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30-May-13 PR-DJC Eurocopter EC130 Guaramiranga, Brazil

The aircraft was on the ground and the rotors were turning, when the pilot left the cockpit in order to assist the passengers to disembark. The aircraft tumbled to the left, when nobody was in control.  One of the passengers already in the helicopter – José Carlos Pontes, 61, president of the group Marquise –… Read more »

30-May-13

Eurocopter complains about delay in Indian Army deal

Eurocopter complains about delay in Indian Army deal

The French helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter has complained to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) about the delay in the commencement of the price negotiation process in the 197-helicopter deal for the Indian Army. (See Full Story)

Source: The Sunday Guardian, 29-May-13

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EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

Four hero pilots who saved the lives of 29 oil workers after two helicopter ditchings off the coast of Scotland have been shortlisted for a prestigious flying award. (See Full Story)

Source: The Herald Scotland, 29-May-13

Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

Helicopters Fiji merges into Pacific Island Air

John Currie and Sons, owners of New Zealand’s Garden City Helicopters, has taken over Pacific Island Air and Seaplanes in Fiji. As part of this, their subsidiary Helicopters Fiji has been merged into Pacific Island Air and is now being marketed as the helicopter division of the enlarged operator. They operate one Eurocopter AS355 Twin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-May-13

Fishtail Air carry out rescue with AS350B3 at 25,590ft

Fishtail Air carry out rescue with AS350B3 at 25,590ft

Yet again, Fishtail Air and Simone Moro have succeeded in carrying out the highest ever helicopter rescue on Everest. The rescue was carried out in an incredible altitude of 7,800 m (that’s 25,590 ft. Ed). Despite the difficulty to fly in thin air at such high altitudes, renowned Italian climber Simone Moro piloted the AS… Read more »

Source: Fishtail Air, 28-May-13

Japan Police orders two EC135s and one each EC155 and AS365N3+

Japan Police orders two EC135s and one each EC155 and AS365N3+

Eurocopter Japan recently signed contracts with Japan’s National Police Agency for a total of four helicopters. Comprising two medium-class and two twin-engine light helicopters, the new acquisitions will be deployed to Hyogo Prefectural Police (EC155 B1), Hiroshima Prefectural Police (AS365 N3+), Osaka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e) and Fukuoka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e), as replacements for… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Japan, 28-May-13

Canada – Vortex Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Canada – Vortex Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Eurocopter Canada supplies Vortex Helicopters Inc. with an AS350 B3e for utility based operations in Fort McMurray, AB. Vortex Helicopters has chosen its fourth A-Star aircraft, an AS350 B3e that will join their existing Eurocopter fleet. The new AS350 B3e will support a variety of utility missions that include the expanding oil sands industry in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 28-May-13

East Anglian Air Ambulance begins first UK night EMS missions

East Anglian Air Ambulance begins first UK night EMS missions

More lives will be saved across the eastern region now that a dedicated air ambulance has made history and been granted permission to fly helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) missions at night. Following 18 months of demanding hard work from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and its aircraft operator Bond Air Services, the Charity… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 28-May-13

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24-May-13 N45UH Eurocopter EC145 Salt Lake City, US-Utah

Bird strike and bird entered cockpit. AirMed 4 landed safely on the helipad at Kennecott mine. There were no injuries

24-May-13

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Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

From Bristow’s latest financial statements comes this quote Recently, Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225, which are being reviewed by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The definitive solution to the problem will be a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-13

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance goes operational

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance goes operational

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) is based at Perth Airport and will supplement the work of the Scottish Ambulance Service. (See Full Story)

Source: BBC News, 23-May-13

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23-May-13 PNB-8302 Eurocopter Bo105 Caracas, Venezuela (5F)

Crashed in low visibility while chasing a vehicle containing two hostages.  All five POB died.  Post crash fire

23-May-13

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Eurocopter to supply EC225 and AS350B3e to China’s State Grid General Aviation Company

Eurocopter to supply EC225 and AS350B3e to China’s State Grid General Aviation Company

China’s largest helicopter operator in the power and electricity sectors, the State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), has ordered one EC225 and two AS350 B3e rotorcraft to support the country’s electrical grid development and build the Chinese company’s business into other airlift duties. As the wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, one of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 22-May-13

