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Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia has successfully completed the first 407HP conversion for Heli Niugini. The conversion finished within the allotted timeframe of six weeks and on budget as previously announced by Eagle Australasia CEO Grant Boyter. It is Eagle Group’s ninth conversion to date. A team of three from Eagle Canada were flown into the country to… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 19-Apr-17

Turtle-Pac to showcase innovative exhibits at HeliRussia 2017

Turtle-Pac to showcase innovative exhibits at HeliRussia 2017

Less than two months are left before the opening of the 10th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2017. Along with the growing number of participants, more and more interesting exhibits are announced which will be available to see from 25 to 27 May at Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow. For example, the Australian company Turtle-Pac… Read more »

Source: HeliRussia 2017, 10-Apr-17

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Able signs exclusive service agreement with Eagle

Able signs exclusive service agreement with Eagle

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. company, has been selected by Eagle Australasia to be its exclusive provider for component repair, overhaul and exchange services for helicopter installations in Australia and neighboring countries. It will also assist in the expansion of existing Bell Helicopters Certified Service Facility rating to continue providing solutions to the Australian… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration and repurpose program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas,… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited Performs First Flight

On April 3, 2017 PHI HNZ Australia PTY Limited performed its first flight for the Inpex-led Ichthys LNG Project, based out of Broome, Western Australia. The PHI HNZ joint venture supplies up to four Sikorsky S-92 heavy helicopters providing transportation services for the Ichthys LNG Project’s massive offshore facilities in Australia. This new contract builds… Read more »

06-Apr-17

First Australian EC135 goes live on military training contract

First Australian EC135 goes live on military training contract

Boeing’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) program is off to a flying start, with the first flight of its live training aircraft marking official transfer to the military aircraft register. This was achieved following successful completion of an Airworthiness Board Review, and receipt of approval for a special flight permit from the Australian Defence Force’s… Read more »

04-Apr-17

Able Signs Exclusive Service Agreement with Eagle Australasia

Able Signs Exclusive Service Agreement with Eagle Australasia

Able Aerospace Services, a Textron Inc. company, has been selected by Eagle Australasia to be its exclusive provider for component repair, overhaul and exchange services for helicopter installations in Australia and neighboring countries. It will also assist in the expansion of existing Bell Helicopters Certified Service Facility rating to continue providing solutions to the Australian… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 27-Mar-17

LifeFlight Expands to York County

LifeFlight Expands to York County

LifeFlight of Maine is now also operating out of the Sanford Airport in order to cover the York County area. They will be operational 12 hours a day, but hope to increase that number to 24 hours, reports WABI.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

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NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

John Larter, a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, is currently under investigation after going to the media with complaints about the takeover of the company by Toll Group. He has explained his displeasure with the decision to let go two pilots who have collectively 30 years’ experience and states that new pilots won’t have the experience… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

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New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

New Helicopter Aircrew Training System at HMAS Albatross

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis MP, today inspected progress in the development of a $157 million Helicopter Aircrew Training System at 816 Squadron at HMAS Albatross. Minister Payne said the project will provide state of the art training facilities for Navy and Army aviators. “The new… Read more »

Source: Defence Minister Australia, 21-Mar-17

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First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

First Flight for Australian Composite Blades

Together with Perth’s Heliwest Services, Van Horn Aviation (VHA), Bell Helicopter’s subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories have successfully fitted a pair of composite main rotor blades onto an Australian Bell 206B Jet Ranger. The blades from VHA are guaranteed to extend the service life from 18,000 hours to 20,000. The blades have NASA designed laminar-flow airfoil, carbon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139 rescue helicopters have hit a snag in Northern New South Wales, as they are too large for the helipads, causing an excess downwash. These helicopters are now unable to land at eight of the regional helipads. Adam Marshalls, Northern Tablelands MP, has commented how he is perplexed at how health management did not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Mar-17

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PAG announces FAA Approval in Australia

PAG announces FAA Approval in Australia

“Already having a Part 145 CASA & EASA approved repair station in Australia has enabled us to reduce aircraft downtime, improve response time, and has enabled customers to leverage the full scope of PAG services locally in Australia,” said Chris Slade, Director of Operations PAI-AU. “The recent approval from the FAA represents another effort to… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Group, 07-Mar-17

