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Ecuadorian Navy pilots travel to ASU for night vision training

Ecuadorian Navy pilots travel to ASU for night vision training

Two Ecuadorian Navy pilots took a nearly 4,000-mile journey from Ecuador to Boise, Idaho to attend Night Vision pilot training with Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) earlier this summer. The ASU NVG flight instructors have trained pilots and crew members from more than 20 different countries to fly with night vision. In the initial training, each… Read more »

Source: ASU, 09-Aug-16

Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus puts H215 demonstrator into humanitarian relief work

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has been providing support to on-going humanitarian relief efforts following the earthquake that hit the Manabi and Esmeraldas regions in Ecuador on 16 April 2016. According to national authorities, this disaster has left more than 20,500 people homeless, and many without water and food supplies. This earthquake is the worst natural disaster… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-May-16

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Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

Ecuador terminates links with HAL after four Dhruv accidents

The Ecuador Government has announced that it has terminated links with Hindustan Aeronautics, from whom they bought seven Dhruv helicopters.  Between October 2009 and January 2015, four of these seven were written off in accidents, one fatal accounting for three lives.  See full story See HeliHub.com accident records for Dhruv helicopters in Ecuador

18-Oct-15

27-Jan-15 FAE-605 HAL Dhruv Tena, Ecuador

Crashed shortly after take off from Army operations centre at Tena.  All four survived despite helicopter ending upside down and on fire – named as captains Soberon Hernán Alberto Davalos Villacrés and Andrew Ismael Carrillo, Second Sergeant Henry Toapanta Ona and Sergeant Humberto Moreno.  A later press report blamed this accident on a fault with… Read more »

27-Jan-15

13-Jan-15 FAE-603 HAL Dhruv Chongon, Ecuador

Ditched for unknown reason in the Chongón dam reservoir, all POB in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Video of the last stages of the recovery effort can be seen here  A later press report blamed a tail rotor drive shaft problem

13-Jan-15

Erickson signs oil support contract in Ecuador

Erickson signs oil support contract in Ecuador

Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that the Portland-based company has entered the Ecuadorian market by partnering with Avioandes S. A. and signed a contract with Agip Oil Ecuador. Based in Quito, the oil and gas provider is owned by parent company Eni SpA (BIT:ENI), an integrated energy company… Read more »

06-Nov-14

Bell showcases 429 WLG’s capabilities through 5 month Latin America demo tour

Bell showcases 429 WLG’s capabilities through 5 month Latin America demo tour

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), showcased the versatility and superior performance of the Bell 429 WLG, the aircraft’s wheeled landing gear variant, with nearly 60 demonstration flights between March 2014 to July 2014 in Latin America. “We received great feedback from our customers about the retractable landing gear for ground taxi operations,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 01-Aug-14

21-Feb-14 FAE-601 AL Dhruv Chimborazo, Ecuador (3F)

3 of 4 POB killed

21-Feb-14

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23-Mar-13 Bell TH-57A Salinas, Ecuador

Training accident.  Main rotors severed tail boom, aircraft ended upright on its skids

23-Mar-13

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Ecuador takes delivery of first two AS550C3 Fennec helicopters

Ecuador takes delivery of first two AS550C3 Fennec helicopters

Eurocopter delivered the first two AS550 C3 Fennec helicopters to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense under a contract signed in 2010 for seven of these helicopters and two AS350 B2s, which were delivered in December 2011. The contract contemplates delivery of two Fennecs per year until 2015. The delivery ceremony held on 25 September at… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Oct-12

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Two more countries certify Bell 429 up to 7,500 pounds

Two more countries certify Bell 429 up to 7,500 pounds

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today Ecuador’s Director General of Civil Aviation and the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia have approved the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 to 7,500 lbs. allowing for added safety and capability. The increase of 500 lbs. – to 7,500 lbs – is based… Read more »

Source: Bell, 11-May-12

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Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security take delivery of AS350B3

Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security take delivery of AS350B3

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México (EMSA), has delivered a single-engine AS350 B3 helicopter to EMSEGURIDAD-Q, Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security and Civic Engagement Logistics Agency. The aircraft will be used in law enforcement missions. The handover ceremony took place in the Parque Lineal, in the Ecuadorian capital’s Solanda district, and was attended by EMSA representatives… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Mar-12

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Turbomeca adds subsidiary in Mexico

Turbomeca adds subsidiary in Mexico

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 »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-12

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Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México S.A. (EMSA), delivered a single-engine AS350 B2 helicopter to the Quito Aerial Police Service, of the Ecuadorian National Police Force, for use on public security missions. The new aircraft was presented during a ceremony at the customer’s facilities in Quito which was attended by senior officials from Ecuador’s Ministry… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Jan-12

