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18-Aug-17 VH-LGN Robinson R44 Channel Point, Australia

Passing 500 ft in a descending turn at approximately 50 kt, the pilot reported the helicopter began to vibrate. The pilot was unable to stop the vibration and conducted a precautionary landing. The helicopter landed hard and severed the tail boom. The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the pilot and three passengers were not injured.

18-Aug-17

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

10 refurbished Black Hawk to fight Australian fires

In a ground-breaking new deal, Kaan Air Australia, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, and StarFlight Australia, have signed an agreement worth up to AUD $63 million to bring 10 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters into Australia, with options for an additional 10 aircraft. In a world-first refurbishment program to be undertaken in Brisbane, the… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 31-Jul-17

Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia proud to help the local community

Eagle Australasia has been a proud sponsor of the Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter for the past 5 years. Each year the community’s own Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is on standby 24 hours a day to help save lives across the Northern Rivers and beyond.  The Northern Region fleet carry out an… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 26-Jul-17

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

Australia impressed by EC135 as a training platform

The aircraft set to train Australian Defence Force aviators is an impressive piece of kit. The Airbus EC135 T2+ offers the perjformance and safety of a twin-engine helicopter and will replace the Navy’s Squirrel and Army’s Kiowa, which are more than 30 and 40 years old respectively. The EC135 is widely used by police, firefighting… Read more »

Source: Royal Australian Navy, 11-Jul-17

Public submission date passes for Adelaide heliport proposals

Public submission date passes for Adelaide heliport proposals

Adelaide City Council has announced a proposal to lease a piece of land near Morphett St Bridge for a helipad that will be used for “joy flights.” The proposal has been met with much enthusiasm from commercial providers. The proposal will be reviewed by councillors and a decision will be made in the near future,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jul-17

CHC Helicopter Launch New Reconciliation Action Plan

CHC Helicopter Launch New Reconciliation Action Plan

CHC Australia is proud to launch its 2017 – 2019 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) after receiving final endorsement from Reconciliation Australia. The RAP launched by CHC will help inform and drive existing initiatives, in addition to building long-term relationships and collaborative practices with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups in areas where they, and… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Jul-17

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Australia – new helipad opens at Hervey Bay Hospital

Australia – new helipad opens at Hervey Bay Hospital

Hervery Bay Hospital is opening their newly constructed helipad this week. Along with the helipad opening, they are also announcing the completion of their new 125-space parking lot. The upgrades are all part of a $44.2 million project to renovate the emergency department. They will also be building six new ambulance bays and are looking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-17

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Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters Donates Engine to Aviation High School

Toll Helicopters has recently donated their old Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T turboshaft engine to Aviation High School in Brisbane after upgrading their Bell 212’s engine. The donation will be used to support hands on learning at the school, giving kids the opportunity to take apart and reassemble the engine to gain a greater understanding,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-17

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Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

Mount Isa EMS helicopter updated from B230 to BK117

During their new budget announcement, the Mount Isa LifeFlight base revealed that they had a year’s funding package of $2.4 million that will enable them to purchase a newer model helicopter. They will be replacing their Bell 230 with a BK117. The new helicopter will enable them to transport two patients at a time, along… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

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10-Jun-17 VH-ONE Bell 206B Avalon, Australia

Successful emergency landing in public park after engine problems.  Helicopter not damaged, all passengers safe.  Helicopter was on a tour flight from Mascot to Palm Beach

10-Jun-17

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Firefighting Helicopters gifted to National Parks and Wildlife Service

Firefighting Helicopters gifted to National Parks and Wildlife Service

Two new firefighting helicopters have been given to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This gift was due to a $6.6 million state government funding increase. These helicopters will be used for carrying heavy loads as well as being used in difficult to reach areas. The National Park employees cover a range of 135,000 hectares,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

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Eagle celebrates 10th conversion of a 407HP

Eagle celebrates 10th conversion of a 407HP

Eagle recently celebrated its tenth conversion of a 407HP for Heli Niugini in March. With nine conversions completed in Canada, this recent conversion was the first for the Australasia arm of the company.The successful conversion in Coffs Harbour, Australia, finished within the allotted timeframe, and on budget as previously announced by Eagle Australasia’s CEO Grant… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 01-Jun-17

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Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation opens new office in Sydney

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products. “Now that we… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 25-May-17

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17-May-17 VH-MNU Robinson R44 Moreton Island, Australia

During aerial work, the helicopter collided with trees and subsequently with terrain. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries and the helicopter was substantially damaged.

17-May-17

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First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

First Australian Tiger to 2,000 hours is global fleet lead

The Australian Army has achieved a major milestone with its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) flying 2000 hours on serial number #001, the first of any Tiger in the global fleet. Under the command of LTCOL Dave Lynch CSC, a highly experienced pilot and instructor, ARH Tiger 001reached the 2000 hours on a flight from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-May-17

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HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group announces offshore SAR contract in Australia

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has been awarded contracts by INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (“INPEX”) and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (“Shell”), to provide offshore search and rescue services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project and the Shell-led Prelude… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 12-May-17

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CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC awarded Australian Navy SAR contract

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15 month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales. Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the… Read more »

Source: CHC, 10-May-17

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Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

Eagle Australasia completes first 407HP Conversion

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

Source: Eagle, 01-May-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Leonardo to establish Authorised Training Centre in Australasia

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that it has signed Agreements with Toll Helicopters of Australia (Toll Group) for the support of their new AgustaWestland AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator and to establish Toll Helicopters as an Authorised Training Centre for the Australasian region. The AW139 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE and installed… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 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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CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC signs 21 Month Contract with Australian Army

CHC Helicopter has signed a contract with the Australian Army to provide them with aeromedical evacuations, crash response support and search and rescue for 21 months. The CHC will use their fleet of Sikorsky S-76s and Bell 412s, reports Australian Aviation. CHC Regional Director Asia Pacific Nick Mair reports that they have been working with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-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 »

09-Aug-16

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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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