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Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems BO105 Cargo Hook Kits Certified by FAA

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its hydraulic cargo hooks with Surefire® release technology have been STC certified by the FAA for the Airbus Helicopters BO105 aircraft. Onboard has also submitted these Surefire-enabled systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a purposeful,… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 09-Jun-17

Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

Happy 50th birthday to the Bo105

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich. Conceived as a two-tonne-class light multi-purpose helicopter, cutting-edge technologies and materials led to the BO105 being the first helicopter to feature a rigid, hingeless rotor head made of titanium and glass-fibre-reinforced rotor blades. “The… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-17

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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

Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation’s Part 148 Manufacturing team, Airborne Systems have recently completed an Approved Modification to the OEM Hoist arm allowing the replacement of the obsolete Wadell Hoist with a NEW Breeze Eastern HS20200 600lb system on the BO105 Series model. The BO105 Hoist Arm Conversion was recently certified by an Australian operator and includes a… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 09-Sep-16

Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

Lack of visual clues was key contributor to Canadian Bo105 accident

In its investigation report (A13H0002) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a strong probability of a lack of visual cues to judge altitude led to the fatal September 2013 crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm BO 105 helicopter in the M’Clure Strait, Northwest Territories. On 9 September 2013,… Read more »

Source: TSB, 09-Dec-15

Chuck Aaron to retire from airshow circuit

Chuck Aaron to retire from airshow circuit

Red Bull’s famous aerobatic helicopter pilot, Chuck Aaron, has announced on his Instgram that he is retiring from the airshow circuit this month. His short statement reads as follows FYI to all my awesome followers on Instagram…I am retiring from the “Airshow Circuit”. After 10 years and about 250 Airshow…My last Airshow will be at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Oct-15

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance to upgrade from Bo105 to EC135

Scotland is the only part of the UK to have Government-funded EMS helicopters, and two H145s are now flying as G-SASN and G-SASS in this role.  Additionally, a charity-funded air ambulance was launched in November 2012 by the predictably worded Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance, and started operating in May 2013 with an aging Bo105.  Ironically… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-15

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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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Just 22 months from their first flight in May 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has recorded its 500th mission, according to a telephone interview HeliHub.com held with PR Manager Maureen Young.  Their Bo105 helicopter was scrambled to Cray, near Glenshee, on Saturday 7th March to an elderly male with chronic chest pain.  He was flown… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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28-Jan-15 Eurocopter Bo105 Cortes de la Frontera, Spain (2F)

Crashed killing both on board after hitting powerlines at night.  Helicopter was carrying 800-900 kg of hashish and on an illegal (unbooked with air traffic) flight.  One of those on board was from the Albanian Air Force. Photos show a Bo105 in dark camouflage colours

27-Jan-15

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24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video… Read more »

24-Aug-14

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New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

Brisbane now has its own police helicopter, with Queensland Police unveiling its new eye in the sky.  See full story

01-Jul-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance to upgrade to EC135 in October

Great Western Air Ambulance to upgrade to EC135 in October

Bond Air Services have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the contract they have with Great Western Air Ambulance will see an aircraft upgrade in October 2014.  The move is largely prompted by their current Bo105 being incapable of operating from the newly-opened helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary, one of two hospitals in the centre of GWAA’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-14

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Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

BO105 have been a fixture of helicopter fleets around the globe for over 40 years. They reliably carry out their missions and prove their worth day after day under tough conditions. Collectively, they have now completed a total of 8 million flight hours. “We are proud that the BO105 has reached this unique milestone,” says… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-May-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust (GWAA) has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they expect to upgrade from their current Bo105 helicopter to an Airbus Helicopters EC135 this summer, with the target of the third week of August. GWAA is one of just two UK air ambulance operators in the UK flying the Bo105, with Scotland’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-14

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UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

UK – Trial flight phase for Bristol Royal Infirmary helipad

​Trial flights commenced on Thursday 17th April of the newly constructed helideck facility on the roof of Bristol Royal Infirmary – Initial trials were conducted using the Great Western Air Ambulance Bo105 helicopter, as depicted in the images here. Air ambulance MBB Bolkow105DBS-4, G-NDAA, undertook the first test flight on 17th April to prove the capability… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-May-14

