Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, will leverage its assets in Colombia to provide BLACK HAWK helicopter operators in Mexico with maintenance, component repair and pilot simulator training, the company announced today as a step toward establishing Colombia as a nexus for supporting BLACK HAWK operators throughout Latin America. The initiative will enable Mexico’s growing BLACK… Read more »
The widow of Helinet boss Al Purwin has raied a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages and against Cross Creek Pictures LLC, Imagine Entertainment LLC, Vendian Entertinament LLC, Quadrant Pictures and the estate of pilot Carlos Berl, who also died in the accident – See full story
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) had accepted their seventh Huey II Kit – continuing to improve their fleet performance and mission readiness. The delivery of the Huey II Kit is a part of an ongoing upgrade program designed to revitalize the Colombian Air Force’s… Read more »
CAS, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded an $11,821,010 modification (003887) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-05-A-0024 (Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Colombia, Jordan, Brazil, Tunisia, Sweden, Slovakia) for labor hours and travel supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal… Read more »
Crashed and burned out after reported loss of hydraulics led to loss of tail rotor control and an emergency landing. Six fatalities named as Pilot Javier Arias F, copilot Germán David Beltrán; Col. Carlos Alberto Melendez, police commander for Meta region, along with colleagues Jeison Alejandro García and Luís Felipe Nieva Gómez, plus one other… Read more »
CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March… Read more »
A tourism operator is talking to Colombia’s national authorities to see if it is possible to build a helicopter pad near the Lost City, ancient pre-Columbian ruins that now require a six-day trek to visit. See Full Story
Helicopter on low-level anti-drug operation crashed, reportedly having been shot at from the ground by an improvised mortar device. Initial reports said 15 fatal and 2 survivors, later raised to 16+2 List deceased includes – Assistant Superintendent Gualdrón Diego Rodriguez. Patrolman Jesus Antonio Polo. Patrullero Enrique Escobar. Patrolman Wilson Reyes Martinez. Patrullero Norberto Cáceres Baptist. … Read more »
Helicopter on anti-drug operation landed in a clearing which was mined – the mine exploded, killing four, seriously injuring two and minor injuries to another four. Full infra-red video released from second helicopter providing top cover above.
The Royal Moroccan Air Force had a good problem. They had just acquired three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters from the US Army, the Moroccan’s had a requirement to bring the aircraft to an almost new condition before they could begin to operate them. The answer came from just under 6,000 miles away, in Aurora, Oregon…. Read more »
Vector Aerospace Corporation (Vector Aerospace), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) with the assistance of their local representatives, Naher Trading, has signed a contract to provide the Colombian Air Force with Pratt & Whitney PT6T and JT15D… Read more »
AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters, marking the entrance of the type in the Latin American country and the first offshore AW139 in Spanish South America. These aircraft, whose delivery is expected in 2015, will be used to support the… Read more »
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied a forum non conveniens motion filed by Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell to have a fatal helicopter crash case (the very first R66 crash) removed from her courtroom in Los Angeles to be litigated in Colombia, where the crash occurred. In her March 28 ruling, the Honorable Michelle R…. Read more »
The Colombian Navy has recently taken delivery of two Bell 412EPs, serialled locally as ARC-225 and ARC-226. These are Bell serial numbers 36639 test flown as N493AH and became ARC-225 with Colombian Navy, and 36640 test flown as N495FB and became ARC-226 with Colombian Navy Finished in a overall naval grey colour, the helicopters feature… Read more »
A Robinson R66 is being used in Colombia as a pediatric air ambulance. It is flying alongside Westwind 1124A and Learjet 31 jets with Fundacion Cardiovascular de Colombia (FCV). Doctors at FCV are using the R66 to reach pediatric patients in remote areas. The back seat of the R66 has been replaced with a bench,… Read more »
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has delivered to the Colombian Army two S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopters incorporating a Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) as standard equipment. Colombia is the first country to field S-70i helicopters equipped with HTAWS, which Sikorsky has customized for the unique requirements of the combat assault and… Read more »
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, and Colombia’s Vertical de Aviacion today signed agreements for five Mi-171A1s and five Ka-62s at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation and Space Salon. Vertical de Aviacion plans to deploy the Mi-171A1s in Mexico for cargo and passenger flights, while… Read more »