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12 AW139s start EMS ops in Australia with Donaldson inlet barrier filters

12 AW139s start EMS ops in Australia with Donaldson inlet barrier filters

Twelve new AW139 air medical helicopters – all equipped with Donaldson AW139 Inlet Barrier Filters (IBFs) – have entered service in Australia, joining numerous other air operators that already use the advanced filter to keep their aircraft flying at peak performance. Two new operators – Toll Helicopters and Hunter Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Services… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 07-Mar-17

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HFI Scholarship recognises Australian talent

HFI Scholarship recognises Australian talent

Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy is delighted to announce that one of its apprenticed Maintenance Technician’s, David Betts, was chosen as a 2017 Helicopter Foundation International (HFI) Scholarship winner. HFI annually offers up to 19 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry. The HFI Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarship is… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Foundation International, 06-Mar-17

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Tyabb Aero Club Seeks Council Backing for Helipad

Tyabb Aero Club Seeks Council Backing for Helipad

The TYABB Aero Club hopes to build a helipad at the Stuart Rd airfield. They have $25,000 that they can contribute to the project but have sent in a grant application to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council for $100,000. The proposed helipad will be used by air ambulances, police and firefighters reports The News. A… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

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Australia certifies Bell 505

Australia certifies Bell 505

Hawker Pacific, the leading aviation solutions provider in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, is pleased to confirm the highly anticipated Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) certification of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Helicopter. The milestone makes Australia the first country to be awarded certification for the Bell 505 following the initial type… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 02-Mar-17

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LifeFlight Requests New Toowoomba Base

LifeFlight Requests New Toowoomba Base

The Toowoomba Regional Council has unanimously agreed on the proposal to build a new LifeFlight base or expand the existing one at the Toowoomba Aerodrome. The proposal was last minute, reports The Chronicle. They have applied for funding through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Feb-17

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CHC Australia Reaches 25,000 Hour Milestone on AW139

CHC Australia Reaches 25,000 Hour Milestone on AW139

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) announced it had recently reached the 25,000 flight hour milestone on its fleet of AW139s in Australia. CHC was the first commercial operator to fly AW139s in Australia and has used the aircraft to fly critical emergency medical service (EMS) missions in New South Wales as well as provide… Read more »

Source: CHC, 23-Jan-17

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Wirestrike warning for pilots

Wirestrike warning for pilots

A recent accident involving a Bell 206 helicopter highlights the ongoing dangers wirestrikes pose to pilots flying at low levels in a high workload environment. On 18 December 2016, the pilot was flying a Bell 206 helicopter from Bathurst to Wagga Wagga, NSW for maintenance, in wet and cloudy weather conditions. While flying at low… Read more »

Source: ATBS, 16-Jan-17

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Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Australian safety board seeks software vendors to automate occurrence reporting process

Aircraft operators and organisations involved in aviation safety will soon have access to a new method of submitting written notifications to the ATSB of aviation safety matters. This method will allow operators and organisations to report out of their own safety management systems or reporting software and directly transfer accident and incident notifications to the… Read more »

Source: ATSB, 09-Jan-17

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GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

GSL Aviation Acquires Airlie Beach Helipad

Airlie Beach Helipad’s helicopter operations will now be taken over by GSL Aviation. GSL offers more variety for guests to choose from with new helicopter tour products for the company. Working together they aim to provide service “at the highest professional standard” reports Daily Mercury. GSL is keeping the existing staff, where they will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

South Australian Entrepreneur Slams Adelaide Intransigence over Helipad

Adelaide entrepreneur, Shane Yeend, has been fighting for eight years to get a 10m x 10m helipad in the South Australian CBD. Yeend has targeted Adelaide City Council and Mayor Martin Haese in an angry Facebook post. He made points such as “No money needed, no park-lands needed, just a pontoon in the river paid… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital Helipad Renovation

