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09-Jun-17 902 Airbus AS565MB Varna, Bulgaria (1F)

Crashed into the sea during artillery exercise, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy Wielingen-class Drazki 41 frigate.  Pilot (named as Captain Georgi Atanasov) later died in hospital, with the other two occupants seriously injured but stable.  Serial confirmed in this article

09-Jun-17

Bulgarian Helicopter Crew Remains Captured in Sudan

Bulgarian Helicopter Crew Remains Captured in Sudan

The six Bulgarians working for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who were captured by Sudanese insurgents on Monday, have still not been released. See Full Story

Source: Novinite, 02-Feb-15

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Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

Bulgarian military expects 2 Bell 206s and 2 Cougars in early 2015

24th Air Base in Krumovo expects 2 new Bell 206 helicopters and 2 more Cougar helicopters at the beginning of the following year,” said Brigadier General Zlatko Zlatev, commander of the air base, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv. See Full Story

Source: Focus, 14-Oct-14

Buglaria’s Heli Air acquires A109K2 from Switzerland

Buglaria’s Heli Air acquires A109K2 from Switzerland

Heli Air made a brief announcement on their website “In the beginning of 2013 arrived our new helicopter Agusta A109K2 with registration mark LZ CEA at Sofia Airport. The helicopter is designed for transport of passengers, Search and Rescue flights, Emergency Medical Service flights, Firefighting, Aerial Construction, as well as Aerial inspection and Surveillance. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-13

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 28-Nov-12

France clears Bulgaria of obligations over last three AS565 Panthers

France clears Bulgaria of obligations over last three AS565 Panthers

The Bulgarian-based website Novinite.com is today saying that the country has been “pardoned” over its obligations over the last three AS565 Panthers.  This follows a meeting between Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Anyu Angelov and his French counterpart Gerard Longuet in Paris.  Bulgarian originally ordered 12 Cougars and 6 Panthers, but had not paid for three of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Jun-11

Kidnapped Bulgarian UN air crew freed after six months captivity in Sudan

Kidnapped Bulgarian UN air crew freed after six months captivity in Sudan

Three Bulgarian air crew working for the United Nations have been released after they were kidnapped six months ago in Darfur. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said all three were Bulgarian nationals working for Heli Air Services contracted to the United Nations.

Source: DefenceWeb, 08-Jun-11

Cash-strapped Bulgaria to sell 12 helicopters

Cash-strapped Bulgaria to sell 12 helicopters

The Bulgarian Air Force, already well known to be short of cash, is to sell 12 helicopters – six Mi-17s and six Mi-24 gunships.  The funds raised will then be used to refurbish and upgrade a further six of each type. In the last couple of years, Bulgaria has taken delivery of twelve AS532 Cougar… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-11

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Bulgarian Border Police takes delivery of two AW109 Powers and an AW139

Bulgarian Border Police takes delivery of two AW109 Powers and an AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Bulgarian Border Police has taken delivery of two additional AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters and one AW139 medium twin-engine helicopter. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at Sofia Airport on January 15th in the presence of representatives from the Bulgarian Government, Border… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jan-11

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Bulgarian UN helicopter crew kidnapped in Sudan

Bulgarian UN helicopter crew kidnapped in Sudan

Three Bulgarian helicopter aircrew working on a UN contract were kidnapped in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region on Thursday, the United Nations and the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

Source: Yahoo! News, 14-Jan-11

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Agreement not yet reached between Bulgaria and Eurocopter

Agreement not yet reached between Bulgaria and Eurocopter

All 12 Cougars are now paid for and delivered.  However, only 3 Panthers of 6 are delivered and Bulgaria is seeking to avoid penalties while still cancelling the remaining three

Source: Novinite, 20-Dec-10

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Bulgaria takes delivery of last Cougar in troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria takes delivery of last Cougar in troubled Eurocopter deal

The 12th Cougar helicopter arrived from France on Friday, and was received at the Krumovo base of the Bulgarian Air Force. The Cougar was flown from France by a Bulgarian crew. [File photo. The last Cougar is serial 712]

Source: Novinite, 22-Nov-10

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Bulgaria deploys helicopters to hunt tax dodgers

Bulgaria deploys helicopters to hunt tax dodgers

Bulgaria has deployed helicopters fitted with cameras to fight internal tax evasion, which has become something of a national sport.

Source: Waz, 19-Oct-10

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Bulgaria budgets for funds to rescue troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria budgets for funds to rescue troubled Eurocopter deal

Bulgaria has already received 11 Cougar and 3 Panther  helicopters, and has paid 60% of the entire deal – about EUR 240 M – which is the guarantee deposit.  But they still owe BGN 175 M and Eurocopter is holding back 1 Cougar and 3 Panthers as a result

05-Aug-10

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Czech Republic received an order to overhaul four NATO Mi-17s

Czech Republic received an order to overhaul four NATO Mi-17s

LOM has been contracted by NATO in a deal amounted to 250 million CZK (US$13.3M).

Source: AEX, 05-Aug-10

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MD Helicopters authorizes new Sales Representative for Romania and Bulgaria

MD Helicopters authorizes new Sales Representative for Romania and Bulgaria

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) is pleased to announce that INDES Aviation has joined MDHI as an authorized Sales Representative for Romania and Bulgaria.  INDES Aviation will offer the full line of MD Helicopters and customization options. INDES Aviation is a maintenance management and logistics support company serving the civil and military aerospace sectors. Utilizing regional… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Jun-10

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28-May-10 LZ-… Kamov Ka26 Borovec, Bulgaria

28-May-10

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Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry to build new operational base

Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry to build new operational base

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry is to build an operational base for its aviation unit on a plot in the northern part of the Sofia airport. The construction of the airbase will be financed under an international project, the implementation of which will take two years to complete. The new facility will have helicopter hangars and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-10

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Bulgarian Army Faces Financial Collapse over Helicopter Deal

Bulgarian Army Faces Financial Collapse over Helicopter Deal

The Bulgarian Army has lost BGN 76 M in default payments because of its failure to meet its obligations under contracts with helicopter producer Eurocopter.

Source: Novinite, 28-Apr-10

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Bulgarian Border Police accepts first of two AW109 Powers

Bulgarian Border Police accepts first of two AW109 Powers

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Bulgarian Border Police has taken delivery of its first AW109 Power light twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at Sofia Airport today in the presence of Representatives of the Bulgarian Government. This helicopter will provide a reliable air surveillance capability on the outer EU… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Apr-10

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Bulgaria buys two AW109E Powers for border patrol

Bulgaria buys two AW109E Powers for border patrol

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Ministries of Finance and Interior of Bulgaria have ordered two AW109 Power light twin helicopters to meet the latest helicopter requirement for the Bulgarian Border Police. The main mission of the helicopters, which are procured under the Schengen Facility programme funds, is to provide a… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Jan-10

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Bulgaria Orders An AW139 To Meet Border Police Requirement

The Ministries of Finance and Interior of Bulgaria have ordered an AW139 medium twin helicopter to meet the latest Bulgarian Border Police helicopter requirement.

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Dec-09

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Minister of Defense, PM to Visit Bulgarian Military Helicopter Base

Source: BNN, 16-Apr-09

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Enstrom Gears Up In Bulgaria

Source: Rotorhub, 10-Mar-09

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International buyers give Enstrom a boost

Source: AIN, 24-Feb-09

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Bulgarian Police Orders An AW109 Power

Bulgarian Police Orders An AW109 Power

Source: AgustaWestland, 02-Dec-08

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