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HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup launches world-first Airbus ACH135 Helionix for charter operations

HeliGroup is today launching their newly-delivered Airbus ACH135 Helionix into the charter market from their UK base at Wycombe Air Park.  The latest generation twin engine luxury aircraft will serve the high-end charter market. HeliGroup is based close to all of the key London corporate jet airports at Luton, Stansted, Oxford, Biggin Hill and Farnborough, as… Read more »

Source: HeliGroup, 16-Oct-18

Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish military sells AS332M1 fleet

Swedish Defence Material (FMV) and Ex-Change Parts AB have signed an agreement for the sale of Super Puma helicopter system with 6 ea. AS332M1 helicopters including a large support inventory of engines, components, spare parts, GSE and special tools. The transaction was approved by Swedish and French authorities in July and delivery to Ex-Change Parts… Read more »

Source: Ex-Change Parts, 09-Oct-18

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29-Sep-18 N849NA Airbus AS350B2 Alto, US-New Mexico

Heavy landing with some forward momentum, then pitched up on the front of its skids, slid forward, then down a slope, moving round as it did, but still ending on its skids (see video) Aircraft operated by Trans Aero, part of Roberts Aircraft – and operated under “Trans Aero Medevac” titles from a base at… Read more »

29-Sep-18

28-Sep-18 N907PL Airbus AS350B3 Lituya Bay, US-Alaska (3F)

One passenger rescued, other three occupants not found – presumed drowned – after helicopter went down in the water.  Reuters reported the survivor as 12-year-old Aiden Peppard, and missing were the boy’s father Josh Pepperd, 42, the man’s other son, Andrew Pepperd, 11, and the pilot, David King, 53, owner of Last Frontier Air Ventures. … Read more »

28-Sep-18

Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Jhonlin Air Transport to add Airbus H145

Indonesian operator Jhonlin Air Transport (JAT )will soon take delivery of a new Airbus H145.  The aircraft has been noted recently test flying at the Airbus Helicopters factory at Donauworth in Germany and is in a yellow and black colour scheme. JAT is based at Syamsudin Noor International Airport and was formed in late 2011…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Aug-18

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 10-Aug-18

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 10-Jul-18

NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

NHV wins contract in Gambia with two H155s

FAR Gambia Ltd have recently awarded offshore operator NHV a contract for the Provision of Helicopter Transport Services out of Banjul (Gambia).  The Belgian based operator has said that they will be using two H155s to cover the work required. Australian-owned FAR expanded its West African exploration portfolio in March 2017 in the offshore Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-18

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Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Following our detailed analysis of the H225/AS332L2 fleet movements yesterday there is one other key contract for H225s which we can now provide more details to. In late May, the French Government announced that Airbus signed a €555 million ($643M) deal with Ukraine for 55 helicopters.  The Ukraine Government have said that this covers 24… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-18

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Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

It is a widely held view that the H225 (and AS332L2) has no future in the offshore oil and gas market after a “perfect storm” of two key factors which grounded the type from civilian operations worldwide.  HeliHub.com estimates 126 H225s and AS332L2s are currently in storage around the world, as well as eight Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-18

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Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

German operator Agrarflug Helilift has bought an Airbus H225.  The aircraft was the consecutive registration to the H225 which had the accident off Bergen in Norway in April 2016, and was shown on the local Norwegian Aircraft register as owned by “Sparebank 1 SR-Finans AS”.  Sparebank1 is a consortium of Norwegian banks. Agrarflug specialises in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-18

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Coroner cites need for better Police Helicopter in Western Australia

Coroner cites need for better Police Helicopter in Western Australia

WA Police are currently discussing the possibility of purchasing a new police helicopter. This comes after the State Coroner, Ros Fogliani, recommended the police get a new helicopter after overseeing the six people for died during five police pursuit crashes. The Police currently have two aging helicopters, a BK117 Kawasaki Bolkow and a Eurocopter AS365… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-18

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01-Jan-18 ZS-??? Airbus AS350B3 Cathedral Peak, South Africa

Police helicopter ended up on its side during a search operation. The pilot and crew‚ who included a search and rescue unit operator and his search dog‚ survived the crash. Photos suggest the subject helicopter is ZS-RDL (msn 4170) or ZS-RPL (msn 3468)

01-Jan-18

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018.  From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

08-Nov-17

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Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

Wiking Helikopter Service has been awarded a contract by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Galloper offshore wind farm. Wiking will fly an Airbus H145 technicians of Siemens to and from the offshore wind farm.  The 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm is located 30 kilometres off the coast of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Oct-17

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Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Oct-17