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REACH adds sixth EC135

REACH adds sixth EC135

In an ongoing program to modernize and upgrade its fleet of emergency air medical helicopters, REACH Air Medical Services has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC135 helicopter. The aircraft will be based at REACH’s Concord, CA base, known as REACH 3. The new aircraft will be the sixth EC135 for REACH, a 26-year-old emergency… Read more »

Source: REACH, 22-May-13

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EBACE – Heli Asset places first Eurocopter EC155B1 into Switzerland

EBACE – Heli Asset places first Eurocopter EC155B1 into Switzerland

Zurich-based business aviation charter operator Heli-Link, sister company to Jet-Link and now subsidiary company of DC Aviation of Germany, took delivery of the 2008-build model, configured with eight VIP seats and newly registered as HB-ZOL, this week.  It will be available for third party charter with immediate effect, joining an existing EC-120B in the fleet…. Read more »

Source: Heli Asset, 22-May-13

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EBACE – Corporate EC175 features dimmable windows and cabin partitions

EBACE – Corporate EC175 features dimmable windows and cabin partitions

Vision Systems, a Research Frontiers REFR +3.21%  licensee and tier-one supplier of SPD-Smart electronically dimmable products, has announced that helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter will feature Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart Noctis windows and a partition in the mock-up of its EC175 helicopter. Eurocopter will exhibit this mock-up in Stand 7050 at EBACE 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland from May… Read more »

Source: Research Frontiers Inc., 22-May-13

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22-May-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Siellavagge, Sweden

Parked helicopter knocked over by avalanche started by skiers.  Avalanche travelled over 1km to reach the helicopter

22-May-13

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EBACE – Eurocopter launches EC175 with VIP/executive interior

EBACE – Eurocopter launches EC175 with VIP/executive interior

Eurocopter today set new standards in business and private aviation by unveiling the next-generation EC175 helicopter in its Executive and VIP versions, which combine unparalleled elements of style and comfort with the largest cabin of any medium-sized twin-engine helicopter. The EC175 Executive and VIP versions – which were introduced by Eurocopter at the European Business… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-May-13

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SHG receives its 70th Eurocopter

SHG receives its 70th Eurocopter

The Swedish helicopter service provider Scandinavian Helicopter Group AB (SHG) has taken delivery of its 70th Eurocopter aircraft. The helicopter, a brand new AS 350 B3e, was handed over in a ceremony at the Marignane production plant in Marseilles, southern France, last week. Eurocopter celebrated the momentous occasion together with three generations of the Pihl… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 21-May-13

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FLIR Systems wins $23M US Coast Guard order

FLIR Systems wins $23M US Coast Guard order

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has received an order to support the U.S. Coast Guard valued at $23 million. The order is for the Coast Guard’s Electro-Optical Sensor System (ESS) configuration of FLIR’s commercially developed military qualified Talon 9-inch stabilized multi-sensor gimbal system. The ESS systems will be deployed on the Coast Guard’s H-60 and H-65 helicopters. Work under this order is… Read more »

Source: FLIR Systems, 21-May-13

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Swiss air ambulances at war – Rega v TCS

Swiss air ambulances at war – Rega v TCS

Rega has had it their own way for many years – so it’s no surprise that the arrival of a competitor 18 months ago has led to, well, competition.  TCS is “Touring Club Suisse”, a roadside car rescue organisation.  (See full story)

Source: Aargauer Zeitung, 21-May-13

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CALSTAR appoints new Chief Pilot

CALSTAR appoints new Chief Pilot

Marcus Isbill, a veteran pilot of nearly 30 years, has been named chief pilot for CALSTAR, Jim Arthur, director of flight operations, has announced. Isbill’s aviation career started in 1985 with the U.S. Army.  Prior to retiring in 2001, he served in multiple roles in the military, including UH-1 chief of standardization and instrument examiner…. Read more »

Source: CALSTAR, 21-May-13

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New Helicopter Base in Valdosta Aimed at Saving Lives

New Helicopter Base in Valdosta Aimed at Saving Lives

The view from a helicopter in the air can be breathtaking, but it can also help breathe life into those riding inside. Because when lives are on the line, time can be the greatest enemy. (See Full Story)

Source: WCTV.TV, 21-May-13

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21-May-13 3A-MPG Eurocopter EC155 Albenga, Italy

