The San Jose Police Department are finally getting a new helicopter to replace their H120. Their aging aircraft has been in use for 16, almost double the usual life span. They have been given a budget of $5.2 million for their new Airbus H125 helicopter, reports Mercury News.
Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units. The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »
Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine Pugh, had her first budget proposal in March. Within this proposal was the plan to ground one of the police departments Foxtrot EC120 helicopters. Calculations show that this cutting will save up to $1 million, as reported by Baltimore Sun. Not only does this plan leave the fleet down to three,… Read more »
Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B helicopter. Newly registered in the Czech Republic as OK-AMS the helicopter will be engaged in the private air transportation to perfectly fit into the wide range of the Company’s services. The helicopter will often provide a quick shuttle between Prague Int’l Airport and remote heli spots offering… Read more »
Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA), a Malaysian born joint venture with Safran Group has signed a memorandum of understanding providing engine maintenance works for helicopters and aircrafts to Helang Flying Academy Sdn Bhd (HFA). The MoU signed will see GTA & HFA discussing on Support By the Hour program for the future Safran Helicopter… Read more »
Rotortrade Services and Helang Flying Academy Sdn Bhd are thrilled to announce the signing of a Sales & Purchase Agreement for the first of several EC120B during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition “LIMA 2017” Malaysia. The helicopter shall be delivered within a month and will be shortly followed by the second helicopter considering their… Read more »
Thales was selected to deliver an FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the purposes of initial pilot training. The simulator, delivered to the company Gading Kasturi, has been in operation since December. The flight and navigation training simulator for H120 helicopters is a welcome addition to… Read more »
Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) has been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (“Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan”) for training of 14 new helicopter pilots a year, until 2020, which in total means 28 positions funded by the Swedish Government. The agency got a lot of attention for its January 2014 decision, where… Read more »
Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345… Read more »
Superior Air, a Greek training academy and charter operator has added three aircraft and two helicopters, an EC120B and EC130, to its fleet of 16 aircraft. The company has grown in 11 years from offering flights in Greece only, to now offering flights all over Europe and the Middle East. The company is doing well,… Read more »
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program. “We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram… Read more »
HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »
The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera. However, due to exchange… Read more »
Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, has extended its MRO capabilities by adding H120, H135 and H145 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate. Following the successful certification, Helisota is now eligible to provide both base and line maintenance support for private and governmental H120, H135, H145 operators…. Read more »
Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters. “We are extremely excited about this STC program. We have been approached by a number of EC120 operators around the… Read more »
A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story
The privately-registered Eurocopter EC-120B helicopter was on a local VFR flight from Toronto Billy Bishop/Toronto City Centre Airport, ON (CYTZ). The helicopter was being flown in circuits at Brampton Airport, ON (CNC3) when it experienced a loss of power. The helicopter crashed near the southern end of the airport property. Two (2) souls on board… Read more »
Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »
The Royal Malaysian Air Force has received the first of five new H120 helicopters from Airbus, ready to be flown for train at the College of the Air Force in Alor Setar. The training syllabus of the first use of these aircraft will begin next year, and will lead the the gradual phase-out of their… Read more »
Loss of T/R drive due to failure of air conditioning drive pulley. Instructor pilot completed successful autorotation. Emergency AD followed for all EC120s fitted with a particular type of air conditioning
Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine demonstrator aircraft at around 3pm on Friday, November 6th, at Marignane Airport. The development and flight test of this new technology demonstrator is part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program, with support for these flight… Read more »
The following is the published text [electronically translated to English] of a presentation by Helidax President Jean-Michel Palagos at an event to mark the achievement of 100,000 hours across the entire Helidax fleet. Helidax is a joint venture between French company DCI (Defense Conseil International) and operator INAER which operates a fleet of 36 Airbus… Read more »
Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120). See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »
Ferry flight at approximately 2-300 ft (AGL). Turbulence experienced. Due to an observation on ground, pilot initiated a 360 degree turn with 15 degree bank to the right. Airspeed varied between 80 to 45 kt during the turn due to wind conditions. In the last part of the turn, the pilot experienced a loss of… Read more »
Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act. See Full Story.
Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announces that they have received FAA Validation of their Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module. This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters, including AS350, AS355,… Read more »
Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) is pleased to announce that they have now been awarded EASA STC in addition to Transport Canada and FAA STC’s already in hand for their successful and popular “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. The Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Attitude Heading Reference System… Read more »
Aerometals announced today that they have completed the purchase of all shares of FDC/aerofilters. Previously they owned the majority of the company. With the complete acquisition of FDC/aerofilters, FDC/aerofilters will now be called Aerometals. “People in the helicopter business have known about the high quality of Aerometals PMA parts for years,” said Rex Kamphefner. “The… Read more »
Edmonton Police are to put a budget request in for twin turbine helicopters and a new heliport closer to the centre of town – one $7M helicopter this autumn and a second in 2019. see full story They currently operate two EC120s bought in 2001 and 2009
Law enforcement operators across the United States and Canada continue to rely on Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) and Airbus Helicopters Canada (AHC) for 12-year Inspections on the popular AS350-series and EC120 helicopters. The 12-Year Inspection effectively resets the inspection cycles to zero (0) and allows the aircraft to be completely updated by incorporating all existing… Read more »
Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that the San Antonio Police Department has placed two new EC120’s into service, giving them an all-Airbus Helicopters helicopter fleet for patrol and search-and-rescue missions. Deployment the new EC120’s marks the beginning of a fleet upgrade project that will likely result in the purchase of at least… Read more »
Hélidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces an extension of its activities to cover the armed forces’ training. In 2013, 400 hours for training crews from the 5th attack helicopter battalion in Pau (5th ATKHB) were performed on Hélidax EC120 aircraft, in the Calliope configuration. These training missions continue in 2014 with the supply of EC120… Read more »
During the approach for landing as part of a hydraulic failure training, with the aircraft already sustaining “ground effect”, a high level of vibration occurred . In the sequence, the aircraft skidded to the left and rolled, colliding with the ground. The aircraft sustained breakage of the main rotor blades and tail boom. It also sustained substantial… Read more »
Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) – is pleased to announce the addition of an FAA STC for their “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. This STC has been granted under FAA Project No. ST07457NY-R. The Canadian STC was granted in December 2012. The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with… Read more »
Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »
During landing at a private property, the helicopter skid and main rotor contacted the ground and the helicopter rolled over onto its right side. The occupants were able to exit uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged.
Eurocopter will attend the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibtion (Seoul ADEX 2013) at the KINTEX Exhibition Centre in South Korea from October 29 to November 3. The company will display the Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) developed in partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries. This military transport helicopter, which entered into service this year, demonstrates… Read more »
Northern Helicopters has been awarded with the training contract for the Finnish Border Patrol, the Finnish military. The air squadron pilots will join the CPL integrated program which starts on the Guimbal Cabri, and includes advanced training on the EC120.
Swiss operator Bonsai Helicopter has been renamed Helialpin. As we write this article, their old website URL remains active at www.bonsaiheli.ch and their new www.helialpin.ch is not yet ready – although the active site does refer to the new URL. Helialpin operates the following fleet – Robinson R22 Beta – HB-XTQ – Robinson R22 Beta… Read more »
Helicopter landed close to building, and two passengers alighted. On take-off, the main blades hit the building, causing both of the recently alighted passengers and the pilot to be injured. The pilot’s 12 year old son on board was unharmed.
UTC Aerospace Systems has signed a major contract with French company HeliDax SAS to provide aftermarket service for its fleet of helicopters – the largest EC120 worldwide fleet in operation today. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). Actuation Systems will provide flight controls and hydraulic operational support based on… Read more »
Eurocopter’s dedication to the Chinese helicopter market – and its ability to respond to China’s evolving rotorcraft requirements – will be the company’s focus at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition. Leading Eurocopter’s presence during the September 5-8 event in Tianjin will be Group CEO Guillaume Faury, who will be joined by Norbert Ducrot, the newly-named… Read more »
Post maintenance test flight. Pilot saw the low oil pressure alert when flying at 1,200ft AGL and performed an autorotation for landing on the Marginal Tiete Avenue which was busy with traffic. While trying to avoid the traffic, the landing flare caused the helicopter to hit a low concrete wall, causing teh tail boom to separate.