Royal Perth Hospital will soon begin construction of the overhaul of their helipad so that it can handle the new larger capacity helicopters. The new helicopters that CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) will implement in 2018 will weigh up to 7.5 tonnes. The WA Government has gathered $7 million for the new helipad, reports ABC… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-16

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New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second B412EPI

New South Wales Police Force signs purchase agreement for second  B412EPI

The New South Wales Police Force is the primary law enforcement agency of the state of New South Wales, Australia, and is one of the oldest and largest law enforcement agencies in the world. The agency received its first Bell 412EPI in 2014, which was the first Bell 412EPI for operation in Australia. “The Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC to Provide 3 Additional Aircraft to Shell

CHC Group (OTC Pink Sheets: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced that three new Sikorsky S-92 aircraft will begin serving Shell for the company’s Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (“FLNG”) project from its base in Broome, Australia. These new aircraft will join a fourth S-92 already in use as part of a two-year extension… Read more »

Source: CHC, 14-Dec-16

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40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

40th Anniversary for Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service

Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in South-East Queensland is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The organization has saved over 850 lives since their first flight in their Bell 206A Jet Ranger, December 5 1976. With a total of 10 000 missions flown, they now have a fleet consisting of an Airbus H135 and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 06-Dec-16

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Ramco announces Oceania Headquarters in Melbourne

Ramco announces Oceania Headquarters in Melbourne

Ramco Systems’ fastest growing geography with highest CAGR since setting up presence in FY12-13 – Australia – clocked yet another strategic win with SeaRoad Holdings, the parent Group operating SeaRoad Shipping and SeaRoad Logistics choosing Ramco Logistics Suite. The announcement was made during the launch of Ramco’s new office in Melbourne which will also double… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 02-Dec-16

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Airbus delivers EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus delivers EC135T2+ for Australian military training program

Airbus Helicopters has achieved Factory Acceptance of the last six of the EC135T2+ for the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), completing on-time deliveries of the full fleet of 15 helicopters. Under the JP9000 Phase 7 HATS project, a new joint helicopter training program for Navy and Army aircrew will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Nov-16

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Singapore Armed Forces faciltity at Oakey to have Au$50M upgrade

Singapore Armed Forces faciltity at Oakey to have Au$50M upgrade

A $50 million upgrade to the Singapore Armed Forces’ facilities at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, has been awarded to Toowoomba-based construction company FKG Group. The project will include refurbishment of helicopter training facilities and the construction of new logistics and maintenance facilities and airfield infrastructure for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), which… Read more »

Source: Qld Government, 21-Nov-16

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Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

Australia – Milestone to Lease AW139 to LifeFlight

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has recently leased a new, EMS equipped Leonardo AW139 helicopter to LifeFlight (formerly known as CareFlight) to support emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) missions in Queensland, Australia. “We are delighted… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-Oct-16

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Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

Toll appointed by Leonardo to deliver AW139 simulator

Toll Helicopters announced today that it has signed agreements with Leonardo-Finmeccanica to deliver the new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator. This establishes Toll Helicopters as the operator of the only Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region, delivering the full suite of Leonardo’s AW139 pilot training packages. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed… Read more »

Source: Toll, 21-Oct-16

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NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

The NSW Government will provide $2.3 million for a new Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical base at Belmont.        Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport will be a key emergency service facility for northern NSW with aircraft hangar facilities; day maintenance and training facilities; and accommodation for… Read more »

Source: Rescue Helicopters, 19-Oct-16

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RAC Rescue Helicopter reaches 5000 milestone​

RAC Rescue Helicopter reaches 5000 milestone​

Western Australia’s RAC Rescue notched up its 5,000th mission this week, with the service playing a pivotal role over the past 13 years to provide life-saving medical treatment. Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford said one of the most common tasks RAC Rescue has attended over the years is road… Read more »

Source: DFES, 18-Oct-16

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Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Court orders Choppair to pay $200 000 to pilot involved in crash

Choppair has been issued to pay Emma Bobridge, the pilot of the Bell Helicopter that crashed in 2013, a sum of over $200 000. Emma Bobridge reported negligence by Choppair, she claimed that it felt that her right skid was stuck on the landing mat during take-off. Company Director Micheal Van Der Zypp countered her… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-16