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Canadian Coast Guard helicopter procurement facing delays

Canadian Coast Guard helicopter procurement facing delays

The project to replace the Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 fleet has ground to a halt after Eurocopter filed a lawsuit against the government following allegations that Bell had been given an unfair advantage.  See full story

Source: Calgary Herald, 26-Jan-14

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South Georgia Heritage Trust move Bo105 fleet maintenance to new supplier

South Georgia Heritage Trust move Bo105 fleet maintenance to new supplier

British based charity South Georgia Heritage Trust have moved the maintenance of their three Eurocopter Bo105 helicopters from Specialist Aviation Services to A2B Heli at Oxford. The charity operates the helicopters for one month a year on an unusual operation – dropping poison pellets on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia in an effort… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-14

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03-Jan-14 N585TJ Eurocopter Bo105 Pembroke, US-New York

Badly damaged when fell off the trailer it was being transported on Interstate 90.  Road conditions were snowy.  Helicopter was withdrawn in 2011 and has been sold to a new owner in Australia.  It still appears to be carrying old registration N505TJ (since taken up by a new Bell 429) and not its reassigned reg N585TJ.

03-Jan-14

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24-Nov-13 RP-C3699 Eurocopter Bo105M Hagonoy, Philippines

Helicopter carrying relief supplies crashed into Manila Bay.  Two occupants – named here as Captain Irene Dornier and Captain James Eagles – both rescued by US Marines involved in the post-typhoon relief effort

24-Nov-13

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Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group prepares to quit Alaska

Bristow Group have decided to close operations in Alaska, where they currently operate three bases at Fairbanks, Valdez, and Deadhorse.  In a recent statement to employees, SVP of Global Operations Jeremy Akel cited the seasonal nature of the work there as being a factor, along with “providing services that are not aligned with [the company’s] desire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-13

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Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 recovered from the Arctic Ocean

Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 recovered from the Arctic Ocean

The sunken Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, which crashed on 9 September 2013, has been successfully recovered from the Arctic Ocean. A team consisting of the Canadian Coast Guard’s CCGS Amundsen and CCGS Henry Larsen, ArcticNet and the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has been working to recover the helicopter since its discovery on Monday afternoon. Thanks to the technical expertise… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 27-Sep-13

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TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

TSB launches investigation into fatal Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is launching an investigation into the crash of a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) helicopter. The CCG helicopter, operated by Transport Canada, departed from the CCG vessel Amundsen and crashed in the McClure Strait, off the coast of Banks Island, Northwest Territories. The TSB is gathering information and will… Read more »

Source: TSB Canada, 11-Sep-13

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09-Sep-13 C-GCFU Eurocopter Bo105S McClure Strait, Canada (3F)

A  Canadian Coast Guard Bo105 operating from the research icebreaker Amundsen crashed at night into the Arctic Ocean, killing all three on board.  They were named as Marc Thibault, commanding officer of the CCGS Amundsen, Daniel Dubé, helicopter pilot and Klaus Hochheim, an Arctic scientist affiliated with the University of Manitoba. CADORS 2013C3920

09-Sep-13

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HAI President Goes Upside Down, Up and Over with Chuck Aaron

HAI President Goes Upside Down, Up and Over with Chuck Aaron

Recently, HAI President Matt Zuccaro had the opportunity to ride along on a helicopter aerobatic demonstration flight with Red Bull pilot Chuck Aaron, the only FAA certificated helicopter aerobatic pilot in the United States. The flight occurred while both Matt and Chuck were attending an aviation association town hall meeting and airshow, July 12-13, in Tarkio,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Aug-13

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UTair Bo105 joins Arctic Scientific Expedition

On June 28, 2013 a UTair Aviation Eurocopter BO 105 helicopter joined the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute expedition organized by State Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The UTair helicopter is outfitted with special equipment for conducting operations in the polar conditions and departed to participate in the project from the deck of the diesel-electric icebreaker Capitan… Read more »