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Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced a Waypoint Airbus H225 helicopter, operating on lease to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), will be used as a demonstrator and display aircraft at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo (“Helitech”), to take place at the ExCeL Convention Centre, London from 3-5 Oct… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 03-Oct-17

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Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport.  The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning.  In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Oct-17

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Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Airbus Helicopters has made the results of its survey available to operators and oil companies, but not officially to the press.  However, we have validated from a reliable source that 62% of respondents say they are most unlikely to, or will never, fly in the H225 again.  Airbus are trying to compare this to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-17

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New Helicopters for Maharashtra Government

New Helicopters for Maharashtra Government

The Maharashtra Government has made the decision to purchase two new helicopters. One will be used for anti-Naxal campaigns in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur for the police and also for air ambulance services, reports Press Trust of India. The government has also decided to use one of their Eurocopter AS365N3 helicopters for educational purposes.

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Sep-17

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20-Aug-17 OE-XTM Airbus AS350B3 Cabril, Portugal (1F)

Firefighting operations and helicopter hit powerlines, causing it to crash to the ground.  Sole occupant pilot, named as Americo Sousa age 51, suffered fatal injuries

20-Aug-17

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Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that… Read more »

Source: SeekingAlpha, 15-Aug-17

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German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

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CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

CHC to add AW189 and H175 to fleet

Currenty in flight test at the Leonardo factory in Italy is an AW189 in full CHC livery.  However, it is not a brand new aircraft and we believe it may have been stored at the facility for over two years.  When seen in March 2015, serial 49022 was wearing the livery of Nigerian opertor Caverton… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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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

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04-Jun-17 OE-BXY Airbus EC135 Hochsteiermark, Austria (2F)

During hoist operations with the rescuer and two patients being lifted, the wire separated from the helicopter causing all three to plunge into a ravine. The police rescuer age 28 and a woman aged 48 died from their injuries and a 47 year old man is seriously injured.  It is unknown why the wire separated… Read more »

04-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17 Eurocopter AS355F Newark, US-New Jersey

Helicopter made emergency landing on main runway of Newark Airport.  No reported damage

02-Jun-17

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31-May-17 Airbus AS532 Uludere, Turkey (13F)

Crashed after hitting high voltage wires shortly after take-off (one report says three minutes after take off).  All 13 POB deceased.  DHA news agency is reported as saying the helicopter was carrying a delegation, headed by a major-general, which was inspecting the Senoba region. All 13 POB deceased, named as 23rd Border Division Command Major… Read more »

31-May-17

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31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

Precautionary landing due to change of weather – it was a very soggy field

31-May-17

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30-May-17 Airbus AS365N3 Moorea, French Polynesia

French Navy Dauphin made a wheels up landing on the runway, with the helicopter remaining upright on its belly. Three POB not injured The French Navy have two examples based at Papeete/Tahiti-Faaa (PPT / NTAA), serialled 6872 and 6928

30-May-17

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27-May-17 VT-ENX Airbus AS365N Ahmedabad, India

Helicopter was flying from Manekpur in Valsad to Himmatnagar when the engine reportedly heated up.  Successful safe emergency landing made.  VVIP – the Chief Minister of Gujarat (Vijay Rupani) was on board.  The actual helicopter involved has not yet been identified and may have been a replacement in any case – after other issues with… Read more »

27-May-17

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25-May-17 N62UP Airbus EC135 New Castle, US-Delaware (1F)

Air ambulance on training flight. Crash shortly after take off, killing the pilot. No patients or medical crew were on board.  Pilot named as Michael Murphy

25-May-17

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22-May-17 AN-136 Eurocopter EC145 Punta Chame, Panama

Helicopter was flying from Santiago (Veraguas Province) to Panama Pacifico airport in the capital city, and was impacted by a flock of birds causing a loss of thrust in its tail rotor.  Am Emergency landing was made at Punta Chame, which resulted in the helicopter being on its port side on the edge of the… Read more »

22-May-17

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22-May-17 N207CH Airbus AS350B2 Herbert Glacier, US-Alaska

Landing accident on a glacier.  No injuries to 7 POB

22-May-17

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20-May-17 6595 Airbus HH-65 Berkeley, US-California

Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning.  Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco

20-May-17

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19-May-17 N197LL Airbus EC145 Terre Haute, US-Indiana

While in cruise flight at 3000 MSL, a “loud bang” was heard with a secondary “loud rushing” noise. The pilot verified no flight control or system malfunction and initiated a precautionary landing to nearest suitable landing area. After landing, a post-flight inspection revealed a broken copilot chin bubble with bird remains. No occupant was seated… Read more »

19-May-17

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13-May-17 HB-ZTM Airbus AS350B2 Kandersteg, Switzerland (1F)