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CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC awarded Australian aeromedical evacuation contract

CHC Helicopter is proud to announce that it has signed a 21-month contract with Australian Army to provide aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response support for deployments throughout Australia. The contract will commence on 1 October 2016 and run through to 30 June 2018. CHC currently provides search and rescue services to the Royal Australian… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-Oct-16

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Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

Floating Helipad for Perth CBD approved

The development application to install a floating helipad on Perth’s Swan River has been approved by the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. An Expression of Interest (EOI) was released in 2013 for a new helipad in the CBD to aid tourism, but was later retracted as the costs could not be met. Brett… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

Australian military marks first EC135 Flight

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). The first aircraft lifted off from HMAS Albatross yesterday with the first tranche of Flying Instructors from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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New Winching Simulator for West Australia Police Air Wing

New Winching Simulator for West Australia Police Air Wing

Jandakot WA Police Air Wing base recently installed its first winch simulator. The simulator, which cost $250 000, enables the force to practice their drills without having to use one of the two helicopters the base has. This also ensures more front-line patrols can be done as the helicopters are now available, reports Perth Now…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Final MH-60R delivery to Royal Australian Navy

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), together with the U.S. Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The hand-over occurred during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s purpose-built logistics and maintenance facility in Nowra which will house and maintain the new fleet. The ceremony was attended by representatives… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Sep-16

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Russian Hour at the Aerial Firefighting conference in Australia

Russian Hour at the Aerial Firefighting conference in Australia

The 3rd Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific international exhibition and conference will take place on 5 and 6 September in Australia, Adelaide. The “Russian Hour” is scheduled at the conference, a traditional event which gives a deeper insight on the Russian helicopter industry. The best Russian experts in aerial firefighting are to share the integral experience… Read more »

Source: HIA, 12-Sep-16

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Melbourne CBD to Get Heliport

Melbourne CBD to Get Heliport

Riverside location, Turning Basin has been proposed to be the new location for a four-helicopter helipad and terminal. The decision for a new helipad was made after complaints were made that the helipad in North Wharf (whose lease will expire in two years) generates too much noise near residential areas. This new helipad will be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-16

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Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital Opens New Helipad

Geelong Hospital officially opened its new helipad on the Baxter Wing on Friday, by the Health and Ambulance Services Minister, Jill Hennessy. The helipad has been operation since June and in that time has benefited more than 30 patients. The hospital previously used a grounded helipad, causing the emergency cases to be carried through the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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Best Russian professionals to share their experience at the Aerial Firefighting conference

Best Russian professionals to share their experience at the Aerial Firefighting conference

The 3rd Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific international exhibition and conference will take place on 5 and 6 September in Australia, Adelaide. The “Russian Hour” is scheduled at the conference, a traditional event which gives a deeper insight on the Russian helicopter industry. The best Russian experts in aerial firefighting are to share the integral experience… Read more »

Source: HIA, 05-Sep-16

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RACQ CQ Rescue flies 7000th mission

RACQ CQ Rescue flies 7000th mission

The airlift of a critically ill patient from one of the Whitsunday Islands on Saturday night marked the 7000th mission for RACQ CQ Rescue. The milestone mission, the 314th task this year for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter, was incredibly significant for both the region and the community-funded organisation which next month celebrates two decades of… Read more »

Source: RACQ, 11-Aug-16

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Erickson and Kestrel extend Australian firefighting contract

Erickson and Kestrel extend Australian firefighting contract

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services and Australian partner Kestrel Aviation Ltd., have been awarded a two-year contract extension to provide wildland firefighting helicopter services in Australia. Kestrel Aviation, based in Victoria, Australia and Erickson have been awarded a multi-year extension for six S-64E Aircrane helicopters to be used throughout Australia… Read more »

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Eagle Copters Maintenance completes first Honeywell HTS900 course in Australia

Eagle Copters Maintenance (ECM) in conjunction with Honeywell and Intermountain Turbine Services Inc have successfully completed a 5-day maintenance training course on the new Honeywell HTS900 engine. The course was conducted at ECM’s facility in Coffs Harbour and covered both theory and practical elements. Practical training was enhanced by the use of both an on-site… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters Maintenance, 31-Jul-16