Approaching Albenga Airport, MGB CHIP warning light ON. After 5 minutes hard noise was detected and crew has decided to land immediately on a beach. No damages was detected to the helicopter

21-May-13

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Avinco completes its third major transaction for CHC in 2013

Avinco completes its third major transaction for CHC in 2013

Further to the sale of an AS332L2 and an EC 155B1 earlier this year, CHC Helicopter just completed the delivery a 365N3 in a third transaction arranged by Avinco. These recent transactions are the result of the successful support provided by Avinco to help CHC manage its fleet since 2009 and highlights evidence of Avinco’s… Read more »

Source: Avinco, 20-May-13

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20-May-13 Eurocopter EC145 Allier, France

Wire strike during low-level rescue operation to try and save a kayaker in flood waters.  Successful emergency landing in adjacent meadow without further damage.  Part of wire impaled in main blade(s)

20-May-13

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20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

20-May-13 F-HHFA Eurocopter EC120 St Tropez, France

Crashed on a football pitch with the tail boom having been cut off.  Substantially damaged

20-May-13

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19-May-13 C-GYWB Eurocopter AS350B2 Fort McMurray, Canada

Helicopter landed on edge of swamp, passengers began to unload their equipment from port side equipment basket, causing helicopter to tilt aft and left damaging the tail boom and tail rotor blades when they contacted the water. CADORS 2013C2009

19-May-13

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RBC makes C$500K donation to STARS

RBC makes C$500K donation to STARS

Lacy Panno, a flight nurse with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), is excited. (See Full Story)

Source: Leader~Post, 16-May-13

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Eurocopter opens its Systemhaus helicopter development center

Eurocopter opens its Systemhaus helicopter development center

Eurocopter today officially opened its new Systemhaus helicopter development center at Donauwörth, Germany today in the presence of Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer. The facility, which provides workspace for some 900 employees, offers complete system capa-bility for the global helicopter market leader’s production activity at its German location – a key aspect of the company’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-May-13

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Sky Tech joins Turbomeca Certified Maintenance Center Network

Sky Tech joins Turbomeca Certified Maintenance Center Network

Turbomeca (Safran) announces the qualification of Sky Tech LLP, as Certified Maintenance Center (Level 1&2) in Kazakhstan for Turbomeca Arriel 2B/2B1/2D and Arriel 1E2 engines, respectively powering EC130, AS350 and EC145 helicopters. The company’s facilities are located at Airport Boraldai – Almaty Region. “The company had been carefully selected to support Turbomeca customers in the… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 16-May-13

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RSG delivers newly completed AS350B3e to Guatemala

RSG delivers newly completed AS350B3e to Guatemala

RSG Aviation, Inc., an industry leader in helicopter and aircraft completions and MRO services recently finalized an extensive completion on a new Eurocopter AS350B3e helicopter. The project was completed for a loyal and long term customer, who for many generations operates the largest coffee plantation in Guatemala. The customer requested and received the following:  New state-of-the- art… Read more »

Source: RSG Aviation, 16-May-13

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16-May-13 D-HLDM Eurocopter EC135P2 Ochsenfurt, Germany

EMS helicopter landed on scene and stabiliser end-plate pierced car windscreen

16-May-13

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Bond enters Australian market with multi-million contract

Bond enters Australian market with multi-million contract

Bond Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd (Bond) is delighted to announce that it has won a competitive tender for the award of a multi-million dollar, five-year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies (PTTEP), part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company. This is Bond’s first major contract in the region, and marks the… Read more »

Source: Bond Helicopters, 15-May-13

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Budget freezes US Army Armed Aerial Scout program

Budget freezes US Army Armed Aerial Scout program

The US Army has issued the following statement on helicopter procurement as part of a wider statement on how it responds to cuts in the military budget. It refers to the lack of “viable candidates” for the US Army Armed Aerial Scout program, which we read as “No candiates falls within our newly-tightened Budget constraints”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-May-13

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Germany – Eurocopter to open new development centre tomorrow

Germany – Eurocopter to open new development centre tomorrow

On May 15 Eurocopter celebrates the opening of its helicopter development center for around 900 engineers at its German site in Donauwörth – together with Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer and further well-known characters from politics, industry and the media. The new building with a total floor area of 30,000 square meters brings together,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 14-May-13