During landing phase, helicopter fell on its port side, killing the pilot.  3 of the 5 passengers were slightly injured.  Pilot named in prelim accident report as Schweizer Bürger

13-May-17

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10-May-17 G-HKCN Airbus H125 Bergen, Norway

Ended up in the water next to the superyacht it is based on – MY Bacarella after the helicopter’s downdraft caused a loose tarpaulin to rise up into the rotors shortly before touchdown, and evasive action by the pilot steered the helicopter away from the boat and into the water alongside.  Three POB, one seriously… Read more »

10-May-17

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Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock rotates UK Dauphin N3 fleet

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are in the process of rotating their AS365N3 fleet, which are based at Blackpool and serve offshore gas installations in the Irish Sea.  In recent weeks they have received two helicopters, one from Germany and one from Tunisia. The German example D-HAVU was previously in the Babcock (Bond) fleet as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-17

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07-May-17 9N-AKG Airbus AS350B3e Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Helicopter was hit by an object while flying and damage was sustained to the boom (picture).

07-May-17

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Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

Airbus Helicopters takes H125 production line into the digital age

At a recent briefing at the Airbus Helicopters production tactility at Marignane in Southern France, HeliHub.com was shown a new system which has been set up on the H125/H130 line to monitor the progress of each aircraft and provide significantly more management data. In very simple terms, each helicopter moves down the line every three days… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-May-17

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05-May-17 G-MATH Airbus AS350B3 Wycombe Air Park, UK

Landed on its port side with minimal damage to anything on the starboard side (stabiliser, tail rotor), although starboard skid somewhat bent.  Possible dynamic roll-over.  3 POB all to hospital, one with life-threatening injuries

05-May-17

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LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com, 03-May-17

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02-May-17 ZK-IED Airbus BK117A3 Porirua Harbour, New Zealand

Sole occupant pilot Rick Lucas experienced tail rotor failure and helicopter started to spin so he elected to ditch it in the shallow waters of Porirua Harbour, N of Wellington

02-May-17

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Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

Airbus Helicopters have today issued the following statement to coincide with the publication of another Preliminary Report by AIBN – the Accident Investigation Board of Norway – into the fatal accident of EC225 LN-OJF on 29th April 2017, it being the first anniversary tomorrow.  Further comment is given below the statement Statement from Guillaume Faury,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Apr-17

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EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

EASA responds to Norwegian EC225 investigation update

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) takes note of the publication today by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) of the preliminary investigation report of the tragic accident of an Airbus Helicopters EC225 (registration number LN-OJF) which occurred on 29 April 2016 in Norway. While the accident investigation is not complete, EASA continues to implement… Read more »

Source: EASA, 28-Apr-17

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Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Norwegian Investigators issue another Preliminary Report on EC225 accident

Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway Description 29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 28-Apr-17

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28-Apr-17 HB-XXM Airbus SE3160 Steffisburg, Switzerland

After hearing a loud noise at an altitude of 3500ft, the pilot commenced autorotation and landed in a field without further apparent damage.  Once on the ground, damage was found to a tail rotor control cable

28-Apr-17

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27-May-17 N914ET Airbus EC135 Tyler, US-Texas

N914ET was on the return trip back to their base when they had a bird strike. They diverted to a local airport to do a precautionary landing and check for damages. No injuries were associated with this incident. There was no damage noted by the pilot or crew. The aircraft returned to base without further… Read more »

27-Apr-17

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New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

New Life Star Hangar in Meriden

This week saw the opening of Life Star’s new hangar at MidState Medical Centre in Meriden. The new hangar allows patients to be transported directly to Hartford Hospital. The new hangar has offices, quarters for the crew, a heated helipad, a maintenance lift, a fuel tank that can hold up to 12, 000 gallons and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Feb-17

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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

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 »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

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Ireland Carrying out Ten-Day EMS Helicopter Trials

Ireland Carrying out Ten-Day EMS Helicopter Trials

The Irish Community Air Ambulance (ICAA) has a started a 10-day tour of Munster and South Leinster as a fundraiser for their Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) project. The tour, which started on Monday 23rd, is in a Eurocopter EC135 T2 and a G-SASA. A few of the places they have visited already include Ferrybank,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has won a contract from windfarm operator Dong Energy for helicopter support. This has resulted in an order for Airbus Helicopters for two Turbomeca-powered H135s, which will be fitted with a hoist. The aircraft will support the 660 MegaWatt Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea between Britain’s Lancashire… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-17

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UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

UK military awards Everett Aviation contract for three BK117s in Kenya

Everett Aviation has announced the award of a major new contract to provide helicopter medevac services to the UK Ministry of Defence for the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (BATUK). At peak periods the contract will engage three of Everett’s BK117 helicopters in medevac configuration. The contract is for three (3) years, with an… Read more »