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Australia accepts last of 24 MH-60Rs

Australia accepts last of 24 MH-60Rs

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy in support of the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The milestone delivery took place during a July 27 ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s Owego, New York facility. The event marked the official transfer of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Jul-16

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Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

Royal Australian Navy hosts first MV-22 Osprey sea trials

HMAS Canberra has successfully landed a United States Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft on its flight deck for the very first time. The trial was conducted as part of the Sea Phase for Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016 off the north east coast of Hawaii. Commander Air, HMAS Canberra, Commander Adrian… Read more »

Source: RAN, 22-Jul-16

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Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky opens spares base in Australia with next base pencilled for UK

Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT) today announced the opening of a Forward Stocking Location in Brisbane, Australia, at the Sikorsky Helitech facility (photo below). The announcement was made at the Farnborough International Air Show.  The in-country warehousing of spare parts provides Australian S-76® and S-92® commercial helicopter operators quicker access to materials and… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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First two R44 Cadet deliveries go to Australia

First two R44 Cadet deliveries go to Australia

Following the prototype – serial 30001 – Australian Robinson distributor Heliflite has taken delivery of the next two aircraft off the production line – unsurprisingly 30002 and 30003 – and they are now on local registrations in that country. Given the FAA type approval was issued on May 6th, it surprises the HeliHub.com team that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-16

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Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

Australian EMS operator renames – CareFlight becomes LifeFlight

A new era in Australian aeromedical care was ushered in this morning with CareFlight changing its name to LifeFlight. LifeFlight Chairman Rob Borbidge made the announcement in Brisbane and said the change of name reflected the growth and renewal phase which the company was undergoing. Mr Borbidge said all organisations changed and evolved and the… Read more »

Source: LifeFlight, 12-Jul-16

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CarteNav software upgrade benefits Heliwest

CarteNav software upgrade benefits Heliwest

Completion of a recent software upgrade for Heliwest has led to increased capability allowing the Aviation Services company to fulfill a broader portfolio of missions in Western Australia. Heliwest, one of CarteNav’s earliest customers, saw huge value in keeping their AIMS-HD software updated, and has recently upgraded to version 7.2. This latest version incorporates additional… Read more »

Source: CarteNav, 06-Jul-16

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Australian Army receive three Chinooks over two months ahead of schedule

Australian Army receive three Chinooks over two months ahead of schedule

In a major boost to Army’s medium lift helicopter capability, CASG has delivered three additional CH-47Fs Chinooks two and half months ahead of schedule. The addition of three CH-47Fs to the existing fleet of seven significantly expands Army’s battlefield capability in the areas of air mobile, air assault, aero medical evacuation and amphibious operations, as… Read more »

Source: Australian DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

Australian Army commemorates Black Hawk accident 20 years on

The Australian Army recently marked the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Black Hawk accident that took the lives of 18 Army personnel, with commemorative services held around Australia. On the evening of 12 June, 1996, two Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters collided in the air during a night training exercise near Townsville. The first Black Hawk crashed… Read more »

Source: Australian Army, 28-Jun-16

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Australian distributor appointed for Helifire Monsoon Buckets

We are proud to announce that Rural Fire Service of New Zealand has appointed Australian Heliponents Pty Ltd of Queensland, Australia, as its exclusive Australian distributor of the full range of collapsible HELIFIRE™ Monsoon Buckets and HELiFOAM™ Class-A Foam Direct Injection Systems. “At Rural Fire Service we design and manufacture a range of reliable low… Read more »

Source: helifire1, 24-Jun-16

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Adelaide launches city-centre helipad plan

Adelaide launches city-centre helipad plan

The Council in the South Australian state capital of Adelaide has today launched a plan to build a helipad in the central business district.  While the Council is not committing any funding, there is the possibility of either some land being leased by them for use as a heliport, or a floating heliport in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell has signed three new avionics protection plan agreements with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand. The three-year agreements cover a total of 17 helicopters under the Honeywell avionics protection plan, which include AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky’s S-76 model. The Honeywell avionics protection plan offers commercial helicopters, business aviation… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 02-Jun-16

