other remote landing pads are in operation – at Mahon Road in Portadown and Maydown, near Londonderry. (see full story) CAA photo

23-Dec-11

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Eurosafety releases iPhone app for AS355N

Eurosafety releases iPhone app for AS355N

EuroSafetys iSafety App is ESI’s latest effort in their goal to improve airframe knowledge and safety in the helicopter community. The iSafety App is designed to provide a method to review caution panel emergency procedures from various aircraft. The first version of the app contains the caution panel procedures for the AS350B2, AS350B3, EC120B, EC130B4,… Read more »

Source: Eurosafety, 20-Dec-11

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Simplex receives STC for AS350/355 aerial cleaning system

Simplex receives STC for AS350/355 aerial cleaning system

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted an STC for Simplex Aerospace’s new power line insulator and windmill cleaning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and 355 series. The STC, number SR02207SE issued on 12-15-2011, is the newest product in the company’s 65 year history of innovation. The Aerial Cleaning system represents the third generation of aerial cleaning… Read more »

Source: Simplex, 17-Dec-11

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