02-Jan-17

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Look, Smile, Reward! Wales Air Ambulance celebrates new H145 fleet

Look, Smile, Reward! Wales Air Ambulance celebrates new H145 fleet

In the last couple of weeks, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the three H145 helicopters from the factory in Germany for Wales Air Ambulance (WAA). Painted in red overall, they have been delivered to Babcock MCS Onshore, who will both carry out the interior medical completion and then operate them for WAA. They will replace three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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£1 Million is not enough for Great North Air Ambulance

£1 Million is not enough for Great North Air Ambulance

Great North Air Ambulance, which operates three AS365 Dauphin Helicopters in the northern-most counties of England was last week the recipient of £1 Million. GNAA was one of eleven air ambulance charities which received similar donations from a Government fund levied on banks for manipulating the LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate). In a statement attributed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-16

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Egypt – Smart Aviation Purchases New AS350

Egypt – Smart Aviation Purchases New AS350

Smart Aviation has entered into a contract for a Eurocopter AS350 B3. The new helicopter will be used for cleaning power transmission pylons for Egyptian electrical engineering firms. Rushdie Zakaria, CEO of Smart Aviation has said that the company has made a profit for the first half of this financial year of $2.2 million. This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-16

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Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Airbus and Helibras introduce H225M in naval combat version

Helibras and Airbus Helicopters have opened a new chapter in the history of the H225M multirole utility helicopter with the official presentation of the first aircraft in naval combat configuration. Developed and assembled locally by Helibras, Airbus Helicopters’ subsidiary in Brazil, this new H225M version is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the Brazilian… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-16

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Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Parilease asks Avinco to manage 21 ex CHC EC225s

Helicopter marketing company Avinco has been asked to recover, manage and remarket a fleet of EC225s previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11.  Avinco report that they have already completed a “lengthy and complex” initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location.  HeliHub.com research… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

FastFin to Gain FAA Approval

BLR Aerospace are looking to gain approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) next month for the FastFin modification on Airbus Helicopter’s H125. The FastFin modification combines vortex generators and an aerodynamic cowling on the left side of the tail boom, opposite a strake. This creates a “lateral lift” reports Flight Global. The one… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco was recently awarded the largest contract of its kind, in charge of recovering, managing and remarketing a fleet of H 225 superpumas previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11. Further to the lengthy and complex initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location,… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 19-Oct-16

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WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

WAA carries out first baby transfer in new incubator

The first baby to be transported in the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) Charity’s new fourth aircraft has been flown home with the help of the neonatal team at Glan Clwyd Hospital. Baby Noah Griffiths, from Carmarthen, was born thirteen weeks prematurely at the unit in Bodelwyddan, but as soon as he was deemed well enough… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 18-Oct-16

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Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus celebrates 20 year of the H135

Airbus Helicopters is celebrating two decades of operations with the H135 light twin, multi-mission helicopter at the Helitech show. Twenty years after its entry into service and thanks to continuous evolution, the H135 has significantly extended its performance and mission capabilities. Today, more than 300 customers in 75 countries operate the H135 for a wide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Oct-16

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JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

JSSI Adds Helicopter Parts-Only Coverage for H130

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its new Parts-Only Program is now available for the Airbus H130, formerly known as the EC130 helicopter. Kevin Thomas, Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning for JSSI remarked, “We continue to expand our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion… Read more »

Source: Allan Blake, 12-Oct-16

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U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

When LTC (promotable) David R. Cheney became the U.S. Army’s program manager for the service’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in July 2012, Airbus had delivered 229 of the H145-based utility helicopters, and the future looked bright. Every aircraft had been delivered on time and on cost since the contract had been awarded in 2006, and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its Flight Management System (FMS) upgrade for the Airbus AS332L and AS332L1 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). This STC is a part of the AS332L/L1 modernisation program currently… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 11-Oct-16

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Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies has been awarded the contract to upgrade an EC135 of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, with state-of the art surveillance technology. This customized solution includes not only a removable tactical workstation, made out of carbon fibre, but also a leading-edge Airborne LINX package. It also boasts the new… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 10-Oct-16

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EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

EASA allows EC225 and AS332L2 to fly

On 7 October 2016 the decision to lift the temporary flight suspension of the Super Puma EC225 LP and AS332 L2 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters put in place on 2 June 2016 following the crash of an EC225 LP helicopter in Norway on 29 April 2016. The set of very stringent protective measures which enable the… Read more »

Source: EASA, 07-Oct-16

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UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Oct-16

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Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights… Read more »

Source: NCAA, 07-Oct-16

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