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Ecuadorian Army takes delivery of two new AS350B2s

Ecuadorian Army takes delivery of two new AS350B2s

Eurocopter has delivered the first two Ecureuil AS350 B2 of nine helicopters contracted by the Ecuadorian Armed Forces in July 2010 under its extensive modernization program. The two Ecureuil AS350 B2s were delivered to the Army Aviation Brigade at La Balvina, Sangolquí in the presence of the Ecuadorian Defense Minister Javier Ponce, the Head of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Dec-11

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Kentucky National Guard share knowledge with Ecuadorian Army Air Group

Kentucky National Guard share knowledge with Ecuadorian Army Air Group

Kentucky National Guard State Partnership Program hosted a team of Army aviators and maintainers from the Republic of Ecuador at the Army Aviation Support Facility on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky.  The group consisted of six pilots, two maintenance and logistics personnel and one Ecuador civilian translator. They were accompanied by Air Force… Read more »

Source: Kentucky NG, 12-Dec-11

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25-Nov-11 HC-CLH Bell 212 Quito, Ecuador

Impacted terrain close to company helipad.  Local DGAC records show the helicopter was only certified in Ecuador 7 days before.  Four occupants – Pilot Patricio Villalba, front seat passenger Jorge Luis Villegas and two mechanics Luis Ferrario and Pedro Medina were all injured

25-Nov-11

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Ecuador requests two SH-2Gs

Ecuador requests two SH-2Gs

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ecuador of refurbishment of 2 SH-2G  Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $60 million. The Government of Ecuador has requested a possible sale for the refurbishment of two SH-2G… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 29-Sep-11

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Ecuadorian military takes delivery of two Mi-171Es

Ecuadorian military takes delivery of two Mi-171Es

In a recent ceremony, the Russian Ambassador in Quito, Yan Burliay, handed over two Mi-171E transport helicopters to the Ecuadorian Army.  This follows a contract between the Ministry of Defense of Ecuador and Rosoboronexport, reported as the first such contract in the history of Russian-Ecuadorian relations. The value of the deal was around $22 million…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-11

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Ecuador – Guayquil Police add R44 and MD530F

Ecuador – Guayquil Police add R44 and MD530F

the executive director of the National Commission on Surface Transportation, Traffic and Road Safety, Ricardo Antón, launched the two helicopters this week – although only the R44 was onsite as the MD530F had an engine issue, apparently.

Source: El Universo, 14-Jan-11

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URS delivers two modified B430s to Ecuadorian Navy

URS delivers two modified B430s to Ecuadorian Navy

On August 1, 2010 United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) delivered two Bell 430’s to the Ecuadorian Navy. The first 430 received a Garmin GNS400 GPS coupled to the autopilot, the Honeywell Mark XXII EGPWS, right hand sliding door, hoist provisions and some maintenance items. The second helicopter also received the Honeywell Mark XXII EGPWS, right hand… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 30-Aug-10

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United Rotorcraft Solutions expanding business into Latin America

United Rotorcraft Solutions expanding business into Latin America

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), currently supporting some Latin American customers, has taken steps to expand their business in that region.  At February’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 »

Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions, 07-Apr-10

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Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

Probe finds pilot error caused Dhruv to crash in Ecuador

In a big relief to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, pilot error was found to have caused the crash of the defence PSU’s Advance Light Helicopter (ALH) “Dhruv” in Ecuador in October

Source: Press Trust of India, 15-Dec-09

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11-Nov-09 EE-315 Eurocopter SA315B Morona Santago Province, Ecuador

11-Nov-09

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Ecuador Air Force Defends Helicopter Purchase

Ecuador Air Force Defends Helicopter Purchase

Commander of the Ecuadoran Air Force (FAE), Rodrigo Bohorquez, said today that the helicopters purchased from India met all the requested requirements for purchase, ruling out that the investment was made “on a whim”.

Source: Poder 360, 29-Oct-09

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27-Oct-09 FAE-604 HAL Dhruv Quito, Ecuador

27-Oct-09

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19-Oct-09 HN-403 Bell 230 Ecuador

19-Oct-09

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Helicopter UAVs used to monitor global warming in rainforest

Source: Telegraph, 17-Apr-09

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25-Mar-09 , Ecuador

25-Mar-09 , Ecuador

25-Mar-09

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MD Helicopters Sells Four MD530Fs To National Police of Ecuador

Source: Vertical Magazine, 22-Feb-09

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HAL to hand over first export Dhruvs to Ecuador Air Force

Source: Business Standard, 09-Feb-09

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