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Multiflight provides AS365N2 cover for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Multiflight provides AS365N2 cover for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

A Dauphin AS365N2 helicopter air ambulance owned and operated by Multiflight is currently providing vital cover for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) service. The helicopter is being used as a replacement aircraft whilst one of the two YAA MD902 Explorers is having its planned mandatory annual service. “Multiflight is pleased to be able to offer… Read more »

Source: Multiflight, 10-May-13

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EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

EASA approves Dart’s rear locker extender for AS355

DART Aerospace announces that the Rear Locker Extender that increases the baggage compartment capacity by 17” is now EASA approved for Eurocopter AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP aircraft. Learn more at www.dartaerospace.com/rear-locker-extender-6699 ABOUT DART AEROSPACE: DART Aerospace is “Mission Ready”. A privately held aerospace company, we provide industry-leading design, manufacturing and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry…. Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

ANAC approves Dart’s full emergency litter kit for AS350/355

DART Aerospace announces that the Full Emergency Litter Kit is now ANAC approved for AS350/355 aircraft. DART’s emergency litter kit transforms any AS350/355 aircraft for emergency evacuation in less than five minutes and 4 easy steps. This kit can easily be stored in the cargo compartment so it doesn’t interfere with normal operations. Learn more… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 09-May-13

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CHC wins 5 year AS332L2 contract for Shell in Africa

CHC wins 5 year AS332L2 contract for Shell in Africa

Shell International Exploration and Production B.V. has selected CHC Helicopter, the world’s leading offshore helicopter services provider, for a five-year, multi-million dollar contract to support Shell‘s deep-water exploration activities off the coast of Sub-Saharan Africa. The agreement, which comes with five, one-year options, will dedicate two Eurocopter Super Puma L2 aircraft to helicopter transportation services… Read more »

Source: CHC Helicopter, 08-May-13

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Becker avionics selected for corporate AS365N2

Becker avionics selected for corporate AS365N2

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system was recently installed in a Eurocopter AS365N2 Dauphine corporate helicopter, operating in the Northeast U.S.  The Becker DVCS replaces the aircraft’s legacy audio system which has become difficult to support since it is no longer in production and replacement parts and service have been significantly diminished.  The… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 08-May-13

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08-May-13 N318DB Eurocopter SA318C Everglades National Park, US-Florida

Pilot reported a loss of engine power while hovering the helicopter at 20 feet during biological survey flight. Aircraft was substantially damaged.

08-May-13

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08-May-13 PT-HML Eurocopter AS350 Morro da Urca HP, Brazil

Approach to helipad with tail wind – ended up in trees adjacent to the heliport. Helicopter believed to be on sightseeing tour.  Five people injured Cláudio Cobo Fernandes, Marcos Estaca da Silva Nunes, Disney da Silva Ribeiro Lopes Júnior, along with pilot Ricardo de Resende Herter and co-pilot Murilo Cesar da Silva Saibro.  Damage to main… Read more »

08-May-13

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OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

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Industry CEOs to headline AHS Forum

Industry CEOs to headline AHS Forum

The vertical flight world is wrestling with rapidly evolving challenges. From military struggles to sustain capabilities in the face of urgent budget cuts to civil campaigns for efficiency gains that bolster success in tepid markets, the vertical flight industry faces new challenges almost daily to meet its customers’ current demands while ensuring its ability to… Read more »

Source: AHS, 07-May-13

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Seventeen EC135s for Turkish EMS contract

Seventeen EC135s for Turkish EMS contract

Eurocopter’s EC135 will perform medical airlift duties throughout Turkey with a fleet of 17 helicopters to be flown by the Turkish Aeronautical Association’s THK Gökçen Aviation commercial arm, marking the latest major contract win for this twin-engine rotorcraft in the international emergency medical services (EMS) marketplace. Operations are to begin this August with an initial… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 07-May-13

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Rescued pilot funds Midlands Air Ambulance education centre

Rescued pilot funds Midlands Air Ambulance education centre

A businessman who was left clinging to life in the wreckage of a horror helicopter crash in Shropshire has shown his gratitude to the air ambulance service that saved him. (See Full Story)

Source: Shropshire Star, 07-May-13

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New Mexico National Guard transfer to UH-72A Lakota