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) announced today at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition that the Colombian Army has contracted to buy two additional S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopters. The two aircraft will augment five S-70i helicopters that arrived January 30 in Colombia to join the Special Forces of the Colombian… Read more »
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the opening of a new UH-60 BLACK HAWK Helicopter Flight Simulator Training Center at the Colombian Air Force Base in Melgar. The first of its kind in South America, the center provides pilot and flight crew training for the Colombian Armed Services and Sikorsky military customers throughout the region…. Read more »
The Colombian Army has formally inducted five new Sikorsky S-70i multi-mission helicopters into its fleet of BLACK HAWK aircraft. Colombia is the first South American country to buy the S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter variant from Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. “We are honored by the trust the Colombian Armed Forces continue to… Read more »
(electronic translation) In order to improve the training of helicopter pilots UH-60L, the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón Well, today delivered to the Colombian Air Force (FAC) art simulator in Melgar (Tolima). The sophisticated equipment is the exact replica of a cockpit of these aircraft, known as Black Hawk, has all the tools, systems and… Read more »
Four injured in emergency landing in a garden. Pilot Eduardo Augusto Ospina was flying three military personnel – mobile brigade commander 29, Colonel Carlos Salamanca; Corporal Hector Fabio Sogamoso, and professional soldier Jaider Cardenas Posso.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced plans to structurally repair seven damaged UH-60L BLACK HAWK helicopters for the Colombian Army (COLAR) at its base depot in Tolemaida, Colombia. To ensure sustained support for operations as mandated by the Colombian Army, the Colombian Army Aviation (part of the Army’s Combined Arms Team) has continued to expand its in-country… Read more »
Vertical de Aviacion has added three Mi-8s to its fleet, believed to be part of its ongoing support flights in Afghanistan. In the last three years, US Dept of Defense has contracted the company to the value of $498 Million – see details. The three Mi-8s have been acquired pre-owned, one from South Africa and… Read more »
Colombian Navy 412 crashed on an EMS mission, killing Ocoró John Jairo Torres, who had over 15 years military experience. Four others to hospital – Pilot Miguel Córdoba, Copilot Juan Pablo Zuloaga; and rescuers Luis Miguel Ibáñez and Ronal Jiménez.
RotorWay International is pleased to announce the addition of two new dealers in Colombia, and Australia. RotorWay of Colombia is back! Diego Torres is owner of RotorWay Colombia. Diego has been selling, building and flying RotorWay helicopters for over a decade, and we are happy to have him back. David Donaldson is taking over the… Read more »
Sikorsky Aircraft today announced it has expanded its support of the Colombia Armed Forces BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet by opening an office in Bogota, Colombia. In addition, Sikorsky will open South America’s first BLACK HAWK helicopter training center in Melgar, Colombia, in early 2013. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The new office… Read more »
(electronic translation from original) After two days of the seminar held in the capital city, which was represented in 25 countries of the continent, successfully concluded this academic event, where experience showed that Colombia has acquired over time, in the fight against illicit drug trafficking by air. He highlighted the work being done combined with… Read more »
The Columbian Air Force has very recently taken delivery of a new Bell 412EP, with the aircraft being noted at various points on its ferry flight from Texas, including San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica on Sunday 7th October. The aircraft is a replacement for an earlier 412 which was damaged beyond… Read more »
Pilots Juan Carlos Alvarez and Alejandro de Jesus Ocampo were handed over to representatives of the ICRC and a local human rights non-governmental organisation in a remote area in the jungle-covered Cauca province (see full story)
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The helicopter was on a transport mission from Barranquilla to Caucasia when the accident occurred, killing all 13 on board – 7 from the Colombian Air Force and 6 from the Colombian National Police.Â Pilot was named as Major Abel Jorge Garcia Cardona, while Lieutenant Hector Vega Alejandro Cuevas was serving as copilot.
Luis Guillermo Angel Restrepo and his company Helicargo S.A. will bring the newly unveiled Bell 525 “super medium” helicopter to Colombian skies in the near future. Angel Restrepo (Helicargo) will have sole authority to distribute this helicopter in Colombia and will begin marketing this model immediately. With literally an audience of thousands, Bell Helicopter put… Read more »
Turbomeca (Safran group) announces the creation of Turbomeca Mexico , Located in. the federal capital of Mexico , Called Federal District – DF. Turbomeca Mexico is Aimed at Supporting Turbomeca engines operators in Mexico, Central America and north of South America ( Bolivia , Colombia , Ecuador and Venezuela ). The primary goal of Turbomeca… Read more »
En route from Cartagena to an air force base in Puerto Salgar, helicopter landed heavily on edge of a flat roof with significant vertical speed, causing heavy impact damage. Impact reportedly included a small fire which was easily put out. 4POB injured.