Shortly after dropping off two tourist anglers and their interpreter, the pilot took off but crashed into them, killing all three. The pilot survived. The casualties were named here as retired lawyer Rupert Beaumont and fine-art dealer Mark Robertson, both 69, and their Russian guide and interpreter, Alexander Tushnikov, 53.
American Eurocopter is pleased to announce the purchase of two Eurocopter EC120 helicopters by the San Antonio Police Department as part of an upgrade to their fleet of patrol helicopters. The agency currently operates one Eurocopter AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions. The agency is eventually moving to an… Read more »
The formula one championship came to Silverstone last weekend to a sell out British crowd. The Silverstone grand prix is one of the most popular rounds on the F1 calendar and is famous for its helicopter activity. Phoenix Helicopters have always had a busy weekend when the British GP comes around but this year was… Read more »
TC STC SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System revised to include the following models: AS350 B, B1, B2, B3 BA, D, AS355 E, F, F1, F2, N, NP, EC130 B4 and EC120 B rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H includes installation of interfaced systems including Garmin’s Digital AHRS and ADC, WAAS GPS… Read more »
Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story
During one ceremony Organized by HeliDax, Turbomeca (Safran) Announced That icts Arrius 2F engines Have reached 50,000 flight hours on the 36 single-engine EC120 helicopters operated by HeliDax. Made available to EALAT ( French Army Helicopter Pilot Training School ) Thesis aircraft are to be used falling on the basic training of future helicopter pilots… Read more »
With a series of deliveries, Eurocopter has further extended its lead in Britain’s private/VIP market and once more confirmed the company’s role as Britain’s civil helicopter hub. Two of the rotorcraft are the AS350 B3e evolved members of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family, while the third is an EC120 B. [Editor note – Eurocopter has already issued… Read more »
Eighteen months after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voted to approve the purchase of four new helicopters for the Police Department, her proposed budget called for grounding one of them in a cost-saving move (see full story).
Tech-Tool Plastics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of helicopter windows for more than 45 years, has just introduced a unique window that is already getting noticed. Available exclusively from Fort Worth, Texas based Tech-Tool Plastics, the popular Cabin Comfort window is now designed for use on the Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 T2 aircraft. Featuring a… Read more »
American Eurocopter continues to lead the U.S. airborne law enforcement market, maintaining a 55 percent market share over the last decade with a product line that has become the industry standard. With 280 Eurocopter aircraft operating in federal, state and local law enforcement units, operators cite reliability, versatility and cost effectiveness as key factors in… Read more »
With the recent certification of the 2nd Battery Installation for the EC130 B4 and the Cable Cutter installation for the AS350, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) has increased the range of kitted Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) for Eurocopter’s AS350, EC130 and EC120 product range. With the 2nd battery installation on the EC130, operators can benefit from… Read more »
As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013. Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation… Read more »
Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) – one of Canada’s premiere avionics and special missions modifiers – is pleased to announce another STC “first” with the completion of a “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade for the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Altitude Heading Reference… Read more »
German pilot Rico Steger was already the focus of “enquiries regarding the flying records and permit” three weeks prior to an accident which killed the three passengers aboard the EC120 he was flying. This local news report covers this aspect and various other details. The HeliHub.com accident page is at 20-Jul-12 N8899 Eurocopter EC120 Sri… Read more »
London Biggin Hill based aircraft management and first class air charter company Oryx Jet is delighted to be able to offer helicopter charter as an additional method of transportation and onward carriage to complement its existing fleet of executive jets. Offering more choice to private business and leisure charter services both locally and internationally, our… Read more »
Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 40,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in their Calliope configuration, after 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22… Read more »