New Mexico National Guard transfer to UH-72A Lakota

Support for U.S. and New Mexico homeland security missions conducted by the New Mexico National Guard, and search and rescue operations throughout southern New Mexico, are about to get a significant boost. (See Full Story)

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News, 07-May-13

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07-May-13 RP-C7788 Eurocopter SE313B Barangay Rawis, Philippines

EMergency landing on shoreline shortly after take-off.   Pilot  Capt. Dino Garcia and passengers Decoroso Asinas, and Efipanio Pinca suffered minor injuries while the last passenger Andre Abalon suffered serious head injuries after being struck by the rotor blades

07-May-13

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07-May-13 N911ET Eurocopter EC135P2+ Tyler, US-Texas

Bird strike on pilot’s chin window on approach to base.  No damage

07-May-13

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06-May-13 N911SV Eurocopter EC135 Reed Point, US-Montana

Bird strike broke windshield while flying over Reed Point under NVG conditions.  The pilot determined that the aircraft was safe to continue the flight to base at the Billings airport.  No injuries.

06-May-13

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05-May-13 9M-DBH Eurocopter AS365N2 Sungai Besi, Malaysia

Caught by sudden gust of wind in poor weather while hovering to turn for taxi to parking spot.  Helicopter ended up on its port side.  Passengers were Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and his wife  Tengku Datin Seri Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, and their daughter and son-in-law – none were injured in the accident

05-May-13

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Devon & Cornwall Police air unit joins Twitter

Devon & Cornwall Police air unit joins Twitter

Devon & Cornwall Police’s air support unit have joined Twitter and can be found @DCP_Helicopter. However, this move may be short-lived as the gradual nationalisation of law enforcement aviation across England and Wales under the “NPAS” (National Police Air Service) banner has seen various units adopt new Twitter identities involving the NPAS name. Time will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-13

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EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

EAAA Passes CQC Inspection with Flying Colours

The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has passed its most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which confirms that everyone helped by the Charity receives care of the highest quality. The EAAA, which provides the air ambulance service across Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, operates from bases at Cambridge and Norwich.  It has… Read more »

Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance, 03-May-13

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Great Slave Helicopters introduces BK117

Great Slave Helicopters introduces BK117

Great Slave Helicopters (GSH) has taken delivery of a BK117 from the Eurocopter Canada Service Center after customization. The BK117 was originally purchased in Germany, with Eurocopter Canada performing various modifications to customize the aircraft. Great Slave Helicopters BK117 complements their existing fleet of twenty-four Eurocopter aircraft. Their extensive Eurocopter fleet consists of the following… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 03-May-13

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02-May-13 PP-EIH Eurocopter AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Five hospitalised after police helicopter crashed on training flight.  Landed upright with significant vertical forces.  Helicopter was executing a series of low orbit firing passes when the main rotor blades struck treetops and it spiraled into the ground.

02-May-13

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02-May-13 N209LF Eurocopter EC130 Walnut Hill, US-Florida

EMS Helicopter grounded after technical (electrical?) fault on take-off.  Patient on board and taken onwards by ground ambulance

02-May-13

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Regular sightseeing tours start in London

Regular sightseeing tours start in London

The UK’s first public helicopter service to sell individual seats online launches on 1st May when The London Helicopter introduces regular sightseeing flights from The Barclays London Heliport in Battersea. This innovative offering at www.thelondonhelicopter.com allows passengers to pre-book seats for helicopter sightseeing trips over the Capital taking off from London’s only commercially licensed Heliport. The new… Read more »

Source: The London Helicopter, 01-May-13

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Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

MedFlight, the hospital’s air ambulance, is the first helicopter in the state of Alabama to carry blood on every flight (see full report)

Source: AL.com, 01-May-13

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UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

UK – First test flight for EMS helipad on Isle of Wight

The first test flight for St Mary’s Hospital’s new helipad has taken place (see full story)

Source: Isle of Wight radio, 01-May-13

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Hy-Ridge Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Hy-Ridge Helicopters takes delivery of AS350B3e

Hy-Ridge Helicopters Ltd. has chosen its fourth A-Star aircraft, an AS350 B3e, to support a variety of utility and transport missions throughout Alberta and British Columbia that include; long-lining, sling operations, fire suppression, heli-torch operations, air ambulance services, seismic operations, mining exploration, heli-skiing as well as, private and corporate charter services. “The AS350 B3e’s incredible adaptability… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 01-May-13