Source: UTair, 14-Aug-13

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Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

Scottish Charity Air Ambulance adapts hours to match demand

The operating hours of Scotland’s first charity air ambulance have been changed to cope with demand at certain times of the day.  see full story

Source: BBC, 16-Jul-13

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Erickson Air-Crane renews Essential Air Service route in Alaska

Erickson Air-Crane renews Essential Air Service route in Alaska

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ: EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the vertically-integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that it has been awarded a contract renewal with the Department of Transportation, providing aerial passenger… Read more »

Source: Erickson Air-Crane, 15-Jul-13

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Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance – upgrade from Bo105 or don’t use new Bristol helipad

Great Western Air Ambulance said its current helicopter is too old to land at the £500,000 helipad being built at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. see full story

Source: BBC, 03-Jul-13

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UK – Sterling Helicopters Bo105s for sale

UK – Sterling Helicopters Bo105s for sale

22 months after Sterling Helicopters went into liquidation, auction house Edward Symmons has put their two Eurocopter Bo105s up for auction. The pair are G-BFYA 1997-build with 8957 hours and airworthiness expired 25-May-09 G-EYNL 1979-build with 11,498 hours and airwothiness expired 10-Dec-11 We are not aware of the reason why it has taken so long… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-13

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Businessman steps in to save RACQ NQ rescue helicopter

Businessman steps in to save RACQ NQ rescue helicopter

Pickering’s Mount Isa came to the rescue of the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter by pledging $60,000 over the next three years. Dealer Principal Chad Brazaitis said ‘After attending the helicopters Sportsman’s Dinner last year and seeing all the great work they preform I was extremely interested in getting on board. Then I heard them on… Read more »

Source: RACQ NQ, 17-Jun-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance goes operational

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance goes operational

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is based at Perth Airport and will supplement the work of the Scottish Ambulance Service. (See Full Story)

Source: BBC News, 23-May-13

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23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

23-May-13

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Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

The Jordanian Police have recently sold a batch of three Eurocopter Bo105s to Oceania Aviation in New Zealand after retiring them from active use four years ago – we assume they have been in storage in the interim period. Each has now been put on the local ZK- register, with Oceania working initially on ZK-HVA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance shows off Bo105 colour scheme

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is making good progress and last week had their Eurocopter Bo105 at Perth’s Scone Airport to show off its colour scheme. It’s visit was only for a few days as it still needs some further equipment fitted before going live, but it did provide the charity the opportunity to announce that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Apr-13

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Canada issues RFP for Coastguard Bo105 replacement

Canada issues RFP for Coastguard Bo105 replacement

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today announced that Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard, issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the procurement of light helicopters, under the Coast Guard helicopter fleet renewal procurement. “Our Government… Read more »

Source: Canadian Government, 08-Apr-13

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26-Mar-13 9Y-TIC Eurocopter Bo105 Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago

Blade struck tree during forced landing while on police operations.  Sole-occupant pilot not injured.  Photo set here on C News Live page on Facebook

26-Mar-13

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Bond to supply Bo105 to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Bond to supply Bo105 to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

Leading European aviation operator Bond Air Services has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to provide Scotland’s first and only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance. The recently-launched Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) today announced that Bond has been selected to supply the new frontline life-saving resource for an initial seven-year period, following a rigorous and extensive… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 25-Jan-13

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German Army Bo105 retired to Border museum

German Army Bo105 retired to Border museum

(electronic translation) On the occasion of the commemoration of the 23rd Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday gave the Air Mobile Brigade 1 and a helicopter gunship Regiment 36 of the pattern BO 105 at the border Schifflersgrund / Thuringia. Colonel Kraß presented this officially on behalf of the associations to… Read more »

Source: Grenzmuseum, 07-Jan-13

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UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