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Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Professional Helicopter Services signs LOI for three 505s

Bell has announced they have a signed letter of intent (LOI) with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) for three Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters while at the Australian Helicopter Industry Association’s Rotortech 2016. PHS will be the first helicopter training school in the region to operate the Bell 505. “We are thrilled to become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell Singapore completes 5,000hr inspections on two Australian 412s

Bell has announced that its facility in Singapore successfully completed 5,000 hour inspections and customization for two Bell 412EPs for a private customer located in Australia. “Our Singapore facility continues to drive growth in heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul for customers throughout the region,” said Mike Greene, general manager for Bell Helicopter’s Singapore facility. “This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation, New Zealand’s largest Aircraft Sales and Support Service Company will be attending AHIA Rotortech on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 27th- May 29th. The Rotortech event, which is to be hosted at the Twin Waters resort, will feature upwards of 50 exhibitors and Oceania Aviation is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 26-May-16

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Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific attending Rotortech 2016 with Bell 505 mockup

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will once again be returning as the diamond sponsor at Rotortech 2016 to be held in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 27th – 29th May. Hawker Pacific will feature a strong presence during this year’s event, again highlighting… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 24-May-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

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-May-16

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12-May-16 VH-WGB Robinson R22B Wallal Downs Station, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-WGB, 220 km NE of Port Hedland Airport, Western Australia, on 12 May 2016. While conducting aerial work, the helicopter collided with terrain. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

12-May-16

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Dart expands Approved Maintenance Center into Australia and NZ

Dart expands Approved Maintenance Center into Australia and NZ

DART Aerospace expands customers’ reach by establishing its new Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network in Australasia to offer very competitive aftermarket solutions. After six years of working with an exclusive distributor in that region, DART will now service the market directly. Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to deal… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 03-May-16

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Australia retires a Chinook to War Memorial museum

Australia retires a Chinook to War Memorial museum

Chinook A15-202 was part of the army’s fleet of CH-47D Chinooks that were in near continuous use in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, and is the only D-Model in the fleet to have taken enemy fire — during an incident in 2009, for which the pilot was awarded a medal for bravery.  See full story

20-Apr-16

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Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Australia – No space for helipad at the new hospital

Health bureaucrats in charge of the new Byron Central Hospital have confirmed that the new $88m facility will not have a helipad.  See full story

Source: Echo Net Daily, 19-Apr-16

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StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

StarFlight Australia launches – an Australian-Turkish joint venture

Two iconic aviation organisations have joined forces to officially launch Australia’s latest aviation company, StarFlight Australia, which features access to factory new, fully equipped and compliant Russian Kamov Ka-32A11BC helicopters for firefighting and AgustaWestland (Finmecannica Helicopters) range of helicopters for emergency medical service and search and rescue missions in Australasia. The joint venture company was… Read more »

Source: StarFlight Australia, 11-Apr-16

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Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Australian Defence Force sued by family of pilot killed in 2011

Lieutenant Marcus Case, 27, was killed and five other service personnel injured when a Chinook helicopter they were in crashed near the Aussie base at Tarin Kowt in May 2011  See full story See also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 30-May-11 Boeing CH-47D Tarin Kot, Afghanistan (1F)

Source: Herald Sun, 04-Apr-16

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25-Mar-16 VH-WHU Bell 206B Mackay, Australia (1F)

The ATSB is investigating a fatal accident involving a Bell 206B helicopter accident near Camila, Queensland on 25 March 2016. During crop spraying operations, the helicopter struck powerlines before colliding with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed by post-impact fire.

25-Mar-16

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Glen Innes helipad plans approved

Glen Innes helipad plans approved

The Glen Innes helipad looks set to get off the ground as design plans were handed over to Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall See full story

Source: Glen Innes Examiner, 23-Mar-16

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21-Mar-16 VH-RGY Robinson R22 Richmond, Australia

The ATSB is investigating a collision with terrain involving a Robinson R22, VH-RGY, at Richmond Airport, Queensland, on 21 March 2016. After engine start, the helicopter collided with terrain resulting in substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured.

21-Mar-16

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