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New UH-72A Lakota production head named

New UH-72A Lakota production head named

Mike Spears has joined American Eurocopter as Senior Director, Lakota Production and Retrofit at its Columbus, Miss. production facility that produces theUH-72A Lakota helicopter. Spears replaces Fred Gerard, Senior Director of LUH Production, who is taking a leadership position with Airbus in Mobile, Ala. In his new position Spears will lead American Eurocopter’s team in continuing its record… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-May-13

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Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

[Electronic translation] On April 20 was held in the premises of 552 Squadron“HORNETS”, based on the Air Base No. 11 , in Beja, the event commemorating the 50 years of operation of the helicopterALOUETTE III This event, which aimed to mark this milestone, brought together several generations of soldiers who worked and are working with the weapons system… Read more »

Source: Portuguese AF, 30-Apr-13

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30-Apr-13 C-FINX Eurocopter AS350BA Godbout, Canada

Substantially damaged. On approach to land on an undeveloped site. Just before landing, the tail rotor hit a mound of sand. The aircraft landed violently. The tail boom and a skid were significantly damaged. The pilot, alone on board, was not injured. CADORS 2013Q0909

30-Apr-13

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Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

The Jordanian Police have recently sold a batch of three Eurocopter Bo105s to Oceania Aviation in New Zealand after retiring them from active use four years ago – we assume they have been in storage in the interim period. Each has now been put on the local ZK- register, with Oceania working initially on ZK-HVA… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-13

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Helibras selects Safran Engineering Services as system integrator

Helibras selects Safran Engineering Services as system integrator

Brazilian helicopter manufacturer Helibras, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, has selected Safran Engineering Services as the design authority to supply the installation design and full integration of multiple avionics communication and navigation systems, including a sophisticated new Glass Cockpit System from Sagem (Safran), as well as the integration of the auto-pilot system, for the modernization of… Read more »

Source: Safran Engineering Services, 29-Apr-13

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West Midlands Police helicopter catches more than 500 suspects in a year

West Midlands Police helicopter catches more than 500 suspects in a year

West Midlands Police’s eye-in-the sky helicopter helped cops snare more than 500 suspects last year. The aircraft spent 1,175 hours in the sky and was also responsible for finding 27 people who had been reported missing. (See Full Story)

Source: Birmingham Mail, 29-Apr-13

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27-Apr-13 HB-ZJE Eurocopter EC135P1 Grenchen, Switzerland

Rotorwash from departing EC135 HB-ZJE caused blades on parked MD500E D-HMGD to strike and damage tail boom.  Pilot of EC135 listed as Schweizer Bürger

27-Apr-13

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27-Apr-13 LN-OVO Eurocopter AS350B3 Roldal, Norway

Five POB not seriously injured when helicopter crashed at ski resort.  One report quotes a police officer saying there is a suspicion the pilot was impaired by alcohol, but most reports say the test was “routine”. Some reports mention contact with powerlines, others rule that out

27-Apr-13

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Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. Every Lakota — including an additional five produced for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School — has been delivered on time and on budget, by an American workforce that is more than… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 26-Apr-13

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Eurocopter reveals optionally-piloted EC145

Eurocopter reveals optionally-piloted EC145

Eurocopter’s ability to integrate unmanned flight capabilities into its helicopter family has been validated by an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) demonstration program, which used an EC145 to fly routes that included deployment of an external sling load and a representative observation mission. Conducted at the French Air Force base in Istres, France, this program was… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 26-Apr-13

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Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

Metro Aviation delivers AS350 to EagleMed

Metro Aviation recently delivered a new Eurocopter AS350 to EagleMed as the result of a base expansion in Cody, Wyoming.  The aircraft was completed at Metro’s headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. The AS350 is equipped with Metro’s EMS kit that includes the transfill oxygen system with two outlets, medical inverter system, flip up seats, and LEMS… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 25-Apr-13

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Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

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 »

Source: Eurocopter, 25-Apr-13

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25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”

25-Apr-13

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24-Apr-13 PP-ELB Eurocopter AS365N1 Santos Dumont, Brazil

While approaching the destination airport, the right engine Fuel and Fuel Quantity light flashed on. At the same time, the right engine flamed out. The crew made a single-engine landing . The aircraft was not damaged.

24-Apr-13

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