UK – New Air Ambulance charity launched in Scotland

Scotland has previously been covered from the air by two Eurocopter EC135s, operated by Bond Air Services on contract to Gama Aviation who hold a contract with Scottish Ambulance Service.  This is the only EMS operation in the UK funded by central government, and it is planned to upgrade from EC135 to EC145T2 in due… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Nov-12

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Charity buys third Bo105 for rat eradication on remote island

Charity buys third Bo105 for rat eradication on remote island

The South Georgia Heritage Trust has purchased a third Eurocopter Bo105 to add to the two it already has for rat eradication.  The helicopters are involved in a five year project on the remote south Atlantic island of South Georgia, where the weather is so poor that the maximum weather window is just ten weeks… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-12

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Queensland Police running 3 month Bo105 trial

Queensland Police running 3 month Bo105 trial

In mid August, the Queensland Police Service commenced a 13 week contract with Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service. As a result, the police chopper is now a BO105 EC Super 5, ex-German police helicopter with an excellent reputation and history. It is a twin-engine gas turbine, equipped with state-of- the-art navigation and surveillance equipment including:… Read more »

Source: Queensland Police, 23-Sep-12

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Bo105 sold from Netherlands to Georgia

Bo105 sold from Netherlands to Georgia

A 1976-built Eurocopter Bo105 has been sold to the CIS state of Georgia and was delivered yesterday, reports Avia-DejaVu.net.  The Bo105C started its operational life with the Dutch Police until it was withdrawn from use in 2010 on the introduction of the Eurocopter EC135 to their fleet.  The remaining Bo105 fleet were taken to Emmen… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-12

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Canadian Coast Guard helicopter fleet to be modernized

Canadian Coast Guard helicopter fleet to be modernized

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced that the Government of Canada is setting the stage for the purchase of new helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard. A Letter of Interest to invite aerospace representatives to an Industry Day has been… Read more »

Source: Canadian Government, 23-Aug-12

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21-Aug-12 Eurocopter Bo105C Donsol, Philippines

Emergency landing into water 1m deep while on search for light aircraft – one of whose occupants was Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.   The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified the five people on board the helicopter as Navy pilots Lt. Rowene Colita, Lt. Jg. Nelson Alquiza, co-pilot; AD3 (Aviation Machinest-3) Rodrigo Gernale, AD2 Leo Calmante… Read more »

21-Aug-12

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UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

UK – Great Western Air Ambulance plans upgrade to EC135

BAE Systems says it will dedicate an area of Filton Airfield to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity after the closure of the airfield in December.  The charity is launching its fundraising campaign next month to upgrade from its current 1968-build Bo105 with a more up-to-date EC135. (see full story)

22-Jun-12

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Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

Calstar appoints new Director of Medical Operations

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has named Cordelia Resident Scott Wallace, R.N., C.C.R.N., C.F.R.N., as its new Director of Medical Operations, CALSTAR COO Tad Henderson announced. In his new position, Wallace will have direct responsibility for all medical operations of CALSTAR, the largest non-profit air ambulance provider on the West Coast. “Scott is a… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 15-May-12

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FAA and Brazil’s ANAC certify Onboard Systems Bo105 hydraulic cargo hook

FAA and Brazil’s ANAC certify Onboard Systems Bo105 hydraulic cargo hook

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its replacement hydraulic cargo hook kits for the Eurocopter BO105LS A-3 aircraft have been certified by the FAA and ANAC/Brazil and are now in production. The kits have also been submitted to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe…. Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 02-May-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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CALSTAR closes two bases

CALSTAR closes two bases

California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR), a not-for-profit air ambulance company serving northern and central California announced two changes today in its base operations. The organization has suspended operations of its helicopter base located in Jackson, Amador County (CALSTAR 10). The company will also relocate its helicopter base operations, formerly known as CALSTAR 11, from… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 19-Jan-12

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (2 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

17-Dec-11

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17-Dec-11 Eurocopter Bo105 Antarctica (1 of 2)

Flight conditions further rapidly deteriorated and became extremely bad, one of the helicopters had an accident during the flight back to the Germany research ship Polarstern. Fortunately, the passengers were only slightly injured. Instant support could be given by the other helicopter team, which at the same time had a hard but safe landing

17-Dec-11

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15-Dec-11 YV-2717 Eurocopter Bo105 Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela (1F)

Crashed and burned in a residential area on a post maintenance test flight.  1 fatal from 2POB – Pilot Pedro Malaver survived and engineer Edsel Pachecho did not.