Extensively damaged in accident after the helicopter refueled, said Army aviation division commander Gen. Javier Rey, adding that the aircraft had problems “with a crosswind” that forced it to the ground.Â All nine occupants survived
Colombia’s National Police has ordered three Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks, according to Infodefensa.com The helicopters will be operated by the Anti-Narcotics Police Directorate for use in detection and monitoring missions derived from drug trafficking activities.Â Deliveries are scheduled from January 2012. The three were purchased by the Colombian military under a “Special Projects” budget category.Â … Read more »
LRAD Corporation, the world’s leading provider of acoustic hailing devices (AHDs), announced that a LRAD 1000X system mounted on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was deployed by the Colombian Air Force recently in their “Audacity and Will” campaign. The main component of the campaign was the use of the LRAD 1000X to communicate demobilization messages to… Read more »
Crashed shortly after take-off.Â One report suggests tail rotor struck a tree, but nephew of pilot says it lost the tail at 400ft.Â Fatalities named as Ricardo Cabrera (pilot/trainer) and Juan Pablo Gaviria (owner/student)
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) announced today that construction of a new UH-60 BLACK HAWK Helicopter Flight Simulator Training Center at the Colombian Air Force Base in Melgar is well under way and on schedule for completion this year. A premier training center for rotary wing aircraft, the facility will further improve the operational readiness of… Read more »
PARIS â€“ Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today at the Paris Air Show that Colombiaâ€™s UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet has surpassed the 300,000 flight hour milestone. Colombiaâ€™s Army, National Police, and Air Force combine to operate nearly 100 BLACK HAWK helicopters for a variety of missions including search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster relief, anti-drug,… Read more »
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the signing of an annually renewable contract providing in-country maintenance in support of the Colombian Army UH-60 BLACK HAWK fleet. Twenty-one Sikorsky-trained technicians will perform Phase Maintenance Inspections and 120 hour inspections at the Aviation Maintenance Base in Tolemaida to help ensure fleet mission readiness for combat operations. Sikorsky… Read more »
Air-to-air with FAC-4501, killing 5 in this helicopter. Air force Capt. Juan Jose Orjuela, Mexican Lt. Dante Herrera Alarcon, Lt. Manuel Alberto Cuspoca, technician John Mario Diaz Llanos and technician Felipe Pava Rodriguez were killed in the accident.
Air-to-air accident with FAC-4506.Â No fatalities in this helicopter.Â Crew listed as Captain Jorge Eduardo Estrada Olivares (Army Pilot), Lt Ivan Camilo Gonzalez Rada (Student Army), Lt Hugo Estrada Lopez (Mexican Student) and First Technical Luis Carlos Castro (Crew FAC)
Brig. Gen. Alfredo Bocanegra Navia, the 48-year-old commander of the armyâ€™s 5th Brigade, and his aides (Lt. John Alexander Salcedo, Pvt. German Alfonso Ortiz) were traveling from brigade headquarters in Bucaramanga, Santanderâ€™s capital, to the town of Aguachica in neighboring Cesar province.Â Civilian pilot Jaime Landinez was also killed
Nueva Zona De Aviacion General, Bogota, Colombia, is being awarded a $139,038,859 option year modification for rotary wing aircraft, personnel, equipment, tools, material, maintenance and supervision necessary to perform passenger and cargo air transportation services. Work will be performed in Afghanistan, and the option will start Nov. 1, 2010, to be completed by Oct. 31,… Read more »
RotorWay International is pleased to announce the addition of three new dealers in Russia, Colombia, and Australia. Our newest dealer is Jet Flyer, LLC. located in Moscow, Russia. Jet Flyer will be responsible for sales and support in Russia, Belarus and Kazachstan. They have extensive experience in manufacturing and maintenance of light sport aircraft. Their… Read more »
COVENAS, ColombiaÂ â€” Colombian Marines search the sky as they hear a loud commotion overhead. Within minutes, three CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters creep from the trees and land at the flight line as part of a joint subject matter expert exchange on Colombian Marine Corps Base Covenas in Colombia, Aug. 13. Colombian Marines geared up… Read more »
United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), currently supporting some Latin American customers, has taken steps to expand their business in that region.Â At Februaryâ€™s HAI Hel-Expo, URS introduced their recently appointed Director of New Business Development, Mr. Luis Vargas, whose present focus is Latin America. Luis holds an MBA with concentration in international business and entrepreneurship, a… Read more »