15-Dec-11

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Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

Brunei orders 12 Black Hawks to replace 212s, 105s

The Ministry of Defence of Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the contract award for the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Support Helicopter Project to Sikorsky International Operations, Inc, United States of America. The project is for the supply of twelve (12) BLACKHAWK S-70i helicopters to replace the current fleet of Bell 212 and BO105 helicopters… Read more »

Source: Brunei military, 17-Nov-11

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Western Australia fire authority issues six year contract

Western Australia fire authority issues six year contract

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority will get a state-of-the-art $4 million aerial command and control helicopter with the latest technology to battle the upcoming fire season.  Heliwest are the chosen supplier with a Bo105.  (Full story)

10-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

CALSTAR’s South Lake Tahoe base marks 10th anniversary

he chief flight nurse at the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in South Lake Tahoe can remember like it was yesterday when the base started operations 10 years ago this month.  Bryan Pond, CFRN CCRN, vividly recalls the challenges, and enthusiasm, of getting the base operational. All of the crew members were brought… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

CALSTAR’s Vacaville base marks 5th anniversary

The California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) base in Vacaville, known as CALSTAR 8, marks its 5th anniversary this month.  Since the base opened in 2006, flight crews have flown approximately 1,400 critically ill and injured patients throughout Solano and surrounding counties. According to Chief Flight Nurse Scott Wallace, approximately two thirds of the calls… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 07-Oct-11

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Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

The British operator Great Western Air Ambulance Service has confirmed that it will remain at Filton, near Bristol, despite the sale of its current airfield home as it is no longer viable to owners BAE Systems.  The Chief Executive of BAE, Ian King, has told GWAA that they will ensure that its home will remain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-11

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FAA proposes updating AD for Bo105LS TT straps

FAA proposes updating AD for Bo105LS TT straps

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2011-0596; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-37-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Canada Ltd. Model BO 105 LS A-3 Helicopters AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ———————————————————————– SUMMARY: This document proposes superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Canada Ltd…. Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Sep-11

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Australia’s Heliwest wins Western Power contract

Australia’s Heliwest wins Western Power contract

Leading WA-based helicopter company Heliwest has won a long-term contract to provide emergency response services to Western Power in the southern half of the state. Heliwest already provides scheduled inspection flight services to Western Power and has now added emergency response flying to its operations. Heliwest chief pilot Captain Ashley Williams said the contract specified… Read more »

26-Aug-11

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Great Western Air Ambulance threatened by airfield closure

Great Western Air Ambulance threatened by airfield closure

A Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA) employee has said relocating from an airfield that is due to close will have a “substantial impact” on services.  The service is based at Filton airport near Bristol, which is to close from the end of 2012 following a review of its commercial and economic viability. (see story)

26-Aug-11

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08-Aug-11 P2-RUH Eurocopter Bo105LS Timini, Papua New Guinea (3F)

The helicopter was trying to return to Lae when it went missing between Mumeng and Wafi – marginal visual conditions, pilot was not IFR rated, helicopter was not IFR equipped. Two security guards and the expatriate pilot, Peter Wallace, were on board the helicopter. There were no survivors

08-Aug-11

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06-Aug-11 N911ET Eurocopter Bo105 Tyler, US-Texas

06-Aug-11

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Brunei rejects B412 and AW139 by reducing contest to Eurocopter and Sikorsky

Brunei rejects B412 and AW139 by reducing contest to Eurocopter and Sikorsky

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has down-selected two companies who will compete for the Support Helicopter Project (SH Poject) contract, namely Eurocopter and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). With Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) fleet of Bell 212 and BO105 nearing the end of its operational life, the SH Project was brought about in line with… Read more »

Source: Brunei MINDEF, 25-Jul-11

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Wales Air Ambulance extends Welshpool base to 365 days/year

Wales Air Ambulance extends Welshpool base to 365 days/year

Helicopter charity Wales Air Ambulance is expanding its Welshpool-based operation from a five-day service to seven days a week, from 19thJuly. The lifesaving service, currently celebrating its tenth anniversary, is increasing its air cover for Mid Wales to 365 days a year following an ongoing fundraising drive by the charity. Wales Air Ambulance will announce… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 19-Jul-11

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East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new Chief Executive

East Anglian Air Ambulance appoints new Chief Executive

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to lead one of the region’s largest and most vital charities. Tim Page joins the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) having most recently worked for charities in London and Birmingham. He arrives with a wealth of knowledge and experience of leading successful teams and has ambitions to make… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 07-Jun-11

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Provincial government of Bali adds SAR Bo105

Provincial government of Bali adds SAR Bo105

The Bo105 was handed over on May 26th following an MOU between and the provincial government of Bali and Basarnas (the National Search and Rescue Agency – local name “Badan SAR Nasional”)

30-May-11

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CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

CALSTAR Bo105 modified with “Super Lifter” kit – pilots call it a ‘Dream Machine’

The BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in South Lake Tahoe has been installed with a $230,000 Super Lifter Kit, giving it enhanced aerodynamic performance, more speed, more efficiency and less vibration while in flight. For the few pilots who have had the opportunity to fly it, the BO105LS helicopter at the CALSTAR base in… Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 30-May-11

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Midlands Air Ambulance seeks past patients for 20th anniversary plans

Midlands Air Ambulance seeks past patients for 20th anniversary plans

Were you or someone you know airlifted by the Air Ambulance back in the 1990’s or early 2000’s? If so, we would like to share your story Midlands Air Ambulance wants to trace people we have rescued in the past to help mark our 20th anniversary this year. The Charity was originally founded as Air… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance, 02-May-11

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Cambridge Airport opens operations centre for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Cambridge Airport opens operations centre for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Cambridge Airport will be bolstering the full time presence of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) service when a new, dedicated operations centre is officially opened on 19 April 2011.  The “Archie Morson Centre” has been equipped and decorated courtesy of The Marshall Group, and will be at the heart of all EAAA operations in… Read more »

Source: Cambridge Airport, 12-Apr-11

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Specialist Aviation assists South Georgia Heritage Trust in habitat restoration project

Specialist Aviation assists South Georgia Heritage Trust in habitat restoration project

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services has assisted South Georgia Heritage Trust in successfully completing the first phase of a 5 year project to eradicate rats which have decimated the island’s unique population of seabirds over recent decades. The project involves dropping special bait across areas of the island by helicopter for… Read more »

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 29-Mar-11

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17-Mar-11 N913ET Eurocopter Bo105 Athens, US-Texas

Bird strike on approach to land at base

17-Mar-11

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East Anglian Air Ambulance provide update on “operational issues”

East Anglian Air Ambulance provide update on “operational issues”

The NHS Ambulance Trust has praised the ‘remarkable speed’ in which the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) solved a potentially difficult air operations issue this weekend. Late on Friday afternoon the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) temporarily suspended the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of Norwich-based firm Sterling Aviation due to procedural issues. This meant the two… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 21-Feb-11

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Sterling Helicopters “operational issues” temporarily ground East Anglian Air Ambulance

Sterling Helicopters “operational issues” temporarily ground East Anglian Air Ambulance

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has activated a contingency plan due to operational issues with the current supplier of its aircraft, Sterling Aviation. Sterling is temporarily unable to provide the EAAA with an air ambulance service, so, as an interim measure the charity will continue to operate using alternative aircraft from a different supplier, Bond… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 20-Feb-11

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Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Fuel prices threaten Great Western Air Ambulance

Paul Weir, chief executive of the Great Western Air Ambulance, said the service was just breaking even at the moment, but that could change if the price of fuel continues to rise.  They operate a Eurocopter Bo105

Source: BBC, 20-Jan-11

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